Parenting News You Can Use! July 15, 2008

Parenting News You Can Use!
July 15, 2008
Volume 2, Issue 28
Publisher: INCAF
E-Mail: docdebfry@earthlink.net
www.deborah-fry.com or www.incaf.com
A Certified Redirecting Children’s Behavior ™ Company

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Focus for July: National Purposeful Parenting Month
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IN THIS ISSUE:
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1. Redirecting Children’s Behavior Fall 2008
2. Fair Thee Well!
3. Kids Count Data Book
4. To Adopt, Please Press Hold
5. What We See
6. Safer Insect Repellents
7. Children in the Garden
8. Tips for Parenting Teenagers
9. Dr. Weil’s Ten Surprising Nutrition Facts
10. Inspirational Quote of the Week

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

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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. 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
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Redirecting Children’s Behavior course
Schedule for Fall 2008

St. Luke’s Methodist
3471 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77027
6-Thurs. Eves; 6:30-9:00 PM
Sept. 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23

St. Martin’s Episcopal
717 Sage
Houston, TX 77056
6-Tues. Afternoons, 11:30-2:00 PM
Sept 23, 30, Oct, 7, 14, 21, 28

Post Oak School
4600 Bissonnet
Bellaire, TX 77401
Tues. Eves, 6:30-9:00 PM
Sept 23, 30, Oct, 7, 14, 21, 28

Westminster Methodist Church
5801 San Felipe
Houston. TX 77057
6-Wed. Eves, 6:30-9:00 PM
Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5

Course fee: $225 for one; $325 per couple www.deborah-fry.com
One-on-one Parent Coaching: $110/hr www.incaf.com

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. Fair Thee Well!

Combining the film The Princess Bride with a festive adventure at a Renaissance Faire, Kids Off the Couch offers up creative ideas for fun and family connections.
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3. Kids Count Data Book

On June 12, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released its 19th annual KIDS COUNT Data Book, which gives a state-by-state profile of the well-being of children and ranks states on 10 measures related to economic, health, education, and social factors.
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4. To Adopt, Please Press Hold

This New York Times article discusses the myriad of changes occurring in the world of international adoption that result in longer wait times for children and a general slowdown of inter-country adoption.
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5. What We See
By Steve Goodier

A long time ago a baby was born to poor parents. His future looked bleak as he grew to see a life of dreariness and poverty before him. He joined the army as a common soldier and was wounded so severely that he never regained the use of his left arm. He later failed to find decent employment and, on two occasions, was sent to debtor’s prison. He continued to have brushes with the law and struggled just to survive.

But, despite the severity of his life, he never let go of his dream…to write a book. He wrote that book and in it he told a beautiful story which welled from his heart’s deepest dreams and yearnings. It has moved generations of people the world over ever since. It is about a man who saw the world differently than everyone else. Though created in suffering, the book is an inspiring tale of irrepressible hope. This man’s story has been put to music and film, translated into numerous languages and remains a literary classic after some 400 years. The author was Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra and the book is Don Quixote De La Mancha.

Perhaps Cervantes himself believed, as did his character that the world “sees people as they are — I see them as they can be!” Cervantes may never have accomplished such a magnificent work had he not seen some potential within himself that was hidden from the rest of the world. He knew, and has taught others ever since, that great truth: What we see will come to be.

Some see situations as they are, others as they can be. Some see people as they are, others as they can be. And some see themselves as they are, others as they can be. But when we look beyond the present reality, dismal as it may seem, and set our sights upon the best that is within a situation or a human being, then, too, what we see will come to be. And we’ll know the power of hope.
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6. Safer Insect Repellents

With outside activities on the rise during the summer, we may also experience a rise in bites from mosquitoes and other pesky insects. Safemomma.com – the “one-stop child safety, product recall, health and well being resource for parents” – has a comprehensive list of insect repellents for those not wishing to use DEET.
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7. Children in the Garden

A terrific summer activity for the entire family – and especially for children – is planting a garden. It is a welcome return to nature with a nutritional payoff. Here are some tips for “children in the garden.”
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8. Tips for Parenting Teenagers

Here are twelve tips for the parents of teenagers on how to increase the connection and decrease the fighting.
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9. Dr. Weil’s Ten Surprising Nutrition Facts

Dr. Andrew Weil gives the bad news and the hopeful news on nutrition in America.
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10. Inspirational Quotes of the Week

Humorist Dave Barry’s birthday was on July 3rd, so in celebration, here are a few of his profound takes on life:

“You can only be young once but you can be immature forever.”

“Never under any circumstances take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.”

“Dogs need to sniff the ground; it’s how they keep abreast of current events. The ground is a giant dog newspaper, containing all kinds of late-breaking news items, which, if they are especially urgent, are often continued in the next yard.”

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