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Welcome to Our Baby Issue! Each month Birmingham Parent brings you stories and information about raising children of all ages, but this month, we particularly are talking about “Mom” and baby. It’s our annual baby book, with the annual Baby & Me Directory of products, businesses and services, a great keeper for all year long. One of my favorite stories this month is on page 10, “Ways to Identify & Prevent Choking in Children.” I have to admit, as a young mother, I was not really prepared for choking or doing CPR on my children. It’s one of my regrets. Luckily, I never needed to, but how important for young moms and dads to know what to do! This story by Emily Reed gives you great information and leads to seek out a class – really a must for every parent and caregiver. Another story that brought back memories and is a topic still so relevant today is Mastering the Art of Nursing in Public.” I nursed both my children for at least 10 months each, and nursing in public places was always a challenge. But now, more than ever before, nursing moms have options. Check out this story on page 14 for more. Stephanie Rodda tackles the topic of Child Abuse Prevention this month, another very important subject. While not specific to babies, unfortunately, often in the news we hear about babies who have fallen victim to this. While a sad subject, it is an important one to not only help parents but help anyone be informed about what child abuse actually is. Then we’ve got a fun story about a couples baby shower, our “Ask the Specialist” this month is about the stages of labor and we’ve even got a story to help you through labor. Of course, don’t miss our wonderful April Calendar of events. Happy Spring, and Happy Easter! Carol Muse Evans Publisher/Editor

ABOUT THE EDITORS: Carol Muse Evans is the publisher/editor/owner of Birmingham Parent magazine, a publication she and her husband David began in 2004. The Birmingham, Alabamabased parenting publication attracts more than 60,000 readers monthly in a four-county area and receives 10,000 hits per month on its website. The magazine has a 20,000+ print circulation, plus several thousand in readership of the digital edition online. It is the only independently audited free publication in our area. Evans is an award-winning writer and editor who has also has written for several other publications as a freelance writer since the late 80s. She is a graduate of Auburn University in journalism and is a graduate of Scottsboro High School. She is married with two grown children and lives in Alabaster. She is a member of the National Federation of Press Women, Alabama Media Professionals and Southeastern Advertisers and Publishers Association (SAPA). Evans also serves on the board of directors of Childcare Resources. Lori Chandler Pruitt is associate editor of Birmingham Parent, where she is responsible for the calendar and editorial editing. She also is a freelancer for Business Alabama magazine and has written/edited for several other publications. This award-winning writer and editor is a graduate of the University of Alabama in news/editorial and Hueytown High School. She is married with two children. 4 | birminghamparent | april 2017

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Parenting with Dr. Friedman

8 School News 0 0 9 Short Stuff Skin is 34 Healthy Beyond Beautiful: 35

10 In an Instant: Ways to Identify & Prevent Choking in Children

14 Mastering the Art of Nursing in Public



It Takes Two to Tango: Fun Games for your Couples Baby Shower

Ask the Specialist: Know the Stages of Labor

Birmingham Teen: New Research Sheds Light on Teen Smoking in Alabama


April 2017 Calendar of Events


Poetry Party: Funny Insect Poems



Child Abuse Prevention

30 Labor and Delivery 101

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Parenting with Dr. Friedman


My wife favors our 10-year-old son over our 14-yearold daughter. To even things out, I find myself spending more time with our daughter than our son.

My wife excuses all of our son’s behavior problems and takes his side whether he is right or wrong. As a result, he is immature for his age. He cries if he doesn’t get his way, even when his friends are present. My wife showers him with clothes and toys, and he has few responsibilities at home. My wife will cook anything he wants to eat, while my daughter has to eat what is served to the family. What do you think about this situation?

This sounds like a marital problem that started with the birth of the children. Of course, the psychological issues that led to the marital problem began long before the marriage or the births. Instead of the attachment and alliance being between the adult marital partners, the children have become the source of companionship for the adults. There are strong parent/child ties and weak husband/wife ties. Mom is getting her emotional fulfillment from her relationship with her son, while dad has bonded to his daughter to fill the void left by the emotionally absent wife. When this happens, the children are thrown into roles for which they are developmentally ill prepared. A parent who is trying to buy the affections of her child cannot set realistic rules for responsibility and behavior. Thus your son is left without guidance. He has too much power over your wife, as he can demand anything from her with the veiled threat of withdrawing his love if she doesn’t meet his desires. It is quite common for a boy between the ages of three and six to say some version of “Mommy, I want to marry you.” In a healthy family, the dad steps in to be with his wife and the child returns to the role of the son. The son then learns to become like the father so that he can win the affection of girls his own age later in life. When the dad doesn’t step in or when the mom rejects her husband in favor of the son, the child is left to fill shoes that are too big for him. He remains attached to his mom and is unable to move on in development to leave the family into which he was born, to start


a family of his own. Thus, the mom’s attachment to her son stifles his growth and therefore is a selfish love that is not in the son’s best interest. The brother/sister relationship is in trouble as well. There is little that fuels sibling rivalry more forcefully than parental favoritism. The mother’s open favoritism will create anger in the less favored child, but even the favored child loses. He realizes that if mom can be unfair to his sister, then mom’s love for him might not be unconditional either, and he too might lose mom if he doesn’t do her bidding. In some ways, your daughter is the luckier child. Her mom seems to be able to set appropriate parental limits for her, while your son is being led to believe that he is the center of the universe. Peers, teachers, and, in the future, a wife will not see him in this way. He will struggle with rejections lifelong unless he can bear his share of the load. You daughter might hurt from her mother’s rejection, but she might gain from the autonomy she gets from mom’s inattention.

Vivian K. Friedman Ph. D. is a child and family psychologist at UAB, Department of Psychiatry. Send questions for response in this column to No personal replies are sent.


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Solar Power Installed at The Altamont School Eagle Solar & Light of Birmingham announces its latest solar installation at The Altamont School. The company recently completed the 14.7 kW ground-mounted Solar System with the final electrical interconnect to the 3 Phase, 208V utility service. “The new solar arrays will not only help us reduce our monthly consumption of power, they will also provide many outstanding educational opportunities for our students,” says Sarah Whiteside, head of school. “Altamont’s global initiative theme for this academic year is ‘Energy Resources and Climate Change.’ The solar arrays are one more way we can express that theme and incorporate environmental stewardship into the culture, and practices, of our school.” Sam Yates, president of Eagle Solar and Light, estimates the solar array will generate 22,110 kilowatt-hours a year, saving thousands on power bills. The solar array will provide approximately one-fifth of the school’s daytime energy consumption needs.

John Carroll Dance Teams Win Top National and State Titles John Carroll Catholic’s varsity, junior varsity and middle school dance teams received top honors in the 2017 UDA (Universal Dance Association) National and State Dance Team Championships! The John Carroll Middle School dance team won first place in the Junior High Hip Hop category at the championships, held at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando. They also earned the same title in 2014, and have been nationally ranked in the top 5 every year since. John Carroll is the only school that holds a UDA national title in the state of Alabama. Photo courtesy of ASFA

ASFA Students named Presidential Scholars

The John Carroll Middle School dance team won first place in the Junior

Two students at the Alabama School of Fine Arts have been notified that they are U.S. Presidential Scholar candidates. Lindsey Waggoner, a senior in the music department, and Emily Amin, a senior in the creative writing department were selected by the U.S. Department of Education for this honor. All high school seniors in the U.S. who took either the ACT or the SAT are automatically considered for participation in the U.S. Presidential Scholar program. The U.S. Department of Education then choses the top 20 male examinees and top 20 female examinees from each state to be candidates. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.

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UDA national title in the state of Alabama.

In addition, these talented young girls also won the 2017 UDA Alabama Dance Team Championship in hip hop and jazz categories this year, and took home the best costume award for their hip hop routine at the state competition, which was held at Spain Park High School at the end of January. More honors were awarded John Carroll during the national competition when the junior varsity dance team won third place in hip hop and fourth place in jazz. During their state competition, they also won first place in hip hop and were awarded second place in the jazz category. The varsity team placed 11th in the extremely tough Small Varsity Hip Hop division at the national competition this year, but not before winning the Alabama state title by placing first in hip hop and first in jazz. They also won best choreography for jazz dance during the Alabama competition.

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Battling Croup in Children Courtesy of Children’s of Alabama Croup, while a common illness, can be a scary situation for children and their parents. It’s caused by a virus, says Peily Soong, M.D., a pediatrician at Pediatrics East. “The most common virus is one that’s called parainfluenza, but other viruses can cause it like the common cold or flu,” he says. The symptoms of croup are relatively unmistakable and include a distinct cough that is described as sounding like a seal’s bark. It’s often worse at nighttime. Other symptoms that may accompany croup include cold-like symptoms such as a fever and runny nose, as well as a raspy voice. “One thing about this illness is that it affects the throat area,” Soong explains. “It can cause swelling in the throat, which can cause something called stridor, a real wheezy sound that they can have while breathing. And that’s something to worry about.” Parents should act quickly when their child demonstrates the symptoms of croup and particularly stridor, but often the symptoms can be handled at home. The key is helping the child breathe in moist air. Soong offers these tips for treating croup: • Turn on a hot shower, allow the child to breathe in the steam. • If it’s cold outside, take the child outside to breathe in cool air. • If it’s warm, open the freezer door and have them breathe the cold air from the freezer. In many cases, these actions can help alleviate the immediate symptoms of croup, however, it’s still a good idea to visit the pediatrician the next morning so that a steroid can be prescribed to reduce throat swelling.

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Ways to Identify & Prevent Choking in Children By Emily Reed

When Lani Meek signed up for a CPR training class before the birth of her first son, she had no idea the tips covered in the class would eventually save her child’s life. “I, like any first-time parent, wanted to make sure I was prepared for everything,” Meek says. “I am a teacher, and I had students who had different medical needs, so I knew the importance of knowing first aid. “I realized when I got pregnant with my first child that I was not totally prepared in terms of knowing how to perform CPR. I saw an advertisement 10 | birminghamparent | april 2017

in our church bulletin one day of a CPR class being offered, so I decided to take it with my husband,” she explains. Meek took the class, and placed a pamphlet about ways to handle choking on the inside of her kitchen pantry in case there was ever a need. “I think with any parent you always think it will never happen to you,” Meek says. “Learning CPR is something that you are thankful you know, but you think in the back of your mind that you won’t ever really need to put it into practice.” Shortly after her son turned a year old, Meek let him have a miniature vanilla

wafer to eat as he sat roughly two feet away from her while she washed dishes in the family’s kitchen. “I noticed shortly after I had given him the wafer that he was not making any noise,” Meek says. “I looked over at him and noticed he was looking at me with panic in his face. He was not blue, but he was definitely getting there. I flipped him over and immediately did the Heimlich maneuver. I really just went into instinct mode. I told my husband to call 911, which we he did, but after three times of performing the Heimlich we were able to get the wafer dislodged, and everything

was fine. I think because we took the CPR class we were able to stay really calm, and focus on getting the piece of food dislodged from our son’s throat,” she adds. Meek is just one of many parents opting to learn infant and children CPR, as children commonly choke on toys, food, or small objects they place in their mouths. “We have a lot of new moms that hear about things that can happen where a child can be in distress, and they do not want to be caught unaware,” says Debbie Moss, a CPR instructor with the American Heart Association. “It is something that you really don’t want to be ill-equipped in knowing because the chances of a child choking are really common, and it can happen so easily.” Moss offers free CPR classes at Dawson Memorial Baptist Church in Homewood twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. “The training we offer is if a situation comes up where the infant’s heart stops, or they get choked, the parents will then know what to do,” Moss explains. “The classes oftentimes have a lot of new parents, but we also have parents who are looking for a refresher if they are having another child, babysitters, grandparents, or anyone who is in the position of taking care of a child.” Moss says the class she offers is not a certification course, but most parents do not need to be certified, they just need to be knowledgeable about what to do. “If it is your child, you will do whatever you can to make sure they are OK,” Moss adds. “I obviously hope with each class I teach that the information I am going over will never be needed on a child, but after each class session wraps up we always pray that we will be able to recall everything we have learned in the class if the need comes up.”

“I noticed shortly after I had given him the wafer that he was not making any noise,” Meek says. “I looked over at him and noticed he was looking at me with panic in his face. He was not blue, but he was definitely getting there. I flipped him over and immediately did the Heimlich maneuver. I really just went into instinct mode. I told my husband to call 911, which we he did, but after three times of performing the Heimlich we were able to get the wafer dislodged, and everything was fine. I think because we took the CPR class we were able to stay really calm, and focus on getting the piece of food dislodged from our son’s throat,” she adds.

A free CPR class available at Dawson Memorial Baptist Church will be April 26 from 6-7 p.m. Anyone interested in attending the course should call the church at 871-7324 to make a reservation. In a video distributed by Children’s of Alabama on choking, Debbie Coshatt, a nurse educator in the patient’s health and safety department at the hospital, identified ways to determine if a child is choking. Those signs include: • A child is turning blue or pale. • A child opens his mouth and cannot breathe, talk or cough. • Showing the universal sign for choking, which is when a child holds the neck with one or both hands.

Coshatt demonstrates in the video that, for anyone suspected of choking over the age of 1, to place hands above their belly button, make a fist, and do inward and upward motions. “You are coughing for that person,” Coshatt explains in the video. “You keep doing that until the object comes out. A lot of parents are oftentimes too gentle when doing this, but it is better to be firm and potentially break a rib, because you are saving a life.” Tips to help avoid a child choking include making sure kids eat while seated, and avoid laughing or talking when eating. Also, do not give children under 5 hard candy or nuts, and when feeding children foods such as hot dogs, carrots or grapes, cut them lengthwise and crosswise. (continued on following page)

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Barrie Woods, CPR coordinator for the city of Hoover, says people never know when they will need to perform CPR. “It can be on a child, or even an adult,” Woods says. “You could be at a store and find someone in need of CPR, and have to act in an instant. The skills you learn are not just for your family, they can be used on anyone.” Woods helps teach classes offered through Hoover Fire Department to members of the community as well as health care providers. “We have found time and time again that people are able to help save lives after they learn how to properly administer CPR,” Woods adds. The Hoover Fire Department offers American Heart Association CPR 12 | birminghamparent | april 2017

certification classes for the general public during the first, second and third Saturdays of each month. The classes are held at Hoover Fire Station No. 7, located at 100 Inverness Parkway, off of Valleydale Road near Highway 280. There is a $15 registration fee, and class size is limited to 20 individuals each session. “We have babysitters, coaches, teachers, fitness instructors, scout leaders and parents take the course,” Woods says. “The classes are always well-attended.” For more information about the class, call 444-7683 or email woodsb@ “When my second child was born, I took a CPR class again because I wanted

to brush up on the things I learned when I had my first child,” Meeks says. “If it is not something you are doing every day, you have a tendency to put it in the back of your mind, but it is such an important thing to know. When the situation came up where my first child was choking, I could hear the words of the information I had learned in the class in my head as the situation was going on and I believe that allowed me to focus on making sure my child was OK.” To locate a CPR course in the area, visit or check with local fire departments and hospitals. Emily Reed is a freelance writer and stayat-home mom to her son, Tobias.


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Mastering the Art of

NURSING IN PUBLIC By Christa Melnyk Hines

There’s always flak over breast feeding in public. Some moms are bold; others are nervous and shy. Experts agree that breastfeeding supports the healthy development of your baby, your overall wellbeing and establishes a lasting bond with your little one. And breastfeeding is also conveniently portable. But if you’re like many new moms, embarrassment and a fear of judgment may make you nervous about nursing in public. “Feeding baby on the go is very doable and takes just a little know-how and practice to get the hang of it,” says lactation consultant Marji Stark, BAEd, IBCLC. Here’s how:

Start slow. Give yourself time to adjust to new motherhood and your baby’s feeding habits. Plan to keep your outings short, nurse your infant before you leave home and again before you get out of the car. “Practice at home in front of the mirror,” says Kelly Josephine, RN, IBCLC. For the first few outings, choose a low-stress environment, such as a park. Plan ahead. As you get more comfortable with breastfeeding and predicting when your baby will want to eat, you’ll feel less anxiety when you head out. Wear clothing that makes nursing easy. Many moms opt for nursing tops or tanks with an overshirt. Light scarves or blankets can also provide coverage. Pack an extra shirt in case of leaks or spills. “There are many breastfeeding covers that vary in complexity from the type of fabric, slings and other customizations. Find one that works for you,” adds Josephine, who recommends the website Know where to go. Ask other nursing moms

where they breastfeed when they’re out and about. Patronize area businesses and family attractions friendly toward nursing mothers. Look for quiet spots to feed your baby, like clean dressing rooms in department stores and booths or corner tables in restaurants that offer some privacy. Avoid bathrooms, Stark says. “Babies should not have to eat in a restroom – adults never do.” You can also seek shelter in your car or ask a friend or family member to help “shield” you while you breastfeed, Josephine says.

Reach out for support. “New mothers need to be

around new mothers,” Stark says. Most area hospitals offer weekly educational meet-ups for nursing mothers where they can find encouragement and support from other moms. “Mothers who attend a breastfeeding support group gain confidence, are more comfortable nursing in public and tend to nurse longer than mothers who do not,” she adds. To find additional support, check out your local La Leche League, Facebook groups like

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“Feeding baby on the go is very doable and takes just a little know-how and practice to get the hang of it,” says lactation consultant Marji Stark, BAEd, IBCLC.

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Know the law. When you know your rights, you’ll feel more confident with your choices. Forty-nine states, Washington D.C. and the Virgin Islands allow moms to breastfeed in any public or private location. (Other than exempting nursing moms from jury duty, Idaho is the only state with no laws that protect moms from nursing in public). For more information about breastfeeding state laws, including federal laws for working mothers who nurse, check out the National Conference of State Legislatures, research/health/breastfeeding-state-laws.aspx.

Freelance journalist Christa Melnyk Hines resides with her husband and their two children. Christa is the author of Confidently Connected: A Mom’s Guide to a Satisfying Social Life.



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MOM’S HEALTH Birmingham Obstetrics & Gynecology 800 St Vincents Dr. #500 Birmingham, AL 35205 205-933-8334 Mother, daughter, wife, professional, homemaker, caregiver – the physicians and staff at Birmingham OBGYN appreciate the many roles a woman plays in life and understand the special needs a woman requires from a healthcare provider. Brookwood Baptist Health • Brookwood Baptist Medical Center 2010 Brookwood Medical Center Dr. Birmingham, AL 35209 • Citizens Baptist Medical Center 604 Stone Ave. Talladega, AL 35160 • Princeton Baptist Medical Center 701 Princeton Ave. SW Birmingham, AL 35211 • Shelby Baptist Medical Center 1000 First St. N Alabaster, AL 35007 • Walker Baptist Medical Center 3400 Hwy. 78 E Jasper, AL 35501

With five hospitals throughout central Alabama, hundreds of specialists, and countless ways to customize your experience, Brookwood Baptist Health is a community of care dedicated to making your new beginning a happy one. Grandview Medical Center Women’s and Children’s Center 3690 Grandview Pkwy. Birmingham, AL 35243 205-971-1000 Whether becoming a new parent or adding to your family - our dedicated team at the new Grandview Medical Center will make your experience memorable. Grandview Medical Group OB/GYN 3686 Grandview Pkwy. Suite 320 Birmingham, AL 35243 205-971-5499 www.grandviewmedical Our board certified OB/GYNs are passionate about helping women achieve their goals and offer care that is compassionate and personal. Shades Valley Dermatology • Birmingham 813 Shades Creek Pkwy. Suite 205 Birmingham, AL 35209 • Jasper 300 North Airport Rd Suite 200 Jasper, AL 35504  We are committed to the health of your skin. Our staff believes that healthy skin is the best skin you can have.    Skin Wellness Center of Alabama • 1920 Huntington Rd. Birmingham, AL 35209 205-871-7332 • 398 Chesser Drive, Suite 6 Chelsea, AL 35043 205-678-7518 Offering a full range of dermatology services including medical evaluations and treatment for conditions such as well as most elective cosmetic and laser procedures.

UAB Women and Infants Center 1700 6th Avenue South Birmingham, AL 35233 205-934-9999 women UAB Women & Infants Services offers exceptional healthcare throughout a woman’s life. Whether you’re having a baby, battling cancer or struggling with incontinence or infertility, we’re with you every step of the way. Women’s Health Specialists of Birmingham 3686 Grandview Pkwy., Suite 300 Birmingham, AL 35243 205-536-7676 Our physicians have created an environment for women that is calm, respectful, and supportive. Visit whsbham. com for more information. SPECIAL NEEDS Behavioral One 1025 Montgomery Hwy. Suite #214 Vestavia Hills, AL 35216 205-233-1414 (Cell) 205-703-8103 (Office) Behavioral ONE is an assessment and treatment center offering evidence-based services in Behavior Analysis, Speech Pathology and Clinical Psychology for children with Autism, Developmental & Learning Disabilities.  Capstone Medical Resource, LLC  Vestavia, Trussville, Gardendale, Bessemer, Cullman, Jasper 205-305-6108  Services include Psychological Evaluations and Therapeutic Services for children and adults, as well as ADHD Testing, Counseling Services, Medication Management, Speech Therapy, Court Evaluations and Co-Parenting classes.    (continued on next page...)

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Child’sPlay Therapy Center LLC Hoover, Chelsea and Huntsville locations 205-978-9939 Occupational, physical, speech and music therapy, along with academic tutoring. Experienced loving staff and facility just for kids.   Elrod Mobility 1930 Third Ave. N. Bessemer, AL 35020 205-823-8181 Elrod Mobility delivers the very best in the sale and service of mobility products, making your life simpler and easier.   Upper Limit Learning Center 3601-A Lorna Ridge Dr. Hoover, Alabama 205-783-5103  Enriching Learning, Shaping Futures. We tutor K-12 students, provide homework help, conduct ACT/SAT prep sessions, fill in learning gaps, and much more.  PRESCHOOLS, DAYCARES & EDUCATION Joseph Bruno Montessori Academy 5509 Timber Hill Rd.  Birmingham, AL 35242 18 | birminghamparent | april 2017

Phone: 205-995-8709 Fax: 205-995-0517 For over 30 years JBMA has equipped children with the essential skills and knowledge they need to thrive as a successful adult. Enrolling toddlers - 8th grade.   Odyssey Early Sch​ools • Inverness Campus 104 Heatherbrooke Park Dr. Birmingham, AL 35242 205-991-0039 • Trace Crossings Campus 401 Emery Dr. Hoover, AL 35244 205-988-8829 Created by educators featuring ​ state-of-the-art facilities​, nurturing teachers ​with Education degrees, and comprehensive curriculum ​that provides your child with age appropriate exploration into the world of learning. SHOPS AND SERVICES Applause Dancewear 1629 Oxmoor Rd. Birmingham, AL 35209 205-871-STEP Applause has the largest selection of dancewear in the Southeast. Clothing, shoes

and accessories for all types of dance that fit toddler to plus size, teams and individuals. Birmingham Stork Lady 205-538-2615 We specialize in lawn display rentals, stork sign rentals, newborn sign rentals, baby sign rentals, and baby announcement stork signs.   Performing Arts & Classes Alabama Dance Academy 3221 Old Columbiana Rd. Hoover, AL 35226 205-978-6820 A state-of-the-art dance instruction facility in the disciplines of ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical/contemporary and Pilates. Founded by professional ballet dancer Pamela Merkel in 1995. Pre-school classes offered.   Birmingham Children’s Theatre 2130 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N. Birmingham, AL 35203 205-458-8181 One of the nation's oldest and largest professional theatre companies for young audiences, Birmingham Children's Theatre produces high-quality, professional theatrical entertainment and curriculum-relevant arts

education experiences for children and families. BSC Conservatory of Fine and Performing Arts 900 Arkadelphia Rd. Birmingham, AL 35254 205-226-4960 Lessons in piano, voice, violin, band. Preschool classes available.   Head Over Heels Gymnastics 500 Caldwell Trace Birmingham, AL 35242 205-981-2720 Helping children gain fitness, gymnastics skills, confidence and self-esteem for over 20 years! Offering gymnastics, tumbling, aerial silks, trampoline, cheer, acro, Ninja classes plus fantastic camps & birthday parties!   NS Dance 1519 Grants Mill Rd. Birmingham, AL 35210 205-637-7675 Dates: June 5- June 22 Ages: 2 – High School NS Dance studio has three exciting dance camps for all ages – Boogie Babies (2-4), Dance Jamm (4-6) and Intense (7- high school). Call now for more information!

From choosing a doctor to choosing a stroller, WE’RE WITH YOU EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. The journey through pregnancy can be an emotional time. One filled with excitement, uncertainty and anticipation. And UAB Women & Infants Services is here to help with everything you might need along the way. Offering extraordinary care by an experienced team of physicians, nurse practitioners and staff, and the only Level IV NICU in Alabama, we’re committed to handling everything you expect and anything you don’t. Matching our skills to your needs. And being with you every step of the way.

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(continued from following page...) The Academy of the Arts at Samford University 1939 South Lakeshore Dr. Birmingham, AL 35229 205-726-2739 Art & Music for Children and Adults; Photography, Languages, ESL, & other classes for Adults. ENTERTAINMENT & TRAVEL Birmingham Museum of Art 2000 Rev. Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd. Birmingham, Al 35203 205.254.2565 Bart's ArtVenture combines high tech art-making tools with hands-on creation stations to let kids and families develop their art education in a creative, communal environment. Birmingham Zoo 2630 Cahaba Rd. Birmingham, AL 35223 205-879-0409  Approximately 900 animals of 230 species call the Birmingham Zoo home, including sea lions, zebras, rhinos and endangered species from six continents. Open daily from 9am to 5pm. Dauphin Island Sea Lab 101 Bienville Blvd. Dauphin Island, AL 36528 251-861-2141 The Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s mission encompasses the 20 | birminghamparent | april 2017

pursuit of excellence in marine science education, marine research through the Estuarium which is the Dauphin Island Sea Lab's public aquarium. Heart of Dixie  Railroad Museum 1919 9th St. Calera, AL 35040 205-668-3435 Bring your family, school group or birthday party, and come ride the rails in a restored historic passenger train at the official railroad museum of the state of Alabama! Open Saturdays throughout 2017. McWane Science Center 200 19th St. N. Birmingham, AL 35203 205-714-8414 Fun and learning never end at McWane Science Center, a nonprofit, hands-on museum with aquarium and IMAX® Dome Theater. Four floors of interactive exhibits celebrate science and wonder. Stone Mountain Park 1000 Robert E Lee Blvd. Stone Mountain, GA 30083 800-401-2407 Come play, stay and get away. As Georgia's number one attraction, Stone Mountain Park offers a 3,200-acre natural wonderland - full of year-round excitement in for every member of the family.

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babybook Angelica Rohner Pediatric Dentistry Caring For Each Child Like Our Own Dr​. Angelica Rohner is ​​ a specialist in the field of Pediatric and Adolescent Dentistry. What’s so special? Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry, dedicated to the oral health of children, ranging from infants to teens. Dr.​Rohner and​her highly trained staff work hard to make each child’s dental visit fun and exciting, resulting in a great attitude toward dentistry and, ultimately, oral health. On a daily basis we hear our patients say, “I love the dentist!” We take pride in great clinical and conversational experiences with our patients. We realize that taking care of our patient’s guardian is equally important. Our office works with you to schedule appointments that work best for your child and their schedule. Our convenient location makes a trip to the dentist easy. We also supply text, email and/or phone confirmations and communication pathways. It is an honor for our patients' parents to trust us with the well being of their children. This is never taken lightly and is evident in the time that the doctor takes to speak with each parent at every dental visit. Let Dr. Rohner ​and her dental team take care of you​and your child.


Grandview Medical Center Whether you are about to be a new parent or adding to your family, you have much to look forward to with the birth of your child. At Grandview Medical Center, we want your experience to be memorable. From helping you find an OB/GYN to the day you meet your new bundle of joy, we’re with you each and every step of the way. To prepare for the arrival, we also offer a variety of prenatal classes including hospital tours, infant CPR, breastfeeding and Daddy Boot Camp. Inside our beautiful, new women’s center you will find the staff focused on mother/ family bonding with the baby. Every effort is made to keep the baby and mom together and our open visiting hours allow siblings and other family members to be part of the experience.And should the need arise, our private NICU suites are designed for parents to stay right in the room with their little one. Your well-being and your newborn’s is our top priority and that’s why Grandview Medical Center was one of the first hospitals to receive the Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care designation by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. For more information visit

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Birmingham OB/Gyn’s core mission is providing women with personal and  professional care. From your first gynecological visit to a smooth and healthy transition into menopause and beyond, our experienced staff is able to provide a woman’s health care with a special touch. We take the time to listen and share all the options available to help you make your own, informed decisions about your healthcare. We strive to help you become your healthiest self. Our obstetrical services include pre-conception counseling, pregnancy testing, 3D and 4D ultrasounds and complete prenatal care with board-certified obstetricians. We provide a full range of gynecological services, including annual well-woman exams, preventive medicine, cancer screening, bone density screening, laboratory and pathology testing, contraceptive counseling, and treatment options for  menstrual and menopausal issues. Birmingham OB/Gyn is the first private OB/Gyn practice in Birmingham to provide Genius 3D mammography in-office. At Birmingham OB/GYN, you’re more than just a patient, you are part of our family. Schedule an appointment with us at your convenience to see that we are the right OB/GYN practice for you. Our office is conveniently located at St. Vincent’s Birmingham.

Birmingham Stork Lady offers a unique service to local families: stork yard sign rentals to announce the arrival of newborn babies, celebrate baby showers and declare gender reveals. The 6-foot stork signs are personalized, and typically include the baby’s name, weight, height and birthdate. However, they can simply read “It’s a Boy!” or “It’s a Girl!” The personalized keepsake bundle is a perfect memento for the proud parents. Don’t forget our pets and siblings! Recognize the new big brother or sister with a sibling sign, and announce that your four-legged family member fetched a new baby brother or sister with a personalized dog bone sign. The stork signs are also perfect for baby showers and gender reveal parties, and can be customized with monograms and other designs. Birmingham Stork Lady also rents a 6-foot flamingo sign, perfect for birthdays and other special occasion. “We are thrilled to provide such a unique service to Birmingham families,” said Jennifer Wilson, Owner of Birmingham Stork Lady. “The day your baby comes home is one of the most special days of your life, and it is a day that should be celebrated. We look forward to being a part of such a memorable time in the lives of local families.”

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By Stephanie Rodda

“Help me!” How many of us would hesitate to respond to the desperate plea of a child in harm’s way? Surely not most of us. If we heard the call for help, if we were aware of the danger, if we were able, we would not refuse to aid a child in distress. And yet, every day, children are abused, neglected and sadly to say, even die because their silent cries are not heard and therefore not heeded. In the early 1980s, the beginnings of a National Child Abuse Prevention Month formed. Today, April is recognized as that month where focus and awareness is on how children can be better protected from the effects of abuse, maltreatment, and neglect. In 1989, a grandmother tied a blue ribbon to her car antenna as she mourned the death of her three-year-old grandson who died as the result of abuse at the hands of his mother’s boyfriend. The Blue Ribbon Campaign has grown over the years to serve 24 | birminghamparent | april 2017


as a symbol of children’s lives lost due to abuse and neglect. Awareness can help save the life of a child. Awareness can help prevent child abuse and neglect. Awareness can help us hear the cries for help when no words are being spoken.

What is child abuse?

At what point is action required? Exactly what should we do when we suspect a child is being harmed, at risk or being neglected? Who is required to contact the authorities and exactly what authorities should be contacted? The Child Abuse and Prevention Treatment Act defines child abuse and neglect or child maltreatment as: “Any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker, which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation, or an act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm.”

How can I be certain that a child has been abused or neglected?

While reporting a possible child abuse situation should never be taken lightly, the child’s well-being must be the weightier of matters. According to the Alabama Department of Human Resources, “certainty is not required. In most instances, the only way you could be absolutely certain that a child had been abused or neglected would be if the parent or other person admitted it. All that is required is a reasonable suspicion that a child is a victim of abuse or neglect. After investigating the report, the department determines whether abuse and/or neglect occurred.” There are mandatory reporters of child abuse and neglect such as teachers, doctors, etc. However, anyone can and should report the suspicion of a child being maltreated. In that case, you can contact your local sheriff’s office or police station and they will contact DHR, or you can contact DHR directly yourself:



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Now that we know how to recognize it and how to report it, what steps can we take to prevent child abuse? Statistics show there are certain factors that make a family more at risk for child abuse like a history of abuse, violence or even poverty. A child who was abused as a child is more likely to abuse as a parent. But there are preventive measures. We can help promote awareness by something as simple as a blue ribbon. We can attend events, we can donate to services for families at risk and we can refuse to look away when the signs of abuse are evident.

Stephanie Rodda is an adoptive mom of seven children and lives in the Birmingham area with her husband and children. She blogs, writes freelance articles, speaks to groups and at events and has authored two fictional novels which can be found at


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Fun Games for your Couples Baby Shower Baby showers are traditionally for women only. If you see a man (or two) at the shower, they are usually headed out to watch the game in the bar. That leaves the women to have lunch, ooh and ahh over baby items and listen to every mother at the table tell the story of her own pregnancies and labor horrors. Been there, done that. Just like when you were in high school, a party is more fun if you invite the boys. If you don’t want to risk losing them to the TV in the other room, give them a beer and bring out their competitive side. Here’s a few games to do that:

Where’s my mom and dad? This is a great icebreaker game for a group that doesn’t know each other well. Write the name of celebrity parents on a sticker and put it on the backs of all the female guests. For the male guests, their stickers will have the child’s name. The object is to go around the room, asking yes or no questions to figure out who you are and find your parent or child. Conjoined diaper changers. Parenting is a

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you work together. Gather a baby doll, baby clothes and a disposable diaper and put them on a table. Two people stand together facing the table with their arms behind each other’s back, leaving only their outer hand free. Working as a team, diaper and dress the baby (treating it as if it is a real baby). Let the mom-to-be judge who is the best dressed baby.

Who can finish their bottle first? Purchase cheap baby bottles with larger-sided holes in the nipples. Fill the bottle with beer or apple juice and race to see who can finish their bottle first. It’s a lot harder than it looks! Bobbing for Pacifiers. A baby shower twist on the classic bobbing for apples game. Fill a large tub with water and add 10 pacifiers. Let every bobber get three turns to see if he can pick up a pacifier the right way in his mouth. Feed the baby. Have a couple sit across from

each other in chairs. Put a bib on the baby and give the parent a jar of baby food and a baby spoon. Racing against the other teams,

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the object is to feed your baby the whole jar as quickly as possible, but there is a catch. Both the parent and the baby will be blindfolded.

How does she do it? Create an empathy belly by filling a large backpack with potatoes to equal between 20 and 30 pounds. Put several of the potatoes in the front zipper of the back pack and leave it open. Adjust the straps so the backpack hangs lower and strap on the backpack on their chest to simulate a pregnant belly. Now, ask the guest to get up from a seated position on the floor, walk 10 feet, sit down to tie their shoes and then walk over to pick up three small items from the floor (like a Lego or coin) – all without dropping their potatoes.

Pam Molnar is a freelance writer and mother of three. She believes the fastest way to take a party from average to awesome is to pull out the games.














































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Getting ready for the birth of your child can be exciting and a little frightening, but knowing what to expect can help. Some early signs may help you know when the labor process is beginning; however, every woman will experience labor differently. Some women may notice the early signs weeks before, some notice days before and some never notice at all. Often, changes are more evident with a first pregnancy. You may notice when the baby adjusts his position deeper in the womb, a process called lightening. You may experience increased pressure in your abdomen. Dilation of the cervix may occur days or weeks before labor actually begins, but expect to dilate even more as delivery begins. The first stage of the labor process is divided into three parts. During early labor, the cervix dilates from 0 centimeters to about 3 centimeters. There may be mild to moderate contractions, backache, upset stomach or a sensation of warmth in the abdomen. During active labor, the second part, the cervix dilates to about 7 centimeters. The contractions may become stronger and longer, so don’t feel bad if you ask for medications to relieve the pain. On average, active labor lasts between three to five hours. Some suggestions that may help ease the pain of active labor are breathe deeply, roll on a birthing ball, rock in a rocking chair, take a warm shower or bath or take

a walk, stopping to breathe through contractions. During the last part of early labor, transition, the cervix dilates from 7 centimeters to 10 centimeters. Transition is often the shortest, but most difficult part of the labor process because now the contractions are strongest, and there is little time between each one. Concentrate on just getting through each contraction. Try to delay pushing until you are told that you are fully dilated and it is okay to push. Tearing or bleeding can result if you push too soon. Other things you can do to help are change positions, place a cool cloth on your forehead or get a massage between contractions. Your baby will be born during the second stage of labor. Now is the time to push! Try different positions to find one that is most comfortable for you. Some women prefer squatting or sitting, and others prefer kneeling. Your physician may ask you to slow pushing for a time. This is to allow your vaginal area time to stretch and will prevent tearing. There is one final stage after the birth of your baby in which the placenta is delivered. You will continue to have mild contractions, and your doctor may ask you to push one more time. When the placenta is delivered it may be accompanied by blood, but your doctor will determine if there are any further procedures necessary. Now is the time to relax and enjoy your baby!

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hospital, one of the first people you’ll meet will be a labor and delivery nurse who will guide you through the process, review your health history and learn about your birth plan. The staff will also check your blood pressure and monitor your baby’s heartbeat using a Doppler or fetal monitor.

Active labor. During active labor, your

emotions may run the gamut too. “There are many emotional challenges, such as despair, hopelessness, inadequacy, elation and a sense of accomplishment,” says labor and delivery nurse Genna DeBrabander. While this is the most physically and emotionally taxing part of the labor process, by the end of all of your hard work you’ll be rewarded with a baby in your arms.

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Through each step of pregnancy, you’re not only mothering your growing baby, you’re preparing emotionally and physically for the final, most challenging leg of pregnancy’s marathon – labor and delivery. Wondering what to expect? First, discuss any anxieties or fears that you may be experiencing surrounding labor and delivery with your healthcare provider. “They have seen it all and can often offer a lot of reassurance,” says Dr. Tara Chettiar, OB/GYN. “Remember that you’re going into this as a team and everyone has the same goal: healthy mom and healthy baby.”

Considerations before labor. “A written

birth plan serves as a guide for the physician caring for you as well as the labor and delivery room nurses in helping your birth process be a pleasant experience,” says Dr. David S. McKee, Jr. of Birmingham Obstetrics/Gynecology at St. Vincent’s. “At St. Vincent’s Birmingham, we offer a program called Monogram Maternity that serves as a resource for pregnant mothers to discuss with a registered labor room nurse what her birth wishes are,” McKee adds. Also decide where you’re going to have your baby. These days, expectant parents are fortunate to have multiple choices of birth centers and prestigious hospitals with

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highly trained, experienced medical staff. Consider a class. Childbirth classes are strongly encouraged, especially for first-time moms and definitely for the first-time dad, McKee explains. “These are often childbirth education classes that provide the expectant parents with information about the labor process itself and the delivery process,” McKee says. “These classes often prepare the couple for what is about to change in their life and help allay anxiety and fears about the process.”

How do I know I’m in labor? “I always tell my patients that if you are not sure you are in labor, then you are not!” says McKee. Many women feel Braxton-Hicks contractions throughout their pregnancies, especially beginning around the 20-week mark. These contractions are more of an uncomfortable nuisance than painful. They’re also characterized as more erratic than active labor, tending to last 10 to 20 seconds every 10 to 15 minutes. If you’re bothered by Braxton-Hicks contractions, make sure you’re getting enough fluids. “The most common cause of false labor is dehydration and pregnant women get dehydrated much easier than non-pregnant women,” Chettiar says. If you choose to deliver your baby in a

Almost done. After the delivery of your placenta, you may experience cramping as your uterus contracts and some perineum pain and swelling. “Topical medications, oral medications and ice packs are great to aid these discomforts,” DeBrabander says. As always, if you have any concerns during your pregnancy or questions about the labor and delivery process, be sure to consult with your healthcare practitioner.

Freelance journalist Christa Melnyk Hines and her husband are the parents of two sons. Christa is the author of Confidently Connected: A Mom’s Guide to a Satisfying Social Life. Carol Muse Evans contributed to this story.

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Federal Law Changes the Way Some Special Needs Trusts are Created By Melanie Bradford

2016 brought a significant change to the way self-settled special needs trusts for people under the age of 65 are created. In the past, federal law, under  42 U.S.C §1396p(d) (4)(A),  would not allow a person with a disability to create his or her trust. Instead, the law required a parent, grandparent, guardian or court to establish the trust.  The law overlooked the fact that having a disability does not mean the individual is incompetent and unable to sign legal documents. Nevertheless, for many years, individuals with disabilities were forced to ask parents, grandparents, or a court to create a trust on their behalf, an additional process which further complicated an 32 | birminghamparent | april 2017

already complex process.    The Special Needs Trust Fairness Act addressed this oversight and added language to the law that allows a competent disabled individual to create his or her own trust.  The law now reads: (A) A trust containing the assets of an individual under age 65 who is disabled (as defined in section 1382c(a)(3) of this title) and which is established for the benefit of such individual by [the individual], a parent, grandparent, legal guardian of the individual, or a court if the State will receive all amounts remaining in the trust upon the death of such individual up to an amount equal to the total medical assistance paid on behalf of the individual under a State plan under this

subchapter. — 42 U.S.C §1396p(d)(4)(A). Today, a disabled individual receiving an inheritance, a legal settlement or judgment, gifts, or other sources of funding may work with an attorney to establish a special needs trust without the additional time and expense necessary to obtain court authorization to establish a trust and without the loss of dignity that occurs from being denied the ability to act for oneself. Of course, there will always be instances where it is necessary and appropriate for a parent, grandparent, guardian or court to create the special needs trust; but, now, the right and desire of a disabled individual to direct his or her life has been restored.


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Will Your Child Have Skin Allergies? By Dr. Corey Hartman

As parents introduce different foods into a baby’s diet, they may notice more symptoms of allergies, such as itchy, blotchy skin or redness. If a child has allergies, the symptoms will continue to occur, despite your best efforts to control them.

If your child is sneezing and wheezing with red, itchy eyes, he or she may have allergies. But those aren’t the only symptoms: Allergies can also show up on your child’s skin. And if you know what to look for, you may be better able to catch allergies early and ensure that your child has proper treatment.

How to Respond In many cases, itchy, red skin and rashes may be attributed to various forms of eczema, a skin condition that affects at least 10 percent of children, according to But sometimes, food allergies can manifest in a child’s skin. And if your child has food allergies, it’s important to find out the level of severity. If you notice reactions in your child’s skin, take him or her to a doctor. When you get a doctor involved early, you can establish a complete medical history to determine root causes. If your dermatologist believes that

Signs of Allergies If a child is allergic to certain foods or other allergens, there are several warning signs parents may notice. For instance, babies may experience red, itchy skin that cannot be controlled with normal moisturizers. They may also have recurrent ear infections and rashes on the face.

allergies may be the cause of the skin issues, he will likely involve an allergist. Together, we can test how the skin reacts to different allergens and make recommendations. For instance, allergists often guide patients through desensitization, which involves introducing small amounts of the allergen to teach the immune system to handle it in smaller quantities. Sometimes, effective treatments include antihistamines or topical steroids. But most skin allergies can be controlled with proper skincare habits. For instance, if your child has sensitive skin, don’t use skincare products that have fragrances, as they compound the issue. Often, gentle, mild soaps and cleansers that are free from fragrances, lanolin, dyes and preservatives can help control skin allergies or reactions once the reaction is calm.

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LAKETOWN WHARF RESORT offers Multiple Views in the Heart of Panama City Beach By Carol Muse Evans

Right in the heart of Panama City Beach, near one of my favorite eateries, Pineapple Willie’s, is a great high-rise resort – Laketown Wharf Resort on South Thomas Drive – offering views of the beautiful gulf, the lake and even the golf course. Laketown Wharf doesn’t disappoint. Though not directly on the gulf, you don’t miss the fact you aren’t. And that’s a big deal for me. The walk is short across the street with your own special entrance and you are there. And the expansive resort grounds offer five pools, a large freshwater lake, a lakefront boardwalk, kiddy playground, gazebos and its signature water feature – a massive lighted fountain in the lake, choreographed with dancing water, lights and music in a nightly show. The units here are well appointed and luxurious, so each family can definitely find something that fits them, each including fully functioning luxury kitchens and amazing views. They offer one, two and three bedroom units, full size fridges and washer/dryers, along with free wi-fi. And you’re close to everything – fun things to do, grocery stores, great restaurants, shopping and more. In fact, you are within WALKING distance to so much of Panama City Beach. Be sure to check the website for seasonal specials. For more information, visit

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ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS are a Fun Addition at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo By Carol Muse Evans

If you’re headed to Gulf Shores/Orange Beach or somewhere nearby this spring and summer, don’t forget to plan a trip to the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, where you can experience some terrific, up close and personal animal encounters. My daughter and I recently visited on her birthday because she wanted to meet the sloths. She adores sloths, and we were able to pay a small extra fee to pet Sid and Sylvia, an experience she will never forget. She was able to touch then, pet them, and learn about what they eat, their habitat, native home, etc. It’s a great learning experience as well as fun. There are also kangaroo, lemur, tamandua and reptile encounters available. The cost for the sloths was $10 each, in addition to regular zoo admission. Most require a parent to go along, and photos are welcomed. However, it is important to follow the directions of the zookeeper for your safety and the safety of the animals. It is a good idea to call ahead to make sure the animals are available for an encounter on the day you want to visit. Register for your encounter as you enter the zoo so your time can be scheduled. For more information on the zoo and the encounters, visit www. The zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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TURQUOISE PLACE: No Stress Vacationing By Lori C. Pruitt

You see those two beautiful blue towers as you come into Orange Beach, and you can’t wait to get there. That’s how it feels when you’ve booked your vacation at Turquoise Place, recently named by Travel & Leisure as the No. 1 Hotel in Alabama. It lives up to that reputation and more. A Spectrum Resorts property, it’s right on the Alabama Gulf Coast, and the amenities are numerous and even surprising, because you just don’t get this kind of service at every condominium development. Turquoise Place offers full resort access to guests, a staff willing to help at any time (yes, there is a front-desk staff!) and guests wear wristbands to just swipe to pay for items on-site – which is so convenient. Turquoise Place offers housekeeping beyond the norm, with duvets washed before every arrival and impeccably clean condominiums. Quality is the goal, and Turquoise Place delivers. Perhaps most of all, it allows families to have fun in a luxurious, no-stress setting. You can go off-site, of course, to enjoy all that the Gulf Coast has to offer, but you also can stay put – because Turquoise Place offers a full slate of games, events and activities as well. Turquoise Place has spacious three, four and five-bedroom residences with huge balconies and five-star guest service. Every condominium is up to the resort’s excellent standards. You can opt for services that include ordering fresh groceries delivered to your vacation rental before you arrive – to skip that crowded grocery trip or “what’s for dinner, mom?” when you arrive. There are five saltwater pools including a main outdoor pool, two indoor pools and a children’s pool; a lazy river, a fitness center, a parking garage, playground, a gift shop, steam and sauna, tennis and watersports equipment. Photos courtesy Turquoise Place

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GULFQUEST NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM Reopens with a New Exhibit By Lori C. Pruitt

After a brief hiatus, the GulfQuest National Maritime Museum on Mobile Bay has reopened with new hours, new prices and a new traveling exhibit! This fun and incredibly informative museum can be part of a day trip to downtown Mobile, or stand alone as an exciting destination for family-friendly interactive fun. The interactive exhibit SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure takes an exciting journey through thousands of years of maritime history, featuring more than 500 authentic artifacts recovered from deep ocean shipwrecks. In the new exhibit, there are 500 authentic artifacts recovered from deep ocean shipwrecks with robotic technology used by Odyssey Marine Exploration to recover the priceless treasures. Some of the world’s most fascinating shipwrecks are on display, including the record-breaking recovery of the heaviest and deepest cargo of precious metal from the SS Gairsoppa. GulfQuest is the first museum in the world dedicated to the historical, cultural and economic significance of the Gulf of Mexico. It’s a 90,000 square foot museum with more than 90 interactive exhibits, simulators, theaters and displays, as well as offering educational programs and events. For more information, such as hours and admission, visit


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APRIL Spring is really up and running in April! Outdoor activities abound, from festivals to easygoing hikes for the whole family to enjoy. Discover fossils, hunt for Easter eggs and more! Visit the Magnolia Festival in Gardendale. Start a new tradition. PHOTO COURTESY OF MAGNOLIA FESTIVAL


Join Fresh Air Family on April 8 at 9am or 1pm for a Fossil Hunt at a former strip mine 20 minutes outside Birmingham, one of the top three Coal Age fossil sites in the world! Bring a screwdriver and a hammer to separate rocks to find your treasures. Keep what you find unless it is museum-quality. $10 Fresh Air Family members, $15 non-members. Sponsored by America’s First Federal Credit Union Kids 1st Club. For more information on the trip, sign up at



An indoor sensory-friendly egg hunt from 2-4pm on April 9 promises lots of fun! The Kulture City Eggstravaganza includes sensory activities, games and goodies! Enjoy family fun in a safe atmosphere for your children. Tickets are limited in order to keep this event sensory-friendly. Tickets, https://kceggstravaganza2017. Join the Albert L. Scott Library in Alabaster at 6:15pm at the Dye-ing to Color Eggs Workshop! $3 per half-dozen eggs. Sign up and pay in advance by April 10. All children must be with an adult. 205-664-6822.


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Gardendale Magnolia Festival 5-10pm Friday, and 10am- 5pm Saturday, 857 Main Street. Two-day festival of fun for the whole family! Three stages free entertainment, midway carnival, car show, arts and crafts, pooch parade, petting zoo and more. Featuring five-time Grammy winner Russ Taff. Free admission and parking. Information, BIRMINGHAM PARENT is a sponsor.


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UAB Brass Chamber Ensembles in Concert 7:30-8:30pm, Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall. Blazer trumpets, trombone choir, tuba and euphonium ensembles, and other brass ensembles. 205-934-7376, FREE.


The Birmingham Botanical Gardens hosts Earth Day 11am4pm April 22 and will celebrate the legacy of Dr. George Washington Carver. Exhibitor booths, local vendors, free activities and live music. FREE admission.

6 THURSDAY UAB Music Guitar Ensemble and Jazz Combos 7:30-8:30pm, Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall. Directed by Maria Bitran, Carlos Pino and Steve Roberts. 205-934-7376, www. FREE.

7 FRIDAY UAB Computer Music Ensemble in Concert 7:30-8:30pm, Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall. Directed by Matthew Bryant. 205-934-7376, FREE.

8 SATURDAY Walk for Autism and 5K Race 8-11am, Veterans Park, Hoover. Fundraising efforts help provide programs statewide for individuals and families affected by autism. $30 includes T-shirt and registration. 205-383-1673,


APRIL FOOLS’ DAY Community Yard Sale & Open House 8am-2pm, Camp Fletcher. Come shop and also check out our open house (9am-1pm) to meet the staff, tour the grounds, learn about summer programs and more! FREE admission. 205-428-1059, campfletcher@ Woodlawn Street Market 10am-4pm, 55th Place, Woodlawn. An urban street market in the heart of the historic district. Produce, goods, prepared food and a few home-grown restaurants and retailers. FREE admission.


Hikes for Tykes 10am, Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Join Fresh Air Family

and the BBG for a magical walk for preschool children and their families! Activities include scavenger hunts, dinosaur plants and building fairy houses. Hands-on learning! FREE.


Little Golden Book Feast 10:30am, Homewood Library. Reminisce about stories from the Little Golden Books, such as the Poky Little Puppy and more! Food, games and snacks!

UAB Music’s Jazz Ensemble in Concert 7-8pm, Alys Stephens Center. Directed by Steve Roberts. 205934-7376, music. FREE.



Knight Chess Tournament 5:30-7pm, Homewood Library. Learn strategy and have fun! Preschool to 12th grade. 205332-6619.

UAB Music Faculty Recital 4-5pm, Alys Stephens Center. Bass Won Cho and pianist Chris Steele. 205-934-7376, www. FREE.

UAB Music Student Recital: Advanced Students 12:20-1:20pm, Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall. 205-934-7376, FREE.

UAB Music presents Danielle Gilliam 7:30-8:30pm, Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall. Gilliam’s senior piano recital. 205-934-7376, www. FREE.

Lego League 6-6:45pm, Albert L. Scott Library, Alabaster. Kids of all ages can play with bricks of all sizes. Kids 6-younger must be with an adult.

Walk MS: Birmingham 8am registration, 9am walk, Regions Field. Benefitting programs for multiple sclerosis. 855-372-1331. Pepper Place Market 9am-noon, 2829 2nd Ave. S. Outdoor season begins! Fossil Hunt 9am, 1pm. Join Fresh Air Family to hunt for rare fossils at a former strip mine 20 minutes outside Birmingham, one of the top three Coal Age fossil sites in the world! Bring a screwdriver and a hammer to separate rocks to find your treasures. You keep what you find unless it is museum-quality. $10 Fresh Air Family members, $15 non-members. Sponsored by America’s First Federal Credit Union Kids 1st Club. More information, sign up at fossil-hunt.

PLEASE NOTE: Events may change after publication deadline; please phone ahead to confirm important information. The deadline for submitting calendar items for the May 2017 print issue is April 7. Mail calendar items to: Calendar, Birmingham Parent, P.O. Box 326, Helena, AL 35080; fax to 987-7600; e-mail to; or enter directly to the online calendar at Entries added online after the print deadline will not appear in the print version. Information cannot be accepted over the phone. Birmingham Parent publishes a calendar 11 times a year. January events are included in the December issue. Guidelines: Birmingham Parent’s calendar is intended to be a resource and service to the community and our readers. Events which are open to the public, fundraisers, free classes, etc., are events that may be included in our monthly calendar. We reserve the right to reject any event or listing due to rules or space restrictions. For questions regarding calendar entries, call 987-7700 or e-mail 50 | birminghamparent | april 2017

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Hikes for Tykes 10am, Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Join Fresh Air Family and the BBG for a magical walk for preschool children and their families! Activities include scavenger hunts, dinosaur plants and building fairy houses. Hands-on learning! FREE.

9 SUNDAY Southeastern Outings Dayhike 1pm, Oak Mountain State Park. Moderate four-mile hike. Well-behaved, properly supervised children 8-up able to walk the distance welcome. Optional dinner after hike. Depart 1pm from the park office parking lot. Bring $5 person ($2 seniors) park admission and water. Edd Spencer, 205317-5868. Kulture City “Eggstravaganza” 2-4pm, Homewood Library. KultureCity hosts this indoor sensory-friendly egg hunt! Sensory activities, games and goodies! Enjoy family fun in a safe atmosphere for your children. Tickets are limited in order to keep this event sensory-friendly. Tickets, https://kceggstravaganza2017.

11 TUESDAY Dye-ing to Color Eggs Workshop 6:15pm, Albert L. Scott Library, Alabaster. $3 per half-dozen eggs. Sign up and pay in advance by April 10. All children must be with an adult. 205664-6822. UAB Piano Studio Recital/ Piano Ensembles 7:30-8:30pm, Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall. Featuring students of Yakov Kasman, and ensembles directed by Tatiana Kasman. 205-9347376, FREE.

12 WEDNESDAY Hippity-Hoppity Tales with the Easter Bunny 10:15-11am, Albert L. Scott Library, Alabaster. Come for fun with “Miss Spring” and the Easter Bunny! Get a goody bag! Young children must be accompanied by an adult. Birmingham Barons vs. Montgomery Biscuits 7:05pm, Regions Field.

13 THURSDAY Southeastern Outings Hike 8:30am, Tannehill Historical State Park. An easy three-mile hike. Bring water and wear good walking shoes or boots. Depart 8:30am from the parking lot behind the McDonald’s Galleria on U.S. 31 in Hoover. Optional lunch afterward. Park admission charged. Christine Heckemeyer, 205-979-5730. Homeschool Hour Jr. Gets Musical 1:30pm, Homewood Library. Learn about different instruments and even make your own! No registration required. Suggested for ages 10-under.

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Hikes for Tykes 10am, Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Join Fresh Air Family and the BBG for a magical walk for preschool children and their families! Activities include scavenger hunts, dinosaur plants and building fairy houses. Hands-on learning! FREE. Birmingham Barons vs. Montgomery Biscuits 6:30pm, 7:05pm, Regions Field.



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17 MONDAY Lego Club 3:30pm, Homewood Library. K-5th graders have an exciting new building challenge each month!

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april calendar Garden Gates 4-5pm, North Shelby Library. An hour of hands-on STEM fun with a nature focus, taught by a representative of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Ages 5-up. Registration required. 205-4395504, www.northshelbylibrary. org. FREE. Neuroscience Café 6:30pm, Hoover Library. The UAB Comprehensive Neuroscience Center presents “Breast Cancer Survivorship and Quality of Life – Insights from Neuroscience Research.” Speakers are Ursula Wesselmann, MD professor of anesthesiology, and Karen Meneses, Ph.D., professor and associate dean for research, UAB School of Nursing. 205444-7840. FREE.

18 TUESDAY UAB Honors Recital 7pm, Alys Stephens Center. Featuring winners of the 2016 Honors Recital Competition. 205-934-7376, cas/music. FREE.

19 WEDNESDAY 19th Annual Lebanese Food and Cultural Festival 10am-9pm, St. Elias Maronite Church. Two-day event (April 19-20) features food and culture of Lebanon. Authentic food, traditional dancing, church tours, silent auctions, 5K run and more. FREE admission. 205-252-3867, UAB Music Jazz Faculty in Concert 12:20pm, Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall. 205-934-7376, www. FREE.

20 THURSDAY Homeschool Hour – Birmingham Fencing Club 2pm, Homewood Library. Love a good swashbuckling sword? See what fencing is all about with the Birmingham Fencing Club! Learn about the historical aspect of fencing and then get to see what all the fun is about! Online registration required. www. American Girl of the Year 6:30pm, Homewood Library. Bring your favorite doll to the library to meet American Girl of the Year, Gabriela. Write some poetry and practice dance moves!

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UAB Music presents Aleksandra Kasman 7:30-8:30pm, Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall. Kasman’s senior piano recital. 205-934-7376, FREE.

21 FRIDAY American Girls Spring Fashion Show 4pm, Albert L. Scott Library, Alabaster. Girls 9 and older can walk the runway and model their fresh spring fashions and those of their dolls if they’d like. Gardendale Magnolia Festival 5pm, 857 Main Street. Two-day festival of fun for the whole family! Three stages free entertainment, midway carnival, car show, arts and crafts, pooch parade, petting zoo and more. Featuring five-time Grammy winner Russ Taff. Free admission and parking. Information, BIRMINGHAM PARENT is a sponsor. UAB Music Steel Band in Concert 6:30pm, Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall. Directed by Gene Fambrough. 205-934-7376, FREE. Enchantment Theatre Co.’s Peter Rabbit™ Tales 7pm, Alys Stephens Center. Enjoy the marvelous world of Beatrix Potter! All ages. Admission $8-$13. 205-975-2787. Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama 9am-7pm, Barber Motorsports Park. A weekend of racing and activities, April 21-23. Pack a cooler or picnic and watch some of the world’s greatest INDYCAR drivers! Children 15-under admitted free with a ticketed adult. 205-967-4745,


EARTH DAY Gardendale Magnolia Festival 10am- 5pm Saturday, 857 Main Street. Two-day festival of fun for the whole family! Three stages free entertainment, midway carnival, car show, arts and crafts, pooch parade, petting zoo and more. Featuring fivetime Grammy winner Russ Taff. Free admission and parking. Information, BIRMINGHAM PARENT is a sponsor.

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Pepper Place Market 9am-noon, 2829 2nd Ave. S. Outdoor season begins! www.

Birmingham Barons vs. Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 11:30am, Regions Field.

Hikes for Tykes 10am, Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Join Fresh Air Family and the BBG for a magical walk for preschool children and their families! Activities include scavenger hunts, dinosaur plants and building fairy houses. Hands-on learning! FREE.


Muscle Walk of Birmingham 10am-4pm, Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park. Gate admission $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 children, children 5-under FREE. Registration fee with event. Benefitting Muscle Dystrophy Association. Information, 205477-5711,

Birmingham Barons vs. Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 7:05pm, Regions Field.

26 WEDNESDAY Birmingham Barons vs. Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 11am, Regions Field.

27 THURSDAY Mural Madness 3:30pm, Homewood Library. Help the library create a large paper mural to display in the children’s department!

Earth Day 11am-4pm, Birmingham Botanical Gardens. This year’s event will celebrate the legacy of Dr. George Washington Carver. Exhibitor booths, local vendors, free activities and live music. FREE admission. www.


Alabama Symphony Orchestra – Stephen Curtis Chapman 8pm, Samford University Wright Center. Samford and the ASO Red Diamond SuperPOPS! bring Chapman to join the symphony for a delightful evening. Christopher Confessore, conductor. Tickets, 205-726-2853, www.

Pepper Place Market 9am-noon, 2829 2nd Ave. S. Outdoor season begins!

23 SUNDAY Southeastern Outings Dayhike 1:30pm, Tapawingo Springs Preserve near Pinson, Jefferson County. A moderate combined hike with the Freshwater Land Trust. Well-behaved, properly supervised children 7-up welcome. Depart 1:30pm from the Food Giant parking lot in Pinson. Jeff Drummond, 205-417-2777x106. Birmingham Barons vs. Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 3pm, Regions Field.

24 MONDAY Sensory Storytime 4pm, Homewood Library. A monthly, all-ages story time introduces stories and songs in a sensory-friendly atmosphere.

Bike-A-Thon for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital 8am-3pm, Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park. Gate admission $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 children; children 5-under, free. Fee with event. 205-477-5711,

Hikes for Tykes 10am, Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Join Fresh Air Family and the BBG for a magical walk for preschool children and their families! Activities include scavenger hunts, dinosaur plants and building fairy houses. Hands-on learning! FREE. Feast of Saint Mark Italian Festival 3:30-10pm, Saint Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church. A day of Italian food and fun for the entire family! Dancing, entertainment and more. Information, Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis 5pm event start; 6pm ceremonies/festival, Homewood Central Park. Walk on a team or as an individual. Funds from this event support a camp for children with Crohn’s and Colitis. Register, information, Birmingham.

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Aldridge Botanical Gardens

American Village: Festival of Tulips

3530 Lorna Road, Hoover. 205-682-8019,

Extreme Weather. This movie takes you to the frontlines where few have gone. Travel to the edge of 300-foot-tall glaciers collapsing to massive wildfires and more.

1631 Fourth Ave. N., Birmingham. 205-254-2731,

Alabama School of Fine Arts 1800 Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd.

Alabama Wildlife Center

Albert L Scott Alabaster Public Library Story Times: • Tunes & Tales: Wednesdays at 3:30pm in Library Meeting Room, all ages • Toddler Tales: Fridays at 10:30am in the Library Meeting Room, 2 and 3 year olds 100 9th Street NW, Alabaster, AL, 35007. 205-664-6822, departments/library

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treasuremapforweb.pdf 2612 Lane Park Road, Birmingham. 205-414-3900,

Birmingham Children’s Theatre 1001 19th St. North, Birmingham, AL, 35203, 205-458-8181,

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute ¡NUEVOlution! Latinos in the New South. This large-scale, bilingual, multi-dimensional, interactive exhibition uses personal stories to examine the complex stories of Latinos in the South. The exhibition is the product of a three-year collaboration led by Levine Museum of the New South (LNS) (Charlotte, NC) in partnership with the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the Atlanta History Center. Through May 31. 16th St. N., Birmingham. 205-328-9696,

Festival of Tulips. A new seasonal spring event! Stroll through more than 70,000 blooming tulips with replicas of some of America’s most historic places as a backdrop. Activities and more. Through April 15. Admission information, Highway 119, Montevallo. 205-665-3535,

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Birmingham Public Libraries

6040 Barber Motorsports Parkway, Leeds. 205-298-9040,

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Bart’s Art Cart! Free drop-in art program for kids and families features a different theme from galleries and art activity each month. Saturdays from 11am-1pm. Bart’s Books. A storytelling program held once a month for children ages 4-7. 2000 Rev. Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd., Birmingham. 205-254-2565,

Birmingham Zoo Birmingham Botanical Gardens When visiting the Gardens, be sure to download the treasure map to take with you! www.

In-park Special Attractions: • Giraffe Feeding & Keeper Chat, Saturday & Sunday 11am12pm & 2-3pm, $3. See Griffin, the first giraffe born in a North American accredited Zoo in 2014!

• Sea Lion Training, Daily 10am & 2pm • Predator Zone, Saturday & Sunday 11:30am & 3:30pm 2630 Cahaba Road, Birmingham. 205-879-0409,

Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum Cottontail Express. Hop aboard the Cottontail Express for a ride to Peter Cottontail ‘s meadow! Hunt for Easter eggs, enjoy a bounce house, temporary tattoos, coloring station, sandbox and more! Saturday and Sunday, April 8-9; Saturday, April 15. Tickets, 1919 Ninth St., Calera. 205-6683435,

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Dream Big. This movie showcases engineering’s impressive impact on our world and our lives. From Dubai’s record-high skyscrapers to bridges soaring through clouds, experience the massive scale and forces of nature that challenge engineers. 200 19th St. N., Birmingham. 205-714-8300,

Moss Rock Preserve Preserve Parkway, Hoover. 205-739-7141,

Oak Mountain State Park 200 Terrace Drive, Pelham. 205-620-2520,

Roy Downs Calera Library Story Times: • Family Story Time: Tuesdays at 10am • Sweet Pea (0-2 years old): Thursdays at 9am • Calera Kids (3 and up): Thursdays at 10am Summer Reading Program: Tuesdays at 5:30pm 9700 Highway 25, Calera. 205-668-7200.

Ruffner Mountain Nature Center

Going Places. Planes! Trains! Rockets! Cars! Explore this exhibition and discover the technology of transportation. Fly a plane, ride a hovercraft, learn to fly an airship!

1214 81st St. S., Birmingham. 205-833-8264,

Member Mondays. Every Monday, McWane Science Center members receive extra perks while visiting! Includes a special gift for kids when checking in, 30 percent discount on gift shop purchases, $1 small popcorn at IMAX concession stand and a free members-only evening event each month. Also, on the second Monday of each month, McWane opens its doors from 5-8pm for its members.

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IMAX Movies: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. In a time of conflict, a group of

1701 Valley View Drive, Birmingham. 205-933-1409,

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Southern Museum of Flight 4343 73rd St. N., Birmingham. 205-833-8226,

Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park 12632 Confederate Parkway, McCalla. 205-477-5711,

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Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame

Baby Bird Season. Through September 15, the AWC is open from 8am-6pm every day for bird intake, and open to visitors from 9am to 5pm as long as the park is open to visitors. Visitors can observe the care of Alabama native wild bird patients in the nurseries, solarium and raptor flight cages via camera monitors or one-way glass viewing windows. FREE admission after paid entrance to Oak Mountain State Park. 100 Terrace Drive, Pelham. 205-663-7930.

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Funny Insect Poems April brings sunshine, raindrops, and flowers. It also brings a buzzing barrage of hungry bugs. Here are a few funny poems about some of our favorite little creepy crawly critters.





Beware an attack by the Saddleback. He doesn’t horse around. His hairy horns can sting like thorns. He’s better lost than found.

If you visit him, I have a hunch, You will not want To stay for lunch.

The Tsetse fly is dangerous. His diet is quite strangerous. He is a fierce barbarian Who feasts on dung and carrion.

Without instructions, only thread, The spider weaves the perfect web. No one shows her how to do it. Her persistence sees her through it.

NOW YOU TRY IT! Choose one of your favorite little critters to write about.

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