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June 3, 2016
Celebrate World Oceans Day

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Christine: Children Sleep Through Smoke Alarms

Ask Nicole: Celebrating Dads

Positive Discipline Tips: How to Avoid Pampering

Upcoming Triple P Parenting Classes
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  Celebrate World Oceans Day

(A June) OceansDayWhimsical.jpgSanta Cruz is ocean! What better place to celebrate World Oceans Day than at our own Seymour Center and a trip to the beach including removing less enlightened people's trash.

Thank you Christine for researching so many fascinating science stories for us and especially for this important information on smoke alarms and family safety.

Father's Day is coming up and Nicole has some quality ideas on supporting Dad's in their tremendously important roles.

Of course we don't want to pamper our children, do we? Except I like being pampered once in a while, just a little bit!  You too?  However, too much pampering can create a little "brat", a willful teen and a selfish adult, so go easy. 

(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 great Memorial weekend with the family! Parmalee

 

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(A June) SCP_Logo_Green.jpgDo you check the "Current Highlights" on our homepage?  We strive to keep it "current" for you and usually update it after each weekend.

Our Events Calendar is full with one time, ongoing and seasonal events.  Do you know you can select one of these categories and a specific date or date range in order to narrow your options?  Try it!

Art Activities FREE Activities Performances/Theatre/Concerts
Book Events Free Admission Days Playgroups
Camps Fundraisers Registration: Sports/Events/Classes
Church Services Gardening and Farmers Markets Retail Sales/Events
Classes - Adults Holiday Fairs & Events School Events/Activities
Classes - Kids Homeschooling Storytimes
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Family Events Parenting Workshops Volunteer Opportunities
Festivals & Food Parents' Night Out
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Does your organization have an event open to the public?  Post it here!

 

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  Christine: Children Sleep Through Smoke Alarms

(A June) SmokeAlarm_withVoice.jpgMost children sleep very heavily. This is a wonderful thing for parents, since once the kids completely zonk out, they will usually sleep through the night. However the deep sleep of children can turn very dangerous.

A study done by some Australian researchers looked at children and smoke alarms. They looked at 123 children with an average age of nine (ages 5 -15). The kids were taught about smoke alarms. The parents then set off the alarms between 1 and 3 hours after the kids went to sleep. Only 27 children woke up with a 30 second alarm. Of those, only 16 recognized it was an alarm, and only 8 realized they should leave the house.  

The researchers point out that a 3 minute alarm may work better, but only 5-10% more kids may wake up. So, at best, maybe 30% of kids would wake up to a 3 minute alarm and recognize their danger.

Another study looked at adding the voice of a parent to the alarm. The mother would record a message: "First name! First name! Wake up! Get out of bed! Leave the room!" This was a small study, with only 24 children (6-12 years old).  However, 23 of the kids awoke to the parental voice, while only 14 woke to the alarm noise. Of the kids in the parental voice group, 20 left the room swiftly. Only 9 kids who heard only the tone left the room.

This is dangerous. These studies are not particularly recent. Why don't I know this? When we buy smoke alarms, this issue is not flagged. If you have kids, you should look at getting a smoke alarm with a voice setting for your kids' room. Although the studies are small, they seem pretty clear. 

Christine Cockey is a local mom and scientist who researches what's happening in the world of science and makes science easier to understand.  Keep up with her latest articles at http://mistralmtn.blogspot.com/

 

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  Ask Nicole: Celebrating Dads

By Nicole M. Young, MSW

I think about my dad often, particularly around Father's Day. One of my most vivid and favorite childhood memories of him is riding to school on his bike. It wasn't an ordinary ride - I was riding side-saddle on the cross bar of his 10-speed bicycle, held steady between his strong arms. I felt both terrified and thrilled as we flew down what seemed like the world's steepest hill. I remember that my dad talked to me during the entire ride. I don't recall what he said, but I remember he made me feel safe, reassured and special. Those hair-raising rides were meant to be a "practical" way to get me to school but, as the middle child among four siblings, I cherished the quality time with my dad.

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 partner and I have a 2-year old daughter and a 3-month old son. This is a dream come true for us because we've always wanted to be dads. However, neither of us were close to our dads when we were growing up and we don't have close relationships with them today. My partner's father was abusive, and my dad was distant and unaffectionate. We want things to be different with our kids, but sometimes we feel like we don't know what we're doing since we didn't have good role models. Can you help us out?    Luke

Dear Luke,

Reaching out for help is a good step and a great sign that you are already wonderful dads. Fathers and father figures play a critical role in children's well-being, yet many struggle to figure out their exact role. Some fathers have a more traditional view of their role as the primary "breadwinner" and find it hard to adapt to modern expectations of being actively involved in raising children. Other fathers want to be hands-on parents, but they're learning how to be dads by trial-and-error because they did not have positive role models of their own. No matter what the cause of the struggle, there are proven strategies to help you build strong relationships with your children:

(A June) ConorandCaryn4.jpgSpend quality time with your children every day. Find moments throughout the day to give your children your undivided attention and affection. Turn everyday tasks such as changing diapers, eating meals and getting dressed into quality time by giving a hug, smiling or talking with them. This kind of brief and frequent quality time lets your children know you love and care for them, and that you're available when they need you. This is the foundation for a lifelong positive relationship with them.

Do engaging activities together. This is another way to spend quality time together while also encouraging learning, curiosity, creativity and skill-building. Read books, play games, go on walks, make meals together - these are all things you can do with your children at any age (even your infant) that will become the basis of their happy childhood memories. Do some activities that your children are interested in and let them take the lead. And yes, this could mean playing endless games of peek-a-boo with your infant. Also introduce them to activities you and your partner enjoy to expand their horizons and bring you closer as a family.

Work as a team with your family. Talk with your partner about your family rules and expectations, including how you will handle discipline. This will help make sure you're on the same page as a parenting team before problems occur. Make time to talk and connect with your partner regularly. It's easy to get consumed by daily responsibilities and forget to take care of the relationship, but remember that parenting is much easier and more enjoyable when you're a strong team.

Find the "right" balance between work and family. Many dads bring home stress and problems from work, which affects their mood at home. Find ways to make a clear transition from work to family time. Drive around the block an extra time before pulling into your driveway, take five deep breaths before entering the house or tell yourself, "Let it go," so that you're mentally and emotionally ready to be present for your children.

Final Thoughts: The role of fathers and father figures has evolved significantly over the last several decades - and their role in a child's healthy development is crucial. There are many positive examples of ways that men are redefining their role as dads and caregivers and deepening their involvement in raising children. That's definitely something to celebrate!

Nicole Young is the mother of two children, ages 12 and 16, who also manages Santa Cruz County's Triple P - Positive Parenting Program. For more information on Triple P classes and one-on-one sessions, visit http://triplep.first5scc.org, www.facebook.com/triplepscc 

 

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  Positive Discipline Tips: How to Avoid Pampering

(A June) PositiveDiscipline4.jpgAvoid Pampering.  Parents can make a mistake when they pamper in the name love.  So keep in mind:

1.  Pampering creates weakness because children develop the belief that others should do everything for them.

2.  One of the greatest gifts you can give your children is to allow them to develop the belief, "I am capable."

3.  Children feel capable when they learn that they can survive the ups and downs of life.

Have you seen our Parenting Tool Cards?  They come in hard print 52 card sets in English or Spanish, or via phone app.  It's an easy way to learn and practice Positive Discipline as you go along your day!

 

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  Upcoming Triple P Parenting Classes

(A June) TripleP4.jpgLifestyle Group: Improving children's nutrition & physical activity through positive parenting Tuesdays, June 7 - August 9 6-7:30 pm Watsonville Call the Alliance Health Education Line 1-800-700-3874 ext. 5589


Seminario: Criando adolescentes competentes 8 de junio, 6-7:30 pm Felton Inscribirse

Seminar: The Power of Positive Parenting June 9, 5-7 pm Aptos Register

Triple P @ Together in the Park June 15, 10:30am - 12:30pm Felton Covered Bridge Drop-In Playgroup


Seminario: Conectando a los adolescentes 15 de junio, 6-7:30 pm Felton Inscribirse

Seminar: Raising Confident, Competent Children June 16, 5-7 pm Aptos Register

Seminar: Raising Resilient Children June 23, 5-7 pm Aptos Register

 

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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 >>
     
Summer Reading - Bookshop Santa Cruz
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Bookshop Santa Cruz
Date: Every day (May 21-Sep 5)
Details:   Our popular summer reading program for young readers (going
Special Instructions: June 1st through September 5th
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Cybersecurity
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  Cybersecurity
Libraries
Date: Every day (Oct 30-Nov 3)
Details: Join a Library IT expert in one of several cybersecurity workshops designed to help you connect online safely.
City: Santa Cruz County view all details >>
     
Artichoke Festival
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  Artichoke Festival
Castroville Artichoke Festival
Date: Every day (Jun 3-Jun 4)
Details: Artichokes fried, sauteed, grilled, marinated, pickled, fresh, and creamed in soup and much more!
City: Monterey Phone: 831-633-3465 view all details >>
     
Garage Sale Weekend
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  Garage Sale Weekend
City of Santa Cruz
Date: Every day (Jun 3-Jun 4)
Details: Hold a sale at your homehome or go garage sale shopping. Register your sale
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831-420-5449 view all details >>
     
SEUSS-ISH - A Day of Dance at McGrew's Zoo with Thing 1, Thing 2
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International Academy of Dance
Date: 06/04/2016 from 11:30am to 1:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Celebrate outside with the whole family and enjoy the wonders of dance, rhyme, sunshine and JOY!
City: Felton Phone: (831) 466-0458 view all details >>
     
Redwood Mountain Faire
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  Redwood Mountain Faire
Valley Women's Club
Date: Every day (Jun 4-Jun 5)
Ages: All
Details: Join us RAIN or SHINE! Music lovers, arts and crafts aficionados, people of all ages, will enjoy this remarkable festival
Special Instructions: Parking: $5
City: Felton Phone: 831/ 335-4484 view all details >>
     
Jr Guard Prep Classes
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  Jr Guard Prep Classes
Seahorse Swim School
Date: Every Sa (Feb 4-Mar 11)
Details: Register for Jr. Guard prep class
City: Aptos Phone: (831) 476- 7946 view all details >>
     
Japanese Cultural Fair
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Japanese Cultural Fair
Date: 06/10/2017 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
Ages: All ages
Details: Explore traditional and contemporary Japanese culture
Special Instructions: Japanese Theme
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 462-4589 view all details >>
     
Frosty FunFest
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  Frosty FunFest
Louden Nelson Center
Date: Every day (Dec 2-Dec 2) from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Transform the Art Gallery into a winter wonderland at our Snowflake Create station PLUS participate in our community snow-scene
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 420-6177 view all details >>
     
FREE Heritage Events
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  FREE Heritage Events
Roaring Camp Railroad
Date: Every day (Jun 6-Sep 2)
Details: Free Heritage Events all summer long! Take part in living history with activities for all ages including the old town printing
City: Felton Phone: (831) 335-4484 view all details >>
     
Beginning Birding
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  Beginning Birding
Quail Hollow Ranch
Date: 11/05/2017 from 8:00am to 10:00am
Ages: All ages
Details: Open to anyone interested in birds and their antics.
City: Felton Phone: 831-335-9348 view all details >>
     
On the Spot Docent
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  On the Spot Docent
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Date: Every day (May 1-Jun 15)
Ages: All Ages
Details: (Summer Only) Volunteers with our summer On the Spot program will work in teams of 2-3 docents at pop-up spotting interactiv
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831)420-6115 view all details >>
     
Busy June!
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  Busy June!
Date:
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Bonny Doon Craft Fair
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  Bonny Doon Craft Fair
Bonny Doon Church
Date: 11/11/2017 from 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Details: FREE Fun for the Entire Family!! Chile tsting, bake sale and crafts for sale...
City: Bonny Doon view all details >>
     
Sand Castle Workshop
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  Sand Castle Workshop
Library La Selva Beach
Date: 06/11/2016 from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Details: Learn sandcastle techniques from a pro!
City: La Selva Beach Phone: 831-661-4771 view all details >>
     
     
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