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EDITOR pencils that are covered in crumbs from misplaced snacks. Is it hard for you to purge the papers, folders and notebooks—not me, into the trash it goes! The end of the school year is a much-needed break in our schedules to take a breather and recharge our batteries with fun in the sun! No school schedules and that makes more time for family, friends, and vacations. But, beware of the bottom dropping out of your routine and start budgeting for enough days at camp to keep your sanity…be sure to see the area’s best camp selections in our Camp Section (starting page 18). And, you don’t want to miss our 101 Things to Do This Summer (starting page 12) for fun activities to make lazy unplanned days at home appealing rather than endless.


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

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Whether your limping across the school finish line or sprinting with a smile I think we are all glad to look forward to a much-needed summer break. Happy end of school year and good luck to the Class of 2019! Your friend & fellow MOM,

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Why are we hearing about the resurgence of so many diseases lately? As misinformation has spread, declining vaccination rates have led to a resurgence of many previously controlled childhood diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control, since January 1, 2019, 764 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 23 states. This is the greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1994 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000. Measles, mumps and whooping cough (pertussis) are diseases that have seen a resurgence in the U.S. because they are contracted and spread by unvaccinated people.


ecent outbreaks of measles and mumps across the United States have received a lot of media attention—most of it centering on the “vaccination debate.” However, the majority of experts in the medical field feel that this topic is not debatable because there aren’t two feasible sides to the issue. Samir Doshi, MD is medical director for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Pediatric Inpatient Program at Virtua Voorhees. He says, “Simply put: Vaccines are safe, and they save lives.”

Is there a study that links the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine to autism? One small, discredited study published in the late 1990s led many people to believe that there was a link between the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine and autism. As this misinformation circulated over the last 20 years, some parents began to distrust vaccines altogether, and other false claims were made. For example, some parents believe that vaccines can actually attack their child’s immune system. That’s not true—but it is misinformation that can be easily spread via social media. In response to the rumored autism link, a study published in the medical journal Vaccine analyzed the data of 10 other major studies on this topic. Collectively, these studies involved more than one million children. The results were as clear-cut as the article’s title: “Vaccines are not associated with autism.”

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How does a decision not to vaccinate affect others? Deciding not to vaccinate a child not only puts that child at risk, but also increases the risk to other young and vulnerable people in the child’s community. Complications that arise from both measles and pertussis can be fatal. Measles can cause the brain to swell; pertussis can cause apnea that leads to respiratory failure. Parents who choose not to vaccinate, or who unnecessarily delay vaccines, are acting against their child’s and the public’s best interests. Where can I get information on the recommended schedule of vaccines? The website for the Centers for Disease Control offers a helpful at-aglance PDF vaccine schedule for children from birth through age 18. Note that since babies are not vaccinated against whooping cough (pertussis) until they are two months old, or measles until they reach the age of one, they are vulnerable to these diseases. Mothers can provide their babies some protections by getting the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccine during every pregnancy. Unless your child has a compromised immune system and a live vaccine is not recommended (for example, if they’re undergoing chemotherapy or have a medical condition that affects their immune system), there are very few medical reasons to skip or delay any of the recommended vaccines. Even in children with weakened immune systems, deciding to skip or delay vaccines should be decided on a case-by-case basis with your child’s doctor. For all other healthy children? There’s no debate—vaccinate! It’s important, safe, and the healthiest choice for kids and communities. To schedule an appointment with Virtua, call 1-888-VIRTUA-3. And follow VirtuaBaby on Facebook for parenting tips, expert advice, and suggestions for family fun.

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CHANGING SCHOOLS? Some things to consider... By Kelly N. Moore, Psy.D.


he decision to move your child to a new school poses a great deal of questions about when and how to do so. Many times, parents have no choice about when the right time is because work demands/changes may dictate the family relocation. Sometimes, parents make decisions to change their child’s school because of reasons related to quality of education, the school’s ability to address any special needs, or if there are general differences in the parents’ and school’s philosophy about the educational and/or social environment. After talking to a few of my teacher friends, here “Transitioning your are a just a few things to consider when child to a new school it’s time to transition your child to a new school. does not have to be a

YOUR CHILD’S AGE scary experience for them If your child is a 1st or 2nd grader, or for you. Minimize any there will probably be several “newbies” in their classrooms SPECIAL NEEDS emotional challenges from year to year as young families If your child has any kind of special needs, it is by including your child get settled into their home districts. important to know how your new school district will However, as kids get older, it is harder to in the process” handle it. Though every school has special mandates be the new kid on the block. If your town’s and procedures, it is still very important to meet with their middle and high schoolers do not all descend child study team, nurses, or other relevant administrators to into a regional school as the ages progress, it ask questions and provide information about the needs of your is likely that the kids in the local high school have child. This is especially important if you have had a less than pleasant known each other for all of their schooling experience. This may create experience at a previous school and it is a part of the reason you are difficulty for new students in these age groups to make new friends. changing schools in the first place. Share your challenges with the new Keep in mind, however, that difficult does not equal impossible. This team and stay involved as your child transitions. may be less of a problem if your town is one of many that head into FINAL POINTS one local regional high school where many kids will be meeting each Transitioning your child to a new school does not have to be a scary other for the first time from different communities. experience for them or for you. Minimize any emotional challenges TIME OF YEAR by including your child in the process. Explain to them why you I think we can all agree that it probably best to change a child’s school are changing schools and establish good communication with new at the very start of the school year. Teachers establish the classroom teachers, staff, and families in your new district. Though there may environment, culture, and practices that students are to abide by. They be some sadness or anxiety, you can make it easier by communicating often spend the better part of the first few months of the school year with and supporting them, but also expressing your confidence that ensuring that all the students “get it.” Also, students are becoming they can and will successfully manage entering new situations, which more acquainted with each other during the first few months and so is an invaluable life skill. it would benefit your child if he or she can have that same fresh start with their new peers. If this is totally unavoidable, perhaps starting a child after a winter break would be a good idea also. 8 | June 2019

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What Your EYES Can Tell About Your Health

By Cheryl Lynne Potter


our eyes, so the saying goes, are like windows to your soul. It’s unclear whether or not this is true. Yet, it’s a fact, your eyes can help catch a glimpse of your health. Most people would be surprised how much your eyes can tell you. For example, your eyes can tell if you have certain health problems like diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol or even thyroid disease. They can detect some cancers and autoimmune disorders, and can even tell you if you’re at risk for having a stroke. Our eyes are the “only place in the body where a doctor can have an unobstructed view of our blood vessels, nerves and connecting tissue - without any need for surgery,” so says the website of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Abnormalities spotted in the eyes can, according to the website, signal changes in other parts of our body. One way to know if your eyes are healthy is to get a comprehensive dilated eye exam, also known as a comprehensive eye exam. This test is usually performed by an ophthalmologist, who is trained not only in vision services, like eye exams, but also in medical and surgical eye care. A comprehensive dilated eye exam assess your overall eye health 10 | June 2019

Our eyes are the “only place in the body where a doctor can have an unobstructed view of our blood vessels, nerves and connecting tissue - without any need for surgery” by utilizing a variety of different tests, so a complete evaluation can be done of your eyes and vision health. One of the most important parts of this exam is the patient health history. This information alerts your eye doctor of any medical problems that should be closely monitored. During the exam, your eye doctor may decide to dilate the pupils of your eyes by putting drops in each eye. These drops can help enlarge the pupils of your eyes, so your eye doctor can have a better view of cer-

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tain parts of the back of your eyes. If a health problem is detected, your eye doctor will refer you to your primary care physician or to another medical specialist for further examination and treatment. According to the Centers for Disease and Control, approximately 11 million Americans over the age of 12 are in need of an eye examination. It’s important for children too to have regular eye exams. According to the American Optometric Association, children should have their first eye exam at six months of age. Another eye exam at three years of age and another one before the start of school. For adults, the American Optometric Association recommends a comprehensive dilated exam every two years if you’re between 18 and 60 years of age. If you are a senior, 61 years of age and older, the exam should be given each year. Early treatment is important in preventing some common eye diseases from causing permanent vision loss or blindness. Regular eye care can have a major impact in preserving your eyesight. It’s important to keep an eye out on your vision health. You never know what news your eyes can bring you.

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It’s important to have down time in the summer, but when the kids get antsy keep the following guide on hand for local activities here in South Jersey. There are activities, camps, museums & local attractions to choose from. Come September, your child’s back-toschool essay, “What I Did This Summer” will be filled with memories of adventure. Have a safe summer from your friends at South Jersey MOM!

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Make a music summer playlist Pick berries Make popsicles Create a treasure hunt Play hopscotch Camp out in backyard

7. Draw a racetrack on the driveway for hours of fun!

8. Make an obstacle course 9. Run through sprinklers 10. Visit a farm 11. Have a craft night 12. Go on a nature hunt 13. Put on a concert 14. Have a water fight 15. Water balloon painting fun: fill

balloons with water & paint. Have the kids wear white t-shirts, so you can measure who is the most covered in paint at the end. 16. Make mom & dad dinner 17. Go bowling 18. Try a new food 19. Race toy sail boats in a kiddie pool using straws to propel them 20. Go mini golfing 21. Make milkshakes 22. Go Jersey Fresh! Visit a local farmer’s market. 23. Visit the beach & collect shells 24. Go canoeing at a local lake 25. Write & illustrate your own book 26. Make homemade pizza 27. Create salad spinner art: Place circles of paper inside salad spinner, dab tempera paint on top, cover & spin away. 28. Plant an herb garden 29. Make an indoor sandbox using colored rice: mix 4 cups of rice with 3 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol & let dry overnight. 30. Go fossil hunting near a lake 31. Visit a water park

32. Make mix & match painted rock faces 33. Visit a fire station 34. Go roller skating 35. Bake cup cakes in ice cream cones & decorate 36. Catch fireflies in a jar & let them go at end of night 37. Learn to sew or knit 38. Make crafts from your recyclable items 39. Make your own hard-to-pop bubbles with 1 cup of

distilled water, 2 tablespoon of distilled water, 2 tablespoon of Dawn dish soap & 1 tablespoon of glycerin. 40. Make bird feeders by covering pine cones with peanut butter & rolling in birdseed. 41. Let kids paint each other with tempura paint, then run through sprinklers. 42. Have a game night 43. Shaving cream slip-n-slide 44. Have a dance party in the living room on a rainy day 45. Master jumping rope—practice twirling techniques 46. Let them read graphic novels 47. Play dress up 48. Make your own giant Jenga set 49. Dig in the dirt 50. Go tubing 51. Make a pen pal 52. Make a map of your neighborhood 53. Build a tower with toothpicks & marshmallows 54. Collect Insects 55. Find the free indoor movies around South Jersey 56. Go fishing 57. Paint your own pottery 58. Visit a local museum 59. Do some texture rubbings on leaves & grass. 60. Bike on local trails & parks 61. Dig up worms 62. Experience the thrill of a roller coaster 63. Draw on pillow cases with fabric markers 64. Make your own fudge 65. Look for bats at night 66. Throw a tea party 67. Use Google search to identify a plant in your yard

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68. Play badminton in the yard 69. Bake a blueberry pie 70. Make oven smores: wrap fancy ingredients in tinfoil & bake

71. Make a wildflower bouquet 72. Use an old sheet to paint & make art on the lawn

73. Make ice cream in a bag 74. Bake cookies 75. Visit the public library 76. Have a clothes line art show 77. Make your own PVC pipe sprinkler 78. Play flashlight tag 79. Use paintbrush to paint sidewalk with water 80. Buy spray bottles at dollar store & fill with

water for a water fight or add some tempera paint to the bottles & spray large poster boards to make awesome art. 81. Start a rock collection 82. Take old sheet & masking tape & frisbees to play yard tic-tac-toe 83. Visit a trampoline park 84. Build a fort under the table or in closet 85. Make a mini volcano erupt using baking soda, vinegar & food coloring. 86. Fly a kite. 87. Search for 4 leaf clovers in the grass. 88. Play in the rain. 89. Make rainsticks by filling paper towel tube with rice & crumpled tin foil (or something to make rice move slower) & cover the ends with paper & tape 90. Look at the stars & download an app that helps you identify constellations. 91. Tie-dye old white socks 92. Make your own DIY funny face flip book. 14 | June 2019

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93. Magic bubble wands: fashion straws into 3D shapes that’s one-part science, one part silly fun with bubbles. 94. Make giant French toast slices for dinner topped with bananas & whip cream. 95. Go camping at a state park 96. Make flowers using colored tissue paper 97. Go to flea market 98. Visit Lucy The Elephant 99. Make a tent with blankets 100. Read a book as a family 101. Eat ice cream & waffles

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Tips for Coping with Summer Bullying


nfortunately, bullying is not just a school year problem; it is also something that parents need to be constantly mindful of, even during the summer. Even though they are out of school, kids are still connected to other kids, whether it is physically through summer activities or electronically through social media. And while those bonds can be fun, bullying or cyber bullying is always a possibility. That can be scary as a parent. You obviously don’t want something like that to happen to your kids, but don’t worry. There are multiple ways that you can navigate your children’s summer so it not only remains a fun, memorable experience, but so it also stays a bully-free time in their life. Before you even worry about the possibility of bullying, take advantage of less school time, using it to communicate with your kids. By doing so, you not only build a relationship with your children, but you are also finding out what’s going on in their lives. Ask them about the kids they hang out with or their likes and dislikes. By just spending a couple minutes a day doing this, you can help prevent and deal with any potential bullying situation that may arise during the summer months. You can also use those questions to help plan appropriate summer activities.

In this day and age, with the huge number of social media platforms available to them right in their pocket, children also have to be mindful about cyber bullying. While it can seem like an overwhelming problem, don’t worry. There are a couple steps you can take as a parent to help. First, make sure that your children have something else to occupy their summer hours besides technology. It could be a camp or summer class; anything that gets them away from being constantly glued to the screen is a plus. Besides having the benefit of getting your child out and active during the summer, less screen time can

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help deal with cyber bullying. When there is something else to do, they are less likely to be sucked up into the social media space. And for when they are online, you need to establish some ground rules and keep tabs on your child’s online activities. By doing those two things, you can teach your children Internet etiquette, which has effects beyond cyber bullying. You are not only teaching them how to spot cyber bullying, but you are also helping them remember that social media is a social process. Future teachers, coaches, and college admissions officers could see things that they post today without thinking about it. You can impart your values on their Internet habits, helping them not only deal with cyber bullying, but also help others struggling with it. And if you want a book series that will help your younger children understand what bullying is, check out the Weird series by Erin Frankel. It has three books, giving three different perspectives when it comes to bullying: the one being bullied, the one who watches it happen, and the one doing the bullying. Each book talks about a relatable character, showing their feelings as they learn what bullying is and what it does. If would like some help explaining bullying, check these books out today.

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WHY FRIENDSHIPS AT CAMP ARE SO STRONG You’ve heard it so many times before. Camp friends are the best. But why? What Is it about the camp environment that fosters such strong friendships?

GROUP ACTIVITIES Campers participate in activities that foster bonding and working together. Campers cheer each other on and work towards a common goal whether that is during a game of tug of war or creating a skit for the camp talent show.




At overnight camp, children are living together in bunks and eating three meals a day together. Campers are learning to live with people other than their family and work together as a team to keep their bunk clean and to create bunk rules. They learn to be respectful of others people’s belongings and how to live peacefully with others. Eating together around the table allows for easy conversation about the day and everything that is going on at camp.

The people at camp are different then friends from home. Campers are coming from different towns, cities or even countries, bringing children together from different backgrounds and cultures. Camp opens the door to children meeting people different then themselves and other than their friends at home.

Camp activities are built around building confidence in children. When children feel good about themselves, friendships are formed easily.

SHARED TRADITIONS Camp is full of traditions from raising the flag in the morning to camp songs specific to the camp, which have been shared for generations. Once a child goes the camp, they are initiated into the camp’s traditions, making them feel a part of the community.

WELCOMING COMMUNITY Camp is an inclusive environment where everyone is made to feel welcome and like they belong. It’s a place that becomes like a second home and where children can just be themselves, which helps children relax and ease into friendships.


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Camp staff are trained in the management of group dynamics. Activities are intentionally planned for positive group activities and camp directors intentionally create bunk placements based on which campers will work well together.

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NO TECHNOLOGY The majority of summer camps don't allow for any personal technology. Campers are talking face to face on the field, at meals and at arts & crafts with no access to social media. This allows for true friendships to be formed and for children to focus on being in the moment at camp.

CHILDREN REINVENT THEMSELVES Camp allows children to reinvent themselves from who they are at home. At school, a child might be known as the artsy child or the soccer player amongst kids who have known them for years but at camp, a child can be a completely different person. That camper is no longer pigeon holed as they might be at school, allowing them to branch out with friendships.

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Summer Smart Healthy Recipes


n this month’s column I’m spotlighting delicious Jersey tomatoes, and Bragg Liquid Aminos, which is a product that my family and I have used for many, many years, and one that we enjoy in a variety of dishes. I personally use it in place of salt and soy sauce. Some of the main reasons I love sharing about this product is that it has 16 Amino Acids, it’s Non-GMO, Kosher, and Gluten-free, and I believe it truly enhances the flavor of any recipe I add it too. So until next time, eat well, sleep well, live well. Here’s to our health!

CHRISTINA ROSE’S OLIVE OIL DIP (A recipe shared by my niece) • 1 loaf crusty whole-grain or semolina bread, sliced • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely minced • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes • 1 tbs. balsamic vinegar • Bragg Liquid Aminos or sea salt, to taste • 1/4 cup tomatoes, diced small • 2 tbs. capers In a bowl, mix together olive oil, garlic, pepper flakes, vinegar, Bragg Liquid Aminos, tomatoes and capers. Pour dip into a shallow serving bowl and serve along side of bread slices. You may toast bread before serving, if desired.

CAPRESE SKEWERS WITH BALSAMIC & OLIVE OIL DRIZZLE • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes • Mini mozzarella cheese balls • Fresh basil leaves • Extra virgin olive oil, to taste • Balsamic vinegar, to taste • Bragg Liquid Aminos or sea salt, to taste • Black pepper, to taste • Toothpicks Thread a mini mozzarella cheese ball, basil leaf (fold in half if large) and a tomato onto a tooth pick. Repeat with remaining ingredients. In a small bowl mix together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Braggs and pepper. Drizzle dressing over Caprese skewers, serve. As always, Bon Appetit!

Product Spotlight: Bragg Liquid Aminos is a liquid protein concentrate derived from healthy Non-GMO soybeans and purified water. It’s an excellent and tasty replacement for Tamari and Soy Sauce. It’s not fermented or heated, and is gluten-free. You can find Braggs in health food stores, many grocery stores and online. It’s delicious on cooked vegetables, in dressings, soups, rice, beans, wok foods, gravies, sauces, popcorn, meats, casseroles, potatoes, etc. It contains important healthy amino acids, and no chemicals, artificial coloring, alcohol or preservatives. For additional health benefits and information visit: Lisa Ann Panzino DiNunzio is the author of “Seasoned With Love, Treasured Recipes” & “Lisa Ann’s Seasoned With Love II”, and the children’s book, “Snicker Learns An Important Lesson.” Visit her blog or Facebook page

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Hey Mom's get a list of 101 Things to do This Summer with your family. Great info for camps too!

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Hey Mom's get a list of 101 Things to do This Summer with your family. Great info for camps too!