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September-October 2011

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appy Back to School! For parents, this time of year may be as highly anticipated as the arrival of Christmas or the end of the school year is for children. Within this issue, you will find articles to help you get back into the swing of the school year. You’ll find tips on dealing with homework hassles and even ideas to smooth out your morning rush. We are also focusing on pregnancy and baby. New or expectant parents will appreciate the tips from our experts on managing the delicate balance of life, as well as finding quality child care. We’re also featuring some of the top products parents can’t live without, as provided by you, our readers- via our Facebook group page (Lehigh Valley Family). Being the parent of a three-year old currently making the journey through my second pregnancy, I realized there is one major item missing from our list- one without a price tag. The one thing I can’t live without is the advice of my closest friends and family members, most of whom have more life experience than me. I have

learned so much by asking questions and listening to the parenting tales of those who have traveled the road ahead of me. I really would be lost without this invaluable resource. It is my hope that Lehigh Valley Family can become a trusted resource for you. Join our Facebook group, where Lehigh Valley parents are seeking and receiving advice from other local families. Let our family become a part of your network of trusted advisors, as you will also become part of ours. After all, it takes a village. We wish you a happy, stress-free school year!

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Stop the Homework Blues! By Nina Pinsley, Area Director, Club Z! In-Home Tutoring of the Lehigh Valley


oes the idea of a root canal sound less painful than homework time with your child? You’re not alone! Many parents have come to dread this nightly activity because of a resistant child, disorganized materials, and difficult assignments. However, research shows that homework can teach children valuable retention, time-management, and study skills, while fostering positive character traits such as independence and responsibility (U.S. Dept of Education, 2003). So how can you cut down on conflict and increase the effectiveness of homework time with your child? Below are some highly effective tips for parents, generated by a pool of educational professionals: • Location, location, location! This common real estate adage proves true for homework and study time as well. It’s important to choose a location in the home that’s free from distractions, and offers the child plenty of space to lay out their materials and books. This space should be quiet and well-lit, and preferably free from television or radio. • Organization is the Key. Using either a planner, or a large calendar (you may want to tear out the individual months and post them on the wall, left to right), have your child mark out important exam dates, upcoming reports, projects etc., each with a different colored marker. • Keep it Consistent. Designate a specific time each day, preferably not just before bedtime, to tackle homework. Bigger projects might be better saved for weekends, especially if it involves working with other students. • Preparation Aids Success. Have school materials, including pens, pencils, pencil sharpener, paper and

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a dictionary, readily accessible. Encourage your child to use resource materials, such as an encyclopedia or dictionary, regularly when working on assignments. • Watch for Signs of Frustration. Be aware of shifts in your child’s mood during homework and study time. If you see your child become upset, angry or frustrated with the assignment, consider taking a short break, or ending the homework session for the night when possible. • Let Your Child Do the Work. Remember, your job is to maintain a positive attitude about homework, and offer guidance, not answers. Your child’s job is to actually complete the work. Too much help can hinder the learning process. According to the U.S. Department of Education, “homework is a great way for kids to develop independent, lifelong learning skills” (2003). Homework doesn’t have to be a painful experience. Showing your children that homework can be fun, and implementing some of the suggestions above can help make life a little easier for everyone in the family when it comes to study time and organization.

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Be Prepared. Keeping convenient breakfast and mid-morning snack foods handy, such as Emerald Breakfast on the go! Nut & Granola Mixes with dried fruit, granola clusters and Emerald nuts, can help with the morning rush and the midday slump. Get Moving. The American Council on Exercise says that as little as 10 minutes of exercise gets oxygen-rich blood pumping throughout your system, boosting your energy and your

mood. Stretching helps wake up tired muscles. Try some simple re you a morning robot, going through the same tired yoga poses or tai chi moves. You can also wake yourself up with a motions every single day? Or are your mornings rushed few full-body stretches by gently pointing your toes and reaching and chaotic, making you more of a morning monster? your arms above your head. Morning routines don’t have to be boring or frustratGet Some Rays. Sunshine stops the production of melatonin ing — and rebooting your routine can have a positive effect on (which helps you sleep) and signals your brain that it’s time to your entire day. wake up, so raise the shades to help you get Getting Started On the Go Eating Tips your day going with more energy. Analyze your current routine — what’s really • 35% of breakfast eaters have conworking and what’s not. Is your commute a sumed the first meal of the day while in a Me Time. Set the alarm for 15 minutes source of tension? Is getting the kids out the vehicle and 20% while getting dressed. earlier than normal. Use that time to do door on time stressful and unpleasant for • Close to 3 in 5 (56 percent) people something that energizes you — it could everyone? Look at what you need to get done spend more time thinking about their out- be reading, listening to music, meditating and how much time it realistically takes to do fits than what they’re eating for breakfast. or a short walk. It shouldn’t be for work those things. • 43% spend four minutes or fewer preor chores — do something that feeds the Next, set a goal for the morning routine. paring their breakfast, while 27 percent inner you. Would you like more calm and less chaos? spend less than a minute on their first Re-route Your Commute. Freshen things More energy? Would you like to get everyone meal of the day. up by taking a new route to work or out the door with everything they need? Be • Plan for it. Create a weekly breakfast school. Doing things the same way all the specific. Target one element at a time that plan and grocery list that includes what time puts the brain into automatic pilot. needs changing, and then take small steps to you need for a healthy on-the-go breakChanging things up a bit forces you to pay make it happen. fast. By planning ahead you can skip the attention and stimulates the brain. drive-thru and the forgettable breakfast Here are some tips for rebooting your routine bars. and getting off to a great start. Calm the Early Morning Chaos. Whether • Pack your breakfast the night before to it’s because of missing shoes, unpacked have breakfast at your desk. Eat Breakfast. The key to jump-start your backpacks or long commutes, mornings • Have some good snack options metabolism and kick off your day right is to stashed at your desk. Whole-grain crack- can be stressful. eat breakfast. But according to a survey com— To help ease that stress, get everything ers or fruit are perfect with some peanut missioned by Emerald Breakfast on the go!, ready the night before. Lay out all clothless than 43 percent of Americans eat breakfast butter. Or store some yogurt or string ing. Sign school papers, pack up backpacks cheese for the week. daily. In addition, 25 percent of Americans and have them right by the door. Load up who eat breakfast can’t remember what they ate your laptop bag with whatever you’ll need in the morning in the last three days, and nearly one in three (32 the next day. Put everything in the same spot near your exit door percent) people sometimes feel remorseful about what they eat — don’t forget your keys — so your routine is smooth. for breakfast. — Does your commute make you anxious? Ease the tension with Food That Fuels. Whole grains, fiber and protein provide you

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oor body image is one of the most pervasive, challenging and dangerous issues facing teen girls today. You might be thinking “Ok, I can see it’s important to have a good body image, but dangerous? Come on!” Yes. Hear me out. It is soooo dangerous because the mental picture your daughter has of her body, along with how she feels about it, affects every aspect of her life. If not dealt with, poor body image has the capacity to erode your daughter’s self esteem and increase the likelihood of depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, abusive relationships and even suicide due to low self esteem. A teen girl with low self esteem is not able to make good choices. And that is every parent’s worst nightmare: a daughter who doesn’t have the strength to act upon her convictions, is easily influenced, and follows everyone and everything. Below are my three best tips to help you and help your daughter build a healthy, positive body image so she can appreciate and accept her body during these anxiety ridden teen years.

Tip #1: Talk to her.

Give her accurate information about puberty so she’s not freaking out about the changes her body is suddenly going through. Do not leave her in the dark to figure out the changes for herself. Both teen and tween girls are at a stage in their lives where they are extremely self-conscious about their body, how they look and how their peers perceive them. Once she hits puberty, your daughter may start to get rounder, fuller, taller or skinnier; battle acne and mood swings; and experience new feelings of sexuality that she may not fully comprehend. Help your daughter understand what’s going on with her body by giving her accurate information on puberty; and if you’re comfortable with it, share your own experiences to put her fears at ease so that she can feel like can come to you because “you get it”. Use correct medical terminology, not cutesy words that will embarrass her at school and with her friends. If you don’t quite know how to approach the subject, provide her with some books on puberty that are written just for teens. That will open the door and provide an opportunity for discussion. This is the time to empower your daughter with the knowledge she needs to take care of and be in charge of her body, health, hygiene and the

3 Steps to Help Your Daughter Develop a Healthy Body Image By Kelsie Morales, Girl Power Studio Photo Courtesy of Pix-Ology.

mental picture she carries of herself. There is nothing better you can do for your daughter’s well being and self esteem than helping her build a solid foundation of positive body image so she can appreciate, accept and hopefully one day love her body. How great would that be?

Tip #2: Help her deconstruct the unrealistic media images she’s bombarded with. The media and our culture tell girls that their intrinsic value is directly related to what’s on the outside; not for their wonderful qualities, talents and abilities; or for what they feel, think, create or accomplish.

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The media’s dangerous message to our girls is that in order to get attention and be valued she must be “bone skinny”, “hot”, “vampy” and “sexy”. How do we as concerned parents counteract this? We must be vigilant. Yes, it’s time consuming because our daughters are bombarded with these damaging, unhealthy messages constantly. It never stops. TV, music and magazines all send the very dangerous message that gauntness and hotness are what girls must work for and attain in order to get the attention they so value at this stage in their lives. Ok, so let’s get right down to it. Here is what we must do to protect our daughters. Discuss how the media portrays images. Find examples on the internet to show her the before and after pics of celebrities they admire with and without makeup, with and without the photoshop. Make sure she understands that the media is portraying an unrealistic and unhealthy image of beauty that does not exist. Because if it did, why do they have to photoshop everyone? And, if you notice that she gets down on herself after reading fashion magazines, get rid of them. Do what you need to do to get rid of the materials in your home that are contributing to her poor self image and the angry, helpless feelings that come along with that.

TIP #3: Involve her in sports – a team sport would be ideal. Sports teaches a girl to look at their bodies in an entirely different way than our mainstream culture does. Playing a sport puts the focus on what her body can do as opposed to what her body looks like or what she wishes she could change about her body. Sports teaches a girl to rely on and trust herself, and it builds self esteem through the healthy, competitive nature and the mastery of new skills. Best of all, it puts the focus on what her incredible body is truly capable of and encourages an active lifestyle that will help decrease her chances of obesity and falling prey to the pressure to be bone skinny. Studies show that girls who participate in sports have greater confidence and self esteem and experience less depression than girls who aren’t active in sports or recreational activities. A 2007 study by the National Institute of Health found that “promoting physical activity among adolescent girls fosters positive self-worth” and a 2009 study by Elsevier Science and Health, found that “group sports have a greater impact on selfesteem than individual sports.”

It is never too late to get your daughter involved in sports. Check out the extra curricular sports offerings at your daughter’s school and look into the competitive sports teams at your local community youth athletic association. Sports plus girls make a winning combination that contributes to a healthier body image, boosts self esteem, confidence, and competency; and promotes good physical health benefits that will carry her into adulthood.

Bonus Tip: Be careful what you say in front of your daughter.

As mothers we need to be mindful of the comments we make about our own bodies and those we make of others when we are next to our daughters. Comments like “I need to go on a diet”; “I hate my fat thighs/ arms”; “I can’t eat that, it’s too fattening”; “Did you see so and so? She looks like she gained at least 10 lbs?” Every one of these comments will contribute to a poor body image in our girls. Even though our daughters may think we are dizzy, believe we don’t know what we’re talking about and would rather die than be like us, we are their role models. They look up to us. We are their first, most influential exposure to what a healthy body image looks, acts and speaks like. As mothers who would do anything for our daughters we need to love and accept our bodies first, before we can expect that for our girls. Kelsie Morales, is a local Girl Empowerment Producer, affectionately

referred to as the “Oprah for Girls”. She is the host of “Kelsie’s Teen Talk” and the founder of Girl Power Studio, creating empowering youth media to help girls make smart choices and educate parents on the issues facing teen and tween girls today. To connect with Kelsie or watch her web shows visit: (site for parents) or for teen and tween girls).

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Who is Minding Baby? Tips for Selecting Child Care

By Denise H. Continenza, Family Living Educator Penn State Extension-Lehigh County


ou carried your baby inside your own body for nine months. You held her close to your warm skin right after she was born. When you came home with her, you found that your world suddenly revolved around this miraculous being that you could not believe wasn’t always a part of your life. You and your child bonded, separated, and then bonded again, conjoined by the mystical love between parent and child. And then it hits . . . You need to return to work and leave your precious child who is still very much a part of you in the care of others for much of the day. But Aunt Rose and Best Pal Sue have offered to babysit while you work, and you are thinking that this could be a wonderful plan. After all, you yourself spent many summer days at your aunt’s house while your mother worked. And your best friend works part-time at night, so she is available to watch your baby. Best of all, they are not charging you much at all. You would feel so much better knowing that your child is being cared for by people you know. The idea of taking your child to a home setting that you are familiar and comfortable with is very appealing. “Relative-neighbor” caregiving or “unregulated” child care is a common and affordable option for many working families. The cost of child care centers, the need for “off-hours” care or the preference for a home-like setting often leads parents to look amongst their friends and families for child care arrangements. In Northampton County, there are about two-thirds as many children in unregulated care as in settings monitored by the state, according to data on families receiving child care subsidy. It is estimated that half of those caregivers are the

grandparents of the children. However, there are a number of things to discuss with caregivers before you go down this route. Reliability and Commitment. Family members are often wellintentioned when they offer to “babysit.” However, they often do not realize the commitment they are making and that your job is probably dependent upon them upholding their end of the deal. It is important that they fully understand what you are asking of them. Be clear about the number of days and hours the child will be with them. Include commute time as well. Are they physically and mentally capable of caring for a baby for that length of time? Do they have any other issues that could interfere with their availability such as medical or other appointments? How will they manage the baby if they have to go for tests or do important errands? How stable is the caregiver’s current situation? Do they anticipate any changes that might make them unable to care for your child? Will Sue decide she needs to work fulltime in the near future? The last thing you want is a phone call from Sue on Sunday evening telling you she starts a new job the next day! Understanding of Child Development and Safety. One need not have a Ph.D. in child development to care for small children, but it sure helps to have a basic understanding of what children are like at different ages and stages. Consider how they act/react toward children. An infant needs lots of touching and adults who respond to their cries. Toddlers need adults with patience to guide them. Preschoolers need someone who can help them understand boundaries. Does your caregiver attend to a crying

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infant expediently or does she express that doing so is “spoiling” a child? How does the person respond to a defiant two-year-old? Does she see misbehavior as an opportunity to teach acceptable behavior or does she react with punishment? Children at different stages need different types of guidance. Even if the person you choose to care for your infant is loving, nurturing and responsive, reassess the situation when your baby becomes a curious toddler or an active preschooler. It is also important to evaluate a caregiver’s ability and skill at responding to emergencies and preventing accidents or injury. If your child will be going to the caregiver’s home, assess the environment for potential danger such as open stairways or uncovered outlets. Find out if the person is trained in pediatric CPR and First Aid. Willingness to Be Your Partner. Grandparents and other relatives are often big culprits when it comes to bending the rules. All children need consistency. Yet, the special grandparent-grandchild relationship almost demands clandestine ways of defying the system. Have an honest talk with your relative about drawing some lines around when they can allow children some leeway and when it is not okay to do that. Weekends or non-work days are fairly acceptable times to allow some rule-bending. While your child is in their care, the caregiver ought to be conscious of your expectations. If, for example, you do not want your baby eating cereal until the pediatrician gives you the green light, then your aunt or friend should cooperate with you even though they might not agree.


Have a back-up plan - and a back-up to the back-up. It is always good to have Plan B in case your primary child care option does not work out. If your child is enrolled in a child care center, you would have to have an alternate plan for days when your child has a fever. Similarly, if your relative gets sick, you would have to have an alternate plan for your child that day. After all your homework is done, you may decide that both Aunt Rose and Pal Sue are well-qualified to take care of your baby while you work. However, you might not be as excited about this arrangement as you were when they first mentioned it. Your attention is now turning toward finding a more structured setting. The county Child Care Information and Referral Services (CCIS) is a great place to start when seeking licensed or regulated child care. In Lehigh County, they can be reached at 610-437-6000 and in Northampton County at 610415-4500. Another helpful resource can be found at www. Returning to work after having a baby is fraught with all kinds of emotions. Knowing that your child is safe and sound makes that transition so much easier to navigate. Friends and relatives can be wonderful resources for many wonderful reasons. But your child’s early care is paramount to later success in school and in life. Be choosy about who you select to influence those tender years!

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Bloom Fitness skirt is perfect for you fit mamas. It is made with lightweight performance fabric and features an extra wide waistband/belly panel that can be worn up high over a baby-bump or folded to sit low below the bump. It comes with attached compression shorts and 2 side velcro-closure pockets. “This skirt was so cute, I couldn’t wait to wear it. As my baby-bump grew, I wore the panel over my belly. It was snug enough to provide a lot of support during my jogs. This skirt is, hands down, the most flattering fitness-wear I own, and I hope to be able to wear it post pregnancy.” Check them out at

Pregnancy Without Pounds: This is marketed as a book, but it is so much more. The title is misleading; while it sounds like a diet program for pregnant women, it’s a guide to healthful eating for you and your growing baby, as well as safe exercises for pregnancy, and more. Inside you’ll receive: Exercise Manual and Journal. Many exercises are not suitable for pregnant ladies. The manual shows you what you can do during your pregnancy, and its broken down by how you might be feeling. The routines are for a Tired Mama, Moderate Mama, or Fit Mama. Pick what works for you! Weight gain chart manager: Keep track of your weight and analyze what you have to do. Learn from an expert how to manage weight gain for your body type; core strengthening exercises to help make the aches and pains of pregnancy less noticeable and labor easier; tips to speed up post-partum weight loss; and what to eat to reduce cravings, puffiness, and even varicose veins. Our tester searched months for a book that demonstrated pregnancy-safe workouts that were actually challenging. We’ll let you know how things bounce back into shape in a few months; keep an eye out on Facebook for a Pregnancy without Pounds update!

Blanqi Body Shaper:

Think of this as Spanx, but for pregnant gals. It boasts built-in belly support that lifts & eases the weight of your growing belly. At the same time it shapes and smoothes your back, sides and torso while allowing for the stretchy belly panel to expand as you grow. The x-shaped back panel is designed to anchor and lift, distributing pregnancy pounds and reducing stress on the body. The icing on the cake is that it holds up unbuttoned pants so you can keep wearing your pre-preg pants longer. Oh, and did we mention that our tester found it so comfy that she wears it 24-7, and even swears that it makes sleeping less uncomfortable? You can purchase Blanqi at Nordstrom, Bare Necessities, A Pea in the Pod, or by visiting their site,

UGGS Boots:

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“ My son loves it and it was a lifesaver during those fussy teething periods.” “Sophie was the best. It is super important for us to have her again with our next baby.”

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This seat enables baby to sit upright and promotes more close-contact family interaction. • Contoured seat designed to fit baby’s posture and can be placed anywhere on an even, ground-level surface. • Soft, comfortable, non-toxic, portable, lightweight and versatile, requires no straps or fasteners. “Our daughter had a giant head and she was having trouble with sitting up. In one week with the Bumbo and she was way less of a bobble head and was sitting on her own!”

“My friends told me about the Dr. Brown’s bottles and showed me the nipple flow. I bought some based on my friend’s recommendation and have fallen in love with the bottles. My son drinks slower, has less gas, and does not spit up as much. I would highly recommend these bottles to anyone who breast feeds and pumps, or breast and formula feeds. With the Dr. Brown’s (because of the slower flow nipples that simulate the actual breast flow speed) my son realizes he is full soon after his feeding. Definitely worth the money. I wish I would have known about the differences in the compared product’s nipple flow, so I wouldn’t have wasted my money on other bottles. The only downside to the Dr. Brown bottles is that they are more time consuming to wash the bottles because of the extra pieces, but that is minor compared to the satisfaction my son receives from each feeding due to the nipple flow and decreased air intake.”


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My Brest Friend:

“My wife tried a Boppy for the first month then got this, which she used continually for the next year. She has used it for all 3 of our children. The Boppy my sister loaned us was pretty flat after she used it for only one child. You can even use this standing up or when you move around since the strap goes around your back. The strap also provides back & lumbar support. The pocket is a nice touch (you put your Lansinoh, cell phone, baby nail clippers, etc. in it) The only possible downside is it isn’t that easy to put on with one hand (for example, if you are already cradling the baby). The removable cover (zipper) makes this easy to clean.”

Ergo Baby Carrier:

This carrier is favored because it distributes weight evenly, is easy to use, and doesn’t make the baby or baby-wearer as hot as some other carriers reportedly do. “I LOVED the Ergo baby carrier, but for when the baby is a little older. Lasts forever and I still use it on my 33 lbs 2 yr old”

Charlie Banana Diapers:

This 2-in-1 cloth diapering system is wallet and environment friendly. You can use washable inserts or disposable inserts. It features wide back elastic for comfort and a slimmer fit. Smart side snaps make for an even smaller diaper around the waist. This smart side snap is also good for rolling up and closing each diaper after being changed. This is a feature not available on its well known name-brand competitors. The elastic leg casing helps prevent leaks. Innovative front flap opening, which keeps inserts securely in place, covers up buttons away from baby’s skin, and can be used to hold disposable inserts which lay on top of the diaper. The One Size diapers may be used from birth through to the potty training stage, by simply adjusting the leg elastic as your baby grows.Included with each diaper are 2 reusable washable inserts. A solid color diaper costs $19.88 and a print is $20.88. You can save more by purchasing a 6-pack for $109.99.Charlie Banana® products are available locally at

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is a cooperative venture of local artists and teachers who enjoy making and teaching their crafts. Mary Szakmeister, retired English teacher, began making beaded jewelry five years ago. In February, she joined with daughter Virginia Ellen who has been a hobby potter for 20 years, and friend Patty Passick, ceramicist and art teacher, to form Artists at Heart. They were joined by Charles Shackelford who makes beautiful wood items, and artist Fran Ackley who paints, knits and makes jewelry.

hat did you expect when you were expecting? Did you anticipate all the changes a new baby brings? Did you plan for the unexpected? Bringing home baby is a special moment filled with the best of life’s unknown and unplanned. Quiet yawns and sweet lullabies easily turn into exhausted late night feedings and dirty diapers. The sudden onslaught of responsibilities can make a Artists at Heart sells hand-made items at local markets and craft fairs. In addition to their beautiful work and new parent go CRAZY! willingness to do custom items to order, what sets them Keeping life simple is constantly challenged by the surprises of apart is their desire to share the joy of creating art. Artists parenthood. Anticipate the chaos of a new baby and invite balance at Heart offers art parties for all ages where children and adults can make their own jewelry and pottery. into your life. Create a plan with these 7 tips to keep life real. Artists at Heart offers children’s birthday parties, girls night 7 Tips to Building a Balanced Life out parties, fundraising parties, and even has programs • Values and priorities check. Check to to enable Scouts of all ages to earn badges in jewelry and see if your priorities are aligned with pottery making. They discuss history and basic materials before helping scouts design and create projects to your values. If not, evaluate what is demonstrate their understanding and skills. most important and make adjustments to your daily priorities to honor those For more information, visit, the values. Artists at Heart Facebook page, or call 484-278-1636. • Perfection is a myth. Only you see the high standards of the perfect picture. Don’t fool yourself into believing it exists in the minds of others. Give your best and allow it to be good enough. • Endings are beginnings. Every ending allows new beginnings. Create space in your life before you add something else to your tight schedule. • Ditch the guilt. Remove words like “should” and “must” from conversations. You don’t “have to” do anything other than what you want. It’s your choice. No apologies necessary. • Staying in the moment. Let go of what “was” or what “will be” and stay with what “is”. Staying in the moment reduces the unnecessary worry that is attached to the unknown of assumptions. • No isn’t a dirty word. Don’t be afraid to use it! But, if saying “no” is difficult, politely respond without a direct answer. This gives you time to think without rushing into an answer that you will regret later. • Superheroes don’t exist. Everyone needs help sometime. Find your support of friends and family that you know you can count on in an emergency. All Rights Reserved 2011. Pam Cantone, Certified PCI Parent Coach. Moments Coaching, LLC. 610-392-6514.

The Gentle Martial Art for Children and Young Adults By Art Villafane, Lehigh Valley Family


o practice a martial art effectively, you do not need to break boards or punish an opponent. Youngsters that practice Aikido learn discipline, control and ways to defend themselves in a non-violent way. According to David Nemeroff, owner and head instructor at Aikido Masters Self-Defense Academy in Whitehall, “Aikido is considered a gentle martial art because of its efficiency of harmonious movement and subtle methods of defense, not because it is weak. Through softness, an Aikido practitioner utilizes an attacker’s force and turns it against him to gain control of a volatile situation. Just as in all of life, it is through non-resistance that victory can be attained. The physical challenges of Aikido can provide increased endurance and greater coordination, and help children to lose weight. Aikido training also promotes a non-competitive attitude that encourages personal growth and is excellent for students who do not fare well in traditional competitive sports.” I interviewed parents of the children who train at Aikido Masters. I asked Karen Sauter, whose 12-year old son John trains there, why John chose Aikido. She said he wanted an individual sport where size did not matter, which would enable him to defend himself against the bullying he sometimes endures due to his hearing difficulties. She researched several schools (dojos). When she found that Nemeroff requires high scholastic standards in addition to dedicated practice, she knew she had found the right place for her son. John said he enjoys going at his own pace, meeting new friends and the advancement that comes from dedicated practice. His mother noted that when he started he could hardly do the rolling exercises, but now his motor skills are greatly improved, as is his self-esteem. Additionally, he told his mom that he wants to achieve a junior black belt ranking in the kids’ class and then do the same as an adult. It showed

her that he can set goals and is willing to do the work to achieve them. Nemeroff continued: “What differentiates Aikido from other sports is that it helps develop ethical decision-making skills and reduces stress. Children are filled with what seems like limitless energy, and Aikido can help channel it in a constructive manner. Unlike some other martial arts, Aikido students do not break boards, bricks or ice. Breaking objects can be detrimental to children’s health because their bones and connective tissue are soft and not fully developed. Breaking objects can cause long-term problems later on in life.” Todd Reifinger studies martial arts at this dojo, as do his two young boys. His one son, Trent, has shown a very big improvement in his attitude and grades since he started his martial arts. Both his sons want to put in the practice in order to advance in skill and rank. Todd says, “It teaches them calmness and the ability to gain control. I highly recommend that parents bring their children to watch a practice session.” Nemeroff offers a free trial for anyone interested in trying Aikido; guests are always welcome to come watch and ask questions. Aikido Masters is located at 2008 Eberhart Road in Whitehall, (484) 245-0567,

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rom the outside, Jose and Brian have little in common; one is urban and dark skinned, and the other is suburban and white. On the inside, music is their common language and the passionate bond that holds their friendship strong. Both young men are musically gifted, and show a zeal for music that overflows into other areas of their life. They use music to escape, to express themselves and ultimately to mold themselves into strong young men with bright futures. Although Jose and Brian do not actually exist, they embody typical Community Music School students: diverse and talented young musicians who show great interest in music and great potential in life. Community Music School (CMS), based on the second floor in the Allentown Symphony building, Fowler Education Wing, is truly that -- an organization that offers musical instruction and performance opportunities to the entire Lehigh Valley. Since 1981, CMS has touched over 13,000 children through individual instruction and numerous outreach programs. All youngsters need to show is an interest and a willingness to practice to achieve results. In 2010, approximately 68% received some sort of multi-family member discount, merit-based scholarship (based upon predetermined criteria), or tuition free outreach programs. Despite what many think, CMS is not your grandmother’s piano lesson. On a trip to the school you will encounter the rhythms of jazz, rock, Latin, R&B, classical and other beats flowing through the halls. Additionally, you will find accomplished, professional musicians who continue to perform at regional and national venues, who share their passion for music, with others. CMS does not promise fame and fortune. However they do promise to help students reach their music making potential; develop interests that will last a life-time; and help youngsters to enjoy, understand, and appreciate music while allowing each one to discover their own creativity and have some fun in the process. The learning

process has become for some a chore rather than the joy of learning something new. The CMS professionals can indeed bring back the enthusiasm, energy, and fun to the process. And they will turn no serious student away from lessons for lack of funds. Even if you have not been to CMS you probably have seen its students in the community. They are involved in programs at numerous area schools and community centers from Macungie to Bangor and take their young performers to play for public audiences from Musikfest to Barnes and Noble, for associations, clubs and other organizations’ events. In-house recitals on Sunday afternoons- all free and open to the public, have become a destination for performance including some side-by-side recitals with faculty. If you have a child, are part of an organization, or are involved with after-school activities for school students and are interested in programming, (group or individual), taught by CMS educators, please contact CMS at 610-435-7725 or

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Starting to Choose a College By Vicki Bezems, Lehigh Valley Family


f your child is entering high school, it’s not too early to start looking at colleges. Most families start to investigate colleges seriously and go on campus visits at the end of sophomore year or the beginning of junior year. But professional college counselor Joan Franklin of The College Source believes that starting to visit colleges as early as freshman year can set the stage for a more grounded selection process. After an early tour of several campuses with her own daughter, she reflected, “While we as parents remind our teens of the importance of good grades and strong extracurricular activities, it takes on new meaning when those same admonishments are made by an admissions officer. Not only was she learning about the academic accomplishments of the students admitted to each school, she was consistently hearing the message to follow your passions and share what makes you unique and valuable to the student body.”

• An alumni association that is actively involved with the college and serves as a support network after college • The percentage of students who graduate in four years. • How many students transfer after freshman year


Cost is a major factor, but don’t cross a school off your list merely because your initial impression is that it’s too expensive. Colleges and universities offer financial aid packages. Have an open discussion with your child early in the selection process about what your family can afford to pay and the amount you expect him or her to contribute. Together, figure out the amount of financial aid you would need for every school you’re considering. Be sure to tally housing, transportation, meals and other incidentals into the total price tag. Use online resources from colleges and elsewhere and financial aid workshops Academics and Reputation Consider only accredited schools. Accreditation may impact sponsored by high schools in local communities to help get you your ability to get financial aid and even your student’s ability started. If you have dual citizenship or are a citizen of an European to get into graduate school. A list of accredited schools is Union country, investigate the benefits of dual citizenship for available at the Council on Higher Education (www.chea. your child. Most EU member states offer “resident” tuition com). Also consider: rates -- lower tuition fees or no fees at all -- to students with • Caliber of the faculty dual citizenship. • Opportunities to participate in research as an undergraduate Motivation and Environment • Options for study abroad The intangible aspects of a college and its environment are • An excellent department in your child’s field of interest, equally important as cost as the more measurable factors. Your if he has one at this stage, or a strong curriculum of liberal student needs to start examining these by asking herself what arts courses to help him choose a major (But keep in mind she wants to get out of college. According to an NPR interview that he doesn’t need to decide on a major in order to pick a with Martha O’Connell, executive director of Colleges That college.) Change Lives, “You need to examine yourself and your reasons • Student support services, such as tutoring and mentoring for going to college before you start your search. Why, really, • Opportunities for internships are you going? What are your abilities and strengths? What are • The school’s reputation with potential employers and your weaknesses? What do you want out of life — something graduate schools (Continued on Page 18) • Lehigh Valley Family 17 Deciding on a college should be, above all, your child’s personal choice, but in reality the final selection must be a joint one between you and your child. You are your child’s first resource for information, support and encouragement. In the beginning, you can start by suggesting that your son or daughter investigate all prospective colleges. Here are some key areas that you as a parent can guide your student to evaluate.

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tangible or intangible? Are you socially self-sufficient or do you need warm, familial support?”


Smaller schools provide an environment that is more individualized because a lower student-to-faculty ratio allows more interaction with professors inside and outside the classroom. Larger schools, on the other hand, often offer a wider selection of courses and a more diverse student population.

Location Regardless of the favorable aspects of a school, it has to be in a geographic location that’s attractive to your child. Take into consideration climate, setting, proximity to a city, and distance from home. If it’s in a place that’s too hot, too cold, too rainy, too remote or too busy, your child will be miserable from the onset and possibly want to transfer early.


College is a life experience, not just an academic one. Look at the student population and the atmosphere. Visit college web

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sites to find out what events take place, guest speakers, how to get in touch with current students and faculty to decide if you want to spend the time and money on a campus visit, and the admissions officer assigned to your region of the country. Send them an e-mail to ask about getting in touch with students from your area, or some students with interests similar to yours. The campus visit is a must. When your child visits, he should try to sit in on classes, eat in the dining hall and hang out in the student center or other common areas. That will help him understand what daily life is like there. Have him talk to a few students and ask if they would make the same college choice if they had to do it again. Be sure to separate facts from opinions. Do your own research, and ignore generalizations such as a school’s reputation as a “party school”, “hard to get into” or “too expensive”; such are often based on hearsay and are unfounded. The college experience depends on the individual. Explore a few colleges that you know little or nothing about; you may find the perfect fit for you. Don’t think that a college is not a good choice just because it is not widely known.

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Coral’s Academy Of Dance

Professional instruction for all ages and levels ~ Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap,Hip Hop, Hooping, Zumba. Morning, Afternoon and Evening classes. • 610-966-3957 1107 South Tenth Street, Emmaus.

Dolly Haltzman Dance Academy

Offering dance training to pre-school age students thru adults, pre-professional and dance enthusiasts alike. Our professional staff are experts in their fields and attentive to a child’s creative and emotional growth. Ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, tap, hip hop and mom and me classes are offered at our two Lehigh Valley locations. Our students have danced professionally with nationally acclaimed dance companies, have received dance scholarships to prestigious summer programs and colleges and have performed on Broadway and in films. • 610-965-6216 118 South 6th Street, Emmaus.

East Coast Dance Connection

Offering classes to children, teens and adults in tap, ballet, modern, hip hop, bellydancing and jazz. ECDC’s instructors are all accomplished dancers. Leann Hoffer, ECDC Director, received her Associates in Dance from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Students have many performance opportunities in the community. East Coast Dance Connection has served the Valley for 20 years. 610-439-ECDC 22 Alta Drive rear, Whitehall, 18052.

Repertory Dance Theatre

A 501 (c) 3 dance company founded by Dolly Haltzman in 1987 and is now under the artistic direction of Jennifer Haltzman Tracy and Trinette Singleton. RDT provides dancers with high quality dance training and performance opportunities like the Nutcracker, and a full-length spring ballet. In addition, RDT provides free dance training for At-Risk students and artist-in-residence programs, as well as conducts programs in collaboration with other arts’ organizations throughout the Lehigh Valley. • 610-965-6216 118 South 6th Street, Emmaus.

Willow Park Dance Academy

Offering classes in creative movement/pre-ballet, ballet, pointe, modern, and jazz. Specializing in storybook ballets. The Willow Park Dance Academy offers excellence in dance training to the young dancer. We offer a variety of classes for pre-school age children through advanced pre-professional students. Our belief is that the study of dance encourages creativity, instills a sense of discipline, builds self-esteem, strong bodies and minds while developing poise and grace. Our classes are designed to nurture students in the art of dance through history, creativity, and self expression. • 610-691-3222 2475 Willow Park Road, Bethlehem.


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Top Fashion Tips for a Stylish Mom-to-Be By Lauren Wuscher


eing pregnant should be a celebration… you shouldn’t want to hide inside because you simply cannot find something comfortable, yet stylish to wear. Most maternity clothing can be pricey and unflattering, but there are still many ways you can spice up your wardrobe and keep your stylish ways (no muumuus, tent-shirt, or overalls allowed)! 1. Accessorize with jewelry – A lot of times, pregnant women forget that sometimes the best and easiest way to look stylish is just to add jewelry to their existing outfit! This is also a great way to purchase just the necessary maternity basics (solid tops, bottoms, dresses, etc…) that they can mix and match with different jewelry to create new outfits without having to purchase a lot of expensive clothing. Plus, once you have your baby, you might need to shelve your jewelry for a while from those little grabby hands so wear it while you can! 2. If you’re going to splurge, do it on a pair of jeans Typically jeans are something you wear on a daily basis. Additionally, with jeans you do not have to wash them after every wear (and you really shouldn’t because it will fade the color and wear them out much faster). So it only makes sense that when you are pregnant you should invest in a really nice pair of jeans, which can last you throughout most of your pregnancy. They should be comfortable and stretch with your belly as you grow. When washing them, make sure to turn them inside out and wash in cold water (low heat or no heat dry) so the color lasts longer. 3. Don’t shop maternity clothing – at least for the first and even the second trimesters. If you need a few tops to cover up your baby belly while it’s still small, look to purchase a size or two larger because it will still cover your belly, look stylish, and cost less than maternity clothing. Plus, you will need these clothes for the few months after you give birth when you’re covering up any remaining baby pooch. Look for baby doll tops and tops with an a-line shape because they will be the most comfortable and you will be able to wear them the longest. 4. Stay away from excessively baggy clothing – This one goes along with tip #3. Whether you’re shopping in the


maternity section or purchasing clothing that is a size or two larger than your normal size, do NOT go overboard. Yes, you may grow into it, but baggy and large clothing will always make you look bigger than you actually are. Make sure your clothing still fits you (especially around your shoulders where you will not need any extra room for an expanding belly) and lightly skims your new curves instead of billowing out. It will look 1000x better. 5. Remember normal fashion rules still apply – so this means you should continue to stay away from horizontal stripes because they will make you look larger (same deal with very large prints). Colors should match; don’t go overboard with a ton of bright colors. Dark colors will always make you look slimmer, but I always suggest you throw some fun in there once in awhile with a bright pop of a scarf, jewelry, shoes, or even a bright colored top or bottom. 6. Know when to buy maternity clothing and stick to basics – Being pregnant can be exciting, but rushing out to buy all of your maternity clothing the second you find out is a big mistake. It won’t fit right and you’ll spend way too much money! You don’t need to buy maternity clothing until the second trimester: and when you do, like I said above, stick to basics (long tanks, comfortable pants, etc..) and stay away from the trends. You never know if you’ll need this clothing again in the future if you want to have another child… 7. A great maxi dress can be your friend – You can never go wrong with an empire waist maxi dress that’s comfortable and you can wear anywhere. They must be great because pregnant celebrities are seen wearing them all the time! Plus, the fabric will stretch with your changing shape. Wrap tops that hug your bump and comfortable stretchy skirts also work great! When shopping for maternity clothing there are also a ton of low priced options to choose from including Old Navy, JC Penney and Target; even Walmart has some great options. Or hit up a maternity consignment shop. I’ve even heard that Craigslist and yard sales work great for this! Have fun with it and don’t forget, you’re pregnant, you have to dress for two now, and no matter what you are wearing, you look beautiful!

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Top 10 Things to Know About Consignment Sales By Dawn Lenig, The Clothing Tree


he seasonal consignment event craze has now come to Lehigh Valley. Savvy moms want to understand the popularity, why it is different than a store, and what sale is your best fit to consign with. Here is a quick guide to help you. Shopping: • Sales are seasonal events – They are held in spring and fall for 3-5 days per season. There is no daily operating store front. • Shop early to get the best deals - Prices for similar items may vary because consignors set their own prices. The sooner you shop, the better. Sales offer private shopping times to volunteers. Consider volunteering to receive this early shopping pass. • Check items carefully – Most things are not returnable. Ask to open games and check for parts. Know your children’s size before you shop, there normally are no dressing rooms. Trace their foot on cardboard and use it to measure inside of shoes. • Easy one-stop shopping with big savings - Thousands of items from hundreds of families all priced 70-90% BELOW retail. Everything you want and need for kids is organized by category and size. Be prepared to spend time looking around!

Consignors: • Commission - Sales pay 60-70% by check, possibly higher for volunteers, within 14 days. Stores sell merchandise for 2-3 months before paying 40-50% as shopping credit or lower if paid by check. • Preparing your items – Consignor must prepare and tag items for a sale. Clothing must be on hangers. The sale will provide information on the tagging system used. • No need to be present during the sale - Bring your items to the facility for inspection. Unsold items may be picked-up following the sale or leave them for donation. • Compare costs – Registration fees, base commission, and volunteer perks vary between sales. Some sales limit the quantity and types of items. Many require wire hangers. • Seasonal items - Spring sales carry spring and summer items; fall sales carry fall and winter items. • Buy, sell, and recycle…it makes “cents” - Earn money, clean out closets, and reclaim the garage. Recycling your gently used items helps the environment and supports your local community by providing a way to lower the cost of raising a family. Learn more about the Clothing Tree sale at


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Easy Apple Pie Foldovers

1. The Great Allentown Fair. Steeped in the tradition of its rich agricultural roots while highly emphasizing education for the nonagrarian public. Its diverse entertainment offerings attract attendees of all ages and tastes. Sep. 2 – 5, 302 N. 17th St., Allentown. 2. Make autumn placemats. Collect colorful fallen leaves of different sizes and shapes. Arrange them in attractive but varying patterns. Press between sheets of wax paper and steam it closed with a warm (not hot) iron. Trim each placement with colorful strips of construction paper or discount fabric with a fall pattern. Place on the table for seasonal flair. 3. Make a bowling game. Save detergent bottles, rinse out, half fill with sand, and glue the lids on. Arrange at the end of a hallway and you have a bowling alley. 4. Sensory-friendly film series at the theater designed for individuals with autism or other disabilities and their families/caregivers. Rave Motion Pictures at The Promenade Shops in Center Valley, PA 10 a.m., Saturdays.Matinee pricing. 5. The Rise and Fall of Bethlehem Steel – Walking Tour along the Lehigh River. Learn how blast furnaces worked, why men needed brass checks to get in the gate every morning, and which buildings housed which operation on this on-site walking tour that gives visitors a glimpse into the day-to-day life of a steel worker. 505 Main Street, Bethlehem Pennsylvania, every day through Dec. 31, 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm. 6. Visit the Philadelphia Insectarium (“bug museum”). Kids can play on a manmade spider web, watch a working beehive (safely behind glass), check out the glow-in-the-dark scorpions, and even touch a few bugs (with help from a tour guide). They’ll love the interactive games, puzzles, and microscopes.; Cockroach Kitchen will gross out the grownups, and the high-energy and sometimes zany tour guides just add to the fun. Don’t forget to pick up a candied insect lollipop at the gift shop! 8046 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia. 7. The Chile Pepper Food Festival. Friday September 9th, Saturday September 10th. Chile Pepper Field Excursion, Chile Pepper Salsa Contest, Chile Pepper Eating Contest. Bowers, Pa. 8. Farewell Summer Festival, on the Triangle, Emmaus. September 10. 10 am – 11 pm. Horse & surry rides, sidewalk sales, children’s activities, hot dog eating contest, rib cookoff and more. 9. Go apple picking and bake the apple foldovers, recipe on your right. 10. Observe the ten-year anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks with a special program and commemorative exhibit. Opens September 10th at 1pm. View a fire truck that was at Ground Zero. Opening day FREE. Lehigh Valley Historical Society, Allentown.


This is a fun variation on a traditional apple pie. • 1 1/2cups thinly sliced, peeled apples (1 1/2 medium) • ¼ cup packed brown sugar • 2 tablespoons water • 1 teaspoon lemon juice • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar • ¼ teaspoon salt • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine • ½ teaspoon vanilla • 1 box refrigerated pie crusts • 1 egg 1. In saucepan, mix apples, brown sugar, 1 tbsp. of the water and the lemon juice. Cook on medium, stirring until bubbly. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook 6 to 8 minutes, stirring until apples are tender. 2. In small bowl, mix flour, granulated sugar and salt. Stir into apple mixture, cooking and stirring until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in butter and vanilla. Cool 15 minutes. 3. Heat oven to 375°F. Defrost pie crusts at room temperature for 15 minutes. Unroll crust on ungreased cookie sheet. Cut into quarters. Spoon cooled fruit mixture evenly onto half of each slice of crust to within 1/2 inch of edge. In small bowl, beat egg and 1 tablespoon water; brush over edge of crust. Fold untopped half of crust over apple mixture; firmly press edge to seal. Flute edge; cut small slits in several places in top crust. Brush top with remaining egg mixture. 4. Bake 25 to 35 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Serve warm or cool.

Date Night Suggestion Go to an old fashion drive in movie together. This is a great month to do so, since its not freezing cold out, but you’ll still need to bring a blanket and snuggle up.

Celebrate September! • Children’s Good Manners Month 1-10: Enthusiasm Week 2: Lazy Mom’s Day 11: Patriots Day


• Friendship Month

18-24: Clean Hands Week 10: Swap Ideas Day 18: Wonderful Weirdoes Day

• Whole Grains Month 25-10/1: Keep Kids Creative Week 12: Hug Your Hound Day 19: Talk Like a Pirate Day

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Make Something Delicious Panko Crusted Chicken

This is a great dish to make for a quick weeknight meal or for company. It takes about 30 minutes, start to finish. Kids and adults will love the tangy mustard with the crusty bread crumbs.


• 6 boneless chicken breasts, washed & patted dry, flattened with a meat mallet or wooden rolling pin • 1/4 c. olive oil • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 1/4 c. Dijon mustard • 1/2 c. Panko (Japanese bread crumbs) • 3 tbsp. Parmesan cheese, shredded (optional) • 1 tbsp. parsley flakes (optional)


1. Mix olive oil, garlic and mustard. Set aside. Mix Panko crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and parsley. Set aside. 2. Coat chicken in mustard sauce on both sides; dip chicken tops only in crumb mixture to coat. Lay chicken in baking pan, crumb mixture side up (use small baking pan so that chicken pieces are close together). 3. Bake at 500°F for 15 minutes. Makes 6 servings.

Date Night Suggestion Make a list of goals you want to accomplish in one, five, ten or twentyfive years. Create steps to accomplish them. Post these where they will be effective in nudging you to action.


10 Great Things To Do 1. “Sylvester and the Magic Pebble”, Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St. , Allentown , PA , 18101, October 8th, 2 p.m. Enchantment Theatre transforms this Caldecott Medal-winning book by the author of “Shrek” into a stage production with life-size puppets, magical illusions and an original musical score. or 610-432-6715. 2. Rock the Fall Pre-Season Festival, Blue Mountain, October 10th & 11th. Get a bird’s eye view of the fall leaves on beautiful Blue Mountain – with $5 Lift Rides. Outdoor activities, dozens of craft vendors, plus discounts on snow sports clothing and equipment. You may even win a day pass or season ticket! Gates open 11:00 am and show starts 2:00 pm each day. Festival entrance and parking are free. For more information, e-mail rockthefall@, or call 610.826.7700. 3. Visit the Lehigh Valley Zoo for these fun events in October: October 24, National Kangaroo Awareness Day; October 29, Boo at the Zoo – Trickor-Treat stations throughout the Zoo; and October 16-22, Wolf Awareness Week. 4. Go on a color hike. Either split up the colors, and have the kids find as many things in the color you assign them during the hike, or have the whole group count as many colored leaves as they can find. It is also fun if you can get the kids to take pictures of the colors they see with a digital camera. 5. Oktoberfest, SteelStacks campus, Bethlehem, PA. Sept 29 - Oct. 2 and Oct. 6-9, 2011. Activities and attractions include barrel rolling competitions, dachshund racing, beer stein races, a bratwurst eating contest, a home brewing competition judged by Yuengling’s master brewers and a Yuengling Truck Pull, where teams of up to 20 people will pull a 40,000-pound Yuengling beer truck 100 feet while competing for a grand prize to be announced at a later date. Kids will be able to enjoy free arts and crafts at Oktoberfest’s family fun area, while Kunstler Market will showcase vendors offering art, handmade crafts and collectibles. For more information and schedules, visit or call 610-332-1300. 6. Roast pumpkin seeds. 7. Attend a local Halloween Parade. 8. Make a tree sculpture. Collect fallen sticks and branches and gently wedge them between two adjacent tree trunks, then decorate the sticks with fallen leaves. 9. Stuff a scarecrow. Break out an old shirt and overalls and stuff until firm. Complete with a pumpkin head and mount on a broomstick. 10. Play barnyard. Choose one person to be the farmer. His job is to think of two to four types of farm animals, then whisper one to each player. At “Go,” each player belts out his or her animal’s sound (a cow’s moo or a dog’s bark, for example) and runs to find other players making the same noise. The first group to herd itself together and sit down wins.

Celebrate October! • Go on a Field Trip Month • Caffine Addiction Recovery Month • Month of Free Thought 1-7: Eat Better, Eat Together Week 10-14: Kids Goal Setting Week 24-30: Peace, Friendship, and Goodwill Week 4: World Teacher’s Day 8: National Pierogy Day 11: Face Your Fears Day 14: Be Bald and Be Free Day 17: Cake Decorating Day 29: National Forgiveness Day 30: Haunted Refridgerator Night 31: Carmel Apple Day

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Lehigh Valley Family September-October 2011  

A magazine for families of the Lehigh Valley, Pa.

Lehigh Valley Family September-October 2011  

A magazine for families of the Lehigh Valley, Pa.