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07/17/13

Guns Kill People

I grew up in a split-level house with a window in one of the bedrooms overlooking the roof of the garage. A couple of times, my brother and I (and maybe a friend or two) climbed out the window onto the roof of the garage and jumped down. We were free to roam around the neighborhood in the middle of the night. We could have gone out one of the sliding glass doors in the back just as easily, but there was more adventure to jumping off the roof. We didn’t cause any trouble – we just walked around in the wee hours of the morning and then snuck back into the house. What if one of those times one of the neighbors had perceived us to be dangerous criminals, out to burglarize homes? And what if one of those neighbors had had a loaded gun? I shudder to think what could have...

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07/15/13

Anti-Aging Secrets

I get some interesting products in my office sometimes. If it says “anti-aging” on it, I grab it. I often wonder if super-pricey products work since I feel way too guilty slapping down $100 for something that promises to erase my wrinkles. I’m vain, but not THAT vain. And what if it did work? What then? Would I be trapped into spending $100 a month just to keep up? It’s best not to go there, I think. But back to this little product I received. It’s called RG-Cell Serum. Sounds super science-y, doesn’t it? Serious stuff. It came in a tiny glass vial with a rubber nipple-like thing on the top, so you could easily control the small amount that is recommended to use each day. You wouldn’t want to accidently dump it out all over your bathroom...

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Parenting – Not for the Faint of Heart

07/10/13

Parenting – Not for the Faint of Heart

A week ago, my husband and I put our youngest (21-year-old daughter Mary) on a plane to Madrid, Spain for a month to “study abroad” as they say. I tend to be a worrier, so it takes some major denial on my part to be able to function thinking about that long flight – and how far away she is. The fact that she was so unprepared to go actually kind of helped me work through my own anxiety. Mary is master of denial herself – maybe it’s genetic. I remember when she was in elementary school, we saw a cat that had been run over in the road and, while I commented on how sad that was, she turned around in her seat and insisted that, “No, the cat had gotten up.” Right. So I understand her pretty well. Every time I would bring this trip up...

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06/25/13

Kids Do Tulsa & A Really Slimy Recipe

How’s your summer going? Unlike many of you, I don’t have any small (or large) children at home. Entertaining a very large dog who wants constant attention can be like having a toddler around, but it’s not quite on the same level. Our little cat is a constant annoyance, wanting in and out, in and out. I think she forgets when she comes in one door because she immediately wants out another. She’s so demanding. My husband, on the other hand, is fairly self-sufficient. Fortunately, if you do have kids to hang out with this summer, there are lots of fun things to do. Of course, the Tulsa Children’s Museum’s Discovery Lab at Owen Park is pretty fabulous. If I had kids under age 12, I’d be getting a family membership to that place!...

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06/14/13

More S#*&@ You Can Do When Your Kids Leave Home

To continue my popular with some people and not popular with others (because of the title) blog, I want to write about a Fatherless Father’s Day. It’s not so bad. Although that’s easy for me to say because on Mother’s Day, I made my husband drive me to visit my nearest child just to have lunch with her – and that was a total of eight hours of driving in one day. So, what will my husband be doing for Father’s Day weekend? He’ll have coffee in the mug our daughter Mary made for him, as he does every morning. It’s light blue with yellow stripes and pink swirls and says “dad” on the handle. Sometimes I think we might as well get rid of all of our coffee mugs because he only drinks out of that one, and I only drink out of the...

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06/04/13

Austin’s Favorite Kindie Group for Hipster Toddlers

If you missed the Kindie group the Que Pastas at the Kaiser Library this morning or the Central Library this afternoon, there are more shows. These toddler and parent-pleasing rug rat wranglers are in town touting their new, full-length album SUNGLASSES. We’ve been doing our own little preview listening party at the office and we’re all down with the Que Pastas. This Austin band is sure to bring out your toddler’s inner hipster, so get ready. I asked my daughter who lives in Austin if she is familiar with the Que Pastas and she wrote, “Austin hipster babies love the Que Pastas... I think they played at Toddlers By Toddlerswest.” So, there you have it. Catch the show. For days, locations and times, go here. While you’re there, sign up to win...

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The Moore Tornado

05/21/13

The Moore Tornado

My name is Alex Niblett and I’m a senior at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. I am majoring in journalism and minoring in International Studies. Just over a week ago, I left Norman and moved back to Tulsa to spend time with my family for the summer and work as an intern at Tulsa Kids Magazine. At this point in my life, I think I’ve really developed an understanding of the importance of time; I don’t know how much I have left, but what I do know is how much I can’t get back. I remember a time when I was a little girl. One day, I was having a conversation with my dad and I had asked him, “Why doesn’t time work like the VCR? I wish we could just rewind time and go back.” At the time, the idea wasn’t exactly illogical to me, though...

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Please Vote Today for the Technology Needs of Tomorrow!

05/14/13

Please Vote Today for the Technology Needs of Tomorrow!

If you dropped your kids off at a Tulsa Public School this morning, you may not realize that they will spend their day in a school that is technologically inferior to the surrounding suburban school districts. That’s right. Just a few miles apart in distance, yet a million miles apart in opportunity. The $38 million bond proposal called “Smart and Secure Schools” will bring all Tulsa Public School sites up to date in technology so that your kids will have the same opportunities that the suburban school kids already enjoy. Did you know that not every TPS school site is wireless? And that our student-to-computer ratio is 12-to-1, while Jenks’ is 2.5-to-1? What will the proposal buy? One of the most important things it will do is erase the inequities in...

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05/09/13

Super Easy Cake Balls to Make for Mother’s Day

Come on, you know you love them. Those little sugary spheres of deliciousness are just the right size for a treat. I found this recipe in a recent edition of Bon Appetit. It was actually in one of the advertisements, but I tried it – and it was super easy. I wanted to share it in case someone out there wanted to make it for Mom for Mothers Day – it’s this Sunday! Even a non-cook could make these in a snap. And, if you have a kid or two to help, even better. There’s no cooking involved – just dumping, stirring and rolling. I even made a recipe without the banana and added a little extra milk. It worked fine. Here’s the recipe, with credit to Jell-O. Banana Cake Balls INGREDIENTS ½ cup cold milk 1 pkg. (3.4 oz.)....

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05/05/13

Tulsa Neighborhood Parks, Pools and Community Centers for Everyone

I live near a Tulsa Parks Community Center, which I use once a week. On the night I go, the parking lot is full. Adults and children are coming and going from dance classes, basketball and Tai Kwon Do. The soccer fields are full of kids. I run or walk my dog on the trail around the park nearly every day. During the summer, the junior pool is full of kids. When my children were younger, they used the community center, park and pool all the time. This community center with all its attractions is within walking distance of my house. As a Tulsa citizen, I’m concerned about the families who live in neighborhoods without community centers and pools. I just read a recent Canadian study (done by researchers in collaboration with The Applied Research Group for Kids) that shows...

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Betty Casey started editing TulsaKids when her youngest child was 3 years old. That daughter is now a freshman in college. Her son is 24 and her middle daughter is 21. TulsaKids and her children literally grew up together (and she lived to tell about it)! Betty's blog ranges from commenting on current parenting issues and upcoming articles to personal reflections about being the mom of three children, who are now wonderful young adults.

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