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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

September 4, 2013


Get in the Fair Mood!
Angelina Ballerina the Musical Tickets on Sale!
This Week
Suki: A Behavioral Diet Toolkit

Christine: Echolocation
Lorraine: Heartache Prevention Now
Ask Nicole:
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(Photos General) ChrisMolla.jpgNew school year, new routine, new backpacks, new shoes and clothes  --and new enrichment classes!

Welcome new businesses offering classes for children and teens!

Chris Molla's Fingerpaint Music offers music classes for the under 5 set, with a parent of course. All the music in the class is live. Chris performs lively accompaniments on a variety of instruments - accordion, guitar, keyboard, percussion - to all the songs and activities used in class. Chris is joined in class by his wife, Jessica, an artist and educator, and his two year old daughter, Rosie. Visit FingerpaintMusic.com and listen to some of Chris' engaging songs and be sure to visit his preview day.

With over 13 years of teaching experience, Wendy Phillips, the owner of Wings School of Dance, integrates her own dance experience with the Professional Teaching Standards for Dance Arts set (Photos General) WingsDance_Girl.jpgforth by the National Dance Education Organization to offer her students a one-of-a-kind dance experience.  Visit Wendy's Grand Opening and give her a call! You will be impressed with her many dance experiences and her enthusiasm for teaching.

Suki Wessling's Teen Literature Circle has a few spaces available.  Suki offers a place for teens (13+) to discuss books with other teens who are passionate about reading and eager to talk about literature. "We will read a mixture of "must read before college" classics and recent books written for teens. We will read for appreciation, understanding, analysis, and entertainment. Students will be encouraged to consider each book a world unto its own which they can not only experience, but also analyze to learn more about the structure of literature as well as perspectives both similar to and different from their own."

Christian Youth Theater (CYT), under the local direction of Mary Jo Epperson, is an after-school theater arts training program for students ages 4 - 18. CYT is dedicated to developing character through training in the arts and by producing wholesome family entertainment, all of which reflect Judeo-Christian values. Classes are after-school in three ten-week sessions throughout the school year and include drama, voice, dance and a broad spectrum of specialty theatrical workshops at weekly two-hour classes. Enrolled students have the opportunity to work behind the scenes, or audition and perform on stage in a Broadway-style musical performed for the community.

Scroll on down for links to ALL the enrichment classes available.  We shall have more highlights next week.

Keep on learning! Parmalee

 

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  Get in the Fair Mood!
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  Angelina Ballerina the Musical Tickets on Sale!


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Angelina Ballerina coming to Santa Cruz for the holidays!
Date: Every day (Aug 24-Dec 7) from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: 3- 10 Admission Fees: 29.50
Special Instructions: One Weekend Only! Get tickets early!

(Special Event Images / Graphics) AngelinaBallerina.jpgThe Santa Cruz Rio Theatre is the only Bay Area and Central Coast stop for the off Broadway tour of Angelina Ballerina the Musical! Show has had a successful three year run in New York and comes to a close at the end of this year with its first, last and limited U.S. Tour. Children ages 3-10 absolutely love the 50 minute show with 8 characters and nine musical numbers.

Tickets on sale August 1st, 2013

Shows: December 7 & 8, 11am and 1pm

General Seats  $29.50

Gold seats $49.50
Gold seats holders will enjoy front and center seating. After each show, gold seat ticket holders only will remain in the theatre to delight in a 20 minutes meet and greet, autographs and pictures with the cast. A portion of the Gold seat tickets will also go towards supporting a local Santa Cruz nonprofit! If this all sounds like your kind of ticket, reserve your seats now as there are only 50 gold seats available per show.

Location: Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz Map

Phone: (831) 278-1419 •website Santa Cruz

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Discovery Learning Center, Discovering Home Schooling 9/4

 

Chartwell School, Open House 9/12

 

Chartwell School, Free Community Workshop on LD Support in High School and College 9/11

 

St. Stephens Preschool, Open House 9/11

 

MakersFactory, Sneak Peek Week 9/4-6

 

Ecology Action, Safe Routes to School Workshop 9/25

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  Free First Friday at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
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  Suki: A Behavioral Diet Toolkit

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This morning, like every other public school mom or dad in the neighborhood, I dropped my daughter off for the first day of sixth grade.

I am not what I would describe as a great enthusiast for the alternative health craze. I remember reading when I was a child about the "snake oil salesmen" who precipitated this country's need for a Food and Drug Administration. Although I'd love to believe that all of our modern snake oil salesmen are well-intentioned, I know that many of them are just out to make a buck from a sometimes desperate and often gullible public.

At the same time, some of our most interesting research on children's behavioral health is coming out of investigation of things that many in the alternative health world have been saying for a long time: We don't necessarily have an epidemic of new "disorders" for kids-ADHD, high functioning autism, allergies-what we have is a coming together of various strands of our culture to create problems in our children's growing bodies.

I will only briefly mention how our children's lives have changed: from most kids walking to school a generation ago to few walking now, most children playing outside a generation ago to most playing inside on a screen now, from kids getting dirty and engaging in creative play to kids stuck in fluorescent-illuminated classrooms now.

What I want to focus on here are a few dietary changes that can be life-changing for kids with behavioral problems. If your child has behavioral problems, it's worth considering trying any of these changes to see if there is an improvement..... Read more >>>>

 Suki Wessling writes about parenting, education, gifted children, and homeschooling at Avant Parenting.

 

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  Christine: Echolocation

(Graphics) Ecolocation_types.jpgEcholocation is a very cool navigation technique that many animals use. They send out sound and listen for the return echoes. From the returning sounds they can identify the objects around them. They can find prey and navigate external objects. We have adopted this technique for our submarines.

Who uses the technique? It was first identified in bats. Each species emits sound in a specific frequency. A researcher could sit in an area with a receiver and accurately identify local species without even a sighting. When bats are looking for prey, their sound emission is simultaneous with wingbeat and respiration. This saves energy. Bats can distinguish between items just half a millimeter apart. When bats locate prey they increase the sound pulses. Bats need to be careful. In an earlier blog I wrote about the ability of moths to dodge bats by recognizing their sounds pulses.

Other creatures use echolocation...find out which ones>>>>

Christine is a scientist and mom.  You can find more of her essays here.

  Lorraine: Heartache Prevention Now

(Photos General) LorrainePhotoforWeb.jpgMake time now to be with your child, and you will prevent heartache, therapy bills, frustration, anger and hurt. Your child will be happier and will continue to want to be "with" you for the rest of his life.

If ever the saying "Don't put off for tomorrow what you can do today" was true, this is it! When your child comes to you, drop what you are doing and turn to her. Give her your full attention. This will bring you a lasting relationship with him because he comes to trust that you are there for him when he needs you.

Sometimes this is difficult because we weren't treated the same way growing up, so it does not occur to us to do it. But being present is the greatest gift you can give your child. As you give her undivided attention, you heal from many of your own childhood wounds and begin to ask for this kind of respect for yourself!

Send me your results and stories: AskTheParentMentor@gmail.com.

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  Ask Nicole:

Practical solutions to everyday parenting challenges

-By Nicole M. Young, MSW

Raising kids is incredibly rewarding-and challenging. In fact, it may be the hardest job you'll ever have. The 24/7 schedule is exhausting. And there's no instruction manual. Often, we muddle through by asking other people, reading books, doing things the way our parents did (even though we swore we never would) or just learning from trial-and-error. But while it's true that parenting is a hard job, no one should have to struggle through it alone. Whether you're a parent, a grandparent or other care provider of an infant, toddler, elementary school child or teenager, most of us could use some advice.

This new column has been created to provide a forum for sharing parenting questions and answers to help strengthen your relationships and give you practical solutions to everyday parenting challenges.

Each month I'll share questions and answers about issues most all of us can relate to, such as bedtime, food, tantrums, homework, siblings, the teen years and more. I won't proclaim to be the parenting "expert" or a "perfect parent," since there is no such thing. Instead, I'll share practical tips and ideas based on the world-renowned Triple P Positive Parenting Program that is available in Santa Cruz County. If you have a question, please drop me a line at triplep@first5scc.org.

Let's start off with a few questions that helped motivate me to create this column.

Dear Nicole,

We've had a great summer but now it's time to get back into the school routine. My two boys are having a hard time getting out of the house in the morning. And getting to bed at a reasonable hour is becoming a nightmare. We miss the summer mood at home. What can I do to keep the stress down?   --Lisa, Santa Cruz

Lisa,

Changes in the daily routine can be a challenge for kids and the switch from summer fun to the school schedule is among the hardest. Try holding a family meeting to set a clear routine and expectations for the morning and the evening. Ask your kids for their input on what they can do to help make mornings and evenings go more smoothly. Once everyone understands their role and your expectations, post the new routines on your refrigerator for reference. You'll be surprised at the difference a few small changes can make.

Dear Nicole,

 My daughter just started Kindergarten and is really clingy when I drop her off. I want to be there for her since it is such a new experience, but I also don't want to encourage this behavior. What can I do?   --Anna, Watsonville

Anna,

For most kids, Kindergarten is both exciting and scary. There are many things that bring uncertainty: new school, teacher, classmates, food routine, etc. You can help your daughter by setting aside a few minutes at home each morning to check in with her, listen to her concerns and plan ahead for the drop-off. Be clear with your daughter about what to expect at the drop-off (example: tell her you'll be walking to class, giving her a kiss and then saying goodbye). Remind her that you will be back to pick her up after school. Spend a few minutes after school to review the day. Before long, your daughter will recognize this routine and become more comfortable with this transition.

Dear Nicole,

 My teenage daughter is just plain rude to me sometimes! If she doesn't like what she hears, she rolls her eyes and walks away. Her behavior makes me mad and even embarrasses me sometimes. I'm frustrated with her and I'm worried that something is wrong in the way I'm parenting her. What can I do differently?   --Carlos, Scotts Valley

Dear Carlos,

Rude and disrespectful behaviors in teens are pretty common and definitely cause for frustration. Here are a couple ideas to try: First, teach your teen how to express her opinions in a positive manner by setting a good example. Stay calm and patient with your teen, even when it's hard to do. It is also important to recognize and appreciate when she shows positive behavior. Second, truly show an interest in what your teen talks about-whatever the topic is. Doing so shows her respect and strengthens your bond. If these tips don't produce the desired result, consider setting rules and limits for communication or developing a behavior contract that sets your expectations for positive, respectful communication.

Nicole Young manages Santa Cruz County's Triple P - Positive Parenting Program, the world's leading positive parenting program. Scientifically proven, Triple P is made available locally by First 5 Santa Cruz County, the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency (Mental Health Services Act) and the Santa Cruz County Human Services Department. For more information about Triple P, including classes and one-on-one meetings to help parents handle everyday parenting challenges, visit triplep.first5scc.org, www.facebook.com/triplepscc or www.youtube.com/triplepsantacruzco. To get a copy of the Triple P Pocket Guide for Parents or find a Triple P class or practitioner, contact First 5 Santa Cruz County at 465-2217 or triplep@first5scc.org.

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