The Guide 2021 from Birmingham Parent

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ed note Welcome to The Guide 2021 2020 – What a year! I think most of us are ready to move on to 2021 and have high hopes that this year will be better, holds more promise, and frankly more freedom, safety and health. We are glad Birmingham Parent is still here. I don’t mind telling you it’s been tough and quite a ride, but we are here! This is our ninth edition of THE GUIDE, and it’s hard to believe we’ve been producing this “parent handbook” of the Birmingham area for so long. Parents still need this information – no matter what is happening in our world. In fact, maybe it is needed more than ever. Hopefully this is your BEST connection to important names, numbers, addresses and websites in the Birmingham area. For a parent, grandparent or caregiver, this Guide offers easy access to all these numbers in one place, and it’s in print and online, all year long for you. Be sure to thank the sponsors and advertisers that make this issue possible by doing business with them, and tell them you read about them in THE GUIDE. And please let us know what you’d like to see in THE GUIDE 2022. Just like last year, we’ve worked hard to double check times, addresses, phone numbers and websites up until press time, but please remember any of this could be subject to change, especially during a pandemic. 2021 marks the beginning of Birmingham Parent’s 17th year in publication. We are excited about old favorites and new things in 2021. Some of our plans are still up in the air, but be sure to be a part of our VIRTUAL Camp Expo on Feb. 21, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a totally online event and then online thereafter. We are planning our Special Needs Expo 2021 and the Happy Healthy Kids Fair 2021, but these plans are still fluid due to the pandemic. We will keep you posted! As always, you can find Birmingham Parent on stands and online at – seven issues a year! Don’t miss a thing! Don’t forget to follow up on Facebook and Twitter for our great Friday giveaway, fun facts and other tips. Thanks for reading! Here’s to 2021!

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, Alabama-based 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 Alabama Press Association and Southeastern Advertisers and Publishers Association (SAPA). Lori Chandler Pruitt is associate editor of Birmingham Parent. 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.

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Natural Science: “Life is Amazing”


17 Five Reasons to Get


Your Kids Outside to Play

18 Family Travel:


Kissimmee & Central Florida Minus the Mouse



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31 Ask the Specialist:

Staying Fit in Pregnancy

40 Urgent Care or

Emergency Room: When and Where to Take Your Child

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Meet our Cover Sponsors


Area Hospitals


Health Departments


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Area Public School Systems


Area Municipalities


2021 Resource Guide


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Payoffs and Pitfalls

46 Juggling

Extracurricular Activities: Five Ways to Make it More Manageable


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LOCAL EMERGENCY AUTHORITIES IN ANY AREA 911 General listings of Crisis Numbers: suicide/crisis-numbers.html American Association of Poison Control Centers 800-222-1222 Parenting Assistance Line – PAL parenting support, etc. Call or text 866-962-3030 Serving the Counties of Central Alabama Crisis / Suicide Line 24 hours /7 days 205-323-7777 or 800-273-8255 UTalk for Teens Call or text about anything 3-10pm every day (school year) 10am-10pm (summer) 205-328-5465 UTalk for Kids Ages 6-12. Call about anything 3-10pm every day 205-328-5465 Senior Talk Line Free, confidential telephone reassurance service for senior citizens, caregivers, retirees, widowed persons, grandparents and others. crisis-intervention-prevention/ senior-talk-line/ 205-328-8255 Rape Response Available 24/7 sexual-assault-services/rape-response/ 205-323-7273 Highway Emergencies Using Cellular Phones *HP (*47) This number contacts Alabama state trooper posts to report traffic accidents, highway emergencies, stranded motorists, suspected drunken drivers or other major hazards. Veteran’s Crisis Line Free, confidential support for veterans, service members, National Guard and Reserve and family members/friends. Services for deaf and hard of hearing individuals offered. Available 24/7 800-273-8255 (then press 1) or text 838255 Recovery Resource Center The program provides information about drug and alcohol abuse, as well as details on how to obtain help for yourself or a loved one. A list of various treatment options and available resources are also provided to callers. Available 8:30am-5pm 205-458-3377 | | 7 7



Behavioral Services COVER SPONSORS CLINIC LOCATIONS Birmingham – Anniston THE LEARNING TREE – Montgomery - Mobile ADVERTISER The Learning Tree, Inc. serves children with intellectual disabilities and autism. More than 700 children are served each year primarily from across Alabama and the southeastern region of the country. Programs include preschool services, residential, educational, clinic-based applied behavioral analysis Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Growing Independence services,assessment and consultation Behavioral Services Current programs treatment for preschool andservices. school-aged children are located in Birmingham,

Anniston, Jacksonville, Auburn, Tallassee, Montgomery and Mobile. Growing Independence Behavioral Services, outpatient clinics for applied behavior analysis (ABA) services, are located in Birmingham, Anniston, Montgomery, and Mobile. For Clinic services call our referral line at (334) 425-6418 or for other inquiries visit our website at

with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

• Licensed Behavior Analysts PEDIATRIC SMILES • Private pay patients accepted & many insurance plans. Honors. While serving as Dr. Tabithahealth J. Gatrey, a native of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Chief Resident, Dr. Gatrey is a board-certified pediatric also completed her residency dentist. She is a graduate in Pediatric Dentistry at • 334-425-6418 of Xavier University in New the University of Alabama Orleans cum laude with a at Birmingham School of Bachelor of Science in Biology. Dentistry. During residency She went on to receive her Dr. Gatrey completed training Doctorate of Dental Medicine with special needs persons from the University of Alabama and medically compromised at Birmingham School of children at the Sparks Dentistry with Research Dental Clinic. Visiting the

Birmingham - Anniston Montgomery - Mobile For Clinic services call our referral line at (334) 425-6418 or visit

dentist at Pediatric Smiles is a fun adventure. We like dental visits to be a positive experience for future visits that last through adulthood. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. ​ 823 Promenade Pkwy. 4 Suite 101 Bessemer, AL 35022 205-230-9000



Purohit Pediatric Clinic doctors and their team of caring staff are committed to providing patients with the best and most accurate diagnoses, treatments, and vaccines for children around Alabama. We are recognized

for our quality care in medical services and we welcome new patients from surrounding communities. During your visit to our office, we will conduct a thorough evaluation and discuss possible treatment options for you. Our Physicians specialize in newborn, child and adolescent care. There are many things that make Purohit Pediatric Clinic a great place to bring your children. Not only do we care

about your children, but we also know the importance of being a valuable member of the community and living a meaningful life. That is why we make it a habit to generously give back to our community and to be involved in volunteer work. At Purohit Pediatric, you will see how much we care about your family and our community, and that we are grateful you have chosen us- we don’t take any of it for granted!

Four locations to serve you: Grandview | Moody Anniston | Roanoke

RONALD McDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF ALABAMA Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama (RMHCA) serves 73 families every night, providing them with a “home-away-fromhome” while their children receive medical care in Birmingham. In addition to providing a comfortable bedroom with a private bathroom, we surround families with love and support from volunteers, staff and other guest families who share the same hopes and fears. We provide volunteer-provided meals, family

program and activities, indoor and outdoor play areas, laundry facilities, WiFi and much more so that our guest families can concentrate on what is most important – their child’s health. Our two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, located at UAB Women & Infants Center and DCH Regional Medical Center (Tuscaloosa), provide an inviting oasis of calm for families, while increasing their ability to advocate for their child. They can find

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comfort, care and support without leaving their child’s side. We may not be able to make the medicine taste better or take away painful treatments. But by keeping families together and close to their child’s medical team, RMHCA and its supporters can help lessen the burden and ensure families have the stability and resources to get and keep their child healthy and happy. Learn more at

COVER SPONSORS URGENT CARE FOR CHILDREN When your child is sick, you don’t want to spend hours in a waiting room. At Urgent Care for Children, we understand this and constantly strive to serve every patient with compassionate, quality care that is affordable and accessible. Urgent Care for Children (UC4C) was founded by a group of physicians who saw a need to provide a continuum of care for local pediatricians and offered an affordable alternative to the emergency room. As parents

themselves, they understood that children’s illnesses or injuries don’t follow normal business hours. UC4C operates seven clinics statewide in addition to a telemedicine portal that brings our clinic to you. Our licensed, on-site pediatricians and pediatric nurse practitioners offer acute diagnostic and treatment care for children ages 0-21 with non-lifethreatening needs during the day, after-hours and on weekends, 365 days a year.

• Fever, allergies, sore throat/ coughs/colds, asthma, flu • Sprains/strains, earaches, bruises & lacerations • Insect bites/stings, minor burns, rashes • Vomiting, upset stomach, diarrhea Urgent Care for Children is also equipped with on-site laboratory and x-ray services, as well as an in-house pharmacy. We offer COVID, strep, and flu tests for adults and children.

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ODYSSEY EARLY SCHOOLS Odyssey was created by educators who dreamed of opening an early learning center where children could be nurtured and taught by a highly trained and loving staff. That dream was realized when our Inverness school opened in 1995, and then again in 2001, with the opening of our second school in Trace Crossings. Odyssey’s goal is to create a life-long love of learning. We have developed our own age appropriate curriculum, specifically designed to introduce each age grouping

to language, reading, math, science and more, so that your child will possess a strong foundation for Kindergarten and beyond. Additionally, we guarantee teachers with fouryear education degrees in all preschool classrooms and offer exceptional child-to-teacher ratios. At our schools, you can watch your child’s entire day in live, streaming, HD video over the Internet, through an individual, secure connection

linked directly to your child’s classroom. We want our parents to know what happens during their child’s day, and Odyssey is the only Over-the-Mountain daycare to offer this service. Our team works tirelessly to earn its reputation as the best childcare option for Birmingham parents,and we invite you to visit today to witness for yourself what so many other families have known since 1995! Visit for more info. INVERNESS CAMPUS 205-991-0039 TRACE CROSSINGS CAMPUS 205-988-8829

young children to develop the students’ musicality and to allow for spontaneity and creative freedom. Our state-of-the-art facility is located in downtown Homewood and includes five studios, each with two-way glass observation areas. Our spring performances for dancers in 3 year old classes and older are held each May at the Alabama Theatre and are free for family and friends to attend. Visit our website for current COVID policies.

THE DANCE FOUNDATION The Dance Foundation is a nonprofit organization supported by generous corporations, foundations and individuals. We teach 2,000 students each week through our Studio Program and Community Partnership Program. Our studios are also home to dozens of artists and arts organizations for classes, workshops, rehearsals and performances. The Dance Foundation has been a gathering place for learning with and through dance for more

than 40 years. Our teaching approach and curriculum engage the imagination and nurture creativity. Our students gain a strong technical foundation in dance as well as the confidence and selfdiscipline essential to learning the art of dance. Classes are taught by teaching artists who have received significant training, degrees, professional experience, and/or certifications. Live music is an essential component to classes for

ANGELICA ROHNER PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY 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, ul-

timately, 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 patient’s 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. | 9

COVER SPONSORS CHILDREN'S OF ALABAMA Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by US News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 42 other states and seven foreign countries last year, representing more than 684,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 3 million square

feet, Children’s of Alabama is among the largest pediatric medical facilities in the in the U.S. Children’s offers inpatient and outpatient services across its Russell Campus on Birmingham’s historic Southside with additional specialty services provided at Children’s South, Children’s on 3rd and in Huntsville and Montgomery. Primary care is provided at more than a dozen medical offices in communities

across central Alabama. Children’s of Alabama is the only medical center in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. It is a private, not-for-profit medical center that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, psychiatry, research and residency programs. More information is available at

1600 7th Ave. South, Birmingham, AL 35233 205-638-9100

CHRISTY PIERCE PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC You deserve something special when it comes to your photos. I am someone who connects easily with people and I want them to feel comfortable getting their photos taken. After all, I believe that the best smile is a natural smile. Photography should capture the individualism of a person. I am very creative, have photo editing expertise, integrity and high energy to capture and preserve your moments for years to come. Every family, couple and child

is different and I value the time, patience and energy that goes into your photography session. I have flexible options to help you select the best collection of services for you and your budget. Contact me today for a consultation. I look forward to meeting and working with you and I look forward to helping you preserve this special moment in your life and capturing your memories to make them last forever!


MCCALLA ORTHODONTICS & PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY At McCalla Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Olga Sanchez Hernandez and staff, provide dental care for patients from the ages of 1 to 18 years of age, and handicapped patients. Our services include preventive, restorative, and emergency treatment. Dr. Sanchez Hernandez also provides orthodontic treatment for children and adults. We combine pediatric

dentistry and orthodontics to allow for all the dental needs of our patients to be met under one roof. The dental services needed are provided, while at the same time the development of an adequate occlusion is monitored closely. This allows for orthodontic treatment to be provided in a timely manner increasing the quality of service. Our staff operates as a team and is committed

to high quality service with emphasis on individual needs in a comfortable environment. Our hygienists are especially qualified to deal with children and adolescent specific needs. All of our personnel are kept abreast of the latest developments through continuing education courses. Come visit our website at www. and take a virtual tour of our office.

UAB CALLAHAN EYE HOSPITAL & CLINICS For more than 55 years, UAB Callahan Eye Hospital & Clinics has focused on delivering innovative eye care and pioneering breakthroughs in the preservation and restoration of eyesight. Backed by the knowledge, experience, and advanced treatment UAB is known for, we are one of only three Level 1 Ocular Trauma Centers in the nation with a 24/7 eye emergency department, and we are the only dedicated

hospital in Alabama specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of the eye. Our top-notch pediatric ophthalmologists and optometrists specialize in eye care for your youngest family members – starting from birth. Our practices are sensory inclusive, certified through KultureCity, and our providers are expertly trained to know just what to do to make the eye exam experience comfortable for everyone.

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With clinic locations throughout Central Alabama, UAB Callahan Eye Hospital & Clinics is your home for comprehensive and specialty eye care for the entire family, regardless of where you live. We are committed to providing your family with vision services, including eye exams, eyeglasses, contact lenses, and cataract and strabismus evaluations, and many of our locations offer full-service optical stores, where patients receive 15 percent off.

Dr Olga Sanchez Hernandez 205-477-8004

COVER SPONSORS THE DAUPHIN ISLAND SEA LAB The Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) is Alabama’s marine research and educational institute. The DISL covers education and outreach for all ages through its University Programs, Discovery Hall Programs, and the Estuarium, a public aquarium. Discovery Hall Programs includes academic year classes for K-12 students, summer overnight and day camps, professional development

workshops, and public outreach. The BayMobile, DISL’s traveling science classroom, visits underserved schools throughout the state of Alabama which do not have the opportunity or the means to visit the DISL on a field trip. The Estuarium, the DISL’s public aquarium, highlights the four key habitats of coastal Alabama: the Mobile Tensaw River Delta, Mobile Bay, the Barrier Islands and the Northern

Gulf of Mexico. University programs at DISL consists of two parts: summer undergraduate programs and year-round graduate programs. The summer undergraduate program consists of three summer sessions with 24 courses offered. The graduate program offers a variety of disciplines for PhD and master students to choose from as they continue their studies., 251-861-2141 101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, Alabama 36528


Highlands School’s Higher Degree of Learning does not end when the school year is over. We

offer a quality summer program as well. Highlands summer camp offers challenging activities, talented teachers and the great variety that you have come to expect from Highlands School. * Online registration starting in early February * Half days or full days available (Enrichment and Traditional) * Come for one week or all seven * Early drop-off and late pick-up available

Our Enrichment camps include active, artistic, academic and just plain fun choices. Be sure to note that we offer morning sessions, some afternoon sessions and some full day camps! We also offer full day Traditional Day Camp which includes weekly themes and trips to the pool. Open to Kindergarten through 8th grade from June 7-July 30 (no camp July 4th week).



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ALABAMA INSTITUTE FOR DEAF AND BLIND Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind is part of Alabama’s Early Intervention System, providing services to eligible children, birth to 3 years of age, at no cost to families. Through a statewide network of regional centers, helping children and their families gain skill, confidence and independence is AIDB’s main goal. A loss of hearing or vision has an immediate effect on how a child learns. Infants and toddlers who have a loss of hearing or vision need help from their families to learn about the world, prepare to enter school,

and become independent. AIDB provides caring professionals to help parents work with their child as they go about their normal daily routines. With our help, parents across Alabama are meeting the challenge of giving their children a bright beginning! Early Intervention services include: • Assistive Technology • Audiology services • Family Training & Counseling • Medical, Nursing and Nutrition Services • Occupational and Physical therapy

• Psychological services • Service Coordination • Sign Language/Cued Language • Speech-Language Pathology • Special Instruction • Social Work • Transportation • Vision Services Services are provided in settings where natural learning opportunities occur—the home, daycare, the park, and other appropriate settings in the community.

KUMON OF HOOVER — REAL & VIRTUAL CLASS OPTIONS Kumon is an after-school math and reading enrichment program that unlocks the potential of children, so they can achieve more on their own. Through daily practice and mastery of materials, students increase confidence, improve concentration, and develop better study skills. Kumon has 26,000 centers in 50 countries and more than four million students studying worldwide. As the world’s largest after- school math and reading program, Kumon accelerates

your child’s learning – from as young as three years old all the way through high school. Kumon goes beyond tutoring, by actively developing critical thinking skills as children progress independently through a carefully crafted math and reading curriculum. Kumon’s time-tested self-learning program uses engaging worksheets and guidance from an onsite instructor to present new concepts and materials, giving children an academic advantage

in the classroom – and throughout life. As a result, many Kumon students study above grade level. Parents are encouraged to attend a free orientation at the Kumon Math & Reading Center of Hoover to find out more about enrolling their children in the Kumon Program. For a limited time, enjoy 50% OFF REGISTRATION! Call for details: 205-444-9485, visit our website, or email hoover_al@ikumon. com.

WE MAKE YOUR SMART KID EVEN SMARTER! Kumon Math and Reading of Hoover 205-444-9485 205.444.9485 • | 11

COVER SPONSORS BROOKWOOD BAPTIST HEALTH Every day, our doctors and nurses work with patients who need compassionate medical care. At Brookwood’s Women’s Medical Center, we are here to care for women through all phases of life. We offer a full scope of women’s services, including obstetrics, gynecology, urogynecology, fertility, maternal fetal medicine, gynecologic oncology, pelvic pain, obstetrics ER, women’s diagnostics, robot-

assisted surgeries, women’s operating room (specific for women’s surgeries), breast cancer navigator, birth navigator, Level III NICU, neonatologists, classes for new moms and dads, breastfeeding support groups, cord blood donation program and more. What makes us special? The Women’s Medical Center is a leader in gynecologic robotic surgeries. Our surgeons have conducted almost 8,000 robotic minimally invasive gynecologic

surgeries, including more than 6,000 hysterectomies. We also hold several awards and distinctions, recognized by the Joint Commission (perinatal care certification), the State of Alabama Breastfeeding Committee (Better Bama Babies), BCBS Distinction Center for Maternity Care, International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (consultant care award) and many more.

To learn more about the Women’s Medical Center, visit 844-367-0045

THE ALTAMONT SCHOOL The mission of The Altamont School is to improve the fabric of society by graduating compassionate, well-educated individuals capable of independent thinking and innovative ideas. To this end, the school attracts, nurtures, and challenges students whose commitment to truth, knowledge, and honor will prepare them not only for the most rigorous college programs, but also for productive lives. Altamont is a small family of approximately 360 students in grades 5-12 with socio-economic, ethnic, and religious diversity. Altamont is a good choice for

students excelling in their present schools who want greater breadth and challenge in all areas of school life. We combine an intensive, college preparatory academic program with a personalized college search program. There are many opportunities for students to develop multiple talents by participating in arts, world languages, community service, clubs, class projects, and athletics. Students also benefit from a 1-to-1 laptop program, an advanced computer science curriculum, and unparalleled service leadership

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opportunities through Altamont’s C. Kyser Miree Ethical Leadership Center. Altamont is located five minutes from downtown Birmingham on the crest of Red Mountain. Our campus features CabanissKaul Center for the Arts, Pharo Art Studio, Lacey-Day Photography Studio, newly renovated athletics spaces, two science wings, a study garden, a 14,000-volume library, and much more. Experience all that Altamont offers by attending an Open House or scheduling a campus tour.

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By Carol Muse Evans

Photos Courtesy of Cook Museum of Natural Science.

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The Cook Museum of Natural Science opened in Decatur, Alabama in June 2019, but it has a long history of how it was born through four generations of the Cook family, owners of Cook’s Pest Control. John Cook Sr. took his insect collection to the public in 1968, something that had originally been used for employee training, but many teachers and school groups wanted access to it for educational purposes, so he decided to make it public. Cook was fascinated with creation and all that it entails. The collection later grew to include southern wildlife, and later rocks, minerals, fish, coral, sea life and more. A 5,000 square foot building was constructed in the 1980s and housed the museum, which had welcomed more than 750,000 visitors. The family decided it was time to reinvent the museum as more of an educational experience, so they closed the doors in 2017 to construct the new Cook Museum of Natural Science, now a non-profit 501(c)(3). Today, the new state-of-the art, hands-on facility means more education and fun for future generations, and this new facility can compete with the best of other children’s museums, with a friendly design, fun for all ages and an inviting flow of information as you walk through. Enjoy numerous family-friendly, hands-on exhibits, climb through the cave and other interactive exhibits and there’s even an indoor playground to let off a little energy. All the while, you are learning about nature. The exhibits are divided into nine different galleries. “Discover” offers an introduction to the museum and such wildlife as bees, gators and more. “Looking Up” is all about the sky and earth’s relationship to it. Touch a real meteorite! “Foundations” is about the earth and how everything interacts with each other. Visit the hands-on sand table with everything from snow-capped mountains and streams to an erupting volcano. This is a favorite for kids and adults alike. “Rivers and Streams” is pretty self-explanatory, but includes such fun things as beavers and other wildlife. “Forests” includes the obvious, of course, and the bird exhibit. “Wonderful World of Insects” includes terrariums, an ant colony and a fun playground for toddlers. “Oceans” features a coral reef and multiple aquariums to showcase fish and the lovely jellyfish. “Caves” features all sorts of cave creatures, as well as a fun walk-thru cave with stalactites and stalagmites. “Arctic/Desert” teaches about the differences in the two ecosystems including the animals. Of course, you’d expect some great information and exhibits about insects from Cook’s, and yes, they have that. But you can learn about wildlife, fish, sea life, coral and all sorts of critters and ecosystems with great interactive and well-explained exhibits, including a beautiful aquarium area. The museum staff is informative and can share fun facts and answer any questions you may have. The learning doesn’t stop when you walk out of the museum. The museum website,, is

Photo Courtesy of Cook Museum of Natural Science.

full of educational information, worksheets, videos, coloring pages, “two-minute science” and more, a great help to teachers and homeschoolers, as well as kids who just want to know more. Throughout the year there are other fun opportunities at the museum. Whether it’s a birthday party, a field trip, or one of their educational and fun camps (which are offered for many different age groups), there’s much to see and do here. While visiting the museum, check out the great gift shop full of beautiful items, educational toys and fun stuff. Have a bite to eat at Nature’s Table, with locally grown, organic and even gluten-free food sure to fit almost any special diet. They even have smoothies. Those looking for an event venue will find Monarch Hall at the museum will hold more than 300 people. Catering is available, too. Visit for the day, or buy a membership! Check the website for current daily ticket pricing and membership packages, as well as hours, especially during the pandemic, when a limited number of visitors can be in the museum at one time. It’s typically open seven days a week. Check for information. Carol Muse Evans is publisher and editor of Birmingham Parent, and loved her visit to Cook Museum of Natural History.

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AREA HOSPITALS AREA HOSPITALS Children’s of Alabama 1600 Seventh Ave. S. Birmingham, AL 35233 205-638-9100 Children’s South Pediatric Outpatient Center 1940 Elmer J. Bissell Rd. Birmingham, AL 35243 205-638-4800 childrens-south UAB Hospital 1802 Sixth Ave S. Birmingham, AL 35233 205-934-3411 UAB Women & Infant Center 1700 Sixth Ave. S. Birmingham, AL 35233 205-934-3411 UAB Medical West 995 Ninth Ave. S.W. Bessemer, AL 35022 205-481-7000 UAB Highlands 1201 11th Ave. S. Birmingham, AL 35205 205-934-3411 UAB Callahan Eye Hospital 1720 University Blvd. Birmingham, AL 35233 205-325-8100

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Birmingham VA Medical Center 700 S. 19th St. Birmingham, AL 35233 205-933-8101

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Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center 3701 Loop Rd. E. Tuscaloosa, AL 35404 205-554-2000 Cooper Green Mercy Health Services 1515 Sixth Ave. S. Birmingham, AL 35233 205-930-3200 Grandview Medical Center 3690 Grandview Pkwy. Birmingham, AL 35243 205-971-1000 Shelby Baptist Medical Center 1000 First St. N. Alabaster, AL 35007 205-620-8100 Princeton Baptist Medical Center 701 Princeton Ave. S.W. Birmingham, AL 35211 205-783-3000

Cullman Regional Medical Center 1912 AL Hwy. 157 Cullman, AL 35058 256-737-2000 Northport Medical Center 2700 Hospital Dr. Northport, AL 35476 205-333-4500 DCH Regional Medical Center 809 University Blvd. E. Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 205-759-7111 Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center 3701 Loop Rd. E. Tuscaloosa, AL 35404 205-554-2000

Five Reasons to Get Your Kids Outside to Play By Christa Melnyk Hines

Your child spikes a fever, or is having trouble stopping throwing up. Maybe Today’s kids typically spend several hours a day immersed in low-sensory, pixelated landscapes rather than outdoors playing in the mud, climbing trees, examining bugs, rolling down hills or making up games. As a consequence, kids are less focused, get frustrated more easily, and struggle with more advanced social skills like negotiation, problem-solving and conflict resolution. “Technology is addicting and it’s keeping kids from engaging the senses, developing the muscles and all of the fundamental things that help children develop properly,” says pediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom, author of Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident and Capable Children. “We’re at the point where we are seeing kids have pretty significant sensory issues because it’s almost like a sensory deprivation of our environment.” Research finds that time outdoors improves our overall fitness, helps us sleep better, enhances creativity and cognitive skills, boosts our ability to fight disease, and even helps children with ADHD and anxiety better regulate their moods. Here are five great reasons to get kids outside:


Regulates emotions. “Exercise and nature are the prescriptions that have helped my kid,” says Tammy Muzrall, whose son Nathan, 11, struggles with anxiety and social issues. “Nature is calming. It’s healing. It naturally rebalances you. All you have to do is walk in it.” About four years ago, she began taking Nathan to a forest school near her home. Facilitated by Kelly Daniels, a Shinrin-Yoku forest therapy guide trained through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, the school is situated on 10 acres and invites people of all ages to engage with nature through play, exploration and awareness.

Our bodies are inherently designed to interact with our natural environment. Movement and outdoor play help regulate emotions. Physical activity strengthens the vestibular system, which is where the body manages balance and spatial orientation. The vestibular system feeds into the limbic system, which is the body’s center for emotions. “If a child tends to be hyperactive, or if they are moving a lot or really fidgety, that means they need to move more. That movement will help their body to naturally regulate their emotions,” Hanscom explains.


Fosters social skills. Nathan enjoys both the social and playful aspects of the forest school. “To find other like-minded kids who are wired like us was a breath of fresh air,” Muzrall says. “He loves jumping in the pond and climbing the trees. And, sit spots are his favorite.” During “sit spots,” each child finds a patch of grass, a tree or any spot that appeals to them where they can sit alone and notice their surroundings. They don’t have to sit perfectly still. They can dig around in the dirt, watch for wild animals or listen to the birds. Daniels says children often arrive at her forest school hyper, fidgety, nervous and sometimes cantankerous. After circling up, talking and playing a game, the kids, who often range from six to 11 years old, do the sit spot exercise. “They are experiencing nature in a slow enough way where they go: ‘Oh. I remember. This is what it feels like to be peaceful.’ They almost don’t even know what that feels like any more,” Daniels says. After 15 to 20 minutes, the kids circle up again and share their experience if they’d like. One child might report seeing a wild turkey with its babies while another might talk about a snail crawling up her arm. Continued on page 23. | 17




MINUS THE MOUSE By Carol Muse Evans

Just about every family has traveled to central Florida to visit with Mickey and friends, but did you know there is SO MUCH to do – lots of fun for all ages – minus the mouse?

hopper pass for BOTH parks can resolve that problem. Check the website for multiple day specials and express passes, which can certainly be worth the extra money if you time is limited, you have very young children or you travel in peak season. Be sure to check the online calendar for dates and times open, especially during the pandemic, along with any Covid restrictions.

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS & ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE, ORLANDO Kids of all ages, teens and adults will absolutely love Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure ( in nearby Orlando. In fact, it might be a favorite! Constantly adding new attractions, one of the main attractions for us in BOTH parks was the Harry Potter/Hogwarts sections inspired by the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling. In both parks, you step into a storybook time, with shops, eateries, butter beer, potions shops, and terrific rides. Enjoy Flight of the Hippogriff (formerly the Flying Unicorn), Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure and Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts at Islands of Adventure. Then you can ride the Hogwarts Express, a magical train that takes you back and forth from Hogsmeade’s to Diagon Alley in the other park! But Universal parks have so much more than just Harry Potterinspired features. You could spend days here with Race through New York with Jimmy Fallon, The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman, The Simpsons Ride, the Transformers 3D ride, Shrek 4-D, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, The Incredible Hulk Coaster, Wood Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster (for the younger ones), Revenge of the Mummy, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit and so much more for all ages! Then take in City Walk, the area outside and between the two parks for great shopping, wonderful restaurants and even a movie theatre and putt-putt golf on site. There’s even night life here for the adults. Be sure to read about each park online if your time is limited, so you see the attractions you most want to see. Also, a one- or two-day

WILD FLORIDA When we visited Kissimmee recently, we didn’t even know Wild Florida ( existed, but it’s now one of our favorite attractions. It’s the world’s only airboat, gator and drive-thru 85-acre safari park, and it was well worth the short drive from Kissimmee in nearby Keanansville. Keep in mind all the airboat tours, animal encounters and drive-thru safari park experiences include admission to the gator park and require reservations in advance. Our one-hour airboat tour was exciting, educational and fun. We saw fascinating birds, wildlife and especially bald eagles and their nests, all in their undisturbed, natural habitat. We enjoyed seeing the baby gators, and the drive-thru safari was great fun, ending it with feeding giraffes! You can also book various interactive animal encounters and see the Exotic Animal Show. Hold a two-toed sloth!

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THE REUNION RESORT & GOLF CLUB In all this fun, you’ll need a place to decompress, lay your head, eat and refuel for the other parts of your trip. You’ll find Kissimmee is a GREAT central location to stay with great hotels and resorts just minutes from all the fun. The Reunion Resort & Golf Club, www., is a terrific choice because these are luxury accommodations that can accommodate a family of four or several families traveling together. There are condominiums, private villas and even vacation homes surrounded by 2,300 acres of beautiful Florida landscape and a nature preserve. It is the only location in the U.S. with golf courses designed by Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson, so mom, dad or granddad can have a great round of golf while visiting. There is miniature golf, tennis, pickleball, along with several great restaurants in case you want to eat on the property.

Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure Orlando has something for every member of the family.Don't miss the Wonderful World of Harry Potter! Photo courtesy of Universal Studios

Don't miss Discovery Cove where you can spend the day with nature and get up close with dauphins. Photo courtesy of Discovery Cove

Wild Florida is a great place to take a fun airboat ride and learn about the Central Florida wildlife, ecosystems and more. Photo courtesy of Wild Florida

Stay in the middle of everything at the beautiful Reunion Resort & Golf Club in Kissimmee. Kissimmee is the perfect home base for your visit to Central Florida. Photo courtesy of Reunion Resort & Golf Club | 19 | 19


Those who stay at the Reunion Resort & Golf Club can enjoy a children's playground and your own pools/waterpark on site. PHOTO COURTESY OF RR&GC

Also at Reunion is a full-service spa, a waterpark of your own featuring slides, lazy river and more, a gift shop, 10 community pools, a kids’ camp called “Camp Reunion,” golf instruction, fitness center and fitness classes, self- or valet parking, package storage and handling and even meeting spaces and a self-serve business center. Did we mention that free shuttle service? Reunion Resort & Golf Club can make everyone in your travel party happy, give you more room to spread out and relax and it’s right in the middle of everything Central Florida has to offer! DISCOVERY COVE A sister to the SeaWorld Orlando park, Discovery Cove (https:// stands on its own and is a terrific destination for families. Imagine a day at a beach resort, filled with great food, relaxation, interaction with sea life and much more, and you’ve got a day at Discovery Cove. It could be a great day between theme parks or other high-energy attractions. Head on over to Discovery Cove in your swimsuit and get a locker and grab a chair for your day, or, if you have a crowd,

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consider renting one of their cabanas for the day as your “home base,” complete with its own fridge and snacks! If needed, Discovery Cove will supply flotation devices and even wet suits – the water with the animals is naturally colder. Here are just some of the activities you can enjoy there: swimming with dolphins, relax in a resort pool and swim along a tropical “river” (think lazy river) with a bird sanctuary overhead, snorkel with tropical fish and rays at the Grand Reef, wade with otters, handfeed toucans, parrots and other exotic birds in the Explorers Sanctuary, and just relax, walk around and play in the sand with your family for a relaxing day in a little secluded tropical wonderland. Food and Drink along with at Discovery Cove is included in the price, and it’s by no means “park food.” I enjoyed steak, steamed veggies and a salad on my visit and my husband had a delicious salmon. Equipment rental such as snorkels is free also. Carol Muse Evans is publisher/editor of Birmingham Parent and loves theme parks and Central Florida.

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Daniels says the children return to the circle “almost reverent. They become respectful of other kids’ speaking. They start to listen. By the end of the camp, they’re mellow, hanging out, respectful & kind.” Even 30 minutes a day spent sitting in your yard, witnessing nature in action is therapeutic for adults and kids alike.


Promotes creativity. Kids often complain that spending time outside is boring or uncomfortable. Hanscom suggests encouraging your kids to get inspired by your environment. Try throwing in a few age-appropriate supplies and tools to rev up their imaginations. “Place out different adult items like trays or kitchenware by mud puddles,” she says. “Bring out baskets with pulleys, string and scissors, or planks and trucks by a slow-moving river. Giving them materials quickens the process of being creative and having ideas of what to do outside.” Invite friends for a day of outdoor play rather than just for a few hours, which will give kids time to inspire each other and come up with ideas for their discoveries. For example, how many ways can they use a stick? One child might use it to scratch letters in the dirt while another begins building a fort.


Cultivates environmental stewards. Jodi Crutchfield, a mom of two children Addi, 9, and Sammy, 6, believes in fostering an appreciation and empathy for the world outside with her children. “They have learned how cool animals, bugs and spiders are. We can play with them a little bit, but we don’t hurt them and we put them back where we found them,” Crutchfield says. “They understand the idea of leave no trace. They pick up garbage when we are on hikes and can spot a piece of garbage 100 yards away. I was so proud last summer when both kids finished a week-long camp and both earned ‘Most Connected to the Environment’ award within their camp troops.”


Enhances mindfulness. Time spent in nature grounds us in the present moment giving us space free of distractions where we can focus on the sights, sounds and smells surrounding us. Even if your child is reluctant, gently coax them out the door to explore a nearby trail or simply relax in the sunshine with you.

Outdoor Play Ideas for Outdoor Play for Families Backyard campouts Star gazing Picking and pressing flowers Geocaching Photo scavenger hunt Nature hikes (don’t forget water, snacks, sunscreen and bug repellant) Fly kites Hula hoop Bike rides Plant a garden Go on a picnic Explore a new park or playground

Ideas for Play Materials Sheer curtains Planks Empty baskets Trays Buckets Pulleys String Age-appropriate tools Loose parts Old kitchenware

Source: Angela Hanscom

Christa Melnyk Hines is a nationally published freelance writer. As the mother of two boys, she knows first-hand how time spent running outside can be transformative to how well her family sleeps and manages stress.

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AREA LIBRARIES Your Area Libraries – How to Connect The services available at the libraries vary based on decisions made by their respective city and library administrators. For the most up-to-date information regarding the services available at your local public library, please contact your local library directly. To contact your Jefferson County local library, go to To contact your Birmingham local library (BPL), go to Adamsville 4825 Main St., Adamsville, AL 35005, 205-674-3399

Avondale (BPL) 509 S 40th St., Birmingham, AL 35222, 205-226-4000 Bessemer 400 N 19th St., Bessemer, AL 35020, 205-428-7882 Botanical Gardens 2612 Lane Park Rd., Birmingham, AL 35223, 205-414-3950 Central (BPL) 2100 Park Pl., Birmingham, AL 35203, 205-226-3600 Clay 7257 Old Springville Rd., Clay, AL 35126, 205-680-3812

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East Ensley (BPL) 900 14th St., Ensley, Birmingham, AL, 35218, 205-787-1928 East Lake (BPL) #5 Oporto-Madrid Blvd., Birmingham, AL 35206, 205-836-3341 " Eastwood (BPL) 4500 Montevallo Rd., Birmingham, AL 35210, 205-591-4944 O'Neal 50 Oak St., Mountain Brook, AL 35213, 205-445-1101 Ensley (BPL) 1201 25th St., Ensley, Birmingham, AL, 35218, 205-785-2625

Five Points West (BPL) 4812 Ave. W., Birmingham, AL 35208, 205-226-4013 Fultondale 500 Byrd Ln., Fultondale, AL 35068, 205-849-633 Gardendale 995 Mount Olive Rd., Gardendale, AL 35071, 205-631-6639 Graysville 315 S Main St., Graysville, AL 35073, 205-674-3040 Homewood 1721 Oxmoor Rd., Homewood, AL, 35209, 205-332-6600

Hueytown 1372 Hueytown Rd., Hueytown, AL, 35023, 205-491-144 Inglenook (BPL) 4100 40th Terrace N. Birmingham, AL 35217, 205-849-8739 Irondale 105 20th St. S., Irondale, AL 35210, 205-951-1415 Leeds 8104 Pkwy. Dr. S.E., Leeds, AL 35094, 205-699-5962 Midfield 400 Breland Dr. Midfield, AL 35228, 205-923-1027 North Avondale (BPL) 501 43rd St. N, Birmingham, AL 35222, 205-592-2082 North Birmingham (BPL) 2501 31st Ave. N., Birmingham, AL, 35207, 205-226-4025 Pinson (will reopen winter 2019 to Rock School Center) 4509 Pinson Blvd., Pinson, AL 35126, 205-680-9298

Titusville (BPL) #2 Sixth Ave. S.W., Birmingham, AL 35211, 205-322-1140 Trussville 201 Parkway Dr., Trussville, AL 35173, 205-655-2022 Vestavia Hills 1221 Montgomery Hwy., Vestavia Hills, AL 35216, 205-978-0155 Walter J. Hanna 4615 Gary Ave., Fairfield, AL 35064, 205-783-6007 Warrior 10 First St. E., Warrior, AL 35180, 205-647-3006 West End (BPL) 1348 Tuscaloosa Ave. S.W., Birmingham, AL 35211, 205-226-4089 Woodlawn (BPL) 5709 First Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35212, 205-595-2001 Wylam (BPL) 4300 Seventh Ave., Wylam, AL 35224, 205-785-0349

Powderly (BPL) 3301 Jefferson Ave. S.W., Birmingham, AL 35221, 205-925-6178

SHELBY COUNTY LIBRARIES There are many great libraries in Shelby County. Sometimes hours change based on seasons and holidays, so check out the hours in advance of your visit at

Pratt City (BPL) 509 Dugan Ave. Birmingham, AL 35214, 205-791-4997

Mildred B. Harrison Library 50 Lester St., Columbiana, AL 35051, 205-669-3910

Pleasant Grove 501 Park Rd., Pleasant Grove, AL 35127, 205-744-1731

Smithfield (BPL) #1 8th Ave. W., Birmingham, AL 35204, 205-324-8428 Southside (BPL) 1814 11th Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35205, 205-933-7776

Albert L. Scott Library 100 Ninth St. N.W., Alabaster, AL 35007, 205-664-6822 Roy Downs Memorial Library 9700 Hwy. 25, Calera, AL 35040, 205-668-3514

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Chelsea Public Library 16623 Hwy. 280, Chelsea, AL 35043, 205-847-5750

Tarrant 1143 Ford Ave., Tarrant, AL 35217, 205-841-0575

Columbiana Public Library 50 Lester St., Columbiana, AL 35051, 205-669-5812

Harpersville Public Library 39414 Hwy. 25, Harpersville, AL 35078, 205-672-8336 Jane B. Holmes Library 230 Tucker Rd., Helena, AL 35080, 205-664-8308




Hoover 200 Municipal Dr., Hoover, AL 35216, 205-444-780

Mt Laurel Library 111 Olmsted St. Birmingham, AL 35242, 205-991-1660 North Shelby Library 5521 Cahaba Valley Rd., Birmingham, AL 35242, 205-439-5500 Parnell Memorial Library 277 Park Dr., Montevallo, AL 35115, 205-665-9207 Pelham Public Library 2000 Pelham Park Blvd., Pelham, AL 35124, 205-620-6418 Vincent McGraw Public Library 42850 Hwy. 25, Vincent, AL 35178, 205-672-2749 Westover Public Library 3312 Westover Rd., Westover, AL 35147, 205-678-3375

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Vulcan Park

Aldridge Botanical Gardens 3530 Lorna Road, Hoover 205-682-8019, Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame 1631 Fourth Ave. N., Birmingham 205-254-2731 Alabama School of Fine Arts 1800 Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd.

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Alabama Sports Hall of Fame 2150 Richard Arrington Blvd. N., Birmingham. 205-323-6665 Alabama Wildlife Center 100 Terrace Drive, Pelham 205-663-7930, American Village Highway 119, Montevallo 205-665-3535,

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Birmingham Zoo

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

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

Birmingham Botanical Gardens 2612 Lane Park Road, Birmingham 205-414-3900

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute 16th St. N., Birmingham 205-328-9696


Barber Motorsports Park

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Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Birmingham Museum of Art Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd., Birmingham. 205-254-2565

McWane Science Center 200 19th St. N., Birmingham 205-714-8300

Railroad Park Birmingham 1600 1st Ave. S., Birmingham 205-521-9933

Birmingham Zoo 2630 Cahaba Road, Birmingham 205-879-0409

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

Ruffner Mountain Nature Center 1214 81st St. S., Birmingham 205-833-8264

Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum 1919 Ninth St., Calera 205-668-3435

Oak Mountain State Park 200 Terrace Drive, Pelham

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

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Every county in the state has its own office that issues tags for vehicles, boats, trailers and other vehicles that are required to be registered. Go to the office in the county where you live to buy tags, or renew tags online through your county’s website. For more information, go to https://revenue.alabama. gov/motor-vehicle/. As to driver’s licenses, the following is a list of locations in Birmingham Parent’s circulation area. Some give the written and road test for a driver’s license; others also have driver license division offices, but they are for license renewals or replacements only. Some are only open certain days of the week. Some offices have Saturday hours as well. We have listed days and times at publication, but please check first for possible changes, especially in light of COVID-19. Please note that a first-time Alabama driver’s license has to be obtained at an Alabama Law Enforcement Agency location. Contact your county’s driver license office for further information. Information also may be obtained at driver-license.

Driver’s License Locations: Jefferson County Bessemer Courthouse 1801 Third Ave. Bessemer, AL 35020 Hours: 8am-4:30pm M-F 205-426-7958 Birmingham Trooper Post 908 Bankhead Hwy. W. Birmingham, AL 35201 Hours: 7am-4:30pm M-F 7am-3pm Sat 205-252-7445 Shelby County Shelby County Courthouse Annex 1018 County Services Dr. Pelham, AL 35124 Hours: 8am-4pm M-F 205-620-5891 Columbiana Office 104 Depot St. Columbiana, AL 35186 Hours: 8am-4pm M-F 205-669-2614 Inverness Corners Shopping Center Suite 310 Hoover, AL 35242 Hours: 8am-4:30pm M-F 205-670-6826

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Chilton County Chilton Conty Courthouse 500 Second Ave. N. Clanton, AL 35045 Hours: 9am-3:30pm T-Th 205-280-7207 Cullman County Cullman County Courthouse 500 Second Ave. S.W. Cullman, AL 35055 Hours: 8am-4:30pm M-F 256-775-4822 St. Clair County St. Clair County Courthouse 1815 Cogswell Ave. Pell City, AL 35125 Hours: 8am-4:30pm M-F 205-338-0526 Ashville 48 Court St. Ashville, AL 35953 Hours: 8am-4pm Tues 205-594-2442 Tuscaloosa County Trooper Post 2645 Skyland Blvd. E. Tuscaloosa, AL 35405 Hours: 7am-4 M-F 7am-3pm Sat 205-553-0729

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AREA PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEMS JEFFERSON COUNTY Jefferson County Board of Education 2100 18th St. S. Birmingham, AL 35209 205-379-2000 Bessemer City Schools 1621 Fifth Ave. N. Bessemer, AL 35021 205-432-3000 Birmingham City Schools 2015 Park Place N. Birmingham, AL 35203 205-231-4600 Fairfield City Schools 6405 Ave. D Fairfield, AL 35064 205-783-6850 Homewood City Schools 450 Dale Ave. Homewood, AL 35209 205-870-4203 Hoover City Schools 2810 Metropolitan Way Hoover, AL 35243 205-439-1000 Leeds City Schools 1404 Eighth St. P.O. Box 1083 Leeds, AL 35095 205-699-5437 Midfield City Schools 417 Parkwood St. Midfield, AL 35228 205-923-2262 30 | birminghamparent | THE GUIDE 2021

Mountain Brook City Schools 32 Vine St. Birmingham, AL 35213 205-871-4608 Tarrant City Schools 1318 Alabama St. Tarrant, AL 35217 205-849-3700 Trussville City Schools 113 N. Chalkville Rd. Trussville, AL 35173 205-228-3000 Vestavia Hills City Schools 1204 Montgomery Hwy. Vestavia Hills, AL 35216 205-402-5100 SHELBY COUNTY Shelby County Board of Education 410 E. College St. P.O. Box 1910 Columbiana, AL 35051 205-682-7000 Schools in this system include Calera, Chelsea, Columbiana, Helena, Inverness, Montevallo, Oak Mountain, Shelby, Vincent and Wilsonville. Alabaster City Schools 10111 Highway 110 Alabaster, AL 35007 205-663-8400 Pelham City Schools 3113 Cummings St. Pelham, AL 35124 205-624-3700

CHILTON COUNTY Chilton County Schools 1705 Lay Dam Rd. Clanton, AL 35045 205-280-3000 CULLMAN COUNTY Cullman County Schools 402 Arnold St. NE P.O. Box 1590 Cullman, AL 35056 256-734-2933 Cullman City Schools 301 First St. NE Cullman, AL 35055 256-734-2933 ST. CLAIR COUNTY St. Clair County Schools 410 Roy Dr. Ashville, AL 35953 205-594-7131/205-594-4441 Fax Pell City School System 3105 15th Ave. N. Pell City, AL 35128 TUSCALOOSA COUNTY Tuscaloosa County Schools 1118 Greensboro Ave. Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 205-758-0411 Tuscaloosa City Board of Education 1210 21st Ave. Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 205-759-3700


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Staying Fit in Pregnancy Advice from the experts at Brookwood Baptist Medical Center Be Sensible About Exercise A few general guidelines to keep in mind: • Do not exercise strenuously in hot, humid weather or when you are sick with a fever. • Be smart – if something feels uncomfortable, don’t do it. • Low-impact exercise is best to avoid jerkiness or high-impact on your joints. Most women experience breast enlargement during pregnancy. Be sure to wear a bra that gives proper support to help protect your breasts. You will likely need to buy larger cup sizes throughout your pregnancy.

Be smart – if something feels uncomfortable, don’t do it. Pregnancy exercises and staying fit may help to improve stamina, flexibility and strength. Whether you already exercise several times a week or not at all, pregnancy will likely change your physical ability and capability. Along with keeping your body fit, exercise may help relieve or prevent backache, leg cramps and constipation; improve your posture and maybe even promote early recovery after delivery. Pregnancy Exercises to Manage Weight Gain Pregnancy often brings anxiety about weight gain, so many pregnant women want to know how much exercise is healthy and what types of activities are the best. Many forms of exercise are safe when done with caution and moderation. Of course, most doctors would advise against activities and sports that could cause injury to mother or baby. The exercises you can do mostly depend on the level of activity you were at before

• As pregnancy progresses, your center of gravity will change. Be aware of these changes as you choose exercises. pregnancy and the status of your health. Your doctor will likely encourage you to consider your physical fitness routine before pregnancy and from there develop a reasonable exercise regimen. Even if you’re having a normal pregnancy, you will want to re-evaluate your activities. Here are some other activities you may want to consider: Swimming: This is a great activity for your body because it tones different muscles while the water supports your weight (non-impact). Hot tubs and saunas should be avoided. Stationary Cycling: This is preferable to road biking because weight and balance changes occur during pregnancy. Be sure to pay attention to your posture to avoid a backache. Exercise Classes designed for pregnant women: Many health clubs and gyms offer exercise programs specific to pregnant women. You may also try yoga to get into shape without straining your body.

• Avoid deep knee bends, full sit-ups, double leg raises and straight-leg toe touches. • Drink water often – before, during and after exercise to be sure your body gets enough fluid. • Stop exercising and consult your doctor if you experience pain, vaginal bleeding, dizziness or feeling faint, shortness of breath, irregular or rapid heart beat, difficulty walking, pain in your back or pubic area, or uterine contractions. Even with its physical and emotional benefits, maintaining an exercise during pregnancy should always be under the supervision of a physician. You should always check with your doctor before beginning or continuing an exercise regimen to evaluate the risks and benefits. Learn about maternity services at Brookwood Baptist Medical Center by visiting | 31


AN OVERVIEW OF AREA MUNICIPALITIES The following is a listing of most of the cities in the Birmingham Parent circulation area of Jefferson, Shelby and Chilton counties. The information below is a resource for anyone needing to get in touch with city services and information where they live. JEFFERSON COUNTY City of Adamsville 4828 Main St. Adamsville, AL 35005 205-674-5671 City of Bessemer 1700 Third Ave. N. Bessemer, AL 35020 205-424-4060 City of Birmingham (county seat) 710 20th St. N. Birmingham, AL 35203 205-254-2000 City of Brighton 3700 Main St. Brighton, AL 35020 205-425-8934 City of Center Point 2209 Center Point Pkwy. Center Point, AL 35215 205-854-4460 City of Clay 2441 Old Springville Rd. Birmingham, AL 35215 205-680-1223 City of Fairfield 4701 Gary Ave. Fairfield, AL 35064 205-781-6961 City of Fultondale 1210 Old Walker Chapel Rd. Fultondale, AL 35068 205-841-4481

City of Gardendale 925 Main St. Gardendale, AL 35071 205-631-8789

City of Pleasant Grove 501 Park Rd. Pleasant Grove, AL 35127 205-744-1720

Town of Indian Springs Village 2635 Cahaba Valley Rd. Indian Springs, AL 35124 205-982-1755

City of Graysville 246 South Main St. Graysville, AL 35073 205-674-5643

City of Vestavia Hills 1032 Montgomery Hwy. Vestavia Hills, AL 35216 205-978-0100

City of Montevallo 541 Main St. Montevallo, AL 35115 205-665-2555

City of Homewood 2850 19th St. S. Homewood, AL 35209 205-332-6100

City of Tarrant 1604 Pinson Valley Pkwy. Tarrant, AL 35217 205-849-2800

Town of Vincent 25 Florey St. Vincent, AL 35178 205-672-2261

City of Hoover 100 Municipal Dr. Hoover, AL 35216 205-444-7500

City of Trussville 131 Main St. Trussville, AL 35173 205-655-7478

Town of Westover 3312 Westover Rd. Westover, AL 35147 205-678-3375

City of Hueytown 1318 Hueytown Rd, Hueytown, AL 35023 205-491-7010

SHELBY COUNTY City of Alabaster 1953 Municipal Way Alabaster, AL 35007 205-664-6800

Town of Wilsonville 9905 N. Main St. Wilsonville, AL 35186 205-669-6180

City of Irondale 101 20th St. S. Irondale, AL 35210 205-956-9200 City of Leeds 1400 9th St. N.E. Leeds, AL 35094 205-699-2585 City of Moody 670 Park Ave. Moody, AL 35004 205-640-5121 City of Mountain Brook 56 Church St. Mountain Brook, AL 35213 205-802-2400 City of Pinson 4410 Main St. Pinson, AL 35126 205-680-5556

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City of Calera 7901 Highway 31 Calera, AL 35040 205-668-3500

Town of Wilton 100 Depot St. Wilton, AL 35187 205-665-2021

City of Chelsea 11611 Chelsea Rd. Chelsea, AL 35043 205-678-8455

CHILTON COUNTY City of Clanton 505 Second Ave. N. Clanton, AL 35046 205-755-1105

City of Columbiana (county seat) 107 Mildred St. Columbiana, AL 35051 205-669-5800

City of Jemison 14 Padgett Lane Jemison, AL 35085 205-688-4491

Town of Harpersville 83 Town Hall Lane Harpersville, AL 35078 205-672-9961

Town of Maplesville 9400 AL Hwy. 22 Maplesville, AL 36750 334-366-4211

City of Helena 816 Hwy. 52 W. Helena, AL 35080 205-663-2161

Town of Thorsby 21060 U.S. Hwy. 31 Thorsby, AL 35171 205-646-3575

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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-theart facilities​, nurturing teachers ​with Education degrees, and comprehensive curriculum ​ that provides your child with age appropriate exploration into the world of learning.

Alabama School of Mathematics and Science 1255 Dauphin St. Mobile, AL 36604 251-441-2152 ASMS is a public, residential high school accepting applications from highly motivated 9th and 10th graders seeking advanced studies in math, science, computer science and the humanities. The Altamont School 4801 Altamont Rd. S. Birmingham, AL 35222


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EDUCATIONAL SERVICES Kumon of Hoover River Oaks Village 3744 Lorna Rd. Birmingham, AL 35216 205-444-9485 hoover-al Kumon is an afterschool math and reading enrichment program that unlocks the potential of children in preschool through high school. Students increase confidence, improve concentration and develop better study skills that last a lifetime.

two decades. With a background in education, she understands that each child needs individualized care. McCalla Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry 4814 Bell Hill Rd. Bessemer, AL 35022 205-477-8004 Dentistry for children, adolescents and patients with disabilities. Orthodontics for children and adults. We offer traditional metal brackets as well as clear invisalign option.

Pediatric Smiles, LLC Dr. Tabitha Jarman Gatrey ​4823 Promenade Pkwy. Angelica Rohner Suite 101 Pediatric Dentistry Bessemer, AL 35022 2045 Brookwood 205-230-9000 Medical Center Dr. Suite 21 Our top priority is Birmingham, AL 35209 helping your child 205-870-0892 achieve and maintain a beautiful, healthy smile! Dr. Rohner is a mother Providing dental care of four and has been a for children of all ages, Board Certified Pediincluding those with atric Dentist for almost DENTISTS, ORTHODONTISTS & ORAL SURGEONS

special needs. Now accepting new patients and most insurance accepted. HEALTH & WELLNESS ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is the primary state health agency for the state of Alabama. Brookwood Baptist Health Four locations in Central Alabama *Brookwood Baptist Medical Center Birmingham, AL *Princeton Baptist Medical Center Birmingham, AL *Shelby Baptist Medical Center Alabaster, AL

*Walker Baptist Medical Center Jasper, AL With four hospitals throughout central Alabama with women’s services, access to an entire network of specialists, and countless ways to customize your experience, Brookwood Baptist Health is a community of care. Children’s of Alabama 1600 Seventh Ave. S. Birmingham, AL 35233 205-638-9100 Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children since 1911, offering inpatient, outpatient, and primary care services throughout Alabama. Day Eye Center 2122 Old Montgomery Hwy. Pelham, AL 3524 205-987-2308 Seeing clearly starts here. Call and schedule an appointment today.

Now accepting Blue Cross, Davis, Superior, Spectera, MetLife, All Kids, Cigna, Tri Care, Avesis and many other insurance plans. Grandview Medical Group OB/GYN 3686 Grandview Pkwy. Suite 320 Birmingham, AL 35243 205-971-5499 www.grandviewobgyn. com Our board-certified OB/ GYNs are passionate about helping women achieve their goals and offer care that is compassionate and personal. Grandview Medical Center Women’s and Children’s Center 3690 Grandview Pkwy. Birmingham, AL 35243 205-971-1000 www.grandviewhealth. com Whether becoming a new parent or adding to your family – our dedicated team at Grandview Medical Center will make your experience memorable.

Liberty Pediatrics Dr. Manci Balas 3735 Corporate Woods Dr. Suite 105 Vestavia, AL 35242 205-900-7337 Liberty Pediatrics is now accepting new patients. Call today to schedule an appointment! Purohit Pediatric Clinic 4 locations: Anniston 516 Quintard Ave. 256-741-9799 Roanoke 4441 Hwy 431 Suite 1 334-863-2553 Moody 2468 Moody Pkwy. Moody, AL 35004 205-640-1200 Birmingham 3686 Grandview Pkwy. Suite #710 205-379-7190 Our caring physicians and staff are committed to providing patients with the very best quality care and service. We welcome new patients from surrounding communities to any of our four Alabama locations. | 35


UAB Callahan Eye Hospital & Clinics 1720 University Blvd. Birmingham, AL 35233 205-325-8620

UAB Callahan Eye Hospital & Clinics is your home for comprehensive and specialty eye care for the entire family, with top-notch ophthalmologists and optometrists who specialize in eye care for your youngest family member – starting from birth. Women’s Health Specialists of Birmingham 3686 Grandview Pkwy., Ste. 300 Birmingham, AL 35243 205-536-7676 Our physicians have created an environment for women that is calm, respectful and supportive. Visit for more information. Urgent Care for Children *Birmingham Locations Hwy. 280, Vestavia Hills, Trussville 205-848-CARE (2273) *Madison, AL 256-724-3587

*Montgomery, AL 334-530-6361 *Tuscaloosa, AL 205-614-5628 www.childrensurgent. com Urgent Care for Children is open 365 days a year, serving patients ages 0 to 21 after-hours and weekends. We take pride in offering quality care with less waiting in Central, North, and West Alabama. SPECIAL NEEDS Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind 205 South St. E. Talladega, AL 35160 256-761-3284 AIDB is the world’s most comprehensive education, rehabilitation and service program for individuals of all ages who are deaf, blind, deaf-blind and multi-disabled. Serving over 26,000 infants, toddlers, children, and adults in Alabama each year. The Learning Tree 334-252-0025 The Learning Tree

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serves children with intellectual disabilities and autism throughout Alabama. Early intervention, educational, residential, clinic-based behavioral analysis and consultation, serves are available in Birmingham, Anniston, Jacksonville, Auburn, Tallassee, Montgomery and Mobile. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama 1700 Fourth Ave. S. Birmingham, AL 35233 205-638-7263 RMHCA keeps families close to each other and the care they need at area hospitals by providing them with the comforts of home and resources for the entire family. Dance & Fitness The Dance Foundation 1715 27th Court S. Homewood, AL 35209 205-870-0073 The Dance Foundation is a non-profit organization teaching dance to all, inspiring creativity and confidence. A

place of discovery for ages one and up since 1975. HOME SERVICE Freedom Heating & Cooling 205-444-4444 We’re open during your time of need. Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, Maintenance. 24-hour emergency service. SUMMER CAMPS Camp Juliette Low 321 Camp Juliette Low Rd. Cloudland, GA 30731 770-428-1062 Dates: June 6- July 31 Ages: girls 8-15 Platform tents, outdoor adventure, traditional camping, fun and friendship since 1922! CJL is a private, residential camp for girls that fosters self-confidence, independence, teamwork, and leadership. On Lookout Mountain, just 2 hours north of Birmingham.

Highlands School Summer Camp 4901 Old Leeds Rd. Birmingham, AL 35213 205-956-9731 ext.117 June 7–July 30 (except July 4th week) Ages: 4K-8th Arts, sports, science and more for elementary-8th grade. Campers continue to learn while having a great time! Traditional day camps. Morning and afternoon extended care. Check out our Counselor-in-Training program! ATTRACTIONS & TRAVEL Dauphin Island Sea Lab 251-861-2414 The Dauphin Island Sea Lab is the state of Alabama's marine science education and research center. We offer programs throughout the year for K-12 students, professional development, undergraduate and graduate studies and a public aquarium. Learn more at PHOTOGRAPHY Christy Pierce Photography 205-902-0385 I will capture the perfect images of you and your loved ones and edit them to perfection (one by one). Experience a unique photography session like no other and images you will cherish forever.

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When and Where to Take Your Child (Please consult your physician. Every situation and child are different.) By Carol Muse Evans Your child spikes a fever, or is having trouble stopping throwing up. Maybe they have had a spill and you’re wondering if it’s a break or simply a sprain. Should you try Urgent Care, or should you visit the emergency room? Dr. Eric Jorge is a pediatric emergency medicine fellow at Children’s of Alabama. He’s seen children come to the emergency department who could have been treated at home. “It’s always a good place to start if your child is sick or has a fever, to call your on-call pediatrician or nurse,” Dr. Jorge says. “They can help guide you as to whether it’s appropriate to seek care in the emergency department or not.” You should always take your child to the emergency department in a true emergency, according to Jorge. These signs include: Go to emergency room for: • serious injury • persistent vomiting • trouble breathing • not drinking enough, not urinating enough • unusual sleepiness or confusion • a head injury with vomiting • eye injury • serious burns • ingested poison or unknown substance Call 911 if your child: • isn’t breathing or is turning blue • is unconscious after a fall • is having a seizure • has a serious allergic reaction • has broken a bone that sticks out through the skin • is choking • has a large cut that is bleeding uncontrollably But an urgent care facility may be just the ticket in a number of situations, especially when the pediatrician’s office is full or after their normal hours. “With an on-site lab, x-ray and pharmacy, our licensed pediatricians and pediatric nurse practitioners are equipped to treat everything from broken bones to lacerations needing stitches to strep, RSV, flu and more,” says Ann Peacock of Urgent Care for Children. One of the most important questions a parent should ask themselves when deciding whether to take their child to Urgent Care for Children or the emergency room is if their child’s illness or injury is life-threatening, Peacock adds. “We at UC4C are able to provide care for kiddos with non-life-threatening medical needs, but on the other hand, the emergency room should be utilized when children face life-threatening conditions.”

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Other reasons to go the emergency room, according to Peacock, are: difficulty breathing • severe allergic reactions • deep lacerations exposing fatty tissue • cuts to fingers, feet or face • infants under 2 months old running fever of 100.4 or higher Some benefits to being able to access urgent care as an alternative to the emergency room may the wait time. “The average wait time at an emergency room can be four to six hours. At UC4C, wait times will vary based on season and patient volume, but you can expect a much shorter wait time,” Peacock says. You can even save your child’s spot online. In addition, Peacock says, you will find that your co-pay at urgent care is cheaper than a co-pay at a hospital ER. Jorge stresses the importance of every child having a pediatrician. Through an established relationship with a pediatrician, a child can receive better long-term and care, and there is always someone on call 24-7 to help determine the best treatment for your child when you’re not sure if you need to take them to the emergency department. For more about Children’s of Alabama, visit www.childrensalorg. For more about Urgent Care for Children, visit Carol Muse Evans is publisher/editor of Birmingham Parent.

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Your child spikes a fever, or is having trouble stopping throwing up. Maybe they have had a spill and you’re wondering if it’s a break or simply a sprain. Should you try Urgent Care, or should you visit the emergency room? | 41

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Where children fall in the family line can have a tremendous impact on their development, emotional experiences, interpersonal relationships – even academic performance. Birth order is a concept that suggests children of a particular family position share some of the same experiences, which may cause them to take on similar attributes. But is it a valid theory? And if so, what can parents learn from it? 44 | birminghamparent | THE GUIDE 2021

Meri Wallace, Brooklyn, NY-based MSW, child and family therapist and author of Birth Order Blues, thinks it’s a concept worth considering. “It isn’t the sole factor in the shaping of a child’s life, nor does it mean there will always be definitive character traits and outcomes. But understanding how birth order affects children is key to a family’s well being,” she says. Dr. Michael Gamel-McCormick, professor for the Department of Individual and Family Studies at the University of Delaware, agrees. “When balanced with the child’s individual personality, preference and style, birth order is a good tool parents can use to reflect on family dynamics and childhood experiences.” This is what Karen Kolek, mother of three, did. “When I read a book about birth order, I saw some classic traits in my children, particularly my oldest,” she says, referring to nine-year-old Kyle. “He’s very academically oriented and has perfectionist tendencies and high expectations for himself.” This is typical of many first-born children, explains Wallace. “Because most

There is a great deal of evidence that shows where children fall in the family line can have an impact on how they view themselves, others and the world. Birth order is a valuable concept that parents can use to reflect on family interactions and childhood experiences. But it isn’t the sole factor in shaping a child’s life. There are variables which hang in the balance and must be considered. They are as follows: • Parenting style. The philosophy by which parents raise their children can greatly affect traditional birth order traits and tendencies. There are typically four parenting styles: 1. authoritarian, which has many limits and few choices; 2. permissive, characterized by a child- dominated home with few limitations; 3. yoyo, which is inconsistent and swings from authoritarian to permissive; and 4. authoritative, which provides consistent guidance with reality discipline when needed. • Parent’s birth order position. Where parents fall in their family line of origin can affect how they interact with their children. Parents with children of the same birth order position may consciously or unconsciously over-identify with that child. This can lead to either excess pressure or a softened approach, particularly if the child is of the same gender or temperament. Parents may also view children of a different birth order position in light of their own sibling relationship experiences. • Family circumstances. Family factors that can affect traditional birth order traits and tendencies include the number of children in the family; sibling gender; spacing between children; parental or sibling disability, illness or death; adoption; divorce; family blending and socio-economic level.

he needs me,” she says. So Kolek tries to spend a little extra time with Conner doing something he enjoys. Experts agree individualized time centered on a child’s interests is one of the best ways to diminish sibling rivalry and help children feel more confident about their parents’ love. Another way to decrease sibling strife is to help children establish their own identity by encouraging them to pursue their own interests. Appreciating and celebrating a child’s individuality is, after all, the key to helping children grow into confident, well-rounded adults—no matter where they fall in the family line. Denise Yearian is the former editor of two parenting magazines and the mother of three children and six grandchildren.

first borns have their parents’ undivided love and attention, there’s more time for pursuing academic interests and interacting one-on-one.” Whitney Hoffman, mother of 11-year-old James and 8-year-old John, found this to be true. “When James was born, he was not only our first child but the first grandchild on both sides of the family, so everything was focused on him,” she recalls. “Even after John was born, we spent extra time with James so he would know he was still special.” All this attention may seem like an advantage, but there are disadvantages too. Most first-time moms and dads are inexperienced with regard to parenting and may place unrealistic expectations on their children, which in turn, could cause a child to become driven or have perfectionist tendencies. “In a typical family pattern, parents who have had one child generally get more comfortable in the parenting role,” says GamelMcCormick. “By the time the second, third or fourth ones come along they ease up on standards and expectations, and interact differently with later-born children.” Parental interaction is one factor that plays into birth order. Sibling relationship is another. “When there’s a small age gap between children it can promote closeness,” says Wallace. “At the same time, it creates a strong rivalry because they each have similar needs and are vying for the same kind of attention.” Younger siblings, she says, may also wrestle with identity issues. They may see themselves as an extension of their older sibling, but they may also feel overshadowed and inadvertently search for their own areas to shine. This is one of Hoffman’s concerns. “I think John’s identity is somewhat tied to his brother’s,” she says. “He looks up to him as a hero and even seems a little lost when he’s not around.” But John also picks on James in a rivalry way. “The boys have plenty of opportunities to play together, but sometimes James wants to be alone,” Hoffman continues. “If he’s doing something like a video game, John is right there and wants to do it too. That’s when we have problems.” The Hoffmans aren’t the only ones who feel the sibling squeeze. From time to time 7-year-old Conner Kolek laments about being the middle child. “Sometimes Conner says, ‘I’m not the oldest and I’m not the youngest,’ so I turn it around and tell him he has the best of both worlds,” says Kolek. “He gets to do big kid things with his brother and he still has a younger sister to play with.” But according to Kolek, Conner’s complaint is really a cry for attention. “I didn’t have the time with him that I had with Kyle or that I have now with Julianna (age 5). Even though he would never admit it,

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS Birth Order Blues: How Parents Can Help their Children Meet the Challenges of Birth Order by Meri Wallace How to Love Your Children: Birth Order for Parents by Clifford E. Isaacson New Birth Order Book: Why You Are the Way You Are by Kevin Leman | 45

Juggling Extracurricular Activities:

Five Ways to Make it More Manageable By Sarah Lyons

School mornings are busy, but an experienced mom knows the real rush is after school when the evening is packed with extracurricular activities. One child has scouts, another has piano lessons, and two have soccer practice on opposite sides of town. As a mom of six, I have survived busy weeks full of extracurricular activities and a calendar that can only be described as complicated. Whether you have two or 10 kids, here are some tips from a mom with a busy family.

LIMIT ACTIVITIES — The best way to keep your calendar from getting too full is not to fill it. Try cutting back on the activities you allow your child to sign up for. Practice time can be reduced by allowing kids only one sport per season. However, sports aren’t the only activity that can take up a lot of time. Theater, music, scouts, and dance can also fill your free time. If your child has interests in both sports and the arts try allowing one sport and one other activity at a time. Limiting activities will leave more time for rest and time at home.

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TAG TEAM — When multiple kids’ activities

conflict, split up the time. Have one parent take a child to a birthday party while the other attends the ball game for another child. Use the help of others, particularly for practices and rehearsals. Set up a carpool with other families and take turns giving kids rides to and from to limit your time in the car. Don’t feel guilty if you cannot be at every single event. If you miss one here or there, you can attend next time. Your child will not remember if you were at every game, just that you made the effort to be there the majority of the time.

COMMAND CENTER — A carefully maintained family calendar is key to keeping everyone organized and where they need to be on time. Some families like to have a large calendar in a central location in the home, like a command center. Others may like to use technology to track their comings and goings. Each family will find what method works best for them; the important part is that it is accurate and up-to-date.


are constantly on the go need to be protective of their down time. Having time for resting and relaxation is necessary to recharge and

reconnect. Busy families may find it helpful to schedule family time on the master calendar so that the time doesn’t get filled up with other activities.

PLAN AHEAD — Once you have your

activities limited and your calendar set, the best way to survive the busiest days is to plan ahead as much as possible. For busy nights, plan easy on-the-go meals and snacks. Freezer meals, crock pot recipes, and simple weeknight dinners that are prepped and prepared ahead of time will save you a lot of worry about getting your family properly fed and to practice on time. Pack up as many items as possible the night before so that you are not rushing around at the last minute trying to locate lost shoes and sports gear. There are multiple benefits to participation in extracurricular activities, but overdoing it can cancel out many of them. Choose activities that your children truly enjoy and make sure there is still time to enjoy time together doing things you love outside of those activities. Sarah Lyons is a full-time mom to six and a part-time freelance writer. | 47

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