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Emotional Regulation to the Rescue!

By Cary Zavala / As parents, we admit we sometimes come to the “end of our rope.”  With the stressors of daily living, our children’s challenging behaviors can sometimes send us to a “10” quickly on the Feelings Thermometer!  If you missed this month’s Parent Network Series, our topic of the evening was Emotional Regulation,…

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Facebook Free

By Lisa Eack / Full disclosure: My name is Lisa, and I have been Facebook free for 1 day. Yes, I did it. I have logged myself out and I haven’t looked back. I know, it’s only one day, but it’s a start! Although, I have to confess that I have still used Messenger because…

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Mom’s Kindergarten Readiness, Part 2

By Suzi West / Last May I wrote a blog about my son, the ‘baby’ of the family, who was going to start Kindergarten this fall. I wasn’t so sure that I was ready for him to move on to this big milestone, and I was a little nervous about how he would do. Well,…

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Practical Tips for Dealing with Challenging Behaviors

Lenawee Great Start is presenting a series of Parent Education talks this year by Cary Zavala, a licensed professional counselor, a skilled parenting educator, and a play therapist. Our first talk was last Tuesday, September 23 on the topic of “Practical Tips for Parents of Young Children with Challenging Behavior.” In case you missed it,…

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Never Goodbye Kitty

By Rhaea Miller / All of my children are mini hoarders, with a high propensity for treasuring every item they have ever owned as though it was given to them by the Queen Mum. I tell them this and they are not even slightly moved by it, as they have no idea who the Queen…

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Breaking Bad

By Michael Miller / Raising kids is like being a full-time traffic cop. It’s watching every direction at every moment, trying to anticipate disaster before it happens, enforcing rules that should be common sense but are often ignored in the pursuit of speed. “No” is the smallest big word in a parent’s vocabulary. Like the…

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Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band

By Cathy Chesher / Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band are coming to the Adrian Public Library! No, this isn’t the latest bluegrass band, but the title of the 2014 Michigan Reads! book written by Kwame Alexander and illustrated by Tim Bowers. The Adrian Public Library is pleased to announce that the illustrator will be…

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Fall Recipe: Pumpkin Dump Cake

by Lisa Eack / It’s fall! Well, not technically, but the air is getting chilly and I have started to see some color change. This is my favorite time of year! I love the weather, I love the food, and I love the colors. One of my favorite ingredients to use this time of year…

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Update your Parenting Toolkit (Dinner & Childcare Included)

by Suzi West, Parent Liaison / Lenawee Great Start is pleased to welcome back the FREE Early Childhood Education Series.  This school year we are excited to partner with Cary Zavala, a licensed professional counselor, a skilled parenting educator, and a play therapist who specializes in serving young children (ages 0-8) and their parents/caregivers. Cary…

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What is Quality Child Care?

by Liz Fuss / Chances are that at some point all parents will have entrusted the care of their child to another person. While not all families are in need of consistent child care, several days a week for several hours a day, those that do have several options. Some of those options include: Someone…