For Father's Day, young hands can make...


For Father's Day, young hands can make something for dad

Uh oh, it's almost Father's Day (Sunday, June 21). In lieu of another tie, here's an idea for a gift the youngsters can make for dad.

How about a personal paperweight? You'll need a large rock, acrylic paints, brushes, sequins or other decorative items and household cement. Paint a nicely shaped rock with colorful patterns and shapes: Wavy lines of varying colors or geometric shapes layered one on top of another. Alternately, paint the rock a solid color and splatter paint it. To splatter paint, dip brushes into different colors and run your thumb against the bristles of the brush so that paint flicks onto the rock's surface. You can glue decorative items on top of the rock if you like.

Famous dads

Wild Turkey conducted a survey to find the most famous TV dads. Tops were Mike Brady (Robert Reed) from "The Brady Bunch" and Steve Douglas (Fred MacMurray) from "My Three Sons." Other contenders: Jim Anderson (Robert Young) from "Father Knows Best;" Ward Cleaver (Hugh Beaumont) from "Leave It To Beaver;" Howard Cunningham (Tom Bosley) from "Happy Days;" Homer Simpson from "The Simpsons;" Tony Micelli (Tony Danza) from "Who's The Boss?;" and Dan Connor (John Goodman) from "Roseanne." With school out and summer due this weekend, cries of "I'm bored" may soon ring through your home. To help parents answer these calls, the National Parent Teacher Association and The Discovery Channel are teaming up with "Summertime Tips For Parents," a series of public service announcements with practical activities for parents to share with their children. The tips will begin airing Monday and continue throughout the summer on Assignment Discovery, weekdays at 9 a.m. on cable television's Discovery Channel.

Here's a preview of some of the tips:

* Make an "I Can" Can. Cover an empty can with colored paper. When a child learns a new skill, have him write it on a piece of paper and drop it in the can. Review the contents every few weeks to measure growth and increase self-esteem.

* Keep a chronicle. Encourage children who are home alone to record the day's events on tape for mom and dad. Listen to the tape in the evening with the children and talk about their day.

* Listen to young readers. Ask children to read books and magazines to you while you're doing chores. When they finish a chapter or section, ask them questions about what they have just read.

* Read to young listeners. Take time to read to your children every day.

Worth noting

* "Differences in Male and Female Sexuality." Dr. David Luecke of the Pastoral Counseling Program at Loyola College will talk at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mercy High School. The discussion is sponsored by the Friends of Mercy, a support group for the single again. For more information, phone 239-3475.

* Workshop for Interfaith Couples. Six-session workshop led by a rabbi and a social worker for married couples and those planning marriage. Limited to seven couples. Next session begins July 2. For more information, phone 466-9200, Ext. 381.

* "Teaching Thinking at Home." The Maryland Center for Thinking Studies is expanding this program for parents to PTAs in Baltimore and Baltimore County and parent groups around the state. It is taught 10 Saturdays at Coppin State College or in evening sessions at individual schools. For more information, phone Toni Worsham at 410-383-5575.

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