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Letter from the Editor November 2012

Kayla Mossien

Recently, my good friend’s mother was diagnosed with ALS Lou Gehrig’s. The news came as a shock and changed life as she knows it. The support my friend’s family received and the more than $9,000 raised by loved ones for the Walk to Defeat ALS was truly moving. Unfortunately, it sometimes takes dire news to gain perspective and appreciate the good. In honor of Thanksgiving, take a moment to recognize the blessings in your life. Maybe you’re thankful to have a job during a recession. Or, you’re grateful for the people who stand by you through thick and thin.

For me, Thanksgiving conjures memories of savory dinners with relatives and friends. This year, I am looking forward to making Cinnamon Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies to share with the people I’m thankful for during the holiday. The recipe can be found at www.parentguidenews.com.

Beyond gratitude, the upcoming holiday also means copious amounts of turkey. Nearly 88 percent of Americans surveyed by the National Turkey Federation eat the staple dish. Will you be serving the bird of choice or another preferred dish in the weeks ahead? To help you gear up for November 22, as well as other seasonal fetes, turn to “Holiday Party Hosting” by Katie Brown. The author and guru offers tips to keep your sanity and soiree in check.

As Black Friday approaches and because December delights are around the corner, get your children’s gifts in order with “Holiday Hot List,” a preview of must-haves for youngsters. Waiting until December to shop? Not to worry as we unveil additional picks for tykes, along with presents for adults of every interest, in next month’s issue.

Of course, toys and cool gadgets are great. But one of the most valuable things you can give your kids is peace of mind. Flip to “When to Dial a Doc” by Sean Grover for behavioral red flags that warrant seeking professional help for children’s mental health. As Grover says, sending your child to a therapist is not an act of weakness; it’s an act of love.

Whether you have other health questions, like how to manage your child’s type 1 diabetes, or you wonder about special needs, such as alternative therapies for treating autism, our Special Needs and Health & Fitness section has you covered. You’ll certainly be thankful for the additional coverage on these topics and more on our website.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Kayla Mossien