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INSIDE THIS ISSUE: • Birthday Party Etiquette • Little Leprechaun Lunch • Lego Building Skills

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elcome to the annual Birthday Party issue! While we always hope our pages are inspirational, this month we’re featuring South Jersey locations to throw your child a perfect birthday extravaganza (page 10). Birthdays are meant to be fun, but with busy lives for today’s super moms, make the day hassle free and hand over the details to enjoy the day with family and friends. And, need I remind you that the clock is ticking to find the right camp for your kids this summer. This month be sure to check out “Is Your Child Ready for Camp?”, (page 16). There are so many positive reasons to send your kids to camp, but the way I see it, resilience is the best skill for kids to obtain.

Jess Michaels, Director of Communications at the NJ and NY divisions of the American Camp Association says, “It’s important for children to develop resilience for coping with the obstacles and stressors 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 and therefore build resiliency.” I love this concept! In addition to Editor of South Jersey MOM, I am also a licensed psychotherapist (page 9) and work with older teens through adults that need help with problem solving skills. So often, kids and teens are isolated in the summer on social media instead of navigating social situations in person. Attending Summer Camp allows kids of all ages to connect, navigate and make autonomous decisions every day. This month is National Nutrition Month and be sure to look for Lisa Ann’s healthy menu (page 14) to get the entire family eating good food. Today’s generation spend so much time with a device in their hand instead of a ball. I challenge you this month to play with your kids outside: take a walk, play soccer, throw a football, collect sticks. Be adventurous! The possibilities are endless.✲ Your friend & fellow MOM,

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Arianna is 5 and Adeline is 16 months. Arianna attends preschool and Adeline is home with mom. The sisters l ove to play dress-up and pretend to be princesses together or throw dance parties in the kitchen while mom cooks dinner.


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Make celebrating St. Patrick’s day fun and easy with this adorable leprechaun lunch. It’s cute as can be and super fun for kids, but it’s also a healthy lunch option for the holiday. You’ll need the following for two shamrock pizzas: • Cheddar cheese • English muffin separated into 2 halves • Green pepper cut into rings for shamrock • Green pepper slice cut into rectangle for stem • Preheat oven to 425 degrees This is a simple recipe to include your little leprechaun in the preparation. Sprinkle enough cheddar cheese to cover surface of English muffin. Place pepper ring on top of cheese and add stem to look like a complete shamrock. Place in heated oven and bake for 12 minutes or until the edges are golden.

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Story Storks Bring a Love of Reading to Newborns By Cheryl Lynne Potter

“Having access to language and literacy tools from the very beginning, gives every child early access,” said Evans. “Reading, singing, talking, and even making up stories, helps to increase the language that babies gain access to as parents and caregivers interact with them,” she said. “Story Storks starts the conversation about early education and provides a book, our hope is that it starts a practice and routine of reading for life.”


hink your newborn is too young to reap the rewards of reading. Well, think again. Research shows it’s never too early to read aloud to your baby. It doesn’t matter that they can’t understand what you’re saying, they still can pick-up on the rhythm, tones and inflections of your voice. You may even notice after reading to them for awhile, their arms and legs begin to move in rhythmic movements to your voice. Reading to your newborn has a lot of long-term benefits that can be useful to children later on in life. What a shame that every parent does not read aloud to their newborn. As a teacher, it was difficult, said Adrienne Evans, to “watch students struggle with reading, never having access to books or someone reading to them.” This bothered her so badly that she and her colleague, Maureen Hicks, decided to make a difference in the lives of these children

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by starting a nonprofit organization called, Story Storks. This group helps to give new parents and caregivers the realization that it’s never too early to start reading. The organization also helps to get books in the hands of children. The group was started while Evans and Hicks were both working towards their Master’s Degree in Reading Education. “We were working with elementary and middle school aged children that were attending the summer clinic for remediation. Class after class, we kept realizing that the students needing the most help had similar experiences prior to school - no experiences with books or literacy,” said Evans. “We wanted to come up with a way to change that - When a baby leaves the hospital with all of the things to get a great start, why wasn’t anyone talking about literacy and the importance of reading?” Right then and there the idea of Story Storks was born.

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Research shows it’s never too early to read aloud to your baby. It doesn’t matter that they can’t understand what you’re saying, they still can pick-up on the rhythm, tones and inflections of your voice. The program, which is now in 5 hospitals, has given away close to 20,000 board books. Each book is personalized with a sticker that has your own baby footprints on it, as well as delivery of other educational items while moms are still in the hospital. Moms don’t even have to register to participate in the program. Often times, hospital’s will add presentations about the program to their childbirth classes or volunteers at each hospital will tell new parents that they visit about the importance of reading to their newborn. If one child or even one family, she said, “sees the value in literacy because of our program, we have done what we set out to do— create future readers starting at birth.”


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PLAN A NUTRITIOUS DIET The Dietary Guidelines for Americans describes a healthy diet as one that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, nuts, whole grains and fat-free or low-fat milk products. It should be low in saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, salt and added sugar. • Warm weather makes fresh produce more easily accessible. Eat more fruits and vegetables by setting freshly washed and prepared produce on the kitchen counter or at eye level in the fridge. At every meal, make sure half your plate is made up of fruit and vegetable servings. • One-fourth of your plate at every meal should be made up of grains, such as wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal or barley. People who eat whole grains as part of a healthy diet have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. • The remaining one-fourth of your plate should be lean or low-fat cuts of meat, plant-based protein or seafood. GET REGULAR EXERCISE The Department of Health and Human Services recommends an adequate amount of exercise every day. This guide can point to the right amount of exercise to add to your schedule: • Get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity every week. For best results, spread the time out over several days. • Do strength training exercises at least twice a week. Lifting weights builds muscle, which means the body burns more calories – even at rest. • It’s important to keep in mind that when people are active, they produce more free radicals. The antioxidants found in supplements can help buffer the negative effects of the workout. Improving your diet, exercising regularly, taking a daily supplement and getting enough restorative sleep are all important steps to overall wellness. Work to incorporate each step into your daily routine until you reach your goal of good health, and find more health-conscious tips at eLivingToday.com. Family Features. Photo courtesy of Getty Images. www.southjerseymom.com

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birthday party guide

Does Kid Party Etiquette Still Exist? Written By Jessica Mungekar


ocial and party etiquette is still practiced, even in our informal society. Now, mind you, it has evolved with modern times, but it is still important to follow certain “rules” when planning, hosting or attending a party- even a party for kids. Here are some helpful tips!

I’m hosting a party at a venue- now what? Be courteous: The number one rule for letting your guests and their parents feel welcome at your party is to be a welcoming and gracious host. Be considerate: Let’s face it…posting to social media is commonplace, however, some parents or caregivers may not want their children’s photos shared. It’s a common courtesy for your guests to check with you before posting and for you to do the same. If you are not wanting your party put on social media outlets, kindly ask your guests to refrain from posting. Most often, it is not an issue. Be prepared: What do you do when disaster strikes? Like… when a friend’s parent brings their siblings or the cake is ruined… It’s ok! Your kid’s party is not ruined!  First and foremost stay cool and calm. Be sure to use your vendor of choice’s resources and ask for HELP! They may have a simple solution to get your party back on track quickly and smoothly.   Sometimes, there is just no fix. So instead of crying, try to laugh it off! Other parents typically can relate… What do I do if my guests have dietary restrictions? When hosting a party at a venue, the venue will typically supply the food so it’s important to let parents know what food will be served. If it is something their child cannot eat, you can request that the parent bring food to the party or you can ask the venue if you are able to bring in outside food. To open or not to open? When hosting a party at a venue, as a rule, venues typically ask parents to take the gifts with them before opening. Parents may choose to invite all or a few guests back to their home to open gifts and as children get older, this becomes more commonplace. Kids love to open gifts with their friends and their friends love to watch their gifts get opened. 

Younger kids (ages 1-5) may prefer a quieter surrounding with the family when opening presents. Are thank you cards necessary? Saying thank you in the form of a note is also a wonderful teachable moment in which your child learns to show gratitude and express his or her thanks. The recipient will also feel appreciated when receiving the note. Are party favors required? Most venues will supply goodie bags for a fee or you can bring your own. If you don’t want to send your guests home with cheap toys that break within 5 minutes, offer take home gift certificates to the local ice cream shop or movie theatre instead.   What to do when the host says “no gifts please”? Typically, you go to a party, you bring a gift. It’s a no brainer, right? This philosophy all changes when the host specifically requests that no gifts be brought. In this case, the host’s requests should be honored.  If you feel compelled to bring something, ask the host if you can bring an alternative gift like a subscription, membership…maybe even make a donation to a charity in the child’s name.  When all is said and done, the most important thing when throwing and attending a kid’s party is to have fun!   Jessica Mungekar is the Founder and CEO of Jessie’s Party Stop, South Jersey’s Guide to Kids Parties; An online resource for families living in SJ looking for help planning their DIY kid’s parties. She lives in Washington Township with her husband, and two children, Layla 9, Kiran 5. 

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imagination and construct something abstract out of a pile of free play LEGO®.” 3. Problem-Solving: Whether utilizing structured or unstructured Lego play, kids must analyze what they see, draw conclusions, and readjust if something isn’t working out as they had planned when building their masterpiece.

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s a parent, there may have been times you’ve found yourself screeching in pain from stepping on one, two or maybe even ten Lego pieces throughout the day. You might even go as far as resenting the fact that you bought them in the first place. I felt that way too at one point. That is until I learned first-hand the amazing benefits of Lego bricks. My son has always loved Legos, and still does. In fact, his nickname around the house is “Master Builder.” I often find myself watching him in admiration as he constructs each masterpiece. What’s most interesting, however, is that Lego construction has the ability to capture his full attention for hours. It’s quite easy to overlook the benefits of Legos, particularly if we don’t know what to look for in the first place. Although they may seem like simple building blocks, they are much more than that. So what important skills do children learn from Lego play anyway? 1. Fine Motor Skills: Building with Legos requires grasping, manipulation, and twisting of the hands and fingers. This in turn strengthens coordination and promotes dexterity, which is necessary for activities such as handwriting and buttoning a shirt, for example.

are no mistakes or limitations. They can experiment while taking risks and set their own goals in a fun and meaningful way. They also have the freedom to create and explore without any pressure of fear or failure. Karl Goldstein from Bricks 4 Kidz also adds, “Taking time away to build with LEGO® frees them from an artificial world where their eyes are glued to a screen, to physically experience something they can play with and recreate over and over. While I subscribe to the critical importance of following step by step instructions required to complete a LEGO® model kit, it is equally important for children to use their

4. Three-Dimensional Thinking: Lego building requires children to think about objects in three dimensions. This encourages spatial reasoning, which is the ability to mentally manipulate objects. For example, a child with good spatial skills is able to picture an object rotated in the mind’s eye.  Spatial skills are also the key building blocks to STEM success, particularly when it comes to robotics. John Grater at Robotech Educational Services explains, “LEGO robotics entices children to create, problem solve, and follow directions at the same time they develop STEM awareness.  The simple design of LEGO allows the young student to quickly see success and encourages them to want to learn more.” 5. Awareness of Structural Engineering and Architecture: Playing with Legos teaches children about structure and stability. If they build a tower only for it to quickly fall apart, they learn that their structure isn’t quite stable enough. In that case, a few more bricks may be needed for added support. This is at the root of basic engineering and architecture. 6. Following Directions: While free Lego play doesn’t require following directions, achieving a specific design does. This encourages even the most eager builder to slow down and read the manual. Lego instructions also contain illustrations, which allow nonreaders to reap the benefits as well. 7. Social Skills: Building Legos together with peers is a great opportunity to encourage teamwork, which fosters cooperative play and collaboration. “Mandy Fredericks is a homeschooling mom who is very active in the community. She’s also the founder of Compassionate Kids, a local group of families who perform community service projects monthly. If you’d like to participate, you may join her group on Facebook at Compassionate Kids.”

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recipe corner

Here Comes the Sun and a Springtime Menu By Lisa Ann Panzino DiNunzio

The air’s filled with the sound of twittering, chirping birds; the ground’s producing beautiful, sun-kissed daffodils, and the temperature’s on the rise! These are just a few sure signs that spring has truly arrived, and, with it, comes the desire to put aside the Heavier, comfort foods most people enjoy during the cold winter months and replace them with lighter, springtime meals. Here are three recipes that are filling yet not too heavy -- perfect for a springtime menu!

Preheat oven to 400º. In a bowl, toss florets with olive oil, bread crumbs and cheese. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet greased with non-stick cooking spray. Season with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Roast 25-35 minutes or until nicely browned.


ALMOND COATED CHICKEN • 10-12 boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins • 2 cups almond flour • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder • 1/2 tsp. onion powder • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano • Sea salt, to taste • Black pepper, to taste • 3 eggs, beaten • Extra virgin olive oil

mixture until well coated on both sides. Place the tenderloins in one layer onto the prepared baking pan. Drizzle the chicken lightly with extra virgin olive oil and place pan into the oven. Bake for 20 minutes, then remove pan from oven, flip chicken over and bake for another 15-20 minutes or until clear juices flow when the chicken’s pierced. Serve.


Preheat oven to 400°. Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan with non-stick olive oil cooking spray, set aside. In a bowl, add the almond flour, parmesan cheese and seasonings, set aside. Dredge the chicken tenderloins into the beaten eggs, then into the almond flour

• 1 head cauliflower, cut into 1-inch florets • 3–4 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil • 1/2 cup Italian-style breadcrumbs • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese • Garlic powder, to taste • Sea salt, to taste • Black pepper, to taste

• 3 cups cold water • 1 1/2 cups quinoa, uncooked • 1/4 cup apple cider or balsamic vinegar • Juice from one lemon • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced or grated • 3-4 tbs. extra virgin olive oil • 1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped • 1 small onion, diced or sliced small • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half • 1 English cucumber, peeled and diced • Sea salt, to taste • Black pepper, to taste • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese In a large saucepan, cook the quinoa in water for 15-20 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Allow to cool. In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil, set aside. In a large bowl, gently toss the quinoa together with the olives, parsley, onion, tomatoes and cucumbers. Pour the olive oil mixture over the quinoa. Add salt and pepper to taste and gently toss in the feta cheese. As always, Bon Appetit!

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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summer camp guide


By Jess Michaels


hinking about camp for your child but not sure if he or she is ready? Whether you are considering day or overnight camp, there are many deciding factors and tips for parents when making this important and exciting decision. AGE When is the right age for a child to begin camp? Generally, children are ready for day camp somewhere between the ages of 3-6 and for overnight camp ages 7 and up. However, each child is different and ready for the camp experience at different times so there is no perfect time to start camp. Don’t worry about what your friends and neighbors are doing—do what is best for your child. Some are ready on the younger side and some take a few more years to be ready.

enjoy being active all day? Often times, looking at a camp’s website or touring a camp can help you determine your child’s readiness. You don’t want to push your child into the experience if he or she doesn’t want to go but positive messages and encouragement about camp can often help a child overcome any initial hesitation.

Day camp is a wonderful place for young children to practice social skills and to gain independence

DETERMINING READINESS Many parents just get a sense when their child is ready for camp. For day camp, ask yourself if your child enjoys being around other children and participating in group activities? Is your child fully potty trained? Day camp is a wonderful place for young children to practice social skills and to gain independence. For overnight camp, does your child express interest when you bring up the idea? Does your child enjoy spending the night at a friend or relatives houses? Does your child

TIPS FOR PREPARING YOUR CHILD FOR CAMP Once you’ve made the decision to send your child to camp, it’s time to prepare them for the experience. While you want your child to get excited, try not to talk about camp for the whole year ahead. A year is a long time in a child’s life so discussing it too long ahead can lead a child to feel anxious about it. As you get closer to summer, have honest conversations about what camp will be like including all the fun activities, the bus ride, and living at camp if it’s sleepaway camp. It’s ok to tell your child that he or she may feel homesick at times and that is a completely normal feeling. Don’t make pick up deals where you say you will pick your child up if he or she wants you to. By doing so, you are sending the message to your child that you don’t think he or she will succeed.

HOW CAMPS HELP CHILDREN PREPARE FOR CAMP Camps have many opportunities to help a child get ready for camp. Camps host open houses, orientation and new camper get-togethers to help children prepare for camp. These events allow your child to see camp again, experience getting on/off the camp bus (for day camps), meet the leadership team and meet some new friends so there are familiar faces on the first day of camp. Some camps partner new campers with a big brother or big sister to answer questions ahead of time and to have one more person the child knows before camp begins. Parents should always feel they can call the camp director for tips on preparing their child. Each child is different and some may need a little extra preparing to get ready for the best summer of his life! Looking for a camp? The American Camp Association, NY and NJ offers parents free, one-on-one advice in finding the right camp for your child. Call 212.391.5208.

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Private Special Education … Sometimes, it starts with a twinkle in the eye. Just a little spark of curiosity that soon blossoms into a journey of discovery, learning and achievement. That’s because at our private special education schools, we see beyond a child’s disability, and awaken the joy and creative expression within. Our schools are welcoming places where students feel at home and are able to enjoy a rich and rewarding social life. Our students feel cherished, well cared for and respected for a very good reason—it is part of our mission and our commitment. Students at our special education schools experience a school day as it should be—filled with discovery, achievement, learning and friendship. Here, they have people they know they can count on—outstanding teachers, therapists, counselors, psychologists and job coaches who constantly encourage and support them.

an option You Should Know About! With individualized attention, on-site therapies and vocational training, our schools deliver unparalleled services for students with special needs. Our New Jersey Department of Education certified special education teachers, licensed therapists and counselors provide expert, advanced instruction and support … along with plenty of smiles.

These unique services are provided at NO COST for families. Find out if private special education is the right fit for your child. Our staff can help answer your questions. To find out more about what programs may be right for your child, call us at 1-800-697-8555 or visit SpecialEducationSchools.org

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