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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - November 19, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 20 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Thursdoy, November 19, 1970 BOOK AWARENESS - Young Canada Book Week will mean more than just reading to Michael Moskaluk and Kenny Nakahama who are reviewing books they have prepared for the writing display in the McKillop Elementary School media centre. Mr. Lawton communicates with infant son Fathers' love important TORONTO (CP) - Mikael Lawton, aged five months, is seeing more of his father these days. He is because his father, JeiTy Lawton, has been convinced they already have tilings to say to one another. Mr. Lawton is a television producer who spent three months working on a documentary on the young child, and it has lationship of fathers and young babies. He talked to people doing research on how very young children learn and grow and sense the world. The theories and practices he encountered persuaded him that fathers should take part in the lives of their children from the start. "Like most fathers I thought changed his ideas about the re- the baby was a cute little thing CASH BINGO Thi is 19th PARISH HALl AVENUE NORTH Thursday Evening, Nov. STARTS 8:00 P.M. SHARP CORNER 12th STREET B and 7th 26 1st 7-NUMBER JACKPOT 6th 7-NUMBER JACKPOT 7-NUMBER JACKPOT-LUCKY DRAW $11 JACKPOT-55 Nos. or $25 Blackout Jackpot ALSO FREE CARDS, FREE GAMES AND 2 DOOR PRIZES Persons under 16 years not allowed Sponiored by Ladies' Aid of St. Peter and St. Paul's Church $ $ 14 $ 12 $115 Unmistakeably Mackenzie's! For that personal touch this Christmas give a handsome and distinctive man's ring from Mackenzie's. A. SARDONYX, with nugget gold finish. 1 10 karat yellow gold....... $95 B. SIGNET, suitable for cresting or it\hr-tials. 10 karat yellow gold . . . v.. $45"'  C. BIRTHSTONE, high siyled gent's ring., Available in all the birthstones. 10 karat yellow gold . 465' i___AFFILIATED WITH MAPPINGS LIMITED,-� � � 1 .;� DIAMOND MERCHANTsX^AND JEWELLERS , ^ REGINA  MOOSE JAW  CALGARY,  IETHBRIDGE  , In IETHBRIDGE: 613 4 Ave. S.-Phone 328-4214 but that I couldn't do much for him until he was old enough to ask questions and toss a ball around. "I had read years ago that the most important thing parents can give children in the first year is as much love as possible. "But working on this program showed me I -was all wrong. There are some very important things that can be done for a baby in the first year of life." DID OWN APPROACH He noted that child-care authorities put great emphasis on talking to the b a b y as much as possible and playing with Mm in a face-to-face position. "The stress was on talking to him is if he understood. The face-to-face is important because rrom this he would learn early and well some of the essentials of human expression. "I did change some of my own approaches. I made a point of playing with Mikael for an hour or so every evening and as much as possible on the weekends." He also helps with Mikael's care and said he was surprised to find some fathers find diaper changing a threat to their masculinity. "The experts also made a great point of always trying to surprise a baby, of always trying to present him with something slightly outside the realm of his experience. I try to do this with toys and things that are common around the house. "I had somehow been aware before that toys were meant to catch my attention and not necessarily his, but I didn't know what would catch his attention. I learned that bright colors are important, that sound is important, that toys which change their shape are important." TEACH IT EARLY Only recently has much research been done on the very young child, and little is known of the influence the father has. The program! Mr. Lawton produced looks at work being done at the Canadian Mothercraft Society in Toronto, the University of British Columbia, Harvard University, and the Institute for the Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia. Mr. Lawton found expert :on-viction that there is exactly the right time, sometime during the first three years, to teach each of the early lessons of life, such as love and trust. He said there appears to be agreement that the age of three is a period when learning ability is greatest, when a child's language amd physical and mental development come together. After this period it becomes increasingly diffic u 11 to change the pattern of a child's development. He said the mother is still considered the key influence in the early years and he found deep concern, about society's at- j tempts to tamper with the relationship. The father's role was changing today, partly because of the number of mothers going to work. "This will make lathers take a more active part in early child raising in the future. No one knows what effect this will have on children Everything we know about tlie father's role is an assumption. Scientists now are in the process of proving that these assumptions are right or wrong. But what we do know of children's abilities and potential in these years indicates that if we influence them at the right time in the right ways we will create adults who are not only more intelligent but saner and better adjusted emotionally." For The Record By MARILYN ANDERSON Herald Family Editor JYJORE than 160 people attended a workshop on Family Communication Tuesday night in Leth-bridge. They walked in the door with all their protective coverings in place, from the "slings and arrows" of society. By the time they emerged some five hours later, the armor had slipped a bit. It's probably true as one resource person said that the persons attending the workshop were high calibre in that many of them were actively involved in the social service strata - teachers, counsellors, members of committees and study groups. Yet these people are, by the same token, harder to reach emotionally. They come equipped with harder shells to crack. It was a different workshop in that people not only brought their questions, their ideas and their opinions but their deep concern. They shared a meal together at small tables of eight to 10, very informal, with everyone helping to fetch both food and drink. Both Bob Gall, moderator, and June Callwood of Toronto, who guided the workshop through its paces, asked everyone to consider it a kind of communion in sharing. It certainly broke the ice and enabled stranger to talk to stranger. In one group a woman was gently told by others that she did not have the right to go through her daughter's possessions. She had to respect her daughter's privac , Another group dealt with young girls asking, or telling parents about the use of birth control pills. The abortion issue arose frequently as did the legalization of marijuana. These weren't committee members making policy decisions or writing high level briefs. These were people talking about themselves, and their own problems, and people listening to others at a very grass root level. Molly Mitchell, executive officer for the southern region of CMHA, is to be congratulated for the wealth of resource personnel from the community she obtained and the southern region for attempting such a risky project. No one might have come, and no one might have been willing to involve themselves to the extent such a workshop required. It can't stop now. This workshop has to be the catalyst for others of its kind. I asked one young student whether kids would generally be interested 'in this type of "rap" session, whether the hesitation in speaking in front of parents would jeopardize it. He said it might make a difference but you "never know until you try it." Well, people of Lethbridge, is it going to be tried again? There are 160 people who think it's worth it. That's at least a start. YEARS PILE UP - Allan Stevens of the lethbridge Devon Nursing Home recently celebrated his 90th birthday with a party in the Home and many congratulations. Born in Carsham, Wiltshire, England, Mr. Stevens was first sent to Wisconsin at 16 years to learn how to make wire gates which turned out to be barbed wire and sticks. He came to Foremost in 1909 where he homesteaded and married his wife Vyne, now deceased. He has two children, Claude Stevens of Foremost and Mrs. Ruby Lester of Lethbridge, as well as sever, grandchildren. 7< arnilxj win University Women's Club meets ivith planning director Erwin Adderley. director of the 01 d m a n River Regional Planning Commission and Joe Balla, city alderman and chairman of the Municipal Planning Commission met with members of the University Women's Club to discuss planning by the councils and problems coped with. Mr. Adderley said the commission does not only concern itself with presenting a relating plan for the whole area, but acts in an advisory capacity for each municipality with its detailed plans. The area covered by the Old-man River Regional Planning Commission includes from the Alberta - B.C. border as far north as Vulcan, to Taber, and Milk River and down to the Alberta-Montana border, in all a total of 13,000 square miles. Mr. Balla said it was interesting to note, although the area makes up only four per cent of the total arable land in the province, 60 per cent of all income tax paid in Alberta comes from farmers in the southern region. Planning, for and around Lethbridge, must look at the city not as only 40,000 population, but as 120,000 because the community and the city are so inter - related. Urban dwellers BINGO Scandinavian Hall 229 12th St. "C" N. Fri. Nov. 20th Starts at 8:00 p.m. Doers Open at 7:00 p.m. 5 Cards for $1.00 GOLD CARDS PAY DOUBLE EACH $1.00 4th, 8th and 12th Game* in 7 Numbers WORTH $17 Jackpot $150 in 57 Nos. Sorry No One Under 16 Years of Ago Allowed look to the surrounding area for recreation outlets, city-located plants depend upon fanners for meat and grain, and Lethbridge retail outlets are used by the surrounding communities and as far away as Nelson, B.C., Montana, U.S., and Saskatchewan. "Regional planning is essential for this area," said Mr. Adderley. Staffing on the regional commission must be diverse in specialities. The seven planners currently employed include people with backgrounds in such fields as political science, economics, sociologists and architecture. In this manner all angles of a problem can be looked at. In answering a question, Mr. Adderley said new roads are not always constructed but many times old ones will be recommended for upgrading or limited re-routing. Mr. Balla said many problems end: up getting resolved at a political level as they are very touchy situations. "Not that there is anything wrong with this," he said. An example of a serious problem is the one currently exist- ing in the Crowsnest Pass. The road through the pass is eventually planned to be four to six lanes but where can it be located? By widening its present location the main hotel has to be destroyed which is the only business keeping the town going, on the south side of the pass the road will be icy and drifted all winter as the sun can't reach it and tunnelling through the mountains will cost millions. "What do we do?" said Mr. Adderley. ^} calendar local kappen'uiffi The General meeting of the First United Church women will be held in the Lower Hall Thursday at 8 p.m. A dance will be held by the Lethbridge Old Time Dance Club on Saturday, at 8:30 p.m. in the Assumption School (24th St. and 14th Ave. S.) with live music by the Westerners. Everyone welcome. COBY'S FASHIONS 322 13th Street N. Phone 327-5687 Clearing All Ladies' WINTER COATS Mini - Midi - Maxi Sizes 7 to 15 CLEARING AT 1 ALL LADIES' WINTER JACKETS Vi Price Vz Off CLEARING AT SKIRTS AND FAU AND WINTER DRESSES CLEARING AT . . 20% Off PANT SUITS BLOUSES AND LINGERIE CLEARING AT ..... 10% Off CHILDREN'S WEAR SAVINGS! CHILDREN'S SNOW SUITS CLEARING AT i PRICE i OFF ONE RACK OF CHILDREN'S CLOTHING .......i Price CLEARING AT CHILDREN'S COATS i PRICE and 3 OFF CHILDREN'S JACKETS CLEARING AT ............ 3 1 Off COBY'S FASHIONS 32.2 13th Street N. Phone 327-5687 ;