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Inside this issue:

• Paying Attention to ADHD • From Splash to Swim • Pinterest Fun!

A Guide to 101 Things To Do this Summer!

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Table of Contents mom 2 mom 6 Pining to Pin: Make Pinterest Work for You! 8 Save Your Child from Summer Brain Drain without Going Insane 10 On the Way to Cape May 12 Paying Attention to ADHD 14 Beyond the Beach: Summer Fun for Kids

moms R women 2 17 Stay-at-Home Dads Do it Their Way 18 Top 4 Favorite Celebrity Dads 21 Words of Wisdom on the Art of Negotiation from the “Chief Daddy Officer”

features 22 101 Things to Do This Summer 34 Summer Camp Guide

know 2 grow 30 31 32

Hey, Mommy and Daddy...It’s Me,Your Baby. Part I. A FINtastic Father’s Day Card From Splash to Swim

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t brings me great pleasure seeing my husband interact with our kids, whether it’s hugging them, teaching them something or joking around. Since my own father died when I was a child, I take mental snapshots of my kids enjoying their dad and wonder how my childhood would have differed having mine around. Luckily, I do remember times when he made me feel safe while watching The Wizard of Oz on TV; or when he reminded me how lucky I was to have a nice meal in front of me, instead of what he ate during his Korean War tour of duty. I’m happy that a part of him lives on in me. Family friends and relatives tell me that my personality resembles his, and I’m proud to carry that on. And if you morphed my parents’ photos together, you would very definitely get the image of me. Without hesitation, when I found out that I was pregnant with my son eight years ago, I knew I’d honor my father by using his first name as my son’s middle name. Next, I’ll direct to you to our Dad-centric articles including a Fin-tastic card you can make, brought to you by Deanna Robinson of From Wine to Whine. Dolores Hoffman listens to “Words of Wisdom on the Art of Negotiation from the ‘Chief Daddy Officer,’” and


letter from the editor

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Lisa Figueiredo covers a still burgeoning trend in parenthood in “Stay-atHome Dads Do It Their Way.” So celebrate those moments with your own dad and treasure those future memories your kids will make with theirs. Happy Father’s Day! Don’t forget -- bring the kids to our Mommy & Me Expo from 11am-4pm at the Moorestown Mall on Sunday, June 2. Plenty of entertainment and family-friendly businesses and organizations will offer you information about incredible products and programs suitable for you! Calling Moms, Daughters and Dolls! Join us on Thursday, 6/27, from 8:30am7pm for a special event – the American Girl NYC bus trip. Dads and Brothers also welcome for a stop at the American Girl store and sightseeing afterward. Visit www.sjmomamericangirltrip.eventbrite. com/ for tickets and details. Visit or for more information. Hope to see you there!✲ Your friend and fellow MOM, M.B.


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License Plate Potpourri


pending time in the car this weekend? This summer? Remember the old license plate games you used to play when you were young? Try them with your kids. Make up new ones…together!

Let’s see what I remember … • Name the States — Count how many different state license plates you see. That was probably the key one when I was young. If we were in Pennsylvania, it was very cool for my brother and me to spot a license plate from Florida or Kentucky! • Find the Letters — Pick a letter — like “R” for Ryan or “S” for Sari. How many R’s or S’s can you find in license plates? Count as you drive. Everyone takes turns selecting letters. • Add Them! — For older kids, check out one license plate and see if the kids can add the numbers together. What’s the highest number? • Spell a Word — Do any of the combinations of letters on one license plate make a word -- even a short one like A N D? Look at a few cars next to each other, especially if you’re stuck in traffic. Can you make longer words? • 21 — I remember years ago my friend Helene Levin told me they used to play Black Jack while looking at license plates. Which one has a number combination adding up to 21? • Your turn — make up your own license plate games. Try with billboards, too. Happy Traveling … hope this helps with those unavoidable traffic jams! A real kid-believer, Sharla Feldscher, a proud South Jersey Grandmom (Grammy) and owner of her own public relations business in Philadelphia, is the author of six books on creative ideas to do with young children including two KIDFUN Activity Books.  Her blog at has more easy-to-do KIDFUN ideas.

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Pining to Pin:

Make Pinterest Work for You!

By Angie Chadwell


y now, we’ve all heard about the site Pinterest, browsed the home page, established a board or two, developed a full-blown obsession with pinning or (gasp!) tried an idea that we’ve found there. I would place myself in the camp of obsessed and busily testing some of my pins. “What is Pinterest?” The best way to explain this social connecting site is to compare it to an old-school bulletin board. Before the advent of this site, women especially would use a push pin to hang items of interest—recipes, upcoming invitations, book reviews, magazine clipping and quotes on a cork board. Now, most of our inspiration results from blog hops, Google searches and general Internet surfing. So it only makes sense that we organize the information we find closer to the source. (No need to print out all of those recipes you may want to try at some point!) Pinterest is an infinite collection of ideas which were posted and can be ‘pinned’ for future reference. “How Can I Get Started?” Pinterest is linked to a Facebook (FB) account, so if you are already on FB, the set-up is easy. Other options are requesting an invitation from the site or receiving an invite from a friend. Similar to FB, users can follow pins of others FB friends or those who have similar interests and styles. “This is So Overwhelming!” Scrolling through the endless collage of images on Pinterest certainly can be daunting and intimidating. We get the feeling that everyone else is making their meals from scratch and their home belongs in a magazine. Not so, of course. At this point, it’s especially important to remain true to yourself. If sewing is your hobby, then by all means, pin posts that give you ideas and tutorials for future projects. If you love to try out new meals, I’d recommend individual boards for each category of recipes similar to a cookbook. On the other hand, if cooking is a chore for you, then don’t waste time pinning recipes that you’ll never access. Treat accumulated pins in the same way we’ve been taught to tame clutter. Only have on your boards/homes those pins/ 6 | June 2013

items that are meaningful to you. What Can I Add to My Boards? In this answer lies the beauty of Pinterest! Images can be repinned from others’ pins, added from any source on the Internet or photos that you take and upload. Remember all of the web pages that we would bookmarks under our “Favorites” tab? Now they’re all visually present and posted next to other images which fit under the same grouping. Each pin is represented by an image/photo and has a link to the site where the full information can be found. How Do I Find One “Pin in a Haystack”? After over 800 pins, I’m still able to locate a specific idea that I want to use with ease. The secret is to sort the pins onto boards by distinct categories. Each time you repin an image, you’ll be given the choice onto which board you’d like to assign it. In the same way, when you file coupons that you’ve clipped, more specific categories are always better. Currently, I have 40 boards with labels such as ‘recipes to try’, ‘Easter’, ‘upcycling’ and ‘sewing along.’ However, my favorite is ‘tried and true’ where I repin all of the ideas I’ve tried. Your board categories will be quite different from anyone else because we all have different interests and organize information in a unique way. Pinterest can be a time drain or a useful tool, dependent on how discriminating you are in your pinning and assigning each pin to a board. I regularly reference pins on crafts I’d like to create, gift ideas and books I’d like to read. Currently, I’m accumulating ideas for my daughter’s upcoming bunny-themed birthday party. And, true confession, in the midst of writing this article, I clicked over to Pinterest and added three pins to my boards: how to repaint brassy doorknobs, an idea for making sand dollars into a bunting and a book to my ‘must read’ list. If you’re already using Pinterest or are ready to dive in, follow me. And I’ll do the same for you!✲ Visit our website and sign up for our e-newsletter

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Save Your Child from

Summer Brain Drain without Going Insane

By Nancy Hammill & Rachel Zivic

Read Whatever, Wherever, Whenever Regardless of age, give kids material that motivates them to read. Hook them… even if it’s Discovery Girl Magazine, Sports Illustrated for Kids or a comic book. Have them read about topics they love, explore a new interest or dig deeper into an author they enjoy. Kids love contests -challenge them to read as many books by their favorite author as they can over the summer for a prize. At the middle school level, reading four to five books over the summer has a positive impact on fall reading achievement comparable to attending summer school. (Kim, 2004) The take-away point is “go for QUANITY!” Bring those books, tablets and Kindles everywhere with you -- that includes you, Mom and Dad! Create a “family of readers” by taking your books on appointments, to the park and to camp. At the end of the day, read together in the backyard with a cool drink. Also, books on CD or are more fun than you think for long car rides or even just a ride to a family BBQ (most school-assigned books for older students are available on CD/


s teachers, we understand the important role that parents play in preventing the “summer slide.” Making time over the summer to help children maintain the skills they worked so hard to learn over the school year sets them up for success come next fall. However, as moms, we know that despite our best intentions, even summer days are packed. Every year we feel like we turn around and it’s the end of August, leaving us wondering where all that time went. So as literacy teacher-moms, we created a motto to keep us on track. Summer Learning Doesn’t Have to be Separate from Summer Fun The “lazy days of summer” is the time to learn and reconnect with each other without homework hanging over your heads. To prevent summer brain drain without going insane yourself, mix learning into your family’s adventures. Trip/Experience – Talk – Book – Talk or Book – Talk – Trip/Experience - Talk Going down to the shore – ask your librarian or search the Kindle store for non-fiction and fiction books about the ocean. It’s that simple! For elementary age children and younger, we’re fans of Gail Gibbon’s beautifully illustrated nonfiction books covering a wide array of topics. Her books are packed with interesting facts and vocabulary. Remember “learning to read” transitions into “reading to learn.” You can facilitate your child’s literacy success by helping them to build background knowledge about topics and ideas that they’ll be expected to learn. The idea is: the more a child already knows about a topic, the easier it will be to understand the lessons and language taught in school. For older kids, you can use this same process to prepare for the fall. Check out the school’s website to explore concepts or skills your child will learn next year. Also, the Council of the Great City Schools,, has a wonderful downloadable publication, Parent Roadmaps to the Common Core Standards, which gives a curriculum overview for literacy and math in each grade. 8 | June 2013

Sneak in some “brain-work” in a way that works for you, whether you set aside certain days of the week or a certain chunk of time each day. If you make it part of your routine, it will feel like less work. Summer learning is worth the effort—just remember, have fun with it!✲

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On the Way to Cape May By Denise M. Mooney

Looking for something different to do at the Jersey Shore this summer? Check out these perhaps lesser known family-friendly spots on the way to Cape May! Cape May County Zoo ( Located in Cape May Courthouse, the zoo is situated in the woods on Route 9. It’s a picturesque zoo that offers many attractions for young and old alike. Beautiful walking paths wind through a park to bring you to the main gate and guide you throughout the zoo. Follow the boardwalk through the woods to the African Savanna where you might be greeted by a curious giraffe! Be on the lookout for lions, tigers and bears as you stroll through this shaded zoo to the Reptile and Amphibian House or World of Birds Aviary. Monkeys, otters, wildcats, alligators, peacocks and more provide a full day of entertainment throughout the zoo. Though it may be a small zoo, it boasts a collection of over 550 critters representing over 250 species! One of the best features of this zoo is that it’s FREE! It’s a non-profit community zoo which will gladly accept donations, but above all, wants to share the animal experience with you. Consider the Cape May County Zoo for your next family adventure! Cape May Point State Park ( capemay.html): Head to the southernmost point of NJ, a little further past the end of the Garden State Parkway, and you’ll find yourself at Cape May Point. One of the major attractions to this park is the 157-foot high lighthouse which can be toured for a nominal fee and provides tourists with breathtaking views! Covering 244 acres, the park also provides opportunities for fishing, birdwatching, picnicking and hiking. In addition there’s a World War II Bunker and a museum on the area’s natural and historic features. Several miles of trails offer a beautiful scenic hike through freshwater wetland marshes, past ponds, by the beach and coastal dunes. A handicapped-accessible boardwalk allows travelers of all levels to participate on some of the trails while providing access to more difficult trails along the journey. A perfect way to spend the day with the entire family in the great outdoors! Sunset Beach ( Just down the lane from the Cape May Lighthouse, you’ll come to the end of the island at Sunset Beach. Bring your shovel and buckets to dig for “Cape May diamonds” while watching dolphins swim past the partially sunken remains of the concrete ship the USS Atlantus! Kids love discovering the unique quartz crystals that cover the beach and seeing how the stones can turn into “diamonds” once polished and faceted. Making memories at Sunset Beach is easy to do with mini golf, The Grille, gift shops, spectacular sunsets and the Evening Flag Ceremony, a 40-year tradition honoring veterans each night. Each of these shore points are free, offering additional activities at a minimal cost and providing hours of fun for your family! Create some special memories this summer by the shores of Cape May!✲ Read Denise M. Mooney’s blog at 10 | June 2013

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Paying Attention to ADHD By Dr. Kelly N. Moore


necdotally, I often hear people use the term “ADHD” to describe a child that’s being unruly, fidgety or has difficulty following instructions without a meltdown. I’ve also heard in conversation with friends and colleagues that ADHD is overdiagnosed or diagnosed in a biased manner. Questions arise about whether age, gender, race or socioeconomic status plays a role in how many children receive a diagnosis. It’s a valid concern, and the best advice I have for any parent wondering is to educate yourself as much as you can about this diagnosis. What is ADHD? Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a mental health diagnosis given to a person that demonstrates challenges in areas related to attention, impulsivity and physical activity. In recent years, attention in the field of psychology has grown to include adults in this category; for many years, this diagnosis was strictly reserved for childhood disorders in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM), which is a guide used by many in the mental health field in order to accurately diagnose patients. There are three subtypes of ADHD: ADHD, Combined type; ADHD, Predominantly Inattentive Type; and ADHD, Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive type. Symptoms of ADHD include behaviors such as difficulties with organizing tasks and maintaining attention, constantly being “on the go” or squirming in a seat, or often interrupting others while talking or having challenges with waiting his/her turn in

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a game.These, among other symptoms, indicate overall challenges with planning, making thoughtful decisions, and demonstrating the ability to inhibit behaviors appropriately. Is ADHD overdiagnosed? The short answer to this question is: it depends on what one means by “overdiagnosed”. There are many studies that have conflicting reports about whether ADHD is diagnosed at a higher rate among certain groups, but there are some areas that should give parents pause, depending on their child’s demographic. Studies have found that girls tend to be either misdiagnosed (e.g., with depression) or not diagnosed at all, even when they’re demonstrating ADHD symptoms. The reason for this is that many girls will fall more into the ADHD, Predominantly Inattentive type. The types of symptoms clustered in this category are often less disruptive in the classroom in comparison to the hyperactive and impulsive symptoms. As a result, these students may be less likely to even be identified unless their inability to focus results in declining grades. Thus, girls may simply fly under the radar, which ultimately results in the rates of boys with ADHD seeming to be extremely high. Boys have a tendency to present with the more noticeable symptoms of ADHD (e.g.,

calling out, squirming, getting out of seats), and those behaviors are disruptive in a classroom setting which is why they may be more readily identified for evaluation. Incidence across races is fairly similar; however, there is some research that suggests that African-American students are more likely to be given a Conduct Disorder diagnosis -- which is a higher level behavioral disorder among children. Also, ethnic minority children that may fit criteria for ADHD are also less likely to receive treatment -- either because they’re not identified or misdiagnosed altogether. Bottom Line Essentially, much of the talk of ADHD being overdiagnosed in general isn’t supported by any sufficient data. However, certain groups are more vulnerable to either being overdiagnosed or simply misdiagnosed. It’s very important that if you suspect that your child has ADHD-like symptoms, you may want to seek a professional opinion. Keep in mind, however, that you’re your child’s best advocate, and by increasing your knowledge of their symptoms and potential diagnoses, you and your healthcare provider can effectively ensure that your child receives the best care possible.✲

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Beyond the Beach:

Summer Fun for Kids By Cheryl Lynne Potter

Summer’s almost here and moms are looking for places for their kids to visit this summer. Here are some kid-friendly places for summer fun. dating back to 1953. Currently, the museum has no set hours. Appointments are necessary to view the collection. However, admission to the museum is free of charge -- donations are gladly accepted. Cohanzick Zoo, Mayor Aitken Drive, Bridgeton (856) 453-1658, Billed as NJ’s first zoo, the Cohanzick Zoo has been in operation since 1934 and has a variety of animals residing at its 1,100-acre park. The zoo is free of charge and has such animals has lemurs, owls, an Asiatic Black Bear and a white tiger. Currently, Bridgeton’s Department of Recreation and Public Affairs oversees the zoo which is open all year-round except for Christmas. Fort Delaware State Park, Delaware City, DE (302) 834-7941, This Union Fortress dates back to 1859 and once housed Confederate Prisoners of War. Originally built to protect the ports of Wilmington and Philadelphia, this 300-acre island, also known as Pea Patch Island, is located in the middle of the Delaware River. A ferry takes you to the island and a jitney provides transportation from the island dock to the fortress. Costumed interpreters transport you back into time and show you what life was like on the island in the summer of 1864. These interpreters portray actual inhabitants at the fort, such as Captain Ahl, a Union soldier who commanded the artillery regiment at the fort, and Laundress Sally Byrne, who talks about how she made money at the fort to feed her family.You can even talk to Confederate Prisoners of War about what life was like for them on the island. However, Civil War History isn’t the only thing of interest at the fort. The island is also home to nine different species of birds and one of the largest wading bird nesting sites on the East coast. United States Mint, 151 Independence Mall East, Philadelphia, PA (215) 408-0112, In all likelihood, the change in your wallet was probably manufactured at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia. In fact, many of the coins that we use today were manufactured at this facility. The Philly mint goes back to 1792, and coins have continuously been manufactured there for more than 200 years. Today’s mint offers a free self-guided tour that’s designed to teach youngsters as well as adults about the mint’s extraordinary history. The tour not only shows youngsters mint artifacts, but they’ll also see the actual making of brand new coins at forty feet above the factory floor. Matchbox Road Museum, 15 Pearl Street, Newfield, NJ (856) 697-6900 This museum is probably the only one like it in the world. It showcases only Matchbox cars. For curator Everett Marshall, his love affair with the cars started as a child. “Matchbox cars, was it, back in the 50’s, when I was a kid,” he said. Today, his vast collection totals about 50,000 cars, some

Bridgeport Speedway, Swedesboro, NJ (856) 467-4407, www. Billed as the fastest dirt track in the East, Bridgeport Speedway offers dirt stock car racing.The speedway also provides a family-friendly atmosphere as well as free parking, giveaways and fan participation games. One thing that makes the speedway unique is meeting some of the drivers after a race, taking photographs with them and even getting their autographs.✲

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Getting the Family Swing of Things:

Big Swing Golf Center By Brad Mills


y background has always been in golf. I played golf for Belmont Abbey College, NC, and worked as an Assistant at Spring Brook Country Club and Madison Golf Club, both in Northern NJ. When it came to my attention that a golf center was for sale in NJ, I jumped at the opportunity to make a living doing the thing I love. Although my wife and I weren’t familiar with the area before buying the center, we instantly fell in love with the local community. We bought the facility in September 2010, but it was in such disrepair that we didn’t actually open until March 2011. With a lot of hard work and determination, we opened Big Swing Golf Center in time for spring.  Big Swing Golf Center strives to be the premier family golf center in South Jersey. We offer a 28-acre facility featuring a golf driving range (open year-long), 36-hole miniature golf course, six outdoor batting cages, a golf shop; a full-time PGA Golf Pro, Sean Driscoll, for instruction; Mulligans’ Snack Stand featuring Philadelphia Water Ice and Richmond’s Ice Cream; and birthday party packages. We really have something for everyone. Many families enjoy a round of miniature golf and stay to use the batting cages and/or driving range. It’s a fun, affordable thing for the whole family to enjoy! The serious golfer will appreciate over two acres of grass hitting areas.  It’s rare for most golf driving ranges to have any grass, so having so

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much grass really makes the facility attractive for the golfer who wants to work on their game. We also have over 50 matted hitting stalls including 16 covered stalls for bad weather which allows the center to be open year-long. This fall we’ll be installing heaters so golfers can hit balls and stay warm during wintertime. The 36-hole miniature golf course is popular with people of all ages.  Our miniature golf courses stretches over an acre featuring three waterfalls and lots of challenging holes. A really cool feature that we added was a 19th hole volcano that rumbles and make other noises when the customer steps up to putt.  If you make the putt, you win a free game, and the volcano erupts! Kids and adults love this final challenge.  Our six batting cages feature slow, medium, and fast pitch baseball; and our softball machines offer slow, medium/fast, and high arcs. Everyone from little league, high school, and college age players enjoy using them.   Sean Driscoll, our golf professional, is an accomplished teacher and player in the area. He’s worked at some of the top golf courses in the area, and teaches people of all ages. Private lessons, a summer junior camp, and numerous year-long clinics are available. Check Sean out at or . If you’re looking for a great place to host your child’s next birthday party, then Big Swing Golf Center is the place to go. Our parties come complete with food, beverages, and, of course, mini-golf, batting cages or both. Leave the cleaning to us, so your party will never have to end! Big Swing Golf Center is the only facility in South Jersey offering all the above entertainment options in an affordable, clean, family-friendly environment. Our customers appreciate how much we offer at such a low price. Visit our website or call (856) 553-6723 for prices and availability.✲

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Do It Their Way


ong gone are the days when dad went out to work and mom stayed home, raised the children and took care of the household. Today’s daddies change diapers, care for their children full-time and maintain the house all with a smile. The latest census shows that 32% of dads regularly care for their children (up from 26% in 2002), and, among those with preschool-age kids, one in five dads is the primary caregiver. In households where mom works that figure rises to nearly one in three. For Brian Perla, father of two-year old Charlie, the decision to stay at home was twofold. “Of course, there was the financial aspect of not wanting to spend money for childcare,” he says. The average cost of daycare in the United States is $11,666 a year which is $972 a month. Perla is not alone. In 2009, there were approximately 158,000 stay-at-home dads, according to America’s Families and Living Arrangements. These married fathers with Visit our website and sign up for our e-newsletter

children younger than 15 have remained out of the labor force for at least one year, primarily so they can care for the family while their wives work outside the home. Perla’s main reason for choosing to stay at home, and, perhaps the most rewarding aspect of his role as stay-at-home dad, is witnessing his child’s firsts. “I enjoy being able to see her evolve slowly as opposed to coming home and hearing about her day. I get to see her first everything. It’s very exciting.” In addition to having his own business designing websites and illustrating children’s’ books at night, Perla spends his days with his daughter exploring local parks. “We have a lot of parks in the area. There is no better way to break up the day then have her pick which park we go to. I ask her what she wants to do, and as long as it’s within reason, we do it. We like to go for drives. She even hums through the gears,” he said. When asked about the downside, Perla said he, like a lot of stay-at-home dads, lack sleep and free time. “There are things we

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take for granted like taking a shower, eating, sleeping. There is a lack of free time. I have to be very meticulous about time.” To avoid cabin fever, he enjoys going once a week to what he calls “an old man gym,” aka local skate park, with his other friends with children. For Perla, physical activities break up the monotony. Perla also keeps his daughter Charlie socialized by enrolling her in a Toddler Time class which allows her to be social for a few hours a week. While gender roles of the 1950s and images of the stay-at-home mom have shifted, social stigmas are still attached when men act as the primary caregiver while the wife goes off to work and pays the bills. “If there is a social stigma attached to having my wife pay the bills, I have never experienced it. If there is, I don’t care.” For those that have the luxury of being a stay-at-home parent, the benefits surely outweigh the negatives.✲

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Top 4 Favorite Celebrity Dads


In honor of Father’s Day, Celebrity Baby Scoop is dedicating a few words to our favorite celebrity dads. From Ben Affleck to David Beckham to Chris Hemsworth -- let’s look at the top pops in Hollywood.

Ben Affleck

Argo star Ben Affleck and wife Jennifer Garner are parents to Violet, 7, Seraphina, 4, and Samuel, 1. In a touching tribute posted on Facebook, Ben gushed about his “amazing wife Jennifer who is an incredible, spectacular, world-class mom!” “I got to a point in my life where I felt like I had been very fortunate,” Ben also said. “And I wanted to do something more with my life than just make movies and try to make money. I wanted to do something that was important to me in other ways and would serve as an example to my kids.”

Chris Hemsworth

The Avengers star Chris Hemsworth and Fast Five actress Elsa Pataky welcomed their first child, daughter India Rose, in May 2012. The Snow White and the Huntsman actor said fatherhood has been “wonderful” so far. “She’s been great,” Chris gushed of his daughter. “She sleeps very well. Not out of any skill on my behalf, but my wife has been amazing. Just her being here. It’s certainly taken all my focus and attention away from work — or what have you — but that’s the main thing on my brain right now. It’s wonderful.”

Soccer stud David Beckham and Victoria Beckham have four kids: sons Brooklyn, 14, Romeo, 10, Cruz, 8, and nearly 2-year-old daughter Harper.

David Beckham

The father-of-four has said another child would be “amazing” and is often heard gushing about his big brood. “Me and Victoria were brought up with strong discipline by our parents and to have respect for people and our boys have definitely got that,” David recently said. “They’ve been saying their please and thank-yous since they were two or three years old. They’re very polite boys.”

Wolverine hunk Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra Lee Furness are parents to son Oscar, nearly 13, and daughter Ava, 7.

Hugh Jackman

The hands-on dad has opened up about the joys of adoption, stating that Oscar and Ava were destined to join their loving family. “From the moment we started the adoption process, all the anxiety went away. I don’t think of them as adopted – they’re our children,” Hugh said. is one of the most popular blogs on the topic and the foremost provider of everything celebrity-baby, featuring baby fashion, baby names, baby trends and up-to-the-minute celebrity baby gossip and pics. Get all the latest news, updates, and photos about Hollywood’s most beloved celebrity moms, dads and their babies.Who’s the latest Tinseltown baby? Who’s due next and who just announced a pregnancy? It’s all on Celebrity Baby Scoop. 18 | June 2013

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Words of Wisdom on the

Art of Negotiation from the

“Chief Daddy Officer” By Dolores Hoffman

Stay in Control “Children are experts at pushing our buttons. It is easy to overreact to their normal antics, and when we do, we lose our children’s respect and our ability to manage them. The key to staying in control of our responses is to understand what irritates us more than it should. There are plenty of behaviors that warrant a strong reaction from parents. A child who runs out into the street or steals something from a store is demonstrating serious lapses in judgment that need to be addressed swiftly and decisively. A child who is merely whining for more dessert or stalling bedtime is behaving as all children do at times. While the behavior may be irritating, our job isn’t to vent our irritation. Our job is to communicate to the child that his specific behavior is not the way to get what he wants.”


s Father’s Day approaches, Chris Efessiou, author of the book CDO Chief Daddy Officer: The Business of Fatherhood offers a unique perspective on understanding your authority as a parent and the art of negotiation when interacting with your child. Here are a few tips from Chris Efessiou that will help you stay in control while negotiating with your child. Have an Open Mind “When younger children are displeased with a parental decision, let them know it is OK to disagree with you. You will be surprised how often the opportunity to express disagreement will satisfy your child and enable him to go along with your decision peacefully. Be open to really listen to the merits of their arguments. If it truly is a better option, consider changing your mind. Allowing your children to speak their minds in a respectful manner encourages them to develop the thinking skills they will need for the rest of their lives. Don’t shut them down like a tyrant, but don’t let them become dictators. Above everything else, listening and observing your children shows them you respect them. Showing our children the respect of earnest listening advances this goal like nothing else.” Visit our website and sign up for our e-newsletter

Take a Look in the Mirror “Take a look in the mirror and ask yourself what your pet peeves are. Is it whining? Sloppiness? These are weaknesses children can learn to overcome but only if we teach them. If we react to these weaknesses as if our kids were lighting the house on fire, we diminish the effectiveness of our response.They begin to “tune out” everything we say as background noise.Worse yet, they won’t take a strong response seriously even when it is warranted. If a teenager gets yelled at for missing curfew one weekend and has it overlooked the next, she will not realistically know what is expected of her no matter what the “rules” are.” “Life moves fast, and it is easy for us to forget how quickly our children grow. If all this communication sounds like a lot of work, it is. However, the reward is greater than you can imagine. One day you will look at your child and see a mature, confident adult who is taking care of himself and making a contribution to society. You will also have a strong relationship built on years of talking and listening. I would not trade that for anything.”✲ For more information please visit or www.CDOChiefDaddyOfficer. com and listen to Chris’s show “Straight Up with Chris: Real Talk on Business and Parenthood” on Voice America Radio at June 2013 | 21


orget your Summer Bucket List this year! With summer on the horizon; pools and beaches welcoming sunbathers and swimmers alike; and camps gathering their happy campers, now’s the time to check out South Jersey MOM magazine’s annual 101 Things to Do This Summer and check off all the local, fun things available to you! Along with our business partners, South Jersey MOM magazine wants you to make the most of your summer whether it’s on the beach,

the boardwalk, at the pool or just hanging out in your own backyard. Keep this Special Summer Section handy whenever the kids gripe about having nothing to do. Tons of activities, camps, programs and ideas to liven up even the dullest, dog days of summer! Come September, your child’s back-to-school essay, “What I Did This Summer” will be one filled with adventure, entertainment and memories to last a lifetime! We wish you and your family a happy, healthy and safe summer!

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Absecon Lighthouse Visit NJ’s tallest lighthouse & the country’s 3rd tallest, right in Atlantic City! Climb the 228 steps to the top for fabulous views... this 1857 historic site features a museum & gift shop, exhibits, free parking, & twoacre lawn for picnics. Located at 31 S. Rhode Island Ave., one block north of Revel Entertainment. Call (609) 449-1360 or visit for printable coupon.

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Carvel Ice cream cakes in custom designs & flavors handmade in store. Order your Father’s Day, Graduation, Birthday & Special occasion cakes today! Have your birthday party at Carvel! Gift Cards available! Mullica Hill (856) 478-4599 Conservatory Without Walls Offers music lessons on all instruments & voice in the convenience of your Burlington & Camden County home. Ages 4 to adult. Parents & Grandparents are welcome, too!!, (856) 778-9432 Cupcake Castles Travel Company Concierge-Style Disney Vacation Planning by Jodi Zullo. Book your worry-free vacation with me & receive a gift card based on package price! Contact me for details & for a no-obligation quote! My services are always 100% free! (856) 397-9199 DANCE! By Debra DiNote Princess Dance Camp. Princess wands, dresses and tiaras! Ballet, tumbling, arts and crafts, story time with Princess each day. Camps offered June 24th-27th, July 8th-11th from 10am -1pm. Call Debra at 856-2279414 or visit us at www.DANCEbyDiNote. com. Diva Camp also available! Elite Climbing Looking for a challenging & skillful activity for your family or just for your children to stay out of the heat this summer? From family & group packages to drop-and-climb hours for kids, our friendly and expert staff is trained to accommodate everyone from beginner to

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GARDEN STATE Discovery Museum The Garden State Discovery Museum is a hands-on celebration of imagination! With more than 20 large interactive exhibit areas, the Museum has lots of room for families to spend an adventure-filled day together. Visit or call (856) 424-1233

HAPPY HOOVES HORSE DAY CAMP Your child will LOVE learning to care for horses, bunnies, goats & chickens on our historic circa 1787 farm. We build confidence with daily riding lessons, hands-on activities, treasure hunts & other fun games on horseback. Catch a frog, plant a garden, make horse treats & MORE! Ages 5-14. Weekly, July 8– August 30. 609-654-1283 REGISTER NOW! ISC Summer Day Camp June 17 – August 30 - 7 am–6 pm $45 day/$40 2nd sibling & $36 third. Fee includes Lunch, Snack & Extended Care. PK(3 ½) - 8th Grade. Daily, Weekly & Family Rates. Our facility is closed to the public during camp hours. We offer a variety of sports & activities, swimming two days a week & attending weekly field trips (twice weekly for grades 5-8) Mt. Laurel (856) 273-2828, Cherry Hill (856) 428-8588, Deptford (856) 845-7353 JCC Basketball Camp Do You Love the Game of Basketball! Sign up for Basketball Camp – at the Katz JCC led by pro basketball player Brawley Chisholm! July 22-26 at the Cherry Hill Jewish Community Center. Boys & Girls 9-17 years, $250. To register call 347-688-0287 or visit JCC Camp by the Sea The premier day camp at the NJ shore, based out of the JCC in Margate – the program (for ages 2 – 10th grade) utilizes all of the great JCC facilities as well as incorporating beach time, surfing, trips & more! (609) 822-1167

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Kidz Creations Kidz can make slime, try out their creativity in the kitchen, paint a special keepsake, or enjoy one of the many new summer camp programs, walk-in arts and crafts, science and cooking workshops that are still available all summer long! We are located at 811 Asbury Ave, Ocean City, NJ. Call 609-399-9922 or visit Lake Garrison “The Family Playground” Fun, inexpensive & close to home! Swimming, boating, playground & more! Pack a picnic or buy lunch in log cabin pavilion. Like us on Facebook! Call (856) 881-2872 or visit Maestro Studios Is this the year you learn to play? Private music lessons will keep your kids engaged in a meaningful activity year-round. No commitments necessary, money-back guarantee. 888-910-MUSIC (6874) | Mother in Motion Work at Home! Earn a living around your life!! If you must work…work from home. We offer support, flexibility & peace of mind. Visit me at Music-in-Me Come Sing & Dance with Us… Nurture your child’s inner musician! Mixed Age, Babies & Big Kids Classes. Proudly offering the AwardWinning Music Together® Program Washington Township & Cherry Hill (856) 227-4357, Physical Excellence Fitness Keep your children active this summer in a fun & structured learning experience. Our Kids Fitness Camp is a small group class designed to improve overall physical conditioning in children. The class involves strength, flexibility, endurance, proper nutrition & more! Contact us at 609) 953-2424 or visit

Speed Raceway Newest & largest indoor electric kart racing facility. It’s the perfect place for an authentic racing experience. Speed Raceway’s ecofriendly race karts have more torque than traditional gasoline karts. This combined with being only two inches off the ground on our F-1 style racetracks, & you will get an adrenaline-filled racing experience that you will not forget! Located in Cinnaminson, our nearly 100,000-square foot, two-track facility is the largest indoor go-kart track on the east coast. 1-877-75-SPEED Teach Educators & Scholars Org TESO is offering the LASER Program, Literacy & the Arts Summer Enrichment Program. Join us for 7 weeks of fun-filled & engaging activities 7/1/13-8/16/13. Check out our website or call us for more information! (609) 891-TESO, The Franklin Institute Walk-through The Giant Heart! Voted one of the “Top 100 Places to Take Your Family in the U.S.” by Frommer’s®, The Franklin Institute is the go-to destination for hands-on science and technology displays. Explore a variety of exhibits including the famous walkthrough Giant Heart, Electricity, and Sports Challenge. Call 215-448-1200 or visit www. Yes, I Can Yes, I Can – Preserve the taste of summer, for yearlong enjoyment, by learning the art of home canning. Yes, I Can will remove the intimidation from home preserving by providing in-depth, hands-on workshops. “Like”, (856) 294-9580

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• Barbeque • Water fight • Scavenger hunt • Have a garage sale • Celebrate the 4th of July • Read • Go to a Riversharks Game • Go to a museum • Plant a garden • Blow bubbles • Learn a magic trick • Write a song • Visit a National Park • Learn to Juggle • Adopt a Pet • Volunteer • Learn to play an instrument • Keep a journal • Make a scrapbook • Take pictures

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• Feed the Ducks • Bubbling Gum blowing contest • Go Fishing • Go for water ice • Play dress-up • Play miniature golf • Go to the movies • Visit the Camden Children’s Garden • Learn to Juggle • Catch Butterflies • Enjoy a family bike ride • Invite friends over • Spend an o“ ffline” day with your family • Bob for apples • Go for ice cream • Make popcorn • Start your Christmas shopping early

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Sports & More Summer Camps By M.B. Sanok


ports & More believes in a “true family experience” when it comes to their summer camps which are family-owned and operated by the Rastelli family since 2008. “Our goal is fun, fitness and team spirit,” says owner Tara Carr. “We believe…that our kids grow and become confident and competent from participating in the programs.” Camps include Camp SAM, a traditional day camp, ages 5-14; their sister camp, Camp Glam, which focuses on building “grace, glamor and dignity” in girls, ages 5-14; and their newest camp, Camp SAM Playcare, ages 2-4. Camp SAM offers over 56+ activities like the pool, nature trail, gym, rock climbing, water slides, GAGA courts, basketball, sand volleyball and more. Camp Glam offers dance, jewelry-making, scrapbooking, cooking, arts and crafts, acting, singing, and spa days. Camp SAM Playcare offers similar activities, modified for younger children. Camp Theme days like Survivor, Carnival, Ghosts and Ghouls, Maui Waui and Talent Explosion, bring the whole camp together. The summer highlight is the Jell-O War where 500 gallons of Jell-O are made for staff and campers to engage in a massive food fight. Then the Deptford Fire Department who anticipates this exciting event hoses everyone down! What makes them different from competitors is their focus on family, low rates and flexible camp schedules. Campers’ families are welcome at multiple events and get acquainted with the staff during drop-off/pickup times. Sports & More offers lower rates and more individualized attention than many local camps. “We don’t turn anyone away – we figure out how to make camp work for everyone,” says Tara. They offer flexible threeor five-day camp schedules, and campers can come for one, a few or all eleven weeks with an option to select any three days and alternate them each week. Check out their special -- the first week free or first-week/lastweek free for an 11-week session.Call (856) 401-8111 or visit for more information.✲

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Hey, Mommy and Daddy..It’s Me, Your Baby. Part I

I Have Some Things to Tell You!

Dear Mommy and Daddy, Hi, it’s me, your baby! I know you have waited nine long months to meet me.You wondered if I would have hair, how big I would be and who I would look like. I’m so excited to meet you and be your baby. I know I can be a bit confusing at times. And you can’t always figure out what I want. I wish I came with an instruction manual like everything else. Then you could just look up what to do when you get confused. I know you love me. I feel it when you smile at me, kiss me and talk to me in your “goo goo” voices. So here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to tell you some things that will make it easier to figure me out. I love you and want to always make you smile. • Don’t be afraid to pick me up -- I won’t break. Just make sure to support my head. It’s a little wobbly. • Sometimes, I like to see the world from your shoulder or sitting in your lap. Changing positions makes my life more interesting. • I’m crying because I’m trying to tell you something. It’s the only way I know how to communicate. Please stay calm.You’ll get to know what I want soon. Remember, we’re both new at this! • Don’t be afraid you’ll spoil me if you pick me up. I love to be held. It makes me feel safe. I especially love it when you put me in the BABY BJÖRN and carry me close…ahh!

By Blythe Lipman

• Please let me have a binky. Sucking makes me feel good. I promise I won’t take it to kindergarten! • Please don’t get upset if I have a cranky day. Sometimes, I just feel grouchy. Turn on the dryer, swaddle me and lay me on top of it. I love the warm blankie and the vibration from the dryer -- it might just lull me to sleep. But please don’t let go of me. • You may think I don’t like to be swaddled, but you’re wrong. I’m just trying to tell you I want to keep my arms out. I like feeling snug and warm. It feels like when I lived in your womb. I love that memory. • I know you want me to take a nap, but sometimes I’m just not ready. Please, please let me play in my bouncy seat. And don’t forget to turn on the vibrate button. It feels like a massage. • I love to nap in my swing. The back-and-forth motion is so relaxing. I know I can’t stay in it 24/7. But I’ll try to give you a few more hours of shut-eye when I wake up with the roosters if you let me swing after my early morning feeding. • I love music -- please, please play lullabies for me when it’s time for bed. I sleep much better when I hear those tunes. It reminds of me your heartbeat.

Love, Baby

Blythe Lipman is the president of Baby Instructions. She is passionate about babies, toddlers and their parents. After working in the field for over 25 years, she wrote her third award-winning book, HELP! MY BABY CAME WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS which is available at, .You can hear Blythe’s weekly radio show on Wednesdays, 11am EST @ Blythe is available for in-home, video and telephone consultations. Become her fan on Facebook and Twitter. 30 | June 2013

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A FINtastic Father’s Day Card By Deanna Robinson

You Need: • 2 pieces of paper, blue paint, Ziploc bag, rubber band, tape, Dad’s favorite candy (we used gummy fish), and a marker. zipping it sealed, you’re 1. Have your little one paint going to tie it off with a a piece of paper blue and rubber band, creating a then set aside to dry. fish tail! 2. In the bottom corner 5. Now just fold down the of the second piece of two little points on the paper, make a triangle. fishes’ head and tape Along the base of the trithem to the bottom side. angle make three small See the fish? humps. This is going to be your fin. 6. Tape to a piece of paper, and write Dad a note 3. Cut the fin out and let -- we like “Happy Father’s your child color it in. Day! Love, your little 4. Take your Ziploc bag and guppy” fill it halfway with Dad’s favorite candy. Instead of That’s it – you’re done! Visit Deanna’s blog at

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From Splash to Swim By Deb McCarson


rowning is one of the leading causes of death for children under twelve. Making kids safe around water is the best way to decrease that statistic. In addition to keeping unsupervised children away from pool areas, parents should consider swimming lessons in order to help their children be safe, comfortable and confident around water. Moreover, parents may be surprised to find that swimming lessons help their children develop a wide range of life skills. The most obvious reason for swimming lessons is to help children respond appropriately in water. Bev Williams, manager of Salem County’s Elmer Swim Club and a Red Cross-certified water safety instructor, says, “The most important thing is that a child knows how to react if he falls into water or finds himself in water that is too deep for him. That includes a number of things -- from swimming, calling for a lifeguard or floating on his back.” The most important benefit of swimming lessons is safer kids, but researchers are finding there are more advantages to early swimming lessons. According to a recent study by Griffin University, young swimmers are performing better in a number of areas. The study’s lead researcher, Robyn Jorgensen, reports, “Swimming children score significantly better than the normal population on a number of measures that are really important for their transition to school: their cognitive development, their language development and their physical development.” According to the report, “swimming children also score signifi32 | June 2013

cantly better on measures that related to their visual motor skills; gross motor stationary skills; oral expression; and achieving in general areas of literacy and numeracy and mathematical reasoning. It was also found that the children scored better on measures of understanding and complying with directions.” The study involved over 7000 children in New Zealand, Australia and the United States, making it the “world’s most comprehensive study into early-years swimming.” Laurie Lawrence, creator of Kids Alive, a program developed to educate the public on five important steps to reduce the risk of preschool drowning, is not surprised by the results of the study. “It’s always been a dream of mine to prove that children who start lessons early. . . it builds their social, emotional, physical and intellectual capital.” While the proof is out concerning the benefits of early swimming lessons, it’s important for parents to remember that even after early swimming lessons; young children should never be left unattended around water. We can reduce drowning statistics if we all heed the steps of the Kid’s Alive program: Kids Alive – Do the Five! 1. Fence the pool 2. Shut the gate 3. Teach your kids to swim; it’s great! 4. Supervise – watch your mate 5. Learn how to resuscitate Visit our website and sign up for our e-newsletter

Compassionate Friends Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center By M.B. Sanok


few months ago, my daughter and I visited the Compassionate Friends Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center (CFTRC) in Medford with her Girl Scout troop. The girls who have varying disabilities were able to brush and accessorize the horses and observe a fellow Scout and student ride a horse with assistance and demonstrate the skills she’s learned. Seeing how calming the atmosphere, how patient and understanding the staff, and how engaged the girls were with the horses, opened my eyes to an innovative way of helping people with special needs. At CFTRC, founder Sherri Briggs and her volunteer staff offer horse riding therapy and lessons to disabled individuals in South Jersey. The program is “specifically designed to achieve maximum therapeutic benefit for individuals with special needs,” says Sherri. Each program is customized to suit that specific person’s needs. The mission of the organization is “to strengthen the body, mind and spirit of each person while fostering independence in a safe environment.” Since the goal of instructing those with disabilities is to allow individuals to increase their independence, this type of therapy works on that aspect as well as keeping the individual focused and calm. “When they’re up on the horse, every person becomes equal,” she says. Horse riding lessons and hippotherapy (physical therapy using horses) provides many benefits to those with disabilities. Strength, endurance, balance, coordination, flexibility, and relaxation – all these qualities develop and improve as a result of the program. Along with relaxation, it teaches students discipline, patience and confidence in themselves; and their ability to learn and focus is heightened and improved. Not only are Visit our website and sign up for our e-newsletter

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students learning, they’re engaging in a fun activity with opportunities to interact with others and enhance their social skills. Sherri who studied to become a special education teacher established CFTRC after enduring a serious injury as a result of a ski accident. “I used horseback riding as my rehab therapy,” she says. This chosen therapy sparked her interest, and she decided to pursue it further and eventually went to Texas to become a Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) instructor. When she returned, she focused on creating and opening a center of her own to help others. CFTRC is a member of PATH. “We are hoping to expand the program, so we can do more hippotherapy and partner with a physical therapist and an occupational therapist…. We are also going to start fundraising in order to supplement access for riders without the financial means to participate…” Sherri also mentions plans for a “sensory trail” for the riders and their horse companions. Feedback from students’ parents has been amazing. All riders showed improvement in different areas and to differing degrees. Sherri states that she’s observed non-verbal students who have learned to communicate; and one rider who needed a walker gained enough strength to no longer require one. Some riders excel so much that they “graduate” to riding the horses without assistance. The volunteers’ parents, including Sherri’s own daughter, say that their participation in the program has helped them to develop compassion toward their disabled peers and a better understanding of how to help and befriend them.Those who wish to volunteer or make a donation should contact Sherri at or visit their Facebook page✲ June 2013 | 33

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Is Your Child Ready for Camp? By American Camp Association, NY & NJ


hile it’s an exciting time, your child going to camp may cause some nervousness for both you and your child. So how do you know when the right time is to send your child to camp? The American Camp Association, NY and NJ, suggests that parents consider the following when figuring out whether your child is ready for camp and how to prepare your child for the experience.

familiarizing them with the camp program, activities and camp layout. Many overnight camps also offer Rookie Days the summer before a child will go to camp. These days give future campers a chance to experience camp in-session by joining in on camp activities for the day or for a weekend. Keep in mind that the more a child feels involved in the process of choosing a camp, the more successful their camp experience is likely to be.

Interest & Readiness—Talk to your child to assess his or her readiness. Consider how your child became interested in going to camp and ask yourself the following questions. When you discuss camp with your child, does he/she sound excited? Is he/she comfortable separating from you for segments of time? Does your child enjoy playing with other children? Does he/she thrive on achieving milestones of independence? Answering these questions will help you determine if your child is both interested and ready for camp. Remember, the decision to go to camp should be made together. Keep in mind that the more involved children are in the process, the more ownership they feel. This helps ease concerns about camp and can help make a child’s camp experience more successful.

Day or Sleepaway—If you’re considering sleepaway camp, make sure your child has had successful overnights away from home with friends and relatives. Were these overnights positive experiences? You want to make sure your child is mature enough to go away for an extended period of time and that he/she can do certain things independently like showering, getting dressed and brushing their teeth.

Age—You want to consider your child’s age when considering camp. Day camps are designed for children 3 years and up. Children can go to sleepaway camp at the age of 7. But families should keep in mind that just because a child is 7-years old, doesn’t mean he/she is emotionally ready for sleepaway camp.

Expectations—You should learn about the camp program ahead of time and create positive expectations for your child. Talk about camp in the months leading up to the summer. When you can, go for a tour of the camp prior to the summer. Touring the camp will build your child’s excitement about camp while

LIBERTY LAKE Liberty Lake is a truly transformative experience, teaching life skills to inspire children and adults to change the world. Campers expand their talents, make friends, and have the greatest summer experience imaginable! Check out the Freedom of Choice Elective Program. 1195 Florence Columbus Road • Bordentown, NJ 08505 609.499.7820 CHRISTIAN PLAYCARE CENTER SUMMER CAMP Ages 6-12 are invited to enjoy our large indoor/outdoor facility which offers weekly themed crafts and activities, weekly trips and a large outdoor pool with a certified lifeguard. Mention this add for FREE registration! Call Today! (856) 227-5596. 1737 Cooper Street, Deptford 34 | June 2013

Positive Messages—It’s important for parents to share positive messages about summer camp. It’s common for a child to have some apprehension as the first day of camp approaches—encourage your child to talk about these feelings. Before your child leaves for camp, don’t discuss plans to pick up your child early from camp if he/she doesn’t like it. Let your child know you’re confident in your child’s ability to have a wonderful summer camp experience For assistance in finding the right summer camp, visit American Camp Association, NY and NJ’s camp website, www.searchforacamp. org, to register for a free, customized list of camps based on your child’s needs. You may also call the American Camp Association, NY and NJ’s camper placement specialist Renee Flax for free, one-on-one advice in finding a camp at 1-800-777-CAMP.✲

CAMP HUNTINGTON Camp Huntington is a co-ed, residential program for children and young adults with learning and developmental needs; Autism, Mental Retardation, Learning Disabilities, ADD/HD; 6-21 and young adults. Our program is designed to maximize a child’s potential, locate and develop strengths and hidden abilities. We offer a unique program approach of adaptive therapeutic recreation, which combines key elements that encourage progress: structured programming, nurturing care, a positive setting, and academic instruction to meet IEP goals. 1- 855 707 2267,

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Fresh is Best! By Lisa Ann Panzino DiNunzio

This month’s column is full of healthy recipes using fresh vegetables sure to please the palate and provide nutrition to your body! Remember fresh is best when using produce and locally purchased Farm Market items -- organic produce is even better! Until next time, eat well, sleep well, live well. Here’s to our health!

Tomato, Cucumber & Onion Salad

Oven Roasted Green Beans

• 3 large tomatoes, cut into bite-size wedges • 1 large English (seedless) cucumber, washed and sliced • 1 small onion, peeled and sliced thin • Extra-virgin olive oil, to taste • Apple cider or balsamic vinegar, to taste • Dried oregano, to taste • Sea salt, to taste • Black pepper, to taste

• 2 pounds green beans, ends trimmed • 3-4 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil • Sea salt, to taste • Ground black pepper, to taste

In a large serving bowl, add the tomatoes, cucumbers, and onion. In a small bowl, mix together olive oil, vinegar, oregano, salt and pepper. Pour dressing over salad and toss. Serve.

Roasted Potatoes & Garlic • 3 pounds small red skin potatoes • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil • Sea salt, to taste • Ground black pepper, to taste • 6-8 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed • 2 tbs. fresh parsley, chopped

Preheat the oven to 425°. Add green beans to a large bowl. Drizzle beans with extra-virgin olive oil, sea salt and pepper, toss. Spread out evenly onto a baking sheet. Roast beans, tossing once halfway through the baking time. Roast until beans are lightly caramelized and crisp tender, approximately 15 minutes. Serve. Note: You can add 3-4 crushed garlic cloves or sprinkle the beans with garlic powder before roasting if desired. And don’t forget to let your little ones help with snapping the ends off of the green beans! As always, Bon Appetit!

Preheat the oven to 400°. Cut potatoes in half and place into a bowl. Drizzle potatoes with the olive oil, then add salt, pepper, and garlic. Toss until the potatoes are well coated. Transfer the potatoes onto a baking pan and spread out. Roast in the oven for 40 minutes to 1 hour or until potatoes are golden brown and crisp. Flip gently twice with a spatula during cooking in order to ensure even browning. Remove potatoes from the oven, toss with the fresh parsley, season with a little more salt and pepper if desired, and serve.

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 36 | June 2013

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BURLINGTON COUNTY Mommy & Me Expo Sunday, June 2 1am-4pm Moorestown Mall, Moorestown South Jersey MOM Magazine invites you to join us for lots of fun -- meet fitness center professionals, personal trainers, nutritionists, dance schools and family entertainment centers. FREE face painting and more for kids. Back to School Schoolapalooza Expo Sunday, August 25 11am-4pm Moorestown Mall, Moorestown South Jersey MOM Magazine invites you to join us for lots of fun, and you’ll be able to talk to professionals for all you need to get ready for back-to-school. Vendor tables are still available -- call Chris at (609) 670-1794.

CAMDEN COUNTY 12 Hour Scrapbooking Crop-n-Shop Saturday, June 22 10am-10pm Hope United Methodist Church, 700 Cooper Road, Voorhees INCLUDES: -Plenty of scrapping space -Lunch & Dinner plus snacks and drinks throughout the day -Technique Table where you can pick up a new scrapbooking trick -Door Prizes -Silent Auction -Vendor Tables for shopping COST: $40 per person OR Come for just half a day -- either 10am-4pm or 4pm-10am for $25...please note that half-day attendees cannot be guaranteed a spot near all-day attendee friends/groups. We will do our best. Of course, we will make every possible attempt at placing fullday attendees with their requested seat mates/groups. To reserve your spot, e-mail Niki at info@crophoppers. com. Payment must be received with

10 days of registering in order to hold your spot. Blackwood Farmers’ Market In Historic Downtown Blackwood Saturdays, June 29September 28, 8am-12:30 pm Located in the parking lot next to The Studio at Mainstage Center for the Arts, 27 S. Blackhorse Pike Blackwood, www.blackwoodfarmersmarket.webs. com Early Explorers at Garden State Discovery Museum Thursday, June 13, 10:30-11:00am 18 months-3 yrs. Join us for weekly hands-on fun in “Little Discoveries!” This half-hour class, led by our wonderful museum educators, offers various activities including music, dance, stories, and crafts. If you have any questions, please call (856) 424-1233 ext. 312. Ongoing sessions: Thursdays at 10:30am. Cost: Free for members or with Museum admission.

CAPE MAY COUNTY Ocean City Flower Show Friday, May 31; Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2 Music Pier, Ocean City See beautiful commercial and amateur displays at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk. Show times are Friday, 2-9pm, Saturday, 10am-9pm and Sunday, 10am-4 pm. For more information, call (609) 5259300. Wonder’s Birthday Bash at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier Thursday, June 6 6th & Boardwalk, Ocean City 6th St. and the Boardwalk - Celebrate Wonder Bear’s Birthday from 6-10:30pm. All rides will be only 1 Ticket, and, at 9pm, see a birthday bash fireworks show! Rides open at 6pm and Wonder Bear will be available all night for photos. Celebrating 84 years on the Ocean

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City Boardwalk. Community Quest Inc.’s 15th Annual FUNday at Playland, Tuesday, June 25 Playland’s Castaway Cove, 10th and the Boardwalk, Ocean City 1-5pm Rain date: Friday, June 28 The $10 per person FUNday wristband provides (4) hours of unlimited access to all rides at Playland’s Castaway Cove, two mini golf courses, plus go-carts. Mini-golf and go-carts close at 4:30pm. Wristbands may be purchased starting at noon on day of event at Playland Ticket Booths. Community Quest, Inc.’s FUNday benefit helps to provide innovative “Housing and Employment” services to low-income individuals and families, those with disabilities and most recently veterans in Southern New Jersey. Call (609) 646-0388 or e-mail for more information.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY FREE: Cumberland Mall’s Kids’ Klub Tuesday, June 18 10:30–11:30am Vineland Families with preschoolers are invited to the FREE, interactive Kids’ Klub which meets at 10:30am on the FIRST and THIRD TUESDAY of each month in Center Court at the Cumberland Mall in Vineland to engage young children cognitively and creatively. Call (856) 825-9507 for more information.

GLOUCESTER COUNTY Riverwinds Outdoor Concert Series Friday, June 7 8-10pm

SALEM COUNTY NJHA Horse Show Sunday, June 2 Salem County Fairgrounds Information: (856) 035-0243 Website:

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Salem County Fairgrounds Sat, June 8 and Sun, June 9: Indian Pow Wow Information: (908) 614-3845 Salem County Fairgrounds Thursday, June 13, Friday, June 14, Saturday, June 15, Sunday, June 16 Freeform Art Festival Information: (347) 661-7784 PHILADELPHIA DISNEY STARS COMING TO SOUL GAME 4:05pm Saturday, June 1 Comcast Wells Fargo Center To host to Daddy-Daughter Night at the Philadelphia Soul!! The evening features a post-game performance by Disney stars, Roshon Fegan and Caroline Sunshine, as seen on Shake It Up along with IM5. Disney stars Sierra McCormick as seen on A.N.T. Farm and Adrian R’Mante as seen on Suite Life with Zack and Cody will host the event. It’s a night your family will not want to miss! All tickets to the game will include access to the post-game concert and VIP packages can be purchased in addition to game tickets. For Tickets, call 888-789-SOUL. RAMONA QUIMBY Walnut Street Theatre Saturday, June 1 Performances at 10:30am, 1pm and 3:30pm Hold onto your hats as you follow the latest breathless adventure of the world’s most animated elementary school student. Ramona, the exasperating but lovable third-grader, feels her life is a mess. Her older sister Beezus is a pain; her Aunt Bea may marry a dork; and her Dad lost his job. Ramona faces these challenges as audiences laugh and cheer her on! Ticket prices range from $10-$16. (215) 574-3550

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CLASSES Enrichment Classes & Workshops for Home School Families Constellation Academy offers Christ-centered resources and teaching at affordable rates. Services include academic and elective subject tutoring and/or class instruction, workshops, teacher mentoring, student contests, field trips and fellowship opportunities! Visit ConstellationAcademyHSRN.blogspot. com for more info or call (856) 205-9334.

GIFT IDEAS GREAT PERSONALIZED GIFTS FOR ALL AGES At JUST FOR LITTLE PEOPLE (and others, too!) we specialize in new baby gifts both hand-painted and/or embroidered. Beautifully wrapped and available for pick-up at our new Gibbsboro location or we can ship it for you. Call (856) 627-8901 or check out PRAIRIE CREATIONS A Gift to be Treasured! Free-form fingerprint pendant. Each print is truly unique, because it is made by you! Charms in solid fine silver. Visit for more information. 712-246-1689.

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