Staten Island Parent Digital Magazine August 2021

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s much as I love the fall, with its brightly colored leaves and cool sweater weather, I really wish summer would slow down! I’m not ready to pack away my sundresses and flip flops yet! I’m a glass-half-full kinda gal (well, sometimes) so can we please just say summer isn’t half over, but only halfway through? Deal? With a whole month left until Labor Day, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy the season with your family. Our calendar is bursting with activities for kids of all ages. Head over to siparent.com/events to find stuff to do every day! Flip to page 10 for some of our top picks for August, like family camping, festivals and fairs, concerts, and more — plus movies every which way — under the stars, drive-ins, even at the theater for just a buck! And if you’re trying to squeeze in a getaway before school starts, we’ve got some awesome road trip ideas for you on page 32. Speaking of school, it’s definitely a good time to start thinking ahead to the school year and deciding which activities your kids might be interested in joining. Check out our Education and After-School Guides on pages 20 and 22, and choose from our roundup of extracurricular activity ideas on page 26 to get you started. One more thing! Be sure to mark your calendars for Sunday, September 19 from 11am to 2:30pm for a very special day — Staten Island Parent Day! Go to page 19 for more details and RSVP at siparent.com/staten-island-parent-day-register for updates about this exciting inaugural event!

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Things to Do in August

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e’re only halfway through the summer and there’s still so much to do! Here are some of this month’s most exciting events in Staten Island. Be sure to call ahead or visit event websites to confirm details and Covid precautions. Go to siparent.com/ events for details on the events listed here and even more stuff to do with your family, every single day!

Regal Sumer Movie Express

Tuesdays & Wednesdays All Summer Long

Regal UA Staten Island 4DX and RPX 2474 Forest Ave. Regal Bricktown Charleston 165 Bricktown Way At participating Regal theaters this summer Movie Express tickets are just $1 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and feature summer movies the whole family will enjoy, like Kung Fu Panda, Minions, and more.

Kids STEAM: Make & Take

Aug. 2

3-4pm Stapleton Library • 132 Canal St. Join staff from the library for an exciting, hands-on program dedicated to S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics). This event will take place outdoors at the Stapleton Library.

CityParks Puppet Mobile Puppet Time

Aug. 3

11am & 1:45pm • Levy Playground

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Canoe & Explore Nature

Aug. 4

11am-2pm Willowbrook Park • 1 Eton Park Enjoy a free canoeing and nature adventure for kids on Staten Island as part of the 2021 Wilderness Adventure Series. Space is limited. For more information or to reserve a spot for your child, contact the office of NYC Council Member Joe Borelli at 718-984-5151 or borelli@council.nyc.gov.

Ocean Breeze Summer Festival

Aug. 7

9am-2pm Ocean Breeze 625 Father Capodanno Blvd. Join Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex for its first Ocean Breeze Summer Festival. Enjoy food trucks, classic cars, pine box derby, arts and crafts, and more.

Pollinator Palooza

Aug. 8

10am-4pm Staten Island Zoo • 614 Broadway Celebrate the pollinators that help produce 75 percent of the food we eat. See how many you can find around the zoo and create a seed bomb to start your own pollinator garden for your home! Free giveaway goes to the first 100 children younger than 14.

Kids Cooking Classes

Aug. 3, 17 & 31

4-5pm Casa Belvedere • 79 Howard Ave. The Italian Cultural Foundation hosts cooking classes for kids ages 6-14. This month, kids will learn how to make homemade cavatelli, New York-style pretzels, and manicotti. 10 August 2021 • siparent.com


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3:30-7pm Snug Harbor 1000 Richmond Terrace Invigorate and restore your mind, body, and spirit every Thursday through Sept. 9 with Snug Harbor’s Thrive on Thursdays events. Enjoy free movement workshops, sales of delicious produce from the Heritage Farm, music, and time with friends and family.

Details at siparent.com/events 8pm Pack up the picnic chair, and watch a flick in the great outdoors! Enjoy familyfriendly entertainment in the city’s parks and playgrounds, ranging from great new movies to all-time classics.

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Stargazing: Universe Unveiled

Aug. 6 & 14

3-4pm Staten Island Children’s Museum 1000 Richmond Terrace Inspired by summer nights, the museum will have Professor Harold Kozak, a Solar System Ambassador for NASA for the past 11 years, host an interactive presentation on our solar system, constellations, the universe, and whether life exists in space or on other planets.

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Blue Heron Park • 222 Poillon Ave. Camping creates lasting memories, connection with the natural world, and bonds with loved ones. Celebrate this tradition with the Urban Park Rangers. Space is limited and families are chosen by lottery. To enter your family in the lottery, go to nycgovparks.org/reg/rangers.

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4-7pm Staten Island Children’s Musem 1000 Richmond Terrace Boogie Woogie Wednesdays are free (with advance registration) events at the Staten Island Children’s Museum that offer a 2-hour session of free play and exploration from 4-6pm plus a free performance from 6-7pm. Each week presents a different theme of dance style.

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Camp Pouch Drive-In Movie Series

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1465 Manor Road Details at siparent.com/events Drive-In Movies are back, with expanded viewing opportunities, additional screens, lawn seating, and more. Food trucks will be on location and Camp Pouch will be open its doors to families and the community prior to each film to participate in activities at the Archery Range, Tomahawk Range, Rock Wall Climbing, and additional areas of camp.

Summer Sunset Concert

Aug. 26

6:30pm Historic Richmond Town • 441 Clarke Ave. Staten Island’s summer concerts are back! Presented by Borough President James Oddo, the concerts are held at venues throughout the borough and have two acts featuring Staten Island musicians. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring their own chairs and socially distance. The show features JazzOut4tet and Joan Caddell & The Midnight Choir.

Richmond County Fair

Sept. 4-6

12-6pm Historic Richmond Town • 441 Clarke Ave. The fair boasts a 3-day, 3-stage music festival featuring a variety of local talent, plus more than 100 vendors, carnival rides, delicious fair food, historic trades demonstrations, bouncy houses, games and contests, and more!


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What’s Happening Staten Island?

Local News, Major Events, Community Updates and Hot Topics

PARK IT HERE: E.M.T. Christopher J. Prescott Playground gets $4 Million Makeover

play panels designed to challenge and develop children’s senses. The playground is named in honor of Staten Island native, Christopher J. Prescott, who, in 1994, was the first NYC EMS worker to be killed in the line of duty.

The NYC Parks Department recently unveiled the renovated E.M.T. Christopher J. Prescott Playground in Huguenot. The reconstruction project upgraded the existing playground with new and inclusive play structures, swings, a spray play area with stainless-steel instruments, and a quiet area for reflection. New paths, fences, concrete pavements, and safety surfacing were also added to the play area. The $4 million project includes new play units that feature engaging sensory equipment to accommodate the needs of children of all abilities. There are textured surfaces, patterns, shapes, and musical

CONGRATULATIONS: Staten Island Public School Teacher Wins FLAG Award for Teaching Excellence

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Patricia Lockhart, a teacher at Hubert H. Humphrey Public School 57 in Park Hill, has received the FLAG Award for Teaching Excellence. The award recognizes

extraordinary public-school teachers who inspire learning through creativity, passion, and commitment. Lockhart received the award for her advocacy work and effective grant writing done on behalf of her students and the causes they deem important. Some of Lockhart and her students’ accomplishments include: • Efforts to create new policy on fire escapes • A humanitarian relief project for refugees in Liberia • The creation of a foundation to care for and learn from local wetlands Additionally, Lockhart’s popular soapbox derby program started as a classroom lesson on simple machines, but has evolved into a city-wide competition where winners go on to complete nationally. Lockhart, along with four other city-wide FLAG award winners, will receive $25,000 as a personal cash prize, and $10,000 to be used for arts education initiatives. “Anyone who’s ever met a public-school teacher knows that they are always putting their students first, and this year’s winners proved that point and so much more,” said Glenn Fuhrman, Co-Founder of the FLAG Award for Teaching Excellence. “All of the teachers we’ve learned about through this process have shown that nothing— not even a global pandemic that took so much from so many—could stop them from innovating and creating spaces where students could learn, share, grow, and thrive.” The FLAG Award for Teaching Excellence received close to 1,000 nominations from students, parents, principals, and colleagues, and 35 semifinalists were selected from the nominees. Each one went through a comprehensive


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LIPM application process and did an extensive interview with their school’s principal. Lockhart hopes her school will use its prize money to help fund her proposal to build a formal soap box racing track on Staten Island. “It is truly an extraordinary honor to be selected to be awarded the prestigious FLAG Award of Teaching Excellence,” Lockhart said. “I celebrate in unison with my colleagues teaching across the city who also go above and beyond for their students in so many innovative and inspiring ways. Making a difference in the life of a student, their family, community, and beyond has been priceless for me and will be treasured in my heart forever.” Three other Staten Island public-school teachers were semifinalists: Nicholas Galletta, P.S. 20; Sean Jacobsen, Michael J. Petrides School; and Carolyn Unterman, P.S. 26. Each teacher received $500 for their personal use, and $500 for their schools.

ALL ABOARD: Full Ferry Service to Resume on Aug. 16 Full restoration of around-the-clock, 30-minute Staten Island Ferry Service will resume on Aug. 16 after cuts were made due to the pandemic.

The new service schedules have additional trips, all originating from the St. George Ferry Terminal, starting at 12:30am on Aug. 16. Other restored trips will depart on the half-hour from 1:30-4:30am weekdays, and 12:30-6:30am weekends. For more information, visit nyc.gov/ siferry or call 311.

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How To Build

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early 4,900 Staten Islanders graduated high school this year. But how prepared are they to manage their own money as they embark on a new career or college journey? The ability to understand and effectively use financial skills— budgeting, investing, and basic personal financial management— is a critical skill many parents, and schools, fail to prioritize. In addition to raising four kids of my own, I lead A Chance at Life, a nonprofit that supports at-risk youth across the globe and is with a program that launched on Staten Island this summer. Here are five tips that we use to build kids’ financial literacy and nurture their independence.

Start Young

Research shows that by age 3, kids grasp basic money concepts. By age 7, many of their money habits are already set. An investment in financial literacy will pay dividends for years to come. Kids become disengaged from a subject they feel is not relevant to them. So, as they do chores around the house, reward them with a small weekly allowance and show them how to build a simple budget to achieve their goals (like buying that doll they wanted at the store). As they ask questions about the world around them, use your answers as an opportunity to explain the value of money and wise financial decisions. Start the conversation about finances with children early, and develop more advanced discussions as they age. 16 August 2021 • siparent.com

Discuss Needs vs. Wants

There are two common phrases all parents hear from their kids: “I want it!” and “I need it!” When it comes to financial literacy, budgeting, and quality decision-making, differentiating between wants and needs is an imperative skill. Hone this skill with young children at the grocery store. Show your list of items to your kids and ask what they think is a want and what they think is a need. Explain that toilet paper is a required purchase because it is essential for everyday life. The cake mix is a want, it is something the family wishes for and has a desire to possess. With older kids, progress to discussing how a want purchase can inhibit a need purchase. Buying that video game that you want now is not necessarily a bad decision, as long as there is a savings cushion to buy something they need, like a set of textbooks, as they head off to college.

Create A Savings Account

What can start as a piggy bank should turn into a savings account. Bring your kids to the bank with you to open an account. Dive deeper. Explain terms like interest, balance, wire transfer, and ATM. The more they know about finances, the more they can take control of their own spending, saving, and financial decisions. While saving is important, it is also critical to educate children on the value of giving and how it helps build a stronger community. Use a website like CharityNavigator.org to search for charities that cater to causes they are passionate about. Or keep it simple for


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raising kids How To Build Your Kids’ Financial Literacy And Nurture Their Independence Cont’d younger children. If they care deeply about animals, help them set aside a couple of dollars a month to donate to an animal shelter on Staten Island.

Focus on Building Independence and Empowerment

When about 4 in 7 Americans are financially illiterate and report being unable to manage their finances, it is incredibly difficult to live an independent and empowered life. Defy the statistic that says only 23 percent of kids indicate that they talk to their parents frequently about money. Instead use financial literacy to nurture independent and empowered children.

Explain That All Actions Have Consequences

Getting control of one’s own finances is fundamental to success in life. Financial literacy provides the base needed to answer questions young people will face such as should I lease or buy a car and how much rent can I afford to pay for an apartment. We recently had a cohort of high school interns from Staten Island attend classes on financial literacy to learn that consequences

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can be monumental (in both good and bad ways), especially when it comes to managing finances. This lesson is easily explained through Bankrate’s Save A Million Dollars Calculator. Youth can input their age, millionaire target age, amount currently invested, savings per month, expected rate of return, and expected inflation rate to see at what age they can become a millionaire. Their actions, specifically how much they save each month, have consequences, in this case, when they will reach that millionaire mark.


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EDUCATION GUIDE

The new school year will be here before you know it! Whether it’s your child’s first school or you’re looking to make a switch, now is the time to find the right place for your child.

Preschools & day care Bright Minds Academy 75 SkyLine Drive • 10304 877-826-2060 brightmindsacademysi@gmail.com bma.school facebook.com/brightmindsacademy instagram.com/brightmindsacademy Programs: Voucher and private pay accepted. Pickup/drop-off services. Fun educational curriculum, nutritious meals, certified teachers. Activities: Arts & crafts, sewing, baking, music, dance, zumba, chess, pod casting, Robotic UBtech, and more.

The Children’s Center College of Staten Island 2800 Victory Blvd. • Bldg. 2R/Rm 104 • 10314 718-982-3190 childrenscenter@csi.cuny.edu csi.cuny.edu/childcare Programs: Infant/Toddler, Preschool, School age (For Children of CSI students). 3K and PKA Full Day (3K & Pre-K for all funded by NYC Dept. of Ed.) Activities: Early education featuring developmentally appropriate hands-on learning experiences in a caring, wellsupervised environment.

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4 Angels Day Care, Inc.

St. Joseph Hill Academy

245 Simonson Ave. • 10303 917-821-5048 my4angelsdaycareinc@msn.com 4angelsdaycareinc.com Programs: M-F 7am-7pm. 6 wks-12 yrs. Cert. teachers. Spanish/ English vouchers accepted. Free UPK for 3- and 4-year-olds. Activities: iStartSmart technology in the classroom. Everything your child needs in a friendly, loving, multi-cultural environment giving parents peace of mind.

850 Hylan Blvd. • 10305 718-981-1187 egregor@stjhill.org stjosephhillacademy.com

JCC of Staten Island 1297 Arthur Kill Road • 10312 718-475-5224 485 Victory Blvd. • 10301 718-475-5290 1466 Manor Road • 10314 718-475-5230 2221 Richmond Ave. • 10314 718-475-5100 sijcc.org Programs: Infant/Toddler Care - 12 mos; ages 3 mos-2.8 yrs; 3, 4, 5 days/week 7am-6pm; extended hrs 7-9am & 4-6pm. Full Day 3K and PreK for All. Contact facility for specific programs. Activities: Literature, art, music & movement. Intro to Jewish culture and tradition. Indoor and outdoor play area.

Programs: Pre-K3 – 8th grade. Aftercare available. Call for info. Alignment of ELA and Social Studies Curriculums, Project Based Learning including STREAM Pre-K to 8, Project Lead The Way Science Curriculum aligned with NGSS K to 8. Activities: Sports: Soccer, Swimming, Golf, Basketball and more to come. Clubs: Theater, Band, Chess, Fencing, Robotics, Computer Repair, Wacky Science, Hill Explorers, Story and Craft, Hill Herald, Book Club, Zumba and more.

Staten Island Academy 715 Todt Hill Road • 10304 718-303-7803 ccrane65@statenislandacademy.org statenislandacademy.org Programs: Coed college prep school for Pre-K3-Gr 12. Free extended day 7am-7pm. Summer programs. College guidance program. Academic Resource Center staffed with Orton-Gillingham trained specialists. Needbased Financial Aid available beginning in Kindergarten. Activities: Honors Math & Science, AP curriculum, varied electives, Model UN & Congress, musical theater Gr. 5-12, Gr.9 Academy in London, Gr.10 New York Experience incl, Varsity & JV teams, Maker Space studio.


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LIPM Tender Care Preschool 6581 Hylan Blvd. • 10309 718-317-2849 lherman@cc-si.org mountloretto.org/tender-carepreschool Programs: Free full day UPK and 3-K, half & full days for 2 year olds. Summer Camp. Activities: Large enclosed playground & indoor gym, library. music and movement specials during the school day. Extended hours 7am-6pm. Sprinkler park on campus for Summer Camp. Located on the grounds of beautiful Mount Loretto. Plenty of parking.

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Special Needs JCC of Staten Island - First Foot Forward 1466 Manor Road • 10314 718-475-5226 1297 Arthur Kill Road • 10312 718-475-5224 2221 Richmond Ave. • 10314 718-475-5100 sijcc.org Programs: Special education preschool for ages 2.5-5. Full day. Center based & integrated classes. Related services. Transportation & tuition at no cost to eligible children. Activities: Multi-disciplinary evaluations. Speech & language, occupational, physical & play therapy. Movement & music. Mainstreaming. Parent support groups.

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AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM GUIDE There are tons of possibilities for parents looking to expand their child’s development after school.

JCC Explorers After School Program

Art Lab - The School of Fine & Applied Arts in Snug Harbor 1000 Richmond Terrace • 10301 718-447-8667 info@artlabsi.org artlabsi.org Programs: Art classes offered year round for ages 3-adult. Summer Camp Kandinsky and Camp Picasso ages 3-12, Summer Studio Scholarship Program for ages 13-adult, art gallery & community events. Activities: Art classes, camp, birthday parties and school trips. Adult classes and gallery events. Scholarship available. Art Lab has been part of the cultural life of S.I. for 45+ years.

Center Stage Dance Co. Ltd. 10 Akron Plaza • 10314 718-982-9226 centerstagedanceltd@yahoo.com centerstagedancecoltd.org Programs: 2.5-adult. Jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, hip-hop, across, contemporary, open stretch. Activities: Recreational & competitive dance classes. Private lessons & birthday parties available. Family/multiple class discounts.

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DEA Music and Art School Multiple locations in SI 718-370-7733 assist@deamusicandart.com deamusicandart.com Programs: A performing arts school offering the highest level of instruction with amazing performing opportunities. Our Showchoir performs regularly the opening act to the Rockettes show at Radio City Music Hall. Activities: Musical Theater, Visual Arts, Rockband Classes, Musical Instruments, Showchoir. Many performing opportunities, exams, and assessments are offered throughout the year.

Dorothy Delson Kuhn Music Institute of the JCC 1466 Manor Road • 10314 718-475-5263 eseeley@sijcc.com sijcc.org Programs: Private music lessons taught by professional musicians. Piano, voice, guitar, violin, cello, all woodwind and brass. Early childhood music. Ensembles and chamber groups. Workshops for public schools. Activities: Students also take musicianship and theory class. They may participate in recitals held monthly. Scholarship and financial aid available for private lessons.

1466 Manor Road • 10314 SFeldman@sijcc.com SIJCC.org Programs: Our after school program at the Bernikow JCC aims to educate the whole child through various activities that stimulate the mind, body, and spirit. Busing available from select schools. Open daily until 7pm. Activities: Academic support and homework help, sports & fitness classes, instructional swim, yoga and Zumba classes, chess and games, healthy choice cooking projects, STEAM activities, meditation, and more!

Resource Room Tutoring Center 534 Forest Ave. • 10310 718-838-0085 info@resourceroomsi.com resourceroomsi.com FB @resourceroomsi IG @resourceroomsi Programs: Resource Room’s mission is to provide every student an opportunity to have the best education possible with all academic subjects. Private in-person tutoring for K-12 subjects and test prep for SAT, ACT, SHSAT, TACHS, NYS Regents. Activities: Led and owned by licensed NYS teachers, Resource Room provides tailored individualized academic instruction for students of all ages. Using a personalized approach, we can help bridge the gap from one year to the next in all academic subject areas. The Resource Room learning center focuses on developing students’ individual academic skills, confidence and abilities. Follow us on social media and view our 5 STAR Google Review.


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Wagner College Department For Lifelong Learning 631 Howard Ave. • 10301 718-390-3221 lifelong-learning@wagner.edu wagner.edu/lifelong-learning Programs: Friday after school & Saturday classes for ages 4 to 17. ACT Musical Theater & Performing Arts, Architecture, Art, Business, Ceramics, Coding, Dungeons & Dragons, Magic The Gathering, Mindfulness, Photography, ELA/Math & SHSAT/TACHS Test Prep, Lego Robotics, Science, Sign Language, STEAM, Video Game Design

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What to Ask at Your Child’s Checkup

Here are the questions to discuss with health care providers for newborns to teens.

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By Stacey Feintuch

heckups at the pediatrician and dentist are crucial to ensuring that your child is healthy, hitting developmental milestones, and getting the proper vaccinations. These well visits are an ideal opportunity to pepper your doctor with questions about your child’s health. Since your time with your pediatrician and pediatric dentist is limited and precious, bring a list of what you want to ask on a notepad, smartphone, or tablet. This will ensure you won’t forget anything. List the most pressing questions at the top. That way, if you run out of time, at least you got the important questions answered first. Record answers so you can remember them later, too. Here are a few questions to ask at your child’s pediatric well visit, grouped by age.

• How do I get my child to stop sucking his thumb or using a pacifier? • When should my child’s baby teeth come in? When should they start to fall out?

Ages 1-4

Newborn to 1

• How long should it take for the umbilical cord stump to fall off? How should we be treating the umbilical cord? • How much and how often should baby be feeding? How long should a feeding take? • Do you have any tips to get baby to burp? • What should baby’s sleep schedule look like? Where should baby sleep? What’s the best way to soothe a baby to sleep? What measures should I be taking in regard to safe sleeping practices? • How often and where should we bathe baby? • What milestones should I be looking for and when? • How many wet and soiled diapers should baby have? • What vaccinations are given and when? • When and how do I introduce solids? Milk? • What safety measures should I take for baby proofing? 24 August 2021 • siparent.com

• When and how do I wean off bottles? • What should I be doing to keep my child safe? • How do I maintain consistent nap, nighttime, and bedtime routines? • What foods should my child be eating? • Which behaviors are typical and which ones require a doctor’s visit? • Which vaccinations are given when? • What milestones should I be looking for and when? • How can I prepare my child for day care or school? • Do you have any potty-training tips? • When should I turn my child’s car seat around? When should I switch to a booster seat?

Ages 5-10

Kids these ages go for a checkup once a year. Ask questions about: • A health condition your child may have (like allergies or asthma). • Changes in mood or behavior. • Problems in school, either academically or socially. • Is my child up to date on vaccines? • How should I discipline? • How much physical activity should my child be getting? • Is my child’s weight healthy?


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Extracurricular Activities from A to Z

Find activities that are right for your child by exploring our comprehensive list.

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By Stacey Feintuch

xtracurricular activities are important for kids. They help younger ones explore their interests, talents, and passions as they build teamwork and problem-solving skills. Plus, taking part is a way to make new friends, and build upon existing friendships. For the older set, extracurricular activities can be interesting (and good to have for college applications!). It can be overwhelming to choose one or two activities, especially if your child is unsure how they like to spend their time. Below are tons of ideas to inspire you and your child to take advantage of free hours after school. See if your child has tried something that’s on the list or if something new is appealing.

Affinity groups

These groups allow kids to meet with others whose identity is just like theirs. Groups are out there for those who identify as LGBTQ+, persons of color, or certain ethnicities like Greek or Irish. These groups can provide a safe space for your child and provide service activities.

Music

For the musically inclined, opportunities like playing an instrument or singing in school or in the community can nurture their talents. • Chorus/choir at school, in the community, or with a religious organization • Chamber music group • Concert band • Ensembles • Instrument lessons • Jazz band • Marching band • Orchestra • Singing lessons • Start their own band

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Media

For kids who love communication, media-oriented activities might be up their alley. They may want to join a group focused on print media, websites, or broadcasting. Exploring these areas can help them learn new technology, and create and build a portfolio for college applications and jobs. • School or local film projects • School or local magazine/journal • School or local newspaper • School literary publication • School or local radio station • School or local television channel • School or local website • Yearbook committee

Performing Arts

If you have an aspiring thespian in the house, performing arts may be a good fit. They can try out for plays, or if they prefer to stay out of the spotlight, work behind the scenes making costumes or building sets. • Comedy club • Choreography • Film club • Miming • Puppetry • Theater group at school or in community


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Some clubs and teams are intellectual. Kids who like to keep up with current events might like debate or political clubs. Student council may be a good choice for those interested in weighing in on school decisions that impact them. • Debate club • Foreign affairs club • Forensics team • Mock trial club • Model Congress club • Model United Nations • Political affiliation club • Student government/council

Special Interests

If you and your child can’t find a club for their interests, help your child start one or join a group online. • Boy Scouts • Chess club • Entrepreneurship club • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) • Girl Scouts • Horticulture • Model railroads • Quilt making

STEAM Programs

If your home is filled with LEGO creations, STEAM programs may be a good fit. These activities are based in science, technology, engineering, art, and math. • Coding • Engineering club • Math club • Robotics • Video game development

Sports

Kids can participate in sports teams at school, through your town, or join travel club teams. They can start as early as toddler and preschool years and play in middle school or high school. • Baseball and softball • Basketball • Bodybuilding • Cheerleading • Climbing • Cycling • Dance • Fencing • Football • Golf • Gymnastics • Horseback riding • Hiking • Hockey • Ice-skating • Lacrosse • Martial arts • Ping-pong • Skateboarding • Skiing • Soccer • Swimming • Tennis • Track and field • Volleyball • Water polo • Yoga

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A Positive Body Image

Teens often have negative body images—how can parents help?

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By Sara Ackerman

teenager’s body image can affect everything from self-esteem to choices about clothing, diet, and exercise. It can also lead to afflictions—from anorexia to body dysmorphia. During this last year of pandemic living, body image issues have exploded, and from 2020-2021, there was a 41-percent increase in people seeking help for eating disorders. Plus, COVID led to more time on social media, which only adds to the problem. So, what can parents do to ensure their kids develop a healthy body image and how should they respond when issues arise?

How Parents Can Help

The first step for parents is to model a happy body image, says Connie Sobczak, author of Embody: Learning to Love Your Unique Body (and Quiet that Critical Voice!) and founder of The Body Positive, a California-based nonprofit devoted to helping individuals work toward body positivity. They should avoid obvious dieting or making negative comments about their own physical appearance— such as body size or aging. Making comments about their child’s physical appearance, whether positive or negative, may also have detrimental effects. Another way parents can help is by demonstrating a healthy relationship with food. Parents “should avoid language that moralizes food, such as eating ‘clean,’ or labeling food as bad or unhealthy,” says Rosie Barton, LCSW, a therapist at Cobb Psychotherapy in Brooklyn Heights. “In the same vein, parents should aim to speak about body size in a neutral way and promote the idea that health is not dependent on a certain body.” Claire Mysko, an internationally recognized leader in eating disorders advocacy and education, explains that having conversations with your child from a young age about health and nutrition is a protective factor against a range of mental health issues, including eating disorders. Mysko recommends these conversations include emotional and mental health, as well as physical. Rather than talking about the importance of exercise, she recommends talking to kids 28 August 2021 • siparent.com

about what physical activities they find fun. When parents talk too much about what foods are healthy, she adds, “we lose sight of the fact that meals are more than nutrition.” Mysko says reframing meals as a time for community and enjoyment can help prevent eating disorders. Social media frequently exposes teenagers to unrealistic images of health and beauty, despite influencers who promote fitness or “wellness.” Mysko says parents should be aware of the platforms their children are using and the accounts they follow. Talk to your child about how the images they are seeing are quite likely altered and not an accurate portrayal of realistic bodies. Limiting and monitoring teen’s screen time allows them to spend more time engaging with real-world, varied, and realistic bodies, rather than the curated and filtered images on social media.

Eating Disorders and Body Dysmorphia

About half of all teenage girls and a third of all teenage boys have engaged in unhealthy weight control practices including skipping meals and the use of laxatives, steroids, and supplements, according to Mysko. And because there is so much shame around eating disorders, there is a good chance the numbers are even higher, especially for boys who may be even less likely to seek help for something typically labeled as a “girls’ issue.” In addition to disordered eating, teens with a negative body image may experience anxiety, low self-esteem, or mood disorders such as depression. Negative body image may also contribute to body dysmorphia—a mental health disorder in which someone can develop a distorted perception of their appearance and fixate on “flaws,” real or imagined, to the point where it affects functioning in their lives. Body dysmorphic disorder affects about 1.7-2.4 percent of the general population, according to Melissa Horowitz, Psy.D., director of Eating Disorders and Weight Management Program at the American Institute of Cognitive Therapy in Manhattan. Researchers have found that symptoms can develop in early adolescence, although the average age of onset occurs in middle adolescence. The cause of body dysmorphic disorder is not entirely clear, but factors include genes, personality traits, temperament, and the environment.

When to Seek Help

In general, there are several red flags parents should be aware of when it comes to body image and disorders. Teens who are struggling with


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LIPM body image may cover up certain body parts and make increasing negative comments about specific body parts, including talking about surgery to change their bodies. They may have decreased interest in school, hanging out with friends, and other activities. They may spend significant time scrutinizing themselves in the mirror or refuse to look in the mirror. They may avoid looking at pictures of themselves or being photographed. Increased irritability or other changes in mood are other signs parents should be aware of. Parents should also take note if their teenager abruptly cuts out certain foods from their diet they were previously eating, such as dairy, meat, or carbs, or begins paying significant attention to calories or grams of fat. Mysko notes that eating disorders are often preceded by dieting. If parents have concerns, a crucial first step is to seek out a mental health professional who has expertise in supporting teens with developing a positive body image and a healthy relationship with food and exercise. “Sometimes it might be difficult for a teen to open up to a parent, but they might trust an external source more,” Barton says. Parents can also turn to their doctor or a pediatrician or reach out to a nonprofit group that can provide resources. Dr. Horowitz, however, cautions against over-pathologizing comments teenagers make about their bodies. For example, if your teen says, “I hate my stomach,” don’t jump to conclusions. This is first and foremost an opportunity for the parent to start a conversation with their teen.

Where to Find Help In addition to discussing concerns with a child’s doctor or pediatrician, who can provide recommendations for psychiatrists or local treatment centers, parents can also turn to the following resources:

The National Eating Disorders Association nationaleatingdisorders.org NEDA offers a screening tool, helpline, and a database of treatment centers around the country.

The Body Positive thebodypositive.org This is a nonprofit devoted to helping individuals work toward body positivity. The website includes a number of online resources.

Health at Every Size haescommunity.com This site has a list of resources, including blogs, podcasts, and online groups.

NYC Well nycwell.cityofnewyork.us The 24-hour hotline (888-NYC-WELL) is staffed by mental health professionals. Plus, it has additional resources listed on the website.

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Below the Belt

Uncovering women’s pelvic health issues By Shana Liebman

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ore than 50 million women suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction in the United States, a number that is projected to nearly double by 2050. These “below the belt” issues, such as incontinence and prolapse, are commonly the result of a weakened pelvic floor—and they usually begin during or after pregnancy. Unfortunately these problems can dominate a woman’s physical and emotional life, and often lead to anxiety, inactivity, and diminished intimacy. We spoke to Sovrin Shah, M.D., a Mount Sinai Health System urologist specializing in female pelvic medicine and surgery who is now seeing patients at Richmond University Medical Center, to understand these afflictions and what women can do about them.

Pelvic Floor Issues in Women

A woman’s pelvis includes her bladder, uterus and cervix, vagina, and rectum. The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that support these organs. “The two main complications associated with problems with the pelvic floor are urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse,” Dr. Shah explains, noting that pelvic organ prolapse is when the bladder, uterus, or rectum protrudes into the vaginal opening and is sometimes visible outside of the vagina. Pelvic floor issues usually begin in pregnancy because of hormonal fluctuations, as well as the weight of the uterus and the baby. “During pregnancy, all those forces are working to loosen the pelvic floor, to get ready for delivery because that tissue has to 30 August 2021 • siparent.com

be able to stretch to allow the head of the baby through,” Dr. Shah says. “But the problem is that after that’s all done, all that stuff has to kind of regain its form.” One of the ways women can regain those muscles is through Kegel’s exercises, named after a gynecologist who developed it. It is an exercise where you intentionally contract and then release the muscles of the pelvic floor to strengthen them. “The whole idea of Kegel’s exercises is to gain awareness of where these muscles are and how to contract them. Also knowing how to relax them is very important,” Dr. Shah says. But while Kegels can help, many women do not fully regain strength in their pelvic floor, which can lead to incontinence. “Stress incontinence is leakage caused by pressure on the belly— as opposed to urge incontinence, which is a sudden desire to pee that you just cannot hold off on,” Dr. Shah explains. (Urge incontinence can also be caused by a dropped bladder, certain medications—especially those for diabetes, as well as consuming diuretics like caffeine or alcohol.) The majority of Dr. Shah’s patients suffer from an overactive bladder—which afflicts about 15 percent of Americans, and means they frequently have to pee, feel the urgency to pee, and wake in the night to pee. (Though, women who wake up in the middle of the night to urinate do not necessarily have an overactive bladder.) “About a third of the women who have overactive bladder symptoms have urge incontinence, because they didn’t get to the


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LIPM bathroom fast enough. Two-thirds are able to hold it until they get to the bathroom,” Dr. Shah says. Prolapse, another common pelvic floor issue among women, is often caused by vaginal delivery, prolonged or difficult labor, and hormonal changes that women experience with menopause— mainly lack of estrogen which weakens the vaginal tissue. (This vaginal weakening can also lead to overactive bladder symptoms, as well as stress incontinence, Dr. Shah says.) Another possible contributing factor to prolapse is a woman’s weight, as well as things that cause a chronic cough like asthma or smoking. Dr. Shah also notes that genetics can play a role.

How can women be proactive about their pelvic health?

Pregnant women should have regular OBGYN appointments, stay healthy, and do their Kegel’s exercises to prevent problems during or after birth. But as women age, they are also susceptible to incontinence, overactive bladder, and prolapse. Medication can often help symptoms of an overactive bladder and for some, procedures like bladder Botox or a nerve stimulator (such as the Axonics or Medtronic nerve stimulator) are novel treatments that may help. Women who have leakage of urine with a cough or activity (such as laughing, exercise, bending, or lifting) often have excellent long-term results with urethral sling surgery—a simple outpatient procedure that has a high success rate with low risk for complications. Prolapse of the pelvic organs can also be successfully treated with the use of a pessary or with outpatient trans-vaginal surgery where no scars are seen. “The vast majority of the women that I operate on for prolapse are probably around 60 or 70 (years of age) and a few that are 80,” Dr. Shah says. He’s also noticed that as octogenarians become more active and informed by social media, they are increasingly taking control of these issues. “More and more older folks are seeking care, which is really refreshing. But I don’t think that we’re anywhere near what we can really do,” he says. In fact, he laments that many women are unaware of how much they can do to treat pelvic issues. “It’s unfortunate that a lot of women see incontinence and prolapse as a normal part of aging. They see print ads for incontinence products rather than a cure,” he says. “And I’ve had patients come to me and they’re like, ‘I don’t know why I waited so long to get help.’” Dr. Shah says he encourages doctors to ask about pelvic issues as a regular part of an exam. “There are not that many physicians like myself who specialize in women’s urologic health,” he explains, which means many doctors do not have a steady referral for their female patients with pelvic issues, and therefore do not ask about these issues. And if the patient does not ask, then these issues are never addressed. “But there are folks that you can go see,” Dr. Shah says. “The treatment works.”

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Hit the Road This Summer! 11 Best Road Trips from Staten Island By Jessica Allen & Barbara Russo

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ooking to plan an exciting road trip with the family this summer? Consider heading to one (or more!) of the many destinations located not far from Staten Island. Take a look at our roundup below and start working on your action-packed getaway! Although most venues and locations are fully open, it’s a good idea to confirm availability when it comes to activities and restaurants. Everything from opening hours to the reservation process can change or be different from pre-pandemic times. We highly recommend contacting individual venues before heading out.

The Berkshires, MA berkshires.org

Approximate drive: 4 hours

This rural swath of western Massachusetts couples adventure and art, an irresistible blend for young and old alike.

Stuff to see and do:

Adirondacks - Fort Ticonderoga

The Adirondacks visitadirondacs.com

Approximate drive: 6 hours

Here’s a fun fact: Adirondack Park

is larger than Glacier, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Great Smokey Mountains and Yellowstone put together. At 6 million acres the Adirondacks are truly awesome, in every sense of the word.

Stuff to see and do:

• Check out the Ausable Chasm, a deep Ice Age-era gorge often called “the Grand Canon of the East.” • Summit a high peak. With 46 mountains to choose from, the Adirondacks High Peaks have options for everyone, from the little hikers to individuals with physical disabilities.

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• Drive the Mohawk Trail. This trail was once used by members of the Five Nations to travel between Connecticut and upper Hudson Valleys. • Enjoy art at kid-friendly museums and art spaces, including Kidspace and ArtBar. • Visit Magic Wings, an 8,000-square-foot sanctuary dedicated to Lepidoptera in South Deerfield. • Go butterfly watching. The Berkshires is home to nearly 4,000 native and tropical butterflies. • Hike Mount Greylock, the highest peak in Massachusetts. This mountain has approximately 70 miles of trails for hiking, biking, skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing.

Bucks County, PA buckscounty.org

Approximate drive: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Bucks County blends small-town charm with big-time fun. In addition to well-known attractions, like a Sesame Street-themed park, you’ll find natural wonders and Americana galore.

Stuff to see and do:

• Hit the park! Visit Sesame Place, Hershey Park, or, for the younger kids, Dutch Wonderland. • Visit Ringing Rocks Park. The boulders at this 8-acre site make music and “sing” when hit with hammers, hands, or other rocks.

The Catskills visitthecatskills.com

Approximate drive: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Catskills - Kaaterskill Falls

For years, the Catskills have been synonymous with recreation, relaxation, and resorts. Some things never change, as you’ll discover over a long weekend. Parts of it feel charmingly retro and happily hipster, while other parts, such as Kaaterskill Falls, no doubt look as beautiful now as when the first people stumbled upon its rushing waters.

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• Visit Fort Ticonderoga, a key location during the French and Indian Revolutionary Wars.


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• Immerse yourself in nature by biking down Plattekill Mountain, picnic at Lake Superior State Park, and wander the Dove Trail in Sullivan County.

The Finger Lakes fingerlakes.org

Approximate drive: 4 hours, 30 minutes

its early 1900s heyday. • Cross the Walkway Over the Hudson, the world’s longest elevated pedestrian bridge.

Cape May, N.J.

Mystic, CT

Approximate drive: 2 hours

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Approximate drive: 3 hours, 30 minutes

According to Native American legend, the Finger Lakes are the result of the Creator blessing the land by touching it, leaving a handprint behind. Today, the region is known for its perfect grape-growing micro-climate, huge number of child-friendly activities, and opportunities for waterfalling, which is totally a thing.

The Hudson Valley travelhudsonvalley.com Approximate drive: 2 hours What is there not to love about the Hudson Valley? With great art, creative food, incredible hiking, and close proximity to New York City, this area really has it all. You might never want to leave. Stuff to see and do:

• Dine at the Culinary Institute of America. Explore the campus’ sprawling grounds, stay at a quaint hotel or bed-and-breakfast nearby, and—of course—dine at one of the school’s prestigious restaurants where you’ll enjoy American and French cuisine prepared and served by culinary students. • Visit a mansion. Check out the ruins of a once-grand estate. A hike through Hudson Highlands State Park takes you to a mansion that’s fallen on hard times since

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Visit this seaside resort area located at the tip of southern New Jersey. It’s a beautiful city known for Victorian houses.

Stuff to see and do:

Stuff to see and do:

• Visit the Strong National Museum of Play. Kids can grab whatever they see because exhibits are designed to be tweaked and touched. • Visit the Corning Museum of Glass. Kids ages 4 and older will get a kick out of learning to sandblast and blow glass. • Check out the wildlife. Meet more than 700 animals at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse.

Museum of the American Revolution, and many more.

Mystic - Mystic Aquarium

You can’t get much more charming than Mystic, CT. As you’d expect from this seaside town in Southern New England, aquatic activities rule. Stuff to see and do:

• See a variety of aquatic wildlife at the Mystic Aquarium • Visit the Mystic Seaport Maritime Museum. Climb aboard various ships and watch as others are rehabilitated in the fully functioning shipyard. • Shop Olde Mistick Village, where you’ll find an array of charming shops and boutiques.

Philadelphia, PA visitphilly.com

Approximate drive: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Philadelphia oozes history. From Betsy Ross to Ben Franklin, the Liberty Bell to the signing of the Constitution, this Pennsylvania city is a must-visit for anyone interested in early America.

Stuff to see and do:

• Visit Liberty Bell Center and explore the Historic District. • Pop into a number of different museums, including the Benjamin Franklin Museum,

• Shop the Washington Street Mall. You’ll find lots of stores and restaurants at this outdoor walking mall that spans three blocks. • Visit the Cape May County Zoo. See amazing wildlife including lions, snow leopards, American Bison, bald eagles, and more. • Hop aboard the Cape May Whale Watcher. Keep a lookout for whales and dolphins when you take a ride on this schooner.

The Jersey Shore

Depends on the destination along the shore The Jersey Shore stretches for approximately 140 miles along the Atlantic Ocean, from Perth Amboy to Cape May. Along the way you’ll find soft-sanded beaches, millions of games, and tons of opportunities for fun in the sun.

Approximate drive:

Stuff to see and do:

• Visit the Silverball Retro Arcade, an Asbury Park museum dedicated to pinball. • Do a double-take at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!. See the curious curiosities and the oddest oddities at this popular Atlantic City Boardwalk locale. • Visit the Absecon Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in New Jersey.

Howe Caverns Cobleskill howecaverns.com

Approximate drive: 3 hours, 20 minutes

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hether you take it hot or iced, all coffee-lovers can agree on one thing: that that first sip can make your morning. It’s the caffeinated key to starting any day off right. For weekdays or work days, regular brew will do. But weekends and holidays call for a little something extra. Add some indulgence to your mornings off with these recipes for hot or iced coffees from Folgers. No fancy coffee maker needed!

Salted Caramel Cafe Ingredients: • 1 Folgers Gourmet Selections Caramel Drizzle Flavored Coffee K-Cup pod OR 4-6 oz. brewed coffee • Smucker’s Hot Caramel Flavored Topping • Vanilla flavored creamer • Whipped cream • Coarse sea salt Directions: 1. Brew coffee on smallest cup setting (4-6 oz.) into 8-oz. coffee cup. 2. Stir in caramel topping and creamer to taste. Top with whipped cream. 3. Drizzle with additional caramel topping. Sprinkle lightly with salt.

Mocha Peanut Butter Frosty Ingredients: • 1/2 cup chocolate soy milk or low-fat chocolate milk, chilled • 1 tsp. Folgers Classic Roast Instant Coffee Crystals • 1 (4 oz.) container whipped chocolate yogurt • 1/3 cup chocolate whey protein powdered drink mix • 2 Tbsp. Smucker’s Natural Creamy Peanut Butter • Ice cubes • Ground cinnamon, for garnish Directions: 1. Combine milk and coffee crystals in blender container until crystals are dissolved. 2. Add yogurt, protein powder, peanut butter, and enough ice cubes to equal 2 cups. Process for 45 seconds or until smooth. 3. Pour into two tall glasses. Garnish with cinnamon, if desired.

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Ingredients: • 1/2 cup milk • 3-4 Tbsp. vanilla flavored syrup • 1/4 cup strong brewed Folgers French Roast Coffee OR 1/4 cup strong brewed Folgers Black Silk Coffee • Whipped cream • Ground cinnamon Directions: 1. Microwave milk in 1-quart microwave-save bowl on HIGH for 1-1 1/2 minutes or until hot but not boiling. Whisk until foamy. 2. Microwave vanilla flavored syrup in microwave-safe coffee cup on HIGH for 20 seconds. Stir in coffee. 3. Add milk. Top with whipped cream. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Serve immediately.

Cinnamon Spiced Iced Coffee Ingredients: • 3/4 cup ground Folgers Classic Roast Coffee • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon • 3 cups cold water • 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk • Ice cubes Directions: 1. Stir together ground coffee and cinnamon. Brew in coffeemaker using 3 cups cold water. 2. Pour sweetened condensed milk into 1 1/2-quart pitcher. Add hot brewed coffee, stirring until thoroughly blended. 3. Pour coffee mixture over ice in tall glasses or cafe mugs. Serve immediately.

Almond Espresso Float Ingredients: • 1 tsp. Folgers Classic Roast Instant Coffee Crystals • 1 Tbsp. hot water • 3/4 cup chocolate milk • 1/8 tsp. almond extract, or to taste • 2 rounded scoops coffee ice cream • Cream soda, chilled • Whipped cream • Cocoa powder, for garnish Directions: 1. Chill a tall 16-ounce glass in freezer. 2. Dissolve coffee into hot water. Combine coffee mixture, chocolate milk, and almond extract in chilled glass, stirring until blended. Add ice cream. 3. Fill glass with cream soda. Stir. Top with whipped cream. Garnish with cocoa powder. August 2021 • siparent.com

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ongratulations to 8-year-old Khushi Passi, who was nominated by her mom for being a wonderful big sister, friend, and student. According to her mom, “if there were more kids like Khushi, world will become a better place.”

Staten Island’s Incredible Kids Awards recognizes and honors outstanding children in the community. Nominees have helped others in need, donated time or effort to an important cause, boast impressive achievements at a young age, or simply stand out for their kindness and compassion. Nominations for the Incredible Kid of the Month are closed. Thank you to all who entered and congratulations to all of our honorees. And a huge thanks to our sponsor, Staten Island University Hospital for helping us honor Staten Island’s bravest, kindest and brightest youth!

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Divorce, Family Court, Child Custody, Spousal & Child Support, Domestic Violence, Adoptions, Name Changes, Annulments, Separation Agreements. Free Consultation for Divorce Actions. 24 Hour Phone Service.

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