Category Archives: Parenting

Happy New Year's Fireworks 2016

Having Substance-Free Fun During the Holidays

During the holidays, it can be difficult for some children and teens to get away from the temptations of drugs and alcohol. There are always ways to keep busy and happy without including those unhealthy habits. To keep the holiday spirit alive, some families like to get together and do things such as bake cookies, listen to music, do crafts or play board games. Others may go to a dance class with a friend, make a new tradition, enjoy the light displays or get a bite to eat. There is almost always something going on in the community as well, that would be useful for all ages. Whatever you plan to do over this holiday season, make sure it is healthy and safe, and know there is always fun to be had! When I am spending time with my family, one of my favorite things to do is bake cookies ...
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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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Happy Holiday's Star

Handling Holidays After Divorce

The holidays can be a particularly difficult time when a couple has divorced. Old memories, good and bad, fun and painful, can be brought to the forefront this time of year. But even though things change, there are always ways to make it work, and to teach your children about handling change. The biggest factor that impacts how it will work out is our attitude. Choosing to make the best of the new situation is the approach most likely to work best for your children as well as yourself. There are some options to choose from on how to spend the day: Split the day: One parent spends Thanksgiving morning with the children, the other parent spends the afternoon or evening. Alternate years: One parent has the children on even years, the other on odd years. Choose a different day: One parent has the children on the holiday, the other ...
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Nightmare be Gone

Nightmares Be Gone!

As we get closer to Halloween, it’s exciting to plan all the “scary” fun and games. But for some children, this time of year can set off nightmares or make them worse. Here are some tips for helping your child handle nightmares: If they need to talk, let them talk while you just listen. While some believe talking about the dream can make it more vivid, it can also allow a child to realize how unrealistic the dream was so there really is no chance of it actually happening. You will know whether your child needs to talk or prefers not to. After they have talked, subtly change the topic to something fun, such as the vacation you took last summer, or are planning next year.  Favorite objects such as a stuffed toy or a blanket can give a child a sense of security and help ease fears to overcome ...
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