Parenting News You Can Use! January 4, 2011

Parenting News You Can Use!
January 4, 2011
Volume 5, Issue 1
Publisher: INCAF
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Focus for January: Life in Balance 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. Tune In For Your Parenting Tune Up
3. Bringing Up Children in a Hyper-Sexualized Culture
4. Top Ten Foods for Your Family to Avoid in 2011
5. 2011 Parent’s Top Ten List
6. Hug Someone
7. Early Childhood Education: An Investment
8. The Importance of Nurturing Relationships
9. Divorce and Child Well-Being
10. Inspirational Quote of the Week

2. Tune In For Your Parenting Tune Up
In the midst of Winter, there is a way to warm up your relationships with your children, turn up the connections and learn some amazing things from six amazing people without leaving home. The International Network for Children and Families and Whole Hearted Parenting have organized Tune In For Your Parenting Tune Up, a series of six teleseminars with six meticulously chosen authors who have written about the things you want to know – turning around bullying, inspiring your child to succeed through “positive pushing,” handling anxieties and sleep issues, eating healthy even when your child is a picky eater, raising children with solid values in a consumer culture and knowing the inclusion factors and realities about adoption today. Early Bird Registration has begun. Check out the details on each topic and each speaker. It couldn’t be easier or more worthwhile!
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3. Bringing Up Children in a Hyper-Sexualized Culture
In this post for Tween Parent, Gail Dines, Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Wheelock College in Boston and author of Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality, writes about raising children in a culture that has become hyper-sexualized.
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4. Top Ten Foods for Your Family to Avoid in 2011
Joann Bruso of Baby Bites has listed the top ten worst foods of 2010 so that your family can avoid them in 2011. The first five appear in this issue of Parenting News, and the remaining five will be in your next issue. Begin 2011 with healthy eating – the foundation of growth, behavior and well-being.
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5. 2011 Parent’s Top Ten List
Print out and post this annual Top Ten List, a guide for family cooperation and peace from Whole Hearted Parenting.
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6. Hug Someone
By Wes Hopper

Dr. David Hamilton says, “A hug a day keeps the cardiologist away.” Wouldn’t you know it? I had no sooner posted yesterday’s message on how laughter, joy and meditation changes your body at a very basic level when I came across more health research. It says that kindness can reduce your risk of heart disease!

Why? Well, again it’s because of things that are happening at a very basic level in your body. In this case, it’s a hormone called oxytocin. It’s a neurotransmitter in the brain, and it’s involved with social bonding and relationships. And it does really good things for you. It reduces blood pressure, fights free radicals in the blood stream, and reduces inflammation. Here’s the fun part – you can make more oxytocin just by being kind to someone!

That’s right, holding a door, doing a favor, just smiling, and you’re healing your body internally! Want lots of oxytocin? Hug someone. There’s actual research that shows that people that hug the most have the most oxytocin.

I’m willing to bet that being grateful will create more of it, too. So go do something kind for someone. You’ll be grateful that you did.
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7. Early Childhood Education: An Investment
This article views early childhood education as an investment, comparing it to the investment we make in sports stadiums. More importantly, the author looks at the very surprising return on investment for the community.
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8. The Importance of Nurturing Relationships
“The Science of Early Childhood” – a landmark study published over a decade ago by the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine — detailed how much of the brain’s architecture is wired in a child’s earliest years and showed how persistent, “toxic” stress, unmitigated by strong and nurturing relationships, can harm this critical wiring process. This article provides information on the study as well as links to presentations on the link between stable, supportive relationships and brain architecture.
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9. Divorce and Child Well-Being
Notes on Parenting is a blog with the mission of providing insights on parenting babies, toddlers, teens, and young adults. In this post, they outline in a very balanced way the results of 3 to 4 decades of research on the effect of divorce on children.
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10. Inspirational Quote of the Week
“The capacity for delight is in the gift of paying attention” … Julia Margaret Cameron