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March EFAP News: Helping Children Develop Healthy Interests

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e4health, Formerly LifeScope
March 2016 Newsletter:
Helping Children Develop Healthy Interests

featured article:

Why You Should Encourage Outdoor and Unstructured Playtime for Kids

Baby boomers grew up in an era engrained in outdoor and unstructured playing. Kids in small towns left their homes in the morning, played with friends until lunch, grabbed food at their house or a friend’s house, and then usually didn’t check in with adults again until supper or dusk. No one had cell phones, no one had video games, and kids probably came home caked in dirt and sporting bruises, but more importantly they returned smelling of fresh air, full of tales about the numerous adventures they had during the day, well exercised and stronger, probably slightly exhausted, and definitely not bored.

Generation X had some of these experiences, but as Generation Y and/or Millennials (eras overlap, and terms are often used interchangeably) rolled around families became busier. Parents are working more and often are connected to work 24/7 through smart phones, kids are heavily or over-scheduled, and lives are completely structured around preset activities. Most studies confirm that active, involved kids do have better grades, show more leadership potential, and learn valuable life management skills. However, many families have taken it too far and thus have inadvertently negatively affected children. The 7 year old going to school studying three languages, taking violin lessons, studying karate, and playing travel soccer may miss out on simple, yet imperative life lessons. Lessons such as learning to problem solve on her own from her independent playing time, mastering friendship skills by engaging children on the playground, and learning how to wind down and enjoy the simple things in life by appreciating nature and stillness. All of these lessons revolve around basic life skills – communication, managing anxiety and stress, focusing and concentration, and core behavioral social skills.

SO HOW DO I GET KIDS TO PLAY OUTSIDE?

One way, you join them. You can’t do every time, but try to spend unscheduled, unstructured time outside with children. Go on a hike, play hide and seek, or flash light tag at night. Another option is to subtly use an incentive, such as offer your kids the chance to customize the backyard. Ask them what would be fun to have in the yard? You may get the opportunity to plant a flower garden together, build a play house, or hang a tire swing together. Talk to your neighbors. Some neighborhoods have established designated outdoor play times to get kids outside and playing with other children. That is also a great opportunity for you to get to know your neighbors better. If you live in a more rural area, embrace your wonderful location. Plan a scavenger hunt with your kids, together learn to identify insects and leaves, plan a camping adventure, or simply challenge your kids to learn the constellations.

HOW DO I “PLAN” FOR UNSTRUCTURED PLAY?

As an adult, you greatly benefit from unplugging, setting all electronics away, and just focusing on living again. “Unplug vacations” are becoming very popular – such as adult camps, trips, and cruises – where phones are placed in a drawer for several days or even weeks. Your kids need this too. Suggest to the kids to create a blanket fort inside and let them keep it up for a few days. Crawl inside and read books together, color pictures, or draw your ideal house together. Go outside and create a safe “obstacle course” for you and the kids. Have a dance party. Grab a bucket of water and some paint brushes and allow small children to paint the house. Or ask your child what they would like to do? Often just being with you, the complete fully attentive you, is all they want.

BENEFITS OF PLAYING OUTSIDE AND UNSTRUCTURED PLAYTIMES

– Improves Communication, Organization, and Problem Solving Skills

– Stimulates Creativity and Imagination

– Provides Exercise and the Daily Allotment of Sunshine

– Improves Immune Systems and Increases Motor Skills

– Reduces Stress and Anxiety

– Promotes Aesthetic and Perceptual Development

– And …”Several studies have shown that regular, unstructured playtime in      nature makes kids smarter, calmer, more self-disciplined, more cooperative, and happier.”

Dale Carnegie stated, “One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.”

FREE WEBINAR: 

Summer Planning for Your Children
March 15th

12-1 pm and 3-4 pm EST
11-12 pm and 2-3 pm CST
10-11 am and 1-3 pm MST
9-10 am and 12-1 pm PST

The summer may seem far off, but now is the time to start thinking about creating a rich and rewarding summer experience for your child. This webinar is designed to help you assess your child’s needs, interests, and developmental stage, while you define and explore different summer options.

REGISTER TODAY! Space is limited

Click on the time you would like to attend above.
Or log on to www.HelloE4.com with Username:  middlebury college
and   Password:    guest.
 On the homepage, click on “UPCOMING WEBINARS,” and follow the easy instructions.

Unable to make it to the scheduled webinars?
We have them archived for your convenience. Visit
www.HelloE4.com click on E4 University, then click on Webinars to search by  webinar title.  

PDF files of the monthly newsletter and posters are available by logging onto www.HelloE4.com and clicking on “Monthly Bulletins” on the home page.

THIS MONTH

LET e4health BE YOUR RESOURCE FOR:

Counseling for any issue that’s important to you or your children

Online learning via our webinar, “Summer Planning for Your Children” on Tuesday, March 15th

Articles, tips, and online resources to help children stay active

Information and support for special needs

Daily living services such as locating summer camps, after-school activities, and tutors-as well as other resources and referrals-to give you more time to encourage your kids
800-828-6025

www.HelloE4.com

Annual Performance Summary Process for Staff

The Human Office is pleased to offer resources that we hope you will find helpful during the Annual Performance Summary (APS) process for staff members. As you may recall, the annual performance evaluation process for staff members takes place between January 1 and March 31 of each year.

The APS form for 2016 remains the same. Below, please find a link to the form, helpful tools and guides to support the APS process, and an on-line audio training presentation that will help you prepare whether you are a supervisor or individual contributor. For those who have attended the training sessions offered in past years, you may find this recorded presentation to be a convenient refresher.

http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/business/hr/staffandfaculty/evals

In addition to the on-line tools, we are offering two live APS workshops for new employees and supervisors undergoing the APS process for the first time:

Wednesday, February 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Axinn)

Wednesday, March 2 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Axinn)

For those who have already attended a live or recorded workshop, additional open question & answer sessions are being offered to provide support as you prepare your performance documentation:

Wednesday, February 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (Marble Works)

Tuesday, March 8 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Marble Works)

Thursday, March 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Marble Works)

Please email lcaroten@middlebury.edu or call x2012 to register. In addition, please feel free to contact our office with requests for individual support and/or department specific consultation or training.

HR Update: This Week’s Employment Snapshot

There are currently 14 faculty positions, 47 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 5 internal job postings on the Middlebury employment opportunities web sites.

Employment Quick Links:

Faculty Employment Opportunities: http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/administration/prospective_faculty/employment

Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs (on campus), http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs (off campus)

Please note – to view only internal staff postings, please use the internal posting search filter that was highlighted in this MiddPoints article.

On-call/Temporary Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs-sh (on campus), http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs-sh (off campus)

HR Update: This Week’s Employment Snapshot

There are currently 14 faculty positions, 48 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 5 internal job postings on the Middlebury employment opportunities web sites.

Employment Quick Links:

Faculty Employment Opportunities: http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/administration/prospective_faculty/employment

Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs (on campus), http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs (off campus)

Please note – to view only internal staff postings, please use the internal posting search filter that was highlighted in this MiddPoints article.

On-call/Temporary Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs-sh (on campus), http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs-sh (off campus)

HR Update: This Week’s Employment Snapshot

There are currently 14 faculty positions, 46 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 2 internal job postings on the Middlebury employment opportunities web sites.

Employment Quick Links:

Faculty Employment Opportunities: http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/administration/prospective_faculty/employment

Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs (on campus), http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs (off campus)

Please note – to view only internal staff postings, please use the internal posting search filter that was highlighted in this MiddPoints article.

On-call/Temporary Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs-sh (on campus), http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs-sh (off campus)

My Secure Advantage Update/Webinar

Human Resources is pleased to report that the new “My Secure Advantage” (MSA) financial wellness program which is offered in partnership with E4 (our Employee and Family Assistance Program) got off to a remarkably successful first month: between January 4th and the 31st 46 benefits-eligible Middlebury employees enrolled themselves in the program! And the initial feedback we have received from those using the Money Coaching program has been overwhelmingly positive!  According to MSA, the top three areas of interest for Middlebury participants have been: debt reduction, retirement planning and budgeting.  Might you be interested in those or other money-related topics, too?    Whether you are suffering from financial stress or have some extra cash and are in a position to do some financial planning consider joining your “early adopter” colleagues and  taking advantage of what MSA can offer.  Please consider consulting with a Money Coach (888-724-2326) or joining MSA for a live financial webinar later this month (see signup information below).

YOUR FREE FINANCIAL FORUM – Feb. 24th
Many members have asked that we continue our Financial Forum Series. We are happy to announce that we have scheduled a Financial Forum for each quarter of 2016. As usual, our panelists will address questions ranging from debt and budgeting, to investments and retirement. Since we are in the middle of tax season, we will also have a member of our tax team available to answer your tax-related questions. Submit a question when you register, then log into the webinar on February 24th to hear our panel address questions and concerns from people across the country.

9am PST SIGNUP
12pm PST SIGNUP

MEET: Dave Jiru
35+ years’ experience in the financial services industry – Dave is a former Registered Rep. with the NASD and had Series 24, 7, 63 and 65 securities licenses. Dave manages the MSA Financial Ed. Dept. and is a frequent presenter of classes and seminars nationwide

MEET: Barbara Quan
Barbara has worked in financial services since 2001 as a loan officer for several mortgage firms, and she holds a California Real Estate License. She is a Certified Credit Counselor. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.

MEET: Donna Shackel
38+ years’ experience in tax and financial services – Donna is an EA and former IRS tax representative. She spent 10 years teaching tax law for both the IRS and California Tax Education Council. She is also a Certified Credit Counselor.

MAKE FINANCES A PRIORITY. SIGN UP FOR THE MSA NEWSLETTER TODAY.