NOVEMBER 2017
Be SAFE | Be PREPARED | Be RESPONSIVE

BE SAFE
As we move into the holiday season, it’s important to keep in mind the added stress that can accompany gatherings, decorating, hosting and celebrating.  View this helpful holiday safety and mental health tips checklist from the American Academy of Pediatrics to avoid some of the pitfalls.
BE PREPARED
My children are already pining for snow! One likes the cold weather that snow brings, but both relish those surprise snow days when school is dismissed and their day becomes free from the normal routine! If you are new to Colorado or looking for some winter safety for children, you’ll want to check out Ready Wrigley. You can print off fun activities for the kids on cold winter days and children can assist with packing safely to enjoy winter outdoor activities. Additionally, you’ll be reminded of the indoor checks that need to happen when the heat kicks on and we spend more time inside. Hint: Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors may need new batteries and a safety check!
BE RESPONSIVE
What does it mean to be responsive to young children? We hope you will take six minutes to view this brief video from ZERO TO THREE. We think you will be surprised at the small changes you can make that have the largest impact on your child’s long term ability to make friends, problem solve, become independent, and show kindness to others.  PSSST, it’s not what you might think and our ability to impact these outcomes starts at birth!

For more information and parenting resources,
visit our website below or our calendar page.
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With one of our topics being safety this month,
here are some additional resources:

Safety Around Water - FREE COURSE next week!
To register, call Memorial Park Recreation Center
at (719) 385-5984 or e-mail mbarry@ppymca.org .

Car Seat Safety


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Allianceforkids.org | 719.634.8045