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News and Articles for January, 2011

Violence Intervention Program

VIP is a groundbreaking Family Advocacy Center that works with families, schools, and other community organizations in East Los Angeles on public health, community outreach and education programs to break the cycle of violence.

http://www.violenceinterventionprogram.org/

Published: Jan 31, 2011 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Trauma Intervention Programs

This looks like good training to have... a valuable addition to any community.

Trauma Intervention Programs

http://www.tipnational.org/emotionalfirstaid.htm

Published: Jan 30, 2011 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Basics of Assertive Communication

This article has some good, basic info re: assertive communication.

http://ezinearticles.com/?Assertive-Communication---6-Tips-For-Effective-Use&id=10259

Published: Jan 29, 2011 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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5 Step Behavior Plan

This article suggests a structured approach to identifying, exploring and addressing challenging behaviors utilizing a 5 Step Behavior Plan.  I like that they are advocating a concrete, structured way of addressing challenges by formulating, utilizing and modifying a plan... we all could benefit from more deliberate planning!

Check it out ...

Published: Jan 28, 2011 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Parenting Blog

Interesting Parenting Blog:

http://www.parenting.com/blogs/parenting-post

Published: Jan 27, 2011 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Resource: Students with Emotional and Behavioral Problems

"Students with Emotional and Behavioral Problems: Assessment, Management and Intervention Strategies"

This new text provides educators and paraprofessionals with the necessary skills and resources to target both low- and high-incidence emotional and behavioral problems encountered in general and special education environments across the lifespan of students-from early childhood to transition ...

Published: Jan 26, 2011 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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The Moral Life of Babies

The Moral Life of Babies

This article is an interesting read and really validates my assertion that we underestimate the capacities of infants.  Many parents attest that their children aren't aware of or affected by the fighting that goes on in the home.  This article supports that babies from ...

Published: Jan 25, 2011 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Focus Adolescent Services

Focus Adolescent Services

This site contains what they claim to be the most comprehensive resource for teens and their families on the internet.

Check it out at:

http://www.focusas.com/SiteMap.html

Published: Jan 24, 2011 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Because Life Goes On

Check out this resource from The Public Health Agency of Canada:

Because Life Goes On: Helping Children and Youth Live with Separation and Divorce--A Parent's Guide


http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/publicat/mh-sm/divorce/3-eng.php

Published: Jan 23, 2011 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Parenting Difficult Children Website

People often ask me what to do with their "difficult" children.  I respond that the best thing they could do is not to label their children "difficult" but instead to separate their children from the undesirable behaviors--to love their children while looking at the needs behind the behaviors their children ...

Published: Jan 22, 2011 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Batterer Intervention: Program Approaches & Criminal Justice Strategies

Batterer Intervention: Program Approaches & Criminal Justice Strategies by Kerry Healeyn ($35) : Batterer intervention programs are an integral part of any comprehensive approach to domestic violence. However, because intervention programs are relatively new, there is a need for increased communication between programming providers and criminal justice professionals. The latest publication in ...

Published: Jan 21, 2011 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Positive Aspects of Effective Parents

This paper points out the positive attributes of effective parents as well as certain skills that parents must have to effectively shape their children’s behaviors. Effective parenting includes developing and clarifying clear expectations, staying calm in the midst of turmoil when your child gets upset, consistently following through with ...

Published: Jan 21, 2011 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Parenting Statistics

Check out this list of interesting parenting stats:

http://www.percy-ricketts.com/stats.php

it backs up my assertion that co-parenting has become the most common family dynamic... one to be embraced and enhanced rather than ashamed of and discouraged.

Published: Jan 20, 2011 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Crime Mapping

Check out this interesting site that is covering more and more of the USA.

Santa Cruz Map

http://www.crimemapping.com/map.aspx?aid=0f108fc2-e411-4695-b4d8-cbe7d200e935

United States Map

http://www.crimemapping.com

Published: Jan 19, 2011 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Discipline without Stress, Punishment or Rewards

This article covers briefly how teachers can decrease the use of punishment in their classrooms... suggestions can be applied to the home/family context as well.

Check it out!

http://specialed.about.com/od/behavioremotional/a/Marshall-Ed-D.htm

Published: Jan 18, 2011 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Stress Management at Work

Employers should provide a stress-free work environment, recognize when stress is becoming a problem for staff, and take action to reduce stress. Stress in the workplace reduces productivity, increases management pressures, and makes people ill in many ways, evidence of which is still increasing. Workplace stress affects the performance of ...

Published: Jan 18, 2011 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Talking About Race w/ Kids

Racial Differences from Mighty Mommy: This article is based on teaching your kids about race, it starts at home, and it can stay positive as long as the communication is deliberate.

http://mightymommy.quickanddirtytips.com/racial-differences.aspx

Published: Jan 17, 2011 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Father Jailed after Mother Initiated Contact

This link will take you to an article about a situation where the father was jailed for contact that the mother requested.

Do I want to see this guy in jail... of course not.  I'm actually an ally to this guy AND to the mother for the benefit of ...

Published: Jan 16, 2011 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Public Misbehavior

Public Misbehavior from Mighty Mommy: This article is mainly about why children misbehave and how to be able to take control of the situation in a positive way; be proactive and stay positive. It provides a great example about how to be able to allow your child to make decisions ...

Published: Jan 15, 2011 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Co-Parenting with Newborn Question

Co-Parenting w/ our newborn: A forum, regarding a young mother that is questioning if her newborn should be okay with staying over night at the father's home. How to’s and what way’s is her question. Check out how positive the mother is... and the comments are interesting ...

Published: Jan 14, 2011 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Board Games with Kids

Why Should You Play Board Games with Your Kids? from Mighty Mommy: This article explains the key reasons why parents or people in general should play board games with the kids. It helps you grow closer together and it teaches the kids team work, patience and many skills for life ...

Published: Jan 13, 2011 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Watsonville Law Center

Watsonville Family Law: All tabs in this website are of value to many people in the Santa Cruz County area with cases, certain situations, or even if you're just wanting to know more information about the resources available. There is a tab called services that actually leads you to ...

Published: Jan 12, 2011 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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6 Things Never to Say to Your Child/Teen

I like this website.  They seem to be providing a great service.

Check out this article:

http://www.empoweringparents.com/6-things-you-should-never-say-to-your-child.php?utm_source=email01112011NXSTO

There are definitely things we don't need to be saying to our kids / teens as they can become defining moments to kids... both in their ...

Published: Jan 11, 2011 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Interesting Article about Why Chinese Mothers are Superior

Here is an interesting article on Why Chinese Mothers are Superior.  There are over 2000 comments to the article too which are interesting to browse through.

One comment I'd like to make is regarding the example the mother provides as evidence that her method is effective...

It is interesting ...

Published: Jan 10, 2011 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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