Parenting News You Can Use! October 15, 2009

Parenting News You Can Use!
October 15, 2009
Volume 3, Issue 39
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Focus for October: National Communicate with Your Child Month
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IN THIS ISSUE:
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1. You Aut to Know
2. Six Books that Address Challenges
3. Tune in to Listening
4. The Conversation of a Lifetime
5. What Greatness is All About
6. Parents Lie to Children Surprisingly Often
7. Are You a Helicopter or an Umbrella?
8. Tips for Homework Success
9. Inspirational Quote of the Week

1. You Aut to Know

Nicole Flamer is the mother of three children on the autism spectrum. Nicole created You Aut to Know, a blog and a radio program, to share information with other parents of children with autism.
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2. Six Books that Address Challenges

Rudolf Dreikurs, author of Children: The Challenge, recognized how challenging children can be for adults. Here are six new books that address the challenges that parents and children face. From children’s learning struggles to issues around motivation and styles of parenting, these six titles are intriguing.
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3. Tune in to Listening

Author of the The Entitlement-Free Child, Karen Deerwester says, “Children live in a media-rich world that’s dominantly visual. Media conditions children to focus on rapid-fire visual images. Tuning into sounds helps children acquire the auditory skills needed for literacy as well as appreciate the environmental soundscape around them.” Learn how to assist your child to tune in to listening in Karen’s article from South Florida Parenting.
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4. The Conversation of a Lifetime

StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit project whose mission is to honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening. Since 2003, tens of thousands of everyday people have interviewed family and friends through StoryCorps. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to take home and share, and is archived for generations to come at the Library of Congress. Millions listen to their award-winning broadcasts on public radio and the Internet. Learn more about this oral history project and how to record your conversation of a lifetime.
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5. What Greatness is All About
By Steve Goodier

Not all of us can be great at what we do. But what about just being good at WHO WE ARE? Good human beings? Even being GREAT at who we are?

Author James Michener learned something about greatness on a stormy night in the South Pacific. His plane was trying desperately to land on the Tontouta airstrip but could not do so. After several attempts in the dark of night, his knuckles were white with fear. When they finally landed safely, Michener went out and walked the length of the airstrip, looking at the dim outlines of the mountains they had so narrowly missed. He wrote this:

“And as I stood there in the darkness I caught a glimpse of the remaining years of my life and I swore an oath when peace came, if I survived, I would live the rest of my years as if I were a great man. I did not presume to think that I would be a great man. I have never thought in those terms, but I could conduct myself as if I were. I would adhere to my basic principles. I would bear public testimony to what I believed. I would be a better man. I would help others. I would truly believe and act as if all men were my brothers. And I would strive to make whatever world in which I found myself a better place. In the darkness a magnificent peace settled over me, for I saw that I could actually attain each of those objectives, and I never looked back.”

Michener says that the very next day he started to draft the book Tales of the South Pacific. And if it can ever be said that he became a great man, I suspect it was only because he decided to be a better man than he was before.

Greatness may never have been your goal. But you and I can be a little better today than we were yesterday. We can help others a bit more today than yesterday. We can act more deliberately as if all people are our sisters and brothers. We can leave the world a better place tomorrow than we found it today.

And if that is the way to greatness, then we all can head that direction. One step at a time … beginning today.
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6. Parents Lie to Children Surprisingly Often

Parents might say “honesty is the best policy,” but when it comes to interacting with their own kids, mom and dad stretch the truth with the best of them, finds a new study. From claiming the existence of magical creatures to odd consequences of kids’ actions, parents often come up with creative tales to shape a child’s behaviors and emotions
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7. Are You a Helicopter or an Umbrella?

Tina Nocera of ParentalWisdom.com provides a job description for parents: to raise happy, healthy, well-adjusted, independent children that contribute to society. With that in mind, she addresses the impact of parental over-involvement.
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8. Tips for Homework Success

There is a direct relationship between how organized a child is and how well he does in school. Touching on an organized physical environment as well as a focused mental environment, this article offers ideas for homework success.
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9. Inspirational Quote

“So we see that one of the keys to the game of living is to become aware of the ways in which we are demanding that people be different from the way they are.” … Ken Keyes