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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

November 26, 2013
Being with Family is the Gift!

The Real Story of Thanksgiving
Enter to Win Free Tickets to Angelina the Ballerina
Suki: Book Review: Make Your Worrier a Warrior

Christine: Female Competition
This Week
Workshops for Children
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  Being with Family is the Gift!

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Thanksgiving is possibly my all time favorite holiday.  It has always meant the gathering of family and often old and new friends, being with people whom you love and who love you --replete with foibles, flaws, good qualities, sadnesses, good times and successes all.

This article, "Nurse reveals the top 5 regrets people make on their deathbed" inspires us to examine our lives! Make one dream come true. Leave work behind for a few days. Make a way to express our feelings without hurting loved ones. Reach out to friends.  Be WITH our children and laugh with them.

Thank you to all our organizations who post fun events for families and local experts who contribute informative articles and opinion pieces to help us in our parenting. And most of all thank you to YOU,  who are doing your part to raise children in healthy families.

Have a warm thanksgiving with your families and friends, Parmalee

 

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  The Real Story of Thanksgiving

 

(Site Photos) ThanksgivingNormalRockwell.jpgThe Real Story of Thanksgiving and Why Some Families Place Three Kernels of Corn by Each Place Setting

If you read Governor Bradford's diary of the travails of the pilgrims, you will learn that after landing at Plymouth Rock in 1620, they established a collective system of tending crops and dividing the workload. Collectively everyone owned and worked the land, did the laundry, prepared meals, and cared for the children.

Sadly, production declined, poverty was rampant and confusion prevailed. Women resented having to do laundry and cook for the entire community as well as being asked to work the fields. Young men found no reward for putting forth their best efforts. Resentment grew. Many died from poor nutrition. At the lowest point, a day's ration for one person was three kernels of corn.

Faced with extinction, Governor Bradford and the elders decided to do something radical. They gave each family a plot of land to work or barter as they wished. In one growing season individual owners within the colony reversed three years of failure, harvested bountiful crops, established trading posts, and began repaying their sponsors! They invited the Indians to share a feast of thanks --and that was the real story of the first Thanksgiving.

Let's place three kernels of corn by each place and ask each child and guest to tell a story about them, then tell the children the real story of Thanksgiving!

Read a more extensive essay on Our First Thanksgiving.  Foundation for Economic Education

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  Suki: Book Review: Make Your Worrier a Warrior

Make-Your-Worrier-Final-CoverMake Your Worrier a Warrior:
A Guide to Conquering Your Child's Fears
by Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.
Great Potential Press, 2014

I don't have any world-class worriers in my house, so as I started this new book by the author of Raising Creative Kids, Dan Peters, I wondered how much it would apply to my parenting life. But as is always the case with a well-written, thoughtful book, I found plenty of thought-provoking ideas, inspiration, and creative solutions to a wide variety of problems.

The first thing that happened as I was reading the book was that I realized that although I don't have a world-class worrier, we have often sailed these waters when it came to individual situations that our children faced. Neither is what I'd call a worrier in general, but both have gone through periods of specific fears, avoidance behaviors, and other issues that are covered in this book.

Peters takes a strong stance right from the beginning that worrying and fear in general is something that therapy hasn't addressed well in the past. He points out that now that we have such a detailed picture of what physically happens with the fear response, we have much stronger and more targeted tools at our disposal.

The first tool he wields is... Read more!>>>>>

 

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  Christine: Female Competition

(Photos General) Animal_elephants_wild.jpgScientific research is full of reports about male competition. Some males fight during breeding season, many birds have feather displays, and bower birds even build little romantic havens to attract a lady. What about competition among the female of the species? We human ladies realize there is competition. That is why makeup, short skirts and high heels exist. What is the equivalent among our animal brethren?  A recent issue of the Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society B digs into details.

The main thing about female competition is that it is different from male competition. Females devote a large amount of energy to bearing and raising young. They also need to gather food for themselves and their young. Competition is much lower key. This may be why so little research has been done in this area. Many male competitions are very showy. Read more!

Christine Cokey is a scientist and local mom.  She enjoys making challenging science topics easy to understand for all of us. Visit her blog, Science Fun.

  This Week

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Holiday Events

 

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School Corner

 

Gateway School K-8 Open House 12/5

 

MakersFactory, Homeschool Club 12/2-16

 

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

 

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

 

Mount Madonna Pre-12, Disney's Aladdin Jr 12/14-15

 

Mount Madonna Pre-12, Campus Tour 12/17

Holiday Break Camps & Special Workshops

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West Performing Arts
Camps

 

The Art Factory
Holiday Gift Making
Winter Break Camps

 

Junebug's Gym
Winter Camp

 

Santa Cruz County
Parks & Rec
Winter Camp

 

MakersFactory
Winter Camp

 

Santa Cruz Soccer
Winter Camp

 

Santa Cruz Gymnastics


Catalyst Soccer
Futsol Fun Winter Camp

 

Gymnastics Learning Center Camp Flip

Check out the new category on the Online Calendar

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Clubs for Kids

 

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 Workshops for Children

Folded Paper Stars workshop


Discovery Learning Center
Fold holiday stars with your children
Date: 12/05/2013 from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free, $3 materials fee
Special Instructions: Younger children will need a parent helper

Working with translucent kite paper, we will make 5, 8, and 10 pointed stars that will catch the winter light when hung in the window. All ages, but children need to be able to listen, fold carefully and neatly, or will need a parent to assist them. $3 materials fee.


Location: Discovery Learning Center of San, 111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 531-7352 •website Santa Cruz West Side


Snowflake Workshop


City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation
Snowflake Create Community Art Project
Date: 12/06/2013 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: Free

Participate in our community snowflake art project where we will create a festive display of the Santa Cruz Community through snowflakes. As part of First Friday, make a unique snowflake and add it to our gallery wall. View snowflake art by the Santa Cruz Teen Center, Louden Nelson Community School and staff. Enjoy hot chocolate and singing by Mission Hill and Branciforte Middle School choirs. The art will be on display for the month of December. Free!


Location: Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6177 •website

 

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