Corvallis Parent: Veterans Day, CASA Fundraising, Stargazing, Solar System Books, and Almond Parenting

Parents of school-aged children, remember that tomorrow is Veterans Day, so schools will be closed.

The celebration began at the end of the First World War when, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the armistice was signed. This day has survived for 104 years even though peace has not always survived by its side.

Here are some things to do with your child to help him better understand why we stop on November 11.

  • Read a book together. Teaching with children’s books has a long list of possible books to help explain the importance of remembering those who gave their all to secure freedom. You can start this as a tradition when children are small and it will make them more aware when they become adults.
  • Clean a grave of two. Graves aren’t just for Halloween and Memorial Day, they can also be used as a peaceful way to remember people who lost their lives in wars. Especially if you have a family member who died in the war.
  • Write a letter to a veteran. You can send it to one of two different groups and it will end up in the right hands – A million thanks and Operation Gratitude.

CASA Fundraising: Not all children have a happy home. Because it is a truth in our world, we should count ourselves lucky to have the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children here, serving children who need an adult to intervene in the counties of Benton and Lincoln. And you can help them do this important work by spending some money locally.

The CASA Shop Small, Help Big event has started and will run until December 4th. participating companies and purchase a gift card. Then send that card to CASA, 129 NW 4th St., Suite B, Corvallis, OR 97330. You can also drop off the cards at their offices at the same address.

The gift cards will be auctioned virtually on Saturday and Sunday, December 10 and 11.

Autumn Dark gets you down: As the days darken earlier, you may be wondering what to do to keep the kids busy, interesting and away from screens. Stargazing may be the answer.

It’s a great hobby for the whole family, partly because it’s inexpensive and partly because you don’t need a college degree to enjoy it. There are apps you can download the basics like where the Big Dipper is or even how to choose Venus to your phone. And for starters, you’ll find that a pair of binoculars will work well – meaning you won’t have to buy a telescope unless you really want one.

Now find a space without too much light pollution – fields, parks, Marys Peak and a night without too much rain – harder to do, and look up. Throughout the evolution of mankind, people have wondered about those bright lights in the sky. Your children will also ask themselves the question.

It’s easier to make this a family activity with a star map that you can all keep. Head to What’s up tonight Where sky charts for easy-to-use map tools and information.

Getting the Kiddo into the solar system: And if you’re looking for a good astronomy book that’s suitable for kids – or nine good astronomy books for the nine planets in our solar system (sorry about that, Pluto, you little celestial dwarf, you), then book club chat has a list for you.

  1. Hi world! Solar system by Jill McDonald
  2. National Geographic Little Kids First Big Space Book by Catherine D. Hughes & David A. Aguilar
  3. There’s No Better Place Than Space: All About Our Solar System by Tish Rabe & Aristides Ruiz (this book features a certain cat wearing a familiar hat)
  4. Hi world! Landing by Jill McDonald
  5. My First Book of the Planets: All About the Solar System for Kids by Bruce Betts PhD (Did you know that the bubbles in your Diet Coke are made of the same gas as on Venus? – yes, this one has fun facts)
  6. Moon: a picture book at a glance by Britta Teckentrup
  7. Roaring Rockets by Tony Mitton & Ant Parker
  8. 8 small planets by Chris Ferrie & Lizzy Doyle
  9. I Heart Pluto by Chris Ferrie, Helen Maynard-Casely and Lizzy Doyle

Almond Parenting looks back on Tiktok: In 2014, one of the women of reality TV The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, when her teenage daughter told her she felt weak because she had only eaten “like half an almond”, told this girl, “Take some almonds and chew them very well.” This gave rise to the term ‘almond parenting’ – meaning, of course, that you give your child”unhealthy but unfortunately common dietary advice.”

So how can you stay away from this regrettable position?

Don’t shame your child’s food. Sweets are not bad in reasonable numbers. And a person cannot live on vegetables alone – even vegans add nuts and fruits to stay healthy. Make sure kids have a good variety of foods, without forbidding things. What happens when you don’t allow a child to eat something specific is that they want nothing more than that when they reach adolescence.

Part of your child’s understanding of food is helping them prepare meals. By seeing how you cook their favorite healthy foods, you’ll not only show them how you choose the foods they get, but you’ll also teach them how to take care of themselves one day. A benefit of this comes when they leave your house and find they can cook meals at home – which are more economical and generally healthier.

Don’t teach your kids to hate the scale. Scales become weapons for children prone to eating disorders, and in reality, they only measure one aspect of your child’s whole self. Also be sure to measure how cute they look in that new cardigan, or how good they look with their new haircut, and how exceptionally proud you are of their attentiveness to schoolwork.

By Sally K Lehman

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