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Respecting Temperaments S

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While Leaving Room for Personality

By Shirley Kawa-Jump and Dr. David Johnson, DNS, RN

heri White’s 4½-year-old daughter, Becca, is on the high end of the sensitivity spectrum and is also the more expressive of her two children in their Frederick, MD home. She takes things very seriously, and has a tendency toward perfectionism. When things go wrong, B ecca becomes so frustrated, she’ll often cry or scream. Her mother says learning to understand Becca’s temperament and then find ways to help her adapt to the roadblocks in life is an ongoing process. “It took me the longest time to get her to ask for help when she needed it instead of screaming or crying and running up to her room. For instance, her clothes. If something needed to be taken off or turned right-side-out, she would try to do it. Even though I’d see her struggling, she would angrily refuse my offers of help, and it would usually end up in a meltdown,” Sheri says. “It took a lot of hugs and patience to teach her that my job was to help her and that

everybody needs help sometimes. Now, she will bring me inside-out clothes and actually say “Could you please help me?” without any stress.” Although Becca still gets frustrated when a drawing isn’t as perfect as she’d like it, Sheri says most days are easier since she learned the best ways to cope with Becca’s temperament. She rejected advice that spanking Becca was the best solution; inste ad, she lo oke d at her daughter and worked wit hin t he parameter’s of Becca’s natural tendencies. “I knew that once she became more verbal the tantrums would cease. Instead I would just hold her tightly until she calmed down. As her vocabulary has grown, the tantrums are extremely rare.” Exper ts say tr ying t o c h a n g e a c h i l d ’s temperament is impossible. Children are born with a specific tendency to act or react to people or situations in their lives. “Temperament” is this natural way of responding and includes aspects of one’s energy level, intensity of

Experts say trying to change a child’s temperament is impossible.

emotions, adaptability to new situations, persistence to meet challenges, sensitivity (to noise, emotions, tastes, textures) ease of being distracted, need for regularity (in regards to eating, sleeping, bowel movements) and disposition (happy versus serious). An infant’s temperament can often be detected at birth by gauging the child’s activity level, sociability, reactions to stimulating situations and behavioral inhibition or exhibition. Personality, which is often confused with temperament, is different. Temperament forms the basis, while personality is the beliefs, attitudes, values, motives, and behavior patterns developed over a lifetime. Personality is influenced by temperament, but only personality can change as life experiences do. For instance, a child who has a tendency toward shyness can learn to be more outgoing if put in a positive, encouraging environment. But a child who is highly adaptable in temperament will remain so as an adult; maintaining a sort of rollwith-the-punches kind of attitude.

Nature and nurture together h e lp to d e te r m i n e a ch i l d’s personality. Since a child is born with temperament, it is important to identify strengths and coach the child to assist them in developing a healthy personality. Respecting temperaments while focusing on the “outcome” of a healthy personality will assist parents in modifying their coaching style. Trina Lambert, an Englewood, CO mother of ten-year-old fraternal twins, says her son and daughter have very different temperaments and personalities. Her son tends to be the more spirited and reactive of the two, which can make emotional reactions stronger. She says she and her husband have learned that their children don’t mirror parental traits. “For an example, both of us are thinkers, while our daughter is a feeler. We have to slow down and listen to her feelings, instead of just resolving things in a logical fashion. On the other hand, our son is an extrovert and his noise level can drive the rest of us introverts batty. We try to give him appropriate

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he road between wedded bliss and financial harmony can be rough. But planning early for your financial future can thwart complications and disagreements later.  Fundamentally, couples must decide whether to combine income, assets and/or debt. Establishing joint accounts for living expenses and savings can simplify finances, although many enjoy spending autonomy by keeping some money separate. Discussing debt can be dicey, but its management will be an essential part of overall planning. Once accounts have been merged or established, budgeting takes priority. Reconciling spending, saving and investing habits early affords newlyweds more time and comfort in defining and achieving goals. Of course, all budgets require a gatekeeper—someone to pay the bills and oversee the checkbook. Often the choice is clear; one partner may be more detail-oriented than the other.

Sometimes both partners are willing to share the burden. But whatever the choice, both spouses should review the budget together on a monthly basis to ensure goals are in check.  Part of the budgeting process will include consideration of tax liability. Many married couples face a higher tax bill when filing jointly. Avoid surprises: compute taxes as single, as well as joint, to determine which method provides lower overall liability. It is always beneficial to consult a tax advisor, especially for those with more involved tax considerations.  Another significant consideration for married couples is differing investment philosophies. Most have different attitudes and concerns about money and will, therefore, assert different risk tolerances. When harmony requires agreement on investment objectives and desired rate of return, compromise is key. Separating some assets— perhaps retirement savings—can reflect each partner’s individual risk

tolerance.  In addition to company-sponsored retirement plans, take the time to balance other employee benefits. Health care is an excellent example. Maintaining separate “single” benefits may be more prudent than one spouse obtaining “family” benefits, but the possibilities are worth investigation. Always compare deductibles and co-payments. Estimating annual out-of-pocket expenses may produce surprising results. And consider the risk of unpleasant surprises—does either plan have a cap on those expenses?  Communication is crucial to newlyweds. Financial planning at this stage begins with sharing fiscal histories, present circumstances and risk tolerances. But most important, couples should create a vision of their life together and discuss how they can use money to develop the shared vision. 

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continued from front cover… outlets for his talkativeness and noise-making.” Cheryl Perry Confer MS, LMHC, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with Parkview Behavioral Employee Assistance in Fort Wayne, IN says this is a good policy for parents to adopt. “[Parents shou ld] af f ir m a ch i l d’s st re ng t hs and encourage them to stretch in areas of weakness; provide boundaries that provide safety yet encourages independence and appropr i ate r i s k t a k i n g . F i n a l l y, giving children responsibilities that are age appropriate is where they develop a sense of competence and therefore a healthy self concept.” Children are perceived as having a “difficult” temperament when they are out of sync with their parent, caretaker, or teacher. For example a child with high energy and intensity who is easily frustrated with change will create stress in a parent or teacher who perhaps at that moment is tired, frustrated, or who has low tolerance for intensity. By recognizing the things that trigger the child’s frustration and providing ways to deal with those annoyances, parents can create a less stressful environment for everyone. If a child is intense and active, plan exercise into the day. If a child is rigid about

Recognizing that a child’s temperament is there to stay and understanding both the child’s and your own natural triggers for frustration can make it easier for everyone to work and live together.

scheduling, try not skip meals or step too far away from the routine. For a child who is very persistent, plan time into the day to finish a big project so that he can end the day with a sense of accomplishment. Dr. Erin Rivera PhD, CNS, APRN, BC, a nursing clinical specialist in Fort Wayne says one of the best coping mechanisms is simply to pause and take an objective look at what’s going on. “Remember to step back from the situation when emotions are high and look at the needs of the child and their expectations. Are their expectations realistic? Am I able to key into the child’s underlying emotions or needs? Is the child t i re d, f at i gue d, or stressed? Maybe what I am asking of the child is unrealistic. Maybe my “timing” needs to be different. Perhaps I need to come at it from a different angle.” D r. R i v e r a a d d s t h a t parents can cope with different temperaments in two ways. She says they can either help their child capitalize on the strengths of his temperament and channel those tendencies into ways that help him maintain his life better, or simply allow the child to be a bit “different and out of sync.” Either way, recognizing that a child’s temperament is there to stay and understanding both the child’s and your own natural triggers for frustration can make it easier for everyone to work and live together.

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Trina says she tries to pay attention to the differences between her and her husband and her two children. For her son, she has set up a kicking bag so he can tae-kwon-do out some of his frustrations and energy. For her daughter, the polar opposite twin, taking a class in tae-kwon-do has increased her confidence in new situations, although she has a more quiet and persistent temperament. “Sometimes our kids need very different responses than we needed as kids—and as adults. I think our children respond so much better when they see that we are trying to work with their natural styles.”

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Jack considers the cost of becoming a Guardian.

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edefining traditional characters is a risky business, but Dreamworks Animation achieves outstanding results with their new fantasy feature, Rise of the Guardians. Unfortunately, the film was unevenly promoted by distributor, Paramount Pictures, and the early reviews by critics were sometimes mixed. Not surprisingly, the film was overlooked and downplayed in many areas after its debut during the holidays. Despite the rough start, Rise of the Guardians is worth every minute, and thankfully, it’s now experiencing a second chance on DVD. So, buckle-up for an amazing adventure featuring Jack Frost, the Easter Bunny, Sandman, the Tooth Fairy,

and Santa as you’ve never seen them before. In fact, the story begins in Santa’s workshop when a dark cloud of evil, Pitch Black, sweeps across planet earth. Santa has been warned of the danger by the Man in the Moon and he calls a meeting of the known Guardians in order to induct a new Guardian into their ranks. Jack Frost is the candidate, but Jack prefers snow fights and frosty pranks to protecting childhood hopes and dreams. It’s only after the destruction of the Tooth Fairy’s castle that Jack learns of his past life and family. To understand what caused him to become immortal, Jack agrees to help the Guardians rid the earth

of Pitch Black, who threatens the world with unending nightmares and fear. As the plot unfolds, we relearn how these iconic characters spread their individual magic, and even though the situation is dire with Pitch threatening their very existence, the bantering among them

is hilariously funny. First-time director, Peter Ramsey, keeps the action moving, the tension rising, and the story on track to its exciting conclusion. Jack selflessly defends a greater cause, which enables him to understand his past, find his center, and fulfill his destiny.

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lthough a gentle voiceover begins Life of Pi by describing a young boy from Pondicherry, India, the story that follows is aimed at a mature audience and transcends our understanding of relationships and human endurance. Pi, who is now an adult in Quebec, tells in flashback of growing up in a botanical zoo and his adolescent exploration of religion. Naturally curious and fascinated by animal behavior, Pi reconciles the traditional stories of Hindu gods and Christian sacrifice with the unpredictable actions of his peers. Pi finds solace in Muslim prayer as he blends all three faiths into a single personal philosophy. Pi’s father decides to resettle the family and sell the zoo animals in Canada, but Pi doubts the reasoning behind his parents’ decision to leave all that is safe and familiar. When the ship carrying the family and the animals is destroyed, Pi is left adrift in a lifeboat with his doubts and an injured zebra, a vicious hyena, an orangutan and a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. Severed from his family, Pi is forced to establish a symbiotic relationship with Richard Parker, but ever resourceful, he uses the survival manual from the lifeboat as a biblical directive to reconstruct a new way of life. Violent storms, starvation, sharks, and isolation threaten his sanity while he waits for rescue, but Pi’s mantra, “Don’t give up hope,” consoles him. In this unusual film about a kinship between a man and a tiger enduring a shared tragedy, director, Ang Lee, urges his audience to look past their suffering to the symbolic peace and beauty that comes with clarity of purpose. Check us out on-line at www.oregonfamily.com


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s every mother knows, the first sound of spring isn’t the song of a robin. It isn’t the whistle of a young man in love, or the blast of a Beach Boys tune blaring from a Mustang with its top down. No, l on g b e f ore it’s w a r m enough for chirping, crooning, or cruising, there’s one unmistakable cry that welcomes spring into the neighborhood.“Hey, Mom, where’s my mitt?” As soon as the announcement for Little League sign-ups is posted, miniature ball players everywhere scramble and search, opening desk drawers, unzipping gym bags, poking around under beds and in the backs of closets for that perfectly broken-in glove. What else is discovered during seek-and-recover is best left unsaid... and unsmelled. “Hey, Mom, where’s my mitt?!” they’ll cry — like Moms have some sort of sandlot radar enabling them to locate sporting equipment in an instant, even if it has been in mothballs since September. “What do you think I did with it... hide it?” I’ll throw back, my opening pitch. Let the games begin... Somehow, miraculously, a mitt is found (or a new one is purchased), and we enter another spring. Another Little League season. My own illustrious history with Little League goes back almost 30 years - from the time my brother Mark was old enough to don pinstripes and play pitcher and shortstop. (No, not at the same time!) Warm nights, sitting on wooden bleachers, listening to Aunt Lori embarrass her son (“C’mon Anthony! Swing! HEY REF! What are you, BLIND?”), stubbing my toes in the soft orange clay and ducking as foul balls hit unsuspecting windshields — these are my childhood springtime memories, the ones I’ll carry with me into my personal autumn. I wasn’t a player, of course. Girls weren’t allowed to play Little League baseball officially until 1974. By that time, I had discovered rock music and boys....er, the benefits of reading the classics and doing volunteer work. At any rate, my dreams of playing first base had long since faded. My reentry into the world of slow pitch and snow cones came when Check us out on-line at www.oregonfamily.com

my daughter Courtney was almost six. As a baseball player, Courtney was a natural ballerina. This is not to say that she pirouetted from base to base, scoring run after run. No, as the action took place in the infield, my daughter could be spotted in the outfield, sashaying into duets with the butterflies. As soon as she learned that fielding skills were not necessary to qualify as a “diva,” Courtney gave up baseball for good. Steven is now in his fifth year of Little League. Having graduated from two years of T-ball and another two of the once-feared pitching machine, he is now faced with a new obstacle as a Minor B player: balls pitched by actual people. After spending his entire life on the sidelines watching his brother play “hit ball” (which is baseball to my younger boys), Sean, 5, can finally play this year. Knowing how much he enjoyed watching the games, I thought he would be thrilled to finally get to take the field. At registration, however, he threw me a curve.. “I never played before. What if I don’t know what to do?” Sean fretted. “It will be the first time for everyone

on your team,” I pointed out. Sean thought hard for a moment. “Hmmm, okay. I’ll tr y it,” he decided. Once Sean decides to do something, he gives it his all — which was quite evident during his first game as a

Pirate. He was involved in every play while his team was on the field. It didn’t matter if he was playing right field; if the play was at third, Sean was at third. My son took that “keep your eye on the ball” advice seriously. Batting was another matter. Sean shouldered his bat and stepped

up to the T — with the bat on the wrong shoulder. Once the coach positioned him, he swung and hit the T. The second swing connected with the ball. As the ball flew past the pitcher, the weight of the bat flew my 40-pound son around the plate and spun him to the ground. Downed (but certainly not out), Sean leapt to his feet, dusted off his new uniform, and ran to first base. And why tag a base when you can slide into it? — which is what Sean proceeded to do, all the way around the infield... base... by... base... Having two children playing ball can make for a hectic season. “We’ll be at the fields all day, watching your brothers,” I told my two-yearold, Max, when we discussed our weekend plans. “When’s my tur n? ” he wanted to know. Hmmm. Max is three years away from eligibility. Two years of T-ball, then two years pitching machine, followed by Minor B’s, Minor A’s, Majors, and Senior ball. I fear my commitment to Little League will be going into a lot of extra innings. I’d better start coming up with new places to hide those mitts.

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Youth Farm Stand. Buy fresh produce from local teens who work this three-acre organic farm. Proceeds benefit Food for Lane County. Lane County Youth Farm, Sats 10am-2pm, Ph 3432822, FREE!

OUTLYING AREAS Barn & Field Festival 2013. A BFF event! Browse antiques, primitives, decor, arts and crafts. Enjoy live music, taste wine and beer, and sample a variety of local food vendors. Held in the White Barn (39648 Howard Rd, Marcola, OR 97454) Overnight camping avail. May 4th (4-8pm) & 5th (9-5p), $10/ free parking. Oregon Dunes Triathlon & Duathlon. Are you ready to Du or Tri your endurance Oregon Coastal style? Swim Woahink Lake, cycle through agricultural county, run through Jessie Honeyman Park paths & finish on the dunes at Cleawox Lake. 6am-noon, Jessie M. Honeyman State Park, May 11th, $Ph 541-388-1860

Raise a Glass to MECCA! A festive annual event of art, wine and celebration! Tasty appetizers, beer by Ninkasi, wine curated by Ryan Stotz of Marche’, music by Mood Area 52 and art from some of the area’s finest artists. Broadway Commerce Building, 5pn-7:30pm, Ph 302-1810, FREE!

5 Sunday The Secret Garden. 2:30pm, see the 1st Ballet Fantastique: Pride & Prejudice. 2:30, see the 4th Picc-A-Dilly Flea Market. The area’s largest flea market with 300 tables of vintage, collectibles, wares and services. Live music while you shop. Since 1970. Lane Events Center, $1.50, 8am-4pm, Ph 683-5589.

7 Tuesday Sesame Street Live - Can’t Stop Singing. When Elmo gets his furry fingers on Abby Cadabby’s magic wand, there’s something in the air - and Sesame Street becomes a nonstop, all-singing, all-dancing musical montage! Matthew Knight Arena, 7pm, $18-60

Enjoy Scottish food, entertainment, vendors, Scottish heritage museum, children’s area, wagon rides, and much more at the Eugene Scottish festival! Saturday May 18th at North Eugene High School.

TAC International Film & Video Festival. The Archeology Channel Festival returns with 5 days of films on archaeology, ancient cultures, and indigenous peoples. This worldwide juried competition features 17 films from 22 countries. John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts, times vary, $12-20, Ph 434-7000 Wildflower Walk. Enjoy peak wildflower displays along the arboretum trails led by Gail Baker. Camas and Iris should be in full flower. Gentle trails will pass through forests, wetlands and meadows. Mt. Pisgah, 10am-noon, $5, Ph 747-3817

8 Wednesday Sesame Street Live - Can’t Stop Singing. 10:30am & 7pm, see the 7th TAC International Film & Video Festival. See the 7th Archaeology Panel - Who Were the First Americans? Join five of North America’s top scientists for a panel discussion on the search for America’s first human inhabitants. Museum of Natural and Cultural History, 3-4:30pm, Ph 346-3024, FREE! Schnitzer Cinema: Black Maria Film and Video Festival. Animated, documentary, and experimental films by established and emerging artists will be featured in this year’s program. Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, 7pm, Free-$5, Ph 346-3027

9 Thursday OTC Running Series. On the second Thursday of each month, Oregon Track Club will host a running/walking event. These events are informal, free to OTC members. Courses will be marked, timed, results will be presented. Alton Baker Park, 6pm, $0-5, Ph 484-9883 TAC International Film & Video Festival. See the 7th Emerald City Jazz Kings: You Made Me Love You - The Life & Music of Judy Garland. Every generation deserves to get to know the great Judy Garland. From an early age, she had a vocal maturity and charisma that the camera couldn’t help but love. John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts, 7:30-9:30pm, $18-30, Ph 434-7000 Science Pub. Dr. Shawn Lockery explains how neuroscientists analyze the function of simple brains to better understand our own in “Minds, Brains and Worms: the Biological Basis of Thought.” Cozmic Pizza, 7pm, $5 sugg cover, Ph (541) 338-9333

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TAC International Film & Video Festival. See the 7th

MUSE Clues Launch Weekend. See the 11th

Museum After Hours: Betty and the Boy. Join us for an evening of music, art and great food. Betty and the Boy quintet’s string-laden melodies place them in the territories of folk, bluegrass or minimalist rock they’re really undefinable. Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, 6-9pm, $0-5, Ph 346-3027.

Emerald City Jazz Kings: You Made Me Love You - The Life & Music of Judy Garland. 2:30pm, see the 9th

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Mother’s Day Victorian Tea. Enjoy this full luncheon tea serving scones, finger sandwiches and petite desserts. Tour the Inn & gardens. Outside seating avail weather permitting. Secret Garden Inn, 1pm, $12-34, Ph 484-6755

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Champions for Children 6K run/walk on the bike paths along the Willamette River and a FREE kids 400m dash. All proceeds go to CASA, a powerful voice for abused children. Skinner Butte Park & River Play Playground, 8:30am, $25-30, Ph 541-868-3088

WREN Wetland Wander. Wetland Wanders are casual walks through various West Eugene Wetlands sites. 9-10:30am, Ph 541-338-7047, FREE!

Adult Immunization Day. Science Factory has partnered with Lane County Public Health to offer uninsured adults the opportunity to receive the recommended Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) Booster vaccine FREE! 1-2pm, Ph 682-7888 Emerald Valley Opry, featuring: Cameron Reiten, Graber Souter & Rupp, Dallas and PJ McCord, Cascade 8th grade choir, Larry & Beth Cummings and friends. Benefit to help Bethel Schools music programs. Powers Auditorium Willamette High School, doors open 5pm, concert 6:009:30pm, $3-$7, under 7 free, Ph 688-0937 Family Music Time. Eugene Library, 10:15am, Ph 682-8316, FREE! Make It For Mom. Dandelions Flowers and Gifts invites all KIDS to come to “Dandelions” where they can make a bouquet for Mother’s Day. Flowers/vases be provided. Donations will go 100% to the Relief Nursery. Dandelions Flowers & Gifts, 10:30am-12pm, Ph 485-1261, FREE! MUSE Clues Launch Weekend. Put on your detective hat and join us over Mother’s Day weekend for the launch of MUSE Clues - an adventure that’s sure to delight both kids and kids at heart! Museum of Natural and Cultural History, 11am-5pm, Ph 346-3024, FREE! OSLP Pedal for the People Metric Century. 100K and 60K scenic bike ride beginning and ending at Armitage Park in Eugene, OR, with a 2K Parade for People in the park. Parking will be free and you can enjoy music, food and fun at the finish! Armitage Park Campground, 7am, $50-60 The Rad Run. A 5K Obstacle Course with more obstacles than any other Oregon 5k, more live bands, charities ($10 of every entry goes to 7 local charities), rad Kids area, and rad promotions. Sollevato Vineyard, 8am-4pm, $5065, Ph 503-884-9680

18 Saturday Be the Change. Presented by Sormundi: Lesbian Chorus of Eugene, younger and older generations and the healing power of music come together to support LGBTQ youth groups. Hult Center, 7:30pm, $22, Ph 682-5000 Eugene Scottish festival. Scottish food, entertainment, vendors, Scottish heritage museum, children’s area, wagon rides, and much more! North Eugene High School, 10m-5pm, $3 plus canned food, Ph 541-225-7374 Give Me Sight. Concrete Loveseat and Strange Desserts join forces in a benefit concert for the World Vision missions of longtime friend, philanthropist, and world health activist Dr. John Haines. John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts, 7:30-9:30pm, $18-50, Ph 434-7000 Magical Moombah! Hardy-Har-Har! The Magical Moombah 2012-13 season wraps up with a cool shot into the cosmos! Monty and Merry Moon invite all the planets in the cosmos to an Orbital family reunion. John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts, 10:30am & 1pm, $5, Ph 434-7000 Spring Afternoon Tea. An elegant three course afternoon tea with varied tea flavors to compliment each course. Advance reservations required. Suggested 8 yrs and up. Shelton McMurphey Johnson House, $25/pp, Ph 484-0808

19 Sunday Picc-A-Dilly Flea Market. The area’s largest flea market with 300 tables of vintage, collectibles, wares and services. Live music while you shop. Since 1970. Lane Events Center, $1.50, 8am-4pm, Ph 683-5589. Spring Afternoon Tea. See the 18th Bark in the Park - 5k run/2k walk to benefit Greenhill Humane Society. Nearly 1,000 dogs and their people leash up for a 5k run and 2k walk in the park. There’s the run, the walk, canine activities, vendor booths and more! Alton Baker Park, 7am, Ph 541-689-3112

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The Emerald City Jazz Kings present You Made Me Love You - The Life & Music of Judy Garland. Thursday, May 9th at The Shedd. Hendricks Park Spring Tour. Take a walk through Hendricks Park’s Native Plant Garden with Emily Aune, native plant enthusiast and gardener at Hendricks Park, 1-3pm, $3, Ph 607-4066 Wildflower and Music Festival. A day of wildflowers, music, food, crafts, and microscopes! Fun for the whole family (except the dog). Mt. Pisgah, 10am-5pm, $3, Ph 747-3817

20 Monday Chamber Music Amici: Concert 5 All Baroque! features Leclair Duo, Bach Sonata, Purcell Fantasia, Vivaldi Sonata, Vivaldi Motet, and guests Julia Brown, harpsichord and Laura Decher-Wayte, soprano. Wildish Theater, $95-120, Ph 868-0689

21 Tuesday Arts Umbrella 79th Arts Umbrella 79th Season Spring Orchestra Concert Series. A series of exciting concerts featuring local youth, South Eugene High School, 7:30pm, tix: 541-484-0473

Sandwiches, Maple-Bacon Bars from Voodoo Donughnuts, Carnitas, Bourbon-Maple-Bacon Milkshakes, Angles on Horseback, Bacon Chocolate, Rogues Maple Bacon Ale, and Pork recipes. Enjoy live bands, an lecture by Oregon Pork Producers, Pin the Tail on the Pig, Bung Hole, and More! Rogue Public House, noon-6pm, Ph 503-241-3800

28 Tuesday Springtime Story Ballet: Sleeping Beauty. What could be better this time of year than dancing fairies, a beautiful princess, a spell placed by an evil sorceress, and the power of good to overcome all?    Wildish Theater, $5-8, Ph 541-517-2154

29 Wednesday Blue Star Museum Days. The museum offers free admission to active duty military personnel and their families every Wednesday from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Museum of Natural History, 11am-5pm, Ph 346-5093

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Arts Umbrella 79th Season Spring Orchestra Concert Series. See the 20th

Scientifically Thinking. The Science Factory brings high-profile conversation to Eugene. Evening includes a delicious seasonal dinner, silent and live auctions, book signing, and music provided by The Old Lost Neuron Ramblers. Local wines are included with the purchase of a seat, and cash bars are also available Reservations are $75-85, Ph 682-7895

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Primus 3D. Primus is an American rock band. The group collaborated with 3D Live from Burbank, CA to create 3D content for their tour. 3D glasses will be distributed to people attending. Cuthbert Amphitheater, 8pm, Ph 484-5307 Eugene Kennel Club Agility Trials. Livestock arena, Lane Events Center, 8am, Ph 541.682.4292

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Prefontaine Classic. Arguably the best international track meet in the United States. The Pre Classic has a rich history at Hayward Field and promises to continue in the tradition of fast times, massive throws and jumps. www. goducks.com Be sure to check out our listings for Camps, Classes, and Workshops at www.oregonfamily.com

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CLOVER is a ver y loving, petite, shorthaired w hite fema le kitty with brown tabby patches on her head, back, and tail. She’s about 5 to 7 years old. She was found as a stray in South Eugene, and went to live in a loving foster home where she learned to trust people again. It will take Clover awhile to adjust to a new situation, but once she knows you, she is very sweet and affectionate, and enjoys being a lap kitty. She likes being petted and kissed on her head, but she is uncomfortable with stroking close to her tail. She likes children who are gentle with her, and is learning to get along with other cats - but she is afraid of dogs. Clover is a wonderful kitty who will reward a patient new owner with loyalty and companionship. Clover is now in the cat room at the NEW Petsmart at 28th and Willamette in South Eugene. She has been tested for feline leukemia and FIV, spayed, microchipped, vaccinated, defleaed and dewormed—plus you get a free vet visit. For more information, please call Beth at (541) 255-9296. West Coast Dog and Cat Rescue is a 501(c)3. Want to help with our animals’ medical costs? Go to www.westcoastdogandcat.org and click on ‘Donate,’ (and put ‘medical’ in the comment section), or send a check to: WCDC, P.O. Box 72401, Springfield, OR 97475. Check us out on-line at www.oregonfamily.com


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Dear EarthTalk: My kids just want to play videos games and watch TV all day. Do you have any tips for getting them outside to appreciate nature more? — Sue Levinson, Bowie, MD

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American kids aged nine to 13 plays outside on their own. According to Richard Louv, a founding board member of C&NN and author of the book, Last Child in the Woods, kids who stay inside too much can suffer from “nature deficit disorder” Credit: iStockPhoto

Researchers have found that children who play outside more are in better shape, more creative, less aggressive and show better concentration than their couch potato counterparts.

years ago. The Kaiser Family Foundation reports that kids aged eight to 18 spend on average more than seven and a half hours a day—or some 53+ hours per week—engaging with so-called entertainment media. Meanwhile, the Children & Nature Network (C&NN), a non-profit founded by writers and educators concerned about “nature deficit disorder,” finds that, in a typical week, only six percent of

which can contribute to a range of behavioral problems including attention disorders, depression and declining creativity as well as physical problems like obesity. Louv blames parental paranoia about potential dangers lurking outdoors and restricted access to natural areas—combined with the lure of video games, websites and TV. Of course, one of the keys to getting kids to appreciate nature is for parents

to lead by example by getting off the couch and into the outdoors themselves. Since kids love being with their parents, why not take the fun outside? For those kids who need a little extra prodding beyond following a parent’s good example, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), a leading national non-profit dedicated to preserving and appreciating wildlife, offers lots of suggestions and other resources through its Be Out There campaign. One tip is to pack an “explorer’s kit”—complete with a magnifying glass, binoculars, containers for collecting, field guides, a notebook, bug repellent and band-aids—into a backpack and leave it by the door to facilitate spontaneous outdoor adventures. Another idea is to set aside one hour each day as “green hour,” during which kids go outside exploring, discovering and learning about the natural world. NWF’s online Activity Finder helps parents discover fun outdoor activities segmented by age. Examples include

going on a Conifer Quest and making a board displaying the different types of evergreen trees in the neighborhood, turning an old soda bottle into a terrarium and building a wildlife brush shelter. Another great source of inspiration is C&NN which, during the month of April, is encouraging people of all ages to spend more time outdoors at various family-friendly events as part of its nationwide Let’s Get Outside initiative. Visitors to the C&NN website can scroll through dozens of events within driving distance of most Americans—and anyone can register an appropriate event there as well. Researchers have found that children who play outside more are in better shape, more creative, less aggressive and show better concentration than their couch potato counterparts—and that the most direct route to environmental awareness for adults is participating in wild nature activities as kids. So do yourself and your kid(s) a favor, and take a hike! CONTACTS: Richard Louv, www.richardlouv.com; NWF Be Out There, www.nwf.org/Be-Out-There.aspx; C&NN, www.childrenandnature.org. EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E - The Environmental Magazine (www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: earthtalk@emagazine.com. Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.

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Nagging

Our Least Glamorous Job

t’s noon on a Monday and a teenage girl lies asleep in bed. The bed is surrounded by mounds of dirty clothes that have risen up around it until they are almost level with the mattress. A languid movement pushes a halfempty bottle of pink lemonade off the bed and onto the laundry. Glugging quietly, the bottle empties. But the old homework papers way down near the floorboards are in no danger. The layers of laundry can absorb 8 or 9 ounces of lemonade no problem. Her retainer, an uncomfortable wire device designed to preserve the orthodontist’s costly handiwork, lies unused among crumpled tissues on her night-table. Overnight, her incisors moved a millionth of an inch toward sticking straight forward. Her cell phone vibrates quietly from under a bra, a sweater and a sticky dish containing a spoon and an earring. A text message from the cafeteria: “Where R U?” The land line’s answering machine has recorded a more official inquiry: “This is the attendance office calling. Marie Epstein is not in school again today. Our child-study team suspects that Marie is insufficiently nagged. I

must speak with a parent or guardian. Please call 996-2131 at your earliest possible convenience.” The un-nagged girl opens her eyes about half-way. She does not move her head but accepts the view asis – of the ceiling and part of a wall that is decorated with weird pictures cut out of magazines. The degree of illumination on these surfaces tells her all she wants to know about the time of day; the get-out-of-bed nagging that had been scheduled for 6:45 a.m. had not taken place. The eyes close... This is my little nightmare fantasy. It is a vignette not of what is, but of what could be – if my wife Betsy ever gets tired of nagging. Of course I nag too, but without her conviction and persistence. As Mother’s Day approaches, let’s pause to acknowledge this least glamorous of parental functions. Sure, the experts say nagging is ineffective and corrosive to the parent/child relationship. But if you augment it every so often with a burst of temper, it does make things happen. Now, don’t confuse nagging with giving advice. Advice is meant to haunt a child for a lifetime; nagging

just keeps the world turning day-today – like a stick in the hands of an old-time boy who runs along giving propelling whacks to a rolling hoop. Because Betsy works outside the home, she isn’t around to nag as often as she’d like. So she phones Marie from her job and leaves messages on her cell phone. Marie sometimes plays them for me. Betsy’s tone is affectionate, yet insistent: “Listen Brainiac, be sure to take your asthma medicine, and remind Dad to take you for your allergy shot at 4. Make a salad for dinner and pick up your room a little. I love you. G’bye.” Brainiac is kind of a pet name Betsy has for Marie, alluding to her tendency to space out and forget things. (It has nothing to do with the super-intelligent villain who was Superman’s foe in the old DC comics.) Once I asked Betsy, “Does Marie obey those orders you phone in from work?” “About half the time,” she said. “But

sometimes I get the feeling that Marie thinks of me as kind of a harmless crank and tunes me out.” Out of curiosity I followed up with Marie. Does she resent the messages or what? No, she likes them. But she is indifferent to their content. “I save them up,” she explained, “And when I have a few dozen I dub them onto a disk so I can remember what my life was like when I was 17.” I said, “Don’t tell Mom; her head would explode.” Sometimes I wonder how our kids will remember us after we’re gone. When Marie is my age, will a mention of South Dakota remind her of the time we fed peanuts to prairie dogs? Will she blow the dust off an old photo album and show her children the fading pictures from her childhood? Maybe afterward she’ll fit a quaint old disk into an antique CD player and say, “OK kids, listen to this:” And they’ll hear: “Now, listen Space Case, the lasagna goes into the oven at 5 o’clock so you can eat at 6. The broccoli’s already in the pot, just steam it up. And don’t forget to use your inhaler. I love you. G’bye.” Whereupon little Marie Jr. will tap her own head, right over her tiny ElectroNag cerebral implant, and say, “Gee, Mom, that sounds just like one of your broadcasts!”

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