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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

May 1, 2014
Happy May Day

Helping Teens Make Decisions
SpeechRighter
Suki: Why We're Homeschooling Highschool
Day on the Farm, May 10
This Week
MOD is Popping Up Everywhere!
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  Happy May Day

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Next, after this upcoming-events newsletter, you will receive the May Camp Guide.  In it, there's sure to be a program that's just right for your children and you! Between the "tried and true and the new", the incredible enriching programs by talented, local camp directors and their staff can make summer a magical time for your family.  Share the planning with the children.  They may (Photos General) ElkhornSlough_PleinAirePainter.jpgsurprise you with what interests them.

Meanwhile, if I were choosing an activity this weekend, it would be Sketching at the Slough with Laura Vollset --all ages welcome!  Somehow I also would (Logos Event Calendar) SteinbeckFestival_2014GrapesofWrath.jpgmake time to visit the Steinbeck Festival this weekend.  If your family needs more action, you could take a hike with a park ranger. 

Be sure to listen to David Marin, aka "MisterMom", interview Tiffany Harmon of Seahorse Swim School about swimming and ocean safety this Sunday, May 4th at 2pm.  The knowledge you gain could save a life! By the way, Tiffany and her Seahorse staff are giving free swim lessons on Saturday, May 3rd.

Check out what's happening Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

Planning ahead, I would definitely visit the Agricultural History Project's "Day on the Farm", May 10.  It's a BIG DAY with lots of activities designed not only for fun, but to help children gain a perspective on farming of yesteryear and how it's a vital part of our culture in California.

Have fun! Parmalee

 

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  Helping Teens Make Decisions

Ask Nicole: Practical solutions to everyday parenting challenges

-By Nicole M. Young, MSW

Parenting is hard work-and also incredibly rewarding. Sometimes I think I'm in the movie "Groundhog Day," reliving the same struggles over morning routines, homework and emotional roller coasters day after day. Other times, nothing else matters except for the laughter, love and sense of purpose my kids bring into my life. They make me a better person and parent. 

If this sounds at all like you, then I'm glad you're reading this column. It's my hope that this column provides an opportunity for parents and caregivers like you to ask questions and get answers that help strengthen your relationships with your children (and maintain your sanity).

This month we'll cover something that may happen to teens as they get older: loss of interest in team sports. We'll explore ways to support your child in this situation that is often challenging for parents to navigate. 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

After several years of playing softball (and becoming quite good), our 13-year-old daughter doesn't want to play this year. Playing team sports has always been important in our family because we want our kids to stay active and healthy and learn how to work with others.  We're concerned that if she quits now, she'll regret it later and won't be able to get back on a team. So we made her to go to tryouts. Should we push her to play softball on the team or let her make her own decisions?

Deborah & Rick, Santa Cruz

Dear Deborah & Rick,

Such a good question you're asking. There are many factors that could be influencing your daughter's decision. The transition from middle school to high school is on the horizon. Sports are getting more and more competitive. New interests and socializing with friends may be more important now than in the past. This is all a natural part of your daughter's development. Although we can't control hormones and social pressures, we can provide support to help our kids make the best decisions for themselves. Learning how to problem-solve and make decisions are important skills for teens to develop as they become older and more independent. And even though she decided not to play this year, it might not mean her commitment to playing sports is over.

(Photos General) TeenandDad.jpgHere are several strategies you can try to help your daughter think about this decision:

  • Talk with your daughter every day. Have casual conversations about how things are going with her friends, classes and interests, including sports. Hearing about her life outside of the house could help you understand whether she has lost interest in the sport, has anxiety or a lack of confidence in her abilities, or if there is another issue happening.
  • Coach your daughter to use problem-solving skills. It's possible that she's determined to quit softball and will resist any attempts to convince her to play. And yet the part of her brain that controls impulses and plans for the future is still a work-in-progress. You can play an important role by "coaching" her through the decision-making process.

Try making an observation about her past interest in softball, then ask an open-ended question about what has changed for her. "Last season, you really enjoyed playing softball. What feels different to you this year?"  

Ask follow-up questions to help your daughter identify the pros and cons of staying with or leaving a team. "What are the benefits of not playing softball?" "What might happen if you skip softball this year but want to join a team later?" "How will you stay active and healthy?"

  • Notice your daughter's special skills or interests and encourage her to consider different sports and activities that she would enjoy. If your daughter shows an interest in another sport or activity, help her get involved and explore it.

Letting children make decisions for themselves can be hard. But it's also an excellent opportunity to learn new ways to connect with your children and teach them valuable life skills. Remember, small changes can make a big difference!

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.

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  Suki: Why We're Homeschooling Highschool

(Photos General) SukiWessling2013.jpgThere are some homeschoolers who start in high school. Usually these are students who realize that they are wasting their time doing what someone else thinks is important because they have specific interests of their own that they want to pursue. Sometimes new high school homeschoolers are kids who are just having trouble figuring out which direction they're going in.

But at the same time that new homeschoolers are starting, a sizable group of kids who have been homeschooled from a younger age go back to school during their high school years. The reasons that parents cite largely fall into a few categories: 1) lifestyle needs - usually a parent who needs to go back to work; 2) homeschooling anxiety - the parent fears that s/he isn't advanced enough to teach a high schooler; or 3) college fears - parents start to worry that their student will not be "well-rounded," will look too unusual to colleges, or won't be able to fulfill requirements.

We're now nearly a full school year into our first year of homeschooling high school, and I wanted to write about how we have managed all three of those objections. Homeschooling high school is working fabulously well for us and for our son. Read more>>>

Suki Wessling writes about parenting, education, gifted children, and homeschooling. If you'd like to learn more about this Suki, please click on "About Suki".

  Day on the Farm, May 10

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  This Week

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   A- Z Summer Camps

 

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SC Montessori Pre-9th, Spring Yard Sale 5/3

 

Chartwell School K-12, Open House 5/6

 

Tara Redwood School, Preschool-5th, Open House 5/8

 

Orchard School K-6, Mayfaire & Open House 5/17


Mount Madonna PreK-12, Campus Tour 5/21

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 MOD is Popping Up Everywhere!

MOD coming to Watsonville this weekend!

Santa Cruz Museum of Discovery
Come play with giant foam blocks
5/03from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
All ages    Free

(Special Event Images / Graphics) MOD_BigBlocks.jpgMOD will be coming to Watsonville this weekend for a play date at Head Start! As we build our mobile museum momentum, we want to make sure we are reaching all of Santa Cruz County. We'll have hundreds of giant foam blocks to play with (Imagination Playground), Magic Sand (just wait until you feel it!), a building activity, and more!

Our co-founder, Patrice Keet, will be there to play and talk MOD. Even better, our incredible volunteers, Cari Chadwick, Bonnie Levesque and Andy Boswell - experts in fun and learning - will be helping out as well!

What a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon with your kids! The event is completely free and is aimed at families with children twelve and under, but all are welcome.

Join us and come play: This Saturday, March 15 from 1-3 pm at Encompass Family Service (Head Start) in Watsonville - 225 Westridge Drive, Watsonville, CA 95076.

See you there!

Location: Encompass Family Service , 225 Westridge Drive, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831)-234-4014 •website Santa Cruz West Side


Cabrillo Kids Extension Class: Hands-on Science Sampler!


Santa Cruz Museum of Discovery
Hands-on Science Sampler!
5/2 10:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: 6th -8th graders Admission Fees: See website for more details

(Photos General) MOD_BoyInSafetyGlasses.jpgThe Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery is holding a class for 6-8th graders in collaboration with Cabrillo Community College: Ever wonder what the science was behind your favorite boardwalk ride, what creates currents, or how gravity affects materials? This class will provide hands-on experiences with easy-to understand and fun science projects in the fields of electricity, physics, and geology. Science will be demystified as students create science experiences that demonstrate the principles behind common everyday parts of their world.

Lauren Bryant has worked with children for five years, teaching at nature camps, in teen programs, in museums and in a classroom setting. She has worked at the Children's Museum of Baltimore and is now the Museum Intern for the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery.

Location: Cabrillo Campus 1605, 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos Map
Phone: (831)-234-4014 •website Santa Cruz

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Date: 05/01/2014 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
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Date: 05/04/2014 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
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