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ovember, the month that starts the beginning of the “giving months;” Thanksgiving and Christmas. This time of year can be exhausting to many with all the fuss for the perfect Thanksgiving meal and of course Christmas shopping. Let’s try not to be too obsessed with the “perfect holiday”. Relax. There are so many ways you can show your loved ones how much you love and care for them; you don’t have to worry about the perfect gift or meal. I can say this because, I recently learned from a friend that spends time with many people in their final stages of life, that when a person is in those final stages of death and knows they are dying, the most important things to them are not what they have stored up and gathered, but rather who they love and who loves them. Possessions, wealth, or beautiful dinners always fall on the side of what doesn’t matter. Being comfortable, materially or physically, falls by the wayside. Physical appearance doesn’t matter. The only things that still matter are the things that would have mattered to Jesus: family, community, faith, spending quality time with others, etc. The superficial passes away. So I started thinking about why would we want to wait until our last living moments to put what is truly

important to the forefront of our lives? It’s there, inside us already; we should recognize what’s truly valuable to us and we need also to instill this in our children. They need to always be reminded of what is truly important at every stage of our lives; our relationship with God and what is important to Him. Let’s reflect on that with our children, especially our teenagers who may feel that their family is not as important as self-image, popularity, and academic things. They often are of the mindset that their family will still be there some time down the road when they need them. The temptation to push all the truly important things (like family, community, faith..) to later and to store up superficial things (popularity, appearance, money) is the life they think they should lead. So it is up to us to set an example and lovingly remind them of what is truly important. My husband and I are so thankful when we receive a phone call in the middle of the day from our son away at college, and our younger daughter’s playful manner and her genuine love for her family and friends. And most importantly, we are thankful for God’s grace in all things, even our trials, which are many! SP

Mary Ellen

We love because He first loved us. — 1 John 4:19

COVER MODEL Brielle, 4 1/2 years old This sweet girl has an effervescent personality! She loves to tell jokes, act silly, make people laugh, especially her big sister and best friend, Nicolette (5 yrs). Brielle loves spending time with her grandparents and ride their ATV, named “the Mule”. When she grow up she want to rock and roll with her friend, Belle, and be a pop star! Courtney Blissett, www.bliss-photography.com

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hot or cold?

Having trouble getting and staying asleep? Try a hot bath or shower before bed. The hot water will raise your body temperature and as it falls you should feel sleepier. Need a burst of energy? Take a cold shower. The cold water causes your brain to release epinephrine, which increases vigilance. Studies show that cold showers also improve your immune system!

MORE THAN A BAD HABIT Nail biting is more than just a bad habit. It can raise the risk of catching a cold, getting skin infections or spreading warts. It’s just so hard to stop doing it, right? Here’s the thing. For most of us, nail biting is simply a sign of stress (in extreme cases, it’s a sign of OCD). But no matter how stressed you are, there are better things to do than bite your nails and mess up your manicure. Try twirling a ring or playing with a hair tie on your wrist instead. Snuggle with your cat or roll a golf ball under your bare foot. Better yet, figure out what’s making you stressed and deal with that. Don’t take it out on your fingers.

youshouldknow... a good ol’ cry While often considered a sign of weakness, crying is actually good for you. Our bodies produce three kinds of tears, each with its own healing role: continuous tears –which keep our eyes lubricated; reflex tears –which clear out noxious particles like smoke or exhaust; and emotional tears – which release stress hormones and toxins that build up in the body during a stressful or sad situation. Crying emotional tears is our body’s way of calming itself down. Some studies suggest that crying stimulates the production of endorphins, our body’s natural pain killer. That’s why crying makes us feel better, even when a problem still persists. So while crying won’t fix the problem, it can help us get through the problem. So don’t hold your tears in. Go ahead and cry. Then get up and get on with it!

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NO to Pillows Pillows are great – for grownups. But babies – they don’t need them. In fact, pillows are not recommended for children under 2 at all. Pillows can block a baby’s nose and mouth causing suffocation. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says that “bare is best” for your baby’s sleep environment. Nearly half of the infant crib deaths and two thirds of bassinet deaths reported to them each year are suffocations caused by pillows, thick quilts and/or overcrowding in the baby’s sleeping space. Even though you may think it will be more comfortable for your kiddo, don’t give them a pillow until they move to a toddler bed. They sleep just fine without them.


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away recently, she is safe now. How can I be certain my child will never want to do this.

Two key elements are critical for success in an online program - a high caliber program and a strong support structure. Look for a program that offers classes led by the same faculty that teaches at the ground school. At Arizona State University, for example, online classes are taught by the same faculty that teach on campus. Also, make sure the program offers a variety of ways to communicate: with professors, discussion boards, peer chats and live-streamed lectures. And for moms, it’s truly a team effort. Understanding that online programs require a great deal of balance, commitment and discipline, a steady support system from family and friends is essential.

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DARI BARDLEY, Senior Coordinator for ASU Online Student Services and mom of 5

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the cardiologist J. DOUGLAS OVERBECK MD, FACC

Prevention is key and it can start today! There are a handful of ways parents can help and one of those is to always stay attentive to your child. PAY ATTENTION: Listen when your child is talking with you. Look at them! It shows them that they are important. DISCUSS FEELINGS: When parents share their feelings, children know it is safe to share their own. UNDERSTAND YOUR CHILD: Try to sympathize with what your children are going through. Look at life – at least occasionally – from their point of view. Remember when you were their age your ideas seemed to make sense.

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Babies experiencing colic respond wonderfully to chiropractic care! Today our babies are presenting with nervous systems that are taxed from physical and chemical stressors from pregnancy and birth. Gentle and specific adjustments address the tension stored in the neuro-spinal system. This allows for their body to express symptoms of calm and ease, giving their bodies the ability to do what they were designed to do in the beginning stage of life: eat, sleep, poop, repeat…oh, and snuggle of course. Having your baby checked by a pediatric chiropractor can make all the difference in the world not just for baby, but for the whole family.

DENISA WEBER, DC Serving Life Chiropractic

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I HAVE LARGE BLUE ROPE-LIKE VEINS ON MY CALVES THAT ARE UGLY. MY FRIEND SAID THAT THERE ARE WAYS TO REMOVE THEM NOW WITHOUT GOING THROUGH PAINFUL VEIN STRIPPING? Fortunately, new minimally-invasive therapies are now available to treat varicose veins, such as Radiofrequency Ablation. These are in-office procedures that take about an hour. Patients experience little to no pain and walk out of the office. Most insurances and Medicare typically cover the procedures. And, of note, varicose veins aren’t just unsightly, they are potentially harmful. Left untreated, they may cause skin damage, ulcers, and swelling. If you have painful varicose veins, talk to your doctor today about a non-surgical treatment. J. Douglas Overbeck, MD, FACC is a Las Colinas-based cardiologist with more than 20 years experience in providing cardiac care to patients in North Texas. He is the founder of the Tuscan Cardiovascular Center and Tuscan Vein Center in Las Colinas and also primary cardiologist for the Medical & Surgical Clinic of Irving.

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photo props kit 7 Bracelets... with a story LIS GIRÒN

Have fun with your family photos this Thanksgiving. This kit makes 15 photo props. The kit includes pre-cut shapes, assorted papers, templates and wooden dowels. All you need is a pair of scissors, a glue stick, small glue dots, 1/4” hole punch and a pencil. Give thanks for silly photos with Thanksgiving themed props! FIND IT: www.papersource.com $14.95

Lis believes everyone is born with creativity. Her inspiration comes from a mixture of her inner child and the mystical people of the indigenous communities she works with. She loves to combine fashion trends with ancestral techniques from the Guatemalan rural communities. Lis wants everyone to “Believe in their dreams and make them come true.” FIND IT: www.uncommongoods.com $35

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Be On Guard! This cold and flu season protect yourself from the hand-to-hand spread of germs with GermBloc Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizer! This sanitizer protects your hands from germs and bacteria without harmful, adverse effects of alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Comes in spray, lotion, foam and even convenient carabineer bottles, perfect for attaching to kids’ backpacks. FIND IT: www.germbloc.com $4 and up

book of their own

Lost My Name is a must-have, magical gift for children - a personalized book like no other, packed with fun stories and beautiful illustrations. But the real magic lies in the personalization. Every name creates its own unique, personalized tale featuring an incredible cast of different characters. The books: “The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name” and “The Little Boy Who Lost His Name,” tell the story of a child who sets off on a spectacular adventure to track down all the missing letters of their name. Kids will love to meet the glamorous Ostrich, sleep-deprived Bear, a Viking who yearns to bake and a Zebra torn between spots and stripes – and many, many more. Each book is printed on thick, environmentally-friendly paper and bound by hand. Suitable for children aged 2-7, and shipping is free! FIND IT: www.lostmy.name $27.99

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moMENts BY PATRICK HEMPFING

A Giraffe, a Fish, and a Bear

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ometimes a good story falls right into my lap … or in this case, jumps into my lap. Before I tell my story, though, I want to share the reasons why I write. First, it’s a way to earn income, while keeping a flexible schedule (I’m typing this at 2:30 a.m.). Second, it feels great to brighten someone’s day, even if it’s just by giving a few minutes of enjoyable reading. I love when readers respond to my column by sharing happy memories of their own. Third, time flies by. Mattie, my wife, recently asked, “Do you realize our baby is already halfway to eighteen?” As I remind readers to “cherish the moments,” I’m prompting myself to do the same with my daughter during life’s hectic days. Last, and most importantly, my writings create a permanent record of the incredible love I hold for Jessie. When she reads the stories in years to come, she’ll remember the great times and know how much her parents treasured her. It’s time for one of those stories, but be forewarned, one part would not be classified as “great,” especially from a male perspective. I’m a light sleeper. If Jessie calls me from her bedroom on the other side of the house, I’ll wake up about 90% of the time. Recently, however, one of the 10% times occurred. Jessie had a bad dream and called, “Daddy!” When daddy didn’t show up, Jessie decided to run to her parents’ bedroom. She brought along her stuffed animals, Genie, the giraffe, and Sam, short for Samantha, her fish. To summarize, at a few minutes after 1 a.m., an 83 lb., frightened girl, toting a fish and a giraffe, ran frantically into the master bedroom and made a flying leap onto her daddy. Still groggy, I tried to calm Jessie. “Calm down, calm down. It’s okay. Calm down before somebody gets hurt!” About

three seconds later, that somebody was me, as Jessie’s knee landed … well, let’s just say that had I known this was coming, I would have gone to bed wearing the protective cup I used during my church-softball-playing days. This is the “not great” part of the story to which I referred earlier. When Jessie calmed down, she snuggled in between Mattie and me, with one arm around Genie and Sam, and fell asleep. Once I’m awake, though, I have a tough time falling back to sleep, especially after being awakened by 83 pounds of blunt force trauma, followed by a swift knee in the groin. I turned over on my side, hoping to catch a few winks. However, instead of finding sleep, I was goosed … by a bear. I erred when I thought Jessie only brought Genie and Sam. She had also carried her bear, Cuddles. Thank goodness it wasn’t a Unicorn. I knew I wouldn’t be falling back to sleep anytime soon, so I left Jessie in bed with Mattie and went to the living room to read and soon drifted off in my recliner. Later, I moved to the sofa and slept there before getting up to take the dog for her morning walk. After a brisk walk, a yawning dad went to wake Jessie for school. As I looked down at my sleeping family,

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one word came to mind – thankful (okay, “tired” would have worked, too). Jessie had maintained her position in the middle of the bed with Mattie on one side, and Genie, Sam, and Cuddles on the other. The three stuffed animals were resting comfortably on my favorite pillow. Cuddles and Genie looked up at me with their stitched smiles. I smiled back. Sure, Mattie and I had been deprived of a little sleep. However, we had received an opportunity to show Jessie that we are always there for her, to protect, comfort, and love her. Jessie’s flying leap reminded me to be thankful for the opportunities I have to make a difference as a dad (though I’d prefer future ones to be pain-free). This leads me to one final reason why I write. Writing is therapeutic for this sleep-deprived father. Until next month, remember to cherish the moments, even if you’re awakened by a bony-kneed kid, goosed by a bear, and lose your favorite pillow to a group of stuffed animals. Happy Thanksgiving! SP Patrick Hempfing had a 20-year professional career in banking, accounting, and auditing before he became a father at age 44. He is now a full-time husband, stay-at-home dad and writer.


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Hear All About It A Guide to Ear Infections BY COLLEEN WRIGHT

old season is here, and along with it come those dreadful ear infections. Did you know they’re the most common reason parents bring their young children to the doctor? While nobody is immune to middle ear infections, they’re especially rampant among children aged three and younger. That’s partly because the tube that drains fluid from their ears is smaller and more level, making it easy for fluid to build up. Once fluid gets trapped behind the eardrum, it can easily get infected.  If your child hasn’t experienced an ear infection yet, you’re in the minority: 75 percent of children experience at least one infection by their third birthday, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).  Become more familiar with the process by learning about the following signs, symptoms, treatment and pitfalls.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS The classic infection is accompanied by fever and earache. If your child is too young to explain what’s wrong, look for these signs as noted by the CDC: fever, pulling at the ears, fluid draining from ears, trouble sleeping, headaches, trouble hearing, irritability and clumsiness due to trouble balancing. Ear infections often follow colds, so if he’s had one recently, your suspicions may be right. A trip to the pediatrician will let you know for sure.

DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT The doctor will look in your child’s ears with a lighted otoscope and check for the telltale redness and swelling. If she’s not positive there’s an infection, and there’s no fever or severe earache, then she may send you home to see if it gets better on its own within a day or two. This is according to guidelines about prescribing antibiotics to young children, set by the American Academy of Pediatrics. In addition, if the infection is caused by a virus, antibiotics won’t be prescribed because they won’t help. If you’re sent home and there’s no improvement, it’s important to follow up with another doctor’s visit to ensure that your child’s ears remain healthy. If you do get a positive diagnosis, your child will likely start a seven or 10 day course of antibiotics such as amoxicillin, and should feel better within a few days. If he doesn’t feel better, it’s possible he needs different antibiotics—and another trip to the pediatrician. Once the ear infection is treated, trapped fluid typically disappears in three to six weeks, and any related hearing loss is restored.

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TRAPPED FLUID: WHAT TO WATCH FOR Larger problems may arise when the infection goes away but fluid doesn’t drain, or when fluid initially builds up behind the eardrum with no related infection. That means the trapped fluid still impairs hearing, but there are no obvious signs that something is wrong. This can be allergy-related and clear up on its own. If it doesn’t, children can go on for months with fluid in the middle ear and difficulty hearing. Built-up fluid causes an average (temporary) hearing loss of 24 decibels, or the equivalent of wearing ear plugs, according to The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery. Thicker AUDIOLOGIST: specialfluid can cause a larger hearing loss, to the ist that gives hearing point that it’s difficult to hear conversatests and analyzes the tions. If this happens repeatedly over an results to treat hearing extended period of time, delays in speech and balance problems. and language skills could result. Audiologists are often If you suspect prolonged fluid build-up the first specialists you’ll is causing problems, talk to your pediatrisee when your pediatrician and note any of the following signs, cian suspects a problem.  outlined by the American Speech-Hear-

Vocabulary of an Ear Infection

ing-Language Association: pulling or scratching the ears, inattentiveness, wanting the television louder than usual, misunderstanding directions, listlessness and unexplained irritability. In addition to looking in the ear with an otoscope, the pediatrician can use a similar-looking tool to check for fluid behind the ear by blowing a small puff of air into it and seeing if the eardrum is able to move easily. If there’s still a question, she can use a more complex device called a tympanometer to measure flexibility of the eardrum at different pressures. Depending on the outcome, you may be referred to an audiologist or ear, nose and throat doctor (ENT) for more evaluations. 

WHAT IF MY CHILD GETS MULTIPLE INFECTIONS? In cases of chronic fluid build-up that impairs hearing or causes multiple infections (five or more in a year), an ENT may decide to have small tubes placed in the eardrum. These tubes ventilate the ear and prevent fluid from accumulating. This is a minor outpatient surgical procedure done under general anesthesia at the hospital. Tubes typically fall out on their own after six months to two years, depending on the tubes. Follow-up with an ENT will confirm whether the problem is still present. If it is, the procedure may need to be done again.

PREVENTION

OTOLARYNGOLOGIST OR ENT: a physician trained in the medical and surgical treatment of ear infections, hearing loss, balance disorders and other problems related to the ear, nose and throat. EUSTACHIAN TUBE: the tube that carries fluid from the middle ear to the back of the throat. It helps drain fluid and keeps the pressure inside the ear the same as on the outside. When pressure outside the ear becomes different than on the outside, as happens on an airplane, it makes it harder to hear. MIDDLE EAR: the eardrum plus three small bones that vibrate to amplify sound and send it to the inner ear. ACUTE OTITIS MEDIA: technical term for a middle ear infection. OTITIS MEDIA WITH EFFUSION: buildup of fluid in the middle ear, without infection. It can be caused by viruses, allergies, cigarette smoke and other irritants.

One of the easiest ways to prevent ear infections is by reducing your child’s chances of getting colds and the flu. Hand washing and flu shots are a great start. The CDC also suggests not laying babies down to sleep with bottles, and limiting exposure to cigarette smoke, as studies show that second-hand smoke increases the risk. Take these precautions and your child just might be one of the lucky ones to make it through the winter infection-free. SP

Colleen Wright is the work-at-home mom of a spirited preschooler, and has become all too familiar with ear infections.

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CFBSA Spring Soccer Registration Youth recreational soccer for ages 3-19 in the communities of Castle Hills, Carrollton and Farmers Branch. Registration runs through Jan 12. Register online at www.cfbsoccer. net. 972-245-9307. CFBSA, Carrollton, 972-245-9307, www.cfbsoccer.net. See ad in this issue.

Christmas Bazaar, Hosted by Mothers of Young Children, St. Ann Parish 9am-3pm. Come shop, jewelry, Christmas items, home decor, religious items and much more! St. Ann Catholic Parish Cenacle, 180 Samuel Blvd., Coppell, www.stannparish.org.

Festival at the Switchyard 11am-10pm. The Festival will be held on the streets of Historic Downtown Carrollton, just east of I-35 on the south side of Belt Line Road, between the George Bush Turnpike and LBJ Freeway. In addition to the exciting concerts, arts and crafts, and great food and beverages; festival goers will be able to visit the unique restaurants and shops surrounding the Downtown Square. Live entertainment, interactive games, and free activities for children of all ages are planned, including bungee trampolines, a zip line, and more. Historic Downtown Carrollton, 1110 W. Main Street, Carrollton, www. carrolltonfestival.com.

Concert in the Square-Coppell 7-10pm. The fun returns to Old Town! Put on your dancin’ shoes for a concert by the Time Warp Band! Enjoy all your favorites, from country to rock, to disco and pop, as well as all the latest chart topping hits! With artists from an impressive array of backgrounds and experiences, Time Warp is one of DFW’s most impressive special event party bands!

Complimentary popcorn will be available courtesy of Coppell Parks and Recreation. The Square at Old Town, 768 W. Main, Coppell, www.coppelltx. gov/special-events-activities/concertin-the-square.html.

Dallas Opera Family Season-Billy Goats Gruff 2pm. The Dallas Opera’s newest family production is an adaptation of the popular folk tale based on scenes from operas by W.A. Mozart, G. Donizetti, and G. Rossini. Sung in English, this story reinforces a strong anti-bullying message, the importance of kindness and attending school regularly. The lobby will open for fun activities at 12:30pm. Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora Street, Dallas, 214-443-1043, www. dallasopera.org/family.

Peruvian Gold: Ancient Treasures Unearthed Exhibit Through December 31. In addition to this wonderful exhibit, a series of films, lectures, hands-on art sessions, tours and gallery talks are designed to complement the remarkable collection of ancient gold and silver artifacts excavated from Peru’s legendary royal tombs included in the exhibition. This exhibition marks the first time it has been on display in the United States since it was unearthed in 1991. Irving is the only location outside of Washington D.C. to host Peruvian Gold. See website for exhibit hours. Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, 972-252-2787, www.irvingartscenter.com/Performances/EventsCalendar/EventDetail. aspx?id=674.

Hansel & Gretel Runs Sept. 27-Nov. 23. Visit the website for specific dates and show times. The Story: Geppetto’s retelling offers an amusing take on the Grimm

Brothers’ classic fairytale. Join the familiar pair of siblings and their pet goat, Willy as they venture into the woods to find berries for supper. Here they encounter Sandor the Sandman, a host of forest creatures, Guardian Angels and of course -- the kooky candy witch, Lady Rosina Sweettooth! After the show, we invite all patrons to step behind the scenes to a special viewing area that they can see how the puppets are manipulated from the scaffolding high above the stage. Questions may be asked of the puppeteers and photos taken with the marionettes. Geppetto’s Marionette Theater in the Hilton Anatole, 2201 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, 469-442-1925, geppettostheater.com.

Autumn at the Arboretum Through Nov. 26. Over 50,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash come together to form the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village. A multitude of special events are also available throughout the week including a hay bale maze, scavenger hunts and the Tom Thumb pumpkin patch. Autumn is the perfect time of year for a picnic in the gardens with friends, a fun family photo, or a leisurely walk among 150,000 blooming fall flowers such as chrysanthemums and impatiens. The fall foliage, cool weather and deep colors make Autumn at the Arboretum a must-see. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, 214-5156615, www.dallasarboretum.org.

sun 2 2theXtreme: MathAlive! Runs through Jan. 5, 2015. Create a video game, master engineer a modern city, edit an animated movie, compete in a mountain bike race, jump into a ‘binary dance party,’ or program

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and control Curiosity, NASA’s next Mars rover. Through approximately 40 unique and interactive experiences, the traveling exhibition 2theXtreme: MathAlive! at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science takes math from its native form into the fascinating applied worlds of design, engineering, technology and science. Presented nationally by Raytheon, the exhibition runs Sept. 27, 2014, through Jan. 4, 2015. Perot Museum of Nature and Science, 2201 N. Field St., Dallas, 214428-5555, www.perotmuseum.org.

Light the Night Walk 5-9:00pm. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk funds treatments that are saving the lives of patients today. LLS is making cures happen by providing patient support services, advocacy for lifesaving treatments and the most promising cancer research anywhere. And it’s all happening now. Not someday, today. Friends, families and co-workers form fundraising teams and consumers help by donating at retail outlets. These efforts culminate in inspirational, evening walks in nearly two hundred communities each fall across North America. Addison Circle Park, 4950 Addison Circle Drive, Addison, lightthenight.org.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Arizona Cardinals 12pm. AT&T Stadium, 925 N. Collins St., Arlington, 817-892-5000, www. dallascowboys.com.

mon 3 Dallas Mavericks vs. Boston Celtics 7:30pm. American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave, Dallas, www.mavs.com.


tue 4 Open House at Grapevine Faith Christian School 7pm. Grapevine Faith High School Campus, 729 E Dallas Rd. Other Open House dates are Dec 9, Jan 20 and Feb 17. Details & Registration online: GrapevineFaith.com. See ad in this issue.

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3:15-4:30. Gamers wanted! Do you love Munchkin or Mario? Want to fight zombies with dice or play some virtual tennis? 5th graders and up gather at the Coppell Library for games after school on Tuesdays. 972-304-3655 William T. Cozby Library, 177 N Heartz Rd, Coppell, www.coppelltx.gov.

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Symphony Fanfare

American Heroes Festival-A Salute to Veterans

7-9pm. The Lone Star Youth Orchestra opens the season with a flourish as we explore well known overtures and fanfares! Featuring the music of Carmen Suite No 1 by Bizet and Quest for the Grail by Mogensen, this is a concert that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seats! Call 972-2524800 to reserve your tickets now! Mention that you are a reader of Suburban Parent and received 20% off the price of tickets! Irving Arts Center, 3333 North MacArthur Blvd, Irving, 972-252-4800, www.lascolinassymphony.org/youth/events.php.

thu 6 Lewisville Chess Club 7-8pm. Lewisville Chess Club EVERY Thu 7pm. Barnes& Noble Lewisville 972.315.7966. Barnes & Noble Lewisville, 2325 S Stemmons Fwy, Ste 401, Lewisville, barnesandnoble.com.

First Thursday Late Night at the Perot: Green Burial 7-9:00pm. Film screening tickets are limited, reserving your complimentary tickets in advance is recommended. View a special screening of A Will for the Woods, an award-winning documentary exploring one man’s journey and preparation for his own green burial. Stay after for an exclusive discussion about the film and the environmental and social issues surrounding the green burial movement with the filmmakers and a guest from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. *This documentary is not rated. Due to the thematic nature of the content around death and dying, it is not recommended for young children. Perot

7:30-9:15pm. Himprov This 100% family friendly, free improvisation show entertains audiences the first Friday of each month. 214.213-5497 Bent Tree Bible Fellowship, 4141 International Parkway, Carrollton, www. himprov.com.

6:30am-11:59pm. This is a FREE event, with fun for the whole family! Tell your friends and neighbors all about it, and come help us pay tribute to Veterans, our true American Heroes! 6:30am: On-site registration for American Heroes 5K/10K and 1 Mile Fun Run. Check the website for a detailed scheduled of the festival, and for the performance schedules. No coolers or alcoholic beverages are allowed! Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase at the Beer Garden area within the festival grounds. The Colony Five Star Complex, 4100 Blair Oaks, The Colony, 972-625-1106, www. saluteamericanheroes.com/index.php.

Arlington Archosaur Site Tour 9:15am-12pm. Explore a major dinosaur excavation site in the middle of a large metropolitan area. The Arlington Archosaur Site (AAS) contains fossils of a near complete ecosystem. The site is not open to the public, the Bob Jones Nature Center is partnering with AAS for this special opportunity. Tour will run from 10 to 11:15am. Please be prepared to meet at the Nature Center at 9:15am. Sign up as soon as possible using the link below. This tour is only for persons aged 15+. Bob Jones Nature Center, 355 Bob Jones Road, Southlake, 817-491-6333, www.eventbrite.com/e/ arlington-archosaur-site-tour-registration-13488461351.

Half-Day Group Photo Safari at the Dallas Zoo 8am-120pm. Capture amazing shots of wild and exotic animals in their naturalistic habitats with Dallas Zoo staff photographer Cathy Burkey. With help from zookeepers and guidance

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the know it all and tips from Cathy, you’re guaranteed excellent photos of animals foraging for their breakfast, romping and playing, and exhibiting other natural behaviors. You’ll meet at 8 a.m. for a continental breakfast, then set out to explore some of the Zoo’s most interesting and charismatic animals. Groups are limited to 15 participants to ensure individual attention. The session concludes at noon, and participants are welcome to stay at the Zoo for the day. Cost per person: $45 for members; $55 for non-members. For more information or to make a reservation: Contact Cathy Burkey at 469554-7423 or Cathy.Burkey@DallasZoo. com. Dallas Zoo, 650 S. RL Thornton Freeway, Dallas, 469.554-7423, www. dallaszoo.com.

sun 9 Flower Mound Veteran’s Day Family Picnic 1-3pm. A family picnic will be held from 1pm-2pm with free hot dogs, cake, and lemonade. From 2-3pm, the Town will host a Veterans Day ceremony which will include a Veterans Review where approximately 200 local Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and ROTC units parade before the Veterans in uniform. ROTC units and Scout groups can enter the Review by completing the Veterans Review application form. For more information, please call 972.874.6276. Flower Mound Football Stadium, 3411 Peter’s Colony Road, Flower Mound..

Checks and Mates: An Afternoon of Chess 2-4pm. Join fellow chess fans for an afternoon of chess games at the Flower Mound Public Library. Future dates: December 14. Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane, Flower Mound, 972-874-6165.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Miami Heat 6:30pm. American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave, Dallas, www.mavs. com.

mon 10 Greater Lewisville Early Childhood PTA General Meeting 9:30-11:30am. GLECPTA is a support organization for moms of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers that offers monthly meetings (with great speakers and childcare!), playgroups, children’s outings, holiday parties, and adult activities. Trietsch Memorial UMC, 6101 Morriss Road, Flower Mound, 972-742-9315, www.glecpta.org.

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tue 11 Veteran’s Day Relay 7am-6pm. Participants will commemorate our nation’s veterans & their service by carrying the American flag in a 15-mile relay run, with the event starting and finishing at the Lakeside DFW Development. Post race celebration 5-6pm at 609 Sandy Ln (Normandy Homes Model Home). Inaugural Flower Mound Veterans Day Relay. Note: Registration doesn’t guarantee participation as a relay runner as space is limited, however, everyone can participate in the final mile. Normandy Homes-model home, 609 Sandy Lane, Flower Mound, 972874-6076.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Sacramento Kings 7:30pm. American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave, Dallas, 214-2223687, www.mavs.com.

wed 12 Rockin’ Readers 4-5pm. Stories, activities, and snacks for children grades K-3 only. Reservations required for groups of eight or more; call 972.874.6167. November 12: A-Camping We Will Go; December 10: Happy Holidays; January 14: Let It Snow; February 11: Be My Valentine; March 11: Out of This World. Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane, Flower Mound, 972-8746167.

Social Media Half Hour at the Farmers Branch Library 7-8pm. Learn how to use some of today’s popular social media sites, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+, in these short, half-hour sessions. Extra time will be allotted for questions and answers after each. November 12: Google+. Manske Library, 13613 Webb Chapel Road, Farmers Branch, 972-247-2511.

thu 13 ICE! At Gaylord Texan featuring Frosty the Snowman Everyone’s favorite snowman comes to life in more than 2 million pounds of colorful hand-carved ice sculptures. Don’t miss this nine degree winter wonderland with six ice slides. It’s all part of Lone Star Christmas. Tickets start at $21.99 (ages 13+) and 11.99 (ages 4-12). Gaylord Texan Hotel, 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine, 817-778-1000 christmasatgaylordtexan.com. See ad in this issue.


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the know it all The Singing Men of North Central Texas 7pm. Organized in 1974, this combination of six regional choirs is composed primarily of music ministers and music directors associated with area churches. Entertainment Series of Irving presents the group at the Arts Center in a performance of gospel hymns, music from the Ukraine and a patriotic tribute to our men and women of the Armed Forces. Carpenter Hall. $20 Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, 972-252-2787, www. irvingartscenter.com.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Philadelphia 76ers 7:30pm. American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave, Dallas, www.mavs.com.

fri 14 Irving Arts Center Presents Junie B in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells Give thanks for Junie B and a heartwarming tale about giving that is just in time for the holidays. Show times at 9:30 & 11:30am. Tickets $7.50 each or $6.00 for groups of 10 or more. For details call 972-252-2787 or visit irvingartscenter.com. Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving. See ad in this issue.

sat 15 Dorothy’s Dash 5K & Kid’s K, Presented by Kroger 8am-12pm. Help Flower Mound commemorate Dorothy’s battle with MS by participating in the annual Dorothy’s Dash 5K race and Kid’s K. Former Town of Flower Mound employee Dorothy Walkup, lost her battle with Multiple Sclerosis on November 16, 2004. Net proceeds will benefit the Lone Star Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society in Dorothy’s honor. Register in person at the CAC or register online through October 31. Group registrations must be made in person at the CAC. For more information about group reservations, please call 972.874.6281. After the race, participants can enjoy music, refreshments, and awards. Flower Mound High School, 3411 Peter’s Colony, Flower Mound, www.flower-mound. com/index.aspx?NID=990.

Flower Mound Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Concert 2:30-4pm. The Flower Mound Symphony Orchestra will present a chamber music concert at the Flower Mound Public Library. The Flower

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Mound Symphony Orchestra is a community orchestra of approximately 55 professional and amateur volunteer musicians. The Orchestra performs the standard professional orchestral repertoire, as well as pop and jazz. Visit the Library this fall and enjoy chamber music works performed by area musicians! The concert is free. Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane, Flower Mound, 972-874-6165.

Family Funday – Metal Embossing (Peruvian Gold event) 2-4pm. Families are invited to use the free supplies at the creation station to practice metal embossing techniques with inspiration from the Peruvian Gold: Ancient Treasures Unearthed exhibition. Free. (Ticket is required for entry into the Peruvian Gold exhibition.) Irving Arts Center, 3333 N MacArthur Blvd., Irving, 972-252-7558, www.irvingartscenter.com.

Dallas Opera Family Concert: Mozart and Company 2pm. The Dallas Opera’s Family Concert is a parade of opera’s greatest hits! Opera fans of all ages will hear a variety of types of arias and overtures. You may recognize many of them! The Family Concert features the Dallas Opera Orchestra. Be sure to come early to enjoy family activities in the lobby beginning at 12:30pm. Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora Street, Dallas, 214-443-1043, www.dallasopera. org/family.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Timberwolves 7:30pm. American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave, Dallas, www.mavs.com


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the know it all tue 18 Tweensday 4:30-6:30pm. Tweensday is held the third Tuesday of the month and covers a new theme each season! Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane, Flower Mound, 972-8746200, www.fmlibrary.net.

fri 21 Miracle on 34th Street Runs through Dec. 21. Based on the beloved film and novel, this is a nostalgic holiday treat for the whole family! A single mother and her young daughter, Susan, have given up on Christmas... until they meet a mysterious gentleman at Macy’s claiming to be Santa Claus. This jolly Kris Kringle brings them hope and unleashes waves of goodwill throughout New York City. Could he be the real Santa Claus? Visit website for show times/ dates and tickets. Dallas Children’s Theater, 5938 Skillman, Dallas, 214978-0110, www.dct.org.

Frosty & Friends Runs through Dec. 21. Join Frosty, Santa, and their friends for an all-new revue that blends a variety of musical and puppetry styles. In the magical world of Kathy Burks’ celebrated troupe, ornaments spring to life and dance along to carols, kittens frolic under the Christmas tree, and angels dance in the snow. Celebrate the spirit of the season! Visit website for show times/dates and tickets. Dallas Children’s Theater, 5938 Skillman, Dallas, 214-978-0110, www.dct.org.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Lakers 7:30. American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave, Dallas, www.mavs.com.

Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art 6pm-12am. Free admission and special activities. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood, Dallas, www.dallasmuseumofart.org.

sat 22 Photos with Santa at the Perry Museum 10am-12pm. Santa Claus will be visiting the Perry again this year and he wants to meet you! Have your photo taken with Santa by our professional photographer. Fee is per family, up to four people, and includes one photo printed on site. Additional photos available for order. There will also be hands-on activities and crafts for

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the whole family. Pre-registration is required by November 20. A.W. Perry Homestead Museum, 1509 N. Perry Road, Carrollton, 972-466-6380.

Bangla Blast 2014 7-9:00pm. The Bangladeshi Expatriate Society of Texas (BEST) presents a show that strives to connect the different generations of the Bangla community through dialogue and to get young people excited about their common heritage. 7pm Carpenter Hall. Tickets $15 in advance; $20 at the door Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, 972-252-2787, www.irvingartscenter.com.

mon 24 Celebrate Silver and Gold-22nd Annual Holiday Exhibition Art from Irving ISD elementary students shines in new venues this year as part of the Peruvian Gold: Ancient Treasures Unearthed exhibit celebration. The lobbies of the Dupree Theater, Carpenter Hall and Administration Foyer will be filled with beautiful silver and gold themed artwork. Free Irving Arts Center, 3333 North MacArthur Blvd., Irving, www. irvingartscenter.com.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Pacers 7pm. American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave, Dallas, www.mavs.com.

tue 25 Gaming Unplugged Tue-6pm-8:30pm Join us for board and card games. Learn a new game or play on old favorite. Choose from the library’s game collection or bring one from home to share! Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane, Flower Mound, 972-874-6200 fmlibrary.net

wed 26 League of Extraordinary Teens 6:30-7:30pm. Make a difference by working with staff and other teens to make the Library your kind of place. Plan events, suggest materials and hang out. Meets last Wednesday of each month. Carrollton Public Library at Josey Ranch Lake, 1700 Keller Springs Rd, Carrollton.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Knicks 6:30pm. American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave, Dallas, 214-2223687, www.mavs.com.


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Texas Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker

9am. The 2014 Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot is expected to attract more than 40,000 participants and spectators to join in celebrating Dallas’ Thanksgiving Tradition. This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce your product or service to downtown Dallas’ largest gathering of families and friends and show your support in strengthening our community. Visit www.thetrot.org for more information, to register, and where/when to pick up race packets.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles 3:30pm. AT&T Stadium, 925 N. Collins St., Arlington, 817-892-5000, www. dallascowboys.com.

fri 28 Farmers Branch Christmas in the Park With over 300,000 twinkling lights on trees, displays, and city structures, our Christmas in the Park is one you cannot miss! The event begins on the Friday after Thanksgiving with the Tour of Lights and stretches all the way until December 30.. We also have a special Christmas Tree Lighting on December 6th, where you are able to countdown the official lighting of the Farmers Branch Christmas Tree and then witness another great fireworks show! This night also includes a visit from Santa, a snow hill for tubing, a FREE Kidzone, an opportunity to write a letter to Santa, holiday treats for everyone and much, much more! Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmers

Nov. 28 – Dec. 7. Be sure to ring in the holiday season with Ben Stevenson’s critically-acclaimed version of The Nutcracker. Filled with enchantment and wonder, The Nutcracker is a delightful addition to any holiday celebration. Flying carpets, snow, and the talented dancers of the Texas Ballet Theater make this show unforgettable. Visit the website for ticket information and exact show times/dates. AT&T Performing Arts Center, 2403 Flora Street, Dallas, 855-289-2856, www.dallas-theater. com/theaters/winspear-opera-house/ texas-ballet-theatre-the-nutcracker. php?gclid=CLmbycSrucECFQoMaQodSisACg.

sat 29 Castle Hills Holiday in the Plaza Mark your calendars for Holiday in the Plaza! Bring the entire family and invite your friends to experience a variety of holiday activities that include: Santa and sleigh photo-op, a Christmas monkey (parents don’t forget to bring your cameras), face painting, rock climbing, a petting zoo, reindeer display, games and inflatables. There will be music by the Rhythm & Beards, carriage rides and a trackless train. This year will be the debut of a new 66-foot tree, so be sure to gather around the tree as Santa lights it up! Free hot chocolate while supplies last and a special performance by the Hebron High School Choir. Food for purchase will also be available. The Village Shops & Plaza, 2520 King Arthur Boulevard, Lewisville, 972-410-6500, castlehillsvillageshops. com/events.

Please note: Although we strive to bring you the most current information available regarding event dates & times, confirming with the event venue before going is always a good idea. SP

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Your Community

Story Times

Coppell Public Library 177 N. Heartz Rd., 972-304-3655

All story times are free with registration at front desk. Mon Baby & Me 11am (birth to walking) Tue Family Story Time 7pm (all ages) Wed Ones Upon a Time 10:30am (12-24 mos.), Toddler Time 11am (ages 2-3) Thu All By Myself 10:30am (ages 3-5) 2nd Sat Only - Second Sat, Story Time 11am (all ages) Carrollton - Hebron & Josey Branch 4220 N. Josey Ln. at Hebron Pkwy., 972-466-4800

Mon Tue Wed Thu

Toddler Time 10:15 (ages 1-3); Mother Goose 11am (ages 0-1) Toddler Time 10:15am. Toddler Time 10:15; Story Time 11am (ages 3-6) Family Story Time 7pm (ages 3-6)

Carrollton - Josey Ranch Lake Branch 1700 Keller Springs Rd., 972-466-4800

Mon Toddler Time 10:15 (ages 1-3); Story Time 11am (ages 3-6) Tue Toddler Time 10:15am; Story Time 11am Wed Toddler Time 10:15am Flower Mound Public Library 3030 Broadmoor Lane, 972-985-6167

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

Preschool Storytime 10am (ages 3-6); Mother Goose Time 11:15am (babies under 18 mos.) Preschool Storytime 10am & 2pm; Mother Goose Time 11:15am Toddler Time 10am & 11am (ages 18-36 mos.) Toddler Time 10am & 11am Babypalooza! 11:15am (ages 6-24 mos) – 2nd Friday of each month

Farmers Branch Manske Library 13613 Webb Chapel Road, 972-247-3131

Mon Tue Wed Thu Sat

Toddler Story Time 10:15am (ages 18-36 mos.) Baby Bounce 11:15am (ages 0-18 mos.) Preschool Story Time 10:15am Preschool Story Time 10:15am Family Story Time 2pm (all ages)

Lewisville Public Library 1197 West Main St., 972-219-3570

Mon Tue Wed Thu Sat

Preschool Time 10:30am (ages 3-6 yrs.); Mother Goose Time 1:30pm (ages 0-15 mos.) Toddler Time 10:30am (ages 15-36 mos.); Preschool Time 11:15am & 4pm Toddler Time 10:30am & 11:15am; Mother Goose Time 1:30pm Toddler Time 10:30am; Mother Goose Time 1:30pm Preschool Time 11:15am

All Storytimes are FREE. Listed are the regularly scheduled storytimes. Call to confirm as schedules are subject to change.

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U pagN e Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.

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Awesome! Cut them to the same height as those empty jars you have in your cupboard (don’t act like you don’t have empty jars). Then wrap with twine and drop in a candle. Boom! A beautiful table display or place several around your dining table for all your guests to enjoy. Your kids will be happy too!

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GOTTA LOVE ‘EM WHY DID THE TURKEY CROSS THE ROAD? It was Thanksgiving, and he wanted people to think he was a chicken!

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WHY DID THE CRANBERRIES TURN RED? Because they saw the turkey dressing! WHY DO PILGRIMS’ PANTS ALWAYS FALL DOWN? Because they wear their belt buckles on their hats!

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veryone knows one. The perfect family…the flawless mom, dad, kids and pets who seemingly exist solely to remind you and the world that your family isn’t nearly as accomplished. They belong to your church. They attend your school. They stand on the sidelines of the same soccer game. They are like stalkers and no restraining order in the world can protect your ego. They are also the nicest people in the world (of course), and therefore, who could wish anything bad to happen to them….out-loud. We all know a family like this and yet we rarely understand how they do it. How come they have the perfect kids? How come they drive the perfect cars and live in the perfect homes? How come it’s them and not us? For my mother-in-law, it’s the Dobias family that defies the laws of run-of-the mill. The Dobias’s are retired. They have five children. The oldest son retired at 38 from Microsoft a multi-millionaire. Another child traded in a lucrative job as

both a CPA and attorney to own and operate a successful winery in Sonoma. Other Dobias children and grandchildren have served as missionaries, adopted disadvantaged children from India, taught in inner city schools and they always call their mom on Mother’s Day. No one in the Dobias clan has gone to jail, been divorced, or had to cry in front of the school counselor professing, “I don’t know what to do with this child!” My mother-in-law’s family has not been as lucky. Three fairly immediate family members have spent time in jail. A grandchild has health issues, nothing too serious. Another is passing school by the seat of his pants. There’s an on-going divorce surely to be nothing less than ugly. And to top it off, I tell the whole world about these things when I write. When something bad happens to my wife’s family, my mother-in-law always laments: “How come this never happens to Lori Dobias?” It’s as if my mother-in-law believes the Dobias’s do this to her on purpose. Inevitably, someone in the

family will respond by saying something like, “I bet the Dobias’s have skeletons in their closet,” or, “I’m sure something is wrong with them,” or “let’s T-P their house.” But what if the Dobias clan is in fact… perfect? What if my mother-in-law has a family of flawed individuals and they don’t? What if there is nothing in the Dobias’s family to make her feel better about her own “colorful” family? I have struggled with these issues over the years as well. I look at my own family…my wife and kids…our crazy cat… and it’s obvious we are far from perfect. Believe me, no one who knows us is sitting home right now bent out of shape because the Swarners share the same neighborhood. I’ve recently come to the conclusion that if we were perfect, then we wouldn’t be us. I like who I am therefore, I should accept where I’ve been. I suspect that’s true for the Dobias’s as well. It’s not that perfect families give the rest of us hope. They are just simply our neighbors. SP

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Perfect Daddy-Daughter Date Ideas

Your daughter is excited. She ha

s a date with her first love.

Mom helps her get ready and she looks beautiful. There’s no insecurity because she knows her date loves her unconditio known him her whole life. He is faithf nally. She has ul, trustworthy, and fun. There’s a knoc k on the door and she takes one last fore answering. She opens the door, look in the mirror besees her date and smiles, “Hi Daddy.” It may dawn on you, “The only guy I with this jewel is me.” Hopefully there know that I can trust will be a guy you feel just as confident about at some point. But you can worr because tonight it’s all about the two y about that later of you. Taking your daughter on a date is one of the most important things you We want to help you plan a great time can do for her. together. Here are 10 perfect daddy-da ughter date ideas that will take her breat h away.

1. Do Her Favorite Thing

Figure out her favorite activity, game , or sport. A date can be as simple as playing “horse” if she loves basketball or sitting at a park table making crafts.

2. Go on a Picnic

Pack her favorite foods, particularly dessert. Make a playlist of her favorite songs. Find a great field and put down a comfortable blanket. After eating, read to her or lay down and play cloud shapes.

3. Paint Pottery

This gives you the opportunity to be creative and come away with something tangible to remember your time together.

4. Go to a Carnival/Festival

A corn-dog, funnel cake, cotton cand y, and your daughter by your side. Sounds like heaven. Enjoy the sights and sounds, perhaps win her a stuffed animal.

5. See a Show

It can be as simple as local theater or as elaborate as a Broadway show. My sister still talks about my dad taking her to see Annie in New York well over 30 years ago.

6. Take Her Shopping

Set the budget before you go. Perhaps it is even a no purchase shopping day or something small. Whe n it comes to shopping, girls enjoy the journey as much as the item. The size of your

credit card is not what communicates love, but your willingness to be in her world.

7. Try Geo-caching

Get out into nature in a fun way by looki ng for hidden treasure. Most of the time you will find an old nasty toy. The actual treasure will be your time together.

8. Have a Dinner Date

Simple, classic, and plenty of opportuni ty to talk. Take her to her favorite place or find a new one where neither one of you have been.

9. Host a Ball at Home or

Go to a Formal Dance Class

Girls love to dance. The first person they should learn with or teach them ought to be their dad. If they are still in the era of princesses, set up a ball at home. Play the prince. Give her the Cinderella experience. If she is older, take her to a formal dance class or perhaps even swing dancing if you are really brave.

10. Have a Photo Scavenger Hunt

Come up with a list of things to captu re. You can choose to make the list and surprise her with the idea or have her help you. The two of you can choose to be in the pictures or not. Huddle up with your daughter tonight and ask, “Will you go on a date with me?” SP

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