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January 26, 2015

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Very Scary Day or The Down Side to Kids Leaving Home

I'm not having a very good Friday. No, it's not the weather. I actually love rainy days, and we really need it. Today is just one of those days that I worry about my kids being far away. If you're not there yet, imagine how it felt the first time you left your infant with a babysitter. Or left your child on the first day of kindergarten? Or the first day of middle school? It's a helpless feeling, right? The child who lives closest to me is a junior at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. Not THAT far, but still not a quick drive. She called yesterday and sounded terrible. In fact, when she heard my voice, she started crying. I wish you could give hugs over the phone. She called me earlier in the week to say she had a cold. Not unusual. Kids get together and pass...

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How Much Is Enough? Kids and Serving Sizes

We all keep hearing that too many children are overweight or obese. We know that we need to provide them with foods that are healthy. But exactly what are those foods and how much should our kids be eating? In this fast food, all-you-can eat and more world, I don't remember really knowing what an appropriate serving size was for my children when they were young. I do remember worrying about whether or not they were eating enough. One of my friends used to chase her son around with his barely touched egg salad sandwich, begging him to finish it. I never got to that point, but I shared her concerns about food. Tomorrow (Tues.) on KTUL News Channel 8's Good Morning Oklahoma, I'm going to show some appropriate serving sizes for kids ages 4 to 8. I actually gathered up the...

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Downtown Tulsa -- Not Just for Adults

If you've been living under a rock and haven't heard about Guthrie Green in the Brady District of downtown Tulsa, then here's a quick review. Guthrie Green is a new park located at 111 E. Brady in Tulsa's Brady Arts District. The Kaiser Family Foundation will hold an opening ceremony TODAY (Fri., Sept. 7) at 3 p.m. -- so hurry on over there if you want to hear the opening remarks. If you're like me and can't get away right now, no worries. There will be plenty going on all weekend for the entire family. Here's the website: http://guthriegreen.com for more info. First, the park is really attractive. It has an outdoor theater, fountains and a restaurant, Lucky's on the Green. And the fun doesn't end with one weekend. Performances are planned...

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Trash Talk

You may not think trash is very interesting. To be honest, I don't either. However, I have watched with some interest the brouhaha over Tulsa's trash service switch. We don't have our new containers at home yet, but we got them at the office yesterday. It was kind of amusing to watch the truck hauling the huge trailer piled high with trash containers try to navigate a turn off of a side street onto Denver. I was pretty sure it might topple over, but it didn't. Once the containers were unloaded, I pulled off the booklet that was attached to the container's handle and read the trash rules. I like the photo illustrations. As a person who never reads instructions, it always helps me to have pictures. (You should see me put together IKEA furniture!) OK, so, as...

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Kids Going Off to College? or Who's That Guy?

The other day, a friend who's last child is going off to college this week asked me how I liked being an "empty nester." I've been asked that question before and inherent in it is the real question: Am I going to make it? First, I don't have any answers for you. Every mom handles it in her own way. For example, my perspective may be entirely different from a single parent. What I can tell you is that if you're sad and lonely, it will get better. And if you have a husband, you might be wondering "Who's that guy?" This summer was my first childless summer, which is to say, that when your child goes off to college, he or she will typically return several times. So, buck up. If you're lonely, that clean, empty bedroom will be messy...

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Cool for School

While I don't have school-age kids to shop for, I still like to see what's out there -- the new and hot items for back-to-school. Of course, smartphone technology is constantly evolving, so I found one that might be of interest to parents. Other trends include "green" items that are healthy for both kids and the environment, and great-looking footwear that can withstand the wear and tear that kids give them. The Kajeet smartphone is a smart phone for parents who are considering getting their child a full-access phone. With Kajeet http://www.kajeet.com, young people can have a phone with all the smartphone capabilities they want, and parents can have the control they desire. Kajeet is a prepaid Sprint-based mobile virtual network operater that was created...

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Go Boho With Dorm Decorating

Let's face it. Dorm rooms are pretty sterile and unattractive. I should know -- I've been through moving in and out of them with three kids at four different schools. You don't want to take too much stuff because you'll just have to haul it home at some point. You don't want to spend a lot of money because you'll be lucky if what you bought lasts more than one year. Don't plan on nailing anything into the walls. That usually doesn't go over well with the college or university and, many times, the walls are concrete. So, keeping those things in mind, there actually are a few creative things you can do that are both inexpensive and attractive. Let's assume your daughter wants to go a little boho chic with her room. That's a fun look because...

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My Colonoscopy and More!

As a woman and as the mom of two young women, I, for one, will be the first to say thank you to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). I'm all about preventive health, and I believe we should all take responsibility for doing whatever we can to be healthy. I eat a healthy diet and I've made sure that my family does as well. My husband has high cholesteral, even though he's a runner and, since marrying me, eats a balanced, heart-healthy diet. His father had a couple of heart attacks at an early age, and later had by-pass surgery. Having seen that, we both have been careful about what we eat and we have both been runners for 30 years. We try to get our screenings and check-ups to stay healthly. But I'll be honest. If I had had to pay for part or all of my colonoscopy, I...

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More Sh** You Can Do When Your Kids Leave Home

You can treat your dog like a toddler! One thing that I never had much time for with three kids and a husband at home was spending time with my dog. We had a Bassett Hound named Frisbee, and, unfortunately for him, Frisbee was last on my list. When Frisbee died at age 14, I really missed seeing his happy hound face greeting me. We used to sit together on the patio chairs in the backyard and survey our domain. I missed that. My daughter Mary decided we needed another dog, so she found Lucy, our chocolate labradoodle on the Animal Rescue Foundation website. We adopted Lucy when she was three months old. Partly out of guilt for not spending more quality time with Frisbee, I think I've gone overboard with Lucy. She's completely spoiled. She won't even go outside by...

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Beat the Heat This Weekend

One of our ad reps who has two young boys came in looking frazzled one afternoon. She said, "We've been making paper airplanes for three hours! Three hours. Our house is covered with paper airplanes." If you can't have an inside day every day, there are other ways to stay cool -- most of them involving water. Whiteside Park is on one of my running routes, and I've enjoyed seeing all the kids getting wet at the new water park as I run by. Whiteside is on 41st between Harvard and Yale. The water park is a little oasis of water splashing from brightly colored fixtures. I've been tempted to jump in myself. Whiteside also has one of the Park system's junior pools, so it's a great place to cool off if you have little kids -- and it's free! I love...

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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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