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May 2015

If April showers bring May flowers, then gardens should be overflowing with beautiful blooms! Spring has sprung, and with it comes a month of wonderful celebrations! Say thanks to mom (and all the special women in your life) on Mother’s Day. Honor veterans, and those in the military, when you line the routes to watch the Memorial Day parades pass by. Connecticut Parent Magazine is ready for spring too, with lots of tips and information that will put you in a party mood!

Let’s have some fun — the biannual Party Spectacular is back and bigger than ever! Make your celebration the best, and choose from a huge selection of options that will, literally, have you jumping for joy! Entertainers, magicians, animals, spas and more are listed, along with facilities and vendors. All are there to make your party, well, spectacular!

Do something different this year and give yourself a Mother’s Day gift! Learn some mantras to repeat if you find life is moving a little too fast. After all, nothing has to be perfect and you can say no — it really works! Did you know that one of the best ways to take care of your newborn is by taking care of yourself? Discover tips to keep mentally and physically healthy, and your baby will reap the rewards.  

May is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month. Recent studies have shown that mental health disorders are the leading causes of hospitalization in children, teens and adolescents in the state. If you feel your child is effected by this disease, learn about the symptoms and treatment options that are available. Sometimes, kids take striving for excellence to a new level when nothing less than perfection will do. Discover ideas to help your child focus on more realistic goals.  

With the weather warming up, kids will be hopping on their bikes and getting some exercise. Give them a refresher course on safety, and make sure their bikes are in tip-top shape. While you are thinking of outdoor fun, camp time is just around the corner! Not only are kids getting a little nervous, along with all the excitement, but moms, you are probably anxious as well (especially if this is a family first). Here are ideas to ward off any pre-camp jitters.

Want to make a special treat for mom this month? The Simsbury Public Library has cooked up a few great selections for some fun in the kitchen. We almost forgot about an annual holiday — May Day! Bring the tradition back by making your own May Pole for your back yard!

Enjoy the springtime temps, it’s been a long time coming! Party with mom, and veterans — we salute you! Happy May! 



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