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October 2018

October will bewitch you with all of its charms! The leaves are in their glory and it’s time to put on those sweaters and gather ‘round the fire pit. It’s football season and we share some easy tailgate recipes for game day, or any day, that will make you cheer.

Each family member has a favorite thing they like to do this time of year. Apples are ready to be picked, pumpkins are plump and waiting to be carved. Mix things up and create some new traditions that your family will look forward to year after year. Speaking of traditions, answer the annual question “what do you want to be for Halloween this year?” by learning shopping tricks to find the perfect costume so your kids will think is a treat.

School is in full swing and it’s time for parent teacher conferences. Be prepared; discover how to get the most out of these conversations. Any class, especially STEM ones, can be really overwhelming when English is not your first language. Learn about bilingual books that make education accessible to all. Perhaps you have a child that likes to emote (think drama queen or king)? Channel these tendencies through the performing arts. Theatrical productions will give your kids an outlet for their drama skills, while providing lots of benefits in the tight-knit theatrical community.

Our content always showcases local educational and cultural options. With 10% of school age children attending independent schools in 2016, make sure your child is getting the most out of his educational experience. Our Great Leaders in Education section features the heads of outstanding local independent school sharing what the benefits of each of their schools.

When planning that next vacation, be wary about what you are sharing. Your home will be empty, and unwanted “visitors” can take advantage if you post your get-away plans on social media. Another important safety tip involves fire prevention. Make a plan, keep it simple, and practice it with your family, so everyone will know what to do in case a fire breaks out at home. A safe exit strategy will have you resting easily.   

This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Men can get breast cancer, too! Often considered a women’s form of cancer, breast cancer in men may be overlooked, so learn the signs, symptoms and treatment so men can also become breast cancer survivors. 

“Only” children are thought of as “lonely” children. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth. There can be advantages to being a singleton — one is “one”derful! Keep the learning going and sit down with your kid(s) and teach them that strong women can change the world. The C.H. Booth Library in Newtown shares some terrific picture books about women inventors, scientists, advocates and more. And, check out the Family Fun Calendar for spooktacular events all month long! Have some fabulous fall fun.

 

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