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The Valley Breeze & Observer 10-15-2020

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VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER LIVING EDITION | OCTOBER 15-21, 2020 ENTERTAINMENT 29 their own way, so it's easy for parents to fall into the habit of over-using "no." The problem is, the more parents say "no" to a young child, the less effective it becomes over time. As its effectiveness wanes, the tendency is to say it more often, and around and around go all concerned. Under the circumstances, dis- cipline can quickly devolve into warfare, setting the stage for increasingly nonproduc- tive parent-child battles over everything from soup to nuts. Micromanagement, no matter the specific issue, is always driven by anxiety, and anxiety is common to first-time parents. In my pub- lic presentations (brought to a virtual halt by the pandemic), I often talk about the pitfalls of micromanaging discipline, the invariable result being ever-worsening behavior and evermore frustrated parents. The key to avoiding that trap with a toddler is child- proofing. Go through the area of your home to which your son has daily access. Remove or put out of his reach anything you don't want him handling. Put child- proof latches on forbidden cabinets. Put up sturdy gates to rooms that are off-limits. Create a play space in which he can explore, create, and yes, even destroy (maga- zines he can rip to pieces, for example), to his heart's content with minimal super- vision from you. The more freedom you give him, the more peace you will have. Your sister-in-law may not be the most diplomatic of self-appointed parenting "experts," but she just may have done you a huge favor that will yield an abundance of blessings in the long run. Family psychologist John Rosemond: johnrosemond.com, parentguru.com. PARENTING From Page 24 Historical Society to host Dairy Days Oct. 24 LINCOLN – The Blackstone Valley Historical Society, 1873 Old Louisquisset Pike, will host the program Dairy Days with Danny Bethel on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2-4 p.m. The event will feature local bottles, documents and photos of Lincoln farms. Admission is free. Museum of Work & Culture will host gallery talk Oct. 21 WOONSOCKET – The Museum of Work & Culture will host a virtual gallery talk with artist Zach Horn on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m., as part of United We Bargain, Divided We Beg, a 10-week exhibition featuring Horn's paintings and sculp- tures of real union members. Horn's talk will feature insights into the inspiration for his work, creative pro- cess, and the personal con- nections that drive his use of art to support organized labor and boost workers rights. The public may reg- ister for the talk by emailing mowc@rihs.org. Horn's exhibit will be displayed in the museum's changing gallery through Dec. 19 and features pieces which utilize industrial sup- plies as a medium to further symbolize the deep connec- tion between identity, labor, and issues of value. What Cheer Writers Club will hold virtual masquerade fundraiser Oct. 30 PROVIDENCE – What Cheer Writers Club, a non- profit serving Rhode Island writers, will hold the fun- draising event What Fear! A Virtual Masquerade on Friday, Oct. 30, from 7 to 9 p.m. The event will be an eve- ning of literary enchantment, with party tricks from Bitter Tea Tarot, Evelyn Archer and the "Book Psychics" at Twenty Stories, and live per- formances by local thriller writers, Stranger Stories, The Adventures of Elizabeth Crowne podcast and more. Dressing up like your favorite author or literary characters is encouraged. Best costume wins a prize. Admission is free for What Cheer Writers Club members and LitRI Patreon subscribers, and otherwise by donation. To receive the full program and link to the Zoom call, register at https://tinyurl.com/ yb2983fo .

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