Parenting News You Can Use! August 20, 2008

Parenting News You Can Use!
August 20, 2008
Volume 2, Issue 34
Publisher: INCAF
A Certified Redirecting Children’s Behavior ™ Company

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Focus for August: National Family Meal Month

1. Fall 2008 Redirecting Children’s Behavior Schedule
2. Keys to Stress-Free Mornings
3. New Website: Parenting the Child with Special Needs
4. Schools Honored for Making Health a Priority
5. A Mountaintop View
6. The Law of Attraction and Your Marriage
7. More Olympic Adventures
8. You Get to Choose Your Friends
9. Green School Supplies
10. Inspirational Quote of the Week

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

This six week, fifteen hour course teaches parents how to help children grow in a way that enhances self-esteem, teaches responsibility and promotes cooperation. At the completion, you will be able to:

* Discipline without yelling * Interact to build self-esteem
* Reduce sibling rivalry * Develop a sense of responsibility
* Redirect mistaken goals * Create an encouraging family
Redirecting Children’s Behavior course
Schedule for Fall 2008

St. Luke’s Methodist
3471 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77027
6-Thurs. Eves; 6:30-9:00 PM
Sept. 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23

St. Martin’s Episcopal
717 Sage
Houston, TX 77056
6-Tues. Afternoons, 11:30-2:00 PM
Sept 23, 30, Oct, 7, 14, 21, 28

Post Oak School
4600 Bissonnet
Bellaire, TX 77401
Tues. Eves, 6:30-9:00 PM
Sept 23, 30, Oct, 7, 14, 21, 28

Westminster Methodist Church
5801 San Felipe
Houston. TX 77057
6-Wed. Eves, 6:30-9:00 PM
Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5

Course fee: $225 for one; $325 per couple
One-on-one Parent Coaching: $110/hr

The courses listed above will be taught by Deborah Fry Ph.D.; C.P.E.
For information and registration please call Deborah at 713-840-8663

2. Keys to Stress-Free Mornings

Debbie Milam of The Best You Can Be Foundation offers peaceful suggestions for creating a morning that supports your family rather than embroils family members in conflict.

3. New Website: Parenting the Child with Special Needs

A new website with a free magazine, a market place and more just opened its doors. Dedicated to raising awareness and sharing life’s lessons, Parenting Special Needs is a resource worth investigating.

4. Schools Honored for Making Health a Priority

The William J. Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association recently honored 43 schools for making children’s health a priority. The changes implemented in the winning schools included a ban on candy, a painted activity course on school sidewalks, pedometers for staff and exercise DVDs for each classroom. The winning schools also met criteria for nutrition, physical activity and employee wellness. Read more about the healthy changes schools can make.

5. A Mountaintop View
By Steve Goodier

A police car pulled up in front of an older woman’s house, and her husband climbed out. The polite policeman explained that “this elderly gentleman” said that he was lost in the park and couldn’t find his way home. “How could it happen?” asked his wife. “You’ve been going to that park for over 30 years! How could you get lost?”

Leaning close to her ear so that the policeman couldn’t hear, he whispered, “I wasn’t lost – I was just too tired to walk home.”

These bodies become less cooperative as we age. For some, work becomes less fun and fun becomes more work. One older friend commented, “I’ve reached the age where the warranty has expired on my remaining teeth and internal organs.”

But I like the spirit of Charles Marowitz. “Old age is like climbing a mountain,” he says. “The higher you get, the more tired and breathless you become. But your view becomes much more extensive.”

Atop the mountain, one has a better view of the world. One can see above the differences that divide people. One can better see beyond petty hurts and human fragility. Atop the mountain, one has a longer view of the past and can therefore understand the future with more clarity. Atop the mountain, one looks down on dark clouds of gloom and despair and fear and notices that they are neither as large nor as ominous as those beneath them would believe. It is also clearer that however dark they may appear, they too, are fleeting and will someday pass.

George Bernard Shaw said, “Some are younger at seventy than most at seventeen.” I think it is because they have a broader outlook. It will take a lifetime to climb the mountain, but, for me, the view will be worth the journey.

6. The Law of Attraction and Your Marriage

The Law of Attraction states that we invite into our life what we are predominantly thinking about and feeling. It’s as though we’re a magnet, and we attract back into our life the exact type of energy that we’re vibrating or giving out into the world. See how this impacts your marriage.

7. More Olympic Adventures

The 2008 Summer Olympic Games are in full swing. Kids Off the Couch has some great suggestions for generating family interest in both the Games and the history of China by first watching the film Mulan. Screening Mulan makes for a simple transition to talking about the heroes of today – the athletes who are competing in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games. There are ideas to inspire your children to learn more about the different sports as well as links to NBC’s highly informative Olympic site.

8. You Get to Choose Your Friends

Tina Nocera of Parental Wisdom shares her wonderful suggestions on friendship and how to help our children make and be good friends.

9. Caution and Free Play for Kids: Where is the Line?

This informative article about risk, the lack of free play for children, and our culture of fear definitely provides food for thought. Feeling strongly that today’s children are losing out on many childhood experiences that her generation took for granted, Helene Guldberg, author of Reclaiming Childhood: Freedom and Play in an Age of Fear, explores the impact of over-supervising our children on their confidence and capabilities as adults.

10. Inspirational Quotes of the Week

“To know what you prefer, instead of humbly saying ‘Amen’ to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to keep your soul alive.” … Robert Louis Stevenson

“If a plant cannot live according to its nature, it dies; and so a man.” … Henry David Thoreau

“Follow the grain in your own wood.” … Howard Thurman

“We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves.” … Francois de La Rochefoucauld