Parenting News You Can Use! August 23, 2011

Parenting News You Can Use!
August 23, 2011
Volume 5, Issue 33
Publisher: INCAF
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IN THIS ISSUE:
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1. Redirecting Children’s Behavior Fall Schedule 2011 (see home page)
2. An Exquisite Parenting Moment
3. Screen Time and Young Hearts
4. Back to School
5. Why Boredom is Good for Your Child
6. Material Things
7. Eight Steps to Marital Harmony
8. Healthy Food for Less
9. Measuring Your Child’s Temperature Correctly
10. Inspirational Quote of the Week

2. An Exquisite Parenting Moment
Dr. Claudia Gold reports on an exquisite parenting moment she observed in the grocery store check-out line. It displayed all of the elements of Dr. Gold’s concept of holding a child in mind including understanding a child’s behavior from the perspective of his stage of development, empathizing with a child’s feelings, containing and regulating both the feeling and behavior, and perhaps most difficult, staying present with a child without letting one’s own distress get in the way.
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3. Screen Time and Young Hearts
Naomi Cook, RN, wrote, “A recent study has shown that children who spend hours watching television every day are prone to developing narrowed arteries in the eyes. According to researchers in Sydney, this may signify an increased chance of developing cardiovascular disease in the future.” Read more about this study and the impact of living a sedentary lifestyle on your child’s health, both present and future.
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4. Back to School
Maggie Macaulay of Whole Hearted Parenting writes “After shifting into the glorious groove of summer, it is time to line up the uniforms, repack the backpack, dig out the lunch box and begin the daily routine of school. Here are some tips for making a smooth switch from summer to school.”
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5. Why Boredom is Good for Your Child
Most moms feel responsible for solving the issue when they hear, “Mom, I’m bored.” Dr. Laura Markham responds with details on why unstructured time is valuable for children, why “I’m bored” might become a constant refrain with children, and how parents can respond when they hear those words.
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6. Material Things
By Wes Hopper

Wallace Wattles said, “It’s in the use of material things that a person finds full life for the body, develops the mind and unfolds the soul.” Continuing our series on the writings of Wallace Wattles, we see that he is pointing out that it’s an error to think that material things, like money, are not spiritual.

We need things to nurture and comfort our body, engage and stimulate our mind, and feed our soul. Poverty makes this difficult. But, look carefully. He says the “use” of material things is necessary. This choice of words is to make it clear that the acquisition of lots of stuff is not the point. The point is to be able to fully express our body, mind and soul. To do that we need to use “stuff” and it’s not important whether we own it or just have access to it.

But living in poverty and thinking it’s spiritual is an error. Poverty goes with lack, and spirituality goes with abundance. We should never settle for doing without something we need to fully express our gifts and nurture our body, mind and soul.

In order to do that we need to have a healthy relationship with money. And the biggest block for many people is thinking that money and spirituality don’t go together.

They will, if you let them.
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7. Eight Steps to Marital Harmony
Nancy Wasson, Ph. D., says, “The formula for marital harmony and success is not a mysterious secret. It’s actually very straightforward. The “behind the scenes” part is the constant work that’s required to keep the channels of love and communication clear from obstruction.” Read Nancy’s eight steps to marital harmony and put them into practice.
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8. Healthy Food for Less
Dr. Joanna Dolgoff, MD, writes, “Increasing food prices have more and more shoppers looking for ways to save money at the grocery store without sacrificing nutrition. For those of you who fall into this category, you’ll be happy to know that eating healthier foods can actually save you money. Savings can come from reducing portion sizes and from buying fewer of the high-calorie foods that tend to increase the amount spent at the grocery store.” Read Dr. Dolgoff’s suggestions for eating healthy for less.
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9. Measuring Your Child’s Temperature Correctly
In explaining how to measure your child’s temperature correctly, Dr. Chad Rudnick says, “Millions of pediatricians and emergency rooms are visited every year by parents with their child because of fever. Fever is one of the most concerning symptoms to parents because of its association with illness as well as overall poor feeling by the child.” Learn the key to measuring it correctly.
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10. Inspirational Quote of the Week
“For a relationship to succeed, the frequency of positive comments has to outweigh negative remarks by about five to one. In other words, it takes five instances of agreement and support to undo the harm caused by a single criticism.” Richard Wiseman
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