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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

December 19, 2014

About Santa

10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under Age 12

Christine: Audubon Christmas Bird Count
Women at Work: A Guide for Men

Make Dioramas!
This Week
Toy Trains 2014
10 Reasons continued
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The Santa Cruz Bird Club is counting on volunteers to help with the local bird count on Dec. 20.  Keeping a list of neighborhood, seashore and mountain woods birds can be a fun family hobby.  It's easy to identify the common ones.  After that it's thrilling to sight a less frequent feathered visitor. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has a great website with good ideas for beginners.  Take a look at Yardmap.

I found the Women at Work article illuminating and perhaps quite helpful for both women and men working in small to large business environments.  Its discoveries may even help relationships!  Also interesting are readers' comments.

(Holidays) Christmas_norad-santa-tracker.jpgThe article on children and electronics is quite opinionated and may ruffle a few geek feathers, nevertheless some good ideas and guidelines are offered up.  Take what makes sense to you from the article.  On the other hand, the Norad Santa tracking website is quite charming thanks to electronics!  Visit the Santa's Village where you can track Santa's progress, play games, go to the theater and listen to Christmas songs by the Air Force Academy Band.

Did you graduate from high school (college) or did you graduate high school?  I did a little research on the ubiquitous phrase, "graduated high school" which I hear a lot, even by talking heads et. al.  Of course the grammar police agree that graduated from is  correct.  I first noticed this a few years ago, but my real question is "How did that lazy, sloppy phrase creep into our language?" Could this have come from texting shorthand, our educational institutions, hip hop culture or what!?

It's time for our annual Toy Trains exhibit at MAH.  Every year the men of the Over the Hill gang put on this show for children of all ages.  When you visit, be sure to thank them for all they do to keep trains alive in our memories!

(Holidays) Christmas_StorytimeTeddyBear.jpgThe Weekend   ~  December Holiday Events  ~ Parenting Support  ~  Classes  ~  Winter Camps for Children!

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Have fun getting ready for the holidays, Parmalee

  About Santa

Santa keeps a long list of children who have been good throughout the year. His list grows longer each year due to the world's increasing population. Check out the world's population right now

Though his list gets longer, Santa still has to deliver all of the presents in the same amount of time. If one were to assume he works in the realm of standard time, he would need to limit his stay to about three ten-thousandths of a second per home!

Santa Claus is more than 16 centuries old, yet he does not appear to age at all. This is our biggest clue that he does not work within time as we know it. His whole trip may appear to us as taking only 24 hours, but to Santa it may last days, weeks or even months in standard time!

Santa would never rush the important job of distributing presents to children and spreading holiday cheer to everyone, so the only logical conclusion is that Santa functions within a different time-space continuum than the rest of us. Santa is a true mystery to us all!

IS HE REAL?

Based on historical data and more than 50 years of NORAD tracking information, we believe that Santa Claus is alive and well in the hearts of children throughout the world.

Santa Claus is known by many names, including Saint Nick. Historians claim that the history of Santa starts with the tradition of Saint Nicholas, a 4th century Christian priest who lived in the Middle East and became famous for his kindness. He was known for giving gifts to the less fortunate, sprinkling gifts of gold down people's chimneys, and for hiding surprises in their stockings.

It may be that the Santa we know today emerged from the legacy of Saint Nicholas. Clearly, Santa's basic approach to gift giving is strikingly similar. Could they be the same person? Only Santa Claus knows for sure!

Long before the Wright brothers flew the first airplane or the Montgolfier brothers launched the first hot air balloon, Santa had to find a way to travel from house to house at great speed. We know from our Santa Cam images that Santa's choice for quick transportation was a herd of flying reindeer. Detailed information on these reindeer remains elusive; we do know, however, that Santa enlisted the reindeer to help him with his worldwide mission of gift-giving. A veil of sweet mystery hides the rest.

Thank you to Norad

 

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  10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under Age 12

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Posted: 03/06/2014 3:35 pm EST Updated: 10/01/2014 6:59 pm EDT

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Society of Pediatrics state infants aged 0-2 years should not have any exposure to technology, 3-5 years be restricted to one hour per day, and 6-18 years restricted to 2 hours per day (AAP 2001/13, CPS 2010). Children and youth use 4-5 times the recommended amount of technology, with serious and often life threatening consequences (Kaiser Foundation 2010, Active Healthy Kids Canada 2012). Handheld devices (cell phones, tablets, electronic games) have dramatically increased the accessibility and usage of technology, especially by very young children (Common Sense Media, 2013). As a pediatric occupational therapist, I'm calling on parents, teachers and governments to ban the use of all handheld devices for children under the age of 12 years. Following are 10 research-based reasons for this ban. Please visit zonein.ca to view the Zone'in Fact Sheet for referenced research.  Read all 10 Reasons>>>>>>>>>>>

Please contact Cris Rowan at info@zonein.ca for additional information. © Zone'in February

 
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Learn new skills, meet new friends, laugh and play!!
 GYMNASTICS FUN!

MTW Dec 22 - Jan 1, 9am-12pm, Ages 4-12, $50/day, $90/ 2 days; $125/ 3 days, 20% sibling discount

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  Christine: Audubon Christmas Bird Count

(Photos General) California_quail-Yathinsk.jpgIf you live in North or South America it is time for the Audubon Christmas Bird Count. This is the 115th year of this long-running citizen science project.

The bird count is done from December 14 through January 5.  Volunteers go out and identify and count birds in a specific region. Each region is organized by someone local who is an experienced birder. New birders are welcome. Their web site has a map.

If you are interested in joining the bird count, contact your local group. There will be a specific day when they go out and count. You may be able to just look out your window and add to the count by looking at your bird feeder, but the local organizer needs to be involved.

This citizen science project is old and the data has been important for researchers as a reliable count of total birds and specific species in an area. This bird count has better data than any science project. Go out and be a scientist.

http://birds.audubon.org/get-involved-christmas-bird-count-find-count-near-you

Chistine is a local mom and scientist who makes science easy to understand.  You can find her blog here.  That's her happy son Greg several years ago!

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  Women at Work: A Guide for Men

(BUILT IN) (Icons/Graphics) LadyonComputer.jpgWe are flooded with career-advice books for women. There are women’s networking groups and leadership conferences galore. But they’re all geared toward women, consumed primarily by women and discussed among women.

I am convinced that women don’t need more advice. Men do.

Now don’t get me wrong. I love men. I’ve spent my career as a journalist at publications read primarily by men. All my mentors were men. And most professional men I’ve encountered truly believe that they are unbiased.

That said, they are often clueless about the myriad ways in which they misread women in the workplace every day. Not intentionally. But wow. They misunderstand us, they unwittingly belittle us, they do something that they think is nice that instead just makes us mad. And those are the good ones.

In short, men could use a career guide—about women. So I set out to discover what frustrates and perplexes professional men about the women they work with. My goal was to get to the bottom of issues that men face every day: why women often don’t speak up at meetings, why they can seem tentative when they do speak up, why there are so few qualified women in the management pipeline despite good-faith efforts to recruit them.

And then I went in search of solutions. I sought out male executives who are getting it right. And I drew on the two-plus decades that I’ve spent covering mostly male executives around the globe while working in male-dominated environments.

Continued>>>>>>>>>>

 
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 Winter Break Camps for Youth and Teens
Ages 5-12: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas; Harry Potter: Weasley's Wizarding Wheezes; Frozen; A Play In A Day
Ages 13 - 20 Acting Conservatory

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  Make Dioramas!

Children like miniatures.  Shoebox dioramas are fun projects for the inside times!  Here's some inspiration.

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  This Week

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December in the Parks

 

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School Corner

Learn to Discover, Electronics & Programming Classes

 

Mount Madonna PreK-12, Art & Play in PreK, 1/8

 

Mount Madonna PreK-12, Campus Tour Day, 1/14

 

SC Waldorf PreK-8, Mornings In the Kindergarten 1/17

 

Gateway School K-8, Saturday Open House 1/17

 

Gateway School K-8, Middle School Information Night 1/22

 

Kirby School 6-12, Open House 1/24

 

Mount Madonna PreK-12, "Footloose" 1/23-25

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Photography

Christine Cockey

Science

Viva Harris

Frugal Tips

Annie Murphy Paul

Brilliant, The Science of Smart

 

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Date Nights

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Sat, Dec. 20
5:30 - 8;30

Junebugs Gym
2nd Saturdays
5:45 - 8:45

 

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 Toy Trains 2014

MAH and The Over the Hill Gang
What is Christmas without toy trains and this is an interactive display!
Date: Every day (Dec 19-Dec 28)
Ages: All

3rd Friday: Winterpalooza

Date: 12/19 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: $5 General, $3 Students, Seniors and Kids, FREE for MAH Members and Children under 4

Toy Trains 2014

11576814514_83f0111875_kJoin us for a rotating cavalcade of  operating toy trains from the 1920s to the 21st century. Watch a massive standard gauge steam engine from the 1920s start up-headlight flashing, drive wheels spinning, smoke flowing from the smoke stack and of course a mighty whistle.

On another track, see a remote controlled modern production of an O gauge diesel with all the latest electronic features. Hear the roar as the diesel starts up, the blast of the mighty horn, the squeal of the brakes at the train slows for a curve and the chatter between the engineer and the control tower. Toy trains have come a long way over the last century, but new or old, the emphasis is on fun!

The exhibit opens Friday, December 19th 4-9pm and runs through Sunday, December 28th.

The Museum is closed on Mondays, Christmas Day and New Year's Day and closes early at 3pm on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.


Location: 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map  Phone: 831.429.1964 •website Santa Cru

Child Nutrition and Cooking
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Stanford University
Date: Every day
Details: Self-paced course examines contemporary child nutrition and the impact of the individual decisions made by each family
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2015 Physics Shows
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Foothill College
Date: Every day (Sep 12-Sep 13)
Details: If you can't have fun with physics ... you aren't a very fun person! A Tribute to Galileo & Temperature
Special Instructions: El Monte exit off Hw 280
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Ice Skating by the Bay
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Ice Skating by the Bay
Date: Every day (Nov 19-Jan 8)
Ages: All
Details: Spend the dayice skating in a winter wonderland right by the Bay.
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Mad Scientist Experiments
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Quail Hollow Ranch
Date: 12/13/2015 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: 7+
Details: Join us for an afternoon of scientific discovery at Quail Hollow Ranch.
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Drop in Family Craft: Ramillettas
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State Park Mission
Date: 12/03/2016 from 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Details: Create layered paper decorations
Special Instructions: Park is located on School St. off of Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz.
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Tin Can Luminaria
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State Park Mission
Date: 11/20/2016 from 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Details: Learn to fashion your own luminaria
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Winter Break Adventure Camp
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Lizzy's Adventure Camp
Date: Every weekday (Dec 22-Dec 24) from 9:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: 8-10
Details: Lizzy's Unique and Empowering Sports Camp
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Winter Drama Camps Ages 5-12
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WEST Performing Arts
Date: Every weekday (Dec 22-Jan 2)
Ages: 5 - 12
Details: Experience your favorite stories and characters through interactive theatre games and skits, costumes, arts and crafts, cooking
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  10 Reasons continued

1. Rapid brain growth
Between 0 and 2 years, infant's brains triple in size, and continue in a state of rapid development to 21 years of age (Christakis 2011). Early brain development is determined by environmental stimuli, or lack thereof. Stimulation to a developing brain caused by overexposure to technologies (cell phones, internet, iPads, TV), has been shown to be associated with executive functioning and attention deficit, cognitive delays, impaired learning, increased impulsivity and decreased ability to self-regulate, e.g. tantrums (Small 2008, Pagini 2010).

2. Delayed Development
Technology use restricts movement, which can result in delayed development. One in three children now enter school developmentally delayed, negatively impacting literacy and academic achievement (HELP EDI Maps 2013). Movement enhances attention and learning ability (Ratey 2008). Use of technology under the age of 12 years is detrimental to child development and learning (Rowan 2010).

3. Epidemic Obesity
TV and video game use correlates with increased obesity (Tremblay 2005). Children who are allowed a device in their bedrooms have 30% increased incidence of obesity (Feng 2011). One in four Canadian, and one in three U.S. children are obese (Tremblay 2011). 30% of children with obesity will develop diabetes, and obese individuals are at higher risk for early stroke and heart attack, gravely shortening life expectancy (Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2010). Largely due to obesity, 21st century children may be the first generation many of whom will not outlive their parents (Professor Andrew Prentice, BBC News 2002).

4. Sleep Deprivation
60% of parents do not supervise their child's technology usage, and 75% of children are allowed technology in their bedrooms (Kaiser Foundation 2010). 75% of children aged 9 and 10 years are sleep deprived to the extent that their grades are detrimentally impacted (Boston College 2012).

5. Mental Illness
Technology overuse is implicated as a causal factor in rising rates of child depression, anxiety, attachment disorder, attention deficit, autism, bipolar disorder, psychosis and problematic child behavior (Bristol University 2010, Mentzoni 2011, Shin 2011, Liberatore 2011, Robinson 2008). One in six Canadian children have a diagnosed mental illness, many of whom are on dangerous psychotropic medication (Waddell 2007).

6. Aggression
Violent media content can cause child aggression (Anderson, 2007). Young children are increasingly exposed to rising incidence of physical and sexual violence in today's media. "Grand Theft Auto V" portrays explicit sex, murder, rape, torture and mutilation, as do many movies and TV shows. The U.S. has categorized media violence as a Public Health Risk due to causal impact on child aggression (Huesmann 2007). Media reports increased use of restraints and seclusion rooms with children who exhibit uncontrolled aggression.

7. Digital dementia
High speed media content can contribute to attention deficit, as well as decreased concentration and memory, due to the brain pruning neuronal tracks to the frontal cortex (Christakis 2004, Small 2008). Children who can't pay attention can't learn.

8. Addictions
As parents attach more and more to technology, they are detaching from their children. In the absence of parental attachment, detached children can attach to devices, which can result in addiction (Rowan 2010). One in 11 children aged 8-18 years are addicted to technology (Gentile 2009).

9. Radiation emission
In May of 2011, the World Health Organization classified cell phones (and other wireless devices) as a category 2B risk (possible carcinogen) due to radiation emission (WHO 2011). James McNamee with Health Canada in October of 2011 issued a cautionary warning stating "Children are more sensitive to a variety of agents than adults as their brains and immune systems are still developing, so you can't say the risk would be equal for a small adult as for a child." (Globe and Mail 2011). In December, 2013 Dr. Anthony Miller from the University of Toronto's School of Public Health recommend that based on new research, radio frequency exposure should be reclassified as a 2A (probable carcinogen), not a 2B (possible carcinogen). American Academy of Pediatrics requested review of EMF radiation emissions from technology devices, citing three reasons regarding impact on children (AAP 2013).

10. Unsustainable
The ways in which children are raised and educated with technology are no longer sustainable (Rowan 2010). Children are our future, but there is no future for children who overuse technology. A team-based approach is necessary and urgent in order to reduce the use of technology by children. Please reference below slide shows on www.zonein.ca under "videos" to share with others who are concerned about technology overuse by children.

Problems - Suffer the Children - 4 minutes
Solutions - Balanced Technology Management - 7 minutes

The following Technology Use Guidelines for children and youth were developed by Cris Rowan, pediatric occupational therapist and author of Virtual Child; Dr. Andrew Doan, neuroscientist and author of Hooked on Games; and Dr. Hilarie Cash, Director of reSTART Internet Addiction Recovery Program and author of Video Games and Your Kids, with contribution from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Pediatric Society in an effort to ensure sustainable futures for all children.

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