Winter Playgroups Are Full - Enroll now for Spring!

Our winter playgroups are full.

Please take a moment to register for our spring playgroups, beginning February 17.  Registration instructions can be found at http://lavc-frc.tumblr.com/playgroups.

Trick or Treat???

When we think of Halloween - our memories are probably really from elementary school years. We loved making crazy costumes and going house-to-house. We were old enough to understand "real" from "pretend" so costumes and masks weren’t scary.

Your kids are too young to know that, and halloween can be pretty scary for them. Even when young kids can’t articulate it, sleep can be filled with images, and disrupted. There will be many years for you to have fun together making costumes (and worrying about the candy!). We suggest that for a few years, you keep it low-key and make it about pumpkins and un-scary costumes.

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Do you have any suggestions or ideas for toddlers and young preschoolers?

Books, books, and more books!

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Reading is one of the simplest and most wonderful way for families to spend time together. But what to read is sometimes harder to figure out. Sometimes books start out great, and then we find ourselves editing too much. Here’s a wonderful list  from the New York Times. Some of our old favorites are on it, and some new ones, too! 

Remember that LA Valley College Library has a great children’s section, and that the Family Resource Center has a parenting, as well as infant and toddler, library available for check out.

Enjoy!

(Hopefully) Affordable Health Care for All!

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We must admit  - that as thrilled as we are -  that our country is on the road to having a health care system that is affordable… we are a bit overwhelmed as to how to access it. 

There’s lots of information available…this is a good place to get started and this video also does a good job of explaining the overall system.

The FRC is working on putting on a workshop to help people figure it out. Stay tuned to this site for more information!

Is Losing Good for Kids?

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Let’s face it: we live in a competitive society. By our age, we’ve learned that it’s better to be the best at something; it’s better to win than lose.

But…there is lots of thought that always winning is NOT what’s best for kids! (click here to read a great article). How do they learn that part of life is enjoying the process? And most importantly, it’s important for kids to know they are still “okay” even if they aren’t the best or don’t get what they want.

As adults, we know that life is full of wins and losses and disappointments. It is absoluty certain that our kids will experience them all. I tell parents that it is part of our “honor” of parenting these beautiful human beings, that we get to be there for them while they experience joy and wins, and also sadness and losses in life.

Soon enough, they will be out in the big world without us as their safety net!

"I Love Watching You…."

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I love watching you…. (You fill in the blank!)

Is there any better compliment we can give someone? Don’t we all want to know that people who are watching us approve and support us?

This article beautifully describes why this is a great thing to say to kids. It reminds me that activities are so much about the connection that the parent and child have. Of course we want our kids to develop competent skills and in the first years of their lives this is usually how they do so.

Click on the article (above) to get some tips!

FRC NEEDS BABY CLOTHES !!!

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Some of you may not know that in addition to play groups, the FRC serves LAVC student-parents.They come to the FRC for a few different reasons…but the biggest draw is our free baby clothes. They come for the clothes…and they stay for more. Many of the families are our students and are young and juggling many challenges in their lives. We are happy to be able to help them in small ways to balance their lives. 

SO…the bottom line is we need baby clothes - size 6 months through 3T!

Please bring your used and clean baby clothes to donate to us! We’ll even pick them up if you need us to - call 818 778-5612 to arrange.

Should a HAPPY CHILD be our Goal?

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Of course we want our kids to be happy, but I’m not sure it’s our “job”…or that we really even have the power to do so. Certainly we can contribute to their happiness, but what that actually looks like has always been my question. 

And then I saw this article…it just rang true. Read those 7 points carefully….to me, they feel right.

What do you think???

Fall 2013 Playgroups are ALMOST FULL !!!!

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All playgroups are all full except for Tuesday afternoon from 3:30 - 4:30. Please contact Jeanette at 818 778-5549 or email lopezj@lavc.edu

Internships Available!

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CD 29 Infant Toddler Practicum 

This class provides experience working with infants and toddlers in the Family Resource Center and counts for hours towards your CD Permit! 

Class is Tuesdays from 3:30pm to 5:30pm.  In addition, you will intern in ONE of the play sessions:

  • Mondays 2:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Tuesdays 10:00am - 1:00pm
  • Wednesdays 2:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Thursdays 10:00sm - 1:00pm

Contact Marni Roosevelt roosevm@lavc.edu or call 818 778-5612

Toddlers and Power Tools????

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Yes, that is what you see. Our little beauty has been very busy helping her Papa build her a wonderful slide. She actually didn’t use any of the power tools you see, but this photo makes a point.

Of course our first concern is always about our children’s health and safety. We make sure they sleep on their backs, we put them in car seats, we carefully introduce them to new foods and on and on. 

So when, and how, do we understand that part of how we keep them safe is by allowing them to take risks? Our children need to build self confidence and trust in themselves in order to know what they can…and also what they can’t …or maybe shouldn’t… do.

So how does it start? How do we let them fall down and skin their knees..and get themselves back up….because we know it’s good for them!

FRC Infant and Toddler Play Yard

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So it’s kind of a good news/bad news kind of deal.

Good news: the play yard lawn got re-done and it will be gorgeous!

Bad news: the play yard lawn got re-done and it’s not ready to be played on.

So….infant and toddler playgroups will be held inside next week and will be crowded. If you and/or your child don’t do well with chaos, you might want to wait a week and join us after Labor Day Weekend.

We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause you. Also remember that parking is challenging the first few weeks of the semester!

Face(book) Friends???

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Oh yes, we have joined the crowd and are having so much fun on Facebook! Like us!

https://www.facebook.com/LAVCFamilyResourceCenter

Finally! The Answer to Our “Three Things…” Question!

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So the question was: “name three things this boy is learning”.

There are so many many more…but here are just three things he’s doing to prepare himself for school:

1. Hand/eye coordination: see how beautifully he holds the dinosaur AND gets it to his mouth? He’s going to need to be able to hold a pencil and read an assignment at the same time.

2. Focus and concentration: He is completely engaged in his activity. He’ll need that focus to stay with and complete his school assignments.

3. Curiosity: How does this taste? How does it feel…is it bumpy or smooth? Is it heavy? We want him engaged in the learning process and  love to learn!

These are all questions he’s answering and and tasks he is accomplishing by himself! It is exactly what he should be doing at his age.

Once again, we see a lovely reminder that we often need to get out of our kid’s way… put them in an environment (like the FRC!) that supports them…and lets them learn as they develop.

If you have any questions about any of this, feel free to ask the FRC staff. We LOVE hearing about what you’re thinking and wondering about!