Parenting News You Can Use! August 30, 2008

Parenting News You Can Use!
August 30, 2008
Volume 2, Issue 35
Publisher: INCAF
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Focus for August: National Family Meal Month

1. Fall/Winter 2008 Class Schedule
2. Byron Katie on Oprah’s Soul Series
3. Backpack Safety
4. Getting Boys to Read
5. There is More In You than You Know
6. Is Reading Online Really Reading?
7. A Bug’s Life is Still Hopping Ten Years Later
8. Coping with a Spouse’s Negative Attitude
9. Green Tip: The Impact of Body Care Products
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. Byron Katie on Oprah’s Soul Series

Byron Katie – speaker, author and spiritual teacher – speaks about the impact of our thoughts, about her process called The Work and about joy on Oprah’s Soul Series.

3. Backpack Safety

Of all the physical burdens children must shoulder, their backpacks are probably the heaviest. Crammed with everything from lunches to laptops, bags can cause stiff necks, sore shoulders and aching backs. The Consumer Product Safety Commission found that every year, more than 10,000 children ages 5 to 14 see doctors with backpack-related complaints. Read these tips on how to choose a good backpack and prevent injuries.

4. Getting Boys to Read

Publishers are hawking more gory and gross books to appeal to an elusive market: boys – many of whom would rather go to the dentist than crack open “Little House on the Prairie.” Last year, U.S. publishers released 261 new works of juvenile fiction aimed at boys, more than twice the number put out in 2003. Learn more about this revolution in reading.

5. There is More in You than You Know
By Steve Goodier

U. S. President Calvin Coolidge lived for a time in the third-floor suite of the Willard Hotel. Once in the middle of the night, the new President awoke to see an intruder going through his clothes. He watched as the thief first removed a wallet, then unhooked a watch chain. Coolidge calmly spoke up from the darkness: “About that watch, I wish you wouldn’t take that.” The startled man, gaining his voice, asked, “Why?” Coolidge answered, “I don’t mean the watch and chain, only the charm. I’m very fond of that charm. It means a great deal to me. Take it near the window and read what is engraved on the back of it.”

The burglar read: “Presented to Calvin Coolidge, Speaker of the House, by the Massachusetts General Court.” And now he was more surprised! “Are you President Coolidge?” he asked. He evidently did not think he’d find the President sleeping in a hotel! “Yes, I am, and I don’t want you to take that charm,” he said. Then he
asked, “Why, Son, are you doing this?”

The young man explained that he and a friend traveled to Washington during their college break. They spent all of their money and had no money to pay the hotel bill or pay for train passage back to school. “If you don’t mind,” he said, “I’ll just take the wallet.” Coolidge did mind. He knew he had about $80 in his wallet. So he
said, “How much will it take to pay your hotel bill and get you and your friend back to the campus? Sit down and let’s talk this over.”

Coolidge added up the room rate and two rail tickets. It came to $32. That may not sound like much now, but it was a considerable sum then. “I’ll give you the $32 as a loan,” the President said, “and I expect you to pay me back.”

The youth thanked him. Coolidge then advised him to leave by the same window he used to enter the room, as secret service agents were sure to be patrolling the hallway. As the young man climbed out, Coolidge left him with this admonition: “Son, you’re a nice boy. You are better than you are acting. You are starting down the wrong road. Just remember who you are.”

It wasn’t until after the death of Mrs. Coolidge in 1957 that this story was allowed to come out. It was first published in the “Los Angeles Times.” And most interesting of all is that the President’s notes show that the young man was indeed better than he was acting. He repaid the $32 loan in full.

Kurt Hahn, the founder of Outward Bound, said this: “There is more in us than we know. If we can be made to see it, perhaps, for the rest of our lives, we will be unwilling to settle for less.”

6. Is Reading Online Really Reading?

Many children spend hours a day on the internet. They are reading, but is it the same as reading a book? Learn more about the literacy debate on online reading and the changes in reading habits of our young people.

7. A Bug’s Life is Still Hopping Ten Years Later

Even after ten years, Pixar’s A Bug’s Life is still engaging. Kids Off the Couch suggests viewing the clever story of an ant colony that frees itself from tyranny and pairing it with a family adventure – visiting an insect zoo. Even searching for insects in your yard and becoming more science savvy in the process is fun!

8. Coping with a Spouse’s Negative Attitude

We all have people in our lives who tend to judge, be critical and focus on the negative. One of those people could be our spouse. Here are eight suggestions for handling negativity. Although specifically focused on coping with a negative spouse, the tips can help with friends, co-workers and family members who tend towards the negative.

9. Green Tip: The Impact of Body Care Products

What you slather on your skin is just as important as what you savor in your stomach — to you and to the environment. More than 50 of the chemicals put into modern-day American body care products have already been banned in Europe because research shows they cause cancer and other chronic ailments. With not only adults but children using these products, the suggestions in this article are definitely worth a read.

10. Inspirational Quotes of the Week

“Every now and then a man’s mind is stretched by a new idea … and never shrinks back to its former dimensions.” … Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

“In the same way as the tree bears the same fruit year after year, but each time new fruit, all lastingly valuable ideas in thinking must always be reborn.” … Albert Schweitzer