Parenting News You Can Use! September 28, 2010

Parenting News You Can Use!
September 28 2010
Volume 4, Issue 39
Publisher: INCAF
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Focus for September: National School Success Month
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IN THIS ISSUE:
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1. RCB 2010 Course Schedule (See Home Page)
2. Getting on the Same Page with Grandparents
3. Adoption Myths
4. Green Halloween
5. Kid Kritics Approved
6. Familiar Feelings
7. Books: Betti on the Highwire
8. Toddler Friendly Sewing Basket
9. Messy Art
10. Inspirational Quote of the Week

2. Getting on the Same Page as Grandparents

In this segment from the Rachel Ray show, the topic is grandparents “spoiling” their grandchildren though excessive giving. There are suggestions for getting parents and grandparents on the same page about toys, clothes and gifts so that grandchildren enjoy their grandparents for who they are rather than for what they give.
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3. Adoption Myths

Myths are deeply seated beliefs that influence the way we interpret and respond to situations. The myths about adoption that appear in the three-minute trailer to a film are explored in this article on Moms Miami.
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4. Green Halloween

In 2009, $4.75 billion was expected to be spent by consumers for Halloween. This spending ultimately resulted in a lot of waste, some of which is attributed to costumes. Swapping half of the costumes that kids wear at Halloween would reduce annual landfill waste by 6,250 tons, equal to the weight of 2500 mid-sized cars. Green Halloween – a non-profit, grassroots community initiative to create healthier and more Earth-friendly holidays, starting with Halloween – suggests a Halloween costume swamp. Here is how to do it!
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5. Kid Kritics Approved

Kid Kritics Approved is a resource for healthy foods that children like to eat. The Kid Kritics Approved Seal means that the recommended recipes, beverages or foods were independently evaluated – by children between five and fourteen – and that they meet the quality standards to be deemed healthy. The standards include no bad fats, no artificial additives, no corn syrups, GMO monitored, and more. Check out the grocery list and approved brands as well as the blog.
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6. Familiar Feelings
By Wes Hopper

We can learn a lot about ourselves just by observing our feelings and our responses to our feelings. What we learn can tell us a lot about what’s going on in our subconscious. That happened to me one time when I was feeling like a failure, hopeless, what’s the use, give up, quit.

I thought, “Heck, I can change my feelings and feel good!” I knew I could. But I suddenly realized that I didn’t want to! I was comfortable feeling miserable. When I tracked down the history of that feeling, it took me to a time in my childhood when I was isolated and felt very alone. I spent a lot of time in that feeling as a kid. So it’s a familiar place.

In recent years I’ve learned that some psychologists actually call that experience “old familiars.” It’s a clue to what’s going on in our mind. When we get too far out in new experiences and problems come up, we retreat to the old familiars. We actually feel safer there, not because it’s a good place, but because it’s a familiar place.

So pay attention to your feelings and if you find yourself in a feeling that you know isn’t good for you, and you also know it’s comfortable, you’ve just learned something very important. You can go back to the original experience and clear it out, so you don’t have to live there anymore.

Start today with the goal that any time you feel negative in any way you’ll immediately change to feeling positive and joyful. If you experience any resistance, ask yourself why. Track it down. Then root the source out like a weed and clear it. If you don’t tame your subconscious, it’ll run your life. So take charge. You’ll be grateful you did.
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7. Books: Betti on the High Wire

Betti on the High Wire by Lisa Railsback is a look at the tragedy caused by civil strife through a child’s eyes, and it is a great way to introduce younger readers ages nine through twelve to life in war-torn countries. The story is enlightening without being too graphic or full of despair. Read the full review.
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8. Toddler Friendly Sewing Basket

For hours of creative play, a sewing basket with yarn, embroidery hoop with plastic needle and empty thread spools is a magical resource for toddlers. Christie Burnett of Childhood 101 provides all of the details for putting together a wonderful sewing basket as well as “sewing” activities for young children.
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9. Messy Art

Filth Wizardry has the mission of sharing messy art and craft fun for pre-schoolers, and their ideas are terrific. From stamping to making foam bath murals to reinventing uses for reclaimed wooden blocks, this site will inspire you to have fun.
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10. Inspirational Quote of the Week

“The only thing that feeling bad in response to outer situations accomplishes is to plummet you into anxiety, despair, depression and stress.” … Wayne Dyer