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September 20, 2019

posted Sep 22, 2019, 2:37 PM by Christine Roman
Dear Parents and Guardians,
This week’s weather has been amazing. Although somewhat cold in the morning by the afternoon things have warmed up nicely. The gorgeous weather will continue into the weekend.

I love to people watch when I am “out and about.” I enjoy watching the interactions and behaviors by individuals and groups of people, especially adults and children. Over the past few years, I have been noticing adults interacting more with their smartphones than with their children. While out to dinner or watching a sporting event, I am shocked by the number of adults on their phones and not being present in the moment. I read an article in The Atlantic Magazine entitled, “The Dangers of Distracted Parenting.” It provided some interesting information about child development in the age of smartphones. In another article called “Are cell phones ruining family time?” the author spoke about how a family can set up guidelines to increase family time. The benefits include “Quality time together strengthens family resilience. People rate the quality of their conversations as “significantly higher” when smartphones are not present, regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, or mood.” 

Since the weather is going to be incredible this weekend, I did a little research of different activities or events which are happening. There is a cost for some while others are free. Here are a few things that I found:
     Corn Maze at Moulton Farm in Meredith
     Concord Multicultural Festival on Saturday at the New Hampshire State House from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 pm.
     15th Annual Harvest Festival at the Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm in Tamworth
     Full Throttle Fall Weekend at the NH Motor Speedway
     Apple picking at Cardigan Mountain Orchard in Alexandria
     Squam Lake & Natural Science Center in Holderness
     Meredith Park & Recreation Playground
     Meredith Sculpture Walk

Why not spend some quality time as a family and put down those cell phones for part of the day?

Have a great weekend!
-Ann
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