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Features & Departments: Dear Teacher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Is your child off to preschool or kindergarten this fall? Insight into what they should know. From the Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Heads Up Calendar of Events . . . . .41 Modern Manners 101 . . . . . . . . . . .36 Cell Phone Tips
Summer Fun for Any Budget . . . . . . . . . . .8 A dozen ideas for fun activities 180 Summer Boredom Busters . . . . . . .12 Places to go, games to play, things to make and things to do
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Take me out to the ballgame ... or the movies!
’Tis the Season to Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Planning ahead is the key to traveling with kids Summer Camps and Programs . . . . . . .18 Soccer, VBS and more ...
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Resource lists: Birthday Club & Party Planner . . . .38 New! Helpful Resources . . . . . . . . .35 Index to Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . .40
From the cover Brothers Camden, 2, and Colin, 6, of Gerrardstown, WV, putt off for a game of miniature golf at JayDee’s Family Fun Center in Inwood, WV, to kick off our Summer Fun Guide for this issue. The boys are winners from Child Guide’s 2011 Cover Kids Contest.
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In the Summertime ... here is a song recorded by Mungo Jerry from “back in the day” that I always think of when summer rolls around. It is a happy song with a lot of “da, da, da” and “da, doo, dee” ... my favorite verse was the one that goes “When the weather’s fine, We go fishing or go swimming in the sea, We’re always happy, Long’s we’re living in this sound philosophy.” When I researched the lyrics, I found the song is available as a ringtone. One of the 180 Boredom Busters points that are part of our Summer Fun Guide is: “Have your child teach you how to text or use an iPod if you don’t know how.” For me that would be to have my son teach me how to download a ringtone – then I can listen to it all summer long! Our Summer Fun Guide is loaded with ideas to keep the whole family happy this summer. Along with the boredom busters, there are a dozen fun activities for any budget and tips on traveling with kids. Plus we’ve incorporated the Summer Fun Guide theme into our Readers Giveaways with certificates for admission to the movies or a baseball game. While you are waiting to find out if you are a winner, check out the free matinees, which are a summer tradition at local theaters. On the serious side, we bring you Modern Manners 101’s look at cell phone etiquette and TechTalk’s statistics on sexting. They are alarming – unless you don’t follow the news, you’re aware that sexting is apparently a problem for adults as well. I’ll refrain from climbing up on that pulpit! So take the time to talk to your kids about both matters. In the course of putting together each issue of Child Guide, I have the privilege of getting to know some pretty impressive people. Many I only talk to on the phone or via email, but others I meet in person. I come away from these meetings with a sense of pride in our community and quite often with tidbits of valuable knowledge. One of the ladies I met recently was Millie Lowman, Executive Director of the Parent-Child Center here in Hagerstown. The center offers families in Washington County (mostly single mothers) aid and education on parenting issues. They also have a clothing closet and other items for the home. With a small staff and a group of rotating volunteers, the Parent-Child Center helps keep children in our community safe by improving parenting skills. Millie shared with me a resource, 2-1-1, which has been added to our Helpful Resources list on page 35. In almost every state, you can dial this number to get information on essential human services, from food pantries and housing to health providers and prevention programs. Sometimes I meet people through advertising – like our new back cover for this issue, X*M*D Allstarz. This non-profit, run by Linda McCauley, offers very affordable extracurricular activities and I could see by Linda’s enthusiasm that she and her coaches care about kids! Another advertiser, Jen Belluomo (ad at left), has helped me improve my efforts to “be green” with products for the home and family. I’ve been disappointed with many “natural” cleaning sprays bought at the grocery store, but have come to love quite a few of these. So check out this issue from cover to cover and perhaps you’ll learn a thing or two, too. If not, I can guarantee you’ll find something to do in our Summer Fun Guide or our Heads Up Calendar, which includes state and county fairs. Thanks for reading Child Guide! Cecilia “Cis” Rhyne, Editor
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Summer Fun for any Budget BY KERRIE MCL OUGHLIN
oo often summer goes so fast that
dozen ideas. Some can be done in the
before you know it the kids are back
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in school and schedules fill up with sports,
whether you work full-time or have the
lessons and other activities. If youâ€™re look-
summer off with your kids, pick and choose
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a few of your favorites from the list below
kids during the summer, read on for a
and turn them into summer traditions!
Get wet. Take a swim at your local pool or beach. You could also go jump in a lake (with life jackets), set up a cheap backyard pool or hook up a sprinkler to a hose.
Plant a garden and your family will see the fruits (or vegetables!) of your labors by the end of summer. If you don’t have a backyard or much space, many vegetables can be grown in pots on a deck railing or even inside. Head to www.KidsGardening.org to get started.
Read all about it when you join a summer reading program, like one your local library system might offer (check Child Guide’s Annual Family Resource Guide online for libraries in our region or go to www.publiclibraries.com). Other organizations that offer rewards for reading over the summer are Chuck E. Cheese’s (www.ChuckECheese.com), Scholastic (www.Scholastic.com) and Barnes and Noble (www.BarnesandNoble.com).
Do the drive-in. Head to www.Drive-Ins.com to find your nearest drive-in movie theatre, then pack up some chairs and a cooler of drinks, wrap some hot dogs in foil and pop some popcorn before you go.
Go to a park you haven’t been to before. Wait for the perfect windy day, then head to a wide open space with a park for some kite-flying fun. Parks are also great for their playgrounds, for hide-and-seek and for an evening game of flashlight tag.
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Pick some fruit. Blueberries, strawberries, peaches, apples, or whatever you can find in your town make for a fun day. We like to go at dusk when itâ€™s cooler and fewer people are around.
Act like a monkey. No kid is ever to old to enjoy a trip to the zoo! Donâ€™t overlook small zoos that may be a bit of a longer drive from your home. Usually they are cheaper and have a lot of cool animals. Check out www.AmericanZoos.com.
Camp out. Camping doesnâ€™t have to be a big ordeal. In fact, it can be as simple as setting up a tent in your own backyard (or Grandmaâ€™s or someone elseâ€™s if you live in an apartment). Donâ€™t forget the flashlights, snacks, sleeping bags and scary stories!
Chill out. One of my kidsâ€™ favorite parts of summer is our ice cream dates. You can simply grab a cheap soft-serve cone on the fly. If youâ€™re looking for
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healthy, try out one of the new flavored frozen yogurt places where you can add your own toppings. Another option would be to borrow or buy an electric ice cream machine and make your own ice cream in any flavor you like!
Catch a fish. Buy (or borrow) a rod, reel and bait and head to any small or large lake to fish off the bank. Keep the fish for dinner or throw them back. (You may need a fishing license, so check first with your state.) Fishing provides a great opportunity to just hang out and talk with your kids.
Hit a carnival or fair. If a carnival never comes to your town, consider making a weekend trip to a fair. Every kid will forever remember the games, the attractions, the greasy food and the fast rides.
Tee off. An evening game of miniature golf is a great way to top off the summer. Make the game competitive and keep score, or just play for fun.
Kerrie McLoughlin (TheKerrieShow.com), her husband and five kids attempt all 12 summer traditions listed above every year. Email her your favorites at email@example.com.
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180 Summer Boredom Busters BY KARA FERRARO
“You’ll find boredom where there is the absence of a good idea.” – EARL NIGHTINGALE
hhh…the lazy days of summer are here. Most parents look forward to the summer as a time to take things a bit slower and take a break from the routine hustle and bustle of the school year. And it seems inevitable that about two weeks into summer vacation the kids start to mutter those dreaded two words—“I’m bored.” Luckily, the summer months are filled with an abundance of things to do and see, you just need to be a little bit creative. Don’t feel like going out? No problem, I’ve compiled oodles of ideas of things that you can do right at home, too. Here’s a
list of 180 budget friendly games to play, places to go and things to do and make that will help kiss the summer doldrums good-bye!
Places to go: • Go to the beach or a nearby lake. • Go to the park or a playground. • Go for a walk. • Go fishing. • Go swimming. • Go on a picnic – even if it is on the living room floor! • Go fly a kite. • Go play miniature golf. • Go to a museum. • Go to a botanical garden. • Go berry picking. • Go for a boat ride. • Go bowling.
• Go for a hike. • Go to an ice skating rink. • Go to a skate park—even if it’s just to watch. • Go on a scavenger hunt. • Go out for ice cream or frozen yogurt. • Go to a local gymnasium or community center. • Go play in a fountain. • Go to the local library. • Go horseback riding. • Go to a zoo or wildlife center. • Go to a local farmers market or roadside produce stand. • Go to a baseball game. • Go to a marine or environmental learning center. • Go consignment shopping and stock up on school clothes. • Go on a camping trip—the
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Games to play: • Catch up on your favorite video games or learn some new ones. • Play Charades. • Play some ball—any ball— kick ball, soccer, baseball, basketball, tennis, etc. • Play patty cakes. • Play dress up. • Play in the rain—jump in some puddles. • Play the Freeze dance game. • Play Simon Says. • Play school—go ahead, break out the dry erase board. • Play with Barbies, dolls, trucks, trains, Legos or any of the games they want to play. • Play hide and seek. • Play cards. • Play hopscotch. • Play any board game. • Play eye spy. • Play tag or freeze tag. • Learn how to play jacks. • Play pick-up sticks. • Play checkers or chess. • Play Tic-Tac-Toe. • Play in a sprinkler. • Play jump rope. • Play Frisbee. • Thumb wrestle. 1, 2, 3, 4, I declare a thumb war! • Have a staring contest. • Find some age appropriate website with learning games. • Have a limbo contest. • Make up your own game.
Things to Make: • Build a fort—chairs, towels and old sheets work fine. • Draw, paint or create something! • Plan a meal, pick out the ingredients and cook together. • Bake and decorate cookies, a cake or cupcakes— yummy! • Make something together (sew, glue, nail, paint)— anything that you can say you did together. • Make up some jokes together. • Create a time capsule together. • Create a chore chart. www.childguidemagazine.com
• Create a family tree and spend time researching it together. • Start a scrap book. • Make homemade potato chips or fries. • Make some instruments— rice in a cup with tape, the good ol’ sandpaper and blocks will do or spoons. • Learn to make a beaded bracelet or necklace. (Macaroni works great!) • Learn Macramé. • Make homemade pizza. • Learn how to make compost. • Make homemade paper. • Make a collage of all the things you would like to do…or all the things you have done. • Freeze some orange juice or bananas for yummy cool treats. • Make a movie! Pull out the video recorder collecting dust. • Learn Origami. • Make some beautiful art with sidewalk chalk. • Paint a piece of furniture. • Make fresh squeezed orange juice. • Make a bird feeder. • Make homemade ice cream. • Make some smoothies or a milkshake. • Make paper airplanes and have races. • Make some Jello. It’s just as much fun as it was when you were a kid. • Learn how to knit or croquet. • Press some flowers and create your own cards. • Paint some jeans or a Tshirt. • Tie dye something. • Make a pretend camp and make s’mores. • Write a book—it could become a bestseller. • Start a journal. • Write a play or a musical. • Create a lemonade stand. • Start making holiday gifts or ornaments—it’s never too early! • Build a sandcastle. • Break out the old rug hook project you never finished in the 70s. • Put together a first aid kit for your home and automobile.
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180 Boredom Busters, continued from page 12 • Make birthday and holiday cards for the upcoming year. • Make puppets out of paper lunch bags. • Make some mud pies. • Invent something.
Things to Do: • Read a book. • Watch a movie. • Teach the kids to bob for apples. • Sing songs together—introduce them to your favorite music! • Sing songs together—learn their favorite music! • Teach your child to weed, mow a lawn or garden. • Dance together—go ahead, get funky. Teach them the Electric Slide. • Lie down on the ground and watch the clouds together. • Read the Sunday comics together. • Plant something! A few seeds in a planter will do—kids love getting dirty, so get out there and create a garden. • Wash the car. • Give the dog or family pet a bath.
• Send a post card to an old friend or make one with a photo/drawing. • Learn CPR. • Hunt for 4-leaf clovers or bugs. • Learn yoga together. • Teach your child to sew on a button. • Teach your child to set a table. • Have a water balloon fight. • Learn some sign language or a foreign language. • Have a backwards day. Have dinner for breakfast, dessert before dinner and so on. • Learn how to surf – you can even learn on the living room floor with a towel! • Collect all the change in the house and cash it in. • Teach your child to write in cursive. • Learn calligraphy. • Teach your child how to handwrite a letter and send it off via snail mail. • Start a recycling plan/system in your home. • Adopt a Street. Contact your local Keep America Beautiful office. www.gogreenfl.org. • Donate your time at a local food bank or back-to-school supply drive. • Talk about ways you can do things together—like go green, save energy, grocery shop—anything! • Start an exercise program with the kids and try to stick to it. • Spend time learning about the nonprofit organizations in our area and choose at least one to devote some time for volunteering together.
• Talk about yourself—tell them stories about what it was like when you were their age… old pictures and yearbooks work great! (They don’t care that you had “big” hair!) • Take silly pictures • Take some photos and enter them in Child Guide’s Cover Kids Contest. Email photos with first names, ages, city of residence and permission to firstname.lastname@example.org. • Teach your child to take, edit and upload photos. • Teach your child to sew, braid, tie shoes or make a knot, use the dishwasher, dryer, change a tire or any other life-long skill worth learning. (Age appropriate of course!) • Do a puzzle—go ahead, get a huge 1000-piece puzzle and put it on your dining room table or in a place that you can keep it for a while until it gets completed. • Have a mini-makeover session, mud mask, bath, makeup, style hair or paint nails. If you can get them to rub your back—even better! • Invite over a few friends for a sleepover—why not!? • Have a pillow fight. • Take a cooking class. • Clean out the closets and donate stuff to a favorite charity or cash in on consignment. • Try to learn to juggle. • Teach your child how to look for the expiration dates on foods or how to read the labels.
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’Tis the season to travel! BY JENNIFER GUENTHER
Enjoy Tons of Family Fun this Summer in the City of Hagerstown ~~
Come Play and Discover the Past! ~~
Potterfield Pool 730 Frederick Street 301-733-2599 Open June 7 - August 21 Public Swim: Tues-Sun 12:30 -5:30 pm
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Jonathan Hager House and Museum 110 Key Street www.hagerhouse.org 301-739-8393 Open April-December Thurs - Sat 10am - 4 pm. 272-year-old home of town founder Jonathan Hager complete with authentic 18th century furnishings in each room!
Hagerstown Railroad Museum at City Park 525 Highland Way 301-739-8393 May - Sept: Tues - Sat 10 am 4 pm, Sun 1-5 pm Home of Steam Locomotive 202 the oldest Western Maryland Steam Locomotive in existence.
hether it’s day trips to amusement parks or the lake or a week of sightseeing on the way to grandma’s house, we’re all going to do it. And most of us are trying to figure out how to go about it. Traveling with kids can be difficult. They don’t want to sit still, they can’t travel more than a few miles without needing a potty break or a snack, and they need a lot of stuff. I mean, really, just a trip to the store can require 20 minutes of packing, so a week-long trip will take some planning.
Fortunately, by planning ahead, you can stock up on some travel essentials and be ready to keep everyone safe and happy – including mom and dad. First, figure out where you’re going. Can you stay with friends or family and borrow things from neighbors or relatives? If so, start calling and getting information to make sure the items you are going to use are safe and appropriate for your child. Are you going to a hotel? Book early if you want adjoining rooms for extended family or you want a crib or pack ’n play in your room. Also call the hotel to make sure they have checked the recent recall lists to ensure their equipment is safe. Let them know you www.childguidemagazine.com
will be double checking as well when you get there. Now that you know where you’re going, choose what to take and how to pack. First don’t think you have to bring everything you have at home. Many items can do double or triple duty for a few days. Like a baby walker: folds flat for easy travel and can be used as a walker up and down the hotel hallway, a seat for baby in the room while you’re taking a shower, and a highchair for a quick inroom snack. Pack solid colored separates so you can mix and match, and you won’t have to change the whole outfit for a spilled juice box or diaper blowout since everything can match with anything else. Bring a small bottle of detergent in case you need to do a quick wash in the hotel
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• Blow some bubbles. • Collect some rocks. • Sing karaoke. • Teach your child to row or sail a boat. • Plan a road trip and map out the course—even if it is across town! • Crank up some tunes and create an air band. • Teach your child to do something you love doing. • Plan and host a party—come as you are, potluck or anything! • Practice fire safety and create an escape plan. • Have a tea party. (Hot cocoa will do, too!) • Prepare for a hurricane, tornado or disaster—check batteries in flashlights and organize a list of what you will need. • Bang on the pots and pans. • Plan a week’s menu and go grocery shopping—stick to the list. • Cook a week’s worth of dinners and freeze them. Kids love to help. • Host a hula hoop contest. • Collect pinecones. • Collect shells. • Hold a watermelon seed spitting contest. • Plan the next week’s worth of outfits. • Schedule all your child’s doctor and dentist appointments. • Read the paper together and talk about the news. • Redecorate a room. • Teach your child to skip rocks. • Have your child teach you how to text or use an iPod if you don’t know how. • Come up with a business plan for babysitting, lawn mowing, lemonade stand or anything your child has interest in. • Put together a bag of things for your kids to do when you have to run errands or wait in a waiting room. • Talk to them about what they want to be when they grow up and research what they need to do to accomplish that goal. • Wash a bike, scooter or skateboard. • Drive your car downtown and just walk around and window shop. • Change your voicemail greeting together. • Write down a list of all the things you can do when you have nothing to do!
Sharon K. Govotsos, MSW, LGSW • 240-397-7023 307 East 9th Street, Frederick, MD 21701 Sharon@RingsofLifeTherapy.com • www.RingsofLifeTherapy.com “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” – Plato Page 16
Kara Ferraro is a publisher and freelance writer with two elementary aged children. She is always looking for clever, budget friendly activities to do with her family.
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sink or to use in the guest laundry rooms. That way you can pack light and save room in the car for the souvenirs on the way home. Now make sure everyone’s car seat is buckled correctly and that you have space in the car for the kids to all have a small bag of toys, treats, and entertainment or comfort items with them. Pack favorite, easy-to-eat snacks in individual small containers or baggies and bring spill proof lids to screw onto bottles of juice or water. Are you traveling with kids that tell you at the last minute they’ve got to go “NOW!”? Consider bringing a potty seat on long car rides. You can line the bowl with a small plastic bag and put a disposable diaper or handful of paper towels into the bag for absorption. That way you can easily pull off the road for an emergency pit stop and then simply tie shut the bag and dispose of it when you get back to civilization. While driving, encourage older kids to play games like travel bingo or look for license plates from all 50 states. Have them draw pictures of things they see or keep a travel journal of their own favorite memories. For younger kids, stories and favorite songs on cd can keep everyone singing along.
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Many cars have built-in dvd players or the kids have handheld video games, which can provide some entertainment. I would encourage you to save them for the really long rainy day or the three-hour traffic jam. Instead, enjoy your family time – use it to talk to your kids, play their silly games, and just enjoy each other’s company. That’s what vacations are for!
Jennifer Guenther is co-owner of Enkore Kids, LLC in Boonsboro, MD, and a mother.
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Western Heights Middle School Marshall Street, Hagerstown Call Carlos Reyes 240-472-1164 or email email@example.com
MARYLAND CAR-REY THE PRO SOCCER ACADEMY Western Heights Middle School, Marshall St., Hagerstown. July 18-22 for ages 6 & up. Soccer camps for all levels. Soccer Camp, for beginners to advanced players; Advanced Skills Camp, designed for players, 12 & up, who would like to compete at the Select/Club, ODP or High School level; Goal Keepers Clinic, for goalkeepers to be trained separately. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 240/472-1164. www.car-reysoccer.com. See ad at left.
EDUCARE “KIDS IN MOTION” SUMMER PROGRAM 2011
WEST VIRGINIA DANCE DIMENSIONS OF HEDGESVILLE, L.L.C. 2448 Hedgesville Rd., Martinsburg. July 11 to 15 for ages 3-9. Dance camps are geared to meet the specific needs of each age group. Snacks and craft supplies are included. Register by June 13 and take $5 off your dance camp. Mini Dance Camp, 9-10:30 a.m., for ages 3-4 and Dance Camp I, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for ages 5-6. Cowgirls and cowboys saddle up for a week of fun at dance camp! $80/person. Dance Camp II, 2-4 p.m., for beginners and experienced students, ages 7-9. Explore various ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and Irish. $95/person. 304/671-3688. www.dancewv.com. See ad on page 6.
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ST. JOHN REGIONAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL 2011 SUMMER CAMP 8414 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick. July 5-29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with before and after care available. Weekly themes include: Can You Dig It?, It’s All Geek to Me, Earth Trek, and There’s No Place Like Home. 301/662-6722, ext. 2204. www.sjrcs.org. See ad on page 40.
VIRGINIA COMPETITIVE EDGE GYMNASTICS SUMMER CAMP 483 Fort Collier Road, Winchester. July 11-15 for ages 3 & up. Full- and half-day options, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Varied levels of structured workouts for recreational gymnasts and teams. Swimming on Wed. for full-day camp ends at 3:30. 540/6622682. www.cegymnastics.com. See ad on page 19.
Family Resource Guide 2011
Shenandoah Valley Baptist Church, 4699 Valley Pike, Stephens City. July 10-14 from 6:15 to 8:30 pm for ages 4-11. Full- and half-day options, 9 am-5 pm. Get ready for fun around every corner. As kids explore the big city, they’ll learn how to step out in faith and connect with Jesus. 540/868-4020. www.sbvcfamily.com. See ad at left.
2538 Jefferson Pike (directly off Rt. 340), Jefferson. Cont. through Aug. 25, for school age children through 5th grade. Part time and full time available. Activities will include fitness-forfun outdoor experiences, innovative obstacle courses, discovery walks on our extensive nature trails, nutrition and cooking activities, and on-site moon bounce days. Our 22-acre, wooded campus contains four nature-enriched playgrounds, and nature trails leading to Catoctin Creek and Broad Run Creek. 301/834-9007. educare@ educatewithcare.com. www.educatewithcare.com. See ad at left.
1535 Potomac Ave., Longmeadow Shopping Center, Hagerstown. Cont. through Aug. 18. Mon. to Thurs., 9 a.m. to 12 noon for ages 3 to 10. Our Anytime, Summertime Camps offer hours of fun and activity. Specially developed camp curriculum is designed around themes and combines physical fitness, gymnastics and play with arts and crafts and special events. Choose the days and times that fit your schedule. Member and non-member pricing available. 301/739-7300. www.tlghagerstownmdus.com. See ad on page 3.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – BIG APPLE ADVENTURE
11507 Winchester Avenue, Bunker Hill. June 13 through Aug. 4. Weekly sessions for ages 3 to 5. $100 per session. Fairy Tale Lane, July 11-14. Stroll down Fairy Tale Lane and meet Goldilocks, The Three Little Pigs, and other friends in this fantasy adventure. Going Camping, July 18-21. Let’s gather around the campfire, sing songs, eat smores, and meet our woodland friends. Under the Big Top, July 25-28. Come one; come all to the main event. Meet exciting animals and silly clowns in this adventure. Down by the Seashore, August 1-4. Put on your sunscreen and pack your swimsuit! We are going to explore life down by the seashore. Contact Dawn Voysey, 304/596-0006. www.kidsworldwv.com. See ad on page 13.
SHEPHERDSTOWN SCHOOL OF DANCE 8530 Shepherdstown Pike, Shepherdstown. July 11-15, evening dance classes Mon.-Fri., 5-6:30 p.m. for ages 8-10. $175/person and July 11-22, Mon.-Fri., 6:30-8:30 p.m. for ages 1018. $250/person for two weeks; $175/person for one week. July 25-Aug. 5, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for ages 8-18. Intensive pre-professional level study. Schedule will include Rommet Floor-Barre®, Ballet Technique, Modern or Jazz, Ballet Technique and Choreography and Variations. $500/person for two weeks; $325/person for one week. www.shepherdstownschoolofdance.com. 304/876-8277. See ad on Inside Front Cover.
TechTalk BY KATHERINE COBB
Sexting surveys provide disturbing findings disturbing offshoot of the electronic age is teen “sexting” — the slang term for sending text messages of a sexual nature or using a cell phone to distribute pictures or video of sexually explicit images. The statistics from two recent surveys are alarming. One conducted among U.S. teens aged 13 to 18 reported that one in five teens have engaged in sexting, over a third know of a friend who has sent or received a sext message, and one in 10 sexters has sent these messages to people he or she didn’t know. Almost all teens surveyed thought it was dangerous to sext, including those who engaged in it but half also thought adults “overreacted” about sexting. Another survey about sexting among teens aged 13 to 19 showed 71 percent of teen girls have sent or posted sexy content to a boyfriend or girlfriend. Over half of teen girls said they do it because of pressure from a guy. Sixty-six percent of teen girls and 60 percent of teen boys sent sext messages to be “fun or flirtatious.” Forty-four percent of both sexes say they did it in response to content they received. And 44 percent of teen girls added it was common for these images to be shared with people not intended to see them. Thirty-eight percent said exchanging sexually suggestive content makes dating or hooking up with others “more likely” while 29 percent said exchanging explicit content makes them feel “expected” to date or hook up. Sexual pressure has been a part of our society for centuries, and typically it’s usually the boys pressuring the girls. This dynamic is already tough enough to navigate enough without adding in an electronic element that fosters it. Remember when e-mail was all the rage, and soon people began reporting how they were having ugly interactions through it? E-mail provided an electronic barrier of sorts, and people found they could confront someone through an e-mail in a way they never would be able to face-to-face. I call it electronic courage, because it removes the threat or stress of how someone will respond in person. My hunch about sexting is it’s the same reason both boys and girls are being bold in their messaging: electronic courage feels less risky, and I doubt the girls realize the set-up until it’s too late. As the girls plainly reported, they feel pressured from guys to participate in sexting and moreover, it’s working — 38 percent said it made “hooking up” more likely. Girls are more likely to succumb to this newest form of sexual pressure for fear of being rejected, or seen as uncool. But it’s not harmless “fun”; it’s leading to sexual experiences they aren’t ready for, and wouldn’t necessarily be having without electronic foreplay or promises. Talk to your teens about sex, sexual pressure, and sexting. Be sure they have a solid understanding of all three, and their roles in it.
Katherine Cobb is the mother of three boys (the youngest a teen) and wife of an “old schooler” who eschews technology. Together, they are raising their sons to be self-sufficient, thoughtful and responsible citizens.
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12 Tips for Cell Phone Etiquette BY WENDY C. KEDZIERSKI ixteen hours on a cell phone? Really? Were you just as amazed and amused as I was to hear news reports of the arrest of a 39-year-old woman who annoyed fellow train passengers with her loud one-way conversations for hours on end? The train was traveling from Oakland, Ca., to Portland, Or., but stopped in Salem, Or., so that officers could arrest the woman who had refused to halt the obnoxious banter despite pleas from fellow passengers and train employees. While this is an extreme scenario, we’ve all witnessed cell phone misconduct. My husband told me recently that he overheard a public restroom stall cell phone conversation which included – yuck – a flush. Hear are 12 tips for polite cell phone use. I’m sure there are more, but these are good reminders for ourselves and for our children. Put a ring on it, but be careful. A ring tone can speak volumes about our personalities. We’ve all heard some pretty interesting
versions that cause us to wonder why they were picked. We need to choose ours carefully. Face-to-face first. A face-to-face conversation should take precedence over a cell phone call or text – except in emergencies. If we must take a call, we should first ask permission of the person with whom we are conversing face to face. We should keep the call brief and then apologize after hanging up. Even clerks in a store or servers in a restaurant deserve our respect and attention. No bathroom talk. We should never use a cell phone in a public restroom. Enough said. Bad service? Call later. If we know we’re in an area that doesn’t have good cell phone service, we should avoid making the call. Weak and interrupted service is annoying to the other party. Tone it down. Cell phone microphones are designed to pick up our voices and filter out ambient noise, so there’s no need to yell at the person we’re calling. And if we’re in an area with lots of loud background noise, we shouldn’t make a call. The person that we’re
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calling will probably be able to hear our voices through the sensitive microphone, but we may not be able to hear them. It’s frustrating for them to take a call from us when we have to keep asking them to repeat themselves. T.M.I. We should avoid overly personal or inappropriate conversations when taking calls in public. Nobody wants to hear it, yet it’s hard for others to tune out. Exit, stage right. Sometimes calls must be taken during a public event. Remember to set your phone on vibrate, and if it’s absolutely necessary to take a call, it’s better to just leave the room. As much as we may try to be discreet and brief when taking a call, we’re still a distraction to others. Mind our manners. If we’re on a phone in a public place, we should still mind our manners when it comes to those around us. Cell phone use should not make us peripherally oblivious. We should still hold doors open and thank people for kindness offered to us. Define “no phone” zones. For example, a no phone zone would include church or a theater. A no phone time would include during class and dinnertime. No texting in a darkened movie theater. And of course, no phone when driving. Improper send-offs. Just this morning I received a call from someone who didn’t realize she was calling me. In fact she didn’t realize she was making a call at all. I could hear her talking to someone else in the background, completely unaware that she had just called me. There’s a name for these inadvertent calls, but I won’t use it here. Let’s just say sometimes a button gets pushed while the phone is in a back pocket. Oops! Improper send-offs, part 2. We also should be careful that our texts don’t get sent to someone else. It’s an easy and potentially embarrassing mistake. Failed auto correct. It’s seems so handy and intuitive, doesn’t it? Texting shortcuts where our phones finish our words as we type, saving us time and effort. But there are web sites dedicated to auto correct gone bad. Sometimes very bad. We should try to remember to proofread our texts. (Although faulty auto correct is sometimes pretty funny!)
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As parents, we all need help from time to time, whether we’re trying to get a nutritious dinner on the table or rock the baby to sleep. Thankfully, moms and dads can turn to the National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) for Parenting Resources, which this year include 20 Gold Award-winning products, media, gear and resources hand-picked by our prestigious team of expert judges and parent testers.
Looking for the best diaper rash remedy? Need a little boost for your child’s potty training? Wondering how to make a terrarium or build a zipline? The top picks showcased here – and the 30 Honors winners and six “Rising Stars” described online at NAPPAawards.com – provide solutions to some of our biggest parenting challenges, addressing everything from newborn needs to teen topics and new moms to nerdy dads.
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Cloth Diapers Trend Lab LLC; $12.95; www.trend-lab.com. Parents often abandon cloth diapers once their babies become toddlers, but this savethe-planet version is fully adjustable and designed to grow with your child. “This diaper is useful for the entire diapering life of the child (and other children),” says Carolina Jamison, parent tester and mom to a 2-1/2-yearold, “and is the most absorbent diaper I have tried.” The cloth diaper features three rows of snaps and a gender-specific liner that easily snaps in.
For Baby City Select Baby Jogger; $499; www.babyjogger.com. Strollers have come a long way, Baby, especially this innovative model that is both functional and fashionable. Strolling can easily move from Mom’s height to Dad’s with a simple adjustment, and the shock-absorbent tires make for a smooth ride. This buggy can also go from a single to a double (extra accessories required), and its compact design means you’ll have a better chance fitting through the door or store aisle. “The design is beautifully slick,” says Elizabeth Hiatt, parent tester and mom to 1- and 2-year-old boys. “It appeals to the modern mom who wants to push her children around, but still look sharp doing it.”
mamaRoo Infant Seat 4moms; $199.99; www.4moms.com. What do you get when you cross a robot with a bouncy seat? You get the innovative mamaRoo. Designers used motion-tracking devices to collect data on how moms rock and comfort their babies. The result is a seat on a “coordinated motion robotic platform” that’s durable, quiet and comfy. Babies can gaze at and play with the gizmos on the toy bar (featuring art by classical artists) or chill to some white noise or nature sounds – or you can hook up your own mp3 player. The washable fabric cover comes in six subtle color combinations and is detachable and washable.
Levana Safe N’See Digital Video Baby Monitor SVAT Electronics; $199.99; www.mylevana.com. Peek in on the baby without having to tiptoe into the nursery with this multifunction gadget. The video function lets you see what’s going on in the crib, and you can listen to the babbling, too. There’s even a “Talk-to-Baby Intercom” to offer soothing words or to let Baby know you’re on the way. And the temperature feature helps you make sure room conditions are optimal for snoozing. www.childguidemagazine.com
Britax USA; $279.99; www.britaxusa.com. This car seat is loaded with safety, comfort and convenience features, including deep side walls lined with energy-absorbing EPP foam, rear- and forward-facing recline options for car sleepers, an easyto-remove cover and a quick-adjust harness system for easy height adjustments that don’t require rethreading. The seat – rated for 5-40 lbs. rearfacing and up to 70 lbs. forward-facing – features “SafeCells” designed to compress and lower the center of gravity in the event of a crash, lessening the forward propulsion of the seat during impact. “With the improved harness height adjuster and the deeper sides,” says Nicole Perlman, parent tester and mom to twin 11month-old boys, “they took what was one of the safest/best car seats on the market and made it better.”
Toofeze Oh, That Baby! Ltd.; $20; www.toofeze.com. Little ones can sink their gums into this teething toy that doubles as a keepsake. Just dunk Toofeze into a cup of ice or the refrigerator, and the stainlesssteel teething surface cools quickly to provide fast relief from teething pain. The easy-togrip silicone handle is a good fit for a baby’s tiny grasp, too. Once all the teeth are in, the stainless-steel disk can be engraved, and you tuck the Toofeze into the drawstring bag and place it with your baby’s keepsakes.
For Toddlers & Preschoolers Scooter & Me DVD Series Move With Me Action Adventures; $108.95; www.move-with-me.com. Kids can follow the adventures of The Boy and his shiny red Scooter – while getting some exercise – with this entertaining, nine-story DVD series. While kids of all abilities watch The Boy make friends and pick up new skills, they learn focus, flexibility, balance and coordination. The lessons, self-confidence and strength that kids gain by watching this series are easily applied to real life.
Johnson’s® Natural® Johnson & Johnson; $4.59 each; www.johnsonsbaby.com/naturals. The Johnson’s brand is a standard when it comes to kids’ cleanup time, but parents are on the lookout these days for natural products that are easy to use, eco-friendly and get the job done. Both parent and kid testers especially liked Johnson’s Kids 2-in-1 Hand & Face Foaming Wash from the natural line, which is free of parabens, dyes, animal by-products, phthalates and essential oils (meaning it’s fragrance-free).
Little Looster Little Looster, LLC; $39.99; www.littlelooster.com. This simple, horseshoe-shaped stool makes it easy for little potty trainers to step onto the toilet – without help – and sit in comfort. And the toilet-compatible design keeps it from getting kicked around the bathroom when adults and older kids have to go. “I tried this out with my 4-year-old, and he loved it. He was able to sit on the toilet all by himself,” says NAPPA safety judge Mandi Summers.
For Big Kids MeMoves ThinkingMoves; $59.95; www.thinkingmoves.com. This innovative, multimedia product includes a DVD, a music CD, textured puzzle cards and a User’s Guide, all designed to simultaneously engage a child’s visual, auditory and motor planning skills and help calm the mind and improve mood and focus. The idea originated with a mom (product cocreator Roberta Scherf) seeking ways to help her child, who had been diagnosed with sensory integration disorder. MeMoves is accessible to people of all ages and abilities, and can be a valuable tool both at home or in the classroom. But it’s particularly helpful for children with autism, ADD/ADHD and depression and anxiety disorders.
“I love that there are so many different bodies represented in this watch-and-do DVD. I think a family will love doing this together and then letting a kid use it alone to calm the mind and body and get ready.”
Success with Uppercase Letters: Grades K-1 Sylvan Learning/Random House; $12.99; www.sylvanlearningbookstore.com. Kids get a leg up on their writing skills with this colorful and creative workbook, designed to help develop visual memory and, ultimately, handwriting that their teachers can read. Kids practice and learn through the Name Game, Write Around the Wheel, Sign Sightings and other fun letter and word play. The emphasis on just uppercase letters, one parent tester notes, is a good way to help a child focus and not get overwhelmed by too many lessons. “As an educator, I liked the fun, innovative way the workbook presented itself,” says NAPPA education judge Michelle Davis Seyller. “The illustrations on each page made the child want to continue working with it.”
– Denise Galford-Koeppel, M.S., special needs judge Page 24
The Budding Gardener By Mary B. Rein; Gryphon House, 2011; $9.95; www.gryphonhouse.com. This little book (only 70 well-illustrated pages) is jam-packed with everything you need to introduce your child to gardening, whether your thumb is green or not. You can start small with a mini indoor greenhouse or terrarium, go wild with a butterfly garden or try to grow enough flowers to sell on the street corner instead of lemonade. The Budding Gardener is one of those rare books that appeals to children of a wide variety of ages – and their parents.
For Tweens & Teens World Without Fish By Mark Kurlansky, illustrated by Frank Stockton; Workman Publishing, 2011; $16.95; www.workman.com. This book has been called the Silent Spring for a new generation, and that’s not an exaggeration. Unlike most ecological books for young readers, it’s neither preachy nor condescending, but uses straightforward, powerful writing to pull the reader into caring about the perilous state of our oceans and sea life. The nontraditional format, including sections in graphic-novel form, keeps this fact-filled book lively. And Kurlansky brings you right into the worlds he’s writing about, whether under-sea with the fish or above with the fisherman.
TeenLife Media TeenLife Media; Free; www.teenlife.com. A unique, much-needed publication, affiliated with an infopacked website, Teen Life provides teenagers and their parents with resources for recreation, education and community service. The Guide to Gap Year Programs, for example, is an excellent blend of essays, listings and resources about the growing trend among young adults to participate in a service or adventure year after high school. The website section on summer jobs and internships, like all the writing in Teen Life, is geared to a teen audience without trying too hard to be hip.
Diet Drama: Feed Your Body! Move Your Body! Love Your Body! By Nancy Redd; Gotham Books, 2010; $22.50; www.penguin.com. This New York Times bestselling author brings a light touch to the serious topic of diets and body image for young women in this approachable food and exercise book. The result, says nutritionist and NAPPA judge Sheila Globus, is a book that’s right on the money and “shows them that getting a handle on their health is doable, no matter who they are or what they weigh.”
“This is a fun, encouraging and informative book for girls that provides proof that girls come in many shapes and sizes, and there’s no sense striving for a model thin figure.” – Susan, parent tester and mom of two girls
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For Mom & Dad Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share By Ken Denmead; Gotham Books, 2010; $17; www.penguingroup.com. Let your geek flag fly! Ken Denmead has turned his GeekDad blog for Wired.com into a book packed with cool activities. Whether you think of yourself as a geek or not, you’ll be saying “gee whiz” to many of these ideas. Denmead proudly takes on the mantle of geeky dad, which to him means having a big imagination, loving science and how things work, and never fully growing up. Projects are broken down by cost, difficulty and duration, so it’s easy to decide whether to take on the cyborg jack-o-lanterns, homemade fireflies, nighttime kite flying or light-up wallet made from duct tape.
Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves By Naomi Aldort; Book Publishers Network; $18; www.authenticparent.com. Naomi Aldort is an eloquent proponent of the simple idea that children need love and validation, rather than control and behavior modification. The result is the disappearance of power struggles and the emergence of closeness and cooperation. Aldort teaches parents how to listen effectively when children express strong feelings, and how to recover their ability to love, validate and offer comfort to their children when they, themselves, are upset.
The Baby Nurse Bible: Secrets Only a Baby Nurse Can Tell You About Having and Caring for Your Baby
NAPPA salutes the team of specialty judges, family testers and veteran parenting editors who, under lead judge Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D., named the winners of the 2011 NAPPA Parenting Resources competition. Cohen, a former NAPPA winner himself (for his bestselling book Playful Parenting), is a licensed psychologist, author and nationally recognized speaker who specializes in children’s play and play therapy. This is his sixth year with NAPPA. Fifteen specialty judges and staff from leading institutions across North America joined NAPPA this year, including: • Mandi Summers and Magda Rodriguez (Safe Kids of Western Massachusetts); • At Tufts Medical Center, Patricia Lupien, KPTI Program Specialist; Paul Lizzul, M.D., Ph.D., MBA, MPH. Asst. Professor, Associate Director of Clinical Research, Dermatology; • Certified Pedriatric & Family Chiropractor Patricia Giuliano, D.C. (Westwood Family Chiropractic); • Tech Consultant John Malouf of Norwood, MA; • Nutritionist Sheila Globus of Canada; • Special needs and early intervention specialist Denise GalfordKoeppel, M.S.; • Montessori teacher Michelle Seyller and her colleagues at Thatcher Montessori School in Milton, MA; • At Isis Parenting, Joanna Silverman, M.Ed, CHHC; Lisa Gatto, CLS, B.S. Human Development; Nancy Holtzman, RN, BSN, IBCLC; Teresa Marie Stewart, MS, MPH; Chris Just, MSN, CNM, Cert. Yoga Instr.; Johanna McChesney. Finally, dozens of family testers also played a key role in choosing this year’s Gold and Honors winners. We thank all of our judges and testers!
“I love this book as a teaching tool for families. It is full of informative ideas for anybody of any age and any lifestyle.” – Alaina, parent tester and mom of three
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By Jeannette Bessinger, CHHC, and Tracee Yablon-Brenner, RD, CHHC; Real Food Moms, 2009; $19.99; www.RealFoodMoms.com. Getting meals on the table can be one of a parent’s most daunting daily tasks – which is why parent testers and judges gave this 256-page, nicely illustrated book the thumbs up. “A food book with good visuals is a big plus for me,” says NAPPA judge and nutritionist Sheila Globus. Nutrition educators Jeannette Bessinger and Tracee Yablon-Brenner, aka “the Real Food Moms,” offer practical recipes and bring a healthy, holistic approach to the art of feeding the family. The authors explore everything from how to reverse common cravings to a tantalizing array of simple, nutritious meals.
By Carole Kramer Arsenault, RN, IBCLC; The Experiment, LLC, 2011; $15.95; http://theexperimentpublishing.com. The next-best thing to having your mom or a live-in nurse is this practical and comprehensive tome, designed to answer a new parent’s burning questions about pregnancy, babies and postpartum issues. Arsenault, a longtime labor and delivery nurse at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, compiled this book, which parenting judge Johanna Myers McChesney gives top marks for its Q&A format and solid advice.
The Big Book of Parenting Solutions: 101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries By Michele Borba, Ed.D.; Jossey-Bass, an Imprint of John Wiley & Sons, 2009; $19.95; www.josseybass.com. Despite its size (almost 700 pages), this big book is easy to navigate, thanks to its complete index and logical organization. Borba earns her status as a celebrity parent educator as she tackles everyday issues like emotional oversensitivity and manners, as well as extreme situations like substance use and learning disabilities. The introduction sets the stage by explaining how people change, and the focus throughout the book is on a powerful concept that Borba calls “the change to parent for.”
Before we can blink an eye, the summer will be over and it will be time for Back to School. If you have a preschooler or a little one headed off to kindergarten, our Dear Teacher column this issue offers tips.
Dear Teacher BY PEGGY GISLER
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