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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…