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April 23, 2014

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Acro Yoga at I Am Yoga in Tulsa

02/07/14

Acro Yoga at I Am Yoga in Tulsa

Ah, February. We’ve been inundated with red hearts and ads for high-priced roses since the calendar flipped to 2014. And now it’s crunch time. Regular celebrants of Valentine’s Day may be looking for a new trick to pull from the typical hearts and flowers hat for kindling, or rekindling the romance. Five-course meals and champagne breakfasts are so 2013. For couples who enjoy trying new things, for couples looking to get fit in the new year, for anyone who is vaguely interested, there’s a new option in town. According to Melissa Cameron, co-owner with Joe Piccorale of I AM Yoga in Tulsa, “acro yoga is a blend of yoga and acrobatics that’s taking off right now,” and it is perfect for couples. I AM Yoga is currently the only Tulsa...

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I'm a Tulsa Kid: Sophia Short – Jenks High School Student Council President

02/07/14

I'm a Tulsa Kid: Sophia Short – Jenks High School Student Council President

Jenks High School Student Council President Sophia Short embraces her role as a liaison between her fellow high school students and the school’s faculty and administration. A member of National Honor Society, the Pre-Med Society and a captain of the girls’ cross country team, Short said Student Council keeps her “plugged in” at school, whether she is challenging the student body to raise money for the Jenks Food Bank, organizing the Jenks Homecoming Dance or rallying student spirit at a school sporting event.  TK: Did you have to give an election speech when you ran for Student Council President and what was your platform? Sophia: Public speaking used to terrify me before this year, so fortunately I didn’t have to give a speech when I ran...

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Disconnected Kid: Strengthening the Brain

02/07/14

Disconnected Kid: Strengthening the Brain

Carter’s preschool teacher was the first educator to notice that Carter was struggling to keep up with his peers. He was having trouble paying attention and was hyperactive. Carter’s parents, Bill and Kelly McCollough, co-owners of Landstar Homes in Tulsa, decided to keep Carter in the 3-year-old classroom at Metro Christian Academy for another year. Even so, Carter continued to lag behind – in comparison to other 4-year-old children, he was not meeting growth, behavioral or social maturation milestones. From birth, Carter’s development worried Kelly. He was adopted and Kelly was aware that poor fetal growth had been an issue in utero, and Carter continued to be small for his age. Although Carter saw geneticists annually until he was 6 years old, the...

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Brighten Up Your Valentine's Day Treats!

02/07/14

Brighten Up Your Valentine's Day Treats!

It doesn’t take a box of chocolates and a dozen roses to impress a kid on Valentine’s Day. A chocolate heart tucked in a lunchbox, cherry syrup poured over the morning pancakes, a new set of red shoelaces laced up into their favorite shoes – kids notice the little things we do to show our love. And really, that’s what we all want on this day for sweethearts. We want to know that we’re noticed, loved, appreciated. Kids are no different. Around Valentine’s Day, you can speak their love language with special foods that signify this sweet holiday that comes right in time to cheer us up from the bleakness of winter. If you’re lucky enough to have a night out for Valentine’s Day, there’s still opportunity to make it a fun...

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The Hip Mom's Secret to a Quick and Delicious Dinner

02/07/14

The Hip Mom's Secret to a Quick and Delicious Dinner

Ah, dinnertime.  I bet you didn’t think about that when you first saw those two lines on the pregnancy test, did you? That after about six months of 100 percent breast or bottle milk, you’d have to either prepare dinner – or somehow conjure up something resembling a meal to eat EVERY SINGLE night for the next 18 years? (Unless, of course, you are mega-rich and A. can hire a personal chef, or B. go out to eat every single night. If so, I envy you!) Yes, I know, it’s a lot to contemplate. And even if you enjoy cooking (I happen to love cooking – especially while I’m nursing a nice glass of Shiraz – but I detest baking. Too much precision!), it still takes a lot of planning, shopping, time and a wee bit of practice and skill to get dinner...

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Readin’, Writin’ and Neuroscience:  Broken Arrow Public Schools Are Cutting Edge

01/31/14

Readin’, Writin’ and Neuroscience: Broken Arrow Public Schools Are Cutting Edge

Broken Arrow Public School parent and teacher Keri Waits had an “ah ha” moment when she heard Robert Hudson, M.D., speak at the Broken Arrow Early Childhood Institute over the summer. Dr. Hudson is a clinical professor of pediatrics, University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine and co-director of the Center for Resilience there. “He led an educational series on children’s temperament and behavior and how it impacts their school, home and social time. I remember thinking ‘ah ha, that is why Gage, my son, acts a certain way.’  It was empowering as both a parent and a teacher.” Five-year old Gage attends pre-kindergarten at BA’s Creekwood Early Childhood Center. Creekwood is one of three new BA early childhood education...

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Escape to Jamaica

01/31/14

Escape to Jamaica

Aside from the inviting tropical climate, swaying palm trees and sandy, white beaches,  thinking of Jamaica may bring to mind the songs of Bob Marley and the tastes of spicy jerk chicken and pork, juicy pineapples, rich island-grown coffee and locally distilled rum (yum yum).  But, perhaps the reigning identity of Jamaican culture is that of a relaxed vibe where the living is easy. Jamaicans are known the world over for their casual, friendly nature, whether you are interacting with shop owners, restaurant staff or  restaurants or someone suiting you up for a scuba lesson or a zip line adventure in the jungle. The natives I met while vacationing with friends in lovely Montego Bay had a natural ability to engage visitors with warm, welcoming smiles and friendly...

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Frank Cooper Teaches by Building Relationships

01/31/14

Frank Cooper Teaches by Building Relationships

For over 10 years Sand Springs Charles Page High School teacher Frank Cooper has read the popular children’s book Love You Forever by Robert Munsch at the Charles Page High School graduation ceremony. And every year, without fail, every graduation attendee cries. “It has been a great honor to be a part of graduation. I read Love You Forever, and I personalize it a bit. I start crying, the graduates cry, and then the moms and the dads start to cry. I think that is why they have me do it each year,” he grinned. Cooper made the switch from lawyer to Charles Page High School teacher 21 years ago. He admittedly found a classroom full of teens to be quite intimidating at first. “The day I started, I called my wife during my first break and said,...

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Dad's Day: Pinewood Derby

01/31/14

Dad's Day: Pinewood Derby

Let us establish now I am not very good at this fatherhood thing. Never have been, never will be. I am a struggling father, an amateur, a dilettante. My children know this—I’ve been proving it to them since they were born. For my son, the proof was never so obvious as during the Cub Scouts’ pinewood derby. I tend to plan the way some people fall off a cliff. I back plan, coming to my senses moments after something expensive lies smoldering at my feet long enough to say, “Maybe I should have read the instructions.” I also tend to reject proper tool usage to the point where Menard’s has issued a restraining order. So nobody should be surprised I screwed up my pinewood derby car. First of all, the manufacturer’s verbiage claiming...

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Is Your Toddler on Track?

01/31/14

Is Your Toddler on Track?

Parents often wonder if their children are developing normally. Two-year-old Sam might be stringing words into phrases, while 2-year-old Melissa is pointing and using one-syllable, single words to communicate. Is Sam ahead or is Melissa behind? Or, are both children developmentally on target for verbal communication at age 2?  Parents and caregivers in Tulsa County can now go to a website, supported by the Community Service Council, which will allow them to screen their children between the ages of 0 and 5 for developmental problems. There is no cost for the screening. Developers of the Sprouts Child Development Initiative, www.sproutsdevelopment.com, hope to give area parents and caregivers of young children the tools they need to ensure that their little sprouts are...

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