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‘Top 10 Questions to Ask the Camp Director and Five Other Questions You’d Better Not Ask’

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When Camp Dora Golding’s director was looking to retire, he encouraged Alex Gold, one of the camp’s division heads, to apply for the job. Gold interviewed before the CDG board and from a dozen candidates was chosen as the camp’s new director. That was some 20 years ago; many things might have changed in that time...

Cooking Ideas for Parents and Kids

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(StatePoint) Food brings family together. And time spent in the kitchen is how cooking traditions and those secrets behind the best dishes get handed down from generation to generation.

Here are two delicious recipes for parents and kids to make together, shared by food and family experts, as part of the celebration for Pyrex, a World Kitchen brand’s 100th anniversary.Mom’s Three-Bean Salad

“Like my own kids, I loved helping my mom in the kitchen,” writes food and parenting expert Monica Marino in a recent posting on her “Marino Bambinos” blog. “Along with the kiddos (a.k.a. expert bean rinsers) we made one of her delicious three-bean salads.”

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Diaper Nation

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My mom used to use cloth diapers on my youngest brother, in an effort to preserve the environment. The other five of us were spared of this embarrassment. We often felt bad for him, waddling around with a cloth pinned between his legs, encased in a plastic bubble underpants, the loser, while all of his “friends” wore the more fashionable Pampers. Even Luvs were cooler. Then, my mom would save up the dirty cloths in a bucket of water, and every few days she would wash them, and hang them up to dry.

When I had my first child, I was all about Pampers. The tiny preemie diapers were the size of a slice of American Cheese and smelled powdery fresh, like the head of my old doll. They...

Fresh Ideas for Chanukah Gifts

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Every year, the same dilemma arises for many of us. What should we buy our children and grandchildren for Chanukah? On the one hand, it’s such a pleasure, and on the other hand, it’s a little burdensome. As a grandparent, I absolutely will not give my children or grandchildren money as a gift. I want to give them something that they know I took the time to choose for them (even though they might return it the next day).

I listened carefully this morning as the Today Show announced the top winners of toys for young children. For a baby beginning to sit, up to one year, they suggest “Sitting Up Babies.” It looked like real fun for very little ones. For the one- and...

Buying the Best Chanukah Toys

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Chanukah is around the corner and I am trying to figure out what to buy for my kids. I have different ages and abilities. I would like to focus on toys that are developmental in nature as opposed to those toys that my kids will look at for two minutes and then throw in the toy box. Do you have any suggestions?

As therapists working on development, as well as retailers for developmental toys, we find this question to be very pertinent and important. In fact, the reason why we, as occupational therapists, went into retail to begin with is because we wanted to find a way to provide developmental games for our clients. Often we were making recommendations for specific types of toys that...

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