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Oregon Parenting Together Newsletter – June Issue

OR Parenting Together LogoThe June issue of the Oregon Parenting Together Newsletter has arrived.  This issue features articles all about Dads: Dads’ impact on child development, playing with Dads, attachment to Dads, and fun with Dads. This is a nice opportunity to get “in the mood” for Father’s Day!

To download the English newsletter, please click here.

To download the Spanish newsletter, please click here.


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.


Ellen Galinsky Speaking Event

Ellen GalinskyOn Monday, May 16, 2016, childhood expect Ellen Galinsky, President and Co-Founder of Families and Work Institute, spoke to a group of about 180 parents at the Corvallis High School theater.  This was a free event, and free on-site child care was also provided.

There is little research-based advice for parents on how to raise children to be well-rounded and achieve their full potential.  The good news is that there are simple, everyday things that all parents can do to build these skills in their children.  Ms. Galinsky, best-selling author of Mind in the Making, shared her extensive knowledge of child development, neuroscience, literacy, and more, and she discussed how to use everyday moments to teach the seven key skills children need to be successful:  focus and self-control, perspective taking, communicating, making connections, critical thinking, self-directed, engaged learning, and taking on challenges.

We are very grateful for our sponsors support, and for the efforts of our staff, families, and countless volunteers to make these events successful.


Change in Leadership at Parenting Success Network

Cyrel Gable.We are sad to report that Cyrel Gable will be retiring at the end of the month.  Cyrel has been the Co-Chair of the Parenting Education Department at Linn-Benton Community College and the Coordinator of the Parenting Success Network for the past nine years, and part of her work included the creation and development of the Parenting Success Network, in partnership with other local service agencies and a grant from the Oregon Parenting Education Collaboration.  Over the past three years, Cyrel has also been responsible for the wonderful speaking events where nationally renowned leaders in Parenting Education have given free lectures to parents and educators here in the valley.  In addition to her time serving on the School Board in Corvallis, Cyrel has done wonderful work for the parents and children of this area, and she will be sorely missed by her friends and colleagues.

IMG_2103Stepping in to fill Cyrel’s big shoes will be Aoife Magee (pronounced ‘ee-fa’).  Aoife has an MS and a Ph.D. in Special Education, and her parenting education experiences include home visiting and group presentations for diverse groups of parents.  At Parenting NOW! she is involved with curriculum development, and supervising staff and volunteers.  Aoife will officially begin on July 1st; however, you will see Cyrel and Aoife together starting on June 16th.  This two week overlap is designed to help Aoife transition in and Cyrel off (to the marvelous adventures she has planned this summer).


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!