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Book Review: All Joy and No Fun

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In All Joy and No Fun, The Paradox of Modern Parenthood, author Jennifer Senior takes readers through a history and analysis of how modern parenting has become the paradox that it is today. Rather than asking, as most parenting books do, about what effect parents have on their children,

Member Musings: How To Teach a Child to be Gentle

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Recently, I was with a group of young children that had made a circle around some bugs. They  watched them as they uncurled and moved slowly on the earth. They learned that when the Roly Poly felt threatened, it would curl up in a ball. 

One of the children held a bug in his hand. He was mesmerized. He stood there simply holding this little black bug as it crawled on him. He knew if he tried and touch it, the bug would curl up in a ball. He held it carefully so the bug would keep crawling.

We spent more time than we could have imagined simply holding these precious bugs as each child had a chance to experience first hand what it meant to be gentle. I knew we could carry this lesson that unfolded naturally in the forest to other parts of their lives. We can use this moment of holding a little creature to help children understand how to treat a younger or older sibling. 

Recipe to Teach A Child to Be Gentle
Ingredients:

  • An ant hill
  • A rock or dirt where a Roly Poly/Pill Bug may live
  • A lady bug
  • A loving adult
  • A young child

Directions:

  • Take the time to look and observe an ant hill or under a rock for a Roly Poly
  • Guide a child to observe the bug or ant
  • Gently place the bug in a child’s outstretched hand

Cooking time:

This is the key to the entire experience, there is no set time.  Some children can observe an ant hill for 30 minutes and others for two minutes.  Take the time to give the child time.

Watch and Truly Enjoy!

Credit:

Pamela Worth is the owner of Tiny Treks, and outdoor education program.

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Kindness to the Earth — This Earth Day and Every Day!

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The theme of reduce, reuse, and recycle has become a part of our collective consciousness, right up there with wi-fi and coffee. We all know about it, we all know it’s a good thing, but how many of us actually put it into practice? Why should we put it into practice? More than just a triad […]

Try out Dinnerbundle – $20 off!

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Ready to try a better dinner experience? Dinnerbundle makes weeknight cooking more fun and less stressful. We deliver delicious 30-minute-recipes and matching fresh ingredients to your home, so that you can cook healthy and family-friendly dinners without the hassle. Sign up at www.dinnerbundle.com, enter code “PAMP” and get $20 off! 3 dinners for 4 people […]

Organize Your Mail

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When we were kids we looked forward to the mail delivery, but as adults we dread it. It’s not just the bills we hate, but the piles of flyers, solicitations, coupons, periodicals, circulars and advertisements. Ugh. I know what you’re thinking. “It takes more than ten minutes to go through my mail.” “I get so […]

La Petite Baleen ~ the Premier Swim Program

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La Petite Baleen Swim School is the Bay Area’s premiere learn-to-swim program since 1979. Our custom designed and built indoor facilities provide the cleanest and safest water to teach our young swimmers. The unique child-development based curriculum is award winning and nationally recognized by the US Swim School Association. Come visit our brand new Atherton […]

Member Musings: When You’ve Got Your Health . . .

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My co-workers are starting to dread seeing my face. I am almost certain of it. Oh, sure, no one has actually SAID anything, but I can tell. Why? Because as the mom of a germ-infested and virus-propagating toddler, I get sick about once a month. And each sickness seems to last about two weeks. Which leaves me, in a good month, quasi-healthy for maybe half the month. So the odds that I am carrying some sort of bug at any given time are about 50/50, I think (but math was never my strong suit).

What about all those good habits that they say will help? Well, let’s see…

Wash your hands often. Um, yeah. I have a grimy toddler who has turned smearing his food on me and other surfaces an art. Not to mention we’re still enjoying diaper changes and, what with him being the joyful bearer of much mucus, many nose-wipings. So, yeah, you could say that I wash my hands often.

Get a good night’s sleep. Sound advice. And I would love to, I really would. But the problem is I have a sick toddler who wakes up several times a night because HE doesn’t feel well. In lieu of being able to make this happen, I have resorted to the newborn-inspired coping mechanism of “sleep when the baby sleeps.” I’m not sure this helps (I’m still sick, right?), but when I am dragging by naptime, I sure do welcome the excuse to fall into bed (for my health, you know) instead of getting things done during one of the sole periods of the day that I can actually accomplish something.

Eat healthy foods. I manage to stick to this pretty well when I am actually at work. Our company café makes it easy by color-coding all the food and subsidizing the healthier options. So I always choose green or yellow. But when I am not at work (i.e. home with a sick toddler or over the weekend), my intentions of eating healthy foods spiral into shoveling cold mouthfuls of excess mac n’ cheese into my pie hole while standing over the sink and hoping that Hush Little Polar Bear did the trick and my little bear will decide to nod off.

Hmmm. Here’s what I think might help… a full-body HEV suit, a well-cast Episkey spell (if only I knew Harry or Hermione), or a few weeks in the Caribbean. Heck, maybe Hawaii would do it. I’m willing to try!

Welcome to Jefunira Camp!

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Celebrating our 23rd year of Jefunira Camp summer fun in 2014! Come join us for some good old-fashioned summer fun! Our combination of an exceptional college-aged staff and innovative, inclusive programming will create a memorable summer experience for your child. Programming for children ages 4–13. Pre- and post-camp care offered.

KidQuake Equals Kid Power

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I recently attended a presentation at my daughter’s school called “The Celebration of Learning.” The entire presentation was focused on young change makers, i.e. kids who are making positive change for the greater good. Each grade level (K-5) researched, interviewed and spoke about a change maker and the outcome(s) of their efforts. It was incredible […]

Get Outta Town: Monterey Day Trip

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Looking for an easy getaway with great sites and delicious eateries? As a local from the San Francisco Bay area, you already know about one of our most popular gems — Monterey. It’s famous for Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium as well as 17-Mile Drive, which winds through Pebble Beach into Carmel-by-the-Sea and […]

Rummage Sale Savvy: Tips for Reselling Your Stuff

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Nothing feels better than getting rid of clutter! We might not look forward to spring cleaning, but when it’s done, it feels wonderful. But what do you do with the boxes of toys and clothing that your kids have outgrown or aren’t interested in any longer? You have several options: Have a garage sale, participate […]

Member Musings: A Few of My (New) Favorite Things

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My Fitbit One. It tracks my steps, distance, floors and calories burned – and my calories consumed (if I log them). It even tracks my sleep, how long I slept and even if I was restless for certain periods. OK, I am kind of a sucker for gadgets but it is really motivating to see your ‘calories burned’ slowly going up all day and then surging up when you’re active.
http://www.fitbit.com/

Blocking a tedious repeat telemarketing (or in my case tele-fundraising caller) on my iPhone (with iOS7). I didn’t even know I could do this! I only happened upon it because I was so irritated by a certain campaign repeatedly calling to nag me to donate (again) that I had to see how many times they had actually called (7 in 12 hours, no lie). And there it was, quietly nestled at the bottom of the recent caller info screen: BLOCK THIS CALLER. Honestly, it felt like Christmas.
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Amazon Smile. A friend of mine recently started working there and posted about this program on his Facebook page. I’d never heard of it! And let me tell you, I buy A LOT from Amazon. Basically it’s a charitable program that lets you select an organization and Amazon will donate .5% of the purchase price of eligible purchases to your designated charity. The trick: you have to shop and order via smile.amazon.com (but it’s your same account).
http://smile.amazon.com/about

Kidgits Club at Stanford Mall. I think I’m a bit late to this party, but I just registered my son while we were there for Santa photos. Once you become a member (for $5 a year), your child gets to spin a prize wheel (in the guest services office) every time they visit the mall. The child also gets a free kid’s meal at CPK (with purchase of an adult meal). That pretty much makes it worth the $5 right there.
http://www.simon.com/mall/stanford-shopping-center/stream/simon-kidgits-club-70

What are your newest favorite things?

Welcome to Jefunira Camp!

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Celebrating our 23rd year of Jefunira Camp summer fun in 2014! Come join us for some good old-fashioned summer fun! Our combination of an exceptional college-aged staff and innovative, inclusive programming will create a memorable summer experience for your child. Programming for children ages 4–13. Pre- and post-camp care offered.

Please Stand Up

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For the last year or so I have been reading about how terrible it is for your health to sit at a desk all day. Working out for an hour a day cannot undo all the damage to your health and body that sitting all day at a computer causes (see this very disturbing article from the […]

Welcome to Jefunira Camp!

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Celebrating our 23rd year of Jefunira Camp summer fun in 2014! Come join us for some good old-fashioned summer fun! Our combination of an exceptional college-aged staff and innovative, inclusive programming will create a memorable summer experience for your child. Programming for children ages 4–13. Pre- and post-camp care offered.