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February 14, 2013


Music, The Universal Language
Your Children Finding and Living Their Life Purpose
Suki: Pesticides and Child Development
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(Graphics) Music-and-Art.jpgI wrote this last week: "It has been a musical week for me with bluegrass musicians staying at my house. I've learned that they play all day, play late into the night, dream songs and enjoy good company and food --with a joyful outlook on life. If that's what music does for us, I'm all for it."  Since then, I've been thinking about music and its role in our lives, especially our children's lives.

One of the talented musicians I met last week is Scott Gates. He's 20 years old, plays the mandolin and has a great voice; he's so good that people stop talking and wlaking when he performs. Scott  grew up in a musical family that totally supports him following his musical dream. He began playing piano at age 3, mandolin at age 6, studying under master mandolinist Evan J. Marshall.

(Photos General) ScottGates.jpgBy age 13 Scott established his own bluegrass bands (Pacific Ocean Bluegrass; The Scott Gates Band), winning several mandolin and band competitions.  At age 16 and 17, Scott played with  comedian/actor/banjo player Steve Martin on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, guested with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, performed often with John McEuen, and recorded with musical legend Kenny Loggins. Scott placed his own bands on hiatus, finished high school a year early, and joined the traveling Nathan McEuen Band. At age 18 Scott and band mate Chuck Hailes began a new collaborative effort, THE SALTY SUITES: http://scottgates.com/home.html.

He's becoming well known in California bluegrass circles.  I met one of his former teachers who told me that he was her most talented student. He calls himself a lily pad hopper, gets around California from gig to gig by bus and train, carrying one small duffle bag and his treasured mandolin. At 20 this lifestyle is exactly where he wants to be. A very personable young man with an infectious smile, he can be found playing shows and often "busking", i.e. playing on local malls for tips. 

Now parents don't panic. Observing him over several days, I saw a gregarious young man who was loved, encouraged and supported on his path, which did not include college, and who is more solid, grounded and independent than most 20 somethings.   So parents if you have a musically inclined child, encourage that interest. It can lead to a very fulfilling life.

Happy Valentine's Day and have a musical weekend, Parmalee

 

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  Music, The Universal Language

Music, the universal language, brings joy to our lives and can challenges our intellect.  Some can concentrate on studies or work only with music on, some need quiet with a later reward of music. Studies show a connection between music and math, between music and doing well in school.  Just think, a musician can travel around the world and pay his way as he goes.  We can go to concerts, buy cd's, download favorite pieces to ipods or smartphones, turn on the radio or listen online, and go to the mall to listen to musicians in person.  It's ubiquitous.

(Photos General) MusicPreschool_boy-with-trumpet.jpgImagine a preschool music school where Toddlers and young children learn about composers and musical concepts; get exposure to authentic sounds of Bali, Opera, Latin, Reggae, and more; play with instruments and learn choreographed dances; and in the process improve their memory and reading skills and prepares children for formal music lessons. It's called Music Preschool and is the new venture of Heather Thompson.

Would you like to experience the joy of music for yourself or your family? The Romanoff School of Music teaches piano and lever harp in individual or group lessons for ages 5 to adults.  Introducing classical, popular, blues/Latin jazz, and world music styles, students are taught by Suzuki Method, Harmony Road, and Rainbow of Sound methods in a complete and balanced program of technique, notereading, music theory, music history, performance, and computer music skills.  Online lessons are also available.

(Photos General) BeNaturalMusic_GuitarBoy.jpgIf your tween or teen wants to be a rock star, or just play in a rock band, Be Natural Music, run by Matthew Pinck offers private music lessons, band classes, band management and music camps for students wanting to play the guitar, piano, electric bass, saxophone, or drums. Matthew offers a creative approach into the world of music by guiding his students through the fundamentals as well as different musical genres. Real Rock Band" Classes, in contrast to the video game, are for young musicians who already know how to play a musical instrument. A three month minimum experience on an instrument is required (or an audition). They don't have to be that experienced, but it helps. "Real Rock Band" is a great way for a young musician to get experience playing with other young musicians in a band setting. Be Natural Music also offers "Real Jazz Band" (RJB) for kids who like Jazz with ongoing classes in Aptos and Santa Cruz!

If your child wants to act, dance and sing, check out All About Theatre. Under the guidance of Lindsey Chester, they offer theatrical training and quality productions in an academy of classes and programs that should appeal to children aged 4 through adults. Their goal is to enrich, educate, inspire, and empower people of every socio-economic background by working as a team to form a (Photos General) MakersFactory_ThumbPiano.jpgunified creative expression. Their teachers are some of the most skilled and talented professionals in Santa Cruz County and have produced over 20 full-scale productions with up to 12-piece orchestrations.  Upcoming shows, pending availability/licensing approval, are: ADULTS: Spring Awakening; TEENS: Les Miserables; YOUTH: Willy Wonka; and TEENS: Footloose the Musical.

Maker's Factory, a local resource for 3D printing, animation, modeling and robotics is offering an exciting "music" class, Instrument Making: For kids aged 9-12! Your child will learn to make music from scratch! "In this class we will be learning about musical instruments from across the world and taking a look at how music is made. Students will explore the mechanics and science of music and sound using hands-on experiments, and build and tune a mbira ("thumb piano") to take home. Register for Instrument Making Time: Sunday, March 10, 1pm-4pm, Price:$87

  Your Children Finding and Living Their Life Purpose

We want the best for our children and we toil endlessly to make sure they get it. But what is best?  We provide gadgets and education but is there more?  Now that we are adults, what do we truly value?  Our family and those we love are certainly at the top. Surprisingly, studies reveal that the #1 regret at death is not the desire to have shared more love, but not having followed an inner calling, postponing a deep passion; and the loss of not courageously declaring and living one's life purpose.

It's gutsy to live our life purpose, for to do so, we must prioritize our desires in the face of relentless day-in-day-out tasks. Pursuing our life purpose often runs against the norm, the safe and the reasonable. How do we prepare our children to live the life that quietly pulses within?  Here are three ways to enliven our children's ability to listen to and trust their inner voice.  The ability to do this will yield better odds of no regrets throughout their lives.

Listen so your children feel heard. When we allow our children to talk to us and we listen fully, we do more than just pay attention- we increase their capacity to trust and believe in themselves. Our attention says "You're valuable. You're important." Take the concept further and "consult" with your children on every day choices. Something as little as asking for their "expertise' on which can of soup to buy- "I'm just not sure which one I should get- what do you think?" or "Should I use garlic in this or not?" will pull their esteem front and center. They don't need to know that it's your stealth method to strengthen their most vital muscle, the one they will depend on for the rest of their no-regrets life!

Invite your children to recognize their intuition. Spend time harvesting their inner feelings and hunches. Devote conversations to each others' dreams and desires. This act will open the territory of talking to you during their teen years when they REALLY need you. When you've shown them that you're available and happy to talk and spend time with them, they'll feel safe exposing their meandering verbal journeys with you. This all will add up to his confidence in their personal path. Share YOUR verbal journeys to them, too. My son, Mark, and I spent many childhood hours jawing over our dreams, hopes and aspirations. I believe that is why, even now at age 34, a happy husband and father of three, that we still do. We built a life-long relationship on this.

Take five minutes each day and ask your children about their feelings. What did your inner voice say to you today? What did you sense about others in your interactions at school? Intuition is our most important tool. As we exercise it we develop its strength. Intuitional sensitivity will keep your children safe in a world that sometimes is not. Validate your children's inner hunches by spending time with them  and by sharing your own.

Practice these 3 ideas and add some great ones of your own. Watch an amazing connection develop with your children that keeps them going strongeven if their life's path is unique or others don't understand it. This more than anything else will help your children live a life of no regrets- and THAT is one of the greatest gifts we can give our children!

Blessings to you and your entire family, Lorraine

Since 1995, Lorraine Pursell, The Parent Mentor, has devoted her life to helping families have harmony and balance.  She’s a Marriage, Family and Child Counselor and a board certified educational therapist.  Go to www.yourkidslovinglife.com for your FREE radio show “The 12 Secrets to SAFE, HAPPY and CONFIDENT KIDS in the 21st Century”.

  Suki: Pesticides and Child Development

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Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities is an excellent free newsletter aimed at parents of kids with learning disabilities and ADHD. I have generally found it to be a good resource. In this issue, they linked to an article about pesticides and children.

Did you know that every human tested now has pesticides in their body fat? This is an area of huge concern that, because of the extent of exposure, is almost impossible to test reliably. Because everyone is being exposed, it is our "new normal"-we can't know what the effects are because we don't have enough data on unexposed people.

This problem was explained well in the chapter on lung cancer in the very excellent (but big bummer) book Emperor of All Maladies, which is a "biography" of cancer and its treatment. When the first doctors tried to study whether smoking causes lung cancer, they both thought it was a ridiculous idea. Their reasoning was that pretty much everyone smoked at that time, so it couldn't be smoking causing lung cancer. They had trouble searching out non-smokers for the study, but after a few years as the numbers came pouring in, they were astounded. What everyone thought was an inevitable part of human existence turned out to be largely caused by a common habit. One of the doctors who did the study was a heavy smoker, and he quit the day they started to see the results of their data. He died of lung cancer soon after.

That story is instructive now as we ask the obvious question: Do we have so many kids now being diagnosed with learning disabilities, ADHD, and even things like autism simply because we're diagnosing more often and more carefully? Were kids always like this, but we didn't notice? Or are there multiple factors-one of them our exposure to pesticides-causing these disorders to rise in our current population? ...Read more>>>

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