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GETTING KIDS TO EAT

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FAMILY FITNESS & HEALTH EXPO

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE: • Spring Craft for Kids • April Activities Calendar • Editor's Favorite Beauty Products


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EDITOR to learn the offerings of local camps (see “Summer Camp Guide” starting page 14). If you’re tired of egg salad by the middle of April spruce up lunchtime (we offer simple spring recipes “Rejuvenate Your Recipes” page 13). I don’t know about you, but I find keeping simple pasta dishes for after school snacks or a quick dinner are a must, especially to keep stomachs happy. Plan a family day trip to get outside this spring, pack a lunch and bring the bikes as you head to Wharton State Park in Burlington County (page ?). Visiting a State Park is a great way to get out in nature and make memories with the family. Remember, we don’t keep our kids forever so make memories now that will last a lifetime.✲ Your friend & fellow MOM,

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e were working on this issue during a particularly cold stretch of February and March- if I heard snow in the forecast one more time I was going to permanently hibernate. Just thinking about all things spring, now is the time to be thinking of kid’s summer camp. Most camps host open houses you can attend this upcoming season

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Warmer days are here – time to get outside and enjoy the sunshine! But rainy days are inevitable, so here’s a super easy springtime craft to keep your children busy while indoors. This simple nest with baby birds is also cute enough to display on your refrigerator to bring some of the season’s delights indoors. You’ll need the following supplies for this craft: • 3 large pompoms • Orange crayon, colored pencil, or marker • Natural gift packaging crinkle shredded filler • Paper plate • Brown crayon or colored pencil • Glue • Scissors • 12” x 12” sheet of paper To begin, cut a paper plate in half. Color one half with a brown crayon or colored pencil. Then glue the paper plate half to the sheet of paper. Next glue the crinkle shredded filler to the paper plate. Arrange the pompoms on the top of the paper plate “nest” and glue them in place. To finish the project, draw orange triangles above each pompom for the birds’ “beaks”. Louisa Kopp is a South Jersey mom and writer. Follow her blog at www.icecreamoffpaperplates.com for party and craft ideas, recipes, and humorous parenting stories

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Women and Their Heels...Imperfect Together! By Cheryl Lynne Potter

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hen your feet hurt, it seems like your whole body aches. Women know this scenario all too well as they stuff their feet into high heel shoes that can also help to damage their feet. A study done by the American Podiatric Medical Association, found high heel shoes to be the “biggest culprit of foot pain.” The study, which measured the public’s attitude toward foot health, also discovered that a lot of of women admit that their heels actually hurt their feet. Foot pain is not uncommon, especially for women who insist on wearing high heel stilettos. Experts say these towering shoes can be detrimental to your spine, knees, hips, feet and ankles. They can also help to alter your posture and the way you walk. As heels get higher, the pressure increases on the balls of your feet and toes. For example, one inch heels carry 22% of that pressure, while three inch heels carry a whopping 76% and two inch heels carry only 57% of that pressure. High heel shoes should be no higher than two inches. Yet, it’s possible for women to look good in their heels, while avoiding severe foot pain. Here are some tips, experts say, women can utilize to avoid some common foot problems. • High heel shoes should only be worn in moderation and not on a everyday basis. High heels can cause such foot problems as corns, calluses, bunions, ingrown toenails and tendonitis. • Extra weight and pressure on the front of the foot can cause a stress fracture. High heel stilettos can also put you at risk for an ankle sprain. • The worst type of heels for your feet is high heel stilettos with a pointy, closed toe. Heels should be chosen that have a generous toe box area and extra cushioning at the front of the shoe. A slight heel or wedge will also help to lift the arch of your foot. • Always remember during your morning and evening commute to wear supportive shoes, like sneaks or low heel shoes. You can change into your heels once you get into the office. This will help to minimize how long your feet will have to stay in high heel shoes. Let’s be realistic. No matter what the consequences, women love wearing their high heel shoes. Knowing that these shoes aren’t great for our feet, isn’t going to stop us from wearing them. However, we need to be aware that our heels should be worn once in awhile and only on very special occasions.

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TIPS FOR POSITIVE

Sibling Relationships By Dr. Kelly Moore

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nyone who has a sibling knows that there are highs and lows in that relationship. Many factors play into how that relationship looks: age/gender differences, birth order, interests, parental closeness, etc. The quality of sibling relationships can determine other social relationships in our lives. As parents, we can try our best to promote quality relationships amongst our children. Here’s some Dos and Don’ts on how to get there. Do check your own sibling relationships and how much of that your kids are privy to it: Always fighting with your own brothers and sisters? Do your kids hear or see it all the time? Kids learn more from what we do than what we say. If you are constantly battling with your siblings and don’t want those patterns to repeat, do your best to save your sibling quarrels for when your kids are not around. Do your best to make it clear the type of relationship you expect your children to Sibling spats are have—My mother-in-law where we first learn raised my husband and his older siblings with how to negotiate, the same mantra every unit. Sameness is cute problem-solve, reconcile, morning before they once in a while, but don’t etc. It’s a great learning left for school- “STICK slack on studying your TOGETHER.” It’s pretchild and really trying to ground as long as it’s ty simple but it’s played figure out their uniqueness physically safe out well over the years. and growing those traits in It’s planting a seed. At the them. end of the day, your kids come Don’t feel like you have to play home and have to live with each othreferee all the time—Physical fighting is er. Raise them to value their relationship by usually when you should intervene, but if having some kind of family mantra. Those are your kids are just arguing and it’s an issue the things they will remember over time (even about a game or a toy, try to wait as long as though they may be wrestling over an Xbox possible to weigh ineven if they ask you. A remote at this very moment as you read this!). great response is “did you all do your best Do give them breaks from each other— to figure it out?” or “problem-solve, guys!” When siblings are close in age, it’s easy to Sibling spats are where we first learn how to want them to do everything together: same negotiate, problem-solve, reconcile, etc. It’s a clothes, same camp, same parties, same, great learning ground as long as it’s physicalsame, same. But be careful of that. As they ly safe. So be available, but don’t hover over get older and want to have their own identity, and swoop in before you are needed. inevitably, it will be tougher on that sibling that would prefer continuing to operate as one

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Don’t contribute to rivalry by comparing your kids to one another—This sometimes slips out before we realize it. “Your brother/ sister never gave me this problem…” Do your best to not CREATE rivalry where it otherwise would not have existed. Each child is an individual and I’m sure if you gave yourself enough time, there’s things each of them do that cause a gray hair or two. Comparing your kids to each other leads to one-upmanship and jealousy. Finally—Don’t allow brewing rivalries to last too long—if you start to notice that spats are becoming more contentious, violent, or steeped in jealousy, be sure to step in. That’s when it’s important to start creating opportunities for your kids to have positive experiences together. Getting them to help create a family meal, or working together to build a Lego model can be the type of team activities that can promote a healthier relationship. www.southjerseymom.com


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Mazes of rivers, streams, ponds, and lakes for canoeing, kayaking, or swimming, as well as many trails of varying lengths for hiking, biking and horseback riding wind their way through the park

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harton State Forest, with over 110,000 acres is the largest tract of land within the New Jersey Park System. Comprised of pine and oak forest, as well as white cedar and maple swamps, it stretches across three countries: Atlantic, Camden and Burlington County. Mazes of rivers, streams, ponds, and lakes for canoeing, kayaking, or swimming, as well as many trails of varying lengths for hiking, biking and horseback riding wind their way through the park. Along the way, you are sure to see a plethora of wildlife, including turkeys, river otters, foxes, and deer. The avid birdwatcher can perch themselves anywhere along the trails to spot red-tail hawks, ospreys, hummingbirds, and purple martins to name a few. April is said to be the perfect time to watch the bluebirds. Found within the Burlington County borders of Wharton State Forest are two favorite locations that make for great family outings.

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Batsto Village, a landmark on the New Jersey Historical Registry and located in Washington Township, is a beautiful place to spend an afternoon. Built in the mid-1700’s it once served as a hub for the iron and glass industries. The history of the village unfolds as you take a step back in time and explore the 18 different locations throughout the Village. Blacksmith demonstrations are available throughout the day and are sure to impress the kids. A self-guided tour is possible with the use of your smartphone by scanning the QR codes at each location and watching the pre-recorded message. This fantastic option was funded by the Batsto Citizen Committee and designed as an Eagle Scout project. Guided tours of the mansion are also available and be sure to stop by the Annie M. Carter Nature Interpretive Center where the ecosystem of the Pinelands is explained. The second location, Atsion Lake, is located in Shamong Township. History does not escape this side of the forest either, as it too is home to a mansion built in 1826 as also, part of the iron industry. The Atsion Recreation Area features a beach and swimming area with amenities such picnic tables, grills, restrooms, and showers. Two nature trails (wheelchair and stroller accessible) and a playground are sure to please the little ones. There is a small entrance fee for the use of the recreation area, and the website warns to arrive early on summer days. Time spent in Wharton State Forest will reveal not only the beauty of nature but also a rich history. There is so much to do throughout the park that you could easily turn your day into an extended camping stay with your tent/trailer or by renting one of the many cabins. Adventure awaits within Wharton State Forest, go find it! Barbara is a lifelong resident of South Jersey, an educator and a mother of three. Together her family enjoys outdoor activities and a they have a goal to travel to every state in the U.S.! Follow their adventures on Barbara’s blog at wilfamtravels.wordpress.com.

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Rejuvenate Your Recipes By Lisa Ann Panzino DiNunzio

Spring is such a rejuvenating and refreshing time of year. Trees budding, flowers blooming, birds singing -- yes, it’s the perfect time to make simple, light, healthy recipes.

Multigrain Spaghetti with Spinach Pesto • 1 package multigrain spaghetti • 4 cups fresh baby spinach • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil • 2 tbs. pine nuts • Sea salt, to taste • Black pepper, to taste Cook spaghetti according to the package directions. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup of the cooking water. Meanwhile, in a food processor, puree 2 -1/2 cups of the spinach with the Parmesan cheese, olive oil, pine nuts, sea salt, and pepper. In a large bowl, toss the spaghetti with the spinach pesto, the remaining spinach and the reserved cooking water. Serve. Asparagus Salad • 30 stalks asparagus, washed, ends trimmed and discarded • 2 lemons, juiced • 2 tbs. apple cider vinegar (optional) • 2-3 tbs. extra virgin olive oil • Sea salt, to taste • Black pepper, to taste

Steam asparagus just until fork tender, then drain and dry the stalks before placing them into the refrigerator to completely chill. In a small bowl mix together the lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper, set aside. Once asparagus is chilled, place them onto a serving dish and drizzle with the dressing. Serve. Lemony Orzo & Spinach • 1 (16 oz.) box orzo pasta • 1 cup fresh baby spinach • 2-3 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil • 1-2 tbs. butter • 1/2 tsp. lemon zest • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice • Sea salt, to taste • Black pepper, to taste Cook pasta according to directions on package, drain, and return pasta to pot with heat off. Add spinach, olive oil, butter, lemon zest and lemon juice. Gently toss ingredients together, add salt and pepper to taste, toss once more. Serve. As always, Bon Appetit!

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summer camp guide

Sending Your Child to Overnight Camp Doesn’t Mean You Don’t Love Them!

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or parents who didn’t go to sleepaway camp themselves, the thought of sending their child away to camp can seem like a foreign idea. Why would someone who loves their child choose to send him or her away for the summer? If you love your child, it just doesn’t make sense. However, camp professionals and youth development experts would argue that some of the best learning happens when children are away from their parents. Here are just a few of the ways your child will grow after a summer spent at overnight camp.

Gain independence - “When a child attends camp for the first time, they may be a little nervous about making decisions without their parents there to guide them. But once a child learns to be responsible for themselves such as make their own bed, decide on the foods they would like to try at meals and pick their own elective activities, they gain independence and a belief in their ability to take care of themselves,” says Renee Flax, Director of Camper Placement for the American Camp Association, NY & NJ. “This is often the first time in their lives that they are given this much autonomy and it’s something they come to appreciate and enjoy about camp. This is a gift that will last them throughout adolescence and beyond. Studies have shown that children who attended camp do much better their first year in college than those students who never left home.” Sense of identity – “Children establish a sense of identity at overnight camp, where they begin to truly advocate for themselves and foster strong levels of trust with their friends and counselors instead of just their parents, ultimately helping them to navigate through the world on their own,” says Brian Krug, Director of Camp Canadensis, a coed overnight camp in PA.

Trying New Activities – “Trying something new is one of the greatest parts of camp. Often a child is pleasantly surprised when they try a new activity and learn that they love it,” says Flax. “Counselors and fellow campers also encourage their fellow bunkmates and cheer them on which makes it even more rewarding. Challenging yourself to work through things that don’t come easy will also reinforce the feeling of confidence and will make it easier to try new things in the future.”

Confidence – Flax explains, “Confidence comes in various ways at camp. When a child tries something new that at first she was nervous about but then overcomes her fear, she builds confidence in her own abilities. Sometimes confidence comes when a child speaks up for herself. Finding your own voice and being able to express yourself is an empowering feeling.” Community living – “The group living dynamic at sleepaway camp teaches children so much including inclusiveness, teamwork, cooperation and respect. Campers are also asked to be mindful of their own belongings as well as others,” comments Krug.

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your photo taken with the Easter Bunny! Enjoy fun games, crafts, activities, face painting, strolling entertainment and meet the PEEPS® Chick Mascot! PEEPS® themed merchandise will be available for sale. Free event open to the public Logan Library Happening Branch of Gloucester County Library System 856-241-0202 www.gcls.org YOUTH PROGRAMS— Magic of Mother Goose – Monday, 4/8 10:30 – 11:15am. Join Mother Goose herself as she delights young children with her nursery rhymes using props, audience participation and a little bit of “magic”. All ages welcomed. Escape the Library Challenge! – Tuesday, 4/9 6:30 – 7:30pm ages 8 – 12. Use clues to solve puzzles that help find the key to escape the library. Prizes awarded. Registration required; limited to 20. Make & Take Egg Wreath Family Craft – Saturday, 4/13. Anytime between 10:30am – 12:30pm. Assistance and supplies will be provided. All ages welcomed. Egg Hunt & Bunny Visit – Friday, 4/19 10:30am. Ages 10 and under. Bring a basket to find eggs hidden inside the library. Don’t forget your camera for a picture with the Easter Bunny! 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten – Take the Challenge! Stop by the

children’s desk for a reading log and more information. Storytimes: Stories, Songs & Craft provided. Themes this month include: Spring Babies, National Library Week, Easter, Earth Day, Arbor Day and Rainbows. Baby’s Way to Books – Mondays, 4/1, 4/15, 4/22 & 4/29 10:15 – 10:45am. Ages 0– 2. Toddler Time - Mondays, 4/1, 4/15, 4/22 & 4/29 11:00-11:30am. Ages 2-3. Storytime – Fridays, 4/5, 4/12 & 4/26 11:00 11:30am. Ages 2-5. Saturday Storytime – Saturday, 4/6 11:00 – 11:30am. All ages. Music Time - Wednesdays, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17 & 4/24 11:00 – 11:30am. Fridays, 4/5, 4/12 & 4/26 10:1510:45am. Ages 0-5.

Adult Programs Make & Take Scrapbooking Project– Tuesday, 4/9 6:30pm. Registration required. Instructor: Sandi Kiley. Knit & Crochet Club – Thursdays, 1-3pm. Instruction and supplies provided for beginners. Instruction provided by volunteer, Robin McElroy. Sewing Club – Tuesdays, 4/9 & 4/23 1-3pm. Instruction provided by Marva West and Sylvia Rodgers. Sewing machines and serger sewing machine are available for this program. Quilting Club – Tuesdays, 4/2 & 4/16 1-3pm. Instruction provided by Sylvia Rodgers and Marva West.

FURever as Friends – Tuesdays, 4/2 & 4/16 6:30-7:30pm. All ages. Parent permission slip required. Lego Night – Tuesday, 4/23 6:30 – 7:30pm. All ages. We have 3 sizes of Legos to build with. Weekly Guitar Lessons – Mondays, 4/1, 4/15, 4/22 & 4/29 5:30 – 6:30pm. All ages; all skill levels. Please bring your own guitar. GCLS Chess Club – Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm. All ages; all skill levels. Writing Tutor - available by appointment on Tuesdays, 6-8pm. Please call (856) 241-0202 or email coldt@gcls.org.

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