Who knows better than mom how to fix scubs, bumps and bruises? Our friend and trusted writer Leigh Attaway Wilcox has created a fun, how-to manual for fixing such injuries in her new children’s book All Better: A Touch-and-Heal Book.
You’re invited to stop by the Barnes & Noble store on W 15th Street in Plano this Saturday (2/9) for a special signing event with Leigh. All Better shows kids how to treat boo boos on their animal friends all by themselves with special bandages. They’ll have so much fun treating the book’s characters, that their own boo boos will be history in not time at all.
Come by Barnes & Noble any time between 12 and 2 pm, pick up a signed copy and say hi to Leigh. This is one book your shelf is missing.
Barnes and Noble
801 W. 15th St, Plano
See you there!
Do you ever find yourself wondering what happened to your short-term memory? If your answer has something to do with having kids, you’re not far off. Research shows that people who multitask (and, really, who doesn’t?) tend to overburden their minds, and the result is reduced efficiency and hampered short-term memory. (Read more mind science here.)
So what can you do to stave off this working woman/mom brain drain, if slowing down is not an option, and that to-do list isn’t getting any shorter?
The University of Texas at Dallas Center for BrainHealth is tackling this issue through its new partnership and lecture series with the Container Store. The lectures (Tuesdays throughout February) are intended to share the latest discoveries about brain science with the public and offer practical suggestions for keeping your mind sharp and healthy when your life gets busy and complicated.
The four-lecture series covers the topics:
- The Mature Mind: Creativity and Aging (2/5)
- Get Smart: New Hope for ADHD (2/12)
- Get Physical: Brain Health Benefits from Exercise (2/19)
- Ask the Doc: Am I Brain Smart? (2/26)
Register for these talks online . A night out listening to distinguished doctors and researchers sounds perfectly stimulating. And, you might pick up some tools to make all that juggling a little easier.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is demanding ABC cancel the premiere episode of “Eli Stone,” scheduled to air on Thursday, Jan. 31. As reported in The New York Times, the episode features a lawyer who argues in court that a vaccine caused a child’s autism. While the show presents cases for both sides of this hot-topic argument, the episode’s conclusion leaves viewers with the impression that there is a scientific link between vaccinations and autism (the jury awards the mother $5.2 million, leaving audiences with the destructive idea that vaccines do cause autism), according to AAP.
Speaking out about ABC’s “reckless irresponsibility,” AAP President Renee R. Jenkins, MD, said, “If parents watch this program and choose to deny their children immunizations, ABC will share in the responsibility for the suffering and deaths that occur as a result. The consequences of a decline in immunization rates could be devastating to the health of our nation’s children.”
According to AAP, no scientific link has been found between vaccines and autism. AAP and other health organizations vow to continue their work to ensure the safety of childhood vaccines. To learn more about autism, immunizations and other child health topics, visit the AAP’s Web site. Or, to read more about this topic in the news, click here for the CNN story.
Tell us what you think: Should ABC pull this episode off TV airwaves? Email your thoughts to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you know every day, 46 kids are diagnosed with cancer? It’s the tragic reality, according to the Rally Foundation, a non-profit fundraising and advocacy group for children’s cancer research.
So how can your family help? Brace yourself, and remember it’s for a good cause:
1.) Alert kids it’s time for a haircut
2.) Get to Cool Cuts 4 Kids by any means necessary (before Feb 24)
3.) Buy a tube of Zach’s Wax hair color gel, and $1 of every sale goes to support Rally.
We know your families love Cool Cuts. How do we know? Well, both sides of the Metroplex named it the best kids’ hair salon in our annual Best for Families survey in 2007, so the good stylists are doing good all around.
Don’t worry, though. Zach’s products are one-time, one-wash coloring “experiments,” so the orange streaks can be gone tomorrow. But, your contributions to children’s cancer research will last much longer.
If your daughter harbors a passion for mathematics and science — particularly a passion for careers in the fields of chemistry, zoology, entomology, engineering and nursing — fuel her need for knowledge by signing her up for Texas Woman’s University’s biannual “Expanding Your Horizons in Science and Mathematics” conference for middle-school aged girls on Feb 16th.
Participants will meet female leaders in the fields of math and science and learn about potential careers, as well as the education and skills that each career requires. Additionally, the conference offers workshops on the topics of chemistry, zoology, entomology, engineering, nursing and other topics. Attendees may choose to attend all sessions that they find of interest.
Teachers and parents also are invited to attend, and may choose to sit-in on sessions such as: Picking Out Courses, How to Use a Graphing Calendar and How to Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships.
The conference (for girls in grades 6-8) runs from 8:15am-12:30pm on the TWU Denton campus. Registration costs $10 per person and is open to the first 350 girls who apply. (Scholarships for attendees are available.) Registration ends Feb 2. For more information, click here.
Does it always seem to be a constant battle with your kids to get them out the door for school, to do their homework or even to brush their teeth before going to bed? It did to one mother, so she designed a unique system to help kids between the ages of five and 12 to stay on top of their daily tasks while learning independence.
With On·Task On·Time for Kids, parents can create daily routines with their children by placing any of the 52 full-color task stickers on a Routine Disk. The disk is then placed on the On·Task Timer Unit so kids can see their tasks – those that should already be done, those to do now and those coming up.
Routine Disks can be made for three routines: the morning for getting ready for school, the afternoon for after school/home activities, and the evening for getting ready to go to bed. There is also a reward chart so kids know when they are being successful with their routines.
For more information or to purchase one go to www.timelymatters.com.