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Top 10 Events Plan a Summer Family Adventure

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Best. Birthday. Ever. Planning a Perfect Party

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The Teenage Entrepreneur: Creating Work Outside of the Box

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ow can your family pack more together time, laughter-filled moments and fun into the short 95day window between Memorial Day and Labor Day? We ask ourselves the same thing each year. Even though the kids are out of school and the days are longer, it always feels like a losing battle to fit every trip, family reunion, birthday party and local family festivals (let alone date nights!) into this short summer run. We’re here to help!

Look out, summer’s ahead and FamilyTimes Magazine is your go-to comprehensive road map to all the best local stay-cations and cabin fun, top 10 can’t miss Twin Cities events, planning the best birthday party yet, our Best Of Minnesota picks & so much more. So grab that sunscreen, load up the family, and set off on the best summer fun & sun adventure your family has had yet!

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Edina Art Fair JUN. 6-8

50th & France Edina, MN 55424 952-922-1524 www.50thandfrance.com/ art_fair

The 48th annual Edina Art Fair will boast 320 fine artists and crafters from around Minnesota, the U.S. and Canada. An estimated 150,000 people will attend the three-day event, which is nationally-recognized as the top art fair in Minnesota. Booths upon booths of ceramics, jewelry, glass, photography, wood carvings, mixed media, 2D pieces, fine art, wearables and sculptures will line the curbs of 50th & France.

Icehouse Kids Concert Series: The Okee Dokee Brothers JUN. 7 Icehouse 2528 Nicollet Ave. S Minneapolis, MN 55404 612-276-6523 www.icehousempls.com

Stone Arch Bridge Festival JUN. 14-15 Spend Father’s Day weekend on the Minneapolis Riverfront with some of the best art, music, food and more that the city has to offer! Don’t forget to check out the Family Activities Area and Pop Art! Father’s Day Car Show– spend the whole weekend or stop by for some fun! www.stonearchbridgefestival.com

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The Life Time Kids Tri is a fun and challenging event for kids ages 7–14. Young athletes will swim, bike and run in this 3-event race that not only promotes fitness but improves your child’s self confidence as they cross the finish line on their own. Friends and family are encouraged to come cheer on these young competitors for one of the best spectator events of the season.

Icehouse is proud to present their 2nd annual concert series dedicated to kids! The Icehouse Kids Concert Series is a series of latemorning weekend shows, featuring 5 great bands in concert to be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. Free for ages 2 and under! Hosted by 89.3 the Current’s Barb Abney!

Red, White and Boom Celebration JULY 3-4 Celebrate America’s Independence Day at Minneapolis Red, White and Boom, a two-day celebration hosted by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. The annual event attracts over 30,000 people to sites along the downtown Minneapolis riverfront, and features live music, great food, fun activities for the whole family, and the grand finale - fireworks!

For a complete list of 4th of July events happening throughout the Twin Cities, visit the calendar on our website! FAMILYTIMESMAGAZINE.COM


TOP TEN 4 EVENTS

The Color Run Twin Cities

Telling stories for 30 years!

JUL. 13. All Ages

Minnesota State Fairgrounds 1265 Snelling Ave. N St. Paul, MN 55108 855-MOCOLOR www.thecolorrun.com

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Less about your 10-minute-mile and more about having the time of your life, The Color Run is a five-kilometer, un-timed race in which thousands of participants, or “Color Runners”, are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. The fun continues after Color Runners complete the race with an unforgettable Finish Festival. This larger than life party is equipped with music, dancing and massive color throws, which create millions of vivid color combinations. Trust us, this is the best post-5k party on the planet!

Book by William F. Brown Music and Lyrics by Charles Smalls

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The Minnesota Twins will host the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in July at Target Field! Baseball’s best players will descend on Minneapolis for five days of events at Target Field and the Minneapolis Convention Center leading up to the 85th All-Star Game. It’s the first time the Midsummer Classic will take place in Minneapolis since 1985 and the first ever All-Star Game at Target Field.

Boasting two massive lakes, endless trails, and open fields littered with gauntlets of obstacles, there’s nothing ‘mini’ about this North Star neck-ringer. Equally as taxing on body and mind, this course will test your limits on both sea and land. Believe us when we say that this Twin City showdown will leave you seeing double. Game Unlimited 871 County Rd. E Hudson, WI 54016 www.toughmudder.com

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Celebrate the dog days of summer on St. Paul’s Grand Avenue with Paws on Grand! Grand Avenue businesses partner with local rescue groups to pamper and celebrate four-legged friends all along the Avenue. Gather up giveaways, relax on a pet-friendly restaurant patio, learn about pet adoption, support rescue groups, and pose for the popular pet photo contest!

Minneapolis, MN 612-376-7669 www.aquatennial.com

Grand Avenue St. Paul, MN 55105 651-699-0029 www.grandave.com

Based on the original Tony-Award winning Broadway musical, this is the familiar story of Dorothy’s tornado-driven adventure in Oz, and the wonderful characters who befriend and protect her: the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion. “Ease on Down the Road” with the toe-tapping music of this modern classic. Tickets start at only $12! Box Office: (952) 979-1111, option 4 www.stagestheatre.org 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343

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just $29.95! With your kids, take the style quiz, choose from your kid’s personalized ‘FabShop’ and start shopping! Styles start at $14.95 and you’ll also earn points towards free outfits with each purchase. Choose to receive a box each month, or skip a month! Take the stress out of shopping and check out Fabkids.com for high-quality, fashionable outfits at affordable prices.

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DÉCOR Whether the party theme is under the sea, space odyssey, or jungle – finding the right décor pieces is key. We’ve hand picked the best décor mavens to fit your unique party needs. Need a balloon arch entrance to the party? Check! Matching plates, cups, napkins, and streamers galore? Check! Need to find that perfect cake stand, colorful straws, and cupcake toppers? Check, check and check!

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PARTY RENTALS Turn your backyard into a kid’s birthday dream with a set up that would rival the carnival! From inflatable bounce houses, obstacle courses, dunk tanks, and interactive games such as laser tag, giant hamster ball, and foam machines, these rentals are the perfect way to burn off those birthday cake sugar highs. > Fun Jumps FunJumpsEnt.com | 651-687-9959 > Twin Cities Inflatables TwinCitiesInflatables.com 651-882-6575. > Games 2 U G2U.com | 888-920-5597

CAKE, ICE CREAM, SWEETS GALORE Because what would a birthday be without a little sweet tooth? > I zzy’s Ice Cream The go to place for everything ice cream: Sunday Party Kits, Izzy Ice Cream Pops and Ice Cream Sandwich packs! Just put in your order and pick up the day of or before the party. You can also book Izzy’s 5 star fullservice, pick your favorite flavors, toppings and sauces and Izzy’s will come to your party site and serve it up! IzzysIceCream.com 651-603-5081

>S  weet Retreat Make the special day a little bit sweeter with a custom birthday cake or cupcakes! You dream up the design (they can always help with that too) and the Sweet Retreat team will whip it up! TheSweetRetreatMN.com 612-353-6230

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SPECIALTY INVITES On our online poll of readers, we asked what the most frustrating part of putting together a birthday party is, and the resounding answer was collecting RSVPs! We found the best way to defeat the RSVP problem is by sending invites so fun guests can’t wait to say ‘YES!’ Online invites are not only low-cost, and garner a quick response from guests, but also offer great designs & guest list organization. On the other hand, who doesn’t love snail mail invites in this over-media day in age?

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IDEAS & INSPIRATION Stuck in a birthday party theme slump? Check out these blogs for theme ideas galore, as well as printables, step-by-step setup instructions and extra to-do’s for the big day. >H  ostess with the Mostess Blog Blog.HWTM.com > The Tom Kat Studio Blog TheTomKatStudio.com/ blog > Sweet Style SweetStyle.com.au > FamilyTimes Pinterest Pinterest.com/ FamilyTimesMag

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FAMILYTIMES FAVORITES Twin Cities is chock-full of fantastic party destinations, from arts & crafts to cooking classes; we’ve put together just a few of our favorite birthday party havens! > Gleason’s Gymnastics Dive into the foam pit, take part in relay races, or jump on the gymnastic equipment for a day full of fun. Gleasons.com Eagan & Maple Grove locations. 651-454-6203 > Three Rivers Park District With a wild range of activities to delight, Three Rivers is a great go-to location for birthday party hosting. Pick from Mini Golf, Wilderness or Art-tastic party themes and activities - just to name a few! Threeriversparks.com Locations through out the Twin Cities. 763-559-6700 > Mozza Mia Calling all budding birthday chefs to Mozza Mia where they’ll get to pull mozzarella with friends and make their

own pizza. Private event space downstairs as well! Mozzamia.com; 3910 W. 50th St. Edina. 952-288-2882 > Vertical Endeavors Rather than them climbing your walls, take the party to Vertical Endeavors. Groups will get their own instructor as the kids make their way up a maze of climbing walls. Verticalendeavors.com; Minneapolis & St. Paul locations. 612-436-1470 > Feed My Starving Children Charity Party Who says your child’s birthday party can’t be fun and helpful? Kids (and chaperones) can work together to pack meals & make the day even bigger. FMSC.com; Eagan, Chanhassen & Coon Rapids locations. 651-379-2775

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LOCAL SWEETS

Sweet Summer Treats Yogurt Lab www.yogurtlabs.com Locations: Uptown, Apple Valley, Hopkins, Wayzata, Eagan, U of M, Downtown Mpls, Edina, Lake Calhoun Having expanded momentously from their first location in the Calhoun Lakes area, Yogurt Lab is popping up everywhere throughout the Twin Cities. Dairy Free? Gluten Free? No Sugar added? No problem, it’s easy as Pi! With rotating taps of 16 flavors and countless toppings, each family member will find the perfect fro-yo equation to delight their taste buds. Download their free app to your phone and take part in their loyalty program to earn rewards!

› EDITOR’S FLAVOR PICK: Pink Lemonade

As the temps soar, cool down with these local sweet summer DIY frozen yogurt sundae shoppes! FRO-YO FUN BY JASON DELUND

TruBerry

Tutti Frutti

www.truberryfrozenyogurt.net Location: Grand Ave. St. Paul

www.tfyogurt.com Location: Maple Grove

Nestled in the perfect location of the family-loved Grand Ave. area, TruBerry offers a fro-yo flavor explosion! In addition to the regular serving cups, TruBerry’s fro-yo can also be enjoyed sugar-cone style. Be sure to sign up for their loyalty program for free & discounted fro-yo, and check their website often for daily specials & VIP specials!

Another California native fro-yo bar, your local Tutti Frutti can be found in Maple Grove bringing sweet fro-yo bliss to customers of all ages. Offering 12 flavors, made fresh daily, your taste buds are sure to be delighted! Check out their Facebook page for ‘buy one, get one’ deals and contests.

› EDITOR’S FLAVOR PICK:

Menchie’s www.menchies.com Locations: Highland Park St. Paul & Maple Grove After hitting celebrity-level popularity on the west coast, Menchie’s has popped up in the Twin Cities! The Menchie’s character and his Sweet Friends rep the United Flavors of Yumm and are in pursuit of one mission – spread the yumm with smiles. Stop in this summer with your family and enjoy the endless flavors and toppings, as well as non-fat, low-fat, sorbet, no-sugar added, along with low carb.

› EDITOR’S FLAVOR PICK: Rockin’ Salted Caramel

› EDITOR’S FLAVOR PICK: Soy Latte

Red Hot Chili’s Chocolate

Chilly Billy’s www.chillybillysfrozenyogurt.com Locations: Dinkytown & Duluth

Cherry Berry www.cherryberryyogurtbar.com Locations throughout the Twin Cities

Family owned and operated Chilly Billy’s is a neighborhood favorite in the Dinkytown and U of M community. With a vast array of 10 flavors and over 50 toppings, you’ll beat the summer heat with a perfect fro-yo creation. You can even utilize a divided cup and have two different treat combos in one! Be sure to grab a punch card for a future free fro-yo.

The options are endless with Cherry Berry’s 50+ premium rotating fro-yo flavors and 50+ toppings. Looking for something new? Check out their Greek fro-yo flavors, a healthier option without sacrificing flavor! Become a CherryBerrian & register with their loyalty program for rewards & specials all summer long. Planning a party? Cherry Berry has special party rooms and party packages!

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Alexandria DISTANCE FROM THE TWIN CITIES:

120 miles

WHERE TO STAY:

Arrowwood Resort 320-762-1124 arrowwoodresort.com

Known for being the Glacial Lakes region, the small city of Alexandria is the perfect destination for water fun & sun. Once your bags are unpacked, gather the family and hit the water. Arrowwood Resort offers non-stop activities with powerboat rentals, or fishing equipment. In the evenings, cozy up to the campfire and have a good ol’ marshmallow roast. Outside of the resort be sure to take a ride on the Central Lakes Trail and visit the Clear Water Beach at Lake Carlos State Park.

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Lutsen DISTANCE FROM THE TWIN CITIES:

245 miles

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See history come to life

WHERE TO STAY:

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The beautiful drive to Lutsen is worth the trip itself. On the way up, be sure to stop at the Split Rock Light House in Two Harbors for family delight all around. Nestled right up to Lake Superior, the fun is endless. Check out Cascade River State Park‘s spectacular waterfalls, as well as 18 miles of hiking trails & camping grounds. Back at Lutsen Resort, sign up for the Family Kayak Tour & evening campfires!

WHAT TO DO:

A unique concoction of raw power, stunning views and hands-on fun make every visit to Mill City Museum a magical experience. Rediscover the birthplace of Minneapolis.

Come learn about early military and domestic life at this restored U.S. outpost on the bluffs of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers.

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FAMILY 4 ADVENTURE

Ely

Brainerd DISTANCE FROM THE TWIN CITIES:

141 miles

WHERE TO STAY:

Maddens on Gull Lake 218-829-2811 maddens.com

With more than 500 lakes, Brainerd is a great place for family-fun via water sports. Maddens offers all activities one could imagine under the sun, from water-ski lessons to Adventure Cove Kid’s Program, it’s a family’s one-stop-shop for summer amusement. Be sure to stop by Paul Bunyan Land for some historical entertainment fun and MN Surf Co for stand up paddleboard lessons and tours.

WHAT TO DO:

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DISTANCE FROM THE TWIN CITIES:

245 miles

WHERE TO STAY:

Big Lake Wilderness Lodge 218-365-2125 biglakelodge.com

Get away from the humdrum of the city and head to Ely for a laid back atmosphere that welcomes as much or as little activity as you’d like. The quiet setting of Ely sets up the perfect backdrop for family bonding and enjoyment without distractions. Set off on the hiking trails for beautiful views or take a day trip down ‘canoe country’ routes just pack a fishing pole, camera and picnic lunch! Stay near the lodge and enjoy a resort-wide complimentary BBQ cookout and spend quality time together, meet new friends and make memories to last a lifetime.

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FAMILY 4 ADVENTURE

Okoboji DISTANCE FROM THE TWIN CITIES:

182 miles

WHERE TO STAY:

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Beat the traffic each weekend and head south right across the Iowa border to Okoboji. With activities far and wide, you’ll be able to plan the ideal family vacation you’ve been looking for. Enjoy go-cart races, minigolf, tennis, golf, camping, hiking, and almost every activity under the sun. Bridges Bay Resort boasts luxe condos, guest rooms and a huge indoor water park ‘Boji Splash’ for a unique vacation experience.

WHAT TO DO:

Milwaukee, WI DISTANCE FROM THE TWIN CITIES:

333 miles

The only struggle you’ll have once arriving is fitting in all the adventures Milwaukee has in store this summer: get out on the water with charter fishing for salmon and trout or enjoy day sails & sunset cruises on Lake Michigan. Soar to the clouds and watch thrilling aerial displays at the Air & Water Show, explore the riverways with kayaks, canoes and paddleboards, and hear the roar of engines at Milwaukee Mile during Indy Fest!

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DAY TRIP

Trollhaugen

DISTANCE FROM THE TWIN CITIES:

56 miles

If you’re looking to nix the overnight trip, but want to get away at the same time – head straight to Trollhaugen! Collect the whole family and check out their Aerial Adventure Park. The Challenge Course in the park provides 6 different courses and the thrill of playing on a giant floating playground – think climbing trees,

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With diminished stomach space, pre-delivery jitters, and a mile-long to-do list, expectant moms may be tempted to slack off on healthy eating as delivery day nears. It’s completely understandable; after all, you’re busy, tired, and you’ve got other things on your mind. Who has the time or energy to whip up healthy meals when you’ve got a birth plan to finish and diapers to buy?

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IRON:

Pumping It While you’re waiting for your bundle of joy to make his or her debut, fill your plate with essential nutrients like these.

One of the biggest nutritional challenges in late pregnancy? Consuming enough iron to keep up with your blossoming body—and your baby’s demands. “In the third trimester, your blood volume increases, so iron is the name of the game,” says Paola Mora, registered dietitian with the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center. When expectant moms are low on iron, they run the risk of anemia, a condition that causes fatigue and dizziness. “We also worry about hemorrhage during

delivery, because anemic blood won’t clot as well,” says Mora. Your own wellbeing isn’t all that’s at stake: your own iron consumption affects your baby’s health, too. “A mom provides her baby with full stores of iron for the first six months of life,” says Mora. And research shows that pregnant women with low iron are more likely to deliver prematurely and have low-birth-weight infants. HOW MUCH? A typical

prenatal vitamin contains 27 milligrams of iron—150 percent of the iron you need—so keep on taking it. In addition, aim to consume at least 3 sources of iron per day.

FIND IT HERE: Red meat, low-fat poultry, wheat bran, enriched rice, seeds, and beans are other good sources. Maximize iron absorption by consuming it with foods high in vitamin C.

and organs as they grow to accommodate the needs of your baby. Consuming enough protein also helps to stabilize blood sugar, which is especially important to women at risk for gestational diabetes, notes Schoenfeld. HOW MUCH? Pregnant

PROTEIN:

The Baby Builder Protein is essential throughout pregnancy, but it’s especially important in the final stages of pregnancy, when your baby is growing rapidly and adding layers of cute baby fat. The amino acids in protein form the basic building blocks for cell growth, fueling your body

women should aim for 70 grams of protein per day, about 35 grams more than the recommended daily limit for non-pregnant gals.

FIND IT HERE: Meat and poultry, dairy foods, and legumes are protein powerhouses. A mediumsized chicken breast has 30 grams of protein, 1/2 cup of tofu packs 20 grams, and 1/2 cup of cottage cheese has 15 grams.

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What not to eat Avoid common third-trimester complaints by passing on these: SWELLING:

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Nutrient-dense foods fuel baby’s growth; Don’t waste valuable stomach space on empty junkfood calories.

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Got Milk? Late pregnancy is not the time to skimp on your calcium: all of the calcium in your baby’s skeleton is laid down during the third trimester, says Michael Hobaugh, M.D., Ph.D., chief of medical staff at La Rabida Children’s Hospital. Consuming enough calcium also helps to get breastfeeding off to the best possible start; in order to produce the perfect food for your little one, your body will pull calcium from your own bones if your own stores are insufficient. HOW MUCH? Dietitians

recommend 800 milligrams of calcium daily for pregnant women.

FIND IT HERE: Dairy foods

like yogurt, milk, and cheese all contain at least 300 milligrams of calcium per serving. Many nondairy foods are also calcium rich, including salmon, oatmeal, tofu, rhubarb, spinach, almonds, and calcium-fortified orange juice.

MAGNESIUM:

Mighty Mineral While you’re boning up on calcium, don’t forget its super sidekick: magnesium. This mineral aids calcium absorption and performs a host of other important functions. Magnesium helps build and repair body tissues, relaxes muscles, eases leg cramps, and may help prevent preterm labor. HOW MUCH? Pregnant

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350-400 milligrams per day; breastfeeding moms should aim for 300-350 milligrams per day. FIND IT HERE: Black beans,

artichokes, barley, pumpkin seeds, oat bran, and almonds all provide at least 100 milligrams of magnesium per serving.

DOCOSAHEXAENOIC ACID (DHA):

Mental Muscle During the third trimester, your baby’s brain is burgeoning, adding mass and forming millions of neural connections. So consuming enough DHA— linked to better cognition in infants in numerous studies—is as important as ever, says registered and licensed dietitian Gina Hill, Ph.D., associate professor of nutritional sciences at Texas Christian University. HOW MUCH? The Journal of

Perinatal Medicine recommends 200 milligrams of DHA per day during pregnancy.

FIND IT HERE: Now that many

grocery-store staples like eggs, milk, and juice are fortified with DHA, it’s not hard to meet your daily requirement. Hill likes expectant moms to have two servings of fish per week. Many obstetricians now recommend DHA supplementation; check with yours to see if you should pop a daily DHA pill.

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or every fact you think you know about good parenting, there are dozens of scientific studies to prove the opposite. When one report tells us that video games desensitize kids to violence, another insists they help develop problem-solving skills. With all the noise, instinct tells us to find the one “correct” way to parent. Dalton Conley, a university professor at New York University, insists that there isn’t one.

The author of books that focus primarily on socioeconomic status like Being Black, Living in the Red and Elsewhere, U.S.A., Conley dives into his sociological grab bag to present us with Parentology (Everything You Wanted to Know About the Science of Raising Children But Were Too Exhausted to Ask). While raising his daughter E and his son Yo, Conley burrowed into that intimidating cave called research and applied it to his own children. Occasionally, he struck gold.

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We caught up with Conley to discuss his book, his children’s names, and what it’s like to approach parenting as a scientist.

My book is meant so that parents will come away relaxed.

Summarize your latest book for us. There is this crisis that we don’t know how to parent anymore in the United States… I meant to relieve that anxiety by providing a funny account of my own stumbling attempts to parent, where as a scientist I am neurotically aware of the latest science of what you should and shouldn’t do. Who is your target audience? It’s really trying to be a funny memoir that anyone could read… but being that it’s “parenting,” parents are going to end up being the main target audience. How would you want parents to use Parentology? It’s meant to entertain, but if there’s a lesson below that, it’s that there is no formula [for parenting]. It’s more of a method than a formula to demystify the science of child development and psychology, and to show that parents can actually be empowered to use the latest scientific literature.

What sets your book apart from other books in the parenting genre? When I read my friend Amy Chua’s book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, she talks about three hours of violin practice a day. Then there’s the French example Bringing Up Bébé that talks about how to ignore your kids so they learn how to wait. It stresses me out… My book is meant so that parents will come away relaxed. They’ll have a good laugh and they’ll think: “This guy is a kook. He did so many crazy things, and I think his kids are still alive, safe, and healthy.” In the preface, you define the word “parentology” as a specific type of philosophy in child rearing. Why did you title your book this way? I created the term myself and the title was a very long, involving process…At one point I wanted to call it The Child-Rearing Lab

Manual, and people didn’t get that. I had a subtitle that I wanted to use that my publisher thought would scare people off—­A Social Scientist Experiments On His Kids So You Don’t Have To—they thought that was creepy. Apparently, my humor is too out there for the bookbuying public. You dedicated all of chapter three to the subject of naming your children. Tell us about the story behind your children’s names. There are no advertisements for “Pick John or Emily” billboards or TV commercials… It’s an intensely personal choice, yet there’s this incredible social power that dictates our naming choices… My daughter’s name is E, just the letter E, and she was born in January of ’98. Little did we know at that time— but obviously subconsciously we knew—we were entering the age of E-everything. You know eTrade, eBay, eCommerce…clearly, if we

had to pick a letter it was strange that “E” was what we picked. Then for our son…we wanted to challenge the ethnic assumption so his name is Yo Xing [who goes by “Yo”]. It sounds Chinese but he is actually blue-eyed with sandy-colored hair. There is a scientific rationale for strange names. There is some empirical evidence that they tend to teach kids to be self-aware more and have impulse control because they become acutely aware that their name is strange. If they’re teased, they learn to deal with that, to not strike back and let it slide off their back. Later in the book, you discuss your son Yo’s experience in first grade, when his teacher told you he tested below average in reading. You then examine children’s literacy. Out of the many topics on parenting, how did you decide which ones to include in your book? Did you use subjects that were significant to

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I definitely think that the parenting challenge shifts from the nurturance of early childhood to keeping tabs on them in adolescence, making sure that they’re on the right path, that they’re not being influenced to use drugs… You want to back off at a certain point but you also keep your ear to the ground and know what’s going on in your kid’s life.

you while raising your children? Or did you choose subjects that you thought were universally relevant, and then applied your own experiences to those?

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It really is both, where things come together. In this case, the misconception with reading was that early literacy was important or mattered. My understanding of the research literature and my own experience was that aural comprehension was much more important than actually decoding words on the page…That is a quintessential example of where my knowledge of the scientific literature and my parenting practice really came together and was something I was definitely going to write about. I suppose there are quirky things I did that I couldn’t justify scientifically that didn’t make it, and likewise, there are millions of scientific studies that didn’t really come up. The book must have required further research on your part. What were the biggest insights you gained while writing Parentology and how did these change you as a parent?

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For example, there’s a whole chapter on bribing my kids, setting up reward systems for doing things like math. That research literature had been evolving over the years, including during the time when it went from first draft to final book… At a certain point, the book was going to page proofs and I couldn’t add each new study. There’s an area where I’m not sure what the ultimate consensus will be, but I just relate my own experience at the end …for some kids they are very responsive, and for some kids, it erodes their motivation, and some kids, there’s no effect at all. You won’t know which group your kids fall into until you at least try for a little bit. Even if you read the scientific

literature, you’re still doing a trial and error and hypothesis formation and rejection, just more informed. How did your children react when you told them you were going to write a book that is, essentially, about them? I don’t know if I’d say they’re blasé about it, but they’re definitely not shocked. They’ve grown up with their mother as a conceptual artist who hasn’t done work about them, but has dragged them along and has employed them as workers in her projects. I’m somebody who has often written about science in an autobiographical lens, so I don’t think they’re surprised. But just in case, I bribed them, gave them each a part of the revenue. That was an experiment in itself to see what they did with that. Can you give us an update on them? They’re in high school now…in two separate schools and having the usual challenges of adolescence, and adjusting to high school. [My daughter is] a sophomore now and [my son is] a freshman, so he’s going through what she went through last year, which is adjusting to both the academic and social life of high school. I think despite their weird names they’re pretty typical New York kids. What are joys and challenges you are experiencing in parenting right now? I definitely think that the parenting challenge shifts from the nurturance of early childhood to keeping tabs on them in adolescence, making sure that they’re on the right path, that they’re not being influenced to use drugs… You want to back off at a certain point but you also keep your ear to the ground and know what’s going on in your kid’s life.


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ith today’s economy being what it is, teens are having a hard time finding work. According the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, only 60% of teens were employed last summer compared to 75% in 1983. Jobs that have traditionally been filled by teenage workers in our society are now being filled by underemployed adults and recent college graduates. If a teenager is without a job during their high school years, where will they get the money to buy a car, save for college or even have a little spending money for a trip to the movie theater? Entrepreneurship is the answer. As a third generation entrepreneur, I can tell you that starting and maintaining your own business is not easy, nor is it something for everyone. It takes hard work, self-motivation and perseverance. The majority of teen businesses are service oriented and many of the families in your neighborhood can benefit from those services.

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TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THESE IDEAS AND SEE IF THEY WOULD BE A GOOD FIT FOR YOUR TEEN.

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PET SITTING: Pet sitting involves caring for someone’s pets while they are on vacation or away for the day. A pet sitter will be responsible for giving fresh food and water, walking dogs and cleaning out cat litter boxes. Pet sitters need to be early risers and have the ability to get back and forth to the pet’s home 3 or 4 times each day. Although a pet sitter does not spend the night, he is there to bring in the mail, water plants or take the garbage to the curb.

Student PayPal Account If you are a PayPal member you can set up an account for your child who is 13 or older. Simply log into your account and click “Get a Student Account” under the Products and Services tab. Your child can receive money for their services through PayPal and access it from a PayPal debit card. Your child would not be able to spend more than the account balance. As the parent, you can add money, make transfers, set spending limits and monitor all transactions.

TUTOR: Teens can use their skills to

tutor younger kids in a variety of areas. If your teen plays an instrument, he can work with younger students to keep up their skills over the summer and improve their technique throughout the school year. Teens who play sports can share their talents with younger athletes who need to improve their throwing, hitting or dribbling techniques. And of course, academic tutors are needed to help with math, reading, or ACT prep.

MEMORY PRESERVER: Busy families

tend to collect hard drives full of digital photos, but have no plan or the time to preserve them. Teens can back up files,

send out pics for printed photos and put them in albums. Families may also enjoy a video montage of special events like baptisms or their daughter’s basketball tournament. Memory preserver services may also include scanning non-digital photos or converting VHS tapes to DVD. SUMMER NANNY: Babysitters are

needed for both working and stay at home parents during the summer months. For parents that work out of the home, they need a Mother’s Helper to entertain the children. Working parents that leave the house during the day may need someone to walk or drive their child to the local pool or summer activity. Babysitting is not only for teenage girls. Mothers of boys often look for an older boy who can relate to their sons’ interests.

POWER WASHER: After this long winter, the wooden structures in the neighborhood could use a cleanup. Power washers are simple to use after you have had proper instruction. Rent one at your local hardware center and offer to wash a neighbor’s deck for free. While he gets a clean deck, you will get a chance to perfect your skills and get a reference on your work. Pass out flyers to homes with wooden decks, fences and play sets.

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ONLINE RETAILER: An eBay retailer is an awesome job for teens as you can post, pack and ship at any time during the day. Teens can start by selling their own items like books and gently used clothes, and then replenish their inventory with good deals found at thrift shops and garage sales. Craftier teens may enjoy selling their creations on Etsy. Some seller categories include jewelry, photography, art and personalized items.

MORE ONLINE JOBS FOR TEENS Looking to supplement your earnings with multiple streams of income? Consider increasing your bank account with these online jobs.

YARD WORK: Yard work goes beyond just mowing the lawn. Teens can extend their seasonal business to offer their services year round. Spring is the time to cleanup flower beds and fertilize. Fall is the time for raking leaves, cutting back flowers and planting bulbs for spring. If you live in a northern climate, teens can extend their services to include snow shoveling. Customers with dogs may also need pet waste removed. ODD JOBS: Odd jobs can mean a variety of things to different customers so it is best to be prepared and know your limitations. Make a list of the things you can do and hand it out to friends and neighbors. Odd jobs may include washing the dog, weeding the garden, painting, sweeping out the garage or helping to serve dinner at a party. Doing odd jobs can be a good match for someone with a busy schedule as many of the jobs can be done in a few hours.

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Teens can sell their product or service for $5 ($4 after Fiverr takes their fees). Use your skills to proofread papers, design a logo or provide SEO analysis. Check out what others are doing and set up your own shop easily.

Give your opinion and receive points that can be converted to PayPal or gift cards. After filling out the application, emails will be sent to you containing a survey. Answer only the surveys you want to and points will be added to your account.

NO. 2 SLICE THE PIE Get paid to rate music. This is perfect for the teen in your life. The starting pay is terribly low (2 cents per review), but your rank and pay increases with the quality of your reviews bringing you up to 20 cents per review. Payout to PayPal when your account reaches $10.

Pam Molnar is a freelance writer and mother of two teens and a tween. She is proud to see the entrepreneurial spirit has touched a fourth generation in their family.

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Babysitting Exchanges – Your House or Mine?

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YOU AND YOUR SPOUSE finally agree on a movie you want to see. You find a free weekend night on your calendar. You call up your qualified, reliable, affordable babysitter. Wait…what? Qualified and reliable and affordable? If you’re anything like Lori Huffman, a mother of four, you know “it’s hard to find a good, experienced babysitter who’s old enough to trust and not too expensive.” If, like Lori, the headache of finding a good sitter keeps you from getting out more often, maybe your family could benefit from one of these four types of babysitting exchanges.

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The One-on-One Exchange Trading babysitting with another parent is the simplest type of exchange. You ask a neighbor if your kids can come play while you run to an appointment and then reciprocate when she’s in need. Two stay-at-home moms might take turns watching each other’s kids on Tuesdays so each gets a morning to herself. Scheduling date nights becomes easy when you switch babysitting

with another couple twice a month. Jill Savage, the CEO of Hearts at Home (www.heartsat-home.org), knows two single moms who trade babysitting once a month. One mom keeps the other’s kids from Friday evening to Saturday afternoon, and the next month she takes her break. With a one-on-one exchange, the options are limitless.

The Four-Family Date Swap Kristen O’Quinn, a mother of three boys, borrowed this idea of a four-family babysitting exchange from a friend at her church. Once a year, four families sit down together and schedule one babysitting night a month in their calendars. The families rotate houses, and two couples stay with the children while the other two enjoy their night of free babysitting. The rules are straightforward: the kids have to be fed before they come, and the parents have to be prompt

in picking them up. They follow a simple schedule so that the kids (and parents) know what to expect each time: free play, craft, make a snack, and popcorn and a movie. Without relatives in town, Kristen feels the four families in her exchange are especially committed to the project. This swap could easily be adapted for fewer families or for a group of stay-at-home moms who need babysitting but also want to benefit from time with friends.

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The Three-Week Group Exchange Stephanie Trenaman and her husband, Mason, organized a three-week babysitting exchange for 15 young families at their church last summer. A co-op like the Trenamans’ works best for large groups who prefer using a central location instead of individual homes. Each couple works one week as sitters and, in exchange, they can use the free babysitting the other two weeks. To organize a similar program, pick three dates and recruit families by e-mail or through an announcement in an organization newsletter. Divide the group into three and ask each committed

couple to babysit one of the dates. If you choose to feed the children, get a head count and keep it simple with chicken nuggets or pizza, fruit, and a cookie. Break the time into 30-minute segments and pick fun activities for each block of time: games, free play, storybook time, music, dinner, a short movie, or a craft. Stephanie suggests beginning your evening with highenergy activities and moving into slower-paced activities as bedtime gets closer. A three-week exchange is a great way for a big group of parents to get to know each other and to enjoy some stress-free babysitting.

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The Ongoing Babysitting Co-op Being new to town and having a husband who traveled frequently, Janie Werner feels blessed by the quality, affordable childcare she received during the years she participated in a babysitting co-op. In a co-op, parents earn points based on the hours they watch other members’ children, and they redeem points when others babysit for them. Some groups appoint a secretary who keeps track of each member’s hours while others trade co-op coupons

or poker chips. Janie feels like geography is a key to success for co-ops: if members live within a well-defined area, they are more likely to use each other’s services. She also suggests capping the babysitting hours that a person can use before working them off so that no one takes advantage of the system. If you are interested in starting your own co-op, visit www.sittingaround.com, a website that helps parents set up and organize their own groups.

WHY NOT ASK YOUR FRIENDS if they’re also looking

for alternatives to traditional babysitting? When you swap babysitting with another parent, it’s a win-win situation: your children get to play with their friends, you can have confidence that they are in good hands, and it’s free. With these four types of exchanges in your toolbox, you are well on your way to finding truly reliable and affordable babysitters.

Sandi Haustein is a freelance writer and mom to three boys. When she and her husband don’t want to pay big bucks for a sitter, they beg their friends to trade babysitting.

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FamilyTimes Magazine sponsored the Ordway’s 14th annual Flint Hills Festival this year and it was a perfect weekend celebration full of family-fun, crafts, and shows galore. Check out a few snaps from the big event below.

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