Parenting News You Can Use! November 30, 2010

Parenting News You Can Use!
November 30, 2010
Volume 4, Issue 48
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Focus for November: National Adoption Month
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IN THIS ISSUE:
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1. Redirecting Children’s Behavior Course Schedule Winter/Spring 2011 (see home page)
2. Cartoon Drinking Glasses Contain Toxic Metals
3. Three Keys to Understanding How Children Move
4. The Constant Kindergartener
5. Seven Holiday Stress Busters for Kids
6. Feeling Good!
7. Transgender Family Resources
8. Are You There for Me?
9. Parents of Tweens
10. Inspirational Quote of the Week

2. Cartoon Drinking Glasses Contain Toxic Metals
Drinking glasses depicting comic book and movie characters such as Superman, Wonder Woman and the Tin Man from “The Wizard of Oz” exceed federal limits for lead in children’s products by up to 1,000 times, according to laboratory testing commissioned by The Associated Press.
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3. Three Keys to Understanding How Children Move
Children are not miniature adults, and one of the differences between adults and children is how they move. Learn the three keys to understanding how children move so that you can best design movement activities and opportunities for active play for your children and students.
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4. The Constant Kindergartener
To many adults, our current generation of children appears different from previous generations in their worldliness, sometimes eery wisdom and technological savvy. Have children really changed since Arnold Gesell outlined children’s developmental stages in the 1920’s? Research has recently answered the provocative questions: Have kids gotten smarter? Can they learn things sooner? What effect has modern culture had on child development? The answers are surprisingly, “no, no, and none.”
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5. Seven Holiday Stress Busters for Kids
We learned in the last issue of Parenting News that research has shown that the stress parents feel filters down to their children. According to the American Psychological Association’s survey, Stress in America 2010, 32% of parents report that their stress is extreme. Now let’s add the holidays. Here are seven stress busters to put more joy into your holidays from author Charlotte Reznick, Ph.D.
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6. Feeling Good!
By Wes Hopper

The Thanksgiving holiday for American[was last week], and although it’s nice to set aside a special time for gratitude, I want to take this week to encourage you to be grateful all 52 weeks a year. Let’s start with the advice from Rabbi Kushner to find the holiness in the things we take for granted – the laugh of a child, the smile of a friend, the pages of a good book, taking the dog for a walk, sunshine, gentle rain, meaningful work, a healthy body, eyes to see and read this message. There is so much we take for granted and we don’t notice until it’s gone. When we take time to notice, we’re amazed by how much we have to be grateful for.

That’s what makes it holy. We see the commonplace for the special blessing that it is. As we focus on the good, we can learn to find the good in every situation, because it’s always there, if we look. There’s a very important reason why we want to think like this, and it’s not because it’s the “right thing” to do. We want to think like this because when we do, we feel good!

Don’t you want to feel good? Gratitude gives you authentic reasons to feel good, no matter what is going on. And, as [Rabbi Kushner] says, that nurtures the soul. So put it to work.

You’ll be really glad you did.
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7. Transgender Family Resources
If your family is looking for resources on transgender issues, here is a comprehensive list including organizations, e-mail support groups, internet resources and articles, and books.
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8. Are You There for Me?
Mark Brady of The Committed Parent blog writes, “Our children’s brains (and often our own as well!) are continually asking the basic question ‘Are you there for me?’ whether we’re aware of it or not. This question is being asked – nonverbally through behavior often – and when it gets answered ‘Yes,’ our children can relax and begin to feel safe, just as we are often able to do in our own intimate and business relationships.”
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9. Parents of Tweens
Here is a resource devoted to the parents of tweens. The site includes a “tween lingo” dictionary so that you can better understand your child’s new language, including instant message phrases.
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10. Inspirational Quote of the Week
“Can you see the holiness in those things you take for granted? If you concentrate on finding what is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.” … Rabbi Harold Kushner