7 Tips to Make School Mornings Easier


Renee Sagv Riebling, blogger on Real Moms of NJ, a branch off of New Jersey Family magazine share the following seven tips to make getting out the door on school mornings easier.  MomRushingMorningRoutine(1)

  1. Put the kids to bed earlier at night. I know, this sounds like one of those cop-out lines, but really, one of the best things you can do is make sure the time your child needs to get up and the time he’d naturally get up are as close to the same as possible. School age kids generally need 10-11 hours of shut-eye per night, so determine what time he needs to wake up and work backwards to figure out his ideal bedtime.
  2. Make “lights out” time mean sleep time. You can’t force anyone to fall asleep, but you can minimize distractions so that sleep is more likely. Although lights out for my daughter is 8:30, she needs to be ready for bed—in pajamas, teeth brushed, gone to the bathroom, etc.—by 8:00 or so. Then she gets to read on her Nook in whatever time she has left. At 8:30, I take the Nook out of the room, kiss her good night, shoo the cat out (my daughter’s been known to play with her furry friend for almost an hour after lights out if I don’t!), close the door, and that’s that. Figure out what the distractions are for your kid and remove them. If your child likes to pop out of bed 20 times after lights out, try the “I’ll be right back” method.
  3. Be her snooze button. If, despite your best efforts, your child is still groggy in the morning, wake her up five minutes before you need to. Ask her, “Do you want to get up now or in five minutes?” (I like to ask questions that make her answer, since each time she has to talk wakes her up a little more.) She’ll likely say the latter, at which point, tell her, “That’s fine, but then there can’t be any arguments in five minutes. Ok?” (Again, make sure she answers.) If she agrees, set a timer in her room. When it goes off, tell her it’s time to get up. If she argues, don’t give her the five-minute luxury the next day, and tell her why. Try it again a few days later to see if she’s learned her lesson.
  4. Freeze lunches beforehand. I learned this trick from a teacher friend who has five school lunches to make. Every Sunday, she makes sandwiches for the week and freezes them each in tin foil so that in the morning, she just has to pop them into lunchboxes that each child prepares the night before with drink, snack, and fruit. Peanut butter and jelly freeze particularly well, and so do cold cuts, though if you want to add fix-ins (lettuce, tomato, etc.), you’ll have to do that in the a.m.

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FREE Dental Screenings – Sept. 25th



Zufall Health Center, in cooperation with Delta Dental of New Jersey and Warren County Community College, will commemorate the third annual National Rural Health Day Wednesday September 25th by providing free dental and medical screenings and services to the rural population of northwest New Jersey. This event, supported entirely by volunteers, will be the largest of the planned statewide activities to “Celebrate the Power of Rural.”

The free services will be available to all age groups at the Washington campus of Warren County Community College on Route 57 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are advised, but not required.

Participants will be screened by dentists for oral cancer, periodontal disease, and cavities. Those
who require no further treatment may receive an on-site cleaning by a dental hygienist. Those
who need follow-up care can make an appointment to be treated at a Zufall dental office and
will receive a $20 discount coupon to be applied to the $40 service fee. Patients will be required
to pay $20 at the time they schedule the appointment. If they do not schedule the appointment
that day, they can use the coupon later when they visit the office to make the appointment.

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FREE Workshop: Are Your Children Really Out to Get You?


Child & Family Resources Presents….  Gigi Schweikert, an internationally known author and keynote speaker in early education and parenting.

Are your children really out to get you, to make you crazy, to cause you to do and say things you wish you never did?  Of course not, children are just learning about the world in a way that is full of movement, energy, and on their timetable.  Learn what to expect of your children and how to respond more positively.  Learn easy steps to stop yelling and start being a more positive and effective parent today.  Discover ways to set appropriate boundaries for your child and understand their developmental needs.

Space is limited and registration is required, so be sure to register asap!
Workshop will be held at:  Child & Family Resources, 111 Howard Blvd, Mt Arlington
Tuesday, September 17th from 7:00p to 8:30p

RSVP by telephone:  973-601-6157, or email:  lfleischer@childandfamily-nj.org

Link Resource Connection


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As you know, there have been many new regulations established for licensed child care centers throughout New Jersey.  We’ve added a new section to the home page for easy access to important sites for information regarding these regulations and their purpose.  Be sure to check out the new ‘Link Resource Connection’ tab on the right hand side of our home page.

These are the resources you will find… 

NJ State Department of Children & Families (DCF):  The state’s first comprehensive agency dedicated to ensuring the safety, well-being and success of children, youth, families and communities.

NJ Department of Human Services – Division of Family Development (DFD):  Regulates child care in New Jersey, monitoring licensed child care centers and family day care homes that are voluntarily registered with the state.

NJ Department of Agriculture – Division of Food & Nutrition:  Administers the following programs: the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program, Afterschool Snack Program, Summer Food Service Program, Child and Adult Day Care Food Program, Family Day Care Program, Commodity Food Distribution Program and The Emergency Food Assistance Program.

Child & Adult Day Care Food Program (CACFP):   Pays a vital role in improving the quality of day care, promoting the development of basic nutritional concepts and nutritious, well-balanced meals fostering sound eating habits that enable participants to become caretakers of their own nutritional habits.

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC):  Charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction.  CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard.

NJ Parent Link:  A statewide website initiative made possible by the work of the New Jersey Early Childhood Comprehensive System (NJ ECCS) Team; to highlight NJ state services and resources. Federal, nationally-respected and community partner resources are also included.  The goal is to improve the accessibility, coordination and delivery of information and services to parents of young children, and to improve communication capabilities for ongoing service collaborations and policy development.

FDA Recall for Chobani Yogurt Products!




Heads up!!

“Chobani, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Greek Yogurt Because of Product Concerns” (i.e. mold). Check this FDA link for a complete list of recalled products:  http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm367298.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Scholastic Book Orders Due 9/13!




It’s that time again… we know you’ve all been waiting for it…  the 1st Scholastic book order of the year is due September 13, 2013!

Class Themes for the Week of 8/19!



Miss Helga’s Class – Circus Fun!

Miss Ashley’s Class – Back to Basics!
Monday 8/19  – Mr. Josh’s Birthday!
Thursday 8/22 – Slumber Party Day!*
Friday 8/23 – Rock Star Day!

Miss Jenn’s Class – Music!
Monday 8/19 – Guitars!
Tuesday 8/20 – Drums!
Wednesday 8/21 – Xylophone!
Thursday 8/22 – Slumber Party Day!*
Friday 8/23 – Rock Star Day!

* We will be serving pancakes for breakfast & watch a movie! 

Themes of the Week 8/12




Miss Helga’s Class… ‘Go West’

Miss Ashley’s Class… ‘Rumble in the Jungle’

Miss Jenn’s Class… ‘Sports’

* Water Play Day for Miss Jenn’s & Miss Ashley’s classes has been re-scheduled (due to the rain) for Thursday, August 15th!  Be sure to send your child with appropriate attire.

NJ One of Ten States to See a Drop in Childhood Obesity




Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ), a trusted, independent voice putting children’s needs first for more than 30 years; recently posted to their Facebook page, a link to the NYTimes article shown below.

A little background on ACNJ… This non-profit advocacy group, is independent and strictly non-partisan, accepting no government funding for advocacy.  This frees the organization to focus on their sole mission – helping children.  ACNJ educates the public and policymakers, while equipping caregivers with the information they need to be their child’s strongest ally. Their work results in better laws and policies, more effective funding and stronger services for children and families. This means more children are given the chance to grow up safe, healthy and educated.

And now, on to the article…

Poor Children Show a Decline in Obesity Ratejp-OBESE-1-articleLarge

After years of growing concern about obesity among children, federal researchers have found the clearest evidence yet that the epidemic may be turning a corner in young children from low-income families.

The obesity rate among preschool-age children from poor families fell in 19 states and United States territories between 2008 and 2011, federal health officials said Tuesday — the first time a major government report has shown a consistent pattern of decline for low-income children after decades of rising rates.

Children from poor families have had some of the nation’s highest rates of obesity. One in eight preschoolers in the United States is obese. Among low-income children, it is one in seven. The rate is much higher for blacks (one in five) and for Hispanics (one in six).

Several cities have reported modest drops among school-age children, offering hints of a change in course. But gains were concentrated among whites and children from middle- and upper-income families, and were not consistent across the country.

“We’ve seen isolated reports in the past that have had encouraging trends, but this is the first report to show declining rates of obesity in our youngest children,” said Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which prepared the report. “We are going in the right direction for the first time in a generation.”

The cause of the decline remains a mystery, but researchers offered theories, like an increase in breast-feeding, a drop in calories from sugary drinks, and changes in the food offered in federal nutrition programs for women and children. In interviews, parents suggested that they have become more educated in recent years, and so are more aware of their families’ eating habits and of the health problems that can come with being overweight.

Health officials noted a small decline in the national rate for low-income children for the first time in December, but they did not regard it as important because they lacked a geographic breakdown to show whether the pattern had taken hold in many states.

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Circus Fun & Water Play Days!


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Tomorrow (8/8), is Clownin’ Around Day
for Miss Jen’s & Miss Ashly’s classes!!
Friday 8/9 is a Water Play Day,
so be sure to send your child in with a swim suit, towel & water shoes!