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can’t believe it’s March already! Usually when March rolls around, I am so tired of snow and cold weather that I can’t wait for spring. This year it’s so different. Winter hit us hard in early December with heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures. I live on Diamond Lake and the lake froze over the beginning of December, the earliest I have ever seen. We all thought we were in for a terrible winter. And then January warmed up but this January Thaw was like no other. The temperatures got so warm for so long that the ice on the lake went out on January 27th which usually doesn’t happen until mid-March! This year, I have been waiting for winter! We have been suffering from permanently gray skies and a fair amount of rain and drizzle. But when are we going to get hit by the heavy snow, piercing cold, blizzards or even sleet and ice storms that usually typify winter in this area? When can I use my snowshoes and cross country skis? My snowmobiling friends all have long faces as they look at the trail signs in bare, muddy fields. When is winter coming? It finally hit me when we had blue sky and temperatures near 60 degrees on Valentine’s Day that it’s time to anticipate spring not winter. We may still have a storm or two, but the time for the worst of winter is over. For the first time, it seems like global warming is real and affecting our Michiana weather. I haven’t seen any robins yet, although I think I saw a blue jay the other day. I have seen and heard a fair number of Canada Geese lately, but I’m not sure that means anything. I have seen buds on some trees though. Whatever the early signs, I am always glad to get through the winter and into spring. Now that I have changed my outlook, I can’t wait to see the crocus and daffodils that bloom in early spring and begin the parade of color that carries us further into spring and summer. March 20th, after all, marks the official advent of spring with the vernal equinox. In addition March 17th is another rite of spring, St. Patrick’s Day…time to enjoy corned beef and cabbage and green beer. Let me close with an Irish blessing: May the sun shine warm upon your face, And rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand. I hope you enjoy our March issue of FAMILY and that spring gets here soon! Be sure to look at the special Virtual Camp Fair section to help you plan for summer camp.

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8 The FAMILY Month Calendar 9 DockATot Grand Giveaway

26 Preparing Happy Campers By: Christa Melnyk Hines

18 Centerfold Calendar

28 Camp Fair Listings

Family Craft


7 Egg Art

By: Jill Lebbin

Family Recipe 13 Mulligan Stew

30 Dealing With Homesickness At Camp By: Christa Melnyk Hines

Family Kids

14 7 Truths Of Infant Sleep

Family Fun

By: Meagan Church

10 Why You Should Consider A Luxury Family Vacation By: Chaunie Brusie


Family Pregnancy

16 What To Expect: C-Sections VS. Vaginal Births By: Christa Melnyk Hines

Mommy and Daddy

20 Dear Mom, It’s Okay To Hand Clap At Costco By: Meagan Church

22 How To Juggle Extracurricular Activities When You Have A Large Family By: Sarah Lyons


FAMILY craft


Art By: Jill Lebbin

Who wants to get messy? I have the perfect project for you! Step 1

Gather Supplies: Canvas, Acrylic Paint, Eggs, Bowl to Dump Egg Yolks, Bowl with Water, Tarps or Newspaper Optional: Vinyl, Scissors or Digital Cutting Machine

Step 2

Crack Tops of Eggs and Dump Egg Yolks into the Bowl and Wash Eggshells

Step 3

Fill Eggshells with Paint

Photos Provided By: Jill Lebbin

Step 4 (Optional Step)

Cut Shape out of Vinyl. I used my digital cutting machine to create the bunny and cross. If you don’t have a digital cutting machine you can just trace a shape onto vinyl (available at a craft store) and then cut it out. Place it on a canvas and then paint over the shape with white paint to seal the edges of the vinyl.

Step 4

Throw Eggs onto the Canvas…This is the best part!

Step 5

Allow Paint to Dry and Then Peel off Vinyl

Step 6 Enjoy!!

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Instructions: 1. Cut out four containers out of the egg carton. Trim around the edges to give it a more rounded shape for the petals of the flower. 2. Have the kids paint the flowers any color of their choice.

3. After the paint has dried, attach the stem (paper straw) of the flower by gluing it to the back. 4. Choose a colored pom pom and glue that to the center of the painted egg carton.

St. Patty’s Day Treats

Homemade Shamrock Shake

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Why You Should Consider A

By: Chaunie Brusie

Luxury Family


f you’ve ever thought that the words “luxury” and “family vacation” don’t belong anywhere in the same world, let alone the same sentence, you’re not alone.

But the Bahia Principe Hotel chain of luxury resorts, with locations in tropical paradises such as in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Jamaica, is aiming to change how we think about family vacations. All of the property locations maintain luxury 5-star and 4-star plus standards and the newest Bahia Principe resort located in Punta Cana, the Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia Don Pablo Collection, which opened in November of 2016, meld luxury and family-friendly amenities together so that parents can actually (gasp) really relax on vacation. The resort itself is just a short two-hour flight from Miami, but the moment you step on the property, you’re transported to a different world. 10



I recently had a chance to vacation at the Fantasia resort and here are just a few of the things that all parents will love about a luxury family vacation: You’ll actually feel like you’re on vacation One of the most surprising things to me about attending a luxury family-friendly resort is how expertly the resort is designed to make you feel like you’re actually on vacation. Many other “family-friendly” resorts are actually code for one thing and one thing only: kid-friendly. That means goofy characters, crazy colors and endless stimulation. In contrast, a resort like Bahia Principe Fantasia, truly feels luxurious, with calming beige-and-marble color schemes, a welcoming tropical drink at check-in, plenty of adult bars and entertainment that blend into the kid features, such as the pool and central castle. I never really realized how completely not relaxing other vacations we have taken have been, because they are so kidcentric. This resort truly felt like the best of both worlds. Your kids will actually behave I swear this is true anytime I take my kids out to eat a “fancier” place and I swear it’s true when you go on a luxury vacation as well -- kids know the difference. They are so much smarter than they let on to us and I’ll be darned if they haven’t been duping me my entire life. But, oh well. The point is, I was struck by how well-behaved all the of children at the resort were. It’s almost like in designing the resort with plush, luxurious touches and seamlessly integrating the “kid stuff ” in, the kids get the message that it’s a nice place and they need to be on their best behavior.

Photos Provided By: Chaunie Brusie

The amenities are mind-blowing What’s the hardest part about going on vacation with kids? The planning and the prep work, of course. Especially for moms, who are usually the designated go-tos for planning and packing and prepping for vacation, it can feel like it’s not really a vacation but more like just one more giant to-do list to tackle. At a resort like Bahia Principe, however, the amenities are staggering. I actually literally gasped out loud when I realized that staff was serious and not joking to me that our all-inclusive package included: •

Butler service. Forget sunscreen? Need an extra towel? Lost a flipflop? Want to make a dinner reservation? Yup, your own personal butler can handle all of that and more. For free.

Free room service. Yup, you read that correctly. If your children happen to not eat at one of the amazing restaurants on property and need a late-night snack or if you just want to sleep in before hitting the beach, you can order room service at any time for free. The room service menu includes staples like sandwiches, burgers and nachos for those late-night munchies.

Stocked mini-fridge. At this resort, you can actually let your kids raid the mini-fridge without fear. The minibar is restocked every day for free and will tide your kids over with water, juice, soda and chips when they ask for snacks every five seconds.

Luxury touches. Every night before you hit the hay, you can have your choice of aromatherapy services in your room, for -- you guessed it -- for free. Choose from options like soothing lavender to get the kids to sleep or invigorating peppermint as you relax in your in-room jetted tub.

Free WiFi. I know you’re on vacation, but still, Netflix is always a good choice and a girl’s gotta post some Instagrams of that beach, right?

Beach bar service. You get to lounge on the beach while the kids play and get a cold tropical beverage served right to you. I know you can taste that Pina Colada now. Ahhhhh…. THE



The activities may be even better than beach-lounging I don’t know about you, but when I go on a vacation with my family, I like it best when the trip includes a good mix of fun activities with some downtime by the beach and pool. And that’s exactly what an all-inclusive family resort includes. On property, the whole family can enjoy free paddle surfing, kayaking, tennis, mini-golf, snorkelling, aerobics and dance lessons, guided activities and games, soccer and volleyball. The resort also has tons of immersion activities available for an extra free. For example, they have an incredible chocolate-making workshop at Chocolate & Cia, where the whole family learns the history of cocoa, tastes an actual cocoa fruit pod and makes their own chocolate from start to finish. Or spend an afternoon off-property touring the Dominican Republic, watching sugar cane get harvested, eating an authentic meal with the locals and walking through lush gardens to be part of a coffee bean roasting. The kids will actually have fun without you OK, so since this is a vacation with kids, we have to talk about the kid part of the trip, right? I know, I know, the bars and beach are fun and all, but here’s the best part about a luxury allinclusive trip -- you can leave your kids at a safe place that they will have a blast at. Seriously. Say you want to enjoy the resort’s signature mamajuana couple’s massage, a luxurious hourlong rub-down with the island’s tropical infused oil, but you don’t know what to do with the kids. Problem solved with the free Kids Club, where kids four and older can go hang out and enjoy a whole host of fun planned crafts, games, and activities. There’s also a place for teens, so they can get their angst out by playing video games dancing in the alcohol-free club or watching the latest movies in a full-screen cinema. And if you have a little one, there’s in-room babysitting available for $12/hour and it can all be arranged with the help of your butler or the front desk. Every night features on-site entertainment, including an early family show at 8:15 P.M. in the main theatre and more adult options later at night. There’s also a laser show on the main castle, which felt reminiscent to Disney’s famous light show, just with less crowded seating. And we can’t forget the crown jewel of the Fantasia resort, the place where you’ll most likely spend a lot of time -- the water park. Centrally located next to a full-service restaurant, a snack bar where kids can freely walk up and order their

own popsicle or hot dog, and near the beach, the water park is sure to be a hit with the kids. The food alone is worth the trip Listen. I am not a woman who gets by on salads, OK? I like good food and when I’m on vacation, I want to eat well too and not just kid food. One of the most impressive parts of this resort is how effortlessly it combines kid-friendly fare and adult dining. You can make a reservation at one of the adult-only restaurants for a romantic dinner or book a night out at a family-friendly restaurant on property that will have something for everyone, including entertainment, luxury meals for the adults and lots of options for picky eaters. There’s all-you-can eat buffets morning, noon, and night, as well as speciality restaurants to choose from. And all allergies, food preferences and special requests are easily accommodated by the chefs at any place on the property, which is not something you can expect everywhere. Also, there’s a donut station at the breakfast buffet. I’m just throwing that out there. And the dessert, if that happens to be your thing, is unlike anything you’ll ever come across at a family resort because it just so happens the Dominican Republic grows a lot of chocolate. If you would have asked me a month ago if luxury and “family-friendly” could coincide, I would have said that you were crazy. But now that I’ve seen the light, I am a believer. Having kids does not mean that you stuck to a life of only going on trips that you think your kids will enjoy or never really having a vacation where you can relax. You can have the best of both worlds. Along with chocolate, because that’s what really makes a vacation anyways. You can book your own luxury family trip at if you’re ready to relax. Just don’t forget to call me when you go.

FAMILY recipe

Ingredients: -

¼ Cup Flour


1 Teaspoon Pepper


1 Pound Stew Meat Cut Into Cubes


1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil


2 Cans Beef Broth (10 Oz)


1 Cup Water


2 Bay Leaves


½ Teaspoon Garlic Salt


½ Teaspoon Dried Oregano


½ Teaspoon Dried Basil


½ Teaspoon Dill Weed


3 Medium Carrots, Sliced


2 Celery Ribs Sliced


1 Onion Cut Into Wedges


1 Cup Each Frozen Corn, Green Beans, Lima Beans & Peas


1 Tablespoon Cornstarch


2 Tablespoons Cold Water


1 Tablespoon Minced Fresh Parsley


Directions: 1. Combine the flour and pepper with the beef cubes. Brown beef with the oil until cooked. 2. Put cooked beef, broth, water, bay leaves, garlic salt, oregano, basil and dill into a crockpot and let it cook for two hours. 3. Add the carrots, potatoes, celery and onion and let it simmer for another two hours on high. 4. Add corn, beans and peas until vegetables are tender. 5. Combine cornstarch and cold water until smooth and add to the stew. Let it simmer for 30 minutes. 6. Before serving, remove bay leaves and add in the parsley. 7. ENJOY!







of Infant Sleep By: Meagan Church

So, tell me if you’ve heard this ever-annoying question: Isn’t your baby sleeping through the night yet?

“Sleeping through the night for an infant is a five-hour stretch.”

For all you exhausted parents out there who have a 1-, 6-, 12-month-old (yes, maybe even a 12-month-old) who isn’t sleeping through the night yet, I hope you’ll find encouragement. This article is not about tried-and-true methods, a one-size-fits-all approach or even a debate about sleep training. This is an attempt to set the record straight on what to expect when it comes to infant sleep. And I’ve got some research to back me up.

“Sleeping like a baby” is bogus. “The ‘sleep like a baby’ or ‘shhhhh the baby is sleeping’ model, while some kind of western ideal is NOT what babies are designed to do nor experience, and it is definitely not in their own biological or emotional or social best interest,” said Dr. James J. McKenna, the world’s leading authority on mother-infant co-sleeping. “The whole notion of sleeping through the night is scientifically bogus and a misrepresentation of what ‘sleep like a baby’ really means, which is, waking up all night to breastfeed and receive the proper nutritional input that maximizes brain growth and cellular proliferation, and the kind of ‘lighter sleep’ for which babies are designed.”

Sleeping through the night isn’t what you think. One of the biggest misunderstandings for new parents is what it means for a newborn to sleep through the night. I remember when I sat in the doctor’s office and he explained that we weren’t looking for an eight-or-more-hour sleep cycle. Instead sleeping through the night for an infant is a five-hour stretch. So, that means if you put your baby to bed at 10:00 P.M. and she wakes at 3:00 A.M. to feed, she has technically slept through the night according to most pediatricians’ standards. Of course most parents’ standards are a bit different.

Babies have shorter sleep cycles. According to Dr. Sears, “Adult sleep cycles (going from light to deep sleep, and then back to light sleep) lasts an average of 90 minutes. Infant sleep cycles are shorter, lasting 50 to 60 minutes, so they experience a vulnerable period for nightwaking around every hour or even less.”

Babies have tiny tummies. Sounds pretty obvious, right? As Dr. Sears said, “Tiny babies have tiny tummies, and mother’s milk is digested very rapidly.” So, if you are breastfeeding your baby, that milk is being absorbed efficiently, which also can mean rapidly. Since baby’s stomach is so small, frequent meals are necessary, even in the middle of the night. 14



Temperament matters. As Dr. Sears said, “An important fact for you to remember is that your infant’s sleep habits are more a reflection of your baby’s temperament rather than your style of nighttime parenting. And keep in mind that other parents usually exaggerate how long their baby sleeps, as if this were a badge of good parenting, which it isn’t. It’s not your fault baby wakes up.”

Milestones mess things up. So, let’s say you’ve reached the point where your baby is sleeping through the night, and perhaps for even longer than the standard five hours. Don’t get too giddy just yet. Nightwakings could be around the corner—again—thanks to milestones. “Major developmental milestones, such as sitting, crawling and walking, drive babies to ‘practice’ their new developmental skills in their sleep,” said Dr. Sears. “Then between one and two years of age, when baby begins to sleep through the above-mentioned wakeup stimuli, other causes of nightwaking

occur, such as separation anxiety and nightmares.”

The baby isn’t the one with the sleep problem. As Dr. McKenna said, “As regards how many infants have what is considered a ‘sleep problem’ in western society that, too, is hard to ascertain exactly as it depends on how one defines an ‘infant sleep problem’ and who is doing the defining; but roughly speaking somewhere between 40-60% of western babies are ‘said’ to have sleep problems to solve. My contention is that there is nothing wrong with the babies at all but the sleep model that is being culturally imposed on them which is the cause of the ‘problem’ and not the biology of the infant that suffers through that imposed cultural model and set of expectations it produces.

models of normal healthy sleep that underlie our cultural ideologies must reflect far more about adults than they do about babies. It also suggests that models of sleep, and our expectations and goals for parents, might actually prove to be the cause of the very sleep problems parents must try to solve!” So, if your little one isn’t sleeping as long as you (or others) would like, rest assured that he probably isn’t the one with a sleep problem. And, also rest assured in knowing that he will sleep through the night at some point…and hopefully before college.

“There is nothing wrong with the babies at all but the sleep model that is being culturally imposed on them.”

“From a biological point of view, one question begs answering: why or how could 40-60% of otherwise healthy infants have sleep problems to solve and if this percentage is anything near the truth then the cultural and or scientific

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FAMILY pregnancy

By: Christa Melnyk Hines

What to Expect:

C-Sections Vs. Vaginal Births


ollowing the birth of my son, I was disappointed that I had to undergo a c-section. Nonetheless, the feeling was fleeting as I held my newborn close realizing the consequences could have been devastating if the surgery hadn't been performed.

Like many new moms, one of the first lessons I learned was that parenthood rarely goes according to plan. Since you don't know exactly how your child's birth will play out, manage some of the uncertainty now by learning the differences between cesarian and vaginal deliveries. "Our ultimate goal is to have a healthy baby. However you get there whether that be vaginal or c-section, we want moms to be happy and healthy and babies to be happy and healthy," says ob-gyn Dr. Kristen Wootton.

What is a c-section? A cesarian section is a major surgery requiring an incision through the abdomen and uterus. You will receive an epidural and barring an emergency situation, you will be awake during the procedure. Depending on your specific situation, your physician will make a low-transverse incision, which is a horizontal cut across the lower end of the uterus generally preferred for better healing and less bleeding, or a vertical cut incision. Although you'll feel touch and tugging sensations, you shouldn't feel pain.

Why a c-section? According to the CDC, the rate of c-sections rose more than 33 percent between 2000 and 2007, declining slightly for the first time in 2010. Ob-gyn Dr. Ana Martinez attributes the rise to a number of factors, including women electing to have a c-section versus a vaginal birth, an increase in births of multiples (possibly due to higher rates of fertility treatments) and repeat c-sections for women who don't qualify or choose not to try a vaginal birth after c-section (VBAC). Other reasons women may require a c-section, include the baby's position in the uterus, the size of the baby, premature delivery, fetal heart rate changes indicating a lack of oxygen during labor or if there's a medical complication with the mother like preeclampsia or gestational diabetes. 16



What about VBAC? "In the right situation, VBAC is a viable alternative, but it depends on why you had your first c-section," Martinez says. For example, if your previous c-section was due to your baby being in a breech position, you might be an excellent candidate for VBAC. Your physician will also consider your risk for uterine rupture, your insurance requirements and the availability of an on-site physician during labor and delivery. "Your doctor has to be available to get the baby out quickly," Martinez says. "If their office isn't on campus and a doctor can't be there the whole time, (VBAC) can be more risky." Some hospitals have OB hospitalists available 24-7 to assist patients. Hospitalists are onsite physicians who specialize in the care of hospitalized patients. Consult with your doctor to learn what type of coverage your hospital offers.

Risks. Tears and lacerations can occur during vaginal deliveries. Although rare, uterine rupture is a life threatening risk factor particularly for women who opt for a VBAC. A uterine rupture is a tear in the wall of the uterus, usually at the site of a past c-section incision. The incidence rate is about one percent for women who have had low-transverse incisions, rising to five percent for women with vertical incisions. C-section risks include blood loss and complications with anesthesia, as well as scarring and adhesions. Hospital stay. The typical hospital stay for a vaginal delivery is 24 to 48 hours, while a c-section is between three and four days. Recovery. A woman who delivers vaginally has no restrictions on lifting and can typically return to her normal routine within a few weeks. With a c-section, expect the recovery to take a little longer as your mobility is more restricted. "The first two weeks are the roughest," Martinez says. But, after that, most women are doing well and are off pain medication.

Other than your baby, you won't be able to lift anything over 10 pounds and due to the pain medicines, you cannot drive for the first two weeks post surgery. However, breastfeeding is safe and encouraged. Lean on your spouse, a family member or a close friend for assistance, especially if you have other children. "This is a time in your life when you need a little help and it's okay to let go of some of our innate control things as moms," Wootton says. "Let dads be active participants. Let them bring you changing stuff so you don't have to get up. People are always great to want to bring you food. Use those resources. An incision adds a little bit of a challenge to the mix, but it's definitely doable when you have good support."

“This is a time in your life when you need a little help and it's okay.”

And remember, even if your child's birth didn't go exactly as planned, chances are the elation of holding your much anticipated newborn will overcome any lingering feelings of disappointment. "You can have the best birth plan...but there are just some things that are out of your control," says Jen Conrad, a mom of three. "Give yourself some grace and tell yourself you still did something amazing by bringing your sweet baby into this world--no matter how he or she arrives."

Birth plan considerations • Write down, discuss your preferences with your physician and significant other. • Be flexible. Your baby's birth may not go specifically according to plan. • Avoid non-medical related pre-term delivery, especially before 39 weeks, which can put your baby's health at risk. • Determine who you can ask for support post delivery to avoid managing alone. THE



1 Ash Wednesday

– Pablo Neruda

2:00 P.M., Century Center

Expo For Women 2017,

The Natatorium-Civil Rights Heritage Center – South Bend

Michiana Monologues, 7:00 P.M.,


7:30 P.M., The Lerner-Elkhart

The Secret Garden,

South Bend Civic Theatre

South Bend Civic Theatre Kids4Kids To Preform Roald Dahl’s James And The Giant Peach Jr., 7:30 P.M.,



The Secret Garden,

7:30 P.M., The Lerner-Elkhart

Morris Performing Arts CenterSouth Bend

Once, 2:00 P.M. & 8:00 P.M.,

Century Center-South Bend

For The Love Of Art, 10:00 A.M.,

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming!”



Get connected to our online calendar at to see additional events and submit events of your own!

Want to check out even more things to do in Michiana?

South Bend Civic Theatre Morris Inn

Sugar Camp Days,

Wake Up, Spring!,

2:00 P.M., Rum Village Nature Center-South Bend


10:00 A.M., North Side Gymnasium-Elkhart

Tri Kappa Antique Show & Sale,

8:30 A.M., Bendix Woods County Park-New Carlisle


The Lerner-Elkhart

Hall Of Heroes Comic Con, 10:00 A.M.,

South Bend Civic Theatre

South Bend Civic Theatre Kids4Kids To Preform Roald Dahl’s James And The Giant Peach Jr., 2:00 P.M.,


Inn-University Of Notre Dame

Culinary AcademyChile, 1:00 P.M., Morris

South Bend Civic Theatre Kids4Kids To Preform Roald Dahl’s James And The Giant Peach Jr., 2:00 P.M.,


5:30 P.M., Elkhart Environmental City

Meditation Yoga,

Dentist’s Day!

Morris Inn Hot Chocolate Bar,

“No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.” - Proverb

Mom/Son Dance,

6:00 P.M., Century CenterSouth Bend


Noon, The Century CenterSouth Bend

The Great LOGAN Nose-On Luncheon,

FAMILY Magazine's Virtual Camp & Kids Care Fair Begins!

The Lerner-Elkhart

Sesame Street Live! “Make A New Friend,” 6:30 P.M.,


4:00 P.M., Morris InnUniversity Of Notre Dame



First Day Of Spring

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” – Rainer Maria Rilke



Dandino’s Supper ClubGoshen

Credit Professionals Luncheon, 11:30 A.M.,


6 St. Joseph County Public Library

The Lerner-Elkhart

P.M., Fernwood Botanical Garden & Nature PreserveNiles, MI

Spring Pruning, 2:00


Sesame Street Live! “Make A New Friend,” 6:30 P.M.,


What do you get when you cross poison ivy with a four-leaf clover? A rash of good luck!” - Author Unknown


International Women’s Day

Teen Tech Week: Open Studio, 4:00 P.M.,

8 The Music Village-South Bend

Swing Dancing Classes, 7:00 P.M.,

National Doctor’s Day Take A Walk In The Park Day


National Puppy Day!


8:30 A.M., Peace Lutheran Church & School-Granger

Together Time,

6:30 P.M., German Township Branch-South Bend

A Little Bit O’Irish,



Learn To Ice Skate With Irish Figure Skating Club, 5:30 P.M., Ice Box-South Bend

5:30 P.M., Ice Box-South Bend

Learn To Ice Skate With Irish Figure Skating Club,



St. Patrick’s Day


Shadowland Ballroom On Silver Beach

Daddy Daughter Dance, 6:30 P.M.,

South Bend Civic Theatre

South Bend Civic Theatre Kids4Kids To Preform Roald Dahl’s James And The Giant Peach Jr., 7:30 P.M.,


Twice Is Nice Children’s Resale, 8:00 A.M., South Bend

Happy April Fools Day! Happy April Fools Day!


Annie, The Musical,

3:00 P.M., Morris Performing Arts Center-South Bend

A.M., St. Joseph County Public Library South Bend

19th Annual Spring Genealogy Conference, 10:00



Daylight Savings Begins: Spring Forward An Hour!

South Bend Civic Theatre

South Bend Civic Theatre Kids4Kids To Preform Roald Dahl’s James And The Giant Peach Jr., 2:00 P.M. & 7:30 P.M.,


FAMILY mommy & daddy

Dear Mom,

It’s Okay to Hand Clap at Costco By: Meagan Church


ast summer my kids learned an essential childhood lesson: how to do hand clapping games. As a child of the 80s/90s, I spent many hours on the bus and playground rhyming and clapping about “Down, down, baby, down by the roller coaster. Sweet, sweet baby….” Unfortunately, with decades of other information crowding my mind, my ability to recall those games is lacking. Thankfully the pool lifeguards took it upon themselves to teach my children. Of course, summer ended and so did the constant din of those games, but a few weeks ago as we stood in line at Costco, the girls reignited the games. Typically, as I stand in line at Costco, I’m looking at my list to see if I forgot anything or checking my email to see if a client has contacted me or scrolling aimlessly through one social media feed or another. As the girls did their clapping, they turned to me and asked me to join. While it’s sweet to see two little girls standing in line, rhyming their little hearts out, it’s another thing to see an adult do that. Typically, I would’ve excused myself. Typically, I would’ve explained that I need to type a message right now, so maybe later. 20



Or, I would’ve been too distracted debating whether or not I should get out of line to run back to produce and grab another bunch of bananas. But this time, I put away my phone and I clapped along with them. There we stood in Costco, the girls attempting to teach me a new song, and me completely failing to remember it or to anticipate the next hand clap. We stood there laughing, being silly, enjoying what would otherwise have been a boring wait. While we laughed, I realized how unusual that moment is. I always thought I’d be that mom who is silly and funny, and not too wrapped up in seriousness and distractions. If. Only. Now I can give you a whole host of reasons why I am wrapped up in distractions. I do have emails to return and messages to type. I do have to bow out of games of catch with my son in the backyard because someone needs to make dinner. I don’t always stop folding laundry to tuck in my five-year-old at bedtime because her dad can do it. I don’t always do hand clapping games in the grocery store because they can be loud and annoying to those around you.

And suddenly I wondered when I had become that adult, the adult who is too busy with housework to play football. The adult who is too embarrassed in public to be silly on a whim. The adult who too often has the phone in her hand instead of silenced in her pocket. Here’s the thing, moms; these kids will only want to play hand clapping games with us for a season. These kids will only ask us to throw them spirals in the backyard for a certain amount of time. Does someone need to make dinner? Absolutely. Does laundry need to be folded? Yes. But do the kids also need to be engaged and laughed with and shown that adulting also makes room for silliness even in Costco? Abso-freakinglutely.

“Adulting also makes room for silliness.” This moment in motherhood is just that: a moment. And sometimes this moment calls for some carefree “down, down, baby.” So, let’s all make a concerted effort to put down, down the phone and embrace the silliness before this season passes.

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How to Juggle

Extracurricular Activities

When You Have a Large Family By: Sarah Lyons School mornings are busy but an experienced mom knows the real rush is after school when the evening is packed with extracurricular activities. One child has scouts, another has piano lessons and two have soccer practice on opposite sides of town. As a mom of six, I have survived busy weeks full of extracurricular activities and a calendar that can only be described as complicated. Whether you have two or 10 kids here are some tips from a mom with a busy family.

Limit activities The best way to keep your calendar from getting too full is not to fill it. Try cutting back on the activities you allow your child to sign up for. Time at practice can be reduced by allowing kids only one sport per season. However, sports aren’t the only activity that can take up a lot of time. Theater, music, scouts and dance can also fill your free time. 22



If your child has interests in both sports and the arts try allowing one sport and one other activity at a time. Limiting activities will leave more time for rest and time at home.

Tag team When multiple kids’ activities conflict, split up the time. Have one parent take a child to a birthday party while the other attends

the ball game for another child. Use the help of others, particularly for practices and rehearsals. Set up a carpool with other families and take turns giving kids rides to and from to limit your time in the car. Don’t feel guilty if you cannot be at every single event. If you miss one here or there, you can attend next time. Your child will not remember if you were at every game, just

that you made the effort to be there the majority of the time.

Command Center A carefully maintained family calendar is key to keeping everyone organized and where they need to be on time. Some families like to have a large calendar in a central location in the home, like a command center. Others may like to use technology to track their comings and goings. Each family will find what method works best for them. The important part is that it is accurate and up-to-date.

Protect your down time Families who are constantly on the go need to be protective of their down times. Having time for resting and relaxation is necessary to recharge and reconnect. Busy families may find it helpful to schedule family time on the master calendar so that the time doesn’t get filled up with other activities.

Plan ahead Once you have your activities limited and your calendar set, the best way to survive the busiest days is to plan ahead as much as possible. For busy nights, plan easy on-the-go meals and snacks. Freezer meals, crock pot recipes and simple weeknight dinners that are prepped and prepared ahead of time will save you a lot of worry about getting your family properly fed and to practice on time. Pack up as many items as possible the night before so that you are not rushing around at the last minute trying to locate lost shoes and sports gear.

There are multiple benefits to participation in extracurricular activities but overdoing it can cancel out many of them. Choose activities that your children truly enjoys and make sure there is still time to enjoy time together doing things you love outside of those activities. THE



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March 20th, 2017 The Virtual Camp & Kids’ Care Fair starts March 20th and will continue to be online through August 31st 2017!

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YMCA OF MICHIANA DAY CAMP June 12 - August 11, 2017

Camps in South Bend and Mishawaka

Ages: Entering kindergarten through entering 6th grade

$135 YMCA Members $165 Community Members

Camp Tannadoonah is a summer camp serving boys and girls ages 5-17, located on beautiful Birch Lake in Vandalia, Michigan. We’re an ACA-accredited residential camp and strive to provide a fun, safe, and life-changing experience. We have a wide range of activities to appeal to all ages.

CAMP TANNADOONAH 574-387-6097 Camp helps kids develop independence, teamwork, and a connection to nature!

Happy Campers By: Christa Melnyk Hines Summer camp is a time-honored tradition, rich with activities, newfound friendships and a lifetime of memories. Explore a few ways to make your child's camp experience smooth sailing from start to finish.

S'more Than Just Fun According to the RAND Corporation, a non-profit research organization, children who participate in summer programs, like experiential learning activities offered in an organized camp, are less likely to experience a significant summer learning slide.

CAMP FACTS! • More than 10 million American children will participate in camp this summer. • More than 95 percent of campers experience occasional homesickness. • Nearly 75 percent of campers try new activities that they were initially afraid to do. Source: American Camp Association

Camp also enhances a child's physical and emotional well-being. Activities build social skills, teamwork and independence, which all contribute to stronger selfconfidence and leadership abilities. "I often hear from parents how amazed they are when their children return home after spending time at camp....about how they seem older and more mature," says Doug Berkel, a YMCA senior program director of Youth Development Services. Avoid Camp Run Amok First, together with your child, decide what skills you want your child to gain and choose a camp that fits her needs and interests, as well as your family's values. Check out safety guidelines in the camp's parent handbook. Look for overnight camps accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). "ACA standards are the most universal and well-known standards adopted by most camps to ensure a quality and safe program," Berkel says. Day and specialty camps should carry a current state childcare license. Additionally, staff should be trained in emergency, communication and safety procedures, behavior management techniques (including handling the common bout of homesickness,) and child abuse prevention. Camp Sunshine Day camps are a practical way to introduce children, ages five to 12, to the camp experience. Most center on a theme, like sports, science, nature, technology and the arts. Ann Bowley says that when her stepson, Trevor, was younger, he enjoyed planning out the day camps he wanted to attend each summer. However, as her son got older he grew more apprehensive about starting over with a new group of kids each week. "We talked to him about it and he never changed his plans. We just looked for school mates that might be in camp with him to help him be more comfortable," she says.


Camp Ability Specialty camps center around one activity like music, art, sports or science. These camps provide children the space to further explore and develop a skill that interests them.

Fourteen-year veteran Boy Scout leader, soccer coach and father of eight, John Whiteside, is a camping pro. Over the years, he and his children have participated in multiple camps, including sports, band and weeklong scout camps.

"Specialty camps tend to run...partial days and could be a nice addition to regular day camps," Berkel says.

Initial nervousness isn't unusual. If your child asks to come home, Whiteside says to consider the situation, but to encourage him to discuss his anxieties with the camp counselor and take it one day at a time.

Camp Starlight Overnight camps, typically in an outdoor setting, can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks and are generally offered for children ages seven and up. If you aren't sure your child is ready, allow him to spend the night at friends' houses occasionally. Or, as Berkel suggests, take advantage of a weekend family camping opportunity, usually offered in the fall and spring to familiarize campers and their families with the facilities and staff. Conquer Camp Blues Preparation and an awareness of what to expect can ease the transition from home to camp. Before your child departs, go over a list of everything she will need. Pack a physical connection to home like a favorite sleeping bag, stuffed animal or pillow. Also, mail a card ahead of time to ensure it arrives before the end of camp. Tell your child how you look forward to hearing her camp stories, but avoid saying how much you miss her which can trigger homesickness and worry.

"Tell him 'Yes, today was hard, but I think it will be better tomorrow' and usually tomorrow is better," he says. While your child may struggle at first, chances are he'll come home a happy camper with a heightened sense of self-confidence, memorable stories and a passel of new friends to boot.

Kids' books about camp Froggy Goes to Camp by Jonathan London and Frank Remkiewicz Curious George Goes Camping by H.A. Rey and Margret Rey Fred and Ted Go Camping by Peter Eastman Olivia Goes Camping by Jared Osterhold

2017 Camp Fair Listings! Camp Name



Contact Info




Bair Lake Bible Camp


Nanci Tissot 269-244-5193

All Ages

Please See Website $379-410 For All Camp Dates

Bair Lake is a camp with a purpose, providing an escape from everyday life, to a place of excellent programs, people and facilities. We welcome your child to play, converse, explore and challenge themselves in new opportunities. If you are considering a safe, welcoming, yet stretching experience for your child, consider Bair Lake. Bethel College Sports Camps

574-807-7808 Andrea Natali Click on Inside Athletics andrea.natali@ click on Events

Ages 6-18

June 5 August 3, 2017

Please check website for camp cost.

Choose from basketball, father/son basketball, cheerleading, girls' lacrosse, rugby, soccer, softball, tennis, track and volleyball camps. Bethel College Sports Camps are rich in tradition and provide one-on-one, and group instruction time in order to prepare your child to be competitive in his or her respective sports. Camp Awareness Summer Day Camp


Karen Myers

7-12 years old

June 12-Aug 4


Camp Ideal

574-233-1164 camp-ideal

Rowan Kelley

K-8th Grade

June 26-August 4

$125 per week - $650 whole summer special!

For over 50 years, Camp Ideal has enriched the summer for children from all over Michiana. Join us for a summer of field trips, sports, arts & crafts, days at the beach and so much more, all with a Jewish twist! Camp Millhouse


Diana Breden 7-75+

June 18thJuly 28th one week sessions

Residential $500/week, Day camp $375/ week

Inspiring self-discovery in individuals with special needs through a safe, traditional camp experience. A residential camp for children and adults with disabilities offering six one-week summer sessions and spring/fall camp weekends. Experience arts & crafts, recreation, music, swimming, challenge course, wheelchair art, dances & more. Empowerment~Independence~Compassion Camp Tannadoonah


Amber Grundy


June 18thAugust 12th

$565 Per One Week Session

Camp Tannadoonah is a resident camp for boys and girls 5-17. A variety of activities appeal to all ages including swimming, waterskiing, wakeboarding, boating, archery, arts, nature, sports, science, robotics, theater and more! Camp Tannadoonah is accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA) and licensed by the State of Michigan. DNA Center Summer Science Camps

574-631-1506 summer-camps

Linda Rock

Grades 6th-9th

June 22nd – July 28th

$635-1360 Depending On Camp

The DNA Center offers residential and day camps for students interested in science, particularly genetics. Camps will be filled with hands-on experiments spanning all areas of genetics including testing for genetically modified food, identifying plant species for DNA and personal genotyping! Gone Fishing!


Amanda Yasko

Kid’s World Summer Day Camp


Karen Myers

5-12 years old

Kroc Camp


Sharon Dutkowski

3-5 Years June 126-11 Years August 15 12-16 Years

May 6th


June 12-Aug 4

3-day rate: $100 4-day rate: $135 5-day rate: $165 See website for specific camp costs

The Kroc Center is committed to providing a unique experience to transform your life. Our programs and services incorporate the Search Institutes 40 Developmental Assets to help youth lead a more caring, responsible, healthy and productive lifestyle whereby communities are changed from the inside out. Establishing these assets in children creates a positive self-view and attracts others to lead a more enriching life. Learn to Swim

Paul McMinn

Nature Detectives Day Camp

574-235-9455 camps/nature-detectives/

Hannah Teshka

6-12 years old

June 19th – July 21st


Outdoor Adventures


Amal Farrough

5-14 yr old

June 28th – August 4th


During Outdoor Adventures day camp at St. Patrick's County Park, you'll splash, hike, and climb your way to adventurous outdoor fun! Practice archery or wade down the creek. Catch tadpoles in the pond, Paddle a canoe or kayak. Be prepared for outdoor fun! Prairie Winds Nature Farm

574-344-1753 prairie-winds-naturefarm-6275030877

Charlotte Wolfe

Ages 3-7 Ages 8-12+

June 12 Aug 4

$75/week Ages 3-7 $250/week Ages 8-12+

Good times down on the farm! Kids enjoy supervised choices on a working farm. Hands on with animals; gardening; nature walks; and free time. Relaxed atmosphere includes pony & horseback riding, outdoor skill building and age appropriate activities on 85 acres. Learn about our rural heritage and make some memories!

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Saint Mary's Summer Camps For Girls: Fine Arts Camp/ Summer Academy


Lisa Peppers 574-284-4711


July 9-14, July 16-21


Live in residence halls under the care and protection of counselors, instructors and professional staff members. Instruction is provided by Saint Mary's faculty, staff and area educators who are chosen for their expertise in the classroom and on the playing field. Saint Mary's offers the best in summer camp fun and learning through our overnight camps. South Bend Code School Summer Coding Camp

(678) 612-1251


June 9th – July 25th


At Coding Camp, students have fun building web applications! Younger students expand STEM skills with Tynker and Scratch. Older students learn HTML, CSS, and JavaScript while building their own websites. No experience? No problem. We cover the fundamental skills your child needs to build her own applications and websites. Summer Dance Camps 574-247-1590 at Debbie Werbrouck School of Dance


Ages 3-4, 4-5, 6-8, 9-11, 12 and up

June 19, 21, 26, 28 July 31, August 2, 7, 9


Camps provide special age-appropriate adventures featuring a range of dance styles. Camp themes include “Princess,” “Imagine That,” “Lights, Camera, Action,” “World of Dance” and “Dance Sampler.” Each student receives a free T-shirt and will showcase what they learn to parents. No uniform is required. YMCA Camp Eberhart


Kelly Timmerman office@


June 18th – August 18th


At YMCA Camp Eberhart kids learn practical skills like building a fire, but more importantly, they learn life skills that help them mature and grow as people. Camp is a place where children build friendships, achieve goals and discover new talents.

Find more detailed listings at! See pictures, videos and more summer fun online! YMCA of Michiana


Jessie Emmons jemmons@

Kindergarten -

Sixth grade

June 12 - August 11 $135-$165

Our day camps offer a mix of fun and educational activities aimed at improving kids’ well-being. Our program centers on three areas proven to impact kids’ development: friendship, accomplishment and belonging. Through the Y’s day camp program, kids participate in fun and educational activities that help them grow and learn.

Find more detailed listings at! See pictures, videos and more summer fun online!

Registration for Camp Ideal 2017 is now open! Join us for a summer of fieldtrips, sports, arts & crafts, days at the beach, and so much more! June 26th-August 4th, 2017 Cost: $125 per week

Discounted Rate Available: $650 whole summer special Other Discounts Available: Early Bird Special through March 31st - $10 off per week Multi-Week Discount - $10 off per week (Not applicable for campers using the whole summer special) Multi-Child Discount - $5 off per week Scholarships Available for those in need! For more information, please contact Rowan at, or 574-233-1164 x106.


Dealing with Homesickness at Camp By: Christa Melnyk Hines Worried that your child will suffer a serious hankering for home during her first camp experience this summer? While homesickness isn't unusual, a proactive approach now can minimize the blues later. Work up to it. When her children were younger, Stephanie Maass says sleepovers with friends helped her sons, Spencer, 18, Hunter, 15, and Carter, 11, adjust to eventual week-long camps. Talk to your child. Include your child in the process of choosing a camp and discuss whether or not she is ready to go. And remember, every child is different. Adrienne Andrews has two daughters Janelle, 13, and Cameron, 9. While Janelle felt ready to attend week-long Girl Scout camps at 7, Cameron didn't feel ready until last summer. Practice coping skills. "Make them feel like they can still be connected with (you)," says Amy Gragg, a licensed clinical social worker. If a phone is available, agree on a specific time each day to talk. Or pack pens, paper, envelopes, and stamps so they can send you letters. Positive, self-calming statements can also help. For example, "I am safe. I can handle this."

Pack a connection to home. Typically, morning and bedtime are the most difficult times of the day for children at camp - times when they normally enjoy a routine and are more likely to connect with a parent or another caretaker. In addition to stationery, pack your child's favorite stuffed animal or toy. Even something that smells like a parent or home can provide comfort as they drift off to sleep. For her sons, Maass says she always packs a flashlight, a cell phone (if allowed), a couple of books and a hand-held video game. Remain calm. If your child calls feeling homesick, calmly remind him about the coping skills you discussed before camp and ask him if he talked to his counselor. "The more reassuring and calm (you) can be, the more helpful that's going to be for (your) child. At this age, they're listening to our words and tone of voice more," Gragg says. Above all, try to avoid going to get him.

When to bring 'em home. If your child is homesick to the point of not eating, sleeping or participating in camp activities, talk to a camp counselor. You may decide it is in his best interest to bring him home. But, focus on the positive. Praise your child for going in the first place: "I'm proud of you for going because that Additional Resources was an accomplishment."

"This gives control back to the child when they're able to calm themselves and change their thought patterns," Gragg says. Do your homework. Find out the camp's caregiver-to-child ratio in each cabin, the staff's experience and qualifications, and if a nurse or physician is on staff. Also, ask about the camp's policy on homesickness, including how they train staff to handle it. "If they don't have (a policy) in place with how they support your child, I wouldn't send them," Gragg says. Find familiar faces. Find out if other children from your child's school or your neighborhood plan to attend the same camp. A few friendly faces can go a long way to help a child transition from the home to camp setting. When Andrews' daughter Cameron attended a camp in Wisconsin last summer, her older sister Janelle went, too. With Janelle there, Cameron adjusted easily to a 10-day camp far away from home.

Homesick and Happy: How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow By Michael Thompson, Ph.D. The Summer Camp Handbook: Everything You Need to Find, Choose and Get Ready for Camp--And Skip the Homesickness by Dr. Christopher Thurber and Dr. Jon Malinowski The Night Before Summer Camp by Natasha Wing (Children's Book)

While homesickness is difficult, Maass says she is happy her sons did not miss out on the camp experience. "Camping helps them learn camaraderie. It builds their self-confidence," she says. Andrews agrees. "It provides an opportunity for them to grow and learn how to be independent without mom or dad hovering," she says. "They both came home feeling very good about themselves. They made new friends; they tried new things and felt good about being on their own."

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Connecting the Savvy Mom in Michiana