There's nothing that can completely prepare us for parenthood GLEN BURNIE

NEIGHBORS

September 30, 1992|By BONITA FORMWALT

Nothing they teach you in Lamaze class can even remotely prepare a parent for the sniffles, the bruises, the bumps and the itchies that accompany life with children. Reading Dr. Spock and watching "Emergency" reruns can't always prepare you, either.

However, since neither of my children is taking any antibiotics, I feel qualified to offer some health-care observations:

* The Pebbles- and Barney-shaped vitamins in the Flintstones vitamin jar don't work nearly as well as the Fred and Dino ones.

* People with very neat clothes closets (including shoe trees) and people who remember to give their children all of the ampicillin are usually one and the same.

* A bandage with a cool design -- camouflage, rainbows, Snoopy and Friends -- is the cheapest and most efficient way to make an injured child happy.

* One of the genuine thrills of parenting comes the first time you successfully stick a thermometer in your child's mouth instead of another place.

Take two gummy bears and call me in the morning, Glen Burnie.

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The Glen Burnie Chapter of Parents Without Partners will hold an orientation meeting for single parents at 3 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Oct. 19 in the Northern District police station meeting room, 939 Hammonds Lane.

Single parents, with or without custody, are welcome.

Other activities on the PWP agenda include a general membership meeting at 8 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Orchard Beach Fire Hall. Sharon Hall will discuss drug education and adolescents.

Following the meeting, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., there will be a dance featuring music by Time Machine. Admission is $6 for members, $8 for non-members.

For information on the dance or the organization, call 437-4636 or 761-5945.

Two area schools are sponsoring a Back-To-School Night this evening.

NB Richard Henry Lee Elementary will welcome parents to meet with

the faculty and staff at 7 p.m. Principal Wayne Bark and the executive board will discuss the 1992-93 school year.

A copy of the budget will be available for review.

Parents of students attending Old Mill High School can meet the teachers at 7 p.m. Students should provide their parents with a copy of their schedules.

Enjoy a family-style roast beef dinner from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Marley United Methodist Church, Old Marley Neck at Overhill roads.

Admission is $6.50 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 to 11. Children under 6 are free. Home-baked goods also will be sold.

Proceeds will benefit the church general fund.

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Get out your calendar. The following events are coming up soon:

* Tickets are still available for the Glen Burnie Senior High School class of 1982's reunion scheduled for the weekend of Oct. 10-11.

The $20 ticket price includes admission to a dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Oct. 10, at the Orchard Beach Fire Hall, and a family picnic the following day at Down's Park.

For information, call Beth Cupps-George, (410) 360-1848.

* Ninety crafters will display their work at the CRAFToberfest, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 17 at Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School, 120 Dorsey Road.

Admission is free and refreshments will be sold throughout the day.

For additional information, call 859-1282.

* Costumes are optional at the Country Club Estates Recreation Association's Halloween Dance, but doesn't everyone need a chance to dress up like a pumpkin?

Tickets are $10 per person and the dance is scheduled from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Oct. 24 in the CCERA hall on Paul Marr Drive.

Beer, wine and setups are included.

For additional information, call 761-0243, 761-0317 or 766-1990.

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