Author: Michael Rushbrook

The 3 R’s of The Environment: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

by Kim Beavers, MS, RD, LD, CDE This is the time of year for thinking GREEN.  Although St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone, April in Augusta is all about the green jacket. That said, spring’s warmer weather and budding trees also have me thinking about green spaces, green veggies and green living.  The 3 R’s of sustainability (reduce, reuse and recycle) can be easily applied to how we manage food at home. Did you know that on average Americans throw out 40% of their food? That is close to half, which is kind of shocking especially when you...

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A Nugget from Scooter this Morning

By Karen Gordon Scoot: Mom, look under there (pointing to desk). Mommy: Under where? Scoot: Oooooh, you said underwear (laughing hysterically). My kids range in age from 26 to eight. We have a daughter Ryanne who is 26 and three sons Christopher, 26, Malcom, 25 and Scooter is my eight year old. I thought this last one would be easy. You know, we have adult children so we are experts at this. Right? But this guy came into this world seemingly prepared to give me a taste of my own medicine and it seems as if he conferred with...

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Raising Curious Readers

by Meredith Flory My three year old has recently started interrupting stories to ask questions. While it is easier to ask her to be quiet and to think of it as toddler impatience, I have realized that she is really trying to make sense out of stories now.  She wants to know what happens next or why a character is acting a certain way.  Thinking about how curiosity plays into how children learn new skills, I spoke with Amanda Brewer, a fifth grade Gifted and Talented Reading, English, Language Arts and Social Studies teacher at Aiken Elementary School. Brewer...

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Editor’s Page

By Renee Williams   Welcome to our Summer Camp Guide! Ah yes, summertime. Remembering the good ol’ days when my summer vacation meant watching The Brady Bunch, playing Pac-Man, backyard water slides, drinking from the water hose, catching fireflies and roaming the streets at all hours with my best friend Roxanne. This was way back before organic, non-GMO food or cold pressed juices. There was Wonder Bread, frozen TV dinners, the Happy Meal, Kool-Aid laced with red dye number five (Yup, we drank the Kool-Aid) and processed sugar, bleached flour and fried foods were all part of the four...

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Kids’ Responsibilities, Expectations & Age-Appropriate Chores

By Cammie Jones I am guilty of sometimes doing too much for my girls, even though they are completely capable of doing it themselves. Some of the reasons for this are selfish from my end because I want the task done my way (e.g. folding clean laundry and putting it away for them). I still make my kids’ lunches too. Why do I still do this for my 10, 14 and 16 year old girls? My mom made me an egg salad sandwich and packed a real coke for me every day through high school. It was such a...

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