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GET GREENER, HAPPI ER THIS SUMMER Whether you take shorter showers, reduce food waste or make eco-minded choices at the grocery store, adopting one simple habit can make a difference in protecting Earth’s natural resources this summer. According to findings from a scientific study and survey commissioned by Tetra Pak, adopting simple renewable lifestyle habits can help people go from feeling glum to good. According to the survey, a majority of people—70 percent—feel happier when they make choices that help preserve natural resources. This study comes on the heels of the world’s first social experiment in renewability, conducted by three esteemed academic experts in habit and behavioral science, which uncovered how renewable lifestyle choices—habits that help preserve natural resources— influence levels of happiness.

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Choose products in renewable packaging. Choosing food and Conserve resources, beverage products in renewable including water. packaging is a natural extension of environmentally friendly habits, The Environmental such as recycling or composting. Protection Agency estimates that From milk and soup to water and cutting your shower by just one juice, you can find food products minute will save two and a half packaged in gallons of water. Over time, that Whenever you can, bike cartons. savings adds up: 75 gallons per or walk instead of driving. month and nearly 1,000 gallons It takes nearly 13 gallons over the course of a year. of water to produce each gallon of gasoline. Using alternative modes of transportation and taking care to combine errands, car pool and use public transportation help cut water and energy demands. Use re-usable containers.

Adopting one of these simple renewable habits can help preserve the planet’s resources while fast-tracking levels of happiness:

These days, hectic lifestyles are the norm and that often means meals and beverages on the go. When possible, rely on re-usable drink and food containers instead of disposable ones.

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(800) 826-5223 Lake Charles • DeRidder • Sulphur • Jennings • Moss Bluff


The Arts Children’s Theatre Summer Workshops The Children’s Theatre will hold workshops this summer. For more information on the camps below call (337) 433-7323, or register online at

The Art Factory

Wild Things/Creative Dramatics for 5 – 8 year olds July 6 – 8, 10 – 11:15am Concludes with Exhibition Performance Acting for the Camera for 8 – 18 year olds July 6 – 8, noon – 1:30pm

Shakespeare Workshop July 18 – 22 Ages 5 – 8, 10 – 11:15am Ages 9 – 18, 10am – noon

Kids in Showbiz/Musical Theatre August 1 – 5 Ages 5 – 8, 10 – 11:15am Ages 9 – 18, 10am – noon

Little Kids Camp 9am – noon June 6 – 9, July 11 – 14, Aug. 1 – 4 $120, Pre-K minimum – 3 year olds

Big Kids Camp June 6 – 9, 13 – 16, 20 – 23 July 11 – 14, 18 – 22 August 1 – 4 9am – noon & 1pm – 4pm $120, Grades 1st – 4th & 5th – 9th

Advanced Art Camp June 13 – 16, 1pm – 4pm $120, Grades 7th – 10th Nothin’ But Mud June 6 – 9, July 11 – 14, Aug. 1 – 4 $150, Grades 3rd – 6th

Extreme Theatre: All theatre – All day – All fun June 13 – 18, 9am – 3pm Ages 8 – 18

Call (337) 802-2999 for more information. SUMMER CAMP DATES:

SWLA Music Studios, Lake Charles Young Band Nation Summer Camp Local band director, Marcus Johnson, The Arts and Humanities Council of SWLA and Baton Rouge Music Studios are combining efforts to ignite a spark in young musicians of SWLA who want to rock. The camp is set to take place July 18-22, 9am-3pm at the Tipitinas Musician’s Co-Op, with an end of camp performance at Luna Live on Friday July 22 at 5pm. More information can be found on Facebook, @lake Charles young band nation, Email us at: To sign up call the studio at (337) 513-7905. JITA Youth Summer Jazz Workshop Jazz in The Arts summer workshop is a hands on performance clinic for aspiring middle and high school jazz musicians. The workshop will emphasize practical playing experience through a variety of classes, clinics and performance activities for jazz musician. The camp is scheduled for May 25 – 29. For more information, call Pat Daigle (377) 794-5744.

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CAMP SMILING F.A.C.E.S. Camp Smiling F.A.C.E.S., a camp for developmentally disabled children ages 4 – 12, will be held June 6 – 10 at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital’s Genesis Therapeutic Riding Center. Camp will be held from 8 – noon each day at the center on 886 Landry Lane in Sulphur. Cost to attend is $75. Children with disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, visual deficits, speech or hearing challenges, and others are eligible to attend. Campers will participate in a variety of activities, including horseback riding, fishing, arts, and crafts. For registration information, please call (337) 625-3972. Camp Tabby Our camps are loads of fun for boys and girls! We provide snacks, games, entertainment, activities, and great memories. All you bring is a sack lunch! Spaces are limited, pre-registration highly recommended! Call (337) 478-3600. GIRL SCOUT CAMPS

Girl Scouts Sew for You! Girl Scouts have teamed up with Niche Fabric & Studio for a camp that will consist of girls learning to make things they can wear. Girls will learn a mix of hand and machine sewing. Each girl will make a minimum of 4 projects to take home and 1 project they will donate. Whether you are new to sewing or you have taken one of our workshops, this camp is for you. Session 1: June 13 – 15, 9am – 2pm, $105 Deadline to register: June 6. Call (800) 960-2093. Girl Scouts STEM Camp Girl Scouts STEM Camp teaches about game programming & robotics. Camp will be a collaboration with McNeese State University and led by Professor Kay Kussmann. Each girl with actually get her own robot to take home. Session 1: June 20 – 24, 9am – noon, Fee: Camper – $50 (completed grades 5-8) Deadline to register: June 6 Call (800) 960-2093. Girl Scouts Beau Camp 2016, Overnight Camp Looking for a challenge? You can find it here at Girl Scouts Beau Camp at the Uskichitto Retreat Center. In addition to the traditional camp activities like swimming, crafts and games, we will offer a ROPES course as well as a rock wall for climbing enjoyment (age restrictions apply). Session 1: July 3 – 8, Check in Sunday 4 – 6pm, check out Friday 10am Fee: Camper – $125, Program Aide – $75 Deadline to register: June 10. Call (800) 960-2093. Girl Scouts Sew for your Room! This sewing camp will consist of girls learning to make things that can be used as decorations for their room. Girls will learn a mix of hand and machine sewing. Each girl will make a minimum of 4 projects to take home and 1 project they will donate. Whether you are new to sewing or have already taken one of our May 2016

workshops, this camps for you. Girls must have completed 1st grade. Session 1: July 13 – 15, 9am – 2pm Cost $105. Call (800) 960-2093. Girl Scouts Cal Camp 2016 (Overnight Camp) Session 1: June 9 – 12. Check in Thursday 4 – 6pm, check out Sunday 9am. Fee: Camper $55, Program Aides- $35 Camp Bon Temps, 1123 Camp Bon Temps Rd. Breaux Bridge, LA Deadline to register: May 9. Call (800) 960-2093.

Recreation and Parks Department Summer Camps The City of Lake Charles Recreation and Parks Department will being accepting summer camp registration from 8am – 5:30pm at the Purple Heart Recreation Center, 4305 Avenue H in Lake Charles. Registration is free, open to children age six to twelve, and available on a first come, first serve basis. Each of the nine community centerbased summer camps are scheduled to begin on Mon., June 6. These summer camps will provide fun and educational field trip experiences including visits to city parks, a water park, local museums, and other area attractions. Participants will become oriented to what is available for youth in the community and experience hands-on activities such as crafts, bowling, skating, games and much more. Site locations include Bellard Community Center, 2808 Hillcrest Rd.; Columbus Circle Park Family Community Center, 3520 Grienwich Blvd.; J.D. Clifton Recreation Center, 2415 East Gieffers St.; College Oaks Community Recreation Center, 3518 Ernest St.; Donald Ray Stevens Community Center (Goosport), 1619 Cessford St.; Henry Heights Community Recreation Center, 801 East School St.; Mike D. Lanza Community Center, 609 Sycamore St.; and Wiley B. McMillian Park Family Community Center, 343 Goos St. Willie McCullor Landry Community Center’s registration (Drew Park) will be held at the Recreation and Parks office, in City Hall, 326 Pujo St., 3rd floor on a first come first serve basis from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Camp is 8am – 5:30pm daily. To register, please bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate. This is a mandatory requirement with no exceptions. For more information, call 491-1280 or 491-1277. Summer at the QUAD! June & July, Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm Play Rates: up to 3 hours $10/up to 5 hours $15/all day play $20 • Tuesday – Creative Class • Wednesday – Gym Jam & Characters and Crafts • Thursday – Dodgeball • Fridays – Frantic Friday We also offer Birthday Parties! More information call (337) 313-3327 or visit

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Clever Ways to Keep Kids Learning

In your own backyard Staycations aren’t just for those on a limited budget; they provide an opportunity for the family to research and explore places in their neighborhoods. From a hike in a state park to a day at the county fair, there are lots of places to go near you.

Summer is here and that means it’s time for baseball games, barbecues, camping trips and other vacations. However, it’s also a time for continued learning, whether you’re staying at home or out on the go exploring your community and beyond. Research shows that children who don’t read over the summer risk losing up to three months of important skills they obtained during the school year, and for students from economically disadvantaged communities, as many as 80 percent are at risk of falling behind academically. “The summer learning slide is an issue for most children,” said Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO of Reading Is Fundamental. “To minimize learning loss, we have developed activities and booklists to inspire the imaginations of children of all ages this summer.” Whether families are planning a staycation or a vacation to a far away destination, reading and sharing stories together is easier than ever. Always have a book, mobile phone or tablet handy for reading and use these activities to help your children thrive during the summer months.

• Visit a museum or art gallery. When you get home, use sidewalk chalk to make your own mural or paint your own masterpiece. • Have a “book-nic.” Grab a blanket, snacks and books to celebrate a beautiful summer day together. • Plan a backyard camping trip for friends. List all the things you will need to survive the night outside, including a flashlight to read scary stories. • Visit the library and check out books about local birds or insects. Go on an adventure walk to see what ones you can find in your neighborhood. • Walk around your neighborhood and look at the houses. Draw pictures of your favorites and make up stories about someone who might be in them.

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Vacations and adventures are filled with easy ways to expand your child’s mind, vocabulary and creative side. Be sure to talk about what you see, where you’re going and what you loved most about your trip. • Hit the library before you leave, or download 50 free e-books at, to make sure everyone in the family has a book to enjoy during downtime. • Play the alphabet game and find objects beginning with letters from A-Z while traveling. • Browse online and look at maps together to identify where you will visit, how far you will travel and keep track of any must-see places or must-do activities along your route. • Write letters to friends and family. Tell them all about your adventures away from home. • Keep an explorer’s journal. Draw pictures of your favorite sites and keep notes about what you learned and how places differ from home. For a full list of recommended books for children and downloadable summer-themed activities, visit

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education Calcasieu Parish Public Library’s Summer Reading Program Summer Reading Program Kick-Off celebration will take place on Friday, May 27 from 4 – 7pm at Prien Lake Park Harbor’s Edge Pavilion. There will be great activities for young and old alike, as well as a chance to register for the Summer Reading Program. From cookie decoration to dress-up booths to fun outdoor activities, all ages are invited to kick-off the 2016 Summer Reading Program! All branches of the Calcasieu Parish Public Library will have programs all summer long for children, teens and adults too! Pick up a programming calendar at your local library, or log on to

Friday Night Girls Night Out Lake Area Medical Center as announced Friday Night Girls’ Night Out for girls ages 9-16 years old. A series of presentations will be offered throughout the evening on topics ranging from anatomy and selfesteem-to puberty, hygiene and nutrition and much more. Cost is $20 per person and pre-registration and parental consent is required. Seating is limited. Dinner and door prizes will be offered. For more information, call (337) 475-4075. Session 1: June 24 from 4:30-8:30pm Session 2: August 12 from 4:30-8:30pm

Calcasieu Parish School Board Tech Camp The CPSB Technology Training Staff and Region V LATI Tech Staff will be instruct a tech camp July 18 – 22 from 8:30am-3pm. Tuition is $500 and includes a Dell Inspiron touch screen laptop, camp T-shirt, daily snack and a week of activities. Call (337) 217-4120.

The Math Learning Center At Mathnasium, summer programs are all about preventing summer learning loss and helping students prepare for what lies ahead. For some students, that means a solid review of previous material. Others benefit from previewing upcoming concepts. Most students will get some of both. You can begin a 5 or 12 month, year round program, or Summer-only Mathnasium memberships are available. For more information or a listing of summer programs, call (337) 478-0550.

Children’s Museum Weekday Events The Children’s Museum will have something fun and exciting to offer throughout the summer. Visit or call (337) 433-9420.


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MCNEESE LEISURE LEARNING The McNeese Leisure Learning office offers numerous classes this summer through its Kids College Program for children of all ages. Classes in digital photography, tennis, engineering, chess, drama, drawing, comic book drawing, creative writing, fitness, forensic science, math, dance and more. For more information, call (337) 475-5616.

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McNeese Summer Reading Clinic The annual Summer Reading Clinic is for elementary students entering grades 2-6. The students will receive one-on-one tutoring for 60 minutes a day and participate in reading-enriched activities with a master teacher. Cost is $175 Session 1: Monday, June 6 – Thursday, June 30 9:30am – noon, Farrar Hall/Room 228 Call (337) 475-5471 for more information

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Kids College All-Day Program May 23 – August 5 for Grades 1-8 from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Cost: $165/per week plus $150/per week for each additional child. Discounts available for multi-week enrollment. Contact: Leisure Learning/ Kids College at (337) 475-5616 or visit Summer Band Camps: Instrumental Music, Percussion/Drumline, Drum Major and Color Guard. June 12 – 16 for Grades 9 – 12. Cost: $225, commuter; $350, resident. Contact Dr. Jay Jacobs at (337) 475-5004 or visit Registration Deadline: June 1. Harp Camp Children and Adults. July 25 – 29 from 9 am – 3:30 pm. Cost is $45 per person plus $30 for each additional family member. Contact Barbara Belew at (337) 475-5036 or (337) 475-5028. Registration Deadline: July 8. 9th Annual Cowboy Camp Incoming McNeese freshmen and transfer students August 19 – 20. Cost: $45. Contact the Student Union and Activities Office at (337) 475-5609 or visit McNeese Autism Program The McNeese Autism Program offers the following services to individuals with autism and other intellectual and developmental challenges: • ABA Services designed to increase communication, socialization, appropriate behavior, environmental learning and other important life skills. • Supportive Counseling Series for parents, siblings and other caretakers of those whit unique challenges as well as directly to those with high-functioning autism/Asperger’s syndrome. • Diagnostic Testing Services for autism and other challenges that may be preventing your loved ones from meeting their full potential. Contact (337) 562-4246 for more information or visit our website

Specialized treatment for little ears, noses and throats. If you notice your child pulling or rubbing their ears, that’s your signal to take them to an experienced ENT specialist. Dr. Bridget Loehn with the ENT & Allergy Clinic offers advanced diagnostic and treatment options for a wide range of pediatric ear, nose and throat problems, along with comprehensive allergy testing and treatment.

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Governor’s Program for Gifted Children For gifted academically or musically gifted studes in grades 6 –10 from June 5 – July 23. Contact the Governor’s Program at (337) 475-5446 or visit Summer Engineering Academy or Biochemistry Internship or Forensics Camp Grades 9 – 12, July 18 – August 5. Cost is $1,800 and includes room and board, transportation during the camp and lab supplies. Contact (337) 475-5857 or Registration Deadline: June 1.

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SOWELA SUMMER YOUTH CULINARY CAMPS The Office of Workforce Development at Sowela Technical Community College will host its annual Summer Youth Camps starting in June. Camps include: Culinary Camp June 6 –10, 5-8th grade. Cost $185 includes breakfast and lunch. Kids in the Kitchen June 13 – 17 or June 27 – July 1. 1st – 4th grade. Cost $185 includes breakfast and lunch. A La Cart 101 Camp July 11 – 15 from 8am – 2pm. Kids learn how to work in a restaurant from the front to the back of the house. 5th – 8th grade students. Cost $185 includes breakfast and lunch. Grandparent and Me Camps July 18 – 20 from 8am – 2pm. Cost $100 and includes breakfast and lunch. Create special memories between grandparents and grandkids with this camp geared toward kids entering 1st – 8th and their grandparents. To register, call SOWELA’s office of Workforce Development at (337) 421-6964. Lake Area Medical Center Safe Sitter Class This hands-on class teaches boys and girls ages 11-13 how to handle emergencies and care for children safely. Additionally, attendees will learn childcare skills like diapering and deeding, how to call for emergency help, and babysitting business skills. Cost is $45 and includes supplies, a tote bag and lunch. Session 1: Thursday, June 3 from 8am – 3:30pm Session 2: Monday, June 27 from 8am – 3:30pm Session 3: Monday July 18 from 8am – 3:30pm

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McNeese Leisure Learning’s Kids College Summer Camp

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Pick the weeks you’re interested in or enjoy them all! All camps include games, puzzles, activities, art and swimming along with field trips and projects according to the theme of the week.

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Exploring the Arts

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USS Orleck, water fun and conservation


Drop off/Pick up times 7:30–8 a.m. and 5-5:30 p.m. at the newly renovated Burton Hall (with easy access on and off of Ryan St.) located just north of the intersection of Ryan and McNeese Streets.

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Top 5 Benefits of Exercise for Kids


All kids benefit The percentage of obese kids and teens has more than doubled in the past 30 years. All children, even less-coordinated ones, need to be physically active. Activity is especially helpful for the physical and psychological wellbeing of children with weight problems.

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Exercise develops healthy habits Kids who exercise regularly at an early age develop healthy habits into adulthood. Parents who are role models for active lifestyles provide children with opportunities for increased physical activity and the family makes healthy decisions together. Exercise improves behaviour Strong evidence suggests that physical activity, outdoor play and time in nature improve behaviour problems in kids of all ages. Exercise has helped reduce ADHD symptoms in children as their stress levels fall within minutes of exercising.

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Exercise improves sleep Physically fit kids sleep better and handle physical and emotional challenges more effectively. Active kids enjoy improved psychological well being, including self-confidence and higher self-esteem. Research shows that exercise promotes improved school attendance and enhances academic performance.

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Get Ready for Kids FIT this Summer! Kids can have fun and stay fit with CHRISTUS Louisiana Athletic Club this summer. We’re offering Kids FIT for two age groups. Classes will include strength exercises with their body weight and appropriate resistance, cardio exercises to get their hearts pumping and even some flexibility training to cool down.

SESSION 1: May 31 – June 30 Tuesdays and Thursdays

SESSION 2: July 5 – August 4 Tuesdays and Thursdays

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• Ages 12+ 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

• Ages 12+ 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

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Kicker Kutie Summer Dance Camp Grades K – 5, July 18 – 22, 9 am – 4pm. Cost is $175. Contact Paige Caldwell at

Fitzgerald Soccer Camps Cowgirl Soccer Kids Camp Ages 5 – 12, June 7 – 10 from 9am – 3pm Cost: $130/$150 after May 20.

Dave Simmons Basketball Camps: Ages 7 – 17 from 7:30 am – noon. Cost $175 per session or $325 for both sessions. Session I: May 31 – June 3 Session II: June 13 – 16

Cowgirl Soccer ID Camp Grades 9 – 12, June 11 – 12. Time TBA Cost: $175 resident, $155 commuter. Contact Drew Fitzgerald at or 337-562-4266.

Elite Basketball Camp/Middle and High School Players June 25 from 10am–4 pm Cost is $50. Contact Preston David at or call (337) 475-5481 or (337) 475-5480.

Women’s Basketball Camps Fundamental Camp Grades K – 8, June 13–15 from 9am–noon. Cost: $105

Individual youth baseball team camps are also available. Contact Conner Lloyd at or (337) 936-6536. Baseball Summer Camps (Dates subject to change) High School Showcase Camp Grades 9 – 12. June 1 from noon – 4pm. Cost: $120 All Skills Youth Camp 1 Ages 8 – 13. June 6 – 9 from 9am – 3pm. Ends at noon on June 9 Cost: $200 Youth Specialty Camps Pitching Ages 8 – 13. June 13 – 15 from 9 – 11 am. Cost: $125 Hitting Ages 8 – 13. June 13 – 15 from noon – 3 pm. Cost: $125 Specialty Camp Combo Ages 8 – 13. June 13 – 15 from 9 am – 3 pm. Cost: $200

Team Camp Grades 9 –12, June 2–4. Time TBA Cost is $160 for 1 day, $275 for 2 days and $420 for 3 days. Contact Kacie Cryer at or (337) 475-5476. Football Camps Cowboy Football Camp Grades 8 – 11, July 10 – 12. Cost: $290, resident; $155, commuter. Helmets required. Rowdy-Up Football Camp Ages 8 – 13, July 13 – 15 Cost: $100. No helmet required. Contact Lark Hebert at (337) 475-5211. For more information on the athletic camps, please call (337) 475-5000 or 800.622.3352.

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4 Steps for Raising Happy Children If you ask young parents how to best raise children, they’ll give a variety of answers. But ask them what they ultimately want for their children, and the answer is probably the same, according to Roger Herst, author of A Simple Formula for Raising Happy Children—parents want their kids to be happy. Raising children to be happy later in life is not about the luck of the draw,” says Herst. “Happy adults are people who make good decisions. Therefore, if you want your kids to be happy, encourage them to improve their decisionmaking so they can develop into happy people.” Herst offers these tangible steps: Never make a decision for children that they can make for themselves. If parents want children to make good decisions that yield success and happiness as an adult, they must let them practice trial and error. Unilateral decisions made by parents obstruct the decisionresults perspective for kids—and kids need the practice. Don’t worry about sheltering them from failure. Failure works best as a lesson when a child is able to own their decisions. Lead and show by example. Kids imitate more than they listen. For young parents with very small children, it may not have dawned on them that the “Do as I say, not as I do” idiom doesn’t work for child rearing. “Eat your vegetables because they’re good for you” doesn’t work alone. However, a father who participates in vegetable eating, and shows approval when a child eats them, will see more veggie consumption, Herst says.

Summer education Safe Sitter® Classes

from Lake Area Medical Center.

Safe Sitter® is a hands-on class that teaches boys and girls ages 11 to 13 how to handle emergencies and care for children safely.

Ask your children for their advice. This is an exercise to encourage independent thought. Asking children for their advice lets them know you care about and respect their perspective, which tells them that their voice matters. It also lets them know they are responsible for their opinions, which have impact on the real world. Practice negotiation. A child often doesn’t play by the rules of gentlemanly negotiation, which feature an adversarial element. The younger they are, the less they think that their parent’s interests are the same as the child’s interest. Start by offering an alternative to their wish if you’d prefer an alternative to their request. If they don’t like your suggestion, ask questions to yield a sensible middle ground. Good parents are not tyrants.

Portrait of a Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School Graduate BALANCED LIFESTYLE

June 27 July 18 Register by May 30 Register by June 20 1st Floor Classroom • 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Safe Sitters learn: What to do when a child chokes • Safety for the sitter How to call for emergency help • Child care skills like diapering and feeding How to keep children safe and entertained • Babysitting business skills Cost is $45/person. Call 337-475-4788 to register.


June 3 Register by May 6

Friday Night Girls’ Night Out

This event lets girls talk with professionals in an honest dialogue about the major changes they go through between the ages of 9 and 16. June 24 August 12 Register by June 17 Register by July 29 Meet at Day Surgery Entrance • 4:30-8:30 p.m. Facilitated by local OB/GYNs and other professionals, presentations will include: Anatomy • Puberty and hygiene • Fitness and nutrition Self-esteem • Sexual awareness • STDs* (for ages 13-16 only) Cost: $20 per person. For registration information, please call 337-475-4075.






Now Enrolling Two Years Through 8th Grade 803 North Division Street Lake Charles, LA 70601

*Signed parental consent required.


337-433-5246 4200 Nelson Road •


EDS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, or gender in admission of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs and athletic and other school administered programs.

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