CLICK TO VIEW NEWSLETTER
This newsletter is best viewed in HTML or you can view on our website:
http://newsletters.santacruzparent.com/Newsletters/view/September212017,672.html
Please add info@santacruzparent.com to your safe-senders list to ensure your newsletters do not get caught by email filters.

  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

September 21, 2017
Pumpkins, Knitting and Banned Books

Positive Discipline Parenting Tips on Sharing

The Case for Knitting

Monterey Bay Birding Festival
Fun Events!
Sharing Strategies for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Eleven Benefits of Knitting
Click to view our Business Directory
  Pumpkins, Knitting and Banned Books

(0 Sept 2017) PumpkinsReady.jpgPumpkins of all sizes and shapes await you! Is this the year your family will carve some outrageous designs?

It's Banned Book Week. As I scrolled down a list of the top ten banned books by year, I observed that the reasons given for banning (by unidentified  groups), reflected myriad perspectives of our society.  Reasons were: "offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group, inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, anti-family, offensive language, homosexuality, sex education, political viewpoint, violence, etc. As adults, we are free to choose to "ban" some books by not borrowing or buying them.  What's a parent to do when a book offensive to them is assigned to their child? What would you do? Hopefully all the reading we provide at home sets the tone for appreciating quality literature.

As fall arrives thoughts turn to indoor crafts, like knitting. To the surprising benefits of knitting outlined below, I would add that it's calming for children. How much mischief can one get into when two hands and the brain are concentrating on not dropping a stitch, maintaining an even tension and switching from knitting to purling?

Please recommend our newsletter to new friends so they won't miss a few tidbits of wisdom from our author contributors, and as always the many fun events! Check the online calendar.

Enjoy our beautiful weather with family!  Parmalee

 

(0 Sept 2017) Seymour_SeaOtterBannerSept2128.jpg

  Positive Discipline Parenting Tips on Sharing

We all want our children to: share, think of others, be generous.

by Colleen Murphy, pdcrsantacruz.org

(0 Sept 2017) toddlersharing.jpg These are wonderful traits to instill in our children but keep in mind that it takes many years and many steps along the way to develop the ability to share. Nature has designed children to begin life focused on themselves, NOT to share. It is Mother Nature's way of guaranteeing survival of her smallest.

Sharing is simply not something a child under three can do. A child who says "Mine!" is no more selfish than a baby who doesn't walk is lazy. Typical behaviors can include grabbing, pushing friends away, possessive attitudes and outbursts.

Young children do not have an understanding of ownership. Their thinking could be: "If I give you my toy does that mean it belongs to you now? Will I ever get another turn with this toy?" Successful sharing skills includes the ability to understand three complex concepts: another's perspective, personal boundaries, ownership.

Teaching that sometimes it is okay NOT to share is just as important. All humans, young and old, need to have privacy and boundaries that others respect. They should not have to share everything with everybody. Read specifics for strategies with toddlers and preschoolers>>>>

 

(0 Aug 2017) Seymour_LocalSeeMoreBannerAug31Sep7.jpg

  The Case for Knitting

Experts Say Knitting And Crocheting Can Have A Surprising Impact On Your Health

(0 Sept 2017) Knitting_closeup.jpgWhile in the past, knitting was a necessity to making warm clothing and blankets, now, it's just a craft and pastime that people of all ages enjoy. It's always so satisfying to make something with your hands!

But it's more than making yourself a cute sweater or a fluffy pair of socks, it turns out. In fact, it's much more. Knitting actually brings with it a slew of health-boosting benefits. Besides being a cool, classic skill and a method of creative expression, sometimes in unexpected ways, it actually has mental, physical, and emotional benefits.

And if you think about it, it makes a lot of sense. Those who knit know how nice it is to relax after a long day with their current project and just be still for a little bit. It's really soothing! If you're not a knitter, these unexpected side effects might just convince you to pick it up! And if you are, these fascinating facts just might inspire you to start that project you've been planning, or to dream up a completely new one!

Check out the benefits that this ancient craft can bring to you, and break out the knitting needles! Check out these 11 benefits>>>

 

(0 Aug 2017) NaturalBridgesCenter_ad2.jpg

  Monterey Bay Birding Festival

(0 Sept 2017) BirdingFest_Crow.jpgWelcome to the home of one of the most spectacular birding and wildlife venues in North America, The Monterey Bay Birding Festival.

"From soaring golden eagles, effortlessly gliding California condors, cheeky bushtits, gorgeous Townsend's warblers, scampering snowy plovers, to thousands of sooty shearwaters streaming along the ocean's surface, few places can match the diversity of species as the Monterey Bay region.

September marks the peak of fall migration, with wintering shorebirds arriving en masse. Warblers and other passerines are doing the same, and we even start seeing the first appearances of wintering ducks and other waterfowl. Meanwhile, just a few miles offshore, jaegers, shearwaters, and alcid are present in good numbers. There's no better time to visit the Monterey Bay area to see the greatest number of species or to find a rarity."

  Fun Events!
(2 Buttons) Button_ParentingWorkshops.jpg (2 Buttons) Button_FunParks.jpg (2 Buttons) Button_Weekend.jpg
 

(0 Aug 2017) Text_Calendar.jpg

Come see us!

(0 Sept 2017) Elkhorn_HarborSeals.jpg
(0 Sept 2017) Elkhorn_Egrets.jpg
(0 Sept 2017) Elkhorn_WhitePelican.jpg
(0 Sept 2017) Elkhorn_Otter.jpg

A Few
Favorite Banned Books

(0 Sept 2017) Book_CallofWild.jpg

(0 Sept 2017) Book_GoneWithWind.jpg

(0 Sept 2017) book_Huckleberry.jpg

(0 Sept 2017) Book_GrapesofWrath.jpg

(0 Sept 2017) Book_Harrypotter_1-200x300.jpg

(02 Aug 2017) Dog_BigFace.jpg

Boardwalk Fall Campout
click to view website
  Boardwalk Fall Campout
Beach Boardwalk
Date: Every day (Sep 22-Sep 23)
Details: Bringing Community, Family and Friends Together in the Fight Against Cancer. Live. Laugh. Celebrate. Believe.
Special Instructions: Friday, September 22 - Saturday, September 23, 2017
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Free Day!
click to view website
  Free Day!
Exploratorium, Pier 15
Date: 09/23/2017 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Details: Experience the Exploratorium at Pier 15. Join us for free day
City: San Francisco Phone: (415) 528-4444 view all details >>
     
Sea Otter Awareness Week
click to view website
  Sea Otter Awareness Week
Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Date: Every day (Sep 23-Sep 30) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: all ages
Details: Learn more about he vital role that sea otters play in the nearshore ecosystem
Special Instructions: The Seymour Center is closed on September 19.
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 459-3800 view all details >>
     
Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
click to view website
  Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
UCSC Recreation
Date: Every day (Feb 22-Feb 25) at 7:00pm
Details: Ignite your passion for adventure, action & travel!
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Friday Night Live: Rivervale
click to view website
  Friday Night Live: Rivervale
MAH
Date: Every Fri (Sep 22-Nov 25) from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Details: Enjoy live music every Friday Night in Abbott Square.
Special Instructions: Evergreen Street near Harvey West Park
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 429-1964 view all details >>
     
Fashion Art
click to view website
  Fashion Art
Fashion Art
Date: 09/23/2017
Ages: Teens - Adults
Details: Fun, crazy, wild, unique fashion art from local designers!
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 426-5500 view all details >>
     
Open House
click to view website
  Open House
Elkhorn Slough
Date: 09/23/2017 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Details: Spread the word and share the fun. The annual Open House is coming! See you Sept 23rd.
City: Watsonville Phone: (831) 728-2822 view all details >>
     
Seed Saving
click to view website
  Seed Saving
UC Master Gardeners
Date: 09/23/2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Details: Learn why and how to save seeds
City: Watsonville view all details >>
     
Julia Robinson Math Festival
click to view website
  Julia Robinson Math Festival
X Academy
Date: 09/23/2017 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: Open to kids grades 5-8
Details: Explore the joys and power of mathematics with other kids and older mentors
Special Instructions: Note times carefully
City: Aptos view all details >>
     
Mountain Sol Festival
click to view website
  Mountain Sol Festival
Mountain Solstice Festival
Date: Every day (Sep 23-Sep 24) from 11:00am to 7:00pm
Details: Music & Food & Kids Activities in the Mountains!
Special Instructions: Youth tickets admit ages 11 to 17 years old when purchased in tandem with an adult ticket
City: Felton view all details >>
     
Renaissance Faire Weekends
click to view website
  Renaissance Faire Weekends
Northern California Renaissance Faire
Date: Every Su and Sa (Sep 30-Oct 15) from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Details: Pageantry, Revelry, Crafts and Romance
City: Hollister view all details >>
     
Sex, Drugs, and Screentime
click to view website
  Sex, Drugs, and Screentime
Positive Discipline Community Resources
Date: 09/23/2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: adults
Details: How to handle Sex Drugs, and Screentime
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 476-7284 view all details >>
     
The Smithsonian Is Coming!
click to view website
  The Smithsonian Is Coming!
San Lorenzo Valley Museum
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Oct 14-Nov 26)
Details: Hometown Teams explores the deep roots of sports in American culture, and shows how we engage in and watch sports to have fun, b
City: Boulder Creek view all details >>
     
Holiday Book Sale
click to view website
  Holiday Book Sale
Library Central
Date: 12/02/2017 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Details: Enjoy the Downtown Santa Cruz Parade and then join your Friends at
City: Santa Cruz County view all details >>
     
Skypark Music Festival
click to view website
  Skypark Music Festival
Scotts Valley Kiwanis
Date: 09/24/2017 from 2:30pm to 6:00pm
Details: Free music in the park -supports music in schools
City: Scotts Valley Phone: 831-438-4506 view all details >>
     
Monterey Bay Birding Festival
click to view website
  Monterey Bay Birding Festival
Monterey Bay Birding Festival
Date: 09/23/2017
Details: Join one of the most spectacular birding and wildlife venues in North America- the tenth annual Monterey Bay Birding Festival.
City: Watsonville view all details >>
     
Respectful Parenting- A Question and Answer Symposium
click to view website
  Respectful Parenting- A Question and Answer Symposium
Regarding Baby
Date: 10/07/2017 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Ages: Adults
Details: Special Event With Janet Lansbury, Respectful Parenting Symposium With Janet Lansbury
Special Instructions: Tickets Available Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/respectful-parenting-a-question-and-answer-symposium-tickets-36949600249
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831-296-2229 view all details >>
     
     
  Sharing Strategies for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Sharing Strategies for Toddlers

1. Provide plenty of interesting objects to explore to reduce conflicts.

2. Distract toddlers by offering something else to play with or to do, or walk them to a new area to play.

3. Supervise closely to intervene quickly when your child tries to take an object from someone. Gently and firmly remove your child's hands and redirect to an available object.

4. Teach this very simple, concrete rule: If it is in someone's hands,

the toy is not free to touch. "Josie has the ball in her hands, see? It's her turn now. There's another ball over there that is free to play with." Repeat this rule often.

5. Respect toddlers' interest in a toy. Teach holding boundaries. Let them fully explore an object until they are finished before they have it yanked away in the name of "sharing." Children are driven to explore.Once this need is fully met with enough time, they are much more likely to happily pass on the toy to another.

6. Teach how to hold boundaries. Step in to redirect other children who try to take a toy from your child. Return the toy to your child if it has been successfully pulled away. These actions teach a clear message: it's okay to have boundaries.

7. Invite your child to give the toy they have lost interest in to a child who is next in line for a turn. Usually toddlers have no resistance to doing this because they have had enough time to explore. Give them phrases to practice saying to each other and point out the positive impact of sharing, "Tell Sam, "Your turn,' and hand it to him. Oh, look, Sam is smiling because you shared your ball with him!"

 

Sharing Strategies for Preschoolers

1. Plan ahead:

  • Have toys/activities available that encourage sharing like playdough, art materials, building blocks, cars on a car mat, or playhouse kitchen with lots of equipment.

  • With your child's input, store away toys that are too special to share before friends come over.

  • Meet up in neutral territory such as parks and local play groups.

2. Continue the same rule as with toddlers: If it is in someone's hands, the toy is not free to touch.

3. Be fair and neutral. When things are handled fairly, all humans are much more likely to share and take turns.

4. Negotiate turn-taking with toys. Three-to-five year olds have the ability to talk through problems and to wait for a short period for their turn, but will need lots of close supervision and coaching.  Lower yourself to eye-level and model the words for turn-taking:  "Sara, Jorge wants a turn. Please pass it on to him when you're finished." Over time, you'll ask Jorge to say these words for himself.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Make sure that the toy is indeed passed on to the waiting child. Children will be much more willing to wait for a turn knowing that the plan will be followed through.

5. Refrain from judgmental statements such as, "Don't be selfish" or "That's not nice," when children respond with, "No, he can't have a turn!" Try these tools instead (remember to speak at eye level):

  • Empathy. "You're having a fun time with that and don't want to give it up."
  • Curiosity questions. "Are you worried you won't get another turn with it?"
  • Kind and Firm statements. "This is a toy you agreed to let others play with."
  • Go to solution. "Let's work out a plan. How much longer would you like to play with it? 3 or 5 minutes? Should we set a timer for each turn?"

IMPORTANT NOTE: While negotiating, an adult may need to hold the toy in question until an agreeable solution is reached. Children will be much more willing to negotiate if neither one of them has the toy in hand.

  • Family Meetings. Use family meetings to solve ongoing conflicts about sharing toys between siblings or friends. Put toys away until win/win solutions are reached by the family.

6. Acknowledge and appreciate the times you notice acts of sharing, asking for turns, and patient waiting. "I noticed you gave her some of your drink. You're learning to share." "I appreciate you talking to your brother about your turn instead of grabbing." "Look,your friend is sharing with you because you shared with her!"

7. Find a protected place for older siblings to play that is out of reach from the little fingers of younger siblings.

8. Set an example of the behavior you'd like to see. "I'd like to share this with you, do you want some?" "When I'm done, would you like a turn?" "This item is very important to me; it's just for me to touch."

  Eleven Benefits of Knitting

Knitting Benefit #1: Lowers Heart Rate And Blood Pressure

If you knit or crochet, you probably know how relaxed you feel after wrapping up a good session. But relaxing is way more than just feeling good. It's healthy! Relaxation lowers levels of stress hormone cortisol, which, in excess, is harmful to the heart and circulatory system, and stress can cause all kinds of other nasty health problems, too.

Knitting Benefit #2: Keeps Fingers Nimble

Knitting and crocheting require a number of small, precise movements, often executed rapidly. This repeated exercise is actually great for keeping the finger joints flexible and the muscles in the hands toned and steady. It might seem counterintuitive, but keeping the fingers moving by knitting is great for maintaining mobility in those with arthritis. Naturally, as with any activity, be gentle and don't overdo it, and make sure to take frequent stretch breaks.

Knitting Benefit #3: Improves Math Skills

(0 Sept 2017) knittingbyChild.jpgBelieve it or not, you can sharpen your math skills without doing rows and rows of arithmetic - or at least, that's what it will seem like. Knitting and crocheting is all about counting, multiplying, measuring, and patterning, which are all math skills. When you knit, you do most of that stuff subconsciously, though. But the effect on your brain is the same: stronger mathematical skill.

Knitting Benefit #4: Calms Anxiety

Besides physically relaxing the body, knitting also soothes the mental state. For many, the practice of knitting is meditative, and allows the mind to pause and refocus, and soothes worries.

Knitting Benefit #5: Sharpens Memory

Just like with math, knitting is all about remembering what you're doing. When to knit and when to purl, what color stripe comes next, and how many rows go into which part of the project. Knitting makes your brain actively rely on its memory, and the more you use it, the stronger your memory becomes.

Knitting Benefit #6: Helps Manage Pain

Knitting requires focus, which means that you have to concentrate on it and not on, say, pain. People with chronic pain may find that knitting allows them to think about something other than the discomfort, and makes them less aware of the pain for at least a little while. And it's not just physical pain. People with clinical depression and eating disorders also reported feeling better after taking up knitting.

Knitting Benefit #7: Reduces Mindless Eating

If your hands are busy, you can't reach for junk food! People who knit tend to be less likely to engage in mindless eating, and thus tend to have better diets. If you're looking to eat more mindfully, try taking up knitting while you're hanging out at home or watching TV. Your hands will be occupied with the project, and so they won't be scooping up chips.

Knitting Benefit #8: Keeps Your Brain Healthy For Years

Studies have shown that among older people, those who knit or crochet had a decreased chance of age-related cognitive impairment or memory loss. Among people aged 70 to 89, the studies showed that the knitters and crocheters had the healthiest brains and memories. It suggests that crafts like this help the brain create and maintain the neural pathways that keep the mind and memory sharp.

Knitting Benefit #9: Gives A Sense Of Purpose

One of the worst feelings is that you're just kind of there. But having a project gives you a goal and a sense of purpose. You want to meet that goal, and getting closer and closer to it is a great, inspiring feeling. Even better is creating handmade gifts for friends and family, or creating necessities like scarves and mittens for the needy. The feeling of creating something for someone you care about is deeply fulfilling.

Knitting Benefit #10: Boosts Confidence And Self-Esteem

If working on a project is fulfilling, completing one is even better! When you've finished something, you have a physical thing that you can hold up and look at and say, "I did that!" Knitting is a skill that you learned and mastered, and it's something you can do. You can turn a piece of yarn into something wearable! That's awesome! And you're awesome for doing it.

Knitting Benefit #11: You Get A Neat, One-Of-A-Kind Craft At The End!

Along with a sense of accomplishment and ability, you also get a cool craft when you're done with a knitting project! And the best part is that there's no other one like it in the world. Maybe you'll end up with a perfectly fitting sweater, or a blanket that looks perfect in your bedroom, or a scarf in your favorite colors. Whatever it is, it's yours! Do you knit or crochet? Would you like to start? Let us know in the comments, and show us some of the things you've made!

business directory | blogs | classifieds | contests | editor updates | families giving back
newsletter archives | parent chat | parent planner | parent perks | contact us
Stay Connected: Blogs Blogs | RSS RSS

You received this e-mail because you have signed up for our e-mail newsletters from our website.
If you received this message in error or you want to be removed from this exclusive mailing list just visit
the following link and follow the instructions. CLICK TO UNSUBSCRIBE
info@santacruzparent.com | Santa Cruz, CA