Parenting News You Can Use! September 23, 2008

Parenting News You Can Use!
September 23, 2008
Volume 2, Issue 39
Publisher: INCAF
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Focus for September: National School Success Month

1. Fall 2008 RCB Class Schedule
2. Four Questions
3. Using Humor to Diffuse Conflict
4. Stress Injuries on the Rise
5. Unstoppable
6. Just One More Book
7. Bringing History to Life
8. Girlology
9. Teens Turning Green
10. Inspirational Quotes of the Week

1. Redirecting Children’s Behavior:
The Gentle Art of Parenting

This six week, fifteen hour course teaches parents how to help children grow in a way that enhances self-esteem, teaches responsibility and promotes cooperation. At the completion, you will be able to:

* Discipline without yelling * Interact to build self-esteem
* Reduce sibling rivalry * Develop a sense of responsibility
* Redirect mistaken goals * Create an encouraging family
Redirecting Children’s Behavior course
Schedule for Fall 2008

St. Luke’s Methodist
3471 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77027
6-Thurs. Eves; 6:30-9:00 PM
Sept. 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (changed due to IKE)

St. Martin’s Episcopal
717 Sage
Houston, TX 77056
6-Tues. Afternoons, 11:30-2:00 PM
Sept 23, 30, Oct, 7, 14, 21, 28

Post Oak School
4600 Bissonnet
Bellaire, TX 77401
Tues. Eves, 6:30-9:00 PM
Sept 23, 30, Oct, 7, 14, 21, 28

Westminster Methodist Church
5801 San Felipe
Houston. TX 77057
6-Wed. Eves, 6:30-9:00 PM
Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12 (changed due to IKE)

Course fee: $225 for one; $325 per couple
One-on-one Parent Coaching: $110/hr

The courses listed above will be taught by Deborah Fry Ph.D.; C.P.E.
For information and registration please call Deborah at 713-840-8663

2. Four Questions

Asking just four questions, Jonathan Drori, who has dedicated his career to media and learning, discusses what we know and what we don’t know. The answers to the four questions are fascinating.

3. Using Humor to Diffuse Conflict

Relatively minor conflicts that leave a bad taste in your mouth for hours or even days after an argument or fight with your spouse can in fact be turned around quickly if you know how. The key lies in the power of laughter to totally transform anger into harmony.

4. Stress Injuries on the Rise

In a time when increased regulation and better equipment have made youth sports safer than ever, a surprising type of injury is emerging from school gyms and playing fields in growing numbers: repetitive stress injuries. The causes, experts say, are year-round competition that leave little opportunity to rest overworked muscles and specialization that focuses on one joint or muscle group instead of exercising the whole body. Also included is a prevention checklist for parents and coaches.

5. Unstoppable
By Steve Goodier

When a group of two hundred executives were asked what makes a person successful, eighty percent listed enthusiasm as the most im portant quality. More important than skill. More important than training. Even more important than experience.

Before water will produce enough steam to power an engine, it must boil. The steam engine won’t move a train an inch until the steam gauge registers 212 degrees. Likewise, the person with out enthusiasm is trying to move the machinery of life with lukewarm water. Only one thing will happen: that person will stall.

A. B. Zu Tavern asserts that en thusiasm is electricity in the battery. It’s the vigor in the air. It’s the warmth in the fire. It’s the breath in all things alive. Successful people are enthusi as tic about what they do. “Good work is never done in cold blood,” he says, “Heat is needed to forge any thing. Every great achievement is the
story of a flaming heart.”

You may have all of the skill, training and experience you’ve ever need. Add enthusiasm to those assets and you will be truly unstoppable!

6. Just One More Book!

With podcasts and interviews with authors of children’s book, Just One More Book is a terrific website for parents. This month, listen to an interview with Gloria Houston on Grieving, Life and Children’s Books, in which she speaks about the value of children’s books in helping young people understand and celebrate the cycles of life.

7. Bringing History to Life

Perfectly timed with the return to school, Kids Off the Couch has compiled a list of movies, many of them reviewed in detail, to enhance an elementary school child’s understand of history. From Kit Kittridge, depicting the Depression, to Little Women, portraying aspects of the Civil War, these films make great family time activities.

8. Girlology

Recommended by Kathryn Kvols, author of Redirecting Children’s Behavior, Girlology: A Girl’s Guide to Stuff that Matters offers the teen girls of this generation clear answers to questions about what’s happening with their bodies, friendships, parents, boyfriends and more – all presented with a calm yet straight-forward approach. The authors, one of whom is a pediatrician and the other an OB/GYN, are both mothers of daughters, giving them a wide variety of perspectives on the adolescent body and mindset.

9. Teens Turning Green

Whole Foods now has podcasts and resources for teens, including articles on safe cosmetics for teenagers.

10. Inspirational Quotes of the Week on Being Lost and Finding Self

“It is an ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way.” … Rollo May

“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road, doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.” … H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“Until you make room in your life for someone as important to you as yourself, you will always be searching and lost.” … Richard Bach