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Are Immunizations Safe? When Hurting Parents Need Help Meet the Smiths Code Crush—An Immersive IT Experience for Middle-School Girls

Volume 1 • Issue 10 PUBLISHER Todd Lemke OMAHA MAGAZINE EDITOR David Williams HER FAMILY EDITOR Chris Wolfgang EDITORIAL INTERNS Josie Bungert CREATIVE DIRECTOR John Gawley DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY & INTERACTIVE MEDIA

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Learning Environment Teen Voice: Wrapping Up Senior Year Mom on the Rocks: My Mom Ruins My Social Media Vibe

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Activity: Face Time Equals Quality Time 10 Health: A Kidney Donation Story 33 Young Hero: Klayton Hammer 36 Lifestyle: New Beginnings 54 Calendar of Events

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Many parents are surprised to find that having a mild viral illness, even if it includes fever, is not a reason to postpone immunization. It’s more important to immunize your child according to the recommended schedules set by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Center for Disease Control’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice. If you have concerns about a vaccine recommended for your child, definitely discuss this with your pediatrician. Skipping or delaying vaccinations leaves your child vulnerable to disease. Often, infants and small children suffer more from complications due to communicable disease than do adolescents and adults. Vaccine-preventable diseases can cause serious complications, including seizures, brain damage, and even death. The safest way to ensure your child’s protection against communicable disease is to visit your pediatrician regularly and keep up with immunizations.

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ALL KNOW THAT chatting with family and friends through a computer screen is not the same as sitting down face-to-face. But if your loved one lives cross-country, why not keep in touch via video chat? PJ Feinstein, local blogger and creator of bunnyanddolly.com, video chats to stay in touch with family from New Jersey, Ohio, and Georgia. Feinstein and her toddler son have a daily video chatting routine. They chat with her parents or his baby cousin over lunch and his other grandparents before dinner. “We mostly talk with family, and I totally credit video chatting with letting him form relationships with grandparents that he only sees a few times a year. Frequently interacting with them over FaceTime has made it less awkward when we see them in person; we haven’t had to reintroduce family members to him,” Feinstein says. Feinstein believes that video chatting has a much more personal element than staying connected over the phone. “I’ve never been much of a phone person, but video chatting feels so much more intimate—almost E

like I’m having an in-person conversation with somebody.” Feinstein occasionally uses Skype but finds FaceTime much more convenient because she can connect anywhere there is Wi-Fi, not just on her home computer. Another huge perk for Feinstein is the ability to see family and friends on a daily basis without paying for a plane ticket. Good lighting is key. Feinstein recommends not sitting with your back to a window or lamp because it will be hard for your companion to see you. “And cell phone etiquette still applies even if you’re video chatting: When in public, talk quietly and wear headphones instead of listening on speakerphone,” she says. Video chatting is very simple now that most devices have built-in cameras, no longer making it necessary to hook up external cameras. “The process goes a lot smoother, whether you’re using FaceTime, Skype, or Google Hangout,” says Feinstein. The only downside of FaceTime is getting those early morning chat requests. It is completely acceptable to deny a 6 a.m. FaceTime call. No one wants to see your bedhead. omahamagazine.com

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health story by Leslie Murrell • photo by Bill Sitzmann

From me to you A Kidney Donation Story Leslie Murrell and Jen Rabine

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MOTHER’S DAY 2012. My friend Jen Rabine thought she was having an unbearable migraine. Her husband, Chris, drove her to the doctor. “My blood pressure was 265 over 170,” Jen recalls. “That’s stroke level.” She was rushed to the hospital where she spent twelve days. Eventually, the prolonged high blood pressure affected her kidneys; she was told they were functioning at 10 to 15 percent. She was constantly cold, her feet, ankles, and legs swelled, and the fatigue was overwhelming. Jen received her first round of dialysis on her 40th birthday. The next day, she was finally able to go home to Chris and her three kids, Morgan (17 at the time), AJ (10), and Kiel (9). The hope was that the dialysis would restart her kidneys. However, Dr. Alexander Maskin, Assistant Professor of Surgery on the Kidney Team at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, equates kidneys on dialysis to a car that breaks down all the time. “It can kind of get you where you’re going, T WAS

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but it needs repair a lot.” The dialysis didn’t do the trick, and six months later, Dr. Maskin recommended that Jen sign the papers to get on the kidney transplant recipient list. “I didn’t tell a lot of people what was going on,” Jen says, “because it’s my health issue, and I didn’t want people talking about my health, especially when I wasn’t there.” We football moms started to miss our friend at practices and games. I knew what was going on, but few others did. Out of respect for Jen’s privacy, we said nothing. “Chris is my best friend, and I just wanted to keep it between us,” Jen says of her husband. “It put a lot on his shoulders. I’d do the same for him.” One day in June of 2013, Chris confided in my husband (also a Chris) and me that Jen needed a kidney. I’ve lost people in my life that I wish I could have done something for. Here was an opportunity to do something for my friend. After prying the number out of Jen’s husband, I made the call to see if

I could be a match. A transplant nurse coordinator took it from there. A coordinator’s job is to protect the donor and make sure you understand every aspect of the donation process. Should you ever have any reservations, she’s like your big sister (the good one)—she’ll back you up and support you, no questions asked. For example, my coordinator is Connie Lykke. I say “is”, and not “was”, because even after donation, she keeps in touch and continues to answer any questions or concerns I may have pertaining to my kidney donation. I started with a blood draw, and then there was the tissue match test. After a couple of visits to the UNMC lab and a few phone interviews, I eventually got the call: I was a kidney donor match for Jen. Jen and I had the blood, and then the tissue matches. We had one genetic marker match, out of six possible matches. But according to Lykke, “A zero antigen (marker) match with a living donor is still way better than a perfect match with a cadaveric donor.” omahamagazine.com

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Dr. Maskin explains further: “A living donor is a better quality kidney. It takes minutes to transplant as opposed to hours, and it lasts twice as long.” According to Dr. Maskin, a living donor kidney transplant lasts 15-20 years, maybe longer. A cadaver kidney transplant typically lasts 6-10 years. I wanted to tell Jen immediately because I wanted her to know she had a match. I wanted her to just feel some relief. On a rainy day at Mama’s Pizza, at a long table of adults, coaches, and kids, I leaned over to my friend and quietly said, “Um, hey, I’m a match for your kidney.” Jen’s reaction was a mixture of shock, confusion, gratitude, and speechlessness. My twins, Max and Lucy, are 11 years old. Old enough to understand what was happening. We encouraged them to ask any questions or talk over any concerns. They were excited to be included in the process. On a Tuesday last October, Jen and I went in for transplant surgery. Hours later, my kids assessed my state, swollen from the surgery, and were concerned. When I kissed bestofomaha.com

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them goodbye for the night, they cried. That was difficult, but we talked through it. I was home and in my own bed by Thursday. Jen was home on Friday. I’d wake up achy about 6 a.m., and my husband would jump out of bed to bring me toast, coffee, and a large water. I’d eat that so I could take my pain pills, then go back to sleep for a bit. I’d work hard to get out of bed—I had no idea you use abdominals that much to get out of bed, but you do. Within a week, I was still tender, but the severe abdominal pain was gone. I was healing. Hours after her surgery, Jen’s swelling had gone down. Jen giggles and says, “The boys said, ‘Hey Mom, your Fiona feet are gone!’” A week after that, I was back at the football stadium, surrounded by our football family, watching our boys win a game. I returned to work after two and a half weeks. Though the UNMC Transplant team prepared me to have pretty good fatigue for at least eight weeks, my only restriction was to lift no more than 10 pounds for six weeks. It actually took me nine weeks to get

my normal energy back. Eight weeks after surgery, Jen and her husband traveled to Hawaii. Ten weeks after surgery, my husband and I took Max and Lucy to Mexico. Someone asked a friend of mine, “How could she do that? She has young kids!” I donated a kidney because I have young kids. I’m trying to teach them to look out for themselves by looking out for others, to be kind and smart, and help people. There’s also the added benefit of the thorough physical I received to assure my safety during the transplant process. My dad died of heart disease, and I have a family history of cancer, so I got some peace of mind thanks to the detailed examination of my lungs, heart, kidneys, spleen, and bladder. Jen and I are closer after the surgery but don’t get to talk every day. I gave her my kidney so that she could go back to busy mom life. We couldn’t be happier for each other that we’re both back to the busy life of a mom.

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feature story by Bev Carlson, APR, Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska

When Hurting Parents Need Help

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AMIE* SIMPLY DIDN ’T KNOW what to do. She couldn’t find a job. Had no money. Really didn’t care anymore. It was easier to just lie on the sofa and sleep. If she could find a few bucks, she could get a bottle of bourbon— which would help her block out the reality of her disappointing life. After all, her kids could fend for themselves, right? They didn’t really need her. Abuse is not the only reason children are removed from their homes. Often, the home simply isn’t safe. Their single parent isn’t working. The utilities have been turned off—no running water, electricity, or heat. Dangerous substances are consistently left within a child’s reach—drugs, alcohol, cleaning solutions. In this particular case, this severely depressed mother had five children and the oldest, at age 12, is doing what she can to take care of her brothers and sisters. By the time social services became aware of this family’s plight, the mother was months behind on her utility bills. Their apartment was cold. The children lugged water in jugs, and there was little food in the kitchen, none of it

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fresh or healthy. Although this mother truly did love her children, she needed someone to care enough to help her out of her despair. If conditions weren’t improved immediately, the children would be moved into foster care for their own safety. Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS) can become involved in cases like this in a number of ways. Sometimes, LFS caseworkers become engaged through the schools, as in the Learning Community Family Liaison program. LFS Family Liaisons are in 14 Omaha schools, working alongside parents to help determine if home issues are impacting a child’s ability to learn and excel. Family Liaisons have worked through problems as simple as helping a child get glasses to as serious as preventing a family from becoming homeless. LFS also becomes involved through referrals from the courts or from other providers. Through LFS Safety and In Home Services programming, caseworkers intervene with families in crisis—with the primary goal of creating a peaceful home where the children are safe. In Jamie’s case, the caseworker was able to work with her to find a full-time job,

daycare for her children, and resources to get the family’s utilities back on. The caseworker also directed Jamie to an LFS therapist who was able to prescribe medication for her depression. This particular program, Intensive Family Preservation, is usually involved with a family from three to four weeks but no more than two months. Other services within Safety and In Home Services include Parenting Time for children who have been removed from their home but are now allowed supervised visits with their biological family members, and Family Support, where clients learn appropriate social and parenting skills, develop self-esteem, or get help in finding community resources. The overarching goal of these programs is to build and strengthen families by developing self-sufficiency. Most client/parents struggle with the day-to-day reality of extreme poverty. It’s not that they don’t love their children. They just need compassionate guidance in learning to provide and care for them safely—skills that many have never seen modeled in their own lives. LFS is committed to helping them get there. *Name has been changed for privacy. omahamagazine.com

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meet the family story by Brittany Mascio • photos by Bill Sitzmann

Brian and Kelly Smith with sons Sam (back row), Comet, and Jack

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NEARLY TWENTY YEARS , Omaha couple Brian and Kelly Smith have been learning and growing together, quite literally. The horticulture-inclined, entrepreneurial duo share a love for exploration and education through a small urban farm in Benson with their three sons. “We’ve always been curious people who love to learn,” Kelly says. “That’s something we hope we instill in each other and in our kids.” Kelly, a Montessori-trained educator from a family with skilled green thumbs, is the primary educator for their boys Sam (14), Jack (11), and Comet (6), as well as the digging force for most of the family’s urban farm endeavors. Brian, a community builder who discovered tea organics when his parOR

ents first opened the The Tea Smith in 2004, began to explore the science of tea and other agricultural products before introducing the interest fully to the family. “The first time I tried farm fresh eggs, it was a life-changing experience,” Brian says about his introduction to organic food. What they were eating and where it came from fascinated both Brian and Kelly more than ever. “Our responsibilities are to our family and to the culture of education,” Brian says. “And it begins first with taking responsibility for yourself on this planet.” The Smiths were already tending to a small urban garden at their Benson home, but thanks to Kelly’s background in gardening and Brian’s surge in interest in organically sourced foods, the famomahamagazine.com

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There are always plenty of chores to be done…even on an urban farm.

ily uprooted and planted themselves in a Bennington farmstead. When they moved from their .17-acre home to a 76-acre farm—a whopping 447 times the amount of land they started with—Brian and Kelly quickly expanded their lifestyle beyond a hobbyist interest. The Smiths began to grow for scale, caring for chemical-free heirloom vegetables, heritage animals, and distinctive, specialty, cut flowers. They started with farmers markets and worked their way into community supported agriculture programs (CSAs) in the state. Eventually, they became a primary provider for fresh, local produce and floral arrangements for restaurants across town, including The Grey Plume. Their farm, Black Sheep Farms, also served as the backdrop to their sons’ education, bestofomaha.com

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and, as Brian says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;that was the biggest and best playground they could have had.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Through what we were doing on the farm, our kids grew up knowing that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fine if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know the answers,â&#x20AC;? Kelly says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The key for us is to encourage their confidence to want to figure out things on their own.â&#x20AC;? The farm offers opportunities every day for hands-on teaching moments. The Smiths found ways to incorporate farm scienceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; everything available to them in the natural cycle of plants and animalsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;into their homeschooling lessons. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working and learning sideby-side with your kids, you develop a deep relationship and understanding of their learning and working style,â&#x20AC;? Brian says. Eventually, the Smiths opened their home and barn doors to their community as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was only a natural progression,â&#x20AC;? Kelly explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted to share, teach, and help others learn from what we knew.â&#x20AC;? Through classes like Chicken Academyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a course designed for raising chickens in a city coopâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to more basic seed-starting sessions, Kelly and Brian found that they were able to make farming relatable to others interested in the craft. After five years of life on the farm, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve since settled back into their Benson home. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A farm is a good place to find out what your capabilities are,â&#x20AC;? Brian says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It makes you accountable when you know itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on your shoulders to pick up the slack.â&#x20AC;? Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve taken that approach now to consulting projects, where the Smiths help others understand the basics of organic urban planting. For now, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re primarily growing for the family while they establish what their urban farm looks like moving forward. Part of that is figuring out what pieces of their farmstead life theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll carry on into this new chapter for their family. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For us, exploration is continuous,â&#x20AC;? Brian says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being open to new experiences has guided us through. Having us together as a duo keeps us confident. We support one another and this allows us to go for it because thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what we love to do.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to show our kids that throughout everythingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;good or badâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;it leads you to where you need to be,â&#x20AC;? Kelly says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re absolutely where we are meant to be.â&#x20AC;? omahamagazine.com

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CITIZEN SCIENCE S cie nc e fo r K i d s & Fa m

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Citizen Science

Placing children and adults at the heart of scienceâ&#x20AC;¦

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no secret that there are

more questions than answers in our world, and not enough scientists to find those answers. Through citizen science, kids and adults help make important discoveries. Citizens help scientists by collecting data and observations, which have aided in the advancement of our knowledge of weather, climate, birds, far-off galaxies, migrations and more.

Plants & Habitats

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...for more information on Citizen Science projects in this booklet.

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CREATING

Native Habitat

IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD

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Learn how to help plants & animals at these events

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Take an Epic

Journey

â&#x20AC;¦with Monarchs

The Journey South

Amazingly, the fourth generation of Monarch somehow lives for up to eight months. This is the Monarch that will make the 3,000 mile journey south to the wintering grounds in Mexico!

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Tagging Monarchs with a special sticker is just one way you can help researchers gather more information about the fall migration. :PVDBOIFMQHBUIFSNPSFJOGPSNBUJPOBCPVU .POBSDITGSPNZPVSPXOCBDLZBSE BOFBSCZ QBSL PSOFJHICPSIPPE5PMFBSONPSFBCPVU IPXZPVDBOIFMQBOEXIBUUIFEBUBJTVTFE GPS WJTJUUIFGPMMPXJOHXFCTJUFT

Monarch Watch MonarchWatch.org Journey North Learner.org/Jnorth

Join Omahaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium during the fall migration to tag monarchs at the Zoo and Wildlife Safari Park.

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Today scientists are working to understand more about this amazing migration. How does a new generation of Monarchs find their way to the same overwintering sites each fall? What allows the generation migrating in the fall to live longer than other generations? How is habitat loss impacting Monarch numbers?

Many questions remain a mystery and researchers are looking for people like YOU to help!

Tagging dates are dependent on the Monarchs! Visit OmahaZoo.com around mid-August or early September for dates and times.

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waystation?

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SPOT A

Salamander

Nebraska is home to

3 species of salamanders

When thinking of Nebraska wildlife, White-tailed deer, raccoons, or Sandhill cranes may come to mind. Next time you are outside, take a closer look. Carefully lift up a log or search through fallen leaves and you might find one of Nebraskaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most elusive animals,

Barred Tiger Salamander Ambystoma mavortium

a salamander.

photographed by Daniel Fogell

Omahaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Zoo & Aquarium needs your help!

Eastern Tiger Salamander Ambystoma tigrinum photographed by Daniel Fogell

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Meet a

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Many people confuse salamanders with lizards. Can you tell the difference?

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Close to 6,000 known species of amphibians live in our world. However, many are going extinct at an alarming rate. Almost 2,000 species are threatened with extinction; that is nearly 1/3 of the planetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amphibians. Amphibians are vital to the ecosystem and research. Frogs and toads act as pest control, limiting populations of insects such as mosquitoes, which may carry diseases.

How can you help amphibians?

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Meet a

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Meet a

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Why Are Insects Important to You ?

Energy Efficiency

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Backyard Bug Search

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Join us at these events to learn more about bugs, insects & spiders Going Buggy - August 9th 11a.m.-3p.m. Wildlife Safari Park

Lightning Bug Party - June 28th Hummel Nature Center

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HAMMER WAS BORN a fighter. His mother, Jennifer, had an emergency C-section after it was discovered that her son was going to be born breach. Just two weeks later, newborn Klayton had a temperature of 104 degrees. Following a spinal tap at Immanuel Medical Center, Klayton went straight to Children’s Hospital with his mom. “The emergency doctor at Children’s started him on two antibiotics and an anti-viral medication,” Jennifer says. “When we spoke to the infectious disease doctor, he told us that he had no idea why the emergency doctor had started Klayton on the anti-viral medicine, but that it was probably what saved his life.” Only 18 days old, Klayton was diagnosed with encephalitis, stemming from the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV). “He stopped breathing,” Jennifer recalls. “He was in the NICU for 30 days on a respirator. They were 80 percent sure he would never make it, and if he did, they said he’d probably have a trach [tracheotomy tube] or a feeding tube.” Klayton began physical therapy at the age of 2 when he first began to sit up. At about 3 years old, he started working with the early intervention program through Omaha Public Schools. Physical and occupational therapists visited the house. By the age of 5, Klayton was walking with the help of a gait trainer. Now 10 years old, he’s involved in a LAYTON

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slew of sports including baseball, soccer, basketball, and cheerleading. “He started playing when he was about 6 and didn’t have any interest,” Jennifer says with a laugh. “Now it’s like he just can’t get enough.” Sports have benefited Klayton in quite a few ways over the last several years. “They’ve improved his motor skills, including balance and strength,” Jennifer says. “He has also been able to develop his social skills working with the other team members and coaches, and he’s has been able to establish some great friendships.” When asked what his favorite sport to watch is, Klayton quickly responds, “Football.” His favorite team is, naturally, the Huskers, and his favorite player is Kenny Bell. Jennifer adds that Klayton once asked to grow out his hair like Bell. It’s not all about sports though. Klayton’s favorite thing to do is go out to eat. He loves Old Chicago, Carlos O’Kelly’s, and Mama’s Pizza, to name a few. He also enjoys spending time with his cousin, Trae, seeing his Grandma and Papa, and going out to Grandma and Grandpa’s farm. “Klayton has always been a determined and outgoing little boy,” Jennifer says. “He will overcome his disabilities in everything that he does.” Young Hero proudly sponsored by:

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R. SHINICHI SUZUKI, A violinist and educator, stated, “Man is the son of his environment.” As parents, we strive to provide that essential climate where children can grow without any barriers to their success. But what is an excellent environment? Incorporate these five Environmental Cs for a great start.

COMFORTABLE? In his book The Joy of Inspired Teaching, Tim Lautzenheiser suggests, “We should create an environment that is conducive to risk and failure.” If these two elements exist, the comfort level for a child increases. Children who are concerned about being right are less likely to try something new. We can change the notion of “failure” into a positive idea by telling our children the many stories of great men and women whose “failures” have created some of our greatest inventions —think Edison’s incandescent light bulb.

CAPTIVATING? If a child shows a spark of interest in something, carry it through to the absolute end. Just because we have a certain agenda in mind doesn’t mean the child will follow that plan without deviation. Sometimes, the deviations are what create the hooks for the child. Emotional connection greatly strengthens their learning process. One violin student was very inspired by fiddle music but not interested in developing excellent string crossings. Eventually, her string crossings developed into a strong ability by mastering fiddle tunes loaded with string crossing patterns. 34HerFamily • April 2014

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COMPREHENSIVE? This idea demands thoroughness. The great violin pedagogue Ivan Galamian taught: “The basic procedure is to present to the mind… problems that progress from the simple to the ever more complicated. One very important principle has to be kept in mind, a principle that applies to any type of practicing: Whenever one problem is mastered, it is useless to repeat it over and over again.” We can master any challenge by extrapolating the problem and encountering the material from as many angles as possible.

CREATIVE? A creative environment is a place where all aspects of our learning modes are challenged. This would mean that both the right and left brains are engaged and, if possible, the child is receiving visual, aural, and kinesthetic input. For example, in teaching the meaning of a musical term, first point out the word in the music and write its definition (visual). Then, demonstrate the musical term (aural). Finally, tie the musical term to a feeling or experience (emotional). While the student incorporates the musical point into their playing (kinesthetic), encourage their efforts (social). In this way, each possible connection for the student has been engaged. Any suggestions from the child about what to do (child-driven creativity) means they are contributing to the learning process, making the parent’s job easier.

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applications. Afternoons brushing elbows with corporate leaders. Getting a behind-the-scenes look at the role technology plays in places like the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo. This isn’t your typical summer camp, and not just because it’s happening during the school year. More than 70 girls from three states and 34 schools applied for the chance to join Code Crush for the last weekend of March. University of Nebraska-Omaha’s College of Information Science and Technology faculty and staff geared the five-day event to cultivate an interest with information technology among 8th and 9th grade girls. The girls spent four days and five nights exploring the many faces of information technology through hands-on workshops, field trips, and panels. The middle-school students also got their first taste of college life thanks to staying on the UNO campus. Meanwhile, event organizers hoped the inaugural Code Crush would help debunk some myths surrounding the IT profession. MOBILE

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Code Crush is part of a larger effort by UNO to attract more participation from underrepresented groups in IT—particularly women. Hesham H. Ali, Ph.D., professor and dean in the College of Information Science and Technology, says that women make up only 12-13 percent of IS&T students. He says numbers are slightly higher at the graduate level thanks to a boost from international enrolees. Researchers at UNO are working with community groups, schools, and the National Science Foundation to figure out the cause of this considerable gender gap. Ali attributes misconceptions about IT careers as a major factor. “Still there is that image of IT professionals working alone in a dark room writing code,” he says. “People think there’s no interaction or opportunity to make a social impact. Really it’s a lot more than just writing code alone. If we can just get that information out, it might have an impact on changing the image.” “IT has a great potential to impact society,” adds Deepak Khazanchi, associate dean and professor in the College of Information

Science and Technology. “It already has. If you look at the internet, ATMs, even computers in cars—it’s pervasive.” But, Khazanchi says people don’t realize how much technology is a part of everyday life and that by working in the field, they can in fact make a significant difference. That sentiment is exactly what drew Westside Middle School 8th-grader Ketevan Mdzinarishvili to Code Crush. Computers, she explains, help people to shape a better understanding of the world around them. “The complexity of every microchip shows... there are many possibilities in this world. And I want to explore all of the ones which I am able. Any chance I have to learn about a new career field I would like to take,” Mdzinarishvili says. Mdzinarishvili, like all the Code Crush students, was accompanied by a teacher who wrote a letter of recommendation for her during the application process. The event was completely free to students. Mentors received a stipend to attend, thanks to funding from industry partners, and attended some sessions with their students. Sessions HerFamily • April 201441

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teen voice story by Alyssa Zaracki, Bryan High School

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ENIOR YEAR, CAN YOU believe it? All of this hard work is finally paying off, and we can see the victory sign ahead. But no one can prepare us for what we will actually have to go through to put our dreams into reality. So let’s just focus on this last semester and finishing out strong. This last semester is a waiting game. Everyone gets excited to see who will get some money out of the giant money pot of scholarships. Me, personally, I’m terrified. What if I didn’t say the right things in my essay or what if I forgot a reference letter? Trust me, everything that could possibly go wrong is spinning in my head. I’m trying to just worry about my goals—get some scholarships and stay on track with my grades—and look forward to a few possible experiences this last semester. I’m already thinking about summer as well. I plan on getting an internship as a messenger at a local paper. Just getting your foot in the door and making yourself known can spark so many different opportunities and adventures. Also, this is the last summer before we start college. It’s when we really start feeling like, wow, I did it. I would like to make this summer as memorable as possible, even with a little work at my part-time job every so often. During the summer, we try not to worry about the overall picture. I’m already thinking of all the dreams that I have for college and all my expectations. I hope to live in the dorms at University of Nebraska-Omaha and study journalism, along with being involved in clubs and activities. I do have one fear. I’m scared that on the first day, I’ll wake up late, and then there will be nowhere to park, and I won’t be able to find my class, and I’ll live the rest of my college career thinking about that one embarrassing moment. Oh, yeah, and spilling coffee on the cute guy in class. Things happen. But really, graduation is a big moment for me and many of my peers. I can’t wait to see what the future will bring.

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A BIG EXTENDED family, and everyone lives far away, mostly in Texas. At some point, my mom and I thought Skype would be a great idea. Then she busted me for rolling my eyes at her, which was a bit awkward. All these years, she couldn’t hear me rolling my eyes over the phone. But the kids are busy and have a lot of activities. It’s hard enough to get us all seated for dinner. Sitting down to video chat wasn’t working well. That, and my mom couldn’t quite figure out how to dial in on Skype. So that was the end of that. Eventually, we embarked on the social media scene, primarily Facebook. It’s been fun to share pictures and stories with my aunts and uncles and cousins. But there have been a few hiccups. HAVE

I have a love/hate relationship with my mother and Facebook. I love my mom. And I love Facebook. But the two, as proven time and time again, should never mix. Ever. Don’t even get me started on that farm story game. Sure, I can block and remove mean people. But what are the ethics of blocking people we love (ahem, my mom) who have a tendency to hinder our very funny and very cool social media vibe with the click of a comment? The upside to having my mom and family on Facebook is that we can share pictures, funny stories, and accomplishments. The downside is when my mom is so proud of the picture that she shares it and makes it public. That’s a Facebook security no-no for Momma. Fortunately, Facebook settings al-

low me to share pictures privately, banning my mom from sharing my kids’ photos. I have to update the setting on occasion. One thing is for sure: Learning privacy settings and having conversations with my mom have prepared me for current Max and Lucy’s emergence onto the social media scene. Teaching my mom about the social graces of family on Facebook is a good lesson for me as my own kids start surfing the social media wave. Oh God, I’m going to be my mom on Instagram with my kids. Maybe that’s a good thing. It’ll keep my kids in line. Or maybe I’ll treat my kids as I want to be treated, and it’ll keep me in line. Just please don’t tell my mom about Twitter.

Tips for Social Media Moms Feel free to crawl all over your kids’ accounts. With young kids, that’s mandatory. I know my mom does this. And I’m okay with that.

Never share other peoples’ personal pictures, especially of kids. Sharing is for promotion of something. And for impersonal things, like those really funny e-cards.

Resist the urge to friend all of your kids’ friends. This one is touchy. Use discretion.

Don’t start a conversation with other people in the comments. Message the person privately.

Know when to like something. Versus when to share something and when to comment on something.

Do you really need to comment on your kids’ post? Ask yourself this.

You don’t have to like everything. I guess you can. But you don’t have to.

Would a private message be better than commenting? Chances are, it is.

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Talk to your kids. Remember that your social media connection is not your main communication. Do not ever use any form of social media to humiliate, embarrass, or upset your kid. Or anyone. If you have an issue, take it up privately. The private message—know it, love it.

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Calendar of Events FOR THE KIDS

FOR THE FAMILY

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EARTH DAY OMAHA

OMAHA STORM CHASERS

WAR HORSE

APRIL 19, ELMWOOD PARK

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APRIL 8-13, ORPHEUM THEATER - 409 S 16TH ST.

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A heart-warming tale of loyalty and friendship, and winner of five 2011 Tony Awards®, War Horse is the story of young Albert and his beloved horse, Joey. When Joey is sold to the British cavalry in World War I, he is caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. Astonishing life-sized puppets created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company bring to life the breathing, galloping, charging horses strong enough for men to ride. Tickets from $35 to $80 402-345-0606 ticketomaha.com

The 24th Annual Earth Day Omaha, Nebraska’s largest ecologically focused event, returns to Elmwood Park. Every year nearly 10,000 people converge on Omaha’s Earth Day event to learn more about people, organizations and businesses that are making a positive impact on the environment. The free event features exhibit booths, children’s activities, and demonstrations by local green organizations, plus live music from top local bands and food from area vendors. All activities are designed to educate and inspire attendees to live green and healthy at home and at work. Elmwood Park Free 11am-6pm. earthdayomaha.com

The Triple-A champion Omaha Storm Chasers begin a defense of their title with 16 home games in April, six of them on kid-friendly non-school nights. Batter Up! LEO LIONNI’S FREDERICK THROUGH APRIL 13, THE ROSE THEATER - 2001

FARNAM ST. Frederick is not like the other field mice in his family. While they spend their summer preparing for the harsh winter ahead, Frederick seems to dream away his days. Will he be able to help his family survive the snowy season? In this gentle musical based on Leo Lionni’s award-winning book, a family discovers the unique value of each of its members. F/7pm, Sat/2pm & 5pm, Sun/2pm. $18 non-members, free for members. 402-345-0147 – rosetheater.org

READY DY FOR FO OR O R PROM? PR PRO P RO R OM? OM Look sharp, guys. Prom is coming & our tuxedos start at $59.99!

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Get ready for a musical adventure that will take you over the plains, across the world, and into the far reaches of outer space. Featuring stunning images and video. Sunday, April 6 at 2 pm Â&#x192; Holland Center Instrument Petting Zoo & Lobby Activities begin at 1:15 pm Hal France, conductor

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