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September 2000


by krstl kitten

When I was asked to author the Kid's Korner, I really wondered, "What should I talk about?" My first thought was to simply supply a list of URLs for sites aimed at kids. Then I began to wonder, what age is meant when you say "kids"? So, there I was, back to square one.

I have a feeling the majority of our readership here on HOT Off The Press is adult and older teens, but I'm hoping there are some out there who find what we offer worth sharing with the younger crowd. With that in mind, I've decided to make this column a bit eclectic. I hope you all enjoy!

For this first column, I took a survey of some of my family, friends, and co-workers that asked the following question: "As a mother/father, aunt/uncle, grandmother/grandfather, or what have you, what one thing do you hope to instill in the children you come in contact with?"

The overwhelming response was "A firm spiritual foundation."

The second most-answered response was "A feeling of self-worth. The ability to never have regrets."

Third in rank of answers was "A pride in their heritage."

Although I hadn't asked, many of the respondents elaborated with how they would achieve these goals. They included not only regular family gatherings, but reaching out on a regular basis to those outside of their immediate family, such as shut-ins and hospital patients. Religion is an important part of many of the respondents' lives, including regular worship, participation in a spiritual community, and the involvement of the children.

Some of the respondents were single people whose lives are touched by neighbor's children, or by visits to pediatric wards and shelters.

Regardless of the hows, the overall message I got was to BE THERE! Not just physically, but emotionally, spiritually...totally. Sounds like a good thing to me.

If you'd like to share your answer to the survey question, please feel free to Email me at . Unless you state otherwise, I would like to share the remarks in next month's column as a follow-up. Don't worry, no names will be used!

And now, I'd like to share a craft that any age can participate in, albeit with a little adult supervision for the younger ones! With the holidays coming up, this is a fun one to do as a family for gifts.


Supplies needed:

Epsom salts
baking soda
borax (not detergent!) or table salt
essential oils
food coloring
plastic bowl with tight fitting lid (at least 30-ounce capacity)
jars with stoppers, or pretty envelopes (store-bought or home decorated)
ribbon, etc. for decorating

1. Mix 1 1/2 cups of Epsom salts with 1 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup borax or table salt in the plastic bowl.

2. Combine a few drops of food coloring and 3 to 6 drops of your favorite essential oils in a tablespoon and stir well with a toothpick.

3. Add the color/oil mixture to the salt.

4. Put the lid on the bowl and shake it for a couple of minutes to make sure the color and scent are evenly distributed.

5. Package the salts in a paper envelope or glass container. Be sure to include a measuring scoop and instructions. Use about 1/4 cup per tub of water for a relaxing bath.