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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

June 5, 2014
Finding the Balance

Providing Important Technology Skills for Your Child's Future

Ask Nicole: Screen Time Issues

Christine: Chocolate Milk Makes Athletes Go Faster and Further

This Week
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  Finding the Balance

(Special Event Images / Graphics) JapaneseCulturalFair_Girl.jpgAs adult consumers we know all too well how challenging it is to stay current with technology and to avoid being a slave to our gadgets.  Our children (and grandchildren) take to technology as easily as walking and talking.  Many of us earn a living in ways that didn't exist a few years ago.  Many of our children will very likely select careers in areas that don't exist now.  Fortunately we have local techie classes for children and adults -Makers Factory and Learning to Discover.  Culturally we're having to re-make the rules to counter being caught up in an addiction to gadgets.  More than ever today's parents need to model and teach finding a balance in today's fast-paced high tech world.

Selecting summer activities for and with the children gives us a chance to practice finding the balance.  While nurturing a strong interest, we may also seek to expose our children to at least one new pursuit.  Choices abound among art, theater, sports, music, dance, tech classes, science, and outdoor adventure programs.  Fortunately there are many price levels also.

Good news! We are sending the Camp Guide next week, with more camps! Be sure to click on the camp ads for more details.  Santa Cruz County has some amazing programs provided by outstanding teachers.

If you and your children ride bicycles, read Ramona Turner's informative article on us local bike riders and our good, or bad, habits.  If you're in the mood for some structured hiking, easy to advanced, check out the hikes planned by park rangers.  The calendar is full with opportunities.

Go to the Japanese Cultural Fair to learn more about our California Japanese heritage and culture.  Enjoy the energy of two Taiko Drummer bands!

Have a great weekend with family and friends, Parmalee

 

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  Providing Important Technology Skills for Your Child's Future

by Shelly Laschkewitsch

Technology touches every industry and is rapidly changing; therefore future careers will most likely be different than the ones we know today.  Accordingly, it is important for children to not wait until high school or college, but to start learning and exploring the most up to date technology skills early on.

Learn to Discover, an educational nonprofit organization, provides children with such skills.  It was formed to provide the most up-to-date technology, science and engineering education for children.  It offers a wide array of specialized hands-on classes such as robotics, animation, video game design, electronics, simple machines, stop-motion movie making, LEGO design, Android App design, marine biology, paper circuits, amusement park physics, and more to children ages 5-18. 

With a small teacher-to-student ratio, specialized curriculum, and trained instructors, students learn to explore on their own and expand their creativity, knowledge and innovation.  Learn to Discover offers classes during the summer as well as through after-school programs and homeschool programs and will be offering family classes where parents/grandparents can learn alongside with their children and grandchildren, allowing them to learn engaging skills while spending quality time together.

Shelly and Brian Laschkewitsch are founders of Learn to Discover.  Read their bios here and look at Learn to Discover's summer offerings here.  (www.learntodiscover.org)

 

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  Ask Nicole: Screen Time Issues

Ask Nicole: Practical solutions to everyday parenting challenges

-By Nicole M. Young, MSW

 As we head into summer, I am relieved to have a break from my kids' daily school routines.  But I have to admit that I'm also a bit worried about how to keep my kids occupied during long summer days.  The novelty of summer break can wear off quickly, and my kids have such different interests that it's hard to find a "one-camp-fits-all" solution.

In this month's column, we'll cover "screen time" issues, something that has become common in families with kids of all ages-and of particular concern during the summer when kids often have more time on their hands.  I hear many parents talk about the difficulty of managing the use of cell phones, computers, TV and video games. I hope you'll find value in the following practical tips and ideas based on the world-renowned Triple P Positive Parenting Program, available to families in Santa Cruz County. If you have a question, please drop me a line at triplep@first5scc.org.

Dear Nicole,

In our house, we all like our electronic gadgets, especially our 12-year-old son. He has a phone and tablet computer, and he loves playing video games.  Sometimes we've found him on a device while doing homework. We've tried to set rules for our son, but he tells us we're being too strict and that none of his friends have these rules. I'm worried that he will want to spend his entire summer glued to a screen.  What can we do?

Carrie, Corralitos

Dear Carrie,

Sometimes it seems like every child has access to a device of some kind and probably can use it better than most adults! Kids' easy access to cell phones, TVs, video games and computers is becoming a cultural norm. While there can be positive elements to "screen time," too much of it can hurt kids' development. Yet it's important for kids to learn how to manage their screen time.  Your son is at a great age to develop this skill.  Here are few tips for managing screen time:

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  • Model the desired behavior: Many adults are hooked on multiple devices, which can make it challenging to set limits for their children. Try to monitor your screen time and describe the limits you are setting for yourself. For example, put your phone away during dinnertime. If your phone rings or buzzes, ignore it and say, "I'm going to check it after dinner." Modeling and describing your actions shows your son how to set and follow limits.
  • Set some family rules: Meet as a family and create a few simple rules about screen time, such as how much is allowed per day or when electronic devices need to be off. Involve your son in creating the rules. State the rules so that they describe what your child can or will do rather than describing what not to do. For example, "A total of one hour on your phone is allowed during the day; the phone will be put away by 9 p.m. daily and during mealtimes; homework will be completed before playing video games; gaming is limited to 30 minutes per day."
  • Make screen time an incentive versus an expectation: If your son expects to have screen time whenever he wants, shift this pattern by having him identify goals he will complete in order to earn screen time. For example, every hour of physical activity earns 15 minutes of screen time. Let him get creative with his goals!

  • Provide other engaging activities: Talk with your son about what activities he can do this summer. Whether it is beach time, playing music or a sport, or spending time with friends, encourage your son to participate in activities that do not involve any screen time.

  • Acknowledge positive changes: When your son is following the family rules and monitoring his own screen time, be sure to let him know you've noticed.

As parents, we've entered an era in which screen time is nearly impossible to avoid, and yet it's still our job to set limits and help our kids learn to make healthy choices on their own.  It can be a tough task, but the guidance we provide now will serve them well throughout their lives.

Look for one of Triple P Santa Cruz County's parenting pocket guides-one provides tips for parents of children up to age 12 and the other is focused on parents of teens. Both pocket guides are free, bilingual and available at various locations throughout the county.

Nicole Young is the mother of two children, ages 10 and 14, who also manages Santa Cruz County's Triple P - Positive Parenting Program.  For more information, 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 find a Triple P class or practitioner, contact First 5 Santa Cruz County at 465-2217 or triplep@first5scc.org.

 

 

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  Christine: Chocolate Milk Makes Athletes Go Faster and Further

(Photos General) ChocolateMilk.jpgI always knew chocolate was good for me. It may even help avoid Alzheimer's.   New research indicates what an amazingly healthy food it can be. And now chocolate milk should be the food of champions. Will wonders never cease!

For the last 10 years or so researchers have been publishing studies (over 20) on the advantages of chocolate milk for athletes. It has been tested on a wide range of athletes including professional swimmers and cyclists. It may help with muscle recovery. It certainly aids in energy recovery and gives an athlete more available energy for a later race.

One study on collegiate swimmers showed that these swimmers could shave 2.1 seconds off a 200 yard second swim after using chocolate milk as a recovery drink. This was compared to commercial recovery drinks.

Low fat chocolate milk has a 4:1 carbohydrate:protein ratio which is considered ideal and is the same ratio used by the commercial beverage makers. It has more carbs than plain milk or many sport drinks. It also has calcium, Vitamin D, sodium and sugar. And lots of other natural milk-type stuff that is hard to copy. The trick is to drink it immediately after your exercise of choice and then two hours afterwards. If you are doing something that requires multiple races it may be the best way to get ready for the next race.

Most adults have problems with lactose and can't drink much cows milk. Less than 25% of adults worldwide can chug a glass of cows milk. I happen to be a mutant milk-drinker but my husband can't drink much cows milk. There are lactose pills that you can take that allow you to safely drink milk with lactose. 

There are lots of athlete sites now pushing milk. Maybe your Mom had a point when she was telling your to drink your milk. Be nice and tell her she was right.

Christine is a local mom and scientist. She likes making challenging science accessible to us non-scientists.  Visit her blog at Science Fun.

 

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 Japanese Cultural Fair

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Explore traditional and contemporary Japanese culture
Date: 6/7 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: None

Japanese Cultural Fair celebrates 26th annual fair.

 Mission Plaza overflows with the celebration of Japanese music, traditional dance, food and crafts at this popular annual festival. Powerful drummers, the San Francisco Taiko Dojo, thrill the audience, along with storytellers, martial arts demonstrations and healing arts vendors. Sushi, noodles and green tea ice cream are always favorites.

(Special Event Images / Graphics) JapaneseCulturalFair_Drummer.jpg11:00 Chanting/ Zen Center Members
11:20 Taiko/ Watsonville
11:50 Martial Arts Demonstration/ Aikido of Santa Cruz
12:10 Official Greetings/ Mayor of Santa Cruz and the Japanese Consul General at San Francisco
12:30 Minyou/ Matsutoyo Kai
1:00 Storytelling/ Megumi
1:30 Shakuhachi/ Karl Young
2:00 Bon Odori/ Chieko
2:30 Kyogen/ Theatre of Yugen
3:00 Okinawan Dance/ Ohtori Kinsen-Kai
3:40 Koto/ Marimo Kai
4:10 Shamisen/ Hougaku Kai
4:40 Raffle Drawing
5:00 Taiko/ San Francisco

Free shuttle service between County Building parking lot and Mission Plaza. Two shuttle buses are running every 15 minutes and their stops are: County Building(Ocean & Water St.), Civic Auditorium (Church St.), Mission Plaza Park

Location: Mission Plaza Park, 103 Emmett St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 462-4589 •website Santa Cruz

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