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As a parent, aren't you just beaming with pride everytime your child does something fabulous? From going potty like a big boy, watching her sing in the school program without any fear and being a good helper to Daddy in the yard ... to watching him hit a homerun for the first time, seeing her poised and confident in the dance recital and graduating to the next level in anything, It's tough to hold back teary eyes of absolute pride and joy. This is such a special time of year when so many of these kinds of teary-moment-opportunties are abundant for us proud mamas. I just attended my little guy's kindergarten graduation and seeing him sing so loudly and confidently and even singing in sign language just melted my heart. He was SO into it and it was absolutely precious. I'm very proud. This is also a great time of year to earn great parent "points" on our parenting score card - when these wonderful opportunities lead to invaluable conversations regarding success, failure, being a good winner, being a good loser, rising as a leader, making good choices and learning life lessons. Our kids are watching our responses, hoping for encouragement and praying for our support as they perform in all their stages of being a kiddo. Enjoy every single second of these awesome moments with your kids and show them how proud you are of them for the little things and the big things. These moments count in a HUGE way to your kids and also for you - as to how you feel inside as a good parent too.

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Celebrating Dad! “My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: he believed in me.” – Jim Valvano “I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.” – Sigmund Freud “I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father’s equal, and I never loved any other man as much.” – Hedy Lamarr “Nothing I’ve ever done has given me more joys and rewards than being a father to my children.” – Bill Cosby “My father was my teacher. But, most importantly, he was a great dad.” – Beau Bridges

TV Dads Quiz Can you guys what show these TV character fathers are from? Bonus if you can guess the actor, too! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Ward Cleaver Mike Brady Andy Taylor Al Bundy Steven Keaton

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FAMILY Movie Review EPIC I ventured into Movies 14 on a warm spring Friday night with my dad and nine-yearold brother, excited to view the highly anticipated Epic. We found a seat, sat down and became instantly immersed in the magical 3D world that the movie ambitiously creates. Epic, a slick spin on Honey I Shrunk the Kids, finds Mary Katherine (voiced by Amanda Seyfried), the daughter of a quirky scientist, reduced to the size of a blade of grass in order to save the forest civilization (“leafmen”). This civilization that she encounters has been her father’s obsession for a large part of his life. It tells a riveting story with tasteful humor and wonderful dialogue, and engrosses you with its astounding visual effects, but it falls shorter than other more memorable family movies (such as Shrek, Cars andToy Story) due to its severe lack of character motivation. I’d describe it as trivial because, while it is enjoyable, it still doesn’t leave a significant mark on cinema in any way. Epic will undoubtedly leave you questioning its script. It’s told well and is interesting, but it feels like this should be a sequel. This is because the “leafmen” fight against the “rot” (who are bad guys that try to destroy the forest for some unknown reason). We know that the “leafmen” are trying to preserve the forest and its natural elements, and we

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Building a Tradition With Your Kids • Mark their height on a wall every six months. • Pick out a swing-set and play on it together. • Read their bedtime story while cuddling in a recliner. • Build a train together – then have Godzilla destroy it!

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Did you know there are classes to get you ready to become a new parent? A lot of times it is trial by fire, but if you are prepared, it’s not so scary. Taking care of the physical is something that gets easier with practice, so get in there and change that diaper. Many parents don’t communicate with each other. It is vital to keep your relationship a priority. Make dates with each other and let Grandma bond with the baby. Most women can resume ‘grown up love’ after six weeks, so just hang in there. Now Classes Offered: is the time to pamper that new mom! Have (Check website for dates/times) you talked with a financial planner on how to 1. Infant and youth CPR handle the added expenses to come? Babies 2. Childbirth classes are expensive little people! Finally, talk with 3. Baby Wearing other dads; you’ll realize you are not alone in 4. Diapering 101 this journey called ‘fatherhood’. 5. Mother Support Group 6. Drop in classes for Toddlers

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By Meagan Church

Tips for brain-drain combat, and finding educational summer opportunities that fit your schedule.

Summer vacation is upon us. While that realization has kids jumping for joy, it leaves many parents anxiety-ridden, wondering how they will ward off brain drain and fill those nearly three months of vacation. Sure, a plethora of summer camps, lessons and activities abound, but many require a financial and time investment. Let’s face it: no mom wants to spend her summer as a glorified taxi driver, shuttling the kids from one activity to the next. But, every mom wants to provide her child with opportunities to learn and grow. So, if you’re looking for ways to avoid the summer slide and keep your child engaged even when school is in hiatus, then look no further. Consider these summer learning activities:

Go Online

No, this doesn’t mean your kids should spend their summers surfing the net. But, online enrichment opportunities exist, including the local reading course A Novel Time. Mom of three, Joanna Azar, started A Novel Time after working with gifted and talented children through Johns Hopkins online. During the course, upcoming fourth through seventh graders read, discuss and write about selected books. “Knowing that summer school in the Michiana area is now only mainly funded for remediation, I wanted to have an option for students who want enrichment over the summer,” said Joanna, who holds a master’s in elementary education. “I also understand how hard it is to shuttle children from activity to activity each summer. This program is all done from the comfort of your own home, with weekly deadlines, so the work can be done during the week when the child has time.” The good news is that Joanna is extending her online class beyond just summer, so that kids who want an extra challenge can do so in the fall and spring as well.

Start a Book Club

Local libraries offer summer reading programs to engage kids during their summers off. When Stephanie Olesen’s son joined last summer, she took it one step further. “Here’s the catch: I join, too. Lead by example, right?” Book clubs can be a great way for families to challenge one another, just as




Kem Meyer’s kids did last summer when they started their own sibling book club. “They set a goal to read a series of books by the end of summer, got duplicates at the library, and read and discussed them together. It was great!”

Plan a Trip

Terri Pangborn-Warner gives her kids a summer challenge of planning a trip. They are responsible for finding a suitable location and activities, while calculating costs and keeping it all within budget. “They learn about new places, geography, cultures and get real-life skills in budgeting, too,” she said. The trips don’t have to be exotic or high-priced. Set a challenge to find a location within a certain mile radius and for whatever amount of time is feasible, even if it’s just a day trip. Regardless of the duration or location, kids will feel empowered as a part of the decision-making process, and they won’t even realize they are learning valuable life lessons at the same time.

Discover Pen Pals

In the age of texting and Face Time, pen pals may seem old school, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a fun and educational exercise. When Reagan Faust’s family moved to a different state last year, her daughter and a friend began corresponding via snail mail. “They are not consistent, but it still impresses me that they keep in touch at eight years of age. Of course, they also set up Wii play dates and play Mario Kart together online. It’s the age we live in.” If your child doesn’t have a faraway friend, consider a cousin or relative who doesn’t live locally, or even search online for pen pal websites. This is also a great way to get kids involved with organizations that support orphans around the world, such as what Jennie Gorski’s kids have done: “The kids write and send stickers and pictures, and she colors and writes back.” Pen pals are a great way to hone handwriting skills, practice narrative writing and teach delayed gratification when they must wait for a response that could take days or weeks, not the minutes and seconds they may be accustomed to. Printed on Recycled Content Paper

Read the News

Help your child learn about his world by having him study a news story throughout the summer. Have him find an age-appropriate story that interests him, whether it’s an upcoming fair or keeping tabs on zoo happenings. Throughout the summer, he can research the story and write about the events as they develop, helping him engage in the world around him.

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Get to Work

Despite what your kids might think, summer isn’t just about sleeping in and watching TV. When school schedules are non-existent, this is the perfect time to teach life skills by giving them responsibilities around the house. Teach your child the importance of working together as a family unit by having her make her bed every morning, plan a meal, do her own laundry, vacuum, mow the yard or whatever other chore is age-appropriate. Through chores, they learn that work matters, that the family works as a team and that every member has a role to play.

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Boredom may seem like a four-letter word to your child, but it is in the unscheduled downtime that creativity and imagination have room to grow. Allow for unscheduled time so your child is challenged to explore and create for herself. Don’t allow any electronic devices. Encourage outdoor play, have craft supplies available or just give them space to wander and make discoveries for themselves. After all, as Einstein said, “Creativity is intelligence having fun.”

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No Kitty for Your Kiddie? By Renae Johnson

My nephew’s first words were, “Mama”, “Dada”, then “No” – but I’m sure the next word he uttered was “Cat”. Now, at age eight, he purrs like a cat, runs his hand over his face like a cat and meows his every greeting. My sister came to me and said, “I’m thinking about getting him a cat.” I cringed because I have seen the look of fear in my cat’s eyes when he comes to visit. It’s the look that says, “Save me!” This got me to thinking: what might be a better pet choice?

with a fur ball with teeth. Of the best and worst pets, Pearce has her favorites. “I would say that hamsters are possibly the worst pet for a small child because they do bite. Once your child gets bitten, they may lose interest in the hamster or fear putting their hand back in and hamsters need daily handling.”

However, if you have a more laid back pet, the best thing to do is to take it slow. Jodi Pearce, Manager at Pat’s Pets in University Park Mall, says to, “Acclimate your pet with your child gradually yet consistently, while keeping a watchful eye. Be sure to watch your pet for jealousy issues and territorial behavior; remind your pet that they are still a part of your family.” Also, watch to make sure your child doesn’t try to eat the pet. A mouth full of fur is no fun for anyone and may get your child nipped in retaliation.

Better than a hamster (and most certainly better than a gerbil), Jodi Pearce lists her best choice as a domestic rat. “Domestic rats are much more tame and less likely to bite or become territorial. They are exceptionally clean and intelligent enough to play games and do tricks.” Having a pet in your home should be a decision made by the parent, not by the child, since the majority of the care will fall upon the parent. Do your research.

If you don’t already have a pet, there are good choices and not-so-good choices for certain ages. There are also advantages and disadvantages for every pet. I’ve read that hamsters are good starter pets, but I’ve personally felt quite intimidated when putting my hand into a cage

Once you feel your child is responsible enough for a dog, you may have another tough decision to

Surprisingly, there are a lot of resources online to ‘fish’ through (no pun intended). If your pet has been your one-and-only and now you’re expecting a baby, you may have a difficult choice to make. When we had a new baby in the house, our first cat had to go. Not right away, but it was soon apparent that Tiger liked to attack crawling figures in diapers. No one wants scratches on their little ones.




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make. I’ve heard valid opinions to support both sides of getting a puppy versus an older, more settled dog. If you are looking at puppies, they may be cute, and you may feel that you want your child to have as long of a relationship with his dog as possible, you may agree with Jodi Pearce who says, “Puppies aren’t that hard to train. With puppies, you can raise them up and you know almost everything there is to know about them. But bringing an older dog into your home comes with possibly not knowing the dog’s history. Dogs that have come from other homes sometimes have issues that stem from mistreatment or unknown health problems.” Although puppies indeed have many advantages, don’t discount the more mature dog just yet, because Brent A. Helgoth, D.V.M. of River Valley Small Animal Hospital in Niles, Michigan would disagree. “Choosing a puppy over an older dog is unwise because you will be raising two babies instead of one. Puppies need discipline for behavioral issues like chewing and potty training. Also, puppies cost more in the beginning with shots, spay/ neutering costs, flea and tick treatments and de-worming costs. Older dogs, even just a couple of years older, will give you a more learned pet and one that will be playful but not as unmanageable.” Check with your local shelter. Consider a calmer breed, one with as much known history as possible. Don’t forget to allow your child to accompany you. They may enjoy the feeling of be included in such a decision and thus feel closer to the pet they choose. In any case, you will be helping a loving pet find a good family and a child to build a lasting friendship with his furry companion.

Renae Johnson is a happily married fiction author with one lovely daughter and a St. Bernard/Chow mix who lives in Niles, MI.

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RED Bird, Blue Bird

Introducing Kids to Birdwatching

By Evelyn Kirkwood

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settles down onto the tray of black sunflower seed. A raucous explosion of blue and white clatters to the feeder. The color and motion of backyard birds captivates young children. Since many backyard birds come in bright colors, it can be relatively easy for toddlers to recognize the red bird (Cardinal) or the blue bird (Blue Jay). Field guides, such as “The Peterson First Guides” or the “Stokes Beginners Guide to Birds” are designed for youngsters, but knowing the bird names is not essential to get kids interested in watching them.

Tips to Get Started

Why Birds?

For really young children, tack a list on the refrigerator. Red bird, blue bird, black bird is just fine for the youngest birders, and helps them understand there are different kinds of birds. Older children will begin to want to know birds by name. In addition to printed field guides, there are inexpensive smartphone apps such as the Audubon series or iBird that also include recordings of bird songs.

Basic birdwatching is a doorway to basic concepts in natural science, and backyard birds are easily accessible. Even in an urban environment, a young child can find common Rock Pigeons and House Sparrows. Young birdwatchers also learn that animals need food to survive, and that birds have feathers and can fly. More advanced young birders grasp that birds come in different sizes and colors, and live in different habitats. Their beaks are adapted to the type of food they eat. These concepts parallel state science standards used by school systems around the country.




A simple sunflower seed feeder, hung within three feet of a window in your house, will attract birds and your child’s attention. Spend a few minutes with your child sitting together quietly and watching the birds. Talk about what you see.

Make a List

Fuel their Interest

If he likes to read, check out story books about birds from the library. If she likes to draw or color, download coloring pages or gather art materials for a bird-related art project. Take a hike in a park to count the ducks (but please don’t feed them!). Enroll your child in a nature-themed day camp. There is an Indiana Audubon club for young people!

Optics for All Ages

I’ve led many a bird hike for toddlers sporting ‘binoculars’ made from taped-together toilet paper tubes. Young children take them pretty seriously, and they help ‘focus’ attention on a bird. For a fun rainy-day game, tape pictures of birds around the room and have children use their ‘binoculars’ to find an owl, or a bird with very long legs. This game builds observation skills and attention spans. By the age of six or so, avid young birders might be ready for a pair of real compact binoculars. Some, like the Eagle Optics Energy series (around $50) come in fun, bright colors.

Be a Mentor

Children learn to enjoy activities their parents participate in or support. We gather and gear our kids for soccer and martial arts. You can do the same with birdwatching. Engage them in observations. Do they notice how some birds hop on two feet (House Sparrows) but others walk one foot in front of the other (Crows)? Some birds plant themselves at your bird feeder and dine Printed on Recycled Content Paper

(Cardinals). Others pluck a seed and fly off to eat it (Chickadees).

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Observations such as these are excellent introductions to scientific thinking. Beyond the pure enjoyment of watching birds in your backyard, you can foster an affinity for science in your child.

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(*Be sure to use cotton, because it will eventually decompose.) Stuff the items in the mesh sack, then partially pull a few of the items out of the mesh so they will be easier for birds to see and grab. Hang the filled mesh sack from a tree limb or near your bird feeders and watch for birds to visit and collect the materials. Baltimore Orioles will be especially interested in gathering threads and long hairs.

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Boredom Buckets By Andie Kingsbury


hether it’s because the weather outside is too cold or wet,

they don’t want to play with their toys or they’ve been

grounded from electronics, it seems that NOTHING will stop the incessant repetitions of, “I’m bored. There is nothing to do. Mom, he won’t leave me alone.” Tensions are high, moods are cross and team-

work is at an all-time low. It’s time to break out the boredom buckets.

What are Boredom Buckets?

These are recycled containers like ice cream buckets, baskets or zippered bags which contain everything you need to keep your son or daughter entertained for an hour or more! I recommend items that can be contained to the table or a tiled floor with a single activity that they normally would not have access to. Choosing activities that don’t require direct adult supervision to succeed will also allow you a moment to wash dishes, pay the bills or read aloud to them as they immerse themselves in creative sensory play. When you assemble your own activities, take into account the kinds of things you are always chasing your kids away from. If your child has a habit of splashing in the sink instead of washing his hands, stomping in every puddle for a mile or shaking the water out of every sippy cup you’ve ever tried, include water-play of some kind in your bucket. Great fun for kids can range from playing with shredded paper, stringing beads of varying size and textures, writing/painting in shaving cream or even creating works of art on the windows with window markers or washable finger paints. (This one clearly requires added clean up!) What follows are a few of our favorite boredom buckets; as a bonus, they are easily cleaned up when it’s time to put everything away! 18



Water Bead Treasure Hunt

Collect for the bucket: Prepared, non-toxic floral beads, small waterresistant shapes or plastic jewels, various-sized cups, a large dishpan, (optional: a drop of mild essential oil like lavender or mint during the rehydration of the beads to add a scent to the sensory experience)

Activities: Place water-resistant shapes, jewels or other toys in the bottom of a large dishpan and cover with hydrated floral beads. A great sensory activity is simply finding matching shapes using only the sense of touch. The best boredom buster is to simply leave them to their imagination with different cups, bowls and utensils for scooping, pouring and fun. Relay races can be performed by placing a cup for each child across the room, then encouraging them to carry water beads on a wooden spoon to the cup; this activity will also increase motor skills.

Eye-Spy to Go

Collect for the bucket: Empty single-serve juice bottles (clear), various small trinkets (push pin, paper clip, confetti pieces & many more, a list of items to discover (or # to be discovered), rice/birdseed/small beans.

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Fill the juice container with a variety of

different small items to hunt for. Fill the remainder of the juice container with

bird seed, rice or small beans, leaving

a bit of room at the top for shaking the

contents around. The less room left in

the bottle will result in a greater challenge in discovering the items inside,

because the filler materials will be harder to shift and rotate. Leave more room for

younger kids, and less room for older

kids. SOME room must be left to allow the contents to move. If you choose to leave them permanently assembled, securely glue the lids closed.

Desert Racing

Collect for the bucket: Appropriate sized cars for your child’s age, sand, rice or lentils, assorted desert landscape toys, or small cardboard boxes for imaginative creativity. If using sand, a dab of essential oil can be added to this one, too.

Activity: Pour everything into a shallow container like a large cake pan, a low storage tote or a large box lid. Imagination will take over as they build roads, landscape or cityscapes.

No matter what activities and materials you choose to fill your own buckets, take a moment to consider the age-appropriateness for your children. If your children are under three, ensure the materials are non-toxic, large enough to not present a choking hazard, and be aware that part of the fun will quickly amount to throwing, smearing and tasting. Childhood exploration leans towards a fascination with tasting and textures, cause and effect. You may want to automatically provide surfaces for smearing, targets for throwing, and be ready with a vacuum and washcloth. Enjoy creating boredom buckets for your little ones, and be ready to photograph their fun to share with family and friends! Andie Kingsbury, author of the blog “Ours+His+Mine=Nine!”, is the mother/ stepmother of seven boys and two girls, so she knows how to stretch a budget! She and her husband live in Elkhart.

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93 Fun Things to Do in Michiana This Summer By Michelle Shirk Get ready for beach balls and bathing suits! There are 93 days of summer this year, which means 93 opportunities for summer fun. With our list of 93 fun things to do right here in Michiana, you don’t even need to schedule a vacation to have your best summer ever!

1. Sit down with your family (and this list!) and decide on your summer

22. Start your Independence Day celebration right with a free patriotic

2. Kick off the season with food and fireworks at Mishawaka’s thirtieth annual Summerfest Festival, June 21st and 22nd.

23. Make a day trip to LaPorte County for the massive Jaycees 4th of July


3. Visit the lions and tigers at the Potawatomi Zoo. 4. Take a nostalgic spin on the Silver Beach Carousel. 5. Enjoy a fun family movie. Pixar’s Monsters University will be in theaters starting June 21st.

6. Go fly a kite. 7. Tour the Quilt Gardens scattered throughout Elkhart County. 8. Sign up for a CSA (community-supported agriculture) share and receive a weekly helping of fresh, delicious seasonal produce.

9. Eat an elephant ear at the St. Joseph County 4-H Fair, June 28th through July 6th.

10. Register your child for a day camp! 11. Hold a garage sale and put the proceeds toward your summer fun budget.

12. Spend the day hiking and biking at Potato Creek State Park. 13. Receive free admission to Elkhart’s Ruthmere Museum on the first Sunday of each month from April through November.

14. Sample gigantic jellybeans at the Wakarusa Dime Store. 15. Sign your kids and yourself up for your local library’s summer reading program.

16. Take the little ones to pick apples, feed dinosaurs and slide down a volcano at St. Joseph’s Curious Kids Museum.

17. Enjoy free tunes at Dowagiac’s Beckwith Park Summer Concert Series. 18. Discover a touch of Europe at the Niles French Market, open Thursdays and Saturdays.

19. Go cherry-picking at one of Michiana’s U-Pick farms. 20. Serve cherry cobbler for dessert. 21. Add some rhythm to your lunch break with the Morris Performing Art

concert and fireworks display July 3rd in New Buffalo.

Parade, traditionally kicked off with a 5K race and military fly-over.

24. Enjoy a night of food and music at Meet Me On the Island on July 5th. 25. See decorated boats, RVs and tractors at Sister Lakes’ annual Bigfoot Fourth of July Parade at 5 PM on July 6th.

26. Break out some sidewalk chalk and create a temporary work of art on your driveway.

27. Satisfy your sweet tooth without gaining an ounce at “Sweet! The

Wonderful World of Chocolate, Candy & Ice Cream” at the Center for History in South Bend.

28. Dine al fresco at Brewster’s Italian Café in New Buffalo. 29. Sign any non-swimmers in your family up to participate in swim lessons. 30. Take a break from the heat during one of Compton Family Ice Arena’s public skate sessions.

31. Schedule a family 5K walk or run along Mishawaka’s scenic Riverwalk. 32. Make s’mores. 33. Buy the kids peanuts and Cracker Jack at a South Bend Silver Hawks game.

34. Follow the Notre Dame Loop of the Art & Earth Trail to discover unique area shops, restaurants and attractions.

35. Invite friends or neighbors over for a glass of lemonade. 36. Enjoy a day at the lakeshore topped off with a visit to St. Joseph’s Silver Beach Pizza.

37. Admire the works of Norman Rockwell at the Midwest Museum of American Art in Elkhart.


See how many of Michiana’s city and county parks your family can visit this summer.

39. Run through a hose or sprinkler. Parents, too! 40. Take in a craft show, clown band concert, sidewalk sales and sand sculptures at the Celebrate Bridgman! festival, July 11th through 14th.

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41. Play a round of disc golf at Elkhart’s Ox Bow County Park. 42. Sink your teeth into a famous Redamak’s burger in New Buffalo. Don’t forget the red cream soda!

43. Share a family-style meal with family or friends at Das Dutchman Essenhaus in Middlebury.


See Les Miserables at the South Bend Civic Theatre, July 12th through 28th. Snag tickets at

45. Pack a picnic lunch – food almost always tastes better outside. 46. Admire works of art in a gorgeous outdoor setting at the Krasl Art Fair on

the Bluff, July 13th and 14th in St. Joseph.

47. Do your weekly grocery shopping at the South Bend Farmer’s Market,

open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Visit www.southbendfarmersmarket. com for a monthly calendar.


Head north to pay tribute to a fabulous fruit at the South Haven Blueberry Festival, August 8th through 11th.

71. Blow bubbles. 72. Finish up the summer fair season with a trip to the Berrien County Youth Fair, August 12th through 17th.


Taste test several different types of fudge at Kilwins (South Bend and St. Joseph), then take home a pound of the winning flavor!


Put a little splash in your summer with a family “Funyak” ride down the East Race Waterway’s white water course. All riders must be at least 54” tall.

75. Tour Bristol’s picturesque Bonneyville Mill, in operation for more than 150 years.

76. Blend history and technology with the free, self-guided i-Spy Elkhart Cell Phone Tour. Dial 574.584.7007 to access the tour on your phone.

48. Browse art and antiques at the Old Bag Factory in Goshen. 49. Load up the family for a fun-filled day of hiking and swimming at

See everybody’s favorite ogre come to life in Shrek the Musical on August 17th at the Shadowland Pavilion in St. Joseph. Call 269.982.4030 for tickets.

50. Rate local livestock at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair, July 19th

Dowagiac Rod & Roll Classic Auto Show, also August 17th.

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through 27th.

51. Be a chocolatier for a day with South Bend Chocolate Company’s “Inside Scoop” tour.

52. Get your family moving with a leisurely evening stroll around your neighborhood.

53. Cool down with an old-fashioned ice cream treat at Buchanan Sweet Shop.

54. Take a scenic Sunday afternoon river ride on the Elkhart River Queen. Call 574. 295.1179 for reservations.

55. Shop for noodles, preserves and pies at Middlebury’s Dutch Country Market.

56. Check out the City of St. Joseph’s summer public art display “All Aboard! Planes, Trains & Helicopters." Find dates and details at

57. Enjoy nature at Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve in Niles. 58. Support a local organization by picking up a port-a-pit chicken for dinner. 59. Head to the Cass County Fair July 28th through August 3rd for all the usual kinds of fair fun plus rodeos, fireworks and monster trucks.


Take your budding mechanics to the Studebaker Super Service Center, a new interactive exhibit for kids ages 3-10. Learn more at

61. Pick sides for a family water balloon toss. 62. Take a drive along the charming Red Arrow Highway. 63. Admire the creations of more than 300 artists and crafters at the Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival, August 1st through 4th.


78. Check out classic vehicles against a backdrop of 1950s music at the 79. Had your fill of burgers and hot dogs? Throw something different on the grill, like shish kabobs, pizza or even fruit.

80. Treat your kids to a round of putt-putt at Captain Mike’s Fun Park in Bridgman.

81. Take a stroll along Elkhart’s Riverwalk. 82. Play flashlight tag in your backyard. 83. Sample local cuisine at Wellfield Botanical Garden’s “Taste of the Gardens” event, August 24th in Elkhart.

84. Step back in time with an Amish Acres house and farm tour. 85. Enjoy a unique bedtime story (for ages 12+) at the Bristol Hills Storytelling Festival, September 6th and 7th. See for festival details.

86. Catch fireflies. Then release them. 87. Light a candle for a loved one at the Notre Dame Grotto. 88. Shop for gourmet fixings and baked goods at Union Pier’s Whistle Stop Grocery.

89. Watch the sunset together. No electronic gizmos allowed! 90. Attend a late summer football game at your local high school. 91. Stock up on your favorite fruits or solve a 6½ acre corn maze at Sprague’s Family Fun Farm in Dowagiac.

92. Say ‘goodbye’ to summer and ‘hello’ to fall with a delicious slice of apple pie at the Nappanee Apple Festival, September 19th to 22nd.

93. Create a family scrapbook dedicated to all the memories you made this summer!

64. Carry your laptop or iPad outdoors for a Family Movie Night under the stars.

65. Enjoy upscale Italian cuisine at Tosi’s in Stevensville. 66. Spit pits at Coloma’s Glad-Peach Festival, August 2nd through 4th. 67. Try out a new outdoor sport like croquet, bocce ball, badminton or corn hole.

68. Check out a book about constellations, then see how many you can spot in the night sky.

69. Pig out on Sherman’s ice cream at Oink’s Ice Cream and Yogurt in New Buffalo.

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Fair Food is Fun! By Michelle Wegner

Imagine that fun Fair Food had zero calories and only benefited your health in every way. Which would you choose?

Elephant ears, funnel cakes, strawberry shortcakes. Dairy barn ice cream, blueberry ice cream, cotton candy piled to the sky on a twirl-y cardboard cone. Fried zucchini, fried snickers bars, fried cheesecake. French fries, deep fried curled potatoes, broasted potatoes. Barbecue turkey legs, corn dogs, pork tenderloin. Lemon Shake ups, on-tap root beer… or a diet soda, if you really feel bad about all the other calories.

Fair food is so, so fun. Expensive? Yes! Unhealthy? By all means! But oh, so good!” Our family loves to eat. Yes, with the health food revolution, we stand firmly by our cause. Mind you, we only partake of this junk food paradise once or twice a year. If we ate Fair Food more often than that, we’d be both broke and bloated, so we choose our binges carefully. Before you speed-dial Jamie Oliver or Michele Obama to tell on me, put the iPhone down and look me in the eyes when I talk junk food. Hear my heart. This is important. I’ll eat a carrot and a flax seed, too, (whatever that is), when I am done writing this article. I promise. Whether it’s the warm air mixed with grime smell or some sort of magic, it draws you in... when you are at a summer fair, the smells, sights, 22



blinking neon signs with promises of fun, happiness and elephant ears. The crowds, the people, the noise and the food – it’s all a part of the fun. Our family is mesmerized by fair magic and we are drawn to the neon lights like hungry little caterpillars. Over the years, we have grown in our love of fair food and our strategies to consume it in the most efficient way possible. I thought I’d share our strategies with you, in case you’re drawn in as well:

Divide and Conquer

We go four ways. The older two girls get in line for their Walking Tacos and Corndogs with explicit instructions not to look at or engage any boy, man or stranger in any conversation whatsoever between the time they leave us and return to us; this saves time and a lot of confusion with teenage girls. Rob, my husband, is in charge of buying 5 super-duper extra large lemonades with all the gritty, sugary stuff at the bottom. He is also in charge of the main dinner items: a Philly Cheesesteak sandwich, a barbecued turkey leg and about fifty napkins to stuff into his cargo short pockets. Belle, our youngest daughter, and me – we are the fried food girls! We get the deep fried veggies with about five vats of ranch dipping sauce. And, also, about fifty more napkins.

Seriously Indulge

We text and call each other to find a designated meeting spot at a picnic table or, if it’s too crowded, we just plop down on the grass and dump all the food in front of us. Then, we seriously indulge. We take a few bites of whatever is in front of us, and pass it on for the next person. That’s hard for a girl like me; I’m not really into sharing! We eat it all. Every bite. Some of the food ends up on clothes or spilled on the Printed on Recycled Content Paper

ground. We don’t fuss. It’s no big deal. We have a slightly-more-than-five-second rule here. It’s the fair! After licking our fingers clean and wiping faces for fair presentability, we head to the rides.

Spin and Repeat

Velocity burns calories, right? Absolutely it does. So we figure if we ride the really fast, spinning rides, most of the calories will disappear. At least that’s what we’d like to believe. For those of us with milder spinning ride dispositions, we wait by the exit and try to manage holding the five refillable lemonade super extra large plastic up things with the really cool bendy straws, the hats, the purses and all the random accumulated fair items.

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The Fun Fair Food Extravaganza is a great bonding experience for our family, something we laugh about and strategize about together throughout the year. We keep our lemon shake up cups with the bendy straws and occasionally someone will say, “Remember when...?” That’s the whole point right there. Making memories and just being together.

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But really, I’ll let you in on a secret, and I am sure you already know this: the fair isn’t just about the food. It’s about the fun and the friends you see with their kids, doing the same thing your family is doing: enjoying the rides, being silly, eating mounds of cotton candy, laughing and having a great time.

Michelle Wegner is a wife, mom, freelance writer, and author of the book Share the Well, stories about life in Southern India. She and her husband Rob have been married for 19 years and enjoy living in Granger with their three delightfully spirited teen and tween girls, Maddie, Whitney, and Isabelle.

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After we’ve ridden the rides, we split up and hit the lines for dessert. The same process as dinner: split up, text, call, meet back up, share or not share depending on your degree of dessert hoarding. (My level would be really high again here.)

So next time you are at the fair, take our family’s word for it. Divide and conquer, seriously indulge, then spin and repeat. Worry about what’s healthy the day after the fair. Eat all your veggies un-fried that day, eat a flax seed, (whatever that is) and scrub the fair grime out of your kids’ clothes. Most importantly, have fun remembering all the joy your family experienced along the way.

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ages 8 and under must accompany their child into the reading bubble. Parents of older children will need to remain in the room during the reading event. Registration is required and is going on now. For more information, contact Children’s Services at the Harris Branch Library or call 574.271.3179.

June 7 - Duke Tumatoe and the Power Trio

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FRIDAYS IN JUNE Fridays by the Fountain

Morris Performing Arts Center, South Bend

Memorial Regional Cancer Center and the Morris Performing Arts Center are pleased to present the outdoor lunch-time concert series Fridays by the Fountain on the Jon R. Hunt Plaza, in front of the Morris. The concert series runs every Friday and features live entertainment from local Blues, Jazz, Rock, Folk, and Country bands. The concerts are free and open to the public and run from 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM. Downtown South Bend (DTSB) will be joining us with their Red Tables and food vendors are available, offering a variety of lunchtime favorites including pizza, sandwiches, salads and pasta, or you may choose to 'brown bag' it. Tables are set in and around the plaza to give the concertgoers a space to eat and rest and enjoy the festivities or you may opt to bring a blanket and relax on the lawn. FREE! For more information, check out

*Please be sure to call ahead to confirm times and information.

June 14 - Kennedy's Kitchen June 21 - Billy Stix Nicks June 28 - Jetta and the Jellybeans

Knights of Columbus, South Bend All-you-can-eat spaghetti supper including salad, garlic break and two different homemade sauces. 5 PM to 7 PM. $8 adults/$3.50 kids. For more information, call 574.291.2740.

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June 4

9th Annual Wakarusa Bluegrass Festival

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Veterans admitted FREE! 10 AM to 10 PM. $15. For more information, visit the website at www. or call 574.825.1874.

Mishawaka-Penn-Harris (MPH) Library, Downtown All ages are encouraged to join us for games, face painting and other events at 4 PM. This is also a great time to come in and get signed up for this year’s summer reading program. No registration is necessary. For more information, stop by the Children’s Services desk or call 574.259.5277, EXT 242.


Barnes & Noble, University Park Mall Join us for a special Storytime in the NOOK department. This morning we will read Franklin and the Thunderstorm by Paulette Bourgeois. A craft will follow. 10 AM. Free. For more information, call 574.247.0864.

June 6 Barnes & Noble, University Park Mall. Preschoolers are invited to gather around the stage for a Storytime. This morning we will read Tiptoe Joe by Ginger Foglesong Gibson. A special craft session will follow. 10:30 AM. Free. For more information, call 574.247.0864.

June 8

40th Anniversary Celebration Michigan City Old Lighthouse Museum Michigan City, IN

The Michigan City Old Lighthouse Museum celebrates 40 Years of preserving maritime and local history with guest speakers and family activities, coinciding with Lake Michigan Coastal Awareness Week. 100 Heisman Harbor Rd., Washington Park, Michigan City IN. 10 AM 4 PM. Free admission to museum all weekend. For more information, call 219.872.6133.

Walk-In Crafts

St. Joseph County Fairgrounds, South Bend First annual Paris Flea Market. Antiques, jewelry, vintage clothing, art, florals, stained glass, books, furniture, re-purposed/upcycled items, fruits & vegetables, collectibles and more! 7 AM to 4 PM. For more information, visit Paris Flea Market-St. Joseph Co. on Facebook; if interested in becoming a vendor, email

Paws to Read

MPH Library, Downtown Children entering grades 1-6 will have fun reading aloud to a friendly Saint Bernard and his handler for one 15-minute session at 11 AM. Registration is not required, but parental permission is needed for each 15-minute session. For more information, stop by the Children’s Services desk or phone 574.259.5277, EXT 242. FAMILY MAGAZINE | JUNE 2013

Children entering grades 4-6 are invited to dig into a new experience and learn how to twist balloons into shapes with balloon artist Twister Mike at 2:30 PM. Pre-inflated balloons will be provided. Registration is required and is happening now. For more information, stop by the Children’s Services desk or phone 574.259.5277, EXT 242.

June 12 It’s Book Time with Ronald McDonald MPH Library, Harris

It’s Book Time! Families are invited to join the fun with America’s beloved clown, Ronald McDonald. Ronald will visit the Harris Branch library on Wednesday, June 12 at 11 AM. Tickets are required and are available now. These educational, family programs are designed for children entering grades K-3. For more information, please stop by the Children’s Services desk at any location or call the downtown Mishawaka Library at 574.259.5277, EXT 242, the Bittersweet Branch Library at 574.259.0392 or the Harris Branch Library at 574.271.3179.

MPH Library, Harris Be creative this summer! Children of all ages are invited to participate in Walk-in-Craft Days at the Harris Branch Library on from 2 PM to 4 PM. Registration is not required. For more information, contact Children’s Services at the Harris Branch Library or call 574.271.3179.

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MPH Library, Bittersweet Storytime Sampler continues at the Bittersweet Branch Library from 10:30 AM to 11 AM. Join us for stories, songs and activities for all ages. Adult caregivers are expected to remain in the room with children ages seven years and younger. Registration is not required. For more information, contact the Children’s Services desk of the Bittersweet Branch Library or call 574.259.0392.

June 11 Reading Bubble

MPH Library, Harris Children entering preschool through grade 5 can earn up to 30 summer reading minutes and enjoy a unique experience by reading in an inflatable reading bubble from 10 AM to 12 PM OR 2 PM to 4 PM. Parents of children

June 13 Dig Into Reading and Nutrition MPH Library, Downtown

The whole family is invited to bust some nutrition myths and learn about the importance of good nutrition at 6:30 PM. Games, activities and a special surprise await you if you are up for the challenge. Registration is required and happening now.

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Seitz Park Water Way, South Bend “Trash to Treasure” with Solid Waste District at Seitz Park on the East Race. 10:30 AM. Free. For more information, call 574.299.4765.

June 14-15 Father’s Day Craft

MPH Library, Downtown Looking for that special gift to give to your dad? Children of all ages can visit the downtown Mishawaka-PennHarris Public Library on Friday, June 14 or Saturday, June 15 anytime from 9 AM to 4 PM to make something

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special and show dad how much you care. No registration is required. For more information, stop by the Children’s Services desk or phone 574.259.5277, EXT 242.

June 15 Relay for Life 2013 - Elkhart County Goshen High School, Goshen

Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back. Anyone who has ever battled cancer is invited to celebrate life and hope during our 24-hour event. The Survivors’ Lap symbolizes the courage survivors and their families have endured. There will be live entertainment and many health and wellness demonstrations. Take this opportunity to have your community support you and, in turn, support others who are facing the same battle. The American Cancer Society looks forward to seeing you at Relay for Life! 10 AM. $10.00 registration fee.

Paws to Read

MPH Library, Bittersweet Children entering grades 1-6 will have fun reading aloud to a canine companion from 11 AM to 12 PM. Children will read to Lady, a Great Pyrenees, and her handler. Registration is not required, but parental permission is needed for each 15-minute session. For more information, stop by the Children Services desk or phone 574.259.0392.

June 16 Father's Day at Ruthmere Ruthmere Museum, Elkhart

All visiting Fathers will receive a free tour of Ruthmere and/or Havilah Beardsley House. Others on tour will be $10 adults/ $4 students at Ruthmere, and $5 adults/$2 students at Havilah. Ages 5 and under are free at both locations. 1 PM. For more information, call 574.264.0330.

June 18 Diggin’ in the Dirt: Kids Garden Club MPH Library, Bittersweet

Children entering grades 1-6 will join library staff and area Master Gardeners at 11 AM to learn about small fruits such as blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. Green thumbs and garden gloves are optional. Space is limited. Registration is required and is happening now. For more information, contact Children’s Services at the Bittersweet Branch Library or call 574.259.0392.


Barnes & Noble, University Park Mall Join us in the NOOK department for a special Storytime. This morning we will read Boomer's Big Surprise by Constance McGeorge. A craft will follow. 10:30 AM. For more information, call 574.247.0864.

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June 19 Classic Movie

MPH Library, Downtown Bring the family and enjoy a 2008 movie based on a Jules Verne classic at 6:30 PM in the Spencer Gallery. While searching for his missing brother, a scientist discovers a fantastic and dangerous lost world in the center of the earth. Free tickets are required and are available beginning Saturday, June 1. For more information, contact Reference Services at the downtown Mishawaka Library or phone 574.259.5277, EXT 218.

Dig Into Wheels

MPH Library, Downtown At 2:30 PM, children ages 3-7 can roll on in and smash into trash with movies and a craft. The story I Stink! by Kate McMullan will be featured. Registration is not required

Dinosaur IQ Challenge Jr. MPH Library, Harris

At 2 PM, children entering grades 2-3 can test their knowledge of dinosaur facts at the Dino IQ Challenge. Registration is required and is happening now. For more information, contact Children’s Services at the Harris Branch Library or call 574.271.3179.

Dig Into a Craft

MPH Library, Bittersweet Walk in anytime between 11 AM and 12 PM to make a fun little critter that can live underground. Choose from several options. For more information, stop by the Children’s Services desk or call 574.259.0392.

June 20 Dig Into Reading … Kids Garden Club MPH Library, Harris

Families are invited to the Kids Garden Club at Harris Branch Library from 3:30 PM to 5 PM. A variety of handson activities are planned to beautify the library grounds and to learn techniques for your own home gardens. The program is open to children entering grades 2-6. Parents are welcome to attend. Registration is required and is happening now. For more information, contact Children’s Services at the Harris Branch Library or call 574.271.3179.

Every Child Ready to Read Parent Workshop: Baby Special MPH Library, Downtown

Parents, grandparents, caregivers and children from birth to two can participate at 10 AM. Join us in talking, singing, reading, writing and playing. Registration is required and is happening now. For more information, stop by the Children’s Services desk or phone 574.259.5277, EXT 242.

Kids Day in the Park

St. Patrick's County Park, South Bend Join WNIT Kids Club at the 2nd Annual WNIT Kids Club Day in the Park. Bring the family out to enjoy kid-friendly games and activities, a story corner, portable disc golf and a nature station with special guest Evie Kirkwood from Outdoor Elements. And, parents: bring your camera and get your child’s photo with a surprise PBS Kids character! Food and beverages provided by Papa John’s Pizza and Dainty Maid Bake Shop. 6 PM to 8 PM. $5 per vehicle.




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Stop, Lunch & Listen: Baseball Clinic with Clay Coach Jeff Yohe Buchanan Common, Buchanan, MI

Learn how to handle a baseball from Coach Yohe. 12 PM to 1 PM. Free. For more information, call 269. 695.3844.

June 21-22 Elkhart Civic Theatre Kids’ Camp Performances Bristol Opera House, Bristol

7 PM to 8 PM both nights. Come see our kids perform what they have learned at the camp! You won’t want to miss it! A lot of fun stuff is in store. For more information, visit or call 574.848.4116.

June 23 27th Annual Fly-In Breakfast

Jerry Tyler Memorial Airport, Niles, MI Dozens of aircraft of all types will descend on the Niles, MI airport as they have for the past 27 years to enjoy: allyou-can-eat pancakes and sausage or biscuits and gravy, real orange juice, coffee and door prizes. The public is welcome to join in and mingle with the pilots and aircraft. 7 AM to 12 PM. $5 adults/$3 kids. For more information, call 269.684.0972.

June 24 Walk-In Crafts

MPH Library, Harris Be creative this summer! Children of all ages are invited to from 2 PM to 4 PM. Registration is not required. For more information, contact Children’s Services at the Harris Branch Library or call 574.271.3179.

Storytime Sampler

MPH Library, Bittersweet Storytime Sampler continues from 10:30 AM to 11 AM. Join us for stories, songs and activities for all ages. Adult caregivers are expected to remain in the room with children ages seven years and younger. Registration is not required. For more information, contact the Children’s Services desk of the Bittersweet Branch Library or call 574.259.0392.

June 25 Hands-On Learning: Letters and Phonics With the LeapFrog Letter Factory! Barnes & Noble, University Park Mall

Join us following Storytime! 26 singing letters bring the alphabet to life! Based on the award-winning Letter Factory DVD, little learners place letter tiles in the factory to hear songs that teach the corresponding letter names and sounds. 10:30 AM. For more information, call 574.247.0864.

June 26 It’s Book Time with Ronald McDonald MPH Library, Bittersweet

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America’s beloved clown, Ronald McDonald. Ronald 26 willJune visit the Bittersweet Branch library on June 26 at 11 AM. Tickets are required and are available starting June 3. These educational, family programs are designed for children entering grades K-3. For more information, please stop by the Children’s Services desk at any location or call the downtown Mishawaka Library at 574.259.5277, EXT 242, the Bittersweet Branch Library at 574.259.0392 or the Harris Branch Library at 574.271.3179.

Dig Into Rocks

MPH Library, Downtown Have you ever found a rock and wondered if it was a meteorite? At 2:30 PM, children entering grades K-6 can find out all there is to know about amazing things from space as Joshua Tree Earth and Space Museum gives a special presentation. Then, hand-paint a rock to take home. Registration is required and is happening now.

Dinosaur IQ Challenge MPH Library, Harris

At 2 PM, children entering grades 4-6 can test their knowledge of dinosaur facts at the Dino IQ Challenge, Jr. at the Harris Branch Library. Registration is required and is happening now. For more information, contact Children’s Services at the Harris Branch Library or call 574.271.3179.

June 27 Dig Into Reading … Kids Garden Club MPH Library, Harris

Families are invited to the Kids Garden Club at Harris Branch Library from 3:30 PM to 5 PM. A variety of handson activities are planned to beautify the library grounds and to learn techniques for your own home gardens. The program is open to children entering grades 2-6. Parents are welcome to attend. Registration is required and is happening now. For more information, contact Children’s Services at the Harris Branch Library or call 574.271.3179.

Preschool Kids' Club Storytime

Barnes & Noble, University Park Mall Preschoolers are invited to gather around the stage for a Storytime. This morning we will ready Glasswings by Elisa Kleven. A special craft session will follow. 10:30 AM. For more information, call 574.247.0864.

June 28 Friday Family Film

MPH Library, Downtown Families are invited to watch a movie about Billy, a boy who because of a bet, has to eat fifteen worms in fifteen days at 2:30 PM.The movie is based on the classic book How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell. Registration and tickets are not required. For more information, stop by the Children’s Services desk or phone 574.259.5277, EXT 242.

June 29 Hannah & Friends 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk Hannah & Friends, South Bend

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Dating for the Divorced Dad By Lucas Miles

Applying to most circumstances in life, I find that the philosophical word of wisdom, “It’s a marathon and not a sprint,” is also perfectly sound advice for re-entering the dating world after a divorce, especially where kids are involved. There is a lot at stake – kid’s emotions, maintaining an amicable relationship with your ex, the well-being of any potential new love interest… not to mention your own emotional health. All this is to say that it’s worth taking your time and thinking through each step along the way. To help make this a little less painless, I’ve put together a few tips for making the free fall safely back into the relationship stratosphere.


Make Sure It’s Over – As a life coach and pastor, I’ll admit - I’m a big champion for marriage. I see plenty of divorced clients that are really just looking for a way to re-establish relationship with their ex. Most of the time they know it, but there are plenty that have to go through a bit of self-discovery before they realize what they had in their former spouse. As a counselor, this is a big win, especially if you can see the two successfully reunited; but when individuals rush into dating right after divorce, prior to recognizing their desire to reconcile with their former love, obvious offenses and jealousies can get in the way of that ever happening once third parties have now been involved romantically. I would caution divorcees, dads especially, to take some time to make sure that moving on is what you really want before handing your phone number to that cute girl at the bar.

2.) Know What You Are Looking For – Cute, blonde, funny – a lot of guys know what they are looking for, but that’s not what I’m referring to. I’m asking, “What are you looking for?” Are you trying to replace someone you lost? Find a suitable mother for your children? Fill some sort of hurting place in your ego? Or are you trying to find someone you can serve, love, care for, be yourself around and with whom you can grow old? Like pulling off on the wrong exit on the freeway, if you enter into a relationship for the wrong reasons, it’s hard to ever go back. The solution? Spending time meditating on the right reasons to move on will help provide appropriate and safe ‘bumper lanes’ as you meet people. With these in place, you’ll be able to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ with ease and confidence in regards to the women you meet.

3.) Save the Children - Dating after divorce can be

complicated, but add kids into the mix and it’s a downright Rubik’s cube. My suggestion: save the children until you’re sure about where the relationship is headed. Kids grow attached easily, and it’s important to only introduce them to your dates either infrequently or after they’re becoming more than ‘just dates’. In the long run, the right woman will respect this and the type of father that you are, and it will be a good litmus test for the quality and character of woman that she is.

Dads, you may not be able to change the past, but you can direct your future. Make a decision today to make healthy choices for children, for yourself and for all those you care about. By doing so, you will prevent reliving the cycles of your past and help ensure your desired future. As one of my mentors always says, “Life may have knocked you down, but it hasn’t knocked you out. It’s time to begin your comeback.”

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Bonding Tips for Fathers By Kevin L. Kingsbury

In the ridiculous rat-race that so many of our lives have become, it’s very easy to let our time with our kids become just one more thing that gets the bare minimum we can squeeze into our already-too-full days. Our kids deserve more than that. Below are just a few suggestions to keep in mind that might make a big difference to your kids.

1. Be There.

When you finally get some time in your busy life to spend some time with your kids, don’t allow anything else get in the way. Lose the cell phone and the laptop and focus on the kids instead. Don’t allow yourself to get busy with anything else during that time. Make the sacrifice and invest in your kids. Those few minutes of your undivided attention will speak volumes. They will feel important and valued, and never forget that Dad took time away from his busy schedule to spend with them.

2. Meet Them in Their World.

For that few minutes, take an intentional step out of your world and enter into theirs. Engage with them where they are, doing what they like to do. Even if it’s something you have absolutely no interest in, do it anyway. Play the game, listen to the music, throw the ball. Taking the time and putting forth the effort to know, understand and participate with them in their world will convey your deep interest in them and in their lives.

3. Celebrate Their Victories.

It may be something as insignificant as learning to sing a verse of their favorite song, or it may be as important as making straight As on their report card. Maybe it’s something that would be significant only to them. Either way, celebrate with them. If it matters to them, it needs to matter to you. It’s one thing to listen to them share their day, but if you really get into their day and celebrate their victories with them, it puts you right there in the trenches together. 32



4. Praise Them. A Lot.

Praise them for their accomplishments, their efforts, their attitude. When they succeed, praise them for doing their best and congratulate them on their success. When they fail, praise them for doing their best and for being willing to try. Find things to praise them for. You son needs to hear that he is good enough for you. Your daughter needs to hear that she is beautiful, and more! Lavish them with praise.

5. Let Them Be Themselves.

Each child is an individual. They shouldn’t be like anybody else.Kirkwood Celebrate By Evelyn that with them. Make sure they know it is okay to be different. Do not try to make them just like you or like your wife or like one of your other kids. Each child is an individual blessing; protect that! Making sure they feel safe to be different and to be themselves will help them develop a good self-image and self-esteem. Knowing that you love and support them no matter what will give them confidence in themselves.

6. Let Them Be Kids.

When they are three, they are most likely going to act three. Let them. When they are seven, they are most likely going to act seven. Let them. Don’t try to make them grow up any faster than is natural for them. They aren’t you. They won’t do it as well or as quickly as you. They shouldn’t, because they are kids. Let them be. Making sure they feel safe acting their age will assist them in maturing past that age and progressing normally into the next age. It will remind them that everything doesn’t always have to be so serious. It’s okay to have fun, even when you get bigger! Kevin L. Kingsbury is a father/stepfather of nine and the author of a series of Christian fiction novels. He and his wife Andie live in Elkhart

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Model for Them What You Would Like Them to Be.

Kids can spot hypocrisy more quickly than most adults can. Don’t try it. If you set a standard for them, hold yourself to the same standard. Never ask your kids to do anything that you are not willing to do yourself, first. Lead by example. Exhibit the character you want to see in your kids. Do you want them to have integrity? Do you want them to have a strong work ethic? Do you want them to be honest, courageous, smart, fair and confident? Model it for them. Do you want them to be kind, loving, generous, selfless and respectful? Treat their mother that way.

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Gamer’s Paradise:

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By Dave Kempher

You leave your castle and enter your chariot. Your chariot arrives in the town of Big Box.

You enter the town and seek the Cave of Electrical Wonders. Once there you immediately go for…what? What is it that everyone HAS to have this season when it comes to Games and Gadgets for the typical Gamer in your house? To be fair, if any of these analogies have lost you, you may be reading the wrong article and fall colors are going to be more tan than brown this year and slacks are right out. For the rest of you, there are a few big items that have everyone talking in the gaming industry.

Hot on the heels of its February announcement, the Playstation 4 is the talk of the next gen consoles with no current talk from Microsoft as to what the Xbox has in store for us in 2013. There is no actual release date for the Playstation 4, but with games like Watch Dogs, Killzone: Shadow Fall and Infamous: Second Son all having late 2013 and early 2014 release dates, it can’t be long before we have another battle on our hands between the two giants of console gaming. As far as games are concerned, many people are excited to hear that Bungie, known for its multi-award winning Halo series, is coming out with another game named Destiny in the Fall. In it, you are the Guardian of the last city on Earth and able to wield incredible power to protect it and the universe. As well as the last city on Earth, you will get to roam Mars, Venus and other planets. (Sorry, Pluto, no moon missions…) 34



Also getting much attention is the yearly release of an Assassin’s Creed game. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (AC4) is a prequel to the currently available AC3 and follows the pirate days of Edward Kenway who is the grandfather of Conner Kenway, the hero of AC3. Did you follow that? Good. As always, Ubisoft, the makers of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, like to shake up the storylines and feed the conspiracy theories to prove that aliens killed Kennedy, the Middle Ages never existed and George W. Bush was an assassin. (Hint: Only one of those things is true.) Both Destiny and AC4 are being slated for Fall, with AC4 having an October 29th, 2013 release date and we are hearing that both are available on the PS4 and any Microsoft Next Gen Console. This being said, a release should be coming up from Microsoft, if it hasn’t by the time you get around to reading this. Feeling left out because you play a Wii U or have a 3DS? Unfortunately, Nintendo has not done much to make Wii U players not look like they clearly backed the wrong digital horse. Released in November, it is going to go nearly six months before it brings out one of its own titles, but that means you will finally get to play Lego City Undercover! Lego City Undercover is looking like L.A. Noir and Grand Theft Auto for the Lego World. With a seedy underground, industrial megalomaniacs and crooked cops, it is going to have you running and gunning with the best of them. Or not. They are being sketchy as to what game it really is going to be. I think my idea is better. Printed on Recycled Content Paper

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The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor By Robert Kirkman & Jay Bonansinga

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The following review discusses a book based upon both graphic novels and television series intended for mature audiences only. Also, beware of spoilers, if you have not already viewed The Walking Dead Season Three. With its already overwhelming popularity, AMC’s The Walking Dead returned to record-setting ratings this year with the conclusion of its third season. The group of desperate survivors led by former Sherriff’s Deputy Rick Grimes was under threat from an adversary every bit as terrifying as the zombie-infested wilds of Georgia itself: the Governor, Philip Blake. As viewers, we all wondered what tactic Blake, the unstable and unpredictable, yet coolly calculating, leader of Woodbury would use next to harry our heroes in their prison redoubt… perhaps the best aspect of the season’s final episodes was indeed the Governor himself. Selectively charismatic and swiftly cruel, Blake’s all-too familiar evil kept viewers poised on the edge of their seats more often than any mere hungry corpse. In 2011, Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga revisited the Governor with the first of a planned trilogy of novels chronicling Blake’s life after the apocalyptic onslaught of the risen dead that first brought civilization low. For those already awaiting The Walking Dead’s fourth season (lurching out of the darkness in October), this comic-inspired origin story may be just the thing to satisfy the most voracious Dead-head’s appetite! The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor, follows Blake as he, his brother and his beloved young daughter Penny struggle to survive. While less likeable than Clan Grimes, the Blakes’ predicament is no less fascinating or relatable. Rough-edged and haunted by loss, Philip is a man on mission: protect Penny




at any cost. Clearly, this pursuit seems only the noblest and appropriately fatherly of intentions. Unfortunately, this goal represents Philip’s tenuous grip upon both his sanity as well as the last vestiges of his human decency. Be forewarned: the tortuous psychological warfare Morrissey’s Governor employed against Maggie in AMC’s adaptation is nothing compared to the debauchery of the character’s prose and comic book incarnations. On a journey cleverly sprinkled with references to the events and locales of Kirkman’s original comics, Bonansinga’s frank, accessible style sure-footedly leads its readers to realize that those with the most to lose can only expect the greatest travails while attempting to survive in a world gone mad. While a late-game twist overshadows the more organic characterization and natural plot establishment of the book’s earlier chapters, Rise of the Governor proves to be a worthy first novel for the Walking Dead ‘universe’. Along with its already-published sequel, The Road to Woodbury, and this fall’s concluding entry, Fall of the Governor, Kirkman and Bonansinga’s trilogy is an excellent way for fans to infuse the sunny shores of summer with a dose of dreadful delight.

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That’s My Boy! By Christopher “Bull” Garlington


here were times when I wasn’t sure my son belonged to me. I worried perhaps that there had been a mix up in maternity, like maybe one of the nurses held my actual son in her arms, his cherubic mug illuminating the entire ward, then looked at me and thought, “This can’t be right. Give him the trucker baby!”

I’m not entirely convinced he’s mine. I mean, I’m suspicious, but it’s tempered by the still moments, the graceful, accidental snapshots when he rolls his head onto my shoulder and falls asleep, or when he’s whispering poop jokes in my ear and then laughs so hard he pees his pants — these are the hard arguments for him being mine.

My infant son was unlike me in so many ways that my friends insisted we’d adopted.

And, yeah, he’s cute and he’s no fan of beer (yet), but most of his life is made of these candid instants, these stunning, high-resolution memories of nothing special, when he’s not paying attention and I know, like some kind of radiant signal pinging through my brain, without question, this is me, duplicated.

First, he was gorgeous. Seriously, he was a good-looking baby. He’d make women swoon in the produce aisle. Strangers were compelled to pick him up, and then, as I wrestled him out of their hands, they’d look at me — an unholy mash-up of Jack Black and Philip Seymour Hoffman’s uglier brother — and refuse to give him back. As if they were saving him. Secondly, his head is huge. I can’t take the kid downtown. People start following us because they think we’re in a parade.

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FAMILY book reviews Story Snoops is a completely free service created by four moms to help you find what’s best for your child to be reading. Reviews of all sorts of books for kids ages 8-18 are here for your perusal, with helpful information from a parent’s perspective, including mild to graphic language warnings and more.

The Book of New Family Traditions

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How to Create Great Rituals for Holidays and Every Day by Meg Cox Reviewed by Jodi Meyer, Children’s Services Library Associate, Bittersweet Branch of the Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Library

The Book of New Family Traditions: How to Create Great Rituals for Holidays and Every Day by Meg Cox was first published in 2003, bringing creative and fun ideas to families for establishing traditions, focusing particularly around the holidays and big calendar events. In the recently released ‘Expanded and Updated’ version, Cox turns her focus to making everyday life events special and more memorable for all. In her words, “I have long believed that although most parents focus on the big events when they start creating traditions for their kids, what really matters most to the quality of a kid’s life is the everyday stuff. To a toddler, next Christmas is farther away than the next millennium, but if he has a bedtime ritual that makes him feel safe and loved, his life today is golden.” In today’s fast-paced culture, where there seems to be precious little time for making memories anymore, I believe this book would be a valued addition to any family’s bookshelf. Parents are running kids here and there with little time to pause and capture the moments. Simple rituals for day-to-day joys become the frames within which they are transformed from moments to wonderful memories. I’m looking forward to trying a few favorite ideas found here with my girls, including ‘Crazy Food Day’, ‘Yes Day’, ‘Between-the-Seasons Dinners’, ‘Family Olympics’ and ‘Sunday Sundaes’.

Finally, I appreciate how Cox addresses our techno-culture, where even basic communication has evolved into an exercise of the thumbs. This edition explores the many ways in which parents can harness these electronic devices to actually bring their families closer by both creating and recording great memories. Whether it’s through a family blog, secret texting codes, or silly themed movies made on a smartphone, families can create new traditions using technology to unite rather than divide them. Grandma may bemoan a culture that has lost many of the traditional family values she enjoyed as a child. Perhaps things have changed, but that doesn’t mean we need to abandon all that is beautiful about simple family time. The Book of New Family Traditions can serve as a creative tool to keep family first.

A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer

Reviewed By Cami R. Have you ever been stuck in a book and can’t believe what you’re reading? Well, the book A Child Called It is the best book because it is a tear-jerking, emotional book about a child being abused. It first started out with a young boy and his family being ‘perfect’ and ideal. They would go on trips all of the time, their mom would do everything in the house such as cooking and cleaning. Then, the mom just snapped and changed. She started drinking and becoming rude to everyone. For some unknown reason, the youngest son was the target and she started having him do all of the work. She claimed he was a ‘mistake’. She started abusing him and wouldn’t treat him like part of the family. He would have to go home and complete all the household chores, then go right down to the basement and wait for his punishment if the chores weren’t completed correctly. His dad was still in the family, but he wasn’t home much because he was a

firefighter. When he was home, their mom would stop the abuse. This was such a treat because he would finally have the opportunity to eat; otherwise, he never had the chance to eat except at school during lunch. The son had been abused for about four years and wore the same clothes to school every day. He always prayed that his dad would come and take him from the horrible place; unfortunately, that never happened. His brothers didn’t care about him either; in fact, they weren’t allowed to talk to him. He just wanted to die and didn’t care about living anymore. Then something miraculous happened… This is the first book from series of other autobiographies that Dave Pelzer wrote, which focused on his childhood; the other books follow him through his older years, and his power to survive his struggles.

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The End

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Well, it's finally here. The end of the school year. While my children are rejoicing, I can't seem to get that R.E.M. song out of my head: "It's the end of the world as we know it." Don't get me wrong, I love having my kids home all summer, but the last day of school is always a huge adjustment. Here's how it goes down: my boys hop off the bus, race into the house and hurl their bookbags across the room. Jacked-up on cupcakes, cookies and Kool-Aid from their end-of-year parties, they are noticeably vibrating, intoxicated by the freedom now before them. Then the grilling begins.

By Jane Suter

Mysteriously, they are somehow led to believe that four seconds into summer break I am going to have a spectacular experience planned for them. Like a trip to Disney or bungee jumping off a bridge. To their astonishment, my plans are far less exciting. "We can go out for ice cream!" I say. Based on their expressions, my idea clearly wasn't the amusement park of joy they had hoped for. While they absorb the buzz-killer I just dropped on them, I begin to empty out their backpacks. Inside I find 98,000,000 papers, crafts and the strangest collection of random objects I have ever seen: rocks, deformed paperclips, broken pencils, purple string, lint-covered Nerds candy, a rubber dinosaur, melted wax. So, I weed out the keepers and forcefully cram the rest of the junk into the recycle bin. Now I'm left with two sticky, battered backpacks. One has a broken zipper with all

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the pockets blown out and the other is mangled beyond recognition. Buh-bye. After dinner and ice cream sundaes, it's time for bed. Welcome to round two. Why do we have to go to bed nowwwww? We don't have school tomorrow and the sun is still out. C'mon, Mom. Seriously? This stinks! Can we at least do something fun tomorrow? Why don't we go on vacation? Can we go to Atlantis? I saw this commercial on Nickelodeon and Atlantis looks really cool! I want to swim with dolphins. And fly on an airplane. And go down a twomile water slide. Kids eat free so it's FREE, right? Can we go? All my friends are going. If I don't get to fly on an airplane and swim with dolphins I'll just die! Exhausted, I do my best to assure my kids that we will have an awesome summer. We'll swim, bike and yes, even go on vacation. Somewhere. But not Atlantis. And not tomorrow. This shakes them to their core. (Curse you, overly advertised, super-cool vacation place!) Gently I try to remind them that no one has ever expired from not having the vacation they wanted and not every child in their class will be cavorting with Flipper in the Bahamas. Of course, they tell me I'm wrong and clutch their chests, dramatically falling to the floor twitching. Their tongues sticking out as far as possible, just in case I didn't get that they were fake-dying. So I grab my chest and join them.

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What Really Happens To Your Newborn

at the Hospital By Chaunie Marie Brusie, RN, BSN

In the half-light of the early morning hours after delivery, you hear a voice. “We’re just going to take your baby down for some testing – is that okay?” the nurse asks gently. Nodding your assent, you listen as the wheels of the baby’s crib squeak down the hallway. From the moment your baby is born, you trust her into the hands of care providers for testing, medication and assessments. But do you really know what happens to your baby at the hospital? From his first shot to all of those newborn tests, here are some things you can expect to encounter during your baby’s hospital stay.

The First Medications. Immediately after birth, your

baby will be receiving some life-saving medications. Whether your baby is born via c-section or naturally, she will receive a Vitamin K shot to help with blood clotting and Erythromycin eye ointment to prevent eye infections.




Hospital Vaccinations. If you haven’t decided if you

would like your baby vaccinated, now is the time, as the first of the Hepatitis B vaccine series is usually offered during an infant’s hospital stay. You should know that the Hepatitis B vaccine is optional and parents do have the right to refuse it, although the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all infants receive the series as soon as possible after birth.

Lab Work. Depending on your pediatrician’s routine orders, a

CBC (complete blood count) may be ordered on baby to check for normal blood count levels and to ensure that no infection exists. Feel free to ask exactly why blood work is necessary if you are told that your baby needs testing. If the doctor does decide to order lab work, a lab tech or nurse will usually obtain a small sample of blood by pricking the baby’s heel.

Hospital Testing. Your little one will undergo a lot of testing during his first day of life; standard hospital testing usually includes a hearing screen, a newborn screen and a bilirubin check. The hearing screen tests baby’s hearing in both ears, while the newborn screen checks for a host of rare, but serious newborn diseases. You will know the results of your baby’s hearing screen right away, Printed on Recycled Content Paper

but the newborn screening test is sent out to a state agency for processing. The results are sent to your doctor and you will be notified only if further testing needs to be done. Newborns are also checked for high bilirubin levels, which can be harmful to a baby’s delicate system. Bilirubin is a byproduct that is created when red blood cells are broken down in a baby’s body; with the extra boost of red blood cells that babies receive from Mom before and during birth, it’s important to monitor the bilirubin levels to ensure that they are not getting too high.

The First Bath. It used to be debated among the medical community just when a baby’s first bath should occur. Some thought that performing the bath too early might interfere with temperature regulation or place an unnecessary stress on the baby. A study done by St. Mary’s Health Care Services, however, found that the timing of the bath did not lead to any negative outcomes. So, feel free to speak your mind about how and when you would like your baby bathed. Circumcision. Parents choosing

circumcision should understand that they have the right to ask how the procedure will be performed. Different doctors use different methods and some may even have a stance against using anesthetics so, again, don’t be afraid to speak up and make a specific request on how you would like your son’s circumcision done.

Nursing Staff. One thing that you don’t need to worry about is your nursing care. OB nurses are just about some of the most awesome people you will every meet, if I do say so myself! Rest assured that they will care for and protect your baby professionally and lovingly. That being said, however, don’t feel bad if you feel the need to make sure your nurse is washing her hands well before caring for your baby — you have every right to insist on the upmost protection for your precious bundle of joy.

Chaunie Brusie is a labor and delivery nurse and mother of three. Her first book, Tiny Blue Lines, a non-fiction guide to young motherhood will be released in 2014.

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Family Magazine June 2013  

Family Magazine June 2013