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Maryland Week of the Working Parent -- Maryland Committee for Children


Sendak highlights Week of the Working Parent

Just ahead is the 1992 Maryland Week of the Working Parent, and though it isn't a week for parents to just lay back, as they really want to do, it is a week of attention and appreciation. And a week to plan for, while there's still time. The Week of the Working Parent is May 25-30; here are a couple of highlights:

Children's author and illustrator Maurice Sendak will discuss his work in art, theater and children's literature during "Maurice Sendak on Stage" May 27 at the Peabody Institute. The evening is a fund-raiser for The Maryland Committee for Children. Tickets are $35 and $100.

On the next night, Dr. Stanley Turecki, a psychiatrist and physician-in-charge of the Difficult Child Center in New York City, will speak about "Good Children/Challenging Behaviors" at 8 p.m. at the College of Notre Dame. Dr. Turecki is the author of "The Difficult Child" and a frequent speaker on family issues. Tickets are $17.

For more information and tickets for either program, contact The Maryland Committee for Children, 752-7588.

A book for guilty mothers

For every mother who has guiltily arranged store-bought cookies on her own plate and sent them to school billed as "homemade," here's a book for you: the "Working Mother's Guilt Guide," by Sandra Salmans and Mary C. Hickey, two mothers who know about guilt only too well. "With Mary being Catholic and me being Jewish, we've just about cornered the market on guilt," said Ms. Salmans, a writer who lives near Philadelphia. Ms. Salmans and Ms. Hickey met in 1990 while both were free-lance writers in Washington. The pair realized that a lot of their conversations centered on how guilty they felt about anything they did as parents. If they took time away from work they felt guilty; if they spent time away from the kids they felt guilty. Most mothers will recognize familiar situations in the book, published by Penguin Books.

Worth noting

* Reading Help. The Baltimore County Library is sponsoring a program to help parents increase their children's reading ability in as little as 15 minutes a day. Dr. Joseph Suhorsky of Towson State University will present "Natural Reading: Helping Your Child Become A Reader": Tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Hereford Library; Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Woodlawn Library; May 19 at 7 p.m. at the Catonsville Library, and May 20 at 7 p.m. at the Cockeysville Library. The programs are free; for tickets, phone the library.

* Courses for day care providers. Essex Community College is combining its classes in CPR and first aid to make it easier for both family and center day care providers to meet state requirements. The courses begin this week and continue into June; for times and dates, phone Bob Callahan in the Office of Continuing Education, 522-1796.

* Help for the single again. The Friends of Mercy, a support group for single, widowed and divorced people, is presenting "Crisis Adjustment in a Difficult World: Dealing with Loss, Divorce and Grief" at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mercy High School. Dr. Joan McMahon from Towson State University is the speaker. For more information, phone 433-8880, Ext. 23.

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