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March 29, 2015

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The Boston Marathon the Next Day


The Boston Marathon the Next Day

I’ve been a runner for over 30 years, and a spectator at many runs. The running community truly is a community. I value my runner friends for their cheerful attitudes and cooperative spirits. While each person must run alone, those of us who have been runners for many years know that there are times we wouldn’t get up at 5:30 a.m. or run those extra miles without the support of friends. Every running event is a happy gathering of runners and spectators cheering them on. Today, that innocence has been taken away. Today, I can’t quite reconcile the horrific image of the Boston Marathon with the happy image of running events that have been my experience all these years. Today, I force myself to focus, not on the evil people who planted the bombs, but on the...

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Parenting – It’s a Verb


Parenting – It’s a Verb

I just read Frank Bruni’s op-ed column “A Childless Bystander’s Baffled Hymn.” It’s easy for a childless person such as Mr. Bruni to judge. He doesn’t have to parent a kid 24/7 like those of us with children. Like many before him, he takes umbrage with using the word parent as the verb “parenting.” I enjoy words and the evolution of them. Language isn’t a static thing and, personally, I think the word “parenting” is much softer-sounding than “rearing.” Aside from the fact that Mr. Bruni is a little hard on us poor parents who are just trying to get it right, his column was funny. We do focus on our children in ways that probably aren’t that healthy for them or for us. And, as he points out,...

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Oklahoma Public Schools May Be in for More Hard Times

I have blogger’s block. It’s like writer’s block, only worse. If you can’t just let your thoughts stream unencumbered from your brain to write a blog, then you’re in trouble. Writer’s block implies that you’re putting a little thought into writing. My blogs tend to be more of what my brother calls “articulating mind chatter.” Well, I have some mind chatter building up…and it’s about my favorite rant – public schools. First, a huge shout out to Andrea Eger and other reporters at the Tulsa World for their excellent reporting on education. The article “Foundation Influences State School Policies, Laws” by Andrea Eger and Kim Archer in the Sun., Feb. 10 issue was especially enlightening. All of...

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Advice for the Modern Mom


Advice for the Modern Mom

Did all of you see the new medical information about how too many moms these days are feeding their infants solid food too soon? I was going to blog about it yesterday, but it was all over the Google News page, so I assumed everyone had read it. If somehow you missed it, the CDC says that 40 percent of moms they surveyed admitted to feeding their babies solid foods before they were 4 months old. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends waiting until the baby is at least 4 months old. In the New York Times, Dr. T J Gold, a pediatrician, said, “At 2, 3 months, they can’t even hold their heads up well, and they can’t sit.” That makes it difficult, even dangerous, to try to feed infants solid food. According to the CDC, feeding infants solid foods before 4...

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Make Homemade Dog Treats


Make Homemade Dog Treats

It's National Pet Sitters' Week (who knew there was one?) and, to honor all the pet-sitters and our fluffy friends out there, I'm going to give you a recipe for Homemade Dog Treats. We've made dog treats in our family for years. When my son was in elementary school, he had a dog treat business. He made the treats, and put them in attractive packaging (a zip-lock bag inside of a lunch-size paper bag with a dog bone picture on it, tied with a heavy string through two holes punched through the folded top). He also created a flier on the computer with a description of the product and pricing for large and small bags. He figured the cost to make the treats and marked them up accordingly to make a profit. He also enlisted the help of his youngest sister in making the...

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Blowing Smoke at Babies

Thanks to Senator Brian Crain, a bill that would have given individual cities in Oklahoma the ability to ban indoor smoking was snuffed out, even though House Bill 2267 passed the House. Senator Crain, who is Health and Human Services Chair, killed the bill without giving it a hearing. While Senator Crain is concerned about the rights of smokers, others are concerned about their right to breathe clean air. Most of us know the harm that secondhand smoke can do, especially to children. But a new study that, ironically, I just read this morning says that smoking bans also reduce the risk of preterm births. Smoking bans are good public health policy, even for children yet to be born. Our legislators are consistently concerned with the unborn, so it would seem like a no-brainer for...

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My Valentine's Day Pin

My son made this little heart pin for me when he was 4 years old. He's now 25. He was so proud of it (as only a preschooler can be) when he gave it to me for Valentine's Day, wrapped in tissue paper, all those years ago. I've worn it every Valentine's Day since. As you can see, he painted the wooden heart base black. Why not red or pink? I don't know. He was always a cautious child, so maybe red seemed like too risky a choice in his 4-year-old mind. Some of the glitter has worn off, but amazingly, most still remains. Glitter in the hands of 4-year-olds can be risky in itself, but it looks very nice on my pin. The blue and orange stones were also an interesting color choice for a Valentine's Day pin, but my son never has gone along with the crowd....

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Food for Young Athletes -- And a No-Bake Recipe You'll Like

As I was searching for something to do on my segment on KTUL Channel 8's "Good Morning Oklahoma" last week, I came across a recipe that sounded good, healthy and FAST. I'I'll I'll be honest, my mind was not on work, but on enjoying Christmas, shopping, hanging out with my kids and taking time off. But I tried these little gems and my two daughters and my husband loved them. I had to make an extra batch to put in my daughters' piles of stuff to take back with them to Austin and Conway. These are so easy, your kids can make them without help, depending on their ages. Very young children can measure, pour and roll them into balls. No cooking involved! I chose to use the no sugar, natural peanut butter and it worked fine. You could also experiment with...

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Crafts Kids Can Make with Leftover Wrapping Paper

Before you throw out all that Christmas wrapping paper, let me give you a few ideas for crafts that your kids can make. It's a win/win. You can feel good about reusing "trash" and your kids will have something creative to do to keep them busy -- like making the cool beads for the bracelet at the left. BEADS To make beads, start with whatever paper you would like to use. Besides wrapping paper, you can use magazine pages, or any paper you have on hand. It's interesting to see what design will come out on the beads, depending on the images or designs on the paper you use. Cut the paper into long triangles as pictured. Next, you will roll the big end around a toothpick. Hold it in place as you run a glue stick down the paper, all the way to the end of the...

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Teachers Packin' Heat. Seriously?

Two Oklahoma State Legislators want to introduce a bill that would allow teachers and other public school personnel to have guns in their classrooms. Is this really Oklahoma's answer to the tragedy in Newtown? Is this our State's call to action? Surely we can do better for our children. Will having more easily accessible guns prevent another mass shooting by a mentally ill person? Don't we, as parents, make sure that our children aren't going over to play at a house with accessible guns? I know I wouldn't allow my children to go to a friend's house if that house had unsecured guns. And, with 40 percent of American households having guns, it's a good idea to ask. Why in the world would we want our children to go to school every day knowing that there...

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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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