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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

January 12, 2017
Books for Parents AND Children


Ordinary People Change the World

Ask Nicole: 10 Tips for Positive Parenting

Christine: Asthma Triggered by Thunderstorms

Places to Go!
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  Books for Parents AND Children

(0 Jan 2017) Book_ParentsLittleHelper.jpgParents' Little Helper is exactly that, a helpful little book packed with pithy tips, resources and wisdom.  Author Elisabeth Ayer has been on the front line with children as a counselor, teacher and parent, experienced with all ages from infants to teens. It's an enjoyable  read and one you can popen up anytime, anywhere for inspiration.  With great respect for the awesome responsibility of parenting, Ms. Ayer makes suggestions in perfect bite sizes.  It's a must have! We've shared a few "bites" with you.

I discovered some delightful books for children AND parents! I hope you too will enjoy Brad Meltzer's "ordinary people change the world" series.

(2 Buttons) Button_Weekend.jpgPlease share our newsletter with new friends so they won't miss a few tidbits of wisdom from our author contributors, and as always our many fun events! We are still activating posts on our calendar so be sure to check the online calendar for more events over the weekend.

Have a cheerful, sunny (!) weekend before the next rains,  Parmalee

 

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Words of Wisdom from the Front Line

"Encourage your children to have many groups of friends.  Larger groups equal fewer singular influences."

  Ordinary People Change the World

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Words of Wisdom from the Front Line

"Children need to be obnoxious and rowdy sometimes.  If the time and place is appropriate, stay calm and appreciate their rambunctious characters."

 

  Ask Nicole: 10 Tips for Positive Parenting

By Nicole M. Young, MSW

The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors designated January as the fifth annual Positive Parenting Awareness Month. As in years past, this month's column will reflect on the importance of positive parenting and encourage families to make use of local resources that support parents, such as the Triple P - Positive Parenting Program. If you have a question or idea for future columns, please email me at triplep@first5scc.org.

I was recently asked if the stories I share in these articles about my family and myself are true. Yes! Every funny, ironic - and sometimes sad - anecdote about my parenting trials and errors is true. I share my own experiences to remind myself to practice what I preach and because I know other parents and caregivers struggle with similar, or even bigger, challenges.

(0 Jan 2017) CarynRidingWaves.jpgRaising children to become healthy, confident, capable adults is the most important job parents and caregivers have. It's also one of the hardest and most humbling jobs many of us will ever face. Parenting can be stressful and thankless. The responsibility of keeping children physically and emotionally safe can be overwhelming at times, especially when we are inundated with headlines about violence, tragedies and suffering. Even the most loving, patient and educated parents and caregivers can find themselves at a loss about how to help their children or handle challenging situations. Parenting can be even harder when we're faced with hurdles that seem impossible to change or overcome, such as poverty, unemployment, poor health, family violence, mental illness, homelessness, substance abuse and discrimination. Children who experience multiple and frequent forms of stress, adversity and trauma - particularly inthe first three years of life when the brain is developing most rapidly - are at greater riskfor developmental delays, beh avioral problems, academic challenges and health problems throughout life.

The good news is that we know what it takes to help children thrive, even in the face of adversity. Decades of research show that positive parenting throughout a child's life is one of the most powerful predictors of long-term health and development. In fact, strengthening relationships between parents and children in safe, engaging family environments can prevent or reverse the harmful effects of stress and adversity in childhood. This is true whether the "parent" is single, married or divorced, a foster, adoptive or biological parent or grandparent, or another caring adult raising a child. So during January - and every day after that - try using these simple strategies from the Triple P - Positive Parenting Program to make parenting less stressful and more enjoyable. Read the 10 tips>>>>

Nicole Young is the mother of two children, ages 13 and 16, 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 http://triplep.first5scc.org.

 
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Words of Wisdom from the Front Line

"Children deserve the feeling of security that innocence gives them. They do not need to know all the worries of this world until they are psychologically ready for them."

 

  Christine: Asthma Triggered by Thunderstorms

(0 Jan 2017) Thunderstorm.jpgAsthma can be triggered by many things. The list includes natural allergens such as dust, animal fur, molds and pollens as well as man-made items such as smoke, pollutants, and sprays. Other triggers can be medicines such as aspirin or NSAIDs, sulfites in food and physical activity. Now we can add thunder storms to the list of triggers.


This is a case where empirical evidence appeared and scientists looked at it, scratched their heads and wondered why. Sometimes scientists have an idea about something, create a hypothesis and go looking for evidence that supports it. Sometimes scientists see something happening and create a hypothesis for how that happens and then look for evidence to support their hypothesis. A hypothesis can turn into a theory if there is evidence to support it. Empirical evidence is real-world evidence. This is the best data.

Emergency workers had seen the number of emergency asthma patients jump dramatically during thunderstorms for years. Hospitals in Melbourne and the UK have seen incidences rise by a factor of 10. Scientists are unsure what exactly occurs.... Read more>>>>

Christine Cockey is a local mom and scientist who researches what's happening in the world of science and makes science easier to understand.  Keep up with her latest articles at http://mistralmtn.blogspot.com/

 
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Words of Wisdom from the Front Line

"Overindulged children often have difficulty experiencing genuine happiness. Less really is more."

 

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Santa Cruz Waldorf School K-8, A Walk Through the Grades 1/19

 

Gateway School K-8, Annual Open House 1/21

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf School K-8, Morning in the Kindergarten 1/21

 

Coastal Community Preschool, Kindergarten Information Night 1/24

 

Kirby School 6-12, Open House 1/26

 

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  10 Tips continued

1. Give your child frequent, small amounts of quality time throughout the day. This provides reassurance that you're available and responsive to needs, which is the foundation of a positive relationship.

2. Give your child positive attention. A hug, high five or a smile are just a few examples of simple ways to show you care.

3. Talk, read and sing with your child. This builds language skills and provides a wonderful way to maintain a close connection. It even works with teens.

4. Give children descriptive praise. Acknowledge their efforts and behaviors you'd like to see more of.

5. Provide engaging activities. This prevents boredom and promotes learning, creativity, problem solving, cooperation and physical movement. The simplest (and free) activities - building a fort from a cardboard box or jumping in a leaf pile - are often the ones children enjoy the most.

6. Teach children new skills and behaviors by setting a good example. Remember that children are like sponges and mirrors, absorbing and imitating the things they see and hear.

7. Set clear family rules and expectations. Even children as young as 2 or 3 years old can be part of a family discussion about the rules in the home. Keep the rules simple, fair and easy to remember, and let your child know what will happen if rules are broken.

8. Give clear, calm instructions. Communicate what behavior to stop and what to do instead. For example, "Please stop hitting your brother. Use your words to ask for a turn with the toy."

9. Have realistic expectations. Keep your child's age and abilities in mind, and remember that it's normal for children to have challenging behaviors at different times in their lives.

10. Take care of yourself. Being a positive parent is much easier when we take care of our own needs. Take a few moments each day to do something that makes you feel calm and ready to face the next parenting hurdle.

Nicole Young is the mother of two children, ages 13 and 16, 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 http://triplep.first5scc.org.

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