Parenting News You Can Use! December 2, 2008

Parenting News You Can Use!
December 2, 2008
Volume 2, Issue 49
Publisher: INCAF
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Focus for December: Stress Free Family Holiday Month

Winter/Spring 2009 Redirecting Children’s Behavior Courses
Redefine Christmas
Monitor Your Finances for Free
The Present of Presence
How is Your Vision?
Food Banks
Good Food on a Budget
Spelling City
Dig We Must
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 and self mastery. 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 Winter/Spring 2009

Post Oak School Bethany Christian Church
4600 Bissonnet 3223 Westheimer
Bellaire, TX 77401 Houston, TX 77098
Tues. Eves, 6:30-9:00 PM 6-Wed Eves, 6:30-9:00 Pm
Jan 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 17, 24 JAN 21, 28, FEB 4, 11, 18, 25

Westminster Methodist Church St. Luke’s Methodist
5801 San Felipe 3471 Westheimer
Houston. TX 77057 Houston, TX 77027
6-Tues afternoons, 1130-2:00 PM 6-Tues. Eves; 6:30-9:00 PM

Feb 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3, 10 March 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28

Esperanza, The Outdoor School Nanny Class*
639 Heights Blvd *(for nannies of RCB graduates)
Houston, TX 77007 Post Oak School
6 – Wed Eves; 6:00-8:30 PM 4600 Bissonnet
March 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Bellaire, TX 77401
4-Thurs. mornings, 9:15-10:30
March 26, April 2, 9, 16
St. Martin’s Episcopal 717 Sage
Houston, TX 77056
6-Thurs. Eves; 6:30-9:00 PM
March 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

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. Redefine Christmas

Consider that the amount of money spent on candy alone during the holiday season is greater than the annual budgets of the American Cancer Society, The American Heart Association and Habitat for Humanity combined. This website – which is not a commercial venture – suggests a way to redefine Christmas by giving to one’s chosen charity. Beautiful e-cards that request a charitable gift are included.

3. Monitor Your Finances for Free

Are you watching your checkbook more closely lately?  Do you want an even easier way to track your spending?  If so, try out downloads, categorizes, and graphs all of your finances automatically every day – so you don’t have to. Know where you are spending, without spending any effort. 

4. The Present of Presence

Gifts are terrific. There is a gift we can give that costs us absolutely no money. It is the present of being present for our children. As we enter the holiday season, this article is especially timely.

5. How is Your Vision?
By Steve Goodier

My eyesight isn’t what it used to be. But as Helen Keller (who could neither hear nor see) said, “The greatest tragedy in life is people who have sight but no vision.” There are numerous stories of people who lacked vision. A Hollywood producer scrawled a curt rejection note on a manuscript that became “Gone with the Wind.” He had no vision for the success that movie would enjoy.

Vision is never about seeing the obvious. It’s about looking ahead; about seeing what is not there – YET. It’s often about seeing the potential behind the obvious. Like the potential in people. Or recognizing the potential for something good to come from a situation others are writing off as lost.

If we want to see what is really going on, we will need to learn to spot what is not there, then act on it. So… your eyesight may be perfect, but how’s your vision?

6. Food Banks

At this time of year – between Thanksgiving and the New Year – the sharing of food and enjoyment of abundance is very important. There is a way to share food with others who may not be feeling very abundant – through food banks. Feeding America has a food bank locator so that you can participate in your community.

7. Good Food on a Budget

How do you eat a nutritious diet while keeping your grocery budget low? The good news is that healthy food can be cheap. You can cut food costs by eating more meals at home and by making sure they feature some of the healthiest foods from your supermarket – foods like whole grains, vegetables, and beans. Luckily, many of these foods cost less than $2 per package.

8. Spelling City

In this terrific site, parents, teachers and students can input spelling lists that are then turned into list specific activities.  Children can practice spelling their own words from school, hear them used in a sentence, and then play games using just those words.  You can also generate printables that use only those spelling words as well. 

9. Dig We Must

What could smelly sneakers, forbidden romance and an old lipstick have in common? You’ll have to watch Holes – a smart movie based on a best-selling book by Louis Sachar – to find out. Combine watching this film with a real “dig” for ancient artifacts and you’ve got a fun family adventure!

10. Inspirational Quote

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” … Abraham Lincoln