**Great outdoor children's event**
Planned by Cape Cod Organic Moms.
Come and join us for "Box City"!
This photo give you an idea of what a small Box City looks like but ours will be much bigger and much different in a special way.;)
Box City is a field of over 50 huge cardboard boxes that are being repurposed before they get recycled into a fun adventures play scape for any one interested in attending to explore.
These boxes will be tapped and cut to form shapes of houses trains and rocket ships many will be left for your own creativity. We encourage children to bring crayons sticker and markers to decorate the boxes many of which will form tunnels and or have doors and window cut into them.
Our friends over at Sandwich Partnership for Families volunteered to partner with us as they are so
awesome how could we resist!
The date is set for May 4th- at 11:30am at Quaker Meeting House Rd Field in Sandwich Behind the Stop & Shop. There is plenty of parking.
All the boxes used have been checked for safety and did not hold anything toxic or hazardous.
Cape Cod Organic Moms encourages families to bring a picnic lunch, a beach chair or blanket. This
event is open to the public you do not have to be a member of Cape Cod Organic Moms to attend.:) This is an activity to help promote community and outdoor play, exploration, imagination and thinking "outside the box".
Cape Cod Organic Moms will be providing our normal bag of tricks, raffle for a basket of organic art supplies, parachute play, bubble machine, table with info and educational posters, eco stickers, eco craft, recycling game, hula hoops, music, 2 huge sets of ring toss ,a small set up of educational information on
recycling, going Green and we will have a mini petting zoo among many other activities. We know you are interested in getting the kids out of the house and in the fresh air making friends and having cool neat new experiences. This free event is open to the public we hope you will come out and join Cape Cod Organic
Moms for this fun filled experience. For more information- firstname.lastname@example.org
When Actions Match Intentions
(7th of 7 posts on child sexual abuse prevention)
By: Tracy Lamperti, LMHC, BCETS
The words that usually come up in the training when we brainstorm the qualities that we want our children to experience…
IN AWE OF THE WORLD
In order to make this happy, our choices need to reflect these qualities. As a parent, you want to do everything in your power to keep your children safe! But the number one comment I hear from parents that I work with after it has been learned that their child has been sexually abused, is, “I didn’t know.”
The questions to ask…the signs to look for…(especially) didn’t know the tricks that offenders use to draw
in children and their parents.
Stewards of Children will equip you with this information. Click here for testimonials from Cape Cod parents and professionals who took this training with Tracy Lamperti.
I urge every parent to take this training or call me directly for assistance. Between my services, other qualified professionals, Children’s Cove, Independence House, and others, every adult; parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle….should be trained, along with EVERY person providing any level of care to a minor.
Our #1 defense and method to keep children safe in our community is to begin to talk about CSA and educate ourselves about CSA.
It is an adult responsibility to protect children from sexual abuse!
By Tracy Lamperti,
By: Maurene Merritt, RN
Mary has just 5 minutes prior given birth to a beautiful baby girl. It is her second baby, and like her first, she wants to give birth without medication. I began care of her when she is already deeply drawn inside herself, 8 centimeters dilated with hefty contractions, coming every 2 minutes apart. I remember how strong they are, like the under toes in the ocean, that as a young girl I'd have to guard against being pulled in, lost in the abyss of what is big and unknown. It doesn't take Mary very long to open up her body and give birth, 40 minutes later with only 3 pushes.
I'm watching her, she is sighing, with her sight glazed, gazing off into space. She has an easy, unblemished hold on her baby that is cradled in the soft part of her that now is shiny wet from the heat of labor. I perform my nursing tasks with an eye on their inner state. It's so heavy, childbirth but I know that there is deep satisfaction rendered from the experience, despite her body now collapsed into a heap of worn flesh.
I let the air settle, and softly, quietly approach her to inquire about her experience. I don't want to disrupt the subtlety that so easily can disappear with just the slightest hint of our more abrupt, unconscious side. There's a pause, and then she begins, "well, you have to get out of the way and let your
body take over". I listen intently. I ask her about how she felt
immediately after the birth. There is a pause. She interjects,
"there are no words to describe it." I say, "can we try?" Another pause, longer this time. "elation". I'm delighted for
her experience and then eager to share more of what I know about the nervous system and childbirth.
Specifically, our nervous system function in patterns, and in order for us to embody a particular pattern, we must have the experience first, and then the pattern can make itself available to our perceptions. In the case of Mary, what is so remarkable is that her elation is independent of any outer circumstances. In fact, I believe that such elation is self born manifested from the rare, powerful inner experience of childbirth. This gives Mary the opportunity to shift her awareness to an infinite supply of the same joy, just waiting to be rediscovered.
Let me give you a more concrete example to help clarify this concept. Soon after a baby is born, a pediatrician will shine a small beam of light into their eyes with a cone shaped instrument. They are looking to see that the nerve pathway responsible for site is clear. A baby does not activate the nerve responsible for seeing until later on in infancy, and if there are any blockages in that pathway, the baby would be blind. This would occur because the experience (seeing) has to occur before the nerve activates that pattern. In the same way, consider that the joy that is our essential nature can only be perceived once we have the experience.
I then asked Mary how she could help herself embody her elation? Her response of "remember the experience" was so perfectly aligned with our teachings, to continuously be drawn back to the details of our inner experiences.
I encouraged Mary to share her experience frequently to loved ones, friends, anyone who will be truly present for her. Too, I suggested writing because, like my teacher says, it will further help clarify and take the measure of the subtleties and intricacies of her experience.
I thanked Mary for being so courageous in her exploration of one of the most profound experiences in a woman's life. She has my blessings to search deeper into its essence.
In love and light,
*reprinted with full permission from http://www.birthblessingsyoga.blogspot.com/
By: Coach Pam Wills
Here are a few ideas to help move and shake you out of that comfortably numb state we all slide into now and then… Try a few!
1) Get up on the opposite side of the bed
2) Brush your teeth with the other hand
3) Wear a different color than you usually do (shirt, earrings, lipstick, socks, even pj’s!)
4) Take a different route to work
5) Try a bite of something you’ve never eaten before
6) Look up a new word in the dictionary and use it in conversation as often as possible during the day
7) Have a salad for dinner if you normally eat meat and potatoes
8) Read instead of watching TV
9) Take a walk or do some other physical activity for 20 to 30 minutes WITHOUT music or TV or reading materials to distract you — give your mind some space to just BE
10) Call a friend — don’t use email or Facebook, call!
Do at least three of these things TODAY and see how you feel… pay attention, you might just come up with your next big idea. =)
The BONUS 3
1) Write a poem
2) Move your furniture around
3) Create a mind map (a free-form diagram) of something that’s on your mind or a project you want to complete
Good luck and have fun!
Yes by the title you may think that I am excited that posies are popping up in my yard giving way to true signs of spring, we have violets, and other cute little flowers too along with my husbands nemesis the dandelion. I truly believe the dandelion is the nemesis to every man who mows his lawn. My 3-year old son though loves to pick them and wants them in vase as soon as possible, who am I to say no. But this post is not about the posies popping up in my yard.
Can anyone tell me why my baby’s pants, sweatshirts, and t-shirts have pockets? I mean besides to look super adorable and for us as parents to look at in the store and say “oh my gosh, so cute, and look at the little pockets.” Not once has my 2nd born used said pockets for pacifiers, wipes, or anything useful to him. My first born is obsessed with singing twinkle twinkle and turning everything in daily life into lyrics to that cute tune, which is now imprinted in my brain on a daily life, along with the Mickey Mouse Club “hot dog” song which will be the death of me, especially when I’m singing it around the house with no child in sight. Perhaps this mouse is MY nemesis?!
Anyways, I digress and back to the pockets, so before twinkle it was all about having a pocketful of posies. And recently with the posies popping up my son may have actually filled one said pocket with posies, the three-year old son, not the baby. But I’m sure you figured that out. Finding all sorts of things in my 3-year olds pockets has been fun, especially after a trip to the beach or playtime in the sandbox, then its mostly sand that I find and it goes everywhere. But we are entering sand season, so I should just get used to it. The pockets of toddlers are at least functionally, not in anyway that makes me happy really though. Do I want to find bugs, sand, rocks and random beach trash in his pockets, not really. Although my Mom tells me I would almost always have worms, bugs and even frogs in my own as a youngster.
I figured the gap would probably make jeans for babies with what looks like pockets but not actually be functioning, but there is room in there for stuff. I guess the baby pockets are for cuteness factor alone, or perhaps I will start using them. Maybe put a baby cell phone in there, or a small baby-size wallet (with chain of course cause my baby is a badass)?!
What fun and crazy things have you found in your children’s pockets these days? Anyone find something in a baby pocket?!
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