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day. Admittedly, some of that has just been luck - she told me one day that almost the whole class got put on yellow because they were goofing off in the hall after a bathroom break. Where was Haylee? She was still at her desk doing her work, or she might have been caught up in the excitement in the hallway too. Sometimes it pays to work slowly!

It seems like most lower elementary teachers these days use the same general type of classroom management system. Each child has some identifying item - a magnet, clothespin, etc. - and they put it on some type of device with different colors that indicate behavior. For example, in my daughter Haylee’s kindergarten class, the teacher has four colors on a magnetic board. All the students start out with a magnet on blue, which means “excellent,” at the beginning of the day. Then if there are issues during the day, students might need to move their magnets to green (which is still “good”), yellow (“warning”), or red (“parents need to be called”). And if an issue is corrected, the child can still move back up to a higher color, and we as parents just find out where they landed at the end of each day (unless of course they were on red). Haylee might be a handful at home, but she is always very good for others, and she has been very proud of herself for staying (or at least ending) on blue every

I try to discourage Haylee from talking about what color other kids in her class are on, and I frequently remind her to make sure she always does her best and not to worry about other people. But sometimes the temptation to gossip can just be too great.

“ But sometimes the temptation to gossip can just be too great. ” The other day, Haylee, her older sister Hanna, and I were going through some of the girls’ homework, which included some spelling words for Hanna. Out of the blue, Haylee asked me, “Does Conner (not his real name) start with a ‘C’ or a ‘K’?”

Thinking she was just wondering because Hanna was working on spelling, I answered absently, “With a ‘C.’” “Oh yeah, I have a Conner in my class - who has been on RED before (HE HAS!) - and I saw on his name tag that his name starts with a ‘C.’” So clearly she wasn’t actually wondering what letter his name started with, she was really just creating an opportunity to tell me that he had gotten in trouble at school! I had to chuckle at that one. Kids can definitely learn how to manipulate a conversation to allow them to say what they want to say! But I turned it right back on her and said, “I hope you always listen to your teacher at school.” “I do,” she replied. And poor Conner can be at peace, at least until the next time he lands on red. Until next time,


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Nov. 6 - TIME to VOTE November 11, 2012 In 1845 the United States Congress chose a single date for all national elections in all states. The first Tuesday after the first Monday in November was chosen so that voters would not have to vote or travel on Sunday and so that there would never be more than 34 days between Election Day and the first Wednesday in December.



Here in Florida there are currently 11,778,140 eligible voters. This November, make your freedom count and VOTE!

Veterans Day is always observed officially on November 11. Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor all those who have served honorably in the United States military. This November we join the rest of the nation in remembering the sacrifices of America’s over 25 million veterans and expressing our appreciation for their great service.

Benjamin Franklin proposed the idea of daylight saving in a satiric letter suggesting that Americans economize on candles by rising earlier to use morning sunlight. On Sunday, November 4, at 2 a.m., daylight saving time ends and standard time returns, meaning clocks should be set back an hour. So, early to bed and early to rise, everyone!

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Meet the Cimini Family

Rays game where, much to their surprise, they saw the display: life photos of children needing adoption! Very excited, Brenda told Jason, “ This is what I was telling you about! I can’t believe it’s here!” Together they looked at pictures and went directly to the representative to learn how to begin the process. They called the Heart Gallery Jason and Brenda Cimini, systems analysts for Publix and arranged to take the required classes and have a super markets, were temporarily assigned to the same home study done. project in 1999 – and romance blossomed. They were married less than 2 years later. That was May, 2007. Ten weeks later, with 30 hours of class and a home inspection behind them, Jason The Ciminis bought a home and, with mutual love for and Brenda were ready to make application. “Not bad gardening and animals, enjoyed life with each other considering that we may be entrusted with the life of a and their 1 cat, 2 dogs, and 2 horses. They camped and child!” Then the waiting began. walked along the beach, and enjoyed many attractions in the Tampa area. They were happy; but they wanted “We waited and waited,” Brenda recalls. Meanwhile, the couple looked at websites for a child they thought more: a child. would fi t their family. They submitted their home study Brenda had wanted to adopt for as long as she can – for a couple diff erent children with similar interests remember. Her father had died when she was 4 years as theirs – but were informed they “weren’t a match for old and “I always worried about losing my mom, too,” those children.” It was hard. “With so many kids who she said, “and having no one want me because I was need a home, it’s hard to know that your home just isn’t too old.” Brenda shared that with Jason, along with her the right home for them. You wonder if it’s ever going research of the Heart Gallery. She explained how they to happen.” take life pictures of the children to encourage adoption. Jason agreed to look into it with her, and together they But they continued making application. “We fi gured if we kept getting our home study out there, eventually would consider what would be required. someone will remember us when reviewing their cases That process was made easy for them – because of their and think, ‘Where’s that family that would be perfect for love for baseball. Yes, baseball! The couple went to a this kid? I know I have it on my desk.’” There was once a young boy who loved animals and needed a Forever Family – and a young couple who had lots of animals but needed a Forever Son. With abundant love in their hearts and a good adoption agency, Gulf Coast’s November Family of the Month was born!

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That day came when Jason and Brenda were paired with Nicholas. “I saw his big toothless grin on the Heart Gallery’s website and thought, ‘Wow – this may be my son someday.’” That was April, 2008. They met Nicholas in May and started visitations. Every weekend they spent time with Nick, going to parks, or bowling, or to Chuck-E-Cheese. Once, at Weedon Island Preserve, they climbed the tower to see Tropicana Field and point Nick toward their house and his foster mom’s. Soon they were approved to take him to their home to familiarize him with the environment. Eventually, sleepovers were allowed. “Sleepovers were nice – and scary at the same time!” Brenda admitted. “We were just like a new mom and dad. There were things we didn’t know.” She recalls calling her mom with questions such as, “What do you do at bath time? Do you help a 6-year-old, or don’t you?” Brenda laughs now. “We didn’t have a clue!” But it didn’t take long. In August, Nick moved in for foster care. On December 18, 2008, adoption was fi nalized, and Nicholas was their son. Three became one: a Forever Family. So… once upon a time, a Forever Family was born – an idea planted in the mind of a 4-year-old who had lost her dad, watered at a Rays baseball game by pictures of children, and blossomed to fullness at Christmas time through heartfelt parental love and careful matching by the Heart Agency. Congratulations to the Canini family from Gulf Coast Family!

Meet nicholas Ten-year-old nicholas, energetic and bright, enjoys reading, board games, and camping. Nick plays golf, football, and baseball; and enjoys riding his scooter, bowling, and practicing showmanship for 4-H horse shows. Nick especially enjoys playing with his friend, Landon. They build with Legos “or with any spare stuff they find around the house – that can be put together with hammers and nails.” Nick is very personable, often found helping disadvantaged kids at the YMCA or school. He “takes them under his wing – even when no one else will,” said Mom. “He is very kind.” If you would like to recommend a family to be featured as the family of the month, send a photo and a description of what makes your family unique to

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Do you have room in your heart and home for a waiting child? Dwight

“A poet and he knows it.”

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Favorite Food: Chinese food, specifically Orange Chicken. Favorite Color: Blue Favorite Animal: Siberian tiger, but he would love a snake as a pet Activities He Enjoys: Playing video games and football, handing out with friends, drawing, and writing rap music Unique Characteristic: He loves writing poetry Favorite Movies: “Hunger Games” and “That’s My Boy” How Others Describe Him: A confident young man and a poet His future Family: Caring and supportive parents who want to help him succeed

“I like Justin Bieber!”

Topping her dream menu: She loves anything with hot sauce (but please, hold the onions). Animals: Dolphins are her favorite, but given the opportunity, Ta’vyla would like to have a small dog as a pet. In school: She has no favorite class or subject....because she likes ALL of them! After school and on weekends: Ta’vyla enjoys watching the Disney Channel, going on outings, and playing practical jokes. Favorite singers: Cody Simpson and Grayson Chance When she grows up: Ta’vyla wants to be a model, dancer, singer or fashion designer. What she wants most in a family: Very simply, she wants “a family that accepts me.” Words Ta’vyla uses to describe herself: smart, pretty, tall, nice, and silly. What makes her special to others: “She is a sensitive young lady with a great smile and a sense of humor.”

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Finding Forever Families Adoption provides unique opportunities to change children’s lives and enrich the life of the adoptive parent or family that welcomes them. Children waiting for adoption can be any age, but most are between the ages of 5 and 17 and live in temporary foster or group homes. Many have been removed from their families because of abuse or neglect. Parental rights of these children have been terminated and they are wards of the state of Florida until they are adopted or age out of the foster care system when they turn 18. Patience, commitment, and unconditional acceptance; these are keys to parenting. Most children thrive as they adjust and grow in a secure home environment. Are there special requirements? Yes. Adoptive parents of foster care children must be consistent, yet flexible, strong, yet nurturing. • You may be married or single • You may own your home, or rent • You must be at least 18 years of age • You can work outside the home

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• Affordability While private forms of adoption can cost upwards of $30,000, adopting Florida’s kids from foster care cost little or nothing. The required MAPP training class and home study are provided free of charge, and you will be reimbursed up to $1,000 for adoption expenses such as attorney’s fees and mileage during the visitation process. • Legally Secure Prospective adoptive parents often worry that a child’s birth parents may change their minds and want the child back. Because Florida’s children are not made available for adoption until a court has already terminated the parental rights of their birth parents, this form of adoption is very secure. • Monthly Financial Support Families that adopt one of Florida’s kids in care

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will likely qualify for a monthly subsidy to help offset ongoing costs. This amount is negotiated on a child-bychild basis, depending on the child’s unique needs and the availability of funds. • Health Care All of the children who receive a monthly subsidy are eligible to receive health care through the Medicaid program until age 18. Some of the children are eligible for Medicaid until age 21. • College Tuition Florida’s children adopted from care are eligible for free tuition at any state university, community college or vocational school in Florida. That’s a great benefit for those considering adopting an older child, who is closer to college age.

• A Community Of Support Other parents who have adopted Florida’s children offer a wealth of support and information for new adoptive parents, and even maintain a 24hour helpline. For more information, visit Plus, in many communities, adoptive parent support groups, community-based care agencies, faith-based, civic and other organizations help support families that adopt Florida’s children. • Federal Tax Credit Families that adopt children from foster care are eligible for a tax credit on their federal income taxes. A tax credit is a reduction in the amount of taxes you pay the government. • Older Children There are real advantages to adopting an older child. First of all, the long trek from diapers to college is shortened considerably if the child you are adopting is 10, or even 14. You may be sharing more fishing trips or football games than sleepless nights. • Common Interests When you adopt one of Florida’s children, you have the opportunity to find a child with interests parallel to your own or whose

needs match the strengths of your family. We have children who love sports, music, computers, animals and many other interests. You can find a child who will complement your life and interests. • Siblings Imagine an instant family. Even a large instant family can become reality if you adopt a sibling group. The bond among siblings is often powerfully strong. By adopting a sibling group, you are giving brothers and sisters who care deeply about each other a chance to grow up together in a new family – yours.

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• Attend an informational meeting to learn more about the requirements of becoming a foster or adoptive parent. If you are in Pinellas or Pasco counties, call 727-456-0600, ext. 2211 to learn more about adoption orientation sessions. • Prospective foster and adoptive parents must attend 30-hours of training entitled the Model Approach to Part-

nerships in Parenting (MAPP). Training is segmented into eight sessions. • All adult household members (18 years and older) must receive satisfactory background checks. • You will have a series of visits with a Family Development Specialist who will assess your readiness to become a foster or adoptive parent. • You must have adequate income to meet your family’s need without relying on public assistance. • Every child must have a bed within a bedroom. • You will need to obtain a Home Study and Application Approval. Once your home study is approved, adoption staff will begin searching for children that may fit your family • Once a child has been identified, you will begin a meeting and visitation process. • If match goes well, the child will move into your home. After a 90-day supervision period of the child living in your home, the process is completed by finalizing the adoption in court.

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Martha Stewart will not be dining with us this Thanksgiving Dear family and friends, Martha Stewart will not be dining with us this Thanksgiving. I’m telling you in advance, so don’t act surprised. Since Ms. Stewart won’t be coming, I’ve made a few small changes: Our sidewalk will not be lined with homemade, paper bag luminaries. After a trial run, it was decided that no matter how cleverly done, rows of flaming lunch sacks do not have the desired welcoming effect. Once inside, our guests will note that the entry hall is not decorated with the swags of Indian corn and fall foliage I had planned to make. Instead, I’ve gotten the kids involved in the decorating by having them track in colorful autumn leaves from the front yard. The mud was their idea. The dining table will not be covered with expensive linens, fancy china, or crystal goblets. If possible, we will use dishes that match and everyone will get a fork.

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Since this IS Thanksgiving, we will refrain from using the plastic Peter Rabbit plate and the Santa napkins from last Christmas. Our centerpiece will not be the tower of fresh fruit and flowers that I promised. Instead we will be displaying a hedgehog-like decoration hand-crafted from the finest construction paper. The artist assures me it is a turkey. We will be dining fashionably late. The children will entertain you while you wait. I’m sure they will be happy to share every choice comment I have made regarding Thanksgiving, pilgrims and the turkey hotline. Please remember that most of these comments were made at 5:00 a.m. upon discovering that the turkey was still hard enough to cut diamonds. As accompaniment to the children’s recital, I will play a recording of tribal drumming. If the children should mention that I don’t own a recording of tribal drumming, or that tribal drumming sounds suspiciously like a frozen turkey in a clothes dryer, ignore them. They are lying. We toyed with the idea of ringing a dainty silver bell to announce the start of our feast. In the end, we chose to keep our traditional method.

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We’ve also decided against a formal seating arrangement. When the smoke alarm sounds, please gather around the table and sit where you like. Now, I know you have all seen pictures of one person carving a turkey in front of a crowd of appreciative onlookers. This will not be happening at our dinner. For safety reasons, the turkey will be carved in a private ceremony. I stress “private” meaning: do not, under any circumstances, enter the kitchen to laugh at me. Do not send small, unsuspecting children to check on my progress. I have an electric knife. The turkey is unarmed. It stands to reason that I will eventually win. When I do, we will eat.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind my young diners that “passing the rolls” is not a football play. Nor is it a request to bean your sister in the head with warm, tasty bread. Oh, and one reminder for the adults: For the duration of the meal, and especially while in the presence of young diners, we will refer to the giblet gravy by its lesser-known name: Cheese Sauce. If a young diner questions you regarding the origins or type of Cheese Sauce, plead ignorance. Before I forget, there is one last change. Instead of offering a choice among 12 different scrumptious desserts, we will be serving the traditional pumpkin pie, garnished with whipped cream and small fingerprints. You will still have a choice, though: take it or leave it. Thought you might all enjoy. Martha Stewart will not be dining with us this Thanksgiving. She probably won’t come next year either. I am thankful.

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in the kitchen Potato Puffs

What’s not to love about this? Potatoes, cheese, and bacon. More, please! This recipe is sure to warm you up this November and it couldn’t be easier. It’s just the right choice for lunch, dinner or late night snacks and odds are, you probably already have everything at the house.

• 4-ounce package instant potatoes, or 2 to 3 cups leftover mashed potatoes • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

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1. If using instant potatoes, prepare according to package directions and let cool 2. Stir cheese into potatoes 3. Roll into 1-1/2 inch balls and roll in bacon bits 4.

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She loves what she does. “I love being a teacher,” she told us. Mrs. Whitecage has been a teacher in this area for 28 years now – with 18 of those years at Shorecrest – after earning her degree at Wheelock College in Boston. When we asked what influenced her decision to teach, she replied, “I was actually an accountant major, but switched after one year because I couldn’t stand it. I love kids and always worked with them – teaching gymnastics all through high school, and babysitting like crazy.”

what she does, because she is so happy – all the time. One had this to say of Mrs. Whitecage: “She is the nicest teacher. She smiles a lot and that makes me smile, too.” Another agreed. “Mrs. Whitecage is the best teacher ever! We have so much fun in class and she always makes me laugh!”

She loves her students. “Kids cannot be fooled,” said a parent, “and they can tell when someone genuinely cares about them. Mrs. Whitecage cares about her students, and they know it!” “I do love my students,” Mrs. Whitecage agreed. “I love making kids feel good about themselves. I like teaching them how to help themselves, and even putting them in charge of their own learning.” Mrs. Whitecage’s students will have opportunity, in May, to showcase some of that learning as they present “Commotion in the Ocean” – a full-scale production for all the class to participate in together. “They will sing, dance, and share all that they have learned about many

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she shows them, is such a comfort to us. I’ve never known a person we would so like our children to emulate. Thank you to Mrs. Whitecage for all you do.”

She loves her students’ successes. At the Chick-fil-A surprise assembly to honor her, we asked Mrs. Whitecage about her most memorable experience. She shared a special success that will always make her proud and bring her a smile: A little girl, having been held back in kindergarten, was in her first grade class. She was a twin, and her sister remained a grade ahead of her. It had been difficult for the little girl, “so she and I decided we would work at this. I was able to double promote

her at the end of the year in order for her to be back with her twin in third grade the following year. She went on to graduate as valedictorian from high school.” Parents see this kind of success, and they appreciate our teacher’s hard work in achieving it. “Gaye does such an awesome job of inspiring her students to do their best. She is a great teacher and very deserving!” said one. A young student expressed appreciation and love for a personal success, because “she has helped me become a very, very, very good reader!” Awesome! It’s all in a day’s work for Mrs. Whitecage. “All children make me proud every day, and I love being part of their accomplishments,” she said. At Gulf Coast Family, we can

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Would you rather see a map than read directions? Do you say things like, “I see what you are saying” or “as I see it?” Help your visual learner by practicing these study activities • Use of pictures, graphics, charts, storymaps and diagrams to reinforce school lessons. • When given verbal directions, write down key words or phrases. • Demonstrate what you want your child to do. • Use dry erase boards with colored markers. • Use color cues, framing and symbols to highlight key information. • Encourage your child to write down and highlight key information. • Encourage the use of flashcards when memorizing (i.e., math facts). • Use visual activities including, videos, models, puzzles, matching activities, computers, and word searches.

If you answer yes to two or more of the following questions you are most likely a kinesthetic learner. Do you think more efficiently when you are moving around? Do you gesture a lot when you are talking? Do you find it hard to sit still? Would you rather take something apart to see how it works? Do you say things like, “get in touch with” or “hold it!” Help your Kinesthetic/Tactile learner by practicing these study activities • Manual math tools-find materials to make math movable e.g., counting pasta, stretching rubber bands to form geometric shapes, and number lines. • Use sandpaper and carpet to trace letters, shapes, and numbers. • Integrate use of wooden numbers, letters and puzzles. • Use globes, maps and computers. • Memorize information while movingjumping, walking or skipping. • Clap out sounds or syllables they hear in words.

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A guide told us that the Lego models in Legoland took three hundred model builders from around the world, three years to build! In the Duplo village, our youngest ones joined the rest of the kids in a farm play area. They loved “riding” on the Lego sheep and using the Lego “washing machine.” Not to mention the numberous times they went down the slide and played chase among the farm animals. Across the way, an open play area offered a sunny opportunity to run! Throughout the park, friendly reminders are posted on how to safely enjoy the park’s amenities; and park employees

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offer a smile and a welcome, as well as a willing hand if you need it. Nearby, we passed a cool double-decker carousel that hinted at old-fashioned amusement park fun. Hands down, our favorite part of Legoland was Miniland. It’s a walk-through sampling of some of the most wellknown cities in America, with an expanded section of Florida. As NASCAR fans, our kids were enamored with the replica of Daytona International Speedway, complete with what seemed to be thousands of fans in the grandstands. We wandered through Kennedy Space Center and were in awe of the perfect Tampa replica, including the iconic Tampa Theatre and the new Glazer Children’s Museum. Through New York

City and on to Las Vegas and Washington D.C., we ended up at a section that included the Fountain of Youth. It made the kids giggle, as “old” Lego people seemed to drink from the fountain and crawl away as babies!

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and robots. (We hope to have the chance to do that on a later visit!) The Imagination Zone is also home to the Power Towers, where you can climb a tower and then “free fall” down again! Our littlest was practically jumping for joy when he got to pose for pictures with a “real-life” Hero Factory figure!

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We started and finished our day in the Land of Adventure. While the big kids and parents took turns on the Coastersaurus, which weaves through prehistoric Lego creatures, little brother played in a maze and took a ride on the Safari Trek with his big brothers. The Safari Trek gave him the chance to “drive” through wild African Lego creatures and be his own safari guide! We especially loved the knights and Lego castle, whose grand entrance hinted at all the magic that imagination can create. Of course, shopping for the newest, coolest Legos is available, and you’ll want to swing in (okay, let’s be honest—you’ll be there for a while!) and check out some of the awesome offerings at one of the shops on the premises. From space sets to pirate sets, our kids had no problem creating their Christmas lists, birthday lists, and “just because” lists for the rest of the year! (Legos are the toys we keep for our grandkids; they just seem to be timeless and they appeal to little ones, older siblings, and grownups alike!) In all, Legoland is a welcome addition to Florida’s amazing offerings in family entertainment, and the park was definitely a huge hit with the entire family! We are sure to be making to the drive to Winter Haven again.

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with Jim Daly and Dr. Juli slattery Q: I often hear about the importance of boosting a child’s self-esteem. But how can I accomplish that with my son without making him self-absorbed or self-centered?

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a day is unacceptable. But don’t give him the impression that he is therefore unacceptable. The letter B stands for belonging. We can give our kids a sense of belonging by creating a sense of community within the family. It’s important that we give our sons and daughters a voice in family decisions when appropriate, that we listen to what they have to say, and that we support them in their activities.

Dr. Kevin Leman, a frequent Focus on the Family broadcast guest, suggests that parents can cultivate healthy selfesteem in their kids by learning “the A-B-Cs.”

Finally, the letter C stands for competence. We can give our children the gift of competence by allowing them to experience life firsthand. This means we need to avoid being overprotective. And we should fight the urge to do for our kids what they can do for themselves. Even when they make mistakes, they’ll be gaining life experience that will boost their sense of self-worth in the long run.

The letter A stands for acceptance. We might not always approve of our children’s choices or behavior, but we always need to let them know that we love and accept them unconditionally. In other words, you can tell your son that playing video games for six hours

Acceptance, belonging, and confidence… if we can instill these A-B-Cs in our kids’ hearts and minds, we’ll be setting them on the road to healthy self-esteem.

Jim: Instilling a sense of self-esteem in children is a critical task for parents. And you’re right — there’s a big difference between healthy self-esteem and destructive selfishness. Like you, many moms and dads find themselves asking how to find the right balance.

Love And Acceptance Are Vital To Boosting Son’s Self-Esteem Q: The TV is always on at our house! I like to do other activities with the kids, but I just can’t pull everyone away from the TV. What is the appropriate amount of time to spend watching TV each day, and how can I get my family interested in other activities? Jim: The solution to your dilemma can be summed up in three words: Turn it off! Countless studies testify to the detrimental effects of too much TV exposure, especially on children. It places them at higher risk for obesity, smoking, learning difficulties and being bullied. I could go on… And I will! There’s also the issue of content. Whether through advertising or depictions of sex and violence, it’s likely your children are receiving messages that you don’t want them to hear. Television isn’t inherently evil, of course, and I’m not suggesting that you make your kids quit “cold turkey” (although many families, including my own, have made their homes largely TV-

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Consider traveling during “off times” such as very early morning or later in the day to avoid the more congested times. Always check your route and be sure you are not going to go through a major city during a local rush hour. If you can plan your trip so that you are traveling on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, it may be safer. According to the National Motorists Association, those are the safest days of the week to travel.


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Over the river and through the woods, to grandmother’s house we go . . . Even though you may not be traveling “over the river and through the woods” to get to grandmother’s house this holiday season, many of our readers will be traveling. As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, many families will take several trips both long and short to celebrate the holidays with family and friends. Since the cost and hassle of airline travel is going up, many people will be driving to their destinations for the holidays. In addition, holiday shopping also puts more people on the roads during this time of year. As your holiday travel schedule increases so does the risk of being involved in some kind of unexpected incident. Therefore, please consider the following tips as you prepare



Don’t drive when you’re tired. Be sure to get a good night sleep before your trip, and if possible, don’t start your trip after a long day at work. Always be on the alert during holiday time as people are often rushing around doing last minute errands, and not paying full time and attention to the road.

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TIPS TO KEEP PETS HAPPY AND HEALTHY Just as you can become tense and stressed out by your daily life, so too can your dog or cat. And pet anxiety is not only unpleasant for your pet and potentially damaging to your home and belongings; it can also lead to a host of other health and wellness problems. With some simple lifestyle tweaks however, you can make scratching, digging, clawing, whining and crying a thing of the past. Here are some tips to reduce your dog or cat’s anxiety and make their life, and yours, a bit more comfortable:


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If you’re like many pet owners, your schedule means leaving your dog or cat alone for long stretches of time. Granting safe access to your yard while you’re busy can alleviate this burden. Consider installing a pet door combined with a pet containment system.

trances and exits. The act of leaving and returning home should be as much of a non-event as possible.

“With proper training, dogs and cats can safely learn to understand and respect the boundaries of the yard,” says Atkinson. Highly recommended by veterinarians, professional dog trainers, behaviorists and other pet experts, a pet door can reduce accidents inside the home, increase exercise, stimulate a pet’s senses and provide a change of scenery. Opt for a programmable electronic pet door that’s customizable. For instance, the Invisible Fence Brand Doorman, which is completely secure against unwanted visitors with an automatic locking device, allows you to set different schedules, boundaries and rules for each pet. More information about such devices is available at



If your pet cries or misbehaves when you leave the house, you may need to take steps to reduce his or her separation anxiety. Desensitize your pet to anxiety-inducing predeparture cues like putting your shoes on or packing your bag, by regularly doing these actions and staying put. When you do leave, keep the radio on to keep your pet company throughout the day. Keep your absences short initially, gradually building up the length of time you’re away. And try to avoid making grand en-

Be sure to regularly clean litter boxes and keep your pet well-hydrated. Automatic litter systems, pet feeders and drinking fountains can help you maintain your pet’s living conditions, even when you aren’t there to do it yourself. Don’t ignore your pet’s anxiety. A few household changes can take the stress out of being a pet, giving you peace of mind that your furry friend is happy and healthy.

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10 Ways to Tell Your Father

“thank you” 1 Live with integrity. For many men, satisfaction is measured in terms of their children’s lives. You are, in many respects, perceived as an extension of your father. You can be his best “Thank you”! 2 Write a letter. Phone calls are nice, emails are fairly easy, handshakes and hugs bring warmth to the heart. But to write your dad a letter, and tell him how much you appreciate his leadership in your life- there’s nothing quite like it! Hallmark may not have the kind of card we’re looking for. How do you say “thanks” to the guy who thinks helmets and pads are for sissies, who still insists he walked five miles to school – in the snow – uphill both ways, and who feigned a back injury the day you forgot yourself and tried to hug him in public?

3 Plan deliberate and regular one-on-one time. Remember the Harry Chapin ballad “Cats in the cradle?” The song went on to say “When you coming home son? I don’t know when…” The son learned emotional neglect from his father. Don’t be that guy.

He’s not going to take flowers, either. So All Pro Dad has rounded up ten other ways you might tell your father, “Thank you.” We think he’ll understand what you’re getting at.

4 Be interested in his life. Ask your dad about his job, find out what he’s up to around the house, peruse a couple of the magazines he reads. Make an investment in what your dad values – it’s a great way to show respect.


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6 Share your stories with him. Interest works both ways: “Remember when you taught me how to play baseball… how to set off fireworks… how to take out the trash…” You can tell how much sharing those stories with him still means to you. You can thank him by reminding him how much his investment in you has contributed to your life.

7 Listen. Sometimes it’s not even about the stories. Sometimes it’s just taking the time to listen to your dad. What’s on his mind; what he’s thinking. He’ll know you’re grateful for the times he listened to you.

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November 1 All Saints Day November 1-10 Hydro Harvest Farms Pumpkin Patch Hydro Harvest Farms in Ruskin has one of the biggest and best Pumpkin Patches. Loads of pumpkins from giant pumpkins to pie pumpkins. Great picture taking place, hay bales, tractor, haunted graveyard and more. The Pumpkin Patch is free! 1101 Shell Point Rd East, Ruskin, FL 33570. For more information visit November 1 – December 31 Dakin Dairy Farm Fall Corn Maze The Dakin Dairy Maze will keep you puzzled for half an hour or half a day – it’s up to you. Come out for the day and be “aMAZED” by the Dakin Dairy Farm Tours and other attractions. Relax under the Farm’s oak hammocks, roast your own hot dogs or marshmallows over the campfire and maybe even milk your own cow. For information visit or call 941-322-2802.

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November 1 –30 The Art of Golf exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg The Art of Golf is the first major museum exhibition in America devoted to this popular game, so rich in history and tradition. For information visit November 1 – January 6 Coffee: The World in Your Cup at the Tampa Bay History Center Coffee: The World in Your Cup is a nationally-touring exhibit now open at the Tampa Bay History Center. The exhibit provides a broad overview of the powerful influence of coffee on environments, human cultures, and economies worldwide. For more information visit November 2, 3, 4 Florida Orchestra and the Straz Center present Here to Stay: The Gershwin Experience Here to Stay is a multimedia concert celebrating the genius of George and Ira Gershwin. Featuring leading Gershwin interpreter Kevin Cole, Grammy award-winning soprano Sylvia McNair, and tap dancing sensation Danny Gardner, this concert event also showcases rare audio and video footage, family photos and elegant, state-of-the-art visuals of the Gershwin’s. Sarah Hicks conducts. For information visit November 2, 3, 4 Florida Air Museum presents Wings’ n Things Wings ‘n Things is hosted annually by the Florida Air Museum at SUN ‘n FUN beginning the first Friday in November ( Nov 2, 3, 4 for 2012). It is a 3 day camping weekend showcasing the dynamic world of aviation especially for youth ages 5 to 18. Aviation enthusiasts gather to share their knowledge and interests with youth groups and families throughout Florida and the southeast. For information visit

november 3 zooFAri Enjoy the 26th anniversary of this popular festival at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. Listen to music and sample food from more than 50 local restaurants. For information visit november 4 DAyLiGHt sAvinGs tiME EnDs november 4 ConGA CALiEntE 2012 Tampa’s premiere festival, Conga Caliente, celebrates all Hispanic Arts and cultures from around the world. Experience a variety of national and International performers. Conga Caliente, celebrates all Hispanic Arts and cultures from around the world. Experience a variety of national and International performers. For more information visit

Champions Challenge as part of the Power Shares Series Tour at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, FL on November 9th. Formerly known as the Champions Series, the PowerShares Series will visit a total of 12 U.S. cities during its seven-week season. For information visit november 10 st. PEtErsBurG MoDErn HoME tour Modern Home Tours makes its first visit to Florida on Saturday, November 10th. The self-guided driving tour offers visitors the opportunity to explore the inside and outside of some of St. Petersburg’s coolest examples of modern architecture and interior design. For the local architects involved, this is a citywide gallery of their work. For information visit

november 10 AMEriCAn HEArt WALk The Tampa Bay Heart Walk is one of the area’s largest “walk” events. The 3-mile walk starts at Raymond James Stadium, benefiting the American Heart Association. A 1-mile course is also available. The route includes walking through Al Lopez Park, through Raymond James Stadium and down the sideline of the actual playing field. For information visit november 10 iCE!™ At GAyLorD PALMs FEAturinG DrEAMWorks’ MErry MADAGAsCAr ICE! is Florida’s favorite frigid Christmas tradition, with over 20,000 square-feet of frosty 9-degree bliss played out in a winter wonderland of exciting hand-carved sculptures. And this year it’s really all that it’s cracked up to be,

november 4, 11, 18 GrAnDPArEnts sunDAys At DinosAur WorLD Grandparents receive a free admission to Dinosaur World with a fully paid child admission the first three Sundays in November. 5145 Harvey Tew Rd., Plant City, FL 33565. For more information visit november 6 ELECtion DAy november 6 tArGEt tuEsDAy, MEEt tHE CAt in tHE HAt At tHE GLAzEr CHiLDrEn’s MusEuM Free Target Tuesday is back! Visit the Glazer’s Museum for Free from 2-7 PM. The museum is located at 110 W. Gasparilla Plaza in downtown Tampa. For information visit

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november 8 – 25 CirQuE Du soLEiL PrEsEnts koozA Cirque du Soleil is thrilled to return to St Petersburg with its big top production, KOOZA. The criticallyacclaimed show opens Thursday, November 8 for a limited engagement under the white Big Top at Tropicana Field. Between strength and fragility, laughter and smiles, turmoil and harmony, KOOZA is set in an electrifying and exotic visual world full of surprises, thrills, chills, audacity and total involvement. For more information visit november 8 Boys & GirLs CLuB AnnuAL stEAk DinnEr PrEsEntED By outBACk stEAkHousE AnD BusCH GArDEns tAMPA BAy The Steak Dinner is the Boy & Girls Clubs annual dinner that honors their outstanding youth and a Community Hero who has shown continued dedication to the youth of Tampa Bay. Gain exclusive after-hours access to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay as we hear the powerful words of an honoree and keynote speaker Pam Iorio while indulging in great food and drinks provided by Outback Steakhouse. For information visit november 9 CHAMPions CHALLEnGE WitH tEnnis LEGEnDs JoHn MCEnroE, MiCHAEL CHAnG, JiM CouriEr & MAts WiLAnDEr Tennis legends John McEnroe, Michael Chang, Jim Courier and Mats Wilander will be competing in the

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featuring two-story tall ice slides carved entirely from TWO MILLION pounds of ice and an all-new, awe inspiring tribute to the unforgettable DreamWorks’ Animation TV classic Merry Madagascar. For information visit November 11 Veteran’s Day November 11 Ribfest 13 top rib vendors from around the country, national act concerts with Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Santana original lead singer Gregg Rollie, Heart, Montgomery Gentry and more. Family Fun Zone featuring PNC Bank Grow Up Great Mobile, Arts and crafts, carnival games and inflatable games. 701 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. For more information visit

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November 11 Bay Pines VA Veterans Day Ceremony An invitation is extended to all Veterans, their family and friends, and the general public to take this opportunity to honor and thank the men and women who have worn our Nation’s uniform. For more information visit

November 14 Central Florida Job Fair CFEC, a division of Christian HELP, invite you to Central Florida’s Job Fair on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 from 12:00- 4:00 PM| Central Florida Fair Expo Park, 4603 W Colonial Drive, Orlando; find over 60 companies offering hundreds of upper, mid, and entry level openings in all types of Central Florida Industries. For information visit

November 12 Veterans Day at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo In honor of Veterans Day, military personnel (active duty and veterans) are entitled to free Zoo admission. The military

November 15 SCF Symphony Orchestra to Present Fall Concert at State College of Florida State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Symphony Orchestra will present a concert at 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, in Neel Performing Arts Center at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West. For more information, call the Neel Performing Arts Box Office at 941-752-5252. November 16 Food Truck Rally at MOSI MOSI is hosting another Food Truck Rally! Attendees will have the opportunity to try food from the area’s coolest food trucks & enjoy great games & music. MOSI’s standard exhibit galleries also will be open at a discounted rate. Admission to the Food Truck Rally is free. Additional fees apply for other MOSI attractions. For information visit

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November 16 Bay Walk St. Petersburg Friday Night Music Series BayWalk features live entertainment monthly at its 2010 Friday Night Wine and Music Series. On the third Friday of every month, the BayWalk Courtyard comes alive with music from regional or local jazz artists. The event is free to attend, open to the public and guests are able to “purchase” a glass of wine for a $3 donation, which goes directly to a new charity every month. November 17 Suncoast Singers of Florida Season Premier Suncoast Singers proudly presents: “All We Need is Love”. This will be an uplifting concert with love songs from many composers and decades. The doors open at 5:30 pm on November 17, 2012. For more information visit November 17-18 Fisher-Price Little People Live Holiday Show at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo Join in the fun with singing, dancing and surprises as the Fisher-Price Little People friends discover the true meaning of holiday spirit in this LIVE 40-minute musical show. For information visit November 18 Mickey Mouse’s Birthday November 18 Tampa Bay Symphony presents From the New World at the Straz Center The Tampa Bay Symphony, under the direction of Maestro Mark Sforzini, presents “From The New World”. The

program includes Americana works from Copland, Gould, MacDowell and Dvorak’s masterpiece Symphony No. 9 “From The New World”. For more information visit november 20 – 25 ELF – tHE MusiCAL At tHE strAz CEntEr Elf is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toymaking abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF. For ticket information visit


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At Thanksgiving with her folks, single Sally prayed the following, “Oh Dear Lord, I’m thankful for all the blessing in my life. And, I’m not asking for this for myself. But please send my mother a son-in-law.”

Gratitude In the week before Thanksgiving Mary-Jo asked her class of 9 yearolds to write a paragraph entitled: “What I am most thankful for on Thanksgiving Day.” All Joey could write was: “I am thankful that I’m not a turkey at Thanksgiving.”

Here’s some things you can do to liven up YOUR Thanksgiving dinner When everyone goes around to say what they are thankful for, say, “I’m thankful I didn’t get caught!” and refuse to say anything more. During the dinner, turn to your mom and say, “See, mom? I told you they wouldn’t notice the turkey was beyond the expiration date! You were worried about nothing!”

Teacher: “Why do we have a Thanksgiving holiday?” Student: “So we know when to start Christmas shopping!”

Grandma: “Last year I had my chance to do the traditional thing of shooting my own turkey for Thanksgiving… you should have seen the people scatter in the meat department.”

Uncle Jerry’s famous “Tennessee Turkey Recipe” Step 1: Go buy a turkey Step 2: Take a drink of cooking sherry or Aunt Erma’s hidden whiskey Step 3: Put turkey in the oven Step 4: Take another two drinks of whiskey Step 5: Set the degree at 375 ovens Step 6: Take three more whiskeys of drink Step 7: Turn oven the on Step 8: Take four whisks of drinkey Step 9: Turk the bastey Step 10: Whiskey another bottle of get Step 11: Stick a turkey in the thermometer Step 12: Glass yourself another pour of whiskey Step 13: Bake the whiskey for four hours Step 14: Take the oven out of the turkey Step 15: Take the oven out of the turkey Step 16: Floor the turkey up off of the pick Step 17: Turk the carvey Step 18: Get yourself another scottle of botch Step 19: Tet the sable and pour yourself a glass of turkey Step 20: Bless the saying, pass and eat out

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A Winter Dream by Richard Paul Evans The author of the bestselling phenomenon The Christmas Box presents a new holiday novel about family, fate and forgiveness. In A Winter Dream, Evans takes the biblical story of Joseph and transposes it to contemporary times in Denver, Chicago, and New York. If you know how the biblical story ends, don’t worry; it won’t spoil anything for you to know that this book has a happy ending. Getting there is a journey you will definitely want to take. “The story I’m about to share with you begins with a dream. . . . Whether the dream was prophetic or the cause of all that happened, I’ll never know. But for years, I kicked myself for telling the dream to my father, who, for reasons I’ll never understand, chose to share it with my eleven brothers.” —From the Prologue of A Winter Dream


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Dove award winner and Grammy nominee, Francesca Battistelli, has just released her first Christmas album, simply titled Christmas. This album is the perfect mixture of traditional Christmas music that has a fresh, modern perspective, originality, and amazing vocals that will surely bring out the Christmas spirit in anyone. Each track is musically invigorating because no two songs sound the same. This album caters to listeners young and old and all those in-between. Battistelli’s new album fuses together popular Christmas tunes and joyful originals that are sure to warm your hearts this holiday.


Wreck-It Ralph longs to be as beloved as his game’s perfect Good Guy, Fix-It Felix. Problem is, nobody loves a Bad Guy. But they do love heroes… so when a modern, first-person shooter game arrives featuring tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun, Ralph sees it as his ticket to heroism and happiness. He sneaks into the game with a simple plan— win a medal—but soon wrecks everything, and accidently unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens every game in the arcade. Ralph’s only hope? Vanellope von Schweetz, a young troublemaking “glitch” from a candy-coated cart racing game who might just be the one to teach Ralph what it means to be a Good Guy. But will he realize he is good enough to become a hero before it’s “Game Over” for the entire arcade? “Wreck-It Ralph” crashes onto the big screen on November 2.

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1-Stop Family Dental Care


NEW PATIENT SPECIALS Includes: • Exam • X-Rays • Regular Cleaning



$225 Value OR

With NEW High Tech Tooth Whitening Pen



$350 Value

Limited Appointments Saturdays. Not valid with any other offers or prior services. Non-Insurance Patients. Coupon Required. (In absence of gum diseases) (D1110, D0150, D0330) Expires 12/31/2012.


Tired of Irritating Metal? New Technology!

Flexible All-Acrylic Partials

Comfy • Long Lasting • Grips Great Easily Shapes to Your Mouth! • Does Not Wear Away Your Natural Teeth • Call today to see if you are a Candidate for this New Product Non-Insurance Patients. Coupon Required. Walk-Ins Welcome. Expires 12/31/2012.

FREE Consultation General Consultations & Second Opinions

Call Now! Not valid with any other offers or prior services. Non-Insurance Patients. Expires 12/31/2012.

Braces ~ Orthodontic Special

Save $450 Orthodontics Consultation

FREE Records Appointment FREE Regular/Invisible

Offers For Children & Adults

Patient Payment Plans Computerized Insurance Processing

Non-Insurance Patients. Expires 12/31/2012.

Save $500

Prosthodontist OR Periodontist Consultation

Full Mouth Reconstruction Cosmetic Dentistry Implants Painless Laser or Regular Gum Surgery



Reg. $100 Expires 12/31/2012.

Revolutionary NEW Teeth Whitening Pen


$ a $125 value Now

Non-Insurance Patients. Expires 12/31/2012.

DENTAL EMERGENCIES (Opposite Britton Plaza Shopping Center) (In Hunter’s Green off Bruce B Downs Blvd.) CALL US 877-652-7935 888-708-9842 7 DAYS A WEEK! Open for Appointments Mon.–Sat. Find us at Emergencies – 7 Days a Week SOUTH TAMPA 3814 W. Bay Vista Ave.


888-708-9842 877-652-7935

NEW TAMPA 8709 Hunter’s Green Dr.


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