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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

March 14, 2019

Modeling Values for Our Children

Steve: What's the Deal About Boundaries?

Writing Can Aid in Cures

The Five Paragraph Essay Format

Jen, Intrepid Fact Researcher: How to Get Rid of Junk Mail
Fun Events!
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  Modeling Values for Our Children

(0 A 0 March) College_Admissions_Test.jpgNo matter what the age of our children, the current college admissions scandal reminds us to talk about the values we model for them as we think ahead and guide them toward their adult lives.

The college admissions scandal is rocking the news and opening up conversations and questions about ethics. Bribing officials, faking medical records in order to qualify as having a disability, paying to have someone else take the SAT test for your child, photo shopping faces over athletes to secure sports scholarships, etc. are some of the accusations against wealthy and celebrity parents.  Dr. Drew Pinsky, a board certified physician, suggests that this extreme "helicopter parenting," this obsession with getting into prestigious colleges or universities when the privilege was not earned and when a place was taken from someone who was qualified, must be examined by all of us raising children. 

In addition to the essential concern about the ethics of the immediate situation, this scandal may lead to much needed discussions of many facets of next steps beyond high school: the entire admissions process, community colleges, four year colleges, apprenticeships, trade schools, the very high costs of college, funding for colleges relative to high fees, graduating with burdensome debt, free speech (or not) at colleges, et. al. Read a few opinions:

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Please share our newsletter with new friends so they won't miss a few tidbits of wisdom from our author contributors, and as always our many fun events!

Have a great weekend with family and friends!  Parmalee

 

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  Steve: What's the Deal About Boundaries?

(0 A 0 March) Steve2019.jpgAll around the globe it seems parent issues are the same. Being a parent of a young child can be a challenge, especially if you are not equipped in advance (who is, anyway?). The question often comes down to what boundaries are best for you and your child, and how to deliver those boundaries.

What is a boundary? In this context, a boundary is a limit on some activity. So why would we want to put any limits on our children? If you were walking down the sidewalk with your child and she suddenly was going to jump out into the street, you would want to prevent that. That is a physical safety boundary for your own child that is important boundary for all parents in regards to their child. 

Boundaries can give a child a sense of security, and sense of being guided and cared for by their parent, and can give an opportunity for self-discovery. I find myself at the boundaries.

To me, equally important are boundaries making other children safe, both physically and emotionally. As parents, I think it is our responsibility to help our child to be with others in as much of an atmosphere of safety as is possible. And if we want to bring boundaries in a way that sticks, we have to understand several features of the young child.
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  Writing Can Aid in Cures

(0 A 0 March) Journaling.jpgI remember reading about a back surgeon who always tried to talk his patients out of surgery. You see, at one point in his career, he had developed terrible back pain and he did not want to risk surgery! Instead he created a 5 point program for overcoming back pain without surgery: physical therapy, mild and minimal medication, a couple of other points I don't recall, and writing, yes, writing every day in a journal. He attributed the writing to being the most important factor in successfully curing his back pain.

"We are born creative beings. But as we get older, we lose touch with our creative side. And we start to believe that we're not good enough. But by embracing our creativity, we are given an opportunity to express ourselves and in doing so, find ways to deal with anxiety and depression.

Writing was the thing that got me through. It contains you when you are flung apart with anxiety." - Dawn Garisch

Write about how you feel, the bird you saw, a flower that made you smile, bees, your neighbor, doing laundry, driving the freeway, your aching back --anything! The important thing is to do it every day.

 

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  The Five Paragraph Essay Format

Try this with whatever is on your mind. It's a helpful "boundary."

The five-paragraph essay is a format of essay having five paragraphs: one introductory paragraph, three body paragraphs with support and development, and one concluding paragraph. Because of this structure, it is also known as a hamburger essay, one three one, or a three-tier essay.

The best way to tackle the introduction is to:

  1. Describe your main idea, or what the essay is about, in one sentence.
  2. Develop a thesis statement, or what you want to say about the main idea.
  3. List three points or arguments that support your thesis in order of importance (one sentence for each).
  4. Conclude

The introductory paragraph should also include the thesis statement, a kind of mini-outline for the paper: it tells the reader what the essay is about. The last sentence of this paragraph must also contain a transitional "hook" which moves the reader to the first paragraph of the body of the paper.

Get detailed help with the 5 Paragraph Essay here and here and here.

 

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  Jen, Intrepid Fact Researcher: How to Get Rid of Junk Mail

Tired of junk mailers? I just asked my mailman, "How can I stop receiving this junk? It literally goes straight to the recycling bin, but it's still a huge waste!" He pointed to the phone number and website listed on the mailer.

Who knew?!


They don't make it easy to find the unsubscribe page online and the phone number says to go online, but I found the link. It will take 6 weeks!
Check in your junk mailers to unsubscribe if you want! Save a tree! ❤️🌲❤️

https://www.retailmenot.com/everyday/unsubscribe

My opinions:

I would like to say that receiving the mailers does not make me angry, and some of the information is local businesses, I just personally would rather not receive them and save a tree -as well as saving the city money on recycling costs... I'm glad there is an option to opt-out. I'll continue to support USPS by utilizing their other services.

Some issues for people are that these advertisements pay for USPS.  On the flip side, recycling programs are funded through the cities and state. I'd rather save money in our programs & taxes, reduce use, save a tree and support USPS by supporting & utilizing their other services.

Local business who deserve to have the right to advertise, and we have a choice either to receive or not receive. If/when the business comes to the decision that this advertising modality is no longer effective and profitable, they will be forced to come up with a different approach. We the consumers drive these decisions.

Local Mom, Jen, mother of two boys, who teaches them to question, seek facts and double check, does her own research into facts!

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Spring Session Registration
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MusicalMe, Inc
Date: Every day (Mar 1-Mar 31)
Ages: birth - 12months
Details: Contact us today to register for classes for for a free trial class!
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Boundaries Abound
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Mothersong with Joya
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  Mothersong with Joya
Mothersong Santa Cruz
Date: Every Wed and Th at 9:15am
Ages: Babies 0-3 with parents
Details: A multi-cultural sing-a-long for families with babies
Special Instructions: Every Wednesday and Thursday Morning: 9:15-10:15 and 10:30-11:30
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Sheep to Shawl Fiber Arts Fair
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  Sheep to Shawl Fiber Arts Fair
Live Earth Farm
Date: 03/16/2019 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: all
Details: Bring the family to participate in the process of bringing wool from the sheep to the shawl, including every step in between.
City: Watsonville Phone: (831)728-2032 view all details >>
     
THE CHERRY ORCHARD
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Mountain Community Theater
Date: Every day (Nov 22-Dec 15)
Details: Explore and provide deep insights into families and relationships, all done with humor and intense drama
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 336-4777 view all details >>
     
The MAKE Lab
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  The MAKE Lab
Library Scotts Valley
Date: Every Fri (Mar 8-Jul 26) from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Bring your own craft or project to work on in a creative environment, test out new tools before investing in your own, or come
Special Instructions: Teens 12-18 years
City: Scotts Valley Phone: (831) 427-7717 view all details >>
     
Old-Time Family Barn Dance
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Live Oak Grange
Date: The 4th Fri of every month at 7:00pm
Ages: 7+
Details: Come dance with us! Live music * easy to learn * high energy * great community!
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Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival
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  Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival
Sacramento Craft Show
Date: Every day (Mar 14-Mar 16)
Details: Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival at Cal Expo Fairgrounds. SACRAMENTO'S
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Grief Support Group
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  Grief Support Group
Hospice of Santa Cruz
Date: Every Fri (Mar 1-Mar 22) from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: All
Details: ave you been struggling after the loss of a loved one? You are not alone. Join today's Grief Support Group led
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 420-6177 view all details >>
     
Triple P Workshop: Supporting Your Partner
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Date: 03/19/2019 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Details: How to take care of your relationship with your partner and create a positive family life
Special Instructions: Phone (831) 724-2997 x211
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 724-2997 view all details >>
     
Bikes of Wrath
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  Bikes of Wrath
Rio Theatre
Date: 03/15/2019 at 7:00pm
Details: A a funny, heartbreaking, yet ultimately hopeful documentary that opens our eyes to the complexities of America
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