7 SELF-CARE RITUALS I Can’t Live Without
8 THINGS Kids Can Say or Do
TO STOP BULLYING
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Volume 5 / Issue 57
Cookie-Cutter vs. Out-of-the -Box…What Kind of Children Do You Want to Raise?
[ PARENTING ] 8 Things Kids Can Say or Do to Stop Bullying
[ CALENDAR ] October Events
The One Simple Phrase to Change Your Parenting Mindset Forever
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Maui’s Best Kept Secret – Royal Lahaina Resort
6 Life Lessons I've Learned as a Stepmom
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[ WOMEN’S HEALTH ] 7 Self-Care Rituals I Can’t Live Without
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Editor’s Note As the weather turns cooler, you can sense the holidays are amongst us. First stop? Halloween! One of our household favorites, there is plenty to do and see around the Bay Area. Check out our Pumpkin Patch Guide on page 18 and find a plethora of farms to choose from. Our go-to destination each year is Joan’s Farm & Pumpkin Patch, an authentic, down-to-earth great time for the entire family you’ll discover hay rides, an obstacle course, gem panning, pony rides and SO much more! Be sure to make the trip, it’s well worth it! Of course any season is the perfect time to plan a trip to Maui! We continue our 5-part Maui travel series this month featuring The Royal Lahaina Resort. Looking for a hidden gem in Maui? We’ve definitely found it. Turn to page 10 to learn more. If you are looking for the best adventures, restaurants, beaches and shopping the island has to offer, page 22 provides an overview of places you must add to your list the next time you travel to the island. Happy October! Tracie Brown Vollgraf Editor email@example.com
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8 Things Kids Can Say or Do to Stop Bullying by Signe Whitson Neuroscience shows us definitively that acts of kindness change the brain and that school-based programs that specifically integrate the teaching of kindness and empathy skills into the academic day note real reductions in bullying behavior. What follows are 8 simple, practical, easy-to-implement skills you can teach kids to help bring an end to bullying: 1. Memorize a simple statement Most school-based bullying prevention programs tell students to show kindness
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[ PARENTING ] and empathy by standing up for kids who are bullied—
bullying in its tracks by simply changing the subject.
which is spot-on advice!We know that when kids step in
For example, a child who wants to quickly deflect the
to stop bullying, the incident of cruelty stops within 10
pressure off of someone being bullied can simply ask
seconds more than 50% of the time (Hawkins, Pepler, &
aloud if someone knows the date of the math test or the
score of the football game.
Unfortunately, too few programs teach kids how to stand
3. Scatter the crowd
up for others!
Another quick diffuser: prepare kids to say something like, “Guys, we’ve gotta get to class before the bell rings.” This
My students tell me that one of the most frequently
is a quick and easy way to scatter the crowd of onlookers
applied skills I teach them is the use of Bully Bans.
from whom a bully is deriving social power and to stop
Bully bans are short, to-the-point statements meant
bullying on the spot.
to interrupt an incident of bullying in its tracks without escalating the conflict. Bully bans take into account that
4. Use humor
during stressful moments, kids’ brains rarely come up with
Teach kids how effective it can be to lower the stress of
“helpful” things to say. Rather, the heat-of-the-moment
a bullying situation by making kids laugh. Tell a joke, do
usually sparks emotionally-charged, conflict-fueling
something funny, share a meme, bring up a viral video
words and actions.
or even gently turn the tables on the kids who is bullying by gently making light of their behavior. There are lots of
Bully bans are meant to be developed with kids during
ways caring, empathic kids can use humor to diffuse a
non-stressful moments, then committed to memory so
tense situation and take the pressure off of a vulnerable
that kids can easily access them when they are needed.
Effective Bully bans include: 5. Stand with the person being bullied • Cut it out, dude—that’s not cool
For those moments when verbal interventions such
• Hey, that’s over the line
as Bully Bans, distractions, and humor won’t work,
encourage your young person(s) to simply walk over and stand close to a person who is being bullied. Often, just
The key is in letting kids brainstorm their own simple
the act of wordlessly standing with a vulnerable person
statements, so that their language feels comfortable
can be enough to change the mood and stop the
and natural to them.Then, adults can help kids role-play
bullying. It also lets the person being bullied know that he
saying their assertive words in a confident, casual voice.
or she is not alone.
2. Change the subject
6. Reach out after the fact
Some young people will find it too risky to say something
Good news: On-the-spot strategies to bring an end
during an episode of bullying, no matter how
to bullying are highly effective. More good news:if the
comfortable they become with effective wording.That’s
opportunity is missed, all is not lost! Teach kids that when
perfectly understandable and even logical; too often,
they aren’t able to intervene in the moment, the efforts
brave upstanders find that when they show kindness
they make to show kindness and empathy soon after an
and empathy for someone who is being bullied, the
incident of bullying can also have a significant impact.
aggressive student immediately unleashes their cruelty
Encourage kids to make time later in the day to talk to
a peer who has been on the receiving end of cruelty. Invite the student to hang out with you at lunch or sit with
Some kids have the confidence and social capital to
you on the bus.Send him a friendly text. Message her on
take that risk but for others, a great strategy is to teach
them how effective it can be to stop an episode of OCTOBER 2018 | ACTIVE FAMIL Y 7
[ PARENTING ] 7. Express sympathy
get worse if they tell an adult they are being bullied,
Another effective way to show kindness and empathy
anticipating that they will be called a “tattletale” (and
to a student who has been bullied is to find them later in
worse!) and further degraded for their act of reaching
the day and tell them that you are genuinely sorry about
out.This is part of the basic m.o. of a child who bullies;
what happened. The power of this simple act of looking
creating this fear is how they keep other kids isolated and
a fellow human being in the eye and letting them know
that what happened to them also pained you cannot be understated.
One thing bystanders can do to show kindness and stop bullying is to be the one to bring the matter to an adult’s
While they are at it, encourage kids to tell the bullied kid
attention.This takes the heat off of the bullied student in a
that he is awesome and doesn’t deserve to be treated
big way.Encourage kids to think carefully about who they
badly. This simple act of friendship and compassion can
go to for help, as not all adults help equally. They should
make all the difference.
be sure to choose someone who they believe is fair and will use discretion in their interventions, so as not to
8. Get Help
cause new problems for a bullied student. A trustworthy
Bullying is all about making a person feel isolated and
adult can work to uphold school standards of safety and
alone. By the upper elementary and middle school
dignity for all students while also addressing the situation
years, many kids already believe that their life will only
in a way prevents it from recurring.
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Maui’s Best Kept Secret – Royal Lahaina Resort
by Elizabeth Kang We’ve recently discovered a hidden gem. What makes
stunning beachfront. The beach is calm and quiet, with
this resort so great? It’s beautiful, affordable, newly
many shallow areas for small children to play in. For even
renovated, and absolutely perfect for families. And in
more fun in the water, there are also three pools and
addition to those prized features, it also has (and we
two hot tubs located on the property. Private, shaded
don’t say this lightly) the best beach in all of Maui. That’s
cabanas are available to rent.
right, Royal Lahaina Resort is truly Maui’s best kept secret, and we’re letting you in on all the wonderful details.
Newly Renovated Rooms In addition to the resort’s tower rooms, Royal Lahaina
The Best Beach in Maui
offers separate, stand alone cottages on the property,
Located in the popular Ka’anapali area on the West
which are ideal for families and larger groups. The tower
coast of Maui, Royal Lahaina Resort is lucky enough to
rooms and bungalow cottages have all been recently
claim the best coastline on the island, with golden, soft
renovated, and look clean, stylish, and up-to-date.
sand and clear, turquoise water. The laidback resort rests
Many of the bungalow cottage suites and studios are
on 27 lush acres of tropical gardens and a half mile of
equipped with kitchenettes, so families can prepare
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meals at their leisure. The stand-alone bungalow cottages are just steps away from the beach, so there’s no elevator or stairs to contend with, although the views are not quite as spectacular as they are from the higher tower rooms. Delicious Onsite Dining Beyond the fantastic accommodations, the dining at Royal Lahaina is just as impressive. The Royal Ocean Terrace Restaurant & Lounge offered casual, open-air dining with a varied menu that is sure to please everyone at the table. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, along with gorgeous views and nightly live music and dancing. For a quick and refreshing treat, head over to Royal Scoop, which offers locally handmade ice cream, snacks, smoothies, and specialty coffees. Royal Scoop is perfect for a quick grab-n-go breakfast or lunch, as well.
Royal Lahaina also puts on what many consider to be the best Luau in Maui — with a delicious buffet of
Pool-goers will enjoy the Beach Bar, which serves up
traditional Polynesian fare, including a kid-friendly keiki
tropical cocktails and cold craft beer— no cover-up
buffet. The Myths of Maui luau takes place during sunset,
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dancing, music and an exciting fire finale makes this a not-to-be-missed event. Resort Fun Besides the nightly entertainment and dazzling Luau, you’ll find plenty of other activities and distractions to keep you busy and amused. Be sure to take advantage of the 11 tennis courts, and state-of-the-art fitness center on the property, and don’t miss browsing the shops on the resort, such as the Royal Trading Company Store. There’s also lei making instruction on the property and 12 ACTIVE FAMIL Y | OCTOBER 2018
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snorkeling accommodations can be arranged at the
day shopping, site-seeing, and enjoying local delicacies.
resort. For golfing enthusiasts, Royal Lahaina sits right next
Also nearby is the legendary Black Rock cliffs, where you
to some championship gold courses, and for a more
can watch brave adrenaline junkies cliff dive at sunset.
leisurely activity, the relaxing onsite spa is worth indulging
Nearby are parks, museums and site-seeing attractions,
in for an afternoon.
as well as plenty of other restaurants and hotels to explore.
Location, Location, Location The Royal Lahaina is a virtual oasis - it’s in the center of it
The word is out — we just can’t keep the Royal Lahaina
all, without the hustle and bustle of all the crowds. From
Resort to ourselves. The value, convenient family
the resort’s prime oceanfront location is a short shuttle
accommodations, superior location, and gorgeous
ride to the popular Lahaina Town, and within walking
beach all add up to a hidden gem that you’ll want to
distance is Whalers Village, where you can easily spend a
return to year after year. OCTOBER 2018 | ACTIVE FAMIL Y 13
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OCTOBER 14 Introductory Sails at the Cal Sailing Club Berkeley Marina Berkeley 1pm-4pm www.cal-sailing.org/activities/ csc-open-house
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Transformational coach/author/ speaker Renée Peterson Trudeau is passionate about helping parents come into balance through the art/science of self-care. She’s been featured in The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, Spirituality & Health and more, and thousands of women in ten countries are becoming RTA-Certiﬁed Facilitators and leading/joining self-renewal groups/retreats based on her award-winning curriculum. She is the author of several life balance books including The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal and Nurturing the Soul of Your Family: 10 Ways to Reconnect and Find Peace in Everyday Life. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and 15 year-old son. Subscribe to her weekly, award-winning blog Live Inside Out here and check out her upcoming retreats at www. ReneeTrudeau.com.
7 Self-Care Rituals I Can’t Live Without by Renee Trudeau The last two weeks have been a series of rapid transitions. My 16-year-old starts 11th grade this week, I’m preparing to launch into a full fall speaking schedule, and my husband, son and I have been traveling off and on since June 5th (from Tanzania to the Rockies to the Blue Ridge Mountains) and are still landing! Transitioning from one life stage, geographic location or state of mind to another, takes more time and energy than we realize. And it can really throw you out of alignment. In the old days I would have turned to some not-so-healthy habits to relieve my stress, but today, I know that selfcare is not only essential, it’s my best friend when times get tough. When it comes to nourishing and grounding myself, here are seven self-care rituals I can’t live without: 1. I begin my day intentionally. I love my 20-30 minute morning meditation practice. But if things are hectic, I find that even when I take 5 minutes to start my day with a clear intention, gratitude practice, prayer or stillness, this has a huge impact on how the rest of my day flows. My husband, son and I also
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[ PARENTING ] do morning “power circles” right before we head out the
effectively (critical to running two businesses). These
door when one of us is having a hard time or needs extra
pauses also help me tune in and ask my body what it
support. I’m also a big fan of the “eight hugs a day” club
needs: one of my hormonal balancing tinctures, some
touch is powerful.
B Complex, Vitamin D or a nap? For the past year, I have started taking 20 min. afternoon rests almost every
2. I make pleasure-full movement a priority. My favorite
afternoon. Now in my fifties, I believe this will be key to
ways to move my body include yoga, vigorous walks with
creating sustainability throughout the decades to come.
friends around the lake and Nia dance. I often have to juggle like crazy to make this happen and always have
6. I walk on the earth (ideally barefoot). Even if it’s just 5
to plan in advance to build this in, but daily, enjoyable
minutes of pulling weeds in the backyard or refilling the
movement is a non-negotiable for me at this life stage.
bird bath, a brief swing in my hammock chair or walking to the park and back after dinner with family, I find
3. I eat foods that make me feel great (most of the time!) and take breakfast seriously. Often I ask, “What would really nourish us right now?” before I decide what’s for breakfast or dinner. This means planning ahead and keeping the fridge and pantry stocked with lots of my favorite staples: hummus, a variety of nuts and nut butters, fruits/veggies, garbanzo and black beans for salads and dips, green, mint and ginger teas, etc. I love the clean, quick, gluten-free recipes in It’s All Good and It’s All Easy by Gwyneth Paltrow. Breakfast is king at our house. I find if I start the day eating protein, it helps me maintain steady blood sugar levels and has a huge impact on how I feel around 3 or 4 p.m. I like to drink a cup of warm water and lemon immediately upon waking to “get things moving.” Favorite breakfasts include a spinach/mushroom omelet, migas or breakfast tacos, smoked salmon or trout and whole grain bagels, steel cut oatmeal with blueberries/almonds/milk, yogurt
connecting with the natural world has a calming effect on my nervous system and helps me reset and shake off any “funk.” Nature=the ultimate anti-depressant! 7. I prepare for a good night’s sleep. After dinner, we make it a priority to relax and unwind. It’s not a time to get stuff done, it’s time to let the busyness of the day fall away. Sometimes this means embracing a “good is good enough,” attitude and letting the house be messy, clothes pile up, work deadlines wait and scrounging in the pantry for lunch fixings for my son so I don’t have to hit the store. I love late evening walks with my husband or neighbor, delicious aromatherapy baths, gentle yoga stretches before bed (legs up the wall is my favorite) and I snuggle down by 9:30 with something inspirational to read. At 10:00 p.m. it’s lights out, usually after a short calming, breathing exercise.
with fruit and nuts or if we’re in a hurry, apples with almond butter work just fine.
Honestly, I feel a wee bit hesitant about sharing my personal self-care practice and rituals. I don’t ever want
4. I build in time with friends who let me show up “warts
anyone to think there is a right or wrong way to practice
and all.” Heartfelt face-to-face connection is key to
self-care (read more about how I define self-care at
lowering stress hormones and keeping perspective.
www.reneetrudeau.com). I also don’t see self-care as
Ideally it’s a lunch, evening women’s circle or walking
something you need to add to your to-do list, but rather
date, but even a good 15 min. phone call with a dear
it’s about cultivating a new relationship with yourself.
friend boosts my mood.
And, I have found that often, the more we hear what self-care practices our friends are committed to, the
5. I take time to pause, rest and check-in. Pausing to ask,
more curious and motivated we become about adding
“What is mine to do?” helps me use my energy more
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OAKLAND Piedmont Ave Pumpkin Patch 4414 Piedmont Ave 510.967.9363 www.pumpkinpatch.info -Corn Stalks -Straw Bales
SAN LEANDRO Pick of the Patch Pumpkins 1555 East 14th St at the Bay Fair Center Mall 408.393.6303 www.abctreefarms.net -Petting Zoo -Haunted House
SAN RAMON Forest Home Farms 19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd 925.973.3284 www.sanramon.ca.gov -Hay Ride -Train Ride Moore’s Pumpkin Patch 19901 San Ramon Valley Blvd 510.886.6015 www.moorespumpkinpatch.com -Train Ride -Fun House
WORTH THE DRIVE
Great Peter Pumpkin Patch 4235 Spring Hill Rd 707.762.3446 www.springhillcheese.com/pumpkinpatch -Hay Ride
HALF MOON BAY Arata Pumpkin Farm 185 Verde Rd 650.726.7548 www.aratapumpkinfarm.com -Hay Maze -Petting Zoo -Train Ride
Peterson’s Farm 636 Gossage Ave 707.765.4582 www.petersonsfarm.com
LEMOS FARM 12320 San Mateo Rd 620.726.2342 www.lemosfarm.com -Train Ride -Haunted House -Petting Zoo
Petaluma Pumpkin Patch and Amazing Corn Maze 450 Stony Point Rd 707.781.3132 www.petalumapumpkinpatch.com -Corn Maze
LATHROP Dell’Osso Family Farm 26 Stewart Rd 209.982. 0833 www.pumpkinmaze.com -Corn Maze -Haunted House -Petting Zoo
Emerald Forest Great Pumpkin Patch 317 Sloat Blvd 415.566.8984
Clancy’s Pumpkin Patch 1620 7th Ave 415.753.2689 www.clancystrees.com -Hay Maze
Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch 5300 Nicasio Valley Rd 415. 662.9100 www.nicasiocheese.com -Hay Ride -Petting Zoo
**All farms subject to change. Please check website before visiting.
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Parenting expert and “recovering yeller” Amy McCready is the Founder of Positive Parenting Solutions and the author of If I Have to Tell You One More Time… The Revolutionary Program That Gets Your Kids to Listen Without Nagging, Reminding or Yelling (Penguin, 2011.) Amy is a regular parenting contributor on The TODAY Show and has also appeared on Rachael Ray, CBS This Morning, CNN, Fox & Friends, MSNBC, Steve Harvey and elsewhere. In her most important role, she plays mom to two teenage boys. Follow Amy on Twitter @AmyMcCreadyPPS.
The One Simple Phrase to Change Your Parenting Mindset Forever by Amy McCready Let’s be honest. We love our kids to pieces, right? But parenting is exhausting – especially when we add in sports, extracurricular activities, family obligations, keeping the house in order, getting a semi-decent meal on the table, our own jobs – and oh yeah – having any semblance of a life. Sometimes it feels like we’re barely surviving rather than thriving. Sound familiar? I get it. I’ve been there and done that. However, there’s a fl ip side of the coin that’s made a huge difference to me as a parent and to the way I approached my days.
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the opening curtain anyway? Absolutely. Will you have a to-do list a mile long and find yourself doing laundry late
How? Through the thoughtful words of another parent.
one night or making the mad dash to the store at six in
Years ago, an insightful minister in my church was getting
the morning for something you forgot and wondering if it
ready for her son’s upcoming wedding. She shared a
is all worth it? Yep. Every bit of it and then some.
perspective that has stayed with me ever since. After offering some reflection on twenty years of being a
Here’s what I can share with you though. Both of my guys
mom and watching her little boy become a man –
are in college now and they live away from home. They
she challenged our congregation to shift our internal
are no longer little boys. They are fun, faithful, amazing
conversations from “I have to” to “I get to.”
young men and yes, and I got to enjoy all those precious moments. I wouldn’t trade those tiring days for anything
Instead of “I HAVE to” go to soccer practice, (basketball,
in the world.
football, theatre, dance – fill in the blank) – think — I GET to support my child’s ambitions. I get to watch
Closing chapters on stages of parenting can be
them grow stronger and more well-rounded. I get to
bittersweet. But yes – it’s worth it. So next time you’re
be there for their ups and their downs. I get to spend
exhausted and thinking I have to…. stop. Breathe. Take
uninterrupted time in the car with them as we carpool
a look at your kid and change your words to “I get to.”
for the millionth time. I get to fix them a meal and
Say it out loud, “I GET to take you to practice today!!” It’s
hear about their day or even glance over to see them
powerful. It’s a game-changer. I promise.
sleeping in the seat beside me as we drive home from a long day. I get to teach them to appreciate their talents by encouraging their dreams and nurturing their gifts. I get to be part of taking my child from infancy to adulthood and hopefully share a whole lot more after that. Now there was an Aha! moment. It stops you in your tracks. Because they really ARE only little once. They really are under your roof for such a short time. There’s a whole lot of firsts and seconds and thirds – memories to be made as we’re raising our children and if we are blessed enough to GET TO be there for those – wow, that’s a gift. Right? Will there be times when the last thing we feel like doing is sitting in the blazing sun watching a sporting event, or climbing aboard a bus with a 60+ teenagers (and that awesome combination scent of sweat, body odor, and WAY too much spray cologne)? Oh yeah. Will there be times you’re wiped out from work but you race to make OCTOBER 2018 | ACTIVE FAMIL Y 21
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Ultimate Bucket List - Maui by Elizabeth Kang It’s no secret that we love Maui, and although we’ve
cocktails in a warm, inviting atmosphere. The casual, yet
covered many hotels and resorts in past issues, we
elegant eatery offers fun and friendly service and a fresh,
haven’t shared our favorite shops, excursions, and
seasonal menu with ocean views.
restaurants — until now. If you’re planning an upcoming Maui vacation, we’ve got your “Must Do” list prepared;
The Shops at Wailea - Shop till you drop at the renowned
chock full of delicious eats, fun-filled activities, awesome
Shops at Wailea, where you’ll find more than 70 shops,
sights and the best shops, so you don’t have to research
eateries, and art galleries, with nightly live entertainment.
If you’re a luxury brand name lover, you’ll be in heaven in the Louis Vuitton, Gucci & Prada shops. Pick up souvenirs
Wailea Located in Southern Maui, Wailea is known
for friends, anything you may have forgotten to pack,
for its five stunning, crescent-shaped beaches, luxury
and things you didn’t even know you needed at The
hotels and resorts (including the Fairmont Kea Lani, The
Shops at Wailea.
Wailea Beach Villas and the Grand Wailea,) and pristine golf courses.
Longhi’s Wailea - Longhi’s is a family owned Italian and seafood restaurant with two locations in Maui, (Wailea
Tommy Bahama Restaurant - Happy Hour is a must at
& Lahaina.) This pick is a family favorite, with options for
Tommy Bahama’s, where they make unforgettable
kids, vegans, those who are gluten-free, and those who
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[ TRAVEL ] definitely are not. Makena Beach State Park - Also known as “Big Beach,” Makena Beach State Park is a haven for swimmers, fishers and snorkelers, with a stretch of white sand that extends nearly 2/3 of a mile long. The beach is a welcome respite to the more crowded beaches on the West Side of Maui, and snorkelers of Makena Beach are often treated to Sea Turtles and other marine life swimming in the clear, turquoise water.
Kihei One of the sunniest locations in Maui, the charming town of Kihei is situated on the Southwest Shore of the island. It offers stunning beaches, hot, dry weather, and a casual, low-key vibe. The Hawaii Fudge Company - A sweet tooth’s heaven, with some of the best fudge we’ve ever tasted, in plenty of unique and interesting flavors. Don’t miss the chance to attend a fudge making class and become a certified “Fudgeologist.” Kihei Caffe - Our favorite little breakfast spot when in Kihei, Kihei Caffe is a local’s haunt, with delicious breakfast options such as the classic Hawaiian “loco moco,” decadent macadamia nut french toast, and luxurious crab cake benedict. The service is fast and friendly, and the lines can get long at casual, must-visit eatery. Smoke and Spice BBQ Maui - This popular food truck has garnered a cult following, and for good reason. Smoke and Spice serves up mouth-watering Texas-style BBQ with a Hawaiian twist. Juicy and tender smoked Brisket, Ribs,
and historic town of Lahaina. The highly professional and
Chicken and Sausage is served with pineapple coleslaw
friendly staff make sure you’re comfortable, safe and at
and all the fixin’s.
ease every step of the way, from a seamless check-in, to safely soaring 1200 feet in the air.
Ka’anapali Perhaps Maui’s most visited area, Ka’anapali is a popular resort area in West Maui, just
Skyline Eco-Adventures - Soar above Ka’anapali’s
a few miles north of the historic town of Lahaina. The
stunning coastline with Hawaii’s most awarded zipline
beaches and resorts in the area are both numerous and
company and experience breathtaking views and a
beautiful, and there is so much to do, taste and see.
thrilling ride. Suitable for children over the age of ten and adults up to 260 pounds, this fun-filled ride is a “must-
UFO Parasailing - UFO Parasailing is a must do for people
experience” adventure the whole family will love.
of all ages and abilities, and is a fun, exciting way get a bird’s eye view of the gorgeous beaches of Ka’anapali
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Maui’s longest running luau is conveniently located right on Ka’anapali Beach, and ticks off everything you could want in a traditional Hawaiian luau. The buffet is classic and delicious, and the live entertainment is mesmerizing. It’s the consummate Hawaiian vacation experience. Maui Surfer Girls - This fantastic company takes the intimidation out of learning to surf. Maui Surfer Girls caters to small groups, families and newlyweds, and boasts small class sizes and mostly female instructors. It’s a wonderful way to get your feet wet in the ancient Polynesian sport of surfing. Kimo’s - No visit to Maui is complete without a stop into Kimo’s. This relaxed eatery offers delicious seafood (try the Poke`) and stunning ocean views. Be sure to save room for the famous & decadent Hula Pie. Dukes Beach House - Duke’s is nestled right on the beach, and all of the tables are open-air, making for a scenic and casual feel. The menu offers healthy, fresh choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hula Grille -The people watching doesn't get much better than at this beachside eatery. Hula Grille is a must for delicious grilled fish tacos and kitschy tropical drinks adorned with umbrellas. 24 ACTIVE FAMIL Y | OCTOBER 2018
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Lahaina Grill - Lahaina Grill is an elegant and popular
Kipahulu, Haleakala National Park - If you can stomach
Maui mainstay, and is considered by many as the best
the infamous “road to Hana,” you’ll be rewarded with a
restaurant on the island. It has won numerous awards
stop at the Seven Sacred Pools, or ‘Ohe’o Gulch. These
over the years, including “Best Maui Restaurant 25 Years
gorgeous waterfalls and lagoon pools are located in
in a Row” by Honolulu Magazine’s reader’s poll.
Haleakala National Park, which is well worth the often one-lane, sometimes harrowing drive.
Slappy Cakes - Slappy Cakes is a must stop if you're traveling with children. They’ll love making their own
Baldwin Beach Park - Those traveling with small children
pancakes on the tabletop skillet. It’s a unique and fun-
won’t want to miss “Baby Beach,” which is protected
filled dining experience you wont soon forget.
by a barrier reef wall, creating a calm swimming area and tranquil beach. This area of the gorgeous 17-acre
North Shore and Beyond Less
Baldwin Beach Park is located at the far left of the main
developed, less crowded, and much less touristy, the
cooler North Shore of Maui is worth a day trip. Watch the surfers, take a scenic car ride, and stop at an iconic
Blue Hawaiian Helicopters - This exhilarating adventure
restaurant or local hole-in-the-wall favorite.
is a must while in Maui! Tour the island in its entirety as you fly over stunning waterfalls, massive ocean views,
Mama’s Fish House - This North Shore landmark offers
lush valleys and rainforests. Most of Maui’s magnificent
epic ocean views, charming Polynesian decor, and a
hidden secrets are inaccessible except by air, and
fresh, seafood and Hawaiian themed menu that includes
nobody knows how to show them to you like Blue
local Hawaiian fish delivered daily by fisherman.
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Michelle Zunter is a perpetually curious human, artist, writer, podcaster, mom, stepmom, and married lady living in California. You can read Michelle’s lifestyle blogs about love, sex, relationships, marriage, divorce, parenting, step-parenting & much more at The Pondering Nook. You can also listen to Michelle co-hosting at The Broad’s Way Podcast discussing similar topics. More of Michelle’s featured work can be found at Scary Mommy, Stepparent Magazine, Thought Catalog, Role Reboot, Your Tango, The Natural Parent Magazine & Parent.co.
6 Life Lessons I've Learned as a Stepmom by Michelle Zunter
Throughout my step-parenting journey, I've learned some life-changing lessons that have become my tested tools to fall back on as a stepmom. Some of these tools were already in my repertoire, but since I became a stepmom, they have been completely transformed into the life lessons I will carry with me forever. I have written this from the viewpoint of a stepmom because that's what I know. I'm aware there are plenty of stepdads out there who also go on this
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journey, and I hope they can appreciate this read as
having another job besides all your other jobs in life.
Diplomacy helps. Sometimes we have lots of information we want people to hear about how we feel but it's not
Here are 6 life lessons I've learned from my experience
always necessary or useful.
being a stepmom so far: Learning to be diplomatic, though often times 1. Diplomacy
cumbersome, will make your blended family life
Diplomacy. The art of interacting with people in both a
smoother in the long-term.
sensitive, yet effective manner. 2. Humility This is probably one of the most challenging hurdles for
Humility is the ability to realize that you may not be that
important, even when it seems the world is revolving around you in your own mind. Being stepmom takes
Many of us have never been in a situation as potentially
courage and determination. Sometimes it seems there is
contentious as step-parenting. I say "potentially" because
an emotional drama every day.
although the threat of total chaos is often lurking around the corner for a stepmom, it can be avoided, at times,
That said, it can seem like the whole world is on your
with some diplomacy.
shoulders at times, and the temptation to wallow in selfpity over your challenges will often pop up.
It could be as simple as using the words "please," or, "thank you" in every conversation. It could be addressing
Learning humility is a key element to becoming a healthy
a touchy situation in a calm and positive manner that is
stepmom. It's not all about you. Yes, you're tired, yes
non-accusing. It takes practice. Lots of it.
things may be unfair, but having some perspective as to the bigger picture can boost your morale immensely.
It helps to listen - even when you don't want to - to get a better gauge on the emotions of the person you are
Why is being a stepmom so tiring? Because you are
dealing with, whether it be a biological parent or your
working extraordinarily hard to make your family life work
well. It's okay to laugh at yourself sometimes when you mess up. Even "real" moms mess up all the time, as many
Learning what to say, how to say it, and when to say
of us already know.
it are vital to becoming diplomatic as a stepmother | Source
Don't take yourself so seriously. No matter what your relationship with your stepchild, or their biological
"Sometimes we have lots of information we want people
parents, feeling sorry for yourself won't help anyone.
to hear about how we feel but it's not always necessary
Learn to laugh at yourself and realize you're not perfect
and never will be.
Whether you are more of a full-time stepmom or
"The quality of what is said matters more than just talking
an every-other-weekend stepmom, learning to be
to be heard. Choosing the right words to use and the
diplomatic is a key tool for your step-parenting journey.
right time to say them is important."
I have learned that many times the less said, the better. The quality of what is said matters more than just talking
to be heard. Choosing the right words to use and the
I have learned there is indeed a path of grace and class
right time to say them is important.
in stepmom-hood. Acting with grace in certain situations in order to do what is best for your stepchild is an
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I have learned that this stepmom/stepchild relationship
with love and sincerity, it makes a big difference.
is much like any relationship you have in life. It takes time and patience to build the trust between you.
There are going to be many times in your step-parenting life when you have to relinquish decisions and control
It may be awkward in the beginning, and this may go on
to the biological parents, and if you are a full-time
for years until you feel like the relationship is in the safe
stepmom who is used to being more involved, this can
be a tricky maneuver. When the recognition comes, when the appreciation To master the art of being a stepparent who steps in
comes - and I hope for most stepmoms it does - it feels
at the opportune time and then steps away when the
biological parents must take the lead is a challenge, but knowing when you can solve a problem and when to
This lesson of love has a lot to do with what it feels like to
leave it to others is the real lesson.
nurture a child you didn't give birth to or who came to know you when they were older.
Learning grace means acknowledging that not everyone is going to do things the way you think they
The wave of love could come unexpectedly. It could
should be done. Stepmoms who have children going
show up in an excellent report card when your heart fills
back and forth to and from mom's house know this. Mom
with pride, or in a school performance when you look at
probably does things differently than you and vice versa.
this child whom you have helped raise and support and
You can have the grace to accept this and let it go. It's
feel that sense of joy and love for them.
not going to change. It's definitely a test of love to commit yourself to a The point is when you realize you have to step away or
stepchild. As your love grows your sense of being a
accept something you can't change, do it with grace
protector and a teacher expands. You realize you care
and not anger or bitterness. Remember, you've done all
so deeply about what happens to this child whom you
you can, and there's no doubt you did it to the best of
did not birth, and it's a great milestone for a stepmother.
your ability. 5. Sorrow 4. Love
Without love, there is no pain. Once you love a child,
Love? How is love a lesson? Oh, it's a lesson. If you have
yours or not, you've set the stage for sorrow. It's going to
stepchildren, you know what I mean.
come. It may come when your stepchild leaves to see their biological parent or says something that breaks your
If you have your own children you know what that love
heart just a little. It may come when you try to discipline
feels like. It is different. It's more comfortable.
them and they rebel.
Depending on when you became a stepmom to your
This is the standard sorrow that all parents go through. It
stepchild or stepchildren, the love takes on different
comes with having children. Stepmoms are not exempt
forms and can show itself at unexpected times. If you
just because they are not a biological parent. In fact,
became the stepmom to a child at a very young age, it
often times, a stepmother's sorrow is overshadowed by
may have been easier to cuddle with them and shower
the emotions and decisions of the biological parents.
them with affection.
As a stepmother, you are not immune to feeling that same sorrow when you see your stepchild in pain.
But past a certain age, the bond of love that hopefully grows between a stepmom and her stepchildren is
Whether they have failed at something or they're being
tentative, unsure, and basically a complete rollercoaster.
bullied at school, it upsets you. It could even come from
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[ PARENTING ] heartache they feel over their biological parents not
at one point or another.
being together. If you love them, it hurts you too. Stepparents tend to be the easy target for kids who are It's not overly talked about but stepmoms who are close
having a rough time with their home life or still angry that
to their stepchildren do miss them and think about them.
their parents are not together.
They worry about them all the time. The lesson of sorrow really just comes with the lesson of love, because once
A lot of the time it's just easier to say something nasty to
you love a child, the natural pain associated with love
stepmom or stepdad instead of venting to mom or dad.
will, at times, follow.
To forgive your stepchild for their emotions or behavior is tough sometimes. Forgiving the biological mom or dad
for inappropriate or careless behavior is another hard pill
Learning to forgive is the most vital of lessons for a
stepmom. In the end, it's imperative that the lesson of forgiveness is If you are a stepparent and cannot learn to forgive, then
learned or the blended family unit will crumble.
it's going to be even more of a rocky road for you. I have learned to forgive. Maybe not fully understand or Forgiveness is just the ability to accept what someone
even like certain things, but I can forgive. I understand
has done that was either inappropriate or hurtful to you
that sometimes decisions are made that may not be
in some way and the ability to move on. This is second
convenient for everyone, and I forgive the mistakes of
nature to any seasoned stepmom.
the past. I forgive my stepchild for the moods, and the anger, and the confusion they suffer. I forgive, I learn, and
Stepchildren say mean things all the time. All children do
I move on.
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Roma Khetarpal is the author of The “Perfect” Parent: 5 Tools for Using Your Inner Perfection to Connect with Your Kids and the founder/ CEO of Tools of Growth (www. toolsofgrowth.com), through which she helps parents raise kids to “Be Happy, Think Positive, and Do Good.” She is also a contributor to Hufﬁngtonpost.com and Masalamommas.com. She is also an Executive Board Member of the Philanthropic Society Los Angeles, which raises funds for Children’s Institute, Inc., and is Member of the Board of Directors for the Santa Clarita Valley Education Foundation, an organization providing support, programs and leadership for K-12 public school education. Khetarpal also serves on the Board of Directors at AM-Touch Dental where she previously served for 20 years as Vice President of Sales and Marketing and where she currently teaches employee relations classes. She is also working on a line of children’s products that will promote self-understanding and emotional intelligence. (Article ﬁrst published on Hufﬁngton Post)
Cookie-Cutter vs. Out-of-the-Box… What Kind of Children Do You Want to Raise? by Roma Khetarpal As we approach the new year, we need to ask ourselves, “What kind of kids do we want to raise?” Of course, we all want kids who are happy, think positive, and do good! That’s why it’s our Tools of Growth tagline. Furthermore, we want our children to be successful, resilient, confident, and courageous, as well as kind and forgiving. I believe all parents have that same vision for their children. Here’s the hard truth though: That’s not the result when we drive our children toward mainstream goals like getting the best grades, dressing the best, or being the best speaker on the debate team or the best athlete on the field. If we are simply encouraging our kids to fit into predefined and preconditioned societal boxes, aren’t we simply raising cookie-cutter kids? My daughter was six years old when she started questioning preconceived
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ideas. It started with rituals that my mother-in-law
Students should be allowed to complete a grade in 6
followed in her morning prayers in our home-temple
months or 18 months, depending on their capacity to
room. “Why does grandma light a candle?” my daughter
asked. “And why do we close our eyes and fold our hands to pray?”
No, my daughter did not quit school nor did we homeschool her. She never got to grade her teachers, and
That led to other questions like, “Why do we have to stay
she did not refuse to light a candle in temple. In fact, she
in each grade for one year?” As she got older, she would
thrived as a student and dug deep into many religions.
ask why teachers got to grade her work, but she couldn’t
She even started an interfaith council chapter at her
grade her teachers in return. She had definite opinions:
university. She persisted in her ability to question who she
Miss ABC was an A+ teacher, because she was “great,
was and what she was doing at all times. She pursued
kind, loving, and smart,” but Miss XYZ rated a D- because
lengthy academic studies in college and graduate
she was “never smiling, had a mean tone, was always angry at some kid or another, and didn’t explain math properly.” Our kids leave us stumped when they ask out-of the box questions like these. Not only did my super-attentive child make sure that I brought my A game to parenting, she challenged me to seek answers to questions that I had never asked before. She made me dig deeper into the meaning of the rituals that I had inherited and blindly followed. Her questions forced me to grow. I personally couldn’t get myself to say things like, “Well, that’s just the way it is,” or “That how we do it.” Instead I found myself exploring the causes of our actions in order to answer her curiosity, which then became mine. I found out why eyes are closed during prayers and why candles are lit in temples. Those discoveries touched my soul and deepened my understanding of myself and my connection with what I did. In many instances, I actually
school, always maintaining her out-of-the box thinking and intellectual explorations. We go on autopilot when we stop asking why. When we conform without understanding, we become cookiecutter individuals. When we hit repeat or auto-play and do the same things every day—without questioning why—we are merely on a hamster wheel. Who wants to raise kids like that? Peter Abelard said, “By doubting we are led to question. By questioning we arrive at the Truth.” We open up our children’s minds by being open to their questions. As kids they may start out with the simple questions about what we do and how and why we do it. And that may lead to the exploration of life itself—who we are, why we are here, how we are the same, why we are different. We all want to set our children on this path to explore the truth of their own existence. This definitely held true for my
did away with rituals that did not make sense—which
daughter. She is still a beacon of curiosity—exploring her
helped me keep the things that added meaning to my
external and internals worlds every day, finding meaning
and purpose in the relationships that she builds and the decisions that she makes.
However, there were times that I could not answer her questions intelligently. For those questions that befuddled
It all starts with curiosity. Curiosity shines light on our
me—why do we have to stay in a grade for one year,
human habits, urging us to explore. Exploration is the
or why can’t students grade teachers—I responded
portal to learning. Learning is the fuel that fires growth.
honestly with “I don’t know.” And I followed that
And growth makes life more meaningful and joyful.
instinctively with, “If you got to decide, how would you
So when your children start asking “Why,” explore those
do it and why?” That invariably led to some imaginative,
questions with them. Step outside of the box with them.
out-of-the-box suggestions: Every teacher should go
And push open the doors of creativity, imagination,
home with a report card of how they did that year.
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