Amber Scarberry: The Family That Social Works Together

The Family That Social Works Together…

Anyone who knows me knows that my family is the most important thing in my life. In returning to school, it has been a bit of a sacrifice for my entire family. I always joke around saying our family has a student in each level of school. My youngest, Kaya, is in pre-school, my 2nd youngest, Haden, is in elementary school, my 2nd oldest, Reed, is in middle school and my oldest, Rayson is in high school. I am the one covering the university level of the academic spectrum. Talk about the homework that goes on in our house!

Education is the second most important thing to me as a mother of four children. I love to see my children’s social and academic accomplishments, and they are invested in my successes as well. When I pull off an A on a big paper we all celebrate with ice cream. At the end of the semester we have a “Mom Date,” which usually consists of dinner and a movie. This is a reward for their sacrifice and keeps them very interested in what I’m doing. I always try to feature them in my PowerPoint presentations and they love seeing their faces displayed on the screen as I rehearse my presentations for them. Moments like this allow them to see that I am committed to my role as a student. I try my best to lead by example.

Recently, we were given a handout assignment for the Diversity Fair in October. Our topic was human trafficking so I decided to make over 100 “Not for Sale” price tag necklaces to handout to people for the event. When I told my children what I was doing they all wanted to help. What a teachable moment for a mom. I was so proud of my children. Rayson handled the cutting of the price tags, Reed manned the scissors while Haden measured the string, and Kaya (only 4 years old) put each string into the price tag so that I could tie them. We had a blast. Better yet, this project allowed for me to open up a dialogue with my children about human trafficking and the effects on the people involved. We talked more about what Social Workers do and why I chose this field of study. It also gave me a moment to instill in them the necessity of advocacy and the importance of working to give a voice to the voiceless. All of this from a simple little handout…

As Dr. Natale recently said in our Diversity class, “It is our job as social workers to impart our skills on others to help solve our communities' problems."After these simple yet profound words, my mind immediately focused on my children. This is why I choose to start at home and inform my children about the complexities of our world. I believe that including them in my journey through academia will allow for them to think about solving problems in a more effective way. I want them to learn that sometimes we solve our own problems when we help others solve theirs. I want to empower them to empower others. I do not expect my children to grow up and become Social Workers but I do want them to grow up and become advocates. I can’t wait to see what we do together next semester!

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Timothy R Hempel wrote:
I am as always, so very proud of you.

Tue, December 1, 2015 @ 1:14 PM

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