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Kid-trepreneurs! Business skills learned through lessons in entrepreneurship can help your child successfully navigate a tough job market and competitive business world once she reaches adulthood. HERE ARE STEPS TO TAKE TO HELP BUILD AN ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT IN YOUR CHILD:

TEACH GOAL SETTING: Entrepreneurs are driven by the vision of their idea becoming a reality. However, it takes planning and goal setting to execute this transformation from an idea into a successful business. Ask your child to choose a goal that is important to her and would help her improve her life or that of someone else. Next, ask her to put in writing the steps necessary to reach her goal and to assign expected completion dates to the tasks.

TEACH BASIC FINANCING: Help your child understand how the flow of money and investing works in a business. One good way to introduce the basics of finance is to open a bank account for your child where she can put money she earns doing chores and any money she makes with her business. Teach her how to form a budget, track expenses, and decide how to invest any profits.

ENCOURAGE CREATIVITY: If your child notices a problem that no one has yet solved, ask her what a solution might be instead of entertaining any complaining about it. Try to help your child understand that a difficulty is often a business opportunity. Share stories of successful businesses that were started up because someone saw the opportunity to solve a problem. Have your child practice ‘thinking outside the box’ to prepare her to spot potential business opportunities when she becomes an adult. Even if your child’s ideas sound outlandish, don’t discourage her from giving them a try.

ALLOW EXPERIENCE: Enable your child to give it a try. Kids (and adults) learn through experience, so take your child’s plan to reach her business goal and enable her to try it out in the real word. Locally, an organization called Crayons, Crafts and Kool Kids provides opportunities for kids to sell their homemade crafts, lemonade, or baked goods at a Kids Vendor Fair in Uptown Columbus. Parents can sign their child up for a booth at the Kids Vendor Fair by visiting:

TEACH RESILIENCY: One trait of entrepreneurs is the ability to learn from failures and apply that knowledge to future business ventures. Even if you can foresee that your child’s plan for her business may not work well, let her try it instead of stepping in and then coach her to learn from her mistakes.


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Now let your littles color the whole surface of the tile using a variety of Sharpie colors and patterns.

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BENEFITS OF PLAYING WITH LEGOS When kids discover they have similar hobbies, parents know they’re likely to “disappear” for hours at a time sharing their common ground. That’s when a lot of social skill learning takes place: taking turns, division of labor, collaborating, nonverbal communication, cue-reading. Playing with LEGO blocks are no exception. In fact, studies show that LEGO play improves their child’s social skills. In “Social Behavior and Personality 1012,” researchers reported that LEGO block play increased social skills and trust in others. An interesting side note, it didn’t increase trust in themselves which requires more introspection. Communication: Being able to join in a conversation and express feelings are important social skills. LEGO play improves these skills by reducing nervousness and anxiety. In the study, although participants had not previously met each other, they communicated easily when using the blocks as a common medium. In a study using LEGO blocks as therapy for autistic kids, the participants improved in their ability to start and continue social connections, while decreasing their aloofness and rigidity. They showed little interest in drills and exercises, but cooperated fully with skill building strategies when using LEGO blocks.

Trust of Others and Positive Feelings: Who isn’t in a good mood after positive social interactions? Kids are no exception. When they play together with LEGO blocks, they’re creating positive feelings toward others as a result of conversing and collaborating together. LEGO play seems to benefit every age. As soon as children develop the coordination to put blocks together, they begin to benefit from playing with other builders. Columbus now features a new place for kids to get their LEGO fix with the recent opening of Bricks and Minifigs in The Landings. They offer a weekly open free play time. Check our calendar for details and their facebook page at



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Etiquette is the fuel that powers relationships. Every encounter with others is an opportunity to grow your ability to connect with others. Do not take the small moments for granted, like when relating to someone in line at the grocery store, when shopping in stores, waiting for a table at a restaurant, entering/exiting an elevator, when riding in a vehicle/bus/train/airplane and in your home, gym or at a ball game/practice. Remember to treat others the way you wish to be treated!

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Toys, Toys EVERYWHERE! How early can kids start learning to put away their toys? It depends on the kid, but even toddlers under the age of 2-years-old can be an “assistant” to someone who is picking up their toys. Here are a few fun ways to get preschoolers moving toward taking responsibility for their things. Rake and scoop it. Keep a small-sized rake and dustpan ready for kids to use as they cleanup blocks, LEGOs, and other small items. Then show them how to empty the dustpan into the right toy box.



Do a “quick tidy countdown.” Suggest that your preschooler see how fast they can put away toys in 10 seconds. Start counting backwards while demonstrating how to pick up toys fast. Or set a timer and race to pick up before it dings. Assign one task at a time. Have them put away the blocks, while you pick up the train parts. Or assign them a specific area to clean. Make it a routine. Teach kids when to clean up toys such as before getting a snack, before going to the park, or before snuggling together on the couch for a bedtime story. They can learn that cleaning up is a part of everyone’s normal daily routines.


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A Year of Frog and Toad. 10am. $5-$10. Riverside Theatre; 706-507-8444;

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9 Dog Splash & Luau. 1-4pm. $8, $5 parking. Cash only. Liberty Bell Pool. Pine Mountain;

shop. 9am-Noon. Free. Ages 5-12. Columbus 706-322-9240. Phenix City 334-297-2045 Red, White & Cool Blue Summer Splash. 1-3pm. $2$5. Liberty Bell Pool. Pine Mountain; fdroosevelt


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15-16 Harris Co PRCA ProRodeo. 6pm Gates. 8pm Rodeo. Mike Tracey Arena, Hwy 116, Hamilton; 16 Columbus Children’s Book Festival. 10am-4pm. Free. Columbus Library; 16 Bricks & Minifigs Free Play. 10-noon. FB: bamcolumbus 18 Minecraft Monday. Ages 6-11. 4pm. North Columbus Library;

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Market Days on Broadway. 9am-Noon. Uptown Columbus; Michael’s Kids Club Meeting. 10am-Noon. Ages 3+. See store for details. Toddler Time. 10am-Noon. Launch Trampoline Park; Saturday Storytime. Barnes & Noble. 11am. 5555 Whittlesey Blvd. 706-653-7880 Saturday Kids Class. Noon1:30pm. $25. Painting with A Twist; Please call ahead to confirm event dates, times and age appropriateness, in case changes were made after the info was obtained. For more, visit

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tips on trampoline safety Trampolines are a lot of fun and great exercise, but they also come with risks for injuries. All the hopping, bouncing and tumbling can sometimes lead to accidents, particularly if more than one child is on the trampoline. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released a list of safety precautions parents should take if there is a trampoline at the house. The AAOS and the AAP both say that children 6 years and younger should not be allowed on trampolines. “Children younger than age 6 are less likely to have the coordination, body awareness and swift reaction time necessary to keep their bodies, bones and brains safe on trampolines,” said Dr. Jennifer Weiss, a Los Angeles pediatric orthopedic surgeon and academy spokesperson. The most common injuries children suffer on trampolines are sprains and fractures caused by falls on the trampoline mat, frame or springs. Collisions with other jumpers; stunts gone wrong; and falls off the trampoline onto the ground or other hard surfaces, are also injuries physicians see. Landing wrong can cause serious or permanent injuries even when the trampoline has a net and padding. The majority of injuries occur when there is more than one person on the trampoline. The AAP doesn’t recommend that parents buy a home trampoline, but if you decide to have one, they offer these safety guidelines: • Adult supervision at all times • Only one jumper on the trampoline at a time • No somersaults performed





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• Adequate protective padding on the trampoline that is in good condition and appropriately placed • Check all equipment often • When damaged, protective padding, the net enclosure, and any other parts should be repaired or replaced The AAOS adds these safety precautions: Place the trampoline-jumping surface at ground level. Remove trampoline ladders after use to prevent unsupervised use by young children. Regularly inspect equipment and throw away worn or damaged equipment if you can’t get replacement parts. Don’t rely on safety net enclosures for injury prevention because most injuries occur on the trampoline surface. Check that supporting bars, strings and surrounding landing surfaces have adequate protective padding that’s in good condition. Close adult supervision, proper safety measures and instruction are crucial when a trampoline is used for physical education, competitive gymnastics, diving training and similar activities. Have spotters present when participants are jumping. Do not allow somersaults or high-risk maneuvers unless there is proper supervision, instruction and protective equipment such as a harness. Another tip that the AAP offers trampoline owners is to check their homeowner’s insurance policy to obtain a rider to cover trampolinerelated injuries if not included in the basic policy.

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These funfetti whoopie pie cookies only require 5 ingredients to make. They are so easy, so good and turn out so fun! You’re going to love them!

DIRECTIONS Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Combine cake mix, butter, and egg and mix till smooth. Now pour in a bunch of sprinkles, and mix again. Form your dough into 1 inch balls and arrange on a silicone baking mat. Press lightly to flatten them a little.

INGREDIENTS • 1 Box of White Cake Mix • 1/2 C Butter (softened)

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HOO knew? Etiquette Around the World l l l In America, learning to eat with a fork is a rite of passage, but in Thailand, your fork is only used to push food onto your spoon, and never to enter your mouth.

Burping is rude and a no-no here in America, but in China, it is a sign of appreciation for eating a fantastic meal.

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Here in the states, we love cheese on just about everything, but in Italy you will never see someone ask for extra cheese with their meal. It is only taken if offered and extra cheese is never put on top of pizza or on a seafood dish.

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l l l In the U.S., being talented enough to eat with chopsticks is a big deal. But make sure if you head to Japan, that you never cross your chopsticks, never lick them, and never stick them vertically into a bowl of rice. All of these are considered very rude.

Americans are known for just eating however much suits them, but in India, they only take what they think they can eat, and always finish what’s on their plates. Throwing food away is considered wasteful and utterly disrespectful.

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We’ve all seen it—the parent who stands on the sidelines criticizing the decisions made by coaches and officials; the one who yells at his own child when she makes a mistake; the fan that hurls rude remarks to the opposing team; and the parent who always places blame. Some of us have even had the misfortune of witnessing brawls.


There’s no question, winning is rewarding and boosts self-esteem. However, well-meaning parents sometimes are so caught up in the competitiveness that they lose sight of the real value of sports. Winning is not just being the victor of a game, but becoming the best all-around person one can be.

WHAT’S IN LOSING? Plenty. It teaches lessons in perseverance, humility, respect, and acceptance of defeat. WHAT ELSE DO SPORTS OFFER? Oppor-

tunities to build friendships, lessons on the importance of rules, fairness and honesty, anger management, leadership skills, and how to work as a team. In short, sports teach important principles of life that will be of immense value in the years to come.

TIPS FOR SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD Make the most of your child’s involvement by showing your support and what it means to be a good sport. • Avoid pointing out your child’s mistakes or criticizing in a negative way. This only serves to make kids feel worse, and your child is most likely already aware of the mistake. • Practice with your child, but don’t push. Offer pointers and demonstrate proper techniques without a constant focus on mistakes. • Allow coaches and officials to do their jobs. If you feel an error was made, remember it’s a tough job and that we all make mistakes.

Realize it will probably come out in the wash. • Praise your child’s efforts, and cheer on your child and her team. • Don’t put down the other team’s players, and be courteous and respectful of the other team’s fans. • When talking with your child about a game, point out specific displays of sportsmanship that took place to show the difference between being a good sport and poor one. • If your child isn’t enjoying the

sport, don’t force him to stay in it. Team sports aren’t for everyone. Help find another activity or a solo sport that is more suited to him. • Acknowledge and show interest in team members whose abilities don’t stand out. • Don’t place blame when the team loses. • Read It's How You Play the Game: Reclaiming Sportsmanship and Honor by Bobby Newman.



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STAY ON TASK with School Projects

Why do school projects cause stress and tension for some families while other families have fun with them from start to finish? Most often, it comes down to time and material management. Use these tips to help your child’s next project run smoothly. • Organize the project first. Determine what will be needed to complete the project and make a list of materials. Get everything you’ll need together before starting on the project. • Determine how much time you will need to spend working on the project. Don’t try to do everything all at once—break it up. A five year old may not be able to work on a project for more than thirty minutes, while a twelve year old may be able to devote two or more hours at a time to the project. • Use your calendar. Set aside specific times to work on the project and mark the family calendar so you have a constant reminder. • Stay focused. Work in a quiet place without interference from electrical distractions like the television, computer, and phone. • Praise your child on his hard work. This encourages them to keep working.


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