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5 Tips for Spring Cleaning with Young Children

Spring is the time of year for cleaning. Your young children can help with cleaning tasks, especially when they are members of a team that works together. Such activities help children focus on a task, talk about what needs to be done and follow through until completion. These experiences can promote a sense of competence and show children that everyone benefits from teamwork.

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Out with Sprout Goes to The Rose Theater

From its rich history to its modern day purpose, The Rose Theater is full of stories to tell.

When its doors first opened in 1927, its purpose was to showcase fully-orchestrated song and dance acts, vaudeville skits, and feature films. The ornately decorated building was perfect for those special nights out on the town. Over the years, the theater fell victim to many changing fads and was even used as a bowling ally for a time. But finally, in 1981 Rose Blumpkin rescued the building and signed the deed over to the trustworthy hands of The Omaha Theater Company for Young People. Omahans once again had the opportunity to enjoy a special night out with live theater at The Rose!

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Categories: parent-stories, lifestyle,


Family Meal Time Conversation - Part 3

In previous posts, I wrote about the benefits of eating together as a family and 5 tips for making family meal times possible.

Today, I have some suggestions for making the most of your time together at dinner time. It's easy to just eat and have "yes" and "no" type conversations, but getting to really know your family takes some more work

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5 Tips for Family Meal Times - Part 2

Yesterday, I discussed the benefits of eating together, but we all know how difficult that can be with everyone's busy schedules.

Here are 5 tips to help you reach a goal of eating together with your family at least 4 times a week.

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Sitting down to a meal with everyone's hectic schedules is one of the hardest things to do as a family, but eating together provides big benefits.

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Prepare for Severe Weather Season

With another severe weather season upon us, it's time to remember what you need to keep you and your family safe from nature's most violent storms. Living in the Plains, we are in a region prone to large and destructive severe weather events. It is vital that everyone in your family knows how to prepare for and react to this potentially dangerous weather.

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I was the designated photographer for last Friday's sold out Hands-on-Habitat where we got the chance to learn about animals that live in or near the water.

The kids and the parents were having so much fun free playing at the different stations that Lindsay and the awesome staff at Fontenelle Forest had set up. Cutting and pasting activities, stamps, felt boards, matching games, and storybooks were set up to explore Our Pond Pals. The main attraction for the kids was getting to look at the snakes and toad and getting to touch Benedick the Turtle. I'm not sure how the parents felt about the snakes :)

I wanted to meet some of the wonderful participants at Hands-on-Habitat, so I interviewed three individuals and asked them a little about themselves. Without furtherado, I'd like to introduce you to Rob, Lily and Benedick the Turtle. 

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Babysitting Training Course

Emergency preparedness is an important skill to learn especially as an adolescent that cares for other children. Babysitters need to build a foundation of childcare and emergency care procedures such as choking and CPR. National Safety Council, Nebraska's Babysitting Training course provides 11 to 15 year olds with the knowledge and confidence to be responsible and safe sitters.

National Safety Council, Nebraska (NSCN) has highly-trained First Aid and CPR instructors that teach this course allowing the students to learn life-saving skills in an appropriate and interactive environment. The course follows curriculum created and approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics and incorporates hands-on activities and basic first aid and CPR techniques.

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Out with Sprout Goes to Fontenelle Forest

Fontenelle Forest is a great place to satisfy your child's sense of adventure!

When my kids and I recently visited the forest on an early-spring day, we experienced nature just beginning to wake up from the long, cold winter. It's a wonderful feeling to step out of the city for a day and surround yourself with the fresh air and serenity of such an un-touched place.

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Health Benefits for Mom and Baby

A couple weeks ago I attended a conference that brought together Extension professionals with UNL research faculty. One of the breakout sessions that I attended, Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Brain and Health, was quite informative.

Dr. Concetta DiRusso, professor in the Department of Biochemistry, introduced us to the different fatty acid classes, and their role in human health. As well as, other research being done in the FATTT LAB (Fatty Acid Transport, Trafficking and Transcriptional Regulation) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She touched on several different aspects of Fatty Acids in all age ranges, but the one that has resonated in me this past couple of weeks was the information that she shared about Omega-3 DHA in pregnancy and brain development of the fetus and baby.

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Changing Seasons

I am the mom of a teenager. Ugh! What? Back that one up, turn around three times and say it again. Tried it. I still am.

Yep, that's right, I've officially been granted the rights to be a mom of a teen. It's not really that bad—yet. When my son turned 13 a month and a half ago, I'll admit it, I had to take a good hard look at myself and recognize that I am officially getting old. 

I'm not sure where the time goes. Our blogger, Julie, from Family Fun in Omaha, wrote a couple weeks ago about kindergarten round-up and her feelings about her son going off to kindergarten. I remember that time so clearly. It really feels like it was yesterday.

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Cholesterol Screening in Children

New guidelines now suggest screening 9 - 11 year old children for cholesterol. This new recommendation will help identify those children at risk for cardiovascular disease - before it progresses.
 

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I'm a wimp when it comes to rollercoasters that flip and spin me all over the place, but I'm half tempted to find one right this second after watching Nan go for her first rollercoaster ride. Her laughter makes me laugh.

I hope this video finds you well and that you get a chuckle out of it too.

Happy Friday!

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Welcome to our newest blogger Rachel Santo from Out with SproutOut with Sprout helps shine a light on the Omaha area's diverse family-focused activities. Omaha is a great place to raise a family, and the opportunities for children are abundant, but not always easy to find. ParentSavvy partners with great sites like Out with Sprout and Family Fun in Omaha who are aiming to bridge that gap and help families have fun together.

I visited Lauritzen Gardens, and they really are a hidden gem. As a mom of three young kids, I often thought of Lauritzen Gardens as a "no go". I worried too much about my 4 year-old boy crumpling some rare plant or my 5 year-old daughter picking the "pretty flowers". Mostly, I just didn't envision it as a place for kids.

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Out with Sprout Goes to the Strategic Air and Space Museum

My little family and I recently visited the Strategic Air & Space Museum as part of a "mini vacation" to Mahoney State Park. The weather was cold and the museum seemed like the best option to kill some time and wear out the kids.

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