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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

October 20, 2016
Our Long Noses

Upcoming: Wildlife Sketching Workshop

Christine: Curing Kidney Stones by Riding a Roller Coaster

Why Kids Lie...

Kid Chores

More about Lying
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"Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different.  Enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will).  Being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won't)." -James Baraz

Practicing this while watching the third debate helped. I'm concerned for our country --a little too much nastiness and lying going on-- so I shall double down on interacting kindly, generously and truthfully with my family, pets, neighbors, co-workers, friends, strangers, but especially the children.  

(A A Oct 2016) pinochio.jpgLying has always fascinated me, partly because my four brothers and I practiced the art while growing up (all children do) and partly because I have encountered some adults whose lies to me or loved ones were outrageous and harmful.  I think many politicians are like children, except they never outgrew lying.  They brazenly lie and expect us to believe them (google "why politicians lie", no don't...it's discouraging.)

We all know it's natural for children to go through phases of lying.  Sometimes we're amazed at their cleverness. As parents and teachers, usually we can see through it and find ways to help them grow out of it. I share some professionals' insights because I think it's important that all of us in an influential role with children need to understand our roles in raising honest, conscientious citizens.

(A A Oct 2016) Jacko_Traditional.jpgAll the joyful harvest and Halloween events for children and families being offered this month are provided by a lot of caring people. Thank you!

(A Buttons) Button_Weekend.jpgPlease recommend our newsletter to new friends so they won't miss a few tidbits of wisdom from our author contributors, and as always our many fun events! We cannot fit them all into this newsletter.  There are more on the online calendar.

Carve a jack o'lantern and enjoy your weekend with the family! Parmalee

 

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  Upcoming: Wildlife Sketching Workshop

Join the Museum for Walks or Workshops that bring us closer to nature. Learn new skills, visit new places, or discover familiar places in a whole new way!  Do you have an idea for a future walk or workshop?  Let us know at education@santacruzmuseum.org.

Upcoming Event:

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Wildlife Sketching Workshop with Sophie Webb

November 5 | 9 AM - 11:30 AM | Pre-Registration Required
Price: $15 adults | $10 children | Members 50% off.
Location:  Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Pre-registration required. All ages welcome.

Becoming a wildlife artists, biologist, illustrator and author of children's books ... Sophie Webb gives us a glimpse of her path and shares her art before launching in to a workshop on drawing from life. Through fun activities to get your creative juices flowing, and with guided practice you can become a wildlife illustrator too!

After a brief presentation of artwork, materials, and techniques in the Museum we will head out to the garden to draw in nature and make the first few pages for a new field journal. (In the event of weather, we can stay indoors and draw from the Museum's collections!) Paper, pencils, and watercolors provided-feel free to bring your favorite materials or your own field journal.

About the artist:

171-nuwoSophie Webb has travelled from the Antarctic to the Arctic and numerous places in between to both draw and study birds. She co-authored and illustrated a Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America (OU Press) and a Field Guide to the Marine Mammals of the Pacific Coast (UC Press). She has contributed  illustrations to a variety of bird guides, books and magazines. In recent years  she has  written and illustrated three children's books about research projects she has worked on (Houghton Mifflin Co). One of her favorite pass times is to sketch  wildlife in the field.

For more information and to view Sophie's work, visit: www.sophiewebb.com

 

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  Christine: Curing Kidney Stones by Riding a Roller Coaster

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Most of the time when you read a journal article it is very dry. The authors use very formal language, and technical writing generally uses passive voice. When you find an article in such a journal with the words "roller coaster", read it. 

I found a fascinating article that combines the ideas of kidney stones and roller coasters. This has to be good, and it turns out to be good science. Read more>>>>

Christine Cockey is a local mom and scientist who researches what's happening in the world of science and makes science easier to understand.  Keep up with her latest articles at http://mistralmtn.blogspot.com/

 

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  Why Kids Lie...

Why Kids Lie by Peggy Drexler Ph.D.

It's entirely normal for kids to experiment with lying, starting at an early age -- sometimes as early as two -- and escalating until 12, the age of greatest deceit, according to various studies conducted by Canadian researcher Kang Lee...Continue>>>

Why Children Lie And What To Do About It,
by gwen

Most parents will tell you that they have children that lie from time to time. So why do kids lie and what should you do about it?  As a parent, how do you know which lies are "okay' and which lies are actually signs of more serious problems? continue>>>

 

 

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  Kid Chores

Three Things Parents Need to Know About Kid Chores

by Rachel Cruze

(A A Oct 2016) kids_chores.jpgAs I travel around the country, I get a lot of questions from parents about chores. I get excited about that because it shows me parents are thinking about these things.

I love knowing that parents want their kids to understand the value of hard work and money-and the fact that hard work brings money! So what do you need to know about kids and chores?

Here are the three questions I get asked most often:

1. How do I decide which chores kids should do because they're part of the family and which chores they should get paid for?

I get asked this one all the time, and I always respond the same way: That's up to you!

Vague, I know, but there's no hard and fast rule about what chores you pay your kids for. When I was growing up, my parents didn't pay me or my siblings for chores that were expected. For us, that was helping Mom clean the kitchen and set the table. As we got a little older, we also washed the dishes. Some parents might put cleaning their room in that category, and that's great. It's a good idea to have a few expected things on the list.

Just make sure you pay kids for some chores. There are so many life lessons they can learn here, like the idea that when you work, you earn money! So think about what works best for you and your kids, and communicate to them which things they will do simply because they are part of the family and which things they will earn commission for.

2. How do I pay my kids for chores they are doing every day?

If your 10 year old is supposed to unload the dishwasher every day, should you be giving them a dollar every time they unload it? That's seven bucks a week just for unloading dishes!

Well, not necessarily. All you need is a chore chart. Simply divide the total dollar amount by the amount of times during the week you expect your kid to complete the chore. Put a checkmark by every chore they finish. If something doesn't get done, then some money gets cut from the total amount.

You don't have to be hard-core about it and nickel and dime your kids. You can give a little grace, especially to your younger kids.

3. When should I pay my kids?

That depends on their age.

If you have little kids, in the three to five range, then pay them immediately. But don't feel like you have to pay them every single time. There may be times when you're standing beside them and helping them do chores. In that case, then once a week you can give them a dollar for finishing it. And, remember, they are really young, so give them a little grace.

With older kids, think about paying them once a week. This teaches them to delay gratification-so they learn to wait for "payday." But if the chores don't get checked off the list, then no payday!

When it comes to teaching your kids about money, remember that they're just kids. It's not going to be perfect, so allow for some flexibility. As they complete chores in the ebb and flow of life, they will begin to catch on to this important principle: Money equals work!

In Smart Money Smart Kids, Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze teach parents about how to raise money-smart kids in a debt-filled world.

Rachel Cruze is a seasoned communicator and #1 best-selling author, helping Americans learn the proper ways to handle money and stay out of debt. Her upcoming book, Love Your Life, Not Theirs, will release in October. You can follow Rachel online at rachelcruze.com, or at facebook.com/rachelramseycruze.

 

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  More about Lying

"Studies show that the average person lies several times a day. Some of those are biggies ("I've always been faithful to you,") but more often, they are little white lies ("Of course that dress looks good on you!") Some forms of deception aren't exactly lies: combovers, nodding when you're not listening. And then there are lies we tell ourselves, for reasons that run the gamut from healthy maintenance of self-esteem, to serious delusions beyond our control." Psychology Today

"I Never Lie"

Is honesty a superpower, requiring a very strong will?

by Robin S. Rosenberg Ph.D.

Top Ten Secrets of Effective Liars

How to lie and get away with it

by Jeff Wise

The Truth About Lying

We tell the biggest lies to those we love most.

by Allison Kornet

Why We Lie and How to Stop

The many lies we tell hurt us in the end.

by Lisa Firestone Ph.D.

Adolescence and the Problem With Truth

Telling parents the truth isn't as simple as it seems.

by Carl E Pickhardt Ph.D.

How White Lies Affect Your Behavior

Telling white lies sometimes affects how you act later.

by Art Markman Ph.D.

 

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Mount Madonna PreK-12, Campus Tour Day 10/19

 

Physics & Chemistry Fun with Irvin Live Oak 10/7 and Santa Cruz 10/5

 

Bay Area Mathematics Adventures, Randomness in Prime Numbers 10/21

 

Mount Madonna PreK-12, Art & Play in the PreK, 10/26

 

Gateway School K-8, Kindergarten Visit Day 11/5

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Date: Every day (Oct 30-Nov 3)
Details: Join a Library IT expert in one of several cybersecurity workshops designed to help you connect online safely.
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Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party
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Roaring Camp Railroad
Date: Every Su and Sa (Oct 8-Oct 30)
Details: THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE AND HIS BEST FRIEND PERCY TO VISIT ROARING CAMP IN FELTON
City: Felton Phone: (831) 335-4484 view all details >>
     
A Stellar Experience
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Santa Cruz County Parks
Date: 10/21/2016 from 8:00pm to 12:00am
Ages: all ages
Details: Star Gazing at Quail Hollow Ranch
City: Felton Phone: (831) 335-9348 view all details >>
     
Chile Cookoff - 7th!
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  Chile Cookoff - 7th!
Beach Boardwalk
Date: 10/28/2017 from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Ages
Details: Taste and vote for your favorite chile
Special Instructions: $10for a tasting kit
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 426-7433 view all details >>
     
The Missing Arm
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State Park Big Basin
Date: 10/21/2017 at 6:30pm
Details: Experience the haunted tale of Big Basin's last lumber mill owner and his fateful encounter with a grizzly bear!
City: Boulder Creek Phone: (831) 338-8883 view all details >>
     
GLOW: A Festival of Fire & Light 2016
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Date: 10/22/2016 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Ages: All Ages
Details: GLOW is your night to experience the best fire and digital art in the Santa Cruz County area.
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 8314291964 view all details >>
     
Fundraiser: Libraries, Foster Children & Quilts
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  Fundraiser: Libraries, Foster Children & Quilts
Friends of the Scotts Valley Library & New Families
Date: 10/22/2016 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: all
Details: What do Libraries and Quilts and Foster Children Have in Common?
City: Scotts Valley view all details >>
     
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Earthquakes and the Adobe Open House
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Friends of the Santa Cruz State Parks
Date: 10/22/2016 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Earthquakes and the Adobe - tours and handmade tortillas!
Special Instructions: Admission is free, donations gratefully accepted. Parking is extremely limited, so carpooling is encouraged.
City: Watsonville Phone: (831) 429-1840 view all details >>
     
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Animal Advocates Afterschool Club
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Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter
Date: Every day
Details: Club offers opportunities for young animal lovers
Special Instructions: Starts up in October
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831-454-7235 view all details >>
     
Floating Pumpkin Patch
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Santa Cruz County Parks
Date: 10/22/2017 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: all
Details: Catch a pumpkin, games, prizes, and a waterslide!
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 454-7946 view all details >>
     
Fall Book Sale!
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  Fall Book Sale!
Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Date: Every day (Nov 3-Nov 4) from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All ages
Details: Thousands of books will be available!
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City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 477-7707 view all details >>
     
     
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