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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

July 18, 2013
Putting Up!

My Homeschool Prodigy
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Parenting Mission from Lorraine: Inspire your child without Being a NAG

Christine: Mammals Can Choose Gender of Offspring

Outstanding Summer Reading Lists from Chase Collegiate School

Life isn’t always a beach when it comes to summertime parenting
Bread and Butter Pickles from Smokey
This Week
Wacky Water Day
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  Putting Up!

(Photos General) CanningwithKids1.jpg"Putting Up" with Children Creates Family Togetherness:  Putting up is the traditional term for preserving summer's bounty for the winter.  A friend with young children wants to add canning to his cooking skills. I think bread and butter pickles are a great way to start.  If you're new to canning you will want to read up on the "how to's".  Pay attention to the details in order to have safe, successful outcomes.  The library lists 30+ books on canning and this time of year the local bookshops have canning books on the shelf!

Canning and preserving used to be a necessity, especially in cold climates, but also as a way of holding down food costs.  Local seasonal foods like delicious, sun-ripened, heirloom tomatoes cannot be found in the winter --unless they are on your own shelf!  I can them in order to be able to have that taste in the winter, and also just for the fun and satisfaction of preparing my own foods and knowing exactly what is in them. 

(Photos General) Tomatoes_shelfofcanned.jpgFor example a jar of whole tomatoes contains only tomatoes, a little salt and lemon juice, no commercial preservatives.  I had so many tomatoes last week that I made spaghetti sauce and ketchup. The aroma of the ketchup while it was simmering into a thick consistency was heavenly -tomatoes, allspice, cloves, cinnamon, garlic, vinegar- and NO ADDED sugar like the store bought kind. Working with a lot of tomatoes can easily take up an entire day, but canning 3-4 jars a day is a good way for busy families to get into this gradually.  How many jars of tomatoes would see you through a year?

School: If you missed campus tour days and still wish you could visit a particular school, simply call them for a private tour.  It's good to explore options.  If you are passionate about education and want to read a great variety of articles, studies and opinions check out the Central Coast Independent Schools facebook page.

Re-visit Summer Programs.  It's the middle of summer and time to take a fresh look at the many choices --camps, classes, family day trips to museums, hiking trails, nature reserves; home projects like canning that enchant and advance homemaking and family contribution skills. Re-visit our A-Z Camps or Summer Camp Guide for new ideas.  Many programs offer one-week sessions.

Enjoy a mid-summer project, Parmalee

Photo: Thanks to Canning Granny.

FAMILY EVENTS PARK ACTIVITIES
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  My Homeschool Prodigy

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I'm a little embarrassed to admit this.

I've been holding something back. It's just, well, difficult to acknowledge this and feel certain that people won't think I'm bragging. I mean, it's one thing to homeschool your children. You already look like Superwoman to all those women out there who have real jobs and get paid and can afford to go out to lunch. They hear that you're still wearing your pajamas at 10 a.m. and they are so envious that it's hard for them to be nice to you anymore. And when they find out that you actually get your laundry done occasionally? Then the real jealousy sets in.

But on top of that, when you admit that you have a supergenius prodigy in your household? That you're the mother of a homeschooling phenom? Well, that can be hard to admit. It's a show-stopper, like telling a working mom that instead of taking the time to make your own lunch, you just eat the crumbs and slimy bits off your kids' plates. I mean, you have to be careful not to make your friends too jealous, you know?

But I just can't hold it in anymore.  Find out Suki's opinion!>>>>

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  Parenting Mission from Lorraine: Inspire your child without Being a NAG

(Photos General) LorrainePhoto.jpgThis week, inspire your child to do their Family Contribution without being a NAG! (That means even reminders.) No one likes this role, and it should not be yours. Here's how you do this:

1. Identify something that your child likes to do very much.
2. Make his involvement in this activity contingent on completing their Family Contribution.
3. After she has completed her Family Contribution and you have followed up and checked their work, THEN they may do that activity, talk with their friend, watch that show, etc.

These 3 steps are very important. If your child knows the rules and you follow through, you never again have to be a nag. He learns how to make empowering choices for life and can't be angry at you because he chooses. And YOU no longer need to be angry with your child because he is learning valuable life-lessons with every choice. You can say something like, "I see you are upset because you cannot do x, y, and z yet. How can you get it finished really quickly?" Cool, huh?

So play with this, email me and let me know how it goes, and keep up the good work! To be ahead in the parenting game become an insider on The Secrets to Safe, Happy and Confident Kids

 
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  Christine: Mammals Can Choose Gender of Offspring

(Graphics) SexCells.jpgOver the years, many people have wanted to choose the gender of their babies. For a long time, having the "wrong" gender was blamed on the woman. Henry VIII of England went through multiple wives trying to find one that would give him a son. Now, many women go through medical procedures that help give a specific gender, usually a boy.

Over the years we learned about sex chromosomes, the X and Y. Women have two X chromosomes, men have an X and a Y chromosome. Every child gets one chromosome from their mother, and one chromosome from their father. So every child gets an X chromosome from their mother, and either an X or a Y from their father. If the child gets a Y from their father the child will be a boy. If the father donates an X the child is a girl. So the father determines the gender of the baby.

Well, science is always about discovery. A new study seems to throw out some of the gender determination that we thought was factual. Read more about new facts>>>>>>

 

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  Outstanding Summer Reading Lists from Chase Collegiate School

(Photos General) Reading_4Boys.jpgWe think you will be delighted with this Summer Reading List which comes from Chase Collegiate School, Waterbury Connecticut.  Click on the grade of your interest and you will access a printable list with brief topic content for each book.  A collaboration by outstanding faculty has prepared this list, so if your school has not had the time to read/review/prepare a high quality summer reading list, take from it!  Every book on the list has been selected with an eye to age appropriate material, excellent writing and illustrations and inspirational character development.  Enjoy!

Pre-Kindergarten Grade 4
Kindergarten Grade 5
Grade 1 Grade 6
Grade 2 Grade 7
Grade 3 Grade 8
Grades 9 - 12
 

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  Life isn’t always a beach when it comes to summertime parenting

by Nicole Young

(Photos General) Summer_ChildinWaterFountain.jpgThere are many things "they" don't tell us about when we become parents or care providers. A great example is parenting during summertime. All those smiles, great memories and new friends are often possible thanks to a great deal of planning and coordination done by parents.

In addition to wanting to ensure our children have a fun summer, parents have many other motivations, such as the need to combat boredom, the need to keep children focused and motivated, and-for working parents-the need to find activities during the work day that replace the time normally spent in school.

From "camps" to vacations to time with family members, the level of coordination that is required can be anxiety provoking for parents and caregivers. Sometimes the task of filling the long stretch of summer until school is back in session can really feel like a chore.

Summertime anxiety and stress can impact your relationship with your child, as well as your child's behavior. If you're struggling to keep your stress levels low and your child's behavior on the right track, consider the following suggestions.

Take advantage of the summertime schedule to build a more positive relationship with your child. For many, summer means a break from the busy school year, when it's easy to forget to do the basic things that keep us close to our children. Summer can be the perfect time to slow our schedules down and spend some time connecting with children. The simplest ideas are often the best, like having an evening picnic, a late afternoon stroll or a morning visit to the park.

(Photos General) FamilyatBeach.jpgFamily trips, even if just for a day, can be a time for having fun, strengthening bonds and building memories. Simple and inexpensive ideas could include a weekend camping trip, a day trip to a city you've never been to, a visit to a state park or state beach...there are many possibilities to explore something new together.

Teach your child new skills. Summer is the perfect time to encourage new skills by engaging your child in new projects and trying new things. It doesn't have to be a big project, just an opportunity to spend time together and learn something new.

(Photos General) TripleP_DadandSon.jpgMaintain a routine. Consistency in your days and weeks will make life more predictable and easier to handle for your child and more manageable for you. These can be simple things, like going to the library every Monday, having a play-date with the same friend every Tuesday or going to the park every Wednesday.

For parents, there is some irony in the idea that schedules during summer-the time of the year typically thought of as the most fun and relaxing-are often far more complicated than the rest of the year. But with a few meaningful tweaks, stress can be minimized and making happy memories can be maximized.

Nicole Young serves as Acting Executive Director of First 5 Santa Cruz County, which administers the Triple P - Positive Parenting Program. 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. Triple P is scientifically proven and is the world's leading positive parenting program. For more information about Triple P, including classes and one-on-one meetings to help parents handle everyday parenting challenges, visit triplep.first5scc.org, www.facebook.com/triplepscc or www.youtube.com/triplepsantacruzco. To get a copy of the Triple P Pocket Guide for Parents or find a Triple P class or practitioner, contact First 5 Santa Cruz County at 831-465-2217 or triplep@first5scc.org.

  Bread and Butter Pickles from Smokey

(Photos General) BreadandButterPickles.jpgYou might like these because by using a whole lot less sugar than Smokey's original recipe, they have a wonderful tart/sweet pucker-good taste!  Feel free to make smaller batches as you're getting the hang of it.  Older children can help with the cutting.  Younger children can be official tasters. 

If you're going to consume them over the next few days or weeks, simply refrigerate them.  If you make enough for the winter, use the boiling water method of preserving.  Preserving is easy but you must follow directions  precisely!

It helps to read up on the art of canning/pickling.  A book I like a lot is Put 'Em Up! by Sherri Brooks Vinton and of course there is the classic The Joy of Cooking with instructions on everything. Another classic is the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving.

Of course you can google any information you want, watch tutorials on YouTube or take courses at Dig Gardens or Love Apple Farm.  Just for the fun of it click here for Vintage Canning Tips.

Smokey's Bread and butter Pickles

6 qts medium pickles or pickling cucumbers (the ones with bumps) thoroughly washed

Cut off ends and slice thin.

6-12 onions sliced thin

2 red sweet peppers sliced thin (seeds & membrane removed)

 

Printable Recipe

 

This process makes the end pickles crisp.

Place in bowl. 

Pour over ½ C kosher salt.

Cover w weighted plate

Store in refrig 3 hrs

Drain, rinse in cold water. Drain.

 

 

Brine

5 C mild cider vinegar

5 C white or brown sugar (wow, I used ½ C and I prefer the flavor from white)

1 ½ t turmeric

1 ½ t celery seed

½ t ground cloves

2 T mustard seed

Bring to boil. Add cukes slowly. Cook just to simmering; do not boil. Pack in sterilized jars, leaving 1/2" space at top.

  This Week

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Use the PARENT PLANNER to click on events and resources you are interested in and click PRINT MY PLANNER to print or email your list.

This Weekend: Friday through Sunday

 

Full Moon Madness Astronomy Night

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Henry Cowell State Park

July 19, 6:30-9:30pm

 

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Summer Reading

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Summer in the Parks

 
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Parents Nights Out!

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Luma Yoga

3rd Fridays

July 19

 

Junebug's Gym

Friday July 26

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 Wacky Water Day
Wacky Water Day
City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation
Wacky Water Day
Date: 07/20/2013 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: 5-12 Admission Fees: Free

Bring the family for a fun day of water games in Laurel Park. Summer camp leaders will have kids slipping and sliding, water balloon tossing and splashing in the summer sun. Kids should wear swim suits and bring towels and sunscreen.


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Date: Every Su, Mon, Fri and Sa (Jun 1-Jun 30) at 3:00pm
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California Rodeo
Date: Every day (Jul 20-Jul 23)
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Details: 2016 California Rodeo... Cowgirl and Cowboy Up!
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