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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

February 1, 2018
Getting Control of Money

Birding with Kids and the GBBC

Money Control for Famlies

New at The Tech: America's Musical Journey

There's no immunity from parenting challenges!

Fun Events!
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  Getting Control of Money

(0 February 2018) JuncoDarkEyed2.jpgIf your family wants to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count, which begins February 16, you can practice ahead of time with two excellent free apps, Merlin Bird ID and Audubon Birds to identify birds new to you. Also visit the Santa Cruz Bird Club website to become familiar with local birds.

Dave Ramsey blew it financially early in his adult life, changed his habits, recovered, studied, got totally out of debt and became a successful financial advisor, specializing in helping others become debt-free. I first heard him on the radio while traveling in the East. Today you can hear him on SiriusXM or via free app anytime, anywhere.  He has helped many families change their relationship with money.  Check him out!

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!

Enjoy being out with the birds with the family!  Parmalee

Photo: Dark Eyed Junco.  Juncos are early risers, arrive in groups, perky little birds who like to kick seeds out of feeder and bounce around on the ground consuming their booty.


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  Birding with Kids and the GBBC

(0 February 2018) BirdingWithKids2.jpgBirdist Rule #7: Take a Kid Birding

Helping the next generation learn the joys of birding is important, but first you have to make it fun. Try these tips>>>

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online at Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers to experts, and you can participate from your backyard, or anywhere in the world. More information>>>


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  Money Control for Famlies

Helpful Money Ideas from Dave Ramsey

$ THE 7 BABY STEPS for Getting Out of Debt:

Baby Step 1: Save $1,000 cash in a beginner emergency fund
Baby Step 2: Use the debt snowball to pay off all your debt except for the house
Baby Step 3: Save a fully-funded emergency fund of 3 to 6 months of expenses
Baby Step 4: Invest 15% of your household income into retirement
Baby Step 5: Start saving for kids' college
Baby Step 6: Pay off your home early
Baby Step 7: Build wealth and give generously!

Discover more about the Baby Steps and how they work.

$ Everything You Need to Become Debt‑Free

Financial Peace University is a nine-lesson class taught by financial expert Dave Ramsey that will teach you how to take control of your money.

  • Entertaining videos with an in-depth workbook.
  • The best digital tools and personal budgeting app.
  • Classes you can take with a group or online at home.

$ 2018 Investment Outlook

It's 2018, and everyone's looking to get a jump on their investing for the new year. So, what are some stock market trends to watch out for in the next 12 months?

Before we dive in, hear me say this: No one can predict exactly what the economy will do in the next year. That's the honest truth you won't hear from many investing "experts." There are a few economic indicators that can help us be aware of what might happen in the stock market, but, you've got to remember, these are just pieces of information-statistics or trends-that could show something bigger going on in our financial system.

So, keep that in mind as you look at what's going on in our economy and as you make financial decisions for you and your family.

What Are Economic Indicators? Economic indicators are statistics used to gauge future trends in the economy. Let's take a look at some of the major economic indicators, and what they mean to you and your money. Find out>>>>


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  New at The Tech: America's Musical Journey

(0 February 2018) Tech-AmericasMusicalJourney.jpgA new movie is coming to the Tech Feb. 16: America's Musical Journey

"America's Musical Journey" celebrates the diverse music and creative risk-taking spirit that characterize America. Follow Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc as he traces Louis Armstrong's footsteps through the colorful locales where America's music was born - iconic cities like New Orleans, Chicago, Detroit, New York City, Nashville, Miami and more - and meet the artists, music makers, storytellers and innovators who are shaping America's culture today.

See these movies now: Amazon Adventure, Great White Shark, Dream Big, Star Wars: The Last Jedi


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  There's no immunity from parenting challenges!

Ask Nicole: Positive Parenting Builds Social-Emotional Skills

by Nicole M. Young, MSW

Whenever I go to the grocery store, I'm reminded of the everyday challenges parents face. I recently overheard a parent say to a screaming child, "Calm down, or we're leaving the store." The child continued to scream, and the parent continued to say, "Calm down, or we're leaving the store." Five aisles later, the child was still screaming. I empathized with both the parent and the child because it reminded me of the times when my kids had public meltdowns that left me embarrassed and frustrated. There's no immunity from parenting challenges.

(0 February 2018) BossyGirl.jpgDear Nicole, I know a 4-year old who acts like the parent and always wants to be in charge of every situation. She doesn't want to listen to adults and do what they're asking of her. She gets very upset when she can't do everything the way she wants it to be done. Do you have any tips I can share with this family?  Mary

Dear Mary, Great question! It's common for 4-year olds to want more control and independence and then get angry or frustrated when things don't go their way. This makes it all the more important to teach young children social-emotional skills, such as recognizing and expressing emotions, handling disappointment, cooperating with others, and controlling their impulses. This might seem like an impossible task for parents who feel like they're at the mercy of their children's behaviors, but a few positive parenting strategies can really make a difference. Here are some tips for this family:

Spend quality time together. Many parents get so busy or overwhelmed that they stop noticing the positive things about their children and pay more attention to the "negative" behaviors. This can teach children that acting out is an effective way to get their needs met. Parents can change this pattern by spending brief but frequent amounts of quality time with children throughout the day. Even taking 30 seconds to listen and respond to a child's question provides the reassurance that they matter, and their parents and caregivers are available for them.

Give descriptive praise. Acknowledging children's efforts and accomplishments helps teach children new skills, including listening, cooperating, and following directions. Descriptive praise works best when it's sincere, specific, and describes the skill or behavior the child is learning. For example, "Thank you for following directions. I appreciate it."

Establish family rules. Rules are most effective when there are a few of them, they are simple and realistic, and they focus on what to do (versus what not to do). For example, instead of saying "No grabbing toys," try saying, "Ask for the toys."  Whenever possible, include children in setting the family rules. This helps them understand the reasons for the limits and gives them a chance to share their ideas about what is fair and reasonable.

Give clear, calm instructions. Get close and gain the child's attention before giving a clear instruction that tells the child what to do - "Please turn off the TV." If the instruction is to stop doing something, add an instruction about what to do instead - "Please stop hitting the dog. Pet the dog gently."

Use assertive discipline. If a family rule is broken, be prepared to respond calmly and consistently. Ask the child what the rule is - "What's our rule about taking toys from others?" Have the child say the rule and practice following it - "Show me how you ask for a turn." If needed, use a logical consequence that fits the situation, like removing the activity or object related to the problem for a short amount of time. Then return the (0 February 2018) MomDaughterAttention.jpgactivity or object and give the child a chance to practice following the rule or solving the problem. Occasionally, children may need time and space away from a situation to calm down before returning and trying again. After using any of these discipline strategies, give descriptive praise for positive choices and behaviors.

Final Thoughts:  I strongly believe that every parent or caregiver needs support and tools to raise happy, healthy children - whether it's on a daily basis at home, or on an occasional bad day at the grocery store. A compassionate smile, an encouraging word, or a few practical parenting tips can make all the difference for both parents and children.

Nicole Young is the mother of two children, ages 14 and 17, 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. To find a Triple P parenting class or practitioner, visit

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Coastal Community Preschool, Kindergarten Information Night 2/1


Santa Cruz Waldorf School K-8, Walk Through the Grades 2/1


SLV Charter School, "Cinder-Idol - What the World Needs to Know" 2/1-3


Gateway School K-8, School Day Tour 2/6



Learn about the birds and bugs, fungi, steelhead, stickleback, mushrooms, birds, natural history and geology.

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Explore the river ecosystem led by experts, scientists and naturalists.

Every Saturday
2/3-4/21 10 - noon

San Lorenzo River.
Learn more here.

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1st Saturday

Free Garden Day

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A tranquil place to see plants from around the world plus quail, bunnies...

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Our Community Reads presents a Children's Story Hour
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  Our Community Reads presents a Children's Story Hour
Aptos Library
Date: 02/03/2018 from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 2-5
Details: Story time designed to bring family together around one book
City: Aptos view all details >>
Arboretum Garden Free Day
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  Arboretum Garden Free Day
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...
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831.427.2998 view all details >>
NewMusicWorks Night of the Living Composers
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  NewMusicWorks Night of the Living Composers
Cabrillo College Music Department
Date: 02/03/2018 from 7:30pm to 10:30pm
Details: Popular annual auditory anthology featuring new works by seven composers of Santa Cruz vintage (both past and present)
City: Aptos Phone: 831/425-3526 view all details >>
Kindergarten Information Night
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  Kindergarten Information Night
Coastal Community Preschool
Date: 02/01/2018 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Ages: Adults-no child care
Details: Meet local TK and Kindergarten Teachers
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831-462-5437 view all details >>
Field Sketching
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Elkhorn Slough
Date: 03/31/2018 from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Details: Artist in Residence, Megan Gnekow will provide tips and guidance to bring out your sketch artists.
City: Watsonville Phone: (831) 728-2822 view all details >>
Life on Corcoran Lagoon: Intersection of Habitats
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  Life on Corcoran Lagoon: Intersection of Habitats
Library Central
Date: 02/01/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Details: Learn about the ecology, history, ownership and management problems, and opportunities of Corcoran Lagoon
Special Instructions: Friends of Corcoran Lagoon
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831-427-7717 view all details >>
Our Community Reads Film Series presents: "Loving."
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  Our Community Reads Film Series presents: "Loving."
Library Aptos
Date: 02/13/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: All
Details: Join us for this screening of "Loving," 2016 historical film tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, plaintiffs in the 19
City: Aptos view all details >>
Explore California's Wild Edge Prints by Tom Killion
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  Explore California's Wild Edge Prints by Tom Killion
Date: Every day (Jan 12-Apr 22)
Details: This exhibition invites you to explore California's coastal edge through prints by woodcut artist Tom Killion
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831 763 4047 view all details >>
Watsonville World Wetlands Day 2018
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  Watsonville World Wetlands Day 2018
Watsonville Wetlands
Date: 02/03/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Details: A morning of volunteer planting, educational activities, food, music, prizes, and more, a free, bilingual, and family-friendly f
City: Watsonville Phone: 831-345-1226 view all details >>
Positive Time-Outs Help Children Do and Feel Better
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  Positive Time-Outs Help Children Do and Feel Better
Positive Discipline Community Resources
Date: 02/10/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: adults
Details: Positive Time-Outs Help Children Do and Feel Better
Special Instructions: Limited scholarships are sometimes available. Childcare will be provided onsite for $10 per child per class session, but only if requested in advance.
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 476-7284 view all details >>
A Stellar Experience - Star Gazing at Quail Hollow
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  A Stellar Experience - Star Gazing at Quail Hollow
Quail Hollow Ranch
Date: 02/09/2018 from 7:00pm to 11:59pm
Details: Star gazing with the pros!
City: Felton Phone: (831) 454-7941 view all details >>
Footloose the Musical
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All About Theatre
Date: Every day (Feb 2-Feb 10)
Details: One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
Maryjo Koch and the Art of Scientific Illustration
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  Maryjo Koch and the Art of Scientific Illustration
Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery
Date: Every Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Jan 24-Mar 16) from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Details: Koch is one of the world's most accomplished naturalist painters around. Exquisite detail!
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831-459-2953 view all details >>
Triple P Seminar: Raising Confident, Competent Children
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  Triple P Seminar: Raising Confident, Competent Children
Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Date: 02/05/2018 from 6:00pm to 7:03pm
Details: Get tips for helping your children: Learn how to treat others with respect; Develop good communication and social skills; Develo
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
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