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Author: host Created: 4/14/2008 1:21 PM
The Parent Power Blog provides support and resources to parents with suggestions, the telling of (often humorous) experiences and a sharing of resources. We seek to ask thought-provoking questions that challenge us to think about our parenting methods, and about ways that we might improve those methods to be parents that nurture our children, support them, love them, challenge them, and encourage them to be successful in all areas of their lives. Together, we can build a strong community for our children—The Learning Community, energized by Parent Power.

To our family, hikes have so much more to offer than laps around the neighborhood or a stroll on the park trail in town...

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What I needed to remember is that a childhood fear is typically irrational, but it feels very real for the child experiencing it.  What originally was a physical power struggled was transformed, thanks to a time out, into a good conversation that allowed his fears to relax and for him to get a good night's sleep.

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The job market for teens is at an all-time low. But that doesn't mean jobs aren't out there--or that teens don't benefit from having one beyond the financial compensation.  If your teen wants a summer job, they should have started looking already.  If they haven't, then they need to really get moving now.  As with jobs for adults, in this economy you have to be very determined and contact a LOT of employers.

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I've been a long-time fan of chickens.  When I was a kid, we used to visit my Aunt's farm and I thought going out to her coop and taking eggs out from under a soft, warm, cooing hen was just about the coolest thing in the world.  When we were teens we kept hens for eggs for a year or so, and I loved that too.  Foghorn Leghorn?  Yup, I'm a fan!  Omlettes?  Yum!  Henny Penny?  Gotta love her. 

So after years of pining for some happy cluckers and farm fresh brown eggs, I recently decided to get hens.

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While he may not admit it, my son loves watching Curious George on PBS each morning before school.  That darn monkey just tickles his funny bone.  I can frequently be heard saying, "That monkey is more trouble than he's worth."

I got thinking this morning about the show, and I believe it scores high on kid appeal, educational value, and even interest for parents...

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Is your child a budding scientist or historian?  The clues may be in their play, and all it may take is you being available to encourage them by answering questions, challenging them, and showing them where they can learn more.

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Check out this handy talking points guide.

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Recently my local news did a story on Spice, an herbal "blend" that kids are using to get a marijuana-like high.  Little research has been done on Spice, but what has been done indicates that it may not be what the ingredients claim.  Instead, researchers suspect that Spice is purposely laced with a synthetic cannabinoid, or substance that acts like marijuana in the body.

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Sometimes, our kids are afraid to try something new.  It could be that they are afraid of failing, think they aren't interested, or are just plain lazy.  Sometimes I'll notice that they are declining to do something I think they'd really enjoy if they just gave it a chance.  That's where we, as parents, have to give the kids a metaphorical kick in the butt.

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So it gets down to the fact that while we feel we could provide a foster child with a safe, loving home, support, encouragement, positive discipline, etc. we are too overwhelmed by the system to feel we can care for the child, fulfil the requirements of the system, and continue to work and care for our own children (and protect them.)

And so, that is the end of our becoming foster parents, and least for now.  We are terribly disappointed.

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