Parenting News You Can Use! May 25, 2010

Parenting News You Can Use!
May 25, 2010
Volume 4, Issue 21
Publisher: INCAF
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Focus for May: National Prepare Tomorrow’s Parents Month
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IN THIS ISSUE:
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1. 2010 Redirecting Children’s Behavior Schedule – see home page
2. Encouraging Life Long Learners over the Summer
3. Getting Children to Listen
4. Summer Reading: Newbery Award Winners
5. Grandparents Often the First to Recognize Autism
6. Chronic Thinking
7. P is for Playground
8. Junk Food Addiction
9. Ice Breaker Games
10. Inspirational Quote of the Week

2. Encouraging Life Long Learners over the Summer
The summer can be a time of “brain drain.” Amy Webb of The Thoughtful Parent has creative ideas for summertime activities that are not only educational but fun.
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3. Getting Children to Listen
Here are some terrific tips on how to be more influential when you are speaking so that others – especially your children – listen.
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4. Summer Reading: Newbery Award Winners
Twenty-three children’s books, all winners of Newbery Awards, are here for your child’s summer reading pleasure. You will find a description of the plot of each book along with reviews.
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5. Grandparents Often the First to Recognize Autism
Grandparents are often the first to realize that a young grandchild has autism, but they often hesitate to say something to the child’s parents, which can delay the best available treatment for autism: early intervention.
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6. Chronic Thinking
By Wes Hopper

My wife did a coaching workshop with Maria Nemeth a few months ago, and one of the discoveries that the participants made was that they had a “basic assumption” about themselves. What is that, you might ask. Well, it’s a label or belief about themselves that they picked up, usually in childhood, that they’re not consciously aware of but which runs their lives. Everything that you want to do, try to do or plan to do gets checked against that basic assumption to see if it agrees that a person like you would do that. If not, you find that getting those things done is really difficult.

Because my wife was so different from her family in her likes and dislikes, she came out of childhood with the assumption, “There’s something wrong with me.” As I thought about it, I realized that I was always being told that I could do better, so my assumption became, “Wes is a guy who never lives up to his potential.”

These basic assumptions are the kind of chronic ways of thinking that Beckwith describes. They’re creative, and we don’t always like what they create. However when you bring them into the light and look at them, you can see they’re just labels. Not the truth, just labels. And you can remove labels.

So think about it. What might be lurking in the background for you, driving your chronic way of thinking? You’ll find it in the patterns of your life. Once you figure that out, what would you rather have it say? Create a new label. You are NOT your label. You’re a powerful and creative child of the Universe! Now go create something magnificent!
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7. P is for Playground
In this piece from a continuing series on what to look for in quality child care, the author explores the importance of the physical environment in learning. She also includes questions about the outdoor space to ask yourself when considering a child care center for your child.
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8. Junk Food Addiction
Child psychologist David Elkind, Ph. D., discusses a recent study suggesting that junk food is addicting.
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9. Ice Breaker Games
Although these games are on a site about hosting family reunions, they are great ice breakers for adolescent and teen parties.
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10. Inspirational Quote of the Week
“Creation is always happening. Every time an individual holds onto a thought or a prolonged chronic way of thinking, they’re in the creative process. Something is going to manifest out of that.” … Rev Michael Beckwith