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Letter from the Editor November 2013

Rachel Kalina

While it’s easy to get caught up in the stress that life may bring, it’s important to take the time to reflect on what makes you grateful. This month, thoughts of family, friends, and thanks abound. I’m thankful every day for the wonderful people in my life, and I strive to never take them for granted. Recently, I discovered that my “extended family,” my dear group of friends, will be expanding around springtime with the addition of quite a few babies. I’m thankful for the happiness this adventure brings them, too!

This year, a special and rare event brings Hanukkah and Thanksgiving to a meeting point. As menorah candles are lit in remembrance of a time long ago for which thanks are still given, families also gather to celebrate and express gratitude during Thanksgiving. PARENTGUIDE News is particularly thankful for its readers, and to show our appreciation, we’re giving you the chance to win the items featured in our gift guide for parents. Turn to “Gift Checklist” for details on how to enter. You’re also invited to participate in the “Smiling Faces Photo Contest” and our many Facebook contests at www.facebook.com/parentguidenews for even more chances to win fantastic prizes.

Perhaps the issue’s greatest gift is our Birthday Directory. It’s filled with tons of party places and entertainers to ensure your child’s next gathering is a hit! To help you embellish your party plans, check out “Let’s Get Digital” by Julie Steiner. The article offers quick tech tips for creating a celebration in a cinch.

In “Keys to Communication,” Patricia A. Prelock, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, alerts parents to signs that may indicate a disorder for children who have trouble communicating. Among the concerns are speech-language, hearing, medical, and developmental disorders. Learn how you can help with advice from Prelock, who is also the 2013 president of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Whether you’ve got vacation time for this month’s holidays or in December, you may want to consider a European journey.

Author Kara Mayer Robinson serves as your personal tour guide in “Family-Friendly France” and will have your brood saying, “Bonjour!” to the beautiful country in no time.

Save some time to swing by The Sandbox Social blog, too, and read posts on topics ranging from heavy to humorous.

And, as always, thanks for being such loyal readers,

Rachel Kalina