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Thursday, May 30, 2013 by Shelley Miles
Parenting, June Activities

JUNE 18 -Child Vision Awareness Month, Go Fishing Day

The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends that a child have his or her first eye examination by six months of age. The checks performed in schools help detect obvious vision problems, but they can't replace a thorough exams. Summer is a great time to get these exams done.  You'll feel good knowing your child will be able to see well and ready to learn when September comes.

These tips will help prepare your child for their first eye exam.

* Talk to your child about eyes and vision in general. . Help your child draw an eye chart on a large poster board for playing eye doctor...take turns being the patient.

* Ask the doctor if they will be giving the child eye-drops. If yes, practice with some artificial tears appropriate for kids. Put the drops in your eyes first, so your child can see how it works.. The easiest way to administer eye drops to kids is to have them lay down with their eyes closed. Put a drop in the inside corner, and the have them open thier eyes. The drops will go right in.

* Visit the eye doctor for a tour, before the actual exam. . Most optometric offices are willing to schedule an appointment for your child to tour the office without actually having an eye exam. Many optometrists or ophthalmologists will allow your child to see the exam room, and possibly handle a few of the eye exam tools. See if your child is comfortable with the doctor - and let them see where the "prizes" are kept.

Relax: If you are nervous, your child will be too.


Thursday, May 30, 2013 by Shelley Miles
Recipes, June Activities

June 20 - Ice Cream Soda Day

Enjoy this delicious ice cream soda with dad. serves 2)  

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup chocolate syrup
  • 2 large scoops vanilla ice cream
  • Club soda or seltzer water (cold)
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Pour the milk into one tall 16-ounce glass.
  • Stir in syrup.
  • Add in ice cream and enough soda water or selzer to fill almost to top of glass.
  • Top with whipped cream if desired.
  • Serve with a long spoon and a big straw.
  • Enjoy!  Mmmm.

Thursday, May 30, 2013 by Shelley Miles
Recipes, June Activities

JUNE 26 - Watermelon Seed Spitting Week

While it isn't so easy to find watermelons with seeds at the market anymore, seeing just how far you can spit those seeds is lots of fun. My personal record is around 4 ft. Prizes for all the participants? Delicious Frozen Watermelon Pops

Monday, May 27, 2013 by Shelley Miles
Potty Training, June Activities

JUNE 7 - Potty Training Awareness Month

Getting rid of diapers is a day that every parent looks forward to. But after all the stories we've heard from friends, it's the PROCESS that everyone worries about. Relax - chances are your child won't still be in diapers when they head off to college. Dr. Sears shares strategies and tips that will ease the transition. Toilet Training Tips

Monday, May 27, 2013 by Shelley Miles
Superman, June Activities


June 10 - Superman Week, Ballpoint Pen Day, Maurice Sendak's Birthday

Author and illustrator Maurice Sendak was born in New York in 1928. He began illustrating comics while still in high school. He illustrated his first children’s book “The Wonderful Farm” in 1951. He has written and/or illustrated more than 90 books. Cuddle up with your child, and join Max at the wild rumpus while you read Where the Wild Things Are  

Head to
Metropolis, Illinois, the birthplace of the creator’s of Superman. Superman made his appearance in Action Comics in 1938. The man of steel has been keeping the world a little safer every since

 Even though the ball-point pen was invented in 1888, it didn’t see it’s first real success until it was introduced at Gimbel’s epartment store in 1945. On the first day 10,000 pens were sold. Find a ball-point pen you aren’t too attached too. Take it apart with your child, and show them how all the parts work together. Then, put it back together and create some ballpoint pen art to treasure.

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