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April 15, 2014

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Build Your Child’s Brain

03/26/14

Build Your Child’s Brain

It turns out that the best way that parents can support their child’s brain development is both free and easy. Talk. That’s right. Children whose parents talk to them from the time they are born have a better start in school and in life. Yesterday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on behalf of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation (www.clintonfoundation.org), visited a Tulsa Educare Center to help roll out a community-wide campaign -- “Talking is Teaching.” The initiative will use librarians, faith-based leaders, business-owners, pediatricians and others to raise awareness of the importance of talking, singing, reading and engaging in social interaction with children ages 0 to 5.  As Clinton said, “Tulsa can be ground...

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A Heritage of Storytelling

03/21/14

A Heritage of Storytelling

Having grown up in Tulsa, I have been surrounded from a very young age by Native American storytelling. I remember as a Kindergartener at Carnegie Elementary listening to a storyteller share a story about how the stars got in the sky. It was fascinating.  In college, I took a Native American Music class and attended other storytelling events and have always been drawn to the magnetic way truly gifted storytellers share their stories. This week, I took my kids to Storytelling with MAHENWADOSE, at Helmerich Library. MAHENWADOSE, or Will Hill is a fantastic storyteller. He is animated and exciting, using sound effects, different voices for different characters and even plays Native American instruments and sings songs while he shares. A great storyteller not only...

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Fun with Tulsa 66rs

03/20/14

Fun with Tulsa 66rs

Let me paint you a picture. Imagine a Tulsa with no BOK Center, no Brady Arts District, no Pearl District and no reason to be Downtown unless you had tickets to a show at the PAC, wanted to go ice skating, or you worked there. Imagine a Tulsa where all there was in South Tulsa was neighborhoods, fields and a few chain restaurants. Imagine having to drive to Oklahoma City or out of state to see a headliner like the Eagles or Paul McCartney and just plan on spending a lot of time and money traveling to see a professional sports team. That's the Tulsa I grew up in, and it's very different than the Tulsa we now know in 2014. I lived in the Oklahoma City area back when we hosted the New Orleans Hornets after Hurricane Katrina, and it seemed like there might be hope for...

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Is obesity child abuse?

03/19/14

Is obesity child abuse?

8-month-old baby Santiago weighs in at 44 pounds. According to this article on the New York Daily news website, the mother said that "he was born with anxiety, so if he cried, I just fed him." The Chubby Hearts Foundation, an organization devoted to educating families on healthy eating/living, has offered to help the boy get to a healthy weight. According to the article, there is no sort of disorder contributing to his obesity. It is purely caused by an unhealthy lifestyle. Recently, in England, morbidly obese children were taken into care because of health concerns by child protective services. A spokesman for England's Department for Education said, "This is not an issue about children who might be a few pounds overweight. This is about protecting those...

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Coffee for a Cause

03/19/14

Coffee for a Cause

Great things are happening in the Rose District of Broken Arrow. I recently posted about one of my new favorite eateries, Main Street Tavern, and now I've got to tell you about a fantastic java joint! I love coffee. I love good coffee. I drink it every day. I'm drinking it now.  I also adore coffee shops. Maybe it's because I spent my formative years in the 90's watching Friends. I mean, that was THE thing in high school. All of our favorite bands played at coffee shops, heck even my church youth group started its own coffee shop! Yours truly ran the snack counter. I'm pretty sure I spent more of my time in college in coffee shops than I did in class. There's just something about the atmosphere, the invitation to chat with others, the art and...

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The CAN Superhero Challenge

03/18/14

The CAN Superhero Challenge

Superheroes are celebrities at my house. I've had multiple conversations about whether Flash is faster than Superman, or if Batman is stronger than the Hulk. Sound familiar? If so, I'm about to make your day. On Sunday, March 30th the Child Abuse Network (CAN) is holding their first-ever Superhero Challenge. The challenge will include age-appropriate obstacle courses, refreshments, etc. Everyone is encouraged to come dressed as their favorite superhero. Let me set this up for you - a bunch of little kids running around dressed up like superheroes. It's going to be epic! Like their Facebook page, and get signed up!

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Tulsa Area Easter Egg Hunts & Activities!

03/17/14

Tulsa Area Easter Egg Hunts & Activities!

Here is your 2014 Easter Egg Hunts and Activities Guide! This list is on-going, so check back often for updates. If your organization has a community Easter Egg Hunt, please send that information to abbyrodgerstk@gmail.com. And remember: *Make sure to be on time! *Don’t forget your baskets! Easter Egg Hunts   Chandler Park, 6500 W. 21st St. Saturday, April 12th at 11 a.m. Meet at the community center. Hunt for thousands of eggs in the park! The hunts will divided into four ages groups (ages 12 & under) Ages 12 & under. There will be free hot dogs and drinks, or bring your own picnic lunch. For more information: 918.591.6053.   Chamberlain Park, 4940 N. Frankfort Tuesday, April 15th at 6 p.m. and Saturday,...

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Gardening with Your Kids

03/12/14

Gardening with Your Kids

Sometimes it's hard to find an activity that every member of the family can participate in  - and then there's gardening. And with spring in the air, it's time to start bringing the gardens back to life. Here are some tips from the Tulsa Garden Center to get your kids involved in your family's garden: Rake last year’s mulch off the garden plot and dispose of it. Pick up all the sticks and branches that our Oklahoma winds have left in the garden. Using gardening gloves, let the kids spread the fertilizer under adult supervision, teaching them about proper fertilizer amounts and methods. Show the kids how to check if watering is needed. Establish a watering schedule and assign different watering days to different kids....

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TulsaKids Magazine Honored with 21 Awards by Parenting Media Association

03/12/14

TulsaKids Magazine Honored with 21 Awards by Parenting Media Association

TulsaKids magazine was awarded General Excellence first place honors for TulsaKids magazine, TulsaKids website and TulsaKids Baby Guide at the annual Parenting Media Association conference held in Philadelphia last month. In addition to the three General Excellence awards, TulsaKids was recognized with 18 other editorial, design and digital media honors. The Editorial and Design Awards Competition recognizes excellence in journalism, photography and design achieved by publishers, editors, writers and designers at member publications. Prof. Daryl Moen of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism coordinated the annual contest. A panel of 26 judges reviewed entries from any publications to choose the winners in each category. Winning entries, along with...

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Girls Will Be

03/11/14

Girls Will Be

Now y’all know I don’t endorse products here; however, I’ve gotten some things in my office that I’ve talked about once or twice. Remember the wrinkle cream? Or as marketers prefer to call it “anti-aging.” I use so many products described as “anti-aging” that I really should be an infant by now ala Benjamin Button. But I digress. I received an email message from something called GIRLS WILL BE. Naturally, I’m a female and I have two female children, so rather than hit DELETE as I usually do with unrecognizable emails, I opened it up. So, here’s the thing. It’s a Kickstarter venture started by a couple of moms who couldn’t find just regular girls’ clothing. You know, the kind without ruffles,...

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