ED­I­TOR’S NOTE

201 Family - - EDITOR’S NOTE -

It’s hard to be­lieve that kids are al­ready back to school. Sum­mer is like a blur with hardly enough time to do all the fun things you planned back in the spring.

But, back to school is always an ex­cit­ing time. The end­less quest for the per­fect school sup­plies, in­clud­ing find­ing the per­fect plan­ner, is fi­nally com­plete and makes way for the on­slaught of forms and other school ne­ces­si­ties.

I am blessed with chil­dren who love to read. From their early days in el­e­men­tary school through mid­dle and high school years, the school li­brary has always been an in­te­gral part of their learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. School li­braries are ex­cit­ing places to be and the me­dia spe­cial­ists, as the con­tem­po­rary school li­brar­ian is called, have the ex­per­tise to help guide stu­dents on their learn­ing path and make dis­cov­ery and ex­cit­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Rais­ing an emo­tional child re­quires a spe­cial skill set. In this is­sue, we dis­cuss tools for help­ing par­ents cope with emo­tional kids and to help the chil­dren reg­u­late the swing of their feel­ings in a pos­i­tive way.

Like choos­ing a pe­di­a­tri­cian, choos­ing a preschool is one of the most im­por­tant de­ci­sions par­ents make in their young chil­dren’s lives. A preschool sets the stage for higher learn­ing later on and a high-qual­ity ex­pe­ri­ence en­hances the child’s prospects for learn­ing. Con­sider the cur­ricu­lum, the daily rou­tine, staff cre­den­tials and the gen­eral at­mos­phere of the school. And, of course, vis­its the schools and get feed­back from other par­ents.

Septem­ber also means soc­cer to thou­sands of youth and high school ath­letes in our com­mu­ni­ties. One lo­cal high school coach, Tara Madi­gan of North­ern High­lands High School, has built a rep­u­ta­tion for ex­cel­lence while tak­ing her team to re­peated state cham­pi­onships.

Our Do-Gooder this month is Lynn Bar­ral, who brought a spe­cial recital to the Chil­dren’s Ther­apy Cen­ter in Fair Lawn. It was a thrilling ex­pe­ri­ence for Bar­ral, the stu­dents, and all of the vol­un­teers who par­tic­i­pated in the pro­gram.

Fi­nally, en­joy a trip to the Tur­tle Back Zoo and Tree­top Ad­ven­ture – always a fun day out.

AMELIA DUG­GAN

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