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April 18, 2014

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Want Your Teens to Be Kind? Have Them Brush Up on Their Bronte

01/08/14

Want Your Teens to Be Kind? Have Them Brush Up on Their Bronte

Take heart, English teachers! Hold your heads up. There is now research supporting the usefulness of reading literature. Try this great comeback when your students say, “Why do we have to read this stuff? What does it have to do with our lives?” Just say, “It can help you get a date. Or maybe maintain a relationship.” In a study published in the Oct. 2013 journal Science, researchers found that reading literary fiction pumps up people’s emotional intelligence – things such as empathy and reading other people’s body language. In the study, subjects were asked to read literature for just a few minutes, and then the researchers measured results. They found that after reading literary fiction for even a short time, people –...

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Childhood Obesity in Oklahoma

01/08/14

Childhood Obesity in Oklahoma

Since the early 1900s each generation of Americans has seen an increase in life expectancy.  The average citizen’s life expectancy increased from 47 years of age in 1900 to 76 years of age in 2000. But this trend may not continue. “Research is showing that this generation may be the first that will not have the life expectancy of their parents because of the health consequences of childhood obesity,” said Sara Malone, a clinical dietician who also works with programs at Saint Francis and the OSU Family Health and Nutrition Clinic.  In Oklahoma one in three kids between the ages of 10 and 17 are overweight or obese, according to the 2011 to 2012 National Survey of Children’s Health. Oklahoma is predicted to have the highest obesity rate in the...

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Passing on Family Traditions with New Books

01/08/14

Passing on Family Traditions with New Books

Grandparents can have so much fun reading to their grandchildren. And this “Nana” is no exception. There are two things you should know about me. First, I believe that family traditions and history should be shared with each upcoming generation. Second, I love books and reading them to my grandchildren. Combining the two is what I do best. My helpers for this article are Shelby, my 12-year-old granddaughter and Archer, my 4-year-old grandson, who have heard me read to them all of their lives. To narrow down the field of books, I chose ones that appealed to my sense of family tradition and history so I could share these with my grandchildren. Now for some new books for the New Year. Madeline and the Old House in Paris, by John Bemelmans Marciano I adore...

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01/08/14

#teentalk e-cigarettes: just another smokescreen?

Tucked inconspicuously among the gum and candy at your grocery checkout lane, electronic cigarettes resemble just another benign, last-minute purchase option. Like a covert, tactical military maneuver, e-cigs and their many battery-operated brethren have managed to infiltrate not only our  state, but also the mouths of thousands of middle and high school Oklahoma students. These “electronic vaping devices” are mechanisms that heat up liquid nicotine, turning it into a chemical vapor that is inhaled and exhaled. They would like you to believe they are as harmless as their neighboring sugar-free gum and lip balm, but numerous health and regulatory agencies disagree. Currently free of federal regulation, the liquid in these nicotine-loaded cigarette-look-alikes has...

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01/06/14

Success and Resolutions

I tend to not make New Year's Resolutions. Basically I don't want to disappoint myself with... myself. If I don't set goals, I don't have to feel like a failure when I don't reach them. Then by default I'm not a failure! Well last year, I actually made a resolution to choose happiness. I did set some specific and general goals for myself and although I didn't keep them perfectly, I did begin incorporating some better habits into my life. Which brings me to this blog post which involves successful people and the habits they exhibit. Recently one of friends posted this image on his Facebook page:  I do not know where this image originated but it has some insightful information. I began by reading the "Successful People" list....

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The Mother Zone: My First Stomach Virus Experience

01/06/14

The Mother Zone: My First Stomach Virus Experience

You know, sometimes in motherhood, you hit this point where you get in a zone. It's the point after you've hit your limit. You've already cracked. It's like an extra gear that you can hit when you think you've exhausted all your resources. I've only been in this zone a few times - when my kids were newborns and sleep deprivation hit, when my oldest was very ill in the hospital, and most recently when a stomach virus took over my whole existence. It started with me on New Year's day. Let's be honest, at first I thought that my NYE cocktails were the cause. I struggled throughout the day, but as you mothers know, we press on. It was one of those days when I just watched the clock willing it to move faster. Finally, bedtime was here. But I was shortly...

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01/03/14

Ibitz Giveaway!

With ibitz for kids, children will have their character blast off and explore the galaxy in a spaceship powered by their steps. The more active the child is, the more they can explore and the more rewards they can earn. Adults can set goals and add rewards for their child to keep them active and exploring. Kids can even earn coins and exclusive content through Disney’s Club Penguin. The ibitz for adults, tracks minute by minute activity, including steps, distance, and calories burned, for themselves as well as the entire family, by day, week, month or year. Find out more here, and enter to win your ibitz unity and powerkey below.

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2014 School Directory Guide Submission Form

01/03/14

2014 School Directory Guide Submission Form

The School Directory will appear in the February 2014 issue of TulsaKids magazine and online for 12 months within our annual guide listings. A Basic Listing ($95 per year) includes your school name, address and phone number.   A Premium Listing ($195 per year) includes: Business name, address, contact information and map A link directly to your company website Up to 3 photos, business description and details (up to 200 words max)   A Featured Listing ($350 per year) includes: Business name, address, contact information and map A link directly to your company website Up to 3 photos, business description and details (up to 200 words max) Additional exposure by highlighting the listing next to the search results. Featured...

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If Facebook is Dead, What’s Next?

12/31/13

If Facebook is Dead, What’s Next?

If you have teens, are you Facebook friends with them? It has been interesting to watch the evolution of Facebook with my young adult children. I can’t remember when I joined the legions on Facebook, but I know it was several years ago when businesses were just starting to sign up. My own interest was piqued after a Parenting Media Association convention, so I started an account not really knowing what I was doing. I inadvertently linked my personal Facebook to TulsaKids, so now we’re inextricably bound, even though I don’t manage any of the magazine’s social media, which includes our Facebook page, e-newsletter, website and Twitter. Abby Rodgers is our web and social media editor, and I am thankful for that. I have at times wanted to get off of Facebook...

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The Arts: Hold the Metronome!

12/27/13

The Arts: Hold the Metronome!

Dylan Harmon was 18 months old when his father, Tulsa Police Officer Jeremy Harmon, noticed the baby tapping out a perfect beat to Tom Cochrane's "Life is a Highway." Eric Schaefer still wasn't speaking at age 2, but he was singing as if life were a musical -- in full sentences. And Mariah Robinson was just 3 when her father noticed she not only knew the words to every song on his favorite country radio station but she could sing along in key and in harmony, too. Dylan Harmon, 12, of Broken Arrow, took formal piano lessons for just a few months before he was capable of sight-reading difficult such holiday pieces as Carol of the Bells.   "Music is what she's all about," Sean Robinson says now about Mariah, a blonde, sweet-faced...

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