Parenting News You Can Use! February 10, 2009

Parenting News You Can Use!
February 10, 2009
Volume 3, Issue 5
Publisher: INCAF
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Focus for February: National Parent Leadership Month
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IN THIS ISSUE:
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1. RCB Course Schedule Spring 2009
2. Getting Kids to Love Chores
3. Breakfast and a Movie
4. Create Coloring Pages from Your Family Photographs
5. Being Green at School
6. An Introduction to 3-D Design
7. The Magical Effect
8. The How of Happiness
9. Passports for Children
10. Inspirational Quote of the Week

1. Redirecting Children’s Behavior Course
www.deborah-fry.com or www.incaf.com
For information and registration please call Deborah at 713-840-8663

2. Getting Kids to Love Chores

February is National Parent Leadership Month. One area in which parents can lead is in teaching children to love chores. There is great value in working as a team, in making a contribution to the family and in a child seeing how capable she really is. Learn six ways to teach children to love chores from Kathryn Kvols, author of Redirecting Children’s Behavior and founder of the International Network for Children and Families.
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3. Breakfast and a Movie

As a twist on “dinner and a movie,” do breakfast and a movie! AMC Cinema has reduced ticket prices on first-run films being shown before noon on Fridays, weekends and holidays.
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4. Create Coloring Pages from Your Family Photographs

Use your own digital photographs to create pages for your children to color. These will not only be fun for your child, but they also make terrific gifts and cards.
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5. Being Green at School

From choosing eco-friendly school supplies – including backpacks – to creative ideas on handling all of the paper your child brings home in environmentally sensitive ways, this website is packed with terrific information.
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6. An Introduction to 3-D Design

If you have an aspiring architect or designer in your family, Sketchup – a program available through a free download from Google – is an excellent introduction to 3-D drawing and design. It is fun for the adults in the family, too!
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7. Eyes on the Shore
By Steve Goodier

A story is told about a bloodhound chasing a stag. A fox crossed the path, so the hound chased the fox. After a while a rabbit crossed the path, so the hound chased it. Later, a mouse crossed the path and the hound chased the mouse into a hole. The hound began his hunt on the trail of a magnificent stag and ended up watching a mouse hole!

Not that there is anything wrong with spontaneity. Some of the most wonderful things have come into my life by beautiful accident. But there is also something to be said for knowing where we want to go.

Florence Chadwick learned the importance of keeping a goal in mind on July 4, 1952. She waded into the Pacific Ocean off Catalina Island and began swimming toward the California coast 26 miles away. The day was cold and her attendants drove off sharks throughout the journey. Florence had already swum the English Channel twice and, if she could finish today, she would be the first woman to have swum both. But after fifteen hours in the water, for the first and only time in her long-distance swimming career, she gave up and climbed into the escort boat. Others had urged her on, but in the fog they could not tell her how near she was to the coast. She later learned that she was less than half a mile from shore.

When asked by a reporter why she gave up, Florence replied: “It was the fog. If I could have seen land, I could have finished. But when you can’t see your goal, you lose all sense of progress and you begin to give up.”

On a warm, sunny day two months later Florence Chadwick swam the Catalina Channel, handily beating the men’s record. Only when she kept her eyes on the shore did she eventually arrive there. Keeping that goal constantly in sight will get you where you want to go.
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8. The How of Happiness

Is lasting happiness attainable or a pipe dream? For the past 18 years, University of California-Riverside professor of psychology Sonja Lyubomirsky has studied this question, and what she reports might even sway pessimists. She says that it’s quite possible to stretch the limits of our pre-programmed temperaments. In The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life you Want, she demonstrates how to do it—without medication.
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9. Passports for Children

Make getting first-time passports for children quicker and smoother by checking the governmental regulations, some of which may be surprising. Minors under the age of 16 must apply in person with BOTH parents. To save time, the forms may be filled out online, printed and taken with you. By clicking on the link below, you will go to the official U.S. Department of State site with much more information as well as access to the forms you need.
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10. Inspirational Quote

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” … Carl Rogers