Parenting News You Can Use! November 24, 2009

Parenting News You Can Use!
November 24, 2009
Volume 3, Issue 42
Publisher: INCAF
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Focus for November: National Family Stories Month
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IN THIS ISSUE:
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1. RCB 2010 Winter/Spring Course Schedule

2. Setting Limits and Making Them Stick

3. Getting Real about Children’s Cereal

4. Bittersweet

5. Handling the Holidays During and After Divorce

6. The Greatest Gift of All

7. Teaching Children Gratitude

8. Avoiding Phthalates

9. Things You Didn’t Know About Me

10. Inspirational Quote of the Week

1. See home page

2. Setting Limits and Making Them Stick

In this free audio book from Kathryn Kvols, author of Redirecting Children’s Behavior, you will hear why it is essential to set clear limits, how to have the courage to “stick to your guns”, and how to prepare for the reactions you may encounter from your family.
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3. Getting Real About Children’s Cereal

Did you know that the average preschooler sees 642 cereal ads per year on television alone and almost all are for cereals with poor nutrition ratings? Read more about the empty health claims on children’s cereals and the “immunity” claims being pulled from some products.
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4. Bittersweet

November is National Adoption Month. In this post, Meredith Resnick writes touchingly about the bittersweet feel of the 2009 celebration now that her two daughters are grown and living independently.
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5. Handling the Holidays During and After Divorce

During and after divorce, the holidays may feel very different. Rosalind Sedacca of Child-Centered Divorce offers tools for making the holidays positive for parents experiencing divorce.
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6. The Greatest Gift of All
By Steve Goodier

Dave Garroway was, for many years, the host of the TODAY show on NBC television. Someone once asked him about his understanding of Christmas. He replied: “I’ve noticed that when people are asked what they want for Christmas, nine times out of ten, they answer with something material. That used to be amusing to me, but it’s not amusing to me any longer. I happen to be one of those people who can afford anything he wants, but I find what I really want, I can’t buy at all. I want peace of mind, peace of soul; the kind of peace you have when you don’t really want anything.”

What do YOU want for Christmas? Or if you don’t celebrate Christmas, what do you want for your life. For your world?

For me, what I want cannot be bought or gift wrapped. What I want most can best be summed up in words like “faith” and “hope” and “love.”

For myself, I want faith. Faith enough to see light in even the bleakest of situations. Faith enough to believe that goodness will prevail in the end.

For my loved ones I want hope. Abundant hope. Hope in tomorrow. A hope that helps them believe that better times lay ahead so they can take that next step.

For my world I want love. And I believe that the solutions to most of our biggest problems will only be found when we decide that we are indeed one family. The problems of war, health care, crime in city streets, immigration and unemployment take on a different hue when I am talking about my brothers and sisters whom I love dearly. Do you also want things you can’t buy? What if we all decided to go after those things this year that truly matter? That could be the greatest gift of all.
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7. Teaching Children Gratitude

As the frenzy over holidays toys begins to heat up, our thoughts may turn to gratitude, and particularly to how to teach gratitude to our children. For guidance on gratitude, tune into this interview with Annie Zirkel, author of You’ll Thank Me Later: A Guide to Nurturing Gratitude in Your Children (and Why it Matters). The podcast may be downloaded or you may listen online.
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8. Avoiding Phthalates

Phthalates are known as “endocrine disrupters” because they mimic hormones, and studies have recently linked baby powder, lotion and shampoo to higher levels of phthalates in babies’ bodies. This article has three steps for avoiding phthalates.
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9. Things You Didn’t Know About Me

Today is Fun always comes up with clever, easy and fun ways to connect with your children. This activity involves a book that is all about your child. Print the book from the website and then ask your child to fill in the blanks and draw a picture. An example of one page is “Just so you know, because you might not, my favorite part of the day is __________.”
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10. Inspirational Quote

“I am a child who is getting on.” … Marc Chagall, in his nineties