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Children can develop problems with their
feet for a number of reasons. Whether
your child has a problem with their skin
or nails, or is complaining of foot pain, it
is a good idea to have them evaluated by
a Podiatrist for the appropriate treatment
for their foot problem.
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By Dr. Kathleen O’Keefe
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Foot Health Tips for Children
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Many times foot pain can be due to improper fitting or unsupportive shoe gear.
Having your child in supportive, proper
fitting shoes is important. Children should
have their feet measured twice a year.
Shoes should fit comfortably when they
are tried on in the store and should not
have to be broken in. Even with the most
supportive sneakers, often times children
need to wear an arch insole or orthotic as
well in their shoes.
Ingrown toenails can be seen in patients of all ages, however they are more
commonly seen in the teen population.
Ingrown toenails can sometimes be due
to cutting your nails improperly, from
the way your nail grows, or from pressure
in shoe gear. An ingrown toenail can
become infected quickly, so if your child
has pain to the edge of their nail, or has
swelling or redness, it is important to have
them see a Podiatrist as soon as possible.
A simple procedure done in the office can
alleviate your ingrown toenail immediately.
Another common problem that occurs
on children’s feet are plantar warts. This
could be due to walking barefoot at
public places such as swimming pools or
gyms. Some children complain of pain
when walking, and may have what looks
like a callus on the bottom of their foot.
Usually, it is a plantar wart, which is a
virus, and should be treated by a medical professional. It is important to treat
warts right away, as they can spread and
become more difficult to treat. Over the
counter wart medication is typically not
effective for warts on the bottom of the
feet. A Podiatrist can offer several treatment options for your child to cure this
common problem.
With most children active in competitive
sports these days, foot pain can occur.
Children that are still growing, and are
very active, can get pain to their growth
plates. Another common complaint is
heel pain during activity. If your child is
complaining of pain, it is important to
have them evaluated immediately. Foot
pain without a specific injury could be
treated as easily as with a pair of orthotics,
however if left untreated could cause a
bigger problem and require a longer time
out from their sporting activity.
Foot deformities can also be present
in children of young ages. A common
foot deformity in children is flat feet.
This problem can be evaluated by a
podiatrist with experience in treating
children. Some children with this foot
problem complain of arch or ankle
pain. Others don’t complain of any
pain, but do complain that their feet or
legs get tired with activity. Treatments
for flat foot deformity can range from
orthotics to surgery.
At the Foot Health Center of Merrimack
Valley, our board certified doctors
have experience in treating children
of all ages. Whether your baby has an
ingrown toenail, or your elite athlete
is having heel pain, our doctors will
spend the time that is needed to
provide your child with the treatment
necessary to get them healthy. Our
friendly staff makes every child feel
comfortable and at ease during their
time at our office. If your child is having a problem with their feet, call us
today for an appointment.
Dr. Kathleen O’Keefe is on staff at
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Merrimack Valley Parent
Budget Friendly
By Joni Lazisky
During these last few winter months,
it can be hard to find fun family activities that don’t empty your wallet.
Luckily, plenty of winter fun can be
found in your own backyard.
Instead of looking out your window
at a vast blanket of white, fill up a few
spray bottles with water and food col-
oring and turn your lawn into a work
of art. The kids will love to create funny
faces, rainbows or whatever comes to
your driveway or on your front steps.
You can also hide the orbs around
your yard and have a winter scavenger
to look at. Spice them up a little by
adding faces and clothing with food
coloring. Top off their new look with
old hats, mittens and scarves.
Another fun project to add some color
to a bland yard is by filling balloons
with water and food coloring and allowing them to freeze outside. When
you remove the balloon you will have
a colorful frozen orb to arrange around
For a fun twist, try doing the same
thing with rubber gloves to create
colorful, frozen hands.
No winter would be complete without the construction of a snow fort.
Pile up the snow and hollow out your
mound to make an igloo or fill plastic
bins to create bricks for walls. You can
decorate your new hideout with food
Snow angels are fun to make but the
finished product can be a little boring
coloring, sticks, pinecones, rocks or
whatever else you can find outside.
If there is not enough snow to build
a fort, break out the beach toys and
put them to use. Instead of creating
sandcastles, make snow castles.
A great way to get the kids to burn
some pent up energy is to turn the
yard into a maze for them to run
through. Make paths by packing down
snow with your boots, shovel or snow
shoes. Have each path twist and turn
or intersect at certain points. They will
love racing and chasing each other
around all afternoon.
Keep some black construction paper
on hand for when the next snow flurry
rolls in. Catch snow flakes on the paper
to see just what each flake looks like. If
you have one, use a magnifying glass
to see the details in each unique flake.
Have your children draw a picture of
their favorite ones when you head
inside to warm up.
If you’re looking to get away from the
house for a bit without spending a
fortune, pack up the family and your
sleds and head to local sledding hill.
You’d be hard pressed to find a child
who wouldn’t think a day of sledding
was the best part of wintertime, aside
from Christmas of course.
Some favorite sledding spots in the
area include Woodsom Farm in Amesbury, Bartlet Mall in Newburyport, and
Half Mile Hill and Drummond Park in
North Andover.
Lace up your skates and head to your
local pond or lake for another classic winter activity. If you don’t have a
natural ice rink nearby there are many
ice rinks within the Merrimack Valley
that offer public skating times at fair
Lawrence Valley Forum Ice Rink holds
a public skate weekdays from 11 a.m.
to 1 p.m. Prices are $12 for adults and
$9 for children ages 12 and under for
two hours or $9 for adults and $7 for
children for one hour.
Methuen High School Ice Rink is
available on Saturdays and Sundays
Board Certified*
Cross country skiing and snow shoeing
are another great way to get out of the
house and burn some energy. The Rail
Trails throughout the area are a perfect
place to go, such as the Amesbury
Riverwalk, Bradford Rail Trail, Clipper
City Rail Trail and Harborwalk in Newburyport, Jay McLaren Memorial Trail
in Merrimac or the Bruce Freeman Rail
Trail in Chelmsford.
Everything is made out of snow and
ice and all the ice formations are created by hand.
More than 5,000 icicles are “grown”
each day and then harvested and
sculpted together to form large towers, tunnels, archways, caves, caverns
and safe pathways for exploration.
When the sun sets, the castles are
illuminated and are truly a spectacle
worth seeing.
The Ice Castles are open Sunday
through Thursday from 2 to 9 p.m. and
Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. Admission is $12.95 for adults and $8.95 for
ages four through 12. Warm clothing
and winter boots are best. Shoes and
boots with flat soles are not recommended.
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The Veterans’ Memorial Skating Rink in
Haverhill holds public skating Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1
p.m. and Sundays from noon to 2 p.m.
There is a $3 charge per adult and $1
charge per child. Skate rentals are $4.
Lawrence Valley Forum, Methuen High
School, and Brooks School do not offer
skate rentals.
If you don’t mind the road trip, the Ice
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Merrimack Valley Parent
Treating Seasonal Affective Disorder
Easing My Child’s Anxiety At The Dentist
Feeling blah, dreary, ho-hum? It could
be cabin fever, but with minimal
amounts of snow and above-average
temperatures this winter (editor’s note:
this was written before the blizzard!),
it’s unlikely you’ve been cooped up in
the house. What is likely is that you’re
suffering from a condition known as
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
Though the acronym could convey this
as a joke, the disorder is anything but a
laughing matter.
Also known as winter depression or
winter blues (it’s also called summer
depression and/or summer blues
when occurring during the late spring
and summer months), this syndrome
is classified as a major depressive
disorder that comes about at a specific
time of year, overstays its welcome for
a couple months and then goes into
hibernation until the next year.
People affected by this disorder – it
has been diagnosed in children, teens
and adults, but in most cases doesn’t
begin to reveal itself until a person
reaches the age of 20 - may experience nausea, a desire to sleep
too much, overeating, having
little energy and bouts of depression. Those who suffer from the
disorder in the summer months
may also experience insomnia,
decreased appetite, fluctuation
in weight, both loss and gain, irritability and heightened anxiety.
Adults may also experience low
sex drive. And women are four
times as likely as men to be diagnosed with the disorder.
The disorder has also been named
With Seasonal Pattern and affects
6 percent of the population in the
United States. Although linked to
bipolar disorder, it is important
that people affected by it receive
the proper diagnosis, as treatment for bipolar I, bipolar II and
With Seasonal Pattern are treated
The beginning of the SAD winter
season, the most common of the two
disorders, begins in close proximity to
when we turn our clocks back an hour
in the fall. The shorter days and less
sunlight are a major factor in altering
mood swings, which in turn leads to
less active individuals, which heightens the depressive phase. The summer
SAD season begins in late spring/early
summer. Both are linked to the change
in daylight.
The good news for those suffering
with bouts of this syndrome is that, as
mentioned previously, each episode
is not deemed permanent and goes
away after a couple months, and there
are ways to treat the disorder while it’s
taking hold of an individual.
Light therapy is the most common
treatment available, according to the
American Family Physician. It requires
people suffering from SAD to either
sit in front of a specially designed
light box of full spectrum light for 30
minutes a day through the winter until
more natural light becomes available
and boosts a person’s mood naturally.
Sufferers are instructed not to abandon this therapy even if symptoms
diminish or go away because another
episode can be triggered after the
treatments are stopped. People affected by SAD can also wear a light
visor. Similar to a baseball cap, the
underside of the brim has a light fixture that shines brightly on the person,
providing the artificial light needed to
enhance their mood. Light therapy is
successful in 80 percent of the people
who use it.
Another form of treatment is physical
activity. When you exercise you release
endorphins in the body. Endorphins
are partly responsible for creating that
“runner’s high” or feeling of euphoria.
When people suffer SAD, they suffer
from low self-esteem. Because physical
activity increases endorphins, those
afflicted get a boost which leads to
an increase in self-esteem and a more
positive attitude. Exercise also reduces
stress, improves sleep and wards off
anxiety, all symptoms of SAD.
Exercise can come in many enjoyable
forms, and it doesn’t have to be overly
taxing on the body. Dancing, golf or
a casual and leisurely bike ride can be
exactly what the doctor ordered. Here
in New England, where the winters
can be long and the opportunity to go
for a nice run or bike ride are severely
limited, can be overcome with other
forms of activity like ice skating, skiing
– downhill or cross-country – snowshoeing, indoor golf, or joining a gym
to workout, use the treadmill or ride a
stationary bike.
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By Maritza Morell, DMD, MS, MPH
Most people understand that going to the
dentist is necessary to maintain good oral
health and promote excellent oral hygiene
habits. However, many adults hate going to
the dentist or may feel sick to the stomach
just thinking about the sound of the drill.
Dental anxiety has potentially detrimental
effects on the patient when it interferes
with receiving optimal dental care. Dental
anxiety and phobia are extremely common. It is estimated that as many as 75%
of US adults experience some degree of
dental fear, from mild to severe. Furthermore, approximately 5 to 10 % of U.S.
adults are considered to experience dental
phobia. That’s about 30 million to 40 million people.
By Mike Sullivan
Merrimack Valley Parent
From a child’s point of view, a trip to the
dentist can be a frightening experience
because loud sounds, lights, smells and
touching can overwhelm a young child.
This presents a special challenge for dental
treatment because pretty much anything
about dentistry involves these things.
Dental visits for a young child may end up
in tears and tantrums. Teach your child
that visiting the dentist is important and
necessary for years to come. It has been
found that as many as 19.5% of school-age
children are afraid of dentists. Parents play
an important role in “setting the stage” for
making the first dental office visit a positive
experience. As a parent, there are some
things you can do in order to decrease a
child’s dental anxiety.
Take your child to the dentist at age one!
The earlier a child visits the dentist the
better it is to reduce a lifetime of dental
fears. When preparing for a visit, especially
the first time, try not to include too many
details. Try to keep it simple and keep a
positive attitude towards the dental visit.
Any anxiety displayed by parents will be
“picked up” by your child. Young children
may have difficulty understanding complicated verbal explanations; do not use
words as “hook”, “poke”, “shots” or “needles”.
Let the dental staff introduce their own vocabulary to help children get through the
dental visit in a non- threatening way.
Children are more likely to tolerate a
procedure when they have been told in
advance what to expect. Demonstration
or role-play can be a useful strategy before
the dentist appointment. Play pretend
with your child, let your child role-play by
using a toothbrush and counting your little
one’s teeth. In order to get your child more
familiar with the real visit, picture books
with detailed illustrations and easy-to-understand language can also help children
get a sense of what to expect. Stay calm
during the visit and be prepared for some
fussing! It is age-appropriate for a young
child to fear strangers and to cry, whine
and wiggle. Please remember that the
dentist and her staff are used to working
with children and have seen their share of
Often an upsetting childhood dental
experience has lasting effects into adulthood. But dentists are well-trained today
and have tools and techniques to minimize
discomfort for the child who is visibly
anxious. A dentist who treats children
often will know how to cope with your
child’s fears and anxiety and put them at
ease. For the anxious child, going to a
pediatric dental office may be the solution!
Most pediatric dentists use relaxation and
distraction strategies that are quite useful.
Pediatric offices are kid-friendly, use words
that seems familiar to children, have video
games, pleasing pictures on the walls, and
movies or TV shows kids enjoy. Pediatric
dentists study two or three years after a
doctorate in dental school to solely specialize in the care of children, teenager and
young adults. These specialists are highly
trained in the management of patients
with dental anxiety and patients with
special medical conditions. When extensive dental treatment is needed, pediatric
dentist sometimes may use sedation to
help the child relax and be more comfortable, such as, nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”)
or an oral sedative. In addition, general
anesthesia in coordination with an anesthesiologists at a local hospital can be used
by the pediatric dentist to help patients
with dental phobia easily cope with the
stress of the dental office. “The number of
adults who suffer from dental fear will be
decreased if they are treated supportively
and gently from a young age!” says Dr
Dr. Morell maintains a private practice
“Andover Pediatric Dentistry” in Andover, MA
and Lawrence, MA. Dr Morell forms part of
the clinical pediatric dentistry faculty at Boston Children’s Department and the Harvard
School of Dental Medicine
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SAD is only a temporary affliction, with
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feet, pacing from one end of the room
to the other during a game that was in
serious doubt until the final whistle.
During the game, my son and daughter also paced incessantly as we
watched, nearly bumping into each
other as they crisscrossed the room.
Yet, despite their behavior mirroring
my own (ah yes, we tend to pass down
both the good and the odd to our
children), their perceived stress was in
fact something entirely different.
I paced the room in direct correlation
to the score – when the Patriots were
behind, the walking about was a tool
to alleviate the tension, to let some air
out of the stress balloon the game was
rapidly filling. Only during moments
of game equilibrium (the score tied
or working in our favor) was I able to
momentarily take my seat.
My son, though I didn’t realize it at
the time, was almost completely
oblivious to the score of the football
game and the toll it was taking on
his father’s sanity. It turns out, he was busily formulating a strategy to solve
a Minecraft issue that had surfaced
around kick-off. His pacing about was a problem-solving tool, a way to get
from point A to point B both literally
and figuratively.
My daughter, on the other hand, had
little reason to pace about - her pacing was in direct correlation to her
boredom. Her prowling from one end
of the house to the other was more
to pass the time than to alleviate the
stress of the game. And here I was
thinking she cared!
Thankfully, the AFC Championship
game against the Indianapolis Colts
provided few, if any, stressful moments
and, therefore, little in the way of
incessant pacing or other idiosyncrasies that may or may not have been
passed down from my parents.
Of course, before New England could
collectively celebrate the victory, the
unsavory business of deflated footballs and subsequent demonizing of
Bill Belichick became a bigger story
than the victory.
As of this writing (a few days before
the Super Bowl), we don’t seem any
closer to learning what, if anything,
happened to eleven of the twelve
Patriot footballs.
What I did learn during the two weeks
leading up to the big game was yet
another family trait was passed along
to my son. Upon hearing the report
of deflated footballs, he scoffed, “the
Patriots wouldn’t do that.”
Ah, yes, somewhere along the line I’d
passed along the enduring attitude of
the pompous Boston sports fan .
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If your town water is not fluoridated, contact your Pediatrician or Dentist
for a prescription for fluoride so your child’s teeth will grow
in strong to prevent cavities.
Tuesday, February 3
Pajama Party
Pajama Party is our evening story time for
preschoolers and their favorite adult. Wear
your pajamas, bring a stuffed animal, and
share stories, songs, and a simple craft. No
registration required. Date / Time::
Tuesday Feb 3, 2015 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM
Location: Activity Room
Memorial Hall Library, Andover
Wednesday, February 4
Tween Challenge! Minute to Win It!
It’s early release! Are you up for a challenge? We’ll see what you can do in a
minute’s time with some pretty awesome
(and sometimes silly) activities (such as balancing die on a your mouth! Using
only a straw and air to move cotton balls!)
Last one to survive the set of challenges for
the month gets a cool prize! Ages 8 to 12
are welcome. Registration is required!
Date / Time:: Wednesday Feb 4, 2015
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Contact: Dorothy Purdy
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Amesbury Public Library
Thursday, February 5
February 5 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
February 5, 2015 will see the first ever
Harry Potter Book Night celebrated
throughout the world and the Newburyport Public Library is getting ready for our
own special evening of activities. The fun
kicks off at 6:00 pm and continues until
8:00 pm. Wizards, witches and muggles of
all ages are invited to join us at NPL for a
magical night. Costumes are encouraged!
This free event is sponsored by the Friends
of the Newburyport Public Library. Contact
Jessica Hilbun, Teen Services Librarian, at
978-465-4428 ext. 246 or nplteenlibrarian@ with questions.
LEGO Block Party (K to 4th grade)
Come create anything you wish using our
new LEGOS. There are 10,000 pieces to
choose from as you put together your masterpiece. We will take a picture of you and
your creation before you leave. All LEGOS
must stay at the library so we may offer this
program throughout the year.
Date / Time:: Thursday Feb 5, 2015 4:00 PM
- 5:00 Contact: Children’s Department 978686-4080 ext 26
Nevins Memorial Library, Methuen
Saturday, February 7
Celebrate the seasonal return of bald
eagles to the Merrimack Valley with the
tenth annual Merrimack River Eagle
Festival! Staff and volunteers from Joppa
Flats and the Parker River National Wildlife
Refuge help visitors find eagles and other
winter specialties and answer questions
about behaviors and habitats. The scavenger hunt for children and families launches
on January 16th and runs through to the
festival—hunt forms available at most locations displaying the Eagle Festival Friends
window cling or call us for locations:
Date: Sat, Feb 07, 2015; 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Newburyport and vicinity
Fee: free. No preregistration required.
Legomania is a program for chidlren ages 5
and up who love to build with Lego’s. This
month we will be meeting at an
earlier time, 1:00 p.m. Each child will build
on their own base, then share their creation with the group before putting it on
display in the Children’s Room. Date /
Time:: Saturday Feb 7, 2015 1:00 PM - 2:00
PM Memorial Hall Library, Andover
Family Lego Build!
Come on up to the Children’s Room and
build anything you can imagine! We’ll
provide the Lego, you provide the builders!
Everyone is welcome (we have some Duplo
for youngers)! We’ll have some challange
suggestions each month, if you’d like! No
registration required and drop in anytime
between 2pm - 4pm. We will display any
creations made in our fiction section!
Date / Time:: Saturday Feb 7, 2015
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Contact:Clare Dombrowski 978-388-8148 x4 cdombrowski@ Amesbury Public Library
Wednesday, February 11
Science Club!
Science Club for 9 to 12 year olds! Simulate
an oil spill in the ocean this month and
learn about ways to clean it up (and try a
few out!) A great way to explore the world
with hands-on projects and experiments!
Registration is required for each month!
Date / Time:: Wednesday Feb 11, 2015
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Contact: Dorothy Purdy
978-388-8148 x4
Amesbury Public Library
Thursday, February 12
This parent/child program is designed for
the creative, curious, and active preschooler. Each 90-minute session offers a structured series of activities including original
songs, movement, dramatic play, hands-on
science, and a thematic snack.Date: Thu,
Feb 12, 2015; 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Location: Meet at Joppa Flats Education
Center, One Plum Island Turnpike,
Fee: $8 (adult)/$7 (child).
Preregistration required.
Friday, February 13
This parent/child program is designed for
the creative, curious, and active preschooler. Each 90-minute session offers a structured series of activities including original
songs, movement, dramatic play, hands-on
science, and a thematic snack.
Date: Fri, Feb 13, 2015; 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Location: Meet at Joppa Flats Education
Center, One Plum Island Turnpike,
Newburyport. Fee: $8 (adult)/$7 (child).
Preregistration required.
Saturday, February 14
Happy Valentine’s Day!
February 14 | 1:30 pm – 3:15 pm
Join us for the annual Friends of the Library
Kid’s Book Sale, plus a free Magic Show!
The show starts at 1:30, followed by refreshments, and the book sale is from 2:15
to 3:15. This free event is sponsored by the
Friends of the Library and will take place in
the Program Room. All are welcome.
Newburyport Public Library
Sunday, February 15
Adults and children can spend quality
family time in the great outdoors finding,
observing, and admiring local wildlife.
Excursions might include a group game
to burn off some steam, an on-the-water
scavenger hunt, or a guided tour. We’ll
observe, investigate, and compare coastal
environments and their inhabitants, both
on- and offshore. Date: Sun, Sun, Feb 15,
2015; 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm Location: Meet at
Joppa Flats Education Center, One Plum
Island Turnpike, Newburyport.
Fee: $8 (child)/$11 (adult).
Preregistration required.
Wednesday, February 18
Our school vacation programs offer a wide
variety of indoor and outdoor activities
while we keep minds active and hands
busy during school break with free-flow
learning for the whole family. For ages 7
and up, there are STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activity
stations featuring experiments, challenges,
data sheets, maps, and charts. For ages
2 to 6, there are stories, crafts, table top
games, coloring pages, and science activities. Family presentations will be offered at
11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Date: Wed, Feb 18,
2015; 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Location: Meet
at Joppa Flats Education Center, One Plum
Island Turnpike, Newburyport.
Fee: $5 (child)/adults free--$20/family
maximum fee. No preregistration required.
Manga Club for Teens
Manga Club is for anyone that loves Manga
and Anime. We talk about books, make
crafts, make candy sushi, and play games.
Date / Time:: Wednesday Feb 18, 2015
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Contact: Margie 978388-8148
Location: APL Teen Lounge
Amesbury Public Library
Thursday, February 19
Our school vacation programs offer a wide
variety of indoor and outdoor activities
while we keep minds active and hands
busy during school break with free-flow
learning for the whole family. For ages 7
and up, there are STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activity
stations featuring experiments, challenges,
data sheets, maps, and charts. For ages
2 to 6, there are stories, crafts, table top
games, coloring pages, and science activities. Family presentations will be offered at
11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Date: Thur, Feb 19,
2015; 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Location: Meet
at Joppa Flats Education Center, One Plum
Island Turnpike, Newburyport.
Fee: $5 (child)/adults free--$20/family
maximum fee. No preregistration required.
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Merrimack Valley Parent
Lawrence Academy
Summer Programs
By Bill Corbett
The antidote for battling all of the pain
and hardships in the world is to practice
and demonstrate love to our children.
What better month to do this in than the
month of LOVE, February. So to get you
jump started in showing your child love,
here are tips for each of the first 14 days
of the month of February. And if you don’t
find this article until well after February 1st,
it’s never too late to start it.
Toddlers to teens love to be surprised. Hide
a small valentine, an encouraging note, or
a small valentine chocolate somewhere
for them to find each day leading up to
Valentine’s Day. Get creative and mix it up.
You could also leave a note each day in one
place that contains clues to helping them
find what you’ve hidden.
child’s illustrated book that sends a message of love and commit to reading it to
your children every night, leading up to
Valentine’s Day. My favorite is the book
LOVE YOU FOREVER by Robert Munsch and
illustrated by Sheila McGraw. It sends the
message that I’ll always love you unconditionally, no matter how you behave and
well into your adult years.
DAY 3: PLAN A PARTY – Help your child
plan a V-Day party with all of their friends.
For one activity at the party, provide a personalized mailbox (or bag) for each child.
On blank slips of paper, have each child
write down words that describe what they
like about each of the other kids, one child
per slip of paper. They will deposit them in
each other’s’ mailboxes.
Friday, February 20
School Vacation Week:
Imagination Playground
Where will your imagination take you? We
will have tons of supplies (such as tubes,
cardboard, containers, paper bags, glue,
markers....a whole bunch of items) This is
the time to play and allow for creativity to
blossom. A great thing for all ages (including parents). Drop by any time between
10am-2pm to play! Date / Time:: Friday Feb
20, 2015 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Contact:
Clare Dombrowski 978-388-8148 x4
Amesbury Public Library
Saturday, February 21
Children’s Author Festival
This new event will feature almost a dozen
local authors for children. Each author will
children about love by expressing love
for your significant other in front of them.
Children who have healthy models of affection around them are likely to recreate
in their adulthood what they witnessed as
children. When your significant other and
you argue or fight in front of the children,
be sure and let the kids see the two of you
DAY 5: SCHEDULE A DATE – Schedule a
special Valentine date with each of your
children. Put it on your calendar and tell
your child so they will have something to
look forward to. Scheduling in these dates
ahead of time ensures they will happen.
Then everything else that is less important
can fill in around them. Why not schedule
a date with your significant other as well?
Do this every Sunday night for the week to
OF YOU – Take a picture of you and your
child, frame it, and then give it to your child
to put in his or her room on the dresser
or night table. If you have more than one
child, create one for each of them. For an
older child, put a picture of the two of you
in a locket that the child can wear. This will
also help calm a child who feels anxious
when being away from the parent.
with your family. Each person takes a turn
in the center of the circle, facing each person who states one thing they love about
the person in the center. Before the person
have a short time to read their book and
answer questions. All will be available to
meet and sign books. Bring your copy or
purchase that day. A list of authors, book
titles and schedule of readings will be
available soon. Date / Time:: Saturday Feb
21, 2015 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Contact: Beth Kerrigan 978-623-8401 x40
Memorial Hall Library, Andover
Donuts With Dads (3 to 6 years old)
Children ages 3-6 and their fathers, grandfathers or uncles are invited to join us for a
fun story and activity time with an added
bonus of sweet, yummy donuts and juice!\
Please register online or call the Children’s
Department for more information.
Date / Time:: Saturday Feb 21, 2015
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM Contact:
in the center steps back into the circle, they
must state one thing they love about them
self. Then someone else steps into the
circle. See the video
– When your child approaches you to get
your attention, stop what you’re doing, get
to your child’s eye level, silence your mindchatter, and remain completely quiet while
your child speaks. Nothing feels better to
a child (or an adult) who has something to
say, than the sense of getting 100% of that
adults attention in that moment.
DAY 9: MOVIE NIGHT – Have a movie
night with your child(ren), complete with
big pillows to snuggle up with and a big
bowl of popcorn. The one difference in
making this night special is that the movie
being featured will be the home movies
you have of your child(ren)!
DAY 10: CRAFT PROJECT – Using a family
meeting, have everyone create a craft project that represents love to them. Provide
a wide selection of construction paper and
craft supplies and allow your children to
create whatever comes to mind. Put the
creations on display for everyone to see
and enjoy, and photograph them to look at
for many years to come.
FEEL LOVED – Ask your child what he likes
others to do to or for him that makes him
feel loved. Dr. Gary Chapman, in his book
(Northfield Publishing, 1997), explains how
each individual feels loved in different
ways; receiving gifts, hearing words of affirmation, acts of kindness, or touch. Ask your
child which one makes him feel loved.
CHILD – Compose a poem about your
child or describing how much you love
her. Print if off on special preprinted paper
with a border that can be purchased at
office supply stores. Frame it and hang it
on your child’s bedroom wall. You could
even include the child’s picture or her foot
or handprints if you had them done earlier.
Sign it and read it to her nightly.
DAY 11: SHARE HOW YOU LOVE YOURSELF – Create teachable moments with
your child when they are open to learning,
by explaining (and demonstrating) what
you do to love yourself. This might be a
tough exercise for some, but teaching a
child to love himself starts by setting a
healthy example they can see.
Bill Corbett has a degree in clinical psychology
and is the author of the award winning book
“Love, Limits, & Lessons: A Parent’s Guide to
Raising Cooperative Kids,” in English and in
Spanish. He is a Massachusetts native, happily married with three grown children, three
grandchildren, and three step children. You can
visit his Web site for
further information and parenting advice.
Children’s Department 978-686-4080
Nevins Memorial Library, Methuen
and characters from either a single source
text or multiple sources; these fan-created
narratives often take the pre-existing storyworld in a new, sometimes bizarre, direction. While the activities of fans may take
many forms, writing stories deriving from
one or more source texts has long been the
most popular way of showing their passion
for a particular fictional universe. For 7th12th grade. Date / Time::
Wednesday Feb 25, 2015 3:00 PM - 5:00
Contact: Margie Walker 978-388-8148
Amesbury Public Library
Monday, February 23
Teen Writing Group
If you like writing for fun or have dreams of
becoming an author, please join the Teen
Writing Club! This is an informal group
that meets monthly, works on improving
our writing skills with different writing
exercises and has fun! Date / Time::
Monday Feb 23, 2015 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Contact:Sarah 978-686-4080
Nevins Memorial Library, Methuen
Wednesday, February 25
Fan Fiction Writing for Teens
What is fanfiction? Fanfiction refers to stories produced by fans based on plot lines
Groton, MA
DAY 12: MAILBOXES – In a family meeting have everyone make and decorate a
mailbox using any household craft items.
On slips of paper, have everyone write
short love notes to everyone at the table
as a practice run and then insert them in
the appropriate mailboxes. Have everyone
hang their mailboxes on their bedroom
door knobs for accepting mail whenever
someone desires to write a note.
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