Catasauqua Press

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The Family Project: Get child to listen

Friday, April 19, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. Why won’t my three-year-old listen to me? I have to tell him things over and over again, but he doesn’t listen.

Panelist Kristy Bernard said she wanted to know in what types of scenarios is the son not listening to his mother. “Are there other distractions happening when she is talking to him?” she asked, then said that it is normal for three-year-olds not to listen.

“You have to go back to the fact that the boy is three,” panelist Pam Wallace explained. “What might be important to the parent is not always important to the child.”

Theater Review: ‘Chances’ are good at Pines Dinner Theatre

Friday, April 19, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Not everyone gets a second chance in life, unless he or she is lucky enough to see The Pines Dinner Theatre’s upbeat production of “Second Chances: The Thrift Shop Musical,” continuing through May 12.

Conceived and written by Thomas Ross Prather, “Second Chances” is the story of a beloved church thrift shop that is in danger of being razed to make room for condos. The shop gets its second chance, just like the treasures it sells, when its staff pulls together to save the day.

Theater Review: ‘Addams Family’ clicks at Catasauqua Showcase Theatre

Friday, April 19, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

This spring’s energetic musical offering by the Catasauqua Area Showcase Community Theatre is “The Addams Family,” featuring all of the iconic macabre characters from the Charles Addams cartoons and the television series (1964-1966), with a few dozen ancestors thrown in for ghoulish measure.

The musical-comedy with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, and book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, is heavy on songs, but a little too light on laughter.

The Family Project: Practice patience

Friday, April 12, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. I am the parent of three wonderful children, but sometimes I just run out of patience with them, whether it is having to remind them to hang up their coats, or turn off the lights when they leave the room, or put away their playthings. I know it doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it is important to me, and sometimes I just lose it. How can I become more patient?

Theater Review: ‘Magnolias” in bloom at Pa. Playhouse

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

The Pennsylvania Playhouse is marking the 30th anniversary of the release of the motion picture, “Steel Magnolias,” with its own superb stage production of the bittersweet comedy-drama about the bond among a group of women at a beauty shop in a small Southern town whose lives are changed with the death of one of their own.

The play, which continues April 12-14, 19 and 20 at the Bethlehem theater, was written by Robert Harling as a way to cope one month after his sister’s death from complications of diabetes.

The Family Project: Home-alone

Friday, April 5, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. At what age is it safe to leave your child alone? My husband thinks that it is OK to leave our 10-year-old son home alone while we go out for a few hours. I think he is too young. Are there guidelines for this situation?

The panel pointed out that there are only three states that have laws regulating a minimum age for leaving a child alone: Illinois, age 14; Maryland, age 8; Oregon, age 10.

“The ages are all over the place,” panelist Pam Wallace said.

The Family Project: 3-month-old’s crying

Friday, March 29, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My three-month-old daughter wakes up at least three times during the night. My husband thinks we should let her cry it out until she goes back to sleep. I think she is too young. I’m getting different opinions from my relatives, and I am not sure what to do. Can you help?

It was apparent from the panel’s discussion that there are many reasons why babies cry a lot.

“Crying is a way for babies to communicate,” panelist Pam Wallace explained. “So, whether or not the baby is hungry or needs to be changed, she requires some attention.

Theater Review: Crowded Kitchen Players’ ‘Unspeakable’ speaks volumes

Monday, March 25, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

In its latest thought-provoking play, written and directed by Ara Barlieb, the Crowded Kitchen Players tackle the uncomfortable topic of child abuse and how society has either failed to address it or has too often been looking the wrong way.

The play is “Unspeakable,” but it has a very loud and clear message in a production that continues March 29, 30 and 31, Charles A. Brown Ice House, Bethlehem.

The Family Project: Kindergarten

Friday, March 22, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My son transferred from three days a week of preschool to a full week of kindergarten. I understand the advantages of a head start in reading and math skills, but he comes home from school exhausted and worn out. I am wondering if this schedule is worth it.

While children may become fatigued after attending kindergarten all week, the panel explained that the students do adjust, usually within five or six months.

Theater Review: Munopco ‘Chorus Line’ a ‘singular sensation’

Friday, March 22, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“A Chorus Line,” the award-winning concept musical, is a triple threat.

It requires consummate acting, impressive singing and polished dancing from nearly every one of its 19 cast members. The director, in turn, is faced with the formidable task of casting all of the diverse roles, and getting the best character interpretations out of each of the performers.