Parenting News You Can Use! May 20, 2008

Parenting News You Can Use!
May 20, 2008
Volume 2, Issue 21
Publisher: INCAF
E-Mail: docdebfry@earthlink.net
www.incaf.com
A Certified Redirecting Children’s Behavior ™ Company

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Focus for May: National Family Wellness Month
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IN THIS ISSUE:
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1. Class Schedule Summer 2008
2. Bullies
3. A Happy Ending
4. Families Going Green
5. Joy Along the Way
6. Nutrition for the Growing Athlete
7. Overbooked Families
8. Parenting Competitive Kids
9. Listen to What You are Really Saying
10. Inspirational Quotes of the Week

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 summer 2008

Post Oak School
4600 Bissonnet
Bellaire, TX 77401
6-Tues.Evenings; 6:30-9:00 PM
June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8

St. Luke’s Methodist
3471 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77027
6-Wed. afternoons; 11:30-2:00 PM
June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9

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

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. Bullies

Opening with a quotation from Martin Luther King – In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends – Tina Nocera, founder of ParentalWisdom.com addresses the influence of friends and by-standers in bullying situations. You can add your comments to her blog.
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3. A Happy Ending

Here is a beautiful story of two mothers who forge a friendship based on mutual love of a daughter.
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4. Families Going Green

Today’s green-minded families go far beyond eco-consumerism – the buying of organic baby goodies like mohair-filled crib mattresses, flame-retardant-free pajamas and fair-trade toys. Call it eco-parenting: it’s not just buying greener but fundamentally altering the often wasteful art of child-rearing. Read how families are living differently, leaving a smaller environmental footprint, and teaching valuable lessons to their children.
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5. Joy Along the Way
By Steve Goodier

A senator once took Will Rogers to the White House to meet President Coolidge. He warned the humorist that Coolidge never smiled. Rogers replied, “I’ll make him smile.” Inside the Oval Office, the senator introduced the two men.

“Will Rogers,” he said, “I’d like you to meet President Coolidge.”

Deadpan, Rogers quipped, “I’m sorry, but I didn’t catch the name.”

Coolidge smiled.

A sense of humor is a marvelous gift to have. It is one of the most important means we possess to face the difficulties of life. And sometimes life can be difficult. I deal professionally with issues which are critical: relationships breaking apart, people losing jobs, people facing serious illness or agonizing with someone close who is suffering, addictions, grief and heartache. Without a sense of humor about my own life, I don’t know if I could survive! I take what I do seriously, but I try not to take myself too seriously. Like the New York City cab driver who said, “It’s not the work that I enjoy so much, but the people I run into!”

Here is an experiment: look for and find as much joy as possible for one full day. Try to enjoy the people you run into, the work you do, your leisure time and your relationships. Don’t forget to enjoy yourself – and take enough time to enjoy God. I believe that if you try this experiment for one full day, by evening you will bask in the glow of a rekindled spirit.

It just takes a day to find joy along the way.
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6. Nutrition for the Growing Athlete

For millions of American children and teens playing sports, good nutrition is critical for maximum health, performance and normal growth. Yet, with all the information available out there, it’s becoming harder than ever for a young athlete to filter truth from myth. This article helps the good from the bad and the ugly.
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7. Videos on Family Life

From suggestions for reducing the stress in overbooked families to packing for a flight on an airplane, these videos on Parents TV offer tips on a variety of topics of interest to parents.
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8. Parenting Competitive Kids

Learn five tips for parenting a child involved in competitive sports with a focus on supporting your child whether he wins or looses.
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9. Listen to What You are Really Saying

In the Redirecting Children’s Behavior™ Course we talk about the underlying messages that we give children when we use some very common phrases. Nancy Wasson, Ph. D., has written a terrific article that delves into the deeper meaning behind the words we use.
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10. Inspirational Quotes of the Week

Don’t postpone joy. — Automobile Bumper Sticker