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What are your tips for quarantining at home with the kids?

“Hunkering Down” in April What an interesting time—normally we are

making big plans for Easter, but instead parents are scrambling to navigate school closures and coronavirus. For the first time in the history of Family Magazine, we have no calendar of events this month, in light of the CDC’s recommendation to limit exposure to others. Our advertisers are getting creative about how to serve the public. Be sure to check individual websites for updated information. Support as many local businesses as possible. As you’re spending time at home with the kids, take time to think about summer camp planning. Look over the camp/ summer program advertisers in this issue and be sure to “visit” our Virtual Camp Fair together, launching April 15. Look on page 26 for ideas to keep our earth healthy. One of the ideas is composting. I “vermicompost” with a worm garden. I started several years ago to prevent throwing away fruit and vegetable scraps. I placed dirt in two plastic bins with lids, along with red worms, which eat the scraps and produce worm castings. I freeze scraps in a bag, which I defrost weekly to feed the worms. They don’t eat citrus, but love banana peels. It is a beneficial fertilizer for our garden and helps the landfill. Visit www.sandiegofamily.com for fun, practical ways to celebrate Earth Day on April 22. Have a happy Easter! Find great ideas to celebrate on April 12 (crafts, recipes and more) at www.sandiegofamily.com.


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Anne Malinoski, contributing writer We’re taking a virtual tour of the British Museum at https:// britishmuseum .withgoogle.com. My kids love ancient Egypt, so we’re focusing on artifacts related to mummies and pharaohs. Each item in the collection is featured with a photograph, audio explanation and links to related objects. Lisa Gipson, managing editor My older kids are only spending time with a couple of friends; and visitors have to wash hands upon entering the house. We’re encouraging them to look for ways to help members of our community in need. Cherie Gough, freelance writer Take care of yourself, Moms. The app “Breathe” has lots of free mediations to help remain calm, even if you only have a minute—and even if mediatation isn’t your thing.


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Talk to Kids About Coronavirus Parents play a critical role in helping children feel safe when many people are concerned about coronavirus (COVID-19). Be mindful of your own anxiety—and of exposing the kids to “too much” news. It is up to parents to talk to kids in a way that is honest, accurate and minimizes fear. Find out what they have heard about coronavirus from peers and friends, and provide assurance, if needed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides guidance to help adults navigate these conversations with kids. Their website also provides excellent tips on how to avoid getting and spreading the disease. Find great information and resources at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/ community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html.

The Mess That We Made, by Michelle Lord is a beautifully illustrated picture book that teaches children about the impact of trash on oceans and marine life, plus how kids can help.

Wildlife Ranger Action Guide, by Mary Kay Carson features 50 hands-on activities that help kids become advocates and protectors of local wildlife.

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Fun & Easy Crafting with Recycled Materials, by Kimberly McLeod contains fun, engaging projects using items such as paper towel rolls, cardboard, popsicle sticks, egg cartons and more. There are even instructions for a dinosaur terrarium!

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Now that everyone has more time at home with the kids than they know what to do with, engage in STEAM! Short, easy activities entertain kids while they make unique discoveries. With a few low-cost supplies and minimal directions, young scientists are engaged and challenged with these fun ideas.

Science Float or Sink Game Gather several small items such as balls, toothpicks, small toys, pinecones, rocks and leaves. Make predictions about which items will float and which will sink. Fill a large bowl with water so kids can compare two items at a time and record their findings.

Leaf Rubbing

tubes. Set tubes at different angles to observe varying speeds. As an added challenge, connect tubes to make the tunnels longer.

Toothpick Engineering Add a toothpick to the center of gumdrop candies (or mini marshmallows) and connect them to each other to create threedimensional edible structures that span in all directions.

Paper Airplanes Kids become young engineers when they make and fly paper airplanes. Alter nose shape, design and add paperclip weights, then compete to see which ones fly the farthest.


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Have young scientists gather crayons, markers, paper and leaves in various sizes (that are already on the ground). Place leaves under paper and lightly color in the same direction over the surface. Kids will be surprised to see leaf skeletons appear. Make vegetation creatures by drawing facial features and body parts.

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Photos and Videos Take photos and film a short video (try slow-motion and time-relapse) and have fun editing them in different ways. Take photos while doing activities listed here and add them to a science journal.

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Media camps offer creative skills and unique experiences

Is there anything more exciting than

a child’s wild, ambitious dreams? My 6-year-old wants to be a screenwriter when he grows up. He speaks so enthusiastically about his favorite shows that I feel compelled to assure people we really do limit screen time, take him outdoors and provide real-life experiences. For a little guy, he offers unusually insightful analysis of the movies we watch as a family. He refers to interesting elements in the films as “choices” and loves to point out plot twists. I thought it would be years before my son could pursue his passion and learn the finer points of filmmaking. Yet, he didn’t even finish winter film camp before asking about the spring session. Camps that teach digital media skills expose kids to the awesome benefits

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of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). We know that STEAM encourages creative thinking, builds appreciation for the arts and provides new models for collaborative problem-solving. Digital media camps promote skills that kids are really excited to learn— like filmmaking, music production and photography. Read on for a closer look at the camp my son attended, along with other great arts and technology camps in San Diego.

Filmmaking The most impressive thing about Youth Media & Tech Camp at Media Arts Center is the abundant freedom offered to even the youngest participants. My son attended a winter session, where he and his fellow campers produced two short films from start to finish. The kids did everything! Story ideas

were developed entirely by campers. The instructor was there to coach them on the process—collaborative brainstorming, storyboarding and writing—but left the heaviest creative lifting to them. The kids took turns acting out the script and operating the camera. When it was time to edit, they used iMovie with minimal assistance, adding their own visual and sound effects along the way. My son said his favorite part of camp was learning to use a green screen. I’m impressed that he had such a cool opportunity. At the end of the session, campers treated families to a premiere at the onsite theater, Digital Gym Cinema. Everyone was so proud. I can’t recommend this program enough. Camps are open to kids ages 6–14 and are scheduled throughout the year during major school breaks. Learn more and sign up at https://digitalgym.org/camps.

Flip through the pages of this issue for more camp ideas and access our complete Summer Camp Guide at www.sandiegofamily.com/resources/summer-camps-and-programs.

Digital Art Digital Media Academy offers a variety of arts and technology summer camps located on the UCSD campus. At Adventures in Animation Camp, kids bring their drawings to life with the same techniques and software used by industry professionals. Music Production camp teaches campers to arrange their own tracks while becoming immersed in the world of composition and sound design. Additional camps cover exciting topics like digital photography and graphic design. Many instructors are industry professionals who started out as

campers. Digital Media Academy offers plenty of “unplugged” time during camp sessions, to ensure that kids get ample exercise and playtime during the day. Camps are available for ages 9 and up. Learn more and register at www.digitalmediaacademy.org.

Photography Young shutterbugs (and teens) enjoy the many hands-on Photography Camps at Outside the Lens. Day camps and travel trips are offered at exciting locations around San Diego County. Each session has a unique focus, like nature photography, portraits or trick photography. Filmmaking topics are

also covered and include claymation and stop-motion techniques. Each session ends with an exhibition and students take home a portfolio of their work. Camps are for kids in Kindergarten through college. Equipment is provided. Sign up at www.outsidethelens.org/summercamps.php. Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park also offers photography camps for ages 8–13. Learn more at www.mopa.org/ educate/summer-camps. v Anne Malinoski is a contributing writer and mother of two boys. She loves watching kids pursue their dreams.

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Parenting with Purpose

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Jody Lee Cates

Ask kids why they love camp, and you’ll often hear, “Because it’s FUN!” For many families, camp is an experience where kids have a great time doing things they don’t usually get to do. But benefits of camp reach well beyond learning to surf or petting a dolphin. In a five-year independent study sponsored by the American Camp Association, researchers surveyed past campers, parents and staff about the impact of camp on their lives. Overall, the findings show that kids who attend camp are more optimistic, self-confident, responsible, joyful, and learn skills to relate better to others. Survey participants who were ages 18–25 and attended camp as kids reported that what they learned at camp is helping them thrive in school and the workplace.  At a time when learning social skills isn’t as straightforward as it once was, camp helps kids develop relationship skills that have lifelong benefits. Parents don’t have to wait for kids to attend camp to begin creating a transformational culture at home. Here’s how to use camp strategies to benefit your family year-round.

Talk about what matters most. At camp, kids learn how to

communicate what’s important to them and to listen to what’s important to others. Talk about your family values and what your child hopes to gain from camp. What character traits would you like your child to learn? When choosing a camp, ask the questions: Philosophically, does the culture of the camp resonate with our family? Do the values taught match ours? By sharing values that matter most to your family, you’ll help kids understand why they’re at camp (beyond the fun) and help them feel comfortable when they get there.

Work as a team. While exploring camp options together, utilize the team mentality taught at camp. Team building grows confidence and competence as kids participate in activities with support and encouragement of teammates. At home, think of your family as a team – a group linked by a common purpose, working together to create connection and a sense of belonging. Some camps are skills-based and individual-focused. Others are group focused with a variety of activities to try. Even if a skills-based camp is preferred, look for camps that also support social learning and growth. Ideally, camp will help children improve skills and discover new ones while gaining confidence from learning how to be a good friend and teammate. Mark your calendar: San Diego Family’s Virtual Camp Guide, featuring videos and exclusive camp details, launches April 15 at www.sandiegofamily.com/ resources/virtual-summer-campsand-programs-fair. Plan to check it out with the kids!

Step outside the comfort zone.

A hallmark of camp is the opportunity for kids to try new things and see what works best for them. Find out what activities and guidelines camp staff use to encourage independence and get kids to step outside their comfort zone;

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Take advantage of learning opportunities. Kids who attend

camp have a multitude of learning opportunities. Why should they have all the fun? Camp professionals are a rich resource that parents can learn from year-round by simply following favorite camps on social media and signing up for email newsletters.  Take advantage of the experience and abundant resources camp experts work hard to curate and create. Their knowledge and enthusiasm will keep parents in the know about child development topics that will benefit happy campers well past summer months. 

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then think about how to incorporate the ideas at home. For example, how do they instill the belief that kids are capable of more than what is asked of them? If kids are expected to make their beds every day, start the same daily habit. If kindness is rewarded, set up a similar system at home.  “By putting into practice these kidtested camp strategies, you’re preparing your child for a positive camp experience while giving kids a jump start on what you hope camp will mean to them,” says Audrey Monke, owner and director of Gold Arrow Camp and author of Happy Campers: 9 Summer Camp Secrets for Raising Kids Who Become Thriving Adults.

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strategies that help kids grow into successful adults, Monke stresses that staying connected at a deeper level benefits kids most. She advises parents to resist the natural inclination to return their focus entirely back to daily schedules and homework requirements, forgotten lunches, and the myriad logistical details that make up a busy family’s life. “We don’t talk at camp about kids’ grades,” Monke says. “We talk about their interests, hopes and dreams.” Parents can duplicate these conversations by creating time each day to step back and reflect. Much like circle time or a nightly campfire talk,

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encourage one another to share what’s going well and what they would like to change. Model a willingness to go deeper by slowing down, making eye contact and listening. Make room for kids to evaluate what they’re doing, how they feel, what they hope to accomplish, and what kind of support they need. By using camp strategies proven to build character traits and social skills kids need to thrive, parents create a culture at home that promotes the ongoing growth of happy campers with benefits that last a lifetime. v Jody Lee Cates is a local mom and awardwinning writer who blogs about healthy relationships at www.jodyleecates.com

Camp offers more than fun! Benefits last a lifetime.

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We make a lot of food choices each day. Collectively, those choices make a big difference in helping the planet. According to nonprofit Project Drawdown, a research-based organization that finds and ranks climate change solutions, eating less meat and reducing food waste are two top ways that individuals can make a lasting impact.

Reduce Food Waste • Meal plan and make a shopping list to reduce impulse buys. • Eat leftovers for lunch. Why is it important? According to Natural Resources Defense Council, 40 percent of food in the U.S. is wasted.

Eat Less Meat • Commit to “Meatless Mondays” (or any day of the week). Soup, chili, tacos, pasta and more can be made without meat. • Try a “flexitarian” diet, which is mostly vegetarian, but occasionally includes meat. Why is it important? A recent study published in Science Magazine reveals that growing plant protein has a lesser impact on the environment than meat and dairy production. Need ideas on how to try a flexitarian diet? Read Anne Malinoski’s article Confessions of a Weekday Vegan at www.sandiegofamily.com/ things-to-do/dining-and-recipes/2137.

• Shop farmers markets. Get to know locals who grow without pesticides.

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Improve Kitchen Habits “It is estimated that each Californian generates 0.76 lbs. of compostable food waste every day,” says Sarah BoltwalaMesina, executive director of nonprofit, Inika Small Earth. “Over the course of the year each of us has the ability to send 277 pounds of nutrients back into the soil instead of into a landfill where they sit around emitting methane. We can do this by simply setting up a kitchen scrap collection container on our kitchen counter.” • Try composting. Use a countertop composter or drop off table scraps at a neighborhood Food2Soil program sponsored by Inika. • Reduce or eliminate single use items such as plastic bags, paper napkins or paper towels. Why is it important? Reducing use of plastics helps keep them out of oceans and landfills. cont. on p. 28

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