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Oregon Parenting Together Newsletter – May Issue

OR Parenting Together LogoThe May issue of the Oregon Parenting Together Newsletter has arrived.  This issue features articles all about Moms: Moms at work, Moms at play, Moms at home, balancing tips for work and life, and some fun arts and crafts projects for Moms and their children to create together.  This is a nice opportunity to get “in the mood” for Mother’s Day!

To download the English newsletter, please click here.

To download the Spanish newsletter, please click here.


Corvallis Spring Roll

Corvallis Spring RollThe Corvallis Spring Roll, a bike and trike ride and cycle fair just for kids, will be held on Sunday, May 22, 2016, from 10-1:00pm at Cloverland Park (corner of 29th and Arthur) in Corvallis.  Registration and the Cycle Fair begin at 10am, and the ride starts at 11am.  The ride is designed for riders age 12 and younger, and there will be a sidewalk loop for young riders, and a longer course for more experienced riders.  There will also be giveaway prizes, a “learn to ride” station, an off-road skills course, a bicycle-powered carousel and water cannon, a bike maintenance station, a bike swap, a bike skills station, a bike spin art booth, and a booth to trick out your bike.

To register and for more info:

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Phone – (541) 829-1593

There is a registration fee for this event; however, registration fees will be waived for members of Samaritan Choice and the Oregon Health Plan.


Parent Focus Groups

ParentStudyRecruitment2016The Linn, Benton and Lincoln County Public Health Department is creating an upcoming focus group opportunity for local parents.  The purpose of this study is to better understand how local parents get health information for their children, including information on vaccinations. Focus groups are open to parents or parents-to-be in Benton, Linn, and Lincoln counties. We are hoping to schedule these group conversations in May and June.

Additionally, we are interested in talking to professionals who interact with parents and their children around health information and child vaccinations. The results of these interviews will be shared back with participants and the community, and will supplement the parent focus group portion of the project. These interviews take approximately 20 minutes and can be conducted in person or via telephone.

To download a Parent Recruitment flyer, please click here.


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.


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!


Introducing the Free Text4baby App!

Text4Baby LogoThe free Text4baby app makes it even easier for you to get more critical health and safety information. As a companion to the text messages, you can get more health and safety tips and access fun, interactive features, including:  how your baby is growing each week, your progress and medical updates, appointment reminders, and fun quizzes.

Download the app by searching for “Text4baby” in the iTunes or Google Play app stores.