Did it Stick? | Raising Good Humans
Every parent wonders after their child grows up if what they taught them actually stuck with them in a meaningful way. So what are we responsible for as parents? In parenting, we can and should sow good seeds into our children’s minds and hearts. And we should “water” and nurture them with great vigor and diligence. The sweat on our brow from our hard work in raising our kids should be significant. But, as they grow into teens and young adults, we cannot ultimately control whether those seeds will grow exactly as we expected and bear all the fruit we desire. We can significantly influence, but cannot control what they’ll believe, what they’ll value, or how they’ll behave. Here are some ways to have a huge, positive influence on our children’s lives: Making memories: Creating good memories or redeeming bad memories has a lasting impact on kids. Looking back on their childhood someday, the fruit of those seeds will be found in the stories that they share. And those stories will also be how they describe and define your family for future generations. Teaching life lessons: Keep your eyes open for “teachable moments” to convey big life lessons. For example, […]
String Camp with the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus
About YOGC: In May 1993, a small group of professional musicians and supporters began the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus. Their dream was to create an outstanding orchestra program for the area’s most talented young musicians. Through their efforts and the support of the community, their vision is being fulfilled. Now in its 25th year, the YOGC includes two separate groups, the Youth Orchestra, made up of intermediate and advanced string, brass, wind and percussion musicians and the String Orchestra, composed of young string players. More than 100 students from over 20 area public, private and home schools participate in the combined orchestras. Mission Statement and Goals To teach young people about music. To provide the opportunity for young instrumentalists to have the highest quality musical experience in an orchestral setting. To foster the discipline necessary to be successful in music, recognizing that this discipline is invaluable in life and other pursuits. To instill a sense of value of the arts as enrichment in every aspect of life. Providing an opportunity for young people to learn, perform and enjoy classical music! About the Summer String Camp: The Summer String Camp offers string musicians an opportunity to develop their abilities by […]
Cool Whip Easter Eggs
Supplies: Cool Whip Hard Boiled Eggs Food Coloring Directions: Using a shallow, glass baking dish fill the bottom with Cool Whip. Then choose your colors and put in LOTS of drops. Swirl around and then place in your egg. At this point it’s time to go to town. You want to make sure EVERY part of the egg is covered in dyed Cool Whip. Once the egg is nice and covered, pick it up gently and place it on newspaper or cardboard. The longer you leave on the dyed cool whip, the more intense the colors will be. Use a paper towel to wipe them clean & admire the most beautiful Easter eggs left behind. Craft courtesy of astepinthejourney.com
St. Anne-Pacelli’s Camp Viking
Choose your own adventure at Camp Viking! Enjoy weekly themes that incorporate arts & crafts, fitness, games and more! Camp Viking is open to rising Kindergarten through 8th grade students (rising PK4 St. Anne-Pacelli students may attend, as well). In 2019, camp begins June 3rd and runs from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m., daily, throughout the summer. Camp Viking offers parents flexibility—kids can attend all seven weeks or just the weeks you need. Participants DO NOT have to be St. Anne-Pacelli Catholic School students. 2019 Camp Viking Themes June 3-7: Under the Big Top Kids will have a blast at this circus-themed camp complete with inflatables, face painting and much more. June 10-14: The Mighty Jungle “In the jungle, the mighty jungle the lion sleeps tonight”…everybody sing now! Campers will create, sing, dance and act their way through a wild week of camp. June 17-21: Artful Antics Campers will explore various art mediums and create mini masterpieces to take home. June 24-28: Party in the U.S.A.! From a rodeo in Texas, to a hula in Hawaii – we’ll celebrate our nation during this fun-filled week, stopping in several states along the way. July 1-5: NO CAMP Camp is closed this week. Happy Fourth of July! July […]
Red Onion & Cheese Pea Salad
Ingredients 16 oz, frozen peas, thawed and drained 6 strips bacon, cooked and cut into small pieces 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 1/2 cup diced red onion 1 cup real mayonnaise salt and pepper bacon bits optional DIRECTIONS In a large mixing bowl combine peas, cooked bacon, onions, cheese, and mayonnaise and mix well. Season with salt and pepper and mix well. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Mix well before serving. Note: Chill for atleast 4 hours and keep cold prior to serving. Courtesy of: https://www.saltysidedish.com/
Cajun Deviled Eggs
Ingredients: 12 hard boiled eggs, peeled & halved lengthwise 2 tbsp mayonnaise 1 1/2 tbsp dill pickle relish 2 tsp yellow mustard 1- 1 1/2 tsp Cajun seasoning 2-3 dashes hot sauce 1 1/2 cups flour 2 large eggs, beaten 2 cups Panko bread crumbs 2 1/2 tsp gumbo file powder salt & pepper, to taste DIRECTIONS: Separate the yolks from the eggs, place yolks in a medium sized bowl. Stir in the mayo, relish, mustard, Cajun seasoning & hot sauce. Whisk everything together until evenly combined and smooth. Cover, refrigerate until ready to use. In a separate bowl, add the bread crumbs, the gumbo file powder, and the salt & pepper. Toss together until evenly incorporated. Coat the egg whites in flour, shake off any excess. Dunk them in the beaten eggs. Then coat them in the breading mixture, packing the crumbs-as necessary- to coat. Fill a heavy bottomed pot with canola oil until it’s 2-3” high. Heat until it reaches 350 degrees. Add the egg whites, working in batches of 4, and fry for 2 minutes per side- or until golden brown and crispy. Remove them to a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess grease. Repeat […]
What’s in your Easter Basket?
It’s likely your child will receive tons of chocolate and candy from school, grandma, and community egg hunts. This Easter, ask the Easter Bunny to leave your child some of these fun alternatives for a sugar-free holiday! Non-Food Goodies: Bath Bombs Matchbox Cars Garden Tools Bubbles Books DVDs Socks Bath Crayons Bubble Bath Bath Drops Crayons Markers Movie Tickets Chuck E. Cheese Gift Card Reusable Water Bottle Paints Silly String Nail Polish Board Games Card Games Paints Whiffle Ball/Bat Kite Small Craft Kits Sand Toys Character Masks Character Capes Nerf Guns LEGO Creator Kits Etch-a-Sketch Doll Clothes Water Toys Butterfly Kit Grow Toys Fairy Garden Kit Seeds Garden Tools Wall Climbers Pinwheels Puppets Silly Straws Silly Shoe Laces Slippers Jump Rope Kinetic Sand Fluffables Chalk Putty Play-Doh Sunglasses Slime Plates Balls Puzzles Stickers Toothbrushes Hairbrushes Coloring Book Water WOW Books Dollar Bills Wind Up Toys For Infants: Teether Toys Board Books Lovies Pacifiers O-balls Sippy Cups Eating Utensils Bibs Onesies Socks Basket ideas: Sand Trucks Wagons Sand Buckets Hats Umbrellas Rain boots Backpack Sandbox Beach Bag Shopping Cart For Tweens Inexpensive gift cards Headphones Phone Pop Socket Adult Coloring Books Coloring Tools Soduku Books Nail Polish or Pens Card Games […]
Car Seat Confusion: Georgia Car Seat Laws
The car seat safety guidelines are constantly updating with more research and development for the safety of your little ones. In the state of Georgia, the car seat laws are limited, stating children under eight years of age must ride backseat (as long as a lap and shoulder belt is available) in an approved child restraint system appropriate of the child’s height and weight, and the seat must be approved by the U.S. government. It is critical parents understand while the law is important to avoid a ticket, the law doesn’t follow current guidelines for best practices of car seat safety, set in place by American Academy of Pediatrics. According to the AAP: All infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing car seat as long as possible until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by the seat’s manufacturer (usually 40+ lbs) Note: Infant bucket car seats usually don’t accommodate children for the extent of time they are able to rear-face, as they lack adjustable recline and head support. All children who have outgrown the rear-facing weight or height limit should use a forward-facing car safety seat with a harness for as long as possible, up to the […]
Measles is a viral disease that is highly contagious and sometimes deadly. Due to the success of vaccination programs, it was declared eliminated from the US in 2000. However, each year there are small outbreaks transmitted by unvaccinated travelers (Americans or foreign visitors). What are the symptoms of measles and why are complications so serious? Initial measles symptoms include a moderate fever, runny nose, sore throat, a cough that won’t go away and red eyes. A rash, with small red spots that are grouped in clusters, appears first on the face and then spreads to the rest of the body over a few days. At this point, the fever can reach up to 104 degrees F. The measles virus is spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The measles virus can live on surfaces for up to 2 hours and someone may be exposed without being in close proximity to the infected person. It is very contagious as 90% of susceptible persons coming into contact with the virus become infected. Once infected with measles, symptoms do not appear for 7-14 days. Recent studies have shown measles compromise the immune system for up to 3 years post […]
Autism is a developmental disorder that affects communication and social interaction and is often characterized by repetitive or obsessive behaviors. It is also referred to as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and the severity of the symptoms vary so greatly that it is hard to find two people affected by autism whose symptoms are exactly alike. Recently, through the efforts of advocates of those affected by autism, a greater public awareness and understanding has been developed. However, there are still a few myths about autism that should be put to rest. People with autism do not feel any sort of emotion Those with autism may have difficulty deciphering subtle non-verbal cues, such as when another uses body language to convey how they feel. Someone with autism may struggle with communicating their own feelings, but they do experience the same types of emotions as those without autism. Social skills training can help people with autism improve their ability to interpret non-verbal cues but it is a long-term effort that requires plenty of practice. To share your feelings with someone with autism, it is best to speak in a direct manner and rely less on facial expressions and body language. People with autism are […]
United Cheerleading All Stars
Come be a part of the winning team at United Cheerleading! If you are looking for a program that will help you reach your fullest potential, then United is the right place for you. In United’s All-Stars program you will learn lifelong lessons such as TEAMWORK, SPORTSMANSHIP, and INTEGRITY. Our competitive record speaks for itself – 500+ National titles/ 1st place finishes. This outstanding record is due to HARD WORK and DEDICATION from the All-Stars, Parents, and Coaches. United Cheerleading has cut down all barriers pertaining to All-Stars Competitive cheerleading. United offers ALL levels of All-Stars teams, from PREP through elite. If you have competitive experience or you’re just brand new, United has a team for your age and ability level! So, you want to BE THE BEST? Join United!!! Get additional details here.
Taking Time Out
I remember my one-and-a-half-year-old testing all the boundaries. He knew exactly what “no” meant, but would still try to climb that shelf or open the fridge. After correcting and redirecting time-after-time with no results, I referenced one of my favorite reality shows, “Super Nanny,” for guidance and put him in a corner for timeout. He sat there! It was like this corner had some magical magnet attached to his bum. Per the nanny’s advice, I started timeout for one minute (a minute per year of age) and after that one minute, I came down to his level, explained why he was put in timeout, gave him a hug and sent him along. All was better. I was amazed! A few days later, tested the timeout “trick” in front of Dad. BAM, the kid went to timeout on his own, sat there for his minute and ended completely “reset.” Dad was in awe, and I was a super mom! My son is three, and this is one of my biggest parenting successes. Since we started timeout at such a young age, I’m convinced he’s programmed to respond. We’ve been in Target and he will be having a meltdown, I tell him […]
Graham Cracker Chicken
Ingredients 2 cups of fry oil 5 graham cracker sheets 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 egg 1 pound chicken tenders honey, for drizzling DIRECTIONS In a saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Crush the graham crackers in a food processor or plastic bag with a rolling pin. Add the smoked paprika, garlic powder and salt to the graham cracker crumbs, combine. Beat the egg in a shallow bowl, put aside. Bread the chicken: dip it in the egg, let the excess drip off, roll it in the crumb mix. Repeat for all tenders. Add only two or three tenders to the hot oil at a time, and fry until golden brown and 165-degrees internally. It should take about 3 minutes per side. Repeat with all tenders. Drizzle with honey and serve. Courtesy of dessertfortwo.com Additional Links: Veggie Pizza Ham & Cracker Dip Apple Donuts
Grandparents Who Cross The Line
Even before your child was born, you may have experienced the problem of grandparents who seem to consistently disrespect their boundaries. The situation can become even more difficult when it is your in-laws who are trespassing on your parental privileges. Here are some tips on how to gently, but firmly handle grandparents who have crossed the line into your parenting territory. Have a discussion with your partner to define grandparents’ boundaries First, you need to have a discussion with your partner to ensure you are in agreement regarding the boundaries set for grandparents. This is a discussion to have in private, without the kids around, well before meeting with grandparents to communicate the boundaries you wish them to respect. It is hard to fault grandparents for crossing boundaries if the boundaries are not consistent. Keep any discussions about grandparents’ boundaries respectful When discussing parenting decisions, you expect the grandparents to respect and not overturn on a whim, do so in a calm, respectful manner without your kids present. Especially for new parents, it can feel like parents and in-laws are constantly bombarding you with unsolicited parenting advice, critical comments or requests that cross the boundaries you are trying to set […]
Get Ready For Summer!
Many parents are concerned that over the summer, their kids will experience a setback in academic skills, often referred to as ‘summer learning loss.’ Finding a variety of summer camp programs that involve both recreation and academic learning opportunities disguised as fun can help prevent the ‘summer slide’ in math and reading skills. In addition, summer camp programs provide valuable, real-world experiences that your child is not likely to encounter in a classroom setting. Create a balanced summer camp schedule Summer camp is an opportunity for your child to learn about several areas of interest in depth. Schedule your child for a variety of camps that match his interests, while at the same time challenge him to expand his knowledge and skills even further. For example, your child could focus on his improving his technique at soccer camp one week and then explore his new interest in robotics and computer programming the next week. A week-long camp that focuses on a particular area of interest provides an exploration of a topic to a degree that your child is unlikely to experience during the school year. In addition, the topic of a camp your child attends and enjoys is likely to […]
Discussing Depression & Anxiety
The National Alliance on Mental Illness found that one in 5 Americans are affected by mental health conditions. When you understand some of the misconceptions and how to appropriately communicate with someone who may be down or anxious, they will be less likely to feel the shame and fear that can often come along with struggling in silence. Depression affects all ages. There are a variety of reasons a kid may be depressed. “A lot comes from stressors from school, expectations from parents or being bullied or cyberbullied,” said Lucy Tovar Murillo, LPC at Columbus Counseling Associates. Depression has other negative ramifications. “It can lead to self-harm behaviors, hopelessness, low self-worth and low self-esteem,” said Murillo. Since your child’s stressors may not be the same as yours it can be hard to understand at times. “Show some empathy for your child and do not just dismiss them on what they are going through because it contributes to the depression more when they are not believed or even disappointing parents,” said Murillo. Although you may do everything in your power to keep your child happy, he can still become depressed. There is no surefire prevention. “Having an open line of communication is […]
Activities For Your Young Child
Studies have shown enrolling your child in extracurricular activities at a young age leads to improved academic, psychological and behavioral function. Plus, finding your child’s interests early on aids towards their optimal success and growth. Although there are benefits to enrolling your child at an early age, finding activities for your child under the age of 5 is not easy. Here are some local options to expand your younger child’s mind and increase social interaction: Little Mozart at Schwob School of Music This class for preschool-aged kids (2-5) offers a fun environment that stimulates musical growth. Students explore rhythm, ear training, singing and expression through music with the use of movement exercises, circle games and playing on various percussion instruments. musicprep.columbusstate.edu Columbus Youth Soccer Club Starting at age 3, CYSC offers a “tots” team. Once a week, your child will play games to gain familiarity with the sport and soccer ball, plus games to build listening skills, such as ‘Red Light, Green Light.’ Nearing the end of the season, a couple games of scrimmage will be played. columbusyouthsoccer.com Swimming Lessons at YMCA Our local YMCA offers swimming lessons starting at 6 months old. Parents accompany their child in the pool […]
Milk Carton Birdhouse
Supplies clean empty cartons acrylic paint paint brush water paper towel nail or screwdriver string or yarn scissors utility knife bird seed Directions Use a utility knife to cut the sides out of a carton. Place the carton on a protected surface and paint with acrylic paints. Let dry. Poke a hole into the top on each side of the carton with a nail or screw driver. Thread a piece of yarn or string through the carton and knot at the top to hang. Fill with bird seed and find the perfect location outside to birdwatch. Additional Crafts: Ice Cream String Art Lava Lamp Experiment Unicorn Slime
The CSU Dance Conservatory offers a distinguished recreational and pre-professional program in ballet during the school year with opportunities to perform with The Columbus Ballet at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Our mission is to prepare young students for futures as dancers, engaged citizens, audience members, and responsible young men and women. Year-round classes are taught by a dedicated faculty with extensive professional credentials, providing intensive training and performance opportunities for our students. The Conservatory’s comprehensive curriculum focuses on strong technique that is rooted in the traditions of classical ballet and inspired by a contemporary vision of the future. This curriculum is designed to serve dancers of all ages by supporting the continuing quest for greater technique, artistry, clarity, grace, speed, and musicality. Annual performances of classical and contemporary works are also an important part of the training model at the Conservatory, allowing students to develop discipline, endurance, choreographic memory, and stage presence. Providing exceptional dance training, nurturing our students’ developing skills and instilling a lifelong love of dance extends far beyond our curriculum. We strive to challenge each student, whether dancing for enjoyment or pre-professional training. Our highly-trained teachers take great care to instruct students with proper technique and […]
1004 Broadway, Columbus GA
CSU Dance Conservatory
At Impact Performance RX, they offer youth training services! Some benefits of youth exercise includes reducing the likelihood of obesity and other weight related problems. By staying active, teenagers can reduce the risk of stress, depression, and other mental health issues. Youth fitness can also help teenagers maintain a positive body image. If you would like to learn more about our youth gym, please contact Impact Performance RX today! Contact Us Today!
1951 Veterans Pkwy, Columbus GA 31904
Impact Performance RX
The Columbus Ballet is a non-profit arts organization founded in 1998 that advocates for the artistic achievement of classical dance through the joy, spirit, and celebration of dance instruction and performance. We strive to provide the most distinctive dance experience to the community through the development of a diverse curriculum for dancers of all ages and a season program that promotes art, education, and culture. The official school of the Columbus Ballet is the CSU Dance Conservatory, which offers classes for dancers 3 years old through adult in classical ballet, jazz, modern, and contemporary dance. The Columbus Ballet annually presents the beloved holiday story of “The Nutcracker,” and produces an annual spring production that has included such well-known ballets as “Cinderella”, “Sleeping Beauty”, and “Coppelia” as well as many others. The Columbus Ballet is proud to be a part of the arts community in Columbus and strives to provide the highest artistic quality performances to Columbus and the surrounding areas.
The Rankin Arts Center 1004 Broadway
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
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