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What to do: Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Beat eggs well in a small bowl. In a medium-size bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a large bowl, add the vegetable oil. Add the sugar a little bit at a time, and continue beating until the mixture is fluffy. Add the eggs to the mixture in the large bowl and beat well. Add some of the flour mixture to the large bowl and beat well. Then add some of the mashed bananas and beat some more. Continue adding flour, then bananas, then flour, then bananas, until everything is mixed in. Pour mixture into the baking pan. Bake for 70 minutes. Flip your banana bread out of the pan, let it cool for a bit, and cut it into slices to eat and share!

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How to make flossing easier for kids

It is well known that a combination of brushing, flossing and periodic dental checkups are essential to oral health. Some parents teach their children to brush thoroughly early on, even taking them for dental visits at young ages so youngsters can become acclimated to the dentist's office. But flossing is one component of oral hygiene that may be overlooked because many kids simply don't

enjoy it. Flossing is one of those tasks that people understand they must do regularly, but many still do not. According to Humana Dental, flossing cleans bacteria and trapped food from between the teeth. Brushing only reaches the surface of the teeth, but floss is required to get into the small crevices to prevent bacteria from turning into plaque buildup. The

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American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once per day. It is far better to floss once a day and do a thorough job rather than several times a day and miss areas of the mouth by doing it quickly. Children should be urged to floss regularly in addition to brushing. However, flossing can be cumbersome for youngsters who have yet to develop the dexterity needed to manipulate dental floss. There are many products available and techniques that can be used to assist children with cleaning between their teeth. The following are some flossing tips for kids. • Begin the introduction to floss early. The younger children are introduced to floss, the more likely they are to embrace flossing as part of their oral hygiene routine. • Show visual proof of the benefits of flossing. Oftentimes, children are more likely to respond to something they can see. Show pictures of dental decay and what occurs when proper oral hygiene is not followed. This may help make the concept of flossing more attractive. • Get the proper tools. Kids cannot floss unless they have floss products on hand. There are various age-appropriate flossers and types of

dental floss available. Children may not be able to use dental floss properly because of a lack of dexterity. However, floss picks are much easier to hold and work between the teeth, particularly for kids with small hands. Floss should always be on hand, whether at home or when you go on vacation. • Let kids choose. Take kids down the dental aisle at the store and let them pick and choose which products they want to use. They may be more excited to brush and floss if they're using something they picked out themselves.

• Lead by example. Children will be more likely to floss if they see their parents flossing. That means adults should floss regularly and let their children watch and learn. Benefits of flossing Removing bacteria and trapped food from teeth has a number of benefits. Bacteria can cause bad breath, but flossing and brushing helps to keep breath smelling fresh. Dirty teeth can lead to dental carries. Children may be more inclined to floss if they know they'll be preventing cavities and avoiding potentially

painful trips to the dentist. Plaque trapped between the teeth and along the gum line that leads to periodontal disease puts a person at a greater risk for heart disease. There are some studies that show bacteria from the mouth can end up in the bloodstream. Flossing is a necessary component of good oral hygiene. Everyone should floss, no matter their age, and children should begin flossing as soon as their mouth starts to fill out with pearly whites.

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According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, roughly 64.5 million people volunteered through or for an organization at least once between September 2011 and September 2012. While those statistics do not include children under the age of 16, that does not mean youngsters cannot lend a helping hand and chip in as volunteers. For many youngsters, exposure to volunteering opportunities begins with mom and dad. In fact, the Corporation for National & Community Service notes that a youth from a family where at least one parent volunteers is nearly twice as likely to volunteer as a youth from a family with no family members who volunteer. Youngsters are often enthusiastic about volunteering, and that enthusiasm only increases when kids find the right volunteer opportunities. The following are a handful of places that typically offer volunteer opportunities tailor-made for youngsters who want to give back to their communities. Nature cleanup Many children love to spend time in the great outdoors, making a local beach or park cleanup an ideal way for kids to volunteer. Kids can join large groups to clear beaches and parks of litter and debris, all the while spending a few hours outdoors in the sun. Such projects keep kids on their feet as well, providing a healthy dose of exercise for youngsters who may not be into organized sports. Soup kitchen While soup kitchens may not be best suited to younger volunteers, middle school students and high schoolers can learn a lot when volunteering at neighborhood soup kitchens. Kids can accompany parents on weekend mornings, preparing and serving food to the less fortunate in their communities. Soup kitchens may open youngsters' eyes to the reality that not everyone is as fortunate as they are, instilling a sense of obligation to the less fortunate that can serve kids well for the rest of their lives. Nursing home Residents of nursing homes may experience newfound vigor when getting a visit from a child. Parents can contact local nursing homes or retirement communities to learn about volunteer opportunities for children. Many facilities encourage local youths to read to residents whose vision might be fading, and some facilities even host arts and craft projects where youngsters are paired with elderly residents. Such activities make great opportunities even for younger volunteers, who can often connect with elderly men and women in ways that younger adults cannot. Animal shelter Local animal shelters and veterinary hospitals often have ample volunteer opportunities available to youngsters with a love of animals. Some shelters may not allow kids under the age of 18 to have direct contact with the animals, so parents should inquire ahead of time before dropping kids off at the shelter or animal hospital. Garden centers Kids who have shown a knack for gardening might be interested in volunteering at their local garden centers or nurseries, where they can learn the basics of gardening, including planting, watering and grooming, from trained professionals. Some inner cities even host gardening programs geared specifically to teenagers who want to learn more about the environment and how to plant trees and flowers. Religious organization The Corporation for National & Community Service notes that many youth are likely to volunteer through a religious organization. Such organizations, including churches, synagogues and mosques, tend to encourage their younger members to give back to their communities, and many are involved in a variety of volunteer opportunities aimed at kids of all ages and interests. Parents can contact the religious organization to which they belong or another organization in their community to learn about any affiliated volunteer opportunities for children. These experiences can expose kids to an array of volunteer activities and also help kids make new friends. Children often make great volunteers. Finding the right volunteering opportunity for your youngster can foster a love of volunteering for years to come.

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What to do: In a large bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar and mustard and mix well. Remove 4 tablespoons of this mixture and reserve for later for the top of the loaves. To the mixture in the bowl, add the Worcestershire sauce, salt, onion, garlic, egg, milk and ground black pepper and mix together well. Stir in the wheat cereal squares and let stand for 5 minutes. Then break up the cereal squares and add the ground beef, mixing well. Shape the mixture into the mini loaf pans you've decided to use. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 65 minutes. Brush on reserved ketchup mixture and bake for 15 more minutes.

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How to encourage kids to read

Reading can have a profound impact on a child's life in and out of the classroom. Reading can help a young student develop a more extensive vocabulary, and a study from the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics found that reading to young children promotes language acquisition, making it easier for them to learn a foreign language. But reading has benefits outside the classroom as well. Reading can provide an escape from the daily grind, which is something even today's youngsters can appreciate. Reading also is a great way for kids to relax and unwind while simultaneously giving their brains a workout. While many parents recognize the impact reading can have on their children, it's no secret that getting kids to embrace reading can be difficult. Parents who want to instill a love of reading in their children can still take steps to ensure their kids don't miss out on the benefits of a good book. • Read to your children. Numerous studies have discovered various benefits of reading to children when they are young.

The National Center for Education Statistics notes that children whose parents read to them typically become better readers and perform better in school. Reading to children early on is the first step toward fostering a love of reading kids will develop and continue throughout their lives. Many parents read to their children at night before bedtime, but any time of day will suffice. • Don't be discouraged if kids are not interested in books. While reading fiction can help develop a youngster's imagination, parents should not be discouraged if kids don't want to read books. Reading the newspaper, magazines and even comic books can help kids develop strong reading skills and an extensive vocabulary and, in the case of comic books, inspire their imaginations. Young sports fans might be more inclined to read the sports page than a novel, so let them do so. Kids are more likely to embrace reading if what they're reading interests them, so encourage kids to read up on those interests, even if that reading does not involve picking up a book.

• Get your youngster his or her own library card. Thanks to the popularity of e-readers, many adults would be hard pressed to locate their local library if asked to do so. But visiting the library is a great way to encourage kids to read, especially if kids have their own library cards. Kids with their own library cards tend to look at visits to the library as shopping trips where they get to make their own choices about what they're taking home with them. And once kids reach a certain age, they can visit the library on their own. • Share your own reading experiences with children. Kids look up to their parents and often want to mimic their behavior. So parents can set a good example by reading as well. On trips to the library, check out your own book. While you might not want to discuss every book you read with your children, discuss the books they're reading. Chances are you read many of those same books yourself when you were a child, and discussing books with your child is a great way to improve his or her reading comprehension.

Fostering healthy eating habits in children

Parents know they must make kids' culinary choices for them so youngsters get all of the vitamins and nutrients they need to grow. Healthy eating habits can help kids live healthier lives and perform better in the classroom while setting them up for a lifetime of making the right choices at mealtime. Though encouraging kids to eat healthy may not always be easy, the following are a few tips for parents hoping to foster healthy eating habits in their children. • Stick to a schedule. Parents should establish a regular eating schedule, for both meals and snacks, so kids learn the importance of not skipping meals. Kids who learn to eat at regular intervals are more likely to continue doing so as they grow older. When kids stick to a meal schedule, they are less likely to overeat and they're likely to have more energy throughout the day, which should help them stay attentive at school and be more engaged in their extracurricular activities.

• Involve kids when choosing the menu. Kids might be more excited about eating healthy when you involve them in choosing the menu. Invite them along on trips to the grocery store and allow them to choose one of their favorite foods for the meal in exchange for eating the healthy fare you have chosen. • Serve healthy portions. Sometimes it's not just what is on the plate but how much is on the plate that can be healthy or unhealthy. When doling out portions for the family, create healthy portions so kids are not encouraged to overeat. Kids who grow up eating healthy portions are more likely to continue doing so into adulthood. Overeating

is one of the culprits behind being overweight and obese, so kids who learn to control their portions are much less likely to overeat and gain excess weight. • Don't reward kids with food. Some parents try to reward youngsters with food, allowing kids to indulge in unhealthy fare in acknowledgement of a good report card or something else kids should be proud of. But using food as a reward is an unhealthy eating habit that can lead to problems down the road as kids become adults responsible for their own eating habits. • Set a positive example. Kids are more likely to eat healthy when mom and dad are healthy eaters.

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Choosing Books for Young Children Parents, caregivers, and teachers have a wide variety of books to choose from for young children. By sharing different kinds of books with children, they can enjoy different kinds of reading experiences. Some books help children build confidence as they join in with a repeated rhyme. Others jump-start the imagination with tales about talking animals or a grandmother who flies. Books about familiar objects, people, and events are reassuring to young children, while books with unfamiliar topics can excite them about new ideas and places. Books Types for Young Readers (ages Birth - 5) ABC and counting books: Fun and colorful illustrations of the alphabet and numbers Example: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, illustrated by Lois Ehlert Wordless picture books: A story told through pictures and few or no words. Example: Good Dog,

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Ingredients: 36 large marshmallows 1-1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter 2 tablespoons butter or margarine candy heart sprinkles or whatever kind you like foil 9 inch square baking pan or a Marshmallow Puff Candy Mold

What you do: Put a piece of foil into the bottom of the baking pan. Rub the butter onto the foil and the sides of the pan. Put the marshmallows in the pan. Melt the chocolate chips, peanut butter and 2 tablespoons butter in the microwave. Cook for 30 seconds, check and stir. Repeat until melted. Pour the chocolate peanut butter mix over the marshmallows. Sprinkle with candy hearts. Put into the refrigerator and chill for at least an hour. Cut between the marshmallows.

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Carl by Alexandra Day Concept books: Pictures or photos of familiar objects or ideas such as colors, shapes, opposites, or sizes. Example: Color Dance by Ann Jonas Pattern books: Repeating text and predictable plots that let children join in Example: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr., illustrated by Eric Carle Information books: Realistic pictures or photographs that introduce facts about a specific topic Example: Bugs by Nancy Winslow Parker and Joan Richards Wright

Traditional rhymes and stories: Nursery rhymes, fairy tales, fables, and folktales from various cultures Example: The Little Red Hen by Byron Barton Picture books: Words and pictures that tell a story about realistic or imaginary characters and events Example: Abuela by Arthur Dorros, illustrated by Elisa Kleven Easy-to-read books: Limited vocabulary, rhyme, and repetition for beginning readers Example: The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss

Source: Read with Me, a RIF Parent - Teacher Partnership - www.rif.org

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