Parenting News You Can Use! January 6, 2009

Parenting News You Can Use!
January 6, 2009
Volume 3, Issue 1
Publisher: INCAF
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Focus for January: National Life Balance Month

RCB 2009 Winter/ Spring Schedule
Top Ten Brain Foods for Children
Parenting Resolutions
Shopping Organic at Costco
Free Online Courses
Nutrition Data at Your Fingertips
A Life of Joy
Chasing Vermeer
Space to Express Grief
Inspirational Quote of the Week

1. Redirecting Children’s Behavior:
The Gentle Art of Parenting

This six week, fifteen hour course teaches parents how to help children grow in a way that enhances self-esteem, teaches responsibility and promotes cooperation and self mastery. At the completion, you will be able to:

* Discipline without yelling * Interact to build self-esteem
* Reduce sibling rivalry * Develop a sense of responsibility
* Redirect mistaken goals * Create an encouraging family

Course fee: $225 for one; $325 per couple
One-on-one Parent Coaching: $110/hr

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. Top Ten Brain Foods for Children

The brain is a very hungry organ. In fact, it is the first of the body’s organs to absorb nutrients from the food we eat. Certain “brain foods” may help  boost a child’s brain growth – plus improve brain function, memory, and concentration.

3. Parenting Resolutions

Tina Nocera, founder of, offers ten parenting resolutions for 2009 that will build family connections.

4. Shopping Organic at Costco

Membership stores like Costco, BJ’s and Sam’s Club are adding more organic products to their inventory. Nonna Joann Bruso of Baby Bites, Transforming a Picky Eater into a Healthy Eater, has created a list of organic items you can find at Costco.

5. Free Online Courses

From Aerodynamics to the Fundamentals of Windows XP, this website offers free online courses in a wide variety of fields of interest to the entire family.

6. Nutrition Data at Your Fingertips

Enter a food and it source, i.e. Veggie Burger from Burger King, and up pops a Nutrition Facts Label with everything you might want to know. The good news about the BK Veggie™ Burger is that it is low in cholesterol and saturated fat. The bad news is that it is very high in sodium, containing 40% of the RDA. Check out this website rich in nutritional information.

7. A Life of Joy
By Steve Goodier

Mother Teresa teaches us an important lesson about happiness. She was one of those people who emanated joy. Born in 1910 in Skopje, Macedonia, she felt called as a teenager to move to Calcutta, India. Some months later she saw a sight that completely revolutionized her life.

Shortly after moving to Calcutta she spotted a homeless, dying woman lying in the gutter, being eaten by rats. After seeing that, compassion compelled her to beg an abandoned Hindu temple from the government and convert it into a crude, make-shift hospital for the dying. “Nobody should die alone” she would later say. Mother Teresa went on to establish homes for the destitute dying in numerous cities. But in spite of devoting her life to people in such dire straits, she radiated joy and happiness.

This incredible woman was once interviewed by Malcolm Muggeridge from the BBC News. He asked her an unusual question: “Mother Teresa, the thing I noticed about you and the hundreds of sisters who now form your team is that you all look so happy. Is that a put-on?


Here was a woman who had none of the things we like to think of as bringing happiness: a home, a family, prosperity. Rather, she lived in near-poverty and spent her time wiping dirt and various body fluids from half-dead cancer and leprosy victims – and appeared to be blissfully happy. She replied, “Oh no, not at all. Nothing makes you happier than when you really reach out in mercy to someone who is badly hurt.


She would agree that happiness does not come from acquiring, but is a by-product of giving: time, money, love. Do you want a life of joy? Start by giving.

8. Chasing Vermeer

Kids Off the Couch typically pairs a film with an adventure. This time, however, they have paired a book, Chasing Vermeer, with a visit to a museum for a look at a painting by the Dutch master. KOTC says, “Few books have captured our childrens’ imaginations like Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett (Scholastic Books, 2006), an art mystery that has been touted as “The Da Vinci Code for kids.” When this book was first published, we listened to the CD version during a family road trip, and were all hooked on a suspenseful mystery filled with strange phenomena, clever clues, secret codes and incredible characters.”

9. Space to Express Grief

This is a touching story of a dad’s love for his child as his son embraces the grief he feels around his adoption.

10. Inspirational Quote

“How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.” … George Washington Carver

Where is Deborah Speaking in January?

Jan 14, 2009, 9:15 – 10:30
Title: “Teaching Children Self Control”
Location: Bethany Christian Church, 3223 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77098
Contact Information: Vivian Holtz, director, 713-524-0092

Jan 22, 2009, 12 – 1:30
Title: “Helping Children through Transitions”
Location: M D Anderson, ACB 1.2345
Contact Information: Irina Zilberfayn, EPA Specialist, 713-745-6929