This year’s local show, in Bangor, Maine, is Elmo’s Super Heros. It will take place January 18th.Tickets are on sale now at the box office and all Ticketmaster locations. To charge by phone, call 800-745-3000. I am sure this will be a huge hit as we love Super Heros.
Today, April 21st, is the date of the first annual PowerTalk 21™, the national day for parents to start talking with their kids about alcohol. This is a day that MADD Started to get parents talking to their kids about alcohol. They say that 74% of kids say their parents are their biggest influence on their decisions concerning drinking. It’s time to talk them into making the right ones.
MADD has a come up with a few ways to get the conversation started. PowerTalk 21 isn’t just for parents. Anyone concerned about the dangers of underage drinking can get involved.
With the generous support of Nationwide Insurance, MADD developed the Power of Parents, It’s Your Influence™ handbook, which is available free of charge online here. This handbook, based on research from Dr. Robert Turrisi of Penn State University, can reduce your child’s risk of drinking by up to 30 percent.
With the generous support of Nationwide Insurance, we developed the Power of Parents, It’s Your Influence™ handbook, which is available free of charge online here. This handbook, based on research from Dr. Robert Turrisi of Penn State University, can reduce your child’s risk of drinking by up to 30 percent.
They also created free, half-hour workshops to help Parents know what to say and help coach them through the conversation. You can find that here.
I urge you to talk to your kids.
As many of you know I am very involved in our local Secret Santa Program. This is a program I started with my parents and continue to do in my dad’s memory. Because I am so involved my girls grew up involved. They have been elves and spent many hours wrapping gifts. My friend’s children have been Santa’s Helpers for many years. Last year at age 2 and 3 my grandchildren become involved.
I believe that if a child grows up doing for others they make the world a better place. Children are never to young to introduce volunteerism to. I remember being shocked at the Seniors in high school who were cramming to find something to do to complete their 20 hours of community service required of them to graduate. My girls had theirs completed before their freshmen year was up.
Step 1: Clarify your personal goals and motives for wanting to include your child in volunteer activities. Volunteering is a wonderful way to a share your values with your child. Pick a cause that is meaningful to you and your family rather than one that is simply convenient.
Step 2: Explain the importance of volunteerism and the contribution volunteers can make. A child’s favorite question is “why?” Keep your answers simple and concrete. For example, if you are going to volunteer at the food bank, tell your child that “The food bank has lots of food for people who need it, and it will be our job to sort the food so that people are able to find what they need.”
Step 3: Choose volunteer activities to do with your children that are age-appropriate. Children as young as three can begin volunteering. At this age they begin to enjoy participation in group activities and are better able to follow directions. Remember that a preschooler’s concept of the world is not very large and is usually limited primarily to their home, neighborhood and school; therefore, it is important to keep the activity within the realm of what they can imagine. A few examples:
Participate in “clean the park” activities. Be sure to have your child wear gloves.
Take recyclables to recycling collection centers.
Act as a companion to the elderly in retirement or assisted living homes. Simply listening to their stories and relieving their loneliness provides multiple benefits for the senior citizen and your child.
Participate in local races and walks that raise money for a charitable cause that you think is important; most races have a shorter race for children.
Sort food at a food bank. Be sure to confirm that children are welcome to volunteer and that it will be a safe environment.
Step 4: Find a child-friendly not-for-profit. Ask the following questions to help you select the volunteer opportunity that is right for your family:
Does the organization have experience with and a history of successfully working with children and families? Will the organization provide me with a reference from another family who has volunteered with them?
Will the organization staff welcome my child’s participation?
Is there a specific job that my child can do successfully? Who will show my children what to do?
Are there special clothes or supplies needed for my child to volunteer with this organization?
Does the organization conduct appropriate background screenings on its staff? Does the organization have insurance if there is an accident while your family is volunteering?
Can the organization provide a concrete example that will help your child understand how his or her efforts benefit others?
To find these and other great tips for parents, check out Dr. Zurn’s blog at DrZandme.com. For more information on Primrose Schools, visit www.primroseschools.com. You can also check them out on Facebook and Twitter!
Get your kids involved and do your part at making the world a better place.
I soon discovered that it didn’t matter if I liked it or not. All three of the kids love it. They ask me to play it over and over for them. They love Buffett’s Songs but there are some on my CDs that I need to skip over because of the content in it. This is perfect for them. They all put get into their dress up chest and grab their leis and grass skirts and dance through the whole CD. # 1 anything that keeps their attention that long is well worth it and #2 the fact that they are up and moving and not wanting to sit and watch tv is a great thing.
I give it two thumbs WAY up.
These days, your teens’ “friends” aren’t just the kids hanging out in your family room – they’re also the hundreds of contacts on their online “friend” and “buddy” lists. Did you know that more than 50 million teens (ages 13-17) are online worldwide? Or that the average number of “friends” on a list is 130? The totals are much higher for many teens.
SafeSocial, a new AOL product that launches today, can help you protect your children, even if you aren’t a social media expert. SafeSocial helps you:
Find out where your child has online accounts
· Know who your child is “friends” with online
· Get notified if your child is in a conversation about violence, suicide or drugs
· See photos your child has posted online, and others’ photos in which your child has been tagged
Another benefit? You can monitor all this activity without being a “helicopter parent.” Your child will have to agree to be monitored, but you won’t need to connect with them on the social media accounts, or hover over their shoulders in person.
We think SafeSocial and its ability to help keep kids safe online would be of great interest to your readers. We also have lots of great and informational material for you to include in a blog post:
· A guest post from Regina Lewis, AOL’s Consumer Advisor and expert on making technology work for you
· A video explaining how SafeSocial works and why it’s so important
· Screenshots of how the SafeSocial dashboard works and allows you to monitor online activity
· A free 30-day trial of SafeSocial –
“Overall, social networking is an integral part of many teenage lives and an opportunity for your kids to learn to express themselves in a creative and responsible fashion,” says Regina Lewis. “It’s too big a trend to ignore. You can embrace it with SafeSocial on your side.”
For more information, make sure to visit SafeSocial.com. AOL consumer advisors Regina Lewis and LaToya Drake are available for interviews as well.
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