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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.

JULY 2013 — EDITOR/ PUBLISHER — Rick & Terri McGarry —WRITERS— Belinda J. Mooney Madeline Levine Rue Mapp Kurt Anthony John Davis Caroline J. Cederquist, M.D. — GRAPHIC DESIGN/LAYOUT —

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Dear Friends We hope that you all are enjoying your summer. For those of you that need some help, we recommend that you refer to our calendar of events. Another helpful resource is our Day Trip Planner. If you did not pick one up last month, or if you misplaced yours, it is still available at our web site (, along with even more events and all kinds of parenting information. While you are there, sign up for the birthday club. Our new sponsor, Razzmatazz Toys in

Howell, is offering gift certificates to every member.

club, make the most of your family pool, or go camping with your kids.

Speaking of birthdays, next month is going to be our Party Planner, so if your kid is having a birthday any time in the next 12 months you won’t want to miss that.

This year, try to keep summer simple. Enjoy your kids. Drink enough water. Use sunscreen. Join us on Facebook. Subscribe to our event newsletter (It’s free when you email

Meanwhile, enjoy your summer. Take your kids, and the July issue of Livingston Parent Journal, to the beach, or read it while you wait with them for the fireworks to start. Find out how to organize a summer book

Have a safe and pleasant summer,

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What is your child learning this summer? What is your child doing this summer? Get your child off the couch and away from the video games. Help get them ready now for school next year. What parents like most about our program is that we help them develop awesome kids with great character and attitude. They become “black belts” in karate, school, home . . . and life!

I have seen so many kids changed by our program that I am going to do something crazy – offer you a 100% guarantee just to check us out! Everyone is telling me that I am absolutely nuts for doing this but I have seen first hand the amazing results we have had in improving children’s grades in school, behavior at home, and performance in athletics that I feel I need to do something radical. I need to get your attention. I want every family in our community to have the opportunity to reach their full potential so here is what I am going to do for the first time – guarantee what I promise. Here it is: “Try our Summer Special and if after the 8 weeks our program has not lived up to what you expected I will refund every penny of your investment – No questions asked!” Our Summer Special is a private introductory lesson and eight weeks of karate. A great way to check out our program . . . . and give your child something fun and productive to do over the summer!

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Camping With Kids I know from personal experience that camping can be the most affordable way to spend a week or even a weekend away from home. But that’s not why I do it. I do it because it’s the best way I’ve found to connect with my kids, without being interrupted by a phone call or text message. Outdoor activities, such as hiking or swimming or climbing over boulders can cause everyday tensions and worries about school or work to disappear, and our family can connect with each other in ways we can’t always achieve at home. We can take the time to watch a sunset together, feel the warmth of a campfire and share a sense of wonder with one another as we look at the night sky. Camping and being in nature is also a wonderful way to find peace. There’s nothing like sitting on the edge of a riverbank and listening to the sound of the water moving over the rocks, or hearing the wind blow through the trees while squirrels, birds and chipmunks come out to greet us. I also find that these precious moments of quality family time with my children at peace in nature are moments I can take back home with me after the camping trip has ended. I can call up those images, those experiences of peace, and it can re-

ally help to inform my daily life in a very positive and calming way. My best childhood memories, in fact, are camping trips. I still vividly remembers a leadership development camping trip I took twenty something years ago when I was a teenager. I felt this incredible feeling of independence. It was the first time in my life that I could experience the world on my own terms. It helped give me a sense of who I am. Camping, of course, is also a gateway to many healthy outdoor activities that can help improve everyone’s health. We’re facing a crisis of diabetes, heart disease and obesity in this country. And while camping in itself won’t cure these ills, it is a powerful way for people to decompress and get in tune with their minds and bodies in ways they can never achieve back home. Camping, and all of the activities that go with it, is something you can never replicate in a gym. A treadmill or stairmaster is never going to be a replacement for a brisk hike and the benefits you get for your mind and body. Camping and being in nature also tends to bring out the best in people. You go to any campground, and it’s like going back in time. People are friendly. They talk to each other and interact with one another in ways they don’t do even in their own neighborhoods back home. You see random acts of kindness. I remember pulling

into a campground late one night and having trouble getting my tent set up. I’ll never forget, the couple that came out of their tent and helped us. Camping, in sum, is not only a way to improve one’s health and family relationships. It also can be a way to restore your faith in humanity. Even though camping remains America’s most affordable vacation option, only 15 percent of Americans camped in 2010, according to a national survey by The Outdoor Foundation, The Coleman Company and Kampgrounds of America, Inc. (KOA). But while planning a camping trip may sound intimidating at first, it’s easy to do if you take it in steps. I think the first thing to do is ask yourself how rustic of an experience you are seeking. For some, that may mean camping in a tent. For others, renting an RV, staying in a cabin, or even family camp at a YMCA camp is the right choice. Once you figure out what kind of camping trip you’d like to do, whether it’s rustic or luxurious or somewhere in between, think about where you’d like to go and what you’d like to see. Give some thought to what kinds of activities you’d like to do while you camp. Most people go hiking, climbing or mountain biking when they camp. Others like to go fishing, tubing, white water rafting or horseback riding. Still others like to go on nature walks or explore their passion for photography. If you have small children, chances are you will want to go to a campground that has activities that are suitable for small children. There are campgrounds that can accommodate any recreational interest you have. Some even have ropes courses and other challenging on-site activities. With two elementary-school aged children and a teenager our family enjoys camping trips that include lots of activities, such as hiking and water related activities. Helpful websites for making good camping choices

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include Once you have your sleeping strategy figand ured out, make sure your camping trip includes good food. Bring the foods you like If equipment is a concern, ask your friends to eat at home. Don’t feel that just because or co-workers who camp if you could bor- you’re camping you need to eat granola. row their equipment for a weekend to give Also, bring food that’s easy to prepare. camping a try. And if you’re not comfort- Comfort foods can really enrich the experiable doing that, outdoor equipment retail- ence. For instance, I boil my pastas before ers offer camping equipment for rent at going on camping trips. I also make blocks very affordable prices, so you don’t have to of chili and freeze it. That way, it’s just a make a big investment to get started. Many matter of heating it up for mealtime. campgrounds already have furnished tents set up and ready for use.

Most important of all, take it slow when you camp. Don’t invest a lot of money up front in equipment you may never use. Try out different types of camping (tent camping, camping in cabins and RV camping) first, and then decide what kind of camping is right for you and your family. Rue Mapp, Founder,

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Keep Them Reading with a Summer Book Club School is out and summer is in full swing. The last thing your kids have in mind is learning of any kind. Their thoughts are on the beach, video games and hanging out with their friends – all while you’re itching to do something educational over the summer. Why not combine the two goals with a summer reading club that you and your kids plan together? They get to hang out with their friends and you get to see them reading – a definite win-win situation. Set Your Goals To start off your reading club, decide on a goal. Do you want your kids to read a certain number of books this summer? Do you simply want to encourage them to spend time with a good book? Think about your goals when planning. If your goal is for each kid to read five books over the summer, have a reward for that at the end. Make a chart where everyone can keep track of the books they’ve read. Help them set realistic goals. Decide if everyone is going to read the same book or if they may choose whatever they like. If you have a variety of reading levels and ages in your reading club, allow for everyone’s goals to vary. Choose a Theme Choosing a theme can be fun, especially for reading clubs with younger members. Your theme might be mysteries, animals, or cooking. Make goal charts and reading logs with themed graphics. This is nice when planning activities for the group – as you already have a theme around which to base your activities. You can base your club around a series of books such as the Boxcar Kids or Amelia Bedelia. Choose a Name & Meeting Time Once you know what your goals are and you have chosen a theme now it’s time to name your group. Let the kids submit ideas and help choose the name. Now is also the time to decide how often you are going to meet. Do you want to meet every week or monthly? There are advantages to both. Meeting weekly keeps the interest flowing but requires more planning. If you are going to meet weekly you might want to set a time frame such as a six week period for your club. If you decide to meet monthly keep in mind that you may only have three actual meetings over the summer months. A nice compromise is meeting bi-weekly.

Choose Your Books It is very helpful to have a prepared reading list that the kids can choose from. These can be books within your theme. If you have several ages attending you may want to divide the list into reading levels – picture books, chapter books, youth. Your local librarian can be a great asset when preparing reading lists. If you are working with younger children have a few books that can be read aloud at the meetings. Plano Children’s Librarian Cindy Boatfield suggests using book lists at your local library to narrow down your child’s book club reading material. Many libraries offer lists of titles that are categorized by age and popularity among readers, she says. Choose Your Meeting Place Next decide where you are going to meet. You might want to choose the library, especially for your first meeting. Many libraries have meeting rooms that the public can use, adds Boatfield. Families can also take turns hosting the meeting. Make sure wherever you decide to meet is bright, cheery and comfortable. Bean bag chairs and large comfy couch cushions can be placed on the floor for kids to sit upon.

If you are going to have snacks keep them simple and away from the books. Make sure that food is allowed if you are planning on using a meeting room. Reading Club Meetings Have kids take turns being the host at the meetings. Ideas for meeting participation include every sharing something about what they are reading, a craft related to a book or series, such as making corn husks dolls with Little House on the Prairie books, preparing a food related to a book, scavenger hunts or guest speakers. Guest speakers can be fun and are easier to find then you might think. If your theme is mysteries call the local police station and ask a detective to come speak. Have a local historian (ask your librarian where to find one) speak on unsolved mysteries in your area. The local police department will often come and do fingerprinting and ID kits for kids if you just ask. Just remember what ever you choose to do the goal is to have fun why diving into a good book. Belinda J Mooney is a freelance writer, home school mom of 7 and an avid reader and crafter.

Ideas for Book Club Meetings Story Telling: Begin with some story telling or the reading of a storybook to the children. Book Questions: Ask simple questions about that week’s book. For example: Where did this story happen? Who were the main characters? Who illustrated this storybook? Digging Deeper: Ask some questions that require the kids to think about the answer and

state their own opinions.. For example: What can we learn from this book? What moral does the story present? What is the real meaning the writer was trying to portray? Artistic Questions: Discuss the book’s cover and illustrator. Was the choice of illustrator right for the book? What other books are illustrated by that artist?

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f you’re like many parents, your child’s summer may already be booked up with “enriching activities.” Maybe you’re shipping him off to a rigorous math or computer camp designed to give him an academic edge. Or perhaps she’ll be living at home but attending an educational day camp or an intensive sports camp. At the very least you’re using the break from school to double up on her (already daunting) schedule of gymnastics and dance classes, supplemented with an ambitious summer reading list. I have a question: When will your child have time to play? Play is serious business. We tend to see it as wasted time, but it’s actually anything but. Play is the work of childhood. It’s a classroom in which children develop a whole set of skills that really matter in life. Indeed, research shows that children who attend playbased preschools, as opposed to academic preschools, do significantly better in school down the line. David Elkind, one of the country’s most knowledgeable (and beloved) experts on child development, says that “play is essential to positive human development.” He recognizes that there are different types of play: play that teaches children concepts and skills, play that initiates children into the world of peer relations, and play that helps kids develop strategies for dealing with stress. What these variations on play have in common is that they are self-initiated and selfdirected—the playing child is calling the shots. If a child goes into his room and strums on his guitar because he loves it, that’s play. When an instructor comes into the picture and starts ‘teaching guitar,’ the child may enjoy the experience but he’s no longer playing. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children play outside as much as possible, for at least 60 minutes a day. Unfortunately, almost half of our children aren’t getting any time outside. Sending kids outside to play more often would not only go a long way toward combating our childhood obesity problem, it would simultaneously allow kids to enjoy more unstructured play. Most experts agree that kids should have twice as much unstructured free time as structured playtime. Every

child is different, but as Ken Ginsburg, MD, a leading expert on resilience, says, “What every child needs is free, unscheduled time to master his or her environment.” If you really want to up the ante, consider that tomorrow’s adults may need the skills developed by play—innovation, collaboration, problem solving, and so forth—more than any other generation before. The global economy demands them. This makes it even more ironic that time for free, unstructured, self-directed play is at an all-time low. In every episode of unstructured, unguided play, a child learns more and more about him or herself. It is this sense of self that provides a home base, a place to retreat to, throughout life. Self-directed play is better for kids because ultimately they will have to turn back on their own resources and their sense of self. If they don’t have that they will be always looking for external direction and validation. Business leaders are saying that workers who look outside of themselves for validation are workers who need too much time, resources and direction. Kids who have no down time and no time for unstructured play never get to know themselves. They know only who others tell them they are. Getting to know oneself takes time and emotional energy, and when all that is spent trying to get a leg up on an academic career, or become the best soccer player on the field, there is no time left for the internal work of child development. Learning who you are takes place not in the act of doing but in the quiet spaces between things. The more of these quiet spaces you can provide your kids, the better. Madeline Levine, PhD, is a clinician, consultant, educator; and the author of New York Times bestsellers The Price of Privilege and Teach Your Children Well. She is also cofounder of Challenge Success, a program founded at the Stanford School of Education that addresses education reform and student wellbeing. She lives outside San Francisco with her husband and is the proud mother of three newly minted adult sons.

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Tuesday 9 Livingston County Concert Band Brighton Millpond 7:30pm FREE 810.229.5991 Family Tae Kwon Do Tuesdays and Thursdays through July 30 Kils Tae Kwon Do 6:30-7:30pm or 7:30-8:30pm $100 517.546.0693

Wednesday 10 Jazz @ the Pond Latin jazz by Tumbao Bravo Brighton Mill Pond 7-9pm FREE Red Ryder Top 40 country music out on the lawn. Cromaine Library 6:30-8:30pm FREE 810.632.5200

Thursday 11 Legomania Bring 2 gallon-size ziplock bags filled with Legos, they will supply the theme and you build. For ages 5 and up. Cromaine Library 10am FREE 810.632.5200

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Fossils Rock Learn about fossils, examine real fossils and make a fossil. Be prepared to get a little messy. For ages 8 and up. Cromaine Library 2pm FREE 810.632.5200

Tuesday 2 Cloth Diapering Workshop Explore how modern cloth diapering can work for your family. Bloom Baby and Kids 6:30-7:30pm FREE 810.844.1031

Farmer for a Day Kids will work alongside our farmers and in teams cleaning stalls, feeding and brushing animals and planting. For ages 8–15. Kensington 10am3pm $35 248.684.8632 RR

Sat & Sun 6 & 7 Zip Line and Climbing Tower 500’ zip line over a pond. Tallest outdoor tower in Michigan. Howell Nature Center $17 Reservations are required. Howell Nature Center 517.546.0249

Brighton Saturdays 8am-1pm 200 North 1st Street 810.955.1471

Beasts at the Beach Sort out what is true and what isn’t about snakes and turtles. Kensington 1-3pm FREE 810.227.8910

Howell Sundays 9am-2pm Downtown Courthouse Lawn 517.546.3920

Kid’s Workshop Surprise craft from Despicable Me 2. Hands-on workshop for children ages 5-12. Free workshop apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement. Home Depot 9am-Noon 517.548.3742

Green Oak Sundays 10am-3pm Green Oak Village Place Mall 313.590.1960

Sunday 7

Aquathlon 2K run, 750m swim, and another 2K run. Howell City Park 9am $35 517.546.0693

Fowlerville Fridays 3-7pm City Parking Lot on Grand River 517.375.5132

Brighton Kiwanis Gazebo Concerts The Soul Men with Paradise Band (Blues Brothers Tribute Band) Mill Pond Gazebo 6:30pm

Wednesday 3

Beasts at the Boat Rental Sort out what is true and what isn’t about snakes and turtles. Kensington 1-3pm FREE 810.227.8910


Saturday 6

Music and Movement Kacie Wooster leads this handson music experience for ages 4 months to 4 years. Every Tuesday in July. Bloom Baby and Kids 10:00-10:40am $60 810.844.1031

Lisa D & E Ice cream, balloon sculpting and live music. Cromaine Library 5-7pm FREE 810.632.5200

Open Mic Poetry, comedy, singing, dancing, and other performance art. Bennett Recreation Center 7-9pm $2 517.546.0693

Hartland Old Hartland High School Saturdays 9am-1pm 810.632.1030

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Friday 12 Taste of Brighton Toddler area near the Imagination Station will feature inflatable bounce houses for young children, face painting, balloon art, story time and bubbles. 8am-10pm 810.227.5086

World Record Balloon Sculpting Watch Tim Thurmond set the record for blowing up the most balloons and turning them into sculptures in 24 hours. Oh My Lolli Starts at 5pm

Saturday 13 Babywearing Meetup Learn about babywearing, carrier sizing, and new carriers. Bloom Baby and Kids 2-4pm FREE 810.844.1031 Cloth Diapering Workshop 10:15-11:15am see July 2 Iceberg Swim Swim in a pool of ice, search for prizes, and eat ice cream. Howell Aquatic Center 2:00-3:30pm $5 517.546.0693 Kids Bug Hunt Join an interpreter on a bug hunt. Hudson Mills Metropark 11am $3 734-426-8211

Sunday 14 Fishing Fun on Huron River Day Rods, reels, tackle and bait provided or bring your own Hudson Mills Metropark 1-3pm $3 734.426.8211

Ojibwe Legends & Dreamcatchers Learn the legends and create a dreamcatcher. Kensington 1pm $5 810.227.8910

Monday 15 Egyptian Mummies Todd Gerring from the University of Michigan Kelsey Museum brings his “mummies” to Cromaine. Learn about the Egyptian mummification process for humans and animals in this hands-on program. Cromaine Library 2pm FREE 810.632.5200

Journey to the Center of the Earth Discover the magic of volcanoes, lava, dinosaurs, fossils and earthquakes. Illusion and comedy with geo-science entertainer Eugene Clark. Tickets available 15 minutes before the event. Brighton Library 11:00-11:45am FREE

Tues & Wed 16 & 17 Fish Camp Kids will make their own tackle and a fish print T-shirt, discover fun facts about fish, catch pond bugs and go fishing. For ages 8–12.. Kensington 10am3pm $75 810.227.8917

Tuesday 16 Journey to the Center of the Earth Pippin Puppets are back with a crazy, exciting play. Hartland Music Hall. 2pm FREE 810.632.5200

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July 26 - August 11

GPS Critter Hunt Use a GPS unit to follow a series of coordinates to locate hidden ‘animals’ in the park and then turn them in for a prize. Bring your own GPS or borrow one. Harris Nature Center in Okemos 2-5pm $10/family 517.349.3866

James and the Giant Peach Fly across the Atlantic Ocean on an adventure with Flint Youth Theatre $18 810.237.1530

July 27 A Kids’ Eye View of the Civil War Kids ages 6-12 spend the day recreating what life was like during the war, including dressing in period clothing, getting their picture taken, and performing old-fashioned tasks from the mid-1800s. There will also be a scavenger hunt, which will entertain and educate while they search for clues to solve a puzzle. Children will be able to chat with Civil War soldier reenactors who can answer questions and demonstrate marching. Plymouth Historical Museum 10am-3pm $35 734.455.8940

The Living Lab Research Project Researchers from U of M conduct psychology studies. Parents watch as children take part in 10-minute studies, and after each study parents and children are encouraged to ask questions. Psychologists build knowledge about how children think and behave, and children get exposure to a form of science that is often missing from science-focused museums. Ann Arbor HandsOn Museum 734.995.5439

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Gaines Rodeo There is limited bleacher seating, bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on the grass in the amphitheater. Concessions available for purchase. No coolers/no alcohol/no food/no pets. Gaines Lions Pine Hill Park. 6:30-9:00pm 989.271.8800

3rd Annual Dog Day of Summer Training clinics, herding demonstrations, contests and baths. Hudson Mills Metropark 11am-2pm $3 734-426-8211

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Native American Adventure see July 20

Howell at the Moon Watch a movie, then view the moon, planets, the Hercules Cluster, the Lagoon Nebula and distant galaxies. Howell City Park Dusk 517.546.0693

Sat & Sun 20 & 21 Zip Line and Climbing Tower see July 6 & 7

Saturday 20 Caveman Fire Making Children ages 8 years and older will learn to start a fire using bow and drill, hand drill and, time permitting, a pump drill. Kensington 1pm $5 810.227.8910

Conductor Jack Straight from Nashville, bringing his guitar, ukelele, and banjo, it’s Nashville’s Best Kids Entertainer. Bring a blanket or chair for this outdoor concert. Tickets available 15 minutes before the program. Brighton Library 10:30-11:30am FREE

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Crosstown Kids Triathlon Swimming, biking and running for kids ages 7-14.Howell Aquatic Center 9am $30 517.546.0693

Family Fishing Day Rods, tackle, bait and instruction will be provided. For ages 8 years and older. Patrons 16 years and older must have a fishing license. Kensington 2pm $5 810.227.8910

Native American Adventure Story telling and crafts in the Tipi, games, obstacle course, archery, and the petting zoo. Northfork Outback 1-4pm $10 517.881.9142

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Wednesday 17 Creole du Nord Cajun Jazz/Folk music out on the lawn. Cromaine Library 6:30-8:30pm FREE 810.632.5200

Farmers for a Day see July 2 The Maze Runner 20 teens, killer monsters, and no way out. For grades 5 and up. Cromaine Library 2pm FREE 810.632.5200

Thursday 18 Paleo Joe will bring a T Rex tooth, and a velociraptor skull, and describe how dinosaur fossils are created and the stories they tell. Cromaine Library 2pm FREE 810.632.5200

Fossil Finding Using slides and specimens, examine life on earth through time, then search for fossils at the gravel pit. Kensington 2pm $5 810.227.8910

Mon-Sat 22-27 Fowlerville Fair Carnival rides and games, exhibits, animals, and live entertainment. 517.223.8186

Monday 29 Farmer for a Day see July 2

Wednesday 31 Summer Book Sale Paperbacks, 50¢; Hardcovers, $1 Cromaine Library 9am-8pm 810.632.5200

Thursday 25 Bring Your Own Tools Tear things apart. Put them back together. Build robots. Cromaine Library 6:308:00pm FREE 810.632.5200


Sat & Sun 27 & 28 Zip Line and Climbing Tower see July 6 & 7

Car entry fee.

Reservations required. Please call ahead.

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Children of Alcoholics

Jody Lamb is 30, from Whitmore Lake, and a 2005 alumna of Michigan State University. She grew up in a family where alcoholism was prevalent. She declines to mention who in her family has battled alcoholism because they feel that being identified would be detrimental in their recovery efforts. Nonetheless, she states that it’s an extremely widespread problem in her family, and she’s been heavily involved in intervention with several people she loves. As a young girl, she believed alcoholism was unique to her family because nobody ever spoke about it, which was detrimental to her childhood and teen years. While at MSU, she researched alcoholism and learned it’s not uncommon. In fact, one in four kids live with at least one parent who abuses alcohol. “I was really upset because I couldn’t find any contemporary, effective books on the subject for kids. I had tweens in my family who were experiencing alcoholism and I thought they would really benefit from that kind of literature. I know I would have really benefited from it. It really bothered me,” she recalled. “I didn’t know what I could do. I had been spending time reading posts and forums by young people who had problems with alcoholism in their families. It would keep me up at night, but I didn’t think there was anything I could do to help.” At 26, despite being successful in her career, she had a quarter-life crisis. She was unable to understand why, but she felt no satisfaction. She wanted to make an impact on the world beyond corporate America. “One weekend I went through all my childhood journals and diaries. I was really upset because I had these grand plans for what life would be like as a grown-up. I thought I could do lots of things, like start a chari-

table organization, and do something new every day even if I had the flu,” she says, laughing. “As a kid, just thought that with that ultimate ticket to freedom in hand I could do a lot of good, and it seems to me now that the little kid version of me would be very disappointed in how the grown-up version of me turned out.” She took creative writing classes at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, where she wrote a short story about a tween dealing with an alcoholic parent. Her classmates and instructor encouraged her to write more. After polishing her manuscript, Lamb journeyed to Los Angeles for the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Annual Conference. There, she met with an editor from a major New York publisher. She read a portion of the manuscript and said, “Well, the voice is good and you seem pretty passionate about this subject, but realistic fiction today is extremely difficult to sell because we’re in the age of vampires

“I’ve felt firsthand the pain of loving people battling this disease. I’ve witnessed the pain of my family members who’ve been hurt by alcoholic behavior,” says Lamb. “What I hope is that this story fosters some understanding for those who have never been touched by alcoholism to understand what their classmates, teammates, and neighbors might be going through. And for children who know firsthand what alcoholism can do a family, I hope they’re inspired by Easter’s hope and that she stepped up to finally get help.” When Easter Ann Peters: Operation Cool, her young adult novel about dealing with an alcoholic parent, was finally published after two years of hard work, Jody stated she just wanted to help one other kid. However, the reach of Lamb’s first book has gone way beyond that of just one child. “It’s been incredibly awesome to know the book is out there in the hands of families and kids who need it. I heard from people across the country, in Canada, in (England), who thanked me for starting the discussion. Even some alcoholics themselves unexpectedly thanked me for writing a story saying that alcoholism truly is a disease,” explains Lamb. She continues: “I’ve been so fortunate in that different web-sites related to alcoholism have really embraced it. There’s been this word of mouth where family members hear about it and they send it along – I’ve been so appreciative of that. There are so many books out there and it’s hard to really stand out. I think people like the subject and there’s a need for it.” Lamb sent her book to Jerry Moe, the National Director of the Children’s Program at Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, CA. Moe wrote and asked for another copy, because he gave his to a 12-year-old girl whose mother was in treatment there. “The book gave her a lot of hope,” said Lamb. “When I heard that, all of it had been worth it because I only wanted to help one other kid. Hearing from others is just more fuel to keep writing.”

and wizards. Eight years ago, this would’ve been published.” She advised me to change the whole story or start a new story. “I politely thanked her, then went back to my hotel room and hysterically cried,” Jody confesses. The book was rejected a total of 30 times. However, it finally found a home with Scribe Publishing Company in Royal Oak, which was founded by Jennifer Baum. Breaking every rule about query letters, Lamb emailed Baum, who agreed to read the book. After she finished reading it, Baum bought the manuscript and Lamb’s dream of making a Visit Jody at difference in the lives of those touched by Kurt Anthony Krug is a freelance writer. alcohol came true.

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Breastfeeding Multiples Mother Baby Group is a free drop-in group for mothers of twins or more. Support staff available. 3rd Wed, 1-3pm. Sponsored by The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor 734.975.6534. The Breastfeeding Café is a free drop-in group for breastfeeding mothers and their babies, hosted by lactation consultant Barbara Robertson. Fridays 10-11:30am The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor. 734.975.6534. Saint Joseph Mercy Breastfeeding Clinic is designed to support breastfeeding mothers and their babies. Appointments with lactation consultants available. 734.712.6357 Breastfeeding Club is a free, drop-in group facilitated by a board-certified Lactation Consultant to answer questions and empower moms to reach their breastfeeding goals. For pregnant and breastfeeding moms and babies (as well as older siblings). 2nd Mon, 1-3pm (no meetings July or December). Ellen Thompson Women’s Health Center 734.712.6357 Breastfeeding Class ~ Learn breastfeeding techniques that work. Partners are encouraged to attend. 800.231.2211. Register online: Working & Breastfeeding Mother Baby Group is a free drop-in group for mothers who have returned to work and are continuing to breastfeed. 2nd Sat, 1-3pm. The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor 734.663.1523 Breastfeeding Basics Class ~ Prepare for a satisfying breastfeeding experience. Weeknight/ Saturday classes at Center for the Childbearing Year; online classes also available.

Health Dawn Farm Education Series is a free annual workshop series providing helpful, hopeful, practical information about chemical dependency, recovery, family concerns and related issues. Programs are presented on the last 2 or 3 Tuesdays, September through June. St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education. 734.485.8725. or Free Eye Exams ~Dr. Muir of Vision Source is offering free eye exams for children up to 36 months with little or no vision insurance. 517.545.2020 Provided through InfantSEE. Contact the American Optometric Association. Livingston County Catholic Charities provides outpatient mental health & substance abuse counseling for children, teens, adults & families. Insurances accepted & sliding-fee scale. 517.545.5944

Livingston County Dept of Public Health offers immunizations, TB skin tests, assistance to gain access to medical care, hearing and vision screening, HIV tests, Children Special Health Care Services, Nurses Welcome Newborns (newborn home visits) and WIC. 517.546.9850 or visit Livingston Family Center provides outpatient therapy services to youth and families with runaway services, supervised visits, support and substance abuse prevention. Many programs are free. 810.231.9591. Understanding Food Allergies is a seasonal workshop that explores the different types of allergies and testing. Topics include the use of digestive enzymes, elimination diets, restoring the immune system, and using supplements to heal the digestive tract. 810.299.4130 Teens Using Drugs: What to Know and What to Do is for parents and other family members, teens, and people who work with teens. Free literature about alcohol/other drugs and teens is provided. St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center 7:30-9:00pm Oct.-June except Dec. 734.973.7892

Mom Groups Great Parents, Great Start Playgroups are parentchild playgroups that focus on developmental needs of infants and toddlers. 517.540.6829 robinsschutz@ Livingston Area Parents of Multiples provides parents/guardians of multiple birth children with encouragement, resources and information. 3rd Thur. 7pm, Saint Joseph’s Church in Howell. 734.377.6816 Moms and Tots of Brighton ~Playgroups and playdates, field trips and outings, special interest groups, evenings out for moms and family events. 734.891.4386 Moms In Touch meets one hour a week to pray for students & their schools. 517.545.9920 Moms Social Group provides a fun outlet for Moms of school age children to connect with other Moms. MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) Cornerstone Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Brighton, 2nd & 4th Tues. 810.227.9411. Our Savior Lutheran Church, Hartland 248.887.4300. Fine Arts Academy, Whitmore Lake 734.646.1429 Interested in starting a group? Contact: Munchkin Moms Playgroup provides playtime in the gym, playdates at members’ homes, fun in the parks & field trips. 517.294.7040 Parent-to-Parent Support is a free, informal drop-in group for moms, dads, partners, and babies. Toddlers welcome. Every Wednesday, 10-11:30am, Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks St., Ann Arbor. 734-663-1523.

Pregnancy/Childbirth Bradley Natural Childbirth Classes ~ Relaxation, nutrition, pregnancy exercises, labor stages, pain reduction, breastfeeding, coaching, newborn care, and benefits/drawbacks of typical procedures. 12 weeks. Brighton area. $275. 810.227.0513

Boot Camp for New Dads is a three-hour workshop for first-time fathers (who may bring their baby). Taught by Boot Camp veterans under the direction of a trained coach, this program enables new fathers to step up to the challenge of being a dad and feel more confident bringing the new baby home. 800.231.2211 Register online: Center for the Childbearing Year offers classes for expectant parents: Everything You Need to Know; Labor & Birth; Caring for Your Newborn; Breastfeeding Basics; and Online Childbirth Preparation programs for busy couples. Also library and free drop-in groups. or 734.663.1523. Childbirth Education Classes prepare you and your labor support coach for labor and delivery. Information regarding natural childbirth techniques, relaxation exercises, medical intervention and cesarean births is included. Classes are offered at Ann Arbor, Brighton, Livonia and Chelsea hospitals. 800.231.2211. Register online: Childbirth Prep & Refresher Courses Learn relaxation techniques, breathing patterns, pain management, coaching skills for labor and birth, Cesarean childbirth, breast-feeding, and newborn care. 810.231.2820 Dad’s Baby Care Boot Camp ~ It is time to lose your dread of the diaper and conquer your fear of the cry. 2nd and 4th Tues of every other month. 810.494.5433 Dad’s Team is for expectant dads and dads of toddlers. Meet with male mentors every other week and progress through a parenting and life skills curriculum. Earn “baby bucks” to purchase food, formula, clothing, diapers, equipment and virtually anything an infant needs. 810.494.5433 Doulas Care Program is a volunteer program that matches low-income mothers-to-be with a doula that provides physical, emotional and educational support. 3 prenatal home visits, attendance at your birth, and 3 post-partum home visits at no charge. 734.332.8070. Earn While You Learn~Basic needs & parenting support for parents of infants. Meet with a mentor every other week and progress through a parenting and life skills curriculum. Earn “baby bucks” to purchase food, formula, clothing, diapers, equipment and virtually anything an infant needs. 810.494.5433 Family Birth Center Tour is now available on-line at To tour the Family Birth Center in person call 800.231.2211 or register online: Family Birth Center Sibling Class + Tour is a new class for 3-7 year olds who are preparing to become big brothers and big sisters, and their mother is delivering at St Joseph Mercy Hospital-Ann Arbor. 800.231.2211 Register online: Family and Friends CPR~Infant and child CPR classes are available at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. 800.231.2211 Register online: Free Pregnancy Testing, Nurse Consultation, & Ultrasound ~After a nurse assessment, a client may be offered a free ultrasound. Pregnancy Help Clinic 810.494.5433 Infant Care is a class about normal newborn care, both in the hospital and at home, including demonstrations on how to bathe and diaper your baby and discussion of infant safety. 800.231.2211. Register online:

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Pregnancy/Childbirth cont. Livingston Postpartum Support Group provides a place to talk about your birth or early parenting experiences. Babies and older siblings welcome. 1st Wed. 10am First United Methodist Church in Brighton 517.214.7272. Meet the Doctor & Nurse Practitioner ~ For parents expecting their first child or looking for a pediatrician. 2nd Tues at IHA Livingston Pediatrics 5:30-6:30 pm 810.494.6820 Michigan Doula Connection is a nonprofit organization offering free birth and postpartum doula care for low-income families. Mommy and Me is a free drop-in meeting for new mom and her baby. Informal discussion with other new mothers, sharing ideas, and learning more about caring for yourself and your newborn.1st Wed 10-11:30am except Jan. & Jul. Ellen Thompson Women’s Health Center. Pet Preparation before Baby Arrives ~ This class will educate dog and cat owners about common behavior problems that occur and strategies to prevent these issues. 800.231.2211 Register online: Postpartum Depression Support Group 1st & 3rd Tues 10:30am-Noon Catholic Social Services, Ann Arbor. Free for women and their partners, children, or family 734.302.0033. Prenatal Yoga is a time for mom and unborn child to stretch and strengthen the spine, release and relax into the pelvic floor, and learn breathing techniques for more comfort. Bring a mat or rent one. 810.299.4130 Prenatal or Postnatal Yoga ~ Expectant mothers learnstretching and strengthening poses, along with helpful breathing exercises. 6-8 weeks following delivery you can bring your baby with you as you regain strength, flexibility and energy as well as finding balance and restoration. 800.231.2211. Register online: Prenatal/Post-partum Aqua Aerobics is specifically designed for expectant and post-partum women to provide support for physiological and anatomical changes during and after pregnancy. A permission slip from your obstetrician is required to attend. Tues & Thurs 6:307:30pm 517.540.8355. Survival Skills for New Moms is a prenatal class for women expecting their first baby. You will learn practical information on surviving those first few weeks at home with baby, caring for yourself, juggling visitors, and managing fatigue. 800.231.2211. Register online:

Special Needs Ashley’s Friends is a group for children and youth 5-18 years of age who have experienced the death of a loved one, and the adults who care for them. This free group meets at the Kennedy Center in Howell on Monday evenings. 517.546.4440 Creating Lasting Family Connections provides support and education for parents raising teenagers. Focus on substance abuse prevention. Free. Classes in Jan., Apr., & Jul. 7 weeks. Call to register 517.548.1350 Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Support Group for parents of children with FASD. First Thurs. of each month. Free. St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital Cafeteria Conference Room 810.599.9399

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Livingston County is offering a free support group for parents and other primary caregivers who have a child or adolescent who has been diagnosed with a mental illness. 2nd Thurs. 7-9 pm. First United Methodist Church, Brighton 517.546.7449 Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) is a group of parents of children with disabilities who share their knowledge & resources with other parents and help them to find their way through the special education “maze”. 2nd Mon. 9:30am-Noon. LESA Bldg. 517.540.6804. Parents of Hope is a new grief support group for parents who have lost children of any age. 7pm 1st & 3rd Tues. Cornerstone Church 810.494.4013 The Family Support Network (FSN) of Michigan offers emotional support for families of children with special health needs. Practical suggestions for day-to-day living, parent support groups, one-on-one support and training programs for parents. 800.359.3722 LACASA provides 24-hour emergency support and oncall response for victims of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault. They offer critical resources, shelter, counseling and legal advocacy for individuals and families impacted by abuse and senseless violence. Ongoing support groups held weekly. 866.522.2725.

Miscellaneous Big Brothers Big Sisters~Does your child need an adult mentor? Ages 5-16 can get one-to-one emotional support.517.546.1140 Family Story Time ~ Stories, songs and crafts for all ages. Pinckney Library. Tues 11am Wed 1pm FREE 734.878.3888 Families and Providers for the Success of Children offers support for parents and child care providers meeting the social-emotional needs of children aged 3-5, particularly those at risk for expulsion. Lending library, articles and newsletters, phone support. 517.548.9112 Free Children’s Clothing ~ Toys, fresh baked bread, household goods, appliances, adult clothing. Tues 3pm Brighton Church of Christ 810.229.7051 Howell Teen Center is a place that is teen friendly and teen driven where teens gather with friends, interact with adults, gain recognition, and make choices. about what they will do and how they will do it, all in a place that is teen friendly and teen driven. Video games, movies, study area, live bands, play ping pong or pool. 517.546.0693 Nurturing Parenting Classes ~ award-winning, nationally recognized program for parents of young children newborn to 11 years. For parents and their children. 10-week sessions beginning in January and April. 517.548.1350 Parent/Tot Play & Make Music Classes help children ages 10 months - 4 years develop learning skills through music and motor activities and use cooperation and social skills to make new friends. Brighton’s largest indoor playground. Miller Intergenerational Center 810.299.4130 Fathers Only Parenting Class is an 8-week learning experience for fathers, stepfathers, and other male caregivers that starts in January and September. 517.548.1350

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