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To see more videos on parenting, visit the Parenting Success Network’s YouTube page.

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Oregon Parenting Together Newsletter – July Issue

OR Parenting Together LogoThe July issue of the Oregon Parenting Together Newsletter has arrived.  This issue features articles all about keeping your kids learning even though it’s summer: making the most of summer vacation, reading, physical activity, math, and science.  This break from school doesn’t have to also be a break from learning!

To download the English newsletter, please click here.

To download the Spanish newsletter, please click here.

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Parenting in the Park

Parenting_in_the_Park_Flyer_2016In Corvallis, the Corvallis Waldorf School is sponsoring FREE Tuesday morning activities in various parks around Corvallis, from 10-11:30am:

7/19: Arnold Park (Harrison & Merrie)
7/26: Porter Park (20th & Hayes)
8/2: Chepenefa Springs Park (Daylilly Ave)
8/9: Willamette Park (Goodnight Ave)
8/16: Starker Arts Park (Country Club & 45th)

In Lebanon, the Lebanon School District and the USDA Summer Food Service Program are sponsoring FREE Monday morning activities in Century Park (Rose St.), from 11:30-1:00pm.

All activities are fun and educational family enrichment activities geared toward children ages 2-5 and a caregiver.  For an event flyer, please click here.

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“Trauma:  The What, the Why, and How can we Respond” Training

downloadThe Oregon Family Support Network is offering two sessions of the training “Trauma: The What, the Why, and How we can Respond”.  This is a free six-hour training, and it will be held on Thursday, September 1, 2016 in Newport, and Friday, September 2, 2016 in Corvallis.

To download the Newport flyer, please click here.

To download the Corvallis flyer, please click here.

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Timeouts for Kids – Yes or No?

The PBS Newshour published an interesting article a few days ago entitled, “Why you Should never use Timeouts on your Kids”, by Wendy Thomas Russell.  The article questions the wisdom of timeouts and is raising eyebrows among parents and educators alike.  An excerpt from the article is included below:

Originated by psychologist B.F. Skinner, timeouts are a form of light punishment in which a child is placed in a certain spot for a set period of time. Often, the child is made to stay “in timeout,” even if it requires restraint, and is ignored for the duration.

All punishments are ineffective, Hatfield went on to say, because the vast majority of kids don’t misbehave; they behave. They behave like kids. They don’t do things to be bad; they do things because those things are age-appropriate, or because they’re still learning, or because they’re not getting some basic need met. Maybe they are hungry or tired; maybe they are overstimulated or overwhelmed; maybe they need a hug. Or maybe they just don’t know how to process whatever emotion they’re feeling.

Punishment in any form is harmful, because “it takes the core need of the child… and uses it as a bargaining chip.”

“All behavior,” Hatfield said, “is communication.”

To read the full article, please click here.

To read Part 2 – “12 Alternatives to Timeouts When Kids are at Their Worst”, please click here.

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Every Kid in a Park

nav-logoThe US Parks Service is running a special program thru 2016 that allows any 4th grade student (and their families) access to America’s parks, lands and waters — for free!
 
To get your free passes, click here.  This is the “Every Kid in a Park” website, and it contains a more information about this wonderful program, plus there is a form that can be filled out, as well as a list of potential sites of interest. (Educators can also visit this site and print out passes for their entire class!) The site allows you to pint out a free “pass” that is good for a full year. With this pass, fourth graders can bring family and friends on adventures all over the United States!
 
Visiting public lands is healthy and fun. Learn about your heritage, and connect with nature. No matter where you live in the U.S., you’re within two hours of an included site. Take advantage of this opportunity!