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Mary Ellen May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. ~ Romans 15:13

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Barefoot is Best! While shoes sure look cute on your little one’s feet, they’re not necessary when learning to walk. In fact, shoes can even hinder a child’s walking and cerebral development, says Tracy Byrne, a podiatrist specializing in podopediatrics. “Toddlers keep their heads up more when they are walking barefoot,” she says. It’s the looking down that throws them off balance making them fall down. Plus, walking barefoot helps develop the muscles and ligaments of the foot. The real purpose for shoes is to protect tiny feet from rough or hard surfaces, so they should be worn outdoors. But when you’re inside, especially now that it’s warmer, leave the shoes at the door.

Lazy Eye Amblyopia is the medical term used when the vision of one eye is reduced because it fails to work properly with the brain. This common cause of visual impairment affects approximately 2 to 3 out of every 100 children. A common treatment may be to patch the “good” or stronger eye and force the brain to use the weaker eye which makes it stronger. Optometric Association recommends that children have a comprehensive optometric examination by the age of 6 months and again at age 3. Lazy eye will not go away on its own.

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What Do Parents Think About Camp? According to ACA - Youth Outcomes of the Camp Experience report, parents cite the following as the most important reasons for sending their children to camp:

Breastfeeding is a wonderful gift for both you and your baby. Thanks to the hormone prolactin, mothers get to enjoy the peaceful, nurturing sensation that allows them to relax and focus on their child, as well as the hormone, oxytocin that promotes a strong sense of love and attachment between the mom and the baby. Another bonus; breastfeeding leads to getting your body back faster!

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The Only Thing You Need to Say Parents, listen up! If your kid’s an athlete (or artist, a performer, or anything really), it’s time to stop with all the fuss. Quit praising, criticizing or even sympathizing with your child about a job well (or not so well) done. Simply love them and be their biggest fan. An informal survey initiated by two former coaches (and summarized in an article titled What Makes a Nightmare Sports Parent and What Makes a Great One, by Steve Henson), asked college athletes what their parents said that made them feel great about themselves and their chosen sport. What are the magic words? (insert drumroll here) “I love to watch you play.” That’s it. It’s that simple. Try it this weekend and relish your child’s relieved reaction.

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A Teaching Moment With Nutella! Favored by many on toast or banana slices for breakfast, this hazel-nutty, chocolate goodness can also be a teaching moment on how global supply chains and agribusiness value chains work. What goes into making this delish product? Well, get out your world map! A single jar contains sugar from Brazil, cocoa from Nigeria, hazelnuts from Turkey, palm oil from Malaysia and vanilla from France. With factories located close to the end markets in Australia, North America and Europe. About 250,000 tons (yes, tons!) of this spread are sold in 75 countries around the world. There is also a World Nutella Day devoted to it! What about a parade! We love parades!


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Dear “Momsolvers”, “My toddler (2 yrs.) has not breastfed since he was 11 ½ months old. When he sees other babies breastfeeding he pulls at my shirt and says, “me do”. Sometimes I get embarrassed. How do I handle this without making him feel he is doing something wrong?” ~ Liz, mom of 1 u No need to get embarrassed. He’s just figuring out what’s going on in the world around him. He sounds adorable. I’d just scoop him up and hug and tickle him and change the subject. He may just want to snuggle with you, so by all means snuggle with him. And then go get a big boy snack together. Hold on tight to the little guy. They grow up fast! ~ Ellen, reader and mom of 2

u Get ready mama, there will be more embarrassing moments for you. J But, truth be told, try not to fret about these things. Children are so precious and innocent. He is a big boy now and you can tell him that he can pick out his very own sippy cup with his name on it, or his favorite character. Keep him close to you as often as possible; those loving moments are very important to a toddler too. Just because breastfeeding is over, the cuddling should never stop. ~ Miranda, reader and mom of 3

u I can remember those days too! My little one breastfed until she was 2. Occasionally, she would just walk up to me and start to unbutton my shirt! I would just pick her up and kiss her up and ask if she was hungry. I always keep small snacks with me, so she would get that until her scheduled feeding time. We were weaning to the cup at that point and mostly breastfed in the morning and in the evening. ~ Doris, reader and mom of 2

Dear “Momsolvers”, “I have recently become the caretaker of my grandchildren. I run into the “my mom always let me!” when I need to set boundaries. How do I override what their mother permitted and now I will not. I really want them to have some great memories of our time together. P.S. I do get great info and ideas from this magazine. Thank you.” ~ Barbara, grandma of 2 u Good for you grandma, for taking care of your grandkids like that! I can see how this might be challenging for you. I would think that it’s just a matter of time before they figure out the new rules in their new living arrangements. But, I would also think their ages will make a difference in how long it takes. If they’re young, it won’t take long. If they’re older, just be loving and consistent. Provide plenty of empathy (not sympathy), but stick to your guns. Say things like, “I know this is hard for you,” or “I hear what you’re saying, but these are the rules now. You’ll get used to them.” ~ Susan, reader and mom of 2

u You just have to lay down the law. Tell them I know mommy has let you do these things in the past but you live with me now and we have new rules. Maybe make a chart with the new rules and go over some of the things mom let them do before and explain why things will be different with grandma. Kids like structure! Just be patient with them but make sure they know there is a new sheriff in town! J ~ Cindy, reader and mom of 4

u From your question, I gather that one of them may be a bit older, maybe a tween? Know that this is an age when kids test the boundaries. Be as loving as you can, and never say anything negative about their mom. Just smile and tell them that you love them and want to make sure they are safe, and your boundaries are to be respected out of love from

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them too. Make sure you are consistent with providing unexpected treats, like homemade cookies when they get home from school, or family game night with snacks or a walk in the park on a certain night each week. These are important and they will always be remembered. Many blessings to you! ~ Fran, reader and mom of 3

Dear “Momsolvers”, “My 13 year old is begging to have social media sites. I have been able to escape this because of the 13 year rule for most sites. But now I have to set boundaries and monitor. I know she will be active on social media and I want her to be careful and mindful of the dangers associated. Any advice about parenting a social media novice and teen?” u Social Media is scary; I’m with you on that one. But, it sounds like you’ve already set some good boundaries by waiting this long to allow her to get on these sites. Be sure to go over the dangers with her. Don’t scare her, but teach her to be wise in how she uses them. Talk about appropriate and inappropriate uses of the media. Remind her that what goes online stays online… forever, and someday, she’s going to want to get into a great college or apply for a job. And, here’s the other thing, mom. You’re going to have to get on some of these sites yourself to monitor what’s going on. Oh and if she’s doing this on a smart phone, it needs to be charging in a central location (not next to her bed) every night, so there’s no temptation to get online when she shouldn’t be. ~ Bea, reader and mom of 1

u I know how you feel! My son also wanted to be on these social media sites as well. We compromised with Instagram. We discussed up front the rules and I told him if he couldn’t be responsible and listen then he couldn’t have this. I have the password to his account and I go on check it from time to time. He isn’t allowed to follow anyone or add any friends without my approval. If he posts something I don’t like he is to immediately take it down. It has worked well for him and me. He knows I am monitoring and he is fine with it. He understood the rules from the beginning and we haven’t had any issues with it. We also have his account set to private so no one can see any of his information without being his friend. ~ Maggie, reader and mom of 2

u Well you certainly set the stage for rules in the beginning by having her wait until 13 years! Kudos to you. Make sure she understands that you will be monitoring her and reading her twitter, instagram, texting, etc... Now you have to educate yourself too, there is lots of information online. Ask you daughter what applications she will be using and research them. Also have a contract of guidelines. Here is an example you can download. http:// digitalcitizenship.net/uploads/KidPledge1.pdf Just stay close and available without judging and she will be more willing to share! ~ Gloria, reader and mom of 2

Next month: How would you handle these dilemmas? Find these online at www.facebook.com/momsolvers I am a stay at home of two (8 & 11years) mom and need to return to work to help with our finances. Any suggestions to make this an easy transition for my kids? My child complains that her teacher is mean to her. Where do I start with this? My husband tells me I must follow through with the consequences of our child’s bad behavior. I’m a wimp when it comes to my teen saying “I’m sorry”; how do I stay strong with the consequences and recognize their apology?


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The Know It All April 2014 SUBURBAN PARENT CALENDAR Parents: Some programs require tickets and/or reservations, always contact event locations to confirm times and requirements. Apr 01 - Cozby Gamers EVERY Tue. 3:30 pm-5:00 pm Cozby Gamers wanted! Do you love Munchkin or Mario? Want to fight zombies with dice or play some virtual tennis? 5th graders and up gather at the Coppell Library for games after-school 3:30-5pm every Tues. 972-304-3655 William T. Cozby Library, 177 N Heartz Rd, Coppell, www.coppelltx.gov

Apr 01 - Story Time at Pottery Barn Kids EVERY Tue - 11:00 am - 11:30 am Join us for story time every Tuesday. Become a book club member and receive a book club passport at your first story time and a special gift after attending 5 story times! Pottery Barn Kids Locations in Dallas and Frisco, www.potterybarnkids.com. April 1,8,15,22,19

Apr 01 - Tiny Tot Tuesdays at the Dallas Arboretum Tue - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Children’s activities include face painting, petting zoo, nature art and Kindermusik. In case of rain, please check our website or Facebook page, or call 214.515.6500 the morning of the event. Activities may take place indoors. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas, Texas, www.dallasarboretum.org

Apr 02 - Disney on Ice: Let’s Celebrate! Matinee & Evening Performances $10-$78 Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they celebrate a magical medley of holidays, celebrations and festivals from around the globe. American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave., Dallas, www. americanairlinescenter.com

Apr 01 - First Tuesday at the Dallas Museum of Art Tue - 11:00 am-2:00 pm Designed for children ages 5 and under, but all ages are welcome. Enjoy thematic art-making activities, story times, performances and gallery activities. Runs September - May. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood, Dallas, www.dallasmuseumofart.org Apr 01 - Free LEGO Mini Build Tue - 5:00 pm-6:30 pm Children ages 6-15 ONLY can celebrate every month with a free mini build at LEGO stores at Stonebriar Mall & Northpark Center. First Tuesdays beginning at 5:00pm until all the kits are gone. LEGO stores in Dallas & Frisco, Dallas, www.lego.com Apr 01 - Family Story Time, all ages Tue. 7:00 pm-8:00 pm Coppell Public Library, 177 N Heartz Rd., 972.304.3655. All story times are free with registration at front desk.​Coppell Public Library, 177 N Heartz Rd, Coppell, 972.304.3655 Apr 01 - Family Story Time, all ages Tue - 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, ​Farmers Branch Manske Library, 13613 Webb Chapel, Farmers Branch, 972.247.2511

Apr 02 - Anime Daze Wed - 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Anime Screenings, Related Special Activities, Prizes and Snacks for Students In Middle School Grade 6 - 8 Only. Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane, Flower Mound, 972874-6200 www.fmlibrary.net Apr 02 - Knit Wits Wed - 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Knit Wits Knitting club meets 1st and 3rd Wed 5pm Farmers Branch Library 972.247.2511 Farmers Branch Library, 13613 Webb Chapel, Farmers Branch, www.farmersbranch.info Apr 02 – 13 - Dallas Opera Presents The Barber of Seville Wed. 7:30 pm-2:00 pm Matinee and Evening Performances. Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St, Dallas, www.dallasopera.org Apr 03 - 13 - Dallas International Film Festival Go online for list of films and venues. Various Dallas Area Locations, Dallas, 214.720-0555 http://diff2014.dallasfilm.org Apr 03 - Stories and More! Texas Discovery Gardens. 11:00am-11:30am Join our butterflies for story time! We’ll make crafts, read a book, meet special friends and enjoy themed snacks! The programs end with our daily noon butterfly release and are geared for the under-five/stroller

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The Know It All cont.’d SUBURBAN PARENT CALENDAR COMMUNITY STORY TIMES Coppell Public Library 177 N. Heartz Rd., 972-304-3655 All story times are free with registration at front desk.

Monday - Baby & Me 11am, infants Tues - Family Story Time 7pm, all ages Fourth Friday Only – Fourth Friday Spanish Storytime 10:30am, all ages Second Saturday Only - Second Saturday Story Time 11am, all ages

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4220 N. Josey Ln. at Hebron Pkwy. 972-466-4800 All story times are free.

Mon - Toddler Time 10:15am, ages 1-3; Mother Goose 11am, ages 0-1 Wednesday - Toddler Time 10:15am, ages 1-3; Story Time 11am, ages 3-6 Thursday - Evening Story Time 7pm, ages 3-6

Carrollton - Josey Ranch Lake Branch

Monday - Preschool Story Time 10am & 2pm, ages 3-6; Mother Goose 11:15am, ages 18-36 mo Tuesday - Preschool Story Time 10am & 2pm, ages 3-6; Mother Goose 11:15am, ages 18-36 mo Wednesday - Toddler Time 10 & 11am, ages 18-36 mo; Family Story Time (3rd Wed., SeptJuly) 7pm, all ages Thursday - Toddler Time 10 &11am, ages 18-36 mo

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Farmers Branch Manske Library 13613 Webb Chapel, 972-247-2511 All story times are free.

Mon - Baby Bounce 11:15am, ages 0-1 Tues - Family Story Time 7pm, all ages Wed - Preschool Story Time 10:15am, ages 3-6 Thurs - Preschool Story Time 10:15am, ages 3-6

Apr 05 - ​Get Kidz Fit 2014 Sat. 12:00 pm-4:00 pm Join us for a free fitness festival in Dallas! Kids experience a series of physical activities, interactive games, obstacle courses and inflatables, and then dance along with the high-energy performances at the Radio Disney Main Stage party. Parents you will receive information on healthy habits and nutrition, food demos and more. Free. Dallas Market Hall, 2200 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, Texas, www.getkidzfit.org. An event Sponsored by Suburban Parent Magazines. Apr 05 - Dallas Opera Jack and the Beanstalk Sat - 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Join us as we explore the world of Jack and the Beanstalk through Kids’ Book Club in the lobby and a performance of John Davies’ operatic interpretation of the children’s tale. Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St, Dallas, www.dallasopera.org Apr 05 - 13. Dallas Opera Presents The Barber of Seville Sat - 7:30 pm - 2:00 pm Matinee and Evening Performances. Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St, Dallas, Texas, www.dallasopera.org Apr 05 - Great American Clean-Up Drive-Up Shred-aThon Sat - 10am-12pm Keep Carrollton Beautiful is teaming up with the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Rotary Club. Miscellaneous documents will be shredded at a cost of $10 for the first banker’s box and $5 for each additional box, 2335 N Josey Lane, Carrollton, for more information, visit cfbrotary5810.org Apr 05 - Family Time EVERY Sat 11:15am Lewisville Library, 1197 W. Main St, Lewisville, 972.219.3570, www. cityoflewisville.com Apr 05 - Teddy Bear Picnic Sat - 1pm-3pm Bring your teddy bear and a picnic lunch. Enjoy festivities including crafts for your bear, games, cookies and lemonade, a contest for best-dressed bear, and a teddy bear first aid station where a certified teddy bear nurse will repair your well-loved bear. A prize will be awarded for the best-dressed bear! Register by April 2. Fee is $15 per resident family/$16.50 per non-resident family (up to 5

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Apr 08 - Family Story Time, all ages Tue - 7pm-8pm. All story times are free with registration at front desk. Coppell Public Library, 177 N Heartz Rd, Coppell, 972.304.3655

Monday - Preschool Story Time 10:30am, ages 3-6; Mother Goose 1:30pm, ages 0-15 mo Tuesday - Preschool Story Time 4 & 7pm, ages 3-6; Toddler Time 10:30 & 11am, ages 15-36 mo Wednesday - Toddler Time 10:30am, ages 1536 mo; Mother Goose 1:30pm, ages 0-15 mo Thursday - Toddler Time 10:30am, ages 15-36 mo; Mother Goose 1:30pm, ages 0-15 mo

Apr 08 - Family Story Time, all ages Tue - 7:00 pm-8:00 pm ​Farmers Branch Manske Library, 13613 Webb Chapel, Farmers Branch, 972.247.2511 Apr 08 - Readers Are Leaders Tue, 7-8pm Join us once a month to celebrate the gift of literacy as various city officials inspire our youth by reading aloud their favorite library books. All ages are welcome. 972.247-2511 Farmers Branch Library, 13613 Webb Chapel Rd, Farmers Branch, farmersbranchtx.gov Apr 09 - Poetry Reading Wed - 1:00 pm-3:00 pm Come to this monthly poetry group designed for those who enjoy reading and appreciating poetry. All are welcome. 972.2472511 Farmers Branch Library, 13613 Webb Chapel Rd, Farmers Branch, farmersbranchtx.gov Apr 10 - Oct 30. Cool Thursdays Concert Series Thu - 6:00 pm-9:30 pm Cool Thursdays return in April with new and exciting national cover bands, some of the Metroplex’s best food trucks, and weekly prizes.Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas, www.dallasarboretum.org Apr 10 - Prime Time Thu - 4:00 pm-5:00 pm Early readers in grades 1-3 enjoy stories, music, games, crafts and fun. 972.219.3570 Lewisville Library, 1197 W. Main St, Lewisville, www.cityoflewisville.com Apr 11 – 13 - Spring Plant Sale This year, the Heard will provide some of the best plants for North Central Texas gardens and an opportunity to obtain many rare plants. Sales are tax free and proceeds benefit Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary. Bring your own cart or wagon to facilitate your purchase! Heard Museum, 1 Nature Place , McKinney. www.heardmuseum.org Apr 11 - Carrollton Early Childhood PTA Meeting Fri - 9:30 am-10:30 am Free childcare with reservation: cecptanursery@gmail.com. Holy Covenant Church, 1901 East Peters Colony Road, Carrollton, www.cecpta.org

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Apr 11 - Babypalooza Ages 6-24 Months Fri. 11:15 am-12:15 pm. An opportunity for parents, caregivers, or grandparents and their babies to join others in experiencing a variety of sensory play areas including building boxes, art activities, shakers and much more! Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane, Flower Mound, 972-874-6200 fmlibrary.net Apr 12 - North Dallas Mother of Twins Club Consignment Sale Sat - 8:30 am-12:30 pm One of the largest nonprofit consignment sales in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex, averaging over 700 attendees and over 20,000 items. Richardson Civic Center, 411 W. Arapaho , Richardson, www.ndmotc.com Apr 12 - Play Along Concert at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Sat - 11:00 am-1:00 pm Dreams come true at this interactive concert introducing amazing musical adventures. First, build your own “drumpet”, part drum, part trumpet. Then, play along with the DSO and discover the fun of music-making as popular classical pieces ignite the imagination! Appropriate for children ages 4 and up. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St, Dallas, 214.692-0203 www.dallassymphony.com Apr 12 - 8th Annual KidsFest in Garland Sat - 11am-2pm This year’s theme is “Keep It Moving” with a focus on teaching children the benefits of healthy living. KidsFest features a huge egg hunt with thousands of goody-filled plastic eggs. There will be face painting, a video game truck, bounce houses and Radio Disney will broadcast live. Beloved characters will greet children and Fit Kids will perform their high-powered workout routine. An on-air personality from WFAA will be signing autographs. Firewheel Town Center, 245 Cedar Sage Dr, Garland, http://www.simon.com/mall/firewheel-town-center. An event sponsored by Suburban Parent Magazines. Apr 12 - Dallas Opera The Elixir of Love Sat - 2:00 pm-3:00 pm The lobby will open at 12:30 for fun activities including crafts and costumes. Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St, Dallas, www.dallasopera.org Apr 12 - Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County Gala 2014 Huey Lewis and The News will rock the stage at our annual Gala on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the

people). A.W. Perry Museum, 1509 N Perry Rd, Carrollton, for more information visit cityofcarrollton.com/museum. Apr 05 - Otaku Kyokai No Ages 9-12 Sat - 1:00 pm-4:30 pm Team Anime Club High School Students Only Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane, Flower Mound, Texas, 972-874-6200 fmlibrary.net Apr 06 - The World’s Largest Dinosaurs at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The world-class exhibition will be on view in the Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones Exhibition Hall through Sept. 1, 2014. Perot Museum of Nature and Science, 2201 N. Field St., Dallas, 214.428-5555 www. perotmuseum.org Apr 07 - Baby Bounce, Ages 0-1 Mon - 11:15 am - 12:15 pm Farmers Branch Manske Library, 13613 Webb Chapel, Farmers Branch, 972.247.2511 Apr 07 - Teen Role Playing Mon. 6:00 pm-7:00 pm New players may join at any time. All materials provided. 972.219.3570 Lewisville Library, 1197 W. Main St, Lewisville, www.cityoflewisville.com Apr 08 - FB Writers Organization Tue. 10:00 am-12:00 pm. For writers who want to share and discuss their work with other local scribes. Poetry, non-fiction, and all genre interests are invited. Beginners are welcome. Adult (18 & over) Farmers Branch Library, 13613 Webb Chapel, Farmers Branch, www. farmersbranch.info Apr 08 - Brown Bag Book Club Tue - 12:00 pm-1:00 pm Call the Adult Services Desk at 972.219.3779 for the current month’s title. Lewisville Library, 1197 W. Main St, Lewisville, www.cityoflewisville.com Apr 08 - Firecracker Book Club Tue - 4pm-5pm Book discussion and related activities for children in grades 4-5 only. Flower Mound Library 972.874.6167 Flower Mound Library, 3030 Broadmoor Ln, Flower Mound, www.flower-mound.com

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Apr 21 - Baby Bounce, Mon - 11:15 am-12:15 pm, ages 0-1 ​Farmers Branch Manske Library, 13613 Webb Chapel, Farmers Branch, 972.247.2511

Apr 15 - Family Story Time, all ages Tue - 7:00 pm-8:00 pm Coppell Public Library 177 N Heartz Rd., 972.304.3655 All story times are free with registration at front desk.​ Coppell Public Library, 177 N Heartz Rd, Coppell, 972.304.3655

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Apr 15 - Tweensday Tue - 4:00pm-6:30pm Held third Tues of the month and covers a new theme each season! For grades 4-7. No registration required. For information call 972874-6167 Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Ln, Flower Mound, www.flower-mound.com

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Apr 15 - Tuesday Morning Book Discussion Group Tue - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm All are welcome to join this group which holds informal discussions of books and authors. Adults. Farmers Branch Library, 13613 Webb Chapel, Farmers Branch, www.farmersbranch.info

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Apr 15-27 - Beauty and the Beast at the Winspear Opera House For information on the production, visit www. BeautyAndTheBeastOnTour.com. Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas, 214.880-0202 www.attpac.org

Apr 16 - Knit Wits Wed - 5:00 pm-6:00 pm meets 1st and 3rd Wed 5pm Farmers Branch Library 972.247.2511, 13613 Webb Chapel, Farmers Branch, www.farmersbranch.info

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Hilton Anatole. 2201 N. Stemmons Frwy., Dallas, 972.6336602 www.caccollincounty.org Apr 12 - North Texas Dieselpunks Sat - 2-3pm Dieselpunk blends knowledge of the 1920s through the early 1950s with today. The goal of dieselpunk is to create something unexpected and new by merging the elements of the past with today’s technology and attitude. 972.247-2511 Farmers Branch Library, 13613 Webb Chapel Rd, Farmers Branch, Texas, www.farmersbranchtx.gov Apr 14 - MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers) First Baptist Carrollton Meeting Childcare available by reservation. 2nd & 4th Mon during school year 972.939.6503 First Baptist Church, 2400 North Josey Lane, Carrollton, mops@fbcc.org fbcc.org/mops Apr 14 - Greater Lewisville Early Childhood PTA General Meeting Mon - 9:30 am-11:30 am. GLECPTA is a support organization for moms of young children with monthly meetings, playgroups, and more. Childcare provided. Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church, 6101 Morriss Road, Flower Mound www.glecpta.org

Apr 16 - Rosemeade Recreation Center Teen Council Wed - 6:30 pm-7:30 pm Teens ages 13-17 will discuss how to put your stamp on the Center. Pizza & drinks provided. grant. carver@cityofcarrollton.com 972.466.9812 Rosemeade Rec Center, 1330 Rosemeade Pkwy, Carrollton, cityofcarrollton.com Apr 16 - Family Story Time Wed - 7:00 pm-8:00 pm Stories, Music, Rhymes, Crafts and Snacks for Families with young children. Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane, Flower Mound, 972-874-6200 fmlibrary.net Apr 17- 18 - Neil Young at the Meyerson Symphony Center Fri - 7-10pm C3 Presents An Evening With Neil Young Two Nights! Thursday April 17 and Friday April 18. $99.50 $299.50 Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas, 512.389-0315 http://www.c3concerts.com/neil-young/ Apr 17 - Prime Time Thu - 4:00 pm-5:00 pm Early readers in grades 1-3 enjoy stories, music, games, crafts and fun. EVERY Thu 4pm 972.219.3570 Lewisville Library, 1197 W. Main St, Lewisville, www.cityoflewisville.com Apr 17 - TIG/Teen Interest Group Thu - 6:30 pm-7:30 pm Students in middle and high school hang out, talk about books, play games and eat food. 972.304.3658 Coppell Library, 177 N Heartz Road, Coppell, coppelltx.gov

Apr 14 - Baby Bounce, Ages 0-1, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm ​Farmers Branch Manske Library, 13613 Webb Chapel, Farmers Branch, 972.247.2511

Apr 17 - Evening Story Time, Thu - 7:00 pm-8:00 pm. Ages 3-6 ​ Carrollton Public Library at Hebron & Josey, 4220 N Josey Ln, Carrollton, cityofcarrollton.com 972.466.4800

Apr 15-27 - Evita! at the Music Hall at Fair Park Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 First Avenue at Parry, Dallas, 214.421-5678 www.dallassummermusicals.org

Apr 17 - Lewisville Chess Club Thu - 7:00 pm-8:00 pm Barnes& Noble Lewisville 972.315.7966, 2325 S Stemmons Fwy, Ste 401, Lewisville, barnesandnoble.com

Apr 21 - Teen Role Playing Mon - 6:00 pm-7:00 pm New players may join at any time. All materials provided. 972.219.3570 Lewisville Library, 1197 W. Main St, Lewisville, www.cityoflewisville.com Apr 22 - FB Writers Organization Tue - 10:00 am-12:00 pm This group is for writers who want to share and discuss their work with other local scribes. Poetry, non-fiction, and all genre interests are invited. Beginners are welcome. Adults (18 & over) Farmers Branch Library, 13613 Webb Chapel, Farmers Branch, www.farmersbranch.info Apr 22 - Tabletop Game Night Tue - 6-8:30pm Join us for board and card games. Learn a new game or play on old favorite. Choose from the library’s game collection or bring one from home to share! Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane, Flower Mound, 972-874-6200 fmlibrary.net Apr 22 - Family Story Time, all ages Tue - 7:00 pm-8:00 pm Coppell Public Library 177 N Heartz Rd., 972.304.3655 All story times are free with registration at front desk. ​Coppell Public Library, 177 N Heartz Rd, Coppell, 972.304.3655 Apr 22 - Family Story Time, all ages Tue - 7:00 pm-8:00 pm Farmers Branch Manske Library, 13613 Webb Chapel, Farmers Branch, 972.247.2511 Apr 23 - Diana Ross at the Meyerson Symphony Center Wed - 8:00 pm-10:00 pm. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas, www.attpac.org

workshops and much more. Fair Park, 3939 Grand Ave., Dallas, 214.310-1200 http://earthdaytx.org Apr 26 - Repticon Dallas Reptile and Exotic Animal Show 10:00am-4:00pm Adults $10, Children (5-12) $5, 4 & under Free. Repticon Dallas is a reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise. Participate in free raffles held for enthusiasts, animal seminars, and kid’s activities. Knights of Columbus Center, 2280 Springlake Rd., Farmers Branch, 863.268-4273 http://www.repticon.com/dallas.html Apr 26 - Artscape at the Dallas Arboretum 9:00am-5:00pm. Featuring 75 national and local artists and their nature-inspired artwork on display and for sale. Artists from the Creative Arts Center of Dallas will demonstrate a variety of art mediums, while acoustic music fills the garden with sounds of spring. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas, 214.515-6500 www.dallasarboretum.org Apr 26 - Family Time Sat - 11:15 am-12:15 pm 972.219.3570 Lewisville Library, 1197 W. Main St, Lewisville, www.cityoflewisville.com Apr 26 - Under the Sea Sat - 4:00 pm-8:00 pm Family Fun Night at Lamb of God Lutheran Church–Silent Auction & Raffle – Petting Zoo – Boogie Woogie Choo Choo –Bounce Houses – Face Painting, Games & more! Children’s unlimited entertainment wristband - $5 Adults and Children under 2 admissions are free! Lamb of God Lutheran Church, 1401 Cross Timbers Rd, Flower Mound, LOG Early Childhood Ministry 972-539-0055 Apr 28. MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers) First Baptist Carrollton Meeting First Baptist Carrollton Meeting. Childcare available by reservation. 2nd & 4th Mon during school year 972.939.6503 mops@fbcc.org fbcc.org/mops First Baptist Church, 2400 North Josey Lane, Carrollton, mops@fbcc.org fbcc.org/mops

Apr 24 - Prime Time Thu - 4:00 pm-5:00 pm Early readers in grades 1-3 enjoy stories, music, games, crafts and fun. EVERY Thu 4pm 972.219.3570 Lewisville Library, 1197 W. Main St, Lewisville, www.cityoflewisville.com

Apr 28 - Baby Bounce, Mon - 11:15 am-12:15 pm, ages 0-1 ​Farmers Branch Manske Library, 13613 Webb Chapel, Farmers Branch, 972.247.2511

Apr 24 - Lewisville Chess Club Thu - 7:00 pm-8:00 pm Barnes& Noble Lewisville 972.315.7966, 2325 S Stemmons Fwy, Ste 401, Lewisville, barnesandnoble.com

Apr 29 - Family Story Time, all ages Tue. 7:00 pm-8:00 pm Coppell Public Library177 N Heartz Rd., 972.304.3655 All story times are free with registration at front desk. ​Coppell Public Library, 177 N Heartz Rd, Coppell, 972.304.3655

Apr 25 - Charlotte’s Web at Dallas Children’s Theater 7:30pm Enjoyed by ages 5 and up. Admission: $13-40 Dallas Children’s Theater, 5938 Skillman St., Dallas, Texas, Other performance dates: www.dct.org

Apr 29 - Family Story Time, all ages Tue. 7:00 pm-8:00 pm, Farmers Branch Manske Library, 13613 Webb Chapel, Farmers Branch, 972.247.2511

Apr 25. Spanish Storytime. All ages Fri - 10:30 am-11:30 am Coppell Public Library 177 N Heartz Rd., 972.304.3655 Apr 26 - 4th Annual Garage Sale Sat. 7:00 am-2:00 pm St. Ann Parish Mother’s of Young Children. Declutter for Cancer! All proceeds support cancer treatment for Tommy Gantt, former MYC member’s son. St. Ann Center Parking Lot, 180 Samuel Blvd. Coppell, www.stannparish.org/myc Apr 26 - Earth Day Texas 2014 10 a.m-6 p.m. Free two-day event that seeks to celebrate the planet and educate Texans on the many ways we can protect our environment. This year’s theme is water. Activities include tree climbing and arts and crafts, live music, enlightening talks, hands-on

Apr 29 - Dallas Chamber Symphony’s Season Finale Tue. 8:00 pm-10:00 pm The 2013-14 season comes to a close as the Dallas Chamber Symphony offers brilliant performances of works by Beethoven and R. Schumann. Be sure to attend this grand finale, as there are likely to be a few surprises along the way. Admission: $19-$44 Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St., Dallas, 214.449-1294 http://www. dallaschambersymphony.org Apr 30 - League of Extraordinary Teens Wed. 6:30 pm-7:30 pm Make a difference by working with staff and other teens to make the Library your kind of place. Plan events, suggest materials and hang out. Carrollton Public Library at Josey Ranch Lake, 1700 Keller Springs Rd, Carrollton, www. cityofcarrollton.com

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only wants us to see the finished product. So I left her in charge and headed to the kitchen table to read the Sunday newspaper. As Jessie poured the mixed batter into the skillet and joyfully flipped away, I couldn’t help but peek up periodically from my paper. It seems like only yesterday I was standing over her three-year-old shoulders to make sure she didn’t burn herself on the hot skillet or fall off of the stool she needed to reach it. Six years zoomed by quicker than Jessie and I found baking powder. As I reminisced, Jessie provided me with periodic updates. “They’re thicker; they’ll be more filling.” “I burnt myself. I’m okay. It’s only a third-degree burn.” I noticed that Jessie gave Sadie, our dog, a few sample tastes. Jessie had a grand time making pancakes two at a time. “I like dragging it out,” she said.

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Jessie, and I have made pancakes together since she was three years old. Now age nine, she still enjoys mixing the ingredients, pouring the batter into the skillet, and flipping them. She loves making pancakes almost as much as eating them. However, because she smothers her pancakes with creative combinations of powdered sugar, various kinds of syrup, whipped cream, and cinnamon sugar butter, eating them rates pretty highly. One recent Sunday, Jessie said, “Let’s make pancakes for breakfast.” I responded, “I could eat pancakes,” and went to retrieve the mix from the pantry. “Uh oh, Jessie, the box is almost empty.” Jessie, undeterred, went to her friend, Google. Seconds later, Jessie announced that she found an excellent pancake recipe. She tried to sell it to me by saying, “It has all 5-star ratings and one 4-star rating.” She began to call out the ingredients from her desk, located just off the kitchen. Boy, she really didn’t want oatmeal and yogurt, her standard weekday breakfast. When Jessie said, “baking powder,” I thought I’d be making oatmeal, as I was confident we lacked this ingredient. But I checked the pantry

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just to make sure. Jessie got up from her desk and helped with the search. “I’m sure we have some, Dad.” “I don’t think so, Jessie.” I thought my pantry was disorganized before Jessie’s hunt, but now I know what disorganized looks like.

Now that I’ve had time to reflect on this experience, I have learned a number of things. Don’t rush to make microwaved oatmeal. Extra sugar makes pancakes sweeter. Have enough soap on hand for cleaning up after “not looking.” A five-star breakfast is a great way to begin a Sunday, especially for a dog. In addition, the experience was a good reminder that Dad isn’t always right.

I concluded we were out of luck, but Jessie refused to give up. She checked the pantry another time. She even searched the refrigerator. As I prepared to make oatmeal, I decided to check the cabinet where I keep a few spices and spotted the baking powder. It turns out that Jessie was right and I was wrong. She was so excited when I pulled out the white can and held it in the air. I think it was because we could try her pancake recipe and not because she was right and I was wrong.

I’ve also concluded that besides eggs, flour, salt, sugar, milk, and baking powder, one other ingredient is needed. Extra sugar? No. Vanilla? Different story. It’s patience. Patience to teach. Patience to learn. Patience to sit back and not run to the rescue. Spilled milk is easy to clean, although egg slime dripping down the kitchen cabinet takes some effort. Patience to listen. And patience to not say “no” right away. I’ll also need patience to rearrange my messy pantry.

We gathered all the ingredients and prepared to make 5-star pancakes from scratch. Jessie even felt comfortable tweaking the recipe. Instead of one tablespoon of sugar per the recipe, well, let’s just say the batter contained adequate sugar. As she mixed all the ingredients, I pulled out the electric skillet. Jessie, with spatula in hand, then uttered the words we hear so frequently, “Don’t look, please!” Jessie likes to surprise her mom and me with whatever she is doing (creating art, making a salad, etc.) and

Before long, Jessie will be ready to try another recipe. I don’t know if I’ll have all the ingredients and in the right quantity. But regardless of my pantry’s status or my patience level, I’ll never run out of the most important ingredient – love. Until next month, remember to cherish the moments. I wish all moms a Happy Mother’s Day. May your day be filled with an extra tablespoon of sugar as you fill your recipes and your homes with love. •

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“Just Have Fun!” This sounds like a pretty straightforward bit of advice, but sometimes children need to be reminded to have a little fun, lest they get caught up in the stress of the “new.” A new environment, new rules, new daily activities and routines. “I love camp!” says five year old Anna F. “I don’t ever miss my mom because I’m too busy having fun.” Anna attended Princess Dance camp last summer, and is looking forward to “more and more and more camp” this summer.“I didn’t think I would like the hiking, but it ended up being pretty cool” said Michael.

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us than it does to our children. For us, camp meant camp: cabins or tents, canoeing, hiking, singing songs around a campfire, and general camaraderie. Children today are much more active, much more schedule-oriented, and generally just busier. Consequently, the very dynamics of summer camp have changed. Camps offered now are much more focused and detail oriented. There’s soccer camp, art camp, violin camp, space camp, leadership camp, paleontology camp, etc.

But there are some things about camp that truly haven’t changed: the general apprehension your son or daughter might feel the first time they attend camp. Here’s what seasoned camp veterans had to say to children that are going off to camp for the first time.

Dakota says

“Everyone Gets Homesick!” Some kids handle being away from home better than others. In a dorm room with 9 other campers, fourth grader Dakota L. recalls 2-3 kids that got homesick. “We felt bad for them, but we all tried to make them feel better. We brought them junk food and soda.” It’s a great opportunity for the kids that don’t get homesick to step up and show their sympathy, and their new

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friendship skills. And the ones that do get homesick learn just how much they can rely on their peers to get them through difficulties. It’s a great learning experience for all campers. “I didn’t like missing my mom,” said 10 year old Michael. “But when the kids cheered me up instead of teasing me, I felt better.”

Elise says

“You will Learn Something New!” As a sixth-grader, Elise F. is a seasoned camper. She’s been attending summer camps since she was in first grade. “Camp is great because you get to explore things you wouldn’t get to do in school or learn about,” she says with a smile. Elise has found a new love of art that wasn’t cultivated during the school

“No Need To Be Shy!” says Dakota

One of the best parts about summer camp is the ability to “make new friends,” says Dakota L., a fourth grader. “Some of them I’m still friends with from last summer’s soccer camp.” Every child I asked had the same bit of advice right from the start: don’t be shy. “Camp only lasts a week, and if you wait until the last few days of camp to make friends, you’ve missed out on half the fun” says Elise. Regardless of the type of camp you and your children have chosen, make sure they make the most of it. It will go by faster than either one of you expect. If your child can embrace the opportunities presented before him, he will have a much more enriched experience. Elise says that “summer camp is much cooler than regular school because although we’re still learning stuff, we’re not stuck behind a desk all day.” Even Michael, who was the most apprehensive about attending summer camp, says he would “do it again” this summer. He found confidence and security in knowing he can rely upon himself, and trust in his peers to help him if he feels homesick. “Riding horses was pretty cool too,” he said. While summer camp may only last a week or so, the memories really do last a lifetime. See for yourself: ask any child you know about their summer camp experiences and you’ll see their faces light up with the memories. Have your first time camper talk to other children that have already attended. They are more than willing to share their experiences and their energy and excitement about it can be quite contagious! •

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I’m constantly sticking my head out the back door yelling: “Get back to work!” “I am,” he argues. It takes everything I’ve got not to lose my mind. “You are? I can see you on the shed’s roof, you know. It might be easier to pull the weeds if you were closer to the ground.”

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My daughter is the opposite. She just cries. No matter how much work I give, her first reaction is always that of anger and tears. “It’s not fair,” she argues. “My friends don’t have to pull weeds!” “That’s true,” I told her the other day. “That would be weird if I made your friends pull our weeds.” I’ve often thought back to that time when my children were younger and not quite ready to help with the chores. I used to move about the yard dragging hoses, pushing mowers and yanking weeds, watching the kids play - thinking to myself: One of these days they’ll be strong enough to help their dear old dad. Little did I know, at the same time, my kids were looking back at me do all of those things thinking: If he tries, we’ll bring him to his knees.

Daughter: What weed?! I pulled them all. Where do you see a weed? Me: (Pointing) There - blocking the window. And what about all of those weeds over there? Daughter: (Crying) Where? Me: Growing out of the drain spout. (Frustrated) Did you really weed this area? Daughter: Yes. (Sniveling) I’ve been out here for hours and hours and hours. Me: Okay, then - show me all of the weeds you pulled. Daughter: (Reaching into her shirt pocket) See. Why do I put myself through this torture? It isn’t JUST the free labor. I have better things to do than play foreman all day. I guess I want to teach my children that a family has the responsibility to pull together and share the workload. I want them to know it takes hard work to keep a home in presentable shape, and that doing their fair share is the right thing to do. At least, that’s what I told my son as I ordered him down from a tree yesterday. Me: Find many weeds up there? Son: Huh?

They’ve come close... Daughter: Dad, I’m done weeding my area. Me: (Inspecting for the tenth time) What about that weed?

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