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Talk to Your Baby

04/15/13

Talk to Your Baby

An article on Huffington Post's website, "The Power of Talking to Your Baby," drew much attention last week. Which surprised me, because I thought it was something many of us already knew.       Not so. In brief, talking to your baby is necessary and good. It helps her develop language skills and knowledge from birth to 3 before she's even talking herself. Research tells us that babies who come from homes where parents engage them and speak to them regularly often have a higher IQ than those who come from less verbal, less educated families. What does that mean, exactly? Well, we all give our little ones directives: “Don’t touch that!” “Be careful!” “Time to eat.” And in some families,...

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Break the Habit of Texting While Driving

04/12/13

Break the Habit of Texting While Driving

Tragically, another young driver has died while driving and texting. The parents of 22-year-old Alexander Heit of Greeley, Colorado, recently released his last text message, and their story quickly went viral. According to police, Heit drifted close to oncoming traffic. Perhaps trying to avoid being clipped, his car then swerved off the road before flipping and killing the 22-year-old college student. When his iPhone was recovered from the wreck, Heit's final words were, "Sounds good my man, seeya soon, ill tw..." The young man reportedly had a spotless driving record. His parents released te phone text in hopes of reminding others of the real danger that exists when distracted by texting. Matt’s mother Sharon Heit says of their decision: “I...

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Building a Community of Book Readers

04/11/13

Building a Community of Book Readers

A Twitter post caught my eye the other day. It was from a local dad who quipped, “The best part of living in Memphis is the free books Dolly Parton sends my kids each month.”  What a great testimonial for Shelby County Books From Birth program. Once you sign up, your child (from birth to age 5) receives a free children's book each month, mailed directly to your home. Books From Birth purchase their books from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a literacy program started in 1996 to benefit children in East Tennessee. Now, approximately 35,000 children in Memphis alone receive books through the program, according to Executive Director Peter Abell. In fact, 52 percent of the children under the age of 5 in Shelby County are enrolled. Those books...

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The Crying Game

04/09/13

The Crying Game

Have you seen the most recent parent blog to go viral? It’s “The Reasons My Son Is Crying.” I first ran across it on Facebook, where someone had posted a link to the Tumblr blog, posted by the boy's father, Greg Pembroke. After reviewing his blog, I found myself wondering why this had trended. I’m never a fan of parents capitalizing on their children’s misery — and this 1-year-old looks really miserable at times. While Pembroke's one-liners describing what makes his child unhappy (below: "He is bad at eating yogurt.") are funny, they also border on being detached. Oh wait, he's a comedian. “I think every parent experiences meltdown and I was trying to have a little fun with it,” Pembroke tells TODAY Moms.Of...

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Girls Becoming Leaders

04/05/13

Girls Becoming Leaders

What does it take to be a leader? Teen girls are asked to explore that question in an essay contest being sponsored by The Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis. The essay contest is part of the nonprofit's 2013 Annual Tribute Luncheon and Symposium. Following the luncheon will be the Youth Leadership Forum. Both events take place at the Cook Convention Center on Friday, April 26th. The luncheon runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Youth Forum is scheduled for 1:30 to 3 p.m.  Girls from grades 9 to 12 are encouraged to submit an essay entitled The Leader In Me that examines a specific organization or activity you would like to be involved with, the challenges you would face, and how you would overcome these through your leadership. Excerpts from the winning...

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Lice Aren't Nice - How to Manage This Common Pest

03/14/13

Lice Aren't Nice - How to Manage This Common Pest

I heard a typical childhood nightmare story the other day. A mom was telling me about her child’s encounter with lice. Ugh. If you’ve never had to deal with lice, be ever so grateful. Lice infestations can extremely tough to get rid of without diligent effort. That means careful cleaning and monitoring of your child’s hair and scalp before moving on to laundering bed linens, clothing, towels, caps, and whatever else your child has come in contact with. In short, lice can be a labor-intensive pain in the neck. Lice can live on your child’s head for up to 30 days; the eggs can survive for more than two weeks. These pests also multiply quickly. You can most easily see them at the nape of the neck or around your child’s ears. Their presence may...

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Let's Go: Easter Egg Hunts

03/12/13

Let's Go: Easter Egg Hunts

Dress up your Easter basket and come ready for fun. FRIDAY, MARCH 22  After Dark Easter Egg Hunt. • Cameron Brown Park in Germantown. 7:30 p.m. Children ages 9-12 are invited to bring flashlights for an after dark egg hunt. Also includes games and activities. Concessions available. Registration deadline: March 20. Rain date: March 26. Free. Call 757-7375 to register. SATURDAY, MARCH 23 Easter Basket Drive & Dance Camp • Ballet on Wheels. Kroc Center, 800 E. Parkway South. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bring a filled Easter basket to share with a family in need. Then kids ages 3-14 can learn fun dance moves at Dance Camp. Free. Register online by March 21, balletonwheels.org or 870-4348. Easter Eggstravaganza. • Cameron Brown Park in Germantown. 10 a.m....

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Read This: Love Waves

03/07/13

Read This: Love Waves

We have been lucky - neither of our daughters ever experienced separation anxiety; in fact both looked forward to going to daycare and school. (Hm, perhaps that's not a good sign? Let’s not overthink it…) For those of us who must leave little ones behind due to work or split households, Love Waves could be a simple way of letting your child know you’re still thinking of her. The book shows young children what love waves look like and how they work. Rosemary Wells is the author and illustrator of the well-known Max and Ruby books and videos, and although in Love Waves the rabbit family is grey instead of white, they are immediately familiar. In the first part of this book, Mama Rabbit goes to work, telling Little Bunny to "Be brave." As...

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Meet the Co-Creator of Yo Gabba Gabba: Christian Jacobs

02/20/13

Meet the Co-Creator of Yo Gabba Gabba: Christian Jacobs

The creators of Yo Gabba Gabba bring their colorful preschool show to the Orpheum on Saturday, February 22nd. Readers tell us the show is a lot fun. To get ready, we spoke with the co-creator of this popular Nickolodean show, Christian Jacobs. How does creating your live show differ from the one kids watch on TV? There's more work involved creating the TV show because with theatre, you build one show and then do it again and again. You're tweaking it while you're on the road, but mostly its the same thing each night. With the series, each episode takes more hours, creating the set, the props, and the storyline. But don't get me wrong, it's all fun. The kids love it when DJ Lance steps onto the stage. They go nuts! How has the show evolved over the past...

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 Let's Go: National Civil Rights Museum

02/15/13

Let's Go: National Civil Rights Museum

I recently took my two children to visit the National Civil Rights Museum in downtown Memphis. I wanted them to learn about social justice issues and it turns out this museum is the perfect place to do just that.   We talk some beforehand about the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., so we can all be better prepared for our visit. As we walk up to the museum, the children notice the wreath on the railing of the Lorraine Motel. They also spy a photograph of the men on the balcony. I tell them Dr. King and his friends were going to dinner when a shooter took his life. My 5-year-old immediately wants to know if King was a daddy. I tell her he left behind a wife and four children, and that it was a very sad time for the world. “His family must...

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