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Publisher . Todd Lemke Vice President . Greg Bruns Editor . Becki Jelinek Assistant Editor . Linda Persigehl Omaha Publications Managing Editor . Corey Ross Art Director/Graphic Designer . John Gawley Graphic Designer/Art Director . Matt Jensen Photographers . Bill Sitzmann, Scott Drickey, Colin Conces

The Game Of Life

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s your family contemplates making your New Year’s resolutions, consider

putting family game night at the top of your list. The concept is nothing new, however, as family time continuously competes with busy schedules, Facebook, video games and television, and parents and children are becoming further and further disconnected. Although it may take some convincing to get your kids “on board,” once you get things “rolling” everyone will look forward to pausing from hectic schedules to take part in an evening of game play. There are many reasons to start your own family game night. It’s a great way to spend quality family time together, create life-long memories and reenergize relationships. Game play also teaches sportsmanship, healthy competition, promotes conversation and positive interactions. For families on a budget, buying a new game costs significantly less that many other entertainment options and can be played year after year, providing hours of entertainment. One of my family’s favorite games is Omaha OnBoard–an Omaha themed Monopoly game, available through PRIDE-Omaha, Inc., a local nonprofit organization committed to preventing underage alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. For just $15 your family can experience Omaha like never before. Players have the opportunity to invest in some of our community’s finest real estate such as local favorites Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, Fat Brain Toys or Omaha Public Schools. Played exactly like the traditional Monopoly game, Omaha OnBoard puts your family in the center of it all! To purchase your own game, visit www.PridePrevention.org.

Account Executives . Gwen Lemke, Gil Cohen Sales Assistants . Sarah Keating Trimble, Vicki Voet, Alicia Smith Hollins, Dara Rene Newson Technical Advisor . Tyler Lemke Distribution Manager . Mike Brewer Advisory Council . Julie Huffman, Dr. Ruchi Kaushik, Peggy Brendel, Kathleen Thies Creative Design . Johnny Voruz, Melissa Aden Director of Marketing . James Jelinek Legal Council . Charles E. Dorwart, P.C., L.L.O. Advertising . Omaha Publications, (402) 884–2000 Editorial Comments . Becki Jelinek, (402) 884–2013, becki@omahapublications.com Please send contributions to becki@omahapublications.com. Original contributions become the property of Omaha Publications. Contributions cannot be acknowledged or returned.

Another one of my personal favorite board games is The Game of Life! I love watching the kids contemplate real-life decisions such as whether they should start the game off with a college loan, or begin a career immediately. It’s fun to see how they try to navigate through life’s obstacles and crossroads, especially when it’s time to purchase a home, insurance and start a family. The Game of Life is an affordable and fun way to spend time with family while laughing and soaring through life in about an hour (more on page 9).

The information contained within Family Spectrum is for informational purposes only. It is not intended and should not be used to take the place of seeking professional advice, counsel or assistance. Omaha Publications makes no endorsement of and is not responsible for contributors or advertising herein. If you have concerns or questions related to your health, consult with your physician. Family Spectrum is protected by copyright and may not be reproduced in whole or in part without written permission of Omaha Publications, 402.884.2000.

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Thank You Mt. Crescent Ski Area, located in Crescent, Iowa, for allowing us to feature you on our

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Of Life

As I encourage our readers to put family time at the top of your 2011 resolution list, I am also reminded that I too must reflect on how my own family connects. Like our readers, my family is faced with daily challenges, choices and opportunities. There are many distractions that compete for our time, and sometimes family time gets put on hold. Like many moms, I realize that today’s children are growing up way too fast. Not only are parents busier than ever, our children have schedules that would be difficult for many adults to keep up with. But all is not lost. There are many ways parents can reconnect with their children, and it can be as simple as sitting together at least once daily to share a family meal together. Playing for Keeps is a non-profit organization that advocates for children’s playtime, and they have compiled some facts about 21st century family time. If you feel that any of these statistics reflect your own family, now is the perfect time to create a change: • Family dinners have decreased by 33 percent over the last 20 years. • Family vacations have decreased by 28 percent. • The average two-year-old spends more than four hours a day in front of a television/ computer screen. • The average American home with a toddler has the television on for six hours a day. • Children age 3 to 12 spend 29 hours a week in school, which is eight more hours than in 1981. There are many studies on family time that suggest that families who spend quality time together have children who are more likely to talk to their parents about their problems. Arguably one of the most important relationships of all in our society is that of parent and child. Children of all ages need their parents’ time and attention. Quality time with parents is important for children’s growth and development, and will leave children feeling important and nurtured. This year make a commitment to spend time with your children and strengthen your family bond. I too am making that same commitment. When I founded Family Spectrum, Inc. almost six years ago, I did so out of my love for my family. Although extremely rewarding and fulfilling, parenting is also challenging. Most parents want to do the very best for their children, and often times we look to resources for assistance. It is my hope that Family Spectrum has been that resource for your family, and that you have found information to help you raise healthy, happy children. It has been an honor coming into your homes each month to provide you with a high-quality magazine, offering information and resources on parenting and children. I thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts and some of my experiences. This has been an incredible journey, but as they say–all journeys must come to an end! So must mine. As I lay my Family Spectrum editor’s cap down for a brief rest, to pursue new challenges that will enable me to spend more quality time with my family, I remind you all to continue to enjoy your own journey. For those readers interested in staying connected, and who wish to continue sharing parenting perspectives and experiences, look for my newly updated parenting blog coming Jan. 1, 2011, at www.blog.familyspectrum.com. Next month, Family Spectrum magazine introduces you to a new editor and a host of new topics and tips for your family. Until next time ... Live, Love, Grow!

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Hypothermia

uring the winter months, a child’s

body can quickly lose heat, causing him or her to become hypothermic. Our normal core temperature should range from 98100 degrees. Hypothermia begins to set in when a child’s body temperature reaches 95 degrees. If your child exhibits any of the signs below, it is time to come in from the outdoors to warm up. Consistent exposure to these cold conditions could lead to frostbite (frozen tissue) or hypothermia.

Levels of Hypothermia:

Mild Body temperature is 93-95 degrees Body shivers Fingers and toes feel numb Lack of coordination Moderate Body temperature is 86-93 degrees Body shivers more violently Mental confusion Slower breathing and heart rate Severe Body temperature is less than 86 degrees Difficulty walking Muscle aches Exposed skin may look puffy and blue Irregular or erratic heart beat Vital organs begin shutting down

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Because severe hypothermia can be a life-threatening condition, a child with any level of hypothermia needs prompt attention. Remove the person from the cold and remove any wet clothing. Warm the person with warm blankets around the body, especially the neck and chest. Share body heat by using skin-to-skin contact by lying next to the child. Cover yourself and the child with a warm blanket. If your child begins shaking violently or becomes confused, call 9-1-1. If breathing becomes very shallow or nonexistent, begin CPR. If hypothermia is caught quickly, it can be treated. The best way to protect your child from hypothermia and other cold injuries is to learn the warning signs. If your child is shivering or feels wet or very cold, it is time to take a break from the winter play and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate. Boys Town Pediatrics encourages monitored outdoor play during the winter months. Have fun with your child by making snow angels, snowmen and snow caves. Enjoy a winter hike through the snowdrifts and sleigh rides at a nearby park. As long as your child is properly dressed and protected from the wet and cold weather, you can enjoy many winter adventures. Winter Play Safety Tips

• Use sunscreen. The sun reflects off of the white snow. • Wear a hat. Fifty percent of heat is lost from our head. • Waterproof gloves and boots will keep you dry. • Come inside every half hour to hour to warm up. • Dress in layers. This will help you stay dry and warm.

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What’s Your

Body Type? Part 2

Last month we talked about two of the four different body types, the Adrenal and the Thyroid. This month I am going to touch on the Ovary and Liver body types. The ovaries produce three hormones responsible for controlling the menstrual cycle. One of these hormones is estrogen. It creates the fat layer around the female body, specifically around the ovaries. The Ovary body type is going to have weight gain on the “saddle bags” or thighs, a pooch on the lower abdomen just below the belly button and on the buttocks. These women will experience cravings for certain foods during times of the month, bloating, extra painful cramps, and excessive bleeding around their cycle. Ovary body types will also have pain on either side of the lower back or in one of the knees which is usually being referred from one of the ovaries. These women are very sensitive to environmental hormones such as birth control, HRT, and growth hormones fed to animals that we consume. They are also very sensitive to things like pesticides and other chemicals used in today’s society. The Ovary body type will experience many other different symptoms, but for purposes of this article, you see that they will have their weight gain below the belt.

like this. Their stomach is protruding and firm to the touch. The reason they will have this appearance is because the liver, which is the major organ of detoxification, is starting to lose some of its function and it has begun to leak fluid into the abdomen, which is called Ascites. These people will notice things such as pain in the right shoulder and neck, poor joints, constipation, andgrouchiness in the morning. This body types loves to eat fried foods; anything dropped in oil they want it. They have skin problems, like itchiness, little red spots, brown spots on their hands, and hemorrhoids. This is a very brief overview of these four body types and some of the things they experience. If you would like more information please visit our website: www.springridgechiro.com. I also host workshops on these body types and how to help each lose that stubborn fat. Call for available dates. Dr. Nick Crom is the Weight Loss Director at SPECTRUM Spring Ridge Chiropractic.

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ver the years, my wife and I have heard many excuses.

Some men tell us they don’t want to do cardio because they’ll lose muscle. Many women are concerned that if they lift weights they’ll “bulk up.” The truth is that with the right combination of training and nutrition, neither of these results will occur. If a man consumes enough calories after his workout, he will keep every ounce of muscle that he has. Likewise, if a woman consumes slightly fewer calories than she burns lifting weights, she will gradually continue to slim down and simply tone her muscles. But for those of you that don’t do both types of exercise simply due to time constraints, we recommend you consider performing a compound exercise circuit. Circuit training is when you move from one exercise to the next with as little rest as possible between sets. Compound exercises are those that involve the movement of more than one joint at a time. For example, someone might do three sets of leg extensions before doing three sets of a seated row, all the while resting for a minute between each set, and have only adequately trained two muscle groups over the course of 12 minutes. On the other hand, you could perform just one set of a squat-to-row, one set of push-ups w/rotation, and one set of a deadlift-to-shrug, and in the process train every muscle in your body (once) in just under four minutes! No matter how you like to train when you’re at the gym, the fact that you’re there is an accomplishment worth feeling proud of! However, if you’re bored with your current routine or simply don’t care to do both types of exercise, compound exercise circuits may just be the thing for you! SPECTRUM

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Where Bullying Begins...

Children Live What They Learn

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’ve been struck lately by the heightened concern and reports of bullying. It’s not just

on the playground anymore… and it seems there are all kinds of new ways for bullies to find their targets. Plus they are more aggressive than they used to be, or people are becoming more willing to call it when they see it. And the advent of social networks has opened up a whole new world for “cyber-bullying.” Although I’ve never considered myself a real victim of bullying, I could have been. In my case, by the time I realized I was dealing with a bully, I was old enough to realize I could care less what this person did or what this person thought of me, and I walked away. However, through the eyes of my children, I’ve become acutely aware of the impact of bullying. It makes me wonder how kids turn out to be bullies. Do they just start as adorable kindergarteners who one day decide “I’m going to be mean now”? Maybe there was a point in their young lives where someone made them feel helpless and insecure–and they’ve determined they’ll never feel that way again. They decide they’ll be pro-active and land the first blow. They find they like the power they feel when they’ve broken another person’s spirit. While I’ve never bought into a biological predisposition to bullying, I think the truth lies somewhere in the middle. I believe bullies are made, not born. Just like racists and bigots are created. Adults, I think, often forget just how much impact we have on the children within our sphere of influence. The way we adults choose to treat others–co-workers, neighbors, the clerks at the grocery store–is the way that our children learn to relate. Think about it. Adults can be bullies too. Are you one?

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Bad mouth the waitress after you leave the restaurant? Your kids hear every word. Use bigoted and unkind words about your neighbor and his partner, and you have taught your child how to hate. Choosing dinner-time conversation that includes ridiculing the way a co-worker dresses? Or the way they act? Better yet, telling your spouse–in front of your children–how you and your friends have made some judgments about the new gal at work, and you can’t imagine how she will ever fit in with the “in” crowd. Especially since she doesn’t dress the same, talk the same, or choose to participate in the same kind of backstabbing talk that your group thrives on. It’s a nasty cycle…but you must realize, your kids are soaking it in like a sponge. In many cases, these are the same parents who can’t figure out why their child is being labeled a “bully.” I know I’ve been horrified when I’ve overheard my children repeat things that I wish I had never said out loud. Occasional lapses are one thing, but steady examples of ugliness and unkindness will certainly establish the kind of behavior that neither you or your kids will be proud of. While I believe that most children who become bullies turn out that way because they’ve been abused, neglected, or bullied at home, there are too many bullies out there to establish those links alone. Children live what they learn. If all they’ve learned is to treat others with disdain and disrespect, that’s what they will contribute to the world. No one wants to raise a bully.

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Note that the situational mutism teens exhibit around adults is not exhibited around their friends. Around their friends they talk a lot. That’s because their friends are much less likely to judge, criticize, lecture, and warn than they are to joke, admire, notice, or appreciate. Another reason why teenagers talk so infrequently to adults is that adults select times to speak with teens that are convenient for the adult, not the teenager. As a result, this conversation time usually costs teenagers something, meaning it interferes with what they were doing or were about to do. If the times selected were actually convenient for the teenager, he or she would be more inclined to talk.

Situational Mutism:

If your teenager is afflicted with situational mutism and you would like to cure it, I have two recommendations. First, when you talk to your teen, make sure you have at least four or five times as many positive things to say (interest, acceptance, admiration, and appreciation) as negative things (judgment, criticism, lecturing, and warning). Second, pick a time to talk that is convenient for your son or daughter, even if it might be inconvenient for you.

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to fail them during their teenage years. What was formerly a colorful and appealing way of expressing one’s self and one’s views of life dwindles down to minimal responses such as “No,” “Don’t know,” “Nothin’,” and “Whatever.” It can almost seem as if they forgot how to talk.

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This is not the case, however. They are merely temporarily mute. This occurs almost exclusively in the presence of adults, who are mostly, if not solely, responsible for this condition. Adolescents learn fairly quickly that the more they talk with and around adults, the more they open themselves to adult judgments, criticisms, lectures, and warnings. It’s not that teenagers feel they have nothing to learn from adults. It’s merely their perception, mostly accurate, that the majority of the talk directed at them by adults takes those forms. If adult talk included a lot of other more appealing forms, such as genuine and non-judgmental interest (e.g., in their favorite music, sports team, movie star, Patrick C. Friman color, etc., etc.), acceptance, admiration, and appreciation, the teenagers would be more likely to talk with the adults. By: Patrick C. Friman, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Services, ABPP, Boys Town

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Typical school supplies. How about gloves and shovels? Students at Mockingbird Elementary are using gardening tools daily thanks to a grant from the PapioMissouri River Natural Resources District that helped turn an ugly patch of barren ground into a living, natural “outdoor classroom.” The new garden provides opportunities for the students to get out of the traditional classroom to smell, touch and see up-close what nature has to offer. “It’s really exciting,” says third–grade teacher Nikki Smith. “I think the main thing out of the whole project is that the entire school is involved and that each classroom has their own section. They have ownership, it’s not us.”

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The project has transformed what was once an eyesore for students and teachers into an educational experience unlike any other in the city. And every student gets to help. “It’s better than normal school stuff,” says sixth–grader Victor Sandoval. “It’s way more fun than my job at school.” Mockingbird Elementary is one of many local schools working with the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Building Bright Futures in a school engagement and attendance initiative. The aim of the initiative is to improve school attendance and to get kids more involved with their schoolwork. Mockingbird’s garden has done a lot to generate enthusiasm among its students. “The kids love it,” says Catherine Ballard, a special education teacher. “The preschoolers and kindergartners’ jobs are to water, so they go around watering the plants all day. The bigger guys like the sixth–graders were the ones who did most of the hard labor. Everybody had a specific job.” “It was one day this week some of the guys were out, and I said, ‘Thank you so much for helping,’ and they said, ‘No, thank you for making this for us.’ It was the nicest thing.”

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It’s hard to stand in the middle of the garden surrounded by native Nebraskan grasses, vegetables and flowers and imagine it as an empty lot of land covered with mud, sticks and stones. But only a few months ago, it was. The area had been in disarray for years, completely unusable until the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District decided to help out, giving Mockingbird Elementary a $1,000 grant at the end of May. Smith and Ballard, who run the environmental club at Mockingbird, sat down with other staff members for many hours through the summer to figure out the best way to spend the money. They needed tools and plants--mostly plants. They decided to split up the garden up into sections, with each grade getting their own section to tend to and be responsible for. Work began a couple of weeks into September. Students spent all day raking up leaves, shoveling and planting their new plants for their sections. Sixth–graders hauled in mulch and bricks. “It was quite an activity,” Ballard says. Now that most of the heavy planting is done, the students’ daily jobs in the garden are mostly maintenance and upkeep (the weeds need pulling every now and then). The students, however, don’t really see the work as jobs. They see it as exciting new opportunities to get away from the chalkboards and learn about the earth hands-on. “I think it has added pride to our school,” Ballard says. “Before when you walked by, you wouldn’t even want to look out the window. Now, everyone is peeking out the windows and opening the door. I think as teachers what made us feel the best is that our kids have so much pride. They want to show their SPECTRUM parents. I think that’s the best thing for us.”

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pparently our economy is in the toilet. I was too busy texting to notice. And I guess Christmas has now come and passed. I was too wrapped up in my Facebook to look at petty things like dates. Oh, and for my latest research paper I received a zero. I mean, come on, the Internet wasn’t working, so obviously no Google equals no ability to do research.

It’s the year 2011, my laptop is small enough to fit in a back pocket and my thumbs are virtually glued to my cell phone. Well, they are when they aren’t busy clicking through my nearly 1,000 Facebook friends’ profiles, which is odd because I don’t even think I really know that many people. It’s the digital age and I, along with the rest of my generation, am synched and linked in with this new tech-savvy world. With the rise of digital devices, it seems like that whole pen and paper thing is about to pass. No longer will textbooks be, well, books. Instead, we will have a Kindle electronic version of our text. This new technological era does come with its perks. For example, the rise of the Internet leads us to more awareness of the news than ever. iTunes and iPods promote lyrics and melodies at a rapid rate. And, hey, I just look really cool with my new savvy cell phone. I guess that’s how I see it, and the rest of my generation sees it. The digital age is cool and ultimately going to better the world as we know it. I don’t know if my grandma feels the same way though – she doesn’t even know what a keyboard is! The digital scene also comes with a few hiccups, too. Forget vehicular homicide being a result of driving drunk; now texting while driving reigns supreme in that field. Print journalism, my very major, is dying at the hands of blogging and Internet news sources. And wealth is no longer the biggest divisor of the country; instead it’s technology that divides the masses: those that can command a computer with ease, and those that can’t. In elementary school, the chance to get to use a computer was fleeting and rare to my eight-year-old mind. Nowadays eightyear-olds tote around tiny cell phones. It’s obvious that a change has come over our nation. Our world is now run by electronic ties and communication gadgets, and I think that’s how it ought to be. If I get carpel tunnel in the process of all my texting, I guess that’s just the price I pay to be logged in with the rest of the world. For now though, I’m SPECTRUM logging out. Sean Robins on By: Sean Robinson

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You see two years ago, the family moved from Vail, Colo. and took over ownership of Mt. Crescent Ski Area in Crescent, Iowa. Just 15 miles northeast of Omaha, Mt. Crescent is the perfect destination for skiers and snowboarders.

“We really want to create a mountain lodge-type feel,” Samantha says. “A destination where families can come to spend a day together to have fun and create memories.”

Owners Korby and Samantha Fleischer are avid skiers who are committed to ensuring that Mt. Crescent visitors experience a winter adventure where all ages feel welcome. All three of their children began skiing when they were 3 years old, and the family spends lots of time together on the slopes.

Lighted for night skiing and equipped with the latest snowmaking system, Mt. Crescent’s ski season runs from early December well into March.  Crescent’s snowmaking system consists of 20 large snow cannons, two holding ponds and miles of underground piping.  This system can produce six inches of snow on 10 acres of land in a 12-hour period at temperatures below 20 degrees.  This means the area can transform any one of its runs from bare ground to a ski-able slope overnight and keep snow on the ground, even through warm spells well into March! This advanced system, coupled with snow cats and powder makers, ensure the best skiing surface possible.

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Mt. Crescent provides Midwest skiers with a variety of slopes to both intrigue new skiers and challenge experienced ones. There are runs up to 2,000 feet in length with a vertical drop of 300 feet.

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atplay Mt. Crescent offers double and quad chairlifts serving nine runs on 50 acres and can handle an uphill capacity of 3,600 skiers per hour, which means less waiting and more skiing. And there’s more! Mt. Crescent also caters to snowboarders with a snowboard terrain park. Snowboarders like 13-year-old Christian of Omaha enjoy spending every free moment there. “It’s a great place to test out new tricks, and to brush up on old ones after a long summer. I look forward to winter each year, and love being able to spend my weekends snowboarding.” When it gets cold, Mt. Crescent offers a newly remodeled two-story day lodge complete with a year-round sundeck. Visitors can enjoy hearty winter fare complemented by their favorite beverage.  The lodge offers rentals for special events, corporate retreats, holiday parties, and a full line of catering options to suit your needs.  The lodge is also home to a full-service ski and snowboard rental shop stocking 1,000 sets of modern ski equipment, including skis, boots and bindings by many of the leading manufacturers. And for snowboarders, there is a full line of the latest boards and boots to outfit a wide variety of riders.  If lessons are needed, Mt. Crescent has PSIA-certified and trained ski and snowboard instructors for group, semi-private and private lessons.  And don’t forget the tubing! For thrill seekers of a different kind, Mt. Crescent’s 600 feet of straight drop and turn will leave you feeling the rush for more! For more information about Mt. Crescent’s offerings, visit www.skicrescent.com.

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January 15 – March 20, 2011 Created by the Library of Congress, With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition provides a rare opportunity to view artifacts from Lincoln’s life and administration. The exhibit reveals Lincoln, the man — whose thoughts, words and actions were deeply affected by personal experiences and pivotal historic events. Visitors will gain a deeper understanding of how remarkable Lincoln’s decisions were for their time and why his words continue to resonate today.

With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition and its national tour are made possible through the generous support of Union Pacic Corporation. Presented locally by the Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation, the Douglas County Commissioners, Mutual of Omaha, First National Bank, and The Hawks Foundation. Media support provided by WOWT Channel 6.

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January Giveaway! This month’s giveaway is for the winter-loving adventurer! Mt. Crescent Ski Area is providing a family day pass, which includes 2 adults and up to 4 dependent children. One family will enjoy a day of skiing, snowboarding or tubing. Rentals also included. For your chance to win this month’s giveaway, simply be a Family Spectrum eLetter subscriber. To subscribe to our FREE eLetter, visit www.FamilySpectrum.com. It’s that easy! Good luck! 

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Husker Toy & Buckle Show January 16, 2011 Lancaster Event Center, Lincoln, NE (402) 432-1451 • lancastereventcenter.com

KANEKO presents Promoting Peace Through Education with Greg Mortenson January 14, 2011 • KANEKO 1111 Jones St • www.thekaneko.org

The Husker Toy & Buckle Show is the place to find collectible old and new toys, pedal tractors, TONKAs, Hot Wheels®, Matchbox® cars and more. Vendors from nine states will have more than 170 tables of collectible belt buckles and toys available for sale. Children under 10 receive free admission with a paid adult.

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The best-selling author of Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools, Greg Mortenson has made building schools for girls in Afghanistan and Pakistan his life’s mission. His work with the communities of this region has made him an advisor to generals and presidents.

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Omaha Symphony: Wild About Nature January 16, 2011 Holland Performing Arts Center • (402) 342-3560 • omahasymphony.org

School House to White House January 15, 2011 - March 27, 2011 The Durham Museum www.durhammuseum.org

Featuring the nature images of world-renowned photographer and Nebraska-native, Thomas D. Mangelsen, paired with great classics, this celebration of music and wildlife will inspire nature lovers of all ages.

Documents and photos drawn from the collections of the National Archives Presidential Libraries reveal fascinating details about children that would grow up to be presidents. Journey back to a time of one room school houses, large public schools, and private tutors. See these future presidents as young sports stars, choir members and musicians.

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Central Nebraska Home and Builders Show January 21-23, 2011 • Heartland Event Center at Fonner Park, Grand Island, NE (515) 537-2094 • jacksonexpogroup.com Featuring thousands of ideas to make your house a home, the 36th annual Central Nebraska Home and Builders Show comes to the Heartland Event Center at Fonner Park, Jan. 21–23. See the latest products and services, and participate in seminars designed to give you a better understanding of how these innovations can benefit your home and yard.

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Disney & Cameron Mackintosh present MARY POPPINS January 27, 2011 - February 13, 2011 Orpheum Theatre www.omahaperformingarts.org The world’s most famous nanny lands at the Orpheum! Combining the best of the original books and the beloved Disney film, every number you love – from “A Spoonful of Sugar” to “Chim Chim Cher-ee” – is spectacular on stage. Let your imagination take flight with a perfectly magical Tony® Award-winning hit!

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PRCA Championship Rodeo January 28-29, 2011 • Pershing Center, Lincoln, NE (402) 441-8744 • pershingcenter.com The biggest rodeo of the winter season in the Lincoln area—this is the big leagues of pro rodeo! PRCA-sanctioned athletes and livestock from across the country compete for top prizes in seven championship events each day. Friday, Jan. 28, is “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” night, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting breast cancer programs at Lincoln’s BryanLGH Medical Center.

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atplay Submitted By: The National Safety Council, Greater Omaha Chapter • Dress children in warm, waterproof boots that are roomy enough to wiggle their toes around. • Remove all drawstrings from children’s clothing to prevent strangulation. Use velcro or other fasteners instead, and use a neck warmer instead of a scarf.

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inter is an exciting time for kids. It brings great outdoor activities, such as sledding and skating, but also cold weather, ice and snow, which can present a danger to children.

Dr. Cicero Calderon of Children’s Physicians says, “It is important to remember that children are more than just tiny adults. Like most systems in their body, their temperature regulatory system is not fully developed. Children’s bodies are not able to readily adapt to the extreme changes in temperature the way that adults can. Their temperature control systems are not matured.” Dr. Calderon continues, “Young children lose their heat quickly when exposed to cold air because they have a large body surface area as compared to body mass, a thinner layer of subcutaneous fat and a lower metabolic rate.” These characteristics put children more at risk for hypothermia as compared to adults. But that doesn’t mean children can’t enjoy the winter. Here are some winter safety tips for both parents and children: • Never allow children to play outside alone. Establish a buddy system with one or more of their friends and have them look out for one another. • Children younger than 8 years of age should always be well supervised outside. • Check who are outside need to be checked on from time to time to ensure they are warm and dry. • Have younger children take frequent breaks to come indoors for a warm drink. • Keep children indoors if the temperature falls below –25°C (-13°F), or if the wind chill is–28°C (-18.4°F) or greater. • Tell children the dangers of putting their tongues on cold metal. It may sound silly, but some kids still do this. • Advise children to stay away from snowplows and snow blowers. • Advise children to play in an area away from roads, fences and water. • Apply sunscreen to exposed skin, even when it’s cloudy.

Clothing • Dress children in several layers of clothing. If they get too warm, they can remove one layer at a time. • Always remove children’s wet clothing and boots immediately. • Make sure children wear a hat–most body heat is lost through the head. • Have children keep their ears covered at all times to prevent frostbite. • Have children wear mittens instead of gloves.

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Skating • Make sure children always wear a hockey or ski helmet while skating. • Make sure children’s skates are comfortable, with good ankle support, to avoid twists, sprains or breaks. • When possible, have children skate on public indoor or outdoor rinks. • Obey all signs posted on or near the ice. Yellow signs usually mean skate with caution, and red usually means no skating allowed. • Make sure they are always supervised on the ice. • Never assume it’s safe to skate on a lake or pond. An adult should make sure the ice is at least four inches thick, and check with local weather authorities for information about ice thickness. • Avoid walking on ice near moving water. Ice formed on moving water, such as rivers and creeks, will vary in thickness and is highly unpredictable. Sledding • Always wear either a ski or hockey helmet – not a bicycle helmet – while sledding. • Never use a sled with sharp or jagged edges. • Make sure the handholds on the sled are secure. • Always sit up or kneel on a sled. Lying down increases the risk of head, spine and abdominal injuries. • Never sled on or near roadways. • Look for shallow slopes that are free of trees, fences or any other obstacles. • Avoid sledding on crowded slopes. Snow forts and snow banks • Do not build snow forts or make tunnels. They may collapse and suffocate a child. • Do not play in or on snow banks. The driver of a snowplow or other vehicle may not see a child. Snowballs • Children should NOT throw snowballs. Snowball fights can lead to injuries, especially to the eyes. Snowballs are more dangerous if the snow is hard-packed or contains a rock or some other hard object. Portions of this article adapted from Lynn County SPECTRUM Police Department, Lynn, Mass.

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