Monthly Archives: August 2015

Every Child is a Star

Every Child is a Star

Parents and Teachers Matter “What did you learn in school today?” This is a question many parents ask their children when they return home from school. Then there are daily lessons to look at, parent-teacher conferences and regular report cards – all showing what they’ve learned. Yet book learning is only a small part of what helps a person succeed in life. When I asked a kindergarten teacher, Miss Sailor, why she wanted to teach children that were so young, her answer surprised me. She said “I didn’t at first. I wanted to teach high school or college.” As our discussion progressed she told me that teaching kindergarten was her first full-time teaching position. She said “kindergarteners are like sponges”: They absorb everything that comes in their direction, both good and bad.  She realized she wanted to teach children at this age, so she could encourage them to have a ...
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The 7 C's of Resilience

Navigating “The 7 Cs of Parenting”: 6) Coping

Children who learn how to cope with issues effectively are more likely to cope better with the stress of everyday life. Challenges and conflicts are easier to overcome when a child is resilient and able to protect themselves against the unsafe, worrisome behaviors of others. Resilient children have a wide range of positive coping strategies that help them navigate the tough decisions and situations they face in our complicated society.  They understand the difference between a real crisis and something that just feels important. They have learned to develop positive, effective coping strategies by watching their parents cope in a positive and safe way.  Parents who role model problem-solving step by step are teaching their children how to resolve problems proactively, rather than react to problems emotionally. If you guide your children to develop positive, effective coping strategies, they will be able to use them to alleviate pain and stress ...
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The 7 C's of Resilience

Navigating “The 7 Cs of Parenting”: 5) Contribution

When children contribute, they gain a sense of purpose. This teaches them one of the most powerful lessons a child can learn:  The world is a better place because they are in it. This inspires them to take actions and make choices that improve the world they live in. This builds their sense of confidence and strengthens their character. Parents who teach the importance of serving others, help their children build social contacts and security. These children then can build relationships with other adults who serve as role models,  as they watch these people contribute to their communities. One Step at a Time: Make it clear to your children that they can do things that improve the world. Receiving a "thank you" for a job well done reinforces a child's contributions to their community.  Congratulate your child when they accomplish something or complete a task well. Positive contributions to society ...
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Little Red School House

Free School Supplies for Thurston County Kids on Aug. 20

Have you ever faced having to choose between buying food and clothes or crayons, pens, scissors, paper and a notebook for your school-age child? Each year, many parents look at the brightly colored "Back to School" banners with dread as they face exactly these choices. The Little Red Schoolhouse Project was founded in response to this need. Every fall they send thousands of students back to school with basic school supplies, a backpack, new socks and underwear, and a clean coat. Do you need help with supplies? If your kids go to school in the Rainier or Yelm school district, or anywhere else in Thurston County, and if you are having trouble affording all of the items your child needs, then you qualify for this event. That’s all there is to it. No income verification is required, just show up on the 20th! This year’s event is Thursday, Aug. 20, ...
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Back to School

5 Tips To Make Back-to-School Time a Breeze!

It’s always hard to say goodbye to summer, but going back to school can also be a great experience if everyone is well-prepared. Here are some tips to help your child get back into the school routine: About a week before school starts, begin getting back to regular bedtime and wake-up time. You can start slowly, by adjusting in ½ hour increments. If you wait until the night before school starts, the quick change can make for a rough morning. Have the kids help make a schedule. Let them help decide what time they will need to go to bed to get enough rest, and what time they will need to get up to get ready in time. These are time management skills that will serve them well as working adults. Create a place to organize school supplies and to do homework. Most likely over the summer any place that ...
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