Raising OKC Kids features conversations with local experts and parents, helping us connect, learn from each other and grow our community together. This new series will highlight a variety of important topics to help support metro parents including chats with an ER physician, unemployment during COVID-19, virtual summer camps and even some local kid entrepreneurs.
Episode 12 – In honor of National Foster Care Month, we check in with local foster mom Kay Robinson one year after she began her fostering journey and was featured in MetroFamily, as well as founder and executive director of Angels Foster Family Network Jennifer Abney to discuss how foster care has evolved in Oklahoma, the importance of building relationships with biological parents and how the COVID pandemic has affected foster care in the metro. Learn more about Angels and how you can help support local foster parents by providing a meal, receiving training to babysit, organizing Angels’ supply closet for foster families or many more opportunities at https://angelsfosterokc.
org/. Find their current list of donation needs here: https://angelsfosterokc. org/donate/.
Episode 11 – MetroFamily staff talk about the results of our recent survey asking metro parents about their summer plans and comfort level with activities like birthday parties, restaurant dine-in, summer camps, sports leagues and vacations. Whether your family plans to get out in the community safely or stick close to home, we provide resources for you to enjoy a fun, safe summer.
Episode 10 – Dr. Erica Faulconer with Northwest Pediatrics in Oklahoma City provides advice for parents on keeping their families safe as we transition into the next phases of opening the state. She also explains reports about the unusual symptoms and reactions kids around the country are having to COVID-19 with need-to-know information about Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome for parents. Find out more about how the syndrome is impacting kids around the country and symptoms to be aware of here.
Episode 9 – Three successful metro kid entrepreneurs give their best business advice for other kids interested in starting a business. Serenity with Serenity Jade, Malachi with The Building Brothers and Sophia with FiFi share tips about how they got started.
Episode 8 – Stacy Dykstra with Smart Start Central Oklahoma, a nonprofit offering parents and caregivers of young children free programs and resources, talks about the power of play in parent-child relationships and child development. Sign up for Smart Start’s new free program Bright By Text, offering parents of children through age 8 weekly texts with expert tips, games and child development information at www.
Episode 7 – Veronica O’Leary, with Addison Group, a staffing and recruiting agency in Oklahoma City, discusses changes in the workplace and employment due to the impact of COVID-19 and she answers important questions for Oklahomans facing unemployment challenges.
Episode 6 – Local moms talk about parenting in a pandemic while working from home and discuss the challenges of balancing work and motherhood.
Episode 5 – Representatives with Camp DaKaNi chat about their virtual summer camps and other summer camp alternatives.
Episode 4 – Dr. Chad Borin with SSM Health at St. Anthony Hospital talks about the rise of the dangers of poisoning from household cleaners and how to keep your family safe. He also discusses what to do if you suspect your child has come in contact with a poison risk and gives tips if your family has to visit an ER during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Episode 3 – Editor Erin Page talks with Erin Engelke and Heather Warfield, LMFT, from nonprofit organization Calm Waters Center for Children and Families about how they have responded to the COVID-19 crisis and the grief support available to families in the Oklahoma City metro area, including weekly Zoom meetings and other virtual support groups.
Episode 2 – Grayson Starbuck is a doctor of physical therapy, certified strength and conditioning specialist and owner of Armor Physical Therapy. Starbuck talks about the benefits of mobile physical therapy businesses like his, especially during a pandemic, and tips for parents as they are working from home to alleviate stress and tension.
Episode 1 – Introducing Raising OKC Kids: In the episode, MetroFamily staff shares insights about how we are embracing different stages of parenthood during a pandemic and the shared struggles parents around the Oklahoma City metro area are facing.