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May 2016

May means moms and Memorial Day — a major league month from beginning to end. Leaves are popping out on trees, and get ready to get down and dirty digging in the garden. Right off the bat, it’s baseball season — whether you’re a Red Sox, Yankees or Mets fan, or want to stay closer to home and cheer on the new Hartford Yard Goats — it’s time to root for your favorite team! Connecticut Parent Magazine hits it out of the park, too! This month is packed with information to put a little spring in your swing!

May is Bicycle Safety Month and, if you want to get your wheels in gear, read about ways to make sure your bikes are in perfect working order — because that’s how you roll! This issue also features our semi-annual Party Spectacular. Looking for the perfect venue or entertainment to make your festivities extra special? This section is filled with everything you need to ensure you will have the perfect party. However, if you’re worried about the dos and don’ts about hosting and attending these events, take a deep breath and check out Birthday Party Etiquette. Invites and gift giving just got a lot easier!

Since Mother’s Day leads off the month on Sunday, May 8, don’t miss an open letter for the mom-to-be discussing the universal truths about motherhood, and learn about the merits of those well-known clichés. And, talking about letters and communication, does your family spend more time texting than talking? Discover the pros and cons of connecting in this digital age.

The camp countdown has started. If the duffels are out and the shorts are in, you might be getting a little anxious about how your child will do away from home. Whether it’s his first time or she’s a seasoned camper, a bout of homesickness is sure to hit at some point during the summer. Learn how to prepare your child and help him to cope with this situation independently. Homesickness is all part of the growing up experience. But, if your child suffers from the blues on a regular basis, learn about the symptoms of childhood depression, and see if it’s more than just a bad day.

The New Haven Public Library has compiled a great assortment of books to help kids learn that change is a natural part of life. The books incorporate subjects such as flowers and insects, and feature characters that experience or witness change, learning more about themselves and the world around them. And check out the Family Fun Calendar to find a Memorial Day Parade in your area, so you can proudly wave the red, white and blue.

To all moms, happy Mother’s Day. To all veterans, happy Memorial Day. And to everyone, a happy May!


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