Parenting News You Can Use! March 2, 2010

Parenting News You Can Use!
March 2, 2010
Volume 4, Issue 9
Publisher: INCAF
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Focus for February: Nutrition Month
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IN THIS ISSUE:
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1. Redirecting Children’s Behavior Spring 2010 Course Schedule (see Home page)
2. Let Them Play!
3. Advertising’s Image of Women
4. D is for Daily Record
5. You are an Olympian, Too!
6. Clarity from Confusion
7. Validate
8. Raising Children with Empathy
9. Feeding Baby Green
10. Inspirational Quotes of the Week

2. Let Them Play!
Unstructured play – when children negotiate, make rules and change them, and problem solve – is the foundation for becoming cooperative, responsive adults. Joan Almon, an early childhood educator for over thirty years and an advocate for unstructured free play for children, says that research shows that the most active players in early childhood classes make the greatest gains in language development and are the least aggressive. Read more in this informative article.
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3. Advertising’s Image of Women
For every mother, daughter, woman and parent to watch, this thirty-four minute presentation from the Media Education Association is given by Jean Kilbourne, creator of the documentary film series, Killing Us Softly. In fascinating detail, Kilbourne decodes an array of print and television advertisements, and her analysis challenges us to consider the relationship between advertising and broader issues of culture, identity, sexism, and gender violence.
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4. D is for Daily Record
The Daily Child Care Series, written by an early childhood educator, is both a resource for parents with children in child care and a tool for parents looking for quality child care.
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5. You are an Olympian, Too!
With the Winter Olympics and the release of The Lightning Thief, there have been several recent references to Olympians. Read Pamela Dunn’s post on how you are an Olympian in your life.
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6. Clarity from Confusion
By Wes Hopper

That’s one thing I hear from people all the time – “I’m confused.” There are a couple of reasons for this. First, most people study too much different material at one time. If you’re reading books or training programs from five different people you’re going to get confused. Pick one set of ideas at a time to work on. After all, the whole idea is to implement the good ideas, not just pack your skull with data. But it’s amazing how easy it is to avoid the work and just read another book.

The other reason people say they’re confused is the one that Alan Cohen is referring to when he said, “Confusion is the last stop on the road to clarity. The part of your mind that knows it all is butting up against a bigger idea.” Confusion is the sign that your mind is butting up on a big new idea!

If our study causes us to suddenly peek through the comfortable curtain of our belief system and see a new set of awesome possibilities, it can scare the heck out of us. We now know it’s true but our protective mind is screaming “no,” well, guess what – we’re confused!

So limit yourself to one set of teachings at a time. When you feel confused, ask yourself what it is that you don’t want to see. Figure out what you’re resisting. Wrestle with that idea until you accept it, and then go on to the next. You’ll be amazed at how acceptance brings clarity. You’ll be very grateful for clarity.
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7. Validate
Author Jan Denise makes the case for the power of validation with your children.
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8. Raising Children with Empathy
Writer Jane Brody explores the value of teaching children empathy and how to do it.
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9. Feeding Baby Green
Dr. Alan Greene, author of Feeding Baby Green, answers six questions about raising healthy children. Dr. Green says children’s food preferences begin early, and we pay a steep price when we do not choose nutritionally dense food. This is a great read for March, which is National Nutrition Month.
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10. Inspirational Quote of the Week
“There is no good in arguing with the inevitable. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat.” … James Russell Lowell