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Most everyone has heard the flight attendant tell them to put their own oxygen mask on before helping others. The same goes for parenting—your health and well-being is important so that you can nurture your child. Self-care is not selfish or indulgent—it’s how we keep ourselves well to ensure we are physically, emotionally, and mentally capable of being there for our young children.

Each year, the Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority’s Veterans Memorial Park is the site of a Memorial Day program in Veterans Memorial Park to honor military veterans who have died while serving in the U.S. Military. But given the ongoing threat of COVID-19, this year’s event will not take place for the first time in many years.

The City of Tuscaloosa will reopen the in-person Farmers Market at the Tuscaloosa River Market beginning on Saturday, May 23. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic began to unfold, University of Alabama junior Michael Arundel was at home on spring break in Chicago. That’s where the 20-year-old got the idea for Leave It To Us, a non-profit organization that helps shop for senior citizens – who are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus, and thus not always able to brave the stores for food.

Leave It To Us took off quickly, and Arundel put together an initial group of volunteers to help shop for the senior citizens – by picking up their grocery or pharmacy order.

With the outbreak of COVID-19 and the subsequent break from school, the Tuscaloosa City Schools system is trying to help students find new ways to learn while they’re away from the classroom. One such way is a reading service known as “Sora” by OverDrive 

Sora is the student reading app, which provides free, 24/7 access to eBooks and audiobooks for grades K-12. The idea, according to Rock Quarry Elementary School librarian Amelia Pilsch, is to engage a student’s mind through reading.  

Senior students in the Tuscaloosa County School System have already participated in virtual graduation ceremonies. Now, they will be able to receive their diplomas during graduation celebrations in person.

This week's HSWA Pet of the Week is Dezi. Dezi a 4-year old female corgi mix with a long body and short legs. She is fully grown at 26 pounds, proving that good things come in small packages.

  1. Bonding – When you sing to your baby, they bond with you and your voice. Singing makes yours the first and most important voice in her life. Your baby learns that you LOVE him.
  2. Transitions – Babies feel safe when life is predictable. A song for waking up, sleeping, and other routine transitions and activities helps them know what comes next.
  3. Language – Language is in itself musical, and when you sing and speak, your baby learns about words, language, and communication. Through your singing, baby’s language comprehension begins.
  4. New words – While you sing and hold your baby, you introduce new vocabulary. When you hold up a stuffed dog as you sing about a dog, baby learns to associate the name of that toy with the words you sing. When you sing about parts of the body and kiss your baby’s feet or tickle his tummy, he learns new words.
  5. Rhythm and rhyme – Music includes rhythm and rhyme, again, part of our language. In time, babies will recognize rhymes and rhythms.
  6. Play – Singing is one of many methods of play and “sing-play” is a fun way to interact with babies.
  7. Family fun – Singing is a great way to involve older siblings in welcoming a new baby to the home. Singing to and playing with the baby builds a bond between siblings. Make singing a family activity.

Even if you’ve kept your toddler away from news about COVID-19 in the media or from overhearing adult conversations, they are bound to have questions. Here are some age-appropriate responses to the common questions a toddler might have. Most importantly, remember to keep your answers simple and age-appropriate.

Druid City Living (DCL) is Tuscaloosa, Alabama's premier community newspaper, covering the great people, places and activities of the area.