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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

December 7, 2017
Our Heritage in Books

Love the Ocean?! Shop for a cause!

Foster creativity with careful toy selection
Hanukkah Favorites

Christmas Favorites

PDCR: Try "Closet" Listening

Fun Events!
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  Our Heritage in Books

(0 Dec 2017) BookC_NightBeforeChristmas_TashaTudor.jpgIn our selection of Christmas and Hanukkah books you will find a rich heritage of tradition, history and culture, not to mention engaging tales! There are so many good books, we could have included many more! Next week we shall feature Kwanza history and books.

The very popular Clement Moore-Night Before Christmas books illustrated by Tasha Tudor evoke times past in her appealing drawings.  She produced a new one every year for several years.  Her beautiful illustrations are warm, enchanting and detailed, a visual feast for all ages. Many of the books are out of print but can be found from second-hand booksellers.

(0 Dec 2017) Tasha_andhergoat.jpgIf you are fond of Tasha Tudor's illustrations in 100+ books, read more about her long life as a single mom of four children, independent, creative artist at tashatudorandfamily.com.

To "toy" or not --that may be on your mind. A minimalist weighs in.

In this special season that focuses on family, if you are experiencing challenges connecting with your teens, tweens or any age child, try the "Closet Listening" technique suggested by Positive Discipline. It may require an extra ounce of patience, but it works!

(2 Widgets) Holliday_Christmas.jpgThe calendar is FULL with events, so many we cannot list them all in this newsletter. Be sure to keep checking it as more events are added every day!

Consider going to Winter Faire this weekend for a magical, child-centered event!

Please recommend our newsletter to new friends so they won't miss a few tidbits of wisdom from our author contributors, and as always the many fun events! Check the online calendar.

Enjoy the event filled weekend with family!  Parmalee

 

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  Love the Ocean?! Shop for a cause!

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A few of the many gifts at

Seymour Marine Center's

Gift Shop

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  Foster creativity with careful toy selection

The 15 Toys Your Kids Might Actually Need This Year

"A guiding principle behind the selecting toys is to include open toys rather than closed toys. Open toys are items that can be used in many ways by children of different ages, genders, and developmental stages. Closed toys are items that can be completed and mastered-then leave children to move on and look for something new." Read this article for good ideas and inspiration>>>

Also read her article on the values of Toy Minimalism>>>

Dr. Denaye Barahona is a mama of two,  Motherhood Coach, minimalist and top contributor for the Today Show Parenting Team. Denaye holds a Ph.D. in Child Development and is a Clinical Social Worker with a specialty in child and family practice.

  Hanukkah Favorites
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  Christmas Favorites
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  PDCR: Try "Closet" Listening

Have you ever tried talking with your children only to be frustrated by one word, unenthusiastic, totally bored responses? Many parents become discouraged when they ask their children, "How was your day?" and their children say, "Fine." Then they ask, "What did you do today?" The response is, "Nothing."

Try Closet Listening

Closet listening means you find times to be near your children, hoping they will talk with you, but not being obvious about it. I tried this with my daughter, Mary, when she was a teenager. While Mary was getting ready for school, fixing her hair and makeup at the bathroom mirror, I would go in and sit on the edge of the tub. The first time I did this, Mary asked, "What do you want, Mama?" I said, "Nothing, except that I  just want to spend a few minutes with you." Mary waited to see what would come next. Nothing did. She finished fixing her hair and makeup and said, "Bye, Mama."

I continued to do this every morning. It wasn't long before Mary got used to having me there. I didn't ask any questions, but before long, Mary would chat away about all the things that were going on in her life.

Children often feel interrogated. You may be ready to talk when your child isn't. Experiment by serving cookies without asking, "How was your day?" Just sit there. Perhaps children who resist questions will respond when you make yourself available and just listen.

Click Here to listen to excerpt from Empowering Teenagers CD with Dr. Jane Nelsen talking about Closet Listening

 

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  Fun Events!
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Kirby School 6-12, Shadow Day 12/11

 

Gateway Santa Cruz K-8, Middle School Info Night 12/7

 

Mount Madonna PreK-12, Campus Tour 12/8

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf Pre-8, Winterfaire 12/9 & Morning In the Preschool 12/16

 

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Holiday Book Sales

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Library Watsonville
12/11-14, 3:30-6pm
Teen Book Sale

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Canta y Baila ConmigoŽ with MusicalMe, Inc.
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Musical Me, Inc. Offers Music Together
Date: Every day (Feb 23-Apr 1)
Ages: 0-6 years
Details: CyBC enhances children's learning in multiple domains, increases family engagement and adds richly to each family's "toolbox."
Special Instructions: Locations in Los Gatos, Pleasure Point & Westside Santa Cruz
City: Ben Lomond Phone: (831) 438-3514 view all details >>
     
Bear Stories!
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  Bear Stories!
San Lorenzo Valley Museum
Date: Every Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Jun 1-Jun 30) from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Ages: All ages
Details: Stories of bear encounters, both grizzlies and black bears, in the Santa Cruz area from the late 1700s to the present day
Special Instructions: Every Tues - Sat
City: Boulder Creek Phone: (831) 338-8382 view all details >>
     
Community Open House
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Monterey Bay Aquarium
Date: Every day (Dec 2-Dec 10) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Details: Free admission for Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito County residents
City: Monterey view all details >>
     
Streets of Bethlehem
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  Streets of Bethlehem
First Baptist Church
Date: Every day (Dec 6-Dec 9) from 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Details: Experience the streets of Bethlehem's time when Jesus was born
City: Salinas Phone: (831) 422-9872 view all details >>
     
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Chamber of Commerce Capitola-Soquel
Date: Every day (Dec 15-Jan 7)
Details: Ice skate by the sea!!
City: Capitola Village view all details >>
     
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The Ultimate Christmas Show
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  The Ultimate Christmas Show
Mountain Community Theater
Date: Every day (Nov 24-Dec 17)
Ages: 12+
Details: The fruitcakes of Mountain Community Theater invite you to take an irreverent, comedic, yet heartwarming trip through the holida
Special Instructions: Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun2pm
City: Ben Lomond Phone: (831) 336-4777 view all details >>
     
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Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley
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  Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley
State Park Rancho del Oso
Date: 09/15/2018 at 8:00am
Details: Bring binoculars, bird guides and readiness for silent observation as we witness wildlife awakening on a crisp autumn day
Special Instructions: 17 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1
City: Davenport Phone: (831) 427-2288 view all details >>
     
     
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