Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Tom Limbert, Bay Area parenting author, parent educator, and author of Dad's Playbook: Wisdom for Fathers from the Greatest Coaches of All Time. Find out more about Tom at www.parentcoachtom.com.
Children give us countless reasons every day to discourage their behavior. That makes it all the more important to make a conscious effort to encourage whenever we can. You want them to listen to you. Trust me, they’ll be more apt to listen when they know you’re on their side. Wouldn’t you be? Here are seven ways to encourage your child today:
Believe: It all starts here. You can motivate and energize your child simply by believing in her. It will color all of your interactions and buoy your child’s determination and self-confidence.
Articulate: Don’t be shy—we’re all family here! You want to encourage your child? Tell him clearly you believe in him and formally acknowledge his efforts. Help him get in touch with his intrinsic pride by asking him how he feels when he achieves.
Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Marin writer Elise Holland and her interactive storytelling website Why Is Mud?
Calling all young readers! Enrich your imagination, have fun, and win prizes at Why Is Mud?, the interactive storytelling website from Marin writer Elise Holland. Read online and follow the adventures of Meylyne as she journeys through the enchanted land of Glendoch where she and her friends unravel the mystery of the Thorn Queen. Why Is Mud? is perfect for young readers ages 7 to 12.
Readers will get a new chapter of The Thorn Queen each week, and can then submit answers to questions about what they read. Those who answer correctly will win prizes, and can even have their answers written into the extra chapters for the book!
Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from PlanetBravo, who are now offering their computer and technology summer camps in Marin County at Ross School.
This summer, Marin is the first-ever Bay Area location for PlanetBravo’s exciting Techno-tainment Camp! PlanetBravo’s camps at Ross School introduce talented kids to the latest in cutting-edge technological tools. Campers can create video games, film their own movies, animate in 2D and 3D, and even build robots.
Course offerings this summer from PlanetBravo in Ross include LEGO EV3 Robotics, Minecraft Modding, DSLR Photography and Video, 3D Animation in Maya, GameSalad 101 Mobile Apps, and much more. Some courses are full or nearly full, so sign up now for your spot!
Poop. Doo-doo. Dung. Number 2. No matter what you call it, you’ll be able to learn all about it at The Scoop on Poop, the newest special exhibition on view in the Pachyderm Building at the San Francisco Zoo from January 25 to May 11, 2014.
This fun, family-friendly exhibit features large colorful graphic panels, and three-dimensional models, as well as many interactive components where visitors can listen in on an animal’s digestive system, learn the language of poop in countries around the world, compete in dung beetle races, track wild animals by clues left in scat, see how long it takes an elephant to poop its body weight, improve their #2 IQ in “stool school,” and even meet a dinosaur dung detective!
Animals use poop to build homes, hide from enemies, attract mates, send messages, and cool off—some even eat it! Veterinarians, farmers, naturalists, paleontologists, Maasai tribesmen, and power companies use it, too. Poop is a scientific puzzle, and with a little detective work, you can learn a lot about an animal by what it leaves behind.
Calling all young singers—come sing with the Marin Girls Chorus! Classes begin this month for the 2014 Spring Session, and the enrollment deadline is January 31. Classes culminate with a Spring Concert in May. The Marin Girls Chorus classes are open to all girls entering grades K–12. Weekly classes for grades K–1 and 2–3 take place four days a week: Monday–Thursday in Larkspur, San Anselmo, San Rafael, and Novato. Weekly classes for older girls take place on Thursdays in San Rafael.
Singers will have fun each week while learning vocal technique, harmony, music theory, rhythms, and the art of choral performance. But more than that, singing has many helpful benefits in your child’s learning including language development, increased concentration, improved memory and visual and listening skills. As part of the chorus singers learn cooperation and teamwork, improve their musicianship, develop leadership skills, and gain a sense of self.
Through public performances, artistic collaborations, and pro-bono outreach concerts in the community, the Marin Girls Chorus strengthens the cultural fabric of Marin County, and offers girls a place to belong and become their most vibrant selves.