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					     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
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                                                                               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.

				
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