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FEATURE

16 Walk On

How the team at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is helping this little guy, and many others, conquer life one well-designed leg at a time words Heather Duge photography Carter Rose

DEPARTMENTS NOTED 5 Mind Your Child’s Mind

Give kids’ brains a boost with a few expert tips

REAL MOMS 9 Mom Next Door / Michelle Barns The mom of four runs a darling online boutique for kids

12 Datebook

Happenings that are perfect for date night or GNO

14 Routines / Mandi Moore James Miller stands tall on his prosthetic leg in the atrium of the hospital that's helping him be just like every other 3-year-old. p. 16

THE HEALTH & WELLNESS ISSUE

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She spends her days with first-graders in the classroom and goes home to two toddlers

KID CULTURE 23 JFK’s Final Day

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35 Agenda

Our favorite family events this month

MOM-APPROVED DOCTORS 30 This Month: Counselors, Therapists & Alternative Health Practitioners Local wellness professionals nominated by readers

COLUMNS 38 Confessions / Mommy Fails

When bad things happen to good parents

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what they eat, when they sleep, what they do and how safe they feel all get etched into children’s brains WORDS ERIN MCKNIGHT ILLUSTRATION JADE JOHNSON

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t’s been three months since 41-year-old Heidi Henke’s son, Gunnar, came home from his first day of school with his Broccoli Award. The 4-year-old earned it by eating three bowls of broccoli at lunch. “It’s on his dresser,” the Carrollton mom says of the certificate that depicts a large piece of broccoli and says “I Rocked the Broc.”

Gunnar is a preschooler at Prince of Peace Christian School, now in its second year as a Flik Independent School Dining community, a partnership program with independent and private schools that provides students with from-scratch cooking and nutritionally balanced meals, along with nutrition education in the form of tastings and spotlighted foods. Kids learn about the variety, health benefits and, of course, the

tastiness of good-for-you foods. As headmaster Chris Hahn sees it, “The better our kids eat, the better they will perform.” But overall brain health is about more than what kids eat. When they sleep, their activity level and how secure they feel are also key contributors to their overall well-being and brain health, experts say. So parents need to help their kids find the right balance of food, activity and sleep—and make sure kids feel secure—so those developing brains function better.

at school has led to a more attentive and focused preschooler. That’s likely because nutrition can help to establish the neural connections, cell signaling and the structure responsible for cognitive functions like perception, thinking, reasoning and remembering inside the brain. A recent study by Abbott Nutrition and the University of llinois confirms that specific nutrients in breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks play a large part in how kids’ brains are wired (or not) for success. Key nutrients include lutein and zeaxanthin, which support memory and improve processing speed, and are rich in dark, leafy greens such as spinach

The better our kids eat, the better they will perform.

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Aside from Gunnar’s awards (he’s also the recipient of the carrot award), Henke notes that the healthier eating

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and kale, though they can also be found in eggs, corn, kiwi, grapes, oranges and zucchini. Unsaturated good fats like those in nuts, seeds, avocado, olive oil and DHA-fortified eggs, milk and other dairy products benefit cognitive development. And anthocyanins, the nutrients behind the pigment in purple and blue fruits like grapes and blueberries, promote blood flow to the brain, which helps it function optimally. But getting kids to consume these good-for-them foods can be tricky. Davita Lister, Flik ISD food service director and chef in Dallas, suggests deconstructing meals and encouraging kids to build their own. Involve kids in the process of buying groceries or creating a meal plan, she says. Most kids want to eat what they’ve planned or prepared themselves. Angela Lemond, licensed pediatric and family nutritionist and dietitian and owner of Lemond Nutrition in Plano and Rockwall agrees: “Involve your child in the process of eating, and your kid will make better choices because they’re learning age-appropriate kitchen skills and helping with the shopping.” Prioritize balance: include a fruit or veggie (or both), lean protein and a whole grain on every plate. Protein is especially important with breakfast since it will help kick-start a child’s attention span, concentration and memory. Try eggs, sausage or bacon, even cottage cheese as part of the morning meal. And make veggies fun to get kids to try them. Spiralize zucchini to make noodles in place of pasta, or blanch green beans and encourage little ones to eat them with their hands. Remember that taste buds grow along with bodies so keep offering; broccoli haters today may be rockin’-the-broc award winners in the future. A developing mind also requires water. Evidence shows that children with attention and memory problems are often just slightly dehydrated. Teachers are now being encouraged to give water breaks, but it’s important to develop good hydration habits at home, which include drinking plenty of water and steering clear of soda and other sugary beverages.

de-stress, which ultimately affects a child’s attention span and memory. SLEEP

Many parents keep a scheduled bedtime for kids during the week but relax it (sometimes significantly) during the weekend or over school breaks. “Sleep allows the brain to rest and reset,” says Dr. William Brown, a psychiatrist at the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute at the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. “And insufficient sleep can negatively and permanently alter how a brain functions.” Daytime sleepiness, emotional outbursts, moodiness and excessive goofiness or clumsiness all indicate a deficiency in sleep. Keep the schedule on course and don’t deviate by more than an hour—even on special occasions. “Sleep is critical for optimal academic and physical functioning,” Brown says. To get better sleep, experts suggest limiting kids’ screen time, especially before bed. The blue light cast from electronic devices is thought to have the same effect as caffeine. According to sleep specialists, toddlers need 12–15 hours of sleep a day (including nighttime sleep and naps), children ages 3–5 require 11–13 hours and ages 5–12 should get 10–12 hours of shut-eye. Want a good indicator of whether or not your kids are getting sufficient zzz’s? Do they wake up in the morning on their own? If not, they need more sleep and probably need an earlier bedtime.

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Exercise is also important to a child’s brain health, and kids need more than what they get during school recess and physical education classes. Encourage at least 30 minutes of active play after school too. Let them ride bikes, enroll them in a sport or play outside together. Exercise helps kids relax and

SAFETY

“For children to learn, they need to be in a place where they feel safe,” says Justin Smith, a pediatrician at Cook Children’s Hospital in Trophy Club. Worrisome kiddos tend to be inattentive and distracted. Being unsure of a parent’s reaction sends the young brain into stress mode. The brain focused on protecting itself isn’t open to learning, which is why discipline doesn’t work in moments of heightened anxiety. Be a predictable parent who manages your kids’ (brains’) expectations. It shouldn’t be about perfection—consistency is the goal, says Dr. Laura Lamminen, a psychologist at Children’s Health in Dallas and Plano. “[That means] structure during the day, rules in the home, reasonable expectations and consequences for actions,” she explains. It’s really a simple, intuitive recipe to create a secure home environment for kids. It includes talking, reading, singing, caring, loving and giving ample affection to kids.


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rom learning she was expecting twins during her first pregnancy to finding out baby number four was on the way last year, Michelle Barns of Denton is well versed in navigating the surprises life can present. “Number four was a total surprise,” says Barns, 30. “I never anticipated having four kids.” Nevertheless, she’s thriving as a mom of four—Ava and Jaelyn, 8, Levi, 3, and Lucas, 3 months—all while running her own online clothing boutique, Bugs & Roses.

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Every day is a delicate balance. But with help from her husband of nine years, Will, a former Marine who now works as a train dispatcher, and nearby family and church friends, she makes it work.

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machine and teach myself with YouTube and Pinterest. I made curtains and bedding and then moved on to clothing. WHAT INSPIRES YOUR DESIGNS? Denton has been an inspiration because it’s a little HOW HAS THE NEW BABY CHANGED bit hipster. THE DYNAMIC AROUND THE HOUSE? I WHAT ARE YOUR BEST SELLERS? Funny anticipated my toddler being jealous, but he’s enough, my best seller is my kids’ underwear. been really good. The difficult They’re cute, comfortable and part has been I need to sit organic. I started my business down and nurse, but the other making shirts, shorts and three need to eat, too. Or I need cloth diapers, and as my kids MY HUSBAND to eat and I can’t. got older, I just started testDID YOU ALWAYS WANT ing other pieces of clothing. WAS ACTIVE TO BE A MOM? I did. I strugFriends started seeing the DUTY FOR A gled through high school thinkunderwear I’d made for my ing, “What do I want to do son, and the response was so FEW YEARS in life other than be a mom?” positive. They all said they When we hit two at once, we AND HAD TWO would buy that. Moms buy thought we’d wait a few years the underwear because I don’t DEPLOYMENTS put elastic in it like typical and maybe have another. WHAT’S YOUR PARENTso it doesn’t cut WHEN THE GIRLS underwear ING STYLE? That’s hard. It into the child’s waist or legs. varies from child to child. I’m WERE LITTLE. It’s all just fabric. pretty strict on my girls, but I ANY FUTURE PLANS FOR IT WAS HARD don’t think I’m overly strict by THE BUSINESS? Right now, any means. I take it day by day. We’ve RAISING TWO WHAT’S YOUR NO. 1 had a lot of change in the last RULE? Probably to pick up after several months—a new baby KIDS ALONE. themselves … or just to sleep. and a new house. It’s all been The girls are early birds. good change. But it’s been a lot WHAT’S BEEN MOST harder than I thought it would CHALLENGING ABOUT MOTHERHOOD? be. I thought my fourth baby would be easy That has changed over the years. My husband going, but he’s been fussy and needy, so I don’t was active duty for a few years and had two devote as much time to the business right now. deployments when the girls were little. It was In the future, I hope for it to become a second hard raising two kids alone. Now, it’s just findincome instead of my hobby. ing a balance. Making sure I’m raising them ARE YOU EVER ABLE TO TAKE TIME FOR right but not being too hard on them. YOURSELF? Not much. There are just not WHAT’S MOST REWARDING? Everything. enough hours in the day. Taking a bath is probThe bond between the three older ones is ably the one thing I do for my sanity. But these amazing to see. It will be even more rewarding days I’m lucky if I get one of those. to see once the baby is a little bit older. DO YOU EVER GET TIME WITH GIRLWHAT’S THE BEST PARENTING ADVICE FRIENDS? Before I had Lucas, I did have SOMEONE’S GIVEN YOU? To be patient. It regular girls nights. I’m trying to find the doesn’t last forever, which is good and bad. balance now. I think once Lucas isn’t so needy, Take one minute at a time, especially in these I’ll be able to meet my friends somewhere early days when it can be hard and exhausting. around the square for a couple of hours just to WORST PARENTING ADVICE? When get away and chat. people say sleep when the baby sleeps …. It HOW DO YOU AND WILL STAY CONmight work with the first one, but once you NECTED? We got to go out the other night. add more they expect to be fed, bathed, clothed We left all the kids with my parents. Even and played with too. when I was pregnant, we’d try to make date DO TWINS RUN IN YOUR FAMILY? They night every week. do not. They were a complete surprise. WHERE DO YOU LIKE TO GO? We like goDO THEY HAVE THE CRAZY TWIN BOND ing to the square to have dinner and get an ice WE HEAR ABOUT? Yes. They lose teeth at cream. We love Rooster’s Roadhouse, Barley & the exact same time. One has gotten a bruise Board and LSA Burger Co. For drinks we like and a mark will show up on the other one. East Side Denton, Paschall Bar and Mulberry It’s really weird. Street Cantina. HOW DID YOU GET INTO SEWING? I WHAT DOES YOUR PERFECT DAY OUT hadn’t sewn a thing in my life. After we had WITH THE KIDS LOOK LIKE? They love to go the girls and saw how much money we spent to Rooster’s or Mellow Mushroom, get Beth on clothes and bedding, I was determined Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream and walk to to be frugal. I decided to buy my first sewing the courthouse to play on the lawn.

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Southern Methodist University hosts hundreds of women from around North Texas for TEDxSMUWomen, an independently organized TED event that coincides with the global TEDWomen conference in New Orleans. Expect simulcast sessions from NOLA, plus live speakers, workshops and networking events designed to connect local, like-minded women. Tickets from $27. 3145 Dyer St., Dallas // 214/768-1559 // tedxsmu.org

04 FESTIVAL AT THE SWITCHYARD

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Brooklyn-based artist Katherine Bradford brings her first solo exhibition to Texas with FOCUS: Katherine Bradford, opening at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth on Nov. 4. The exhibit will feature new and recent paintings in the artist’s hazy, dreamlike aesthetic. $10 for admission. 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth // 817/738-9215 // themodern.org

10 DALL AS NUTCRACKER M ARKET

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Led by the editors of Texas Monthly, The Edge of Texas is a twoday celebration of Texans pushing boundaries in everything from arts and entertainment to food and science. Sample fare from the state’s foremost chefs and stop by Forty Five Ten’s fragrance bar at the Friday night kickoff party at Fashion Industry Gallery, or join Saturday’s Q&As and interactive storytelling at The Joule and the Eye. Or splurge for a two-day pass to toast the Lone Star State all weekend long. Tickets start at $85. Dallas, multiple locations // edge.texasmonthly.com

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Rumor has it Anderson Cooper once turned Andy Cohen down for a date. Lucky for us, the two are now good friends, touring the country with AC²: Deep Talk and Shallow Tales. Get your tickets now—the duo stops at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory on Dec. 1 to trade gossip and share personal stories in the unscripted, interactive show. Tickets from $68.50. 300 W. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving // 972/810-1499 // thepaviliontmf.com

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:30AM My alarm is set for three different times ... I usually get up at the second one. This is my personal devotional time. I do a devo from Beth Moore and have some quiet time before the rest of the house wakes up. 6AM Once I’m dressed, it’s time to make lunch for everyone. Thrilling, right? 6:30AM The kids are still peacefully asleep, and waking them up is really hard. Thankfully, once they’re awake, they’re both morning people and get up and going pretty easily. 7AM Getting everyone out the door with backpacks, nap mats and lunches can be tricky, but Daddy is always a huge help with our morning routine. 7:15AM I arrive at school. Like most mornings, I have coffee to help me make it through the morning. 7:45AM First-graders enter my classroom with smiles and lots of energy. We get straight to work on reading, writing and all the other fun stuff.

9:45AM My conference time is always peaceful. I play Lauren Daigle on Spotify while I grade and prep materials. 10AM Teaching littles to read is hard work. They sure are cute though! 10:45AM I must have a midmorning snack (or I will die). 11AM I love what I do. Seeing these kiddos grow and learn is such a joy! I like to make my classroom feel like home. It is definitely my home away from home, so I put a lot of time and effort into my decor and design. Watching the kids’ faces light up when they walk in for the first time totally makes it worth the hard work. 2PM The afternoon flies by and I need a midday pick-me-up. Yup, I like caffeine. Lunch, recess and wrapping up the school day requires more energy, so Spark by Advocare is an easy and healthy way to do that. 3PM Car line duty calls. I open the doors for my students and wave goodbye. 3:30PM After the kiddos are gone, I usually have parent-teacher meetings or prep time; today, I spend some time prepping for tomorrow. My favorite part of the day is when I walk down to the pre-K hallway to pick up Maddox. I love seeing him smile and skip up to me and give me a big hug! We check his folder together and gather his backpack and head home. 4PM Zach picks up Mia around the same time I pick up Maddox. As soon as we all get home we hit the park. We live so close to the park that it’s a necessity to visit every day (unless the weather is bad). Maddox rides his bike and Mia rides her scooter. We have the absolute best neighbors who always gather at the park, so it’s nice to chat with some other mamas while the kids get dirty. Then we opt for inside play with coloring, Play-Doh and dress-up. 5:30PM Dinnertime! It’s not always easy to get dinner on the table with two screaming, hyper kids but we try our best. Maddox and Mia play in the backyard and jump on the trampoline while we prepare dinner. Zach and I make a great team when it comes to the “witching hour.” He cooks while I wrangle the kids and set the table. Dinner is always a great time for us to talk about our day with the kids. We ask them about their highs and lows. I like to ask them about their Bible memory verse at dinnertime because I know I have their full attention.  6:30PM Bathtime. I have actually learned to love bathtime with two toddlers. When it was one baby and one toddler it was a lot harder, but now it’s just fun playtime in the tub. We sing songs, talk about our day and just have fun. 7PM Mia’s bedtime. We read two books, sing some songs, say our prayers and snuggle

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tonville then The Table a few minutes down the road. A glass of wine (or two) is a must to get the date started. GUARANTEED TO MAKE HER LAUGH My husband—he’s the funniest person I’ve ever met. BEVERAGE OF CHOICE Coffee FAVORITE SCENT Coffee

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Walk On How the team at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is helping this little guy, and many others, conquer life one well-designed leg at a time WORDS HEATHER DUGE PHOTOGRAPHY CARTER ROSE


PREVIOUS PAGE James Miller, 3, sits on his mom’s lap while they wait to see his surgeon and prosthetist at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. THIS PAGE 1. On the way to the waiting room, James stops to play an oversized version of Connect Four in the atrium of the hospital. 2. The main entrance at Scottish Rite Hospital invites patients in with the colorful decor, the aroma of fresh popcorn and friendly volunteers everywhere.

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hree-year-old James Miller is waiting to see one of his prosthetists at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas. Other patients and visitors pass him as he sits with his grandmother, Darlene Miller. A boy walks in wearing a prosthetic leg, just like James. “The wonderful thing about this hospital is that you don’t feel different,” the Farmers Branch grandmother says. “You see all kinds of kids just like you.” And actually until the Millers stepped into Scottish Rite Hospital three years ago, they didn’t know anything about prosthetics. But this world of prosthetics was one the family entered into almost immediately after James’ birth. After a normal pregnancy, James was born at 36 weeks at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Bedford. Jessica McIlroy, James’s mom, remembers immediately noticing something was wrong with his right leg, and he only had four toes on his foot. An X-ray revealed that James’ tibia, or shin bone, bowed at a 90-degree angle, and he was missing his fibula, the bone that runs parallel to the shin bone and helps stabilize the ankle and muscles in the lower leg. James spent five days in the hospital for observation and went home with a referral to Scottish Rite Hospital, a facility that serves over 20,000 kids each year and is one of the nation’s leading pediatric centers for the treatment of 18

1 orthopedic conditions ranging from scoliosis to hip disorders, limb length discrepancies and conditions that lead to amputation. There, James was diagnosed with fibular hemimelia, a rare condition with no known cause. Doctors explained two options for his condition: multiple surgeries to reconstruct the leg and lengthen it, or surgery to amputate the leg and receive a prosthetic one in its place. For several months, McIlroy kissed her newborn baby’s feet each night with tears streaming down her face as she agonized over the decision. Should the young Bedford mom amputate her baby’s leg? “It was very hard, but once the decision was made, I knew it was right for James,” McIlroy says. Dr. J.A. “Tony” Herring, chief of staff emeritus at Scottish Rite Hospital, says he likes to perform amputations when the infants are

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3. James and his mom, Jessica McIlroy, walk to the waiting room and pass several children wearing prosthetic limbs. The family entered this world of prosthetics soon after James’ birth.

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about 9 or 10 months old—after they’re somewhat mobile but before they start to walk. Plus, it gives parents more time to make a decision. The hospital also works to match families in similar situations. So McIlroy and James’ dad, also James Miller, met with a 10-year-old boy diagnosed with the same rare fibular hemimelia. The active boy had undergone an amputation and was now the quarterback of a football team. “The boy was so happy and doing everything a kid his age would do,” McIlroy explains. “James and I spent a lot of time researching and thinking about amputation. Meeting him confirmed our decision to go through with it.” When James was 10 months old, Herring, who has been with Scottish Rite Hospital for 42 years and performed hundreds of amputations, removed James’ foot at the ankle joint and took the bones out of his heel, saving the heel pad. The pad was sutured to the front of the shin to cover the end of the residual

4. James hops onto the bed and takes off his prosthetic leg while Darlene Miller, his grandmother, explains the recent development of leg pain to Steve Ronde, James’ prosthetist. 5. James looks up at his surgeon, Dr. Tony Herring. “Are you a model?” Herring asks as the camera captures the moment. Just prior, James was walking without his prosthesis thanks to his heel pad that Herring attached to the end of his residual limb.

limb as well as the wound. This way, even though one leg would be shorter than the other, James could still stand and even walk without his prosthesis. Because James’ tibia was bowed, Herring cut the bone and straightened it to allow a prosthetic leg to fit over it. James wore a cast for six weeks until the bone healed.

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After James’ cast was removed, at 12 months, James started the lengthy process of being fitted for a prosthetic leg. Cecilia Concha, a prosthetist at Scottish Rite Hospital, made his first leg. First, she took measurements for the length of the prosthetic leg as well as his foot, then she pulled a thin casting sock over his residual limb and wrapped it in plaster to get a mold of the residual limb. After that, she tried on the test socket (the final socket would be custommade to fit James’ residual limb). Finally, James’ leg, which had a Star Wars design picked by his dad, was connected to a prosthetic foot with a soft heel. At 14 months, James tried on his leg for the first time. Concha slipped a heavy-duty prosthetic sock over the toddler’s residual limb. Then she put on a foam liner, a thin sock and the rigid socket with an attached prosthetic foot. McIlroy remembers that her baby didn’t like his new leg at first. He didn’t really know what to do with it. But after a few sessions with a physical therapist, he started walking with it while holding onto the couch. One month later, he let go of the couch and took his first steps. “It’s exciting when a child first starts walking on the prosthesis,” Herring says. “We all watch and cry a little bit.” Two years later, Herring and Don Cummings, director of prosthetics at Scottish Rite Hospital, who wears two prosthetic legs himself, evaluated James’ growth. Cummings determined James needed another prosthesis. (On average, a child receives a new prosthesis every 15 months.) And prosthetic legs can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 each. Prostheses are covered under most insurance companies, Medicaid and Medicaid-managed programs, but Scottish Rite Hospital treats all patients regardless of their ability to pay. “The hospital relies on the generosity of individuals, organizations, foundations and corporations to 20

continue its mission,” Cummings explains. “We offer Crayon Care, which provides financial assistance to families who qualify, and this certainly applies to prosthetic care.” Prosthetist Steve Ronde began working on a new prosthesis for James, and this time, the toddler chose his own design—one with frogs. At his most recent checkup this past September, James ran ahead of his mom to the waiting room. Once in the exam room, James hopped onto the low bed and took off his leg. Ronde came in to inspect the skin on James’ residual limb and to check for areas of redness or soreness. The preschooler had recently started experiencing some pain. Herring walked in and gave James a high-five before examining his leg and asking him to run down the hallway on his new prosthetic leg while the team watched. Back in the room, Ronde recommended a gel sock to help with James’ soreness. The family followed Ronde to the prosthetics and orthotics clinic where James practiced walking wearing various socks underneath his prosthetic leg. Above all, Ronde and the rest of James’ team at Scottish Rite Hospital, which includes orthopedists, prosthetists, nurses, physical and occupational therapists and psychologists, want kids to live a normal, healthy life. The team approach to care is what sets Scottish Rite Hospital apart from other private and corporate prosthetic practices in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. In fact, if a Scottish Rite Hospital child (up to age 18) wants to pursue a sport for which there is not yet a prosthesis, the Scottish Rite Hospital team works with biomedical engineers in the research department at the hospital to make one. For James, a prosthetic leg is now just a part of life. “He really has no limitations,” McIlroy says. “He runs, jumps and climbs ladders at the playground. I hope he doesn’t ever let it stop him from what he wants to do in life.

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O PPO S I T E P A G E 6. Herring gives James a high-five before watching James run down the hallway wearing his prosthetic leg. 7. The rigid socket (on the left) goes over the foam liner (on the right). James will outgrow his leg and need to be fitted for a new one every one to two years. 8. Ronde, James’ prosthetist, slips on different gel prosthetic socks under James’ leg to eliminate the pressure and pain. 9. James looks down into the atrium at former Texas A&M football players as he finishes his bag of popcorn. The hospital hosts events for their patients and families regularly.

THIS PAGE 10. James is all smiles as he heads to child care, where he can’t wait to climb on the playground. For this preschooler, a trip to the doctor means a morning filled with games, painting and popcorn.

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JFK’S FINAL DAY

relive history with a family-friendly tour of nov. 22, 1963

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his Thanksgiving, inspire a newfound gratitude for the 35th president of our nation, John F. Kennedy, in your little history buffs. After all, the anniversary of his death falls on Thanksgiving, and Dallas-Fort Worth was ground zero on

that historic day. Take your kids for a tour of the president’s route through North Texas; along the way, kids learn about one of our country’s great leaders and get up close to the exact spot he gave his last public speech, landed in Dallas, and eventually was shot. While the historical bits of this tour are best suited to grade schoolers, there are plenty of preschoolerfriendly stops to keep restless littles entertained too. Bonus points if your kiddos memorize Kennedy’s famous words: “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country”—words of wisdom to truly be thankful for this year.

before you go

To get more from your tour, download the J F K TO U R DA L L A S app for iPhone and iPad, which allows families to dive deeper into the history of wellknown and not-sowell-known sites with videos, images and intel. Also, try your hand at the Conspiracy Quiz. Available for $0.99 from the Apple App Store. jfktourdallas.com Android users, keep your brains (and your competitive kiddos) busy with the J F K WA L K I N G TR I V I A TO U R app. At each site, choose easy or advanced quizzes

to test your family’s knowledge of key historical figures, including the architects who designed memorials to Kennedy. Download for $9.99 from Google Play. 1

no faint hearts in fort worth

If you’re dedicated to driving JFK’s entire route through Dallas, you actually have to begin at the Hilton Fort Worth, formerly known as the Hotel Texas, where Kennedy gave his final public speech before flying to Dallas later that morning. Thousands of Fort Worthians gathered in the cold rain to hear Kennedy speak,

ABOVE // President John and Jackie Kennedy descend the stairs of Air Force One at Love Field in Dallas. 1 // Kennedy spent his last night and gave his last public speech at the Hilton Hotel in Fort Worth, which was Hotel Texas at the time. northtexaschild / november 2017

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ABOVE // The John F. Kennedy Tribute outdoor exhibit in General Worth Square commemorates the ideals and leadership from the president’s final speech.

JFK Tribute at General Worth Square, 916 Main St., Fort Worth, 817/870-1692; jfktribute.com Schakolad Chocolate Factory, 106 E. Fourth St., Fort Worth, 817/870-2400; schakolad.com

airborne

Stop No. 2 along the tour is Dallas Love Field. The first couple hopped aboard Air Force One for a 15-minute flight from Fort Worth to Dallas; but, without a personal jet, it will take you 45 minutes along Highway 183. Stretch your legs at the C H I L D ’ S P L AY P L AYG R O U N D next to Bachman Recreation Center. Here, you’ll have a front-row seat to planes taking off and landing at Love Field, plus the kids can play pilot on the spring-loaded Southwest airplane bouncer. 24

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Then take in all things aviation at the

F R O NTI E R S O F F L I G HT M U S E U M ,

where kiddos can see all the gadgets inside the cockpits of two reconnaissance aircraft built during the Cold War era: the Blackbird and the Phantom II. Explain to your kids that during Kennedy’s presidency, countries were developing weapons that had the potential to wipe out entire countries. These planes were built to help defend against a calamity of that magnitude, and Kennedy did his part by championing the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty between the United States, the Soviet Union and Great Britain in which the countries agreed to stop testing nuclear weapons. Kennedy was the leader of our country during the civil rights movement as well. Around the time of the March on Washington in 1963, he sent a bill to Congress that eventually passed as the Civil Rights Act in 1964. But citizens like the Tuskegee Airmen, the U.S. military’s first African-American pilots, had long been fighting for equality. Get a glimpse of their history by browsing artifacts, uniforms and even comic book–style illustrations of these World War II pilots’ exploits. The cockpits and the artifacts are for display only—no little hands allowed—but curious preschoolers can touch the knobs and buttons inside a mini control tower, pretend to fly a jumbo-size plane and climb the treehouse playhouse, all in the Children’s Discovery Area. Museum admission is $10 for adults, $7 per child age 4 and older and free for age 3 and younger. Open Monday–Saturday 10am–5pm, Sunday 1–5pm. Bachman Recreation Center, 2750 Bachman Drive, Dallas, 214/670-4100; dallasparks.org Frontiers of Flight Museum, 6911 Lemmon Ave., Dallas, 214/350-3600; flightmuseum.com

the grassy knoll

After arriving at Love Field, President and Mrs. Kennedy climbed into the back seat of a

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and because of their dedication, he greeted them with the famous words, “There are no faint hearts in Fort Worth.” The parking lot where Kennedy spoke is now General Worth Square, and in 2012, the city unveiled a memorial to the president. To get the most out of the J F K TR I B U TE I N G E N E R A L WO R TH S Q UA R E , send your kiddos on a scavenger hunt of the bronze plaques and etchings. They’ll have to skim the text to answer questions: What was the name of Kennedy’s wife? Can you find his signature? In which war did he serve? What does the “F” stand for in his name? What did he call the “common enemies of man”? (Hint: There are four.) Why did he say “There are no faint hearts in Fort Worth”? Before leaving, take a family portrait with the 8-foot-tall bronze statue of the president himself. Pro tip: You can bend the timeline by starting your tour in Dallas and ending at General Worth Square after the sun sets. At night, the pictures and plaques light up around the glowing statue of Kennedy, making for a magical and reverent experience. Recap your day and warm up over a cup of seasonal hot cocoa from SCHAKOL AD CHOCOL ATE FAC TORY just four blocks south.


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convertible to be escorted through downtown Dallas to the Dallas Trade Mart. Follow the route the motorcade took down Lemmon Avenue. Turn right on Turtle Creek Boulevard, left on North Harwood Street but make a pit stop at Klyde Warren Park. On Tuesday mornings from 10am–noon, the lawn at K LY D E WA R R E N PA R K is strewn with life-size foam blocks from Imagination Playground that kids can use to build fortresses or design obstacle courses. When you finally make your way to D E A L E Y P L A Z A , you’ll notice a special reverence about the place—another reason to get the kids’ wiggles out before arriving at the site of Kennedy’s assassination. Park in the lot next to the red brick Sixth Floor Museum (formerly the Texas School Book Depository) then safely cross to the infamous grassy knoll between the museum and Elm Street. Be sure to look for the X that marks the exact spot on the road where Kennedy was shot. From the hill, take in an eyewitness’s perspective of the events of that day. Shots came from the Texas School Book Depository and, some claim, from the picket fence behind the knoll. In fact, the staggering number of eyewitness accounts that couldn’t agree on where the shots originated has led the term “grassy knoll” to be synonymous with suspicion, conspiracy and cover-up. Speaking of cover-ups, the S I X TH F LO O R M U S E U M houses archives of conspiracy theories, audio recordings, crime scene photographs and video footage of the day. (If you have preschoolers in tow, we recommend giving the museum a pass—it’s really best for kids 10 and older.) Visit the permanent exhibit, Memory of a Nation, to see a re-creation of the room where it is believed that Lee Harvey Oswald was stationed when he fired the shots. To get the most out of your visit, ask for the youth version of the audio guide included with admission ($16 per adult, $13 for ages 6–18 and free for children 5 and younger). Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas, 214/716-4500; klydewarrenpark.org Dealey Plaza, 400 Main St., Dallas, 214/670-4100; dallasparks.org Sixth Floor Museum, 411 Elm St., 214/747-6660; jfk.org

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Spend a minute at the J O H N F. K E N N E DY M E M O R I A L one block east of Dealey Plaza. Built by renowned architect Philip Johnson, the 30-foot-high square structure evokes an empty tomb, symbolizing the freedom of Kennedy’s spirit. Ask your kids what other features

of the monument make it feel like this: Is it the granite square in the middle of the floor that’s reminiscent of a tombstone, or is it the fact that the walls muffle the city noises? Why isn’t there a roof? Explain that Johnson meant for the monument to give the illusion of floating between earth and sky—in fact, it’s supported by only eight small columns. John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza, 646 Main St., Dallas; jfk.org

the end

Once you come back down to 1 earth, drive down Houston Street to Jefferson Boulevard for the next stop: TH E TE X A S TH E ATR E , where Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested about 70 minutes after the shooting. You and the kids can take a tour of the 1931 building and see the spot where Oswald was put in cuffs … kind of. Since his arrest, the theater has undergone several renovations, so you won’t find the exact seat where Oswald was perched (although they are the original seats), but you will see how he snuck in without buying a ticket and the approximate spot where Dallas police officers arrested him. Head upstairs to view the original poster for War Is Hell (the movie Oswald was watching when the law found him) signed by Johnny Brewer, the nearby shoe store manager who witnessed Oswald sneak in and alerted a woman in the box office to call the police. A $10 donation is requested for parties of up to four people. Email info@aviationcinemas.com to schedule a tour. To celebrate the end of your JFK Tour, reward your kiddos with a trip to W I L D D E TE C TI V E S bookstore and bar in the Bishop Arts District, just a few blocks away from the theater. (If you plan your tour for Nov. 18, you may want to hit the bookstore before you set out—at 10:30am, the craftsman home-turned-independent bookstore hosts Kids in the Cliff, a monthly storytelling hour in their cozy nook furnished with lots of pillows and a padded bench. This month, kids will hear Dragons Love Tacos.) While the littles grab a book from the modest children’s section, you can order a cup of joe and slice of Emporium Pies’ The Trifecta from the bar—seriously, the best of Bishop Arts in one place. Open from 10am Tuesday– Sunday and from 2pm Monday. The Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson Blvd. Dallas, 214/948-1546; thetexastheatre.com Wild Detectives, 314 W. Eighth St., Dallas, 214/942-0108; thewilddetectives.com

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HOW THICK IS AN ACUPUNCTURE NEEDLE? AS THICK AS TWO HUMAN HAIRS.

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THE MAGIC FLUTE

MURCHISON PERFORMING ART S CENTER November 3–12 University of North Texas opera students present a four-performance run of Mozart’s final opera, sung in German but with English dialogue and accompanied by the UNT Symphony Orchestra. Tickets from $15 for adults and $11 for children. 2100 N. Interstate 35 E., Denton; 940/369-7802 thempac.com

FIRST FRIDAYS AT THE FARM

N A S H FA R M November 3 Work alongside costumed farmhands to master campfire cooking, part of the farmstead’s series to teach heritage skills that can still be utilized today. Learn how to safely cook and bake flavorful, onepot meals over a wood fire. 10am–noon. $3 per person. 626 Ball St., Grapevine; 817/410-3185 nashfarm.org

HOLIDAY AT THE ARBORETUM

DA L L A S A R B O R E T U M A N D B O TA N I C A L GARDEN Opens November 4 See the Partridge in a Pear Tree and the other characters from the classic carol on display inside 25-foottall gazebos. The 12 Days of Christmas exhibition is on view daily through Jan. 8 and on select evenings beginning Nov. 8. Daytime admission: $15 adults; $10 children ages 3–12. Separate tickets required for nighttime viewing. 8525 Garland Road, Dallas; 214/515-6615 dallasarboretum.org

FALL FESTIVAL

U N I T Y PA R K November 4 Venture outside when a flurry of free activities—carnival games, balloon artists, pony rides—blows into the Unity Park ball fields. The morning begins with the newly christened Tom Duffy Memorial 5K, a stroller-friendly run benefiting Lewisville nonprofit Christian Community Action. Registration for the run starts at $25.

NASH E R S C U L P T U R E CENTER November 4 The Nasher opens its galleries for a full schedule of artist demos, stories, a colorful art project and yoga poses out to the sculpture garden, all designed to inspire your preschoolers and elementaryage children. Family activities run from 10am–2pm with complimentary admission until 5pm. FREE 2001 Flora St., Dallas; 214/242-5100 nashersculpturecenter.org

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BIRD’ S FORT TR AIL PA R K AT C A M P I Ó N TRAILS November 4 Register in advance at any of Irving’s recreation centers for this Saturday morning hike through the Campión Trails system. Designed for kindergarten–fifth graders and led by an experienced naturalist ready to answer questions about the flora and fauna. FREE 5756 Riverside Drive, Irving; 972/721-2501 cityofirving.org

THE THREE MUSKETEERS

THE ACTORS C O N S E R VAT O R Y T H E AT R E November 10–12 Experience the action and intrigue of Alexander Dumas’ 1844 novel when the Lewisville children’s theater stages the Young Performers Edition of The Three Musketeers. $14 adults; $9 children age 9 and younger. 359 Lake Park Road, Suite 118, Lewisville; 972/436-8228 getintotheact.org

SEAQUEST GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION

SEAQUEST INTERACTIVE A Q UA R I U M November 11 Feed toucans, chat with mermaids, and make your reservations for snorkeling with stingrays when this new venue opens to the public on Nov. 11 at Ridgmar Mall. SeaQuest annual members get the first peek during member preview days through Nov. 4. Regular admission: $14.95; $9.95 children ages 2–11. Some activities cost extra. 1974 Green Oaks Road, Fort Worth; 682/235-5752 seaquestaquariums.com/ fortworth

UNITE FOR TROOPS

P O RT E R’ S A R M Y & N AV Y November 11 On Veterans Day, show your appreciation and support for our nation’s heroes and their families at this annual collection drive and celebration with live music, vehicle displays and a petting zoo. Donations of new children’s books, toiletries, snacks and letters of encouragement will be sent to troops in hospitals and on the front lines. FREE 600 E. Irving Blvd., Irving; 972/579-1155 unitefortroops.com

INFLATABLE INFERNO FUN RUN

Q UA K E R T O W N PA R K November 11 Bounce your way through this 1-mile stretch of different in-

flatables that require runners to slide down, dive off, climb up and duck under. Waves of runners are released every half hour between 9am and noon, with more bouncing at the inflatable midway inside the nearby Denton Civic Center. $45. 321 E. McKinney St., Denton; 940/349-7275 dentonparks.com

SECOND SUNDAY FUNDAY

I RV I N G A R T S C E N T E R November 12 Create an animal-themed art project in the style of Les Fauves, French for “the wild beasts,” during the center’s monthly program designed for adults and children to experience art together. 1–4pm. FREE 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving; 972/252-2787 irvingartscenter.com

SADIE HAWKINS DANCE

M U S TA N G PA R K R E C R E AT I O N C E N T E R November 17 Irving Parks and Rec’s inaugural mother/son dance pays homage to the tradition of the girls asking the guys. So ask your sons ages 4–13 to this dance for dinner, door prizes and photos from 7–9pm. $25 per couple; $10 per additional son. 2223 Kinwest Parkway, Irving; 972/556-1334 cityofirving.org/mustang

DALLAS ZOO LIGHTS

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in a big way, covering 25 acres of ZooNorth with light-wrapped trees and 3-D light sculptures. Come on weekends and select weeknights through Jan 2. (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) for kids’ activities and holiday performances. Free with regular admission: $15 adults; $12 children ages 3–11. 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas; 469/554-7500 dallaszoo.com

LATE NIGHT AT THE DMA

DA L L A S M U S E U M OF ART November 17 Let the kids stay up past their bedtimes for the museum’s last Late Night event of the year. Look online for the complete schedule of performances, family tours and programs in celebration of the DMA’s Keir Collection of Islamic Art. $10; free for kids 11 and younger and DMA members. Some exhibitions require an additional fee. 1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas; 214/922-1200 dma.org

OUR VILLAGE GLOWS

THE S H O P S AT HIGHLAND VILL AGE November 18 The Christmas season in Highland Village unofficially begins with the 60-foot-tall tree lighting at the city’s premier outdoor shopping center. Welcome Santa to the holiday festival and spend the evening decorating cookies, making ornaments and taking horsedrawn carriage rides. FREE 1701 Shoal Creek, Highland Village; 972/317-7430 hvparks.com

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BIODIVERSITY E D U C AT I O N C E N T E R AT C O P P E L L N AT U R E PA R K November 18 The traveling museum and program by George Blasing, co-creator of the History Channel’s Jurassic Fight Club, makes a one-day stop in Coppell. Sign up online in advance for one of two morning programs with rare dinosaur replicas, books and kid-friendly videos. $5. 367 Freeport Parkway, Coppell; 972/304-3581 fcnpwebmaster.wixsite. com/coppellnaturepark 36

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N O R T H PA R K C E N T E R Opens November 18 This 30th annual exhibit benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas harkens back to the glory days of toy trains. Get an up-close look at more than 750 rail cars chugging past elaborate re-creations of American landmarks on 1,600 feet of track, on view on level two between Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus. $7 adults; $4 children ages 2–12. 8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas; 214/631-7354 thetrainsatnorthpark.com

OLD TOWN HOLIDAY STROLL

WAY N E FERGUSON PLAZA November 18 On the Saturday before Thanksgiving, enjoy seasonal festivities throughout Old Town Lewisville, from community group performances and Santa Paws Village for pets to winter carnival attractions and the Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony. 150 W. Church St., Lewisville; 972/219-3401 cityoflewisville.com

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DOWNTOWN F ORT WORT H November 19 For the best view of 100plus illuminated floats with Santa as the caboose, stake

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out a spot along the parade route and hoist your kid onto your shoulders, or reserve a street seat for $16.50 and up. To support the Cowboy Santas toy donation drive, bring an unwrapped gift and hand it over when volunteers pass along the route before the parade. Begins at Weatherford and Throckmorton streets, Fort Worth; 817/336-2787 fortworthparadeoflights.org

RUDOLPH THE REDNOSED REINDEER

BASS PERFORMANCE HA L L November 21–22 No need to DVR—this year, tune in to a live musical version of the classic stop-motion animation when Rudolph, Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster perform on stage at the Bass for three shows only. Tickets from $28. 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth; 817/212-4280 basshall.com

TURKEY TROT

DOWNTOWN DENTON November 23 Devote Thanksgiving morning to fitness and join the annual Turkey Trot to support the Denton Community Food Center. Sign up for the all-ages 5K through the Texas Woman’s University campus, and watch the kids race around the square in the Kid’s Gobble Wobble. $20 adults and $15 children age 13 and younger for the 5K; prices increase Nov. 1. Kids run free in the Gobble Wobble or get a T-shirt for $10. 322 E. McKinney St., Denton dentonturkeytrot.com

SANTA CLAUS – A NEW MUSICAL

C AS A M A ÑA NA T H E AT R E Opens November 24 After a thousand years of delivering toys the world over, Old Saint Nick decides to retire and hand over the reins—but whom does he choose to take his place? Reserve your seats for this children’s theater holiday musical, written by Casa’s own Director of Theater for Youth Noah Putterman.

SNOW DAY!

Ice skate, launch snowballs and tube down snow hills at these four winter wonderland destinations. LONE STAR CHRISTMAS

G AY L O R D T E X A N R E S O R T Opens November 10 Grant your kids’ Christmas wish early with a fun day on the Texas-size snow tubing lanes, ice rink, snowball target range and two-story-tall ice slides inside the Gaylord’s ICE! exhibit, featuring scenes from ’Twas the Night Before Christmas and open daily through New Year’s Day. Prices vary by activity. ICE! tickets from $21.99 for adults and $12.99 for children. // 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine; 817/778-1000; christmasatgaylordtexan.com

PANTHER ISLAND ICE

C O Y O T E D R I V E - I N Opens November 17 The outdoor ice skating rink, powered by a 150-ton chiller, returns to Panther Island Pavilion for a season of holiday fun, music and figure skating exhibitions. Open daily through Jan. 15, including every holiday. $12 to skate (includes skate rental if you don’t have your own); free for spectators. Drive-in movie tickets sold separately. // 223 NE Fourth St., Fort Worth; 817/698-0700; pantherislandice.com

HOLIDAY WONDER  

FA I R PA R K Opens November 21 Enter Fair Park’s Leonhardt Lagoon through the snowflake corridor to find a land of holiday light displays created in the Chinese lantern style, on display through Jan. 7. General admission is $20 adults; $12 children ages 3–12; $54 for family four-pack. For an extra charge, throw snowballs (at targets, not at each other) and sled down the twostory Santa’s Arctic Slide. // 1318 S. Second Ave., Dallas; 972/905-6742; holidaywonder.com

ENCHANT CHRISTMAS

G L O B E L I F E PA R K November 24–December 31 Skate over a frozen outdoor pond and help Santa find his missing reindeer in the world’s largest light maze when Enchant Christmas debuts outside the Rangers ballpark. The 300,000-square-foot Christmas celebration includes a 100-foot-tall Christmas tree, a kids’ play area and Arlington’s traditional German-style Christkindl market (and in the VIP lounge, a dessert bar). Get $5 off admission by reserving tickets online before you go: $29.95 adults; $21.95 children ages 5–14; free for age 4 and younger. VIP tickets are $89.95 for adults and $51.95 for kids. // 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington; 817/273-5600; enchantchristmas.com

Tickets from $21. 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth; 817/332-2272 casamanana.org

HOLIDAY IN THE PLAZA

CASTLE HILLS VILL AGE SHOPS November 25 Sip hot cocoa while watching Castle Hills’ Christmas

tree lighting and bundle up for complimentary carriage rides around the plaza. Photo ops with Santa are no charge, just remember to bring your camera or smartphone. Festivities start at 4pm. FREE 2540 King Arthur Blvd., Lewisville; 972/410-6500 castlehillsvillageshops.com

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confessions

MOMMY FAILS ILLUSTRATION MARY DUNN

I was sick of fighting with my 2-yearold to eat so I let him have chocolate pudding for dinner.” —ELLEN, FORT WORTH

I MADE CORN ON THE COB FOR DINNER, NOT A GREAT CHOICE FOR A 7-YEAROLD WITH NO FRONT TEETH. POOR THING WAS TRYING TO EAT IT USING THE SIDES OF HER MOUTH BEFORE I NOTICED.” —BRENDA, FORT WORTH

“My wife always says I should keep extra clothes in my car for our 3-year-old. I learned my lesson the day I picked my ill daughter up from school. She vomited all over her dress on the way to the doctor so I fashioned the undershirt I was wearing into a shirtdress for the visit.” —BRIAN, DALLAS

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

“I was holding my 5-year-old’s cupcake at a classmate’s party when I dropped it frosting side down. There were only enough treats for each child to have one, so before she saw, I scooped the frosting off the ground, removed the obvious specks of dirt and handed it over.” —VICKY, COPPELL

“I took my 2-year-old and 4-week-old baby to see their 4-year-old sister’s school performance. After buckling everyone in to go home, I went to the driver’s side only to realize I had locked my keys—and my girls—in the car, and it was a cold November day. The local fire station had to come to our rescue.” —ASHLEY, DALLAS

I TOOK MY 18-MONTHOLD OUT FOR LUNCH WITH A GIRLFRIEND. I TOTALLY FORGOT TOYS FOR HIM, BUT HE WAS ENTERTAINED OPENING AND CLOSING THE CARDBOARD MENU. HE WAS BEING SO GOOD AND QUIET. ONLY WHEN I STOPPED GABBING DID I REALIZE HE HAD EATEN THE BOTTOM PART OF THE MENU.” —HOLLY, TROPHY CLUB

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