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Mugs Half Full: A Narrowing Gap

Little kids can run you ragged, but at least their questions are fairly easy to answer. Join the mugs moms and fill up your cup with whatever you need to get you through these next few years!

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Categories: parent-stories, lifestyle,


Safely Load and Carry a Backpack

Backpacks are a great way for kids to carry books, papers and supplies to and from school. By design, backpacks spread the weight of this cargo across some of the body’s strongest muscles. Still, over 6,000 children each year experience backpack-related injuries according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. (CPSC).

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A Day in Our Family's Life with a Special Needs Child

There always seems to be activities, school functions, sports, church activities, etc. Adding in a child with special needs often makes things a little more interesting.

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Back to Hands-on-Habitat!

Hi there from Fontenelle Forest!

It's been a busy summer down here, both indoors and out. What has your family been doing to keep busy while beating the heat? I'm constantly hearing about new activities for families to do in the summer; there is no shortage of fun to be had in the Omaha metro area.

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Categories: lifestyle,


How To Prevent & Treat Carsickness in Young Children

Motion sickness is common in both children and adults. The cause of motion sickness deals with the brain's ability to interpret messages based on what it senses.

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The Self-Esteem Shield

Parents are powerful influences in helping their children develop self-esteem as they grow. Research shows that adolescents who grow up with high self-esteem are less likely to abuse drugs or drink compared to kids who grow up without a sense of self-worth.

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Categories: parenting, health-notes,


Rediscovering the Little Girl Grandma

Just the other day my youngest grandson was trying to learn to blow a whistle. To my delight, he had an Oscar Meyer® Weiner Whistle!

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The Best Way to Stay Hydrated

This summer has been a hot one. Our average daily temperature has been around 88° according to the National Weather Service with many days close to 100°.

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Categories: nutrition, health-notes,


The Fairytale Ball at Fairytale Land

Our new Pirates and Mermaids exhibit is only part of the fun at the Children's Museum this summer! The place where books and stories come to life - Fairytale Land - is back!

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Pirates and Mermaids at the Omaha Children's Museum

The other day, I saw a tiny pirate aboard a very large pirate ship in the middle of Omaha.

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Finding Myself with Kids

Children can often take over the lives of a family. There are so many activities, school events, play dates, and other scheduled tasks involved with having children.

When your child has special needs, this is only magnified. We have therapy appointments, school meetings, doctor appointments, specialist appointments, trips to the pharmacy, phone calls with insurance providers and supply companies just to name a few of the things that fill our time during the day. At night, our time is filled with finishing feedings, applying monitors and machines, and managing a child that has difficulty sleeping.

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Mugs Half Full: Altering Tidy

This month, the Mugs Moms discover a book they don’t totally agree on. (Thank goodness they’re both on the same page when it comes to coffee.)

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Surprising Thoughts of an Almost-Kindergartener

My oldest grandson is just about to enter kindergarten. I look back on these 5+ years and time has just zoomed by.

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Categories: parenting, parent-stories,


8 Firework Safety Tips

If not handled properly, fireworks can cause burns and eye injuries in kids and adults. The best way to protect your family is not to use any fireworks at home — period. Attend public fireworks displays, and leave the lighting to the professionals.

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Food Safety on Vacation

Vacations are a time to relax, be revitalized, and if you are adventuresome, enjoy new places. Millions of travelers will take to the road in cars or recreation vehicles, before landing in their final destination. No matter how far or near you travel, there is always one thing that every traveler has in common – FOOD. And just because you are on vacation doesn't mean you can take time out from food safety.

There are four simple steps to food safety - clean, chill, separate, cook - that apply to the road, as well as, home.

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