Q. My three-month-old daughter wakes up at least three times during the night. My husband thinks we should let her cry it out until she goes back to sleep. I think she is too young. I’m getting different opinions from my relatives, and I am not sure what to do. Can you help?
It was apparent from the panel’s discussion that there are many reasons why babies cry a lot.
“Crying is a way for babies to communicate,” panelist Pam Wallace explained. “So, whether or not the baby is hungry or needs to be changed, she requires some attention.
In its latest thought-provoking play, written and directed by Ara Barlieb, the Crowded Kitchen Players tackle the uncomfortable topic of child abuse and how society has either failed to address it or has too often been looking the wrong way.
The play is “Unspeakable,” but it has a very loud and clear message in a production that continues March 29, 30 and 31, Charles A. Brown Ice House, Bethlehem.
Northampton Community College student Kayla Valenti has a dream of becoming a forensic pathologist, but she knows she has lots of years of study ahead of her, and potentially a huge debt to pay off after she graduates. Those are some of the motivations that led her to apply for one of the prestigious Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships, which are awarded competitively each year to high-achieving community college students planning to transfer to some of the top four-year institutions to complete their bachelor’s degrees.
Q. My son transferred from three days a week of preschool to a full week of kindergarten. I understand the advantages of a head start in reading and math skills, but he comes home from school exhausted and worn out. I am wondering if this schedule is worth it.
While children may become fatigued after attending kindergarten all week, the panel explained that the students do adjust, usually within five or six months.
“A Chorus Line,” the award-winning concept musical, is a triple threat.
It requires consummate acting, impressive singing and polished dancing from nearly every one of its 19 cast members. The director, in turn, is faced with the formidable task of casting all of the diverse roles, and getting the best character interpretations out of each of the performers.
“Buyer & Cellar,” the one-man show through March 24, Theatre514, Civic Theatre of Allentown, features a highly-creative concept, an immensely funny script, a tour de force performance by Timothy Janovsky, and incredible stagecraft that ties the entire production together in a neat directorial package.
Q. I am the mother of two young children, and I have decided to go back to college to finish my degree. I also have to work part-time. How do I find time to study and take care of my kids, too?
The panel began by offering congratulations to the mother for making the decision to improve her life and the lives of her children.
Q. My son fell off his bike and broke his arm. When we took him to the hospital Emergency Room (ER), they asked him and us a lot of questions that made me feel like they suspected us of abusing him (we didn’t). Does this happen to all parents who bring injured children for treatment?
The panel agreed that the experience of the parent asking the question is an outgrowth of contemporary society.
“I think in this day and age, doctors are doing a lot of covering their bets,” panelist Mike Daniels said, “so there are going to be lots of questions.”
Q. I just discovered strange symbols on my 12-year-old’s backpack. Recently, his attitude at home has changed. He is refusing to do chores and is hanging out with a new group of friends. I am worried that he may be hanging out with a gang. He won’t talk to me about it, other than to say that his new friends are “dope.” What can I do?
The panelists began by discussing the boy’s use of the word “dope” in reference to his new friends. It was identified in this context as a term coming back in use after 20 years that means awesome or cool.
The healing properties of art, whether from making or participating in it, or from just observing and enjoying it, are well documented. The list of benefits ranges from alleviating depression to reducing stress, lowering blood pressure and actually alleviating symptoms. With that in mind, the St. Luke’s University Health Network officially established a Healing Arts Program last fall for cancer patients at its Bethlehem, Allentown and Anderson campuses. That was only the beginning, though.