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Mary shares... Remembering What Mothering is Truly About


reparing for this month’s Letter from the Editor, I have been reflecting on all the past Mother’s Day I have enjoyed with my family. I can’t truthfully say I remember every gift my children or my husband bought me (although I know my youngest child could), but I can say that I remember most of the gifts my kids made for me, especially those that were created at home, in secret, with whispers behind closed doors. I remember tiny hands coming into my room carrying my breakfast on a platter, with an apology because the orange juice spilt a bit when they hopped in bed with me. These are the gifts mom’s want. Memories of precious moments with their children. As kids get older, moms want something as simple as a thank you. We want to hear the words! “Thank you mom for loving us so much.” “You are so great mom and I love you.” And it would be truly fabulous if followed by words of pure, selfless love; “This is what I am going to do for you today!” Ahhh, music to every mother’s ears (I’m thinking yard work and cleaning the kitchen!) Yes, this is all great; however

what I ultimately want is for my children to continue to grow in their faith. I want their souls to be prepared for Heaven! This responsibility was given when God handed over his creations to me. This is my vocation. For help with this I can always rely on our Blessed Mother, after all, Jesus gave his mother to us at the foot of the cross before he died. Through time she has been called upon as the Advocate for the People of God. Prayers to Mary for protection and aid have been recorded as early as AD 250. She will also graciously receive those (through prayer) who feel they cannot approach God directly. She loves us as a Mother and she has the ear of her son! Mary’s role in salvation history was planned by God; He wants us to know her. And, a thank you to my Mom! Thank you for sharing your faith with your children; and thank you for praying to our Blessed Mother for my protection; God knows when I need it! I love you and this is what I am going to do for you today…. SP

Mary Ellen

When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “ Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.

John 19:26-27

COVER MODEL London, 14 mos This sweetie is the little princess of the house! She loves blueberry pancakes, swinging, reading and wagon rides (oops, carriage rides)! She is a friend to everyone. She has two dogs, Addie and Guapo. Misty Stagnone Photography,

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“ I’m Sorry!” It happens. We all make mistakes. And sometimes we have to apologize for them. Even to our kids. And when that happens, don’t sweat it. You’ll earn your child’s respect and set the model for accountability. When offering your apology, do it quickly (but only when you’re ready so your child can process the incident more positively), be sincere (acknowledge her feelings), keep it short (don’t over explain) and move on (accept the forgiveness and don’t dwell on your mistake). How better to teach your kids how to apologize than to let them see how it’s done.

GERM ALERT! When doing your spring cleaning this year, don’t forget to clean those easy to reach places. Doorknobs and light switch plates are some of the dirtiest, yet most over looked places in your home. Because they’re touched often, they should really be at the top of your regular cleaning list. Then move on to the kitchen and bathrooms.

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Change the way you see your food. Research from the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab reports that the average dinner plate has increased in size by 36 percent since 1960. That’s huge. And it makes what you put on your plate look small, making you more likely to put more on your plate than you need. By simply replacing that oversized tableware with smaller plates and bowls, you’ll keep your portions in check. You’ll eat less without even realizing it.

Camp vs. Cost There’s a lot to consider when making purchases for our children, but there’s plenty of evidence out there to indicate that investing in a life experience (like camp) will be more beneficial in the long run than the new iPhone or electronic you’ve been contemplating. While people are initially happy with material purchases, satisfaction with these purchases tends to wane over time. However, satisfaction from experiential purchases not only starts high, it gets better over time. And that’s especially true for camp experiences. Campers don’t just leave camp with great memories; they take with them new friendships, better self-esteem, good leadership skills, and environmental awareness and depending on the camp, stronger spirituality. Now that’s a good investment.

PAY ATTENTION MOM Your attention is limited when multi-tasking! It may seem counterintuitive to everything we know as a mom. Juggling multiple tasks at one time is just what we do and some of us are really good at it. But, it can have negative effects on our memory. Studies show that it takes eight seconds to fully commit a piece of information to memory, so paying attention to what you’re doing (or hearing) is important. But what’s most important is really paying attention to what your kids are saying. You’re going to want those memories later.

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Q I am a stay at home of two (8 &

Q My child complains that her

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11 years) mom and need to return to work to help with our finances. Any suggestions to make this an easy transition for my kids?


You are right to be concerned! Returning to work will be a big change for everyone in the family, even the pets! I would suggest talking with your husband and kids about this change and how things will be different. Make sure you sound positive though, your kids will be more adaptive if they sense a good change. You need to let them know that they may be able to help with this by participating more with the family’s needs. For instance, there will be more responsibilities from the youngest to the oldest family member. Also, pick up and drop off for school may change too. So make a list that includes the smaller changes. And most importantly, make sure they know that although you will not be at home as much, being their mom is still the most important job you have! Good Luck!

teacher is mean to her. Where do I start with this?


Well, first of all, don’t be intimidated by inquiring about this with the administration or school director/principal. They would want to know. Keep in mind that you may not be the only one with this issue. Let them know that this is a concern because she says this often (let them know how often). They may want to observe the classroom and teacher to make sure everything is going according to school policy and guidelines. Also, letting the teacher know the child feels this way be help.



You are your child’s advocate, so do take this seriously. It may be something simple and your daughter confuses strictness with being mean. You may want to also ask other parents if their child has indicated this as well.



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low 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.


Your husband is right. If the groundwork has been laid, your child knows what to expect. These boundaries and family rules are for their safety and to help them grow into responsible young adults. Do give them (teens) some control over things. Let them help with the rules regarding curfews, dating, and car privileges. Having these boundaries is a way to enforce order into their lives.



Stay strong and be consistent. Not following through sends mixed messages to your child. This gives them the opportunity to play let’s make a deal with your rules and you don’t want that!



You are smart to start your nutrition program before becoming pregnant. This is important! To ensure a healthy pregnancy you should focus on: Eating a balanced diet; regular physical activity and include important vitamins and minerals into your diet plan. Eat a variety of foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy. Including healthy fats is important too. Try including avocados, nuts, and oils, such as olive, canola and soybean. You should also start looking for the right doctor. They will prescribe a prenatal vitamin and mineral supplement that includes iron and folic acid.

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Game on! At Play Education! Parents, your Kids play a super-exciting quiz game show, earning pretend cash for each question they answer correctly to win a prize of their choice. After playing the game, you can go online, enter questions your child missed and get an instant online assessment that pinpoints areas where help is needed. Lakeshore even provides free printable activities and product recommendations to help build skills even further. Lakeshore Learning; $30.

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My Daughter, Anxiety, and a Second Generation of Tummy Aches!


y daughter, Mia has been complaining about tummy aches! This brought back memories of my own issues when I was her age. Halfway through fourth grade, my parents moved us from our first house in the city to “their dream home in the country.” Guess who had to leave the only home, school and best friend she’d ever known? Yes, that would be me. This is when anxiety set in. Initially I was okay with the new school. Then, for whatever reason, things changed. My mom would practically have to push me onto the bus each morning, tears streaming down my cheeks and my brothers following behind me, wondering what the heck my problem was. At school, on occasion, I would complain to the teacher of a stomachache and she would send me to the nurse (who would let me hang out in her office for a while). Apparently that worked well enough for me to step up the game to daily visits to the nurse. Some of those days I was even convincing enough to get my mom called and to go home. Then my mom caught on to my game. She would bargain with me to go to school by coming at lunch to pick me up and bring me back (I think she knew I had no friends on the playground and she felt bad for me). All this really did was force her to go through my hysterics TWICE a day. My going home for lunch gig ended pretty quickly because of the emotional toll it took on both of us. It was just before the end of the school year when I got the brilliant idea to walk off the playground at recess and head home. Can you even imagine my mother’s complete despair when she got the call from school that I’d disappeared during the lunch hour? Her immediate thought was that I had been kidnapped and was miles away already.

It was pretty easy to just disappear off of the playground and although I could go on and on with this story, I will end it here by saying I got in VERY BIG trouble for walking off the playground during recess. Both at school and at home (four words…spanking of a lifetime.)

Ok, now fast forward thirty-five years… Mia has suddenly become very preoccupied with tummy aches. Which sort of had me stumped? For we haven’t moved in at least ten months now, and she is still attending the same school with the same friends she has had since kindergarten. Mia was willing to talk with me about it, and although I reassured her often she would be okay, I could tell she continued to be distressed many mornings. We have received more than a few phone calls from the school’s Nurse Annette in the past several weeks….so often in fact, I decided to introduce myself to her when I was at school the other day. (Just so she could put a face with a name) I THINK Mia’s anxiety centers around the fact that about a year ago she became ill at school (which is my really nice way of saying she puked her guts out all over the hallway after lunch one afternoon). Since she rarely gets sick, she had no idea what was happening to her. I am sure Mia was embarrassed. But, no harm no foul, she was back at school forty-eight hours later without much more thought about it. Although I have discussed the likelihood of her getting sick at school again is minimal

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many times, when a child is anxious about something a parent’s logic goes in one ear and out the other. So, I did what I always do when I have a problem I don’t know how to handle. I went to Barnes & Noble. And, sure enough after a few minutes of looking, I found a book that has helped me explain to Mia what worries and anxieties are and how to talk about them and then how to work through them. I thought I would share the name of the book in case maybe you have a little worry wart running around under your roof as well: What to Do When You Worry Too Much by Dawn Huebner, is an easy-to-read, awesome workbook (for ages 6-12) Mia and I went through this book together over a few nights time. We have had no calls from Nurse Annette this past week, and I see her making progress in taking charge of her worries. She really enjoyed working through the book and saw herself and her symptoms so often through its pages, that she kept saying, “I think they wrote this book just for me Mom!” I am sure we are nowhere near the end of anxiety issues, but I am glad I found a way to help Mia this time. SP

Summer Camp. IT’S IN OUR NATURE.

So, imagine you’re living at SeaWorld. You wake up to find sea lions doing laps in the pool. Your swimming instructors are dolphins. You party with the world’s most exotic birds and tropical fish. And your backyard is filled with incredible rides and slides. This summer, your child can have it all. That’s what being a camper here is all about.

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Cross Timbers Eco-Adventure Day Camp (CEAD Camp) is summer camp with a difference! All summer long, your child will learn about fascinating science topics in a hands-on, experiential learning based program with endless acres of Cross Timbers wilderness to explore. Plan on your children coming home with a smile on their face, leaves in their hair, quite possibly some grit in their teeth, and best of all…excitement about our ecosystem and the mind to pursue MORE!

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Lessons Learned


t’s not easy being a parent. In fact, sometimes it’s downright frustrating, like when you have to correct your child for the same behavior over and over. Will the lessons ever be learned? That’s why it’s so gratifying when you can see that you’re getting through. Recently, I came home after playing tennis and said to my daughter, “Jessie, I did something tonight that took a lot of courage.” She wanted to know the details. I told her that I stopped playing tennis because of the weather, even though I expected my tennis buddies to tease me. The thunder had been rumbling in the distance for about fifteen minutes. Every now and then, a flash of lighting lit up the sky. The pending storm didn’t deter any of the other fifteen men who were playing. When I saw yet another streak of lightning, I had a flashback to my childhood. My little brother and I frequently played at the neighborhood ball diamond. We knew that if we didn’t get home at the first sign of rain, there would be a “Mommastorm” when we walked in the house. After I finished holding serve to complete a game, I told the other players that I was calling it a night. That sounded much better than saying, “I’m quitting because I’m scared of the weather.” I asked one of the players, a farmer, if he felt it was still safe to play. He said, “You never know when a stray lightning bolt might occur.” Still, the rest of the men stayed on the courts while I packed my gear and went home. I told Jessie that it took courage for me to stop even though the other men continued playing. My wife, Mattie, used my story to reinforce a lesson from earlier in the day. Jessie’s first-grade teacher had given each student a paper

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doll and instructed them to take the dolls home and decorate them to reflect their interests. Jessie put a lot of thought into her project. She even made a pink dress for her paper doll in the style of the pink dress that she planned to wear for the presentation and glued photocopies of her tennis shoes to the doll’s feet. She skipped into school carrying her doll in a bag to keep it secret, anxious for the presentation time when the students would describe their dolls. After school, Jessie told us that no one noticed that she and her doll were identically dressed. She told Mattie that none of the other kids had the matching outfits idea, so she didn’t say anything. She wished that she had pointed it out in her presentation. Mattie talked with Jessie about how everyone is unique. People just need to do their best, and then be proud of who they are and what they do instead of trying to be like everybody else, she said. Then she reassured Jessie that this was a good learning opportunity and that she would have more courage the next time. During bedtime prayers that evening, Jessie said “Thank you for helping Daddy make the right decision.” A smile came to my face. Maybe she’s getting more from our lessons than I think. Mom, I still come in when it storms. Your lessons stuck. Happy Mother’s Day! Until next month, remember to cherish the moments. SP


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Free Health and Wellness Seminar 5:00pm - 6:30pm You are invited to attend this free seminar, which will be presented by Pat and Mary Sculley, owners of The Exercise Coach-Dallas, and Elizabeth Naylor, owner of Ebenezer Wellness. All attendees will receive four free sessions at The Exercise Coach, plus a free, 30-minute nutrition consult with Elizabeth Naylor. For more information and to RSVP, please visit the website. The Exercise Coach, 14891 Preston Rd. Ste. 100, Dallas, Texas, Nature Photography Introduction to Photography 9:00am - 11:00am. For ages 14 and up. This four session introductory photography series guides students to progress beyond taking snapshots to creating photographs. Students need to bring a camera and the camera manual. Instructor: Bruce Rosenstiel ( $140.00 Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve, 355 Bob Jones Rd., Southlake, Texas, 817-491-6333  

Wizard of Oz Children’s Educational Exhibit 10:00am - 5:00pm thru May 11. Visit Professor Marvel’s Wagon and create your own tornado in Dorothy’s bedroom. Explore Munchkin houses. Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth, Texas,

Math Homework Help Every Thu - 6:00pm 8:00pm Math homework help taught by Marsha Davidson/HEB ISD Math Teacher. Registration is not required - first come first served for 7th-12th Grades, free. Bedford Public Library, Teen Room, 2424 Forest Ridge Dr., Bedford, Texas, Youth Services Information Desk @ 817-952-2374 SP Tour Night at Covenant Christian Acade-

my 7:00pm - 8:00pm. Learn more about Premier Classical Education for Ages PK3 – Grade 12. 817-2814333x1 Covenant Christian Academy, 901 Cheek Sparger Rd, Colleyville, Texas,

fri 2 Craft Guild of Dallas Spring 2014 Show & Sale 10am-10pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 11am-5pm. The Craft Guild of Dallas is pleased to announce its Spring 2014 Show and Sale at its Studio and Exhibition space at 5100 Belt Line Road, Suite 400, Dallas, TX 75254. Craft Guild of Dallas, 5100 Belt Line Rd. Ste. 400, Dallas, 972.490-0303,

Dallas International Guitar Festival May 02 -

04. This is the original guitar show, the first of its kind in the nation, and 2014 promises even more innovation and surprises for all. Please join us for THE guitar event of the year! Fair Park, Centennial Hall, 1001 Washington St., Dallas, Texas,

Early Birds 8:30am - 10:30am Come and join a naturalist as we try to wake up with the birds. We will take a leisurely hike around the Nature Center to see if we can find birds beginning their day. This is the best time of the day to see our fine feathered friends. Bring your binoculars and cameras to enhance your experience. Pre-registration required. FREE (with paid admission). Fort Worth Nature Center, 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76135, Fort Worth, Texas, (817) 392-7410

Spring Storytime with Sunshine Every Fri 10:00am - 11:30am $19 per child. Ages 3-5. Reservations Required. Sunshine Glaze, 405 N Carroll Ave., Southlake, Texas, 817-424-1417

sat 3 Dallas Kidney Walk 8:00am - 12:00pm Kidney Walk is the nation’s largest walk to fight kidney disease. Held in nearly 100 communities, the event raises awareness and funds lifesaving programs that educate and support patients, their families and those at risk. Lindsley Park, 712 Tenison Memorial Dr., Dallas, Texas, 214.351-2393 Walk/NorthTexas?pg=entry&fr_id=6700

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Target First Saturdays at the Nasher Sculpture Center 10:00am - 5:00pm. Bring the kids and enjoy free admission and fun family programming on the first Saturday of every month. Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St., Dallas, Texas, 214.242-5100 www.

Cottonwood Art Festival May 03 – 04 10:00am - 7:00pm Cottonwood Art Festival is a semi-annual event that features works from the nation’s top visual artists. Whether you’re shopping for art, listening to music, enjoying the outdoors, or making art of your own, Cottonwood has something for your family. Cottonwood Park, 1321 W. Belt Line Rd., Richardson, www.

The Most Good 5K & Obstacle Race 2:006:00pm and 7 - 10pm The Most Good 5K & Obstacle Race: 125 teams will compete against each other, as they navigate some of the city’s most notable landmarks and destinations in support of The Salvation Army. Sign up now! Enjoy the Festival: 12:00pm10:00pm. Come enjoy some of Dallas’ most exceptional food and local bands. 425 Bedford St., Dallas, www. Dog Bowl at the Cotton Bowl - 9th Annual

1:00pm - 5:00pm. Free unleashed fun for dog lovers and pooches of all sizes when historic Cotton Bowl field transforms into a dog park complete with splash pools, a pet/owner look-alike contest and more for an all-around tail-wagging time. Admission is free. City of Dallas charges $10 for parking within the gates of Fair Park. Cotton Bowl Stadium at Fair Park, 3750 Cotton Bowl Circle, Dallas,

Herp Walk 2:00pm - 4:00pm Join Crosstimbers Connection for a walk to discover the reptiles andamphibians of the Refuge. We will try to get close enough for detailed observation and talk about how to look for them and photograph them. Best for ages 7 through adult. FREE (with paid admission). Fort Worth Nature Center, 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd., Fort Worth,(817) 392-7410 Dallas Kidney Walk 8:00am - 12:00pm Kidney Walk is the nation’s largest walk to fight kidney disease. Held in nearly 100 communities, the event raises awareness and funds lifesaving programs that educate and support patients, their families and those at risk. Lindsley Park, 712 Tenison Memorial Dr., Dallas, Texas, 214.3512393

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the know it all Saturday Gaming Every 12:00pm - 2:00pm Teens and Tweens. Teens and kids can play PS 3 and Wii in the teen room on Saturday mornings. Board games are also available to play. Registration is not required. Free. Bedford Public Library, Teen Room, 2424 Forest Ridge Dr., Bedford, Texas, Youth Services Information Desk @ 817-952-2374

sun 4 Free Fee Sunday 12:00pm - 5:00pm. No Studio fees all day. We do not take reservations for Free Fee Sunday. Sunshine Glaze, 405 N Carroll Ave., Southlake , Texas, 817-484-1417

Herp Walk Sun 2:00pm - 4:00pm Join Crosstimbers Connection for a walk to discover the reptiles andamphibians of the Refuge. We will try to get close enough for detailed observation and talk about how to look for them and photograph them. Best for ages 7 through adult. FREE (with paid admission). Fort Worth Nature Center, 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd., Fort Worth,(817) 392-7410

mon 5 Snacks & Stories Every Mon 4:00pm - 5:00pm Grades K-2nd. Join us for fun stories, crafts, and a yummy snack! Preregistration IS required and can be done in person or online. Colleyville Public Library, 110 Main Street, Colleyville, Texas, 817-5031154

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Small personalized classes for toddlers thru adults. Other sessions begin June 3 & July 8. 817-649-SWIM See ad in this issue.

First Tuesday at the Dallas Museum of Art 11:00am - 2:00pm Designed for children ages 5 and under, but all ages are welcome. Enjoy thematic art-making activities, story times, performances and gallery activities. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood, Dallas,

Free LEGO Mini Build 5:00pm - 6:30pm 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,

wed 7 Elisabeth Von Trapp at Dallas City Performance Hall 7:30pm - 10:30pm Join the Daughters for An Evening with Elisabeth von Trapp, granddaughter of the legendary Maria and Baron von Trapp, whose story inspired The Sound of Music. .All proceeds from this benefit will help send veterans of the Normandy invasion back to France for the 70th anniversary memorial event. Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St., Dallas, 214.880-0202

thur 8 Evenings on Oak Street Concert 7:00pm - 8:00pm Russ Dorsey & The Musicmakers, The Russ Dorsey Orchestra plays the music of the 40’s-70’s giving everyone something to relate to. Austin Street Plaza, 221 N Oak Street, Roanoke, Texas, 817-491-2411 A Tale of Two Quinces Presented by Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico 7:30pm - 9:30pm. Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas, 214.880-0202

fri 9 Me and Myamerican Girl Doll Class 12:00am - 12:00am Decorate a garden apron for yourself and make a clay flower pin for your doll. $16 per child. Ages 5 & up. Reservations required. Sunshine Glaze, 405 N Carroll Ave., Southlake, Texas, 817424-1417 Master Class at International Conservatory of Performing Arts (ICPA) 7:30pm - 9:00pm Esteemed bassist Chuck Rainey will be teaching a Master Class. Space is limited, call today! $10 for ICPA students, $20 for General Public International Conservatory of Performing Arts, 3321 Premier Dr., Plano, 972.881-1915

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the know it all sat 10 Buffalo Boogie 7:00am - 10:00am Visit the Friends of the Fort Worth Nature website for more information on how to register and get involved with Buffalo Boogie 2014. Onsite registration at 7 a.m., starting gun at 8:30 a.m. Fort Worth Nature Center, 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd., Fort Worth, Texas, 817-392-7410 5K Family and Dog Friendly Walk at Fair Park 7:00am - 12:00pm FREE family (and dog) friendly 5k walk on the beautiful grounds of Fair Park. Fundraising is encouraged, but not required. Registration begins @ 7:00am Walks starts @9:00am Dogs are welcome. Fair Park-Bandshell, 1465 First Ave., Dallas, 214.341-7133 http:// Talk Walk for Parkinson Disease 9:00am - 1:00pm Talk while you walk to help raise money for people with Parkinson disease! This is a family-friendly event. Admission: $10 - $30 NorthPark Center, 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas, 469.3756500 Paw Prints Dallas Zoo Art Fair May 10-11, 9:00am - 5:00pm Mother’s Day weekend is about to get wild with the Paw Prints Art Show at the Dallas Zoo. Strollamong tents filled with art and crafts, including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, wood carvings, photography, and hand-crafted jewelry while viewing wildlife in naturalistic settings. Dine at restaurants and food carts throughout the park. Dallas Zoo, 650 S. RL Thornton Freeway, Dallas, 469.554-7500

Dallas Pet Expo 10:00am - 6:00pm Play, Shop, Learn, Adopt! Free Parking & Admission. Agility Demos, Pet Talent Contest, Pet Costume Contest, Pet/Owner Musical Chairs. Dallas Market Center, 2100 N. Stemmons Frwy., Dallas, 800.977-3609 www.

Bancroft Family Concert at the Dallas Museum of Art 3:00pm - 4:00pm Fine Arts Chamber Players invites you to a FREE Bancroft Family Concert featuring pianist Evan Ritter at the Dallas Museum of Art’s Horchow Auditorium. 1717 North Harwood St., Dallas, 214.520-2219

Darlin’ Divas Mom-N-Me Tea 9:30am - 11:00am Enjoy a “spot of tea” as you nibble on finger sandwiches and pastries. Enjoy a whimisical day of pampering and relaxation with your daughter(s). Our annual Mother’s Day tea will be a special time for you and your daughter as you spend time being “girly” and creating crafts together. $10, Registration Deadline May 3rd. Grapevine Botanical Gardens, 411 Ball Street, Grapevine, Texas,

Second Saturdays 6:00pm - 8:00pm Ages: 12-17 Zombie Night. Free and School IDs ARE required. Bedford Public Library, Teen Room, 2424 Forest Ridge Dr., Bedford, Youth Services Information Desk @ 817-952-2374

sun 11 Mother’s Day Brunch at the Dallas Arboretum 10:30am - 12:00pm Adults – $67 | Children age 5-10 – $25 | Children 4 and under – Free Make the perfect memory with your mom on her special day by taking her to a Mother’s Day brunch at the Dallas Arboretum. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas, Texas, 214.515-6511

Spring Trail Exploration Hike Series 1:30pm - 3:30pm Join us for a series of guided hikes this spring to explore our trail system and experience the wonders found in hidden corners of the Nature Center. The trail system is carefully planned to provide access to a spectrum of native landscapes while conserving plenty of undisturbed areas for wildlife. FREE (with paid admission). Fort Worth Nature Center, 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd., Fort Worth, Texas, (817) 392-7410 Anthony and Cleopatra an Unabridged Staged Reading 3:00pm 5:00pm Antony and Cleopatra tells of the scandalous affair between the Roman general Antony and theambitious Egyptian queen Cleopatra. Their passion for each other leads to their ultimate downfall and deaths. Student tickets for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare are now available completely free of charge!. Subject to availability. Two tickets per student. ID.Tickets are only $10. Hamon Hall, 2403 Flora St., Dallas, 214.880-0202

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the know it all LEGOS at the Library: Free Builders 3:30pm - 5:00pm. Ages 6-12. Join the Bedford Public Library’s LEGO CLUB for kids ages 6-12 years. This is a great environment for your kids to make new friends, use their imaginations, and for the development of problem solving skills. Building themes will change each session. Children must be accompanied by an adult. We will supply the LEGOS. Bedford Public Library, Storytime Theatre, 2424 Forest Ridge Dr., Bedford, Youth Services Information Desk @ 817-952-2374 Full Moon Paddle 8:00pm - 10:30pm. Come and join us for a different type of Canoe Tour in the evening hours. This program will present new opportunities, like hearing beavers slap the water with their tails and seeing deer and raccoons. Canoes, paddles and lifejackets are provided. Children must be 5 years or older. Pre-registration required. $20 (includes admission fee) /MEMBERS $15. Fort Worth Nature Center, 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd., Fort Worth, (817) 392-7410

thur 15 Small Business Expo 8:00am - 5:00pm Business Trade Show, Conference & Networking Event. Thousands of business owners and decision-makers to network, attend business critical workshops, build new business relationships and shop from vendors that provide unique products & services to help grow their business. Admission Free. Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center Dallas, 650 S. Griffin, Dallas, 212.253-4123

Ladies Night at Sunshine Glaze 6:00pm - 9:00pm Ladies enjoy free studio fees. Sunshine Glaze, 405 N Carroll Ave., Southlake, Texas, 817-424-1417 www.

fri 16 Addison Fork & Cork 2014 Designed for the epicurious, this intimate two-day event brings together celebrated chefs, craft breweries, wineries and spirit-makers—tempting palettes with more culinary style. To purchase tickets and to find more information regarding Fork & Cork 2014 visit the newly launched website at www. addisonforkandcork. Dallas Black Dance Theatre 7:30pm - 9:30pm The Dance Community joins in the celebration of Ann William’s legacy with two Gala evenings of spectacular performances and receptions at the 2000 seat Winspear Opera House. Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas, 214.880-0202

sat 17 SPCA of Texas’ Strut Your Mutt 9th Annual 8:00am - 1:00pm. North Texas’ largest dog walk fundraiser! Please remember that registration starts at 7 a.m. It’s all to raise more than $250,000 for the SPCA of Texas’ life-saving rescue and shelter programs. You can make a big difference! Tower Building in Fair Park, 3809 Grand Ave., Dallas, 214.461-1830

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Bach to Broadway at ICPA May 17 - 18. 4:30pm - 6:30pm: This three-act performance will showcase the outstanding talents of our music, theatre, and dance students! Throughout the show there will be opportunities to place bids in our silent auction, which will have plenty of fantastic options for children and adults alike! Tickets are $10 each. Call today to reserve your tickets! Silent Auction winners will be announced after the show May 18th, at 6:30pm. Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St., Grand Prairie

sun 18 Land or River 12:30pm - 1:30pm. Bring the kids out and learn about the difference between land and aquatic turtles. This will give you an up close look at the different species of turtles found along the Trinity River and throughout the forest. FREE (with paid admission). Fort Worth Nature Center, 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd., Fort Worth, Texas, (817) 392-7410 SP Parenting The Love and Logic Way 101 A program designed to give

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the know it all tue 20 Butterfly Boxes 4:00pm - 4:45pm Create and design a butterfly house. Learn the life cycle of a butterfly and how to make it feel at home. This session includes a story time and craft activity. For Ages 3-6 $5, pre-registration required. Grapevine Botanical Gardens, 411 Ball Street, Grapevine, Texas,

thur 22 Evenings on Oak Street Concert 7:00pm - 8:00pm Leo Hull & The Texas Blues Machine. Their live show is high energy and one you will not soon forget. Austin Street Plaza, 221 N Oak Street, Roanoke, Texas, 817-491-2411 Evening Stroll With a Naturalist 8:00pm - 9:30pm Come and enjoy an evening stroll on the Nature Center’s trails as we explore nature before nightfall. $10 (includes admission fee) MEMBERS $5. Fort Worth Nature Center, 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd., Fort Worth, (817) 392-7410

sat 24 Read2Rover 1:30pm - 3:00pm Heart of Texas Therapy Dogs encourage children to read by providing a non-judgmental listener. Our furry listeners enjoy lying next to the reader and being read to-they won’t laugh if a child stumbles over a word. The relationship between child and dog enables the child to gain a positive attitude about reading, improve reading skills, build confidence and enjoy reading. Free. Bedford Public Library, Storytime Theatre, 2424 Forest Ridge Dr. , Bedford, Texas, Youth Services Desk @ 817-952-2374

sun 25 Univision Radio Festival de Mayo 11:00am - 7:00pm Free event with live entertainment, food vendors & more! Fair Park Court of Honor (Near Esplanade), 1121 1st Ave., Dallas, 214.525-0429

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thur 29 Ladies Night at Sunshine Glaze 6:00pm - 9:00pm Ladies enjoy free studio fees. Sunshine Glaze, 405 N Carroll Ave., Southlake, Texas, 817-424-1417

fri 30 Kids Night Out 5:30pm - 8:30pm Kids Ages 5 & up will create with us while parents have a fun night out! Pizza will be served! $30 per child. Reservations required. Sunshine Glaze, 405 N Carroll Ave., Southlake, Texas, 817-424-1417

sat 31 Nature En Espanol 1:00pm - 2:30pm Join a bilingual naturalist on the Refuge trails in search of insects. Whether Spanish is your first or second language, these hikes provide a new opportunity to learn more about the flora and fauna found on the Refuge. FREE (with paid admission). Fort Worth Nature Center, 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd., Fort Worth, (817) 392-7410

Front Porch Showdown at Dallas Heritage Village 4:00pm - 9:00pm Featuring Sgt. Peppers Lonely Bluegrass Band. Gates open at Noon. Showdown begins at 4 p.m. Sgt. Peppers takes the porch at 7:15 p.m. Kids 12 and under free. Advance tickets: $10. Gate: $12 Tickets go on sale March 1. Picnics, blankets and lawn chairs welcome. Dallas Heritage Village, 1515 S. Harwood St., Dallas, 214.413-3674, www.

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Jun 9-13 Vacation Bible School at Martin United Methodist Church The theme is Wilderness Escape-Where God Guides & Provides. For children 3 yrs to 6th grade.6-8pm. Early registration $10/child, Max $20/family. 2621 Bedford Rd, Bedford 817-354-9038 See ad in this issue.

Jun 9 – Aug 15 Raiders of the Lost Arts Summer Camps at Irving Arts Center Explore ancient mysteries & discover “lost” treasure in 14 camps jammed with adventures in art, theater, music and history. For ages 4-18. 3333 N MacArthur Blvd, Irving 972-252ARTS See ad in this issue.

Jun 9-13 Summer Chess Camp at UT Dallas Join beginner, intermediate or advanced chess classes for ages 7-13. 9am-noon or 1-4pm and extended playing classes available. Other sessions June 16-20, July 14-18 and July 21-25. Register at www.utdallas. edu/chess. For more info, call 972-883-4899 or email james.stallings@utdallas. edu. See ad in this issue.

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Jun 10-Jul 24 Summer Camp at Stars Academy For ages 6 months – starting 5th grade. Tues/Thurs 9:30am-2:30pm. 817-329-0454 See ad in this issue.

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Jul 7-Aug 1 Summer Intensive Workshop at North Central Ballet Ballet, Pointe, Musical Theatre, Modern Dance and Jazz for ages 8 and up. 12077 Katy Rd, Ste 713, Keller 817-428-8232 See ad in this issue.

Jul 7-10 & 14-17 Summer Camp at First Presbyterian Preschool Grapevine Programs for ages 18 mos – 4 year Pre-K. 1002 N Park Blvd, Grapevine 817-488-8526 www.fpcgv. org/preschool. See ad in this issue.

Jul 7-10 TCU Baseball Camp: All-Star Day Camp IV For ages 6-14. For more info and to sign up, visit See ad in this issue.

Jul 14-18 North Central Ballet Summer Dance Camps For ages 3 & 4. Another camp Jul 21-25 for ages 5-7. 12077 Katy Rd, Ste 713, Keller 817-428-8232 northcentralballet. com. See ad in this issue.

Jul 28 Fine Arts Camp at Martin United Methodist Church For children 1st - 6th grade. 9am-12:30pm. Early registration $15/child, Max $45/family. 2621 Bedford Rd, Bedford 817-354-9038 See ad in this issue.

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Your Community Story Times Arlington - Central Branch 101 East Abram St., 817-459-6900 Mon - Toddler Time 10am, ages 2-3; Bouncing Babies 11am, ages 0-2. Tue Family Story Time 6:30pm, all ages Wed Preschool Story Time 10:30am, ages 3-7

Arlington - Lake Arlington Branch 4000 West Green Oaks Blvd., 817-478-3762 Wed - Toddler Time 10:15am, ages 2-3; Bouncing Babies 11:15am, ages 0-2 Thur - Preschool Story Time 10:30am, ages 3-7

Arlington - Northeast Branch 1905 Brown Blvd., 817-277-5573 Tue - Preschool Story Time 10:30am, ages 3-7

Arlington - Woodland West Branch 2837 West Park Row Dr., 817-277-5265 Tue - Toddler Time 10:15am, ages 2-3; Bouncing Babies 11:15am, ages 0-2 Wed - Preschool Story Time 10:30am, ages 3-7

Arlington - Southeast Branch 900 S.E. Green Oaks Blvd., 817-459-6395 Wed - Preschool Storytime 10:30am, ages 3-7 Fri - Toddler Time 10:15am, ages 2-3; Bouncing Babies 11:15am, ages 0-2 Second Sat Only - Family Story Time 10:30am, all ages

Arlington - Southwest Branch 3311 S.W. Green Oaks Blvd., 817-459-6386 Tue - Preschool Story Time 10:30am, ages 3-7. Thur - Toddler Time 10:15am, ages 18mos-3yrs; Bouncing Babies 11:15am, ages 0-2

Arlington - East Branch 1624 New York Ave., 817-275-3321 Mon - Wee Reads - Bilingual 10:30am, ages 3-4

Bedford Public Library 2424 Forest Ridge Dr., 817-952-2350 Registration is required for BabyGarden Story Times only. Tues - The Story Spot 10:15 & 11am, ages 2 and up Thurs BabyGarden Sprouts Story Time 10:10am, pre-walkers; BabyGarden Peapods Story Time 10:50am, walkers (0-1yr); Twosees Story Time 11:45am, ages 2-3 4th Fri Only - Special Needs Storytime 11:15am, all ages. 4th Sat Only - Family Storytime 2pm, all ages

Colleyville Public Library 110 Main St., 817-503-1150 Pre-registration required for all Story Times except Bounce Time. Mon Especially for 3’s 10:15am, age 3 only; Preschool Story Time 10:15 am, ages 4 & 5 Tue - Toddler Tales 10:15am, ages 18-36 mos; Preschool Story Time 10:15 am, ages 4 & 5. Wed - Toddler Tales 10:15am, ages 18-36 mos. Thurs - Tiny Treasures Lapsit (Pre-walkers) 10:15am, ages 0-17mos; Tiny Treasures Lapsit (Walkers) 11am, ages

0-17mos. Fri - Bounce Time 10:15am, age 3 & under

Euless Public Library 201 N. Ector Dr., 817-685-1493 Tue - Lapsit 10:30am, non-mobile babies; Preschool Story Time 11am, ages 3-5 Wed - Preschool Story Time 11am, ages 3-5 Thur - Toddler Time 10:30am, ages 12-36mos;

Family Story Time 6:30pm, all ages Grapevine Public Library 1201 Municipal Way, 817-410-3405 Tue - Toddler Time 10:15am, ages 18-36 mos; Preschool Story Time 10:45am, ages 3-5. Wed - Toddler Time 10:15am, ages 18-36 mos, Preschool Story Time 10:45am, ages 3-5. Thur - Toddler Time 10:15am, ages 18-36 mos; Preschool Story Time 10:45am, ages 3-5

Hurst Public Library 901 Precinct Line Rd., 817-788-7300 Mon - Toddler Time 10am, ages 1-3 Tue - Story Time 10:45am, ages 3-6 Thur Toddler Time 10am, ages 1-3

Keller Public Library 640 Johnson Rd., 817-743-4840 Mon - Spanish Storytime 11am; Family Storytime 6pm, all ages. Tue - Preschoolers 10:15am, ages 3-6; Baby Time (registration required) 11am, ages 0-18 mos; Toddlers 11:30am, ages 18-36 mos. Wed - Preschoolers 10:15am, ages 3-6; Baby Time (registration required) 11am, ages 0-18 mos; Toddlers 11:30am, ages 18-36 mos. Sat Preschoolers 12:15pm, ages 3-6; Baby Time (registration required) 1pm, ages 0-18 mos; Toddlers 1:30pm, ages 18-36 mos

Mansfield Public Library 104 S. Wisteria, 817-473-4391 Tue - Story Time for Tots 10:30am, ages 0-3 Wed - Listeners Story Time 10:30am, ages 3-5 Thur - Bilingual Story Time 10:30am, ages 3-5

North Richland Hills Public Library 9015 Grand Ave., 817-427-6800 Tue - Toddler Time 10am, ages 18-36 mos. Wed - Story Time 10:15 & 11:15am, ages 3-6

Roanoke Public Library 308 S. Walnut, 817-491-2691 Mon - Story Time at McDonald’s (1100 N. Hwy. 377) 10:45am, all ages. Tues - Spanish Story Time 10:30am, all ages; Bedtime Story Time 7pm, all ages. Fri - Story Time with Katy Kitten 10:30am, all ages

Southlake Public Library 1400 Main St., 817-748-8243 Tue - Lap Sit Story Time 10am, infants; Toddler Time 10:45am, ages 2-3; Preschool 11:30am, ages 4-5. Wed - Mother Goose Story Time 10am, ages 1-2; Toddler Time 10:45am, ages 2-3; Preschool Story Time 11:30am, ages 4-5

All Storytimes are FREE. Listed are the regularly scheduled storytimes. Call to confirm as schedules are subject to change.

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here are three words your mom can never hear often enough. And yet, the most common gifts that go with these words-flowers and chocolates-can become a little tedious year after year. So why not surprise mom this time with something she’s not expecting?

Here are eight fun ways to put a smile on mom’s face this Mother’s Day 1. Make a custom card. 2-4-6-8, time to appreciate. Here’s an idea for the short of time and big of heart. Make a list of all of the things you appreciate about your mom. A list of at least 25 specific things you love, typed up (cute fonts), printed on nice paper, and framed! This is sure to warm Mom’s heart today and always. 2. Stir the memory pot. Create a slideshow to music of your favorite photos of mom. You can either scan your old family photos or take close-up photos of them with your digital camera. If you don’t have photo management software on your computer, check out those that offer slideshow making for a small price tag like will let you make a slideshow if you sign up for a free trial. Be sure to set your slideshow to mom’s favorite tunes. 3. Deck her house. While you’ve got those photos out, let’s look at what else you can make for mom. How about creating a gift that will be useful on a daily basis? For an inexpensive price, fetching photos of you and mom can be emblazoned on mugs, mouse pads, coasters, puzzles, playing cards, t-shirts, magnets, pencil holders, luggage tags, jewelry-you name it. What better way to remind mom that you love her every day? 34 | Suburban Parent | Don’t forget to tell our advertisers you saw them in Suburban Parent!

4. Make mom proud. How about a donation to mom’s favorite charity in her name on Mother’s Day? If mom doesn’t have a favorite charity, how about choosing one that provides support for children like Save the Children ( or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital ( or Ronald MacDonald House Charities ( 5. Create an heirloom. A locket is a special gift that can be personalized with pictures of you and your mom, or just a picture of yourself with a word of appreciation or love in the other side. Like “Love You” or “Thanks, Mom.” 

6. Your heart-warming story. How about a collection of heart-warming stories about moms, like “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books, which now carry about twenty titles just for moms. Of course, to make it really special make sure it contains your story! So write yours, print it out, and slide it into the book with the others?

7. Don your thinking cap. Brainstorm ideas mom doesn’t typically splurge on for herself but would enjoy. For example, my mother likes fine art so I could sign her up for a Plein-Air art class through a local community college or purchase tickets for the two of us to attend a local art exhibit. What does your mom like? Make it happen!


Just us girls. Short on time and money? How about a coupon for a nice day trip with just you and mom? Slow down and relax together. You’ll be so glad you did. Of course, a heartfelt sentiment of thanks is always gratifying to hear. So don’t hold back, tell your mom how much you love her and why! SP

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Making the Most of Summer BY GAYLA GRACE


ummer camp offers all kinds of fun and character-building experiences for kids of any age. Whether you’re looking for a few hours of entertainment or weeks of intentional skill-building for your child, you can find it at camp.

Age 0-5 Day camps offer the perfect opportunity for young kids to experience time away from Mom and explore new activities. Camp for preschool children focuses on free play, sharing with others, group games, (inside and outside) and simple arts and crafts. If you’re sending your child to camp for the first time, make sure the schedule matches her personality and routine to prevent a stressful experience. Does there need to be naptime? Should your child be potty trained to attend? Would your child adjust more easily by starting with a 1/2 day camp instead of full day? Are there appropriate breaks for snacks and changes in activity? It’s important to find out what the counselor to camper ratio is for children this age. You want to ensure your child will be adequately cared for with a friendly, well-staffed team. You also want to determine if the counselors are trained to help with issues common to preschoolers including separation anxiety, potty training, and temper tantrums. The best place to find camps for young children is through day cares, churches, nursery schools, and local elementary schools. Specialty camps also abound through gymnastic centers, music schools, and sporting centers. Consider your child’s interests and find a camp that fits to give your preschool child a chance to make new friends and explore new experiences.

Age 6-11 Elementary-age children thrive at camp, whether it’s day camp or stay-away camp. It’s the perfect solution to sibling squabbles and long summer days. But it pays to do your research and find the right fit for your child. Camps for this age range from sports camps to music camps to academic camps to church camps. Don’t let the variety intimidate you as you research; start with the interests of your child and ask friends and neighbors to give opinions on camps their kids have attended. At this age, our kids have had the most fun at away camps that gave them the opportunity to try activities not available at home such as

zip lining, archery, rock wall climbing, in addition to swimming, arts and crafts, and campfire sing-alongs with friends. Kids gain independence as they make decisions and meet new friends outside of the comforts of home. They gain self-confidence in trying new activities. And they learn to appreciate the beauty of nature as they unplug from technology. Although they may experience periods of homesickness, they learn to forge through their feelings with caring camp counselors and new friends. Specialty camps close to home also help kids explore new hobbies or create opportunities for parents and kids to enjoy camp together. A mother-daughter sewing camp or father-son golfing camp allows great bonding time while developing a skill enjoyed by both. If your child has never experienced camp, start with a day camp or send a friend along for an away camp. It’s important that their first camp experience be a good one. If you find it wasn’t a perfect fit, try a different one next year. But don’t give up on the beauty and benefits of camp for elementary-age children.

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trouble unless parents intentionally seek out creative options. Junior high and high schools provide information for local camps worth investigating as the school year draws to a close. It’s also easy to scour the internet for camps that match your child’s interests. Some camps provide certification such as lifeguard training or first aid certification that can enable your youth to successfully find a job upon completion.

Encourage your youth to research camps with you to find one that fits

Age 12-15 Tweens and teens have better focus than younger children and benefit from camps that more closely match their interests and personalities. Sports and music camps are great for this age and help kids advance athletic skills and enhance musical talent. Academic camps offer youth advanced-learning opportunities in subjects they might want to explore for longterm focus. And church camps offer character-building and self-awareness experiences not learned in school. Camps provide a safe place for teens and tweens to hang out while parents work during summer break. Not yet able to drive or find a summer job, kids this age too often allow technology to rule or walk into unsupervised

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When kids attend camp, they develop resilience and flexibility that benefits them later in life. An article in Psychology Today, “Creating Advantage in College,” by Steve Baskin parallels the experiences of summer camp and the adjustment of college. He cites that kids work through similar adjustments at camp and college such as, “Being away from home and your traditional support system (family, friends, familiar places), and dealing with large amounts of uncertainty (what will classes require, how will I fit in socially, can I deal with this new roommate).” Baskin proposes that kids who find success working through these challenges at camp adjust easier when presented with the transition to college. Summer camp offers unique experiences and character-building opportunities for every child. Whether your child is 2 or 15, camp is the perfect place to find adventure and make lifelong memories in the process. Don’t delay - find a camp your child will enjoy today! SP Bio: Gayla Grace, freelance writer and mom to five, has sent her kids to camp every summer and continues to find new camps for her one child still at home to enjoy.


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Treating Mom on Mother’s Day with

Breakfast in Bed!



Do you have eggs, milk and bread? Then you can make this Fancy (but simple) French Bread Breakfast Dish.

What yo

: u’ll need

When your mother asks, “Do you want a piece of advice?” it’s a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.” 

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— Erma Bombeck

What you’ll do:


In a wide bowl or pie plate beat eggs with a fork (lightly). Stir in the sugar, salt and milk (for added flavor you can add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract)


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Heat a skillet or griddle coated with a layer of butter or margarine.


Working in batches, place bread slices, one at a time, into the egg

mixture letting them soak for a few seconds. Carefully turn to coat the other side.


Transfer soaked bread slices to the griddle or skillet, heating slowly until bottom is golden brown. Turn and brown the other side. Transfer all to a baking sheet and bake until puffed, 8 to 10 minutes. Serve hot with butter and syrup or jam.


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10 Ways to Make Your Mother Feel Special


s give selflessly so that we may child is never-ending. Our mother’ and her mot a neen betw d bon ue he uniq mother’s love is everlasting and unco mold us; nurture and scold us. A ? care we h muc how an wom prosper and grow. They polish and zing we show such a dynamic and ama can How ! sing bles a are hers ditional. Mot s to make your mother feel special: All Pro Dad wants to share 10 way

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Your mom always has something leaky roof that needs to shelving unit to be constructed; a ng. Just like when you cutti s be repaired; grass that need things to do. Help her out, of list long a ’s there e, lived at hom . just like she helped you as a child

ed 5. Donate to Moms in Ne tion to an organiza-

On your mom’s behalf, make a dona trouble. You won’t have tion serving the needs of moms in nancy centers, battered any trouble finding one; teen preg welfare. Talk to your mom on s mom women’s shelters, single would most like to help. she one h whic out ind f about it and

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Moms love to be bragged on. Mind hear you talking nicely you to brag, but she sure loves to mom credit for the your give to t poin a about her. Make her among her friends and person you have become. Honor e. prais of s peers with your kind word

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manners; “Don’t talk She worked hard to teach you good in on your lap.” “Speak with your mouth full.” “Put your napk eone else is talking.” som n whe en clearly and directly.” “List sure you put Make n. lesso the ed learn ve Show her you’ are with her you n whe those good manners into practice fied by a job satis feel will She . not) re (and even when you’ well done.

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As your mom gets older, she may . Of course, that’s not true, doesn’t have anything left to offer specially mom. Make ed...e need be to ts wan but everyone still need her. Include ly sure she knows you and your fami feel welcome. her e mak ys her in your life, and alwa

9. Loyalty

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We all send flowers on Mother’s Day e her feel really special, maybe not, but if you want to mak Surprise her with a visit, all. at on reas no for give her flowers “I love you and I was and a personal delivery—just to say, y, but she will be corn d soun t thinking about you.” It migh most. the n mea life in s thing le simp thrilled. The rwhere dads in any stage of fathe Reprinted with permission. This is rs can Fathe ting. paren their in aid to hood can find helpful resources of our All Pro Dads chapters. also sign up to start or attend one

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I’ve Learned a Lot



was interviewed on a TV talk show recently to promote my new book, and I made the mistake of bringing my wife. For years I have had a one-sided conversation with my readers in a venue where my wife has had no opportunity to tell her side of the story. It’s been great! Unfortunately, during the taping of the show, they placed my wife and kids in the front row of the studio audience. The first half of the program went great. I discussed with the host my views on parenting and my experiences as a father. After the commercial break, however, the mood changed. Without warning, the host asked me ‘who is the heavy in the family?’ That was an easy question - I’ve always considered myself the disciplinarian, and I explained that to the host. “It’s definitely me,” I exclaimed. From the audience, my wife shook her head in disgust. The host latched on to this and turned towards her. “Allison,” he said. “You don’t appear to agree.” She rolled her eyes. “I’m the disciplinarian,” she contended. “Really?” the host said smiling. “Yes,” my wife continued. She pointed to the kids. “I’m raising them and...(pointing to me)...him.” Oh, the audience loved that! Coffee almost came out the host’s nose he laughed so hard. I bring this up because it’s Mother’s Day this week and I’ve been giving what my wife said a lot of thought. She’s always contended that if I hadn’t married her I’d be living in an apartment knee deep in fast food wrappers and dirty laundry. I suppose there’s some truth to that. Maybe she is raising me? Maybe wives do that for husbands everywhere. After all, why else do we give our wives Mother’s Day gifts? So I sat down this

week and compiled a list of “life lessons” I’ve learned from my wife. When I got to item 100, I realized it’s true, she is raising me.

In the interest of sharing, the following are my top ten favorite things I’ve learned from my wife: 1. The clothes hamper won’t bite me...and apparently it won’t kill me to use it either. 2. My opinion always long as it’s the same as hers. 3. Saving $20 on a $200 dress is better than paying full price on a $100 dress. 4. A monthly budget is always a rough estimate. 5. A honey-do list does eventually end...when you die. 6. When in out. 7. It’s okay for men to cry (especially helpful after seeing the bill from one of those Scentsy or Mary Kay or Stella & Dot at-home parties.) 8. Even if 73 diet plans haven’t worked, it’s still worth paying for a 74th. 9. There’s not a plant in the yard that can’t be moved...twice. 10. Giving the children Twinkies for dinner is not right...without slipping them each $5 not to tell their mom. Yep I’d be one lost puppy without my wife... Happy Mother’s Day! SP

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