Tip of the Week

Preparing a family dinner doesn’t have to be a solo chore when there are helping hands nearby. Getting the kids involved in the kitchen not only teaches them valuable lessons, but it’s also an opportunity to create fun family memories with a few spills and messes along the way.

“The dinner table is a great place for sharing the day’s events, but it’s in the kitchen where family memories are made,” says actor, dad and cookbook author Freddie Prinze Jr. “Some of the best moments with my kids are when we roll up our sleeves and get messy while making our favorite recipes.”

There is no doubt that splatters, splashes, and spills are a mess, but these messy moments can lead to laughter and unforgettable memories. To encourage families to make time for fun in the kitchen, Prinze Jr. has created a series of “Messipes,” kid-friendly messy recipes that are tasty, simple to prepare, with handy cleanup tips along the way.

“One thing I’ve learned from cooking with my kids is to appreciate the time spent together and not worry about the mess,” he says. “Of course, the clean-up has to happen at some point, so I like to add a few cleaning steps to encourage my kids to help while we’re in the kitchen.”

A trick he uses is to ask the kids to fill a large bowl with warm water and a few drops of dish liquid to quickly cut through the grease. Then, the kids help by collecting the used dishes and place them in the bowl to make cleanup easier.

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Family Movie Night

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul”

Rated: PG

Length: 90 minutes

Synopsis: A Heffley family road trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to get to a video gaming convention.

Book Report

“This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from around the World”

Ages: 8 - 12

Pages: 52

Synopsis: Follow the real lives of seven kids from Italy, Japan, Iran, India, Peru, Uganda, and Russia for a single day! In Japan Kei plays Freeze Tag, while in Uganda Daphine likes to jump rope. But while the way they play may differ, the shared rhythm of their days--and this one world we all share--unites them. This genuine exchange provides a window into traditions that may be different from our own as well as a mirror reflecting our common experiences.

Did You Know

According to a report conducted by SafeKids Worldwide, more than 1,000 kids a day visited a U.S. emergency department in 2015 because of injuries from cycling, skateboarding, skating, or scootering. Research shows that helmets and other protective gear are the best way to prevent injuries while cycling or doing other wheeled activities, yet injuries from these activities send more than 400,000 kids to U.S. emergency rooms each year. Researchers say this is because many parents don’t require their children to wear helmets or other safety gear.

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