Alexâ€™s Lemonade Stand A young girls big idea raises millions to find a cure for child-hood cancer.
Boy and the Moon A story about friendship Mr. Bobby answers important questions by kids
Parents Corner Children and Self-esteem
Signs to look for in children with low self-esteem and tips on how you can encourage a healthy self image
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Vice President, Publisher/Father Marc Garrett
Editor/ Creative Director/Mother Sarai Garrett
The Really Cool Stuff 8. Advice Column
By Bobby Antillon
By Sarai Garrett
By Jesse Morris
Art Director/Mother Priscilla Dominguez
Other Cool Stuff
9. Boy and the Moon 10. Alex Dreams Big 4. What is Bullying?
Jenny Johnson Jesse Morris
5. This Month In History
7. Space Maze
Senior Designer Jeremy Wyngaard
12. Fun Page
Contributing Graphic Designers Quentin Dzeara
Contributing Photographers Blanca Munoz Diego Alvarez Bobby Antillon Child Psychologist/ Advice Column
13. Kid Friendly Recipe
Parents Corner 15. 12 helpful tips for the New Year By Jenny Johnson 16. Children and Self-Esteem
By Jenny Johnson
18. 15 Min. Dinner
Hitting, kicking, shoving, and other physical kinds of bullying
What is bullying? Bullying happens when someone hurts or scares
Taunting, teasing, name-calling
another person on purpose. The person being bullied has a hard time defending himself or herself. Usually, bullying happens over and over.
Spreading rumors about others
Excluding or ignoring others in a mean way
Taking money or other belongings
Sending mean e-mails or notes
www.StopBullyingNow.hrsa.gov A campaign of the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
This Month in history
On January 11, 1935 Amelia Earhart became the first person to fly solo from Honolulu, HI to Oakland, CA
Color and cut out Amelia and her clothing, for more durability paste Amelia and her clothing onto card stock paper, dress and play!
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Mr. Bobby Antillon, M.S., has 10 yrs. experiance as a School Psychologist/ Behavior Specialist. He is a certified Trainer for Non-violent Crisis Prevention Intervention. Mr. Antillon works with a variety of students ranging from preschool through highschool.
In school there are 3 kids who are always picking on the other kids. The only person who they are nice to is me and they won’t leave me alone. They are making everybody think I am a bully. What should I do?
- B.J, 8 yrs. old, Murrieta Ca.
Dear B.J from Murrieta,
Many schools have a no tolerance policy on bullying and I am sure your school is no different. It is important to identify these bullies to your parents and have them contact your principal (with names of victims as well) as soon as possible. Your principal should handle it from there anonymously and address the problem. For yourself, a big Hi-Five to you for sticking up for those students (victims) and knowing it is right to doing something about it. Chances are the bullies like to hang out with you because you’re either popular, have known them a long time, or are bigger than most of your classmates. Either way, it is important to let them know that you don’t wish to have friends or be around people that bully others. You don’t think it’s cool and you don’t want to get
in trouble for something your not doing. Let this be a lesson to you as you grow older. Always choose your friends wisely because you can be guilty by association.
My little sister is always getting me in trouble. Then my parents start blaming me. It gets on my nerves. I need help! What should I do?
-Alex, 12 yrs. old, Moreno Valley Ca.
Dear Alex from Moreno Valley,
At 12 years old, you should start to realize that if you get in trouble it’s your fault and don’t blame others. Instead, look at the situation and think, “What could I have done differently to not get in trouble?” If your little sister is like most, she won’t leave you alone and she takes your things without asking. If those things happen then go to your parents first and tell them what she is doing instead of arguing and attempting to solve the problem by yourself. Always remember that your younger sister learns from you and if you can teach her by example a positive way to deal with things is usually best.
My mom and dad are divorced and every time I see my dad he talks bad about my mom, he says things that aren’t true and it really hurts my feelings when he talks about her. I just want to spend time with him without having to hear him say mean things. What should I do?
-I.P. 10 yrs. old, Riverside Ca.
Dear I.P. from Riverside,
Divorces are always difficult for the whole family. I think it is important that you let your dad know how you feel. Not excusing your dad’s behavior, but this is common and often times the parent doesn’t realize how negative they are being. Explain to him how you don’t like it and you’d just like to spend time with him. If talking face to face is difficult for you then you can either write a note and leave it at his house before he drops you off at your mom’s, send an email, or text him. Either way your father should respect your feelings.
By Sarai Garrett
“What is a friend?” replied the boy. “Hello down there,” said the moon lonely and gloomy he glowed and he glowed “Friends are those who take care of each other.” as bright as he could. “Oh, will you be my friend?” not letting the He waited and waited for someone to see, to moon say a word more, “will you shine down see he was lonely and needed a friend, he my window for I am afraid, afraid am I of the glowed even more, even more he glowed, the darkness of night?” later it got the sadder he felt... The moon then smiled and laughed with cheer, “Hello, hello,” he said once more, waiting for “a friend a friend, a friend have I.” a reply he faded away with the light of the day. It was night once again and the moon did not stop he glowed and he glowed, “hello, hello,” he said again, he then heard a faint voice, a voice of a boy! “ Look at that star, that really big star that shines down on me!” The moon then smiled as big as he could, “it is I who shines down on you, I am the moon; moon is my name! You can call me your friend.”
By Jesse Morris
Alex Has a Big Idea Alexandra Scott, or Alex, was a girl with a big idea. Her idea was so big that other people did not understand it at first, not even her parents. But Alex knew her idea would work. When Alex was four years old, she decided to open a lemonade stand in her front yard. She wanted to sell lemonade to make lots of money. Do you know what she wanted to do with the money? She wanted to give it all away! Alex Decides To Help Her Friends Alex wanted to give all the money she made from her lemonade stand to help sick kids get better. Alex had been sick with cancer since she was a baby. Most kids with cancer get better, but Alex kept getting sick. Even so, Alex never gave up hope and always tried to have a good attitude. Because she spent so much time in the hospital, she made friends with the doctors and nurses. She also made friends with kids that had cancer just like her. Alex decided she wanted to help the other kids get better. She believed she could help them by giving money to the hospital. 10
Alex Opens a Lemonade Stand Alex opened her first lemonade stand in her front yard. Many people heard about what Alex was doing and wanted to help. Some people bought her lemonade while other people just gave money. But everyone wanted to meet the amazing little girl who wanted to help other kids. That day, Alex made $2,000 to give to the hospital! Alex decided to open a lemonade stand in front of her house every year. And every year more people came to buy lemonade, give money and meet Alex. Even though she was still very sick, she always had her lemonade stand, even in the rain! Alex never gave up and she continued to raise money to help other kids. You are never too small to make a big difference! Alex fought very hard to get better, but she passed away in 2004. Her family and friends were very sad, but they wanted to keep Alexâ€™s dream alive. Alex had a big idea and she never gave up. They did not want to give up either. Alex wanted to help kids who are sick with cancer, so that is what her family and friends still do today. www.Just4Kidsie.com
We can always make a difference by doing little things, but what if you want to do something Have you ever been helped by someone? Maybe big? You can start by thinking about the things they helped you in a small way, but it probably made you care about most, like your family, friends, you feel pretty good. What seems like a small thing animals, neighborhood and school. Can you think of someone or something that needs help? can be a big deal!
You Can Make a Difference!
Have you ever helped someone? I bet you have! How did it make you feel? When we help others, it makes us feel great! Sometimes just being nice to someone makes a big difference. Have you ever… • Told your family how much you love them? • Picked up trash on the playground even though it wasn’t yours? • Been nice to the new kid in school? • Returned something you found that didn’t belong to you? • Helped carry in groceries or take out the trash?
What can you do to help? Can you volunteer with someone who is already helping? Don’t be afraid to start small—sometimes something small can grow into something big. Talk to your family, friends and teachers about your idea. They may want to help. Did you know that one of the best ways to make a difference is to do well in school? It’s true! You don’t have to be the smartest, most popular or most athletic kid in class to make a difference. All you need to do is try your best, never give up and have a good attitude. If you do this, you will already be making a big difference!
These are all great ways to help. How many other ways to help can you think of?
-By Jesse Morris
Kids and Parents, You can help keep Alex’s Dream alive by hosting your own lemonade stand! Visit Our website to find out how you can be a part of this wonderful opportunity to help other children! www.just4kidsie.com
U P F N AGE!
Knock Knock! Who’s there? Honey bee! Honey bee who? Honey bee a dear and get me a soda.
Knock Knock! Who’s there? Butter! Butter who? Butter open quick, I have to go to the bathroom!
knock, Knock! Who’s there? Radio! Radio Who ? Radio not , here I come!
Can you guess what these pictures are trying to say?
Answer: Tic - Tac - Toe
12 helpful tips for the New Year
By Jenny Johnson
With every New Year come resolutions and hopes of bettering ourselves. Rather than opting for the old and tired declarations why not try to change little portions of your life in small and meaningful ways. Everyday living can halt resolutions in their tracks but small changes can last for a lifetime. Every month we will include twelve helpful tips to try to make your life easier, healthier and earth friendly. 1. Be proactive in managing stress •Work on the art of deep breathing. Breathing and taking a moment in a times of stress centers your thoughts and calms the fight or flight response so one can easy make reasonable decisions. •Visualize goals and work towards them in small chunks to reduce procrastination and added stress. 2. Go on an energy diet •Replace standard light bulbs with energy efficient or low energy light bulbs. •Weatherstrip and caulk all windows and doors to keep warmth in and cold air out during winter months and cool air in during hot months
•Use an energy saving power strip for your major appliance such as your TV, DVD player, computer and turn off when not using.
8. Practice an attitude of gratitude •Be thankful all the time it produces encouragement in yourself and others. •Be an active student in life and inspire others.
3. Befriend the library •Renting books, movies, and magazines saves money and helps the environment from additional waste later.
9. Laugh everyday •It raises endorphins in your brain and its addicting.
4. Switch to online bill paying •Saves money from not using stamps •Saves the environment going paperless
10. Practice the art of love. •A mothers touch, a fathers hug, signs of love keep the human spirit growing.
5. Make your own household cleaners •Clean with vinegar or backing soda to save money and use less toxins in your home.
11. Take vitamins everyday •Vitamins give extra energy, builds the immune system and keeps the body strong •They come in individual supplements, multi supplements and in fortified food. •Vitamins are natures coffee. They are fatigue fighters.
6. Eat smart •Choose healthier alternatives, opt for fat free over low fat. •Reduce soda and sugar intake especially in coffee and tea drinks. 7. Pay it forward •Donate your time to local charity the emotional pay off is priceless. •Donate old furniture, cloths, cars, etc. Remember big tax write off during this season.
12. Watch less television •Take time playing games and actually having a conversation with family. This opens up communication and puts family first before TV.
t has been often stated that children are our future. They are the adults of tomorrow, but without proper guidance through life and its pressures they fall through the cracks. Everyday troubles and the stigma of “being perfect” from the media puts a tremendous amount of stress on children and adolescence. As a parent it is a good idea to be prepared and ready to combat these concerns. Parents should know what warning signs to look for and how to positively change their child’s outlook on life. A Strong and flourishing self-esteem is a child’s protection against indifference and opposition. Children, who have a good sense of self, seem to have an easier time dealing with negativity and pressures in daily life. Of course, every person has bouts with low self-esteem and pauses in confidence. That is normal, but long periods of time with poor self-esteem can be detrimental to children and permanently change their outlook on life. Parents play a special and important role to create the foundation for their children’s self-esteem and self-image. According to Dictorary.com, self-esteem is a realistic impression of oneself. It is how we feel about ourselves and our behavior towards the world. For example, a child with high to moderate self-esteem has the characteristics of: -
Taking pride in accomplishments
Enjoy interacting with others
Realistic and generally optimistic
Handles positive and negative emotions sensibly
The other side of the coin are children with low self-esteem, the characteristics to look for are: -
Overly critical of others and one’s self
Hard time interacting with others
Passive, withdrawn, depressed
Unable to tolerate frustration
Acts out in anger
Avoidance of new challenges and responsibility
Children and Self-esteem
Parents can guide their child’s self-esteem by making them feel connected and included with their family and community. Children should be connected with their bodies and accept their physical appearance. They should feel a part of a group or find peers they can connect with. Parents should be generous with encouragement and praise letting children know when they are doing well at something. Children need reassurance all the time; this is what creates self assured adults later in life. Children remember and store all comments that are made to them. Be liberal with encouragement and recognition and go into detail on what they are doing right. Teach children how to use positive self-statements in their self talk. Negative self talk such as “I cant” leads to depression and anxiety, according to psychologists. Teach children to be positive when talking to themselves. Use words such as: trying, can, and will. These positive words teach children perseverance and endurance in life’s challenges and accomplishments. Children often refer to how they are doing in life according to the parent. Parents also need to remember children are a mirror and what they see and feel they will react to. Parents need to take a personal check of how they act around children making sure negativity is not on the fore front. There are a few things parents should refrain from at all times: -
Never tell children to “snap out of it” That negates their feelings and lowers their self confidence.
Don’t ignore children
Don’t assume children are lying when they are confiding in you.
Don’t blame them beyond their control, remember they are still children and they do make mistakes and messes.
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Avoid ridiculing or shaming children when they are wrong. Instead, direct the child to the steps in making the right decision. This will teach the child how to handle the situation on their own and make them feel like they are in control of their life as well. Teaching children about making good decisions can improve their ability to make wise decisions later in life. Help the child visualize the problem and solutions to it. Brainstorm solutions and allow the child to choose their solution to the problem. Later evaluate their results with them in a positive manner. Encouraging children to treat others the way they want to be treated is another important ingredient in increasing children’s self-esteem. Making sure they respect others and accept differences is key to teaching children acceptance within themselves and others. Nurture your children and approach them with compassion, patience and understanding. Constantly making your child feel loved and understood is key in improving their self image. When to seek professional help: -
When your child is self-harming or harming others
These are signs to contact a professional because children and adolescence are at greater risk of mental health problems, suicide, high school dropout and academic problems. Developing your child’s self image will help lay the foundation for them later in life. They will view themselves in a more positive light and accept their short comings with a healthy perception of the world.
15 min. Recipe! Green Enchiladas with Shrimp and Spinach Casserole! Sometimes we don’t have time to deal with time consuming recipes, but here’s a recipe that tastes thoughtful without putting too much thought into it!
Ingredients: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
Bag of 30-40 frozen raw shrimp (peeled and diveined) 1 10 oz package of frozen spinach 1 stick butter (not melted) 2 table spoons Olive Oil 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 teaspoon salt 8 corn tortillas 1 can Green Enchilada sauce 2 Cups Mozzarella or Jack cheese
Directions: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.
Heat oven to 350º Defrost spinach and place in colander to remove excess water, set to side In a large pan add 2 tbs olive oil, 1 stick butter and minced garlic, let it sit over medium heat until garlic is brown Add salt and dissolve for a few seconds then add shrimp and sauté for a couple minutes Add spinach and cook until all ingredients are hot (make sure not to over cook the shrimp) When done remove shrimp and spinach from heat Heat 4 tortillas and cover the bottom of an 8x8 casserole dish Add ¼ cup enchilada sauce and spread with a spoon to make sure the tortillas are completely covered in the sauce Add shrimp and spinach with a serving spoon, spread evenly Top with 1 cup cheese Repeat steps 7 through 10 one more time, to create a second layer Place in oven for 8 minutes or until cheese is melted, remove and enjoy!