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2 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana June 28, 1991 10 commandments: Malting the most of summer WASHINGTON, DC -- For some families, the long days of summer represent en- durance tests as parents deal with revised child care schodules, camps and vaca- tions. Yet this time also rep- resents a great opportunity to enhance your child's formal education, suggests a Catholic educator. Dr. Robert Kealey, an exec- utive with the National Catholic Educational Associa- tion, has a list of "ten com- mandments" to help parents make the most of the fleeting days of summer. "You will probably see nothing new or startling in these suggestions," says Dr. Kealey, "But remember that the common, daily experi- ences have the most lasting impact on the child." You shall provide for the physical development of your child. Exercise, play, sleep and good nutrition fos- ter physical growth. A healthy child has the energy to learn. Sound attitudes and habits of health developed in childhood last a lifetime. You shall provide some reading experience for your child each day. Reading is a skill; the more that a skill is exercised the better one be- comes at it. Older children should spend at least 15 min- utes sileiitly reading each day. Parents or older children should set aside time to read to the younger child. You shall provide your child with frequent writing experiences. Writing is simi- lar to reading; it needs to be practiced. Summer provides many opportunities for writ- ing, for example: shopping lists, diary of a family trip,let- Message Classifieds F()R RENT 3 BEDROOM FURNISHED APT., for adults, 1519 Lincoln Ave. Newly carpeted, air-conditioned, 7 closets, complete bath & show- er, extra Ig. Lvg. rm, furniture inc. plus linens, washer, dryer, elec. range, refrig, private entrance, off street parking: no pets. Phone: Hobgood, 479-7005. OVENAS THANKS ST. JUDE FOR favors granted. B.F THANK YOU ST. JUDE and Blessed Virgin Mary for favors granted. S.M. II Main Street Pharmacy 217 E. Main St. - Downtown Washington Phone: 254-5141 ters to family friends, sum- maries of movies or books, or directions to vacation desti- nations. You shall provide a learning experience for your child each day. A learning experience introduces your child to something new or gives greater insight into what is already known. Showing how to read a ther- mometer, or planting seeds can be learning experiences as well as a trip to the zoo or museum. You shall control your child's use of TV. You set the amount of time and deter- mine the programs which your child watches. By moni- toring your child's TV habit you insure that the child has time to do other things and that your youngster learns values and ideals that you hold sacred. You, as a parent, shall model good learning habits. Your child may learn more from your actions than from your words. If you want your child to read, you must read. If you want your child to be intellectually curious, you must be curious. If you want your child to have an interest in politics, art and music, you must show an interest. You shall have a daily conversation with your child. This brief ex-change is a spe- cial time for yourself and your child. During this pri- vate, shared moment you are totally involved with each ather. The conversation can be about the day's activities, a book, a TV show, or anything. These start the exchange which frequently can lead to an expression of deeper feel- ings and understandings. This daily time together is most important for your ado- lescent children. You shall pray with your child each day. Prayer is es- sential for both the child and the adult. Set formulas are helpful as a start and can lead to a deeper experience of God. The understanding and expression of our belief, trust and love in God are best learned in the privacy of the home with the parent. You shall see that your child regularly attends Mass and the sacraments. While vacation is a time of rest and change, it is not a time to ig- nore paying homage to God. Your concern for these obli- gations tells your chiid that they are important, no matter what season of the year. You shall praise your child. The summer provides abundant opportunities for growth. Growing up in today's world is a hard pro- cess and, frequently, growth comes only from mistakes. Words of encouragement and praise will do much to spur your child on to do more challenging things. ST. JOHNS NEWBU Friday, Jm ke 28 & Saturday, June 29 4- 11 p.m. 725 Frame Road, NevJburgh, IN FRIED CHICKEN & ROAST BEEF DINNERS Served from 4 - 8 p.m. $5.00 Adults - $3.00 Children (Includes drink & dessert) Hamburgers, Hot Dogs Cotton Candy = Baked Goods Carry-outs Available (Bring your own container for Chicken & Dump/ings) Moon Bounce Popcorn - Ice Cream Funnel Cakes Chinese Auction Bingo -Basketball - Balloons Dunking Booth Games - Carousel Crafts - Quilts