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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

June 20, 2013
Super Moon Weekend
Pithy Parenting Nuggets from Nicola Call

Suki: Family travel to Troubled Places

Christine: How Invisibility Works

This Week
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  Super Moon Weekend

(Special Event Images / Graphics) SuperMoonSantaCruz.jpgOn Saturday, June 23 we have the opportunity to view the supermoon of super moons (photo from Gary Guerrero).  This seems like a perfect time to have a magical family super moon party. The rare Supermoon (the coincidence of a full moon with the closest approach the moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit) will shine bright and clear above the bay, giving this weekend night an extra dose of magic.  You can also participate in two Astronomy Nights in the Parks: Henry Cowell's Full Moon Madness on Friday, June 21 and Big Basin's Astronomy Night on Saturday, June 22.

I rather missed highlighting Fathers' Day and I think it was a subconscious objection to commercializing a time for honoring Dads plus a belief that every day is a good day to honor fathers, mothers, grandparents, brothers, sisters.

(Holidays) FathersDay_Example.jpgLast Friday I listened to local talk radio host Vernon Bohr encouraging his callers to share stories about their dads. A common thread among the callers was the adult perspective and realization that fathers are people with lives, desires, hopes, dreams, interests, hobbies, careers, romantic relationships, strengths and weaknesses. In one particularly poignant story a man told how he and his father parted ways with harsh words and over the years neither was able to bridge the gap. His father died and the man now carried an emotional burden of never having reconciled. Another told of taking the family car out without permission. Expecting a fierce scolding when he returned, he was stunned when his father said, "I'm disappointed in you Michael." He has carried those simple words and the moment with him all his life. We each carry with us memories of moments that impacted our lives and now it's our turn to guide our children. Interesting how increased age heightens our perspective on the cycles of life.

In her talk at Discovery Learning Center Nicola Call shared  parenting tips aimed at strengthening emotional intelligence.  Many of her practical approaches gained traction in her personal lab --her family of several children each with his/her own unique personality. I'll share a few of her tips with you.

Who among us has not imagined what it would be like to become invisible at will, indeed it has been the focal point of many an intriguing story and movie.  Christine takes it to a new level of reality in her science blog.  Suki and her husband traveled to Greece with children.  Imagine bringing history alive by taking the children to where it all happened, actually seeing original Doric, Ionic and Corinthian columns and hearing a strange language all around you!

Enjoy a super moon party with the children. Parmalee

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  Pithy Parenting Nuggets from Nicola Call

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Children should be learning to prepare food. Stop rewarding them with food. Don't support spending money on junk food. Teach children to make wiser choices. Get up a little earlier so there's time for eating breakfast together. An aside: recent studies show an imbalance in iron acquisition. Check on this.

Watch out for excessive, "noisy" praise. Be quiet. Don't raise praise junkies.

Be consistent and firm, but occasionally break your own rules and explain why. Do not sort out all their messes/mistakes for them, but talk about them. Involve them in solutions. Let things go wrong at early ages. Let them experience consequences.

About your family values, be authentic. Articulate them and explain why. Sometimes renegotiate the rules.

Help them develop independence. Help them organize toys, clothes, kitchen tools etc. at their levels.

Play outside. Studies show that adults who were allowed a lot of outside playtime are more socially and emotionally successful. Limit exposure to innappropriate influences. Provide toys that stimulate the imagination. The greatest antidote to unhealthy influences is to take the learning outside. Feed the mind and the body. Help them learn empathy for the smallest of creatures --bugs, lizards, et.al.

If you're homeschooling, find the right pace, look for the balance, feel free to allow a free day or cut back.

Teach delayed gratification.

Teach them how to work through problems. Talk it through. Walk back through a situation, physically if possible. Label emotions. Talk about our own emotions. With older children a good time to talk is after a bath and when they're in bed. That's when the need to share spills out. Our job is to help them sort things out.

Read. Learn from fictional characters' experiences. Boys (more often than girls) and reluctant readers need reading. Read aloud with them. If your child is an advanced reader, don't rush him. Stay at her emotional level.

 

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  Suki: Family travel to Troubled Places

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We recently got back from a trip to Greece, where we traveled around the country with our children. Back home, people asked, "Are you sure you want to go there with all the trouble that's happening?" Well, yes, we were sure. And yes, we had a fabulous time.

The news out of Greece these days seems to be all bad. Forests being chopped down because the government levied a high tax on heating oil. Crime up in Athens. The government threatening to leave the Euro Zone. Immigrants floating in from North Africa every day because no matter how bad things are in Greece, they look pretty good from across the Mediterranean.

I know that there are many miserable people in Greece right now, and we saw plenty of indications - mostly empty storefronts and half-built buildings - that not all is peachy-keen. But the main industry of Greece is tourism, and they are serious about it. And to us, it seemed like a fine time to go to Greece. With tourism down, prices are depressed, hotels are more available, and everyone we met was all the happier to have our support (and our dollars).

Greece occupies a strange place in the Western imagination.... Read more about Suki's family travels in Greece>>>>>>

Suki Wessling is a writer, blogger, former English teacher, and homeschooler living in Coastal California. Links to her work can be found at www.SukiWessling.com. Check out her Parenting and Education Page on Facebook.

 

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  Christine: How Invisibility Works

How Invisibility Works

(Graphics) InvisibleMan.jpgMany of us would all love to have an invisibility cloak. To creep through the world unobserved. Science is getting closer. I think this will exist in the next ten years.

First of all, how does invisibility work? To answer this question, we first need to understand how visibility works. Eyes, radar, and sonar work by seeing reflected electromagnetic (EM) radiation. With our eyes, it is visible light. So light hits something, and some of the photons reflect back to our eyes and we "see" the object.

So invisibility is simple. You simply make something that doesn't reflect EM rays. This object or material either absorbs these rays or scatters them off into another direction.

The stealth airplane does both. It is made of materials that somewhat absorb radar.  Some of these materials allow radar to penetrate and then trap the energy in hollow spots inside the skin. It is also made differently than commercial planes. Normal planes are built to be aerodynamic, and they cut through the air very efficiently. They have rounded edges and minimize corners. Corners can create air turbulence which would slow a plane down and make it harder to fly. Rounded surfaces reflect radar beautifully. Stealth planes are all corners. They generally have the radar signature of a small bird. These planes have the reputation of being difficult to fly and can't go as fast as other jets. Cockpits are completely different in stealth planes, since the cockpit is a big part of the radar signature. Radar gets into the cockpit, bounces around and reflects back to the sender. The cockpit is lined with a thin coat of something that bounces the radar waves in a different direction than the sender.

Submarines also work at being stealthy. They need to avoid sonar, which are sound waves. One way for them to be unnoticed is to be very quiet.  They use a lot of rubber coating to make things quiet. Using nuclear power eliminates the need for noisy generators for power. New electric drives eliminate the need for mechanical coupling.

Now we get to invisibility cloaks..... Read on>>>>>

Click here for more science with scientist and mom, Christine Cockey.

 

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(Photos General) SummerSaturdaySnake.jpgFamilies In Nature: Summer Saturday Series

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Connecting to nature with the whole family in every season
Every Sat (Jun 22-Aug 10)
Free with admission: $4 adults, $2 seniors
Kids and Museum members free - Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Families in Nature Series

Connecting to nature with the whole family in every season.This summer join our family program featuring live animals, games and crafts!

June 22, Drop in: 11am - 2pm - Sensational Snakes
Sssssssslip on over to the Museum to learn about local and exotic snakes. Hold live snakes and hear stories from local reptile expert Paul Haskins.

July 13, Two shows: 11:00 am & 12:30 pm - Native storytelling, crafts and games
Come connect with traditional ways and learn about the Ohlone people who lived in our area for thousands of years. Play native games, make crafts of natural materials and listen to an Ohlone storyteller in our outdoor amphitheater.

July 27, Drop in: 11am - 2pm - Beautiful Bats
The Bat Conservancy of Coastal California brings live bats to the Museum! Come by to hear about these fascinating flying mammals and make a fun bat craft.

August 10, Two shows: 11:00 am & 12:30 pm - Live Local Raptors
Live raptors will visit the Museum amphitheater. Come observe and learn about these amazing predators.


Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural His, 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website

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