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got new furniture. This might not seem like much to you, but we were “blessed” (I’m trying to be sweet here) with quite a few hand-me-downs from our families when we married in the ‘80s. This table, that chair, these pictures, etc. Actually, I know that I am supremely blessed to have so many things at our disposal, but I never have been able to make my home “my own” until the past year. Last fall, I passed kidney stone. Yep, not fun. You moms get it because this was like labor contractions, but only on my left side. Bond was out of town, both of my kids were away attending UGA and I didn’t want to wake my parents up to take me to the ER before it was light outside. While tossing and turning in pain, I actually thought through the things in my life I would regret if I died. (The pain from my sunflower-kernel-sized kidney stone felt like I might die before the morning light.) I could not think of one thing I regretted with my family, which is what I’m all about. I love my husband and he knows it. So do my kids. My parents are amazing and I hope I have told them this at least 1,000 times a year. My sister and her family have brought me so much joy that I continue to be amazed that I have her and her husband and cuties in my life. What a revelation to realize that despite the normal ups and downs of life, I’m happy with where I’ve landed and who I’m surrounded by. So if you’re wondering what my regret was, I’ll admit that it is nothing compared to the blessings I’ve had. My only regret was trivial—that I’ve never had my home completely decorated the way that I wanted. When I told Bond this was my one regret, he gave me a budget and we went on a oneyear redecorating mission. We have framed many of CC’s art pieces, plus have gotten most rooms in the house to reflect the way I wanted my house to be. Back to the new furniture. I ordered slip-covered furniture for our great room from Crate and Barrel. It arrived just before Thanksgiving. My sofa and loveseat are white and everything is a little crumpled looking. My mother asked me if I was going to steam the wrinkles out of the slip covers. I told her, “that’s the way slipcovers work, wrinkles and all.” Wrinkles and all is metaphor for my life. I don’t expect to ever live in a magazine-worthy home. And , I certainly am flawed and wrinkled. But as we enter another new year, I can accept that. I hope you can accept yourself, too. If not now, maybe when you’re my age (which is 53…OMG!). Until February,

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Meatless Monday Becoming part of this global movement is simple: Once a week, cut the meat. Skipping meat one day a week is good for you, great for our nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health and better for the planet. Going meatless just once a week may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. It can also help reduce your carbon footprint and save resources such as fresh water and fossil fuel. The Meatless Monday website has recipes to inspire you and help keep you from missing the meat. Drink Up Many of us are walking around dehydrated and adding a healthy daily intake of water can not only keep you hydrated but can improve your overall health and energy. Nearly all of the systems in our body donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t function as well without proper water intake, so drink up! If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like to drink water you can flavor it up with a squeeze of lemon or lime. Add, Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Subtract Sometimes making healthy changes is a mind game. Instead of saying â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to give up this, this and this,â&#x20AC;? switch to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to add this, this and this.â&#x20AC;? If you are a breakfast skipper, add breakfast to your morning routine. Add vegetables by filling half of your dinner plate with them. (This becomes easy and enjoyable by roasting veggies such as carrots, Brussels sprouts, broccoli or cauliflower.) Get in more probiotics by adding a daily serving or two of yogurt or kefir. Once you add a few healthy items to your daily diet you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have room to fill up on the stuff you would usually resolve to give up.

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o holiday season is complete without a little snow, festive lights, hot cocoa and caroling. Add spectacular fireworks and more than 2 million lights and you’ve got all the makings for a memorable trip! Load your family and friends up and see for yourself what makes Stone Mountain Georgia’s most popular attraction. Stone Mountain Christmas and Snow Mountain are two annual events that take place at Stone Mountain each winter, providing fun for the family. Children love trains and it isn’t everyday that they get the chance to experience the feeling of hopping aboard one. Visitors here are given the chance to board the Singalong Train, an open-air train, for a ride around the mountain while enjoying views of the lights and the story of the first Christmas. Next, walk through Skylights Spectacular, a special effects lights show set to music. If movies are your speed, don’t miss Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer in the state-of- the- art 4D theatre. The highlight of your trip might just be the Christmas parade and fireworks finale, where Angelina the Snow Angel descends to grant Christmas wishes to all. Santa’s making his list and checking it twice so make sure you make time to visit with him at Stone Mountain, voted one of the top 10 places in the country to visit Santa Claus. If adventure is what you’re seeking, you will love Snow Mountain. Open from midNovember through February, Snow Mountain gives guests a chance to experience snow in the South even when Mother Nature isn’t cooperating. Try Avalanche Alley, a thrilling snow tube ride for the whole family. Snowball shooting and snowman crafting are among other activities available. Aside from the holidays there are other attractions such

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Stone Mountain. as The Summit Skyride, a cable car ride straight up 825 feet for a peek at the mountain carvings and views of Atlanta all the way to the Appalachian Mountains. DISTANCE: 135 miles, 2 hours 12 minutes BUDGET: If you plan to visit both Snow Mountain and Stone Mountain Christmas then the best deal is $44.95 per person. This includes a two-hour tubing session, all day snow play area access and a Christmas Adventure Pass which gets you into the light show, fireworks, train ride and more. Capacity is limited and reservations are strongly recommended. WHERE TO STAY: Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Center and Resort. WHAT TO SEE: Santa and Mrs. Claus, Angelina the Snow Angel, Rudolph, Snow Mountain, Fireworks, Skylights Spectacular, Summit Skyride, Confederate Memorial Carvings. IF YOU GO: Special events are held year-round, but Christmas is an especially festive time to experience Stone Mountain.




HOLIDAY SAFETY A curious, determined child can quickly pull off string lights, ornaments and, possibly, topple a Christmas tree if you don’t keep a close eye out this holiday season. A couple of things to keep in mind from Safe Kids and the Children’s Hospital of Georgia are the following: Ŏ&v;-Ѵ-u];ķv|†u7‹|u;;v|-m7ĺ Ŏ†|0u-m1_;vm;-u|_;0o||olvo|_;‹-u;mĽ|-m;‹;_-Œ-u7=ouvl-ѴѴ1_bѴ7u;mĺ Ŏ;;rv_-urou0u;-h-0Ѵ;oum-l;m|vo†|o=u;-1_o=1_bѴ7u;mĺ Ŏomvb7;ur†||bm]-v-=;|‹]-|;ouo|_;uruo|;1|bom-uo†m7|_;|u;;‰_;m baby or small children are in the room. Ŏ;ˆ;uѴ;-ˆ;1_bѴ7u;m†m-||;m7;7-uo†m7|_;|u;;ou-m‹o|_;u_oѴb7-‹7;1oŊ u-|bomvķ;vr;1b-ѴѴ‹1-m7Ѵ;v-m7o|_;u=bu;_-Œ-u7vĺ

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The Family YMCA held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new adaptive playground in late October. The playground is the first of its kind for the YMCA and for the CSRA. The adaptive playground will offer kids of all abilities a safe place to play outdoors. The playground will be open to the general public to use at any time the Wilson Family YMCA is open.

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Eating well with Kim b y Ki m B e a ve rs , M S , R D, LD, C DE

Turkey Pita Bites These make great snacks for the holiday or gameday table! 4 6-inch whole wheat pitas 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 cup chopped onion 16 ounces lean ground turkey 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon chili powder ¼ teaspoon pepper ¼ teaspoon salt ½ cup chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish ½ cup nonfat sour cream 2 medium tomatoes, chopped Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Use a pizza cutter to slice each pita round into 4 wedges. Separate the wedges into 2-chip pieces and place them on a baking sheet. Spray them with vegetable oil cooking spray and bake for 5-6 minutes on the first side. Flip them and bake for an additional 2-3 minutes on the second side.

Healthy Holiday & Gameday Appetizers THINK BEYOND THE VEGGIE PLATTER

Every year I am asked to address healthy holiday eating. Talking about nutrition and the

also less than appealing. The solution to non-boring and sought-after,

impact food has on health is something I enjoy,

delicious healthy food is to pick a recipe that

but the “healthy holiday” topic gets a little old.

uses healthy ingredients. That is what I have

One of the most common recommenda-

done for you with the Turkey Pita Bites recipe.

tions for how to handle multiple holiday par-

This recipe uses lean meat, veggies and whole

ties and still eat healthfully is to “bring a veg-

grains. It is healthy, and will be much better

etable platter.” To be clear, I am not against

received than the standard veggie tray.

the vegetable platter, but let’s be honest. I’ve been to many holiday parties and that plate of

Kim Beavers is a Registered Dietitian and Diabe-

veggies is not what partygoers flock to on the

tes Educator for University Health Care System.

food table. Does that mean that dietitians or

She lives in North Augusta with her husband and

health-minded folks everywhere should just

two children and she is the co-host of the culinary

throw up their hands in defeat? Of course

nutrition segment Eating Well with Kim, which airs

not. However, it does mean that people want

at noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday on WRDW.

good-tasting healthy foods, not the last-


minute grab-and-go emergency food. And


while we are on that subject the grab-and-


go emergency junk foods (think iced cookies


with generous amounts of food coloring) are


Add olive oil to a non-stick skillet and place over medium heat. Add onions and sauté for 3 minutes until, onions are translucent. Add turkey, cumin, chili pepper, garlic powder and salt to the turkey and cook until the turkey is done. Add cilantro and cook about 1 additional minute. To serve place pita wedges on a platter and evenly distribute meat over the chips, top with tomatoes and a dab of sour cream. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro. (Alternately, you can serve the meat in a bowl with chips on the side.) Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 2 pita chips) Nutrition breakdown: Calories 90, Fat 1.5g (0g saturated fat, 0.5g monounsaturated fat), Cholesterol 12mg, Sodium 150mg, Potassium 118mg, Carbohydrate g12, Fiber 2g, Protein 9g. Kim’s Note: You can divide the Turkey Pita Bites on two platters. Serve one platter and keep the other platter in the oven on low until you are ready for it. Add tomatoes and sour cream once you take it out of the oven, just before serving.


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Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Church Services This guide to the CSRAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many Christmas Eve and Christmas Day church services is also available on Click on resources at the top of the screen to download a pdf and share it with family and friends. St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church

1420 Monte Santo Ave. r Augusta GA 30904 r 706.733.6627 *Christmas Eve, December 24 6 p.m. Mass, 9 p.m. Mass, Midnight Mass *Christmas Day, December 25 9 a.m. Mass, 11 a.m. Mass *New Years Eve, December 31 6 p.m. Vigil *New Years Day, January 1 9 :15 a.m. Mass, 7 p.m. Mass

First Baptist Church, North Augusta

(FPSHJB"WFOVFr/PSUI"VHVTUBr4$r Sunday Worship Times â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8:45 AM (Traditional), 11:00 AM (Contemporary) December 10 and 11, 6:00 PM Christmas musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shepherds and Kingsâ&#x20AC;? *Christmas Service Christmas Eve Family Worship â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5:00 PM Christmas Day Service â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10:00 AM (No Sunday School)

Saint Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church 3FZPOMET4U POUIF3JWFSXBMLr%PXOUPXO"VHVTUB rXXXTBJOUQBVMTPSH Regular Sunday Worship Services at 8 a.m., 11 a.m., and 5:30 p.m. *Christmas Eve Festival Celebration, December 24 4 p.m. & 10 p.m. A nursery will be available at the 4 p.m. service. *Christmas Day, December 25 10 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;in the Chapel

Whole Life Ministries

2621 Washington Road r Augusta, GA 30904 *Christmas Extravaganza, Sunday, December 11 10:30 a.m. *Candlelight Christmas Eve Service, Saturday, December 24 7:00 p.m. *Christmas Day Service, Sunday, December 25 10:30 a.m. *New Year's Eve Service, Satuday, December 31 9:00 p.m. *New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Service, Sunday, January 1 10:30 a.m.

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Admit When You Are Wrong—I Do! I MADE A MISTAKE. I MESSED UP. I GOOFED. COMETÍ UN ERROR. As a type “A” physician who was raised on the idea that M.D. stood for ‘medical deity,’ this is hard for me to admit. However, I have grown from those early hubristic tendencies, now my daughters insist that M.D. stands for ‘my daddy’, so I am embracing my inner screw up and hope to cleanse my guilty soul through admission and penitence.

I’m coming clean. In my book Healthy Habits for a Fit Family I spend some time talking about nutrition and weight management. No one would argue that what we put in our bodies plays a huge role in tipping the scales for good and for evil as it relates to our health. I characterize a healthy diet as one that is balanced, low in fat, low in sugar and high in fiber. So far, so good. But then I stumble and fall into the pit of doom as I began berating fat as the poison of all poisons. After reading that chapter you would think that eating fatty foods was akin to ingesting antifreeze. This was my first mistake, and I will elaborate on this in a bit, but the insanity didn’t stop there. I proceeded to propagate what has turned out to be nutritional nuttiness by simplistically stating the age-old formula of calories in and calories out equals weight balance, and then, to my everlasting disgrace, actually use the phrase, “A calorie is a calorie is a calorie.” Oh the humanity!

Let me elaborate. Since the 1940s and ‘50s, nutritionists, industrialists and, unfortunately, government bureaucrats have embraced the flawed idea that consuming fat made you fat. Fat—in particular saturated fat—was touted as the precursor of everything from heart disease to dementia largely due to the efforts of one man, Dr. Ancel Keys. Dr. Keys was the preeminent expert on everything nutritional at the beginning of WWII and was responsible for the ever-present “K” (after Keys) rations distributed to grunts throughout the war. However, his real claim to fame was his Seven Countries Study that initiated the idea that diet was largely responsible for heart disease. Before this time, heart disease was thought to be due to Michael Bolton ballads and ingesting antifreeze. Anyway, this diet-heart hypothesis was adopted by the media and the government and literally overnight fat and cholesterol were made enemy number one. The only problem was that many of his conclusions were misinterpreted or flat out wrong. He himself stated a few years ago that cholesterol had little impact on heart attacks and dietary choles-

terol hardly impacts serum cholesterol at all. As it turns out, the real bad guy when it comes to heart disease is sugar.

The real culprits are… Since the late 1800s studies have consistently found that excess sugar in the diet (i.e. carbohydrates) is associated with a variety of maladies including heart disease, stroke, obesity and diabetes. Elevated blood sugar in turn elevates insulin which acts like a jack of all trades of hormones in that it not only tries to get the blood sugar back to normal, but it also tells fat cells to hold onto their fat, pumps triglycerides into fat cells and probably types 200 words a minute. The bottom line is that chronically elevated blood sugar, mostly due to ingesting sugar or carbohydrates, drives up the fat stores and down the self-esteem. So I was wrong. Eating fat doesn’t make you fat, unless you eat a bucket full of lard, but eating too much sugar will make you bigger than Chris Christie’s yoga pants. There are two schools of thought regarding weight loss. One, the equilibrium model, says that to lose weight you either have to take in less or burn off more. This is the classic “calories in versus calories out.” The second is a bit more complicated in that it states that the type of calories you ingest is more important than trying to balance a formula. I was right in my book by saying calories matter, but I was wrong in thinking it was a simple equation. Here’s why. It is true that in the lab a calorie is a calorie, regardless of the source, but the lab and our bodies are very different animals. The body breaks down fats, carbohydrates and proteins differently and even the process of digestion of a protein, for example, can effect metabolism differently than the digestion of a carb. What we eat is more critical than how much we eat in many cases. This completes my mea culpa, so let me leave you with some simple wisdom garnished from the halls of food university. Eat balanced meals, avoid trans fats, eat low-glycemic carbohydrates and pack in the fiber. And be careful about taking advice from medical deities. Dr. Eaker is an Augusta Ob/GYN and author. He and his wife, Susan, have two daughters in college.

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I am always looking for ways to get my family to eat more vegetables. We tend to get in a rut of just eating the same veggies over and over. It would be great to mix it up a little and make eating vegetables more interesting. Here are several ways to add more vegetables to your daily meals.

1. JOIN A CSA. This is a great way to eat a variety of vegetables. Your basket or box includes many different seasonal vegetables that your family can enjoy. Check out a local health food store to find out more about when memberships are available, the cost and other details. I’ve seen baskets that you can pick up or are delivered on a weekly or monthly basis. Then, get creative with how you prepare these unusual vegetables. 2. FILL HALF YOUR PLATE WITH FRUIT AND VEGGIES. One rule of thumb is when you fix your dinner plate, make sure half of your plate is made up of vegetables and fruits. This can be fun for your children. Challenge them to see if they can do this at every meal. This is a great time to try

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new, colorful vegetables to make a “pretty” plate. 3. GET OUT THE BLENDER. Making a smoothie is a great way to hide vegetables for kids and adults alike. Mix in both spinach or kale and a bunch of fruit such as banana, strawberries or blueberries and you won’t even know that the green stuff is in there. I mix my smoothies with either almond milk or vanilla yogurt and a scoop of protein powder for a great snack or meal on the go. 4. SERVE VEGETABLES AS SNACKS. A good way to eat more vegetables on a daily basis is to have them ready-to-go as snacks. Purchase baby carrots in a bag

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and have some homemade ranch dip on hand. Or, cut up fresh celery to dip in peanut butter. A cut up apple and individual peanut butter pods are also a great snack. These snacks can be packed in lunchboxes for both children and adults. 5. STOCK UP & PLAN AHEAD. Get rid of the convenience packs of chips and replace them with fresh vegetables and fruits. Today, you can even get convenience packs of cut up fruits and veggies at your local grocery store. They are usually a little more expensive than if you cut them up yourself, but sometimes convenience outweighs cost. Another good idea is to plan ahead by taking a day to prepare vegetables for the coming week. You can chop, roast and freeze many vegetables to pull out of the freezer to accompany any weeknight meal. Also, don’t dismiss frozen vegetables—they are also packed with nutrients and have a longer freshness life. 6. MAKE EATING VEGETABLES A CHALLENGE. Each day, set a goal of how many servings of vegetables you can consume. Keep a tally and at the end of the day, take a look and see how you did. Making a conscious effort to eat healthfully will make you accountable for it. Get your kids involved, too. Have a small surprise at the end of the day for the child who met their goal of eating both fruits and vegetables that day. It could be anything from a dollar to a small toy from a dollar store. 7. MAKE VEGETABLES & FRUITS VISIBLE. Don’t put that head of broccoli or cauliflower in the crisper. Cut them up into snack-size pieces and store them in a clear, plastic container or bowl at eye level in the fridge. Same with fruit—have apples and Cuties sitting in a fruit bowl on the kitchen counter for quick snacking. Make sure grapes are washed and in a plastic bag in the fridge so kids or adults can just grab a handful when they get hungry.


8. WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, HIDE ‘EM! You can be sneaky here. When you are making your children’s breakfast in the morning, add tomatoes or spinach to their eggs. When you make a turkey sandwich, replace some meat with lettuce, tomatoes or an avocado slice. Pureed vegetables can be added to pasta sauces without a change in the overall taste. Soups are a great way to include vegetables without children (and sometimes even adults) noticing. Once you get in the habit of eating more vegetables you will see that not only do you feel better after eating them, you also have made it part of your daily grind. We are all creatures of habit and tend to slide into complacency at times, so this is a great way to snap out of it—for your health and your family’s well-being, too! Cammie Jones is an Augusta freelance writer and mother of three. Augusta FamilyŇ ;1;l0;uƑƏƐѵņ-m†-u‹ƑƏƐƕŎƐƖ

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Children’s BOOK AWARDS A Helpful Tool When Selecting Children’s Books

THE SHEER MAGNITUDE of what has been

way they continue to fly off the library shelves.”

which, in the end, results in one state winner.

published for children throughout the years

For example, Hatchet was written and awarded a

That winning author is invited as a guest at

can be overwhelming to parents or children

Newberry Honor in the ‘80s, but continues to be

the annual convention. What a joy to involve

in a bookstore or library, and book awards can

a beloved tale of wilderness survival.

Georgia’s children in such an exciting prospect.” Book award lists are a great place to start for

be a helpful tool for finding favorite classics and currents. Perhaps the most famous of these awards is the Caldecott Medal for


holiday gift giving ideas. Isminger says that in addition to the resources for book awards listed below, a program called Novelist is available

picture books—an award that’s been presented since 1938 and has gone to such now-beloved

Leslie Olig, an elementary school media

children’s classics as Make Way for Duckling,

specialist who has worked in both Richmond

Carolina, that helps parents and children choose

Where the Wild Things Are, The Snowy Day and

and Columbia Counties is currently serving

books that are similar to those they have already

The Invention of Hugo Cabret, all of which adorn

on the GCBA Committee. She learned about

read and enjoyed and that a librarian at your

my own children’s bookshelves.

the GCBA when she worked with a team of

child’s school or the public library is a good

students competing in the Helen Ruffin Reading

resource for using this and other programs

in Evans, shared with me how the lists from the

Bowl, one of the activities surrounding GCBA

available online.

American Library Association (ALA) and the Georgia

selection. As a member she’s seen the intensity

Children’s Book Award (GCBA) are important in

of the process, and shares that, “through our

recommending books to not only her students,

making selections for the library at her school and

nomination and selection process we consider

but to people in bookstores and other places,

in her home. “I’ve seen the impact that reading

anywhere from 40 to 60 contemporary titles

and that “I have been reading the nominees and

exciting, well-written books has on my children—

and only 20 make it to the final list. We narrow it

winners of the Georgia Children’s Book Award for

and now my grandchildren—as they have all

down to a manageable size—remembering that it

the last six years and they are always the books I

developed a love of reading,” she says. “If a book

is a booklist for readers in the upper elementary

recommend to students and teachers.”

doesn’t grab a child and pull them into the story,

through early middle grades.”

Kim Isminger, a middle school media specialist

they will often walk away from it. When my son,

She was surprised at the volume of quality

who did not begin reading until 4th grade, read

literature that is available for children, and

through Hatchet by Gary Paulsen with me, he was

conveys that as a committee member she has to

hooked, and he’s been a reader since then.”

“think about many different genres, cultures and

through Galileo in Georgia and Discus in South

As an educator, Olig says that she can’t help


Isminger adds that award-winning books

formats to make sure that the final list is well-

Children (ALSC), a division of the ALA, has

are an easy choice because, “the fact that they

rounded.” When asked about the importance of

several book awards each year, and the criteria,

are considered for one of these awards usually

state awards when larger, national organizations

past winners and other information can be

indicates that are considered by educators and

also release lists, she explains how this allows

found at

librarians to be well-written, quality literature

Georgia children to become involved in the

Notably, they include the following.

for children, and that assumption is proven by

process. “The children of Georgia vote and

the timeless popularity of most of the titles and

compete on the nominees we bring to the table

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The Caldecott Award: The Caldecott is only

Raising Readers awarded to American picture books and places

outstanding books, films, graphic novels and other

best teaches issues of social justice and equality.

an emphasis on the importance of the art and

media each year. The Margaret A. Edwards Award is

illustrations in choosing a distinguished book.

among these awards, honoring an author for their body of work intended for a young-adult audience.

The Children’s Book Choice Awards,

The Geisel Award: Named for the author most

Their website gives a complete listing of past and

presented by the Children’s Book Council, is

commonly known as Dr. Seuss, this award chooses

present award winners in each category at http://

selected by children, and offers information

outstanding books for beginning readers. Engaging,

and ways for children to participate at www.

and often comical, the list of winners for this award is a great place to look for a newly independent

The International Literacy Association awards

reader in your household. Mo Willems is a frequent

up-and-coming new authors in both fiction and

Many states have book awards, and Georgia is no

honoree and a favorite in our household.

non-fiction each year for three age ranges. Go to

exception, offering the Georgia Children’s Book to learn more.

Award. For more information go to http://gcba.

Newberry Medal: This award honors the most distinguished contribution for children’s

The Aesop Prize is awarded by the American

literature, focusing on the text, rather than

Folklore Society to a new publication that

Many other organizations offer children’s book

illustrations, and is therefore often a book

best incorporates folklore into its story telling

awards based on professions and interests,

appropriate for slightly older children. Mildred

or illustrations. One 2016 winner is a graphic

ethnicity, social issues, geographic location or

Taylor, Jacqueline Woodson and Sharon Creech

novel that uses folklore from Mexico and the

specific literary criteria and lists of these prizes

are some of my favorite authors that have been

Southwest United States, LowRiders to the

can be found online or through your librarian.

honored by the committee.

Center of the Earth.

The Young Adult Library Association (YALSA), also

The Jane Addams Peace Association awards a

a division of the ALA, offers several awards to honor

children’s book medal each year to a text that

Meredith Flory is an Augusta-area freelance writer, military spouse and mother of two. She has a masters degree in children’s literature from Kansas State University and has taught high school and college English.

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Important Resolution You’ll Make All Year A Self-Care Challenge for 2017 BY LAYLA KHOURY-HANOLD

When I was in my 20s, self-care meant deciding between which pastry I was going to treat myself to, or what color to pick for my weekly manicure. Now that I’m in my 30s with a 6-month-old, my definition has shifted dramatically. In those early days of being a new mom, self-care meant taking a shower, brushing my teeth and having something nutritious (yet quick) to eat. It was a shock to realize how much I had taken those basic needs for granted. No matter how long you’ve been a mom, it’s a challenge to fit self-care in. Part of the underlying resistance is that women feel selfish making time for it, but my friend Carla Contreras, a chef and health coach who specializes in working with post-partum mamas, sees it as being “self-full.” She recently organized a self-care challenge and invited me to join. I immediately made up excuses as to why I couldn’t participate—I didn’t have time, it might be too complicated, I didn’t want to fail—the usual suspects. But instead of caving to these tired excuses, I decided to at least try. Every day there was something new yet manageable to work on, like chewing your food (harder than it sounds) or consciously indulging (hello, glass of rosé). By the end of three weeks, I was more in tune with my mind and body and better able to address what I needed to be at my best. But self-care isn’t just about treating yourself and making sure that you eat right and exercise; it’s also about taking care of your mind and heart. For this realm, I tapped Mercedes Turino, a women’s empowerment life coach at Mama Redefined (her Facebook support group is amazing!) who focuses on the mental, emotional and psychological aspects of self-care. Turino can’t stress the importance of this oft-neglected area enough, pointing out that lack of self-care can lead to burn out, feeling like a victim, or worse yet, blaming others for how you feel. To inspire other mamas and keep my own self-care practice going, I was motivated to create a 14-day challenge based on these two experts’ advice, as well as input from several of our Augusta Family Magazine writers. Any resolution or commitment to change takes practice and time, so remember to take it one day at a time. Here’s to better self-care in 2017 and beyond!

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Get moving!

Instead of constantly checking your phone (guilty!), try giving yourself a specific window to check emails and social media. You’ll be able to stay in the moment (particularly important if your kids are around) and be less anxious about what you must respond to next. Contreras and her husband have a no TV/phone rule after dinner, but if that’s too cold-turkey, try switching off 30 minutes earlier than usual and read or meditate in bed instead. Since light from screens block the body’s production of melatonin, which helps control your sleep cycles, you might sleep more soundly too.

Exercise is a top priority for most of our writers, but several of them (and I suspect many of our readers) wished they made it more of priority. Some days I only make it out of the house for a 10-minute walk, but just getting my body moving and getting some fresh air does wonders to energize me and clear my mind. If you don’t have the time or budget to get to the gym, Contreras suggests trying an online barre or yoga class.

Find your go-to, UM̆\QUMIK\Q^Q\a As Mary Ashton Mills, who writes “Are We There Yet?” puts it, “If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!” Not making time for real “me-time” activities can quickly lead to resentment, particularly if other family members are good about making time for theirs. For Mills, this can mean quiet time to reflect, pray and be mindful. “Smart Mom’s Guide” writer Cammie Jones looks to running and Bible study group to help manage her day-today craziness, while new contributor Renee Williams counts meditating, journaling and adult coloring among her go-to activities.


You’d be surprised at how much impact this subtle change makes. It was a big revelation for Contreras, who points out that when you’re stressed and exhausted, your body craves sugar, and that “nothing tastes better to a sleepdeprived mama than sugar!” Instead of snacking on a granola bar, try a handful of almonds. If you need something sweet, Contreras advises pairing it with protein to slow the absorption of sugar, like eating an apple with a spoonful of almond butter.

Write Spend a few minutes (particularly in the morning) to write down whatever comes to mind. Even though I write for a living, I’m not disciplined enough about this. I know that free association can help you let go of anxieties, or it can surface something you didn’t realize you were feeling that needs attention. Turino is also a fan of journaling to build your relationship with your “inner child” and to explore the relationship between your thinking patterns, feelings and behavior.

Cook and eat at home Cook one of the meals from your menu plan. Remember, it doesn’t have to be fancy. As editor Karin Calloway points out, “Sautéing fresh chicken tenders, steaming broccoli and cooking rice doesn’t take much longer than it does to heat up processed chicken fingers and fries.” Cooking at home is a great opportunity to get family members involved with meal prep or setting the table, plus, you’ll feel more satiated and nourished by preparing whole foods. Once you sit down to eat, take stock of what it feels like to gather around the table and how you feel afterwards.


Turino explains that your inner child is “the little girl inside each of us that needs reassurance, follow-through on promises, healthy boundaries and unconditional love just like our own actual children.” She asks clients to do one thing just for their inner child every day and to acknowledge her by putting their hands on their hearts and say, “I’m doing this just for you.” It can be something simple like putting on clean clothes or something more profound, like saying “no” instead of “yes.”


Several of our writers wished they could sit down for a home-cooked dinner instead of racing through the drive-thru. Making time to cook starts with being prepared, and that means having ingredients on hand. I go through the grocery store flyer to get dinner inspiration and I write my weekly shopping list from that. It’s helped my family eat more whole foods, save money and discover new recipes that have become weeknight staples. Or you can try a meal delivery service like Blue Apron or Plated, which take the guesswork out of menu planning, grocery shopping and finding recipes.


For me, meditation has been instrumental in helping me to let go of what I think “should be” happening and to just stay in the moment. It’s also helped me identify when I’m reverting to old patterns of behavior that aren’t getting me the results I want. I like the Headspace app which has 10, 20 and 30-minute guided meditations, plus series dedicated to things like pregnancy, sleep and stress. To help you stay present in particularly trying moments, Contreras recommends reciting the mantra “peace begins with me” (adapted from spirt guru Gabby Bernstein) to help find your “calm in the chaos.” Augusta FamilyŇ ;1;l0;uƑƏƐѵņ-m†-u‹ƑƏƐƕŎƑƖ

Find your non-negotiable As a new mom who works from home, mine is still a daily shower. It’s the bare minimum I need to feel human, whether I squeeze it in in the morning or take a long one in the evening. For Contreras, this means preparing and eating a nutritious breakfast, like overnight oats or a green smoothie. Hold yourself accountable to attending that monthly pedicure appointment, set reminders on your phone to meditate or schedule a regular night out with your partner or a friend.


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Keeping up with regular health and body care is critical, but often one of the areas that suffers the most. “It’s like suddenly you realize you haven’t been to the dentist in two years or forgot to schedule an annual mammogram,” Calloway admits. I recently got a long-overdue haircut and it was amazing how giddy I felt getting out of the house, not to mention how fabulous I felt with my new look. An annual check-up is decidedly less glamorous, but I caught myself before cancelling it just because I didn’t want to cut into my husband’s day off.




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If there’s an instance when you might be tempted to say yes, knowing full well that it’d make you overextended, just say no! Let go of the notion that you can be all things to all people and fit “one more thing” in. Learning to say no helps you prioritize and put a premium on your own time, energy and needs, not to mention allowing you to better fulfill existing obligations. And if you find yourself overextended, ask for help! It’s another tough one, but try asking your partner or a friend to take one thing off your plate.


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Creating a routine is key for consistency, but the unpredictability of life can get in the way. Meredith Flory, who pens the “Raising Readers” column, can relate. “The flexibility required for being a military family sometimes makes structuring time a little difficult. I wish that I could figure out a set time of day where I just had 10-20 minutes to read and focus.” I work from home, so I can relate, too. Try starting earlier in the day; for example, while the kids nap, do 10 minutes of yoga. Or if you find yourself with 15 minutes of unexpected free time, read a book instead of throwing in a load of laundry.











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Layla Khoury-Hanold is a food/travel and lifestyle writer, blogger and new mom who currently resides with her husband in Evans.


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Inspire self-care in others Ask your partner or a friend what self-care means to them and what they’ve done lately to honor it. If there’s something they’ve always wanted to do, offer to do it with them—sign up for golf lessons, attend a yoga class or cook together. Encourage them to indulge what they might deem a guilty pleasure and help them take the guilt out of it by supporting them in their pursuit. It will allow them to be more present in their own lives and nurture your relationship with them.

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Jeremiah’s Story November 28, 2009, started off as a beautiful fall Saturday for the Battle family. They spent the morning cleaning their church and then headed home to prepare lunch. Markita’s 18–month–old son, Jeremiah, was right along side her in the kitchen while she prepared the meal. He was busy being his normal self, full of life and energy. Markita said she turned to put the chicken on the stove when she heard Jeremiah scream. “When I turned around I saw that he had opened the bottle of drain cleaner and drank it,” said Markita. She quickly grabbed Jeremiah and began using water to wash out the toxic drain cleaner. But the more water he drank, the more he screamed. While Jeremiah was taken by air to the hospital, Markita and her husband, Rickie, drove the 30 minutes with tears in their eyes. “We prayed the entire way to CHOG asking God to show Himself mighty and strong in our lives,” said Markita. “We had a sense of peace in the storm even though we didn’t know what was going on with our son at the time.” When Jeremiah arrived at the children’s hospital, he was immediately taken into the Level I Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. The family rushed up to the third floor to join their little boy, where they found doctors working diligently to save his life. Jeremiah had severe burns inside his body from his mouth down into his stomach. He stayed in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for 20 days. ”The one thing I remember about our stay at CHOG was the level of consistent, compassionate care each nurse and doctor provided for our family,” said Markita.“I remember each doctor focusing on our son’s case and acting as if he was the only patient in the hospital.” The family said they give a lot of thanks to one special doctor, pediatric surgeon Dr. Walter Pipkin. “We just love Dr. P, as if he is part of our family. Actually, he is because he helped save our Jeremiah, and we will be indebted to him for the rest of our lives,” said Markita. Jeremiah left the hospital on Dec. 24, 2009. Pipkin let the family go home for Christmas, a gift Markita called the best present. Jeremiah was 18 months old when the accident happened, and now he is 8. He’s had more than 60 operations and had to use a G–tube (gastrostomy tube) and feeding tube. But now his mom said he is completely healed and has no restrictions. “Now Jeremiah eats whatever he wants, which is typically potato chips,” said Markita. Thanks to the care of doctors and nurses at CHOG, Jeremiah is a normal growing young boy who loves running, jumping and wrestling. The 8–year–old still goes to the hospital from time to time to have his esophagus reopened, but that hasn’t stopped him from saying he wants to be a doctor when he grows up. “He wants to be the next Dr. P. I love telling people about CHOG,” said Markita. “I would not change anything about the experience.” This was a life-changing experience for the Battle family, but Markita said they met life–changing people along the way. “I ask Jeremiah all the time why he likes going to CHOG,” said Markita. “His response is always the same, ‘Because I love Dr. P ’.” SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

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Abby’sStory LIVING WITH CROHN’S DISEASE Unless you experience Crohn’s disease firsthand, it could be hard to imagine what such a debilitating and painful disease can do to a person’s life—physically and emotionally. Abby Gladin was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at age 7 at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia. Living with Crohn’s Disease is the only life she has ever known. The now 19-year-old said, despite it all, she is just a normal teenager taking on her first year of college at Augusta University. “I’ve been doing really well, but sometimes I do have flares, which can be caused by stress,” said Abby. “This semester has been rough because it is stressful with all the school work, so I’ve had a lot of flares. But I am still loving college!” For Abby, those flares consist of joint pain, fatigue and severe cramps, which are caused by inflammation in the bowel. Abby has been living with Crohn’s disease for more than 10 years. It has impacted her health, resulting in more surgeries than she can remember and multiple treatments that wipe her out for days. She has missed countless days of school. Medicine helped keep the disease

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under control until she turned 11, when the disease started causing her colon to close and she had to get an ostomy. A portion of her colon was removed and brought to the end of the organ to the abdominal wall so waste can move to a bag in her stomach. “At first, it was weird having an ostomy with my clothes. I have always been into fashion, and I didn’t want people to see it and think I was different,” said Abby. “But now, I can be more active. Sure it leaks sometimes, and I have to change the bag every two days. But it’s manageable.” The disease has also created some embarrassing moments, even now in college, but Abby said her new sorority sisters are an incredible support system. “I was in recruitment for Alpha Delta Pi and my stomach started making noises. But I just told them about my disease, laughed about it and we all moved on,” said Abby. When you first meet Abby, you notice her warm smile and kind eyes. As soon as she opens up about her disease, one’s reaction will most likely be: but she doesn’t look sick. But just because Abby looks well doesn’t mean she feels well all of the time. When Abby was little, she had a lot of stomach pain and vomiting. In severe cases of Crohn’s, it can affect the thickness of the bowel wall, weakening it and sometimes causing strictures that lead to blockages that result in tissue damage. And Abby isn’t just dealing with Crohn’s. This teenager also has ITP. Both are autoimmune disorders. Her body makes platelets, but then it destroys them faster than she can make them. Abby is on medicine for ITP, but when her Crome’s flares up, her body seems to forget to destroy the platelets. For some Crohn’s patients, surgery can be reversed, and the colon reconnected. But two years ago, the rest of Abby’s colon was removed due to severe strictures, causing her an immense amount of pain. “I really just think I’m crazy and it comes off as I’m positive,” Abby laughs. “I guess when you are feeling better and you are at school, you just can’t just think about the next time you’re going to be sick. You just have to make the best of it when you feel good. You want to try to do as much as you can.” Abby makes frequent visits to CHOG’s Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Center to get her platelets tested. “I absolutely love my doctors and nurses at CHOG. If I had to get a blood transfusion during that visit they would always give me snacks and hang out with me,” said Abby. Abby is currently partnering with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America to provide hope and inspire others dealing with this chronic illness. She is also encouraging other Crohn’s patients to use the resources that are available to them. “There is no cure for Crohn’s, so I am helping raise money to hopefully one day find a cure,” said Abby. “Until there is a cure, there are camps for kids with Crohn’s, like Camp Oasis at Camp Twin Lakes.” But Abby wasn’t always ready to take off for camp. “When I was little, my dad always tried to get me to go to a camp for Crohn’s, but I didn’t want to be different,” said Abby. “I guess I was in denial about coping with the disease, but in high school, I did go to camp because I really wanted to start helping others. And it was awesome!” All of Abby’s time spent in and out of doctors’ offices has really had a positive impact on her. Abby is studying to be a pediatric nurse. “It takes something special to be a pediatric nurse,” said Abby. “They aren’t just a nurse— they are your friend, caregiver, and they make you laugh when you are down.” She said one day she wants to work for the Children’s Hospital of Georgia and use her experience and passion to help others. “I know it sounds cliché, but my dream is to be a pediatric nurse with cute scrubs and a ponytail, making kids smile while getting the job done,” said Abby.


Grant’s Story For 3-year-old Grant Reese, it all started with chronic urticaria—red, itchy bumps all over his tiny body. Doctors believed he had an allergy, and for the next six months, he underwent a battery of tests. Meanwhile, the small boy complained of fatigue, that his legs were heavy and “wouldn’t walk”— so much so that he would often fall and have to crawl to the nearest furniture to pull himself up. That time, mom Donnell recalls, seemed to stand still while waiting for a diagnosis for her young son. But once she was referred to the Children’s Hospital of Georgia in September of 2014, things started moving quickly. Grant first saw Dr. Rita Jerath in rheumatology. Jerath consulted pediatric neurologist Dr. Elizabeth Sekul (Augusta University Neuroscience Center) on the case. During intense testing, Grant underwent a lumbar puncture, muscle biopsy, EMG and a four-and-a-half-hour MRI that scanned everything from his brain down his lumbar spine and into one thigh. The results were conclusive: Grant was diagnosed with chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP). There are currently only 90 known cases worldwide of this rare disease that affects children and adults. Grant is the 10th patient with CIDP that Sekul has treated in her 22-year career. “I know people in our online support group who drive hours to see a neurologist who is just learning about the disease,” said Donnell. “The fact that we have neurologists experienced in this disease right here in our own backyard is such a blessing.” Now 5, Grant is thriving with a maintenance plan of physical and occupational therapy, custom leg braces to strengthen his quads and prevent him from walking on his toes, plus intravenous immunoglobulin infusions every three weeks. “He calls it his ‘run fast’ medicine,” said Grant’s mom, and her son is certainly running fast, riding a bike without training wheels and playing golf. It might take years, but the hope is that Grant will go into remission. In the meantime, “I’m so thankful for the doctors here,” said Donnell. “It means the world to have someone fight for your child.”


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Faith’s Story HERE BY GRACE, LIVING IN FAITH Faith is one very busy 4-year-old. She loves watching cartoons, blowing bubbles and playing with her twin sister, Grace. Faith is busy making up for lost time in her short life by laughing as much as possible, playing and learning new things every day. Faith and Grace were born prematurely at 29 weeks in March of 2012. Even before birth, Faith was showing signs of hydrocephalus, or excessive fluid in the brain. The little girl started having seizures, at just 9 months old. She was suffering from up to 200 seizures a day! Faith started taking medication to stop the seizures but it didn’t work. Her parents, Jacel and Chad Galloway, reached out to specialists at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia for help. Faith received a surgery called a functional hemispherectomy, where surgeons cut the connection between the two hemispheres of the brain in hopes of keeping seizures that begin on one side of the brain from crossing over. Faith was one of the youngest children to have this surgery performed. The results were immediately recognizable as Faith looked right at her mom and dad after the surgery. “I think part of Faith getting better is having Grace with her,” Jacel said. “Grace really takes care of her and loves her to pieces.” Faith’s seizures stopped for 10 months but started again in July of 2014. “Faith has undergone a few tests, and the doctors are concerned they missed a spot of connection in her first surgery,” said Jacel. “Dr. Giller was very conservative during the first surgery, ensuring the absolute safety of Faith. The good news is the seizures aren’t coming from the left side, good side, of her brain.” Faith was scheduled for a second surgery in January of 2015, but it was postponed. In December of 2014, her seizures started decreasing and went from three seizures a day to one to two a week. Her mom said this was great news, and the family was hoping that her seizure activity would continue to go down and let her left-side of the brain continue to grow stronger as she learns and develops without seizure interference. “Her seizure activity has decreased, and she is progressing, growing, learning and blossoming,” said Jacel. Dr. Cole Giller, Faith’s surgeon at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, will soon perform that second surgery on Faith. Giller will be going in with a laser to try and fix the part of the brain that wasn’t connected during the first surgery. Faith is third on the list for this groundbreaking brain surgery. Her parents say Faith and Grace love horseback riding, participating in beauty pageants and giving their 6-month-old brother, Josigh, lots of kisses. The girls are charming, have a true love of life and are smart as a whip. With Faith suffering from epilepsy and Grace dealing with cerebral palsy, Jacel said they just stay positive and she feels blessed to have her two blonde beauties. “Faith and Grace, you are truly an incredible gift from God, and we all love you,” said Jacel. “Your incredible lives and perseverance in all things is a blessing for us all.”

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Resolve To

Un-Entitle Your Kids BY RENEE WILLIAMS YOU’VE UNDOUBTEDLY CAUGHT A GLIMPSE OF ONE OF THOSE UNCOMFORTABLE PARENTING SCENARIOS: a frazzled Mom or Dad tells a child “no” and suddenly with more stunt moves than MacGyver, the child screams, stomps and face-plants onto the dirty floor with a death grip on the forbidden item. How many times have you said “no” to your child and then given in? Welcome to the generation of the self-entitled child, a generation of children who have unrealistic, unmerited and inappropriate expectations of favorable conditions and treatment. Enabling starts small. Add a culture that is obsessed with excessive materialism, instant gratification, reality television and raising kids with the “you are special” mantra and parents walk the slippery slope of entitlement every day. According to research conducted by Dr. Jean M. Twenge and W. Keith Campbell, psychologists and authors of The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement, “the U.S. is clearly suffering from an epidemic of narcissism.” Not surprisingly, the authors trace the recent epidemic to well-meaning parents and good intentions. Often in an attempt to make life easy for our children and ourselves, we give our children everything they want. There’s nothing wrong with helping your kids out and encouraging positive self-esteem but when your “helping” and “allowing” become a way of life, you have crossed the line of aiding in a sense of entitlement. “No parent ever says ‘my goal is to raise a narcissistic kid.’ It’s part of this overall individualistic culture. It comes from the ‘good intentions’ of trying to develop selfesteem, from the cultural pressures of uniqueness and standing out...where we’re focusing on...being better than others,” says Dr. Twenge in The Narcissism Epidemic. Campbell and Dr. Twenge, some of the country’s leading experts on narcissism, have witnessed the rise of the self-entitled child as professors at the University of Georgia. Dr. Twenge and Campbell have noted “that the number of very entitled students, those who expect exams scheduled around their vacations, hint at lawsuits over course requirements and have parents call to complain about grades, seems to have gone up dramatically.”

With excessive materialism, instant gratification, reality television and raising kids with the “you are special” mantra, parents walk the slippery slope of entitlement every day.

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For anyone who juggles day-to-day parenting with the intention of raising more grateful, mindful and positive kids, here are some practical life hacks that focus on impulse control, practicing gratitude and emphasizing our similarities in an effort to do the world a favor and un-entitle your child.

bullying, gossiping, drama, chaos, aggression and violence are normalized and depicted as fun and entertaining. Shameless self-promotion, selfies and idealized versions of beauty on social media add to the idea of entitlement, self absorption and instant gratification. Social networks and reality television are fundamentally shifting our perceptions of ourselves and others and are deeply indicative of the negativity to which our children are constantly exposed.

COMPUTING PROBLEM: INSTANT GRATIFICATION Instant gratification is the powerful force that drives children to satisfy their needs, wants and urges immediately. This innate desire can be as basic as the need to breathe and eat or as extrinsic as the desire to have the latest gadget or iPhone. Children have a problem distinguishing between their “needs” and “wants” and are quick to try to satisfy their impulses. Technology keeps us hyperconnected and constantly fuels the desire for instant gratification. Our society now has the ability to upload videos, apps, games, photos, status updates, movies and music 24/7, all at the touch of a button. But, instant gratification begets instant gratification. In other words, once you give your child some level of instant gratification, they will expect that same instantaneous response in future interaction.

LIFE HACK: IMPULSE CONTROL Impulse control or delayed gratification is the ability to resist the temptation of an immediate reward in order to receive a larger or more enduring reward later. The power of delayed gratification is best know from the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment, a study conducted on a group of 4- to 6-year-old children who were given a marshmallow and left alone in a room for 15 minutes. The children were given the choice of being able to eat the marshmallow immediately or wait 15 minutes to receive two marshmallows. Ultimately, some children were able to wait while others were not. Those children who were able to self-regulate and wait for a bigger reward were found to have more success later in life. Children can be taught the skill of delayed gratification and the results show more positive and self-motivating children who have the ability to remain persistent in the face of difficulties and pursuit of their goals. Whether it be a marshmallow, expensive toy or saving money to buy a high-ticket item, a child’s ability to delay gratification and wait for a bigger reward teaches children the virtue of patience and self-control. It’s important as parents to teach our children to balance their desires and needs with a realistic sense of timing and patience.

COMPUTING PROBLEM: DISTRACTING SOCIAL MEDIA AND REALITY TELEVISION Social media and reality television are huge components of our television viewing and social-network culture. It may be clear to many adults that social media and reality television are not real, but how do children and adolescents understand the world of Facebook, Twitter and Toddlers and Tiaras? Over-the-top reality shows have taken bad behavior and egoism to the next level. Self-centeredness,

LIFE HACK: PRACTICING MINDFULNESS, GRATITUDE AND MAKING REAL CONNECTIONS Encouraging your children to practice mindfulness can help counteract the senseless drama they are exposed to in the media. Put simply, mindfulness is emotional awareness. Children should learn to become aware of how their ego drives their emotional responses, behavior and subsequent outcomes. If your child does not understand their ego, it can run their lives and bring about separation, division and duality as we often see on reality TV. In addition to practicing mindfulness, modeling gratitude helps children appreciate the simple goodness in life. Adults can promote gratitude directly in children by helping them express gratitude through words, writing, small gifts and random acts of kindness. Gratitude not only helps children form, maintain and strengthen supportive relationships but also helps children feel connected to a caring community. If your child feels connected to others, you’re not going to have that really toxic level of narcissism you see in the media. Gratitude increases happiness and empathy and helps children resolve conflict while decreasing bullying and aggressive behaviors. Help your children practice mindfulness, gratitude and making authentic connections in life.

COMPUTING PROBLEM: CREATING SEPARATENESS Nowadays, more often than not, parents instill in their children the conviction that they’re “special.” Parents who believe their kids are better and deserve more pass that point of view on to their children while creating children who feel superior to others and feel entitled to special privileges and treatment. This belief instills a false sense of separateness. Studies have indicated that children who think they’re “special” will grow up to be adults who expect success to come quickly without any real effort, look to be the exception to the rule and think they are better than others. The more parents overvalue their kids, the more entitled the kids response to life becomes. Prejudice, homophobia, misogyny and bigotry can also result from creating a sense of separateness among “us” and “them.” Systems that once measured our children’s strengths and weaknesses have now been convoluted by the “everyone gets a trophy” mentality which further attributes to a child’s false sense of self entitlement. “Honor Student” awards are handed out alphabetically so that “everybody gets an award” and “A” grades, which once conveyed excellence are now given to average students. Some public schools refuse to allow

anyone to get a grade below â&#x20AC;&#x153;Câ&#x20AC;? so that no student ever fails. Children are given an inaccurate depiction of their performance and are told they are â&#x20AC;&#x153;specialâ&#x20AC;? without a true sense of their ability.

LIFE HACK: EMPHASIZE OUR SIMILARITIES AND NOT OUR DIFFERENCES Ego inflation is the opposite of healthy self-confidence and positive self-esteem. As parents, our aim should be to prioritize self-esteem based on hard work and effort instead of the idea that every child is entitled to the same rewards in life as others. The truth is that all children are created different and have special unique talents, skills and abilities. As parents, we should look for and encourage our children to find the things they excel at or have a deep interest in. We are all part of a larger group of people who have many gifts and play many important parts in society. We all have unique roles that serve a purpose and each role is valuable and interconnected. Learning about cultural diversity not only offers new experiences for children but can help them

realize the similarities among us. Diversity activities teach young children to respect and celebrate the differences in all walks of life. Despite the differences in how we look or dress, or what we eat or celebrate, we all share common life experiences and are more alike than we are different. Games and activities offer a fun way for young children to learn about those differences as well as the similarities. Introducing the concept of diversity can include all types of differences such as race, religion, language, traditions and gender. Feelings of superiority create division and separateness in our childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lives so teach your child that we work together as separate but equal parts to function as a whole. Children should be able to appreciate differences in others and recognize that if one person suffers, every person suffers and if one person is honored then every person is honored because we are all connected.

UPDATED PROGRAMING: UN-ENTITLING YOUR CHILDREN Choose the good fight and stop the madness. En-

titled kids eventually turn into ungrateful entitled adults. Regardless of their age, children should be inspired to behave in more grateful, mindful and positive ways. Of course, we want the best for our kids and none of us intend to raise an entitled or narcissistic child, but often in our loving attempts to do the best for our kids, we over-parent, overindulge and over-praise which ultimately hurts our children. Creating a false sense of self-entitlement ultimately robs our children of the opportunity to do for themselves, learn from mistakes and overcome adversity. For your sake and for your kids sake, consider making parenting easier, less stressful and a whole lot more fun by teaching impulse control, gratitude and how we are all in this together and connected to one another. Diana Renee Williams is an accomplished freelancer, Huffington Post contributor and mother of two. She is a music lover, travel enthusiast and super soul spirit junkie. Prior to freelancing, she worked as a court appointed special advocate and domestic relations mediator focusing on her passion of service to the community.


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Prior to the ‘60s, it was not uncommon for

issues and uncertainties that arise from their

CIAN but I accidentally caused an explosion in my

parents to be excluded from the pediatric wards

medical conditions. “Those who choose the

Organic Chemistry lab and decided that was not for

of hospitals except for brief visits. Through the

career of Child Life Specialists are of varied life

me,” says Kimberly Eury Allen, Child Life Special-

study of Child Life, medical professionals began

experiences and backgrounds,” says Allen. “Some

ist at Children’s Hospital of Georgia. “So I went to

to include the role of the family and used play

are inspired by a personal brush with healthcare

the large wall of careers in the guidance area of my

therapy to help children navigate the emotion-

while others want to help children understand

undergraduate college and found a profession that

ally and physically demanding process of coping

the complex world of the hospital. All must be

works with children in a hospital setting...Child Life.

with hospitalization.

versed in Child Development and understand the medical issues that patients encounter. Flex-

I completed an internship and have now been in the field as a practicing Child Life Specialist for over 30


ibility is key in that no two days are the same.”

years. I love it and I have never looked back.” Specially trained in child development, Child ABOUT CHILD LIFE


Life Specialists provide developmentally appropriate care to educate, prepare and support

As part of the health care team, Child Life

children through difficult tests, procedures and

Specialists advocate for the special needs of

the field of Child Life and significantly influ-

changes within their families due to chronic or

children, include the role of family to focus on

enced the profession by humanizing healthcare

acute illness, treatment and recovery.

patient and family centered care and incorpo-

In the early ‘60s, Emma Plank was a pioneer in

environments with a deep grounding in child development and child psychology. ƒѶŎAugusta Family | December 2016/January 2017

Through one-on-one interaction, Child Life Specialists help children deal with the emotional

rate play therapy into treatment plans. Allen, who is also director at Camp Rainbow

Inspiration Station explains, “As a Child Life Specialist, I assess a

There is also an outdoor dining area and a fam-

child’s developmental level and understanding of

ily rooftop garden equipped with oxygen, air and

the complex medical experience and treatment

suction so all children, including those with ven-

and individualize my interventions according to

tilators and tracheotomies, can easily and safely

the patient needs. I look to the child for cues as

visit the outdoors. For older children, there are

to how they are understanding a procedure or

separate activity rooms with a stereo, game table,

treatment and help them understand what is go-

lounging chairs and a big-screen television.

ing to happen. I take the complex medical world and help translate that into a language that a


child can understand.” Some common Child Life interventions in-

Hospitalization can be a confusing and stress-

clude: encouraging parent presence and par-

ful experience for children, adolescents and their

ticipation in care, communicating frequently

families. It is not intuitive for parents to know

with patients, advocating for pain management,

how to cope with their child’s hospitalization so

providing choices when appropriate, being

learning how to interact with a child and medi-

realistic and truthful with children and providing

cal professionals when hospitalization occurs

age-appropriate activities that foster a sense of

benefits everyone. It is very common for young

well being. Whether it is a visit from Santa, shar-

people and their families to have many questions

ing music, favorite toys or encouraging words,

when they are scheduled for surgery or hospital-

Child Life Specialists provide many therapeutic

ization. Parents play an important role in helping

interventions that are critical in the healing

children cope with hospitalization. When children

process. Child Life Specialists work to promote

are given opportunities to cope successfully with

growth, development and feelings of success

healthcare experiences, this success often leads

and fulfillment.

to a more positive experience.


riers every day to make the profession known to

Child Life Specialists are breaking through barcoworkers and community members. New and alAlthough Child Life Specialists typically func-

ternative ways continue to arise to help children

tion in the hospital setting, their skills and train-

cope with many different types of challenges that

ing are often applied to support children and

are associated with hospitalization. More medical

families in other settings such as hospice, dental

professionals are learning and acquiring “child-

care, schools, specialized camps, funeral homes or

friendly language” and are using the vocabulary to

wherever children experience stress or trauma.

effectively communicate with children and their

Here in Augusta, the Children’s Hospital of

families during hospitalization. Today, hospi-

Georgia employs Child Life Specialists and pro-

tals acknowledge the role of the family and play

vides a relaxing and welcoming environment for

therapy and provide a child-friendly environment

patients and families. Incorporating elements of

to facilitate the process of treatment.

nature and technology, the facility has five levels that emphasize freedom and family togetherness. Some designs include an archeological dig with

“As a Child Life Specialist, I focus on the child’s perspective and advocate for them from a childdevelopment point of view,” Allen concludes.

nooks and crannies for exploration, dinosaur fos-

“I help them understand their disease process

sils and other novelties. There is also a shallow

and aid in their healing. I ‘play with a purpose’ in

stream running through the playscape that is el-

order to increase their coping with some really

evated so kids in wheelchairs can roll right up to it.

hard experiences.”

One of the first things likely to catch your eye

For more information or questions about do-

at Children’s Hospital of Georgia is the video

nations, call the Child & Adolescent Life Depart-

aquarium, a six-foot high and 26-foot long

ment at 706-721-5503.

structure with moving images of underwater

Diana Renee Williams is an accomplished freelancer, Huffington Post contributor and mother of two. She is a music lover, travel enthusiast and super soul spirit junkie. Prior to freelancing, she worked as a court appointed special advocate and domestic relations mediator focusing on her passion of service to the community.

scenes. The aquarium serves to calm and inform children. There are also interactive games mounted on the walls and a clear floor through which you can see the stream that runs from the playscape to the lobby.

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JANUARY 19. An Evening with Danny Kaye. Brian Childers portrays Mr. Kaye, channeling his unique story and comedic genius. 7:30 p.m. at the Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway, Aiken.

FIRST TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH. Â&#x2020;ŕŚ&#x17E;vl Spectrum Disorder Support and Resource Group (The â&#x20AC;&#x153;A-Teamâ&#x20AC;?)Äş 7Â&#x2020;1-ŕŚ&#x17E;om-m7vÂ&#x2020;rrou|=ou=-lbŃ´b;vġ 1-u;]bÂ&#x2C6;;uv-m7=ub;m7vo=1_bŃ´7u;mÂ&#x2030;b|_-Â&#x2020;ŕŚ&#x17E;vlvr;1Ĺ&#x160; |uÂ&#x2020;l7bvou7;uvbm1Ń´Â&#x2020;7bm]-Â&#x2020;ŕŚ&#x17E;vlġvr;u];uÄ˝v-m7  "ĺѾĹ&#x160;Ć&#x2022;rÄşlÄş_bŃ´7u;mÄ˝vovrb|-Ń´o=;ou]b-ġ buv| Ń´oouġ -lbŃ´Â&#x2039;!;voÂ&#x2020;u1;b0u-uÂ&#x2039;ġ!oolĆ?ŃśĆ?Ć?ÄşCall Family Services Development at 706-721-5160 for lou;bm=oul-ŕŚ&#x17E;omÄş

JANUARY 27. Squirm Burpee: A Vaudvillian Melodrama.v_oÂ&#x2030;CŃ´Ń´;7Â&#x2030;b|_(-Â&#x2020;7;Â&#x2C6;bŃ´Ń´;1ol;7Â&#x2039;ġ l;Ń´o7u-l--m7vŃ´-rvŕŚ&#x17E;1hÄşĆ&#x2022;ÄšĆ&#x2019;Ć?rÄşlÄş-||_;-0;Â&#x152;"Äş -u7bm;u=oulbm]u|v;m|;uġĆ&#x2022;Ć?Ć&#x2018;Ć&#x2018; Â&#x2C6;-mv$oÂ&#x2030;m ;m|;uŃ´Â&#x2C6;7Äş

SECOND THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH. NICU Parent Support Group.oomĹ&#x160;Ć?rÄşlÄşbm|_;;om-Ĺ&#x160; |-Ń´m|;mvbÂ&#x2C6;;-u;&mb|ġĆ&#x201D;|_ Ń´oouġ_bŃ´7u;mÄ˝vovrb|-Ń´ o=;ou]b-Äş oulou;bm=oul-ŕŚ&#x17E;omġ1-Ń´Ń´"Â&#x2039;Ń´Â&#x2C6;b-1oÂ&#x2039; at 706-721-2286.

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DECEMBER 4. Morris Holiday Open House. mfoÂ&#x2039; v;-vom-Ń´1u-[vġ-|Ć&#x2018;rÄşlÄş1om1;u|ru;v;m|;70Â&#x2039;$_; Band Kelley and special discounts on merchandise in the store. Free. DECEMBER 9. u|oÂ&#x2030;uŕŚ&#x17E;v|$-Ń´hÄš_;uÂ&#x2039;Ń´ Goldsleger. $_bv-11olrŃ´bv_;7-uŕŚ&#x17E;v|-m7Â&#x2020;]Â&#x2020;v|- &mbÂ&#x2C6;;uvb|Â&#x2039;Ä˝v)bŃ´Ń´b-l"Äşouubv lbm;m|"1_oŃ´-ubmu|ġ 7bv1Â&#x2020;vv;v_;u1Â&#x2020;uu;m|;Â&#x160;_b0bŕŚ&#x17E;om-||_;ouubvÄş


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1-Ń´l=Â&#x2020;vvÂ&#x2039;0-0b;v-m7|o_;Ń´r-Ń´Ń´0-0b;vvŃ´;;r0;Â&#x201A;;uÄş Used by the nurses here at Doctors Hospital, these |;1_mbtÂ&#x2020;;vÂ&#x2030;bŃ´Ń´0;-Ń´b=;v-Â&#x2C6;;u=oum;Â&#x2030;r-u;m|v-[;u taking their baby home. 7-8:30 p.m. DECEMBER 3. "-=;"bÂ&#x201A;;uÄşm-ŕŚ&#x17E;om-Ń´Ń´Â&#x2039;u;1o]mbÂ&#x152;;7 ruo]u-l|_-||;-1_;vv|Â&#x2020;7;m|v-];vĆ?Ć?Ĺ&#x160;Ć?Ć&#x2019;v-=; and nurturing child care techniques, management and appropriate responses to medical emergencies. Please pack a lunch or snacks for your child to bring with them to class. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. DECEMBER 8. m=-m|!Ĺ&#x152;-0b;vġÂ&#x2020;lrv-m7 Bruises. $_bvm=-m|!-m7"-=;|Â&#x2039;1Ń´-vvbvu;1olĹ&#x160; mended not only for parents, but family and friends -vÂ&#x2030;;Ń´Ń´Äşm=-m|!ġ-v|-Â&#x2020;]_|0Â&#x2039;|_;l;ub1-m ;-u|vvo1b-ŕŚ&#x17E;omġbv7bv1Â&#x2020;vv;7-m7_-m7vĹ&#x160;omvhbŃ´Ń´v -u;ru-1ŕŚ&#x17E;1;7Äşm=-m|v-=;|Â&#x2039;bvvÂ&#x2020;;v-u;-Ń´vo1oÂ&#x2C6;;u;7Äş 7-8:30 p.m.


DECEMBER 10 & 11. "_ou|-m7"Â&#x2030;;;|Äş|Â&#x2030;oĹ&#x160; 7-Â&#x2039;Â&#x2030;;;h;m71Ń´-vv1oÂ&#x2C6;;ubm]7bv1ol=ou|vo=ru;]Ĺ&#x160; m-m1Â&#x2039;ġ|_;ruo1;vvo=Ń´-0ou-m77;Ń´bÂ&#x2C6;;uÂ&#x2039;ġ1ol=ou| |;1_mbtÂ&#x2020;;vÂ&#x2020;v;7bmŃ´-0ouġl;7b1-ŕŚ&#x17E;omĹ&#x2020;;rb7Â&#x2020;u-Ń´v -m7u;Ń´-Â&#x160;-ŕŚ&#x17E;om-m70u;-|_bm]|;1_mbtÂ&#x2020;;vÄş$_bv 1Ń´-vvbm1Ń´Â&#x2020;7;vÂ&#x2C6;-Ń´Â&#x2020;-0Ń´;bm=oul-ŕŚ&#x17E;om;Â&#x2C6;;mb=lol intends to use an epidural for labor and birth. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on the Saturday, 1-5 p.m. on the Sunday.

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Sohailla Digsby, RDN, LD SOHAILLA DIGSBY, 40, is a registered dietitian, nutritionist, fitness pro, national speaker and author of Countdown to Your Best Body Success Journal and Best Body Cookbook & Menu Plan (with Kim Beavers of Eating Well With Kim). She and her husband, Tom, staff sergeant of the Coumbia County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investivation Division, live in Appling with their three children and three adopted kittens. Find information about her program at As a health and fitness expert, do you have any tips for setting yourself up for success achieving your health and fitness goals? Yes! First, set reasonable goals that “major on the majors.” Don’t get caught up on fads and promising tips that aren’t proven to make a big impact, especially if you have not yet mastered the basics. Second, enlist accountability—once you know what your goal is, share your strategies with others who will keep you accountable. Third, if you are going to splurge, be strategic. Predetermine about three strategic splurges per week to mindfully savor and ideally consume in the presence of your accountability partner.

Favorite place to take the kids: Club Med in Port Staint Lucie, Fla. Favorite food? Sesame-encrusted tuna steak. Life lesson: Relationship is everything. As a driven person who loves people just as much as I love creating a sense of accomplishment, I coach myself with this phrase daily: “No heartbeat—not my priority.” There are only so many things one can give attention to. Invest in people.

One word to describe yourself: Devoted.

What would surprise people about you? Initially that I lived in multiple countries overseas until I was 7 as a missionary kid...until people spend a little time with me and then they wouldn’t be surprised by that at all.

What quality do you admire the most? In adults: when someone is genuine. In kids: gratefulness.

Best thing about being a mom? Two things: Kissing sweet rosy cheeks and humility that I may have not have learned apart from parenthood.

If you could do any job, what would you choose? My current one! 8 a.m.2:30 p.m. fitness instructor and nutritionist inspiring others to be their best. Early morning and from 2:30 p.m. until late—mom, wife and friend... again inspiring others to be their best.

Hardest part about being a mom? Being all ears and all places for three movers-and-shakers at once.

If you had a super power, what would it be? To not require sleep if I had more purposeful things I’d rather do.

Planner, dreamer or doer? I have to be all of the above as a business owner who trains and manages facilitators of my Best Body Countdown program around the country. But what comes most naturally is dreaming up programs, books, songs and projects.

What did you want to be when you grew up? Dancer/singer.

Favorite indulgence: Heath Bars.

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