The Importance of Establishing Family Traditions

As we approach the Thanksgiving Holiday, we want to remind you why family traditions are so important.  Traditions can teach children where their family came from or give them insights into their cultural or religious history (e.g. eating tamales on Christmas Eve to celebrate your Mexican heritage). Traditions also serve as reminders of events that have shaped your family and your children (e.g. every year your family goes to the same Christmas Tree Farm to pick out a tree, and each time you go it reminds you of all the experiences you've had on previous trips).

Researchers have consistently found that families that engage in frequent traditions report stronger connection and unity than families that haven't established rituals together. Traditions provide an all-too-rare chance for face-to-face interaction, help family members get to know and trust each other more intimately, and create a bond that comes from feeling that one is part of something unique and special.
One of the main purposes of rituals, whether religious or secular, is to impart and reinforce values. The same goes with family traditions. Through daily family prayer, the importance of faith is re-enforced; through nightly bedtime stories, the value of education, reading, and life-long learning is inculcated; and through regular family dinners or activities, the centrality of familial solidarity is instilled.
Many family traditions have been passed down through multiple generations. Continuing them in your own family is a great way to teach your children about your family's cultural and religious history, thus adding to their personal identity. If you're having a hard time coming up with traditions for your family, find a purpose and then make it personal.
Giving Tuesday is November 29, 2016

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.  Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources. 

During the two weeks leading up to Giving Tuesday (#GivingTuesdayCLT) on November 29, 2016, we are pleased to join with other worthy causes and nonprofits across Charlotte to bring awareness to the many opportunities to give charitably in our community. Most importantly, we are grateful to the many donors and community partners who continue to support Smart Start of Mecklenburg County, and thereby supporting children ages birth to five in our community. Smart Start of Mecklenburg County needs your support on Giving Tuesday, and year-round! Online donations to Smart Start of Mecklenburg County are always accepted...just Click Here!

Smart Start of Mecklenburg County (SSMC) administers approximately $13 million a year in state and private funds to programs serving children ages birth to five, their families, and their caregivers in Mecklenburg County. 
The Learning Collaborative
The Learning Collaborative is a comprehensive pre-school program with hands-on involvement between teachers, students, families, patrons and the community. Providing transportation, hot meals, speech language and literacy development, and intensive family support, they have a long and successful history of developing children who are ready and excited to learn upon entering kindergarten, while coaching parents to participate in their child's education as both teacher and advocate.

On Monday, September 26, The Learning Collaborative opened the doors of its NEW building to 64 eager and exciting young scholars and their families!
Location: 3241 Sam Drenan Road, Charlotte,NC 28205
Phone: 704-377-8076

We recently received an anonymous monetary donation to our Reach Out and Read Program and were able to purchase  133 books for the Reading Corners located at CMC Northpark, CMC Biddlepoint, Novant Health Randolph Pediatrics & Mecklenburg County Health Department. 

Parent Workshop For Families of Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Workshops begin at 10:30am in The Round in ImaginOn and end about noon. Children are welcome. Free parking under the library for the first 90 minutes with validated ticket.

Topic - Positive Behavior Supports with Carrie Reinicke, Carolina Parenting Solutions 
Date - Saturday, November 12 , 2016
Time - 10:30am - 12:00pm
Address - ImaginOn, 300 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
Contact - Dr. Dianne Alexander  704-806-5123
Cost -  FREE
Part -Time Autism Coordinator

This position is responsible for acting as a parent liaison, community  advocate and parent/community educator for children that have been diagnosed on the autism spectrum and families that suspect their child may have autism.