NIH recently hosted the third annual
Parenting Festival, a means of educating new and seasoned parents
on the benefits and services NIH offers regarding family matters.
The 3-day festival was presented on Executive Blvd. in Rockville,
the Rockledge cluster and the main campus.
Resources on display ran the gamut from nursing and bed-wetting,
to the teen brain and financial planning.
Many attendees got a one-on-one consultation with a parenting
specialist. In the Natcher auditorium, parents learned to deal
with daily frustrations in a relaxation session offered by recreation
therapist Stephanie Kreider of the Clinical Center. A new addition
to the festival this year, Omega World Travel, made travel planning
easy by helping to plan family-friendly vacations and donated airline
ticket door prizes.
||Jaydah Wilson (r), the new director
of Childkind Inc., welcomes visitors to her table at the NIH
Dr. Jay Giedd of NIMH gave a scientific yet practical lecture
on the construction phase of the teen brain, clearly illustrating
the difference between a child and adult brain. Parents learned
that "the rental car companies have it right" — the part
of the brain that regulates judgment and decision-making is not
fully developed until age 25. Attendees were pleased with the wealth
of useful information provided in a fun, friendly atmosphere.
The NIH child care board, Division of Employee Services and the
NIH Work/Life Center sponsored the festival. For more information
on parenting resources, visit http://does.ors.od.nih.gov or
call (301) 402-8180.