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The North Providence Breeze 01-13-2021

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VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER LIVING EDITION | JANUARY 13-19, 2020 ENTERTAINMENT 13 them straight we did, which goes a long way toward explaining why we are still married, and happily so. Our family rehab was accomplished by doing precisely what my profession was telling parents not to do, but rather by doing what pre-1960s par- ents would have done under similar circumstances. That experience turned my head around. I began coming to grips with the fact that post-1950s psychologi- cal parenting theory was a complete farce. Not mostly farce, mind you, but completely farce. That boomer parents had bought into it explained why they were having more prob- lems with the simple process of rais- ing a child than their grandparents could have imagined parents ever having. I began ringing the alarm and espousing a return to traditional understandings concerning children and their upbringing. As the new, retro-radical John Rosemond began emerging from behind the psychobabble curtain, mental health professionals went bonkers. Understandable, given that I was threatening the justification for their very existence. I won't go into the battles I've fought with the mental health professions – my cho- sen field and area of license. Suffice to say, the battles have revealed the Emperor's nakedness. I am what is called an "outlier." Seventy years ago, I would have been regarded as useless. Very few people would have wanted my advice because child-rearing then was driven by a combination of tradi- tion and common sense, which was still held in common. In that regard, "my" advice is not mine at all. I am committed to the cause of keeping the old way of raising children – it was defined by a certain attitude as opposed to a set of methods – alive and kicking. Where child-rearing is concerned, there is nothing new under the sun. Things began to fall apart when American parents fell under the sway of new ideas promoted by a new profession; when they became per- suaded that capital letters after one's name confers intellectual infallibility. Some lessons can only be learned the hard way. And so, after 44 years, I keep right on truckin'. I will retire when I no longer make sense, in which case I will need to be informed. Family psychologist John Rosemond: johnrosemond.com, parentguru.com. Take a walk along the Stillwater Scenic Trail SMITHFIELD – On Saturday, Jan. 16, at 10 a.m., the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council will host a walk on the Stillwater Scenic Trail in Smithfield. This walk is part of the "Explore the Woonasquatucket" Winter Recreation Series. From a weekly walking meet up on the Woonasquatucket Greenway in Providence to nature hikes in Glocester and Smithfield, the series keeps you moving as participants visit beautiful and historic sites throughout the Woonasquatucket River watershed. This roughly 2-mile, round-trip walk will take walkers along sections of the Woonasquatucket, including Stillwater Pond. Participants will see some of the buildings remaining from Stillwater Village, some remnants of the railroad spur that served the mill complex, and pass dams that created these ponds – reminders of Rhode Island's thriving industrial past. The Explore the Woonasquatucket Winter Recreation Series is funded by R.I. Commerce's "Take It Outside" initiative. Visit https://wrwc.org/wp/ eventsmgr/stillwater-scenic-trail/ to register for this walk. Advanced sign- up is required and trips are capped at 10 participants. PARENTING From Page 12 The Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council will host a walk on the STILLWATER SCENIC TRAIL in Smithfield on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 10 a.m. Audubon offers virtual birding programs SMITHFIELD – The Audubon Society of Rhode Island is offering online winter birding workshops with several sessions and times. Learn from the experts safely at home, head outside to prac- tice your birding skills, and then reconnect again with Audubon to have your questions answered. The program Beginning Birding with Audubon will be offered in two virtual sessions. Join Lauren Parmelee, Audubon senior direc- tor of education, for a two-part virtual introduction to bird iden- tification. Learn about local birds through photographs that highlight key features and the variety of species found in Rhode Island. Tips for finding birds, using field guides, and buying binoculars will also be shared. Participant questions are encouraged and wel- come. Session 1: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 10-11 a.m.; and repeated Wednesday, Jan. 20, 6-7 p.m. Session 2: Tuesday, Jan. 26, 10-11 a.m.; repeated Wednesday, Jan. 27, 6-7 p.m. Fee: $20/Audubon Society of Rhode Island members; $28/non- members Zoom link will be sent to partici- pants in advance. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org . IN BRIEF Do you know someone celebrating a February Birthday? The Valley Breeze Birthday Club for FEBRUARY will be printed on January 28, 2021. Forms should be re- ceived by The Valley Breeze by Friday, January 22, 2022. Send in the name of someone with his or her February 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: .............................................................................. From: ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ Contact Phone Number (for questions, not publication) ................................................................................................................................................. Edition (please check): Cumberland/Lincoln edition ($2) Pawtucket edition ($2) Observer edition ($2) North Smithfield/Blackstone/Woonsocket edition ($2) North Providence edition ($2) ACROSS 1. Adequate yearly progress (abbr.) 4. Silicon Valley's specialty 8. 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Threes 31. A type of poetic verse 32. They make some people cry 33. Kindest 34. Forman and Ventimiglia are two 36. A way to liquefy Answers to this week's crossword puzzle can be found on page 15.

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