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June 2009 Newsletter
Saturday, July 04, 2009

June 9, 2009  Issue VI Volume 1  
 
Inside this issue...
Monthly Tip for Parents: Summer Reading Programs
 
Blog Topic: Summer Activities
 
Blog Topic: End of Year Awards
 
Parenting Q & A
 
TLC Sponsor Launches New Website
 
 
 
 
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Monthly Tip for Parents
 
Summer Reading   
Most local libraries offer a summer reading program.  These programs are a great way to keep your child's reading skills developing over the summer--and they offer many offer fun enrichment activites and incentives for reaching a set reading goal. Some websites are also offering national programs.  Follow the links below to learn more about summer reading programs and get tips for finding one near you.
 

Resources Added to TLC this Month
  
Blog Topic: Summer Activities
The activities you plan depend to some extent on your resources: budget, transportation, and time.  We've put together a good list to get you started, no matter your resources in Tips for Parents: Summer Activities.  All of the activities are designed to keep the kids entertained while also being educational.
 
Blog Topic: End of Year Awards
The awards assembly that ends most schools can be a time of great satisfaction or great disappointment for many kids.  How they feel is often directly related to how many awards they received.  Here's how we try to keep it real in our home.

 
 
TLC News
Parenting Questions...
Ornaments To Remember Launches Newly Redesigned Site
The Learning Community is sponsored in great part by Ornaments To Remember (OTR).
 
OTR sells blown glass ornaments handcrafted by European artisans.  OTR's many original designs are meant to be displayed year round as reminders of people's passions such as travel, entertainment, and favorite decorating themes. Each handpainted ornament is a piece of art and makes a lovely I-Get-You Gift.
 
OTR recently moved its website to a new platform and great new features await users including a new portal for wholesale customers.

 
Question: 
I have a daughter that is going through puberty and I'm wondering where I can learn more about the cervical cancer vaccine I've been hearing about.
Answer:
The vaccine is called Gardisil and it is meant to boost immunity to certain types of viruses, usually spread through sexual contact, that cause cervical cancer.  The recommended age for the vaccine is 11 12 years old. 
 
You can learn more about the vaccine by reading the Mayo Clinic's article Cervical Cancer Vaccine: Who needs it, how it works
 
Be sure to discuss the vaccine with your daughter's doctor to see if it's the right choice for her.
 
Question:
My son is 4 1/2 and asks us questions about death and where people go when they die.  How do I explain the loss of a loved one and where they go?
Answer:
Your answer will depend quite a bit on your family's religious beliefs.  If you are religious, consider speaking with your church or spiritual leader for advice. It will also depend on your child's age and maturity level.
 
Children commonly have their first experience with death when a family pet passes away.  Make sure to take the time to explain to your child what has happened and listen to their fears.  Kids need to know that death is a part of life, but it's not something they need to worry about on a regular basis.
 
There are some good resources on the web for tips on talking to kids about death:
 
The National Institutes of Health's Talking to Children About Death
 
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Talking with Children About Death
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