Calling for proven tips from parentsPARENTS really do know...

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January 28, 1992|By Mary Maushard

Calling for proven tips from parents

PARENTS really do know best, says Tom McMahon, a California father, college professor and soon to be author of "It Works For Us: Proven Child Care Tips From Experienced Parents." McMahon is soliciting tips from parents everywhere -- creative, but practical, solutions to child care situations. He has received tips on discipline, health, travel, eating habits and activities -- to name just a few topics -- from parents in 41 states, but none from Maryland. If you have an idea that works for you and your family, McMahon wants to know it and is likely to rTC include it in his book, due this fall. There's no money in it, but he will include your name and home town, if you like. To share your tips, call his toll-free TIPS answering machine at 1-800-678-TIPS or send it to: Parenting Tips, 40087 Mission Blvd., Box 300, Fremont, Calif. 94539.

Stress management

Stress is a fact of life. But women who'd like to manage -- rather than be managed by -- the stress in their lives might be interested in a six-session workshop at the new Women's Institute at the College of Notre Dame. "Taking Time for Yourself" will help women understand the pressures of their lives and offer suggestions, through lectures, discussions and group exercises, for coping with them. Notre Dame faculty member Judy Sabalauskas will be the leader. Sessions will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays, beginning Feb. 3 and continuing through March 9, at the college. The fee is $55. For more information or to register, phone the Women's Institute at 532-6090.

Diaper defense

Anyone who has changed diapers knows it's not fun. Necessary, but not fun. Californian Dimitri Vazelakis even became nauseated when he tried to change his son's diapers. Hoping humor would make the chore a little lighter, his wife, Elise, created the Dirty Diaper Defense Kit. Now you, too, can help reluctant diaper-changers get through the process. For only $9.95 you get protective gloves, a face mask and clothes pin to guard against odor, an apron to protect clothing and a warning sign: Dirty Diaper Danger Zone. The kit is available at retail stores or by calling 1-800-869-8291. There is a $3 shipping cost and delivery takes two to three weeks.

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