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January 4, 2012


Favorite Parenting Tips from Locals - Part 1

Viva Blogs: Goal-Setting 101: Use Categories for Better Goal Setting
Suki Blogs: OT Graduate
Constitution 101: "Introduction to the Constitution"
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(Photos General) Parent_Teen.jpg2012! Let's make it a good one for our families, friends and community. We asked some of our clients, whose children range from little kids to young adults, to share their favorite parenting tips.  Please Readers, send us your favorite parenting tips

Are you looking for some structured  parenting guidance or a parenting tuneup in a group setting?  It's here.

We have the power to make personal changes in ourselves. We can make resolutions, take courses, become better parents, etc. We can shop locally so our dollars do the most they can to strengthen our local economy. Some of us have the time, desire and energy to select a civic or social area where we can make a difference. That's good because non-profits need our volunteering.

It's an election year. We have a responsibility to become informed on local and national issues, to open our minds to ideas and to participate in our government with our vote. If we have a favorite issue, let's tell our local representatives our opinions and why we are or are not voting for them. We can place signs in our car or home windows, call or email them, stop in to their offices, visit their open houses.  Don't wait for election frenzy.  Speak out now. Here's a source for our Santa Cruz County representatives, local, state and national.

The children are half way through the school year. It's a good time to take stock. Are they doing well, struggling, failing? Is the school a good fit? Are you pleased with school/home communication? Are you curious about other schools? Many host open houses or encourage you to make an appointment to visit.  Are your children ready for a new enrichment class or are they enchanted with where you have them now? Find enrichment classes here.   Are you passionate about quality education?  Visit the Independent Schools' Facebook page for provocative articles on education.

Something new, fun and delicious for you: try the new roasted chile-lemon pistachios available in the bulk section of New Leaf.  I dare you to tell me you can resist them after tasting one!

To a good new year, Parmalee                                         

 
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  Favorite Parenting Tips from Locals - Part 1

We asked some of our clients, whose children range from little kids to young adults, to share their favorite parenting tips and they came up with from-the-heart winners!

"L" (a local educator)

  • Always be thankful for the children in your life - especially during times of adversity and illness. Never take "the way things are
     for granted. Nothing lasts forever. Savor each special moment, special story, personal contact. Weather the difficulties as best you can, they too will pass.
  • Bring out old photos and look at them with your children! During the recent holidays, my children and I found ourselves looking at random family photos - some from long ago and others more recent. These brought smiles and memories that we could share and talk about - altogether very special.
  • Don't go to bed mad. Anyone with teenagers knows this can be especially challenging at times. But if you can help it, it feels much better to let go of the anger.
  • Remember to acknowledge and appreciate the little things your children do for you ... and they in turn will acknowledge and appreciate the little things you do for them (this works....my 18-year-old is proof!)
  • Do comment on good judgments, actions, behaviors and decisions....to balance any comments you feel you need to make on poor decisions, behaviors, actions, etc...
  • Always be thankful!

Carolyn Farrell, MFT,  Art Therapy Counseling: "No matter what parenting strategies you employ, and there are a lot of valid, and helpful ways to approach parenting, you will have fewer difficult times with your kids of all ages if you spend one on one time with them with no other distractions. Let them pick the activity and spend forty-five minutes or so doing it.  Simple but it works!"  Carolyn

Michelle Huffman, Gymnastics Learning Center, SCSC: Keep active kids engaged, direct that energy early so it doesn't come around and sting you when you're not looking.

Suki Wessling, Avant Parenting: One that worked: Give kids a clear goal to work for. You don't have to set it up as a reward system, but just as the way life works. You say, "Before you can do X, you need to do Y and Z." Make sure to give them plenty of examples of how this works in your life. "Before I can play that game with you, I need to change the laundry" or "Before we can leave on this great adventure we have planned, we need to make our lunches, clean the kitchen, and pack our backpacks." Then, it will make so much more sense when you get around to saying, "Before you can play your video game, you need to do your math and write a paragraph about the topic you want to write on for your history essay." I wrote an example of this in my blog post "Summer Screen Time" -- http://blog.sukiwessling.com/?p=1298

One that felt really good: My kids have been fighting a lot. A few times I have set things up so that I ended up being the "bad guy," and they had to join forces against me. It was so cool to hear them whispering about how they were going to conspire against me. I'm not sure this is a healthy strategy, but it was fun!

One that failed: I just don't get it. Most of the successful adults I know were raised with guilt trips. Their parents said things like, "If you don't get an A in that class, you'll embarrass the family" or "I know you're smart enough -- you only failed because you didn't try hard enough." However, when I lay a guilt trip on my kids (as I try NOT to do), they always backfire miserably. My son cries and starts to lament what a horrible person he is. My daughter says she can't understand why I call her "Sweetie" when it's clear I don't even LIKE her. It's actually good that my failure is so clear -- it reminds me why I rejected this form of parenting in the first place.

Patti Bond, Bond Marketing: When trying to enlist the cooperation of my daughter - instead of telling her to do something, ask whether she would like to do X or Y.  Cheers, Patti


Pam Carrico,  Peaceful Valley Farm:
My favorite parenting tip, by far is to always speak to your child the same way you speak to an adult. NO BABYTALK or dumbing down words for them. Get them in the habit of asking, "what does that mean?".  Expose them to big ideas, even if they can only nibble on them for now. They'll remember and go back to them later. Oh, and encourage them to read the dictionary and thesaurus.

Second, is to let them do things on their own...put their shoes on, even if they're on the wrong feet. Let them dress themselves inappropriately with their shirts on backwards, take 10 minutes to buckle their OWN seat belts, make the messiest PB&J EVER, even let them eat too many sweets so they understand why you tell them not to!  Just let them try, so they can learn to do for themselves and make good choices.


I think it's worked for my kids! I had 2 graduate early and start college, after killing AP high school classes, one in the gate program, and all on the honor rolls!  Oh, and at least 2 that know that "fake foods" make them sick. :-)

 

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  Viva Blogs: Goal-Setting 101: Use Categories for Better Goal Setting

(Graphics) GoalSetting.jpgIf you're motivated to set New Year's Resolutions for 2012, but are having trouble coming up with a complete list of goals to set, try using categories to organize your thinking. By "categories" I just mean areas in your life where you'd like to improve. Once you define a category, usually 1-3 goals will bubble up to the surface of your mind without much prompting, and those will be the ones to work on for 2012. Here are the categories that I use:

* Spiritual (even if you're not religious, you can think about what your ultimate purpose in life is and how you'd like to fulfill that)
* Family (anything related to your relationships with family and close friends)
* Financial (budget, spending habits, investments, retirement savings)
* Community Service
* Lifestyle (travel, hobbies, material desires)
* Career (short and long term work goals)
* Education (what you'd like to learn)
* Fitness (your health, weight, eating habits)
* Homemaking (cleaning, organizing house)
* Homeschooling (even if you don't homeschool your children, there are probably things you'd like to teach them outside of their regular school work)

Read more from Viva at Daily Citron!

  Suki Blogs: OT Graduate

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My daughter just went through one of those little milestones that mean a lot to parents with a quirky kid: She has officially “graduated” from Occupational Therapy.

Before I had kids, I went for adult occupational therapy for a wrist injury. But I remember the first time I heard someone refer to the sort of OT my daughter received. It was a teacher in her preschool, who told me, “Some people recommend occupational therapy for kids like her, but I can’t really tell you what they do.”

That seems to be the point of view of lots of people: I’ve heard of OT, but I’m not sure what the point is.

At its core, pediatric OT is just like adult OT. Because of an injury or birth defect, children need to learn to do things they need to do in their lives. For adults, OT usually results from an on-the-job injury, so the “occupation” part of it makes sense. For kids, just consider eating, playing, and socializing their “occupation” and OT plays a similar role. So a classic case for OT would be a child who needs to be taught (or re-taught after an injury) how to feed herself.

The sort of OT my daughter had, however, goes a bit further afield. It starts with....continued

  Constitution 101: "Introduction to the Constitution"

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A reader sent us an idea for preparing for this election year. It looks interesting --an online course on the Constitution.  This course offers a series of ten FREE lectures at the college level, so would be great for teens and adults! The syllabus looks challenging and will offer food for thought --facts and opinions by the lecturing professors. We can agree or disagree with the content, and as teachers use it as a jumping off point for further reading and discussions.

"Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution" is a 10-week online course presented by Hillsdale College.  Begins February 20, 2012!

Featuring an expanded format from the "Introduction to the Constitution" lecture series with Hillsdale College President Dr. Larry Arnn, Constitution 101 follows closely the one-semester course required of all Hillsdale College undergraduate students.

In this course, you can:

*watch lectures from the same Hillsdale faculty who teach on campus;
*study the same readings taught in the College course;
*submit questions for weekly Q&A sessions with the faculty;
*access a course study guide;
*test your knowledge through weekly quizzes;
*upon completion of the course, receive a certificate from Hillsdale College.

You must register in order to participate in Constitution 101. Even if you have already signed up for a previous Hillsdale webcast or seminar, we ask that you complete the simple registration process for Constitution 101. There is no cost to register for this course, but we ask that you consider a donation to support our efforts to educate millions of Americans about our nation's Founding documents and principles.

Questions? Email constitution@hillsdale.edu.

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Santa Cruz Children's School K-6, Open House 1/3

 

Discovery Learning Center, Homeschool Support Group 1/10

 

Gateway school K-8, Open House 1/10


Discovery Learning Center, Science Fair Workshop for Parents 1/10

 

Chartwell School, Memory Strategies to Enhance Learning 1/11

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf School K-8,  Kindergarten Open House 1/14

 

Springhill School K-8, Family Math Night & Open House 1/17

 

Aptos Academy Pre-8, Open House 1/19

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