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Summer Camp Spotlight: Community Creative Center

Editors’ note: Community Creative Center is a sponsor in the featured section of our 2017 Northwest Arkansas Summer Camps & Activities Guide. This story offers additional information about the camps and contact info.

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Time for Art Camps at Community Creative Center, Fayetteville

Age group:

cccCamps are organized into two age groups 6-8 and 9-14 years old. Enroll in morning, afternoon, or all-day art, clay, and technology camps. Scholarships and military discounts available. Projects are designed to maximize the fun for campers of all ages.

A new camp each week:

Grab your ticket and head to Community Creative Center’s Time For Art Summer Camp!

During 9 weeks of themed camps, kids can have a great adventure in the Ozarks, explore art under the sea, and be inspired by magic, food and the circus! ‘All day’ campers need to bring a sack lunch. Lunch supervision, fresh air, and activities provided.

Camp options:

Time for Art wizards♦ Wizards of Art

♦ Welcome to the Jungle

♦ Ozark Explorers

♦ Nerdies Camp

♦ The Wild West

♦ Under the Sea

♦ Circus Arts

♦ Artists in the Kitchen

♦ Cartoon Camp

♦ Wheel Camp

♦ Back to School Camp

Click here for more details about Time for Art classes at CCC!

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On Your Mind: What to do when family and politics collide

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Like so many other people I know, politics has become a major issue in my extended family. There have been tense conversations and some ugly Facebook comments. We’re supposed to be together for a family event soon and I’m already dreading it. What can I do to help my family avoid letting the current political situation become a wedge that drives us apart and causes a permanent rift? It feels like some people in the family truly want to fight about this and won’t accept that some of us have different opinions.

Response by Jennifer Coldiron, LCSW

When you find yourself in a political conversation with a family member whose perspective could not be further from your own, you usually have three options.

  • Option 1: You handle the conversation badly and suffer the consequences. Any children present experience another contemporary example of how politics are equivalent to bitter arguments.
  • Option 2: You stay silent avoiding a conversation, which may mislead others including your children to believe you agree when you don’t, or that they ought to be respectful rather than honest with family.
  • Option 3: You strategically say what’s on your mind in a respectful yet candid way.

Option three sounds great,  but how, you ask? First, take some deep breaths. Deep breathing persuades your body to focus, to problem-solve, and to avoid fight or flight behavior. Second, consider the following two strategies:

unity-1767679_640 (2)This technique from the best-selling book Crucial Conversations1 is ideal for delving into politics with family. In order to practice this approach, the author wants you to “Remember Your ABCs”:

  • A is for Agree: First, be sure to point out an area of agreement.
  • B is for Build: Then, build in elements that were left out of the discussion.
  • C is for Compare: Rather than suggesting someone is wrong, suggest that you differ.

By starting with a heartfelt, “I agree…” statement, you move the conversation’s dynamics away from the typical tug of war towards a dialogue. If you have trouble finding an element of agreement, ask “what led you to this belief?” Then, you may find it easier to empathetically agree on the importance of, say, safety or a bright future for children, while also sharing how your life experiences led you to a different outlook.

ouch-147868_640 (3)Another strategy is simply to say “ouch” as if this person just unintentionally stepped on your toe2. You don’t have to remain silent whenever “political opinion” is really a hurtful stereotype or demeaning comment. You can say “ouch” and then walk away. Or say “ouch” and then explain how those words seem hurtful to you. Ouch is your go-to, acceptable four letter word for any setting.

The personal is political and politics are personal. Children are listening and learning. You can defend your beliefs while also caring for a relationship and safeguarding your mental health. Speak up, without remorse or regret, in a respectful yet candid way.

Jennifer Coldiron is a licensed, certified social worker serving as the School Based Liaison Manager for Ozark Guidance. She coordinates professional development and parenting education, as well as, student leadership programs throughout school districts receiving Ozark Guidance school-based mental health services.

Footnotes:

  1. Crucial Conversations© is a New York Times bestselling book by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillian, and Al Switzler that offers skills for fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics including examples for the authors’ own experiences as parents.
  2. “Ouch: That Stereotype Hurts!” is a book written by Leslie Aguilar of over ten strategies to use to respectfully respond to stereotypes. She was moved to write the book after years of staying silent when she wanted to speak up.

Therapists at Ozark Guidance would be happy to answer your questions and read what’s on your mind. Click the butterfly icon below to fill out an anonymous submission form with your question or concern. The form contains NO identifying information and is designed to give local women an online place to share concerns with a person qualified to offer feedback.

Disclaimer: This RESPONSE does not provide medical advice It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on nwaMotherlode or Ozark Guidance websites.

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Sponsor Spotlight: See why Bright Haven shines for kids and parents in Northwest Arkansas!

Mamas, we’d like to introduce you to Erin Tarver, owner of Bright Haven Christian Learning Center.

BrightHaven Christian Learning Center logo250Bright Haven is a NWA Mom Prom sponsor and we asked Erin to answer a few questions for us. Thanks for supporting the Mom Prom, Erin, and for answering these questions about your school!

Q: How long has Bright Haven been serving families in NWA?

We opened in the Fall  of 2009.

Q: What prompted you to start the school?

I was a mother who simply wanted the best for my son. I had tried multiple places and could not find true quality of care.

I’ve always had a passion for children, so I decided to solve my own problem and Bright Haven was birthed! I was committed to not having a daycare, but rather an educational center that approached learning in a non-traditional way.

Instead, we allow the children to learn the way they are designed to learn…through PLAY and conversation!!!

Q: Tell us about your family:

Erin and Jushua Tarver

Erin and Joshua Tarver

I have six children ranging in age from 21 years to 3 years.

My husband is a health educator and head basketball coach at Southwest Junior High. My oldest children are our nieces that we assumed guardianship of 13 years ago…so we grew as a family very quickly!

My oldest graduates from the Sam Walton college of business next month!  We truly are a family business and I believe my children have learned a lot about life, serving others and finding joy in the journey as a result of Bright Haven.

Q: What do your own kids think about Bright Haven? :)

Well, they are quite proud of it!!  My oldest three have worked here in some capacity. We will see what the youngest three decide later down the road.

Q: What ages do you teach?

6 weeks through 5 years of age.

Q: How are classes tailored for certain ages?

We utilize Developmentally Appropriate Practice (see NAEYC for specifics) which includes center-based learning.  We also utilize Conscious Discipline to help children with self-regulation and problem-solving skills (see consciousdiscipline.com for more info)

Q: And you have video cameras, right? Can parents tune in to their child’s classroom anytime?

bright haven babyYep!  They can see their child’s classroom and our playground areas.

Q: What makes Bright Haven stand out to parents when they’re looking for a great place for their infants/toddlers or preschoolers?

We are truly a School Family where we are “all in this together”.  No matter what classroom a child is in, all of the staff will know them by name.

Parents and staff work together as a community to foster a tailor-made early childhood experience for each child. Everyone is unique and has a gift to share with the world. We help them discover that gift, develop it and honor it! Children and staff alike.

Q: What is the teacher to student ratio?

Infants 1:4, but often 1:3; toddlers 1:5; preschool depends on classroom needs, but usually 1:7…we have some preschool rooms that are 1:4.

Our licensing specialist that has been in the field over 25 years says we have incredibly low ratios. Some of the lowest she has ever seen and she oversees over 150 centers.

Q: What does it mean to be an Arkansas Better Beginnings quality-approved facility?

It means we are going above and beyond minimum licensing requirements, we are utilizing best practice, and we are truly committed to doing what is best for the children and staff in our care. We are assessed by independent assessors and must receive a certain score to qualify for the various levels.

We should have our level 3 (the highest level) by the end of this summer. We are simply waiting on our assessments!

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Q: What would you tell someone who asked you, “What’s the best thing about Bright Haven?”

The people.  Staff, children, families.  PEOPLE.

Giveaway: Spring Celebration Package from Second Elm

giveaway collage2Happy Monday, mamas! The winner of this week’s giveaway is going to be VERY happy because this Spring Celebration Package from Second Elm in Rogers is all kinds of amazing. One local mama will take home ALL of the 8 items shown above. This package would normally sell for more than FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS! This would be an incredible way to kick off your spring and summer.

Second-Elm-Logo-1If you haven’t heard of Second Elm until now, that’s because it’s a fairly new shop located in downtown Rogers at the corner of 2nd St. and Elm (and now you know the significance of the store’s name.) But we have a feeling you’ll soon be hearing about Second Elm often as more people discover this fun shop.

The shop offers great gear for exploring and enjoying life — things like Kamado Joe grills, Yeti cups and coolers, Maui Jim sunglasses, soft-as-butter clothing from brands like Fayettechill and Life is Good, ORU Kayaks and the best ENO hammocks you can find. Store manager Becca is so much fun to shop with and she can give you more info about every item in the store. (They rent ORU kayaks, too!)

They also have some beautiful handmade, solid-wood outdoor furniture and accessories (like the cutting board pictured above). The wooden items are made by a Rogers company called EcoVet Furniture Co.

Here’s a closer look at each of the items shown above.

1. Yeti Rambler 30 oz. Tumbler with removable handle

2. Yeti Hopper leakproof, portable cooler

3. Yeti Sidekick water-resistant casegiveaway grouping1 700

4. Fayettechill t-shirt (you pick the size and color)

5. Fayettechill t-shirt (you pick the size and color)

6. Large solid-wood cutting board by EcoVet Furniture Co.

7. ENO Hammock

8. Yeti Rambler 30 oz. Tumbler with removable handle

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win the Second Elm Spring Celebration Package, click on the word “comments” (right under the headline of this post) and scroll down to the bottom of the comments posted by other moms. Then write a quick comment telling us about something you’re looking forward to doing this spring or summer. Chilling at the lake? Reading a book in your hammock? Grilling out in the backyard?

You can also email your answer to us at giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING: Help us spread the word about this giveaway by emailing your friends and family about the giveaway. We’ll give you an extra chance to win for every person you tell. Just be sure to put giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com on the CC line of your note so we can give you proper credit.

email sign up 150Our newsletter subscribers get access to the good stuff, including exclusive giveaways (like this one), information about local events, local mom interviews, recipes and more.

The nwaMotherlode newsletter is delivered straight to your inbox so you don’t miss anything awesome. CLICK HERE to sign up. We won’t fill your inbox with info, no worries. We only send out newsletters when there’s something in it for you — and we know you’ll be interested in hearing about it.

BE SOCIAL: You can also earn extra chances to win by commenting on our Facebook page, following us on Twitter or following us on Instagram. If you do any of those, just mention it in your comment or email so we can give you proper credit.

We’ll choose the winner on Friday! To keep up with new items arriving at Second Elm, click HERE to follow the shop on Facebook. You can reach the store by calling 479-372-4235.

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Nickelodeon’s Shimmer and Shine at NWA Naturals Game April 21st

April 21 - Shimmer and Shine GraphicNote from the mamas: We partnered with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals to bring you this sponsored post about an opportunity to see Shimmer and Shine at this week’s baseball game.

rp_Nickelodeon_Shimmer_and_Shine_Logo_Original-300x186.pngMamas, mark your calendar and grab a ticket because your little ones would LOVE this event. On Friday, April 21, 2017, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals will play the Tulsa Drillers at the Arvest Ballpark in Springdale. During the game, there will be a special appearance by Nickelodeon’s Shimmer & Shine! After the game, there will be a fireworks spectacular with Popular Player Walk-Up Songs (sponsored by SeaPak).

The first 750 kids who come through the main gates will receive a ‘Shimmer & Shine Teenie Genies Surprise Bottle’ toy, courtesy of Nickelodeon.

nwa naturalsThe first 20 kids who check in at Guest Services and use the code ‘Shimmer & Shine’ will receive a Naturals prize pack consisting of a Teenie Genies Surprise Bottle toy, 4 tickets to the Naturals game on April 27, and a surprise giveaway item.

During the game, fans will have the opportunity to pose for pictures and interact with Shimmer & Shine at various times on the concourse.

Gates open at 6 p.m. and the first pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

GET TICKETS: Tickets for the game on Friday, April 21 range from $7 – $13 when purchased in advance at the Arvest Ballpark Box Office.

You can also purchase tickets at www.nwanaturals.com or via the toll free ticket hotline at (877) 444-2637. (Remember that ticket prices do go up by $1 ($8-$14) on the day of the game.)

See you at the ballpark this Friday!

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