Apr 18, 2018

Three Ways to Help Your Toddler use their Power for Good

Toddlers have a growing sense of autonomy while still needing reassurance from a familiar caregiver.  They discover the world through their eyes, at their own pace and rarely within your time schedule. Between the ages of birth until three years of age, a child's brain develops more than any other time span in life so you can imagine how hard it might be to focus with so much going on up there!

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Social-emotional development between ages of two and three years typically includes behaviors such as resisting change, showing pride in accomplishments, developing fears and lots of pretend play.  Try these five strategies to empower your toddler as they grow into confident individuals ready for anything!

  • Give children choices.  Not 10, not 100, but 2 or 3. "Do you want to brush your teeth now or in 2 minutes?" "Will you eat green beans first or apples?" "Should we sit on the potty now or when the timer rings?" "Here are three books. Which should we read first?" Set yourself and your child up for success by providing meaningful choices whenever possible.  Avoiding power struggles not only saves your sanity, but encourages healthy self-esteem at any age. Children will learn, "I can make good choices."
  • Listen when your child says, "No." Yes, you read that right.  Allowing children to say no helps them be in control of their body, actions, and feelings. If there is something that is not up for negotiation, don't ask.  For example, "It's time to turn off the TV and go to bed, OK?" is a question you may not want answered with no.  Refer to bullet one and drop the "OK." When is it "OK" for your child to say "no?" You decide. Children will learn, "I'm in charge of my choices."
  • Let them cry. And smile. And scream. And laugh.  And dance. And breathe. Better yet, do these things with them!  Acknowledge children's emotions by saying, "You sound like you're really upset" when they're screaming or "That smile shows me you are happy." Think of being told to "just calm down" when your cup of coffee has spilled, your last contact from the box just escaped blissfully down the kitchen sink and your debit card is missing again.  When children are told to "just stop crying" when they are upset, they are hearing that expressing emotions is wrong and hiding them is right: a perfect recipe for disastrous middle school years! Yes,  crying over getting the blue plate they asked for in the first place is, in fact, ridiculous, BUT for a child in that moment it's important to them and so, we help them work through it.  We smell the roses and and blow out the candles (deep breathing using your hands as a visual aid).  We let them scream and kick, all the while saying "I see you're upset. Let me know if you need a hug or if I can help. I'm here for you," while silently counting down the hours until nap time. Children will learn, "I can handle my emotions." 
Most toddlers have a lot of emotions.  In years past, the glares in the grocery store and from our mother in laws have taught us to "shhh" a crying baby.  However, research now tells us that we can give our children the power they seek and it's actually healthy!  I didn't make this up, although I could have because it makes sense.  Be a part of changing the culture of power in our schools by starting at home. Read more about empowering children to grow into innovative, confident and emotionally healthy beings ready to live life to the fullest within the following resources:

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HOT Summer COOL Science Summer Camps - Toledo

HOT Summer COOL Science Summer Camps

Be sure not to fizzle when the summer starts to sizzle, and come down to Imagination Station for our COOL summer camps presented by Jerl Machine, Inc. From Super Splatter Science to Cardboard Creators, there is something for everyone. Check out the offerings this summer!

micro MOLECULE Camp – ages 6-9
Just like our youngest scientists, micro molecules are small in structure but together they can be big fun. Which is why these summer camps are perfect to ignite any micro scientist’s imagination. Super Splatter Science, Young MacGyver and Let’s Build will keep campers busy and (shhhh…) learning all summer long. 

MACRO molecule Camp – ages 10-13
Either by tinkering, engineering, designing or getting inside the lab to set bubbles on fire, campers will have lots of fun and lots to discover every week.

Off-Site Summer Camp – ages 6-13
Can’t make it downtown? The science center makes it easy to experience science this summer with off-site camps at Bowling Green State University (June 4-8) and in Findlay (June 11-15). Let’s Build will be the focus for these campers as they transform everyday objects into something extraordinary.

Be sure not to miss the science-filled fun of these COOL science camps over a HOT summer. Spots are limited. Sign up today!

Imagination Station, Toledo’s Science Center, is a vital non-profit organization that is an integral part of Toledo’s economic, educational and social landscape. With hundreds of hands-on exhibits and demonstrations, Imagination Station delivers a multi-sensory experience that’s as fun as it is educational. Imagination Station provides a critical layer of science enrichment by serving as an educational partner for teachers, schools and parents. It’s with a thoughtful blend of exhibits, experiences, education and excitement that Imagination Station inspires visitors to pursue STEM careers in Northwest Ohio.

For more information, please call 419.244.2674 or visit www.imaginationstationtoledo.org/workshops-camps/summer-camp

WHAT:                        Summer Camp

WHEN:                        June 11 through August 10

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Special Ticket Offer Benefiting Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund of Detroit Now Available for the Seattle Mariners vs. Detroit Tigers Game on Friday, May 11

Package includes a game ticket, an exclusive long sleeve shirt and a $5 donation to Detroit Goodfellows

 Detroit Goodfellows score with a special Detroit baseball package for the Seattle Mariners vs. Detroit Tigers game on Friday, May 11 at 7:10 p.m. at Comerica Park. 

The special ticket package includes choice of an upper box infield, mezzanine, upper reserved infield, upper grandstand or lower baseline box ticket and an exclusive Detroit Tigers/Detroit Goodfellows long sleeve shirt. The Detroit Goodfellows will receive $5 from every special ticket sold.

“We really appreciate the Detroit Tigers involving our organization every year in this community program,” said Marshall Hunt, president of the Detroit Goodfellows. “We are looking forward to a fun-filled evening for people to come out and enjoy some great Detroit baseball at Comerica Park.”

Packages are now available for purchase at www.tigers.com/Goodfellows. For groups of 15 or more, please contact Matt Andrus at  matt.andrus@tigers.com. Please note: these packages cannot be purchased by phone or at Comerica Park Box Office windows. Ticket availability may be limited, and all items are subject to availability.

The Detroit Goodfellows annually distributes 34,000 holiday gift packages through Detroit police precincts to needy children in Detroit, Hamtramck, Highland Park, Harper Woods and River Rouge. The 104-year-old charity’s mission is to ensure that there is “No Kiddie Without a Christmas.”

Founded in 1914, the Detroit Goodfellows is the original and oldest Goodfellows organization and is not affiliated with any other Goodfellow group. It also sponsors dental care for children in partnership with UD Mercy Dental School, provides free shoes to children in need and helps send hundreds of needy children to camp each summer. 

Tax-deductible donations may be sent to: The Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund of Detroit, P.O. Box 44444, Detroit, MI 48244-0444. Donations may also be made using the organization’s secure website: www.detroitgoodfellows.org and by texting DetKids to 56512.  For more information contact Detroit Goodfellows Executive Director Sari Klok-Schneider at (586) 775-6139 or sarigoodfellows@gmail.com

The Detroit Goodfellows holds a four–star rating from Charity Navigator. As America’s premiere charity evaluator, Charity Navigator provides donors with information to give them confidence in their charitable choices. The four–star rating is the highest rating given by Charity Navigator. To view the Detroit Goodfellows Charity Navigator listing, please visit www.charitynavigator.org and search under Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund of Detroit.

For more information and updates, “Like” Detroit Goodfellows on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DetroitGoodfellows and follow on Twitter at @DetGoodfellows, and on Instagram at DetroitGoodfellows.

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KID'S-NIGHT-OUT THIS SATURDAY & More at The Robot Garage


6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
$12 per child / $5 pizza or BYO / Grades K-9
Birmingham, Rochester Hills, Grosse Pointe Park 
Register to bring your kids to The Robot Garage for Kids-Night-Out and they will LOVE that you're leaving them behind for a night to yourself. 



Classes begin May 1st.  Students who complete our 6-week engineering classes become part of our STEM certificate program.
Young Engineers (ages 4 & 5)
Robot Academy Jr (Grades K-2)
Robot Academy (Grades 2-4)
Mindstorms and Tetrix Robotics (Grades 4-8)

Check out our LED flashlights

The Robot Garage is honored to be part of the Quicken Loans Day of Innovation which provides an amazing full day field trip to all the 6th graders at Detroit Public Schools Community District.  By the end of May, every student will have used copper tape, batteries, and an LED light to make and take an LED flashlight.  "We are all the Light of Detroit"

Can't wait to welcome back all our former campers and excited about meeting new families too!  Looking forward to another great, creative, and innovative camp season!

Grades 1-3, 4-5, 6-9 as of Fall 2018
Monday - Friday 9 AM - 3 PM / $385 non-members / 10% discount members
Before & After Care $10 per hour - 8 AM - 6 PM

June 25-29       Video Game Design & Programing 
July 9-13           Star Wars 
July 16-20         MineCraft
July 23-27         Robot Discovery 
July 30-Aug 3   Video Game Design & Programing 
Aug 6-10            MineCraft
Aug 13-17          Star Wars
Aug 20-24          Video Game Design & Programing
Aug 27-31          Robot Discovery
Grosse Pointe
July 16-20          Video Game Design & Programing
July 23-27          MineCraft
Aug 6-10            Video Game Design & Programing
Aug 13-17          MineCraft 
Aug 20-24          Robot Discovery
Aug 27-31          Star Wars
Rochester Hills
June 25-29        Star Wars
July 16-20         Robot Discovery
July 23-27         Video Game Design & Programing
July 30-Aug 3   MineCraft
Aug 6-10           Robot Discovery
Aug 13-17         Video Game Design & Programing
Aug 20-24         MineCraft

Come find out more about our 4 amazing summer camps this Saturday at the Macaroni Kid Summer Camp Activities Expo

Macaroni Kid Camp Expo
Saturday 4/21 10 AM - 2 PM
Cranbrook Institue of Science

637 S. Eton, Birmingham 48009 248-723-9100
Tuesday -Friday 11 AM - 6:30 PM, Saturday 10 AM - 6:30 PM , Sunday 12-5 PM
Drop-in opens at noon on Saturdays 

15201 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Park, 48230  313-924-3310
Tuesday -Friday 11 AM - 6:30 PM, Saturday 10 AM - 6:30 PM , Sunday 12-5 PM
Mondays - Closed

The Village of Rochester Hills - 172 N. Adams, Rochester Hills, 48309  248-213-9960
Monday-Saturday 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM, Sunday Noon - 6:00 PM   



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90 Days - No Auto Loan Payments? Yipeee!

When the time comes to buy a new car, it tends to be a stressful time.  Finding the perfect car is a difficult task just by itself.  But then you add gathering a down payment, obtaining financing, changing your insurance policy, selling your current car, adding a car payment to your budget, and it becomes a task that takes much more time than a busy mom has to spend. 

Cornerstone Community Financial Credit Union has sponsored this post so we can share this great opportunity and giveaway with you.

Cornerstone Community Financial Credit Union makes buying a car (or refinancing your existing auto loan) a lot easier with their 90 days - No Payment Auto Loan Program.  

When you finance your new or used auto loan with Cornerstone Community Financial Credit Union (CCF), you will be payment-free for 90 days, which means you can enjoy that new vehicle and some extra activities!  Or, Cornerstone may be able to save you money by refinancing your existing auto loan from another financial institution. By refinancing your auto loan with CCF, you can still take advantage of the limited time 90 day, no payment offer. <Apply now

How would you spend three months’ worth of car payments? Here is my list of 15 ideas in no particular order:
  1. I'm all in for a mini-staycation, probably to Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City

  2. I could seriously use some me time at the spa with my bestie (who is also my mom) probably a massage, facial, pedicure, and manicure.
  3. Date Night with Hubby, because let's face it, quality time isn't happening at home with the three minions running around.  A nice night out to talk in a space where it is quiet. This would probably include dinner, movie, and a hotel room.
  4. I'm buying a new car seat.  It's time for Naomi to move up to the next seat, and I would love to buy a convertible car seat that would extend her rear facing time.  And let's face it... those aren't exactly inexpensive.
  5. I would buy a new mattress.  Seriously, I am kicking myself going "cheap" this last time around.  This time I want to feel like I am sleeping on a cloud.  I'm having back issues, waking up several times in a night... it's a waking nightmare.
  6. I would buy the BEST seats possible for The Musical, Wicked which is coming to Detroit later this year.  This is one of my favorites and I would be so thrilled to have front row seats.
  7. I'm going to Mabel Gray in Hazel Park to enjoy the tasting menu, without kids.  An epic dining experience sans minors, yup.
  8. I would hire a party planner for the girls' birthday celebration in July.  It would be so nice to sit back, relax and enjoy the party I'm hosting.
  9. I would schedule a family photography session.  I'm almost always behind the camera, so we don't have a ton of photos that feature our whole family.  Photos are such an important keepsake, they tell a story that lives beyond the moment that can be shared for generations to come. 
  10. I would freshen up our house with a new front door.  Right now we have a standard white wood door with a boring window.
  11. Take a cooking class with my hubby.  I love cooking, so I think it would be totally fun to take a class and learn more about the art.
  12. Update my memberships to The Detroit Zoo, The Henry Ford, The Michigan Science Center, Metro Parks pass and more.  We like to get out of the house at least once a week.  Memberships make that so much easier.
  13. Hire a cleaning service. Enough said.
  14. Hire someone to wash the windows and clean the gutters. These are jobs I hate doing but hate the thought of paying someone to do them more.
  15. But in all reality, what I would likely do with the money is so boring and lame... but makes the most sense, I would put our extra money in the bank for a rainy day, so when life throws it's next punch, I'm ready.  
What would you if you didn't need to make an auto loan payment for ninety days?  Please leave a comment below,  like CCF Credit Union on Facebook, then use the form to enter for a chance to win a $50 Visa Gift Card from Cornerstone Community Financial Credit Union.  Apply for their 90 days - No Payment Auto Loan Program today.  


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Apr 17, 2018

Hit Drums, Not People! Helping Your Child Get in Rhythm

We have all been to playdates, preschool classrooms and playgrounds where one or all children resort to hitting, swatting, pushing and eventually screaming. Emotional regulation is a developing skill in the early childhood years. Children's brains learn through repeated opportunities to express themselves, as language is also evolving may not have the words to talk about the feelings and alas, hitting is to follow. Children's need to express themselves physically before verbally is developmentally appropriate based on brain research and as parents, our goal is to give our children what they need to thrive...like a drum!

Encourage children to hit drums, not people. Seriously! Take a look at these reasons for why drumming and other percussion instruments are truly medicine for the developing mind and body.

• “Playing music was found to be three times more effective for reducing stress-related gene expression than simply chilling out.” –Barry Bitman et al. “Recreational Music-Making Modulates the Human Stress Response: A Preliminary Individualized Gene Expression Strategy,” Medical Science Monitor 11 (2005) :31-40.

• “Human beings are innately musical. Our biology demands it. Every human heart beats in its own unique rhythm.” -R. Mack Harrell, MD

• “Active drumming brings with it the health benefits of exercise, self-expression, and a sense of camaraderie and support with other drummers in the group." -Christine Stevens, Music Medicine: The Science and Spirit of Healing Yourself with Sound

Grab an unused pot or pan, empty out that stale oatmeal or hit your local music store and grab your child the one toy that will change your life! Also note that once hitting is an "OK" thing to do within limits, it will become less exciting to try on a friend.  Music and wellness is a win for the whole family!  

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Trading Spaces is Looking for Families in Metro Detroit

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