November 2017 The Healthy Mentality

November 2017

· Attendance
· The Stress Among Us
· Reading is Fundamental

The Healthy Mentality

A mental health newsletter courtesy of North Central West Virginia Community Action 

November 2017

In this Newsletter:
· Attendance
· The Stress Among Us
· Reading is Fundamental


Help Your Child Succeed in Preschool:
Build the habit of good attendance

Excerpted with permission from Attendance Works’ Preschool Handout

Showing up on time every day is important to your child’s success and learning from preschool forward.

Missing 10 percent of preschool (one or two days every few weeks) can:

  • Make it harder to develop early reading skills.
  • Make it harder to get ready for kindergarten and first grade.
  • Develop a poor attendance pattern that’s hard to break.

High quality preschool programs have many benefits for your child. The routines your child develops in preschool will continue throughout school. You can make the most out of preschool by encouraging your child to attend every day!

For more information and resources, including the full Preschool Handout, visit Attendance Works at

The Stress Among Us

As the temperature in the air becomes colder, the stress around us tends to heat up. With all the activities and celebrations that occur this time of year, one would think that joy and good cheer fill us up.  However, this time of year can be very stressful as demands at work pile up, additional strains on household budgets occur, family pressure and emotions can run high.

Self-Reflection in Parenting: Help for Getting Through Stressful Times is a helpful guide from Family Connections that includes a discussion about the benefits of using self-reflection as a parent, especially when facing stressful times, as well as strategies for practicing self-reflection. Some keys for coping are: recognizing that the experience is difficult, reaching out to others, not trying to go it alone, acknowledging the need for help, and working to set realistic goals. To access this guide, please go to

Reading is FundaMENTAL
Books can be a great way to connect with your child while learning valuable life skills. This month’s  suggested book is:
Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle


Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle is a favorite in my household. This charming story follows Little Blue Truck as he rides down the country side, greeting his friends. Even though he is treated rudely by a passing impatient Dump Truck, he takes the time to help this Dump Truck out of a muddy situation.  This

book can be utilized to teach our children the importance of kindness and taking the time to acknowledge those around us.

The information provided in this newsletter is for educational purposes and is not intended to replace discussions with your healthcare provider.

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