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Into the Wild + Taming Technology + Recipes + Family-Friendly Favourites

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February 2015

Premiere Edition The islands’ ultimate resource for families

Balancing Act with Her Excellency The Governor, Helen Kilpatrick

Baby gear for baby’s first year

Nurturing creative minds

Money marriage killers

Cayman Easter traditions


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Balancing act At home with The Governor

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Nurturing creative minds Brain building arts programs

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Cayman’s Easter traditions From camping to brunch

Family-friendly dining Your favourites from East to West

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Into the wild With Cayman National Trust

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Recipes to savour From the islands’ top chefs

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The Governor’s

Balancing Act Her Excellency The Governor, Helen Kilpatrick, talks about her family, career and finding balance

From Guernsey to Cayman Story by Juliet Austin Photos by Melissa Wolfe

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oven into the fabric of Cayman Islands’ proud, seafaring past is the often untold ‘herstory’ of hardworking women, whose grit and fortitude kept the home-fires burning while the men were away at sea, and who, in 1957 fought for the rights of women to vote and stand for public office. Little could they have known that their example may have set the stage for 21st Century Cayman to receive a new breed of administrator, Her Excellency, Ms. Helen Kilpatrick, CB: twelfth governor of the Cayman Islands, first female representative of the territory, and proud, single mother of children James, 24, and Olivia, 21.

Born October 1958, in the pretty harbour town of St. Peter Port, Guernsey, it was here, in her early years, that small island life left its mark. Later moving to Poole in Dorset, her idyllic playground became Sandbanks Beach where she and her brothers tinkered to their hearts’ content, sailing the seas in their blow-up dinghy and visiting the quayside fish markets with their grandfather. “We very much lived for the moment,” recalls Kilpatrick, nostalgically. “We weren’t over-programmed like children tend to be nowadays.” Far from being born with a silver spoon in her mouth, with her mother a full-time teacher of the deaf and her father a chef, Kilpatrick’s earliest example was of hard

“We very much lived for the moment.” work and shared responsibility. Working parents meant the children were expected to pull their weight. “My mother was the disciplinarian,” she explains. “She was strict, but never controlling. I picked up my younger brother from school; we ironed our own school shirts; we were expected to look our best, speak properly, and always have clean socks and polished shoes.” Kilpatrick fondly remembers the rhythm

of family life: her father’s home-cooked Sunday lunches; Christmas Monopoly tournaments and the first ever rented television. “We watched together - always what our parents wanted, of course.” Yet, come summer, it was goodbye to ‘the box’ and hello to the great outdoors. “The TV was sent back to the shop and we headed outside to play.” Academically a keen mathematician and scientist, there were few hints of Kilpatrick’s future career path. In fact, if the explosive incident at the school Chemistry exhibition was anything to go by, demolition may have been more on the cards than diplomacy. Yet, her parents were careful never to steer her choices, encouraging her to follow her

own inner compass. Graduating with a degree in Philosophy and Politics from King’s College Cambridge, Kilpatrick trained as a qualified chartered accountant, going from graduate trainee for the Greater London Council in 1982 to the first female Controller of Financial Services for the London Borough of Greenwich by 1995. The little girl with dreams of becoming an astronaut, who built sandcastles and explored rock pools until the sun went down, was now shooting into the stardom of government finance as one of the UK’s most highly-prized public servants. By 2005, she was Director General of Finance and Corporate Services, later - Acting Permanent > see next page

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Night Her Excellency The Governor maintains a steady philanthropic calendar. She is shown here with daughter Olivia (left) and The Voice winner Tessanne Chin (centre), at the Pink Tie fundraising gala. Photo by Denise@betterangle.com

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Divorced and having lost her mother when Olivia was just a year old, Helen Kilpatrick found herself without the advice, support and back-up of extended family. “I had to learn to reach out and ask for help. I relied on my network of friends and, where necessary, paid helpers. It’s just a matter of doing the best you can in the circumstances and recognising it’s never going to be perfect.” And just like that, the first lady Governor of the Cayman Islands is just like every woman who has ever dreamt of going where no woman has gone before. While Ms. Kilpatrick’s professional achievements continued to accumulate, making her way in a man-made world was a constant balancing act. She may have already gotten more than her fair share of ‘First-Woman-To’ badges, but she was not the first woman to juggle the demands of a career (in her case with responsibility for a Home Office budget of a cool £13 billion) with life on the home front. “Looking back, the best thing was watching my children’s delight in everyday achievements - catching a fish or mastering a new tune on a musical instrument,” she reflects. “As a working mother, it would have been good to know then what I know now, that as long as you, as parents, are happy in the choices that you have made, this will impact positively on the wellbeing of your children. Contented parents equal contented children.”

Enrolling the children as weekly boarders at Lancing College, weekdays in London were swapped for weekends at her West Sussex home, where ‘Whitehall Woman’ became ‘Multi-Purpose Mummy’. There were movie nights, laughing over reruns of her all-time favourite 1980’s classic, Airplane! and quiet evenings tucked up on the sofa reading political thrillers. And, like her parents before her, she held her children with open arms, watching them grow into thoughtful and considerate young people, determined that they chart their own course and fulfil their potential in any number of surprising areas as she had done. “But,” she admits, “the most difficult thing about being a mother is always wanting the best for your children, whether they are four or 24!”

Stella Rimington’s ‘Liz Carlyle’ series; who is capable of plumbing in a washing machine and changing her own tyre if need be. Beside herself, her fresh-off-the-beach daughter and the prowling Pawline, the first lady’s Humane Society cat, are a reminder of the woman behind the accolades. As one prominent female politician put it: “Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.” It was former Speaker of the House, the Honourable Mary Lawrence, MBE, who said that, “the viewpoint of a woman,” had been missing from the Cayman Islands legislature in the, “great surge forward” from the islands time forgot, but maybe… just maybe, in the appointment of Helen Kilpatrick, some of what was missing has been found. Put simply: who would you want to be stranded with on a desert island? Any one in a long line of career diplomats who cannot polish the silver spoon they were born with or a woman who stands in line at Foster’s every Thursday to secure her guilty pleasure: Waitrose sausage rolls? Enough said. CP

Raised in the Middle East, UK and Papua New Guinea, contributor Juliet Austin, married her high school sweetheart, moved to this island in the sun and had two extraordinary daughters. She is both a writer and teacher.

At home with Cayman Islands’ Governor Helen Kilpatrick and her daughter Olivia. Photo by Melissa Wolfe

At home Today, back living on a small island, the Governor cuts an elegant, self assured figure in the formal sitting room of her seafront residence, but to mistake her for just another in a long line of bureaucrats would be to underestimate the fire in this woman’s belly. Helen Kilpatrick has shattered more glass ceilings than you could shake a stick at, but she still loves bobbing up and down on her lilo in the shallows of Seven Mile Beach and the odd night in watching Masterchef: the Professionals or political shenanigans in House of Cards. Beyond the poised exterior lies a game changer, capable of ascending the highest echelons of power; a champion of the rights of women and families, but still a woman who enjoys the political thrillers of www.caymanparent.com

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Spotlight

Starfish Village Camana Bay’s newest indoor playground allows children to explore their creativity

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arents looking for a little bit of “me” time should look no further than Starfish Village, nestled in the heart of Camana Bay, on the ground floor of the Mourant/AON building facing the waterfront. Here you will find a wonderfully safe and clean world of fun and laughter at this unique child enrichment centre, a perfectly-designed indoor playground that’s brimming with ideas to entertain your little ones, for however long you need.

Secure, fun environment Hours: Monday-Thursday 8am-6pm Friday 8am-9pm Saturdays 9am-1pm 345-640-7827 www.starfishvillage.com

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“The idea to create a lovely environment in which parents could safely leave their children to play while supervised by trained professionals came about a number of years ago when three local mums realised there was no such facility in Cayman,” advises

Starfish Village’s General Manager Simone Ross. “The three got together and mulled over the idea and eventually Starfish Village in Camana Bay was born.” Opening in September 2014 following a successful summer camp programme, Starfish Village now offers two great play options for parents: Drop and Play, where you can call to reserve a space for children from ages three to twelve to be left in their care whilst mum or dad enjoys some adult time. Children are welcome to be dropped off from as little as one hour or as much as a full day (8am to 6pm). There is also Stay and Play where parents/caregivers are welcome to stay with their child (from birth to twelve) and let them enjoy some magical fun in cooling respite from the sun’s heat. Inside, children can enjoy a wonderfully

bright and colourful space decorated with an island village theme in mind. Soft squishy building blocks vie for their attention alongside the Lego workstation, books, board games, play tunnels, dolls houses, cars and much more. In addition to the indoor Village Square playground, there are activities geared towards each age group up to 12 years old. Starfish Village also offers healthy snacks, excellent bathroom facilities built with little people in mind and a quiet and shady outdoor area. For those parents leaving children in their care, they can expect staff that are extremely well qualified in teaching and childcare (all with BAs and/or MBAs in education) and all are CPA-certified. The staff take great delight in interacting with each child, playing dress up or building Lego creations, reading books, playing board games or whatever takes the little one’s fancy. In addition to the entertainment offerings Starfish Village is the only early childhood centre on island which offers a choice of two preschool curriculums. Housed within Starfish Village is Village Montessori which offers both Montessori toddler and Casa programmes as well as Starfish Village Toddler mornings which offers an introduction to preschool helping young children transition into the preschool environment.

Starfish Village Toddler Mornings Parents have the option for toddlers to do two, three or five mornings a week at Starfish Village’s toddler mornings, a brilliant way for parents to give their child their first experience of the preschool environment. Monique Hather is a stay-at-home mum to her almost two-year-old daughter. She says the staff at Starfish Village made the often difficult transition (for both parent and child) easy and painless. “It was a challenge for me as a stay-athome mum to let my daughter go to toddler group but she dances when she gets to the door with delight at seeing the friends she’s made,” she confirms. “My daughter attends toddler group three mornings a week and the teachers are spectacular. They are incredibly loving and attentive, always interested in your child and genuinely concerned about their development.” Since attending the group since last September, Mrs Hather says her daughter has come on in leaps and bounds. “My husband and I are continually

astonished at how quickly she is developing,” she confirms. “Since attending toddler class she has come home every day with a new word to add to her vocabulary. That’s what I love about the toddler programme, there’s lots of stimulating educational play. It’s not just about play, it’s purpose-driven. She is growing far more quickly than we could ever imagine.”

Village Montessori a hit As well as their excellent play facilities, staff at Starfish Village have also launched Village Montessori that offers both a toddler and Casa class to accommodate the very young child as well as the older toddler. “We felt strongly that we needed to incorporate a Montessori school into our facility,” Mrs Ross explains. “There was definitely a demand as there was no Montessori program on the Seven Mile Beach corridor and we knew that parents were looking for the option especially those who work and live on this side of the island and here at Camana Bay.” Village Montessori offers a toddler class for children aged 18 months, available five days a week as a morning (7:30am-11:45am) or lunch programme (7:30am-1:00pm). The Casa Class is aimed at children aged two and a half to five years old and is available five days a week as a morning (7:30am-12:00pm), lunch programme (7:30am-1:30pm) or full day (7:30am-3:30pm). Starfish Village also offers seasonal camps for children ages three to twelve during school breaks, a weekly toddlers Sing A long with live musicians , twice weekly art and crafts club and a daily after school club for children ages four to twelve years old. The after school club provides age-appropriate content including a wide range of projects and activities such as astronomy, boat building, healthy eating, nature excursions and recycling, all geared

towards enhancing children’s all round knowledge and skills. There is also group and individual tutoring available in a range of subjects. Birthday parties and special events are also a great hit as parents can relax and enjoy as the children are fully entertained by enthusiastic staff in a safe and secure environment. The owners at Starfish Village have really exciting plans in mind for expansion in the near future. Mrs Ross advises that they anticipating strengthening synergies with local retailers and companies and are already working with various entities to provide enrichment offerings not just for children but for parents also. They also hope to offer respite for parents of special needs children so they, too, can get a break from the full hands-on care of their children. A unique and special place with the child at its heart, Starfish Village is making a real difference in the lives of those who enjoy its brilliant facilities. CP www.caymanparent.com

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Mastering the arts opens countless doors for children and Cayman offers many opportunities Story by Lindsey Turnbull

Cayman International School students learn at the National Gallery

nstilling a love for the arts in its many forms benefits children in more ways than can be imagined, not only helping young minds to develop the ability to think creatively, but also assisting young people to problem solve, communicate better, learn perseverance and the courage to perform and focus, not to mention the joy of working with others as a team. The Cayman Islands offers a broad spectrum of arts education for the islands’ youngsters, quite apart from the basic requirements in the school curriculum. From a young age, toddlers can enjoy creating works of artistic delight on one of the National Gallery’s visual arts programmes, they can participate in one of the Cayman National Cultural Foundation’s many artistic programmes and events or learn to play a myriad of musical instruments with the help of one of Cayman’s talented local music teachers. > see next page

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“Music

is a gift you can give your child that will last their entire lives.”

Creating a masterpiece.

Art’s contribution to child development Cayman Prep and High School art teacher Mark Frazer, who has had over 30 years of experience teaching, outlined why he believed mastering the visual arts in particular made such an important contribution to a child’s development. “I think art inspires inventiveness and helps children to understand other subjects more clearly, from visualising chemical bonds to building vocabulary,” he explained. “We want to encourage creative thinkers who think outside the box. Art programmes are critical in helping children to work creatively in all subjects - science, maths, history; to create our future leaders and inventors of the world. Just imagine where we would be if we didn’t have creative thinkers in science who didn’t imagine new possibilities!” Mr. Frazer went on to say that through mastering the arts in general, the future benefits could be enormous. “By working with the arts, children can improve their fine motor skills, eye hand coordination, dexterity, patience, attention to detail, self-confidence, self-awareness and enjoyment in the creative process,” he confirmed. “This creativity is a skill now recognised as vital to intelligence, problem solving and business success. Most importantly, skills in the arts (fine art, music and drama) are skills that translate to life outside of the classroom and can be enjoyed into adulthood.”

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Spotlight on visual arts At the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands they work hard to maintain the Gallery as a leading education facility and resource for the community. They hope their focus on arts education will encourage the development of local artists, art appreciation and careers in the creative arts. Education Coordinator, Kerwin Ebanks said the National Gallery championed art education. “Our education department strives to reach every single demographic in Cayman and youth programming is the cornerstone. The Gallery’s community partnerships and corporate sponsors provide free educational tours, art clubs, family fun days, film screening, creative workshops, a drawing festival and more. Dart-sponsored Active Learning Sessions are part tour, part art activity and take students up-close with the National Collection - over 50 years of Caymanian art history.”

Cultural benefits Rita Estevanovich is the Programmes & Information Manager at the Cayman National Cultural Foundation, an entity also committed to enriching the life of the community through the arts. She said whether involved behind the scenes or in the spotlight, children who are involved in the performing arts can benefit from being involved in activities that spiritually, mentally, physically and emotionally stimulate all of the senses.

“Cultivating an appreciation for the arts in our children is important for every society desiring depth and meaning to the lives of its citizens,” she confirmed, stating that the earlier you introduce a child to the arts, the more natural it will become for them to integrate the arts into their own lives. Rita suggested: “Offer kids a variety of opportunities to engage in the arts,” she said, “by reading story books, listening to and learning songs with sing-a-long tapes, taking trips to the theatre and museum, attending school and community productions as well as concerts, heading out to a drum circle, registering for art and craft workshops and summer arts camps and research online offerings in the arts.” Rita said that even youngsters who don’t necessarily want to be front and centre could benefit from involvement in the arts in technical areas or in design. “Get in touch with schools and find out how the child can shadow people handling lights and sound, or, if they can help teachers in coming up with costumes for a production,” she suggested. Quite apart from all the other benefits associated with developing a love for the arts, the arts make us feel good and grateful to be alive, Rita said.

education and offering a wide range of music programmes and courses to children and adults of all levels and ages, focusing on listening, composing, improvising and performing composed music. They offer students the chance to study Western classical literature, while relating music to the other arts, and unifying musical learning by bringing together music theory and history into broadly-based courses and programmes. Charlene and Brian Barnes are parents of Jade (13) and Amber (9), who both attend Cayman Prep and High School. Both girls love playing a variety of musical instruments. “Jade and Amber have always loved to sing and perform, even since they were very little,” Charlene confirmed. “So we thought it was important that they both have the opportunity to play a musical instrument. They decided to learn to play the piano and are following the Trinity exam process through private lessons once a week. Jade is at level three and Amber at level two.” Jade is now in year eight at high school and has relished the opportunity to try new instruments, having taken up the trombone,

dabbled in playing the steel pan and is just about to take up the saxophone and flute. Jade plays in the school band at the junior and senior levels. “I’m convinced the fact that both girls started playing musical instruments so young has greatly contributed to their overall academic achievements,” Charlene said. “It’s helped them to concentrate, focus and persevere, and, as a result, they come home and tell me they look forward to school the next day! Having them learn a musical instrument was a brilliant move. I’m so glad they had the opportunity.”

Great ways to get your child interested in the arts: • Sign them up for the National Gallery’s Walkers Art Club, with art classes geared for both primary and secondary school children. • Take your child on a tour of the fantastic public art at Camana Bay. Enjoy the amazing undersea world mosaic of the Observation Tower, mosaics in the breezeways of the Crescent, artistically cascading fountains and lots more! • Visit the Gallery at The Ritz-Carlton, which always has a spectacular display of

Jade Barnes learns the trombone.

local artwork that rotates two or three times a year. • Enjoy the family fun at Cayfest, Cayman’s National Festival of the Arts which takes place late in February, especially the Red Sky at Night festival. There’s a Creative Kids corner with an open mic, art and crafts, and more. > see next page

The power of music Inna Kazakova from Cayman Music School says music is for life. “Most people can’t play soccer, or football at 70 or 80 years of age but they can sing. And they can play piano or some other instrument. Music is a gift you can give your child that will last their entire lives,” she confirmed. Since first opening in 2009, Cayman Music School has grown tremendously in popularity, providing comprehensive music

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ven before you step on board Cayman Airways, the friendly smiles of their staff and the help they can give you to ensure a smooth and enjoyable flight will reassure any passenger they’ve made the right choice flying their family with Cayman’s favourite airline. Cayman Airways is one of the few airlines anywhere in the world that permits two free checked bags up to 55lbs each for every passenger, which is a godsend if you happen to be travelling with young children who always require so much ‘stuff’ to accompany them, or even if you happen to be travelling with teenagers, who seem to need an equal amount of possessions with them when they fly! Once on board, Cayman Airways Cabin Crew will ensure that little ones are fully catered to – from the special seat belts for youngsters travelling on parents’ laps, to a free cup of fruit juices and sodas for older children - not to mention a free rum punch for moms and dads. Cayman Airways is even pet friendly, so if you cannot bear to leave your pooch at home while you go on vacation, you can bring them along with the rest of the family. Cayman Airways will accept domestic dogs, cats and household birds for carriage subject to certain conditions. For those visiting the Cayman Islands, you will find our islands are brimming with great things to see and do for all the family. Our beaches are second to none, extremely family-friendly, safe, clean and a real delight to enjoy. There is a myriad of attractions geared towards youngsters. The Cayman Turtle Farm in West Bay is a huge draw for families. Where else in the world can you get up close and personal to the majestic green sea turtle? Then there’s the lovely Botanic Park, with its colour garden and beautiful pond and pagoda area, the Cayman Motor Museum which boys in particular will love (just as much as their dads!), and Pedro St. James, known as the birthplace of democracy for the Cayman Islands, and set in beautiful grounds perfect for little ones to run around and let off steam. You can also take your family on a trip to the Sister Islands of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman to explore exotic caves and other fun adventures. For travellers to other Cayman Airways destinations, a whole world of excitement is waiting for families who love to travel. Visitors to Cayman Brac and Little Cayman will love the quiet serenity that each island brings, both wonderful destinations for visitors looking to get away from it all. The beautiful Jamaica is less than an hour’s flight away and offers stunning beaches, lush scenery and a laid back lifestyle that’s hard to beat. Miami is brilliant for shopping for all the family while twice-weekly flights to Dallas, Texas in the summer brings to life places such as Fort Worth which are full of history and culture. Tampa is a kid’s dream with the delights of Busch Gardens a short distance from the airport. If you’re jetting off to Panama in the summer and looking for some inspiring art culture, and history, the Panama Canal is a must-see, as well as the Frank Ghery-designed Biodiversity Museum, and hikes to beautiful waterfalls and villages. Whatever your reason for travelling, Cayman Airways is the family destination airline of choice for the Cayman Islands.

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Into the Wild

“Through freely chosen outdoor play activities children learn some of the skills necessary for adult life, including social competence, problem solving, creative thinking, and safety skills.”

Fast Facts about outdoor time and children • • • • • •

Children are spending half as much time outdoors as they did 20 years ago. Today, kids 8 to 18 years old devote an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes using entertainment media in a typical day (more than 53 hours a week). In a typical week, only 6% of children ages 9 to 13 play outside on their own. Children who play outside are more physically active, more creative in their play, less aggressive and show better concentration. Sixty minutes of daily unstructured free play is essential to children’s physical and mental health. The most direct route to caring for the environment as an adult is participating in “wild nature activities” before the age of 11. Source: www.nationalwildlifefederation

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he National Trust was created to preserve the history and biodiversity of the Cayman Islands. Through education and conservation it works to protect environmentally sensitive and historically significant sites across all three Cayman Islands. As it protects Cayman for future generations, there has never been a more critical time to reconnect kids with nature and at the same time prepare them for future environmental challenges. No matter our age, every person has an impact on the environment in some way. As adults it is important for us to guide our young ones and lead them by example. By being responsible and making wise, environmentally sound decisions we set the stage for the future.

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What does research suggest? Research suggests that outdoor learning and environmental education enhances overall performance in school and increases interest in learning. At the same time, research has also shown that over the past 20 years there has been a significant decline in the amount of time children spend outdoors. David Suzuki, Richard Louv, and others have been hard at work researching the effects of outdoor play. Their findings suggest that ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’ has caused emotional, physical, and psychological ailments in children and adults. This research also suggests that children require as much time outdoors as

they do sleep and nutrition. According to the National Wildlife Federation, the amount of time kids spend outside today is alarmingly low compared to the long hours spent on television and other gadgets. Cayman has also been impacted by the lack of outdoor play. Now more than ever we are challenged with an alarming rate of childhood obesity which can be disheartening for affected children and surely add strain to our healthcare system – as well as lead to a decline in creativity, concentration and social skills. As a community we therefore have an obligation to do our part by making it easier for families to get active. Spending more time outdoors may be the simplest, healthiest, and most cost-effective remedy. Children exposed to learning in outdoor settings show

improvement in school, improved selfesteem, and enhanced problem solving skills, creativity and motivation to learn.

Families in the Wild About a year ago, the Trust designed a programme called ‘Families in the Wild’. Every month it coordinates an activity which encourages families to enjoy the outdoors and get active. The Trust works hard to highlight the unique elements of the surrounding environment, heritage and culture. Its activities have not only fostered fun and learning through exploration, but also helped children to develop a sense of appreciation for all that is unique to the islands. With so many exceptional things to see and places to explore in Cayman, children are becoming more aware and have become more inclined to help in preservation efforts.

Over the past year, the Trust has exposed many families to fun and engaging experiences. They’ve explored mangrove forests in kayaks; investigated bioluminescence; discovered bat caves; snorkeled around coral reefs and even surveyed the stars with the Astronomical Society. All these activities are free of cost and are done with the hopes of getting families to not only become more active, but more importantly to also make wise choices when it comes to matters that can potentially impact the environment. Together, with parents the Trust is generating future environmental stewards. To learn more about Families in the Wild activities please call 345-749-1121 or email education@nationaltrust.org.ky. To view the calendar of events, please visit www.nationaltrust.org.ky or find them on Facebook. www.caymanparent.com

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“It’s a fun time for the family to get together, fly kites, cook outdoors, roast marshmallows, kayak, build rafts, hunt for Easter eggs, tell stories and play dominoes.”

From camping to boating, from kiting to brunching, Cayman Islands’ Easter traditions bring families together

Easter’s traditions Story by Lindsey Turnbull

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aster is a particularly lovely time of year in the Cayman Islands, the four day holiday - that includes public holidays on Good Friday and Easter Monday - allowing families to get together, relax and enjoy each other’s company. If Easter is early, Cayman’s famous ‘Christmas breezes’ that blow at the very end and beginning of each year may still be cooling things down nicely, setting the scene for some outdoor fun throughout the Easter period.

Camping: a Cayman tradition While the ubiquitous chocolate Easter egg might be on the agenda for some at Easter, by far the most important tradition for Cayman residents is the annual camping trip that takes place over the Easter holidays. Dotted around the coastline you will find little encampments, sometimes a little haphazard and ramshackle, sometimes high tech with state-of-the-art tents and equipment, but always housing families and friends in a united effort to have as much fun as possible. Tents start to make their appearance in places such as South Sound, Seven Mile Public Beach, Governor’s Beach, Smith Cove and other beaches a few days before Good Friday, as families stake their plot in good time for the celebrations to begin.

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On Good Friday the families will move into their temporary abode and then the fun can really begin! Fishing, swimming, sunbathing, lazing in hammocks and generally hanging out with loved ones are all the order of the day. A heady aroma of fried fish, coconut-scented rice and beans and spicy scotch bonnet peppers lingers in the air throughout the Easter period as campers make the most of their catch, grilled to perfection outdoors over the campfire. Joy Oremule has been camping at Easter every year for the past 15 to 16 years. “It’s a fun time for the family to get together, fly kites, cook outdoors, roast marshmallows, kayak, build rafts, hunt for Easter eggs, tell stories and play dominoes,” she confirms. “The children look forward to it.” In Mrs Oremule’s household everyone camps at Easter. “Grandparents, children, friends, the dog, the birds,” she says, and an assortment of delicacies are prepared for communal enjoyment: rundown (a local coconut-infused stew), fish fry, conch, salt beef and beans, BBQ chicken and ribs, she adds. The Oremules camp at beach side land owned by family friends in Gun Bay at East End and she says what she loves most about the experience is the togetherness of everyone, family and friends. Camping has been a regular pursuit for the Ebanks family at Easter as well.

“When we started out it was just our family of four that would actually sleep over; we would have friends come during the day but leave at night. Now it has grown to around 15 people including children that will sleep over at least one night of the weekend,” Aston Ebanks says. Nestled away in a secluded stretch of beach in Breakers, Mr. Ebanks, who is a professional artist, says his camp site is difficult to access, which in turn guarantees that it will always be vacant come Easter time. “Ours is not a typical Easter camp site because we use it throughout the year, on long weekends and on regular weekends,” he advises. “It started out as an art installation inspired by my time spent in Western Samoa, using logs of casuarina trees and a roof made of traditional thatching. Over the years the site grew to include a kitchen enclosure complete with a traditional caboose made from the remains of an old dock destroyed by hurricane Ivan.” Mr Ebanks says they never use a generator during their camping excursions, opting instead for lanterns, an everburning campfire and the moon light. The fun part is there is always something to do around the campsite, collecting fire wood for cooking and for the camp fire at night, spending quality time with the children, take them fishing or on adventures into the surrounding forest.

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Brunch in style

“Or we simply just do nothing and enjoy the surroundings,” he says. “For us it’s the getting back to nature, living off the land and being truly appreciative of the hidden beauties of this island.”

Cayman’s Catboat Regatta Another tradition that brings out families intent on having a great time is the annual Catboat Regatta. Staged by the Cayman Catboat Club, this family-favourite event is now in its tenth year and always has a healthy following by the community. Catboats were introduced into the Cayman Islands at the beginning of the 20th Century and became a vital source of transportation for local people, with most families owning one. The beautiful vessels were hand crafted and lovingly preserved, but dwindled with the influx of modern transportation. Nowadays there has been a resurgence in their preservation thanks to a new Cayman Catboat Club house that was opened last year, funded by Dart. Catboats can again be celebrated at the annual Easter regatta, which usually starts off from Tikki Beach on Seven Mile Beach, a brilliant fun-filled day for all the family.

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Kitefest is fun for all Taking advantage of the cooling breezes that Cayman enjoys early on in the year, Kitefest at Kaibo Beach takes place on the afternoon of Easter Monday each year. This is a free event that brings families out in droves to fly a kite at Kaibo Beach. Once a favourite pastime of Cayman youngsters of old, the art of both kite making and flying has been resurrected at Kaibo each year. Youngsters are encouraged to bring their own kite, make one at home or buy one at the festival.

Brunch – that laid back meal between breakfast and lunch - is always popular in Cayman every Sunday, but on Easter Sunday the island really does brunch in style. At Camana Bay there is a wide variety of lovely restaurants all offering a different brunch experience. Abacus’s Lifestyle Brunch offers the perfect way to highlight the special four day weekend, with signature breakfast creations such as Eggs Benedict and Belgian waffles, while Michael’s Genuine has its Genuine Brunch, a diverse a-la-carte brunch menu that features a variety of small plates perfect for sharing. The Barefoot BBQ at KARoo is a special favourite with families, providing off-the-grill goodies with all the traditional BBQ fixings. For something a little different, the Dim Sum Brunch at Mizu’s Dim Sum Brunch gives diners a selection of appetisers, soups and sushi with a selection of noodle, rice and main dishes. At Ortanique, their Caribbean Funday conjures up a Caribbean style buffet brunch that’s perfect for all the family. Whether it’s camping, dining in style or simply having fun with family and friends, Easter is a magical time of year in Cayman. CP

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f you are a parent of a picky eater, you’ve probably tried just about everything to get your child to eat nutritious foods.

Truth be told, all children at some point in these early years demonstrate some level of pickiness in their food selection. Fortunately, this is usually just a passing phase and it is often easier to roll with the food jags rather than create a power struggle around the dinner table. So, why does this happen? Picky eating can simply be your child’s way of asserting independence; testing how far the limits of your authority can be pushed, and the degree of control over their own lives. A reluctance to try new foods can sometimes surface during times of great change – the start of a school year, perhaps, even a parent separation. In this instance, a child might seek “sameness” in food as much as possible, including sticking to the same small groups of foods. This particular pattern creates security for them and may help the child feel safe. What can you do as a parent? Most important, try not

to get frustrated and pressure your child to eat. Although this is easier said than done, parents sometimes really need to take a step back and “let go” of their end of the emotional-food-battle. Forcing your child to eat is never a good idea. Ever. Not only does this send the wrong message and attach negative connotations to specific foods, it further aggravates an already trying situation, and will frustrate both you and your child. Here are some tips to help end the power struggle and make mealtimes easier for you and your picky eater:

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offering a variety of healthy food choices at meal times. In other words, don’t give up! When offering a new food, put it next to a food your child already likes, bearing in mind that children need to be exposed to a new food 10-15 times before they may be willing to eat it. If all your child does is smell the new food at first, let it be, and try again another time. Keep your child’s texture preferences in mind when offering a new food. If your child does not like “mushy” foods, you probably don’t want to cook the carrots or mash those potatoes. Instead, consider keeping the carrots raw (and serve a dip on the side, if you think that might appeal to them), or thinly slice the potatoes for homemade baked potato chips (a mandolin slicer can really come in handy here!).

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Involve children in food preparation. Some children are much more willing to try a new food if they have taken part in the “creation” of the meal. Have little ones assist you with measuring, pouring, and stirring. Asking your child to choose the vegetable can also be a way of involving them in meal preparation. Give your child the option of choosing one of two things: “broccoli with cheese sauce or a rainbow salad?” Never pose the question “what vegetable do you want to eat for dinner tonight?” (you know what they are going to say!)

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Limit snacking before meal times. If your child is snacking all day, they will be uninterested in trying new foods at meal times, especially the ever-problematic vegetables! Try to stick to a consistent meal and snack schedule, and allow at least two hours between your child’s mid-afternoon or afterschool snack and dinner time. The idea here is that you want to get your child hungry and interested at the meal time when more nutritious foods are typically offered. Limit snacks to about two to three a day, and limit each snack to about 150 calories a piece. An example of this might be a piece of fruit and a small yogurt cup, or 5-6 whole grain crackers with a little spread of almond butter. Liquid calories also need to be accounted for; drinking juices, sodas, or any sugary drinks for that matter will easily displace a healthy appetite and interest in trying new foods at meal times.

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Toss the “clean your plate” rule. For the most part, healthy kids eat when they are hungry and stop when they are full. As a parent, when you encourage your children to clean their plate, you are encouraging them to eat past the point of fullness, which can set them up for weight gain in their teenage years and later in adulthood. Studies suggest if you pile on a lot of food onto a child’s plate they will eat it regardless of natural satiety cues. To avoid this common blunder, do not encourage children to clean their plate or punish them if they do not clean their plate. Instead, provide them with smaller, more appropriate portions and allow them to eat the amount that feels right to them. If they finish eating and request more, you could certainly give them a second helping, just try not to overwhelm them with a plate load of food.

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Skip the sweet rewards and bribing. It can be downright frustrating to get a fussy eater to eat their vegetables. But, when you tell a child that you are going to give them an ice cream treat or a cookie prize if they eat their broccoli or finish their peas, you are basically

validating what they already think: vegetables are unappealing and the dessert is the ultimate prize for making them eat something so “yucky.” Try to keep vegetables and dessert as two separate entities. In other words, no more “sweet rewards” for eating vegetables (or even trying a new food). Encouraging your child to eat more vegetables means to never stop offering them. Put them on the table every single day and vary it up! Some parents have success with the “one bite” rule which can appease both parent and child, since it is ultimately the child’s decision to finish eating after taking that one single bite.

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Whenever in doubt…disguise it! Sometimes the parent’s picky-eatersolution is to simply hide it into an existing family favourite. Shredded (peeled) zucchini and yellow squash is easily disguised in any type of casserole recipe, while finely chopped mushrooms magically “disappear” in a skillet of ground beef for taco, sloppy joe, chili, and meat sauce recipes. No child will ever detect that the potato mash for the cottage pie is being masked with cauliflower, guaranteed. Finally, canned pumpkin is undetectable when stirred into tomato sauces (for pizza or pasta), and frozen (mashed) butternut squash is the perfect camouflage in a homemade yellow cheese sauce for macaroni. The possibilities are endless! So, keep trying, be patient, and prevail! CP

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5 ways to cultivate empathy 1 2 3

Sowing the seeds of empathy

Learn to identify/address your child’s needs and teach them tools for bouncing back. Take daily opportunities to discuss how people may be feeling and how they are acting.

Use media to your advantage and help children learn how to label feelings characters on TV may be experiencing and discuss whether it is an appropriate expression.

Story by Miriam Foster

Empathy is the building block of any relationship. Here are ways to instill it in your children.

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n addition to the A, B, C’s and 1, 2, 3’s, there is another vital set of skills needed to succeed in the world, and parents are

the primary teachers of this subject. It is the ability to build and maintain healthy relationships. Every person in this world is in a relationship, whether that is with an individual, an animal or the environment. This great skill-set does not carry a financial burden (but life might be easier if a flat-fee was attached).

Sometimes people struggle with relationships in their lives because they are not tapping into a foundational tool called empathy. Dr. Brené Brown, a researcher and story-teller, describes empathy as that which fuels connection. It requires perspective taking, not judging, recognising emotion in others, feeling with people. It is a healthy relationship tool because when wearing another’s perspective it is more difficult to hurt someone intentionally. Instead, understanding and connection is often achieved. Being able to maintain healthy relationships minimises stress in all aspects of life. Amazingly, studies suggest humans are born with the ability to empathise but it gets positively or negatively

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affected by experiences while growing up. If this skill is innate, why aren’t more people tapping into it with every interaction? The problem faced today, is that there is a great time deficit and it is difficult to pause and listen to what every person has to say, when minds are already full of personal major stressors. However, when relationships are improved, overall well-being is more easily achieved. So consider pausing a worthy investment of time. Sometimes stopping to empathise by chatting with a child about an embarrassing experience, instead of brushing it off, can help explain the sulky behaviour at dinner. Had the chat not occurred, the sulkiness could have been misinterpreted as disrespect or disregard for the other family members and turned dinner into a sour experience for all!

Cultivating empathy at home A first step requires families to start to think in terms of temperaments. A person’s temperament is the way one approaches and reacts to the world. Temperament often answers the “why” of someone’s behaviour. If a child is acting out before the first day

of school and a characteristic of their temperament is slow to adapt, the child may be struggling with first day “what ifs?”. When temperament is understood, empathy can be achieved and a reduction in negative interactions with family members, colleagues and friends may be realised. The second step is to speak in terms of feelings. It is possible that parents have been raised in homes which had unspoken rules around sharing of feelings. When children are taught to ignore what is being felt and told to “get over it”, the message received is “you are wrong for feeling that way” even though the parent may have at one point felt that way as a child. When parents pause to identify and honour the child’s feeling, while still instilling in them a sense of resiliency, the message received is “it’s ok to feel that way, what can be learned from this experience?” This allows for a more secure bond and increases sense of self-worth. Third, understand it is a work in progress. It is difficult to start thinking empathically if this was not a skill cultivated in childhood, but it is not impossible. The more we practice empathy the more natural it will start to become. It is important to remember

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Talk about values and the way feelings influence behaviour.

“We are each born with the ability to empathise but it is affected by experiences while growing up.” that stress and anger can cause empathy to be forgotten and revert to “old ways” of interacting. Therefore, becoming self-aware and being able to manage what causes anger and stress in life will allow for a greater rate of success. These tools are not taught or learned like regular subjects, but as parents, we can cultivate empathy through daily modelling and by providing experiences that aid in its development. CP Miriam Foster is Program Coordinator at the Family Resource Centre. The Family Resource Centre (FRC) is an amalgamation of the services provided by the Women’s Resource Centre, National Parenting Programme and Young Parents Programme. For more information, please visit http:// www.frc.gov.ky, contact 345-949-0006 or email frc@gov.ky.

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“Even if you have separate bank accounts, it is important to view your money as one pot.”

Top 6 MarriageKilling Money Issues

6Extended Family

Her mom wants a vacation in Vegas. His parents need a new car. Her deadbeat brother can’t make the rent. His sister’s husband lost his job. Now one spouse is writing a check and the other wants to know why that money wasn’t used to address needs right here at home or fund a vacation for “us.” This works the other way too. His mom will pay to fly him home for the holidays. Her mom will fund a new car since the one she’s driving is a Honda, not a Lexus. Her mom buys the grandkids extravagant gifts and his mom can’t afford to match that kind of spending. The joys of family often extend right into your wallet.

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1Mine, Yours, Ours

Sometimes, when each spouse works and they can’t agree on financial issues, they decide to split the bills down the middle or allocate them out in some other fair and equitable manner. Once the bills are covered, each spouse can spend what they have left as they see fit. It sounds like a reasonable plan, but the process often builds resentment over the individual purchases made. It also divides the spending power, eliminating much of the financial value of marriage.

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Debt

From school loans to car loans, credit cards to gambling habits, most people come to the altar with financial baggage. If one partner has more debt than the other, or worse yet one partner is debt free, the sparks can start to fly when discussions about income, spending, and debt servicing come up.

3Personality

Personality can play a big role in discussions about money. Even if both partners are debt free, the age-old conflict between spenders and savers can play out in multiple ways. It is important to know what your money personality is, as well as

your partners, and discuss openly about these differences openly.

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Power play often occurs when situations like; he works and she doesn’t, or he’s unemployed and she’s working, or one spouse earns more than the other, or one family has money and the other doesn’t. When these situations are present, the money earner (or the one who makes the most money) often wants to dictate the spending priorities. Although there may be some rationale behind this idea, it is still important both partners cooperate as a team.

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To have or not to have? That’s usually the first question. Nowadays, it costs on average nearly $300,000 to raise a child for 18 years. This number may seem high but, it makes sense. Of course, once you have them, you have to care for them in many ways. Food, clothing, shelter, little league, ballet, designer jeans, prom gowns, pickup trucks, college are all part of a long list of child-related expenses. Not including the expenses related to children who have already left the nest either. That’s assuming your kids will leave the nest. Some kids never leave the nest.

key to most marital financial challenges. Dealing with debt is often the first issue on the agenda. Knowing what you are about to get yourself into can help you decide

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how to deal with it. This means that any high-interest debts that one brings to the marriage should be paid off as early as possible,” says Georgina Loxton, CFA at International Financial Planning. She advises couples that, “even if you have separate bank accounts, it is important to view your money as one pot.” Financial plan The best thing you can do as a couple is create a financial plan, according to Ms.. Loxton. “While some people might have individual pieces of their finances in order, putting a plan in place brings all the pieces together. It also helps couples agree on their short-term, mediumterm and most importantly their long-term goals.” “These goals might be things like, save for children’s school fees, build a dream home or save money for retirement. Once couples have a plan in place, it is important to review the plan regularly.” Personality is another aspect of your

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relationship that will play a major role in your financial plans and your marital bliss or lack thereof. Pay attention while you are dating, and be honest about your personality. Talking about your views and feelings can help put both partners at ease, or at least let them know what to expect. Extended family can be a big challenge. Even if you are on the winning side of the argument, the loser can extract a penalty that outweighs the win. Living with a resentful, angry, frustrated spouse can be a miserable experience. Having a policy agreed upon in advance can help stave off the trouble. Of course, the best policy is “Never a borrower or a lender be.” Like many marital problems, lack of communication is often the underlying issue. Challenges aside, getting married can have serious financial advantages. It is a great way to double your income without doubling your expenses. If you can synchronize your goals, you reach them much more quickly that you could be working alone. CP Georgina Loxton is a CFA at International Financial Planning. You can reach her at gloxton@ifp.ky.

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ining out with young children is not the easiest task but many families do try to venture out from time to time.

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As a mother to a nearly two-yearold, my entrepreneur husband and I have experienced many different stages of dining out. Remember those glorious short months when your child slept everywhere in the car seat? Well, those days are gone! Nowadays, when we manage to eat a meal outside of our home, there are great places to take children. Cayman offers countless dining options, from sushi to Indian and everywhere in between, however, we’ve discovered several venues which not only offer something extra, but also have earned rave reviews from local parents.

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Boat trip! Road trip! A destination that makes you truly appreciate living in the Caribbean, Rum Point Club has hammocks, white sand and the best mudslides on the island! What’s not to like? According to Carol Boulton, manager, RPC is a safe venue for children: “We have shallow water, sheltered coves, and our Johnny on the spot for special request.” She explains that the Disney cruise ships, which bring visitors once a week, gave the restaurant strict criteria to adhere to, which means they have a handbook showing all the ingredients, allergens and additives found in the menu items to make sure that there are no issues for any guest with special dietary requirements. Young Max is a big fan of the mudslides, I’m told. His mom assures me they are the virgin kind. Simon’s mom, Gretchen Hammes, says that her family enjoys the great food, comfortable lounge chairs and shallow waters whenever they get the chance to get out there. If you don’t have access to a boat but want to relax with the kids or visiting family, the Red Sail Catamaran sails three times a week from Safehaven, with one snorkel stop at the sandbar, after which they spend two and a half hours at Rum Point. Rum Point Club Rum Point, Grand Cayman www.rumpointclub.com 345-947-9412

Heidi Suarez Rivera “Cimboco! They are very friendly with my little one and they have a menu for them too!” Emma Lowans  “I like Sunset House. Plenty for kids to see and be entertained by, and outdoors, which I think is a must with kids. My little boy loves the fish fingers and they do kids portions!”

Cimboco - A Caribbean Cafe

Cimboco — A Caribbean Café So named for her owner, Cimboco was the first locally built, motorized sailing ship in Cayman. “For 20 years, she connected Cayman to the world, introducing regular travel, shipping, and parcel post, and providing the first reliable supply of staple and exotic foods, such as flour, sugar, fruit, and even ice!” Mom-approved, Cimboco - A Caribbean Café, is “a modern-day mix of all fun things Caribbean ...a delightful combination of colours, action, aromas and flavours, all set in intimate and fun surroundings.” This Café features savory pastas, fire-roasted roti, pizzas, homemade breads and desserts. Each day, the chefs even offer specials highlighting the best available produce and seafood ‘on Island’...” Cimboco Caribbean Café is “an original taste of the ‘new’ Caribbean cuisine you can afford to enjoy everyday.” Check it out! Cimboco — A Caribbean Café Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman www.cimboco.com 345-947-2782

Frankie Grainger “GTYC, they are always happy to help and have lots of high chairs....I also go every week to the Creperie in George Town, kids can watch the chef cook and she puts kids movies on the TV and has colouring and crayons on hand .” Alta Solomon  “George Town Yacht Club.... love that they have a pool where children can play while adults have “adult time.”  Jamie McLaughlin  “Rum Point Club...What is better entertainment for the kids than the beach? Sit at the picnic tables, look at the sea, and enjoy great food...while the kids build sand castles.”

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A favourite among families is George Town Yacht Club at The Barcadere Marina on North Sound Road.

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with a pool! [It] can’t get better than that. Disclaimer: I have never actually been organised enough to remember to bring the swim togs.” The menu ranges from local fare like Ackee and salt fish to pizzas and curries. On the children’s menu, health-conscious parents can choose steamed vegetables instead of French fries as the sides to the burgers, hot dogs, fish fingers and chicken tenders offered. The children’s menu includes trivia and puzzles as well as colouring for those little ones that have decided to sit at the table instead of splashing in the pool. Young restaurant critic, five-year-old Max Masterton, says: “It’s kinda, mostly a good place; their chicken [tenders] is my second favourite chicken that I’ve ever tasted, and their pool is my second favourite thing about George Town Yacht Club”. George Town Yacht Club The Barcadere Marina North Sound Road, Grand Cayman www.gtyachtclub.com 345-947-4892

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Waterfront Urban Diner Location, location, location! This is a favourite for my husband when he has the morning shift on the weekend. Your little one can draw on the placemat while waiting for the ‘best cinnamon bun on the island.’ There is plenty of space for strollers and all the accoutrements families tend to bring along. Their staff is very friendly: just try to go there without the waitress, Roseby Ybardolaza, playing peek-a-boo with your child. Side options are very good for young children, however, older children have been seen diving into pancake platters bigger than their heads with gusto! Of course, there is so much to do at the Crescent before and after the meal, so do enjoy the outdoor seating — weather permitting — with the great views of the water, the pristine lawns and the fountain. Manager, Steve Schienfield, says Waterfront Bistro is very popular for children’s parties, particularly due to their very customizable menus. “We cater to all budgets and create menus that accommodate all kinds of requests, such as gluten- or nut-free.” Waterfront Urban Diner Camana Bay, Grand Cayman http://waterfrontcayman.com 345-640-0002 According to TripAdvisor, other favourites include EATS, Casanova Restaurant by the Sea, and Ragazzi Pizzeria. Wherever you go, it’s important to remember to pack a few essentials to make your life easier. Bring some favourite toys, crayons and board books, a couple of snacks and devices to keep the kids content. CP Laura Silverman was born in Germany and has made Cayman home since 1997. She has a young son and a serial entrepreneur husband who ensures life never gets boring.

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7 Tech Tamers Turn down the devices and turn up the interaction Technology is everywhere. Where would we be without our mobile phones? How would we survive a trip without a tablet? We are raising a generation of toddlers who can easily unlock a smart phone and navigate to an “app” before being able to string together a short sentence. What can we do about it?

routines throughout the day when media is not permitted. Designating a mealtime as a screen-free time period is a great place to start and also facilitates more conversation at the dinner table. It may be difficult at first but it won’t be long before it becomes routine. Keep control of all devices. Allow your children to check their devices “in” and “out” with you. Children do not have a developed sense of self-discipline, and having easy access to a tablet or smart phone may make it difficult for them to adhere to the screen-free rules. This also puts a big temptation on your children to stay up and engage with their device. By controlling all of the devices in the home, you have more control over the amount of time each device is being used. Provide alternatives to media time. Reading books, doing puzzles, arts and crafts and other hobbies are excellent ways to provide indoor entertainment for your children without using screen time. Go outside. Remember what it was like when you were a child? What greater thrill was there than to be outside, running around with your siblings and neighbours? Take your child outside to get

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some activity. Outdoor activities not only increase your family’s physical activity level but provide another way for you to bond and spend time with each other. Get interactive. By engaging directly with your child during media time, you turn screen time from a passive activity to an interactive one. After you have chosen television shows or game activities that are age appropriate use this opportunity to facilitate good communication exchanges with your child. Point out the characters, ask your child to find objects on the screen or ask your child to repeat words heard on the programme. React to things that you might see, as well, to teach empathy and inferencing skills. For example, if a character falls off a horse your reaction could be “Oh no! They fell down. I wonder how they might feel? Maybe they feel hurt?” Screens may not interact directly with your child, but you can! Bring back your family game night! Once a week, set aside time for a family game night with age appropriate games. It is the perfect opportunity to teach your children that there are many ways to play games and for your family to unwind as a whole.

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with your children, technology rules should apply to you as well! It is so common now for parents to be physically with their children but instead of talking with their little ones they are on their smart phones. Children imitate the behaviour they see - take the time to demonstrate good technology etiquette and they will begin to do the same. Technology isn’t going anywhere. It will always be a part of our society, and it will continue to be integrated into our everyday lives. As parents, we have to remember that there are things that cannot be taught by a screen but only through direct interaction with our children. You have to take charge and balance media and technology usage in your household. The key is to keep control of the media, instead of allowing media to dictate the way you and your family spend time with each other. CP Faith Gealey is a Speech Language Pathologist who is a native of Bodden Town. She is the mother of two-year-old Alyssa Hope and she enjoys baking, reading and of course, talking!

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llowing our children to engage in mediabased activities such as television shows, movies or educational applications can provide learning opportunities and are easy ways to keep our children occupied. Like most aspects of our modern lives, technology does have a downside. Families have slowly become more disconnected from one another. It is not uncommon to go to a restaurant and see families not say a word to each other as each person is enthralled with their handheld device. Little ones are oblivious to opportunities to run amok because their attention is fixed on their iPad games. Tweens and teens are texting away, and parents are checking e-mails, trying to squeeze in as much work as possible. Excess media usage affects not only children but the entire family unit, and very often, families are completely unaware of its detrimental effects on them. In 2013, the American Academy of Pediatrics (APP) issued guidelines on “screen time” or exposure to technology devices (this includes mobile telephones, televisions, tablets etc). Their recommendation was that children under the age of two should not be

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exposed to any media. Children over the age of two through teenaged years should be limited to one-two hours of “high–quality content” media time per day. The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity have also echoed these recommendations as the research published in pediatric medical journals continue to highlight the danger of over-exposure to media. Various studies in the Journal of Pediatrics, Pediatrics and the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine cite screen time as a contributing factor in childhood obesity, developmental delays, hyperactivity, inattention, poor social skills and poor sleep habits. In today’s technological society, eliminating access to media is almost impossible for most families. However, there are ways to reduce media’s impact on your child’s development and on your family life as a whole. Here are some strategies to take control of media usage in your home. Go on a media diet. Set aside times during the day that are media-free times. For example, you may say ‘no media’ for any family members after 7 p.m. Alternatively, earmark specific times or

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recipes Beef Empanadas Courtesy ICOA Filling Ingredients 1/2 Tbsp. chopped olives 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped 1 tbsp. olive oil 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 1 hard boiled egg , sliced 1/2 tbsp. Black olives 2 tbsp Raisins 1/2 tsp. ground cumin 3/4 pound ground chuck 1 14-oz. can diced tomatoes, drained Aji criollo hot sauce Aji criollo is an Ecuadorian hot sauce made with hot peppers, cilantro, garlic, onion and lime.

Savour these creations from local chefs to keep your family and friends well fed.

Dough ingredients 2 ¼ cups all purpose flour 1 ½ tsp. salt ½ cup cold unsalted butter cut into ½ inch cubes 1 egg 1/3 cup ice water 1 Tbsp. white vinegar Aji Criollo 4 ajies or hot peppers ½ bunch of cilantro ½ cup of water, 3 garlic cloves, Juice from ½ lime or lemon 3 tbps. finely chopped scallions Directions • Combine the hot peppers, cilantro, water, garlic cloves and lime juice in the blender • Add the chopped white onions or scallions and salt to taste.

• Combine all filling ingredients. • Preheat oven to 200°F with rack in middle. • Lay a large sheet of plastic wrap on a dampened work surface (to help keep plastic in place), then roll out an empanada disk on plastic wrap to measure about 6 inches. • Place 3 tbps. filling mixture on disk and top with 2 slices of egg. • Moisten edges of disk with water and fold over to form a semicircle, then crimp with a fork. • Heat 3/4 inch vegetable oil in a deep 12-inch skillet over medium heat until it registers 360°F on thermometer. • Fry empanadas until crisp and golden, 4 to 6 mins. each • Transfer to a shallow baking pan and keep warm in oven. Return oil to 360°F between batches.

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Courtesy of Bon Vivant 1 package of lasagna noodles 1 package of organic pasta sauce 1 cup of frozen organic corn kernels 1 cup ea. of shredded carrots and spinach 1 cup of organic black beans 1 carton of turkey or chicken (optional) 1 package of shredded cheese

2 racks ribs 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper 1/2 tsp. paprika 1/2 tsp. onion 1/2 tsp. salt, black pepper Brown sugar 1/2 tsp. garlic powder 1/2 tsp. cumin Directions • Season ribs overnight in spice mixture. • Place ribs on indirect heat of 250F degrees for 3.5 hrs or until bones are protruding. • Wrap ribs in foil but before doing so add butter and BBQ sauce to the ribs. • Replace on indirect heat for 30 min. • Remove let rest for 15 min slice and serve.

1 carton of ground turkey or chicken 1 package of ranch dressing dry mix 1 can of black beans, organic preferred Veggie toppings like lettuce, tomato, etc 1 bag of whole grain buns Directions • Mix the turkey, ranch mix and drained black beans together. • Form into patties that will fit the burger buns • Grill or broil burgers for 5 – 10 minutes or until cooked through. • Assemble and enjoy.

Directions • Cook pasta and set aside. Sautée spinach and purée with a hand blender • Mix spinach puree into tomato sauce; set aside. • Mix sauce and all veggies and beans and cook over medium heat for 5 – 10 mins. Add browned turkey or chicken. • In mini loaf pans or 1 large pan, layer noodles and sauce mix with the last layer being topped with cheese. • Cook in oven until cheese melts and serve.

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Zucchini Blueberry Bread Courtesy of Fosters Food Fair

Ingredients: 3 eggs 1 cup vegetable oil 3 tsp. pure vanilla extract 2 cups sugar 3 cups all purpose flour 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. baking powder ¼ tsp. baking soda 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon 2 cups shredded zucchini 1 pint blueberries

Braised Callaloo, Tomato and Bacon Tartlets Courtesy of Chef Maureen Cubbon

Ingredients 4 slices low sodium or turkey bacon, diced 1 small onion or shallot, thinly sliced 1/4 tsp. salt 2 1/2 cups of callaloo 1 tsp. of cumin 1 can of petite diced tomatoes, drained but keep the juices

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All-purpose flour

• Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 2 loaf pans and set aside. • In a large mixing bowl add eggs, oil, vanilla and sugar. Fold in the shredded zucchini. • Mix in flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. After all is combined gently fold in the blueberries. • Divide the batter between the two baking pans. • Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until a knife inserted in the centre of the loaf comes out clean. Cool completely in pan.

1 package of frozen puff pastry Fresh ground beef or turkey

Directions: • Heat oven to 400°F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. • Cook bacon in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from skillet. • Add onion/shallot and salt to skillet and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or until onion is tender-crisp, stirring occasionally. Stir in callaloo and cook for 3 minutes. • Stir in tomatoes in skillet and heat to a boil. Cook and stir for 5 minutes until callaloo are tender, adding tomato juices if the mixture is too dry. Stir in bacon. Remove skillet from the heat.

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pastry sheet into a 12-inch square. Cut the pastry into 2-3 inch squares. Place • Spoon about 2 tablespoons of callaloo mixture on each pastry circle to within 1/2- inch of edge. • Bake for 10 minutes or until pastries are golden brown. • Let pastries cool on baking sheets on wire racks for 10 minutes. • TIP: Using parchment paper will help with clean up and even baking of puff pastry.

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Ongoing To March 31

Walkers Art Club at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (NGCI) Sessions focus on visual art concepts such as line, shape, colour, pattern, texture, balance, and form. Activities include painting, collage, ceramics, drawing and viewing works from the National Gallery’s collection. These FREE classes are held every Tuesday afternoon at the National Gallery Education Centre (no class on 17, 24 February). Both classes limited to 15 students and are held from 3:15-4:15p.m .for 7-9yr olds and from 4:30-5:30 for 10-12yr olds. MORE INFORMATION: education@nationalgallery.org. ky.

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February 2015

Lighthouse Art Club at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (NGCI)

February 1 The Annual Cross Island Relay is sponsored by Fidelity and organised by the Cayman Hash House Harriers. Race starts at 6am. For more information visit www. caymanhash.com

The Lighthouse Art Club runs weekly during term time (every Thursday from 10:15-11a.m.) with students from Lighthouse School, and explores a range of art and craft techniques. Students also visit the National Gallery exhibitions and take inspiration from the art on display. This class is also open to young people with special needs in the community. MORE INFORMATION: intern@nationalgallery.org.ky

February 7

Taste of Cayman Food And Wine Festival Taste of Cayman is a famous food and wine event held annually in Grand Cayman. Now in its 27th year it attracts in excess of 5,000 people and features over 45 of Cayman’s best restaurants plus local and international wines, liquors and brews. Taste of Cayman also puts on a host of festival entertainment including live music and fireworks for people to enjoy. Where: Camana Bay Festival

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General admission - adults $10 and $5 for kids, aged two to 12.

Where: The Grounds, Lower Valley

February 14

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Run as an individual or as part of a relay team. 50% of proceeds go to the charity Facing Africa. The other half goes to two local charities; Cayman’s Ark and the NCVO (National Council of Voluntary Organisations).

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Hands-On Clay For Kids at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (NGCI) These ceramics classes will focus on the use of clay and its transformation into art objects, using different hand-building techniques such as slab, pinch and coil methods. The instructor will also provide an extensive overview of glazing. Classes are held every Wednesday afternoon (8 sessions, no class 11, 18 February) from 3:15 - 4:30p.m. Class is limited to 10 students ages 7 – 10 at a cost of $180 for members, $200 for nonmembers.

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The Agricultural Show is one the biggest community events in Grand Cayman, attracting over 10,000 people. Now in its 48th year, the Agricultural Show and its success is a testament to the love and importance of the land to the people of Cayman. Highlights of the show include: meeting Local farmers; buying fruits and vegetables, meeting the cows, goats, chickens and other livestock, music and entertainment, and trying delicious local food. Where: The Grounds, Lower Valley MORE INFORMATION: www.thegroundscayman.ky

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Darkness to Light’s ‘Stewards of Children’ Training Want to do your part in helping to eliminate child sexual abuse in Cayman? Take Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children training and learn tangible skills that will help your family and your community. This FREE community training is open to all and will be held from 6:30-9pm.

February 11-13

Moonlight & Movies: Valentine’s Edition Bring a blanket and picnic for a special Valentine’s edition of Moonlight & Movies in Gardenia Court. February 13

Half-Day Dismissal Hope Academy

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Mardi Gras Festival on the Waterfront in George Town Catch some beads, get your face painted, enjoy live music and join in the revelry! The party kicks off at midday and is free to enter.

Darkness to Light’s ‘Stewards of Children’ Training Want to do your part in helping to eliminate child sexual abuse in Cayman? Take Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children training and learn tangible skills that will help your family and your community. This FREE community training is open to all and will be held from 6:30-9pm. To register or for more information email: pso@redcross. org.ky or contact 949-6785 ext. 1. March 10

National Trust of the Cayman Islands Lecture Series For more information contact: marketing@nationaltrust.org.ky or call 749-1121.

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St Patrick’s Day 5k Irish Jog The 26th annual Irish Jog begins at the Britannia Golf Course 5.30pm. With a bit of Irish luck you could win some great spot prizes including sunset sails, restaurant vouchers, spa services and more. Annually brought to you by Butterfield and the Grand Cayman Beach Suites, registration begins Thursday 13th March 2014. Entry is CI$10 and all proceeds go to the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre.

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March 20

Teacher Professional Development Day Half Day Dismissal at: Triple C School

March 27

Public Schools P.D. Day

April 2015 Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Cayman Prep & High School; St. Ignatius Catholic School; Triple C School; Hope Academy

Various events during the month will focus on how to prevent sexual assault and encourage healthy interpersonal behaviours and relationships. Events will include a focus on how to prevent child abuse.

March 29

‘Hat-i-tude’ A Gala event of the National Trust of the Cayman Islands. For more information contact marketing@ nationaltrust.org.ky or call 7491121.

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Earth Month Various events during the month will focus on our environment for Earth month and will be organized by the National Trust of the Cayman Islands in partnership with many other organisations.

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Kaibo Kitefest A family fun day on the beach at Kaibo in aid of local charity ARK. Bring your own kite, make one at home or buy one at the festival for fun-filled activity and a chance to take part in a Caribbean tradition. Enter the kite competitions for the chance to win great prizes. A kite

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Enchanting pavilion-style beachfront residence in South Sound.

Significant Riviera-style residence on canal close to North Sound.

MLS# 401296

MLS# 403416

US $4,150,000

US $4,800,000

Our dedicated team of property experts will do everything to make your buying experience enjoyable and successful. From the moment your arrive here, you'll feel totally at home with IRG North West Point

San Sebastian

Stunning views across Seven Mile Beach to George Town Harbour. European style luxury. Owner motivated.

Beautiful I bed unit in highly popular complex.

CI$240,000

US$2,495,000

MLS # 403830

MLS # 402945

Caribbean Paradise

Oceanfront detached 4-bed unit with 3100 sf over 3 floors.

CI$650,000 MLS # 401243

West View Condos

Modern ocean-front complex with stunning views. 3-bed units, with 10’ high ceilings and generator. Financing available from

US$500,000

MLS # 403530 - 532 incl.

Meridian Manor

Old Prospect Point Upgraded 3 bed with sea views. Close to schools.

CI$414,000 MLS # 403508

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