Parenting News You Can Use! March 10, 2009

Parenting News You Can Use!
March 10, 2009
Volume 3, Issue 10
Publisher: INCAF
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www.deborah-fry.com or www.incaf.com

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Focus for March: National Nutrition Month

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IN THIS ISSUE:

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1. 2009 Spring Redirecting Children’s Behavior Schedule
2. 10 Keys to Successful Parenting
3. Money Games
4. Decorator Birthday Cakes Made by You
5. Global Youth Service Day
6. 100 Ways for Teens to Make a Difference
7. Getting Grounded
8. Horsing Around

9. Bat Cave Slide Show
10. 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

Redirecting Children’s Behavior course

Course fee: $225 for one; $325 per couple

One-on-one Parent Coaching: $110/hr
www.deborah-fry.com
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. 10 Keys to Successful Parenting

Kathryn Kvols, author of Redirecting Children’s Behavior, offers up ten keys to discipline that internally motivate, build self-esteem, teach quality time, and eliminate nagging, testing, and conflict.

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3. Money Games

This site has fun educational money games for toddlers, pre-schoolers and grade-schoolers to help you teach your children about finances.

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4. Decorator Birthday Cakes Made by You!

Have you hungered for a clever decorator cake for your child’s birthday that was healthy and homemade as well? Now you can have it all with the ideas and instructions from Coolest Birthday Cakes. From character and animal cakes to fun food shaped cakes like watermelon slices and dinner plates with dinner on top, you will be inspired to do it yourself!

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5. Global Youth Service Day

Global Youth Service Day is the largest youth service event in the world – celebrated in more than 100 countries! Culminating annually in April, the initiative is a year-round effort to expand the impact of the youth service movement and contribute to a growing culture of engaged youth. Read more and get involved!

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6. 100 Ways for Teens to Make a Difference

Through service, teens can be active agents of positive change in their communities. Figuring out how to get started in service can be intimidating for teens. The reactions can range from thinking there’s nothing productive to be done, to being overwhelmed with all the possibilities. Involving the teens in creating a list of service activities, small and large, can help put the possibilities into the proper perspective. The following list, created by Youth Service America, can be a starting point for teens to create lists relevant to their own community’s needs.

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7. Getting Grounded

By Steve Goodier

One winter morning I drove down the steep mountain roadway leading from my home. I was traveling slowly, actually just inching forward down the icy road. But the car had no traction. It was all I could do to keep it pointed downhill as I slipped and slid on the ice. Then I lost control and gravity took over. The car began a slow motion spin as it slid on its own down to the bottom of the hill. When it finally came to a stop, I was thankfully still on the roadway, but now facing the wrong direction.

My problem was traction. What had separated me from the ground’s surface was just a thin sheet of ice. If I could have only made contact with the ground, I’d have remained in control. I needed to be grounded.

I think life is like that. People who are not grounded lose control of the direction they are heading. It is easy to slip and slide, hoping to grasp onto something real. Or just hoping for a safe landing.

Nancy Santo Pietro wrote a book called Feng Shui: Harmony by Design. In it she says, “In your lifetime the most sacred space you will ever need to create is the space within yourself – the place deep within your soul where you go to find peace and serenity….” She’s talking about being grounded.

Finding the peace we need is really a spiritual issue. Get yourself grounded and you can navigate even the stormiest roads in peace.

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8. Horsing Around

Seabiscuit is the true story of the little horse that could. Set in Depression-era America, the film tells the story of three men whose lives are changed as they work together training an unlikely thoroughbred into a national champion. Kids Off the Couch suggests pairing a family viewing of the 2003 film with a visit to the racetrack. You can find local tracks at the site as well as suggestions on how to turn betting into a teachable moment for math!

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9. Bat Cave Slide Show

A mysterious syndrome is decimating bat populations across the Northeast. This article from the Nature Conservancy and the narrated bat cave slide show provide terrific insights in ecology and zoology for the entire family.

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10. Inspirational Quote

“Every truth has two sides; it is as well to look at both, before we commit ourselves to either.” … Aesop

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I will be interviewed on Houston PBS Channel 8 “Living Smart” hosted by Patti Gras in June or July 2009. I will keep you posted!