January 2021
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New Year Resolution
Happy New Year, Greetings!

Start the year off right with 10 ideas for creating practical family resolutions (like being more active and spending more time together). Plus, tips on how to help your kids set their own resolution: New Years Resolutions with kids for 2021.

Want to teach your child to lose graciously? Hand in Hand Parenting has practical advice that even an adult can incorporate into their next competition.

Concerned about what your kids may have heard or seen about last week's riot at the capital? NPR has a 3-minute listen on How To Talk To Kids About the Riots and a podcast What To Say To Kids When The News Is Scary.
Community Spotlight: H.O.N.E.Y.
H.O.N.E.Y., Honoring Our New Ethnic Youth, is a non-profit formed with the goal of providing support and advocacy for the enhancement and acceptance of multiracial persons and their families. The organizations premise is that in order for the healthy development of interracial families to thrive it is important that racial harmony be attained by our society. Therefore, through education, H.O.N.E.Y. strives to create a well-established multicultural community.

The benefits of participation are far and wide, being able to connect with, learn from and build strong relationships with other kids and families who are multiracial/multiethnic is very important for so many reasons. 

Upcoming and ongoing programing:
  • Culture Club third Saturday of the month (virtual via our Facebook page for now)
  • Summer camp and Leadership mentorship journey coming this summer.
  • We will also be partnering with the NAACP for the upcoming MLK celebration.

Website: honeynonprofit.org
Volunteering During COVID
Get Ideas for Family Friendly Volunteer Projects From Home

Use these project ideas as inspiration to create your own project, or pick one to replicate in your community!

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Top Blogs from 2020
No surprise that the most read LaneKids blog posts from last year had to do with COVID, distance learning and dealing with sibling conflict.
Does Your Family Have A COVID-19 Plan?

We are several months into COVID-19 and, unfortunately, it's looking like we are in it for the long haul. Perhaps, your family has already established a plan...

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Distance Learning Tips

Ready or not, distance learning is right around the corner for many families in our community. This giant change in educational...

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Tips for Parenting In Uncertain Times

Whether you have a 1-month old, 1-year old, or 10-year old, chances are you are currently parenting very differently than you were mere weeks ago before ...

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Can't we just get along?! Steps to minimize conflict

As a parent, you were likely not prepared for your kiddos to be out of school ...

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This early learning program offers families with African American/Black students the resources and support to help children thrive.
This program is free for all Lane County children with African American/Black heritage between ages 0-6, regardless of family’s income.

The program offers:
  • Family visits (at home or in the community)
  • Development screening for child
  • 1-1 support with your child’s needs
  • Connection to other families with African American/Black children
Free, High Quality Preschool

Preschool Promise Programs across Lane County have openings!

Children eligible to participate in Preschool Promise must be:
  • 3 or 4 years old on September 1, 2020
  • Income eligible based on household income

Preschool Promise programs are located in: Cottage Grove, Creswell, Dorena, Eugene, Junction City, and Springfield.

For detailed provider information go to: http://bit.ly/PSPProviderList.

Have a child in Kindergarten? Meet online with parents and other caregivers in the KITS At Home Program and learn how to:
  • Encourage and support learning at home
  • Help children follow directions and cooperate with parents
  • Support developing social-emotional skills they need for school success
Free, Frugal and Fun Child Centered Activities

With kids spending more time at home than ever, you might really be scraping the bottom of the fun activities barrel at this point. For a fun AND FREE (or at least frugal) change of pace, check out this variety of indoor, outdoor, online and...

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Wondering What to Read?
Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg

A life lesson that all parents want their children to learn: It’s OK to make a mistake. In fact, hooray for mistakes! A mistake is an adventure in creativity, a portal of discovery. A spill doesn’t ruin a drawing—not when it becomes the shape of a goofy animal. And an accidental tear in your paper? Don’t be upset about it when you can turn it into the roaring mouth of an alligator.
Parent Advisory Council Update
The Early Learning Alliance's Parent Advisory Council will meet again on January 14th.

Council members will learn more about advocacy through a presentation from Stand For Children. They will also advise LaneKids staff on what parents want to see on our social media, website and monthly newsletter.

Interested in joining this group of dedicated parents? Visit the Early Learning Alliance website for more details.
Woke Read Alouds: Pronouns
Visit educator Akiea Gross' Woke Kindergarten page filled with antiracist resources for parents and educators.

Check out their Read Alouds, Word of the Day and 60 Second Texts breaking down big concepts for little people!
Advice (from kids) for Parenting Challenges
This advice is from the mind of 6 year-olds. They are obviously not parenting education experts, but have lots of first hand experience with the emotions below.

If your kid is sad:
  1. Play with them.
  2. Give them a stuffed animal, like a kangaroo or bear.
  3. Ask them what will make them happy. I know since I'm a kid what they will say. They would say, "I would like some ice cream, please". That will get rid of their troubles.

If your kid is feeling bored:
  1. Make a fort. I would suggest using sheets, chairs and blankets. Make sure you don't use heavy blankets or sheets. If you do, the fort will collapse.
  2. Build an ultra-fort using two mattresses.

If your kid is really frustrated:
  1. Calm them down by not talking about that exact subject.
  2. Do something other than the thing that makes them frustrated, like building LEGO.

If siblings are fighting:
  1. Stand in front of them and say they will not get any TV for three weeks.
  2. Say they are going to their rooms and not eating any dessert for three weeks.
  3. If it's at bedtime, tell them you will turn off the lights and that you are going to stop reading to them. Then the kids will surely behave.

If your kid is feeling active:
  1. Tell them to run around the house 55 times and do 3 different types of jumping jacks.
  2. If they are okay with it, while the kid jumps up and down, whack the kid in the face with a pillow.

January 18

Live streaming program will feature performances and words from local leaders and activist. Plus, a drive by t-shirt and mask pick-up.
This Day in History

January 22

Born on this day in 1938, Willa Brown was the first African American woman to earn her pilot’s license in the U.S. She co-founded the Cornelius Coffey School of Aeronautics, a flight training academy for Black pilots.

January 28

‘Parents 4 Parents’ Cafes are safe spaces where parents and caregivers can talk about the challenges and victories of raising children.

Join to create strategies from your own wisdom and experiences to strengthen your family.
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