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Healthy Cell Phone Habits for Parents

The devices in our pockets are capable of some pretty amazing things—whether it’s constant contact with friends on social media, increased mindfulness when working out with an app that tracks your physical activity, or simply the thrill of discovery when reading the news.

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A Special Bird Visits

I have a large flower garden area in my back yard. Over the past month, each morning before school, my kindergarten grandson and I throw bread to the birds, bunnies and squirrels.

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Meditations on Gardening with Littles

"Look, Mama - worms!" Alice has a penchant for handling those wriggly masters of the soil.

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Your Spring 2017 Parenting Horoscope

Spring is here!

Well, kind of.

The weather is weird in the midwest, and the recent rain/snow has been bumming me out. You know what's fun when you're bummed out? Horoscopes! (You remember reading those in junior high, right?)

So, pour yourself a cup of coffee, find your favorite bunny slippers, and let's find out what the internet says the planets say are in store for us!

(Disclaimer: I'm not an actual astrologer. I have simply googled "zodiac signs" and "daily horoscopes" for the purpose of a fun little blog post.)

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Finding Calm in the Chaos

It was a weekend in early April and my house was filled with the sounds of a crying baby and a running toddler. Tiny feet on the hardwood floor. Clank of a plastic sippy cup against the edge of the table.

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Learn about Dabbling Ducks at Hands-on-Habitat!

Guys, I’m so excited that I’m just going to come out and say it: This month, Hands-on-Habitat is all about DUCKS!

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Baseball Is Back!

Baseball season is underway here at Werner Park! We've wrapped up a beautiful April here in Nebraska, and it's hard to believe that May is already here! We have so many fun things happening at the ballpark this month.

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Treating Childhood Injuries

With kids come accidents. And as parents, it’s hard sometimes to discern what injury can be treated at home and what should be treated by a professional. Here are some easy-to remember tips to identifying injuries and what you can do to treat them.

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Teaching Contentment in a Materialistic World

"My backpack isn't as pretty as the other girls' backpacks," my 4 year old daughter finally managed to pour out through tears last fall after preschool.

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The Patience of a Concrete Worker

To The Concrete Workers At The Neighbors:

I wish I knew your names. You were installing a concrete patio next door to my 6-year-old grandson's house. He was fascinated by the things you were doing and started talking to you over the fence. "What are you doing? Why are you doing that? What is that machine for?"

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My Child Is Not Your Billboard (Haha just kidding.)

Imagine with me, if you will, a fresh-faced mom-to-be. She's just graduated from college with an English and Theatre degree. She's living on a steady diet of mashed potatoes. She's got very strong opinions about the world, about corporate greed, about wooden handmade baby toys… and about children's clothing.

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Binge Drinking and Teens

Raising teenagers can be one of the most rewarding experiences in parenting. There is something amazing about seeing a child turn into a young adult and start making good decisions that are based on their own personalities and moral compass.

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Learning All About Amphibians at Hands-on-Habitat

Hello from Fontenelle Forest!

We are deep in the midst of a damp, rainy spring and the weather couldn't be more perfect for amphibian searching. A pond, a puddle, a field, a roadside ditch… amphibians are everywhere!

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Reading with Stormy

Hey kids! It’s your old pal Stormy here!

I just wanted to tell you about all the reading I’ve been doing lately. The Storm Chasers have been running our Classroom Visits program since January, and we have visited 47 different schools in the area! That’s over 12,500 kids!

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2017 Star Wars Night Giveaway

It is a joyful time. Excitement is growing. Star Wars Night at Werner Park is fast approaching.

The Omaha Storm Chasers, clad in Boba Fett jerseys, will be meeting their opponent in glorious battle on Friday, May 5th at 7:05pm.

With the support from their rebel community partner, ParentSavvy.com, they are intent on making this a night to be remembered.

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