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Big Smooch Photo Contest......................................... 29

Full STEAM Ahead.................................................... 20

Birthday Blowout......................................................... 31

Education Directory.......................................................... 22

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Choosing a Camp......... 14

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Toddlers and Time....... 16

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An ordinary Lego minifigure is mistakenly recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant in The Lego Movie. An animated comedy adventure for the whole family, the original flick features the vocal talents of Will Ferrell, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Morgan Freeman, and Liam Neeson. The Lego Movie opens in theaters on February 7.

Action and Adventure

A bored construction worker who dreams of a life filled with amazing adventures has his world turned upside down in Tad: The Lost Explorer. Available now and featuring the voices of Ariel Winter and Cheech Marin, this animated DVD offers a hilarious, action-packed ride for the whole family.

Flashback Fun

Put away your XBOX, turn off your Playstation, and treat your family to some retro fun with the Atari Flashback 4. Honoring the Atari consoles of the 1980s, the system comes complete with two Atari 2600 wireless controllers; a Centipede poster; and 76 classic Atari games like Asteroids, Centipede, Missile Command, and countless others. The Atari Flashback 4 is available now.

Pony Ride

Bring every child’s favorite tiny horse right into your own home by picking up the My Little Pony: Classic Movie Collection. The new DVD release features four, animated My Little Pony stories, including Princess Promenade, Runaway Rainbow, Dancing in the Clouds, and Friends are Never Far Away. Copies are available in stores and online now.

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The popular game Minecraft has been rebuilt for the Xbox 360! The re-tooled gaming phenomenon allows players to create unique worlds right from the comfort of home. The game includes brand-new features, a tutorial mode, split screen options, and a chance to play with as many as eight players. Dig one up today.

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Children will be able to create an artistic masterpiece with the Paint & Play App. Available for free at the Apple App Store, the innovative app promotes creative, imaginative play by combining art, mini-games, interactions, no rules, and lots of fun! Download Paint & Play today or find out more at www.kidbunch.com.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Gather round the TV this month and enjoy two, delightful animated Valentine’s Day specials. Featuring Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, and the whole Peanuts gang, Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown, and A Charlie Brown Valentine offer the perfect ways to celebrate the holiday as a family. The shows will be presented back to back on February 8 beginning at 8pm on ABC. Check your local listings.

Ready to Rock

Ubisoft teaches music lovers of all ages how to play guitar with the acclaimed game, Rocksmith. The 2014 edition makes learning to play even faster, with help from redesigned menus, easy-to-follow options, and more than 50 tracks that range from alternative rock to heavy metal. Rocksmith is available now for the Xbox 360, PS3, PC or Mac.

Learning on Sesame Street

After taking a game of Hot Potato too seriously, Elmo learns that winning isn’t everything in Sesame Street: Be a Good Sport. The new DVD from Children’s Television Workshop offers two hours of games, lessons, and an appearance by L.A. Clippers basketball star Blake Griffin. Let the games begin at home today!

Play Ball

Created by two dad-coaches, Let’s Play Football is a story and character-based picture book and app designed to teach the “fun-damentals” of the game to children ages 3-6. The app is free for a limited time and includes the vocals of the Merrill Reese and ESPN’s Ron Jaworski. The colorfully illustrated picture book is available at www.letsplayfootball.com. Donald McDermott is the managing editor.

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February Healthy Smiles

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Take your own little diva and her favorite doll out for a special Dolly & Me Tea on February 16! The morning event includes hair styling with a hair accessory and brush for each doll to keep, a photo of your diva and her doll, and a tea party-style lunch with beverages and dessert. The festivities are held at Darlings & Divas, 5 Merrick Road, Amityville. Reservations are required. Call (631)608-4710 or visit www.darlingsanddivas.com for more information or to reserve your spot.

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Moms and dads who need to kick back after the week-long, daily grind are encouraged to take advantage of the Candlelight Fridays program throughout February at the Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack. Participants will relax and enjoy good music, good people, wine, and cheese. Programs are open from 5pm to 7pm. Call (631)537-5106 or go to www.wolffer.com to find out more.

Illusions Galore

Escape the real world and step inside an arena of magic and mystery when Masters of Illusion comes to the NYCB Theatre, Brush Hollow Road, Westbury. Audiences of all ages will be entertained and astounded during an evening filled with laughter, artistry, escapes, and exotic animals. The show comes to town on February 7 at 8pm, but tickets go fast. Get yours today via (516)334-0800 or at www.westburymusicfair.org.

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Learn about the many fascinating creatures that live under the sea in an array of programs at the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center. Offered in weekly sessions through February 27, the programs include hands-on activities, stories, songs, crafts, and animal encounters. The Long Island Aquarium is located at 431 E. Main St. in Riverhead. Call (631)208-9200 to reserve your spot.

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BeatYork, the winter blues by enrolling•your child Dear Edwina is419 a Park heartwarming Avenue South,musi13th Floor, New NY 10016 • 212-213-8840 Fax 212-447-7734 in the February Mini-Camp at M.A.T.S.S. cal that follows the adventures of an Open to children ages 2-10 on February 18, advice-giver extraordinaire as she dito: FAx # 19, 20, and 21, this fun-filled winter break rects the kids from her neighborhood in program keeps your child happily occupied production after hilarious production of From: iSSue DAte: from 10am to 2pm each day with plenty her “Advice-A-Palooza” extravaganza. of games, crafts, gymnastics, and lunch. Performances are held every Saturday M.A.T.S.S is located at 171 Eileen Way in and Sunday from February 1 to March Please call or fax your comments and/or oK. Syosset. Hold your child’s spot or find out 19 at the John W. Engeman Theater in more by calling (516)496-7765 or visiting Northport. Get your tickets or find out oF APProvAl: www.matsskidsgym.com. more by calling SigNAture (631)261-2900 or going to www.engemantheater.com. Donald McDermott is the managing editor.

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Choosing a Camp

Considerations for summer planning. by Jess Michaels

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ou’ve made the decision to send your child to camp, which will allow for your child to participate in a myriad of new activities and to build life skills that are not taught in the classroom such as independence, self-confidence, and resiliency. There are many camps from which to choose, but what should you consider when sorting through the choices? Here are just a few things to think about when deciding on a summer camp.

Mission and philosophy

Each camp has its own mission and philosophy, so it’s important for you to do your research and find a camp that matches your own family’s values. Consider your child’s personality and learning style when looking into a camp’s mission and philosophy, and make sure it’s a good fit.

The camp director

While you should certainly consider facilities and activities at a camp, clicking with the camp director is very important. When you choose a camp, you are forming a partnership with the director, so you want to make sure you feel comfortable with her. Schedule a camp tour that will allow you to see the camp while also giving you time to talk to the director. Get to know the camp director through phone calls, e-mails, a scheduled home visit, or at a camp fair. When speaking with the director, ask questions about the camp program, staff hiring, safety procedures, and what type of child is successful at the camp.

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Day or sleepaway camp

Although some camps have programs for children even younger, day camps are designed for children ages 3 and older. For many children, day camp is the first experience toward independence, and it plays an important part in their growth and development. Children can go to sleepaway camp beginning at age 7. Keep in mind that just because a child is a certain age, it doesn’t mean she’s ready for sleepaway camp. If you are considering sleepaway camp, you want to be sure your child has had a number of successful overnights away from home, is mature enough to go away for an extended period of time, and is able to do certain things independently such as brushing her teeth and showering.

Traditional or specialty camp

Specialty camps focus on a specific camp activity or related camp activities for a given period of time, while traditional summer camps offer campers exposure to a whole range of activities,

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as well as a social and developmental experience. Consider your child’s age when choosing between a traditional and specialty camp. Young children often haven’t figured out their interests, and a traditional camp exposes them to a whole range of activities to develop many different skills. Older children and teenagers often show a particular interest in a sport or skill. A specialty camp may be a good option for them to hone these skills. Families should also know that many traditional camps Camp Chipinaw offer focused programs where a camper can specialize in a chosen activity. Often times, these activities are taught by top athletic coaches, so children receive first-rate instruction in that activity or sport while also enjoying other aspects of a traditional camp.

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ingrained in the community. A short-session camp is held for a few weeks and provides campers with a specific beginning, middle, and end time. Campers in each session arrive and leave together, making it easy to form friendships.

References and outside review

Don’t be afraid to ask a camp for references. This is generally one of the best ways to check a camp’s reputation and service record. You also want to make sure the camp is inspected each summer by the Department of Health and ask if the camp is American Camp Association Accredited. The ACA is the only national organization that establishes uniform standards for reviewing a camp.

Both day and sleepaway camps offer different session lengths for your family’s needs. Children can go to camp for a few weeks or for the whole summer. Some day camps offer “mini days,” allowing the youngest children the opportunity to go to camp for a few hours a day or for a few days a week. Full-session sleepaway camps are traditionally seven weeks and give campers more time to adjust to camp and become

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Toddlers & Time by Karen Barski

Five creative ways to teach the concept.

Time can be a difficult concept to explain to children, and it’s not easy for them to understand it, either. Kids often question time when we tell them, “Bedtime is in 10 minutes,” or “We’ll be leaving soon.” Being patient is hard when kids don’t have a grasp of the meaning of “soon,” and to them, 10 minutes can feel like an hour. More often than not, time may be taught in a negative manner when we give our children “timeouts.” In order for children to have a better understanding of time, parents can incorporate it into fun, everyday activities.

To help introduce and reinforce the concepts of time and patience in a positive way, try some of these creative ideas: 1. Teach time in intervals of five to 15 minutes. Depending on the age of your child, waiting patiently for more than five minutes can be a tough task. Using a timer that can be set to intervals of five to 15 minutes can teach kids how to wait while dad finishes cooking dinner. It can demonstrate that they can watch TV for five more minutes. As your child gets older, you can set the timer to higher intervals. You’ll start to find that your child adjusts to the timed sessions and can tell when the five or 10 minutes are almost complete 2. Encourage common courtesy and patience for “mommy or daddy time.” Sometimes, moms or dads need just a little bit of time to themselves for a quick break. Practice telling your kids, “I need five minutes, so please be patient. When the timer rings, you will have my full attention.” Kids will learn to keep busy during those five minutes and patiently wait. The next time you’re making an important phone call or need extra time to get ready in the morning, use this tactic. You’ll be amazed by how well it works! 3. Track time when brushing teeth, hand washing, potty training, and more. Toddlers begin to develop a sense of time around schedules and routines that you put in place for them. Tell them they need to brush their teeth for a full two minutes every morning and night, and find a two-minute song to play as a tooth-brushing song. Children will learn that they can stop brushing their teeth once the song is finished. You can also use the same method for other routines like hand washing, potty training, or bath time. 4. Teach time while cooking or baking with mom and dad. Kids will love being able to help out with cooking meals or baking sweet treats. If you tell them that the cookies won’t taste good unless you bake them for 10 minutes, they will excitedly wait until the timer goes off. They will feel so proud that they had a part in making the cookies. Then, the next time you bake, it will be easier for them to patiently wait because they know that’s when the cookies turn out yummy.

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5. Instead of teaching timeouts, teach “time ins.” If your child is having a hard time listening and being patient, give him a fiveminute “time in” so you can both discuss your emotions and take a few moments to teach your child coping skills. Give him a calming, skill-building activity to do that lacks the negativity associated with a timeout. Activities can include learning to tie shoe laces, buttoning clothes, zipping up a jacket, etc. The next time your child has to wait when mom and dad are busy, these activities will encourage calmness and focus.

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by Vivienne Van Eijkelenborg

Parents of infants and newborns may sometimes have a tough time figuring out their babies’ needs based solely on their crying. They are all pondering the same thing: How can I ensure my little bundle of joy actually stays joyful? New parents have so much on their plate, and a fussy baby can make everything even more difficult. Consider the following tips in your efforts to ensure baby stays happy and calm.

1. Set a routine. Even babies can sense what is coming next.

Your little one thrives on routine and structure and will be much happier if she’s eating, sleeping, bathing, and playing at roughly the same times every day. Sleep is especially important. A wellrested baby is a happy baby. Be vigilant about bedtimes and naptimes, even if they don’t work well with your schedule. Babies will actually sleep better if their naps and bedtimes are consistent versus if they’re overtired.

2. Keep yourself calm. Babies take their cues from mom or dad. If

you become panicky or irritable, your baby will sense it and react the same way.

3. Snuggle with them. Babies need physical touch, and being

snuggled by mom or dad will keep them calm and help them feel safe. The “Kangaroo Hold,” or going bare skin to bare skin, is especially calming for a child.

6. Create bathtime rituals. Sometimes, when baby is feeling out of

sorts, a warm bath can help sooth the negative disposition. Create special bathtime rituals that will relax your little one and keep her calm. Most babies enjoy music, and playing your little one’s favorite songs can often put her in a more playful mood. The water from the shower can also produce a calming effect.

7. Story time. Babies enjoy the sound of a parent’s voice while

being snuggled. Reading a special story, particularly at bedtime, can create wonderful bonding moments among mom, dad, and baby. It also can set the stage for a restful night’s sleep.

8. Massage. Just like adults, babies can feel the day’s stresses. Use lightly scented or unscented oil to massage baby’s back, legs, and arms while speaking soft words of affirmation to calm baby’s mood. The soft sounds of mommy’s or daddy’s voice will lull baby into a more relaxed state of being.

4. Know your baby. You’ll quickly learn what makes your little one 9. Take a walk or go for a car ride. Babies need variety in their day, fussy. Some babies are extremely sensitive to needing a clean diaper, having itchy clothes or clothing tags, being hungry, feeling too warm or too cold, etc. Journaling when your baby appears to be fussy and how or when the crying stops may give you some good insight into what your baby needs.

too, and if the fussiness starts, they will often calm down if they get outside and enjoy the fresh air. If baby isn’t feeling happy, take her for a walk around the block or to the park in the stroller. Some babies find the motion and sound of the car soothing; so if a walk outside is not in the cards, a car ride may make for a good alternative.

5. Have a special song. Babies love being the center of attention.

10. Surround baby with bright, cheerful colors. Bold and colorful pat-

Find a special song to sing when baby is feeling fussy. The sound of your singing will comfort her and help her calm down.

terns will stimulate baby’s curiosity and keep her occupied and engaged. This holds true for the nursery, baby toys, and accessories like pacifiers.

Keep in mind that each baby is different, and experimentation is key to discovering how to make sure your bundle of joy actually stays joyful. As baby grows, her cries will help you discern whether she needs food, a diaper change, or help with teething pain. Until then, try these tips to keep your baby happy and calm. Vivienne Van Eijkelenborg is the owner of Difrax, a Dutch company that pioneered a pacifier system designed to accommodate each stage of baby’s development. Difrax offers innovative, stylish, and trendy products that make the lives of babies and their parents convenient and pleasant. See the complete Difrax pacifier system at www.difraxusa.com.

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d a e h A M TEA

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ut together an art teacher, a music teacher, and a science teacher, and what do you get? At Dayton Regional STEM School in Ohio, you would get origami butterflies, illustrated storybooks, and watercolor paintings of cells. At Taylor Elementary School in Virginia, you would get music and paintings about the life cycle of flowers. These are just a couple of projects that were born from a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) partnership among art, science, and music teachers and their students

What is STEAM? Advocated by John Maeda of the Rhode Island School of Design, STEAM integrates art and design with the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields that have become top priorities in the country’s education initiatives. Even though STEAM is grounded in the premise that creativity is the basis of innovation, you might not think that art and science would be likely partners. So, are they polar opposites, or are they actually similar?

Art and science: Polar opposites? Well, history and research seems to show that these skills are comparable. Take a look at some of the most famous scientists. Telegraph inventor Samuel Morse was also a noted American painter. Leonardo da Vinci was a prolific artist, scientist, and 20 I parentguide News I February 2014

inventor. In fact, a study published by Michigan State University’s Robert Root-Bernstein, Ph.D., found that almost all Nobel laureates in the sciences have been actively engaged in the arts, too. Kate Cook and Jenny Montgomery from Dayton Regional STEM School claim that their partnership is successful because their content areas, art and science, can harmonize together. “Both artists and scientists aim to explore and make sense of the world,” Cook says. “While we use different lenses, they are often complementary.” Initially, their partnership started when Montgomery’s art students displayed origami butterflies they made as part of a paper engineering project. Cook’s biology students were simultaneously studying the pollinators of various biomes, natural communities of flora and fauna. Cook and Montgomery started talking, and an exhibit between art and science students on specific biomes was created. From there, the partnership evolved into The Living Lens Project, a collaboration with a local aquarium to develop online exhibits and educational materials. Working together inspired Cook and Montgomery to think about educational content in different ways. Cook says much of what is being learned in her biology class is “visual in nature.” In science, students spend a great deal of time creating and interpreting models through experimentation. And just as scientists rely on experimentation, artists also create a design or structure by trying different forms and functions. They sometimes use engineering and mathematical concepts to build their desired artistic outcome, too. In the end, both artists and scientists take risks, make mistakes, and start over again with the ultimate goal of attaining an innovation or discovery. At Taylor Elementary School, Jeremy Ferrara, Bianca Sanchez, and Elizabeth Ashley found that their students learned to better communicate and work as a group through collaboration. “Rather than telling them what to do,” Sanchez says, “we present them with a problem, which force[s] them to think creatively.” Multiple studies show that a strong arts education improves a student’s cognition, memory, and attention skills in the classroom. Further, a 2002 study by Americans for the Arts also found that an arts education parentguidenews.com


enhances problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, thereby increasing a student’s overall academic achievement in school.

Parents’ views of STEAM STEAM projects are also part of parents’ learning curves, Sanchez says; as they see their children learn in new ways, they learn, too. The cross-curricular approach enabled by STEAM collaborations appeals to most parents who see the resulting, varied skills their children gain. Working on Montgomery’s biomes project, says parent Robin Schrimsher, increased her son’s awareness of the problems faced by barrier reefs. “Engaging him in science content through the creativity of art has been an excellent tool for his learning,” Schrimsher says, “I even learned more about barrier reef problems because the project prompted my son to share information with me.” Parent Chris Nash agrees, “The art education my son is receiving will open his eyes to the value of the arts.” The biome project, in 419 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016 which Nash’s son participated, impacted his appreciation of beauty in the world’s natural systems and human creations. Nash says it

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Playdates with Peers

Socializing on the autism spectrum. by Monica Holloway

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ust like autism itself, playdates with chilPractice with adults. You can use role-playing to pre-teach dren on the spectrum can be experienced in playdate activities to your child. a myriad of ways. My family and our supFind a good fit. Set up playdates with children who have port network have seen many instances where similar interests to your child and that have play skills around the developmental level of your child, even if they are a different chronomy son, Wills, and his peers have learned from each other as they worked through the process of logical age. Choose a playmate that is patient and kind. social interaction and inclusion. We are appreCreate a visual schedule. Draw or write out the structure of the playdate in advance, considering activities where the kids ciative for the enrichment, understanding, and will need to play together, nearby, or in cooperation, and be sure to awareness that has blossomed during these opinclude activities that all participants will enjoy. portunities to interact and socialize with peers. Keep it short. Keep activities to about 30 minutes to start, and Here are some tips for playdates with peers: then add time once the playdates seem successful.

Build skills. Help your child to develop even a small set of play

skills. Can he play nicely in parallel? Can she build towers or engage with sensory toys? These are the building blocks of the first playdates.

Positive reinforcement. If your child is having a positive interaction, use reinforcements such as praise or a treat to reward the good behavior. If your child needs a reminder to share or play by the rules, provide coaching and encourage cooperation.

Don’t give up! While it can be difficult at times, continue this process, and I believe you will see progress, as well as better social skills, from your child’s interaction with peers.

Through playdates, Wills developed the building blocks for many life skills, including his strong bonds with peers. Playdates weren’t always easy for him, but through preparation and organization, we learned to make these types of interactions successful, positive and meaningful for all involved. I encourage you to organize sucessful playdates with your child and his peers! Monica Holloway is the critically acclaimed author of the bestselling memoir Cowboy & Wills (Simon and Schuster), the story of her lovable and brilliant autistic son, Wills, and the remarkable dog that coaxes him into the world. An advocate for autism and literacy awareness, Monica has served as a spokesperson for nonprofit Autism Speaks and received the Women of Distinction Award from the Special Needs Network. Keep up with Monica at www.monicaholloway.com.

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Heart Health

Treat your ticker right.

Heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. Sadly, most people don’t notice the symptoms of heart disease until it’s too late, which is why it’s been called the “silent killer.” No longer are we silent in the face of this condition, though. Women have been fighting heart disease individually and together as part of the Go Red For Women movement since 2004. Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s national initiative, created by and for women, that’s dedicated to uncovering the truth about women and heart disease. And we’ve made a difference! More than 627,000 lives have been saved. But the fight is far from over. Using the American Heart Association’s research and resources, Go Red For Women educates and connects hundreds of thousands of women and offers tools to help women make life-saving choices. Here’s what it means to Go Red:

G: Get your numbers. Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure and cholesterol.

O: Own your lifestyle. Stop smoking, lose weight, exercise,

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We think it won’t happen to us, but heart disease kills one out of three women.

E: Educate your family. Make healthy food choices for you and your family. Teach your kids the importance of staying active.

D: Don’t be silent.

Tell every woman you know that heart disease is the number 1 killer of women. Raise your voice at www. goredforwomen.org. The more women we mobilize, the more lives we can save. Women who Go Red are more likely to make healthy choices. More than one-third of them have lost weight, and nearly 50 percent have increased the frequency of their exercise. Sixty percent of the women who decided to Go Red changed their diets, and one-third of them have discussed developing heart-health plans with their doctors. Your heart is truly in your hands. Learn the risk factors for heart disease that you can control, and make heart-healthy choices to reduce these risks. High blood pressure can increase the risk of strokes and heart attacks, and it usually has no symptoms. Make sure to discuss it with your doctor, and also maintain a healthy diet. High cholesterol is another issue to tackle. The higher your 30 I parentguide News I February 2014

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total blood cholesterol, the greater your risk of coronary heart disease. You can take steps to lower your levels by losing unnecessary weight and limiting your intake of saturated fats, trans fats, and cholesterol. Smoking cigarettes increases your risk for heart disease two to four times that of nonsmokers. It is the most preventable risk factor. Women with diabetes, too, have two to four times higher death rates from heart disease as compared to women without diabetes. Talk to your healthcare professional about any family history of diabetes. Physical inactivity also increases the risk of coronary heart disease. Aim to get 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week, and work with your doctor to determine and maintain your healthy weight. Being obese or overweight is another risk factor. More than 149 million American adults are overweight, and 75 million of them are obese. Aside from the ones mentioned, there are other risk factors of which a woman should be aware. Talk to your doctor about how age, race, and heredity may affect a person’s risk for heart disease. Eighty percent of cardiac events in women could be prevented if women made the right choices for their hearts involving diet, exercise, and abstinence from smoking. Meredith Coon is a freelance writer.

Did you know?

• An estimated 43 million women in the United States are affected by heart disease. • 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease. • Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease. • The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women and are often silent, hidden, or misunderstood. parentguidenews.com


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February 8: Aladdin, The Broadhollow Theatre Company, 141 S. Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst, (631)226-8400, www.broadhollow.org. The Broadhollow Theatre magically transports audiences to the land of Agrabah with all of your favorite characters in this adaptation of the animated Disney film. Presented again on February 14, 15, and 22.

February 9: February Lecture Series, The Long Island Maritime Museum, 88 West Ave., West Sayville, (631)HISTORY, www.limaritime.org. Offered free of charge, the lecture series includes guest speakers covering a variety of maritime topics, including Chronicling the region’s shellfish industry, America’s Naval War, and an environFebruary 8: Cabaret & Wine, Castello di Borghese Vineyard & Winmental history theYork, barrier Fire Island.•Seating is limited 419 Park Avenue South, 13th Floor,Road New York, NY 10016 • (631)734-5111. 212-213-8840 • Fax 212-447-7734 ery, 17150 County 48, Cutchogue, Marguerite 419 Park Avenue South,ofNew NY beaches 10016 • of 212-213-8840 Fax 212-447-7734 and guests are encouraged to register in advance. Ongoing Sundays Volonts, cabaret artist, singer and violist entertains with a rich tradition through March 16. 12:30 - 2:30pm. of folksinging and big band influences. TO: FAX #Presented again on February TO: FAX # 15, 22, and March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29. February 9: Free Chamber Music Concerts, The Upper Carriage House at Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Great River, (631)224-5420. EnFebruary 8: The Fab Four - Ultimate ParaFROM: ISSUETribute DATE: to The Beatles, FROM: ISSUE DATE: joy an afternoon of great live music featuring a special guest performer mount Theatre, 370 New York Ave., Huntington, (631)673-7300, each week. Sundays through March 30. 2pm. www.paramountny.com. The Paramount honors the 50th anniversary of Please the Beatles’ appearance on the Ed Sullivan show with a calllegendary or fax your comments and/or OK. Please call or fax your comments and/or OK. February 14: Lighthouses are for Lovers, Fire Island Lighthouse, special concert featuring the ultimate Beatles tribute band. Robert Moses State Park Field # 5, Fire Island, (631)661-4876. Enjoy Valentine’s Day sunset with your special someone by climbing the SIGNATURE February OF APPROVAL: SIGNATURE the OF APPROVAL: 8: Just a Hike, Caumsett Historic State Park, 25 Lloyd Harbor tower and enjoying tight refreshments at sunset on the terrace. A free Road , Lloyd Harbor, (631)423-1770, www.nysparks.state.ny.us/parks. flower and chocolates will be given out to couples with reservations. Lace up your most comfortable footwear and take part in a moderately 4 - 6pm. paced, adults only hike at Caumsett Park. Reservations required.

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February 19: Let’s Hear It For The Ears, Caleb Smith State Park Preserve, Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, (631)265-1054. Families are welcome to discover fascinating facts, do a few “ears on” experiments, play “sneaky” games and make a craft to take home. Reservations required. 10 - 11:30am.

February 21: DJ Dance Party for Families, The Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Highway, Watermill, (631)283-2118, www.parrishart. org. Families are invited to drop by the museum’s theater and let loose at one of the best dance parties on the East End! Your evening includes a live DJ under a disco ball, the chance to learn the latest hip-hop dance moves by the A&G Dance Company, a special performance to original music by Adam Baranello, and an opportunity to make your mark on a collaborative graffiti-style mural in the studio. Advance reservations recommended. February 21 - 23: Long Island Spring Home Show, Suffolk County Community College, 1001 Crooked Hill Road, Brentwood, www.acshomeshow.com. Discover new products and trends across all categories of home improvement at this special weekend event featuring a multitude of exhibitors. February 22: Maple Sugaring, Benners Farm, Benners Farm 56 Gnarled Hollow Road, East Setauket, (631)689-8172. Bundle up with family & friends and see all phases of maple sugaring in one hands on afternoon workshop. 12 - 4pm.

February 22: Nature Discoveries - Animal Olympics, Caleb Smith State Park Preserve, Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, (631)265-1054. Children ages 3 - 5 and their families are invited to explore the natural world around us during a day filled with short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. 10 - 11am.

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February 20 is National Cherry Pie Day! Celebrate this unique holiday by lavishing in sweet, flaky goodness with this Cherry Pie recipe courtesy of Peter Sterk at www.foodnetwork.com. Ingredients: •4 c. fresh or frozen tart cherries •1-1½ c. granulated sugar •4 Tbs. cornstarch •⅛ Tbs. almond extract (optional) •Your favorite pie crust or pie dough recipe for two-crust pie •1½ Tbs. butter, to dot •1 Tbs. granulated sugar, to sprinkle. Directions: Put the cherries in a medium saucepan, place over heat, and cover. Remove from heat after the cherries have lost a considerable amount of juice, which may take a few minutes. Proceed to mix the sugar and cornstarch together in a small bowl. Take this mixture and pour into the hot cherries and stir well. If desired, add the almond extract and mix. Place the mixture back on the stove and cook on a low heat setting until thickened. Make sure to stir frequently. Proceed to remove from the heat and let cool. If the filling is too thin, add a little more cornstarch, if too thick, add water. Preheat oven to 375°F. Chose your favorite pie dough recipe, prepare the crust, and divide in half. Roll each piece large enough to fill an 8-inch pan. Proceed to pour the cooled cherry mixture into the crust. Dot with butter and moisten the bottom crust edge. Put the top crust on and flute the pie’s edge. Cut a slit in the middle of the crust to allow the steam to escape and sprinkle with sugar.

Finally bake the pie for about 50 minutes. When time is up, remove from the oven and place on a rack to cool.

Let Freedom Ring

Teach your children the importance of human rights and dignity this National Freedom Day, February 1, with the Musical Stars and Stripes activity from www.spoonful.com! What You’ll Need: •Regular and decorative scissors •Ruler •Red, white, and blue craft foam •Small hole punch •White paint •Small paintbrush or star stamp •30 small paper clips (preferably red, white, and blue) •12-inch wooden skewer with the sharp tips cut off •Ribbon or wire •13 ¾-inch bells How to make it: Start by cutting out a 4½-by-4-inch, blue, craft foam rectangle. Proceed to punch four, evenly spaced holes on one of the long sides of the rectangle and seven on the other side. Next, paint on the stars or use a small star stamp. Then, use scissors with decorative bales to cut out seven, red, craft foam strips as follows: three that are ½-by-8 inches and four that are ½-by-3½ inches. Cut out six, white, craft foam strips as follows: three that are ½-by-8 inches and three that are ½-by-3½ inches. Proceed to punch holes in both ends of all strips and thread paper clips through each hole. Then, attach the seven, short strips to the blue square at the bottom and thread four paper clips in the holes of the blue square at the top. Form the flag by placing all of the pieces onto the wooden skewer and attach a piece of ribbon or wire to the ends of the skewer. To finish the activity, attach a bell to the clip on each strip and let freedom fly!

Weaving History

The Royal Weave, a festive and traditional West African cloth, is the perfect activity to help your family celebrate Black History Month this February. Combine fun with learning with this kente mat activity, courtesy of www.spoonful.com. Materials: •Paper grocery bags •Acrylic paint •Water •Paper •Iron •Glue stick Directions: Start by cutting two or three large paper grocery bags into various large panels. Next, thin out the acrylic paint with water to make it easier spread and less likely to flake. Then, use the acrylic paint to make patterns on the panels. Allow the panels to dry and continue to sandwich them between two clean pieces of paper. Proceed to iron them flat on a low heat setting. Cut the panels into 1-inch-wide strips, setting aside one panel for the base. Trim the base panel into an 11-by-18-inch rectangle. Proceed to fold the paper in half, lengthwise. Mark an 1-inch line from the unfolded side and make slits at 1-inch intervals from the fold to the marked line. Then, unfold the paper and weave strips into the base. Use a glue stick to secure the ends of the strips to the base, and you now have your very own royal cloth.

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