Creativity Corner Young Parents in Lafayette County have been find- ing parenting assistance and support from the Young Parent Support Group for the past eleven years. This HEARTS support group is provided to young parents in Lafay- ette County and the surrounding community by the Materials: Lafayette County Health Department. Parenting is one Pink and white tissue paper, cut into 1” squares of the hardest jobs any of us will attempt to do. It is White craft glue very important for these young parents to have the op- Scissors portunity to build their par- Piece of construction paper enting skills and learn about Old Newspaper resources available for them. Pencil with eraser To provide more resources to our young families, the 1. Cut out a heart shape from the construction paper Young Parents Support or card stock. Group has been placed un- 2. Put white craft glue into the center of the heart, der the umbrella of the shaped like a heart. Building Tools for Young Par- 3. Using the eraser end of a pencil, place the eraser into the center of a white tissue paper square. Twist ents. Through this expan- the tissue paper square around the eraser and dot it sion we are now providing cribs to qualifying families When: onto the glue. Continue the process until entire and have received support from The Children’s Trust middle of the heart is covered in white tissue paper. Time: See Photo. Fund of Missouri. Other areas of support include a 4. Repeat the process from step three with pink tissue monthly newsletter, a room full of gently used baby Where: paper for the border of the heart. clothes, an infant care class and infant massage kits to 5. Glue a hanger or magnet to the back if you like. local parenting programs. Every decision we make as a community should reflect our concern for our children. The experiences they Money - What is the cost of our choices. have as children will have a huge impact on the choices Door Prizes will be provided. they will make later in life. . Education and resources we provide to parents during this critical time will only im- prove the cultural and social environment for the entire community. LAFAYETTE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT 547 South 13 Highway Lexington MO 64067 This program is sponsored with funds from the Lafayette County 660-259-4371 Fax (660) 259-6250 Health Department and the Children’s Trust Fund. Do you want to be a www.lafayettecountyhealth.org part? Purchase a Children’s Trust Fund License Plate, and the funds raised by the sale of this special plate will benefit local child abuse prevention projects. To order, send $25 to Prevent Child Abuse Mis- An Equal Opportunity Employer * Services Provided on a souri, PO Box 1641, Jefferson City, MO 65102-1641 or call or call 1.888.826.KIDS (5437) Non-Discriminatory Basis The holidays are just around the corner, and If you suspect child abuse and/or neglect, please call the Why We Spend many parents do not feel adequate unless they are supply- ing their children with the biggest and best presents Missouri Child Abuse or Neglect Hotline at1-800-392-3738. By: Fred Overton, RN money can buy. I recently heard a friend quote an inter- esting statistic, “for all of the money our country spends on As seen in the Pathways Advisor Christmas presents we could provide safe clean drinking You can help prevent child abuse by proudly Vol. 9, Issue 3 water for the entire world.” Our children develop their displaying the official Children's Trust Fund (CTF) license plate on your vehicle. All CTF Money can’t buy happiness. We’ve heard this all view of wealth and materialism based on what they see in plates feature the distinctive green child's of our lives, yet many of us have probably attempted to us. We shouldn't fault our children for displaying the same hand prints logo and a "prevent child abuse" use money to alleviate stress, bolster self esteem, cure message. CTF's goal is to reach 10,000 active behavior we have modeled. During the holiday season CTF plates, which would equate to $250,000 boredom, gain status or acceptance or even stave off when money is probably tight, perhaps it is a good time to annually that would be distributed back into loneliness. I’m talking about every cent ever spent to try give presents of time and attention as opposed to the local prevention programs throughout the state and support CTF grant activities. You to make us feel better. It may be as simple as stopping at newest, shiniest toy that will probably be broken in a can do this… Make an annual contribution of a convenience store during a trip. You already have cost week. $25 or more to CTF by sending a check or effective drinks and snacks in the car, but there just might money order to: I’m not saying we should never treat ourselves or be something more appealing in the C-Store. As eco- Children's Trust our children, but regular treats quickly lose their signifi- Fund nomic factors squeeze our budgets tighter and tighter P. O. Box 1641 cance. To have full impact, treats should be unexpected many of us will be forced to examine our spending hab- Jefferson City, MO surprises, not cause more misery down the road than the 65102-1641 its. It is probably as important to examine why we spend joy they can bring short term. With the uncertainty of our as it is to look at how much or what we are spending our financial future, it is a good thing that money cannot buy money on. Cribs happiness! Every child needs a safe place to sleep. A crib is the only Spending money to fulfill emotional or relational safe place designed to leave a child unattended while you are needs can be a double edged sword. Most of the people sleeping. If you are pregnant or have a child I know do not have an endless source of funds. Money under three months old, you may spent on indulgent expenditures has to come from some- qualify to earn a crib through the where. For many people this means skimping on more Lafayette County Health Department’s Crib Program. The essential items or going further into debt and this leads Crib comes with a mattress and crib sheets. to more stress and feelings of desperation, causing us to Call 259-4371 and speak to Donna to find out more details. feel worse instead of better? Almost like a drug, we be- Expectant Parent Class come resistant to the effects of spending. The more we If you are expecting, don’t miss this opportunity to receive valuable information. Be the best parent you can be. Sign up Immunization Clinics: accumulate the more we need to spend in order to for the Expectant Parent Class on March 7, 2009 from 9:00am to 4:00. The cost for this program is $20.00 and lunch will be Mondays 1-4 pm achieve the same emotional response we first experi- provided. For those qualifying, a scholarship is available. 1st Thursday of each month 9-3:30 pm enced. Continued To Next Page Nutrition Fetal development Overall safety 2nd, 4th & 5th Wednesday of each month Early newborn care Breast feeding Postpartum from 9-4:00pm Relaxation and breathing Minimize discomforts of pregnancy Open Clinic To register or for more information, call 259-4371 and speak to 4th Tuesday of each month 8:30-7 pm Carolyn.