Social Hosting

Social Hosting Ordinance – What does it mean?

What do you think of adults being held responsible for hosting a party for underage youth? What if the adult was upstairs sleeping? What if they just weren't home? Should parents still be accountable for youth drinking alcohol in their home? A social hosting ordinance says yes to all of the above. Parents and adults should be responsible regardless of whether they had knowledge of a party with underage drinkers at their home. The City of Rainier adopted a Social Host Ordinance in 2012 to add another layer of accountability for parents to know what activities their children are engaged in and who they are with. The reality is, it can be challenging to effectively monitor your child, but this ordinance states it is ultimately parents' responsibility to do just that if we hope to ensure kids make wise and healthy decisions. Here's a summary of what the Rainier ordinance ...
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We Need Your Support!

'Tis the Season for Our Annual Community Survey Your answers help us serve Rainier better and ensure our projects keep going strong!   Go to www.surveymonkey.com/r/TRON2015 or take it on your smartphone by scanning this code: This survey provides vital information about young people in our area.  Rainier Community Cares uses this information to get funding and create programs for the youth in our community. Here's a brief list of some of the services we provided last year: Free Family Fun Day Free Summer Lunch program Free Movies in the Park Superhero Fun Run Safe Streets Rainier Youth Mental Health First Aid training CPR Certification Class Free "Guiding Good Choices" classes  Parenting classes Your participation helps ensure that Rainier Community Cares can continue to provide youth with activities, information and protective factors that encourage them to make healthy choices. Let your voice be heard!   All answers are anonymous. Must ...
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The 7 C's of Resilience

Navigating “The 7 Cs of Parenting”: Conclusion

Navigating the 7 Cs of parenting, you can help your child become competent and confident.  They will build social connections needed for them to develop a strong character while they make positive contributions to society.  They will learn that they are valuable.  They learn that their decisions and actions are important, because they affect everyone around them. Children who know how to cope with the challenges and changes in life not only make good role models, they are the builders of our future society.  They have control of their own destinies, and they show others a better way to conduct themselves.  Their resilience is exemplary. This is the final article in our 9-part series on the 7 Cs of Resilience. Make sure to check out our other posts if you missed any of the steps. You'll learn what the Cs are, and how to encourage your child along each path ...
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The 7 C's of Resilience

Navigating “The 7 Cs of Parenting”: 7) Control

When children realize they are responsible for the outcome of their actions, they are likely to look at their choices and options more carefully and follow each one of them to the logical and final concision. This helps them to make healthy choices, where they can control the outcome of their own actions and decisions. When parents control all of their children's decisions, they deny their children the opportunity to learn self control. These children may feel like everything happens to them, and they can become passive and pessimistic. These children are inclined to become depressed because they see "control" as being an external factor, and they don't feel they have any control. On the other hand, resilient children internalize their decisions and know they have control over what happens to them.  These children know that the quality of their lives directly depends on the actions and decisions they make.  ...
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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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