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Dear BeSafe, Recently, I’ve caught my pre-teen lying much more than usual. It ranges from really big deals, to small issues that she has no reason to lie about. Should I be concerned? - A. Neill

little coaching, but you also want to assess a consequence. A little warning here, it is easy to get angry, but remember that young children emulate adults and may not still fully grasp how much a lie can hurt. So you might think of restricting activities, writing an apology or similar. But what happens when the lying comes from an older child, like the one A. Neill writes about? Older children who lie might possibly be trying to control their environment. They’ve learned that they can get away with certain things and that sometimes, it doesn’t cause harm, because no one knows but themselves. As adults, we’ve told “little white lies,” such as telling someone their hair looks nice, when we really want to tell them how terrible it looks. When we transfer this to youngsters, we are actually teaching them to lie. So, we shouldn’t be surprised when they have maintained the habit as middle-schoolers. Here are some key thoughts for the pre-teen. They may actually be signaling for help, such as with a bully at school, with another adult who is causing problems, or with drugs or alcohol (yes, the age that most kids begin to experiment with drugs in Texas is between 12-14). They may also be seeking more time with you as their parent, and the only way they can get it - is through negative attention. This can happen when you have several children, with a variety of ages. They may also be suffering from depression or anxietylike feelings. Middle-school is tough, and adding hormonal changes makes it even more challenging. The most important thing is to talk to your child. Ask them what they like and dislike about their lives, about school and about themselves. Listen carefully and avoid taking any action on what you hear. Promise yourself to take 24 hours to think through their feedback before responding. Connect with your child - it can make all the difference in the world.

Dear A. Neill, Our readers have the best questions! This is another one of those issues we’ve struggled a lot with too. In fact, quite a bit of research has gone into this subject since one of our children hit middle school. The first piece of advice was to ignore the lying, the theory being that if it didn’t receive any attention, it would come to an end fairly easily. This may work in many cases, and may be a good first step, especially when children are young and may not understand the circumstances very well. Remember, some youngsters have an active imagination, and it can often be hard to tell the difference between truth and myth. When ignoring the lying fails, or when it isn’t appropriate, (such as when the lie involves another party), the advice has been to address the lie head-on, from a coaching perspective. So when Susie tells a lie, you might ask her why she lied, and explain that lies have a lot of negative potential. In this stage, punishment really isn’t required you are trying to educate and guide, since it isn’t likely that the lie has the intent to harm anyone’s feelings. As they get older, the lies become intentional. Not necessarily to hurt, but to get out of trouble, to get something you wanted, to make someone else feel the way you feel and so on. This is a tricky situation. If the child can verbalize understanding that they lied and knew it was wrong - it’s time for a punishment. Remember though, that the punishment should fit the crime. You might have your there’s an app for that! Download“Postive Discipline” by Jane Nelson and Adrian Garsia on your smartphone for more information. child apologize to whomever the lie affected, provide a

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It’s that time again. . . the BeSafe Summer edition. Well, it’s a little before summer, but we want to get you ready! Parents everywhere are anxiously making summer preparations. Who will watch the kids while you are at work? Will they eat everything you bought from the grocery store on Sunday before Tuesday? Where will the family vacation be this time? Is there enough money to do what you want to do? These are questions that are all too familiar. Meanwhile, our children are asking questions like, why is this school year taking so long? And I wonder if we are going to spend the week at the beach this summer, like we did last year? Ooh! I wonder if we can take two vacations this summer. Mmmm. I can’t wait until mom buys extra snacks and stashes them in her secret hiding spot I’m not supposed to know about! The family dog however, just wants to know when his next walk will be. All the things of summer. It’s a great time to make memories too. I wanted to share a few of mine with you. Is that okay? I just thought I would ask. My family and I have been privileged enough to enjoy a variety of summer trips. From Disney Land to our infamous staycations, we’ve been able to take advantage of our travels to get to know each other a little better, not as dads and moms, or sons and daughters, but as people. It’s hard to remember sometimes, that there are people behind those identities. Each year, my wife and I find one week-long camp for each child and then plan a one week vacation. That gives the kids time to learn, reach out and make new friends, and gain a little insight into who they are. Then we schedule a trip just to reconnect. We’ve

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flown, we’ve driven, we’ve biked and hiked and swam and shopped (not their favorite activity by the way) and lived it up, but one of my favorite trips, was one we took to Central Texas. In general, that part of our state is one of our most favorite. The beautiful scenary, numerous inexpensive activities and of course, finding all of the hidden spots advertised in the Southern Living Magazine, kept us going for days. We had no itenerary, no agenda and no place to be. We slept late, drove around to no where in particular, ate lunch

at off-the-beaten-path restaurants, and shared the occassional knockknock joke. I loved that trip. It was as good if not better than the trip to Disney Land, hiking in Arkansas, the beach house in Florida or, well pretty much anything else. Not that I don’t have great memories of those trips as well, but something about this one just stole my heart. I hope that you and your family take a trip this summer that does the same. Sure, it can be expensive, but the money is worthless when it comes to the value of those memories. An older man stopped me at breakfast in our hotel lobby over spring break and reminded me during a particularly stressful moment, ‘son, you won’t get a chance to do this again. Enjoy it while you still can.’ I will. Join me.


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Tips for a Healthy Summer by Melinda Prince

Melinda Prince RN, BSN, CPT has been inspiring the world to adopt a fitness lifestyle for over 16 years and is the co-owner of 360 Fitness, an industry leader in personal training and group fitness.

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Approximately 75% Of Americans walk around every day dehydrated. Why is that a bad thing? Your body needs water (and lots of it) to do the hundreds of daily jobs required for you to live. When you are dehydrated, your body slows down and you feel sluggish. Most adults think that feeling is a signal for a candy bar or cup of coffee, whereas kids might reach for a juice box or soda. When we do that, we are taking in lots of empty calories that can lead to unwanted weight gain in both adults and children. Save money at the grocery store this summer and drink water all day long instead.

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TV, computers, smart phones and other electronic devices with screens are highly addictive for both adults and children. Try limiting your family’s “Screen Time”, the time spent with electronic devices, to no more than 2 hours per day. Kids need to be active for healthy development of their bodies and their brains. Take a walk, ride bikes, play a game of freeze tag in the evening or anything else you can think of to get your bodies moving.

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Days are longer during the summer. It’s hard to think about going to bed at 8:30pm when it doesn’t get dark until 8:15pm. It’s a fact - kids need more sleep than adults. And, healthy sleep habits are important for proper development. The majority of children will not “sleep in” when they go to bed late. Instead, they wake at their usual time and power through their day. Parents might notice that their children are grumpy, hyper or over-emo tional. These are telltale signs that your child is not getting enough sleep. The best cure for a lack of sleep is prevention. Keep a scheduled bedtime throughout the summer and the entire family will benefit!

I can’t believe the girl in these pictures is ME! “After becoming a mother, my weight climbed to over 200 lbs. I had settled for the fact that this “After becoming a mother, my weight climbed to over 200 lbs. I had settled for the fact that this was my was my new “post-children” body. Through a rare turn of events, I had the opportunity to get new “post-children” body. Through a rare turn of events, I had the opportunity to get to know the 360° to know the 360 Fitness Team. I partnered with one of their professional trainers who laid out Fitness Team. I partnered with one of their professional trainers who laid out a complete diet plan and a complete diet plan and workout regime to help me get my body back. He pushed me out of my workout regime to help me get my body back! He pushed me out of my comfort zone and showed me that comfort zone and showed me that I was capable of far more than I had given myself credit for. I was capable of far more than I had given myself credit for. I’m amazed at my results & I’m now in the best shape of my life! In the past, I had avoided I’m amazed at my results & I’m now, in the best shape of my life! In the past, I had avoided gyms because I was embarrassed by my weight & intimidated by the equipment. The thought gyms because I was embarrassed by my weight & intimidated byaway the equipment. thought of going to a gym made me a nervous wreck! Now, it is my home from home.The Training at of going to a gym made me a nervous wreck! Now, it is my home away from home. Training 360 Fitness, has not only changed my body for the better, but my mind has as well. I am hapat 360° hasdent. not No only changed my mind well. I pier and Fitness, more confi longer do I my walkbody into for the the gymbetter, afraidbut of what I can’thas do.as Instead, DPKDSSLHUDQGPRUHFRQÀ GHQW1RORQJHUGR,ZDONLQWRWKHJ\PDIUDLGRIZKDW,FDQ·WGR I’m anxious to see what new things I can do with each workout. Now, I actually get excited Instead, I’m anxious to seethan whatfinew I can eachtransformation workout. Now,has I actually getthe about social events rather ndingthings excuses notdotowith go. This given me H[FLWHGDERXWVRFLDOHYHQWVUDWKHUWKDQÀ QGLQJH[FXVHVQRWWRJR7KLVWUDQVIRUPDWLRQ stamina to keep up with my roles as wife, mother, and student. Thank you 360 Fitness and all has wonderful given me the stamina tomet.” keep up with my roles of wife, mother, and student. the people I have Thank you 360° Fitness and all the wonderful people I have met.”

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Those Precious Eyes by Gregory D. Kiblinger, M.D.

Each year, thousands of children sustain eye damage or even blindness from ocular trauma.

It is important to know general eye safety precautions and implement use of measures to prevent eye injuries. This is particularly pertinent in the summer months as the weather and free time out of school increase participation in sports and other outdoor recreational activities. Protective eyewear remains a mainstay in the prevention of injury. It is vitally important to remember that ninety percent of ocular trauma is avoidable with the use of protective eyewear. Some interesting statistics related to eye injuries from the 5th annual Eye Injury Snapshot (conducted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Ocular Trauma) include the following: • 44.7% of eye injuries occur at home. • 40% of injuries are related to home repairs, yard work, and cleaning/cooking. “It is vitally important • 40% of injuries occur during sports or recreational activities. to remember that • More than 78% of people were not wearing protective eyewear at the time of injury. 90% of ocular trauma • Only 5.3% of those wearing eyewear of any sort were using safety or sport glasses.

is avoidable.”

Some tips for the prevention of injuries: • Do not allow children to play with BB guns, pellet guns, or non-powder rifles. • Keep children away from fireworks, especially bottle rockets. • Polycarbonate protective lenses should be worn at all times during yardwork, household repairs, or other projects. • Keep chemicals and sprays out of reach of small children. • Use of common items that cause injury, such as pencils, scissors, wire coat hangers, and bungee cords should be monitored closely. • Avoid projectile toys such as darts, bows and arrows, and missile-firing toys. • Use of sport protection lenses. Most sports-related injuries occur with baseball. www.thegreenhead.com • Only purchase age appropriate toys. • Make sure children are properly secured in baby carriers or child safety seats. • Cushion sharp edges of home furnishings and fixtures. • Avoid extended sun exposure and use UV protecting sunglasses. Should an eye injury occur it is important to seek prompt medical attention. While seeking medical care, remember a few suggestions: • In the event of chemical exposure, flush with copious amounts of water. • Do not rub or put pressure on the eye. • Do not try to remove an object stuck in the eye. • For small debris, lift the eyelid and blink to allow natural tears to flush the foreign material from the eye. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Taking a few small steps this summer in general eye safety precautions to follow Benjamin Franklin’s advice will go a long way to the long term health and happiness of you and your family. Information for this article was taken from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Additional reading on the prevention and care of eye injuries is available at www.aao.org. Gregory D. Kiblinger MD is a General Ophthalmologist at EyeCare Associates of East Texas.


Teach Children to Save, Today and Every Day

TB&T’s Digitz the Dollar Dog and Senior Vice President Connie Milligan teach students why it’s cool to save!

by Karen Partee, Director of Public Relations In observance of the national “Teach Children to Save Day,” held this year on April 24, Texas Bank and Trust is encouraging local families to recognize this time by communicating the value of saving money to the young people in their lives. While this special savings awareness day may come and go, teaching kids about developing sound money management skills is critical EVERY day of the year.

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money management. • Let friends and family know about your child’s savings goal. They will be more likely to give cash for special occasions, which means more trips to the bank. • Engage your community. Many schools, banks, and community organizations share your commitment to creating a money-savvy generation. Engage a coalition of support to provide youth with the education they need to succeed. Since its inception in 1997, the American Bankers Association Education Foundation’s Teach Children to Save Day has reached more than 5 million young people with the help of more than 120,000 plus banker volunteers. A committed leader in financial literacy, Texas Bank and Trust has participated in the annual program since 2005 through its Cool Kids Savings Club program, reaching approximately 10,000 children throughout East Texas. Parents, if you are looking for more savings tips and activities, you can log on with your child to our TB&T Cool Kids online clubhouse at www.thisismytbt.com.

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The risks associated with underage drinking are troubling. Children who drink alcohol before age 21 are more likely to face problems in school, be assaulted, abuse alcohol later in life, drown or fall, or die in a car crash. And, a new MADD analysis of data estimates that two-thirds of the deaths attributable to underage drinking are not traffic related. MADD estimates that 32 percent of all deaths related “Children who drink to underage (age 15-20) alcohol alcohol before age use were traffic fatalities and 68 21 are more likely to face problems in percent were other fatal incischool, be assaultdents, including homicides (30 ed, abuse alcohol percent), suicides (14 percent), later in life, drown alcohol poisonings (9 percent) or fall, or die in a car and other causes of death (15 crash.” percent). Parents who think their children are safe because they have agreed not to drink and drive are actually only preventing about a third of the risks associated with underage drinking. For more information about the Power of Parents program you may visit http://www.madd.org/localoffices/tx/east-texas. 215 Winchester Dr #100 Tyler, TX 75701 Phone: 903.534.6000

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watch fireworks

paint rocks

play hopscotch

lemonade stand

wash the car

go on a nature hike

have a picnic

go out for ice cream

run through sprinklers

make playdough

sidewalk chalk fun

throw a frisbee

put on a play

make lemonade

build sandcastles

eat watermelon play with bubbles

go to the zoo

play with fingerpaint

make a collage

ride bikes

set up an obstacle course

family movie night camp in the backyard

play in the pool

visit a museum

go to storytime

have fun in the park

have an ice cream party

write a book

build a fort visit the petstore play in the dirt

visit a farm

flashlight tag bake cupcakes

have a barbecue

make tie dye t-shirts

put on a play play baseball

miniature golf

fly a kite

build a hotwheels track

family movie night make popsicles

play hopscotch

make nature rubbings

free concert

have a pillow sack race make your own greeting cards

make smores make canvas hand prints

root beer floats

find a penpal make splatter paint artwork

play dress-up

paint with water

make mud pies

make your own grocery store

treasure map and hunt

melt crayons make milk carton boats

outdoor bowling

make a tinfoil river

play soccer

make your own sensory table

puzzles

make friendship bracelets

dodgeball go to a duck pond

paint your own pottery

go to a farmers market

go berry picking

start a rock collection

catch fireflies build a cup tower

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St. Paul Children’s Foundation Begins Community Garden You Can Too! For the past six months St. Paul Children’s Foundation has dedicated their efforts to planning and building a community garden. The 700 square foot garden was designed to teach the community how to plant and grow their own vegetable garden in their backyards. Designing the community garden on a low-cost budget allows for the organizers to demonstrate how to effectively grow a vegetable garden under reasonable means for interested community members. The project was funded and supported by numerous community partners: NET Health, Tyler Junior College, East Texas Community Food Coalition, Good Shepherd School, East Texas Fence & Iron, Mission Tyler and more. The project would not have been possible without the donations and efforts of the companies and organizations involved with the building of the community garden. “The community garden kick-off is a great family-friendly event for everyone to learn about the values of nutrition by gaining the knowledge of starting a garden and planting the vegetables of their choice,” said community garden coordinator Ben Strube. Try your hand at gardening as a family, this summer and feel free to stop by St. Paul and learn more! Carmen Sosa, leader of the East Texas Community Food Coalition and manger of the Fair Market says, “Gardening, even on a small scale such as planting an herb window box or a container garden, creates a valuable connection between ourselves and the food we eat. It is important for all of us, especially our children, to have a sense of respect for the earth and what it provides for us. Gardening can be a tremendously fun and exciting adventure for kids. Getting their hands dirty, watching a tiny seed turn into a sprout that turns into a carrot is a fascinating process. Not to mention the fun learning how creepy crawly worms turn leftover table scraps into soil for those carrots. Kids will love having a fairy garden planted with lamb’s ear and mint and little pink grape tomatoes, or a pizza garden with tomatoes, basil, oregano, and peppers. Want to see a child in wonder? Plant a bean in a clear baggie with a little soil and watch the seed come to life overnight. Playing in the dirt with your children gets them out of the house, away from technology, and in touch with nature and all it’s glory and doesn’t have to cost a lot.” Try your hand at gardening as a family, this summer! - Let your kids choose what to plant & plant what your family usu ally eats - Use ANY container that you can find – Be Creative! - Decorate your containers - Let each child tend to their own plants – Have a contest - Use what you grow! – Put mint in tea, make pizza with the tomatoes, basil, oregano & peppers, make sweet potatoes fries by baking. Also, pay a visit your local farmer’s market this summer and let the kids choose the produce! Here are just a few, but there are markets all over East Texas for your enjoyment! You can post the city that you live in on the BeSafe Facebook page www.facebook.com/besafepub and we will locate your nearest market or community garden!

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509-8193 Local Farmer’s Market • Farmers Market at the Tyler Public Library, 201 S. College. May – July, Thursdays 7am – 1pm. • East Texas State Fair Farmers Market - 2112 W. Front St., Tyler. May – July, Tuesdays and Saturdays 7am-1pm. • The Jacksonville Farmers Market - 101 S. Bonner, May – June, Tuesday evening at 5.00. • The Historic Longview Farmers Market - 105 West Cotton , Saturday morning 8:00-12:00.


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We know kids

ETMC First Physicians clinic for kids When it comes to knowing kids, our pediatricians are experts. Our whole team is specially trained in the care of newborns, infants, toddlers and adolescents, with emphasis on physical, mental and social development. The ETMC First Physicians clinic for kids in Tyler offers a range of services: • Immunizations • Physicals and developmental assessments • Treatment of childhood viruses and illnesses To schedule an appointment, call 903-596-3862. MARINEL MUNDA, M.D.

Michael Austin, MD

Andrew E. Hoover, MD

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Believes children are the future.

ETMC First Physicians clinic in Tyler 1000 E. Fifth St. 903-596-3862 ETMC First Physicians are in-network providers for Medicaid and most insurance plans.

Marinel Munda, MD

Dr. Marinel Munda’s desire to be a pediatrician stemmed from her strong belief in the important role children hold in the community. Free iPhone app

“Children are an integral part of our community and should be given every opportunity to reach their potential. By partnering with parents, I have a unique and vital role in guiding, inspiring and reaching out to children. I help them not only maintain good health, but also grow into mature, productive members of society.”

Board certified in Pediatrics, Dr. Munda has been practicing medicine since A not-for-profit organization committed to improving the quality of life in East Texas communities. www.etmc.org 1995. She credits her ability to give personalized, compassionate care to the lessons she’s learned from her own two children. “I can empathize with other parents. I know what they’re going through because I’ve had the same experiences with my own kids.” ETMC First Physicians – Tyler

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