By breaking generational cycles of dysfunction, Cope 24 makes holidays easier for families
Renee Howitt’s organization has become a social necessity
No More Family Holiday Drama in 2020 hopefully.
The holidays are supposed to be the happiest time of the year but for those families who experience dysfunction and carry trauma it can be the most uncomfortable time of the year. How can families maintain peace during the holiday if they suffer from underlying issues that impact how they get along? Well one organization has been at the forefront of breaking generational dysfunction through education and training all year round. Cope 24 has been on a quest to make parenting class a priority in schools and is also one of the nation’s most resourceful organization as it pertains to family health and breaking trauma.
Based in St. Louis, Mo Cope 24 helps families cope, grow and bond. We talked to founder, Renee Howitt about her organization and its national impact. She acknowledged how the holidays can become a microscope of family dysfunction highlighting issues that may lay dormant during the year. She stressed the importance of family health being a priority in our educational school system and the core of our social issues.
“As our nation struggles with issues like crime, imprisonment, mental health, domestic violence, poverty, homelessness and addiction we must ask ourselves, what is the root cause of these issues? We will find family health,” Howitt stated. Howitt says that in order to improve the health of our families we must start with the following: Educate our youth on the stresses and tremendous responsibility that come along with parenting. Parents are the family leaders. Educated parents lead healthier families. Healthier families lead to healthier communities, cities, states and nation.
Renee Howitt: COPE24’s goals are all about breaking the generational cycle of dysfunction in our families. Think about this…most dysfunction isn’t illegal ie. yelling and screaming and name calling not illegal. What does that do to a child’s self image? Our mission statement “Making Parenting Education A National Priority”. We mean all high school student should be taking parenting and/or child development…