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Momology The Nearly Scientific Journal of The & Art Science of Mothering A Parent’s Worst Fear Healthy Halloween Safety Tips October 2010

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Moms, mothers of preschoolers, advice, encouragement, creative ideas, fall family fun, healthy halloween ideas, a parent's worst fear.


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Momology The Nearly Scientific Journal of

The & Art Science of Mothering

A Parent’s Worst Fear

Healthy Halloween

Safety Tips

October 2010

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2010—2011 Steering Team



Stacy Swan


Bonnie Daughenbaugh

Note from the Editor

stand amazed by the beautiful season of fall. I am more amazed by God’s masterpiece that He paints for us during this

special time of year. Mums, pumpkins, and the fresh, crisp air are all indicators that fall is in full bloom, as well as the beauty of all these vibrant colors, and the majestic sights and smells that come during this time.

Take the time during this special time of year to reflect on all the beauty that God has created. Take a nature walk alone or with your family and simply marvel at all the awesome things that God has created. Notice the small, fuzzy caterpillars, that will blossom into caterpillars, the pinecones of all shapes and sizes, and the leaves that are transformed into beautiful red, orange, gold and brown.

Tune into this month for some wonderful fun fall filled tips and activities. This newsletter is specifically for—and about—our NE MOPS group. If you would like to contribute articles or pictures, please e-mail me at [email protected]. I’ll try to include as many as I can throughout the MOPS year.

Thanks and enjoy! Bonnie


Melissa Miller


Krista Stempka


Creative Activities

Dede Fox

Mom Mentor

Kathy Tau


Discussion Group Leader (DGL)

Bethany Fiorello

Lisa Miller


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in this issue

Child Safety

October 2010

Check out what research says...

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The Science Spot 4 Delectable Creations 4 Mommy’s Masterpiece 5

An Art Spot 5

A Parent’s Worse Fear 6 Healthy Halloween Safety Tips 7 Fall Fun Ideas 7

Around Town



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Delectable Creations This month’s’creation is a delight for any event. Who doesn’t like apples and oatmeal? Please email me your crowd-pleasing recipes at [email protected].


2 C water (use milk for a richer flavor)

2 T maple syrup, honey OR brown sugar

1 T butter

¼ t salt

½ t cinnamon

1 C old fashioned oats

1 C peeled, chopped apples

½ C chopped walnuts (can be replaced with raisins)

Overnight Apple Oatmeal

Bread Painting Activity

What you'll need:

• Bread

• Food coloring

• Milk

• Small cups

• Paint brushes

Instructions: Decide how many colors you want to use and gather that amount of small cups.

1. Put 1/4 cup of milk in each cup.

2. Use food coloring and drop different colors into cups, until you get a bright color.

3. Take the paint brush and paint a picture on the bread (make sure the bread does not get too wet).

4. When your picture is done, toast the bread.

What's happening? The colors forming are a mixture of colors. Observe the color spreading out and you will begin to see many of the secondary colors separate. Some colors spread out further than others, so if a color is made of a mixture of colors, you will see those different colors spread out in the cup. Explain how color combinations form; how there are primary and secondary colors.


1. Spray the crock-pot with non-stick spray. Add and mix together all ingredients.

2. Cover and cook on low 5-6 hours. (Note: many cookers have timers that will turn the power to warm. This recipe can manage up to 9 hours. It can be dou-bled nicely.)

Source: Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook, by Dawn Ranck

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MOMMY’S MASTERPIECE Here is one masterpiece from Bethany Fiorello.

While I was in the shower, my son Peter proceeded to dump all of his toys onto his bed. When I saw what he had done, he smiled and said, "I'm making a fire." (I think he watched his dad burn way too much wood this past summer.) Unfortunately, this has become one of his favorite past times- and seems to always happen just after we clean up his room.

Mail me your masterpieces to: [email protected]

and I’ll publish it!


Picture by Bethany Fiorello

Photo Napkin Rings What you'll need:

• Digital images of old photos

• Scissors

• Glue

• Scrapbook paper

• Tape

Instructions: 1. Gather digital images or scan old photos. Print each photo and trim it into a square, then glue it to scrapbook paper and trim

the paper to leave a 1/4-inch border on all sides. 2. Cut a paper strip (ours is 1 3/4 by 8 1/2 inches), fold it into four equal parts to make a squared-off ring, insert a rolled nap-

kin, and tape the ring ends together. Use tape to attach the mounted photo to the ring.

THE ART SPOT Photo Napkin Rings by Family Fun

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A Parent’s Worst Fear

hat is a parent’s worse fear? The number one fear for parents is to have your child come up missing. How do we teach our child to be safe effectively ? Many parents and guardians feel challenged to keep our children safe in our fast-paced and global society. Parents may wonder at what age should they begin to teach their children about per-sonal safety. Unfortunately, there is no blueprint out on what is the best age. You as the parent need to determine the child’s ability to understand safety skills and put them into practice. This is not only determined by their age,

but by their educational and developmental skills. To truly learn new safety skills, children need to model, rehearse and practice the skills to incorporate it into their daily lives.

• Speak to your child in a calm and reassuring way. Fear is not an effective teaching tool; confidence is.

• Speak openly about safety issues. If you approach child safety openly, your children will be more likely to come to you with problems and concerns.

• Don’t confuse the children by warning against “strangers.” Danger to children is much greater from someone you or they know than from a “stranger.”

• Teach children that no one has the right to force, trick or pressure them into doing things they don’t want to.

• Practice safety skills by creating “what if” scenarios. An outing in the mall or the park can serve as a chance for children to practice safety skills, such as checking with you before they go anywhere or do anything, and locating adults who can help if they need assistance.

• Supervise your children. It is vital to their protection and safety. Children should not be put in the position of making choices if they are not old enough or skilled enough to make those choices.

• Check out adults who have access to your children. The more involved you are in your child's life, the less likely it is that your child will seek attention from other, potentially dangerous adults.

W By Bonnie Daughenbaugh—

Source: Nancy McBride, National Safety Director Center of Missing & Exploited Children

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Fall Fun


Healthy Halloween Safety Tips By Parenting.com

To protect your little trick-or-treater: Dress her up for safety. If you buy a costume, choose one labeled "flame re-sistant" to protect against accidents -- such as a close encounter with a jack-o'-lantern candle. Masks can make it hard for kids to see, so cut out large eyeholes or opt for face paint instead. Make sure she has identification. Pin a piece of paper with your child's name, address, and phone number to the inside of her costume. If you get separated, another adult will be able to help her find you. Keep her company. Don't let a child under 12 head out alone. Aim for a ra-tio of one adult to every two trick-or-treaters. Light the way. Carry a flashlight, and stick reflective tape on costumes and goody bags. Wait until after rush hour. There will be less traffic and more people at

home. But try to wrap up your excursion be-fore 8 P.M. Pretreat them. Bring a pocketful of sweets from home for impatient trick- or-treaters to nibble on instead of on Halloween bounty. The candy that kids receive from others needs to be checked for signs of tampering: unsealed packages or puncture holes.

Simple Rules for Children When They Need Help

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Chil-dren (NCMEC) has a signa-ture safety publication, Knowing My Rules for Safety, to help parents and guardians teach personal safety skills to children. The rules are simple and concise and provide en-couragement and options for children who need an adult’s help.

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Better Moms Make a Better World


Around Town: • Harvest Party—North East Alliance Church, October 31 6:00-8:00 pm. Games,

prizes and refreshments. FREE Admission. • Light the Night—First Baptist Church, October 31 6:00-8:00 pm. Bouncers,

games, and refreshments. FREE Admission. • MOM’s Night Out—Milestones, November 5th 7:00pm-? (Meet at NE Assembly

of God to carpool at 6:30 pm).

NORTH EAST MOPS would like to thank Assembly of God Church

for the printing services. Thank you so much!

If you happened to come upon this newsletter and are interested in joining MOPS, please do!

MOPS meets the 2nd Tuesday from 10:00-11:30 am. And the 4th Tuesday from 6:15-8:15 pm.

September thru May.

For more information call 725-3435.

Find us at:

2025 Orchard Beach Rd.

North East, PA 16428

(814) 725-3435


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Check out what is happening next month: • 11/9 from 10:00-11:30 Women and children will decorate pumpkins or will make a Christmas craft.• 11/23 from 6:00-8:15 pm. Women will learn about their mothering style and make a Christmas