Dole Whip Popsicle
Ingredients 1 can Dole® Crushed Pineapple (undrained) 10 ounces heavy cream 2 tablespoons lime juice 1/4 cup orange juice 1/3 cup sugar Directions In a mixing bowl, add 1/2 can of crushed pineapple, heavy cream, lime juice, orange juice and sugar. Blend together with an emulsion hand mixer for one minute. Stir in remaining pineapple. Fill popsicle molds 3/4 full. Place lid on and insert popsicle sticks. Freeze for 8 hours or overnight. To remove popsicles, run warm water over the mold. Courtesy of thefarmgirlgabs.com Additional Recipes: Apple Donuts Spring Smoothies Unicorn Energy Bites
Supplies: 1 cup flour 1 cup water 2 tsp cream of tartar 1/2 cup salt 1 tbsp vegetable oil food coloring Directions: Mix together all the ingredients, except the food coloring, in a 2 quart saucepan. Cook over low/medium heat, stirring. Once it begins to thicken, add the food coloring. Continue stirring until the mixture is much thicker and begins to gather around the spoon. Remove the dough onto wax paper or a plate to cool. Store in a ziploc bag or sealed container.
Underwear Training Your Toddler
Transitioning into underwear is a big deal for every toddler. However, while the end result is rewarding, the road to underwear training your child can be challenging for parents and kids alike. Here are a few tips to follow as you begin the journey. Patience is key Potty training is a developmental milestone and should never be rushed with any child. It is usually somewhere between two to three years of age when a toddler is ready to begin. Build excitement The journey to potty training is two-fold. First your child has to get used to the potty and then get used to no longer wearing diapers and wearing underwear. Therefore, many may call the transition ‘underwear training.’ It’s a big deal for children to transition to big-kid underwear, so parents should build excitement to celebrate this important accomplishment. For example, shop together for training underpants and fun underwear and place them in your child’s dresser drawer. This will help make the connection that they’re graduating from diapers. Look for signs You will typically start to notice cues that your child is ready for underwear training. Some of these signs include signaling you before they go in their diaper, interest in what goes on in the bathroom, the desire to start using the potty, the […]
Summer Bucket List
Need some ideas for summer fun? Our 101 summer checklist will keep your kids busy all summer. PLUS! When you post your summer fun photos on Instagram with #FamilyandKidsGA you’ll be entered to win cool prizes, including passes to Georgia Aquarium, Animal Safari the Atlanta Puppetry Museum, Liberty Bell Pool, The Little White House, Oxbow Meadows Honey Harvest and more. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to find out this week’s prize. Have a water balloon fight Go to Woodruff Park Splash Pad Go camping Picnic at Cooper Creek Park Bake with mom Visit the Columbus Museum Have a nature scavenger hunt Plant a garden Have a themed movie night Go bowling Take a bike ride Feed the ducks at Idle Hour Park Play in the sprinkler Jump at Launch Trampoline Park Fly a kite Play hopscotch Fish Hatchery in Warm Springs Go to the movies Beach day Go to the Rock Ranch Make ice cream Do a random act of kindness Go to Animal Safari Pick up trash on a walking trail Rent a bounce house Go to the library Visit FDR’s Little Whitehouse Put on a talent show Take a first aid class Market Days on Broadway Make […]
Foster Care Crisis
At the present time, there are approximately 14,000 kids in foster care in Georgia and around 5,000 in Alabama. The number of kids in foster care in Georgia has doubled since 2010, triggering a foster care crisis in many counties around the state as more kids need placement in foster care than there are spots available. Siblings are sometimes separated and placed in different foster homes around the state because there are not enough spots in their own county. Alabama has also seen an increase in the need for foster care, with the number jumping 38% from 2015 to 2016. What is behind THE crisis? Many experts feel that the opioid abuse epidemic is contributing to the increase in the number of children being placed in foster care. While there is not specific data for our region, data for the US gathered by the Department of Health and Human Services shows that, of the total population of kids placed in foster care for the year, the percentage placed due to parental drug abuse increased from 32% in 2015 to 34% in 2016. How does it work? Children are removed from their birth parents by the state and placed with a […]
Choosing A Daycare
If you have decided to return to work after the birth of your baby, you will need to do some careful homework in choosing a caregiver for your infant. Many quality daycare centers may have a waiting list. If possible, start looking several months before your baby is due. Here is some info to consider; There are three types of daycare centers – group, commercial daycares and in-home private daycares. Here are some tips on selecting the right one for your baby. If your employer has a daycare for children of employees where the tuition is supplemented, the cost may be lower than that of other daycare centers. While you don’t want cost to be the main concern when choosing a daycare, the monthly cost of the daycare you choose needs to fit into your budget. Also, if your baby will be attending daycare full time, consider the convenience of the location in relation to where you work, especially if you plan on visiting your baby during lunch. After setting criteria for budget and location, it is time to start researching the daycares that fit your requirements. One way to start your search is by looking for those with a […]
Spotlight on Columbus Lions’ Football Coach, Jason Gibson
Football, faith, and family. If you need to sum up Columbus Lions coach Jason Gibson, those three words can do it. Going on his 12th year of coaching the Lions, it’s more than just a job to this father of three. He’s created a community. In the beginning, he did it all; from washing uniforms to balancing checkbooks. Now he has a larger supporting staff. And with this growth, came a lot of bragging rights too. Fifty-five players have left for the NFL. Winning over 100 games in the last ten years, the Columbus Lions are one of the top 3 arena football teams in the country. Needless to say, the Lions are well respected in the football community, and so is their coach. When asked why he hasn’t left for the NFL himself, Jason admits he’s turned down some offers: “We’ve built a pretty good product here in Columbus and I am not handing the keys over to anyone else. It’s a great community and great place to be.” The Columbus Lions also hold an important role in Jason’s family history. He met his wife after a fan (now his mother-in-law) set him up on a blind date with […]
Keeping Kids Active
Keep Kids Active this Summer With the school year complete, kids are excited to relax after a year of hard work, learning and extracurricular activities. However, this may lead to the temptation of sitting on the couch watching TV or playing on a computer or mobile device. In fact, a recent survey conducted by the Let’s Play initiative found that only 33 percent of children participate in daily active play, and for 30 minutes less than the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends. It’s important for kids to get daily active play because it contributes to their physical, emotional and social development, and helps them maintain a healthy lifestyle. To ensure kids get the active play they need this summer, try boosting their playtime with these tips: Make playtime family time. According to the Let’s Play survey, in general, year-over-year younger children’s active play time is more likely to be impacted by busy family schedules. To make sure your family is getting the physical activity they need, find windows within your busy schedule to fit in some play, even if it’s just a brief break. For example, rather than asking about your children’s days at the dinner table, take […]
Learning Disabilities Didn’t Stop Them!
For children with learning disabilities (LD) or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), a school can be cause for anxiety. Encourage your child by sharing this list of famous personalities who’ve succeeded in spite of their learning challenges. Hans Christian Anderson is known around the world for his many fairy tales including The Ugly Duckling, The Red Shoes, and The Emperor’s New Clothes. He struggled with math because of dyscalculia, yet had a talent for writing fairy tales that was extraordinary. Charles Darwin is highly regarded for his two books on natural selection, known as the theory of evolution. He was completely disinterested in school as a child, received poor grades, and was often absorbed in his thoughts, and therefore, is suspected to have had AD/HD. His travels around the globe collecting and studying plant and animal species led to his discoveries. Thomas Edison is perhaps the most famous inventor of all time. When he was young, his curiosity and practical jokes frequently got him into trouble. Today, he would likely be diagnosed with AD/HD. His many inventions included the telephone, the phonograph, an alkaline battery, and the light bulb, with over 1,000 patents for inventions in all. Albert Einstein was a mathematical genius. He didn’t learn to talk until he was three […]
New Book Written By Columbus, GA Psychotherapist, Dr. Ambroes Pass-Turner
Local psychotherapist, Dr. Ambroes Pass-Turner invites families to the Columbus Public Library on June 23rd from 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM for a launch party, book reading and signing of her latest book “Rex’s Journey”. Rex’s Journey is about a child who’s been struggling with understanding why and how he feels. From angry one minute to sad the next, he just wants to be a kid. What’s so hard about that? But, we can’t always control how we feel. Especially not as kids. Follow along with Rex’s journey as he learns to cope with his emotions in a safe and healthy way, something we all can learn from. Food will be served and children will be taught some fun, healthy coping skills. Dr. Ambroes Pass-Turner is a Doctor of Counseling Psychology and founder of APT counseling Services, LLC. She is a professor and author. Dr. Pass-Turner is an expert in working with behavioral and emotionally disturbed children, adults, families, and offenders within the criminal justice system. Rex’s Journey can be purchased from Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and Books A Million.
River of Life Church: Shipwrecked Vacation Bible School
River of Life Church in Hamilton, GA is inviting your Pre-K to 6th grader to their FREE Shipwrecked Vacation Bible School on July 9-12th to have some fun and learn a little about Jesus. From 6-9pm, children will be casted away on a shipwrecked island complete with a large, bamboo cabana, hammocks, 20-foot sails, 5-foot glittery seagulls and more. Some topics discussed during River of Life’s VBS are struggle, worry, loneliness and powerlessness. During the three hours, children will visit numerous stations with their ship crew: Castaway Sing &Play: Introduction to the night’s topic with celebration. Shipwrecked Games: Oftentimes water-related games held outdoors with other crews. Imagination Station: Crews will build motorboats, flying helicopters with launchers, beaded necklaces and more. Bible Discovery: Colorful reenactments and group participation of bible story with the corresponding theme. Kid Vid Cinema: Check out how kids across the world are learning about similar topics. Tropical Treats: Group project creating tropically themed treats (graham cracker raft, fruity float, castaway cracker mix, etc.) Funship Finale: Parents are invited into River of Life’ssanctuary to see how kids are engaging and celebrating being saved by Jesus. River of Life provides a full dinner every night during Vacation Bible School. […]
Ways Kids Can Earn Summer Cash
An important aspect of helping kids develop into responsible adults is teaching them the value and rewards of hard work and earning their own money. Through this they gain self-esteem, come to understand the real value of a dollar, and become more responsible in the way they spend money. Here’s a few ways tweens can cash-in this summer. The grass is always greener – What better way for kids to soak up the sun, get fit, and make spare cash all at once than mowing lawns? Young entrepreneur – Kids can make the most of neighbors’ garage sales by setting up a refreshment stand in your own front yard. Too old for toys and games? – If so, have your kid clean out those they’ve outgrown and hold a sale. Kiddie care – Is your child old enough to stay home alone? If so, maybe your kid is ready to babysit for other children. A little dirt never hurt – Garage cleaning is a big chore, especially for the elderly, or anyone who just doesn’t have the time. So have your kid offer services to relatives and neighbors. Fence finishing – Wood fencing requires ongoing maintenance. Suggest your child offer to assist neighbors by painting or […]
Growing Room opens the door to a secure, quality, fun and nurturing educational environment based on a balanced partnership with parents. At Growing Room, our goal each day is to provide an enriching environment with nurturing teachers using a planned developmentally appropriate curriculum for Infants 6 weeks of age through children age 12 years.
1200 Manchester Expressway, Columbus, GA 31904
Clement Arts exists to encourage gospel-centered orphan care through the arts, enabling communities to support adoptive families in their midst. Clement Kids offers quality children’s arts instruction in a fun and uplifting environment. The classes are open community-wide, and children in foster care are invited to attend tuition free. Proceeds from Clement Kids support local adoption. Classes follow a fall semester, spring semester, and summer camp schedule. Check to see what classes are currently available in dance, art, music, and drama by visiting our website at clement-arts.org.
PO Box Address: P.O. Box 1142, Fortson, GA 31808
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