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Food Before One: Baby-Led Weaning


The Musical Life

May 2013

Serving: Granger • Mishawaka • Elkhart • South Bend • Goshen • Niles • Edwardsburg • Middlebury • Plymouth St. Joseph • New Buffalo & Surrounding Communities


Exemplary Quality, Right Here Lakeland HealthCare has a history of commitment to providing the best quality healthcare for our entire community, Michigan’s Great Southwest. Now the world knows it. Truven, one of the world’s leading sources of tracking healthcare quality, has ranked Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph, and Lakeland Community Hospital, Niles, in the 100 top hospitals out of 2,822 in the United States. And compared to other regional medical centers, Lakeland’s costs are much lower.* If all hospitals operated like Lakeland, more lives would be saved, patients would have fewer complications, stay in the hospital fewer days, and pay less for healthcare.

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Baby Shower Gift Ideas:


<< Diaper cake made of disposable or >> Instead of snaps or

buttons, how about magnets? A gown or a footie with magnets goes on in seconds.

reusable diapers with a theme.

>> A baby briefcase is a

filing system that keeps all the baby’s paperwork together.


>> Designer diaper bag.


^^Personalized blanket, artwork or toy. Personalization makes it that much more special!

Ways to Share the Sex of the Baby with Family and Friends: •

A wrapped present is filled with a pink or blue layette, blanket and other goodies – then, it is opened by the parents-to-be. Surprise!

Bake cupcakes where only one has a gender-specific colored filling. Everyone goes around and takes a bite until the sex is revealed!

Bake a cake and color the batter pink or blue. Your guests won’t know the gender until the cake is cut.

Fill a big box with inflated balloons and, when the lid is removed, pink or blue balloons float out.

Let Lanser’s The Natural Way host this party for you. Moms and Dads can be surprised, too. Don’t let the ultrasound tech tell you the gender. Seal it in an envelope and drop it off with us. That way, you don’t have to reveal the secret ahead of time to anyone but us!

Don’t forget: Lanser’s The Natural Way hosts baby showers, too!


Cloth Diapers Worth the Hassle?

Generation Y’s new parents have been labeled the generation that wants to change the world. One way to save the environment is with reusable diapers. The average cost to diaper a child for two years is $1,600. Most cloth diapers can be used for at least 2 children. It is estimated to take about 250-500 years for a disposable diaper to decompose. The manufacture and use of disposable diapers amounts to 2.3 times more water wasted than cloth. 27.4 billion disposable diapers are consumed every year in the U.S. Our cloth diapers are convenient and affordable. Come in and take one of our diapering classes and experience firsthand how easy and affordable they are. First Saturday of the month at 11 AM. Please RSVP at 574.807.8797.


to Select Décor for a Baby’s Room: First, you need an inspiration, such as a color or pattern. Bedding is a great way to begin; it becomes a backdrop for you to build upon. A crib bedding set can stay with a convertible crib/toddler bed for up to 5 years. Stay away from characters that your child will outgrow quickly. Then, extend that inspiration to pick the accessories that give personality to the room. A bold piece of artwork or rug will stand the test of time. You want something they can grow into, not out of. Don’t forget the lamp that can bring flavor, fun and functionality.

Pregnancy Issue: Some women are prone to stretch marks. If your mom got them, more than likely, you will too. Tummy Honey Butter is ideal for preventing stretch marks during pregnancy. It has a thick, oil-based formula that penetrates deep into the skin layers, maintaining skin moisture and elasticity for several hours. It is ideal for treatment in the early stages, when they are still red or purple and most readily respond to treatment. Treat three times a day for best outcome.

Always In stock along with lots of items to make pregnancy easier.

We now offer classes! Classes include: Childbirth, Adjusting to the First Few Weeks at Home, CPR for Infant and Youth, Designing Your Room and How to Cloth Diaper! Brand NEW Location! Twice the size! 620 W. Edison Road, Mishawaka, IN • Next to Bonefish Grill 574.807.8797• Like us on Facebook!

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Contributors PRESIDENT & PUBLISHER: Betsy Tavernier

EDITOR: Stephanie J. Salisbury



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In honor of you and your loyal readership, The Family Magazine is excited to launch the much-anticipated and all new website just for you:! Launching the first week of May, we have done our best to think of EVERYTHING you may want to see on our new website as a hard-working mom in Michiana. From projects to recipes, to exclusive on-line features, coupons, new contests, up-to-the-minute things to do around town, and most things in between, we got it! We created this heavy-duty Mom resource to be easy to access on your smartphone, laptop, tablet... wherever! It is very SAVVY, sleek and chock full of goodness. Come and see early and often -- the site will change daily with fun and fresh features to make your days more fulfilling and full of joy as you tackle the hardest yet most wonderful job of your lifetime: being a great Mom.

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4 Find the Hidden Acorn 5 Letter from the Publisher 6 4Keeps & Reader Testimonials 10 The FAMILY Month Calendar

family matters

14 Living the Musical Life

By Noelle Elliot

16 Simply Weird

By Meagan Church

18 Food Before One is Fun

family fun

20 To Play or Not to Play By Jennifer Warfel Juszkiewicz

22 Mother's Day Picture Pillows

By Jill Lebbin

24 Organize Your Laundry Room

family features

28 8 Things Every Mother Really Needs for her Kids

By Chaunie Marie Brusie

30 Working Moms Can Stress Less By Kim Seidel

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32 A Parentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guide to Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Medicines by Edward A. Bell Reviewed by Billie Clements

32 Eragon by Christopher Paolini Reviewed by: Andrew R.

33 Coloring Contest

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38 Mom My Food Is Touching By Jane Suter

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40 Beyond the Stick: Testing During Pregnancy

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Children’s Book Week Begins May 13-18, MPH Library, Downtown


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“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am, I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.”

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“The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness.”

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“I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.”

–Abraham Lincoln

“My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.” –Mark Twain

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CAN YOU NAME HER? Each of these television shows had a famous mother. Can you name her character? BONUS if you can name the actress who played her!

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Leave It To Beaver Happy Days Little House on the Prairie All In the Family The Brady Bunch

(Answers: 1. June Cleaver [Barbara Billingsly]; 2. Marion Cunningham [Marion Ross]; 3. Caroline Ingalls [Karen Grassle]; 4. Edith Bunker [Jean Stapleton]; 5. Carol Brady [Florence Henderson])


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This one-of-a-kind health and wellness program is for the whole family! Gear up for the Sunburst Family Fun Walk with six weeks of Fun, Food and Fantastic Fitness. Activities include Zumba, Kohl’s Fit Feastival, scavenger hunt, taste testing and more! The Biggest Winner Starts Tuesday, April 23 and takes place every Tuesday through May 31 Ages: 6 – 12 (Parents must be

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MUSICAL By Noelle Elliott

I grew up in a musical family. My music preference at the time was Boys2Men, Heavy D and the ever-popular Debbie Gibson. My father’s preference was anything by a composer who had been dead for 200 years. Music is subjective. He enjoyed classical music because he felt it expressed a range of emotions and was pleasant to the ear. I enjoyed pop music because the words expressed every emotion I was feeling at the time (which, as a teen girl, is a very broad range).


“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”


- Berthold Auerbach My parents recognized the importance of music long before I did. A house rule was that we had to take some kind of music lessons. My sister picked piano, I elected to play the flute and my brother chose piano and voice. My parents’ reasoning for this was not for us to pursue a career in music, but to establish selfdiscipline and an appreciation for it. My brother went on to be a famous opera singer – he was always an overachiever. What I appreciate now was the focus that sitting down to practice thirty minutes a day taught me and the pride I felt when I played my first song without mistakes. I have continued this tradition with my sons. Do I enjoy hearing the same version of Jingle Bells every day? Do I l like fighting with them about practice? No, but it is worth it when I hear them laugh with excitement when they finally get it right. Susan Hallam at the Institute of Education, University of London, found that learning to play an instrument enhances the ability to remember words through enlargement of the left cranial temporal regions. Musically trained participants remembered 17% more verbal information that those without musical training. Children experiencing difficulties with reading comprehension have benefitted from training in rhythmical performance. Several studies also indicate that music training generates the neural connections used for abstract reasoning, including those necessary for understanding mathematical concepts. Even if there weren’t science to back it up, as the mother of young children I have noticed their natural magnetism toward music. Can you imagine any kids’ movie or TV show without it? Children naturally sing and dance without any coercion.


“Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education.” - Plato

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Getting Started Most children are introduced to music with the piano. Our piano instructor said the youngest age she likes to teach is five. This is not only because of their attention span, but their finger span, too. A keyboard can be used to find out if your child is ready and really interested if you don’t have a piano.

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The best time to contact these departments is in May when most students leave campus and instructors have more availability. IUSB, Notre Dame and Bethel College each have music departments that can be contacted directly. In addition, The Robinson Community Learning Center offers piano lessons to South Bend residents. (

Contact Your School.

Because many schools have had to cut music programs, available instructors have contacted them to offer their services.

Ask your Church Choir Director.

Many members of the choir who are retired teach lessons.

Online Registration

Cost: $195.00 Ages 5-12

Finding the Right Instructor Call the Department of Music at one of the several local colleges and universities.

the Lerner Theatre

Ages 13-18

Questions--Contact Sue Frost-Mayse

8-12 Monday-Friday • Saturday Show at 3:00 p.m.

Campers will be featured in Act 1 Learn the art of performing on the big stage with various Broadway shows!

1-5 Monday-Friday • Saturday Show at 3:00 p.m. Teens will be featured in Act 2 Test your skills and perform music from various Broadway shows!

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Ask Neighbors.

In my neighborhood, we received a discounted rate because we coordinated lesson times with the same instructor on the same days.

Ask Friends.

You may be surprised to learn that your friend was a music major in college and would be happy to swap lessons for baby-sitting or dinner. One time, I traded ice-skating lessons for knitting lessons. It was fun and free. Our community is rich in the arts and has a lot of hidden talent that is just waiting to be discovered. Even if lessons are not possible right now, immerse your child in the free music events offered locally. When the opportunity for lessons presents itself for your child, remember that nobody ever regrets learning to play an instrument. You never know – you may have a little virtuoso waiting in the wings!

Noelle Elliott is a social media junkie, blogger, writer and career woman. She lives in South Bend with her husband, four young sons and two chocolate labs.

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FAMILY matters

Simply By Meagan Church

A few months ago,

I spent an evening researching soap. Yes, you read that correctly. Soap. So how exactly did I get to this point? It started with a resolution. I’m not one who always sets resolutions but, recently, one phrase kept coming to mind: live simply and with intentionality. That became the basis of our new goal. Whether it’s in our time, the way we spend our money, the possessions that fill our house, the chemicals around us or the food that fills our bellies, it’s time to simplify. It’s time to remove time-suckers, money-wasters, superfluous clutter and harmful, synthetic substances. It means clearing out our basement, cooking more meals from scratch, using the bread maker even more than before and trying my hand at making soap, moisturizer and even toothpaste. To be honest, this resolution is something we have been working towards for years now. We have been trying to lessen our environmental footprint, and use more natural, God-created substances, while also being more frugal and budget-minded with our money for the past few years. Throughout this journey, we’ve come to realize that with each choice or change we make, we are setting an example for and creating teachable moments with our children. We are creating opportunities to teach them to make intentional and well-informed choices. By passing up the highfructose corn syrup-laden snacks, we can explain good nutrition to them. Or, by taking the time to make a home-cooked meal, the kids have a chance to get their hands dirty and learn valuable cooking lessons. Here are just a few nuggets that we’ve learned during this journey towards simple living:

• Homemade meals nearly always taste better, don’t always take more time and they are a great way to get the kids involved with their own nutrition.

• Simple things like baking soda can clean just as well as

pretty packaged, yet harmful cleaners found in stores and, because it’s not harmful, the kids can use their elbow grease and help clean things like bathtubs and sinks.


WEIRD? • Spending an evening learning more about Castile soap

is actually an interesting way to spend a few hours. By switching away from fruity, fragrant soaps, we save money and have a much more versatile cleaner. Who knew Castile soap could clean hands, countertops, dishes and even teeth? Plus, it can take grape juice out of clothes. Phew!

• Cloth diapers aren’t as complicated or dirty as they first

appear, and they save a lot of money. Plus, the kids can easily help out with stacking and putting away the clean diapers.

• The 4-H Fair can be a great place to purchase local

beef and pork to stock your freezer for a long time. And, the kids can learn more about where the meat on their plate comes from.

• Farm fresh eggs are way better than anything in

the grocery store. When the kids see the chickens running through the yard of our egg supplier, they learn that eggs don’t just magically appear in the supermarket in Styrofoam packaging.

• Television doesn’t have to be a monthly expense. In fact, it can be totally free! By having fewer programming options, the kids’ exposure to unlimited (and less-than-ideal) entertainment is vastly reduced.

• Bread makers are easy to use and make your

house smell better than any canned air freshener ever could. Recipes are quite simple and the kids love helping to dump in all the ingredients.

• Coconut oil is the best moisturizer. Ever. Since it’s all natural, the kids are free to lather on as much as their little hearts desire.

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Call me strange if you will; this Birkenstockwearing soap-researcher has heard it before. But here’s the other thing I’ve come to discover: we’re not all that weird. At least, not anymore. As of recently, our conversations with friends and family seem to constantly circle back to this idea of living simply, naturally and more organically. So many conversations lately have migrated towards getting back to basics, limiting our exposure to synthetic chemicals and being more conscious of the way we live. From conversations about finding foods free of petroleum-based dyes to discussions on the pros and cons of Borax, or the search for the best homemade toothpaste recipe, we’ve spent countless hours discussing simple living with families from all walks of life.

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So, call me what you want: weird, nerd, crunchy or granola. But our family isn’t all that bizarre anymore. Families everywhere are traveling their own journeys toward more simple living. So, if you happen to be weird like us, proudly wave your organic, fair-traded freak flag and do me a favor: find me on Pinterest or Twitter @unexpectant, and send me your best toothpaste recipe.

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FAMILY matters

1 FOOD before is fun 5 Easy Steps to Baby-Led Weaning

I distinctly remember

By Tasha Sautter

rolling my eyes when my husband, Chris, excitedly told me about babies with no teeth eating solid foods and skipping pureed food altogether. It may have been my pregnancy hormones, but all I thought in that moment was that my sweet but rather naive husband just didn’t know any better.

Baby-led weaning (BLW) is a method of adding whole foods to a baby’s diet of breast milk/formula at the baby’s own pace. There are no set stages of baby food to progress through and it, according to The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook by Rapley & Murkett, it “is based on…the skills that appear naturally in the first year”. BLW is designed to empower your child to learn how to eat food by self-feeding from the start. We are now six months into our baby-led weaning experience and I’d like to help you decide if baby-led weaning is right for your family.



After doing some research of my own, I ordered a copy of The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook and highly suggest getting this book, as it is a great starting point to help you better understand and implement BLW. I’d also suggest joining an online group of other BLWers to assist you with questions as they arise. If you’re worried about choking, please understand that choking is not the same as gagging. “A total blockage is very rare and choking is no more likely with BLW than with spoon-feeding,” advise Rapley & Murkett. Your child’s gag reflex acts as an educational tool to teach them how to handle food in their mouth.


Determine Your Family’s Approach

Outside of some basic guidelines, BLW is what you make it. You can determine the level of messiness that you want to experience. If you’re not afraid to be up to your elbows in food, then don’t shy away from sauces or early self-spoonfeeding. If you prefer to ease into BLW, have your child just in a diaper and bib with less messy foods. As a mother of three, Lactation Consultant at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, and La Leche League leader, Gail deSomer can personally tell you that BLW is actually easier for parents and, “like breastfeeding, it allows babies to self-regulate.” With BLW, there is no over-feeding and it teaches your child the valuable skill of listening to their body. Keep in mind, this means they may not win the ‘Clean Plate Club Award’.


Get the Gear

I recommend items that are easy to clean because children learning to feed themselves, regardless of the method, are messy! Try these on for size:


• A highchair that has no cushion or is made of a water-resistant material

• At least 3 silicone bibs that will catch food (2 to rotate between at home and 1 for the diaper bag)

• A splat mat for under the highchair …or dogs (remember: not all food is safe for pets!)

If you frequently find yourself at restaurants or other people’s homes over mealtime, you might want to invest in:

• A portable highchair with a tray • A silicone placemat that will catch food, or disposable placemats

• A strap to keep the sippy cup off the floor • A dual suction dish holder to keep dishes in place


Is Baby Ready?

According to Rapley & Murkett, your child should meet ALL four of these criteria: sit up with little to no support, reach out and grab things, take objects to their mouth accurately and make chewing movements. These skills will likely show up between six and eight months of age.


Let’s Eat!

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wash their hands, pull them up to the table and let them enjoy being a part of the meal. Keep in mind that your baby will want to eat everything you do, so this may help you stick to your resolution of eating healthier. Emmy Ettl, Lactation Coordinator at Memorial Hospital, explained that babies have a natural desire for variety. She stated that, “Exclusively breastfed babies tend to be less picky eaters because they’ve already been exposed to a variety of food flavors through breast milk.” When preparing meals, don’t be afraid to try various spices, herbs or seasonings. Our son, Noah, loves fresh ground pepper, garlic and oregano. Just be sure to avoid: salt, sugar, additives and honey. Also, your child only needs water, so even natural fruit juices are simply added sugar. If there are food allergies in your family history, it is a good idea to be careful when introducing new foods to your child. A three-day trial period can allow you to spot any reaction and, if you believe there is an allergy, please contact your pediatrician. For Noah’s first meal, I placed four roasted zucchini sticks with olive oil, pepper and garlic powder on his tray. He quickly picked one up, sucked on it and even played with it. I’m fairly certain he didn’t actually eat it, but we considered this a success. We then went on to common starters like: avocado, sweet potato, bananas and any roasted vegetable we could find. If you’d like to incorporate meat, try fish with no bones. Initially, I was very cautious and would just sit with Noah while he ate and I would occasionally eat little pieces of his food to model chewing. It wasn’t long before we experienced him gagging. While it was hard to stay calm and let him learn how to handle the food in his mouth, he figured it out quickly. The gagging has never seemed to bother him and it has only once led to mild vomiting. Through it all, he has never actually choked. Noah turns one this month and is still discovering how to pick up new foods, finding out how much food he can stuff into his mouth and learning that food thrown off his tray will be devoured by our dogs. BLW has been an experience I wouldn’t change and will continue to recommend to parents. If you decide to BLW then relax, grab the camera and enjoy the experience!

Tasha Sautter is a wife, mother of one and South Bend resident. She currently enjoys the experiences and learning opportunities that being a stay-at-home mother provides.

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TO PLAY or NOT TO PLAY? Finding a Balance Between Safety and Stifling in Kids’ Sports By Jennifer Warfel Juszkiewicz


uring one of the final rounds of this year’s NCAA basketball tournament in Indianapolis, Louisville sophomore Kevin Ware fell. Hard. His ghastly leg fracture stunned the other players, the crowd and the country. The laser beam of public scrutiny turned back to young people and sports. How safe are sports for kids? True, Ware isn’t a child, he’s a college sophomore, but he was raised in a sporting family. His uncle played for the German national basketball team and, when he was young, Ware would pretend he was Michael Jordan. He loves basketball, but was it ‘good for him’ to play so much? We need to find a way to balance kids’ love of and need to play with common sense safety. We shouldn’t get caught by the lure of competition and sports careers when it comes to our children, and we certainly shouldn’t let our kids get caught up. Boys like Kevin Ware, who loved only one sport his whole life no matter how much he played, are rare. Most kids just want to play with their friends, and that’s a good thing.

Kids Need To Play

Keeping kids active is good for their health. After all, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention link childhood obesity to cardiovascular disease, prediabetes, bone and joint problems, sleep apnea and social and psychological problems. We should be concerned about childhood obesity. Healthy kids are often happier kids. And active kids are often healthier kids. Mark Lavallee, MD, CSCS, FACSM, of Memorial Sports Medicine Institute, is an advocate of active living for people of all ages and abilities. As a father of two, he knows that kids want to be active. “If you put a ball, any kind of ball, on the ground in the middle of a group of five to seven kids, they will play with it.” They just can’t help it, he says.


But when parents get added into the mix, everything seems to go a bit haywire. “If we just let kids be kids, they will play on their own; if we parents get involved, we often just mess it up,” Lavallee says. After all, we forget that kids don’t think winning is really all that important. Consider a 2010 New York Times article that compares two studies: one in 1989 and a more informal version in 2010. Both studies interviewed the kids about why they play. Top answer? Fun. Winning wasn’t even in the top 10. So, if kids just want to have fun, Dr.Lavallee says, let them. Get them outside, give them a ball, and let them play.

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This isn’t to say that kids shouldn’t play organized sports. Dr.Christopher Trigger, MD, CAQSM, an emergency medical physician at Lakeland HealthCare advocates for children of all ages to be involved: “Team sports are important for child development in many ways: character, team work and a sense of responsibility.”

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However, we should ensure that the kids’ interests and well-being remain a priority. As Carol Mithers notes on, some parents use organized sports as a replacement for casual outdoor play, which they no longer see as safe. However, this means that some kids are “joining competitive leagues at ever younger ages, [and] more and more of them are choosing to specialize, focus, and train intensively in only one sport.” Dr. Lavallee reflects on this: “It can be better to have seasons where kids play different sports so that they can develop flexibility of mind, body and skills.” Mithers’ article supports letting kid develop in a variety of ways. “Children simply can't ‘get’ certain sports skills until they're ready to learn them,” such as high-level motor skills and the ability to track a moving object. That’s why younger kids play T-ball; many of them aren’t developed enough to hit a flying ball with a bat. Many injuries that used to only be common in adults, such as tendinitis, plantar faciitis, cartilage injuries and ACL tears are now seen in child athletes, a sign that some kids just aren’t physically ready to commit to one intensive sport at an early age. So, we need to remember to let children develop carefully and at their own pace.

Getting Involved

Let’s do it right. Get the kids involved in sports they find interesting, or have them try day camps for various sports until some click. Consider a facility like Camille Cole’s in South Bend. A coach for 21 years, Cole offers programs for all ages, as young as 18 months. Primarily focused on gymnastics, her Printed on Recycled Content Paper

gym also has classes in karate, dance and has open gym time. The advantage of such a facility is that is possesses both competitive and non-competitive options, and supervised gymnastics is certainly one way to attain skills in an age-appropriate manner. Plus, the gym can help kids stay active in the winter.

Head injuries have also gotten a lot of attention lately, which Dr. Trigger says is justified. “Concussions are classified as mild traumatic brain injuries,” he explains; however, since “there is no radiographic evidence [i.e. bleeding] of the injury, CAT scans are of limited utility,” especially since we want to expose our children to as little radiation exposure as possible. “In concussions, the athlete may sustain a slight blow to the head causing symptoms such as confusion, headaches, emotional lability, dizziness and even nausea and vomiting. Kids at younger ages typically take a greater amount of time to recover and heal from such an injury. This is why it important for children to be followed closely as a second concussion could be catastrophic.”

Cole ensures that the kids are monitored by specially trained instructors. “When the children are as young as 18 months we have the parents come out with them to help guide them as they learn. We watch that the children do the proper technique for the skills we are teaching in order to prevent them from getting hurt. When kids walk in, they see a big jungle gym to play on, and we have to teach them how to use the equipment correctly.”

But, don’t let this overly alarm you. How often have you been faced with a screaming child who, when asked what hurts, exhibits what appears to be a perfectly intact pinky finger for inspection? My husband’s grandmother used to take every such wound ‘seriously’. She would rip strips of old, clean sheets and wind them around the hurt body part until the child looked like a mummy, give lots of kisses, then send the kid back out to play. Often, a child needs some love and acknowledgment more than medical care.

For parents trying to reach a balance between hands-on for safety and hands-off to allow children to grow at their own pace and become independent, monitored sports facilities can ensure that the kids learn safety techniques. Then, when they are playing outside or on their own later, they will be better prepared.

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So, don’t be afraid to practice what Dr. Lavallee calls “benign neglect” and what my mom called “parenting.” Use your best judgment: “Nine times out of ten, a parent’s intuition is right,” Lavallee says encouragingly. Just do your best, and let the kids have fun.

No matter the precaution, sports injuries will always be a risk, as with Kevin Ware. Ware was surrounded by coaches, trainers and doctors, such as Dr. Trigger, who is also the team physician for Saint Joseph High School and Lake Michigan College and Dr. Lavallee, who is the team physician for the USA Weightlifting and International Weightlifting Federation. But Ware had a freak fall. He was rushed to the hospital in Indianapolis, received treatment, and was on crutches the next day. He may not play basketball for a long time, but he will heal. These things happen. If they do, you should seek additional medical care. Specifically, see a physician for “any injury where the child may be acting differently, such as chest or abdominal pain, vomiting, shortness of breath, a limp or inability to use an arm or leg and even a laceration. Head injuries are another injury that should be followed closely by the athlete’s primary care physician,” says Dr. Trigger.

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per or basket in their own room. Take the dirty laundry there only when it is ready to do.

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If the laundry room itself is in need of some organization, do a onceover of the cabinets and ditch old cleaners that haven't been used in a long time, move items that really don't belong there to a more appropriate place and make laundry day far more enjoyable!

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other’s Day is a day for us moms to get spoiled, pampered and doted on. Some of you wholeheartedly agree. Some are skeptical – maybe you rolled your eyes because you know that’s not really what happens. Your kids and spouse mean well, but… last year they got you a toaster oven for Mother’s Day and burned your toast while trying it out for the first time. The peanut butter ended up in wet globs on knives and spoons in the sink. There were dribbles of coffee all the way up the white carpeted steps leading to your bedroom while you nervously waited in bed, putting on a happy face for the cherubs donning you with flowers and gooey toast. And, some of you mamas got nothing because your kids slept in and your husband forgot (even though you deserved SO much more than nothing!) and it was actually a really hard day. Or, maybe your experience was completely and totally Hallmark card commercial-worthy. Your bedroom was sunny, lit up with the faces of those you love. Your perfect kids and perfect spouse brought you a 12-course breakfast in bed, pearls to match the new dress they also bought you and they let you sleep in until 11, did the dishes and folded and put away all the laundry for the week. (The rest of us are all happy for you. Really, we are.) Whether your Mother’s Day last year was a catastrophe or a Hallmark dream, the important thing for you to celebrate this Mother’s Day is that you are a Mommy – a pretty darn awesome one, too. Being a Mommy to amazing, beautiful kids even on days when they are not acting so amazing or beautiful is one of the biggest honors we get as women. Regardless of what others do or don’t do for you this Mother’s Day, you have the privilege of spending the day reflecting on why you love to be a Mom. Don’t let the day pass you up without counting your blessings and knowing you matter. Some days are more challenging than others, but I realize I am so blessed by the three spirited young ladies I get to be the Mommy to. Here are just ten of the thousand reasons I love being their Mom: 26 THE FAMILY MAGAZINE | MAY 2013

1. Middle of the night diaper changes and feedings. I didn’t love it every time, but it was my quiet time with each of my babies. Holding them tight, rocking them, looking out a dark window at the moon, praying, hoping and dreaming for them. 2. Sidewalk chalk. I love spending hours in the summer sunshine with them, drawing, doodling and creating. 3. Story time. Sharing some of my favorite childhood story books with them cuddled up close with their blankies tight and thumbs in their mouths… and, now that they’re older, reading through young adult novels at the same time, amazed at their insight and understanding of character development. 4. Playing Candyland, and winning. Seriously, watching my girls struggle with winning or losing, helping them do either with dignity and strength. Pretty awesome. 5. Waking up early in the morning and seeing their stuff all over the house. Really. Sometimes I just embrace their mess and am so grateful that it’s there. Their crazy messes and their non-perfect selves. I love all of it. And then I wake them up and tell them to clean up the mess they left. 6. I love my kids’ friends. They bring so much joy and liveliness to our home. Watching my girls develop their own little tribes among their friends has been really fun. I love seeing who they choose to hang out with. 7. Pizza & Movie night. Every Friday. No dishes, no fuss, just hanging out on the couch with our family and whoever else shows up. Just to enjoy each other. Just to be together, even if the movie is brainless and the pizza is cardboard bad. 8. Adventuring together. Getting in the car and driving until we find something interesting. We love walking out on Silver Beach in the middle of winter. Once Belle’s pink Ugg boot got stuck in the ice and the big sisters had to fish it out of the water. It was such a simple, silly Printed on Recycled Content Paper

thing, but it is a memory our girls have retold over and over again. 9. Watching their little lives take twists and turns I didn’t expect. What they loved as toddlers they don’t love now. What terrified them as toddlers brings laughter and hilarity now. 10. Standing back and observing them love one another, stand up for each other and fight for each other instead of with each other. It doesn’t happen often, but to see them stand as a united front is one of the most amazing parts of being a mother.

It’s not always easy, if ever. Being a Mommy is the most fabulous and challenging job I’ve ever had. From one Mommy to another, please know that on the hard days and the perfect days, and the mostly ordinary days, you are an amazing Mom. Celebrate yourself. This Mother’s Day, sit back, enjoy your new toaster oven and count your globby peanut butter blessings. And, when no one is looking, go buy yourself a brand new dress and Mother’s Day pearls to match. You so, so deserve it… and more!

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Moms, I have a tip for you: Forget the latest toys or educational products on the market. Following the crowd when it comes to children’s recreation is for amateurs. We’ve all witnessed the baby who would rather play with the box than the fancy-shmancy toy you were so excited to get him, right? Avoid the hassle of stepping on that electronic toy in the middle of the night and join the ranks of the shop-savvy moms by saving your money and instead, stocking up on the everyday items that your children will actually use.

1.Toilet paper.

Your children will have endless hours of fun unrolling tubes of toilet paper. Bonus points: put the roll just out of your child’s reach, increasing the appeal. Kids love a challenge. For more in the toiletries-as-recreation department, be sure to check out the next tip.

2.Feminine products.

My girls enjoy adorning themselves in a variety of maxi-pads when I look away for five seconds. Panty liners become pretend Band-Aids and also apparently make fabulous designs when stuck to the wall. As for those jumbosized tampons, they take center stage as excellent microphones, pretend lipstick or magic wands. (Remember to hide these boxeso’-fun when company comes over or you may never live it down.)

3.Cell phones. 4.Printers, fax machines, and other electronic devices. The newer, fancier and more expensive, the better. Indestructible, shatterproof glass? Hah!

The buttons! The noises! The shiny white paper! If it’s important to you, it’s important for them – to break it.

5.Dirty shoes.

Youngsters love to play with mom and dad’s shoes. Some people’s fast-crawlers even enjoy licking the bottoms of shoes before you can get to them. But not mine, of course. That would be disgusting.

6.Permanent markers.

I suggest you avoid the rush now and designate a wall in your home for the use of permanent markers. Make sure you convince them that the wall is ‘offlimits’ first.

7.Leather couches.

Do not – I repeat, do not fall prey to that common rookie-parenting mistake of buying trampolines or inflatable bouncy toys of any kind for your children. All they need is the nicest leather couch that money can buy. The urge to jump on every cushion, arm rest and invisible seam will be irresistible. For longer playtime, be sure to continue using the words, “Don’t jump on that. DON’T jump on that!”

8.Extra dinner.

They don’t want the kid meals. Mickey Mouse pancakes are an insult. They want your dinner. Preferably eaten while sitting in your lap, effectively eliminating any chance of you consuming a morsel.

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Take it from this seasoned mother of three. These are the true essentials of parenting. You may even find your child to be talented enough to combine entertainment options, such as jumping on the new leather couch while simultaneously coloring it with a permanent marker. Or shoving your cell phone into the printer and faxing it to China. With these helpful tips in mind, you should be able to save a great deal of money on unnecessary items. So, if you choose to waste your hard-earned cash on frivolous toys designed for the kids, just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t warn you.

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others of today hold the power to make choices in their personal and professional lives more than ever before. While that creates opportunities, it also causes stress. Working women with too much to do, too many options and too much stuff often struggle to find balance and peace. Following are several simple but powerful ways for busy working moms to create more calm and less stress in their lives:

Determine Values

One vital key for women to combat stress is to discern what they value, and then place those things at high priority, says Marilyn Franzini, a marriage and family therapist. For example, when a working mom signs up her children for activities, she can consider how much time will be spent driving them around. If a woman places a high priority after a full day in the office on family dinners or quiet time, she may want to cut back on her kids’ recreation at night. Taking the time to determine values relieves stress in itself; women need to slow down to discern, rather than race through their day, Franzini says. Women mindlessly running through their schedules, often make hasty decisions – such as saying ‘yes’ to another commitment – without thinking about extra stress involved.

Avoid Perfectionism

Learn to say ‘no’ to extra demands placed on you at the office, if possible, or at least say ‘no’ to more volunteer work. “We can say ‘no’ to the overload and ‘yes’ to a higher quality of life,” says Rebecca Radcliffe, author and speaker on women’s issues and personal growth and peace. “The higher quality of life includes spending more time with our children.” Setting ‘unrealistic expectations’, trying to do too much and doing it perfectly, compounds stress. “I often hear women say they feel guilty when they’re at work, and they feel guilty when they’re at home,” Franzini says. “Women can feel this struggle less by keeping in mind that ‘yes,’ they can do it all, just not all at once. Keep in the present moment, whether at work or at home.” 30 THE FAMILY MAGAZINE | MAY 2013

Prioritize Self-Care

Women don’t need an expensive massage or a shopping spree to decrease stress; they can integrate many stress relievers into their day for little or no cost, says Pamela Radosen, a psychotherapist with degrees in marriage and family therapy. Radosen sees many women who know how to care for themselves, but they simply don’t do it. “Out of habit, we don’t prioritize our own needs,” Radosen says. “We are wired to look after our families and others, and we give them our time and energy first. By taking good care of our ‘self ’, we have more for those we love. When we eat right and get enough sleep and exercise, we are more calm, balanced and effective at home and at work.”

Cultivate a Healthy Attitude

Attitude is important. Start your day with the intention to be harmonious and balanced. Plan to eat well. “Sometimes, it is the simple things that make a difference in our stress,” Radosen says. “For example, wearing comfortable clothing in colors that feel right for the day can support the positive flow of energy.” Exercise is always an excellent tool to boost energy levels and reduce negative feelings. Prayer and meditation are other ways to decrease stress. In stressful situations, taking deep breaths gives our body the opportunity to calm down, Radosen says.

Stop Negative Self-Talk

During the work day, keep stress at bay by monitoring self-talk and stopping negative messages, says Franzini. Replace negativity, such as “I have to get everything done on my list perfectly,” with positivity: “Good enough”; “Easy does it”; and “One thing at a time.” Being aware of self-talk is important to working women to maintain their confidence and energy, says Mary Jo Rapini, a psychotherapist, speaker and author. “Don’t use degrading words about your age and your body,” Printed on Recycled Content Paper

Rapini says. “So many women see their age as a negative. Lighten up. Age affords you more insight and, if you take care of your body, you may find yourself getting better with age.”

Take Time for Pleasure

A great idea for working women who want to lower stress is to make a list of simple activities that bring them enjoyment and enhance health, Franzini says. Kept in a special notebook, the list can include shopping at the farmer’s market, walking a pet, scrapbooking, reading a light novel and participating in hobbies. Make a point to do many of these practices throughout the work week.

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Family members can get on board and write a list of things they enjoy. Everyone needs at least a dozen healthy activities, from walking to journaling, they can use to reduce daily stresses, Radcliffe says. Update the list, as it will change with job responsibilities, ages of children and seasons of the year. Include the little pleasures. Savoring a piece of chocolate and reading a few pages of a novel only takes a few minutes but it can improve one’s attitude and energy for the rest of a long day ahead. “Women need to make sure they are getting enough ‘Vitamin P’: the ‘P’ is for ‘Pleasure,’” Franzini says.

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A Parent’s Guide to Children’s Medicines by Edward A. Bell, Pharm. D., BCPS

Reviewed by Billie Clements, Reference Librarian Written by Edward A. Bell, an experienced children’s pharmacist, A Parent’s Guide to Children’s Medicines is a useful book for learning more about the medicines prescribed for your children. It is an easy-to-read source of frequently asked questions regarding children’s medicines and vaccinations. This book addresses the benefits and risks of medicines, keeping children safe around medicines and descriptions of medicine for treating various common childhood illnesses. In a question-and-answer format, the author gives details regarding how to give safe and effective medicines to children. Whether used to treat an ear infection or asthma, medicine is often necessary; still, many parents worry about the side effects or possible long-term consequences of giving these medicines. Parents can learn how drugs are prescribed for children and how to administer the medicines for the best results. Helpful tables for commonly used antibiotics, incidence of disease before and after vaccines, and how medicines work differently on infants, children and adults are included. Useful websites and other tables are included as well. Dealing with the common problems of childhood, this book is written in an easy-to-understand language. Story Snoops is a completely free service created by four moms to help you find what’s best for your child to be reading. Reviews of all sorts of books for kids ages 8-18 are here for your perusal, with helpful information from a parent’s perspective, including mild to graphic language warnings and more. As a busy mom, you’ll be glad to have the resource and we’re happy to tell you about it!

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by Christopher Paolini Reviewed by: Andrew R. The book Eragon is an action-packed book filled with magic, wizards, a boy named Eragon and a polished, blue stone found in a dense forest. When he attempts to sell the stone, he finds to his surprise that he is in possession of an old legacy that may even be bigger than the empire itself: a dragon named Saphira. Now Eragon is faced with many new responsibilities that he never even imagined he would have had, and he must survive the treacherous land with nothing but an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance. Eragon is a very eventful and exciting book that always keeps you turning to the next page. Eragon may appeal to middle and high school students ages 12 to 18, or to those who are very interested in Sci-fi type books. I very much enjoyed this book because it always keeps you on the edge of your seat and makes you never want to put it down! From the epic battles and magical spell-casting, to spot on descriptions of characters and scenery, it feels as if you are actually in the world of Alagaesia! These books are definitely worth a read and, trust me: you won’t be disappointed!

My name is Andrew and I am enrolled in 8th grade. I enjoy playing the clarinet in band, as well as being a student council representative, soccer athlete and video game fanatic. I have a sister named Allison, a cat named Scooter and a Gecko named Hermy. Other past times include reading, drawing, photography and playing the piano.


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By Jane Suter

Mom! My Food is Touching! I don't know about you,

but my kids have very definite opinions about food. Most are reasonable, like their preference for raw vegetables over cooked ones. However, some of their epicurean quirks are, shall we say, crazy-making. So I do my best to temper their eccentricities with palette-pleasing, healthy meals. And, like the rock-star mom I am, I also enforce the one-bite rule. On its face, it all seems so uncomplicated. Yet, this business of making dinner each night can go off the rails in a moment. Like last Tuesday, for example ... I had prepared a scrumptious meal of grilled chicken, brussel sprouts and Kraft macaroni & cheese. See what I did there? I threw in a kid favorite to distract my boys from the poultry and the dreaded green balls of grossness. And, I totally â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;getâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; the brussel sprouts thing. The chicken? Not so much. Especially when they inhale fistfuls of this exact same food item, in nugget form, at McDonalds. I have spent many hours of my life trying to explain to my children the sameness of those nuggets and what I serve at home, but they're not buying it. 38 THE FAMILY MAGAZINE | MAY 2013

They also don't believe me when I tell them they won't die if their food touches. In fact, it has been brought to my attention that, if the different food items on a plate even come close to bumping into one another, then the victuals will be deemed poisonous and a long process of quarantining will begin. So I make a point, every night, to set up quadrants on their plates with wide channels separating each food group. And so it was on this Tuesday, as we all sat down for dinner. From the moment they were served the veggie spheres, the complaints started rolling in. "Groooosssssss! And look! It's touching my macaroni & cheese! SICK!" For the record, it wasn't touching pinky-swear-promise. But my little guy didn't believe me. He even pointed out a speck of something on his macaroni as proof of the sordid affair. While I guessed it was probably an errant black pepper dot, he was incredulous. So began the intricate medical procedure to remove this lone abomination from his plate. Printed on Recycled Content Paper

As a hush fell across the dinner table, my 3-foot-tall brain surgeon masterfully laid out his instruments: a butter knife, a spoon and a fork. His focus was so intense, his passion so strong, beads of sweat formed on his brow. "Mom ... napkin," he ordered. But just then everything went to heck. A brussel sprout had broken loose from the pack and began rolling towards the chicken. "Fork. FORK!" Like lightening, I slapped the tined instrument into his hand and the crisis was narrowly avoided. After a moment of nervous laughter, we all took a deep breath and re-focused on the desecrated noodle. Steady. Steady. Almost. Have it. "YES!" What will heretofore be called The Miracle Save of 2013, the blazing orange macaroni was liberated like a Chilean miner from its nefarious position and carefully sequestered to Napkinland. Not leaving anything to chance, the doctor surveyed his work and double-checked for any other promiscuous morsels. Thankfully, none were found and we could finally enjoy our dinner. I would like to tell you that this type of drama occurs rarely in my house. I would really, really like to tell you that. I would also like to report that my children's aversion to things touching extends beyond the dinner table. But I'd be lying, because the moment my kids leave the table my voice rises with shouts of, "Stop touching your brother!" From wrestling matches to picking each other up to see who's stronger to Ninja fighting, they're like magnets. Which makes me wonder: maybe if I bought them brussel sprout costumes they would stop these shenanigans? But that might be weird. And their future therapist would probably judge me. Harshly. So, I suppose I'll just keep on segregating their poultry and practicing produce apartheid. In the end, as long as they take just one, unadulterated, speckfree bite of healthy food, it's a win. And, who knows? My son might just grow up to be a world-class brain surgeon. Lord knows he has enough practice!


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Testing During Pregnancy By Chaunie Marie Brusie


t starts with one very important test. Once that pregnancy test at home is positive, suddenly a flurry of testing ensues. You provide samples at every office visit, blood work at the hospital and fill out more forms that you can count. “Early routine testing in pregnancy ensures a healthy mom and healthy baby,” says Michelle Catanzarite, a nurse and childbirth educator at Memorial Hospital in South Bend.

But just what exactly are all of those tests you undergo during your pregnancy? Here is a guide to help you along on your new journey:

1.The Office Pregnancy Test

Although some women may doubt the accuracy of at-home pregnancy tests, their results are surprisingly accurate when the test is performed correctly. “Using a pregnancy test according to the package instructions, usually one week after a missed period, it is considered 99% reliable,” explains Michelle. If there is a complication or a need for immediate confirmation of the pregnancy, a blood test can be performed at your care provider’s office to detect the presence of the HcG (human chorionic gonadotropin) hormone to confirm the pregnancy.


The First Prenatal Visit Tests

While the first prenatal appointment of your pregnancy may be an exciting one for you, it’s also pretty test-heavy. A sample of your blood will be taken to determine your blood type (if it’s negative, you will need a special medication called ‘Rhogam’) as well as basic health tests, like your white and red blood cell counts. Your doctor will also test your urine for any signs of infection, high blood pressure or diabetes. Lastly, many care providers will perform a Pap smear (depending on when you last had one), a vaginal exam and take a sample of vaginal discharge. The swab will be cultured to test for certain STDs as well to test for bacteria called group beta streptococcus (GBS). GBS is a bacterium that is usually harmless for pregnant women but potentially life-threatening to the baby. If you have the GBS bacteria, you will need no special attention other than a few antibiotics during labor that will be administered through your I.V.


Monthly & Weekly Office Visits

At every prenatal office visit during your pregnancy, you will provide a urine sample (which is convenient, because you have to use the restroom 24/7 anyways, right?) Your doctor will use it to test for protein and sugar in your urine that could indicate high blood pressure. You will also be screened for a urinary tract infection (UTI). Pregnancy can mask the typical symptoms of a UTI and, if left untreated, a UTI can lead to preterm labor or widespread infection, says Michelle.


Special Testing

Between 26-28 weeks, you will receive a special blood test to check how well your body is controlling sugar. If your sugar is too high, your doctor may diagnose you with gestational diabetes, a condition that varies in intensity and treatment. You will also be tested for the 40 THE FAMILY MAGAZINE | MAY 2013

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group beta strep bacteria again around 35 weeks of pregnancy; some women who test negative for GBS at their initial prenatal visit will have the bacteria pop up later during their pregnancy, so it’s important to get screened again as delivery nears.


At The Hospital

If your prenatal appointments are up-to-date and you haven’t missed any appointments, the only testing that is usually done at the hospital is basic blood work. The staff is looking primarily at your CBC (complete blood count) for information they might need for your care. For instance, platelet count is very important to receive an epidural –low platelets mean you have an increased risk for bleeding.

6.After Delivery

Your blood will probably be drawn again the morning after you deliver: your doctor will want to keep an eye on your hemoglobin, hematocrit and platelets after delivery to see if they decrease dramatically, which can be a sign of excessive bleeding. “On average, a woman will lose half a liter of blood at delivery,” says Michelle.

7.The Test


Ok, so this isn’t really a test. But it is a requirement all new moms need before they take their babies home. Enjoy that baby, but don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it! After all, you’ve been tested enough during this pregnancy – it’s time for a break!

Chaunie Brusie is a labor and delivery nurse and mother of three. Her first book, Tiny Blue Lines, a non-fiction guide to young motherhood will be released in 2014.

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A Lifesaving EXAM Mammograms are the Best Instrument for Detecting Breast Cancer By Samir Patel, M.D.


f you could do something today that would help save your life, would you do it? For a woman who is forty years old, matters of life and death may not be top of mind but, if you are forty, breast health should be a top priority in your life. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2013, about 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women; about 64,640 new cases of ‘carcinoma in situ’ (CIS, which is the noninvasive, earliest form of breast cancer) will be diagnosed; and about 39,620 women will die from breast cancer. Only lung cancer accounts for more cancer deaths in women. After slowly increasing for many years, 0.4 percent per year from 1975-1990, breast cancer death rates decreased 2.2 percent per year between from 1990-2007. Younger women experienced the greatest decline in deaths from breast cancer: from 1990-2007, death rates decreased by 3.2 percent per year among women younger than fifty, and by 2 percent per year among women fifty and older. We can credit breast cancer treatment advances for the decline in mortality rates. However, early detection also plays a vital role in helping women, young and old, to lead longer, healthy lives. And the best tool to detect cancer early, at a time when it’s highly treatable, is a mammogram. It is such a highly effective detection method because it can identify cancer years in advance of symptoms appearing. Mammography is the only medical imaging test proven to reduce the death rate of breast cancer. When it’s detected early, mammography also means access to a greater range of treatment options, including less-aggressive surgery (for instance, a lumpectomy instead of a mastectomy) and less-aggressive adjuvant therapy. Experts agree women should receive an annual mammogram starting at age forty. For those concerned about radiation exposure during a mammogram, the dosage is very small and there is very minimal exposure. 42 THE FAMILY MAGAZINE | MAY 2013

Continued advances in mammography systems are only helping to improve the accuracy for women under fifty, especially those with dense breast issues, according to the American Cancer Society. The importance of mammography increases dramatically when considering 75% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease and are not considered high risk. Making mammography more accessible to all women is highly important to reduce the mortality rate. As a result of the 2011 Affordable Care Act, Medicare and all new health insurance plans are required to fully cover screening mammograms without any out-ofpocket expense for patients.

By the Numbers According to the American College of Radiology: • Mammography has helped reduce breast cancer mortality in the United States by nearly one-third since 1990.

• The 10-year risk for breast cancer for a 40-year-old woman is 1 in 69.

• 1 in 6 breast cancers occur in women aged 40-49. • Of all the years of life saved by mammography, 40 percent are for women in their 40s.

• 75% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease and are not considered high risk.

• Even for women 50 and older, skipping a mammogram every other year would miss up to 30 percent of cancers.

• For every 1,000 women who have a screening mammogram: 100 are recalled to get more mammography or ultrasound images and 20 are recommended for a needle biopsy 5 are diagnosed with breast cancer

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from the American Cancer Society for making sure that you receive a quality mammogram: If it is not posted in a place you can see it near the receptionist's desk, ask to see the FDA certificate that is issued to all facilities that offer mammography. The FDA requires that all facilities meet high professional standards of safety and quality in order to be a provider of mammography services. A facility may not provide mammography without certification. Use a facility that either specializes in mammography or does many mammograms a day. If you are satisfied that the facility is of high quality, continue to go there on a regular basis so that your mammograms can be compared from year to year. If you are going to a facility for the first time, bring a list of the places, dates of mammograms, biopsies or other breast treatments you have had before. Try to schedule your mammogram at a time of the month when your breasts are not tender or swollen to help reduce discomfort and assure a good picture. Try to avoid the week right before your period. On the day of the exam, don't wear deodorant or antiperspirant. Some of these contain substances that can interfere with the reading of the mammogram by appearing on the X-ray film as white spots. You may find it easier to wear a skirt or pants, so that you'll only need to remove your blouse for the exam. Always describe any breast symptoms or problems that you are having to the technologist who is doing the mammogram. Be prepared to describe any medical history that could affect your breast cancer risk such as prior surgery, hormone use or family or personal history of breast cancer. Also discuss any new findings or problems in your breasts with your doctor or nurse before having a mammogram. If you do not hear from your doctor within ten days, do not assume that your mammogram result was normal. Call your doctor or the facility. Samir B. Patel, MD, Board Certified in Diagnostic Radiology, received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Patel completed his Diagnostic Radiology Residency and his Mammography Fellowship at the Indiana University Medical Center. He has been part of the Elkhart General Hospital Medical Staff since 2001.

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SBCT Presents “The Boxcar Children”

Battell Center, Mishawaka South Bend Civic Theatre travels to Mishawaka to present the beloved children’s classic story of four orphans making it on their own. Read by children and the young at heart since first appearing in 1924, this play will remind you of the unshakable bonds of family and the true meaning of home. Seating is general admission. $10 or 4 tickets for $32. For tickets or more information, call 574.234.1112 or visit

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Acting Classes at SBCT

South Bend Civic Theatre and other locations, South Bend South Bend Civic Theatre will offer a series of fun, instructive and exciting opportunities for students to participate and learn the craft of theatre this spring. K-1st grade will create a wacky world using famous poems from Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends. 2nd and 3rd grade tackle Fractured Fables and Fairytales, while 4th through 6th grade takes on dynamic courses in musical theatre and scene study. Classes for 7th-12th available as well. For more information, call 574.234.1112 or contact Sara at


May the 4th Be With You

Mishawaka-Penn-Harris (MPH) Library, Downtown Star Wars fans in grades 2-6 are invited to gather to enjoy a galactic party and test your powers among other Jedis. 10:30 AM. Registration is required and is going on now. For more information, stop by the Children’s Services desk or call 574.259.5277 EXT 242.

Relay For Life Pancake Breakfast

Coalbush United Methodist Church, Mishawaka This is a free pancake breakfast to get survivors to come out; we can pre-register them for the upcoming relay on May 18th, and tell them about all the exciting things that are awaiting them as survivors at our Relay. Pancakes and sausage are being sponsored by the Wyatt’s Lions Club. 9 AM to 11 AM.

Walk MS Michiana

IUSB Campus, South Bend Walk MS Michiana is one of the many ways The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Indiana Chapter, raises money and awareness of MS. Walk MS is a rallying point for thousands of families, friends, colleagues, neighbors and loved ones to show support for those living with the challenges of MS. This event includes a 1 mile and 2.5 mile walk, a live DJ, Zumba, food and other fun activities! 7:30 AM to 12 PM. For more information, call 574.383.2427.


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Calendar of Events Kids' Night Out

Michiana Family YMCA, South Bend On the first Saturday each month of the school year, the Michiana Family YMCA is the place for fun for kids in kindergarten through grade 6. For 2 ½ hours, we are open for KIDS ONLY! Choose active games, crafts, sports and swimming. A light snack is provided. $5/child. 6:30 PM to 9 PM. For more information, call 574.287.9622.


Walk-In Craft

MPH Library, Bittersweet Branch Shadow puppets are cut-out figures that were popular in the 19th century. When telling a story, they can be moved in front of light to make shadows on a screen. All ages are invited to learn more about movable shadow puppets and make one to take home while supplies last. This program is part of the One Book, One Michiana community event. 3 PM to 5 PM. For more information, stop by the Children’s Services desk or call 574.259.0392.

Storytime in the NOOK Department

Barnes & Noble, University Park Mall Join us for a special Oh, the Places You'll Go! storytime. Crafts and treats will follow. 10:30 AM. For more information, call 574.247.0864.

Breastfeeding Class for Moms and Dads

Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Frederick Upton Education Center, St. Joseph, MI Breastfeeding provides the best nutrition for your baby and is a special time for moms and babies to bond. The class will cover the benefits of breastfeeding, how to know when your baby is hungry, proper latch-on methods, checking your baby’s input (feeding) and output (dirty or wet diapers), how to prepare to return to work and weaning. Cost is $30 due at registration. VISA, MasterCard and Discover cards are accepted. If you are an associate of Lakeland HealthCare, inquire about our discounted rate. Parents should attend the class prior to their baby’s birth. 6 PM to 8:30 PM. For more information, call 269.556.2808.

Michiana Go Red For Women BetterU Symposium & Luncheon

Club Naimoli, Purcell Pavilion, Notre Dame The Go Red for Women Luncheon will be educational, emotional, inspirational, empowering and life-changing. The event will include education sessions, health screenings, a silent auction filled with fun “Purse-onalities”, the 2013 BetterU Challenge unveiling and a heart-healthy lunch. 10 AM to 1:30 PM. For tickets, visit www.


Twain's Tale of Tom & Huck

Amish Acres Historic Farm & Heritage Resort, Nappanee, IN Mark Twain’s most beloved characters – Tom, Huck Finn and Becky Thatcher – come to life at its most mischievous best! $6.50 to $8. 9:30 AM AND 11:30 AM performances. For more information, call 574.773.4188.


No Moms Allowed: Mother’s Day Walk-in Craft MPH Library, Downtown Dads are invited to bring their children to the downtown Mishawaka Library. Together, they can make something special to give to Mom on Mother’s Day. Craft is available while supplies last. Registration is not required. 10 AM to 4:30 PM. For more information, stop by the Children’s Services desk or call 574.259.5277 EXT 242.

Dogwood Fine Arts Festival presents “Klassics for Kids”

Huntington Bank Building (Dogwood Fine Arts Fest HQ), Dowagiac, MI A creative introduction to great music. This event is designed especially for children ages 3 to 12, featuring Lake Effect Winds. Each member of this ensemble combines their experiences from teaching and performing into a unique, fun event for young music lovers. Enjoy this hands-on, interactive approach to classical music from around the world with your children. FREE. 2 PM to 3 PM. For more information, call 866.490.2847 or visit www.dogwoodfinearts. org.


Mother's Day at Ruthmere

Ruthmere Museum, Elkhart Visiting Mothers will receive a free tour of Ruthmere and/or Havilah Beardsley House. Other adults: $10; $4 students; 5 and under free with adult. 1 PM. For more information, call 574.264.0330.

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Children’s Book Week

MPH Library, Downtown Children’s Book Week, the annual celebration of books for children is Monday, May 13 through Sunday, May 19. Started in 1919, it’s the longestrunning national initiative in the country. To mark the week, the downtown Mishawaka Library is offering a variety of programs. Registration is not required for any of the programs. For more information on any of the following programs, stop by the Children’s Services desk at the downtown Mishawaka Library or call 574.259.5277 EXT 242. • Children’s Book Week Contest From Monday, May 13 through Saturday, May 18 during regular library hours, children in grades K-6 are invited to participate in a special contest. Hop on over Printed on Recycled Content Paper

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and join the fun. You might just win a prize! Winners will be selected the following week. • Children’s Book Sale What better way to celebrate Children’s Book Week than with a sale? Stop in during regular library hours on Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18. Browse a great selection of picture books, hardcover fiction and more. Proceeds will be given to the Friends of the Library. • Paws to Read Children in grades 1-6 will have fun reading aloud to a friendly Saint Bernard and his handler for one 15-minute session on Saturday, May 18 at 11 AM. Parental permission is needed for each 15-minute session. • Family Film On Saturday, May 18 at 2:30 PM, all ages are invited to watch the fun antics of a tiger and his best friend, who is a bear. The movie is based on the beloved tales of Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne.


Storytime Sampler

MPH Library, Bittersweet Branch Join us for stories, songs,and fingerplays for all ages. Adult caregivers are expected to remain in the room with children seven years and younger. Registration is not required. 10:30 AM to 11 AM. For more information, contact the Children’s Services desk of the Bittersweet Branch Library or call 574.259.0392.


Storytime in the NOOK Department!

Barnes & Noble, University Park Mall Join us! This morning we will read Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin Jr. 10:30 AM. For more information, call 574.247.0864.

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ti 60 Years ng For Kids K-8th Grades* of Day Camping 4 Weekly Sessions June 24 - July 19, 2013 ! Monday - Friday 9AM to 4PM (Early & late care available)

Swimming • Weekly Field Trips • Arts & Crafts • Games • Beach Days On the beautiful campus of the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley

Call for a brochure 574-233-1164 or register online at www.thejewishfed. *We offer a separate program for our 7th & 8th grade campers

Camp Ideal is open to all kids from throughout the community

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Treetop Tales

MPH Library, Harris Branch Children of all ages are invited to listen to stories, sing songs and participate in finger plays at the Harris Branch Library. Registration is not required and all ages are welcome. Adult caregivers are expected to remain in the room with children seven years and younger during the 30-minute storytime. 10 AM. For more information, stop by the Children’s Services desk at the Harris Branch Library or call 574.271.3179.


Twilight Time Tales

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Preschool Kids' Club Storytime

Barnes & Noble, University Park Mall Preschoolers are invited to gather around the stage for a Storytime. This morning we will read The Three Bears ABC by Grace Maccarone. A special craft session will follow. 10:30 AM. For more information, call 574.247.0864.

Nature Munchkins

St. Patrick's County Park, South Bend Nature Munchkins is designed for parents or grandparents to discover nature with their 3- to 4-year-old. The sessions are scheduled for the third Thursday of every month. (Min. 5; max. 10) Today’s topic is: BIRDS! 9:30 AM to 11 AM. $5. For more information, call 574.654.3155.


41st Annual ADEC Ride-A-Bike

Concord High School, Elkhart ADEC's Ride-A-Bike is the longest-running event of its type in Elkhart County. Participants of all ages bring pledges to turn in at registration the day of the event, then choose the 5-mile, 9-mile or 20mile ride. Another option is a 2-mile neighborhood walk. All routes begin and end in the band practice parking lot at Concord High School where activities and refreshments also will be offered. Revenue from the event helps fund ADEC's supports and services for children and adults living with the challenges of disabilities. Pledge forms available online at www. Suggested minimum pledge of $30 for individuals, $60 for families. 9 AM to 12 PM. For more information, call 574.848.2440.

healing and education center of Hospice at Home, a Lakeland HealthCare Affiliate. All events begin and end at Lory’s Place. Pre-register now and avoid long-wait and lines on race day, get advanced pick-up of race day packet which includes your bib number and chip, guarantee your short-sleeve performance tee and receive automatic entry in rocker race. $15-$25. 7 AM. For more information, call 269.983.2707 or visit

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book from home or select one from the library’s collection. Registration and parental permission is required for each 15-minute session. 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM. For more information, stop by the Children Services desk at the Harris Branch Library or call 574.271.3179.

Kids in the Kitchen

Michiana Family YMCA, South Bend We're mixing up bowls of fun with a delicious blend of cooking excitement. Hands-on food preparation teaches healthy eating, basic cooking terms, sharing and teamwork. Parent participation is encouraged, but we will supervise all activities. $10-$20. 1 PM to 2 PM. For more information, call 574.287.9622.


Child Car Seat Safety Check

MPH Library, Harris Branch The Clay Township Fire Department will hold a car seat safety check. Bring your car seat, and a representative will inspect it to make sure it’s safely and properly installed. 10 AM to 12 PM. For more information, call 574.271.3179.

Paws to Read

MPH Library, Harris Branch Children are invited to read to Benny, a friendly dog and his handler. Participants may bring a

Mishawaka/South Bend Relay For Life Event

Mishawaka High School, Mishawaka The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone, in communities across the globe, a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease. At this Relay, teams of people camp out at Mishawaka High School and take turns walking around a track or path. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events up to 24 hours in length. Opening ceremonies are at 10 AM and the event runs until May 19th with closing ceremonies at 9 AM.

Meet the Cat in the Hat at Storytime!

Barnes & Noble, University Park Mall This afternoon special visitor Cat in the Hat joins us for Storytime. A craft will follow. 2:30 PM. For more information, call 574. 247.0864.

Run, Walk, Rock

Lory’s Place, St. Joseph, MI Bright and early, hundreds of runners, walkers and other supporters will descend upon the Edgewater Area of St. Joseph to take part in the Annual Run, Walk and Rock to support Lory’s Place, the grief


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A Wish for Good Health for Mom on Mother’s Day that will last the rest of her life. May 12 marks another Mother’s Day. It’s a great time to remind your mother or loved one about their annual mammogram and bone density tests. Memorial Regional Breast Care Center urges you to schedule these to ensure years of good health. Remember, early detection is always the best medicine. ®

Memorial offers digital mammography machines and the R2 ImageChecker, which gives a brighter, clearer view of breast tissue and can help radiologists detect cancer or changes in your breast health. It’s another tool Memorial provides in the fight against breast cancer. Bone density tests are the first step to indicate the onset of osteoporosis. A common way to measure bone density is with a Bone Density test (DEXA scan). It takes 20 minutes or less to perform the test; the test causes no pain and is performed with low levels of radiation. To schedule a mammogram and bone density test at one of our convenient locations, call 574-647-7700 or toll free at 800-647-7700. For additional information, visit us online at

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Mammogram Screening Recommendations * Women over 40 Annual mammograms and clinical breast exams by a health care provider.

Women in their 20s & 30s Clinical breast exams by a health care provider every three years. Breast self exams are encouraged for women beginning in their 20s. * According to the American Cancer Society

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