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May 4, 2012


Susan True: Tips for Encouraging Sharing

Viva: The Secret to Stress-Free-Mornings

Science Fun with Christine: Detergent is Neat Stuff
A Message from Walnut Avenue Women's Center
This Week
Bike 2 Work
Tell Your Elected Representatives What You Think
continued: Susan True: Encouraging Sharing
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(Photos General) ClassroomSpellingBee.jpgSpelling always came easily for me.  I loved grade school spelling bees. For those of you who attended non-competitive classrooms, the teacher selected two team leaders who then alternated choosing their team until everyone was standing on opposite sides of the room.  We then spelled, out loud, words that had been on our weekly spelling lists all year until there was only the winner standing.  Of course the purpose of the weekly spelling bees was to inspire us to study our spelling words during the week. 

As children, we knew who were the "good spellers" and who were not.  As an adult I can imagine how it must have felt to be among the last chosen, yet I also know that the "C" students, those who had to struggle more, were being strengthened for "life", and that many of them are today's successful entrepreneurs.  

I like words, I know I can spell most anything I would be using in the course of my daily life, rarely misspell anything and when I do it's usually a typo.  Last week I came across a spelling game that I could not achieve 100% on, in fact even in five games my scores ranged from 50% to one final 80%! Try it: Miss Spell's Class.  

Viva writes about making mornings stress-free.  I'm all for that, and for those of us who work at home I would add: Get dressed first thing or else you'll find yourself still in your pj's when the FedEx delivery guy knocks on your door.  Seriously, there's a lot of stress in this world, yet also a lot of good people seeking paths to less stress in their lives and willingly sharing.  

In addition to Viva's suggestions, biking is another great way to de-stress. Beginning today the annual May Bike2Work week offers inspiration.

Christine tells us how detergent works, amazing! Here's an anecdotal tidbit about detergent and a test you can do to see how much you really need. After you wash/rinse your clothes, run them through another rinse.  Observe how much detergent bubbles out.  Then experiment to see how much less you really need.

The economy has affected many of us including those involved in education. This is stressful.  Walnut Avenue Women's Center has a plan of action and seeks your help, plus it sounds like fun because you can make your own action signs and model citizenship for your children!  Voting only is not enough. To protect our rights as citizens we must keep informed and continue to voice our opinions.  Make sure our representatives are representing us!  My signs will say, "Run the state budget like we run our family budget!" or "Cut Waste" or "State legislators: Ask Viva for help!"

Have a great weekend with all the fun activities available to you! Remember, you can isolate by date and category when you search our calendar for activities.  Parmalee

 

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  Susan True: Tips for Encouraging Sharing

Parenting can be an extremely rewarding experience. It can also be demanding, exhausting and stressful, especially when juggling it with work and other life tasks. If you are a parent that feels overwhelmed by the demands of home life, work life and personal life, you are not alone!

Here are some Triple P tips you can try right away to encourage sharing in your child or children.

Make yourself a priority. One way that parents can find more patience and time for their child is to make sure they also find time for themselves. Taking care of your own needs for intimacy, adult companionship, recreation and time alone will help make parenting easier. When our own needs as adults are neglected, it is so much more difficult to be calm, patient, and consistent with our children. Don't aim to be the perfect parent. If you are spending plenty of quality time with your child and they are a cared for in a safe environment, a break away once in while will do both you and your child a world of good. Even starting with 20 minutes a day or 2 times a week of doing something you enjoy will help tremendously.

Work as a team with your partner. A home runs more smoothly if tasks are shared and everyone is on the same page. With your family, write a list of tasks that need to be done on a weekly basis and divide them up amongst all family members, including adults and children, who are old enough to contribute.

Set some time aside to talk to you partner about ground rules and discipline tactics to ensure you are on the same page when a situation arises. It is important not to contradict one another or argue in front of the children. Save these discussions for when the two of you can speak in private. Making sure that you are giving and receiving practical support from your partner will help you feel more stable and able to better handle the juggling.

(Photos General) SharingChores.jpgTeach children to do things for themselves. The more children learn to look after themselves, the more they are likely to develop the skills they need to be successful. Skills such as getting dressed, putting dirty and clean clothes in the right places, eating by themselves, clearing the dishes, putting toys away, making their own beds,  are skills that children after a certain age can easily attain and participate in. This not only frees up your time to attend to other needed tasks, but it helps your child become independent and confident.

Continued at the end of the newsletter

 

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  Viva: The Secret to Stress-Free-Mornings

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Tired of rushing about in the mornings, trying to get yourself presentable and your kids to school on time?  A morning routine is helpful, but I've found that the real secret to a stress-free morning if found in what you do the night before- a good eveningroutine sets you up for success the next day.  Imagine it:

  • Instead of shoveling down your oatmeal so that you have time to make your kids' lunches, the lunch is already prepared, waiting in the fridge for your child to grab it off the shelf and stick it in their lunch bag. 
  • Instead of tearing through your closet trying to find the right clothes for your meeting at work, your outfit is already picked out, just hanging there waiting to be put on.
  • Instead of arguing with your kids about what they're going to wear to school, they put on what they already picked out the night before.
  • Instead of forgetting to load the extra car seat that was supposed to be dropped off at school so that the babysitter could pick your kid up, the car seat is already loaded into your car.

You may have already implemented some of these strategies from time-to-time, but if you found that they just didn't stick- that too many tasks are still being left to the morning- then....  continued>>>

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

 

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  Science Fun with Christine: Detergent is Neat Stuff

(Graphics) SoapScience.jpgEver realize how wonderful soaps and detergents are? If you think about it, amazing things happen with this stuff. How does it pull out icky stuff and get our stuff clean? Soap and detergent are long molecules - like long chains. One end dissolves in water, and the other end dissolves in oily stuff or dirt. The stuff that hangs on to the water is stronger, so it yanks out the icky stuff and pulls it into the water. It is just like pulling out a weed - are you stronger than the roots?


Another interesting article with pictures and more details.

http://chemlife-malavish.blogspot.com/2009/07/how-does-soap-and-detergents-work.html

More posts at Science Fun with Christine Cockey, local scientist and mom.

  A Message from Walnut Avenue Women's Center

A message  from WAWC arrived this morning.  Read it and please think in-addition-to and beyond the concept of "not cutting childcare funds".  In the opinion of Dr. Bill Wattenberg [KSCO 1080AM, M-F 12-2PM], there are many departments at the state level of government that are both unnecessary and are robbing us at the local levels of funds that should be going toward local education and childcare programs and other essential services.  It's up to us to research the original causes of our financial crisis and enhance our knowledge about where tax dollars are going. Then put our energies toward telling our representatives what we want. Let's hold them to representing us, their employers.  Parmalee

"Opposition Grows to Budget Childcare Cuts
 
Since early 2008, early childcare and education programs have lost approximately a staggering $1.2 billion resulting in loss of spaces in vital programs for over 100,000 children.  Now, Governor Brown's budget of 2012-2013  proposes cutting an additional $517 million from child development programs - eliminating an additional 62,000 children statewide.

In Santa Cruz County, this reduction would result in 550 children losing care and a loss of roughly $3 Million
countywide.

Additionally, the Governor proposes to shift most early learning programs to County Welfare agencies, dismantling a system that was designed to ensure a level of quality for low-income children throughout the state.

High quality early learning programs for low-income children significantly narrow the achievement gap, reduce high school dropout rates, and produce savings resulting from lower costs in special education, welfare, prisons and crime.

Be an Advocate on this important issue.  MARCH against the cuts this Saturday.. SPEAK OUT and sign the petition."

  This Week

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Mount Madonna Pre-12, Campus Tour 5/7

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf K-8, A Walk Through the Grades 5/8

 

Linscott School K-6, Apple Blossom Run 5/6

 

Chartwell K-6, Early Reading Intervention Talk 5/9

 

Orchard School K-6, May Faire 5/12

 

El Jardin Parent Cooperative Preschool, Open House 5/15

 

All School Events

Cinco De Mayo 

Benefit Concert 
May 5th!

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Be Natural Music and The Palm Deli are joining together to benefit Kids in Sports & Kids in Music - all in one, fantastic night.

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 Bike 2 Work

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25th Annual Santa Cruz County Bike Week, May 9th-15th

That's right. Santa Cruz County Bike to Work Day is a quarter of a century old. Click on the Bike Week schedule link to the left to see all the locations that will be offering free goodies to anyone who rides a bicycle throughout the week. In addition to providing more tasty incentives, we will also be celebrating the past and future as we rejoice with people that have already fallen in love with the bicycle and to inspire others to take life by the handlebars and join the fun, healthy, & low-cost lifestyle.

New this Bike Week:

  • Six days of tasty, free treats at locations throughout the County, May 7th - May 12th
  • May Bike Month Calendar of events with bicycle repair workshops, rides, races, and much more
  • A Bike to Work video to share with your friends who might by on the fence regarding commuting by bicycle. Check out the new Bike To Work commercial! You can also view it by clicking here.

Friday, May 4th! First Friday at the Museum of Art & History

705 Front Street (5pm - 9pm)

Bike Themed First Friday Event at the Museum of Art & History

25 Years of Bike Week Art
Kinetic Art Bikes
Bicycle Sculptures
Bike Frame Builders
Photograph
Video
Kids' Art
Recycled Bicycle Jewelry and Accessories
Bike Powered Margaritas!

Bicycle Valet provided by People Power

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Click on the Breakfast Sites link on the left to see a list of all the sites in Santa Cruz County (6:30am - 9:30am), Free coffee, hot cocoa, bagels, pastries, fruit, energy bars, juice and more!!! (varies by site)

See Events Calendar for daily bike activities.

De-Stressing, a Conscious Process
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Lesser Known Gems of the Great Composers
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Santa Cruz Chamber Players
Date: Every day (Oct 29-Oct 30)
Details: Come listen to gifted musicians!
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Fruit Trees 101: Basic Fruit Tree Care
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UCSC Farm
Date: 01/16/2016 from 9:30am to 1:00pm
Details: Increase your fruit tree care knowledge
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23rd Annual Davenport Cinco de Mayo Festival
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Davenport Resource Service Center
Date: 05/05/2012 from 11:30am to 4:00pm
Ages: All
Details: 23rd Annual Davenport Cinco de Mayo Festival
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Challenger Division Baseball
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Santa Cruz Little League
Date: Every Su (May 6-May 27) from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Details: Baseball for children with special needs
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2nd Annual Santa Cruz Family Fair
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Santa Cruz Police Department
Date: 05/06/2012 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Mercy Housing, in partnership with the Santa Cruz Police Department
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Pottery & Glass Seconds Sale
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Cabrillo College
Date: 05/01/2016 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Details: Over 50 professional potters, glass artists, jewelers and other craftspeople from California's central coast sell seconds, exper
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Steinbeck Festival
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Steinbeck Festival
Date: Every day (May 3-May 5)
Details: The 33rd Annual Steinbeck Festival is Old Home Week for Steinbeck lovers from across the world and down the street.
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  Tell Your Elected Representatives What You Think

Your Elected Representatives

How to contact your elected officials.

Who represents you? How can you contact your representatives?

The Citizens Redistricting Commission certified the new maps for the 53 Congressional districts, 40 State Senate, 80 State Assembly, and four Board of Equalization districts. View the final maps and find your districts at CAvotes.org.

Find your elected representatives

U.S. House of Representatives

California State Legislature (State Senate and Assembly)

Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors

Capitola City Council

Santa Cruz City Council

Scotts Valley City Council

Watsonville City Council

Contact your U.S. elected representatives

Each name is a link to that official's web site.
President Barack Obama
Senator Barbara Boxer
Senator Dianne Feinstein
Representative Anna Eshoo (14th District)
Representative Sam Farr (17th District)

Contact your California state representatives

Each name is a link to that official's web site.
Governor Jerry Brown
Senator Joe Simitian (11th State Senate District)
Senator Sam Blakeslee (15th State Senate District)
Assemblymember Luis Alejo (28th Assembly District)
Assemblymember Bill Monning (27th Assembly District)

In addition, the Santa Cruz County Elections Department maintains a contact list of statewide elected officials, including Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Controller, Insurance Commissioner, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, and Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Contact Santa Cruz County public officials

The Santa Cruz County Elections Department maintains a Roster of Santa Cruz County Public Officials, including the Board of Supervisors, City Councils, Boards of Education, School District Boards, Water District Boards, and other special district boards.
  continued: Susan True: Encouraging Sharing

Be organized and develop routines. Being organized can prevent major stressors from arising.  For example: have a special place where keys and wallets go; cook the weeks' meals on the weekend; do laundry on a set day of the week; ask the children to pick out their next days clothes the night before; pack the kids bags the night before. These will all help in getting out the door with less stress and in a timely manner. Developing a morning routine will also help move everyone a lot more smoothly. Your children may want to write/draw out the routine so they  can 'read' it and follow it on their own. A morning routine might look like this:

  • Wake up at 7:30am
  • Get dressed
  • Eat breakfast
  • Brush your teeth
  • Get jackets and shoes on
  • Leave the house

    Offering descriptive praise and encouragement when children follow these steps on their own will motivate them to continue to demonstrate their ability to be independent.

Have realistic expectations and avoid being overcommitted. Sometimes parents have unrealistic expectations of themselves both in their home life and at work. It's important to recognize when there is too much on your plate and to be able to re-negotiate achievable tasks with friends, family, or employer. Learning to say 'no' will make life a lot easier. When you feel overcommitted, it is essential to assert your needs (to your friends, family, employer) and let people know what you are able to take on at that time. If you are a working parent, take time to familiarize yourself with your agency's policies regarding family leave and flexible work hours and discuss and negotiate these needs with your employer ahead of time.

Make your family a priority.  When you are at home with your children, do not spend a lot of time thinking about your work or other outside tasks. Physically and mentally separate your family time and work time.  Your children know when you are distracted and may try to get your attention in ways that are not desirable. You will be more productive at work and with your other tasks if you are able to relax and enjoy your children when you are with them.

Enjoy time with your children every day! It may seem like a small thing, but time spent enjoying your children can be the most rejuvenating of all! Quality time doesn't have to be extravagant or expensive. Sometimes just reading a book together or going for a walk can help. Other days, a big hug is all it takes! Remember that letting your child initiate an activity and just following her lead for twenty minutes will help her feel important to you and help you understand her more.

Making sure that you, your partner and the kids are happy and healthy is not an easy task! But taking it one step at a time and getting the right support from the rest of your family will make being a parent doable and enjoyable!  Remember, these small changes, can make big differences!

If you are interested in learning more about the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) and services available, contact First 5 Santa Cruz County:  visit www.first5scc.org or contact Stephanie Bluford at sbluford@first5scc.org (831) 465-2217.

Written by Susan True, Executive Director First 5 Santa Cruz County

 

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