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The North Providence Breeze 07-08-2020

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15 ENTERTAINMENT / AT HOME JULY 8-14, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER LIVING EDITION to Walmarts. Like a child's think- ing, emotions must be disciplined, trained. The chaff of emotion must be separated from the wheat and the earlier that training begins, the better for all concerned. The term "behavior modification" entered parenting vocabulary in the late 1960s. The implication was that the discipline of a child was all about his or her behavior. Previously, before psychobabble reigned in American childrearing, it was gener- ally understood that discipline was needed to teach children not only to behave correctly, but also to think and emote correctly. In fact, proper (pro-social) behavior is nothing more than an indication of proper thinking and emotional restraint. Unfortunately, the new paradigm took hold and has wreaked havoc since. Ironically, the very profession responsible for the national child and adolescent mental health mess markets itself as exclusively qualified to treat it. At the individual level, psychologists (keep in mind, dear reader, I am one) call it by various scientific-sounding names like "emo- tional dysregulation disorder" that, as in that very case, have no scien- tific validity whatsoever. One "treatment" facility's web- site says that kids with EDD "can have biological predispositions for emotional reactivity that can be exasperated by chronic low levels of invalidation in their environments resulting in emotional dysregula- tion." I think they meant "exacer- bated by chronically low levels of validation." Nonetheless, said facility can prove not one aspect of that statement. Furthermore, validating a child's every emotion is at the heart of the problem, not by any means a solution. The solution is for parents to stop allowing their children's emotional states to drive their decisions and run their families; for parents to stop striving for fun, give-and-take rela- tionships with their kids and assume their rightful authority – calm, deci- sive, rational and intentional. Paradoxically, good child mental health begins with the child realizing his parents are not there to ensure his perpetual happiness. He will be much happier from that point on. Family psychologist John Rosemond: johnrosemond.com, parentguru.com. Due to precautions surrounding the virus, participants are asked to bring their own boat, paddles, and a Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device. On Monday, July 20, from 6 to 8 p.m., take a leisurely bike ride on the Woonasquatucket River Greenway bike path from Riverside Park, 50 Aleppo St. in Providence, to Sundae's Ice Cream in Johnston. The ride is approximately 4 miles round-trip with a short section of riding on Greenville Avenue. Participants must bring their own bike and wear a helmet. Bring cash for the ice cream shop. Join a casual 3-mile hike through the woods and meadows at the Steere Hill Farm Conservation Area, Route 44/Putnam Pike in Glocester, on Tuesday, July 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. The hike will take approximately two hours. Walkers will pass by old farms and hike up to the top of Steere Hill, which used to be an old orchard, Blevins said. The prop- erty is maintained by the Glocester Land Trust. Sites include scenic ledge vis- tas, vernal pools and wetlands, two large fields, stone walls, trout streams, and stone foundation walls for barns and farmhouses. Walkers may catch a glimpse of birds and other wildlife, including meadow- larks, bluebirds, owls, New England cottontail rabbits, butterflies, and deer. "That's a really pretty hike," she said. "There are lots of beautiful views." Bring the kids to a family-friendly bike ride and scavenger hunt, put together by the R.I. Bicycle Coalition, starting at Riverside Park in Providence, on Saturday, Aug. 8, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Families will bike to the end of the off-road portion of the bike path at Lyman Avenue in Johnston and back and see what artwork, buildings, animals and other items they can find along the path and in the parks. Each participant will receive a printout with colorful pic- tures to guide their ride. The ride is described as an easy 4 miles with plenty of breaks. Bring your own bike and wear a helmet to this event. Another paddle will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m., this one at the Woonasquatucket Reservoir (Stump Pond) in Smithfield. The 2.5-mile paddle will begin and end at the boat launch on the west side of the reservoir and will take about two hours. Participants will go by homes, small islands, and secluded woods, pad- dling up to the north end where the Woonasquatucket flows into the res- ervoir at the Mowry Conservation Area. The pond is home to different species including little green her- ons, great blue herons, box turtles and many types of fish, according to the council. "Stump Pond is another beauti- ful paddle," Blevins said, noting that it's the least developed body of water in the watershed. "We're really excited to see people out enjoying the Woonasquatucket River watershed," she said. "We promise we'll take good care of you." For more information and to reg- ister, visit www.wrwc.org/events . Folks enjoy a paddle on GEORGIAVILLE POND in Smithfield at a past event hosted by the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council. The council is hosting a recreation series this summer, including a paddle at Georgiaville Pond on Friday, July 17, at 6 p.m. EXPLORE From Page 12 PARENTING From Page 12 answers Do you know someone celebrating an August Birthday? The Valley Breeze Birthday Club for AUGUST will be printed on July 30, 2020. Forms should be received by The Valley Breeze by Friday, July 23, 2020. Send in the name of someone with his or her August birth date and $2 per edition and we'll include them in the club. The check should be made payable to The Valley Breeze for use in the Breeze charities fund. Mail to: The Valley Breeze, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204, Lincoln, RI 02865. Thank you! Greetings should be 10 words or less. Name: .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. Date of Birth: ............................................................................................................................................ Age: .............................................................................. 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