Parenting News You Can Use! April 20, 2010

Parenting News You Can Use!
April 20, 2010
Volume 4, Issue 15
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Focus for April: National Humor Month
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IN THIS ISSUE:
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1. Redirecting Children’s Behavior Course Schedule (see home page)
2. Boosting Friendship-Making Skills
3. Talk Deeply, Be Happy
4. Earth Day
5. Talk to Yourself Like Someone You Love
6. Intend Your Day
7. Child Readiness
8. High Fructose Corn Syrup and Obesity
9. Celebrating National Poetry Month
10. Inspirational Quote of the Week

1. Redirecting Children’s Behavior:
The Gentle Art of Parenting

2. Boosting Friendship-Making Skills
Author and parenting expert Michele Borba provides valuable information as well as four tips for boosting your child’s friendship-making skills.
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3. Talk Deeply, Be Happy
Recent studies have found that people who spend more of their day having deep discussions and less time engaging in small talk seem to be happier. Read more on this happiness factor.
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4. Earth Day
April 22 will mark the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. Learn ways to participate and celebrate with your family.
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5. Talk to Yourself Like Someone You Love
Our inner dialog can drive our world (see the article below by Wes Hopper on intending your day). Dr. Laura Markham says, “The subconscious mind is like a small child. It believes everything we tell it.” Read Dr. Markham’s post about turning your inner critic into your inner cheerleader.
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6. Intend Your Day
By Wes Hopper

I know several people that are very proud of the fact that they can take whatever life throws at them. No matter what the challenge or problem is, they can handle it! Now it’s good to have that kind of strength and confidence, but it’s a lousy way to plan your day. Wouldn’t you rather see what life can do with what YOU throw at it? Instead of just getting up in the morning to see what happens, INTEND your day.

Have a plan for how your day is going to be, and intend for it to be that way. Put the full force and power of your intent into it. Treat intention with respect. Recent scientific experiments with group intention have reduced the crime rate in a major city, sped up plant growth, changed the essential qualities of containers of water, and caused unusually rapid healing for a burn victim.

Want to conduct your own experiment? Start intending your day. Lay out in your mind how you want the day to go. Expect it. Will you get 100% of your intention? Maybe, maybe not, but your life will shift in ways that will amaze you.

Instead of just responding to life, you’re now creating your life. You’ll be grateful you did.
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7. Child Readiness
Dr. David Elkind comments on child readiness – readiness for first grade, for sports, for learning certain subjects and more. Dr. Elkind suggests that readiness is a relational term rather than simply a child’s problem.
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8. High Fructose Corn Syrup and Obesity
Princeton University recently reported the results of a study comparing high fructose corn syrup to sucrose. Researchers found that with calorie content remaining the same, the rats consuming high fructose corn syrup became obese.
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9. Celebrating National Poetry Month
In addition to being National Humor Month, April is also National Poetry Month. The New York Times has links and suggestions for both celebrating poetry and inspiring young people to read and write poetry. Under “Finding Poems Everywhere” – which encourages us to look in unusual places for poetry – are poems drawn directly from the “Missed Connections” section on Craigslist. There are also great suggestions for bringing poetry into schools in unique, creative ways.
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10. Inspirational Quote of the Week
“While you are standing around wondering what tomorrow will bring, remember that life is a creation, not a discovery.” … Srikumar Rao