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Boys Town National Research Hospital

magazine health & wellness Avoiding Heat Stroke

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community of learning Children Who Love To Read

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open forum Celebrating Fatherhood

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on the go Travel Nebraska

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power of one Young Heroes: Bake Sale for Haiti

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time out for safety Dog Bites

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This month readers will find valuable information on keeping your family safe, healthy and active over the upcoming months. Local experts offer tips on preventing dangerous summer bites and avoiding heat-related illnesses, and you’ll find some delicious and nutritious summer recipes. Families will also find tips on taking an economical vacation or weekend get-a-way without ever leaving Nebraska. Also, as a tribute to Father’s Day, we begin a three-part series on celebrating the roles of fathers in our children’s lives. Enjoy your lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, and stay safe!

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copy of Family Spectrum this summer at all Omaha Royals Family Sunday Fun-days! We look forward to meeting our readers AND celebrating this past year’s Young Heroes. Remember to nominate a special child in your life as a Young Hero. It’s as simple as sending a message to heroes@FamilySpectrum.com. If you can’t make it out to a Sunday Royals game, or if for some reason you can’t find Family Spectrum around town, read us online at www.readonlinenow.com.

Radio Remember to catch Family Spectrum on KCRO, 660 AM, M-F, noon-12:30. If you miss a show, you can listen to our podcasts posted at www.Blog.FamilySpectrum.com. June Giveaway! This month’s Staycation giveaway is a two-night stay at Girls Scouts Spirit of Nebraska Lakeview Cabin, North Platte. This beautiful cabin sleeps 14 and is a perfect mini-vacation getaway and is featured on page 28! If you haven’t already done so, sign up for our free monthly eLetter at www.FamilySpectrum.com. All eLetter subscribers are automatically entered to win our monthly prizes. Thank You A special thank you is extended to Boys Town National Research Hospital for sharing photos for this month’s front cover of your Memorial Day Run.

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25 • Travel Nebraska 27 • Nebraska’s Byways Offer Diverse Attractions 28 • Staycation 31 • June Events

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Hot Temperatures Can Lead to Heat Stroke in Children

s the summer days heat up, it is important to monitor your child’s outdoor activities in order to avoid heatrelated illnesses. When the temperature rises, a child is likely to sweat excessively and lose a lot of water. This loss of water can lead to dangerous conditions, including heat (sun) stroke and heat exhaustion.

To avoid heat-related illness, make sure your child drinks plenty of water when playing, exercising, or working in the heat. In order to replace the significant amount of fluids lost from sweating, a child should take water breaks at least every 25-30 minutes. Electrolyte beverages, such as Gatorade, are not needed unless your child has been exercising for over an hour. When a child is suffering from heat stroke, you may notice one or more of the following: • Flushed skin that is hot to the touch • A fever of at least 105°F • No signs of sweating • Unconsciousness or delirium • Shock caused by low blood pressure Although a high fever above 105°F is life threatening, the appearance of any of these symptoms is cause for concern. If you notice one or more signs of heat stroke, call for an ambulance and contact a physician immediately. It is essential that you cool your child down right away by moving her to a cool place, sponging the skin with cool water and fanning her body. readonlinenow.com

If your child is not unconscious, have him drink at least one glass of cold water every 15 minutes until an ambulance arrives.

Heat exhaustion is not as serious as heat stroke, but still requires medical attention. Symptoms include: • Skin that is cold and pale • Sweating • Dizziness • Fainting • Weakness With heat exhaustion, a high temperature (above 100°F) will not occur. In the event of heat exhaustion, call a physician immediately. Have your child lie down in a cool place and encourage him to drink a cold glass of water every 15 minutes until he feels better. Most likely, your child’s doctor will want to examine him right away to be sure he is appropriately hydrated. To avoid heat-related illness while spending time in the heat, Boys Town Pediatrics suggests wearing light-weight, light-colored clothing, taking cold water breaks in the shade every half hour, and changing clothing when it becomes wet with perspiration. In addition, limit exercise to short periods of time when temperatures rise above 82°F. For more summertime pediatric tips, visit boystownpediatrics.org.

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he 2010 Boys Town National Research Hospital Memorial Day Run offered something for everyone! Children, families, walkers and runners participated in one of four events: Kids’ 400–Meter Fun Run, Kids’ 1-Mile Fun Run, 1-Mile Walk/Run and 5-Mile Walk/Run. The event took place on Monday, May 31 on the Boys Town Campus. The money raised from the event benefits the hospital’s Lied Learning and Technology Center for Childhood Deafness and Vision Disorders. Memorial Day Run is an annual event that welcomes all ages and fitness levels, from families with strollers to competitive runners. Entertainment included clowns, a face painter, massage therapy music, taekwondo demonstrations, awards and more. Event sponsors included Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Performance Auto Group, Copic Insurance and TD AMERITRADE.

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Get Your Back In The Swing By Dr. Nick Crom, D. C. • Spring Ridge Chiropractic & Acupucture using through out your round. In this case it will be all of them to one extent or another. Start by increasing your heart rate with some simple movements. Arm circles, overhead extensions, overhead sidebends, partial squats and lunges. (I found a great printer-friendly example of these on www.pgaprofessional.com) These will also help to stretch your neck, shoulders, arms, lower back, hamstrings and calf muscles. Start swinging a club. Slowly… I recommend a 7 iron, usually at about 50 percent and work up from there. These type of warm-ups will allow you to play a better round of golf, and help you prevent injuries. One last thought...If you would like to add distance to your shots, try improving yourself before you run out and buy a new $400 driver. You are the one swinging the club. You are the main “club” in your bag. Just by improving your flexibility, you can add that 10 to 15 yards that a new driver would, not to mention it will add to your overall health and wellness.

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olf is generally viewed as a game of leisure or relaxation and not an athletic event requiring highly athletic motions. This common misconception often results in injuries.

Dr. Nick Crom is the founder of Spring Ridge Chiropractic and Acupuncture Clinic. He is also a Certified Golf Injury Doctor. You can contact him at springridgechiro@gmail.com.

As Paul Chek states, “Getting your club head speed to over 100 mph takes the amateur golfer 90 percent of their peak muscle activity to accomplish this feat.” That is the same as lifting a weight that can only be lifted four times before total fatigue. So you can imagine what that is doing to your body when you are taking that powerful of a swing 30-40 times per round. I know what you are thinking. “If golf is such an athletic, event then how can guys like John Daly or Kevin Stadler play it so well?” Well, there is always the exception to the rule. They have been playing and practicing golf for so long that they have developed the muscle strength that it requires to perform. But what I am really talking about here is the amateur golfer. The golfers that show up to the golf course five minutes before their tee time. They take a couple of swings with their drivers on the first tee, touch their toes a few times and then try to hit the ball with everything they’ve got. These are the golfers that are going to at some point experience pain. Usually this pain is going to hit the lower back, but it can also make it into the hips, knees, elbows and wrist. Knowing that golf is going to take so much energy and strength, don’t you think it’s in your best interest to give your body a little time to get warmed up and loose? Considering the fact that most of us ride in a cart and don’t walk, it takes longer and more of an effort to get our muscles prepared for a round.

The most pressing issues facing our country; The cost of Health Care. How can our country reduce health care costs? Through the practice of Chiropractic Care, you reaffirm the relationship between you; the patient; and the preventative maintenance of your body. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure and function and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health and wellness. Spring Ridge Chiropractic & Acupuncture • Dr. Nick Crom, D.C. Creator of the MiracleYearofWellness.com Chiropractic Care • Acupuncture • Massage Therapy 1109 S. 180th Street Omaha, Nebraska 68130 Springridgechiro.com • 402-502.6888

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Generations of families have known Methodist as the place to have a baby. Now, the area leader in comprehensive birth services is creating a new legacy in women’s health with the opening of Methodist Women’s Hospital. We know it’s about giving you our full attention. An advanced communications system that gets you assistance the moment you need it. Areas designed so staff can be highly efficient and react quickly. And all the care you deserve from Methodist Magnet-certified nurses, the gold standard of nursing care. We know it takes a team that’s above and beyond in expertise. Our team is prepared to handle any unexpected situations because every birth services nurse has advanced training and certifications specific to maternity care. Thanks to wireless fetal monitoring, we always track your baby’s well-being during labor. And should your baby need special attention after delivery, our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides the highest level of NICU care in West Omaha. We know it’s about comfort for you and your family. Rooms created with the perfect ambience. Special accommodations that allow C-section moms and their babies to recover side-by-side in the same room. And ample room for family and friends so they can share in your joy during this truly special time. In comfort, in care, in security, we’re the name that’s raising the standard in birth services. And the name chosen by more moms-to-be than any other metro-area hospital. Our Methodist Women’s Hospital will arrive right on schedule in June. To begin your Methodist birth plan or to get more information, please visit methodistforwomen.org.

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health & wellness their evaluations of the mock-up rooms we had built. They talked. We listened. Then, we modified our designs again. We wanted to get it right, and we thank everyone who has enabled us to do just that.” Korth said the hospital and its services were designed with maximum patient comfort and safety in mind. From the latest technology to advanced training and specialized certifications for the nursing staff, Methodist Women’s Hospital patients will enjoy a level of care recognized by the world’s largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization. Magnet designation is the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s highest honor. Amenities, such as hotel-like patient rooms with around-the-clock room service, comfortable indoor and outdoor dining areas, and a healing garden, have also been included to enhance the entire family’s experience.

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magine a health care facility dedicated specifically to meeting the unique needs of women. The new Methodist Women’s Hospital, located at 192nd and W. Dodge Road, is just that—the region’s first hospital devoted to excellence in women’s health care. Scheduled to open its doors to patient care on Monday, June 21, the hospital and its staff will carry on Methodist Hospital’s tradition as the preferred hospital for delivering babies in the Omaha metropolitan area. Methodist Women’s Hospital is staffed and equipped to handle any situation that might arise during a pregnancy or delivery. Full-time staff includes OB/GYNs, perinatologists (high-risk obstetric specialists), anesthesiologists, neonatologists (high-risk newborn specialists), neonatal nurse practitioners, certified midwives, respiratory care therapists and nurses with advanced certifications specific to the area in which they work. The full-time staff also

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includes Omaha’s only dedicated neonatal development care specialist. In addition to advanced maternity and neonatal care, Methodist Women’s Hospital will offer other health services for women of all ages—including gynecology, outpatient lab and imaging, and a Sexual Assault Response Team through the emergency department. According to Sue Korth, vice president and chief operating officer for Methodist Women’s Hospital, many people from across the Methodist organization, as well as from the community, have had a stake in what will be the final product. “What the public will see and our patients will experience is the result of input from our community advisory council, physicians, nurses and other clinical staff, non-clinical staff like security, housekeeping and food service, and most of all, our patients,” Korth said. “All of these groups provided us with

Another added convenience of the Methodist Women’s Hospital is its proximity to the Methodist Physicians Clinic Women’s Center in the attached medical office building. Currently located at the Indian Hills Plaza building near 90th and W. Dodge Road, the Methodist Physicians Clinic Women’s Center’s move to the new location will allow women to take care of all of their gynecological and women’s health needs in a single campus location, including counseling, urogynecology, sexual medicine and skin renewal services. Methodist Women’s Center services will begin moving to the new medical campus in May and will be open for service prior to the opening of the Methodist Women’s Hospital. Services that will be available at the Methodist Women’s Hospital campus include OB/GYN, continence services, counseling ser vices, DEXA scan, mammography, menopause services, midwifery, reproductive health, sexual medicine, skin renewal ser vices, ultrasound, urogynecology and women’s physical therapy. For more information, please visit www.methodistforwomen.org.

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Batter Up! ‘Baseball at Boys Town’

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into his care in 1917, one of the first things he taught them was baseball. It taught them teamwork, respect for one another and a confidence that led them to win several State Championships.

take some time to build lifelong memories with your children. Go out and throw the ball, have a tea party or make dinner together. Spend time sharing in what they enjoy. It may just make all the difference.

What Father Flanagan did wasn’t extraordinary. He simply spent time playing catch with the boys – but it made all the difference in their lives. Father Flanagan continued to nurture the boys’ love of baseball, and did all he could to bring new experiences to the youth.

Bring the kids out to the Boys Town fields and catch a CWS practice, and swing by the Hall of History to introduce them to Babe and Lou at the “Baseball at Boys Town” exhibit. You’ll find baseballs autographed by Ruth, Ozzie Smith and Dizzy Dean; Hank Aaron’s bat; a bust of Lou Gehrig donated by his widow; and the history of Boys Town’s baseball achievements.

s Omaha heats up with College World Series fever, the Boys Town community happily joins in the festivities by welcoming college teams from across the nation to practice on the Village fields in preparation for their CWS appearance. Boys Town’s 2010 College World Series sneakpeek event is free and open for the public to enjoy. Best of all, you won’t have to fight traffic and you might just catch a souvenir! While on campus, you won’t want to miss the Boys Town Hall of History’s collection of baseball artifacts. The Hall of History is the proud home to a variety of memorabilia from some of America’s most influential players, and you can see it for yourself at the “Baseball at Boys Town” exhibit. The game of baseball played a significant role in Boys Town’s early years. In fact, when Boys Town founder, Father Edward Flanagan, began taking Omaha street boys

Families Invited to Exhibit and CWS Practices

He did just that by inviting baseball legends like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams and many more to the Home. The Babe and Lou were so impressed with Father Flanagan’s work, they became lifetime supporters of Boys Town. While Boys Town proudly supports the game of baseball, Boys Town is an even bigger fan of family. This summer, we encourage you to

Explore Boys Town’s rich history on and off the baseball field with your family, and build memories as you discover the Village that began over a game of ball, and transformed into so much more. For more information and to plan your visit to Boys Town, go to www.boystown. org/discover.

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by bees, wasps, yellow jackets, hornets, or fire ants. This is why it is so important to keep nests and hives away from areas where children may be playing. Most reactions show up right away, but in some cases, the person can experience the impact 24 hours later. Unless it’s already a known condition, anyone having an allergic reaction should see a doctor. People with sting allergies should be sure to wear a Medic Alert bracelet anytime they participate in outdoor activities. Most of the spiders in Nebraska are harmless, but there are two kinds that are highly poisonous: the brown recluse and the black widow. Both are generally found in areas where they won’t be disturbed, like attics or garages – a good fact to share with your children before they start exploring. Here are a few general first aid tips for bites: Inspect and clean the wound carefully (if there is a stinger present, remove it without squeezing it to avoid the release of more venom into the blood stream). Apply an ice pack to an insect bite or sting to reduce swelling and pain. Do not apply ice directly to the affected area—use an ice bag instead. Try an over-the-counter medication to relieve swelling, itching and discomfort. An oral antihistamine may help reduce itching and redness, and an anesthetic spray like Solarcane can help relieve pain. Hydrocortisone or calamine lotion may be helpful as well. For more information on responding to emergency conditions, please visit the health library at www.bluehealthadvangate.com, the health and wellness website of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska. omahapublications.com


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health & wellness Sensational Summer Recipes TCG Breakfast Frittata

Kids love breakfast for dinner. Here's a great base recipe. With a few simple substitutions you can whip up your own signature dish. INGREDIENTS: 1 1/2 cups frozen hash brown potatoes Vegetable oil spray Salt and pepper to taste 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese 2 cups any combination of vegetables and/or meat 2 cups egg substitute (like egg beaters) or 8 real eggs y

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id you know? The human body is made of 206 bones and more than 650 muscles. Did you also know, that approximately 75 percentof your muscle is water? Because of this, the average woman should consume approximately 2 liters of fluid each day, and the average man should consume approximately 3 liters of fluid each day.

Water consumption tips for children: The standard recommendation of water intake for children is at least 6-8 glasses (1.5 - 2 liters) a day, drunk regularly throughout the day (at least 3-4 glasses while at school) ensuring that plenty of additional fluid is drunk during warm weather and/or when exercising. “When exercising” means before, during and after exercise and is not restricted to formal PE and games lessons, but is also applicable to active play (e.g. football in the playground or periods of running around). The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, Washington DC (2004), includes a separate category for teenage boys aged 14+ who require a higher average fluid intake of 2.6 liters (about 11 large glasses). readonlinenow.com

PREPARATION: 1. In a 10 inch Sauté pan heat hash browns 3 to 5 minutes on high, or until hot; drain as necessary. Add vegetables and meat and sauté until done. 2. Layer potatoes, salt & pepper, vegetables and/or meats, and 1 cup cheese. 3. Bake at 350° for about 40 minutes or until center is set. 4. Cool slightly before serving. MAKE YOUR OWN COMBINATION: Mexican Frittata - Use Monterey Jack & Cheddar cheese, diced green chilies, diced tomato, chopped onion French Frittata - Use Swiss cheese, chopped ham, chopped spinach, and sliced mushrooms Italian Frittata - Use Mozzarella cheese, thin quartered zucchini slices, chopped tomato, and sliced black olives.

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health Sensational & wellness Summer Recipes

Pasta Salad with Fresh Herbs

This sunny pasta salad is a hit with kids and parents alike. Other fresh herbs, such as chopped dill or oregano may be substituted for the tarragon. INGREDIENTS: 12 ounces rotini (corkscrew) pasta 1/4 cup white-wine vinegar 1 tbsp. water 1 1/2 tsp. salt 12/ tsp. sugar 2 tsp. minced fresh herb leaves or 1/2 tsp. dried (we use tarragon) 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper 1/3 cup olive oil 2 pints red or yellow pear tomatoes or cherry tomatoes or a combination (halved) 3/4 cup shredded carrots 3/4 cup diced Fontina, Edam, or Swiss cheese 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves PREPARATION: 1. In a large pot of salted boiling water; cook the pasta until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain it in a colander, rinse well, and drain again. 2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the vinegar, water, salt, sugar, tarragon, and pepper. Add the oil in a stream, whisking until well blended. 3. Add the pasta and the remaining ingredients to the bowl and toss well. Serve the salad at room temperature. Serves 8 to 10.

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eading is not just about deciphering written words. When you have children, it’s about so much more! The most avid readers acquire their love of reading from home. Many great readers remember cozy bedtime stories, the excitement of receiving a book as a gift and sharing a favorite book with a friend. They also experienced the freedom and encouragement to read often and to choose books of special interest to them. Following are some general rules of thumb in helping your child develop a LOVE for reading: Read aloud to your child. Children of all ages enjoy being read to. Read to your infant and read to your teen. Reading is about interacting together and enjoying the closeness and security of having your undivided attention. When you share this special time together, make sure you limit all distractions by finding a quiet, comfortable place and turning off the T.V., radio and cell phone! Read together frequently and set up rituals for reading! Children need routines and need to know there are certain things they can count on every day. Many children love the nightly bedtime rituals of snuggling close and listening to a loved one’s voice before drifting off to sleep. But remember there are many other wonderful rituals you and your child can establish. Make bath time more fun with a book or impromptu story. Make your morning routine calmer with a book for breakfast. Instead of listening to the radio, have your child read to you on the morning drive to summer camp! Establishing a daily ritual for reading brings families closer together. Repeat, Repeat and Repeat! Children LOVE repetition and will insist on having the same books read over and over again. Your child will enjoy memorizing her favorite passages and will be eager to supply key phrases herself — both signs of increasing readiness to read. A fun game to play with the child who has memorized every word in a book is to mix it up a bit with silly new “twists and turns” readonlinenow.com

to the story! You will receive many giggles and wiggles as your child reminds you of what the book “Truly” states! Create easy access to reading. Make books readily available wherever your child spends time. Keep books in the back seat of your car, take books to the beach, to the pool and to restaurants. Carry a tote bag of books with you to take the boredom out of waiting rooms and long trips. Join the Omaha Public Library Summer Read Program and have an assortment of books available throughout the summer.. Pass the joys of reading on! Demonstrate your own love for reading. Teach children that books are treasures that can take your imagination anywhere. Create a library of cherished stories from your own childhood as well as current favorites. Donate used books as you purchase new ones and give books as gifts. And finally, be a role model! Your child wants to be just like you, so let her see you take time for yourself to enjoy a good book! Showing your own love for reading is the most powerful tool!

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All parents have done this type of planning whether it is for one, two or eight hours away from their children. The question is: What have you done to plan for your children when you are gone forever? Have you prepared an Estate Plan? Who do you want to decide who will care for your children in the event that you are no longer able to do so yourself ? Do you want a judge to appoint the guardians and trustees for your children, or do you want make those decisions yourself ? You can’t call home once you are gone forever. The Three-Step Strategy to Estate Planning process will help you plan for your children after you are gone permanently.

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open forum Celebrating Fatherhood: An Important Missing Link Part I - Fathers are Necessary to the Healthy Development of Children

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nthony has been raised by a loving mother and other family members for the past 11 years, but there is a huge hole in his heart...his missing father. Research shows that a loving and nurturing father improves outcomes for children, families and communities, and fathers who live with their children are more likely to have a close, enduring relationship with their children. Children with involved, loving fathers are significantly more likely to do well in school, have healthy self-esteem, exhibit empathy and pro-social behavior, and avoid high-risk behaviors including drug use, truancy, and criminal activity. The growing absence of fathers in children’s lives has emerged as one of our nation’s greatest social problems, resulting in lost opportunities for children and a financial burden to society. American children are in crisis and families are in need of assistance due to father absence. Statistics consistently point out that children who grow up without their fathers are more likely to be poor, to use drugs, to experience educational, health, emotional and behavioral problems, to be victims of child abuse, and to engage in criminal behavior than their peers who live with their married, biological (or adoptive) parents.

by mothers, as compared to 22 percent of those children living with both parents, and 5 percent living with their fathers.” • In a 2004 study by the National Council on Family Relations, researchers noted that “most children (56%) live in two-biologicalparent married families,” but that “the share of children residing with two biological married parents has been steadily declining.” This decline was found to negatively affect child well-being in several ways, including that “adolescents living outside two-biological-parent married families tend to exhibit more behavioral and emotional problems” and are “significantly less engaged in school.”

The truth is this: Children need committed fathers as much as they need their mothers. While it’s impossible to piece together a complete picture through statistics alone, the following indicate some correlation between absentee fathers and a variety of social problems: • In a 1997 report to Congress, the U.S. Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) provided national demographic data on children enrolled in CMHS funded services. They found that “on the whole, children living in single-parent families are more likely to experience poverty than children living in two-parent homes.” Further, “of those children living in poverty, 73 percent were living in families maintained 24 open forum • june 2010 • family spectrum magazine • • • •

• A study published in the February 2007 issue of the Journal of Population Economics notes: “There is longstanding evidence that youth raised by single parents are more likely to perform poorly in school and partake in ‘deviant’ behaviors such as smoking, sex, substance use, and crime. However, there is not widespread agreement as to whether the timing of the marital disruption differentially impacts youth outcomes.” After undertaking their research, the authors concluded that an additional five years spent with the biological father significantly lowers a youth’s likelihood of engaging in the named behaviors, and that in general, “the longer the father remains in the household, the ‘better off ’ the youth is.” The evidence is clear. Fathers are extremely important figures in the lives of their children and their influence cannot be underestimated. omahapublications.com


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Your Family’s Mini Travel Nebraska Vacation Guide North Platte orth Platte’s heritage stretches back into the past along the steel rails of the Union Pacific tracks that first reached what was to become the largest railroad yard in the world on November 9, 1866. Through nearly constant expansion and reinvestment, Bailey Yard now covers nearly 3,000 acres, with more than 300 miles of track handling 150 trains made up of 15,000 rail cars each day.

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All of this incredible action can be seen from the seventh and eighth floor observation decks of the Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center www.GoldenSpikeTower.com . The tower provides not only a birds-eye view of the workings of Bailey Yard, but is staffed with enthusiastic and knowledgeable retired railroaders who volunteer their time to share their love of the railroad with guests. Throughout the tower, educational displays highlight the history of the yard, milestone events and the people who made it all happen. One of those important historical figures is Col. William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody. Today Cody’s legacy in North Platte is memorialized in the Buffalo Bill State Historical. His Victorian mansion, Scouts Rest barn and 250 acres of the original ranch are maintained by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Buffalo Bill’s accomplishments in the arena of showmanship are celebrated each year in Nebraska’s official state celebration, NEBRASKAland DAYS, featuring a rodeo, concerts, parades, art shows, stage shows, food and much more, held in mid-June. www.nebraskalanddays.com . With all the railroad heritage in North Platte, there has to be a celebration of that heritage. We celebrate annualy with Rail Fest www.nprailfest.com. Not only does the annual event, held in Cody Park the third weekend in September, attract more than 10,000 visitors, the organizers were successful in having North Platte named “Rail Town USA ®” by an act of Congress in 2008. If the kids get restless with all this history during a visit to North Platte, their fun hasn’t been forgotten. The North Platte Area Children’s Museum is a fun hands-on learning center offering children a place to experience the wonders of life in an interactive atmosphere. Information about all the attractions, activities and events in the communities can be found at the North Platte/Lincoln County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The office can be reached by phone at 800-955-4528 or at www.visitnorthplatte.com.

It’s great music. Fabulous art. Drama. And fun! It’s two major festivals bookending a week-long celebration of the arts June 18-26 in Hastings. Come join in!

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Sponsored by Nebraska Travel and Tourism With nine scenic and historic byways, eight state parks, 65 state recreation areas and numerous private campgrounds, Nebraska is a great place to travel in a recreational vehicle. The towns and campgrounds along the state’s byways enthusiastically support RV travelers and the routes take visitors to some of Nebraska’s most magnificent destinations. Nebraska’s largest body of water, Lake McConaughy, is an oasis of recreational opportunities with nearly 250 RV spaces in four campgrounds around the lake. Most sites have electrical hookups, and each campground has a conveniently located RV dumping station. Lake McConaughy also offers miles of white-sand beaches, perfect for sand volleyball, ATV cruising and leisurely barefoot walks. The boating and water skiing are unbeatable too. And don’t forget the incredible fishing in both Lake

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Family Fun Day and Barn Dance June 5 Wessels Living History Farm York, NE (402) 710-0682 www.livinghistoryfarm.org

Cornhusker State Games June 19–27 Citywide and at local recreation areas Lincoln, NE (402) 471-2544 www.cornhuskerstategames.com

Bring the entire family out for a day of kite flying contests, oldtime farm games and silent movies at Wessels’ awesome 145-acre farm. There’s even a dance in the giant, red, timber–frame barn. Activities will get started at 1 p.m. and will conclude around dusk, so plan for an entire day of fun!

Nebraska’s statewide sports festival, which usually takes place the first two weeks in July, has moved its schedule up two weeks in 2010 to make room on the calendar for the Special Olympics to come to Lincoln. With more than 60 different sports available to participate in during the games, including adventure racing, cycling and table tennis, athletes are sure to find something that’s right up their alley. Don’t miss the Cornhusker State Games pre-opening ceremonies party, SportFest, on June 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Becoming an Outdoors Family June 11–13 Ponca State Park Ponca, NE (402) 755-2284 www.outdoornebraska.org

Learn more about events across the state at VisitNebraska.gov. Click on Things to Do and search events by date or city.

Hosted by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Becoming an Outdoors Family is a workshop focused on learning basic outdoor skills to help families enjoy the outdoors, such as fishing, camping, kayaking, archery, hunting and hiking. It also gives family members opportunities to reconnect with each other and the great outdoors in a safe, relaxed setting. Expert instructors will begin each class with basic instructions, and participants will have handson opportunities to try new skills throughout the weekend.

NEBRASKAland Days June 12–20 & 24–26 Buffalo Bill Arena and Citywide North Platte, NE (308) 313-5606 www.nebraskalanddays.com The 2010 NEBRASKAland Days celebration is back and better than ever, including PRCA rodeos, multiple food events, and concerts featuring top-name rock and country acts including CMA New Artist of the Year Darius Rucker and rockers Theory of a Deadman. Other events include art and quilt shows, a heritage festival, a kids’ fun festival, a 5k/10k road run and more. It’s a celebration your family won’t want to miss!

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badges they can earn and a little handbook. One day while playing, they decided that they wanted to have a bake sale to raise money for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Their principal at Columbian agreed to let them do it at the Discovery Fair. They raised $130.25 to donate to the red cross for Haiti! Children/ Raise Money for Haiti Bake Sale posters. They then set out all the treats and were ready for the sale. Each Fireside Girl made something to go along with their science project at the Discovery Fair. Ashley made Earth’s Layers dessert (with graham cracker for the earth’s crust, marshmallow for the mantle, pudding for the outer core and a thin mint cookie for the inner core). Megan brought bubbles to go along with her bubble -making machine. Lucy and her little sister, Bridget, brought dyed flowers and yummy Earthquake Cake. They even brought cupcakes. Josie helped out at the table, and the only thing missing was member Taylor, who couldn’t attend. The girls took turns collecting the money and handing out treats. It was a lot of fun! In the end the girls almost sold out of everything! When they counted the money, they had raised $130.25 and donated it all to the Red Cross to help Haiti. They were very proud of themselves!

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fter a long and unusually snowy winter, we can’t wait to get out and enjoy the summer weather. But, before we greet the upcoming warm and sunny days, we must be prepared for possible summer hazards, one of which is “dog bites.” About 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year, and children ages 5-9 are most at-risk. There are many ways to make dog bites less likely and to help prevent children from being bitten by dogs.

• If he does come, be gentle and move very slowly. Quick, jerky movements are scary to a dog.

May 16-22 is National Dog Prevention Week, and the National Safety Council, Greater Omaha Chapter offers the following tips to help keep you and your family safe from dog bites.

Other important tips: • Never approach a strange dog. If you see a loose dog, it is not a good idea to approach the dog.

If you are approached by a strange dog: • Don’t run. Act like a tree. Stand completely still until the dog goes away.

• Never run from a stray dog. Some dogs will chase any fastmoving target, including people. When you start to run, you may trigger the dog’s predatory drives and the dog may chase you down.

• Be quiet. • Don’t wave your arms or kick at the dog. • Don’t stare at the dog. Before you allow your child to pet a dog: • First check to see if he’s on a leash. • Ask the person holding the leash if you may pet the dog, then “ask” the dog for permission by calling him and giving him a chance to smell your hand. • If the dog doesn’t come when you call, don’t try to pet him. 34 time out 4 safety • june 2010 • family spectrum magazine • • • •

• Pet the dog on his shoulder or back, not on his head or tail. • Never, ever tease a dog.

• Never turn your back on the dog. Many dogs that bite, bite because they are fearful. They will bite when they feel they have the best and safest chance to bite. When your back is turned, it is a prime opportunity for the fearful dog to bite. • Never look directly into a strange dog’s eyes. This can be viewed as a threat or challenge. It can trigger some dogs to bite. • The best thing to do is to slowly back away from the dog without looking into the dog’s eyes. Keep an eye on the dog, but don’t look directly at him. • If the dog starts to advance towards you, firmly give the command “NO” and “SIT.” Most dogs know the commands “no” and “sit.” The dog may not sit, but it will sometimes stop the dog from coming at you. omahapublications.com


Making Omaha a Safe Community CycleFest • Sunday, May 16, 2010

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Chalco Hills, 8901 S 154th St. • Free bike safety checks • Free helmets fittings (ages 15 and under with bikes,while supplies last)

• • • • CycleFest is supported by:

Drawing for free bikes Bike & trike rodeos for kids Free food & refreshments Prizes & more!

Please visit the Bike Rack, 14510 Eagle Run Dr. Look for driving directions and information at www.SafeNebraska.org. You must register at the event to be eligible for prizes.

June is National Safety Month!

FREE Community Events!

Week Three June 13-19th Overextertion

Kick-Off Celebration

June 19 June 19

June 6, 1-3pm at Midtown Crossing •Proclamation by Area Mayors •Walk for Safety •Prescription Drug Collection •T’ai Chi Demonstration •Refreshments •Much More!

Alive @ 25, Streets Smarts T’ai Chi Introductory Class

Week Four June 20-26th Cell Phones and Driving June 22 June 25 June 26 June 26

David Teater Safe Practices City of Omaha Summer Safety Day Alive @ 25, Streets Smarts Be Cycle-Logical Motorcycle Safety Ride T’ai Chi Introductory Class

Week One June 1-5th Prescription Drugs

June 12

Week Two June 6-12th Teen Driving

June 1-30th

June 2, 3 June 5

June 6 June 12 June 12

Week Five June 27-30th Summer Safety

Brown Bag Events Brown Bag Event

Click It - Buckle Up Stencil painting

Southeast Precinct June Fair Alive @ 25, Streets Smarts T’ai Chi Introductory Class

Visit www.SafeNebraska.org for details and event times! A not for proift 501 (c) (3) organization

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Children Are Unpredictable That’s why there’s

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June 2010 Family Spectrum Magazine  

June 2010 Family Spectrum Magazine

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