Parenting News You Can Use! April 7, 2010

Parenting News You Can Use!
April 7, 2010
Volume 4, Issue 13
Publisher: INCAF
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Focus for March: Nutrition Month
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IN THIS ISSUE:
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1. Redirecting Children’s Behavior course Schedule Summer 2010 (see Home page)
2. Gender Gap in Reading
3. Happy Birthday, Happy Meal
4. Teen Girls and Team Sports
5. Kindness: An Evolutionary Advantage
6. Name It and Solve It
7. Teaching Your Child the Art of Happiness
8. Teens and Depression
9. Educational Videos for Babies do Not Work
10. Inspirational Quote of the Week

2. Gender Gap in Reading
The Center on Education Policy looked at how boys and girls score on state reading and math tests around the nation. The Washington-based nonprofit found that boys trailed girls in elementary, middle and high school in reading. CEP president Jack Jennings concludes that the lag is “no fluke. It is a clear and unmistakable national trend.” What is more, girls are now scoring equally as well in math as boys. The full CEP report is available here.
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3. Happy Birthday, Happy Meal
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4. Teen Girls and Team Sports
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that playing sports gives young females independence, status with peers, opportunities to make friends, relaxation, and weight control. According to the CDC, girls who play sports learn important life skills, including teamwork, the experience of success, goal setting and more. Read suggestions on how to encourage your teen daughter to become actively involved in team sports.
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5. Kindness: An Evolutionary Advantage
A new phrase is replacing Darwin’s “survival of the fittest” and it is “survival of the kindest.” Researchers are finding a growing body of evidence that shows that we are becoming more compassionate and collaborative in our quest to survive and thrive. The skills taught in Redirecting Children’s Behavior indeed have a higher purpose!
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6. Name It and Solve It
By Wes Hopper

One of the big mistakes that keeps people stuck is a simple one – they think that events come with an absolute value of good or bad attached to them. Even Shakespeare knew better, and had Hamlet say, “there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”

Things that happen in our lives are there for us to name. We can call them “good” or we can call them “bad.” They can be a learning experience, or a disaster. It’s our call. This is not just woo-woo semantics! What we call an experience directly affects our experience of it, and that’s not woo-woo.

A successful person faced with an unexpected and challenging situation is more likely to say, “Humm, very interesting!” than “My God, we’re all gonna die!” People aren’t successful because they never get those kinds of challenges; they’re successful because of the way they respond to them. And learn from them.

I used to joke that at one time I had a net worth that was $250 Million bigger than Donald Trump’s! That was because Trump had some challenges and his net worth was a minus $250 Million at the time. But not for long. He didn’t call it a disaster, just a minor setback. And it became what he called it.

So if you’re having some minor setbacks in your life, make sure of what you’re calling the situations in your life. Your pain is directly related to what you call it and you have the power to revoke it at any moment. Name it, and solve it. You’ll be grateful you did.
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7. Teaching Your Child the Art of Happiness
If asked what they desire for their child, almost any parent would respond, “happiness.” Dr. Laura Markham provides eleven steps to teach your child the art of happiness.
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8. Teens and Depression
Did you know that depression now strikes one out of 20 teens? What’s more, the rates of childhood depression are not only increasing but are also impacting younger kids. Author Michele Borba discusses teen depression and lists eight possible signs of depression that should not be overlooked.
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9. Educational Videos for Babies Do Not Work
Another study has come out confirming that educational videos for babies do not boost their word power and may in fact be harmful.
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10. Inspirational Quote of the Week
“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.” … Marcus Aurelius