Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Local Parenting Event: Teaching Children to Think and Act Ethically

Here's an event Explorer parents might want to check out (especially if you need a PEC make-up!)

Just Because It’s Not Wrong Doesn’t Make It Right:
From Toddlers to Teens, Teaching Children to Think and Act Ethically

Sponsored by Parents Place, a timely lecture and discussion with practical advice on how to use everyday life to teach children to act with integrity, civility, responsibility, and compassion. Barbara Coloroso will teach parents, educators, and professionals how to nurture and guide children’s ethical lives from toddlerhood through the teen years using everyday situations at home, at school, in social settings, and in the world at large.

Monday, February 7, 2011, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center
555 Middlefield Road, Atherton

Tickets $20 online/advance; $25 at the door; scholarships available
Simultaneous translation in Spanish
Click here to register

Contact: Stephanie Agnew at 650-931-1841 or StephanieA@jfcs.org.

About Barbara Coloroso
Barbara Coloroso is a bestselling author and an internationally recognized speaker and consultant on bullying, parenting, teaching, school discipline, positive school climate, grieving, nonviolent conflict resolution, and restorative justice.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Join us at Explorer's Open House

Annual Open House
Monday, January 31, 2011, 9AM-2PM.
2700 Booksin Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125.

Explorer Preschool offers classes for children 14 months to 5 years, monthly parent education programs and speakers, experienced and credentialed teachers and is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. This is a great opportunity to tour the facility, see classes in session and fill out an application.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

New Year Resolutions

by Teacher Jackie Kite

Think of it as a fresh start. A new beginning. A time to make changes. But lets be realistic here. You are still the same person and cannot change overnight. Just like cleaning your house...you need to work on changing things a bit at a time so it does not become overwhelming.

So imagine if you aspire to be a better parent in the coming year. What would that look like? Having more patience? Listening more? Being more consistent? We are not looking for perfection here, but maybe wishing to improve.

The problem is...we are only human! We ALL make mistakes. Including the teachers! The key is learning from those mistakes. Sound familiar? And then we have to deal with children who are not perfect either.

Sometimes we focus on the negatives and overlook the positives in our child's behavior. When I hear a parent say their child had a bad day...do they really mean their child had a tantrum or an attitude for 24 hours or do they mean there was a three minute episode in Safeway when the child did not get what they wanted? Hmmm.

So lets decide to be the best parent we can be given the situation we are in. We all want the best for our children so let us be the best parent for our children. Believe me, I am still resolving to be that parent for my own grown children.

Parenting is a never ending, evolving process and I will support any parent in their quest to be the best parent for their child.

Good luck and Happy New Year!