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Spring issue covering family freindly events for the months of February, March and April. Summer camp section and three month calender of events included.

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    LLiinnccoollnn KKiiddss!!Quarterly Family Newspaper Please Take One Year 18 No. 1Quarterly Family Newspaper Please Take One Year 18 No. 1

    Dance of the Bumblebee by Hallie Schwab, age 812,3rd grader, Roper Elementary School

    February, March and April

    Family Guide for Spring 2012

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    Advertising, Artwork, Article, & CalendarDeadlines for the Summer 2012 issue is

    April 10th. Covering May, June & July.To view our issues online visit our website at:

    Kids! Would you like to be published in LincolnKids? Mail or email us a copy your Artwork andPoems for consideration!

    Lincoln Kids! Newspaper, 25660 South 12th St.

    Martell, Nebraska 68404

    Email: [email protected] phone: (402) 798-0224website:

    Publisher and Editor in Chief Mark Martin Advertising Mark MartinArt Direction Mark M. MartinIllustrations Children & Ron Wheelers Fat Free Clip Art Printer Maverick MediaCalendar and more Beth PauleyLincoln Kids! Inc is published quarterly in February, May, August and November. Mailing Address: 25660 South 12thStreet, Martell, NE, 68404. Phone number: (402) 798-0224. E-mail: [email protected] Copyright 2012 byLincoln Kids! Inc. All rights reserved. We are not responsible for errors and omissions. Reproduction in whole or part with-out written permission prohibited. Lincoln Kids! encourages your submission of feature articles, photographsand ideas. We reserve the right to edit submitted material. All submissions will be considered for publication.Materials will not be returned unless prior arrangements are made. Advertising and information is accepted at the discre-tion of the publisher. Web site is located at: Current and past issues may be viewed there.

    Spring 2012 Cover ArtistHello. My name is Hallie Schwab and I am in the third grade atRoper Elementary School. I am eight years old and I love my familyand every kind of animal on earth, especially horses. My favorite seasonsare both spring and summer because Ilike to swim and play outside andbecause my birthday is in March. Myfavorite subjects in school are Mathand Spelling, but I like all the otherones too. When I grow up, I want to be a veterinarian. I decided to draw a pic-ture of a bumble bee for this magazinebecause I thought bees would be goodto have in a spring picture. Hallie Schwab

    ...Mark 18 years later

    Mark backwhen...

    Welcome to the Springedition of LincolnKids! newspaper.Normally at this time of year (endof January) it feels like winter willnever go away. Not this year!Currently it is 64 degrees out.

    This is the start of our eigh-teenth year. To quote the adageabout raising kids, they grow up sofast. When I first started the paperI would get my paper ready to goto the printers by printing thepaper out on my home printer andwaxing it onto a large sheet ofpaper. Then I would haul thesheets, called boards, to the print-er. Now everything is done on theinternet. Technology has mademany aspects of publishing easier

    but at the same time I have to keepup with all the changes. So I amconstantly learning. In eighteenyears the paper has matured inlook and content all the while Ihave also matured in look (brownto grey hair) and my content iswell... lets say Im a bit hefter thanI was 18 years ago.

    We have a really packed issuechock-full of all sorts of informa-tion for families, kids, and par-ents. If we didnt get your piece ofartwork, story or calendar infor-mation included, we apologize.

    Just a few of the neat goings onduring our print run includeevents celebrating FebruarysDental Month. Make sure to visitpage 13 for information on yourchildrens dental issues as well aspage forty which highlights thespecial exhibits at the LincolnChildrens Museum, whichAmeritas has generously spon-sored. March is Vision Month soread up about this important topicon page 16. The LincolnChildrens Museum has an exhibitfor this as well! See page 40again. The Early ChildhoodCelebration is celebrating their25th anniversary on April 21st atSoutheast Community College,86th & O Street from 9am-1pm.Featured are booths, entertain-

    ment, childrens activities andmuch more. Contact CrystalKozak, at (402)437-2403 or visitthe website at more information. Booths arestill available if you are an organ-ization involved with children.

    This is the first of our summercamp and activities issues. Thereare a wealth of opportunities forchildren to learn, grow and havefun located right here aroundLincoln. Camps range from tradi-tional cabins in the woods style ofcamp to specialty camps on learn-ing what it is to be an animal vet.Many of these camps fill up fast,especially the best time slots. Sobook your spot early! Most of thecamps are located in the secondsection and we have a handydandy camp directory on page 28.

    Chicken Report: I am glad toreport that after a brief falling out,my girls have decided to forgiveand forget (our bad experiencewith having roosters) and let mehold and pet them again. Plus theyare back to laying more eggs. I amalso pleased to announce that afternearly 10 months our one loneduck allowed me to pick her up.Yes, folks I was fortunate enoughto hug a duck. She had spent acold night outside the coop in thesnow and she allowed me to holdher tight to my bosom. (Do menhave bosoms?) and offer her com-fort from the heat from my ownbody. Ahh, life on the farm.

    As far as our Bernese MountainDog, Bernie, goes I think he isnearing 200 pounds. I feel like weare actually living the old cowboysong, Home on the Range.Except the inside of our home isthe range. It is where our own ver-sion of a buffalo roams.

    Take care, Mark

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    Look Whats Growingapples and red-buds, have verypretty flowers,others dont lookmuch like flow-ers at all. Whenthe leaves start togrow a lovely haze of light greenlets us know spring has come.

    A few plants hug the groundand stay green all winter. They area splash of color when the skiesare cold and gray. But there issomething else that cheers theheart of every gardener in winter:looking through seed catalogs.Have you ever seen one? Flowersbloom on every page and the veg-etables look almost too good toeat. You can dream of your perfectgarden even though you knowwhen the time comes it will be toowet or too dry, the weeds willgrow too fast and the rabbits willeat your baby peas and lettuce tothe ground. But you also know

    They put on an ever-chang-ing show, they use lots ofdifferent tricks to travel,some can grow in very unlikelyplaces, some can hang on throughcold and drought. Plants are prettyamazing things.

    Have you taken the time to lookat the trees that have lost theirleaves along your street or in yourbackyard? This time of year youcan notice their different shapesand the way the branches reachout. Can you see the buds that willgrow into next summers flowersand leaves? Some trees have bigfat buds that seem ready to burstany minute, others are muchsmaller. Watch them and see whenthey start to open. Some flowerearly maple flowers give the treea reddish color long before theleaves grow. Some, like crab

    that the first red tomato ofthe season will be eventastier than you remember.

    It is good to knowwhere your food comesfrom and even better to trygrowing your own. If you

    do have a garden you know that ittakes work to make plants growand also what a great feeling it isto put something delicious youveraised on the table.

    Pioneers Park Nature Centerhas a new childrens garden. Ourpreschool has already plantedearly flowering bulbs and we cantwait for them to bloom. We havethree large cereal bowls andwant to grow wheat and oats inone of them so we can see theplants that are used to makeWheaties and Cheerios. We have agiant teepee to grow beans andsquash and dream about how funit will be to go inside and be sur-rounded by green. There are three

    raised beds where we will growmany different kinds of vegeta-bles, partly just to see what theylook like. We will grow corn, eventhough the raccoons will probablyeat it all, and sunflowers becausethey are so cheery. We have ananimal garden with plants thathave names like butterfly milk-weed, bee balm, lambs ears andturtlehead; and a scentsationalgarden where plants that smellreally good (or bad) or feel soft ortaste interesting grow.

    Pioneers Park Nature Center haslong been a place where peoplecan learn about what grows wildin Nebraska: the early bloomingwoodland flowers, the stately cot-tonwood or bur oak trees, the wildplums and chokecherries that makeyummy jam, the tall prairie grassesand colorful prairie wildflowers.

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    Camp DiscoveryGet your hands in the dirt, go on a nature hunt, investigate the Nature Centers large mammals, or search for polliwogs and nymphs. Ages 3-6. Dates: Monday-Thursday; 5 weeks in June & July Time: 9-11:30a | Fee: $65/child/session

    A week of messy, hand-on science activities, and a little gardening. Ages 6-12.Dates: Monday-Friday, March 12-16Time: 8:30a5p, extended hours (7:30a-5:30p) available for $10 | Fee: $160

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    Wilderness Nature CampsPuddles and Ponds, Thats Disgusting!, Xtreme Action Camp and Plant, Reap and Eat are just some of the themes. Ages 6-12.Days: Monday-Friday; 6 weeks in June & July. Time: 8:30a-5p, extended hours available for an extra fee Fee: $160-$170/week, save $10 if registered before May 1st.

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    Lincoln City Libraries, theWild Bird Habitat Stores,Nebraska Game and Parksand Wachiska Audubon havejoined together to offer a fun andeducational family event, LincolnBird EnCOUNTer, Saturday,February 18, from 1:00 to 3:00 the Eiseley and Gere Libraries.

    We invite people of all ages tocome to watch, explore and learnabout our feathered friends. Makea bird journal or a pine cone feed-er. Learn to use binoculars for birdwatching or listen to and identifybird songs. There will be crafts,games and FREE bird guideswhile they last.

    Find out more about the nation-wide event taking place thatweekend, called The GreatBackyard Bird Count, and howyou can be part of it.

    Chuck Francis, past presidentof Wachiska Audubon, says,Wachiska Audubon members areenthusiastic about birds and pre-serving their habitat. But we real-ize that the future belongs to thenext generation. We need to doeverything possible to get youngpeople acquainted with birds andother wildlife, and to lure themout of their comfort zones toobserve the living ecosystemaround them. Our older generation

    Bird Watching at Your Local Library should not be the last children inthe woods.

    There will be plenty of booksabout birds available for check outat the event but, as a warm up,these two lovely new offerings arecertain to pique your childs inter-est in birds and their amazing lives.

    Thunder Birds: Natures FlyingPredators by naturalist andveteran childrens bookauthor Jim Arnosky, exam-ines the unique niche rap-tors inhabit and how amaz-ingly well they have adapt-ed to their role as hunting birds.Each section looks at a type ofraptor; owls, herons and egrets,and, eagles, hawks and falcons,each have their own portion of thebook with gatefold pages thatopen up to demonstrate relativesize as well as flight silhouettesfor identification in flight.Arnosky includes personal anec-dotes about his encounters in the

    wild with these amazing birds,drawing the reader into theauthors fascination and respectfor these awesome creatures.

    Jane Yolens poetry and JasonStemples photos combine in thelovely new book, Birds of aFeather. The regal eagle opens thiscollection with verse devoted to a

    variety of birds includ-ing the wood duck,chickadee and even ahaiku for a kingfisher.Each two page spreadincludes boxed factual

    information about the featuredbird and its habits.

    Vicki Wood, Youth ServicesSupervisor/ Lincoln City Libraries,Bennett Martin Public Library

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    Weve also long had a large herbgarden with plants that smell greator make food extra tasty. The chil-drens garden is new and exciting.

    Come out often to see whatsgrowing and join in some of theprograms so you can get your handsin the dirt. Youth participating inNature Explorers Camp, March 12-16, will do some early planting incold frames, protected fromchangeable spring weather. Some

    summer sessions of both CampDiscovery for 3-6 year olds andWilderness Nature Camp for those6-12 will have time in the garden,and there will be other programstoo. We hope to see you!

    For now, go find a seed catalog.

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    Certified Professional Montessori TeachersKindergarten Program Certified through Nebraska Department of Education

    Honoring Dr Montessoris Vision of the Childs Potential

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    flat bread to make two halves whichwill be used to form the pockets.Use the sharp knife to open eachpocket by dividing the bread fromthe cut side. Do not divide the pock-et too close to the round edge of thebread. You want to leave the roundedge of the bread connected to formthe pocket. It is good to heat the pitabread in the microwave for about 30seconds before stuffing it with thefilling you choose.

    Basic Spinach Salad PitaPocket Sandwich

    Cut or tear the following four ingre-dients into bite size pieces. Mix thefirst five ingredients together andstuff equal amounts into each pitapocket:

    2 c. baby spinach leaves1 fresh tomato1 string cheese strip2 oz. Deli lunch meat (your choice)Ranch Dressing to taste2 whole wheat pita pockets

    Angel Hair Cole Slaw PitaPocket

    2 c. Angel Hair Cole Slawl small can crushed pineapple,

    drained1/4 c. dried cranberries1/4 c. chopped walnutsCole Slaw Dressing to taste2 whole wheat pita pockets

    Mix together first four ingredientstogether and stuff the pita pocketswith the slaw mixture. Add dressingto taste.

    Simple Tuna Salad PocketSandwich

    Blend together the first three ingre-dients:1 small can water packed tuna,

    drained2 T sweet pickle relish1 T Spin Blend or mayonnaiseseveral spinach leaves2 whole wheat pita pockets.

    Layer each pita pocket with babyspinach leaves and stuff withblended tuna mixture.

    Egg Salad Pocket SandwichesBlend together the following fouringredients:3 hard boiled eggs, chopped2 heaping T sweet pickle relish1 heaping T Spin Blend or

    mayonnaisedash of onion powderlettuce leaves2 whole wheat pita pockets

    Layer each pita pocket with lettuceleaves and stuff with blended eggsalad mixture.

    Hope you enjoy some of the pitapocket recipes we make at ourhouse. Use your imagination to cre-ate pita pocket sandwiches usingsome of your favorite food combina-tions. They can be used for almostany hot or cold fillings.

    Spring is.....colorful rock gardenswhere the tulips grow. Magnificent

    green plantsreplacing thesnow. Fluffy whiteclouds floatingacross a blue sky.Menacing blackclouds to intimi-date you and I.

    Pocket Bread SandwichesAre Fun To Eat

    We have enjoyed eating PocketBread Sandwiches in the past with-out giving much thought to their ori-gin. My Kangaroo Pocket Breadwrapper states that Pita PocketBread, now becoming popular inAmerica, was originally thought tobe an exotic Middle Eastern food.

    Young kids may need adult helpusing a sharp knife to cut the pock-ets for these sandwiches. Each roundpiece of whole wheat pita bread willmake two pocket sandwiches. Cutacross the center of a piece of round

    Kids in the Kitchen with Grandma NobleBy Lois Noble

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    Lincoln Kids!

    Some mornings when I walkin to the Lincoln ChildrensMuseum I can hardlybelieve I am at work. How canfacilitating camps and classes fullof eager children and parents beconsidered work? I am so lucky todo what I do for the museum. Ihave the chance to teach and learnat the same time. Its a pretty greatjob. Of course I know that one ofthe reasons I love my job so muchis because of the families I get toserve through the camps andclasses offered at the LincolnChildrens Museum. There isalways something fun going onwith us, and I cant wait for thenext program on the calendar.

    Thats why I am so excited totell you about our summer line up.I have planned several camps thatcover a variety of topics. There issomething for everyone. FromWizards to cooking, every childwho participates in our summer

    camps will have a great time.It is my goal with all the pro-

    grams I offer, to balance learningand fun. I try to sneak math and sci-ence in to School of Wizardry,and large motor/ small motor intoLights, Camera, Action. I wantevery minute we share in camptogether to be beneficial.

    Along the way friendships areforged, field trips are enjoyed, andthere are plenty of laughs. It is agreat way to spend the summer.

    Im looking forward to seeingyou at the museum this summer.

    Emily Nash is the EducationManager at the Lincoln

    Childrens Museum, 1420 P Street, (402) 477-4000,

    Ameritas Group and theLincoln ChildrensMuseum (LCM) are part-nering to educate Lincoln familieson the importance of good oralhealth. Kids under age 10 areencouraged to participate in theWhat Makes Me Smile coloringcontest is Feb. 1-24. Coloring




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    All are welcome to comecelebrate AbrahamLincoln Birthday thiscoming February 12th atSouthwest High School. located at7001 S. 14th Street. Festivitiestake place between 15 p.m. andis FREE to the pubic.

    Featured is Iowaactor Lance Mackas PresidentAbraham Lincoln.All events will beheld in the commonsarea. Schedule ofevents is as follows:

    1 p.m.: Music withLincolns Chris Sayre

    1:30-4 p.m.: Musicand dancing with theSmith Family Band ofHastings,

    2, 3 and 4 p.m.: Lance Mack asPresident Lincoln. Following theperformance you are invited to

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    February is National Childrens Dental MonthLets Have a Coloring Contest!

    sheets are available at LCM inthe Artists Corner on theupper level, andon the Ameritas GroupFacebook page. All entrieswill be displayed, and judgeswill award prizes to thefavorite artistic creations.

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    You are Invited to a Birthday Party!-honest!

    join in the Lincoln ImpersonatorsContest. Judging is at 2:15pm.Prize will be given.

    4:15 p.m.: More music withChris Sayre

    Enjoy free refreshments andexhibits all afternoon. Visit withCivil War reenactors and with

    Susan Dittman, authorof Abraham LincolnsShining Star theInspiring Story ofAbraham Lincoln and

    Nebraska.Presented by the City of

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    Praise! Praise! Praise! Tips on Behavior Management

    Early Head Start and HeadStart are best known forhigh quality preschool edu-cation experiences. Many peopledont realize how comprehensivethe programs are. Our staff andconsultants work with families topromote positive outcomes in liter-ally every aspect of their childslife. Participation in the Early HeadStart program buys familiesaccess to a whole host of experts ontopics from everything from nutri-tion to behavior management. Inthis article, Tiffany West, KristinAnderson, and Grace Hubel,trained Child and FamilyBehavioral Consultants from theUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln,share their tips for positivelyimpacting your childs behavior.

    When we think about managingour childrens behavior, the firstthing that comes to mind is often

    discipline. Eventhough the rightamount of dis-cipline at theright time isimportant, it isnot the mostimportant partof teaching chil-dren how to act.One of the best ways to encouragegood behavior is through praise!

    Praising Positive BehaviorsIt may sound simple, and you are

    probably thinking to yourself,This is something I already do.What is so special about praising?Youre right, most of us try topraise our children every day. Itseems routine. But that is part ofwhat makes praise so helpful. It issomething we do every day and itis simple to do.

    Another reason why praise is aneffective behavior managementstrategy is that it lets children know

    we like what they are doing. Thisincreases the chances that they willcontinue doing it or repeat it in thefuture. Remember, no matter howupset or angry children may seemat times, their parents and teachers attention and approval areamong the mostvaluable things inlife for them. And,the more time chil-dren spend doingpositive behaviors,the less time theyhave to spend onnegative behaviors.Praising childrenhelps improve theirself-esteem, and itbuilds a stronger,healthier, happierr e l a t i o n s h i pbetween you andyour child.

    Different Types of PraiseExperts in teaching children to

    behave well talk about several dif-ferent types of praise.

    Unlabeled Praise: Unlabeledpraises are general comments orphysical expressions. Examples ofunlabeled praises are Good Job,Excellent, Awesome, Cool,Outstanding, and Wonderful.They can also be pats on the back,thumbs up, or high fives. They helpthe child feel good about them-selves but they are not telling thechild exactly what they are doingthat is such a good job or excellent.

    Labeled Praise: Labeled praisesare specific praises about what thechild is currently doing. Examplesof labeled praises are Good job forcleaning up, Excellent job usingnice touches with your brother/sister, Awesome work coloring on

    the paper, That is such a coolbuilding you made out of blocks,That is an outstanding job settingthe table, Wonderful job listeningto directions. As you can see, theseexpressions are praising the childand can make them feel good aboutthemselves but they also tell thechild exactly what it is they aredoing that is such a good job orexcellent. Using labeled praises withchildren increases the chance theywill repeat the behavior for whichthey received the labeled praise.

    Verbal Praise: Verbal praises arelike those mentioned above.

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    Examples of Praise:Thank you for listening!

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    Great job washing your hands before sitting at the table!You are really good at remembering to walk inside the house!

    Thank you for using your inside voice!I really like it when you use nice touches!

    You are doing an excellent job coloring a rainbow!Look at you standing still while I tie your shoe!

    I really like it when you play nicely with your toys!Im so proud of you when you wait patiently!

    It makes me happy to see you follow the rules of the house!What an awesome idea to play with the play dough on the table!

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    I like it when you say thank you!Youre an excellent helper!

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    Early Head Start is a com-prehensive federally fund-ed child development pro-gram offered through CommunityAction Partnership of Lancasterand Saunders Counties. EHSserves low-income pregnantwomen, children ages birth tothree, and their families. A smallnumber of slots are also availableto families of children with veri-fied disabilities whose familieshave household incomes above thefederal poverty guidelines.

    Early Head Start enhances chil-drens school readiness by offeringindividualized support in the fol-lowing areas: Physical, mental anddental health services; nutritionassessment and guidance; servicesto meet the special needs of chil-dren with disabilities and theirfamilies; and family case manage-ment support.

    Emphasis on learning in the home

    In our home-based Early HeadStart program, you and your childhave the opportunity to work witha Family Advocate in the comfortof your own home for 90 minuteseach week. Family Advocates willprovide fun ways for you to helpyour child learn and grow, put youin touch with communityresources that help to meet your

    needs, and support you as youwork to provide positive opportu-nities for your child.

    Your family home is already arich environment full of learningopportunities. We want to help youenhance that environment by sup-porting your relationship with yourchild in an exciting way throughhome visits. In home-based EarlyHead Start, we come to you!

    Learning can be fun!By enrolling in Early Head

    Start, you and your child will havethe opportunity to enjoy activitiesand learning experiences together.Here are some details about whatyou can do in our program:

    Engage in fun activities withyour child like reading books orsinging songs.

    Visit with your FamilyAdvocate about what excitingthings your child has experiencedsince the previous visit. Did yourchild crawl, stand, walk, or makea new sound?

    Set Goals with your FamilyAdvocate as you plan activities foryour family and your next visit.

    Review plans with yourFamily Advocates about the activ-ity for the week, then offer feed-back about the activity.

    Socialize with other enrolledfamilies at playgroups.Playgroups take place atCommunity Action, the localpumpkin patch, parks, water park,and other fun locations!

    How do I enroll my child?Step 1

    If you live in Lancaster County,call Community Action at (402)875-9385, or if you live inSaunders County, call WahooPublic Schools Head Start/EarlyHead Start at (402) 443-4250 toschedule a time to fill out an appli-cation. When you call we will talkabout enrollment requirementsand let you know what paperworkyou will need to have at the timeof application.

    Step 2Come to your scheduled

    appointment with all of the paper-work that you need and work witha member of our staff to completethe application.

    Step 3When your family is invited

    into the program, you will receivea letter and a phone call from yourFamily Advocate to schedule atime for your first home visit.

    For more information about theprogram, please visit theCommunity Action web site: We cantwait to hear from you!

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    Non-verbal Praise: Not all praiseinvolves talking, however. Non-verbal praises such as high fives,eye contact, winks, hugs, pats onthe back, etc., can also make the

    child feel good about them selvesand feel good about their behaviors.Non-verbal praises are especiallyhelpful for the younger childrenwho may not quite understand whatis being said to them. Using bothverbal and non-verbal praisestogether also helps to insure thatyour child knows you approve oftheir behavior and gives them a lit-tle extra attention.

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    Keep them smiling!Every year, 50% of children entering kindergarten will have early childhood tooth decay. Tooth pain is one of the leading causes of missed school days and can keep your child from eating and talking pain-free.

    The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends taking your child for a dental visit once every six months. You can prevent problems with their teeth and gums before they start and teach your child early that its important to Watch Your Mouth.

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    Lincoln Kids!

    The Baby/Toddler SectionTopics dealing with pregnancy, infants, and toddlers

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    help to protect your baby. Drinkplenty of fluids and get rest whileyou are recovering from a cold orthe flu. You can also protect yourbaby by washing your hands fre-quently during flu season.

    Is it okay for your baby to breast-feed if your baby is sick?

    Absolutely. Breast milk is theperfect nutrition and hydration foryour baby. It digests easily andcontains the right amount of fluids.Plus, many babies are comfortedby breastfeeding which is espe-cially helpful when they are notfeeling well.

    Food as Medicineby Ann Seacrest, RN, IBCLC,Executive Director, MilkWorks,Lincolns Community Breastfeeding Center

    Its that time of year again! Coldand flu season is in full swing.Breastfeeding moms often havequestions about what this meansfor their babies. If a mom gets acold, will she pass the cold germsto her baby through her milk?

    Think of breastfeeding as thebest way to protect your baby fromgetting sick almost like a coldand flu vaccine without a painfulinjection! Many mothers who aregetting ready to wean will continuebreastfeeding through another

    cold and flu sea-son, just so theirchild will havean easier timestaying healthy.

    Q & A for Breastfeeding Moms

    Can you breastfeed if you get theflu or a cold?

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    Can your baby have a flu vaccine? Not if your baby is younger

    than 6 months of age. However,breastfeeding will help yourbabys developing immune sys-tem fight off infections. Breastfedbabies are less likely to get the fluand less likely to experiencesevere flu symptoms.

    Help Kids Develop Contagious Smiles

    Achilds toothy smile canbe contagious, communi-cating joyand happiness.Likewise, the lackof a smile also mayexpress unhappi-ness, frustration ord i scon ten tmen t .Often kids with oralhealth concerns arereluctant to smile or laughbecause of pain or embarrassment.

    Facing a Lifetime of OralHealth Problems

    Tooth decay has become one ofthe most common health issuesthat kids face today. It is one of themost common diseases of child-hood; five times as common asasthma and seven times as com-mon as hay fever or bronchitis.

    Review these facts: Nearly six out of 10 kids in

    the United States have cavities,and about 25 percent have untreat-ed decay in their permanent teeth.

    The root system from baby

    teeth helps lay the foundation forpermanent teeth.

    Kids with damaged teeth fromcavities at a young age may expe-rience a lifetime of tooth and gumproblems.

    More than 80 percent of toothdecay in kids occurs on the chew-ing surfaces of teeth; dentalsealants are a viable solution toprotecting these teeth.

    Nearly all children and teenshave gingivitis, the precursor to aperiodontal disease; if left untreat-ed, the disease eventually canadvance to more serious oral con-cerns that can require extensivedental treatment and care, includ-ing emergency room visits, hospi-talizations and delayed physicaldevelopment.

    Due to aching teeth andgums, kids often experience dis-comfort when eating, have prob-lems sleeping and struggle to lis-ten and learn at school.Nationally, kids lose more than 51million school hours each yeardue to dental-related illness.

    Help Kids Maintain Good Oral HealthFebruary is National Childrens Dental Month!

    Parents and caregivers can help kids develop a lifetime of good oral health habits. Here are some good dental habits to teach your kids:

    Tooth brushing and flossing Parents should encourage kids to brush their teeth for at least two min-utes after breakfast and before bedtime; floss teeth at least once each day to remove food trapped betweenteeth and under gums.

    Make brushing fun To encourage kids to develop good habits, purchase a tooth brush with afavorite cartoon character or color, as well as floss or floss picks in flavors and fun colors.

    First tooth, first year, first dental visit The American Dental Association recommends that parentsschedule their childs first dental visit at age 1 or when the first tooth appears; plan ongoing appointmentsfor your child for checkups and cleanings as directed by your dentist.

    Healthy eating Make sure kids consume nutritious foods and drinks that are low in sugar; avoidsnacks and sweet drinks in the evening after your child has brushed and flossed.

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    There is no cure for food allergies.Strict avoidance is key. One of ourallergists described it as, thefoods she is allergic to, think ofeach one of them as being aDragon. You wouldnt keep aDragon locked in your basement,therefore, to keep her safe, youcan not have the foods (Dragons)around her. Something struck mewith that. We made a complete

    lifestyle change. We removedALL the Dragons from thehouse, and follow the strictavoidance rule. No exceptions.

    On the upside, the severity ofmy childrens food allergies hasinspired me to be activelyinvolved with FAAN (FoodAllergy Anaphylaxis Network). Iam the Nebraska Coordinator/Walk Chair for the annual FoodAllergy Awareness Walk held inLincoln. I also host annual bakesales, speak at area schools edu-cating students on the signs,symptoms and severity of food

    allergies, as well as for FoodAllergy Awareness Week in May,and I am also the creator ofCareful Chloe.

    Careful Chloe is the latest proj-ect that was launched at the end of2011, it is a cutout of an allergicgirl that gets to travel around andgo on special adventures, whileteaching others about food aller-gies. The host of her visit thensends back pictures of her journeyalong with a short story describingher time with them. It is loggedthrough an online journal. Herfirst week, she traveled to over 15different States!!

    The 4th Annual Food AllergyAwareness walk is scheduled forOctober, 2012. Details on theWalk and other fundraisers can befound on Facebook at: FoodAllergy Walk, Nebraska. Otherinquiries can be sent to DeniseMitchell at:

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    FAAN is a 501(c)3 Non-profitorganization. It is the most trustedsource of information, programs andresources related to food allergiesand anaphylaxis. Their mission is toraise public awareness, to provideadvocacy and education, and toadvance research on behalf of allthose affected by food allergies andanaphylaxis. For more informationon FAAN, to get involved or for infor-mation regarding food allergies andnew diagnosis, please contact FAANat (800) 929-4040 or by visiting theirwebsite at:

    Food AllergiesSerious Stuff

    Nearly 10 years ago when Ifound out I was going tobe a mother for the firsttime, I began reading books, mag-azines, painting the nursery, buy-ing and pre-washing all theadorable clothes, basically, every-thing I could to prepare myself forthe journey of parenting.However, through all the storiesand advice from other mothers, Ihad no knowledge on the onething I have now dedicated mylife to: Food Allergies.

    During the first year, my sonJacob, struggled with whatseemed like constant hives, vomit,swollen face, trips to the ER, untilbeing referred to an Allergist.There he was diagnosed withdairy, soy, and severe egg allergy.By the age of four he had out-grown the dairy and soy.Unfortunately, the egg allergy isstill going strong.

    After Jacobs sister, Millie wasborn, we were grateful that shedidnt and still does not have anyallergies, and four years later, wehad Chloe. Our world has neverbeen the same.

    Very early on Chloe was in andout of the Doctors office withvery similar, but also very differ-ent symptoms. The biggest mis-conception, I feel, is that peoplebelieve in order to have a reaction,

    they must eat the food. However,as I am about explain, this is notalways the case!

    We were driving back from ourfamily vacation, my husband hadset the cruise, and we were allsharing highlights of the trip whileeating pizza we had grabbed in theprevious town. Chloe, in the backseat, needed help opening herjuice box. As a mom, I grabbed it,took off the plastic,pierced the cartonand carried onwithin minutes, shebegan vomiting,my instinct knewright away thatsomething was ter-ribly wrong. Hereyes startedswelling, her lipswere doubled in size,her breathing wasbecoming a struggle and her nor-mally olive colored skin, was nowfading to an unforgettable greycolor.

    Being on the interstate with noknowledge of the nearest hospital,I called 911. It seemed like foreverbefore they were able to track usand get us to the nearest hospitalwhere the emergency staff wasawaiting our arrival. My daughterwas going into anaphylactic shock.

    With extensive testing welearned of all her allergies: dairy,egg, peanuts, sunflower, apples,tomato, beef, pork, yeast and crab.

    by Denise MitchellWalk Chair/CoordinatorFood Allergy Awareness Walk

    Food Allergy Statistics in a NUTshell:*Food allergies are more common today than ever,

    with the biggest offenders being Dairy, Eggs, Wheat,Soy, Fish, Shellfish, Peanuts and Tree nuts.

    *Every 3 minutes a food allergic reaction sends someone to the emergency department

    *15 million Americans have a food allergy*There is NO cure.

    *even small amounts of a food allergen can cause a reaction!

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    Kindermusik of Lincoln Kindermusik of Lincoln, Infant Music and Sign Language is Lincolns longest runningKindermusik program. Directed by Shawna Gordon, it features music, movement andASL combined for the total development of your infant. (serving Lincoln and Hickman area)

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    2012. Kids can look for fun visual clues throughout the museum andlearn how they can enhance their vision and protect their eyes.

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    Kids Vision Affects Learning and Performance

    Ki d slivein av i s u a lw o r l d .

    Nearly 80percent ofwhat they

    learn through age 12 is visual, andkids need more than 15 visualskills to succeed in reading, learn-ing, playing sports activities andin everyday situations. Seeing20/20 is just one of those skills,according to the AmericanOptometric Association.

    The most common vision prob-lems in children are refractiveerrors, such as nearsightedness,farsightedness or astigmatism.Unfortunately, one in four school-age kids has vision problems that,if left untreated, can hinder theirability to learn and negativelyaffect their personality and per-formance in school.

    Eye ExaminationRecommendations

    The AOA recommends thatchildren receive their first eyeexam by age one, the next onewhen they are three years old andanother before starting kinder-garten. After that, students shouldhave a yearly comprehensiveexamination to evaluate their totalvisionnot just a screening tocheck their ability to see.

    Identifying Potential VisionProblems

    Consider the following signsthat a child may be experiencing avision problem:

    Complains frequently about headaches or tired eyes

    Avoids activities that require near vision, such as reading or homework, or distance vision, including participation in sports or play activities

    Sits too close to the TV or holds a book close to face

    Loses place or skips wordswhile reading

    Uses a finger to guide eyeswhen reading

    Squints or tilts head to see better

    Rubs eyes frequently Closes one eye to read,

    watch TV or see better Writes uphill or downhill Finds it difficult to copy

    material from chalkboardStudies by the National

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    National Eye Institute have dis-covered that more than 60 percentof students with learning prob-lems have undiagnosed visionabnormalities that contribute totheir difficulties.

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    March is National Save Your Vision monthIts a good time to participate in story time at

    Eiseley Library (15th and Superior) on March 14 at 10 a.m. and Walt Library (14th Street, north of Pine Lake Road) on March 13 at10 a.m.

    to learn about kids vision needs and check out the display of books on eyes and vision.

    How I See It

    As an optometrist andmother, I understand howvision is directly linkedwith learning. When a childdemonstrates difficulty learning,visual disorders are usually over-looked as the source of the prob-lem. Often parents and educatorsassume a learning disability orbehavioral disorder is to blame forscholastic problems, but that is notalways the cause.

    When we say the words, VisionTherapy to patients, many admitthat they have no idea what itentails. It may seem daunting, butVision Therapy is simply therapyfor your eyes. Just like physicaltherapy is a non-invasive way tocorrect problems with the majormuscle groups, Vision Therapy isan alternative for addressing prob-lems like lazy eye, focusing prob-lems, and difficulties with eyetracking and coordination.

    All of these issues can affect howthe brain receives and processesinformation. This disconnect cannegatively affect learning and com-prehension in children and adults.Some children even exhibit

    behavioral issues simply becausethey are having difficulty process-ing information.

    Through Vision Therapy, wehave been privileged to help chil-dren overcome a variety of com-mon vision disorders. We use tech-niques that keep the interest of thechild while helping to correct theirvision. When children reduce thetime they spend on homework andbegin to excel, we know we havedone our job. We recently receivedword that a student who had nevereven considered going to collegewas attending a university and suc-cessful with course work. This isthe kind of feedback we love tohear and it is the reason we come towork every day.

    Many children and adults canbenefit from an individualizedVision Therapy program. Adultsmay be past their school years, butVision Therapy can even help witheyestrain caused by looking atcomputers all day. We have a teamof talented, caring vision thera-pists who will help you reach yourgoals and encourage you throughthe entire process. Though visiontherapy requires a time commit-ment, it improves quality of lifefor years to come.

    by Dr. Nicole Morrissey, EyeCare Specialties

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    Four (4) Tips for Preventing and Escaping Power Struggles

    As parents, meltdowns inthe grocery store and sib-ling screaming matches inthe car are scenarios we not onlydread, but come to expect. So if weanticipate these behaviors, thenwhy do we continually respond inan unproductive manner that onlygets our temperature gauge risingand negates all of our productivediscipline? We give in to buyingthe candy at the supermarket soour daughter will stop making ascene and perpetuating ourheadache. We surrender to ouryoungest childs cries and excusehim from the dinner table beforehis veggies are eaten. We choosepeace and quiet over winning thebattle. But, is anyone really win-ning in these conditions?

    When we concede to our chil-dren in these everyday power strug-gles, we teach them the more theywhine, the more likely we are togive in. This is counterintuitive toeverything we know as parents, yetwe do it in order to maintain ourown sanity. However, if we turnthese hair-raising scenarios intoteachable moments, before longthese occurrences will be obsolete.To do this successfully, we mustfirst understand that children (alongwith adults) act in a manner thatgets them what they want. If a par-ticular behavior is not effective,they will try a new behavior. Usingthis knowledge when it counts mostcan help turn your childs undesir-able behaviors into positive ones.Stop the negative behaviors fromworking and make sure appropriatebehaviors are recognized. The fol-lowing four tips can help you dojust that:

    1. Catch them being good.Children are often reprimanded forwrongdoing, yet ignored when theydo right. Its only natural for par-ents to respond to what makes usmad and let appropriate behaviorsgo without recognition. When we

    do this, we are missing 50% of ourchances to shape our childrensbehavior. Therefore, catch thembeing good daily. Notice them play-ing appropriately with their siblingsor getting through the grocery storewithout a tantrum. Thank them forthe many good deeds they do, evenif they seem insignificant to you orare expected for that matter. We alllike to be appreciated for the goodthings we do and noticing thesebehaviors will help them strive tohear your praises again and again.

    2. Offer choices. Children sorarely hold the power they desire,especially if they have older sib-lings. However, everyone needs tofeel power and control over theirlife no matter how big or smallthey are. So one of the best ways toprevent misbehavior is to providepower into your childs world.Providing choices is one way to doso. Choices can be used whendeciding what to have for dinner,chores to be accountable for, con-sequences for inappropriate behav-ior, etc. As often as possible, offeryour child two choices that youfeel comfortable with. This shiftsthe power to their hands withoptions that work for you as well.Everyone wins! By giving choices,your children will feel a sense ofpower over their world, and willalso be more committed to theoption they choose.

    3. Delegate responsibility.Another way to prevent powerstruggles is to delegate as muchresponsibility to your children thatthey can handle. You should not do

    for a child what he can dofor himself. This onlytakes his power away. A 3-year old can bring his plateto the sink. A 4-year oldcan make her bed. A 5-yearold can dress for school.Furthermore, childrenshould have responsibili-ties to the home and familyunit as well. Responsibilityhelps children feel like acapable, connected, andcontributing member of

    their family. 4. Ignore negative behaviors. To

    truly ignore a behavior is to refrainfrom responding completely. Nomatter what your child does or says,you maintain your stance of noresponse. Once you respond, youhave engaged yourself in a powerstruggle. However, ignoring nega-tive behaviors can be quite difficult.For example, if your child makes ascene in the grocery store, a naturalresponse is to minimize the atten-tion drawn to you and your child.Children are very perceptive andthey realize that public places areideal for winning battles. Committo ignoring the behavior no matterhow much humiliation it maycause. Leaving the grocery store orpublic place is another option if youwant to eliminate the audiencecompletely. Before you beginignoring, its helpful to explain thatyou cant talk with them until theyare able to calm themselves down

    or speak to you nicely. This letsthem know why you are ignoringthem and sets expectations forappropriate behavior. Once childrenare able to calm themselves downafter a tantrum, make sure you arethe first to notice. Give them a bighug and kiss and explain that nowthat they are acting appropriatelyyou are ready to talk again.

    These four tips are simple toimplement and our children willquickly realize that negative behav-iors are ignored and positive behav-iors are recognized. Reinforce thepositive and minimize the need fornegative. If crying doesnt producea response from Mommy, maybeasking nicely will. They will learnwhich behaviors to continue andwhich no longer serve a purpose forthem. Every encounter we havewith our children is an opportunityto educate them. Use these opportu-nities to help them grow intoresponsible adults. For questions orcomments regarding this article,email Robyn Friend [email protected] learn more about preventing andescaping power struggles, you canregister for The Goals ofMisbehavior, a two hour classtaught by Robyn Friend throughSoutheast Community CollegesContinuing Education Department.Go to andclick on Families, Finances andHome for more information.

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    There isnt a parent alivewho hasnt had questionsabout his or her childsdevelopment and behavior.Shouldnt he be walking bynow? Why is potty training tak-ing so long? Am I supposed tojust ignore these tantrums? Howcan I get her to stay in her own bedall night? Child development is acomplicated and serious business!The optimal development of chil-dren is considered vital to society,making it important to understandits varied aspects, including achilds physical, motor, cognitive/intellectual, language, and social-emotional development. In partic-ular, the early years of life presenta unique opportunity to lay thefoundation for healthy develop-ment. Research on early childhoodhas underscored the impact of thefirst five years of a childs life onhis social-emotional maturity.Optimizing emotional, social, andbehavioral progress is essential forputting babies and toddlers on theroad to establishing an integratedsense of self. An integrated, com-plete sense of self is necessary forproductive functioning in school,work, personal relationships, andparticipation in family and com-munity life. Emotion and socialbehaviors are shaped by primaryrelationships and form the founda-tion for all other areas of develop-

    by Carrie Gottschalk, CEDARSBehavior Consultant/Therapist

    Prevent problem behaviors, Respond to children who do

    exhibit challenging behaviors in apositive and effective manner.

    Author Carrie Gotschalk is aBehavior Consultant (Masters leveltherapist) for CEDARS. Gotschalk istrained on EC-PBS and serves as acoach and teacher to classroom teach-ers implementation of this model.When children exhibit challengingbehaviors in the classroom, theBehavior Consultant assists theteacher in making changes to addressthose behaviors in a positive way. Inorder to maintain a seamless relation-ship between the child care center andhome, parents are involved in thesestrategies, so positive outcomes canbe reinforced at home as well.

    References:Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for

    Early Learning

    Devereux Early Childhood Initiative

    From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of EarlyChildhood Development Indiana Association for Infant and

    Toddler Mental Health, Mental Health Task Force

    Kids Dont Come With Owners Manual

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    Development Centers are fortu-nate to receive support to imple-ment an evidence-based practicefor promoting childrens socialand emotional development andpreventing and addressing chal-lenging behaviors. Through uti-lization of early childhood posi-tive behavioral supports (EC-PBS), CEDARS is able to:

    Support young children andtheir families to develop positivesocial-emotional development,

    ment. Strong evidence links socialand emotional health in earlychildhood to subsequent schoolsuccess and health in the preteenand teen years, and to long-termhealth and well-being in adult-hood. Effective programs thataddress social-emotional healthearly in life can promote resilienceand actually prevent mental healthproblems later in life. Childrenwith a strong foundation in emo-tional literacy

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    behavior are healthier are less lonely are less impulsive are more focused, and have greater academic

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    The little girl in green andwhite ducky boots ran intothe store. She ran straightup to the glass counter filled withbrightly decorated cupcakes, minia-ture cake balls and multi coloredcake pops. The childs grandmothercarefully closed the door against thewinter wind, caught her breath, andjoined the little girl at the counter. Iwant to pick out my ownPupcake the girl blurted out. Ofcourse, of course, the grandmotherresponded and then turned to theyoung woman dressed in pinkbehind the counter. We droveacross town so she could choose herown. I like the fact that we can buyjust one or two.

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    Lincoln Kids Spring 2012 IssueSecond Section Pages 21-40

    Greetings, I am AimeeJohns, Director ofEducation at the LincolnChildrens Zoo. It is an excitingtime at the Lincoln ChildrensZoo. We recently received accred-itation by the Association of Zoosand Aquariums. It is our exempla-ry care for animals, education,safety, and attention to detail thathas allowed us to obtain thisnational accreditation. Thisaccreditation is also exciting forthe education department at theZoo, as it will allow us to focus ongrowing our programs to ensureour youth more exciting opportu-nities to learn first-hand!

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    Bright Lights: Your Destination for Imagination

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    Quality summer learning expe-riences for kids K-9 is what BrightLights has been doing for over 25years. Classes and camps includethe arts, science, math, social stud-ies and a big dose of fun! Kids cancome morning, afternoon, or allday. And best of all, every one ofthe classes are hands-on. We meanmessy. Really messy.

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    Bright Lights serves as atremendous program that castseducation in a different light, saidLPS Teacher and Bright LightsDigital Photography instructorChristopher Maly. It validates thestudents interests and gives it edu-cational relevance.

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    The classes aretaught by certifiedteachers as well as by profession-als from the community. Everyclass has one or two classroomassistants. Most often its a highschool or college student wholoved Bright Lights so much as akid, they come back to help lead.Rachel, a seasoned assistantnoted, By being a classroomassistant, Ive learned how toorganize, how to work with kids,

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