Director

November 11, 2016

Hello Parkside Families,

I would like to begin by saying “thank you” to all of our veterans for their service.  We will continue to show to our appreciation to the men and woman who have and who are serving by having our front entrance lights glow green through the month of November.  We are participating in a nationwide campaign called Greenlight a Vet Initiative to recognize and show our appreciation to those who have served in our community.

Assessments:  The fall assessments are in your child’s mailbox.  If you have any questions about the assessment and would like to talk with your child’s teacher please stop by the office to set up a meeting.

Immunizations:  According to the state of Maine daycare regulations, we are required to have children’s’ immunization records on file.  Every year we are required to provide information on all of the children who have received specific immunizations to the Maine CDC.  We are required to send this information BY December 15th.  If we do not have your child’s updated immunization record please request this from your child’s pediatrician.  You may also have these records faxed to us at 941-2388.  Please stop by the office with any questions!

Upcoming Events:

November Food Drive:  We will continue to collect non-perishable food items as well as pet food until Friday, November 17th.  The non-perishable food will be donated to the Good Shepard Food Bank and the pet food will go to the Eastern Area on Aging.  Please place all donated items into the white baskets outside of your child’s classroom door.  We are having a competition to see which classroom will donate the most amount of food by November 17th!

Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th:  Parkside is CLOSED for Thanksgiving and the day after.

Thursday, November 29th:  Parent/Teacher Advisory Meeting at 5:30.  Stay tuned for more information!

Tuesday, December 20th:  Parkside’s holiday concert!  We are looking forward to having our holiday concert!  The concerts will last approximately 30 minutes (depending on the classroom).  We invite all family members to come and join us while we show you the songs your child has been working hard on!  The concerts begin at 9:00: Yellowstone; 9:30: Big Sur; 10:00: Yosemite; 10:30: Olympic.

Monday, December 26th and Monday, January 2nd 2016: Parkside is closed for the day after Christmas and New Years’ Day.

“The 5 Things Grandparents Do Better Than Parents” I feel that I am very lucky that my daughter has the opportunity to be around her grandparents regularly.  My mom often says in a light-hearted way that she is a better grandmother than she was a mother.  This article talks about some of the ways grandparents do things better than us parents because of the wisdom of already being a parent.  I hope you enjoy this article and appreciate the reasons as much as we did when we read it.  You can find the article at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/deborah-drezon-carroll/things-grandparents-do-better_b_12720830.html.

We grands are a modest lot. We don’t like to brag about ourselves, but as my own wise mother said, “If you don’t say nice things about yourself, why would anyone else?” She was trying to instill confidence, and was encouraging me to recognize my strengths and tout them to the world. That was pretty radical thinking for a girl in the 60s.

So, here’s what I contend: Grandparents do some things better than parents do.

I’m not suggesting grandparents are better parents. I’m postulating there are certain aspects of raising children that the grandparents side of the village handles in a superior way. Let’s call it grandparenting. And, about that, the word grandparenting is non-existent according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Why? I’m guessing neither Merriam nor Webster had encountered anything like today’s grandparents.

We’re just awesome and we’re original. No generation before has approached this stage of life the way we do. We work, we play, and we communicate in ways previous grandparents didn’t think possible. Some of us still work at jobs we’ve had for 40 years while others retired and “refired” with new careers. We’re in school taking classes. We’re raising our grandkids and providing them with loving daycare. We’re traveling the world solo and with groups. We’re hiking, biking, and motorcycling. We’re sculpting and painting and making mosaics. We’re meditating and doing yoga and learning how to play the banjo. Hell, we’re even running for president. That’s how we roll.

So, we’ve developed a skill set that sets us apart from our kids, aka our grandchildren’s parents. That’s why we do some things exceptionally well, even better than our children do.

1. Play. My four-year-old grandson will attest to this: neither Mommy nor Daddy can hold a candle to Grammy when it comes to playing “Chase me.” It’s not that the game is so complicated — I simply run after the kid laughing uproariously while I complain that he is too fast and I can’t catch him. Then, I gently tackle him and we fall to the ground, both of us laughing. The grand finale is looking at the clouds and identifying the shapes we see. Why do grandparents excel at play? Parents work all the time, they work at work and when they’re home, they work at parenting. It’s really hard to find time for the luxury of play. When grandparents are with grandkids, we are off duty, work-wise, and play is our strong suit.

2. Worry. Sure grandparents worry but we do it quite differently than parents do. Why? It’s the wisdom that comes with age. We know what parents don’t yet know: No, your kid is probably not going to Harvard and yes, your kid is going to survive the slings and arrows of the mean kids, the exclusion from the cool kids, and the inability to be the best athlete on the field. She will still be strong despite the fact that the coach doesn’t play her often enough. He will get sick often, especially when he first starts school or day care and he will likely get better soon despite how horrible and scary that cough and high fever appear to be. We know these things.

3. Bedtime. Reading the “Little Engine That Could” repeatedly, night after night is taxing on parents. It’s long, it’s repetitive, and its coolness factor is next to nil. But it’s a book kids love to hear, probably because it is so long. Maybe it’s the concept of a train loaded with toys and goodies headed their way that appeals to little ears. And, maybe you are a parent who loves that book but somehow the title your little darling wants every night is a book you can’t stand. In fact, if there is one book in your little one’s library that just drives you up a wall, I can assure you that is the one your sweet cherub will love the most. You’re tired; you’ve had a long day. You love your child but just want to read one short, sweet tale and get to the hugging and kissing part of good night. We get that. But grandparents don’t have that need. We don’t read nightly so when we do, we are happy to make it last as long as possible. We’ll read The Little Engine… and then, we’ll say, “Do you want to hear that one again, Honey?” And, speaking of bedtime, after we read the story and hug and kiss our little love goodnight, we leave the room and let the kid sleep. Know what many parents are doing? They’re staying in bed with the kid and either sharing a bed all night long or staying until the little one falls asleep. Grandparents know something some parents haven’t yet learned. The kid will fall asleep. Eventually everyone does. Your kid does not need you to spend the night in their bed. In fact, the sooner you leave, the better off everyone will be.

4. Reprimand. I know what you’re thinking; you don’t believe there’s a grandma on the planet who will correct or speak harshly to a little love. Wrong. We do it, same as any responsible adult. We don’t let our grands touch the hot stove or run into the street or trash our house. But when we reprimand, we keep in mind that the infraction will probably not lead to a career in crime and we can quietly and calmly make the punishment fit the crime.

5. Google. This is one of the ways in which grandparents are far superior to parents. Parents will Google “how to toilet train,” or “dealing with picky eaters, or “help, my kid is obstinate.” Then they will twist themselves into pretzels trying to follow all the good and yet conflicting advice. Grandparents simply don’t use Google to find out how to be better at life. We’re just that good. And, if we do stumble upon some good grandparenting advice, we just laugh and talk about how do it better.

Want to learn more about today’s grandparents? Check out Real Grands: From A to Z, Everything a Grandparent Can Be. My mother would be proud. I wrote nice things about all grandparents! I just told the truth.

Enjoy your weekend,

Jen V.

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