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Parenting Today is a family focused magazine dedicated to sharing content which speaks to the key developmental stages of Babies, Toddlers and Children.

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  • Parenting today AUGUST 2012

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    Parenting Today is produced by The Nation Publishing Co. Limited; a subsidiary of The Nation Corporation, which is a member of the One Caribbean Media Limited (OCM) group of companies. For general info email: parentingtoday@nationnews.com

    Every eff ort has been made to ensure that the information contained within this magazine is accurate, however, The Nation Publishing Co. Limited cannot be held responsible for any consequences that may arise from any errors or omissions. This publication cannot be copied in whole or in part without the explicit permission of the Publisher.

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    Summer is a wonderful time for the young ones. The long

    holiday, enjoyable camps, and the opportunity to vacation

    with their mummies and daddies doing fun stuff , make it all

    the more exciting.

    The end of summer brings a period of transition for many

    parents and children: the rst day of nursery, kindergarten,

    primary and secondary school.

    The period of adjustment can be a trying time, but as you

    read the pages of this issue of Parenting Today you will nd

    valuable advice from experts presented in an informative and

    entertaining manner.

    Leading off with the journey that prepares you for parting

    with your baby to rejoin the world of work, we will share tips

    on choosing a nursery, provide insights on what to expect as

    the child develops, and more.

    A childs hearing is more sensitive than many realize, read

    on to nd out why, and how to protect it.

    To ensure they have a balanced, healthy diet, review our

    suggestions for making veggies fun and more appealing to

    children.

    In keeping with the fun of the summer look out for the

    creative party suggestions, and tap into your childs creativity

    with a visit to our craft corner.

    With the increasing stress on the total development of the

    children passing through the education system, our focus

    on extra-curricular activities, their value and maintaining a

    balance is both timely and instructive.

    It is with special thanks that we acknowledge our valued

    contributors and advertisers, without whom compiling a

    package such as this would have been impossible.

    As our readers, your opinion is important. We welcome

    your suggestions on what youd like to see in future editions

    of Parenting Today, as we seek to inform, educate and

    entertain you. Lyle JonesEDITOR

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    Contents6 Parting With Your Joy

    10 ReadySetGo

    12 Safeguard Your Childs Hearing

    14 Paving The Road To Success In Secondary School

    16 Doctor Q&A

    18 Unlocking Their Full Potential

    22 Healthy Hair is Good Hair

    24 Healthy, Fun Foods26 Birthday Party Ideas28 Back-to-School Craft32 Happy Children are Healthy Children

    ON THE COVER: ZAHRA AND HANNA ASHBYCOVER PHOTO BY INSIGHT DIGITAL

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    A NEW CHAPTER BEGINS

    PARTING WITH YOUR JOYStory by Aprille Thomas

    After the big day

    has passed and

    youve brought

    your baby home and spent

    weeks, months, or even

    years bonding with them,

    its time for the next big

    day leaving them. Some

    parents wont be able or

    will choose not to stay home and raise their children, and so it

    becomes necessary to nd someone who can. This can be a

    diffi cult transition for children and parents alike; but the truth

    is that children are always transitioning, and its at these times

    that they most need the love and support of their parents.

    Director of Parent Education for Development in Barbados

    (PAREDOS), Marcia Graham, is an authority on the subject

    and advises that parents develop the mindset that they have

    to concern themselves with transitions every year, and be

    right there for their children, Transitioning means that you

    have to spend extra time with the child.

    The earlier, the better. Children who spend more time at home with their parents may have a harder time leaving them than those whose ties are severed early.

    Day careOne of the biggest changes for parents is leaving their

    children and going back to work. Particularly because choosing

    the right day care centre for children isnt as easy as looking in

    the telephone book or going to the one nearest to you. Rather,

    Marcia off ers some guidelines for parents:

    The earlier, the better. Children who spend more time at

    home with their parents may have a harder time leaving

    them than those whose ties are severed early.

    Parents should be abreast of the developmental

    expectations of their child at that age. Day care providers

    should be able to provide you with information in the form

    of literature; as well as tell you when your child reaches

    certain goals.

    The day care environment should be clean, light and airy.

    It should resemble the cleanliness standards at your own

    home.

    The staff at the day care should be caring, loving,

    encouraging and embracing. They should off er daily

    feedback during pick ups, about your childs habits and

    behaviours eating, sleeping and so on. This is especially

    important for children who cannot yet speak.

    You need to nd out if its a provider who will call you

    during the day regarding any unusual behavior your child

    may exhibit. Providers should be open to communication.

    Parents should ensure that they have a physical copy of

    the providers policies and practices.

    Some day care centres will only allow healthy meals,

    snacks and beverages. You should know what your day

    cares position is on the matter.

    STARTEARLY

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    Make sure that when you get home, your house is calm and empty because you will be tired and want some time to relax. Keep visitors to a minimum; . . .

    Primary schoolBy the time children reach the age of four, they are a lot

    more developed and independent. Marcia reminds parents

    that at this time, children who attended day care would also

    have had their relationships with their aunties broken, and

    would need lots of support from their parents to help them

    understand the big change. She advises that parents also

    spend time doing research before choosing a school and

    off ers the following tips:

    Thoroughly research the school: alumni, teaching

    methods and types of communication. You should

    even nd out about the non-teaching staff because

    they are the ones who will have contact with your

    children before school, during lunch, when theyre

    sick, and so on.

    Find out what kind of curriculum is off ered. What kind

    of subjects will they be exposed to?

    Also be abreast of the milestones expected at this

    age, so that if you nd that your children arent

    reaching them, you can discuss it with their teachers.

    Find out about extra-curricular programmes that

    are off ered, for example, swimming, Cub Scouts,

    educational tours, and Brownies.

    Once you decide on a school, you should take your

    child there and allow them to spend time in the new

    school. It is important for parents to be positive about

    the school, because children will pick up on this.

    Before the school year begins, parents can do a few

    trial runs to the school so that you can be familiar

    with the time it will take, and maybe even learn a few

    back roads in the process.

    When school begins, parents should ensure that they

    get involved with the Parent Teachers Association

    (PTA), which will give you closer access to the school.

    Participation is also advised, so that you will have the

    ability to in uence policies.

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