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North Central Parenting Group PARENT TIMES March Madness! Spring is nearly here and that means great weather and tons of fun events before the heat sets in. We have some fabulous things coming up and we
North Central Parenting Group PARENT TIMES March Madness! Spring is nearly here and that means great weather and tons of fun events before the heat sets in. We have some fabulous things coming up and we hope you ll join us! Spring Event Our annual spring family event is this Saturday, March 17th. It will be at Christ Church from 10 am noon. Honey Bear s BBQ will be catering lunch and there will be a special surprise for dessert! Bubbles, a bounce house, a face painter and lots of good company will round out this family-friendly party. Tricia Rochford to help set up, clean up, or bring an appetizer. Please RSVP to the Evite, as it helps us to plan a fabulous event. Mar Vol. 37 No. 5 In This Issue Avoiding Acting and Modeling Scams News & Events Enjoy the Music New Arrival Showing Appreciation..8 Don t Carpe Diem Thank You! As always, we could not exist without the generous support of our sponsors. Corks for Kids Have you received your invitation and purchased your tickets? Our Corks for Kids fundraiser is Saturday, April 28th from 5-8 pm at Phoenix Country Club. We hope that you will come support our organization, spend time with friends, enjoy food and drink, check out our auction items, and then head out for dinner or a night out with your husband and/or friends! Wondering why this event is so important for NCPG?? It is NCPG s mission to provide high quality parenting classes and camaraderie with other moms at a reasonable cost to you, the members. This means that we must fundraise in order to hire and retain high quality educational instructors, pay for rent, provide special events throughout the year and continue to offer nursery care by experienced caregivers, as membership dues and nursery fees only cover a percentage of what it takes to run our organization. It is with the help of our generous sponsors and revenue from our fundraisers that we can subsidize our organizational needs while balancing our budget. If you cannot attend, please remember that you can make a monetary donation to our non-profit organization (information with invitation). Please contact Lisa Barnes or Courtney Konderik at if you have any questions about purchasing tickets, donating items or requesting an invitation for a friend/relative. As we move through the madness of March, enjoy the outdoors and all Arizona has to offer. And, if you d be willing to offer us some help, we re looking for some more lovely ladies to join our Board! Go Blue Devils! Go Wildcats! Jen and Melissa A HUGE thank you to: Arcadia Dental Arts/ Dr. John Pappas Arizona Childproofers Christ Church School Treeline Design Group, Inc s m i l e Free Home Whitening Kit & Electric Toothbrush *Valid for new patients only. With purchase of Exam, Xrays & Cleaning C o s m e t i c D e n t i s t ry I n v i s a l i g n Z O O M! T O O T H W H I T E N I N G D e n ta l I m p l a n t s P O R C E L A I N V E N E E R S north 40th street T M J R E L I E F G u m D i s e a s e T H E R A P Y We are Going Green! Please bring your own coffee cup for morning breakfast! Just a Friendly Reminder CLASS STARTS AT 9:30! We re all running around crazy... but please make every effort to be at class on time so you don t miss out on HOT TOPICS and class announcements! Thanks so much for your cooperation! NCPG Board of Directors Co-Presidents Melissa Eustice and Jennifer Burns Vice President Ashley Staples Treasurer Jennifer Jennings Assistant Treasurer August Colosimo Membership Co-Directors Stephanie Davenport and Nicole Wood Education Co-Directors Reagan Hatch and Monica Petlowany Nursery Director Erin Ashby Sitter Director Emily Palumbo Class Reps Director Katie Evarkiou Communications Director Carole Anne Cook Special Events Co-Directors Marci Saucier and Tricia Rochford Fundraising Co-Directors Lisa Barnes and Courtney Konderik NCPG is a non-profit, non-denominational organization providing classes to parents of pre-infant to kindergarten age children. Like us on Facebook: NCPG Newsletter design: Neill Fox, NCPG Parent Times 3 Avoiding Acting and Modeling Scams by Amanda Melby Crisalli, Verve Studio Your child is SO CUTE! He should be in commercials! Most likely all of us have heard that at some point or another. When it s from loved ones and friends we smile and thank them (and agree in our hearts!). But what if someone in the mall tells you that and hands you a business card? Flattering? Yes. Your big break? No (sorry to burst your bubble), it s most likely a scam. The majority of commercials are shot in LA and NY, some in Chicago. Sure, there is an occasional national commercial shot out of Phoenix, but it s not on a regular basis. And Disney or Nickelodeon shows have thousands of kids to choose from in LA; they don t need to be trolling Phoenix malls to find talent (or going to hotels for open calls. ) What does that mean to you, the mom of the cute baby? That there isn t enough work here for an agent to submit your baby for. So how does that scam agent make their money? By charging you: for photos, for classes, for jobs. They prey on your naivety. A legitimate talent agent is licensed by the State of Arizona and only takes commission on work that you book. The cream-ofthe-crop talent agents, the established, honest, legitimate ones, are also franchised with SAG and AFTRA, the professional actors unions. There are five in Arizona. These agencies represent actors and models across the board: for all acting and modeling work including commercials, print, films, television, voice over, industrials, live work, fashion shows and more. These legit agencies typically don t sign kids under 5 years old (why? There isn t enough work!), and will sign kids 5-8 years old that have acting experience. At this age, it doesn t matter how cute your kid is. It s not about cute. It s about following directions, listening well and being outgoing. When it comes down to it, if it sounds too good to be true, just like everything else in life, it is. Amanda Melby Crisalli has been a professional actor for over 20 years and owns Verve Studios (, a boutique music and acting studio in Scottsdale. She coaches actors age 5 and up and has group acting classes for ages 8 and up. She also teaches an Intro to Music class for 4-6 year olds. She is the mother of 6-year olds Sophia and 3-year old Juliana. Easy Irish Stew from Our stew is pretty simple, containing few ingredients and cooking in the crockpot. I leave the baby carrots whole and chop the potatoes rather large, but you can chop them how you like them: 2 pounds chuck roast, cut into 1-inch cubes 1/4 cup flour 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 2 T. vegetable oil 1 small onion, finely chopped 1/2 cup beef broth Bay leaf 2 cups baby carrots 4 medium potatoes, peeled, and cut into 1-inch chunks heat oil until shimmering. Add beef cubes and brown on all sides. Do not crowd meat in pan. Do this in batches if your pan is not large enough to accommodate all the meat at one time. As meat browns, remove it to crockpot. Add onions to the drippings in skillet and sauté until tender. Add onions to the crockpot. Stir in beef broth and bay leaf. Cook on low for four hours. Add carrots and potatoes and stir gently to combine. Cook on low another four hours or until meat and vegetables are tender. Adjust seasonings with salt and pepper to taste. Place beef cubes, flour, and salt and pepper in a large ziptop bag. Seal and shake to coat all cubes with flour. In large skillet, 4 NCPG Parent Times News & Events! Don t Forget!!! Tickets are now on sale!!! You can purchase tickets before class in Nelson Hall, and you can also purchase tickets online at Ticket prices are $35 per person or $60 per couple. Price includes entrance to the event, live music, and hors d oeuvres. There will be a wine pull, cash bar and Silent Auction with packages such as a Sedona getaway, Disneyland tickets, a Las Vegas Golf Getaway, and much more! There will be no class packages this year, however, if you know of a great item or service you can get donated or are interested in helping us secure more amazing items for the auction, please contact Lisa Barnes or Courtney Konderik at for more information. We want everyone to come this year, so please remember to bring your checkbooks to class, or go to to register for the event. Spring Event Lookin for a pot of gold for your lil leprechaun??? Look no further than our family event on Saturday, March 17th at Christ Church. The fun starts at 10 am and there will be a bounce house, activities and lunch provided. Questions or suggestions? Tricia Rochford: Join the Board for ! We are currently looking for members who want to become more involved with NCPG. If you are interested in joining the Board for next year, we would love to speak with you! Please contact Melissa and Jen at End of Year Speaker May 16th Bob Hubbard with Hubbard swim school will present a swim safety and CPR refresher lesson for all parents. It will include visual aid as well as a Q&A at the end. A nice breakfast spread will be provided! April 28, 2012, 5pm to 8pm Phoenix Country Club (Attire is cocktail casual) Advertise in Parent Times Members, their families and teachers take 15% off the ad rate! We offer many different ad sizes and the price goes down the more times you run. Distributed to over 150 families, it is a perfect place to generate exposure for your business...or a family member s business. For info, contact Carole Anne ) NCPG Parent Times 5 Gaga is fun to dance to and we love singing along with The Beatles, but did you know this? by Mary Goodman, Musicology We Have A Riddle: what makes your baby or child bounce, smile, speak her first words, think creatively, pay attention, learn cooperation with peers AND develop motor skills? Ta-da! It s MUSIC! Music is the one activity that lights up all areas of the brain. Children who grow up hearing, singing and moving to music are experiencing a rich sensory environment. That is, the more they are exposed to, the more neural pathways are forged between the cells in their brain. Food For The Brain When a baby is first born her brain is only 25% wired. By age 1 her brain will be 75% wired and by age 3 her brain is 90% wired. That means we have our work cut out for us in the very important first three years! As caregivers we have the awesome task of giving our babies the love, security and sensory-rich environment needed to develop their brain, and give them the best start in life. Music has many key elements that feed the brain in a variety of ways. Music Is Pattern The brain is a pattern seeking organ, and what better way to demonstrate patterns than through the joy of music! Music IS pattern. For example, a simple song like the beloved Twinkle Twinkle Little Star showcases musical form and pattern perfectly. We all know the simple melody and lyrics that begin the song, Twinkle twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are. The middle portion has a contrast in melody and lyrics Up above the world so high, like a diamond in the sky, and then the first line repeats again. This simple musical form, or pattern, may seem trivial to us as adults but our children are absorbing this information to form new connections in their brains. Music Helps With Focus and Attention Music does, in fact, train areas of the brain involved with focus and attention. Ever notice that when your child is fussy just singing and dancing can engage them immediately? Why does a restless child in his carseat calm down instantly when Lady Gaga s Poker Face comes on the radio? Hmmm Better yet, music improves listening skills and concentration. This is especially beneficial as children enter school since this skill helps them filter out distractions and pay attention to the teacher. Overall, music training at early age forms cognitively strong minds which is generally sustained throughout the child s life. Music and Language Dr. Seuss had it exactly right with his sing-songy rhymes and silly verses! Big A, little a, what begins with a? Aunt Annie s alligator, a a a! Language has rhythm and pitch just like music. Exposure to the various musical rhythms and beats at an early age help a child develop the foundation of rhythm needed to read. The sing-songy lyrics in music also reinforce language skills in our children. And strong language skills produce better readers and learners! Move It! Movement with music helps develop motor skills and physical coordination. Children naturally respond to rhythms and beats they hear, whether it is Bob Marley, Mozart or The Wiggles! When your child enjoys music in a group setting they get the benefit of sharing, turn-taking, and cooperation in movement. Add in some colorful instruments and your child will love shaking and tapping along to their own beats and rhythms while developing muscle control and coordination. A Child s Emotional Intelligence Music training sharpens the ability to recognize emotion in sound. Even young children can be moved by a weepy melody, or become jubilant by an upbeat fiddle. Music is how we connect with other human beings to celebrate, mourn and relax. This ability to connect with emotion in music also helps a child understand emotional cues in the social context of human behavior. For example, a child can pick up on another child s emotional cues when they are sad, frightened, angry or friendly. This type of emotional intelligence develops empathy, and stems bullying and aggression. Above all, music is for enjoyment and fun! So turn on your favorite tunes (Bieber anyone?), and have fun dancing and singing with your child. Those feel-good endorphins are released from the brain and they make for happy, playful children! Come check out a Musicology class with your child and discover the joy of moving and grooving to all styles of music! NCPG members get a FREE trial class AND the $25 registration fee is waived upon enrollment. 6 NCPG Parent Times New Arrival! Ryan Andrew Freeman November 29, 2011 Weight: 7 lbs, 1 oz Height: 20 inches Parents: Laura & Scott Siblings: Abigail, Emma, and Eli Leprechaun Handprint What you ll need: Green and black craft foam Orange paint Peach paint Paint brush Paper Scissors Glue Yellow button Sharpie 1. Paint your child s fingers (excluding the thumb) orange and paint their palm peach. Stamp on the paper. Paint just the top of their palm orange for some hair. Allow to dry. 2. Cut a hat out of the green craft foam and a stripe for the hat out of the black foam. 3. Have your kids glue the hat and stripe on their little leprechaun. Glue a yellow button on the hat. 4. Using a sharpie, draw on his adorable little face. St. Patrick s Day Lime Bars 1 Cup Flour ¼ Cup Powdered Sugar ½ Cup Butter, melted (melt butter in microwave and add flour and sugar after) Combine these ingredients and pat into a lightly greased 8x8 glass square pan. Bake at 350 for minutes, until lightly golden. Meanwhile, combine these ingredients with a whisk: 2 Eggs 1 Cup Granulated Sugar ½ tsp Baking Powder ¼ tsp Salt Zest of 1 Large Lime Juice of 1 Large Lime Pour over the baked crust return to the oven and bake 25 minutes. Cool completely and dust with powdered sugar! CURRENTLY ENROLLING AGES 2-5 YEARS OLD Unitarian Universalist Early Education Cooperative Preschool (UUEEC) * Play Based Learning * * Low Teacher/Child Ratio * * Follows NAEYC Standards * * Toilet Trained not required * 4027 E. Lincoln Drive x233 NCPG Parent Times 7 Showing Appreciation to Your Children by Vanessa Brown on I sometimes find myself being too negative with my children. I will hear myself correct them, ask them to stop things, hurry and start things way more often than focusing on positive things. I will tell them Good Job on different tasks like cleaning up their room or finishing the homework. But I realized that I didn t give them genuine thank you s enough. Which made me a bit sad to realize, but now I have quickly gotten in the habit of showing appreciation to my children more often. Showing appreciation to our children and also teaching them to show appreciation to each other can be done in many fun and playful ways. Here are just a couple of fun ideas to try: Over the Top Thank You Note The thank you note could be an over sized Valentine, a funny card from the grocery store or a candy bar saying poster like the one below: Just something that is a bit over the top and makes them stop and realize, Wow Mom really is proud of me and is thankful for me! I made my daughter this after her behavior had really been almost perfect for quite a few weeks in a row. Special Outing Taking your daughter or son on a special one on one outing to sit with them and just tell them how thankful you are for them and specific things they have done. Just a walk around the neighborhood, short trip to get an ice cream cone or a drive through a pretty park. It doesn t have to be expensive or over the top but something that takes them out of their normal element and makes them really pay attention to what you are saying to them. Their Favorite Thing Does your son love a certain type of dinner? Or a certain TV show or movie? Or even a certain book? Prepare or sit down and watch/ do their favorite thing with them. Tell them that you wanted to do this with them to spend time with them but also to tell them thank you for something they have done lately or a certain way they have been acting. Most of all I think my girls have just really lit up and loved when I cover them in kisses and hugs and list all the reasons I am thankful for what they have done that day. Probably the most simple but most special way! It has really been helpful in my home to reinforce positive behavior, have a stronger feeling of love in my home and now I catch my daughters thanking each other more often. What are some simple ways you show your kids that you appreciate them? Don t Carpe Diem Glennon Melton, Huffington Post Every time I m out with my kids -- this seems to happen: An older woman stops us, puts her hand over her heart and says something like, Oh, Enjoy every moment. This time goes by so fast. Everywhere I go, someone is telling me to seize the moment, raise my awareness, be happy, enjoy every second, etc, etc, etc. I know that this message is right and good. But, I have finally allowed myself to admit that it just doesn t work for me. It bugs me. This CARPE DIEM message makes me paranoid and panicky. Especially during this phase of my life - while I m raising young kids. Being told, in a million different ways to CARPE DIEM makes me worry that if I m not in a constant state of intense gratitude and ecstasy, I m doing something wrong. I think parenting young children (and old ones, I ve heard) is a little like climbing Mount Everest. Brave, adventurous souls try it because they ve heard there s magic in the climb. They try because they believe that finishing, or even attempting the climb are impressive accomplishments. They try because during the climb, if they allow themselves to pause and lift their eyes and minds from the pain and drudgery, the views are breathtaking. They try because even though it hurts and it s hard, there are moments that make it worth the hard. These moments are so intense and unique that many people who reach the top start planning, almost immediately, to climb again. Even though any climber will tell you that most of the climb is treacherous, exhausting, killer. That they literally cried most of the way up. And so I think that if there were people stationed, say, every thirty feet along Mount Everest yelling to the climbers... (continued on Back Page) 8 NCPG Parent Times NCPG Parent Times 9 10 NCPG Parent Times WE ATTEND TO THESE AND MUCH MORE: Central Phoenix N. 3rd Ave. northwest Valley - Peoria West Union Hills Drive east Valley - GilBert N Higley Road now open west Valley - avondale W McDowell Road, Bldg. L south Mountain - Phoenix E. Baseline Road Asthma Cough Croup Diarrhea Earache Fever Flu symptoms
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