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November 2018

November is a month that’s all about food. Not just the delicious meal you create for family and friends, but also food for thought. It’s a time of reflection and appreciation. November also fuels your civic responsibility by getting out to vote. The freedom of choice is something that should not be taken for granted. It’s a right and a privilege, so make your voice heard loud and clear and vote!

This really is the most wonderful time of the year! All of your holiday favorites are taking place throughout Connecticut. Where do you start? By reading the annual Holiday Happenings! Find the events you look forward to each year and check out some new activities. Go on an adventure with your family, making memories that last all year long. This is an issue we can all be thankful for and get you into the holiday spirit.

While Thanksgiving may be one of your favorite holidays — think great food and no presents to buy — that may be the reason why it might not be on your kids’ top 5 list. This year you can create something special just for them, a Friendsgiving. This is a kid-friendly party filled with games, activities and yummy treats. The kids’ table might just be the best seat in the house. And as you gather around the table this year, we share another idea. This is the perfect time to tell your family story. Everyone has something to share and every generation can get in on the act. This might work if you’re not able to spend the holidays with loved ones. Read how one mom learned how to stay in touch with her family across the miles. 

If you love the holidays but dread stepping on the scale after a weekend of celebrations, don’t worry. You can indulge without the bulge with some great tips (and leave your “turkey pants” in the closet). What if you are hosting with a table filled with gluten-free, vegan, allergic guests? Don’t panic. Learn how you can accommodate your visitors’ dietary needs, while making it easy on yourself. And, talking about parties, you might be planning more than a holiday celebration. Birthday parties are always in season. If you need some ideas for your birthday star, check out the semi-annual Party Spectacular for something extra special this year.

November is Adoption Awareness Month. Learn about the Gift of Adoption, a charitable organization that provides grants for families in order to help them give children a permanent home. While we’re talking about helping kids, you know your children are growing up surrounded by technology. There’s a big push in schools for STEM education, and you can boost your kids’ sense of curiosity and problem-solving at home with some easy ideas. We are focused this month on being thankful, so we’re very grateful to the North Haven Library for providing some terrific reads to share with your kids to help them discover the meaning of family.  

Don’t miss the Family Fun Calendar for more things you and your children can do together, making new traditions and having fun. Happy Thanksgiving. And, don’t forget to vote!

 

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