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November 20, 2013
Questioning History with Children

Helping Children Become Giving and Generous

Lorraine:"Take Care of YOU So You Can Take Care of Your Family"


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  Questioning History with Children

(Graphics) History.jpgAs parents one of our responsibilities is to gradually expose our curious children to more and more of the history of mankind, relating current events and culture to historical facts as best we can. This is a daunting task because while there is historically accurate information available, and even more so in this amazing information age, there is also a lot of agendized propaganda available in books, news, movies, blogs, even classrooms. How are we parents and teachers to know what is truth or fact and what is myth, opinion or propaganda?

The only answer is for us to maintain an open mind, to question, to read and listen to opposing opinions, to question what we ourselves were taught as children, but most importantly to share with our children the skill of questioning and investigating.

Two opportunities for lively discussions are upon us: the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg address and Thanksgiving. Simply google both topics, read several articles and become amazed at the conflicting research, facts, opinions. Share some of the opposing ideas with the children. Let them see you questioning, looking for truth, testing ideas and forming opinions.

Here's the most frequently printed version of Lincoln's Gettysburg address:

"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

(Graphics) GettysburgAddress_OfByFor.jpgBut, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."  Abraham Lincoln ~ November 19, 1863

Read it to the children, ask them which parts spark an idea, take a phrase and open it up for discussion.  Have fun!

Parmalee

 

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  Helping Children Become Giving and Generous

"The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving." Albert Einstein

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  • Start a giving tradition as soon as your child begins receiving. Learning about giving should come first then incorporate it into your family's everyday life.
  • Make philanthropy a family affair. Discuss your hopes for your children's involvement in your philanthropy and listen to your children's philanthropic aspirations, but avoid onerous expectations.
  • Support your community's philanthropic education initiatives. If your child's school does not already have have a volunteering program, suggest such a program to your local school as a means of rounding out its students' education.
  • Find a cause your child is passionate about. Encourage your child to find a volunteer opportunity that suits his or her interests and talents. One child may be comfortable feeding the homeless and another may prefer to volunteer building trails in a park. It's really important to applaud any initiative.
  • Be your child's example. The greatest way to ensure that charitable giving is a significant and valued part of your children's lives is to ensure that it plays a large role and brings joy to your life.
 

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  Lorraine:"Take Care of YOU So You Can Take Care of Your Family"

(Photos General) LorrainePhotoforWeb.jpgStep back and watch your busyness this week. Are you doing what you really want to be doing? I invite you to drop 2-3 activities and obligations to others (except for 1:1 time with your kids) this week and keep them gone. Make free time where there is none and make your children the greater priority. It will serve them, your family and you when you keep your most important agenda- reading to, snuggling with, listening to, day dreaming with and talking about pleasantries with your children.

When we say "no" to outside obligations in favor of ones that feed our soul, we set a powerful example for our children. We want them to be true to their own heart, know themselves and honor their inner yearnings so they can have the happiest life possible. I believe this can only happen when we like and love ourselves- no matter what happens, we will "land on their feet' like a cat. Resilience will carry us through to a better place, but ONLY when we discern or own own top priorities. By saying "No." to the fray in favor of curling up with a book, we show our kids how to do the same. We teach honoring themselves.

Often when we are full of activities, we run from ourselves (I speak from experience here!). There were times when the thought of being alone with myself frightened me- especially as a new mom- what would I do? I invite you to just be with yourself, be bored, turn off the TV. Sit still. Get antsy. Just be with your feelings. You will teach your child to be still, be a little bored, and let peace soon mysteriously visit. This is a life-long practice and one that will teach them to say 'No." to the extraneous distractions keeping them from their true heart and real life's purpose.

If you find this week's Mission challenging, then let's chat. I have 3 spots open this week for 1:1 Complimentary Sessions. I will listen to you, offer tips for immediate relief, and we can explore together if my coaching can support you. There is no pressure or obligation. Call (808) 936-4370 or email TheParentMentor@gmail.com.

 

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School Corner

 

Tara Redwood Pre-6, Open House 11/21

 

Mount Madonna PreK-12,  Campus tour Day 11/23

 

Spring Hill School K-8, Middle School Open House 11/27


Gateway School K-8 Open House 12/5

 

Monte Vista 6-12, Open House & Curriculum Fair 12/8

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf K-8,  Waldorf Alive! A Walk Through the Grades 12/11

 

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 Science with Christine

Immune System Linked to Circadian Clock

An important result has been published in Science by researchers from the University of Dallas. The workings of our immune system have been directly linked to our circadian clock.

 

For years, both scientists and lay people have seen that losing sleep can make people sicker. Jet lag also seems to lead to more illness. Just because items like this seem to be associated, doesn't mean that one causes another. Now there is proof.

 

Scientists ran experiments in test tubes and mice. A protein called NFIL3 controls the amount of an immune cell called TH17 - one of our T cells. Some of this T cell is good. Too much leads to the immune system attacking the body, similar to an allergy. So lots of NFIL3 keeps the T cell down to a manageable level.

 

It turns out that a protein produced by our circadian genes links to the NFIL3 protein. More of this "clock" protein is produced during the day. When this protein links to NFIL3, NFIL3 is taken out of circulation and more T cells are produced. So we normally have more T cells during the day as compared to the night.

 

If we stay up late, more T cells continue to be produced. If we have bright lights around, like TVs, computer screens or cell screens, more T cells are produced. Jet lag also produced more T-cells, since the clock genes get messed up about day and night.

 

This research seems to show that we need a stable pattern of light and dark. Sleeping in a bright area won't always fix the problem. Too many T-cells leads to increased inflammation and health problems. More work is needed. But the connection has been made. I think we will see lots of work in this area.

 

Meanwhile. . . Keep the phones off at night and turn off other screens.

 

Christine is a local mom and scientist.  You can get more science news from Christine's website.

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'Tis the season to go ice skating!
Every day (Nov 15-Jan 12)
$13-$15

Downtown Ice is not only located in a spectacular setting - the Circle of Palms between the Fairmont Hotel and San Jose Museum of Art. The South Bay's largest seasonal outdoor skating rink, produced by the San Jose Downtown Association, has the coolest partners - Kristi Yamaguchi's Always Dream Foundation and Hawaiian Airlines.

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If you've never been to the ice rink, here's what to expect, a step-by-step guide to ensure a cool Downtown Ice experience.

Downtown Ice is part of San Jose's Downtown for the Holidays traditions

Downtown Ice is located in the core of the South Bay's leading winter attractions and family friendly activities, which include the traditional Christmas in the Park and Winter Wonderland. Park once and make a day of it in downtown San Jose: dine, dance, laugh, and enjoy the spirit of the season swirling about you.

Parking is affordable and easy. Find $5 flat-rate parking after 6 p.m., seven nights a week in city-owned lots and garages. After 6 p.m. and all day Saturday, receive validation from a participating business and park the rest of the night for FREE in city-owned garages. Visit sjdowntownparking.com for more

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