Book club chooses Making Wishes

Author in Residence

Please join us for a special meeting of the PCYC Book Club.

Author and longtime PCYC member, Marilyn Holdsworth, will be with us to discuss her latest novel

“ Making Wishes.”

Marilyn Holdsworth signs books

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The meeting will begin at noon on August 7th with a no-host lunch followed by

our discussion with Marilyn.

Everyone is welcome!

Please RSVP

frontdesk@pcyc.org

805.985.7292

 

 

 

Word of the week children’s game

As a writer I have always loved words, finding just the right one to best express an idea or describe a scene. I wanted my children to develop a love for words too. Our family’s Word of The Week game was the answer. It was fun, easy and the children loved it. Here’s how it worked:
Every Monday morning I posted on the refrigerator door a 3×5 card with a word and it’s definition on it. Throughout the week we all used that word as often as possible -at the dinner table, in the car, going to and from school, anywhere we were together. By putting the word into sentences and using it in everyday conversation the children learned to express themselves and expanded their vocabulary without just memorizing. Since the kitchen and especially the refrigerator door was always a family focal point, nobody was likely to miss Monday morning’s new word of the week! And at week’s end to celebrate our favorite word we took a family trip to the ice cream parlor – double scoops for all! As the children grew so did the scope of the game. Soon it expanded to include synonyms, antonyms and homonyms just to keep it interesting!

Should your son play football?

Should you encourage your son to play football? There are many benefits for boys. Self esteem, self confidence, body building, leadership, being a team player, potential college scholarships and most importantly to the boys, admiration from the girls. But the costs too, can be high. High for your child and high for you as a parent. Football has a higher risk of injury than any other sport. For preteens the dangers from such a contact sport are especially great. Their young bones have not fully grown and developed. They are at a high risk for what can be serious even fatal injuries. According to a recent survey of high school sports injuries, football had by far the most with about 600,000 out of 2,000,000 games and practices.

I am the mother of two married sons, both sons are strong and tall, over 6ft. The temptation to participate was there. We had given them full rein to participate in all sports from the time they were toddlers. They tried many of them: swimming, tennis, baseball, soccer, golf and others. They earned many trophies. There was peer pressure to try football. This is where my husband and I drew a line in the sand. We convinced them the rewards were not worth the risk. In college, they excelled in sports and did not miss football at all. Now, as husbands and fathers, they love to watch football but have no regrets.