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April 12, 2012


SPIN Mentor Program

Viva: 5 Steps to Overcoming Mistakes

Science Fun with Christine: Those Other Bees

Sharing
This Week
Children's Parade and Free Family Fun Fair
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(Graphics) Mentoring.jpgBest friends, buddies, are great for sharing and empathizing, but sometimes an experienced mentor for a specific purpose will help us get over a hump.  An entire field of mentoring has developed over the years, indeed careers have evolved around the desire to help.  One organization, SPIN, has devised a mentoring program for parents of children with special needs.  This might be just the ticket for you -a chance to give or receive, mentor or be mentored.

We parents are the original mentors, nothing new here.  It's a lot of responsibility, especially when we know we are not perfect and need a little parenting downtime.  Come to think of it modeling "being not perfect" is normal, not an excuse, but a teaching moment.  For a positive approach, think of the qualities we admire most in people and that we want our children to absorb.  Pick one and make a plan of action.  That's what Susan True of First 5 does for us in her article on sharing. 

(Photos General) NaturesApprentice_PeelingBark.jpgMother Nature was kind to us this year: sunshine for Spring Break and warm rains right after!  Delightful!  Nature walks in the rain can reveal critters we might not otherwise see.  For those with young ones, you might want to join a Nature's Apprentice adventure with Calypso Harmon,  biology teacher and mom.  We hope to see all of you at Mount Madonna's Summit for the Planet on April 28.  The walk among the redwoods promises beauty and an opportunity to raise funds for your organization.  As you also will learn from scientist/mom Christine, I am very glad to have learned that bee species are amazingly plentiful and that bee work is not all done by the famous honeybees.

The coming weekend offers activities for all, but especially the children with a Children's Fair and Parade at San Lorenzo Park on Saturday.  Dress for the parade and have fun!

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  SPIN Mentor Program

SPECIAL PARENTS INFORMATION NETWORK (SPIN)

For Parents of Children with Disabilities - who need support OR would like to give support

(Photos General) ParentMentor_women.jpgWhat is the SPIN Mentor Program?  It matches parents who are dealing with their child's disability, with "veteran" parents, or mentors, who have been through a similar experience.  The mentor parents offer emotional support and information to others on a volunteer basis. 

What are the benefits of participating in the program?  The parent who is in need of support, the mentoree, finds a special kind of help that is different than the help that family, friends, and professionals offer.  They have a mentor who has been down a similar path and understands the disability, the support systems, and the kinds of feelings and challenges parents of children with special needs face.  This helps the mentoree feel less isolated and more accepting of their situation.

The mentor parent also benefits by feeling rewarded by helping another parent and by gaining more self-understanding and confidence as they "travel" along with the mentoree. 

What does a mentor parent do?  A mentor parent provides the mentoree the opportunity to talk to someone who has gone through similar experiences.  The mentors share information and resources, give the mentorees emotional support as they deal with their challenges, and help the mentoree parent work toward understanding what is needed to find solutions for their family's challenges.  The mentor to mentoree contact may happen with just one phone conversation or periodic conversations.  Parents can meet in person and can develop a special friendship over time. 

(Photos General) ParentMentor_men.jpgWho can be a mentor parent?   Anyone who has had the experience of having a child with a disability and who has the ability and time to help others is welcome to volunteer to be a mentor.  A mentor should be able to: be a good listener, offer emotional support, accept the expression of feelings, respect individual differences, have knowledge of resources, have their own support system stabilized, and be willing to talk about their own experience. They also agree to keep all information confidential.

How do I become a mentor parent?

  • Call SPIN to let them know of your interest.
  • Fill out the Mentor Parent form with your personal information and a brief description about you and your child with the disability.
  • Take a training, if possible, or meet with the mentor parent coordinator to get materials.
  • When a parent with a situation similar to yours requests a mentor, we will call you to see if you are available. You will then call the new mentoree parent within 1-3 days. The two of you will decide together how much contact will work for you both.

    Call SPIN at 831-722-2800 to ask for a mentor.  If available, we will then match you with a mentor who has had a similar experience.  We will call you to let you know of the match and the mentor will then contact you!


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  Viva: 5 Steps to Overcoming Mistakes

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As we work towards our goals, we are bound to occasionally make mistakes that set us back. Learning how to move past those mistakes and continue working towards are goals is what really matters, which is why I've compiled this list of 5 Steps to Overcoming Your Mistakes. It's easier said than done, though- I often find that my mistakes aggravate me and temporarily derail my motivation. Financial mistakes are especially like that for me- I just can't stand the idea that my mistake caused me to throw money away.

Last week a mistake cost me $25- tiny, in the big scheme of things, but *frustrating* nonetheless. It went down like this- we recently subscribed to a CSA ("Community Supported Agriculture") weekly box of fresh vegetables. It's a little bit of a splurge for us, as I could get the vegetables cheaper at the grocery store, but it seemed like the right thing to do, both for our health (the vegetables are organic) and to support local farmers. The weekly box has to be picked up from the delivery site during a specified time- and you guessed it, I was a no-show last week. I had it on my calendar, to no avail- I didn't look at my calendar that afternoon, and I just completely forgot about the pick-up until it was too late. Here are 5 steps I used to get myself back on track...... continued>>>

Meet Viva!

(Photos General) VivaGravatar.jpgI started The Daily Citron in 2009, when I was desperate to learn more about how to manage my money so that I could spend it on what I wanted to spend it on instead of watching it be sucked away by debt payments.

As I made changes in our family's lifestyle, habits, and attitudes towards money I documented those changes on this website in the hope that I could provide some inspiration to others in a similar situation. I think of The Daily Citron as the website I would have liked to read back when I had no idea how to save money, how to reach my financial goals, and how to live happily without spending a bunch of money to do so.

My husband and five-year-old daughter have tolerated my new-found enthusiasm for saving money amazingly well, and have been willing to indulge me in various frugal experiments time and time again.

I hope you find lots of helpful tips here to help you save your money and manage it well so that you can spend it happily without regrets.

Visit Viva at the Daily Citron for more frugal tips and finds.

 

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  Science Fun with Christine: Those Other Bees

I'd like to chat about those other bees - you know - the ones that don't make honey. Did you know that there are lots of bees that don't make honey, but do pollinate plants?

Around the world there are 20,000 species of bees - and only 7 species of honeybees. Honeybees are not from North America - they come from other parts of the world. North America has around 4000 species of non-honey bees that are native. Most of these are solitary, so they don't live in hives. Many nest in the ground. Most of these don't sting. Some look like honeybees, some look more like flies. These are very important pollinators. Some of these species are more efficient pollinators than honeybees.... continued>>>

More posts at Science Fun with Christine Cockey, scientist and mom.

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  Sharing

Susan True, Executive Director First 5 Santa Cruz County

(Photos General) Sharing.jpg"I enjoy watching my kids play together...but it hasn't always been that way. My children fought over their toys constantly. It became so difficult that we couldn't have their friends over for play-dates. Then I learned a few simple things from Triple P that helped me teach sharing and playing nicely to my kids. Now the kids play well together and we are back to having friends over at the house." Triple P Parent

"That's mine!" are the words that parents of toddlers have probably heard too often.  Possession and ownership are new concepts for toddlers, which makes sharing an important but difficult social skill to learn at this stage of life.  Children may grab toys, push another child away, or simply refuse to share their toys with other children. 

Whether it's between siblings or with friends, if sharing is an issue in your home, you are not alone!  Here are some Triple P tips you can try right away to encourage sharing in your child or children.

Teach your child how to share.  You are your child's first teacher. Show him how to share by demonstrating it. For example, offer him some of the snack you are eating or let him have a turn at something you are doing such as looking at pictures in a book.  Often an older child will mimic these behaviors with a younger sibling or friends; giving him an opportunity to practice sharing.

There are activities that are more conducive to sharing, turn taking and cooperation, such as dressing up and playing new roles, building blocks, and working on puzzles. Engage in these activities with your children and demonstrate by showing them how to take turns.

When you notice your children taking turns and playing cooperatively, praise them for their behavior and be specific about what it is that you like seeing. For example, "You are playing really well together and showing cooperation. You are sharing your blocks with each other and taking turns stacking them."

More on Sharing, continued>>>

It is common for sharing problems to persist even when parents have tried these strategies. There are several other techniques to assist your child in developing good sharing habits. Local accredited practitioners can assist in finding the best approach for your family. For more information on Triple P services please visit first5scc.org or contact Stephanie Bluford at sbluford@first5scc.org (831) 465-2217.

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Mount Madonna Pre-12, Campus Tour 4/16

 

Gateway School K-8, Open House 4/17

 

El Jardin Coop Preschool, Open House 4/17

 

Coryell Autism Center, Ages 14-22, Open House 4/25

 

Chartwell School 1-8, Helping Develop Social Skills in Students with Learning Disabilities 4/25

 

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 Children's Parade and Free Family Fun Fair

(Graphics) ChildrensWeek.jpgSecond Annual Week of the Child Children's Parade and Free Family Fun Fair
Saturday, 4/14, 11am - 2pm, San Lorenzo Park, 137 Dakota Street, Santa Cruz

On Saturday, April 14 there will be a Children's Parade and a Free Family Fun Fair in Santa Cruz at San Lorenzo Park, 137 Dakota Street, in celebration of the Week of the Child. Children of all ages are encouraged to dress in story book costumes and meet on the bridge by Front Street under the balloon arch to assemble at 11:30am for the parade around the park.

(Special Event Images / Graphics) PeterWeiss_SingingScientist.jpgThere will be a free family fun fair with games, crafts, healthy snacks, resource booths and live music and dance performances. Families are encouraged to bring picnics to enjoy in the park.

The event is sponsored by the Santa Cruz Community Counseling Center's Family and Child Development Programs, the United Way of Santa Cruz County and Santa Cruz Performing Arts. For more information  or call 831.724-3885.

Entertainment lineup includes Almost Chaos, Dr. Pete the Singing Scientist, Kids on Broadway, Musical Me and many more!

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Origami Exhibit
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Details: Origami: Art + Mathematics
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State Park Mission
Date: Every Sa (Jun 3-Aug 19) from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
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State Park Big Basin
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Family Chess Day
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Santa Cruz County Parks - Quail Hollow Ranch
Date: 12/02/2012 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: 12 and up
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