Waitlist - Thursday, May 16 at 7 PM
Waitlist - Wednesday, May 22 at 10 AM
Amanda Romaniello, LPC and Ed Moran, LCSW from Family Centers will help moms and dads prepare to have a frank discussion on "the birds and the bees" with their child. Register online for one of the two scheduled workshops.
This program is a resource roundtable for caregivers at the Darien Library. Attendees can participate in an informal dialogue on childcare topics facilitated by Kate Frommer, Psy.D from Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut.
Whether it's current events in the news or particular events in a child's life, more and more parents are noticing increased anxiety in their young children.
Tamar E. Chansky, a psychotherapist who treats anxious children and adults was recently profiled in The New York Times. According to Dr. Chansky, her goal is not to trivialize children’s fears but to help them see that their fears are unwarranted and can be overcome.
Dr. Chansky offered the following Parent Tips for helping children gain control over their anxiety:
- Empathize with your child. Acknowledge the child’s concerns and the effect they have without dismissing them as silly.
- Describe the problem as coming from the part of our brains that jumps to conclusions and cannot be trusted. Give worry a name, like “brain bug” or "worry bug." This takes the focus away from the child’s specific fear and makes anxiety itself the problem.
- Rewire and resist. Ask your child what she is really worried about and what she thinks might happen. Then ask her to check whether these thoughts really make sense. Help her the inner voice that tells worry it is not the boss.
- Teach relaxation techniques that help temper the biological alarm to fight or flee whenever fear takes over. Deep breathing is a great self-help strategy.
- Help your child focus on what he wants to do and what he would do if worry were not in charge.
- Finally, reinforce your child’s efforts. Praise her for getting through a tough situation.
For parents seeking professional help, there are many local resources:
Looking to learn more about the Common Core State Standards? Here are a few great resources:
CoreStandards.org The website that details all aspects of the standards.
About Common Core Presented by the Connecticut Education Association
Parent Guides to Student Sucess Created by the National PTA, these are grade-level guides that detail the skills children are expected to master.
Shifts for Students and Parents Created by EngageNY.org, this document explains the six major shifts in English and Math that happen under Common Core.
Congratulations to this year's ALA Youth Media Award Winners!
The Newbery Award for excellence in children's literature went to The One and Only Ivan by Kathryn Applegate. Newbery honors were given to Laura Amy Schlitz for Splendors and Glooms, Sheila Turnage for Three Times Lucky, and Sibert Winner Bomb.
This year, the Caldecott Award for excellence in picture books went to John Klassen, for This is Not My Hat. Klassen also won a Caldecott Honor for Extra Yarn, by Mac Barnett. Other Caldecott Honors were given to Peter Brown for Creepy Carrots, Laura Seeger for Green, David Small for One Cool Friend and to Pamela Zagarenski for Sleep Like a Tiger. Special Congratulations to Miss Kiera on her excellent work on the 2013 Caldecott Committee!
The Sibert Award for excellence in children's non-fiction went to Bomb: The Race to Build (And Steal) The World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steven Sheinkin. And the Geisel Award, for excellence in Early Readers, went to Up, Tall and High, by Ethan Long.
See a full list of winners below!
photo courtesy of Flickr user Eddie~S
A recent article in Parenting magazine offered the following 3 Step process for parents:
Step One: Find out what's going on. Get the facts and reassure your child that you will both work together on a solution.
Step Two: Help your child figure out how to respond. Some responses include:
Step Three: Take action yourself. Set up a meeting with the teacher, parent, or caregiver.
One of the hardest things for a child to learn is how to stand up for what's right, even in the face of possible scrutiny or embarassment.
The US Department of Health and Human Services has a kid-friendly website called Stop Bullying Now that features info, games, quizzes, and webisodes all designed to address the issues of bullying , offer meaningful discussion starters, and help promote positive ways of combatting this childhood problem. Check out this video featuring the character Melanie and her struggle with a friend who is a known bully.
It can sometimes be hard to tell if childhood squabbles are simply "kids being kids" or if there is a more serious problem.
Stop Bullying Now offers the following advice to parents:
The Children's Library also offers some great books for both children and parents on the subject of bullying. These are a few of our favorites:
On Thursday, the children's librarians hosted an App Chat. A small but enthusiastic group of parents met with Miss Kiera and Miss Claire to hear about great new apps for all ages and share their own favorites.
Click to view and print the handouts:
What are some of your favorite apps- for children or grownups? Share them in the comments below!
Whether you're sporting your first baby bump or expecting your third little bundle of joy, chances are there is a parenting blog out there that you'll love. Moms, dads, and caregivers can trade tips, tricks, day-in-the-life adventures, and even shopping bargains through social media platforms like blogs. Here are a few of our favorite parenting blogs:
Pregnant Chicken: Laugh-out-loud funny observations and straightforward information for new parents.
OhDeeDoh: From the creators of Apartment Therapy comes this interior design blog that has tips on everything from home improvement projects, to setting up a nursery, to converting a child's bedroom into a cool teen space.
Babble: More of a parenting website than a blog per se, Babble is a fount of information on everything from taming tantrums to having "The Talk." They also feature some great personal mom/dad blogs.
Autism Spot: An empowering and positive blog with information for parents of children with autism or other sensory integration disorders. Contains news about scientific studies and trials, activities for sensory and social development, and support forums.
Geek Dad: Several dads (and sometimes moms, too!) contribute to this fun, tech-savvy Wired blog for parents. From books, to video games, to Lego competitions, there is no shortage of great, geeky ideas.
Our Family Eats: Looking for a quick, healthy, and delicious dinner idea? Pop over to this practical foodie blog for busy chefs.
Radical Parenting: Believe it or not, this insightful and informative blog is not written by parents- but by a group of teen writers. Started by Vanessa Van Petten at age 16, the site is now home to over 120 teen contributors. For an inside look at the brain of a teenager, this is an invaluable resource for moms and dads.
Did you know we have some amazing parent bloggers right here in Darien? Check out these local mom bloggers and come meet them in person at the Tech Moms panel event next Wednesday, February 15 at 9:30am.
Lisa Boncheck Adams (LisaBAdams.com): Writings on breast cancer, grief & loss, life, and family.
Nicole Lyons (All About Darien): A "good-to-know" guide for and about everything Darien.
Jacquie (Afterwordsblog.com): Funny, poignant tales of a transplanted Brooklynite (now Darienite) living with her husband and two kids ("The Boy" and "The Girl") in suburbia.
Jennifer St. Jean (Itty Bitty Bag): Owner and creator of the Itty Bitty Bag company, this Darien mom is a craft and sewing goddess- she can even give detailed instructions how to hem a pleated jumper!
Have a favorite parenting blog that we missed? Share it in the comments section below!
photo courtesy of Flickr user miguelphotobooth.
REGISTRATON OPENS FEBRUARY 27*
A technology class for three- to five-year-olds with a parent/caregiver. This interactive class will introduce new kid-friendly websites and help your preschooler learn basic computer skills. *Registration is a lottery; register here between Monday, February 27 and Monday, March 12.
Wailtlist for Techsplorers (Space is limited)
Children ages six- to eight-years-old will have the opportunity to reinforce computer skills, explore fun new websites and create unique projects using both traditional and digital art techniques.
Waitlist for iKids (Space is limited)
A creation-based technology program for nine- to twelve-year-olds. This highly interactive class focuses on using technology to express creativity. From podcasting and digital photography to book trailers and art apps, kids will explore different media and create their own.
Calling all kid filmmakers and book lovers! Storytubes 2012 is a national competition in which children combine their love of reading with savvy tech skills to create unique book trailers. Darien Library is proud to be a Partner Library for the 2012 competition! Register to reserve time in the computer lab to use the Children's Library cameras and software to make your book trailer.