Toledo Area Parent News - Jan/Feb 2021

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Smile, eat and exercise your way to wellness. p15

Head of the Class

Educators: 'always essential' workers, p15

Words Matter

Disability terminology, p9 


Learning at Home

For the zoo/animal lover p25



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School guide


Toledo’s Cody Moring (3) won the Toledo Parent Cover Kid Contest.

This school year is so different, and Toledo Parent covers it all. p10

School Open House Guide

Schools are going above and beyond to accommodate their students? p14

How are local moms Want to teach your Check out some mask-wearing tips REALLY handling kids anti-racism? for kids as schools parenting during Start with two popular reopen. p13 COVID-19? p18 kids movies. p20

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For Her, By Her By Lindsey Self

This subscription box is curated by local women-owned businesses and organized by Women of Toledo.

Home Improvement Starts in the Heart By Phoebe Rapp

The Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity Playhouse Project unites volunteers to build playhouses for families can’t afford to buy one.

Hol iday Gift Guid e P18


most read online 1. Holiday Cheer During COVID-19


3. Signs, Symptoms and Statistics of Sibling Sexual Abuse

Mompreneurs Share Their Stories

On the cover

Gena Collierat Yogaja Yoga Photo by Mary Wyar

2. Hot Cocoa Bombs in the Toledo Area

Juggling business, parenting, education and childcare during the pandemic. P.8

Open House Guide

Special Needs Guide

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Spotlighting the area's best educational options

Resources to help your children thrive

Turning a terrible loss into an inspiring gift for others

Young engineers can get their garden in gear with Flower Garden Build & Spin (ages 2+) from Learning Resources! Hands-on construction and colorful garden pals provide a fun way to build fine motor skills. Big, chunky play pieces fit easily onto large gears, providing endless play, allowing children to explore cause and effect. All in a compact case that can be used indoors! Congratulations to the winner of our November/December Gifts for Mom package! JENNIE KUMMERER, Toledo

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...or hardly working? You tell us! Just like many in the era of COVID-19, Toledo Area Parent staffers have put in plenty of hours from their homes. Here’s a look at some of them as they put together this issue! Erin Holden

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Phoebe Rapp, writing queen

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Letter from the EDITOR

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Kids Astrology By Kimmie Rose

How do your 2021 resolutions look different? Publisher/Editor in Chief


Co-publisher/Chief Financial Officer Mark I. Jacobs ( LESS STRESSFUL LIVING.


Assignment Editor Erin Marsh



Dec. 22 - Jan. 20

Dream with ambition, little girls


olitical beliefs aside, the election of President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris was an historical moment. While President Biden joins a long line of middle-aged, white men elected to the highest office in the United States, Vice President Kamala Harris is the first woman, and the first woman of Black and Indian descent, to hold such a high political office in America. Listening to VP Harris’ speech, I bawled. I cried because, on some level, I had internalized that women would never truly “have a seat at the table”... but now we do. I cried because I thought systemic racism and sexism ran so deeply in our country that we would never accept a woman of color as equal. But her election is proof that America is moving in the right direction. I cried because women have spent centuries fighting for equal rights, all of which led up to this moment in history. Kamala Harris reflected during her nationally televised speech on the “generations of women — Black women. Asian, White, Latina, and Native American women throughout our nation’s history who have paved the way for this moment tonight. Women who fought and sacrificed so much for equality, liberty, and justice for all, including the Black women, who are too often overlooked, but so often prove that they are the backbone of our democracy….I reflect on their struggle, their determination and the strength of their vision...I stand on their shoulders.” Perhaps most of all, I cried because of what this means for my 5-year-old daughter and all the other little girls in America. In Vice President Harris’ words, “Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities. And to the children of our country, regardless of your gender, our country has sent you a clear message: Dream with ambition, lead with conviction, and see yourself in a way that others might not see you, simply because they’ve never seen it before.” The next time I whisper to my little girl to dream big because she can be whatever she wants to be, I will no longer feel (a little bit) like I’m lying. Maybe, in another 20 or 30 years, we will look back at this election as the moment America leapt toward a truly just and equal society...and stayed the course. Forever hopeful, Erin Schoen Marsh Toledo Parent Editor


Your little Capricorn is charismatic and consistently the center of attention. Whether it’s a simple illustration alongside a writing prompt or a detailed art project, his/her work is always noticed. This month your little Capricorn will be full of “I want to GO” energy. Be mindful of honoring that need to discover, learn and move and take some excursions, like visiting the Toledo Zoo or taking a self-guided tour of Holy Toledo! (holytoledo. com). Caregivers should get their rest because that little Capricorn is going to be full of mental AND physical energy this month!

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Jan. 21 - Feb.20 Your people-pleasing Aquarius child strives to make sure everyone is happy. Aquarius children are sensitive and empathetic and often uncannily in touch with the emotions of those around them (sometimes to their detriment!). Teach your little empaths to give themselves the same compassion and understanding that they unhesitatingly give to those around them. Often perfectionists and in general more concerned with the welfare of others, it’s important to teach Aquarius children the necessity of self care for their own emotional health. Help your child experience the interconnectedness of nature this month by bundling up to explore one of the Toledo Metroparks (bonus: playgrounds are typically empty during winter months!) or take a day trip to Cuyahoga Valley National State Park.

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Imagination Station opens Discovery Theater

Educator of the Year is Robin Sneed

Lucas SWCD Announces 2020 Conservation Award Winners

New adventures await at Imagination Station Toledo with the opening of the new KeyBank Discovery Theater! After more than a year of construction and delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the new 58-foot wide, 4K screen theater will depict dinosaurs, underwater adventures and space in the magic of 3D. Lori Hauser, CEO of Imagination Station, says of the new theater, “It allows the science center to be a resource for educators, a venue for business presentations and training events or even a video game tournament. We want it to be a multipurpose space that has a little something for everyone.” The theater addition was made possible by the generous support of several area organizations. The $12 million dollar investment was funded primarily through private sources, most notably KeyBank. Visit for movie times, admission information, all health and safety guidelines and a full list of in-person and virtual programming opportunities. 419-244-2674.

The Lucas Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) 2020 Outstanding Conservation Educator of the Year is Robin Sneed, a 4th grade teacher at Jerusalem Elementary School in Oregon. Robin is an education partner with the Lucas SWCD, inviting the group to her classroom to introduce programs. Robin is also a collaborator on the Oregon Clay— Lucas SWCD Ohio Environmental Education Fund grant. A teacher for 28 years in Oregon City Schools and Toledo Public Schools, Robin has actively provided hands-on earth science and conservation learning opportunities throughout her teaching careeer, for both students and their families.

Ohio Schools Join Anti-Vaping Litigation

Reach Out and Read Seeks Donations

Reach Out and Read, a national nonprofit that champions the positive effects of reading daily and engaging in other language-rich activities with young children, has 24 pediatric and family practice doctor’s offices participating in Lucas and Wood counties (over 100 doctors) who agreed to make literacy guidance part of the standard care they give to families. The 100% grant/donation funded program distributes thousands of new books at well care visits and provides gently-used books in waiting rooms (during non-COVID times). The group is always looking for more new and gently used books.


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In response to the vaping epidemic facing Ohio’s youth, schools have joined the multijurisdictional Anti-Vaping Litigation to seeking monetary relief from vape manufacturers. All Ohio public and private schools are called upon to join the AntiVaping Litigation to seek benefits, at no cost, including monetary damages designed to compensate Ohio schools for past and future costs relating to the vaping epidemic with a focus on deterrence, support, and education-- including, but not limited to, vape detectors, employee funding, and anti-vaping education.

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advice for parents with children 10-16

When should teens see a gynecologist?

The Sylvania Toy Company

Visit the new locally-owned toy store at 5929 W. Sylvania Ave. at HollandSylvania Rd., to experience vintage and collectible toys. From the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Smurfs to GI Joe, Sylvania Toy Company likely has the toy you coveted as a kid. Have some collectibles that you’re ready to part with? Bring them in as they are always looking to buy. Follow them on Facebook for sales and toy postings.

Advice from a local OB/GYN

By Kellen Goldschmidt, MD, ProMedica Physicians Obstetrics | Gynecology

Code Ninja

Unleash your inner code ninja as you learn to code and build your very own video games! At Code Ninja in Sylvania, kids ages 7-14 can create, play, and learn at their own pace as they gain ninja skills in coding, robotics and problem solving. Code Ninja students can advance from white to black belt and receive color-coded wristbands to mark their achievements while receiving support from “Code Senseis” in the stateof-the-art “dojo.” Participants can drop-in at their convenience during weeknight and weekend hours. 4024 N. Holland Sylvania, Ste. 10. 419-605-0970.

Sexual health and well-being can often be a taboo subject for parents to discuss with their daughters, but it doesn’t have to be. An open dialogue can help ease what might be an awkward conversation and encourage healthy habits when it comes to being proactive about her healthcare. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends that girls have their first gynecologic visit between the ages of 13 and 15. To some parents, this may seem a little premature, but this is a great opportunity to learn, to ensure that their daughters are on track with their development and to gently introduce sensitive topics, such as periods. There are issues that arise when we encourage a young woman to come to the office, for example, if she is experiencing abnormalities with her periods, or has unusual discharge, we may need to evaluate for potential infection. First visit expectations The first visit with a gynecologist is not as intimidating as teenagers may think. Unless they are sexually active, the first visit will often not include a pelvic exam. It is often a conversation between the patient and their chosen provider on topics such as drug and alcohol use, safe sex practices, contraception and mental health.

If the patient (or the parent) are apprehensive about spending the full visit together, the first half of the visit can include the provider, patient and parent/ guardian. Then the parent/guardian can be asked to leave the room so the provider and patient can have a private conversation and address any issues she may be uncomfortable speaking about with a parent/guardian in the room. Of course, that is optional and up to the patient; she can also choose to keep her parent/guardian with her for the duration of the visit. It is recommended for teenagers to follow-up with their gynecologists annually, although depending on the circumstances, more frequent visits may be necessary. Having a positive first interaction with a gynecologist can play a vital role in ensuring young girls are proactive with their sexual and reproductive health. Parents and guardians can set the standard by teaching their daughters how to take charge of their health. For more information, visit Kellen Goldschmidt, MD is an Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialist with ProMedica Physicians at Levis Commons in Perrysburg.

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How to Use Media to Talk to Kids about Race

Discussing stereotypes and racism By Lindsey Self, local mom and legal professional

Elementary school aged children spend hours each day in front of a screen. What do they see during those hours? For one, kids are not seeing demographics that reflect society as a whole: only about 7% of children’s programming includes characters of color. Media’s influence Racial stereotyping in children’s media can leave a lasting impression. There is a connection between negative media portrayals of particular groups and low self-esteem in children of those groups. Racial stereotypes in media can also skew the way children categorize people, particularly when children have limited contact with people of other races, relying on media to formulate ideas about people. It can be difficult for children to identify stereotypes, so it is up to parents to speak up and build critical thinking skills that will allow children to question stereotypes as they get older. Consider the characters in children’s media. Are different races represented? If so, what roles do they play? How do characters look and how do they sound? Who is a hero and who is the villain?

Critique media When you see something questionable within a children’s show, it’s important to call it out and to express disapproval of stereotypes to child viewers. Explain to children why portraying members of a group in a particular way can shape the way we perceive people, or ourselves, in real life. By identifying and voicing disapproval of stereotypes in children’s media, kids learn to do the same. Find shows that counter stereotypes and look for movies that depict people of color in a positive light. As children grow, they will learn to question and identify racism in the everyday world, which is an important step in moving our society towards perceptions of equality.


digital age Kids and Headphone Usage Safety What do the experts recommend?

For months, millions of kids have been relegated to learn virtually, at home, due to the global pandemic. And it’s likely that will continue for the rest of the year. With headphones being used for hours on a daily basis, some headphones may cause harm. Shairene Alo, a speech language pathologist and founder of Carpe Diem Speech Therapy in Sylvania, explains that speakers are the safest choice to protect hearing, but that is not always possible when learning from home.

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Potential hearing damage Speech language pathologist Shairene Alo recommends using headphones rather “The American Speech-Lanthan earbuds to protect your child’s hearing guage-Hearing Association recommends wearing headphones that fit over the ear rather than earbuds that go into the ear canal,” she says. “The earbuds that fit into the ear canal are closer to the hair cells that are vital to hearing and can be damaged by overexposure to high decibel sound. Once these hair cells are damaged, it is permanent and they cannot be repaired.” Clint Keifer, doctor of audiology and owner of Great Lakes Audiology, explains, “While the style of headphones/earbuds can have an influence on sound levels presented to the eardrum and beyond, it is important to realize that proper fit, comfort, and education on use make a bigger difference. For example, in an environment with more background noise, headphones or earbuds which seal the ear better will allow the user to Clint Keifer, doctor of audiology and owner adequately play the volume at lower levels.” of Great Lakes Audiology Keifer adds, “The risk of potential noise induced hearing damage arises from a combina“If a sound reaches 85 decibels or louder, it can tion of high volume levels and duration, what begin to cause permanent damage to hearing,” we refer to as ‘dosing’ in audiology. Educating she warns. For children with hearing loss or children on the dangers of too much volume for who use hearing aids or cochlear implants, Alo too long is a concept that goes beyond relying said some of the same principles apply, such as on the technology, which can vary greatly. Noise reducing background noise. ‘dose’ means that you can listen to your favorite “We don’t really worry about more hearing song for a few minutes at a louder level and be loss because hearing aids, when programmed fine, but if you listen at the same level for hours properly, have volume limits pre-set by the you overload the cells of your inner ears (hair audiologist so they can’t reach a dangerous cells).” volume level.” Some tips Alo suggests reducing background noises so the listener isn’t forced to turn up the volume. TVs, radios and having conversations around the virtual learner isn’t ideal. If that’s not possible due to parents working from home or other children present in the home, then noise-cancelling headphones or earbuds are great options. Alo recommends brands such as Bose and Sony. “We will want to make sure that they fit comfortably, either snugly over the ears and head, or deep into the ear canal to allow the noise-cancelling technology to work properly,” she clarifies.

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Keifer adds, “Current hearing aid technology allows for many hearing aids to ‘double’ as earphones using wireless audio transmission, such as Bluetooth, and pass the sound through the user’s amplification prescription!” Alo says modeling, and talking to children about, safe listening practices and the danger of loud noise are important. “Wear earplugs while using power tools, when at a concert, during fireworks, or when at a shooting range to protect your hearing. If you notice that your hearing has been affected you can be referred to an audiologist for testing.”

Words Matter

Navigating Disability Terminology with your Kids By Erin Holden

Books to teach your kids about disabilities

Absolutely Awesome: A Charlie and Emma Story

Susan Hagemeyer (fourth from right) with members of The Avalon Foundation, an organization that provides support for the rare disease community. Hagemeyer was the keynote speaker at this event in 2019.

When her daughter Joanna was born five years ago, Lindsey Melden was prepared for the fact that she would be born with spina bifida, a spinal condition that affect children with it in very different ways. Melden was aware that her daughter would have an extreme case with physiological effects. “In January 2016, I was thrust into this new world of disability,” explains Melden. “Being non-disabled, it was my privilege to never have to think about things like accessibility and the language we use surrounding it.” As she delved into educating herself about spina bifida and the differently abled community, Melden quickly realized how much the words we use matter. Too often people don’t expose their children to the reality that there are kids who are wheelchair users, or who may have different abilities than themselves. Coming to terms “For example, people will use words like ‘wheelchair bound.’ That’s one negative phrase I feel is changing, but you’ll still even see ‘confined to a wheelchair,’” says Melden. “Obviously, my daughter will have her own journey in terms of what language she prefers as she grows. But, how people refer to wheelchairs is a big one.” For parents who don’t have a child with a disability, it can be intimidating to broach the subject with their children, so they sometimes avoid what could be potentially uncomfortable. Unfortunately, it’s this discomfort that can lead to awkward situations when their child does encounter a differently abled child for the first time. This is why representation is so important in the media kids consume, with

Lindsey Melden and her daughter, Joanna.

Safe Language Choices

Don’t Say: Wheelchair bound or Wheelchair confined

Do Say: Wheelchair user

Don’t Say: Disabled (though some people do embrace this term)

Say: Differently Abled or Person with a Disability

Don’t Say: Hearing Impaired

Do Say: Hard of Hearing

Don’t Ask: What happened to you? Or What’s wrong with you?

Instead: Get to know the person first, then ask questions you are curious about regarding their wheelchair or other mobility device later.

What Happened to You?

Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask About Having a Disability

The trick is to avoid negative words. When in doubt? Just ask!

books being an ideal way to educate them about kids who are different from themselves, adds Melden. “I think if you’re talking to them and sharing language with them before they meet a child with a disability, it’s going to be much easier for everyone to feel comfortable.” Ask about preference Susan Hagemeyer, an active board member of the Avalon Foundation who has a rare form of hypophosphatasia (HPP), feels that the most important thing when it comes to selecting terminology is to simply ask the person with a disability what they would prefer. It’s especially important, she says, to be aware of how words can affect kids with disabilities.

“I think that the term ‘disabled’ diminishes all the things that somebody can do, even if you do have a disability,” says Hagemeyer. “That was one that always stood out to me a lot because I know I’m perfectly capable of doing many things. When you’re younger, you put so much meaning into everything you hear; it can be easy to let it define you.” As an advocate for children in the rare disease community and someone who has lived with HPP her whole life, Hagemeyer thinks most people have good intentions. She says the most important thing is “not to avoid the disability altogether, but don’t make it the main topic of conversation, either. Get to know them as a person.”

All the Way to the Top: How One Girl’s Fight for Americans with Disabilities Changed Everything

Don’t Call Me Special: A First Look at Disability • January 2021 •


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5860 W Alexis Rd., Sylvania 419-882-7187 How can parents instill healthy habits in their children from a young age?

Let’s face it. 2020 was a tough year and it created anxiety surrounding our health. With a new year upon us, we called on several local doctors to share their expertise on how to stay healthy and to promote positive habits within your family. You’ll find helpful advice about mental health, nutrition, good hygiene, and more from these experienced professionals. Here’s to this new year, and a fresh start!

Start simple. Have a young child brush their teeth first, and then the parent gets to check and brush second. Also, involve children in the development of good dietary choices. Offer children a choice between two healthy snacks. The parent will be happy with either choice and, at the same time, the children begin to develop a sense of independence that helps them to establish ownership of these habits.


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Innate Health Chiropractic

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They can be so much fun. Having a simple conversation with them during their appointments can really make my day. They tell the best stories and often say really funny things.

What’s the biggest mistake you see people making when it comes to their health? There is a lot

of disinformation online. People sometimes make decisions based on what is found on the web instead of from the information we provide during their visits with us.

What tips do you have for a happy, healthy 2021? 2020 has definitely been a trying year for all of us. I try to keep a good outlook on the future, follow the science, enjoy the time spent with my family, and wait for things to get better. Brushing and flossing help, too.

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What is your favorite part of working in pediatric dentistry? It’s all about the kids.

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What advice do you have for people who are beginning a new healthy lifestyle? My best advice is to start with addition, not subtraction. Start by adding something healthy into your lifestyle rather than taking something away. You will be more successful with the change and feel more empowered to sustain it.

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How can parents instill healthy habits in their children from a young age? Lead

by example and educate. Children often imitate what they see around them. When they understand why they are making certain decisions, it will become who they are. Make it fun!

What’s the biggest mistake you see people making when it comes to their health? The

biggest mistake I see people make with their health is their mindset. Most people have a reactive mindset to their health rather than a proactive. It’s better to stay healthy than fight disease. Start being proactive today by eating more organic whole foods, moving your body at least 30 minutes and practicing an attitude of gratitude.

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Sarah Hansen DMD MDS HLS Orthodontics

Toledo, Sylvania, Maumee, and Lambertville locations 419-740-0963 What’s something you wish people knew about their health in regard to your specialty? Children should be seen

for their first orthodontic appointment when the permanent teeth begin to erupt, usually around age seven. Typically, we can determine if there will be any issues with tooth eruption or skeletal growth early, which prevents the need for more complex treatment later on.

If kids made one change regarding their teeth in the new year, what would you suggest they do? I would

drinks and starting to rinse with water more often. It is easy to overlook how much sugar can be in juice and sports drinks, and, while we need some sugar to replenish energy, sipping on sugary drinks for extended periods of time during the day leaves a sugary film on your teeth longer, putting you more at risk for getting cavities.

What are some early mistakes that patients make in regards to their dental health that may come back to haunt them later? A common

early mistake is neglecting baby teeth. Even though they’ll fall out at some point, they work as space holders in the mouth. Often when baby teeth aren’t cleaned properly, and they are removed at a young age, teeth from the back can shift forward, leaving no room for the permanent teeth that are supposed to replace them. This can make later orthodontic treatment longer and more difficult.

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How can parents instill healthy habits in their children from a young age?

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Lead by example and take family walks to explore the neighborhood or a park. Toledo has an amazing Metropark system with great trails to create an adventure.

What’s something you wish people knew about their health in regards to your specialty? It is very simple: Keep moving.

What’s the biggest mistake you see people making when it comes to their health? Waiting too long to take it

It really is that simple. Stretch, walk, ride a bike...heck, even just doing laps around the living room will do wonders for you!

seriously. At PT Link Physical Therapy, we say way too often “If you just would have come in last month, we could have progressed so much quicker.” Cont’d on p12 • January 2021 •


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“One thing that I wish more parents did was teach their kids how to cook.”

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Dr. Jonathan Frankel

Frankel & Puhl Dentistry

5012 Talmadge Road, Suite 100 419-474-9611 What are some early mistakes that patients make in regards to their dental health that may come back to haunt them later? Children are like sponges. They absorb everything they hear. Often parents are unaware of what their children have heard about unfavorable dental experiences. It may initiate a lifelong fear and subsequent dental health issues. An early pleasant visit to the dentist can be life changing. We participated in a video about the first dental visit. It is a great way to initiate kids to a healthy smile. Check it out on YouTube (“A Child’s Visit to the Dentist: An Educational Video for Kids”).

If families added one new habit regarding their health in the new year, what would you suggest they do?Children

love interactive electric toothbrushes. If that is not possible, play a toothbrushing video while they brush. Brushing after eating, flossing once a day and brushing before going to sleep at night will keep teeth and gums healthy.

What sets your practice apart? There several things that set

Frankel Dentistry apart from the rest. It’s more than the convenient hours and locations or the advanced systems and technology. It is the people. We have the best doctors, healthcare providers, staff, and patients.

What aspect of daily dental care is most often overlooked by patients? Brushing and flossing!


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What part of your practice brings you the most joy?

Having a specialization in functional neurology means that I have different training than other chiropractors in the area, so I see different cases than the norm. It is a special feeling when a child who had been diagnosed with severe ADHD, ODD and a sensory processing disorder and who was constantly in trouble— even suspended— as a kindergartener, gets treated over the summer, then makes such a turnaround that they are given a school award for showing respect to others. Or helping a child with sensory processing issues and anxiety who was disabled by the sound of a vacuum cleaner be able to overcome her challenges, like riding a roller coaster at Disney without having a meltdown. It is hard to top those kinds of days.

What are some early mistakes that patients make in regards to their health that may come back to haunt them later? One thing that I wish more parents did was teach their kids how to cook. It builds an important

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life skill, but it can also be a fun way to teach math, science and creativity while parents are spending quality time with their kids. It is a way of teaching them to be adventurous in eating, eat a rainbow of colors and build a habit of healthy eating. They don’t need to become a sous chef, but regularly cooking at home has been shown to lead to happier and healthier people who consume less sugar and processed food.

Which often overlooked aspect of living a healthy lifestyle should be added to everyone’s routine? Why?

Posture and movement are two key issues regarding your health, regardless of your age. Poor posture at any age will cause pain in the long term and can be a reason why your daughter has headaches at 12-years-old. Movement is the key to the nervous system developing appropriately because kids should crawl before they creep and cruise before they walk, while movement is also the key to lubricate your joints and your mind as an adult of any age.

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Krista McCulloch,

mental health therapist and social worker

Anchored in Hope Counseling

1627 Henthorne Dr. Suite C, Maumee 419.491.0420 Name four things that people should do every day to stay healthy.

1. Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water throughout your day.

2. Have down time/self care time. Schedule breaks

throughout your day to mediate/pray/listen to music, etcetera. 3. Start your day out with a positive affirmation or a goal that you know you can achieve to help promote confidence and positivity 4. Acknowledge your purpose and what you did well that day at the end of each day

How do you help someone seeking health and wellness improvement? I look at healing as

multi-faceted. People often think about wellness in relation to just physical health, but wellness is a holistic integration of mental, physical, and spiritual health. We need to take care of our body, engage our mind, and nurture our spirit to achieve wellness. As a social worker, I am taught to look to all aspects of someone’s life and environment and how these different areas can impact someone’s mental health symptoms.

Do you believe in “cheat” days? YES, most definitely! Everyone should recognize their limits and learn to listen to their body when they need a break. When we feel overstretched, a good practice is to ask what our priorities are. It’s important to identify what is making it hard to slow down and find a balance. Often the feeling of needing to push through is based on being in an unhealthy survival mode.

What’s the best life lesson that you learned last year?

It’s possible to thrive outside of my comfort zone. This year has been full of unknowns and change. That change has forced me to mature in areas I wasn’t previously investing. There is growth in the challenge.

What’s the best way to support a friend or loved one who is struggling with their health? Be present without judge-

ment. Listen and offer to be there in the uncomfortable. Tell them, and yourself, “I’m here for the anger, the sadness, the tears--all of it.”


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3036 West Sylvania, Toledo 419-474-0733 What’s something you wish people knew about their health in regards to your specialty? A pediatric dentist is

more than a dentist who loves kids; we have a minimum of 2 additional years of specialized training where we learn to treat the unique needs of your growing child. We love hanging out with kids all day (and their parents, too) and have limited our practices to only them. Kids should start seeing us by their first birthday!

What tips do you have for a happy, healthy 2020?

As parents we are always busy taking care of our kids and many others, so make sure to treat your own health as a priority, too. It’s easier to be a great parent when you are feeling happy and healthy!

If people could add a new habit regarding their health in the new year, what would you suggest they do? Floss and

drink more water. Flossing is an area most parents tell me they struggle with making a part of their routine. Make water your “go to” drink and save the juices and sports drinks for special occasions. Your teeth will thank you for both of these habits!

What sets your practice apart? Toledo is a great town with

many highly qualified providers to treat your child. My practice is small, which allows us to get to know our families well, and for you to get to know us. Patients can expect to see the same smiling faces at their visits, which can help them feel comfortable in the dental environment.

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By Emily Remaklus Behind every great school experience is a great leader. The Toledo area has wonderful schools with passionate educators who strive to make a difference in the lives of students. These schools and educators ensure that their students are successful and ready to take on the world!


“There is no other school like Lial,” stated Lynn Cherry, the Head of Lial Catholic School. She went on to describe the school as a blend between traditional educational practices along with Montessori practices with faith being at the center of everything. The building has no desks, but rather uses community tables that allow students to engage with one another. The school follows a multi-age philosophy which allows students many opportunities over many years to succeed, and extensions are created for students that are ready to further their learning. Also unique to Lial is that learning is not just in the classroom. Students are outdoors each day on the 94 acre campus. The school recently won the 2020 S.A.V.E Eco-School award for one of the middle school electives that partners with the Toledo Metroparks to help students learn about Oak Openings’ unique ecosystem.

described as “dedicated, faith-filled, approachable, authentic, and grateful.” Additionally she leads students and their families in a faith-filled way, and keeps the “charism and principles of Sisters of Notre Dame present in the daily school happenings.” Her philosophy of education is focused on the current and future needs of each student and ensuring they are prepared to be his/her personal best. A current sophomore who attended Lial explained that their experience at the school gave them a strong basis of study skills, organization, and an understanding of how they best learn which has helped them to be successful in high school.

In her role as Head of School for Lial, Lynn Cherry is responsible for leading the faculty and staff which she

1615 Timberwolf Dr, Holland 419-491-7243 | iLead Spring Meadows follows the mission statement “Free to Think. Inspired to Lead,” and that is evident in the school’s practices. iLead is very hands-on oriented which allows students to participate in real-world activities. Project-based programs that are aligned with the state standards are used from kindergarten on up and help students develop interpersonal skills, collaboration, and a love of learning through investigation. The school is run by Sarah Hawley who explained that her personal educational philosophy “is to develop skills that will make the world a better place for everyone.” At the school she is responsible for maintaining a positive school culture where deeply-invested facilitators can best support the students and help them become creative thinkers and learners. iLead students leave the school with problem solving skills, advocacy skills, and “the confidence to take risks that will help them grow”.

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Situated on 94 acres in the Oak Openings region, Lial Catholic School has been helping children grow for almost 50 years. Built on a foundation of faith and Gospel values, Lial’s multi-age philosophy creates a family-like environment where students recognize and support each other’s unique God-given gifts.

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educators. Each student’s unique interests and talents are known and they are able to craft a personal learning experience. In the upper grades students’ schedules are focused on experiential learning where students can take classes they would not find anywhere else. These classes allow students to put their learning to practice and even allows them to explore new places. In the past students have studied on a research vessel in the Bahamas, discovered physics through aviation, traveled cross country by Amtrak and created photo essays, restored a historic mansion in the Old West End, and written and performed theatrical pieces on Maumee Valley’s Millennium Theater stage.

Maumee Valley Country Day School is led by Lynn Casto whose job is to ensure 1715 S Reynolds Road, Toledo that the mission of the school is executed to the fullest extent. She stated, “I equate 419-381-1313 x117 | my job to being that of a superintendent combined with an executive director of a Maumee Valley Country Day School’s non-profit organization.” As a leader at mission is to enable students to be enlightened, compassionate, and contribut- the school, Casto works to create a secure and trusting environment so that both ing citizens of a global community. The staff and students are challenged to exschool works hard to ensure students plore the world, themselves, and to work have the best opportunities in higher collaboratively toward a common goal. “I education after graduation. The school has a diverse student body with students embrace school leadership as a commitment to and love of learning, a belief in coming from all walks of life from all over the world. The teaching at Maumee the inherent potential within students and Valley Country Day School is focused on teachers, and a desire to be involved in meaningful work that can affect longcritical thinking, collaboration, communication, creativity, character, and global term, global change.” connectedness. Students receive personal attention from a group of passionate

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What was your district's biggest accomplishment in 2020? We adapted to the pandemic and acted quickly to move our curriculum online with virtual classes and protected our students and staff during this difficult time. Toledo Public Schools continued to expand our career technology offerings for students, along with providing more advanced pathways that will lead students to a successful start in college. The Aerospace & Natural Science Academy of Toledo provides high school students with aviation related career interests or urban agriculture with a unique learning environment.

enhancing our community partnerships and to share the 'good news' that happens each and every day at TPS with our supporters. Why did you become an educator? I've always been driven to helping others. To me, education is a powerful way to reach as many people and to make a true impact on their future.

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7115 W. Bancroft St., 419-866-1931. 13587 Roachton Rd., Perrysburg. 419-874-9385. “Children learn best when they are engaged in hands-on, real world learning experiences,” said Jenn Schoepf, Head of School for West Side Montessori. The Montessori Method focuses on nurturing a love of learning by teaching children how to work, including organizing time and space; accepting responsibility for their own learning; taking appropriate risks; respecting the environment and the needs of others; and creating a democratic community. West Side Montessori provides highly organized classroom learning environments that give children countless opportunities to move, make choices and take charge of their own learning. The school’s Montessori-certified teachers, administrators and assistants fully implement a world-

renowned curriculum for children from 13 months old through grade 8, making West Side one of the largest, most successful private Montessori-accredited schools in the nation. “West Side graduates share how excellent preparation throughout their Montessori education supported their success in high school, college, and in their careers,” Schoepf said. “Collaborative projects, speaking opportunities and leadership development fostered their skills to become confident communicators, compassionate leaders and self-motivated learners.” Providing mixed-age classrooms and expert teachers, West Side Montessori is a family-oriented educational community engaging and inspiring children to discover their potential within an environment promoting mutual respect, social responsibility, natural curiosity and a love of learning.


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at Toledo Public Schools are embracing the future. Students at Toledo Public Schools are embracing OPPORTUNITY Students They’re developing valuable skills, discovering exciting options the future. The district offers many choices to all and learning to thrive in a changing world. including pathways for career-minded IS GROWING students, students and those pursuing a college education. TPS offers many choices, including paths for career-minded AT TPSCollege students and those pursuing a college education. Career Tech Credit Plus Toledo Early College While in high school, TPS students Through this state-funded effort, can prepare for the millions of new students earn&both high school and TOLEDO TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY AEROSPACE NATURAL SCIENCE skilled positions now available in college credit at no cost. They also 3301 UPTON AVE. ACADEMY OF TOLEDO accounting, science, auto ease into the collegeSERVICE experience,RD. TOLEDO,animal OH 43613 11600 W. AIRPORT technology, precision machining, while getting head start on higher SWANTON, OHa43558 419.671.3900 419.671.1700 telecommunications, urban learning. The University of Toledo A Career Tech focus in Engineering and agriculture and dozens of partners TPS this program. A Career Techwith focus in for several growing Science Technologies where students Students have at Toledo Public Schools are embracing the future. OPPORTUNITY They’re developing valuable skills, discovering exciting options and aeronautics; animal other fields. industries: aviation a chance to earn college credits, industry

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Politics matter to kids By Rashya Ghee

Kids absorb the normal behaviors and routines of adults around them; they’re unwittingly and constantly taking in our habits, culture and our perception of the world. My 4-year-old daughter is learning more than just the content of my words. The way I say something lets her know that I’m not happy with a situation. My reaction is transmitted to her as an appropriate way to respond to what I dislike. I’m also planting the seeds to shape her future behavior. This dynamic, where children mediate normalcy through their parents’ eyes, is transferable to all facets of our world, including our politics. Conversational lessons In 2018, I overheard my neighbor’s daughters talking one morning before school. The eldest asked the middle daughter, “Is Donald Trump racist?” I knew that the answers offered in that discussion would inform and formulate their foundational understanding of


more than just the President, but those answers would also provide the basis for perceptions of racism and its relationship to politics in general. There was so much at stake in just that one question. So much of how we understand our role as citizens and how we are civically engaging with our democracy is shaped by these organic inquiries. Donald J. Trump has been a controversial figure since he launched his bid for the presidency in 2016. A prominent figure of the birther movement, which challenged president Barack Obama’s nationality, he had also been behind a controversial ad calling for the death penalty for five Black NYC juveniles accused of raping a white female jogger in Central Park. All of the Central Park Five were later exonerated after unjustly serving years in prison, highlighted in the Netflix movie When They See Us. He’s also been involved in multiple lawsuits concerning claims of sexual assault and racial discrimination. President Trump has been recorded mocking a disabled reporter, questioning a judge’s ability to decide a case fairly because of his Mexican heritage, telling duly elected American congresswomen of color to “go back” to their country, and calling Black Lives Matter, the organization responsible for sparking the largest civil rights movement in history, “an emblem of hate.”

Like many parents, before I allow my child into someone else’s home without me, I run through a mental rubric to assess the safety of that space. Safety isn’t just confined to physical well-being but extends to mental and emotional health as well. As the parent of a Black daughter, these considerations Ghee with husband Lonnie and daughter Shyla. Ghee sponsored a $500 include issues of race scholarship for a graduating female senior or a formerly incarcerated and gender. Is this a person pursuing a career in business or law. home where my child is likely to overhear insensitive jokes During the first presidential debate or stories? Has this family discussed of the 2020 election year, on the salient race and racism explicitly with their election issue of racism and with a children to ensure a shared framework history of problematic implications of from which these children (their child racism, Trump was given the opportuand my child) can engage each with nity to unequivocally look Americans in each other with minimal racial identity the eye and say without hesitation that harms? he denounces white supremacy and But how can we, individually, white supremacists. He did not, instead determine what is racist behavior? I taking more shots at the Black Lives challenge you to interrogate yourself Matter movement, despite the FBI and regarding that uncertainty. If racially DHS reporting that white supremacists conscious sensibilities aren’t built into groups were the greatest domestic teryour child rearing practices, then it’s rorism threat in the country. likely you haven’t cultivated a safe space that I’d feel comfortable sending Mom’s assessment my daughter into. You cannot actively So what does any of this say about oppose racism while supporting those those who refute or question the outwho espouse racism. come of the 2020 election?

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interact with the general public. They need to learn to ask for help from workers when we can’t find the syrup aisle or how to order a meal off of a menu or how to be polite and engage in polite conversation with workers. I am lucky to have a “large” family and I adore the job of being a mom. There really are so many wonderful things that come with it. It’s awesome to watch the love our children have for each other, the way they tenderly say “goodnight” at the end of the day, how they like to cuddle up together on the couch, how they miss each other when the older ones are away at school.

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I love how they look out for each other, especially when mom and dad aren’t around. It’s fun to watch the way they cheer each other on and share triumphs and milestones, like using the potty, riding a two-wheeler, finally losing a tooth or the joy of a birthday celebration. A heartful And during the COVID-19 quarantine, it’s been great to have built-in playmates...or sparring partners, depending on how things are going at any given moment. They’ve also enjoyed slumber parties in tents, lots of puzzles and endless giggles. As long as they are together, they feel safe. And that has helped me find a silver lining in all of this. The time we spend together is a gift, just as these four children are to my husband and me. Yes, most days my hands are full. But so is my heart.

Juggling life with four kids By Kimberly Feldkamp

For as long as I can remember, I wanted a big family. My original plan before I had any children was five kids: 3 boys, 2 girls, and a cat and a dog thrown in for good measure. My sister-in-law reminded me of that when I found myself unexpectedly pregnant with baby #4. “Maybe it’s twins!” Amy told me. “You always said you wanted five.” My husband and I were on our way to the first ultrasound when she said that. I have a twin brother. My husband has twin sisters. When the ultrasound revealed one healthy heartbeat, I exhaled. The thought of twins exhausted me, though I was grateful we were about to be blessed with another baby. All yours? That “baby” is now two. The noise level in our house constantly hovers between very loud and extremely loud, and I’m forever making trips to the grocery store. The one thing I’ve noticed when I’m out and about with my crew on those runs to the store or gymnastics practice or at the dentist’s office, or most anywhere, is how people tell me “Wow, you’ve got your hands full!” Often, I even get “Are they all yours?”

Sometimes this comment is an honest observation. My hands are overflowing with children, snacks, library books, a piece of clothing or an art project. You name it -- I’m probably carrying it. Sometimes the comment is made by an older man or woman with a wistful smile, as if they are thinking back to the days their own children were little. Other times the statement seems to carry a negative connotation, as if I have too many children or I can’t handle them or that my group is in the way. Sometimes it’s said as if I’ve lost my mind because I have four kids or when we are in the checkout line with a toddler melting down over a Reese’s Cup or as I’m ordering my kids to put on their hats and coats and march out of the store. We hear those comments so often that the kids are keeping tally of it. Giving some grace My kids aren’t perfect — they are children, after all — so we all need to give them some grace if they occasionally misbehave in public or if I have to raise my voice to repeat directions to my older two. But I do believe it’s important to take my kids with me to the grocery store or when I run errands because that is how they learn how to • January 2021 •





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Kristin Winovich and her Koobville bookmarks As a kid, Kristin Winovich wanted to be an Art Director, just like her mom. She began working towards that goal, becoming a graphic designer for North Design in Toledo after graduating from Bowling Green State University. Winovich has now gone on to put her artistic and creative energy into a project that benefits children all over the globe. Creating Koobville It took over ten years to get the Koobville characters on paper, but Winovich hasn’t slowed since. “It fills my soul,” Winovich said about being an author and illustrator. “When I am writing or illustrating, I feel like I am on a rainbow road. It is addicting, actually, the excitement when creative energy flows through your mind out into the physical world.” Koobville is filled with friendly monsters who, while different from each other, share a love of reading. The third book in the series, the recently-released Home in Koobville, touches on life during quarantine. Winovich believes “strongly that there is a hole in the universe waiting to be filled by Koobville, a special place with a character for everyone.” Winovich places illustrations throughout the books to “plant a seed for reading in young minds.” While Koobville is located “in the valley of your imagination,” the series can be found on Amazon. Signed copies can be purchased directly from the website,

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Q&A with Kristin Winovich What’s your favorite activity to do with your family? Visit the Metroparks. What was your favorite book? “What Do You Do With an Idea?” by Kobi Yamada. Best holiday memory (or local memory) from when you were a kid? Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade with my brother is still a favorite holiday tradition. We got so excited for the big balloons. What’s your goto activity when you have a few minutes to yourself? Going for a jog. Describe your life in five words or less. A wild ride. What is your favorite Toledo hangout? The Toledo Club, Downtown. Describe Toledo in a sentence? A city full of heart.

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Tina Ferner and her dog Gracie at Toledo Metroparks.

Covid Brings New Puppies...and Dog Bites Prevent dog aggression By Lindsey Self

The benefits of a family pet are endless: pets teach children responsibility and patience, reduce stress and improve one’s overall mood. It’s not surprising that during the pandemic, dog adoptions have soared. But with all of the benefits of owning a dog, there are also risks, especially for children.

It’s all in the body language Ferner says not understanding dog body language is the most common factor that leads to dog bites. “Body language is a dog’s primary way of communicating,” Ferner says, “they give signs of stress or discomfort prior to the bite.” Lip licking, yawning, tight ears and tail, and tight closed mouth are all signs a dog isn’t happy. People can intensify the dog’s anxiety with their own behaviors, like bending over or reaching for the dog. Involving children in training can help them learn the skills necessary to reduce the risk of dog bites.


Trainers here to help Tina Ferner, a local dog trainer and owner at Canine Karma, works with hundreds of dogs in the community. Ferner began her dog training career after working with her own dogs and their “unique behavior problems.” She tried several training methods and programs and found that harsh correc- The pick of the litter tions weren’t working. “That sort of Ferner says the first step in picking training did not work; it backfired on a dog that will live harmoniously with me,” Ferner explains. your family is to research the breed. After one of her dogs bit her while “Many people fail to do this and get dogs using an aggressive training technique, that are bred to have a high prey drive, she discovered Ali Brown, a dog trainer so they may be a little more mouthy from Pennsylvania. “I brought her into than other breeds.” If adopting from a town and studied with her and then shelter, opt for the pup that approaches created our Reactive Dog Protocol.” each family member with wiggly, loose Since then, in addition to conducting body language. If adopting a dog with group training sessions for all dogs, young children at home, to be on the safe Ferner has specialized in helping reac- side, avoid dogs that are apprehensive tive and fearful dogs and their families or have stiff body language. live and work together without fear or force. Canine Karma offers classes from puppy to therapy dog training. The Fearful and Reactive Dog protocol has graduated over 300 dogs and their handlers. Canine Karma also offers Lunch and Learn presentations for one-hour of continuing education credit to veterinarians and veterinary technicians. • January 2021 •


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Reliably Tasty and Consciously Safe

Zingo’s goes above and beyond during COVID By Erin Schoen Marsh

Between teaching and taking classes at Yogaja Yoga and frequenting Sip Coffee on a regular basis, Cricket West Shopping Center felt like my home away from home (before the pandemic, anyway). There was a buzz of excitement awaiting the opening of Zingo’s second location, and once the doors opened, they did not disappoint. Erika DeWood, Zingo’s owner, explains, “We had been throwing the idea of opening a second location around for a few years, but nothing felt right. When my brother and his business partner bought Cricket West, we felt like this was the right fit. We love all of our locally-owned neighbors [in Cricket West Shopping Center].” Fast, delicious, healthy, conveniently located and consistently good, Zingo’s is a good spot to grab a quick lunch on the go. Several months after COVID-19 restrictions were put into place last March, we hesitatingly started ordering takeout from a few eateries, and Zingo’s was one that we tried. Maximum safety protocols in place Online ordering is easy, and Zingo’s offers the option of carryout or curbside pickup for online orders. Tips can be left directly on the bill to minimize interaction. The staff always arrive at the car wearing a face mask and maintain their distance, as best as possible. I felt so comfortable with their conscientious carryout protocols that we now order takeout on a consistent basis. DeWood adds, “We have been very fortunate to be set up to switch to carryout and curbside easily without too much trouble. We have an amazing staff that has worked incredibly hard throughout this whole thing.” 24

Zingo’s doors are clearly marked “enter” and “exit” to keep the flow of customers socially distant. A hand sanitizer station at the door, and all staff members wearing masks covering their noses and mouths were comforting. Only a few customers were eating inside, and tables were spaced 6 feet apart. And Zingo’s uses compostable containers and recyclable plastic containers. Win win! Something for everyone My kids are picky eaters, and one of them is lactose sensitive as well. Zingo’s offers several kids menu items for $5, including dairy-free options: chicken or gyro chunks, grilled cheese pita and a kids mini-Zingo (a kid-sized chicken, gyro or spinach pie Zingo). Sides include carrots, apples, hummus or rice plus a small drink. My kids both opted for the grilled chicken, and while they prefer fried chicken chunks to naked, they unanimously agreed they were “the best chicken nuggets that aren’t chicken nuggets!” My 5-year-old loved the rice and said it was “the best.” The chocolate chip cookies are mouth-watering good and the size of your head! My Zingo favorites: pick-a-pair with spinach pie Zingo and feta salsa ($9.25) and the Mediterranean junk salad ($13). The vegetarian spinach pie is a mixture of baked spinach, feta and egg in a thin grilled pita (similar to markouk bread) that comes with a tomato dipping sauce. The Mediterranean junk salad includes all my faves: lettuce, tomato, red onion, cucumber, radish, chickpeas, red pepper, kalamata olives, feta, grilled chicken, gyro meat and crumbled pita chips. It was all delicious and provided us with leftovers for the following day (a huge time saver when working from home with children!).

My husband opted for the original gyro ($8): tender slices of gyro meat with lettuce and tomato (he specified no onions) and a cucumber sauce. Everyone was happy with their choices but, much to my dismay, I forgot to order smoothies for the kids (with a cost of an extra $1 when ordered with a kids meal). Next time!

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The Short Course

Outdoor dining: Weather permitting. Online ordering: Yes. Carryout: Yes. Curbside: Yes. Kids’ Menu? Yes.


Learning at Home

For the zoo/animal lover By Erin Schoen Marsh

Now that schools in the area have transitioned to remote learning, many are looking for fun and educational virtual opportunities for the little ones. Toledo Parent has ideas for learning at home. Your child(ren) can visit their favorite animals at the Toledo Zoo or virtually travel across the country to see what animals call San Diego Zoo ‘home!’

Discovery Education Take a no-cost virtual field trip to tour the White House or learn how the internet works in daily lives with Discovery Education. These virtual events let educators and parents take kids to amazing places and give them remarkable experiences without ever leaving the classroom.

San Diego Zoo While Toledo Zoo is one of the nation’s best zoos, it’s still fun and educational to tour other facilities, including the San Diego Zoo. Get a closer look at some favorite animals--some of which aren’t seen at Toledo Zoo--with San Diego Zoo live cams.

Toledo Zoo Join the Toledo Zoo for live creature features on Facebook live! Watch Bo (the polar bear) plunge into the frigid waters, lemurs frolick, Aashish, the hippo, swim among other animal “celebrities.” Not able to make the Lights Before Christmas this year? Watch a walkthrough video from the safety of your home. Follow @toledozoo on Facebook or visit for more information.

Striking a Balance with Screen Time — at School and at Home

Immerse yourself in Canadian farms with virtual food and farm tours from FarmFood360. Get a 360 view of beef, chicken, pig and turkey farms or watch how milk is processed and turned into cheese. Visit an egg farm and then virtually travel to an egg processing facility.

being absorbed on the screen— playing games, doing puzzles, coloring— it’s important to focus on those things to strike that balance.” In terms of socialization, Barrow acknowledges that in-person interactions with other children and adults is key to development. Children model the behaviors they see from their instructors at school along with the behavior they see exhibited by adults at home.

By Erin Holden

While online instruction has become a necessity during COVID-19, the question of how much screen time is a healthy amount for children has been eliminated from the top of the list of our concerns. Many parents are just trying to become accustomed to hybrid schedules, working from home while keeping an eye on their child’s learning progress, and— let’s face it— trying to stay sane. Beth Barrow, Executive Director of Student Services at Toledo Public Schools, weighed in on how to maintain a healthy balance when it comes to technology usage, emphasizing that structure is key to getting through this complex period of your child’s education. “COVID-19 has made it so much harder,” Barrow said. “Our statement before the pandemic was ‘we need to reduce screen time and limit kids’ exposure to screens.’ Now with students online for quite a long period of time for virtual learning, that can be tough.” Many school districts, including TPS, adopted a hybrid schedule, segmented by student groups


with two days of in-person instruction, two days of supplemental virtual instruction, and another virtual day for teachers to interact with students who need extra assistance with lessons. Parents also have the option to enroll their students in a completely virtual academy.

Advice for virtual learning days

For virtual learning days, Barrow recommends keeping a schedule and avoiding scenarios where your child has free-reign to explore online. “It’s okay for students to do something they enjoy online that also happens to be educational, but it’s also really important to interact with the people in your family,” she explains. “All of the things to concentrate on to increase socialization and take a break from

In person interactions are key “In-person interactions are different — you can read emotions and body language — an email or a text make it easier to not account for someone else’s feelings,” says Barrow, adding that students with developmental challenges are especially affected by isolation. “With the disconnect caused by COVID, it’s very easy not to take into account the emotions and feelings of others. Learning to connect and interact with people is still so critical.” While virtual learning has become a valuable tool to keep students safely engaged in an educational setting, children thrive most when they have balance and structure. It’s not easy to keep your child on task when they’re in front of a computer screen, but by concentrating on the issue, it is an adjustment you can make. Stay on schedule, go for socially distanced outings, and make sure your child maintains safe in-person contact as much as possible. • January 2021 •


CALENDAR Virtual Homeschool Workshops Imagination Station hosts monthly events to supplement your child’s schoolwork. $125 for members for the full series, $165 for nonmembers. Ages 6-9, 10:30am-11:30am. Ages 10-13, 1:30pm-2:30pm. 1 Discovery Way. 419244-2674.

ONGOING EVENTS SUNDAYS Woof Walk at Levis Commons Bring your furry friend for a weekly stroll around the Town Center and socialize with other dogs and their humans. 4-5pm. 3201 Levis Commons Blvd. 419-931-8888. Free


Red Cross Blood Drive - Donate at the Dundee Community Center Hall. Visit to schedule an appointment. 12:30pm-5:30pm. 242 Toledo St., Dundee, MI.

Virtual Voga Stretch and Tone This online yoga course will focus on helping students improve flexibility and strength. Four Sundays beginning January 10. $40. 11am. The 577 Foundation, 577 East Front St., Perrysburg. 419-874-4174.


Create a Mood Board - Students age 11-13 will learn the first steps of creating a fashion collection in this virtual workshop. $30 for members, $35 for nonmembers. 10am-noon. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000.




Model Train Clinic - Train hobbyists will give attendees advice on maintenance and repair, and even estimate the value of vintage trains. $5 for 6 and older, 5 and under free. 1-4pm. Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums, Spiegel Grove, Fremont. 419-332-2081. rbhayes. org Pet Adoption Event - Find your next furry best friend! Noon-3pm. Pet Supplies Plus, 4115 Talmadge Rd., 419-472-5505.


Bake with the Chef at Nazareth Hall - Get a hands-on tutorial on how to prepare and bake a New York Style Cheesecake. $60. 6-8pm. 21211 West River Rd., Grand Rapids. 419-832-2900.

Class Schedules, pricing & info found online!

Inspired by Textile Design - Create a watercolor work inspired by global textiles as part of this virtual workshop. $45 for members, $55 for non-members. 6:30-8:30pm. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000.


Pet Adoption Event - Visit some adorably adoptable dogs at Toledo’s “Pet” Bull Project. Noon-3pm. 2249 Tremainsville, 567-315-8051. toledospetbullsproject. com Drive Thru Community Health Fair - Receive items from a variety of area community partners of CedarCreek Church. 1-3pm. South Toledo Campus, 2150 S Byrne Rd., 567-225-3355.

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The Yellow Boat

Jan. 29-31 Children’s Theatre Workshop The Yellow Boat details a child’s life and the strength and courage of all children. This dramatization is based on the true story of David and Sonja Saar’s son, Benjamin, who was born with congenital hemophilia and died in 1987 at the age of 8 of AIDS-related complications. A Scandinavian folk song tells of three little boats: “One was blue, one was red and one was yellow as the sun. They sailed far out to sea. The blue one returned to the harbor. The red one sailed home, too. But the yellow boat sailed up to the sun.” Benjamin habitually finished his bedtime ritual by saying, “Mom, you can be the red boat or the blue boat, but I am the yellow boat.” Tickets are $10 and are available for live audiences and streaming.

Roaring 20s Murder Mystery Dinner

Saturday, Jan. 30, 6:30PM Nazareth Hall 21211 W. State Route 65, Grand Rapid, OH Nazareth Hall is hosting a dinner party that is to DIE for. The dinner party, complete with costumes and food, will take you back in time to a 1920s speakeasy in New York. Participants will be emailed an exclusive invitation detailing their costume and identity in order to dress accordingly. Tickets include your dinner, character information, and an exciting night of mystery. Cash bar available and first person to solve the murder wins a prize!


Winter Watercolor Stationery Students learn techniques in watercolor painting while creating writing paper with a cold weather theme. Virtual session. $45 for members, $55 for nonmembers.1-3 pm. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000. Tea and Historic Craft - Have a hot beverage and learn a new craft, surrounded by one of Northwest Ohio’s most legendary sites. Included with admission. 2-4pm. Fort Meigs, 29100 W River Rd., Perrysburg. 419-874-4121.


Sugar Rush the Girl Scout Way Your child can decorate a sweet treat and learn about joining the Girl Scouts in this Zoom event. Link sent after registration. 5-6pm. 419-887-9475.


Beginner’s Wheel Throwing - A four-week course aimed at introducing students to the techniques of throwing pottery. $150. 6-9pm. Sunshine Studios, 305 Conant St., Maumee. 419-891-8877.


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Miss Buckeye State Pageant Winners will advance to the American Royal Beauties National Pageant to be held in July. $10 to attend. 10am-6pm. Maumee Indoor Theater, 601 Conant St. 419-897-8902.


Acrylic Painting - This ten week course will teach the basics of working with acrylics through study of the Museum’s collection. $195 for members, $225 for non-members. Sundays, 1-4pm. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419255-8000.


Musically Me: The Rhythm of the Rhyme - The littlest musicians in your family will get a full-body approach to musical education with this 7-week course. $80. Wednesdays at 10:15am. Toledo Symphony and Ballet. 5327 Monroe St. 419.246.8000.


Big and Little: Drawing Together An introduction to drawing sees children 3-5 learning accompanied by an adult over the course of five Saturdays. $75 for members, $90 for non-members. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419255-8000.

Roaring 20’s Murder Mystery Dinner - The evening will feature food, a cash bar and an evening long mystery for all attendees to solve. $85. Saturday, January 30. 21211 W State Route 65, Grand Rapids. 419-832-2900.


Expanding Your Veggie Mind - The benefits of planting vegetables such as asparagus and garlic in your seasonal garden will be discussed in this Zoom meeting. $10. 2pm. The 577 Foundation, 577 East Front St., Perrysburg. 419-8744174.


BTS Dance Competition - The Beyond the Stars competition visits Toledo with a three-day event as part of its 16th season. Price: TBA. 4pm. Stranahan Theater and Great Hall, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., 419-381-8851.


High School Placement Test - Public school students are invited to this makeup test. Bring two #2 pencils. $20. 8am. Notre Dame Academy, 3535 W Sylvania Ave., 419-475-9359. Humane Society of Seneca County Annual Fundraising Bash - The Meadowbrook Park Ballroom will come alive to raise money for the Humane Society. 7-10pm. 5430 W Tiffin St, Bascom. 419-937-2242. HumaneSocietyofSenecaCounty



Ear | Eye: Listening and Looking: Contemporary Music and Art - BGSU music students will perform contemporary pieces in the galleries of the Toledo Museum of Art. 7pm. Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle, 2445 Monroe St., 419-2468000. Free


Spring Thaw Sale of Treasures Come shop from a variety of vendors for two days at the Williams County Fairgrounds. 9am. 619 East Main St., Montpelier. 419-485-3755.

Reza: Edge of Illusion - One of the most popular illusionists today visits the Ritz Theatre for an afternoon performance. $10-40. 3pm. 30 S. Washington St., Tiffin. 419-448-8544.


Monthly Parent Club Meeting Parent Club members or parents of Sylvania Southview students are invited to attend this monthly Zoom meeting. 3-4:30pm. Sylvania Southview High School, 7225 W Sylvania Ave, Sylvania. 419-824-8580. Free

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