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The Valley Breeze & Observer 02-11-2021

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©2021 THE VALLEY BREEZE Living THE VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER FEBRUARY 11-17, 2021 valleybreeze.com @ Traditional Parenting JOHN ROSEMOND There's a difference between discipline and punishment Misusing terminology is not simply a matter of semantics. A person who confuses the meaning of words is likely to behave accordingly. That occurred to me during a conversation with a parent who was using the word discipline as if it was a synonym for punishment. When I pointed that out, he said, somewhat defensively, "What's the difference?" "We're talking here about a prob- lem you're experiencing with one of your children. It's a problem of disci- pline, not a problem of punishment." "Sorry, but I don't understand," he said, still a bit prickly. "You seem to think that the prob- lem in question requires punish- ment. I, on the other hand, believe it requires discipline. Discipline is instruction. Punishment is a disciplin- ary option, but it is not necessarily instructive. That depends on how it's delivered." I can only hope that what I told him "stuck." Too many parents make the mistake of thinking that discipline and punishment are one and the same. The root word of discipline is See PARENTING, Page 15 HONOR with upcoming events and local resources But make it a year-round conversation PAWTUCKET – While February marks Black History Month, over at Mixed Magic Theatre in Pawtucket telling diverse stories and taking a deeper look at history and race relations isn't limited to just one month. Ricardo Pitts-Wiley, co-founder of Mixed Magic, says part of the theater's mission is to create open dialogue. "The path to understanding is dialogue. And great art always ini- tiates great dialogue," he said. Pitts-Wiley said the theater's upcoming virtual programming includes its monthly "Rise to Black" series, showcasing the tal- ents of both emerging and estab- lished artists of color in the area. This month's piece is "All God's Children," set for Friday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m., streaming on the the- ater's YouTube channel. The theme of God's children is meant as a worldview, not neces- sarily a religious concept, said Pitts-Wiley. "We're really trying to make the statement that all people are included as all God's children and should be treated as such." On Friday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m., the theater will stream the play "Fate Comes Knocking." The show is about the foot soldiers of the civil rights movement. "'Fate Comes Knocking' tries to identify people who were willing to lay down their bodies to bring about justice and progress in the country," Pitts-Wiley said. The programs will be streamed free of charge, and viewers will have the opportunity to make donations to Mixed Magic Theatre. Visit http://mmtri.org . Pitts-Wiley said the theater has a goal of providing "edu-tainment," educating and entertaining people at the same time. "Art is always looking for ways to reveal things to audiences, not just tell them things," he said. At Stages of Freedom in Providence, where the mission statement includes providing youth of color access to swimming programs, creating and providing programming about Black Rhode Island life and cul- ture, and educating and empower- ing inner-city youth by providing cultural opportunities and access to museums and live performance, there are two February programs in the works. On, Friday, Feb. 12, at 5:30 p.m., the group will offer "The Imperative of Integration - A Virtual Conversation with By LAURA COLANTONIO Editorial & Design Team Coordinator laura@valleybreeze.com See BLACK HISTORY, Page 13 PITTS-WILEY 60 Armento St., Johnston, RI 401-232-7220 rhodeislandbeef.com Hours: Mon. 7 a.m.-1 p.m.; Tues.-Sat. 7 a.m.-5 p.m. RI Beef & Veal Stock Up and Save! Pork Chops 10 lbs $ 19 99 Pork Shoulder $ 1 59 lb. Party Wings 10 lbs $ 29 99 Boneless Chicken Breast 10 lbs $ 20 00 Ground Chuck 10 lbs $ 24 50 Register For Online Courses: valleybreeze.com/learning/ excel.html Improve Your EXCEL Skills! • Take courses from the comfort of your home or on-the-go using your smart phone • "Ask The Expert" feature submits your questions directly to an expert in the field you are studying Find out more, call 401-334-9555 x134

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