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18 Say What? Prevent teen hearing loss.
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t’s spring—a time to celebrate new life, especially if you are an expectant mom or new parent. Are Sharon Gowan you pregnant and Publisher/Editor Sharon@family-life.us getting anxious about the big day? “Delivery 101” (page 10) gives you concrete tips for taking care of body and spirit during a hospital birth. Once your little bundle arrives, consider hiring a postpartum doula. “Bringing Home Baby” (page 12) explains how these professionals can be real lifesavers as they help families care for newborns.
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drug-abusing teen throws a chair across a classroom in a fit of anger. Is he a “bad” kid? No, say the educators at the Lincoln Alternative High School in Walla Walla, Washington. He is a good kid who is likely experiencing “toxic stress.” The school’s nationally recognized, trauma-informed approach to working with troubled kids is the subject of the documentary Paper Tigers. Through interviews with students and administrators, the film chronicles how addressing students’ emotional lives led to a drastic reduction in the number of suspensions and expulsions. Local screenings of the film will be held at Soper Reese Theatre in Lakeport on March 3 and March 24 at 5 p.m., and March 4 and 25 at 1 p.m. An additional screening will be held at the Konocti Education Center in Clearlake on April 26 at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. To get free transportation to the event, contact 289-4110 or go to lakecountychildrenscouncil.com. ¶
alifornian Rita Hosking writes folk songs about everything from dirty dishes to culture clashes. You can hear the teacher-turned singer’s soaring voice, accompanied by her own guitar and Sean Feder on dobro and banjo, at the Tallman Hotel Meeting House in Upper Lake. The concert, which is not appropriate for younger children, will be held on March 18 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased by calling 275-2244, ext. 0. ¶
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re there athletes in your family looking for a good challenge? Take them to the Bike Monkey’s Fish Rock cycling race. The 72.4-mile route starts at Anderson Valley High School in Boonville and takes riders up 9,670 feet as it winds thru Mountain View Road, Highway 1, and eventually Fish Rock Road. The mixed paved-and-gravel terrain requires tires that are 28c or bigger. The event is $85 and starts at 10 a.m. on March 11. (Camping is available the evening of March 10 at Anderson Valley Brewing Company in Boonville.) Register at bikemonkey.net/fishrock. ¶ 8 MendoLakeFamilyLife
id you know that cakes and cookies consumed for a good cause have fewer calories? Well okay, this may not be true, but we think it should be. It would give you one more reason to bid on the homemade goodies featured in the dessert auction at the benefit dinner of the Housing Task Force, a group that assists local fire and flood victims as well as others in need. In addition to dessert, a meal of brisket, scalloped potatoes, and veggies will be served. Chow down on March 11 at 5:30 p.m. at the Kelseyville Presbyterian Church in Kelseyville. Tickets are $10–$15. Call 279-1104 for more information. ¶
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ntroduce your teens to the beauty of classical music—for free. First, take them to see local violinist Tammie Dyer and other North Bay string instrumentalists play Handel, Walton, and Bach on March 19. And then on April 23, treat their ears to the acclaimed woodland group Trois Bois performing pieces from the 20th century. Both concerts will be held at 3 p.m. at Soper Reese Theatre in Lakeport and are free for ages 18 and under; tickets for adults run $15–$20. Call 263-0577 or go to soperreesetheatre.com to purchase tickets for either event. ¶
Into the Wilds
or most of us, traveling to far-flung places is just a fantasy. But films can give us a glimpse of lands we may never see. Take, for examples, two features in the Wildlife Film Festival: Earth—A New Wild: Forests and The Forgotten Coast. The first takes viewers to the Amazon jungle and the cork forests of Portugal while the latter explores 1,000 miles of Florida wilderness. See these and other award-winning films every Friday in March at the Ukiah Civic Center in Ukiah. Start off the evening with live local music at 6:15 p.m. and then watch the show at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5–$10; films are appropriate for older children. For a complete schedule, go to rvoep.org. ¶
Some Like It Hot
ed beans, tomatoes, and plenty of heat are the makings of a great chili. Try some of the area’s best at the Willits Community 10th Annual Chili Cook-Off. Serve picky eaters hot dogs while you soak up the good stuff with a piece of fresh-baked cornbread. Then finish off the meal with a root beer float. The event will be held on March 10, 5:30–7 p.m., at the Willits Harrah Senior Center in Willits. Tickets are $5–$8. See willitsseniorcenter.com for more information. ¶
ay Area’s future techies have a new training ground: Redwood Valley’s Eagle Peak Middle School, slated to become a STEM magnet school in the fall of 2017. In preparation for the new STEM focus, the school’s computer lab is being transformed into a Maker Space, and educators are planning student projects involving robotics, electronics, computer coding and programming, 3-D art design, and music technology. While the incoming seventh grade class is already “pretty full,” according to principal Dan Stearns, the school is enrolling fifth, sixth, and eighth graders for the coming year. Want to learn more? An informational meeting will be held on March 21 at 6 p.m. at Eagle Peak Middle School. ¶
a simple outfit and car seat for baby. I recommend a long-sleeved, one-piece outfit for him or her. This is not the time to experiment with unnecessary baby items like shoes and dresses. You’ll want baby to be warm and comfortable for his or her first time out. Anything
Delivery 101 Prepare for a Hospital Birth
By Karen Johnson
o you’re having a baby! What an exciting yet overwhelming time. How will it go? Who will be in the delivery room? Should you use pain medication? There are lots of questions new moms have as they prepare to deliver their first baby. While you cannot exactly predict how your experience will go, there are a few things that you can probably anticipate.
1. Your Entourage Years ago, not even the father was allowed in the room for delivery. Nowadays, for a non-complicated vaginal birth, mothers are allowed to invite whomever they wish. (Only your partner is allowed in the room for a C-section.) The people in your life who are likely to calm and comfort you are the ones who should be there. Your first delivery could be 10 MendoLakeFamilyLife
quite the long haul, so anyone you invite should wear comfortable shoes and maybe bring a pillow to nap on. 2. Your Overnight Bag You’ve probably read all sorts of lists of what to bring to the hospital. Here are the essentials: toothbrush, phone charger, a comfortable outfit to wear home (think loose sweats and a baggy shirt, not jeans), and
In that moment when baby is resting on your chest, the world around you and all the doctors and nurses will disappear. else you bring is up to you. Some people pack their favorite lotion, or calming music, or fuzzy slippers. Also remember that your partner can run out and get whatever you need. Note: Leave room in that bag for all the hospital freebies. 3. Your Birth Plan Most hospitals will ask you to fill out a birth plan so that they can prepare for the type of delivery you desire and anticipate. Are you adamantly against medication? Are you hoping for a water birth in the tub? Are you planning on asking for an epidural the very second you get the green light? This plan helps doctors and nurses prepare for your baby’s safe delivery. However, ask any mother if her birth plan went 100 percent as presented on paper, and most will say no. More often than not, something has to change. Be prepared to effectively communicate your wishes, and know your rights. However, know that your doctors and nurses are medical professionals whose sole job is to care for you and your baby. Everyone wants the same
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thing: A safe and healthy baby and a safe and healthy mommy.
the doctors and nurses will disappear. Your nakedness will be irrelevant.
4. Nakedness You will be very naked for a large portion of your labor and delivery. You will probably change into a hospital gown immediately after admittance. Some mothers choose to bring a more comfortable gown from home, but the hospital one works just fine, too. It might sound awkward to anticipate so many people seeing you exposed, but by the time baby comes, you probably won’t care. Also, after delivery you will likely have baby placed directly on your chest for skin-to-skin contact. (Some doctors are now allowing for this after C-sections, too.) In that moment when baby is resting on your chest, the world around you and all
5. Gross Stuff Birth is beautiful, and miraculous, and gross. There may be a lot of blood, among other fluids.
The people in your life who are likely to comfort you are the ones who should be there. After a vaginal birth, you will need to birth the placenta, and you may need stitches. You will definitely need help getting cleaned up. Here come those amazing nurses again! And yes, you’re still naked. They will hold you up, help you walk to the bathroom, and help you try to urinate (a feat that may be
challenging for the first time in your life). Be patient. Breathe. Don’t worry about the gross stuff. 6. Rest! You will be taking that new little screaming bundle of joy home in a couple of days, and you will be on your own. So for the duration of your hospital stay, rest. Allow your body to recover from the trauma it just endured. Let your nurses help. Sleep. Lay down. Watch TV. Read. Eat. Because a few days from now, it’s go time. You’ve got this, Mommy. P.S. I know you’ve never used mesh underpants and ice diapers before, but you will now. And you’ll be so grateful for them. Karen Johnson is a mom of three and writes at the21stcenturysahm.com.
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children. It wasn’t the endless cycle of fatigue and frustration as it sometimes was during the first few months with my first child.” What is a postpartum doula? Postpartum doulas are trained to provide support and information on infant care, feeding, postpartum recovery, mama-baby bonding, and infant-soothing techniques. The first six weeks after a newborn arrives can be a mixture of happiness and anxiety as a mom settles into a
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Can a Postpartum Doula Help?
By Christa Melnyk Hines
orey Engmann never considered hiring a postpartum doula until she learned she was expecting twins. Feeling overwhelmed and worried about how she would handle the pressing needs of both her twin babies and her two-year-old, she turned to Teresa Marshall, a certified birth and postpartum doula, to help her after her twins arrived. 12 MendoLakeFamilyLife
Many of today’s new mothers lack the support network that generations of mothers have relied on. Marshall spent five nights a week for four months at Engmann’s home providing support, encouragement, and help after the birth of the twins. Her assistance enabled Engmann to get the sleep she needed to recover from a physically demanding pregnancy.
“I can easily say that hiring Teresa was the best thing I have ever done for myself and our family,” Engmann says. “During the day I could be present, loving, and enjoying all three of my
In addition to helping care for the baby, postpartum doulas often help with light housework, errands, cooking, and caring for siblings. new routine. Many of today’s new mothers lack the support network that generations of mothers have relied on. Close family and friends are far-flung and partners return to work within days of the birth. A postpartum doula can provide the experience and valuable support that a new mother may be missing. “A lot of women are waiting to have children until they are much older. Their parents are older or live in other parts of the country,” says Teresa Marshall, who, in addition to being a birth and postpartum doula, facilitates a support group for those experiencing pregnancy and postpartum depression and anxiety. “With postpartum depression a risk, it’s so important for women not to be isolated.”
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The support of a postpartum doula can be especially helpful to mothers who • have a history of depression or postpartum depression. • don’t have close friends and family nearby to rely on. • are expecting multiples. • have other little ones demanding their attention. “I am convinced that Teresa saved my life. As most moms have felt at one time or another, I was often wondering and questioning if what I was doing
“With postpartum depression a risk, it’s so important for women not to be isolated.” —Teresa Marshall
was the right thing for my children— and with twins, the responsibility is so unbelievably overwhelming,” Engmann says. Mothering the mother. A mom who spends hours alone with her baby can easily spiral into emotional and physical exhaustion, which can put her at greater risk for postpartum anxiety or depression. During this challenging transition period—often called the fourth trimester, a postpartum doula can provide calm reassurance and support to a new mama and her family. “When moms feel supported at home and they are getting what they need, the rates of postpartum depression are reduced,” says Kate Kripke, LCSW, an expert in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and contributing writer for postpartumprogress.com. www.mendolakefamilylife.com
“There is a lot to be said about the role the postpartum doula plays in simply mothering the mother after she gives birth that can be incredibly preventative for lots of women.” In addition to helping care for the baby, postpartum doulas often help with light housework, errands, cooking, and caring for siblings. Many are also trained to recognize the signs of postpartum depression and provide resources to the moms they support. “When doulas are educated in what to look for, they’re…the first people to pick up on and identify when something is going on with the mom,” Kripke says. What is postpartum depression? According to Postpartum Support International, one in eight women suffers from postpartum depression. Symptoms include insomnia, severe mood swings, a lack of joy, loss of appetite, overwhelming fatigue, withdrawal from family and friends, and thoughts
of suicide. (Additional symptoms can be found at mayoclinic.org.) Postpartum depression can also interfere with healthy bonding between a mom and her newborn. “When a baby is on the inside, a woman takes amazing care of herself. And then the baby is born, it becomes all about the baby. As soon as that mom starts to struggle and suffer, she will no longer have what is going to be required to care for her baby the way she wants to. Not because she isn’t a good mom or doesn’t love her child, but simply because she’s human,” Kripke says. “I find that the women who are enjoying motherhood the most and who feel the healthiest...are the ones who are receiving help.” For more information about postpartum doulas and to find one in your area, visit dona.org. ¶ Freelance journalist Christa Melnyk Hines and her husband are the parents of two boys. She is the author of Confidently Connected: A Mom’s Guide to a Satisfying Social Life (2013).
Give New Mamas a Hand Having a sense of community is vital to a new mom’s health and well-being. Here are ways you can help during those first few weeks. (Make sure to always text or call ahead first.) • Coordinate an online care network. Friends and family can sign up to deliver meals, take care of siblings, clean house, or rock the baby. (Check out mealtrain.com.) • Offer to rock the baby for a couple of hours to give mom a chance to take a shower or a nap. • Deliver coffee and muffins. • Drop off a fully prepared meal. • Babysit any older children for an afternoon. • Offer to walk her dog, clean her house, or run an errand. • Give her a gift card to her favorite take-out restaurant.
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Tackle your local shopping list. Be sure to pick up party essentials at least a week ahead in case you can’t find something and need to order it online after all.
Countdown to Party Fun
By Christina Katz
lanning a memorable birthday event can be the highlight of your child’s year. The best way to increase the magic and decrease the madness is to use a handy checklist. These steps will help you prepare gradually—or in one fell swoop—and keep a smile on your face until the final guest leaves.
Choose a theme. Having a focus will help you plan and execute your party without a hitch. Several months before your party date, brainstorm themes with your guest of honor.
Make reservations. If there is one thing I have learned about popular party venues, it’s that they fill up early. Once you have your theme and know you will need a location away from home, get your reservations nailed down tight two to three months in advance.
Find supplies. Shop locally, but for specialty items you may need to go online. Make sure to place your orders at least a month early, to allow for shipping time and returns if anything is not what you expected.
Send out invitations. Evite wins hands-down for quick and easy party invites. Just visit evite.com, select a theme, add in your guests’ e-mail addresses, and send your invitations. Two weeks’ notice is usually just the right amount of time. But if it’s a busy time of year, add another week or two.
Order the cake. For the freshest results, order one week ahead for pickup on party day. Or enlist siblings to make a cake from scratch!
Recruit helpers. Why try to do everything yourself when you can have so much more fun when others lend a hand? See the sidebar “Who Can Help?” for suggestions.
Curry favors. Favors don’t have to be expensive or intricate. For a home party, go simple, fun, and inexpensive. Be as eco-friendly as possible by offering gifts in a reusable container. If hosting a party elsewhere,
Several months before your party date, brainstorm themes with your guest of honor. consider letting the party be favor enough, or simply offer a small treat like a lollipop or a candy necklace to guests on the way out.
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Set up a day ahead. If you are ordering any large food deliveries like pizza, place your order 24 hours in advance. Don’t forget to check online for any discounts or coupons. Then go ahead and tackle as much prep work as you can. Decorations? Food
Favors don’t have to be expensive or intricate. For a home party, go simple, fun, and inexpensive. preparation? Party favors? Activity prep? Everything will go more smoothly at the party if you take care of as much as you can the day before.
Party down! Get a good night’s sleep. Allow at least two hours prior for set up and one hour afterwards for clean up. Then enjoy every memorable moment. Designate a party photographer, if your hands will be too full to document the day. ¶
Over the years, Christina Katz has planned some fun birthday parties, including a pony party, a bowling party, and a roller-skating party. But her all-time favorite was the sleepover spa party.
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Get Ready for Summer Programs By Christa Melnyk Hines
ummer camp is a time-honored tradition, rich with activities, newfound friendships, and a lifetime of memories. Explore a few ways to make your child’s camp experience smooth sailing from start to finish.
S’more than Just Fun According to the RAND Corporation, a non-profit research organization, children who participate in summer programs such as organized camps are less likely to experience a significant summer learning slide.
“I often hear from parents how amazed they are when their children return home after spending time at camp....about how they seem older and more mature,” says Doug Berkel, a YMCA senior program director of Youth Development Services.
Camp also enhances a child’s physical and emotional well-being. Activities build social skills, teamwork, and independence, all of which contribute to stronger self-confidence and leadership abilities.
Avoid “Camp Run Amok” First, together with your child, decide what skills you want your child to gain, and then choose a camp that fits her or his needs and interests, as well as your family’s values.
Check out safety guidelines in the camp’s parent handbook. Look for overnight camps accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). “ACA standards are the most universal and well-known standards adopted by most camps to ensure a quality and safe program,” Berkel says. Day and specialty camps should carry a current state childcare license. Additionally, staff should be trained in emergency, communication, and safety procedures; behavior management techniques (including handling the common bout of homesickness); and child abuse prevention. Camp Sunshine Day camps are a practical way to introduce younger kids to the camp experience. Most focus on a theme such as sports, science, nature, technology, and the arts. Ann Bowley says that when her stepson, Trevor, was younger, he enjoyed planning the day camps
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he wanted to attend each summer. However, as her son got older he grew more apprehensive about starting over with a new group of kids each week. “We just looked for school mates that might be in camp with him to help him be more comfortable,” she says. Camp Ability Specialty camps revolve around one activity such as music, art, sports, or science. They provide children the
Children who participate in summer programs are less likely to experience a significant summer learning slide. space to further explore and develop a skill that interests them. “Specialty camps tend to run...partial days and could be a nice addition to regular day camps,” Berkel says. Camp Starlight Overnight camps, typically in an outdoor setting, can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks and are generally offered for children ages 7 and up. If you aren’t sure your child is ready, allow him or her to occasionally spend the night at friends’ houses. Or, as Berkel suggests, take advantage of a weekend family camping opportunity, usually offered in the fall and spring to familiarize campers and their families with the facilities and staff. Conquer Camp Blues Preparation and an awareness of what to expect can ease the transition from home to camp. Before your child departs, go over a list of everything she or he will need. Pack a physical www.mendolakefamilylife.com
connection to home like a favorite sleeping bag, stuffed animal, or pillow. Also, mail a card ahead of time to ensure it arrives before the end of camp. Tell your child how you look forward to hearing camp stories, but avoid saying how much you miss her or him—that can trigger homesickness and worry. Fourteen-year veteran Boy Scout leader, soccer coach, and father of eight, John Whiteside, is a camping pro. Over the years, he and his children have participated in multiple camps, including sports, band, and weeklong scout camps. Initial nervousness isn’t unusual. If your child asks to come home, Whiteside says to consider the situation, but to encourage him to discuss his anxieties with the camp counselor and take it one day at a time. “Tell him ‘Yes, today was hard, but I
Camp enhances a child’s physical and emotional well-being. think it will be better tomorrow’ and usually tomorrow is better,” he says. While your child may struggle at first, chances are he’ll come home a happy camper with a heightened sense of self-confidence, memorable stories, and a passel of new friends to boot. ¶
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Find out about a whole slew of local summer programs at the Sonoma Family Life Camp Fair on March 31, 3–7 p.m., at Coddingtown Mall in Santa Rosa. Freelance journalist Christa Melnyk Hines is the mom of two boys who love choosing day camps each summer. She is the author of Happy, Healthy & Hyperconnected: Raise a Thoughtful Communicator in a Digital World (2015).
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help. Noise-induced hearing loss in children and adolescents is underreported, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). Teens often don’t realize their hearing is subpar until they’ve already fallen behind in school, says Rebecca M. Fischer, PhD, a professor of audiology.
Your Teen’s Hearing May Be at Risk
“Teens don’t usually notice
By Malia Jacobson
eens aren’t generally known for their superb listening skills. But if yours constantly responds with “What?” when spoken to, insists on blistering music volume, and seems frustrated or withdrawn at school or home, something larger could be at play. Rates of hearing loss in adolescents have spiked dramatically in recent years. Your teen could be one of millions with noise-induced hearing damage, a condition that could have an impact on everything from safe driving to school success.
Sounding Off The chorus of “What?” has been getting louder; according to a 2010 study, hearing loss in adolescents increased 31 percent from 1988 to 2006, with one in five teens affected. The Journal of Pediatrics reports that 12.5 percent of kids ages 6–19 have suffered permanent hearing damage. For many, the hearing loss is noise-induced, and it’s permanent.
State University report, school hearing screenings don’t detect noise-exposure loss, leaving teens at risk for undetected hearing loss, which can put a strain on academic progress, college prep, relationships, and home life. Even mild hearing impairment can undermine speech and language development, and require school accommodations such as speech therapy and auditory training.
The problem exists in part because, according to a new Pennsylvania
But teens and parents who don’t know there is a problem can’t seek
A teen with an iPod or video game system can take in well above the level that OSHA deems safe, every day, for years. a gradual change or loss in their hearing,” she says. “Usually, the ones to notice a teen’s hearing damage are relatives and friends. And sometimes, hearing damage sustained during the teen years doesn’t show up as hearing loss until the 20s or 30s.” A Dull Roar What is hurting teens’ hearing? Most likely, it’s their behavior, Fischer says, specifically, the near-constant use of iPods and other personal listening devices. The Journal of Pediatrics study points to excessively loud earbuds for the spike in children’s hearing problems; the 115-decibel maximum volume on an iPod Shuffle is as noisy as a sandblaster or a loud rock concert, and loud enough to permanently damage hearing with regular use.
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“Look around any high school or college campus, including ours, and you see teens and young adults with earbuds in, all the time,” Fischer says, noting that these devices aren’t regulated to protect young listeners. By contrast, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) strictly regulates noisy work environments to protect hearing. Employers whose work environments are above 85 decibels (construction sites or airports, for example) have to provide a hearing conservation program for employees, including workshops, noise-protection devices like earplugs, and hearing tests, Fischer says. But a teen with an iPod or video game system can take in well above the level that OSHA deems safe, every day, for years. Because personal listening devices are just that—personal—tracking and regulating teens’ use is difficult, says Stacey D. Watson, MS, an audiologist. The sound is under the user’s control, and because teens are often away from a parent’s watchful gaze, parents probably won’t know if a teen is spending hours drenched in (literally) deafening sound. Hearing 101 Hearing mechanics are complex, but essentially, sound enters the cochlea, the spiral-shaped structure in the inner ear, and causes cilia (tiny hairs) to vibrate. Thanks to the cochlea’s extra-sensitive nerve endings, the brain reads these movements as sound. But over time, exposure to high levels of sound can damage the cilia and impair hearing permanently. Though hearing can be temporarily muffled after a single episode of www.mendolakefamilylife.com
loud noise—a raucous concert or a jet taking off—the inner ear usually bounces back from these relatively isolated incidents. But daily, extended, long-term earbud use is different because the ear rarely gets a chance to heal when the listening device is always in use. “Sound is really pressure,” Fischer says. “Think of the pressure of water on a grassy beach. Over time, the water comes ashore, and if the water has enough power, the grasses are washed away.” That’s how loud noise permanently compromises hearing—
According to a 2010 study, hearing loss in adolescents increased 31 percent from 1988 to 2006, with one in five teens affected. eventually, the pressure destroys the inner structure of the ear—and why constant exposure to high levels of it is so damaging, she says. At first, this type of hearing damage affects the ability to hear higher frequencies of sound, including the softer sounds of speech, such as the s or th sounds, says Karen Putz, author of The Parenting Journey: Raising Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children (2012) and the Deaf Mom blog. “This can make it difficult for a teen to hear well in the classroom, in noisy situations, and in crowds,” Putz says. “Women and children have voices in the higher frequencies, making it more challenging for a teen with noise-induced hearing loss to understand them.” March 2017
Sound Safeguards As attached as teens are to their earbuds, parents can exercise some influence, Fischer says. If a teen listens to a device or plays a video game at a “10” (maximum) volume, ask them to back it off to 8 or 9 for a week and stay there. “Over time, they’ll realize that they can actually enjoy sound without it being so loud.” For daily iPod use, aim for the “two-thirds/one hour” rule: The volume dial should be turned up no more than two-thirds of the way, and teens should limit use to one hour at a time. “If a teen can’t hear someone talk to [him or her] while listening to a personal music player, the volume is too loud,” Watson says. For iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, parents can set a volume limit and prevent changes to that setting in the devices by entering “Settings” and viewing General/Restrictions. Complaints of ringing or other sounds in the ears (known as tinnitus), pain in the ears, or a feeling that the ears are “plugged up” are signs to ease off on personal music players for a few days. If hearing loss is suspected, an online hearing test can provide some insight, with follow-up by an audiologist if needed, Putz says. Relatively minor lifestyle tweaks can make a major impact on hearing quality, and quality of life, for teens, Fischer says. “Our hearing mechanism is pretty wonderful”—and too valuable not to protect. ¶ Malia Jacobson’s latest book is Sleep Tight, Every Night: Helping Toddlers and Preschoolers Sleep Well Without Tears, Tricks, or Tirades (2013).
Cardboard Cake The Perfect Dessert for a By Barbara Rucci & Betsy McKenna Pretend Party Editor’s note: In the following excerpt from the book Art Workshop for Children, author Barbara Rucci details a project she teaches students in her art classes. Making a cake is joyful, no matter the age. In this workshop, the children work together to stack, frost, and decorate their big cake. Singing “Happy Birthday” at the end is a must! GATHER YOUR MATERIALS • Cardboard boxes in different sizes • Tempera paint • Jars • Brushes • Pompoms • Glue • Colored paper PREPARE YOUR SPACE Cover your table with paper. Gather some boxes in different sizes, or let the children choose their own boxes if you happen to have a large selection. Mix the paints, or have the children mix their own paints. I painted over the black tape that wrapped the boxes, but you don’t have to. Set out pompoms, glue, and colored paper. THE PROCESS • On this day in art class, I prepared the boxes for the children before they arrived. The boxes came in the mail the day before and they had a perfect 20 MendoLakeFamilyLife
size gradation. But in the future, I will most likely bring the children to my storage room and have them pick out their own boxes. • After gluing the boxes together and painting the cake, the children take time to roll the colored paper candles. I showed the children how to roll tightly instead of loosely. Sometimes the bottoms need to be cut off in order for them to stand straight. OBSERVATIONS Imagine a group of children devouring a cake lickety-split. Well, that’s what happened during this workshop, only in reverse. The children moved so swiftly building this cake that I hardly had time to photograph! Paint was literally flying across the table because they were frosting their cake with so much energy. I didn’t even think of candles until one child had the idea of rolling paper. I had taught this technique in a previous session weeks earlier, so she found the drawer with the colored paper, shared her knowledge with her friends, and they all rolled candles together and glued them on top. Last of all were the pompom candies. They slowed down a little during this part, as they all were being careful to line them up evenly around the cake. I was captivated by their teamwork and dedication to each
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other in making sure that everyone played an equal part. This creative collaboration ignited a spark in these children. And what a delicious cake! VARIATIONS FOR NEXT TIME • Make an upside-down cake with the smallest box on the bottom. This would be a wonderful experiment about balance. • Use really big boxes—big enough for a child to fit in—and make the cake into a playhouse. • As a non-messy alternative, make homemade play dough and let your children stick play dough all over the cake instead of painting. They can stick pompoms and real candles into the play dough. This would be a wonderful sensory experience. Excerpted with permission from Art Workshop for Children by Barbara Rucci and Betsy McKenna © 2016 Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc. Text © 2016 Barbara Rucci Photography © 2016 Barbara Rucci Barbara Rucci is a professional graphic designer, art teacher, blogger, and mom to three creative thinkers. Find her at artbarblog.com. Betsy McKenna is an educational consultant and leadership coach. Find her at exponentialreturns.org.
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Cooking with Kids
Countrified Chicken A Healthy Alternative to Deep Frying
By Momma Chef
ow easy is it to make dinner while holding a 4-year-old on your hip, calming a 7-year-old throwing a tantrum, and helping a 12-year-old with his homework? Sound familiar? As a mother of three, I have finally mastered a way to serve a fabulous meal with little effort. These two recipes use only four ingredients and take under six minutes to prepare.
Country “Fried” Chicken
Directions Preheat oven to 400ºF. Rub olive oil over skin of the chicken and sprinkle with Lawry’s seasoning salt. Spread the mayonnaise on top of the seasoning. Bake for 1 hour uncovered on lower rack. After taking the chicken out of the oven, let it sit for 5 minutes to seal in the juices.
Country “Fried” Chicken
Couldn’t Be Easier: London Broil
If you like dark meat, substitute bone-in thighs for breasts. Also you might find it helpful to wear disposable gloves when preparing the chicken.
This is a great recipe to quickly throw together in the morning and let marinate in the refrigerator during the day. Just put the meat in the oven or on the grill when you get home.
Ingredients 8 bone-in chicken breasts with skin
Ingredients 1 ½–2 lbs. London broil
1 tablespoon Lawry’s seasoning salt
¾ cup Italian dressing
1 cup low-fat mayonnaise
¼ cup soy sauce
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup honey
Directions Mix dressing, honey, and soy sauce in a large Ziploc bag. Add London broil to bag and, if possible, let marinate several hours in the refrigerator. Grill on low heat 12 minutes each side (16 minutes longer per side if you like it well done—but who likes it well done?!). If you aren’t brave enough to grill in the winter, then preheat the oven to 400 ºF, place the London broil in an uncovered disposable pan, and bake on the lowest rack for 1 hour. Let it sit 5–10 minutes to seal in the juices. ¶ Karen Nochimowski, aka Momma Chef, is a stay-at-home mom of three active boys (ages 12, 8, and 5). Find more of her recipes at mommachefblog. wordpress.com and at facebook.com/ themommachef. Couldn’t Be Easier: London Broil
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A Leprechaun Repast
f you really want the luck of the Irish, it might help to eat like one. The Girl Scouts of Ukiah Valley make it easy with their corned beef and cabbage dinner. Put on some green and head over to the Saturday Afternoon Club House in Ukiah on March 11, 5–8 p.m. The meal will be served family-style and will include one free beverage. Tickets are $10–$20 (ages 4 and under free) and are available in advance at the Mendocino Book Company in Ukiah or at the door. Find out more information at facebook.com/events/1240081612749333/. ¶
Thursday 2 FREE First Thursday Frisbee. Live music, free pizza & snacks, Ultimate Frisbee demonstration & games. All high school students are invited. (Signed permission slip required, available at Point Arena High School office.) 4–7 p.m. Point Arena High School (gym). 270 Lake St., Point Arena. 884-5413. actionnetwork.info. FREE GLAM (Gay, Lesbian & More) Support Group. For LGBTQ youth.
Thursdays. 5:30–9 p.m. Arbor Youth Resource Center. 810 N. State St., Ukiah. 462-7267.
Friday 3 FREE Postpartum Support. For moms suffering from postpartum depression, anxiety & distress. Fridays. 10:30–11:30 a.m. Mendocino Baby. 198 S. School St., Ukiah. 462-1020. FREE Prenatal Support. Group sharing with other pregnant women is good for mom & baby. Part education, part support group. Fridays. Noon–1 p.m. Mendocino Baby. 198 S. School St., Ukiah. 462-1020. FREE Grandparent Support Circle.
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child. 3–4 p.m. Mendocino Baby. 198 S. School St., Ukiah. 462-1020. FREE Paper Tigers. A film that
follows a year in the life of an alternative high school that successfully changed its approach to discipline. By addressing the emotional lives of students, educators saw a decrease in suspensions & expulsions. Mar. 3 & 24: 5 p.m. Mar. 4 & 25: 1 p.m. Soper Reese Theatre. 275 S. Main St., Lakeport. lakecountychildrenscouncil.com. Wildlife Film Festival. Fridays in
March. $5–$10. Live music & snacks: 6:15 p.m. Film: 7 p.m. Ukiah Civic Center. 300 Seminary Ave., Ukiah. See website for schedule of films: rvoep.org. Cloverdale High School Improv Team. $7 donation. 7 p.m. Cloverdale
Performing Arts Center. 209 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale. 894-2214. cloverdaleperformingarts.com.
Saturday 4 Whale Festival Lens Tour. View annual gray whale migration, visit 240-gallon saltwater aquarium & marine science exhibit. $5 parking donation. Benefits school trips to Light Station. Mar. 4 & 5, 18 & 19: 10 a.m.–4
p.m. Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park. 45300 Lighthouse Rd., Mendocino. pointcabrillo.org. Mendocino Whale Festival Chowder & Beer Tastings. $5–$10. 11 a.m.–1
p.m. Crown Hall. 45285 Ukiah St., Mendocino. mendowhale.com. Mendocino Whale Festival Wine Tasting. $35–$40. 1–4
p.m. Various locations throughout village. Get glass/tickets at Ford House Museum. Also buy tickets on brownpapertickets.com. Ford House Museum. 45035 Main St., Mendocino. mendowhale.com. FREE Grand Opening of Ukiah Family Chiropractic. Kids’ activities. 1–3
p.m. 1081 S. Dora St., Ukiah. 972-4983. ukiahfamilychiropractic.com. Boys & Girls Club Crab Feast.
All-you-can-eat fresh cracked crab, pasta, salad & dessert. Live music, silent & live auctions. $60. Dinner starts: 6 p.m. Last call: 8 p.m. Redwood Empire Fairgrounds. 1055 N. State St., Ukiah. 467-4900. visitmendocino.com. Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament.
$60 buy-in with a $40 add-on. Dinner & drinks included. Fundraiser for Mendocino Ballet. Sign-up: 5 p.m.
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Tournament: 5:30 p.m. Mendocino Ballet. 205 S. State St., Ukiah. 463-2290. mendocinoballet.org.
Sunday 5 6th Annual Pianists Concert.
The finest pianists from Lake & Mendocino Counties come together to play & trade tall tales, all to benefit the Soper Reese Theatre & Lake County Friends of Mendocino College. $25–$30. No-host reception & silent auction: 2 p.m. Concert: 3 p.m. 275 S. Main St., Lakeport. 263-0577. soperreesetheatre.com.
new motherhood & learn about infant development. Bus passes available. Tuesdays. 1–3 p.m. 180 N. Main St., Lakeport. 349-1210. mother-wise.org. facebook.com/motherwiselakecounty. FREE Boxing Classes. Sponsored
by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Activities League (SAL). $10 annual insurance/registration fee (can be
waived in the best interest of the child). Gym membership not required. Sign up for program at time of class or at gym on weekdays. Enrollment continuous. Ages 5 & up. Tuesdays & Thursdays. 7–8 p.m. Redwood Health Club. 3101 S. State St., Ukiah. facebook.com/mendocinocounty sheriffsyouthactivitiesleague.
34th Annual Women’s History Gala Celebration. Honoring Trailblazing
Women in Labor & Business. Features Mendocino County women who have achieved significant success in various paths of work. Performer: Wendy DeWitt. Speaker: Delaine Eastin, 2018 CA governor candidate. $10. 12:30 p.m. Saturday Afternoon Clubhouse. 107 S. Oak St., Ukiah. 468-9003. FREE Movies+Games in Caspar.
Double feature showing on the big screen. Bring beach chair or beanbag & blankets. Family friendly. Snacks, beer & wine available for purchase. Proceeds will help continue this event. 4:30–9:30 p.m. Caspar Community Center. 15051 Caspar Rd., Caspar. 964-4997. casparcommons.org.
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FREE ABCS of Parenting. Parenting class based on the principles of “Nurturing Parenting.” Mondays. 5–7 p.m. Thru April 10. (Drop-in parenting classes on Tuesdays: 10 a.m.– noon.) The Grove. 635 First St., Upper Lake. 275-8166.
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Thursday 9 FREE Blues & Boogie Gals: Celebrating Women With 88 Keys.
In honor of International Women’s History Day, “Boogie Woogie Queen” Wendy DeWitt, accompanied by Kirk Harwood, will present a dynamic history of women in boogie woogie. 6 p.m. Ukiah Library. 105 N. Main St., Ukiah. 467-6434. mendolibrary.org.
Friday 10 Willits Community 10th Annual Chili Cook-Off. Chili, corn bread,
hot dogs & root beer floats. $5–$8. 5:30–7 p.m. Willits Harrah Senior Center. 1501 Baechtel Rd., Willits. willitsseniorcenter.com. Little River Whale Festival. Food & wine tasting, music concert, art exhibit, geocaching & whale watching. Thru Mar. 12. Hwy. 1,
Little River. Further info & details: mendowhale.com/page/littleriver.
Saturday 11 FREE International Cesarean Awareness Network. Offering
support for women who’ve had a cesarean birth. 11 a.m.–noon. Mendocino Baby. 198 S. School St., Ukiah. 462-1020. PAL Bike Sale. Building the bond between peace officers & children. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Dana Gray Elementary (gym). 1197 E. Chestnut St., Fort Bragg. Family Swap & Craft Fair. 1–5 p.m. Craft show: 1 p.m. Free face painting & bake sale. Family swap: 2 p.m. Bring bags of outgrown clothes, empty them in designated areas, then refill your bags with “new to you” clothes. No swap necessary to participate. $5–$10 donation appreciated for future
events. Outside, weather permitting. Community Center of Mendocino. 998 School St., Mendocino. facebook. com/events/1206398619409827. Family Dance Party. Music, lights & karaoke by Groundloop Events. Family-friendly tunes, face painting by U’i, photo booth, kids crafts. $5. 5–8 p.m. Community Center. 998 School St., Mendocino. facebook.com/ events/1206398619409827. Blue Monkey’s Fish Rock Cycling Race. 72.4-mile route takes riders up
9,670 feet on mixed paved-&-gravel terrain. For road bikes with 28c or larger tires. $85. 10 a.m. Anderson Valley Jr.-Sr. High School. 18200 Mountain View Rd., Boonville. Register: bikemonkey.net/fishrock. 8th Annual Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner. Silent auction, prizes. Hosted
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by the Girl Scouts of Ukiah Valley. $10–$20. 4 & under free. Served family-style with 1 free beverage. 5–8 p.m. Saturday Afternoon Clubhouse. 107 S. Oak St., Ukiah. facebook.com/ girlscoutsmendo. Race to Scouting Family Fun Carnival. Spin art, cake walk,
Car Bashing, Toilet Bowl Toss & Rubber Chicken Fling. Door prizes. Advance tickets: $1 each. Noon–5 p.m. Lake County Fairgrounds. 401 Martin St., Lakeport. Text: 489-5417. lakeconews.com. Housing Task Force Benefit Dinner.
Annual brisket dinner/dessert auction. Proceeds go to the Housing Task Force, a group that has helped fire victims & others in the community. $10–$15. 5:30 p.m. Kelseyville Presbyterian Church. 5340 Third St., Kelseyville. 279-1104.
Winter Carnival. Musical
performances, guest speakers, workshops & arts & crafts vendors from around the county. Kids activities: bounce house, arts & crafts areas, carnival games & more. $10–$30. Under 5: free. Noon–10 p.m. Little Lake Grange. 291 School St., Willits. artsmendocino.org/event/ winter-carnival.
Sunday 12 FREE Mother Mixer. Our mixers are a great way to meet our staff, volunteers & other moms in our community. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. 180 N. Main St., Lakeport. 349-1210. mother-wise.org. facebook. com/motherwiselakecounty. Bach to Basie: Horns A Plenty.
6-piece brass band performs jazz, classical, park band, ragtime, fanfares, ballroom dance, Dixieland,
love songs & more. $20. 18 & under: free. 3 p.m. Preston Hall. 44867 Main St., Mendocino. symphonyoftheredwoods.org.
Thursday 16 FREE St. Patrick’s Day Stories.
Who was St. Patrick? What is a leprechaun? Storyteller Barbara Last presents an evening of Celtic tales. All ages. 6–7 p.m. Ukiah Library. 105 N. Main St., Ukiah. 467-6434. mendolibrary.org.
Friday 17 St. Patty’s Day Celebration. Corned
beef & cabbage, Irish stew & green beer, Irish whiskey. Wear green so you don’t get pinched. 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m. Twisted Sisters Pub & Grill. 350 N. Main St., Lakeport. Reservations recommended: 900-5151.
Tree of Life Charter School invites you to
Open House Thursday, March 9, 6-8 PM
Meet staff, tour classrooms, see student work samples
Open enrollment through the end of March Free Montessori public elementary
- New York Times journalist and author, David Bornstein
Peace education Environmental stewardship Family participation and community
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241 Ford Rd., Ukiah
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Paper Tigers follows a year in the life of an alternative high school that has radically changed its approach to disciplining its students, becoming a promising model for how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and disease that affect families.
“Absolutely riveting, profoundly important.”
education for ages 5-13
PAPER TIGERS One high school’s unlikely success story
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Saturday 18 by Linda Brown. 6–8 p.m. Blue Wing Restaurant. 9520 Main St., Upper Lake. Reservations: 275-2233. tallmanhotelcom.
FREE Meet Your Birth Team. Meet & learn from local doulas & midwives in one spot. 11 a.m.–noon. Mendocino Baby. 198 S. School St., Ukiah. 462-1020.
The Music Man. Presented
Daylight Saving Time starts. Don’t forget to turn your clock one hour ahead.
Celtic Harp Bliss. Performed
by Konocti Education Center (KEC) & Lake County Theatre Company. $10. Mar. 17–18, 24 & 25: 7 p.m. Mar. 19 & 26: 2 p.m. KEC. 15850 Dam Rd. Ext., Clearlake. konoctiusd.org.
FREE Clear Lake Team Bass Tournament. The public is invited
to come to the weigh-ins. Mar. 18 &
19. 3 p.m. Konocti Vista Marina. 2755 Mission Rancheria Rd., Lakeport. lakecounty.com. Rita Hosking. Folk singer from Davis, CA, performs originals on guitar, accompanied by Sean Feder on dobro & banjo. $25. 7:30 p.m. Not suitable for younger children. Tallman Hotel Meeting House. 9550 Main St., Upper Lake. Reservations: 275-2244, ext. 0. Whale Walk. Docents & state park staff lead informative guided whale walks. Start at the Visitor Center & whale skeleton for discussion before driving to Laguna Point for whale watching. Binoculars available. Rain or shine. Dress appropriately. 11 a.m. MacKerricher State Park. 24100 MacKerricher Park Rd., Fort Bragg. parks.ca.gov. mendocinocoast.com. Mendocino Whale Festival Family Event. Crafts, games, music &
educational activities. Free hot dog lunch (donations accepted). 1–3 p.m. Rain or shine. Dress appropriately. MacKerricher State Park. 24100 MacKerricher Park Rd., Fort Bragg. parks.ca.gov. mendocinocoast.com. 33rd Annual Whale Run & Walk Race. Registration: $5–$30. Kiddie
Own Your Own Business
race (.5-mile run for ages 4–10): 7:30 a.m. 5K Fun Walk: 8:05 a.m. 5K/10K Run & 5K Competitive Walk: 8 a.m. Skunk Train Parking Lot. 100 W. Laurel St., Fort Bragg. Register online: soroptimistfortbraggca.org/SIFB/ whalerun.html.
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silent auction & raffle. $35. 5–9 p.m. Saturday Afternoon Clubhouse. 107 S. Oak St., Ukiah. facebook.com/ ukiahcoopnurseryschool.
Sunday 19 Contemporary Chamber Series.
Violinist Tammie Dyer & Bay Area musicians play compositions for string instruments by Bach, Walton & Handel. $15–$20. Ages 18 & under: free. 3 p.m. Soper Reese Theatre.
275 S. Main St., Lakeport. 263-0577. soperreesetheatre.com.
Tuesday 21 FREE Eagle Peak STEM Magnet School Information Meeting. Find
out about openings for 5th, 6th & 8th graders for 2017–18 school year. 6 p.m. Eagle Peak Middle School. 8601 West Rd., Redwood Valley.
Friday 24 Spaghetti Dinner. All-you-can-eat
spaghetti with meat or vegetarian sauce & meatballs. $3–$9. Wine: $4/ glass. 5–7 p.m. Benefits the Coastal Seniors. Veterans Memorial Bldg.
2400 S. Hwy. 1, Point Arena. 882-2137. visitmendocino.com.
Saturday 25 FREE Cloth Diaper Class. Free cloth diaper classes & troubleshooting. 10:30 a.m.–noon. Mendocino Baby. 198 S. School St., Ukiah. 462-1020. Spring Equinox Dinner/Dance. Lake
Community PRIDE Foundation fundraiser for the Lake County Safe House. Beer, wine, spirits; silent auction; music. $30. 6–10 p.m. Highlands Senior Service Center. 3245 Bowers Ave., Clearlake. facebook.com/ events/1636471579989717.
Thursday 30 FREE CTA Classes. Become a Certified Tourism Ambassador. Learn about Lake County, network with your peers at CTA events & get local specials & deals. 1–4:40 p.m. Lower Lake Historic Schoolhouse Museum. 16435 Main St., Lower Lake. Register: ctanetwork.com. Use coupon code 0000 to cover the full cost of the classes.
Friday 31 FREE Sonoma Family Life Summer Camp Fair. Find
Watch a Whale
very year, binocular-toting nature lovers flock to the Mendocino Coast in search of a moment of wonder: a whale siting. Want to take a stab at seeing those telltale flukes? Check out the Mendocino Whale Festival on March 4 and 5 in Mendocino. If you don’t see what you are looking for, there are plenty of yummy consolation prizes on March 4, including chowder and beer tastings, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., at Crown Hall; and wine tastings, 11 a.m.–4 p.m., at various locations throughout the village (pick up your wine glass at Ford House Museum). Tasting tickets are $10–$40 and may be purchased at brownpapertickets.com or at the Mendocino Coast Chamber Office in Fort Bragg. For details, go to mendowhale.com. ¶
information on summer camps, family travel, fun & learning. 3–7 p.m. Coddingtown Mall. 733 Coddingtown Center, Santa Rosa. sonomafamilylife.com. FREE Ooey-Gooey STEM: Squishy Circuits. Kids are invited to make
magnetic slime with us. For young designers ages 7–11. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 3–4:30 p.m. Ukiah Library. 105 N. Main St., Ukiah. 463-4490. mendolibrary.org.
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Tuition-free Montessori elementary for ages 5-13 Hands-on, arts and music integrated with academics
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Located on north end of Fairgrounds PO Box 966 Ukiah 95482
ince 1957 when Robert Preston’s Professor Harold Hill seduced townsfolk into believing there was trouble brewing in River City, The Music Man has been charming audiences of all kinds. And when it’s kids singing such favorites as “Iowa Stubborn” and “Pick-A-Little, Talk-A-Little,” the charm factor goes up even higher. See elementary and middle school students from the Konocti Education Center (KEC), along with performers from the Lake County Theatre Company, put on the classic musical at KEC in Clearlake on March 17–18 and 24–25 at 7 p.m. and March 19 and 26 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10. ¶
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The Land of YOU Your Pre-Kid Destination By Holly Hester
here should you visit before you have children? Paris? Rome? The Mall of America? No, those places will still be there for you when the kids are in college and you have plenty of time to wander around posting way too many pictures on Facebook.
Before kids, your heart was safely tucked inside your chest cavity, and now it is free to roam unprotected. And it’s not the tiny, cynical heart you had before having kids. No, that heart could have survived a walk through a gang-infested
The only place you need to visit before having kids is inside yourself.
This new heart—this after-kid heart—is bigger.
You need to get to know YOU before bringing any other YOUs into the world. People always talk about how hard it is to have children—the sleepless nights, the diapers, the zero time for yourself. Sure, all that’s hard. But it’s not the really hard part. Children crack you open as a human. Their mere presence forces you to explore all the nooks and crannies that you thought you successfully hid away— all the pain, all the childhood trauma. Picked last at kickball? Get ready to feel that again. Someone called you fat? You will feel that memory every time your kid outgrows a pair of pants or innocently asks for second-helpings. Have a fight with your spouse? You will find yourself thinking about your own parent’s divorce, wondering if you are not actually changing the past, as you had sworn to do, but reliving it. 30 MendoLakeFamilyLife
neighborhood without a scratch. This new heart—this after-kid heart— is bigger. It feels things more deeply, and it is so much more vulnerable. Becoming a parent opens giant chambers of your heart you didn’t know existed. I have seen the most jaded of humans crumble into crying, sensitive mush-pots after having a child. You can no longer look at another parent’s grief without feeling it, too. And since your heart isn’t in your chest anymore, but wandering around in a Thomas the Tank Engine t-shirt, your empty chest cavity has plenty of space for worry and fear—fear that will keep you up at night, worry that will never ever end… until well, you end. So get to know yourself before picking up that baby name book. Visit the
land of YOU. Stay at “Hotel Good Childhood Memory,” but also stay at its sister hotel, “The Time I Wet My Pants During the School Play.” Climb to the top of “Heartbreak Hill” and see if the view has changed. Take a ride on “Teenager Rapids.” Visit the religious facility “Do I Really Believe This?” and then walk down “Success Avenue” until it crosses “Failure Highway.” There are lots of interesting things to see in the land of YOU, so pace yourself. And bring tissues. The best part about visiting the land of YOU is the baggage. Sure, you arrived with a ton of it, all emotional, but by the time you leave you don’t have any. You can give your unborn child the gift of not handing them your baggage. And once you’ve shed all your stuff, you can reveal your whole awesome self to your child because you now have perspective and wisdom. And then, here’s the great thing—you and your child can visit the land of YOU and you can proudly show them all the sights. I hope you enjoy your stay. ¶ Holly Hester lives in Sebastopol and writes about life on her blog, Riot Ranch. Find her book, Escape from Ugly Mom Island!, on Amazon.
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