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Get Ready for the 61st Annual Wallingford Seafair Kiddies Parade!

Save the date for the Kiddies Parade and stop by the FamilyWorks table!

Wallingford Seafair Kiddies Parade & Street Fair
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Parade at 11 AM (on N 45th St)
Street Fair 10-5 PM (on Wallingford Ave)

Wallingford holds the longest continuous running Kiddies Parade in Seattle (since 1949!).  The 61st Annual Wallingford Seafair Kiddies Parade is a Seafair Sanctioned Community event designed for children young or old.  Families, groups and individuals are invited to participate.  All children are invited to march in the parade!  Family groups do not need to fill in an application, just come to the check-in tent (see map) .  Dressing in costume is encouraged, but not required. Just show up and register.  Drill Teams and vehicles must fill out an application and send it in by June 15th.  Join the Seafair clowns, various bands, pirates, fire trucks, and much more in a fun parade, then stop by the Wallingford Street fair for more fun, food, kids activities and rides.

Download:   Parade Application    Parade Rules    Parade Map

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11 ways to show love for your child

Eleven ways to show love for your child – Corpus Christi, TX | KRISTV.COM

One NBC Affiliate suggests 11 ways to show your love for your child. What do you think of them? Do you agree or disagree? Do you have things you’d add?

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1. Start early. Before your child is born, avoid alcohol and drugs, limit or avoid caffeine and don’t smoke. Get good prenatal care so your child has the best chance at a healthy life.

2. Read to your child. Even babies like to be read to, and children of all ages benefit from a love of reading. When your child is old enough, take turns reading to each other.

3. Use positive words. Encourage your child with phrases such as “You can do it!” and “Great job!” Nurture self-confidence by praising efforts and accomplishments.

4. Provide structure. Set clear rules and stick to them. Limit the kind and amount of television your child watches. Have meals at regular times, and have a schedule for homework and bedtime.

5. Protect your child’s health. Make sure all immunizations are up to date. See the doctor for regular well-child visits. Make sure your child gets enough sleep. Encourage physical activity, and offer healthy foods and snacks.

6. Make your home safe. Keep medicines, cleaning supplies, sharp objects and other hazards locked up and out of reach. Keep small objects away from children 3 years old and younger to prevent choking.

7. Practice car safety. Put infants and children younger than 12 in the back seat of the car. Be sure your child’s safety seat is installed properly. Insist that your older child buckle up just like you do.

8. Monitor your child. Early on, take care to choose good child care providers. Later, know your child’s friends and teachers. Know where your child spends time and what he or she is doing.

9. Be a good role model. Set an example by using words like “I’m sorry,” “please” and “thank you.” Avoid name-calling or hurtful words, even when you’re angry or frustrated. Don’t hold grudges.

10. Spend time with your child. Your time is one of the greatest gifts you can give. Do fun things you both enjoy, like going to the park or playing games. Involve your child in household tasks you can do together, like cooking. Ask your child about his or her life and really listen.

11. Show and tell. Give plenty of hugs and kisses. And say “I love you” often.

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U.S. Kids’ Well-Being Lags

Last week’s article showcases key points that suggest that while some trends are improving, other measures of kids’ well-being are worsening as compared to the 2000 census, e.g. teen births, which are dramatically increasing. Interestingly, one of t he key measurements the article points to as showing a decline in well-being is an increase in the number of children living in single-parent households. This seems more judgemental as a measurement tool than, say, low-birth-weight, which has specific medical conditions associated with it. We at FamilyWorks value single parents and have seen many a wonderful family headed by one parent instead of two. What do you think of the government’s use of the controversial statistic in this way? What do you think about the other statistics the study uses to measure child well-being, and the assumptions behind them?

Full Article (click below):

U.S. Kids’ Well-Being Lags in Key Areas – CBS News.

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Capa de Cuentos

According to the library’s online description, “Los Nietos presents a bilingual series of short Latin American stories, along with live music, ancient history, shadow puppets and traditional costumes. For ages 3-adult.” That brief description does not do justice to the animated songs, tales, poignancy, and audience participation that took place in the meeting room of the High Point Branch of the Seattle Public Library today.

Starring FamilyWorks’ very own Mayra Castanos, cast as a child who is sad because she misses her deceased grandfather, and is looking for his soul, a cast of three acted, danced, sang, and fielded questions and interruptions from the most demanding of audiences: children. A small row of seats lined the back of the room, and the rest of the space was filled with carpet squares for little ones of all ages. As Mayra worked her way through tales with morals like our hearts can see things that our eyes cannot, she was greeted by two wizards and three people wearing capes, each of whom had a story to tell. Layers upon layers of stories included marionettes (the horse was a crowd favorite), shadow puppets (including a multicolored, jointed lizard), and music. There were songs, there was dance, and there were questions asked. The children excitedly help Mayra find each of the people wearing capes, informed her that they spoke English, and told stories of their own great-grandparents.

Unlike so many children’s plays, even those of us who were there to support friends rather than bring our own small children learned from the play. Immersed in a society in which talk of death and dying are almost taboo, we were reminded of the importance of remembering the dead while celebrating life, of remembering that we know the sun is there even on days when we can’t see it, and of keeping the memories of those we love alive. While the children mostly wanted to share their own experiences during the question and answer session following the play, more than a few adults had questions about Day of the Dead, about altars, and about remembrance.

Admittedly, this particular show occurred on one of the hottest days of Seattle’s latest heat waves, in the overly-air-conditioned Seattle Public Library, but even if it’s a gorgeous and not oppressively-warm day, this play is a great way to spend an hour of your afternoon, and to provoke thought and discussion about death, dying, and life. There are plenty more dates at various branches of the library in which to see Capa de Cuentos. Congratulations to Mayra and Los Nietos for bringing such an important topic to life, and for inspiring the children, who all rushed to help move a table on the set and find boxes for the altar!

We highly recommend checking out the Seattle Public Library and its Summer Reading Program (for both kids and adults). For all the photos and even a VIDEO from the event, please check out our Facebook Page!

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How To Behave In A Restaurant (not!) | Jannie Funster

Ever felt like you’re alone when your children decide to act out in public? These photos should help you realize you’re not (more on the blog linked below).

How To Behave In A Restaurant (not!) | Jannie Funster.

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Jane Fonda: Community-Based Doulas: A Good Investment in the Future

This movie and article showcase the potential societal gains from connecting teen and young parents with doulas, who often act as parenting coaches throughout the first year or two of the child’s life. Jane Fonda comments and argues that doulas should be part of the WIC program.

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Homelessness Suburbanizes

End Homelessness – Change.org: Suburban, Rural Homelessness Jumps in 2008.

Statistics show near stability in total homelessness, but an increase in suburban/rural homelessness. Worse yet, the number of homeless families increased by 9%.

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PCC Packing Party

Just before 7 this evening, the library was closed, the building was closed, and only a single door directly to the food bank in the back of the building was open. But six volunteers recruited by PCC found us. There were some regulars who’d been packing every other month for longer than the two staff members, and there were a couple newbies, and even a ten-year-old who was there “to help feed people.” FamilyWorks food bank employee Jesse, known affectionately to some of us as Bubbles after he helped clean up a rather large spill of bubble soap, had already set up a line of metal carts, each with a large plastic bin, a pile of clean plastic bags, twist ties, and food labels. Richard, a long-time veteran who used to pack food in Fremont in the 1980s and has been a regular at FamilyWorks for close to a decade, began moving food from 25-pound bags on a pallet to our bins. And we began packing. One food label in the bag first, two to three scoops of black beans, then a twist tie and into the crate goes a bag. We also discussed everything from the labor movement in San Diego to recently-read library books to P-Patches to community playgrounds. We were a diverse bunch, all there for a couple hours with a common purpose, and it was inspiring to see how much we all accomplished. RIchard shared with me that we were a lean bunch of volunteers; frequently we actually have more than a dozen. On those nights, Richard and another volunteer will continuously fill bins and move the food, while others pack, and others stuff labels. Tonight, we all pitched in and did a little bit of everything. Over and over and over – until we had packed over 1100 pounds of black beans, blueberries and cream granola, brown rice, rolled oats, and cous cous! All in all, it totaled 32 crates worth of staples for our families. By 9:15 PM, the food bank was empty of all but Jesse closing up, and no one would have known just how much scooping had been occurring a few minutes before.

Thank you to the dedicated volunteers who came out even in the busy summer months, and thank you to PCC for donating all that food! For photos of the event, please check our Facebook page (our Flickr account reached its maximum with the parade photos on the weekend). PCC Packing Parties are open to volunteers and occur at 7pm the 3rd Wednesday of every other month.

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FamilyWorks On Parade!

Many members of the FamilyWorks community joined us for our spot in the FamilyWorks Kiddies Parade today! We marched down 45th St. with bubbles, music, cheers of “Fam-lee-works! Fam-lee-works,” streamers, decorated musical instruments, and all kinds of costumes from pirates to giant flowers to fairies to ladybugs. The sun was shining, the kids were smiling, and all in all, it was a wonderful time. Thanks to Mayra for putting it together, and to Curtis for carrying one of our decorated poles, as well as to all the community members who were able to join us. Be sure to check out a small sampling of photos from the event on our Flickr page, and for the full set, become a fan of FamilyWorks on Facebook!P7110169

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Kiddie Parade Saturday!

The SeaFair Kiddie Parade is TOMORROW! Many groups in the parade are looking for participants, including FamilyWorks!  Come wave a pom pom with FamilyWorks (Pom Pom included): meet at 10:30 at Corliss and N. 45th this Saturday the 11th. For more info, please call us at 206-694-6727.

The Pacific Science Center is also looking for Children 5-11 to ride their bus or walk alongside.  I-Max tickets may be available for those participating. For more information, contact the Center directly.

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