Weekly family rail, with tips for new moms, a review of “Land of the Lost,” an easy strawberry recipe and more.
Tip of the Week
Victoria Pericon, editor of SavvyMommy.com and mother of three, shares some of her favorite time-saving tips that are sure to help new moms protect the precious time they have with their new baby:
- Get organized: The easiest way to stay on track with managing household chores and outside activities is to make a schedule. Buy a large wall calendar to organize your family's play dates, practices, weekly errands and social events so everyone has a clear picture of what the week holds. Color code activities by family member.
- Go digital: Cutting and pasting your baby photos into an album is a thing of the past. Not only is this time-consuming, but it's also costly. Why not create your baby book online? Photo-sharing sites such as Shutterfly.com let you customize your baby book according to your preferences. Also, you can easily share pictures of your new little one with friends and family.
- Streamline sleepy time: Sleep is an all-too-precious commodity for new parents. Set a bedtime routine that lulls baby to sleep faster so you can share a few precious minutes unwinding with your partner or a cup of tea. While good, old-fashioned rocking, reading books and singing lullabies makes bedtime rituals a bonding time, sleep-inducing crib toys can trigger baby's time-for-sleep reflex by lulling baby with gentle moving water and soft music.
Family Screening Room
“Land of the Lost”
Rated: PG-13 (for crude and sexual content, and for language including a drug reference)
Synopsis: Will Ferrell stars as has-been scientist Dr. Rick Marshall, who is spat back through time. Way back. Marshall has no weapons, few skills and questionable smarts to survive in an alternate universe full of marauding dinosaurs and fantastic creatures.
Violence/scary rating: 4
Sexual-content rating: 4
Profanity rating: 4
Drugs/alcohol rating: 3.5
Family Time rating: 4. This movie probably should be rated R, so don’t send your youngsters to see it.
(Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)
“Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind,” by Suzanne Fisher Staples
Ages: Young adult
Life is sweet and cruel to strong-willed young Shabanu, whose home is the windswept Cholistan Desert of Pakistan. The second daughter in a family with no sons, she’s been allowed freedoms forbidden to most Muslim girls. But when a tragic encounter with a wealthy and powerful landowner ruins the marriage plans of her older sister, Shabanu is called upon to sacrifice everything she’s dreamed of. Should she do what is necessary to uphold her family’s honor -- or listen to the stirrings of her own heart?
Did You Know
In 2007, 8 percent of U.S. children didn’t have health insurance, according to the CDC.
Kids Kitchen: Super Strawberry Bars
- 1 c. flour
- 1 c. rolled oats
- 1/2 c. butter or margarine, softened
- 1/3 c. light brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp. baking powder
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 3/4 c. strawberry jam
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix everything together except the strawberry jam. Measure out 2 cups of this mixture. Leave the rest in the bowl, and set it aside. Take the 2 cups of the mixture and press it into the bottom of an 8x8 pan. Using a large spoon, spread the strawberry jam on top of the mixture in the pan. Take the mixture that was left in the bowl and spread it over the strawberry jam. Press it down lightly. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven, and allow it to cool for at least 15 minutes. Serves 12. (kidshealth.org)
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