Parenting Tips project


I wanted very much to bring Hanna Perkins Center’s understanding of child behavior and their tried-and-true methods that have been working for over 60 years to the West Side of Cleveland. But how?

That’s when I approached Father Tim Gareau, the parish priest at St. Raphael’s Church in Bay Village and he helped me get the ball rolling.

I informed Father Tim of my profession and my willingness to be of assistance to his church. He arranged a meeting for parents through the school principal, and I was pleased with the turnout.  The format of the meeting was question-and-answer, with many expressing concern about bullying due to national coverage on this issue.

I did my best to field their questions, but I later thought of additional information that might be helpful. So, I wrote an article on bullying and returned to Father Tim. In a meeting of church administrators, all agreed that a monthly Parenting Tips article in the church bulletin was a great idea.  In fact, the Parenting Tips would also be sent home in the school children’s weekly folder.

My first Parenting Tips on Bullying article appeared in the church bulletin on Nov. 20, 2911. I received positive feedback from parents, grandparents and educators, who were grateful for my advice. So, I kept writing.

As my monthly Parenting Tips expanded, so did the project.  By April 2012, Parenting Tips was appearing in seven church bulletins in six adjoining suburbs. They are also available in five preschool/daycare newsletters and three public libraries. And the project is still growing.

On Feb. 20, 2012, Fox 8 TV newsman Todd Meany interviewed me about the project. His take was:  “Parents go to church to pray for their families and some go home with an added bonus—parenting tips in the church bulletin.” This news segment aired on March 12 and 15, 20912. (See video, embedded above.)

I hope these Parenting Tips are helpful to you.  If you believe that your church, school or preschool/daycare would be interested, please contact me.


About Victoria Todd, Child Psychoanalyst

Victoria Todd, LISW-S, Child & Adolescent Psychoanalyst, is a summa cum laude graduate of Case Western Reserve University with a B.A. in Sociology and Psychology and a master’s degree in Social Administration.
She developed the “My Mad Feelings” curriculum to prevent bullying by working with children as young as 4 to understand their emotions and appropriately express themselves.
A qualified child psychoanalyst, she completed her training at the Hanna Perkins Center for Research in Child Development.
A member of the American Psychoanalytic Association, the Association for Child Psychoanalysis and the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center, she teaches classes and workshops at Case Western Reserve University. She served on the Treatment Subcommittee of the Ohio Child Sexual Abuse Grant and was a member of the Guardian ad Litem Advisory Board and the Children at Risk Coalition.

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