This Week’s Buzz: June 26th- July 2nd

Twins Are The New Black

On behalf of all the MOMs (that’s Moms of Multiples for the uninitiated), welcome to the world to the Carter twins (proud parents Jay-Z and Beyoncé and Big Sister Blue Ivy) and the Clooney twins (George and Amal). It’s an exciting time for you, as your family just grew by twice the typical amount. It’s also a scary time, as the first weeks of parenting a newborn can remind you just how fragile life is and just how much you hate your spouse, the entire world, and all of its inhabitants.

Luckily – and we’re just making assumptions here – you can afford a night nurse and a quality lactation consultant and a hospital grade pump. Put these things to good use and don’t worry too much about the thank you notes for the (useless) Tiffany & Co. baby rattles and the very very useful double stroller that we assume your book group chipped in to buy.

Parenting twins can be a funny thing. No matter the…

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Buzz This Week
Monday, June 26th

  • 2pm Great Books = Great Movies: Mr. Popper’s Penguins (Rated PG-13) at The Woodlawn Library
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight in Rockford Park
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Tuesday, June 27th

  • 9:30am Green By Nature Preschool: Call Of The Bullfrog at the Ashland Nature Center
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  • 1pm Children’s Story Time at Woodside Creamery
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  • Big Bug exhibit now at the Tyler Arboretum, and open late until 8pm on Summer Tuesdays.
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Wednesday, June 28th

  • 10am Summer Kids Club at Penn Cinema in Wilmington
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  • 11am-6pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 5-8pm Bike and Hike Night at Hagley
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Thursday, June 29th

  • 10:30am Storytime at the Brandywine Zoo
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  • 4-5pm Kids’ Club at The Comic Book Shop
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  • 6pm & 7pm Family Night on the River Taxi on Wilmington Riverfront
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Friday, June 30th

  • 10:30am Glory of Stories at the Delaware Art Museum
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  • 2pm Friday Family Films For Fun at the Brandywine Hundred Library
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  • 5-8pm $5 Fridays after 5pm at the Delaware Children’s Museum
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Weekend Buzz
Saturday, July 1st

  • 9am-4pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 10:30-2:30pm SUMMER SATURDAYS at Hagley
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  • 11am-3pm Chadds Ford Historic Houses Open Saturdays in Summer
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  • 1:15pm Living History Tour at Delaware State Park
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  • 4-7pm – I Pledge for Ice Cream Event at Woodside Creamery
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  • 6-11pm Freedom Fest – Concert & Fireworks in Nottingham County Park
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Sunday, July 2nd

  • 9:30am-12pm Heritage Concrete’s Free Sunday Morning at the Delaware Museum of Natural History
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  • 11am-2pm PNC ARTS ALIVE FIRST SUNDAYS FOR FAMILIES at the Brandywine River Museum
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  • 12pm 40th Anniversart Party at Bellevue State Park, Free Admission & Family Fun!
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  • 12:30-4:30pm Steamin’ Days at Auburn Heights
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight is in Bellevue State Park
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Save the Date
  • July 4th Hockessin 4th of July Festival and Fireworks
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  • July 4th – Fireworks Express on the Wilmington & Western Railroad
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  • July 4th 4TH OF JULY BBQ CRUISE on the Riverboat Queen in Wilmington, Reservations
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  • July 4th – Fireworks in Newark
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  • July 4th – 4th Of July “All American” Celebration at the Ashland Nature Center
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  • July 6th – MUSEUM EXPLORERS FAMILY WORKSHOP at the Brandywine River Musuem
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  • July 11th Afternoon Adventure: “Ice Cream Dreamin'” at the Newlin Grist Mill
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  • July 12th – Family Fun Night with WSTW at the Brandywine Zoo
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  • July 16th – TURK’S HEAD MUSIC FESTIVAL AT EVERHART PARK in West Chester
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Exceptional Care for Children

I began volunteering at ECC almost a year ago and since that time, I have spent over 125 hours with some of my new friends. Whenever I spent time with any of them, it’s the highlight of my day.  By the expression on some of my new friends’ faces or the words some of them can share, I believe I am a welcomed distraction in their life.   It didn’t take long to realize that when I’m at ECC I’m surrounded by Superhero’s.   

At ECC, I assist in play therapy, free play with the children, or sometimes I just hold and rock a baby.  In all cases, I’m given the opportunity to share my love with them, see them grow stronger, and even transition back to living with their families.  Each time I’m there, I witness courage first hand.  Each of these tiny souls musters more courage on a daily basis than many of us will have to find in a lifetime.  As I watch Navaya who couldn’t move long ago now adeptly scooting around in unique ways, I’m reminded of Spiderman who defies physics and leaps about.  As I reflect on Navaya’s progress over the last few months, I’m reminded of the Hulk who possesses super-strength.  Or when I think of Danny who beat all odds of survival in his first few months of life, I think he’s like a little Captain America who beat all odds and survived being frozen in ice.

From the cleaning staff to the nurses to the engineers and to the doctors who are specialists in their fields, all of these individuals appear to me to be part of a team like the Avengers working closely with the ECC residents to fight the physical and development challenges each face.  So many remind me of Iron Man who has a genius level intellect that allows him to invent a wide range of sophisticated devices to solve problems or Superman with his strong moral compass and desire to help all of humanity.   Every individual shares a common purpose to support these children and provide them with a normal life – the kind of life you and I take for granted.  Everyone who works there is selfless.  The focus is the child, and the environment is so encouraging.  I’m convinced that the positive “spirit” of ECC, the group that simply will not accept failure in any way, plays a large role in the healing and success the children have.

I’m not sure if I’m paying back, paying forward, giving or receiving, but I know that all of these children have touched my life and are somehow influencing my future and what I’m meant to do. I know that everyone is capable of doing something to make the lives of others better.   I wanted to share my story of ECC with hopes that you realize “A Superhero lies within each of one of us…all you have to do is put on your cape.”

Twins Are The New Black

On behalf of all the MOMs (that’s Moms of Multiples for the uninitiated), welcome to the world to the Carter twins (proud parents Jay-Z and Beyoncé and Big Sister Blue Ivy) and the Clooney twins (George and Amal). It’s an exciting time for you, as your family just grew by twice the typical amount. It’s also a scary time, as the first weeks of parenting a newborn can remind you just how fragile life is and just how much you hate your spouse, the entire world, and all of its inhabitants.
Luckily – and we’re just making assumptions here – you can afford a night nurse and a quality lactation consultant and a hospital grade pump. Put these things to good use and don’t worry too much about the thank you notes for the (useless) Tiffany & Co. baby rattles and the very very useful double stroller that we assume your book group chipped in to buy.
Parenting twins can be a funny thing. No matter the genders of your twins or how well-educated your acquaintances, someone will invariably ask you if they are identical even when they are clearly not. All kinds of people will compliment your husband for doing a single dish or getting up overnight even once, no matter if you are literally Beyonce or an incredibly acclaimed international human rights lawyer and have kind of a big job to manage after your maternity leave is over. EVERYONE will ask you (or at least wonder) if they run in your family or if, you know, you did assisted fertility.
Let’s get this cleared up: no matter how you got the twins, via surrogate or stork or sauvignon blanc and a wild night of staying up past 9:30 while also having a toddler at home, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that twins is twice the amount of one baby. Twice the feedings, twice the diapers, twice the laundry, twice the pacifiers to lose and twice the bottles to wash, ounces to pump, pediatrician visits and teacher conferences.
What you don’t know now, Amal and Bey, is this: there comes a time in every twin parents’ life when you feel just the tiniest bit sorry for families that *don’t* have twins. It’s like your own nature vs. nurture study under your very own roof, day in and day out. There are a million times that you’ll be jealous of the moms with only one child to chase, change, and chastise … but there’s something pretty magical about the twin thing that only parents of twins – like us – truly understand.
Carters and Clooneys, welcome to the club.
And, to the parents of triplets and even higher order multiples, WE LITERALLY DON’T KNOW HOW YOU DO IT.

We Are All Summer Mom

It’s summertime, and moms need a break too. No homework and far fewer organized activities help. Encouraging kids to do just a bit more for themselves, now that the stress of the school year is at bay for a few months, also helps. Call it fostering their independence or protecting your own sanity, but if you follow along with this script, you can have the summer you’ve always dreamed of. My wingmom, who turns into SummerMom in June, swears by this regiment.
1. When the kids begin to approach at the summer BBQ or the pool, SummerMom’s immediate response is “Go ask Dad.” If Dad is not available, next response is “I think this is something you can figure out yourself.”
2. Munchkins are a perfectly acceptable breakfast.
3. And lunch. If you are still hungry, please see if we have any single serving fruit you can eat like a banana or an apple. If we don’t, check for applesauce.
4. There is always snack bar money but please just help yourself and don’t ask. SummerMom is trying to chat with my friends or close my weary eyes for five minutes or read my book and you can just go self-regulate your snack bar choices. If your belly hurts later, that’s a good way to figure out what not choose next time.
5. Sure, you can watch that. If it’s scary, then you can stop and if it has bad language please choose to not repeat that language to your friends whose mothers care more than yours does.
6. Just kidding! Of course SummerMom cares. That’s why I make sure you go to the mom that *has* the sunscreen to get sunscreened up. And to the mom that always has the snacks when you suddenly want a snack.
7. Too much screen time is not good for you, so when SummerMom is catching up on Orange Is The New Black, you can go ride your bike. If you happen to ride your bike to your friend’s house and he’s playing on his xbox, then you can do screen time there if his mom says it’s okay. I really only monitor the screen time going on at our house.
8. Too much sugar is also not good for you so if you have more than two water ices or packages of twizzlers at the pool, please don’t tell me about it. I don’t want to worry about you more than I already do.
9. No, honey, SummerMom can’t help you with that baking/glueing/slime/playdoh/glitter/sand art project. The sitter will be here in a few days and you can get her to help you with it. I pay her to do the things I really can’t stand, like camp pick up and crafts. If you want, we can do a puzzle or play Clue, or Scrabble. Or Boggle.
10. No, SummerMom is not sure where you left your goggles/pool towel/$5 bill. Sorry. Better luck keeping track of your own stuff next time.
See? SummerMom *is* more relaxed than school year mom, PTO Mom, volunteer mom, or juggling it all mom. Enjoy. Labor Day is 11 weeks away.

This Week’s Buzz: June 19th- June 25th

We Are All Summer Mom

It’s summertime, and moms need a break too. No homework and far fewer organized activities help. Encouraging kids to do just a bit more for themselves, now that the stress of the school year is at bay for a few months, also helps. Call it fostering their independence or protecting your own sanity, but if you follow along with this script, you can have the summer you’ve always dreamed of. My wingmom, who turns into SummerMom in June, swears by this regiment. 

1. When the kids begin to approach at the summer BBQ or the pool, SummerMom’s immediate response is “Go ask Dad.” If Dad is not available, next response is “I think this is something you can figure out yourself.”

2. Munchkins are a perfectly acceptable breakfast.

3. And lunch. If you are still hungry, please see if we have any single serving fruit you can eat like a banana or an apple. If we don’t, check for applesauce.

4. There is always …

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Buzz This Week
Monday, June 19h

  • 9am-4pm Recreation Camp: Ooey Gooey in Bellevue State Park, reservations
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight in Rockford Park
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Tuesday, June 20th

  • 9:30am Green By Nature Preschool: Call Of The Bullfrog at the Ashland Nature Center
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  • 10:15am Family Fun Times – The Build It Better Workshop at the Hockessin Public Library
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  • 1pm Children’s Story Time at Woodside Creamery
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  • 6-8pm Family Fun Night with WSTW at the Brandywine Zoo
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Wednesday, June 21st

  • 10am Summer Kids Club at Penn Cinema in Wilmington
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  • 11am-6pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 5-8pm Bike and Hike Night at Hagley
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  • 6-7pm SUMMER SOLSTICE LABYRINTH WALK at the Delaware Art Museum
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  • 6:30-8pm Summer Concert Series at the Brandywine Hundred Library
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Thursday, June 22nd

  • 10:30am Storytime at the Brandywine Zoo
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  • 4pm Summer Kids Club at The Comic Book Shop!
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  • 5:30pm Spring Concert Series and Youth’s Got Talent in Newark
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  • 7:30pm Delaware All-State Theatre presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
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Friday, June 23rd

  • Day Out with Thomas at the Strasburg Railroad, tickets
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  • 10:30am Glory of Stories at the Delaware Art Museum
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  • 2-4pm Friday Family Films for Fun at the Brandywine Hundred Library
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  • 5-8pm $5 Fridays after 5pm at the Delaware Children’s Museum
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  • 7:30pm Delaware All-State Theatre presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
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Weekend Buzz
Saturday, June 24th

  • 9am-1pm Centerville Farmer’s Market in Canby Park
  • Day Out with Thomas at the Strasburg Railroad, tickets
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  • 8:45-10am Breakfast with the Beasts at the Brandywine Zoo, Reservations
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  • 9am-4pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 9:30am-2pm Family Fun Day at the Delaware Museum of Natural History
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  • 10am-7pm New Castle County Ice Cream Festival at Rockwood Mseum
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  • 1-4pm SCIENCE SATURDAY: TWIST AND GO RUBBER BAND CARS at Hagley
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  • 7:30pm Delaware All-State Theatre presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
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Sunday, June 25th

  • Day Out with Thomas at the Strasburg Railroad, tickets
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  • 9-11am Family Farmers for a Day at the Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 11am-5pm New Castle County Ice Cream Festival at Rockwood Mseum
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  • 1pm & 2pm & 3pm CANNON FIRING DEMONSTRATION at Hagley
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  • 2pm Delaware All-State Theatre presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight is in Bellevue State Park
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Save the Date
  • July 1st – Freedom Fest – Concert & Fireworks in Nottingham County Park
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  • July 1st – I Pledge for Ice Cream Event at Woodside Creamery
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  • July 2nd Heritage Concrete’s Free Sunday Morning at the Delaware Museum of Natural History
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  • July 4th Hockessin 4th of July Festival and Fireworks
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  • July 4th – Fireworks Express on the Wilmington & Western Railroad
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  • July 4th – Fireworks in Newark
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This Week’s Buzz: June 12th- June 18th

One Day At A Time

Note to fall sports deadlines and early bird registrations: Calm The F— Down. SERIOUSLY. Some of us haven’t even purchased the end of year teacher gifts yet and you’re all “hurry up and sign up for fall soccer you so don’t miss the early bird price” and I’m all “fall? NOOOOOOO.”

Can we just enjoy a teeny bit of summer first before we have to start planning for fall? Why in the world does rec soccer need my registration this week when soccer rosters won’t come out until the week before practices start?

Before my oldest even finishes 5th grade…

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Buzz This Week
Monday, June 12th

  • Last day to buy Tickets for the June 16th Hagley Fireworks Show online
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  • June 12-17 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s Carnival, in Bear
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  • 10am Registration open for the June 19th Makin’ Music Performance at Glen Eagle Square Shopping Center
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  • 5:30-10:30pm  Annual St. Anthony’s Italian Festival in Wilmington
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Tuesday, June 13th

  • 9:30am Green By Nature Preschool: Turtle Tales at the DEEC
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  • 11am Toddler Tales at the Woodlawn Library
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  • 5:30-10:30pm Annual St. Anthony’s Italian Festival in Wilmington
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  • 6-10pm Family Night! at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s Carnival, in Bear
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Wednesday, June 14th

  • 10am Early Childhood Family Music Play Date at the Music School of Delaware in Wilmington
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  • 11am-6pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 5-8pm Bike and Hike Night at Hagley
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Thursday, June 15th

  • 10am Springhouse Storytime – “Colors” at the Newlin Grist Mill
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  • 10:30am – Story Time in Enchanted Woods at Winterthur
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  • 10:30am Storytime at the Brandywine Zoo
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  • 5:30pm Spring Concert Series and Youth’s Got Talent in Newark
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  • 5:30-10:30pm Annual St. Anthony’s Italian Festival in Wilmington
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  • 6-9pm Third Thursdays on State Street in downtown Kennett Square
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  • 6-10pm Tyler at Twilight at the Tyler Arboretum, Reservations
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Friday, June 16th

  • Day Out with Thomas at the Strasburg Railroad, tickets
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  • 10:30am Glory of Stories at the Delaware Art Museum
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  • 2pm Friday Family Films for Fun at the Brandywine Hundred Library
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  • 5:30-10:30pm Annual St. Anthony’s Italian Festival in Wilmington
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  • 5-8pm Annual Summer Kick Off! at the Delaware Children’s Museum
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Weekend Buzz
Saturday, June 17th

    • Day Out with Thomas at the Strasburg Railroad, tickets
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    • 9am-4pm Farm Fun Days at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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    • 10am-3pm Enchanted Summer Day at Winterthur
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  • 10:30-2:30pm SUMMER SATURDAYS AT HAGLEY
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  • 11am June Jam with M&M and Friends at the Music School of Delaware in Wilmington
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  • 2-10:30pm Annual St. Anthony’s Italian Festival in Wilmington
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  • 6pm Acclaimed singer/songwriter Al Stewart, best known for his classic hits “Year of the Cat”, “Time Passages”, “On the Border” and classic albums such as “Modern Times”, “Past, Present & Future”, “Year of the Cat”, appearing at St. Ann’s Hall, Food and drink will be available for purchase. Call 302-654-5519 during business hours of 9am-4pm or by emailing stannschurch@stannwilmington.com.
  • 7:30pm Delaware All-State Theatre presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
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Sunday, June 18th

  • Day Out with Thomas at the Strasburg Railroad, tickets
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  • 10am-3pm Father Fest at the American Helicopter Museum
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  • 2pm Delaware All-State Theatre presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
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  • 1:30pm Golf Umbrella Giveaway and Family Funday at the Blue Rocks Game
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  • 2-8:30pm Annual St. Anthony’s Italian Festival in Wilmington
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  • 6:30pm Summer Concert Series in the Parks – Tonight is in Bellevue State Park
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Save the Date
  • June 20th – Family Fun Night with WSTW at the Brandywine Zoo
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  • June 24-25 New Castle County Ice Cream Festival at Rockwood Mseum
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  • June 24th – Breakfast with the Beasts at the Brandywine Zoo, Reservations
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Teachers Say Social-Emotional Learning Can Lead to Healthier, Happier Kids

As teachers, we know our jobs involve a lot more than academics.

There are students in each of our classrooms who are suffering through stress and trauma at home, be it from poverty, hunger, divorce, addiction, violence, a learning disability, or otherwise, which can batter a child’s sense of self-worth, or hamper their ability to focus and learn. Some of our students can’t seem to make friends with their classmates, or persevere through a difficult challenge.

Just as we know that every student has a unique academic learning style, we know that every student has unique social and emotional needs. We see firsthand what the research attests—that social and emotional development is critical to students’ academic and occupational success. The social and emotional “soft skills” like communication, collaboration, and empathy must be embedded into the class curriculum alongside academics.

We’re not the only ones who think so.

Earlier this year, the Rodel Teacher Council surveyed more than 220 educators from pre-k through 12th grade and from every school district in Delaware, including vo-tech and charter schools.

Nine out of ten Delaware educators agreed that social and emotional learning (SEL) is critical to student success and should be emphasized more in school. Around 97 percent of educators said they want more training on best practices in SEL, with 51 percent indicating they were “very interested.”

While educators could identify more than 40 SEL programs or initiatives happening in their schools, we know that they report lack of supports such as resources, training, measures and standards, which leaves our schools without strong coordination or an understanding of what’s working.

                                                                        

We’ve put these findings and more into our new brief: Educators Speak Up: Social and Emotional Learning in Delaware with the hope that they’ll contribute to the growing focus underway and help educators to work alongside families, policymakers, community members, and all education partners to address the social and emotional needs of every student in our state.

It will take all of us to build a positive climate for SEL in our schools and communities. But our work will lead to classrooms filled with confident, equipped teachers—and healthier, happier kids. Ask your child’s teachers and school or district administrators how they support whole child development in your school, and find out how you can get involved.

We hope you’ll join us by learning more at bit.ly/RodelSEL.

One Day At A Time

Note to fall sports deadlines and early bird registrations: Calm The F— Down. SERIOUSLY. Some of us haven’t even purchased the end of year teacher gifts yet and you’re all “hurry up and sign up for fall soccer you so don’t miss the early bird price” and I’m all “fall? NOOOOOOO.”
Can we just enjoy a teeny bit of summer first before we have to start planning for fall? Why in the world does rec soccer need my registration this week when soccer rosters won’t come out until the week before practices start?
Before my oldest even finishes 5th grade on Tuesday, I have the 6th grade supply list in hand. Will I use it before August? Nope. Will I lose it before August? Likely. Will the school be able to reach me in August? I’m assuming yes, since every time there is a snow day or a wear white to support whatever day I get three emails, three texts, and three calls to the home phone. I’m guessing they could track me down with a school supply list.
When did I stop being able to plan ahead? Was it the curveball of unexpected twins? Is it nearly 12 years of parenting in general? There was a time when I could happily plan for fall while simultaneously enjoying summer. Now, that feels as impossible as me getting up and running a marathon today. I couldn’t even plan for this weekend’s beach trip before I got through the 3rd grade picnic, the 5th grade picnic, the mud run, a work event, and a board meeting. One Day At A Time no longer feels like a needlepoint pillow or an old TV show or one of the 12 steps – it’s my every day mantra. And it’s not a bad thing. It’s perhaps the best reminder to stay present, stay focused, stay in the now, and don’t wish it away … because this is the only Summer17 we’re ever going to get. Enjoy it, one day at a time.
#ODAAT #HereComesSummer #Summer17

Start Strong, Stay Strong

Summer is starting, and moms all over the 1980whatever are all “I printed out a weekly activity chart” and “my kids have to do at least 6 chores to earn a trip to the snack bar” and “workbooks AND the library summer reading program, totally.”
I’m here to tell you, if you can start this strong and stay this strong you are a much stronger woman than I. I’ve also started the summer this way. Creative centers in the playroom, art time in the driveway, nature walks. I’ve printed out the summer schedule of $1 movies and circled activities at the library, the other library, and even that other library. We’d do day trips and try new foods and the babysitter would always help clean up the kitchen and keep the laundry moving along so mommy could enjoy some of the good old fashioned fun of summer.
HOW THE MIGHTY HAVE FALLEN.
Here are the rules for this summer:
1. Nothing blue. That means blue raspberry Planet Ice, blue Rita’s, blue slushies, or blue freezer pops at the pool. Blue food dye does not agree with my kids and it’s important to have boundaries.
2. No screen before swim team.
3. The tween is learning how to do her own laundry since she’s heading to Middle School in the fall and she already hates me so why not?
That’s it. The blue food dye thing which gives my kids belly aches and the no screen before swim team thing because then I don’t have to fight with them to leave the house for swim team at 9:50 am and the laundry thing because I can. The rest? We’re just going to take it day by day, hour by hour. Will they read? Of course, they always do. But no charts to complete or incentives. Will they help around the house? They damn well better. Will they be a little creative? A little bored? A little over sugared and under slept? Probably. Will we survive? I suspect we will.
It’s Summer 17. Stay strong.

Providing Exceptional Care for Children

All parents want to provide the best childhood possible for their children. For some, this looks like giving their child the best education; making sure that they never want for food, clothing, shelter; and families coming together to celebrate life’s milestones. For other parents, it is the same, just with medical equipment and — potentially — a completely different place for their children to call home. This describes a typical lifestyle for children who call Exceptional Care for Children (ECC) home.

ECC is the first and only pediatric nursing home facility for medically fragile and technology dependent children in Delaware. A place where your child was initially cared for at area children hospitals and you relied on them to keep your child alive; they rely on ECC to keep your child thriving for their next steps in life. The medically fragile population we care for could spend weeks, months, even years here until they are able to transition home to live healthy, happy lives with their families. Some might even transition to an adult nursing home to continue their life-saving care. While their childhood is not typical, we strive to provide the best one possible despite their circumstances.

Providing the best childhood is not possible at ECC without the high-level of care provided by our staff. ECC staff members are not just defined by our respective job titles. We double as a helping hand to the mom who visits her baby and needs guidance, to being her source of comfort. We are friends to children who just want to have someone to have a dance party with or play a video game, and at times, we double as families for residents on holiday and birthday celebrations. As a unit, we happily provide these quintessential childhood experiences with lots of love, care, and support in tandem with residents families.

While every day is different at ECC, they are always filled with laughter, requests for the iPad, Dora the Explorer, and requests to go outside and play on the playground. They also just happen to include ventilators, walkers, and other adaptable equipment so that our kids know there are not any limits keeping them from living their best life possible.

To learn more about Exceptional Care for Children and the services we offer, please visit our website at www.exceptionalcare.org and view our 2017 video at https://vimeo.com/207042143.