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March 2018

The Winter Olympics are over and the medals have been won. Now it’s time for March Madness. The month is filled with hoop action and lots of parades to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. However, one of the best things about March is that we get to turn the clocks ahead for an hour more of sunlight, and ta da — it’s spring!

Packed with information, our print and digital platforms help you navigate the roller coaster of life this month as we address an array of topics this month. In our Special Needs Showcase you’ll find a wide variety of programs and resources that will benefit your special child academically, emotionally and physically. Mental illness often has a stigma attached to it. Often when celebrities open up about their disorders, it can serve to educate the public and erase many misconceptions. Take a deep breath! Children with special needs will benefit from yoga. Deep breathing is a great coping technique, and yoga also tones muscles while improving stability, balance and self-esteem. Namaste.

If we’re thinking spring, let’s take it one step further and think summer! We’re here to help with our annual Camp Resource Guide. Now is the time to start making plans for your kids. Pull up a chair, take a look at what we have to offer and surf away. Whether you’re looking for day or overnight programs, enrichment or a specialized camp, we should have what you are looking for.

Everyone is reeling from the latest school tragedy in Florida. It’s hard enough for an adult to process, but for children it’s even more mystifying. We share ideas on how to talk to your kids and help answer their questions and deal with their emotions, while also making them feel safe.

In a change of pace, if you’re overwhelmed with household chores or just looking for some help, get your kids to pitch in. From laundry to dishes and much more, kids can be your secret weapon in getting the job done. One mom has a great idea — sing your way to a cleaner house. She tunes up with her preschooler and discovers that a sing–a-long makes the job go faster. Think C-L-E-A-N (to the tune of B-I-N-G-O)! The bonus? They will feel good about helping out.

Want to have lots of fun with your little leprechauns this St. Patrick’s Day? Go green and try out our shamrock–inspired crafts. Downtime with your kids is always a special time, especially if it involves reading. Here’s something you might not realize, wordless picture books are not just for toddlers any more! Older kids can interpret how the author uses line and color to tell the story. The Ridgefield Library shares some great selections for kids of all ages. And, of course, don’t miss the Family Fun Calendar filled with March’s best activities sure to put a spring in your step. May your month be filled with rainbows and pots o’gold, because every one is mad about March!


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