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May 22, 2015

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When is your toddler ready to drop the nap?

04/08/15

When is your toddler ready to drop the nap?

Well, we’ve all heard the expression ‘all good things must come to an end,’ right? It proves true in many cases like good books, beach vacations and chocolate cake…sooner or later, good stuff ends. We could add something else to that list – naps. It’s true, parents; the naps that were (or perhaps are) a regular part of your baby’s life will gradually decrease, and at some point in your little one’s toddlerhood, they will stop altogether. Oddly enough, toddlers don’t turn their nose up at napping because they suddenly need less rest — changing sleep patterns are the real culprit. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a baby’s urge to sleep builds up faster than a toddler’s or preschooler’s, so...

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Pep Talk: A simple TAX day life audit

04/08/15

Pep Talk: A simple TAX day life audit

Since the tax code is so unbelievably complicated, today’s advice will be a simple, itemized wellness formula to keep you out of the RED! Conduct an audit of your lifestyle; your eating habits and your "stress-o-meter. Here is how! Healthy Diet + Water + Enjoyable physical activity + Preventative medicine + Sleep –Stress = A fit and well you! Healthy Diet: What goes into your body doesn't always come out. Incorporate at least 2 cups (1 cup =size of tennis ball) of fruit and 2½ cups of vegetables into your eating plan. Reduce your carbohydrate intake and consume more whole grains. Choose leaner white meats and exercise portion control (deck of cards an approximate portion size). Eat more fish and less red meat. Make sure you plate...

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Mother's Day in Tulsa

04/07/15

Mother's Day in Tulsa

Sunday, May 10 is Mom's special day. We've compiled a list of ideas, free admissions, meals and more to fully enjoy this occasion. Also, be sure to vote for your favorite photo in our Mother's Day Look-a-Like photo contest and enter to win a spa retreat to The Canebrake.  MOTHER'S DAY DEALS AND PROMOTIONS Oklahoma Aquarium FREE Admission: On Mom’s special day, she gets into the Aquarium free! It’s their way of saying “tanks” for being there through smooth waters and rough seas. (Limit one free admission per each paid admission) www.okaquarium.org Mother's Day with the Tulsa Drillers (Game time: 2:05 p.m.): The first 500 moms get a FREE change purse.  Also, between 12:45 and 1:15 p.m., moms...

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The TulsaKids Guide to Summer Fun

04/02/15

The TulsaKids Guide to Summer Fun

CLICK HERE FOR FAMILY-FRIENDLY FESTIVALS  Sports Tulsa Drillers: Season is April 9 – September 4: Click here for a promotional schedule. Tulsa Shock: Season is June 5 – September 13: www.wnba.com/shock Tulsa Roughnecks: Season is March 21 – September 6: www.tulsaroughnecksfc.com Tulsa Athletics: Season is May 10 – July 10: www.tulsaathletics.com Tulsa Shock: Season is June 5 – September 13: www.wnba.com/shock Summer Concerts Summer’s Fifth Night Where: Utica Square When: Every Thursday Night in the Summer, 7-9 p.m. May 21: Look Musical Theatre May 28: Mid Life Crisis June 4: Zodiac June 11: Traveler June 18: Bop Cats June 25: Mary Cogan July 2: Starr...

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Oklahoma History for Kids

04/02/15

Oklahoma History for Kids

´╗┐Every spring third grade students from many elementary schools throughout the state reenact the Oklahoma Land Run. Boys and girls clad in cowboy hats and prairie bonnets, some pulling red wagons transformed into Conestoga Wagons, scramble to claim a plot of playground for their future “homestead” in somewhat the same way approximately 50,000 people lined up for their piece of Oklahoma land back in 1889. For the third graders, the Land Run reenactment is an exciting outdoor event that culminates a year of classroom studies on Oklahoma history, but many schools have eliminated the activity because of its slanted view on the past. So what do Oklahoma students learn about their state, and why does it matter? The Oklahoma State Department of Education outlines what is...

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A Poem for You – Happy National Poetry Month

04/02/15

A Poem for You – Happy National Poetry Month

My daughter and her boyfriend texted me a picture of a poster last night. Their college is doing a 12-hour reading of Milton’s Paradise Lost, which reminded me that today is the beginning of National Poetry month. I know, most of you think of it as April Fool’s Day. Well, poems can be foolish. Poems can be everything – poems reflect our deepest emotions, happiest times, darkest hours and brightest illuminations of the soul. Often, they’re a snapshot in words of a moment that makes us say, “Yes, yes, that’s exactly it!” In honor of Poetry Month, I want to share with you one of my favorite poems. I love it for what it is, but I also love it because my daughter Mary LOVED A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh stories when she was a preschooler....

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Do you really need to spend so much time with your kids?

03/31/15

Do you really need to spend so much time with your kids?

I tell you what, I've been struggling as a mom lately. I've been struggling as a person. My small business has been booming and growing and I've been trying to keep up with the changes in my personal and public life. In the midst of rebranding, expanding the kinds of services I offer, writing two books and launching a training program, I've been feeling incredibly guilty for not spending as much time as possible with my kids.  More Time With Kids Detrimental? Yesterday, I saw this bit on the Today Show, which referenced a study mentioned in a Washington Post article about the amount of time mothers spend with their kids. As it turns out, the study shows that there is absolutely NO relationship between the amount of time mothers spend with their children...

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Does Time Parents Spend with Kids Really Matter?

03/31/15

Does Time Parents Spend with Kids Really Matter?

Moms and dads spend more time with their children and adolescents than they ever have in the past, but is more time spent with children paying off in terms of better outcomes for children? According to a study published in the April Journal of Marriage and Family, not really. Wait a minute! You mean I’ve been feeling guilty all these years for no reason? I always thought my kids turned out pretty great in spite of the fact that I worked during their elementary and adolescent years, not because of it. (Well, maybe less exposure to me can be a good thing.) Before we go too far, the study did NOT include infants. Research shows that forming a strong bond with a mother or consistent caregiver is critically important in the early years. However, the study shows no...

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Meet the New Owners of Kiddlestix Toy Store

03/30/15

Meet the New Owners of Kiddlestix Toy Store

When Jana Doyle heard that Kiddlestix, a longtime Tulsa toy store, was being sold, she knew something had to be done. Doyle was shopping around the store for a birthday gift when she overheard that the building was up for sale. “I called my husband Chuck from the parking lot, saying that we should buy it,” Doyle said. The couple had been talking for years about opening a small business in Tulsa because of how supportive the city is of local businesses, and they knew then that this was their opportunity. It was one of those rare times in life when everything fell into place perfectly, and they now officially have taken over as the owners of Kiddlestix. Sue and Mike Burdock opened Kiddlestix 28 years ago, and it has long offered an alternative to the big-box toy stores....

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How to Handle Home Sick Kids at Camp

03/30/15

How to Handle Home Sick Kids at Camp

Being away from home and loved ones causes feelings of homesickness in almost everyone. As many as 95 percent of kids experience mild sadness, and some feel intense, long-lasting distress. “It’s important to differentiate between adjustment anxieties that tend to diminish as kids get accustomed to new places, people and routines, and deeper feelings of disconnection and depression that grow worse over time,” says Erika Myers, M.Ed., LPC, a therapist and former boarding school teacher in Asheville, NC. Younger kids and those who have never spent time away from home have the most trouble at camp. You may be worried that your attempts to comfort your homesick child will only make the problem worse. Here’s how to support your camper while she explores the world on...

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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.

She enjoys getting reader feedback on articles, blogs or with suggestions for the magazine. Email her at editor@tulsakids.com

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