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Message From the Publisher Dear Friends and Readers, Happy Birthday To The Monmouth Family Times! This month marks the second year anniversary of the paper and I am so proud of the resource it has become. TMFT is proud to be filled with colorful activities that makes learning fun for children. I believe that TMFT reaches the need and demand for a
newspaper that provides a new approach to learning. TMFT is supported by the local businesses and professionals who believe in giving children an alternate way to reach a higher learning and thrive in their studies both in and out of the classroom. TMFT reminds children that learning is a never ending curriculum and we can and should use our minds all the time. TMFT definitely has a strong presence here in Monmouth County and now with the fourth month of The Ocean Family Times we are gaining a great presence in Ocean County as well. February is a great month. the weather
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is chilly and the snow outside forces us to stay home and enjoy our family. This month we celebrate Valentines Day. Valentine’s Day is the day to show and tell your family and friends you love them and care about them. Let’s all pledge to make this Valentine’s day extra special for our family. What is the true meaning of love and family to you? Listen carefully to your child and have a discussion with your kids about what it means to you and them.
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"Defeating Bullies and Role Playing with your Children "Why do people Bully? You may have first encountered a Bully when you went to school as a young child or you may have encountered a bully in the workplace. Unfortunately bullies are a part of life for both males and females, young and old but why do they do it? The answer is simple, they have little or no Self-Esteem. Most bullies are bullied at home unfortunately either directly by their family members or they are a direct witness of their family members bullying each other. They are often unhappy individuals that seek out an opportunity to give themselves the short term satisfaction and attention that bullying provides them. Think about it, when someone becomes a bully they tend to pick on people that appear weaker or smaller then them. This gives them a sense of empowerment but it only lasts short term. They may also receive some attention from their peers and teachers, even though it may be negative, the attention is still what they crave. So when you look at it like this, you actually want to feel a little sad for these people that they have not received the proper love and attention at home to prevent such behavior. How do you Stop Bullying before it Starts? The first key to stopping bullying at home with your own children is to make sure that you are honest enough with yourself that your child, and any child for that matter does have the ability to become a bully. If parents or teachers are bringing your child's behavior to your attention then you must be willing to accept this fact and know that it's OK. Nobody is perfect and as parents it is
our job to educate our children when life presents these challenges to us all. This is our opportunity to truly educate them and allow them an opportunity to acknowledge that their behavior is wrong, why it's wrong and then examples of how they may handle specific situations better. One of the best ways to do this is with role playing. Put them in a pretend situation, let them know what emotions they might be feeling and that it's OK to have these emotions. However you then want to make sure that they learn the proper way to respond to the emotions they may be feeling, to get control over them, breathe and make a more mature choice. Also, I would advise that you try to avoid being condescending to or around your child to other members of the family. Everyone will learn through observation so one of the best ways to teach your children proper behavior is to lead by example. If you do make the mistake of snapping at them or another member of the family take that as an opportunity to teach them a good lesson. Be willing to sit down with them, have an honest conversation and let them know that you too make mistakes from time to time, we all do but it's important that we all learn and grow from our mistakes. Tell them that saying "I'm Sorry" is not always their "get out of jail free card" and the true way to show you are sorry is by changing your behavior. Teaching your children to stand up to bullies properly I know the school systems are very strict on their "No Tolerance" policies when it comes to bullying. That means everyone gets in trouble, even if you were the one being bullied and you choose to
defend yourself. There are solutions prior to this last choice, physical response. However, I as many parents agree, that when our children are physically attacked we do not expect them to just sit there and get beat up. With that said, students need to be very careful with a physical response if they have not received the proper training for a certified martial arts school or self-defense academy that deals with defense from both the feet and the ground. I know the above is a controversial topic and one that many parents tell their children however there are options prior to this to avoid the need for physical contact. If your child witnesses someone being bullied, how can they help intervene without starting a fight. Well, work in number and battle the bully with a show of support instead of violence. What does that mean? Well let's say that a boy or girl is being bullied in school and your child sees this. My recommendation of course would be to first find and adult or teacher however they need to role play the situation as if there are no adults around. So, tell them to gather up a few friends and all go over to the person being bullied and put your arm around them in a show of support. Tell them that they can come hang out or sit with you at the lunch table and that you think that they are accepted by you. A standing of support will help to defeat the bully because they will quickly see that the student being bullied has many friends that are willing to accept this person as their friend. This will take the sense of empowerment and attention away from the bully and most likely prevent them for a future occurrence. How about the lonely kid at the lunch table? Have you taught your children that they must be a leader and not a follower? I bet you have but
have you given them specific situations to role play? They need to practice this. Tell them the next time they see someone sitting by themselves at the lunch table that they should go over and sit next to them. Imagine that was you by yourself, wouldn't you feel lonely and unaccepted? If we all teach our children to do this then it would be more common place and accepted by their peers. You must role play with your children to truly be successful. Make sure that you go through any and all scenarios that you can think of. If you were bullied in your life, then share your experiences with them so that they know they are not alone. Role play situations on the bus, in the hallway, in the cafeteria, at the bus stop and wherever they may run into this situation. If they have the actual practice, with your coaching, then when they are faced with these possible situations they will be a lot more comfortable to do the right thing. The bottom line is that this education starts at home and it is our job as parents to properly educate our children whether they are the bully or the one being bullied. If you are not sure or comfortable how, I suggest that you speak with someone like myself that deals with situations like this on a daily basis. Maybe one day the school system will allow specialists such as Martial Arts instructors to conduct free talks throughout the school system and in the classrooms to properly educate our youth on how to properly handle bullying. *Master Alders is the Head Instructor of The Karate Dojo in Jackson, NJ. If you have any further questions on this article or other related topics feel free to e-mail him at masteralders@tkdojo. com or call (732) 367-3656
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Valentine’s Day Math Lesson
1. 83 sixth graders and 84 seventh graders attended the Valentine’s Dance. How many students attended?
2. Jason bought a box of 15 Valentines for $2.59. He mailed them all out using a $.44 stamp on each. How much did this cost Jason?
3. Miss Joyce’s class is having a Valentine’s Party. Each student will get an 8-oz. cup of Pepsi. How many 64-oz bottles must be bought for a class of 30 students? 4. Roses normally cost $15.00 a dozen, but for Valentine’s Day the price goes up to $25.00. What is the difference in price? 5. There are 23 students in the fifth grade class. Each student gives every other student in the class a card. How many cards are exchanged? 6. Chocolate covered pretzels cost $6.50 a lb. Nonpareils are $4.90 a lb. Eddie bought his mother a 1/2lb. of each. How much did it cost Eddie? 7. Dylan made 3 dozen heart shaped cookies. She decorated each with 3 chocolate kisses. If she bought 4 bags of 30 kisses, did she have enough? Explain.
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1. If you are a boy, color the snowman’s scarf green. If you are a girl, color the snowman’s scarf purple. 2. If you like the winter, color the snowman’s hat yellow. If you do not like the winter, color the snowman’s hat red. 3. If you have a sled, draw two blue eyes on the snowman. If you do not have a sled, draw two black eyes on the snowman. 4. If you like to play in the snow, draw three red buttons on the snowman’s body. If you don’t like to play in the snow, draw three orange buttons on the snowman’s body. 5. If you have a snowman in your yard now, draw an pink nose on the snowman’s face. If you don’t have a snowman in your yard now, draw a green nose on the snowman’s face. 6. If you like building snowmen, draw three red circles on the snowman’s face to make the snowman’s mouth. If you do not like building snowmen, draw three black circles to make the snowman’s mouth. answers on page
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What Is Chinese New Year? Chinese New Year is the most important of the Chinese holidays. It is a 15-day holiday, beginning on the first day of a new moon and ending with the full moon on the day of the Lantern Festival. The Chinese calendar is based on the lunar year, so the date of Chinese New Year changes every year. The Chinese calendar follows a 12-year pattern with each year named after an animal. There are various stories which explain this. The simplest is that Buddha (or the Jade Emperor) invited all of the animals to join him for a New Year celebration, but only 12 animals turned up. To reward the animals that did come, Buddha named a year after each of them in the order that they arrived, starting with the Rat, followed by the Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat (or Sheep), Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. Depending on the year you are born, you are believed to have the various character traits of that year’s animal.
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Polar Bear Word Game Try to find as many words in the grid of letters as you can. The person with the most and/or longest unique words in their list wins the game! ________ ________ ________ ________ ________ ________ ________
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HEALTHY EATING FOR YOUR FAMILY HEALTHY LIVING FOR YOUR FAMILY
Benefits of Organic Foods • Better health: Since organic food is not prepared using chemical fertilizers and pesticides, it does not contain any traces of these strong chemicals and might not affect the human body. • Better taste: People strongly believe that organic food tastes better than non organic food. The prominent reason for this belief is that it is produced using organic means of production. Further, organic food is often sold locally resulting in availability of fresh produce in the market. • Environment safety: As harmful chemicals are not used in organic farming, there is minimal soil, air and water pollution; thus ensuring a safe world for future generations to live in. • Animal welfare: Animal welfare is an important aspect of producing organic milk, organic meat, organic poultry, and organic fish. People feel happy that the animals are not confined to a miserable caged life while eating organic animal products.
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Do you know the difference between Alzheimer’s and typical age-related changes? Signs of Alzheimer’s
Typical Age Related Changes
Poor judgement and decision making
Making a bad decision once in a while
Inability to manage a budget Losing track of the date or the season
Missing a monthly payment
Difficulty having a conversation
Forgetting which day it is and remembering later
Misplacing things and being unable to retrace steps to find them
Sometimes forgetting which word to use Losing things from time to time
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FOOD FOR YOUR FAMILY HEALTHY LIVING FOR YOUR FAMILY
Apple Skillet Pancakes Cooking Instructions
Ingredients 3 eggs 1/2 cup (125 mL) milk 1/2 cup (125 mL) all purpose flour 1 tbsp. (15 mL) granulated sugar 1 tsp. (5 mL) vanilla 2 tbsp. (30 mL) butter 3 medium apples, peeled, cored and sliced 1/4 cup (50 mL) brown sugar powdered sugar for dusting maple syrup, if desired
1. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C). 2. In the container of a blender or food processor, combine the eggs, milk, flour, granulated sugar and vanilla. Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides of the container to make sure everything is evenly blended. Set aside. 3. Melt the butter over medium-high heat in a 10-inch (25cm) nonstick skillet that can go into the oven. When the butter is foamy, add the sliced apples and the brown sugar. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes or until the apples are tender and beginning to brown. Remove from heat. 4. Pour the mixture from the blender over the apples in the pan and place the pan into the preheated oven. Immediately reduce the oven temperature to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Bake for 16 to 18 minutes, or until the batter is browned and slightly puffed. Remove from oven and dust with powdered sugar. Cut into wedges and serve with maple syrup, if desired. Servings: 4
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Colors in My Closet Please look at the many colors you see in your closet. Write them down on the lines below in alphabetical order. ________________ ________________ ________________ ________________ ________________
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FOOT CARE FOR YOUR FAMILY
Does it have feet?
Some animals that have feet and some don’t. Some animals have 2 feet and some have 4. Even objects have feet. Answer the questions below. 1. Name 6 Animals That have 4 Feet? D_________ C____________H________________C_________ ________E___________D_____________ 2. Name 2 Animals that Have 2 Feet? O_________________G________________________ 3. Name 1 Animal That Has More Than 4 feet. S________________ 4. Bonus: What 2 Objects in Your Home Have Feet Too? C_________________________ T___________________________
Pediatric Survey Reveals Many Parents Neglect Their Children’s Feet Only 25 percent of parents have taken their children to a podiatrist for foot ailments
Howell, NJ. Warts, ingrown toenails and foot pain bring thousands of adults to doctors’ offices every day. But according to new survey results, released by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) during Foot Health Awareness Month, many
health-conscious parents don’t have high standards of foot health when it comes to their children’s feet. In fact, only 25 percent of parents have taken their children to a podiatrist for treatment of foot ailments. The survey, taken from a group of 620 parents with children under the age of 18, found that 35 percent of those surveyed would not be motivated to take their child to a medical professional if their child complained of foot or leg pain. Furthermore, only 49 percent of parents surveyed would take their child to a podiatrist’s office for ingrown toenails – which, if left untreated, can lead to significant pain and a loss in normal activity. “This new information proves that many parents still aren’t aware of two important things – prompt examination of a child’s foot ail-
ments, and having the examination performed by a podiatrist,” said Dr. Alison DeWaters of Affiliated Foot & Ankle Center, LLP located in Howell, NJ. “Remember – foot pain is not normal. It is very important that parents understand the vital role a podiatrist has in diagnosing and treating all kinds of pediatric foot conditions.” When parents do choose to bring their child to a professional to resolve foot problems, nearly 48 percent of parents said their child was treated by a professional other than a foot specialist – a podiatrist. A podiatrist frequently diagnoses and treats all types of pediatric foot conditions, including broken bones, cuts and abrasions, intoeing, flat feet and skin conditions such as athlete’s foot and warts, among others. One of the reasons that parents
may not be attentive enough to their children’s foot care is a lack of understanding of many key foot ailments. Just two out of every 10 moms and dads surveyed said they have dealt with sports injuries affecting their children’s feet. Even fewer (10 percent) said they have had to attend to potentially painful warts. If your child or someone you love if suffering from foot and ankle pain, feel free to contact Affiliated Foot & Ankle Center, L LP in Howell at (732) 905-1110 or at their Edison and Monroe offices at (732) 662-3050. They are located at 4645 Route 9 North in Howell, 2163 Oak Tree Road, Suite 108 in Edison and 300 Overlook Drive in Monroe. For more information, please visit www.footdoctorsnj. com.
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Cut along dotted lines to create an Angelina Ballerina door hanger. Let friends and family know when to come in and dance and when to come back later!
Turn the page sideways and cut out a door hanger for your room!
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