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INSIDE THIS ISSUE: • • •
Earth Day Craft Healthy Habits at Summer Camp Secondary Infertility: Get the Facts
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mom 2 mom 6 5 Clever Hacks to Simplify Any Family's Morning Routine
1 0 Helping Your Child Make Friends
moms R women 2 12 Stop the Drama 14 Not Ashamed: Antidepressants Made Me a Better Mom
16 Millennials and Baby Boomers Approach Pregnancy Very Differently
Summer Camp Guide
8 Business Spotlight: AtlantiCare
26 In Touch with the Earth: Gardening with Children
know 2 grow 18 10 Smart Tips to Keep Your House Healthy and Safe
22 Saving for College: A Family Affair
24 Secondary Infertility also in this issue 4 Mommy and Me 2 5 Some of My Faves 20 Buying Guide 23 Ask the Doc 37 Things to Do 38 Recipe Corner
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The World In Our Hands Earth Day Craft for Kids Take time to celebrate our planet this Earth Day, and make this fun craft with your children holding the world up in their hands. To make this craft, you’ll need a photo of your child raising their arms over their head. Take a quick picture of your child striking this pose and then you’re ready to begin, along with these other needed supplies: • Card stock or photo paper • Paper plate • Green and blue crayons, colored pencils or paint • Scissors • Glue Print the picture of your child raising their arms on white card stock paper or photo paper. From the photo, cut out your child with scissors, removing all of the background. Decorate the paper plate to look like the earth. Your child can use crayons, colored pencils, paint or even magazine scraps to make it collage-style. After the paper plate earth is finished, simply attach the cut-out photo of your child to it with glue, tape or a stapler. Louisa Kopp is a South Jersey mom and writer. Follow her blog at www.icecreamoffpaperplates.com for party and craft ideas, recipes, and humorous parenting stories. 4 | April 2017
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a letter from the EDITOR and cooking on Sunday that will carry us for the first few days of the week. Sunday afternoon I try to adhere to doing a couple simple recipes like baked-boneless chicken breast to keep in the frig for lunches and snacks and always an easy vegetarian bean soup (even through the spring and summer). This is how we do it in our home...I buy the groceries, then leave out the veggies for my husband to cut up and he does the chopping sometime Sunday afternoon, then I use them to make the soup. Here's my favorite lentil soup recipe that's delicious, super easy and everyone will enjoy. This recipe was adapted from a Martha Stewart recipe.
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Just thinking about all things spring-cleaning up the yard and starting the home and garden projects that can cause allergy symptoms and other mishaps, be sure to check out “AtlantiCare Urgent Care Center”, (page 8) for any nonlife-threatening illnesses and emergencies. This month the nation celebrates Earth Day and be sure to check out the fun craft by blogger Louisa Kopp (page 4) and “In Touch With The Earth: Gardening With Children”, (page 26). With spring here start thinking about summer camp and the open houses you can attend to learn the offerings of local camps, see “Summer Camp Guide”, (starting on page 28). Don’t know about you, but for me it always seems the backend of the school year gets disorganized. If your family’s mornings are getting out of control be sure not to miss, “5 Clever Hacks To Simplify Any Family’s Morning Routine”, (page 6). There are so many great ideas packed into this one article. To keep my family eating relatively healthy meals I do some meal prep
Lentil Soup • 1 tspn olive oil • ½ small onion, finely chopped • 1 carrot, finely chopped • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped • 1 garlic clove, minced • coarse salt and ground pepper • 14.5 ounces vegetable broth • ¾ cup of lentils rinsed & drained • handful of fresh chopped spinach • 2 tspn apple cider vinegar In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium. Add onion, carrot, celery, and garlic; season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion softens, 3 to 5 minutes. Add broth; bring to a boil and cook 5 minutes. Add lentils and cook until soup thickens slightly, about 30 minutes then mix in the chopped spinach and simmer another 5 minutes. Stir in vinegar and season with salt and pepper.
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5 clever hacks to simplify any family’s morning routine Want to up the ante for breakfast without spending any extra morning time in the kitchen? Try this recipe for delicious overnight oats that can be made in the evening and customized for each family member. Protein Power Packed Overnight Oatmeal Recipe Courtesy of WhipperBerry.com Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 8 hours Serves: 1-2
etting the family out the door on time every morning is no small feat. Seemingly simple tasks like getting dressed, packing backpacks and making breakfast can quickly turn into chaos. Before you know it, you're running late and the kids haven't even eaten as you dash to the car. Stop dreading the stressful start to the day and start taking control of your mornings. A few simple tips and tricks will turn the morning craze into smooth sailing. Plus, when you have a stress-free start, the rest of the day just seems to go better. Select a week's worth of clothes Sunday night. Instead of choosing outfits the night prior, supersize your time-saving efforts by doing this task just once on Sunday night. Involve kids in selecting their clothes for the week so they feel empowered in their choices. Then hang entire outfits in the closet or stack in one drawer dedicated to weekday wear. When mornings come, kids know exactly where to find the day's duds. Bonus: you don't have to worry about midweek laundry. Create a routine and set alarms. Create a morning routine and stick to it. For example, kids wake at 7 a.m., eat breakfast at 7:15 a.m., get dressed and ready at 7:30 a.m., then out the door by 8 a.m. And if the kids need to share a bathroom, set a daily bathroom schedule with alarms to keep kids on track and avoid arguments in the morning. 6 | April 2017
Get ready before waking up the kids. Trying to ready yourself for the day while helping the kids is a recipe for disaster. This is why waking before the rest of the family really makes mornings happier. Try getting up 30 minutes before the kids so you have time to get ready and enjoy a cup of coffee. You'll be fully awake, much happier and can focus on helping the kids stay on-task. Create morning rules. Just like you don't let kids eat dessert before dinner to ensure they eat well, set rules for the morning to keep things moving. For example, no TV until all morning tasks are completed. For teens, smartphones and other mobile devices must remain on the kitchen table until they are ready to go. Sundays = meal prep. Make a week's worth of PB&Js on Sunday and put them in the freezer. This way lunch items are ready to go and the sandwiches will be thawed and ready to eat by lunchtime. For breakfast, make it easy for kids by setting out shelf-stable items they can make themselves. New Jif(R) Peanut Butter and Naturally Flavored Cinnamon Spread keeps mornings interesting. Set out a jar by a loaf of bread and kids can quickly make a tasty sandwich they'll devour. Learn more at jif.com. —(BPT)
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“AtlantiCare Urgent Care Centers see patients for medical conditions that require prompt attention, but do not pose an immediate, serious threat to your health or life.”
t one time or another, we’ve all been reminded to “stop and smell the roses,” but if the blooming buds of spring make you sniffle, itch and sneeze, you could be suffering from seasonal allergies. “As trees, grasses, and weeds begin to blossom and mature, they release pollen,” says Dr. Edward (Ted) Fog, AtlantiCare Urgent Care Center Regional Director of the Hammonton and Clementon locations. “A stuffy or runny nose, itchy and watery eyes, post-nasal drip, and a scratchy throat are some common signs of a mild to moderate allergic reaction.” “Preventative measures may help stop allergy suffering before it begins,” says Dr. Fog. “Taking allergy medication before you’re exposed to allergens can help prevent uncomfortable symptoms.” Dr. Fog also recommends optimizing your home to prepare for pollen: • Clean out air ducts regularly to prevent allergens from blowing all over your home. • Wear a mask if you are doing work outdoors that is likely to kick up pollen or mold, such as mowing the lawn. • Don’t hang laundry outside to dry, where pollen can accumulate on your clothes or sheets. • Remove clothes you’ve worn outdoors as soon as you come inside to reduce expose to any pollen. Shower or rinse off to remove 8 | April 2017
pollen from your skin and hair. • Plan outdoor activities for the afternoon or evening, as pollen counts tend to be highest in the morning. • Pay attention to the pollen count, and avoid being outdoors when pollen counts are high. In addition to pollen, you might be allergic to bee stings or poison ivy. You might have reactions after inhaling household dust, mold spores, or pet dander. Tobacco smoke, sensitivities to certain foods or food additives, and other irritants inside or outside your home can also bring on the misery of allergy suffering.
“For many people, allergies can be managed like a chronic health condition by your primary care provider or an allergist,” says Dr. Fog. “However, when you’re having an issue with your allergies and your regular doctor is not available, or you don’t want to go to the hospital, an AtlantiCare Urgent Care Center is a convenient place to get the care you need.” Dr. Fog notes that AtlantiCare Urgent Care Centers can see patients quickly and efficiently. “We don’t require appointments — and because we don’t take care of serious complicated emergencies, our providers are more readily available,” he says. AtlantiCare Urgent Care Centers see patients for medical conditions that require prompt attention but do not pose an immediate, serious threat to your health or life. If you are having a life-threatening medical emergency, call 9-1-1 to get help right away. AtlantiCare Urgent Care has locations in, Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Burlington, and Ocean counties, and offers convenient night, weekend, and holiday hours. To reach AtlantiCare Urgent Care, call 856-783-1802 or 609-407-CARE (2273) or visit www.atlanticare.org/urgent. For more information about AtlantiCare’s Urgent Care Centers or about other AtlantiCare programs and services, visit www.atlanticare.org, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000 or find AtlantiCare on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atlanticare. www.southjerseymom.com
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By Matthew Brenner
Helping Your Child Make Friends
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aking new friends can be a daunting task. Nevertheless, this pales in comparison to helping someone else make friends, let alone the person who you care most about; your child. Helping your child make friends is like trying to help your friend find a date: it is awkward, uncertain, and usually requires lots of convincing. Making friends is part of life, as is the awkward moments that will undoubtedly accompany it. Yet, helping your child make friends is just another step in parenthood as fundamental as changing your first diaper. While it may be easier for some children to make friends on their own, there are 3 ways you can help guide your child in the right direction. Adult friendships can bud from simple conversation, but most often they develop from a shared experience. Whether it be a recreational softball league or a local gym you frequent, shared experiences equal common interests. Therefore, when setting up a playdate for your child, giving them direction in terms of games or toys they can play with will help kindle their friendship, and give their playtime structure. Whether it be building a lego set, or setting up a sports game, the structure will help them learn to overcome obstacles by working cooperatively. Working together is an essential skill for grown ups and children alike. Thus, letting your child pick who he/she is friends with can be equally as important. Just like you cannot choose your family, you cannot choose your child’s friends.
Unless there is clearly something dangerous or toxic about your child’s friendship, you should allow them to pick their own friends. Once again, this is another stepping stone to adulthood, specifically learning how to relate with people who have different interests and backgrounds. Finally, even if you help your child have structured play time with the friends they choose, none of this will workout unless you teach your child how to be a good friend. Teaching your child how to be kind to others outside the home will go way further than just telling them to “be nice and share.” Leading by example and having your child witness you being nice to your friends will make a greater impact than anything you can tell them. Even more so, having them take an active role in doing nice things for strangers will teach them empathy and kindheartedness. Ultimately, as a parent, you want your child to have many amicable friends. Despite this, friends often come and go, and this is a fact of life we all deal with. Learning how to deal with the ups and downs of friendships is as imperative as the friendships themselves. As a parent, there is only so much you can do, so as long as you demonstrate healthy relationships and guide your child in the right direction, good friendships will eventually develop. Matthew Brenner is a Martial Arts Instructor at Action Karate and freelance writer. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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or parents with more than one child, it is as routine as the common cold. It can start with a rolling or the eyes, a push or shove and quickly escalate to an all-out brawl. The love between siblings can be as strong as the jealousy and competition amongst them. For parents it can be frustrating and hard to watch and hear your children arguing. It creates extra stress for the entire family. There are ways you can help to restore the peace. Set ground rules No hitting, cursing, door slamming, no-name calling, to name a few. Establish punishments if they break the rules, taking away a toy, no television or tablet time. This teaches cause and effect, a difficult lessons for some children to learn. If they see it by example it might drive the point home. Let you children be involved in the rule making process, so they feel like they have a say. When your children follow the rules, praise them. Perspective Make your children think about their actions from a different perspective. Say things like, “if your sister did that to you, how would it make you feel?’ This may help your child see the other person’s side, or make them see the impact their actions have on their sibling’s feelings. Separate your children. Send them back in to their separate corners, gloves removed. Distance could be all your children need to cool off. They may calm down and cool off, problem solved.
Don’t make everything equal. There are things that an older child may be able to do that a younger sibling cannot. Treat each child as unique and special. Don’t play favorites. Favoritism can be the root of jealousy between siblings. Don’t compare your children to each other by saying things like, “Why can’t you be more like your brother or sister.” It will make your children resent each other and will harm your relationship with your children. Be proactive in giving your kids one on one attention directed at their hobbies and interests. If one child likes to play soccer, start up a game in your backyard. If another child likes to do arts and crafts, carve out time for that as well. One of the reasons your children may resent their siblings is they feel they aren’t getting enough of your attention. By setting aside special time they feel they have your full attention. This can be a little harder in larger families. Hold family meetings. This is a good time to address any issues you are having. Give each person a chance to hash out any grievances they have and work on a solution together. While sibling rivalry is common in every family, some of these suggestions can work in resolving problems before they escalate.
Teach negotiation and compromise Show your children how to resolve things in a way where both sides get what they want. Stop yelling and start communicating. “Joey it sounds like you are upset at Sara for taking your bike.” Ask your kids to find a solution. Such as “Maybe next time you can ask Joey to borrow your bike,” and he can play with your Xbox for a half hour.” This will encourage sharing and compromise, important skills that will serve them in life. Treat each child as unique and special South Jersey Mom Noreen Turner, mother of three, encourages parents to find different activities their children can excel at. “Try to help them find something that interests them rather than sticking to the same activities in which other siblings have participated. There will be less competition if they are focused on their own interests.” 12 | April 2017
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Not Ashamed: Antidepressants Made Me a Better Mom By Brie Latini
"Mental health is important (just as important as your physical health) but the stigma that comes with treatment—for women and mothers in particular— can keep women from seeking help. " Parenting is hard. Yup. I said it. It’s really, really hard. The business of raising humans is tough work, and the difficulty level doesn’t mean that you are doing it wrong. It’s just hard. When the going gets tough we often reach out for some help to keep us at our best- a cup (or pot) of coffee, a
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favorite snack, that evening glass of wine. The lifelines we use as parents are real and important and their presence can often be the tipping point between what we perceive as parental success or failure. Parenting is supposed to be hard, but it is not supposed to feel impossible. The catalyst
can be anything from a miscarriage to post-partum depression to dealing with an adverse life event and it’s more than just a “funk” or “the blues.” It’s the feeling of not being able to lift yourself out of a dark place and when that happens, it may be time to reach out to your physician for help. Elizabeth Bernal was preparing to return to work after her maternity leave. “I was a mess,” she shares. “Major post-partum anxiety, I couldn’t sleep—up all night, racing heart… during the day I would cry a lot.” Elizabeth reached out to her physician who prescribed Zoloft which, as she describes, “saved my life. It has helped me get back in the swing of things and not break down whenever something stressful happens.” Now down to just a low dose of the drug when needed, Elizabeth feels back in control of her mental health. For Kristen Plumbi, taking control of her mental health was a hard-fought battle. During her first pregnancy, Kristen approached her doctor, sensing that the stress she was feeling was above the norm for a healthy firsttime mother. When her doctor brushed her worry aside (“If pregnant women in concentration camps had healthy babies in the holocaust, I think you’re fine.”) Kristen began to second-guess her feelings. Her mental health began to spiral, but it was nearly three years after the birth of her first child before she sought help from a new physician. This time, Kristen was prescribed an anti-depressant. “It changed everything,” she shares. “I wasn’t crying every day anymore. I was able to keep control of my emotions.” “My only regret about going on medication is that I didn’t do it sooner.” Mental health is important (just as important as your physical health) but the stigma that comes with treatment—for women and mothers in particular—can keep women from seeking help. Don’t wait to seek help. Trusting your instincts, as well as finding a therapist or physician that hears and understands your concerns, can be the key to finding your most healthy, happy you.
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Millennials and Baby Boomers Approach Pregnancy Very Differently Millennials and baby boomers approach pregnancy very differently The millennial mom-to-be uses an app to track her fertility and pregnancy progress, pins nursery ideas on Pinterest and researches baby gear on YouTube. She reads online advice on everything from what to eat (or not), to when to talk to a doctor about prescription prenatal vitamins and what to do with the placenta after delivering. Never without a smartphone in hand, armed with an app for everything, always connected or “on,” millennials were born in an era of emerging technology between 1980 and 1995, and have grown up in an ever-increasing digitally enhanced environment. But what does this over-abundance of connectivity and information mean for the digital-savvy millennial mom-to-be? For nearly 60 percent it means there is too much conflicting advice on tips for a healthy pregnancy, according to a recent poll. 500 millennials and 500 baby boomers were asked to reveal details on their approach to pregnancy in the poll by Exeltis, which produces the number one doctor recommended prescription prenatal vitamin, Vitafol. While sifting through all the information available today was overwhelming to expectant millennials, only 36.2 percent of baby boomer moms, whose pregnancies were “pre-Google” and social media, felt this way. 16 | April 2017
In addition, in our constantly connected world it’s common for people to dispense unsolicited advice to expectant moms. Twice as many millennial moms report they received advice while they were pregnant that they disregarded or didn’t agree with as compared to baby boomer moms.
“We have so much more information than they did years ago,” said one millennial in the study. “I feel like millennial moms have a lot more pressure placed on them to do everything right.” That’s why it’s no surprise that with so much (often conflicting) sought-out and unsolicited information and advice, 51.8 percent of millennials said they had a hard time deciding which pregnancy advice to believe. “We have so much more information than they did years ago,” said one millennial in the study. “I feel like millennial moms have a lot more pressure placed on them to do everything right.” Thus, despite the advances in technology that make their pregnancies different (or perhaps, more likely, because of it), millenni-
al moms are turning to their own mothers for advice, even more than their mothers turned to the generation before them. Millennials are using the “Grandma Filter” to essentially qualify and validate information that they are receiving from other sources. When it comes to preparing for parenting, millennials turn to their mother/mother figure more than any other resource on a variety of topics, including emotional/family concerns, relationship advice and determining what to register for. And, millennial moms turn to their mother nearly three times more often than baby boomer moms would have regarding financial concerns in preparing for a new baby. Still, there are some elements of pregnancy that have remained unchanged. More than half of all millennial and baby boomer mothers polled prepared for pregnancy by taking a childbirth class. More than 97 percent of millennial moms and 92 percent of boomer moms took prenatal vitamins. In addition, 80 percent of both groups recognize prescription prenatal vitamins are the right choice for any pregnant mother. Which all indicates that regardless of when they are pregnant, moms ultimately want what is best for her baby, but deciding what that is might best be determined with a slight tweak to the adage. In fact, “Mama’s MAMA knows best.” —(BPT) www.southjerseymom.com
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he physical home environment as a determinant of health is gaining renewed attention as young children spend about 90% of their time indoors. Housing affects health; both directly and indirectly, as pollution and other environmental contaminants are transported through air, water, soil and food throughout the world. What is safe for adults is not necessarily safe for the fetus, infant or child. Exposures that may have no impact on an adult can cause life-long harm to a child. Children are especially vulnerable to health effects from toxic chemicals for many reasons. Their developing systems, exposure patterns and behaviors put them at risk of harm from chemicals in their environments. This process of development creates windows of vulnerability as normal childhood activities such as hand-to-mouth behavior and crawling on the floor increase the risk of exposure to certain chemicals. Additionally, children are proportionately lower to the ground, they eat, drink, and breathe more than adults, and have lack of control over their environment. Since many U.S. children spend 40 hours a week or more in a child care setting, limiting exposures to environmental chemicals in this setting is also critical. Known sources of toxins in and around child care centers and homes include lead from old paint and old pipes, pesticides, mold, poor indoor air quality, cleaning products, products that produce toxic gases, and even vehicle exhaust created by idling cars. Many of these contaminants are persistent, causing respiratory issues, dizziness, and headaches. Healthy Homes is the application of a multi-disciplinary systems approach to prevention that considers those living in the home, the structure of the, and the potential health hazards. Routine maintenance of systems and appliances prevents improper function and associated health hazards. On the other hand, improper cleaning and removal of old, disturbed paint can lead to childhood lead poisoning. Exposure to other contaminants such as dust, pesticides, and mold will not disappear unless they are cleaned properly and regularly.
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Listed below are some tips for a healthy home and child care center: ✓ Check the label. Buy products with non-toxic ingredients. ✓ Breathe easy. Always clean in a well-ventilated area. Only mix bleach with water (1/4 cup of bleach to 1 gallon of water) ✓ Damp dust. Use a damp cloth for dusting. Rinse it often. Wash dust cloths separately from other laundry. ✓ Spray carefully. Use pump or mist spray bottles. Do not use spray cans with aerosol. ✓ Freshen up. Baking soda can remove odors from carpets, trash cans, and refrigerators. Sprinkle a little, let it sit overnight, and vacuum or rinse it away the next day. ✓ Cover your tracks. Leave your shoes at the door, and ask your guests to do the same. ✓ HEPA is best. Vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters are better at trapping dust, dirt, and other allergens. ✓ Clean from Ceiling to Floors. When you clean, dust furniture and clean windows first. Vacuum last so dust has time to settle. ✓ Air it out. Open windows and doors occasionally (even in winter) to circulate fresh air in your home. ✓ Prevent Fires and Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisonings. Install smoke alarms and CO detectors inside and outside of each bedroom and sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home and in the basement.
The Southern Regional Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and Healthy Homes Coalition is a program of the Southern NJ Perinatal Cooperative, funded through the NJ Department of Health. For more information, visit www.snjpc.org/ programs/healthyhomes. www.southjerseymom.com
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Phlur Fragrances (A) Select your next fragrance through visual narratives and a music playlist that represents the inspiration and feeling of the six unisex fragrances. After going through the digital visual stories, you can pick out three fragrances that represent you, and PHLUR will send you that sample set for ($18 – free shipping). Phlur.com; $85 Making Faces A First Book of Emotions (B) This bold, beautiful board book features six essential facial expressions: happy, sad, angry, surprised, silly, and sleepy. The idea is simple… picture of a baby’s facial expression, then children are asked to make the same face, then asked to find that same expression among several other faces. Amazon.com; $7 boardbook Erno Laszlo Soothe & Calm Hydrogel Mask (C) The mask replenishes, softens and provides deep hydration for ultra-soft, smooth skin. Designed specifically for sensitive complexions, it infuses skin with potent hydrating ingredients and anti-inflammatory ingredients that leave a beautiful complexion. ErnoLaszlo.com; $16
State Smarts: The Card Game of National Intelligence (D) A family card game that is both fun and educational. Moms won’t be bored with this one and will have to stay on their toes while their child unsuspectingly soaks in all kinds of great facts about our country. Statesmarts.com; $13
Brackitz Driver Set (G) Designed to ignite creativity with just a few tools that include planks and one-of-a-kind connectors, children are given the opportunity to use their imagination to construct entirely new worlds by playing on their own or with friends. So build out, build tall or build wide – there is no limit! Brackitz.com; $25
Peaceable Kingdom Hoot Owl Hoot Board Game (E) A fun game that grows along with your child the objective is to move all the owls from start to the nest before the sun rises. Fostering cooperation and collaboration, this family-friendly game helps children develop color recognition skills. Target.com; $9
Magformers Shimmer and Shine 42 Pc Set (H) Boom Zahramay! Are you ready to build and create? Construct shimmer and shine genie lamps, balls and more. Follow along with 8 idea mats to build your Magformers from 2D to 3D. Connect Genie Jewels and watch your ideas sparkle. Magformers.com; $50
Global Water Quality Experiment Kit (F) The global experiment continues! Scientists, educators, and students around the world are uniting to conduct the largest experiment ever. The subject is water and the kit is the only tool you’ll need to participate. Test water quality and other experiments. Learn how science can be used to give people around the world access to clean water. See water.chemistry2011.org for additional information. Thamesandkosmos.com; $15
Irish Fairy Door - Worry Plaque (I) Fairy magic can take your child’s worries from them with just one touch, leaving them worry-free. The plaque glows red when you place your hand on it and think of your worry. When the fairies have heard it, the plaque glows green, signifying your worries have transferred to the fairies successfully. Did you know fairies use human worries to grant wishes? Theirishfairydoorcompany.com; $30
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A Family Affair By Cheryl Lynne Potter
or parents, saving money for college can be an anxiety-driven ex- Another cost saving measure, is for parents to encourage their youngperience. When should you start saving money for college, should ster to go to college in state rather than going away to an out-of-state you enlist your teen in helping you save money for college and school. Tuition at an out-of-state college tends to be much higher than an what role, if any, are high schools playing in helping parents save in-state school. Also, transportation costs to and from home, especially money for college? These are just a few questions that come to mind, as around the holidays, can be expensive. When money is tight, but college parents try to figure out how to pay some of those jaw-dropping college is still a priority, community college is your best choice. Many community tuition costs. Yet, experts do offer some worthwhile solutions on how to colleges have affiliations with four-year schools. To lessen the burden of college expenses, some high schools like relieve some of the pressures of today’s steep cost of higher education. Parents should first start saving money for college as early as possi- Delsea Regional High School in Franklin Township, Gloucester County, encourages students to sign-up for such programs like the High ble. According to the website of the investor group, Vanguard, if School Options Program (HSOP) with Rowan College at a parent saved $25.00 a week in an investment account as Gloucester County. “This program allows students to soon as their child was born, they would have saved apstart taking college level courses at 65% off the norproximately $11,700, if they only saved for the first mal tuition rate,” said Melissa Pilitowski, Guid9 years of their child’s life and then stopped saving ance Director at Delsea Regional High School. “Even if you're a parent all together. If their investment account earned Delsea, said Pilitowski, also offers students 6%, they would have earned, according to the who has yet started advanced placement courses and tests and is website, $26,750 at the end of their child’s 18 also expanding its dual credit program, “both saving money for college, years. of which will grant our students more oppor Even if you’re a parent who has yet started it's never too late to begin tunities to earn college credit while in high saving money for college, it’s never too late to school.” begin the process, even if your youngster is in the process, even if Yet, no matter how much money parents high school. You won’t save a lot of money for save for college, it’s important to always reyour youngster is in college by starting late in the game, but every member to have your youngster apply for scholpenny saved for college is less money you will high school” arships. This can help to offset some of the cost of have to pay back in a student loan. So, it’s never too college tuition. There are all kinds of scholarships late to go to your local bank and open up a savings acfor kids, including money for children with a particucount. Remember to ask the bank representative if there lar passion in a certain area of expertise or for those with are any special deals for students or parents who are trying strong leadership abilities and service minded capabilities. to save money for college. For parents and students, your school’s guidance department can Parents should also have an open and honest conversation with their youngsters about how much money they can afford for their child’s higher be a wealth of information for not only saving money for college, but for education goals. These conversations should take place during their earlier also giving kids additional information regarding college and career planyears in school, so there are no surprises during their junior or senior year ning. For parents, learning how to fund their child’s education at no matter of high school. Getting a job is also important for teens that are trying to help defray what age is a winning combination not only for them, but for their youngsome of the cost of their college tuition. Getting a job, experts say, will ster’s future endeavors, as well. help teach kids the same type of responsibility they will need when they’re living on their own in college. A part-time job will also help to offset some of the cost of college tuition and helps to purchase much-needed textbooks and school supplies.
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Ask the Doc
Matthew Moront, MD—Head, Division of Pediatric Surgery Children’s Regional Hospital Cooper University Health Care Three Cooper Plaza, Suite 403 Camden, New Jersey 08103 856.342.3250 • CooperHealth.org/childrens
My child’s belly button sticks out when they cry or strain. Should I be worried? A protrusion of the abdominal contents through the umbilical fascial ring (belly button) that fails to close shortly after birth is defined as an umbilical hernia. Umbilical hernias are common in children and occur in 3 to 4 percent of Caucasians and approximately 30 to 40 percent of African-Americans. This abnormality is also more commonly seen in premature infants. Umbilical defects are usually 1 to 2 cm in diameter Dr. Matthew Moront but in rare cases may be 4 to 5 cm in diameter. The hernia sac is formed by the inner-most abdominal wall layer and the skin can be quite protuberant, especially when the child strains or cries. Parents often mistakenly refer to the size of the hernia by the amount it protrudes from the rest of the abdominal wall. This protrusion can resemble an elephant’s trunk and is sometimes referred to as a “proboscis”.
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Treatment of an umbilical hernia is initially observed as 85 percent of these will close spontaneously by 5 years of age. Surgical repair is an outpatient procedure and usually reserved for children with larger defects (greater than 2.5 to 3 cm and older than 3 years), those who have persistent hernias after 5 years of age, and children with incarceration. Incarceration occurs when intra-abdominal contents become lodged within the umbilical ring and hernia sac and cannot be reduced back into the abdomen. Incarceration is a surgical emergency and fortunately, a rare event, occurring in less than 1 percent of children with umbilical hernias. Consultation with a Pediatric surgeon is appropriate when parents are anxious or children that are 3 to 4 years of age are showing symptoms. Bulges in the groin area may represent an inguinal hernia and should be promptly evaluated by a Pediatric surgeon. Learn more about the Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper’s Division of Pediatric Surgery at CooperHealth.org/childrens or call 856.342.3250 for an appointment.
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secondary Infertility By Dolores Hoffman
ou thought getting pregnant the first time was a breeze. In fact, you thought the second time would be just as easy. That’s not always the case for some couples who find themselves dealing with secondary infertility. Secondary infertility is when a woman is unable to conceive or carry a pregnancy to term after having one child already. More than 3 million women are affected and the symptoms are like those of primary infertility. Risk Factors • Pelvic or uterine scarring: Pelvic scarring, which may be caused by endometriosis or prior abdominal surgeries can make it difficult because adhesions may have developed around the fallopian tubes. • Weight gain: Weight can have a major impact on the ability to conceive. Excessive weight gain can contribute to ovulatory dysfunction. With increased weight, insulin resistance can rise which leads to elevated production of testosterone from the ovaries. This goes for men as well. Excessive weight can also negatively affect sperm production by increasing estrogen levels. • Advanced reproductive age: A woman’s age is one of the most common reasons for secondary infertility. It is important to understand that a woman is born with all of the eggs she will ever have. This means that her egg quantity and egg quality will decrease. The ideal age to conceive is between ages 18 and 30, with a drop-off occurring at 30 and a dip at 35. Many women are delaying first-time pregnancy until after 35 which means more chances of running into problems. • It’s a man thing: Just as a woman’s fertility can change with time, so can a man’s. A man may have a decrease in the concentration of his sperm. It is estimated that one in 20 men has some kind of fertility problem with low number count. This increases with age.
Treatments • Fertility treatments have a very good success rate. Even if you already have a child, if you suspect secondary infertility, early assessment is critical since treatment options may be limited as time passes. • Medication: Medications that are used to enhance fertility are always improving. Many are used to increase the number of eggs that are available for fertilization. • Fertilization: The biggest key to successful fertilization is timing. Once the eggs are ready, the doctor will discuss the best way to proceed whether it be via intercourse or in the lab. In vitro fertilization has been useful in avoiding some of the problems caused by scar tissue and adhesions. • Egg donation: In the case of women who are diagnosed with low ovarian function, egg donation is an option. • Laparoscopic Surgery: Surgery to remove scar tissue and adhesions have had some success, although proper healing does take time. Secondary infertility can be surprising and stressful, not to mention difficult to accept. Don’t try to cope alone. Seek support from your partner, family and friends as you talk to your health care provider about the next steps. 24 | April 2017
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In Touch with the Earth:
Gardening with Children
` Be realistic in your planning. Start simple. Give children their own gardening plot. Make it small, and be sure it gets enough sun. Choose plants that thrive in South Jersey’s zone 7. A list of easy-growing plants with pictures will help your child design a very personal space. Define the space with a small fence or borders made with materials such as rocks or driftwood. Once your child has success with a few plants, he/she will be inspired to expand their gardening knowledge. As your child’s gardening skills progress, you can plan variations. ` Use a combination of seeds and seedlings. Marigolds, cosmos and zinnias are flowers that grow easily from seed. Cutting the flowers regularly and bringing them in for bouquets will ensure a continuous bloom throughout the summer. When the plants finally go to seed in the fall, teach your children to harvest some seeds for next year as another lesson in how the earth sustains itself.
ardening helps us get in touch with the earth, and it’s good for a child’s soul. After expending a little care and attention, your children will soon learn that the earth gives back. Children in the garden discover that sowing the right things responsibly brings forth great rewards. These lessons from Mother Earth can then be applied to all of life. Help your children discover the generosity of our great planet by planning a garden together.
` Use some seedlings to allow your child to see immediate results. Tomato plants from your local nursery are an excellent choice and will thrive in South Jersey soil. Explain that South Jersey is famous for its tomatoes. Zucchini is also prolific in South Jersey, but it takes up a bit of space. ` Have some fun with garden design. Scarlet runner beans are another plant that grows well in our South Jersey climate .You can make a bean teepee which can also be enjoyed as a child’s hideaway. Insert tall stakes (bamboo works well) in a circle and leave an entranceway for children to crawl through. Plant a few bean seeds beside each pole and watch the leafy vines become a beautiful tent covering as they grow. Bright red blossoms that attract hummingbirds are another benefit of this project. Soon enough, there will be many delicious beans to pick and eat! ` Explain the idea of enriching the soil. Start a compost pile as another lesson in sustainable gardening.Your little gardener will be more invested in taking out those kitchen scraps. For a complete resource on children’s gardening, check out www.kidsgardening.org. Here you will find inspiration, instruction and ideas.✲
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summer camp guide
Camp is a place where Healthy Habits are formed By Jess Michaels
ummer camp is a unique environment where children build self-esteem through trying new activities and succeeding, learning to work together as a team and gain independence and problem solving skills. Camp is also a place where children form healthy habits that are good for them both physically and developmentally. Check out these healthy habits that children foster in the camp environment. Plenty of Physical Activity – According to the American Heart Association, one in three American children are overweight and obesity in children has more than tripled from 1971 - 2011. During the school year, children spend a lot of time being sedentary in the classroom or at home in front of a screen. At camp, children are getting much needed physical activity. Whether it’s swimming laps, honing tennis skills on the court, running on the soccer field or just walking down to the lake, campers are constantly on the move. All day and even into the evening at resident camp, children are engaged in activities and getting plenty of physical activity through the day. Camp Stems Summer Learning Loss – Many children experience summer learning loss during the summer months and can lose between one and two months’ of knowledge. According to the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) and research conducted by Johns Hopkins sociology professor Karl Alexander, intentional summer programs such as camp help stem summer learning loss, providing experiences that challenge children, develop talents and keep them engaged. Camp provides endless activities and social interactions which help keep children learning and using their mind over the summer months.
Inc. and others, found there is a large gap between the knowledge students learn in school and the skills they need to be successful in the 21st century. They performed extensive research on the skills needed to become successful adults in life and work in the 21st century and many of the essential skills needed for success are all fostered at camp and include oral communication, collaboration, work ethic, creativity, leadership, social skills, problem solving and critical thinking. Children take a break from technology – According to a Kaiser Family Foundation study, today’s children spend over 7.5 hours a day engaged in media. The majority of summer camps don’t allow smart phones, ipads, TVs and computers at camp, allowing children to take a break from technology and focus on communicating face to face instead of through texts and social media. In 2014, psychologist Yalda T. Uhls did a study of children at a device free outdoor camp. She found that after five days without phones or tablets, children were better able to read facial emotions than children in a control group. Today’s children are lacking in communication skills because of the prevalence of technology use. While advances in technology are great and can be convenient, children need to be able to take a break and connect personally with others. Play helps children in their social and emotional development Children and teens are busy with homework and afterschool activities throughout the year, which doesn’t always leave a lot of time for play. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reports that free and unstructured play is healthy and essential for helping children to reach important social, emotional, and cognitive developmental milestones as well as helping them manage stress. Traditional summer camps give children plenty of opportunities to play which leads to healthy emotional and social development. Children Build Resilience – It is important for children to develop resilience for coping with the obstacles and stresses that inevitably will happen in their lives. At camp, children are often problem solving, adapting to change, and building confidence. These are all tools that help children to cope with hurdles they may encounter in life and therefore build resiliency. To find out how truly extraordinary camp is for a child, send your child to camp After just one summer, you will totally get it. For assistance in finding a summer camp, contact Renee Flax at the American Camp Association, NY and NJ for free, one-on-one advice at 212.391.5208.
Healthy Eating – Forget the memories of camp food from when you were a camper. Today’s day and resident camp owners and directors know that healthy eating is important to today’s parents. Camps offer campers so many choices with a nice balance of kids’ favorites along with nutritious options. At breakfast, children can choose among cereals, fruit, and yogurts. During lunch and dinner, salad bars are filled with fresh vegetables, grilled chicken, beans, tuna, eggs and cottage cheese. Some camps also offer soup bars, sandwich bars and pasta bars along with fresh fruit and water available all throughout the day. Build important skills needed to be successful in the 21st century The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, a group of businesses, education leaders, and policymakers including the U.S Department of Education, AOL Time Warner Foundation, Apple Computer, Inc., Cisco Systems, 28 | April 2017
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Early Childhood Camps at the Katz JCC Early Childhood Camps at the Katz JCC, an award-winning summer day camp, is the place for little campers ages 2-5 to have big fun! Children learn new skills, develop socially create friendships all while having a blast. Learn more at katzjcc.org/ecccamps; (856) 424-4444 x1242.
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To submit your event, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries are due six weeks prior to the event and are filled on a first-come first-served basis. Space is limited. ATLANTIC The Eagle Theatre John & Jenâ€”through April 9 Set against the background of a changing America between 1950 and 1990, this truly original musical sheds a heart-warming light on the power of family. With a cast of only two people, JOHN & JEN is a tourde-force, taking them from playful childhood, through awkward adolescence, and far beyond. Audiences will find themselves uplifted by this sentimental gem, perfect for anyone who values the love, connection and commitment of family. 208 Vine St, Hammonton, NJ 08037; 609-704-5012; www.eagletheatre.org
BURLINGTON JCC Camps at Medford Open Houseâ€”Sunday, April 9 11am-2pm 400 Tuckerton Road, Medford, NJ
Open to the community Come meet the staff to learn more about summer fun at JCC Camps at Medford for campers ages 3-14. Stay and play while enjoying food and a tour of the facility. New families who join at the open house and save $250 per camper! For more information, visit www.jcccampsatmedford.org
CAMDEN Early Childhood Camps at the Katz JCC Open House Sunday, April 9 10am-1pm Katz JCC, 1301 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, NJ Open to the community Come meet the staff to learn more about summer fun at our Early Childhood Camps at the Katz JCC for campers ages 2-5. Stay and play while enjoying food and a tour of the facility. New families who join at the open house and save $100
per camper! For more information, visit www.jcccampsatmedford.org
GLOUCESTER Infertility Support Group First Monday of every month 7-8:30pm RSVP required Facing Infertility? Do you feel alone and sometimes hopeless about becoming a parent? Is the path of trying, creating tension in your relationships? This group is open to individuals and couples that are seeking emotional support at any stage of their fertility journey. Location: Healing Path Counseling 44 Cooper St, Suite 204 Woodbury, NJ 08096 Call Karen at 609-230-6280 for more details. Logan Library Happenings Branch of Gloucester County Library System
things 2 do
www.gcls.org; 856-241-0202 Scrapbooking-Wednesday, 4/26 11:30am-1pm. Registration required. Limited to 10. Please bring 4 or 5 4x6 photos; paper supplies provided. Make & Take Zinnia Pinecone CraftThursday, April 20 7pm. Limited to 24. Please register. Knit & Crochet Club-Thursdays, Apr. 6, 13, 20 & 27 1-3pm. Supplies provided for beginners. GCLS Chess Club- Mondays, Apr. 3, 10, 17 & 24 6:30-8:30pm. All ages; all skill levels. Game Day- Every Thursday, 2-4pm. A variety of games played. Bring your favorite to share. Five-Week Computer Class-March 27-April 27. Monday-Thursday 12pm-3pm. Please Register.
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Multigrain Spaghetti with Spinach Pesto • 1 package multigrain spaghetti • 4 cups fresh baby spinach • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil • 2 tbs. pine nuts • Sea salt, to taste • Black pepper, to taste Cook spaghetti according to the package directions. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup of the cooking water. Meanwhile, in a food processor, puree 2 -1/2 cups of the spinach with the Parmesan cheese, olive oil, pine nuts, sea salt, and pepper. In a large bowl, toss the spaghetti with the spinach pesto, the remaining spinach and the reserved cooking water. Serve. Asparagus Salad • 30 stalks asparagus, washed, ends trimmed and discarded • 2 lemons, juiced • 2 tbs. apple cider vinegar (optional) • 2-3 tbs. extra virgin olive oil • Sea salt, to taste • Black pepper, to taste
Rejuvenate Your Recipes By Lisa Ann Panzino DiNunzio
Spring is such a rejuvenating and refreshing time of year. Trees budding, flowers blooming, birds singing -- yes, it’s the perfect time to make simple, light, healthy recipes. Lisa Ann Panzino DiNunzio is the author of “Seasoned With Love, Treasured Recipes” & “Lisa Ann’s Seasoned With Love II”, and the children’s book, “Snicker Learns An Important Lesson.” Visit her blog http://lisaanndinunzio.blogspot.com/ or Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ profile.php?id=100001935347501
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Steam asparagus just until fork tender, then drain and dry the stalks before placing them into the refrigerator to completely chill. In a small bowl mix together the lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper, set aside. Once asparagus is chilled, place them onto a serving dish and drizzle with the dressing. Serve. Lemony Orzo & Spinach • 1 (16 oz.) box orzo pasta • 1 cup fresh baby spinach • 2-3 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil • 1-2 tbs. butter • 1/2 tsp. lemon zest • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice • Sea salt, to taste • Black pepper, to taste Cook pasta according to directions on package, drain, and return pasta to pot with heat off. Add spinach, olive oil, butter, lemon zest and lemon juice. Gently toss ingredients together, add salt and pepper to taste, toss once more. Serve. As always, Bon Appetit! www.southjerseymom.com
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