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hanksgiving is in the air, and there

is no greater time to stop, take a look around, and be grateful for all that we

have. As Americans—even those that are less fortunate—we still have more “things” than those around the globe. Whether these things are basic

Publisher • Todd Lemke Vice President • Greg Bruns Omaha Publications Editor • Linda Persigehl Family Spectrum Contributing Editor • Paige Edwards City Editor • Sandy Lemke Assistant Editor • Bailey Hemphill

individual rights that we casually take for granted, the daily food choices that we make, or the new-

Art Director • John Gawley Graphic Designer • Katie Anderson

est electronic toy we can’t live without, we are truly blessed as individuals and as a nation.

Family Spectrum is full of great reads this issue. We put the spotlight on the Hope Center for Kids in this month’s cover story. I had the honor and privilege to join the kids from the Hope Center for a luncheon recently. I walked away touched that there was a place in our inner city that not only teaches kids what “hope” is, but gives it to them through education, structure, job skills, and a place they can call their home away from home. We also touch on how to cut a family’s food bill in half in our “Not So Extreme Couponing” article; and our Family Success Story focuses on how one family made adoption work through strong values and financial sacrifice. We are always so thankful to our contributors for sharing their expertise on important issues! As always, we welcome your Young Hero, Writer’s Corner, What’s on Your Mind, and Family Success Story submissions.

Account Executives • Gwen Lemke, Gil Cohen, Greg Bruns, Stacey Penrod, Paige Edwards Sales Assistants • Vicki Voet, Alicia Smith Hollins Operations • Tyler Lemke Accounting • Jim Heitz Warehouse Distribution Manager • Mike Brewer Principal Photography • minorwhite studios, inc Bill Sitzmann, Scott Drickey Advertising • Omaha Publications, (402) 884-2000 Editorial Comments • Paige Edwards, paige@omahapublications.com Please send contributions to bailey@omahapublications.com Original contributions become the property of Omaha Publications. Contributions cannot be acknowledged or returned.

Check out this month’s event calendar for all that Omaha has to offer. The holidays have officially begun…enjoy! Sincerely,

Paige Paige Edwards, Contributing Editor, Family Spectrum paige@omahapublications.com

On the Cover

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 you 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. Owned and managed by Omaha Magazine, LTD

A big thanks to James Buckley and mentor Tater, this issue’s cover models, and the Hope Center for Kids.

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diagnosis scoliosis young hero: cole klein family spectrum’s teacher of the month snack station: sweet apple dip teen voices: thanksgiving and thankfulness

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mother of the year stories: pretty in blue? family spectrum’s creative corner on the go: start the holiday season with a new tradition

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Acute sinusitis can occur at any time of the year. Viral infections usually clear in approximately 7-10 days without antibiotics. Chronic sinusitis, on the other hand, frequently begins as a viral infection and changes to a bacterial infection. It usually does not clear up without a prescribed antibiotic, and this is known as acute sinusitis. Chronic sinusitis is defined as having persistent sinusitis symptoms for three consecutive months.

Who’s At Risk Younger children have a higher risk for developing sinusitis because of a weaker immune system. Children and adults with underlying health conditions, allergies, chronic nasal congestion, chronically infected adenoids, and possibly reflux issues may also be more prone to develop sinusitis. Symptoms of sinusitis include: • Stuffy or runny nose • Headache and face pain • Colored discharge from nose • Pressure or pain over the sinuses or teeth • Daytime or night-time coughing

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eadaches, stuffy nose and pressure around your eyes, nose and temples, it could be sinusitis.

When to Seek Medical Care If you or your child has sinusitis symptoms lasting longer than 7-9 days, or at any time develop a fever, swelling or flu-like symptoms, contact your primary physician. Along with staying hydrated and getting plenty of rest, your physician may recommend over the counter medications or nasal irrigations to help alleviate symptoms and keep you comfortable at home. High fever or swelling around the eyes are more alarming signs, and you should seek more urgent medical SPECTRUM attention.

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Each person has four sets of sinuses located in cheeks, in the nose next to the eyes, in the forehead and in the back of the nose in the center of the head. If the lining and opening of the sinus cavity becomes inflamed and swollen, it does not allow the sinus to drain properly. This can happen with viral infections or allergies. Bacteria begin to grow if the opening is obstructed. The result can be pain and pressure from a sinus infection.

Rodney P. Lusk, M.D., Boys Town Ear, Nose & Throat Institute

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hen I was your age…” is generally not the best way to start a conversation with your teenager, unless you want to see rolling eyes and hear frustrated sighs.

Some of the best ways to encourage conversation are ‘talk less, listen more, and pay attention.’ Do you know who your teens’ best friends are? How about their favorite classes? Be interested in their lives. When your kids talk to you, focus on them to show you care about what they are saying. Study your kids and learn to recognize what their body language is telling you. Think of the different ways you communicate and talk to them, along with how they react. Identify times when they are open to talking vs. when they need some space. Family dinners are an important way to stay connected, so be purposeful in planning mealtime amidst everyone’s activities. Get conversations started by asking open-ended questions. Try sharing “highs and lows” for the day (highs could be times of feeling happy, proud, excited, or cared for, while lows could be times of feeling lonely, angry, sad, or left out, etc.). Be sure to share your own high/low experiences; it’s good for teens to remember their parents also have feelings and experience ups and downs. Your kids do not want to hear words of wisdom every time they talk to you. Not every situation warrants advice giving and/or problem solving. It’s okay for young people to experience problems and frustrations because they are a very real part of life. Use these opportunities to teach problem-solving skills by exploring their ideas and talking about the possible outcomes of each option. Allow them to arrive at their own solutions rather than telling them what the solutions should be. Not only does this help prevent friction in your relationship, but it can also boost your kids’ self-confidence. There is no one-size-fits-all approach for communicating with teenagers, so don’t try to force them into your mold of what communication “should” look like. Be flexible and work on understanding theirs a little better.

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You’re grocery shopping and hear another customer verbally abusing a child in his or her care. Don’t escalate the situation with accusatory or threatening remarks. Humiliating or angering the parent could make it worse for the child later. Try to connect and convey kindness toward the parent by saying something like, “I’ve been there. Raising kids is really tough.” You may also help pick up any mess or spills the child may have made and try to find something nice to say about the child. Look for a friendly, nonthreatening way to give the parent a moment to calm down.

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f you have ever found yourself in one of following scenarios, you know it is difficult to know when or how to “stick your nose in someone else’s business.” The National Safety Council, Greater Omaha Chapter collaborates with many organizations. We sought these tips from the National Education Association on protecting not only your children but also other children in the community.

What can you do about a house in your neighborhood that you suspect is a hub for crime and/or drugs? Report suspected criminal activity to the police. If children are living in a place where they are in danger, contact your state or local child protection service or social services agency. You can report anonymously. The agency should investigate the matter within a maximum of 72 hours. If you provide contact information, they can let you know if action has been taken. The more specific information you have, the more helpful it is. For example, provide an exact address and the types of activities that you have witnessed at the home What if you notice a child’s playmate has bruises or other signs of abuse? Report the situation to child protective services agencies in your area. If abuse is suspected, anyone and everyone is obligated to report it for the sake of the child’s health and welfare. You do not need to provide proof. Child protection services agencies will investigate and determine if the child is in danger.

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You notice a child that is often unsupervised and want to help. Although you mean well, many families may become suspicious of or feel threatened by your attempts to be helpful. In as non-threatening a manner possible, simply offer whatever help you might be able to provide, starting with the smallest of gestures. For example, offer to babysit for a few hours to give the parent an opportunity to cook or do laundry. If you’re concerned that it will appear that you’re singling out a child, form a neighborhood club for children and ask if the child can join in on trips to the zoo, museum or other supervised activities. Your child tells you about a classmate who displays violent or aggressive behavior. Every school should have a school safety plan, including a student code of conduct that spells out consequences for certain behaviors. If such a plan does not exist, parents should insist upon one and work with a team including administrators, teachers and local law enforcement agencies to create one. School staff and students should also be trained to use conflict resolution strategies to help students learn and practice skills to resolve problems without resorting to SPECTRUM violence.

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My latest couponing example: Sargento Shredded Cheese (8oz) on sale 2 for $4; the coupon is for 50 cents, making my 8oz package of cheese—for which I normally pay $3.89—only a $1, so I purchase six or seven and freeze them until I use them.

Couponing Rules to Live By: • Find a local grocery store that does Buy One, Get One Free items. • Never waste a coupon on a regular-price item. • Don’t stray from the list! The best coupon stores are usually the more expensive grocers and use the coupons to gain business. Only purchase sale items. • Buy multiples of the same items to last you until the next grocery SPECTRUM cycle (usually 6-8 weeks).

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got some great parenting advice this week. No, not from one of the many family therapy experts that I work with. This great advice came from the guy fixing my cable.

We started chatting while he was doing…well, whatever it is they do behind the television, and he told me that he had three girls: 11, 14, and 17. Great ages, I said. He looked at me funny and said, “Sure—if you can handle the drama.” My cable guy went on to tell me how he had actually printed out copies of the Oscar statue. When his middle daughter would have an “Academy Award-winning” moment, he would hand her an “Oscar” and applaud. I admired his ingenuity and promised to steal the idea if my daughter ever turned into a drama queen. Some moms tell me that since she’s now in middle school, it’s only a matter of time. I’ve seen a few hints of it, but nothing alarming yet. But since I’ve seen multiple episodes of both Hannah Montana and iCarly, I do know that it definitely can happen – especially when more than two girls are involved. “You have to remember—from your daughter’s perspective—that a minor conflict with a friend can feel like the end of the world,” says Denise Pecha, Director of Children Services at Lutheran Family Services. “Not only are young teens just beginning to develop their emotional maturity, they are especially invested in their personal relationships. So when something goes wrong that threatens their status or position, their reactions can be disproportionate to reality.” The question, I suppose, is at what point parents need to get involved when suddenly, the most important thing in the world is whatever is or isn’t happening with your teenage daughter. This is one of those times where you see the payoff of being engaged with her social networks (including online), and aware of which girl happens to be her BFF at the moment. Armed with this knowledge, you are in a better position to determine if the Bev Carl son

crisis is something you need to be involved with or whether it is something she should be able to handle on her own.

Questions to ask that can help you decide whether to step in: • How is the situation affecting your daughter? Is she stressed, but generally okay? Or, is she truly depressed? • Is your daughter being threatened in any way? Physically, emotionally, even socially? • Are the lines of communication open? Is your daughter talking to you? Does your daughter want you involved? Or is she convinced that she’s “got” this? • Is your daughter generally prone to drama? If not, then that’s probably a sign that this is an unusual, perhaps more serious, situation. The real question truly becomes, are comfortable with the situation and your daughter’s behavior and ability to handle it on her own? You can help your daughter right now by doing two things: teaching and modeling healthy conflict and stress resolution at home (not the hypedup public displays they see in the media) and doing what you can to build up her self-esteem. Both of these will give her the strength she needs not only to develop truly healthy friendships in the first place, but also help her have the tools to get to the real root of conflicts when they arise.

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eet the Moore Family—Scott and Amy, and their children McKenzie, Nicholas, and Caleb of Millard! Scott is a fleet manager for an oil and gas company, Amy is a stay-at-home mom, and the kids attend private Christian schools. The family also has a Miniature Schnauzer named Nala. Last May, Scott and Amy celebrated 15 years together. “As we dated, we formed an idea of what we wanted our family to be like and what values we would have, and we’ve always agreed on that. We believe really strongly that our marriage has to be a strong foundation for the family,” says Amy. Scott and Amy dated for four years before they got married, and then had seven years of married life before they decided it was time to start a family. Early on, it was obvious that Amy wouldn’t be able to have children. Rather than getting depressed, Scott and Amy saw this as God’s way of showing them a new path to starting a family. “We wanted a family, and it was more a question of how do we get there, not how can I get pregnant.” The Moores adopted all three of their children through Nebraska Children’s Home. When they adopted McKenzie, Amy quit her job with Methodist and became a stay-at-home mom, which meant she and Scott had to give up a lot of their financial freedom. When they adopted Nicholas, it became more of a challenge because he had health problems that required a $700/mo. baby formula not covered by insurance and lots of medications. But they pushed through the hard times, and eventually added their third adopted child, Caleb, to the family. When Scott and Amy got married, they both agreed that Amy would be a stay-at-home mom, even if that meant having a limited budget and a smaller house. “It takes commitment and sacrifice,” says Scott. “We changed our approach to things we may have done when we were single.”

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From left: McKenzie, Scott, Caleb, Amy and Nicholas

The family saves money by eliminating small luxuries from their budget. For example: Amy makes her own laundry soap, the kids wear hand-me-downs, the family doesn’t go out to eat, the kids have to be very selective about which activities, camps, and lessons they want to do, and Scott and Amy try to repair things at home using Google. “We don’t have smartphones, we don’t have the biggest cell phone plan, we have basic cable, we don’t have Netflix, we don’t have babysitters…we don’t do that kind of stuff,” says Amy. The family even sponsors a girl from Tago, which helps give the kids more perspective on finances. When the kids fuss about not getting to do things, Scott and Amy kindly remind them of the girl they sponsor, and the kids stop. But just because the family is on a tight budget doesn’t mean they don’t have fun— they just find cheaper activities, like purchasing a Nebraska Game and Parks permit every year so that they can go to parks to play and ride bikes; or renting older movies instead of seeing new movies in the theater. Scott and Amy even recall one night when they all stayed up late, rented a kids’ movie, and ate popcorn; and then, when it got dark, they caught fireflies, made s’mores, and played flashlight hide and seek. “[The kids] talk about it all the time!” Amy laughs. Amy believes her family has been successful because they have made family the number-one priority. Rather than chasing after material things, the family focuses on making memories and spending quality time with each other. “Adopting children made us very aware of how precious the gift of having a family is, and we didn’t want to miss a minute of it. We don’t take our kids or the time we have with them for granted, especially because it was not an easy road for us…if we had to sell [our house] and move to a smaller house, we would do it in a heartbeat because what’s SPECTRUM important to us is each other.”

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Shelley knows all too well about the cycle that ensnares so many of the kids she and her husband have cared for as Boys Town Foster Parents over the years. As a child, she was shuffled between family members’ homes and was separated from her siblings. Shelley vowed to do everything she could to prevent other children from repeating her childhood experience.

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our children in our community are no longer living in fear.

They are going to school, making friends and coming home to a place that is safe, clean and loving. Because of one caring couple, these four siblings have broken out of the vicious cycle that has plagued so many of their family members. Roy and Shelley Schneider officially adopted Arica, Angel, Michael and Michaela this year after providing foster care for them for 12 months. The Schneiders, who have four children of their own, say they knew immediately that these youngsters were meant to be a permanent part of their family. “These children didn’t ask to be born into the situation they were in,” said Shelley. “They’re just in need of someone to care for them and show them how to be a better family.”

Today, the Schneiders say becoming Boys Town Foster Parents and adopting is the best thing they could have done for their family. Shelley said caring for children in need has had a positive impact on their family’s lifestyle and on each individual family member. “Foster care has helped form our children into loving people who care for their community,” she said. “Our youngest son Jake, who’s 17, has really stepped into the role of big brother for Michael and has shown him what a positive male role model is. There’s a brotherly love between the two of them that is just beautiful to watch.” While the Schneiders’ hearts are devoted to the newest additions to their family, they readily admit it’s not easy. Besides doubling the size of their family, the couple also has had to work hard to convince Arica, Angel, Michael and Michaela that they truly are part of a new family. “The kids are so unsure of your love for them that they will push until you prove it to them,” explained Shelley. “You need to have a lot of patience, but it’s so worth it. The kids want to learn, they want to be better. You can help break the cycle.” If you’d like more information about Boys Town Foster Family Services SM or fostering to adopt, please call SPECTRUM 4 0 2 - 4 9 8 -3 0 1 8 today.

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A CHILD is WAITING for You! The need in our community is great. Learn more about foster child adoption at Boys Town.

Call 402-498-3018 or visit boystown.org/foster-family-services 1101-014-05

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astor Ty Schenzel of Omaha believed his mission and life purpose was to offer hope to inner city children; but before he could pursue this mission and change lives, he had to establish trust in the Omaha community. He started by creating discussions between the white youth from his West Omaha church and black teens from North Omaha, which allowed the two groups to gain a better understanding of each other’s cultures. In 1998, the former Gene Eppley Boys Club was purchased and generously donated to Pastor Schenzel to aid him in making his dream a reality. Now, 13 years later, the Hope Center for Kids provides urban youth and children with a place to belong, a sense of security, and multiple opportunities to grow into productive adults through programs that engage each child spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually. Pastor Schenzel and the Hope Center staff believe by investing in four distinct areas—faith, education, employment, and collaboration—they can positively impact North Omaha youth. With faith, the center strives to support a relationship with the Lord, enabling kids to make lasting changes from the inside out through weekly prayer and Bible studies, community prayer, discipleship, mission teams, and more. With education, the center strives to help all high school seniors graduate or receive their GED, and then pursue post-secondary learning opportunities and scholarships for advancement. Computer training, educational software, GED information, and various mentors and teachers from local colleges are all offered at the center to help the youth and children with their academic struggles. Youth at the center also have the opportunity to take local, state, and national college visits. Currently, the Hope Center’s Learning Academy has 60 youth and children in attendance; and there is a 90 percent graduation rate with a majority of those graduates looking to continue their studies in colleges or trade schools each year. Above: James Buckley and mentor Tater With employment, the center attempts to help each youth complete an employment program and be able to obtain and maintain a job for at least a year. With the opening of Hope Skate, a 22,000-sq-ft. multipurpose roller rink, the center now has the ability to train the youth in the proper job and social skills necessary to maintain employment. More than 20 part-time positions for North Omaha youth are offered with hopes that these jobs will be catalysts for economic change and personal success.

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With collaboration, the center believes volunteers, schools, and school-related organizations can become an encouraging presence in the lives of the youth and children. Whether it’s helping serve dinner in the Kid's Cafe, sponsoring a hole at the golf tournament, or leading unicycle club once a week, the center could not function without their volunteers and partners. Volunteers work more than 300 hours a week; and in 2006 alone, more than 2,278 individuals helped to end the “hopelessness” in the North Omaha community. Deb Johnson began working at the Hope Center nine years ago as a volunteer. She was a kindergarten teacher for many years and wanted to help in the Education Center at Hope as a tutor. After three years, she was asked to take the position of Program Director. She now oversees the Hope Center programs along with Hope Skate and the Hope Employment Academy. “I love working at the Hope Center. The youth and children at Hope have such potential and so much talent. It is so great to see the growth they make as they are exposed to new opportunities and experiences.” “Recently, a young man graduated from the GED program through OPS. Several Hope staff members attended his graduation and sat

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proudly in the audience, remembering where he had come from to be where he is today. He began coming to the Hope Center when he was 12 years old. He dropped out of high school at 15, spent years in and out of trouble with the law, all the while attending the Hope Center, and even working as youth staff. Through all the tough times, Hope staff encouraged him to do the right thing. His graduation was a milestone we waited 10 years to celebrate. Nothing makes you feel prouder when a young person succeeds despite all of the obstacles in their life.” Like Deb, the rest of the Hope Center staff cares deeply for the youth and children and continuously strives to give them the opportunities they deserve. The Hope Center can always use your support to provide hope to this generation of young people through volunteer time and donations. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@hopecenterforkids.comor341-4673(ext.1002). To learn more about fund or item donations, go online to www.hopecenterforkids.com or contact Patt Giese at patt@hopecenterforkids.com SPECTRUM or 341-4673 (ext. 1008).

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or ribcage, said Dr. Jamie Drake, a pediatrician with Children’s Physicians in Dundee. “If scoliosis is a concern, the doctor may take measurements with a device called a scoliometer to measure the degree of asymmetry to determine if further evaluation is needed.” The patient may also be x-rayed and referred to a specialist, called an orthopedist. “Scoliosis, especially when it’s mild, is typically symptom-free,” added Dr. Hasley. “Mild curves can be difficult to detect, and that’s why we have set up screening programs. If you’re not looking for the smaller cures, then you won’t find them.” Such cases are actually quite common. As many as 1 in 100 people have curves in the 10-degree range. Many go unnoticed. Once identified, doctors determine how severe the scoliosis is and the risk for its progression. “Mild curves often only require monitoring…primarily during those periods of growth to ensure that the curve doesn’t get worse,” Dr. Hasley said. Added Dr. Drake, “The likelihood for the curve to worsen depends on many factors, including the degree of the curve initially, the age of the patient, and the patient’s skeletal maturity.”

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or many of us parents, the word ‘scoliosis’ conjures up decades-old memories of a young teen girl we once knew…confined by an imposing metal back brace, looking uncomfortable and awkward in front of her peers. But today, early diagnosis and medical advances now allow many adolescents with mild forms of the condition to be treated with less cumbersome devices and live very normal lives, even competing in sports. Scoliosis is defined as an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine. Though there are several forms of the condition, Dr. Brian Hasley, an orthopedic surgeon with Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, said the most common form is idiopathic scoliosis, meaning the cause is unknown. It commonly appears and progresses during the adolescent growth spurt, and may be genetic. Many times, it’s found during a mandated school or sports physical, or by a school nurse. In Nebraska, children are typically screened at school in the 6th and 8th grades. At routine physicals, “physicians often inspect [patients’] hips and back, looking for any signs,” of scoliosis, which include asymmetry of the shoulders, hips, arms

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Dr. Hasley said those with moderate curves have a higher incidence of back pain and “can benefit from bracing…with the goal not to make the curve go away, but to prevent [the pain and curve] from getting worse.” There are many bracing options available, each with a different design and functions. The most commonly used brace is the Boston thoracolumbar orthosis (TLS), a far-lesscumbersome brace than those of years ago, designed of a lightweight material with maximum comfort and truck support in mind. The recommended brace time is 23 hours daily. “While the braces are worn pretty much all the time, my philosophy is that you can do whatever you want to do within the brace,” Dr. Hasley said. “It may inhibit some of your motion with certain activities, especially sports, and may need to be removed for those activities.” In most cases, a brace will accomplish the goal of stabilizing the curvature, preventing a lifetime of back pain and a host of other complications later in their adult years. Early diagnosis and treatment is key to ensuring the best outcome. For more information on scoliosis, including treatment for more severe curvatures of the spine, visit the Scoliosis Research Society website, www.srs.org or go to www.iscoliosis.com. More local info can be found at www.childrensphysiciansomaha.org

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ole Klein is in fourth grade. He has a younger brother, Mason, who looks up to him. He loves animals, being outside, fishing, riding four-wheelers, and golfing; and, like most boys his age, he’s excited to explore the world. But unlike most boys his age, Cole has a unique heart that makes him a hero. When Cole was born, the doctors noted he had a heart murmur, but they didn’t think it was anything to worry about. The pediatrician gave the same answer. Cole’s mother, Tiffany Mytty-Klein, was unsatisfied with what she was hearing and searched for another pediatrician. This time, the new pediatrician did not think the heart murmur was normal. Cole was admitted to the hospital at only eight weeks old after being diagnosed with Truncus Arteriosus, a congenital heart defect, and had to stay for the next six weeks. Cole’s heart defect happens to 1 in every 10,000 babies. “Once he was diagnosed, the statistics became very overwhelming: 4,000 [infants] don’t live to see their first birthdays. It’s a really hard thing to begin to comprehend,” says Tiffany. Cole was fighting to live. For the first four weeks at Children’s Hospital, the staff worked to get him strong enough to undergo the surgery he needed to survive. From the day he was admitted to the hospital at eight weeks old to the present time, Cole has had three open-heart surgeries. “We’re kind of waiting to see what happens

at this time,” Tiffany says. “He knows that he won’t ever be medically cured. He understands the conduit he received last summer is not lasting as expected, so surgery is likely to come again in the very near future.” But when Cole puts on a shirt, he is like any other kid. To the naked eye, no one would know that Cole suffers from a congenital heart defect. He doesn’t have medication or supplemental oxygen. “It’s a blessing and a curse,” explains Tiffany. “He’s at the point where he can still be normal, but it’s hard for people to understand why he gets worn out quicker or that he has this challenge that will constantly be with him in his life.” Tiffany says she wants Cole to know that his heart defect makes him unique, but she doesn’t ever want him to use it as a crutch. “I tell him that I was born with green eyes; he was born with blue. I was born with a heart that doesn’t need to be fixed; he was— that’s just the way things are.” Tiffany says she was worried that he would be like some who get really down about the things that have happened to them, but Cole is not like that at all. He knows how to get up and walk the next day after surgery, and he doesn’t feel sorry for himself because he knows he has to keep going. “He has such a kind heart,” she says. “He has this beautiful hope that SPECTRUM the story always comes out right in the end.”

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Teen Voice: He Said/She Said Thanksgiving and Thankfulness

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f you were to look up the word thankful in Webster’s Dictionary, this is the definition you would find: Thank•ful adj. 1. Grateful, 2. Expressing thanks. Thankfulness always comes to mind around Thanksgiving time, but rarely is it truly shown. Thanksgiving is about our ancestry as Americans. It is a bloodline to the past, connecting us with people who lived nearly half a millennium ago. It may seem that over the years, thankfulness has been abandoned by the proud country that was born 235 years ago, but it’s still here—you just have to look for it. Go back in time 10 years to Thanksgiving 2001. America was still reeling from 9/11. We recognized that we had a lot to be thankful for and that someone wanted to take it away. That made us stronger as a country, and we bonded together like never before. However, it shouldn’t take a disaster of that scale to make us be thankful for what we have. We should be thankful that soldiers overseas are willing to put their lives on the line to protect our country. When you hear about a death in the paper, or on the news, our society has become accustomed that this is the way it is. It strikes home a lot harder when you lose someone you know. We don’t realize what these people go through every day while we’re back home, sipping Coke and watching football. Heck, the fact that we can stay at home all day, go to school, go to football games, and live our lives is the best anyone could ask for. I always think it was amazing to be born into the position I’m in. Being a middle-class American might not get you anything at school, but I sure am a lot luckier than some people out there. The chances of being born into the situation I’m in are astronomical. Of nearly 6.5 billion on this planet, I was fortunate enough to be born here, in America. Often, we don’t realize what we have until it’s too late, but that’s what’s great about America. We all have the chance to be thankful for something; and as Americans, we are given rights that not many other people have. So this Thanksgiving, remember what all you have to be thankSPECTRUM ful for as an American.

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hanksgiving, a holiday brought here ages ago, is celebrated not so differently now as it was then. We host feasts surrounded by the people we love, but sometimes the true meaning of Thanksgiving gets away from us. The definition of Thanksgiving is plain and simple: the act of giving thanks. When most people think of things they are thankful for, family, health, food and shelter are our first thoughts. We are grateful for these things, but have you ever looked into the true meaning? The pilgrims understood what the true meaning of thankfulness was because they escaped, rebelled, and fought against everything they knew. Society today shows us world hunger, fights for freedom, and health issues. Has every single person in America helped out? Not even close. You could make a huge impact in someone’s life, even if you don’t know them. Think if you had everything stripped away from you, no cell phone, no TV, and no food. Wouldn’t your priorities change a little? Real people go through this every day, and we just go on with our glitzed and glammed-up lives. Some kids round the world don’t have a family to be with on Thanksgiving­­­—their father could be at war fighting for their freedom, something that us Americans already have and will never know how hard it is to get to that point. People in Afghanistan are starving on this day we call a feast. Their houses are huts, when we build big, extravagant houses and complain it’s not big enough. We are very fortunate to live in the country that we do. Rediscovering the true meaning of being thankful for everything our country, family and friends have given to us should be the true objective for this Thanksgiving. But most of all, be grateful that you are an SPECTRUM American.

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Many parents feel that, until their children are able to run around, catch a ball or understand the rules of a board game, they cannot actually play with them. However, this is not true. Very small children, including infants, can benefit from their parents playing with them. At the infant stage, play may be simply talking to them and allowing them to grasp and hold onto a finger.  Watching your infant’s responses to different voice tones and repeating the activity is considered play. It also helps their emotional development by associating feelings to voice tones and facial expressions. Holding up an object and having your infant follow it with their eyes and by turning their heads is play that helps develop physical growth. As they mature, physical play such as running, jumping, throwing and catching helps children hone their fine motor skills and strengthen their self-confidence. When playing with your children, provide them with activities or games that spark creativity and urge the development of imagination. Things such as costumes, art materials, and playing “house” allow children to lead playtime with their own imaginations. Games can also be used to teach valuable social skills. “Simon Says” can be used to teach how to of follow instructions. “Mother May I” can be used to teach asking permission. “Hide and Seek” can teach children how to handle disappointment when being caught. Playing with your children helps them to develop in many ways. One of the greatest gains is the relationship that grows between you and your SPECTRUM child. So take the time to play, for it is time well spent.

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Mother of the Year Stories: Pretty in Blue?

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up, this MOTY moment finds me running late again, even with my mom in town to help me with my newborn daughter, Ruby.

So in an effort to save time getting my son, Riley, to preschool, I decided to leave my beautiful baby girl in her pajamas and drive Riley to school, then go out for breakfast for much-needed quiet time with my mom. It wasn’t until I dropped off Riley and got back into the car that my tired, new mommy brain realized that my daughter was wearing Riley’s BLUE footed pjs! Initially, I was horrified. Tired and hungry, I thought to myself “no biggie.” Who would even notice? So off we went for breakfast at a restaurant my mom and I had been dying to try. Everyone at the restaurant was very friendly. So friendly, in fact, that everyone came up and wanted to get a peek at Ruby. When the first person asked what his name was, I told them her name was Ruby, and explained why she was in blue pjs. But after a few too many explanations, I gave up…I just wanted to eat my raspberry ricotta pancakes in peace and enjoy my mom’s company. Every time after that when someone would come up and say how cute he was or “What is his name?” I’d answer “Thank you. His name is Riley.” Poor Ruby. I wanted a little girl and the girly things so badly—the cute dresses, curls and ribbons, and a house awash in every shade of pink. But it only took one sleepless night and a hungry belly to dress her in boy pjs, take her out in public and shamelessly cross gender lines. I’m pretty sure this is one story I’ll never share with her!

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October 3-4 Tree goes up!

October 29

10am-2pm

October 29

7:15pm

Family Festival and Pumpkin Carving

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“Shining the Light” celebration n Fam il y

Village Pointe 168th & West Dodge

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Omaha’s Great Pumpkin

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Creative Corner

Nature Crown

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ho says you can’t have fun with nature? In fact, you can make your child the king or queen of nature! The nature crown is a great way for your child to play outside and dress the part at the same time. In the fall, kids love picking up fallen leaves and sticks. This simple accessory gives little outdoor adventurers a hands-free place to store all of their finds. Here’s what you’ll need: • Poster board Cut a length of poster board to fit your child’s head. Make horizontal slits in the paper with a craft knife and tape the ends together. When your child goes outside, insert their discoveries into the slits for a wearable collection. For a more child-involved crown, have them choose a colored poster board and decorate it before they add their nature finds.

For this and other great kid-friendly crafts, visit www.familyfun.go.com/crafts

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The Nutcracker at the Orpheum Theater December 9-11

On The Go! Start the Holiday Season with a New Tradition

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he holiday season is filled with celebrations, activities and traditions. Why not create a family tradition that exposes your family to one of the state’s many holiday-themed performing arts?

Many families indulge in Omaha’s favorite holiday tradition of attending the annual performance of “A Christmas Carol” at the Omaha Community Playhouse. The 35th annual production of Charles Dickens’ classic comes to life on stage between Nov. 18 and Dec. 23. Its spectacular costumes, enchanting music and fabulous special effects make it ideal for the whole family. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit omahaplayhouse.com. Can’t get tickets to see Ebenezer Scrooge in Omaha? Why not catch the show in Lincoln and turn it into a weekend getaway? Check into a hotel or a cozy bed and breakfast, and then enjoy “A Christmas Carol” at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln. The production runs Dec. 1-11 at the McDonald Theatre on campus. Learn more at nebrwesleyan.edu. If you’re looking for something a little more lighthearted, “Nuncrackers” may be the perfect fit. TADA Theatre in Lincoln will revive the Sisters of Hoboken in a holiday installment of the Nunsense series. The nuns’ efforts to tape a holiday special are interrupted by a series of hilarious events in this clever production that begins Nov. 17. Dates and details can be found at tadaproductions.info. At the Lincoln Community Playhouse Dec. 9-11, your family can delight in “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” In this magical story about the true meaning of Christmas, the “worst kids in the history of the world” threaten to turn the Nativity Story into the worst Christmas pageant ever. Visit lincolnplayhouse.com for details.

JOIN THE Y

AND MAKE A CHANGE FOR GOOD Whether it’s starting an exercise routine, trying a new class or meeting new friends, the Y is here to help you meet your life goals.

Back in Omaha, The Rose will again bring beloved Junie B. Jones to life in its holiday production. “Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells,”which runs Nov. 25 through Dec. 18, forces everybody’s favorite first-grader to make a tough decision and emphasizes the importance of giving. Reserve your tickets at rosetheater.org. For something completely different, treat your children to the sensory experience of “The Nutcracker.” Omaha Performing Arts and the elegant Orpheum Theater will host the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s beloved holiday classic Dec. 9-11. More than 60 dancers, actors and circus artists share the story of a young girl, a Nutcracker Prince and a horrible Mouse King.

Join today at www.metroymca.org. Use promo code NOVFAM to waive the joining fee. Expires 11/30/11. Online purchases only.

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Find additional statewide holiday events at the Nebraska Division of Travel and Tourism website, VisitNebraska.gov. Simply click on the Things to Do tab to search for events by location or date.

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SAFE DRIVING

Great Winter Driving Tips! • • •

Keep headlights clear by wiping them with car wax before you drive in snow and slush. If your car is parked outside, spray the windshield with a mixture of 3 parts vinegar to 1 part water to keep the frost away. Did you know you can use your car floormat if you get stuck? Put the floormat under a spinning wheel for extra traction.

The Best Drivers Start with a Great Education! Winter Break Classes will be held at National Safety Council Classroom Dates: Dec. 10, 17, 26, 28 Class Times: All classroom times are from 8a.m. to 1p.m. Drive Dates: Dec. 22, 23, 27, 29, 30, Jan. 2 Drive Session Times: Choose one: 8-10a.m., 10a.m.-Noon, Noon-2p.m., 2:30-4:30p.m., 4:30-6:30p.m. See the full Driver’s Education schedule at SafeNebraska.org! Register online: Register by mail:

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Register by fax: Registration staff: Driver ed staff:

www.SafeNebraska.org 11620 M Circle, Omaha, NE 68137 (402) 896-6331 (402) 898-7361 (402) 898-7371

Babysitting Classes

Prepare your pre-teen or teen to care for infants and young children!

Babysitting Class Schedule

All classes held on Saturday 8:00AM-4:00PM 2011 Dates: November 12, December 12 2012 Dates: January 14, February 11, March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8 Tuition $58, Includes Lunch Class includes: • First Aid and CPR • What to do in case of an illness or injury • Evaluating emergency situations and calling 911 • Changing diapers • Feeding (bottle and spoon) and burping • Games and activities to keep youngsters happy

Students receive a Certificate of Completion good for two years! Call 402-898-7369 or visit www.SafeNebraska.org. to register!

Adult and Pediatric FA/CPR/AED Combo Classes Every Parent, Grandparent and Caregiver Should Learn These Lifesaving Skills! Combo Standard (Adult) & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Schedule

Certificate: First Aid 3 Years, CPR/AED 2 Years Saturday Daytime Classes Adult and Pediatric First Aid Only Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED Only Adult and Pediatric First Aid, CPR/AED

Time 8:00-11:30 12:30-5:00 8:00-5:00

Tuition $50 $60 $69

2011 Saturday Class Dates: November 26, December 26 2012 Saturday Class Dates: January 21, February 18, March 17, April 21, May 26, June 23, July 7, August 18, September 1, October 6, November 24, December 29 All classes held at our location 11620 M Circle (120th & L St.)

Call 402-896-0454 or visit www.SafeNebraska.org for more informaton or to register!


On his way to feeling better by bedtime

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