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Learning Between Generations

“If nothing is going well, call your grandmother,” goes the old Italian proverb. While nothing beats the unconditional love between grandparent and grandchild, relationships between seniors and young children also offer opportunities for mutual learning. Intergenerational learning enriches young and old alike— building respect, a sense of security and community and an appreciation of diversity. In time for the holidays, we will explore how different generations can teach and learn from each other, from nurturing an “attitude of gratitude” and creating handmade gifts to building knowledge that lasts a lifetime. 

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” —Dr. Seuss

Learning between generations begins at birth. Each time you talk, read or sing to a baby, his or her language skills and vocabulary grow. In fact, studies show that children who hear more words at home from ages 0-3 do dramatically better in school by the third grade. In this edition of the Family Guide, we feature ways to actively help children build word skills in their first 5 years.

Because it’s easy for everyone—from grandparents to little ones—to overdo it on your favorite treats this season, we have two guilt-free dessert recipes that are delicious, nutritious and have no added sugar. They just may become new favorites! To create a safe and healthy home environment, we are celebrating Children’s National Health Month this October with lots of tips and ideas. This issue also offers coupons, activities and events to enjoy with your family.

Finally, in honor of families—and the learning that happens between generations—we salute National Family Literacy Month this November by remembering: “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” —Dr. Seuss

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