The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 22, 1996 · Page 7
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 7

Salina, Kansas
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Tuesday, October 22, 1996
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THE SAUNA JOURNAL PARENTING TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1996 A7 V DAY CARE Noah's Great ADVENTURE Tale of animals boarding two-by-two can lead to dozens of elaborate stories JUDY LYDEN Scripps Howard News Service Noah's Ark is a wonderful story. It's filled with drama and adventure. When it's told with feeling and purpose, children will make it their own. And A that's good: Noah's Ark teaches creativity and obedience, success from hard work and a sense of unconditional parental love. It's easy to fly through the * story in 15 minutes — but don't. Stop, think and elaborate. Go where the story leads you. Linger over details. This is a tale you can tell for weeks and still keep it fresh. Noah lived in the desert. God called Noah. God asked Noah to build a big zoo boat. It may sound like Willy Wonka, but it's really a story of faith; a story that connects faith and reason. Children can relate to it because it's so big and so rewarding. Pull out those old National Geographies and look for pictures of the desert. Ask the children, where are the trees? No trees; no boat. You can't make a boat out of sand, and rocks don't float. Where did Noah get his lumber? By talking about pack animals, distances and time, a calculating adult can elaborate on the years Noah traveled back and forth between the tree line and his home, carrying heavy burdens. Did he stop at a friendly oasis? What did he eat? Who helped? Was it hot? . So Noah builds the boat. It looks like a wannabe floating hotel. He's the town joke. Does he waver? Or do you imagine him always smiling and always busy? Noah's wife picky about snakes Now, God tells Noah, fill the ark with two each of all the animals in the world. This is where the storyteller can introduce a picky Mrs. Noah: "I don't like snakes, mice or lizards, and the hippos are just too big to fit in the cargo hold even if they do like bilge water." A trip around the world to collect the animals can be a wonderful story in itself. Adventure after adventure can be told to de- light and amuse children for hours: Noah catching penguins in the Antarctic, Noah choosing koala in Australia, Noah collecting monkeys, parrots and lions in Africa, and, of course, the infamous and whimsical unicorn's bad end. Now we're on the ark. It has rained, and the ark is floating. Caring for all the animals is very hard. Children delight in deciding where in the zoo-hotel-boat all those animals will stay. Should the monkeys be able to climb, and what about those necks on the giraffes? Who wants lodging next to the boas? What do they all eat? What do you think? The animals are all supposed to make it through safe and sound, so maybe the grain-eaters produce milk, and the meat eaters will eat milk and eggs, so it's a kind of necessary group coop. Does Noah have a beehive? What do Noah and his family eat? The ark settles on dry land. What will Noah and his family find? Children can help tell the stories of Noah's life after the flood, too. Noah's Ark is a big story filled with lots of little stories. It has a moral. It's a story any parent or provider can link to arts and crafts, projects and pure fun. It's a story children can really think about. T PARENTS AS TEACHERS Teach children equity T UPDATED PROGRAM Girl Scouts prepare for 21st century They sell low-fat cookies arnd earn badges for skills with computers By PATRICIA RODRIGUEZ Fort Worth Star-Telegram FORT WORTH, Texas — Brownie Troop 2818, which meets a couple of Saturday mornings a month in an east Fort Worth church basement, has formed an uneven, giggly circle so they can get down to business. First, they recite the Girl Scout Law, then the Girl Scout Promise; then it's time to sing a few songs. It could be any Brownie meeting at any time in the past three decades, but for a few updates: • Instead of traditional Brownie uniforms, most of these girls wear plain T-shirts with shorts or jeans. (One is in a stylish yet official Brownie sweatshirt and leggings outfit, complete with match- T COMMUNICATION ing hair scrunchie.) • Instead of the standard Brownie "smile" song, they sing and rap ditties such as "The Humpty-Dumpty Rap." • Instead of having one of their moms as the leader, this troop is led by a single professional woman, Marian Ross, a former Girl Scout who returned to scouting as' a way of community involvement. This is Girl Scouting for the 1990s: a careful blend of the old and the new, the traditional and the contemporary. Yes, Girl Scouts still sell cookies. They still go camping. They still earn badges. But this decade has seen the introduction of low-fat Girl Scout Cookies. Badges now celebrate modern skills, such as auto maintenance, architecture, computers and video production. Scout troops have been extended to school campuses, apartment pro- Topics of study now include child abuse and suicide prevention, anti-smoking activism and AIDS awareness. jects and homeless shelters, and topics of study now include child abuse and suicide prevention, anti-smoking activism and AIDS awareness. Girl Scouts "have stayed the same in that we have a strong value system, that we are helping girls with a strong code of ethics, developing conduct that is fair and honest and cooperative and helps others," says Mary Rose Main, the Girl Scouts national executive director. The Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. (not of America, leaders point out; that's the Boy Scouts) have come a long way since being organized in Savannah, Ga., in 1912. They've Teens wish parents would talk about sex By DIANA KORTE Los Angeles Times Most parents would like to believe their daughters and sons will wait until they are on their own, far from home, and responsible for their actions, before they become sexually active. In the real world, however, the average age for first intercourse is 17, and more than half of all teens have had sex at least once before leaving high school. One-third of U.S. teens did not use birth control the first time they had sex, and this is even more likely to be true the younger the teen. When abstinence is not the rule, birth control and sex education ought to be. No matter what your position on teen sex, your children will benefit from talking to you. Much to the amazement of many moms and dads, teens care intensely about their parents' opinions, even though they may not always agree with them. In research, teens say they wish they could talk to parents about sex. Surveys show only one-third have actually discussed sex and birth control with their parents. Most of a teen's information comes from friends and television — and most of it is wrong. Actually 20 percent of teen conceptions occur during the first rozen yogurt! * FAT FREE * 16 calories per oz. * Natural Flavor! 214 W. Klrwln • SALINA • 823-8066 NO TRICKS Just Great Savings on Ladies' Clothing 25 Anything Off That's Black! Save on anything in the store that's black. Choose from misses, petites and women's sizes. SALE ENDS SATURDAY * No other discounts apply. Ttaza Style Shop Moil. S.U. l > lo I liuistl.n l > lo VICKI PRICE Child Abuse Prevention Services Parents' choice of words could be limiting for their daughters, sons Watch your language. You are the first and most powerful language teacher of your child. Children in- ^ tegrate and reflect the words and ideas from parents the moment they begin hearing, processing and expressing themselves. What words and ideas are you subtly and not-so-subtly teaching your children by your language choices? Children are lit- v eral. If we consistently use "fireman" or "mailman," will our daughters grow to think it possible for them to have those occupations? Will our sons think they could be flight attendants or meter readers if we only use the words, "stewardess" or "metermaid?" The generic words, "man" or "he," are supposed to include everybody. Right? Try a little experiment with your child. Ask your youngster to draw a caveman. See if the figure resembles a male or a female. Then try a little experiment with yourself. For a few hours, substitute "she" for every "he" you would have used. If you're a male, see if you feel strangely left out of the ideas expressed. If you're a female, see if you feel strangely more included. Watch your thinking Words come from thoughts. If we want to correct our language, we may first have to correct our thoughts. Do we encourage our sons to take dance lessons or shudder at the thought? Do we discourage our daughters from taking higher level math or science classes because we think they won't need it? Watch others' thinking Be aware of the books and magazines your child may see. Do any of the publications have pictures that show a sleeping Mexican under a sombrero? What does that subtly say about that culture? Are Native Americans pictured as warriors and killers? If so, talk about these implications with your child. Making changes in our language and our thinking does not come easy. It will take effort. But, as Einstein is credited to have said, "there are only three ways to teach a child —be an example, be an example, be an example." His emphasis of modeling is not to be taken lightly. We must model these things, not just because they are politically correct but because they're correct. For our children to develop all of their strenghts and talents, for them to be all that they can dream to be, our language must not constrain them. So begin to use "firefighter" instead of "fireman," "handmade" instead of "manmade," and "humankind" instead of "mankind." Who knows? You just may encourage that dancer in your son to someday dance on Broadway. And, that politician daughter of yours? If she grows up never hearing "congressman," she just may someday become a member of Congress. Vicki Price is assistant director and parent educator with Child Abuse Prevention Services in Salt- na. BABY even come a long way since the 1950s, '60s and '70s, the period from which most of today's Scout parents probably hail. Girl Scouts have always reflected the times, says Sandy Kautz, executive director of the Circle T Girl Scout Council, which includes girls in Tarrant, Johnson, Hood and Somervell counties in North Texas. "We are in business to help girls learn to live in today's world, so that means we have to reflect 1996, not 1912 or 1960." Even the uniforms, reviled as dorky by generations of girls, have been updated. For one, wearing them is optional. A daughter, Adrianna Marie, was born Oct. 18 to Todd and Lara Jadlow of Venado Tuerto, Argentina. The father is formerly of Salina. Grandparents are Franco and Nellie Scortichini of Fribourg, Switzerland, and Tom and Mary Lynne Jadlow, 702 Victoria Heights Drive, Salina. Great-grandmothers are Marian Pestinger, 1711 N. Fifth, and Dena Scortichini and Nera Maseni of Italy. T-^ersonalization /i An< ^ /Phonograms For Christmas! "Sau It With Thread' \SaKilia 252-BS. Santa Fe Salina S2S-405S $00-282-4055 Vinyl Replacement WINDOWS DOOE& Over 30 Yrs. 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