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MONDAY, JUNE 12,2006 COMMUNITY THE HAYS DAILY NEWS AS ^'*^^ Parenting tips TENQOESTIBNSTOASK •EFMEY00 FINISH • Will this punishment teach my child better decision-making skills? • Does this punishment change the misbehavior? • Does this punishment reduce the need for more punishment? • Am I getting angry when I punish? • Is this punishment part of a plan? Do I use it impulsively? • Am I getting even? Will this punishment humiliate or embarrass my child? • Am I being consistent? • Will I follow through immediately (except when I am angry)? • Is this punishment reasonable and fair? • Have I tried positive remedies first? http://llfe.famllyeducatlon.com/ behavioral-problems/punish ment/429€8.html PROGRAMS, MEETINGS Guiding Good Choices. A parent workshop geared toward families with children ages 8 to 14. The program works to strengthen family bonds and reduce defiant behaviors in adolescence. It is free of charge and offers lunch and childcare. When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays, June 15 to July 13. Where: Center for Life Experiences, 2900 Hall. Contact: Judy, 625-5521. Pre-STEP. Systematic Training for Effective Parenting. Parents of children ages 0 to 6 learn positive communication and discipline techniques as well as appropriate expectations for behaviors. Free childcare available. $10 workshop fee (scholarships available). When: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, June 22 to July 27. Where: Center for Life Experiences, 2900 Hall. Contact: Terry Kilian with P.A.T.H.S., 623-2440. Father Factor-Mothers Matter. Mothers and fathers meet in k«parate groups and gain knowl- jjldj^fqr promoting healthy rela- •.. tlQnsbips,,with adults and children. Program is free of charge and offers dinner and childcare. When: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Where: Hays High School EA.T.H.S. office. Contact: P.A.T.H.S., 623-2440. ADHD Support Group. CHADD-affiliated-support group for area parents of children with ADD/ADHD or other brain disorders or behavior issues. Free childcare provided. When: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. Where: Center for Life Experiences, 2900 Hall. Contact: RSVP to Jennifer Kraich, 623-9813. Daddy and Me. Fathers spend quality time with their children while participating in fun, structured activities. Dates and locations vary. Contact: P.A.T.H.S., 623-2440, or Headstart, 623-2430. Kids Caught in the Middle. Co-parenting after divorce When: By appointment. Where: Sunflower Family Services, 327 E. Eighth. Contact: 625-4600. Two classes with a charge of $50. Helping Your Child Adjust to Divorce Class. When: 6 to 8 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month. Where: High Plains Mental Health Center. Contact: Eddie Blackwell, 6282871. PACT. Parents and Children Together. Sponsors workshops and programs to provide educational support to parents and professionals. When: Noon to 1 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month. Where: High Plains Mental Health conference room. Contact: Jodi, 625-5521. ECCP. Ellis County Community Partnership. A group of concerned community members that have joined together to make a common effort to build a healthy and safe community reducing the risks of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs while promoting healthy attitudes and behaviors. When: Noon to 1 p.m. the second Wednesday of every other month (June 14). Where:' Hadley Meeting Room No. 3. Contact: Jodi or Heather, 6255521 or (800) 757-2180. For further questions or to add an event to this calendar, please contact Judy Brummer with the Sills County Community Partnership at 625-5521. A golden opportunity to make a difference By JOLENE NIERNBERGER FOSTER GRANDPARENTS Midnight, the new lamb, was a big hit with the children at St. Mary Elementary School in Ellis. Grandpa Ralph brought the lamb to school and talked about his new pet. The children were given the opportunity to learn about raising and caring for this farm animal and they had fun, too. Ralph Honas serves as a Foster Grandparent at the school — reading with the children, sharing stories, giving encouragement and support to those needing a little extra help with the classroom work. Not only do the children benefit; Grandpa Ralph gets great joy and satisfaction from his volunteer service. "Who wants to read with Grandpa Ralph?" Hands shoot into the air. Everyone gets a turn reading with Grandpa. He is appreciated at the school and his time with the students is the highlight of his days. "Be careful, Grandma will break." Despite the warning of one little boy to another as Grandma Virginia Quigley was being helped up from a seated position on the floor, this Grandma can be found going down the slippery slide with the kids at recess. This 80-plus-year-old has a giggle that is infectious and her energy rivals much younger teachers at school. After Grandma Virginia Luthi returned to school from a hospital stay, a student challenged her to a race. While in the hospital, the third-grade class at Northwest School in Dodge City sent her get well cards and upon her return, the class had a field trip to her home — each child giving COURTESY PHOTO The Foster Grandparent program puts adults such as Ella Dechant in a mentoring role with children. her a hug. How better to teach empathy and concern for others? Foster Grandparents serve as role models to children. "How many days to I have to be nice?" was the question put to Grandma Nancy Browne. "I love you Grandma Carol. Would you give my daddy a hug?" Grandma hugged the little boy and told him to pass it on to his daddy. The Foster Grandparents are not the only ones to enjoy memories of the relationships which develop between the child and older adult.One sixth-grade student continues to give his Foster Grandma a hug each time he sees her. They first met when he was in pre-school. Often, Foster Grandparents measure their service with the program by the age or grade of the children they serve. Old Codger Day at Washington Elementary in Ellis was a great clay for Ray Hurt. Grandpa Ray will never forget the day that teachers and students celebrated his service. Smiles, hugs, good wishes and expressions of appre- ciation made it a very special day for Grandpa Ray. It has become one of his favorite memories of the four years that he has been a Foster Grandparent to the children at school. The friendships formed between the Foster Grandparent volunteers and children are lasting; the experiences are memorable. The lessons of caring for one another and learning through the wisdom and experiences of someone who is nonjudgmental are priceless. Struggling children need help with their studies. Many need the attention of a caring adult. Older citizens have time on their hands and skills to share. Put the two together and you have a powerful combination that works wonders for all involved. That's the basic premise of Foster Grandparents. This is an outstanding model for connecting generations. Foster Grandmas are adults 60 years of age and older who agree to spend 15 or more hours each week working with children. They receive a small stipend and other benefits which enable them to provide assistance without cost to themselves. They focus on working one-on-one with kids when the teacher can not. The Foster Grandparent Program, sponsored by Fort Hays State University, provides service to children in a nine-county service area of western Kansas. A recent program evaluation found that the reading skills of students increased and social behaviors improved as a result of contact with a caring adult. Though improving student performance may be a primary goal, the benefits of the program reach beyond the classroom. Participants get as much as they give; spending time with youth keeps the older adult active and engaged and healthier. When young people get to know older adults, it helps build community. Having a personal relationship changes children's ideas about aging and can make them more respectful and caring toward elderly. The Foster Grandparent Program is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service. For information, call (785) 628-5809. Community Partnership connects with families and youth By CHRISTINA DAVIDSON and JUDY BRUMMER ELLIS Co. COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP A significant focus of the Ellis .County Community Partnership is"tedmprove the lives of $the young people that we interact with in our community. The, young people are our future; they will be our neighbors, our coworkers, stand next to us hi the voting booth and may even be our sons- or daughters-in-law. How we interact with them now will determine what types of adults they will become. So ... how can we make a positive difference in the lives of young people? The key is bonding. Bonding is a strong attachment that has been formed between two people. A child who is bonded to an adult will likely be more motivated to follow the standards and expectations held by that adult. Our children are exposed to risks every day in their community, their home, their school, or within their peer relationships that keep them from reaching their potential and cause them to become involved in unhealthy behaviors. Bonding is a protective factor. Think of it as a shield around a child that helps protect him or her from the effects of the risks. Studies show that even children in tough surroundings can grow up and have success if they are bonded to a caring, responsible adult who has healthy beliefs and clear standards for behavior. Connecting youth with caring adults is becoming increasingly popular due to the fact that several national leaders have urged adults to volunteer with mentoring. There are many variations on the activities that volunteers can be involved with youth. The Hays community has a variety of activities that help engage children in healthy behaviors and COURTESY PHOTO Participants of Guiding Good Choices enjoy some family time and a free meal before a workshop session begins. clear standards. The Consortium of Tutoring Programs of Hays is offering summer tutoring for children of all ages. Tutoring is not just "homework help," it is actually a time in which a child and adult can get together and focus on learning-based activities to help encourage and promote the student's performance. Students usually are recommended to the tutoring programs through a parent, guardian or teacher. During the summer break, many parents would like to provide enriching activities for their children involving information they learned the prior year rather than starting from scratch when the next school year begins. This summer, CTPH is offering tutoring for kids in grades K-6 at the Hays Public Library. Also, the FHSU Reading Service Center is offering tutoring at Washington Elementary School for kids in grades K-6. Students in grades five to nine can participate in the on-call tutoring program. With this individualized program, tutors meet the needs of the individual while providing encouragement and serving as role models. For more information about any of the free CTPH summer tutoring programs, contact Christina Davidson at 6255521 or e-mail her at rpcchrist ina@media-net.net. The best intervention and incorporation of healthy beliefs and clear standards for children is the involvement of the parents. Guiding Good Choices is one ; bf-these' Workshops: It is a free, ' five-week program where families are treated to a meal and provided childcare, while experiencing hands-on activities and active group discussions. This program is geared toward parents and caregivers of children ages 8 to 14. Guiding Good Choices offers specifics on how to prevent drug use and how to develop clear guidelines and effectively communicate them. Also included is a session where the youth are invited to discuss ways to stay out of trouble while still keeping their friends and having a good time. Other topics include managing conflict, expressing anger constructively and strengthening family bonds. Guiding Good Choices is an award-winning, research-based program that helps parents develop the skills needed to effectively guide their children toward safe and healthy choices. If you would like to learn more about Guiding Good Choic- • es'or orife bf ; our 1 take'-htritie 1 pa?-'''' ent programs, contact Judy , Brummer at (785) 625-5521 or rpcjudy@media-net.net. We are currently offering the Guiding Good Choices workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays, June 15 through July 13. Lunch and childcare are included. Call now to register. In conclusion, no matter who you are or what you do; whether it is your own child, a student, someone you mentor or a neighbor's child, you have the power to make a difference. Let's show our youth that they are a very important part of our community and that we are willing to work hard to help them be successful and to choose healthy behaviors. For more information about the Ellis County Community Partnership, call at (785) 625-5521. Father's Day rocks This year, surprise your husband with the gi/t that tells him. he really does. 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