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It’s Father’s Day this month…and the beginning of summer! What better way to start the summer than hanging out with Dad, going fishing, golfing, fixing up an old car, or just sharing an ice cream cone! We’ve got a couple of stories regarding fathers that we hope you will enjoy reading this month.

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Bell County Family strives to include something for every member of your household, from babies to toddlers, tweens to teens, moms to dads. It’s because we’re all about family. Families are important, and we hope you find ideas, tips, and stories that encourage you in your journey as a new mom, a stressed out parent, or just a family looking for something fun to do.

This month’s Practical Parenting column offers suggestions for a playful summer. There is a list of what makes good fathers to teenagers in the Teens Today section. And every month you’ll find great insight from a busy mom in the Mom Blog. Make this issue part of your must-haves for summer reading, and keep it handy for the fun calendar activities listed inside!

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Dad Blog

Sharing Your Interests

Creating Memories with Your Kids A friend of mine told me about

Lee Eddins Lee is a father of five and sells construction materials

the memories she had of her father when she was a small girl. “Dad, I want to go fishing with you,” said the little girl. She was seven years old and she wanted to go fishing with her dad so much! The dad’s response to her was always, “You would not enjoy fishing with me. You get dirty, you get wet, and you’ll be bored to death!” When my friend told me this story, she informed me that she always wished her dad would have just taken her. Society says make sure you get plenty of “YOU” time. Don’t let your identity change when you get married! You have to have plenty of “SPACE.”

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Here’s the real deal, from a real dad, one that’s not on the golf course every weekend with his friends or out at the bars a couple of nights a week with the guys in order to maintain identity and have my own space. Identity should change when you become a husband and a father. I mean seriously, if my identity was still a longhaired, earring/nose ring wearing, party animal right now, my life would be totally different! I would be fun to hang out with, and we’d party until we see the lights of the cars going to work on our way home. If you were lucky enough to hang out with this “animal” back in the day and you want to hang again, I am afraid you’ll have to settle for a beer at my house. But you’ll have to bring your own, because I don’t drink. And you will have to listen to stories about my kids and my wife and… I might make you watch a video. My identity has changed, and for the better. I’ve traded a cold beer for a warm bottle, and my pee soaked undies after a long night of partying for a pee soaked diaper. Okay, so that was only one night, from what I can remember. Pee aside; it was a pretty good night. What about your son or your daughter? Are they eager to join you in your workshop, or to go hunting or fishing with you? Do you have a hobby that one of your children has taken an interest in? Could your son or daughter join you on the golf course? Take the time to share time with your kids by doing things you like to do with Available at your local

them. Make them a part of it. You may not catch as many fish, but unless you are literally having to fish to eat that evening, don’t worry about it. I love the song “Just Fishin” by Trace Adkins. What a great way to explain it. The song is about a dad who takes his daughter fishing and explains some of the things he typically does while fishing - like sitting still (which his daughter is not doing), throwing small fish back, and hooking worms. All the normal things about fishing are happening, but to the father it goes way deeper. It is a way to create memories for the little girl and to spend quality time with her that will create lasting memories for both of them. What a great way to create those memories by involving her on a fishing trip! Of course, I am not saying that you can never go fishing by yourself or there is something wrong with hanging with the guys every now and then, but I will say this. I realized early on that I have everything I need right at home; a wife that loves me and kids that adore me. Everything in my life is centered around being the best father I can be to them. That is my identity. So, next time, before you say “no” too quickly, remember the little girl that to this day wished her daddy had said “yes” to her going on the fishing trips as a child. Open your life to your child and see what happens. www.BellCountyFamily.com

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Mom Blog

The Fence Communication is said to be the root of all relationships. When we open ourselves up to another human being and share the details of our lives, we are binding ourselves to that person with the threads of common experiences and shared intrigues.

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Most people understand that building a significant relationship based on trust requires a healthy amount of conversation. What people seem to forget is that while it requires a plethora of positive contact to build a relationship, it often takes only one negative interaction to dissolve it. The following story illustrates why: There was once a little boy with a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, to hammer a nail in the back fence. The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Then it gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence. Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper. The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, “You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like these. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there. A verbal wound can be as bad as a physical one.”

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THE BUSY MOM’S PERSPECTIVE “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that gives grace to those who hear.” -Ephesians 4:29 “Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care, for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or evil.” -Buddha “Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain – and most fools do.” -Dale Carnegie The father in this story clearly understood what many today seem to miss. He understood the power our words have. The opportunities that we have to impact others are too numerous to count. In every functional role of our lives- whether as a parent, spouse, friend, family member, coach, supervisor or subordinate- we are given the chance to impact others with positive, constructive words. I’m not suggesting that developmental dialogue be avoided. It’s quite the opposite, in fact. It’s crucial that we approach it in a timely manner and from a positive perspective. We have to be cognizant to temper the bad with the good. Remember, others only remember us as a summation of our interactions with them directly. You’re either using your words to make a positive impact or you’re using them to destroy the fabric of a healthy, hard-earned relationship. If someone were to pay you 10 cents for every kind word you ever spoke and collect from you 5 cents for every unkind word, would you be rich or poor? Here’s to being rich in all the ways that matter.  © Crystal Dyer 2012. All rights reserved.

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Setting Yourself Up for Successful Breastfeeding a breastfeeding expert! La Leche League is a non-profit, international network of mothers who give free breastfeeding advice and support. They will gently guide you as you and your baby learn to breastfeed together. They have monthly meetings all over the Central Texas area. Go online to find a meeting near you at www.llli.org. Haven’t had your baby, yet? Not a problem. Le Leche League welcomes pregnant women to come and learn, so they can be that much more prepared when their baby arrives.

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breastfeeding is a learned skill, new mothers often need information and support to have a successful breastfeeding experience. Education and encouragement certainly help to smooth over the rough spots in the first few days and weeks. To this end, I thought I would share some resources and best practices that have been helpful to my clients. The first thing a mother who plans to breastfeed should do is read a good breastfeeding book. There are plenty on the bookshelves, but my favorite is The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, which has gone through many editions and is considered a classic. It covers everything from getting started, to problem solving, to how long you can safely store breast milk. Having a book on hand in the middle of a nervous postpartum night is invaluable.

Another good resource is breastfeeding videos. There is nothing like seeing a skill performed. Breastfeeding videos are full of information, computer animations, and demonstrations of breastfeeding basics. You can view some breastfeeding videos online at sites like YouTube.com, or you can find a birth center, WIC office, childbirth educator, or La Leche League group where you can watch or borrow a video. It will be well worth the time you spend.

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The internet is a vast resource for breastfeeding information. I would advise staying away from forums, where there can be conflicting and confusing information. Instead, go to established websites with a good reputation like www.kellymom.com or www.breastfeeding.com. For breastfeeding support, nothing beats being face to face with Available at your local

Another free resource is Central Texas Birth Circle. This is also a non-profit group of mothers, midwives, childbirth educators, doulas, and other breastfeeding experts. They meet every third Tuesday of the month at 7pm. The meetings are at Avanlee Birth and Maternity Center in Killeen. CTBC has an active and fun Facebook page, just search for “centex birth circle.” Mothers, fathers, and children are welcome, and regardless of the month’s planned topic, there is always time to lend support to a new nursing couple.

Postpartum doulas are often passionate about nurturing the fragile mother/newborn relationship. They can give information and encouragement without “taking over” or being judgmental. Sound good? You can find a postpartum doula by looking on Facebook for “Heart of Texas Doula Collective.” The first six weeks of your baby’s life will be a difficult, wonderful time. If you plan to breastfeed your baby, start seeking resources now to make your “babymoon” the best it can be. Jennifer Bennett is a Licensed Midwife at Avanlee Birth & Maternity Center in Killeen, Texas. She has a very neglected blog at www.avanlee.wordpress.com

The last resource I am going to discuss is doulas. Doulas are professional birth and postpartum support. They often charge for their services. postpartum period, and have training that helps them care for a new mother, teach, and assist with breastfeeding, and give advice on normal newborn care. www.BellCountyFamily.com

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Toddler

Toilet Training

6 TIPS FOR LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

SIGNS

to potty train?

A: There is no set stage to begin toilet

training, but most children begin to display signs of readiness around 18 months to 2 years of age. However, toilet training is not something that needs to be rushed or forced; a child must be developmentally ready. Your child may be ready to begin toilet training if he…

As a child grows, you will begin to hear their language expanding. Their ability to name and string words together will advance. Here are some tips to keep in mind as your toddler develops speech. Speak correctly - Don’t use “baby talk.” Your toddler learns to talk by what she hears.

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• ...knows he has the urge to go potty. • ...tells you he just went potty in his diaper.

Point and name - When your toddler points at an object as a way of asking for it, name the object and repeat it back to him before you give it to him.

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Read stories -As you read, have your toddler point to the various pictures in the story.

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Ignore whining - Prompt the toddler by saying, “Use your words.” Don’t hinder learning by rewarding whining.

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Avoid comparing - Just as children physically develop at different paces, so does language. If you have concerns, talk with your pediatrician rather than setting unrealistic expectations or parenting out of fear.

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Praise them - Every time they use a word correctly, or point to something and identify it, celebrate their growing vocabulary and ability.

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system and brain during the first two years of life. Whole milk also provides enough calories from fat for normal growth. Some pediatricians now allow switching to 1 or 2 percent milk between the ages of 1 and 2 years old, if the child is overweight or if a history of obesity or cardiovascular disease runs in the family.

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Kid Quips

KiDs Say...

WE GAVE OUR SON IZZY some leftover wings we had gotten at Chili’s the evening before. He asked what they were and we told him they were chicken wings. The next night he came up to me and said, “Mommy, can I have some more chicken feathers like I had last night?” Izzy 5, Georgetown

I WENT TO WATCH TANGLED, an animated movie that I, even as an adult love. My little girl Anna said, “You’ve watched Tangled 100 times Mommy, it is important to know your limits.” Anna 6, Harker Heights

MY 8-YEAR-OLD GRANDAUGHTER and I were having one of our art sessions. She needed a pair of scissors but the only ones around were a filigree-handled heirloom. I passed her the beautiful scissors and asked her to take good care of them because they meant a lot to me. "Are they old?" she asked. Excited that she seemed interested in their history, I explained that they belonged to my mother and my mother's mother. "Well, that explains it," she said. "Explains what?" I asked. "Why they don't work." Natalya 8. Killeen

MY 5-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER was riding with us to the airport and as she listened to the female voice from the GPS give us directions, she asked, "How does she know where we’re going?" Erica 4, Killeen

I WAS AT THE BEACH when my 4-year-old son ran up to me, grabbed my hand, and led me to the shore where a seagull lay dead in the sand. He proceeded to ask me what happened to it. I told him that the seagull had died and went to Heaven." My son thought a moment and then said, "Why did God throw him back down?" Jason 4, Salado www.BellCountyFamily.com

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PREVENT WINDOW FALLS NEARLY 100,000 CHILDREN WERE TREATED IN EMERGENCY ROOMS FOR INJURIES SUSTAINED FROM FALLING OUT OF WINDOWS OVER THE LAST TWO DECADES. SERIOUS INJURIES ARE MORE LIKELY TO OCCUR IN CHILDREN AGES FIVE AND UNDER, THE MOST COMMON AGE FOR FALLING OUT OF WINDOWS. FALLS OCCUR MORE OFTEN DURING THE SPRING AND SUMMER MONTHS WHEN WINDOWS ARE FREQUENTLY LEFT OPEN BY PARENTS DUE TO THE WARMER WEATHER.

Nightmares vs.

Night Terrors

Nightmares. We’ve all had them and did not like them. However between the ages

of 3 and 5, your child may experience nightmares… and night terrors. Fortunately, both usually disappear with age. Consider the following, to tell the difference between the two.

What's the difference?

Does your child remember?

Nightmares : Scary dream. The child will

Nightmares : Just like you remember

usually wake up crying and scared.

Night Terror: Child may appear to be awake, but is not fully awake. Child may also thrash, cry, or scream while still asleep.

Night Terror: No, your child does

When do these occur?

Are there emotional problems associated with a nightmare or night terror?

Nightmares : Usually later at night when dreams usually occur or when child is in a deeper state of sleep.

not remember.

Nightmares : No, but sometimes dreams

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will reflect real-life fears.

dreams occur. Night terrors usually occur within the first two hours of sleep.

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Does your child return to sleep? Nightmares : Children may have difficulty going back to sleep because of being scared about what they were just dreaming about.

Night Terror: Children may return to sleep quickly, since they were not aware of what was going on.

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your dreams, so will your child. He may be able to talk about it the next day.

diatrician if you are concerned about frequency.

Use the following safety measures to prevent falls from occurring:

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Nightmares : Comfort your child; avoid

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Night Terrors: Just comfort your child.

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FAMILY FUN JUNE 2012 Friday, June 1

Happy Hour, In the Mood Ballroom Come relax and enjoy some great music. Dance lessons will follow happy hour with a Ballroom Dance topping off the night. No cover charge. 5 to 7 p.m. Happy Hour; 7 to 7:45 p.m. Dance Lessons; 8 to 11 p.m. Ballroom Dance, In the Mood Ballroom, 13 & 15 South Main Street, Temple. For adults only. Beer, Wine, Juices, Sodas and Water available for purchase. Cost:$8 for Dance Lessons; $5 for dance. For more information visit www.inthemoodballroom.com, e-mail itmood@vvm.com or call 773-7088. Country & Western Dance - Live, local Country & Western bands play 2nd and 4th Thursday evening of each month. Bring a light, finger food to share at intermission. 6:30p to 9:30p, Sammons Community Center, Temple. Cost: $4 each at the door. For more information, call Lisa Potts at 298-5403. Fun Fridays! - Fun Fridays will offer activities that children enjoy most: arts & crafts, games, songs, storytelling, and more. This program gives children the opportunity to grow and develop both socially and educationally while giving mom some “me time.” Children must be at least 2 and fully potty trained. Pre-registration is required. 9:00a to noon, Gober Party House, Temple. Ages 2 to 8. Cost: $15 per child. For more information, contact Belinda Garcia at 298-5733. Camp Explore - Save your vacation days or teacher workdays and bring your kids to Camp Explore. Kids will experience adventure based outdoor activities such as team building games, hiking, and arts & crafts. This camp is free to Zone participants. 7:00a to 6:00p, Wilson Park Recreation Center, Temple. For ages 5 to 14. Cost: $12. Contact Peanut Henderson at 298-5740 for more information.

Saturday, June 2 Parents Night Out - Parents are you looking for a date night or dinner with friends? Well look no further! Let us take care of the kids. We will have pizza, crafts and games for a fun filled evening. 6:00p to 10:00p, Wilson Park Recreation Center, Temple. For ages 5 to 12. Cost: $10. For more information, contact Terri Landeros at 298-5474.

of fishing gear will be available on a first come basis. 8 a.m. to noon, Miller Park, Temple. For all ages. Cost: FREE. Contact Brock Boone at 298-5737 for more information. Harker Heights Farmers Market – Buy Local, Experience Community. The season grand opening is on Saturday, May 5. Don’t forget to enter to win a FREE Harker Heights Farmers Market Gift Basket which contains items from all vendors. You do not need to be present to win. There will be 100% Texas grown produce, handmade crafts, jams & jellies, homemade soaps, art, woodwork, homemade bread, farm eggs, homemade bagels, dog treats and more. 7:00a to noon, Carl Levin Park, 400 Miller’s Crossing. For more information visit the City’s website at www.ci.harkerheights.tx.us/parks or call 254.953.5466. Turn in applications by: April 20, 2012 

Sunday, June 3 Country and Western Dance - Live, local Country & Western bands play 2nd and 4th Thursday evening of each month. Bring a light, finger food to share at intermission. 6:30p to 9:30p, Sammons Community Center, Temple. Cost: $4 each at the door. Contact Lisa Potts at 298-5403 for more information.

Monday, June 4 Lap Sit – Newborns through 18-month-old babies and their parents are invited to work and play together with a variety of stories, songs and much more! 10:00a to 11:00a, Harker Heights Public Library, 400 Indian Trail, Harker Heights. For more information, contact Jeanine Madden at jmadden@ci.harker-heights.ci.tx.us. Cost: FREE. Summit’s Camptastic! - Camptastic is ready to make your children’s summer the best yet! Camptastic features fun and games in an active setting at the Summit Family Fitness Center.  Small class sizes ensure your child will get the attention that she or he deserves. Weekly field trips put the icing on the camp week each Friday!  Specifically designed for girls and boys ages 6-10 years old.  Registration includes custom T-shirt and healthy snacks each day. Paid registration required before the beginning of each camp week. 7:00a to 6:00p Wilson Park Recreation Center, Temple. For ages 6 to 10. Cost: $70 per week. Contact Ron Germann at 298-5348 for more information.

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Bug Club - Each day club members will have fun with bugs! Participants will learn about the different bugs in the area: what they eat and what eats them. We will make bug crafts, read bug stories, and play bug games! 10:00a to noon, Harris Community Center, Belton. For ages 4 to 7. Cost: $50 per camper. Preregistration is required. For more information, visit www.ci.belton.tx.us. Available at your local

Sammons Junior Golf Academy Whether your child has been playing for years or has never swung a club before, the Sammons Academy is the perfect opportunity to teach them the game of golf. Kids ages 6 to 17 will learn the skills, rules, and beauty of the game. Upon graduation from the Academy, students will receive a SJGA polo style shirt, a SJGA hat and a certificate of completion. Please register your child in person at Sammons Golf Links located at 2727 W. Adams in Temple. Space is limited to the first 40 students for each session. 9:30a to 11:00a. for ages 6 to 10; 8:30a to 11:30a for ages 11 to 17, Sammons Golf Links. Cost: $35 for ages 10 and under; $60 for ages 11 to 17. For more information, contact James W. Roberts at 771-2030.

Strong & Slim Sculpt with Stephanie - Come slim down with this new fun workout routine! 5:30 p.m., 13 & 15 South Main Street, Temple. Cost: $8 per person or 10 classes for $50. First class free! For more information, visit www.inthemoodballroom.com or call 773-7088.

Camp Horizon - Give your kids a fun-filled summer, full of arts, music, and adventure. Your child will complete art projects and learn to play new instruments. The camp also features weekly swim times, field trips, and getaways. A one-time supply fee of $10 will be due at the time of registration. 7:00a to 6:00p, Tarver Elementary School, Temple. For ages 5 to 7. Cost: $70 per week. Contact Brock Boone at 298-5737 for more information.

Family Night, Chick-fil-A, Harker Heights – Join us for a free family activity during Family Nights each Tuesday. 5:00p – 8:00p, Chick-fil-A, 201 E. Central Texas Expressway, Harker Heights. For more information, visit www.chick-fil-a.com/harkerheights-tx.

Camp Horizon 2.0 - Waking up early in the summer has never been so much fun. Field trips, swimming and enrichment activities are all part of Camp Horizon 2.0 (without the pesky little brother or sister). Yes, 2.0 has the separation from the younger participants while having the comfort of using the same facility. At 2.0 campers will play age appropriate games, complete more complex projects and go on more advanced field trips. A one-time supply fee of $10 will be due at the time of registration. 7:00a to 6:00p, Tarver Elementary School, Temple. For ages 8 to 14. Cost: $65 per week. Contact Brock Boone at 298-5737 for more information.

Creative Cakes - You’ve baked your cake, now what? How can you make your cake the hit of the party? We can help you with that! This class is a 3 part series where you will learn how to decorate 3 holiday themed cakes. For May we will create a Mother’s Day Masterpiece. 6:00p to 8:00p Gober Party House, Temple. For ages 16 and up. Cost: $12. Contact Belinda Garcia at 298-5733 for more information.

Camp Heatwave - Camp Heatwave will provide campers with a full camp experience in a broad program of activities like archery, hiking trips, camping, canoeing, arts & crafts, scuba diving, swimming, disc golf, racquetball, pickle ball, rock wall climbing, and outdoor living skills. A one time supply fee of $10 will be due at the time of registration. 7:00a to 6:00p, Wilson Park Recreation Center, Temple. Cost: $75 per student ages 5 to 6; $65 for children ages 7 to 14. For more information, contact Robert Henderson at 298-5740.

Tuesday, June 5 Continuing: Bug Club; Sammons Junior Golf Academy Kids’ Night at Chick-fil-A, Killeen Let us do the cooking for you! Come to Chickfil-A for family fun and discounts. 5:00p – 9:00p, 1400 E. Central Texas Expressway, Killeen.

Killeen Aglow Meeting, Killeen - The Killeen Aglow Lighthouse will meet for their monthly meeting.We are an intercultural, trans-denominational organization of Christian women who come together to develop meaningful friendships with each other and a deeper walk with Christ. 7:00p, Residence Inn/Marriott, 400 East Central Texas Expwy, Killeen. Cost: FREE. For more information contact Gerlinde at 542-5155.

Wednesday, June 6

Continuing: Bug Club; Sammons Junior Golf Academy

Military Appreciation Day! At Chickfil-A, Harker Heights - Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday will be Military Appreciation Day. For every combo that is purchased with a valid military ID you will receive a FREE Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich. Pre school Day Trip - Join a fun preschool day trip to Waco - Kiddie Land! Bring your car sear and sack lunch. Transportation and activities provided. 9:00a to 1:00p, van will leave from Wilson Park Recreation Center, Temple. For ages 2 to 6 and parents. Cost: $10 per child. For more information, contact Belinda Garcia at 298-5733. Military Appreciation Day! At Chick-filA, Killeen - Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday will be Military Appreciation Day. For every combo that is purchased with a valid military ID you will receive a FREE Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich.

Thursday, June 7 Continuing: Bug Club; Sammons Junior Golf Academy, Country & Western Dance, Strong & Slim Sculpt with Stephanie

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Village of Sage Meadows - From the $100s • Temple, Texas Toddler Time – Special storytime for toddlers involving a variety of stories, songs, dance, puppets, fingerplays and more for children ages 3 and under. 9:00a to 10:00a, Harker Heights Public Library, 400 Indian Trail, Harker Heights. For more information, contact Jeanine Madden at jmadden@ci.harker-heights.ci.tx.us. Cost: Free. College Night at Chick-fil-A, Temple Buy an entrée and get a FREE medium drink and fry with valid college ID. 5 – 10 p.m., N. 31st St, Temple.

Friday, June 8 Continuing: Bug Club, Fun Fridays!, Happy Hour @ In the Mood Ballroom Family Game Night – Bring your family for a night of action games, camp games, and board games. 6:00p to 9:00p, Wilson Park Recreation Center, Temple. For all ages. Cost: $12. For more information, contact Peanut Henderson at 298-5740. “Board?” Game Night – Nothing on T.V., not a football fan? Join us on the second Friday of each month for board game night! Hands on, electronics off! Spend time with family and friends playing your favorites. It’s all for fun! You can even bring your own game if you want, but only if it isn’t electronic. Bring your own snacks and drinks. 6:30p to 9:00p, Harris Community Center, Belton. Cost: FREE. Hot Summer Sounds – Newsboyz Party Band - Our free annual concert series will heat up the summer Temple night again this year as the warm sounds of live music fill the air at Miller Park. Blankets, picnic baskets and lawn chairs will beat the fanciest concert hall for atmosphere as you enjoy music under the starry sky. 7:30 to 9:30p, Miller Park. Cost: FREE. For more information, contact Belinda Garcia at 298-5733.

Saturday, June 9 Continuing: Harker Heights Farmers Market, Yoga with Chris Family Game Night at Chick-fil-A, Killeen –Bring your family to Chick-fil-A at Killeen and enjoy some quality family time! We will have board games, puzzles, and other fun activities. Ask the cashier about Milkshake Bingo and your chance to win free milkshakes for you and your family. 5:00p – 9:00p 1400 E. Central Texas Expressway, Killeen. The Dog Daze of June – Come alone or bring your favorite pup and join in the fun of the Pace Park Pooch Parade! Vendors will be on hand with yummy food as you watch the Puppy Parade pass by. 9:00a to noon, Pace Park, Salado. For more information, call 931-0596.

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Camp Geek – Bring the kids to have fun with science!  Every month, we’ll focus on a different science-related theme! The program will include a two-hour, hands-on class followed by a planetarium show. For ages 5 to 9. 1:00p to 4:00p, Mayborn Planetarium, Killeen. Cost: $29 per child ($26 for Planetarium members). For more information, visit www.thestarsatnight.org or call 526-1586.   Temple Firefighters Association 5K & Kids 1K – The race will start and finish at Temple Central Fire Station. The course will run through Temple’s Historic District. This will be a chip timed event. Chip timing will be done by Pro-Fit Event Services. 8:00a with registration starting at 7:30a, Temple Central Fire Station. A portion of the net proceeds will benefit the McLane Children’s Hospital Scott & White. Cost: $20 until June 1st and $30 on race for the 5K; Kid 1K is $10 until June 1st and $15 on race day. Kid 1K is for children10 and under (Families are welcome). Shirts are only guaranteed to those that pre-register. Register at www.active.com/ event_detail.cfm?event_id2016359. Or you can send a check to TPFFA P.O. Box 1683, Temple, Tx. 76503 (please note shirt size on check). Email Local846_5Krace@yahoo.com or contact Steven Gregory at 254-298-5682. Family Night at Chick-fil-A, Temple Join us for an evening of family fun and dinner specials. 5:00p-10:00p, 114 N. 31st St., Temple. Granny Time, Harker Heights Ms. Dorothy, Harker Heights Library’s resident grandma charms children and adults with classic storytimes. 11:00a, Harker Heights Public Library, 400 Indian Trail, Harker Heights. For more information, call 953-5491 or visit www. ci.harker-heights.tx.us .

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Science Sunday for Scouts – Join us the second Sunday of each month as we explore science with Cub Scouts and Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts. Different activities are offered each month. 4:00p to 6:00p, Mayborn Planetarium, Killeen. Cost: $15 per scout with ONE free adult/leader, $5 each additional child or adult. For more information visit www.thestarsatnight. org or call 526-7161.

Monday, June 11

Tween Time - If you are a “tween” who loves to be crafty then this is the
camp for you. Each day we will get together and have fun talking and making great things like room decorations, jewelry and more. This is a great camp to grab a friend and share some “tween” time together! 10:00a to noon, Harris Community Center, Belton. For ages 8 to 12. Cost: $50 per camper. Pre registration is required. For more information, visit www.ci.belton.tx.us.

Tuesday, June 12 Continuing: Kids’ Night at Chickfil-A, Killeen; Family Night at Chick-fil-A, Harker Heights; Tween Time, Strong & Slim Sculpt with Stephanie Nail Art 101 - Learn how to make beautiful and creative nail art. Having a partner for this class is recommended so you can design each other’s nails. 6:00p to 8:00p, Gober Party House, Temple. For ages 8 to 15. Cost: $8. For more information, contact Terri Landeros at 298-5474. Twogether in Texas – Marriage Education Classes. Learn how to start off your union on the right foot. 6:00p to 8:30p, Harris Community Center, Belton. Cost: FREE. For more information or to register, visit www.twogetherintexas.com or e-mail Sheryl Austin at slaustin@ag.tamu.edu. You can also call 933-5305.

Wednesday, June 13 Continuing: Tween Time For the Love of Our Children, Temple - “For the Love of Our Children” is a support group for bereaved parents and grandparents. Individuals share their stories and what has helped them cope with their grief. The newly bereaved meet others who have also experienced a loss and how they are learning to have a fulfilling life again. The group has helped many realize that they are not alone and gives everyone an opportunity to express their feelings in a non-judgmental environment. FTLOOC is a non-profit, non-denominational group and does not offer any type of professional counseling services. The group members share their own journeys of the grief process, giving hope and support to each other. 6:30p to 8:30p The Ronald McDonald House, 2415 S. 47th Street, Temple. For more information, call 770-0910.

Thursday, June 14 Continuing: Toddler Time, College Night Chick-fil-A, Temple; Tween Time, Country & Western Dance, Strong & Slim Sculpt with Stephanie

Continuing: Tween Time, Fun Fridays!

Father’s Day Ice Cream Social – Nothing says I love you like a couple of scoops! Join us at the Bob Gilmore Senior Center for this fun event. 12:15p, Bob Gilmore Senior Center, Killeen. Cost: FREE. For ages 55 and up.

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Hot Summer Sounds – Pride and Joy - Our free annual concert series will heat up the summer Temple night again this year as the warm sounds of live music fill the air at Miller Park. Blankets, picnic baskets and lawn chairs will beat the fanciest concert hall for atmosphere as you enjoy music under the starry sky. 7:30p to 9:30p, Miller Park, Temple. Cost: FREE. For more information, contact Belinda Garcia at 298-5733.

Saturday, June 16

Continuing: Family Game Night at Chick-fil-A, Killeen; Family Night at Chick-fil-A, Temple; Granny Time; Harker Heights Farmers Market, Downtown Belton Market Days, Yoga with Chris Mother/Son Date Knight, Chick-fil-A, Killeen - Bring your little prince for a Knight of memories! Dress for the part and enjoy the fun as your young gentleman learns about chivalry while building memories with the most important woman in his life. Camp Geek - Bring the kids to have fun with science! Every month, we’ll focus on a different science-related theme! The program will include a two-hour, hands-on class followed by a planetarium show.  1:00p – 4:00p, Mayborn Planetarium & Space Theater. Cost: $29 per child ($26 for Planetarium members). For ages 5 to 9. For more information, call 526-1586. Movies in the Park – The Muppets - Premovie activities begin at 6:30p and the movie will begin at sundown. Bring a lawn chair, blanket, family and friends and join us for a great night of family fun! 6:30p to 10:30p., West Temple Park, Temple. Cost: FREE. For more information, contact Belinda Garcia at 298-5733.

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College Night at Chick-fil-A, Temple Every Thursday Night is College Night!  5:00p – 10:00p. Purchase any entree, get a FREE medium fry and drink with valid college ID.

Friday, June 15

Kids Kraft: Father’s Day - Your child will make a card and a handmade gift for Father’s Day that is sure to be unforgettable. 10:00a to 11:30a Gober Party House, Temple. For ages 2 to 6. Cost: $6. For more information contact Terri Landeros at 298-5474.

Monday, June 18

Little Girl’s Tea Party - This camp is perfect for girls who like to dress up. During the week we will make party decorations, read party stories and plan our tea party. We finish our week off with a tea party where we dress up, get accessorized, eat a few treats, and host a fashion show for family and friends to enjoy. Costumes are provided. 10:00a to noon, Harris Community Center, Belton. For ages 4 to 7. Cost: $50 per child. Preregistration is required. For more information, visit www.ci.belton.tx.us. Flippin’ Fun Gymnastics Camp - This camp will consist of basic gymnastics, a fun craft, and a snack. This is for beginner gymnastics students. Please wear comfortable clothes

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and athletic shoes. 9 a.m. to noon, Gober Party House, Temple. For ages 4 to 10. Cost: $40. For more information, contact Belinda Garcia at 298-5733.

Tuesday, June 19

Continuing: Kid’s Night at Chick-fil-A, Killeen; Little Girl’s Tea Party, Strong & Slim Sculpt with Stephanie Military Appreciation Day! At Chickfil-A, Harker Heights - Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday will be Military Appreciation Day. For every combo that is purchased with a valid military ID you will receive a FREE Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich. Photography for Teens - For those teens looking to make their photos really stand out, this is the class for you. Don’t forget your camera! This is a two-part class. 6:00p to 8:00p Gober Party House, Temple. For ages 10 to 16. Cost: $24. For more information, contact Terri Landeros at 298-5474. Military Appreciation Day! At Chick-filA, Killeen - Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday will be Military Appreciation Day. For every combo that is purchased with a valid military ID you will receive a FREE Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich.

Wednesday, June 20 Continuing: What’s In Wilma’s Handbag? ; Military Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-A Harker Heights and Killeen; Little Girl’s Tea Party For the Love of Our Children, Temple - “For the Love of Our Children” is a support group for bereaved parents and grandparents. Individuals share their stories and what has helped them cope with their grief. The newly bereaved meet others who have also experienced a loss and how they are learning to have a fulfilling life again. The group has helped many realize that they are not alone and gives everyone an opportunity to express their feelings in a non-judgmental environment. FTLOOC is a non-profit, non-denominational group and does not offer any type of professional counseling services. The group members share their own journeys of the grief process, giving hope and support to each other. 6:30p to 8:30p, The Ronald McDonald House, 2415 S. 47th Street, Temple. For more information, call 770-0910.

Thursday, June 21

Continuing: Toddler Time; Little Girl’s Tea Party, Strong & Slim Sculpt with Stephanie Guest Party - Join us for dancing and fun during our guest party! 6:45 to 9:30 p.m., In the Mood Ballroom, 13 and 15 South Main Street, Temple. Call for more details and reservations. For more information, visit www.inthemoodballroom.com, e-mail itmood@vvm.com or call 773-7088.

Friday Family Fun Fest - Join us for our monthly event -- focused on FUN. Use your best deductive reasoning to help us solve the F4 murder mystery! It will be murder and mayhem all evening long during this challenging and engaging event. 
Doors open at 5:30p Mayborn Planetarium, Killeen. We will also host open Xbox gaming in our Exhibit Space, trivia games every half-hour and a great show lineup starting at 6:00p with “Wildest Weather in the Solar System,” “Tales of the Maya Skies” at 7 p.m.; “Laser Daft Punk” at 8:00p and “Pink Floyd: Through the Prism” at 9:00p. We will also conduct the weapons check for the Humans vs. Zombies event scheduled for Saturday, May 26. Cost: $10 adults; $8 kids; $6 members; $6 per person for groups of four or more. Discounts available for military, students and seniors. For more information, visit www.thestarsatnight.org or call 526-1768. Hot Summer Sounds – Hedley Grange - Our free annual concert series will heat up the summer Temple night again this year as the warm sounds of live music fill the air at Miller Park. Blankets, picnic baskets and lawn chairs will beat the fanciest concert hall for atmosphere as you enjoy music under the starry sky. 7:30p to 9:30p Miller Park, Temple. Cost: FREE. Contact Belinda Garcia at 298-5733 for more information.

Saturday, June 23

Continuing: Family Game Night at Chickfil-A, Killeen; Harker Heights Farmers Market, Yoga with Chris Father/Son Campout – Make memories under the stars during this father/son event. S’mores will be served! Lions Club Park, Killeen. Cost: $20 per person. For more information, visit www.killeentexas.gov. Players in Progress Basketball – Little Dribblers Day Camp - Little ones will learn the basics of basketball in this short day camp. From dribbling to sharing the ball, your child will have a bouncing good time. 8:00a to 10:00a, Clarence Martin Gym, Temple. For ages 5 to 14. Cost: $9. Contact Peanut Henderson at 298-5740 for more information.

Sunday, June 24

Continuing: Father/Son Campout

Monday, June 25

Sammons Junior Golf Academy Lego Logo - Lego Logo brings young technicians into a creative, engineering environment. Motivated by fun, creativity, and success the young builder will expand knowledge of math, science, and technology in an exploratory hands-on cooperative environment. Family Recreation Center, Killeen. 9:00a – 11:00a. For ages 8 to 11. Cost: $95 per camper.

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Continuing: Little Girl’s Tea Party, Fun Fridays!, Ice Cream Social, Happy Hour @ In the Mood Ballroom

Rockin’ Science Day Camp - Participants will enjoy a full day of fun as we hunt for rocks, polish them, and learn all the science that goes with it. Please bring a sack lunch. 9:00a to 4:00p, Van will depart from Gober Party House

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and head to Little & Farquahar Museum. For ages 6 to 12. Cost: $15. Contact Belinda Garcia at 298-5733 for more information.

Dino Fun - In this class we will explore and learn about different dinosaurs focusing each day on a different dinosaur. We will make dinosaur crafts, play dinosaur games, and read dinosaur stories. Come join the Dino fun! 10:00a to noon, Harris Community Center, Belton. For ages 4 to 7. Preregistration is required. Cost: $50 per camper. For more information, visit www.ci.belton.tx.us. Kindergarten Jumpstart - Fast paced, fun-filled activities directly related to the act of reading. Develop self-esteem, confidence, and motivation to move forward in the reading experience. 2:00p to 4:00p, Family Recreation Center, Killeen. For ages 4 to 6. Cost: $95 per camper. Players in Progress Basketball Day Camp - Players in Progress basketball camp focuses on mastering proper techniques like dribbling, passing, and shooting. Areas covered include offense and defense, team play, post and guard development and individual player attention. Through positive reinforcement and handouts, we will instill confidence, unselfishness and the ability to work within a team concept. 8 a.m. to noon, Clarence Martin Gym. For ages 6 to 14. Cost: $20 for ages 6 to 9; $30 for ages 10 to 14. For more information, contact Peanut Henderson at 298-5740. Camp Barbie - At Camp Barbie you will have loads of fun helping Barbie learn the many things she needs to become a great girl. Nonstop activities, and fun learning adventures all about self-esteem development. Wonderful new ideas for creative learning are waiting for you! 11:30a to 1:30p Family Recreation Center, Killeen. For ages 4 to 8. Cost: $95 per camper. Lego Mania - No builder can say “Lego my Lego!” when engaged in the creative activities of LEGO MANIA! Enrichment in the areas of personal creativity, following instructions, eye-hand coordination, problem solving, critical thinking, and learning will be experienced as the child has the opportunity to construct dinosaurs, rockets, castles, airplanes, forts, cars and much more! 11:30a to 1:30p Family Recreation Center, Killeen. For ages 4 to 7. Cost: $95 per camper. Fashion Designer – Young girls graduate from playing dress up to designing their own fashions using the same design principles used by professionals. No sewing in this class. 9:00a to 11:00a Family Recreation Center, Killeen. For ages 8 to 12. Cost: $95 per camper.

Tuesday, June 26 Continuing: What’s in Wilma’s Handbag?; Kid’s Night at Chick-fil-A, Killeen; Family Night at Chick-fil-A, Harker Heights; Lego Logo; Lego Mania; Camp Barbie; Kindergarten Jumpstart; Dino Fun; Sammons Junior Golf Academy; Players in Progress

Wednesday, June 27 Continuing: What’s In Wilma’s Handbag?; Military Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-A, Harker Heights; Lego Logo; Lego Mania; Camp Barbie; Fashion Designer; Kindergarten Jumpstart; Dino Fun; Sammons Junior Golf Academy; Players in Progress

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Continuing: College Night at Chick-fil-A, Temple; Toddler Time; What’s In Wilma’s Handbag? Lego Logo; Lego Mania; Camp Barbie; Fashion Designer; Kindergarten Jumpstart; Dino Fun; Sammons Junior Golf Academy; Players in Progress

Friday, June 29 Continung: Lego Logo; Lego Mania; Camp Barbie; Fashion Designer; Kindergarten Jumpstart; Dino Fun; Players in Progress, Fun Fridays!

Saturday, June 30 Race to Read - Time: On-site registration 6:00a – 6:30a; Race Starts at 7:00a; Location: Start and End at Carl Levin Park, 400 Miller’s Crossing; Fee: on or before June 20: $20.00; After June 20 and the day of the race: $25.00; Register at the Harker Heights Public Library, 400 Indian Trail. Bling it On Day Camp - During this mini day camp you will learn to make jewelry, hairbows/headbands, a tutu, and a blinged out hat! Participants will need to bring a sack lunch. 9:00a to 2:00p, Gober Party House, Temple. For ages 8 to 15. Cost: $30. For more information, contact Belinda Garcia at 298-5733. Hot Summer Sounds – 36th Infantry Division Band - Our free annual concert series will heat up the summer Temple night again this year as the warm sounds of live music fill the air at Miller Park. Blankets, picnic baskets and lawn chairs will beat the fanciest concert hall for atmosphere as you enjoy music under the starry sky. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Miller Park, Temple. Cost: FREE. For more information, contact Belinda Garcia at 298-5733. Smores and More Camping Trip S’mores and More will give boys and girls a chance to experience an outdoor adventure. This camp is designed to teach basic camping and leadership skills through outdoor activities such as hiking, knot tying, fishing and of course, how to make s’mores. 8:00a to 2:00p, Fort Parker State Park, Temple. For ages 9 to 14. Cost: $35. For more information contact Peanut Henderson at 298-5740. Yoga with Chris - Join us for a relaxing good time! 6 p.m., In the Mood Ballrooom, 13 & 15 South Main Street, Temple. Cost: $10. Contact In the Mood at www.inthemoodballroom. com, itmood@vvm.com or 773-7088 for more information.

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Teens Today

Marcy Lytle

What a Dad! I realize there aren’t many families like the one portrayed in the old show Leave it to Beaver. I know I personally do not wear pearls when I vacuum. And I can count on one hand the number of present day television shows that have a mom AND a dad, much less a dad like Ward Cleaver. On a recent rerun, Wally (the teenage son – for those of you who have never seen the show!) goes out on a date to a fine restaurant, only he leaves his wallet at home. Upon discovering the wallet, Ward (the dad) doesn’t want to embarrass his son by showing up at the restaurant and handing him his wallet in front of the girlfriend, so he calls and has the waiter take care of the bill. The waiter says to Wally, “You don’t need to pay until the end of the month.” Ward had made sure that his son was covered. What a dad! I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of hearing about and watching “loser” type dads in movies and on television. There are plenty of awesome dads out there, and here’s my list of what I’ve noticed that makes them so great:

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dads – Every teenage girl 4 Dating should be given the privilege of a date

out with dad, where he shows her how a gentleman treats a lady. dads – If a dad dances with his 5 Dancing daughters, and takes her heart in his hand,

she won’t give it away to a strange boy until the day she says, “I do.” dads – Nothing gives a teen 6 Praying more security than knowing someone’s

got his back and offers prayers and supportin all that he does.

dads – Bringing home a pay9 Working check might seem mundane and boring,

but providing for your teens so they can have all their needs met is no small feat! Kudos to you!

Present dads – These dads put down 7 the Disciplining dads – Dads who discipline newspaper, turn off the television, and 10 in love, never in anger, are loved and show up for games, for recitals, and for special awards that their teens receive.

respected by their teens.

dads – Some teens talk non8 Listening stop, and others brood and hide away in

Slacker dads, dumb dads, and dads who disappoint are a dime a dozen on the big screen. But loving dads, courageous dads, and dads that deserve honor are worth applauding…always… not just on Father’s Day!

silence. However, dads with listening ears invite their teens to spill their emotions…then offer a hug of reassurance to wipe the tears away.

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Camping dads – These dads take time off to take the family camping, to go on hikes, ride bikes, and just sit around the fire…having fun with their teens.

dads – These guys start a proj2 Sharing ect with their kids and see it through to

completion, sharing a skill or knowledge that they have. One dad I know restored an old car with his teenage son.

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dads – There’s no finer dad than 3 Honoring one who honors his teen’s mom, through

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Practical Parenting

Georganne Schuch www.momtomanygirls.com

It’s PLA Y Time!

Summer is a great time for

playtime. Pools, parks, camping, free time. That’s summer for the masses, unless you didn’t pass or finish all your school subjects. Then, summer school is in your future. We are going to do a little of all the above. My children are chomping at the bit to swim. I’m ready to run some energy off them at the park. Camping, I’m not sure about. Motel 6 is my idea of roughing it, but I’m always ready for an adventure. So, we might give it a go if the opportunity arises. Sadly, one of mine needs to finish up a few subjects in June. I bet she’ll pick up those feet next year. Like most good things, summer passes before you blink twice, so take time to plan your fun. Grab a calendar and start scheduling play dates with friends at the pools and parks. Pin the spouse down on at least one weekend getaway. The level of comfort is up to you. Schedule in free time, too. Otherwise, you’ll run all over the place and forget to relax. It’s been known to happen to me a time or two. We generally avoid too much organized activity, such as sports, classes, or camps, except with the aforementioned tardy child. Fun time should be about family first, not the next rung on the ladder to college. Plus, my bank

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balance appreciates the break from extracurricular activities. Use the extra time during the summer to build family relationships. Start a tradition, such as game night. Set a goal, like hiking all the trails in the local parks. Another summertime opportunity may be to learn something new. My husband and I recently started ballroom dancing lessons. It’s been a long time since we had regular date nights, so a weekly class with other fun adults

While you probably can’t do all those makeover projects that Pinterest makes you think you need, you can pick a few of them and enlist bored children to help. We have a few pieces of furniture that could use a fresh paint job. I haven’t decided if that’s my idea of fun this summer, but I might try my hand at one of the easier pieces and see how it goes. If I can keep the paint on the bookshelf and not the floor and myself, like I usually do, then I might get bold and try the dresser. How hard could it be? Famous last words.

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rung on the ladder to college ” has been a great time for us to be together and NOT talk about the kids. It’s harder than it looks to keep the beat, count the steps, and talk at the same time. We will never be on Dancing with the Stars, but we have a better appreciation for their hard work. I often use summer to take cooking classes with my older children, too. This summer one of my daughters is going to take a bread-baking class, and another one is going to take a class on cooking for dinner parties. I might even do a basics cooking class with my seven-year-old. If she only learns how to boil an egg, that’s still a big deal for a second-grader. Available at your local

Part-time jobs are good for older children. Labor builds character and a bank account. Both will come in handy after high school. Think outside the typical fast food job. Yard duty has low entry and overhead expenses, especially if clients have their own lawn equipment. It’s also flexible. My oldest daughter has volunteered at a daycare for a few hours a week and as a helper in a toddler dance class. That qualifies her to help a busy mom with busier toddlers. Pet owners love a responsible teen to play and care for the furrier members of their family when they are on trips. Beware of pet allergies, though. No one wants to spend their entire summer with puffy eyes. Instead of dreading summer and the inevitable cries of boredom, plan a family friendly time that keeps everyone pleasantly occupied, at least most of the time. Catch up with old friends and make new ones. Make new goals and set aside time for play. Expand your horizons and learn new skills. Knock out a few craft projects. Earn some extra spending money or pad the savings account for college. Most of all, use summer time to dream big and enjoy a little extra freedom from overscheduling.

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FITNESS With the summertime upon us, here are some ways to get fit and ready for the beach. It is always a good idea to have a regular cardio program in place for normal routine maintenance. But, with the bathing suits you plan on wearing over the next few months, it may be a good idea to add strength training to your routine. Start by adding free weights or strength training machines to your cardio sessions two to three times a week. This will build muscle mass and those with more muscle mass burn fat and calories more rapidly, according to the Mayo Clinic. Consult with your doctor or nurse practitioner to see exactly what exercises you should add.

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nights out with the gals (if in doubt check out the Sex & the City girls in the movie!) An easier way to get dressed is yet to be invented! Wedge sandals that are light enough to be comfortable yet give you the added height you like from wearing heels. They can be paired with jeans or a dress. Neutral colors work the best.

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SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN Now in Theaters Rated PG-13 Charlize Theron plays the ruthless Queen Ravenna who has conquered several kingdoms and plans to take over the Kingdom of Tabor, but then she learns that her stepdaughter, Snow White, played by Kristen Stewart, is destined to surpass her not only as the “Fairest One of All,”

but also as the kingdom’s future ruler. The Queen learns from her Magic Mirror that the only way to remain in power to the throne is to consume Snow White’s heart and achieve immortality. But Snow White manages to escape into the Dark Forest and Ravenna recruits the Huntsman to kill Snow

White. The Huntsman, however, takes pity on the young princess and teaches Snow White unique skills. Now, with the aid of eight dwarves, knights from Tabor, and her childhood love Prince William, Snow White begins a powerful revolution to kill her stepmother once and for all..

MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE'S MOST WANTED Opens June 8th - Rated G Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, and Gloria the Hippopotamus venture out to return to New York after escaping to Africa. Dependent on the mechanical knowhow of the notorious chimpanzees and penguins, their plan inevitably goes awry and they find themselves

stranded in Monte Carlo, where they try to escape Europe from animal control, by joining up with a traveling circus by chance. During the course of a tour through a series of European cities that ends in a fabulous big top in the heart of London, Alex, Marty, Melman, and Gloria help Vitaly the tiger, Gia

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Good Reads DORK DIAIRIES ages 9 up (release date June 5 – Kindle) Nikki Maxwell finds out that her crush Brandon volunteers at a local animal shelter. When Brandon tells her that the shelter is in danger of closing, Nikki knows she can’t let that happen. Especially when she discovers a shocking secret about Brandon that makes keeping that shelter open super important. So Nikki and her friends Chloe and Zoey enter an ice skating competition to help raise money for the shelter, but Mackenzie has to stick her nose in and cause trouble so that she can be the one to swoop in and save the day. No way will Nikki let that happen!

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Father’s Day Brandy Johnson Photography

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My Three Dads I am not a father.

I’m a mother. So why am I writing a Father’s Day article? I have a father, my husband is a father, and now my son-in-law is a father. Three generations I connect with on a daily basis, and I’m in the middle…relating to all three in so many different ways. My father is 86 years old and going through a seemingly endless schedule of doctor’s appointments, procedures, and surgeries…one after the other. He most recently had a procedure and was told not to lift anything over five pounds, and to “take it easy” for a full week. Three days later, my mom saw him pass by the window, toting a ladder to lean up against the side of the house, so he could climb up and clean the rain gutters. We tell him to slow down, obey doctor’s orders, but he has a mind of his own, an agenda he’s attending to, and things to be done. He still preaches, he still plants and tends a garden, and he apparently still cleans rain gutters. He was my hero when I was little, and I couldn’t wait to ride in the car with him, go fishing “just the two of us,” or even just smell his cologne when he gave me a big hug. I hope I have his stamina, determination, strength, and courage when I’m his age!

in their sporting events, and offer hugs and “I love you” every time they arrived…or left home. Sometimes our family showed up at our neighborhood pool, and I observed kids of all ages as they climbed all over my husband’s shoulders, playing games, jumping off the side of the pool into his arms. Where were their fathers? I don’t think they were at the pool at all. So my husband gladly offered his time to just be there. Present and available for a good time. I know we both made mistakes as parents, but fathering our kids was something he excelled in…and I applaud him for that! My son-in-law is a new father… seven months into parenthood now. From the first day I met him, at 2:00 a.m. in the snow in our front yard (we were up that early building a snowman in case the snow melted before sunrise), I saw something in his eyes that caught me – and I now see it in the eyes of his own son. It was innocence, purity, and a contentment with who he was, and it was beautiful. I watched him take my daughter on their first date, and observed him throughout their courtship open doors for her, show up with soup when she was sick, feed her dog when she didn’t have the time or inclination to, and then be the first one to rise to clean up the kitchen…after a family meal. He was nothing but honoring, loving, and giving. The marks of a true father…in the heart and actions of a young teen. He had to be a keeper! Now I see him look at his son with love that is fierce and strong, yet tender and kind. He truly enjoys every minute of holding Gideon, changing his diaper, feeding him goopy food, and throwing him high into the air to hear him squeal.

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Three fathers who aren’t perfect, their names are not in any famous books, and their faces don’t grace the big screen. You wouldn’t know them if you saw them walking down the street, and I haven’t even mentioned their names yet. However, one is known for his grit, stamina, and faithfulness to serve others. Another is known for his playful spirit, his easy going attitude, and his strong faith. And the third is known for being a servant, a leader, and a fun guy. All of these attributes are combined perfection, reasons they are famous in my heart and mind, and their faces are absolutely the most handsome faces on the earth… to me. I know them when I see them, and I know their names. What father do you connect with on a daily basis? He doesn’t have to be a blood relative; he can be the kind old man next door that waves when you get in your car to go to work. He might be the dad on the soccer field who encourages your son when he misses a goal. Or maybe he’s your own father with big, open arms. Whether or not you already have a son-in-law, or a son who will be a father someday…encourage the young men you know.

Love on them and give them hugs, and look into their eyes. Remember the television show My Three Sons? I know. It’s a golden oldie. If I could write the next big family movie and have it hit the theaters, it would definitely be called My Three Dads. www.BellCountyFamily.com

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Hometown Heroes by TJ Conner

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Ken has been married to Ingrid for over 30 years. They love to cook and try new recipes together. Ingrid happily jumps in to help at events, especially at Habitat home ground-breakings and dedications. They plan to retire in a community where he can enjoy one of his passions – golf. Ken will leave his permanent mark on the Hood Area Habitat for Humanity with all his hard work and accomplishments! He sets a benchmark on the criteria of a volunteer and a friend. The Fort Hood Area of Humanity is appreciative of all his work and dedication he has for our affiliate.

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