Parenting News You Can Use! January 10, 2012

Parenting News You Can Use!
January 10, 2012
Volume 6, Issue 2
Publisher: INCAF
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IN THIS ISSUE:
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1. Redirecting Children’s Behavior Course Schedule Winter/Spring 2012 (see home page)
2. 100 Ideas for Creating a More Peaceful World
3. Twelve Really Stupid Things I Never Want to Do Again
4. If Your Kids Could Make the Rules of Divorce
5. Let Kids Create
6. Take the Step
7. Inside the Baby Mind
8. Child Safety is More than a Slogan
9. Buying Your Pre-Teen Her First Bra
10. Inspirational Quote of the Week

2. 100 Ideas for Creating a More Peaceful World
Dr. Laura Markham of Aha! Parenting said in her recent blog post, “In honor of the new year, I want to wish you peace – in your family, your world, and your heart. But peace isn’t just something that happens to us, peace is something we create. David Krieger, founder of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (the mission of which is to support worldwide efforts to abolish nuclear weapons, strengthen international law and institutions, and to inspire and empower a new generation of peace leaders) offers this wonderful little list called 100 Ideas for Creating a More Peaceful World.”
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3. Twelve Really Stupid Things I Never Want to Do Again
Rev. James Martin – a Jesuit priest, culture editor of America and author of Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor and Laughter are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life – wrote in a recent post about the New Year, “Last year I listed 12 things I knew at age 50 that I wish I had known at 25. Now I’m a year older. And if I’m not wiser, at least I’m a bit more experienced. So here are 12 really stupid things I’ve done that I never want to do again. Maybe you’ve done some of them, too. But I’ll bet we’d both be happier if we didn’t.”
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4. If Your Kids Could Make the Rules of Divorce
Kara Bishop writes a beautiful article on the ten rules that children wish for in the divorce of their parents. There is also a video on the eye-opening exercise that Kara conducted to derive the ten rules and to create her book on this very topic.
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5. Let Kids Create
Brooke of Let Kids Create shares her children’s favorite creative activity from 2011 along with a blog hop to over one hundred blogs with creative activities for your family.
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6. Take the Step
By Wes Hopper
R. Buckminster Fuller said, “You can rest assured that if you devote your time and attention to the highest advantage of others, the Universe will support you, always and only in the nick of time.” It’s always interesting when support for great truths is found in unlikely places. I realized while studying today’s quote that I had seen an example of this principle recently – in a scene from the #3 Indiana Jones movie!

In the process of searching for the magical Holy Grail, our hero is presented with a serious problem. Carefully following dangerous and deceptive clues through a series of caves and tunnels, he comes out on a narrow ledge on the side of a cliff. On the other side of the sheer chasm he can see the door to his goal, but there’s no sign of any way to get across the canyon. Kind of like running your own business, isn’t it?

So our hero thinks, “Wait a minute! I outsmarted a whole gang of Nazis, found the secret path, avoided all the booby traps, and got to this cliff. There has to be a way across!” And then he remembers Bucky Fuller’s quote: “the Universe will always support you…in the nick of time.” Or something like it. So he takes a deep breath, and walks off the ledge toward the door! And the bridge appears under his feet.

That’s the way our life seems at times. It asks us to take a step of faith into the great unknown. If we’re dedicated to serving others, the Universe is there to support us. Not to do our work for us, but to build the impossible bridges for us. When we need them. You have to take the step.
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7. Inside the Baby Mind
What it is like to be a baby? For centuries, this question would have seemed absurd: behind that adorable facade was a mostly empty head. A baby, after all, is missing most of the capabilities that define the human mind, such as language and the ability to reason. Modern science has largely agreed, spending decades outlining all the things that babies couldn’t do because their brains had yet to develop. Now, however, scientists have begun to dramatically revise their concept of a baby’s mind. By using new research techniques and tools, they’ve revealed that the baby brain is abuzz with activity, capable of learning astonishing amounts of information in a relatively short time.
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8. Child Safety is More than a Slogan
Nancy A. McBride, National Safety Director of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® writes, ““Stranger danger” — the phrase is so pervasive in our culture it has become part of the lexicon. The media and other professionals often use this phrase as a slogan to try to educate children about how to avoid dangerous situations and individuals. When well-intentioned professionals and parents or guardians use the phrase “stranger danger” it may mistakenly convey only strangers harm children. The message of “never talk to strangers” does not fully educate children about how to stay safer.” Read what comprises an effective safety message for your children.
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9. Buying Your Pre-Teen Her First Bra
Tween Parent offers up when, what and where to purchase your pre-teen’s first bra as well as recognizing how to be sensitive to the way in which your daughter desires to handle this moment in her life – as a celebrated rite of passage or something done more privately.
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10. Inspirational Quote of the Week
“An exaggeration is a truth that has lost its temper.” Kahlil Gibran