It Takes a Village

Mike Dietz says that he realized something about families and parenting: people are interconnected, and one family’s successes or struggles impact other people and families that they interact with. This realization led to Dietz’s project in Landmark Education’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program: It Takes a Village, a parenting group he started in Clark, New Jersey.

According to Clark-Garwood Patch, the group launched with a Sunday Ice Cream Social, and now has a get-together from 6:30-8 on the first Tuesday of every month, which features both an open discussion and a planned speaker.

“I realized that we are all going through the same issues in one way or another,” says Dietze. “In talking to other parents I found that some had great ideas and had things that were working, while others were at their wits end and didn’t know what to do. However, no one was talking to one another about it, sharing ideas on what did and didn’t work with their children.”

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