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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 Chase M., 21 mos This little darling is described as a daddy’s girl. She loves playing outside, dancing to Barney, mac & cheese and her yellow crocs! Soon she will be a big sister! Right now she enjoys her 2 cats, Big Kitty and Mineous, as well as her dog, Dolly Dog. 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.


Bigger is NOT Better!

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.



ask... the dietitian! MARY ELLEN CALDWELL, RDN



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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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 To Advertise in Lakeside Parent, Call 972.887.7779 | Lakeside Parent | 13


{ Your Community Calendar } May 2014

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National Day of Prayer in Garland 12pm-2pm

Scarborough Renaissance Festival Sat & Sun

The Atrium in Downtown Garland, 300 N. Fifth St., Garland, 972.840-2150

10am-7pm Food Fit for a King: Giant Turkey Legs, Scottish Eggs, Fresh Fruit, Jumbo Fajitas and more! 2511 Farm to Market 66, Waxahachie,

Prime Time Reading Club at the Rowlett Public Library 4pm-5pm After-school Reading Club for

SP 3rd Annual Motherhood Matters

elementary school students in grades 1 to 5. This week CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY will be read and discussed. Rowlett Public Library, 3900 Main St., Rowlett, 972.412-6161

Pajama Story Time at the Rowlett Public Library Every Thu 7pm-7:30 pm Wind down the day with a blankie, pillow, lullaby and bedtime story. Rowlett Public Library, 3900 Main St., Rowlett, 972.412-6161

Mesquite Public Library Book Club 7pm-8pm Each Month the Club will read a different book and then meet to discuss it. Mesquite Main Library, 300 W. Grubb Dr., Mesquite, 972.216-6220

The Return of the Glass Slipper 7pm-9pm Join the Classical Center at Vial for their production of The Return of the Glass Slipper at the Plaza Theatre. The classic fairytale of Cinderella is told in a refreshing and charming way in this musical. The play is suitable for all audiences both young and old and is open to the public. Tickets may be purchased at the school office or the night of the show for $5. Contact Sarah Hearn at Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State St., Garland,

Pregnancy Expo 10am-2pm Presented by Wings for Wellness. Valuable resources for new and expectant moms including pregnancy/baby photography, car seat safety, pre/postnatal massage, infant CPR, baby boutiques and more! Fellowship Dallas, 2nd Floor Atrium, 9330 N Central Expy, Dallas, wingsforwellness. org. Sponsored by Suburban Parent Magazines Cottonwood Art Festival May 3-4 10am-7pm 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,

Dog Bowl at the Cotton Bowl -9th Annual 1pm-5pm. 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. City of Dallas charges $10 for parking within the gates of Fair Park. Cotton Bowl Stadium at Fair Park, 3750 Cotton Bowl Circle, Dallas,

Noble, 190 Cedar Sage Dr., Garland,

Devil’s Bowl Speedway Races Every Sat 6pm10pm Gates Open at 6:00pm. Races start at 8:00pm. Admission $12.Sprint Car Hall of Fame member, Lanny and Beverly Edwards celebrate their 42nd Year of promoting the Southwest’s most famous dirt track. Devil’s Bowl Speedway, 1711 Lawson Rd., Mesquite, 972.222-2421

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Free Comic Book Day at the Rowlett Public Library FREE COMIC BOOK DAY is an annual promo-

Craft Guild of Dallas Spring 2014 Show & Sale 10am-10pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 11am-5pm. Show

tional effort by the North American comic book industry to help bring new readers into independent comic book stores. The library will have a limited supply of free comics for patrons, and information about how to find the nearby participating stores. Rowlett Public Library, 3900 Main St., Rowlett, 972.412-6161

Inspirational Book Group at Barnes and Noble Firewheel Mall Thu 7:30pm-8:30pm Barnes and

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, 972.4900303

Cinco de Mayo in Garland 5pm-8pm Enjoy local Folklorico dance groups, live music, and tasty traditional treats. Of course, no Cinco De Mayo would be complete without pinatas! For more information, please contact Hollabaugh Recreation Center or All Ages. Free. Hollabaugh Recreation Center, 3925 W. Walnut St., Garland, 972.205-2721

1st Annual International Eagle 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run “Run Like it’s Recess” Sat 8am-12pm. The 5K starts at 8a.m. and the 1 Mile Fun Run begins at 8:30 a.m. The location is at the new charter Elementary School at 3301 N Shiloh Road in Garland. Register at http://www. Charter Elementary School, 3301 N. Shiloh Rd., Garland,

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Pet Adoptathon in Rowlett 10am-5pm All available pets will only be $25 to adopt!! The fee includes vaccinations, sterilization (if not already sterilized) and a microchip!! 4402 Industrial St., Rowlett, 972.412-6219 Saturday Movie + Popcorn at the Library! 10:30am-12pm Bring the family to the library the first Saturday of the month for a free G or PG rated movie, and then browse your library for great books and more to check out and enjoy! Free popcorn, too! WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (rated G) Rowlett Public Library, 3900 Main St., Rowlett, 972.4126161

Glitz and Glam Fashion Show and Expo in Garland 6pm-9pm Presented by The Gala Vibes Company and Black Reign Multimedia. There will be door prizes and refreshments served throughout the evening. Tickets can be purchased online using Paypal to Tickets in advance are $20 for one or $15 each for 2 or more. Tickets at the door are $22. For more information contact Nellie Tolbert-Bennett at 972-675-3988 or email Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State St., Garland, 972.675-3988

Movies in the Park in Sachse 8pm-10pm Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and relax in the outdoor Amphitheater as we watch Frozen. Popcorn and drinks will be served. Dress up as your favorite movie character and enter into the costume contest to win a prize. City Hall Amphitheater, 3815-C Sachse Rd, Sachse, 469.4290275

sun 4 Abhinaya Kuchipudi Dance Academy Recital 4pm-7pm. The evening’s program comprises of various performances with intricate dance items depicting Indian culture. The Annual Recital will not only highlight one of the beautiful art forms of India, but will also showcase the talent of dancers in the Dallas area. This event is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Kalyani at 972-897-3466. Granville Arts Center, 300 N. 5th St., Garland, 972.897-3466

mon 5 Silver Cinema at the Rowlett Public Library 2pm-4pm All Ages. Gone with the Wind. Complete with popcorn! Rowlett Public Library, 3900 Main St., Rowlett,

11th Annual Nutrition and Health Conference Nutrition & Health Presented by Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. InterContinental Dallas, 15201 Dallas Pkwy., Addison, 520.626-4781.

tue 6 Teen Library Club at the Sachse Public Library 4:30pm-5:30pm. Kids in grades 6 to 12 are invited to join a great group of teens for fun with friends as we encourage reading and plan teen-specific library programs, fundraising and events. Sachse Public Library, 3815-C Sachse Rd, Sachse, 972.530-8966 First Tuesday at the Dallas Museum of Art 11am-2pm 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,

wed 7 Police Youth Program Every Wed 3:30pm-4:45 pm. Ages 7-14. Garland Police Officers help with homework assignments & school projects. Gain the knowledge needed to resist peer pressure & how to avoid involvement with drugs, gangs & violence. Parent must register in person. Fields Rec Center, 1701 Dairy Rd, Garland, 972.205-3090

Elisabeth Von Trapp at Dallas City Performance Hall 7:30pm-10:30 pm 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 La Leche League of Garland 10am-11am Diana 972-202-7644 Se Habla Espanol Hannah 972-414-0527 Alison Peace Lutheran Church, 2929 S. First St, Garland, Prime Time Reading Club at the Rowlett Public Library 4pm-5pm After-school Reading Club for elementary school students in grades 1 to 5. This week, FLAT STANLEY will be read and discussed. Rowlett Public Library, 3900 Main St., Rowlett, 972.412-6161

fri 9 Movies in the Park in Mesquite Mesquite Parks and Recreation invites the public to City Lake Park for Movies in the Park. The event is free. Patrons are encouraged to bring their picnic baskets, lawn chairs, and blankets. Movie to begin at dusk. City Lake Park, 403 S. Galloway, Mesquite,

sat 10 Mother’s Day Story Time at Barnes and Noble, Firewheel Mall Sat 11am11:30 am Join us for Mother’s Day story time featuring Oh, the Things My Mom Will Do stories celebrating mom and card-making, too! Barnes and Noble, Firewheel Mall, 190 Cedar Sage Dr., Garland, 972.496-2000 Stuffed Animal Parade at the Rowlett Public Library 2pm-3pm. Celebrate National Pet Week with a very special parade for beloved Stuffed Animal Pets. Bring your favorite Stuffed Animal to show off how wonderful our pals really can be and march to music in the parade! Free for all ages. Rowlett Public Library, 3900 Main St., Rowlett, 972.412-6161

Snow in May at the Plaza Theatre 2pm-4pm Join Tish & Students at the Plaza Theatre for a piano, vocal, and keyboard event composed entirely by Tish Rogers. The event is free and open to the public. For more information visit or call 972-236-4550. Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State St., Garland, 972.2364550 Saturday Craft at the Rowlett Public Library Families are invited to join us on the second Saturday of the month from 10:30am-12pm in the Meeting Room of the Rowlett Public Library. Make crafts and browse the library for a great selection of books and more! Rowlett Public Library, 3900 Main St., Rowlett, 972.412-6161 www. To Advertise in Lakeside Parent, Call 972.887.7779 | Lakeside Parent | 15

Your Community Story Times Garland - Central Branch 625 Austin St., 972-205-2517 Mon - Toddler Time 10am, ages 18-36mo.; Preschool Story Time 11am, ages 3-5 Garland - North Branch 3845 North Garland Ave., 972-205-2802 Wed - Wee Read 10:30am, ages 0-17mo. Fri - Toddler Story Time 10am, ages 18-36mo; Preschool Story Time 11am, ages 3-5 Garland - South Branch 4845 Broadway Blvd., 972-205-3933 Wed - Toddler Story Time 10am, ages 18- 36mo; Preschool Story Time 11am, ages 3-5. Sat - Family Story Time 10:30am, all ages Garland - Walnut Creek 3319 Edgewood Dr., 972-205-2585 Thur - Family Story Time 7pm, all ages Sachse Public Library 3815 Sachse Rd. Bldg. C, 972-530-8966 Thur - Preschool Story Time 11am, ages 2-6 Mesquite - Main Branch 300 W. Grubb Dr., 972-216-6220 Tues - Preschool Story Time 10:30am, ages 3-5;

Evening Story Time 7pm, all ages. Wed - Infant Lapsit Story Time 9:30am, ages 6-12mo; Young & Restless Story Time 10:30am, 13mo -2yrs. Thur Toddler Time 10:30am, ages18mo-3yrs. Sat - Story Time 11am, ages 6-18mo Mesquite - North Branch 2600 Oates Dr., 972-681-0465 Tue - Preschool Story Time 10:30am, ages 3-5. Thur - Toddler Time 10:30am, ages18mo-3yrs Rockwall County Library 1215 E. Yellowjacket Ln., 972-204-7700 Mon - Toddler Story Time 10:15am, ages 2-3yrs; Preschool Story Time 11:15am, ages 3-6. Tues - Preschool Story Time 11:15am; ages 3-6. Wed - Toddler Story Time 10:15am, ages 2-3yrs; Preschool Story Time 11:15am, ages 3-6. Thu - Walkers Story Time 10:15am, ages 12-24 mo. Fri Walkers Story Time 10:15am, ages 12-24 mo. Rowlett Public Library 3900 Main St., 972-412-6161 Mon - Baby Story Time 10:30 (walking babies) & 11:30am (lapsit babies), ages 0-18mo. Wed Toddler Story Time 10:30am, ages 18mo-3yrs. Fri - Preschool Story Time 10:30am, ages 3-5

the know it all Paw Prints Dallas Zoo Art Fair May 10-11, 9am-5pm Mother’s Day weekend is about to get wild with the Paw Prints Art Show at the Dallas Zoo. Stroll among 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 10am-6pm 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

mon 12 Children’s Book Week at the Rowlett Public Library Rowlett Public Library will celebrate Children’s Book Week, May 12-17, with a drawing for lovely decorated baskets of books. Stop by the Rowlett Public Library to fill out an entry form anytime during Children’s Book Week. One entry per person, please. Rowlett Public Library, 3900 Main St., Rowlett, 972.412-6161

wed 14 MOMS Club of Rockwall Monthly Meeting 10am-12pm For more information email or visit MOMS Club® provides an opportunity for stay-at-home/work-from-home mothers to get together, learn, laugh, become involved in our community, and have fun.

thur 15 Come Build with Legos at the Mesquite Public Library 4:30pm-5:30pm Mesquite Public Library, 300 W. Grubb Dr., Mesquite,

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

fri 16 Poetry Community Christian School Fundraising Golf Tournament 12pm-5pm 4-Player Scramble. Putting contest 12:00pm-1pm Shotgun start. Registration forms and additional information available at or email Waterview Golf Club, 9509 Waterview Pkwy., Rowlett, 972.563-7227

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1058 Park Road 59 Glen Rose, TX 76043 (254) 898-1526

sat 17 KIDFISH in Mesquite 9am-11am KIDFISH is a free event for children 16 and younger. All fishing participants must register for the event and poles and bait will be provided or participants may use their own fishing gear. City Lake Park, 403 South Galloway Ave., Mesquite, 972.216-6260 The Marketplace in Garland 9am-3pm The public is invited to the Downtown Square for growers, produce, vendors and food. This is a great opportunity to support local artisans, craftsman, growers and merchants. Historic Downtown Garland, Garland, 214-704-1967 Rockwall Founders Day Festival 10am-9pm Celebrating Rockwall’s 160th Birthday. Kid Zone with bounce houses and games, Food and Live Music with Founders Day Headliner 2014 The Charlie Daniels Band! Harry Myers Park, 815 E. Washington, Rockwall, ]

$2 off per adult

SPCA of Texas’ Strut Your Mutt 9th Annual 8am-1pm. North Texas’ largest dog walk fundraiser! Please remember that registration starts at 7am. 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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sun 18 Srutilaya School of Dance Recital 2:30pm-7:30pm Annual recital of Indian Classical dance. Free. For more information please contact Madhusri Sethuraman at 972-208-1012. Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State St., Garland, 972.208-1012

mon 19 Garland High School Senior IB Theatre Showcase 7pm-9pm Senior students put on a “Cabaret” style event to close out the four year process of being a theatre student. Tickets $5. Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State St., Garland,

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wed 21 Webb Middle School Presents “Guys and Dolls Jr.” 7pm-9pm. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and can be purchased at the door. Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State St., Garland, 940.453-2631

fri 23 Family Fun Fridays in Rockwall 6pm-10pm Energize your weekend at a neighborhood park. Activities and games begin at 6 pm, our feature film will start at dusk. Candy, popcorn, snowcones and glow sticks will be available for purchase. The Park at Hickory Ridge (1910 Walnut Ridge) Despicable Me 2, FREE. Rockwall, MillerMuller Ballet Spring Gala 7:30pm-9:30pm Millermuller ballet, new to the Dallas and Garland areas, presents an exciting evening of classical ballet including both the traditional “Chopin Reverie” and our full length, original Japanese ballet, “The Samurai Maiden”. Tickets are $12 and $7 for seniors 65 and children under 12. For tickets or more information, please call214-861-7221. Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State St., Garland, 214.861-7221

sat 24 Book Trucks at the Rowlett Public Library 10am-12pm The City of Rowlett’s “Touch A Truck” may be all about the “big trucks” but at the library, it’s all about the “BOOK TRUCKS!” While you’re out and about, come in and check out some books on trucks and see our “books on a truck!” Rowlett Public Library, 3900 Main St., Rowlett, 972.412-6161

Memorial Day Ceremony in Rowlett 10am-1pm Featuring Touch A Truck. Downtown Rowlett, Main St., Rowlett,

Breitling Youth Theater Presents “Father of the Bride” 4:15pm-6:15pm Advance tickets are $9 and $7 for students and seniors. Children 3 and younger are free. Add $1 per ticket at the door. Tickets may be purchased by emailing or calling 972-658-3915. Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State St., Garland, 972.658-3915

sun 25 Mexico 2000 Ballet Folklorico Presents “Mexico y sus Danzas” 7pm-9pm This spectacular folk dance concert is a series of stories of different traditional indigenous ethnic groups still in existence in México and how they had preserve their dance and musical traditions that were transformed with the Spanish conquest. General Admission tickets are $15. Seniors and Children under 6 are $12. For more information and to purchase tickets visit Granville Arts Center, 300 N. 5th St., Garland, 214.364-2629

tue 27 Friends of the Sachse Public Library Monthly Meeting 7pm-8:30pm The Friends group sponsors events and programs designed to: Add to the cultural life of the community, Encourage gifts, endowments, and memorials, Provide direct financial assistance to the library. They meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Library to discuss upcoming programs and fundraisers and welcome the ideas of newcomers. Sachse Public Library, 3815-C Sachse Rd, Sachse, 972.530-8966

fri 30 Texas Summer Reading Volunteer Training 2:30pm-3:30pm New Teen Volunteers ages 15-18 are invited to train for the Summer Reading Program at the Rowlett Public Library. You can help inspire children and other teens to keep up their reading skills during the hot summer months. Perks include a pizza party and a party at the Wet Zone at the end of the summer! Rowlett Public Library, 3900 Main St., Rowlett, 972.412-6161

sat 31 Dance and More Spring Dance Recital 3:30pm-5:30pm 2nd Annual Spring Dance Recital, “A Brand New Day to Dance.” The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Gina Baker at Dance and More 214-221-1467. Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State St., Garland, 214.221-1467 SP To Advertise in Lakeside Parent, Call 972.887.7779 | Lakeside Parent | 17

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.


activity R E S O U R C E S

Children’s Treehouse Buckingham

Safe Splash Swim School



Dinosaur World

SeaLife Aquarium


Lil Sluggers



Painting With a Twist 972-468-9370

Pecan Creek Day School 972-463-1661

R.I.S.E. (Rockwall Indoor Sports Expo)

Small Miracles Academy

Soccertots 972-509-5958

St. Monica Catholic School 214-351-5688

UTD Chess Camp 972-883-4899


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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.” 

eggs - 4 large r on suga o p s - 1 tea lt f sa - Dash o ilk te bread m p u c 1 - ur favori eat) es of yo c li s o 12 h le Wh - 10 to nch or W re F , n a , Itali (White r e rite jam tt - Bu our favo rup or y y s le p a - M erves 4 Recipe s

— 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.


LOL with James Estes!



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For my son’s 5th birthday he asked for a Nowitzki sports shirt. My daughter found the perfect one while we were shopping that said Nowitzki on the back, and was emblazoned “DALLAS 41” on the front. He loved it and put it on immediately. Checking himself out in the mirror he misread the words reflected backwards in the mirror which immediately changed the shirt from cool to annoying. He stopped and said very disappointedly, “Sallad 14… You got me a shirt about SALAD?!!

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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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10 Ways to Make Your Mother Feel Special


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e of your favorite memoPut together a scrapbook of som photo boxes and albums. ries of her. Dig deep in those old s love taking a trip down Mom fun. Get creative and make it memory lane.

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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 about her. Make a point to give your among her friends and her or Hon person you have become. e. prais of s word kind peers with your

7. Manners

manners; “Don’t talk She worked hard to teach you good in on your lap.” “Speak napk with your mouth full.” “Put your eone else is talking.” som n whe en “List tly.” clearly and direc n. Make sure you put Show her you’ve learned the lesso when you are with her tice prac those good manners into feel satisfied by a job will She . not) re you’ n (and even whe 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 but everyone wants to be needed...e still need her. Include ly fami your sure she knows you and feel welcome. her e mak ys alwa and her in your life,

9. Loyalty

can give your One of the most precious gifts you Blood runs lty. loya mother is your unquestioned forget where r Neve say. they as r thicker than wate you came from.

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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 all. Surprise her with a visit, give her flowers for no reason at “I love you and I was say, to and a personal delivery—just y, but she will be corn d soun t migh It ” you. thinking about most. the n thrilled. The simple things in life mea rwhere dads in any stage of fathe Reprinted with permission. This is Fathers can ting. paren their in aid to rces resou hood can find helpful of our All Pro Dads chapters. also sign up to start or attend one

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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.

*Program components, pricing and availability subject to change Copyright © 2014 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. All rights reserved.

REGISTER NOW! SeaWorld San Antonio resident camps are for 5th through 12 th grade. (800) 700-7786

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