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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 07-09-2020

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Living THE VALLEY BREEZE JULY 9-15, 2020 @ Emotions must be trained I have long maintained that the significant per-capita increase in child and adolescent mental health problems since the 1960s – a 10-fold increase in suicide, for example – is due to the collective embrace of a parenting paradigm that has proven itself to be not only dysfunctional but also dangerous – ironically, to child and teen mental health. This new paradigm, which I term "Postmodern Psychological Parenting," was cut from whole cloth by America's men- tal health establishment. I was in graduate school when PPP was cobbled together, given fake sci- entific bona fides, and set in motion. At its core is the notion that good parenting is primarily a matter of permitting, understanding, and prop- erly responding to a child's emotional expressions. Individuals who have achieved a state of authentic adulthood – which has nothing to do with one's chrono- logical age – know that emotions are, on one hand, one of the wonders of being human but on the other, one of the most destructive of human attributes. On their dark side, they destroy people and relationships, not to mention various personal proper- ties ranging from dishes and lamps to Walmarts. Like a child's thinking, See PARENTING, Page 22 Paddlers on STUMP POND in Smithfield participate in a past event hosted by the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council. The council is hosting a paddle at the site on Tuesday, Aug. 11, at 6 p.m., as part of its recreation series this summer. This summer join the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council for bike rides, paddle trips, and nature walks as part of its Explore the Woonasquatucket: Recreation Series, which includes events in Smithfield, Glocester, and Providence. "We are always so excited to get people out in the Woonasquatucket River watershed, exploring and see- ing different parts of it," Amanda Blevins, recreation program leader for the council, told The Valley Breeze. "It's such a beautiful gem in the state of Rhode Island." The council has hosted recreation programs in various forms for almost 25 years, said Blevins, who has been with the organization since 2009. Given the ongoing health crisis, she said orga- nizers have been working on finding safe ways to still let people take part in their popular recre- ation series. Upcoming events include: • Friday, July 17, at 6 p.m.: Paddle and Swim at Georgiaville Pond in Smithfield • Monday, July 20, at 6 p.m.: Bike to Sundae's Ice Cream in Johnston • Tuesday, July 28, at 6 p.m.: Hike at Steere Hill Conservation Area in Glocester • Saturday, Aug. 8, at 9:30 a.m.: Family-Friendly Bike Ride and Scavenger Hunt in Providence • Tuesday, Aug. 11, 6 p.m.: Paddle the Woonasquatucket Reservoir (Stump Pond) in Smithfield Each event will be limited to 10 participants to allow for safe social distancing, and people are asked to wear masks. Pre-registration is required. Events are described as give-what-you-can; people can choose from free tickets up to $20. "I think everybody has felt really cooped up and mental health has certainly been suffering," Blevins said. "We were really excited to be able to offer this opportunity for people in a safe way." The events are family-friendly, said Blevins, who noted that the Steere Hill hike is good for younger children. On Friday, July 17, from 6 to 8 p.m., participants can join an early evening paddle on Georgiaville Pond in Smithfield. The trip will Hike, bike, paddle with Watershed Council this summer By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer See EXPLORE, Page 22 BLEVINS Traditional Parenting JOHN ROSEMOND 401.333.0665 Visit our website: Since 1935 Oil | Propane | Bioheat | Motor Fuels Generators | Complete Heating Service Air Conditioning Sales, Installation & Maintenance Propane for your Home Heating & Cooking Together we make a difference Dave Boisvert 401-533-2976

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