The other day on the p.m. commute, I heard a mobile phone ring two rows behind me, then the tired voice of a commuter answering the call.
“I’m on the way home now. Yup,” he monotoned.
He’d had a long day that began before dawn, and he was carrying a load of work to do once he got home.
On top of it all, according to news reports that afternoon, he needed to get his cholesterol levels checked. And it was nearly time for him to get that vaccine against HPV — the human papillomavirus — too.
No wonder I could hear the fatigue in his voice.
“Ya, I’ll be there soon. Bye, Mom,” the 10-year-old commuter in my after-school carpool said, ending his call.
Is it time for the kids-are-growing-up-too-fast rant? Maybe.
Parents are pushing their kids toward adulthood at ever younger and increasingly crazy ways.
They send 7-year-olds to technique-intense sports camps, hire academic tutors for their kindergartners, sign 4-year-olds up for violin lessons and contract with writing coaches to help compose their kids’ preschool applications.
Scientists are studying why we are seeing alarming numbers of 7-year-old girls and 8-year-old boys hitting puberty (they still don’t know, but some blame chemicals in food and personal products.)
Sixth-grade boys are going online to ask advice on grinding techniques for the middle school dance and, not surprisingly, nearly half of the seventh-graders polled in a recent survey said they’ve been sexually harassed at school.
Tweens carry mobile phones, use wheelie bags to roll their three-hour homework piles to and from school each day, and seriously stress about getting into the right high schools.
Parents help their kids lie about their ages online so they can get their own Facebook accounts.
Technology, academic pressure and a changing global marketplace are helping to kill whatever remained of childhood.
When, exactly, was the last game of stickball played on a dirt lot?
To make matters worse, medical experts say parents need to start thinking about cholesterol levels and sexually-transmitted diseases when we talk about the health of our 10-year-olds.
A person’s first cholesterol check shouldn’t be a week before his 50th high school reunion. Rather, it should happen between the ages of 9 and 11, according to a controversial recommendation by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute that was endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics last week.
Doctors said that even in small kids, dangerous cholesterol rates can be detected and remedies — better diet, more exercise — can begin early.
Add a gym membership and macrobiotic diet to that mobile phone account, Mom! Maybe toss in a dose of Lipitor with the Fred Flintstone vitamin?
That’s one of the big fears of this testing trend, that soon, cholesterol-lowering drugs will be handed out like goodie bags at a suburban birthday party.
This is another thing for the helicopter parents to worry about — and another thing for advocates of free-range childhood to snark about.
It’s a ridiculous cycle, isn’t it? At one point in our history, kids were sent to work in the fields and watched their family members drop like flies around them from horrid diseases. Now we worry that drilling our kids in too much vocab before their karate belt test and after their piano lesson is causing stress.
Where, exactly, do modern parents draw the lines on what speeding up makes sense and what doesn’t?
To see what other parents were making of this, I e-mailed my Movie Moms, the eight women who’d joined me for a chick flick several weeks ago. After the movie, they’d had so many smart things to say about our harried quest to balance our work lives with parenting.
So I went back to them this week to get their take about the ways we seem to be speeding up childhood. Do we really need to be thinking about sexually transmitted diseases and cholesterol levels when we look at our little darlings?
“I just see these vaccinations and tests as all part of evolving life. I must confess I see medical progress as primarily of enormous benefit to our family lives,” said the international lawyer, a mother of two children.
We often talk about the ways our kids are growing up in a fast culture and how we try to deflect the bad TV and video games flying at them like Wonder Woman with those awesome bracelets.
But when we talk about science, this mom doesn’t flinch.
“Maybe it comes with having a special needs child, I trust in advancement, and my own personal discomforts with it are secondary,” she told me.
That makes sense. Keeping children in a bubble isn’t going to always protect them from everything.
“The 16-year-old boy gets his first HPV shot tomorrow, the 12-year-old girl will get it when she’s 13,” said another one of my Movie Moms, a lawyer and policy advocate. “They both know what it’s for. It will not encourage them to have sexual relations earlier than they otherwise would. Growing up too fast? Nah, because I am in charge of how they grow up.”
Sounds like a bumper sticker: Power to the parents!
2018 All-County Bookmark Contest
Tecumseh District Library (TDL) is participating in the All-County Bookmark Contest sponsored by the Lenawee District Library. The Bookmark Contest is a long-standing tradition at Lenawee District Library and its branches and expanded in 2007 to include independent libraries from throughout the county.
The winning entries from TDL will be entered in the "Best of Lenawee” Bookmark Contest, along with winning entries from other participating libraries in the county from Addison, Adrian, Blissfield, Britton, Clayton, Clinton, Deerfield, Hudson, Morenci, and Onsted, as well as the Lenawee District Library.
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A highlight of the Awards Program will be the announcement of the "Best of Lenawee” Bookmarks.
For More Information
For more information, contact Mary Beth Reasoner, Children's Services Librarian, at 423‑2238 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring 2018 Story Times
Join Mrs. Reasoner for fun with
Stories, Poems, & Songs
Programs are held in Imagination Station located on the main floor of the library in the Children's Section.
Each program begins promptly at 6:45 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m.
Registration for each Story Time will be limited to 20 children and their adult caregivers.
Call 423-2238 or click HERE to sign-up for each individual program on the calendar
Story Times are designed for three-year-olds through second graders.
Attendance at Library events constitutes consent to be photographed for use in print and/or electronic publicity for the Tecumseh District Library.
Hearts & Hugs
A Valentine Story Time on
Wear your favorite shade
Tuesday evening, March 13th
Wear your favorite shade
Adults and children eager to listen to stories, sing songs, and recite poems are welcome.
Story Time Classroom Visits - Spring 2018
Tales and tunes for preschools and kindergarten through fourth grade classes are available upon request.
Contact Mrs. Reasoner to schedule her visit full of stories, songs and poetry.
The focus of everyone in the room during Story Time is centered on the children and the program.
Therefore, all technical communication devices need to be turned off.
Please feel free to take any children who are restless or disruptive out of Imagination Station until they are ready to rejoin us. I appreciate your cooperation and consideration for the other audience members and myself.
If you don’t plan to attend Story Time with your child, please remain in the building!
For your child’s sense of well-being, be present outside Imagination Station as Story Time ends, so your child may be picked up promptly.
Your respect for these guidelines enhances my ability to conduct an enjoyable Story Time for the children!
FOR THIRD AND FOURTH GRADERS!
February 7th & 8th - Winter and Valentine's Day Crafts
March 7th & 8th - St. Patrick's Day and Easter Crafts
April 11th & 12th - Mother's Day, Father's Day and Patriotic Crafts
As National Library Week ends, Tecumseh District Library is celebrating the upcoming Summer Reading Program for Children, "Libraries Rock" with Mike Schneider's interactive Pint Size Polka musical program called "Libraries Polka!" We shall have great fun together on Saturday, April 14th at 5:30 p.m.!
Here is a summary of the program:
Uncle Mike's music will have folks of all ages singing, clapping, and dancing along to such polka-fied classics as the "Chicken Dance," "I've Been Working on the Railroad," and "The Happy Wanderer!"
Uncle Mike's program combines magic, comedy, and education into one high-energy musical package guaranteed to bring a smile to the faces of young and old alike! As a fun play on this summer's "Library Rocks" theme, age-appropriate trivia questions and a special edition of "Name That Tune" will relate back to rocks and stones, from the moon and Neil Armstrong to the theme song from "the Flintstones" TV show.
Plus, one lucky adult will have the chance to participate in a spellbinding version of Oktoberfest's "Stein Holding Contest." Despite their best efforts not to drink the water inside, the water will magically disappear! Pint Size Polkas is tons of fun for the whole family!
This free "Afterhours Program" begins at 5:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A and the back entrance doors will open at 5:15 p.m. We are grateful to the Friends of TDL for sponsoring this one-of-a-kind program!
Registration begins on Monday, March 19th and is designed for families with children in grades Kindergarten through Fifth Grade.
For more information about Mike Schneider, visit his website at www.pintsizepolkas.com.
Designed for 20 children
ages 18 months to 5 years
and their caregivers.
Presented by STORYBOOK ARTVENTURE Guides
Caryn Sieler and Valorie Veld of Lenawee's Heart & Soul, Children's Art and Music Studio
ADVENTURE THROUGH A STORYBOOK AND INTO ART!
Join us on a STORYBOOK ARTVENTURE
where we link literature to art.
We will jump into a great storybook and come out ready to create.
Each child will have the opportunity to make and take home
an art project inspired by the featured story.
TWO MORE FREE SESSIONS WILL BE PRESENTED IN 2018:
Monday Mornings in Meeting Room A
on the library's lower level. (An elevator is available.)
10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
April 23, 2018
May 14, 2018
AIR IS ALL AROUND YOU by Franklyn Branley
I AM WATER by Jean Marzollo
THE SUN, OUR NEAREST STAR by Franklyn Branley
EARTHDANCE by Joanne Ryder
ON THE NIGHT YOU WERE BORN by Nancy Tillman
REGISTRATION has begun!
A Waiting List will be available, if needed.
To register for each session you wish to attend,
call 423-2238 or
click HERE to register for each individual session on the calendar.
(Online registrations will receive a personal confirmation from Mrs. Reasoner.)
Featured Book for our fourth session in March
Featured Art Focus for April:
Color a heart-shaped earth map.
STORYBOOK ARTVENTURE GUIDES
Caryn is a music and movement specialist and the owner of Lenawee's Heart & Soul. She will begin each session with a song or chant.
Valorie is an early childhood educator and the art teacher/director at Lenawee's Heart & Soul. She will be the storyteller and art project presenter and guide for each session.
For more biographical information, visit their website at www.lenaweesheartandsoul.com
This fourth year of programs is sponsored by a generous, anonymous donor
and coordinated by Mary Beth Reasoner, Children’s Librarian
Caryn, Valorie and Mrs. Reasoner all value the important role the arts play
in the lives of young children!
The Library of Michigan is pleased to announce the inaugural
"Ready to Read Michigan" book selection I Got the Rhythm
written by Connie Schofield-Morrison
and illustrated by Frank Morrison.
A mother and daughter walk to the park,
with joyous music guiding the action of their walk as everyone
from the butterflies to the vendors join in.
Using onomatopoeia for effect, the rich vibrancy of the music around us is captured in this rhyming book that encourages children to encourage their own self-expression and be physically active too.
MEET THE AUTHOR: Connie Schofield-Morrison
Connie Schofield-Morrison spent most of her childhood
reading and writing poetry, songs, and fairy tales.
At the age of 19, Connie married her high school sweetheart Frank D. Morrison, a professional dancer.
In 1999 Frank & Connie started their online art gallery, Morrison Graphics, which opened as a physical gallery in 2005 in the Old Fourth Ward of Atlanta, GA.
Frank painted and illustrated, while Connie continued to take care of the business, their home, and their children, while writing children’s books in her spare time.
Her debut Bloomsbury Press title, I Got the Rhythm, is her first collaboration with husband and illustrator, Frank Morrison. The book is a rhythmic, soulful affirmation that a dream can become a reality,
a belief that Connie has seen play out in her own life.
See more biographical information at this website.
MEET THE ILLUSTRATOR: Frank Morrison
Growing up in New Jersey, Frank Morrison began developing his own style through ‘R.I.P’ art scenes that brought him considerable street recognition and local acclaim. But it wasn’t until he visited the Louvre Museum in Paris with his dancing group, that he realized painting was his true creative path.
His talent and hard work paid off with over 20 illustrated children’s books, including the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award winner, Jazzy Miz Mozetta and the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book, Little Melba and her Big Trombone.
For more examples of his illustrations,
visit this website.
The Story of "READY TO READ MICHIGAN"
The Library of Michigan’s Ready to Read Michigan program encourages reading aloud regularly to children during the early stages of life (birth up to age 5), as it ensures the development of early literacy skills and instills a love of reading. The program is designed for public librarians to model early literacy skill development directly to families and engage in outreach to early childhood centers, classrooms and daycares throughout their community.
This program is made possible by grant funds
from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) administered by the State of Michigan through the Library of Michigan.
Additional support provided by Bloomsbury Publishing, Consumers Energy
and the Library of Michigan Foundation.
More information about "Ready to Read Michigan!" including materials for parents, teachers and caregivers is available at this link:
2018 Ready to Read Michigan Programming and Resource Guide.