For new parents, 'Bagels and Babies'
NEW PARENTS AND their babies are invited to a series of Sunday brunches, "Bagels and Babies," beginning this month at the Jewish Community Center's parenting center in Owings Mills. The discussion topic at the first brunch, Oct. 14, will be capturing kids in pictures; a child photographer will be the speak-l er. Subsequent brunch topics will be choosing a pet, picking children's books and increasing a child's listening ability through music. Brunch begins at 10:30 a.m.; the cost is $4 per family, and registration is necessary. Call the center at 356-5200.
For parents of the handicapped
"Exploring Parenting for Handicapped Children" will be offered at Towson State University's College of Continuing Studies. The course, taught by counseling and parenting specialist Judith Fleming, will address issues such as enforcing discipline, making rules and coping with the emotional impact of having a disabled child. Sessions will be 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 16 and 23 in Hawkins Hall. The cost of the course is $20; registration is required. Call the college at 830-3532.
Emergency phone for tots
Playskool Electronics is introducing a big-button telephone that looks like a toy. But the phone, the Little Operator, allows young children to directly dial emergency numbers. The telephone, which can be programmed with the appropriate numbers of emergency services, comes with picture cards to place over appropriate buttons. The cards indicate 911, the fire JTC and police departments, the doctor, a hospital, an ambulance, mom at work, dad at work and grandparents. Parents can de-activate the programming with a flip of a switch, returning the phone to a regular 10-button mode. The telephone, designed for children 4 and older will sell for about $40 and is expected in stores soon.
Fat-filled school lunches
While many adults are cutting back on fat in their diets to reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease, children are getting school lunches loaded with it, according to the Public Voice for Food and Health Policy. The health advocacy group says that typical middle-school fare in 41 states is a cheeseburger or pizza, french fries, canned fruit and cake. The group wants Congress to limit fat content in school lunches to 30 percent of calories.