Parenting News You Can Use! October 9, 2012

Parenting News You Can Use!
October 9, 2012
Volume 6, Issue 42
Publisher: INCAF
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IN THIS ISSUE:
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1. Course Schedule for RCB Spring 2013 TBA in 2 week (see home page)
2. Eleven Ways Your Child Loses When You Rush Him Through Life
3. When Ordinary Becomes Extraordinary
4. Three Ways to Access Joy
5. How a Turkey Wrap Led to Pink and Purple Hair
6. What We Don’t Learn Through Reasoning
7. The Gift: Living a Life of Purpose and Meaning
8. Thirty-One Days of Unplugged Play
9. The Moms Stays in the Picture
10. Inspirational Quote of the Week

1. *Course Schedule for Spring 2013 TBA in 2 weeks.

2. Eleven Ways Your Child Loses When You Rush Him Through Life
Dr. Laura Markham of Aha! Parenting writes, “Most of us take it for granted that we’re always rushing from one thing to the next. That we have a never-ending to-do list that keeps us from catching our breath, never mind catching a sunset together. But it costs us. And it costs our kids even more. Our society is so hooked on adrenalin that we don’t acknowledge the high price our children pay for our lifestyle.” From overstimulation to influencing their developing brain, our rushed child experiences the effect.
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3. When Ordinary Becomes Extraordinary
This beautiful article from Awesomely Awake: Parenting from the Heart is a read for every parent who treasures the extraordinary moments with their children and would like to enjoy more of them.
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4. Three Ways to Access Joy
Being in a state of joy isn’t something you’re born with. It’s a learned skill, according to psychotherapist Donald Altman. In this article, Altman offers up his “personal joy compass” and three ways to access joy. These are great lessons for children and adults!
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5. How a Turkey Wrap Led to Pink and Purple Hair
This is a delightful lesson in feeling your worth from the inside and on how our children are such brilliant teachers!
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6. What We Don’t Learn Through Reasoning
By Wes Hopper

If you’re a thinker, like me, then you most likely have come to realize the limits of thinking in making decisions and planning your life. When I was a young man I trusted thinking a lot, for everything. As I grew older and gained experience, though, I slowly began to realize the truth – [that] what I thought about something was not as important as how that something made me feel. Did it feel good, and right? Or not?

Of course at first my left brain, the logical intellectual part of my brain, was very upset about this. But what I realized was that the thinking was not being ignored, it was being integrated with the input from my heart to produce the feeling. It takes life experiences to give your heart and mind the training to make accurate choices. We learn what makes us feel good and what doesn’t.

We learn that the fact that we’ve never done something before only means that we’ve never done it before, it doesn’t mean we can’t do it. We learn that the fear we feel about doing something brand new goes away once we get started. We learn that the joy of accomplishment lies just on the other side of that fear. We learn that we can do lots more than we thought we could.

What are you putting off or avoiding? Go for it!
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7. The Gift: Living a Life of Purpose and Meaning
Stephen Cope, director of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living, has written a beautiful article on living a purposeful life. Stephen writes, “Yogis believed that every human being is born with a special gift. This gift, for each of us, is the doorway to a fulfilled life.” He then provides three truths about the gift.
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8. Thirty-One Days of Unplugged Play
Do you ever think of encouraging your child to experience a day or a week or even longer of unplugged play, with very limited use of electronic devices or possibly no use at all? Simple Kids has outlined ideas for thirty-one days of unplugged play, and they invite you to share in the experience of no batteries and no television!
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9. The Mom Stays in the Picture
Allison Tate, freelance writer and the mom of four, hesitated to get in the photo booth with her son. She says many moms avoid photos and even looking in the mirror because “We’re sporting mama bodies and we’re not as young as we used to be. We don’t always have time to blow dry our hair, apply make-up, perhaps even bathe (ducking). The kids are so much cuter than we are; better to just take their pictures, we think.” Her discussion of the importance of staying in the picture is vital on many levels. Please take the time to read this one!
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10. Inspirational Quote of the Week
“Our intellect is not the most subtle, the most powerful, the most appropriate, instrument for revealing the truth. It is life that, little by little, example by example, permits us to see that what is most important to our heart, or to our mind, is learned not by reasoning but through other agencies.” Wayne Muller

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