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The North Providence Breeze 03-25-2020

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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Living THE VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER MARCH 25-31, 2020 Nature's healing touch Spending time in nature is good for the mind and body If social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak has you feeling cooped up in your home, you're not alone in finding ways to get outside and enjoy all that nature in Rhode Island has to offer. According to officials from the R.I. Land Trust Council, they've seen a recent increase in traffic on the trails with parking lots at some trailheads full. "Spending time in nature is good for anxiety, and these are anxious times," Rupert Friday, the council's executive director, told The Valley Breeze. "There's all kinds of research showing (physical and mental health) benefits of taking walks and spending time in nature." "A lot of people are nervous," Debbie Mitchell, board member for the Cumberland Land Trust and president of the board for the R.I. Land Trust Council, agreed. "Getting outside, hearing the birds, it just gives you another perspective to take a few minutes and not worry about what's going on." Get outside and check out new hiking trails in Cumberland or become a citizen scientist and help identify amphibians and reptiles for the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. Bike, jog, walk, look for birds, as long as you're following precautions from state officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to avoid groups of more than 10 and keep six feet between you and oth- ers. In a letter to the editor last week, Randy Tuomisto, president of the Cumberland Land Trust, pitched hiking as a great way to beat cabin fever while still participating in social distancing. "Hiking is out in the open, and honestly, it's one of the safer things you can be doing right now," he wrote. He also encouraged parents to take their children, who may be feeling "the negative aura of a quar- antine society," on a hike. One family-friendly hike, Mitchell said, is Burlingame Preserve off Nate Whipple Highway in Cumberland. This past month, the Cumberland Land Trust upgraded its trail system By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer melanie@valleybreeze.com Entertainment 2 Movie 4 Real Estate 3 QUICK INDEX valleybreeze.com @ Traditional Parenting JOHN ROSEMOND 'Keep calm and carry on' Vital to a child's sense of well- being are parents who act competent to provide adequate provision and protection under any and all circum- stances. I often refer to that obligation as "acting like a superior being." It requires, under the most trying circumstances, keeping one's cool, projecting a sense of having it all together, not letting emotion (yours or your child's) take over, being pro- active, having and being able to com- municate a plan. In short, embracing the legitimacy of one's authority as a parent. Some parents, perhaps most, think of authority simply in terms of the discipline of children. That is indeed one of the functions of a parent authority figure, to discipline with calm purpose. Equally if not more important, however, is to always broadcast an aura of competence. The popular World War Two British adage, "Keep Calm and Carry On," expresses the nature of said aura in a proverbial nutshell. When that quality is absent in a parent's demeanor, a child's predict- able reaction ranges over a finite list of malfunctions, from depression and See PARENTING, Page 14 See NATURE, Page 12 Email me andygoul@gmail.com 401-439-5227 (cell) Andre "D"Agent Let my 26 Years of Experience guide you to BUY or SELL! Wishing you Safety, Good Health and Patience Together We Will Get ru is! Johnston, RI 1764 Mendon Road (McDonald's Plaza) Cumberland RI 02864 401-334-7317 www.cumberlandkitchen.com R.I. Reg. # 41460 Roll off ContaineRs 10, 15, 20, 25, YaRds exCavation demolition seRviCes BoBCat seRviCes Junk Removal/Cleanouts RetaineR Walls • Unmatched seRvice Unmatched seRvice RI Reg. #40046 sCReen all loads foR ReCYClaBles

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