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It was nice to see so many of you at the Natural Parenting Expo last month in Howell. We welcome you, and everyone, to our Mothers Day issue. For those of us who celebrate moms all year, it’s always a pleasure when Mothers Day rolls around and the rest of the country gets on board. Probably many of you can relate to the mom who tells her Mothers Day story on page six about trying to manage her expectations for the day, until she was suddenly overwhelmed with a sense of how truly blessed she was. For our part, we continue to work hard to find new ways to be helpful, supportive and a blessing to both moms and dads. Last year we organized our first camp fair, and launched our new web site

and our weekly event e-newsletter. (If you are not receiving it, email Rick@LivingstonParentJournal. com to subscribe.) The web site allows us to make resources like the Summer Camp Guide available for many months instead of just in March, and the newsletter gives us a chance to send you the very latest updates about events coming up every weekend.

We’ll try hard not to let you down and to support you in the critical task of passing along values to the next generation.

It’s also exciting, energizing, and gratifying to be able to connect with so many of you on our Facebook, and to hear back from you as well. For us, and I hope for you, Livingston Parent Journal has become so much more than just a magazine, although we are still very committed to making our publication as excellent as we are able. We feel privileged that you picked us to be a part of your parenting team.

Until then, enjoy Mothers Day, and May flowers, and Memorial Day.

Looking ahead, the June issue next month will be our Day Trip Planner. Don’t miss our directory of local family destinations as well as our salute to fatherhood.

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Playstation With summer job season quickly approaching, parents everywhere are realizing that their kids have zero job experience or employable skills. Suzanne Kleinberg is a career coach and author who has provided consulting services to corporations, not-for-proďŹ t organizations and individual clients. She has a B.A. in Economics from York University and a Masters in Project Management. There is a serious disconnect for Generation Text between what having a job requires and what corporate culture actually is,â€? states Kleinberg, informed by her own experiences as a career coach who specializes in working with youth and new graduates.

I would focus more on developing my people skills. How you talk to, listen to and build positive relationships with coworkers is one of the toughest skills, and it can only be taught through experience. I would have tried different things. As a teen, I had no clue as to what I wanted to be. But I didn’t experiment to ďŹ nd out. If I had known, then I would have gotten my college degree in something I enjoyed instead of something that people expected of me. I would have developed the skills that I lacked through volunteer work. In the last few years I have learned a lot of skills through volunteering, even though I have been working professionally for a long while. Charities allow you to develop skills even if you have no experience.

She was kind enough to offer some advice for parents of students looking for summer work.

What did you learn and how did you beneďŹ t from your own summer teen employment experiences? The most important thing that I learned was to be proud of doing a good job no matter what job you have. Many teens feel that their worth is far more than what the job market reects. When I worked the candy counter at the movie theater, I had to clean up sticky soda, buttery topping and burnt popcorn stuck to the popper. I had to wear a hideous uniform and I had to work late hours for minimum wage. Through all this, I learned that there is no shame in doing your best. Every job is a growing and learning experience. Once while working during the summer at a law ďŹ rm I was let go. As a result, I learned to take work a little more seriously. I was ďŹ red because I let my attitude affect the work I produced. This lesson changed the way I approached job responsibilities in the future.

If you knew then what you knew now, what would you do differently? I would listen more. As a typical teen, I knew everything so I stopped learning. If I had listened more, I would at least have learned how to work with all different types of people. I would also take the job search process and my work more seriously. Because money wasn’t a key issue for getting a job as a teen, I didn’t appreciate the jobs as much as someone who needed them for their livelihood.

How have things changed for working teens since you were a teen? I think things are harder for teens now. With the economy being so poor, teens are competing with experienced workers or uni-

IS YOUR CHILD HARASSED BY BULLIES? He or She May Be -- And You Might Not Even Know . . . Dear Fellow Parents, You probably have a nice kid. He’s sweet, and follows the rules, and wouldn’t harm a y. And it hurts, doesn’t it, when you see him being picked on by bigger, tougher kids? The sad truth is‌nice kids almost always get picked on.

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To Workstation versity graduates for basic entry level jobs. When I was a teen, you didn’t need a résumé for a job serving coffee but now you do. Teens are expected to be far more polished in applying and interviewing for typical summer jobs.

Don’t wait for jobs to be posted. Go around to the places of work and give them a copy of your résumé. Just because jobs aren’t posted doesn’t mean that they don’t exist or that they don’t come up the following week.

Teens today are also bombarded by the media with unrealistic expectations. Teens feel that their first jobs should be glamorous, pay well for little work and have minimal hours. Some teens turn down typical teen jobs because they feel it is beneath them. It does not fit into the image that they have developed for themselves based on media.

Be persistent. Don’t give up. If you have put in a résumé and you have not gotten a response, follow up with them. Be polite but keep trying to contact them until you receive an answer, but don’t call or email at busy times.

What is your best advice for teens who want to find a job this summer? Understand what skills you have to offer. Create different types of résumés for different types of work so you can highlight the skills needed for each type of job. And be prepared to be able to discuss those skills in an interview confidently.

Don’t beat yourself up about not getting a job. The economy is tough for seasoned professionals. That doesn’t mean that you can’t get a job but don’t feel down because you haven’t so far. At LivingstonParentJournal.com, Suzanne Kleinberg (author of From Playstation to orkstation) explains which job is the right fit for your teen, and why your teen should still look for work even though unemployment figures are so high.

Have a job search plan. If you have an organized plan to follow, you will have more success and less stress. No job is beneath you. Summer jobs are important because they give you work experience. You will not be able to get your future dream job without experience and proof that you are a hard worker. Even when you get your dream job, it will still include tasks you won’t want to do. Be professional at all times. Even if you are rejected, always act polite and mature because you never know what future opportunities might exist. Employers always remember the person who was rude or immature.

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www.mapletreemontessori.com Laura Cronenwett Webber Boaz: “Are all Moms smart like you, or no?” Natalie Beauregard Burge Practiced the cello for an hour and half last night with Lucas at my feet, he kept clapping and messing up my time up. He needs to work on clapping to the beat.

Carrie Tennant Shumaker Pool torpedo landed on top of a hot halogen lamp, melted and filled the house with noxious fumes. I think there is a teachable moment in here somewhere.

Angela Cox ”Mom, I have the best idea so dad won’t have to go to work today! We build three robots, one says DAD on it, and it goes to work and does the jobs, then the second one goes there and gets the money and takes it to the other one who puts it in the jar and then puts the lid on. When the jar’s all filled up, dad doesn’t have to go to work anymore”

Lori Burkart Eden thinks I’m disabled. I explained that I couldn’t actually ice skate with her because I could fall & hurt the baby. She now thinks Wii Ping Pong is too risky because you have to move your arms a lot.

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Just keeping my nephew entertained while on my lunch break.

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Mother’s Day Expectations In too many ways, Mother’s Day is just like every other day. Wise moms wishing to avoid frustration adjust their expectations accordingly. God forbid, that on a day when your family is trying to celebrate your sweetness, you invite disillusionment, frustration, and anger to the party with your unreasonable expectations. After 24 Mother’s Days, I finally know better. It would be so nice, however, as the seasoned mom next door shared with me, if, for example, for just one day the children would not bicker. I know however, that my children will never allow that fantasy to persist for very long. In addition to bickering, on Mother’s Day I know that my children will almost certainly drop their belongings on the floor wherever they happen to be standing, and leave them there. They may very well spill a box of cookies, forget their basic responsibilities, and insist that their preparations for church not move forward until I resume my constant nagging. Then, inexplicably, they will sneak in something so sweet and unexpected as to totally disarm me, which is what happened last year. My big son set up an umbrella and a reading chair for me on the lawn so I could enjoy a book in the beautiful

weather without getting too warm. My young daughter was asked to sweep the kitchen floor, but then mopped it as well. My smallest one wrapped me in the hugest hug, his little heart just overflowing with love and affection for me. My faraway child sent me a beautiful photo recalling a moment we had shared weeks ago. My struggling one, the one responsible for a whole new crop of wrinkles, wrote me a heartfelt letter telling me that I was her life raft this year and that she would To love and be have been lost without me. My oldest, a mother herself loved, to be happy now who finally knows what it feels like to give endlessly in this life and have of herself, made me the loveliest cocktail, which was hope in the next, just the right touch at the end of my day.

is to have it all.

There were also gifts, given with such gleeful expressions of delight on their faces, in anticipation of how I would just love their offerings: Little projects made in kindergarten, carefully hand made presents, and a photo collage on which they had collaborated for weeks. There were also carefully selected random things from Target: Chocolates, candy scented hand soaps, new clothes for my yoga class, and wall art. They had worked on all these things so diligently over the past few weeks, all the while presumably thinking loving thoughts about me. I knew for sure that some of that work must have been done on days when I was short tempered, crabby and too rushed to give them the attention they desired from me. It was humbling to see their devotion and to remember that despite my best intentions I still fall short of what I wish to be for them. So like every year, I ended Mother’s Day full of gratitude and feeling so blessed; overwhelmed in fact, at the heaps of blessings that are miraculously and undeservedly mine. I am so deeply, profoundly grateful for the six beautiful souls who belong to me and for the man who made me a mother and who has provided the kind of life where I could pour all of myself into my mothering. They are imperfect. I also am imperfect, but I love them with all of my being and I am so grateful that we belong to each other. To love and be loved, to be happy in this life and have hope in the next, is to have it all. Patty Thomas

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Be a Good Loser okay to make others the target of what’s going on inside of you, and they need to understand that. Being a poor loser will drive friends and allies away from them.

difficult time letting go of negative feelings, have him repeat over and over to himself: “I gave it my best shot. I did well to get as far as I did.”

Here are six simple lessons to teach to kids that will help them be good losers.

Join in the celebration.

Have fun. Running in a race on a beautiful day when you feel healthy and alive should be fun. Remind your child that the activity she loves is fun, and that she can put less emphasis on winning. When she thinks this way, even the practices leading up to the tournament can just be about fun and doing her best. No matter how disappointing the outcome of the competition, she’ll have had joyous moments and great memories leading up to it.

Focus on trying.

Our kids are exposed to bad losers all the time--not only in their sports leagues or skating competitions, but also on TV. They see reality show contestants throw tantrums and professional athletes trash their teammates or coaches for losing. With such poor role modeling, how can parents teach kids to be good losers? We can start by helping kids understand the basic reasons for the behavior of bad losers. Sore losers think they’re special. They believe the whole world should agree with them and bow down to them. When they don’t win and aren’t acknowledged for how special they are, they get angry, because it feels like an injustice. Explain to kids that it’s normal to have an emotional reaction when they don’t get what they want. It’s natural to feel angry when the world doesn’t conform to their expectations or when they experience something that feels unfair. But it’s not

Resilient people--those who bounce back easily from disappointments and setbacks--aren’t wedded to the outcome. Don’t let your child set himself up for disappointment with the expectation that he’ll win. Teach him that giving it his maximum effort is the only thing he can control. If he does win, that’s a wonderful bonus and shows that hard work pays off.

Look for the benefit. Your child won’t always get what she wants, but she can always benefit from trying. Ask her, “What did you learn?” Most competitive kids can come up with an answer that’s helpful. There’s always a win for your child personally, whether it’s honing her skills, learning something about her technique, or figuring out a different and better strategy for next time.

Congratulate yourself. If a child’s sense of well-being is dependent upon external recognition, he’ll set himself up for disappointment and will always be at the mercy of outside sources for self-worth and happiness. If he’s having a particularly

Being a gracious loser centers around the ability to celebrate someone else’s good fortune, despite the disappointment one feels. It’s fine for a kid to acknowledge her disappointment at losing, but it’s not fine to diminish the success or joy of the winner. Remind her that if she had won, she’d want and expect others to congratulate her, so it’s right for her to congratulate the winner.

Deal with inevitable emotions. Let your child know that it’s okay and healthy to feel and express anger and frustration at losing, but in a safe and private place. Show him how to have that temper tantrum by himself. For example, he can punch a punching bag at home in the basement and yell at the top of his lungs. He’ll feel relieved after he lets all that emotional energy out, and much better than if he took out his frustration and rage on someone else. Jude Bijou, MA, MFT, is a respected psychotherapist, professional educator, and workshop leader. Her theory of Attitude Reconstruction® evolved over the course of more than 30 years working with clients as a licensed marriage and family therapist, and is the subject of her award-winning book, Attitude Reconstruction: A Blueprint for Building a Better Life. attitudereconstruction.com.

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Flint Youth Theatre A Program of the Flint Institute of Music

DRAMA SCHOOL Summer Acting Classes begin June 24 Classes and performance opportunities for all students age 3 – grade 12

Make plans now for an exciting summer! It’s a short drive to FYT and registration is now open.

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FARMERS MARKETS Brighton Saturdays 8am-1pm 200 North 1st Street 810.955.1471 brightoncoc.org Howell Sundays 9am-2pm Downtown on the Courthouse Lawn 517.546.3920 howell.org Green Oak Sundays 10am-3pm Green Oak Village Place Mall 313.590.1960 greenoakmarket@gmail.com

Fowlerville Fridays 3-7pm City Parking Lot on Grand River 517.375.5132 fowlerville.org Hartland Old Hartland High School Saturdays 9am-1pm 810.632.1030 hartland.market@hotmail.com

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Wednesday 1 Ceramic Painting Craft Ages 3-12 Hamburg Library 6:30pm FREE 810.231.1771 hamburglibrary.org hamburglibrary.org

Friday 3 Lost in Space Learn the stories behind the Men, Myths, & Monsters of the night sky inside the StarLab planetarium. Brighton Library 6:00, 6:40 or 7:20pm FREE 810.229.6571 brightonlibrary.info

Build an Herb Planter Hands-on workshop for children ages 5-12. Free workshop apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement. Home Depot 9amNoon 517.548.3742

Calling All Owls Join an interpreter and separate fact from fiction, then walk in search of resident screech owls. Ages 6 and older. Kensington 8:30pm $5 810.227.8910

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 howellnaturecenter.org

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Family Tae Kwon Do Every Tuesday and Thursday in May Kils Tae Kwon Do 6:30-7:30pm or 7:30-8:30pm $100 517.546.0693 howellrecreation.org

Run Against Drugs Organized by Livingston County Community Alliance First United Methodist Church in Howell 10am $25 517.545.5944

YMCA Camp Copneconic Open House Sample summer camp activities, Staff will be on hand to answer questions and help you select activities. 2-5pm FREE

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Creatures of the Night Meet a live owl, bats, and a flying squirrel and learn how they survive in their nighttime environment. Presented by the Organization for Bat Conservation. Tickets available 30 minutes before program. For children ages 6 and up. Brighton Library 1-2pm FREE 810.229.6571

Beauty and the Beast presented by Brighton High School at the Brighton Center for the Performing Arts Fri & Sat 7:30pm Sun 4:30pm $16 810.923.5008

Fri-Sun 3-5 Tarzan The Hartland High School thespians present this Broadway musical. Hartland High School Fri & Sat 7:30 pm Sun 2:30pm $13 hartlanddramaclub.weebly.com

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Birding by Ear Learn tricks to identify local songbirds by ear. A basic guide to common bird songs is included. Ages 10 and older. Kensington 9am $5 810.227.8910

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Wildwing Watch The herons are back on the rookery. Spotting scopes available. Kensington Noon-4pm 810.227.8910 metroparks.com

Thursday 9 Mom’s Night out at Tanger Outlet. Food, prizes and special sales. Bring your receipt dated May 9 and totaling $25 or more to Shopper services and get a free $10 gift card. 517.545.0500

Fri-Sun 10-12 Disney’s Aladdin Jr Spring Youth Production of The Community Theatre of Howell. Howell Freshman Campus Fri 7:30pm Sat 2:00 & 7:30pm Sun 2pm $10 517.545.1290 cththeatre.org Car entry fee.

Reservations required. Please call ahead.

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May Bird Count Bring binoculars to help conduct a census of Kensington’s spring birds. Everyone will be part of a team led by an experienced birder. Participants should dress for the weather. Kensington 7am 810.227.8910 metroparks.com

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Sweetheart Frame Build this gift for Mother’s Day Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic 10am 517.548.3475

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Disney’s Aladdin Jr see May 10-12

Zip Line and Climbing Tower see May 4

Mother & Daughter Tea Dress up, tea, crumpets, finger sandwiches and soft classical music. Miller Intergenerational Center 1:30-3:00PM $15/couple 810.299.4130

Friday 10 Open Mic Poetry, comedy, singing, dancing, and other performance art. Bennett Recreation Center 7-9pm $2 517.546.0693 howellrecreation.org

Civil War Encampment Weapons drills, military maneuvers, cooking techniques, a baseball game and period music. of tesy Photograph by Tom Helfrich Cour Kensington Sat Huron-Clinton Metroparks 10am-7pm Sun 10am-5pm 800-47-PARKS metroparks.com

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Comedienne Kelli Pomarolli Mother and daughter event. Dressy attire. Followed by refreshments. Centerpointe Church 7pm $5 517.546.4750 kerripom.com

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Sunday 12 Mother’s Day Wildflower Hike Join an interpreter on Mother’s Day for a guided hike to discover the wildflowers. Hudson Mills Metropark 1pm $5 (free for moms) 734.426.8211 metroparks.com Mothers’ Day Come visit the farm and see farm mamas taking care of their babies, and take mom for a hayride. Kensington Noon-4pm 248.684.8632 metroparks.com

Fly a Kite Bring your own kite or make one when you get there. Watch kite-making demonstrations. Concessions available. Genoa Township Hall 10am-Noon 517.546.0693 howellrecreation.org KinderConcert Kurt Civilette and his French Horn present a half hour concert designed for ages 2-6. Dexter Library 10am FREE a2so.com

Wednesday 15 Contra Dance Learn the dance steps on site with help of a caller and live music. All ages welcome. Howell Opera House 6:30-9:00pm $5 517.540.0065 theoperahouse.us

Sat & Sun 18 & 19 Heron Days Live bat presentation, native tree and shrub sale, live insect exhibits, a book sale, heron rookery viewing, and Rosco the Clown and his magic shows. Kensington Noon-4pm 810.227.8910 metroparks.com

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Open House at YMCA Camp Storer Pony rides, arts and crafts, archery, climbing tower, high ropes, pontoon ride. 1-4pm FREE 517.536.8607

Beauty and the Beast has played to over 35 million people worldwide in 21 countries. The Whiting $29 810.237.7333 TheWhiting.com

May 11 50th Anniversary Celebration at Woldumar Nature Center Geo Cache challenge, naturalist-guided wildflower hikes, eco pontoon boat tours of the Grand River, tree plantings, native plant and birdseed sales, Moon Cabin tours, a variety of expert-led nature workshops and a bounce house. 10am-5pm woldumar.org

May 17-19 Titanic–Tragedy and Trial Written by Pat Cook and presented by the Young Actors Guild, is an historically accurate, tightly written enactment, presented in an imaginative way. Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre Fri 7:30pm, Sat 2:00 & 7:30pm, Sun 2pm $15 734.926.5629 aayag.org Car entry fee.

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Monday 27 Thursday 23 Fountain Dance Ministry Presentation Night Jane Tasch Theatre 7pm $11 fountaindance.org

Beasts at the Boat Rental Snakes and turtles are among the most fascinating of all animals. There’s also a lot of misinformation about them. Sort out what is true and what isn’t. Kensington 1-3pm 810.227.8910 metroparks.com

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the distance that peppermint flew when it flew out!” Julie also states that her father had Parkinsons disease and would often choke on items. Several times, she had to perform both the Heimlich as well as CPR on him and was incredibly grateful she had been trained to do that.

CPR for an adult does not assure that you could perform it on a 2 month old infant. Since saving a life is the goal, understanding these variations is crucial to properly administering CPR. American Safety & Health Education has teamed up with Restored Life Health

Heimlich and CPR for Infants Despite children having a strong gag reflex, the diameter of their airway is smaller than that of an adult and is therefore more vulnerable to obstruction. Children are often less able to have as forceful of a cough as an adult would and this can make it more difficult for them to unlodge a small item from their throat. The longer the airflow is obstructed, the more serious the final outcome.

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eannie Matovski of Whitmore Lake was on vacation in Wisconsin visiting family, when her one and a half year old nephew began to choke on a grape. His grandmother began to pat him on the back, trying to dislodge the stuck fruit, but it was not working and she was beginning to panic. Jeannie, being an elementary teacher, trained in CPR, jumped into action, quickly doing the baby version of a Heimlich Maneuver and dislodging the stuck grape. She states “As a teacher, we naturally just step in and do what it takes to improve a situation. This was no different. I am glad that I had the training and knowledge to know what to do. I potentially could have saved my nephew's life.” Julie Hibbs, originally from Tennessee, tells a story of her daughter swallowing a peppermint candy when she was in 3rd grade. Her daughter, Sarah was grasping at her throat, unable to breathe when Julie began to perform Heimlich. She states with humor, “Sara and I both were amazed at

A 2008 study, reported in the NY Times, found that the most common food related choking hazards in children were hot dogs, peanuts, carrots, boned chicken, candy, meat, popcorn, fish with bones, sunflower seeds and apples. The most common non-food items are small batteries, marbles and magnets, balloons, coins, small stones, and art supplies (beads, buttons, etc.). Parents can, however, prepare themselves. Training in the Heimlich Maneuver & CPR can save the life of your child, or someone else’s. It is estimated that over 50,000 lives have been saved because of the Heimlich Maneuver, and The American Heart Association estimates that 100,000 to 200,000 lives of both adults and children could be spared each year by the proper use of CPR.

Center in Howell to offer Pediatric CPR & First Aid certifications. ASHE is a nationally accredited organization that uses fully certified instructors. They provide training for healthcare providers and workplaces as well as the general community so provide some of the highest quality training possible. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, day care provider, babysitter or someone in the general community wanting to learn, this class will provide hands on training that will teach you all you need to know to be prepared. There are currently two certifications scheduled, for May 18th or June 15th, both at 9:00 a.m. Certification will cost $60 and is limited to under 20 people each day. To register, call 517-507-4343 or go online to facebook.com/myRLHC Kelly Milano, DC is a chiropractor that both lives and serves in Howell. She is the mother to 5 children ages 6-15 and works alongside her husband, Dr. Tim at Restored Life Health Center on Grand River in Howell. She is part of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, is certified in Webster Technique, and is also a member of the Chiropractic Cancer Foundation for Children, offering free chiropractic care to children fighting cancer. She loves working with pediatric patients and those with special needs.

While CPR on adults, children and infants is all virtually the same, there are some variations that need to be made based on body size of the individual. Knowing

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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. bfcaa.com 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. bfcaa.com 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: stjoeshealth.org/classes 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. center4cby.com.

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. dawnfarm.org or info@dawnfarm.org. 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. aoa.org 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 lchd.org 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. livingstonfamilycenter.org 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 teensusingdrugs.org

Mom Groups Great Parents, Great Start Playgroups are parentchild playgroups that focus on developmental needs of infants and toddlers. 517.540.6829 robinsschutz@ livingstonesa.org 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 mail@livingstonmultiples.com.  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 momsrus@live.com Moms In Touch meets one hour a week to pray for students & their schools. 517.545.9920 mitimiroster@momsintouch.org Moms Social Group provides a fun outlet for Moms of school age children to connect with other Moms. www.meetup.com/Moms-Social-Group-MSG 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: carlislesusan@hotmail.com Munchkin Moms Playgroup provides playtime in the gym, playdates at members’ homes, fun in the parks & field trips. 517.294.7040 caspercat44@yahoo.com. hotshepherd.org 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. www.center4cby.com.

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: stjoeshealth.org/classes 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. center4cby.com 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: stjoeshealth.org/classes. 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. doulascare.org 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 stjoeshealth.org. To tour the Family Birth Center in person call 800.231.2211 or register online: stjoeshealth.org/classes. 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: stjoeshealth.org/classes Family and Friends CPR~Infant and child CPR classes are available at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. 800.231.2211 Register online: stjoeshealth.org/classes 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: stjoeshealth.org/classes

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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. ginacoopersmith@hotmail.com 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. MichiganDoulaConnection.org. 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: stjoeshealth.org/classes 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. ppd-annarbor.org 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: stjoeshealth.org/classes 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. howellschools.com/aquatics 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: stjoeshealth.org/classes

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. scne.lesa.k12.mi.us 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. lacasa1.org

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

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Michigan law allows minors to be tattooed in a licensed tattoo shop as long as one parent or guardian is present to consent to the tattoo and sign the waiver. From time to time parents come into The Shop, my tattoo parlor in Fowlerville, and tell me that they would like to give their consent because they would rather their child get tattooed professionally than in someone’s basement. They are often shocked to learn that I will not tattoo on minors, regardless of the law. This article is to explain the reasons why. When adolescent brains are studied using MRIs, it’s obvious that they actually work differently than adult brains. It’s not just a lack of life experience. In situations where adults would rely on the area of the brain that governs reason and planning, teens mostly use the amygdala, the region of the brain that guides instinctual or “gut” reactions. Teenagers do not have a fully developed frontal cortex and so they are not working with their full adult reasoning faculties. This impairs their ability to make good decisions about permanent body art. One teenager was offended when I refused to tattoo her finance’s name on her. However, a few months later, after they broke up, she came back to thank me. In my experience, teens are less inclined to put crucial thought into their choice of designs. Every week adults come into the shop and show me the tattoo that they regret that they got when they were a teenager. Sometimes they ask me if we can cover it up. Cover-up designs often require a great deal of creativity and are frequently more expensive than the original tattoo. Teens also make mistakes about tattoo placement. Often they want the tattoo in a place where they can show their friends. Adolescents should be warned that this placement often inhibits future career advancement. I remember a guy that was a

waiter at a nice restaurant in Brighton. The uniform didn’t allow for undershirts so he had to apply makeup to his forearm every day before work to cover his tattoo. Even in the case of memorial tattoos for family members, a few of my adult clients have expressed regret for the impulsive designs they chose as a teen. It’s not that the meaning of the tattoo or the person they were honoring became less important to them, but that their artistic design tastes changed dramatically. They wish they had taken more time to find a design that would better honor their loved one’s memory. Finally, teens have a hard time believing that even a basic design may not be something they will want on their bodies in just a couple of years. Since adolescence is a time of significant personal growth and development, things that are important to them now may fade and become inconsequential to them, unlike their tattoos. Since far too many of my clients lament that they wish they had put more thought into the tattoos they got when they were teenagers, my best advice to teens who come into The Shop determined to be tattooed is to suggest they get a drawing of the tattoo that they think they want and hang it up on their mirror. I tell them to look at it daily. Nine times out of ten, they come up with a new design idea a couple weeks later and we have to start the “mirror test” all over again. Darl Papple is a Tattoo Artist and the owner of The Shop, a tattoo parlor in Fowlerville. theshopssite.com

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(810) 632-2118 2100 Progressive Drive, Hartland, MI 48353 (1 mile east of US-23, south of M-59)

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

. Safe and orderly environment . Character education . AP classes & college dual enrollment opportunities . Project-based & interdisciplinary learning . Academic planning & college advising

. Advanced art and foreign language classes . Extracurriculars and athletics . No hassle transfer system . Fully accredited, state funded & tuition-free

Now Enrolling 7th-12th grades

Spring Open House Thursday, June 13, 6-8pm.

Meet with students and faculty, tour the school and view student work and presentations.

Spring Shadow Days Want to experience KWoods firsthand? 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.

www.kwoods.org . 517.545.0828 . On the Campus of Cleary University . 3700 Cleary Drive, Howell

Monday, April 29 Friday, May 10


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