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June 7, 2012

No more earaches, runny noses?!
The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids: 101 Ways to Get Kids Outside, Dirty, and Having Fun

Viva: Travel Checklists Part III for Kids

Tina McRorie's Testimonial on Attachment Parenting International
You Do Not Need to Know Programming to Take This course!
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World Oceans Day at Seymour Center
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Whether you have babies, toddlers, kids, tweens or teens, over the course of a year, we shall likely hit upon a topic of interest to you or post an event just perfect for your family's ages and interests.  Our Business Directory includes businesses, nonprofits and services that want to connect with you. Our calendar editor scours the airwaves to fill our Events Calendar for all ages in your family, including a few date night ideas for parents.   If you are still discussing summer plans for the children please visit our May Camp Guide, or A-Z Camps or our Camp Calendar.

(Special Event Images / Graphics) iBGStar_bySanofi.jpgI was reading an article about medical break-throughs.  There are many and they are amazing.  For example there may be an end coming to the common cold.  Imagine how that would affect our lifestyles.  No more sick days, greater productivity at work, full attendance at schools and higher ADA funds, lower stress levels, no excuses for not meeting deadlines, and for parents no missing work to stay home with sick children.  This could be big.

My friend has Type II diabetes and uses an app to track his readings.  I asked him to measure me so I could experience the process.  With one gadget he pricked my fingertip.  With a strip he collected a drop of blood, plugged it into another gadget, which in turn plugged into his iphone and up came a reading of my glucose level. He called up another app and we measured my stress level by placing my fingertip on the iphone camera.  Amazing.

(Books/Products) Book_ISingtheBodyElectric_RayBradbury.jpgIt's exhilarating to be amazed and that can also happen to you when you visit Seymour Center.  Every time I stop in I feel like I'm living in a science fiction novel.  The "critters" are that sensational!

In addition to all the exciting summer camp activities, we introduce you to an innovate online educational opportunity that might interest both tech types and non-techies.

For my fellow readers, Orson Scott Care, author of the well known "Enders Game", writes a memorial essay on Ray Bradbury, science fiction author, delightful enough to make your literary heart "sing".  One could do worse than going to the beach with I Sing the Body Electric

I Sing the Body Electric contained "Yes, We'll Gather at the River", "The Man in the Rorschach Shirt", "The Lost City of Mars", and "The Haunting of the New."  "The story that gave its title to the collection is about a child who rejects the robot "grandmother" given to her to help her deal with the death of her mother." 

Enjoy the journey, Parmalee

  No more earaches, runny noses?!

Boston's Top Docs: 14 Medical Breakthroughs | "The End of the Common Cold"


(Photos General) Child_earache.jpg"IT'S THE HOLY GRAIL of medical breakthroughs, and it just may be at hand. We're talking about the cure for the common cold, and with it the end of influenza, stomach bugs, polio, hemorrhagic fevers, and quite possibly every other viral infection in the world. The miracle compound: double-stranded-RNA-activated caspase oligomerizer - or DRACO, which was announced this summer by Todd Rider and his team at MIT's Lincoln Labs in Lexington.

At heart, DRACO is shockingly simple - just three combined molecules that search the body to find and destroy any cell that dares host a virus. The first molecule helps the group slip in and out of cells; the second detects long strings of double-stranded RNA (the calling card of almost every virus); and the third causes the virus cell to self-destruct. If the drug clears the testing hurdles ahead, this could be it. Bigger than penicillin and, reportedly, with far less chance of resistance. - Shannon Fischer"

Source: Boston Magazine

  The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids: 101 Ways to Get Kids Outside, Dirty, and Having Fun

(Books/Products) LifeLab_GardeningProjectsforKids.jpgMany gardeners find that once they have children, gardening goes the way of late-night dinner parties and Sunday morning sleep-ins. Raising kids and maintaining a garden can be a juggling act, leaving the family garden forgotten and neglected. But kids can make great gardening companions, and the benefits of including them are impossible to ignore. Gardening gets kids outdoors and away from television and video games, increases their connection to plants and animals, and helps build enthusiasm for fresh fruits and vegetables. Their involvement becomes the real harvest of a family garden.

In The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids, Life Lab Staff Whitney Cohen and John Fisher draw on years of experience in the Life Lab Garden Classroom and gardening with their own children to teach parents how to integrate the garden into their family life, no matter its scope or scale. The book features simple, practical gardening advice, including how to design a play-friendly garden, ideas for fun-filled theme gardens, and how to cook and preserve the garden's bounty. 101 engaging, family-friendly garden activities are also featured, from making Crunch-n-Munch Vegetable Beds and Muddy Miniature Masterpieces to harvesting berries for Fresh Fruity Pops.

This step-by-step guide to working with kids will inspire all parents to grow their own little gardener and to get dirty, plant seeds, and enjoy the garden's delicious rewards.

Celebrate the release of Life Lab's new book, The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids: 101 Ways to Get Kids Outside, Dirty, and Having Fun by Whitney Cohen and John Fisher with 10% off all Life Lab publications and garden signs.  Enter code familygardening at checkout of the online store before June 11, 2012 and get 10% off your whole order!

This book is dedicated to our families, and every other family that has come to treasure muddy footprints, berry patches picked clean, and all the unexpected delights of children in the garden. - Whitney and John

Now available at Lifelab.org and booksellers nationwide! Makes a great gift.

Upcoming Family Book Talk Events:
Bookshop Santa Cruz - July 15  ~  Annie's Annuals, Richmond, CA - August 11

 

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  Viva: Travel Checklists Part III for Kids

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Vacations run much smoother when you haven't forgotten to pack some of your kids' gear.  Here is a customizable, free packing checklist for kids and parents to use so that nothing is left behind when you go on vacation.  It includes often forgotten items like a thermometer and Children's Tylenol (which can potentially save you a trip to Urgent Care).

 I also added sections for summer items and winter items.  The packing checklist is a Microsoft Words document, so you can edit it pretty easily, but I included instructions nonetheless in case you're not familiar with that program. 

The key to success when using a checklist is to actually check off each item when, and only when, it has been placed in the suitcase.  So print off one checklist for each child, and let them start packing! Get the list from Daily Citron>>>

Visit Viva at the Daily Citron for more frugal tips and finds.

 

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  Tina McRorie's Testimonial on Attachment Parenting International

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Being a Feminist, I had always wanted to have a daughter so that I could give her the nurturing and encouragement that my Feminist mom gave me. When I found out that my first child was going to be a boy, I performed my first parental re-frame. I thought, "My husband and I could easily raise a girl to be a basically decent human being. But, in this society that, in so many ways, encourages boys to be self-centered and insensitive, it takes something extra to raise a son to be a person who will be a positive force in the world." My husband and I decided that we were were up to that challenge.

I had studied psychology through the Masters level, and had learned about John Bowlby's Attachment Theory. I had learned about the child's primary caregiver providing a "secure base" by being emotionally attuned to the child and providing protection, warmth and attention. I had learned what goes wrong with human development when a child is not able to securely attach to this kind of figure, and what goes right when they do.

Then I worked as a social worker in the foster care system. When we trained new foster parents, we would tell them what an important gift they could give to the children in their care if they forged that kind of bond with them. But there was little concrete training in how to do it.

The behaviors, general and specific, that help children bond to their caregivers had been well studied by researchers in many fields related to child development, but the information was not trickling down to the general public.

When my son was born in 2000, I was thrilled to find that there was someone who was bridging that gap...read more>>>>

Tina McRorie, M.A. is the leader of Monterey Bay Attachment Parenting International which hosts free family events in Santa Cruz and Monterey. She invites you to learn more about API's Eight Parenting Principles and about Monterey Bay API by visiting www.montereybayapi.org or by attending the free workshop "Introduction to Attachment Parenting," Tuesday, June 12th from 10am to noon at the River Street Clinic, 320 River Street, in downtown Santa Cruz.

  You Do Not Need to Know Programming to Take This course!

(Special Event Images / Graphics) Udacity_CS-101.jpgThe way our information age is changing the world of education is exciting!  Recall our article about  MIT offering its courses online and free (no degree, but the same content and teachers as on campus students receive). 

Now I've discovered UdacityUdacity is an independent entity that offers free online computer science and robotics courses taught by professors from prestigious universities such as Stanford University and the University of Virginia. "We believe university-level education can be both high quality and low cost. Using the economics of the Internet, we've connected some of the greatest teachers to hundreds of thousands of students all over the world."

"Udacity is a digital university with the mission to democratize education. Employees at Udacity include adventurous foodies, nerf gun warriors, and free-spirited thinkers. Our culture seeks to innovate, educate, and collaboratively create a product that will impact the future of education and change the world."

This summer you can take CS 101 Introduction to Computer Science, PH 100 Intro to Physics or ST 101 Introduction to Statistics. According to Professor David Evans, to take CS 101 you do not need to know programming and you will build a search engine in the class.  "David Evans is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Virginia where he teaches computer science and leads research in computer security. He is the author of an introductory computer science textbook and has won Virginia's highest award for university faculty. He has PhD, SM, and SB degrees from MIT." Courses are in 6 week units.

Pssst! Why let the kids have all the fun?  We can take these classes too!

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 World Oceans Day at Seymour Center

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Celebrate our world's oceans by spending this year's World Oceans Day with us!
Date: 06/08/2012 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Admission is free for the public all day!
Special Instructions: We are located at the end of Delaware Avenue.

Celebrate our world's oceans by spending this year's World Oceans Day with us! Come learn why we are all dependent on our oceans, find out what your family can do to help them, connect with them by visiting our shark touch-pool, or just enjoy the view. Admission is free for the public all day!


Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 Shaffer Rd.,

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