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Table of Contents mom 2 mom 8 Ways to Make Healthier Choices at the Drive-Thru 9 10 Reasons to Encourage Goofing Off

moms R women 2 10 Raising Awareness About Multiple Sclerosis

know 2 grow 14 The Dos of Discipline: Seven Rules for Getting Great Results 17 Our Son Marc: A Child with Cerebral Palsy

features 12 Planning Your Family Summer Vacation

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editor’s note nana’s 2 sense life sentences business spotlight things 2 do resource guide

On the COVER WE WANT TO INTRODUCE YOU TO OUR FAMILY! This month’s cover features the son and daughter of the publisher, Skyler and Julia. Skyler, 10 likes all sports as well as Legos, Yu-gi-oh and video games. He loves to have friends over and likes to play with his puppy “Buddy.” He also plays the clarinet. Julia, 8 likes anything to do with art and also reading and playing her Nintendo DS. She plays piano, tennis and fussball. Julia loves the beach and having sleepovers with girlfriends and playing with her puppy. From our family to yours, we want to thank you for reading and supporting all of the advertisers in the magazine. Warmest Wishes, Christopher & Karen Ognibene Photos by Shirley Magilton Photography.

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Dear Readers, ’m not a big fan of snow or cold or ice or wind... so I’m excited that Spring is around the corner. I can’t wait to shed my bulky winter coat and put on some flip flops! This spring and summer will be different than all others. My husband got laid off from his job in January and he’s told he won’t be going back to work for 12-18 months. Unless of course, the union gets more work sooner than that (I’m not holding my breath though). While losing a third of his income has put quite a strain on our finances, there are many blessings that will come from his time home. For instance, he will finally get to go on field trips with Kayden. And this summer, he will actually get to spend time swimming in our pool, instead of just cleaning it. He can teach the kids to swim. Take them to the beach. Go to story time at the library with Camille. Oh, and maybe he might get some things done around the house that have needed his attention for a long time. Like maybe he could finish the bathroom remodeling project. He started it more than a year ago. Half of my bathroom is new, half of it yet to be upgraded. One wall is painted, the

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other is not. One side of the room has baseboards, the other does not. What a treat it will be to have a completed bathroom. I would be a liar if I said it’s been fun having him home. We have enjoyed each other’s company...but he gets bored and antsy, which means he gets irritated and that doesn’t lead to anything good. I have faith that everything will work out, but it’s definitely been trying. Many families in our country are in my same position. Maybe the guys should start a support group for one another. Keep each other company. And out of our hair! Maybe they could do volunteer work and accomplish many great things. Make new friends. Do something...anything. While I know great things will come from this time he has at home, I can’t wait for it to be over!✲ Your Friend and Fellow MOM,

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ppalled does not even begin to describe what I felt when I opened the cover of a catalog I recently received in the mail; a catalog I did not request. The pages featured a group of teens, conservatively dressed, school books in tow, laughing, apparently happy to head to class. At the center of this spread were two young ladies engaged in a very adult kiss.What does this have to do with selling clothing? What was the intent of this company? What happens when our teen sees this catalog lying on the table and, anxious to see the latest fashions, opens to the first page? What happens when a younger child sees this? How dare “they” impose on our children the idea that this behavior is acceptable? What impression does this leave our young girls with? How very confusing to young ladies. Today’s society accepts everything. What next, obscenities tucked between the coupons in the local grocery store flyer? So now we have to screen every piece of mail. Not only the mail, but have you noticed that today’s children’s animated programs and even video games are loaded with violence, sex and gore? While animated, they are still very disturbing. And I see younger and younger children playing these games. Do you think the nature documentaries designed for children are safe? Screen those

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too. Make sure they are age appropriate. While designed for children, an episode that describes a girl fish turning into a boy fish is very confusing to a 3- or 4-year-old. Heck, it confuses me. What do you say when a little girl in her innocence inquires, “Can I be a boy?” How do you explain? Am I unrealistic? Is it unreasonable to think we can shield our children from the ills of the world that steal their innocence? Maybe so, but we can, and I feel it’s a parent’s responsibility to avoid the overload of violence, immorality and confusion; especially before they are school-aged. Set them on the track that matches your family morals and values. Call me nostalgic.There is nothing like sitting with a child and reading a “real” book. Children love simple things like turning the pages all by themselves. Everything is digital now; get movies on your iPhone, books on an iPad, photos framed in a revolving screen. There was a time when perusing good oldfashioned photo albums made for a sweet afternoon. Turn the page.✲

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arch is the month for celebrating St. Patrick. I always think that if I make it to St. Patrick’s Day I have survived the winter. After this day, I can look forward to thaw, and Spring. Winter is, to me, a disheartening season, even when nothing catastrophic happens. When you have a chronic pain whose original trauma you cannot recall. When your car can slide on an ice patch into a parked car. When you lose a favorite hooded jacket somewhere between the gym and the auto body shop, where you learn how much your boneheaded driving error is going to cost. Everything seems worse in winter. The sky is gray, the slush is gray and your mood is gray. Work piles up like dirty ice in your mind as snow days, late school openings and sick days disrupt your regular schedule. There’s nothing to do but wait, indoors, for a finer day. This wacky winter has been especially hard on our son, Gregory. Greg is 20 years old and autistic. He depends on a predictable schedule to remain calm. He also has a tendency toward the obsessive. These fixations usually

don’t last too long before he moves onto another bewitchment, but his latest cause is “Stay with Mom.” Even before the school year began, we talked about school starting pretty soon so he would know. You could see his expression change as he took in that idea. “I dontwantto,” he stated flatly. “Stay with Mom?” On and on, as the summer ended, and school began, the mantra continued. He would stop me several (hundred) times a day, fix me with a somber stare and put all of his emotions into those big green eyes: fear, hope, vulnerability, anticipation, charm, pleading for understanding and mercy. “Stay with Mom?” Don’t be fooled. The guy actually likes school, he only hates change. I, on the other hand, love his school. He is bored at home. When bored, he becomes aggressive with me, as if it’s my fault. I breathe easier when he boards that bus. So every time he chirps “Stay with Mom?” I scream, “Like hell you will!” on the inside. He drove us and his teacher crazy, so we started to put upcoming holidays on his calendar and directing him to the calendar each time

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he asked. There was Thanksgiving in November, Christmas in December and Martin By Fran LoBiondo Luther King, Jr. Day in January. Simple, but not easy. If I heard, “Monday, January 14 stay with Mom?” once, I heard it ten thousand times. He needs reassurance that, while people are unpredictable, the schedule is fixed. But it wasn’t. We had snow closings before Christmas, and after Christmas, and pretty soon he didn’t know why he was off, or when. When his school called a delayed opening, I thought he would stroke out. Sometimes he says, just out of the blue, “What’s going on here?” It’s a good question. Me? I am focused on St. Patrick. He drove the snakes out of Ireland, and spread the word of God. And, bless his soul, he doesn’t have a school holiday.✲ Fran LoBiondo of Vineland has children in grade school, high school and college. A Purdue University graduate with a degree in Journalism, she has written about parenting, food and fun for 25 yrs.

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WAYS TO MAKE HEALTHIER (AND SKINNIER) CHOICES AT THE DRIVE-THRU The typical family’s hectic schedule often makes fast-food meals a tempting—or necessary— option. However, say Ellen Shanley and Colleen Thompson in their new book, Fueling the Teen Machine, you don’t have to write off nutrition when you place your order.

ost days, your schedule is jam-packed with activities from the time you crawl out of bed to the time you face-plant onto your mattress at night. You’re balancing work, a social life (what’s that?), helping with homework, cleaning the house, and a host of extracurricular stuff that might range from sports to band practice to a second job. You really don’t have time to plan out your meals and count calories—but you still want to be healthy.

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“Fast food is part of the American lifestyle, and it’s not realistic to suggest that kids—or adults—will never eat another burger or large fry again,” says Shanley, coauthor along with Thompson of the new book Fueling the Teen Machine: What It Takes to Make Good Choices for Yourself Every Day, 2nd Edition. “The key is to simply know what your best choices are the next time you need a fast meal on the go.” Read on for Shanley and Thompson’s fast-food-savvy nutrition tips...some of which may really surprise you: (Super)-Size does matter. We live in a society where bigger is better. Even in fancier sit-down restaurants, servings are often larger than what a healthy stomach can comfortably consume. And while it’s tempting to go for the biggest package deal, the same thing is often true of “mega-sized” fast-food meals. Before you order the jumbo burger and the humongo gulp drink, think twice about whether you really need all that food. Fish and chicken don’t always deserve their healthful rep. You know what they say about assuming: don’t. This is especially true when it comes to choosing your “main course” at the fast-food counter. It’s a common (if not universal) assumption that white meat is healthier than red meat—but that is not always the case. Since many fast-food restaurants bread and fry their chicken and fish, these choices often end up having as much or more fat and calories than a hamburger.

for some deep-fried potatoes, give some thought to ordering a side salad instead. It’s a great way to fit in a serving of nutritious veggies! Skip the mocha-frappe-espresso-ccino-with-whippedcream coffee drink. Yes, coffee shops are fun hangout spots, and all those specialty coffees and baked goods look scrumptious! (And some fast-food restaurants have these sweet, caffeinated treats, too!) But did you know that one beverage and a muffin are often a whole meal in terms of calories...though not necessarily in terms of nutrition? Ordering these treats on a regular basis might not be so desirable after all. Think outside your go-to wrapper. Most of us gravitate toward one or two meals when we go to our favorite fast-food spots. Although it might mean reading the menu more carefully than you have in years, going beyond “the usual” might pay off for your taste buds...and your body. Step away from the soda. Did you know that those caffeinated, refreshing beverages account for as much as 10 percent of your typical daily calories? Yikes! Many of us overlook drinks when assessing the nutritional value of any given meal, which can be a mistake. You do not have to cut sodas entirely—but remember that moderation is key. “The bottom line is, it’s all about balance,” adds Shanley. “Every person has days that get away, practices that run late, and families who cannot always sit down for a meal at the same time. Do not worry too much about the occasional supper in a bag—just make the best choices you can and compensate the following day by emphasizing fruits, vegetables and whole grains.”✲

Download the (nutritional) lowdown. Yes, it’s important to know what is in the foods you eat—how many fat grams and calories, how much sugar, and, yes, how much good stuff like calcium and vitamin C. As mentioned, all fast-food joints provide nutritional info on their menu items. And Thompson and Shanley suggest that you stay on top of what is what the high-tech, twenty-first century way. That’s right—there is an app for this, too! Go green. Yeah, sometimes you are just craving some salty fries more than anything else. But if you are not being driven by the relentless need 8 | March 2011

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10 Reasons to Encourage

retired psychiatrist says play is much more than games and sports. Play involves books, music, art, jokes, movies, drama and daydreaming.

10 Important Reasons to Create More Time for Play

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Happier kids. Sometimes we trivialize play or fail to see its usefulness. But it’s more than fun. In addition to improving emotional health, it serves a biological purpose. When social mammals such as rats and monkeys are deprived of rough-and-tumble play, they enter adulthood emotionally fragile. Play helps them distinguish friend from foe, handle stress better and form better skills to mate properly.

2. Social competence is enhanced. Play teaches people to master and adapt to changing circumstances. Even “dealing with or avoiding being excluded” from games like tag or dodge ball are helpful social skills to learn.

3. Physical activity may lessen the symptoms of mild ADHD. Dr. Lara Honos-Webb, author of The Gift of ADHD says of the disorder, “it’s important to remember that nature is medicine and activity is medicine.” She suggests that parents of children with ADHD make time for them to run around outside before school and be sure that recess is never taken away as a punishment for poor behavior.

4. It

burns calories. Trends for childhood obesity are staggering. According to the CDC, the prevalence of childhood obesity for 6 to 11-year-olds has increased from 6.5 percent (1976-80) to 17 percent (2003-2006). Obese kids have increased risk for cardiovascular disease, asthma, sleep apnea and Type 2 diabetes.

5. The idea is not to raise rigid, humorless adults. After analyzing thousands

Science confirms kids need more free-play By Michele Ranard, M.Ed.

of “play histories,” Brown stresses that play deficiencies can lead to closed-mindedness, inflexibility and unhappiness. Lifelong play is part of the antidote. Play may even prevent a smoldering depression! Play is not just a trivial escape. It provides a vehicle for learning to problem solve, and as Dr. Brown writes, “reshapes our rigid views of the world.”

6. Rough and tumble play is developmentally critical. We knew it was helpful to development, but Dr. Brown’s research revealed that for young homicidal males and drunk drivers, rough-and-tumble play was missing from their childhoods.

7. Stronger academic performance. This may be especially relevant for

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ith school in full swing, homework, studying, and a steady diet of rigidly-structured activities are standard fare for many kids. Soccer, ballet, piano and extracurriculars broaden the horizon and set the stage for personal growth. But over-scheduling our children to beef up their competitiveness or resumes for college has a downside. While academics, lessons and organized sports are important, kids need goof-off time too. Science tells us to remain healthy, children of all ages need plenty of unstructured play.

The Biology of Free-Play Dr. Stuart Brown, clinical researcher and author of Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul studied the play behavior of animals and more than 6,000 people from all walks of life (serial killers to Nobel Prize winners). His research concludes that play time is critical to the emotional, social and cognitive health of our children. Everyone understands play is pleasurable and a good distraction from stress, but science also teaches us that play “is a profound biological process” crucial to our survival. In rats, play reduces impulsivity, which is similar to ADHD in humans. We are simply hard-wired to play. Unfortunately, recess and P.E. are disappearing from the school day at a time kids need unstructured free-play more than ever. Brown says making play a part of our daily lives is critical to feeling fulfilled as happy, successful human beings. What constitutes play? The www.southjerseymom.com

boys. Anthony Pellegrini, an educational psychology professor at the University of Minnesota and author of Recess discovered that successful peer interaction at recess was an excellent predictor of success on standardized tests. When boys established competence on the playground, they also did better in the classroom and paid attention better.

8. Play keeps curiosity and wonder alive. Kids today spend 50 percent less time outside than they did just twenty years ago. The lure of animation, videogames and online networking is so tempting and culturally reinforced that the beauty of nature and fresh air right outside our doors is often overlooked.

9. Successful

people play A LOT. Playfulness sparks creativity and innovation. Analysis of the play histories of successful adults reveals “highly successful people have a rich play life.”

10. Play is honorable. Play is not just a mindless activity—it’s active learning. As Brown puts it, “From an evolutionary perspective, the smarter the animal, the more they play…it gets us in touch with our core selves and the joy of life.”✲ Michele Ranard has a husband, two children, and a master’s in counseling. She is passionate about helping parents and children lead richer lives.

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Raising Awareness About Multiple Sclerosis

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ultiple Sclerosis (MS) is according to some studies. The possible relaa chronic and often distionship between sunlight and MS exposure is abling disease that being researched today in a society-funded epiattacks the central nervous system. demiological study in Australia. Typical patients range from 20 to 40 So does that mean you pack up and move years old. A person to Florida? No. There are with MS may have treatments to help stabilize one or several sympyour condition with MS. toms, such as loss of Melissa Miller, 37, was diagvision (usually in one eye), dounosed at 30 and now gives ble vision, weakness, numbness, herself a weekly shot therapy tingling, walking difficulty and of Avonex to help stabilize the urinary urgencies. About disease. 400,000 people in the U.S. are “I was lucky to have been suffering from MS and the numdiagnosed early,” Miller says. It Melissa Miller ber continues to increase. all began when she started to According to Dr. Donald A. Barone, a lose vision in her left eye. She saw several docboard certified neurologist in Stratford, tors before she finally got a MRI. The MRI “Women are more commonly afflicted with showed she had brain lesions and that’s when this disease by a margin of almost 3 to 1. The she was referred to a neurologist. It still took a precise biological reason for this increased prefew months before she was diagnosed with MS. ponderance in women is not known, however, Therapy has helped her regain her vision and research suggests there are immunological the other symptoms are now under control. issues in women that may provide clues to Her advice to anyone who believes they may explain this phenomenon.” have MS is, “do not ignore your symptoms and A parent with MS passes on about a 1 perkeep visiting doctors until you feel confident cent risk to their offspring and a sister of a you have been properly diagnosed.” woman with MS has about a 2 to 4 percent risk Gretchen Lucas of Juliustown in Burlingof contracting the disease. MS disease activity ton County, agrees with Miller. “Listen to what tends to diminish during pregnancy which is your body tells you,” she says. Diagnosed at 32, probably related to a relative down-regulation Lucas finds living with MS is a daily struggle, of the immune system while the mother is car“some days are good and some are a great rying a child. However, during the postpartum effort.” However, she tries to make it funny. “I period, the disease may exacerbate. can’t do very much to change it,” states Lucas. The cause of multiple sclerosis is still Lucas, whose aunt and mother both have unknown. Some data suggests exposure to MS, has neuropathy in her hands and feet and some environmental agents before puberty drops things often. Both women have become may predispose a person to develop MS later her support system. “Sometimes the pain on in life. Other scientists believe Vitamin D brings me to tears. I have a hard time being on plays a role. People living near the equator are my feet as I can’t feel them for longer than 15 exposed to more year-round sunlight, thereto 20 minutes. I need to sit down all the time.” fore, MS generally occurs more frequently in Lucas takes one day at a time. “The worst people who live farther from the equator, part is that I hate disappointing my family and

By Carolyn Leigh Kellerman friends as sometimes when we make plans, I have to cancel if I am having a bad day.” Even though there is no cure, there are many ways to reduce the symptoms of MS. While there are medications to help control attacks, a patient with MS may also get relief from physical, occupational and speech therapy, as well as cognitive and vocational rehabilitation. Alternative therapies can be very beneficial, including exercise, a change in diet and reducing your stress level. If you think you may have MS listen to what your body tells you, seek medical advice from your doctor and reach out for support from the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America located in Cherry Hill. For more information, visit www.msassociation.org or call (856) 4884500.✲

Signs and Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis • fatigue • visual disorders • numbness • dizziness/vertigo • bladder and bowel dysfunction • weakness • tremor • impaired mobility • sexual dysfunction • slurred speech • spasticity (leg stiffness) • swallowing disorders • chronic aching pain • depression • mild cognitive & memory difficulties

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Planning your Family Summer Vacation By Makema T. Douglas

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sk almost any person about the most unforgettable highlights of any given year and you are destined to hear about a celebration of some kind, a holiday or a vacation getaway. Most of us are burdened with worries about our changing economy, strenuous work loads, or bored with the drill of everyday life. More than most of us are in need of a refreshing family vacation. So, what better time to start planning for one, than now? Planning in advance will give you more time to work out the details and to catch the best deals. Although it may seem practical to a plan vacation on your own, it’s wise to consider consulting a travel agent. Carol Wasielewski, AAA Services Supervisor in Voorhees explains, “Many agents have visited most destinations and can provide you with a professional opinion based on client reviews, what you’re looking for and for the best price.” Vineland mother of two, Heather Johnson admits, “We’re about due for a vacation now. We take the kids away at least four times a year, just to get away. My kids love Lancaster, Pennsylvania and it’s only about two hours away.”

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PENNSYLVANIA Lancaster definitely has something for the entire family. Dutch Wonderland provides loads of fun with live character shows, amusing kiddie rides, thrilling roller coasters and a slew of eateries. Sight and Sound Theater promises the most inspirational performances and entertainment for all ages. Kitchen Kettle Village and Intercourse Pretzel Factory draws crowds to their doors with their freshly baked goods, flavorful homemade foods and warm hospitality. The area is filled with around the clock local attractions, quality restaurants and shopping outlets.

The lovely Best Western Eden Resorts and Willow Valley Inn and Suites offers its guests luxurious two bedroom suites, family and guestrooms and family-friendly accommodations. Not far away, Hershey Park takes excitement, play and just having a good time to the top. The park includes nine water attractions, its own boardwalk, electrifying rides, summer concerts and hours of interactive pleasures. Visit the Hershey Factory and see how chocolate is made and take a tour of the factory, visiting the history and founders. Get a free sample on your way out!

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THE FARAWAY OUTDOORS Taking advantage of the scenic experience and tackling the great outdoors is another option. The Grand Canyon in Northern Arizona has white water rafting along the Colorado River. Horse back riding is still as common today at Arizona’s Dude Ranches as it was in 1868. The Great Smoky Mountains located between Tennessee and North Carolina, and Glacier National Park in Montana are top rated vacation spots with great hiking trails and outdoor sports. Outdoor fun will naturally lead you across the globe. Belize, Africa and Hawaii are exotic places that also provide endless family adventures. Night safaris, rainforest exploration, snorkeling, marine life discovery and biking in the jungle are possible activities to plan during a stay in these spots.

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Traveling a great distance is not a prerequisite for having a great vacation. “Staycations“ are shorter stays within a drivable distance. Tara Woodside, AAA Public Affairs Supervisor in Voorhees suggests “local theme parks, such as Six Flags, New York City, Washington, DC and Williamsburg, VA are popular ‘staycation’ trips.” Jersey has several expansive shores with piers that sell discounted tickets during their off seasons. It’s all the fun and sun at a fraction of the cost. Ocean City and Wildwood are two of Jersey’s most beloved and irreplaceable boardwalks. Ocean city’s celebrated Mack & Manco Pizzeria, zesty curly fries, funnel cake and salt water taffy are a summer’s day, all time high.

Although any trip can be the source of a teachable moment, the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in DC are nearby places that bring history, science and entertainment under one roof. Admission is just $15 for adults, $12 for children and the Smithsonian is free. All year round these sites showcase a variety of spectacular hands-on exhibits and family-friendly workshops. New Jersey contains over one hundred museums and historical locations open to the public.

PLAN AHEAD AND SAVE Family vacations can become expensive. Travel, lodging, entertainment and food are usually the largest expenditures. Seek out creative ways to save in these categories. Jersey mom,Valerie Vastano admits, “There are a lot of vacations you may think you could never afford but in reality they are very affordable with the right amount of research and trust in your agent.” Traveling with additional families and splitting costs, packing lunches and lodging at locations with kitchenettes are additional ways to increase savings. Learn about the area you will be visiting. Have alternate activities planned as a backup for rainy days. Mix it up a bit. Remember to have active, but also relaxing activities, that involve each family member. Don’t forget to add some alone time in your schedule for the adults and some for the kids. Ultimately, do not forget why you taking a family summer vacation. It’s to create unforgettable memories and have fun doing it. If you must bring your laptop or blackberry, leave them in the hotel room while you are out during the day and only check them at night — after the kids have gone to bed!✲

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DOs of DISCIPLINE The

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arenting is a tough and frustrating job. More than anything we want to help our kids grow into healthy, happy adults. Yet when they do not behave the way we want them to, it’s all too easy to resort to tactics we are not proud of. Yelling. Threatening. Spanking. We use these discipline techniques even though we feel bad afterward (and, obviously, so do our kids). And we stay stuck in our cycle of negativity because, quite frankly, we do not know any good alternatives. Parenting expert and author Kimberley Clayton Blaine says there are positive, effective discipline techniques out there—techniques that result in happy, well-rounded, well-behaved children. And best of all, they allow us to avoid the fighting, stress and general feel-bad techniques we have resorted to in the past. Blaine says that there are a few simple, feel-good strategies parents can employ to make their disciplining more effective. Read on for tips you can use starting when your child is an infant.

Do what you say you are going to do every single time. Being a parent takes a lot of patience and sacrifice. And that means following through on discipline even when it’s inconvenient or unpopular. If the consequences you employ as discipline are merely empty threats, your child will know as much and the behavior will never change. If the consequence of continued bad behavior is leaving the fun birthday party, do not just threaten it—leave the birthday party. It might feel awkward and be inconvenient, but the payoff will be a child who knows you mean business.

Do not let your own issues affect your discipline. If you have had a bad day at work or are just plain exhausted, it can be much easier to operate on a short fuse and let even the tiniest things push you over the edge. Before you interact with or try to redirect your child, make sure that you are not letting your own personal anger or problems affect the way you react toward your child.

Take some time to talk it out. If your child is over 3 years old, Blaine suggests having her sit with you and think about her actions; then ask her what she can do differently next time. Taking a “thinking time” or “cooldown time” helps her to become an active part of her discipline, so that it feels less like a commandment being handed down and more like a decision and effort she is a part of.

Let children know that parents DO understand. Acknowledge and validate your child’s feelings while setting limits. Let her know that you are not just handing down a punishment and you do realize that she is experiencing emotions, too. When she knows that she is being heard and understood, she is more likely to listen to what you have to say as well.

“Like anything else in parenthood, positive discipline takes a lot of patience and practice makes perfect. But the reward in the end is worth it,” she adds. “When you start seeing—and feeling—the results, you’ll be glad you took the high road.”✲

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Give the child a good behavior to use in place of the bad one. Children cannot learn how we want them to behave unless we replace their bad behavior with the one we want to see or expect. When your child misbehaves, be sure to follow up your “We don’t run inside” with a helpful suggestion for what he can do—like “But we can run and jump and play all we want to outside. Would you like me to go out and play with you?” Redirect your child’s attention. If your little one is throwing a tantrum in the grocery store or having a meltdown over the toy her little brother just stole, then Blaine suggests redirecting her attention to another activity or train of thought. Have her help you on a “scavenger hunt” to complete your shopping list, or sit down with her in another room to play a game or read a book. Pulling her away from the situation at hand will help you both to calm down and move forward.

Make encouragement one of your top tools. Discipline does not have to be only about the “don’t do thats” or the “because I said sos” (and it shouldn’t be!). Children love nothing more than to please their parents, and your encouragement is worth its weight in gold. Make sure you offer encouragement when your child follows through on a good behavior. If he knows you can be pleased, he will work hard to make it happen time and again!

Kimberley Clayton Blaine, MA, MFT, is the executive producer of the online parenting show www.TheGoToMom.TV and author of The Go-To Mom’s Parents’ Guide to Emotion Coaching Young Children and The Internet Mommy.

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LIBERTY LAKE SUMMER DAY CAMP Liberty Lake is the place to be for ages 4-15; transportation available in Camden & Burlington Counties. CAMPERS create their own schedules, guaranteeing the BEST SUMMER! Tours available daily. Conveniently located just off Rte 295 (exit 52A). www.libertylakedaycamp.com, (609) 499-7820. SPRING GOLF LESSONS! FREE Junior Golf Lessons from Dick Smith Golf Academy in April at Valleybrook Country Club & Running Deer Golf Club. For more info visit www.ronjaworskigolf.com.

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ATLANTIC COUNTY 50th Birthday Bash March 2 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Help The Arc of Atlantic County celebrate 50 years with Kenny I Orchestra, dinner, silent auction, photo booth & more. The Carriage House, 25 S. Pitney Rd, Galloway. (609) 485-0800 x 136. Spring Antique & Craft Show March 5 Come shop or sell at the antique and craft show. Free admission & parking handicapped accessible. Refreshments for sale. Table rental $20. Our Lady of the Lakes Church, Collings Lakes. (609) 561-8313, ourladyofthelakesparish @comcast.net.

BURLINGTON COUNTY Talk to the Animals Music & Children’s Concert March 27 Step right up and hear the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey’s Annual Children’s Concert at Moorestown High School. Hear Washington School’s Elementary Choir sing “Talk to the Animals” and enjoy the Carnival of the Animals with a slide show. Tickets are $5/$10. (856) 779-2600, www.psnj.org. Mardi Gras March 5 from 7 p.m. to midnight Food, wine/beer, entertainment, dancing included. Silent & Live Auction. Proceeds benefit Hainesport Township School. $40/person. Bradford Estates, Marne Hwy, Hainesport. (609) 234-7033, hainesportpto@hainesport.k12.nj.us. Youth Art Month Exhibition March 28 to April 1 Original displays of paintings, drawings and collages capture the spirit and imagination of New Jersey’s talented students. Art work created by students in grades K12 from all of Burlington County will be

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CAMDEN COUNTY Whatever’s Write Prose Workshop March 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. “Whatever’s Write” prose writers’ critique workshop group meets on the first Thursday of each month at the William Rohrer Memorial Library, 15 MacArthur Blvd., Haddon Twp. Free. (856) 983-6966, whateverswrite.homestead.com. 5th Annual Mutts & Martinis March 12 from 7 to 10 p.m. Live DJ, specialty martinis, mixed drinks, draft beer, buffet dinner, raffles, prizes & more! Live Band, The Sensational Soul Cruisers! All proceeds benefit the dogs of Lilo’s Promise! Tickets: $40 in advance, $45 at door. PJ Whelihan’s, Cherry Hill. (856) 952-1978 or lilospromise@hotmail.com. I Simply Love Her 2011 March 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This annual Valentine’s Day social and expo is an all-female event to promote empowerment, self-love and sisterhood among women. Join us for a night to remember with Keynote Speaker Lauretta Pierce of Covenant Cookies & much more. The Mansion, 3000 Main Street, Voorhees. (856) 392-5152, www.pwpsocial2011.eventbrite.com.

CAPE MAY COUNTY Gardening for Wildlife Workshops Every Saturday in March Your outdoor space can be transformed into a haven for showy hummingbirds, colorful butterflies, nesting and wintering

birds, caterpillars and much more. Nature Center of Cape May, 1600 Delaware Ave, Cape May. Workshops run 10a-3p for five Saturdays. The program fee for each workshop is $45; $35 for New Jersey Audubon members. Sign up for all five for a discounted rate of $125 members and $150 nonmembers. (609) 898-8848, www.njaudubon.org/centers. Chili & Chowder Challenge March 12 from 1 to 5 p.m. Professional chefs vs. home cooking. Help our judges pick the best! A chance to warm up and cool down on a Saturday afternoon. Cash bar and music too! Admission $5, helps benefit Cape May food banks. Hosted by Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May & Congress Hall. (609) 884-5508 x 102 or doreen@capemaychamber.com.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY Harry the Dirty Dog March 6 at 3 p.m. ArtsPower’s new musical, based on the classic book by Gene Zion with illustrations by Margaret Bloy Graham, captures both the whimsical humor and touching dedication to family that is found in Harry’s story. Appropriate for ages 5 - 7. $5 all ages. Frank Guaracini Jr. Fine & Performing Arts Center, Cumberland County College, Vineland. (856) 692-TIXX, www.artspower.org. Circurious...An American Circus March 27 at 3 p.m. Circurious is a heart-stopping, mind-boggling display of artistry and athleticism, bringing the circus tent, concert hall, and Broadway stage together for an aweinspiring afternoon of fun! Performers include aerialists, acrobats, contortionists, illusionists, and singers and dancers. $22 Adults, $18 for 55 & over, $12 for under 18. Frank Guaracini Jr. Fine & Performing Arts Center, Cumberland

GLOUCESTER COUNTY CASA Bowling Party March 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. CASA is a non-profit that provides an essential service to children in need for Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties. Come to their annual CASA Bowl event for an evening filled with bowling, free food, raffles and prizes. Form a team of 5 or 6, and compete with other guests, or bring your children and participate in the family bowl. Tickets are $25 per bowler and include food vouchers, shoe rental and three hours of bowling. (856) 459-0061 or Tom@ CASAofCGS.org. Glassboro Bowling & Recreation Center, 503 N. Delsea Dr, Glassboro. Military Support Group Beef & Beer Benefit March 25 from 7 p.m. to midnight Come out for a good time and support a great cause. Help continue the mission of supporting the men and women of our country. $25/person. Includes all you can eat food and drinks. Enter to win raffle prizes! The Columbus Manor, 1351 N Black Horse Pike, Williamstown. kjcardinal@aol.com.

SALEM COUNTY A Midsummer Night’s Dream March 5 at 2 p.m. $5/person. Appel Farm Arts and Music Center, 457 Shirley Rd, Elmer. (856) 3941211, www.appelfarm.org. 40th Annual Swap Meet & Car Corral March 27 starting at 6 a.m. Antique car parts & car corral. Salem County Fairgrounds. Plenty of venders & food. (609) 202-0437 or jschevy48@ comcast.net.

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ARE YOU REDECORATING AND NEED HELP CHOOSING THAT PERFECT WALL COLOR AND FINISH? I can create a beautiful finish that fits your style and budget and bring your ideas to life. Hand-painted scenes, kids' rooms, baby nurseries & fine decorative finishes. Free estimates. Lori Gallo, Paint Impressions, (609) 254-9695 or loridesign@comcast.net. Fully insured; Licensed #13VH06058300.

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 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 www.justforlittlepeople.com.

HEALTH & WELLNESS ARE YOU READY TO TURN OVER A NEW LEAF? Want to improve your eating habits, increase your energy and understand your food cravings? Turning Leaf Nutrition and Wellness will develop a personalized program that will radically improve your health and happiness. One conversation can change your life. (856) 912-3709, www.turningleaf-wellness.com.

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PARTIES Abrakadoodle CUSTOMIZED Arty Parties are perfect for BIRTHDAYS, HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS, SCHOOL OR SCOUT EVENTS. All artwork FRAMED – the best PARTY GIFT ever! Hosted at your location; we provide ARTFULLY FUN teacher, materials & frames. Visit www.abrakadoodle.com/nj01 or call (856) 914-0521. BOWLING BIRTHDAY PARTIES AT MEDFORD LANES Children age 4 to 12 love Bumper Bowling! Bumper rails keep the ball heading to the pins. We have light balls, custom mini ramps and you can bring your favorite food. (609) 654-4021 or vist www.Medfordlanesnj.com for more info.

PEDIATRIC OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY NEED HELP GUIDING YOUR CHILD’S DEVELOPMENTAL JOURNEY? At The Schlinic, happy childhoods are our specialty. Kids come for awesome motor equipment, fun sensory experiences and developmental play. Parents come for answers, professionals who listen, assessments and research-supported intervention. Learn more at www.schlinic.com or call Dr. Jodi at (856) 692-9292.

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