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MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of Livingston Parent Journal is to share worthwhile information with area parents by listing family-oriented events, educational opportunities for parents, and by providing feature articles and tips on topics relevant to raising children of all ages.

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Dear Friends Welcome to spring in Michigan, which we all hope, against all prior experience, won’t be too muddy, temperamental or unpredictable. My nephew Zachary is spending a warm spring in Georgia, because he is in boot camp. He shipped out last month, fulfilling one of his life goals. His parents and his sisters were sad to see him go, and a little nervous, but of course very proud of him, and happy for him. We wish him great success, and we thank him for his service to our country.

Zachary obviously won’t be able to attend the Natural Parenting Expo on April 20, but you are all invited. We are happy to have a chance to meet some more of you in person. There is more information about that on page 21. The calendar of events this month has about 70 local events, many of which would probably be of great interest to Zachary if he did not have a prior commitment. Finally, for those of you that missed the March issue with the Camp Guide, it is still available on our web site, LivingstonParentJournal.com. As always, thanks for reading and responding.

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10 Elleca Cresmen Lola Smith Collin Cresmen Bree Dolan 12 Elliot Limbers 13 Henry Nitz 14 Jack Darrow Ani Gerrity Chelsea Comer Hailey Smith 16 Mason Steuber 18 Luke Kozak Haden Hebel Dani Lee Feig 20 Leo Habsen-Meier

21 Madison Gemmill Ellyana Watt Karson Lovejoy 22 Joshua Jewell Ashton VanBennekam Adam Cruse Jacob Counterman 23 Emma Turnbow 24 Aiden Pies Niklas Garner 28 Christian Nichols Garek Hund Kelsey Meinke 29 Emily Metcalf 30 Gavin Roller

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Kensington Woods High School offers students in grades 7-12 a small, personalized learning environment where they have the support to excel in school by exploring content in an engaging and innovative way. . Small class sizes . College-prep curriculum with high expectations . Accessible, supportive faculty . Strong relationships between students and teachers

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Also join us for our Spring Open House on Thursday, June 13, 6-8pm. Meet with students and faculty, tour the school and view student work and presentations.

Spring Shadow Days Want to learn more about the Kensington Woods Difference? Then come join us for a Spring Shadow Day! Students can shadow a student in their grade, learning about Kensington Woods first hand. To RSVP, call 517-545-0828.

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What Kids Learn From Chores Like so many parental expectations and requirements, getting your kid in the habit of doing chores will help prepare them for the real world (if you can ever get them to move out). Here are some of the beneďŹ ts kids derive from assigned chores. UĂŠ ,iĂƒÂŤÂœÂ˜ĂƒÂˆLˆÂ?ÂˆĂŒĂž (or “I’m not your maid.â€?) When you make a mess you are obligated to clean it up. The most straightforward reason your kid needs to do chores is to drive the point home that he is responsible for his actions in the world (and the messes he makes). The minimum a child can be expected to do is to care for himself and clean up after himself, as much as he is able.

in their schedule of otherwise fun or meaningful activities. This helps them learn how to plan, organize, prioritize and suffer. UĂŠ-iÂ˜ĂƒÂˆĂŒÂˆĂ›ÂˆĂŒĂžĂŠvÂœĂ€ĂŠ"ĂŒÂ…iĂ€Ăƒ (or “Just because it doesn’t bother you to wallow in ďŹ lth doesn’t mean I’m going to live in a pig sty!â€?) It isn’t crucial that things be straightened or cleaned. Exposure

UĂŠ*iĂ€ĂƒÂœÂ˜>Â?ĂŠ"LÂ?ˆ}>ĂŒÂˆÂœÂ˜ĂŠ(or “You helped create this mess now get up and help clean it up!â€?) When you live with other people, you’re obliged to contribute to the general upkeep of common living areas. Chores help your kid learn to pull her own weight when it comes to keeping shared spaces clean (so she doesn’t end up moving back home because even her friends consider her a slob). UĂŠ"Ă€}>Â˜ÂˆĂ˘>ĂŒÂˆÂœÂ˜ĂŠ>˜`ĂŠ*Ă€ÂˆÂœĂ€ÂˆĂŒÂˆĂ˘ÂˆÂ˜} (or “You had plenty of time to get that room clean. You can just forget about going anywhere till it’s done!â€?) Chores are unpleasant for most kids. Unfortunately, life is ďŹ lled with unpleasant but necessary tasks. Chores provide the chance for your kid to practice making time for necessary evils to germs and disease can help build the immune system (if it doesn’t kill you ďŹ rst). But, there are some things you do because it is important to someone else (like, say, a spouse or the health department). Chores provide your kids with a clear message that the world doesn’t revolve around them and they need to take the’ feelings and sensibilities of others into consideration. UĂŠ*Ă€Âˆ`iĂŠÂˆÂ˜ĂŠ>ĂŠÂœLĂŠ7iÂ?Â?ĂŠ œ˜i (or “You call that done? Get back in there and ďŹ nish cleaning that room.â€?) It is important to take pride in even the most insigniďŹ cant tasks. Chores help your kids learn that every task, however base, is an opportunity to work their hardest and do their best. (The expression on their face when you feed them this line with a straight face is priceless.) Like so many time-honored parental expectations, household chores have a value more signiďŹ cant than the practical issue of household maintenance. That said, what is the most important reason kids should do chores? Because you said so, of course.

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21 ST CENTURY A Practical Guide to Effective Parenting

JAMES G. WELLBORN, PhD

Dr. James G. Wellborn is a clinical psychologist with a private practice in Brentwood, Tenn., focusing on adolescents and families. He is the author of the book Raising Teens in the 21st Century: A Practical Guide to Effective Parenting that includes a chapter on getting teens to do chores, along with strategies for addressing 78 other typical teenage issues. DrJamesWellborn.com.

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Overcoming Shyness For some kids, making friends or dealing with social situations can bring on anxiety and fearfulness. The best way to help a child with social anxiety is to normalize his or her fears according to child psychologist Robert Pazulinec, EdD, at Bradley Hospital, the nation’s first psychiatric hospital for children.

by ‘concretizing’ a child’s worries. One way to do this is by exposing a child to the actual situation that he or she is afraid of. “If your child is invited to a party at a bowling alley, taking her to the bowling alley before the party will help to minimize some of her fears,” says Pazulinec.

son.” Pazulinec says. “Making friends is really a series of a bunch of little social contacts that build on each other.”

Another tactic he recommends is to tell a shy child to let go of his or her worries, because increased worrying triggers anxiety. “Parents should ask their child to do something little, something that is attainable in their eyes. For example, if a child is worried about who to sit next to in the cafeteria, you can tell him to first let go of the fear and then he can focus on just finding a seat.”

In some cases, shyness may be an indicative of other serious problems. Since avoidance is a cornerstone of anxiety, when people start avoiding things to their detriment. (school, sleepovers, little league or soccer) it’s a clinical problem according to Pazulinec.

In addition, parents can help allay children’s anxiety by putting encouraging notes where they will find them during the day, like in their lunchboxes or notebook.

“When a child is involved in the process of coping with anxiety, the process becomes normal and approachable,” Pazulinec says.

“Simply telling kids what to do to get over their fears does not work...” For example, if a child is nervous about going to a birthday party or a sleepover, parents can ask, “What do you think you can do at that party to make you feel better?” Parents play a huge role in helping their kids address social fears and the more parents can involve their shy child in a strategy to tackle his or her fears, the better the outcome. “Simply telling kids what to do to get over their fears does not work; parents need to understand that most kids need to take baby steps in order to overcome shyness, and those steps need to be on his or her own terms,” says Pazulinec. “A strategy like walking up to someone new and starting a conversation might work for a shy adult, but won’t necessarily be something a shy child can manage.” According to Pazulinec, many child fears and worries are based on non-concrete things. Shy kids oftentimes fear situations they have never been exposed to. It is important to minimize and address fears

If a child is having difficulty making friends, have her focus on one thing she likes about each person in her class, and using that thing as a building block to start a conversation. “Even in people we don’t think we like, there is always something we can admire, and a great way to break the ice is by complimenting another per-

Founded in 1931, Bradley Hospital was the nation’s first psychiatric hospital exclusively for children. Today, it remains a premier medical institution devoted to the research and treatment of childhood psychiatric illnesses such as autism, colic, childhood sleep patterns, HIV prevention, infant development, obesity, eating disorders, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and juvenile firesetting. www.bradleyhospital.org

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Thank You Livingston County! It’s our birthday, find out why we are celebrating . . . Can you believe it? We’re ten years old! I am Sam Larioza, the owner of Ohana Karate. It seems like just yesterday when we opened Ohana Karate with a hope and a dream in April of 2003 in Fowlerville. I sensed our community and parents needed a place or community where they could come together with other awesome parents and raise great kids. My hunch was right, it really does take a village to raise a child! We are now bigger than ever and still growing as we serve and develop hundreds of children and parents at our new, 4,300 sqft state of the art facility in Howell.

Things like respect, never giving up, trying your best, doing things well even if you do not want to do them, andthe habit of exceling at school, sports and home. 10-14 year olds learn good attitudes and social skills at Ohana. I have seen far too many parents whose teens are their worst nightmare – disrespectful, rebellious and failing at school and life. We try to prevent or help with that, as well as developing healthy social skills.

Finally, for ages 15 to adults we concentrate on higher level success and leadership skills. Karate is ever better The Secret to Our Success for adults than it is for kids (we are just kids that are more 1.) Giving – Our guiding goal is to give back to the messed up). We help you apply the secret to success that community. successful people know – copy what successful people 2.) Successful Kids – We know how to develop successful do! We teach you how to copy success and surround and happy children with positive thinking, behavior, yourself with the right people. habits, attitude, and character. To celebrate our tenth birthday I wanted to help more 3.) Change – Change, or the fear or inability to change, people discover and experience what we have created here. is really the only thing that holds all of us back from our 2 First Time Offers during our birthday month of April. full potential in life. We use Karate to help kids change • Four Week Introductory Program includes one private and learn. beginner session with me and an official karate uniform Why Parents Bring Us Their Kids – for just $99. 1.) Their child is shy, lacks self confidence, or fears trying • If you decide to continue the program you get a 15% new things or making mistakes. discount off our regular tuition rates for as long as you 2.) They have difficulty listening, focusing, following are with us! directions, controlling themselves, or other behavioral/ We have never done this before and it may be another ten social issues. years before we do it again. If you are interested in taking 3.) They are bullies or being bullied. me up on my offer: Call (517) 586-1001 A Brief Summary of Our Program or visit www.ohanakarate.com Between the ages of 3-5 our objective is getting children ahead of their peers for kindergarten. How a child starts “There is no lack of opportunity in this world, just a lack kindergarten is huge. Kids that start behind almost never of people to take them!” catch up. Most of who a child will be is developed before To your success, age 8. We develop awesome kids now instead of fixing them later. Starting strong pays off! Sam Larioza Between the ages of 6-9 we help parents develop the skills, Ohana Karate – “Where Attitude habits and character traits of highly successful children. and Character Matters!”

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DESTRUCTIVE PARENTAL ANGER

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an anger be addictive? After working with individuals one on one in counseling and in groups, I would definitely have to say yes. Furthermore, anger can persist to the point that some parents just can’t seem to let it go, constantly directing it either at their spouse or at their kids. This is not only damaging to their spouse and children, but as their children learn dysfunctional angry patterns of behavior, generation after generation can be harmed by one angry parent.

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onflict releases adrenaline. This hormone provides a rush almost like a stimulant or “upper”. After a while, some people get aroused by this feeling so much, they feel like they need it. It’s their anger which moves them toward action. Many parents with anger management problems not only learn that anger works for intimidating their children, they become addicted to the powerful high that this feeling of control brings them.

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hen they feel situations getting out of hand, or people aren’t listening to them, anger seems to them like the best or only solution. Parents with anger management problems use anger to manage their kids. Anger is a healthy and normal emotion. However when it is used to control, manipulate or create fear in children, they grow up one day to be angry parents themselves, and it also fosters resentment toward their own parents in the present. Using anger as a means to communicate with your children or control them is just not good parenting.

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any people who use anger to control others possess low self-esteem. Low self-esteem undermines the ability to communicate effectively, rationally and assertively. When you are a parent who communicates from a position of low self-esteem, using anger to mask your own inferiorities, you are acting out your own perceived short-comings as a person/ parent and instilling qualities that will instill low self-esteem in your children.

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o some degree, we all go through bouts of doubt in ourselves and low self-esteem. Most of us find ways to adapt so we can feel good again. Unfortunately, there are some people whose self-

concept is so low they become depressed and stay depressed. Some experts assert that depression is actually anger turned inward. I would agree with this when an individual demonstrates masochistic traits and self-destructive tendencies. Just as some people use drugs and alcohol to cope, some people use anger.

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s a parent, it is important to remember three things; 1) Everyone gets angry, 2) Anger is a normal and healthy emotion, and 3) You are not nuts or insane when you get angry. It is how you deal with your anger which is the most important factor. Effective, open, assertive communication with your children is important for not only the relationship you have with your kids, but also for the future of your child’s psychological health. Speaking with your kids, trying to understand them and their emotions, and encouraging your children to come to you to discuss anything, minimizes destructive anger and dysfunctional conflict from familial relationships. Moreover it creates mutual respect and empathy, while fostering a healthy family environment. Interestingly, when you engage your children assertively and empathetically, you not only remove anger from your relationship with your children, you also learn to manage your own. Dr. Andrew Peter Sacco is the author of Right Now Enough is Enough, and host of the weekly radio show Mental Health Matters streamed on-line around the world. Learn more about Peter’s book at rightnowenoughisenough.com or petersacco.com.

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Early Childhood Mental Health Julie Swanson, First Steps/Early On coordinator for Dexter Schools will be hosted by the National Alliance on Mental Health. 400 E. Grand River Ave., Brighton 7pm 517.546.7449 Family Tae Kwon Do Tuesdays and Thursdays through 4/25. Kils Tae Kwon Do 6:30-7:30pm or 7:30-8:30pm $100 517.546.0693 howellrecreation.org Spinning Indoor Group Cycling. 11 bikes available. Howell Aquatic Center 4:30pm FREE 517.546.0693 powersm@howellschools.com

Wednesday 3 Crows and Night Birds Howell Nature Center program at Cromaine Library. 10am FREE 810.632.5200 Cromaine.org

Zip Line and Climbing Tower 500’ zip line over a pond. Tallest outdoor tower in Michigan. Reservations are required. Howell Nature Center $15 517.546.0249 howellnaturecenter.org

Climbing tower at Howell Nature Center.

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Mon- Fri 1-5 Spring Break Camp Lots of choices in our article at LivingstonParentJournal.com

Mon & Tue 1 & 2 Make a Movie Use Xtranormal software to make a short animated movie of Edgar Allan Poe’s life or work. Grades 4 and up. Please plan on attending both days. Register - Village. 9am Cromaine Library 9am FREE 810.632.5200 Cromaine.org

Monday 1 Lego Building Bring 2 gallon ziplock bags full with your choice of Lego bricks, especially scary pieces. The theme will be announced and you will have 30 minutes to build. Ages 5 and up. Cromaine Library 2pm FREE 810.632.5200 Cromaine.org Victorian Dress, Duct Tape Edition Design an outfit that reflects something from the Victorian Age. The first 20 people coming in to pick up their bag of goodies and the rules will be entered into the contest. The results will be displayed at the fashion show April 20 at 10am. Cromaine Library FREE 810.632.5200 Cromaine.org

Thursday 4 39 Clues Have fun with clues and mysteries. Ages 6 and up. Cromaine Library 10am FREE 810.632.5200 Cromaine.org

Friday 5 Magician Eugene Clark will perform an interactive show filled with audience participation, fun magic and mystery. Cromaine Library 10am FREE 810.632.5200 Cromaine.org

Poe-Inspired Rebus Make a rebus picture and take it home. Supplies provided. Cromaine Library 9:30am5:00pm FREE 810.632.5200 Cromaine.org

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Cupcake Wars Bring creative, but spooky, ideas. All other ingredients provided. Cromaine Library 2pm FREE 810.632.5200 Cromaine.org

Mon-Sat 8-13 Got Art is an exhibition of art created by students in grades K-5. In 2012, approximately 900 pieces of art were received from 36 teachers. Howell Opera House 4-8pm; except Saturday, Noon-5pm FREE 517.540.0065 howelloperahouse.com

Tuesday 9 History of Shakespeare This program covers his boyhood in Stratford to his later work as a poet and playwright. Brighton Library 7-8pm FREE 810.229.6571 brightonlibrary.info

Sanchin-Ryu Family Karate Physical techniques, drills and exercises. Tuesdays through 5/28 Barnard Community Center 7-8pm $104/family 517.546.0693 howellrecreation.org

Zip Line and Climbing Tower see April 3

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Wildwing Watch Interpreters will have spotting scopes out on the boardwalk so that you can get a better look at the herons on the rookery. Kensington 2-4pm 810.227.8910 metroparks.com

Graphic Classics of Edgar Allan Poe Get your free graphic novel and then discuss his horror writings with our Teen Librarian. Cromaine Library 5pm FREE 810.632.5200 Cromaine.org

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Origami David Larwa will present an introduction to the history of Origami, followed by a viewing of Between the Folds, an award winning PBS film. Hamburg Library 6:30pm 810.231.1771 hamburglibrary.org

Build a Bird Feeder Hands-on workshop for children ages 5-12. Free workshop apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement. Home Depot 9am-Noon 517.548.3742 Farmer for a Day allows kids ages 8 to 15 years old the chance to work alongside farmers taking care of animals. Kensington 10am-3pm $35 248.684.8632 metroparks.com

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Edgar Allan P oe is the featur ed Big Read author at Hea rtland Library

Sunday 7 Build a Nest Box Many birds can be attracted to backyards if a nest box is provided. Harris Nature in Okemos 3pm $18 517.349.3866 harriscenter@sbcglobal.net

Thur-Sat 11-13 Cinderella’s Closet Gently used prom dresses are just $25. Snedicor’s Green Earth Cleaners, Thur & Fri 3-8pm Sat Noon-5pm 517.548.1350 lacasacenter.org/cinderellas-closet

Thursday 11 Sanchin-Ryu Family Karate Thursdays through 5/30 see April 9

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"«i˜ÊˆV Poetry, comedy, singing, dancing, and other performance art. Bennett Recreation Center 7-9pm $2 517.546.0693 howellrecreation.org

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-՘`>ÞÊ£{Ê ˆLiÀÌÞÊ>ŽiÃÊi˜Vˆ˜}Ê ÕL members come to demonstrate this sport of grace that is more than 200 years old. Cromaine Library 6:30pm FREE 810.632.5200 Cromaine.org

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On April 14th, the Globetrotters appear at the Palace of Auburn Hills at 2pm. $17 palacenet.com

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`}>ÀÊ Â?Â?>Â˜ĂŠ *ÂœiÂ˝ĂƒĂŠ ,i>`iĂ€ĂƒĂŠ /Â…i>ĂŒiĂ€ Stories and poems of Poe’s most famous works read by the Hartland Players. Donations will be accepted. Hartland Music Hall 7pm FREE 810.632.5200 Cromaine.org

->ĂŒĂ•Ă€`>ÞÊÓäÊ ÂœÂœÂŽĂŠ->Â?i Hardcovers and audio-visuals, $1; softcovers, 25¢; ďŹ ll a grocery bag for $3. 810.231.1771

ÂœÂ“ĂŠ ĂŒÂœĂŠ ÂœÂ“ĂŠ ->Â?i Fenton Community & Cultural Center 9am-1pm $1 810.714.2011 slpr.net 7ˆÂ?`ĂŠ 7iĂƒĂŒĂŠ `Ă›iÂ˜ĂŒĂ•Ă€i Wagon ride, games, obstacle course, archery, petting zoo and craft. Northfork Farms Noon-4pm $10 517.881.9142 northforkoutback.com >À“iÀÊvÂœĂ€ĂŠ>ĂŠ >Ăž See April 6

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6ˆVĂŒÂœĂ€Âˆ>Â˜ĂŠ Ă€iĂƒĂƒ]ĂŠ Ă•VĂŒĂŠ />ÂŤiĂŠ `ÂˆĂŒÂˆÂœÂ˜ Fashion Show. Cromaine Library 10am FREE 810.632.5200 Cromaine.org

>“Ê"Â…ÂˆĂžiĂƒ>ĂŠ"ÂŤiÂ˜ĂŠÂœĂ•Ăƒi Tour the Camp, meet the staff, and try camp activities. 1-4pm FREE 248.887.4533 dgrimm@ymcametrodetroit.org

>ĂŒĂ•Ă€>Â?ĂŠ *>Ă€iÂ˜ĂŒĂŠ Ă?ÂŤÂœ Local natural family-oriented businesses, allergy-conscious food vendors, doulas, chiropractors, organic skin care and cloth diapers. Restored Life Health Center 9am-1pm FREE 517.468.3879 Info@mybabyďŹ rst.com

Â˜ĂŒiĂ€Â˜>ĂŒÂˆÂœÂ˜>Â?ĂŠ ĂƒĂŒĂ€ÂœÂ˜ÂœÂ“ĂžĂŠ >Ăž The Great Lakes Astronomy Club will set up solar scopes for safe viewing of the sun. Telescope displays and sky charts will be available. Kensington 10am-4pm 810.227.8910 metroparks.com

>“ÊÂ˜Â˜ÂˆĂƒvĂ€iiĂŠ"ÂŤiÂ˜ĂŠÂœĂ•Ăƒi is a Girl Scout camp for grades 2-12. Tour the facility, meet and interview the staff, win prizes, play games, meet other campers, and eat hot dogs. 1-4pm 800.482.6734

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Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2DC;`iĂ&#x20AC;iÂ?Â?>½Ă&#x192;Ă&#x160; Â?Â&#x153;Ă&#x192;iĂ&#x152; see April 11-13

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>Ă&#x20AC;Ă&#x152;Â&#x2026;Ă&#x160; >Ă&#x17E; Celebration of the 25th anniversary of Howell being named tree city USA. Bennett Recreation Center 7-9pm FREE 517.546.0693 howellrecreation.org

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Â&#x153;Â&#x201C;Ă&#x160;Ă&#x201C;Ă&#x160;Â&#x153;Â&#x201C;Ă&#x160;->Â?i Our Savior Lutheran School 8:30am1:00pm $1 248.887.3836 oursaviorhartland.org Â&#x153;Â&#x201C;Ă&#x160; Ă&#x152;Â&#x153;Ă&#x160; Â&#x153;Â&#x201C;Ă&#x160; ->Â?i Livingston Christian School 8:00-8:30am early bird, $2; 8:30am-12:30pm, $1 734.709.0159 dndlindsay@gmail.com

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Ă&#x20AC;i>Ă&#x152;Ă&#x160; Â?Â&#x153;Ă&#x152;Â&#x2026;Ă&#x160; Â&#x2C6;>ÂŤiĂ&#x20AC;Ă&#x160; Â&#x2026;>Â&#x2DC;}i The entire globe will count the most cloth diapers changed in one 24 hour period for the Guinness Book of World Records. Bloom Baby and Kids 11am FREE 810.844.1031

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7Â&#x2026;iĂ&#x20AC;i½Ă&#x192;Ă&#x160;-ÂŤÂ&#x153;Ă&#x152;Âś Share stories, music and fun activities with your favorite book character Spot the dog. Bring your camera for lots of photo opportunities. Parent participation required Brighton Library 10:15-11:30am FREE 810.229.6571 brightonlibrary.info

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<Â&#x2C6;ÂŤĂ&#x160;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2DC;iĂ&#x160;>Â&#x2DC;`Ă&#x160; Â?Â&#x2C6;Â&#x201C;LÂ&#x2C6;Â&#x2DC;}Ă&#x160;/Â&#x153;Ă&#x153;Â&#x2021; iĂ&#x20AC; see April 3

Â&#x2C6;Ă&#x203A;iĂ&#x160; Â&#x2C6;Ă&#x20AC;`Ă&#x192;Ă&#x160;Â&#x153;vĂ&#x160;*Ă&#x20AC;iĂ&#x17E;Ă&#x160;Howell Nature Center will bring live hawks, owls, falcons, vultures and a bald eagle. Hudson Mills Metropark 11am $5 734.426.8211 Â&#x153;Â&#x201C;Ă&#x160; Ă&#x152;Â&#x153;Ă&#x160; Â&#x153;Â&#x201C;Ă&#x160; ->Â?i First United Methodist Church in Howell 8-9am early bird entry, $2; 9am-1pm, $1 248.343.1573 Â&#x153;Â&#x201C;Ă&#x160;Ă&#x152;Â&#x153;Ă&#x160;Â&#x153;Â&#x201C;Ă&#x160;->Â?i gently-used youth items, including clothing, toys and books. Strollers are welcome. Challenger Elementary 8-9am early bird entry, $2; 9am-1pm, $1 challengermom2mom@yahoo.com

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by Janel Moon Photography of Howell. In addition, there are some family games, activities for toddlers, and food for the event. It is a chance for families to get together and enjoy their babies. The shop is located at 222 W. Grand River Avenue. The event runs from 10am-Noon. If you would like to take part in the event and have a baby in diapers who is 39” or shorter, just register for your free ticket at livingstongreatclothdiaperchange.eventbrite.com or email nellie@bloombabyandkids.com. If needed, a cloth diaper can be provided to use for the day of the event. The second location is in Howell at Restored Life Health Center (www.myrlhc.com), 4343 East Grand River. They are featuring the Great Cloth Diaper Change as part of the Natural Parenting Expo, which runs from 9am-1pm, and will feature businesses

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n April 20, families all around the globe will gather together to change diapers. Even though people change diapers every day, these diaper changes are not typical. In fact, they are quite significant. Because these families are changing cloth diapers at the Great Cloth Diaper Change. The Great Cloth Diaper Change is an international event organized with the help of the nonprofit Real Diaper Association designed to show the world that cloth diapers are a real option for today’s families. Simply put, on April 20th, parents attend host locations all across the world to change their babies into a cloth diaper and to contribute to the Guinness World Record™. In its third year with currently over 100 sites in 8 countries, The Great Cloth Diaper Change event will attempt to break last year’s Guinness World Record™ of 8,251 cloth diapers changed simultaneously.

like Natural View Market, Arbonne, and Where The Wild Things Grow. Participants will receive free massages, henna, glitter body art, and face painting. They can sample allergen-free foods and organic skin care. There will be a raffle for local gift baskets, free grab bags, and a grand prize drawing. The event will also feature a Diaper Drive where residents can donate their old cloth diapers to help families in need.

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Learn more about the Great Cloth Diaper Change at our web site, LivingstonParentJournal.com

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Grandparenting: Providing Positive Winds and Currents Family relationships are certainly not the only influence on our children, but they may well be, and probably should be, the most important. Family members are typically the closest relationships in our early years, reinforced by constant interaction; thus, they influence our actions more than any other. Parents usually fill that role, but other family members, such as grandparents and siblings, also help. Children are like sponges. From the earliest moments of life, they pick up what they see and hear, more so in their early years because they don't go through the filtering process of deciding what to learn and what to discard. They just absorb everything. That's when those closest to the children have the greatest influence. The child's value system begins to reflect that environment, whether positive or negative. Nana and I have always tried to spend quality time with the grandchildren, even if it's as simple as getting together on a fairly routine basis. With our "extended family," we have lunch together after church on Sundays and include occasional nights with the kids sleeping over. It always takes a lot of work on our part to keep our grandchildren entertained, but the priceless memories always make it worth it. Gaining insight into their growing personalities is our greatest priority as grandparents. It's that time together that gives us the opportunity to really observe our grandchildren's unique qualities. We must see the trends to identify what characteristics they are developing. Of course, all children have their tumultuous moments; or as we call them, "bloody meltdowns." But it is important to look beyond those occurrences and focus on

the underlying character. Angels can still be precious even if they are not perfect. They just need the positive winds and currents to influence their ship in the right direction. I make it a point to praise the positive attributes, such as Amanda's unselfishness, concern for others and even outgoing personality. My efforts certainly aren't perfect, but the more I work at it, the easier it becomes. Of course, I'm not alone in those efforts; her parents are clearly on the front line. But sometimes, for a brief moment, a non-parent can carry just as much weight, if not more, than a parent. It’s all too easy to criticize bad behavior and ignore good behavior. But both are negative reinforcements to children. Their greatest gains and most lasting impressions are from our positive reactions to their behavior. That’s their best learning experiences. It’s our job to seize those opportunities, become life’s teachers; and invest in their future. Unfortunately, being an “instructional” grandparent doesn't come naturally, but there is nothing more exciting to me now than seeing my grandchild grow into an admirable young girl and thinking I might have played a small part in that development. R.C. White resides in Houston with his wife, two daughters, son-in-law, and two granddaughters. White holds an engineering and business degree, and was at one time CEO in a multi-million dollar corporation His book, Amanda: Papa’s Story, highlights the important influence family has on a young child’s life. More information can be found at bookstore.inspiringvoices.com

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Christopher Christensen New bath towel = 1 straight hour of monkey noises.

Laura Cronenwett Webber Boaz: “Hey Mommy, can you get me a fish from the fish store because I really want a fish!!!” Mommy: “Well, who is going to clean the fish bowl?” Boaz: “Well, when Daddy isn’t home, you can clean it... and when you aren’t home Daddy can clean it!” Jennifer Ellsworth Harper After a month of sleeping on an air mattress and in a tent (in his room) I finally made it to Ikea to buy little man a big boy bed.

A Moment 2 Remember Photography Have you ever been out to dinner with your 18 month old in tow where she goes from totally fine to screaming, yelling “NO!” at the top of her lungs in total meltdown mode and when you try to get her under control she slaps you in the face 3 times before you even knew what hit you all while on lookers stare at you like you must be the worst mother in the world to have such a rotten child? Yeah, me neither.

Gianna Jessen, the inspiration for the hit movie October Baby will headline the

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Carrie Tennant Shumaker There’s nothing sweeter than overhearing my kids wake up and start chatting with each other about their plans for the day. I just heard Sam declare it a jammie day, so if you see him today, he’ll be wearing Super Mario PJs on backwards.?

Dawn Deedee Ayla and Patrick were having an argument over who should turn the bathroom light on because Patrick had to pee. They were both afraid of monsters. I explained monsters are not real. Then, Alya said she thinks she could do it. She she walked slowly, peeked in, saw no monsters and said, “Hey! You’re right! There’s no monsters!” Then she turned the light on. Then she was so proud of herself. She said she was brave!

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