Parenting News You Can Use! September 9, 2008

Parenting News You Can Use!
September 9, 2008
Volume 2, Issue 37
Publisher: INCAF
E-Mail: docdebfry@earthlink.net
www.deborah-fry.com or www.incaf.com
A Certified Redirecting Children’s Behavior ™ Company

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Focus for September: National School Success Month
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IN THIS ISSUE:
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1. 2008 Fall/Winter Redirecting Children’s Behavior Course Schedule
2. Kathryn Kvols, Redirecting Children’s Behavior Author, Keynotes Conference
3. We Lie About Three Things
4. Control Issues in Marriage
5. Spiritual Medication
6. Getting to and from School Safely
7. Green Tip: Compost
8. How Children Teach Themselves
9. Food for the Brain
10. Inspirational Quotes of the Week

1. 2008 Fall/Winter Redirecting Children’s Behavior Course Schedule
Redirecting Children’s Behavior:
The Gentle Art of Parenting
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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
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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. 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23

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. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5

Course fee: $225 for one; $325 per couple
www.deborah-fry.com
One-on-one Parent Coaching: $110/hr www.incaf.com

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. Kathryn Kvols, Redirecting Children’s Behavior Author, Keynotes Conference

Kathryn Kvols, author of Redirecting Children’s Behavior™, creator of the parenting course of the same name and founder of the International Network for Children and Families, will present the keynote address on Sunday, November 2nd at Empowering Our Children: Creating Connected Families, Classrooms and Communities. At this full-day conference for parents, educators, therapists and professionals who work with children, Kathryn will speak on Secrets to Creating a Connected and Peaceful Family. Learn how to make your family a peaceful refuge and a place to recharge. To learn more about the conference and the seventeen other powerful speakers, please click below.
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3. We Lie About Three Things

Joanna Brusso talks about healthy eating on her blog and podcast. Did you know that people have been found to lie about three things: sex, money and what we eat? Brusso sheds light on healthy eating myths – such as Americans eat better than anyone else on the planet – and gives some terrific tips on getting kids to eat good food.
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4. Control Issues in Marriage

Is your spouse too controlling? Are you too passive? Or are the roles reversed? Either way, if decisions in your marriage are normally a “tug of war” struggle and the same partner either almost always wins or almost always gives in, then your marriage is being impacted by control issues. Here are ten ways “control issues” may be playing a part in your marriage.
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5. Spiritual Medication
By Steve Goodier

Demographic experts tell us that there is a general spiritual awakening among people of various faiths. Some are returning to “organized” religions. Others are seeking spiritual answers along other paths. However it is done, people are realizing the importance of a healthy spiritual dimension to their lives.

One man tells about a time when his wife suffered from a headache. She took medication and lay down, but nothing seemed to help. Her six-year-old daughter was concerned about her Mommy’s health, so the ailing woman asked her if she would like to pray for her. Little Leia said that she would. Leia put her hand on her mother’s head and prayed the only prayer she knew: “Lord, thank you for this food.”

I imagine that the words she uses are not important. In fact, I don’t know if any words are really adequate to express our deepest spiritual desires. Moreover, what seems most crucial is not so much how “good” we are at praying, but that we simply pause regularly to nurture the souls. Prayer is a dose of spiritual medication that, taken daily, can enhance all of life.

I do not feel I am all that good with prayer, but I am sure I’m not much good without it.
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6. Getting to and from School Safely

How do your children get to and from school? If they walk, take a bike or ride the bus, there are important safety tips parents should be aware of to ensure your little scholars make it to the classroom and back home safely.
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7. Green Tip: Compost

Decades ago we learned how to compost from Robert Rodale. Here are tips for composting today so that your entire family can reduce the waste going into land fills, avoid buying chemical fertilizers for your garden, and educate your children on the wonderful way nature works!
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8. How Children Teach Themselves

In 1999, Sugata Mitra and his colleagues dug a hole in a wall bordering an urban slum in New Delhi, installed an Internet-connected PC, and left it there (with a hidden camera filming the area). What they saw was kids from the slum playing around with the computer and in the process learning how to use it and how to go online, and then teaching each other. In the following years they replicated the experiment in other parts of India, urban and rural, with similar results, challenging some of the key assumptions of formal education. Watch this video of Mitra talking about learning and how we can create environments in which children can best learn.
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9. Food for the Brain

Here is a website with the mission to promote awareness of the link between learning, behavior, mental health and nutrition. With information on healthy breakfasts and lunches, a test to see if your child is getting ‘food for the brain’ and more, this website is a terrific resource.
CLICK HERE for More

10. Inspirational Quotes of the Week

“People the world over have always been more impressed by the power of our example than by the example of our power.” … President Bill Clinton

“If your heart has peace, nothing can disturb you.” … The Dalai Lama

“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.” … St. Francis de Sales

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Where is Deborah Fry Speaking in September?

Tuesday, Sept 9, 2008, 7-8 p.m.
“Positive Effective Discipline”
Post Oak School
4600 Bissonnet
Mirani Smith
713-661-6688

Tuesday Sept. 16, 2008, 1-2 p.m.
“Cultivating Character and Teaching Kindness”
St. Paul’s School
5501 Main Street
Houston, TX 77004
Deborah Fischer, Director
713-528 6779

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