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January 2009 Newsletter
Tuesday, February 03, 2009

January 5, 2009  Issue I Volume 1  
Inside this issue...
Tip for Parents: New Year Resolutions
The Tween Years
Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities
The Conversation Jar
Parenting Questions and Answers
TLC Seeks Resource Development Partnerships
Monthly Tip for Parents
New Year Resolutions 
It’s the New Year and people everywhere are setting New Year’s resolutions.  Most of these resolutions will have been forgotten by February.  The Learning Community challenges you to make some resolutions for yourself and your family for 2009 that are worth continuing throughout the year.  
Resources Added to TLC this Month
The Tween Years 

Children between the ages of 10 and 12, popularly called "tweens," have changing physical and emotional needs.  Learn more about what you can expect and how you can support your child during their tween years in Tips for Parents: The Tween Years.
 "If you're a student with a learning disability, many challenges lie ahead of you, including researching and selecting a college that best suits your requirements. Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities or ADD highlights more than 1,100 two- and four-year institutions in the U.S. and Canada that offer programs for students like you."  If you can't afford to buy this book new, look for it on used book sites online such as or, or ask your local library. 
"Creating a conversation with children is an effective way to prevent underage drinking."  This "activity can be used during family meals to start conversations with children.  It’s simple. First, print off this sheet from the computer on letter size paper. Cut out the color coded “conversation starter” messages found below. Place these small slips of paper in an old mayonnaise jar in the center of the family dinner table. During the family meal, ask the children to draw slips of paper from the jar. Help the children to enjoy the activity with full family participation in answering the questions. Family dinner will start to become a place of communication for children and their parents."
TLC News
Parenting Questions...
The Learning Community Seeks Resource Development Partnerships
We want the resources on TLC to meet the needs of our audience. That's why we're seeking partnerships with social service agencies to better understand parents' needs.  Once we understand, we'll write Tips for Parents and make them available for free download and distribution to their nonprofit clients.

For more info, email us.

How do I know how many chores to assign my kids?
The Kaiser Family Foundation reports that the average child spends about 30 minutes on chores each day.  Experts say that chores help kids learn responsibility, independence, and give them a sense of satisfaction for contributing to the family.  Consider more or less depending on your child's other responsibilities, their age, and what they show interest in. 
I'm a single mom, and I get strange looks from people who think my 6 year old boy isn't "tough enough."  I appreciate his sensitivity, but need to know how to find a balance.
A child's sensitivity depends, to some extent, on their personality.  Over the last 5 years or so, there has been a shift towards raising more emotional boys--so there are many other parents that share your concern. offers a number of really helpful resources on raising emotionally strong boys, and on the search for masculinity.  You might also find the book Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys by Dan Kindlon and Michael Thompson helpful.
For more answers to hundreds of parenting questions, visit The Learning Community website.
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