Food for Thought to Offer Child Development Insights at Second Event

By Lura Jackson

The second event sponsored by Calais Food for Thought has been scheduled, and it features dynamic speakers, free books, engaging activities, and of course, a great meal. Child Development Specialist Julie Redding will be the guest speaker, touching on topics such as normal developmental milestones, the importance of sleep and routines, power struggles and having fun as a family.

“Calais Food for Thought is dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people in Washington County,” organizer Helen Messemer-Thomas said, emphasizing the importance of understanding what children are experiencing as they grow. The group is entirely composed of volunteers and is supported by various local organizations including the Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry and Calais Head Start.

After a brief twenty-minute presentation, children and adults will be introduced to techniques on reducing stress, including restorative breathing and stretching exercises. Licensed yoga instructors Samantha Williams and Christine Morris will be leading the adults and children, respectively. 

Several books from leading national authors on the topic of childhood development will be available for parents to select from at no cost. Parents will be able to choose one book from a list that includes distinguished and award-winning titles such as Baby and Childcare, Birth through Adolescence by Benjamin Spock, Understanding Sibling Rivalry and Mastering Anger and Aggression by T. Berry Brazelton, Raising Your Spirited Child by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish, and The Explosive Child by Ross W. Greene.

Children will be given National Geographic activity books and each family will be provided with a customizable growth chart to track their child’s development.


The event will be held on Tuesday, April 5th, at 5:15 in the Washington County Community College Assembly Room. Registration is requested. To register or for further inquiries, contact If registering, provide the number of adults and children attending, along with the ages of the children.