Help your child through embarrassment? Remember how YOU felt!

You’ve been there; now it’s time to help your child through those embarrassing episodes

Wow, those were embarrassing moments. Getting the answer wrong in front of the class. Dropping the ball in a game. Burping – or more – during a personal encounter. Missing a measure – or two – during a concert solo. Finding a tear in your clothes after you already arrived in school.

And those were the – comparatively – easy ones.

Can you remember how you felt? That you wanted to disappear…or maybe that you wanted to lash out at whatever or whomever embarrassed you.

Child Mind Institute takes on the topic with its usual common sense advice:

  • Model good behavior in front of your child (if not everywhere). Don’t obsess about how you could have avoided the embarrassment; stay calm and don’t get flustered; and – if it was someone else who was embarrassed, don’t tease or make fun, in front of or behind their back.
  • Take your child’s feelings seriously. The incident may seem small to you but this is a good time to remember how you felt when you were a child; it’s never small.
  • But don’t overreact either. He or she doesn’t need you to get angry or promise to intervene, but to be there.
  • Praise positive skills. And when your child was resilient, handled the situation calmly and sensibly, tell them so. “That was brave of you to finish your solo without wavering. I’m proud of the way you handled it.”

Read CMI’s entire article on helping your child cope with embarrassment. You’ll find a lot more worth reading on the organization’s website.

Proposed legislation will limit kids’ time in cars alone

Children under age 7 may soon have the same rights as dogs. If proposed legislation passes, their caretakers won’t be able to leave them alone in a car for more than 15 minutes.

According to the Patch newspapers, State Senator Leonidas P. Raptakis (D-Dist. 33, Coventry, West Greenwich, East Greenwich) will re-introduce a bill in the upcoming session to make it illegal to leave a child under age 7 unattended in a car for more than 15 minutes.

The penalties could include up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine.

Ironically, a similar law has already been passed for animals, Raptakis pointed out.

Channel 10 notes that Rhode Island would join 19 states that have laws against leaving young children in cars alone. 10’s story, however, also notes there is loud opposition to the bill, as well.

Ensuring your child doesn’t become a #metoo

The numbers are way down, but you have an essential role to play

The good news is that reported cases of child sexual abuse have dropped 75% over the past 25 years. The decline could be attributed to greater awareness of the problem and/or better education and training. Many of the terrible stories we hear today date back long before.

But that means nothing unless your child is similarly aware, reports Rachel Rabkin Peachman in the November 16 New York Times WELL section. They should know “their body belongs to them,” one professor told Peachman.

Rachel Simmons of Girls Leadership adds that kids should trust their feelings and intuition, and that both should be respected by others. “Self advocacy can only happen when you authorize your own feelings.”

The article suggests many wise steps, as well as how to watch for possible signs of abuse.

RI Festival of Children’s Books & Authors

The Rhode Island Festival of Children’s Books & Authors at Lincoln School will feature 18 beloved authors and illustrators from all over the country.

Authors and illustrators include R.W. and Zoe Alley, Selina Alko, Mira Bartok, Marc Brown, Gaia Cornwall, Charise Mericle Harper, Alan Katz, Kara LaReau, David Macaulay, Ann M. Martin, Barbara McClintock, Sean Qualls, Jon Scieszka, Melissa Sweet, Chris Van Allsburg, Sarah Weeks and Steven Weinberg

Celebrate Cranberry Thanksgiving at Tomaquag this Saturday, Sept 23rd

Cranberry Thanksgiving’s Agenda

Tomaquag Museum invites the public to celebrate Cranberry Thanksgiving on Saturday, September 23,2017 10am-2pm as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s thirteenth annual Museum Day Live!

This Event is free with to those who download a Museum Day Live ticket.  Tickets are available to download at<>.

Check out our fun-filled agenda!

10:00 AM – Native Arts Market and Museum Open

10:20  – Cranberry Ceremony begins led by Loren Spears and Dawn Dove,

Cranberry Story shared by Paulla Dove Jennings

11:00  – Edible and Medicinal Plant Presentation by Silvermoon LaRose

11:30  – Cooking Demonstration with Loren Spears featuring Cranberry Johnny Cakes

12:00  – Basket Making Demonstration with Traditional Artist Dawn Spears

12:15  – Indigenous Family Fashion Show featuring Indigenous Community

Members of all ages in their own traditional regalia

1:00 PM – New Exhibit Presentation with Educator’s Panel

We also have some great events going on all day including an engaging craft table, Native Arts Market, Traditional Foods celebrating the cranberry, and fun and interactive games, stories and social dances with Tomaquag Museum’s Bright Young Educators.

Perfect for families and children of all ages!

You won’t want to miss this year’s Cranberry Celebration!

We invite all Native American Tribal members to sign up to participate in this year’s first  Indigenous Family Fashion Show at Cranberry Thanksgiving on September 23.  We will be showcasing the many different styles, designs, and materials used in regalia making to show the many beautiful variations both contemporary and traditional.  If interested in participating, Please contact museum staff at<>.< >