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Rainier Community Cares consists of community members working together to create a healthier environment for the youth, young adults and others who live in Rainier and the surrounding community.

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The 7 C's of Resilience

Navigating “The 7 Cs of Parenting”: 7) Control

When children realize they are responsible for the outcome of their actions, they are likely to look at their choices and options more carefully and follow each one of them to the logical and final concision. This helps them to make healthy choices, where they can control the outcome of their own actions and decisions. When parents control all of their children's decisions, they deny their children the opportunity to learn self control. These children may feel like everything happens to them, and they can become passive and pessimistic. These children are inclined to become depressed because they see "control" as being an external factor, and they don't feel they have any control. On the other hand, resilient children internalize their decisions and know they have control over what happens to them.  These children know that the quality of their lives directly depends on the actions and decisions they make.  ...
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Every Child is a Star

Every Child is a Star

Parents and Teachers Matter “What did you learn in school today?” This is a question many parents ask their children when they return home from school. Then there are daily lessons to look at, parent-teacher conferences and regular report cards – all showing what they’ve learned. Yet book learning is only a small part of what helps a person succeed in life. When I asked a kindergarten teacher, Miss Sailor, why she wanted to teach children that were so young, her answer surprised me. She said “I didn’t at first. I wanted to teach high school or college.” As our discussion progressed she told me that teaching kindergarten was her first full-time teaching position. She said “kindergarteners are like sponges”: They absorb everything that comes in their direction, both good and bad.  She realized she wanted to teach children at this age, so she could encourage them to have a ...
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The 7 C's of Resilience

Navigating “The 7 Cs of Parenting”: 6) Coping

Children who learn how to cope with issues effectively are more likely to cope better with the stress of everyday life. Challenges and conflicts are easier to overcome when a child is resilient and able to protect themselves against the unsafe, worrisome behaviors of others. Resilient children have a wide range of positive coping strategies that help them navigate the tough decisions and situations they face in our complicated society.  They understand the difference between a real crisis and something that just feels important. They have learned to develop positive, effective coping strategies by watching their parents cope in a positive and safe way.  Parents who role model problem-solving step by step are teaching their children how to resolve problems proactively, rather than react to problems emotionally. If you guide your children to develop positive, effective coping strategies, they will be able to use them to alleviate pain and stress ...
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