Club blog & News:
At today's Member Meeting, Moms voted in a new MOMS Club® Board staff for the 2016-2017 year. Lots of new faces volunteering this year, which is great!
Thank you to our new 2016-2017 Board Members for volunteering to keep MOMS Club of Prescott functioning for another year:
President: Melanie M.
Administrative Vice President: Jennifer B.
Membership Vice President: Cassi F.
Secretary: Amber D.
Treasurer: Victoria V.
Let's make 2016-2017 another great year ladies! Thank you to everyone who attending today's meeting, and those who voted as well!
The next Member Meeting for MOMS Club of Prescott is scheduled for Tuesday, July 12th at 10 am. Visit us on facebook for more information, or feel free to email us!
For several years now, MOMS Club of Prescott has hosted and carried out our 9/11 Cookie Drive service project. MOMS Club coordinates a few service projects every year where we give back to our community, and this is every moms favorite. On or around September 11th, we moms get together with either home baked or store-bought cookies & goodies at our September Member Meeting. We separate the goods into donated bakery boxes, complete with a label from MOMS Club explaining the project. Then we all sign up for the locations to drop off the goodies to: all our local area police, fire fighters, first responders, and other military and government personnel. This is our way of saying "thank you," today and every day for all they do to protect and serve our community. We successfully carried out our 9/11 project again this year, and are happy to share some of the pictures here with you.
From The Prescott Valley Tribune Newspaper this morning:
"7/8/2015 8:49:00 AM
Sand bags available to county residents
Yavapai County has had several severe storms move through the area. One storm in Prescott Valley dumped 2.41 inches of rain in less than one hour with power outages, hail, and shallow flood inundation across the area. This past Monday and Tuesday had afternoon rainstorms with several inches of rain.
As a reminder, monsoons can linger over an area and drop copious amounts of rain in a brief period of time, resulting in significant storm water runoff and flooding.
The Yavapai County Flood Control District recommends if your home is prone to shallow inundation, to acquire sandbags and/or plywood for entryways. Keep them on standby.
Residents of Castle Canyon Mesa can find sand and sand bags at Castle Court Park, 3455 North Knights Way.
Other locations to find sand and sand bags (please bring a shovel, you must fill the bags):
- Central Yavapai Fire Station PV - 8555 E. Yavapai Road, Prescott Valley.
- Yavapai County Public Works yard in Prescott - 1100 Commerce Drive.
- Prescott Fire Station - 333 White Spar Road.
- Prescott Fire Station - 1980 Club House Drive, near the airport.
- Prescott/Central Fire Station - 1700 Iron Springs Road.
- Central Yavapai Fire Station - 4125 W. Outer Loop Road, Prescott.
- Mayer Fire Station - 10001 South Miami Street, Mayer.
Other things to do to protect yourself and your property include purchasing flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program. See www.floodsmart.gov or contact your insurance agent for more information. Normal homeowners' insurance policies do not cover flood losses.
Clean out ditches and drainage areas. Remove debris and overgrowth vegetation from drainage areas. Maximize flow paths so storm water can be carried through existing drainage. Repair or open crushed culverts.
Never cross flooded roadways in vehicles or on foot or bicycle, and stay away from flooded drainage areas. Swift water is very dangerous.
See the Yavapai County Flood Control District website at www.ycflood.com for additional tips and information."
Please feel free to share this helpful information with those you know, and stay safe this monsoon season!
Kids go through clothing so quickly! Wish you could EXCHANGE all those clothes that are too small for the right size? No problem! Take advantage of this fabulous community event hosted by MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) at the American Lutheran Church: The Kids Clothing Exchange.
Bring in your gently used children's (birth through teen) or maternity clothing (must be in good shape with NO holes, tears, or repairs needed) to American Lutheran Church on Friday, August 21st from 4:00 - 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall. For each bag you drop off, you will receive a voucher. Then return on Saturday morning, August 22nd from 8:30 - 10:00 AM to shop (with your vouchers or pay $5 per bag). Early birds are welcome at 8:00 AM for a $5 donation. Bags are grocery store sized, and this event is limited to clothing (so, no toys, or other accessories).
American Lutheran Church is located at 1085 Scott Drive in Prescott. For questions or more information, you can call: 928-445-4348, or email ALC at: firstname.lastname@example.org
"Another reason to love my local MOMS Club... today was a spa day for the moms with food, haircuts, manicures, hand massages, and just good company! Love getting to know these ladies more and more!" - Chrissy, MOMS Club of Prescott Member
Today one of our gracious members hosted a Mommy Spa & Fellowship day, where moms could take a few moments away from their kids to get pampered. This "mom-focused" event was a hit with several moms in attendance. MOMS Club stands for "Moms Supporting Moms," and today, Grace definitely made it all about that. Thank you everyone who participated!
The Fair Start project's goal is to help low income kids attain the school supplies they will need when classes start up again in August. The event also promises fun with games, crafts, and refreshments. Whether you know a child in need, or would be so generous as to donate supplies for this project, please use the contact information in the flyer. The event will be held in Prescott on July 25th from 9am to 1pm for participants.
The following is a personal reflection, being posted as a blog, and not information to be used to diagnose or treat your child. For any medical concerns you may have, please contact your child's physician.
"Every child develops at their own rate."
I'm sure as a mom you've heard this, or something similar, said about kids. Some babies walk as early as 9 months, while some as late as 15 months. There's nothing to worry about if Susie is walking before Billy even though they are the same age. Children develop at their own pace... within a time frame, that is.
So, when do you worry? When is your child's pace not up to par, and suddenly a delay?
For me, it was hard to decide, or rather hard to admit. No parent wants their child to have a problem. We all want them to be the perfect little superstars we love, but sometimes we see our children through rose colored glasses. I certainly did.
My oldest son was crawling early, and walked right on schedule. In fact, he did virtually everything "on schedule," except talk. I joined MOMS Club just after his first birthday, and as I began interacting with other moms and observing other children, I began to notice that other children close to his age had much better speech skills. He hadn't said his first word yet, and even the basic "ma-ma," and "da-da," was lacking. My son had his own way of communicating with me, and it worked great for us, but not so much others.
It wasn't until his 18-month checkup that the doctor brought up the possibility of him having a Speech Delay, but I shrugged her off. It seemed to me, from other mothers' experiences, that boys talked later than girls. Oh, and there is that whole "every child develops at their own rate," thing that kept ringing through my head. I kept telling myself "My son is fine, he's just going to talk when he's good and ready. He is smart as a whip, and certainly understands what we're saying to him."
Then came his 2-year checkup. My son was still at the babble stage- obviously he was falling behind his peers. It was at this point that I was very torn- but children develop at their own pace! I didn't know what to think because I didn't want to admit he had a Speech Delay. That would mean there was a problem. That would get him considered "Disabled." It seemed to harsh to think that my son had a disability. This hyper, rough and tough, brilliant little boy just couldn't be disabled. After his appointment, the doctor's office put in a referral for the Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP) to have him evaluated.
After talking with a Services Coordinator, we decided to wait on an evaluation. My son understood what was being communicated, but could not communicate in return, so we were going to see if he could catch up in the next few months... but he didn't. And when my three month period was up, I called AzEIP back and set up his evaluation. It was really hard for me to do. I really, really did not want to admit there was a problem- that my child needed intervention. However, I decided having him evaluated wouldn't hurt, and I was doing what was best for him. If he did have a problem, we would get to the bottom of it.
Months later now, I realize how silly it was of me to be so ashamed of my son needing help. Through AzEIP, my son received Speech Therapy, and has improved a lot. He still has a Speech Delay, but compared to last year, he has many more words- and even signs! His Speech Therapist incorporated ASL (American Sign Language) into his weekly services, and I think that was his ticket. Now the difficult words are not as hard to communicate if he has a sign to help him along. He still has a long road ahead of him with Speech Apraxia, and will continue Speech Therapy services through our school district now that he is three (AzEIP services are from birth to 36 months).
I look back at our time with AzEIP and wish that I had him evaluated sooner- maybe even at 18 months when a Speech Delay was first being suspected. I wonder if he would be further along now- but the past is the past. What counts is that he is being helped now and will continue getting help as long as he needs it. I swallowed my pride, got over being ashamed and blaming myself for the cards we were dealt. My son is happy, healthy, and learning to communicate- and developing at his own pace thanks to early intervention.
AzEIP provides more than just Speech Therapy. They also provide physical and occupational therapy. If you suspect your child is not developing speech skills, motor skills, or cognitive skills within the average time frames, I encourage you to question it. Ask your child's doctor, or you can even contact our local AzEIP Service Coordinators to address a possible disability or delay. An evaluation is free, and done right in your home. There is no reason to be ashamed, embarrassed, or upset about your child needing intervention. You are still a good parent even if your child does need help.
~Contributed by Tina C., MOMS Club Member
In case you didn't already know, the Humboldt Unified School District has set up "Hunger Free Zones" across Prescott Valley. Four Elementary schools will be open throughout the summer season (while school is out) to serve FREE meals to children 18 and under- no matter their financial situation. If you or some one you know could benefit from this wonderful program, please take advantage of it, and share! For more information, you can call HUSD at 928-759-5012.
HUSD Summer Hunger Free Zones
Free meals to children 18 & younger regardless of income.
Adult meals are only $1.75 for breakfast, $3.00 for lunch.
No paperwork, no enrollment, no reservations and all children are welcome.
Babysitters, daycare centers, summer camps, sport camps…....
Let us feed your children!
Monday through Friday
June 1st through July 24th (Closed July 3rd)
Breakfast will be served from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Coyote Springs Elementary School
8101 E. Highway 89-A
Prescott Valley, AZ
Humboldt Elementary School
2750 S. Corral Street
Lake Valley Elementary School
3900 N. Starlight Drive
Prescott Valley, AZ
Mountain View Elementary
8601 E. Loos Drive
Prescott Valley, AZ
For families with little train enthusiasts, check out this really awesome event going on in Williams tomorrow, June 20th!
What a fun day trip this will be!
Here is the flyer with all the information:
An important aspect of child development is social interaction with adults as well as other children. Through social interaction, children are not only able to discover who they are, but also learn how the world around them works. Giving children the opportunity to play with other children aids in teaching them appropriate behaviors: manners, respect for others, and how to share. Being around other children also helps to develop communication and motor skills. Seeing other children perform different tasks, play with new objects, and explore their surroundings can give a child the confidence they need to try something new.
As parents, we want our children to grow up being open-minded, and willing to try new things. We want them to be able to manage their emotions, feel empathy, and interact positively with others. Early social interactions will help to develop a strong foundation for these life skills.
MOMS Club of Prescott provides social interaction for our young children with weekly playdates at MOMS Club Member Missie’s house. Children are able to grow those important social skills, and have fun all at the same time. It also gives us moms a chance to get out of the house, and get the social interaction we need ourselves. At this week's playdate, Missie set up a kiddy pool and a splash pad. Everyone had tons of fun for a couple of hours.
So, remember to encourage positive social interaction with your children, and also for yourself. Consider joining MOMS Club, we'll make it easy for you!
~ contributed by Spring Beard, MOMS Club Member