www.gulfcoastfamily.org March 2010 M eet t he
Selecting the Right
4 Parent to Parent
5 March Fun Facts
6 Coach’s Comments
8 Family First
March 2010 10 Calendar of Events
13 St. Patricks Day Craft
14 School Guide
16 Family of the Month
17 Family Night Coupons
18 Avoid Tax Time Mistakes
19 Open House Directory
20 Summer Camp Directory
21 Selecting the Right
Success comes from Summer Camp
knowing that you did 22 March Madness Trivia
your best to become 23 Family Library
the best that you are 24 Destination Dinner
capable of becoming. 26 Jokes for the Month
27 Heart Gallery
28 Kids in the Kitchen
30 Q&A with Dr. Jay
31 Protect Your Family
32 Family Focus
34 Species Spotlight
35 Teacher of the Month
36 Building Blocks
37 The Young and the
Young at Heart
38 The Family Table
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r and the white picket fence that he sees in his mind is
actually just made of chicken wire. But the love and
acceptance that he felt in that home were not roman-
find out later that it was an electric washing machine,
and the bucket had an agitator to wash the clothes.
But it didn’t have a spin cycle – just the wringer.
ticized – they were very real.
At Grandma’s memorial service, the common theme
Our family said good-bye to a very special member this
past month when my husband’s ninety year old grand-
“that he feltand that home
was how great she was at keeping her extended family
close. Even though her children are spread out over the
mid-western and eastern United States, and her grand-
children are spread out over the world, she always tried
mother passed away. She was a very sweet lady who
were not romanticized – to keep everyone updated on
loved her six children and her fifteen grandchildren what the others were doing
dearly. My husband has many fond memories of visit- they were very real. by writing letters and talking
ing her on the farm in rural Nebraska where she lived regularly on the phone.
and worked until she was well into her seventies. I personally will never forget the first time I met Rod-
Now my own personality is
As might be expected, his memories of the farm it- ney’s grandma, when I was about nineteen years old.
a lot different than Grand-
self are a bit romanticized. It was, after all, a very We were staying in a hotel, and first of all, it was the
ma’s. I am not much of a
old farmhouse with a lot of “old house issues.” The first time that Grandpa had ever taken a shower – the
letter writer or much of a
red barn he remembers is actually an unpainted gray, old farmhouse just had a claw foot tub. He enjoyed it
phone conversationalist ei-
so much that he spent almost an hour in the shower
ther, for that matter. But I
before he cracked the bathroom door and asked for
do hope that when my chil-
dren are grown, I can find
Then I found out that Grandma’s children had recent- my own way to accomplish what she accomplished
ly put some money together and given it to her for her so well – to help my own children (and hopefully
anniversary so that she could buy a new washing ma- grandchildren) stay in touch and connected to each
chine. She managed to find a brand new hand crank other.
washing machine (the kind with a bucket of water
Until next time,
and a wringer to squeeze the water out). I can posi-
tively assure you that until that day, I had no idea that
anyone still made that kind of washing machine! I did
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For 75 YEARS
the Florida Strawberry Festival has rolled out the red carpet to wel-
Each year on March 14th at 1:59 pm many math and science
classrooms around the world break from their usual
come visitors from throughout the Sunshine State and the world.
routines to observe the festivities of “Pi Day”. Pi Day
This March for 11 days, March 4-14th, visitors
commemorates the first few digits of one of the oldest
will come from near and far to discover the
know constants, 3.14159…. and it also happens to
charm and allure of Plant City. Visitors will coincide with Albert Einstein’s birthday - which makes
have the opportunity to enjoy exhibits of it a doubly cool day for math enthusiasts.
agriculture, commerce, industry, livestock,
If you are wondering how to celebrate Pi Day and Al’s
fine arts, horticulture, crafts and of course
birthday here are simple fun ideas for you and your
tons of luscious strawberries!
Ranked as one of the top fairs in all • Order pizza and try to determine the circumference
of North America, the festival is packed • Participate in a “Pi-mile” run – It is approximately
full of social events, contests, youth de- equivalent to a 5K run.
velopmental programs, top-name en- • Wear an Einstein or math-themed T-shirt
tertainment, and parades that the en- • Send Pi cards to your friends
tire family is sure to enjoy, “Berry, Berry” • Serve pie at your “Pi” party
much. For more information about the • Take time to read and learn about Albert Einstein
festival visit www.flstrawberryfestival.com. Whether or not you’re a math enthusiest, you’ll enjoy
See you there! celebrating this irrational holiday and whatever you do,
don’t be afraid to express your inner geek!
Public Law 101-473 March 17, 2010 St. Patrick’s Day, which is observed annually on the 17th of
March by people around the world, is the annual feast day
which celebrates the life of Saint Patrick and it is also the
which was signed into law twenty years ago by
George H. W. Bush, officially designates March national holiday for the nation of Ireland. The St. Patrick’s
30th as “National Doctor’s Day” to celebrate the Day custom came to America in 1737, when it was publicly
contribution of physicians who serve our country celebrated in Boston.
March 14, 2010 at 2am
by caring for it’s citizens. In honor of National
Doctor’s Day March is a great time to recognize
your doctors by letting them know how much you
appreciate their commitment to your good health Daylight Savings Time in the U.S. starts on the second
or that of a loved one. Sunday in March of each year and ends the first Sunday
in November of each year. When it goes into effect each
spring, clocks are moved forward by one hour at 2:00 AM
standard time, and the time becomes
3:00 AM daylight savings time (DST).
The main purpose of Daylight
Saving Time is to make better use
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Wooden on Leadership by John Wooden
With all the hoopla of the NCAA Basketball tournament going on, we thought it appropriate to share with you
some advice from one of the greatest coaches ever. The following excerpt comes from Coach John Wooden
and Jay Carty’s book Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success.
Success is peace of mind that is Winning seems so important, but goals does not necessarily translate
a direct result of self-satisfaction it actually is irrelevant. Having to success.
in knowing you did your best to attempted to give our all is what
As I write these words, I am 94
become the best you are capable of matters—and we are the only
years old. God has given me good
becoming. ones who really know the truth
health beyond what most people
about our own capabilities and
When do we know that we have could ever dream to have. I still
performance. Did we do our best
succeeded? drive my car for short distances.
at this point in our life? Did we
I am still independent, and I
When asking ourselves this leave all we had to give on the
want to stay that way. I want to
question, we should forget what field, in the classroom, at the office
continue to live in the home that I
others think. They don’t know. or in the trenches? If we did, then
shared with my dear wife, Nellie.
We should be more concerned we are a success – at that stage of
But being able to accomplish that
with our character than with our our life. But being successful at
goal has nothing to do with being
reputation: Our character is what one point doesn’t necessarily make
successful. Goals are wonderful
we truly are, while our reputation us a success at every point – and
in that they stretch us and help us
is merely what others perceive us to it does not mean that we reach the
While many rank Wooden as the greatest coach of to reach our potential, but making
the twentieth century, he considers himself first a be. As I have often said, having a apex. We must learn to give our
or missing goals has nothing to do
teacher. Wooden was married to his high school good reputation doesn’t determine all in one success after another.
sweetheart, Nell, for fifty-three years. Mrs. Wooden with success.
passed away on March 21, 1985. John and Nell
success. Neither do awards, Likewise, accomplishing certain
Wooden had two children. Today Wooden has seven accolades or achievements.
grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
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“Success is never
It is not my way to count or list my determining factor is this: Did I make
awards. I know that people still want the effort to do my best? That is the
to hear me speak, and I am honored by only criteria, and I am the only one
their requests. People still want to meet
with me – in fact, they come from all
who knows (well, me and God).
final, failure is never
fatal. It’s courage
Am I a success?
over the world. It is a privilege to be “Perform at your best
able to continue to encourage others. I have peace of mind. when your best is
required. Your best is
My hectic schedule has probably done
Well done, my good required each day.”
much to keep my mind as clear as it is,
and faithful servant Poise Con dence
even though it’s not as sharp as it once
(Matthew 25:21). “Be yourself. Don’t be “The strongest steel is
was. My family has been around me, thrown o by events well-founded self-belief. It To find out more about Coach
too. What a blessing that has been! I whether good or bad.” is earned, not given.” Wooden, his books and Coach
am blessed beyond belief – but am I a Wooden’s Pyramid of Success
success? Condition Skill Team Spirit visit www.regalbooks.com or
“Ability may get you to the “What a leader learns after “The star of the team www.coachwooden.com.
Believe me when I say, none of these top, but character keeps you’ve learned it all counts is the team. ‘We’
factors is part of the criteria. I am not you there – mental, moral, most of all.” supercedes ‘me’. ”
saying I don’t appreciate the blessings and physical.”
that have come my way. I am not Self-Control Alertness Initiative Intentness
saying that at all. But if none of these “Control of your organiza- “Constantly be aware and “Make a decision! Failure “Stay the course. When
tion begins with control of observing. Always seek to to act is often the biggest thwarted try again;
good things had ever occurred, I yourself. Be disciplined.” improve yourself and the failure of all.” harder; smarter. Persevere
would not be any less successful. team.” relentlessly.”
I can recount the blessings Industriousness Friendship Loyalty Cooperation Enthusiasm
in my life, but blessings “Success travels in the “Strive to build a team “Be true to yourself. Be “Have utmost concern for “Your energy and enjoy-
company of very hard lled with comaraderie true to those you lead.” what’s right rather than ment, drive and dedication
aren’t success. The real work. There is no trick, no and respect: comrades-in- who’s right.” will stimulate and greatly
easy way.” arms.” inspire others.”
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Babe Ruth: Love and a Legend by Bryan Davis
He started his life beating the odds. and impart meaning to someone else. standpoint, they may see themselves but he is most famous for being the
He had eight brothers and sisters but In other words- how to get through. as not really wanted because the vast “Babe”. That’s right, George Herman
was only one of two who survived In Gary Chapman’s book, The Five majority of conversation with their “Babe” Ruth- one of the greatest
into adulthood. He spent most of his Love Languages of Teenagers, he parents is negative in nature. As a baseball players of all time. And
youth on the dirty, crowded streets describes the first love language as parent, being aware of the nature of because of Brother Mathias, the Babe
of Baltimore. In 1902, his parents “Words of Affirmation”. By steering your words is half the battle in getting constantly reached out to kids during
gave up on him and took him to an away from being overly critical and desired results from your children. his professional baseball career. Often
orphanage called St. Mary’s Industrial using words to express love, praise Ruth would promise to hit home runs
After you evaluate your current
School for Boys. He was one of 800 and encouragement, we can literally for children and gave generously of
conversation style, Dr. Chapman
boys in the orphanage and, by all transform a teenager’s life. But this his time and money to charity. And
has some guidelines for your words
accounts, never had a single visitor. is not so easy. When a teenager dyes the Babe learned to turn negatives
of affirmation. First and foremost is
He was incorrigible and on his way to their hair the same color as some into positives- a critical component of
sincerity. Teenagers grasp very quickly
a very sad life indeed. Then Brother aquatic creatures or can’t seem to parenting. The Babe sums it up well
what is real and what is fake, so make
Mathias, the main disciplinarian at St. remember what they forgot but thought by saying: “Every strike brings me
sure you are speaking encouraging
Mary’s, stepped into this young man’s they remembered…well, it can be closer to the next home run.”
words to them from the heart. Second,
life and through his powerful example, frustrating to say the least. But as a
be specific. Pinpoint areas in your
encouragement and steadfastness parent, you should pick your battles
kids’ lives that you are pleased with
transformed a young thug into an and don’t major on the minors.
and let them know. Thirdly, when you
American legend. But more about this
I challenge you to be conscious over can’t praise results, praise efforts. If
the next week about what percentage your teenager has busted their rump
Had Brother Mathias been constantly of your conversation with your to make A’s and B’s on their report
critical of this young man and always teenager is negative, nagging or card, don’t ask why they couldn’t get
emphasizing the negative, any hope non-important. You may be quite all A’s. As a parent, you should desire
of the lad’s transformation would surprised. It’s human nature that when for your child to fulfill all the potential
have been forever lost. However, we’re bothered by our children, we God has given them, not expect them
Brother Mathias understood how to verbalize it immediately. However, to do things they may not have the
speak the “love languages” of young when they do something good or ability to do.
people and used this to accomplish something that’s “expected”, we tend
So who was the young man Brother
the extraordinary. to be a little more reserved. From our
Mathias influenced so much by
standpoint we’re doing a good job
What is a “love language”? Simply speaking words of affirmation? You
as parents, but from the teenager’s
put, it is a way to express affection may know him as the “Sultan of Swat”
: 10 Ways to Make Time for Your Children
For most people it is becoming increas-
ingly difficult to find any free time in
life. This is especially true when it
3 Identify one thing on your weekly
schedule you can do without and
replace it with kid time.
coaching a softball team or
helping with a school activity. 8 If your work requires that
you travel, take one of
your children along with you
comes to finding time for your chil-
dren. With a tough economy, more
4 Take one of your
6 Identify one children’s
show on TV that you
secretly like to watch and
when your business trip can be
extended into a long weekend.
hours at work, working multiple jobs,
etc... Just how do you find more time
when you run errands. make a point of watching
it with your child. 9 If your work schedule is flexible,
start your work day earlier so
for your children? Here are 10 simple
ways that you as busy parents can help
make time for your children.
5 Volunteer to
participate in a
regularly scheduled 7 Develop an interest in
a hobby you and your
you can get home earlier in the
afternoon to be with your family.
1 Commit to a family
mealtime each day.
child activity, such as child can enjoy together.
10 Leave your work, cellular
phones and pagers at
home when you go on family
2 Write your children’s activities
into your schedule book - in ink!
vacations and outings.
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March 2010 Events Calendar
March 3 March 5
The Indiana Wesleyan University Wind Gulfport’s First Friday Art Walk
Ensemble Concert presented by the Park
Rain or Shine...Gulfport’s First Friday Art
Place Wesleyan Church - 7 pm
March 2 – 7 March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Walk takes place on March 5th.Celebrate
Park Place Wesleyan Church; 4400
Gulfport’s 100th Birthday Celebration and
Little House on the Prairie, The Musical GET READY FOR SPRING BOATING 70th Avenue North; Pinellas Park,
take in Gulfport’s authentic “Old Florida“
at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the (727) 526-3674 www.ppwc.org Free
Boating Skills and Seamanship Programs atmosphere while perusing the work of
Performing Arts Admission—Nursey Provided
are presented by the U.S.C.G. Auxiliary, over 50 unique artists and crafters, as well
Little House on the Prairie has remained Flotilla 72 each Tuesday night, 7:30- March 4 – 14th as authors, antique dealers and entertainers
one of the most popular and beloved 9:30pm, 1300 Beach Dr. SE, St. Petersburg. The 75th Florida Strawberry Festival stretched over a half-mile up and down
celebrations of early Americana since Call 727-898-1324 for information. will be held March 4 through March scenic Beach Blvd.
the appearance of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Completion satisfies the state of Florida 14 in beautiful Plant City, Fla. Make For information on many other Gulfport
popular classic book series 70 years ago. boater safety education requirements. plans now to attend this fun-filled events, go to www.gulfportma.com.
Melissa Gilbert, who played Laura for event. For more information visit 866-ART-WALK.
10 years in the much loved television March 2 www.flstrawberryfestival.com.
series, continues her legacy by starring as March 4 March 5, 12, 19, 26
Seminole Baseball – Mike Martin and the
Ma. Families will continue to fall in love Indian High School Alumni Meeting Friday Night Senior Dance at the Zendah
Florida State Seminoles baseball team
with these life-affirming stories about the Alumni and friends of the Marion, Indiana Grotto – 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm
take on the Florida Gators on Tuesday,
Ingalls’ struggles and triumphs through March 2nd at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa! High School have been meeting in Largo, 4402 W. Ohio Ave, Tampa, FL – near
the celebration of the pioneering spirit and Tickets are going fast, and are on sale now Fl for nearly 30 years. The meeting has Raymond James Stadium
the core values on which this country was at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are good always been held on the first Thursday Celebrating 75 years!
founded - a spirit that resonates within each for USF vs. Miami as well as FSU vs. UF of March at the Stacey’s Buffet, 1451 N.
of us today. Missouri Ave. in Largo. Everyone welcome (singles & married) to
(beginning shortly after the conclusion of come and dance to the music of our great
the first game). This year’s reunion will feature a special
For more information visit www.tbpac.org bands: Tampa’s own Johnny Charro Band,
flag ceremony by the Veterans Liaison
Council of Pinellas County Color Guard Joey Royal, Wolfman & Jeremy and Mike
and the featured speaker will be Nick Unwin.
Hionedes, a WW II veteran who was taken For more information call 813-626-7869 or
prisoner by the Japanese. 813-935-2996.
TICKETS RESERVED GENERAL
Individual $24 Individual $22
The meeting will be held from 11:00 AM Drinks and snacks available
ADULT Group $22 Group $20
to 2:30 PM. The cost is about $8. For more
SENIOR Individual $22 Individual $20
55 & over Group $22 Group $20 information: Ed Deering 727 391-0757
STUDENT Individual $10 Individual $10
13 - 18 Group $10 Group $10
CHILD Individual $5 Individual $5
2010 Spring Fine ArtS SeASon
12 & under Group $5 Group $5
NON-PEAK Individual $15 Individual $15
Group $15 Group $15
DAY DATE TIME
Fri. March 19 2:00 pm
Fri. March 19 7:30 pm**
Sat. March 20 2:00 pm
Sat. March 20 7:30 pm**
Thu. March 25 10:00 am*
Thu. March 25 2:00 pm
Fri. March 26 2:00 pm
Fri. March 26 7:30 pm**
Sat. March 27 2:00 pm
Sat. March 27 7:30 pm**
March 28 2:30 pm
April 1 2:00 pm
Adapted from Louisa May Alcott’s
Fri. April 2 2:00 pm beloved novel, Little Women.
The Musical follows the lives of the
Sat. April 3 7:30 pm** March sisters- Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy-
* Reserved for Christian and Home Schools
** Non-Peak performances priced at $15.00
as they grow up in Civil War America.
April 13 & 14•10:00 a.m.
April 15-17•7:00 p.m.
Advance ticket purchase suggested
Adult’s Meals: Lunch $10.00, Dinner $17.50
Children’s Meals: Lunch $5.00, Dinner $8.50
Call 1-877-412-8687 for more information. Tickets are $10; $8 for seniors, students, alumni, and military.
Advance tickets: e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 727-726-1153 ext. 0.
All tickets are non-refundable & non-exchangeable.
There is a $2 processing fee for all advance orders.
For complete information on all events visit us at www.clearwater.edu.
For Tickets and Information, call:
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March 6 March 6 100 week-long camps where kids can
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound—The Clearwater Christian College 43rd Founders’ experience the wild side of summer! Online
Renewed & Reloaded Tour—at the Banquet - 12:00 noon. Come enjoy a registration opens March 13 at 12:01 a.m.
Countryside Christian Center, Clearwater, FL delicious catered meal, music provided and closes at 11:59 p.m. Call 813-935-
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound is by CCC students, testimonies by alumni 8552, ext. 268 for more information.
Southern Gospel’s Grammy-nominated, from the first 20 years, and an update by
Dove Award-winning quartet with Gold the president, Dr. Richard Stratton. For
reservations call 726-1153, ext. 630. Daylight Savings Time begins
and Platinum DVDs. They combine 21st
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of great quartets from the 1950s to take Life is a Symphony – New Music Classes St. Patrick’s Day March 18
an unconventional approach to joyfully begin – Professional music training classes Christians for Biblical Equality monthly
March 18, 19, & 20 meeting
communicating God’s Word. in voice and violin – every Tuesday and
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Clearwater, FL 33759-1814 Music and Lyrics by: Hugh Martin and are or where you are on life’s journey, you
Armed Forces Museum 2nd Annual Golf
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March 6 Tournament at the Belleair Country Club
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ZOOZoom at the Lowry Park Zoo presented Main, $8 Wing Seminole Community Library – St.
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Zoo School Summer Camp Early
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March 19 – April 3 March 20 Take advantage of a one-day only sale on
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Jesus…Behold the Man – presented by Champion Tae Kwon Do Grand Re-
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of Jesus Christ and portrays who He really along historic Beach Boulevard in the heart experience the wild side of summer! Kids
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Gulf Coast Christian Schools This St. Patrick’s Day craft is a lot of fun for the
kids to put together and the best part is that it can be used a table
decoration to hold chips when you are finished. We filled our hat with
Sons are a heritage green tortilla chips from our local Sweetbay Supermarket; however
from the LORD, you can use this cute leprechaun hat for a multitude of things, just
children a reward make sure you and your kids have fun.
from him. What you will need for this craft:
• One cleaned out ½ gallon • Large circular object –
round ice cream container a few inches larger than the ice
(Blue Bell containers work cream container
Psalm 127:3 great and the ice cream is • Construction paper: 3 or
delicious) 4 sheets of Green, 1 sheet
• Scotch tape (however double yellow, 1 sheet black
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center of the yellow sqare, about 1¼” × 2”. 8 Lay the black band around the
imagine...life change hat, about 1” above the brim. Cut off any excess paper. 9 Lay the yellow
buckle over the band as shown in the sample. Once the layout is satisfactory,
tape the band and buckle in place. 10 Fill with green tortilla chips or another
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2 Admiral Farragut Academy 501 Park St. N St. Peterburg 384-5500 x 220 Pre-K-12th farragut.org
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4 Blossom Montessori School for the Deaf 14088 Icot Blvd Clearwater 539-7879 2yr-12th blossomschool.org
5 Bright Beginnings 2811 Belcher Rd Dunedin 799-KIDS (5437) Infant-VPK bbdunedin.com
6 Calvary Christian High School 110A N McMullen Booth Rd Clearwater 449-2247 9th-12th cchs.us
7 Cathedral Child Care 2300 62nd Ave N St. Petersburg 522-6650 Infant-VPK suncoastcathedral.com
8 Countryside Christian Academy 1850 McMullen Booth Rd Clearwater 799-1618 x 807 2yr-8th myccacademy.org
9 Delphi Academy 1831 Drew St Clearwater 447-6385 3yr-8th delphifl.org
10 Esther’s School 4224 28th St N St. Petersburg 528-6484 K-12th estherschool.com
11 First Baptist Preschool Center 5495 Park Blvd. Pinellas Park 544-9465 2yr-VPK fbcpp.org
12 G.R.A.D. Academy 3470 Adrian Ave Largo 584-8200 VPK-12th gradacademy.com
13 Grace Lutheran School 4301 16th St N St. Petersburg 527-6213 VPK-8th grace-lutheran.com
14 Gulf Coast Christian School 6355 38th Ave N St. Petersburg 345-3448 K-8th gccskids.org
15 iDiscover Christian Academy 6405 46th Ave N St. Petersburg 541-3230 Infant-VPK idiscoverchristian.com
16 Indian Rocks Christian Schools 12685 Ulmerton Road Largo 596-7192 2yr-12th ircs.org
17 Indian Rocks Christian Schools Veritas Academy 12685 Ulmerton Road Largo 593-8791 VPK-12th veritas-ircs.org
18 JMAC Kids 2177 NE Coachman Rd Clearwater 430-3902 VPK-8th jmackids.com
19 Keswick Christian School 10101 54th Ave N St. Petersburg 393-9100 2yr-12th keswickchristian.org
20 LCC Day School 4400 Chancellor St NE St. Petersburg 522-8331 2yr-8th lccdayschool.com
21 Loving Arms Christian Preschool 11220 Oakhurst Rd Largo 595-2112 Infant-VPK ctklc.org/en/preschool
22 Morning Star Catholic School 4661 80th Ave N Pinellas Park 544-6036 K-8th morningstarschool.org
23 Northside Christian School 7777 62th Ave N St. Petersburg 541-7593 x 247 VPK-12th nck12.com
24 Oak Tree Preschool 1625 N Belcher Rd Clearwater 725-9596 2yr-VPK salvationarmyclearwater.com
25 Plato Academy Charter Schools 3 locations Pinellas 793-2400 Pre-K-8th platoacademy.net
26 Pinellas Preparatory Academy 2300 S Belcher Rd. #100 Largo 536-3600 K-8th pinellasprep.org
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29 Rainbow Preschool 13400 Park Blvd Seminole 397-5759 Infant-VPK oakhurstumc.com/rainbow
30 Rosie’s Playschool I 4500 38th Ave N St. Petersburg 526-1038 Infant-VPK rosiesplayschool.com
31 Sacred Heart Catholic School 7951 46th Way N Pinellas Park 544-1106 VPK-8th sacredheartschool.info
32 Shepherd’s Care Learning Center 1875 Nursery Rd Clearwater 530-4052 2yr-VPK
33 Skycrest Christian School 129 N Belcher Rd Clearwater 797-1186 K-8th skycrestchristianschool.org
34 St. John Vianney Catholic School 500 84th Ave St. Petersburg 360-1113 VPK-8th sjvcs.org
35 St. Jude Cathedral School 600 58th St N St. Petersburg 347-8622 3yr-8th cathedralofstjude.org
36 St. Petersburg Christian School 2021 62nd Ave N St. Petersburg 522-3000 K-8th stpetechristian.org
37 Transfiguration Catholic Preschool 4000 43rd Street N. St. Petersburg 527-2880 2yr-K transfiguration.com
38 Vincero Academy 30750 U.S. Hwy 19 N Palm Harbor 786-8887 K-12th vinceroacademy.com
39 Wee Friends Child Care Center 11045 Park Blvd Seminole 392-2037 Infant-VPK seminolefirstbaptist.com/weefriends.php
40 West Lake Christian School 1551 Belcher Rd Palm Harbor 781-3808 K-8th westlakechristianschool.org
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Family of the Month
Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
1 2 3 4
Meet the Cavanaugh Family
Throughout the past few years, we have enjoyed professionals, their primary focus is their family.
9 10 11
getting to know some amazing families here in “There is nothing quite like being a parent,” the Ca- • Our favorite team is the Tampa Bay Lightning! We
Pinellas Country and this was definitely the case
with the Cavanaugh family, our March family of
vanaughs told us. “We love our kids so much. They
each have their own unique personality and each
are all now true fans.
• Our favorite foods are meat and pasta and any
the month. Glenn and Lisa Cavanaugh have lived one of them brings us such joy and love.” kind of berry, but especially raspberries.
in Pinellas County for the past 18 years and they • The kids favorite movies are Enchanted, Cars, Alvin
For the past couple of years though, things have not
have been blessed with four adorable children;
been that easy for the Cavanaughs. In 2008 little and the Chipmunks and the Star Wars Series, while
Trevor, Paxton, Madison, and Liam. They are active
Madison was diagnosed with A.L.L. (Acute Lympho- Mom and Dad enjoy most anything.
in the community, leaders in the Scout programs,
blastic Leukemia). “We could write a book on how • Our favorite restaurants have to be McDonalds,
advocates for families facing cancer and, as a friend
Madison’s Leukemia diagnosis has affected our fam- Chick-fil-a, Sweet Tomatoes and Chili’s.
of the family so clearly put it, “They are one of the
ily,” Glenn and Lisa told us. “It makes you realize that
• Our favorite vacation spot is at grandma’s cottage
strongest, sweetest, most amazing families you will
every moment is precious. We do what we can as a
ever meet!” on Calabogie Lake in Canada, while our favorite
family to make our lives as normal as possible; how-
local vacation spot would have to be Disney.
When we contacted Glenn and Lisa about being ever we realize that we have a new normal now.”
the feature family for March, they replied, “March • One of our favorite things to do together is go
Recently Madison was chosen to be the 2010 Girl camping as a family. We just tent it right now but
would be great; we love the month of March. Our
of the Year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Soci- maybe someday we’ll get a pop-up camper.
last name is Irish and every March we like to deco-
ety. The Cavanaughs are currently forming a team
rate the house for St. Patrick’s Day. Some years we • When we have the opportunity, we enjoy
for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life,
even have a special visit from a leprechaun who spending our free time playing outdoors—riding
coming up in April. Next month we will learn more
leaves the kids some good books to read.” our bikes, walking on the beach or hiking together.
about the Cavanaugh’s battle with Leukemia and
While Glenn and Lisa are both successful, trained how we can help.
At home we enjoy playing Wii together and when
we have a chance we love to cuddle up and read. 2
Meet the Kids
Trevor is nine years old and is a great big brother. His is also a real thinker.
He enjoys playing Chess, building with LEGOS, playing the piano and
reading books. Trevor loves going on a good, fast bike ride and he also has
a fascination for fancy, unique cars.
Paxton is seven years old and likes to dance and loves spending time with
her friends. She has a true heart for animals, she enjoys drawing pictures
and she would love to take skating lessons someday.
27 28 29
Madison is five years old and has one of the biggest smiles you will ever
see. She is funny, smart, and as sweet as they come. Madison really
enjoys gymnastics and can’t wait to start up again once her treatments are
completed. In her free time Madison enjoys making lots of pictures and
cards and she loves doing things for others.
Liam is three years old and loves preschool. He is a real go-getter for his age. Liam
loves to play outside and he is looking forward to starting t-ball this spring.
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www.ackidscampusofseminole.com Call to schedule a tour, tours given Call to schedule a tour Every Friday 8am–3pm
Tours given weekly weekly
Morning Star Catholic School St. Petersburg Christian School
Admiral Farragut Academy Gulf Coast Christian Schools Special learning needs students in K – 8th grade
Pre-K – 12 grade K – 8 grade K – 8 grade 2021 62nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg
501 Park Street North, St. Peterburg 6355 38th Ave N, St. Petersburg 4661 80th Ave N, Pinellas Park 522-3000 www.StPeteChristian.org
384-5500 x 220 www.farragut.org 345-3448 www.gccskids.org 544-6036 morningstarschool.org Tues., March. 16, 9:00am
Call to schedule a tour Open to parents and children Wednesday, March 17, 10am–2pm
Transfiguration Early Childhood
Light lunch served, please RSVP
Blessed Sacrament Catholic School Northside Christian School Center
Wed, Mar 17, 12–1pm
K – 8 grade Pre-K – 12 grade 2yr – K5
(Campus Life Tour)
11501 66th Ave N, Seminole 7777 62nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg 4000 43rd Street N, St. Petersburg
391-4060 www.bsschool.org iDiscover Christian Academy 541-7593 x251 www.nck12.com 527-2880 www.transfiguration.com
Call for open house dates and tours Infant – VPK Thursday, March 18, 7pm Tours given weekly
6405 46th Ave N, St. Petersburg
Bright Beginnings Preschool 541-3230 idiscoverchristian.com Plato Academy Charter Schools Veritas Academy
Infant – VPK Tours and Shadow Days given weekly Pre-K4 – 8 grade VPK – 12 grade
2811 Belcher Rd, Dunedin Indian Rocks Christian School Clearwater 12685 Ulmerton Road, Largo
799-KIDS (5437) www.bbdunedin.com Preschool – 12 grade Tarpon Springs/Palm Harbor 593-8791 www.veritas-ircs.org
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Call to schedule a tour See website for open house events
9 – 12 grade K – 12 grade
110A N McMullen Booth Rd, Clearwater Keswick Christian School Salvation Army Oak Tree Preschool 11633 137th St N, Largo
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Summer Camp Directory
Here is a listing of some fantastic summer camps for children here in Pinellas County
and the surrounding Tampa Bay area. Included in our summer camp directory are
arts and drama camps, theme camps, sports camps, preschool camps and many
more. All of these camps are open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.
So reserve your spot soon.
AC Kids Campus of Seminole Summer Camp Camp Sonshine: Grace Lutheran
9259 Park Blvd., Seminole 4301 16th Street N, St. Petersburg
(727) 399-2483 (727) 526-8212
Bravo Centre for the Arts Musical & Comedy Champion Tae Kwon Do Summer Camp
Summer Theater Camp 7590 Starkey Road, Seminole
13400 Park Blvd, Seminole (727) 399-2999
(727) 528-3177 www.championtaekwondo.net
Clearwater Christian College Summer Sports Camps
Busch Gardens Adventure Camp 3400 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater
10001 N. McKinley Drive, Tampa (727) 726-1153
(877) 248-2267 www.clearwater.edu
Clearwater Ice Arena Summer Camp
Camp Frontier 13940 Icot Blvd, Clearwater
18050 US Hwy South, Wimauma (727) 536-5843
(888) 977-2267 www.ClearwaterIceArena.com
Clearwater Marine Aquarium: Camp with Winter
Camp Gan Isreal 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater
4010 Park Street North, St. Petersburg (727) 441-1790
(727) 344-4900 www.seewinter.com
Country Day School Summer Camp
Camp Illahaw at Forever Florida 11499 Vonn Road, Largo
4755 N. Kenansville Rd, Saint Cloud (727) 596-1902
(866) 854-3837 www.countrydaylargo.com
St Pete Creative Kids: A Creative Arts Summer
Camp Kadima Camp for Children & Teens
5023 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg 460 46th Avenue North, St Petersburg
(727) 736-1494 (727) 257-0261
See our interactive Delphi Summer of Fun + Academics Great Explorations Children’s Museum Summer Camp IRC
1831 Drew Street, Clearwater 1925 4th Street North, St. Petersburg 126
map online at (727) 447-6385 (727) 821-8992 (72
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Eckerd College Summer Watersports Camp Gulf Coast Christian School Summer Camp JM
4200 54th Avenue South, St. Petersburg 6355 38th Avenue North, St. Petersburg 217
(727) 864-8288 (727) 345-3448 (72
www.eckerd.edu/waterfront/ www.gccskids.org ww
Florida Aquarium AquaCamps Heritage Village Summer Adventures Ke
701 Channelside Drive, Tampa 11909 125th Street N, Largo 101
(813) 273-4015 (727) 582-2426 (72
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For our complete listing of over 100 summer camps here in Pinellas County, visit Global Community Tennis Summer Camp Innishbrook Resort and Golf Club: Junior Golf, Tennis, Kin
our new interactive online directory at www.gulfcoastfamily.org. 1000 Edenville, Clearwater; 6150 Augusta blvd., And Swim Camps 599
Seminole 36750 U.S. Highway 19 North, Innisbrook (72
Our summer camp directory contains detailed school information, links to (727) 744-3966 (727) 942-5283 ww
camp web sites and printable directions. www.playtennisintheparks.com www.innisbrookgolfresort.com
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Selecting the Right Summer Camp
Have you begun thinking about which sum- and then ask yourselves what skills or areas
mer camp is best for your child? With hundreds you would like to see your child improve. Talk
of camps spread across Pinellas County it’s no it over together as a family and then look for a
wonder parents find it hard to sort through all camp that might serve both needs.
the information. Below are some tips to help you • Costs: Decide on how much you are willing
find the perfect camp to fit your child. to pay for camp. In today’s economic environ-
• Day Camp vs Overnight Camp: While there ment, cost will most likely play a much bigger
are great benefits to both types of camps, keep role in the decision process than it has in the
in mind that some kids love the chance to be past.
“on their own” for a week or two, while others • Create a short list: Request brochures, vid-
won’t sleep well and are nervous wrecks away eos, and other information from the camps that
from home. have passed the above requirements.
• Camp Location: If you are planning on send- • Choose the Best: If possible, visit the camps
ing your child to an overnight camp, the pos- from your short list together as a family. Most
sibilities are endless; however if you’re after camps will be happy to give you a camp tour
a day camp, you’ll want to find camps in your that fits around your schedule. There is no bet-
general area. To locate a camp near you, visit ter way to find out about a camp than by check-
our website at www.gulfcoastfamily.org. Our ing it out in person. When you visit the camps,
interactive summer camp guide spotlights over don’t just go through a list of questions about
100 local camps here in Pinellas County with the camp, but rather talk about your child and
maps and direct links to each camp website. engage the camp representative in conversa-
• Camp Specialty: From baseball to scuba tion about the entire camp experience.
diving, from music to academics, there are a By properly researching the camps and involv-
host of activity camps available throughout ing your child in the decision process, you will
Pinellas County. When selecting the a camp be able to drop your child off on opening day
for your child, take time to consider your with a confidence that he or she is going to have
child’s interests and skills. Ask your child what a great experience.
activities he or she would like to participate in,
CS Summer Sports Camp Lowry Park Zoo Summer Camps Pinellas County Summer Camps St. Petersburg College: College for Kids Summer Safari
685 Ulmerton Road, Largo 1101 W. Sligh Avenue, Tampa 333 Chestnut Street, Clearwater PO Box 13489, St. Petersburg
27) 596-7192 (813) 935-8552 (727) 464-4600 (727) 341-3196
ww.ircs.org www.lowryparkzoo.com www.pinellascounty.org/summercamps www.spcollege.edu
MAC Kids Summer Camp MOSI Summer Science Camp Science Center of Pinellas Camp St. Petersburg Country Club Golf & Tennis Camps
77 NE Coachman Road, Clearwater 4801 E. Fowler Ave, Tampa 7701 22nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg 2000 Country Club Way South, St. Petersburg
27) 430-3902 (813) 987-6000 (727) 384-0027 (727) 867-2111
ww.JMACKids.com www.mosi.org www.sciencecenterofpinellas.com www.stpetecc.com
eswick Summer Sports Camp Northside Christian School Paradise Camp Shadycreek Preschool Summer Program Word of Life Florida Youth Camp
101 54th Ave N, St. Petersburg 7777 62nd Ave North, St. Petersburg 2095 Belleair Road, Clearwater 13247 Word of Life Drive, Hudson
27) 393-9100 (727) 647-0349 (727) 535-8512 (877) 412-8687
ww.keswickchristian.org www.nck12.com www.shadycreekpreschool.com www.wolflorida.org
ndermusik of Tampa Bay Summer Camp Palm Harbor Parks and Recreation Summer Camps Sonny Days Camp St. Petersburg Christian School YMCA Summer Camps
90 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater 1500 16th Street, Palm Harbor 2021 62 Ave N, St. Petersburg 2469 Enterprise Road , Clearwater
27) 723-2618 (727) 771-6000 (727) 522-3000 (727) 467-9622
ww.tampabay.kindermusik.net www.phrec.org www.stpetechristian.org www.ymcasuncoast.org
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The Bruins have claimed 11 champion- Since 1979, every NCAA champi-
ships over the years, with the first com- on except one has had at least one All-
ing in 1964 under legendary coach John American. This makes perfect sense
Wooden, who led the university to 10 when you consider that the tourney is
in a span of a dozen years from 1964 a rollercoaster that requires an on-the-
through 1975 before retiring. Kentucky
Trivia is second in the championship category,
floor leader. On the way to winning six
straight games a team will likely face
2010 NCAA March Madness begins with winning seven. North Carolina and In- a number of make or break situations,
the highly anticipated Selection Sunday diana each have five. and having a strong leader on the floor
on March 14 when college basketball team
in those spots makes all the difference.
match-ups are finally announced—followed by Defining an upset as beating a team
the opening round games on March 16. at least 4 seeds higher, there are an av- The first men’s college basketball
The national championship is then determined during a month-long battle of erage of 8.7 upsets per year. There’s game was played on January 18, 1896
skill, determination, and dazzling performances by top competing college teams never been a year with fewer than 5 between the University of Iowa and the
leading up to the final four games played April 3 - 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium in upsets. University of Chicago. The final score
Indianapolis, Indiana. was a mind blowing 15-12. (There
Last year American businesses lost weren’t a lot of slam dunks and fast
Here are some great NCAA Basketball Tournament facts and stats that we hope an estimated $1.2 billion in worker pro- breaks back then).
you will whet your appetite for this year’s tournament! Enjoy and go Gators! ductivity during the NCAA tournament.
(I bet the productivity of the guy who The first NCAA basketball tourna-
The phrase “March Madness” was Odds of picking a perfect bracket? estimates American worker productiv-
coined by Henry V. Porter in 1939 to 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 to 1. That’s ment was held in 1939 and included 8
ity goes down more than the national teams that eventually grew to sixty four
describe an Illinois high school bas- nine quintillion to one! That is a billion average during the NCAA tourney.)
ketball tourney. Brent Musburger first times as big as 9 billion! Think of it this teams.
used it during NCAA coverage in 1982 way: if every man, woman, and child
Number 16 seeds are 0 for 96 in Division I basketball’s all-time
causing a legal battle almost as insane on the planet randomly filled out one
tournament play, while number 15 seeds leading scorer is Pete Maravich, who
as the playoffs. million brackets each, the odds would
are 4 for 96. Number 13 and number played at Louisiana State University
be less than 1 in 1,000 that even one
14 seeds are less than 19% combined. from 1968 through 1970. Maravich
would have a perfect bracket.
According to the NCAA, more than scored 3,667 points in just three years
10 percent of Americans participate in The school that has won the most No. 9 seeds have a winning record and averaged an astounding 44.2 points
March Madness “office pools.” national titles in basketball is UCLA. overall against No. 8 seeds. per game.
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Mexicana is a fajita dish featuring
Destination: a dramatic display of spicy shrimp,
chicken and steak shish kebob
Dinner served standing in a whole grilled
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with the rice and accompa-
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The hungry family has a Friday and complementary Even the Hungry
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We have groups for men and women focused on eryone digs in; we do, therefore, ties. From quesadillas of course, noticing
chemical dependency and/or co-dependency.
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First Christian Church of Clearwater
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their Largo Mall location. Begin- was the Parilla Mexicana two-per- briefly deep-fried! Sopapillas are a
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casions, the Hungry Family was
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While sports fishing off the Florida coast, a tourist capsized his
boat. He could swim, but his fear of alligators kept him clinging to
the overturned craft. Spotting an old beachcomber standing on the
for the Month “Naw,” the man hollered back, “They ain’t been around for years!”
shore, the tourist shouted, “Are there any gators around here?!”
Say It S-l-o-w-l-y Feeling safe, the tourist started swimming leisurely toward the
A man and his wife were driving their RV across shore. About halfway there he asked the guy, “How’d you get rid
Florida and were nearing a town called Kissimmee. of the gators?”
They noted the strange spelling and tried to figure how
“We didn’t do nothin,’” the beachcomber said.
to pronounce it – KISS-a-me; kis-A-me; kis-a-ME? Sammy: My parents are
“Wow,” said the tourist.
sending me to camp.
They grew more perplexed as they drove into the town. The beachcomber added,
Since they were hungry, they pulled into a restaurant Tammy: Why? Do you need a vacation?
“The sharks got ‘em.”
to get something to eat. At the counter, the man said Sammy: No. They do!
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The father answered, “Many millions of years ago there were
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monkeys from which the human race evolved.”
slowly so that I can I was sent home
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is it possible that you told me the human race was created by because of poor
The woman looked at him and said; God, and Dad said they developed from monkeys?”
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mend free water to be given until the that there is a fracture that was not de-
child is at least one year old and that is tected initially. I usually recommend
to be given in a sippy cup. The amount a visit to an orthopedic doctor where
they can re-examine and perform more
imaging studies. It is very common to
detect a fracture a few days later. This
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Question 1: Can I give my one month individual drinks so much water that it then your child will be back on the road
old water to drink? dilutes their own electrolytes and cre- to recovery. The key is proper follow-
ates very a very dangerous environment up with your pediatrician after the
Answer: It is not recommended to
in which organs can malfunction (such of that water should be discussed with initial ER visit. If your child is not fully
give infants water to drink. Unfortu-
as cardiac arrhythmia, kidney failure or your pediatrician based on what else bearing weight on an injured leg within
nately, this is still being done. It usually
brain damage). Another reason is that your child is eating and drinking. 48 hours, they need to be re-examined,
occurs because some other mom or an
water replaces volume in the infant’s either by your pediatrician or an ortho-
older individual such as a grandmother
diet so that the infant does not take in
tells the mother of an infant that this is
the proper amount of milk therefore not
Question 2: My 2 year old son was pedic doctor.
what was done in the past and the child not able to walk on his right leg, so
taking the appropriate calories which
needs it. A breast fed infant or a for- we took him the ER. X-rays were
then leads to failure to thrive. I know
mula fed infant gets all the water they done and everything looked fine and
most of the people who give infants wa-
need through the mother’s breast milk we were told there were no fractures.
ter will always say to me “but it’s just a
or formula. One of the main reasons He is still not able to walk on that leg.
few sips, what can it hurt?” It is much
that we do not recommend giving free What should we do?
too difficult to keep track of how much
water (water that is not in formula,
is given each time, so I do not agree Answer: Try to get your son to isolate
breast milk or food) is the danger of wa-
with that. The consequences of giving where it hurts. If he says it hurts near
ter intoxication. This occurs when an
too much is too grave. I do not recom- the ankle, there is a very good chance
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If you choose to marry him, I hope you’ll
do so with your eyes wide open. You’re
probably not going to change him. Many
by Dr. James Dobson women fall in love with the strong, si-
lent type and then resent their men for
Dr. James Dobson is founder and Chairman Emeritus of Focus on the Family, a nonprofit organization
the rest of their lives because they won’t
that produces his nationally syndicated radio programs. He was for 14 years an Associate Clinical
talk to them. It is a very common source
Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, and served for 17
of frustration among women. But that’s
years on the Attending Staff of Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles in the Division of Child Development
the way it is.
and Medical Genetics. He has an earned Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in the field of
child development. His first book for parents and teachers, Dare To Discipline, has now sold over two
million copies. His subsequent eleven books for the family are also best sellers. Dr. Dobson is married
QUESTION: Last week you answered
and the father of two grown children.
a question from my girlfriend. I’m the
boyfriend who doesn’t talk very much.
I’ve been that way all of my life. Part
QUESTION: Should a college-edu- QUESTION: My boyfriend doesn’t The boy replied, “Because up until now of the problem is that I just don’t like
cated woman feel that she has wasted talk to me very much. He’s just a very everything has been OK.” to reveal what I’m feeling. But also,
her training if she chooses not to use quiet and shy person. Will he always I don’t know how to talk to people.
it professionally? I mean, why should
I bother to go through school to be
be this way? I just wish he’d tell me
what he’s thinking and feeling.
The purpose for I get really uncomfortable when I’m
with people and I’m expected to say
a professional if I’m going to wind getting a college things. Can you give me some hints
up raising kids and being a full-time DR. DOBSON: Your question reminds education is to about how to express myself?
homemaker? me of the twelve-year-old boy who had
never spoken a word. His parents and broaden your world. DR. DOBSON: It might help you to
DR. DOBSON: A person doesn’t go to siblings thought he couldn’t talk because understand the basics of good conver-
college just to prepare for a line of work they’d never heard his voice. Then one Maybe your boyfriend will surprise you sation. Let me ask you to imagine that
-- or at least, that shouldn’t be the reason day the boy’s mother placed some soup one day with a flurry of words, but I the two of us are facing each other about
for being there. The purpose for getting in front of him, and he ate a spoonful. doubt it. Shyness and an introverted per- eight feet apart. You have four tennis
a college education is to broaden your Then he pushed the bowl away and said, sonality result primarily from an inborn balls in your hands, and you toss one
world and enrich your intellectual life. “This is slop, and I won’t eat any more temperament that tends to be very persis- of them to me. Instead of throwing the
Whether or not it leads to a career is not of it!” tent throughout life. Research shows that ball back, however, I hold it and wait
the point. Nothing invested in the culti- approximately 15 percent of children are for you to toss another to me. Eventu-
vation of your own mind is ever really The family was ecstatic. He’d actually genetically programmed to be somewhat ally all four balls are in my hands. We
wasted. If you have the desire to learn spoken a complete sentence. They all introverted like your friend and that most stand there looking at each other awk-
and the opportunity to go to school, I jumped around gleefully, and his father of them will always be that way. It ap- wardly and wondering what to do next.
think you should reach for it. Your ca- said, “Why haven’t you ever talked to pears that some people just seem to be The game is over.
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an idea or a comment to the other, and he what you dream about, things that upset
or she then tosses it back. But if that sec- you, what you’d like her to do, how you
ond person doesn’t return it, the game feel about God, etc. You can learn to put
ends. Both players feel awkward and
wish they could be somewhere else. Let
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But if my son says, “I had a good day be- DR. DOBSON: Walter Lippmann once
cause I got an A on my history test,” he wrote that a saturation of this kind of
has caught the ball and thrown it back. I sensationalism can actually destroy a
can then ask, “Was it a difficult test?” or people and a culture. I agree with him
not your life savings.
“Did you study hard for it?” or “I’ll bet completely. We’ve already come to the
you’re proud of yourself.” point when decent people are afraid to
go outdoors at night. We live in terror.
If my son replies, “Yes,” he has wrecked No one is safe, not even old people who
the game again. To keep the conver- have so little that criminals really want.
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QUESTION: I’ve heard that ADHD is everything but overpriced. So
I hope you see that the art of talking to controversial and that it may not even whatever it is that you think we’ve
people is really very simple. It’s just a exist. You obviously disagree and be- sacriﬁced for such a
matter of throwing the conversational lieve that ADHD does exist.
ball back and forth. reasonable price—
DR. DOBSON: Yes, I disagree, al- is included.
As for your relationship with a future
wife, it won’t be enough to just throw
the ball back to her. She’s going to want
though the disorder has become fad-
dish and tends to be over diagnosed. But
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Teacher of the Month
Joe LeBas Blessed Sacrament
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Congratulations to Mr. Joe LeBas on being se-
lected as the March Teacher of the Month. Mr.
LeBas teaches math at Blessed Sacrament Catho-
lic School and he has been doing so for the past
7 years. However teaching is Mr. LeBas’ second
career. With advanced degrees in Business and
Finance Joe worked for over 25 years as a very
successful manager for an international manu-
facturing company. But as Joe will tell you, he
Joe LeBas and Principal worked for 25 years so that he could do what he
Cynthia Yevich really wanted to do – Teach young people math!
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can’t do the math then nothing else adds up” were spread all throughout the
room and the neat thing was that his students knew them all by heart.
Mr. LeBas is truly loved and appreciated by his students, their parents,
and his colleagues. Here is a sampling of what they had to say about their
THURSDAY MARCH 11,
favorite math teacher.
Joe has a true passion and caring love for his students. He comes in early
every morning to help students and he stays late several days a week. He
is an inspiration to the entire Blessed Sacrament Catholic School with his
work ethic and his compassion for his students. And as the students say,
Mr. LeBas Rocks! - Dina Friederich
I wish that I could go back to middle school and have Joe as my math
teacher. I know that I would have been more successful because of his
ability to really explain the steps and procedures. – Miss Courtney Gaull
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Spring Cleaning “To have a cluttered garage
by Tom Owen is one thing. But to have
a cluttered family life is
Everyone’s favorite way to spend a Sat- actually keep you from having the kind family’s relational, spiri-
urday in the Spring is by going through of family life that’s best? In my garage,
tual, emotional, edu- another.”
their home’s many storage areas seek- if I want to get to the fishing poles I cational and financial
ing to purge their house of needless, have to wade through a maze of bicy- health. As you look at where you are derful fruit for years to come. Let the
space-steeling and often forgotten cles, golf clubs, and the infamous stackas a family and where you want to be, garage boxes take care of themselves
items. Right? Wrong! Spring clean- of “garage boxes”. But I don’t want to take some time this year and see if there while you take care of your family!
ing always seems to fall on the most have to do that in my family. I want ourare any “garage boxes” that are getting
beautiful day of the year and instead family to have direct access to each oth-
in the way of you being the best family
of being outside soaking up the sun, er and to the things that are important to
that you can be. Have you taken on any
you spend it arguing with your spouse us. Sometimes that means we have to needless expenses that keep you from
over what stays and what goes. In our do some spring cleaning in our family achieving your dreams? Have you de-
garage we’ve got a stack of boxes that to keep our priorities in place. veloped any bad habits as a family that
have been moved from one garage to have gotten you off track in one way or
another year after year after year. How another? Is your daily schedule so clut-
come they always end up in the garage? tered that quality time together isn’t as
Well because they’re labeled “garage abundant as it used to be? Maybe it’s
boxes”. We don’t know what’s in them, time for some family-life spring clean-
but we know that they belong, stacked ing. This could even be done while on
up in the garage, from now till kingdom a picnic together at the park. Let every-
come. (Help us please!) one know your goals and priorities as
a family. Brainstorm ways that those Tom Owen is the Senior Pastor of Bay Ridge
Now to have a cluttered garage is one important things can be accomplished. Baptist Church. Tom and his wife Lisette
thing. But to have a cluttered family life If you’re reading this publication, you And then enthusiastically put a plan into have three great kids who all attend Keswick
is another. Do you ever feel like your probably have healthy goals for your action as a family! This kind of spring Christian School. Find out more about his
family life has gotten full of things that family. You probably care about your cleaning will be one that bears won- ministry at www.bayridgebaptist.org.
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by Joy and Jerry Lancaster
May 7, 2005, we received the phone call all grand- Katie just looks at this as a part of life when she
parents are eager to get: “Mom? The baby has has to “suit up”! She sits and smiles and waves
arrived!” Katie, our third grandchild, was here; through the oxygen mask many times!
but this time I detected something in her daddy’s Grandparenting Tip
What is Katie’s life like now? She is adorable
voice that caused me to ask, “Is she all right?” Find ways to help your grandchildren
and wants to kiss and hug on EVERYBODY!
He replied, “Well, the doctor thinks she may have feel comfortable around people with spe-
She is “just one of the group” at the Barclay
Down syndrome.” My mind immediately turned cial needs. Thankfully, now children are
home! They live in rural Missouri and attend a
to this thought: “but Keri is only 29 years old, mainstreamed into classrooms, so stu-
small church, which has a very relaxed and lov-
isn’t it people in their 40’s who have Down syn- dents don’t consider them “strange” or
ing atmosphere. EVERYONE loves Katie. There
drome babies?” As a teenager I had read Dale “funny” as much as in days’ past. Orga-
is no “special education” department per se, but
Evans Rogers’ book, Angel Unaware, but I re- nizations such as Easter Seals, Special
in her “Cubbie” group, her leaders tailor lessons
ally knew very little about children with Down Olympics, love to have volunteers to help
to fit her needs. She is definitely a follower, and
syndrome. That was about to change! I caught in many areas. There is an endless stream
being involved with other children of her age has
the first flight that I could to Kansas City, and was of books available as well, the internet
helped her greatly in her communication skills.
met at the airport, by my son in law, John, and is an invaluable source. A couple of my
Her younger brother, Gage, talked sooner than
our two grandchildren, Julie and Riker. Little favorite books: Common Threads: cel-
any little boy I have ever seen and he says ALL
Julie, who was 4 at the time looked at me and ebrating life with Down syndrome—this
his words distinctly. I think this was a “gift” to
said, “Grammy, our little baby came out sick.” is a collection of photographs of children
Katie, because she is always trying to “model”
It is shocking to see your tiny little grandchild in with Down syndrome; another is Gifts by
what Gage is doing and saying. He is her “pro-
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The Family Table Hide the nutrients in your kids’ foods
By Leanne Ely (The Dinner Diva)
Picky kids are, unfortunately, “on the menu” in most 4. Culture Club: Kick your child’s milk consumption up a 8. Protein Power: One size does not fit all when it comes
families. Trying to move past picky can be more than notch and include yogurt on the menu. A great source of to protein. The fact is growing kids need protein to keep
a little trying, but you have some good basics; you can calcium, yogurt is easier to digest than regular milk, and growing. How you’re going to give it to them can vary
move into a groove of getting them eating better. the cultures (check the label to make sure they’re in there!) widely, according to your preferences. Good choices
Here then is my Top 10 Foods for Kids list — and some are very beneficial to good colon health . . . especially if include legumes, beans (combined with a grain to make
recipes to help you utilize these nutritional powerhouses: your child has been on antibiotics. Watch it on the sugar a complete protein), soy products like tofu, or meat, fish
1. Optimal Oatmeal: A fabulous breakfast food, full of B content, though. A better idea is to buy plain yogurt and or poultry.
vitamins, iron, zinc and calcium. Old-fashioned oatmeal sweeten it yourself with fresh fruit. 9. The Whole Truth: The best nutrition is found in the
offers quick energy for busy kids with its carb load and 5. Mmmm, Mmmm Melons!: My personal choice would whole grain. Brown rice and whole wheat bread are a
fiber count. be cantaloupe in the melon department. Vitamin C, beta- quantum leap over their white counterparts and offer
2. Egg ‘em On: Eggs are a great source of protein and carotene, bits and pieces of B vitamins and trace minerals necessary fiber, minerals and vitamins. Don’t shortchange
a host of other nutrients, including the B vitamins, and calcium fill every juicy bite. Melons are not to be your kids with the white stuff.
vitamin E, and zinc, to name a few. The American Heart missed when they’re plentiful and in season. 10. OJ is OK: Kids drink too much juice — the American
Association’s Guidelines have changed and an egg a day 6. Tree Cheers!: Kids like to call broccoli “trees,” and Academy of Pediatrics said this in a study a few years
(for adults) is OK now. For kids? Well, they didn’t say, so sometimes you can get picky kids to eat trees rather than back. However, that doesn’t mean they should never drink
use your own good judgment. broccoli. Broccoli is one of the best vegetables for anyone, juice. Just don’t give it to them in place of water. Orange
3. Nuttin’ Better: Nut butters are great fast foods for especially growing kids, due to its calcium content and juice is full of vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium, folate and
kids. Kids need the fat (it’s a good fat if it doesn’t have a whole host of other nutrients, such as potassium, beta- zinc. You can buy calcium-fortified orange juice, too —
hydrogenated oils mixed in it), and they need the protein. carotene and B vitamins. it’s great stuff in moderation.
And while peanuts can be problematic and even life 7. Terrific Tubers: Sweet potatoes contain 30 mg. beta- Now that you have my Top 10 Foods for Kids list, here
threatening to allergic kids, other nut butters may be OK carotene per cup. It would take 23 cups of broccoli to get are a few kid-tested recipes that will help you incorporate
(but definitely check with your doctor first). Almond butter that same amount! And with 3 grams of fiber per serving, them into your family’s diet:
is a personal favorite. sweet potatoes deserve a place at the table.
CheeSy BroCColi SouP – Serves 6 each bowl with 1/4-cup cheddar cheese and serve with a great, big salad and whole
grain bread. Makes a great dinner!
• 2 onions, chopped • 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 3 cups broccoli, chopped (stems and all).
You can use fresh or frozen.
• 1 quart chicken broth, canned or homemade
• 1 cup low-fat cheddar cheese, shredded
• 3 cloves garlic, pressed • 1 cup skim milk Served with a Breakfast Cookie (recipe follows), this makes a great breakfast to go!
• 2 oz. tofu (I buy the silken tofu) • 1 scoop protein powder
In a large soup pot, saute onions and garlic until wilted. Add chopped broccoli and • 1 banana, frozen • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
continue cooking. Pour broth over the top and cook until broccoli is very tender, • 1/4 cup berries, frozen • 1/3 cup orange juice
about 30 minutes. Put everything in a blender and LET ‘ER RIP!
In batches, process soup through a food processor or blender until almost smooth
Leanne Ely, a.k.a Dinner Diva, is the author of the best-selling “Saving Dinner” and
(some chunks are nice). Add milk, pour back into the saucepan and let continue
“Saving Dinner the Low Carb Way” (Ballantine). What’s for dinner? Go to www.
cooking another 20 minutes, but be careful not to let boil or the soup will separate.
savingdinner.com and find the solution! Copyright 2010; Leanne Ely Used by
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