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mom 2 mom 6 Dear Old Dad 8 Raising a Giving Kid 10 Changing Schools? Some Things to Consider...

moms R women 2 12 The Joys and Challenges of Raising a Child with Autism

know 2 grow 14 Kids in the Kitchen, Microwave Safety

16 Compulsive Hair features


101 Things to Do This Summer

22 Is Your Child Just a Picky Eater or Could It Be Something More?

32 Are You Equipped to Keep Your Kids Safe Around Water

33 The HPV Vaccine: Health 101 34 Summer Camp Guide

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Pulling and Skin Picking

18 Sleep Soundly, Sleep Safely

20 Tutor Time also in this issue 4 Mommy and Me 2 5 Some of My Faves 42 Buying Guide 44 Things to Do 45 Top 12 Best Sunscreens For Kids

46 Recipe Corner

Addison Makenzie is 3 years old she attends preschool. She enjoys dancing, swimming and cheering; and especially spending time with her big cousin JJ.

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Paper Plate Ocean Creatures Animals that live under the sea are always fun to learn about, especially during the summer months. Here are a couple easy ideas for ocean creature crafts that your kids will love to make! To make the sea creature crafts, you’ll need the following supplies: • Scissors • Paper plates • Bubble wrap • Googly eyes • Cupcake liners • Glue For the jellyfish: Begin by cutting a paper plate in half. Cut the bubble wrap into a dozen strips about ½” to 1 inch wide. Then cut out the round bottoms from several cupcake liners, and cut the liners in half. Glue the cupcake liner pieces along the cut flat edge of the paper plate half, folding the liners to fit them along the edge. Glue two googly eyes in the center of the paper plate half above the cupcake liner edge. Then on the back side, glue the bubble wrap strips to the plate to make the jellyfish tentacles. For the fish: Fold and cut a couple cupcake liners as desired to create the fins and tail for the fish. Glue them to a colorful paper plate. Then cut a triangle shape out from the paper plate to make the fish’s mouth. Glue one googly eye above the mouth. Louisa Kopp is a South Jersey mom and writer. Follow her blog at for party and craft ideas, recipes, and humorous parenting storie

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a letter from the EDITOR that are covered in crumbs from misplaced snacks. Is it hard for you to purge the the papers, folders and notebooks—not me, into the trash it goes! The end of the school year is a muchneeded break in our schedules to take a breather and recharge our batteries with fun in the sun! No school schedules and that makes more time for family, friends, and vacations. But, beware of the bottom dropping out of your routine and start budgeting for enough days at camp to keep your sanity…be sure to see the areas best camp selections in our Camp Section (starting page 34). And, you don’t want to miss our 101 Things To Do This Summer (starting page 24) for fun activities to make lazy unplanned days at home appealing rather than endless. Photo credit JCPenney Portrait Studios


nd of the school year craziness is upon us and what will it be that pushes you over the edge? Will it be the gift for the teacher, the end of year class party or the cupcakes you so recklessly promised for the bake sale? And, don’t forget to swing by the doctor’s office to pick up the signed camp forms. And, what about graduation…there’s parties to throw and others you’ll need to show up with a gift. It’s not until late June when life settles down that the backpack clean-out takes place and digging out forgotten notes and broken pencils

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Dear Old Dad By Lisa Figueiredo


very year on the third Sunday in June, we pay tribute to the men in our lives; the father that raised us, the step dad or father figure that took on the role, our husbands that became fathers, our grandfathers. Today Father’s Day is not just a time for Dad to get more ties, or electronics. It is a time to honor the man who plays a very big role in the lives of raising their children. With everything dad does, what are some good ways to celebrate the special bond of fatherhood? What dad doesn’t want the gift of quality time? For the dad that loves sports or baseball, a day at the ballpark is a great way to celebrate the father son or daughter relationship. If dad is a Phillies fan, he gets a free Hawaiian shirt, this year’s giveaway at Citizens Ball Park and one that the Phillies do annually. Maybe dad loves to grill out. A barbeque is the perfect way for the men in your life and women to enjoy some quality time. Throw some steak on the barbeque, beers in the cooler and your set for a relaxing family day. Maybe a little rest and relaxation is what dad really wants. Plan to take the kids out, maybe to a bounce house for a few hours and then meet up for lunch or dinner. For the outdoorsy guy, plan a weekend at a campground; perfect pairing of family and fresh air. With the Jersey shore just an hour plus away, a tranquil beach day may be just what dad needs to get away and relax to the sound of the ocean waves. For the golf lover, consider taking dad for a round of golf at any one of the glorious golf courses throughout South Jersey, or maybe consider a gift card for a future outing. Or for the dad with young ones, maybe a round of mini-golf is a good way to commemorate the day. For the beer coinsurer, a trip to a local brewery may be just the way for Dad to unwind. There are many to choose from Iron Hill Brewery, Miller’s Ale House, Double Nickel Brewery to name a few, and many even host tours. For the chef dad in your household, sign dad up for a cooking class and experiment in the kitchen. Sur La Table and Whole Foods, as well as your own local grocery store, are good places to start your search. For the history lover dad we are just a short trip over the bridge away from some of the best historic attractions, the Constitutions Center, Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and The Betsey Ross House. No matter what type of Dad you have, you are sure to find a way to show the super Dad in your life extra appreciation for all they do for you on this special day.

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Raising a Giving Child By Cheryl Potter


ids are born with such traits as kindness, compassion and generosity. Yet, it’s easy for parents to lose sight of all of that as they listen to their youngster’s whine about their wants and desires. In this ‘gimme’ culture where kids tend to think that they are entitled to everything, it’s important for parents to teach their children how to give back to society. When it comes to charity, most youngsters think that means nothing more than watching mom and dad write a check to one of their favorite causes or even purchasing items from one of their school’s fundraising drives. Yet, studies show that kids who participate in public service do better in school, maintain positive relationships with adults and avoid risky behaviors. Teaching children how to be charitable isn’t something that should be done just during the holiday months, but it should be something that takes place all year-round. There are ways that parents can teach their youngsters how to give back to society and experts offer these suggestions on how parents can inspire their children to have the desire to give back. Talk to your children about giving. It’s important for kids to know what causes their parents are supporting and why. It’s best for parents and children to work together as they decide what causes they both would like to support. Parents can, experts suggest, give each of their children a portion of the money that they were going to donate to charity and then allow their child to donate that money to a charity of their own choosing. Read books to your kids that talk about giving. These books, experts suggest, are often a good way to teach children, especially if they're little, about the importance of giving back. Books with such titles as, “The Mitten Tree,” by Candace Christiansen and “I Can Make a Difference! A Sweet Story of Giving,” by Julie and Amanda Sexson, are good starting points for young children. It’s also important for parents to make children aware of the amazing things kids are doing in terms of public service in their community.

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One of the simplest acts of public service is for parents to clean out their child’s closet of unwanted items like clothes and toys. Then they can ask their child if there is a particular place that they may want to donate their items and why. Make volunteering a family event and follow your youngster’s lead when choosing a cause. Children should have first-hand knowledge when it comes to charitable giving. The more parents let children decide what causes they want to be involved in, the more they’ll feel involved in the cause and be more than willing to gain a lot from the experience. Kids can get involved in such projects as lending a helping hand at their local animal shelter or even helping to clean-up an elderly neighbor’s front and back yard. Volunteering helps kids learn compassion and it’s also a great way for families to spend quality time together. Families should celebrate the value of giving. Giving back should be an ongoing discussion that youngsters have with their families. For example, one of the best places to talk about giving back is at the family dinner table. This is an excellent time to talk about the times when your family has helped someone in need or when someone has even helped your family. A recent study, reported in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, suggest that parents play a big role in encouraging teens to give. According to the study, one-third of teens who give, often have parents who explain how their actions can help others and another 21% of teens, also have discussions with their parents about the value of volunteering. Parents should be good role models. Actions speak louder than words, so the saying goes. Children learn best by following examples set by their parents. For example, moms and dads who frequently donate to charity, inspire their kids to also give to their own worthwhile causes. For parents, sharing your values about charity with your kids, is the biggest payoff in reinforcing the idea that helping others is extremely important.


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Changing Schools? Some things to consider...

“Transitioning your child to a new school does not have to be a scary experience for them or for you. Minimize any emotional challenges by including your child in the process”


he decision to move your child to a new school poses a great deal of questions about when and how to do so. Many times, parents have no choice about when the right time is because work demands/changes may dictate the family relocation. Sometimes, parents make decisions to change their child’s school because of reasons related to quality of education, the school’s ability to address any special needs, or if there are general differences in the parents’ and school’s philosophy about the educational and/or social environment. After talking to a few of my teacher friends, here are a just a few things to consider when it’s time to transition your child to a new school. Your child’s age If your child is a 1st or 2nd grader, there will probably be several “newbies” in their classrooms from year to year as young families get settled into their home districts. However, as kids get older, it is harder to be the new kid on the block. If your town’s middle and high schoolers do not all descend into a regional school as the ages progress, it is likely that the kids in the local high school have known each other for all of their schooling experience. This may create difficulty for new students in these age groups to make new friends. Keep in mind, however, that difficult does not equal impossible This may be less of a problem if your town is one of many that head into one local regional high school where many kids will be meeting each other for the first time from different communities. Time of Year I think we can all agree that it probably best to change a child’s school at the very start of the school year. Teachers establish the classroom environment, culture, and practices that students are to abide by. They often spend the better part of the first few months of the school year ensuring that all the students “get it.”

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Also, students are becoming more acquainted with each other during the first few months and so it would benefit your child if he or she can have that same fresh start with their new peers. If this is totally unavoidable, perhaps starting a child after a winter break would be a good idea also. Special Needs If your child has any kind of special needs, it is important to know how your new school district will handle it. Though every school has special mandates and procedures, it is still very important to meet with their child study team, nurses, or other relevant administrators to ask questions and provide information about the needs of your child. This is especially important if you have had a less than pleasant experience at a previous school and it is a part of the reason you are changing schools in the first place. Share your challenges with the new team and stay involved as your child transitions. Final Points Transitioning your child to a new school does not have to be a scary experience for them or for you. Minimize any emotional challenges by including your child in the process. Explain to them why you are changing schools and establish good communication with new teachers, staff, and families in your new district. Though there may be some sadness or anxiety, you can make it easier by communicating with and supporting them, but also expressing your confidence that they can and will successfully manage entering new situations, which is an invaluable life skill. Kelly N. Moore, Psy.D.

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Joys and Challenges of Raising an Autistic Child

By Samantha E Gill OK, I am going to show my age here: in 1988 DJ E-Z Rock and Rob Base penned the famous tune (featuring Frankie Beverly): Joy and Pain from the album: It Takes Two. If you aren’t already singing the lyrics out loud or in your head (if you were from this era): ... “Joy and pain, Like sunshine and rain, Joy and pain, Like sunshine and rain...” I know.. I know.. It’s impossible to not want to keep singing it.. It was a catchy hook back then (and it still is!) But E-Z Rock and Rob Base made us feel that they knew what was what. They had it summarized all in catchy song about the joys and pains of (their) life. I think as a Mom it can be applied to the Joy’s and challenges of raising a special needs child. What are the Joys and the pains? (The sunshine and the rain?) So don’t look and try to judge me - he sings in the song - One of the challenges is definitely feeling judged by others. Having others give their “advice” or “opinion” when you’re truly just doing the best you can, every moment, of every day. People may truly mean well and not even realize that they are causing you ‘rain’ or undue pain, but the best you can do is the best you do and not to define yourself by anyone else’s standard of “Mom” or “Parent”. You got this! We Used to be Cool, Now we don’t hang around - Another one of the challenges of raising an autistic child... your circle of friends certainly does change, doesn’t it? I don’t think people mean for it to happen, but it just does. What once was a “group” now becomes a select few and at the end of the day that really is “ok”. Cuz, Im a leader, no I’m not a follower - Talk about the truth! Talk about a a joy and a bright sunshine in my eyes! If there is one thing I have learned and have found during this journey is that you are 100% your child’s advocate. You are their voice. Some may not like it, but your kids alway know it, they’re watching you. They notice and pay attention, especially the siblings and it is a good role model for them as they learn not to take a back seat in life. We make some noise - Well, I let other people decide if this is their joy or pain. However, wherever we go our joyful noise follows us, and I am okay with this now. So much so we go to weekly mass NOT in the “cry room”. We are part of the “people” and sit with everyone. I like this a lot.

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Finally, “You’re just a kid and you need to grow, because: Joy and Pain, like Sunshine and Rain”... and that’s so true too, as our whole family grows too, the joy’s, the pains, the good days, the bad days - and maybe I will just have to put this song on for the girls and have a dance party while I am at it and give them a good old-fashioned cringe-worthy-mommy-moment of Joy and Pain - hey, I have to spread the wealth right? Samantha E Gill is a certified social worker (CSW), a sometimes writer and a full-time divorced mommy to Audrey, 8, and Addie, 6. Addie has special needs and a service dog Data. Data came from in Xenia Ohio. Addie loves to surf, paint, dance, and is a yellow belt in karate. Big sis, Audrey, will be in 3rd grade this fall and she dreams of all things big. She loves to dance, play hockey, is a green belt in karate, and dreams of stardom and living in NYC; she’s quite the actress but is very sensitive at heart. As for me, I can’t dream yet as I have yet to take a nap. However, I hope to do this someday. My awesome tribe and I exist (loudly) in New (South) Jersey. Check out: and Addies Law Bill A3690.

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Kids in the Kitchen,

Microwave Safety By Angela De Groot

While microwave ovens provide a convenient way for kids to prepare meals, like all kitchen appliances, they can be hazardous if not used correctly. Here are some tips for teaching your children how to safely use the microwave oven. Microwave-Safe? Learning what materials can and cannot go into the microwave is a good place to start. Show your children the “microwave-safe” labels on the bottom of containers and keep your microwave-safe kitchenware in one cabinet so that they know where to find them. Explain that metallic items like foil and wire ties should never be used in the microwave. Consult your microwave oven manual for a complete safety checklist. Operating the Microwave. Show & Tell. Microwave cooking times vary depending on the type and quantity of food being heated. Demonstrate and explain how each food item should be prepared, then supervise your children’s first few attempts until you’re satisfied they can prepare items safely and react appropriately to boil-overs. Find out what dishes your children like to make, then draw up a chart of these foods with their cooking times. Tape the chart to the inside of a nearby cabinet for easy reference. Avoid hotspots by stirring food half-way through and at the end of the cooking process so that heat is evenly distributed. Food should be allowed to stand before removing from the oven using kid-sized potholders. Safety Basics. Burns are the most common microwave injury. The microwave should be situated so that your children can operate it without having to stand on furniture to do so. Remind your children to always use potholders to remove items from the microwave as even microwave-safe kitchenware can become hot during the cooking process. Lids should be removed so that steam is vented away from their hands and faces. Special care should be taken when heating liquids which can become heated beyond the boiling point without appearing to do so. To avoid boil-overs, heat liquids in deep containers for 30-second intervals, stir and test before continuing. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, if children are too young to read or follow written directions they’re too young to use the microwave without close adult supervision. Children should be encouraged to always ask permission before using the microwave oven. Once your children have the basics down, grab a recipe book and get your family cooking. 14 | June 2017

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pulling/picking that causes a connection to reinforce the habit as a means of tension the individual may repetitively pull/pick until successful. What Is Habit Reversal Training? Habit reversal training has four main components: awareness training, development of a competing response, building motivation and generalization of skills. Let’s take a closer look… Awareness Training Awareness training is used to bring greater attention to behaviors so that the individual can gain better self-control. Awareness training is usually carried out in a number of smaller steps during the therapy process.

“Habit reversal training is used to bring greater attention to behaviors so that the individual can gain better self-control”

Compulsive Hair Pulling and Skin Picking : It’s More Common Than You Know Get relief from Habit Reversal Training with Karen Ognibene a psychotherapist in Woodbury. Habit reversal training is a behavioral therapy that is useful for reducing troublesome habits associated with impulse control disorders such as trichotillomania (hair-pulling)  and  dermatillomania (skin picking) says, Karen. The habit may occur either when the individual is relaxed or under stress. For some individuals, certain situations such as; watching TV, reading or studying, or lying in bed will trigger the behavior. The individual either may focus intensely on the pulling/picking or it may be done unconsciously. Immediately before pulling/picking, the individual feels a mounting tension and this tension is relieved as a hair root or skin is successfully pulled. Since a tingling sensation is felt upon successfully 16 | June 2017

Development of a Competing Response Once the individual has developed awareness of the impulsive behavior while working with Karen the next step is to collaborate on developing a competing response that is opposite to that of the impulsive behavior and is something that can be carried out for longer than just a couple of minutes. As well, it is usually helpful to choose a response that will be more or less unnoticeable by others.

Building Motivation To keep the impulsive behaviors from coming back, the individual will discuss with Karen the triggers and problems that caused the behavior. She also encourages parents and family to praise the individual for their accomplishments thus far. In addition, it can often be helpful for the individual to demonstrate their new skill that they have control over the impulsive behaviors to others.

Generalization of New Skills In this phase, Karen encourages practicing the new skills in a range of different contexts, not just those that they have mastered to date. For example, Karen says, “While it might be easy to learn to suppress an impulsive behavior in the relative safety of the therapist’s office this also needs to be practiced at home, at work, in school and other environments.” Receiving support can be life changing. You are not alone, and working with Karen, a compassionate psychotherapist is a powerful tool. Many people have experienced similar symptoms and have learned how to manage the behavior.

Get help for your impulsive habits. If you think you may have a hair pulling or skin picking disorder call Karen at Healing Path Counseling 609-230-6280.

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Sleep Soundly, Sleep Safely


By Brie Latini

n the first few months when we mother brand-new little lives, sleep is a hot commodity. We battle through late night feedings and naptime avoidance like bleary-eyed warriors, and will try anything to help aid our babies into slumber. The shelves at any local “baby” store are filled with items that promise easy, comfortable sleep for your baby. In 2000, New Jersey mother Joyce Davis laid her four month old son, Garret, into his play yard for a nap. Outfitted with a supplemental mattress purchased at a large, chain baby specialty store, Davis was sure that her sweet son would sleep in blissful comfort. Tragically, Garret suffocated to death in the too-soft sleep environment the extra mattress created. The grief brought on by Garret’s death propelled his parents into action. Joyce and her husband realized that information on safe sleeping conditions for babies was not readily available. There were no laws, at the time, regulating crib specifications, allowing items such as supplemental play yard mattresses to not only be sold, but touted as safe, and easy

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assumption to make when such items are sold in a large, chain store that caters to the needs to babies and toddlers. For the Davises, this assumption came with tragic consequences The Davises engaged the help of Jack Walsh, a crib safety expert, and Lee Baxter who, before his death, served as the Western Regional Director of the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission for nearly 40 years. This led to the creation of Keeping Babies Safe in 2006. Since their inception, KBS has worked tirelessly to increase parent knowledge of safe sleep habits and help create legislation on a national level, ensuring the cribs and sleep accessories meet stringent safety guidelines. Since their inception, Keeping Babies Safe had brought about changes such as prohibiting the manufacturing of drop-side cribs and improved crib designs that boast slats that are closer together along with stronger hardware and mattress supports. In 2008, then-President Bush signed the Consumer Product and Safety Standards Act into law. This means that crib manufacturers now have a stringent set of safety guidelines that, by law, need to be followed.

Despite such laws, the very mattress that had contributed to Garret’s death was sold alongside of the play yards. Surprisingly, this type of supplemental mattress is still being sold, a mistake that Keeping Babies Safe is trying to rectify by calling for national laws banning items that, when added to a sleep environment, cause cribs or play yards to fall below safety standards. The KBS mission also extends to parental education, leading the way in the development is a video explaining safe sleep environments for babies. This video is aired on the “newborn channel” in over 1200 New Jersey hospitals. KSB is also working with NJ lawmakers to provide all mothers with printed information about sleep safety upon discharge after giving birth, and pass NJ law mandating the screening of educational videos in all hospitals and birthing centers. Keeping Babies Safe carries on Garret’s legacy with their tireless work aimed at ensuring that such a senseless tragedy does not happen to another family. You can visit to learn more about their community events, educational information and ways to donate.

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Tutor Time By Janelle Rettig

Contact your child’s school. Many schools offer after-school programs that help with schoolwork, and some teachers set aside time before or after school to tutor students. Even if no such programs or arrangements exist in the school, your child’s teacher or guidance counselor may know information about tutoring services in your area. Keep track of your child’s school’s AYP status. If your child’s school hasn’t made adequate yearly progress for three years and if your family meets the state income requirements, the school district must pay for supplementary educational services. A list of providers can be found here: education/title1/program/ss/ Check with your local library to see what educational programs they provide. During the school year, the Glassboro Public Library holds the Homework Helpers Club every Monday at 4:00 p.m. The Camden County Library system provides its members with free online access to one-on-one tutoring via Ask your library whether or not it offers similar programs.


oes your child struggle in school? He’s not alone. Over 52% of New Jersey’s 3rd through 6th graders scored below a “Meet Expectations” on the Mathematics section of the Spring 2016 PARCC; about 48% did not meet expectations on the English portion of the test. Research shows that one way a child’s school performance can improve is through tutoring. One study showed that those that students who received tutoring through Reading Partners, a program that helps low-income children with reading, scored two to three percentile points higher on assessments than students in the control group. Another study showed that students’ scores in math improved by three quarters of a year’s worth of progress after using Math Whizz, an online tutoring program, for just 50 minutes per week. So, what are some warning signs that your child might need a tutor? Besides watching her grades, contact her teacher. Your child’s teacher may notice trends in your child’s performance. A quick e-mail to the teacher every so often might alert you to any troubles before the progress report arrives. In addition, your child’s behavior might prove important clues. 20 | June 2017

“Many schools offer after-school programs that help with schoolwork, and some teachers set aside time before or after school to tutor students” Spending extra time on homework or continuously asking for help could indicate that your child has difficulty in certain areas, and if your child avoids school or expresses dislike for a certain subject she might do so because of academic struggles. Once you’ve decided that your child needs help, you can begin to look for a tutor. You can start by checking out these resources in your area:

Look into tutoring companies in your area. Club Z! is one such program that offers inhome and online tutoring from trained tutors, many of whom are former teachers. The office for Camden, Burlington, and Gloucester Counties can be reached at (856) 608-8867, while the one responsible for Cape May, Cumberland, Atlantic, and Ocean Counties can be reached at (609) 390-5717. Other programs in New Jersey include Mathnasium, the Huntington Learning Center, and Sylvan Learning Center. The sooner a problem is noticed, the easier it’s fixed. Don’t wait until the end of the marking period to get your child help. If you believe your child needs tutoring, check out some of these resources right away!

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Make a music summer playlist. Pick berries. Make popsicles. Create a treasure hunt. Play hopscotch. Camp out in backyard. Draw a racetrack on the driveway. for hours of fun! Make an obstacle course. Run through sprinklers. Visit a farm. Have a craft night. Go on a nature hunt. Put on a concert. Have a water fight. Play in the rain. Make mom & dad dinner. Go bowling. Try a new food. Race toy sail boats in a kiddie pool using straws to propel them. Go mini golfing. Make milkshakes. Go Jersey Fresh! Visit a local farmer’s market. Visit the beach & collect shells. Go canoeing at a local lake. Write & illustrate your own book. Make homemade pizza.

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circles of paper inside salad spinner, dab tempera paint on top, cover & spin away. Plant a garden an herb garden. Make an indoor sandbox using colored rice: mix 4 cups of rice with 3 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol & let dry overnight. Go fossil hunting near a lake. Visit a water park. Make mix & match painted rock faces. Visit a fire station. Go roller skating. Bake cup cakes in ice cream cones & decorate. Catch fireflies in a jar & let them go at end of night. Learn to sew or knit. Make crafts from your recyclable items. Start a rock collection. Make bird feeders by covering pine cones with peanut butter & rolling in birdseed. Let kids paint each other with tempura paint, then run through sprinklers. Have a game night. Shaving cream slip-n-slide. Have a dance party in the living room on a rainy day. Master jumping rope—practice twirling techniques. Let them read graphic novels. Play dress up. Make your own giant Jenga set. Dig in the dirt. Go tubing. Write a pen pal. Make a map of your neighborhood. Build a tower with toothpicks & marshmallows. Go tubing. Find the free indoor movies around South Jersey.

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Go fishing. Paint your own pottery. Visit a local museum. Do some texture rubbings on leaves & grass. Bike on local trails & parks. Dig up worms. Experience the thrill of a roller coaster. Draw on pillow cases with fabric markers. Make your own fudge. Look for bats at night. Throw a tea party. Use Google search to identify a plant in your yard. Play badminton in the yard. Bake a blueberry pie. Make oven smores: wrap fancy ingredients in tinfoil & bake. Make a wildflower bouquet. Use an old sheet to paint & make art on the lawn. Make ice cream in a bag. Make an obstacle course. Visit the public library. Have a clothes line art show. Make your own PVC pipe sprinkler. Play flashlight tag. Use paintbrush to paint sidewalk with water. Tie-dye old white socks.

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Are You Equipped to Keep Your Kids Safe Around Water?

Here are ten tips to promote water safety & prevent drowning: 1. Actively supervise your child while they swim. Always watch your child closely when they swim in the water! There is no substitute for active parent or guardian supervision. Make sure one adult is completely focused on watching all children in the pool at all times. It’s not enough to have twenty distracted adults talking to each other around the pool – one must be actively supervising the children in case of emergency. In 69% of drownings, the child was being supervised by one or both of the parents. 2. Know CPR and First-Aid training. Although this may seem like an obvious step, many people, even experienced swimmers, underestimate the need for knowledge of CPR and First Aid. Be sure you are up to date on your First Aid knowledge and certifications so you can take charge in case an emergency situation arises. Effective CPR can double a child’s chances of survival.  3. Make sure the supervising adult knows how to swim. The supervising adult should know how to swim and know basic CPR and First-Aid Training in case of a swimming emergency. During the time it takes for the ambulance to arrive, CPR training could save a life. 4. Make sure your kids know how to swim. Children aged 1-4 with formal swimming lessons have up to 88% less of a chance of drowning. Children can learn how to swim from a very young age. However, they will still need to be supervised by an adult at all times to ensure water safety. 5. Fence in your pool. With an adequately installed fence, you can make sure children don’t wander into your pool unsupervised. For some regions, the law requires you to install a fence around your pool. If not, you should still surround your pool with a fence at least four feet tall to help keep kids from accessing an unsupervised pool area. Install gates with latches that are beyond a child’s reach and use a padlock in conjunction with the latch. Don’t use chain-link fences as those are easy for children to climb.


s a loving parent, you go to great lengths to ensure that your children are safe and receive the best care possible. But do you have the necessary skills to keep your kids safe around water? Whether it’s your own home pool, the lake, or a community pool, it’s important to ensure that you are able to protect your children, prevent accidents from happening, and react quickly in an emergency situation. Below are a few questions you should ask yourself as a parent or a caregiver to see if you are equipped to ensure your children are safe in a water environment: w Can you swim? If so, what is the extent of your swimming skills? w Do you know what to do in case of a water-related incident or emergency? w Can you correctly perform First Aid & CPR? w Do you know how to keep your home pool safe and secure from children? If you are missing even just one of the above skills, you should have a certified professional teach you these skills. These are also essential skills for anyone else that may at some point be looking after your children including grandparents, older siblings/cousins, and family friends. Given that drowning is the second leading cause of injury-related death in young children, and 60% of these drownings occur at home, ensuring you have these skills is a small price to pay to help keep your children safe. 32 | June 2017

6. Keep your pool well equipped with safety equipment. Ensure that you have a First Aid kit, safety ring, rope, and phone near your pool. Make sure the babysitters you hire know about the regulations regarding your swimming pool. Having the right equipment at your pool means that it’s well-equipped to deal with any accidents. 7. Beware of drains. Watch the drains in your pool and hot tub – body parts and hair can get trapped in the suction, resulting in fatal consequences like your child drowning. Put in drain covers when the pool is not being used, and consider installing multiple drains to reduce suction. Make sure your children don’t play near the hot tub suction! 8. Clean up toys when not in use. It’s fun to play games in the swimming pool, but be sure to clean up! When you’re done with toys, get them out of the pool. A child might fall in the water while trying to retrieve their beloved toy. 9. Never let your child swim alone. Make sure your child is not swimming alone so that there’s always someone for them to go to in case of trouble! Regardless of age, your children should be using the buddy system. 10. Make sure your children don’t engage in horseplay in the pool. This is a key swimming rule you should teach your child. In the water, make sure your children don’t push or jump on any other children – it’s unsafe swimming practice and can result in an accident.✲ Diana Goodwin is President & Founder of AquaMobile Swim School.

The HPV Vaccine: Health 101 By Patricia Mooneyham


here is lots of discussion these days about vaccines of all kinds. Not only there efficacy but also their long term effects on the children who are receiving them have become points for debate. So while the battle rages on whether to vaccinate or not in regards to traditional childhood disease vaccines (You know the ones like MMR, HepA, HepB, DTaP and Varicella); there is that other vaccine. Amid the questions about these long approved vaccines against childhood diseases there are still even more questions about the vaccines developed initially in an effort to defend against cervical cancer. Maybe you have heard of it by one of its commercial names Gardisil or Cervarix. It is the HPV vaccine and it is designed to vaccinate against between 2 and 9 strains of the Human Papillomavirus depending on which brand is used for vaccination. Originally recommended only for girls ages 11-26, now in an effort to reduce incidences of genital warts and the spread of HPV; the 3 shot series of vaccines is recommended for boys as well. When asked about this particular vaccine, my first response to parents is that this is an individual decision that each family must make based on their health history as well as some other factors. The next thing I talk to them about is the fact that the decision regarding this vaccine is an excellent door way to discussing concepts about sex such as: “What defines sex?” “Is sex only vaginal intercourse?” (which unfortunately is a misconception

that many young people have.) This leads to discussing the idea that sexually transmitted infections can be passed through other forms of sexual relations such as oral sex. It is very important that the concept of no vaccine can replace safe sex practices is communicated. Things such as knowing the sexual history of anyone with whom you are choosing to engage in sexual behaviors and the use of condoms until you are sure of a committed relationship and sure of the safety of unprotected sex are very important to convey. This includes anal, oral and vaginal intercourses. For anyone who has no objections to any type of vaccination, it may seem like a no brainer. It is important to know your family’s history as there have been documented reactions in cases where the vaccine recipient had celiac disease or other autoimmune issues. At the same time if you have a strong family history of cervical or other female genital cancers any and all protection may be welcome. My best advice for any family as they make a decision about this vaccine is to ask questions and do what is best for your family.

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summer camp guide

Last Minute Camp Preparations By Jess Michaels, American Camp Association, NY and NJ


ith camp a month away, this is a good time to start preparing for the exciting experience ahead. The American Camp Association, NY and NJ recommends the following tips for getting ready for a positive summer at camp. Expectations – Talk to your child about the camp program now until camp begins. Discuss what a camp day looks like, activities at camp, what the bunk is like and all the friends your child will make. This will help your child to be prepared for the first day. Watch camp video – Remember the video you watched when choosing the camp? Now is a great time to watch it again with your child so he or she gets even more excited for camp. The video will be a good reminder of all your child has to look forward to. You can also visit the camp’s website together and look at the activity list to discuss what he or she is most excited about. Positive Messages – It’s important for parents to share positive messages about camp. It is common for a child to have some apprehension as the first day of camp approaches— encourage your child to talk about these feelings. Let your child know you are confident in your child’s ability to have a wonderful summer camp experience. Successful overnights for sleepaway - If you are sending your child to sleepaway camp, your child probably has had positive overnight experiences away from home with friends and relatives. If not,

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make sure you schedule some sleepovers for your child before camp. You want to make sure these overnights are successful and that your child is mature enough to go away for an extended period of time. Shopping & Packing – If you are planning on buying new items for camp, shop together. This is a good time to talk about camp and all the things your child will need. Also make sure to involve your child in packing. Your child will feel more secure if they know what they are bringing to camp. Be sure to take a look at the packing list and respect the items the camp asks you to leave at home including technology items. New camper get-together – If your camp hosts a pre-camp event for first time campers, do your best to attend. This is a good way for children to meet other children going to the camp for the first time. It also gives campers a chance to get to know the camp director and for the director to get to know you and your child. Don’t make pick up deals – While discussing camp, don’t make plans to pick your child up from camp if he or she doesn’t like it. If you do, you’re sending a message to your child that you don’t believe he or she will be successful at camp. Call the camp director – If you sense your child is nervous about camp, you can call the camp director and ask for their advice. The camp director has a lot of experience with first time campers and will be able to offer you some ways which you can help your child get over any worries about the first day of camp.

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Miosquares (muslin squares) (D) Muslin squares are an essential item for any parent. This is a multi-purpose product that has so many everyday uses from mopping up spills to using as a burp cloth or comfort blanket and much more.; $12

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Sleepybobo Gerry the Giraffe (E) Making its US debut, the Platinum Award winning giraffe the only original portable unit that attaches to most existing car seats, baby bouncers, rocker chairs and gently bounces to rock your baby to sleep for a maximum of 30 minutes at a time. The perfect shower gift for the mom that has it all!; $150

Lalabu Soothe Shirt Pure Black (H) A stylish and innovative all-in-one baby wearing shirt that’s both a nursing tank that has built in bra and a cozy carrying pouch for baby. Perfect for the new mom!; $75 Kryptonics 23” Mini Fish Cruiser (I) This mini cruiser skateboard comes fully assembled and is ready to ride. It features a 7-ply maple deck with a single kicktail and a two-piece split grip tape. It is also made with heavy-duty aluminum trucks and PU bushings. For kids 8 years and up.; $25

Shaveworks The Cool Fix Targeted Gel Lotion (F) Get ready for summer with this soothing, cooling blue gel designed to alleviate problems which may result from waxing and or shaving. This blue gel will reduce ingrown hairs, razor bumps, razor burn, and redness. An effective combination exfoliating agents help release trapped hairs from underneath the skin, kill bacteria, and prevent ingrown hairs from reoccurring. Ulta. com; $26

Danny Dollar Millionaire Extraordinaire-The Lemonade Escapade (J) Teach your child about finance and entrepreneurship this summer in the hilarious story about the most ambitious kid in the literary world. Danny Dollar is sure to teach young and old about earning, saving and investing money. A middle reader chapter book for ages 6-10.; $8

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Peter and the Starcatcher Eagle Theatre Hammonton, NJ Thru June 11 Peter and the Starcatcher is the grownup’s prequel to Peter Pan. When a starcatcher-in-training meets an orphan boy longing for a home, they embark on the adventure of a lifetime. You’ll be whisked away on a breathtaking quest to answer the question: How did a boy named Peter become the boy who never grew up? Peter and the Starcatcher takes a hilarious romp through the Neverland you never knew in this Tony Award-winning play with music, a dozen performers portray more than 100 outlandish characters using the limitless possibilities of imagination. This swashbuckling production will entrance, energize, and excite audiences of all ages! $20-40 ; Group rates available, call the box office for more info at 609704-5012

Burlington Sunday, June 4 Burlington County’s Annual Earth Fair Historic Smithville Park Featuring vendors, entertainment for all ages, and kids’ activities with an environmental twist. This family event focuses on ways to protect and enjoy our environment. Children’s activities will include trash sculpting, 44 | June 2017

paper making, storytelling, environmental vaudeville, face painting…and more. Be sure to check out the art exhibits in the Worker’s House & Gallery and the Smithville Mansion Annex Gallery. There will be “Green” vendors, artists, crafters, activity providers and performers that have an earth-friendly theme.

Camden JCC Kids Triathlon Sunday, June 4 1pm-4pm Katz JCC, 1301 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, NJ Open to the community, Ages 7-12 The JCC’s 13th annual kids triathlon is back! This kid friendly fun event includes biking, running, and swimming! Top 3 winners will receive an award in each age of three age categories. Must pre-register. Cost: JCC Members: $25; Community: $30; Contact: For more information, visit www. 25th ANNUAL HADDONFIELD CRAFTS AND FINE ART FESTIVAL Sat., July 8, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sun., July 9, noon - 5 pm The nationally ranked Annual Haddonfield Crafts and Fine Art Festival celebrates its 25th year Kings Highway & Tanner St in Haddonfield, NJ. The Haddonfield Crafts and Fine Art Festival is one of the area’s premier events, attracting crowds ofmore than 100,000 people. Artisans will exhibit a wide range of arts and crafts, including ceramics, glass, jewelry, wood, fiber, metal, paper, drawings, paintings, photography, and wearable art. FREE Event, FREE Parking. FOR MORE INFORMATION: www. Cooper River Park National Learn to Row Day June 3 8AM Join Cooper Rowing Club for a fun, free introduction to rowing for ages 12 and up. More more information go to www.

Pet Expo at the J Sunday, June 11 11am-2pm Katz JCC, 1301 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, NJ Open to the community and their pets. Spend the perfect day with your four-legged family member outdoors at the JCC! This event will include local animal welfare organizations, petrelated business, family activities, giveaways and much more! Cost: Free. Contact: For more information, contact Stephanie Dworkin at

Gloucester Branch of Gloucester County Library System Tai Chi – Tuesday, June 6th, 10:30am. Presented by Carla Kephart CHES, ACSM SP from Gloucester County Dept. of Public Health. Please register; limited to 20. So You Think You Can’t Dance? – Thursday, June 8th, 7pm. Presented by Nancy Bivins. This lesson will help to improve your current dance skills. Please register; class size limited. Learn the Basics of Essential Oils – Thursday, June 22nd, 7pm. Presented by Nishi Patel. Book Clubs: Best Sellers Book Club – Wednesday, 6/7 7pm. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. Facilitated by Carolyn Oldt. Youth Programs 6-Week Summer Reading Program begins Saturday June 24th – Saturday, August 5th. Programs and Prizes for All Ages! For more details please contact the library.

Summer Reading Kickoff – Sciencetellers present Pirates: Lost at Sea – Monday, 6/26, 11 – 11:45am. All Ages. Make & Take Personalized Beach Buckets and UV Bracelets – Saturday, 6/3. Anytime between 10:30am – 12:30pm. All Ages. Supplies limited to 30; registration suggested. Donuts with Dad – Saturday, 6/17 10:30 – 11:30am All Ages. Advance registration required; limited to 36. Family Music on the Patio presented by Jesse Rivera – Thursday, June 29 7:00 – 8:00pm. All ages. Make your own Maracas from 6:30 – 7:00pm. Storytimes: Stories, Songs & Craft provided. Baby’s Way to Books - Mondays, 6/5, 6/12 & 6/19, 10:15 – 10:45am. Ages 0– 2 years old. Toddler Time - Mondays, 6/5, 6/12 & 6/19, 11:00-11:30am. Ages 2-3 years old. Preschool Storytime- Fridays, 6/2, 6/9, 6/16, 6/23 & 6/30, 11:00 - 11:30am. Ages 3-5 years old. Music Time - Wednesdays, 6/7, 6/14, 6/21 & 6/28, 11:00 – 11:30am and Fridays, 6/2, 6/9, 6/16, 6/23 & 6/30, 10:1510:45am. Ages 0-5. 4-Week Yoga Series for Kids – Wednesdays, June 28, July 5, 12 & 19. 10:15 – 11:00am. Ages 3 – 8. Presented by Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Summer Movie Matinee – The Wild Life rated PG 6/28, 12:00 – 1:30pm. All Ages. Please feel free to bring lunch or snacks and a blanket for seating. FURever as Friends- Read to the dogs. Tuesdays, 6/6 & 6/20. 6:30-7:30pm. All Ages. Permission slip required. Lego Building Challenge- Tuesday, 6/27, 6:30 – 7:30pm. All ages. Minecraft Club- Thursday, 6/8, 4-5pm. Ages 6-12. Please bring your own device.Library phone number 856- 241-0202

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ummer has come and that means the sun is shining bright, for better or worse. While we all need a little sunlight for vitamin D, it doesn’t take too long before the sun turns from friend to foe. Most kids get a majority of their lifetime sun exposure in the first 18 years of their lives, and without proper protection, it can lead into skin damage, immune system




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suppression, and even skin cancer later in life. It is great to let your kids go out and play in the fresh, warm air of summer, but you need to be aware of the sun. In order to stop permanent skin damage, the right sunscreen is key, so we have listed some products that will keep the harsh rays off of your child’s skin.







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Berry Sweet This month’s recipes spotlight plump, juicy, naturally sweet, nutritious and absolutely delicious strawberries. Strawberries are amazing lil’ gems that are packed with health benefits such as; vitamin C, manganese and folic acid, and their a good source of dietary fiber too. Also, the pigments that give berries their beautiful red hues are extremely beneficial. Berries contain phytochemicals, flavonoids and antioxidants which may help to prevent some diseases. No matter how you look at it, unless someone is allergic to them, strawberries are truly a super food that you can feel good about serving to your family! Strawberry Banana Shake • ½ cup milk, rice or almond milk • 1 cup fresh sliced strawberries • ½ cup frozen vanilla yogurt • 1 small ripe banana • 4 ice cubes Place all ingredients into a blender; blend on high speed until smooth, scraping down ingredients in blender if necessary. Divide mixture into glasses and serve immediately. Peanut Butter, Strawberry & Banana Sandwich • 2 slices whole wheat, honey wheat or multi-grain bread • 2 tbs. creamy peanut butter • 1 tsp. honey • 1 - 2 strawberries, sliced • ½ small banana, sliced Spread peanut butter over 1 slice of bread, drizzle honey over the peanut butter, then add strawberry and banana slices, top with second slice of bread, cut sandwich in half and serve. Stuffed Strawberries • 20 large strawberries, hulled and divided • 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened • 1 tbs. organic powdered sugar, honey or agave Hull and dice two strawberries, set aside. Cut a thin slice from stem end of the remaining strawberries, forming a base so strawberries can stand upright. Starting at the opposite end of strawberries, slice into four wedges being careful not to slice all the way through, set aside. In a bowl, beat together cream cheese and sugar until well blended, fold in diced strawberries. Spoon some of the cream cheese mixture into the center of each strawberry. Arrange on a serving platter, refrigerate until ready to serve. Tips: You can top the stuffed strawberries with finely crushed graham cracker crumbs or unsweetened cocoa powder if desired. You could also omit the cream cheese mixture and simply fill strawberries with homemade whipped cream. And don’t hesitate to drizzle some dark chocolate over the stuffed strawberries, just place them in the refrigerator a few minutes to let the chocolate set. 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 or Facebook page

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June 17issue final  

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