For more than 20 years Angela Ardolino has been serving families throughout the state of Florida, providing parents and guardians with smart, healthy and eco-friendly advice for sustainable living. As an entrepreneur, her businesses have provided support, guidance and resources to the stay-at-home CEOs, domestic engineers and full-time mothers and fathers who also work outside of the home.
She is the founder and editorial director for Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine, a valuable publication committed to enhancing the lives of families and providing information they can trust about raising responsible children and teens. As the Founder and Executive Director of the Children�s Theater Company in South Florida, she counseled, nurtured and changed the lives of thousands of children through the performing arts from Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Ardolino also presented parenting classes and workshops with a number of renowned organizations including Informed Families and the Miami-Dade County Department of Children and Families.
She strives to inform families about smart, healthy and energy-friendly living that helps not only the family unit but also the entire community. Most recently she launched Parenting With Angela, in which she provides candid advice and serves as the kid campaigner and teenage translator for parents. She can be seen weekly on ABC Action News providing advice about everything from breastfeeding to sending your kids to college to talking about sex. Ardolino is also a featured correspondent on Daytime providing resources to parents across the country on the syndicated network.
In the last two years, she has had the pleasure of serving on the Arts Council of Hillsborough County as well as serving on numerous boards which serve women and children, including the Executive Committee of Arts Tampa Bay, the Glazer Children�s Museum, Junior League of Tampa and Florida Fashionistas. As the chair of the Imagination Gala in 2010, she helped to raise more than $215,000 for the museum, and most recently more than $155,000 at the Seagrapes event hosted by The Florida Aquarium. Follow Angela on Twitter, @angelaardolino
With the Holidays approaching it's even more important we teach our children the importance of being grateful and giving thanks. There are numerous ways to incorporate this life-long lesson into your child's every-day life. Below are a few tips on how to teach children to give thanks.
Lead by Example - Kids are very much aware of your actions and the decisions you make. Practice being thankful in your everyday encounters and your child will pick up on it and act as you do. Use every thankful act as a learning experience for your child.
Thank-You Notes - Have your child write thank-you notes for the gifts they receive during the Holidays and continue this tradition throughout the year. Writing notes is a tangible way for children to give thanks and become involved in the giving/receiving process.
Storytime - Use books to incorporate lessons of giving thanks. You can read to your child one-on-one or make it a fun activity for the whole family to enjoy.
Volunteer as a Family - Volunteering with your child can not only be a bonding experience but it will help them be grateful for the things they have. Some great places to volunteer over the holidays include: soup kitchens, hospitals, local parks etc.
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Tampa Bay Area Holiday Events
By Angela Ardolino, Tampa Bay Parenting
Sweaters and scarves are just starting to come out, which can only mean that the holidays are upon us. With only 14 days until Thanksgiving there are lots of things that need to get gone and that includes spending time with the family. Whether you’re looking to go ice-skating, see a show or just enjoy the outdoors, there’s so much going on over the next month. Here are a few exciting happenings to check out.
PwC Math Mondays at MOSI
Nov. 4 – Dec. 9, Mondays
Mondays have never been so fun! Enjoy free museum admission and take part in interactive, hands-on career exploration and money management activities at MOSI in Tampa. Event is part of Pricewaterhouse Coopers’ Earn Your Future Commitment to support young people’s financial literacy. For more events happening at MOSI, visit TBParenting.com.
A Little Princess
Nov. 14-16 and 21-23, various times
Patel Conservatory Theater students in grades 5-8 present this musical story of Sara Crewe, orphaned and banished to the attic at Miss Minchin's Select Seminary for Young Ladies, her imagination, friends and the secret benefactor who mysteriously transforms her life. Learn more visit TBParenting.com.
Tampa’s Downtown on Ice
Nov. 21 – Jan. 5
Enjoy ice-skating in 80-degree weather under the palm trees seasonal ice rink. Tampa’s Downtown on Ice is the Bay area's only outdoor ice skating rink. The rink is open daily (except Thanksgiving) from November 21, 2013 - January 5, 2014. Skating is still only $10 and includes skates. For more info, visit TBParenting.com.
Christmas at Gaylord Palms
Nov. 23 – Jan. 5
The magic of the Christmas season comes to Gaylord Palms Resort. With more than 2 million twinkling lights, an amazing 54-foot-tall Christmas tree, heartwarming visits with Santa, captivating musical events, ICE! featuring Frosty the Snowman, and exclusive holiday events and attractions, Gaylord Palms is like no other holiday destination. Discover all the ways you and your entire family can make memories at the Gaylord Palms Resort! To learn more, visit TBParenting.com.
Signing Santa Day at International Plaza
Nov. 24, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
All children are invited to experience Signing with Santa in American Sigh Language at the Ice Palace at Grand Court. Professional interpreters will be on hand throughout the Ice Palace experience to enhance the enjoyment for deaf and hard-of-hearing children.
The Ice Palace features a 30-foot ice dome with falling snow, a light show and interactive fun for all ages. This year the free exhibit also delights with a 36-degree arctic immersion, via breathtaking video footage from BBC Earth and its award-winning program, Frozen Plant. Ice Palace will be open until December 24. For more information, visit TBParenting.com. And if you’re interested in having your pet’s photo taken with Santa at International Plaza and Bay Street, visit TBParenting.com.
IKEA Tampa Kids’ Academy
Nov. 25 – 27, 11-12 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m.
When school is out, get in on the fun at the IKEA Tampa Kids’ Academy! Academy features free activities, free meal and free Kids’ Academy t-shirt for kids under 12 while supplies last. Activities vary by day and will include Story Time, festive turkey decorations and build your own wrapping paper for the holidays. For more exciting events at IKEA Tampa, visit TBParenting.com.
Nov. 29 – Dec. 23, various nights
Christmas Town transforms Busch Gardens Tampa into a holiday wonderland of wintry surprises and all things Christmas for 18 select nights, Nov. 29 through Dec. 23. Guests will be immersed in special Christmas entertainment, live music, festive treats, holiday shopping and more than a million twinkling lights, filling their senses with seasonal sights, sounds and flavors, and creating a beautiful tradition for Tampa’s families. Christmas Town is a separate-ticketed night event, and families with children ages 3 to 9 will enjoy special $10 advance tickets for their youngest members. To learn about more, visit TBParenting.com.
Fall Break Camps
Many kids in the bay area will have the majority or all of Thanksgiving week off from school. This means you’ll also want to start looking for week camps to keep the kids out of trouble. Here are a few Thanksgiving/Fall camps available the week of November 25.
Glazer Children's Museum
Nov 25-27, Ages K-4
Nov 25-27, Ages K-3 and 4-8
Nov 25 - 27, Ages K-5
Lowry Park Zoo
Nov 25-27, Ages K-3 and 4-8
YMCA, Nov 25-27, all ages
Locations in Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Citrus and Hernando County
For more November and holiday events, visit TBParenting.com.
Next week’s segment is Budgeting for the Holidays.
By Angela Ardolino
College is a great transition part of your child’s life. While still reliant on their parents for some things it’s the chance for your kids to leave the nest, so to speak, and begin adulthood. Finding the right college that fits your child’s needs and desires for the future will determine their success during and after college. You child’s counselor will be able to help to narrow your child’s search along with these tips.
The first step is making sure that each college or university your child applies to has the academic program that they are interested in. If they’re interested in a dance program only look at schools that offer that specific course work. You can purchase books, like the Peterson’s Guide, that have extensive information about the more than 3,000 4-year universities and colleges in the U.S. Academic fit also involves the nature of the classroom setting. Is your child more suited for large lecture halls or small classes with frequent professor interaction?
Each college has it’s own, unique social feel. This is one aspect that you should discuss with college admissions when you visit campuses. Many universities have large Greek life and religious associations. If your child doesn’t want to be a part of these, will it be strange on a Friday night when the dorms empty out to Greek or other activities? Some universities also have a large commuter population that head home on the weekend leaving the campus social life to be different then say that of a university where students stay on the weekends.
Although contrary to popular belief, college is not very expensive. Your child can start their higher learning at a local community college and once they’ve completed their Associates degree can transfer to a four-year program. The benefit of this is tuition is much less expensive at local schools and your child can live at home. On the flip side, the “normal” college experience can be expensive and telling your child that any college is appropriate could leave you or your child with more than $100,000 in debt upon graduation. If finances are an issue, talking openly with your child (as early as middle school) about scholarships can help set a path for a full ride to a great university. Once your child has narrowed down the universities they are interested in applying to set a monetary limit as to how much money can be spent on college applications. On average, applications cost $100 each and before you know it can rack up a hefty bill.
The college search process may appear quite daunting to those who are experiencing it for the first time, but with research and guidance you can better navigate the process.