Parenting News You Can Use! March 8, 2011

Parenting News You Can Use!
March 8, 2011
Volume 5, Issue 10
Publisher: INCAF
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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. Parents are Taking the Fun Out of Toys
3. Don’t Stand Me Up
4. Handling an Over-the-Top Temper
5. Car Seats on Airplanes?
6. Mind Virus
7. Invest in Yourself
8. Health Impacts of Early Childhood Education
9. Eight Ways to Play with Junk Mail
10. Inspirational Quote of the Week

2. Parents are Taking the Fun Out of Toys
Lenore Skenazy, author of Free-Range Kids, writes about her stroll through the International Toy Fair in New York where she found even the most simple toy being marketed as “intervention in a box.”
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3. Don’t Stand Me Up
An infant sits stiffly on the floor, unable to move his legs or extend his arms without losing his balance. A toddler steps off a platform and takes a tumble. Another toddler climbs the bars to the top of a wooden structure, then panics and cries out for his mom, who rushes over to rescue him. These are children who are less physically self-assured than they might be for one simple reason: their motor skills are not being allowed to develop naturally. Read about infant expert Magda Gerber, the founder of RIE, who advised parents to trust an infant to do what his body is able to do, and to give the child time to achieve the next physical milestone when he is ready, without adult interference.
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4. Handing an Over-the-Top Temper
Author Charlotte Reznick says, “One of the most difficult challenges we as parents and caregivers face is helping kids manage their anger and frustration. And it’s so hard not to lose our control when our kids lose their control.” Here are her suggestions for handling an over-the-top temper.
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5. Car Seats on Airplanes?
Travel Savvy Mom discusses safety restraint options on airplanes as the FAA moves towards banning lap children and requiring car seats on all flights.
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6. Mind Virus
By Wes Hopper

According to Wayne Dyer, “Memes die hard because they’ve become who you think you are.” I’ve got a confession to make. I’m a sucker for social proof, just like everyone else. I read a lot of books, and every once in a while, some famous author gets excited about a book that I liked. I confess – it feels good that a person I respect agrees with me! So now that we’ve got true confessions out of the way, let me tell you the latest case of that.

In Wayne Dyer’s newest book, Excuses Begone!, he starts out by talking about memes and how they take over our lives. His source is the book that I liked a lot, Richard Brodie’s Virus of the Mind. A meme is a special kind of idea, one that has emotional power and spreads from person to person like a virus. We are all infected. The stories we tell ourselves about life, and beliefs, and our own good and bad qualities are all memes that have infected us. I’ve called them old, limiting beliefs, and they are, but to understand their power, it helps to see them as mind viruses.

We caught them from somewhere and they became part of us, and we rarely doubt them. As Dyer says, they’ve become who we think we are. For an example, suppose you think you’d like to write a book. Right away in your mind you hear: “I could never do that!” Meme. “I’m not qualified to write that.” Meme. “No one cares what little old me thinks about that.” Meme. You’ve been infected with a family of memes that says that only special people do great things, and you’re not special.

You’ll probably find if you talk about it with your friends, they’ll agree with you! So it must be the truth, right? No, it just means that there are lots of people with that infection. Those are very common memes.

Watch your thoughts and see if you can catch one of your memes in action.
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7. Invest in Yourself
Maggie Macaulay of Whole Hearted Parenting discusses the importance of investing in yourself as a parent. Hearing another way to say something or seeing a different approach to a challenge can be the piece you need to change a non-productive family dynamic.
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8. Health Impacts of Early Childhood Education
Intensive early education programs for low-income children have been shown to yield many educational benefits. Now researchers from Colombia University’s Mailman School of Public Health have found that children who received intensive education intervention starting in infancy had significantly better health and better health behaviors as young adults.
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9. Eight Ways to Play with Junk Mail
From bingo to concentration and collages, Christie Burnett of Childhood 101 provides eight creative ways to inspire literacy, all using your junk mail.
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10. Inspirational Quote of the Week
“The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.” … Dr. Wayne W. Dyer