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Table of Contents mom 2 mom 6 How to Love the “Well Child” 8 6 Ways to Save Vacation Dollars 10 Midwives Deliver Moms-To-Be a Helping Hand 12 Kids in the Kitchen—Microwave Safety 14 Thumbs Up or Down for Thumbsucking?

moms R women 2 16 Lessons from Layoffs: Coping with my Out-of-Work Spouse 18 Are You Letting Prescription Drugs Take You Away?

features 20 Birthday Party Planning Headquarters 32 Summer Camp Guide

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ach March has become the month where I decide what activities to plan for my kids’ birthdays. Both of them have spring birthdays, a month apart, so I have just enough time to plan a party if we decide to have one. We always celebrate by eating cake and going out to dinner; but sometimes, we’ve had parties with their friends, classmates and my friends’ children. In the past, I arranged a joint party since the kids knew and were friends with the same children. However, since growing up, they eschew the idea of “sharing” a party. My daughter doesn’t want her little brother being part of her festivities; my social butterfly son wants to invite EVERYONE. Last year, I thought I’d outsmart the mob by having a boys-only party for him – turns out he had 16 boys in his class. This year, who knows what I’m doing? I’m perplexed. Three things weigh on my mind: Why doesn’t anyone RSVP? With the myriad of communication devices, you’d think this would become simpler, but even with all your contact information on an invitation, you still may fail to hear from guests. Do guests of joint parties feel obligated to buy a gift for each child? Although I don’t know if my kids would mirror these feelings, I’m just happy that their guests arrive and enjoy themselves. How can you guarantee good weather for a party? You’d think spring/summer birthdays are ideal for outdoor parties, and I’m always so tempted, but what if a monsoon happens on the day of your party? One friend


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planned a pool party on the first day of summer which happened to be her son’s birthday, and it poured. Luckily, her house could accommodate her guests. Have you wracked your brains and wallets to plan the perfect birthday party? Well, relax and look no further than our special Birthday Party issue. Check out our special section featuring local businesses who can dream up birthday parties to make your wishes come true without blowing out any candles. You’ll also find birthday party advice by reading these articles. Baby expert Blythe Lipman writes about ways to incorporate charitable acts into your child’s birthday party in “It’s My Party!” In “Mind Your Birthday Party Manners” by Deb McCarson, she offers advice to host and guest about birthday party etiquette. And our resident Party Planner, Stacy McGuigan of Everyday Celebrations, answers real moms’ birthday party conundrums in “Ask the Party Planner.” So join the party and take a look at our Birthday Party section and much more in this issue. You can also join in the party by liking our Facebook page Have an idea for an article or a topic you’d like to see covered? Send me an e-mail at Thanks for reading!✲ Your friend and fellow MOM, M.B.


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How to Love the “Well Child” By Samantha Gill


have a 3 and a 2-year old. My 2-year old has special needs, lots of therapy and doctors’ appointments. My almost 4-year old has been right on track, meeting and exceeding all of her milestones. I’m blessed with two very adorable, loving daughters.They both have very full-of-life personalities and both in different places. One sick; one well. Slowly, I’ve been learning how to manage my life as the mom of a child with “needs”: oxygen, ordering, refills, appointments, therapy, binders, files...multi-tasking has become my third job (first, being Mommy; second, my “real” job.) But one thing that keeps me up some nights is worry. Obviously, I have the natural worries of parenting a sick child. But I worry, too, about my well child. The child I, sometimes, cannot give my 100% attention because my other child is having a “bad day” or was admitted to the hospital -- again. I worry that she’ll feel penalized for being well. That being “sick” = attention and love. I’ve made the conscientious effort to work on being a better Well-Mommy. I know some may read this and think, “You have

to work at being a Mommy?!” What I mean is, I really have to pay close attention to myself, my mannerisms, my tone and how I speak to my well child -- especially on the “bad days.”

“Sometimes, Be Upfront–If there’s a planned just realizing how hospital admission, testing or procedure coming up, be sure fortunate I am to to prepare your well child for have two beautiful your absence. You don’t have to get into the nitty gritty of daughters is medical mumbo-jumbo OR your worry and concerns. But enough” you do have to let them know what

This is what I’ve learned and am learning: Kids Watch Everything–You Need to, Too And I mean EVERYTHING. My 3-year old remembers everything she sees and what’s said. It’s almost eerie how she does it! But she does. So when I have that “Mommy of the Year Moment”, I have to learn to take the advice I give…to take a deep breath and a step back. I need to look -- really look -- at my well child. Is she worried? Tired? Upset? Is she acting out simply for attention or for something as simple as a hug and “I love you”? The key is to pay as close attention to your actions/behavior like your child is. You’ll soon catch yourself.

to expect. “Mommy has to take Sissy to the hospital Friday. We should be home the very next day! You and I’ll talk on the phone while I’m there. Mommy loves you very much and will miss you.” Be Thoughtful–Again, if I know there’s a planned admission coming up, I try to either do something special with my 3-year old beforehand or get her something special. Once I surprised her at school, took a half-day from work and “stole” her away for the day. She was SO excited! She couldn’t believe it. On another admission, I bought her little tiny gifts with notes from me to open: one in the morning; one before bed. It doesn’t have to be anything expensive. Even the dollar store has cute stuff kids love! Praise, Praise and Praise–Let your child know how proud you are of them. What a huge help they are. Tell them how much you love them all of the time. Since I leave early in the morning for work, I leave my daughter a note every morning. Sometimes, I draw a funny picture, too. Special Time–I set aside two days a week for my 3-year old and me. My 2-year old has therapy 4-5 times a week. Every Sunday my 3-year old and I go to church together and then go shopping afterwards. And every Wednesday, we go to her gymnastics class. It’s our standing “date”. We both love and look forward it. I can only hope that I’m “doing a good job”, and both my girls feel loved and will be happy and healthy. Sometimes, just realizing how fortunate I am to have two beautiful daughters is enough.✲

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6 vacation dollars ways to save

By Dr. Kelly N. Moore


he emerging buds on trees, longer stretches of sunlight, and warmer weather means that summer is on its way! If you’re anything like me and my mommy friends, you love vacation, and even more, a vacation that doesn’t demolish your family’s pocketbook. Most of us know the tricks to finding great flight, hotel or even car rental prices on various internet sites, but here are some other tips to help make your vacation time fun and focused on family and not your dollars.


Take a Staycation

I wouldn’t be a Jersey Mom if I didn’t state the obvious. If ever there was a year to try to pour some money back into the Jersey economy, this is our year! New Jerseyans should try their best to plan to spend some time going back to our shore towns that are on the mend from Hurricane Sandy and support local shops, restaurants, B&Bs and attractions. It’s cheaper than flying, and you may even be able to participate in relief efforts that are still ongoing.



Look for Freebies

When you travel, head straight to the hotel concierge to ask questions about coupons for local places for dining, entertainment and shopping. This is especially helpful when you’re traveling to a place that you’re not familiar with. Little savings like these go a long way when you’re traveling with little ones.

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I can’t stress this enough, and I speak from experience. I’ve stayed in many different types of accommodations, and I can tell you, you’ll hardly ever be there if you’re truly enjoying your vacation. This is not to say that you should stay in a place that’s disgusting or a random motel, but when you go away on a vacation, be sure to remember that you’ll be paying for admissions to attractions and dining locations so you don’t want to blow your whole budget on your hotel when you’ll only be there at the start and end of each day.


Find the Loopholes

Call ahead if you’re traveling to a theme park and find out if you can bring in food or drink from the outside.You would be surprised. We traveled to Disney a couple of years ago and were shocked to find that we could bring some food items into the park. This can greatly cut down on costs. Just head to a local grocery store, get bottled water and healthy snacks, use your hotel’s fridge or a cooler, and bring it along with you. Trust me -- buying a $6 case of water beats paying $5 for only one bottle when you get into the park!



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Plan Ahead

Vacations are fun and, of course, it should have some moments of spontaneity, but the fact is that budgeting your vacation serves the same function as budgeting your home life. It helps keep you focused on the big picture and the things you really want to enjoy and relieves the stress and risk of overspending and breaking the family budget. Here’s to hoping you and your families have a fantastic, safe, and budget-friendly vacation! Photos by Claire Sinclair

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Midwives Deliver Moms-To-Be a Helping Hand By Cheryl Lynne Potter


hat is a midwife? The average person probably doesn’t know what a midwife is or what they actually do for a living. Yet midwives have been around for centuries, helping women experience the miracle of childbirth. In fact, references to midwives can be found in many historical documents. Midwives are mentioned in ancient Greek and Roman manuscripts, and they’re even talked about in the Old Testament of the Bible. The word midwife is an Old English term that means “with woman” which explains why midwives are with women during labor and delivery and even after the birth of newborns. Women who choose midwives usually want natural childbirth. 10 | March 2013

Jeana and Mark Horner of Clayton chose a midwife for the birth of their first baby because of Jeana’s desire for natural childbirth without an epidural. She also wanted a water birth. “I thought this was the best option for the baby,” she said. Jeana admits that her first pregnancy had her “nervous and a lot scared about being pregnant and giving birth.” However, after lengthy discussions with family and friends, Jeana made the decision to contact a midwife and called upon Certified Nurse-Midwife, Patricia Madden, owner of Ostetrica Healthcare For Women, located in rural Elk Township. The Horners chose Madden as their midwife for a variety of reasons. One of the main reasons was the comfort level that Madden gave Jeana and her mom during their first visit to her office. “She made us feel so comfortable,” said Jeana. “She gave me confidence the first time I met her.” When Jeana told Madden about her desires for the birth of her baby, Madden told her, “Whatever you had in mind, that’s what we’re going to do.” Midwives offer women “personalized care.” Women need to be “educated, so they can make decisions on how they want their care to be provided,” Madden said. A midwife’s philosophy is much different than that of a physician. “Doctors often use preventive testing and medical technology more than midwives do,” according to the medical website, Kids Health. Midwives also don’t do any surgical procedures, such as Cesarean sections, said Madden. However, they’re trained to handle certain abnormal pregnancies by using non-invasive techniques. Certified Nurse-Midwives are also trained in basic life support for newborns. According to the NJ Chapter of the American College of Nurse-Midwives’ website, obstetricians and midwives can be, at times, complimentary to one another but can also be at odds, since obstetricians are “taught to actively manage labor while midwives are taught not to intervene unless necessary.” Midwives are specialists in low-risk pregnancies, but they do consult with other healthcare professionals just in case complications do arise. Today’s midwife offers a “full scope of gynecological care as well as obstetric care,” said Madden. However, it’s the expert care given to pregnant women that makes them so unique. Jeana and Mark can still recall quite vividly the extraordinary care they received from Madden several months ago. “She kept everything a calming experience,” said Mark. After 27 hours of labor, Jeana gave birth to a beautiful 9lb., 5oz. baby boy that they named Jaron. “My experience with Patty was phenomenal,” said first-time father Mark. He admits having a baby with a midwife has been, for him and his wife, “nothing but a positive experience.” “When you have a baby with a midwife,” said Jeana, “you want no one else to ever deliver your baby.”✲

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Kids in the Kitchen—Microwave Safety By Angela De Groot


hile microwave ovens provide a convenient way for kids to prepare meals, like all kitchen appliances, they can be hazardous if not used correctly. Here are some tips for teaching your children how to safely use the microwave oven.

Microwave-Safe? Learning what materials can and cannot go into the microwave is a good place to start. Show your children the “microwave-safe” labels on the bottom of containers and keep your microwave-safe kitchenware in one cabinet so that they know where to find them. Explain that metallic items like foil and wire ties should never be used in the microwave. Consult your microwave oven manual for a complete safety checklist. Operating the Microwave – Show & Tell. Microwave cooking times vary depending on the type and quantity of food being heated. Demonstrate and explain how each food item should be prepared, then supervise your children’s first few attempts until you’re satisfied they can prepare items safely and react appropriately to boil-overs. Find out

what dishes your children like to make, then draw up a chart of these foods with their cooking times. Tape the chart to the inside of a nearby cabinet for easy reference. Avoid hotspots by stirring food half-way through and at the end of the cooking process so that heat is evenly distributed. Food should be allowed to stand before removing from the oven using kid-sized potholders. Safety Basics. Burns are the most common microwave injury. The microwave should be situated so that your children can operate it without having to stand on furniture to do so. Remind your children to always use potholders to remove items from the microwave as even microwave-safe kitchenware can become hot during the cooking process. Lids should be removed so that steam is vented away from

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Thumbs Up or Down for

Thumbsucking? By Fiona Paterna

as ages two through four. Sucking puts pressure on the sides and roof of the mouth; as a result, the upper jaw can narrow, causing the teeth to not meet properly from the top to bottom. It can make an existing crossbite worse and cause speech problems such as lisping. It also prevents teeth from erupting properly—either by preventing eruption or by proclining them excessively.” The American Dental Association says problems are more likely to occur at an earlier age for active thumbsuckers than for passive thumbsuckers. (Active thumbsuckers suck thumbs so forcefully that a popping sound is heard when the thumb is removed from the mouth.) In the case of active tongue-thrusters, or if your child is embarrassed, try discouraging the habit by age four. Between ages two through four, most children gradually lessen and cease the habit due to environment, exploration, and peer pressure. Prolonged finger or thumbsucking may necessitate braces in adolescence.

“Sucking on digits while in the womb is a natural reflex, providing security and relaxation...”


hen my son snubbed a pacifier, embracing his thumb, I was relieved. Recently, I’d played “binky fairy” to my three-year old daughter who no longer napped and replaced her binkies with a pink Magna-Doodle. Flashbacks to sleepless nights I suffered, stumbling down the hallway to insert her binky when it fell out of reach. Desperate after calculating the dwindling hours of sleep each time I collapsed into bed, I showered her crib with pacifiers, hoping she could locate one without disturbing my precious sleep.Yes, she slept twelve hours through the night since eight-weeks old, albeit a binky-induced, dependent sleep. Gazing down at my thumbsucking son, I rejoiced that he’d always find his thumb! It never occurred to me that I should be concerned until a friend recommended that he “better get that thumb out of his mouth.” Downtrodden, I realized a thumb fairy couldn’t take his thumb away after his third birthday. I faced a parental dilemma: push pacifier usage, encourage continued thumbsucking or neither? After research and medical consultation, I found there’s no reason to encourage either in uninterested infants since the sucking instinct is satisfied through breast- or bottle-feeding. Furthermore, I realized it wasn’t my decision to make (yet). Sucking on digits while in the womb is a natural reflex, providing security and relaxation, so whether my son favored a pacifier or his thumb, it wasn’t something to control but rather “deal with” later. But how much later? Dr. Janine Trindade, D.M.D., an orthodontist and periodontist at Your Child’s Very Own Dentist in West Deptford, thoroughly explains, “Research shows the effect of finger or thumbsucking can present as early 14 | March 2013

Whatever the age, be wary of your approach in deterring the habit. First, it’s best to attune when, where, and why your child sucks his thumb and offer alternatives. For example, if he tends to suck his thumb when he’s tired, encourage a midday nap or offer a tactile cuddle toy at bedtime. If he sucks his thumb in the car, offer something to occupy them. If the habit occurs when he’s anxious, try to determine and disarm the stressor. If it’s used to attract attention, ignore it. If it’s an involuntary behavior, gently remind him to stop and use a designated private cue in public to avoid embarrassment. Dr. Trindade recommends additional methods. First, reward children when they refrain from sucking during particularly difficult periods, such as when separated from their parents. Second, if parents’ reminders fall on deaf ears, your child’s dentist can explain what could happen if the behavior continues and encourage them to stop. Third, if thumbsucking persists, remind children of the habit by bandaging the thumb or putting a sock on the hand at night. Lastly, your dentist may recommend using a varnish to paint on the digits or a mouth appliance. Remember, thumbsucking is one of the most common habits of children -- between 50 and 87 percent of children do so. In fact, 90 percent do some form of hand-sucking by age two (Boston Children’s Hospital). That means 90 percent of parents have probably been concerned with this issue at some point. Like potty-training, you’re not alone as a concerned and devoted parent and will leave this stage unscathed.✲ References:WebMD, American Dental Association, Mayo Clinic & Boston Children’s Hospital

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Cook Up Some Spring Cheer By Lisa Ann Panzino DiNunzio


pringtime is the perfect time to host a springthemed party, brunch or luncheon. Simply decorate the table with bunches of beautiful daffodils and/or tulips, cheerful bright table linens or runner, and any seasonal items that you like. Make sure to let your children help with age-appropriate tasks – they’re sure to have a good time helping to decorate! The three recipes I’m sharing this month would be perfect to serve your family or guests, along with any family favorites you may have, so here’s to a fun, flavorful and healthy Spring! “Spring Has Sprung” Vanilla Cupcakes • 1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour • 1/4 cup almond flour • 1 1/2 tsp. non-aluminum baking powder • 1/2 tsp. sea salt • 1 cup raw or granulated sugar • 1/2 cup butter, softened • 2 large eggs, at room temperature • 1/2 cup organic or regular whole milk • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract • Favorite frosting Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, using an electric hand mixer, beat the sugar and butter until well blended. Add the eggs, milk and vanilla, beat until smooth. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups (about 1/4 cup batter into each cup). Bake until cake springs back when touched, or a toothpick inserted into the center of cupcakes comes out clean (approximately 14 -17 minutes). Transfer to a wire rack and allow cupcakes to cool completely. Frost the tops of the cupcakes, and decorate with spring-themed items.

Crustless Spinach, Cheese & Turkey Bacon Quiche • 1 tbs. safflower or sunflower oil • 1 small onion, peeled and sliced thin • 1 (10 oz.) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained • 5 eggs, beaten • 4 slices turkey bacon, cooked and crumbled or sliced • 3 cups shredded cheddar or Jack cheese • 1/4 tsp. sea salt • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9-inch pie pan with non-stick cooking spray. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and sauté, stirring occasionally until caramelized. Add spinach to the skillet and continue to cook until excess liquid has evaporated. Turn off heat and let spinach and onion mixture cool. In a large bowl, combine eggs, turkey bacon, cheese, salt and pepper. Add spinach mixture and stir to blend. Pour into prepared pie pan. Bake for approximately 30 - 40 minutes or until eggs have set. Let quiche cool 5 minutes before serving. Tortellini Salad • 2 lbs. cheese tortellini, cooked, drained and cooled • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped small • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped small • 1 carrot, thinly sliced • 1 celery stalk, thinly sliced • 1 small onion, thinly sliced • 1/2 cup sliced black olives • Balsamic vinegar, to taste • Extra virgin olive oil, to taste • Sea salt, to taste • Ground black pepper, to taste • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional In a large bowl add cooled tortellini, red and green peppers, carrot, celery, onion, and olives. Drizzle in vinegar and olive oil, add salt and pepper, toss all together. Top with Parmesan cheese before serving, if desired.✲   As always, Bon Appetit!

Lisa Ann Panzino DiNunzio is the author of “Seasoned With Love, Treasured Recipes” & “Lisa Ann’s Seasoned With Love II”, and the children’s book, “Snicker Learns An Important Lesson.” Visit her blog or Facebook page

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Lessons from Layoffs:

Coping With My Out-Of-Work Spouse By Denise M. Mooney


uring twenty years of marriage, I’ve become a “reluctant expert” on coping with an out-of-work spouse. It’s been an unexpected lesson in the school of hard knocks that I’ve had repeatedly. My husband, a computer software engineer, has been out-of-work multiple times due to the dot-com bust. Since that initial layoff, he’s worked at various companies until becoming a successful consultant. Several of these periods of unemployment overlapped with major life changes involving pregnancy, moving or both! Needless to say, I didn’t always cope well. Along the way, however, I learned some techniques that enabled me to cope better each time. Give them a try if you find yourself face-to-face with an out-of-work spouse.

Patience: Life with a jobless spouse requires patience. For men, especially, occupation and identity are intensely intertwined. Women tend to identify with the many hats we wear: mom, career, friend, etc. Understanding this difference helped me have more patience with my husband during unemployment. Even as a result of a huge corporate downsizing, the joblessness can be a blow to self-esteem which may lead to depression and withdrawal. I needed to be patient, understanding and encouraging when he seemed down or discouraged. I quickly learned that it was definitely not the appropriate time for me to pile on the “honeydo” list or whine about putting grocery store items back when the cash ran short. Patiently holding back on my own issues while listening to his concerns, especially in the face of a lengthy unemployment, was always more of an encouragement to him. Support: Rely on your community network of family and friends. It’s okay to seek help! Rather than burden your already stressed out spouse with more anxiety, try venting to a friend, relative, pastor or counselor when feeling overwhelmed. Our church family helped us immensely through each trial. Despite how extreme or trivial the situation seemed, our congregation cared for us through prayer, encouragement, meals, and in tougher times, groceries and financial assistance. Having benefited first-hand from a caring community, we value the importance of turning around and helping others. 16 | March 2013

Distraction: Find fun, free or cheap things to fill the extra time with your spouse. Have a picnic in the park, watch home movies, play games or just go for a walk. One of our favorite pastimes is watching movies, so we always enjoy using gift cards we receive for special occasions to treat ourselves to the latest flicks when funds are low. Enjoy the gift of time you’ve been given to demonstrate your love in simple ways (a love note, back rub or fresh batch of brownies.)

we inevitably re-institute another “Great Cupboard Challenge!” Creatively challenge your family to find ways to save money during those out-of-work months.

Laughter: As the saying goes, “Laughter is the best medicine.” The first time my husband was laid off, I cried...a lot (being 8 months pregnant didn’t help!) After a couple more layoffs, I began to just laugh it off. It seemed the best coping mechanism I had. My choice was to laugh or cry and I chose to laugh! Several times I recall him job hunting before Christmas which inspired me to sing, “It’s that time of year when he needs a job!” After a while, the kids joined in, he was forced to crack a smile and even wrote more lyrics!

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Creativity: With restricted finances, it can be extremely frustrating to go grocery shopping. To spice things up, we started “The Great Cupboard Challenge” by coming up with creative meals we could find in our pantry. This enabled us to save some money, help the unemployment check last longer, provide different meals than usual and clean out the cabinets! While establishing his own consulting business, my husband sometimes needs to look for new work, and that’s when

Our family has overcome many trials including multiple times of unemployment. Encouraging one another, seeking support, spending time together, taking a moment to laugh and being creative within our circumstances, have been great tools to help us cope with the situation, as well as each other!✲

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Are You Letting Prescription Drugs Take You Away? By Carolyn Leigh Kellerman


rescription drug use is one the most commonly abused medications with an increase in the number of prescribed drugs being used. Research suggests that women are more likely to abuse prescription drugs than males. Women are more likely to misuse pain medication, sleeping pills, diet pills and antidepressant drugs. Abusing prescription drugs is just as harmful as abusing illicit substances and can cause significant problems for a person’s physical or mental health. It also can cause financial problems as well as social. When taken with over-the-counter medications, prescription medications can be extremely dangerous. These drugs can have serious adverse interactions with other drugs that are taken on a regular basis. They can also contain other substances that can cause toxic reactions in the body as well as major health problems.

Easing Pain with Prescription Medication Severe and moderate pain is a condition many people suffer during their lifetime. Whatever your pain may be, doctors can prescribe medicine that will help manage the pain; however, taking stronger medication can have severe consequences if not appropriately managed. Opiate pain killers are one of the most addictive prescription medications available. If you do not have appropriate monitoring by a medical professional, a person can build up a tolerance, dependence and addiction. Addiction Pain Medicines • Oxycodone • Morphine • Opiate

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Weight Loss Pills Weight loss pills can also be very dangerous to a person’s health and cause serious side effects. Prescription-only weight loss pills include appetite-suppressing amphetamines which are highly addictive and have high abuse potential. Amphetamines are stimulant drugs which give a person a boost of energy, stamina and can reduce sleepiness. In some cases, however, these drugs used over a long period of time can cause a person to exhibit signs of exhaustion, paranoia and delusions. If you or anyone you know have symptoms (listed below) caused by weight loss pills, call your doctor immediately. • Mood swings • Chest pains • Anxiety • Hallucinations • Severe headaches • Irregular heartbeat

Sleeping Medications Many women juggle family, social lives and jobs; and insomnia is a common ailment that takes away our sleep time. Evidence shows that women tend to sleep less and are more concerned with working out the details of their lives when the rest of the house is asleep. To alleviate sleep problems, many women rely on sleeping pills but this solution doesn’t resolve the problem of sleep issues. Taking any prescription drugs that aren’t given by a doctor can have damaging effects on a person’s health. Always ask your doctor questions and be monitored when taking any prescription medication.✲

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The Toni Donato-Bolis & RJ Foundation By M.B. Sanok


fatal car accident changed the direction of kindergarten teacher and activist Angela Donato’s life. In June 2011, her beloved sister, Toni Donato-Bolis, and unborn nephew R.J. (Ryan Jeffrey) were killed in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, two days before her nephew’s birth. Distractions impact our lives daily; however, Angela wants to remind you about the dangers of distracted driving. “You don’t want your family to go through this,” she says. Ever since the tragedy, she instinctively knew she would speak about her sister’s accident, especially since distracted driving contributes to a drastically growing number of preventable car accidents. Although Angela’s intent was to spread the word post-tragedy about distracted driving, three Clearview High School students paved the way, urging her to speak out about her sister’s accident and the dangers of distracted driving as part of their DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) project. With her educational background, and despite her personal proximity to tragedy, she naturally took to engaging South Jersey high school students in the importance of never allowing distractions to interfere with driving. The Toni Donato-Bolis and RJ Foundation’s mission is to alert drivers to the dangers of distracted driving. By sharing her sister’s story, Angela hopes people will heed this serious message and consider the consequences. In addition to raising awareness, they raise monies to promote safe driving and offer college scholarships to qualified recipients who demonstrate their commitment to helping other families experiencing similar tragedies. They also continue to help implement and strengthen Federal and State laws regarding distracted driving. Angela’s presentation begins with a brief documentary on the Donato family produced by DuPont, about distracted driving and the dire consequences that stem from it. Then she calmly retells the story of the accident and why it’s so important to remain fo-

cused when driving. Although the subject matter is dour, the presentation is not always somber. “I never talk down to them…and I don’t like to stand behind a podium,” Angela, who is not much older than the students, says. Afterward students can sign a pledge, promising to use caution when driving. Attendees can purchase ribbons, pins, magnets and bracelets, all in green, honoring Toni’s favorite color and, ironically, also representing distracted driving. Proceeds go directly toward the scholarship fund. During the summer, the organization hosts an Annual Motorcycle Bike Run. Angela states that it’s “a great time to rally support…and sign a pledge to be a safe driver.” Through the foundation’s hard work, the Kulesh, Kubert and Bolis bill which allows tougher punishment against drivers who hurt or kill someone while unlawfully using a cell phone was enacted into law in July 2012 after a seven-year delay. Angela spoke in front of the NJ Assembly and Senate to urge them to pass this law which she notes is their biggest accomplishment. Angela has been honored by both Washington Township and the State House’s Women and Children Committee. South Jersey Magazine chose Angela, her mother and her sister Annette to receive their Super Woman award as well. Lindenwold High School named her their Hometown Hero. From handwritten letters to hugs, she’s very touched and humbled, saying, “If it wasn’t for Toni, I wouldn’t be someone’s hero.” And so far, four students have received foundation scholarships, including the Clearview students who now feel like family to the Donato’s. Since Angela started her dream job as a kindergarten teacher, her sister Toni’s best friend now shares speaking duties. But her goal remains to “expand safe driving awareness globally” and that distracted driving “statistics must go down.” Somehow, you know Toni is smiling down with pride and love at her younger sister who is someone’s hero. Visit for more information.✲

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Ask the Party Planner By Stacy McGuigan

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How do you politely tell people that always stay longer than everyone else that you would like them to leave? Erin, Deptford

This is a very good question and one that seems to come up often. One thing to make sure you always do is state an ending time for the party. DON’T leave the cute? for the ending time on the invitation -- that just encourages people who love to linger. When about 45 minutes are left of the party, start cleaning up, clearing dishes, walking around making sure everyone enjoyed themselves. About 10 minutes out, make an announcement to the children about finding their “stuff” (shoes, jackets, crafts that were made, etc.) When the party is officially over, have your child go from guest to guest, handing out their favor bags and saying thank you for coming to my party. Then, as the adult, follow-up with your goodbyes and thank-yous. Leave them with an invitation to come back another time when you’re more relaxed and have time to focus on them and chat. If all else fails, start vacuuming!

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How do you know if you were supposed to stay with your child if they were invited to a party at someone›s home? Tiffany, Gibbstown

You know what they say, “Never Assume.” Depending on the age of your child, ask the host. There’s nothing wrong with being upfront and honest. The host will be thankful. For a majority of home parties, the host feels like they can handle the celebration without help, but your phone call may be the life-saver she needs. So, if you ask, be prepared to stay and help.

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What is the rule of thumb for numbers (how many to invite) for kids parties? Allison, Cherry Hill


The old rule of thumb used to be: the number of years the child’s celebrating is the number of attendees to invite. You know the song, “It’s my party, and I’ll cry if I want to!”? Well, it seems like this happens a lot when children are younger, and they have too many people at their party. Plus, the focus is off the party child because, as the host, you’re trying to keep all the guests happy and satisfied. If you’re having the party in your home, you’ll best be able to gauge the amount of space you have for guests. Up to 12 children for kids under 10 is perfect. Make sure you have a “game” plan to keep the kids engaged with little “free-time”. If you have a large “guest” list, having the party at a location may best suit your needs: bounce place, artist studio, skating rink, etc. These facilities allow parents to have a celebration for large numbers of children in safe environment. Always ask if you’ll have to pay extra for the parents -- an expense you may not count on. For more information visit these websites: Thanks to the Real South Jersey MOMS’ Readers’ Panel for their questions! Stacy McGuigan is owner and creative engine of South Jersey’s one-stop event-planning service, Everyday Celebrations.  For more information, visit Every Thursday, she will answer your party questions on Facebook neatchat/chatroom?pid=227819697229322 .

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By Deb McCarson

irthday parties are an inevitable part of a child’s social life. Planning and attending parties provides an opportunity for children to begin to appreciate etiquette. The purpose of etiquette is not to conform to an elite standard but to be courteous and respectful of others. As your children mature, help them understand the difference. For Guests u

Be sure to RSVP by the date indicated on the invitation. The host will need this information to plan for food, games and prizes.


Don’t ask if you can bring other siblings.


It’s generally assumed that parents of preschool-aged children and younger will stay with them at a birthday party. If your child is five or older, ask the host if she prefers parents to stay or leave if it’s not indicated on the invitation.

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considering a gift, you should spend what fits into your budget. Ask your child what his/her friend likes to do and pick out an appropriate gift that will be appreciated.


Explain to your child that the party is to honor the birthday boy or girl. Remind her to say “happy birthday” when she arrives, to participate in the planned activities, and to say goodbye as she leaves.


If you’re planning to pass out invitations in your child’s school, be mindful of being exclusive. Some schools have protocol for this. If you’re going to invite only a few of your child’s closest friends, don’t hand out the invitations at school. Mail them instead.


Clearly state the beginning and end times on the invitation and start and end the party as indicated. Families are busyand need to stick to schedules. Parties for babies and toddlers do not need to be longer than one hour. Four to seven-year olds can handle a 90-minute party. Two hours is adequate for children over seven. Teen parties can be longer.


Indicate whether you want parents to stay with their children during the party. If you want them to stay, make sure you have food and beverages for the adults as well.


Have your child greet guests at the door and see them out when they leave.


Plan enough activities so that unoccupied children won’t take matters into their own hands. Free time in the playroom or backyard is fine, especially for younger children. Make sure they’re supervised, and if things start to get out of hand, incorporate an organized activity.


Don’t feel pressured to provide expensive goodie bags and prizes. Stay within your party budget. Simple and practical take-home items tailored to the theme of your party are nice but not required. A pleasant experience with friends should be the goal of the party.


Follow up with thank-you cards for gifts received. Make sure your child is part of this process. If your child is too young to write, you can write the note and have your child draw a picture underneath.

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It’s My

Party! By Blythe Lipman


ith preschool in session, your child’s social calendar is filled with birthday parties each weekend including her own. In such a shaky economy, how can you possibly compete with gymnastic bonanzas and fully catered events including professional entertainment? But let’s put this in perspective, birthdays are a time for celebration, not a time for keeping score. And teaching your children about charity and giving back on their special day is an added plus. Here are a few tips to help you structure meaningful and funfilled birthday celebrations: Make sure your party is age-appropriate. The rule of thumb is to invite two children more than your child’s age. Forget the big party and invite one best friend. Go to a movie or rent a video and cook a special lunch or dessert together! Instant pudding, sugar cookies with sprinkles or mini pizzas on English muffins are just a couple of fun examples. Plan an exercise party. Put a music or exercise video on and give each child a turn leading the exercises. Serve cut up vegetables and fruit with yogurt dip or ranch dressing. What fun, and the giggles will have you in stitches!! Plan a “book party.” Instead of bringing a present, ask each child to bring a book they would like to pass on. Have circle time talking about the stories. Ask the children to make two pretty cardboard bookmarks decorating cardboard strips with yarn, buttons and markers. Put one in the book and take the other home. Then donate the books to a favorite charity. A great way to pay it forward.

Plan a “pet party.” Ask each child to bring a picture of a favorite pet and a can of pet food. Place some newspaper on the floor or table with construction paper, yarn, buttons, markers, glue sticks, etc., and let each child make a collage to take home. Serve goldfish crackers, string cheese, gummy worms and pudding cups with candles for a snack. Donate the dog food to a local shelter. For older children, meet at a local animal shelter for a tour, then go to the park for fun and snacks. Fill a brown lunch bag with goldfish crackers, string cheese, a cookie and water for each child. (Moms must stay with their children for this celebration.) Have the children meet at an assisted living center and ask each child to bring one magazine each for the residents. Spend a little time saying hello and then take the children back to your home for snacks and games. (Moms must stay with their children for this celebration.) Bake two cupcakes for each child. Have them ice and decorate both and place a candle on one cupcake and blow them out together. Send the other home as a party favor. What fun! Plan a family birthday celebration. There’s no rule that says you have to invite the world. Family celebrations are sometimes the ones we remember the most! And don’t forget to have that camera charged and ready...Kodak moments last a lifetime! Remember, the most important gift to give your child is your time. It’s better than all the toys in the world! Blythe Lipman is the president of Baby Instructions and passionate about babies, toddlers and their parents. After 35 years in the field, she wrote her third award-winning book, MORE…HELP! MY BABY CAME WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS, available at www., and all major bookstores. Blythe hosts a weekly radio show on Wednesdays, 11am EST at She is available for in-home, video and telephone consultations. Help! My Toddler Came Without Instructions will be born on Mother’s Day 2013.

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Hope for the Hutchinsons By Keri Mikulski


ixteen-month-old Zachary Hutchinson was a happy and active toddler. He had reached all of his developmental milestones on time and all of his pediatric well-visits were perfect. Then, one day, it all changed. “He did things differently. And then, all of a sudden, he struggled to do things that once came easily to him.” Michelle Hutchinson, Zachary’s mother, fought back tears as she recalled the day she noticed subtle differences in her only child. “Every day he crawled up the steps and then, all of a sudden, he fought to go up one. We knew something was wrong.” After a month full of doctors’ appointments, Michelle and her husband Michael’s worst fears were confirmed when they were hit with a devastating diagnosis. “We saw our pediatrician, an orthopedist, a radiologist and a neurologist.” Michelle shared her experience of that horrific month of waiting for an answer. “After an MRI, spinal tap and blood work, we found out why Zach was struggling with walking, crawling and standing.” On August 29th, Zachary was diagnosed with late infantile Krabbe Disease, a rare, inherited, and, oftentimes, fatal disorder of the central and peripheral nervous system. Children with this type of leukodystrophy lack an enzyme that breaks down important compounds within the body.When deficient of this enzyme, substances start to accumulate, destroying nerve cells and preventing the repair

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of new ones.This leads to the deterioration of the nervous system. Only 1 in 100,000 people are diagnosed with Krabbe Disease in the United States, but 1 in 125 citizens are carriers of the genetic deficiency. There’s no cure. “The neurologist told us to look for a specialist and, in the meantime, take time off from work to spend as much time with Zach as we could,” Michelle conveyed from her new home at the Ronald McDonald House in Pittsburgh. Recently, stem cell and bone marrow transplants have been proven effective by stimulating normal development of nerve cells. At the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, a team of Krabbe specialists transplant stem cells from cord blood to give patients like Zachary the enzyme he needs to survive. “Mike and I left our home and moved to Pittsburgh,” Michelle said. “Right away, Zach completed thirteen days of chemotherapy and received the transplant.” Medical care for children diagnosed with Krabbe’s Disease costs around $700,000 annually. To help offset the hefty cost, Michelle’s sister, Nichole Gedling, setup the Zachary Krabbe’s Fight Fund. The funds’ efforts have raised money with the help of many family, friends, local firefighters and police officers including Zachary’s grandfather, Nick Giannini, a retired Maple Shade police officer and other family members who serve.

“The support has been amazing,” Michelle said. “A million thanks would never be enough.” This past holiday season, the Hutchinsons’ prayers were answered when Zachary’s body accepted the transplant, and he began producing enzymes. “Every day brings a new milestone as Zach is relearning everything,” Michelle said. “We are so grateful for every moment with our little boy.” The Hutchinson’s ultimate goal is to raise awareness about the disease. In fact, if Zach’s parents didn’t notice the signs and symptoms early on, the disease would have progressed too far for treatment. Currently, NJ mandates all babies born be screened for 54 specific genetic, metabolic, endocrine and hemologic disorders, not including leukodystrophies. Recently, the state is working to implement a law that would require a test for leukodystrophies, including Krabbe’s Disease, in newborns. “The testing is critical,” Zachary’s Aunt Nichole said. “Once they start showing symptoms, things progress so quickly, and the myelin will not be repaired. Newborn testing could help save lives.”✲ To donate, attend an event or to learn more about Krabbe’s Disease, please visit the Zachary Krabbe Fight page at For all other inquiries or donations, please send to Columbia Savings c/o Zachary Hutchinson Fund, 253 East Main St., Maple Shade, NJ 08052.

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The Magical Path to Literacy By Lisa Figueiredo


eading can take you to magical places. Create and escape -- allowing you to go to places you’ve never been. Getting your child to read can be a daunting task for some parents. From the time your little one is born, there are things you can do to encourage their desire to read. Read aloud to them. From the time my son was in my womb, I began reading to him. Experts say that even at a few months, a baby hears the sound of your voice, learns to see the pictures and turn the cardboard pages. Make reading a special time without distractions. By having a special place, perhaps with a chair, comfy blanket or pillow, you’ll create a relaxed environment. Turn the television and radio off, put your cell phone on vibrate and refrain from other distractions. Don’t stop taking the time to read aloud even after your children have learned to read for themselves. You can encourage them by having them read part of the story and then switching roles. Making different character voices helps to keep your child’s interest. It’s important to provide constant encouragement when they figure out a new word or read a sentence on their own. You can keep a reading log, logging minutes read, rather than the number of books to encourage their progress. Keep books in your home. From the time you’re preparing for your little one’s arrival, start a home library for them. You can stick to your childhood favorites, perhaps a particular author. Whether of not you realize it, you’re a role model for your child. They’ll learn by your example. It’s also important for them to see you reading newspapers, books and magazines. Take regular trips to the library. Your child may enjoy the sense of responsibility they get from picking out their own books and even having a library card. Allow them to pick their own books. It doesn’t matter what your child is reading as long as it’s something they enjoy, and they won’t see it as chore. Some suggest that you encourage boys who sometimes take less to reading with books like sports almanacs or encyclopedias. Like parents, books lay the foundation for successful reading, and fostering early literacy through fun, verbal stimulation will promote interest. Ensuring your child’s love of reading will set them up to be successful in school and life.✲

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Living Life with Multiple Sclerosis By Dolores Hoffman


ultiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease of the central nervous system where the immune system incorrectly attacks a person’s healthy tissue. MS affects approximately 1 in 700 people and can cause blurred vision, loss of balance, slurred speech and extreme fatigue among other problems. These problems may be permanent or may come and go. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50. MS isn’t considered a fatal disease but people affected by it often face increasing limitations. With some planning and a lot of support, MS patients can live a full and productive life. Here are a few suggestions to help you or a loved one cope with MS on a daily basis:

the kitchen so you can sit when you cook or adjusting your workplace to fit your needs will help keep you as active as possible.

Exercise Fatigue is a huge issue in MS, affecting most who suffer from the disease. Exercise sounds like it would be counter-productive to combat fatigue, but the Multiple Sclerosis Society says keeping fit and improving your strength can help reduce the severity of symptoms. Don’t overdo it, though. Start slow and then rest after exercising. When exercising, consider yoga. It has been found to help stretch the muscles and reduce inflammation. Many studios now offer yoga classes designed specifically for Multiple Sclerosis patients.

Avoid Stress Your attitude can set the bar on how well you cope with MS. A good outlook will help you focus on your goals in life and not let MS define you. If you have a positive attitude, it will help in your everyday routine of taking your medication, exercising and eating well.

Take Naps Short breaks or naps can help with afternoon fatigue and will make it easier to get through the day. If you exhaust yourself by lunch, you’ll find you have no energy left for the rest of the day. Resting BEFORE you get tired is essential to saving energy. Take advantage of handicapped parking spaces and park close. Using your scooter, wheelchair or cane can help offset daily exhaustion. Make sure to adapt your lifestyle according to your changing abilities. For example, lowering a counter in 30 | March 2013

Eating Healthy Healthy eating is important for everyone, but it’s particularly important if you have a chronic illness such as Multiple Sclerosis. Good nutrition can help the body store protein and vital nutrients which will provide much needed energy and also help fight infection. Try to limit sugar and salt as they may deplete energy. Also, water is essential for MS patients because it helps maintain a normal body temperature. For some people with MS, high body temperature may intensify symptoms and lead to fatigue. Remember, countless websites have recipes specifically for MS Patients, so give them a try.

Find Support Turn to family members and friends for support. You may even want to get involved with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to find local MS support groups. Connecting with someone else living with MS can help you express your frustrations and goals. Depression is common in MS, affecting up to 50% of individuals so taking the steps to find a good support system will help you handle the low points when they come. Although there’s still no cure for MS, according to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, there are advances in the treatment and understanding of MS every year. The possibility that future research will finally find the cure for multiple sclerosis is very encouraging.✲ Visit our website and sign up for our e-newsletter

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By Dr. Trina L. Gipson-Jones


erebral palsy is a debilitating group of disorders which are caused by an abnormally developed or damaged brain. This affects the child ability to control use of his or her muscles. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately 1 in 303 children in United States are living with cerebral palsy. Caring for children with special needs is a family affair which begins by understanding basic monitoring, screening and treatment option information. Monitoring Well-child visits are the best opportunity to monitor the physical, mental, social-emotional development of the child. Routine visits to the pediatrician or nurse practitioner facilitates the tracking of your child’s growth and development. In addition, the healthcare provider can use this information to compare your child’s development to the norm. Therefore, any issues can be identified early. Parents of premature or low birth weight babies should take their child for well-visits as advised by their pediatrician or nurse practitioner due to their increased risk for developmental issues. During well-child visits, the doctor or nurse will assess your child’s development by asking questions, observing your child’s movements and interactions, and taking or updating the medical history. Screening If your healthcare provider becomes concerned about your child’s development and suspects that your child has a developmental delay, he/she will conduct or schedule a neurodevelopmental screening test. A neurodevelopmental screening test is a brief formal evaluation of developmental skills. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends routine development screening during the well-child visits. These visits typically occur at 9, 18, 24 or 30 months.Your healthcare provider or you can also request a developmental screening at any time if concerned about your child’s deVisit our website and sign up for our e-newsletter

velopment. After receiving the results of the screening, if concerns persist, then the healthcare professional will make a referral for more definitive screening such as a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. An MRI scan can show the location and type of brain damage. In order to confirm the diagnosis of cerebral palsy, your healthcare provider may refer your child to additional doctors such as a child neurologist, developmental pediatrician, eye doctor or ear doctor. These specialists will assist the doctor or nurse practitioner in making a more accurate diagnosis and begin a treatment plan tailored to your child’s specific needs. Treatment Options Although cerebral palsy cannot be cured, children who receive this diagnosis typically live into adulthood. Early detection and treatment will often improve the capabilities of your child. When treatment is initiated early, children have more opportunities to develop ways to adapt to their physical constraints; they also learn new ways to approach challenging tasks. Treatment plans aren’t “one size fits all.” Your doctor or nurse practitioner will work with you and your child to develop a plan that best

fits his/her needs. A comprehensive treatment plan will take a multidisciplinary approach. The following specialty areas may be utilized to increase your child’s quality of living: m physical therapy to improve walking and decrease the likelihood of deformities; m occupational therapy to assist the child in performing normal activities such as dressing; m speech therapy to help the child’s speech, swallowing or with other communication issues; m counseling or behavioral therapy to assist the child cope emotionally; m medications may be given to control seizures, relax muscle spasms, and ease pain; m surgery might be performed to correct anatomical deformities or release tight muscles; m braces and other medical devices such as wheelchairs may be used to assist with mobility; m communication aids such as computers and voice synthesizers may be needed for effective communication.✲ March 2013 | 31

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CAMP A Transformative Summer Experience!


By Andy Pritikin, Liberty Lake Camp Director

emember when summer was so simple? We’d wake up, Dad would already be at work, Mom would be home, and we would spend our days outside -- in the streets, backyards, parks and pools. In today’s world, our kids have so much more to distract them -- hundreds of TV channels, limitless Internet, iPods/Touches/Pads/Phones/etc.; xBox Live, and, of course, central air! Yet these wonderful technological advances create a void of life skills that come from the old-time basics. Instead of learning life exploring outside, kids are learning life through multiple SCREENS. Instead of scraping their knees and learning life lessons, technology indirectly shelters them from reality. And we know what they’re watching on their screens: sex, violence, and commercialized exaggerations of real life. With more and more moms at work than ever before, how can we give our kids the childhood experiences and life skills that we learned? One word: CAMP! So put on your shorts, pack your bathing suit, lather on the sunscreen, and leave the electronics home! Camp is a step back in time -- to a simpler time when if it rained, we got a little wet. Choices we made had repercussions because our parents weren’t lurking over our shoulders. And we learned how to socialize and make friends because our relationships weren’t based on texting, “liking” photos and accumulating Facebook “friends” (acquaintances). At camp, young people learn how to actually talk to one another, relate to older and

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younger people, and learn the life skills that colleges and employers are looking for in the 21st century. What are 21st century skills you may ask? They are NOT computer programming and technology skills, nor the “3 R’s” which most schools’ standardized tests are based on. They’re the skills and competencies required to work with people so that issues can be resolved quickly and tasks can be tackled and conquered efficiently. Check out and see how the top corporations and education organizations have come together to identify the essential skills relevant in today’s world. By the way, there’s a wonderful place where millions of kids continue to gain these skills every summer… CAMP! So while most schools still focus on reading, writing and arithmetic, camp is experiential education in what the p21 organization calls “the 4Cs” - Critical Thinking and Problem-solving, Communication, Collaboration, Creativity. These are social and behavioral skills such as Work Ethics, Communications, Teamwork, Collaboration, and the #1 DEFICIENCY amongst young people: LEADERSHIP. Camp is more relevant and important than ever before. According to the CDC, 17% of children between the ages of 2 and 19 are considered obese, and, of course, they are, spending their lives indoors, in front of screens. The Kaiser Foundation found that children ages 8–18 spend approximately 4.5 hours watching TV, 1.5 hours on the computer, and

over an hour playing video games. As they turn into tweens and teens, they send an average of 60 text messages per day and spend an inordinate amount of time updating their social media profiles. Young people may feel that they’re super-connected, but they’re actually less connected than ever. Less close friendships, less “face-to-face” social skills and less capable of coping with the challenges of life. Meanwhile, the American Camp Association conducted a study with over 7600 campers from over 80 camps to gauge the outcomes by their summer camp experiences. Parents, staff and children all reported significant growth in: self-esteem, peer relationships, independence, adventure and exploration, leadership, environmental awareness, friendship skills, values, decision-making, social comfort, and spirituality. These are life skills which transform children into successful adults and contributors to society who are inspired to, one day, change the world. Summer camp is a transformative experience, where children find their passions for life, make lasting friendships and feel that their potential is limitless. So get your kids outside, away from the computers, TVs and Smartphones. Let them get hot, dirty, sweaty and wet at camp this summer. They’ll thank you for it now and later!✲

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Getting to Know a Camp’s Personality By Jess Michaels, Director of Communications, The American Camp Association, NY & NJ


amp provides children with the opportunity to learn new activities, meet new friends and learn life skills such as selfesteem, leadership and confidence. There are many different summer camps for families to choose from and each camp provides unique programming and approaches. Parents should consider what type of program and camp environment will fit with their child’s interests and personality. With so many different camp options, what’s the best way for parents to find out what a camp is really like before registering their child for camp? The American Camp Association, NY and NJ, has some tips for parents to help them learn about a camp’s philosophy and character. Tour the Camp A good way for parents and children to get a feel for a day or resident camp is to tour the camp. Scheduling a camp tour with your child the summer before sending your child to camp gives the future camper a chance to see camp in action, with campers enjoying all the fun activities the camp has to offer. A tour also gives you a chance to ask the camp director questions while you’re in the camp environment. If it’s not possible to tour the camp during the summer, schedule a tour in the off-season so you can see the facilities and still get a feel for the camp environment. Camp tours give children the feeling that he/she is part of the process of choosing the camp, and the more involved a child feels in the decision-making, the more successful the camp experience will be. If you’re planning on sending your child to camp in 2014, schedule a camp tour for this summer. Rookie Days There are many resident camps that offer Rookie Days or Rookie Weekends which are designed to give future campers a chance to experience the camp in session by joining in on the camp activities before going to camp. While children enjoy the camp activities, parents are taken on a tour of the camp. Rookie days are wonderful ways for children and their parents to get a feel for what the camp is like and to determine if the camp is the right fit. Talk to the Camp Director Parents want to make sure they click with the camp director. Speaking with the camp director and asking some key questions is a good way for families to find out about a camp’s philosophy and if it matches their own. Get to know the camp director through phone calls, correspondence and in person. Oftentimes, the camp director will come to your home or you can meet the camp director at a camp fair. Ask the camp director about the camps’ mission statement and what type of child is successful at camp. The more open families are with camp directors, the better informed they’ll be when it comes to making a decision.


Look at the Website, Video & Brochure Parents and campers should take time to look over a camp’s website, brochure and video. They’ll give families a sense of what a particular camp is like. Most camp websites have photo slide shows, videos, virtual tours, and maps which will give parents and children a glimpse of the camp and the camp program. Many camps also include a sample daily schedule so families can see what a typical day at camp is like. Camps will also send you a DVD upon request so that you and your child can view the camp and see campers and counselors engaged in camp activities. “When you are researching a camp, keep in mind that you are forming a partnership with the camp director. While it is important for you to get to know a camp’s personality, it is also important for a camp director to know about your family,” said Renee Flax, Camper Placement Specialist Director at the American Camp Association, NY and NJ. “Make sure to give the camp director an accurate picture of your child and what your specific goals are for your child’s camp experience. Tell him or her about your child’s strengths and weaknesses. Knowing these things about your child will help the camp director determine if the camp is the right camp for your child and will also help with bunk placement.” To find the right camp for your child, visit the American Camp Association, NY and NJ’s camp database,, and register for a free, customized list of camps that match your needs. You can also call 1-800-777-CAMP to speak with the American Camp Association, NY and NJ’s Camper Placement Specialist, Renee Flax, for free, one-on-one advice in finding a summer camp. ACA-Accreditation is a parent’s best evidence of a camp’s commitment to health and safety and ensures that children are provided with a diversity of educational and developmentally-challenging learning opportunities.✲

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BURLINGTON COUNTY Youth Art Month Art work created by students in grades K-12 from all of Burlington County will be on display at Moorestown Public Library in Moorestown from March 18 - 28 in their gallery area. Each March, public schools celebrate their creations with the observance of Youth Art Month nationally. All children enjoy opportunities where they can draw, create and dream. The primary goal of YAM is to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs. Students and their families are invited to attend the artists’ closing reception on Thursday, March 28 at 6pm for the awards recognition program and refreshments. The awards will be given at 7pm sharp. This exhibit is coordinated under the direction of Burlington County Chairperson, Felicia Collins. All press personnel can check in at 6pm. Contact Mrs. Collins, (856) 343-9104, for confirmation or e-mail.

Tales and More for Under 4 Friday, March 8 Socks! and Friday, March 22 Pants! Burlington County Historical Society We currently are developing a series of programs for children ages 18 months to 4yrs. and their caregivers. These events will be on Friday afternoons from 10:3011:30am, and the cost is $5 per child. They’ll involve storytelling, crafts and children will have the opportunity to try on period clothing. Join us March 8 for our first session.

CAMDEN COUNTY Chicken Little’s Chick-fil-A Every Thursday @ Chick-fil-A Audubon Crossings, 9am-10am, all ages welcome. Join in on our play group! Enjoy great food, fun friends and activities. Audubon Crossings 110 Black Horse Pike Audubon (856) 547-0815 OZ Over the Rainbow Saturday, March 9 – 3pm Sunday, March 10 – 1pm Timber Creek High School 501 Jarvis Rd., Erial Presented by THE DANCE! Workshop Company. A Children’s Performing Troupe in residence at DANCE By DiNote Washington Township. To reserve your seat for this performance call (856) 227-9414. Donation: Adults $17 and children $12 CHSEPTA Vendor Fair Thursday, March 14 from 7-9pm Malberg Building – 45 Ranoldo Terrace Cherry Hill—Free Vendor Fair for individuals with special needs. Providers will present information on various topics such as therapies, camps, athletics, special needs financial

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Easter Sunrise Service Sunday, March 31 Ocean City Music Pier A traditional non-denominational service by the sea. All are welcome. 6:30am, Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. For more information, call (609) 525-9300


Craft/Vendor Boutique Saturday, March 16th 10am – 2pm St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church (433 Park Ave, Laurel Springs) The Moms Club® of Blackwood Area will be hosting a Craft/Vendor Boutique. See products from Arbonne, Avon, Pampered Chef, Scentsy, Thirty-One, Lexi’s Quilts, Origami Owl, Blam, One Crafty Bee and more within one convenient shopping trip. The proceeds from the event will support the children’s art activities within the Moms Club of Blackwood Area. If you would like more information on our chapter, please go to www. or e-mail blackwoodmomsclub@ CAPE MAY COUNTY Woofin Paws Pet Fashion Show Saturday, March 30 11am at Carey Stadium, 6th St. off the Boardwalk in Ocean City. Dress your pets in their Easter’s best. For more information, call (609) 525-9300 The Great Egg Hunt Saturday, March 30 11th St. – 14th St. Beach Ocean City Five (5) age groups. 100,000 eggs. (raindate March 31st) For more information, call (609) 525-9300

Children’s Reading Program Tuesdays throughout the school year. Cumberland County Library 800 East Commerce St., Bridgeton (856) 453-2210 ext. 101 Grades: K-6th. The library offers a reading program for children in grades K-6th at 6:30pm Tuesdays throughout the school year!

GLOUCESTER COUNTY Barnes and Noble Weekly Story time— 10 – 11am Join us each week, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, for great stories that are sure to become favorites! The Court at Deptford II, 1553 Almonesson Rd., Deptford (856) 232-3123 event/3556420-23

Broadway Theatre of Pitman 43 S. Broadway, Pitman (856) 384-8381 Bring the family and catch a show.

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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 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

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