Making Jars of Love Soup

By Lisa Eack / One of the ways Lenawee Great Start gives back to the community, with the help of our families, is by making soup kits to distribute to those in need. This year we have recruited Lenawee Prep Academy and the Mom mentors to help with this project. Making the soup kits is…


Don’t Worry, But Don’t Wait

By Suzi West / Don’t worry, but don’t wait.  That is the catch phrase for Early On of Michigan,* a resource for families of young children specifically birth to three years old. Your child’s pediatrician, DHS caseworker, parent or caregiver may refer a child to Early On. Referrals are made because someone may have concerns…


Toilet Paper Roll Reindeer

Trace your child’s hand on thick brown paper, and cut out. Wrap a toilet roll with the same brown paper.  Staple the hands to the roll to serve as antlers. Add embellishments to create the reindeer’s face, perhaps adding a red pom-pom nose! by

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Cinnamon-Applesauce Ornaments

This is an easy craft to do with kids, and smells wonderful. Mix approximately 2 cups applesauce with 2 cups of cinnamon (yes, really). Stir until it makes a dough (add more cinnamon if it is too wet, or more applesauce if it is too dry). Roll dough out to about 1/4″ thickness. Use cookie…

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Living and Teaching Thankfulness

By Sheila Wathen / With Thanksgiving coming up, it is naturally the time of year to reflect on what we are thankful for. However, I know that many people, especially parents of young children, simply don’t feel they have the time or energy to reflect, due to the stressful nature of the holidays. With food…


Start Building Now

By Cathy Chesher / Halloween is over and you still have candy left. What can you do with it, besides the obvious? How about using some (or all) of it to decorate a gingerbread house for the Adrian Public Library’s annual gingerbread house contest. Not only is this a great way to uses leftover candy…


International Games Day Saturday

by Cathy Chesher / More than one thousand libraries around the world, including the Adrian Public Library, will celebrate the 7th annual International Games Day @ your library on Saturday, November 15, 2014.  International Games Day is an annual celebration of games, play, libraries and learning run by volunteers from around the world and co-sponsored…


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,…