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About MFN
MFN STEERING COMMITTEE

John V. Finnegan, Chairman

Philip J. Judd, Vice Chairman/Project Director

Roger Pomerleau, Treasurer

Lisa Miller, Secretary/Clerk

Committee Members:

Dean LaChance

Edward Miller

Kay Rand

Mitchell Ross, MD

Initiatives
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Initiatives

Initiatives

Operational :

  • UMA partnership on video conversation. The first has been completed. See web site. www.mainefamilies network.com.
  • Online store , working on at this time.
  • Research.  Research as vital to our mission.  Our plan is to launch an exhaustive search for (1) Maine community play groups and (2) Maine community/regional youth organizations such as Future Farmers , Boy scouts, Rainbow Girls. There will be other research efforts as we evolve.

Future Initiatives:

All the intiative listed below could justify a video conversation and a PSA.

  • Annual Family gathering.(Pow-Wow)
  • Critical,creative play within families.
  • Civic responsibilities within families.
  • History,Geography(social studies) within Families.
  • Education starts at home.
  • Family conversations on video. (MFN and UMA partnership.)
  • The 3 R’s-Respect for self and others, self responsibilitiy and reliability.
  • Green Friday vs Black Friday.  Reclaim Thanksgiving as a day of thankfulness. A day of community/family meals of thanksgiving, with left overs. A day of joy and relaxation with family and friends. It is not a day of frantic shopping!
  • Honors study hall in middle and high schools. Students have to apply to get in and have standards to meet. There would be responsibilities and expectations from all envolved.
  • Occpational mentoring for children. The intent is to offer children experience into future occupational possibilites-the full range.
  • Family outreach into hospitals to families of newborns. (bring an evergreen plant.)
  • Maine Family Radio-create a family friendly radio station-use the public radio model. 6:30am to 10:00pm.
  • Membership option-use the public radio model.
  • Basic skills promotion-memorization,spelling, mental math,math facts,printing & writing. Also other important areas of music,art. Drama and sports. Creative and critical thinking . Think Brain development. Refer to Adel Diamond  on onbeing.org.
  • Maine Center for Family Study and Research- A partnership with UMA to build a facility that would house MFN and the radio station, This would be coordinated with UMA giving degrees in Family Studies and offering minor and classes on familiy studies/topics. MFN could also over work shops/group conversations on family issues for newly weds and or first time parents. ( think two adults making a commitment. What does each bring to the table in the area of skills, memories, experience and expectations. The weaving of a whole cloth, sort of like a Scottish tarten).
  • Values and ethics in family life- How does values and ethics contribution to family life,  a child’s future and our society- kindness, generosity and sense of common good. Added benefit -civility, listening skills and respect, responsibility and being your word.   Outreach to other organizations is essential.
  • Take back Sunday- MFN as a platform for promoting  that Sunday(once again) be a family and community day not a shopping day.
  • Weekend gatherings- create weekend activities sponsored by MFN and others.
  • Farm and Family- This would include visiting farms by families or schools. Creating summer farm camps, grow a garden, garden to table “family suppers” hosted by MFN at selected schools.
  • Family Diary time-promote families to gather around the table encorporating dairying. Each has a dairy/notebook. Perhaps limit to one page..can include artwork. Safe the Dairys.
    Family game time-same as above but game play. Could also do conversation time, imagination time, question and answer time. Time sensitive..perhaps 1 hr to 1.5 hrs. Add your ideas for family time. Try to always use the “family table” could include healthy snacks. Each family member takes turns providing this.
    Link in state libraries-in having local family conversations, learn about MFN, promoting reading and reading with puppet play. Perhaps the libraries could administer Toy lending and advocate language , sense of self and skill building thru toys and play.

Future Ideas:

Leadership and social responsibility in family life.

Exceptionalism

Science

Art, music and drama in the home.

Collect ideas from face book and web site. 

Parents help build productive lives for their children.