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Letter from the Editor October 2014

Rachel Kalina

Oh, how I adore October! Leaves take on a new, vibrant spectrum of color, creating a splendid autumnal backdrop. There are all sorts of fall fairs and festivals (found in our print and Web calendars) filled with cider, pumpkin picking, and hayrides. The best part, though? Halloween and the opportunities it presents to make crafts, decorations, and costumes! I've enjoyed the spooky celebration for as long as I can remember. My husband and I often host parties where dress up is mandatory (yes, I'm that person), and it's such great fun.

To help your family get into the spirit of the season, we're excited to share "Costume Craft" by wedding and lifestyle blogger, as well as D.I.Y. expert, Abby Larson. Larson's thousands of followers regularly check her Style Me Pretty blogs for inspired living tips, and this month, she instructs PARENTGUIDE News readers how to create two easy but adorable outfits for little ones.

And there's even more reason to get into fiesta preparation this month with our Birthday Directory. In it, you'll find tons of party venues, entertainers, and services to make your child's day a special one. Perhaps, you'd rather host a special birthday night? Then turn to "Slumber Party Success" by Felicia Harris, which details how to host a memorable sleepover with snacks, games, and fun activities.

Of course, when the parties are over, it's time to get back to the grind. With help from Louise Weadock, your after-school routine can be a lot more pleasant from now on. Read "Homework Help" for tips on how to get kids focused for study sessions. And for parents stressing about upcoming Individualized Education Program (IEP) developments for their child with special needs, Ellyn Levy has penned "The IEP Meeting." Levy outlines the pros and cons of hiring a lawyer to help with IEPs, and gives us a firsthand account of her personal experiences in this area. Additional support, resources, and programs for your child may also be found in our Special Needs Directory.

Don't forget all of the virtual goodies available at www.parentguidenews.com: The Sandbox Social mommy blog, contests with prizes, and even more articles to help you be the best parent you can be.

Have a great October and a happy Halloween!


Rachel Kalina