Program gives business skills to parentsPARENTS ARE...

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January 14, 1992|By Mary Maushard

Program gives business skills to parents

PARENTS ARE executives of the world's largest organization -- the family -- yet parents are receiving no training for the job," says Joseph Procaccini, professor of education at Loyola College and director of the college's Center for Family, Work and Education. Procaccini hopes to change that situation for some parents through "Parent As Manager," a program beginning this month at the center in Columbia. Some of the business-related skills that Procaccini hopes to extend to families are decision-making, delegating and evaluating. For more information on "Parent as Manager," phone the center at 381-9700.

Books for stepfamilies

Stepfamilies are emerging as the dominant type of family in America; 1 million children become stepchildren every year. Stepfamilies have unique problems as they attempt to build new traditions and allegiances, while holding on to some of the old. Three books, published by Waterfront Books, attempt to help children and grown-ups adjust to new lives:

"The Divorce Workbook" helps youngsters understand separation and divorce and the legalities of both. It also looks at the emotional fallout of divorce.

"Changing Families" is for youngsters and grown-ups facing remarriage and new surroundings.

"My Kind of Family" looks at single-parent homes and the feelings connected with this type of family.

All three are workbooks that give youngsters an opportunity to write, draw and answer questions about their families. They are available in bookstores or from Waterfront Books, 98 Brookes Ave., Burlington, Vt. 05401, phone (800) 639-6063.

Shape up with nutrition

If your family's New Year's resolution is to get in shape, here are some brochures for parents on nutrition for children 2-6 years old. They focus on healthy eating and some behavior associated with mealtimes:

"Right from the Start, The ABC's of Good Nutrition for Children"

"What's To Eat? Healthy Foods For Hungry Children"

"Feeding Kids Right Isn't Always Easy: Tips for Preventing Food Hassles"

"Growing Up Healthy, Fat, Cholesterol and More."

To obtain a single copy of any of these, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the American Academy of Pediatrics, Publications Dept. Box 927, Elk Grove Village, Ill. 60009-0927. The brochures are part of a public education campaign sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Dietetic Association and the Foodmarketing Institute.

By the way, a study in the Journal of Pediatrics says that the best way to increase your child's activity level is to be a good role model. Children of active parents are nearly six times as active as children of parents who are sedentary, says the study.

Worth noting:

If you have a family member who suffers from memory loss or confusion, you might be interested in a support group for families of such people. Affiliated with the Alzheimer's pTC Association and the Edward A. Myerberg Northwest Senior Center, the group is open to anyone. Its next meeting is at 2 p.m. Thursday at the center, 3101 Fallstaff Road. For more information, phone Doris Bernhardt, the group leader, at 486-4627.

Family Forum welcomes items of interest to families. Notices about events must be received two weeks in advance. Send them to: Mary Maushard, Family Forum, The Evening Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Box 1377, Baltimore 21278.

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