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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

April 2, 2015


Ask Nicole: 30 Days of Quality Time

Suki: Hitting the Sweet Spot at the Science Fair
Spring & Summer Camps
Easter In Santa Cruz County

This Week
Whale Watch Month
30 Days continued
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(ABC_Feb 2015) April_gardeninboot.jpgNo rain in sight and the insides of the rain boots are shot, so time for a boot garden, right?

April is a great time to visit the Arboretum.  In a few weeks they are having their spring plant sale.You may want to think about what exotic plants you could bring into your own garden.  In addition to the ubiquitous humming birds, the children will enjoy spotting quail families and the occasional rabbit running for cover from humans.

This arrived in my inbox: "A Proper Understanding of K-12 Education: Theory and Practice." This course is offered free of charge because every American should understand what a quality education looks like. But, producing and providing these courses to all who wish to learn comes at a great cost to Hillsdale College. Hillsdale also refuses every penny of taxpayer-funded government support (even indirectly in the form of student grants and loans) so that it can remain truly independent.  You will receive a link to the first lecture by email ... and weekly emails thereafter as the lectures become available. 

The Weekend   ~ Parenting Support  ~  Parks  Museums ~  Easter Crafts

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Happy Easter! Have a great weekend with family and friends, Parmalee

 

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  Ask Nicole: 30 Days of Quality Time

Nicole M. Young, MSW

As a working parent, I know how easy it is to get caught up in everyday life. Between homework, kids' activities and work, it seems like some days I only see my kids in the early hours before school and at night before they go to bed. But as long as I remember to spend quality time with them, we stay connected as a family.

The Triple P - Positive Parenting Program defines Quality Time as brief and frequent amounts of time with children, focused on something they're interested in. Quality time can also be for longer amounts of time. The key is to show you're available when your child needs you. This builds positive relationships and prevents problem behaviors.

In recognition of April as the Month of the Young Child and Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month, I'm sharing 30 ideas for Quality Time - one for each day of the month. These ideas can work for kids of all ages, and most cost nothing but time.  30 Ideas>>>>>

 

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Free Help for Childcare Providers,

new or established

For more information or to request services:

CentralCoastSBDC.org 479-6136  Ask for Janine!

  Suki: Hitting the Sweet Spot at the Science Fair

(ABC_Feb 2015) Suki2015.jpgI read the article "Science Fairs Aren't So Fair" (The Atlantic) with some interest, given that my kids are longtime participants in our local and state science fairs. As a parent who hasn't fallen into the helicopter-parent trap that the writer describes, I thought I'd enjoy her little exposé.

Only two kinds of science fair parents, really?

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Families enjoying each other's board during our local science fair's public hours.

As a short recap, the article starts with the premise that there are two kinds of parents: the parents who dread the science fair because it asks students to do something they aren't prepared to do, and other parents who basically do the work for their kids and compete with each other. I don't disagree that these two groups of parents exist, but at least in my experience, they don't make up the majority of science fair parents. More importantly, I can't agree with her conclusion that it's the kids of the pushy parents who end up winning.

It depends on how you define winning.

Our science fair experiences have included... Read on>>>>

Suki Wessling is a local parent who writes about reading, writing, parenting, education, and homeschooling. If you'd like to learn more about her blog, please click on "About Suki".

  Spring & Summer Camps
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  Easter In Santa Cruz County

(ABC_Feb 2015) EasterScene2.jpgA Brief History of the Easter Egg Hunt

The egg was a symbol of the rebirth of the earth in pre-Christian celebrations of spring. However, the Easter egg itself was defined by early Christians as an Easter symbol of the resurrection of Jesus.

The specific custom of the Easter egg hunt can be traced to the Protestant Christian Reformer Martin Luther.  Martin Luther had Easter egg hunts where the men hid the eggs for the women and children.

At least since the 17th century the idea of the Easter Bunny to bring the Easter eggs has been known.

The novelty of the introduction of Easter egg hunts into England is evidenced by A. E. Housman's inaugural lecture as Professor of Latin at University College, London in 1892, in which he said, "In Germany at Easter time they hide coloured eggs about the house and garden.

-Adapted from Wikipedia.

Capitola Village Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 4 - 11:00 am - 11:30 am. Hop on down to Capitola Village for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. It begins at 11AM sharp, so don't be late! Children 12 and under can hunt for candy-filled eggs hidden in the sand on the beach in front of the Capitola Venetian Hotel. Area will be divided for children 5-under, and 12-under. To ensure fun for everyone, please limit (3) eggs per child. Enjoy healthy treats from Whole Foods Market Capitola. The Easter Bunny will be there, so remember to bring your camera to capture a memorable spring day on the beach in Capitola!

(ABC_Feb 2015) EasterRabbit_Park2.jpgKennolyn Camps - Easter Egg Hunt complete with crafts, light refreshments, and the Easter Bunny! Sat Apr 4 9:30am - 11:30am

Roaring Camp - Eggstraordinary Easter Egg Hunt Departs from Roaring Camp in Felton April 4 - 5, Hop on Board! The Easter Bunny makes a stop at Roaring Camp. After riding Roaring Camp's real 1880s Steam Train under the majestic Redwoods, over Indian Creek Trestle and through the Santa Cruz Mountains, your kids are going to have the time of their lives scavenging for chocolate eggs at the top of Bear Mountain.  Egg Hunt available for Easter Steam Train only.

Santa Cruz Yacht Club Children's Easter Egg Hunt, Sun, April 5, 2pm - 3pm

My Museum - Easter Bunny Hop Along! Saturday, April 4th, 1:00-2:30 p.m. Hop on over to MY Museum for a silly Saturday afternoon. Get ready to shake your cotton tail and have a great time with your favorite friends at MYM! Free with admission, fun for the whole family. Don't forget to bring your camera so you can get a picture with the Easter Bunny!

Santa Cruz Bible Church
On Saturday, March 30 from 11:00am -1:00pm, FREE egg hunt. There will be something for the whole family with egg hunt with 25,000 eggs, bounce houses, games, crafts and balloon animals. Invite your family and friends!

 
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Come to the Arboretum's Spring Plant Sale!
Saturday, April 18
Members: 10:00am-4:00pm  Public: noon-4:00pm
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  This Week

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April

in the Parks

 

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School Corner

Tara Redwood Pre - 6, Elementary School Morning Tour 4/7

 

Santa Cruz High School, Cardinal Club Calamari Dinner 4/10

 

Discovery Learning Center, Exploring Homeschooling, 4/11

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf PreK-9, Simplicity Parenting with Kim John Payne 4/14

 

Mount Madonna PreK-12, Campus Tour Day 4/15

 

Soquel High School, About Engineering 4/16


Santa Cruz Waldorf PreK-8, Mornings in the Kindergarten 4/18

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf PreK-8, Waldorf Alive! A Walk Through the Grades 4/22-29

 

Central, SV & Aptos Libraries Grades 5-8, Hands on Build Your Future 3/5 - 5/20

 

Santa Cruz Montessori Pre-8, Open Visits M-F

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Assistance for Pre-Schools


The Central Coast Small Business Development Center (SBDC), at
Cabrillo College, offers services for present and potential small business owners.

 

Janine Canada is a Business Adviser specifically for people starting either a home-based childcare program or center based program. Existing programs which may be experiencing new challenges or want to expand can also request services.

 

Janine has owned both a center and a home based program and has served as a Director of a non-profit center.


All counseling services are free of charge and confidential. This is a great program for all small businesses.

For more information
or to request services:
CentralCoastSBDC.org
479-6136

Ask for Janine!

 

Ideas for

April Fools Pranks

 

 

FREE

ACTIVITIES

 

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 Whale Watch Month

Pigeon Point Lighthouse
April is Whale Watch Month at Pigeon Point!
Every Mon, Th, Sa & Su (Apr 1-Apr 30) from 10:00am to 4:00pm

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From the boardwalk behind the fog signal building, watch for gray whales on their annual migration. Docents are stationed on site to help you know what to look for and share information about the migration of gray whales. While you're there, you can learn about the other marine life that frequent the area, the history of the lighthouse and more.

 Pigeon Point Light Station is located off Highway One near Pescadero, California, approximately 30 miles north of Santa Cruz. For more information, call the Pigeon Point information line at (650) 879-2120 Thursday through Monday or visit online at www.parks.ca.gov/PigeonPoint

Follow us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PigeonPointLightHouse


Location: 210 Pigeon Point Rd. , Pescadero Map
Phone: (650) 879-2120 •website Pescadero

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Give Back Bash
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  Give Back Bash
Santa Cruz Socialites
Date: 08/12/2017 from 3:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: all ages
Details: Enjoy live entertainment, henna tattoos, photo booth and activities for kids.
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Parenting Book Group
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  30 Days continued

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1.    Stop and listen. When your child needs you, stop what you're doing, make eye contact and listen (instead of saying "in a minute").

2.    Make a meal together. Let your child pick the food.

3.    Go to a park. Visit a neighborhood or state park.

4.    Go on a walk or hike. Walk in your neighborhood, at the beach or in the forest. Discuss what you see.

5.    Explore art exhibits and museums. The Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery and Seymour Marine Discovery Center have free or low-cost admission.

6.    Do chores together. Make boring chores fun by talking or listening to music.

7.    Play a sport together. This is a fun way to stay active as a family, even if you're not a natural athlete.

8.    Volunteer together. Pick a nonprofit to support as a family.

9.    Play games. Play cards, board games, video games or make up your own.

10. Do a home improvement project. It's a great way to spend time together and teach valuable skills.

11. Tell each other stories. Tell true stories, or imagine one together.

12. Look at family photos. Take turns talking about your favorites.

13. Play music. Turn on your or your kids' favorite music. Sing and dance while you're at it!

14. Plant a garden. Let your child pick out seeds to plant together, then watch the garden grow.

15. Read together. Take turns reading to each other or read quietly next to each other.

16. Give each child one-on-one time before bed. Whether your child likes to snuggle or just wants a quick hug, spend time together before the lights go out.

17. Have a picnic. Grab a blanket, some food and head outdoors.

18. Teach each other something new. Take turns showing each other a new skill.

19. Sing together. Have you seen those YouTube videos of parents singing "Let It Go" in the car with their kids? Do that.

20. Attend community events. Check out Growing Up in Santa Cruz or Santa Cruz Parent to find fun, free events.

21. Go on a "date" with your child. Schedule a specific day and time for alone time with each child.

22. Eat a meal together. Sit at the table without TV, phones and gadgets. Discuss the day.

23. Write notes or draw pictures for each other. Write an "I love you" note or draw pictures describing what you appreciate about each other.

24. Visit your local library. From books to story time to homework help, libraries offer something for everyone.

25. Have a marathon movie (or TV) night. My family likes to watch Modern Family on Friday nights. It's time to reconnect, relax and laugh together after a busy week.

26. Go on a walking tour. Pick a few local places, then go on a walking tour. Take a guide or phone with you to learn as you go.

27. Look at the stars. Let your kids stay up to watch the stars appear.

28. Look at a map together. Teach your child how to read a map. Explain where you live.

29. Have a family meeting. This is a great time for everyone to discuss issues, coordinate schedules, create rules or make decisions.

30. Just hang out. Give yourselves a break and just sit, relax and enjoy each other's company.

Final Thoughts: Quality Time is one of the simplest and most effective parenting strategies available. Try these ideas, then keep adding to this list!

This monthly column provides tips for anyone who is helping raise children, based on the world-renowned Triple P - Positive Parenting Program, available to families in Santa Cruz County. If you have a question or idea for a future column, please email me at triplep@first5scc.org.

Nicole Young is the mother of two children, ages 11 and 15, who also manages Santa Cruz County's Triple P - Positive Parenting Program, the world's leading positive parenting program. Scientifically proven, Triple P is made available locally by First 5 Santa Cruz County, the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency (Mental Health Services Act) and the Santa Cruz County Human Services Department. For more information, including classes and one-on-one meetings to help parents handle everyday parenting challenges, visit http://triplep.first5scc.org, www.facebook.com/triplepscc or www.youtube.com/triplepsantacruzco. To find a Triple P class or practitioner, contact First 5 Santa Cruz County at 465-2217 or triplep@first5scc.org.

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