October 2010, Parent Kids Right Newsletter
Autographed Book Winners
Congratulations to Jan Springer (from Facebook) and Sarah Kiberu (newsletter subscriber) who each won an autographed copy of Dr. Heins' book Two Arizona Blackbirds!
TINY ParenTip of THE MONTH
We tend to think of all habits as bad. “Jessica has the bad habit of leaving half-eaten food in her bedroom until it stinks.” “ Mark has the bad habit of forgetting to bring home his assignments.” I prefer to think about ways we can guide our children to embrace good habits rather than try to cure them of their bad habits. Did Jessica’s Dad tell her the house rule? All uneaten food must be put in the kitchen trash can. Did Mark’s Mom teach him about mental check lists? One, your assignments. Two, notes to be brought home. Before you leave school count One/Two and check that you have them. Maybe us parents are the ones with bad habits.
News from Dr. Heins
My 2002 Newsletter about Halloween got me a bit of flak from Halloween lovers (grownups who liked to dress up in costumes and grandparents who love any excuse to buy candy for the grandkids).
Maybe I was too negative. Here is an abbreviated version. You judge.
I'm the Halloween version of Scrooge. Bah, humbug, who needs it?
Humor me: consider a neighborhood or school party instead of Trick-or Treat. Be creative making costumes. You can charge a small admission fee to raise money for a charity. If I had a magic wand I would turn Halloween into the annual fall Holiday-to Raise-Money-for-the-Needy. But until this happens, have a safe and sane Halloween!
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