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Vol. 10 Issue 5

Summer Camp Directory

Dare to Dream

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Family Night Out Coupons page 24

Dungy Diaries: How to Treat a Woman p. 12

Former PCS Student Details Her Life In Space p. 26

Bringing Families Together p. 20

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10 May Fun Facts 11 It’s Great to Create! Diaries: How to Treat 12 Dungy a Woman by Tony Dungy,

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Peter Quill and his fellow Guardians are hired by a powerful alien race, the Sovereign, to protect their precious batteries from invaders. When it is discovered that Rocket has stolen the items they were sent to guard, the Sovereign dispatch their armada to search for vengeance.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul – May 19

A Heffley family road trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to get to a video gaming convention.

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Champion – May 19

In the supercharged world of dirt track racing, a single mistake causes the lives of two men to change forever. One must fight for his family, the other must fight to forgive.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – May 26

Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea...including him. May 2017 • 5

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Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World by William H. McRaven

On May 17, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university’s slogan, “What starts here changes the world,” he shared the ten principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life.



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On My Side by Kim Walker-Smith Kim Walker-Smith is one of the most influential female voices in worship music. Fans around the world have come to love her passionate and uninhibited sound. Kim’s latest full-length album, On My Side, is her first solo studio project, exploring themes of heartbreak and triumph and giving the listener a glimpse into the past few years in her journey with God.


Finding Neverland is Broadway’s biggest new hit and the winner of’s Audience Choice Award for BEST MUSICAL! This breathtaking smash “captures the kid-at-heart”. Directed by visionary Tony-winner Diane Paulus, Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. The magic of Playwright J.M. Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. Finding Neverland is “far and away one of the best musicals of the year!” For ticket information visit

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Everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends are hosting a party just for kids! Join Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird and all of your favorite Sesame Street friends for a funfilled weekend! The festivities take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on May 6, 7, 13 and 14. Guests can enjoy a parade of Sesame Street friends at the top of every hour, craft stations and dance parties throughout the afternoon and much more! For more information visit

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source, and it exists in a few variations, but the premise is that prospective parents should complete a series of tests or exercises to determine whether they are cut out for parenthood. Here are a few of the best:

Always keep them in sight and pay for anything they eat or damage.

Mess Test: Smear peanut butter on the sofa and curtains. Place a fish stick behind the couch and leave it there all summer.

This might be my favorite! Since my oldest was about three years old, I have not taken a child to a store (any store—not just grocery stores) without saying at least half a dozen times, “Put that back.” This is followed closely by the more precise, but very necessary, “Put that back and then come here with your hands and arms empty.” And still, I regularly end up buying things I did not intend to because someone snuck them into the cart or onto the conveyor.

Yep—while you’re at it, also add a little nacho cheese and the tomato sauce from a Chef Boyardee can! Thankfully, I have no personal experience with the fish stick, but I can definitely see that happening!

Parenting magazines often have advice for prospective parents to help them determine whether or not they are ready to have children. I always wonder how useful those articles are, since most people don’t really read parenting magazines until they are already parents. Typical indicators of readiness might include things like financial security, emotional stability, etc. But more accurate indicators can be found in an Internet article that’s been floating around for a while. I don’t know the original

Toy Test: Obtain a 55-gallon box of Legos. Have a friend spread them all over the house. Put on a blindfold and take off your shoes. Try to walk to the bathroom or kitchen. Do not scream because this would wake a sleeping child. Actually, my little brothers were worse offenders with the Legos than my kids are. My kids’ weapon of choice is puddles of water on the tile or wood floors that will make your feet slide right out from under you. The puddles could result from a dripping wet child getting out of the shower or pool, an ice cube that fell out of the freezer and got left to melt in the middle of the floor, or just a cup of water dumped on the floor—they’re not picky! Grocery Store Test: Borrow one or two small animals (goats are best) and take them with you as you shop.

But like the vast majority of mothers out there, I wouldn’t trade motherhood for anything in the world. I want to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all of our readers—stay safe around those toys, and remember that one day, we may actually feel a little lonely going to the grocery store without any little ones to throw extra juice boxes and chips and candy bars into our carts.

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A mute button - for the whining, complaining, and screaming.


Endless patience - enough said.


Worry eraser - mental eraser that keeps things in perspective and stops those “what ifs?”


Cloning power - to get more done, to not miss anything (good or bad) that my kids do, to not have to choose between which kid event I make and which one I miss, etc.


Self-cleaning house - like an oven, turn it on, leave the house, come home and put it back to work.


Toned abs - you know, without doing 100 sit ups per day or skipping out on ice cream.


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National Bike Month is this May, and it is the perfect time to get out on your bike and ride! Here in Pinellas County, we are blessed with one of the best bike trails in the state. The Fred E. Marquis Pinellas Trail covers over 38 miles and stretches from Tarpon Springs in the north to St. Petersburg in the south. This May, pull out your bike and join the over 90,000 people that use and enjoy the Pinellas Trail each month.

7.2 million

According to the U.S. Census Bureau there are over 7.2 million active teachers in the United States. National Teacher Appreciation Week is held during the first full week of May each year, and Teacher Appreciation Day is on Tuesday during the first full week in May. Take advantage of this special week to do something for the teachers at your child’s school. They deserve it!

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mothers live in the U.S. according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and when you think of all the work that all these mothers do in raising their children, it is no wonder Mothers need to be celebrated! It was 103 years ago that President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day. This year Mother’s Day falls on the 14th of May, so whether you celebrate with gifts, visits, flowers, or a simple phone call, make sure you take time out to say “thank you” to the moms you know, but especially to your own mom!

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Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May and commemorates U.S. men and women who have died while in military service to our country. Every Memorial Day at sunrise, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of America quietly pay tribute to those who have served our country bravely by placing an American flag at the graves of our fallen veterans.


7:52am, May 20, 1927

Charles Lindbergh steered his plane, the "Spirit of St Louis", down the muddy runway of Roosevelt Field, Long Island. 33 ½ hours and 3,500 miles later Lindbergh landed in front of a crowd of over 100,000 at Le Bourget Field in Paris, becoming the first to cross the Atlantic alone.

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With Mother’s Day and Graduation fast approaching, here are two unique and creative crafts you can make with the kids. Both crafts are extremely simple to make, and yet they each make a great presentation.

Graduation Cap Card / Mother’s Day Framed Footprint Art Invitation • Art paper • Drop cloth • Black cardstock • Child-safe, non-toxic washable paint. Tempera paints are a good choice

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Directions: 1. Select clean area outdoors or put down drop cloth for work area. Avoid working on a carpeted or hardwood surface due to the messy nature of this project. 2. Clean child’s feet. Have some fun with this step! 3. Coat child’s foot either by covering it with a paint brush or by asking the child to step into a tray filled with paint. 4. Press child’s foot onto the art paper. Repeat with other foot. 5. Repeat process with other children. 6. Paint the body of each butterfly. 7. Let paint dry and then paint on names of children and a personalized message at bottom. 8. Frame art and give to mom! Tip: When done, you may want to take a picture of the artwork and upload it to your computer. Then not only is it forever saved, but you can use it to print copies, make photo gifts or use it in a photo book.

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• Petal Card template – see mirkwooddesigns/square.htm • Button – preferably black • Black embroidery floss or thread • Silver thread • Glue • Embossing Stamp • Embossing Powder or Ink.

Directions: 1. Print off Square Petal Card template from internet. Print out template onto white paper, cut out pattern and then trace onto card stock. 2. Cut out card pattern, score flaps and then fold. 3. Decorate top of card. You can decorate with embossing stamp or use your own personal design. 4. Glue invitation or photo onto the inside of the card. 5. Glue button onto the center of the top of the card. 6. Using black and silver thread create tassel and attach to the button. You can also buy premade tassels from most craft stores. You may even want to match the school colors instead of using black. 7. Tuck the flaps as you would the top of a cardboard box.

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WOMAN by Tony Dungy A few years back, during a press conference preceding a playoff game, a reporter asked me what I had done Friday afternoon to prepare—presumably for the game. But Friday afternoons during the season have always been personal time for us as a staff. I learned from Chuck Noll that you don’t change your schedule just because it’s a playoff game. So because we finished early on Friday, I went home and cleaned the house. Lauren had been out of town and was due back that evening, so I wanted her to come home to a clean house. This was something I could do to aid her wellbeing, and at that time it was a better gift than taking her out or buying her an expensive piece of jewelry. When I told the reporter how I spent my time, he laughed at what he thought was a joke. But I was serious. “I cleaned the house,” I repeated.

I try to find ways that I can chip in to make our house a sanctuary for Lauren. I learned that from my dad, who would give my mom some space and time to herself by taking us kids out to a park or otherwise keeping us occupied for

an afternoon. This gave Mom a chance to go off and shop or whatever—something just for her. As much as he enjoyed doing things with her, he knew that giving her the gift of time—away from us—was just as important. But he also made sure there were times that we all did things together as a family, he and my mom included. That was important for two reasons: first, he was making memories with all of us as a family unit, and second, he was modeling his behavior toward my mom in front of us. We didn’t realize it at the time, but it left a deep impression upon all of us. My brother and I were able to see how to honor and respect a woman. My two sisters were developing a point of reference for qualities they should look for in a husband. How many girls settle for substandard relationships because they don’t have that frame of reference? Too many men are continually baffled by their wives or can’t figure out how to interact with their families. There are countless books on how women think, so I’ll leave it at this; they are different. That much I’ve figured out. They are not men. I know that seems ridiculously obvious, but we can’t approach them as we would one of the guys. So how do we do it? Be involved with them—without bringing our own agendas. Again, do everything for the benefit of your loved one. Without being involved—deeply involved—with Lauren

for all these years and trying to listen to not only her words but also her heart, I wouldn’t have made any progress at all. We’ve invested time in our marriage. We’ve talked in evenings about finances and children. We’ve gone on dates. As much as possible, I’ve tried to create an environment on her terms. The interesting and blessed thing about that is this: she’s tried to do the same for me. And the most important way to show that love to your wife is to be involved: as a leader, listener, and encourager. Lead by helping with discipline, setting curfews and ground rules for the television and other technology use. Lead by being in unity with your wife. And listen—not to solve the problems of the day, as so often we will try to do. Just listen so she knows you care. She’s smart enough to solve her own problems, but she may appreciate your input even more if it’s offered at an appropriate time—later. In the meantime, tell her you love her, offer encouragement for something she’s tried or wants to try, and hold her every time she comes close. Be there for her. Loving the woman in your life follows the same principle of the old countryfair raffle rules: must be present to win.

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Son: “Mom, the teacher was asking me today if I have any brothers or sisters who will be coming to school.” Mom: “That’s nice of her to take such an interest in you. So what did she say when you told her that you’re an only child, my dear?” Son: “She just said, “Thank goodness!”


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Registering Last Minute for Summer Camps?

Here Is What Parents Need To Know To Stay Stress-Free. You’ve been a little busy getting your child to games and recitals, making sure assignments get turned in, and preparing lunches. Somehow May has snuck up on you! Now you realize that there are only a few weeks left until summer and you haven’t registered for summer camps yet. Don’t worry, PLAY Performing Arts is sharing this guide to last-minute summer camp planning to help you avoid stress while making this an amazing ‘not bummer summer’ for your child.

Identify Your Child’s Interest. It may seem overwhelming but there are only seven to nine weeks of summer that you may need to find camps. Start with what you already know about how your child likes to spend time. Make a list of your child’s top 10 interests. Do it today while waiting in car line and then ask for child’s feedback on the drive home. What made the list? Is it music, singing, acting, Hamilton, or Harry Potter? If so check out our fresh and fun music and theatre summer camps at

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Find Out About Camps. Start by finding out if any of the organized activity that your child has been involved in the last year are offering summer camps? Next, take to social media and post that you’re looking for camps related to your child’s top 10 interests. Specifically list the interests and ask for dates of camps. Ask for friends and family to share any camps that they’ve already registered. While you’re waiting for replies to your post you can take a look through Gulf Coast Family Newspaper’s Summer Camp Guide and advertisements for summer camps where you’ll find PLAY Performing Arts listed.

Make a Camp List. Putting together a simple list of the camps you’ve found about will help you manage the registration process and avoid realizing later in summer that you’ve double booked against a planned vacation. Your list should include columns for child’s interest, camp names, dates, cost, and contact info. Also note if any friends have registered or are interested in a camp. Someone you know has probably already registered for summer camp with PLAY Performing Arts.

Contact the Camps. Call to find out if there are still openings and if the organization and camp is really a good match for your child. Find out what a typical day is like at camp. Get a sense for how much structured activity vs. “free time” there is over the course of a day. Ask about the background and teaching experience of the staff that will be leading and assisting with the camp. PLAY Performing Arts’ staff teaches classes and lessons year-round in addition to camps. Find out if a performance, or project is presented on the last day of camp to see how closely the final product matches your child’s interest.

Plan to Negotiate. You may feel like being late in the summer camp registration game has totally put you at a disadvantage but you still may be able to negotiate for a spot or even on pricing. If you’re asking about multiple weeks of camp or even registering siblings then you may have leverage that you didn’t realize. Only have one child to register for one week? No worries. If you know someone who has

already registered for the camp then mention the family’s name. You can always find a friend to register with your child. Don’t forget to ask about the first and last weeks of camp being offered to see if it matches your child’s interest. These are usually the last camps to fill up.

Lastly, remember why you are doing this. Camp is such a great way for your child to make new friends and grow in areas that he/she are passionate. Research shows that camp provides a unique vital learning experience with campers improving in areas like social integration and self-confidence. If you are looking for music, theatre and dance camps then the easiest thing you can do is pick up the phone and call PLAY Performing Arts right now to find out about our Summer Camps for the Broadway Bound to Junior Rock Stars and the next Songwriter sensation. Summer Camp Hotline: (727) 393-7625. Download our Summer Camp Guide at

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Summer Camp Directory Here is a listing of some fantastic summer camps for children here in the Tampa Bay area. Included in our summer camp directory are arts and drama camps, theme camps, sports camps, preschool camps and many more. All of these camps are open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. So reserve your spot soon.

Adventure Club at Countryside CC 1850 North McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater 727-799-1618 ext. 1012

Camp Seal 19501 Holly Lane, Lutz 813-229-7946

Anona Christian Center Summer Camp 13233 Indian Rocks Rd, Largo 727-595-2581 ext. 292

Champion Tae Kwon Do Summer Camp 7590 Starkey Road, Seminole 727-399-2999

Bridgepoint Vacation Bible School Gadgets and Gizmos 6690 Crosswinds Dr N, St. Petersburg

Circle F Dude Ranch Lake Wales 863-676-4113

See our interactive map online at Busch Gardens Summer Camp for Wild Things 877-BGT-CAMP

Calvary Chapel Kids Camp 8900 US-19, Pinellas Park 727-577-7705 Camp Gilead 1444 Camp Gilead Drive, Polk City For our complete listing of over 100 summer camps here in the Tampa Bay 863-984-1353 Area, visit our interactive online directory at Camp Invention Our summer camp directory contains detailed camp information, links to camp web sites and printable directions. 800-968-4332 x6920 “Mom, I’m bored. There’s nothing to do.” If you’ve ever heard your child say that, then we have an adventure for you! “Bored” is never heard at a Soul Adventures summer camp. Imagine these experiences: • Kayaking • Rope courses • Paint balling • Paddle boarding • Sailing • Archery • Fishing • Beach olympics • Snorkeling • Mountain biking Combine these exploits with a powerful daily devotion time, and you have the recipe for an adventure that might just last a lifetime.

City of Largo Summer Camps 727-518-3016 – Highland Recreation City of Tampa Summer Camps 813-274-3345 Clearwater Community Sailing Center Youth Summer Camps 1001 Gulf Blvd, Clearwater Clearwater Marine Aquarium Clearwater 727-441-1790 x252

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Camps offered by Soul Adventures: Jr. Adventure Camp (5-9 year olds) Adventure Camp (10-14 year olds) High School Adventure Trips Private Group Adventures (3-5 days avail.)

Reserve your adventure at Soul Adventures is located at 129 North Belcher Rd, Clearwater.

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Dance Central Summer Camps 12527 Ulmerton Rd, Largo 727-386-0586 Dunedin Parks and Recreation Day Camps Dunedin Community Center & MLK Jr. Rec. Center 727-738-2920 Eckerd College Summer Watersports Camp 4200 54th Ave S, St. Petersburg 727-864-8288 First Lutheran Summer Camp 1644 Nursery Rd, Clearwater 727-462-8000 Florida Aquarium AquaCamps 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa 813-273-4015 Glazer Children’s Museum Camp Connect Tampa 813-443-FUN1 (3861) Great Explorations Children’s Museum Summer Camp 1925 4th St N, St. Petersburg 727-821-8992

Largo Cultural Center Summer Theatre Camps Largo Cultural Center 727-587-6751 LCC Day School Summer Camp 4400 Chancellor St NE, St. Petersburg 727-522-8331 Liberty Bowling Summer Camp 11401 Starkey Rd, Largo 727-397-3947 Lowry Park Zoo Summer Camps Tampa 813-935-8552 Mathnasium Summer Camp 3451 4th Street North, St. Petersburg Mary Jo’s Performing Arts Academy 15906 Mapledale Blvd, Tampa 813-969-0210 MOSI Summer Science Camps 4801 E Fowler Ave, Tampa 813-987-6000 Museum of Fine Arts Marine Science Yoga and Art Camp 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg 727-896-2667 x210

Hillsborough Community College Kids College 39 Columbia Drive, Tampa

Northside Christian School Paradise Summer Camp 7777 62nd Ave N, St. Petersburg 727-647-0349

Independent Day School Camp IDS 12015 Orange Grove Dr, Tampa 813-961-3087

Oakhurst Learning Center Summer Camp 13233 102 Ave N, Largo 727-596-3411

IRCS Summer Sports Camp 12685 Ulmerton Road, Largo 727-596-7192

Ovations School for the Arts Camps 2100 4th St S, St. Petersburg 727-470-2787

JMAC Kids Summer Camp 2177 NE Coachman Rd, Clearwater 727-430-3902 Keswick Summer Sports Camp 10101 54th Ave N, St. Petersburg 727-393-9100

Patel Conservatory Dance, Theater, and Music Summer Camps 813-222-1002 Pinellas County Summer Camps 333 Chestnut Street, Clearwater 727-464-4600 summercamps To advertise, call 727-612-0783

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Pinellas Preparatory Academy Summer Camp 2300 S. Belcher Road, Largo 727-536-3600

Private, Member-Owned Club, Established in 1924

Plato Academy Summer Camp 2045 Palmetto Street, Clearwater 727-301-1590 PLAY Performing Arts 1920 1st Ave S, St. Petersburg 727-393-7625 R’Club Summer Camps 727-578-5437 Robotics Summer Camp Tampa • Brandon • Trinity 813-249-5522


Competitive Swim Team All Day Fun Camp 7am-6pm w/Lunch & Snacks Included! Tennis & Golf Camps

Join Today and Begin Making Your Family’s Summer Memories

Saddle Up Riding Club 9301 62nd Street, Pinellas Park 727-520-3132 Saint Paul’s School Summer Camps 1600 St. Paul’s Dr, Clearwater 727-536-2756 Science Center of Pinellas Camp 7701 22nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg 727-384-0027 Seminole Assembly Adventure Kids 10600 113th St N, Seminole 727-391-9788 Seminole Lanes Kids Camp 8668 Park Blvd, Seminole 727-392-2271 Shorecrest Summer Camps 5101 1st St N, St. Petersburg 727-522-2111 x173 Soul Adventures Camps at Skycrest 129 North Belcher Rd, Clearwater 727-797-1186

Camp Gilead offers children, families, churches, CAMP GILEAD is CELEBRATING 78 years of and groups a life-transforming adventure and “Changing Lives…One Heart at a Time!” a fun, safe, Christ-centered environment in which to LEARN, EXPLORE, and GROW. 18 • May 2017

SPCA Tampa Bay Summer Camp 9099 130th Ave. N., Largo 727-586-3591

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St. Jerome ECC Summer Camp 10895 Hamlin Blvd, Largo

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St. Petersburg Christian School Sonny Days Camp 2021 62nd Ave N, St. Petersburg 727-522-3000

Sylvan Robotics and Coding Camps 3951 Tyrone Blvd. St. Petersburg 727-347-6284

USF College Soccer ID Camps 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, Tampa

St. Petersburg Country Club Summer Camp 2000 Country Club Way, St. Petersburg 727-867-2111

Tampa Bay History Center Adventure Camp 801 Old Water Street, Tampa 813-228-0097

Word of Life Florida Youth 877-412-8687

St. Petersburg Sailing Center Summer Sailing Camp 11 Central Ave, St. Petersburg 727-822-3873

The Florida Aquarium AquaCamps 813-273-4015

Starkey Road Baptist Church Sports Camp 8800 Starkey Rd, Seminole 727-397-1654

Tutterow Dancers 452 5th Ave SE, Largo 727-585-1232

To advertise, call 727-612-0783

Xtreme Fun Center Summer Sports Camp 13211 93rd St N, Largo 727-584-9876 YMCA Summer Camps To have your camp listed in Gulf Coast Family’s printed summer camp guide, call 727-612-0783 or visit

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A couple of years ago, an adoptive mother voiced her struggle with post adoption services and pulled at the heartstrings of our agency. She exposed a need in our community that was underrepresented. There is a long standing belief that on the day of adoption, all of their children’s ‘issues’ would disappear. While most children find comfort in knowing they’re in their forever home, working towards healing from their past truly begins after adoption. As a result of this mother’s plea, Camelot Community Care obtained state funding in order to serve pre and post adoptive families; who have either adopted from Hillsborough County or are currently living in Hillsborough County. The main goals of the program are to connect adoptive families to one another for peer support, link families to community resources, provide adoption competent counseling, and support families from the beginning through the many years post adoption. Our support groups encourage 20 • May 2017

the whole family to attend; the parents meet in one room with an experienced adoptive family leader. The children meet with program staff who engage in fun activities focusing on social skills, self-esteem building, anxiety reduction, anger management and peer interactions. A mantra of the program is to connect with families, from the beginning of the adoption process, in order to give them the tools to overcome the ups and downs of parenting children from difficult pasts. Our team is made up of three very dedicated women who have extensive experience in the adoption and foster care realms. We are called to do this work so that families don’t have to struggle in isolation. So come see what we are about; join us at the support group closest to you, give us a call or shoot us an email! We would love to hear from you.

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19501 Holly Ln. Lutz, FL 33548 1st and 3rd Monday of the month From 6:00pm – 7:30p.m.

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For more information contact our team at: Camelot Community Care Adoption Support Director: Krista Eckhoff Adoption Support Counselor: Kim Jackson-McCalla Adoption Support Specialist: Carey Greene

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lived at home, there’s a long list of things to do. Help her out, just like she helped you as a child.


5. Donate To Moms In Need: On your

mom’s behalf, make a donation to an organization serving the needs of moms in trouble. You won’t have any trouble finding one; teen pregnancy centers, battered women’s shelters, single moms on welfare. Talk to your mom about it and find out which one she would most like to help.

10 Ways to Make Your Mother Feel Special

The unique bond between a mother and child is never-ending. Our mother’s give selflessly so that we may prosper and grow. They polish and mold us; nurture and scold us. A mother’s love is everlasting and unconditional. Mothers are a blessing! How can we show such a dynamic and amazing woman how much we care? All Pro Dad wants to share 10 ways to make your mother feel special.

1. Respect: Everything Mom has done

for you…every single thing she has sacrificed on your behalf—deserves your respect. She has earned it! Treat her with the utmost dignity and honor.

6. Public Acknowledgement:

2. The Letter: Write your mom a hand-

written note. Describe to her the reasons why you feel she is special. Thank her for being such a wonderful person and parent. It will mean the world to her.

3. Scrapbook: Put together a scrapbook

of some of your favorite memories of her. Dig deep in those old photo boxes and albums. Get creative and make it fun. Moms love taking a trip down memory lane.

4. Projects And Chores: Your mom always has something that needs to be done—a shelving unit to be constructed; a leaky roof that needs to be repaired; grass that needs cutting. Just like when you

Moms love to be bragged on. Mind you, she’s not gonna ask you to brag, but she sure loves to hear you talking nicely about her. Make a point to give your mom credit for the person you have become. Honor her among her friends and peers with your kind words of praise.

7. Manners: She worked hard to teach

you good manners: “Don’t talk with your mouth full.” “Put your napkin on your lap.” “Speak clearly and directly.” “Listen when someone else is talking.”

when you’re not). She will feel satisfied by a job well done..

8. Make Her Feel Needed:

As your mom gets older, she may begin to feel that she doesn’t have anything left to offer. Of course, that’s not true, but everyone wants to be needed…especially mom. Make sure she knows you and your family still need her. Include her in your life, and always make her feel welcome.

9. Loyalty: One of the most precious gifts

you can give your mother is your unquestioned loyalty. Blood runs thicker than water as they say. Never forget where you came from.

10. Flowers—Just Because:

We all send flowers on Mother’s Day and birthdays. Well, maybe not, but if you want to make her feel really special, give her flowers for no reason at all. Surprise her with a visit, and a personal delivery—just to say, “I love you and I was thinking about you.” It might sound corny, but she will be thrilled. The simple things in life mean the most.

Show her you’ve learned the lesson. Make sure you put those good manners into practice when you are with her (and even

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Play! Learn! Grow!

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Develop social and emotional skills Build language and communication skills Explore math and science Discover the joy of learning

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

Fatima Age 13

Outgoing and engaging, Fatima meets the world on her terms whether that means overcoming the biggest hurdles on the high jump or challenging herself to learn new and hard words. A fan of Becky G, Ariana Grande, and Chris Brown, Fatima Photo courtesy of Angela Clifton Photography enjoys listening to music. Fatima would like to be a singer, a rapper, or maybe a dancer or an actor. Who knows – she might just become the next star on her favorite show, Dancing with the Stars! If Fatima could change the world, she’d stop bullying and fighting. Her perfect day would include going to the beach or the park. Fatima is looking for a fun and outgoing family who likes ice cream!

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Creative and energetic, Jason loves exploring. This nature lover enjoys kayaking, swimming, hunting and fishing. He gets a kick out of trying new foods and new adventures. Jason can often be found playing video games allowing him to get into the action. Jason’s determination and his wry and quirky sense of humor make him a real character.

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We all know that eating out often can add up! So, it’s important to know where the best deals are for the family. Here are some great places in the Tampa Bay area that are family friendly and are offering some great specials.

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Former Pinellas County School Student and Astronaut Details Her Life In Space Astronaut Nicole StottRetired NASA astronaut Nicole Stott fielded a range of questions this past April as she spoke with Tarpon Springs Middle School. What was it like to be at zero gravity? When you come back from the space station, is it hard to walk? How do you sleep if you can float up to the top? How do you use the bathroom? How do you brush your teeth? The students wanted to know how the everyday routine of one’s life gets done while living in space. Stott obliged their curiosity with her answers. An engineer, Stott worked for NASA for 27 years before retiring. During her career with NASA, she served as Flight Engineer for Space Shuttle Discovery on two expeditions. In 2009 she spent three months at the International Space Station and in 2011 she spent two

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weeks. She and even took part in the first NASA Tweetup from space. Stott is a former Pinellas County Schools student and a graduate of Clearwater High School. When asked what were some of her favorite moments about space, Stott said “it was looking out the window and seeing earth.” In addition to Tarpon Springs Middle, Stott visited Sunset Hills Elementary and Tarpon Springs High.

PCS offers opportunities to explore STEM over the summer Calling all seventh-graders interested in robotics, multimedia editing and computer programming. Pinellas County Schools is accepting applications for PCS Honors STEM Summer Camp.

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The camps are for students entering eighth-grade in the 2017-18 school year. The camp fee is $100. Learn more about opportunities to explore science, technology, engineering and math at

Knowledge of History Leads to a National Championship at Largo High Largo High School’s History Bowl team took first place for the varsity middle bracket division at the National History Bowl and Bee National Championships. The championships were held April 21–23 in Washington D.C. and Arlington, Va. There were 144 teams from across the country competing. Members of the winning team are: Jackson Gillette, Ethan Daniel, Noah Denker, Chase Timberlake, Aden

Yacobi, and Charles Phillips. The coaches are Deborah Pettingill and Scott Kaplan. In addition to wining the team championship, team member Noah Denker placed in the top 10 in an individual competition. The National History Bee and Bowl promotes global history education by providing students with an appreciation for the past that will help them to better navigate the future.

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Academic Team Wins State Title The Pinellas County Academic Team won the Division 1 state championship at the 32nd annual Commissioner’s Academic Challenge this past weekend at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. Members of the winning team are: Jackson Gillette, senior at Largo High School, Ethan Daniel, senior at Largo High School, Chris Eschler, senior at Palm Harbor University High School, Logan Grutchfield, senior at Palm Harbor University High School, Michael Fulton, senior at East Lake High School, and Andrew Whigham, junior at Seminole High School.

Each student from the winning team received a Florida High School Athletic Association medal and a $500 scholarship. Logan Grutchfield was named to the All Florida team and received an additional $1,000 scholarship. The team was coached by Scott Kaplan of Largo High School and Britt Moseley of Seminole High School.

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The Commissioner’s Academic Challenge is “a highly academic statewide high school tournament inaugurated in 1986,” according to the website. Each team consists of six members, with four students competing during each of three rounds and two alternates. Players are asked questions relating to language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, the fine arts, world languages (French and Spanish) and technology. High school educators throughout the state compose the questions.

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Are you looking for a sweet treat to make this Spring? Look no further because this simple recipe is sweet and fun. This quick and easy recipe will dazzle your kids with it’s “magic” or be the perfect surprise sweet ending to a Spring meal. These whimsical chocolate bowls can hold ice cream, berries and cream, pudding, candies, anything that you or your sweet heart desires!

Chocolate Pudding Cups • 8 to 10 water balloons • 16-ounces semi-sweet chocolate

• 2 large packages instant chocolate pudding

• Whipped cream • Chocolate sprinkles

1. Blow up balloons (with air) to desired bowl size and tie to close. 2. Break chocolate into small pieces and place in a shallow microwave-safe dish; microwave for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring occasionally until melted; let cool for 5 minutes. 3. Spray bottom half of each balloon lightly with cooking spray. 4. Spoon about 1 tablespoon chocolate onto a wax paper-lined baking sheet; dip a balloon into the chocolate to thoroughly cover the bottom half, and then center the balloon in the chocolate on the tray; repeat with remaining balloons. 5. Place bowls in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes, until hardened. 6. Prepare pudding according to package directions. 7. Remove bowls from refrigerator; carefully pop each balloon and peel it out of the bowls.

8. Fill bowls with pudding and top with whipped cream and sprinkles.

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We are always looking for easy appetizers to throw together for an impromptu gathering at our house and here is a simple one that is sure to be a hit at your next Summer gathering. These simple sandwiches can be made in just a few short minutes and your family and guests will love nibbling on these delicious bite sized treats.

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PPA is a high performing, tuition free, public charter school for highly motivated students in grades K-8. Our highly trained, award winning teachers offer a private school education in a family atmosphere.

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Want to Be Healthier? Own a Pet There are numerous reasons and great data that supports pet ownership will make you healthier, live longer and be happier. This comes as no surprise to the 115.5 million pet owners in the U.S. We all agree our pets provide unconditional love, but the U.S. Department of Health concluded that pets are good for our hearts too. Pet owners who were heart attack victims show an increase (28%) in survival rate, compared to 6% in heart patients without pets, and they recover faster. If that’s not enough, the risk of having a heart attack is reduced by 4% for pet owners. Not only is a pet good for your heart, it’s good for the spirit. A U.S. survey of 1,000 Medicare patients showed that 40% of the elderly sought the services of a doctor much less frequently than those without animal companions. Ask any pet owner...our pets make us happy!

They greet us at the door when we come home, they curl up in our laps when we need to de-stress and they entertain us with their antics. Need motivation to exercise? Well, Fido could be your answer! If you’re worried about allergies, consider this, pediatrician James Gern conducted a number of studies, published in the “Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology”, showing that having a pet in the home can actually lower a child’s likelihood of developing related allergies by as much as 33%. Children who had a dog during their first year of life had 31% fewer respiratory tract infections than kids who didn’t live with a dog. New research in “Pediatrics” shows that children who live in a home with a pet during their first year are more likely to be healthier overall. Health benefits are simply just one more reason for adopting a pet. Pets make wonderful, loving companions. Consider adding a pet to your household.

The Humane Society of Pinellas, the County’s largest no-kill shelter would love to help you find your next new family member. We have been serving residents, and providing homes to abandoned pets for 64 years. Many animals find themselves in a shelter for no reason of their own making. Owners can’t afford the upkeep, family structures have changed, or a variety of other reasons. You might be surprised to learn that nearly 30% of them are purebreds, 100% of them need homes. See our adoptable pets at, or go online to make a donation to help care for them. The Humane Society of Pinellas receives 87% funding support from individuals, no funds come from national animal organizations.

Belleair Montessori Academy… Where a Child Loves to Learn! • Family owned for over 60 years • Located in the beautiful town of Belleair • Open 7am – 6pm / year round program • Part-time and full time programs • Ages 1 – 4 • Summer learning program • Free VPK • Child care scholarships accepted from Pinellas ELC

Why choose a Montessori school?

• Multi-age groupings that foster peer learning • Teacher, child, and environment create a learning triangle • Students learn through sensory-motor and practical life activities

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• Awaken the child’s spirit and imagination • Encourage independence • Develop kindness and self discipline • To help the child learn how to observe, question and explore ideas independently Cathie Hernandez, Director Patti Andre, Assistant Director

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he’s unwilling to listen, see if you can enlist the help of an objective third party—a pastor, a relative or a male friend who agrees with your assessment of the situation and who would be willing to come alongside you in order to strengthen your case. If all else fails, try to pull together a group of friends and supporters who can help you stage a formal intervention. You may want to include a licensed counselor or therapist who specializes in this kind of activity. Overcoming addiction of any kind is a long process that requires specialized guidance. Our Counseling Department can help direct you to qualified individuals all over the country; call 855-771-HELP (4357) or see

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DATING DOES NOT HAVE TO BE EXHAUSTING PROCESS Q: As a single woman, the whole dating scene exhausts me. I’m tired of wasting time on guys who aren’t interested in commitment. Help! Greg Smalley, Vice President, Family Ministries: It might surprise you how many single men and women have told us they’re confused by dating. Generally, the problem is a lack of clear boundaries between friendship and romance, so singles hang on too long to a relationship that’s going nowhere. “Going on a date” is about friendship. It’s enjoying someone’s company with the understanding there’s

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openly and honestly. Ask any questions that are on your mind. Let him know how important it is that he responds. There’s no guarantee that he’ll answer, but it’s worth a try. The process of writing can be beneficial for you, too. It’s often a very healing experience to put our deepest thoughts and emotions down on paper. Whatever happens, remember the real Easter message of renewal: God loves us so much that He went to immeasurable lengths to repair our fractured relationship with Him. He’s sad about the pain you’ve experienced as a result of being abandoned by your earthly dad. Psalm 68:5 tells us that God is a “father to the fatherless.” Turn to Him with your pain.


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HELPING YOU KIDS LEARN TO EXERCISE SELF-CONTROL Q: Our sons are 6 and 4 years old. Like probably all parents, we want to raise them to be mature, responsible children. But we’re not quite sure how to go about that. Any suggestions? Danny Huerta, Vice President, Parenting and Youth: Maturity and responsibility are all about self-control. Some parents believe they can instill that into children by sheer force of will. In other words, by making them behave. It is possible for Moms and Dads to exert their authority and try to force their children to act a certain way— and at times, this may be necessary with young children. But overpowering your kids’ wills as a primary parenting strategy isn’t the way they’re going to learn self-control. As your kids grow, the focus should increasingly be on helping them learn how to choose between wise and unwise decisions. The way they do that is by experiencing the consequences of their actions. Clearly lay out your ex-

pectations, then allow them to choose their own path. But make sure they know the consequences for their choices are theirs to bear. Wise decisions will earn them more freedom and opportunities, but unwise choices will cause them to lose more and more privileges. Children will only grow into maturity if they learn to exercise self-control and to take responsibility for themselves. And that will only happen if we parents gradually take our hands off the choices our kids make and give them a chance to be accountable for their own actions.

and say, “Come to Daddy.” And they do. They get back to their feet and wiggle out a few more shaky steps.


But something changes in many parents as our children get older. As the consequences for mistakes become more severe, we become less tolerant of failure because we want them to succeed and do well. We’d never call it perfection, but on a practical level that’s exactly what our kids feel like we expect. We have great intentions, but create unnecessary pressure that ends up working against them. They need—and respond to—encouragement with guidance.

Q: As a dad, I expect my children to meet high standards every time. That’s how my father raised me, and I turned out OK. But my wife thinks we should cut them some slack. What’s the balance?

So if perfection has become the unspoken rule in your house, re-center yourself as a parent. The goal is to raise healthy, resilient children, who are willing to get back up, grow from their mistakes and keep moving forward.

Danny Huerta, Vice President, Parenting and Youth: This may initially sound like terrible advice, but the truth is you should be teaching your children to fail—and then get up. Learning to feel comfortable with your kids’ failures can transform your parenting.

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Think about how you reacted when your child was learning to walk. That process is really just a long string of failures that ends in success. A toddler may only take one or two steps before falling down, but we don’t tell them to give up and wait a few years. No, we immediately encourage them to get back up and to try again. We’ll stretch out our hands

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Speak Life by Kenny McNatt “You will never amount not to anything”. For those not familiar with that phrase, allow me to translate, you are nothing and you will never be successful in life. From time to time I can still hear those words echo through the halls of my mind.

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Words have tremendous power. The Bible tells us that with the tongue we have the ability to speak life or to speak death. Proverbs 18:21 is a tremendous picture of the power you have to help shape the lives of your Her Words, dripping with the bitter taste children. It doesn’t mean that we do not of unrealized expectation in her own life, confront misbehavior. It doesn’t mean sliced through his emotions, touching the that we speak to them in fear of saying the core of who he was. wrong thing. It does mean that we understand the weight of our words. I have thought about that moment often since my sophomore year of high school. Life doesn’t always afford us a he luxury It was unlike anything I’d ever experi- of the time for planning our conversations in advance. It’s usually in the heat of the enced. I was stunned. moment that we make mistakes. Looking back, I am so thankful for parents who encouraged me to do great things. My Since you can’t always plan ahead, how do parents always believed in me and encour- you develop life giving speech that builds aged me in everything I participated in. It life not death into your children? was ultimately their investment in me that allowed me to overcome the comments of Just like any great building has an adequate foundation, we need a foundation to build a bitter teacher. relationships. A healthy parent-child There is no doubt about it. They were words Spoken in haste by a woman frustrated with life . She chose that day to unleash her wrath on a teen looking for purpose and identity in life.

relationship begins with a parent that is working to make themselves spiritually healthy. Jesus made a great statement that was recorded in Luke 6:45. The amplified Bible says it this way, “The [intrinsically] good man produces what is good and honorable and moral out of the good treasure [stored] in his heart; and the [intrinsically] evil man produces what is wicked and depraved out of the evil[in his heart]; for his mouth speaks from the overflow of his heart.” Your words are the overflow of your heart. The first step in speaking life giving words is to have life in you. I look at the words I speak to those around me in order gauge what’s happening in my inner life. Take time to think about how you speak to your children or your spouse. Be determined to speak life into those around you.

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A Tool for Evaluating Your Children’s Screen Time

by Adam Holz, We hear a lot about the hazard of excessive screen these days. For ourselves. For our kids. The American Academy of Pediatrics refined its recommendations for children’s screen time last October. For babies below the age of 18 months, the AAP suggests no screens at all. Between that milestone and 2 years, screens can be introduced. Kids between the ages of 2 and 5 should get no more than an hour of “high quality” programming, and even then with their parents engaged and watching with them. Over that age, however, the AAP’s recommendations get a bit more subjective, shifting from a quantitative measure to a more qualitative assessment: “For children ages 6 and older, place consistent limits on the time spent using media, and the types of media, and make sure media does not take the place of adequate sleep, physical activity and other behaviors essential to health.”

As parents, we may struggle a bit with older kids to define when screen time crosses the threshold into an unhealthy or compulsive behavior. It’s not merely a matter of monitoring hours spent with various screens (TV, computers, smartphones, tablets, video games), but assessing how that interaction is affecting them as well. Dr. David Greenfield is the founder of the Center for Internet and Technology Addiction ( and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. His site offers a variety of simple, quick “Addiction Tests” that give a baseline assessment regarding unhealthy online engagement. One of those tests is titled, “Child Technology Test: Are Your Children Too Connected?” The test’s 12 yesno questions—such as, “Do you find your child spending more and more time online or on their digital devices

(computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone) than they seem to realize?”—yield a score and a more concrete picture of just how enmeshed in digital technology your child may or may not be. (Other tests on the site can similarly help adults assess their Internet habits in general, as well as more specific self-assessments with regard to pornography and your degree of digital distraction.)

Screens are everywhere these days. And resources like this can help give us a more objective sense of how we and our kids are interacting with them. For more on establishing healthy boundaries in this area, you can also check out Focus on the Family’s Daily Broadcast with guests Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane, “Helping Kids Relate in a Screen-Driven World.”

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Too Young to App? Not only are mobile devices more widespread than ever, but the folks using them are younger than ever, too. How young? Well, a study conducted at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia discovered that some little ones are using smartphones and tablets before they can talk or even walk. The center surveyed hundreds of parents, discovering that 14 percent of

1-year-olds and 26 percent of 2-yearolds spend at least an hour a day using mobile media – watching TV shows, playing games, using apps. By age 4, that figure climbs to nearly 40 percent. The study’s author, Dr. Hilda Kabali, said that accepted guidelines recommend parents limit children’s screen time to two hours a day. “But most children

aren’t spending time on TV anymore. They’re using tablets and smartphones.” “Prolonged engagement in such activities limit parental interaction and affects a child’s capacity for social development,” Kabali added. “Not to mention that too much sedentary entertainment can contribute to obesity.”

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Benefits to Summer Travel

With summer approaching it seems an appropriate time to discuss the benefits of summer travel and fun. In general, travel broadens our understanding of the world. It helps to develop a child’s background knowledge and an interest in new experiences. Resources can vary from family to family and even from year to year but the benefits of family travel are not relative to the budget. Fun does not have to be expensive. The benefits of family travel include a reboot and change from the routine, extended time as a family to strengthen relationships, and the opportunity to learn

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Reboot and Change the Routine

One benefit of summer travel is the opportunity to reboot. We all need a recharge every now and then, including our children after a long school year. A change of scenery and routine for a week or two, allows the family to reassess priorities and reflect on what is important. Wherever you go, I encourage you to unplug-no television or computers, no Facebook or

smart phones. If that seems like an impossible task, try unplugging during the day and only using devices in the evening, or unplug every other day if you are gone for more than a week. Family interaction is significantly more valuable, but unplugging some is better than not unplugging at all. Do it together so everyone is unplugged at the same time. Take along a great book to read as a family—either in the car or in the evening. This is a sure way to reboot! Go to for some ideas.

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Another benefit of summer travel is the opportunity to strengthen family relationships. Siblings, who may not “play” together during the school year, learn to enjoy each other’s company when other distractions are eliminated. Something as simple as a nature walk or a day at the beach (no cost) can be fun on an extended trip. Playing games as a family and having conversation in the evening without interruptions, can also help to strengthen the family bond.

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Lastly, family travel provides an opportunity to learn and experience something new together. Maybe it’s white water rafting, or jet skiing, or hiking in the mountains. This experience will help to build lifetime memories that will be shared again and again. On a trip to Oregon a few years back, my family went white water rafting. Prompted by our guide, we jumped off a bridge together into freezing water! I assure you this is not something I would have done on my own – but it was a family activity and I was the mom! It was a once in a lifetime experience that we will always memory. Summer is on its way. Start planning that family vacation. Be safe and have fun! Dr. Kira Wilson is the Director of Covenant Academy in Pinellas County and the Founder of Life and Learning, an educational blog for parents ( With more than 35 years in Christian education, her passion is to encourage and equip teachers and parents to develop in children a love for learning and a love for God. She cherishes family time with her husband, children, and two grandchildren. I’ve gone through a few jobs in my life: babysitter, tutor, piano teacher, engineer, to name a few. Some I loved, others not so much, but I worked hard at each one with varying levels of success. Motherhood, though, is a unique experience, because it is the one “job” where we cannot fail. It is up to us to raise these children who have been entrusted to us and do it well. And some days—most days—that feels like a daunting task.

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because you are teaching them real life. Few experiences are more humbling than asking forgiveness from a toddler, but it is so important. They need to see that you are not perfect, that you accept responsibility for your mistakes, and that you are willing to apologize. This sets a far better example for them than constantly trying to be perfect.

because, well, they will. And teaching them how to deal with their mistakes is part of our job. Let your kids see that their choices may have consequences, but that you will always love them. Because, of course, you will.

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because you are teaching them life is about more than just work. I know this seems contradictory to the previous point, but isn’t that life, too? You need a little balance.

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because your family is your priority. We’ve all had moments of frustration over a missed moms’ night because a sick kid or school play comes first. Somewhere in the recesses of their minds, though, our kids see those choices and know they are loved.

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because being a happier person makes you a better mom. Yes, sometimes we have to miss out on things we would like to do. But selfcare is important, too, and it’s okay to leave Dad with a fussy baby or put the kids to bed early for a bubble bath or do whatever it is that restores your soul and sanity.

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because you care. You want the best for them, and that is not always easily discernible. If my child hates baseball after three weeks, should I make him finish the season or let him quit? If kids are arguing, should I step in or let them sort it out? Public, private, or homeschool? Our days are full of endless decisions, and what’s right for one family isn’t always right for the next. Motherhood is not for the faint of heart. But if you are loving your kids and seeking the best for them, you are on the right track. You’ve got this, Mom.

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May 6 - 7 RIVERFEST 2017 Join us as we celebrate the Tampa Riverwalk and all the sights, sounds and action that surround it. RiverFest 2017, a FREE event to the public, will include live entertainment, food festivals, family-friendly activities and fireworks to conclude the weekend-long event.

May 7 TAMPA BAY RAYS VS. TORONTO BLUE JAYS Kids 14 and under will receive a pair of Rays batting gloves - while supplies last. May 7 POPS IN THE PARK CONCERT BY THE FLORIDA ORCHESTRA

May 6 & 20 MFA MAKE & TAKE SATURDAYS Create your own masterpiece inspired by works in the collection and special exhibitions. Supplies are included. FREE with Museum admission. No registration necessary Recommended for ages five and older, but entire families are encouraged to participate May 7 MOMMY & ME HIGH TEA AT THE STRAZ Celebrate Mother’s Day with your little one at this afternoon high end tea reception with hot and cold teas from TeBella Tea Company served in vintage crockery, tea sandwiches, delectable desserts, a fashion show. Come dressed in your finest tea chic attire... hats, fascinators, gloves and pretty dresses are encouraged!

May 12 SEA GRAPES WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL AT THE FLORIDA AQUARIUM Immerse yourself in wine and food at this festival set in the aquarium’s exhibits with more than 100 wines, food from area restaurants, live entertainment and silent auctions. Benefits aquarium education and conservation programs. May 12, 13 & 14 RAYMOND JAMES POPS: THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK THEN AND NOW Nobody loves a piano like Tony DeSare. The jazzy singer-songwriter-pianist has a style that’s all his own. From Irving Berlin to John Lennon … Johnny Mercer to Elton John, he spans the generations for marvelous music from America’s great songwriters, with hits like Kiss, Come Fly with Me, Imagine and Great Balls of Fire.

Bring a date or the whole family to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park for free music under the stars, from Brahms to Beauty and the Beast, Superman and Star Wars. All as the grand finale of Riverfest. Bring plenty of canned goods for Tampa Bay Harvest’s annual food drive, too.

May 13 RUN FOR ALL CHILDREN The 4th annual Running For All Children race will again be in beautiful downtown St Pete at JHM All Children’s Hospital! Join us for the chip timed 5k, chip timed 10k, 1 Mile, and Family/Group Fun Run. May 13 TAMPA BAY ROWDIES VS. LOUISVILLE CITY FC Rowdies fans! Here’s your chance to cheer on our Tampa Bay Rowdies and enjoy fun filled evening at Al Lang Stadium in St. Pete.

May 13 SCRATCH DAY AT MOSI Head to MOSI for the most fun coding event of the year in an international celebration of Scratch. We will use Scratch, the totally awesome programming language from MIT, to design video games, create cartoons, and make music and more in Idea Zone.

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May 13 I WALK FOR LIFE Every year on the Saturday before Mother’s Day, walkers from over 165 churches throughout Tampa Bay unite with New Life Solutions and it’s Crisis Pregnancy Centers to make a difference for Life! There are four convenient locations this year and plenty of fun for the entire family. May 14 MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH AT THE SERENGETI OVERLOOK RESTAURANT Let Busch Gardens make your Mother’s Day special with a gourmet brunch that’s paired with memories that last a lifetime.

All families will enjoy a buffet style brunch and elegant table side service sure to make this Mother’s Day truly special. Reservations required. May 14 THE GREAT MOTHER’S DAY 5K RACE This 5K race is at the gorgeous Al Lopez Park in Tampa, which is across the street from Raymond James Stadium. This park is scenic, and there’s a lake with wildlife. There’s even a playground for the kiddos. It doesn’t get more peaceful or serene! There are free race pictures, dry-fit shirt, race medal, custom bib, goodie bag, awards and prizes, food and drinks, and much more! May 16 DILLYDALLY WITH DALI Children can discover the creative world of Dali through games, puzzles and arts + crafts activities which educate and encourage family interaction. Dillydally with Dali takes place under the direction of the museum’s Family Programs Coordinator in the 1st floor Education Classroom.

May 20 TAMPA BAY RAYS VS. NEW YORK YANKEES First 15,000 fans will receive a Rays Hawaiian shirt - while supplies last. May 20 PATEL CONSERVATORY END OF YEAR CELEBRATION This celebration of Patel Conservatory’s brightest and best are highlighted in our annual End-of-Year Celebration. Graduating senior musicians, Theater Certification program graduates, and Next Generation Ballet Trainees moving up to professional or college programs perform in this school-wide recital. Current students, families and prospective students are encouraged to attend and celebrate our graduates. Event ticket includes admission to our annual End-of-Year post-recital dinner and dance.

May 20 TAMPA BAY STORM VS. WASHINGTON VALOR The Tampa Bay Storm host the expansion Washington Valor for the first time at AMALIE Arena. May 20 - 21 LARGO BABY EXPO Largo Highland Recreation Center will be transformed into a World of Welcoming Mothers in search of New Innovated baby products and services new to the market. Local Businesses from the Tampa Bay area will display their New Products and Information on services available in the Tampa Bay Area. Free samples, Free giveaways, Prizes and much more fun stuff will be happening this Weekend. Largo Baby Expo Tickets make a great expecting Mothers Day Gift.

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You will also find Furniture, Household Goods, Toys and more. All proceeds support the ministry of Keswick Christian School. We are committed to Community Investment through participation in a FREE Clothing Voucher program. Be a part of changing lives ... visit our store and ... be pleasantly surprised!

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May 21 TAMPA BAY RAYS VS. NEW YORK YANKEES Kids 14 and under will receive a Super Rays Comic book - while supplies last. May 25 IDINA MENZEL LIVE AT RUTH ECKERD HALL After releasing her fifth solo studio album idina. last fall, Tony Award-winning superstar Idina Menzel is hitting the road and returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall Thu, May 25! Called “the Streisand of her generation” by The Denver Post, Idina has captivated audiences at sold-out concerts around the world with her irresistible charm, wit and unparalleled vocal prowess. Throughout the concert, Idina will lead the audience through a special journey of songs from Idina, as well as other classic pop, musical theater favorites and her own personal catalogue.

May 27 CARDBOARD SPACE ADVENTURES AT MOSI Ready to explore the galaxy? Quick, jump into MOSI’s cardboard spaceship! Construction has begun on an enormous, one-of-a-kind summer experience, Cardboard Space Adventures, at the Museum of Science & Industry in Tampa. Guests will help create a huge outpost in outer space, full of hands-on creativity, engineering, and art—all constructed entirely from cardboard. The exploration and fun will run daily from May 27–Sept. 5, 2017. May 27 - July 9 MATH ALIVE! AT GLAZER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Race a snowboard, control a Mars rover, design a video game, and create a 360 degree freeze-motion video at GCM’s newest traveling exhibit, MathAlive! Experience real math at work in sports, nature, robotics, music, dancing, movie making, and more in this 5,000 square foot exhibit on Level 3! Great for tweens! Free for active military families!

May 27 & 28 JACK HANNA WEEKEND AT BUSCH GARDENS Join “Jungle Jack” Hanna when he visits Busch Gardens Tampa Bay for wild animal shows, autograph signings, meet-and-greets and more.

May 29 MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION AT GREAT EXPLORATIONS CHILDRENS MUSEUM Celebrate summer fun in patriotic-style with activities, crafts and games throughout the museum. Use household ingredients to create underwater fireworks, participate in a red, white and blue bucket toss or make your very own firework craft! Veterans, retired and active duty Military men and women will receive one free admission today with proper identification. All activities included in the cost of admission.

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Cinco De Moe’s Moe’s Southwest Grill

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Moe’s with awesome food, fun and a free t-shirt while supplies last.


Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival



May 1–29

Proceeds from the Walk enable New Life Solutions centers to provide free services and support to over 2,000 clients per year.

Walk For Life

The King and I Straz Center


Mother’s Day Free entry into the following parks and museums

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

Tampa Bay History Center

Immerse yourself in a wine and food festival unlike any other! Enjoy wonderful wines and sample fantastic foods while strolling among some of the most amazing animals and plants native to Florida and around the world.

Glazer Children’s Museum

The Florida Aquarium


Dinos Alive Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

The Florida Aquarium



Florida Orchestra Masterworks Series Ruth Eckerd Hall

The Tampa Bay Rays host the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field.

They’re baaack! Get up-close and personal with varying species of dinosaurs that move, roar and interact with you


Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees Tropicana Field



MegaCon Orange County Convention Center

MegaCon is the Southeast’s premier Comic Book, Anime, Sci-Fi/Fantasy & Pop Culture event! Celebrity guests include Spider-Man creator Stan Lee, Richard Dean Anderson, Jenna Coleman, and many more.

Fans get a Free Rays Hawaiian Shirt

Tampa Bay Rowdies vs Saint Louis FC Al Lang Stadium

Cheer on the Rowdies at Al Lang Stadium in downtown St. Pete.

Described as both powerful and poetic, TFO debut pianist Dejan Lazic performs Beethoven’s brilliant Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor,” in the spectacular TFO season finale with Michael Francis on the podium.


Wild Days at Sea World Jack Hanna Weekend Join Join“Jungle “Jungle Jack” Jack” for for aa wild wild weekend weekend of of furry furry and and feathered feathered fun. fun.

29 Memorial Day For those who have given, and those who continue to give.

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