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THE BABY NAME GAME Page 32

HOW TO AVOID

NECK PAIN WHILE NURSING Page 42

Natalie Nyhus, Minneapolis

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Harry Potter heaven This gender-neutral, Hogwarts-style nursery in Maple Grove will blow your mind!

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The perfect name Naming a human is no small feat! Read one local mom’s take on the best local and national resources for finding just the right monikers for kids — and their siblings.

42 Pain in the neck Poor nursing posture can wreak havoc on your body. Here’s how to reposition, stretch — and even strengthen — your way to more ergonomic, comfortable breastfeeding.

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hours. From there it was much easier. After some good pushing, Gwenny came out with a full head of dark hair, screaming and holding her head up! How did you feel throughout your pregnancy? I had morning sickness the first trimester, but the second and third trimesters were wonderful. I loved my pregnant belly and growing baby so much. I was very proud of my baby bump, but the kicks were my favorite part. I avoided the last few weeks of pregnancy and discomfort. It was replaced with extra sleep deprivation with a preemie!

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Name: Natalie Nyhus Age: 34 Occupation: After working for six years as a TV news anchor at WCCO, I’ve decided to take some time off to focus on our family and pursue other creative aspirations. City: Minneapolis Husband: Peder Nyhus Baby name: Gwenyth Diane Nyhus. Gwenyth is a name both my husband and I loved. We had just one name picked for each gender. Thank goodness the name fit. Diane is her grandmother’s first name. Due date: Oct. 1, 2016 Born: Sept. 9, 2016 Baby’s weight: 6 pounds, 14 ounces Baby’s length: 20 inches Birthed at: Fairview Southdale Hours of labor: 7 Birth story: Gwenyth surprised us by arriving three weeks early! My water broke, but because it was so early, I talked myself into thinking I wasn’t in labor. I worked a full shift at work, got a full night’s sleep (the last one!) and then finally called the doctor who advised me to get to the hospital ASAP. My husband was traveling for work the day my water broke, but was back in time for the big event. My doctor induced contractions, and I got an epidural after a few intense

Did you have any pregnancy cravings? Waffles What’s surprised you most about life with Baby? The sleep. The days just melted into each other. The sun would come up, and I would think, “Oh, I guess it’s another day!” I also had to (and continue to) work at letting go of order in the household. Everyone told me to nap when she naps instead of working. I’m finally starting to do that now at six months. We have loved bringing Gwenyth into our home. She has brought an indescribable joy and light into our lives. Advice for new mamas: Nap when your baby naps. Don’t wait on people when they visit. And protect your bonding time with your new baby; visitors can come later and on your schedule! Favorite baby products: The Woombie, Dock-A-Tot, Baby Shusher and Doona Stroller/car seat Favorite baby book: Harold and the Purple Crayon Favorite place to get out with Baby: A walk around Lake Harriet, BYOB Yoga Class at Blooma and any restaurant. She’s still portable and gets lulled to sleep by the ambient noise. Más café / más leche photo courtesy of the Nyhus family

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GYMNASTICS TUMBLING TRAMPOLINE

10 FROM THE EDITOR

What they don’t tell you Nothing really prepares you for the miracle of life or the work that goes into sustaining it. 12 CHATTER

Sitter booking made easy An Edina couple has solved the date-night hassles of paying and booking babysitters. 14 BABY ON BOARD

Your Hero’s Journey Mama, don’t forget to think about life after delivery, which is actually pretty important! 16 TODDLER TIME

Tantrum triage With the newborn stage behind you, it’s time to sort out your response system for senseless meltdowns. 18 SCHOOL DAYS

No more babies Knowing you’re done having children can bring a certain peace. 20 TEENS AND TWEENS

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Granola apple stacks Mix up your brekkie routine with this revolutionary take on “toast,” tested by a local mama of four.

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Banking for preschoolers Starting kids young on finance education can help create good spending (and saving) habits. 24 ASK THE PEDIATRICIAN

Teething!

Does it cause fever and diarrhea? 26 ON BEHAVIOR

Extreme outbursts

Learn how to cope and when to get help. 28 BOOKSHELF

Best buddies Lessons in friendship are easy to find in these tales. 66 FROM OUR READERS

Bump club

Local moms share their maternity photos!


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You won’t believe it W hen my best friend had her first child, she couldn’t believe how hard it was caring for

a baby. She’d heard all the stories about sleepless nights, endless crying and nasty diaper blowouts. She was a longtime babysitting pro and an auntie, too. She was great with kids. She even worked with elementary school children for a living. She had all the best baby products and enjoyed a relatively uneventful delivery. And, yet, nothing prepared her for the reality of parenthood, not to mention the grind of breastfeeding and pumping, which seemed to take over Photo by Tracy Walsh / tracywalshphoto.com her life. I remember when her son was about 2 months old, she bleated to a good friend, a mother of three: “Why didn’t you TELL ME?” Her response? “I’m sorry! I didn’t want to scare you.” This story makes me laugh every time I think of it. The secret horrors of motherhood! They’re real! The truth is, my friend’s friend easily could have told her. In fact, she probably did tell her. But my dear friend never would’ve believed her. Parenting is just one of those things you have to live out yourself. I learned it the hard way, too, thinking I knew what to expect, but never really knowing until I was actually forever mothering. And, because every child is different, no one really knows exactly how things are going to go anyway. You may have a “dream child” who likes to primarily snuggle and coo. You may have a colicky little cuss, who seems never content with peace or quiet. But, if you’re reading this while pregnant, know this: All that really matters is that you’ll have a child. And you’ll find your way. And then you’ll be the one giving the advice about the hardest job you’ll ever love. And you’ll be in it with the rest of us. With this month’s magazine — our annual Maternity Issue — we hope to prepare you with a few tips and tricks. I believe there’s never been a better time to have a child. Thanks to the rise of super-supportive social media moms/dads groups, helpful parenting apps, advances in pediatric and obstetrics care — and a small but gradually growing number of companies offering paid maternity/paternity leave/ work flexibility — parenting is changing for the better. My son was born in 2008, and the changes since then have been astounding. You’re lucky. Welcome, parents-to-be, to the club! It is a fine club indeed. Trust me. Sarah Jackson, Editor


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olis was a marvel when it opened a year ago,

It was a success! And at 36 weeks, Clara

offering life-saving fetal surgeries to babies in

was delivered via a planned C-section and

sensation in her lower extremities and is able

utero, including twins.

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brother, Conner.

any major problems.

Now the center has expanded its services to include open fetal surgeries with a special emphasis on treating spina bifida. Literally meaning “split spine,” the

Today, Clara is healthy, happy and doing

Fewer than a dozen centers in North

well. And, though it’s too early to say how

America routinely perform open fetal

she’ll develop as the months and years go

surgeries.

condition (which begins about four weeks

by, many of the major complications related

after conception) can cause traumatic injury to

to her diagnosis seem to be reduced or

So far, eight open fetal surgeries have been completed at the center, which is an

the spinal cord, a buildup of fluid in the brain

outpatient clinic located in The Mother

and other lifelong physical and neurological

Baby Center in Minneapolis adjacent to

challenges. Spina bifida affects 1 out of every

Abbott Northwestern Hospital, where

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surgeries are performed. The fetal care center offers a wide variety

In open fetal surgery, the fetus is partially removed from the womb (in a procedure

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surgery. Afterward, the fetus is returned to

doctors access to the fetus as well as the

the womb to gestate until birth.

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If it all sounds too crazy to be true, you need only look at the center’s first success story — 1-year-old Clara Carlin of Coon Rapids. She was diagnosed at 16 weeks in utero with a severe form of spina bifida. At 25 weeks, she and her mother, Nicole, both went under general anesthesia for a

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↑↑Coon Rapids residents Bobby and Nicole Carlin and their son, Conner, 3, welcomed baby Clara in April 2016. Clara, pictured here at 9 months old, underwent open fetal surgery at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis when she was 25 weeks in utero. Photos by Lynsey Tjaden Photography

Mothers having high-risk pregnancies involving congenital conditions or abnormalities may be referred to the fetal care center, which is a collaboration between Children’s Minnesota and Allina Health. Learn more at childrensmn.org.


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It’s about to get real C

ongratulations, you’re going to have a baby! Whether you’re giving birth or adopting, your life is going to change in a major way with the arrival of that little bundle of magic and tears. Yes, that’s what everyone says; and, yes, it’s a totally boring thing to say. And you won’t understand the profundity of that change until there’s a new small human residing in your home. Does that sound patronizing? Because it is. Patronizing — but true!

Your Hero’s Journey When I was pregnant for the first time, I hated it when people droned on about how fundamentally my life would change after the baby finally came. I got the impression what they really meant was that I’d suddenly transform into a beige mom-bot whose idea of a good time was a clothdiapering-and-chardonnay workshop down at the local wooden toy shop. And who knows, maybe that is what they meant. But it’s not what I mean now. When I say your life is going to change, I’m speaking in mythical terms: You’re kind of on a Hero’s Journey. You’ve received the call to adventure (getting pregnant or deciding to adopt). You may grapple with fears of the unknown. You’ll meet with a mentor who will perhaps help you prepare for the changes ahead — maybe a midwife, OB, the woman teaching your “Baby Care 101” class or What to Expect When You’re Expecting. You prepare to cross the threshold. This is where my sophomore-yearcultural-studies musings start to fall apart. Maybe it’s not really a Hero’s Journey;

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maybe it’s just plain old Having a Baby. This is also the point at which many parents-to-be (especially mothers-to-be) start to lose the plot. “Should I try hypnobirthing?” we ask ourselves. “Should I hire a doula?” Like a tunnel-visioned bride, we’re focusing primarily on the big event (wedding/birth) and less on the huge transformation that awaits (married life/ caring for a child forever). So we do our best to prepare for — and purchase — the “birth experience” we’ve been told we’re entitled to; and we give nary a thought to what happens when we take the baby home. At least, this is how it was for me.

Devastation, anyone? I was completely unprepared for the postpartum period. I didn’t understand how absolutely devastating this time can be. It’s kind of a taboo subject — admit that the postpartum weeks might be anything other than a love fest and risk stressing out pregnant women, bumming out grandparents and receiving a humiliating lack of

‘We do our best to prepare for — and purchase — the ‘birth experience’ we’ve been told we’re entitled to; and we give nary a thought to what happens when we take the baby home.’ likes on your Facebook feed. I used to be a militant member of the “don’t tell pregnant women anything distressing” camp. But now I have to break ranks when it comes to speaking up about postpartum realities. The U.S. provides a whole lot of nothing to families when it comes to maternity leave, adequate health care, affordable child care — basically anything you might need when you have a new baby. So it’s up to us to elect lawmakers who

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will work to make the U.S. less punishing to parents. In the meantime, we’ll have to fend for ourselves.

Skip the Euro high chair Here are a few suggestions to help you face postpartum struggles: 1: Hire a postpartum doula or baby nurse. If there’s any way you can afford it, I urge you to hire some to help you after you bring Baby home. Someone who will care for the baby while you sleep; someone who will cook food and bring it to you; someone who will sweep the floor and take out the trash. Save the thousand dollars you would’ve spent on a European high chair and spend it on this instead. Of course, if you can convince a family member or friend to do this for free, even better! (Beware of possible attached strings.) 2: Round up your money. This stuff is gonna cost you! I’m not just talking about diapers and crib sheets. I’m talking about all those inscrutable bills relating to the birth. And that not-covered-by-your-insurance freak-out trip to the ER with your newborn. And the mortgage/rent that keeps demanding to be paid. 3: Get good support. Let’s go back to those mentors from your hero’s journey — you need them now, too. Pick the best ones and kick the others to the curb. This is no time for being polite.

Your baby’s first year is a time of incredible growth. Nurturing relationships promote healthy brain development, build social and emotional skills and support language development.

Shannon Keough lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two children. Send questions or comments to skeough@ mnparent.com. mnparent.com • April 2017

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t’s the big “but …” of toddlerhood. As in, “This would be the best age, but ...” or “He’s such a sweet kid, but …” If there’s one thing that universally challenges toddler parents, it’s tantrums. Much like earthquakes, they vary in style, duration, intensity and frequency. Between the ages of 1 and 3, these fits are as certain as a fault line’s tremor. It’s just a matter of where and when they strike, and how to best contain the damage.

I don’t understand you While in the moment, tantrums can seem nonsensical. Contortion, inconsolable crying, seemingly searing physical pain, screeching — oh, the screeching — all over a parent’s unwillingness of to procure a purple smoothie. However, if you think about it, toddler tantrums totally make sense. This is the age of cognition, enlightenment and subsequent disappointment. Life is hard. Candy is not dinner. Money doesn’t grow on trees. And bedtime is a major bummer. Further frustrating for the child is the realization that he can’t do a darn thing about the Hard Truths. In fact, he doesn’t even have the words to communicate his deep, rumbling displeasure.

Back to basics Not too long ago, as parents, you responded to your child’s cries with a method of trial and error — running down a checklist of needs to determine what was making your infant fuss. Are you hungry, lonely, wet, gassy, hot or cold? Additionally, you likely anticipated these needs and got into a rhythm of safeguarding against Baby’s hunger fits,

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overtired sleep strikes and overstimulated rage. You kept things in balance. In some ways, nothing’s changed. The days go much better when you pack healthy snacks, avoid skipping the nap and have that favorite stuffed unicorn ready to go. You respond to needs along the way, anticipate, balance and try to find the right approach. You didn’t avoid every crying jag during infancy, and you won’t avoid every toddler tantrum; but you CAN put the untouchables and breakables out of sight. You can prepare and mitigate and make your life a whole lot easier.

meltdown is a good idea. But giving in to a tantrum is, while human, a habit you’ll want to break. I say habit because it will only start a cycle of insanity — tantrum, reward, tantrum. Responding to needs will never involve Paw Patrol, candy or a certain favorite shirt that’s still in the wash. While indulging in such creature comforts is fine and normal in moderation, your job as a parent is to also draw and maintain boundaries. You’re not doing yourself any favors if you give up and give in when one of these toddler desires is demanded at top decibel. Tantrums can be dealt with or ignored, but never entertained.

The eye of the storm Responding to NEEDS at this age is appropriate. Anticipating a sticky situation and practicing avoidance is smart. Redirection and diversion during a

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and diversion, parents need their own coping mechanisms for dealing with the experience. Keep your own sanity in check by knowing when to safely walk away. Take the proverbial deep breath. Practice deep breathing with your kiddo — outside the chaos of the tantrum — and turn to that skill together when she’s upset. You pick them up and carry them out of that store, if you must. Groceries CAN wait. It isn’t giving into the tantrum to go home, rest, regroup and try another day. You laugh. Because “the purple smoothie got on my Paw Patrol badge” as a gateway to spontaneous combustion is actually pretty funny. Jen Wittes is a freelance writer and mother of two who lives in St. Paul. Learn more about her work at jenwittes.com. Send questions or comments to jwittes@mnparent.com.

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recently helped organize a casual baby shower at a workplace gathering for a colleague. Thanks to a small group of creative teachers, we were able to pull off a Pinterest-worthy, Welcome Bébé-themed baby shower for our French-teacher mama-to-be. We shared pink cupcakes and offered words of advice over lunch with more than 100 faculty and staff. We also presented the new mama with a generous gift on behalf of all of us. I truly enjoy paying forward acts of kindness and support such as this to others as they welcome new little ones into their families and embark on their own life-changing journeys as parents. I love sharing in the anticipation, excitement and offering support where I can, and then sidestepping my way back into my own life, in which my family is navigating a whole new phase.

The next stage Now ages 12, 9, 7 and 5, my school-age children are all active kids, pulling us in different and exciting directions with their athletics, music lessons, school events and different interests and abilities. We’re in a fun new stage of our life as a family.

↑ I didn’t feel like I was done having children until we welcomed our fourth child. Only then did my husband and I feel our family was complete.

Our kids are becoming less dependent on us and gradually evolving into their own individual selves. And that means my kids are becoming less dependent on me in particular. With this phase, I have a little more time and freedom to nurture myself as an individual. I’m finding I’m able to focus a bit more on my own physical, spiritual and mental well-being, which, in turn, helps me to project myself as the person — and the mother — I want to be. At this point in my life, I can affirm that my body is done having babies. We’ve said goodbye to the baby years in our household and I can confidently say this without

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any hesitation or regret. Indeed, I’ve come to terms with this new phase of my life with my four growing children.

No more babies? But this wasn’t always the case. After the birth of my first child, I experienced love in a way I’d never experienced it before. I not only fell in love with my child, but I also fell in love with the experience of being a mother. For four incredible chapters of my life, I was defined by my role as a mother of a baby. I carried my developing children in my body, birthed, cared for my fragile newborns, nursed, endured sleepless

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nights, and carried and weaned four sweet babies. It wasn’t until my fourth child was born that the feelings in my heart and the signals from my body confirmed that our family was complete.

The gift of knowing All adults, at some point in their lives, must decide when and if to begin — and end — having children. There’s no right or wrong way to feel about this issue. And the feelings brought about when making this decision can vary dramatically from person to person. For some, there’s a signal that’s loud and clear; for others, the understanding is more obscure. Making a final-final decision can trigger feelings of loss for some; for others, that deciding brings contentment. Ultimately, this “knowing” can affect mind, body and soul. My knowing developed through with my experiences: My pregnancies became increasingly more complicated, and the strenuous effects on my body were more pronounced. And the realities of welcoming our fourth child into our home more than subtly hinted we were at capacity — with our living and sleeping space, seats in our vehicles, with our finances. And, along with all that, there was an intuitive feeling that our family just felt complete. Today, I’m truly at peace and grateful for my own knowing. I’m also grateful for the gift of motherhood that my husband and four children have given me. I’m also enjoying this current diaper-free, sleeping-through-the-night chapter of my parenting journey. Indeed, this different stage presents both its joys and challenges, of course. But it’s one I’m embracing with an open mind and heart. Megan Devine is an elementary school teacher who lives with her husband and four children in Northeastern Minnesota. She blogs at kidsandeggs.com.

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ou’ve finally arrived. You’re the parent of teenagers. You’ve made it through the sleepless nights of babyhood, the tedious making of multiple lunches and snacks every morning. You share your home with somewhat independent creatures that may not keep a tidy bathroom, but show glimmers of their own future adultness. It’s hard not to make comparisons to your own teenage years. After all, whether they were your glory days or days you’d do everything not to recall, you remember them.

Cliques no more I do. I remember how things made me feel. I remember certain teachers who engaged my mind, and challenged my young views. I remember stupid things I wore, or wanted to wear because they were cool. And I remember my friends. My friends were my safe space in high school — the group of people I identified with. In our day, that group might’ve been called a clique or click. I can’t help but recall the identifiable groups of my day. Some of them — defined then by certain styles, attitudes or music genres — were named by the high school secretary, Grace, in the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: “There’s the sportos, motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wasteoids, dweebies, d*ckheads.” And then, of course, she says of Ferris, “They all adore him. He’s a righteous dude.” I’ve often wondered, as I drop my teenagers off for school: Is navigating the social nuances of high school today anything like my memory of it back then? The quick answer, of course, is no.

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They have those almighty phones in their pockets, used primarily to link them to their social lives. My older child, a junior, communicates across various apps throughout his day — with Snapchat and Groupme, being his faves. Among the many message threads is Squad Centre, a virtual name for one of his friend groups. A squad is what I’d describe as a modernday version of a clique, his friend group.

As a parent of two teens, it actually brings me great relief to see that my kids have some really great friends in their lives. When I read Freedson’s words, it helped me understand why their friends are so important to them. It even somewhat explained their need to always be on their phones. They’re preparing themselves for making reliable relationships when their parents aren’t around every day.

Do squads really last? What these friendships mean Bette J. Freedson, in an article on the National Association of Social Workers website, wrote: “In adolescence, it is normative for kids to begin to individuate from the original family, identifying more closely with peers, especially those with like interests.”

‘A squad is what I’d describe as a modernday version of a clique, his friend group.’

My son says a squad is different than a clique, and that the word clique is somehow a harsher thing. He has friends in his squad who are in varying activities, and they introduce other friends, thereby growing the squad or at least making it less rigid and always changing. They don’t all dress the same, and they have a need for individuation I would’ve been afraid of in my day. It’s cool to be different to have a different activity or a kind of music you listen to. I don’t want to tell him about the likelihood of things changing. I don’t want to tell him that — in a year and a half when


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high school’s over — he likely won’t talk to many of the kids in his squad, with the exception of one or two special ones. But one of the great things about my teenager is that he lives life in the now. He doesn’t waste time trying to economize or overplan how it will affect his future. And what he knows right now is that he has a strong group of friends to study with, laugh with, play guitar with, throw rugby ball with, sing in choir with, go to dances with. When we sit down to watch those John Hughes classics, my teenage son just laughs. “Wow,” he says, “it’s not at all like that.” I think he’s just jealous of our clothes.

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Banking can start in preschool H

ow old does a kid need to be before she starts learning where money really comes from? If she’s old enough to ask why your car looks older than her friend’s family car or why she can’t have her own phone or — why, oh, why — can’t you go out to her favorite restaurant every single night (or any of a million other spending-related questions) the answer is probably now. Or yesterday.

Saving, setting goals early To help children learn about money and start building a foundation of financial literacy, nothing beats hands-on education. For preschoolers, that might mean a piggy bank or savings jar and a single savings goal. Kids can draw pictures of the things they’re saving for or you can help them cut pictures out of magazines or print them off the web. Simply attach the picture to the jar for visual motivation. But even better is to open a savings account with your child at your bank or credit union and help him or her manage it. When is the best time to open an account for your child? As soon as possible, according to Stephanie Musgrove, a business development specialist at Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union. “The earlier both the parent and child can make saving a habit, the better,” Musgrove said. “Opening an account early on can make conversations about money

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and financial management a normal part of conversation between a parent and their child.” Normalizing saving for kids at a young age can be an incredibly powerful way to encourage them to take ownership of future financial decisions and goal-setting, too.

What ages are allowed? Financial institutions have to abide by numerous regulations regarding accounts for ages 17 and younger. And that includes rules that require a parent or guardian to serve as a joint account holder in most cases. For savings accounts, there’s typically no minimum age required for kids who want to open a joint account. That means you can do it today, no matter your kid’s age. In fact, some institutions have clubs or programs just for kids. At Affinity Plus, the Shazaam Kids Club includes a savings account that comes with a membership card, savings chart and savings register to encourage children to start saving and managing their money early. It also offers rewards for each branch visit. Sure, this builds brand loyalty early for kids, but it

also helps youngsters better understand money and financial responsibility. (Learn more at tinyurl.com/affinity-mn.) Wells Fargo has a Junior Account Saver Program with a girl mascot named JJ. (See tinyurl.com/wf-mn-jj.) TCF Bank has the Financial Scholars Program for Teens, which uses classroom and online learning to teach complex financial concepts. (See tinyurl.com/tcf-teen.)

Add checking Older kids are eligible for checking/debit accounts. An adult joint account holder is still required, and many financial institutions also enforce a minimum age for the younger account holder. At Affinity Plus that age is 16. At Wells Fargo it’s 13, and US Bank it’s 14.


With these accounts, kids get debit cards they can use to make purchases in stores and online. (No more borrowing your credit card to pay for clothes or subscriptions!) Musgrove emphasizes the importance of education when teens get their first debit account. “It’s incredibly important to make sure youth understand the level of responsibility they must have,” she said. That includes understanding the terms and conditions of the account; keeping track of deposits and debits; understanding how a debit card works; taking advantage of any reward systems an account may have; budgeting; and knowing the consequences for mismanaging or misusing an account (think insufficient funds or lost or stolen cards).

Talk about it What else can you do to develop kids’ financial literacy? “Be open and allow your child to ask questions about how money plays a role in their everyday life,” Musgrove said. You can also get them involved in household financial decisions when appropriate. For example, if your child wants to eat out, talk about how much a dinner out will cost — and make that number relevant to her: “Eating out tonight costs the same as going to the movies this weekend, and we can’t do both. Which one would you rather do?” It’s also helpful to give kids an allowance so they can learn to budget for things they want and need. This is effective whether you’re using a savings account or that jar with the picture taped to the side. Eric Braun is a Minneapolis dad of two boys and the co-author of The Survival Guide for Money Smarts: Earn, Save, Spend, Give for young readers. Send comments or questions to ebraun@mnparent.com.

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The side effects of teething

Can teething cause diarrhea or fever? There are many misconceptions about symptoms associated with teething. Research has shown that low-grade fevers can be seen with teething.

Who should parents call if they suspect abuse at daycare? If you ever have any concerns that your child has been abused or neglected by a caregiver, contact your child’s doctor right away for advice on what to do next. This may involve an immediate office visit. If the issue is something that goes beyond what a doctor’s office can handle — such as a case of suspected child sexual abuse — your child may be referred directly to

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However, any temperature of 101 or higher very likely isn’t due to teething, but rather some sort of infection. Looser stools can also be associated with teething, usually due to an infant or toddler making slightly different food selections. If there’s a larger quantity of diarrhea, however, it’s likely due to an infection.

an emergency department for a full assessment. In general, physical abuse happens when a caregiver tries to “discipline” a child in a rough manner. Caregivers can become frustrated when a child continues to do something they’ve asked the child to stop. They may just be overwhelmed with other issues in their life, but unfortunately take it out on the closest person, which can end up being a child under their care. Early or immediate identification of potential abuse is critical for the safety of your child and any other children in that daycare setting. X

Fussiness, some irritability and poorer sleep are all commonly associated with teething. Many parents will prefer to use an occasional dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen, instead of letting an infant or child “tough it out.” Teething children are likely experiencing pain, so this is definitely an appropriate use of these medications. X

I keep hearing about pinworms: How will we know if our kid gets them? Many aspects of pinworms — how to find them and how they’re spread — are very unpleasant. Fortunately, pinworms usually aren’t a serious health issue. These creatures are small, thin worms that live in the intestinal tract. When an adult worm is ready to lay eggs, she migrates out to the skin around the anal F opening and deposits the eggs.


This usually happens at night. The presence of the adult worm and/or eggs can be very irritating to skin, so a child will scratch at the area, typically during sleep. If the child then puts a hand in his mouth, the infection will continue until the cycle is broken. Other family members can become infected if the child touches food products shared by the family. Sheets, blankets and bed clothing can also transmit the infection to other family members who handle infected items and don’t immediately wash their hands. Multiple family members can be infected, even though may not present any symptoms. Diagnosis can be made in a number of ways. The typical way is when a parent looks at the perianal skin at night — typically using a flashlight — and sees thin, thread-like worms on the surface of the skin. A more formal way is to do a pinworm paddle test. The small, adhesivebacked pinworm paddle is pressed to the perianal skin, where it will pick up the eggs if they’re present. The paddle is then placed on a glass slide and viewed under a microscope. If eggs are present, a clinician can see them with a microscope. This test is more likely to show the eggs if done at night or first thing in the morning. Treatment is usually pretty simple, but actually getting rid of the infection from a household can be challenging. Medication will be recommended, often for all family members. It’s important to do everything you can to make sure sheets, blankets and any other pieces of bed clothing are well washed. As always, if you have any questions about these topics, please talk with your child’s health-care professional. X Dr. Peter Dehnel is a board-certified pediatrician and medical director with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. Send questions to drdehnel@mnparent.com. This column is intended to provide general information only and not medical advice. Contact your health care provider with questions about your child.

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Managing extreme outbursts punching, kicking and biting. Michael had been asked to leave several pre-schools, and Jennifer had a hard time keeping babysitters. She’d never experienced anything like this with her first child. If you end up in a similar situation, know there’s a lot you can do. One place to start is to think differently about behavior. Here are four important things to consider:

1. Behavior has meaning.

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ennifer, a mom of two, was standing at the kitchen counter, slicing an apple for her son, Michael, when she heard a horrendous banging noise coming from the other side of the room. She immediately turned around to see her son smashing the door of the refrigerator with a baseball bat. “Stop! Stop!” she screamed as she wrestled the bat away from her child and subdued him on the kitchen floor. Michael was 4 years old — and angry because his mother was about to serve him an apple instead of the banana he wanted. Most parents experience frustration from time to time when it comes to managing their child’s behavior, but fewer know the heartache of dealing with this type of extreme outburst. For many parents, the first response may be to lash out at the child, raise one’s voice and deliver swift punishment. This may stop the immediate behavior.

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‘We can’t assume that what a child does and why a child does it are always related.’ However, it probably won’t address any of the underlying issues that may have caused the behavior in the first place. Extreme behavior can be a sign that the child has a mental health need. When it comes to understanding challenging behavior in young children, we can’t assume that what a child does and why a child does it are always related. The incident in Jennifer’s kitchen wasn’t Michael’s first outburst. He was constantly battling with his older brother — arguments that often escalated into

Before the incident in the kitchen, Michael had asked for a banana. He was told there were no bananas, but he could have an apple instead. Michael was obviously unhappy about this, but his reaction was likely fueled by not understanding why he couldn’t have what he wanted. Jennifer perhaps could’ve tried calmly reasoning with Michael a little more prior to the outburst, perhaps offering to take him to the store later in the week so that he could choose what type of fruit to buy.

2. Behavior is an attempt to communicate. At age 4, children can often use words to have their needs met, but Michael had always struggled with language. He would sometimes become upset when he couldn’t find the right words and would have a tantrum. His behavior was his way of trying to get his needs met. To help Michael, Jennifer could try communicating with him in other ways, such as using pictures of common items he often wants.


3. Relationships are key. When trust is established between a parent and his or her child, children feel safer and more able to let a parent take over, even in difficult situations, making it easier for parents to manage certain behaviors. Jennifer tried to not overreact to her son’s behaviors and had learned how to comfort Michael — and respond in positive ways — but she sometimes became exhausted and emotionally drained.

4. Don’t be afraid to ask for support!

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Challenging behavior can be a sign that a child needs help. And because parents know their children best, they’re in the best position to notice areas of concern. Jennifer suspected there might be something more to Michael’s behavior, which was so radically different from that of her other child. Parents often feel anxious when they don’t know how to help their children with challenging behaviors. And sometimes they’re reluctant to seek professional help as a result. But Jennifer, feeling unsure if something else was wrong, made an appointment with her pediatrician. A screening revealed that Michael was exhibiting symptoms similar to Attention Deficit Disorder. Knowing that Michael’s behavior may be a sign of an underlying mental health condition, Jennifer now is learning how to support him and help him manage his behaviors. © Disney. Reprinted with permission from Disney Online. All Rights Reserved. This article originally appeared on Babble.com and was published in partnership with The PACER Center, a nonprofit organization based in the Twin Cities that helps families with children with disabilities and also runs the National Bullying Prevention Center. Learn more at pacer.org. Send your behaviorrelated questions to editor@mnparent.com — and we’ll do our best to get them answered.

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My Friend Maggie This tale of friendship highlights what happens when a longtime best friend becomes — in the eyes of some — suddenly uncool. It can be hard to stick by that friend when social pressures, especially borderline bullying at school, abound. But the protagonist here (a Beaver named Paula) quickly discovers who’s a true friend and who isn’t. Ages 4–8 $17.99

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IN THE KITCHEN

By Megan Devine As a working mom of four, I find mornings in our household can be a whirlwind. Breakfast is an important meal, but it can get bland with the monotonous repetition of boxed cereal, toast or, even worse, skipping breakfast altogether. Recently, I’ve been inspired by

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loosely defined chapter on toast — that’s been a hit in our family. We’ve added topping variations such as dried cranberries, sliced bananas and fruit spread; and we often localize our apple stacks with Minnesota-made Crapola granola. Enjoy!

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GRANOLA APPLE STACKS INGREDIENTS 1 large apple ⅓ cup unsweetened nut, seed, soy or peanut butter ½ cup granola Makes about 9 apple stacks, about 3 servings

DIRECTIONS Core the apple with an apple corer or melon baller. Lay the apple on its side and cut crosswise into ¼-inch slices, about 9 slices. Arrange the apple slices on a plate or work surface. Spread the nut butter evenly on the apple slices. Sprinkle the granola on top. Press the granola down lightly so it sticks to the nut butter. Serve immediately. Source: Rise and Shine: Better Breakfasts for Busy Mornings by Katie Sullivan Morford, Photographs © 2016 by Erin Scott, reprinted by arrangement with Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications, Boulder, Colo. See roostbooks.com.

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A E GA M E N M Choosing the perfect moniker often requires data — local and national — as well as the ability to just go with your gut! by CHRISTINA RIES

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ere I am, 37 weeks pregnant, asking BabyNameWizard.com to generate sister names for Maria and Jane, my two daughters. Three come up on the lists for both girls: Elizabeth, Anna and Sarah. For a moment, I feel something loosen in me, a surrender: OK, we’ll just use one of these. We’ll let the experts decide for us. Only yesterday a friend commented on how lovely Anna Ries would sound, and I know it’s a family name. Good enough. Finding the perfect baby name may

well be the hardest task of pregnancy, one that often consumes a full nine months and occasionally requires a couple days past delivery for blearyeyed, battle-worn parents paralyzed by a case of last-minute indecision. For those like my husband and me, who don’t learn the gender of Baby while in utero, it’s doubly hard, demanding of us the perfect first-andmiddle name combination for a boy and a girl. Since we already have two girls, we’re now seeking fifth and sixth girl names we both love. No small feat.

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Where to begin? I favor the website Baby Name Wizard (based off the book by Laura Wattenberg) because it suggests sibling names for any name you enter. This may be particularly helpful if you already have a child, but it’s useful in general if you’re looking for insight into how your favorites sound and what effects they have on the ear and mind. It can also lead you to a new favorite: Enter a name you like and then discover a similar one you love. For instance, Caroline begets Catherine, which leads to Elizabeth and then Emily, which suggests Sarah, then Rachel and Rebecca. Andrew begets Matthew, which leads to Michael, then Daniel, then David.

Be warned: This little game has no off-ramp. You can keep going and going and going. Another website you can get lost in is the Social Security Administration’s database of baby names. Plenty of websites dangle the click-bait of “Most Popular Baby Names,” but this one provides the definitive answer, based on Social Security card applications submitted by parents across the country. This is where you can let the data speak to you, especially if you hope to avoid a super-popular name. I don’t want to my daughter to be the third Ava in her class, resigned to a life of always using the first initial of her last name, so I mind this list. I feel a need to categorically reject any Top 10 names.

Classic names, local faves The Social Security site shares the most popular 1,000 names in the country by year, dating back to 1880, when Mary and John

topped the list. It also allows you to type any name and see its history, so you can determine whether it’s trending up or down. Not only do I like to see the trajectories of my favorites, but I also use this as a tool for generating ideas; since I like classic names, I’ll peek at 1920, when Florence, Louise, Henry and Walter dominated. You can also search by state, which adds another interesting twist. The Social Security baby name database reveals some clear preferences among Minnesotans — primarily, a penchant for old-fashioned names. For example, Evelyn ranks No. 3 here, but only 15th nationally. Nora is ranked 4th here, but 41st nationally. For boys, Henry is No. 1 here, but only 29th nationally. Oliver is No. 2 here, but No. 19 across the U.S. — all as of 2015, the most recent data available at press time. (Data for 2016 is expected to be released in May at tinyurl.com/baby-names-ssa.)

Beyond Biblical, popular

Top 10 babyinnames Minnesota 1 Henry Olivia 2 Oliver Emma 3 William Evelyn 4 Liam Ava 5 Mason Nora 6 Jack Charlotte 7 Owen Harper 8 Jackson Sophia 9 Lucas Amelia 10 James Grace Source: Social Security Administration, 2015

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On the flip side, Biblical names tend to be less of a hit here than on a national scale. Be warned that Lucy and Leo are both particularly popular in Minnesota (Lucy’s at 15 versus 55 nationally; Leo’s at 21 versus 91). They’re both exploding on a national level, too, having shot up from the distant 300s since 2000. Alice has been on a break-neck flight, surging to No. 87 nationally from 414 just 10 years prior. But don’t be too discouraged if your favorite name ranks high. Even if you try to choose what you think will be a unique name, you’ll still be at the mercy of what experts call hyper-local forces — including race, socio-economic and cultural factors — that result in certain names cropping up en masse at the same preschools. However — because there are more names in circulation today — it’s not as if your child will be surrounded by kids of the same name.


In 2015, 376 Olivias, our state’s No. 1 girl name, were born in Minnesota along with 205 Graces, our state’s 10th most popular name for females. Compare that with state data for 1960, when 1,468 Minnesota babies were named Mary and a whopping 1,977 were given the name David. Ultimately, a baby’s name doesn’t have as much impact as we sometimes imagine, according to the authors of Freakonomics. It reflects more on the parents’ backgrounds than the baby’s fate. In the end, the names we choose always seems to suit each child perfectly, anyway, don’t they? So after you’ve trolled all the websites and finalized your list, don’t be afraid to just go with your gut. Christina Ries, who lives in Inver Grove Heights, gave birth to a son in March and named him Archie (photo at right). To find out his full name and to see more photos of him and his sisters, see mnparent.com/charmed.

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ina Matter was a kid when she fell in love with the story of Harry Potter. She discovered the books by J.K. Rowling when she was a struggling reader. Her mother started reading the stories aloud to her before bed. “The series captivated me so much, I began to pick up the books and continue on without her,” Matter said. Today Matter — who lives in Maple Grove with her husband, Reed — is passing that love onto her daughter, Octavia, with an immersive nursery decorated with all things Hogwarts. It all began years before the Matters’ daughter was born, when Matter set up a Pinterest board to collect a variety of decor elements. “Many people I shared the idea with didn’t understand how it could translate into a gender-neutral nursery,” she said. “I am so glad I stuck to my design.” So far, Octavia — who celebrated her first birthday in February — has been a magical child, Matter said. “She is easy to please and full of smiles,” Matter said. “I think she may turn out to be more of a magician than a muggle. She is very observant and clever. Her intellect seems to be on the same level as Hermione’s. She is also a curious little bug with a sneaky sparkle in her eye, similar to that of Harry and Ron.” Octavia began walking early, taking her first steps at 9 months old. “I have no doubt she will be nimble on her broomstick,” Matter said. Text by Sarah Jackson Photos by Ivy Christina Photography / ivychristinaphotography.com

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AND MORE Etsy.com: Blanket over the crib, Dumbledore-quote sign and pillow, owl picture, crib sheets, Dobby doll Target: Succulent terrarium, rug, toy bin, faux fur blanket Harrypottershop.com: Hogwarts replica, snitch replica, golden egg, broom, quidditch goggles Universal Studios: Snape’s wand, necklaces in display boxes, stuffed Hedwig

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Cozy up! Getting comfortable while nursing — and watching out for poor-posture pitfalls — can help you avoid serious neck, back and shoulder pain. by RACHEL GUYAH

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↑ Erin Schwanger of South Saint Paul nurses her baby, Eleanor (pictured at 3 months old). Using a pillow behind her back for lumbar support — plus a foot rest to help her sit up straight — are two ways in which she’s maintaining a sustainable, comfortable nursing posture.

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ooking down at my newborn boy, whose slow, rhythmic sucking matched the metronome of my heartbeat, I felt tears forming at the corner of my eye. But these weren’t tears of joy; they were tears of pain. My neck, my back, my shoulders — everything — felt stiff, sore and tense. As much as I wanted to relax, I simply couldn’t. Instead of enjoying the breast-

feeding experience, I often found myself counting down the minutes until it would be over (insert major mom guilt here). I later learned that the pain I was

experiencing was fairly common in breastfeeding women and — more important — it was fixable. How so?

Nursing ergonomics Most of these tips can also apply to bottle-feeding. No matter how you feed your baby, practice these posture-friendly tips to minimize aches and pains!

BRING BABY TO YOU. When breastfeeding, remember to relax and sit upright in a comfortable position, bringing your baby to your breast (not the other way around). Many new moms hunch forward to bring their breasts to their babies — and then stay in that slumped position for the entire feeding session. Moreover, they often nervously stare down at the latch for the entire nursing session. Dr. Jessica Peterson, a Twin Cities chiropractor, calls this hunchedover, head-down position a “postural nightmare,” as it puts a lot of strain on the neck, shoulders and upper back.

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LOOK UP. While you may be tempted to gaze lovingly at your beautiful bundle of perfection during breastfeeding, try to look up instead (or take frequent breaks). Craning your neck forward and down for prolonged periods can cause a lot of stress to the cervical spine. Peterson said many moms who come to her with pain and headaches learn they’ve been leaning their neck too far forward during nursing. DITCH THE CELL PHONE. Resist the urge to skim Facebook, check Instagram or text friends during

those long nursing sessions. It’s too easy to slip into bad postural habits like slouching and tilting your head/neck forward during cell phone use. Not-so-fun fact: Every inch forward you tilt your head adds an additional 10 pounds of weight for the spine to bear. Wondering what to do instead? Here are a few posture-friendly ways to pass the time during those feeding sessions: • Listen to an audiobook. • Catch up on your latest TV show obsession. • Fuel up with snacks and water. • Listen to music and/or discover new artists.


‘Moms often think there couldn’t be a much more physically challenging time than pregnancy and delivery … until they meet the physical demands of the first year postpartum.’

— Dr. Jessica Peterson, a chiropractor, mom and part-owner of Lake Pointe Chiropractic in Minneapolis

Well, much of the pain stems from one common culprit — posture. “Moms often think there couldn’t be a much more physically challenging time than pregnancy and delivery … until they meet the physical demands of the first year postpartum,” said Dr. Jessica Peterson, a chiropractor, mom and part-owner of Lake Pointe Chiropractic in Minneapolis. A new mom twists her body into many challenging postures on any given day, including bending down and twisting,

lifting, carrying and nursing in whichever position works best for Baby (but perhaps not her). On top of that, the postpartum body is still recovering from the significant changes of pregnancy and childbirth — many of which make it harder to maintain good posture. “Whether a baby was delivered naturally or by Cesarean, the abdominal muscles are weakened after being stretched,” said Jennifer Missling, a physical therapist and

KEEP FEET FLAT ON THE FLOOR. This promotes proper posture, distributes weight and reduces pressure on the spine. Jennifer Missling, a Twin Cities physical therapist, recommends keeping the upper back flat against the back of the chair. If your feet can’t touch the ground when you’re sitting back on the chair, use a footstool or ottoman.

USE (MULTIPLE) PILLOWS. Both Missling and Peterson suggested using a nursing pillow, which helps position your baby at breast level and takes his or her weight off mom’s arms, shoulders and back. If the nursing pillow doesn’t position your baby high enough, add a small pillow underneath it. Missling recommends also adding a lumbar support cushion for behind the back, which helps promote proper posture by supporting the natural curvature of the lower spine.

USE A VARIETY OF POSITIONS. This can reduce repetitive strain/stress and help you discover which positions feel most comfortable for you. If the traditional cradle, cross-cradle and football positions cause discomfort, try the side-lying position. “This is often an underutilized position that can be very enjoyable and reduce postural stress for mom and baby,” Peterson said.

STRETCH AFTERWARD. Post-nursing stretching can go a long way to minimizing chronic pain and tightness. After each feeding session, try this series of stretches, recommended by Peterson, which she dubbed the “after-nursing miracle minute”:

director of rehabilitation for Physicians’ Diagnostics & Rehabilitation Clinics in the Twin Cities. Additionally, there’s less support for the lower back, and many women continue to experience joint instability postpartum due to hormone-induced laxity, or looseness, in their ligaments and connective tissues. Mothers and fathers who exclusively bottle feed their babies can suffer neck/ back pain because of poor posture, too. Factor in fatigue, sleep deprivation and the new (and numerous) demands of newborn care, and it can be easy to see how many new moms and dads forget about their posture, especially during the time-demanding activity of feeding. Mothers often hunch over toward their babies while breastfeeding, creating “a forward head and rounded shoulder position, which puts stress on the neck and mid-back,” Missling said. “Aches and pains, headaches, and

• Do a series of neck and shoulder rolls. • Reach your arms back, then up to the sky. • Stretch from side to side. GET HELP FROM A PRO. If you’re feeling chronic pain and tension from breastfeeding, don’t hesitate to seek outside support. There are a variety of professionals who can help, including chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists, lactation consultants and yoga and Pilates instructors.

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Cozy up! muscle strain can often be a result of faulty postures and load intolerance — when the mechanical demands on the body exceed the endurance and strength of the spine.” Peterson said repetitive stress from poor breastfeeding postures can result in pain, fatigue, muscle spasms, headaches and even spinal misalignments. Not only can this pain affect mom’s mood and sleep, but it can also impact the ever-important bond between mother and baby. “Postural stress can lead to ongoing neurologic stress, making it more difficult for mom and baby to calm down and [enjoy] a more positive nursing experience,” Peterson said. By fixing common postural mistakes and following a few posture-friendly tips, mothers can drastically reduce the level of discomfort they experience from breastfeeding — resulting in better sleep, better mood and better bonding with Baby. Rachel Guyah is a Bloomington-based writer and mother. Follow her musings about motherhood at themamalogs.com.

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WORK IT OUT TRY THESE EASY, AT-HOME EXERCISES to stretch and strengthen muscles in the chest, neck and back for improved breastfeeding/feeding comfort, courtesy of Jennifer Missling, a physical therapist and director of rehabilitation for Physicians’ Diagnostics & Rehabilitation Clinics in the Twin Cities.

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NECK EXTENSION: Support the back of the neck with both hands (fingers interlaced). Extend the neck backward. Hold for 5 to 10 seconds. Repeat 5 times.

ALTERNATING ARM AND LEG LIFTS (SHOWN BELOW): Start on your hands and knees, with your hands directly below your shoulders and knees directly below your hips. Maintaining a deep core contraction, simultaneously extend one arm out in front of you and while extending the opposite leg behind you. Hold this position for 10 seconds. Alternate sides, keeping your pelvis level. Repeat up to 12 times.

STANDING CHEST STRETCH: Stand in a doorway. Place your palms and forearms on each side of the door frame. Place one foot in front of the other and gently lean forward, leading with your chest. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds. Repeat 2 to 3 times. UPPER-BACK STRETCH (SHOWN ABOVE): Lie on your back with a foam roller or towel roll placed perpendicular to your body under your shoulder blades. Supporting your neck with your hands (fingers interlaced) — and with your feet flat on the floor in front of you with knees bent — extend and arch your upper back over the roll. Hold 20 to 30 seconds. Repeat 2 to 3 times.

BRIDGE: Lie on your back with your feet flat on the floor, legs bent, arms at your sides. While contracting your abdominals, use your hip and buttock muscles to slowly lift your hips off the floor. Hold for 10 seconds. Lower your hips slightly and lift again using your buttocks to lift your hips up. Repeat up to 12 times. PLANK: Place your forearms and knees on the floor. Raise your hips until your body is in a plank position, balancing on your knees (or toes, if you can do a full plank). Hold this position as long as possible, working up to one minute. Repeat shorter holds up to 3 times.


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MY BREST FRIEND: This nursing pillow ($45) features a unique wraparound design to support the lower back and its natural curvature. The firm, flat cushion keeps your baby close to you and doubles as an armrest to alleviate shoulder stress. Bonus: The attached side pocket is perfect for storing nursing pads, lip balm or snacks. See mybrestfriend.com. ADJUSTABLE NURSING STOOL: This wooden stool ($25) can be adjusted to different angles for optimum support. Bonus: It can be used as a step stool once your baby becomes a toddler. See mybrestfriend.com.

SHUGA BEBE COUTURE ANGLED NURSING PILLOW: The strategic T-shape design of this pillow ($89.99) elevates Baby to breast level while also providing an armrest to prevent muscle fatigue. The angled design also keeps your baby at an incline — especially good for babies who struggle with gas or reflux. Bonus: The zippered insert allows you to adjust firmness by adding or removing the fill. See shugabebecouture.com.

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Kidcreate Studio Kidcreate’s award winning summer camps are designed to inspire and educate young artists, ages 3 to 12, in an environment where giggles and grins are encouraged. Camps combine art education with an atmosphere full of fun. This summer’s camps include: Artrageous, Beginning Drawing, Beyond Pokémon, Bling It On!, Glow Art, LEGO® Star Wars, Little Mess Makers, Masters in Clay, Masters on Canvas, Mess to the Max!, Ooey Gooey Clay, Paper Mache, Sparkle Love, Superheroes, The BestEver Art Camp and many more. Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate! Eden Prairie: 7918 Mitchell Rd 952-974-3438 edenprairiemn@kidcreatestudio.com Woodbury: 1785 Radio Dr, Ste F 651-735-0880 woodburymn@kidcreatestudio.com kidcreatestudio.com

Summer Art Camps

The Loft’s Young Writers’ Program The Loft’s Young Writers’ Program offers numerous classes throughout the summer that foster creativity, enrich talents, and create friendships. Classes run for ages 6–17 at all skill levels.

for ages 5 and up

Open Book 1011 Washington Ave S 612-215-2575 loft.org

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Minneapolis College of Art and Design Join us at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design for a series of innovative, handson, and engaging visual art and design camps and classes for kids and teens ages 6–18! Weeklong and multi-week options. Scholarships available. 2501 Stevens Ave Minneapolis 612-874-3765 mcad.edu/ce

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CAMP RESOURCES ADVERTISER LISTINGS Perpich Arts High School

Circus Juventas

We are a two-year, public, residential arts school open to all Minnesota students. Our summer arts camps are a great way to dip your toe in the Perpich pond and see how great our programs and teachers really are!

Travel the globe without ever leaving our Big Top! Our full-day, week-long camps explore a vast array of circus arts from Morocco to Mongolia, China to Russia. Reserve your spot now to be a part of one of the most talked about and unique summer camps anywhere.

6125 Olson Memorial Hwy Golden Valley 763-279-4195 perpich.mn.gov

1270 Montreal Ave St. Paul circusjuventas.org

Shell Lake Arts Center

CREO Arts & Dance Conservatory

With programs in jazz, rock band, show choir, art, theater, film, and more, the Shell Lake Arts Center is like nowhere else! Just two hours northeast of the Twin Cities in the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin. Come join us for the experience of a lifetime!

Wholesome, creative, joyful dancing for all ages & stages. June 14–August 19. Our noncompetitive dance studio provides expert instruction in ballet, jazz, contemporary, and hip-hop. Summer classes include: Girl’s Power, Frozen Ballet, Faith Based Dance, Ballet/Jazz/Modern Intensives.

802 1st St Shell Lake, WI 715-468-2414 shelllakeartscenter.org

Summer at Blake Blake’s visual and performing arts program challenges students to creatively express themselves in an array of disciplines and materials from the kiln to the stage! These pre-K–12 programs are open to students throughout the greater Twin Cities area. Hopkins, Minneapolis, Wayzata 952-988-3463 blakeschool.org/summer

Dance Music Performance Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs Day Camp For Elementary & Middle School boys & girls who love to SING! Join us for a week in July for singing, music games & making friends. Singers will explore their vocal potential & increase their confidence. Grades 2–5 & 6–9. Only $75. See website for dates and times. Bloomington Center for the Arts 1800 W Old Shakopee Rd Bloomington 952-563-8572 angelicacantanti.org

Chan DT Musical Theatre Camp Chanhassen Dinner Theatres offers summertime theater camps for kids and teens ages 5–18. It’s a fantastic week of full and half-day sessions focusing on musical theater fundamentals taught by Chanhassen professionals throughout the summer. Sessions begin June 12. Register now! PO Box 100 Chanhassen 952-934-1525 chanhassendt.com

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Wayzata Home Center 1250 Wayata Blvd E 612-636-6893 creoartsconservatory.com

Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS) Summer Programs Two engaging summer programs in Minneapolis and St. Paul provide fun and challenging orchestral experiences for string, woodwind, brass, and percussion students of all abilities, ages 8–18. No auditions required. Need-based scholarships available. Details and registration at www.gtcys.org. 408 St. Peter St, Ste 300 St. Paul 651-602-6800 gtcys.org

The Guthrie Theater Our weeklong day camps spark the imaginations of young people entering grades 3–12. Our offerings include: musical theater, physical comedy, puppetry, technical design, acting/storytelling and directing. No experience is necessary! Camps run weekly from June 19 though August 4, 2017. 818 S. 2nd Street Minneapolis 612-225-6134 guthrietheater.org

Northwest Rhythmic Gymnastics School Our summer camp is the best way to discover the most graceful Olympic sport for girls - RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS. We invite girls ages 3+ to learn exciting rhythmic gymnastics apparatus tricks, stretch and exercise, play fun games, do Zumba-for-kids! 151 Cheshire Lane Ste 200 Plymouth 952-913-2787 nwrhythmic.com

O’Shea Irish Dance Classes Director Cormac O’Se, original member of Riverdance. Professional Irish Dance

training for preschoolers through adults; for competition, for fun, and for fitness! Weekly Classes: Mondays–Saturdays. Beginners Classes registering now! Summer camps June, July, August. The Celtic Junction 836 Prior Ave N St. Paul 612-722-7000 osheairishdance.com

Sing Minnesota August 7–11, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Sing Minnesota is a weeklong day camp for girls and boys ages 8–12, sponsored by the Minnesota Boychoir. While focusing on choral singing, campers also participate in other creative arts: drama and movement, visual arts, and outdoor fun and games! $350, scholarships available. Concordia University Buetow Music Center 300 Hamline Ave N St. Paul 651-292-3219 boychoir.org

St. Paul Ballet Dance all summer-long with St. Paul Ballet. Dance camps, intensives and drop-in classes available for ages 2.5–100! 655 Fairview Ave N St. Paul 651-690-1588 spballet.org

Stages Theatre Company Summer Theater Workshops: June 19– August 11. Calling all actors, singers, and dancers: Have fun learning about theater from some of the area’s finest teaching artists. Stages Theatre Company offers a variety of age appropriate workshops for students ranging from ages 4–16. 1111 Mainstreet Hopkins 952-979-1111, option 4 stagestheatre.org

SteppingStone Theatre Camps & Classes SteppingStone Theatre explores creativity year-round with youth grades pre-K–high school. Check out our summer camps as a unique way for students to build confidence, theater skills, and community! Have fun this summer at SteppingStone Theatre! Scholarship/Membership pricing available. 55 Victoria St N St. Paul 651-225-9265 steppingstonetheatre.org

Summer at Blake Blake’s performing arts engage and challenge students to express themselves creatively. From jazz to improv, Blake offers


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Animal Humane Society Animal-themed summer day camp for students entering grades 3–10 at Animal Humane Society. This fun and educational camp features special guests, service projects, interactions with animals, crafts, games and more! Register online today. Buffalo, Coon Rapids, Golden Valley, St. Paul & Woodbury 763-489-2220 animalhumanesociety.org/camps

Camp Fire Minnesota Explore 103 acres along Lake Minnewashta with local and international counselors. Enjoy water and nature activities, archery, adventure course and more! New this year: Team Building Challenge Course and Tanadoona Tree House. Open Houses: March 4 & April 29. 3300 Tanadoona Dr Excelsior 612-235-7284 camptanadoona.org experiences for novice to accomplished performers. Blake’s pre-K–12 programs are open to students throughout the Twin Cities. Hopkins, Minneapolis, Wayzata 952-988-3463 blakeschool.org/summer

Theatre Arts Training at Children’s Theatre Company June 12–August 13, ages 4–18. Theatre Arts Training offers camps for all levels in acting, musical theater, improv, and more, making it easy to find the perfect fit for the young actor in your life. Be Curious. Be Creative. Be Confident. Registration now open. 2400 3rd Ave S Minneapolis 612-874-0400 childrenstheatre.org/education/classesand-camps

Twin Cities Trapeze Center Circus Camp Circus camp! Students enrolled in our weeklong, half-day camps will experience a variety of circus disciplines (including Trampoline, Static Trapeze, Acrobatics, Circus Bike, and of course Flying Trapeze!), then showcase their new skills in a Performance on Friday afternoon! 719 E Minnehaha Ave St. Paul 651-262-9477 twincitiestrapeze.com/summer-camp

University of Northwestern (UNW) – St. Paul, Academy of Music Whatever the age or musical ability of your

child, UNW Academy of Music has a summer camp to excite and challenge them on their musical journey. Brio Music Camp: Intro Music for ages 4–8. Show Choir for ages 9–16, Piano Institute for ages 10–18. Music Recording Camp for ages 13 and up. Northwestern Campus 3003 Snelling Ave N 651-631-5108 unwsp.edu/academyofmusic

Zenon Dance Company & School Summer Camps Weeklong dance camps for ages 6– 14. Each day includes technique and choreography. Participants will perform for family and friends on the last day! Hip Hop Camps: June 19–23, July 24–28, August 7–11. Youth Dance Sampler Camps: June 26–30, July 17–21, August 14–18. Adult & Teen Dance Sampler Camp: July 10–14. Minneapolis & Edina 612-338-1101 zenondance.org

Day American Swedish Institute Have fun exploring a different Swedish or Nordic theme each week including Pippi Longstocking, Vikings, or Cooking & Culture through movement, studio arts, music, imaginative play, and outdoor games. Perfect for kids entering grades 1–5! Thursdays, July 20–August 17. 9 a.m.– 3 p.m. $50 per session member/$60 non-member per session.

Camp Montessori - Cathedral Hill Montessori School Montessori Summer Camp for ages 6–9. Engage your child’s mind, body and creativity with outings, projects, and performances. Choose weekly sessions that most interest your child: Arts & Crafts, Performing Arts, etc. — or join for the full 12-week program! 325 Dayton Ave St. Paul 651-222-1555 chmschool.org

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory Awarded “Best Day Camp” by Nickelodeon’s Parent’s Picks. Camp Como enhances your child’s appreciation for the natural world with enthusiastic instructors, zookeepers and gardeners, and behind-the-scene adventures. Campers will get closer to plants and animals than ever before. Preschool through 8th grade. 1225 Estabrook Dr St. Paul 651-487-8201 comozooconservatory.org

Gibbs Farm Day Camps We’ve created the perfect mix of day camps for your kids! Family-friendly pricing, fun for kids ages 4–13. Choose Pioneer PeeWees, ages 4–5; or one of our three-day camps, ages 6–10, including Pioneer Kid, Gibbs Girl or Dakota Day Camp. Digging History, our archaeology day camp, is for ages 11–13. Camps offered June 20–August 31. Pioneer Kid, Gibbs mnparent.com • April 2017

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CAMP RESOURCES ADVERTISER LISTINGS Girl, Dakota Day Camp, Digging History: $99/week. Pioneer Peewees: $19/week. 2097 W Larpenteur Ave Falcon Heights 651-646-8629 rchs.com

Gibbs Girl Three days, three experiences! For girls 6–10. This craft-rich camp explores the lives of girls in Minnesota during the 1800s: Life as a Pioneer girl, Dakota girl and Victorian girl. Tuesdays–Thursdays, July 25–27 and August 1–3, 8–10, 15–17 and 22–24, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. each day. $99/week. 2097 W Larpenteur Ave Falcon Heights 651-646-8629 rchs.com

The International School of Minnesota Summer Adventure Camp at The International School of MN welcomes the community to participate in camp June 12–August 11. Swimming, crafts, canoeing, nature hikes, beach days! Daily language classes & cultural exploration in Spanish or American sign language! Ages 3.5 to grade 8. 6385 Beach Rd Eden Prairie 952-918-1800 internationalschoolmn.com

Minnehaha Academy Summer Programs Jump into summer fun with more than 60 half- and full-day athletic, enrichment and academic camps for grades Pre-K through 12. 4200 W River Pkwy Minneapolis 612-728-7745 minnehahaacademy.net/schools/ summerprograms

Minnesota Historical Society Sign up for the best camps in history! Ignite your child’s sense of fun and adventure with a day camp at Historic Fort Snelling or two other cool sites. Designed for kids ages 7–14. 1-844-MNSTORY mnhs.org/summercamps

Playworks Summer Camp 2017 Sign up now for Summer Camp Xtreme: full of Xtreme Learning, Xtreme Adventure, Xtreme Fun! June 12–September 1. Open to those in grades 1–6. Children learn through hands-on experiences, outdoor play, field trips, Atrium play, and educational programs. Daily meals included. Part-time and full-time options available. 2200 Trail of Dreams Prior Lake 952-445-PLAY (7529) playworksfun.com

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School Chess Association Summer Day Chess Camp

Regent Arabians: Developing Equestrians for Life

All levels of chess instruction, professional educators tailored to the student’s individual needs. Fun activities include swimming, water slides, field ball, Magic the Gathering, soccer, tennis, roller skating, bowling, fishing, sign language, and roleplaying games. Programs: June 26–29, July 10–13, July 17–20, July 24– 27, July 31–August 3, August 7–10 and 14–17.

LESSONS, DAY CAMP, TRAIL RIDING, BIRTHDAY PARTIES. Handle, groom, & ride beautiful, intelligent & experienced horses. We educate & ride year round. Students improve their physical & mental fitness, self-esteem, respect & focus while pursuing their dream with horses!

St. Louis Park Recreation Center 3700 Monterey Dr St. Louis Park 763-593-1168 schoolchess.org

SCL Academic and Sports Camps Art, basketball, beginning band, bowling, computer science, football, language & culture, science, soccer, volleyball, and wrestling camps led by SCL faculty, varsity coaches, and players. Space is limited. Register early. June 12–August 11 (dates vary). $50–$175/week. St. Croix Lutheran Grades 6-12 1200 Oakdale Ave West St. Paul 651-455-1521 stcroixlutheran.org/camps

Summer at Blake Looking for adventure, sports, arts and friendships? Blake’s Acoma camp has gathered children from the Twin Cities for over 50 years. Campers develop curiosity, creativity and positive risk-taking skills. Unique themes provide opportunities for physical, social and intellectual skills in a friendly, safe environment. Hopkins, Minneapolis, Wayzata 952-988-3463 blakeschool.org/summer

Horseback Riding Golden Ridge Stables Horse Mania @ Golden Ridge Stables is an amazing summer day camp; daily riding lesson and “hands-on” horsey fun! Year round lessons on wellmannered school horses available. Conveniently located via Cedar Ave or I-35 South in Lakeville. Visit our website for details! 8315 190th St W Lakeville 952-469-4640 goldenridgestables.com

Lost Creek Ranch Lost Creek Ranch Camp Confidence is the best overnight camp for horse crazy kids! Campers get their “own” horse. Ride a minimum of four hours every day! Individual attention. Make new friends and begin a lifelong passion for horses. Less than one hour from the Twin Cities. N6842 570th St Beldenville, WI 715-273-6070 lostcreekranch.info

26125 Tucker Rd Rogers 763-428-4975 regentarabians.com

Sunnyside Stables Horsemanship Summer Camp Sunnyside’s camp is a place to discover horses and new friends. Each day includes riding—rain or shine, as we have an indoor and outdoor arena as well as scenic trails. You will discover the basics of grooming, saddling, body language, posture, contact, and balance to develop independent riding skills. 15400 Emery Ave E Rosemount 651-226-2027 sunnysidestables.org

Language Berlitz Kids® Summer Language Camp Berlitz provides engaging programs year round for children and teens designed to excite and motivate them to learn a new language. Expect all the educational advantages Berlitz is famous for. Summer Camps, After School programs, and Private and Group Tutoring available. Berlitz Minneapolis Learning Center 6800 France Ave S, Ste 180 Edina 952-920-4100 berlitz.us

Concordia Language Villages We are the premier language and cultural immersion program in the U.S. Since 1961, we have provided an authentic experience with programs for all ages offered in 15 different languages. Day camps, residential youth camps and family camps offered. 8659 Thorsonveien Rd NE Bemidji 1-800-222-4750 concordialanguagevillages.org

Summer at Blake Join The Blake School for Latin, Greek, Spanish and programming camps! Spanning grades 1–12, offerings are open to students throughout the Twin Cities area. Hopkins, Minneapolis, Wayzata 952-988-3463 blakeschool.org/summer


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Other Improv Parenting Week-long camps emphasizing creative expression, mindfulness and curiosity. We develop confidence and collaboration through improv, play and storytelling. June 19–23: Create an Adventure (ages 7–10), June 26– 30: Create a Podcast (ages 7–10), July 24–28: Create a Stop-Motion Movie (ages 6–9). 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Minneapolis 612-730-9795 improvparenting.com

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Wolf Camp at the Wildlife Science Center

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Live wolves, bears, raptors, and other Minnesota wildlife are the focus of Wolf Camp at the Wildlife Science Center. Program topics include predator/prey ecology, animal behavior, radio telemetry, creating souvenir track casts and archery. Overnight and Day Camps available.

volunteer, support, coach or compete.

Wildlife Science Center 5463 W Broadway Forest Lake 651-464-3993 wildlifesciencecenter.org

Overnight Audubon Center of the North Woods Youth summer camps with a focus on wildlife, nature, challenge and outdoor skills. Rocks, Ropes & Rafts (entering grades 6–8); Outdoor Explorations (entering grades 5–7); Ways of Wildlife (entering grades 5– 7). June–July. 54165 Audubon Dr Sandstone 888-404-7743 info@audubon-center.org audubon-center.org/summer-camps

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Camp Birchwood for Boys Hike, bike, fish, canoe, kayak, or rockclimb, it’s up to you. Campers choose their own adventures and activities. Between adventures campers choose from archery, riflery, waterpark, crafts, tubing, fishing, and more. Boundary Waters Canoe Area, 218-252-2641 campbirchwoodforboys.com

Camp Birchwood for Girls At Camp Birchwood the experience is about lifelong skills, friendships, and memories. We provide campers with opportunities for making their own choices, encourage them to challenge themselves and to discover who they are through a long list of available activities. Northern Minnesota 800-451-5270 campbirchwood.com

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CAMP RESOURCES ADVERTISER LISTINGS Camp Bovey A summer youth program of East Side Neighborhood Services. We provide a safe place for youth to have fun while participating in outdoor activities. Campers gain confidence in outdoor living skills. Our Visual and Performing Arts sessions are extremely popular. Northwestern Wisconsin 612-787-4030 esns.org/campbovey

Camp Chippewa for Boys We develop character, through adventure, inspired by over 80 years of tradition. Your son will receive individual attention as he learns life skills and makes lifelong friends in our wilderness environment. He will return more confident, self-aware and resilient. 22767 Cap Endres Rd SE Cass Lake 218-335-8807 campchippewa.com

Camp Fire Minnesota Explore 103 acres along Lake Minnewashta with local and international counselors. Sleep in a rustic cabin and enjoy water and nature activities, archery, adventure/team building challenge courses, night hikes and more! MiniResident, Resident, Leadership Development and Northwoods Adventure programs. 3300 Tanadoona Dr Excelsior 612-235-7284 camptanadoona.org

Camp Olson YMCA Since 1954, Camp Olson has been providing unforgettable and lifechanging experiences for youth and young leaders through quality camping programs. Traditional summer camp available as well as specialty programs in sailing, horseback riding, mountain biking, and leadership development. 4160 Little Boy Rd NE Longville 218-363-2207 campolson.org

Star Lake Wilderness Camp Star Lake Wilderness Camp provides life changing experiences for 3rd–12th grades. Campers sleep in tents; swim in lakes; hike; canoe; cook on fires; and live in guided small groups. Some weeks have Christian programing. Pay only what you can afford. 10992 Star Lake Camp Dr Pequot Lakes 651-263-0578 starlakewildernesscamp.com

Wolf Ridge Summer Camp Kids grades 2–12 will find outdoor adventures to match their curiosity at Wolf Ridge. Share nature up-close every day with lifelong friends at our 2000-acre campus

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near Lake Superior and the BWCA. Learning is the greatest adventure there is! Choose yours at wolf-ridge.org. Finland 218-353-7414 wolf-ridge.org

of disciplines. Sports, academics, arts and day camp are open to pre-K–12 students throughout the Twin Cities. Hopkins, Minneapolis, Wayzata 952-988-3463 blakeschool.org/summer

Specialty

Sports and Fitness

Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM): Social Skills

Active Kids Association of Sport (AKASPORT)

AuSM Social Skills summer classes for youth and adults with autism focus on special interests including filmmaking, the great outdoors, community outings, zoos, art, drama, improv, music, and more. E-mail education@ausm.org for more info. Register today!

AKASPORT’s mission is to keep kids and families well rounded through sports and fitness. The goal is to get kids more active through sport and exercise and provides multi-sports camps, clinics, school programs and charitable events.

2380 Wycliff St, Ste 102 St. Paul 651-647-1083 ausm.org

The Bakken Museum Summer Science Day Camps Students explore the exciting world of science through hands-on activities, magic tricks, team challenges, and more. Campers learn The Bakken invention process and build their own take-home creation. Spaces fill quickly... register early! 3537 Zenith Ave S Minneapolis 612-926-3878 thebakken.org

Camp Choson Camp Choson is a dynamic, welcoming day and resident camp that offers youth ages 4–17 opportunities to explore Korean arts and culture. A camper’s experience includes Korean language and culture, traditional dance and drum, Taekwondo, music, self-respect, archery, Korean arts, and outdoor play. Camp Lakamaga campchoson.org

Leonardo’s Basement Design and build at the oldest family makerspace in the world. Work and play in 150 workshops for girls and boys ages 6–12, plus eclectic offerings for teens. Invention and 3D printing. Welding and woodcarving. Electronics and LEGO. Build a giant Trojan Horse or create an Adventure Playground! 150 W 60th St Minneapolis 612-824-4394 leonardosbasement.org

Summer at Blake From robots to art projects and the classroom to the athletic field, Blake challenges students to creatively express themselves in an array

National Sports Center, Blaine Coon Rapids Ice Center, Coon Rapids 651-447-2454 akasport.org

Collegiate Soccer Experience powered by Nike Soccer Camps Soccer players in the state of Minnesota can now experience the Nike Soccer Camp program, enjoy meeting new friends and having serious fun on campus at the University of Minnesota! Campers will learn principles of attacking and defending, combination play, pressure-cover-balance, flank play, counter attacking, zonal defending, finishing, and more! University of Minnesota 123 Harvard St SE Minneapolis 800-Nike-Camp ussportscamps.com/soccer/nike/ nikesoccer-camp-university-minnesota

Gleason’s Gymnastic School What better way to spend summer than learning something new at Gleason’s Gymnastic School? Our fun facility and our professional instructors combine to make Gleason’s classes a tremendous learning experience for children of all ages and experience levels. 2015 Silver Bell Rd Eagan 651-454-6203 9775 85th Ave N, Ste 500 Maple Grove 763-493-2526 gleasons.com

JOTP Soccer Day Camp Innovative, fun, and unique, each JOTP themed camp focuses on different soccer skills. Designed to attend multiple camps. Morning training and afternoon free play soccer with Splash Court and Inflatable Fields. Lunch and snack provided. Weekly fee of $100-$129. Now in two locations: St Paul and Edina/St Louis Park! admin@joyofthepeople.org


mnparent.com/camp Joy of the People Soccer Center 890 Cromwell Ave St. Paul 651-252-1775 joyofthepeople.org

Legacy Gymnastics Summer Camps We offer kids age 4–17 a great way to stay active over summer vacation. Kids gain confidence and fitness while having fun learning gymnastics skills. Summer Camps are offered June, July and August. Legacy Gymnastics 14785 Martin Dr 952-746-8183 gymlegacy.com

Mini-Hops Gymnastics Established in 1976 as a nonprofit 501 (c)3 organization, Mini-Hops provides a fun, safe, and friendly environment for youths from 12 months to 18 years. We provide gymnastics, dance, karate and much more for families in the Western suburbs of Minneapolis. 2600 Campus Dr Plymouth 952-933-2452 mini-hops.com

Northwest Rhythmic Gymnastics School Our summer camp is the best way to discover the most graceful Olympic sport for girls - RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS. We invite girls ages 3+ to learn exciting rhythmic gymnastics apparatus tricks, stretch and exercise, play fun games, do Zumba-for-kids!

151 Cheshire Lane Ste 200 Plymouth 952-913-2787 nwrhythmic.com

PLA-IT: Revolutionary Sports We offer instructional classes, day camps, and after-school programs for players as young as age two. Coaches combine active sport instruction with child development best practices to create a fun and positive learning environment. The challenging but noncompetitive approach helps foster teamwork and leadership skills. Over 50 facility partners across Twin Cities, including multiple Minneapolis Park and Rec sites Vadnais Sports Center: 1490 Co Rd E, St. Paul AirMaxx Fun Center: 7000 Washintgon Ave S, Eden Prairie 612-234-7782 pla-it.com

Rockin’ Jump Trampoline & Recreation Park All ages can jump, climb and play in Eagan’s newest indoor recreation park. Enjoy dodgeball, slam dunk basketball, rock climbing, bubble soccer, ninja obstacle course, Softplay playground & arcade any day of the week. Ask about our Birthday Party options. 2015 Silver Bell Rd, Ste 195 Eagan 651-419-9020 eagan.rockinjump.com

Summer at Blake Blake sports camps offer opportunities to try new activities, enhance skills and deepen physical fitness. Campers are guided by Blake’s award-winning coaches and championship athletes. These programs, spanning pre-K–12, are open to students throughout the Twin Cities. Hopkins, Minneapolis, Wayzata 952-988-3463 blakeschool.org/summer

TAGS Gymnastics Camps Fun, fitness, friends! Gymnastics camps for boys and girls ages 3–17 in June, July, and August. Kids will learn fun, new skills while developing strength, flexibility, and coordination in a safe, positive atmosphere! TAGS Apple Valley: 5880 149th St W Apple Valley 952-431-6445 TAGS Eden Prairie: 10300 W 70th St Eden Prairie 952-920-5342 tagsgym.com

Twin Cities Youth Rowing Club Are you turning 12–18 this year and want to try rowing? Join us at our Jr/Sr High Summer Rowing Camps! Bryant Lake Park 6800 Rowland Rd Eden Prairie 612-760-0575 tcyrc.org

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Out & About APRIL

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Farm Babies ⊲ Meet animal babies of all kinds — chicks, piglets, lambs, calves, goat kids and bunnies — at the Wells Fargo Family Farm at the zoo with special activities on select days. When: Through April 30 Where: Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley Cost: Free with zoo admission of $12 for ages 3–12 and 65 and older, $18 for ages 13–64 Info: mnzoo.org

ONGOING

Sportsology

Mythic Creatures

⊲ In this new addition to the museum’s exhibit galleries, visitors are invited to run, kick, swing and jump to explore the science of bodies in motion. Visitors will get a better understanding of what it takes to throw a ball, run a race, shoot a basket or just move your body for joy.

⊲ Discover the real stories of legendary creatures, including unicorns, dragons, mermaids, chupacabras, griffins, sea kraken and more with statues, largescale models and cultural objects that have created generations of lore. When: Through April 16 Where: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul Cost: This exhibit is included in regular museum admission of $18.95 for adults and $12.95 for ages 4–12 and 60 and older. Info: smm.org and amnh.org

When: Ongoing Where: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul Cost: This exhibit is included in regular museum admission of $18.95 for adults and $12.95 for ages 4–12 and 60 and older. Info: smm.org

APRIL 1

A Scottish Ramble ⊲ This popular celebration has moved from its traditional February date to April to kick off Minnesota’s Tartan Week. Events will include traditional Scottish

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music and dance performances, cultural sessions and children’s activities, as well as food and merchandise vendors. When: 11 a.m.–5 p.m. April 1 Where: Landmark Center, St. Paul Cost: $6 ($4 for ages 12 and younger) Info: scottishramble.org or landmarkcenter.org

APRIL 3

Twins Home Opener ⊲ Minnesota’s Major League Baseball team takes on the Kansas City Royals. When: 3:10 p.m. April 3 Where: Target Field, Minneapolis Cost: Tickets start at $15. Info: minnesota.twins.mlb.com

APRIL 9

Rock the Cradle ⊲ This free annual event will feature


perennial favorites such as a kids’ disco party, story time with hosts from The Current radio station, live music and more. When: April 9 Where: Minneapolis Institute of Art and Children’s Theatre Company campus, Minneapolis Cost: FREE Info: rockthecradle.org

APRIL 6–27

Lil’ Explorer Thursdays ⊲ Ages 1 to 3 are invited to listen to story time, meet plant and animal visitors, play games and join in many other fun activities. Each week features a different theme. When: 10 a.m.–noon Thursdays through April Where: Como Zoo & Conservatory, St. Paul Cost: FREE Info: comozooconservatory.org/ education

APRIL 9 AND 23

250 films representing 70-plus countries, all selected by The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul.

Urban Expedition

When: April 13–29 Where: Venues around the Twin Cities Cost: Single tickets are $13 for adults, $8 for ages 25 and younger. Info: mspfilm.org

⊲ Experience cultures from around the world — including music, dance, live animals, crafts and more — at the Landmark Center’s international event series. When: 1 p.m. April 9 (Togo) and 1 p.m. April 23 (Burma) Where: Landmark Center, St. Paul Cost: FREE. Food representative of the featured countries will be available for purchase. Info: landmarkcenter.org

APRIL 13–29

Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

APRIL 14–AUG. 4

Nature Play Dates ⊲ Naturalists make spending time outdoors interesting for preschoolers by providing new themes and sensory experiences each month. Ages 2 and younger are also welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

⊲ This year, the festival — one of the longest-running in the nation — will celebrate its 36th year with more than

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EASTER APRIL 8–16

Three Rivers Egg Hunts and More ⊲⊲Hunt for hidden eggs along a wooded trail, meet live animals, dye eggs and learn about rabbits at a variety of events hosted by the Three Rivers Park District. When: April 8–16 Where: Various parks near the Twin Cities Cost: Most events cost $5 per person. Info: See tinyurl.com/egghunts2016 to register.

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⊲⊲Celebrate spring at the historic James J. Hill House with an outdoor egg hunt on the lawn for ages 2 to 7. Participants can search for eggs, enjoy a snack, hear stories and explore the first floor of the elegant Gilded Age home, where children enjoyed their own egg hunts as far back as the 1890s, Children must be accompanied by a ticketed adult and should bring a basket to collect eggs.

⊲⊲Ages 6 and older are invited to learn about environmentally friendly, natural dyes and the Ukrainian method for making beautiful, keepsake eggs. Create patterns on eggs, play egg games and join a scavenger hunt.

⊲⊲Ages 3–8 are invited to hunt for candy and special eggs — in two different age categories. Each participant will receive a special bag for collecting goodies and a chance for a photo op with a bunny or the Lions Club lion.

When: 10–11 a.m. April 9 and April 15 Where: James J. Hill House, St. Paul Cost: $8 for all ages; reservations are recommended. Info: tinyurl.com/jjhill-hunt

When: 6:30–8:30 p.m. April 13 Where: Harriet Alexander Nature Center, Roseville Cost: $7 per dyer; each dyer should bring four hard-boiled eggs and two raw eggs, an egg carton for drying and transporting eggs and old clothing (because the dyes used are permanent). Info: cityofroseville.com/hanc

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When: April 15; ages 3–5 start at 10:15 a.m., followed by ages 6–8 at 10:20 a.m. Where: St. Louis Park Middle School Cost: $2 Info: Register at tinyurl.com/ slp-egg-hunt or stlouispark.org.

Easter Sunday is April 16 this year. Check out an extensive list of Twin Cities egg hunts and Easter festivities at familyfuntwincities.com — or check with your city’s parks and rec department.


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ECFE Family Fun Day ⊲ Enjoy a day of family fun — and celebrate the Llama Llama book series by Anna Dewdney — with activities and a petting zoo (including llamas), plus face painting, a book walk and story times.

APRIL 15

Harlem Globetrotters ⊲ The world’s most famous basketball stars will bring their unrivaled family show to town to celebrate 90 years of smiles, sportsmanship and service to millions worldwide.

When: 2–5 p.m. April 22 Where: Mona Moede Neighborhood Early Learning Center, Minneapolis Cost: $5 suggested donation per family and 25 cents for snacks Info: tinyurl.com/ecfe-mn

When: 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 15 Where: Target Center, Minneapolis Cost: Tickets start at $26. Info: harlemglobetrotters.com

Minnesota Autism Conference ⊲ This 22nd-annual event will feature more than 30 experts, educators, therapists, psychologists, employers, caregivers and people with autism spectrum disorder, including this year’s keynote speaker, professor and scientist Temple Grandin. When: April 26–29 Where: DoubleTree, Minneapolis Cost: Full-day passes are $140 (by April 11) for Thursday or Friday and $55 for a half day on Saturday (by April 11). Info: ausm.org

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FROM OUR READERS

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↑ Jordan and Michelle Nolander of Northfield, pictured with their son, Noah, 2, struck a pose shortly before the birth of their daughter, Willa, born at Northfield Hospital & Clinics in November 2016. Photo by Cindy Fortune Photography

↑ Cassie Iverson of St. Paul, pictured with her wife, Amy, gave birth to their daughter, Birdie Elaine, in July 2016 at Health Foundations Birth Center in St. Paul. Photo by Elisha May Photography

Check out all the beautiful bellies and babies these local mamas shared with us!

↑ Rachael and Jack Yeakel of Lakeville, welcomed their son, Eric, at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville in August 2016. Photo by Amy Rossini Photography

↑ Chris Gallahue of South St. Paul, pictured with her husband, Rob, gave birth to their son Liam, in 2015 at Woodwinds Hospital in Woodbury. Photo by Heidi Torgerson Photography

Want to see your kid on this page? Send photos with your child’s first name, age and city to editor@mnparent.com.

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