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March 2011


Food Dyes and ADHD

Do any of you limit food dyes with your kids? I remember when this was an issue years ago and now I noticed that it's resurfacing. There's a consumer group that wants a ban on food dyes. What do you think? Do any of you have experience with this? Here's a link to an article in Reuters website: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/30/us-food-dyes-idUSTRE72T64320110330 Also from Rueters, a list of foods with dyes. I had no idea it was so huge? I, for one, would definitely be okay without artificially brightened food! (Reuters) - U.S. health officials are examining whether artificial food colorings make children hyperactive, a concern first raised in the 1970s. A U.S. advisory panel is weighing the question on Wednesday and Thursday.[ID:nN30138962] The dyes are common in a...

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Am I Being Overly Sensitive?

I just returned from lunch with a couple of friends. It was at a nice restaurant and the waitress was pleasant. As is the norm these days, she announced, “Hello, girls, my name is ________, and I’ll be taking care of you today.” Okay, I kind of hate the “I’ll be taking care of you…” phrase. It bugs me, but I can live with it since it seems that’s what servers are trained to say, but “girls”? Really? I kept my thoughts to myself and gave our server the benefit of doubt – maybe she was trying to flatter us by calling us “girls.” Then she wanted to know what we wanted to drink. She offered, “Maybe you’d like to start off with Bellinis or Mimosas?” I’ve done my share of waitressing in my life, and I know restaurants make lots of money off of drinks, but...

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Once More to the Lake Moments

One of my favorite essays is E.B. White’s “Once More to the Lake.” I can hear my city-loving friend cringe at the thought of reading an essay about nature. But “Once More to the Lake” is much more than a dad taking his son fishing at a lake that he had visited during childhood summers. It’s the parent experiencing his own childhood through his child – that beautiful moment that parents occasionally experience where the past, present and future become one. My dad used to teach my kids childhood games. I especially remember the time he taught them to play Kick The Can. If you’ve never played, it’s kind of like a combination of tag, hide-and-seek and Capture the Flag. Look it up on Wikipedia and play it with your kids – they’ll love it. My dad always used a hose...

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TulsaKids Wins Best Magazine

We recently returned from the annual Parenting Publications of America (PPA) convention in Washington, D.C. I’ve been going to these things for more years than I care to admit. It amazes me how the publications keep growing, evolving and improving. I’m not sure how many publications are members of PPA, which is our professional organization, but I think it’s around 150. Publishers, editors, designers and sales professionals come from as far away as Australia and Canada to attend three days of intense workshops. The event is capped off with an awards dinner, and TulsaKids won big! We compete in our small circulation category so, for example, we’re not up against Dallas, Seattle, New York City or Chicago. Our competition is Montreal, Little Rock, South Florida, New Orleans and...

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The Great Public Schools Debate

Last week I had the opportunity to see the screenings of two films, followed by panel discussions, at Circle Cinema. The documentaries were both about education. One was “Waiting for Superman,” which I addressed in my last blog; the other was “Race to Nowhere.” The two documentaries came at the problems in education from opposite ends of the spectrum, which highlights one reason that education in America is such a complicated subject. “Waiting for Superman” follows several children who live in high poverty areas of Los Angeles and New York City. Their parents desperately want their children to get a good education, and the only hope for them is to get into a charter school. The film leads viewers to the conclusion that bad teachers are to blame for everything from...

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Our editor-in-chief, Betty started working for TulsaKids when her youngest child was 3 years old. That daughter will be starting graduate school in the fall. Her son is now 27 and her middle daughter is 24. TulsaKids and her children literally grew up together (and she lived to tell about it)! Betty is an avid runner, cook (loves to eat) and coffee snob. She is an award-winning writer and most recently was honored with a Great Plains Journalism Award as Best Blogger of 2013. Last year, she wrote and illustrated her first children’s book, “May Finds Her Way” (2013 The RoadRunner Press). Watch for her every Tuesday on KTUL Channel 8’s Good Morning Oklahoma and Thursdays on KTUL’s Good Day Tulsa.

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