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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-21-2019

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8 ENTERTAINMENT NOVEMBER 21-27, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION and "parenting.") And since women are vastly superior to men at relating to feelings, women began to believe that if the rearing of children was going to be done in proper accord with the new psycho- logical parenting (feelings- based) prescription, they were going to have to take charge. And they did. Today, the female parent is the default parenting decider. The male parent is the "parenting aide," there to follow instructions and fill in when the decider has "had it." Yes, there are exceptions, but no person who's been paying attention of late to something other than his or her smartphone would deny the general rule. (Note the use of both pro- nouns in the previous sen- tence! I am enlightened!) Today's mothers tend to believe that if parenting is successful (the child gets into a top-flight college, makes the Olympic curling team, and leaves home by age 30), it will be because of their unilateral dedication, doing, and devotion. The weight of that imagined responsibility, which my mother and moth- ers of her era and before never allowed on their shoul- ders, has turned the all-too typical mother into a micro- managing bundle of raw and constantly inflamed nerves. Her feeling-challenged husband self-medicates by memorizing football statistics while his wife darts from task to task like a plate-spinner. (Note: The reference to plate- spinners is another example of my inability to move past the 1950s.) So, to the issue: Which parent is much, much more likely to be enslaved by The Portal? Why, the mother, of course! That would require, then, female pronouns. And to whomever that offends, you're letting your 21st-centu- ry prejudice show through. Family psychologist John Rosemond:, PARENTING From Page 3 York Times. "She electrifies the crowd with a dazzling show of virtuoso playing," says The Irish Times. Ivers' record- ing credits include over 80 contemporary and traditional albums and numerous movie scores. Eileen's new band, Universal Roots, features Matt Mancuso (lead vocals, guitar, trumpet, fiddle), Buddy Connolly (button accordion, whistles, piano, vocals), Lindsey Horner (upright and electric bass, baritone sax, vocals), Dave Barckow (lead vocals, percus- sion, guitar), joining together with Ivers on fiddle, mando- lin, banjo, bodhran, and live looping. Admission is $26 in advance and $30 on the day of the show. For reservations or information, call 401-725- 9272. IVERS From Page 3 This December, talented local children will take part in a popular Rhode Island holiday tradition. KATHRYN BLISS, left, and BIANCA HEATWOLE, of Cumberland, and ANANYA THAKKAR, of Lincoln, far right, will perform with R.I.'s premiere classi- cal ballet company, Festival Ballet Providence in the annual production of "The Nutcracker," on Dec. 13-15 at the Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset St., Providence. The performers will be part of a cast of more than 100 children performing roles including Angel, Candy Doll, Mouse, Party Child, Soldier, Sugar Plum Fairy Attendant, and Trepak Corps. For tickets, visit . Post Card Club will meet Sunday NORTH PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Post Card Club holds its next meeting on Sunday, Nov. 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Knights of Columbus, 15 Bassett St. Post cards of all descrip- tions including town views and holiday greetings will be available for sale at the club meeting. There is no admis- sion charge. Brunch with Santa set for Dec. 1 NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. – Grace Episcopal Church, 104 North Washington St., will hold a Brunch with Santa and the Mrs. on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 12:15 p.m. Photos with Santa will be avail- able at 1:15 p.m. Christmas gift raffles will be held at 2:15 p.m. A Santa parade will begin at 3 p.m. Tickets are $6 per person. For tickets or reservations, call Maureen Merigold at 508-369- 2464. Tickets will also be available at the door. thank you for supporting our Valley Breeze advertisers. They make this free newspaper possible!

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