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July 5, 2018
Tongue in Cheek Rules for Summer

12 rules for a summer vacation, inspired by Jordan Peterson

Ask Nicole: Summertime Schedules

Understanding History in Context

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  Tongue in Cheek Rules for Summer

(0 A July 2018) MexicoBeach2.jpgWe bring you a journalist's "Rules for Summer." Think about the creativity in making a fun list of family "rules for summer."

I had a quiet 4th, visiting on the sugar white sands of the Gulf Coast of Florida. My "rules" were: read, dip toes in, walk, swim, read, doze, collect pretty little shells, watch the  birds, enjoy friends' children, repeat! It was a good day to reflect on how fortunate we are to live in the USA! I hope your 4th was everything you wanted it to be!

Enjoy the weekend with the family! Parmalee

 

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  12 rules for a summer vacation, inspired by Jordan Peterson

(0 A July 2018) paddle-boards2.jpg1. Plan your journey to minimize stress. Perhaps order and chaos should fly separately this year.

2. Get off social media. And stay off.

3. Don't carry your phone around.

4. Learn something new. (I recommend paddleboarding.)

5. Do two hours of work in the morning. It'll stop you worrying. But otherwise switch off.

6. Read a great novel. (My choice this month is Stendhal's "Charterhouse of Parma.")

7. Take very long walks, the kind of exercise you seldom have time for.

(0 A July 2018) TinWhistle.jpg8. Play a musical instrument, even if it is only a tin whistle.

9. Eat and drink less, not more, than usual.

10. Watch no TV (except the World Cup).

11. Take no more than five photographs and one video. That's plenty.

12. Above all, stop making lists of rules.

 

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  Ask Nicole: Summertime Schedules

Ask Nicole: Making the Most of Summertime Schedules

-          By Nicole M. Young, MSW

(0 A July 2018) SCParksWater7.jpgLast summer, my daughter was a junior counselor at a day camp next to the preschool she used to attend. As I dropped her off one morning, she noticed several young children also getting dropped off and asked, "Those poor kids have to go to preschool during the summer? Don't they get a summer vacation?" I laughed and reminded her she used to be one of those "poor kids" who went to preschool year-round (and loved it) because her parents worked year-round. Our conversation made me miss the simplicity of summer during the preschool years and having full-day care in a safe, nurturing environment with drop off and pick up at the same time, same place each day. Once my kids left preschool, their summer schedules became a patchwork quilt of camps and play dates across the county that kept them busy and engaged - and made me relieved once school started again.

This monthly column provides tips for anyone who is raising children, based on the world-renowned Triple P - Positive Parenting Program, available to families in Santa Cruz County. If you have questions for a future column, email me at triplep@first5scc.org.

Dear Nicole, My 7-year old twins are so excited that school is out for the summer. I'm also glad to have a break from the daily school schedule. However, I work full-time, so my kids have to go to day camps or child care. They usually have fun the first few weeks of summer "vacation," but then they complain about having to go somewhere every day. It's stressful, but I don't feel comfortable leaving them home alone, and I don't have time to arrange a summer full of play dates. What can I do to minimize their complaints and still make summer fun for them?  Wendi

Dear Wendi, Great question! Although many people look forward to summer vacation all year long, coordinating children's summertime schedules can be quite challenging. It can be particularly hard for adults who need full-time, affordable, fun, and safe activities for their children, so they can continue to work. Here are some tips for adding fun and variety to your kids' summertime schedules:

(0 A July 2018) SCRedwoodsKids.jpgAdapt your children's daily routines to reflect the summertime schedule. Maintaining consistency in morning, mealtime and bedtime routines will make it easier to get everyone - including you - where they need to be each day. For instance, having a regular bedtime will help make sure your kids get enough sleep so they are rested and ready for the next day's activities. At the same time, small changes to your children's daily routines can make the summertime schedule feel special and different from the school year. Look for opportunities to make minor changes that won't be too disruptive, like letting them stay up or sleep in later, or picking them up early from camps or child care occasionally.

Take time to reconnect each day. During the school year, homework, schedules, and deadlines often dominate the conversations between parents and children, and it can become stressful. The summer break provides a great chance for everyone to slow down and spend some quality time together, even if it's for a short amount of time at the end of the day. The simplest ideas are often the best, like having a picnic for dinner, watching the stars come out, playing games, reading books or watching movies together. This will give your kids something to look forward to after being away at camps or child care.

(0 A July 2018) SCParksWheelchair.jpgCreate a family "bucket list." Ask your children to think of free or low-cost activities they would like to do as a family. Write down the ideas you're willing to do or pay for. At the beginning of each week, have your kids pick one activity from the bucket list to do later that week or weekend. Throughout the week, talk with your kids about where, when and how you'll do the activity. If you have a camera, take photos or videos of yourselves during each activity, then talk about them afterward and relive the memories. Talking together and providing engaging activities are positive parenting strategies that strengthen family relationships and will help focus your kids' attention on things they're looking forward to instead of complaints.

Final Thoughts: Summertime is meant to be fun and relaxing, yet patching together safe, engaging activities for the entire summer can become another full-time job. A few positive parenting strategies can make summer a fun experience for kids, while minimizing stress for parents and caregivers.

Nicole Young is the mother of two children, ages 14 and 18, 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, or contact First 5 Santa Cruz County at 465-2217.

 

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  Understanding History in Context

The Declaration of Independence Was More Radical Than Any of the Men Who Signed It

By Jay Cost

For most of human history, the strong ruled over the weak. Enter the United States.

This week the United States of America will celebrate the 242nd anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. If the weatherman is to be believed, this July 4th will be an especially hot one for most of the country - but I have no doubt we'll still brave the high temperatures to enjoy hot dogs, hamburgers, and a parade or two. It is part and parcel of being an American.

Usually, when we think about the Fourth of July, we think about our liberties. We recall Thomas Jefferson's stirring statement that all people are "endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights." What a great line! Nobody in contemporary discourse comes close to having Jefferson's facility with words.

But there is something else undergirding the Declaration of Independence that is often overlooked: the notion of popular sovereignty.

Who should rule the body politic? We take for granted the answer to this question, that the people should. Yet for most of human history, government has more or less been premised on the rule of the strong over the weak, the rich over the poor. After the fall of the Roman Empire, Christendom tempered the rapacious quality of government, by inculcating the notion that rulers are God's anointed and should act accordingly. But that did not stop many sovereigns from being, as James Madison put it, "detestable pictures of tyranny and cruelty."

During the Enlightenment, there had been sparks of revolt against this longstanding system of abuse. The Florentine republicanism of Machiavelli, the Commonwealth tradition of Bolingbroke, the liberalism of Locke and Hume - all of these pointed in the direction of the idea that government is supposed to be conducted for the benefit of the people, who should have some role in the matters of state.

But it was in America that the idea flourished that only the people should have control over the government. There should be no power-sharing agreement between the many and the few, between the well-born and the commoners. The legitimacy of a government is derived solely from the consent of the people - full stop.

We can appreciate this in the argumentation of the Declaration. Jefferson begins with a sweeping pronouncement of the rights of individuals, not only to personal liberty, but to enjoy a government that operates on the basis of consent, not force. Then, he pulls back a bit. "Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes," he writes. So the colonists have to have good reasons. And boy, do they. "Let Facts be submitted to a candid world," Jefferson declares, then he is off to the races, enumerating the many "repeated injuries and usurpations" of George III. It is these abuses, too many to enumerate in a column like this, as well as the refusal of the Crown or the Parliament to redress colonial grievances when they were peacefully and patiently presented, that justify the people in concluding that the king no longer represents their interests, and that they therefore have the right to establish a government that does.

In Jefferson's telling, the king governed not because he was God's anointed but because the people consented to his rule. Therefore, it is the people - and only the people - who are the fount of legitimacy. As Madison put it in 1791, "public opinion sets bounds to every government, and is the real sovereign in every free one."

Eliminating property restrictions for voting, and then abolition, women's suffrage, and voting rights for African Americans - the justification for each of these revolutions was grounded in the philosophy of the Declaration.

Did the United States of 1776 live up to this premise? Assuredly not. The men who signed the Declaration tended to be from the commercial and planter classes, and enjoyed vast political and social privileges thanks to their economic status. Slavery was widespread throughout the colonies and not limited to the South. And women were not allowed to participate in politics. The disconnect between words and deeds is no more apparent than in the life of Jefferson himself: The author of the Declaration was also the father of a child with one of his slaves.

While it is true that the Declaration was a statement of revolt by men of privilege against those with even more privilege, that is hardly the full story, and it elides why we still mark the occasion annually. The argument that the signers made to justify their revolution was an argument against all forms of governmental privilege. And in this way, the Declaration is more radical than the individual men who wrote it or signed it, for it let loose upon the world a new way of ordering society itself.

Eventually, the logic of the Declaration would be used to help tear down most of the privileges that its signers had enjoyed. Eliminating property restrictions for voting, and then abolition, women's suffrage, and voting rights for African Americans - the justification for each of these revolutions was grounded in the philosophy of the Declaration, that government is meant to be "of the people, by the people, and for the people," as Abraham Lincoln famously put it.

Detail of Declaration of Independence by John Trumbull, 1819 (US Capitol/Wikimedia)

 

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"...rather than treating vacations as big, annual events that are completely separate from our working lives, taking shorter but more frequent vacations every few months could provide greater levels of recovery. As psychologist Jessica de Bloom, a vacation researcher at Finland's University of Tampere, puts it, breaks are like sleep: you need to take them regularly to benefit."

 

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