Parenting News You Can Use! February 22, 2012

Parenting News You Can Use!
February 22, 2012
Volume 6, Issue 9
Publisher: INCAF
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IN THIS ISSUE:
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1. Redirecting Children’s Behavior Course Schedule for Winter/Spring 2012: (see home page)
2. The Happy Secret
3. Cling Less, Enjoy More
4. Woman with a Mission
5. The Homework Debate
6. One of Us
7. Handling “Everyone Else Has One”
8. What Teachers Really Want to Tell Parents
9. How to Transform What is Draining You
10. Inspirational Quote of the Week
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2. The Happy Secret
In this fast-moving and entertaining talk from TEDxBloomington, psychologist Shawn Achor explains that happiness actually inspires productivity rather than productivity inspiring happiness. He also suggests ways to switch the way we focus to create greater happiness.
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3. Cling Less, Enjoy More
The Dalai Lama said, “Most of our troubles are due to our passionate desire for and attachment to things that we misapprehend as enduring entities.” Lori Deschene of Tiny Buddha explores how clinging less can lead to greater happiness and joy.
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4. Woman with a Mission
In this episode of Your Life Calling, Jane Pauley interviews Jenny Bowen, a former Hollywood filmmaker, who found her life calling through the formation of Half the Sky Foundation which nurtures and cares for children in Chinese orphanages.
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5. The Homework Debate
Tween Parent checks in on the homework debate – how much homework is too much homework and homework tips for your family.
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6. One of Us
By Wes Hopper
Margaret Cho said, “Try to love someone who you want to hate, because they are just like you, somewhere inside, in a way you may never expect, in a way that resounds so deeply within you that you cannot believe it.” One of the persistent plots that we find in fiction – books, movies, TV – is the character that seems to be one thing early in the story, usually not very nice, but who is revealed to be much nicer or sympathetic later on. There’s a good reason why writers use this plot device a lot. It’s because it happens in real life all the time. Usually not quite so dramatically, but it happens. We get to know someone and we find that behind their public persona is a genuine human being.

It’s true of everyone, of course, but some folks are so wounded by life that they never let it show, and they die with the music still in them. So the challenge for us, if we are spiritually aware, is found in our quote. Can we look at these others, in all their dysfunction, and see them as just like us? Human beings, doing the best they can with the hand they’ve been dealt?

It’s easier to see when we remember that the difference between us is a matter of degree, not of substance. Somewhere in the inner part of them, and us, we are alike. It comes from our common spiritual heritage. As songwriter Eric Brazilian wrote: “What if God was one of us? Just the same as one of us, trying to make His way home.” That’s me, that’s you, and that’s the difficult person in front of you.

If you can see the Oneness instead of being drawn into conflict, you have made the world a better place. I’m grateful for that.
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7. Handling “Everyone Else Has One!”
Whether it is requesting a cell phone, being on FaceBook or going to the mall with friends, parents may hear “everyone else has one” or “everyone else gets to do it” when their child’s request is denied. Maggie Macaulay of Whole Hearted Parenting offers tips for parents to effectively and peacefully handle “everyone else has one.”
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8. What Teachers Really Want to Tell Parents
Ron Clark, author of The End of Molasses Classes: Getting Our Kids Unstuck – 101 Extraordinary Solutions for Parents and Teachers and Disney’s American Teacher of the Year, writes, “This summer, I met a principal who was recently named as the administrator of the year in her state. She was loved and adored by all, but she told me she was leaving the profession.” Find out why she was leaving and what teachers would really like parents to know.
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9. How to Transform What’s Draining You
Dr. Laura Markham of Aha! Parenting says, “The bad news is, life is not perfect. The good news is, you can have a perfectly wonderful life, even with all these imperfections. The secret is in your attitude.” In this article, the last segment of her series Nurturing Yourself While Raising Your Child, she addresses five ways to transform what is draining you so that you can have an even more wonderful family life.
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10. Inspirational Quote of the Week
“I work with preschoolers. They sort colored beads, sequence a story they just heard, make elaborate designs with pattern blocks, and figure out how to equitably divide cars with their friends. We know they are learning important math concepts. They call it playing.” Kathleen Klofft
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