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The Screen Time Rules in My Home

09/08/14

The Screen Time Rules in My Home

"My children just won't watch television."  Oh, silly, pre-kid Abby, you're so funny and such an idiot. Like most declarations I made before I had kids, the whole screen time thing just hasn't seemed to work out as planned.  I've done a good job with some aspects of motherhood, but strict screen time rules aren't one of them. We have multiple televisions in the house and both of my kids can navigate through an iPad so quickly that it makes me cringe.  And although I've been somewhat lax compared to the "good" screentime moms, I do have some rules in place that have kept me out of the "bad" screentime mom category (I hope).  They are:  1. No iPad during the week: This helps because...

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Pediatricians Officially Want High Schools To Start Later

08/25/14

Pediatricians Officially Want High Schools To Start Later

I had to wake up my 4-year-old this morning. There's something about having to wake up my children that just feels unnatural. I've spent years trying to get them to sleep more --- pulled muscles trying to gracefully leap over 'that one creaky board' in my wood floors, silently yelled/ made "cut throat" hand signals at my husband for being too loud more times than I can count, and taken direct hits of 2-year-old morning breath all in an effort to get just another half hour of sleep from them.  My oldest officially started pre-K on Friday, so I feel like it's a bit early on in my grade school parent tenure to start complaining...BUT...I'm going to. I wasn't going to, but then I saw this article and realized that I'm not just...

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08/11/14

Tulsa Public School Pre-K Schedule

I can't even believe that school is about to begin. I was chatting over lunch with some friends with older kids about schedule pick-ups, packing lunches, etc. when I realized I had no idea when my pre-kindergartender will actually begin classes. I knew it wasn't the same as the other grades, but that was it.  So, I just called the school and here's the information I got: All TPS grades, except pre-k, begin on Wednesday, August 20.  Pre-k kids and and a parent/guardian need to be present at the school they are enrolled in on Wednesday, August 20 at the tardy bell (which varies pending school) to sign-up for an orientation/testing slot. Orientation/testing sign-up times are on Wednesday, August 20 and/or Thursday, August 21. After you have your child...

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To the man with the guns at the grocery store...

07/23/14

To the man with the guns at the grocery store...

Nevermind my personal beliefs about guns. I don't need to make that big of a declaration. It's not a matter of if I think everyone has the right to bear arms or not. It doesn't really matter if I know if you have completed a gazillion gun safety courses, only use guns for hunting purposes, have a gun safe in your home, or if there are even any bullets in the pistols holstered on your hips. None of that matters to me.  You see, I don't know you. I know absolutely nothing about you. I don't know about your childhood. I don't know if you have suffered mental health issues. I don't know if you have just been fired from your job, or lost a loved one.  And honestly, right now, as I stand between you and my two young children, as a cold sweat...

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To-Do List: Bee Hives at Oxley

07/14/14

To-Do List: Bee Hives at Oxley

In my house, honey is king, or I guess queen would be more appropiate. We do peanut butter and honey sandwiches instead of jelly. Instead of sugar on toast, it's honey on toast. If I need something sweet after dinner, I'll opt for a spoonful of honey. The list goes on.  So while I was perusing some things to do with the kiddos, I saw that Oxley Nature Center has an observation hive where visitors can watch how this whole honey business goes down. If you aren't receiving their newsletters, you can sign up on their website - I. love. Oxley.        The observation hive is indoors (ahem, air-conditioning) and then you can also go outside to see what's going on out there. Yes, there are bees flying around, but there's a...

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Day Tripping to the Tall Grass Prairie

07/07/14

Day Tripping to the Tall Grass Prairie

Although I'm not from the Pawhuska area, both of my parents were born there and my grandparents lived there their whole lives. So, the Tall Grass Prairie is not unknown to me. Also, my family has land literally right next to it. According to my mom, driving around the Tall Grass Prairie was an excellent way to get me to nap.  All of that said, Pawhuska seems like a second home to me and I feel like the Tall Grass Prairie is a very special.  Recently we packed up the kids and went to Pawhuska to camp at my dad's place. During the day, we went cruising around the Trall Grass Prairie (TGP) with the kids. If you aren't familiar with it, the TGP is the largest protected remnant of tallgrass prairie left on earth. Starting and ending in Pawhuska, the complete...

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Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Sexual Assault

06/23/14

Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Sexual Assault

Like most of you, the recent sexual assaults in the midtown Tulsa area have me on edge. Which is, unfortunately, probably the best way to be right now. DVIS shared some tips with us on how to reduce your risk of sexual assault.  Reducing your risk: ·         Be aware of your surroundings ·         Walk with a purpose ·         If walking to your car, walk with your keys in your hand ·         Try to avoid isolated areas ·         Trust your instincts...

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What's the difference between dry drowning and secondary drowning?

06/02/14

What's the difference between dry drowning and secondary drowning?

Many of you may have seen the article going around Facebook recently about dry drowning. I had never heard of this before, and to be honest, I kind of thought it wasn't a real thing. Usually when articles like that go viral, they send parents into an unnecessary panic. But after further investigation, it turns out that it is a real thing, and it is something we all need to be aware of.  The article going around was about a little boy named Johnny (Jon Jon) who sadly lost his life. According to the article, his mother knew he had taken in some water while swimming, but they got home, bathed, had a conversation, etc. Like most kids, he seemed overly tired after a long day of swimming and went quickly to bed. Later when his mom went to check on him, hours after...

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Andy B's Free Summer Bowling Sign-Ups!

05/13/14

Andy B's Free Summer Bowling Sign-Ups!

We are feverishly working on getting all of the summer events, deals, etc. etc. together for our June issue. Summer will be here before you know it! But if you're a stay-at-home mom, or like me, your kids get out of school earlier than most, I wanted to share with you that Andy B's Kids Bowl Free deal is already available for sign-ups. I've included the ad below with all the information and if you click on it, it'll take you to the website. Get your bowl on!  

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Mother's Day on the Real

05/12/14

Mother's Day on the Real

Look, I'm not slamming anyone for posting photos on Facebook or Instagram of themselves with their perfectly matching/monogrammed rompered wearing children yesterday. It's your day and you can live in whatever fantasty land you choose. I'm not being sarcastic. Really, I'm not. Whatever you want to do on Mother's Day is your bag, man.  I'm just saying that I know for a fact that atleast one of my friends went on a wonderful family hike, followed by picking ticks off of their son's penis the rest of the afternoon.  Mother's Day Survival Tip #1: Keep your sense of humor.  A veteran mother once told me "keep your expectations low for Mother's Day - it never turns out to be quite as wonderful as you think it should,...

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The first years of motherhood are the most educational years of your life.  Abby Rodgers shares the highs, the lows, the love and complete shock of being a new mom.  She'll write what she has learned and also seek advice from you about things she has yet to figure out.  Abby keeps it real with a little humor and a lot of love. 

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