Series helps parents become better teachers
Few doubt that parents are their children's first -- and most important -- teachers. Few, however, expect parents to have a plan for what and how they might teach their children. Dr. Joseph Procaccini, professor of education at Loyola College, wants to change that. "For 90 percent of their lives, they are in the hands of their parents, yet we disproportionately expect schools to do so much more teaching -- of facts, values, attitudes -- than they possibly could in the time they have the children," he says. Through the college's Center for Family, Work and Education, Mr. Procaccini is offering a free four-part series, "Curriculum for the Home," which will focus on what -- and how -- parents can teach their youngsters. It begins June 1 and continues for three more Mondays at the Loyola College Business Center in Columbia. Sessions will meet from 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more information, phone the Center for Family, Work and Education at 410-381-9700.
Teens and vegetarians
"How on Earth!" is a new vegetarian newsletter written for teens by teens. The newsletter contains recipes, nutritional advice and information on environmental, animal and vegetarian issues. Teens are encouraged to submit material for publication. The newsletter will be published four times a year by the Vegetarian Education Network, a non-profit organization. Subscriptions are $12 a year. There is also a special student rate. For information, write to: The Vegetarian Education Network, Box 3347, West Chester, Pa. 19381.
Selecting day care
In the parents-need-all-the-help-they-can-get department, the folks who make Lysol spray have put together a free booklet to assist parents in selecting day care. The handy little brochure includes a checklist for choosing appropriate care and a long list of things to look for in a day care facility, plus a form the care giver can fill out to help parents and pediatricians assess a child's behavior and development. To get a copy, send your name and address to: Lysol Day Care Brochure, Box 5440-N, Westbury, N.Y. 11592-5440.
Phone help for parents
And here's more help. The National Parenting Center in Los Angeles offers inexpensive parenting advice by telephone covering seven age categories. More than 1,000 topics are covered in one-minute messages, prerecorded by experts such as author Vicky Lansky, with 35 topics rotated daily, five in each category. Call 1-900-246-6667 and follow the taped directions. You will be charged $1.95 for the first minute and 95 cents for each additional; you can shorten the time charges by pushing the age category code number as soon as the directions begin. (pregnancy, punch 1; newborn to 3 months, 2; infant to 1-year-old, 3; toddler, 4; preschooler, 5; preteen 6 to 11 years, 6; and adolescent, 7.) You can also press 8, immediately after hearing the message listing the age groups, and leave a question on any parenting topic. Leave your name and address when you hear the tone; then you state your question. Speak clearly. You will receive a personal answer to your question by mail from one of the parenting experts.
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