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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

July 28, 2016
Pokemon... Moderation!

How to Play Pokemon Go
Pokemon Go Safety Tips

Aargh/Yeah Pokemon!

Choosing A Guardian for Your Child

Children's Art from The Art Factory's Summer Camps
Choosing A Guardian for Your Child - continued
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  Pokemon... Moderation!

(A July) PokemonGobyGreenery.jpgNo doubt! Pokemon Go has swept the country and attracted all ages --children, parents and grandparents. Although curious about the phenomenon, I already have plenty of creative and active interests that give me great pleasure, even so I observe that  Pokemon Go offers fun and even a way to benefit from connecting with others. Perhaps our culture is in need of something light and enjoyable to counter the mayhem and discord too visible if one listens to too much news.

I collected some comments from FB to share with you.  Enjoy whatever games/entertainment you like.  As always practice moderation and respect others' choices.  Share age appropriate safety guidelines with the children.

(A Buttons) Button_Weekend.jpgPlease recommend our newsletter to new friends so they won't miss a few tidbits of wisdom from our author contributors, and as always our many fun events! We cannot fit them all into this newsletter.  There are more on the online calendar.

Have a creative weekend with the family! Parmalee

 

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  How to Play Pokemon Go

(A July) Pokemon-GO-3.jpgYour guide to getting started with the hottest game of the summer (Time.com)

 

The Pokémon franchise has already proven to be a smash hit on Nintendo's handheld consoles, and now it's dominating smartphones, too. Pokémon Go, which launched for iOS and Android on July 6, is already larger than Tinder and is on its way to surpassing Twitter's daily active user count.

The game is unlike anything Pokémon fans have seen in the past. The app uses augmented reality to make it seem like Pokémon are actually in your surroundings, meaning you may see a Pikachu standing on the sidewalk or a Pidgey peeking out from behind a tree. While the faces may seem familiar to fans, the gameplay is actually very different from other Pokémon-themed games.

Here's what you need to know to get started with Pokémon Go.  Get the scoop!>>>>

  Pokemon Go Safety Tips

Pokémon Go is the latest mobile app craze that is bringing thousands of adults, teenagers, and kids to public places in search of virtual Pokemon characters. Crowds of people are out and about having fun hunting for Pikachu. While the Pokémon Go is great getting outside to explore a new adventure, it can also become a safety hazard.

Message from Santa Cruz Police

(A July) PokemonGoKidsPolice.jpgWhile you're ‪Pokémoning be sure to remember these Pokémon Go Safety Tips!
1. Know your surroundings: Pay attention to where you are going and who is around you.
2. Do not play "Pokemon GO" while driving.
3. Do not go onto private property, dark alleys or suspicious locations.
4. At night avoid potentially dangerous situations, make sure that people can see you and be aware of strangers.
5. Set boundaries for children on where and when they go ‪‎Pokémoning.
6. This tip is more about good manners. Be respectful of where you're playing. Be mindful when hunting for Pokemon at memorials and sanctuaries where people want to reflect.

Good luck catching them all and stay safe in the real world as you explore.

Message from KidPower

If your family plans to play Pokémon GO, Kidpower recommends that you take these simple steps to be safe and have more fun:


(A July) PokemonGoKids.jpg1. Recognize the possible safety problems
2. Practice skills, make decisions, and set boundaries that can prevent or avoid problems
3. Make Safety Plans that include skills, boundaries, and agreements
4. Stay in communication and have fun!

To help out, we've added a bit more detail about each of these steps ... but remember: while there is always more to learn, you do NOT need to be an expert in order to give your kids confident guidance that can help them be safer while they play right away! Read entire KidPower article>>>

 

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  Aargh/Yeah Pokemon!
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"I just attended an event at the local college where 3,000 people showed up to share their love of Pokemon Go. People set up picnics, gave out water bottles, formed groups to train at gyms. I saw kids and parents, marines and soldiers, old people, young people, all walks, all styles, gathering together for a couple hours of shared enjoyment."

"It got my autistic agoraphobic daughter out of the house for a bit."

"I'm an advocate of smiling at passers by already, but my shared smile count has greatly increased since I've been playing this. I've never seen the city so social."

"Never seen so many strangers out walking around my town and smiling, waving at each other, and asking what team they're on. Kids are skating around Pokestops and talking to us adults who play (we meet up after our kids bedtimes) and chat around the lures."

"I play the game, I'm not obsessed with it. Moderation.."

"I play Pokemon Go and love it. I don't stare at my phone 24/7. The other day I had a nice interaction with a couple kids who where playing as well. My daughter and I were waiting for the library to open and she said let's see if there are any pokemon here. Another kid heard her and came and sat down next to her and started talking about the game. Soon a couple more came over and they were all talking about the game, their favorite pokemon, ect.. My daughter is a shy 4yr old and the 3 kids that came over were different ages (maybe 6 -8 ). I thought it was nice interaction and it made my daughter's day."

"Hm, its possible for people to leave their house without PokemonGo, for instance: take a book, sit on a bench and read, take a walk around the neighbourhood, sit for a coffee, go hiking, ride a bike, run.."

"The point is, there is this beautiful world out there, passing us/you by, and now you get out and instead of actually enjoying nature, you are progressing a virtual one that relies on real world locations, decided by their rarity in type. You aren't seeing the world, you are being guided as you collect and eventually have all, so then what, back to indoors?  It's an illusion, another distraction on your phone, like we don't have enough of. I see both sides, and it's already starting to decline, here in Texas..."

"From what I've seen Pokémon Go has had a positive effect on people with mental health [challenges] and has given people a social experience. I've seen loads of people sitting in the park having fun talking to each other while playing the game."

"Yes, Pokemón Go helps me with my chronic depression and social anxiety. There are always going to be people who just can't stand others feeling happy."

"The other day my kid and I went for a Pokemon GO walk and while being in the park we saw a baby woodpecker who had fallen from his nest and helped him climb the tree again. See? And all this while we catch a Vectrebel."

All comments sourced from Facebook, author names left off.

 

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  Choosing A Guardian for Your Child

Ten Things to Think About: Choosing a Guardian for Your Child

Source: Findlaw

Having children adds an new and extremely important dimension to estate planning. If all of a child's legal parents are dead or incapacitated, and never made arrangements for such an emergency, the child will have to be placed with a new family. This is an extremely disruptive process for the child, even if the new family are grandparents or other relatives. It can be avoided if a parent chooses a guardian for the child in a will or a grant of guardianship.

       I.            DIFFERENT PURPOSES. There are two kinds of guardians: guardians of the estate, and guardians of the person. The former manages the money or assets held by a child, either when the parents are alive or (A July) guardian-for-your-child-.jpgafter their death. A guardian of the person, however, is someone who becomes a substitute parent for the child should the child's actual parents die or become incapacitated or otherwise unable to take care of them.

    II.            MATCHING ATTRIBUTES. When selecting a guardian, be aware of the two types, and choose people with the skills or attributes that best suit those roles. In other words, your accountant brother-in-law may be a terrific choice as guardian of the children's estate, but his workaholic nature may make him a poor choice for guardian of the person.

Read more>>>>>>

 

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 Books to Treasure

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Pokemon Phenomenon
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  Pokemon Phenomenon
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Tales of the Basin-A Storytelling Weekend Event
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  Tales of the Basin-A Storytelling Weekend Event
State Park Big Basin
Date: Every day (Jul 28-Jul 30)
Details: The oral storytelling tradition comes to life with the ancient redwood forest as a backdrop.
City: Boulder Creek Phone: (831) 338-8883 view all details >>
     
The Festival of the Book Returns...
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  The Festival of the Book Returns...
Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Date: 07/31/2016 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Details: Kids and Families are Invited to the Festival of the Books at Harvey West Park
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Birding for Beginners
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  Birding for Beginners
State Park Henry Cowell
Date: 08/20/2017 from 8:00am to 10:00am
Details: A Walk in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park with a Park Naturalist
City: Felton view all details >>
     
Pokemon Phenomenon
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  Pokemon Phenomenon
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Skypark Music Festival
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  Skypark Music Festival
Scotts Valley Kiwanis
Date: 08/27/2017 from 2:30pm to 6:00pm
Details: Free music in the park -supports music in schools
City: Scotts Valley Phone: 831-438-4506 view all details >>
     
The Gilroy Garlic Festival
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  The Gilroy Garlic Festival
Gilroy Garlic Festival
Date: Every day (Jul 28-Jul 30)
Ages: All
Details: "Ultimate Summer Food Fair"; three d9ys of incredible food, beverages, arts & crafts, live entertainment and
Special Instructions: Santa Teresa Blvd & Club Dr
City: Gilroy Phone: 408-846-6886 view all details >>
     
Dorothy Potter and The Wizards of Oz
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  Dorothy Potter and The Wizards of Oz
Little People's Repertory Theatre
Date: Every day (Jul 21-Jul 31)
Details: Dorothy lives in a cupboard below the porch of her aunt and uncle's farmhouse. One day an owl arrives with an invitation for Dor
City: Ben Lomond view all details >>
     
A Monthly Dad's Class with David Schulkin
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  A Monthly Dad's Class with David Schulkin
Luma Yoga and Family Center
Date: The 1st Mon of every month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Details: Support for men in taking an active hand in parenting
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 325-2620 view all details >>
     
Monterey County Pops Concert
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  Monterey County Pops Concert
Golden State Theatre
Date: 08/02/2016 at 8:00pm
Details: Pops and patriotic music performed by professional musicians
Special Instructions: Tickets go fast!
City: Monterey Phone: (831) 649-1070 view all details >>
     
Go Fishing Locally
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  Go Fishing Locally
Loch Lomond Lake
Date: Every day (Mar 1-Sep 30) from 6:00am to 8:00pm
Details: Visit Loch Lomond Lake and go fishing or hike or picnic!
City: Lompico Phone: (831) 335-7424 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 >>
     
Pokemon Phenomenon
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  Pokemon Phenomenon
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Pokemon Phenomenon
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  Pokemon Phenomenon
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Day out with Thomas
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  Day out with Thomas
Roaring Camp Railroads
Date: Every day (Jul 29-Aug 7)
Ages: All
Details: Thomas the Tank wants you to come visit!
City: Felton view all details >>
     
Summer Concert Series
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  Summer Concert Series
State Park New Brighton
Date: Every Sa (Jul 1-Aug 27) from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Details: Campfire concerts. Bring your blankets and beach chairs!
City: Capitola view all details >>
     
     
  Choosing A Guardian for Your Child - continued

 III.            MULTIPLE GUARDIANS. Just as you can choose different people to be guardians of the estate and person, you can also choose more than one of each type if you have multiple children. For instance, if you have a large family and know that the burden of raising multiple children or managing their assets would be too much to ask of one person, you can assign certain guardians to certain children. Whereas there are probably fewer emotional ramifications to such a choice when guardians of the estate are involved, there are larger considerations at issue when dealing with guardians of the person. Do you really want your children split up into different families if you and your spouse die or become incapacitated before they are grown? Maybe, maybe not.

 IV.            SHARED VALUES. Choose someone you know well and who shares your goals, values, and parenting style, whether you are selecting a guardian of the person or estate. Even if the person you select is limited to making financial decisions on your child's behalf, you want that person to share your philosophy of childrearing in general.

    V.            FINANCIAL STABILITY. Choose someone who has the financial resources to care for your children. It costs a lot of money to raise and educate children, and you do not want to impose these economic burdens on someone who can not meet them.

 VI.            LONGEVITY. Choose someone young enough to see their responsibilities through to your child's adulthood, and in good enough health to withstand the challenges of childrearing. While physical disabilities do not necessarily preclude good parenting, it is wise to consider health factors that may limit a person's life expectancy or ability to parent. It may be tempting to choose your own parents as guardians, but logically speaking they are less likely to outlive you than are persons your own age or younger.

VII.            BE INDEPENDENT. Don't be influenced by others' wishes as to whom you should select to be your child's guardian. Unless the person you've selected opposes your choice, this decision belongs to the parents alone.

VIII.            CONSIDER CHARACTER. Don't choose someone that a court would not approve as a guardian, such as someone with a history of drug or alcohol abuse or a criminal record.

 IX.            TALK IT OVER. Although the guardian selection decision belongs to the parents, it is important to get approval from the person you are considering before you make it final. There may be valid reasons why someone can not fulfill your request, and it is better to find that out while you still have the option of making another selection.

    X.            GET IT IN WRITING. Once your decision is final, consult your attorney to draft the necessary documents to make your choices legally binding and official. Wills, trusts, and other legal documents can be used to implement your guardianship decisions. Your attorney can advise you on proper procedure, prepare the necessary paper work, and file any required documents.

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