Parenting News You Can Use! February 7, 2012

Parenting News You Can Use!
February 7, 2012
Volume 6, Issue 6
Publisher: INCAF
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IN THIS ISSUE:
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1. Redirecting Children’s Behavior Course Schedule for Winter/Spring 2012
2. Four Ways to Raise Children with Social Intelligence
3. Relearning How to Play
4. Shyness and Introversion are Different
5. Building Strong Brains: Schools Need Environmental Education
6. Top of the Roller Coaster
7. Fostering Literacy Through Art
8. Connecting with Older Kids
9. Jamie Oliver Wins: McDonald’s Changes Recipe
10. Inspirational Quote of the Week

2. Four Ways to Raise Children with Social Intelligence
Janet Lansbury of Elevating Child Care says, “Of all the skills we encourage our children to develop, social intelligence may be the most essential for predicting a fulfilling, successful life. It’s also the aspect of development parents influence most profoundly, and it’s crucial that we’re aware of that, because our every word, move and gesture are being studied.” Read Janet’s four suggestions for raising children with social intelligence.
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3. Relearning How to Play
Children’s play is threatened, say experts who advise that kids – from toddlers to tweens – should be relearning how to play. Roughhousing and fantasy feed development.
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4. Shyness and Introversion are Different
Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, advises us not to call introverted children ‘shy’. The two are very different. Society rewards extroverts, but quiet types have a hidden strength all their own.
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5. Building Strong Brains: Schools Need Environmental Education
Ricky Akerly, author of The Genius in Children, advocates for children playing and learning in nature – one of the oldest and best educational activities – because it promotes full brain development. This article from a long-time educator is well worth the read.
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6. Top of the Roller Coaster
By Wes Hopper
Friedrich Nietzsche said, “Believe me! The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously!” One of the most important life lessons that we learn as kids is how totally thrilling it is to scare ourselves with some new experience, and then survive. The first swim in the deep water. The first ride on the roller coaster. The first jump off the high dive. Do you remember what that felt like? To face your fears in public and survive? To not be a scared little kid anymore?

We have this same reaction to new experiences as adults but we’re much too old to admit it. Your first speech at a networking group. Your first time asking a customer for the order. Your first Power Point presentation to the executive staff. As our quote proclaims, our greatest enjoyments in life come from living dangerously. We feel fully alive in the moment, and we don’t die.

That’s how we live our dreams, too. By stepping out into the unknown, taking a risk, feeling vulnerable and exposed. Then doing it again, and again. After all, your dreams don’t live in the safe and known, they’re at the top of the roller coaster waiting for you. Enjoy the ride!
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7. Fostering Literacy Through Art
In this delightful interview with Mary Ann Kohl, author of thirty children’s art books, the admiration that Tinkerlab’s Rachelle Doorley has for the author is palpable. You will be inspired!
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8. Connecting with Older Kids
Kate Fairlie of Picklebums says of her relationship with her children, “As toddlers the physical connection between us was still strong. They often sought a hand to hold or arms to pick them up. These days, my big kids are getting more and more independent. As they have grown, the innate, easy, every day physical closeness has lessened and changed.” Kate offers ways to stay connected with your older children who may not readily seek out that hug or physical closeness that they once did.
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9. Jamie Oliver Wins: McDonald’s Changes Recipe
McDonald’s restaurants have changed the recipe for their hamburgers after TV chef Jamie Oliver pressured the fast food giant to remove a processed food ingredient, ammonia hydroxide, that he called “pink slime.”
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10. Inspirational Quote of the Week
“Work can provide the opportunity for spiritual and personal growth as well as financial growth. If it doesn’t, we’re wasting far too much of our lives on it.”
James Autry

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