JCC program addresses growing pains
FAMILIES MOVE through a lot of stages and, thus, a lot of challenges. The Jewish Family Life Institute will be addressing some of these in three programs. "Living with Your Preschooler" will offer some fresh ideas for handling the ups and downs of young children; it will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays in October. "Trying to Live with Adolescents" will help parents understand teens; it too will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays. A parents' support group, co-sponsored with Parents Anonymous, meets every Tuesday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 5700 Park Heights Ave. Parents share their stresses and exchange suggestions for solving family problems. There is no fee or registration for this group. To participate in either of the other workshops, register by Oct. 1 at 466-9200, Ext. 387.
Traditional names increasing
When it comes to naming their children, today's parents are relying on tradition. Although Ashley, Jessica and Amanda are still tops, names such as Claire, Hannah, Grace and Katherine are becoming popular again. For the boys, Jason, Andrew and Jeremiah remain favorites, but James, Edward, George and William are gaining ground. "The excesses of the 1980s are gone," says Linda Rosenkrantz, co-author of "Beyond Jennifer and Jason: An Enlightened Guide to Naming Your Babies." "Babies' names are more austere. They are more serious, adult, responsible names," Rosenkrantz says.
You look good
Good news for family harmony: Your spouse thinks you're attractive. In fact, your spouse thinks you're better looking than you think you are, according to a survey of more than 1,500 people conducted by the D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles advertising and communications company.
Help your child succeed
Parents who want to help their children succeed in school would do well to treat schoolwork as more important than television, music and videos, say 95 percent of the nation's elementary- and middle-school principals. But first, they'd like you to watch their new 15-minute video.
It dramatizes several how-to tips for parents too rushed to read them in a 17-page booklet produced with the video. The tips in "The Little Things Make a Big Difference" are based on results of a survey of nearly 10,000 elementary- and middle-school principals. The video, by World Book Educational Products, costs $19.95. It will be available for free borrowing and copying at 1,700 Blockbuster video rental outlets. For a single free copy of the booklet, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to World Book Educational Products, Station 9/NAESP, Elk Grove Village, Ill., 60007.
A couple of reminders:
* The Stepfamily Association support group for couples in second marriages with stepchildren will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday. Meetings are held in members' homes. For information, phone 882-5840. The group meets the second and fourth Thursdays of every month.
* The Joannes Series of lectures for the separated, widowed and divorced begins its 11th year on Oct. 6. Sister Barbara Wheeley, a clinical psychologist, will speak about family dynamics in "Understanding Your Family System." The lecture begins at 2 p.m. at Mercy High School; refreshments will be served. Pre-registration is strongly recommended; the fee is $4. Child care is available to those who request it by Wednesday, Oct. 2. For more information or to register, phone Sister M. Joannes at 433-8880, Ext. 23.
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