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Your baby’s first visit to the dentist {Page 18}

Essential books for new parents {Page 26}

Myths about postpartum depression {Page 24}

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omehow, it just seems appropriate that our annual baby issue also heralds the rebirth of Minnesota Parent magazine. While our gestational period was more akin to the length of two trimesters than a 40-week pregnancy, I would have to say symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, sleeplessness, and expansion were definitely part of the experience. We are thrilled to be able to do this for you, to put time, effort, and money into something important, something you can pick up for free every month. Maybe because early springtime was upon us and we felt it was time for a change, or maybe we just wanted to thumb our noses at the woeful economy, but in March, we began to plot the rebirth. Into April, we started looking at paper and possibilities. By May, we were examining fonts and type sizes; and discussing content changes. By early June we had decided on a new logo, and into July, everything about the interior was questioned and reworked. My editorial changes include an expanded calendar 1:08 PMwe’ve renamed Out & About as well as content adjusted to reflect our core readership. Along with the rebirth is support from our advertisers, which ensured we could put out an issue full of terrific information. Check out our piece on cooperative babysitting, beginning on page 12; information on when you should initiate your child’s first dental checkup on page 18 (along with a handy pullout you can use to track your own child’s dental development); answers to questions about postpartum depression on page 24; and visit with TV personality Ron Schara, sharing his philosophies about child—and grandchild—rearing on page 44. I would relish turning this editor’s note into a lovefest for everyone who worked so hard to bring this magazine up to the level it now rests on, but they know who they are. So, I’ll just say, Thanks. And, thanks to you, for supporting us in all we do.

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News, products and all the good stuff we want to share with you


New baby shops in Woodbury Butters&beans kids opened a store toward the end of July on Hudson Road in Woodbury. Specializing in eco-friendly infant clothing as well as accessories and toys, Butters&beans is a local line developed by Ann Evans, who was featured as our Real Parent in the July 2011 issue. Says Evans, who will also be offering monthly design workshops, “I’m excited to open this storefront because I can’t wait to meet my clients, be a part of their lives, and watch their children grow.” Go to for more info. buybuy Baby will open its first store in Minnesota at the Woodbury Lakes shopping center this fall. The store will occupy 28,000 square feet, one of the smaller-sized locations for the chain. buybuy BABY’s selection includes an assortment of premier infant and toddler merchandise in a variety of categories. You can also visit the website,

Support breast cancer awareness— and babies’ bottoms, too From September 1, 2011 to October 30, 2011, any purchase of a GroVia Cosmos All-in-One, Newborn, or Hybrid cloth diaper system will help us take one step closer to generating awareness for the pink ribbon month. With a purchase of a Cosmos diaper, each customer will receive 10% off their purchase, and GroVia will donate 10% back to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Yes, national breast cancer awareness month is October, but why not support the cause now? With one in eight women diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, we all know someone directly affected by this heartbreaking

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Keeping cribs safe New Minnesota Parent office baby, Will, is currently testing Minneapolis-based Breathable Baby, a mesh crib bumper that promotes airflow, keeps arms and legs from getting stuck in slats, and collapses to help prevent climbing. With the increased awareness of crib safety, the Breathable Bumper is an exclusive fabric with A.C.T. Air Channel Technology that promotes airflow and helps maintain air access. This product has been Pediatrician evaluated and recommended. Soft and padded, it’s hypoallergenic, machine washable, and fast drying. Will’s mom says, “I would definitely recommend this bumper to other new parents.” Available on Amazon, about $30.

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Baby clothes for rent If the Netflix model works for kids’ video games, toys, adult clothes, and cell phones—then why not baby clothes as well? That, indeed, is essentially the premise behind Plum, a San Francisco startup that offers baby clothes for rent by the month. Reports, customers of Plum begin by specifying whether they’d like to receive two, four or seven outfits

at a time. Plum will then send out an initial bundle of organically laundered, good-as-new items in seasonally appropriate styles and the correct size, all packed in a returnable envelope with a little organic muslin laundry bag. After that point, clothes can be sent back at any time within three months. So, when baby outgrows an outfit, parents can return it to Plum and receive replacements in the next size. Stains are no problem for Plum customers, either, because the company simply donates such items to children in foster care— there’s no extra charge for parents. Pricing ranges from $16 per month for two outfits to $49 per month for seven outfits. Visit for more info.

Vending machine diaper bag Forgot a diaper, run out of wipes, lost the pacifier? Look no further than a Diaper Bag Basic vending machine to cover your needs. Diaper Bag Basics is a locally owned and operated vending business started by two local St. Paul moms. “We’ve both been out on the go with our kids and inevitably forgot to pack something,” notes co-owner, Stephanie Hughes. “I’ve been stranded at the airport and run out of formula. I’ve been at the Mall and had to run back out to my car with two kids and find the ‘emergency diaper’ stashed in the glove box.” Currently the machines can be found at Maplewood Mall, Como Zoo, and Terminal 1, concourse C at the MSP Airport’s children’s play area but there is hope for a lot of expansion over the next year. With just a swipe of your credit card, or cash, you can purchase products such as a Diaper Changing Kit by Pampers, a Gerber Baby Bottle, a NUK or Soothie Pacifier, Kleenex, Band-Aids and more. “We strive to provide many name brand

products that parents know and trust,” says Jen Boog, co-owner. For more information about Diaper Bag Basics, visit

Prenatal and new parent classes at Amma Becoming a parent can be one of the most joyous times in your life—and the most confusing. Amma Maternity offers free and paid classes this month on a variety of topics, including a class on expectant families with dogs; vaccines and the new family; and navigating the world of cloth diapers. Go to or visit its location in Edina in the Yorktown Mall (near Southdale) for more information. Amma Maternity offers a full menu of childbirth, breastfeeding, and baby classes for expectant parents and hope to provide parents with all the essentials for birth and life with their newborn.

New American Girl characters launching On August 30, American Girl launched two new historical characters, Cécile Rey and Marie-Grace Gardner, in one six-book series set in 1850s New Orleans. Of course, we couldn’t be more excited, as the lovely city of New Orleans holds a piece of Minnesota Parent’s heart. The new characters show the power of friendship and community as they reach across the boundaries of race and class to help their families, friends, and city during a time of great need. To celebrate Cécile and Marie-Grace’s debut and the rich musical tradition of New Orleans, American Girl has partnered with 13-year-old Kate Connick and her father, world-renowned musician and actor Harry Connick, Jr., to create an original song “A Lot Like Me” with all proceeds benefiting the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in New Orleans.


Local, all natural soda The offices of Minnesota Parent were asked to try Joia, an all-natural soda made here in the Twin Cities. Free of any preservatives, caffeine, and sodium and featuring unique flavor combinations like Blackberry-Pomegranate-Ginger, we were impressed with the fruity, complex flavor that had just the perfect level of sweetness. Available at a boatload of our favorite local proprietors, including Lunds/Byerly’s, Kowalski’s, and a growing number of restaurants, we’re delighted to find a refreshing alternative to “diet brown.” About $6 per 4-pack,


Clean those cans Certain people get awfully testy about the scent their garbage cans emit, especially when certain waste products (diapers!) are tossed into it week in and week out, then left to swelter in the hot sun. Your garbage purveyor will thank you for using BioWish’s Garbage Bin Wash—100% natural and non-toxic and safe to pour on grass, even. Just allow 10 minutes for the product to activate, splash it around the offensive container and odor is removed. Six single-use packets per box; $8 on

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It’s about more than the payment

Should I stay or should I go?


By Kara McGuire

his well-known song by The Clash goes through my head as I obsessively pore over real estate listings. With three kids and a big dog in a 1,400 square foot house built in the 1920s, moving up is a big temptation. The thought of buying a bigger house is something entertained by many growing families. But with the housing downturn it’s harder for families who already own a house to trade up, especially if they bought in the past decade with a minimal down payment, or took out cash through a refinance.

Then again, with the Twin Cities median home price in June at $165,000 (that’s 30 percent lower than the median price of $236,850 at the peak five years ago), and mortgage rates still at historic lows, it is also a great time to buy. That’s especially true for families with no house to sell, good credit, and cash at the ready. Dreaming about a new nest? Wonder if you can really afford it? Consider the following three points that convinced us to stay put for now.

Buying a house is a major money move First there’s the down payment you need to save up. Then there’s the money for any repairs or renovations you’d like to do right when you move in. Don’t forget the cost of the movers and the new furniture

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you need to fill that fourth bedroom. And the thousands of dollars for closing costs. A recent study from found that the average Minnesota homebuyer pays $4,206 at closing. That means Minnesota is the 17th most expensive state as far as closing costs go. Sure the seller can pay them, but that typically adds to the overall price you pay for your property.

“We’ve decided it’s not worth trading our long-term financial security for a little room. We’re sticking with our keep-expenses-low philosophy—for now.”

Don’t listen to your mortgage banker. It’s likely you’ll qualify for far more than you can comfortably afford, even with the tighter lending standards that emerged during the housing crisis. Fit your estimated mortgage payment into your budget and see how it feels. Can you realistically afford the new payment or will it be a stretch? Also look beyond the payment. How much will you ultimately pay to own your current home versus pay off a loan for a new house? Consider how your financial obligations will shift as your children age. If you move, will it be harder for you to contribute to a college savings account or fund retirement? Ask yourself what else you could do with the money that would go to a bigger monthly payment. Is an extra bedroom more important than an extra vacation with the kids?

Super-sized house, super-sized expenses Higher taxes, higher insurance costs. Higher heating bills and other utilities. Trading your starter home for a bigger one typically means higher day-to-day living costs. Often families have to move further into the suburbs to afford a larger property, which means having to pay more in gas to commute to and from work. It also takes more time to care for a bigger house and a bigger lawn. Remember your time is a limited resource just like your money. Bottom line: It’s fun to dream about owning a newer, bigger house in a better neighborhood. And for some families, making the move makes sense. But we’ve decided it’s not worth trading our long-term financial security for a little room. We’re sticking with our keepexpenses-low philosophy—for now. Low fixed expenses provide a safety net for life’s financial curveballs, and we all know there are plenty of curveballs these days. Plus I figure I’d step on LEGOs even if my house were twice as big.

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Dress up Give your little one a fashion makeover with classy Chelsea Baby shoes. These 100 percent green, Minnesota Mom-made shoes are crafted with Sensuede, a new luxury suede made from recycled fibers. Snap on bouquets for the ladies and snap on bow ties for the gents will get your kid red carpet ready in no time.; about $43

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Assessing maturity

Home alone (the non-movie version)


few years ago, my two sons were big fans of the movie Home Alone. They’d respond to the slapstick antics with peals of laughter, and every subsequent viewing seemed to lead into an elaborate plotting of ways they could booby-trap our house to foil potential robbers.

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Now my younger son, Elias, is 10 and occasionally is left home alone. His older siblings, whom I have relied upon for childcare, are busier with their own after-school activities. It seemed like the perfect time for me to review the rules and recommendations about leaving children home alone. Minnesota has no law specifying the exact age at which a child may be left home alone. However, there are laws about providing appropriate and adequate supervision, and county child protection agencies all follow guidelines to help assess whether a child’s safety is in question.


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For example, Dakota County’s policy is to investigate reports where children age seven and under are left alone for any period of time, children eight and nine are left alone for more than two hours, and children 10 to 13 are left alone for more than 12 hours. But in determining whether children are inadequately supervised, the county’s child protection officers will consider many other factors besides age, such as the child’s maturity level, the accessibility of a parent or responsible adult by phone or in person, and whether the residence has a smoke detector.

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Because it’s so subjective and every child is different, parents should consider whether their children have the physical, social, and emotional maturity necessary to take care of themselves at home. “Parents shouldn’t take it lightly; it’s a very serious thing, and a big step for both parents and kids,” says Kathleen Olson, family relations educator with the University of Minnesota Extension. “Children can feel really good about it if they’re prepared and feel like they’re gaining independence.” Children often start asking to stay home by themselves around the fourth grade, Olson says. She recommends starting with a short amount of time and giving the child a brief list of guidelines, covering issues like what appliances they can use, and whether they can have a friend over. She says it’s also helpful to role-play safety situations with children, to see how they would react if a stranger came to the door, or what they would do in case of a fire. “Communicate with them ahead of time about some of these things, then talk with them after the time alone happens, and see how they’re feeling. Were they scared?

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Too much, too soon Although it’s important to give kids instructions, it’s easy to overwhelm them with too many rules. Olson says it’s not necessary to cover everything the first time or two that a child is left home alone. Provide information gradually, and periodically review things that don’t come up that often, like what to do if the power goes out. Olson says some parents focus on safety issues but forget to discuss their expectations for how children should spend their time. When kids come home after school, are they expected to do their homework immediately, or can they watch TV first? Are they allowed to use the computer? What are their snack options? “It takes a lot of planning for a parent to have kids home alone—more than if you take them to childcare, in my opinion. But not all parents think about it that way,” she says. Another common issue parents face is how to manage siblings at home together. Olson says if children are at least three years apart, it usually works best to have the older child in charge of the younger one. But if children are closer in age, it might work better, depending on their personalities, to have them in charge of each other, or in charge of themselves. Whatever parents decide, they should make the arrangement clear to the children. Parents also should assess how comfortable they feel about having a child home alone. Mixing it up by having a child home alone a few days, and by also having a teen or neighbor stay with the child on other days, might help both parents and children ease into the transition and feel more confident that the home alone experience will have a happy ending—just like in the movies.


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Co-op kids Parents swap sitting and build community Story By Jessica Griffith Photos by Bre McGee

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St. Paul co-op member Ann Marie Yacobucci reads to her daughter, Maya Slesak, 3 years, and Stacy Bennig’s son, Wyatt, 4.

Lisa Burton began working part-time three years ago, but she struggled to find childcare for her four-year-old son. “I worked from home but on occasion I needed to go in for a meeting,” says Burton, a doctoral student and research assistant. Part-time daycare options were difficult to find and Burton felt guilty when friends watched her baby. “I had that anxiety of feeling that I needed to watch their kids, and the even-Steven thing was eating at me.” She found a creative solution. Burton talked to neighborhood moms and learned many of them needed occasional childcare. A group of seven formed a babysitting co-operative that now boasts a dozen families on St. Paul’s

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Lisa Burton swings with her daughter Darcy, 6 months, and son, Luke, 4, on the jungle gym in her backyard.

When I go to babysit for someone, I like that I am helping their marriage by giving them a date night. It’s a part of wanting to have strong families around my family. Lauren Dee

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East Side. Members use to request “sits” and track points; families earn four points per hour of care per child. They redeem points when they need sitters and no money is exchanged. Cash-free babysitting is a perk, but moms in co-ops speak first about the benefits of responsible and dependable care. “Babysitting co-ops are reinventing the idea of neighborhood,” says Gary Myers, author of and the Smart Mom’s Baby-sitting Co-op Handbook. “This is a modern-day community where your neighbors might be 10 minutes away, not right next door. “A successful co-op is a community institution: it’s self-starting, selfgoverning, and self-sustaining,” he added in a phone interview from his office in Washington state. “Some of these co-ops

remain in the community for many years.” He found co-ops throughout the country, even in Manhattan high-rises, and says the trend is also popular in Australia.

Sitting local Another Twin Cities co-op dates back to the 1960s. The Bloomington Babysitting Co-op is limited to 30 families and sometimes has a wait list for new members, says Carissa Meierdierks-Wall, the group’s chairperson. “It’s another parent, a responsible parent watching your children,” says Meierdierks-Wall, mom to six-year-old twins. “I never have the concerns that I might have with a teenager, are they texting or really watching my children? I don’t know what I would do without it.” One member acts as secretary and she arranges the babysitting for the families.

Sits are reported to a chairperson who calculates hours on a spreadsheet. Marcia Kirk’s babysitting co-op, also in Bloomington, uses a similar system. “You’re not just dropping them off,” says Kirk, who has a daughter, seven, and a son, four. “The kids get to be friends and they have a comfort level with the parents.” Lauren Dee of St. Paul started the Great Escape Co-op four years ago with friends she met in Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE). Her mother participated in a co-op in the 1980s when the members tracked points in a notebook and organized via telephone; Dee’s group uses BabysitterExchange. com and email. Megan Odell’s co-op in Northeast Minneapolis used Myers’ book to organize the group. “I have seen shows, gone out to dinner, and run errands that I either wouldn’t have done, or that would have been seriously hampered by lugging my little dude along,” says Odell, an acupuncturist with one son. “What’s really fun is that it turns into a play date for our kids,” adds Burton, who recently added a baby girl to her family. “They’re getting to go out and hang out with somebody else’s kids, and it makes my life easier because Luke will go off and play with whomever we are babysitting. It’s a good opportunity to socialize.” Parents also can observe other people’s children, and realize they do not have the only kids who use potty talk or run laps around the dining room table. “I also know my kids are far more well-behaved when they are at someone else’s house, and it’s nice to hear another parent say, ‘Oh, your kids were so good,’” says Dee, a project manager who has a son, five, and a daughter, two.

Rules and regs Meierdierks-Wall joined her group four years ago when her twins were two years old and says she now uses the co-op four or five times a month. Members in her group are required to sit or request a sit once a month, and families that do not

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meeting each year. Dee’s co-op plans family parties every four to six months and the mothers get together twice a year for a business meeting. Kirk’s co-op in Bloomington is organized around monthly playgroups where mothers and children get acquainted. Burton’s co-op hosts an annual picnic at Lake Phalen, and Odell’s group gathers for bimonthly meetings where they discuss a parenting topic. Co-ops try to ensure the safety of members. For example, Meierdierks-Wall says parents are asked about firearms and the group also decided members must follow daycare guidelines for securing guns and ammunition. The group also runs criminal background checks on all adults in the home. Kirk’s co-op keeps track of family information such as pets and allergies, and each family has a password for times when someone other than a parent picks up a child. Dee’s group compiled binders that detail family information and emergency contacts, and organized CPR classes for parents.

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Baby teeth Your child’s first visit to the dentist

With their teeth barely peeking through their gums, and uncertainty surrounding how they may react to a strange new environment, it’s easy to understand why you might put off your baby’s first visit to the dentist. What is the right age for a baby’s first visit to the dentist? Two? Three? Actually, the answer is closer to: what month? Experts from both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) agree that a baby should see a dentist by his or her first birthday—even as soon as the first tooth erupts. Surprised? If you thought it wasn’t necessary to take a baby to the dentist, you’re not alone. A 2010 study conducted by the AAPD found that a staggering 97 percent of parents were unaware that a child should see a pediatric dentist so

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early in life. “Parents know the value of early visits to the pediatrician, but it’s alarming to learn how few understand that infants need to see a pediatric dentist before their first birthday,” says Dr. William Berlocher, former president of the AAPD. “Oral health is absolutely critical for overall health.”

Baby’s first visit While there is definitely more tissue than teeth on that first visit, it’s essential to begin the preventive care that will make future visits less frequent and less painful, while helping to avoid dental complications that can occur in the younger years. The first visit, much like a well baby care check-up, is as much about prevention as it is about attention, a necessary way to begin proper dental education.

“We can prevent two or three year olds coming in because they need treatment if we can see children at a younger age, making sure we get their parents educated,” says Dr. Daniel Raether, a dentist at Camp Smile, a pediatric dental office located in Plymouth. The first visit informs parents about harmful habits to avoid. These include thumb sucking or excessive pacifier use, which can actually mold the shape of the mouth and cause dental problems later on. The possibility of tooth decay, commonly know as cavities or early childhood caries, is addressed as well. Tooth decay can begin as soon as the first tooth emerges, and can become especially worrisome when the child’s diet includes anything other than breast milk. Parents need to be educated about how diet can contribute to decay, especially when sugary drinks (such as juice) are supplied. “We need to make sure kids get off to a good start with good habits to avoid these complications. Dental decay is the most common chronic childhood disease in the United States but sadly it’s also one of the most easily preventable,” says Dr. Jim Nickman, a pediatric dentist in the Twin Cities and spokesperson for the AAPD. Not only can tooth decay result in the premature loss of baby teeth, but it can also mean serious pain and discomfort for the child. “Children are very adaptable and unfortunately many children tolerate dental pain without realizing that it’s not a normal feeling,” says Nickman. “Usually when a child complains of tooth pain, it’s unfortunately a large cavity creating the pain.”

Temporary teeth But if a baby’s first teeth are only temporary, why is it so important to address tooth decay and proper care? Though baby teeth have important day-to-day functions for a child including speech and nutrition, they are also necessary to save space for their future permanent replacements.


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Early problems with or loss of baby teeth can cause crowding later on, which could result in the need for braces or surgery. “The baby teeth should be looked upon as functioning space maintainers for proper eruption of permanent teeth. If there is space lost due to a tooth lost or large cavities, permanent teeth aren’t going to to grow in a reasonable position,” says Raether. The first visit is meant to make children comfortable with visiting the dentist, which is why it’s so important for parents to find a certified pediatric dentist. Offices focused on pediatric dental care like Camp Smile make sure to keep the atmosphere fun and welcoming for children, with bright colors on the walls, toys, basketball hoops, and even video games. Pediatric dentists know how to properly handle and talk to children of a young age or with special needs, and must go through a minimum of two additional years of training that focuses on child psychology and behavior. Financial concerns are another common reason parents put off initial dental visits, but the preventive measures initiated by early visits can actually save money in the long run. Children who visit a dentist early are less likely to need expensive emergency visits or procedures to alleviate dental pain in the future. Costs for children who see a dentist by their first birthday are on average 40 percent lower than children who do not, according to the AAPD. Caring for a child’s new teeth doesn’t just begin and end with a dental visit, though—parents have responsibilities at home, too. Infants’ mouths and gums should be cleaned regularly, using an infant toothbrush or a washcloth with water. When the first teeth appear, they should be brushed twice daily, making sure to use water or only a small amount of non-fluorinated toothpaste. Parents should also avoid letting their kids fall asleep with a bottle, as liquid left on the teeth can cause tooth decay. Good dental habits need to start early, and though it might be hard to believe that your little one toothed wonder needs a well baby check-up, it’s essential to making sure smiles grow healthy and bright.

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6 to 12 months The first baby tooth will surface. It’s usually the very front bottom middle tooth, called the incisor. At 12 months, you can introduce your child to a soft bristled toothbrush, with a tiny dab of non-flouride paste.

Average: 23-31 months

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1 to 3 years Expect a lot of teeth to appear in the next year and a half, lateral incisors at about nine months, then molars at about 13 months, then canines at the 16-month mark.

3 to 6 years Now that all 20 baby teeth are in, adult teeth begin prepping their entry.

6+ years Adult teeth begin appearing. Expect to see your child with his or her fingers in their mouth—a lot. Most often, teeth begin falling out in the order they first appeared. By the time a child is about 13, most baby teeth have been replaced with permanent teeth. Get out your checkbook—it may be time for braces.

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When what we don’t know can hurt us Myths and misconceptions surround Postpartum Mood Disorders

By Jacki Christopher

Postpartum depression is not new. Often (mis)referred to as the ‘baby blues,’ we’re beginning to understand a little more about the condition, its symptoms, its treatment, and most importantly, its prevention. If you had to, could you define it? This type of illness is difficult to pinpoint—it’s not apparent, like a virus, a broken arm or a stuffy nose. Postpartum depression (PPD) is a longer and more severe continuation of the baby blues. Triggered by the chemical, psychological, and social changes that result from the pregnancy and birth of a new baby, it is generally a situational form of clinical depression. Though research has brought us a long way in understanding PPD, the issue is yet cloaked in much myth, misconception, and stigma. What are the societal myths? How do we work to dispel them? Let’s take a look.

Myth No. 1 Mothers with PPD didn’t want to be mothers, or don’t love their babies. Nothing could be further from the truth. Many are thrilled at the idea of bringing home their little bundle of joy. Yet somehow, following the birth, bliss turns to dread. Women who suffer from PPD are not bad, unloving mothers. They love their babies, but are suffering from a condition they cannot control.

Myth No. 2 Women who experience PPD have a history of depression. Women who have a history of depression pre-pregnancy are at a greater risk for developing postpartum depression, but there is no guarantee that a woman who has experienced depression at some point in her life will experience PPD. Likewise there is no guarantee that a woman who has never experienced depression is immune to PPD. Prior depression is a risk factor but not a determinant.

Myth No. 3 Everyone gets the baby blues. Within five days to two weeks following the birth of a child, 80 to 90 percent of moms will experience periods of heightened emotions, sadness, and frustration. It’s not uncommon to get a little down from time to time and wonder, “What did I get myself into?” With the exhaustion and stress of being a new parent, certainly we have all had those frazzled, questioning moments. But of those 80 to 90 percent, just 10

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percent will experience actual PPD. Their symptoms will go beyond ‘the blues’ and may manifest up to a year following birth. PPD, unlike the baby blues, does not go away. It is no one’s fault. It is a condition that is common, but it must be recognized and addressed.

Myth No. 4 Depression is the only condition to watch for after the birth of a child. While people are increasingly on the lookout for signs and symptoms of postpartum depression, this is not the only mood disorder a new mom or dad may face following the birth of a child. Postpartum depression is just one of a collection of mood disorders that can plague parents, including Postpartum Anxiety Disorder, Postpartum Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Postpartum Psychosis. While there may be shared symptoms and characteristics, each disorder is distinct and may require its own treatment approach.

Myth No. 5 Only women suffer from PPD. While often misunderstood and underdiagnosed, a vast number of men suffer from postpartum depression and other mood disorders. Given men’s natural tendency to try to manage emotions and anxiety on their own, far fewer men are speaking out about their own depression. It’s also important to recognize that PPD

symptoms may manifest very differently in men than women. Male PPD is more likely to include aggression, argumentativeness, isolation, refusal to talk about or interact with the baby, fear of their own anger, feelings of uselessness, mourning for loss of pre-baby lifestyle, and frustration over inability to calm the baby. Their friendships and work relationships suffer. Men are at higher risk of developing PPD if their wife is suffering from it as well. Widespread misconception about these conditions leads to insensitivity, misdiagnosis, and a lack of proper support and care for the affected parents. Society is still learning what these disorders are and how they can be prevented, recognized, and treated. Tory Kielas-Jensen, a professional postpartum doula at Welcome Baby Care, says “Moms and dads tend to suffer in … isolation because they feel guilty about their feelings toward their new baby and life. They are especially afraid to talk about their symptoms for fear that someone will take the baby from them.” Yet, the more women begin to speak out, the more that are saved from continued suffering … or worse. If you or someone you know is showing signs of a postpartum mood disorder, help is available for you. Talk to your doctor about a screening.




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Pregnancy Planner: Essential Advice for Moms-to-Be By Ziba Kashef and the editors of Parenting magazine Chronicle Books, $19.95

This journal–information guide combination gives a mom-to-be a space to write down different feelings and experiences week to week. Each week’s entry is accompanied by tips from moms as well as expert advice on topics ranging from formula versus breastfeeding and working out while pregnant. Tabs on the side make it easy to navigate from lists of necessary gear to criteria for choosing a good pediatrician. The book also provides space to write down important, not to be forgotten moments from the delivery day.

The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook By Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett The Experiment, LLC, $18.95

A baby’s transition to solid foods is an exciting (and messy) time for families, and this cookbook provides recipes that are healthful and nutritious for new eaters. Each meal introduces your little one to new flavors and menu items that are easy for little hands to grip. These simple recipes are easy to make and can be enjoyed by the whole family. The book also suggests ways to get your baby to eat unassisted, which will allow extra freedom to set his or her own pace. Vegetarian and vegan parents are also given ideas for giving babies the appropriate amount of iron and protein.

Baby Medbasics By Luke Hamermann, M.D. and Tara Summers Hamermann, R.N., B.S.N. Running Press, $12.00

This simple guide discusses what to do in worst scenario situations. Parents are taught the best way to handle a fever, allergies, burns, poison, and more. While the book only covers children from birth to one year, some of the advice is also applicable to older children, and it includes the most recently released American Heart Association guidelines for performing CPR on infants. Tabs on the side separate the book by type of emergency and the book’s small size makes it easy to carry in a diaper bag or backpack for quick reference.

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Home care for micro-preemies By Amy Nelson

Willow Wilson learned early on that life is worth fighting for. Born to Pam and Rick Wilson of Cottage Grove at the tender age of 23 weeks and five days, Willow was one of the smallest surviving babies ever born at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Babies born this early, known as micro-preemies, have less than a 20 percent chance of living. Pam had experienced an amniotic sac rupture that so distressed her baby; an immediate Caesarian delivery was the only choice. With a birth weight of only one pound plus a half-ounce, Rick Wilson discovered could cradle his newborn daughter in just one hand. In previous years, such premature babies would have remained in the hospital for long durations or not survived. Today, a wide array of newborn and childhood medical conditions are being successfully managed at home by pediatric home care professionals.

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Willow came home from the hospital after just four months. She was dependent on her ventilator, on oxygen, and her lungs were extremely fragile. She had to fight her way through a small brain bleed, as well as recover from surgery that repaired a hole in her heart. Seven home care nurses, rotating their shifts with Willow’s parents, helped the tiny girl move forward step by incremental step to a more developed level of health and stamina. There were challenges along the way, for sure: While Willow needed to be on a jet vent to maintain proper oxygen levels, that same vent causes scar tissue development in the lungs. Tracheomalasia—wherein the airways are narrow and oval-shaped so they can collapse easily—was also a constant concern. Increasingly, skilled private duty nurses and clinical managers meet such complex medical needs at home. Physicians sign off on all nurse activities, and patient care plans are re-certified at a minimum of every 60 days. Says John McNamara, MD, medical director of Children’s Home Care & Hospice Program at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, “We have sent over 400 children home with trachs and vents and find home care to be a very good alternative with fewer infections and low re-admission rates. Even acute illnesses have been successfully cared for at home.” Recent advances in medical technology have made home care more viable for chronic patient needs. These include tracheotomy, ventilator, gastrostomy tube, IV and infusion therapies, nutrition assistance, and many cardiac issues. Telehealth service management, electronic medical records, and home sensors all enhance the delivery of home care. Cancer and transplant patients are also recuper-

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Dakota Pediatrics Family-owned and operated for 30 years, we offer a better kind of healthcare for your family. Unlike the larger practices, our families and providers truly connect with each other, resulting in better care for you and your loved ones. 5975 Carmen Ave E, Inver Grove Heights 651-455-9697 Morning Star Women’s Health & Birth Center Have you heard the buzz? Morning Star Women’s Health and Birth Center invites you to explore the many services we have available to women, including well-woman care, waterbirth and lactation support. We offer personalized, holistic care in the Midwives’ Model. 6111 Excelsior Blvd, St. Louis Park 612-922-4784 321 13th St, Menomonie, WI 54751 715-231-3100 New Horizon Academy New Horizon Academy, with 54 MN locations, offers exceptional early education programs for children ages 6 weeks through 12 years. Full-time, part-time, and flexible schedules are available. Please call for more information. Corporate Office: 3405 Annapolis Ln N, Ste 100, Plymouth 763-557-1111 612-230-9622 30 September 2011


Welcome Baby Care, LLC We provide postpartum support for the whole family. Our Professional Postpartum Doulas are fully licensed and offer day and night services to help with everything from laundry and meal prep to breastfeeding. Beautiful beginnings start with Welcome Baby Care. 6545 France Ave S, Ste 501, Edina 952-942-5676

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Wild Rice Festival September 21 through October 2

Cavalia ÎÎFromÎtheÎCirqueÎduÎSoleilÎfounderÎNormandÎLatourelleÎcomesÎaÎmagicalÎlarge-scaleÎ equestrianÎballetÎperformanceÎunderÎtheÎlargestÎtentÎinÎNorthÎAmerica.ÎCavalia,ÎaÎtributeÎ toÎtheÎhistoricalÎrelationshipÎbetweenÎmanÎandÎhorse,ÎfeaturesÎmoreÎthanÎ50ÎbeautifulÎ horsesÎinÎaÎfairyÎtaleÎsettingÎfilledÎwithÎpoetry,Îdance,ÎliveÎmusic,Îacrobatics,ÎaerialÎstunts,Î andÎequestrianÎarts.Î When:ÎTimesÎvary;ÎthereÎisÎusuallyÎoneÎafternoonÎandÎoneÎeveningÎshow Where:ÎNearÎtheÎintersectionÎofÎI-394ÎandÎHighwayÎ100,ÎMinneapolis Cost:ÎTicketsÎrangeÎfromÎ$35ÎtoÎ$200 Info:Î

ÎÎPresentedÎbyÎtheÎFriendsÎofÎRoseville’sÎ HarrietÎAlexanderÎNatureÎCenter,ÎtheÎ WildÎRiceÎFestivalÎisÎaÎfamily-friendlyÎ celebrationÎofÎNativeÎAmericanÎculture,Î wildÎrice,ÎandÎMinnesota’sÎfallÎseason.Î ComeÎtoÎtheÎPancakeÎBreakfastÎfundraiserÎ andÎstayÎforÎallÎtheÎfreeÎeventsÎinÎtheÎ afternoon,ÎsuchÎasÎgames,ÎwildÎriceÎ demonstrations,ÎaÎbirdÎrelease,ÎNativeÎ AmericanÎdancers,Îmusic,ÎandÎaÎsilentÎ auction. When:Î8:30Îa.m.ÎtoÎ4:00Îp.m. Where:ÎHarrietÎAlexanderÎNatureÎCenter,Î Roseville Cost:ÎFestivalÎisÎFREE,ÎdonationÎforÎ breakfast Info:Î

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Out About OngOing Minnesota State Fair ÎÎYouÎonlyÎhaveÎaÎfewÎmoreÎdaysÎtoÎ getÎyourÎfeetÎdirty,ÎeatÎSweetÎMartha’sÎ CookiesÎuntilÎyouÎdrop,ÎshopÎinÎtheÎ Grandstand,ÎandÎseeÎwhoÎcanÎgoÎdownÎ theÎGiantÎSlideÎtheÎmost.Î When:ÎThroughÎtheÎ5th Where:ÎMinnesotaÎStateÎFairgrounds,Î St.ÎPaul Cost:ÎTicketÎpricesÎvary Info:Î

Burnsville Fire Muster ÎÎThisÎcommunityÎeventÎisÎknownÎforÎitsÎ famous,Îlongest-fire-truck-everÎparade!Î NonstopÎactivitiesÎincludeÎcarnivalÎrides,Î emergencyÎpersonnelÎdemonstrations,Î foodÎandÎbeveragesÎfromÎlocalÎ restaurants,Îfireworks,ÎandÎmusic.Î When:Î7thÎthroughÎtheÎ11th Where:ÎBurnsville Cost:ÎFREE Info:Îburnsvillefiremuster.comÎ

LEgO Castle Adventure

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When:ÎThroughÎtheÎ11th Where:ÎMinnesotaÎChildren’sÎMuseum,Î St.ÎPaul Cost:ÎAgeÎ1ÎtoÎ101,Î$8.95;ÎMembersÎandÎ underÎageÎ1:ÎFREE Info:Îmcm.orgÎorÎ651-225-6000

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ÎÎHelpÎdesignÎaÎnewÎcastleÎforÎtheÎkingÎ andÎqueenÎusingÎLEGOÎbricks!ÎConstructÎ castles,ÎlearnÎaboutÎreal-worldÎcastlesÎandÎ theirÎbuildingÎsecrets,ÎandÎplanÎyourÎidealÎ castle’sÎdefenses.

Book nook Story Time ÎÎAvailableÎatÎallÎCreativeÎKidstuffÎStores.Î BringÎyourÎlittleÎoneÎinÎeveryÎThursdayÎ morningÎfromÎ10:00Îa.m.ÎtoÎ11:00Îa.m.ÎtoÎ hearÎyourÎfavoriteÎpreschoolÎbooks. When:ÎOngoing Where:ÎCreativeÎKidstuffÎlocations Cost:ÎFREE Info:Î

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Minnesota Parent’s Education Fair features a variety of schools:

Charter Montessori Preschool Private Public

ongoing Defeat of Jesse James Days

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

Defeat of Jesse James Days

Î This long-standing and beloved festival features live armored jousting, themed weekends, and about 250 artisan booths. Also open Labor Day and Friday, Sept. 30.

Î Since 1948, the city of Northfield has held a festival in honor of the townsfolk who defeated Jesse James and the Younger Gang. Events include bank raid re-enactments, live music, a parade, and a carnival. Walk around town to see these events or visit the Historical Society Museum in Northfield for a complete and in depth look at the history behind the celebration.

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Caboose Ride



When: Wednesdays and Saturdays year-round Where: St. Paul Cost: $5 to $10, depending upon day info: or 651-228-0263






Î Take a caboose ride from The Great Northern Railway’s historic Jackson Street Roundhouse in St. Paul, a former steam engine maintenance facility. Travel through the past with historic train rides, exhibits featuring local and regional railway history, an operating roundhouse turntable, and vintage steam engine restorations.


Minnesota Parent welcomes information about events for families throughout the state of Minnesota. Calendar listings are FREE and can be submitted online at; click on Events > Submit an event. You can submit a listing at any time, but the deadline for possible inclusion in the print publication is six weeks prior to the month of publication. (For example, June 15 for the August issue.) All events are subject to change. Be certain to check with the event sponsor either by visiting the website or calling, to ensure the featured event is still viable. Events taking place for more than one weekend in length will be listed in our “Ongoing” area, space permitting.



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Entertainment provided by: • ARTrageous Adventures • Dazzling Dave the Yo-Yo Master

When: 7th through the 11th Where: Northfield Cost: Children 5 and under are FREE; all others need a button for the events, $4. info: or 800-658-2548


When: Weekends through October 2 Where: Shakopee Cost: From $9.50 to $20.95; children under 4 are FREE info: or 952-445-7361









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Shafer Corn Maze ÎÎAÎ12-acreÎcornfieldÎinÎShafer,ÎMNÎhasÎ beenÎtransformedÎintoΓWelcomeÎtoÎtheÎ Dragon’sÎLair”ÎwithÎpathsÎjustÎfourÎfeetÎwideÎ toÎofferÎanÎauthenticÎhedgeÎlabyrinthÎfeel. When:ÎFriday,ÎSaturdayÎandÎSundayÎ throughÎOct.Î30 Where:ÎShafer,ÎMN Cost:Î$5ÎtoÎ$8;ÎchildrenÎunderÎ4ÎareÎ FREE Info:Î

Collaborative Divorce uses the services of financial analysts and mental health professionals working as a team to take everyone’s needs into consideration.

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9 FridAy Kielbasa Festival ÎÎThisÎyear’sÎfestivalÎwillÎfeatureÎaÎvarietyÎ ofÎbands,Îfood,ÎandÎbeer,ÎincludingÎanÎ assortmentÎofÎsausagesÎasÎwellÎasÎGrainÎ BeltÎNordeastÎBeerÎonÎtap.ÎHostedÎ byÎKramarczuk’sÎSausageÎCompany,Î Restaurant,ÎandÎBakery.

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fall fun

• Half Peck Play Area with a Monster Truck, Pirate Ship, Tractor & Train • Mountain Slide • Goat Habitat

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Scarecrow festival

10 SAturdAy Music Around the World ÎÎLearnÎaboutÎtheÎpeople,Îculture,Î animalsÎandÎinstrumentsÎofÎtheÎworldÎ duringÎtheÎliveÎfamilyÎconcert.ÎPlus,ÎbeforeÎ andÎafterÎeachÎconcert,ÎchildrenÎwillÎhaveÎ theÎchanceÎtoÎtestÎoutÎtheÎinstruments,Î meetÎtheÎmusicians,ÎandÎsnackÎonÎsomeÎ tastyÎworld-famousÎtreats!Î When:Î10:00ÎtoÎ11:00Îa.m.ÎandÎ11:00Îa.m.Î toÎnoon Where:ÎMacPhailÎCenterÎforÎMusic,Î Minneapolis Cost:ÎFREE Info:Î612-321-0100

Sept. 10–Oct. 30 • 100 Scarecrows on Display • Wagon Rides • Giant Haystack Jump • Petting Zoo • Maze

Weekend activities

• Barrel Express Train • Camel Rides • Pony Rides • Live Music

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playÎold-fashionedÎgames,ÎtourÎtheÎ DorenkemperÎHouse,ÎorÎmakeÎÎ yourÎownÎcider!Î When:Î11:00Îa.m.ÎtoÎ2:00Îp.m.Î Where:ÎRiley-JacquesÎBarn,ÎEdenÎPrairie Tickets:ÎFREE Info:Îedenprairie.orgÎorÎ952-949-8457

5th Annual Bunker Prairie Festival ÎÎEnjoyÎtheÎwoodlands,Îprairies,ÎandÎ wetlandsÎofÎBunkerÎHillsÎRegionalÎParkÎ withÎaÎclimbingÎwall,ÎpettingÎzoo,Îmusic,Î yogaÎinÎtheÎpark,ÎdiscÎgolfÎdemonstrations,Î andÎmuchÎmore.Î When:ÎNoonÎtoÎ3:00Îp.m. Where:ÎBunkerÎHillsÎRegionalÎPark,Î Andover Tickets:ÎFREE

James J. Hill days ÎÎTwoÎdaysÎofÎfun.ÎTheÎ10thÎhostsÎtheÎ CoasterÎCartÎDerbyÎatÎ9:00Îa.m.ÎandÎ theÎDachshundÎRacesÎatÎ1:00Îp.m.ÎalongÎ withÎtheÎopen-airÎartsÎbazaar,ÎtheÎhealthÎ andÎwellnessÎexpo,ÎandÎtheÎhomeÎandÎ gardenÎexpo. When:ÎNoÎsetÎstart/endÎtimesÎonÎ websiteÎyet Where:ÎWayzata Cost:ÎFREE Info:Î952-473-9595ÎorÎvisitÎ

Excelsior Apple day ÎÎHeldÎonÎMainÎStreetÎinÎdowntownÎ Excelsior,ÎtheÎeventÎboastsÎwalkingÎtours,Î boatÎridesÎonÎLakeÎMinnetonka,ÎasÎwellÎasÎ produce,Îcrafts,ÎvintageÎitems,ÎandÎaÎredÎ wagonÎandÎdollÎbuggyÎparadeÎatÎnoon.Î When:Î8:00Îa.m.ÎtoÎ4:00Îp.m. Where:ÎMainÎStreetÎinÎExcelsior Cost:ÎFREE Info:Îsouthlake-excelsiorchamber.comÎorÎ 952-474-5880ÎÎ

Kielbasa Festival ÎÎSeeÎdescription,ÎFridayÎtheÎ9th. When:Î11:00Îa.m.ÎtoÎ10:00Îp.m.Î

Where spirit, mind and body flourish Grape Stomp Festival ÎÎFreeÎgrapeÎstompingÎcompetitions,ÎliveÎ music,ÎandÎcomplimentaryÎwineÎtasting.Î YouÎandÎyourÎfamilyÎwillÎfindÎanÎactivityÎforÎ everyone!Î When:ÎLiveÎmusicÎfromÎnoonÎtoÎ5:00;Î grapeÎstompingÎatÎ1:00,Î3:00,ÎandÎ 5:00Îp.m. Where:ÎSaintÎCroixÎVineyards,ÎStillwater Cost:ÎFREE Info:Îscvwines.comÎorÎ651-430-3310

Please Join Us for Information Night/Open House: Thurs., Nov. 3, 2011, 5:30-7 p.m.

A respectful, caring, faith-filled environment A focus on integrity and character-building skills Academic excellence; competitive fine arts/global language offerings

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11 Sunday The Bridge for youth Omelet Breakfast ÎÎYourÎchoiceÎofÎingredientsÎplusÎ hashbrowns,Îtoast,ÎandÎOJ,ÎtoÎbenefitÎTheÎ BridgeÎforÎYouth,ÎanÎorganizationÎhelpingÎ youthÎinÎcrisis.ÎÎ When:Î8:30Îa.m.ÎtoÎ12:30Îp.m. Where:ÎMinneapolisÎPostÎ#1ÎAmericanÎ LegionÎAuxiliary,ÎMinneapolis Cost:Î$3.50ÎkidsÎ10ÎandÎunder;Î$7ÎallÎ others Info:Î

5th annual Bunker Prairie Festival & 5K Bunker Stampede ÎÎEnjoyÎtheÎwoodlands,Îprairies,ÎandÎ wetlandsÎofÎBunkerÎHillsÎRegionalÎParkÎ withÎaÎclimbingÎwall,ÎpettingÎzoo,Îmusic,Î yogaÎinÎtheÎpark,ÎdiscÎgolfÎdemonstrations,Î andÎmuchÎmore.ÎTheÎBunkerÎStampedeÎ includesÎaÎ5KÎraceÎandÎaÎKid’sÎFunÎRunÎinÎ theÎmorning.Î When:ÎNoonÎtoÎ3:00Îfestival;ÎraceÎ beginsÎatÎ10:00 Where:ÎBunkerÎHillsÎRegionalÎPark,Î Andover Tickets:ÎFestivalÎisÎFREE;ÎearlyÎ registrationÎforÎraceÎisÎ$15;ÎlateÎ registrationÎisÎ$20 Info:Î prairie_fest.htm

Kielbasa Festival ÎÎSeeÎdescription,ÎFridayÎtheÎ9th. When:Î11:00Îa.m.ÎtoÎ6:00Îp.m.Î

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Out About James J. Hill Days  Two days of fun. The 11th hosts the Minneapolis Club Charity Car Show at 10:00 a.m. and a parade at 1:00 p.m. along with the open-air arts bazaar, the health and wellness expo, and the home and garden expo. When: No set start/end times on website yet Where: Wayzata Cost: FREE Info: or 952-473-9595

15 THURSDAY YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: It’s Time to Dance!  Nickelodeon’s kid fave, Yo Gabba Gabba, brings characters DJ Lance Rock, Muno, Plex, and Brobee on stage, infusing retro-style and beat-driven music to teach simple life lessons through song. The live show will feature a mix of music, animation, games, singing and dancing as well as new songs and performances. When: 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Where: State Theatre, Minneapolis Cost: From $25 to $45 Info: 800-982-2787 or

17 SATURDAY A Prairie Home Companion Annual Meatloaf Supper and Street Dance  Listen to a live broadcast of “A Prairie Home Companion,” live music from The Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band, enjoy a meatloaf and mashed potato dinner, and later, take to the streets to show off your moves. When: Broadcast at 5:00; dinner at 6:00 p.m.; street dance from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Where: Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul Cost: Ticket prices for the live performance from $32; $5/dinner; street dance is FREE Info:


Teddy Bear Brunch  An event for you, your little one, and their favorite teddy bear! Enjoy some food, craft time, game time, and a performance by the Teddy Bear Band. When: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Where: Maplewood Community Center, Maplewood Cost: $15/parent and child Info: 651-249-2230 or

Lakeville Art Festival  This festival hosts 60 exhibits that include visual, performing, and literary mediums. When: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Where: Lakeville Area Arts Center, Lakeville Cost: FREE Info:

18 SUNDAY The Moon Festival

moon tales, decorate lanterns, play twilight games, enjoy a taste of moon cake, and join in the lantern parade in Rice Park. When: 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Where: Landmark Center, St. Paul Cost: FREE Info: or 651-292-3063

Target Free 3rd Sundays at the Minnesota Children’s Museum  Thanks to the generosity of Target Corporation, visitors can roam the Museum free of charge every third Sunday of each month. Due to the number of visitors on Target Free 3rd Sundays, MCM suggests leaving strollers at home or in the car. When: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Where: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Cost: FREE Info:

Teddy Bear Brunch  See description, Saturday the 17th.

 Hosted by the Landmark Center, gives children and families the opportunity to create their own story book, listen to

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Out About Lakeville Art Festival ÎÎSeeÎdescription,ÎSaturdayÎtheÎ17th. When:Î10:00Îa.m.ÎtoÎ5:00Îp.m.

23 FridAy Festa italiana ÎÎExploreÎtheÎItalianÎcultureÎthatÎcanÎbeÎ foundÎrightÎhereÎinÎMinnesota.ÎTryÎyourÎ luckÎatÎBocceÎBall,ÎlistenÎtoÎmusicÎfromÎ theÎorganÎgrinders,ÎtasteÎsomeÎforeignÎ food,ÎwatchÎtheÎfolkÎartÎdemonstrations,Î orÎhangÎoutÎinÎtheÎchildren’sÎplayÎarea.Î When:Î3:00ÎtoÎ9:00Îp.m. Where:ÎHarrietÎIsland,ÎMinneapolis Cost:ÎFREE Info:Î

24 SAturdAy Franconia Arts & Music Festival ÎÎFranconiaÎisÎhomeÎtoÎanÎimpressiveÎ sculptureÎgarden,ÎandÎduringÎtheÎArtsÎÎ andÎMusicÎFestival,ÎoverÎ20ÎmusicalÎÎ actsÎandÎotherÎentertainmentÎcomeÎ togetherÎtoÎcelebrateÎFranconia’sÎÎ artistsÎandÎtheirÎwork.Î When:Î10:00Îa.m.ÎtoÎ10:00Îp.m. Where:ÎFranconia Cost:ÎFREE;ÎparkingÎisÎ$5 Info:Îfranconia.orgÎorÎ651-257-6668

HCMC Midwife Celebration ÎÎHCMCÎcelebratesÎ40ÎyearsÎofÎnursemidwifeÎserviceÎwithÎlightÎrefreshments,Î music,Îfood,ÎandÎbirth-relatedÎitems.Î PastÎpatientsÎandÎfamiliesÎcanÎreuniteÎ withÎnurse-midwifesÎandÎrevisitÎtheirÎ birthplace.ÎThoseÎconsideringÎaÎmidwifeassistedÎbirthÎareÎalsoÎwelcome. When:Î1:00ÎtoÎ4:00Îp.m. Where:ÎHCMCÎCenterÎCourtyard,ÎblueÎ building,ÎfirstÎfloor,ÎMinneapolis Cost:ÎFREE Info:Î

the Walk to End Alzheimer’s ÎÎTheÎnation’sÎlargestÎeventÎtoÎraiseÎ awarenessÎandÎfundsÎforÎAlzheimer’sÎcare,Î support,ÎandÎresearch.ÎWalkÎwithÎyourÎfamilyÎ toÎincreaseÎunderstandingÎandÎknowledgeÎ aboutÎthisÎseriousÎillness.ÎChooseÎeitherÎ aÎone-mileÎandÎthree-mileÎroute.ÎNoÎ registrationÎfeeÎbutÎwalkersÎareÎencouragedÎ toÎdonateÎorÎraiseÎmoneyÎforÎtheÎcause.ÎAÎ postÎwalkÎprogramÎbeginsÎatÎ11:00Îa.m.Î When:Î8:30Îa.m. Where:ÎHylandÎLakeÎPark,ÎBloomington Cost:ÎFREE Info:Î

My Healthy Beginning Experience ÎÎFamiliesÎhaveÎaÎuniqueÎandÎhandsonÎexperienceÎtoÎtaste,Îtouch,ÎandÎfeelÎ allÎthingsÎhealthfulÎandÎnaturalÎatÎtheÎ MinnesotaÎStateÎFairgroundsÎGrandstand.Î CheckÎoutÎvariousÎproductsÎandÎservicesÎ thatÎwillÎhelpÎyouÎleadÎaÎhealthier,Î moreÎorganicÎlife,ÎincludingÎcookingÎ demonstrations,ÎnaturalÎhealthÎproducts,Î handmadeÎclothing,ÎandÎfitnessÎclasses.Î When:Î10:00Îa.m.ÎtoÎ6:00Îp.m. Where:ÎMinnesotaÎStateÎFairgroundsÎ Grandstand,ÎSt.ÎPaul Cost:ÎFREE Info:Î612-418-3801ÎorÎ

Afton Art in the Park ÎÎAftonÎParkÎisÎpepperedÎwithÎ sculpture,Îpottery,Îpaintings,Îwoodwork,Î photography,Îjewelry,ÎandÎmuchÎmore.Î Food,ÎsilentÎauction,ÎliveÎmusicÎfromÎtheÎ pavilion,ÎandÎmore.Î When:Î10:00Îa.m.ÎtoÎ5:00Îp.m. Where:ÎAfton Cost:ÎFREE Info:Î

25 SundAy My Healthy Beginning Experience ÎÎSeeÎdescription,ÎSaturdayÎtheÎ24th. When:Î10:00Îa.m.ÎtoÎ5:00Îp.m.

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The Washburn Games ÎÎShowcasingÎpopularÎsportsÎlikeÎsoccer,Î golfÎandÎfootball,ÎasÎwellÎasÎunfamiliarÎ sports,ÎlikeÎcricket,Îlacrosse,ÎandÎmanyÎ more,ÎgivingÎchildrenÎtheÎopportunityÎtoÎ tryÎeachÎoneÎout.ÎTheÎeventÎraisesÎfundsÎ andÎawarenessÎforÎchildren’sÎmentalÎhealth.Î IntendedÎageÎofÎaudienceÎisÎfourÎtoÎ12.Î When:Î1:30Îp.m.ÎtoÎ4:30Îp.m. Where:ÎBrynÎMawrÎMeadowsÎnearÎPennÎ Ave.Î&Î394,ÎMinneapolis Cost:Î$10ÎentryÎfee Info:Î

Afton Art in the Park ÎÎSeeÎdescription,ÎSaturdayÎtheÎ24th.

Learn Grow Thrive YMCa PresChooL For aGes 3 – 5

When:Î11:00Îa.m.ÎtoÎ4:00Îp.m. Where:ÎAfton Cost:ÎFREE Info:Î

Fall Raptor Release ÎÎEnjoyÎaÎdayÎofÎliveÎmusic,Îchildren’sÎ activities,ÎorchardÎwagonÎtours,ÎandÎtheÎ opportunityÎtoÎmeetÎandÎseeÎtheÎRaptorÎ Center’sÎeducationalÎbirds.ÎSitÎonÎyourÎ lawnÎchairÎorÎblanketÎasÎyouÎandÎyourÎ familyÎwatchÎtheÎamazingÎrehabilitatedÎ birdsÎofÎpreyÎreturnedÎtoÎtheÎwild.Î

a full-time or part-time program featuring: YMCA Preschool develops skills for classroom readiness; socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively through hands-on activities. Children develop a passion for enriChMenT aCTiviTies are an iMPorTanT learning and experience asPeCT oF YMCa ChiLd a true sense of achievement. Care ProGraMs and inCLude: • Kids Fitness • Language • Swimming • Music and Movement

When:ÎEventsÎfromÎ10:00Îa.m.ÎtoÎ 3:00Îp.m.;ÎbirdsÎreleasedÎatÎÎ 11:30Îa.m.ÎandÎ2:00Îp.m. Where:ÎCarpenterÎSt.ÎCroixÎValleyÎ NatureÎCenter,ÎHastings Cost:ÎFREE Info:Î events/fall-raptor-release

You do not need to be a member to participate in Child Care. Explore the many ways the YMCA can support your healthy family development.

26 MondAy Craig Thompson event ÎÎGraphicÎnovelistÎCraigÎThompsonÎwillÎbeÎ visitingÎtoÎpromoteÎhisÎnewÎbook,ÎHabibi.Î Thompson’sÎmostÎrecentÎworkÎdescribesÎ anÎepicÎromanceÎthatÎinvestigatesÎtheÎ historyÎofÎreligion,Îstorytelling,ÎandÎIslam.ÎÎ When:Î7:00Îp.m. Where:ÎMinneapolisÎCollegeÎofÎArtÎ andÎDesignÎAuditorium,ÎMinneapolis Cost:ÎFREE Info:Î •



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Letters to the editor

In our August 2011 Real Parents section, we profiled Jennifer VanDerHorst-Larson, whose son Cade has autism. A few people wrote in, disagreeing with her comments. Chad Huset noted it was, “just irresponsible to publish this article without a disclaimer” and Ashley Shelby wrote that she was, “distressed and profoundly disappointed after reading the Real Parents in this month’s Minnesota Parent.” The Real Parents section (renamed Real Life as of this issue) is a page meant to reflect what one person is doing and thinking at that point in their life—their interests, triumphs, and issues. Thus, it was an opinion piece as it were, of a woman who was rightly questioning every possible reason for her son’s condition. Had this been an article on vaccinations (such as the one we ran in the January 2009 issue), the facts would have been presented as our findings and held to a different standard. Nonetheless, we take our reader comments very seriously and look at it as an opportunity to present to you important information.

In the Heart of the Beast

these are the facts:

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It was stated that 1 in 28 Somali children in Minnesota have autism. To correct, the Minnesota Department of Health estimated that of diagnosed autistic children in Minnesota, you could expect to find a Somali child in one of every 28 diagnosed children.

There have been studies, such as the 1997 “Measels, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella Combination Vaccine: Safety and Immunogenocity Alone and in Combination with Other Vaccines Given to Children” published in Clinical Infectious Diseases; a 2001 study in the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, “Safety and immunogenicity of a pentavalent diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B and polio combination vaccine in infants” showing the safety of the dTap combo vaccine that disproves the potential link, along with a host of other studies. If you open this article on after September 1, we will have embedded links to the many studies, making them easily available for you.

It was stated that Minnesota has the highest rate of autism. The accounts definitely vary, depending upon the source of information, and whether you are interested in per capita rates or total population percentage rates.

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There is no evidence to connect vaccines and autism. The Wakefield study, which linked autism to childhood vaccines, was retracted and eventually deemed fraudulent. British doctor and author of the study, Andrew Wakefield, was stripped of his medical license about a year ago after it was determined that he misrepresented or altered the medical histories of all 12 of the patients whose cases formed the basis of the 1998 study.

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I used to take [my daughters] fishing only when I was pretty sure we could catch good size fish. I used to think, ‘if they go fishing with their Dad, this famous outdoor guy, we better catch nice ones.’ So consequently, I didn’t take them fishing as often as I should have. I learned by accident that the size of the fish matters nothing to the kid. It’s the fish. Catching a tiny perch is as exciting as a five pound bass. So with Jake, we don’t set any big fish rules. We go where the fish are ... hopefully. What activities do you and Jake do together? real granDpa

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I have been surrounded by women; between my wife, daughters, and dogs, they are all females! I think I regretted not having a son for about a split second. I always told my daughters, they could do anything that anybody else can do ... and in some cases, do it better.

Lately, we’ve been playing a lot of hockey in the living room—he calls it knee hockey, because I’m on my knees. And in the backyard with baseball, I’m usually the pitcher and he’s always the batter. He hits and I go fetch. What are differences you see being both a dad and a grandpa?

Being a dad is a wonderful thing, but it comes at a different stage in your life ... when you’re running on a faster track. You feel job pressures, money pressures. I think, in some ways, the … time [spent] as a parent gets lost because of the fast track you are on. Whereas being a grandfather, while I don’t get the opportunity to interact on a daily basis, I bring something else to [Jake’s] life. A little more stability, perhaps. I’m calmer. The world is not coming to an end. And you play a different role. I try to be a rock for him. We haven’t had a lot of heart to heart talks at his age, but his next seven years will be more trying, and I plan to be that rock.

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