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Oregon Parenting Together Newsletter – July Issue
The 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.
Parenting in the Park
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.
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.
“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.