Active Kids - July

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The LOCAL Go -To Guide for Busy Families • July 2012

Great Hikes

with TiKES! pg. 12

Great Day Trips for the Family pg. 34

8 STEPS to Cha nge Enter to Win

your Life pg. 38

Three months of Wittlebee Kids Clothing Club! pg. 30

urgent care

Because strep throat doesn’t take the weekend off. Just because it’s not an emergency doesn’t mean you should let your anxiety build. That’s why our Urgent Care Centers are open evenings, weekends and holidays. We’re ready to treat scrapes, sore throats and upset tummies. And we see you quickly, so you can get back to your life. To find a center near you, visit 9am-9pm M-F / 9am-5pm weekends 9am-3pm holidays Brentwood, Concord, San Ramon, Walnut Creek

The LOCAL Go -To Guide for Busy Families July is here along with all of the fun and festivities that come with this special month! In this issue, we have included a “Birthday Party Guide”, which provides a helpful overview of local birthday party venues. Since summer allows time for family time and vacations, we have also included a “Day Trip Guide” highlighting some of our favorite day-trip destinations for children of all ages. “Have Kids? Will Travel” offers tips and tricks to survive traveling long distance with kids. We have also included “Great Hikes with Tikes” which features trails the entire family will be able to enjoy. In honor of the 4th of July, we have included patriotic-themed, kid-friendly, Sweet Recipes to try out at your July 4th party, along with some easy Summer BBQ Recipes. Be sure to read “8 Steps to Change your Life” and “Itʼs Okay for your Kids to be Bored”, which are sure to help with the summer routines. Donʼt forget to check out our amazing website for updated, resourceful information that makes any parentʼs life easier! —Enjoy!

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Publisher | Editor Tracie Vollgraf Marketing Manager Emily Stockman Advertising Sales Manager Karen Ruskowski Graphic Designer Teresa Craft Marketing Interns Felicia Stiles Crystal Wigton Contributing Authors Elizabeth Husserl Bonnie Harris Sarah Tolson Dr. Aimee Eyvazzadeh, MD, MPH Diana Sterling Christine Carter Susan Stiffleman Danielle Federico Christi Klimisch

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The “Stay Connected Challenge”

p. 12 Great Hikes with Tikes p. 14 Birthday Party Guide p. 20 Key Considerations for Your Familyʼs Future

p. 22 Festive 4th of July Recipes p. 24 Itʼs Okay to Let

your Kids be Bored

p. 27 Talking to Kids

About Money

p. 28 Important Tips to

Promote Healthy Teeth for Your Baby

p. 32 Take a Fertility Vacation p. 34 Day Trip Guide p. 38 8 Steps to

Change Your Life

p. 42 Is Your Graduate

Ready For Graduation?

p. 44 Summer BBQ Recipes

p. 8 Calendar p. 30 Products We Love p. 46 Offers at a Glance

The “Stay Connected Challenge™” with the Parent as Coach Approach

by Diana Sterling, Certified Family Coach


One of the most important things you can do for your kids is help them increase their vocabulary and help them learn to think and say positive, uplifting, affirming things to themselves, to other family members and to their friends. This can be taught and I can assure you that when you focus on this idea as a specific “project” and they catch on – you may start experiencing a bit more calm and peace in your home. Positive language counts….not just positive thinking. And it is WAY FUN!! (By the way this is an anti-bully approach. Positive thinking and speaking kids do not bully others, nor accept the bully actions of others. They are able to deflect, walk away and not take it personally when they are challenged by a bully.)

By introducing the word, “positive fun” to your kids, you are teaching them about not only what is in the here and now. But as we want to “stay connected” to our kids in their teen years and beyond, it would be a great idea NOW to instill this idea and help them train their thinking to be able to make positive choices. I have witnessed children raised in a “positive fun” environment be able to choose positive fun later in their teen years and as young adults and resist the “negative fun” world of ….do I dare even share it here? Well you know what we mean. Your imagination does not have to stretch too far to connect with the fears of the looming teen years.

Action Steps 1. Start saying “positive fun” to all family members in context. They may not know what you are talking about…but they will catch on. 2. Ask your kids what positive fun means to them and what they want to do this summer that is “positive fun.” Instill the idea. 3. Create a “Positive Fun Day” that involves some kind of learning. A singing or theatre class, a musical theatre play, learning a new sport like going to the rock gym, or go to the library, beach, or pool with a game plan of learning something new. Throw a “positive fun” party and see what they decide to create. Sounds corny I know but it works – start when they are young!

HAVE A “FUN” VISION FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY Visioning is an art and a science. Having a goal, intention, burning desire can be translated into “Visioning” and you can get the whole family into it and teach your children this important skill. There are many ways to go about it, but here this summer, we can take on this indoor project on one of those infrequent rainy summer days in the Bay Area. Our Stay Connected Challenge is not a behavior modification approach. It is based on my book, The Parent as Coach Approach which has underpinnings in the philosophy that every person is capable of taking responsibility for creating their life. Every person is resourceful, creative and whole and this applies to how we approach, treat and think about our kids. Therefore, we can and must teach our children how to think for themselves, learn critical thinking skills and to know in their heart they are valued and worthy. Introducing them to a Visioning process may take some time, but what you are installing into their thinking, is that they can take some responsibility for creating what they want and increasing their self-esteem.

Action Steps 1. Purchase a large bulletin board for the whole family to use. 3ʼ by 4ʼ should do it. 2. Create a conversation with them about “visualizing fun.” Then start getting all involved to make a WE CREATE FUN collage with images, words, drawings, how ever they want to do it! Help them visualize what is fun! 3. Hang it up where it can be modified over time as the family starts having FUN with the Fun Vision Board. Get as creative as you want and…have fun! 4. Focus on the word FUN in your home as a way of life. 5. Have the whole family create what is on the Fun Vision Board.

Diana Sterling is the author of The Parent as Coach Approach, 2008 White Oak Publishing. She is a Certified Family Coach and developer and instructor of Family Coach Training at Relationship Coaching Institute as well as wife, mother and step-mother. Visit and get your FREE full copy of her ground- breaking work The Parent as Coach Approach in e-book form where these practical tools and many more are explained in detail on how your desire to create connected, loving kids as they become healthy teenagers and young adults.

JULY calendar Alameda County July 3 Mad Science of Mt. Diablo Presents “Crazy Chemistry” At the Pleasanton Library 400 Old Bernal Ave. (925) 931-3400 ext. 8 2pm; free

July 4 Annual 4th of July Firefighter Pancake Breakfast

Alameda County Fire Station #27 39039 Cherry Street Newark (510) 667-3148 $5/person, all you can eat pancakes

July 5 Family First Night

Livermore Farmers Market Carnegie Park 4th St., btwn. J St. & K St. Livermore (925) 373-1795 5-8pm

Valley Childrenʼs Mobile Museum

Dublinʼs Farmers Market Emerald Glen Park Tassajara Rd.& Central Parkway 4-8pm Every Thursday

July 6, 13, 20, 27 Concert in the Park

Steve Chaney and the Cornelius Crow

July 8 Kelly Pickler

Samantha Samuelsʼ Kabaret for Kids

Lions Wayside Park Corner of 1st & Neal Streets Pleasanton (925) 484-2199 7-8:30pm

Alameda County Fairgrounds 4501 Pleasanton Ave. Pleasanton, CA, 94566 (925) 426-7600 7pm Entrance is free with paid fair admission

July 10 Last day of the Alameda County Fair!

Alameda County Fairgrounds 4501 Pleasanton Ave. (925) 426-7600

July 11 Tiaras, Tutuʼs, Top Hats & Tails

Shopping Specials & Wine Tasting Downtown Livermore (925) 373-1795 6-9pm

1st Wednesday Street Party Main Street Pleasanton (925) 484-2199 6-9pm

Pleasanton Library 400 Old Bernal Ave. (925) 931-3400 2pm; ages preschool + Free

A Musical Variety Show for Families Firehouse Arts Center 4444 Railroad Avenue Pleasanton (925) 931-4848

July 12 July Yoga & Wine Series Wente Vineyards 5050 Arroyo Rd. Livermore (925) 484-2199 6-9pm $25/person in advance $30/ person night of event

Rockin' Tale of Snow White Drama Camp Production Amador Theater 1155 Santa Rita Road Pleasanton (925) 931-4848 7pm

July 13 Concert at the Cove

On the lawn adjacent to the Crab Cove Visitor Center 1252 McKay Ave. Alameda (510) 865-3636 Free concert

Rockin' Tale of Snow White Drama Camp Production Amador Theater 1155 Santa Rita Road Pleasanton (925) 931-4848 7pm

July 19 Thirsty Thursdays Livermore Farmerʼs Market

Samantha Samuelsʼ Kabaret for Kids

Carnegie Park 4th St., btwn. J St. & K St. Livermore (925) 373-1795 5-8pm

A Musical Variety Show for Families Firehouse Arts Center 4444 Railroad Avenue Pleasanton (925) 931-4848

Astronomy for Everyone!

Parentsʼ Night Out

Presented by Dr. Kevin Manning (Former NASA consultant) Pleasanton Library 400 Old Bernal Ave. (925) 931-3400 7-9pm; ages 7+

July 14 BYOM (bring your own meal) Taste of Terrior Live music, meal and wine & Bluegrass Music by the “Forget Me Nots” Music, dancing, & wine Cedar Mountain Winery 7000 Tesla Rd. Livermore (925) 373-6636 6-9pm

July 16 Make-a-Plate for Grandparentsʼ Day

Habitot Museum Art Studio 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley (510) 647-1111 $20 per plate 9:30 am–12:30 pm

July 18 Michael Stroud aka “Magic Mike” Pleasanton Library 400 Old Bernal Ave. (925) 931-3400 2pm; ages 5+ Free

pairings, Silent auction 1184 Vineyard Ave. Pleasanton (925) 447-9463 6-9pm Tickets purchased before July 1- $75/person After July 1- $85/person

July 21-22 & 27-29 Oklahoma Bankhead Theater 2400 1st St. Livermore (925) 373-6800 Times vary

July 25 Happy Birds! Birds do tricks, sing and amaze! Pleasanton Library 400 Old Bernal Ave. (925) 931-3400 1:30; all ages welcome

Habitot Museum 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley Drop off your kids, 2-7 yrs $30 per child, $20 for siblings. Pizza for dinner included. Reservations required (510) 647-1111 5:30 pm–9:30 pm

July 27 Starlight Movie in the Park

“The Muppets (2011)” Alameda Point Multipurpose Field 1101 West Redline Rd. Alameda (510) 747-7529 Pre-show festivities: 7:30pm Show: 8:15pm

July 28 Relay for Life, Oakland!

Supporting the American Cancer Society Bishop OʼDowd High School 9500 Stearns Ave. Oakland Janetta Morgan: 9am

July 28-29 Park Street Art & Wine Faire Live music, kidʼs area, petting zoo, & more! Park Street Between Encinal Ave. & Buena Vista Ave. Alameda (510) 523-1392 10am-6pm both days

Contra Costa County July 1 Somersville Town Center Farmerʼs Market 2556 Somersville Rd. Antioch 9am-1pm Every Sunday- Sept. 30

July 3-31 Tuesday Night Blues

Mini Farmersʼ Market and Free Music Todos Santo Plaza Concord (925) 671-3464 Tuesday Evenings in July 6:30-8:00pm

July 4 Learning Express Toys Story Time 136 Market Place San Ramon (925) 830- TOYS 10am & 11am

Run San Ramon

10K or 5K Run/Walk 3k Fun Walk- whole family San Ramon Central Park 12501 Alcosta Blvd (925) 973-3200

Star Spangled Spectacular Live Band, salute to armed forces (no aerial fireworks) San Ramon Central Park 12501 Alcosta Blvd (925) 973-3200 4-7:30pm

Firework Show

Downtown Antioch 2nd Street Parade 7pm Fireworks 9:30pm

Pleasant Hill Fourth of July

7:30am- Firecracker 5K Fun Run 9am- Parade, on Crescent Dr. in downtown Pleasant Hill 10:30am- Fun & games at Pleasant Hill Park 1-4:30pm- Sprayground playground 9pm- Fireworks at College Park High School (925) 938-5433

Friends of the Orinda Library Book Sale

July 7 Cityhood Celebration Music, food, jumpies, pony rides, games Freedom High School 1050 Nerloy Rd. Oakley 6-10pm

July 7, 14, 21, 28 Antioch Summer Concert Series Waldie Plaza 2nd St and I St. Antioch 6pm; free

July 8 Magic of Gerald Joseph Show

Orinda Library 26 Orinda Way (925) 254-2184 9am-1pm

Lesher Center for the Arts 1601 Civic Dr. Walnut Creek (925) 943-7496 2:30pm

July 5 Lafayette Firefighters visit!

July 8 & 22 Summer Concerts at the Lake

Lafayette Library 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd. (925) 385-2280 1-2pm Ages 5-11

July 6 Pleasant Hill Downtown Plaza Concert

On the Lawn at City Hall 100 Gregory Ln. Pleasant Hill (925) 671- 5229; free

July 9 2nd Saturday Tours at Forest Home Farms

Downtown Plaza Between Sweet Tomatoes and Jackʼs Restaurant 6:30-8:30pm; free

Forest Home Farms Historic Park 19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd. San Ramon; (925) 973-3284 10am-2pm

July 6, 20, 27 Brentwood Starry Nights Summer Concert Series

July 10, 17, 24, 31 Summer Concerts in the Park

City Park - Brentwood (925) 516-5444 7pm

San Ramon Central Park 12501 Alcosta Blvd. (925) 973-3200 5:30pm; free

July 11 Taking Back Control

Class taught to help you understand incontinence, bladder anatomy etc. John Muir Health Womenʼs Health Center Walnut Creek (925) 941- 7900 6-7:30pm

July 11 – Aug. 22 Loving Solutions 7-week series For parents of 5-12 yr olds John Muir Health Womenʼs Health Center Walnut Creek (925) 941- 7900 Tuesdays 4-6pm

July 11 – Sept. 12 Parent Project, Sr.

10-week series For parents of teens ages 13+ John Muir Health Womenʼs Health Center Walnut Creek (925) 941- 7900 Tuesdays 6:30-9pm

July 12 Danville Thursday Night Street Festival Hartz and Prospect Avenues (925) 339-8330 5:30-8:30pm

July 13 Derby Day

Aquatic Park Pleasant Hill 147 Gregory Ln. Pre-registration by July 11 $5 per boater (925) 682-0896 2:00pm

Family Camp Out!

Pleasant Oaks Park Pleasant Hill $10 per person (925) 682-0896 Sat 3:00pm-Sun 10:00am

July 13-15 20th Annual Brentwood CornFest

Friday night firework show, live entertainment, kids fun zone, carnival rides Brentwood Blvd and Technology Way Brentwood Fri 3-10pm, Sat 10:30am10:30pm, Sun 10:30am-6pm $10/person, $5/ youth+seniors, kids under 5 free

July 15 Movies on the Lawn

Ferris Buellerʼs Day Off Dougherty Station Community Center 17011 Bollinger Canyon Rd. San Ramon (925) 973-3350 8:30pm; free

July 16, 23, 30, and August 6 Low Intervention Childbirth

4-part series: Delivery without medication or limited intervention John Muir Health Womenʼs Health Center Walnut Creek (925) 941- 7900 6:30-9:30pm

July 20 Preschool Performance Unique Derique Juggling comedy Village Theater 233 Front Street Danville (925) 314-3400 10-11am

July 21 Pleasant Hill Blues & Brews Festival Pleasant Hill Park 147 Gregory Ln. 12-6pm (925) 682-0896

Snoopy Fest!

Learn about Snoopy, and create a puppet/drawing Lafayette Library 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Reserve: (925) 385-2280 12-1:15pm Ages 5-11

Friends of the Ygnacio Valley Library Book Sale 2661 Oak Grove Rd. Walnut Creek (925) 938-1481 10am-5pm 4-5pm: bag of books= $3

July 28 Zoomobile!

The Oakland Zoo comes to Pleasant Hill Library 1750 Oak Park Boulevard (925) 646-6434 2:30pm

July 31 Pajamarama Dance Party! Lafayette Library Homework Center 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd. (925) 385-2280 7-7:30pm Ages 5-11

Great Hikes with Tikes by Danielle Federico, M.P.H. Hiking is a great way to build family values and provides parents an opportunity to teach important lessons about respect, nature, responsibility and life through exploration. Get the whole family exercising with an outdoor adventure. Even if you feel that you are not in shape, these nature walks are the perfect place to start building your stamina and your childrenʼs. These Bay Area trails have bathroom facilities, an information booth and are in shady forests. They are extremely easy with the added benefit of off-shoot trails for more fit and ambitious explorers.

Henry Cowell State Park; Felton, CA Highlight: Redwood Grove Loop is 0.8 miles. Many trees were hollowed out in a fire creating cool caves for kids to go inside. Roaring Camp Railroad, at the trailhead, provides train rides to the Santa Cruz Beach boardwalk.

Muir Woods National Monument; Mill Valley, CA Highlight: 1.5 mile loop, tree stump display shows how trees get wider with rings as they age.

The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park; Aptos, CA Highlight: Old-Growth Loop: Marcel's Forest is less than 2 mi roundtrip from parking lot. The Advocate Tree, Fern Grotto and Twisted Forest are all interesting sights to see. The first two trails are stroller accessible, but I strongly encourage you to leave the stroller in the car. Put baby in a backpack or front carrier and get a little more out of these leisure walks. Any child who is too big for a back carrier should be walking. Resist the urge to carry slow or whining children. Take frequent breaks; there is plenty to look at (even an ant hill may leave a big impression). Donʼt bribe children to exercise or go faster. We all need to exercise to be healthy, the way we need to shower to keep clean. We donʼt exercise because there are toys, junk food or other incentives. Keep spirits and interest up by marching, having contests about who can find the widest tree trunk, spot a new bird or a new leaf shape. On our last hike we each pretended to be a different animals who lived in the forest.

1. Bring water, but donʼt allow children to eat while hiking.

These hikes are short enough to be completed between snack and meal times. Itʼs a very poor eating habit to graze and snack while doing something else, especially exercising. Use designated picnic tables near the parking lots so no crumbs or spills end up polluting our forests. Remember that you are in someone elseʼs home (animals and trees). Let children know that people food is not good for animals. Ask them what animals they think live here and what they eat.

2. Keep children on trails. They may not be able to understand soil erosion, but they can understand that stepping off the trail may be stomping an insect or an insectʼs home. Leaves are how plants make their food that is why itʼs not nice to pick them. Teach children about nature and they will come to appreciate and respect it.

3. If you feel you have a child who is more on the destructive side, who would

want to pick, stomp or throw, this is a great opportunity to build empathy. Ask your child how they would feel if a bug destroyed their home or bedroom. When they do something destructive, be sure to express how sad you feel for the animals who live here. Buy your child a disposable camera so they can focus on taking pictures of things that interest them. Let them develop their own interest in nature, you can bring your own camera to photograph what you find interesting. Discuss.

4. Lead by example. These are truly some of the most gorgeous places on earth. Share with your children how beautiful you think they are. When my daughter sees garbage on trails we pick it up. We talk about how rude it is to put trash in someone elseʼs house and how it is our responsibility to keep the forest nice so animals have a place to live.

Physical fitness is a positive family value. Hiking creates memories, improves health and is the perfect time for bonding. Studies show that time spent in nature reduces stress levels and that experiences provide more lasting happiness than material items. Be sure to turn your cell phone off and appreciate the fresh air. On the way home discuss what everyoneʼs favorite part of the forest was.

Danielle Federico, M.P.H. is the author of “MOMMY FABULOUS: Complete Pregnancy Fitness and Nutrition Guide, Designed to Deliver a Fabulous Postpartum Figure.” ( She holds a Masters of Public Health from UC Berkeley and is a personal trainer and nutritional counselor. Danielleʼs popular blog provides nutrition, health and fitness information for anyone looking to lead a healthier life.

July 2012


Contra Costa County

Birthday Party Guide Alamo

The Best Bead Party 1323 Roundhill Rd (925) 406-4003 Color Bundles 220A Alamo Plaza (925)727-3137


Antioch Water Park 4701 Lone Tree Way (925) 776-3070 Antioch Indoor Sports Center 1210 Sunset Dr. (925) 778-6363 Delta Bowl 3300 Delta Fair Blvd (925) 757-5424

Little Miss Everything 312 Oak St. (925) 513-4700

Mad Science of Mt. Diablo 1150 Burnett Ave., Suite A (925) 687-1900

Rave Motion Pictures 2525 Sand Creek Rd. (925) 809-0030

Pixieland Amusement Park 2740 East Olivera Road (925) 689-8841

The Little Gym of Brentwood 3850 Balfour Rd., Suite K (925) 634-0034

Pump It Up Locations in Pleasanton, Concord, Oakley, Oakland (925) 600-9663 to find a location near you

Twin Tiger Academy of Self Defense 700 Harvest Park Drive, Suite H (925) 513-7591 Tumble Time Bus Brentwood, Ca (925) 392-3215


Q-Zar 2295 Willow Pass Rd. (925) 521-9663 Sky High Sports 1631 Challenge Drive (925) 682-5867

Chuck E. Cheeseʼs Locations in Concord, Brentwood (925) 689-2808

UFC Gym The Willows Shopping Center 1975 Diamond Blvd. (925) 265-8130

Black Diamond Kids Center 2015 Elkins Way (925) 516-6619

Diablo Rock Gym 1220 Diamond Way #140 (925) 602-1000

Waterworld California 1950 Waterworld Pkwy (925) 609-1364

Bricks 4 Kidz 3150 Balfour Rd., Suite C (925) 684-4082

Encore Gymnastics 999 Bancroft Rd. (925) 932-1033


Chuck E. Cheeseʼs 6061 Lone Tree Way (925) 240-8405

Gymboree Locations in Concord, Lafayette, San Ramon, Pleasanton (925) 685-7773

Paradise Skate Roller Rink 1201 W. 10th St. (925) 779-0200


Harvest Park Bowl 5000 Balfour Rd. (925) 516-1221

Jungle Fun & Adventure 1975 Diamond Blvd. (925) 687-4386

Danville Bowl 200 Boone Ct (925) 837-7272 Gymtastic 1901 Camino Ramon, Suite D (925) 277-1881 Next Step Dance Studio Inc. 109 Town And Country Dr # A (925) 831-0777

Contra Costa County - Birthday Party Guide Studio Grow 3612 Blackhawk Plaza Cir (925) 648-7529


Andreaʼs Musical Adventures 3103 Diablo View Road (925) 280-7364 Color Me Mine 3541 Mt. Diablo Blvd. (925) 299-2615 Indoor Sports Party Lafayette Recreation Center 500 Saint Marys Road (925) 595-4847 4-6 years old (925) 228-6015 Kids Nʼ Dance 3369 Mt Diablo Blvd (925) 284-7388 Kindergym Lafayette Recreation Center 500 Saint Marys Road (925) 284-2232 SewNow! 960 Moraga Rd. (925) 283-7396 Sienna Ranch 3232 Deer Hill Rd. (925) 283-6311 Horse Grooming/Riding, Farm Animal Interaction, Archery, Garden Pizza Party Sherman Swim School 1075 Carol Lane (925) 283-2100 The Art Room 50 Lafayette Cir (925) 299-1515


The Backyard Factory 280 Arthur Rd. (925) 228-6015


Luna Gymnastics 594 Moraga Road (925) 376-2363


Pump It Up 5351 Nerloy Rd. (925) 969-9663

Pleasant Hill

Giggles 548 Contra Costa Blvd. (925) 798-3000 Indoor Play Center

San Ramon

Color Bundles 220A Alamo Plaza (925) 727-3137 Golden Skate Family Center 2701 Hooper Drive (925) 820-2525 Gymboree Play and Music Center 3191 Crow Canyon Pl (925) 866-8315

Kids Club Party Place 1021 Market Place (925) 830-1110 My Gym Childrenʼs Fitness Center 180 Market Place (925) 244-1171 San Ramon Sports 2411 Old Crow Canyon Rd. (925) 831-9050

Walnut Creek

Adventure Day Camp 975 N San Carlos Dr Walnut Creek, CA 94598 (510) 937-6500 Build A Bear Workshop 1248 Broadway Plaza Walnut Creek (925) 946-4697 Castle Rock Arabians 1350 Castle Rock Road (925) 933-3701 Horse-riding parties Lindsay Wildlife Museum 1931 1st Ave. (925) 935-1978

Birthday Party Guide

Alameda County - Berkeley

Berkeley City Ballet 1800 Dwight Way (510) 841-8913 Dance Out Loud 2729 Wallace St. (510) 301-5073 Kids ʻNʼ Clay Pottery Studio 1824 5th Street (510) 845-0982 Lawrence Hall of Science 1 Centennial Drive (510) 642-5132 Habitot Museum 2065 Kittredge Street (510) 647-1111

Studio Grow 1235 10th St (510) 526-9888

Rockinʼ Jump 5875 Arnold Rd., Suite 100 (925) 828-7676

Castro Valley

Café Art 7197 Village Pkwy #B (925) 8297778

Castro Village Bowl 3501 Village Drive (510) 538-8100



Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl 6750 Regional St. (925) 828-7550 East Bay SPCA 4651 Gleason Drive 925-479-9670 Iceland Dublin 7212 San Ramon Road (925) 829-4445



Aqua Adventure 40500 Paeso Padre Pkwy (510) 494-4426 City Beach 2911 Mead Avenue Santa Clara, CA 95051 Century Theaters at Pacific Commons 43917 Pacific Commons Blvd. Fremont, CA Experience new interactive exhibits, behind-the-scenes programs and live wild animals!

Visit Wednesday–Friday noon–5pm and weekends 10am–5pm. Go to to learn more.



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Alameda County - Birthday Party Guide Livermore

Boomers! 2400 Kitty Hawk Road (925) 447-7275

Valley Rock Gym 4444 East Ave (925) 373-5700

Golden Apple Learning Store 4807 Hopyard Rd #3 (925) 460-5163


Gymboree Play and Music 5460 Sunol Blvd # 9 (925) 249-0006

Chabot Space & Science Center 10000 Skyline Blvd. (510) 336-7300

Café Art 1764 1st St (925) 373-0222 California Gymnastics Academy 180 Wright Brothers Ave. (925) 245-0331

Childrenʼs Fairyland 699 Bellevue Avenue, (510) 452-2259

High Touch High Tech of the Bay Area 1989 Santa Rita Rd (408) 464-1684

Fire Stations 4 Hire 3147 A Independence Drive (925) 290-7550

Glitter and Razz 5951 C0llege Avenue (510) 654-7166

Party Bees 3550 Bernal Ave. (925) 202-9077

Granada Bowl 1620 Railroad Ave. (925) 447-5600

Oakland Zoo 9777 Golf Links Rd (510) 632-9523

Play-Well Pleasanton 5737 Valley Avenue #B, (925) 484-1547

Parti Palooza 6253 Southfront Rd (925) 245-9913


Pump It Up 530 Boulder Court #100 (925) 600-9663

Springtime Tumbling and Trampoline 5715 Southfront Rd. (925) 456-0110 Umigo Racing 6538 Patterson Pass Rd. (925) 373-7223

Field Trips

• Great America • Discovery Kingdom • Water World

Aquatic Center 4455 Black Avenue, (925) 931-3420 BounceU 7073 Commerce Circle, Pleasanton, CA 94588 (925) 416-0888 ClubSport 7090 Johnson Dr (925) 463-2822

Super Franks 5341 Owens Court (925) 271-5880 West Coast Olympic Gymnastics Academy 1056 Serpentine Lane, Suite A (925) 846-1010

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Itʼs educating yourself and your children regarding finances to prepare for future financial needs. In todayʼs economy, families are facing increasing pressure to provide for their everyday needs. It is important for parents to teach children in a way that gives them a chance for a better future than many parents feel they have today. Parents may want to talk about finances so their children feel confident with financial decisions later in life. A 2011 study commissioned by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) and conducted by Forbes Consulting Group as part of the State of the American Family series studied family financial decision makers with responsibility for at least one child. Nearly all Americans face some type of financial setback throughout their lives. For some, setbacks occur due to loss of employment; for others, they result from divorce, loss of a spouse or just plain hard times. For most, though, the greatest financial setback has been a direct result of the economy. People may feel a sense of regret and a resulting pressure to recover losses. Some people may feel a need to work longer before retirement, enabling their nest egg to recoup part of its losses; others may realize that plans for a childʼs college education fund must change in order to pay their bills. Many experience similar circumstances and want to find ways to improve their current situation. In order to do so; however, families need to prioritize personal and financial goals, better manage their expenses against those goals, and establish a plan that will help compensate for setbacks. In many cases, families are realizing that their purchases have placed them in a financial situation they did not envision since their material “assets” cannot help them bounce back from hard times. It is important for parents to teach children money management skills so this trend is reversed. The majority of Americans make financial decisions based on their experiences or research. Without guidance from trusted or knowledgeable resources – parents, grandparents, friends, and financial professionals – family decision makers may feel under prepared or lack confidence in their

The majority of Americans make financial decisions based on their experiences or research. Without guidance from trusted or knowledgeable resources – parents, grandparents, friends, and financial professionals – family decision makers may feel under prepared or lack confidence in their ability to make positive long-term decisions when balancing their familyʼs short term needs. Many family decision makers are actively seeking ways to educate themselves and their children about finances. Most parents think it is important to educate children to ensure a strong economy. If they neglect to educate them about finances, parents worry that their childrenʼs quality of life will be inferior. Thinking about your financial future can be overwhelming and you may not know where to begin. Many people struggle to take the first step because they donʼt know where to turn for help or how to search for guidance. Take time to think about the areas of your personal finances that feel like setbacks in your life. Then consider what you can do to change your situation. Educate yourself about your alternatives to help attain long-term goals and seek a financial professional who understands your situation and can help you to not only imagine but also realize your objectives. Even if your parents did not talk about finances, or you would change past decisions, following the simple activities below can help you and your family to learn more.

Educate yourself

Reflect on where your finances stand currently and think about what you want to accomplish. Refer to for helpful information about saving, budgeting, protecting your income and family. Also view videos about other parents in similar situations.

Educate your children

Ask your children questions about how much money items cost, their understanding of credit and the difference between wants and needs. Download a free copy of Save! The Game TM to teach children valuable financial concepts through an interactive video game. Sarah Tolson, Certified Financial Planner™ and Founder of Girls Just Gotta Have Funds, is passionate about helping women and families create customized wealth-building plans tailored to their goals and life circumstances. As a second generation financial planner, Sarahʼs vision is to inspire women to make their dreams a reality! Sarah is offering the readers of Active Kids Directory a complimentary one-hour financial consultation and would like to extend an invitation to her monthly Wine, Women & Wealth workshop. Please call her at (925) 736 -3024 or email her at for more information. © 2010 Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, Springfield, MA

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Revolutionary Berries Ingredients:

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1. Melt 12 ounces of white chocolate chips in a microwave according to the package directions (make sure the container and the berries are dry; even a little moisture will alter the texture of the candy). 2. One at a time, dip strawberries into the chocolate and then into blue sugar or edible glitter. 3. Set them to harden on waxed paper. 4. Makes 35 to 45 decorated berries.

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1. To make a batch, prepare your favorite cake mix according to the package directions and spoon it into flat-bottomed ice-cream cones (a regular-size box of cake mix will make enough for about 24), filling the cones no more than halfway. 2. Set the cones upright in a baking pan, supporting them with crumpled aluminum foil. Bake according to the cake mix directions, following the time recommended for cupcakes. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely, then frost each one with yellow or orange frosting. 3. To make each torch's flame, cut 2 sugar wafers in half at an angle and stick them into the cupcake. Add orange and red frosting or decorators' gel, and you've got one hot -- and patriotic -- dessert.


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It's Okay to Let your Kids be Bored by Susan Stiffleman As parents, we take pleasure in providing our children with opportunities to expand their horizons. Whether through karate classes, chess club or tap dancing lessons, most of us look for ways to help our kids develop new skills and abilities. But children also need unstructured time — and plenty of it. Kids who are constantly occupied with organized activities don't adequately nurture their creative instincts, and often become dependent on someone or something else to keep them happy and engaged. Imaginative play is an essential element of childhood. A cardboard box becomes a spaceship; a collection of stuffed animals can play out complex social relationships. In the world of make-believe, a child is allowed to try on different roles — mommy, teacher, horse trainer. She learns to solve problems, figuring out what to use to make a durable roof for a living room fort or wondering how mama bear can help baby bear overcome his fear of the dark. Child's play, whether solitary, with siblings or friends, is serious business. In cooperative play, children learn to take turns. They develop empathy as they discover that their playmatesʼ feelings are just as passionate and important as theirs. They learn give and take, figuring out how to choose a game that is mutually agreeable, negotiating who goes first on the swing, or managing the disappointment that comes from losing. Vital brain development and life skills are nurtured through pretend and cooperative play. When a youngster says, “I'm bored,” he is simply announcing that he has forgotten that he has the capacity to entertain himself. If he insists that you do something with him because there's no one else to play with, don't feel obligated to give in. There's nothing wrong with letting a child wander the house aimlessly for a while; necessity is the mother of invention. If you don't provide diversions, your children will find ways to entertain themselves. Over-scheduled kids often claim thereʼs “nothing to do” because their muscle of imagination has weakened. Allow your children their frustration. “It doesn't seem fair that Dad won't take you to the mall.” Acknowledge their predicament, and put out art supplies or a box of Legos, but don't worry too much about making the boredom go away. Susan Stiffelman is a licensed Marriage, Family and Child Counselor, an Educational Therapist, Parent Educator and Professional Speaker. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Developmental Psychology, a California K-9 Teaching Credential, a Masters of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology, and a California Marriage and Family Therapist license since 1991. Visit her website and be sure to sign up for her free Parenting Without Power Struggles newsletter! 24 ACTIVE KIDS

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Talking to Kids About Money by Elizabeth Husserl, M.A. One of the common questions I hear in my work with parents is, “How do we talk to our kids about money?” It is one thing to delve into our own feelings and emotions around money; it is another to speak to our kids about it. Begin by understanding that money IS a part of your familyʼs life. Treat it as such. Part of what our kids will pick up on, especially if we donʼt talk about it, are the subconscious emotions we feel towards money- be it ease or anxiety, overwhelm or confidence, excitement or fear. You can begin simply by inviting the topic of money into your family and the easiest way is through play. If you have a toddler or young child, allow them to safely “play” with money. Have them transfer coins from one jar to another or make a coin collage. Let them throw 100 pennies into a lake and make 100 wishes. Be creative. Your kids will teach you how to have fun with money again. Youʼll begin to discover any underlying beliefs about whether you think money is “dirty” or “evil”. If you have an older child, start asking them what they think about money. What they like about it and what they donʼt. You will be amazed! More important than their answers, emphasize that talking about money is OK. The more ease and connection they feel with money at an early age, the more they can flourish with it later in life, regardless of how much they have. But wait! Life happens. Sometimes our child wants something we just canʼt afford. She starts to whine. It's hard to keep your cool when you're working hard to keep the family afloat. How do you handle it?

1. Take a deep breath and stay calm. Face the money situation in the moment. Delaying money conversations for too long will contribute to unresolved money issues for your child. 2. Own your money emotions - Recognize what is triggered for you in your childʼs request. Children will make requests all the time. Gain clarity about what it evokes in you and communicate from your ground. 3. Give the limit- Limits teach children how to identify, feel and manage their own emotions. It helps them not blame money for unprocessed feelings. 4. Receive the response - “Receive” any reaction your child may have. Let it move through her. From that place discuss if a future solution can be found. Money is a part of our family life. We canʼt change that. What we can change is how we relate to it. Elizabeth Husserl, M.A. is founder of Inner Economics, a money management framework combining money therapy and financial planning. Elizabeth works with individuals and couples at Bloom Retreat in Walnut Creek. Visit us at or call us at (925) 939-6262 for more information. Bloom is located at 1444 South Main Street.

Important Tips to Promote Healthy Teeth for Your Baby by Christi Klimisch, MD, ValleyCare Medical Foundation Pediatrician

When will my baby start teething?

Most babies begin teething around 4-7months of age, though this varies. Some babies will get their first teeth earlier and some wonʼt get them until a year old or later. The first teeth to emerge are usually the lower central incisors (bottom middle teeth), though some babies may get their top teeth first. Signs of teething include: swelling of the gums, fussiness, mouthing or chewing objects, and increased drooling. Some people say that teething can cause fever and diarrhea though this is controversial. Significant fever (>100.4 F, 38 C) or frequent diarrhea is unlikely due to teething alone and you should consult your health care provider.

How can I help my baby during teething?

If your baby is fussy or uncomfortable as the teeth are emerging through the gums, you can help them in several ways. You can massage their gums gently with your finger or a soft cloth, provide teething toys/rings to chew on, or give them a cold wash cloth (wet and place in the freezer for a few minutes) and allow them to chew on it or use it to massage the gums. If very fussy, you can try giving a dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen (for babies over 6 months of age). In general, oral gels, numbing medications, and teething tablets are NOT recommended. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of these medications.

When do I need to start brushing the teeth?

Start cleaning the teeth as soon as they appear. You can use a washcloth, finger toothbrush, or baby toothbrush. You should brush your babyʼs teeth twice daily, morning and night (after the last feeding before bed). You can use water or training toothpaste without fluoride at first. Once your child understands how to spit rather than swallow the excess toothpaste, you can switch to a toothpaste with fluoride and use a pea-sized amount. Young children cannot adequately clean the teeth themselves, so they will need your help until age 6 or 7.

Are bottles bad for my baby’s teeth?

Residue from breast milk, formula, juice or other sweetened beverages that is left on the teeth for long periods can cause dental decay. Therefore, babies who are put to bed with a bottle for naps or bedtime are at high risk for dental decay. Itʼs best if you donʼt put your baby to bed with a bottle at all, but if you do, use only water. Also, between feedings, donʼt allow your child to carry around a bottle or sippy cup filled with milk, juice, or other sweetened beverages. Finally, itʼs best to begin weaning your baby from the bottle after 1 year of age.

Does my baby need fluoride?

After 6 months of age, babies need fluoride to help strengthen the teeth, making them more resistant to decay. Fluoride is added to the water supply in many cities, so your baby may be getting the fluoride they need in their drinking water. Not all cities have fluoride in the water, so talk to your health care provider about whether or not your child might need fluoride supplementation.

When should my child begin seeing the dentist?

Your child should have their first dental visit 6 months after the first teeth emerge, or by their first birthday. At this visit, your dentist will assess the health of the teeth, provide education on the best way to care for your childʼs teeth, discuss fluoride supplementation if necessary, and answer any questions you may have about the health of your childʼs teeth. Prevention is key! Following these important tips will help keep your childʼs teeth healthy and prevent dental decay. If you have further questions, please consult your childʼs dentist or health care provider. Christi Klimisch, MD is a board certified pediatrician affiliated with ValleyCare Medical Foundation Pediatrics. To make an appointment, please call 925-416-6767.


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Take a Fertility VACATION by Dr. Aimee Eyvazzadeh Trying to get pregnant can be stressful. Your well-intentioned friends and family members all have advice for you. Your neighbor probably told you the other day how her sister was trying for years, then took a trip to Hawaii and got pregnant. If getting pregnant were just that easy! This is what I want you to do this summer: Take a fertility vacation! Stop trying to get pregnant. Start having fun in your relationship so that when you “start trying” again, you are able to enjoy the journey as much as possible. Nothing bad will happen if you give yourself a month break. Your biological clock isnʼt going to run out of batteries. Follow the tips below: • Give yourself a break: take a vacation from charting, checking your daily temperature, checking your cervical mucus. Try not to obsess about your fertile window and focus more on your daily well-being. Put your medications away and out of sight. Just take a break. • Take care of yourself: eat right and exercise. Stay active and pay attention to yourself. Buy yourself a brand new pair of sneakers and just walk and breathe. Put on your favorite music, get your headset on and hit the streets and focus on your breathing. • Take time for your relationship: Reconnect with your partner. Make sure youʼre talking about your lives and your goals. Make sure youʼre a team. If you need help in your relationship, take the time to seek out professionals who can help you during your fertility vacation so that once you start trying again, you feel as connected as possible. Try to have sex for fun and not to make a baby. • Do what you love! Try and plan at least one fun activity each week. Take turns with your partner planning the activity. Consider dance lessons or a trip to Tahoe. Feed your soul so that your spirit and heart is in a really good place once you start trying again. • Once your fertility vacation is over - however long you want it to be, I want you to incorporate what you learned during your fertility vacation in your daily life moving forward so that your journey to baby is as enjoyable as possible. Dr. Aimee Eyvazzadeh, is a native of the Bay Area. She is a graduate of UCLA School of Medicine. After completing her residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, she completed a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility at University of Michigan. She also completed a Masters in Public Health in Health Management and Policy at University of Michigan. Dr. Aimee is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and continues to contribute to research in the field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility. You can learn more on her website:

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Play Café Lawrence Hall of Crawlers - 6 yrs: $8 per child Science (2 FREE adults) Adults- $12, Monday - Thursday students/seniors/disabled- $9, 10am - 4:30pm children- $6 Friday 10am – 6pm Open daily from 10 am -5 pm Saturday 10am – 2pm 1 Centennial Drive Sunday – Parties (510) 642-5132 4400 Keller Avenue (510) 638-3712

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8 Steps to Change Your Life How to remain sane—and even productive—over the summer by Christine Carter There is so much to love about summer, but letʼs be real: The lack of routine can be a little hellish, which makes the importance of habit and routine even more salient. Not every summer day has to be as chaotic as a Monday at my house. In fact, Iʼve actually found summer to be the perfect time to practice getting into good habits and routines. Creating habits is a skill, just like learning a new sport, and when we practice, we get better. Here are eight research-based steps for creating new routines.

1. Contemplate a change youʼd like to make in your life. What do you need

to be healthier and happier? For example, one of my clients wants more energy to accomplish her goals; to feel better sheʼll need to get more sleep, which affects our intellectual ability, our physical health, and our emotions. Habits like sleep, exercise, or meditation—anything that creates a platform for more good habits—are what Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit, calls a “keystone habit.” Which of your routines has the power to change your mood or outlook on life?

2. Do your homework. We know that people go through stages when they

are making changes, and before we spring into action, we need to prepare. So if more sleep is your goal, maybe you need to read up on what it takes to get a better nightʼs rest or buy a new pillow. Caution: Research shows that you will probably feel tempted to stop here, after youʼve bought the book and the pillow. Feel good about getting started, but please donʼt stop before youʼve actually begun.

3. Make your goal public or find a friend to hold you accountable. This is where that post-Memorial Day FAQ (“What are you doing this summer?”) comes in handy. Telling lots of folks what we are shooting for can dramatically increase the odds weʼll actually do it.

4. Make a list. Write down all of the small changes youʼll need to make in

order to reach your goal. For example, if you are trying to get more sleep, you might want to stop drinking coffee after 11:00 am, turn off the computer at 9:00 pm, get the kids to do their own laundry so you donʼt have to do it after-hours, get in bed by 10:00 pm, read a book instead of watching TV in bed, etc.

5. Pick a super-easy first step. Look at your list: What is the easiest thing on

it? Now, what one tiny step can you take toward that already-small thing? Maybe it would be easy for you to go to bed 10 minutes early tonight, or to replace your afternoon coffee with decaf. Do the thing that is easiest and most appealing to you.

6. Anchor that first step within an existing routine. In other words, add it to something you already do habitually. The trick is to work with the same cue that triggers the existing habit. You already are in the habit of putting toothpaste on your toothbrush at night; if you want to start flossing, your super-easy-first-step could be to get the floss out with your toothpaste.

7. Visualize success. Spend a few minutes every morning thinking about

your goal. What will prevent you from succeeding? What exactly will you do when you face the obstacle you imagine? Now, revel in how you will feel when you do succeed. Soak up those warm feelings.

8.Celebrate each time you do this ridiculously easy thing every day for a week. Got into bed 10 minutes early tonight? WHOO-HOO! Have a little party in your mind. (I learned this, and a lot more, from Stanfordʼs BJ Fogg. I cannot recommend his free 3 Tiny Habits program highly enough.) When youʼve accomplished one small thing, choose an equally-unambitious next step. You are more likely reach your goal by taking a series of teensy steps than if you try to do it all at once. The key to successfully changing your life in a summer? Practice. Practice creating new habits by mastering one ridiculously easy behavior at a time, slowly making them automatic. Here is the really good news: Your good habits are contagious, highly likely to spread to your friends, your family, and especially your children. So consider that good nightʼs sleep a contribution to the greater good.

Christine Carter, Ph.D.*, is a sociologist and happiness expert at UC Berkeleyʼs Greater Good Science Center. She is the author of "RAISING HAPPINESS: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents." She teaches online happiness classes that help parents bring more joy into their own lives and the lives of their children, and she writes an award-winning blog for *Greater Good* ( "Sign up now with promotional code ActiveKids, and get $25 off the cost of the class!"

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Is your Graduate Ready for Graduation? by Bonnie Harris If your child is graduating from kindergarten, elementary school or middle school, the next step is obvious. Worse-case scenario is repeating a grade. Many high school graduates will go on to college. But for those at the end of their academic journey, there is the world at large waiting for them. Most parents are left with the big question at the end of their active parenting years: Will they be embraced or will that world knock them down? For most graduates, anxiety may grow to major proportion: Can I make it? Will I be able to earn a living? Can I afford a place to live? Am I ready for this? Will I fail? Whether a job is waiting or not, more and more adult children are moving back home for both financial and emotional support. Many situations are positive with another wage earner helping make ends meet. But the growing population of adult children unable to find jobs and continuing to live off mom and dad does not bode well for our economy and the future of our youth. Graduation means commencement, start, launch—into what? Are your children truly prepared? Is the world prepared for our children? Much of the situation we can do nothing about. But we can do our best at preparing our children for this day with a slow, gradual launching process over many years. The most recent trends in parenting—raising self-esteem through praise, “helicopter parenting”, overprotection and over-involvement—have done more harm than good in preparing children for making it on their own. Our “mother bear” instinct seems to be in fight mode over less and less critical issues. Banksy says it all in Wall and Piece, “A lot of mothers will do anything for their children, except let them be themselves.” The unintentional result is children who grow dependent (often resentfully so) on parents to solve their problems and rescue them from unpleasant experiences. Stuff happens. Children experience sadness, disappointment, grief, anger, broken bones and broken dreams the same as adults but usually in smaller proportions. When children are over-protected, they donʼt get to experience lifeʼs bumps along their developmental path and are not well equipped to deal with the bigger bumps of the world at large. Ultimate protection is an impossible expectation “fix-it” parents set up for themselves. No one can call the shots on when joy or sorrow hits. A parentʼs job is to empower children to face those hits, and if they fall, to support them in getting back up again and moving on. That is where true self-esteem comes from. Not from preventing the possibility of a fall. Or criticizing and belittling them for the fall.

Accomplishment needs to be theirs: Coming back from the throws of a temper tantrum, surviving fears of monsters and death, managing the anxiety of unfinished homework or a hard exam, losing a friend, subjects that donʼt come easily, working hard to earn something longed for, dealing with not being chosen for the team, losing a loved one. These are hurdles children must face on their own with loving support and a parentʼs confidence that they can do it. Life happens. But we can arm our children for the bumps and hurdles by: • Modeling that we cannot control anything but our own thoughts and feelings (and Iʼm not sure about feelings) • Expressing and allowing the expression of whatever feelings come up in relation to any event without trying to change the event • Talking about and sharing experiences that are hard to get through, figure out, accomplish • Allowing them to take responsibility for their problems, support them through the problems without trying to protect them from the problems • Giving them the opportunity to make mistakes and even fail without shaming and blaming In other words, we must give them the responsibilities that are theirs from the beginning. That most feared fall that our kids cannot recover from happens when we do and do and fix and fix while they are in our care and then expect them to stand on their own when weʼre no longer there to hold them up.

Bonnie Harris, MS Ed, director of Connective Parenting, has been a child behavior and parenting specialist for twenty-five years. Based on her highly acclaimed books, When Your Kids Push Your Buttons and Confident Parents, Remarkable Kids: 8 Principles for Raising Kids Youʼll Love to Live, Bonnie counsels parents via phone and skype, teaches parenting workshops, leads professional trainings and speaks internationally. The mother of two grown children, she lives in New Hampshire where she founded The Parent Guidance Center. To learn more, visit her website at


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Summer BBQ Recipes

Here are a few of our favorite summertime BBQ recipes perfect for kids of all ages!

Inside Out Cheeseburgers Ingredients:

• 1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese • 1/4 cup shredded Gruyere cheese • 1 pound 90%-lean ground beef • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Directions: 1. Preheat grill to medium-high or preheat the broiler. 2. Combine Cheddar and Gruyere in a small bowl. 3. Gently mix beef, Worcestershire, paprika and pepper in a large bowl, preferably with your hands, without overworking. Shape into 8 thin, 4-inch-wide patties. Mound 2 tablespoons of the cheese mixture on each of 4 patties, leaving a 1/2-inch border. 4. Cover each with one of the remaining patties. Crimp and seal the edges closed. 5. To grill: Lightly oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill the stuffed patties over medium-high heat, about 4 minutes per side for medium-well. (Be sure not to press the burgers as they cook or they'll split open and the cheese will ooze out.) To broil: Cover a broiler pan with foil and coat with cooking spray. Broil the stuffed patties in the upper third of the oven, about 4 minutes per side for medium-well. In either case, let the burgers stand for 5 minutes before serving. 6. To oil a grill rack: Oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.)

BBQ Vegetable Skewers Marinating the vegetables in balsamic vinaigrette helps to accentuate their natural sweetness and can make them more appealing to kids.


• 1 red pepper • 1 orange and yellow bell pepper • 1/2 medium green zucchini • 1/2 medium yellow squash, or more zucchini if unavailable • 4 wooden skewers, soaked in warm water for 20 minutes

• 1/2 medium yellow squash, or more zucchini if unavailable • 4 wooden skewers, soaked in warm water for 20 minutes


• 2 tablespoons olive oil • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar • 1 teaspoon sugar • salt and pepper, to season

Directions: 1. Cut off the tops of the bell peppers and remove the cores and seeds. Cut into rings. 2. Slice 4 circles from each squash approximately 1/4 inch thick, and cut each circle across in half to give 8 semicircles each of green and yellow squash. 3. Put the marinade ingredients into a medium bowl and whisk together, seasoning to taste with the salt and pepper. 4. Add the vegetables and toss to coat. Marinate for a minimum of 2 hours, or overnight, stirring the vegetables occasionally. 5. Preheat the broiler and line a broiler pan with foil. 6. Thread pieces of bell pepper and squash onto the skewers. 7. Put the skewers on the foil and brush over some of the remaining marinade. 8. Broil for 4-5 minutes, until the vegetables are starting to soften and brown around the edges; watch carefully as they can brown very quickly if they are too close to the heat source. 9. Turn the skewers over and brush with more marinade. Grill for a further 4-5 minutes, until the vegetables are cooked through. Again watch carefully and lower the grill rack if the vegetables are browning too quickly. Allow the skewers to cool slightly before serving.

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