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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

March 8, 2013

Daylight Savings and Bedtime: Positive Parenting can Prevent March madness

Suki: Can We Make Our Schools Safer?
Science with Christine:

10-10-10 and GirlRising
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(Photos General) GirlRising_photoshoot.jpgI read --fiction and nonfiction-- and look at movies --fiction and documentaries-- about the lives of women all over the world. The injustice of the miserable, dangerous lives of so many causes sadness,  frustration, anger and a feeling of helplessness in me. However, there are movements in this world to make lives better. One of our local moms and a SantaCruzParent newsletter subscriber sent us information on 10x10Act and the movie GirlRising.

Wise parents and teachers know that an investment of time in teaching skills that occupy the hands has a dual benefit of keeping hands to oneself and stilling the mind, of calming the children, parents also. It could be painting, knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, woodworking, building a fort from scraps, whittling, origami or.....!  Look for a school, a classroom, a private enrichment teacher who understands this.  The benefits are rewarding! I'm still using a pincushion my daughter made for me xx years ago and displaying a sculpture of a bird in a nest made by one of my sons but the most priceless benefit is watching my children's creative, successful lives. 

Neighbors and I stood on Ocean St watching the motorcade of officers honoring Butch and Elizabeth. I should have known better, for suddenly that tight feeling rose from my gut up into my throat and tears flowed with thoughts of lives lost too soon, families in deep mourning and the beauty of the honor being shown them.  Katie Dog leaned into me and offered comfort.  All morning the sight of so many gathering from all over California, the beautiful eulogies that made our fallen officers stand out as family members who loved their children, wives, partners, sisters, brothers and parents, the stories that revealed their dedication to their chosen profession --all were awesome. It was a sad, yet inspiring and uplifting day.

Be with your families and make good memories,  Parmalee

  Daylight Savings and Bedtime: Positive Parenting can Prevent March madness

-By Susan True, Executive Director of First 5 Santa Cruz County

(Graphics) springforward_setyourclocksahead2013.jpgDaylight savings begins this month, extending the day and signaling spring and summer are on the way. But that hour we lose on March 10 as we turn our clocks ahead can also mean a step back for our children at bedtime.

Bedtime stress is often one of the greatest challenges for parents and children alike. Nearly one third of all children have sleep and bedtime issues at some point - including protesting going to bed, crying in bed, waking up in the middle of the night and refusing to sleep in their own bed. Some children also can have a hard time winding down or adhering to a consistent bedtime.

(Graphics) Children_NormanRockwell_goingtobed.jpgChildren need a good night's sleep so they have enough energy for the next day's activities and stay healthy. Inconsistent routines and getting to bed too late are major contributors to bedtime stress at home. If bedtime is not consistent from night to night, kids have a hard time establishing a sleep pattern. And when children have difficulty sleeping, parents often become sleep-deprived, which makes it hard to remain calm, cope with stress and find solutions to everyday challenges.

Positive parenting strategies can help families develop a positive bedtime routine that results in good sleep patterns and a happier home environment for all. Here are some tips to help reduce bedtime stress:

  • Set and follow a regular bedtime. From toddlers to teens, all children benefit from a consistent bedtime that provides them with at least 8 hours of sleep.
  • Make sure your child's room is comfortable, safe and peaceful. Your child's room should be well ventilated and kept at a comfortable temperature. Avoid stimulation, such as electronics and TV too close to bedtime. Use a night light if your child is afraid of the dark.
  • Establish a bedtime routine. Create a routine that you follow every night. The consistency of the routine can actually be comforting for children. Remind and prepare younger children as bedtime approaches. About 10 minutes before bedtime, help them begin the transition with quieter activities such as reading a book, snuggling, or singing together. Older children can also benefit from a consistent routine that helps them make the transition from a busy day to a restful night.
  • Teach your child to stay quietly in their bed. Tell your child that you will check in on them if they stay in bed and try to go to sleep. Follow through on your commitment to check in and acknowledge your child when he/she stays in bed. If your child does not stay in bed, gently and quietly return your child to their bed and gradually extend the amount of time in between check-ins. In the morning, tell your child that you are proud when they follow the routines and stay in bed.
  • For teenage children, establish agreements about nighttime routines. Between afterschool activities, homework and family time, many teens want to stay up late, causing them to cut into much needed sleep time and affecting their ability to get up on time in the morning or concentrate during the day. Talk with your teen and agree on a nighttime routine that works for their schedule and provides them with enough sleep. Encourage them to do homework earlier in the evening or prioritize the activities they participate in.

The one-hour "spring forward" for daylight savings seems like a pretty strong investment: lose an hour of sleep on one night to gain months of longer days. For parents and children, that investment offer comes with a couple of strings attached as families make the adjustment. Using these strategies, you can replace bedtime stress with successful bedtime routines...and restrict March Madness to college basketball!

For more information about Triple P, visit first5scc.org, www.facebook.com/triplepscc or youtube. To get a copy of the Triple P Pocket Guide for Parents or find a Triple P class or practitioner, contact Stephanie Bluford at 831-465-2217 or sbluford@first5scc.org   The Triple P - Positive Parenting Program is made available locally by First 5 Santa Cruz County. Triple P is scientifically proven and is the world's leading positive parenting program. Triple P offers classes and one-on-one meetings to help parents handle everyday parenting challenges.

 

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  Suki: Can We Make Our Schools Safer?

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I sat in recently on a conversation about school safety that was sparked by the school shooting in Connecticut. Administrators, principals, and parents sat around a table talking about security and what it means to them.

The most striking aspect of the conversation was how personally each one of these people who work in our public schools took this tragedy. For the rest of us, this was a horrific event. For them, each death could have been a life they had been in charge of caring for. They would have been the teachers sheltering kids behind them. They would have been the principal running to help.

That's why I can't fault them for wanting to make sure that they had the safest schools possible. And I can't fault them at all for how they talked about it: there was no suggestion that we make our local schools, known for their laid-back feel and friendly atmosphere, into locked down facilities where parents aren't welcome.

But I can't help but think that when talking about school shootings, we are having the wrong conversation. When you take the problem of school security to its logical extremes, it's clear that the problem is not so simple as "making schools safer" sounds. First of all, all of us-from superintendents through principals down to teachers, parents, and students-have no interest in making schools unhappy places. Current research just confirms what anyone who has worked with kids and really paid attention knows instinctively: kids learn best when they're happy. In fact, when you teach a specific skill to someone who is unhappy and experiencing stress, the likelihood is that they'll learn nothing at all.

So we try to figure out how to stop the violence in reasonable ways...Read more>>>

  Science with Christine:

(Photos General) Animal_GreatHornedOwl.jpgThis discussion is personal. I had a Great Horned Owl outside my window last night. It was making noise for a long time. As I was trying to get to sleep, I wondered - why is it making noise? Aren't owls supposed to be silent hunters?

Well, in late winter, apparently a young owls' fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love (stolen from Lord Tennyson). Somebody was looking for a partner. And they were using their loud hoot which can be heard for two miles. The male and female will call to each other while courting. And the world listens.

Female owls are bigger than males. This is common among hunting birds like raptors and owls. The Great Horned Owl is the most widely distributed true owl in the Americas. It lives in the Arctic tundra as well as equatorial rainforest of South America. It is a very large owl and is especially noted for the tufted ears. I think the ears are the neatest part of the whole bird. They are very distinctive and can be easily seen in silhouette at dusk. It can weigh over 5 pounds and have a wingspan of five feet.

They are monogamous and both parents take turns sitting on eggs and getting food. They don't make their own nests, but use the abandoned nests of other birds or other platforms. These owls eat an amazing range of animals including raccoons and skunks. They will also eat small pets like cats and dogs. I had a cat that didn't like to cross open meadows after dark due to a close encounter. I have also personally seen these owls walking on the ground to hunt something. They walk with a side-to-side motion. They will eat small prey whole and throw up the indigestible parts. They are silent hunters. I've been sleeping outdoors and had them fly over me. I didn't hear them until I heard the whoosh! as they zipped over me.


I lost some sleep - but it was for a good cause. There was a creature looking for love and I can hope it found what it was looking for.

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/great_horned_owl/id
http://www.owlpages.com/owls.php?genus=Bubo&species=virginianus

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

 
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  10-10-10 and GirlRising

by Michelle DeFields-Gambrel

I am a homeschool mom.  I've known for many years, starting when I was working on my degree in Anthropology, that girls' education is one of the most important ways to transform our world, although becoming a mom made me see it even more clearly. 

(Books/Products) Movie_GirlRising.jpgWhen an opportunity to organize a screening in Santa Cruz for Girls Rising presented itself-through Facebook-I knew immediately that I wanted to make this happen. The film has come and gone.  It was  amazing. One of their main goals is to get one million actions taken in support of girls! My goal of organizing the screening of this film was to get people in the Santa Cruz area to come together and take action as a community.

I am talking with some community leaders to talk about what we, as a community, can do to help educate and empower girls here and around the world. The Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition (baatc.org), has a great idea called 10-10-10 which I will am promoting. Do something in support of girls that can be done in 10 minutes, something that can be done in 10 days, and something that can be done in 10 weeks.


There are over 66 million girls worldwide, mostly in "developing" countries, who are not getting an education right now. 14 million girls will be married this year before they are 18 years old (child brides rarely continue their education, if they had one before). I would like to say to parents what I think of quite often: "What if it was my daughter?"

GirlRising has had one showing in Santa Cruz and is now scheduled for another showing Monday, March 11, 7:30pm at Regal Santa Cruz 9 on Pacific.  Get Tickets $10

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 Spring Hill School K-8, Kindergarten Tour 3/13

 

Chartwell & The New High School K-12, Dyslexia Simulations Workshop 3/13

 

Gateway School K-8, Open House 3/13

 

Chartwell & The New high School K-12, Open House 3/16

 

Santa Cruz Montessori School K-8, Morning In the Kindergarten 3/16

 

Orchard School K-6, Open House 3/19

 

Mount Madonna Pre-12, Campus Tour Day 3/20


Waldorf School K-8, Open House, A Walk Through the Grades 3/20

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