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WHAT’S UP FOR KIDS VOL. 17 — SEPt/OCT 2011

ORGANIZE Chore Charts Ms. Manners School Manners Family Friendly travel Santa Fe Dad’s Watch Riverdancer’s Secret cookin’ corner Aqua Frescas plus FIND OUR Daily Calendar of Things to Do Around Town www.whatsupforkids.com


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Letter From The Publisher: School has begun – and with it, the excitement of new friends, new schools and “what’s next”. This time of year is crazy busy, but for me, it’s also a time of “fresh starts” – almost a new year feeling! We hope you had a great time at the Family Fun Fest at the South Bay Galleria! Such a great day – and we look forward to presenting that event again next year! We are now in the planning stages for our Spring events – hard to believe. We are always trying to keep you up to date with the latest things going on around town – so that at the last minute, you have something fun to go do with your kids! Are you on Facebook? We post all kinds of fun things to do there! And right now, you can WIN AN IPOD NANO! Yep, go to www.Facebook.com/WhatsUpForKids, “like” our fan page, then go back to the “welcome” tab and enter your name and email address! It’s that easy! The winner will be notified on November 1st! Good luck! Until next time,


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QUICK TIPS FOR ORGANIZING Family Chore Charts

Bottom line: children involved in household chores learn to share responsibilities, work within a team and to be accountable. We taught our kids that we share everything in our home; “the fun...the love... and the DIRT!” However, most kids think it’s just a ploy to get the work done! Which is also true! But…..until they become the parent….this is how it works. Not only does assigning jobs (AKA chores) help to get the work done....it also helps adults learn the delegating process. In the adult work/world, work is assigned with a job description, follow up and recognition upon completion…or consequences for incomplete or poor end result. At home it frequently amounts to verbal commands shouted from frustration when things start to pile up......like clothes, toys, books, the dishes and more. Unlike businesses, homes don’t have policies & procedures regarding kids and chores. What worked well in our home was to first have a meeting of the adults in the home... EG: parents/partners/grandparents, etc. to set a plan for presenting this household procedure program to the kids and the steps following. This step is crucial! If the kids think one of you is not “into this chore thing”, they will find a way to side with the “weaker” adult. Trust me. They’re smart on these matters. Once the adults are in agreement, a sit-down meeting takes place with the entire family. A list of chores for each child & adult is prepared ahead of the meeting time. Yes, adults have lists also and the kids see that as “fair” and cool! Be sure to take into consideration that children of various ages and abilities will be assigned their appropriate chores. A computer wise family member can create an individual Chore Chart template with graphics, their names, etc. Making charts fun, can add variety to mundane assignments. Using stickers, and colored marking pens to check off accomplishments add to the interest and involvement. The creative child can also use a rubber stamp design or sticker to indicate completed work. The younger set will look upon it as a game or a sign of getting “bigger.” However, be prepared as most teen-agers will not think this is as much “fun” as their younger siblings. You might allow them to choose from a list of chores. Whenever the older kids complained about what was on their list, we (adults) offered them our list in trade. They always refused! Rewards may come at the end of the week when work is successfully fulfilled or at the month’s end with a special or previously planned reward with the parents or as an individual reward or treat. With chore charts there is the comfort of structure as the child is aware of his/her work ahead of time with no surprises to ruin playtime or a planned weekend outing. Setting criteria for chores to be completed by the end of the week will not only allow the weekend to be a time of family fun or home projects. It also teaches children the value of meeting deadlines and commitments.


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Children of similar age and abilities can switch their chore assignments (with parental consent) to add variety to their routines as well as developing new skills. They will also learn that everyone gets a turn at every job so there is less sibling rivalry. One child isn’t stuck with cleaning up after the animals all the time. When rotating chores isn’t possible, you may offer to “help them” or trade a job with them for a period of time. Having a chore chart also means there is no “forgetting” to do something. Having the chores assigned to specific days of the week or hours of the day can also help. For example: 1.

BEFORE SCHOOL: Feed the dog. Make your bed.

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AFTER SCHOOL: Set the table for dinner. Take out the trash/recycling.

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MONDAY-WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY: Clean up after the dog. Unload the dishwasher.

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TUESDAY & THURSDAY: Unload the dishwasher. Empty all the wastebaskets.

Families with kids of similar ages may have a special weekend chore solution. E.G.: On Friday evening, all chores for Saturday are written on pieces of paper and placed in a bowl. Each family member picks one and has until a designated time on Saturday to complete it. If he/she has plans for Saturday they may choose to do it on Friday evening if possible. This offers variety, opportunity for strategy and planning on their part. Teens will go for this one! Editor’s Note: Ann Gambrell is an organizational consultant and speaker available to inform and entertain audiences. She facilitates weekday and Saturday Clutter Support Groups and teaches organizing classes through the Torrance Adult School . To learn more, phone Ann at 310-212-0917 or request her for FREE monthly email tips email gambrellann@aol.com. You will be glad you did.


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cookin’ corner

Hang on to Summer with Agua Frescas Summer may be over but in Southern California, we still have a couple months of sunshine and heat! One great way to hold onto to Summer is with some fun cold beverages, like fresh Agua Frescas. These Mexican coolers are a lot more exciting than their name, “water refreshments” suggests. They are actually a great way to feature super sweet and ripe late-summer fruit in a cold and refreshing beverage. All you need is fruit and water and you’re on your way! Best of all, it’s made in a blender so the kids can help put this recipe together! Here are some of our favorite things about these cool drinks: ” TASTE & VARIETY – These drinks are truly like having your favorite fruit in a glass! We love the traditional watermelon agua frescas but also like to try other seasonal stars like mango, blackberries, apricots and strawberries. We also put our spin on these drinks by adding in some fresh mint, lemon or lime juice for a little something different. ” NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS – While fruit is high in natural sugars, most are also high in vitamins and dietary fiber. Some standouts right now include: mangos (each one has your daily dose of beta-carotene), apricots (3 little guys equal over 35% of your daily dose of Vitamin A) and strawberries (super high in fiber and nearly your daily dose of Vitamin C). Making these drinks in the summer when the fruit is really ripe means you’ll need very little added sugar (or none at all!). We like using agave instead of sugar in our drinks because of its neutral taste and lower hit on the glycemic index (this means it’s got a better impact on our blood sugar than regular white sugar or honey). ” SHOPPING TIPS – This is THE time of year to go to the Farmer’s Market. The fruit you buy there not only supports local farms, but will taste better than your supermarket options. The key to a good agua fresca is really ripe fruit – so buy the ripest you can find or let it sit out on your counter for a few days. When it’s just about too ripe to eat, it’s ready to blend!


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Aqua Frescas with Fresh Fruit makes 6 cups Ingredients: 1 cup sliced fruit, such as watermelon or strawberries 1/3 cup mint leaves 1/4 cup agave syrup, plus more to taste 2 tbl fresh lime juice 4 cups cold water 2 cups ice Preparation ” In a blender, combine all of the ingredients. Blend until smooth. (NOTE: If your fruit is very ripe, omit the agave or just add a little to taste.) ” Taste and add more agave syrup to reach desired level of sweetness. Serve immediately. Editor’s Note: Thank you to our Cookin’ Corner writer, Melanie Barsuk from Simple Gourmet. For more information about cooking classes, private parties and Kids Summer Cooking Camps with Simple Gourmet, go to www.simple-gourmet.com or call 310.318.6484.

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family friendly travel

Santa Fe, New Mexico: An escape from the everyday Most of what I’m about to describe may not be the best place to take the family but for me this is the best place for Mom and Dad to regroup and get a wonderful deserving break! Santa Fe, New Mexico is short flight from Los Angeles and is now even easier to get to since American Airlines has direct flights daily. As soon as you arrive at the Santa Fe airport you instantly feel transformed. A relaxed, quiet feeling takes over and it’s easy to see why so many people have chosen to visit and make a life there. My husband and I went two years ago to celebrate the New Year and we stayed at the Inn on the Anazai located right in the heart of the Santa Fe Plaza. The Inn is charming and welcoming with a full restaurant and beautiful rooms with fireplaces. The shopping is just steps away with local artists and beautiful jewelry to see and experience. If you enjoy art Canyon Road is filled with many art galleries all showcasing local talent, many nationally recognized. Visit the Palace of Governors, Bandelier National Monument and of course the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. The culinary experience alone is enough for me to keep going back! Wow we could not get enough of the amazing restaurants and the unique southwestern style cooking. Geronimo is a must, with possibly the best Crab Cakes I have ever eaten. Osteria D’Assisi is like stepping into an Old Italian friend’s home for some homemade pasta, just fantastic. Give yourself a gift of fine dining, lovely accommodations, beautiful art and history to discover and a spirit of a culture that is unforgettable. Santa Fe, not your everyday place and that is sometimes exactly what we all need! Editor’s Note: Thank you to our Family Friendly Travel writer, Karen Murphy. You can read all about Karen on our new website. Or reach out to her by phone and plan your summer trip! Karen can be reached at the Travelstore in Palos Verdes, 310-750-9413 Work, 310-922-6902 Cell email: Karen.mu@travelstoreusa.com


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The Riverdancer’s Secret Recently, our son turned 13. Given that he was an early walker, his Riverdancing career spans beyond 12 years. You see, not long after his first baby steps, a short, rhythmic hop emerged as part of his locomotive repertoire. Along the way, he added a flexible drinking straw, which he flicks randomly about between his thumb and forefinger as he whisks about his favorite venue, the kitchen stage. Early on, my wife dubbed him “The Riverdancer,” a much more affectionate nickname than Mumbles, bestowed on the star of “Happy Feet” who, for the benefit of those who don’t have youngsters, is a penguin. Some day, I hope to write a book about our precious and curious boy. For now, I offer this birthday poem to a really cool kid. The Riverdancer’s Secret Beneath the mop of naughty hair Behind the giant eyes The closely guarded secret Of the Riverdancer lies I watch him bounce and flick his wand I watch from year to year I long to feel the music That only he can hear I stopped him once and held him firm I knew it was a chance His eyes held mine, I asked with hope “Why do you Riverdance?” But secrets are mysterious And secrets, yes, are fun But what makes secrets special Is they’re known by only one And so I wait with pride and love To catch the cherished prize When the closely guarded secret Of the Riverdancer files

Happy Birthday, Buddy! We love you very much! Editor’s Note: Along with “On Dad’s Watch” Michael Malgeri writes a series of books he calls “Bedtime Stories about Capitalism,” which teaches kids about honest profit making. Visit http://www.kids4biz.com


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CALENDAR OF EVENTS Ongoing Weekly As Events Details May Change, Please Call Ahead. MONDAY Peninsula Center Library, 701 Silver Spur Rd., R.H.E., hosts Babies in the Library, a storytime designed just for 6-23 month olds. No registration necessary. 10:15 & 11am. 310-377-9584, ext. 601. Miraleste Library, 29089 Palos Verdes Drive East, R.P.V., hosts storytime for ages 2-5. Free. 11:30am. 377-9584. Malaga Cove Library, 2400 Via Campesina, PVE., hosts a storytime for ages 2-5 year olds. 10:30am. 310-377-9584, ext. 551. Barnes & Noble, 1800 W. Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach, hosts Children’s Storytime. 10:30am. 310-725-7025. North Torrance Library, 3604 Artesia Blvd., Torrance, hosts pajamarama storytime. 6:30pm. 310-323-7200.

TUESDAY Peninsula Center Library, 701 Silver Spur Rd., RHE, hosts storytime Ages 2-5. No registration necessary. 10:15 & 11am. 377-9584, ext. 601. Kids Music N Motion hosts classes for various age levels at 4 South Bay locations. Call for the details. 373-0280. North Torrance Library, 3604 Artesia Blvd., Torrance, hosts family storytime every Tuesday. Free. No registration required. 10:30am. 323-7200.

WEDNESDAY Barnes & Noble, 1800 W. Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach, hosts Children’s Storytime. 10:30am. 310-725-7025. Miraleste Library, 29089 Palos Verdes Drive East, R.P.V., hosts storytime for ages 2-5. Free. 3pm. 377-9584. Lomita Library, 24200 Narbonne Ave., Lomita, hosts preschool storytime at 10am. 5394515. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen White Dr., San Pedro, hosts Discovery Sea Lab, a hands-on project to explore local marine life. The marine lab is open EVERY DAY, from 3-5pm, with a different theme each week. Free. For info., call 548-7562. Peninsula Center Library, 701 Silver Spur Rd., RHE, hosts storytime for ages 205. 10:15 & 11am. 377-9584, ext. 601. THURSDAY Peninsula Center Library, 701 Silver Spur Rd., RHE, hosts storytime for ages 205. 10:15 & 11am. 377-9584, ext. 601. FRIDAY Little Fawn, a parent participating nature program for children ages 2-5, takes place every Friday at Deane Dana Friendship Park, 1805 W. 9th St., San Pedro. 10-12noon. $5. (310) 519-6115. Kid Concepts, 22844 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance, presents a special program every Friday night. 6pm. Free with paid admission to the center. 465-0075. Kids Music N Motion hosts classes for various age levels in Rancho Palos Verdes and Torrance and San Pedro. Call for times and details. 373-0280.

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www.What’sUpForKids.com Malaga Cove Library, 2400 Via Campesina, PVE., hosts Babies in the Library, a storytime designed just for 6-23 month olds. No registration necessary. 10:30am. 310-377-9584, ext. 551. SATURDAY Barnes & Noble, 1800 W. Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach, hosts Children’s Storytime. 11am. 310-725-7025. Roundhouse Aquarium at the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier has a shark feeding every Saturday. 12:30pm. 379-8117. Madrona Marsh, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance, hosts habitat restoration every Sat. 9am-12noon. 782-3989. SUNDAY Roundhouse Aquarium at the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier offers storytime every Sunday at 11am. 379-8117. Southern California Live Steamers offers free train rides the first Sunday of every month from 11am—3pm at the East end of Wilson Park in Torrance.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS September/October SEPT 2011 THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 Madrona Marsh, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance, hosts a tyke hike. 10am. $5 donation. (310) 782-3989. Del Amo Fashion Center, Hawthorne Bl. and Carson Blvd., Torrance, JoAnn’s Court, presents Kids Club the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month. 10:30am. All ages welcome. Manhattan Village, 3200 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Manhattan Beach, hosts a special kids event with Wonder Tree. Get the details at www. shopmanhattanvillage.com Redondo Beach North Branch Library, 2000 Artesia Blvd., hosts Walkers & Talkers Storytime. For children 1-5 years old. 1-1:30pm. (310) 318-0675.

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen White Dr., San Pedro, hosts Sunday story studio. 11:45. (310) 548-7562 TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 MOMS Club of Hermosa Beach hosts a meeting the 2nd Tuesday of every month. For information, email hbmoms@yahoo.com THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 Providence Little Company of Mary hosts a Supersitter Class for kids ages 12-14. This 2 session class is $30. To register, go to www.providenceclasses.org or call (800) 628-6659. Del Amo Fashion Center, Hawthorne Bl. and Carson Blvd., Torrance, JoAnn’s Court, presents Kids Club the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month. 10:30am. All ages welcome.

Providence Little Company of Mary hosts CPR for family and friends. 6-9pm. Register at www.providenceclasses.org or call (800) 618-6659.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen White Dr., San Pedro allows you to step out into nature at the Salinas de San Pedro salt marsh. 2:30 - 4:30pm. (310) 548-7562.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 South Bay Galleria, 1815 Hawthorne Blvd., Redondo Beach, hosts AdventurePlex and Healthy Bodies. 6:30pm. (310) 371-7546

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 Madrona Marsh, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance, hosts Water Colors for Kids. Ages 8+. $10. (310) 782-3989

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 La Leche League of Redondo Beach hosts a breastfeeding support group the 2nd Friday of every month at Beach Cities Health District. 10am. krislaleche@yahoo.com

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 The South Bay evening group of LaLeche meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Beach Cities Health District. 7:00pm. Free. krislaleche@yahoo.com

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 Madrona Marsh, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance, hosts Turtle and Tortoise Day. 10am – 1pm. FREE. (310) 782-3989

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 Mom’s Club of Palos Verdes in a non-profit support group for moms. They meet the 3rd Wednesday of every month at St. Luke’s Church in Rolling Hills Estates at 10am. For more information, email Susan at susan@ pvmomsclub.com

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 Madrona Marsh, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance, hosts 2nd Sunday Science, Spiders, Scorpions & Snakes. 2-4pm. $5 per person. (310) 782-3989

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www.What’sUpForKids.com SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Madrona Marsh, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance, hosts a nature walk 10am. Free. 310-782-3989. Madrona Marsh also presents Storytime for kids from 2-2:30pm. FREE. And Stories in the Night Sky from 6:30 – 8?30pm. $5 SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 Madrona Marsh, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance, hosts a nature walk 10am. Free. 310-782-3989 WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 South Bay Galleria, 1815 Hawthorne Blvd., Redondo Beach, hosts hosts Puppet PlayDate. 10:30am Food Court. (310) 371-7546 MOMS Club of San Pedro meets the last Wednesday of every month at Peck Park Recreational Center, meeting room B, San Pedro. 10:30am. Call Shannon at 310-8091886 or sanpedromomsclub@yahoo.com. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 MOMS Club of Torrance NW hosts monthly meetings the last Friday of every month at New Hope Church, 4040 Spencer St., Torrance. 10am. Questions? Email sonata1016@yahoo.com.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8 Madrona Marsh, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance, hosts a Star Party. Come view the planets! 8:30pm - 10:30pm. Free. (310) 782-3989 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9 Madrona Marsh, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance, hosts Second Sunday Science: Birds & Reptiles. $5 per person. (310) 782-3989. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11 MOMS Club of Hermosa Beach hosts a meeting the 2nd Tuesday of every month. For information, email hbmoms@yahoo.com THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13 Supersitter class offered at Providence Little Company of Mary. This 2 session course is $30 and will teach your 12-14 year old the basics. To register, go to www.providenceclasses.org or call (800) 618-6659. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14 La Leche League of Redondo Beach hosts a breastfeeding support group the 2nd Friday of every month at Beach Cities Health District. 10am. krislaleche@yahoo.com SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15 CPR saves lives! Providence Little Company of Mary offers a CPR certification class. 9am - 4:30pm. To register, visit www. providenceclasses.org or call (800) 618-6659.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4 South Bay Galleria, 1815 Hawthorne Blvd., Redondo Beach, hosts Kids Club: Silly Science Show, in the Kids Club Food Court Stage, Level 3. 6:30pm. 310-371-7546.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 14 Madrona Marsh, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance, hosts Second Sunday Science: Dinosaurs. $5 per person. (310) 782-3989.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6 Madrona Marsh, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance, hosts a tyke hike. 10am. $5 donation. 782-3989.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18 La Leche League of Redondo Beach hosts a breastfeeding support group the 3rd Tuesday of every month at Beach Cities Health District. 7pm. (424) 634-2660.

Del Amo Fashion Center, Hawthorne Bl. and Carson Blvd., Torrance, JoAnn’s Court, presents Kids Club the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month. 10:30am. All ages welcome. Manhattan Village, 3200 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Manhattan Beach, hosts a special kids event with Wonder Tree. Get the details at www. shopmanhattanvillage.com

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19 Mom’s Club of Palos Verdes in a non-profit support group for moms. They meet the 3rd Wednesday of every month at St. Luke’s Church in Rolling Hills Estates at 10am. For more information, email Susan at susan@ pvmomsclub.com.


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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20 Del Amo Fashion Center, Hawthorne Bl. and Carson Blvd., Torrance, JoAnn’s Court, presents Kids Club the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month. 10:30am. All ages welcome. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26 South Bay Galleria, 1815 Hawthorne Blvd., Redondo Beach, hosts Kids Club: AdventurePlex and Healthy Bodies, in the Kids Club Food Court Stage, Level 3. 6:30pm. 310-371-7546. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29 Madrona Marsh, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance, hosts Water Colors for Kids. AGes 8+. $10. (310) 782-3989 SUNDAY, AUGUST 29 Madrona Marsh, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance, hosts a nature walk 10am. Free. 310-782-3989. MONDAY, OCTOBER 31 Halloween Carnival at Wilson Park, 2200 Crenshaw Blvd. 4-8pm. Costume parade at 6:30pm. $9 all-day wristband. (31) 618-2930

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modern day ms. manners School Manners

Guess what? It is almost back to school time already. The stores are stocking up on school supplies, uniforms, new shining shoes, and lunch boxes. But are your kids ready for all of the social challenges awaiting them? Together we can get them (and you) prepared. Be a Positive Example Manners start at home. The way you act around your kids and the way your kids see you act around others is the foundation of their manners and thus their future. Think about your typical morning routine. Are you organized and focused? Do you stay calm when time starts getting away from you? Do you give your children the attention, time, and physical contact they need and desire? By making time for your children, whether joining them at the table for breakfast, chatting during the drive to school verses being on the telephone, or sitting down this them after school to debrief and share their day, shows them they are valuable as well as teaches them how to value others. Another aspect of manners is being able to respect others. The way your children will gauge your respect for others will, in part, be influenced by how they see you treat everyday situations; traffic laws, crossing guards, or meting deadlines/appointments. If you think it is okay to disrespect authority, they will too. Talk to Your Kids about Manners Talk to your kids about manners. Teach them the three R’s before they get to school: Respect for self; Respect for others and to accept Responsibility for all their actions. Talk to them and show them how to develop strong character and personal integrity, and share your knowledge and your skills to the best of your ability. Some basic to reinforce in and out of the classroom: • Be on time • Don’t tell lies - to anyone • Don’t answer back • Don’t be noisy or disruptive • Co-operate with others • Pay attention and be present • Don’t talk while others are speaking • Don’t fight, pull, push or shove anyone. • Don’t steal from anyone • Never bite anyone • Pick up your own litter

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Family Resource Directory CLASSES

Classes—Art KidsArt-Redondo Beach (310) 316-9331 1802 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Redondo Beach www.kidsartredondobeach.com Email: karedondobeach@verizon.com Fine art classes for students ages 4 and up. Students are taught according to their individual skills and abilities. Call today for FREE class.

Classes—Dance The Dance Factory School of Performing Arts (310) 519-3600 28901 S. Western Ave., #113, Rancho Palos Verdes www.Dance-Factory.com Where kids grow up and make memories to last a lifetime. Ages 2 and up. University trained teachers—limited class size. Peninsula School of Performing Arts (310) 375-1398 2325 PV Drive West, PVE 700 Silver Spur Rd, RHE Please check our website: pspadance.com, for class information, teacher bios, calendar and fees. Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz and More! Tita Boulger, director.

HEALTHCARE

Healthcare - Dentistry/ Orthodontics Mitra Evans, D.D.S (310) 375-3939 23326 Hawthorne Blvd., #350, Torrance, 90505 Family and cosmetic dentistry for adults and children. Warm and friendly atmosphere.

SERVICES FOR THE FAMILY Financial Services

Alessandra Capital Management Greg Alessandra (310) 377-9220 501 Deep Valley Dr., Ste. 202, Palos Verdes An investment advisory team with over four decades of combined experience. Personalized, confidential service offering objective advice.

Travel Travel Store, Karen Murphy (310) 750-9413 24 Malaga Cove Plaza, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274 Vacation planning expertise for families including Club Med, family villages, cruises, Hawaii, Alaska, Europe, Mexico, Caribbean and Disney World. Email: karen.mu@travelstoreusa.com

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What's Up For Kids, Sept/Oct 2011  

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