Friday, April 18, 2008
Kids need dads
You have to feel for men—they are hammered for not participating in their kids’ lives, but when they try, they are suspected as child molesters. It’s such a shame, at a time when so many kids desperately need and want adults to pay attention to them.
Safety of the children
I am writing this letter in response to the reader essay featured in your March 2008 issue ("Kicked out of day care for no reason"). While I can understand his point of view at times, Steve Frederick appears to have little regard for the day care industry. Certainly he should understand that the first and foremost requirement of any reputable day care is the safety of the children. If the parents themselves prefer for their child to have plenty of male interaction in their child’s life, this would be their personal choice and one they can bring to fruition in the home environment.
We need to be realistic. In days past, children could play outdoors unsupervised for hours at a time. Times have changed and we need to change with them. Schools/day care should be a safe haven for children. I admire any parent that enjoys spending quality time with their child. I question, however, why this needs to be done in the confines of the day care. Why not spend that time with your child at home?
I have worked in day care for 22 years and have never perceived a male parent as a "lurking predator." We keep our eyes open and our children safe, prevention means everything.
Growing up green
I am a board member of GoAEYC, Golden Corridor Association for the Education of Young Children, a local affiliate of NAEYC serving portions of the northwest suburbs. I am writing in response to your April 2008 content regarding "Growing Up Green." I was thrilled to see not only green issues related to young children addressed, but also the actual headline, "Growing Up Green." Beginning in January 2008, our organization decided to start a "green" committee that we actually named Growing Up Green. We provide ideas, facts and activities via Web site postings, newsletters and conference presentations for child care providers and families to promote a healthier and cleaner earth for our young children. We feel it is crucial for adults to instill these values in our young children. Please feel free to take a moment to check out our Web site, www.goaeyc.org, and click the Growing Up GREEN tab. We are here to provide information and opportunities for the community that serves young children.
Thank you again for addressing this topic, as well as the countless others that your magazine consistently provides.
Tara Mathien, M.S.
Make a visit to the library
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Be smart, save money and visit your neighborhood Chicago Public Library.
Mary A. Dempsey
Chicago Public Library