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Mary shares... A Mothers Job is Never Done

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une this year is so much more than a typical June. You know gardening, planning vacations, pool parties, camps and day trips. This year it’s a month of preparing for a transition from our son living at home to a young man preparing to leave for college. Have I taught him enough? Is he prepared to leave home? I know he is prepared. He had a great role model. His father. What was his father to him? Available. His father was there for him; encouraging him, challenging him, embracing him and loving him. I can remember from the very beginning, their connection was strong; their bond was tight. I will forever have the images of them in matching team jerseys, talking about sport team stats, reading the very first Harry Potter book together while both donning the black, round glasses as they read page after page. His dad supported all his interests with great fervor and admiration. He coached, he spent long hours on the golf course, he taught him to understand reason in difficult situations.

He modeled temperance when dealing with the struggles of decision making. Especially, most recently with all the decisions of college preparation! He allowed the challenging of ideas, wants and demands offered from our son; and guided him to resolution and finally a commitment. What overall was the most important trait his father modeled, I recently asked myself. I have to go with fortitude. The moral virtue that ensures firmness in difficulties and constancy in the pursuit of the good. It strengthens the resolve to resist temptations and to overcome obstacles in the moral life. While away from the confines of his home, he has his faith and strong sense of reason to help him when faced with challenges. And, of course, he has his biggest fans, his family. For me, I recognize that he has a good foundation, however, I just got off the phone with him and let me just say… “A mother’s love will never end and our work is never done!” SP

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Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4

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Tick-Tock To schedule or not to schedule, that is the question. And that will always be the question because no one, not even the experts, can agree on an answer. Whether it’s your first child or your fourth, knowing exactly when your baby should eat, play and sleep can be a challenge. But that’s okay as long as it all gets done. The thing to remember, whether you follow a parent-led schedule, a baby-led schedule or a combination of both, is that your baby’s well-being comes first. So follow your doctor’s advice and your own gut feelings to determine what your baby needs when, no matter what the schedule says.

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Rough & Ready! Mom doesn’t always like it, but the kids love it. And, come to find out, it’s actually good for them. Recent research claims that roughhousing “makes kids smart, emotionally intelligent, lovable and likeable, ethical, physically fit, and joyful.” How so? Roughhousing makes kids more resilient and rewires the brain for learning. It also builds social intelligence as they learn the difference between play and actual aggression. It teaches taking turns and the appropriate use of strength and power. Plus, it promotes an active lifestyle and creates a strong father-child bond. Things to remember when roughhousing though, is to keep it safe of course, don’t roughhouse before bed, and don’t forget the girls – it’s good for them too. So get off the couch, dad, and get down on the carpet. Wrestle with them; tickle them; let them ride on your back. It’s good fun, good exercise and good for you too!

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Keeping a gratitude journal will make you happier. Psychologists often recommend doing so and research shows that those who do are up to 25 percent happier than those who don’t. You can do it in a notebook once a month or on your iPhone every day; it doesn’t matter. And once you start doing it, you can’t help but recognize the goodness in your life. And that can lead to long-term health payoffs too, like lower blood pressure, a stronger immune system, better sleep and fewer bouts of depression.


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BY SANDRA GORDON

Summer

Safety Slip-ups

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o big deal, you think—so what if my child doesn’t want to wear his helmet. He can go for a bike ride without it just this once. Or you get caught up in conversation at a pool party instead of keeping an eye on your toddler. It’s no surprise that accidents happen, even when we’re trying to be careful. But because we’re outside more and the days are longer, summer can be an especially dangerous time. According to SafeKids Worldwide, there’s an 89 percent increase in children drowning in the summer months and a 45 percent surge in bike-riding deaths. Fortunately, turning your child’s summer into a safety zone is a matter of making a few precautionary tweaks. Here are some small risks you might be taking that can lead to big problems, and our top tips for avoiding them.

Slip-up: Leaving your child in the car. Each year, 38 children die from heat stroke after being left unattended in motor vehicles, according to Kidsandcars.org. The inside of a car can heat up quickly—to as high as 122 degrees F in less than 20 minutes on an especially hot day. Moreover, young children overheat faster than adults because they’re less able to regulate their body temperature.

Play it safe: Never leave your child in the car, even with the windows “cracked,” or even just for a few minutes. And keep in mind that a change in routine or a bad night’s sleep can easily lead to the unthinkable—driving to work with your sleeping baby in the car and forgetting that it’s your day to drop her off at daycare. To help you remember that your baby is in the car, put a soft toy in the front seat. Or

secure something you need, such as a purse or backpack, in the backseat near your baby. Also, get in the habit of checking to make sure that everyone has exited the car when you get to your destination and lock car doors when you leave so a curious toddler can’t climb in your car when you’re not looking. Keep your car keys out of your child’s reach too.

Slip-up: Keeping tiki oil within your child’s reach. Toddlers and older kids are drawn to anything that looks like juice. Tiki oil, which is used more in the summer to light tiki torches, comes in different colors, such as purple, blue and red, and can easily be upturned and ingested. In addition to being poisonous, “Kids can swallow it or breathe it into their lungs, causing aspiration pneumonitis, which can be fatal,” says Rose Ann Soloway, R.N., a clinical toxicologist at the National Capital Poison Center in Washington, D.C.

Play it safe: Store tiki oil in its original container out of your child’s sight and reach, in a locked cabinet just like you do medicine and vitamins. The same goes for gasoline, charcoal lighter fluid, antifreeze and windshield wiper fluid. These containers don’t have child-resistant caps. If you believe your child has ingested something potentially poisonous, call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222. Do this instead of heading directly to a hospital emergency room or call 911—you’ll get the fastest advice on how to handle the situation.

Slip-up: Assuming someone else is watching the kids. “At pool parties, many parents assume somebody else is watching. Mom assumes Dad’s watching. Dad assumes Mom’s watching and it’s easy to get distracted,” says Phyllis F. Agran,

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M.D., M.P.H., professor emeritus of pediatrics at the UCI School of Medicine, in Irvine, California. Even a few unsupervised minutes in the water can be deadly for a young child.

Play it safe: Assign a supervisor. One of you needs to be officially on duty and concentrating on your child. Don’t think it’s enough to make your older kids, who are having fun too, keep an eye on your younger ones. Make that supervisor your spouse or another adult.

Slip-up: Letting your older child ride his bike without a helmet. Studies show that kids ages 11 to 15 tend to wear helmets less often than younger ones.

Play it safe: Be on helmet patrol. A bike helmet can reduce the risk of bicycle-related traumatic brain injury by up to 88 percent. So, of course, you’ll want to make sure everyone— you included—are protected with a properly fitted helmet whenever you ride. Keep on your older child to always wear one.

Slip-up: Keeping the wading pool filled. “Young kids can drown in an inch of water or less,” says Drengenberg, so don’t think the water in your child’s baby pool is harmless.

Play it safe: “Dump the wading pool when you’re done with it,” Drengenberg says. “And turn it upside down so it doesn’t catch rain water.” In fact, empty all outdoor containers of water after use, including five-gallon buckets and insulated coolers; they’re a formidable drowning hazard. SP


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Amigos Spanish Preschool 214-469-1555 www.amigosspanishpreschool.com

AquaTykes, 214-585-2406,

International Conservatory of Performing Arts, 972-881-1915 www.icparts.org

The Kids Dance Company

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The Ark Preschool, 972-612-7293,

Lil Sluggers, 972-509-5958

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Camp Invention www.CAMPINVENTION.org

Children’s Garden Montessori Academy Frisco 972-540-0980, Plano 972-3340980, West Plano 972-618-8844 www.cgmacademy.com

Club Scientific, 214-530-5979, www.ClubScientificDallas.com

Cooper Fitness Center at Craig Ranch 214-383-1000, www.coopercraigranch.com

Dallas Summer Musicals 1-800-982-ARTS (2787) www.dallassummermusicals.org

Destination Science, 1-888-909-2822 www.destinationscience.org

Dinosaur World, 254-898-1526 www.dinosaurworld.com

Eldorado Montessori, 972-334-9444 www.eldoradomontessori.com

Episcopal School of Dallas www.esdallas.org

EXLR8 Sports, 469-667-4407 www.exlr8sportscamps.com

Frisco Indoor Sports, 972-292-1111, www.friscoindoorsports.com

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Mudpies and Lullabies www.mudpies-lullabies.com

The Paddocks Stables, 469-583-1402 www.paddocksinc.com

Primrose School www.primroseschools.com

Prince of Peace, 972-447-0532 www.pops.org

SafeSplash Swim School www.safesplash.com

SeaLife Aquarium www.visitsealife.com/grapevine www.SeaWorldSanAntonio.com

Small Miracles Academy www.smallmiraclesacademy.org

Smarts Club, 214-578-7741 214-872-8592, www.smartsclub.net

SMU in Plano Summer Youth 972-473-3412 www.smu.edu/summeryouth.com

Soccertots, 972-509-5958 www.soccertotsdallas.com

U.S. Taekwondo Academy

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Greenhill School

UTD Chess Camp, 972-883-4899

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The Guthrie School, 972-596-6929 m.guthrie@guthriegifted.com

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SeaWorld Camp, 1-800-700-7786

Allen 469-632-0828 Richardson 972-238-7073 www.ustacademy.com

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Choosing an

Outstanding Pediatrician

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O YOU’RE NOW IN YOUR 12TH WEEK OF PREGNANCY AND YOU ARE BUSY WITH ALL THE PREPARATIONS FOR THE NEW ARRIVAL TO YOUR LIFE AND HOME. I BET YOU HAVE DONE YOUR RESEARCH ABOUT THE SAFETY OF CRIBS, WHICH CAR SEAT IS THE SAFEST, BABY MONITORS, AND MAYBE EVEN A NAME. BUT HAVE YOU CONSIDERED WHO YOUR PEDIATRICIAN WILL BE? HERE ARE SOME TIPS AND SUGGESTIONS TO HELP YOU GET STARTED WITH CHOOSING A PEDIATRICIAN.

Ask Your Friends! You can trust their opinion and experiences. Make sure to ask several so you can have a few pediatricians to look into further. What did they like and dislike about their doctor? How does the doctor interact with their children?

Board Certified? You have every right to ask about their credentials. Being board-certified in pediatrics would be important criteria for you to consider. Being board certified would ensure that they are current on the latest medical advances and treatment policies. This is mandatory to maintain their board certification. Especially important if your child has special needs.

Are They Covered? If you have to choose within a network of doctors approved by your insurance company, it’s important to confirm their affiliation prior to

the interview process. You wouldn’t want to find the perfect doctor only to realize that you can’t use them.

Location, Location, Location. Keep in mind that between immunizations and well-baby check-ups you will have many visits to your pediatrician during your child’s first year. Chances are you’ll make a few extra trips with a sick baby as well; so if your child has a high fever and is crying, you won’t want to drive very far to get there.

Where do you stand on important issues? What are your views on important areas of your child’s care? Are you going to breastfeed? Do you support co-sleeping? You would want to choose a pediatrician that can help you with your wants and needs for taking care of your little one. Keep in mind, you do not need to have everything figured out, but

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knowing a bit of what you have in mind would help you discuss caring for your baby with your pediatrician.

The Interview. Meet them at their office. While deciding on a pediatrician, whether you found them in a local parenting magazine or received a referral from a friend, go and visit them at their office. You will be able to see first-hand how their office is run. At this meeting ask the important questions. Are they available by phone or email? Do they have an after-hour call center? How about a nurse practitioner? What about a lactation specialist? And a very important question is their hospital affiliations. You may want them at the hospital when you deliver your baby. Is the atmosphere kid friendly? If there are some fun things there, you can remind them about the positives. “We’re going to see Dr. Williams today. Remember that fun slide he has in the waiting room? Maybe he will have more of those stickers you like to collect.” Is the environment clean and professional? Pay attention to patients waiting while you are there and observe how they are treated by the office staff. Are they seen by the doctor in a timely manner? Is there a separate waiting area for well babies? Your own instincts matter. You want to feel comfortable with your pediatrician because they will be the person you turn to when you have questions and concerns about your baby. Choosing someone to care for your precious child can be a difficult decision. You should choose the doctor that best suits your needs at this time. Should you discover later that you are not happy with the care your child is receiving, you can always switch. SP

4 Ways to Improve Parent-Doctor Communication During After Hour Calls Although it’s important to reserve routine questions you may have for normal business hours, you should feel comfortable calling your doctor 24/7 if there is a real concern.

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Have a list of your child’s symptoms, so that you don’t leave anything out. Take their temperature prior to calling the doctor. Have a pen & paper ready to record any instructions. It‘s easy to forget details when you are worried about your child. Make sure to remind your doctor of any medical problems your child has now or has had in the past. If you are calling after hours they won’t have your child’s chart in front of them. Be respectful and show appreciation for your doctor’s time. Yes, it is their job, but keep in mind that you may be interrupting their family time. By being efficient with your questions for the doctor, it allows for both of you to get back to your families quicker.

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Let Dad Do What He Loves to Do...

Grill!

It’s great to be in the backyard grilling again. But don’t want another hamburger? Here’s an easy recipe for your next cookout. Dad will be the hero again!

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How true Daddy’s words were when he said: all children must look after their own upbringing. Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.
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Spread buns with mayonnaise to taste, then layer with chicken, caramelized onion, provolone and avocado.

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One evening it took a good amount of time to get our son to bed. Once there, he yelled down, “Dad! Can you get me a glass of water?” My husband replied, “No son, you had your chance, now do not say another word or I will come up there and spank you.” This is when our son yells down, “Dad, when you come up to spank me can you bring me a glass of water?” Reader, our son is 7 years old.


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Four Seasons Markets at the Village Shopping Center A European-style market where

you can meet local farmers, artisanal food producers and craftsmen, as well as sample and purchase their products in a colorful, family-friendly venue. The market will be located at the corner of Stacy Road and Prairie Road (between Macy’s and JCPenney) and will be open weekends through October 26, 2014 from 10am-3pm on Saturday and 11am-3pm on Sunday, 29 Town Place, Fairview, www.thevillageshopping.com

mon 2 Inaugural Winspear Opera House Recital Series 7:30-9:30pm. This is the final performance of the Recital Series and will feature the internationally acclaimed pianist André Watts. Admission: $60 to $175. Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas, 214.880-0202 www.attpac.org

Murder on Mondays at Barnes and Noble, Plano 7-8pm. Join us on the first Monday of every month to discuss contemporary and classic mysteries. Barnes and Noble, 2201 Preston Rd., Plano, 972-612-0999, www.barnesandnoble.com

Summer Sounds Concert Series in Allen 7-9pm. Pack a picnic and bring a blanket! Concerts take place every Monday evening through Jun 23, leading up to the Market Street Allen USA Celebration (Saturday, June 28). Free. Light concessions available for purchase. The final concert in the series, June 23, features The Wonders. Joe Farmer Recreation Center, 1201 E. Bethany, Allen, www.cityofallen.org

tue 3 Free LEGO Mini Build 5-6:30pm. Children ages 6-15 ONLY can celebrate every month with a free mini build at LEGO stores at Stonebriar Mall & Northpark Center. First Tuesday every month beginning at 5pm until all the kits are gone. LEGO stores in Dallas & Frisco, www.lego.com

Story Time Fun with Miss Rhonda at Barnes and Noble, Creekwalk Village Jun 3-Sept 9, 10-10:30am. Join us each Tuesday morning for fun with Miss Rhonda! Each week she plans interactive activities, songs and stories that are educational and enjoyable for a variety of ages. Barnes and Noble, 801 West 15th St., Plano, www. barnesandnoble.com

Story Time with Ms. Kayla at Barnes and Noble, Preston Jun 3-Jan 27, 2015, 10-10:30am.

Join Ms. Kayla on Tuesdays for our weekly Story Time event in the Children’s Department! Enjoy fun crafts, yummy snacks and great stories! Barnes and Noble, Plano, 2201 Preston Rd., Plano, 972.612-0999 www.barnesandnoble.com

Wagging Tales at Smith Public Library Jun 3-Jul 29, 3:30-4:15pm. Doggies need books too! Come perfect your reading aloud skills by reading to Abby. Tickets are free and required. They are handed out at the children’s desk beginning at 2pm the day of the program. Smith Public Library, 300 Country Club Rd., Wylie, 972.516-6250 www.wylietexas.gov

Lone Star Gardening with Neil Sperry 10:30am-12pm. Texas gardening guru Neil Sperry will take questions from the audience and sign copies of his latest book (which will be available for purchase at the event). This event is FREE. Richardson Civic Center, Grand Hall, 411 W. Arapaho, Richardson, 972-744-4376 www.cor.net/index. aspx?page=64&recordid=5594

wed 4 First Wednesday Book Club Meeting at the Richardson Public Library Jun 4-Nov 5, 7pm. Held on the first Wednesday of the month. Coffee is available at 7pm and presentations and discussions begin at 7:30pm. For more information call 972.744-4350. Richardson Public Library, 900 Civic Center Dr., Richardson, www.cor.net

Women of Words Book Group at Barnes and Noble, Plano Jun 4-Jan 7, 2015, Wednesdays 7-8pm. Barnes and Noble, Plano, 2201 Preston Rd., 972.612-0999 www.barnesandnoble.com

thur 5 McKinney Farmers Market at Adriatica 3-6pm. Local and organic meat, dairy, honey and produce vendors offer their wares every Thursday at Adriatica on McKinney’s west side. Market vendors also offer sauces, canned goods, pasta, baked goods, wine and flowers! 6851 Virginia Pkwy, McKinney, www.chestnutsquare.org

fri 6 Plano’s Interurban Railway Museum Story Time Jun 6-Dec 19, 10:30-11am. Every Friday

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morning in the lobby of the historic Interurban Railway Museum in downtown Plano, spellbound children take a magical train ride through the tales of professional storyteller Genie Hammel and her sidekicks Eugene the Motor Mouse and Rags the dog. Plano Interurban Railway Museum, 901 E 15st St, Plano, 972.941-2117 www.planoconservancy.org

HIMPROV: Improv Comedy for the Whole Family Jun 6-Dec 5 7:30-9:15pm. This improv comedy troupe is composed of Christ-believing comedians whose mission is to bring joy and laughter to people of all ages. Free, but they are collecting food and household good to donate to Food 4 Hunger. Check the website for suggested donation items. Bent Tree Bible Fellowship, 4141 International Pkwy., Carrollton, www.himprov.com

sat 7 Historic McKinney Farmers Market 8am12pm every Saturday. Local and organic meat, dairy, honey and produce vendors offer their wares every Saturday at Chestnut Square near downtown McKinney.Market. Vendors also offer sauces, canned goods, pasta, baked goods, wine and flowers! Entertainment June 7: Bud Rager the Singing Son of a Gun. June 14: Killis Melton Ice Cream Crank-Off, June 21: Bud Rager the Singing Son of a Gun, June 28: TBD. Chestnut Square, 315 S Chestnut St, McKinney, www.chestnutsquare.org

Frisco Farmers Market Jun 7-Oct 18, 8am-1pm. A bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables creates a colorful welcome to those who appreciate the “buy fresh, buy local” idea. Frisco Square, 6048 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco, www.friscofarmersmarket.com

Mamma Mia! Jun 7-15, show times vary per date so check the website. Content warning: MAMMA MIA! Contains some adult humor and situations, recommended for ages 11 and up. Run Time: 2 hours 30 minutes. A mother. A daughter. 3 possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget! Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 First Ave., Dallas, 214-565-1116 www.dallassummermusicals. org/shows_mammamia.shtm

Vitruvian Salsa Festival Jun 7-Jul 26, 6pm10pm. The Dance Council of North SalsaDallas, Vitruvian Park and Town of Addison present Vitruvian Salsa Festival. Come for a bite at one of the gourmet food trucks, then take a 30 min dance lesson starting at 6:30, taught by Dallas’ best salsa instructors and dynamic DJs. Keep


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the know it all dancing ‘til 10pm to our top salsa bands firing up syncopated rhythms that are fun for the entire family. All dance levels welcome! Vitruvian Park Amphitheater, Vitruvian Way & Ponte Ave., Addison, 214-219-2290 www.thedancecouncil.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=752324&module_id=131384

sun 8 Summer Concert Series-Richardson Community Band 7-8pm. Mark your calendars and come out for a free concert on the lawn this summer. Bring your chairs and a picnic and enjoy the sounds of summer. There is also plenty of room for kids to run around and play. Concerts last about an hour. Richardson Civic Center, 411 W. Arapaho, Richardson

mon 9 SP Summer Chess Camp at UT Dallas Jun 9-Jul 25, 9am-4pm. Sum-

mer 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. For more info, call 972-883-4899 or email james.stallings@ utdallas.edu. The University of Texas at Dallas, 800 West Campbell Road, FO55, Richardson, www.utdallas.edu/chess. See ad in this issue.

SP Cooper Fitness Center at Craig Ranch Summer Camps Jun 9-Aug

22. One and two week sessions all summer including a Swim Academy for ages 3-13, a Youth Fit Camp for ages 5-12 and Sports Camps for ages 5-18. 7910 Collin McKinney Pkwy, McKinney 214-383-1000 www.coopercraigranch.com. See ad in this issue.

DSM Summer Musical-Theater Classes 9am-6pm. Three dates to choose from depending on age group: June 9-13 9am-6pm, Ages 7-11; June 16-20 9am-6pm, Ages 12-14; June 23-27 9am-6pm, Ages 15-18. Early drop off 8am. Musical Theatre training, Singing, Dancing, Acting. Class Presentation: Last day of class. International Music Conservatory Performance Hall, Plano International Music Conservatory, 3321 Premier Dr., Plano, 214-969-7469 www. dsmschool.org/dsmschool/2010/calendar.html

SP Special Ops Vacation Bible School at Prestonwood Jun 9-13, 9am-

noon. Discover the clues, decide on the evidence and defend your faith in this five-day, action packed adventure. For ages 3-grade 6. Free, but registration required. N. Dallas Campus, 1001 W. Prosper Tr., Prosper. Plano Campus, 6801 W. Park Blvd, Plano. Dallas Campus, 12123 Hillcrest Rd, Dallas 972-820-5000 Prestonwood.org/vbs. See ad in this issue.

Dallas Mavericks Hoop Camp Jun 9-Aug 15, 9am-4pm. Boys and

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girls ages 8-18 of all skill levels learn the game from the best camp coaching staff in Texas. Professional coaches are handpicked for their basketball knowledge and ability to work well with kids. Combining excellent coaching and a proven program focused on each camper, Dallas Mavericks Hoop Camp delivers valuable lessons and plenty of fun! Find more details and register online! Hoop Camp runs Mon–Fri. $240. Various sites-visit website for a location near you and to register. 214-747-MAVS(6287) www.mavs. com/community/hoop-camp

tue 10 La Leche League Plano 10:30-11:30am. LEADER INFORMATION: Beth 972-747-1297, Cleo cleo6924@aol.com, Lynnee 469-855-0647 lmburns30@ sbcglobal.net. Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Room 122, 3601 W 15th St, Plano, www.texaslll.org

wed 11 Twisted Threads at the Allen Public Library 6:30-8pm. Do you knit or

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crochet? Or make spectacular things with thread and yarn? If so, Twisted Threads is for you! Twisted Threads is a social group for knitters, crocheters, felters, quilters, and any other type of craft done with thread or yarn! All skill levels are welcome! Bring your projects and work on it in the company of other fiber crafters. Allen Public Library, 300 N. Allen Dr., Allen, 214.5094904 www.cityofallen.org

thur 12 Eco Tots Discovery Hour Summer Session Jun 12-Aug 14, 9:30-10:30am. Preschoolers and parents are invited to join us weekly. on Thursdays. This program is designed for children 3-5 years old and includes stories, crafts and activities about the environment, gardening, or nature-related themes.

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Your Community Storytimes Plano - Davis Branch 7501-B Independence Pkwy., 972-208-8000 Mon - Toddler Time 10 & 11am, ages 18-36 mo., Tues - Babes in Arms 10am, ages 0-9 mo.; Preschool Storytime 11am, ages 3-5, Wed - Preschool Storytime 10am, ages 3-5; Family Storytime 7pm, all ages, Thur - Toddler Time 10 & 11am, ages 18-36 mo., Fri - Rhyme Time 10 & 11am, ages 0-24 mo., Sat - Family Storytime 11am, all ages

Plano - Haggard Branch 2501 Coit Rd., 972-769-4250 Mon - Family Storytime 7pm, all ages, Tue - Family Storytime 10:30am, all ages; Toddler Time 10 & 10:45am, ages 18-36 mo., Wed - Family Storytime 10:30am, all ages; Toddler Time 10 & 10:45am, ages 18-36 mo., Thur - Family Storytime 10:30am, all ages; Rhyme Time 10:15am, ages 0-23mo.

Plano - Harrington Branch 1501 18th St., 972-941-7175

- Together Time 10:15am, ages 2-3; All By Myself 11:15am, ages 4-5, Thur - Together Time 10:15 & 11:15am, ages 2-3; Family Story Time 11:15am & 7pm, ages 2-6 w/family

Frisco Public Library 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., 972-292-KNOW Tue - Toddler Story Time 10:15 (ages 18mo.-23mo.) & 10:45am (ages 2-3yrs); Preschoolers Story Time 11:30am, ages 3-5 yrs Wed - Babies and Books 10, 10:30, 11 & 11:30am, ages 0-17 mo.; Bedtime Stories 7pm, all ages, Thur - Toddler Story Time 10:15 (ages 18mo.23mo.) & 10:45am (ages 2-3yrs); Preschoolers Story Time 11:30am, ages 3-5 yrs, Fri - Toddler Story Time 10:15 (ages 18mo.-23mo.) & 10:45am (ages 2-3yrs); Preschoolers Story Time 11:30am, ages 3-5 yrs Sat - Family Story Time 10:30am, all ages

McKinney - Roy and Hellen Hall Branch 101 E. Hunt St., 972-547-7323

Mon - Family Storytime 10:30am, all ages, Tue - Family Storytime 7pm, all ages, Wed - Family Storytime 10:30am, all ages, Thur Rhyme Time 10:15am, ages 0-23mo

Mon - Fun with Baby 10:15am, ages 6-17mo & caregiver; Hold My Hand 10:15am, ages 18mo-3yrs & caregiver; On My Own 11am, ages 3-5, Wed - Family Story Time 6:30pm, all ages & caregivers *Tickets will be handed out for all preschool programs beginning at 10am

Plano - Parr Branch 6200 Windhaven Pkwy., 972-769-4300

McKinney - John and Judy Gay Branch 6861 W. Eldorado Pkwy, 972-547-7323

Mon - Family Storytime 10:30am, all ages, Tue - Family Storytime 7pm, all ages, Wed - Family Storytime 10:30am, all ages Thur Rhyme Time 10:15am, ages 0-23mo

Wed - Fun with Baby 10:15am, ages 6-17mo & caregiver; Hold My Hand 10:15am, ages 18mo-3yrs & caregiver; On My Own 11am, ages 3-5

Plano - Schimelpfenig Branch 5024 Custer Rd., 972-769-4200

Richardson Public Library 900 Civic Center Dr., 972-744-4350

Mon - Family Storytime 10:30am, all ages, Wed - Rhyme Time 10:15am, ages 0-23mo; Family Storytime 2:15pm, all ages, Thur Rhyme Time 10:15am, ages 0-23mo

Mon - Family Story Time 6:45pm, ages 3-, Tue - “It’s Elementary!” Storytime 4:15-4:45pm, ages K - 4th grade

Allen Public Library 300 N. Allen Dr., 214-509-4900 Mon - Fun Ones Story Time 10:15 & 11:15am, ages 12-23 mo., Tue - Baby & Me 10:15am, pre-walkers; Fun Ones Story Time 6:30pm, ages 12-23 mo; Family Story Time 11:15am ages 2-6 w/family, Wed

Smith Public Library – Wylie 800 Thomas St., 972-456-6250 Tue - Family Storytime 6pm, all ages, Wed - Toddler Time 9 & 9:45am, ages 1-2; Big Kids 10:30 & 11:15am, ages 3-5, Fri - Babies & Books 11am, ages 0-1; Toddler Time 11:30am, ages 1-2 *Tickets required for Toddler, Big Kid and Family Story Times.

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

Plan to stay and play in our outdoor Nature Explore Classroom as well. Cost $3/Residents, $5/Non-Residents. Environmental Education Center, 4116 W. Plano Pkwy., Plano, www.livegreeninplano.com

BYOBook Club at the John & Judy Gay Library in McKinney Jun 12-Dec 11, 7-8pm. What are you reading? Would you recommend it? Come share your latest great reads! The BYOBook Club, a book club for adults, meets the second Thursday of each month. John & Judy Gay Library, 6861 W. Eldorado Pkwy., McKinney, www.mckinneytexas.org

fri 13 Third Monday Trade Days in McKinney Jun 13-15, 8am-5pm. Third Monday Trade Days in McKinney is the oldest and largest monthly trade days/ flea market in North Texas with roots back to the old county-wide market that began in the 1870’s. It is located in the historic Buckner Community which was the first County Seat of Collin County, 2 miles west of US75 on US380 (also known as University Drive). Trade Days Grounds, 4550 W University Dr, McKinney, 972-562-5466 www.tmtd.com

Summer Reading Club Kick-Off Party 9-11:45am. Come enjoy a bounce house, inflatable slide, DJ, face painting, petting zoo, Scholastic Book Sale, a visit from Clifford the Big Red Dog and much more! This is an outdoor event, so please plan accordingly. Fun and free for the whole family. Brought to you by the Smith Library and the Wylie Recreation Center. Overflow parking is available at Wylie High School with complimentary shuttle to the Municipal Complex. Smith Public Library, 300 Country Club Rd., Bldg. 300, Wylie, 972-516-6250 www.ci.wylie.tx.us/departments/library/index/index.php

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the know it all North Dallas Newcomers Book Club at Barnes and Noble, Creekwalk Village Jun 13-Feb 13, 2015, 10:30-11:30am. Be part of our fun North Dallas group that meets the second Friday of each month to discuss current works of fiction. Email crm2586@bn.com for more information on what has been selected for this month. Barnes and Noble, 801 West 15th St., Plano, www. barnesandnoble.com

SNAP Dance in Allen 7-10pm. Come SNAP your fingers and shuffle your feet at our Special Needs Adapted Program! Dances feature live music, a fun and creative theme, snacks and a commemorative photo that is mailed to each participant’s home! Each dance takes place the second Friday of every month. Register early, the fee increases to $15 at 5 pm the Wednesday prior to each dance. Recreation Hall, 105 S. Anna Dr., Allen, 214.509-4707 www.cityofallen.org

Night of Improv Jun 13-27, 8-10pm Frisco Community Theatre presents Frisco Improv Players’ Evening of Laughter with CLEAN, Interactive Improv! Reserve your seats today! Tickets: $12. Frisco Discovery Center, Black Box Theater, 8004 N. Dallas Pkwy., Frisco, 214.450-8596 www.friscodiscoverycenter.com

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Stuart Little at the Dallas Children’s Theater Jun13-Jul 13. Another E. B. White classic! It’s big excitement for a little mouse when Stuart leaves his human family in New York and travels across the country in search of the bird that helped save his life. A charming story that proves great things can come in small packages. Ages 5 and up. Matinee & evening performances, visit the website for specific dates/show times. Rosewood Center, 5938 Skillman, Dallas, 214.740-0051, www.dct.org

sat 14 KIXPO 2014 2-7pm. Kixpo, the world’s largest sneaker and street wear expo, is back for 2014. Lock in your spot early and witness some the best sneaker collections, sneaker customizers, sneaker vendors, and apparel brands in the country. Doors open at 2pm. Tickets available online. Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving, www. eventbrite.com/e/kixpo-dallas-2014-tickets-10680663151?aff=eac2

SP The 19th Annual Killis Melton’s Ice Cream Crank Off Chestnut

Square Historic Village, McKinney 972-562-8790 www.Chestnutsquare. org. See ad in this issue.

Bingo/Game Night PLUS Jun 14-Dec 13, 6-11pm. We’ll have a blast playing good ole fashioned BINGO and winning FUN prizes. PLUS, a new fun family connect activity! Connect with your family over the value of the month and we’ll send you home with a tool to elevate that value at home, too! Bring your own dinner or enjoy drinks/snacks from the $1 café. (EVERY second Saturday!) This Side Up! Family Center provides affordable fun, cultivates strong relationships, encourages diverse community, equips families and champions family values. This Side Up! Family Center, 1100 Capital Ave, Plano, www.thissideupfamily.org

Second Saturdays in Historic Downtown McKinney Jun 14-Dec 13, 7-10pm. The community and beyond enjoy an evening of art, music, food and spirits every second Saturday in Downtown McKinney. Many establishments in Downtown McKinney will keep their doors open from 7-10 p.m. Historic Downtown McKinney, 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney, www.mckinneytexas.org

mon 16 SP Jr. Theatre Intensives (Newsies) June 16-28. One of several summer

programs at International Conservatory of Performing Arts occurring all summer long. Other programs include Broadway Bound, Ballet Intensives, Contemporary Intensive, and Dance and Vocal Camps. 3321 Premier Dr, Plano 972-881-1915, www.icpasummer.com. See ad in this issue.

wed 18 BOOKbabble Book Discussion Group Jun 18-Dec 17, 10:30-11:45am.

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BOOKbabble Book Discussion Group. Each month, members read and discuss the best in literary fiction, memoir and biography. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month. Preregistration is required. Please call Janet Vance or Penny Manly at 972.744-4350 to sign up. Go online for additional BOOKbabble group options. Richardson Public Library, 900 Civic Center Dr., Richardson, www.cor.net

Mother Daughter Book Club at Barnes and Noble, Plano Jun 18-Apr 15, 2015, 7-8pm. Join us on the third Wednesday of every month for an engaging conversation that only moms and their daughters can share! Barnes and Noble, Plano, 2201 Preston Rd., Plano, 972.612-0999 www.barnesandnoble.com

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the know it all thur 19 Third Thursdays Mysteries Book Club at the Davis Library 7-8:30pm Read and discuss the featured book on the third Thursdays of each month. Davis Library, 7501-B Independence Pkwy., Plano, 972.208-8000 www.plano.gov

sat 21 Saturday Games at the Rowlett Public Library Jun 21-Dec 20, 10:30-noon. Families are invited to join us on the third Saturday of every month for a free program for all ages, play games in the Meeting Room from 10:30am – noon then check out books, DVDs, CDs and more at your Rowlett Public Library! Free and open to all ages. Rowlett Public Library, 3900 Main St., Rowlett, www.ci.rowlett.tx.us

SP Open House at Eldorado Montessori 10am-2pm. 11600 Teel Pkwy,

Frisco 972-334-9444 www.eldoradomontessori.com. See ad in this issue.

Cultural Music Series in McKinney 6-8pm. June 21-Jimbe Afrique and African Folk. Towne Lake, 1405 Wilson Creek Pkwy., McKinney, www. mckinneytexas.org

sun 22 Summer Concert Series-Richardson Community Band 7-8pm. Mark your calendars and come out for a free concert on the lawn this summer. Bring your chairs and a picnic and enjoy the sounds of summer. There is also plenty of room for kids to run around and play. Concerts last about an hour. Richardson Civic Center, 411 W. Arapaho, Richardson

fri 27 Dallas Theater Center Presents Les Miserables “Do you hear the people sing?” The most popular musical in the world takes over the Wyly Theatre with its glorious music and heartfelt story. In this thrilling new DTC production you will be immersed in this beloved story in a way you’ve never experienced it before: surrounded by the passion of the French revolution; engulfed by the romantic music; and overwhelmed by the experience of hope, redemption & forgiveness. Recommended for ages 10 and above. Matinee & evening performances, visit the website for specific dates/show times. Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora St., Dallas, www.dallastheatercenter.org

sat 28 Classics on the Square in McKinney Jun 28-Dec 27, 7:30-10:30am. McKinney Main Street proudly welcomes local classic car and truck enthusiast group, the Morning Maniacs, to Historic Downtown McKinney. The Morning Maniacs will host a show and shine the last Saturday of each month from 7:30-10:30am and invite all classic car and truck enthusiasts to attend. Please make a point to come and check out some amazing cars and trucks, enjoy some breakfast and maybe a little shopping too. Historic Downtown McKinney, 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney, www.mckinneytexas.org

Saturday Night THRIVE 6-8pm Newton’s Lab Science Show – FREE Family Connection Night Back by popular demand…. FUN night of Science Fun! Bring your own dinner or purchase snacks/drinks from the $1 cafe. Come on out for a night of good ol’ fashioned community FUN every 4th Saturday. Come in for a FUN evening plus connect as a family over the value of the month. Go home with an At-Home Family Values Tool, too! This Side Up! Family Center provides affordable fun, cultivates strong relationships, encourages diverse community, equips families and champions family values. This Side Up! Family Center, 1100 Capital Ave, Plano, www.thissideupfamily.org

Market Street Allen USA Celebration 2014 4:00-11:00pm. A star-studded entertainment lineup featuring two stages of musical acts and entertainment leads up to one of the largest fireworks displays in North Texas presented by Harley-Davidson of Dallas. A number of concessionaires will be on site selling all of your favorite festival foods and snacks. Kids can enjoy bounce houses and play structures in the Kids Zone, get creative in The Craft Tent or beat the heat at Celebration Park’s Spray Grounds Celebration Park, 701 Angel Parkway, Allen, Texas, 214-509-4707 www.cityofallen.org/ Calendar.aspx?EID=1842&month=6&year=2014&day=28&calType=0

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Father’s Day: Ten Things You Should Ask Your Kids For

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Back on the Chain Gang

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o you want to know the difference between me supervising my children doing yard work and prison guards supervising convicts working the chain gang? Prison guards are armed. I, on the other hand, have only my Yelling Voice and what’s left of my sanity to protect me. It’s another summer and I have the opportunity to teach my children the value of an honest days work. And they, of course, have the opportunity to take me down to my knees. Each summer starts the same way. Roughly three days before school is out, I make a big speech about the family pulling together to keep the yard looking nice for the neighbors to enjoy. I say things like, “A family that weeds together, eats together.” And, “I don’t want to see anyone kicking the tops of the weeds off this year.” It may not shock some of you, but my children could care less if their mom and I, the neighbors, or anyone else “enjoys” our yard this summer. In fact, my son wanted to send a flyer around the block announcing that the Swarner’s were going “environmental” this year and would let nature take it’s course. He even drew a picture of our house with brown grass and weeds large enough to shade small woodland animals. Without their buy-in, I tend to play the role of grumpy foreman. My oldest son needs constant supervision. I’m forever sticking my head out the back door yelling: “Get back to work!” “I am,” he’ll argue. “You are?” I’ll reply. “I can see you sun tanning on the roof of the shed you know. It might be easier to pull the weeds if you were closer to the ground.”

My daughter is the opposite. She just cries. She also says I am unfair to make her weed. “My friends don’t have to pull weeds like me!” she’ll say. “That’s true,” I told her the other day. “That would be weird if I made your friends pull our weeds.” When she does get to work, our conversations go like this. Daughter: Dad, I’m done weeding my area. Me: (Inspecting) What about that weed? Daughter: What weed?! I don’t see any weeds. Where do you see a weed? Me: (Pointing) There - blocking the window. My youngest son is seven. I am lucky if I can keep him on task for five minutes. I’ll send him out to do a quick and easy weeding job and a half hour later he walks into the house with a gob of doggie doo-doo on a stick. “Look what I found, dad. I think this dog ate a dish towel.” I suppose I’d like my children to have had the experience of pulling together as a family for a common goal. I want them to know that being part of a group requires everyone to do their fair share. At least, that’s what I told my children yesterday when I found them in the backyard sitting in lawn chairs with a box of frozen treats and ten of the little neighborhood kids weeding our rose beds. Son: But dad, they want to do our work in exchange for Otter Pops. Yep, it’s going to be another fun summer of supervising the children. Whose kidding whom? I think I’ll hire a landscaper. <sigh> SP

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