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FEATURES 20 Now You’re Talking

Strong, healthy families—and in turn, healthy communities—are built on a foundation of truly connected commu nication. Are you ensuring you thrive? words Jessica Elliott illustration Malina Omut

26 Best for Families: Moms & Babies See the winners of our 2018 reader survey words Alex Mitchell Mortenson + Jessica Myers

DEPARTMENTS NOTED 9 Matters of the Heart

Why more kids are at risk for high blood pressure

REAL MOMS 13 Mom Next Door / Samantha Davies How better conversation can build stronger families and communities, p. 20

The meteorologist celebrates nine years at NBC 5 and the birth of her second child

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The scary part? Hypertension, ominously The connection between obesity and known as the “silent killer,” has serious high blood pressure is one reason the AAP health ramifications. Undiagnosed cases in made some changes to its blood pressure childhood can result in progressive health screening tables, which provide normal complications, like organ damage and cardioblood pressure levels based on age, height vascular disease. and sex. The previous tables factored in But because high blood pressure is measurements from kids who are over“silent,” there are no obvious signs or sympweight or obese; the new tables are based on toms to set off a parent’s normal-weight children. warning alarm, explains As a result, the threshDr. Deborah Schutte, old for what’s considered GO LOW medical director of cardiolelevated blood pressure ogy at Cook Children’s. has been lowered, meaning If your child’s blood Consequently parents have more kids—overweight pressure is on the high side, to rely on blood pressure and normal-weight both— the American Academy tests at the doctor’s office are likely to get flagged for of Pediatrics (AAP) to catch a number that’s high numbers. recommends changing too high. And, should kids some of your kid’s habits— Even when kids notch register on the high or what you pack in his or several high blood pressure side, the new guidelines her school lunches: readings, they may not get recommend ambulatory GET ACTIVE – Any type diagnosed. A 2016 study monitoring—taking blood of exercise can help lower funded by the National pressure readings over a blood pressure, but the AAP recommends 30–60 minutes of Institutes of Health found 24-hour period while the moderate to vigorous physical that three-quarters of kids child goes about her day, activity three to five days a week. with repeated high blood instead of relying only on pressure readings went the reading from the clinic. SKIP THE SUGAR – Focus on fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, undiagnosed—and thereThis will help clear the kidwhole grains, nuts, fish, poultry fore untreated. dos whose blood pressure and lean red meats. Limit The old pediatric blood spikes because of doctor’s sugar and sodium—that means pressure screening tables office anxiety. choosing water over sodas and were difficult for doctors sports drinks. to navigate. The AAP is CHECKUP STRESS LESS, SLEEP MORE – hoping its new, streamThe updated AAP guideKids who get seven hours of sleep lined guidelines will help lines make it easier to or less per night are at greater risk for hypertension, and lowkids get the treatment they evaluate, diagnose and treat quality sleep has been associated need. But why is it needed high blood pressure, but all with high blood pressure. in the first place? of it is for naught if your Enforce bedtime routines and child’s blood pressure isn’t practice deep breathing exercises WEIGHT UP tested regularly. together before bed to reduce stress and help your child sleep “For most infants and “Because there are no better. After all, studies suggest young children, hypertensymptoms of hypertenthat meditative breathing and sion is most likely secondary sion, the key is screening at even yoga can lower blood to an underlying disease well-child checks,” Schutte pressure too. often involving the kidneys says. She points out that or cardiovascular systems,” for kids 3 and older, the Williams explains. Studies AAP report says blood have shown that sleep disorders and premapressure should be checked at least annually. ture birth can also trigger high blood pressure. And since conditions like diabetes and high For kids who’ve reached puberty (say, cholesterol can go hand in hand with high mid- to late-elementary years), high blood blood pressure, those routine health checks pressure is usually the primary problem, due are even more important. to genetics, poor diet, inactivity or environAt your child’s next physical, make sure mental factors. your child’s blood pressure has been evaluBut weight is the biggie. ated by the new standards, and ask to look at “Obesity in this country has increased the blood pressure tables to see where your tremendously over the past two decades,” child stands. Since genetic risk factors can Williams says. According to the latest predispose kids to hypertension, talk about Beyond ABC report from Children’s Health, your family history with your pediatrician, more than a third of Dallas County kids Williams says. and almost a fifth of Collin County kids in If needed, the doctor may prescribe grades three to 12 are overweight or obese. lifestyle changes (see sidebar) or medication Per the AAP, the prevalence of high to get your child’s numbers back on track—a blood pressure leaps to as high as 24 percent small price to pay for a healthier heart down among kids in this category. the road.


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amantha Davies is a familiar face for early birds across Dallas-Fort Worth. A meteorologist and traffic reporter for NBC 5, Davies occupies the early slot, reporting weekdays from 4:30–7am. With a deep-rooted interest in weather and an aptitude for science and mathematics, she is a natural. “I’ve always been interested in the weather,” says the Plano mom of two: Anna-Sophia, 2, and Alexander, 4 months. “I grew up in upstate New York, so we had snow from October through March. I was glued to the weather as a kid.” In 2004, Davies graduated with her bachelor’s degree in meteorology from the State University of New York College Oneonta. Before joining NBC 5 in 2009, she appeared on national programs including the Today show, NBC Nightly News and CNBC. Now, the 35-year-old has her “dream job” and, with husband Miguel, a picture-perfect family to go with it. But she’s the first to admit it’s not all sunshine and rainbows.

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WHAT DOES YOUR SUPPORT SYSTEM LOOK LIKE? My parents moved

“I’ve had to learn to say no to things,” says Davies. “If I spread myself too thin, I feel terrible. I need to be on it for the kids so I really try to prioritize.”

out here about two years ago and have been a lifesaver.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF? I love exercise classes. I try to

YOU’RE CELEBRATING NINE YEARS WITH NBC 5 THIS MONTH. WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED? I’ve really fallen in love

with the Dallas-Fort Worth area. And the station is fantastic—it’s like a big family. I’ve worked every single shift over the years. There’s a lot of opportunity here. We were vacationing in Florida and were part of the evacuation effort from Hurricane Andrew. I remember being a little girl in the hotel room and seeing the Weather Channel [news crew] outside our window. I could see the girl reporting on the weather and realized, “Wow, this is really a big deal.” WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR WORK?

do yoga or a barre method class.

HOW DO YOU AND MIGUEL STAY CONNECTED? We try to do a date night

I REALLY LOVE FORECASTING. THAT’S THE SCIENCE GEEK IN ME. I LIKE LOOKING AT THE NUMBERS AND TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN.

WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE METEOROLOGY?

I really love forecasting. That’s the science geek in me. I like looking at the numbers and trying to figure out what’s going to happen. I also love warning people when it comes to severe weather because I think about my own family. I want to help people. Having kids definitely changed the way I look at my work.

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There’s a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes. Forecasting takes a couple hours of my day. WHAT TIME DO YOU WAKE UP? Around 1am. There’s a lot of prep that goes into getting ready to go on air. Plus, getting out the door is a lot because I try to make sure everything in my house is ready for my kids when they wake up. WHEN DO YOU GO TO BED? I take a nap when my kids nap in the afternoon and go to bed around 8 or 8:30pm. I try to get my seven to eight hours of sleep; it’s just split in two.

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IF YOU HAD GONE A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT DIRECTION IN YOUR CAREER, WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’D BE DOING?

I’ve wanted to be a meteorologist since I was a kid. But I think being a nutritionist would be a lot of fun. I love researching what food does to your body. We eat a lot of fresh food and try not to eat anything processed. I make everything at home.

once a month. Our favorite thing to do is to go out and try new restaurants.

HOW DID ANNA-SOPHIA REACT TO THE NEW BABY?

Everybody kept saying there would be jealousy, but she’s been great. She’s obsessed with the baby. Hopefully, it stays that way. WAS IT A TOTAL GAMECHANGER TO ADD NUMBER TWO? He’s a really good baby,

so it’s not bad. Everything just takes twice as long.

IS TWO THE MAGIC NUMBER? I really love having

a sister so it makes me sad that Anna-Sophia doesn’t have a sister. Three isn’t out of the question, but I know there’s no guarantee I would have a girl. Right now, we’re set with two. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING A MOM? Watching them grow up and

experience new things. We went to Hawaii this summer and Anna-Sophia got to see the ocean for the first time. That kind of stuff is really fun. WHAT’S MOST DIFFICULT ABOUT MOTHERHOOD? Keeping my kids on a

schedule is difficult, but it’s totally worth it.

HOW HAS MOTHERHOOD CHANGED YOU AS A PERSON? I’m more caring, gentle

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BEST PIECE OF PARENTING ADVICE SOMEONE HAS GIVEN YOU? Slow down and

savor every moment because it goes by so fast. WORST ADVICE? Never wake a sleeping baby. WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU PERSONALLY?

Getting out of baby mode. Right now, there’s a lot of coordination, packing and logistics. It’ll be nice when our kids are a little more independent. I’m looking forward to evolving as a family and having a little more time for myself and my husband. AND PROFESSIONALLY? This is my dream job so I just want to keep going. I don’t have further aspirations right now. That may change in five or 10 years, but right now I love what I’m doing, and I’m so thankful I get to do it. >> T U R N T H E P A G E T O S E E S A M A N T H A DAV I ES’ DA L L A S FAVO R I T ES.


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AM Shut off the alarm and trip over our cat, Gato, on the way to the restroom. 6:15AM Scarlett, our daughter, is awake and playing in the toy room. I show her some love before reminding her that she needs to hop in the shower. She groans for a bit but relents. “It’s show-andtell day, and I’m bringing my LOLs!” she says. 6:18AM Check email to make sure that it really is show-and-tell day. Confirmed: She was right. 6:25AM Gato is loudly meowing at Scarlett, who is now in the shower not cleaning herself, but sudsing the windows with soap. She’s wondering if the cat wants in while I’m wondering if he’s thirsty. I coax her to get out. I think to myself: Kids are funny—struggle to get them in the shower and the same struggle to get them out! 6:31AM Our youngest, Kai, is up and playing trucks. I say good morning to see if he responds sweetly or if he yells for Dada. Does anybody else have a daddy’s boy? He responds sweetly, so I play trucks with him

for a few minutes before asking for a kiss and handing him off to my husband, Lewis. 7AM Everyone is downstairs and eating. Ever since Scarlett has learned to “make breakfast,” she insists on making it for both her and Kai. Looks like she “cooked” waffles this morning. 7:20AM I make hot tea and pry Kai away from TV while trying to wrestle him to put his shoes on. 7:22AM Gato is upset at his food bowl, and Lewis figured out why he was meowing all morning. All the food has been thrown into his water dish. Poor little fellow was thirsty after all! 7:25AM We each take one kid to school, so Kai is in my car. He says, “Go through green” or “Stop on red” through every light we pass. I respond to him or else he thinks I didn’t hear him and repeats it louder the second time. 7:40AM Kiss, hug and hand Kai off to his favorite teacher. 7:55AM I’m at work, and check my schedule. I have a meeting with the leadership cabinet in the library. This is where we discuss changes that might need to happen in order to improve our campus. 9:20AM Head up to the office to check emails and see which teachers I will visit with today. Looks like a full schedule! 10:15AM Meet with a few teachers about an upcoming project that they are planning to do with their classes. 11:20AM We finalize the lesson design and then run it by another instructional coach to make sure there are no gaps in the learning process. 12PM Lunch time! I bring my lunch, usually, unless it is crispito day. Crispito is more or less a fried burrito—think Texas State Fair food and you’ll get the picture. 1:15PM Attend a department meeting, where lessons are planned and data is looked at in order to make adjustments to meet the needs of all learners. 3:30PM Lewis texts me, “Which outfit today?” for Scarlett’s cheer practice. I tell him which one and to try not to let her fall asleep in the car on the way over there because she can be grouchy upon wake-up. 4:05PM Leave school to go and pick up Kai. I listen to a podcast on the way to de-stress. 4:20PM Watch Kai through the window and hope that he doesn’t see me. He doesn’t, thank goodness, because the entire class is doing a cute little dance and song, and he is actually doing the movements! 4:35PM We call Lewis on the way home. “She fell asleep in the car,” he informs me as they are driving to practice. Not good! I ask if he needs me to pick up dinner (since it’s Taco Tuesday) or if he made dinner. Kai hears me say those magic words and starts saying,

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“Taco Tuesday” over and over again. I guess dinner is decided. 5:20PM I check the time because you never want to be stuck in the Taco Tuesday line with a potty-training 2-year-old. I decide we are good on time and head through the drive-thru. 6:03PM Lewis is home, and we dig in as we catch up on our daily activities. 6:29PM I leave to go pick up Scarlett from cheer and let the boys bond. 7:01PM Scarlett is so excited because she got to pick a prize from the treasure box, which means she got a balloon. She’s blowing the balloon up and letting it ripple through the air all the way home. 7:28PM Get home and find Kai running around half dressed with Dada on his tail. 7:33PM Lewis catches him, and we both wrestle him into his PJs. 8PM Kids are in bed. We take turns reading a book with them. I have Scarlett tonight, and I let her try and sound out some words on her own from Pete the Cat. I place Gato in her room and close the door. 8:15PM Lewis and I are on the couch trying to decide which show to catch up on. I like that we put the kids down early to give us a chance to unwind together. 9:05PM Go upstairs to get ready for bed. 9:35PM We pray together, give each other a kiss, and lights out.

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“T

alking is the most dangerous thing people do,” says Dr. Harville Hendrix. “It seems so odd even to say it, but most human beings don’t know how to talk to another human being without eliciting a negative reaction.” In 1977, Hendrix and his life and work partner, Dr. Helen LaKelly Hunt, had a big argument, yelling over each other instead of listening to each other. (Both are therapists, by the way.) Finally Hunt yelled something that resonated: “Why don’t we stop, and one of us talk, and the other listen?” In the heat of the moment, it was a revelation to the Dallas couple. And that’s when their argument became an experiment. “We took turns and took it to the clinic and experimented and determined that the quality of the conversation determines whether or not people can solve problems,” Hendrix says. “If it makes them defensive and anxious, they will deal with anxiety and not the problem.” Hendrix and Hunt, who married in 1982 and have six children and six grandchildren, established a three-step process that encourages

couples to fully listen to each other, creating a safe space for working through conflict. The process became the basic structure of Safe Conversations, the educational model they’ve spent three decades teaching thousands of other couples—and parents and children and therapy professionals—through their nonprofit, Relationships First. For their work, they’ve received raves from Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, and Hendrix has appeared as a guest expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show nearly 20 times. The couple’s transformative revelation—that fostering better conversation can resolve conflict—might seem elementary. But it’s rooted in years of research and brain science. And, as most of us who’ve ever talked to another human can attest, it’s easier said than done. THE CASE FOR SAFE SPACES

“Everyone has different points of view, no one’s brain is the same, and the difference triggers objection so people don’t know how to connect without polarizing,” Hendrix says. This polarization can create life-changing problems, from the end of a partnership to a negative environment for children. “When children are in an environment where the parents are polarized and being defensive, that’s what they absorb,” Hunt says. “So connecting and communicating and feeling safe with one another is fundamental.” There is a clear need for communities to ensure families are able to thrive. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, more than 14,000 Dallas men and women filed for divorce in 2013, impacting more than 5,000 children. This largely looming figure has financial repercussions: When a partnership fails, the possibility that the family will become poverty-stricken greatly increases. Not only that, research shows that people in failing relationships are less productive at work and more likely to fall into substance abuse. Children from fragmented homes do not perform as well in school as their peers from stable two-parent homes. And both children and adults

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with a poor-quality family life experience more emotional distress, anxiety and depression. This kind of research has been the motivating factor for Hendrix and Hunt, who are teaching and sharing the Safe Conversations methodology with faculty members in five North Texas schools. They also offer a two-day workshop available to anyone who wants to train others on how to have safe conversations, whether at school, at home or at work, and they are working toward educating first responders, veterans, church attendees and members of community organizations. A 2017 study by Southern Methodist University confirmed that Hendrix and Hunt’s process can make a lasting difference: Safe Conversations workshop participants saw “significant decreases” in anxiety six weeks and even a year after the workshop. Hendrix says that turning a relationship into a safe space forges a stronger, happier connection. “The [couple] hangs out together, they like each other—they are talking without polarizing, have a sensation of aliveness, are joyful and relaxed,” he says. “When they have those features, that means the quality of experience they will have is joyful aliveness.” The Safe Conversations method isn’t just for people in struggling marriages; learning to create a safe environment for resolving conflict is a skill even happy couples can benefit from. But most couples—especially those who are in a happy relationship—don’t even realize they could use a communication boost. So where do you even begin? STEP ONE: YOU SAY WE NEED TO TALK

According to Hendrix and Hunt, you begin by “making an appointment” or asking your partner if it is a good time to talk about a particular issue. Dr. Terri L. Gonzales-Ball, a play and family therapist in Dallas, is accustomed to having in-depth conversations and processing through past experiences with her husband, Tim. (She is a counselor, after all.) “I think my husband and I have always been good at reparation and reconciliation within our relationship,” she says. So she was surprised when the Safe Conversations workshop actually helped them approach those meetings differently. “It has made us more aware of the importance of ‘setting appointments’ with one another when we need to discuss important things, making sure we are both present to listen to each other and not distracted by other tasks,” Gonzales-Ball explains. “It has highlighted that it is OK to postpone those conversations if the timing is off in an effort to have a quality one later.” Once the appointment has been set, Safe Conversations dictates that the partners take turns following Hendrix and Hunt’s threestep process: mirroring, validating and empathizing. The speaker has a few rules to follow (for example, using “I” statements instead of playing the blame game) as he or she lays out the issue. The listener repeats, or “mirrors” what he or she heard, confirming every detail was heard correctly. (According to Hendrix, the accuracy rate of listening is a mere 13 percent if you’re in a good mood; that figure shrinks to zero percent if you’re angry or upset.) Before moving on, the listener asks if there are any additional details that need to be further explored. This curiosity is “an essential feature of safe relationships,” Hunt says. “It helps people to be more vulnerable because you have opened the door to receive them.” Then the listener validates the speaker’s perspective with the phrase “You make sense,” confirming that the listener sees the speaker’s truth. Finally, the listener empathizes with the speaker by verifying how he or she feels and asking if there are any other feelings the issue has stirred up. 22

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A crucial part of every step is acknowledging each other’s “childhood wounds.” Hendrix says everyone—no matter how exceptional our parents were at parenting—has unintentional childhood wounds that directly affect our ability to communicate and understand one another. These wounds are not necessarily literal but might involve things like feeling unsupported or feeling too controlled. Gaining an awareness of those wounds is crucial and could mean the difference between a successful or failed partnership. For Kayla and Darrell Young, who live in Lancaster, the workshop revealed childhood wounds of “muted voices.” “We were both afraid to speak our truth because we were afraid we wouldn’t be heard,” says Kayla, who was encouraged to attend the workshop because of her role as a biblical counselor at church. “Now, anything that comes up we can link back to that. We still have arguments, but it has given us a tool to lean on when we have those problems.” Darrell agrees. “Before, we had a sense of helplessness to it, where you go with a resolution or an easy compromise, and having the process where we could come to a mutual understanding of each other’s point of view helped,” he says, adding that they no longer use the tired “agree to disagree” statement. The model was tested when Kayla was pregnant with their last child. She was 45, the pregnancy was challenging and she felt Darrell wasn’t engaged or supportive. “After months of ignoring the problem, we had a major blow-up,” she says. They implemented the Safe Conversations process and discovered that they were harboring wrong thoughts about each other. “Even though I had three other children early in life, this pregnancy was different, and I was scared and needed support,” Kayla explains. “His viewpoint was [that] I had three children before, and I was strong and could endure anything without him, and that usually had him feeling inadequate.” The Safe Conversations model forced them to listen to and validate each other’s perspectives. “Thank goodness it was ingrained deeply within us so we could access it when needed,” Kayla says.

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A safe haven fosters spontaneity, the telltale sign of a healthy relationship, Hendrix says. Couples who are in the right place are more likely to show random acts of affection—from wrestling or tickling one another to the more risqué act of swimming naked together. Or, basically, they take part in any fun action or event that doesn’t require planning. “You’ll hear safety is a nonnegotiable quality of a thriving relationship, whether between partners or parents and children,” Hendrix says. “When you see couples who can spontaneously play with each other or their children, you know they feel safe and their children can feel safe with them. Whereas, if you are scared, you will be tactical, strategic and withdraw from the field.” Applying the steps also helps improve connection, another crucial element of a partnership. “When you connect on a deeper level, it takes that judgmental side away because there is more understanding,” says Dr. Faith Farnoosh Nouri, who runs a private counseling practice in Dallas and teaches in the family sciences department at Texas Woman’s University. She discovered Hendrix and Hunt’s theories 24 years ago and later attended a couples therapy program with her husband, Frank Massoudian. Their daughter Sahar, now a college freshman, also attended a Safe Conversations workshop after seeing how the method benefited her parents’ relationship. Nouri says her daughter’s intimate understanding of the process has in turn eased conflict between them. “I have learned to say, ‘Let’s start over,’ then get out of my own world and in my daughter or husband’s world to hear them out,” Nouri says. “The more you practice, the more spontaneous it becomes.”

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Kayla and Darrell Young practice Safe Conversations with their children too. Among other benefits, it shows the kids that, even if they are punished for something they’ve done wrong, their parents understand their point of view. “They have that safe feeling now, that they are going to be heard,” Darrell says. Recently, when their 11-yearold daughter wanted to move out of the room she shares with her 8-year-old sister, the 11-yearold was able to explain exactly how she felt, and Darrell and Kayla mirrored back to her and explained why she couldn’t make the switch. Later, they can remind her of the conversation. This ideal form of discussion can shape a child’s own communication patterns—and his or her future. “How a parent disciplines their child can really impact how a child reacts to conflict with his or her peers,” says Karishma Chatterjee, assistant professor of practice in communication studies at the University of Texas at Arlington. “Do we shout? Do we use a negotiation approach where we talk it through? The basic idea of how we treat our kids has a huge bearing on the life skills they have, how they articulate their feelings, their behavior styles— we play a big role in our children’s behavior.” In fact, children as young as age 3 can pick up conversation strategies from their parents, Hunt says. “It starts with

little kids who can learn to talk respectfully to their parents and grandparents. Kids can mirror their parents—they can ask for an appointment, instead of talking when Mom is on the phone. The whole family can learn to respect each other’s boundaries and how to get what they want instead of a glare.” It enables a mother to tell her child when she isn’t available to do something, such as tie a shoe. “It teaches confidence and sensitivity all the way around.” When working with children, Hendrix and Hunt teach that there are two parts of the brain— the “crocodile brain,” which is reactive and responsible for a fight-or-flight response, and the “owl brain,” or upper portion of the brain, which uses a kind tone of voice, asks if the person is available and collaborates and cooperates to create a win-win. “Kids love to learn about the owl brain,” Hunt says. The ideas may be as simple as crocodiles and owls, but Nouri believes that bringing these conversation and conflict resolution techniques into day-to-day life and teaching them to our kids can ultimately have effects beyond our own marriage or household. “If we can … communicate how to listen and talk—to talk without criticizing and listen without judgment,” she says, “we can accept people’s differences, and we can change homes, communities and eventually, our world.”

TALK AMONGST YOURSELVES To foster safe, open communication, practice these healthy conversation tips from Drs. Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt: 1. Practice becoming silent inside. Listen to your own body (heart, muscles, etc.) to develop the skill of listening to others. 2. Keep your partner’s feelings separate from your own. 3. Practice containing your emotions. Find a quiet place and let yourself experience your feelings around a problem. Use the energy that your misunderstanding is generating to construct a plan for addressing the problem. 4. Ask for availability before beginning a difficult conversation. 5. Commit to zero negativity. Zero negativity doesn’t mean you can’t deal with problems—you can, but in ways that are less negative. 6. Use “I” language in conversation: “I feel…” “I need…” “I want…” (Do not say “You never…” or “You always…”) 7. Send your message in short sentences. 8. Ask for what you want. Don’t tell your partner what not to do or what he or she is doing wrong. No shame, blame or criticism—ever!

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Best Childbirth Class Texas Health Resources

Bring your partner to Texas Health Resources’ six- to eighthour Prepared Childbirth course, which covers the stages of labor, comfort measures, anatomy (so you know exactly what’s going on inside your body) and the medical interventions available to you. Register online for a one-time Saturday course or three-session weekday course. While you’re at it, sign up for the Sibling Class to prep your kids for the new arrival. Stuck on bed rest? Prepared Childbirth is offered online too. 1105 N. Central Expressway, Allen, 972/747-1000 6200 W. Parker Road, Plano, 972/981-8000 texashealth.org

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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano

With private labor and delivery suites and a level III neonatal intensive care nursery for babies born as early as 22 weeks, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano cares for mom in all stages of her typical or high-risk pregnancy. Plus, spoiler alert: Nurses bring you and dad a complimentary steak and lobster dinner (vegetarian and vegan options available) and shareable dessert after delivery. Once baby arrives, an in-house lactation consultant helps you get the hang of breastfeeding, and the Mother’s Gift Shop offers breast pumps and equipment for rent during

your stay or when you go home. From 1–4pm, the postpartum unit dims the lights for quiet time so you can bond with your baby and catch up on sleep. If your hospital bag lacks a few items, request the missing toiletries such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, hair dryers and snacks from the front desk for free. 6200 W. Parker Road, Plano, 972/981-8000 texashealth.org/plano-baby

Best Birthing Center Allen Birthing Center

A home away from home for expecting mamas, Allen Birthing Center provides two birthing suites with a tub for water births, private bathroom, kitchen, fourposter bed, accoutrements for every labor position (e.g., peanut pillows, oil diffusers and massage tools) as well as a postpartum home visit and well-woman exam. New this year: Moms can sign up for a free, one-hour baby-wearing class. If you’re not feeling up to attending classes, take advantage of the center’s lending library of birthing and parenting books and DVDs. 406 Main St., Allen, 214/495-9918 allenbirthingcenter.com

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Best Child Care Center for Infants Primrose Schools

At Primrose Schools, low infantteacher ratios, developmentally appropriate play spaces and an open-door policy that lets parents check on their little ones anytime all work to ensure that tots as young as 6 weeks are safe—and that mom and dad are at ease. The Balanced Learning approach combines everything from story time and sign language to building balance

and motor skills during playtime in order to make sure that kiddos are physically, emotionally, socially and academically prepared for preschool. Multiple locations primroseschools.com

Best Babysitting Service Care.com

Find a sitter for tonight, this Friday or that concert next month on Care.com’s online babysitter matching service. You’re not limited to nannies and sitters; you can also find date night and after-school caretakers and even tutors—when baby’s a bit older, that is. After signing up for a free membership, post a job (the site instantly writes the job description based on your criteria), then see candidates’ profiles, ratings, reviews and certifications and request a background check. Payment and tips are handled through the app so you never have to remember to stop by the ATM on your way home. Dallas-Fort Worth area care.com

Best Parent & Baby Class The Little Gym

Meet other parents, teach your infant new skills and have a bit of fun at one of The Little Gym’s parent-child classes. Classes are offered for ages 4 months to 3 years and are divided by age to make sure your kiddo is mixing with others at the same developmental level. (The youngest class is for tots 4–10 months.) In each 45-minute session, help your baby build muscles and social awareness through developmental gymnastics—little ones wiggle on mats, balance on beams, push barrels and pull themselves up on padded beams. Monthly pricing starts at $96 for one class per week. 7151 Preston Road, Suite 123A, Frisco, 972/704-1819 1941 Preston Road, Suite 1020, Plano, 972/985-4545 thelittlegym.com

You and baby take the plunge together at Emler Swim School, a perennial parent favorite with indoor saltwater pools kept at a balmy 90 degrees, friendly instructors and—most important—a focus on safety. Start things off with a free 30-minute Bathtime Babies class that familiarizes 2- to 6-month-olds with the feeling of being in the water. Then transition into the semester-long Waterbabies course, where you work alongside the instructor to teach your little one breath control and floating techniques. Locations in Allen, Frisco, Plano and Sachse emlerswimschool.com

Best Sleep Specialist Newborn Nightingales

If your little one isn’t sleeping through the night, the 25 registered nurses from Newborn Nightingales are here to save your sanity. Choose an in-home, phone or email consultation, and a nurse will assess your family’s situation and provide a sleep plan and daily schedule for your baby (as young as 2 weeks), as well as help you troubleshoot problem areas like swaddling, breastfeeding and tummy issues. Plus, if you have any follow-up questions, Newborn Nightingales provides free email support for six months. Dallas-Fort Worth area newbornnightingales.com

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UT Southwestern salutes our team of “Mom-Approved” Ob/Gyns. (Mom always knows best.)

Melissa Crochet, M.D.

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Our Ob/Gyn specialists deliver expert care at several locations throughout the Dallas area. Visit them at our Main Campus or at UT Southwestern clinics in the Park Cities and Las Colinas.

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What’s for dinner? If you’re eating for two, make sure you check out the Food and Drug Administration’s updated guidelines on the best (and worst) fish to eat during pregnancy. We’ve listed some here, plus other stats worth knowing about women and babies in Texas.

BEST FISH

TO EAT DURING PREGNANCY

ABOUT CRAB

TEXAS PERCENT

HAS THE

4TH HIGHEST BIRTH RATE

SOURCES: FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION; PLACENTA REMEDIES NETWORK; TEXAS HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES; UT SOUTHWESTERN MEDICAL CENTER

IN THE UNITED STATES.

OF TEXAS BABIES ARE BREASTFED.

Average number of edible capsules made from one placenta:

120

FRESHWATER TROUT

80 PERCENT OF NEW MOTHERS

EXPERIENCE THE

BABY BLUES.

THE AVERAGE WOMAN HAS THREE TO FOUR ULTRASOUNDS DURING HER PRENATAL CARE.

C-SECTIONS COST NEARLY 2X AS MUCH AS VAGINAL DELIVERIES

LOBSTER

CATFISH

plus clam, crawfish, haddock, oyster, salmon, scallop, shrimp and tilapia

WORST FISH THE UMBILICAL CORD

TO EAT DURING PREGNANCY (HIGH MERCURY LEVELS)

IS USUALLY CLAMPED AND CUT 15–20 SECONDS AFTER BIRTH. THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION RECOMMENDS CLAMPING

1 OUT OF 3 BABIES ARE DELIVERED BY C-SECTION.

ONE TO THREE MINUTES AFTER BIRTH.

SWORDFISH

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To view comments on all nominated OB/GYNs, Midwives & Fertility Specialists, visit dfwchild.com/doctors.

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HOW WE DO IT CHOOSING WHO WILL BE INVOLVED in your fertility journey and who will ultimately deliver your baby are highly personal decisions. To decide what’s right for you, it’s important to understand the qualifications and credentials. An obstetrician has had four years of medical school and four years of residency training. Certified nurse-midwives (CNM) and certified midwives (CM) have completed midwifery degree programs and passed a national certification exam, but CNMs are also registered nurses. Certified professional midwives (CPM) are not required to have a degree but complete their certification through on-the-job training and apprenticeship. All the health professionals listed here have one more item on their resumes: They’re Mom-Approved.

FERTILITY SPECIALISTS Chilvers, Rebecca MD Fertility Specialists of Texas, Frisco See ad on page 37 Douglas, James MD IVF Plano, Plano See ad on page 40 Elkins, Linda MD Aspire Fertility, Addison See ad on page 38 Havemann, Dara MD Dallas IVF, McKinney See ad on page 38 Ku, Lowell MD Dallas IVF, Frisco See ad on page 38 Lee, Karen MD DFW Fertility Associates, Dallas Pinto, Anil MD ReproMed Fertility Center, Dallas Putman, J. Michael MD Fertility Center of Dallas, Dallas

WHAT IS A MOM-APPROVED OB/GYN, MIDWIFE OR FERTILITY SPECIALIST? A Mom-Approved OB/GYN, Midwife or Fertility Specialist has earned the trust, admiration and respect of local parents. All of these providers were in good standing with their respective certification or examination boards at press time.

WHAT MAKES YOUR LIST DIFFERENT? Each year various

publications come out with lists ranking area healthcare professionals. Often these providers are chosen not by patients and clients but by other providers. Mom-Approved OB/GYNs, Midwives and Fertility Specialists are special because they’ve been nominated by the consumers: local moms and dads. These providers didn’t make it on our list by purchasing space in the magazine, and

their inclusion doesn’t imply an endorsement by DFWChild. This is truly a parent-to-parent referral list.

HOW DO I RECOMMEND A PROVIDER? DFWChild holds four

surveys a year for readers to nominate their favorite healthcare providers. Visit our website at dfwchild. com/doctors to complete the current Mom-Approved Doctors survey. We ask that you leave comments telling us why you love this particular provider. Comments we publish will be edited for grammar and clarity.

WHERE CAN I VIEW COMMENTS ABOUT THESE PROVIDERS? The full list of Mom-

Approved OB/GYNs, Midwives and Fertility Specialists with comments from the parents who recommended them can be viewed online at dfwchild.com/doctors.

Lively, Cori LM, CPM Barefoot Midwifery, Addison

Carlos, Joseph MD Carlos and Parnell, MD, PA, Dallas

Garner, Garrett MD Northlake OB/GYN, Plano

Mayorga, Kathleen CNM Bella Births, McKinney See ad on page 41

Chhutani, Sheila MD GynOb Associates, Dallas

Greggs, Sharon MD Medical City Dallas, Dallas

Collins, Linden MD Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates of Dallas, Dallas

Grisham, Keith MD Northwest Plano OB/GYN, Plano

Mitchell, Teri DNP, APRN, CNM, IBCLC BundleBorn Midwifery, Plano Nelson, Joyce CNM, APM Family Centered Maternity Care, Garland Northcross, Maeve LM, CPM Sacred Path Midwifery, Addison Reno, Monica CNM, DNP Allen Birthing Center, Allen Tawater, Kristine LM, CPM Dallas Birth Center, Dallas Turner, Linda LM, CPM Delivered With Love Birthing Center, Kaufman Waranch, Dinah CNM Lovers Lane Birth Center, Richardson

Constantine, Sami MD Texas Regional Women’s Health Center, Dallas Cowart, Michael MD Lake View Women’s Healthcare Associates, Rockwall Crochet, Melissa MD UT Southwestern, Dallas See ad on page 34 De Los Santos, Humberto MD Methodist OB/GYN PLLC, Dallas See ad on page 39 Downey, Charles MD Women’s Health Associates of Richardson, Richardson

Gunby, Robert MD Swiss OB/GYN, Dallas Gunderson, Rachel MD Carlos and Parnell, MD, PA, Dallas Hagood, Julie MD Walnut Hill OB/GYN, Dallas Haley, Lindsey MD Dallas Women’s Healthcare Specialists, Dallas Harn, Jason MD Northlake OB/GYN, Frisco Harper, Lyndsey MD Swiss OB/GYN, Dallas Hearne, Monika MD BSW OB/GYN, Rowlett

OB/GYNS

Duncan, Gary MD Legacy Frisco Obstetrics, Gynecology & Infertility, Frisco

Saleh, Walid MD Sher Institute for Reproductive Medicine, Dallas

Angel, Angela MD Women’s Health Specialists of Dallas, Dallas See ad on page 40

Eisenberg, Dennis MD North Texas OB/GYN Associates, Plano

MIDWIVES

Arzac, Jorge MD Methodist OB/GYNS, PLLC, Dallas See ad on page 39

Elwell Silver, Kyler MD UT Southwestern Park Cities Clinical Center, Dallas See ad on page 34

Bankston, Dawn MD Associated Women’s Healthcare, Plano See ad on page 38

Endelman, Irwin MD Northern Bay Women’s Heath Center, Plano

Jacoby, Eric MD Personalized Women’s Healthcare, Plano

Bernstien, Mark MD Dallas Obstetrics and Gynecology PA, Dallas

Foxworth, Kecia MD Kessler Women’s Healthcare, Dallas

Jahangiri, Farnaz MD UT Southwestern OB/GYN, Dallas See ad on page 34

Rodriguez, Alfred MD Texas IVF, Plano See ad on page 41

Carter, Jeanean CNM Adriatica Women’s Health, McKinney Conroy, Kristen MS, CNM Allen Birthing Center, Allen See ad on page 40 Giles, Amy MS, CNM Allen Birthing Center, Allen See ad on page 40 Jones, Adrienne MSN, RN, CNM THD Midwifery and Family Wellness, Dallas 36

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Abbas, Dennis MD Office of Dr. Abbas, Dallas

Blewett, Kavitha MD Women’s Health Specialists of Dallas, Dallas See ad on page 40

Frieden, Blake MD Office of Dr. Frieden, Dallas Gaitonde, Ashwin MD Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates of Dallas, Dallas

Heintges, Michelle MD Advanced Women’s Healthcare, Dallas Holt, Catherine MD Office of Dr. Holt, Frisco Hsu, Nora MD North Texas OB/GYN Associates, Plano Innes, Kristen MD Office of Dr. Innes, Frisco See ad on page 41

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Lawson, Yolanda MD MadeWell OB/GYN, Dallas Leinauer, Meghan MD BSW Women’s Health Group, Dallas Leveno, Joseph MD Office of Dr. Leveno, Plano Light, Natalie MD Health Central Women’s Care, Dallas Littrell, Christina MD Swiss OB/GYN, Dallas Luciani, Gerald MD, FACOG Comprehensive OB/GYN, McKinney Lutich, Ann MD UT Southwestern Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dallas See ad on page 34 MacDonald, Steven MD OB/GYN North Dallas, Plano Martin, Amy MD Carter, Hays, Martin & Associates, Dallas McCants, Shannon MD Women’s Health Alliance, Mesquite

Mos, Amy MD Plano Women’s Healthcare, Plano See ad on page 39 Myears, Hillary MD Women’s Health Alliance, Mesquite Napier, Amie MD Advanced Women’s Healthcare, Dallas Nelson, Jeff MD Lake Pointe Women’s Centre, Forney Newsom, Elizabeth MD Women’s Health Alliance, Dallas Oliveira, Marcia MD Office of Dr. Oliveira, Dallas Parnell, Winfred MD Carlos and Parnell, MD PA, Dallas Patton, Theresa MD Kessler Women’s Healthcare, Dallas Payne, Paul MD Swiss OB/GYN, Dallas Pepperell, Michele MD Frisco Obstetrics and Gynecology, Frisco See ad on page 39

McClure, Meredith MD Frisco Obstetrics and Gynecology, Frisco See ad on page 39

Pero, Roxanne MD Women’s Health Specialists of Dallas, Dallas See ad on page 41

Milstein, Robert MD Obstetrics and Gynecology PA, Dallas

Peveto, Joy MD Women’s Health Alliance, Mesquite

Monti, Lauren MD Office of Dr. Monti, Dallas

Reyes, Cesar MD, FACOG Comprehensive OB/GYN, McKinney

Richards, Hampton MD Walnut Hill OB/GYN, Dallas

Tang, Hue MD Office of Dr. Bernard Adami, Garland

Ricks, Jon MD Office of Dr. Ricks, Frisco

Taylor, Marcia MD OB/GYN North Dallas, Plano

Roberts, John Paul MD OB/GYN of North Dallas, Plano

Thurston, Jeffrey MD Walnut Hill OB/GYN, Dallas

Rodriguez, Jose. L MD Joseph P. Behan MD PA, Dallas

Tillman, Felicia MD Health Central Women’s Care, Dallas

Romberg, Lori MD Women’s Health Alliance, Dallas

Trylovich, Courtney MD Northlake OB/GYN, Plano

Ryder, Kristi MD Northlake OB/GYN, Dallas

Usuga, Luis MD Dr. DeLeon’s Woman’s Health Care, Rowlett

Salter, Richard MD Advanced OB/GYN Associates, Richardson Schermerhorn, James MD Office of Dr. Schermerhorn, Dallas See ad on page 40 Shimer, Andrew MD Craig Ranch OB/GYN, McKinney Sigman, Amy MD Advanced Women’s Healthcare, Dallas Smith, Liesl MD Health Central Women’s Care, Dallas

Ward, Jenaya MD BSW OB/GYN, Rockwall Watts, Jenelle MD Specialized Women’s Healthcare, Plano See ad on page 41 Webster, Gwen MD Plano Healthcare for Women, Plano Weinstein, Johnathan MD Frisco Women’s Health, Frisco

Staub, Jay MD Health Central Women’s Care, Dallas

Woodus, Tiffany MD UT Southwestern OB/GYN, Dallas See ad on page 34

Staud, Jennifer MD UT Southwestern, Irving See ad on page 34

Zandomeni, Gabriela MD Dr. DeLeon’s Woman’s Health Care, Rowlett

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Rebecca A. Chilvers, MD Fertility Specialist At Fertility Specialists of Texas, we strive to combine the most advanced and effective technology with our clinical expertise. Our board-certified reproductive endocrinology and infertility experts have earned a reputation as one of the nation’s leading infertility clinics. From diagnosis through treatment, our patients benefit from our compassionate care. A successful treatment means having a baby, and at Fertility Specialists of Texas, we are truly dedicated to helping you reach this goal. We also believe that the treatment should not be cost prohibitive and therefore offer many affordable treatment options. Rebecca A. Chilvers, MD, is board certified in both obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Chilvers’ areas of expertise includes in vitro fertilization, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, fertility preservation (egg freezing), tubal reversal and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Dr. Chilvers received her undergraduate degree at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and her medical degree from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Louisiana. She completed her residency and sub-specialty training at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, where she also earned a Master of Medical Science. “We customize treatment to each individual couple’s specific condition. No two patients are alike, nor are their journeys. They deserve tailor-made plans that offer the highest possibility for pregnancy.” —Rebecca A. Chilvers, MD FRISCO 5757 Warren Pkwy., Bldg. 2, Ste. 300 Frisco, TX 75034 214-618-2044

SOUTHLAKE 540 E. Southlake Blvd., Ste. 100 Southlake, TX 76092 817-251-3553

FertilityTexas.com MOM-APPROVED DOCTOR:

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Lowell T. Ku, MD & Dara L. Havemann, MD Fertility Specialists

MOM-APPROVED OB/GYNS, MIDWIVES & FERTILITY SPECIALISTS

Recognized as one of the nation’s leading infertility practices, Dallas IVF consistently has among the highest patient pregnancy rates in the United States. Led by board-certified fertility specialists, Brian D. Barnett, M.D.; Lowell T. Ku, M.D.; Dara L. Havemann, M.D.; and Sara J. Mucowski, M.D., the Dallas IVF team has a proven track record of success in treating all aspects of infertility. The physicians at Dallas IVF have used a combined 45 years of advanced fellowship training and clinical care experience to help bring more than 8,000 babies into the world. The experience and compassionate fertility specialists, embryologist and clinical care team provide the highest standard of care for fertility treatments, including IUI, IVF, preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), family balancing and fertility preservation through individualized care at their world-class facilities. Dallas IVF fertility centers are located in Frisco near Baylor Scott & White Medical Center; in McKinney across from Baylor Scott & White Medical Center and in Plano near Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. No matter which location you visit, you can count on receiving individualized treatment designed specifically to meet your unique goals, finances, timetable and values. Our fertility specialists use their knowledge and skill to provide the best care available. 

Dallas IVF

MOM-APPROVED DOCTOR:

2840 Legacy Dr., Ste. 100, Frisco, TX 75034 Locations in: McKinney & Plano 214-297-0020 • dallasivf.com

2017–18

Dawn Bankston, MD Obstetrics & Gynecology Dr. Bankston has been providing comprehensive care for women in Plano for 20 years. She has truly enjoyed developing long-term relationships with her patients and their families. In addition to routine gynecology and obstetrics services, Dr. Bankston offers minimally invasive surgical procedures including robotic hysterectomy, oophorectomy, endometrial ablation and treatment for uterine fibroids. Dr. Bankston also sees patients for hormone

management, biological clock testing, menopause medicine and adolescent gynecology. Dr. Bankston has always been actively engaged in leadership roles in the community including most recently serving as chief of staff for Medical City Plano.

1600 Coit Rd., Ste. 402, Plano, TX 75075 972-612-8829 • f: 972-612-2875 associatedwomenshealthcare.com

Linda Elkins, MD Fertility Specialist Dr. Linda Elkins is board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. With one of her own children a product of successful IVF treatment, Dr. Elkins offers the insight and expertise of a seasoned physician with the compassion and understanding of a patient. She understands personally the emotional and physical stress patients face while experiencing trouble conceiving and is committed to making the treatment process easier for all patients. 

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At Aspire Fertility we promise better, individualized service, more honest communication and an excellent standard of care. We create families! 16415 Addison Rd. Ste. 900 Addison, TX 75001 214-414-3806 dallas@aspirefertility.com aspirefertility.com


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Jorge Arzac, MD & Humberto De Los Santos, MD Obstetrics & Gynecology

Methodist OBGYN PLLC 1411 N. Beckley Ave., Pav. III, Ste. #356, Dallas, TX 75203  214-941-0100 • F:214-941-7024 methodistobgyn.org

MOM-APPROVED OB/GYNS, MIDWIVES & FERTILITY SPECIALISTS

Thank you for letting us be a part of your health. We are here to help you get better physically as well as emotionally. We know that being pregnant is especially a lifechanging moment, and we are here for you during that time. If it is your first pregnancy or just a new pregnancy, it is always special for us. We love seeing the miracle of life happen every day. So if you are pregnant, seeking to become pregnant or done being pregnant and in another chapter of your life, we are here for you.

MOM-APPROVED DOCTOR:

2016–18

Meredith McClure, MD & Michele Pepperell, MD Obstetrics & Gynecology

Frisco Obstetrics and Gynecology, P.A.

Centennial Medical Center II 4461 Coit Rd., Suite 205 Frisco, TX 75035 972-731-9299 • friscoobgyn.com MOM-APPROVED DOCTOR:

2013–15, 2017–18

Dr. Meredith McClure and Dr. Michele Pepperell of Frisco OB/GYN are board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. As mothers, both Dr. McClure and Dr. Pepperell understand the importance of establishing trusting relationships with moms and moms-to-be. Dr. McClure specializes in minimally invasive surgery and general gynecology. Born and raised in Dallas, Dr. McClure now lives in Richardson with her husband and children. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and attended medical school at Texas Tech University. She completed her residency at UT Southwestern. Dr. Pepperell focuses on minimally invasive surgery and a dolescent gynecology. She completed undergrad and medical school in her home state of Illinois, but moved to North Texas for her residency at UT Southwestern, where she served as chief resident. She now resides in McKinney with her husband and daughter.

Amy K. Mos, MD Obstetrics & Gynecology Dr. Amy Mos established her practice with Plano Women’s Healthcare in 2006. Dr. Mos enjoys providing personalized and compassionate healthcare to women by getting to know each patient on a personal level and understanding her own unique needs and concerns. She especially enjoys taking care of women during pregnancy, both uncomplicated and highly complicated pregnancies. She also performs minimally invasive robotic procedures at both Medical City Frisco and Medical City Plano, where she had the honor of serving as chief of obstetrics and gynecology from 2013–2015. She is board certified with the American

Board of OB/GYN. Both she and her husband, Danny, grew up in Plano and enjoy spending time with their children, Dylan and Sophie.

Plano Women’s Healthcare 1600 Coit Rd., Ste. 202, Plano, TX 75075 972-596-2470 planowomenshealthcare.com

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James E. Schermerhorn, MD Obstetrics & Gynecology

MOM-APPROVED OB/GYNS, MIDWIVES & FERTILITY SPECIALISTS

Women’s healthcare is Dr. Jim Schermerhorn’s passion. He has been living and working in the East Dallas area for 30 years. The moment you walk into the office, you’ll be treated like family. Dr. Schermerhorn provides the most up-to-date medical care, from obstetrics to minimally invasive treatments like robotic da Vinci® surgery, aiming to get you back to your life quickly. His medical care focuses on your very specific needs. Your story is what matters, and Dr. Schermerhorn will take the time to learn about you. Let Dr. Schermerhorn show you that personalized, family-centered medicine still exists! In fact, Dr. Schermerhorn personally delivers almost

all of his patients’ babies. His practice is located close to White Rock Lake. Serving as chairman of the Obstetrics, Gynecology and Pediatrics Department, Dr. Schermerhorn is your healthcare champion in the White Rock community. Please call today to speak with a staff member about scheduling your appointment.

James E. Schermerhorn, MD, FACOG 1151 N. Buckner Blvd., Ste. 206 Dallas, TX 75218 214-320-8447 • schermdoc.com MOM-APPROVED DOCTOR:

2015–2018

Angela Angel, MD Obstetrics, Gynecology & Infertility Dr. Angela Angel is an expert in obstetrics and gynecology and strives to provide a personal and supportive environment during each visit and beyond. She has been with Women’s Health Specialists of Dallas since 1998 and focuses on every patient as an individual and recognizes the importance of addressing a patient’s medical, psychological and emotional

needs. Schedule an appointment at our Dallas or Rockwall location.

Women’s Health Specialists of Dallas, PA Margot Perot Building 8160 Walnut Hill Ln., Ste. 200, Dallas, TX 75231 1005 W. Ralph Hall Pkwy., Ste. 130 Rockwall, TX 75032 214-363-4421 • whsdallas.com

Kavitha Blewett, MD Obstetrics & Gynecology Dr. Kavitha Blewett enjoys providing compassionate women’s healthcare, which is tailored to each individual patient’s needs. Her patients especially appreciate her caring bedside manner and willingness to explain diagnoses and procedures in easy-to-understand language. She is interested in all areas of obstetrics and gynecology including complicated high-risk pregnancy, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, adolescent

gynecologic care, contraception and menopausal changes. Dr. Blewett believes in a holistic approach to preventative healthcare and how this changes in women over the decades.

Women’s Health Specialists of Dallas, PA Margot Perot Building 8160 Walnut Hill Ln., Ste. 200, Dallas, TX 75231 214-363-4421 • whsdallas.com

Kristen Conroy, MS, CNM & Amy Giles, MS, CNM Midwifery At Allen Birthing Center, we have been setting the standard for women’s care in North Texas for 15 years. We were the first birth center to offer births in a birth center, home or hospital; obtain hospital privileges; use nitrous oxide for pain relief; have all CNMs on staff; use RNs for birth assistants; and be family owned. Come see the ABC difference where we support you,

your family and your choices. Also pictured is Rebekah Bhansali, MS, CNM, who is new to the practice.

Allen Birthing Center 406 W. Main St., Allen, TX 75013 214-495-9911 • allenbirthingcenter.com MOM-APPROVED DOCTOR:

2014–18

James Douglas, MD Fertility Specialist Thank you DallasChild magazine readers for selecting James Douglas, M.D., to be “MomApproved.” What a great honor! We take pride in our friendly office staff, our attention to detail and our compassionate treatment of all our patients.

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6300 W. Parker Rd., Ste. G28, Plano, TX 75093 972-612-2500 • ivfplano.com


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Kristen N. Innes, MD Obstetrics & Gynecology Dr. Innes is a board-certified obstetrician/ gynecologist who has been practicing in Frisco since 2006. She is a Fellow in the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and is on the physician staff at Baylor Medical Center at Frisco and Texas Health Resources Presbyterian Plano. Dr. Innes believes in providing medical care in a considerate,

warm and professional manner. She offers general and high-risk obstetrical care, in-office minor gynecological procedures and preventative exams. Kristen N. Innes, MD, PA 3880 Parkwood Blvd., Ste. 403, Frisco, TX 75034 214-618-2802 • drinnesobgyn.com MOM-APPROVED DOCTOR:

2013–15, 2018

Kathleen Mayorga, RN, CNM Midwifery for all stages of life. It is through Kathleen’s heartfelt devotion to her patients that Bella Births continues to grow every day. Kathleen is honored to be nominated as a Mom-Approved Midwife again.

MOM-APPROVED OB/GYNS, MIDWIVES & FERTILITY SPECIALISTS

Kathleen Mayorga is a three-time board-certified nurse midwife with over 25 year’s experience in maternal health. Her heart lies with helping women  obtain a natural approach to childbirth and overall wellness. In 2003, Kathleen founded Bella Births, a center for birth and women’s health. Her birth center offers a unique blend of client-centered care

2417 West Virginia Pkwy. McKinney, TX 75071 972-542-0349 bellabirths.com

Roxanne Pero, MD Obstetrics, Gynecology & Infertility Dr. Roxanne Pero is the mother of three under the age of 3. While Dr. Pero is an advocate of natural childbirth and organic healthcare, she takes a holistic approach to patient care. She joined the practice in 2010 and is well trained in high-risk obstetrics and minimally invasive, robotic gynecological surgery. Dr. Pero treats the patient as a whole.

Women’s Health Specialists of Dallas, PA Margot Perot Building 8160 Walnut Hill Ln., Ste. 200, Dallas, TX 75231 214-363-4421 • whsdallas.com

Alfred J. Rodriguez, MD Fertility Specialist Dr. Rodriguez has practiced reproductive medicine since 1980 with his first IVF cycle performed in 1987. In 1996 he became the medical director of Texas Health Presbyterian Plano ARTS Program, a position that he continues to hold today. His practice ranges from ovulation induction to IVF, including egg donor and gestational carrier cycles.

He prides his practice on knowing his patients and individualizing treatment approaches for each one, providing excellent success rates.

Texas IVF 6130 W. Parker Rd., Ste. 215 Plano, TX 75093 972-981-7800 • texasivf.com

Jenelle Watts, MD Obstetrics & Gynecology Dr. Jenelle Watts is a native of Louisiana and received her bachelor’s degree from Xavier University and doctorate from Tulane University. She joined the United States Navy while in medical school, serving in the medical corps 10 years. She has practiced in Plano for almost 20 years and thanks her patients for entrusting her with their obstetrical and gynecological care. It has

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been a privilege to be a part of so many families. She is skilled in gynecologic surgery including laparoscopic and robotic procedures as well as assisting women in the miracle of becoming mothers. 3804 W. 15th St. Ste. 140, Plano, TX 75075 469-326-1600 • my-obgyn.com MOM-APPROVED DOCTOR:

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Make Spring Break a Fast Break at Cooper Spring is all about keeping kids active while still having fun at Cooper Fitness Center in Dallas. Our experienced staff and ideal camp setting on a 30-acre campus provide the ultimate camp experience. Cooper Fitness Center – Dallas 12100 Preston Rd. Dallas, TX 75230 972-233-4832 Register today at cooperyouth.com/dallas

Fit & Fun Spring Break Camp, ages 5–13 Give your kids a spring break they’ll remember. With a combination of sports and camp-style games, kids will make new friends and stay active in engaging activities. Half-day camp offered March 13–15. “Get Your Game On” Spring Break Basketball Camp, ages 5–14 This three-day basketball camp concentrates on the fundamentals that make a player great—passing, dribbling, shooting and position development through scrimmage situations. Offered March 12–14, session times vary by age.

June 4th–August 10th, 2018 Find your place in nature! Dallas Arboretum Summer Camps provide children with hands-on explorations in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and nature that will spark their imaginations and inspire environmental stewardship. Camps also integrate critical thinking, problem-solving skills and develop a sense of exploration and adventure in children. 8525 Garland Rd. Dallas, TX 75218 214-515-6540 dallasarboretum.org

3-year-olds: Little Critters 4 years–kindergarten: Creature Feature, Back to the Future, Creepy Crawlies 1st & 2nd grade: Cool Science Explorations, The Secret Life of Bugs 3rd & 4th grade: SciQuest Jr., Adventure Camp Jr. 5th–7th grade: SciQuest, Adventure Camp Register online beginning March 1st.

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The #1 Summer STEM Camp Learn new skills and discover a passion for technology! At iD Tech, students ages 7–18 learn to code apps, design video games, learn programming with Roblox, mod Minecraft, engineer robots, discover cyber security, create levels in virtual reality, build websites, create 3D-print objects and much more.

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In each weeklong session, students explore a top campus, learn from top-tier instructors, create an impressive project and build in-demand skills that last long after summer. Campers are taught in small groups of just an average of eight students per instructor for the most personalized instruction. iD Tech summer programs are held at 150 prestigious campuses nationwide, including the University of Texas at Dallas, SMU, TCU, Rice, Westlake Academy, Stanford, MIT and more. While most programs are weeklong (overnight stays optional at many locations), teens can enroll in two-week, pre-college academies for the most immersive, in-depth instruction. Join us this summer to see why over 300,000 camp alumni can’t stop talking about iD Tech summer camps. Visit www.iDTechCamps.com or call 1-844-788-1858 to find the right program for your student.

Choose Your Own Summer Adventure

Parish Summer Camps & Classes: Age 3–Rising Seniors May 29–August 17 • • • • • • •

Parish Episcopal School 4101 Sigma Rd. Dallas, TX 75244 972-852-8752 summer@parishepiscopal.org

Revamped day camp with weekly water slides! Launch Program – Lower School academic camp with 6:1 ratio Programming available from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Covers the entire summer Early bird & Camp Combo discounts Payment plans available Open to the community

Summer 2018 Camps include Soccer, Competitive LEGO Robotics, Graphic Novel Appreciation, Dance Intensive, Sewing, Furniture Makeover, Summer Science Research, Yoga for Athletes, Little Vet School, Football, Wilderness Medicine, Virtual Reality, Musical Theatre, Minecraft, Magical Mystery, Jedi Engineering, Ninja Camp, Acrylic Masterpieces and more! Visit us at the DFWChild Camp Fair on February 24. Catalog & registration: ParishSummer.org

EXPLORE • INVENT • DESIGN LEARN • PLAY • CREATE • BUILD WITH SMU SUMMER YOUTH Choose from more than 200 camps for students in grades K–12 STEAM | VISUAL ARTS | ACADEMIC SKILLS | TEST PREP

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Half Day or Full Day All camps held at SMU-in-Plano Registration Opens March 1st

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There is Something Magical About Summer…

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Kidventure Summer Camp is about the chance to explore the world, run free and share that magic with friends. It speaks to our soul, it challenges our fears and it reminds us about the best part of being a kid.   Join Kidventure for their 24th summer season at one of five DFW-area day camp locations or overnight camps in the Texas Hill Country.   Ages: 3–18 Years Camp Office: 3809 Parry Ave. #106 Dallas, TX 75226 Contact information: email: dallas@kidventure.com  phone: 214-303-9789   web: kidventure.com/dallas-summer-camp

5 DFW Day Camp Locations: Camp Frisco, Camp St. Patrick, Camp Kessler, Camp All Saints, Camp Preston Hollow at ORLS Overnight Camps: Hunt and Rocksprings, Texas Named “Texas Best Summer Camp” —Living Magazine, 2016, 2017

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2018 SUMMER

CHESS CAMP Campers learn while they PLAY. Chess develops reading, math, critical and analytical skills, and builds character and self-esteem. Just don’t tell the kids ... they think chess is fun!

CHESS CAMP 972-883-2898 utdallas.edu/chess james.stallings@utdallas.edu

The Hockaday School 11600 Welch Rd. Dallas, TX 75229 hockaday.org/summer Contact information Melissa Curtis, Director of Auxiliary Programs 214-360-6534 mcurtis@hockaday.org

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Join beginner, intermediate or advanced chess classes for ages 7 to 14 on the UT Dallas campus. Morning (9am–noon) or afternoon (1–4pm) sessions are available June 11–15, June 18–22, July 16–20 and July 23–27 and extended playing classes. Camp includes T-shirt, chess board and pieces, trophy, certificate, score book, group photo, snacks and drinks. The UT Dallas Chess Team recently tied for second place at the college championships for the Western Hemisphere (North, Central and South Americas).

Summer at Hockaday invites girls and boys, age 3 through 10th grade, to The Hockaday School for a summer of academics, enrichment and fun led by a nurturing and experienced faculty and staff. Campers and students will create awesome summer memories with new friends while participating in sports, fitness, the arts, technology, academics, LEGO®, culinary, STEM, science and MUCH more! Summer at Hockaday is thrilled to offer new classes along with favorites that have stood the test of time. Don’t miss the Summer Math & Writing Institute for coed students entering grades 5–10, and come discover our Discover Day Camp for 3’s and 4’s and the ever popular Creative Arts & SCIENCE Camp for girls and boys entering grades K–4. Let us help you build an amazing summer schedule for your child!   View all camp and class offerings at hockaday.org/summer.


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trips and many others to spark your child’s imagination. All camps include water slides 14340 Proton Rd. Dallas, TX 75244 972-239-8598 westwoodschool.org/summerprograms

and pizza on Splash Day. Before care and after school care options are available.

YMCA Camp Grady Spruce promotes Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility through faithbased character-building activities that encourage campers to establish their own identities. Campers discover their confidence when they face their fears, try, try again and achieve!

3000 Park Rd. 36 Graford, TX 76449 214-319-9944 ccunningham@ymcadallas.org

Whether your camper is learning to jump the wake on water skis, building up the confidence to ride a horse or hitting a bull’s-eye in archery, Camp Grady Spruce is the place for your child. Parents appreciate a child that returns home more mature and independent with a better ability to problem solve. Campers leave with friendships that will last a lifetime and memories that will tide them over until they can return the following year!

Animals • Science • Adventure There is no better place for an animal lover! Camp is home to more than 300 animals including lemurs, llamas, miniature horses, cats & dogs, hedgehogs, wallabies and that’s only a few! There are over 100 hands-on activities campers may choose to do while at camp:

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• Animal Care • Culinary Science • Pottery • Veterinary Medicine • Crime Science • Arts & Crafts • Survival Skills • Ropes Course • Archery Spend just a week making friends and memories that will last a lifetime!

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Multiple Locations in Dallas Fort Worth Area Colleyville, Coppell, Dallas, Fort Worth, Frisco, Keller, Plano 888-909-2922 • destinationscience.org

The fun science day camp where kids ages 5–11 get to have “Aha!” moments of creativity and discovery while building and experimenting with unique takehome toys, astonishing gadgets and fantastic gizmos. Our top-notch, enthusiastic educators make STEM learning an adventure! 2018 topics include Science Makers & Inventors Camp, Amusement Park Science Camp, Transforming Robots Camp and Rovers Rocketing to Space Camp! Save $40/wk! Ends 2/28/2018 dfwchild.com / february 2018

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Set Your Sights on Summer Fun! Offering summer fun for everyone, ages 3 and up, from May–August. Before and after care available for ages 4–10 from 8:00 a.m.– 6:00 p.m.

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The Episcopal School of Dallas 4100 Merrell Rd., Dallas, TX 75229 214-353-5854 esdallas.org/summercamp

Our camps and programs emphasize adventure, arts, sports, STEM and academics, and most importantly, making new friends and having FUN! Questions? Contact Mike, our Director of Summer Programs, at schneiderm@esdallas.org

Good Shepherd Episcopal School’s Summer Program shatters all expectations! We are excited to bring you classes from May 29–August 3 designed specifically for prekindergarten (PreK) through eighth grade, offering a unique blend of dynamic and academically-rich sessions. Good Shepherd Episcopal School 11110 Midway Rd., Dallas, TX 75229 214-357-1610 ext. 283 • wwest@gsesdallas.org gsesdallas.org/summer Whitney West, Director of Enrichment

4141 Spring Valley Rd. 972-628-5490 greenhill.org/summer

2430 Hwy. 39, Hunt, TX 78024 830-238-4650 • 830-238-4670 jane@hohcamp.com • conor@campstewart.com hohcamp.com • campstewart.com

At Good Shepherd, we strive to inspire your children’s love of learning so they can gain the confidence to explore their individual talents with experts in their fields. Make this a summer to remember!

Time to make friends, learn new skills and most importantly have FUN! Select week by week from a wide range of academic, fine arts, sports, artistic, or fun-filled camps. For boys and girls, ages 3–18 from May 29–August 10. We hope to see you this summer at Greenhill School.

NEW one-week option for boys only, plus two- and four-week options for girls and boys at separate traditional camps on beautiful Guadalupe River near Kerrville. Ages 6–16. Family-style dining; healthful, home-cooked food; worldwide, limited enrollment; and personable role model counselors. More than 40 fun, instruction-oriented activities, including an array of sports, horseback riding, swimming and many more. Campers learn self-confidence, teamwork, leadership and meeting challenges. Ragsdale family owned and operated. Stewart est. 1924, Heart est. 1953.

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Academic Readiness • Acting and Film-Making Community Service • Cooking • Crafting and Building Arts • LEGO • Outdoor Adventure • Science and Discovery Sports • Technology • And More! Online Summer Camps Guide and Online Registration: lakehillprep.org

Theatre Summer Camps

Four Locations: Plano, Fairview, Frisco, Dallas 972-422-2575 northtexasperformingarts.org/summer

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NTPA Summer Programs offer morning, afternoon and full-day programs full of performing instruction, creative experiences and characters you know and love. With summer learning opportunities for ages 5–18, there’s a spot for everyone to learn from our professional directors, actors and singers who have worked from everywhere from Broadway to L.A. New students: Use discount code NEW2NTPA for 50% off your first camp!


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Has your child ever dreamed of calling a last-second, game-winning shot on radio or TV? Well now is their chance. Boys and girls, ages 10–18, can learn from the pros. Meet sports celebrities. Make play-by-play, sports anchor and reporting tapes. Host your own sports talk radio and PTI-style shows and much more! If your child is a sports fanatic, they are our kind of kid!

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Summer The Shelton Way June 25–July 19

There’s something for everyone! Shelton’s unique multisensory and discovery learning methods are perfect for students with and without a language-learning difference. And did we mention fun?

Shelton School & Evaluation Center 15720 Hillcrest Rd., Dallas, TX 75248 972-774-1772 Ext. 2223 shelton.org/summerschool shelton.org/sportscamps

Academic and Enrichment Classes EC–12 Languages • Drama • Fitness • Technology • Science • Reading Scholars Small Group Tutoring in Reading / Writing / Spelling Upper School Credit Classes Sports Camps for girls and boys Speech / Language / Hearing Program

SMU Hilltop Sports Camp Online Registration Begins March 19, 2018 www.smu.edu/StudentAffairs/RecSports/HilltopSportsCamp

Serving children entering second through sixth grades. The main focus of our camp is to provide a variety of opportunities, both conventional and nonconventional, for kids to maintain healthy and active lifestyles during the summer. Our primary goal is to have fun and be active!

Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports

6000 Bush Ave., Dallas, TX 75205 hilltopsportscamp@smu.edu • 214-768-3367

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SUMMER AT ST. JOHN’S COME PLAY, EXPLORE & CREATE Join us for a fun-filled summer. Experience great adventures from our new camps to popular favorites such as: Drone Flight Academy • Decorate! Sewing Machine Camp Build a Computer • Jr. Veterinarian Camp with live animals American Girl • Back to Nature • Summer Musical! 848 Harter Rd., Dallas TX 75218 214-328-9131 stjohnsschool.org

June 4 – July 27 Open to ages 4 – 14 Registration begins February 13, 2018 StJohnsSchool.org/Summer

Ballet Basics introduce boys and girls, ages 3–6, to the fundamentals of ballet. The camp experience also includes crafts, story time and choreography to correlate with the theme of the week. 670 N. Coit Rd., Ste. 2379, Richardson, TX 75080 214-377-8576 texasballettheater.org/summer-program

8 5707 Royal Ln., Dallas TX, 75229 214-691-6950 winston-school.org

Young Dancer Intensive and Junior Intensive broaden the perspectives of 7- to 14-year-old ballet students with a variety of classes including ballet, modern and jazz.

Summer is HERE! Discover Winston Summer Camps

Kindergarten through 12th grade June 4–July 6 Full- and half-day options in areas of Academic Enrichment, STEM in Action, Arts, Sports, Field Trips and more. There’s something for everyone. Come ready to learn, discover, explore, create and have loads of FUN! Camp dates, times and fees vary. Contact us at 214-691-6950 or info@winston-school.org for more information. dfwchild.com / february 2018

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n 2013, after more than a decade of working with adults with special needs, Ruth Thompson opened Hugs Cafe in McKinney. Not your average restaurant, Hugs Cafe employs individuals with disabilities, providing them not

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only with training and employment but a sense of community, pride and self-worth. It is Thompson’s hope that she can not only improve the lives of adults with special needs, many of whom are overlooked, but change perceptions and misconceptions about what it means to be an adult with a disability—one hug at a time.

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PREVIOUS PAGE // For years, Ruth Thompson taught cooking classes for adults with special needs, so she did not have to look far to find enthusiastic teammates for Hugs Cafe. ABOVE // Located near the square in downtown McKinney, Hugs Cafe employs adults with disabilities and serves gourmet sandwiches, salads and soups.

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WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA TO giving them a community. When people with START HUGS CAFE? I’ve worked with and special needs age out of school, you often have had a passion for adults with special needs find adults sitting at home; they lose their for a long time. Years back, I started cooking community. But when they walk through the classes for individuals with disabilities in which door to the restaurant, they have that back. we worked on home skills and how to prepare They are invited to birthday parties; they go simple but nutritious meals. During that time, I to movies together. Every single person is had a dream two nights in a row just so happy. To see them all to start a restaurant for adults beaming is wonderful. with special needs. When I told HAVE YOU SEEN A my husband, he said, “Well we CHANGE IN HOW THE LOhave to do it!” CAL COMMUNITY VIEWS WHAT RESPONSIBILIPEOPLE WITH DISABILIHugs Cafe would TIES DO YOUR EMPLOYEES TIES SINCE YOU OPENED love to have your HAVE AT HUGS CAFE? THE RESTAURANT? In the gently used china Well, they do everything in beginning, we would see and silverware. They the restaurant! They are the people come in not certain also accept business greeters, bussers, dishwashof what they were walking staples such as copy ers, servers. They make the into. I think people felt that paper and toiletries. food, the cookies, the chicken because of who we emMonetary donations salad. They do everything ployed, they would just get can also be made there is to do in the restaua bologna sandwich. Now, on their Website rant. We recently promoted people are seeing that we via PayPal. a young lady with Down have gourmet sandwiches, WEBSITE: hugscafe.org syndrome to kitchen lead. delicious food and a capable She showed that she could staff. They see that the FACEBOOK: HugsCafe
 train other employees, and people we employ are just INSTAGRAM: @hugscafe we watched her capably run individuals like you and me— the kitchen by herself. Seeing TWITTER: @HugsCafe very happy individuals! that, the logical choice was to WHAT MISCONCEPpromote her to a manageTIONS ARE YOU TRYING ment position. TO ELIMINATE ABOUT WHERE DID YOU FIND YOUR EMINDIVIDUALS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS? PLOYEES?
We did not search very long or It’s sad that there are so many people in the hard. We had over 130 adults with special world with a preconceived notion that being needs coming to the cooking classes. We had around a person with a disability is depressing. a community with them, and they had all heard In fact, it is quite the opposite. Part of our about my dream and knew we were going to mission is to educate the communiwty on the be opening the restaurant. They came to me life of someone with special needs and what and said, “I want to be part of that.” One thing that means. I always say, “You can walk into that instigated my dream was seeing their Hugs in a bad mood, but it’s almost imposreactions whenever someone got a job. They sible to walk out with one.” would celebrate and clap and get so excited. HOW CAN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY People with special needs want a job and HELP SUPPORT HUGS CAFE AND a purpose and a meaning just like the ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES? rest of us. Unfortunately, it’s more Come in and see us! Get to know difficult for them to obtain that. the people who work in the So, I didn’t have to work very restaurant. Learn about their hard at all to find the teammates lives. We also accept monetary for the restaurant. and physical donations. We are WHAT CHANGES HAVE currently raising funds for Hugs 2 YOU SEEN IN THE LIVES OF Greenhouse, which is one of the YOUR WORKERS SINCE YOU’VE social enterprises we have started. BEEN ABLE TO PROVIDE THEM We also need monetary donations WITH GAINFUL AND MEANINGFUL to go toward a new convection oven and a EMPLOYMENT? Their confidence has just fudge machine and to help offer scholarships taken off, as has their work ethic—they are to Hugs Prep, our course of evening classes learning to live independently. Not only are that teaches adults with special needs how to we giving these individuals a job, but we are get a job in the food service industry.


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Señor Locos // Mexican 701 W. Parker Road, Plano; 214/501-4258 // senorlocostexmex.com // Up to two kids eat free with purchase of an adult meal all day. Age 12 and younger. Deal also offered on Tuesday.

SUNDAY

Blue Mesa Grill // Mexican 8200 Dallas Parkway, Plano; 214/387-4407 // bluemesagrill.com // Kids 5 and under eat free with purchase of an adult brunch buffet from 9am–3pm. Kids 6–11 eat for $7. Deal also offered on Saturday from 10am–2pm. Café Brazil // Breakfast/Brunch 200 Coit Road, Suite 112, Plano; 469/2299140 // 2071 N. Central Expressway, Richardson; 972/783-9011 // cafebrazil.com // Free kid’s entree with purchase of an adult entree from 5–10pm. Age 12 and younger. Drinks charged separately. Prices vary by location. Deal also offered Monday–Thursday. Cici’s Pizza // Pizza Multiple locations // cicis.com // Kids 3 and younger eat free at the buffet. Drinks charged separately. Prices vary by location. Deal also offered Monday–Saturday. Denny’s // Diner Multiple locations // dennys.com // One or two free kids’ meals with purchase of an adult meal from 4–10pm. Drinks not included. Deal also offered Monday–Saturday; days, number of meals and ages served vary by location.

Golden Corral // Buffet Multiple locations // goldencorral.com // Kids 3 and younger eat free. Deal also offered Monday–Saturday.

Woody’s Sports Restaurant // American See Sunday for details.

JC’s Burger House // American Multiple locations // jcsburgerhouse.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult meal all day. Age 12 and younger. Deal also offered Monday and Saturday.

Café Brazil // Breakfast/Brunch See Sunday for details.

Modern Market // Farm-to-Table 8400 Preston Road, Suite 100, Plano; 469/5736074 // 1419 E. Renner Road, Suite 500, Richardson; 469/998-0468 // modernmarket.com // Free kid’s entree with purchase of a full-size item after 5pm. Age 12 and younger. Dine-in and takeout. Deal also offered on Monday. Details vary by location. Schlotzsky’s // Deli Multiple locations // schlotzskys.com // Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult medium meal. Dine-in and takeout. Deal also offered on Saturday. Details vary by location. Steak ’n Shake // Diner Multiple locations // steaknshake.com // One free kid’s meal per every $9 on the ticket all day. Age 12 and younger. Dine-in only. Excludes drinks and shakes. Deal also offered on Saturday.

Dickey’s // Barbecue Multiple locations // dickeys.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult dine-in meal, all day. Age 12 and younger. Also, free ice cream every day with dine-in purchase. Details vary by location.

Woody’s Sports Restaurant // American 307 W. Main St., Suite 105, Frisco; 214/8724943 // woodyssportsrestaurant.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult entree valued at $7 or more. Age 11 and younger. Dine-in only. Deal also offered Monday–Thursday.

Freebirds World Burrito // Mexican Multiple locations // freebirds.com // Kids 12 and younger eat free with purchase of an adult entree, all day. Details vary by location.

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Cici’s Pizza // Pizza See Sunday for details. Cristina’s Fine Mexican Restaurant // Mexican See Monday for details. Denny’s // Diner See Sunday for details. Golden Corral // Buffet See Sunday for details. IKEA // Swedish 7171 Ikea Drive, Frisco; 888/888-4532 // ikea. com // Up to two free kids’ combo meals with purchase of an adult entree, all day. Enjoy free organic baby food with any adult meal purchase. Age 12 and younger. JC’s Burger House // American See Monday for details. La Finca Chiquita // Mexican 107 N. Butler Road, Allen; 972/908-3555 // mychiquita.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult meal from 5–9pm. Age 12 and younger. Luna Grill // Mediterranean 1419 E. Renner Road, Suite 510, Richardson; 469/677-6812 // lunagrill.com // Free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entree after 4pm. Age 10 and younger. Paradise Bakery & Café // Bakery 8240 Preston Road, Suite 100, Plano; 972/7310005 // paradisebakery.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult meal after 4pm. Age CONTINUED ON PAGE 56

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The String Bean // Southern 1310 W. Campbell Road, Richardson; 972/3853287 // thestringbean.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult dinner entree after 5pm. Age 12 and younger. Dine-in only.


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12 and younger. Dine-in only. Deal also offered on Thursday. Pluckers // American 190 E Stacy Road, Allen; 972/678-9464 // 3316 Preston Road, Plano; 972/5999464 // pluckers.com // Up to two free kids’ meals with purchase of an adult entree, all day. Dine-in only. Age 10 and younger. Drinks not included. Señor Locos // Mexican See Monday for details. Texadelphia // Deli Multiple locations // texadelphia.com // Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult entree or regular sandwich, all day. Dine-in and takeout. Details vary by location.

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Luby’s // Cafeteria 5040 W. Park Blvd., Plano; 972/732-8472 // lubys.com // Free kid’s plate with purchase of an adult dine-in meal all day. Age 10 and younger. Deal also offered on Saturday.

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Cici’s Pizza // Pizza See Sunday for details.

Steak ’n Shake // Diner See Sunday for details.

Golden Corral // Buffet See Sunday for details.

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Blue Mesa Grill // Mexican See Sunday for details.

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Amazing Jake’s // Buffet 831 N. Central Expressway, Plano; 972/5095253 // amazingjakesplano.com // Free kids buffet with purchase of a regular adult buffet all day. Age 12 and younger.

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Golden Corral // Buffet See Sunday for details. Jungle Joe’s // American 7447 Hillcrest Road, Suite 104, Frisco; 469/731-5100 // junglejoesfriso.com // Kids eat free from 2pm–7pm with purchase of adult meal.

Woody’s Sports Restaurant // American See Sunday for details.

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Denny’s // Diner See Sunday for details.

Paradise Bakery & Café // Bakery See Tuesday for details. Woody’s Sports Restaurant // American See Sunday for details.

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Cici’s Pizza // Pizza See Sunday for details.

Fill little tummies by spending a crisp Lincoln or less. Find a cheap deal while you’re out and about? Email us at editorial@dfwchild.com. Buffalo Wild Wings // American Multiple locations // buffalowildwings.com // On Wednesday, kids 12 and younger make selections from the kids’ menu for $1.99 with the purchase of an adult meal. Times and details vary by location. Cici’s Pizza // Pizza Multiple locations // cicis.com // Kids 3 and younger eat free and kids ages 4–10 eat for under $4 every day. Drinks charged separately. Prices vary by location. McAlister’s Deli // Deli Multiple locations // mcalistersdeli.com // Kids’ meals cost $0.99 when you dine in or $2.49 for takeout, all day, every day. Age 12 and younger. Souper! Salad! // Buffet 1017 N. Central Expressway, Suite 250, Plano; 972/422-7022 // soupersalad.com // Buffet costs $4.99 for ages 3–12 and is free for age 2 and younger. All day, every day. Drinks not included. Details vary by location. BE SURE TO CALL AHEAD BEFORE YOU GO, AS DETAILS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.


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2 5 F A M I LY- F R I E N D LY E V E N T S Y O U C A N ’ T M I S S I N

F E B R U A RY Little Pigs with music by Mozart (Feb. 3); the love triangle comedy, Pépito (Feb. 10); and Donizetti and Company sung in Italian (Feb. 18). Each is about 45 minutes long and written for kids 5 and younger. Crafts and activities begin at 12:30pm in the lobby before each show at 2pm. $5 per show; $12 for full season. 2403 Flora St., Dallas; 214/443-1000 dallasopera.org/family

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TREASURE ISLAND

ADDISON CONFERENCE AND T H E AT R E C E N T R E February 2–11 Discover the story of Long John Silver (nope, not the fast-food fish joint), the famous hero-villain, and his young shipmate, Jim Hawkins, from Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic adventure when Outcry Youth Theatre performs the pirate play in Studio Theatre. Open to kids age 4 and older. $10 general admission; $20 premium reserved seating. 15650 Addison Road, Addison; 972/836-7206 outcrytheatre.com/ treasure-island

HOT CHOCOLATE 15/5K

FA I R PA R K February 3 The best part of waking up on a cold Saturday morning is hot cocoa in your cup, especially after working up a sweat at this annual run with marshmallows and M&Ms at sweet stations along the route, plus more snacks in your finisher mug. Stick around for a post-race party with bounce houses and photo ops with Marsha and Mello. Late registration: $54 for 5K; $79 for 15K. 1121 First Ave., Dallas hotchocolate15k.com/dallas

TARGET FIRST SATURDAY

NASH E R S C U L P T U R E CENTER February 3 The Nasher opens its art gallery doors on Saturday for kid-friendly entertainment: an architecture-themed art activity, story readings in the galleries, yoga poses in the sculpture garden and more designed to inspire your preschoolers and elementary-age children. Family activities run from 10am–2pm; museum open through 5pm. FREE 2001 Flora St., Dallas; 214/242-5100 nashersculpturecenter.org

THE DALLAS OPERA FAMILY PERFORMANCES

WINSPEAR OPERA HOUSE February 3, 10 and 18 Catch all three of The Dallas Opera’s family shows on stage this month: The Three

C AVA N A U G H FLIGHT MUSEUM February 2–3 Did Santa give your littles a drone for Christmas? Let them show off their new skills at this kid-friendly flight competition inside an 11,000-square-foot enclosed hangar with netting on all sides. Register to attend the qualifying rounds for a shot at the cash prizes for the top three winners. $25 for competitors. $12 for spectators. 4572 Claire Chennault, Addison; 972/380-8800 cavflight.org

THE TAMIN’ OF THE SHREW

WILLOW BEND CENTER OF THE ART S February 9–11 Shakespeare’s famous comedy with a modern Texas twist and a new setting: Dallas. Watch the tweens and teens of Plano Youth Theatre perform as Kate, one of the rowdiest ladies that ever was, and her suitor Antonio, of Waco. Tickets from $10.

6121 W. Park Blvd., Suite B216, Plano; 972/422-2575 northtexasperformingarts.org

MONSTER JAM

AT & T S TA D I U M February 10 You’ll need ear protection for this one. Feel the stadium rumble as 14 monster trucks rev their engines and peel out across the dirt floor inside the Dallas Cowboys stadium. The show starts at 7pm; come early for the Pit Party from 2:30–5:30pm to snap photos with the drivers and see the trucks up close. Tickets from $20. 1 AT&T Way, Arlington; 800/745-3000 ticketmaster.com

DISCOVERY DAY

PEROT MUSEUM O F N AT U R E A N D SCIENCE February 10 Pretend to be an engineer as you learn how to program robots, create circuits and build your own inventions during this family program all about the gadgets and gizmos throughout the museum’s exhibit halls and more inside the Journey to Space exhibit. $20 adults; $13 kids ages 2–17. Museum members get in free and get a sneak preview from 9–10am. 2201 N. Field St., Dallas; 214/428-5555 perotmuseum.org

DUCK DERBY

D O N R O D E N BAU G H N ATAT O R I U M February 10 Here’s how it works: Purchase your rubber “racing duck” from the indoor pool,

decorate it however you like (racing stripes, etc.) and return the duck by 5pm on Feb. 9. On Feb. 10, come watch as all the ducks are let loose in the lazy river. Awards will be given to the fastest and best decorated ducks. $5 for decorating contest only; $8 for decorating and derby. 110 E. Rivercrest Blvd., Allen; 214/509-4770 allenparks.org/drn

KREWE OF BARKUS

M I T C H E L L PA R K February 11 Let the good times roll through downtown McKinney during the 16th annual Mardi Gras dog parade, modeled after the Mystic Krewe of Barkus in New Orleans. Dress up your family pet in purple, green and gold for a shot as a costume contest winner, or line up to watch the parade of elaborate, miniature “floats.” $5 per dog or float. Free for spectators. 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney. 972/547-2660 mckinneytexas.org

LATE NIGHT

DA L L A S M U S E U M OF ART February 16 Stay up ’til midnight on Chinese New Year when the DMA offers music, talks and entertainment inspired by the recently opened exhibit Asian Textiles: Art and Trade Along the Silk Road, showcasing luxury garments and textiles from China, Japan, India and Central Asia. $10; free for children 11 and younger. No additional charge to tour special exhibit. 1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas; 214/922-1200 dma.org

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BEAUTY AND BACH

MO ODY PE R F OR M A NC E HA L L February 17–18 Set to live music by the German composer, Avant Chamber Ballet presents three performances, the first dance featuring Nilas Martins, former principal dancer of New York City Ballet, and closing with Aurora’s Wedding with Prince Charming and characters from the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. Tickets from $20. 2520 Flora St., Dallas; 214/871-5000 ticketdfw.com

AGENDA

saurs on display at the Heard. Take a hike along a half-mile nature trail, hear them roar, watch them move and play on dinosaurs in the play area. $9 adults; $6 kids ages 3–12. 1 Nature Pl., McKinney; 972/562-5566 heardmuseum.org/ dinosaurslive

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THE PLAY EVERYWHERE TOUR

K I E S T PA R K February 17 Here’s another great excuse to play outside. Target and nonprofit KaBOOM! teamed up to bring music, food and activities on a four-city tour that encourages families to learn and experience the benefits of play through games and challenges. Venture out to Kiest Park to see what the Play Everywhere Program has in store for Dallas. FREE 3080 S. Hampton Road, Dallas; 214/670-8847 kaboom.org/tour

CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL

K LY D E WA R R E N PA R K February 17 2018 is the Year of the Dog, and the Crow Collection of Asian Art throws its annual Chinese New Year Festival down the street at Klyde Warren Park. Bring along your family dog for puppy portraits and pampering, plus art activities and fireworks at the park. Considering a new pet? Rescue organizations for dogs (and possibly rabbits) will be set up at the Zodiac Zoo. FREE 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas; 214/979-6430 crowcollection.org

DINOSAURS LIVE!

H E A R D N AT U R A L SCIENCE MUSEUM & WILDLIFE S A N C T UA R Y Through February 18 This is your last chance to see the 46-foot-long T. rex and nine life-size animatronic dino60

scary alter ego Viola Swamp. Watch as local kids set out in search of their real teacher in this musical based on the children’s books by Harry Allard. Running weekends through Mar. 3. $11 adults; $9 children. 205 Industrial Court, Suite 200B, Wylie; 469/298-8061 wylieactinggroup.org

ENGINEERS WEEK

PEROT MUSEUM O F N AT U R E A N D SCIENCE February 19–24 From 10am–2pm each day, explore the field of engineering firsthand through interactive demonstrations, experiments and gallery experiences with professional engineers and educators. Free with admission: $20 adults; $13 kids ages 2–17. 2201 N. Field St., Dallas; 214/428-5555 perotmuseum.org

PA R I S H E P I S C O PA L SCHOOL February 24 B O TA N I C A L RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF TEXAS February 25 Get a head start on planning your family’s most epic summer when DFWChild hosts back-to-back camp fairs with local and national camps, schools and educators. Sign your kids up for summer sports and art programs on Saturday and Sunday, and between stops at the vendor booths, squeeze in playtime with the Perot Museum TECH Truck, Bubble Ball and animal friends. 4101 Sigma Road, Dallas; 972/447-9188 1700 University Drive, Fort Worth; 972/447-9188 dfwchild.com/ events

DANCING WITH THE STARS LIVE!

M U SIC HA L L AT FA I R PA R K February 23 Does your family TV night revolve around Monday night’s Dancing With the Stars? Don’t wait until the next season this spring. See the dance pros from season 25 in an all-new show Light Up the Night, with celebrity Mirrorball Champion Jordan Fisher and finalist Frankie Muniz, live on stage. Tickets from $49.95. VIP tickets available. 909 First Ave., Dallas; 214/565-1116 liveatthemusichall.com

MISS NELSON IS MISSING

WYLIE ACTING GROUP FOR CHILDREN February 23–24 When Miss Nelson can’t control her students, she resorts to drastic measures: showing up in disguise as her

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BE MINE

Share your love for family by celebrating Valentine’s Day all month long, starting with a daddy/daughter date, a concert starring a teen heartthrob, and with the biggest flower arrangement ever. DADDY/DAUGHTER DANCE – BE OUR GUEST

F R I S C O C O N F E R E N C E C E N T E R AT E M B A S S Y S U I T E S February 3 Loved the live-action Beauty and the Beast? Let your little girls play the part of Belle at this real-life ball for kids in preK through sixth grade and their fathers or father figures. Start shopping now for a yellow gown and come early for professional photos. Call or go online to register. $20 per person for Frisco residents; $25 nonresidents. // 7600 John Q. Hammons Drive, Frisco; 800/514-3849 // friscofun.org

MATTYB FEATURING THE HASCHAK SISTERS

M A J E S T I C T H E AT R E February 9 YouTube star MattyB is a 14-year-old Georgia native who’s been rapping and singing since he was 7. (Check out his videos; he’s adorable.) If he’s your kids’ celebrity crush, don’t miss his live concert with fellow YouTube sensations the Haschak Sisters: Madison, 14, Gracie, 13; Sierra, 11; Olivia, 9. $25. $95 VIP tickets include a meet and greet, an autographed photo and a souvenir to cherish through their teen years. // 1925 Elm St., Dallas ; 800/745-3000 // ticketmaster.com

DALLAS BLOOMS – A WORLD OF FLOWERS

D A L L A S A R B O R E T U M Opens February 24 Why only share flowers on Valentine’s? Give your kids an entire garden’s worth when the Dallas Arboretum debuts its annual spring festival of 500,000 blooms. Bring your littles for the petting zoo on Mondays and Tuesdays, and explore the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden (reopening Feb. 24 after seasonal closure for maintenance) for a special passport and international themed activities. $15 adults; $10 kids ages 3–12. $3 for children’s garden. // 8525 Garland Road, Dallas; 214/515-6615 // dallasarboretum.org

ALL THE ETERNAL LOVE I HAVE FOR THE PUMPKINS

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW

DA L L A S C H I L D R E N ’ S T H E AT E R Through February 25 See 75 colorful puppets manipulated by a team of white-clad puppeteers in this all-ages performance inspired by four of Eric Carle’s children’s books: The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and, his most famous, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Tickets from $17. 5938 Skillman St., Dallas. 214/740-0051 dct.org

DA L L A S M U S E U M OF ART Through February 25 February is the last month to share in Yayoi Kusama’s love of pumpkins. Experience the Japanese artist’s Infinity Mirror Room, a reflective chamber full of acrylic, polkadotted gourds. Disclaimer: You’re allowed inside the exhibit for only 45 seconds, but it is absolutely worth the experience (and the selfie) with your kids. Reserve your timed tickets online. $16 adults; free for members and children 11 and younger. 1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas;

214/922-1200 dma.org/kusama

BAM PERCUSSION

EISEMANN CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS February 25 If you love Blue Man Group, don’t miss another three-man drumming group coming to Richardson for the Family Theatre Series. Experience the slapstick comedy and percussive repertoire of this French-Canadian group during a raucous, kid-friendly show on Sunday afternoon. Tickets from $13. 2351 Performance Drive, Richardson; 972/744-4650 eisemanncenter.com

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I THREW A MILK-DRENCHED NURSING PAD IN THE HAMPER. WHEN LAUNDRY DAY CAME, I WAS SHOCKED TO FIND THAT THE MILK HAD SPOILED AND LEFT BLACK MOLD ON EVERYTHING THAT IT TOUCHED.” —BERNICE, COLLEYVILLE

You know you’re tired when you wake up, stumble to the bathroom, keep the lights off so you don’t wake your husband, put what looks like Sensodyne on your toothbrush and quickly learn it’s Desitin butt paste that you’re cleaning your teeth with.” —SHELLEY, HIGHLAND VILLAGE “My two girls overheard me jokingly tell my mom that their stepfather looked like Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. Fastforward a couple of years … When my older daughter entered kindergarten, she started telling everyone that her Mommy was married to ‘Daddy Dwayne, The Rock.’” —AMBER, MCKINNEY

Got a parenting fail you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you. Send it to editorial@dfwchild.com.

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I HAD JUST STARTED POTTY TRAINING MY 2-YEAR-OLD. WE WERE LEAVING A MUSEUM, AND SHE TOLD ME ONCE WE REACHED THE PARKING LOT THAT SHE HAD TO POTTY. IT WAS TOO FAR TO GO BACK INSIDE, SO I DID WHAT ANY SANE AND RATIONAL MOTHER WOULD DO ... USED A BLANKET AND A MCDONALD’S CUP AS A PARKING LOT TOILET.” —BRITTANY, DALLAS


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