We continue to make progress towards our goals, and our May 1 launch date is fast approaching. 

We have met with our web developer and reviewed our status to determine what we need to get done over the next couple of months.  It is clear that we need to raise funds beyond the NMWE awards initial seed money.  One opportunity to shift our funds lies in the structure of our website and how the functionality will be delivered in various phases.  To capitalize on this opportunity, we have reviewed what we can complete with the first phase and pushed back some of the more costly features to later in the timeline.  While we have had to take an honest look at the reality of where we are and how to proceed, the good news is that we will still be meeting our roll-out goals.

In February, our team met for a full day to work on the content for our Meeting in a Box resources.  We are developing a year’s worth of weekly meeting guides.  Our plan is to provide a downloadable PDF file that will include a guided set of instructions for a group of parents to use at their meeting.  For each topic, we provide a goal, a description, conversation starters, an activity, references, quotes, a link to our parent blog, books, music, and websites that apply to the topic. Here is an example of how we have approached the topic of denial:

Topic:  Denial

Goal: To recognize and break through your own denial.

Description: a defense mechanism in which a person is faced with a fact that is too uncomfortable to accept and rejects it instead, insisting that it is not true despite what may be overwhelming evidence. (Wikipedia)

Conversation Starter: What purpose does denial serve in my life? What does denial look like? 

Music: “Move Along” by All American Rejects, “Wall of Denial” by Stevie Ray Vaughn

Blog post: The River of Tears Called Denial

Quotes: “Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt”  by Mark Twain, “It’s not denial. I’m just selective about the reality I accept” by Bill Watterson

Activities:
1.  Discussion:  When have I been in denial in the past and what did it look like?               
2.  Discussion:  Am I still in denial now and why am I holding on to it?                                 
3.  Exercise:; What was the act of denial?  What was the consequence? (A spreadsheet will be provided to fill out)

We finished fifteen of the meetings so we have further to go.  We agreed to continue to meet as a team until we have completed the 52 meetings in time for the launch.  There is a lot of positive energy from the group and excitement about helping other parents during a difficult time in their life.