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April 20, 2014

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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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At the Gilcrease

03/07/14

At the Gilcrease

Gilcrease Museum joins nearly a dozen venues across the state of Oklahoma in celebrating the centennial of the birth of Chiricahua Apache artist Allan Houser. The Gilcrease exhibition, Form and Line: Allan Houser’s Sculpture and Drawings, is a broad selection of Houser’s sculptures, which opens February 13, 2014, and continues through June 29, 2014. Monumental and tabletop sculptures in this special exhibition reveal the range of Houser’s extraordinary talent. The large charcoal and pastel drawings inform the sculpture, yet are finished artworks in themselves. In addition, the artist’s sketchbooks will be on display, opened to pages of conceptual drawings illustrating the raw, prolific energy that fueled his evolution as an artist. Seeing the small...

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What's Really Happening with Oklahoma Third Graders?

03/07/14

What's Really Happening with Oklahoma Third Graders?

Two years ago, when Oklahoma third-grade students took the state’s annual reading test, nearly 5,500 them, or 11 percent, failed. Last year, the results were worse, despite a stepped-up focus on reading instruction: 12 percent of third graders scored at the lowest of four levels, unsatisfactory, meaning they were still reading at about a first-grade level. This year brings a consequence: Third graders who score unsatisfactory in reading on the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Test will have to repeat the grade unless they are granted an exemption. And the possibility that thousands will be held back has teachers and schools across the state going to great lengths to boost the reading skills of struggling students. Teachers have nearly six weeks left to cut the number of...

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What Does Summer Camp Offer Your Child?

03/07/14

What Does Summer Camp Offer Your Child?

CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR SUMMER CAMPS & ACTIVITIES GUIDE Parents spend a lot of time trying to motivate kids. We use chore charts, checklists, reminders and rewards to get them to feed the dog, clean their rooms, and complete schoolwork. But these techniques don’t change behavior long-term. Real motivation must come from within.  The Psychology of Summer Camp Time at camp may be all it takes to spark a little self-determination in your kid. I know it sounds too good to be true. Your school-age slacker – the one who expects you to find his homework and pack his lunch – might start doing some things for himself. And your often-bored tween might come home with more pep in her step. Psychologists use self-determination theory (SDT) to explain...

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On the Streets of Phildelphia

03/05/14

On the Streets of Phildelphia

Hello? Hello? Is anybody out there? Are any of the 5 followers I have still following me since I haven't posted in months? Mom, are you even still there? Like most of you, I've been drowing lately. I just can't seem to gain traction in my life. I just keep running around putting out fires, but not actually getting anything done. You know the whole fold the laundry, but never put it up situation. And then you get hit in the face with a snowball, or in a work at home mom's situation, a snow day. Look, I'm a winter person (or more so not a bathing suit person), but this winter can just MOVE ALONG. And then last weekend we had a magazine conference in Phildelphia. So, I signed up a couple of months ago thinking it would be fun, and besides, it was months away,...

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03/05/14

Marriage Can Create Pressure for Blended Families

Q:I am divorced with two teens ages 14 and 16. My future husband is also divorced with 15-year-old twins. As the wedding approaches, tensions are rising amongst the kids. We will all be living together in a new home. Since both their dad and I have sole custody with limited visitation with their other parents, we have moved slowly to get to this point. Initially, it looked like everyone was excited about the new arrangement. Now it seems like insecurities and fears about the future are developing. Do you have any suggestions? A: Congratulations on your upcoming wedding. Marrying again can be quite scary, especially when kids are involved. Teens also can often create some resistance if they are not yet ready. Hopefully, they have had enough time to adjust to the divorces and each...

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How to Balance Sibling Rivalry

03/05/14

How to Balance Sibling Rivalry

“He touched me!” “She won’t let me put my leg on the chair!” “He took my pancake!” All kids argue and fight. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, sibling rivalry is normal. Frustrating, but normal. Despite being normal, it can become quite heated, creating family discord, hurt feelings and resentments that can carry over into adulthood. Parents can become locked up in disagreement over how to handle situations, and kids can begin to work one parent against the other. As parents, it is our job to teach our children how to get along with others—starting with each other. This involves teaching them to respect other’s opinions and property, resolve conflicts, and show empathy. According to Michele Borba, Ed.D.,...

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03/05/14

Tips for Bedwetting and Your Child

As the parent of a newly potty-trained toddler, I expected accidents. In fact, we haven’t even moved into the nighttime sleeping without a pull-up phase. But I was pleasantly surprised when my almost 3-year-old daughter suddenly went from diaper baby to full-time potty-pro seemingly overnight. Of course, we went to the bathroom 50 times per day, but not one accident. So I was a little shocked when her daycare started asking that I bring extra clothing to school each day to help with the accidents. Accidents? We hadn’t experienced one at home, yet each day she’d been having them at school. I just didn’t get it, until one lazy Saturday at naptime. There we were all snuggled up together reading stories when we both gave in to the cozy quiet. We had been asleep...

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#teen talk: the spring break dilemma..

03/05/14

#teen talk: the spring break dilemma..

Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I wanna take ya…or maybe not. While the Beach Boys might have been onto something – who doesn’t dream of white sands and warm oceans this time of year – the reality of spring break travel often involves more delayed flights and busted bank accounts than “Kokomo”-like paradise. In the interest of mental sanity and fiscal responsibility, perhaps you’ve opted for the “Staycation” this month. Before your children pile on the guilt, know that you are not alone in your choice. Although many families head off to far-flung exotic locales for the spring holiday, plenty of folks will remain firmly planted in T-town. Whatever your personal spring break plans may be, I thought it might be fun to see what everyone...

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03/05/14

Girl is Suing Her Parents for College Tuition!

Did you all see this story? http://abcnews.go.com/US/rachel-canning-sues-parents-make-cover-school-expenses/story?id=22768908 Most 18-year-olds can’t wait to be out on their own. This 18-year-old girl is suing her parents to be DEpendent on them. Evidently, she wants them to foot the bill for her college tuition, room and board, even though her parents say she would get everything she wants if she lives at home, “Private school, new car, college education; that all comes with living under our roof,” her dad told ABC News. I don’t know what to say. Except that she makes my kids and the most of the other kids I know look like saints. How does a child get to this point of extreme entitlement? What do you think?

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