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October 2009 Newsletter
Monday, November 02, 2009

October 6, 2009  Issue X Volume 1  
 
Inside this issue...
Monthly Tip for Parents: Halloween Helps
 
Blog Topic: Teaching Babies Sign Language
 
Blog Topic: Previewing Media for Children
 
Stop Bullying Now
 
Autism Speaks.org
 
Parents, Families & Friends of Gays and Lesbians
 
The Lunch Box
 
TLC News: The Parent Power Blog Needs Your Help
 
Parenting Q & A: Potty Training, Headaches
 

 
 
 
 
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Monthly Tip for Parents
 
Halloween Helps
 
With Halloween lurking around the corner, sugar overload and expensive costumes are on every parents' mind.You may not be able to control the sugar, but you can let your kids participate in planning parties and crafting homemade costumes so that the holiday is less expensive and more of a learning experience. 
 
Resources Added to TLC this Month
  
How teaching sign language to my children early on improved their ability to communicate and eased the "terrible twos."
 
Twilight Fever has invaded our household and my 11 year old is infected.  Do I allow her to read the books and/or watch the movies?

Stop Bullying Now
Learn all about bullying and what you can do to stop it. Take a look around this interactive website and you’ll find games and cartoon Webisodes that help you "Take a Stand. Lend a Hand. Stop Bullying Now!"
 
Spanish/Español: Las páginas para adultos Toma Posición, Da una Mano
Autism Speaks.org
Learn what autism is, as well as diagnosis, treatment, your child's rights, and autism and your family at Autism Speaks.org.

Parents, Family and Friends of Gays and Lesbians
"Your first reaction to learning that your loved one is gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning can range anywhere from anger to sadness, fear to hurt, confusion to grief, and anywhere and everything in between. These emotions and the thousands of others that parents, families, and friends experience as they navigate their loved ones coming out process are normal."  Learn more at PFLAG.
 
The Lunchbox
The site's mission states that "access to healthy food to grow their bodies, minds and future. We must feed their knowledge while also providing wholesome sustenance to their physical needs. The tools for feeding such change must be equally available to all schools no matter their geography, budget or situation. The relationship children have with food will evolve into a virtuous circle benefiting not just themselves but our society as a whole." The Lunchbox is a great resource for parents and teachers.
TLC News
Parenting Questions...
The Parent Power Blog Needs Your Help
 
The contributors to Learning Community's Parent Power Blog need your feedback!  We've been blogging along for quite some time now and would love to have your comments on our blogs.  We ask questions, try to stir up a little controversy, and turn people on to new issues and resources.  
 
But we can't do it by ourselves.  Your input is needed for the blog to truly become a community.
 
Email us to suggest a topic or feel free to leave your constructive comments on the blog.
 
Question: 
"When should I start potty training my 2 1/2 year old son?"

Answer:
Research shows that your child is ready to start using the potty when they demonstrate any of the following behaviors:
  • Asking to use the potty
  • Waking up from long naps with a dry diaper
  • Noticing when their diaper is wet or dirty
  • Showing interest in parents using the potty and wearing underwear
For more information on indicators that your child is ready to begin potty training and tips for making the process easier for you and the child check out these websites:
 
Question:
My son has been coming home from school complaining of headaches almost every day.  He is a healthy child and doesn't seem to be sick.  Should I take him to see the doctor?

Answer:
You definitely should take your son to see his doctor.  Persistent headaches can be the result of numerous conditions, ranging in severity, and only your physician can pinpoint the cause.  
 
One such cause is a vision problem.  Children that are having difficulty seeing may squint or their eyes may have to strain to see, and this can lead to headaches.  Poor vision can interfere with learning in addition to causing headaches, so be certain a vision check is part of your child's exam.
 
Other causes such as low blood sugar, allergies and lack of sleep can also give a child headaches.
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