Posts Tagged ‘education’

Early Music Lessons Have Longtime Benefits

This article is very interesting. Yet another reason why we should protect and promote the arts in schools.

Early Music Lessons Have Longtime Benefits

via The New York Times, Health/Science, by Perri Klass, M.D.

Illustration/Joyce Hesselberth

When children learn to play a musical instrument, they strengthen a range of auditory skills. Recent studies suggest that these benefits extend all through life, at least for those who continue to be engaged with music.

But a study published last month is the first to show that music lessons in childhood may lead to changes in the brain that persist years after the lessons stop. Read the rest of this entry »

Are Parents Setting Kids Up For Failure By Pushing Too Hard For Success?

It’s only natural that we, as parents, try to give our children all the skills and opportunities to help them reach their goals in life. We all go about this task differently. As you will read in the article below, some of us go a little too far. The end result is the possibility that all we have indeed accomplished is to drive our kids to the point of burn-out and stress. This article is food for thought. If you recognize yourself in this article perhaps you will take the message to heart and redirect your attention.

Are Parents Setting Kids Up For Failure
By Pushing Too Hard for Success?

By Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo Shine/Team Mom

Are parents harming kids by focusing on the wrong definition of success?

No matter your socioeconomic status, as parents you want your kids to have a better life than you do. But instead of launching a generation of happy young adults who feel driven to succeed, parents who are hyper-focused on doing everything “right” have created a country full of kids who are stressed-out, burned-out, and depressed. According to psychologist and author Madeline Levine, “Our current version of success is a failure.”

In her new book, “Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success,” Levine says that parents are preoccupied with “a narrow and shortsighted vision of success,” and that we rely on our kids to “provide status and meaning in our own lives.” It’s a harmful combination, weighing kids down with serious issues — “stress, exhaustion, depression, anxiety, poor coping skills, and unhealthy reliance on others for support and direction, and a weak sense of self,” Levine says — when we should be trying to teach them to be resilient and independent if we really want them to succeed in life. Read the rest of this entry »

She answered, “I’m going to be famous.”

A few years ago my extended family added some new members. At a family event I was introduced to some new friends and their children. As the day progressed we all took the time to start up a conversation and see if we had anything in common with a new acquaintance. I was seated at a table with a young girl, maybe eight or ten years old. She was very animated and enjoying herself. Not the shy type she was easily engaged in a conversation. We went through the pleasantries of what’s your name, what grade are you in and so forth. I was curious if she had any special interests and I asked her if she knew what she wanted to be when she grew up. Without batting an eyelash she looked me right in the eyes and said she was “going to be famous”. Wow, I thought. She must have some talent or skill or intellectual gift that she’s been honing. How else do you become famous?

The conversation continued to be light and interesting so I asked her how she would become famous. In my mind I was thinking that she must sing like an angel, or be a devout student of dance. Perhaps she had artistic skills that I could talk to her about. Maybe she was a brain. How wonderful to chat with a precocious future academic. I was a bit taken back when she admitted that she didn’t actually know how she would become famous. In her mind – it would just happen. It was inevitable. She was so fantastic that the world would seek her out, lift her up for all to see, and she would be the talk of the town. Wow, I thought to myself. Where does this come from? How can a young girl be so delusional about life? Her life. Read the rest of this entry »

Portland Facebook Pages

Facebook is a great resource to find out about organizations and businesses in your area. We’ve put together a list of Portland Pages you just might like.

Note: There are now so many listings on the LilyToad site – I encourage you to check out the individual pages for each category. As I update and add you’ll find more Facebook links posted on these pages.

Non-Profit Organizations:

  • We Are Abel – Their mission is to nurture, support and educate families and children affected by Cerebral Palsy and Birth Trauma.
  • Poison Center of Oregon Alaska and Guam – The Poison Center is a 24-hour health care information and treatment resource serving the state of Oregon, the territories of Alaska and Guam.
  • Portland Toy Drive – Raises donations of toys and books for children in need year-round.
  • Slow Food Portland – Celebrating good, clean, and fair food.
  • Portland Fruit Tree Project – Empowering neighbors to share in the bounty and care of urban fruit trees.
  • Children First for Oregon – Independent child advocacy organization.
  • Full House MOMS & Dads – Support group dedicated to educate and assist families of twins, triplets, and higher order multiples.
  • Cafe au Play – Non-profit cafe/community center with play areas and activities – and a coffeehouse.
  • Isobel’s Clubhouse – Central Portland’s living room; a place for all ages to meet, play and build community.
  • Portland Center Stage – Regional theater company bringing stories to life in unexpected ways.
  • Oregon Ballet Theatre – Offers many programs for the community.
  • The Children’s Book Bank – Collects, repairs, and packages community-donated used books which are made available to Portland families – free of charge.
  • Oregon Humane Society – No family is complete without a pet (unless, of course, there is an allergy issue). OHS is the largest and oldest humane society in the Pacific Northwest. Consider adopting a pet today!
  • Adoption Mosaic – Their mission is connect, honor and serve the adoption community through innovative education, practices and support.
  • Ethos Music Center – Non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of music and music-based education for youth in underserved communities. Lessons, music camps.
  • Raphael House of Portland – A multi-faceted domestic violence agency dedicated to ending intimate partner violence for good. We serve individuals and families of all backgrounds, cultures, ages, and sexual orientations. If you or someone you know is in crisis, we hope you will find the support you need here or by calling a crisis line – (503) 222-6222 in the Portland Metro Area or nation-wide at (800) 799-SAFE.
  • CHAP/Children’s Healing Art Project -Brings the healing power of art to children in crisis and their families through a mobile team of teaching artists working in partnership with hospitals, schools, community organizations and local businesses, creating programs through which children are known for their creativity and ingenuity and not by their disease, diagnosis, or disability.
  • Chelsea Hicks Foundation – Donate NEW costumes and accessories to support CHELSEA’S CLOSET today!! The Chelsea Hicks Foundation was created to inspire hope and healing to seriously and critically ill children and their families.
  • Schoolhouse Supplies – An award-winning nonprofit that gives free school supplies to students and teachers in need. Operates a Free Store for Teachers, the Tools for Schools Backpack Giveaway Program, and Schoolhouse Supplies Online.
Activities: (Please visit the Activities pages for the most up-to-date listing.)

Events: (Please visit the Events pages for the most up-to-date listing.)

Parks: (Please visit the Portland Parks pages for the most up-to-date listing.)
  • Director Park – Located downtown
  • Forest Park – A public municipal park in the Tualatin Mountains west of downtown Portland, Oregon, United States. Stretching for more than 8 miles overlooking the Willamette River, it is one of the country’s largest urban forest reserves.
Local Organizations: (Please visit the Local Organizations pages for the most up-to-date listing.)
Education / Schools: (Please visit the Parenting Resource>Educaton/Schools pages for the most up-to-date listing.)

Well, that’s a pretty good start… If you manage a Facebook page for a Portland organization/business or already Like a Portland page that we’ve missed, please let us know:

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