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How to help your children succeed
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16 FROM THE PUBLISHER 18 SOCIAL CALENDAR 20 BEST BETS 24 TALK OF THE TOWN 28 FRUIT OF THE VINE 30 LIVING PET CLUB 82 LIVING LIKES
WELLNESS PRACTICING GRATITUDE FIGHTING THE FEISTY FLU
AESTHETICS HEAT UP THE HOLIDAYS
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ARLINGTON MANSFIELD GRAND PRAIRIE EDITION
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IMPACTING LIVES FOR 10 YEARS
THE SEASON’S REASON
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A story of faith
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MAYOR DAVID COOK
We are fortunate in Mansﬁeld to have several dedicated organizations whose mission it is to provide a helping hand for those who are in need: • Mansﬁeld Mission Center made its ﬁnal transition as First Methodist Church’s Wesley Mission Center to a separate nonproﬁt, supporting families with everything from employment training to ﬁnancial assistance. • The churches, civic groups and agencies that make up Common Ground Network have been working since 1998 to assist under-resourced families that are in the Mansﬁeld ISD. • Mansﬁeld Cares, which ﬁlls the gaps not met by other nonproﬁts, focuses attention on medical, dental and optic care for families in need as well as a food pantry. During this season of giving, please look for opportunities to assist these organizations either with your time or with ﬁnancial support. And don’t forget to come out on Dec.15, to help Mansﬁeld win the Salvation Army Mayoral Challenge…again, and support another worthwhile organization that gives back to our community. Merry Christmas!
MAYOR RON JENSEN
We’ve got lots of family fun to make your holidays Prairie and bright! Prairie Lights opens Nov. 22-Dec. 30 in Lynn Creek Park on Lake Joe Pool, delighting guests with its two-mile drive through light displays, Holiday Village and walk-through Lighted Forest. The Grand Prairie Arts Council presents Scrooge the Musical at the Uptown Theater in downtown Grand Prairie Nov. 30-Dec. 9. Farmers Market features fresh fruits, veggies and Holiday Gift Market Dec. 1, 8 and 15. Traders Village oﬀers photos with Santa Sat.-Sun., Dec. 1-23. Fill your stockings with treasures found at IKEA and the Premium Outlet Mall. If it is cold – or not -- outside, splash in the tropics at Epic Waters Indoor Water Park year round. The Epic ﬁtness, arts and entertainment center is open and an annual membership would be a grand gift. Then, kick oﬀ the new year with Cirque Du Soleil’s Amaluna show under the big top at Lone Star Park Jan. 23-March 3, 2019. So many ways to… Live Life Grand,
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There are so many individuals and organizations that work together to make Arlington The American Dream City. One group that’s moving mountains for our families is SafeHaven, which exists to provide safety and support for women and children aﬀected by domestic violence in Tarrant County. For 40 years, SafeHaven has provided shelter and housing, a 24-hour crisis hotline, support, emotional and legal counseling, education, information, and family safety plans. Twelve years ago, a women’s 5-K walk/run, Jiggle Butt Run, was established to “promote ﬁtness, well-being, and a healthy and positive attitude in women of all ages and abilities” and to help bolster the eﬀorts of SafeHaven. Upwards of 2,000 women participate each year with proceeds going directly to SafeHaven of Tarrant County. Collection stations are also set up on race day to collect much-needed supplies for the Arlington and Fort Worth shelters. The mission of SafeHaven is to end domestic violence through safety, support, prevention, and social change. The mission of Jiggle Butt Run is to raise funds for these eﬀorts and to show support for the families SafeHaven serves. The next race is scheduled for January 26, 2019 (rain or shine). So, this the perfect time for you to get involved. Donate your time or money. Consider being a corporate sponsor. Then gather a group of friends and sign up to run. Here’s wishing everyone in The American Dream City a warm and wonderful Christmas season and a bright and bountiful new year.
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Visit enchantchristmas.com for details and to purchase tickets. Arlington
Join us for the first ever, Ben Barber Film Festival. Showcase your talents and show everyone you have what it takes to be the next Spielberg. Open to all MISD students. Please register as soon as possible so we can get an idea of how many films to expect. You are not obligated to submit a film if you register. Visit ryantuomey0.wixsite. com/benbarberav/film-festival Mansfield
HOMETOWN HOLIDAYS TREE LIGHTING FESTIVAL
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA Join us for a holiday event for the whole family! Santa is stopping by to enjoy breakfast and other fun holiday activities. Children will enjoy making holiday cards and visit with someone special. $10 per person. 8-11am. Cliff Nelson Rec Center, 4600 W. Bardin Rd. Registration is required. For information call 817-561-2819.
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OLDE TOWN CHRISTMAS
SCROOGE, THE MUSICAL
A musical that is sure to get your family in the holiday spirit. Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main. Visit uptowntheatergp.com for show times. Grand Prairie
CHASING LIGHTS: A CHRISTMAS MUSICAL
Don’t miss the live performance of Chasing Lights, the entertaining and inspiring story of Chase Adams, an aspiring producer who finds himself at the ultimate crossroads. For showtimes and seat reservations, visit gatewaychristmas.com. Gateway Church, 700 Blessed Way, Southlake
MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET
A must see holiday classic! Visit theatrearlington.org for show times. Theatre Arlington, 305 W. Main St. Arlington
It’s time for the annual Hometown Holidays tree lighting celebration! Make plans to join us for games, shopping, food, entertainment, and, of course, Santa Claus! Free! 5pm-9pm at City Hall with the tree lighting and fireworks show around 6:30 p.m. 1200 East Broad. Mansfield
TEXAS CHRISTKINDL MARKET
Celebrate the season German style with shopping, food and lots of activities for all. A unique shopping experience for gifts, decorations and much more! 11am-9pm SundayThursday, 11am-10pm Friday and Saturday. Free admission. Texas Live! Plaza, 1601 E. Randol Mill Rd. Arlington
Enjoy the best holiday lights tradition around! The Holiday Village, Holiday Magic Walk-thru Village, all new Indoor Holiday Show, photos with Santa, gift shop and more! Lynn Creek Park, 5610 Lake Ridge Pkwy. Visit prairielights.org for information and to purchase tickets. Grand Prairie
Start the holiday season with a family tradition and an adventure in the light maze, and dazzling Artisans’ Market. So much to see and experience. Globe Life Park.
HOMETOWN HOLIDAY PARADE
Get ready for a parade! Kicks off at 1pm. Historic Downtown Mansfield. Mansfield
Find a gift to make your Christmas memorable, take photos with Santa and enjoy goodies and concessions at this annual craft fair. 9am-3pm. Dottie Lynn Rec Center, 3200 Norwood Lane. Arlington Parks and Recreation
HOLIDAY HOME TOUR
Our annual Holiday Home Tour is our major fundraiser that benefits area families, women and children in need. Six homes are on the tour this year. Tickets can be purchased for $25 in advance at Tom Thumb on Hwy 287, Merle Norman Cosmetics on Debbie Ln., and Poured on Debbie Ln. Tickets will be $30 at the door December 2. 1pm- 5:00pm. For further information visit. mansfieldwomensclub.com. Mansfield Women’s Club
HOLIDAY LIGHTS PARADE
Get ready and enjoy hot chocolate and spend time together. Entertainment begins around 2pm. Parade starts at 6pm. Stay for the tree lighting following the parade. Downtown Arlington. Arlington
FIRST BEN BARBER FILM FESTIVAL
INTERLOCHEN LIGHTS 2018
Known as the best neighborhood light show in Texas! Put on Christmas radio stations 102.1Fm or 98.7FM and cruise the neighborhood and pick your favorites. 7pm-11pm. Westwood Dr. at Randol Mill Rd. Interlochen Neighborhood. Arlington
COOKIES WITH THE CLAUSES
Let’s decorate cookies, play festive games and make some holiday crafts with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Bring your camera for pictures with the Claus family. Families are welcome. $6 per person. The fee applies to little ones 3+. 11am-12:30pm. Hugh Smith Rec Center, 1815 New York Ave. Arlington Parks and Recreation
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WINTER BREAK CAMP
Various recreation center. Visit naturallyfun.org for details. Arlington Parks and Recreation
GATEWAY CHURCH CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT SERVICES
Bring your family and friends to enjoy your favorite Christmas carols, hear a timely message from Pastor Robert Morris, experience the classic candle-lighting moment, and more! For service times and locations, visit gatewaychristmas.com. Gateway Church—All Campuses.
BEST BETS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2 @ 3:00 PM THE THEATRE AT GRAND PRAIRIE
ROCKING AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE WITH DARCI LYNNE & FRIENDS Since winning NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” Darci Lynne has been impressing audiences across the country with her sweetheart disposition and showstopping talent. As on “America’s Got Talent,” she is accompanied on tour by her musical puppet pals Petunia, Oscar and Edna Doorknocker.
DECEMBER 19 MARY POPPINS RETURNS
EMILY BLUNT, LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA DIR. ROB MARSHALL (CHICAGO)
Disney takes us back in time to Depression-era London, which sees the Banks children from the original Mary Poppins now fully grown, and in need of the timely arrival of Ms. Poppins (Blunt) more than ever. Miranda co-stars as Jack, an apprentice of Burt, played by Dick Van Dyke in the 1964 original.
SATISFACTION THE ROLLING STONES SHOW
THIS MONTH IN HISTORY
DECEMBER 11, 1991
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7 @ 7:30 PM
ARLINGTON MUSIC HALL
AMH SPECTACULAR CHRISTMAS
ROBIN WILLIAMS, DUSTIN HOFFMAN DIR. STEVEN SPIELBERG (E.T.)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8 @ 7:30 PM SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16 @ 3:00 PM
Regarded ironically as more of a cult hit than an all-out success despite its high profile and big budget for the time, this crowd-pleasing take on the Peter Pan story catches up with an older, more pessimistic Peter (Williams) as he rediscovers Neverland thanks to the (re) appearance of Tinker Bell (Julia Roberts).
ARLINGTON MUSIC HALL
CHRISTMAS ROCKS! TOUR
MONDAY, DECEMBER 10 @ 8 PM
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DAILEY & VINCENT’S “A SPRINGER MOUNTAIN FARMS CHRISTMAS”
Monday, December 10 @ 7:30 pm
ARLINGTON MUSIC HALL
SYMPHONY ARLINGTON: HOLIDAY OF COLOR
Thursday, December 13 @ 7:30 pm
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CHRISTMAS WITH THE ANNIE MOSES BAND FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14 @ 7:30 PM ARLINGTON MUSIC HALL
CENTER 313 - CHRISTMAS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19 @ 7:30 PM ARLINGTON MUSIC HALL
THE CHRIS MILYO BIG BAND - SWINGIN’ CHRISTMAS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20 @ 7:30 PM ARLINGTON MUSIC HALL
THE 5 AM CLUB:
OWN YOUR MORNING. ELEVATE YOUR LIFE. BY ROBIN SHARMA
Legendary leadership and time management expert Robin Sharma introduces his “5am Club” concept to readers, which has been helping his clients revolutionize their morning routine to maximize productivity, wake up feeling inspired, and be their best selves for more than 20 years.
While we check the accuracy of event information prior to press, details can change. Please check with the venue before hitting the road! Elton John performs at the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster, England, image courtesy of Elton John/Flickr.com, by Richard Mushet, uploaded to Wikimedia.org: CC BY-SA 2.0. Still from the trailer for Mary Poppins Returns (2018), Walt Disney Pictures. Movie poster from Hook (1991), Amblin Entertainment/TriStar Pictures. Book cover from The 5 AM Club, by Robin Sharma (2018), HarperCollins Publishers. All imagery is presented for non-commercial illustrative purposes.
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The name Olive was a tribute to Carrie’s grandmother, a hairstylist as well as the symbol of the olive branch as an offering of peace and friendship.
Olive the Beauty Lounge Impacting Lives for 10 Years
YOUR BEAUTY LIES IN YOUR BELIEF
oyal patrons of this A-list salon agree it’s a place like no other. Its distinctiveness may lie in the three owners themselves. Husband and wife, Kyle and Amy Preston, and their partner, Carrie Johnson, each came to the enterprise with a vision for a salon where team work fosters creativity. After ten years, that’s exactly what they’ve accomplished. In an industry with traditionally high turnover, Ol-
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ive has longtime employees who’ve grown to be trendsetters in the field of hair. Olive has partnered with
such industry leaders as DevaCurl, Wella, Sassoon, Redken, and Davines. They were one of the first in the area to offer Deva Curl, Brazilian Blowouts, Bayalage (Hand painted highlights), Hand-tied extensions and the newest, Arrojo American Wave.
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“Our team atmosphere is really what sets us apart,” Kyle said. “We’ve always strived to treat our staff as a family. We believe this results in a better experience for our clients as well.” “Our passion is to help people grow in their careers and watch them succeed,” Amy said. “We love it when someone can have success in life working for us. Carrie agrees, “We get so excited when we see one of our staff members get a new car, buy their first home, start a family, etc. Their success and happiness are what inspires us to continue to grow our business.” The journey began 11 years ago. As Amy and Kyle discussed their desire to open a salon where innovation and creativity were rewarded and employees were empowered to be their very best, they reconnected with Carrie and found her likeminded. “We all started our careers at the same salon then set off on different paths,” she said. “Two decades in the salon industry had armed us with the exposure and experience we needed to pick and choose what we
felt would work best for our employees and clients. We were all ready to make the leap to business owner. The timing felt right.” The three admit their salon may be a bit unconventional, but that’s not a bad thing, it’s what’s helped Olive thrive. It’s also helped that, over the past 10 years as the business has grown and flourished, all three owners have remained “behind the chair”, staying abreast of the newest products, trends, and techniques and keeping their finger on the pulse of the salon. The result is an environment that, while cutting-edge, is never pretentious. Instead, they’ve cultivated a relaxed atmosphere where client and staff feel welcome and at home. Continuing education is a hallmark of the Olive philosophy. While new techniques are being taught and learned, classic looks are continually perfected. Owners and employees take an annual salon trip to fashion Meccas such as New York, LA, Seattle, Nashville, and New Orleans for training and team building. Recently, after seeing the need for further education, the team has opened The
More than half of the stylists at Olive the Beauty Lounge are DevaCurl certiﬁed. That means they understand your curly hair and know the products and techniques to make it look its best.
At Olive They Believe in Giving Back
Every year, the owners, staff, and clients of Olive the Beauty Lounge give to charities ranging from breast cancer awareness to Assist the Ofﬁcer, from Kyle Cares to Camp for All. One popular campaign was their partnership with Fight Like a Girl, a free hair, makeup, and photo session with local cancer survivors.
Academy at Olive where they’re able to host classes for stylists and clients to learn from the talented staff, as well as outside educators. And the three visionaries already have their eyes on a future where they can expand their space and services, bring in more product lines, and make a difference in the lives of even more employees and clients. We have no doubt they’ll succeed. 2771 East Broad Street Suite 207 Mansfield, Texas 76063 (682) 518-1000 Olive-theBeautyLounge.com
TALK OF THE TOWN
OPEN HOUSE LOCAL RESIDENTS LEARN ABOUT APPEARANCE OPTIONS
ITâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NEVER TOO EARLY TO AGE GRACEFULLY.
That was the theme of a recent informative open house at Accent on You Plastic Surgery and Medi Spa in Arlington. Throughout the day and into the evening of Wednesday, November 7th, loyal Accent on You clients and those considering surgical and non-surgical
intervention, mingled with the staff and doctors and attended live demonstrations of procedures theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been considering. Renowned cosmetic enhancement experts Y. Anthony Nakamura and Raja Mohan answered questions and consulted with guests about customized skincare regimens. Guests enjoyed special med-spa pricing and watched demonstrations of AquaGold Micro-
Channeling Facial, ZO 3-Step Peel, ColdSculpting NonSurgical Body Contouring, and hand rejuvenation. Dr. Mohan discussed skincare facts and myths, options for non-surgical face rejuvenation, and how to know itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time for surgical intervention. Guests enjoyed special catering and giveaways and left feeling enlightened about the exciting skin and body rejuvenation options available today.
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CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS? “HE SAID TO THEM, ‘WHO DO YOU SAY THAT I AM?’ SIMON PETER REPLIED, ‘YOU ARE THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD’’ (MATTHEW 16:15-16). BY LISA JENKINS-MOORE
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Christmas may be our favorite time of year, but we must ask, do we really know Christ? Is He more than a historical figure or a name we use at the end of every prayer? Have we owned our Christian faith or are we riding the coat tails of the generation before us simply believing what we’ve been taught without question? Lee Strobel’s book, The Case for Christ, became a movie last year. Both the book and the movie are great places to start in learning about the claims of Christ. The existence of Christ has never been questioned. Many writings about His life exist outside of the Bible; many scholars have discussed the historical Jesus. Christ made outrageous claims about Himself; the most notable one distinguishes him from all other historical figures. Jesus Christ claimed to be the Son of God. Philosophers, who adhere to logical deduction, reduce this statement made by Christ to one of three possibilities: 1) He was a lunatic, 2) He was a liar, or 3) He was the Son of God. So which is it? Though most religions require a great amount of faith to follow, the evidence that exists for the Christian faith is strong—some objective observers might even call it undeniable. Christianity distinguishes itself from other religions because of Jesus Christ. Unlike any other central religious figure, He was 1) Born of a virgin, 2) Sacrificed His life because of God’s love for sinners, 3) Was resurrected, and 4) Transcended to Heaven. These facts surrounding Christ’s birth, life, death, resurrection, and transcension were viewed by eyewitnesses and documented by many. Texts have been preserved for centuries and the Bible itself is still the best-selling book of all time. When one evaluates these claims in the light of historical, archeological, and even scientific evidence, the results are outstanding. The Old Testament was written centuries before Jesus’ birth. Over three hundred prophecies were recorded in the Old Testament regarding the Messiah. Jesus Christ fulfilled every single one of them. The odds of anyone fulfilling the
number of prophecies Christ did are mathematically staggering. Essentially, it looks like this: 1 person fulfilling 8 prophecies: 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000 [quintillion]; 1 person fulfilling 48 prophecies: 1 chance in 10 to the 157th power; 1 person fulfilling 300+ prophecies: impossible. It is the magnificent detail of these prophecies that mark the Bible as the inspired Word of God. Only God could foreknow and accomplish all that was written about the Christ. This historical accuracy and reliability sets the Bible apart from any other book or record.” (cbn.org) This feature barely scratches the surface of all that can be uncovered to prove Christ was who He says He was: The Son of God. I encourage you to dig deeper— start with the Bible. Learn its contents from front to back; Jesus can be found from Genesis to Revelation. Investigate the Bible’s claims. Ask hard questions like: How do we know the Bible is true? Read apologetics over the centuries; see what the critics have to say. You’ll find your faith doesn’t take as much “faith” as some might think. Most importantly, you’ll be prepared to give an answer to those seeking one. I Peter 3:15 admonishes us, “But in your hearts set Christ apart as holy [and acknowledge Him] as Lord. Always be ready to give a logical defense to anyone who asks you to account for the hope that is in you, but do it courteously and respectfully” (AMPC). Without Christ, not only is there no Christmas, there’s no eternal salvation, no hope for a brighter tomorrow. Thankfully, Christ is more than a faith story. Have a very Merry Christmas and a hopeful, Happy New Year!
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FEATURE BE MORE INVOLVED IN HOW YOUR CHILD IS LEARNING
C R E AT I N G E D U C AT I O N A L EXCELLENCE Aristotle said, “The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” More than one parent has struggled to get their child to understand the importance of school attendance. When they are young, it can be difficult to impart the significance of early education and the discipline derived from the daily schedule involved. Parents have more choices than ever when it comes to which school their child will attend, so it’s valuable to know your child’s learning style in order to choose the right environment. Fortunately, parents don’t have to hire a professional to uncover the learning style of their child. Abundant resources exist at the touch of a mouse, including lengthy descriptions, videos, and short quizzes. Through this process you can find out if your child is a kinesthetic, auditory, or visual learner. Many times a child’s frustration is not with the school itself, but the method of learning. If the school your child attends is unable to accommodate all methods of learning, do what you can to incorporate styles into afterschool play and even homework. The right school will instill a love of learning in your child, but your awareness and participation is equally, if not more, important.
TYPES OF LEARNING
KINESTHETIC LEARNERS: • Physical • Strong sense of balance • Early crawler/walker • Sports/dance aptitude • Difficulty sitting still • Loves hands-on activities • Enjoys writing or drawing AUDITORY LEARNERS: • Drawn to sound • Musical aptitude • Strong verbal skills • Recognition of sounds VISUAL LEARNERS: • Love of reading • Keen observer • Strong memory • Active imagination • Loves art and painting
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erhaps the focus on education in your family brings you to consider a private school alternative. Private schools vary in size, structure, and functionality. Some are Protestant, some Catholic—and among these the depth and level of religious and spiritual teaching varies. Other private schools include Montessori, language immersion, boarding, magnet, homeschool co-ops, university model, and online schools. Montessori schools teach a method of learning that encourages creativity based on scientific studies around the idea that children learn best in an environment where their natural desire and ability to learn can flourish. There are over 8,000 Montessori schools in the nation, but not all are genuine. Know the difference and be prepared to research and ask questions. Magnet schools focus on a particular skill like technology, science, or fine arts. Online school options grow every year and are available as self-paced programs as well as those which offer virtue classrooms.
According to Capenet.org, “There are 34,576 private schools in the United States. Private schools account for 25 percent of the nation’s schools and enroll 10 percent of all PK-12 students. Most private school students attend religiously-affiliated schools. Most private schools are small: 87 percent have fewer than 300 students.” Private schools spend more time participating in community service than their public school counterparts, and private school parents are more satisfied with their experience. Private Schools Can Offer: • Smaller classes • Individualized learning • Selective curriculum • Specific values and culture • Flexible scheduling • Academic enrichment • Safe environment • Extracurricular activities
In determining which private school might be best for your children, consider the following questions: 1) What is your school’s education philosophy? 2) How is the curriculum chosen? 3) How have past graduates done in college and in life? 4) Where do you find teachers and what are their qualifications? 5) How are your test scores? 6) What type of student do you consider ideal? 7) Are scholarships or financial aid available? 8) Who is the oversight/board and how were they chosen? 8) What are the class sizes? These questions are just a start as you will craft others specific to you and your child’s concerns and educational goals. Private schools as a whole score well in the tests given by The National Center for Education Statistics. According to the Council for American Private Education, “Students in private schools consistently score well above the national average. A significantly higher percentage of private school students score at or above the Basic, Proficient, and Advanced levels than public school students.”
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HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILD SUCCEED IN SCHOOL
hile every parent wants their child to succeed in school, it can be difficult to get a child to openly talk about their daily experience. Rather than ask your child how their day was, try these questions instead: • What was your favorite/least favorite part of your day? • What was different about today than yesterday? • If you could choose only one teacher to teach all subjects, which one would it be and why? • Can you tell me one thing that happened today that made you smile?
• Did anything make you angry or sad? If so, what was it? • Who are your favorite and least favorite classmates and why? These questions can serve as conversation starters. Show interest without pressure. Be consistent. Let your child know how much you care about their everyday experiences. Turn off your phone immediately when your child comes home to give him or her your undivided attention. If no one is at home when your children arrive, leave notes or thoughtful snacks to let them know they are on your mind.
Get involved. Know the teacher and the staff.
Attend PTA meetings. Be familiar with other parents and get their contact info.
Stay in touch with the teacher. Check in every few weeks.
Be available in the evenings to help with homework.
Seek tutoring help if needed.
Be positive about education.
Limit television, video games, and screen time. Incentivize reading.
Make weekly library visits. Participate in their programs & activities.
“Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.” Kofi Annan, Ghanaian diplomat, Secretary-General of the UN (19972006), and co-recipient of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize “There is gold and a multitude of rubies, but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel” (Proverbs 20:15, NKJV).
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ori Rasberry was more than a little apprehensive when she decided to enroll her children in school, after homeschooling them most of their lives. But she’d heard wonderful things about Newman International Academy, a tuition-free charter school with all the plusses of its private school counterparts. “The kids were in 7th, 9th, 10th, and 12th grades,” Lori said. “The transition to Newman was smooth—almost flawless. We noticed right away how the faculty and staff really seemed to care about our kids.” Lori can look back over several instances when teachers called her at home at night to inquire about one of her chil-
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dren. “One teacher called to say she saw my son in the hall and noticed he looked down,” Lori said. “She was checking to see if everything was okay. Another teacher emailed to let me know how my child had stepped up and shown leadership ability that day. She just thought I’d like to know. We were thrilled not only with the rigorous curriculum at Newman but the way they mirrored the values we were teaching at home. It was so nice to drop my children off knowing what they were getting all day was in step with what we’d spent years imparting at home.” Since that time, three of Lori’s children have graduated from Newman and
started college. The Rasberrys have been thrilled to see how well prepared they were for collegiate life. “We’ve seen how well they’ve interacted with their professors,” Lori said. “They know how to seek the help they need, how to take notes, and how to prepare for a test. And they’ve made sensible life choices outside the classroom too. All those things were reinforced at Newman.” A recent transplant from Indiana, Deborah Petrik has daughters in 2nd and 5th grade at NIA. “I love that parents are always welcomed and included on campus, like when parents and grandparents are encouraged to come have lunch with their children,” she said.
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GRATITUDE HOW BEING THANKFUL CAN ACTUALLY IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH BY MIMI GREENWOOD KNIGHT
We all enjoy being around people who are naturally grateful. And most of us try to cultivate an attitude of gratitude in ourselves. But did you realize there’s a connection between being grateful and your mental and physical health?
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
HERE’S WHAT RESEARCH IS FINDING. •
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According to a study in the journal Personal Relationships, being thankful for the little things your partner does can lead to a stronger relationship. A 1995 study in the American Journal of Cardiology showed that appreciation and positive emotions may be beneficial in the treatment of hypertension and in reducing the likelihood of sudden death in patients with congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease.
A University of Utah study showed that gratefulness is linked with optimism, and optimism has been linked to better and stronger immune health.
A study presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association found that teenagers who possess a positive, grateful outlook on life are better behaved in school and generally receive better grades, integrate better socially, and experience better satisfaction with life.
A study in the journal Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being concluded that subjects who wrote down what they’re thankful for just before bed fell asleep faster and stayed asleep longer.
A 2003 study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that gratitude can boost pro-social behaviors, such as helping and lending emotional support to others, while a series of experiments detailed
in the same journal concluded that a daily practice of listing all the things for which you’re thankful is linked with a brighter outlook on life and a greater sense of positivity. The good news is that gratitude, like other good habits, can be learned. Try these gratitude-fostering exercises. •
Keep a gratitude journal where you write down specifically what you’re thankful for.
Make a habit of talking about the things you’re grateful for to reinforce your feelings.
Take a break a few times a day to focus on a spirit of thankfulness.
Find people who have made a difference in your life and tell them so (in person or in a letter).
Surround yourself with thankful people—gratitude is contagious.
Like any other good habit, gratitude gets easier with daily practice. Let today be the first day of your healthy, grateful life.
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GET A FLU SHOT
FLU SEASON IS UPON US. While it’s possible to contract influenza (the flu) any time, the number of flu cases often increases during October and peaks between December and February, though widespread activity can continue as late as May. There’s no way to make yourself “bullet proof” against the flu, but there are steps you can take to reduce the chances of getting it or spreading it to others if you’re sick.
Everyone six months of age or older should get a flu shot. It takes about two weeks for the antibodies that protect you to develop in your body, and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommends getting your shot before the end of October. But if you haven’t gotten around to it yet, don’t worry—the vaccine can still be effective if taken later. Fluzone is a high-dose vaccine recommended for those 65 and older, and there are egg-free vaccines for individuals with severe egg allergies. If you’re needle-averse, the nasal spray FluMist can be administered to those between ages 2 and 49 who’re generally healthy and not pregnant, and it’s been approved for use during the coming flu season.
TAKE EVERYDAY PREVENTIVE ACTIONS Flu viruses are thought to spread from person to person through droplets when people with the flu cough, sneeze, or talk. The viruses can also survive on hard surfaces for up to 48 hours, and you can contract it by touching something with the virus on it and then touching your mouth, eyes,
or nose. To protect yourself and others you should: •
Avoid close contact with sick people if possible.
If you have the flu, stay at home for at least 24 hours after you’ve become fever free without the use of fever-reducing drugs.
If sick, limit your contact with others as much as possible to avoid infecting them.
Wash your hands often with soap and water, and if those are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
Clean often-touched objects and surfaces like doorknobs, phones, and keyboards frequently.
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and throw the tissue away.
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF Eat a balanced diet, exercise four to five times a week, and get 7 to 9 hours of sleep nightly. Doing these things will keep your immune system strong and help your body fight off an influenza attack during the coming season.
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The light at the end of the tunnel for chronic pain sufferers is something called “interventional pain medicine” which utilizes a multidisciplinary approach where teams of healthcare professionals work cooperatively, providing a full range of treatments and services, a wide-range of procedures—from conservative pain management to advanced, minimally-invasive surgeries—to help patients return to their everyday activities quickly and without heavy reliance on medications. Pain management professionals spend their days partnering with patients and their caregivers to relieve, reduce, or manage pain to improve quality of life. Treatment modalities can include trigger point injections, nerve blocks, intravenous infusions, radiofrequency lesioning, botulinum toxin injections, intraspinal analgesics, and spinal or deep brain stimulation techniques. Your pain management physician should begin with a thorough physical exam and gather your medical history then proceed to diagnostic testing to rule out other conditions that may present similar symptoms. Bring X-rays or other test results you may have along to your first visit. Your doctor may
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‘Tis the season for spending time with family, and one of the best places to make memories is the kitchen! This month, with mugs of slow cooker hot chocolate in hand, bring the gratitude and holiday feelings to life by baking classic gingerbread cookies and a seasonal eggnog pull apart loaf.
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GINGERBREAD CHEWY COOKIES
MAKES: ABOUT 3 DOZEN TIME: OVERNIGHT RISE + 10 MIN ingredients: • 1 c u p b u t t e r • 1 c u p b row n s u g a r • 1 c u p m ol a s s e s • 1 e g g • 5 c u p s a l l - p u r p os e f l ou r • ¼ t e a s p oon s a l t • 1 t e a s p oon b a k in g s od a • 2 t e a s p oon s g rou n d g in g e r •
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Cream together butter and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer until smooth. Add molasses and egg, mixing until combined. Make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. After it’s mixed, add flour, baking soda, and spices to the bowl. Mix until everything is combined. Dump the dough out onto a large piece of plastic wrap. Wrap the dough up and shape into a disc. Place in the refrigerator to chill for 3 hours, or overnight. When you’re ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats, then roll dough out on a clean, floured work surface until it is ¼-inch thick. TIPS & TRICKS You can easily decorate the chewy gingerbread cookies as desired with royal or store-bought icing as desired. For a more rustic, vintage look, leave them undecorated and give them as gifts in small bags.
Cut the dough into desired shapes and add cookies to the baking sheets. You don’t need to leave too much room between the cookies, but don’t let them touch. Bake for 10 minutes, until they set. Do not overbake so they stay nice and soft. Cool for 5 minutes on the pan, then remove to cooling racks to cool completely.
| ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS FOOD
HOT CHOCOLATE IN THE SLOW COOKER
SERVES: 12 TIME: 65 MINUTES ingredients:
1 cup sweetened co nd ens ed m i l k (14 ou nces )
cu p bi ttersweet cho co l a te, chop ped
6 cups who l e m i l k
1 tea s po o n va ni l l a extra ct
c u ps of hea vy crea m
cu ps d a r k cho co l a te chi ps
In a large slow cooker set to high, combine all of the ingredients. Stir regularly for 40 minutes to 1 hour until chocolate is fully melted and incorporated. Switch to low and let simmer. Help yourself!
TIPS & TRICKS For a fun holiday party idea, host a hot chocolate bar with this slow cooker hot chocolate as the centerpiece! Serve with marshmallows, cookies, candy canes, sprinkles, and whipped cream.
LIVING LIKES A smattering of stuff that’s making us say “we like it!” this month PIG OUT No holiday season is complete without some big breakfasts, and no big breakfast is complete without bacon. Porter Road offers a four pound Bacon Box featuring pork, back, ham, and jowl bacons—pasture raised in Nashville and delivered to your door.
MITTEN SMITTEN If you’ve ever wanted to send words of encouragement while also keeping your hands warm, these Go Y’all mittens fit the bill—and have a uniquely Texan tinge that’s appropriate for any event requiring a little holiday cheer.
FILL IN THE BLANKS If a Friday night in front of the fireplace with a dictionary sounds good to you, make sure to exercise your brain by recognizing National Crossword Puzzle Day this month, no IFS, ANDS, or BUTS about it.
December 21, with a sharp pencil
UP IN THE AIR Give thanks for the great state of Texas this month by checking it out from above—Jay B. Sauceda’s new book A Mile Above Texas contains 142 color aerial photos shot from a single-engine Cessna during his 3,822 mile circumnavigation of our favorite place.
FULLEST HOUSE The nostalgia-soaked Full House reboot Fuller House—which follows the continued adventures of D.J. and Stephanie as they try to act like functioning adults—returns to San Francisco for its fourth season, just in time for a winter vacation binge.
December 14, Netflix.com
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