MomSpeak - February 2013 February 1, 2013 Site Staff FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedin MomSpeakSafe vitamins for familiesMom blogger Trina O'Boyle says check the ingredients in your child's vitamins and avoid synthetics, which can do more harm than good. MomSpeakMenu plan Mondays: drawing a blankDrawing a blank on her weekly menu planner, mom blogger Hillary Chybinski thinks it through until she has a meal plan. MomSpeakCampus Book Rentals offers students ways to save and make money on textbooksMom blogger EJ Curran recommends renting as a way for students and families to reduce on college costs. MomSpeakOperation: Story TimeHow do you get a reluctant toddler to take a nap? Mom blogger Sandra Telep found that reading her son all the books he wants brings on sleep — for her too! MomSpeakIt's almost time to 'play ball'Baseball season is approaching and mom blogger Shivaun Williams is looking forward to it, times three. MomSpeakWhy I send my son to campSummer camp always seemed weird to me and made me think of horror movies like Friday the 13th. I never imagined sending my children to camp, especially since I’m a stay-at-home mom who never went to camp. Even after writing… It looked like spilt milk (book & craft for kids)Mom blogger Marissa Kiepert Truong and her daughter had fun with the Rorshach-like images in a children's book by Charles G. Shaw. MomSpeak3 ways to help kids learn empathyMom blogger Toni Langdon suggests three ways parents can encourage their children to care about others. MomSpeakA small gesture of kindnessEven giving someone a granola bar can be a meaningful, if small, act of kindness, says Mom blogger Erin Flynn Jay. MomSpeakBetween the covers: Genie WishesMom blogger Rachée Fagg recommends Genie Wishes by Elisabeth Dahl as a book to read and share with your tween blogger. It will be available April 2013. MomSpeakHaving problems with bullying at school?Mom blogger Lisa Lightner, a Special Education Advocate, offers advice to parents of school bullying victims. MomSpeakNicholasMom blogger Trish Adkins recounts first laying eyes on new son Nicholas, born in December and named for her late Dad.