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Easing Into Menopause

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Back to You, Find Meaningful Time

10 Enrichment

Classes Just for Moms

18 Kids Under One Roof

26 Preschools of Union County

31 How to Motivate

Your Child to do Homework

Publishers Christina Castro Jennifer Po

Contributing Editor Cari Wira Dineen

Regional Directors Lisa Becker Amanda Krug Michelle Siddons

Art Director Lisa Ball

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Back to School, Back to You!

School is officially back in session! The September back-to-school rush can be exciting, but at the same time a busy month for the entire family. Shorter autumn days bring a hectic round of activities and calendars fill with endless homework assignments and events.

It can take a few weeks for the kids to return to a structured routine, but once the kids become more adjusted to their new schedules, this is a great opportunity for moms to take advantage of having a set schedule in place for the kids and to pause and consider what is important and how to re-charge themselves during the school year. Take time to invest in yourself and finding some productive and healthy activities. In this issue, we feature an Enrichment Guide, Just for Moms that includes classes such as writing, painting, knitting, photography and dancing. If you are in search of a little more Zen, Wellness Interactive Lounge, Director, Judith Blaylock educates us on some relaxation treatments that will soothe your soul in her column, “Find Meaningful Time”.

Even though the school year has just begun, it’s never too early to start off on the right foot and decide on what the best Preschool, Enrichment and Camp programs are out there for your young toddler for next year. Make sure to attend our Annual Preschool, Camp & Enrichment Fair scheduled for Thursday, November 15th at L’Affaire, Mountainside, NJ. Join us and our growing NJ Moms Guide community where our goal is to make your life a little bit easier along the way. Photos from our Summer Glam Pampering Event at Gemmette Hair Studio in Westfield

So let’s declare Back-To-School as Back-To-You for Women and Moms everywhere! It’s your time to begin anew. Refreshing, isn’t it? All the best,

Christina Christina

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Easing into Menopause Menopause is the transition period in a woman’s life when her ovaries stop producing eggs, her body produces less estrogen and progesterone, and menstruation becomes less frequent, eventually stopping altogether. Menopause on average occurs between the ages of 45 and 55. Beginning around the mid-thirties, the ovaries decline in hormone production. This accelerates in the 40’s, which makes hormones fluctuate and by the 50’s, menstrual periods usually end completely. The specific symptoms and how significant they are (mild, moderate, or severe) varies from woman to woman. During this time, menstrual periods can become irregular; either more closely or more widely spaced. What many women don’t like about this process are the symptoms and problems that come with these shifting hormones such as hot flashes, depression, stress and anxiety, sleep disorders, mood swings, decreased libido, and vaginal dryness. The good news is there are several things that you can do to make this transition easier and reduce your symptoms. The first is lifestyle changes:

• Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and cigarette smoking

• Increase the amount of soy in your diet to increase natural phytoestrogens • Get plenty of exercise

• Make sure to get adequate calcium, vitamin D, and take a multivitamin • Perform Kegel exercises to strengthen the muscles of the vagina • Use lubricants during intercourse

A second option is going on Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). A large study done called the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) showed that HRT may not be for everyone because there are serious risks associated with HRT. The current recommendation is to use HRT for women experiencing severe menopausal symptoms with the lowest dose of hormones, for the shortest duration (not to exceed 5 years), in women with

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Menopause is a time of great change for women. Everything from mood to sexuality and sleep is affected. However, there are things that can be done to make you feel more like “you� again even during this big transition. Discussing what you are feeling and how it is affecting your life is a prudent conversation to have with your gynecologist to help ease into menopause.

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Along with the lifestyle modifications already mentioned above, some patients find acupuncture, yoga, meditation, and exercise to be very helpful in alleviating their symptoms.

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a low baseline risk of the above diseases.

Dr. Shefali Patel-Shusterman MD FACOG 128 S. Euclid Avenue Westfield, NJ 07090 908.232.6001 www.drshefalipatel.com

Dr Patel-Shusterman is a board certified OB/GYN she attended medical school and completed her residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC. She currently lives in Cranford with her family and has her practice in Westfield, NJ. For more information on Dr. Shefali PatelShusterman MD FACOG, visit www.drshefalipatel.com.

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September can be one of the most stressful times of the year for moms preparing for back-to-school logistics. Amidst all the hustle and bustle, moms need time out to recover and re-energize. The following is a sampling of holistic therapies that may help you feel inspired and calm.

involves the manipulation of nerve endings (reflexes) found in the palms of the hands and plantar surfaces of the feet. The manipulation channels blood flow throughout the body to achieve balance and relaxation.

Thai (Yoga) Massage is usually done on a padded floor mat. The

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therapist uses his or her hands, knees, legs and feet to apply gentle compression and stretching to move your body into a series of yoga-like positions, producing a state of relaxation, increased energy and flexibility.

Reiki is a special kind of energy that can only be channeled by someone

who has been “attuned” to it. Practitioners may either gently touch or move their hands over the receiver. As energies begin flowing automatically, the receiver enters a very calm, relaxed state.

Pranic Healing uses life energy or chi (ki) to heal the physical body.

The Pranic Healer transfers energy to the patient’s energy field and that healing energy then manifests on the physical level. The practitioner may detect certain health issues requiring attention as the energy flow between the patient and healer is activated. Article is written by Judi Blaylock, Director of Business Development for Wellness Interactive, Inc., a holistic, educational consulting firm. The flagship Wellness Lounge, located in South Orange, N.J., offers relaxation treatments, integrated health workshops, kid-friendly products (sustainability), organic teas and organic treats, and customized gift baskets (one stop shopping for busy moms.) To learn more, visit www. wellnessinteractive.com.

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ENRICHMENT CLASSES JUST FOR MOMS With the kids back to school, it’s now time to consider some “Me” time and set the clock on a timer for when “Mom” time comes into play. Whether you want to pursue a degree or develop a new talent or interest, there are several enrichment programs just for moms to choose from.

Take a Photography Class Want to finally learn how to use that Canon EOS-5D you received for your birthday? Union County College in Union County, NJ offers flexible and convenient classes for moms. Whether you are a beginner or an intermediate photographer, you’ll be ready to snap photos with the pros. For more information visit, www. ucc.edu/noncredit.

Shake it Up and Dance Learning to dance is a great way to get in shape, build confidence and increase selfesteem. Fred Astaire of Westfield, NJ offers group and private dance lessons for every level and provides instruction in ballroom, swing, salsa, Latin, and other specialty dance techniques. For more information visit, www.fredastairenj.com.

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The Writers Circle, is more than a place to take a class. It’s a community joined by the love of writing. Learn the art of poetry, short story writing and novels. Classes are available in South Orange, Maplewood and Summit. For more information visit, www.writerscircleworkshops.com

Make a Mural When was the last time you painted a mural in 3rd grade? Want to explore your artistic and creative side? Classes at the Arts Guild New Jersey (www.agnj.org) and The Visual Arts Center (www.artcenternj.org) allows students with no previous experience to explore different mediums with other firsttime artists. Learn new techniques in a nopressure, supportive environment.

Knit It! At Modern Yarn located in Montclair, classes are offered for beginners that teach you how to make a single and double crochet and will teach moms how to make a scarf. For the advanced student, learn how to make a shawl or a warm and comfy afghan. For more information, visit www.modernyarn. com.

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Dr. Nancy Polow of Suburban Speech Center creates a facility for

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Nancy Polow, Ph.D., Director of Suburban Speech Center, turned a vision into reality this summer when she invited top pediatric practices to open offices at her Short Hills location. Dr. Polow handpicked pediatric specialists and has brought them together. This comprehensive approach is based upon a medical model of treatment. As of June 2012, the following specialists have opened offices at 748 Morris Turnpike and are now Under One Roof. SUBURBAN SPEECH CENTER

specializes in treating pre-school and school aged children with apraxia, autism spectrum disorder, auditory processing and speech-language disorders. Our therapists have specific areas of expertise and our therapy sessions are individually tailored to each child’s needs. As an integral part of the therapeutic process, parents are provided with homework strategies and materials. Suburban Speech Center is recognized as a Center of Excellence both locally and nationally. BEHAVIORWISE, directed by Caryn

Mandel, MSW, LSW, specializes in helping children by reshaping difficult to manage behaviors. We work with children and their families to address specific behavioral problems, such as transitioning, complying with directions, sleeping, toilet training difficulties and playing appropriately. We also achieve positive results in children with ADHD, ODD, OCD, Anxiety and Autism Spectrum Disorder. BehaviorWise provides school visitations and parent advocacy services to ensure the optimal learning environment. We offer individual therapy sessions, social skills groups and family counseling in your home and/or in our office.

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practice in Livingston has now opened their second office in Short Hills. LEC, directed by Jaime Lehrhoff, M.A., LDT-C, provides academic tutoring, learning disability remediation, OrtonGillingham multi-sensory reading programs, organizational/study skills, and SAT/ISEE preparation. For preschoolers we offer enrichment classes, such as Rocking Readers, to teach early reading skills in a fun group setting. LEC provides study skills workshops and creative writing classes, as well as book clubs for elementary and middle school students.

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Practice, provides one-on-one treatment in a private gym with motivating sensory-based therapeutic equipment. Our therapists are Neuro-Developmental Therapy (NDT) Certified and Sensory Integration trained. We specialize in working with children in areas of sensory integration, fine and gross motor coordination, self-help skills and provide “Handwriting Without Tears.” Home Fun activities are provided to reinforce targeted skills at home. Now is the time to take stock of your child’s developmental milestones. Jump start the New School Year by addressing your child’s needs now. Together as a team, we will achieve the best results for your child Under One Roof.

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PRESCHOOLS of UNION COUNTY Learning can be fun!

Union County offers dozens of great schools for your kids. Here are some of the best in the area that are sure to provide a great variety of top-notch educational options.

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS Summit Area YMCA, 550 Springfield Ave. Berkeley Heights, NJ 908-464-8373

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Diamond Hill Montessori School 105 Diamond Hill Rd. Berkeley Heights, NJ 908-464-5051 Union Village Nursery School 1130 Mountain Ave. Berkeley Heights, NJ 908-647-4440 Westminster Nursery School 725 Mountain Ave. Berkeley Heights, NJ 908-464-4880

CLARK Clark Kindercare 89 Terminal Ave. Clark, NJ 732-340-1900 Featherbed Lane 801 Featherbed Lane Clark, NJ 732-388-7063 Osceola Church Nursery School 1689 Raritan Rd. Clark, NJ 908-272-3668

CRANFORD Helen K Baldwin Nursery School 11 Springfield Ave. Cranford, NJ 908-276-1166 Calvary Nursery School & Child Care 108 Eastman St. Cranford, NJ 908-272-3962 Discovery Child Care Center 1 Commerce Dr. Cranford, NJ 908-272-2560

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Over the Rainbow Nursery School 25 South Ave West, Cranford, NJ 908-272-2466 Rainbow Academy 560 South Ave East, Cranford, NJ 908-653-1231 St. Michael’s Preschool 100 Alden St., Cranford, NJ 908-276-9425 Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim Nursery School 338 Walnut Ave., Cranford NJ 908-276-7351 Trinity Episcopal Day School 205 North Ave East, Cranford, NJ 908-276-2881 YMCA Preschool at the Cranford Community Center 220 Walnut Ave., Cranford, NJ 908-233-2700 ext. 423

GARWOOD Westfield Area Y 211 Center St.,Garwood, NJ 908-301-1616

KENILWORTH Hinder Them Not Montessori 225 N. 8th St., Kenilworth, NJ 908-276-7750 KinderCare at Kenilworth 25 Market St., Kenilworth, NJ 908-620-1391

MOUNTAINSIDE Community Presbyterian Nursery School 1459 Deerpath, Mountainside, NJ 908-232-9490 Holy Trinity Interparochial School Our Lady of Lourdes Church 304 Central Ave., Mountainside, NJ 908-233-1899

NEW PROVIDENCE The Academy of Our Lady of Peace School 99 South St. New Providence, NJ 908-464-8657 Faith Nursery School 524 South St. New Providence, NJ 908-464-5177


The Wonder Years Academy 133 South Ave. Fanwood, NJ 908-222-8992

St. Andrews Nursery School and Kindergarten 419 South St. New Providence, NJ 908-464-4878

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Congregation Israel of Springfield 339 Mountain Ave. Springfield, NJ 973-467-9666

The Growing Tree 18 Park Place North Plainfield, NJ 908-754-5505

Holy Cross Christian Nursery School 639 Mountain Ave. Springfield, NJ 973-379-7160

The Sundance School 401 Greenbrook Rd. North Plainfield, NJ 908-561-5055

St. James the Apostle School 41 S. Springfield Ave. Springfield, NJ 973-376-5194

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA 1340 Martine Ave. Scotch Plains, NJ 908-889-8880 JCC of Central New Jersey 1391 Martine Ave. Scotch Plains, NJ 908-889-8800

Temple Beth Ahm Preschool 60 Temple Dr. Springfield, NJ 973-376-0539, ext. 18 Temple Sha’arey Shalom Preschool 78 S. Springfield Ave. Springfield, NJ 973-379-5387

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Saint Bartholomew Academy 2032 Westfield Ave. Scotch Plains, NJ 908-322-4265

Bilingual Buds 587 Springfield Ave. Summit, NJ 07901-4503 908-598-8088

Scotch Plains Montessori 1577 East 2nd St. Scotch Plains, NJ 908-322-4399

Central Presbyterian Church Weekday Nursery School 70 Maple St. Summit, NJ 908-273-0484

Scotch Plains Academy 1595 E. Second St. Scotch Plains, NJ 908-322-4399 Westminster Preschool 74 Martine Ave. South, Fanwood, NJ 908-889-4405 Willow Grove Pre-School 1961 Raritan Rd. Scotch Plains, NJ 908-232-7117

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The Children’s Academy, A Montessori School 37 Church Mall Springfield, NJ 973-379-3524

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Santa Fe Centers 1441 & 1496 Springfield Ave. New Providence, NJ 908-665-1235

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Presbyterian Church Nursery School 1307 Springfield Ave. New Providence, NJ 908-665-0951

The Connection Preschool The Connection for Women and Families, 79 Maple St. Summit, NJ 908-273-4242 Cornerstone School of Summit 561 Springfield Ave. Summit, NJ 908-277-4400

Kent Place 42 Norwood Ave. Summit, NJ 908-273-0900

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Here We Grow! Child Development Center 422 Central Ave. Westfield, NJ 908-233-6000

St. Teresa’s Preschool & Kindergarten 306 Morris Ave. Summit, NJ 908-277-6043

Holy Trinity Interparochial School 336 1st St. Westfield, NJ 908-233-0484

Summit JCC Nursery School 67 Kent Place Blvd. Summit, NJ 908-277-3919

Kinderprep 812 South Ave. Westfield, NJ 908-317-6900

SuperKids Childcare & Learning Center 2 Broad St. Summit, NJ 908-598-8383

Noah’s Ark Child Care 836 Mountain Ave. Westfield, NJ 908-232-7011

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Learning Circle YMCA 95 Morris Ave. Summit, NJ 908-273-7040

Wesley Center for Preschool Education 17 Kent Place Blvd. Summit, NJ 908-277-1700 Zadie’s Nurturing Den 1 Walnut St. Summit, NJ 908-277-8584 UNION Connecticut Farms Church Nursery School 888 Stuyvesant Ave. Union, NJ 908-964-8544 Holy Spirit 970 Suburban Rd. Union, NJ 07083 908-687-8415 St. Michael 1212 Kelly St. Union, NJ 908-688-1232 YM-YWHA of Union County 501 Green Lane Union, NJ 908-289-8112

WESTFIELD Bamboo Shoots 836 Mountain Ave. Westfield, NJ 908-232-9550 The Christopher Academy 510 Hillcrest Ave. Westfield, NJ 908-233-7447 Cradles to Crayons Learning Center 649 Central Ave. Westfield, NJ 908-518-0900

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Presbyterian Nursery School and Kindergarten 140 Mountain Ave. Westfield, NJ 908-233-0766 Redeemer Lutheran School 229 Cowperthwaite Pl. Westfield, NJ 908-232-1592 St. Paul’s Day School 414 Broad St. Westfield, NJ 908-233-5417 Temple Emanu-El’s Early Childhood Education Program 756 E. Broad St. Westfield, NJ 908-232-7663 Wesley Hall School for Early Childhood, 1 East Broad St. Westfield, NJ 908-233-9570 Westfield Area Y 422 E. Broad St. Westfield, NJ 908-233-2700 ext. 423. 170 Elm St., Westfield, NJ 908-654-8460. Westfield Cooperative Preschool 125 Elmer St. Westfield, NJ 908-233-4501 Westfield Day Care Center 140 Mountain Ave. Westfield, NJ 908-232-6717


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How To Motivate Your Child To Do Homework Develop Self Confidence and make them Independent

2 Create a Set Time and Designated Area for Homework Kids thrive on structure. After spending 6-7 hours at school, rushing home to do homework can be somewhat stressful for children. Provide a schedule and structure their day.

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Give them a Break If you see after a while that your child is getting frustrated and overwhelmed, it might be helpful if you encourage them to take a quick break. Sometimes a short break does wonders to help your child improve their concentration and improve their mood and also helps kids burn off bottled up energy.

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It’s important to make your child more independent and having them do their own work with minimum supervision. Let them make mistakes and have them correct it on their own, and make sure they always read the instructions before starting their work. (Homework tip provided by Razi Ahmad of Kumon of Union, NJ)

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Make a plan Make sure that your child understands the assignments and most importantly, they are capable of completing them. Designate a place to write down when all assignments are due. With this helpful reminder, your kids will be motivated to complete the assignment and there won’t be any excuses on what they need to finish since they planned ahead.

5 Give Incentives Another helpful tip Mr. Ahmad provided, “Give your child incentives for completing the entire weeks work without you reminding them over and over again�. The simplest incentive system is reminding your child of a fun activity to do when homework is done.

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