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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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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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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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Family Travel Tips

Summer in our house means vacation time. We love traveling, spending time together as a family, and hiking as much as we can. Our favorite places to visit are the National Parks where we work with the kids on Junior Ranger badges and see the beautiful sights. 

Traveling with kids always presents some interesting situations though, and adding in a special needs child makes it all a little more interesting. Here are a few things we have learned traveling with our kids.

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Mugs Half Full: Pantsonality Test

Sometimes, life gets a little stressful... and you just have to find your comfy pants, refill your coffee, and do a silly quiz on the internet. 

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Does My Child Have Mumps?

As a parent, you may worry that your child could contract this illness, now with confirmed cases in several states. Once very common, the illness has been diagnosed for decades. In the early 1960s, hundreds of thousands of cases were reported each year. By 2012, the cases of mumps diagnosed in the United States decreased to its lowest number at 229.

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Keeping Your Child Safe From Mumps

Mumps was once a common illness. Prior to 1957, most adults contracted the illness. In 1964 there were 186,000 cases reported in the United States. However, by 2012 the number of reported cases of mumps had been reduced to just 229.

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Stay Safe in the Water

Summer in the Midwest can get steamy! We all look to water to help cool us off, but, we want to be sure our kids are safe – no matter the age.

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6 Teen Driving Hazards

Parents can make a big difference in keeping a teen driver safe. Here are 6 key driving hazards to be aware of.

 

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Strawberry Picking

There are few things I like to do in the summer more than take the kids strawberry picking. We spend the day combing fields looking for delicious, ripe berries and alternate plopping them into buckets and our mouths.

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