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mom 2 mom 6 Kids, Allowance and Chores, Oh My!

8 The 1-2-3- of Car Seat Safety

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12 Sensory Processing Disorder

know 2 grow 16 I Love You, But You Stink

18 The Fertility Journey—When to Look for Help Getting Pregnant



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New Year’s Resolutions Every Mom Should Make


very year at about this time, most of us get to thinking of what we’d like to do differently in the coming year. Usually, New Year’s resolutions seem to include some combination of working harder and eating less. So why not think about things we could do to make us better moms?

Yell less Do more things you like ◆ Pay a little more attention to the hubs ◆ Start saying, “No.” ◆ Put down that cell phone ◆ Have some kid-like fun ◆ Spend some quality mom-time with your kids separately ◆ Don’t be so hard on yourself

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valentine's day lunch for little sweethearts Serve this heart-y lunch for your special valentines! These heart-shaped sandwiches will leave your children love-struck, and they’re so simple and easy to make. You’ll need the following for one heart and arrow sandwich: • Cheddar cheese • Sandwich bread slices • Sandwich filling • Pretzel sticks Cut block cheddar cheese to make two triangles for the arrow. From the side of one cheese triangle, cut out another triangle to make the end of the arrow. Carefully push a pretzel stick into each of the cheese shapes. Make a sandwich with two slices of bread and a filling of your choice. Use a cookie cutter (or cut out by hand using a knife) to make the sandwich heart-shaped. To finish, put the pretzel sticks with cheese into the sandwich, arranging them to look like an arrow. Louisa Kopp is a South Jersey mom and writer. Follow her blog at for party and craft ideas, recipes, and humorous parenting stories 4 | January/February 2017

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et ready, because 2017 is here whether you like it or not! Our issue is packed with exciting ways to make the next 365 days the most anticipated year yet. Are you a parent that struggles with whether or not your child should be rewarded with allowance for doing chores? There are so many ways to structure allowance to teach life lessons and financial responsibility in “Is My Child Ready For Allowance?” (page 6). When my kids were in elementary school I tried the allowance thing and never quite figured it out. My son was always motivated by financial

compensation and around age 8 he was trying to negotiate another $.50 with me about unloading the dishwasher. That was the end of allowance in our home and I announced, “We are a family who works together and always helps out around the house.” So instead of paying the kids to do chores, I simply told them that unloading the dishwasher and folding towels are part of being a family. Sure, I could do a better job at folding the towels or putting away the plastic containers or even lining up the silverware, but I have learned to let go of control over the house so that the kids have the opportunity to contribute to our family responsibilities and build selfesteem. To look for more great parenting tips see “I Love You, but You Stink” (page 8) on the trials and tribulations of getting your tween to pay attention to hygiene. And, if you or someone you love has been suffering with infertility (The Fertility Journey- When To Look for Help Getting Pregnant, page 16) be sure to read about one South Jersey MOM’s story.✲ Your friend & fellow MOM,

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Kids, Allowance, and Chores, Oh My! Cheryl Lynne Potter


t’s a topic that has been debated by moms and dads for years. Should they or shouldn’t they give their kids an allowance? Should an allowance be simply given or should it be based on the completion of certain chores. Even experts disagree on what is the best way to handle kids when it comes to the debate of whether they should or should not have an allowance. Some experts say that an allowance helps to teach children financial responsibility. However, other experts disagree and say that there are better ways to teach kids money management skills. It’s important for parents, they say, to talk to their children about the skills needed to manage money. Kids need to have a solid foundation in personal finance. Yet, giving children an allowance can be a valuable teaching tool. The earlier you teach kids how to manage money, the better off, experts say, they will be in the long run. An allowance is the best way, they say, to start youngsters off to eventual financial independence. However, there are some parents who feel that they just can’t give their kids money for doing nothing. These parents decided long ago to tie their kids allowance with them doing chores. Elk Township mom, Tracie Wolf, knows this concept all too well. Wolf gives her son 6 | January/February 2017

Store in Virginia and even had a special overnight stay. This year. Alexa got a laptop that she had been asking for all year. Yet, some South Jersey families take a unique spin on this concept of giving kids allowances by tying to chores and volunteerism. South Jersey grandma, Mary Snively, says her grandchildren, Jonathan, 9, and Christian, 6, of Vineland, not only do chores around the house, but they also volunteer at the Funny Farm, an animal rescue organization in Richland. Snively says her grandchildren do chores at the Funny Farm with a “reward system that’s not monetary.” At the farm, the boys do such chores as walking, brushing and feeding the animals. They also sometimes give tours of the facility to the public. Volunteering at the farm helps to build-up the boy’s self-confidence, as well as teaches them responsibility, said Snively. Her grandchildren also, she said, do chores at home, like cleaning-up after dinner, loading the washer machine with dirty clothes and folding-up clothes. By having children to do specific chores for them to receive an allowance, helps them, some experts say, to gain a greater understanding of what it means to get paid for doing meaningful work. However, some experts say, parents should not link household chores to an allowance. Children, they say, should be expected to help out around the house because they are members of the family and not because they are getting paid. South Jersey dad, Wayne Murschell, of Haddonfield, who is the father of two middle schoolers, agrees wholeheartedly with this concept. “Doing chores and such are expected to make a family work,” he said. Yet, some parents have done away with giving their youngsters an allowance all together. South Jersey mom, Angela Teti, of Elk Township, stopped giving her two sons, Angelo, 13, and Domenic, 11, allowances. Teti said she stopped giving allowance because her sons “started to think they should only help around the house with chores if they are being paid.” She hopes, she said, that her boys will understand that “helping around the house entitles them to enjoy privileges, like having a phone, as well as helping mom and dad.” Yet, no matter what your philosophy is about kids and allowance. It’s obvious that the debate is not over and it will continue way into the future.✲

“Doing chores and such are expected to make a family work”

Jack, 14, an allowance of $5.00 a week for a set number of chores that he has to do each week. Giving Jack an allowance, Wolf said, “gives him a sense of responsibility and accomplishment.” It’s also a great way, she said, to “help him learn life skills with a reward behind it.” South Jersey mom, Chrissy Allen-Miller of Clayton, would probably agree with this concept of tying chores to a reward system for her kids. In her household, her children, Alexa, 8 and Abigail, 5, do such chores as taking turns unloading the dishwasher and helping to clean up the house. They also help to take their and their 2 year-old siblings, Michael and Mckenna, laundry upstairs to their respective bedrooms and then put it away. For all of their help with chores during the year, the Miller children have a choice of choosing either money or a big gift that they have been wanting all year. These special rewards are usually given during the month of November because as Allen-Miller explains, “it’s almost at the end of the year, but not right at Christmas.” Last year, both girls got gift cards to the American Girl

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Child Car Seat Safety By Angela De Groot

• Snugly fasten your child into the seat. There should be no more than one finger-width of slack between the collarbone and the harness strap. Blankets or coats should go over the harness. Rolled receiving blankets may be used on each side of the baby’s body to prevent slumping. New Jersey law requires that children under the age of 8 and a height of 57 inches be secured in the back seat of a vehicle. Front passenger seat airbags can cause serious and fatal injuries. • Under 2 years old and 30 pounds: rear-facing harness seat • Under 4 years old and 40 pounds: rear-facing seat until they exceed the seat’s rear-facing limits, then secured in forward-facing harness seat. • Under 8 years old and a height of 57 inches: 5-point harness seat until they exceed the upper limits of that seat, then moved to a booster seat. The Academy of Pediatrics recommends that kids ride rear-facing up to the age of 2 to avoid spinal injury during an accident. Before allowing children aged 8-13 to ride without booster seats, perform the knee-shoulder-neck test. Children must meet all three points before they can safely ride without a booster seat. • Knees should bend at the seat edge while they are sitting against the back seat. • Seat belt straps must lie across the upper thighs and the shoulder, not across the tummy or the neck. • Able to sit without slouching or shifting so that the belt remains in the correct position over the shoulder and thighs for the duration of every car journey.

“When researching different models, keep in mind that high cost doesn’t necessarily translate to the highest safety performance”


he baby’s room is ready. You have an array of outfits and a year’s supply of diaper rash ointment, but the car seat is the most important item you will need, starting with the ride home from the hospital. When researching different models, keep in mind that high cost doesn’t necessarily translate to the highest safety performance. Compare ease of installation, harness buckles and strap systems, compatibility with your vehicle’s interior and safety standards. The safest car seat is one that is installed correctly, fits your child properly, and is convenient to use: • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and your vehicle owner’s manual • Install the seat in the back seat of the vehicle, facing in the correct direction for your child’s age, weight, and height. Make sure the seat doesn’t wobble or slide. Visit to find a schedule and list of locations with certified technicians to assist in correct car seat installation. 8 | January/February 2017

If you have a little Houdini on your hands, check that the shoulder straps are in the correct slots, that the harness is snug, and that the retainer clip is at armpit level. Stop the car every time your child gets out of his safety seat. Explain that you cannot drive until everyone is buckled up. Provide soft toys or books to prevent boredom. Most manufacturers suggest replacing a car seat 5-8 years after the date of manufacture. Wear and tear may diminish safety performance. Current models may have better safety features than older models. Car seats that have been in a car accident should be replaced. Internal weakening of the plastic may have occurred which could affect safety performance. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that children aged 12 and under be restrained in the rear seat of the vehicle. This reduces the chance of injury and death by more than 30%. One person, one safety belt. Children sharing safety belts or sitting on an adult’s lap have suffered severe injuries.✲

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Bringing Back Home Cooking With


HelloFresh By Brie Latini

obody wants to admit it, but every parent knows- this parenting gig is hard work! As parents, we are responsible for chauffeuring our kids to games and school events, offering constant love, encouragement and support, and keeping them healthy by feeding them as well as possible. For me, that feeding part is the most difficult. In between all of that chauffeuring and loving (not to mention my own job and obligations!), dinner can often come down to whatever is the most convenient. And there are no breaks- we have to feed our family every single day! Not just feed them, we also have to shop for, bring home, and prepare the food. Or, do we? Say hello to HelloFresh! The brainchild of college friends Dominik Richter and Thomas Griesel, HelloFresh was created for people who love to eat and want to cook more, but need the motivation to get started. HelloFresh delivers meal kits created from nutritious, 10 | January/February 2017

locally-sourced ingredients right to your front door! No more shopping, no more parking spaces far from the entrance, and no more dragging your kids through the grocery store. HelloFresh wants to get rid of all of that hassle and bring homecooked meals back to our busy lives! Now, meal planning is as simple as a few clicks of your mouse. The HelloFresh website will help you set up a meal plan that works for you by choosing from three delicious options that are based on your food preferences, family size, and number of meals you would like per week. All HelloFresh recipes are reviewed by a team of registered dieticians to ensure that you are serving your family a healthy meal. There are tons of delicious recipes to try out, from Roasted Red Peppers stuffed with spiced pork to Lasagna-Baked Fusilli with kale and mozzarella. It sounds fancy, but you will be the only one who knows how easy it really is. Your HelloFresh box comes with all of the ingredients prepped and ready to go. The only thing you will need is 30 minutes (on average) to get your meal cooked and on the table. Your HelloFresh account can be managed from your desktop or your phone, using the apps available for Apple and Android device. Your subscription can be paused or cancelled at any time, making HelloFresh risk-free! It’s time, parents. Save your gas money, save your free time, and save your sanity with HelloFresh!âœ˛

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Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) A Learning Curve of Seven Senses and Sensitivity By Samantha E Gill

is ‘misunderstood’ here is that certain brains can’t do what most people take for granted. Famous OT (Occupational Therapist) - the ground breaking SPD Dr. A Jean Ayres, found that specifically the brain literally has a “traffic in the head”. “For instance, a first-grader may do fine in a quiet setting with a calm adult. But place that child in a grocery store filled with an overload of visual and auditory stimulation and you might have the makings of an extreme tantrum, one that’s terrifying for both the child and parent” (Dr. A Jean Ayres) Dr. Ayres went on to share the following: Seven - not Five Senses: Dr. Ayres introduced the idea that certain people’s brains process all the information coming in through seven—not the traditional five—senses. What are these two “extra” senses in Dr. Ayres’ work? Proprioceptive receptors: “The proprioceptive system tells the brain where the body is in relation to other objects and how to move.” (Dr. A Jean Ayres)


o back a couple years and the words: “Sensory Processing Disorder” (SPD) had a much different ‘search’ result than they do now. Obviously, clinically, there are reasons for this due to diagnosis name(s) being changed and/or taken away. However, there are also other reasons, such as, there is so much more knowledge out there. And a heck of a lot “parent power” out there too, i.e. the world of blogs, the internet, etc… I was reading a lot of blog’s and pages about SPD. So many advocates. So many awesome loved ones caring for their children. So many differences yet so many the same. You’re probably thinking as you read that... EXPLAIN YOURSELF. I shall: What are sensory ‘issues’? “Sensory issues” I learned, are often (but not always) recognized during the toddler years. Parents describe seeing: unusual aversion to noise and/ or light, falling/clumsiness, trouble climbing stairs, difficulty with buttons and/or snaps, difficulty with a pen/pencil, and they may say their shoes are too tight and that their clothes are just flat-out annoying! What are sensory behaviors? Some examples of some sensory behaviors are (but not limited to), having a high pain or a low threshold: for example, crashing into walls or even people, yelling if their face gets wet, having meltdowns when it’s time to get dressed, and maybe putting things in their mouth’s (i.e. Lego’s, Toys, etc.), that they shouldn’t. My daughter, for example, broke her ankle and didn’t show much pain when this occurred, unlike most of the population would be crying and/or yelling! However, a mosquito bite itching her may possibly annoy her enough to cause her to have some sensory behaviors. Misinterpreted behavior: If you have a child with SPD, this may be all too familiar to you. Maybe your child has been called “picky”, “oversensitive”, “anxious” or even “irritable”. (Or how about “that is very normal for their age group”.) What 12 | January/February 2017

The vestibular receptors: These are, “located in the inner ear; tell the brain where the body is in space by providing the information related to movement and head position. These are key elements of balance and coordination, among other things.” (Dr. A Jean Ayres) Now put those 2 senses together along with the question: Is your kiddo hyper or hypo sensitive? This is why Dr. Ayres feels that there are more than ‘just five basic senses’. Those kiddos who are hyposensitive: “they crave input; they love jumping, bumping activities, as well as deep pressure such as that provided by tight bear hugs... Those with hyposensitivity are in constant motion; crave fast, spinning movement, and love jumping on furniture and trampolines.” (Dr. A Jean Ayres) Those kiddos who are hypersensitive: “they have difficulty understanding where their body is ... and may bump into things and appear clumsy; they may rip the paper when erasing, pinch too hard or slam objects down. They may be fearful of activities that require good balance: including climbing on playground equipment, riding a bike, or balancing on one foot, especially with eyes closed.” (Dr. A Jean Ayres) In the end, what matters is that the person caring for their child knows their child. In everything that I read, the person caring for their child KNEW and FELT from the very beginning that something needed to be addressed with their child. Now THAT is a SENSE.✲ *Note: Information was received from Occupational Therapist’s Dr. Jean A Ayres. I am not a Dr. or a practitioner. I realize everyone has different schools of thoughts. This is information to share and read only, not to practice. For more information on SPD or Dr. Ayres work please go online to: or Samantha E Gill, is a full time Mom to Audrey 7, Addie 6, and Addie’s service dog Golden Doodle, Data 3. Super-Addie has special needs; she is currently in a full day mainstream Kindergarten classroom with Data and a successful IEP in Northfield. Samantha is a full time social worker and sometimes writer. Audrey is in 2nd grade and ready to continue to play hockey and karate. Sam and her tribe loudly exist in Northfield where she hopes to take a nap someday.

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and minerals is through the foods they eat. A healthy diet is harder to achieve today and many children tend to be picky eaters, and quick & easy lifestyles prevail in many households. Make sure your kids get the vitamins they need! Great stocking stuffer.; $16 JASPÉ Slub Polo (E) Get ready for holiday pictures with this classic cotton polo it has a few rugged twists in the fabric: contrasting elbow patches, a flash of colour under the collar and side vents.; $30 Scrigit Scraper (F) Save wear and tear on your fingernails with this handy tool. It can remove small amounts of common substances, such as food, candle wax, soap, paint, adhesive labels, grease and grime from many surfaces. Perfect gift this holiday for the person that has everything! Amazon; $ 7 Kung Fu Panda Flash Light-up Toothbrush (G) The sculpted Flash Light-Up Toothbrush features Po as the base of the brush. Press Po’s bellybutton and the timer light flashes for 2 minutes, which is the brushing time recommended by dentists. The brush has a suction cup bottom.; $4

Finn & Emma Wood Teething Rattle: Henry The Hippo (H) Wood teething rattle made from Indian hardwood, finished with vegetable seed wax, and stuffed with Indian cooking beans that make a sound like the ocean when you rattle. It’s soft, smooth, and very safe for your precious child.; $19 WOWBUTTER Creamy Portion Cups (I) The only peanut free spread with a taste, texture and nutrition like Peanut Butter. It’s made with toasted soy and package in perfect size cup for lunch or snack time. You can request a sample on the website wowbutter. com to ensure that your kids will love it.; $39 (100x1.12oz Portion Cups) Lily & The FancipooBook & Plush Toy Set (J) Lily the Fancipoo is not your average pooch! Meet Lily, an absolutely adorable maltese who has everything in the world she could possibly want... except friends. She learns after a stay in the country with her cousins...that LOVE far outweighs the benefits of material things!; $28






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i love you, but you stink Lisa Figueiredo


n the a fast-paced world of a of school, social events, sports, clubs and activities personal hygiene may not be on first thing on a tween/teens’ mind. In fact, this may be a down right struggle and for many parents, the battle is real. According to Lisa, a South Jersey mother of a 14-year old son, “My son has to be reminded every day to shower, using soap. Apparently, teen boys forget this part, and to brush his teeth.” One South Jersey mom Erin, shares the same problem. “My oldest will be 14 in February. If he does get a shower I have to remind him to use soap. Won’t remember to put on 16 | January/February 2017

deodorant on before school, but will randomly put it on at night.” Deodorant is key to keeping the stench to a minimal. When puberty hits sweat glands become more active, causing the stank to be even stronger. At this stage deodorant should be part of your teen’s daily routine. Changing clothes and wearing clean clothes also helps to avoid a stinky tween. In the pubescent years, many teens face great challenges with breakouts. Around the tweens and teen age years it is a good idea to get your child in the habit of washing their face to promote good skin, even before the breakouts, twice a day.

Drinking coffee, sugary drinks can cause stinky breath. Encourage good oral health. In the self-conscious years of tweendom, no child want to have stinky breath. As many children begin orthodontic treatment at this time, the need to clean and maintain ones teeth becomes even more important. It’s good to stress this topic at an early age. For mom Tina oral hygiene is a constant battle. “The biggest problem is that he won’t brush his teeth, ever. His breath is horrid. I have spoken to him repeatedly about cavities, gingivitis, how periodontal disease runs in our family. His grandparents have no teeth! He’s very smart and understands clearly why it’s important to brush teeth; however, that still doesn’t make him ever do it. I tell him that he’s breath smells like hot trash truck juice dripping from the trash truck on a hot summer day,” she said. One way to combat these issues may be to talk to your child about the changes they are experiencing. Try speaking to you child in a calm manner to find out what it is that they don’t like about showering. Sometimes not showering, brushing your teeth of changing your clothes can be a sign of a bigger problem. Ask your teen, “Why don’t you want to shower.” In the tumultuous times of puberty many changes are going on with your teen/tweens body. They may not realize that these changes require more attention and more care in grooming. It may help to discuss showering using soap on the smelliest body parts. Daily showers are a necessity at this age. Discuss the pros of washing your hair daily or every few days to avoid break outs and acne for greasy skin. Talk to you child about what is going on with their body. When you start to notice hair on your son’s upper lip or hair on your daughter’s legs, it may be time to discuss shaving. While they may not be interested, you can at least provide the information and instruction on how to shave. However you approach the topic be sure to tread lightly, as to not hurt your child’s feelings. As parents, we all want what is best for our children. Sometimes this means pointing them in the right direction.✲


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The Fertility Journey— When To Look for Help Getting Pregnant


he human body was made to create more humans. It is, perhaps, one of the most amazing feats of the human body and sometimes the body doesn’t cooperate and can let us down. When this happens “Many couples and individuals battling infertility feel isolated and alone,” says Karen Ognibene of Healing Path Counseling. When couples seek treatment for infertility, they may be in a dark place. It can be difficult to grapple with the idea that your body can’t do something humans have been doing for thousands of years. Dr. Jason Franasiak, of Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey, understands that his patients are dealing with more than simply a medical issue. “We see hopeful parents from all around the world and at all stages of their journey to build a family,” he shares. “Nerves are often raw and patients feel a loss of control so we need to manage their emotional health as well as clinical health. We need to remind them that there’s always hope.”

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medical intervention to become pregnant. “Sitting in the doctor’s office, I realized I was by far the youngest, by almost a decade or so.” After nearly a year of exhaustive testing and treatments that included Intrauterine Injections, Ann Marie became pregnant with triplets (now fifteen). “The hormonal roller coaster of the injectibles was horrible; the reward was worth it, by a long shot. I wouldn’t trade those kids for all the money in the world.” Treating fertility is a comprehensive effort, with yoga, acupuncture, and finding a local support group “Starting a family affiliated with RESOLVE can be a lot of work, (The National Infertility Association). Mental health and sometimes, it can can play a role as well. take a whole team. It Ann Latini shared what an emotional toil her treatis the precious results ments took on not only her of all of that teamwork body, but her emotional health as well- she felt like that make everything she was subjected to “six worth it” months of nothing except hormonal rages.” As part of comprehensive care, individuals and couples are encouraged to speak with a licensed mental health professional through. Seeking fertility treatment can be stressful. Starting a family can be a lot of work, and Most couples are advised to seek medical sometimes, it can take a whole team. It is the help after 6 months to one year of trying for precious results of all of that teamwork that pregnancy (if you are over the age of 35, speak make everything worth it. to your physician about the length of time). A first visit can help uncover any suspicion of other medical problems that could be impeding fertility, and help create a plan to correct it. Medical interventions can range from proHealing Path Counseling cedures that will give your system a “boost” Fertility Support Group to assisting couples in fulfilling a successful pregnancy with the help of a surrogate. Meets on the first Intrauterine Insemination and In Vitro Wednesday of each month Fertilization are the most often-used treat7:00pm-8:30pm ments in the Marlton office of Dr. Franasiak, which boasts a success rate that is well above Cost: $35/session the national average for such procedures. RSVP 609-230-6280 While medical interventions to treat infertility do not have a 100% success rate globally, required families can feel positive and hopeful that You’re not alone, call today! treatment will result in a successful pregnancy. That hope extends to patients of all ages. Call 856-267-8100 to schedule an Ann Marie Latini was only 27 when she and appointment with Dr. Jason Franasiak her husband realized that they would need

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summer camp guide

What You Need to Know When Looking for a Camp for the First Time


re you looking for a summer camp for the first time? Not sure where to start? The American Camp Association, NY and NJ recommends families take the time to do their research and consider the following when deciding on the right day or overnight camp for your child. Do Your Own Research – When looking into camps, think of your children as individuals. Ask friends and family where their child goes to camp and their experience with the camp but don’t just choose it just because they go there. Do your own research based on your child.

Consider the camp’s philosophy and mission - Each camp has a unique mission and philosophy. When looking into camps, make sure the camp’s philosophy and mission align with your family’s values. When speaking with the camp director, he or she should be able to clearly explain the camp’s philosophy and mission to you. Camp Director – Inquire about the camp director’s background. The American Camp Association recommends directors possess a bachelor’s degree, have completed in-service training within the past three years, and have at least sixteen weeks of camp administrative experience before assuming the responsibilities of director. Besides the directors background, it’s very important that you click with the camp director and feel comfortable with him or her. Take the time to get to know the director through an in person meeting, phone calls and emails. You should feel that the camp director can easily answer your questions and is happy to do so. Involve your child – Once you’ve narrowed down some choices, involve your child in the search. The more involved your son or daughter is in choosing a camp, the more ownership they feel. This helps ease concerns about camp, and can help make a child’s camp experience more successful. Tour when possible – Whenever possible, take the time to see the camp. Touring a camp is a great way to get a feel for what the camp is about. It gives families the chance to see camp in action and all the activities the camp has to offer. If you can’t tour the summer before, many camps will tour in the off season and camps also host spring open houses and fall festivals. All of these give families a way to see the camp before making a decision. Ask about safety – Ask the director what safety measures are in place at the camp. Find out if the camp has emergency plans for natural disasters, waterfront safety procedures, security at the gates and about bus safety if your child will be taking the bus each day to camp.

Camp program – Find out about the camp’s program. Ask about both the program for your child’s age group and for future summers. You want to know that your child can grow with the camp and there are new opportunities as your child gets older. Consider the activities that are must haves for your child and also ask about electives and how many your child will have each summer.

“When looking into camps, make sure the camp’s philosophy and mission align with your family’s values” Staff Composition & training – Inquire about who the staff is. How old are the counselors? Are there teachers on staff? Are there former campers on staff? Ask about how the staff is screened, background checks, camper to staff ratios and about the staff training. Accreditation – ACA Accreditation is a parents’ best evidence of a camp’s commitment to a safe and nurturing environment. The ACA collaborates with experts from The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and other youth service agencies to assure that current practices at your child’s camp reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation. ACA Accreditation means that your child’s camp cares enough to undergo regular reviews of its operation. Session length – Take the time to think about how long you would like your child to go to camp for. Make sure to think about future summers and not just the first summer. Ideally, you would like your child to become part of a camp community so you don’t want to start your child off at a short session camp if your goal is to ultimately have your child go to camp for the whole summer. Special Needs – If your child has special needs, make sure you have an honest conversation with the camp director about your child. Whether you are choosing a mainstream or a special needs camp, not every camp is able to address the needs of every camper so you want to make sure you describe your child on his or her worst day so you are confident the camp is able to accommodate your child in the best way possible. Call the American Camp Association, NY and NJ – Parents interested in free, one-on-one advice in finding the right camp for their child can call the American Camp Association, NY and NJ at 212.391.5208 or visit to search for accredited day or overnight camps.✲

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JCC Camps at Medford The JCC Camps at Medford, an award-winning, ACA accredited summer day camp, is proud to be celebrating 75 years of providing children ages 3-14 with the ultimate summer experience in South Jersey. Watch our camp video and learn more:

Liberty Lake Summer Day Camp Liberty Lake is transformative summer experience to be for ages 4-15; a full service camp, with bus transportation available in Camden & Burlington Counties, hot lunches & snacks all included. With a philosophy based on teaching children character and life skills, CAMPERS create their own schedules, guaranteeing the BEST SUMMER EVER! Tours available daily. Conveniently located just off Rte 295 (exit 52A). (856) 4375340;


The Gymnastics and Cheerleading Academy 5 Larwin Road • Cherry Hill, NJ 08034


Early Childhood Camps at the Katz JCC Early Childhood Camps at the Katz JCC, an award-winning summer day camp, is the place for little campers ages 2-5 to have big fun! Children learn new skills, develop socially create friendships all while having a blast. Learn more at; (856) 424-4444 x1242.

Chartwell's Happy Day Camp Chartwell's Happy Day Camp is SJ's BEST Summer Day Camp for parents who demand quality for their children with acres and acres of supervised FUN. Weekly special themed sessions run June 26- Sept. 1 for ages 4-13 with affordable full, half, daily and extended day options. Camp Activities include swimming, swim lessons, sports & games, daily science lab experiments, arts & crafts and nature discovery. Open Houses on Sundays from 1-4pm: April 23 & 30, May 7 & 21. ACA Accredited. 136 Paragon Ave., Marlton, NJ 856-983-8827;

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things to do

Jan/Feb Calendar

Log onto to check out our new complete list of events

To submit your event, send an e-mail to Entries are due six weeks prior to the event and are filled on a first-come first-served basis. Space is limited. Roller Skating Floor, FunZone & Inflatable. (Everyone who enters must pay) Skate Rentals $4.50+tax Skate Mates $4.00+tax. 650 Kresson Road Cherry Hill, NJ. 856-428-8588

BURLINGTON South Jersey MOM Magazine to Host Camp & Education Expo Sunday - January 15, 2017 Mooretown Mall 11-3pm Lots of vendors with information about school and camp programs for your kids. Lots of FREE stuff, and giveaways. DJ, karate and dance demonstrations, free face painting, free balloon maker and special character appearances. Pretty Stuff and Pixie Dust Parties will present from11-1: Alice in Wonderland , from 12-2: Captain America and from 1-3: Ariel. A great way to get info about school and camps all in one location. Lots of fun for the whole family!

and live actors, each onehour performance is filled with audience participation that captivates children with its fun and original theatrical style. 43 S Broadway, Pitman, NJ 08071; 856-384-8381 ; www.

The Garden State Discovery Museum Is a children’s museum located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Come play, explore and get education all while having lots of fun! 2040 Springdale Rd #100, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003.; 856-424-1233

GLOUCESTER Logan Library Happenings Branch of Gloucester County Library System; 856-241-0202 Pitman Theatre January 27 and 28 Three Little Pigs February 10 and 11 Snow White The Broadway Theatre of Pitman’s live Children’s Theatre calls fantasy and imagination to the stage with performances designed by Mr. Malcolm to educate, entertain, and inspire. Children’s Theatre is best appreciated by children ages 3 to 9. Using a mix of creative sets, music 28 | January/February 2017

CUMBERLAND CAMDEN ISC Cherry Hill Pizza Buffet – This event occurs weekly, on Friday from 6-9pm Everyone that enters must pay $7.99 Per Person Includes: All You Can Eat Pizza until 8:30 PM, Admission to our

New Jersey Motorsports Park 2017 Event tickets are on sale now. Paintball and go-karting are also at the park. Lots of great family fun things to do throughout the year. Millville, NJ 08332. 856-327-8000;

Millville Airport Come check out the planes. Millville, NJ 609.886.8652 ; Millville Army Airfield Museum An extensive display of World War II memorabilia. Located in the airport, just across from the primary flight line (Big Sky Aviation), the museum is open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. This is a must see stop for all visitors. Come visit a P47 fighter base! 856-327-2347; Cohanzik Zoo Located in the city of Bridgeton just minutes from the airport, the zoo houses a collection of wild and domestic species of birds and animals and admission is FREE. The zoo is open every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 856-453-1658.


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Sometimes,itstartswithatwinkleintheeye.Justalittlesparkofcuriositythatsoon blossomsintoajourneyofdiscovery,learningandachievement.That’sbecauseatour privatespecialeducationschools,weseebeyondachild’sdisability,andawakenthe joyandcreativeexpressionwithin. Our schools are welcoming places where students feel at home and are able to enjoy a rich and rewarding social life. Our students feel cherished, well cared for and respected for a very good reason—it is part of our mission and our commitment. Students at our special education schools experience a school day as it should be—filled with discovery, achievement, learning and friendship. Here, they have people they know they can count on— outstanding teachers, therapists, counselors, psychologists and job coaches who constantly encourage and support them. With individualized attention, on-site therapies and vocational training, our schools deliver unparalleled services for students with special needs. Our New Jersey Department of Education certified special education teachers, licensed therapists and counselors provide expert, advanced instruction and support … along with plenty of smiles. These unique services are provided at NO COST for families.

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recipe corner

Make Soup Your New Year’s Resolution By Lisa Ann Panzino DiNunzio


here’s just something quite satisfying about eating a bowl of hot soup on a cold winter day! Most soup recipes are easy to prepare, tasty and healthy for you. Serve with whole grain crusty bread or cornbread, and dinner is served. So warm up with some homemade soup today! And have a happy, healthy, blessed, safe and flavorful New Year! MINESTRONE SOUP • 2 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil • 1 small onion, peeled and chopped • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely minced • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth • 2 cups water • 1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes • 2 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced • 2 celery stalks, wiped clean and diced • 2 large potatoes, peeled and cubed • 2 (15 oz.) cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed • 1 cup orzo or favorite small shaped pasta • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano • 1/2 tsp. dried parsley • Sea salt, to taste • Black pepper, to taste • Parmesan or Romano cheese, grated Sauté the onions and garlic in the olive oil for a few minutes. Add the broth, water, crushed tomatoes, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, add carrots, celery and potatoes, simmer for 15 minutes. Add the beans, pasta and herbs, simmer 20 minutes more. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with grated cheese sprinkled over top if desired.

Cream Of Broccoli Soup • 5 tbs. butter • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped • 1/4 cup plus 1 tbs. unbleached all-purpose flour • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth • 1 large head broccoli, cut into florets • Sea salt, to taste • Black pepper, to taste • 1/2 cup heavy cream (optional) Melt butter in a stockpot over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute (the flour should not take on any color). Pour in chicken broth, and whisk until fully incorporated. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook, whisking often, until thickened, about 10 minutes. Add broccoli florets and return to a boil. Reduce heat and gently simmer until broccoli is tender enough to mash, approximately 12 to 15 minutes. Then working in batches, transfer broccoli mixture to a blender or food processor, and puree. Pour soup back into stockpot on stove top and whisk in cream over low heat, if using. Thin with more stock or water, if necessary. Season with salt and pepper and serve. 30 | January/February 2017

Note: Y ou can top each serving of Cream of Broccoli soup with some shredded cheddar cheese if desired.

Corn Muffins • 1 cup stone ground cornmeal • 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour • 2 tsp. non-aluminum baking powder • 1 egg • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk or milk • 1/4 cup canned corn, liquid discarded • 1/4 cup honey • 3 tbs. butter, melted Preheat oven to 400°. In a bowl, mix together cornmeal, flour, and baking powder. In a separate bowl, combine egg, milk, honey, corn and butter. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring just until combined. Fill paper-lined muffin tins 2/3 full and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffin comes out clean. Makes 1 dozen corn muffins. As always, Bon Appetit! Lisa Ann Panzino DiNunzio is the author of “Seasoned With Love, Treasured Recipes” & “Lisa Ann’s Seasoned With Love II”, and the children’s book, “Snicker Learns An Important Lesson.” Visit her blog or Facebook page http://www.facebook. com/profile.php?id=100001935347501

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January/February 2017 - South Jersey MOM Magazine  

The January/February 2017 issue of South Jersey MOM Magazine

January/February 2017 - South Jersey MOM Magazine  

The January/February 2017 issue of South Jersey MOM Magazine