Parenting News You Can Use! February 8, 2011

Parenting News You Can Use!
February 8, 2011
Volume 5, Issue 6
Publisher: INCAF
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Focus for February: Parent Leadership Month
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IN THIS ISSUE:
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1. Redirecting Children’s Behavior Course Schedule for Winter/Spring 2011 (see home page)
2. Tween Body Morph
3. Tune In to John Robbins Today and Dr. Jim Taylor on Thursday
4. Children’s Book Awards
5. Drawbots
6. Waiting on Perfection
7. A Sheet Makes and Excellent Roof
8. A Family Vision
9. There are People
10. Inspirational Quote of the Week

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. Tween Body Morph
Dr. Melissa Holmes – author, ob-gyn and mother of three girls – writes about the body morph experienced during the late elementary to early middle school years so that parents can have honest, open and meaningful conversations with their tween.
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3. Tune in to John Robbins Today and Dr. Jim Taylor on Thursday
Tune In for Your Parenting Tune Up begins today with John Robbins discussing Raising Strong, Happy and Creative Children in the Midst of a Consumer Culture. If you would like to know how to protect your child from mindless consumerism, how to engage your child in the values you hold dear, how to work together and get things done as a family, register NOW for the teleseminar that begins tonight at 9:00 PM Eastern Time. The series continues on Thursday, February 10 at Noon with Dr. Jim Taylor explaining Positive Pushing: How to Raise a Successful and Happy Child. Jim will let you know how positive pushing is different from the old style of pushing. Learn about instilling ownership and the ways to encourage successful achievement.
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4. Children’s Book Awards
Please click below for a list of the 2010 Golden Kite Awards, 2011 Newbery Medal Winners, 2011 Caldecott Medal Winners, 2011 Coretta Scott King Awards, Theodor Suess Geisel Award, National Book Awards, and more award winners in the area of children’s literature.
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5. Drawbots
Building “drawbots” – robots that draw – sounds fun and creative. Teacher Tom explains in detail how to do it. For a simpler experience, you can devise “dinky drawbots” using mechanical chattering teeth as the educators at Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning outline here.
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6. Waiting on Perfection
By Wes Hopper

Neale Donald Walsch, author of Conversations with God, said “Nothing stops the forward march of any creative endeavor like the need to do it absolutely perfectly.” Have you ever seen any human creation that was absolutely perfect? No, I haven’t either.

In January in the USA we’ve celebrated the birthday of the Rev Martin Luther King, Jr., who led the civil rights movement in the 1960’s here. His “I Have a Dream” speech was inspiring, but I’m sure that bits and pieces here and there could have been improved. His life was inspiring, but not perfect. He changed the world anyway. If the civil rights movement had waited for the perfect moment, or the perfect leader we’d still have segregated lunch counters. As Walsch says, the need for perfection stops progress in its tracks.

I deal with a lot of people in my coaching that are stuck because of that. I tell them to get going with “good enough” and patch it on the way. When people see the results, they don’t care that you started with “good enough.” You learn more while you’re in motion doing stuff than you’ll ever learn from sitting and studying. Want to write a book, paint a painting, sew a quilt, teach a course, sing a song? Go right ahead. Your second one will probably be better, but not without the first one!

Dr King’s first public speech, whatever it was, probably wasn’t very good. But no one remembers it. If he’d never given it, we wouldn’t remember him, either. And he’d never have given us “I Have a Dream.”

So what are you waiting for?
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7. A Sheet Makes an Excellent Roof
The New York Times reports a growing chorus of worries that screen time and structured activities are crowding out what was once the defining characteristic of childhood – play. Play remains a primary way that children build cognitive, social and emotional skills. The folks at Eye on Early Education weigh in on the importance of childhood play.
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8. A Family Vision
Kristin Maschka, author of Remodeling Motherhood, had a very challenging 2010. As a result, she and her family created a vision for 2011 and beyond. It is creative, fun and full of terrific energy. Read what Kristin’s family did to create their vision and have fun doing it with your family!
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9. There are People
The blog Every Moment is Right is “a story about how one life can be a part of another,” and blogger Ania explore how we treat infants and children different from other people.
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10. Inspirational Quote of the Week
“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.” … Thomas Merton