Youth and Family News

November 29, 2020

Sunday Lessons

Our Uniteens and YOU are returning to virtual meetings only, via Zoom, for the foreseeable future. Use the same links as in the past.

All ages, click on your groups below to access lessons, meditations, videos, stories and resources for both you and your child. Lessons are saved in each group so that you can access-on-demand, at your convenience all week long. Be sure to check the albums and videos folders for previous lessons and to revisit skill-building lessons. Uniteens and YOU, join your groups to access the Zoom links for your Sunday morning calls.

Real-Time Parenting

Language of Listening® Parenting Tip

Children welcome do-overs. Blame and I told you so’s are not part of a do-over. Do-overs are all about seeing the child’s point of view, apologizing for your emotional explosion or mistake, and working together to solve the problem that set it off. Do-overs rebuild connection.
Learn more at our Real-Time Parenting meet ups. See details below.

Looking for some extra parenting support while coping with current events? Wondering how to apply the spiritual truths of the Unity movement and the three simple steps of the Language of Listening® to raise confident children despite circumstances? Join Sandy Blackard, award-winning parenting author of Say What You See® (available at our UCOH bookstore), and Jennifer Feiereisel, student and teacher of A Course in Miracles, for inspired and solution-oriented discussions on topics like bringing out your child’s strengths during quarantine and re-opening; success with virtual-schooling; independent play without screens; relief from stress and anxiety; etc.  Love offering. 

Next meet up: Sunday, December 6 at 8:30pm
First and Third Sundays at 8:30 PM Central Time
Join Zoom Meeting here (if you use your phone, be sure to download the app first):

Lap Quilts

As we move into cooler weather, we also move into “quilt season.”  Our Youth of Unity are selling lap quilts at a 25% discount in observance of UCOH’s 25th Anniversary!  You can purchase a lap quilt of your choice lovingly made by our beloved Joan Howes, Mother of UCOH, for a discounted price of $187.50 plus tax! This sale will run until Christmas Eve. 

Purchase online at, or in UCOH’s Visions Bookstore. These lap quilts are wonderful keepsakes and make great gifts (Christmas, birthday, house-warming, new baby, etc.).  Quilts will be made available for pickup from UCOH’s Visions Bookstore, however alternate arrangements can be made. The funds raised from these quilt sales will help cover the costs for our teens to attend rallies. Thank you in advance for supporting our Youth of Unity!

Here’s what Joan Howes says about making quilts: “There are no words that can completely convey the importance of quilting in my life. The hours I spend on the design and completion of the quilts for UCOH provide me with quiet meditation time, as I stitch thoughts of comfort, healing, quietude, peace, and love into each quilt. It is my prayer that the recipients of the quilts will know that they are being wrapped in love and blessings from my heart.”

Youth Education Volunteers

We are recruiting new volunteers to join our YFM team.  We will begin meeting outdoors in person in the near future and will need more volunteers.  Everyone starts as a classroom helper and then graduates to teaching if they wish.  All new volunteers need to complete a volunteer application and a criminal background check. Contact to get your application sent to you.  Thanks!


NEW: More Virtual Trips & Tours

This link takes you to many links for virtual trips and tours from all over the world. 

The ESports Cave

The ESports Cave is offering remote learning for parents who can’t send their kids to school but don’t want to keep them home all the time. This remote learning center is taking up to 12 families to maintain proper physical distancing. Once school time is over, they will open up their gaming center. For more information, visit their website at

GoNoodle: Good Energy at Home

This free online resource for parents, caregivers, teachers and kids offers free movement, yoga and mindfulness videos, downloadable curricular activities , and off-screen home activities. These resources span a variety of abilities, interests, ages and subjects.

Unity Musician Mark Stanton Welch

Stay-at-Home Resource Portal

Enjoy inspirational uplifting songs with consciousness-raising lyrics for all ages by Unity Musician Mark Stanton Welch.

Virtual Field Trips

Explore Your Child’s Feelings with Fun Activity: Do you want to help your child express his or her feelings? Action for Healthy Kids has information for parents and caregivers about expressing feelings through colors, like finger painting.

Watch Houston Zoo’s Rhino Cam: The Houston Zoo has a great rhino cam that you can watch anytime. You can even control the webcam. See the huge rhinos play in mud.

Watch Edinburgh Zoo’s Panda Cam: Grab you children and gather around your computer to watch cute pandas play. The Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland has a panda camera. Watch them play and eat bamboo!

Watch Dolphin Camera from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium: Many of us may not live near the ocean, but we can enjoy beautiful dolphins thanks to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

View Photographs from the Houston Museum of Fine Arts:  Calling all space enthusiasts! The Houston Museum of Fine Arts has posted its Space City photographs, celebrating humankind’s fascination with space and exploration. Enjoy the neat photographs!

Explore Carlsbad Caverns from Your Home: Do you love exploring caves? Get ready to venture through Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico! The National Parks Service and Google have teamed up to create a virtual tour of this park.

Explore the Galapagos Islands with National Geographic Expeditions: Get ready to explore the Galapagos Islands from the comfort of your living room. Watch the videos with your children and discuss the incredible wildlife and culture.  Go to YouTube to watch the videos.

Take a Virtual Tour of Yellowstone National Park:  Are you ready to explore one of Wyoming’s most beautiful parks? You can do it from the comfort of your living room. Take a virtual tour of Yellowstone National Park! You also can watch Old Faithful with their webcam.

Take a Virtual Tour of Yosemite National Park: While you’re inside your own home, take a virtual tour of Yosemite National Park in California. Make sure you have your sound on.

Take a Virtual Field Trip of Johnson Space Center: Do you love outer space? If the answer is yes, join Boeing and Discovery Education on a virtual field trip of Johnson Space Center in Houston. The exclusive behind-the-scenes tour will introduce students to a few of the employees who are writing the next chapter of space history.

Take a Virtual Nature Walk: Join the National Parks Service and Google to explore the Kenai Fjords in Alaska. Get ready to rappel into a crevasse, kayak through icebergs and watch a glacier recede.

Take a Virtual Tour of the National Museum of Natural History: Looking for ideas to keep your children entertained if they’re staying inside? Take a virtual tour of the National Museum of Natural History! Go to the webpage to begin your journey. Be sure to see the Giant Ground Sloth! Wow!

Check Out Houston Zoo Web Cams: Watch gorillas, giraffes, rhinoceroses, and more from your living room thanks to the Houston Zoo web cameras.

Watch Georgia Aquarium Web Cams: Seeking all underwater adventurers! While the Georgia Aquarium is temporarily closed, you can still view the amazing fish via their web cameras. Check out the Jelly webcam. Make sure you also view the Ocean Voyager webcam. Lookout for the whale shark!

Watch Animal Cameras at San Diego Zoo: The San Diego Zoo has many live cameras running on some of their most popular animals. A favorite to watch is the baboon cam!

Watch Panda Cameras While You’re Inside: Looking for ideas to keep your children entertained if you’re staying inside? The Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s Panda Cams are still running while the National Zoo is temporarily closed. See cute pandas chomping on bamboo and playing in trees.

Watch Cincinnati Zoo’s Home Safari,  Weekdays at 2PM: Join the Cincinnati Zoo each weekday at 2:00 PM CST for the Home Safari Facebook Live series. The event highlights the Zoo’s amazing animals and includes activities students can do from home. Go to the Facebook page for more information, or visit the Zoo’s webpage.

Take a Virtual Tour of Boston Children’s Museum:  Get ready to virtually walk through three floors of the Boston Children’s Museum. Make sure you check out the Explore-a-Saurus and the Japanese House. Visit the webpage to begin your tour.

Explore the Museum of Metropolitan Art:  Do you love art? If you do, New York City’s Museum of Metropolitan Art has an interactive museum map for kids to explore the famous museum. There are also behind-the-scenes videos featuring kids just like them and a “time machine” to let kids explore thousands of years of art! View #MetKids for more information.

Explore Hundreds of Art Museums:  Join Google and explore hundreds of art museums and galleries with Google’s Arts and Culture web engine. See paintings by Van Gogh, Rembrandt, and many more. View the high-resolution images today!

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