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"My mom used to say it doesn't matter how many kids you have... because one kid'll take up 100% of your time so more kids can't possibly take up more than 100% of your time."
~ Karen Brown
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645 Farmington Ave.
Hartford, CT 06105

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2017 Meeting Dates for CT-PEN Greater Hartford

CT-PEN Greater Hartford
2017 Meeting Dates
Meetings Take Place on Wednesdays in South Windsor from 9:30-11:30am
If you would like to present, or have a topic of interest, please contact Patty Berky at pberky@stfranciscare.org

January 4, 2017
March 8, 2017
May 10, 2017
July 12, 2017
September 13, 2017
November 8, 2017

Directions:

From Hartford take I84 East to exit 62 for Buckland Street. Take a left off the ramp onto Buckland Street. Continue on Buckland Street for 1.5 miles and then turn left onto Deming Street and an immediate left onto Tamarack Ave. Destination will be on the left: 2600 Tamarack Ave. Enter through side entrance. Take the stairs up to the second level, turn left at the top of the stairs and room 201 will be on the left hand side.

From the East take I84 West to exit 63.Take a left off the ramp onto CT-30. Stay to the far right lane. Continue for a quarter mile and take a slight left onto Deming Street (Slight fork in the road, just past the Dunkin Donuts). Continue on Deming Street for 1.3 miles and turn left onto Tamarack Ave. Destination will be on the left: 2600 Tamarack Ave. Enter through side entrance. Take the stairs up to the second level, turn left at the top of the stairs and room 201 will be on the left hand side.



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Self Care Tips for Parenting Educators!

Now that summer is coming to an end (so sad), and fall is gearing up, it is vital to remember that self care practices should be a year round pursuit.

Parenting educators are part of the helping community, and are subject to major stress and burn-out. Don't let that happen to you. Take care of yourself and those you love.


Some ideas for self care!

TIP FOR AN ENERGETIC BODY: To feel healthy and energetic and have fun doing it, explore eating vegetables and fruits you have never tried before. On your next shopping trip to the grocery store, spend a little extra time in the produce section and enjoy the beautiful and NATURAL shapes, colors and smells of the fruits and vegetables. Pick out one new fruit and one new vegetable to take home and try. See how many colors in the rainbow you can serve for dinner!

TIP FOR A MENTAL BREAK: LAUGH.it does wonders for your emotional health. Seeing the funny side of life renews your energy. Sometimes the saying "FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT" comes into play here. If you have lost your funny bone, find a mirror and make faces into it.

TIP TO RAISE YOUR SPIRITS: Start an appreciation or gratitude list. As you go through your day, take a moment to appreciate something.anything.anybody (don't forget the "Fake it till you make it" trick if need be). We have trained the brain to latch on to the bad stuff. Re-train the brain and latch on to the good; it will make your spirit soar.


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