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mom 2 mom 6 Battling Insomnia 8 Disciplining Your Child Without Losing Your Cool

1 0 10 Steps to Take to Ensure Your Child's Failure Will Help Them Succeed

moms R women 2 12 Honoring Mom 14 The Baby Blues vs. Postpartum Depression

know 2 grow 16 OCD in Children: Are You Missing the Signs

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a letter from the EDITOR pick up our daughter at school on a Saturday afternoon after an away game. Yes, bad parenting moment. Our son recently passed his driving test and now he takes the car and can drive himself places. Puff! Just like that, it got easier! We get an errand runner out of the deal and for him it’s learning to navigate the world without us. All of a sudden it’s moving too fast and there’s no way to slow it down. Millennial moms if I can impart any wisdom… Enjoy the time with your kids it goes by really fast…before you know it you’ll be tripping over size 10 shoes in the foyer. Stop to listen what they’re saying and get yourself a good poker face so they keep talking. And, find laughter when it’s least likely. ✲ Photo credit JCPenney Portrait Studios

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Battling Insomnia Getting Back Your Forty Winks

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veryone has a sleepless night every now and then. For some, this is something that can be recovered with ease- maybe a nap or an opportunity to sleep in a bit and they are back on track. For others, sleeplessness can be a chronic part of life. If you are finding that your sleep patterns do not leave you feeling rested the next day, it could be time to take some sleep-focused actions into consideration. Insomnia, or the lack of sleep, can have any number of causes. Stress, medications, unhealthy sleep habits, and poor eating/drinking can all contribute to trouble with your nightly trip to Dreamland. According to the National Sleep Foundation, it is important to understand the cause of your insomnia in order to best combat it. The first step in overcoming insomnia is examining your sleep hygiene practices. The National Sleep Foundation suggests: • Creating wind-down time for at least 30 minutes before bed. This can consist of 6 | May 2017

By Brie Latini reading (Ditch the screens for a REAL book, magazine or newspaper!) or listening to music. Dim the lights and pull down the shades to let your body know that it is nighttime. • Move any electronics away from your bed. The light from screen can be distracting and can contribute to sleeplessness. • Set your alarm and wake up at the same time each day- even on weekends. It sounds like a drag, but this practice will help your body get used to a regular sleep/wake schedule. • If you are lying awake for twenty minutes or more, get out of bed. Take part in a gentle, restful activity and return to bed when you again feel tired. Lying in bed, tossing and turning, will only exacerbate your feelings of sleeplessness and frustration. Keeping your bed a Sleep Only Zone will help your body understand that the bed is a place for comfort and rest. • Avoid caffeine in the afternoons and evenings. Stick to decaf coffee, teas and sodas once lunch is done.

If these interventions do not bring some relief, it may be time to consider having a talk with your physician. Your doctor may ask you to keep a sleep log, which will allow for an examination of your sleep patterns, check your bloodwork, or to submit to a sleep study. A medical examination can help find the root cause of insomnia and help your physician best create a course of action to bring you healthy sleep. Treatments can range from light therapy (spending scheduled parts of your day sitting under light that mimics light from the outdoors) to prescription or over-the-counter sleep medications. With proper care and commitment, sleep troubles can be a temporary burden. Practicing good sleep hygiene and speaking with your doctor can make you and your pillow a happy couple once again! For more information, visit The National Sleep Foundation at sleepfoundation.org. This article is not a substitute for discussing sleep issues with a physician.

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e’ve all been there. Our child decides to throw a tantrum in the supermarket when we are in a rush because we have forty-seven other things to do before the day is over. There is just no time for this. It is in these inconvenient, high-stress moments that we are less likely to discipline wisely because our time and attention are in high demand. We are tempted to take the easy path, perhaps bribing him to make him behave. Or worse, we respond in anger. We want the tantrum to stop, and though our better selves know we need to discipline him, we also know that giving him a lollipop will make him behave for a moment and provide a necessary reprieve so we can keep our anger in check and get out the door. However, neither the anger nor the lollipop will prevent such a thing from happening again, in fact, they will only encourage it. In order to prevent a cycle of misbehavior we need to establish a discipline plan that will be there when we need it. A child throwing a tantrum in the store is no match for a confident, well-prepared parent. Some parents tend to think of discipline as the immediate reaction to misbehavior and associate it with punishment and control. However, the goal of discipline should be to change behavior, not punish children. Discipline includes forming patterns of behavior that will help children manage life effectively. This involves providing structure by establishing daily routines, creating family rules, and following through with the rewards of living by them and the consequences of deviating from them. Structure limits time for mis-

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behavior, and when a child does misbehave, parents will be less likely to respond in anger because there is another option. This is important because consistently disciplining children in anger will result in some pretty bad consequences. According to a study published by The Society for Research in Child Development, children whose mothers frequently express anger become more difficult to discipline. Angry discipline creates undisciplined children. Instead, be prepared to handle misbehavior. Discuss family rules before making them. Let your children in on this process. Ask them what rules they think are necessary and why. You might be surprised at what they come up with. Before establishing the rules, understand and consider your child’s developmental stages so you are not expecting too much. Don’t make too many rules. Rules should be clear, concise, and age appropriate, not overwhelming. Once you have established your rules, explain them to your children, along with the negative consequences for breaking them and the positive consequences for following them. The well-prepared parent has an alternative to responding in anger. Recognize when you are about to discipline your child in anger, take a deep breath, and think I must control myself before controlling my child. Instead of responding in anger, administer the appropriate, pre-planned discipline calmly and firmly, ignoring any reactions or complaints from the offending child. Remember, you’re the grown up. You can handle it.

“In order to prevent a cycle of misbehavior we need to establish a discipline plan that will be there when we need it”

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10 Steps To Take To Ensure Your Child's Failure Will Help Them Succeed By Cheryl Lynne Potter

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ailure and children. For many parents, these two words simply do not go together. Parents today go to great lengths to protect their children from even the slightest hint of disappointment or failure. Yet, experts say both of these attributes are beneficial for children. Experts say disappointments and failures help to teach youngsters such things as creative thinking, how to tolerate frustrations, emotional resilience and even how to ask for help. No parent wants their child to fail, but their youngster’s source of pain, can also be their triumph in life. Those knock-me-downs can also help to teach kids useful skills they can use later on in life.

Here are some steps parents can utilize to better equip their kids with the tools they need to have a successful life. Be Your Child’s Guide, Not Their Savior. Parents can’t soothe their child every time they fail. Children need to be taught how to manage their own setbacks. The website, Parents.com, offers this example of how parents can make their children feel better. If your child comes home crying because other kids won’t let them play a game of freeze tag, parents should get their child brainstorming by asking such questions as “How did you feel when they wouldn’t let you join them? or “How would you change the situation next time?” Cut Back On The Praise. Giving kids too much praise, actually does more harm than good. Kids, who are overly praised, often become dependent on other people valuing them. Experts say, they may start to think they need the constant flow of positive feedback in order to feel valued. Encourage Children To Try New Things. Children like certain hobbies because they either have an interest in it or they excel at it. If they avoid all new adventures all together because they are afraid of how they will perform, experts say, they will lose the urge to broaden their horizons. Always set realistic examples. Kids always want, what they want, when they want it. Encouraging a child to wait, will help them develop a sense of self-control. Be A Good Role Model. Children watch carefully how their parents behave. It’s important for parents to handle their own disappointments with a style of grace. If you’re constantly panicking every time you misplace your cell phone or even saying a curse word over a stain you accidentally put on your

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shirt, you’re not demonstrating healthy coping skills to your child. Manage Your Youngster’s Expectations. Parent’s can’t prevent everything from happening to their child, but you can help to reduce your youngster’s distress by keeping their anticipation within reason. Rather than talking about exciting plans as guarantees, experts suggest, treat them as possibilities. If they don’t work out, you’ve already cushioned the blow by showing them disappointments are simply a part of life. Empathize With Your Child, if You See Them Struggling Or Having A Hard Time. Never, ever, brush off your child’s feelings. Parents should use such language, according to the website PBS Parents, as “I know you’re really disappointed or I know you wanted to do better.” Explain That Everyone Fails, Including You. Offer a story how you, as a parent, failed. You can do this, experts say, by modeling for your child the best way to handle frustrations and disappointments. Look At Failure As A Way Of Teaching Youngsters A Lesson About Resiliency. Parents should take time to discuss with their youngster about what went wrong. Then they should utilize their problem solving skills to come up with a plan about what to do next time. If First You Don’t Succeed, Try Again. Remind your child, if they fail, they can always try again. Use failure, as simply nothing more than a learning experience for your child.

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Honoring Mom

By Lisa Figueiredo

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rom before you were born, she took extra care of herself, eating healthy, getting plenty of sleep, nurturing you in her womb. She loved you the moment she knew you existed. Maybe she prayed that one day you would make her a mother, going through years of hope and disappointment, until the day when she finally got to see you in person. From the time you took your first steps, through all of your firsts, through laughter and heartache, she’s shaped the person you are and even the mother you’ve come to be. She’s your mother, friend, and the one your turn to on a daily basis. A special day to honor all the things that Mom has done for you hardly seems enough, but there are many ways you can show your appreciation. You can make mom breakfast in bed. There are many delicious recipes online, but you can never go wrong with the traditional eggs and bacon and coffee. Traditions are always a special way to celebrate moms. One South Jersey mom Felicia Ferri Haigh host’s a brunch for all moms in her family. “My husband and I love to create a menu of new recipes. Now that my daughters are old enough, they help me decorate and set a pretty, special table. We enjoy making a special day for all of the special moms in our lives. It is my pleasure and a gift to be to be able to spoil them with a special day. It is the best gift to me.” One of the best things you can do for mom is spend time with her. Picnics at a local park, a long hike, or a bike ride, are just some of the inexpensive ways you can get out and enjoy spending time with mom. Find an activity mom likes to do, maybe movies or shopping and do it together. Another way to celebrate Mom is by giving her something she doesn’t get much of, relaxation and time. You can do simple things to make sure mom can take it easy. Do the laundry, clean the house. Doing these things can give mom time to do things she doesn’t do for herself like a taking a hot bubble bath with a glass of wine, or even reading her favorite book. The traditional flowers, candy are always great gifts, but when it comes to gifts, moms love the ones that come from the heart. What mom can resist a handmade heart-shaped gift, made at school or daycare? It will be a gift that is treasured far beyond the few weeks flowers last. What mother doesn’t have a box of items, maybe more, that their children have made over the years. As a First time mother who struggled to have a child for several years, Tania Suarez sees Mother’s Day as “a celebration of baby’s life and my blessing to be his mother.”

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What do our children think of Mom? Several children give their insight. What does Mom do for a living? “Nothing” , Ethan, age 7 “Gives milk to the baby”, Piper, age 4 “Helps kids learn stuff and listen to their mommies and daddies”, Emma, age 5 “Mommy takes care of us. She takes care of our baby when we are at school and she sits on the couch and watches tv”, Ryan, age 10 of Cinnaminson

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The Baby Blues vs. Postpartum Depression:

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reparing for a baby is a joyous occasion.Whether it’s the first child or fourth, the moment we get to meet our bundle of joy for the first time is all we can think about. We share our excitement with our family and friends and eagerly count down the days until we get to hold our new baby in our arms. Once they arrive and we greet them into this world, we’re anxious and excited to begin our new journey with them. Along the way, others have surely warned us how much work a new baby is. Therefore, we try to do everything we can to mentally pre14 | May 2017

pare ourselves ahead of time for the sleepless nights, multiple feedings, and other difficulties that come with motherhood. Unfortunately, however, no one can ever fully prepare us for the ups and downs we may experience, especially in the beginning. Bringing home a new baby is rewarding and exciting but also overwhelming. Not only are new moms dealing with the recovery and physical changes of childbirth but there are also emotional factors that come into play as well, not to mention lack of sleep. What started as an exhilarating experience can easily turn into complete exhaustion. Therefore, it’s

“Bringing home a new baby is rewarding and exciting but also overwhelming. Not only are new moms dealing with the recovery and physical changes of childbirth but there are also emotional factors that come into play as well, not to mention lack of sleep” understandable that new moms may feel, through no fault of their own, unhappy, nervous, and weepy. Some refer to these feelings as the “baby blues.” The baby blues are very common. Physically, the body changes rapidly after birth, hormone levels drop, and most likely you’re not getting enough sleep. Emotionally, you’re adjusting to the new routine of caring for a baby. You may also feel anxious and worried about being a good mother while ensuring your baby’s needs are met. It may even feel as though the transition is never going to end, that you’ll never feel like yourself again. These are all normal feelings after having a baby. The good news is that the baby blues usually dissipate on their own within the first two weeks of having a baby. All mom needs is extra reassurance and plenty of naps to help overcome it. However, if these feelings persist, grow even www.southjerseymom.com


more intense, and the symptoms continue much longer than the first couple postpartum weeks, this could very well be an indicator of a more serious condition called postpartum depression (PPD). It’s important to realize that symptoms of both the baby blues and PPD overlap. The signs are very similar, making it difficult for mothers to discern one from the other. While PPD is less common, affecting up to 20 percent of women who give birth each year, it’s much more serious. Therefore, it’s necessary to know when to seek help. When determining whether someone is suffering from the baby blues or PPD, it’s not so much a matter of what they’re experiencing but rather how long and how intense they’ve been experiencing the symptoms, as well as how much it is interfering with their daily functioning. PPD is more than just a lethargic sad feeling one might experience with the baby blues, but fortunately it is 100 percent treatable. PPD symptoms may include difficulty sleeping, hopelessness, anxiety, loss of interest, anger, deep sadness, low self-esteem, loss of appetite, or irritability lasting beyond the first few weeks postpartum. Getting in touch with a specialist in that field is imperative. They will be able to assist you with a plan, including nutrition and emotional support. There are also natural treatments that are effective as well, so medication may not be necessary. Finding support groups in your area will also be helpful. The longer PPD is left untreated, the more chronic it becomes. Thus, it’s crucial to seek help immediately not only for your wellbeing but for your baby’s as well.

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OCD In Children Are You Missing The Signs? By Matthew Brenner

“Often, kids with the disorder will assign certain colors, numbers, words, or sounds as lucky or unlucky. Typically, they are worried about items being in order, or even, and can have irrational responses to things they view as dirty or germy”

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id I lock the car doors? Did I leave the oven on? Did they misinterpret what I was trying to say? It is completely natural to have these thoughts as an adult, and while they may pop into our heads rather often, they are usually fleeting. However, with children, it can be difficult to distinguish what is OCD or anxiety, and what is “kids being kids.” According to Kidshealth.org, Obsessivecompulsive disorder is a condition that can affect people of any age, and is diagnosed for people who have obsessions, doubts, and fears, “that take over and interrupt a person’s normal thoughts and routines.” As a parent, there are specific typical OCD and compulsive behaviors that you can look for. Often, kids with the disorder will as-

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sign certain colors, numbers, words, or sounds as lucky or unlucky. Typically, they are worried about items being in order, or even, and can have irrational responses to things they view as dirty or germy. Moreover, they will incessantly worry about breaking routines and about getting hurt. To quell this fear, children with OCD will create compulsive rituals that will temporarily alleviate fears, and keep things in “proper order.” This may include writing and re-writing something over and over again, washing and re-washing hands, or repeatedly packing a backpack. The challenge with these rituals is, the more someone with OCD repeats the ritual, the more they want to do it. It’s a debilitating and never ending cycle.

Children and adults alike can be extremely embarrassed about their behavior, and although they may recognize it as irrational, they cannot overcome their need to complete their rituals. Good news is, OCD is treatable. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America recommends seeing a therapist who can treat your child with cognitive behavioral therapy. Ultimately, as a parent, you must use common sense when trying to decipher whether your child’s behavior is “normal,” and since OCD is treatable, it may be best to see a specialist if you are unsure. Matthew Brenner is a Martial Arts instructor and freelance writer. Email: akcinnaminson@gmail.com

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or rent your home with 1 spare bedroom ◗ All adults in the home must pass a Criminal/Child Abuse background check ◗ You must be employed and/or have sufficient income to sustain the household ◗ Complete 16-hour pre-service training How to Determine which child is right for your family Before you make that call, take a few moments to realize how much your life will change. It can be very time-consuming and come with built-in problems you never expected to happen. But, it can also be very re-

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“Foster care youth are unique, resilient, and have hopes and dreams like everyone else” warding and nurturing when it comes to molding a young person into a responsible adult. The prospective foster parents are heard and given a voice during the selection process. For instance, there are caregivers who work best with female more so than males. There are caregivers that work best with younger youth versus older youth.

Preparation Michelle Wright, admissions & marketing manager for Crossroads Programs offers this: “Parents must be prepared to open their minds to a different way of thinking about foster care. Foster care youth are unique, resilient, and have hopes and dreams like everyone else. However, they have difficulty trusting others even if you have the best intentions.  Having a warm bed to sleep in at night and a loving family will not open their hearts to you.  They need consistency even when their behaviors are challenging.  They want someone who is going to advocate for their needs and see them as individuals.  More importantly, they need to trust you.  That may take a while to do.”  What happens if it’s not a good fit? Just because there isn’t a deep connection right away doesn’t mean that it isn’t a good fit with your family. Some kids may have no issues while others display behavior that is worrisome. That’s where a professional can evaluate the interaction and offer ways to make life easier for all involved. Many kids have a hard time dealing with their past and making sense of it. Foster parents can help by being patient and loving while setting firm guidelines. Foster parenting can be challenging but it can also provide significant benefits for both the foster parents and the child.

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Common Eye Conditions Among Children By Janelle Rettig

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hen should your child first see an eye doctor? Probably sooner than you think! Dr. Richard Floyd of Pitman Family Eyecare says children should have their first visit between ages three and five. Why so early? Early intervention greatly reduces the side effects of vision problems, while receiving treatment later means treatment’s less likely to be successful. While your child may receive a screening at her pediatrician’s office, visual screenings differ from eye exams and miss 60% of eye problems. Children can suffer from any one of numerous conditions and not know it. Dr. Floyd says it’s common for a child to be legally blind in one eye and not notice, because the child’s

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world looks fine to him. Amblyopia (lazy eye) occurs when one’s eyes are misaligned or when one eye outperforms the other. According to the National Eye Institute, this affects 2-3% of children. If caught early, this disorder can be treated through atropine drops or patching the stronger eye to strengthen the weaker one. Children with amblyopia may rub their eyes, or use one eye more than the other by turning their head to focus. If you notice these symptoms, bring your child to an eye doctor as soon as possible. Another condition is now an epidemic. Myopia (nearsightedness), occurs when one’s eye is too long or cornea too curved. This results in a person only being able to see nearby objects clearly. Nearsightedness has been linked to the development of retinal problems and even blindness in later life. Scientists estimate that by 2050 half the world will be nearsighted. Early intervention (as soon as myopia develops), can slow myopia’s progression. Orthokeratology is one way to improve a child’s vision. Patients wear a contact lens at certain periods of time to slowly reshape the eye. Another aid is playing outside. While outside, children’s focus is on everything around them, not just on what is nearby; their ability to see far away improves.

Less serious but still common conditions parents should watch out for are conjunctivitis (pink eye) and sties. Conjunctivitis is noticeable by a pinkish color in what is usually the whites of one’s eyes. A child with conjunctivitis will often complain about his eyes being itchy. The child should be kept home and his eyes gently washed with a clean towel. While it usually goes away on its own in 2-3 weeks, this can be sped up by seeing a doctor for a prescription of antibacterial eye drops. Sties are painful bumps caused by an infected eyelash follicle. These can usually be treated with a warm compress.

So how can parents help? Encourage outdoor play, but make sure eye guards are used when playing sports. Keep an eye on your child and, if you notice her eyes appear irritated, that she squints when reading, or favors one eye, bring her to a doctor. Discourage her from rubbing her eyes and make sure that a clean towel is used when cleaning her eyes. Above all, don’t wait until age 10 to have your child’s eyes examined! The earlier a problem is caught the better! www.southjerseymom.com


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ay is recognized as Drowning Awareness and Prevention Month. This is a time to ensure that every family is educated about water safety as we prepare for beach and pool season. Statistics on drowning are pretty staggering. Drowning is the leading cause of injury death to children ages one to four—and the second leading cause of injury death for children ages one to 14, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

• Get swim lessons for yourself or any other caregiver who cannot swim or is afraid of water. • Realize that floaties, noodles and plastic inner tubes do NOT protect against drowning. They are created as water toys, not life-saving devices. Life jackets should be designated as U.S. Coast Guard-approved. Regardless of skill level, here are some MANDATORY water safety skills that all parents and adults must be familiar with: • Climbing out of the pool safely: Elbow, elbow, tummy, knee • Rolling over from a front float to a back float to take a breath • Jumping off the side of the pool, swimming to the parent, turning themselves around and swimming back to the wall. Teaching to get back to the side of the pool quickly is an essential safety skill.

Meg Kevane, owner of Goldfish Swim Schools in Fort Washington and Mount Laurel, offers practical water safety advice for parents: • Designate a “water watcher” who will avoid cell phones, conversations, magazines and anything else that might distract the adult from watching swimming children EVERY SINGLE SECOND. Most children who drown are supervised and a child can drown in as little as one inch of water and in as little time as 20 seconds. • The American Red Cross says that the number one thing that parents can do to keep kids safe around water is to enroll them in swim lessons.

Meg Kevane is a mother of three and the owner of Goldfish Swim School. Goldfish Swim School provides swim instruction to children ages 4 months to 12 yearsold in a unique setting with highly trained instructors, small class sizes (max 4:1 student to teacher ratio), warm 90-degree pools, and a state-of-the-art water purification system. Goldfish Swim School also offers weekly family swims (for both members and non-members) and birthday party packages. For more information, please visit the www.goldfishswimschool.com.

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Is Your Child Too Sick for School? We all have days where we don’t feel completely well. For parents, often the hard part is determining if your child is well enough to attend school. Here are some helpful tips: Does your child have a fever? If so, they should stay home from school. Typically, a fever of over 100 degrees is a sign that your child may be ill. A good rule of thumb is that a child should not return to school until at least the day after their temperature is normal without medication. Is your child too sick to benefit from class?  If your child seems too sluggish and lethargic to pay attention to their lessons, they should be kept home. Rest will help your child recover so they are ready to learn again. Is your child contagious? Ask the doctor if your child is contagious and, if so, when he or she is no longer contagious. This will help decrease the spread of illness in your child’s school. Are the symptoms disruptive? Loud, frequent coughing, frequent bathroom breaks, etc. can make it difficult for everyone to concentrate on their lessons. Keep your child home until disruptive symptoms have subsided. If you answered yes to any of these questions, the safe bet is to keep your child home until they are feeling better.

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About Patient First: All Patient First Medical Centers are open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day of the year, including holidays. Patient First provides non-appointment urgent care for routine injuries and illnesses, as well as primary care for patients who do not have a regular physician.  Each Patient First center has on-site digital x-ray, on-site laboratory, and on-site prescription drugs. Patient First currently operates six medical centers in New Jersey; in Woodbury, Sicklerville, Hamilton, Delran, Cherry Hill, and Voorhees.

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Strains, Sprains, Breaks: What is the Difference? By David A. Bundens, MD and Dolores McLaughlin, DPT Cooper Bone and Joint at Inspira Medical Center Woodbury

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hen you or a member of your family sustains an injury, how do you know how severe the injury is? It may be hard to tell the difference between a sprain, a strain, or a break. The amount of pain involved can be virtually the same. Generally speaking, the only way to find out is to see your orthopaedic or healthcare provider. There are over 40 million ER visits every year related to injuries in the US. Definitions: are a stretch/ tear of a ligament. A ligament is the tissue that connects bones together and provides stability to a joint. Sprains can range from a mild or partial sprain (Grade I-II), to a full tear causing severe joint instability (Grade III). The ankle is the most commonly sprained joint. Sometimes people feel a pop or something tear when they sprain or tear a ligament. All grades of sprains generally cause localized pain, swelling, and possible bruising.

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are a tear or damage to a muscle or tendon. This can happen suddenly, or be due to repetitive use. Areas commonly susceptible to sprain are the low back, calf, hamstring, and forearm musculature. Typical symptoms associated with muscle strains are: localized pain, muscle weakness, swelling, or in worst cases observable defect in the muscle structure.

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are fractures of the bone. This can be a complete or partial fracture due to a sudden injury, or a stress fracture caused by overuse or weakness of the bone. Fractures tend to cause pain, swelling, and in worst cases obvious displacement.

So if the symptoms are so similar, how can you tell the difference? The best and safest option is to see your board certified orthopaedist. If you have any signs of deformity, changes in circulation, or numbness you should urgently seek medical attention. If the symptoms are mild, the general rule of thumb is to use the R.I.C.E. method for the first 48 hours. Rest your injured area, Ice the area (20 minutes 5-6 times a day), Compression if able via ace wrap or compression sleeve, Elevate the area at much as possible. If after 2-4 days your symptoms are not improving, it is time to see your doctor. Remember, if it hurts, don’t push it. There is a reason your body is talking to you. It is better to manage an injury properly to prevent long term injury. After you are properly managed by your orthopaedist, it may be time to do some physical therapy to help improve your function, and help prevent future injury. While there is no way to fully avoid injuries, there are certain things you can do to reduce risk. Maintaining good physical health, general exercise, using proper footwear and sports safety equipment, and listening to your body and stopping when you are tired are all effective prevention strategies.

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ttending summer camp is often a child’s first step towards gaining independence and the experience is a great way for a child to develop self-reliance in a nurturing, safe and supportive environment created especially for them. While heading off to camp for the first time is an exciting time in a child’s life, parents often experience nervousness about letting their child go to camp and navigate their way without them. Camp gives children the opportunity to learn how to find their way through situations on their own, learn to advocate for themselves and problem solve independently of their parents. If parents don’t allow their child to figure things out on their own, their child won’t be able to properly develop the confidence to become self-reliant adults. So, how can parents become more comfortable with their child going to camp? The American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey offers parents some tips that will help ease their concerns about their child spending their summer at camp. • Talk to the camp director. When you are choosing a camp, ask the camp director questions and get to know him or her. Ask the director to describe the camp’s philosophy and how the staff implements it. Make sure the philosophy reflects your own families’ value system. Talking to the camp director and learning about the camp program will help parents feel more comfortable and will ease some anxieties they may have. • Keep in mind that camp directors have your child’s best interests in mind and the skills to guide your child towards an appropriate level of independence, self-confidence, and success. • Remember that children often get over the adjustment to a new experiences and a new environment before parents get used to the next stage of development. While your child is adjusting to camp, don’t make pick up deals and offer to rescue your child from camp. Instead, offer positive encouragement that you know he or she will have a successful summer. • Don’t focus too much on correspondence from camp in the first few days of camp. If you receive a discouraging phone call or a letter from your child, remember that like any new experience, adjusting to camp

may take a few days and that severe homesickness is rare. Encourage your camper to enjoy all the exciting camp activities that camp has to offer and remind him or her of all the wonderful aspects of camp. • Don’t over-analyze camp photos posted online. If your child isn’t smiling in a photo, that doesn’t mean he isn’t having a good time. Often times, the child is just involved in the activity and doesn’t stop to pose for the pictures. Don’t jump to conclusions—if you have questions about your child’s camp experience, call the director. When your child is at camp, allow him or her to solve their own problems or ask a counselor for help. Camp is a setting that allows your child to experience the real world in a safe environment. Kids learn quickly to rely upon themselves and the camp staff they trust at camp instead of their parents. 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.

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JCC Camps at Medford The fun lasts all summer, but the memories last a lifetime at the JCC Camps at Medford, an award-winning and ACA accredited summer day camp. With 75 years of experience, we really know camp and provide children ages 3-14 with the ultimate summer experience! Each camp day is woven with traditions, values and spirit, and campers become more self-confident, self-reliant and self-sufficient while building lifelong friendships. Watch our camp video and learn more at jcccampsatmedford.org.

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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Liberty Lake Summer Day Camp Liberty Lake is transformative summer experience to be for ages 4-15; a full service camp, with bus transportation available in Camden & Burlington Counties, hot lunches & snacks all included. With a philosophy based on teaching children character and life skills, CAMPERS create their own schedules, guaranteeing the BEST SUMMER EVER! Tours available daily. Conveniently located just off Rte 295 (exit 52A). ; (856) 437-5340; www.libertylakedaycamp.com.

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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Great Strides Walk in South Jersey More than 500 Fundraising Walks Will Be Held Nationwide to Support the Fight Against Cystic Fibrosis

in the fight against the disease. Fifty years ago, most children with CF did not live long enough to attend elementary school. Today, people with CF are living into their 30s, 40s and beyond. “Great Strides is critical to our lifesaving efforts, and every walker who joins us makes a difference for people living with cystic fibrosis,” said Mike Sanchez, Delaware Valley Board member and parent of Miguel & Maya, both living with CF, “While we have made tremendous progress in fighting this devastating disease, we know we have much further to go. We cannot rest until we have a cure. That’s why we are so grateful for our volunteers and sponsors, who are a vital part of our efforts”. To get involved in Great Strides locally and help fight CF, please join us as we walk to find a cure to support Miguel and Maya’s amigos. Get involved today with Great Strides by supporting http://fightcf.cff.org/goto/mmamigos. About the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. The Foundation funds more CF research than any other organization, and nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of Foundation support. Based in Bethesda, Md., the Foundation also supports and accredits a national care center network that has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a model of care for a chronic disease. For more information, go to www.cff.org. Miguel & Maya

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ay is Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month. CF is a life-threatening genetic disease that affects 30,000 adults and children in the United States and 70,000 people worldwide. The disease is caused by a defective gene that makes the body produce a thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening infections. More than 10 million Americans are symptomless carriers of a defective CF gene.  Great Strides raises critical funds to support the Foundation’s mission to help people with CF live longer, healthier lives while searching for a cure. In 2017, Great Strides aims to raise $41 million nationwide to help support much-needed CF research, education and patient care. Past funds raised through the annual event have helped spur dramatic progress

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Stripe Boardie and Rash Top by Snapper Rock (A) Children’s swimwear with UV50+ protection, has released their 2017 collection in watercolor patterns, cabana stripes, tropical birds, and more, with sizes up to 16 years. Boys will enjoy three different board short cuts. Matching rash guard tops in short and long sleeve. Snapperrock.com; $46 boardie, $41 Rash Top

Houdini Wine-Chilling Crystal Café (b) Keep wine chilled the natural way with this Houdini wine-chilling carafe. Stainless steel ice chamber helps keep wine cold for extended periods of time. Tight-fitting lid helps prevent accidental spills and dishwasher safe. MaxWarehouse.com; $40 Club House Play House by Pacific Play Tents (C) A great hide-out for imaginative play for both boys and girls. With a private entry, it makes the clubhouse tent fun for playful imaginations to run wild. Perfect tree house adventures in your home! Pacificplaytents.com; $80

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BogginHead SippiSnack (H) The innovative combination cup and snack holder allows you to pack your kid’s favorite snack & drink in one convenient and easy-to-use container. The main compartment can be filled with liquids like normal, while the top compartment is perfect for snacks or pacifiers, and the soft straw even folds away for easy use. Bedbath&beyond.com $7 Lunch Box Sticky Quotes (I) No time to tell the little one they’re the best before they go to school? Are you a teacher looking for a creative way to motivate your students? These instant lunch box notes feature the coolest quotes with adorable graphics sure to engage and inspire. Mystickyquotes.com; $7 Kleynimals – Clean Key Animals (J) Non-toxic stainless steel toy keys that will satisfy your child’s desire to play with metal keys without the hazards of lead contamination, sharp edges, or the daily grime that come with the keys in the bottom of your purse. Kleynimals.com; $28

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Sometimes,itstartswithatwinkleintheeye.Justalittlesparkofcuriositythatsoonblossoms intoajourneyofdiscovery,learningandachievement.That’sbecauseatourprivatespecial educationschools,weseebeyondachild’sdisability,andawakenthejoyandcreative expressionwithin. 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. 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. Copyright ©2016 Coalition of Special Education Schools

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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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May Calendar

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To submit your event, send an e-mail to michelle@superiorgx.com. Entries are due six weeks prior to the event and are filled on a first-come first-served basis. Space is limited. Atlantic

Cape-Atlantic RockHounds Rock and Mineral Show & Sale May 20-21 Rain or Shine- 9am to 5pm 2641 Cologne Ave Mays Landing, NJ 08330 www. capeatlanticrockhounds.com/ contact.html

Burlington CoCo Key Water Resort Indoor Fun Climb, jump, shoot and cruise at CoCo Key! With a number of water activities to choose from CoCo Key Water Resort is the perfect place for people ages 1 to 100. www.mtlaurelcocokey.com CoCo Key Water Resort At The Hotel ML 915 Route 73 Mount Laurel, New Jersey 08054 877-494-2626

Camden JCC Shabbat Shabang for Families Saturday, May 6 11am-12:30pm Location: Katz JCC, 1301 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, NJ Open to the community, Families with children ages 2-6 Description: Celebrate Shabbat and enjoy a spirited morning with songs, art projects, storytelling, KIDish and challah snack! Free for families with children ages 2-6 For more information, contact Jill Cogan at jcogan@jfedsnj.org JCC Broadway Live Monday, May 15 7-10pm Location: Katz JCC, 1301 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, NJ Open to the community Come see Broadway actors perform Broadway hits without a trip to the Big Apple! This concert benefits the JCC Camps at Medford Open Hearts / Open Doors program for campers with special needs. Cost: Patron Tickets: $60 (includes exclusive reception with performers); General Admission: JCC Members: $25; Community: $30; Youth (Age 17 and under): $20 For more information, visit www.katzjcc.org 44 | May 2017

Summer Stage Open House Monday, May 22 6:30 p.m. Dennis Flyer Theatre, Lincoln Hall, Camden County College If your child enjoys acting, singing, or dancing mark your calendar for South Jersey’s original Summer Stage Open House. 200 College Drive, Blackwood, NJ. This event is designed for our programs for children entering kindergarten through 5th grade in the fall – Broadway Babies, Kids Stuff, and Apprentice. Celebrating its 29th season, Summer Stage is one of South Jersey’s longestrunning, most affordable visual and performing arts camps. It provides a fun, nurturing, safe environment. Attend this event to meet the staff, learn about a typical day at Summer Stage and enjoy fun activities for the kids. 855-936-2467, ext 6 or visit www.mainstage.org

Gloucester 2nd Annual Color Run Saturday, May 20th Elk Township Recreation Park Aura Elementary School is bound to have participants seeing a kaleidoscope of colors. Aura Home and School Association is having its Registration is at 9 a.m. and the event starts at 10 a.m. The cost of this fun event is $30 and

each participant gets a t-shirt. All proceeds from this event will be used for student events and activities. The Color Run course is designed to allow participants to either walk, run or dance their way through the course, as they get blasted with safe eco-friendly plant based powdered dye at every zone. Also, such items as an autographed Philadelphia Flyers Hockey Puck, an American Girl Doll and even gift certificates from such places as Target and Restaurant.Com, are just some of the items that will be raffled off at the event. Elk Township Recreation Park 667 Whig Lane Road, Monroeville, NJ. 08353. For more information or to register for the event, visit the website, Shop-A-Thon.org-Aura Home and School. Giant Rummage Sale Sat. May 6th 9 AM-2 PM The Presbyterian Church at Woodbury Our $2.00 Bag Sale is from 1-2 PM. We offer a HUGE selection of clothing, shoes, household items, toys, and sundries at low, low prices. We’ll be bursting at the seams with bargains for you, so circle the date and come early to get the best selection! 67 S. Broad Street Woodbury, NJ 08096; Presbyterian Church at Woodbury. 856-845-1244 Logan Library Happenings Branch of Gloucester County Library System Muffins with Mom – Friday, 5/12. 10:15 – 11am and 11:15 – 12:00pm. Ages 0 – 5. Enjoy Mother’s Day Stories and make a craft together. Muffins, pastries, juice and tea will be served. Limited to 30 at each seating. Advance registration required. Make & Take Mother’s Day Craft - Tuesday, 5/9. Anytime between 6:30 - 7:30pm. All ages. Make & Take Garden Containers

with Seeds – Saturday, 5/20. Anytime between 10:30am – 12:30pm. All Ages. Story times: Stories, Songs & Craft provided. Baby’s Way to Books - Mondays, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15 & 5/22, 10:15 – 10:45am. Ages 0– 2 years old. Toddler Time - Mondays, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15 & 5/22, 11:00-11:30am. Ages 2-3 years old. Preschool Storytime- Fridays, 5/5, 5/19 & 5/26, 11:00 - 11:30am. Ages 3-5 years old. Music Time Wednesdays, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24 & 5/31, 11:00 – 11:30am and Fridays, 5/5, 5/19 & 5/26, 10:1510:45am. Ages 0-5. FURever as Friends- Read to the dogs. Tuesdays, 5/2 & 5/16. 6:307:30pm. All Ages. Permission slip required. Lego Night- Tuesday, 5/23, 6:30 – 7:30pm. All ages. Family Movie Night Sing rated PG – Tuesday, 5/30, 6:30 – 8:30pm. Please feel free to bring snacks and a blanket for seating. Minecraft Club- Thursday, 5/11, 4-5pm. Ages 6-12. Please bring your own device. For Questions about any programs call 856-241-0202

The Broadway Theatre Located in the heart of downtown Pitman, the Broadway Theatre is an opulent French Revival theatre that offers a wide range of live entertainment and classic films. A family can enjoy the theater experience at affordable prices. Call 856-384-8381 or visit www.thebroadwaytheatre.org

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Berry Sweet Strawberry Dishes By Lisa Ann Panzino DiNunzio

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ne of the most desired and delicious crops of the spring season are plump, juicy strawberries. Strawberries can be enjoyed in a variety of ways: just as is or in savory or sweet dishes including these irresistibly yummy recipes. Make sure to pick up these little beauties from your local farmers’ market while at their peak -- from about April/May until midJune.

Pecan Crusted Chicken & Strawberry Wraps • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts • 1 1/4 cups pecans, finely chopped or ground • 1/4 cup all-purpose unbleached or whole wheat flour • 1/2 tsp. sea salt • 1/2 tsp. black pepper • 3 egg whites • 4 large whole-wheat tortillas • 6 strawberries, sliced • 1/2 avocado, sliced • 1 (11 oz.) can mandarin oranges, drained • Romaine lettuce leaves • 4 tbs. spicy brown or stone-ground mustard • 3 tbs. honey Preheat oven to 450°. Grease a baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. In a bowl, mix together pecans, flour, salt and pepper. In another bowl, whisk together egg whites until frothy. Dip each piece of chicken into the egg whites, coating completely, then dredge chicken into the pecan mixture, gently pressing mixture onto the chicken to help adhere. Place chicken onto baking pan, and bake for 30–35 minutes or until chicken is golden brown and juices run clear. Remove chicken from oven and let cool slightly, then slice. Take three of the sliced strawberries and mash in a bowl with a fork, add in mustard and honey, stirring to combine. Spread some of the strawberry honey mustard into the center of each wrap, top with lettuce, chicken slices, strawberry slices, avocado slices and oranges, then roll up. Serve. Fresh Strawberry Dressing • 1 cup fresh strawberries, rinsed, hulled and sliced • 1-2 tbs. balsamic vinegar • 1 tsp. raw sugar or sweetener of choice • Sea salt, to taste • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste • 2 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil

Place strawberries, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper into a blender or food processor; blend until pureed, stopping once or twice to scrape down the sides. Add 2 tablespoons oil and process until smooth. Serve over favorite salad, grilled chicken, turkey breast, etc. Strawberry Parfaits • 4 cups sliced strawberries, divided • 1/4 cup raw sugar or sweetener of choice • 1 cup reduced fat ricotta cheese • 1/2 cup (4 oz.) reduced fat cream cheese, softened • 1/4 cup raw sugar or sweetener of choice • 1 tbs. milk, rice or almond milk • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract • 1 cup granola • 1/2 cup frozen reduced-calorie whipped topping, thawed • 2 tbs. slivered almonds Place 2 cups of strawberry slices and 1/4 cup sugar in a blender or food processor and process until smooth. Set strawberry puree aside. In a medium bowl, combine ricotta, cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar, milk and vanilla; stir well. Spoon 2 tablespoons granola into each of 4 parfait glasses; top each with 2 tablespoons strawberry puree, then 1/4 cup strawberry slices, and 3 tablespoons ricotta mixture; repeat the layers. Drizzle the remaining strawberry puree over each serving. Chill for 2-3 hours. Top each parfait with 2 tablespoons whipped topping and 1/2 tablespoon slivered almonds. 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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