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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

February 26, 2015
No Garbage Literature

State of Mind and Parenting: More Essential Than We Thought?

Christine: Girls with ADHD Different Than Boys

About the Penderwicks
This Week
Family Concert - Peter and the Wolf Rhythms of Life
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  No Garbage Literature

(ABC_Feb 2015) my-bookstore-cover-209x300.jpgI believe that inspiring stories 1) exist at all levels from picture books to epic novels, 2) are a must in the raising and building of character in children and 3) are a great help all our lives in maintaining and sometimes restoring our own good character. Therefore as a parent I want my children exposed to quality literature. I'll be reading right along with them as they bring home assignments that might deviate from my own standards. We'll discuss these, and sometimes respectfully write reviews on why they are lousy.

How often have I picked up a book in the young adult category, read a few pages and rejected it because of an uninspiring topic, in fact a dreary, unsavory topic. I do not want garbage in my life!  Fortunately inspiring books, well written and often beautifully written abound from the classics to contemporary. Somehow, I only recently discovered the Penderwick stories. I also enjoy Jeanne Birdsall's story of how she came to write the Penderwick series. Lauren Hillenbrand has written a young adult version of Unbroken. this would be great for tween and teen boys.  We'll keep bring you inspiring books. Won't you share favorite books with us too?

On March 6 Seymour Marine Discovery Center is offering a very special day with marine science exploration and hands-on activities for homeschoolers.  Register soon

This Sunday take the family to listen to Prokofiev's timeless musical fable, Peter and the Wolf, also  Smetana's The Maldau, Grieg's In the Hall of the Mountain King and the Star Wars theme. This should expand young minds!

The Weekend   ~ Parenting Support  ~  Parks

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Have a great weekend with family and friends, Parmalee

 

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  State of Mind and Parenting: More Essential Than We Thought?

By Ami Chen Mills-Naim ... www.amichen.com

(ABC_Feb 2015) AmiChen2.jpgI have recently returned from a cold and snowy visit to a Native American Indian Reservation in Minnesota, host to one of the worst school shootings (at the time, in 2005) in U.S. history. The problems that continue to plague this small, rural and impoverished (but also very beautiful and resilient) community include a rash of suicides of youth-even of children as young as 10.

At the same time, in Silicon Valley, where our family used to live, children from even wealthy households in one city have also been committing suicide on the train tracks and elsewhere, marking an unfortunate new start to an old epidemic that started there about six years ago.

Our children are crying out to us from all backgrounds and every kind of community. They are telling us that somehow our priorities are not straight. Our vision is not clear. There may be high pressure for achievement; or a lack of feelings of self worth for children (and for parents); as well as no guidance about, or sense of where true well-being comes from.

But in even the worst of circumstances, hope glimmers on the horizon. There is an invisible factor in parenting and educating youth that makes a world of difference for kids-indeed, for us all.

Read more>>>>>

Ami is author of The Spark Inside (for youth) and State of Mind in the Classroom: Thought, Consciousness and the Essential Curriculum for Healthy Learning. She is a global speaker, trainer and wellness coach who co-founded the non-profit Center for Sustainable Change. She directed the National Community Resiliency Project, funded by W.K. Kellogg, and is host of the radio show and podcast, "On the Front Porch with Ami Chen: Spiritual Dialogues for the 21st Century." Visit her website at www.amichen.com

 

Ami Chen Mills-Naim will be leading a “mini-retreat” on these innate resiliency principles called, “Wellness Within: Yoga for the Mind.”

March 15, 1:30 to 4pm, Santa Cruz Yoga, 1010 Front Street, SC

Register in advance ($25 before March 8; $35 after or at door)

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  Christine: Girls with ADHD Different Than Boys

(ABC_Feb 2015) Talktalktalk.jpgADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) or ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) is one of the most commonly diagnosed psychiatric disorders in children. Although some believe it is over-diagnosed, it is a real disorder that can make life difficult for people of any age.

Many common assumptions are just flat out wrong. One of the largest issues is that males and females can have different symptoms. The most commonly discussed symptoms are mainly male. ADD is just as common in females as males even though many assume the majority are males.....Read more>>>>>>

Chistine is a local mom and scientist who makes science easy to understand.  You can find her blog here

 

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  About the Penderwicks

About The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy...

(ABC_Feb 2015) Penderwicks1stBook.jpgMeet the Penderwicks, four different sisters with one special bond. There's responsible, practical Rosalind; stubborn, feisty Skye; dreamy, artistic Jane; and shy little sister Batty, who won't go anywhere without her butterfly wings.

When the girls and their doting father head off for their summer holiday, they're in for a surprise.  Instead of the tumbledown cottage they expected, they find themselves on a beautiful estate called Arundel. Soon the girls are busy discovering the summertime magic of Arundel's sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts. But the most wonderful discovery of all is Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel's owner, who quickly proves to be the perfect companion for their adventures.

The icy-hearted Mrs. Tifton is not as pleased with the Penderwicks as Jeffrey is, though, and warns the new friends to stay out of trouble. Which, of course, they will-won't they?

One thing's for sure: it will be a summer the Penderwicks will never forget.

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall has won many awards, including the 2005 National Book Award for Young People. It has been published in Large Print, and is being translated into 18 languages.

  This Week

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February-March

in the Parks

 

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School Corner

Spring Hill, K-8, Open House 3/11

 

Gateway School, K-8, School Day Tour 3/11

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf PreK-8, Early Childhood Education Class

 

Tara Redwood PreK-6, Tour Day 3/18


Santa Cruz Waldorf PreK-8, Mornings in the Kindergarten 3/21

Unbroken
(The Young Adult Adaptation)

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"Every young person should have the chance to read this book. It's easy to think, growing up, that bravery is for other people, who are simply born heroic. But nothing about Louis marked him out for greatness. He started out as a misfit and troublemaker, but became a great man because of his choices. His story shows that everyone has the potential to rise above obstacles. It is not where you start out in life that counts the most, it is how you choose to face it."-Angelina Jolie


 

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Parenting is "thrilling, exhausting, hilarious, fun, frustrating, rewarding.... and requires constant vigilance..."

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March

Workshops for  Parents with Babies to Teens

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 Family Concert - Peter and the Wolf Rhythms of Life

Family Concert - Peter and the Wolf Rhythms of Life

Santa Cruz County Symphony
Music, dance and meet the instruments
Date: 03/01/2015 at 2:00pm
Ages: all

(Logos Event Calendar) PeterandtheWolf2.jpgJoin the Symphony, Maestro Daniel Stewart and special guests on Sunday, March 1st, 2 pm at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, for  "PETER AND THE WOLF"- our popular and lively Family Concert that's lots of fun for the entire family. 

In addition to Prokofiev's timeless musical fable, we'll perform Smetana's The Maldau, Grieg's In the Hall of the Mountain King and the Star Wars theme!

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Location: Santa Cruz Civic Center, 307 Church St, Aptos Mapwebsite Santa Cruz

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Foster Parent and Adoption Orientation
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  Foster Parent and Adoption Orientation
County of Santa Cruz
Date: The 1st Wed of every month from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Ages: Adult
Details: Foster Parent and Adoption Orientation
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Arboretum Garden Free Day
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Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
Date: The 1st Sa of every month at 11:00am
Details: A tranquil place to see plants from around the world plus quail, bunnies...
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Successful Kids Revolution telesummit
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Lorraine Pursell, M.A.
Date: Every Mon, Tues and Wed (Jan 26-Mar 12) from 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Details: Successful Kids Revolution free telesummit
Special Instructions: listen from your phone or computer
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Four O'Clock Friday Yoga Classes for Kids and Adults!
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Luma Yoga and Family Center
Date: Every Fri from 4:00pm to 5:20pm
Ages: Kids (3 and up), Adults all ages
Details: Come enjoy Luma yoga classes for parents and children on Friday afternoon!
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 325-2620 view all details >>
     
Beginning Birding
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  Beginning Birding
Quail Hollow Ranch
Date: 06/05/2016 from 8:00am to 10:00am
Ages: All ages
Details: Join Eric Feuss from the Santa Cruz Bird Club for a leisurely hike
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Santa Cruz County Science & Engineering Fair
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Santa Cruz County Office of Education
Date: 03/11/2017 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Details: Come see youth's science projects
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