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Parent Ed 

“Your children will become what you are; so be what you want them to be”   ~ David Bly

The Parent Education Board Member is, among other things, responsible for assisting the General Membership in learning practical and helpful information about their children so that they can become better parents. At Creative Play Center (CPC), speakers give presentations to the Membership and all member families have access to a library and printed articles to help educate themselves.  The CPC library is a moveable bookshelf that is kept on the preschool side of the school.  The books are organized by themes, i.e., parenting, nursing, sleep, nutrition and can be checked out at any time.

Samples of Books Available to Check Out

Bring Out the Best in Your Child and Your Self, Ilene Val-Essen, Ph.D.  
Dr. Val-Essen starts with the premise that every child has an innate drive to do and be good.  When a child acts out it is because something is wrong and the difficult behavior is really just a cry for help.  Dr. Val-Essen offers a three step process for handling that critical moment when your child is "crying for help."

Beyond Time-Out: From Chaos to Calm, Beth A Grosshans, Ph.D.with Janet H. Burton, L.C.S.W.
This book provides a straight forward approach to taming the rough waters at home.  Dr. Grosshans uses a type of “1, 2, 3” method for disciplining and challenges parents to shift the “power” from the child back to the parents.

Get A Healthy Weight For Your Child: A Parent's Guide To Better Eating And Exercise, Brian McCrindle, M.D., MPH, and FRCP(c) and James G. Wengle, Msc
Get Healthy is a wonderful resource for parents who are concerned about their child's weight.  There are worksheets and exercises in the book that can help you determine if your child is indeed overweight. If the answer is “yes” (or even if it's “no”), the book provides basic instructions on nutrition and making healthy food choices for the whole family.

Don't Move The Muffin Tins, Bev Bos
Although this book was copyrighted in 1978, its message and wonderful art projects are still relevant and fun today.  The projects are very basic and usually involve supplies that you have around the house.   Check this book out for a rainy weekend and your kids will love you.

What To Read To Your Children When, Pam Allyn
Using the acronym READ, Ms. Allyn provides the reader with four keys to helping your child become a lifelong reader.  R is for ritual (make a consistent time/place to read), E is for environment (make sure the place to read is right), A is for access (allow your children access to the right books) and Dis for dialogue (talk to your children about what they are reading).  There are also chronological and topical lists at the back of the book that can provide parents with a wonderful resource for the age appropriate book to read to your child when he's having a bad day, needs encouragement, has experienced a loss or just plain wants a book read to him/her.

Nurture Shock, Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman
This fascinating book dispels many commonly held beliefs about children, including the belief that constantly praising a child for being smart is a good thing.  One of the most intriguing chapters is entitled the “Lost Hour”.  In this chapter, the authors explain that elementary through high school age students are getting one less hour of sleep at night than students did thirty years ago.  As a result of this lost hour, normal brain development is affected and may be the reason American children are facing an obesity epidemic, ADHD and depression.