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e did it! We finally made it through winter, and now the sun is shining, and the shorts are on. Summer holiday is fast approaching so now is the time to start planning how to fill the eight weeks. Will you take a holiday? Book in some summer camps? Or just spend the days at home? In this issue, enjoy our Summer Camp Guide; tips for making enormous bubbles; and creative ways to get messy. For those rainy days or to keep their brains activeâ€” blogging may be an interesting idea. It provides kids with an outlet to explore their passionsâ€”maybe sports, astrology, ecology? The options are endless as are the learning opportunities. Whichever activity you choose to fill the summer months with, just remember to have fun doing it and enjoy the quality time with those you love. Have a great summer!
Inside 4 The Power of Yet
21 Messy Summer Fun
7 Pelvic Floor Health: the low-down
24 Kid Blogging: A summer writing project
11 Bubbleology: The science of outdoor fun
27 Dos and Donâ€™ts of Giving your Kids an Allowance
14 Summer Camp Guide
29 Summer Essentials
14 Residential Camps 15 Lower Mainland 19 Vancouver Island Follow us on
Summer 2018 Volume 27, Number 2
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The Power of YET By Kelly Cleeve
o you know that the greatest predictor of a childâ€™s future success has little to do with their academic ability? Recent research indicates that a childâ€™s beliefs about their ability to learn and think, greatly affects their future. Does your child believe that their talents and intelligence are growing entities? Or do they think that these attributes are blessings that we are simply born with, or without? Inevitably, we all experience challenge at some point in our lives. We have disagreements in our relationships. We struggle with academics. We donâ€™t make the team or get the job that we want. The question is, what do we attribute these failures to? As a teacher, I have had a front row seat to two very distinct mindsets in children. In the face of challenge, one group has an inner voice that whispers, â€œI canâ€™t. This is hard. I am not smart enough/fast enough/
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good enough. I am not enough.â€? These children see challenge as an obstacle and their natural inclination is to back away, for any potential failure could be a direct reflection of their intelligence. When something
By adding one simple word, it opens up a whole realm of possibility.
is difficult or not going well, they attribute this adversity to skills that they lack. You may hear a child say, â€œI canâ€™t do this because I am bad at chemistry,â€? or â€œI am a terrible athlete.â€? Children who see challenge
through a negative lens, are weighed down by a â€œFixed Mindsetâ€?. They do not see the potential for the possible evolution of their skill set. The other group of children views challenge as an opportunity. It is a chance to learn, to explore, to experiment and to grow. Their inner voice champions, â€œThis may be difficult, but that is okay. I may not be good at this YET, but I will keep trying.â€? If these children fail, they tend to recognize external factors and know that, with increased time and effort, they can and will succeed. They understand that, perhaps they need to study more for the next test, or take better notes in class. Maybe they just need more practice riding that bicycle or working on that slapshot. These children possess a â€œGrowth Mindsetâ€?. It is important to talk with our children about the way we think and learn, for we
want them to understand that growth takes time and effort. Our brains are incredible and malleable, capable of change. Intelligence is not fixed, nor are our talents. If children believe that their brains have the ability to grow and that, with practice and perseverance, talents can be nurtured, it could have a tremendous effect on how they view their own potential. If a child believes that they are forever doomed to be bad at drawing or soccer or math, what motivation do they possess to keep working? However, if a child understands that a momentary struggle is an opportunity to learn, chances are, they will be intrinsically motivated to continue their efforts. Even as adults, we sometimes fall prey to a â€œFixed Mindsetâ€?. There have been many times when I have lamented my lack of parallel parking skills or knowledge about technology. As parents, however, we should be careful to recognize the gravity of these statements. My oldest son struggles in math. In an effort to be empathetic, I once shared that I am bad at math too and understood his frustration. Though, on the surface, this statement seems well inten-
tioned and kind, it is laden with underlying messages. In reality, what my son heard me say was that I am almost 40 years old and still bad at math. My empathy actually implied that since I struggled with math for my whole life, he will too. In his 11 year old
I still have a lot of â€œyetsâ€? in my life. I am not a great cook, yet. My house is not clean, yet. I donâ€™t have enough time or money to travel, yet.
mind, he wondered why he should invest so much extra time trying to complete his assignments, if he was destined to fail. What I should have shared with him are positive self-affirmations that I use in times of challenge, or thoughts about effort, practice and attitude.
In my classroom, we often discuss the power of â€œYetâ€?. When struggling with a concept, skill or friendship issue, my students are encouraged to add the word â€œyetâ€? to the end of their sentence. For example, â€œI am not good at this, yet.â€? or â€œI do not understand this, yet.â€? By adding one simple word, it opens up a whole realm of possibility. The word, â€œyetâ€?, reminds students that their skills are still evolving and that they need to keep trying. With practice, with problem solving, with critical and creative thinking, their current struggles can improve. I encourage you to talk to your kids about the power of â€œyetâ€? and see how it shifts their mindset. In fact, try using it yourself. I still have a lot of yets in my life. I am not a great cook, yet. My house is not clean, yet. I donâ€™t have enough time or money to travel, yet. With time, effort and a creative plan, I see improvement in my future. Itâ€™s a positive outlook, donâ€™t you think? Kelly Cleeve is an elementary school teacher, graduate student at the University of British Columbia and busy mother of two beautiful boys.
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Pelvic Floor Health: the low-down By Nic Enright-Morin
etâ€™s get real: sneezing when you pee and painful intercourse are not usually topics that women are in a rush to discuss. But the reality is, pelvic floor dysfunction affects one in three Canadian women, a change commonly brought on by childbearing and menopause. But if you thought looking after your pelvic floor meant doing a few Kegels while you stand in line at the grocery storeâ€” think again. Not only are Kegels not appropriate for everyone, if you do them incorrectly, but you can also harm the muscles and tissues youâ€™re trying to help. Itâ€™s also crucial to get a proper diagnosis of whatâ€™s going on â€˜down thereâ€™ if you are having issues. Otherwise, if you treat it by yourself, you might do more harm than good. So, what can women do to make sure that they are properly taking care of their pelvic floor health?
What is Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?
Pelvic floor physiotherapy is the most noninvasive approach to treating pelvic health issues, including incontinence, and patients can often see results after only a few visits. Just like the name suggests, pelvic floor physiotherapy strengthens the important
But if you thought looking after your pelvic floor meant doing a few Kegels while you stand in line at the grocery storeâ€”think again.
muscles lining the pelvic floor. These are the muscles we use to control the urge to urinate or defecate, and they support the uterus, bladder, and rectum. Both men and women have them, and these muscles also help during childbirth.
What is Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?
Pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD), refers to any disorder found within the pelvic floor. This includes bladder and bowel dysfunction, sexual dysfunction, pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse (descent of the organs) and pelvic ďŹ‚oor muscle dysfunction. A pelvic ďŹ‚oor disorder may begin after surgery, pregnancy, childbirth, trauma, bladder infections, if you play a lot of sports, hormonal changes or aging. So if PFD is pretty common, and can be caused for multiple reasons, what can we do to help treat it?
Why should you see a specialist for your pelvis?
Just as you wouldnâ€™t go see a dentist to fix your eyes, it is just as important to see an expert who specializes in pelvic health if you have PFD issues. Tamara Nerreter, a Vancouver physiotherapist who specializes in pelvic health, says that seeing an expert is very important if you want to achieve successful results. â€œIf a woman is having issues, she needs to see a pelvic floor physio or someone who has done extra training in pelvic floor health, someone who can
do a proper vaginal exam and assessments, because even gynecologists donâ€™t assess the pelvic floor in the same way that we do.â€? What can you expect if you go and see a pelvic floor physiotherapist?
Nerreter says that a good physio will do a full head-to-toe assessment. You should also expect a physio to use equipment like an ultrasound, to show you your pelvic floor. Nerreter said, â€œI ask my patients to do a Kegel, and they can see that on the ultrasound image in front of them, and perhaps they can see that their pelvic floor might not even be responding. An ultrasound is a really good way for women to get to know their bodies and reidentify with their pelvic floor and vaginal area.â€? If you go to see a pelvic floor specialist, you can also expect to have a vaginal examination, although this is only done as long as the patient is comfortable with the idea. Nerreter said that getting help, and talking about PFD, is something women should feel empowered doing. â€œI think one of the biggest issues is just breaking down the myth and getting women to understand that youâ€™re not at a loss if these changes are happening. That you can get back to running, or the things that you want to do and that you donâ€™t have to give these things up just because youâ€™ve had kids.â€? When should you go and see a pelvic floor physiotherapist?
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