Author: Michael Rushbrook

Are We There Yet? Splash in the Boro, Statesboro

By Mary Ashton Mills       The dog days of summer in Georgia require creative ways to stay cool. When your kids grow bored with all of the local splash pads such as the backyard slip and slide, the lake, the pool and the river, opt for a day trip to one of Statesboro’s largest attractions, Splash In The Boro Water Park. For this easy day excursion, make plans to leave Augusta early in the morning to arrive at the park by the time it opens at 10:00 am.  As always with large attractions, the early bird gets the...

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Creativity and Cooking!

by Kim Beavers, MS, RD, LD, CDE I used to think that I had the creativity of a rock and then I started cooking for myself. Eventually, I realized that I frequently altered recipes and often changed them into completely new recipes, which indeed is a form of creativity. Fast forward 20 plus years and my daughter also prefers not to follow a recipe, which unfortunately results in a lot of inedible mess making. Admittedly, I have not been stellar at encouraging this form of creativity, especially since I am usually the clean-up crew. In an effort to practice...

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A Pretty Strong Case of The Cooties

By Karen Gordon @SayWhatScooter: Mommy, what are cuties? Mommy: Cuties? @SayWhatScooter  Yeah, cuties. Mommy: They’re those cute little tangerines… really sweet, too. @SayWhatScooter: NNOOO (with sarcasm)… cuties are something that people get on their skin. Mommy: Say what? @SayWhatScooter: Mom, I’m talking about the disease – that people have on their skin. If you touch it, you’ll catch it and get sick. (pause) Mommy: Ohhhhh, you mean COOTIES! @SayWahtScooter: Yeah, cuties. Mommy: Ok. For the past two weeks, I’ve had a pretty strong case of THE COOTIES. It was some kind of upper respiratory, sore throat, nasty cough-ish sort of...

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Raising Summer Readers

by Meredith Flory For younger children, reading in the home is hopefully part of a routine that can be used year round – bedtime stories, storytimes at local libraries or simply having easily accessible board books and picture books for them to look at are ways to encourage a love of reading year round. However, once readers become more independent and school takes up a large part of their time, it can be more difficult to help your child cultivate a love of learning related to their own curiosity, rather than “work”.  During the summer, your schedule as an...

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Editor’s Page

By Renee Williams   For decades, children have been dressing up as superheroes. Our children find comfort, even hope, in superheroes. Recently, Wonder Woman earned $600 million at the box office worldwide and after 75 years of heroics (aside from her lasso of truth, bullet proof bracelets and boomerang tiara) Wonder Woman’s true superhero power is her ability to inspire. Another part of Wonder Woman’s success story is the common narrative of “the hero’s journey,” a story that has been told in a thousand different ways with a thousand different faces. It is the story of Star Wars, The...

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