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					                                                                                                Fall / Winter 2007

              my Early Years
                  Newsletter of the Cambridge Family Early Years Centre

149 Ainslie Street North
Cambridge, ON
N1R 3P4
Phone: (519) 740-8353
Fax: (519) 740-8244

  Office hours
Mon to Thurs:                The Cambridge Family Early Years Centre’s Mom-to-Mom (and dads, too) course
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.          brings young and new parents together to learn and grow in a safe, fun and nur-
Fri: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.        turing environment. The program is just one of many offered by the Centre that
Sat: 9 a.m. to 12 noon       helps parents build connections and friendships within their community while
                             learning at the same.
 plus: Tuesday and

                                Making connections
 Thursday evenings:
   6 to 7:30 p.m.

      (Hours may be
    subject to change)

                               T he Cambridge Familygreat place for
                                 Centre has become a
                                                     Early Years               making bonds are just as important for
                                                                               them, as adults. It’s especially true for those
                             children to learn how to socialize within a       who are new to the community, who are
        INSIDE               group, how to read and write.                     new parents and those who feel they’re
                                 It’s also a place of inspiration for par-     struggling with raising a child. Whether
For Kids                 6   ents who have learned valuable child-             they’re engaged in a structured program or
                             raising tips from our many courses, who           just casually chat with other parents, many
                             have chatted with our childcare experts or        feel comforted to learn they’re not alone
For Parents              9                                                     and feel strengthened and empowered by
                             spent time reading books from our re-
                             source library.                                   the relationships they build.
Library                  5       However, one of the things many par-             We’re proud to say that some of our
                             ents, grandparents and caregivers find most       more experienced parents often become
Preschool Press          3   valuable about visiting the Centre are the        mentors to “new” parents and help them
                             connections they make and the friendships         build connections and make them feel
Outreach                     they build. Why? They all have something          comfortable by inviting them to become
                             in common: they’re raising children in their      part of our “Early Years family”.
                             early years. And they hope to provide op-            For more information on how to start
Satellites               7   portunities for their little ones to thrive and   building connections at the Centre or in the
                             feel connected to the world around them.          community, talk to any of our teachers or
Ask Rhonda               8      But what they may not realize is that          administrative staff today.
Newsletter of the Cambridge Family Early Years Centre                                       Fall / Winter 2007

    Early Years                             What is an
    Centre Team                          Ontario Early
                                         Years Centre?
       Donna Kendrick                  The Cambridge Family Early
 CHILDCARE SUPERVISOR                Years Centre is one of more than
       Brenda Dunnings               100 Early Years Centres funded
 PROGRAM CO-ORDINATOR                by the Ontario government to
       Rita Morden                   take a leadership role in support-
 OUTREACH/FACILITATOR                ing families with young children.       “It’s amazing how a hug
       Bonnie Fischer-
       Foertsch                        Ontario Early Years Centres          from a child can melt the
                                     were created to be a place where        world’s problems away.”
 TEACHERS                            parents and caregivers learn
      Paivikki Algar
                                     about child development and
      Kim Kampian                                                         boosting their educational, liter-
                                     take part in programs that en-
      Nikki Hadfield                                                      acy, social, play and creative
                                     hance development.
      Shelley Ottewill                                                    skills. The centre is also dedi-
      Janice Skilton                   These centres also provide an
                                                                          cated to enriching family life by
      Su Fogo                        opportunity to talk to early years
                                                                          offering support and education
      Sheila Stark                   professionals, as well as other
                                                                          in a warm, friendly and caring
      Alma Chapelle                  parents and caregivers.
                                                                          environment and by ensuring
      Viki Cipric-Resendes            We help children thrive by          access for all families.
      Ann Maser

                                                Important info about us
       Bev Palumbo
                                          • Parents/caregivers are welcome to enjoy our break rooms,
       Sarah Bruce
                                            resources and services but MUST remain on site when chil-
                                            dren are participating in programs.
       Lena Harpur
 PEER HEALTH                              • Drop-in programs operate on a first-come, first-serve basis.
       Rhonda Avey-Hufnagel                 Children’s programs serve ages 0-6 years.
 RESOURCE LIBRARIAN                       • Foods containing peanuts are not permitted on site to pro-
       Barb Lyons                           tect children with peanut-related allergies.
                                          • Please park in the front parking lot in spaces designated by
       Lisa Rutledge
                                            CFEYC signage ONLY. No public parking is permitted in the
                                            building’s rear lot, however, parking is permitted on the side
       Leslie Boissonneault
                                            street. Some parking is available on surrounding streets.
       Jackie Francis
                                          • We strongly recommend children not attend programs if
                                            they are feeling unwell. They will not benefit from any pro-
                                            gram when they are sick.
                                          • The Centre follows school closures in severe weather.

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     Advice to help parents
  deal with difficult behaviours
          very parent has had to face                                         in the room
          those difficult, awkward                                               Encourage your child to share or
          and downright embarrass-                                            take turns with other children
ing moments when a child loses his                                               Some kids need a “safe place”
or her temper or acts inappropri-                                             for when they need to get away
ately because things don’t go their                                           from activity (corner chair or pil-
way.                                                                          low)
   Even though there’s no guarantee                                            If your child is aggressive with
these behaviours can be completely                                            others:
eradicated, there are ways to help                                               Teach empathy, the art of recog-
both parents and children cope.                                               nizing how another person feels
    Here are some ideas to get                                                   Encourage using words instead
around potentially difficult person-                                          of hands by verbalizing what you
alities                                                                       see happening
   If your child is prone to tan-                                                Children are never “bad” but
trums and intimidation to get                                                 their behaviour can be
what they want:                                                                  Help the child to problem-solve
     Keep your cool to show that              Recognize triggers,                Set clear limits on what is and
                                                                              not acceptable
     you are in control, not them
     Teach them to vocalize their              be consistent and                 Model respect for others
                                                                                 Be consistent
     needs if they want something                  separate the
     and you will work out a solu-                                          If your child is overly sensitive:
     tion                                         behavior from            Teach your child how to know
     Help them to recognize and express
     their feelings vocally in an accept-
                                                      the child         when they have too much stimulation
                                                                           Give ideas like calming breaths, take
     able manner                                                        a break, leave the situation
     Be consistent and mean what you say                            Believe what your child tells you
     Zero tolerance works best, no warnings                         Watch for triggers like noise, irritations,
     Be clear about what is unacceptable be-                     foods or smells
     Encourage and reward good behaviour                          If your child is easily distracted:
     with praise and touch (hug or pat back)                        Make eye contact
     Give them choices if you can so they feel                      Limit disturbances
     they have some control over the situation                      Break tasks into simple steps
     Appear disinterested but watch for safety                      Be simple and clear
                                                                    Use visual props such as pictures or charts
     concerns                                         Preschool     Keep a routine
    If your child is prone to being silent                 Press
and withdrawn:
     By 2.5 years old, kids should begin to                                                 Brenda Dunnings
     interact with other children, so provide opportunities                                               E.C.E.
     Children feel more comfortable with a familiar adult

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Newsletter of the Cambridge Family Early Years Centre                                              Fall / Winter 2007

                                                           Centre’s programs
                                                          at the heart of growth
    Centre resources                                        The other day I had the pleasure of running into an ac-
 Library/Computers                                      quaintance from the past. We chatted about the years gone
Our knowledgeable librarian is available to help        by when our kids were little, enjoying the programs at the
parents and children select toys, videos, parenting     Cambridge Family Resource Centre or Playcare, as we were
books and magazines from our lending library.           previously known.
Computers are also available to access the Net.               Our children are now teens and beyond, and we both
                                                        expressed our pride and satisfaction in the young adults that
Clothing Closet:                                        we have parented. She told me that she believed it was the
                                                        Centre that was at the heart of this growth -- the early child
Exchange of clothes for expectant
                                                        development that our children received while playing and
mothers and children 0-6                                learning in a happy environment, and as a family taking ad-
                                                        vantage of all the opportunities that we offered.
 Speech Pathologist                                          Her words stopped me in my tracks, for they were said
A speech and language pathologist from                  to me at a crucial time of year – the gear up for the over busy
KidsAbility offers support at the Centre on             fall of morning, noon and night programs! Her words were
Wednesdays from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. Appoint-             a reminder of the importance of this work, the importance
ments required. Call the Centre at 519-740-8353.        of celebrating outcomes and the importance to continue so
                                                        many more families can benefit! Enjoy playing and learning
                                                        with your children for the years go by far too quickly!
 Public Health Nurse
Healthy Babies, Healthy Children’s “Meet with a                                                           Regards,
Nurse” service is offered at the Centre on Tues-                                                  Donna Kendrick,
days from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Appointments are                                                     Executive Director
required. Call the Centre at 519-740-8353.

 Eye Examinations
Dr. L. Ng (University of Waterloo) is on-site for
Vision Screening and Eye Examination, Thurs-
day, Nov. 15 — 9:30 to 12 p.m. (please book
an appointment with reception at 519-740-
                                                          Volunteer Readers
                                                                                 T he Yellow Room is
                                                                                 looking for volunteers
Breastfeeding Buddies                                                            to read to children 3.5 to 6
A Breastfeeding consultant is available through                                  years during our drop-in pro-
the Centre to provide support and assistance on                                  gram. (reading time runs from
Thursdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Call 519-740-
8353 for an appointment.
                                                                                 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.)

                                                                                   A FEW MINUTES OF YOUR
                                                                                  TIME MEANS EVERYTHING

                                                          Visit us in the Yellow Room for more information!
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              New donation policies                                                       Reading tips
                   We are a charitable organization and we give                              to help
    Recalls        tax receipts for any amounts of $20 or more.
                       Unfortunately, due to a major amount of
     new           recalls on toys and children's equipment,
                                                                           Associate reading with warm, pleasant feel-
                   we have new stipulations in the way we can              ings; learn about words and language; and
                   distribute donations.                                   expand listening skills.
                       The Early Years Centre will no longer               Listen to the sounds in words and notice
physically accept any donations other than maternity wear,                 how some are the same and some are differ-
clothing for children aged newborn to six years and new or un-             ent.
opened items such as diapers, baby food, formula or bottles.
                                                                           Learn more about print concepts, such as,
                                                                           print is spoken words written down, the let-
  Donations can be                             Choice 4: Other             ters in words are written in a certain order,
processed by any of                           agencies or stores that      and written words are separated by spaces.
the following ways:                           accept donations are      Choose books preschoolers like:
                                              Goodwill, Vineyard,          Preschoolers feel good about their growing
    Choice 1: You can                         St. Vincent De Paul,
contact Smarty Pants                                                    skills and accomplishments. As they learn new
                              Outreach        Salvation Army and        concepts and self-help
and arrange for a drop         Offerings      Value Village.
off time at 851 King                                                    skills, read stories about
                                               Recipients: Used         young children who have
Street East in Preston.
                                              equipment bought at       similar experiences.
When you drop off your dona-
                                    Smarty Pants will have been            Preschoolers have good
tion there, just mention our
                                    checked for safety issues or        memories. Read stories
name and the proceeds will be
credited to our account or you
                                    recalls.                            with simple plots children Source for
can get an in-store credit for          Recalled items may be           can retell in their own         Resources
yourself.                           searched on Health Canada’s         words (to themselves, a
                                    website                             stuffed animal, or a friend) and pattern books
     Choice 2: We have posted a            with repetitive and predictable rhymes, phrases,
board outside of our Outreach       spc/index_e.html                    and story lines that let children participate.
office for the trading of dona-         Tel Toll Free 1-800-662-           Tips for reading aloud to preschoolers:
tions. Reception has forms for      0666                                   Introduce the book: read the title, author,
both donors and recipients to                                              and illustrator; look at the cover; talk about
fill out. The information will be       Or email Tor_Prodsafe@hc-
                                                         what the book might be about; suggest
passed on so that both parties                                             things to look and listen for.
can contact each other to ar-           You can call ITSA (Infant
range pick up or drop off. It is    Toddler Safety Association) at         Run your finger under the text, while read-
your responsibility to check out 519 570-0181                              ing. Answer questions related to the book;
the safety factors, proper instal-                                         save other questions for later.
                                        Car seats can be checked
lation, recalls etc.                out at        Talk about the story during and after a read-
                                                                           aloud session.
    Choice 3: If you wish to try
to sell your item, you can post a       Garage Sale items can be           To help your child build a passion for reading, visit
flyer on our bulletin board in      checked out at www.hc-              our Resource Library. Our librarian will be glad to help
the rear break room.                             you choose from our resources including our literacy kits
                                    spc/pubs/cons/garage_e.html         to help your child get on the road to reading.

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                                                          Good Beginnings Drop-in Playgroups:
Fall / Winter programs                                     In our playgroups we place great emphasis on teaching chil-
Good Beginnings Drop-in Playgroups                       dren important life skills such as how to socialize within a group
Mon to Thurs — 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (infant,               and how to express themselves through songs, games and crea-
toddler, junior and senior rooms) (0-6 years)            tive arts. Important early years skills including literacy and
                                                         school enhancement are also a high priority in our programs.
Small Wonders                                            Our groups are guided by trained, caring childcare staff who are
Fridays — 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. (birth to walking with      screened, have First-Aid Certificates and possess a true love for
parent) (drop-in)
                                                         working with children.
Young at Art:                                              We offer many levels of learning at our Centre:
(2.5 to 6 years) (creative time for families) Saturday     In our INFANT room babies explore stimulating toys and
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.) (Oct. 13 to Dec. 1) (drop-in)
                                                         learn to be confident away from parents for a few hours at a
Saturday Family Playtime                                 time.
Saturdays — 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.                             In our TODDLER room children build self-confidence
(0-6 years with parent/caregiver) (drop-in)              through simple arts, songs, games and toy play.
(Oct. 13 to Dec. 1)
                                                           In the JUNIOR room childcare staff help children develop
En Français                                              social skills in theme-based play areas, emphasizing co-operation
Tuesdays — 1 to 2:55 p.m.                                and respect for others.
(3-6 years) (drop-in)
                                                           The SENIOR room helps children prepare for
Family Playtime                                          school. Young minds are challenged through literacy
Wednesdays — 1 to 2:55 p.m.                              initiatives, music, crafts, multi-media computer pro-
(0-6 years with parent/caregiver) (drop-in)              grams and dramatic play featuring ever-changing
Tuesdays and Thursdays — 6 to 7:30 p.m.                  themes.
(0-6 years with parent / caregiver) (drop-in)

Mother Goose for Infants
                                                          En Français:
A group for parents and their children, focusing on        Our introduction to French program exposes children, ages 3
the pleasures and power of rhyme, songs and sto-         to 6, to basic concepts such as numbers, colours, shapes and
ries. Pre-registrations is required for all groups.      letters. Participants also complete a craft and learn to sing sim-
                                                         ple songs in French.
Mother Goose for Infants at Centre:
for parents and infant (aged 0-walking)                   Together Time Programs:
Group A: 12:45 to 1:45 - Wednesdays from Oct. 17
to Dec. 5 (Limited childcare for siblings)                 We welcome parents and caregivers to use our Centre’s facili-
Group B: 2:00 to 3:00 - Wednesdays from Oct. 17          ties and resources to further the spirit of togetherness. We have
to Dec. 5 (no sibling care)                              several programs to suit schedules and interests including:
Mother Goose for Infants at St. Andrews                    FAMILY PLAYTIME: Parents and caregivers are welcome
Terrace Long Term Care (aged 0 - walking)                to bring their children (ages 0-6) to explore our toys, books,
1:15 to 2:45 p.m. (no sibling care)                      computer games and dramatic play centres. Childcare facilitators
Mondays from Oct. 15 to Dec. 3                           offer craft ideas and lead families in circle time activities.
                                                         YOUNG AT ART: Our Saturday morning art program offers
Mother Goose for Toddlers at Centre
                                                         an inspirational setting for parents/caregivers and their children
(aged walking to 2.5)
                                                         to create arts and crafts projects together.
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. (no sibling care)
Tuesdays from Oct. 16 to Dec. 4                          SMALL WONDERS is an informative but informal discovery
                                                         of the wonders of baby’s first year of life. Come learn new ways
                                                         to play with baby and chat with other moms.
P.O.M.B.A. (Parents of Multiple Births Assoc.)
Meets informally every Thursday during our Family        MOTHER GOOSE provides an afternoon filled with imagi-
Playtime from 6 to 7:30 p.m.                             native storytelling and song to strengthen bonds between parent
                                                         and child and teach positive resources for parenting. Registra-
                                                         tion is required.
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                   Satellites and service sites
All families with young children deserve access to early years services. Quality parenting and early years
programming is available at many locations around the community including:
 Our service sites                                                                     Our satellites
• St. John’s-on-the-Hill — 241 Cedar St.
• Myers Road — 10 Gatehouse — Cornerstone Church ( back door)                         • Langs Farm Village
• Christopher / Champlain Duncan McIntosh Loft (Churchill Park) —                       Association 519-653-1470
  624-3855 or 740-8565
                                                                                      • Silverheights Resource
• Greenway Chaplin Community Centre 116 Rouse Ave. Galt                                   Centre (Hespeler)
• Southwood Community Centre 130 Victoria Ave. (St. Andrew’s Church)
  (519-621-2930)                                                                         *Please call above numbers for more
• St. Peter’s School -- 92 Avenue Rd.                                                 info about these programs
• Preston Heights Community Association. 350 Linden Dr. —

                          What’s On at service sites and satellites
    at ST. JOHN’S-ON-THE-                                                          aged 0-6.
                                           at GREENWAY CHAPLIN
  HILL                                                                             Wednesdays: Parents/caregivers
                                        Parents Take a Break registered pro-       with children aged 2-6.
Parent/caregiver drop-in family play-
                                        gram: Tuesdays 9:15 –11:15 a.m. —          Fridays: Expectant mothers and par-
time playgroup) — Wednesday morn-
                                        runs September to June                     ents with children aged 0-2.
ings 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. — runs Sep-
tember to June                                                                     For info call 519-653-1470.
    at CHRISTOPHER CHAM-                  at LANGS FARM VILLAGE
 PLAIN COMMUNITY CTRE                    ASSOCIATION                                   at ST. PETERS SCHOOL
Duncan McIntosh Arena Loft family       Parent/Caregiver and Tots                  Family Playtime -- Mondays,
playtime drop-in: Mondays, Wednes-      Calling all parents and caregivers of      9- 11a.m. 92 Avenue Rd.
days and Fridays 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.     children aged 0-6. Come to the Coro-
Mondays and Wednesday 1-3 p.m. in       nation Public School gym and meet
summer.                                 people in a friendly environment.              at SILVERHEIGHTS
                                          A variety of fun, creative activities     Morning Out
    at MYERS ROAD                       such as free play, crafts and circle       Child Care playgroup — Tuesday,
                                        time. Tuesday and Thursday, 9:15 to        Thursday and Friday mornings, 9 to
Parent/caregiver drop-in family play-   11 a.m. Call 653-1470 for more infor-
time playgroup) — Fridays 9:15 to                                                  11 a.m. Sessions run 10 to 12 weeks.
                                        mation, space is limited and priority is
11:15 a.m. (back door of church) —      given to families in the Preston area.      For more information about call
runs September to June                                                             Joyce at 654-2227654-2227.
                                        Early Years Drop-In
                                        Fun activities at the EY Drop In pro-
    at SOUTHWOOD                        gram — Mondays, Wednesdays and
Parent/caregiver drop-in family play-   Fridays from 9 -10:45 a.m. at the
time playgroup — at St. Andrew’s        Langs Community Health Centre, 887
Church, Wednesdays and Thursdays        Langs Drive, Unit #1.
1-3 p.m.                                Mondays:
                                         Parents/caregivers with children

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         Fall brings new routines
                                Helping children develop schedules
                                  helps ensure smooth success

             ith the unof-                                                                         Mealtimes:
             ficial “new                                                                           Try to have 3-4 meals
             year” of Au-                                                                          per week where the
tumn, we often resolve                                                                             whole family is to-
to start fresh with new                                                                            gether. The social as-
or renewed routines.                                                                               pects of mealtime are
   Whether you are a                                                                               more important than
relaxed and unstruc-                                                                               what is eaten. Studies
tured person, or love to                                                                           show school success is
live by the clock, a cer-                                                                          closely related to the
tain amount of predict-                                                                            number of meals a
ability can bring peace                                                                            child eats while sitting
to the turbulent times                                                                             at a table with family
of toddlerhood.                                                                                    members.
    Three key areas to                                                                              Gather around the ta-
have some structure or                                                                             ble; turn off distrac-
routine to help guide                                                                              tions (TV, computers,
you through the day are                                                                            phone).
around sleep (naps and night-                                                                Offer a variety of healthy
time), mealtimes, and transi-                                                               choices; then let your child
tions.                                                                                      decide how much he eats.
   Sleep:                                                                                   Avoid power struggles – you
   Have a wind down time;                                                                   can’t force your child to eat.
whether it is quiet reading time,                                                           You can make sure that only
a soothing bath, or singing nurs-                                                           healthy foods are available.
ery rhymes together.                                                                         Avoid bribes, threats and
   Have a pre-bed routine: One                                                              rewards of “treat” foods or
experienced Mom gave me the 4            Help Me                                          dessert.
B’s rule: bath, brush (teeth),                                                             Children have smaller stom-
book and bed. If your routine is                                                          achs and therefore need to eat
upset (get home late, etc.) you                               more frequently. Think of snacks as part of the upcoming
can still make bedtime predictable by having a shortened      meal (offer veggies, cheese, fruit, yogurt).
version of the familiar routine (ie. one book instead of 4,      Transitions:
wash face & hands instead of full bath).                         Prepare your child for upcoming changes. “After Dora
   Dim lights prior to bedtime. A small reading light sets    is over, we will be going to the grocery store.”
the mood that it will soon be time to sleep. The body re-        Have predictable patterns in your day. (ie. we come
sponds to these cues. Likewise, lots of bright sunlight and   home from CFEYC, we eat lunch, we have a nap).
fresh air during the day help set your child’s circadian
rhythm.                                                                                                  Rhonda Avey
                                                                                                   Peer Health Worker

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          For parents, grandparents and caregivers
The Cambridge Family Early Years Centre knows the important role of parenting can be a tremen-
dously challenging one. We believe parents and caregivers deserve the same opportunities for sup-
port, understanding and enrichment as children. That is why we offer many programs for those
raising children aged 0-6 years. Visitors also have a chance to take a well-deserved break to chat
with other parents and childcare professionals. Call us at 740-8353 or drop in to find out more about
what’s available.

Benefits include:
•   Parenting courses
•   Guest speakers on a wide variety of interesting, informative topics
•   Mom to Mom and Dads, too: a parenting group to help young mothers and fathers
•   Break Room where parents meet and informally chat about child-raising issues
•   Quiet study area with Internet access
•   Parent/Infant Sensory Room available for nursing/quiet time for parent and baby
•   Peer Support Program (Guest Speaker Series, Help Me Rhonda)
•   Resource and Lending Library: books, magazines, movies and toys
•   Community Nutrition programs including Community Kitchen
•   Access to Early Childhood Educators

     New parents: don’t sweat the small stuff
   As you enter this new stage of                                                     Be sure to notice what's going
life as a family, staying focused on                                                  right, too.
what really matters will help you                                                     Praise yourself and your partner
through the rough spots, especially                                                   for managing yet another round
in the first few months.                                                              of feedings, diaper changes, and
   It may bother you that you didn't                                                  baby entertaining.
have time to make the bed, but                                                         All new parents need to hear
overall, that's not too important.                                                    about what they're doing well.
The more flexible you can be about                                                    And try to be aware of each
what gets done when, the more re-                                                     other's emotions and needs. If
laxed and in control you'll feel.                                                     your partner has had a particu-
   To keep you both on track with                                                     larly stressful day, offer to take
the chores that have to be accom-                                                     the baby so your partner can
plished, make a list of each partner's                                                soak in the tub, watch a favorite
duties and post it on the refrigerator.                     television show, or read a book for half an hour.
   For those tasks that are more draining, like nighttime       Above all, enjoy the time with your new arrival —
feedings, take turns whenever you can. If you both help     your little one will grow up faster than you realize.
out, then one of you won't wind up feeling resentful be-
cause you have to do all the work.                                                                      --Kids Health

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  The Lighter Side of Parenting                                                    Laugh a little, love a lot
              Been Erased                 "How nice," I said. "Where does            Having children will turn you into
                                          she live?"                                your parents.
  Mother: "Why are you home from
                                          "At the airport," Chris replied.           If you have trouble getting your
  school so early?"
                                          "Whenever we want her we just go          children's attention, just sit down
  Son: "I was the only one who could
                                          out there and get her."                   and look comfortable.
  answer a question."
                                                                                     It rarely occurs to teenagers that
  Mother: "Oh, really? What was the
                                                Parental Observations               the day will come when they'll
                                                                                    know as little as their parents.
  Son: " 'Who threw the eraser at the      A baby usually wakes up in the            One child is often not enough, but
  principal?' "                            wee-wee hours of the morning.            two children can be far too many.
                                            A child will not spill on a dirty        You can learn many things from
            Airport Grandma                floor.                                   children... like how much patience
  When I stopped the bus to pick up         An unbreakable toy is useful for        you have.
  Andrea for preschool, I saw her          breaking other toys.                      Those who say they "sleep like a
  friend Chris, and noticed an older        Avenge yourself; live long enough       baby" haven't got one.
  woman hugging him as he left the         to be a problem to your children.
  house.                                    Be nice to your kids, for it is they
  "Is that your grandmother?" I            who will choose your nursing                  DEEP THOUGHTS
  asked.                                   home.
                                            For adult education, nothing              “The best thing to spend on
  "Yes," Chris said. "She's come to                                                     your children is time.”
  visit us for Christmas."                 beats raising children.

Recipes for family feasts

   One-pan roasted pork
 2 medium sweet potatoes (1 lb.), peeled, cubed       1 pkg. (6 oz.) Stuffing
 1 large red onion, cut into thin wedges                    Mix for Chicken
 1/2 cup Light CATALINA Reduced Fat                   1-1/2 cups water
        Dressing                                      2 small pork tenderloins, 3/4 lb. each
 1-1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves, divided

  1.      PREHEAT oven to 375°F. Toss sweet potatoes and onion with dressing and 1/2 tsp. of the thyme.
          Arrange in single layer on 15x10x1-inch baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Bake 10 min.
  2.      MEANWHILE, combine stuffing mix and water. Cut each tenderloin diagonally into thirds. Push vegeta-
          ble mixture to edges of baking sheet. Spoon stuffing down centre of baking sheet; top with pork. Sprinkle
          remaining 1 tsp. thyme over pork.
  3.      BAKE 45 to 50 min. or until internal temperature of pork reaches 160°F

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              Health notes

   Playground safety matters
   After a long, hot summer filled                                                                 Supervise your
with heat and humidity warnings, the                                                               child closely
cool temperatures of fall provide
more opportunities to spend an after-                                                    Teach your child these rules for
noon in the park.                                                                     playground safety:
   That also means it’s also a good                                                           Wait your turn.
time to remind parents about the
need take safety precautions when                                                             Slide down feet first.
playing at the park. The Canadian                                                             Don't go up the slide ladder
Standards Association offers these                                                          until the other person has gone
tips to help ensure all kids play safely:                                                   down the slide.
                                                                                              Hold on to railings.
               Before you go,
            check your child                                                                  Sit down on swings and slides.
   Take off anything that could stran-                                                        Keep away from moving
gle your child. Take off any strings or                                                     swings and the bottom of slides.
drawstrings on your child's clothing.                                                     If your child is between five
In winter, use clips instead of strings                                               and nine years, watch what he or she
                                              Stay close and stay in                  is doing. Children this age like to take
to hold the mittens. Your child can
wear a neck warmer instead of a scarf.       reach to keep kids safe                  chances. Make sure your child uses
Make sure your child puts aside skip-                                                 equipment safely.
                                            equipment that he or she might fall
ping ropes and bike helmets before                                                        If your child is younger than five
                                            off, make sure it has good handrails,
climbing on playground equipment.                                                     years old:
                                            barriers and railings to prevent falls.
           Check the playground                                                              Keep your child off equipment
                                               Watch out for areas where your
         before your child plays                                                            that is higher than five feet (1.5
                                            child's head or neck could get stuck.
   Choose a playground with a deep,         Spaces might be big enough for your             metres). Five feet is about as
soft surface or a rubber surface in-        child's body but might trap his or her          high as most adults can easily
stead of one with a dirt or grass sur-      head or neck. This could strangle               reach. Do not let your young
face. The ground should have soft           your child. Safe spaces are smaller             child go any higher than that.
rubber mats or lots of sand, pea            than 3 ½ inches (nine centimetres)              Stand right beside your child
gravel, or wood chips. These will help      and larger than nine inches (22.5 cen-          when he or she is climbing, rid-
protect your child when he or she           timetres).                                      ing in a swing or playing on
falls. If the surface in your playground                                                    equipment above the ground.
                                               Places to check include the spaces
is not deep and soft, keep your child                                                       You should be able to reach
                                            between the steps on a slide, and
on equipment close to the ground.                                                           your child easily at all times.
                                            spaces between railings. Check for
    Dig the heel of your shoe into the      broken glass, garbage, sharp edges,              Stay close at all times.
surface to see how deep it is. It           and bolts that stick out                          Keep your child off equipment
should be at least six to 12 inches (15                                                     that is meant for older children.
                                                 If your child is old enough, teach
to 30 centimetres) deep. If the surface                                                     Playgrounds often have equip-
                                                 him or her to stay away from
has worn away at the bottom of a                                                            ment for two different groups of
                                                 sharp edges or bolts. Watch a
slide or under a swing, you can push                                                        children: children younger
                                                 young child closely to prevent
more of it into place with your shoe.                                                       than five years, and older chil-
                                                 him or her from bumping into
    Before you let your child use any            sharp edges.                               dren from five to 12 years.

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 Crafty Ideas
                                                                            my Early Years
  Crafting with nature                                                 Welcome to my Early Years, the newslet-
 Materials needed:
                                                                       ter of the Cambridge Family Early Years
                              •   Styrofoam ball                       Centre. This newsletter will be published
 •   Fall leaves, pine-           or clay                              three times each year to coincide with our
     cones, etc.              •   Flower pot                           changing programs.
 •   Popsicle sticks          •   Fall coloured                        We welcome your comments, suggestions
 •   Hot glue gun or              ribbon (optional)                    and written/photo submissions.
     craft glue                                                        Please contact::
    What You Do:
  1. Bake collected leaf items all for 45 minutes at 200 degrees       Lisa Rutledge
                                                                       Communications Co-ordinator
      to kill any insects and eggs.
  2. Use the hot glue gun or craft glue to attach the leaves,          Cambridge Family Early Years Centre
      seeds, pinecones, etc., to the ends of Popsicle sticks. If you   Tel: 519-740-8353
      use craft glue, let them dry.                                    Fax: 519-740-8244
  3. Put the styrofoam ball or large lump of clay in the bottom
      of the flower pot.                                               email:
  4. Stick the ends of the Popsicle sticks into the styrofoam or       For more information about Early Years
      clay to make your autumn leaves bouquet.                         Programs and locations go to
  5. Tie the ribbon around the pot with a big bow, optional. 
                                                                       You can also check out our new website at
              Wanna’ Play?                                                   The Cambridge Family
     Looking for something fun, inspirational and
     educational to do with your little ones this                         Early Years Centre gratefully
     summer? Come and play with us at the                                  acknowledges the support
     Cambridge Family Early Years Centre.                                        of the following:
     Drop into one of these popular programs:
                                                                       Ministry of Children and Youth Services
     Good Beginnings Drop-in Playgroups:                                  Regional Municipality of Waterloo
       Monday to Thursday: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.                                     City of Cambridge
     Family Playtime:                                                      Community Action Program for
     at Main Centre:
                                                                                   Children (CAPC)
       Wednesdays: 1 to 3 p.m.
       Tuesdays and Thursdays: 6 to 7:30 p.m.                                   Dedicated volunteers
     at St. Andrew’s Church:
       Wednesdays and Thursdays (1 to 3 p.m.)
     Small Wonders:                                                         The CFEYC is a non-profit,
                                                                         registered charitable organization
      Fridays (9:30 to 11:15 a.m.)
                                                                              Charity #11909 4639 RP

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