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Neighborhood Publications LLC 9337 Spring Cypress Road, Suite #205 Spring, Texas 77379 Editor Leanne Donelson Head Writer Candy Cruz

Assistant Editor Candy Cruz Contributing Writers Candy Cruz, Josh Arcemont

Social Media Editor Madi Wheeler Graphics Photography Mike Reeves Audree Garcia, Kellie Cataldo Publisher Neighborhood Publications

Giving can inspire others. Many researchers have determined that giving can be contagious. For example, a study by James Fowler of the University of California, San Diego, and Nicholas Christakis of Harvard that was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science found that giving can have a trickle-down effect.

8 How to prevent household poisonings 9 CALENDAR OF EVENTS 10 Summer Running Guide 12 Caring for braces at any age 13 How families can go green together 14 How to encourage kids to take care of their teeth 16 Families must emphsize cyber awareness to stay safe 17 How music and singing benefits children 18 Preserve family memories for years to come 19 How to keep children of all ages safe 20 The Goddard School For Early Childhood Development Not your average childcare facility. 22 Follow these child safety seat regulations 23 How first time parents can cope with colic 24 The 25 Best Dog-Friendly Restaurants In Town 26 Best Watering Holes In Texas 28 Space Locker For NASA 32 The benefits of Umbrella Insurance 33 Pros and cons of bed sharing 34 The 11 Components of Discipline 37 Liquid Extreme To The Rescue

Much like the “pay it forward” movement, those who observe charitable efforts are more likely to give to or help different people down the road. As the editor of Spring-Klein Magazine, I would like to recognize Rob Prall with Liquid Extreme who gave it forward, page 37. Thank you Rob for your kindness and may it inspire other to also give. Thank you, Leanne Donelsom Neighborhood Publications DISCLAIMER: All articles, information, website addresses and cartoons in this publication express the opinions of their authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Neighborhood Publications LLC or its employees.  Neighborhood Publications LLC is not responsible for the accuracy of any facts stated in articles, information website address and cartoons submitted by others. The Publisher Neighborhood Publications also assumes no responsibility for the advertising content with this publication and ad warranties, representations and endorsements made in the advertising content are solely that of the advertiser and any such claims regarding it’s content should be taken up with the advertiser. Neighborhood Publications LLC disclaims and denies any and all liability, therefore The publisher Neighborhood Publications LLC assumes no liability with regard to its advertisers for misprints or failure to place advertising in this publication except for the actual cost of such advertising. Although every effort is taken to avoid mistakes and /or misprints in this publication, the publisher assumes no responsibility for any errors of information or typographical mistakes. Under no circumstances shall the publisher be held liable for incidental or consequential damages, inconvenience, loss of business or services, or any other liabilities from failure to publish, or from failure to publish on a timely manner. This is not an official publication of your particular subdivision, (although we print more interesting information and take better photos) and your particular subdivision does not endorse, affiliate or associate itself or its affiliates with this publication. Neighborhood Publications and it’s Associate Publications/Business Interest, whether business or person, do not accept any assumed benefit of the QR Bar Code Readers/Bar Codes, etc. published in any of the Neighborhood Publications or it’s affiliate publications whether in print or electronic. The publisher is not liable for ANY DAMAGES for failure of the Post Office to deliver the magazine in a timely manner, so long as the publisher has delivered the magazine to said delivery point by the contracted date. All articles and photos in this publication are copyrighted. PUBLISHED BY: Neighborhood Publications, 9337 Spring Cypress Road, Suite 205, Spring, Texas 77379.

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How to prevent

household poisonings


eople never want to think of their homes as dangerous places, but the average home has its share of hazards. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 38,000 people in the United States lost their lives to unintentional poisonings in 2014, while Express Scripts® Canada reports that poisoning is the fourthleading cause of injury deaths among Canadians of all ages. While the statistics about poisoning deaths are alarming, the good news is that such deaths are preventable. The CDC, in conjunction with the American Association of Poison Control Centers, offers the following poison-prevention tips.


• Take only prescriptions that are prescribed to you by a healthcare professional. Never take another person’s medication, and do not take longer or more frequent doses than prescribed, especially with regard to pain medications. • Read all warning labels on medication bottles and read the additional one or two pages of information that accompany your prescription.

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• Turn on the light when taking medications so you know you are taking the appropriate dosage. • Dispose of unused, unneeded or expired medications.


• Read all labels before using household products that contain chemicals, such as cleaners and disinfectants. • Keep all products in their original containers so you have readily available access to the ingredients and directions whenever using the products. Such information can save lives should someone be poi soned or ingest a potentially dead ly product. • Never mix products that contain chemicals, as doing so can create toxic gases. • Open windows and turn on ceiling fans or box fans when using house hold cleaners. Do not use such products in enclosed spaces. • Wear protective eyewear and clothing when using chemicals and/or pesticides to safeguard your body from exposure.


• Store all medications and house-

hold products in places that cannot be reached or accessed by children or pets. • When taking medications or using household products, take children with you if you must answer the phone or when the doorbell is ring ing. Even if the medicine or product will only be out of your sight for a moment, that brief moment is enough time for curious kids to be poisoned.


• Follow the guidelines on the pack aging with regard to the disposal of chemical products. • When disposing of medications, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises taking advantage of com munity-based drug “take-back” programs. If no such program exists, the FDA notes that almost all medicines can be discarded in the trash, but advises following the drug disposal guidelines available at Thousands die each year due to unintentional poisonings, but men and women can take various steps to prevent those deaths from occurring in their homes.

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Every Saturday starting: May 6th- June 24th Waterway Square Pl, The Woodlands, TX 77380 Free Admission Enjoy live music by local and regional performers in the picturesque setting of Waterway Square at Waterway Nights. Taking place in the spring and summer, Waterway Nights makes for an eventful night out in The Woodlands Town Center.

Aunique Ranch Tour

Weekly Monday – Friday 1954 FM 1375 Rd. #E, Huntsville, TX 77340 8:00 am and 10:00 am Champion and Well Known Gypsy Cob Horses, Aunique Ranch is now offering two tours on Saturdays and Sundays. Spend two hours on a real working ranch. Ride along in the Kabota and tour the beautiful Aunique Ranch home of the Gypsy Cob Horses.

Houston Heights Neighborhood Night

Every Wednesday 4000 Essex Lane #7114, Houston, 77027 4:00pm-7:00pm Every Wednesday the chefs whip up unique and delicious Hors D’oeuvres for you to enjoy in the bar while taking advantage of great Happy Hour drink & food specials!


May 12- May 14, 2017 George R. Brown Convention Center 1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston 77010 Cost $10-$12 Children & $30 Adults Comics, sci-fi, fantasy, video and table top gaming, anime, music, lm and more. With more than 2,000 hours of programming, you’re sure to discover something for everyone in the family.

6th Annual Sand Castle Building Contest

May 14, 2017 2505 Lake Woodlands Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77381 Free Admission – 5:30- 7:30 pm Event runs in conjunction with Concert in the Park. You bring the shovels they will provide the sand! Fun for the whole family. Spend an evening outside playing with sand and listening to great music.

1-Hour Dolphin Sightseeing Tour

May 20, 2017 100 21st St. Galveston, TX 1:00-2:00 pm – Cost: $12 Join Galveston Water Adventures for their onehour tour of Galveston’s Harbor to see birds and

marine life. They are usually able to get a close up view of playful dolphins jumping. The tour is aboard Cruise-N-Time, their twin-engine openair tour boat. The tour lasts one hour and holds 37 passengers. Hours vary seasonally.

Original Ghost Tour of The Strand

May 27, 2017 123 Rosenberg, Galveston TX 7:30-9:30 pm This unique tour provides our guests with a historical context into why Galveston’s one of the most haunted cities in the world and hot spot for paranormal activity. The Original Tour of the Strand is a family-friendly tour and is a great choice for those taking their first ghost tour, or who would like to learn more about the history of Galveston. This tour is an ideal first tour for the paranormal novice or first time visitor to the island because it entrenches visitors with a wealth of knowledge about Galveston’s past and the science behind hauntings.

Texas Wine & Spirits Festival

May 27, 2017 Bayou City Event Center 9401 Knight Road, Houston, TX 77045 1:00-7:00 pm – Price Varies They will be featuring 30+ brands of beers, wine, and spirits made in Texas, along with food trucks, food vendors and other Texas-made brands. Some you already know, others you’ll discover.

South Houston Annual Crawfish Festival

May 27, 2017 Hobby Event Center 9906 Gulf Freeway, Houston, TX 77034 12:00-10:00 pm – Tickets Start at $11.00 It’s a family affair with Food, Fun, Festivities, Fans, Friends and Drinks! Lots of CRAWFISH plus an array of foods with all kinds of music including LIVE Zydeco, Latin, Reggae Bands, DJs and Entertainers. Get you pre-sale tickets that include 2 free beers or your all you can eat VIP access on The Patio! Kids under 12 are FREE with loads of activities for them to enjoy! Get your tickets and come on out to the South Houston Annual Crawfish Festival!

Memorial Day Weekend in The Woodlands

May 28, 2017 2099 Lake Robbins Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77380 4:00-9:00 pm – Free Admission The festival pays tribute to all military service men and women who lost their lives while serving the United States, and also honors

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all veterans who serve as a symbol for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice of life to protect our freedom. Memorial Day Weekend in The Woodlands features live music, children’s activities, strolling entertainers and more at Town Green Park. The evening concludes with a dazzling fireworks display* choreographed to a patriotic soundtrack.

Member Morning With the Sea Lions

June 3, 2017 The Houston Zoo 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030 8:30 am – Free to Zoo Members On the first Saturday of each month, Members can enter the Zoo one hour before opening to the general public. Enjoy cooler weather and see the keepers prepare enrichment and animal areas all around the zoo. Hear from one of our Zoo’s experts and gain professional insight about the featured animals. Learn from the best in the field about what it really takes to care for the diverse animals that call the Zoo home!

Free Press Summer Festival 2017

June 3-4, 2017 Eleanor Tinsley Park-500 Allen Pkwy, Houston, TX Ticket Price Varies The annual Free Press Summer Festival in downtown Houston, Texas, is a celebration of indie music and art with eight different stages hosting 160+ live performances from buzzworthy emerging acts and legendary virtuosos. Other attractions include aweinspiring fireworks displays, fun paint slides, provocative art installations, music demonstrations and artistic workshops. Past performers at FPSF include Jack White, Lauryn Hill, Vampire Weekend, Snoop Dogg, Bassnectar, Willie Nelson, Zedd, Weezer and the Flaming Lips

Lake Houston Arts Festival

June 10, 2017 Kingwood Town Center Park 8 North Main Street, Houston, TX 77339 12:00 pm – Price $5.00-$8.00 This is a celebration of the artistic spirit and creative output of the Lake Houston area arts community. Just over 100 artists, crafters makers and creatives will be on hand to exhibit, display and sell their works, all handmade and all original. In addition to the visual arts and crafts, there will also be performances by area performance artists and musicians, a craft beer and wine tasting area, a children’s art participation station and more.

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Summer Running Guide Bayou Bash Relay

Where: 4201 TC Jester Blvd Houston, TX 77018 When: May 13, 2017 Time: 4:00 pm Great opportunity to go running with friends, this relay has 4 person teams with each person running 2 miles. The course is a 2-mile circuit, which stays within the confines of TC Jester Park. This is the final race of the HARRA Spring Series.

Impact a Hero 5K Run & Walk

Where: 1 Stadium Dr., Sugar Land, TX 77498 When: May 20, 2017 Time: 7:00 am Here’s your chance to participate in a competitive (certified course) 5K or enjoy the morning with a 5K walk. There’s also a 1K kids fun run so bring out the family and help support the work of Impact a Hero.

Wicked Wine Run

Where: 23235 Margerstadt, Waller, TX 77484 When: May 20, 2017 Time: 5K Trail Fun Run at 5:00 pm & 1K Fun Walk @ 6:30 pm Gather up your best wine drinking buds and register for this unique evening. You can choose to a 5K run with a celebratory wine finish, a 1K tasting walk with 4 wine tasting stops along the route or for the real wine lovers out there, choose to do both!

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The Original Mud Run Houston

Where: 23235 Margerstadt, Waller, TX 77484 When: May 27, 2017 Time: 5K Dog Mud Run @ 9:35 am, 10K @ 10:30 am & Kid’s Mud Run @ 12:00 pm Are you ready to play DIRTY? The Original Mud Run is a 5K/10K military style obstacle course. Take on the 5K, 3.1 mile course with 18 plus obstacles and or 10K, 6.2-mile course with 30+ military style obstacles.

Houston Heights Association Fun Run Where: Marmion Park - 1800 block of Heights Boulevard 77008 When: June 3, 2017 Time: 6:15 am The flat, fast, out and back 5K course is certified by the USA Track and Field and the Gulf Association Track and Field. After the 5K runners take off, walkers have the opportunity to do the track and there’s a 1K kids fun run as well.

Where: 4810 Westway Park Blvd, Houston, TX 77041 When: June 3, 2017 Time: 7:00 am Grab the whole family and your running shoes and head down to the Westway Business Park. Why? Because there will be a 5K fun run and walk to benefit Camp Hope, a transitional housing facility for veterans.

Keller Williams Premier 5K Run/ Walk

Where: 22762 Westheimer Pkwy #430 Katy, TX 77450 When: June 3, 1027 Time: 8:00 am-1:00 pm The Keller Williams Premier 5K Run/Walk is for EVERYONE! Proceeds will benefit Cinco Charities, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing temporary housing for patients who are receiving treatment in the West Houston/ Katy area for serious medical conditions. Running enthusiasts, supportive families, local organizations, businesses and individuals wanting to just come out and have some fun will truly enjoy what we have planned for our 4th annual event.


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Where: 2700 Bay Area Blvd. Houston, TX 77058 When: June 4, 2017 Time: 7:30 am Squeeze in one more race before the summer truly sets in. And make it a scenic one near the University of Houston Clear Lake. Flat and fast 5k and 10k courses followed by a super after party. A series of races created to showcase unique venues throughout the Houston metro area. Each race features a family-friendly atmosphere and offers something for all ages and skill levels including 5k, 10k and kids 1k runs.

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Dad’s Day 5K

Where: 550 Prairie Street, Houston, TX 77002 When: June 17, 2017 Time: 6:30 am Father’s Day weekend is a good time to remind Dad of his importance to the family. Have some family fun at the Dad’s Day 5K, a wellness event to promote awareness and education about prostate cancer. There’s a 5K timed race and a 3K family walk followed by refreshments and an awards ceremony.

Run for Wellness - Freedom Park 5K

Where: 18050 Westheimer Pkwy, Houston, TX 77082 When: June 25, 2017 Challenge yourself to run a 5k every month with the Run for Wellness free race series. Freedom Park is the place to be, bring your friends and commit to a strong run every month. Great for beginners as well as those working towards longer distances.

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Caring for

braces at any age


races are often necessary for children and adults to develop straight, healthy teeth. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, braces help fix teeth that are crooked, too close together and too far apart. Braces also can be employed to address under- or overbites. Fortunately, braces no longer carry the stigma they once did, and many children are eager to embrace this orthodontic gear if it means achieving a more attractive smile and a properly aligned bite. One thing that kids (and adults) who wear braces need to consider is that oral hygiene is imperative while wearing braces. Taking good care of braces and teeth is essential to avoiding problems now and when the braces are eventually removed.


The rules orthodontists give their patients are intended to make the duration of time wearing braces as short as possible. Therefore, avoiding hard or sticky candies and

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Braces require more detailed care to help keep teeth healthy and strong.

resisting any urges to open items or bite on inflexible items, such as pencils, is crucial. Broken hardware or snapped wires will only prolong the length of treatment if they have to be replaced frequently.


Braces will collect more food particles and bacteria than teeth without brackets and wires. Those with braces may have to change the way they brush their teeth and the frequency with which they brush their teeth. Orthodontists may recommend brushing after each meal to keep food particles from being lodged and plaque from building up. More time should be spent brushing to ensure all crevices and surface areas are addressed. Consult with the orthodontist about the products that may help keep teeth clean. Toothbrushes may need to be replaced more often if braces cause the bristles to wear down quickly.


Flossing should continue while wear-

ing braces, even though flossing with braces can be difficult. Many orthodontists recommend “threader floss” that allows patients to floss properly around wires. This type of floss has a stiff end that permits flossing between brackets. Reusable plastic floss threaders in combination with regular floss also can be used. Children should be careful not to put too much pressure on wires or brackets when flossing so they don’t accidentally dislodge any hardware.


Visiting the orthodontist routinely for adjustments is a necessary part of wearing braces. Those who skip appointments or do not follow the advice of a skilled doctor may need to spend more time wearing braces. If something becomes loose or dislodged, visit the orthodontist right away. The benefits of wearing braces are numerous. Proper care can make braces even more effective and a lot more comfortable.

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How families can go

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Teaching youngsters to brush their teeth without the faucet running is one way parents can encourage their kids to embrace an eco-friendly lifestyle.


nterest in eco-friendly lifestyles has long since spread beyond environmentalists and activists and has become a goal for people from all walks of life. Going green can even be done as a family. Families have multiple incentives to embrace an eco-friendly lifestyle. Going green can protect the planet for younger members of the family who will have to confront the consequences of today’s decisions for decades to come. Going green also can save families money the moment they decide to change their lifestyles, providing a more immediate incentive. Families interested in making their efforts to be more eco-friendly a team effort can embrace the following strategies. Wash clothes in cold water. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, heating water accounts for roughly 90 percent of the energy washing machines require to clean clothes. By washing clothes exclusively in cold water, families can drastically reduce the energy

their washing machines consume, and clothes will still be clean at the end of each wash cycle. Wash only in full loads. Whether washing clothes or washing dishes, families who want to go green together can resolve to only run their washing machines or dishwashers when both are full. The EPA notes that only doing full loads of laundry can save more than 3,400 gallons of water each year. When washing dishes, do only full loads but avoid overcrowding the dishwasher. Overcrowding might mean some dishes are not thoroughly cleaned, which may require running another load or washing them by hand, both of which can be wasteful. Turn off the faucets when brushing teeth. Another way families can pitch in to conserve energy and save money together is by turning off the faucets when they brush their teeth. Parents of young children can brush their teeth with their youngsters in the morning and at night, explaining to them how brushing

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without the faucet running can save untold gallons of water every year. This will conserve water and lower the monthly water bill. Hang energy saving curtains. Energysaving curtains reduce the amount of heat that passes through windows when the weather outside is cold, keeping more warm air inside and reducing the need to hike up the thermostat. In the summertime, heat from the outside may pass through window glass easily, but it’s far more difficult for heat to pass through fabric. By hanging energysaving curtains together with their children, parents can explain how the curtains are more than just decorative; they are also a helpful ally in protecting the planet. Going green together as a family can help parents save money and provide a valuable teaching opportunity that can benefit youngsters and the planet for years to come.

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How to encourage kids to

take care of their teeth


arents of young children know that getting kids to brush their teeth can sometimes feel like pulling teeth. Kids have a long history of disliking dental care, which can frustrate parents who know the importance and longlasting benefits of proper dental hygiene. While many youngsters may never excitedly run to the bathroom to brush their teeth, parents can try various approaches to get kids to embrace proper dental care.


Parents should not hesitate to begin cleaning kids’ teeth once the first tooth appears. The earlier dental care is part of a child’s routine, the more likely he or she is to accept it as part of everyday life. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends using a softbristled brush with a small head. Ideally, use a toothbrush designed for infants, brushing teeth once per day at bedtime. The AAPD advises taking kids to visit a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than the child’s first birthday.


Young children love to imitate their parents’ actions and behaviors, and moms and dads can use that adoration to their advantage when trying to get kids to brush their teeth. Brush teeth together as a family, making it seem like an enjoyable twice-daily activity. Get down on kids’ level and show them how to brush. If kids are resistant, engage them in conversation while brushing so they don’t even realize they’re cleaning away. Involve kids in choosing their dental care products. While parents should be mindful of the type of

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• Start early. • Make it a group effort. • Compliment kids after positive Dental appointments. toothbrush their children use, always sticking with products recommended by their child’s pediatric dentist, let youngsters choose their toothbrush and toothpaste. Kids might prefer a particular flavor of toothpaste, and a colorful toothbrush with a favorite film or television character might make kids more enthusiastic and less fussy about brushing.

COMPLIMENT KIDS AFTER POSITIVE DENTAL APPOINTMENTS. When pediatric dentist appointments go well, compliment children and express your pride in them for taking dental hygiene as seriously as they do.

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Families must emphasize cyber awareness to stay safe Thanks to mobile devices, internet access is at an all-time high and requires users to exercise a growing amount of caution.

messages, and circulating sexually suggestive pictures or messages about a person. Anyone, regardless of age, who spends time on social media can fall victim to cyberbullying. By blocking people and limiting the amount of personal information they share online, individuals can reduce the likelihood that they will be victimized by cyberbullies.


he internet can be an invaluable resource that has forever changed the way people live their lives. But the ever-changing internet can be a safety risk, and families must always be on guard to keep themselves safe. The potential dangers of the internet can affect both children and adults. Here are some ways families can protect themselves and still get the most out of the web.


Many devices come with security features and filters that can limit access to certain content. Limits can be established based on age or even by preventing access to specific websites. Whenever a new app is installed, parents should read through the usage information and peruse the security settings. This is especially important for social apps. Restrict who can access account information or profiles by toggling between “public” and “private” in the settings

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UNDERSTAND DIGITAL PERMANENCE when applicable. Filtering software can be used for streaming movies. ClearPlay, for example, can be set to remove certain parameters, like nudity, sexual dialogue and profanity.


Instances of cyberbullying have grown alongside the popularity of the internet. Cyberbullies tease and taunt through email, social media and other online modes of communication. The organization NoBullying says that 52 percent of young people in the United Kingdom report being cyberbullied, but many will not confide in their parents when the abuse occurs. More than half of young people in North America also have experienced cyberbullying. Cyberbullying can take many forms, including sending mean messages or threats, spreading rumors, posting hurtful messages on social media, stealing account information, sending damaging

Many people do not fully grasp that the internet creates a trail of information that never really goes away. Computer security experts warn that what goes on the internet tends to stay on the internet, even when one thinks he or she has deleted it. What’s more, a person can never verify if a person has made a copy of a post or a picture and saved it. Images, opinions and more can come back to haunt people who post them online. Stop and think before putting information online. If users might one day be uncomfortable discussing something they shared online, then they should resist the temptation to share it in the first place. Many families rely on the internet every day. Families should always give careful consideration to the information they share online, holding back any details that might be private or put their security at risk.

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How music and singing benefits


usic is everywhere: on the radio, in movies and television shows and as a backdrop when shopping or celebrating milestones. Music is an integral part of cultures all over the world. Music can express emotions not easily conveyed otherwise. It also provides a sense of community and belonging and can help unite the divided. Playing musical instruments or singing has a number of benefits. From the earliest days after their birth, children

can be calmed by music. Music helps people work out their feelings and can be uplifting and comforting when people need a boost. While many people are familiar with the mood-enhancing benefits of music, they may not know that music also has developmental benefits. According to Don Campbell, internationally known educator and author of The Mozart Effect for Children, music enhances intelligence, coordination, emotional expression, creativity, and socialization skills. Studies have suggested that music and movement affect all areas of development. Music can bolster listening skills, improve motor skills, assist with problem solving, and promote spatial-temporal reasoning. Many others say that music can calm and focus the mind, which is why it so often employed by therapists. In the book, The Importance of Music, author Ellen Judson cites a 10-year study that tracked more than 25,000 middle and high school students. The study showed that students in music classes receive higher scores on standardized tests than students with little to no musical involvement. In addition, singing and engaging in musical appreciation sharpens one’s

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ability to communicate. Learning a piece of information attached to a tune will more readily embed that information in the brain. For example, many children learn the alphabet via song. Pairing lessons with song can help anyone retain information more easily. Music also is fun, so much so that kids may not realize they’re actually learning while singing. Matthew Freeman, development manager of “Sing up,” a national singing project to help enhance music in children’s education, states that children don’t think of singing as work and may be more willing to participate. Song can be used to reinforce all different subjects, from language arts to mathematics. Children or adults who are apprehensive about meeting new people can use music as a means to open the door to new friendships. Joining a choral group will immediately introduce people to others who enjoy music as well. Group singing is less intimidating than singing alone, so it takes some of the pressure off of a person and can staunch performance anxiety. Music is beneficial throughout one’s life and can be an enjoyable way to make learning more fun.

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family memories for years to come from vacations and other family experiences linger unappreciated, families can preserve these memories. Explore the various ways to share occasions with others.


Don’t procrastinate and let photo files pile up. Promptly upload them to your favorite photo printing site or bring them to a retailer that has photo machines, such as a nearby pharmacy. Such businesses routinely offer coupons and steep discounts on photo books. The software is userfriendly, and, in a week or two, you can have a photo book ready to go. This is less time-consuming than making photo albums, printing photos and then placing them behind plastic-lined pages. The photo book software also may include background designs and funny captions to help customize pages even further.


If you are a purist and like to have photo prints in hand, then have several of a particular occasion made and then attach them to a decorative piece of wood. Using a decoupage product or a shellac, coat the collage so that it can be preserved. Hang your collage as a piece of handmade artwork on display.



amilies enjoy many moments together throughout the years. However, in today’s digital world, quite often those experiences fail to see the light of day past an initial tweet or Instagram post. Too often file upon file remains in a digital graveyard on a mobile phone or external hard drive. Instead of letting photos, videos, drawings, and memorabilia

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Children routinely bring home artwork they made in school, daycare and other organized classes. Sometimes these items get stashed in plastic containers that are ultimately stored in attics or basements, only to be “discovered” years later. Rather than relegating them to storage, invest in frames of various sizes and hang the pictures as if they were in an art gallery. Make sure the frames are easy to access so that the artwork can be swapped out periodically. Kids will take pride in sharing their creations with family and visitors.


Another way to preserve memories is to write down experiences. Each member of the family can fill out a page with a special recollection of a trip or another momentous day. Keep the journal on a coffee table so it can be reviewed every so often. Save it and gift it to future generations. Family memories are worth keeping and sharing. There are many ways to display photos, thoughts and other sentiments from special events.

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children of all ages safe Keeping curious kids out of danger requires diligence on the part of parents and caregivers.


ew and experienced parents alike must keep many things in mind when welcoming a child into their homes. Babies do not come with instruction manuals, but kids of all ages need their parents to perform various functions, including keeping them safe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says unintentional injuries, or those that result from burns, falls, poisoning, road traffic, and drowning, are the leading cause of morbidity and mortality among children in the United States. But even injuries that do not result in fatalities can still be serious. An estimated 9.2 million children per year visit hospital emergency rooms for unintentional injuries. For children 12 months old and younger, falls account for more than half of the nonfatal injuries. Child safety is not an issue to take lightly, and parents and other caregivers must remain up-to-date on the latest guidelines regarding safeguarding children. The following are some safety tips and areas of concern parents may want to pay particular attention to.


As children learn to move around their world, stumbles are to be expected. However, there are steps parents can take to minimize injuries. • Keep babies and young kids strapped and secured when using infant seats, swings, car seats,

and strollers. Always keep the devices close to the ground, and not placed on top of a table or other furniture. • Install safety gates at the top and bottom of all staircases. • Install window guards to prevent window falls. • Visit only those playgrounds that have installed shock-absorbing surfaces beneath the play equip- ment.


A child can drown in mere inches of water. As a result, parents must be extremely diligent to prevent accidents. • Never leave a child unattended around any source of water, even for just a few seconds. • Empty all tubs, containers, and kiddie pools of water immediate ly after use. • Use locks to seal toilet lids, and keep doors to bathrooms closed. • Install fences around home pools. Gates should be self-closing and self-latching. • Always test the temperature of bath water to ensure it is comfor table and will not scald a child.


Toys are a part of a child’s life and they should bring joy, not danger. • Keep a child’s age in mind when purchasing a toy or game. • Small toy parts can pose as

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choking hazards for young chil dren, so inspect toys frequently for chips. • Each year in the United States, more than 2,800 kids are treated in emergency rooms after swal lowing button batteries. Keep the following away from young children: remote controls, singing greeting cards, digital scales, watches, hearing aids, thermom eters, children’s toys, calculators, key fobs, t-light candles, and flashing holiday jewelry or dec orations.


As children age, the ways to protect them change. The National Children’s Advocacy Center suggests these guidelines. • Parents should learn all they can about their children’s activities and friends. • Teach children to refuse anything from strangers. • The buddy system is a good idea when walking home from school or other events. • Make sure kids know that stran gers can be found online, too. Teach kids to avoid sharing per sonal information with individ uals they meet on social media. • Develop a family safety plan for meeting up when outside of the home.

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Not your average childcare facility. The Goddard School located in Spring (Champions) is currently enrolling children for the Summer and Fall semesters. The Goddard School focuses on building a strong balanced foundation of emotional, social, cognitive, and physical skills for each child. Children are en-couraged to develop at their own pace in a warm environment supported by a team of dedicated teachers. Goddard’s year round program provides consistency for children, while the choice of either a half or full-day schedule offers flexibility for families.

Courtesy and Respect Program Dance Fundamentals Fitness Foreign Language Handwriting Language Arts Sign Language Yoga The Goddard School’s unique F.L.E.X. Learning Program (Fun Learning Experience) is comprehensive play centered curriculum that was developed based on the latest research in how children learn. Qualified teachers observe and assess where each child is in all areas of development and skillfully weave in engaging learning activities that build upon what individual children can do and encourage them to try new things. In addition to a comprehensive curriculum, The Goddard School provides a variety of enrichment programs to enhance each child’s learning experience. In each classroom, teachers develop lesson plans and create an atmosphere where children can learn and gain the skills that will guide them toward future academic success. They also introduce STEAM concepts (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) early on to help children developing a strong foundation for their education and a passion for STEAM learning. The program is specially designed to encourage creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking, which are 21st century skills.

Sami Abouassaad, the new owner of the school in Spring, recognizes the importance of a safe and nurturing learning environment for young children. He is happy to be able provide Goddard’s outstanding program to the children in the community. “I am excited and proud to be apart of Goddard and am committed to providing the highest quality preschool experience for the children in the neighborhood,” says Sami. To learn more about the Goddard School located 8727 Eastloch Drive in Spring, please call (281) 251-4507 and ask for Sami Abouassaad, or visit the website at: houston/spring-eastloch-drive-tx.

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Follow these

child safey seat regulations under the age of 8 and a height of 57 inches may move to a belt-positioning booster seat. Once children grow taller than 57 inches or reach age 8, it is safe for them to ride in properly secured seat belts.



rotecting young children in automobiles should be of the utmost importance for parents when on the road. Studies have shown that children who are seated in age- and size-appropriate vehicle restraint systems may be at a significantly lower risk of sustaining serious or fatal injuries during motor vehicle crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Traffic crashes account for the leading cause of death among children in the United States. Because of their diminutive statures, kids who suffer injuries in motor vehicle accidents may fair far worse than adults who suffer similar injuries. While many parents understand the need for proper child safety seats, keeping up-to-date on regulations can be challenging. However, infant seats, convertible seats and booster seats can mean the difference between minor injuries and fatality in the event of accidents.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Highway Loss Data Institute states that all 50 states and the District of Columbia have child safety seat laws. Child safety seat laws require that children travel in approved child restraints or booster seats, and some permit or require older children to use adult safety belts. For up-to-date regulations regarding specific states or U.S. territories, drivers can consult with their state’s or territory’s Highway Safety Offices. These offices will provide detailed explanations of height and weight limits and when children can be moved between seats. For example, in New Jersey, children under 2 years of age and under 30 pounds must ride in rear-facing infant seats. Children who are under 40 pounds and up to 4 years of age can be moved to forward-facing seats only if they have exceeded the weight limits of rear-facing seats. Children

By law, Canadian children must be secured in a car seat made for their weight and height. As regulations vary in the provinces and territories, it is essential that drivers read the provincial/territorial regulations for laws in their areas. According to Transport Canada, there are four stages of safety seat usage for children. Stage 1 begins with rear-facing seats placed at a 45-degree angle so that the baby’s head is supported. When the child outgrows the car seat’s weight and height limits, he or she can move on to a forward-facing seat (Stage 2). However, it is best to leave the child rear-facing as long as possible to prevent head injury. Forward-facing seats have harness straps that are more narrow than vehicle seat belts and fit children’s small shoulders. Children should be snugly harnessed. The seat also should be attached to the vehicle’s Universal Anchorage System (UAS) so that the seat cannot move more than one inch (25 centimeters) in any direction. Booster seats are the next stage (3). High-backed booster seats provide more support than backless seats. Booster seats should be used as long as possible, until children outgrow the height and weight for the seat. Even then, another booster seat may be necessary before straight seatbelt use – which is Stage 4. Proper safety seat use reduces the propensity for child injuries.

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How first time parents can cope What are the symptoms of colic?

When does colic begin?

PREDICTABLE PERIODS OF FUSSINESS: Babies who have fussy periods each day during similar time frames may be experiencing colic. The AAP notes that these periods of fussiness are particularly common among babies with colic between the hours of 6 p.m. and midnight.

HOW TO HANDLE A BABY WITH COLIC: The AAP recommends that parents who suspect their baby has colic first consult their pediatricians to confirm that the baby’s crying is not linked to a serious medical condition. Once something more serious has been ruled out, parents can discuss multiple topics with their pediatricians:

Babies tend to be finicky, so those that are fussy are not necessarily dealing with colic. But when healthy babies who are well-fed experience the following symptoms, colic might be the culprit.


irst-time parents face many challenges upon bringing their new babies home. One of the more frustrating challenges new parents may face is colic, a confusing condition that can be uncomfortable for both parents and their babies.

What is colic?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, roughly 20 percent of all babies will develop colic, a condition in which children may cry inconsolably, scream, extend or pull up their legs, and pass gas. When a baby develops colic, the causes of which are unknown, his or her stomach may be enlarged or distended with gas.

with colic

INTENSE OR INCONSOLABLE CRYING: The Mayo Clinic says babies with colic may experience intense, high-pitched crying that sounds distressed. During these bouts of crying, babies’ faces may be flushed, and it may be nearly impossible for parents to console their babies. INEXPLICABLE CRYING: Babies tend to cry when they are hungry and when they have soiled themselves. But babies with colic will cry for no apparent reason. CHANGES IN POSTURE: During a colic episode, babies’ legs may curl up and they may clench their fists. Abdominal muscles also may tighten during colic episodes.

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Babies with colic will typically begin to exhibit symptoms within a few weeks of being born. While the condition is frustrating for parents and babies, colic often improves by three months of age.

NURSING: Mothers who are nursing may try eliminating potentially irritating products, such as caffeine, onions and cabbage, from their diets. FORMULA: The AAP suggests parents discuss protein hydrolysate formulas with their pediatricians if food sensitivity is causing the discomfort. PACIFIERS: Pacifiers may provide instant relief from colic to some babies, while others may refuse pacifiers outright. More information about colic is available at

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The 25 Best Dog-Friendly Restaurants In Town

Bar Louie

24 Waterway Ave., The Woodlands, TX 77380 (832) 996-4050

Barnaby’s Cafe

1701 S Shepherd Dr (at West Gray), Houston, TX 77019 (713) 520-5131

Becks Prime

The Woodlands 2120 Buckthorne Pl., The Woodlands, TX 77380 (281) 367-3600

Bubba’s Texas Burger Shack

5230 Westpark Dr., Houston, TX 77056 (713) 661-1622

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream 7939 Louetta Rd., Spring, TX 77379

C & D Burger Shoppe

10608 Fuqua, Houston, TX 77089 (281) 481-8606

Cloud 10 Creamery 5216 Morningside Dr (Bolsover St), Houston, TX 77005 (713) 434-6129


3422 N Shepherd Dr (34th Street), Houston, TX 77018 (713) 802-0410

Craft Grill

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8800 Six Pines Dr. The Woodlands, TX 77380 (281) 364-9595

Down The Street 5746 Larkin St (Sherwin St), Houston, TX 77007 (713) 880-3508

Giacomo’s cibo e vino

Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette 4224 San Felipe St (Mid Lane), Houston, TX 77027 (713) 622-1010

Pallotta’s Mexican Grill 2211 Rayford Rd., Spring TX 77386 (281) 362-1114

Pit Master BBQ

3215 Westheimer Rd (at Bammel Ln.), Houston, TX 77098 (713) 522-1934

343 Sawdust Rd. Spring, TX 77380 (281) 419-3644

Kelvin Arms

Public House Heights

2424 Dunstan Rd (Kelvin), Houston, TX 77005 (713) 528-5002

Mellow Mushroom 16000 Stuebner Airline Rd., Spring TX 77379 (832) 698-8888

2802 White Oak Dr (at Studemont St), Houston, TX 77007 (713) 880-2337

Rudy’s Grill and Cantina 11760 Grant Rd., Cypress, TX 77429 (281) 370-9766

Ruggles Green 2501 Research Forest Dr., The Woodlands 77381 (281) 292-4515

Three Brothers Bakery

4606 Washington Ave (Fowler), Houston, TX 77007 (713) 522-2253

The Goose’s Acre Bistro & Irish Pub 21 Waterway Ave. # 140, The Woodlands, TX 77380 (281) 466-1502

Tiny Boxwoods

3614 W Alabama St (Saint St), Houston, TX 77027 (713) 622-4224

Tsukiji Japanese 24 Waterway Ave #100, The Woodlands, TX 77380 (281) 298-1888

West Alabama Ice House

1919 W Alabama St (at McDuffie St.), Houston, TX 77098 (713) 528-6874

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Best Watering Holes In Texas Looking for a place to cool off this Summer?

Here are some pretty chill road trip destinations for the whole family. Jacob’s Well

221 Wood Acre Drive. Wimberley, TX 78676 Reservation are required for swimming access $9.00 Per Adult $5.00 Per Person (Children 5-12 years) FREE for Children under 4 years Jacob’s Well swimming hole is situated over an artesian spring fed by the Trinity Aquifer. The aquifer is actually 140 feet below the water’s surface, and the well leads to one of the Lone Star State’s biggest underwater cave systems.

Hamilton Pool

Dripping Spring, TX 78620 Must make reservation prior to swimming Park Fee: $15 per vehicle Hamilton pool is a magnificent swimming hole that lies beneath a gorgeous 40-foot waterfall. The intimate grotto and accompanying pool were formed when an underground river caved in after millennia of erosion. If you are looking to mix fun with a backdrop straight out of National Geographic Magazine, Hamilton Pool is your place for a swim.

Hippie Hollow

7000 Comanche Trail, Austin, TX 78732 Park Fee: $15 per vehicle Hippie Hollow is Lake Travis’ famous “clothing optional” swimming hole. If you’re looking for true aquatic freedom, Hippie Hollow is your spot. Just don’t look to close, because there really are nude hippies in live 3D.

Krause Springs

404 Krause Spring Rd, Spicewood, TX 78669 Day Guests: $8 per Adult (12+ years) $5 per Child (4-11 years) FREE for Children under 4 years A well-known camping & swimming site located in the beautiful Hill Country of Texas. It is located in Spicewood, Texas approximately 30 miles west of Austin. The 115 acre property is listed on the National Registry of Historical Sites and has been privately owned by the Krause Family for over 50 years. Krause Springs has many natural sites to explore. There are 32 springs on the property, and several feed the manmade pool and the natural pool which flows into Lake Travis. It’s a refreshing treat to swim in the Springs during the hot summers of Texas!

Balmorhea State Park Swimming Pool

Toyahvale, TX 79786 $7 Adult: Daily FREE for Children under 12 years If you happen to be driving 60 miles west of Fort Stockton and find yourself desiring a nice way to cool down, you’ll be in luck. You’d be around the corner from Balmorhea State Park; the world’s largest spring fed pool. Not only is it huge, it’s in the middle of the desert. Along with providing humans 72 degree water, year-round, it’s home to fish, turtles, and various other creatures.There are even retro motor-court style cabins for folks who’d like to spend a few days at the park. continued

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FRIO RIVER Frio River at Garner State Park

234 RR 1050, Concan, TX 78838 $8.00 Adult (13 years and older) FREE for Children under 12 years Garner State Park is a great place to visit for a swim or hike, or to enjoy a relaxing weekend. With 2.9 miles of Frio River winding through 1,774 acres of scenic Hill Country terrain, the park offers lots to see and do! Swim in the Frio River or float its waters on an inner tube, operate a paddleboat, and hike 11 miles of scenic trails. You can also camp, study nature, picnic, canoe, fish, play miniature golf, geocache and ride bikes. And, of course, you can dance.

Boykin Springs Recreation Area, near Jasper

Angelina National Forest, Zavalla, TX 75980 Located in the heart of east Texas, the 153,179-acre Angelina National Forest is located in Angelina, Nacogdoches, San Augustine and Jasper counties. The forest lies in the Neches River Basin and on the north and south shores of Sam Rayburn Reservoir, a 114,500-acre lake on the Angelina River formed by the construction of Sam Rayburn Dam in the early 1960’s.

Inks Lake-Devil’s Waterhole

3630 Park Rd 4 W, Burnet, TX 78611 $6.00 Adult: Daily FREE for Children under 12 years If you want to get out of town a little farther, and prefer to dodge the tubing crowd south of Austin, head northwest to Inks Lake. Here you’ll find more of a rural Texan lake culture. This place is a little quieter, slower, not quite as cosmopolitan, and still plenty of fun for the family. Rent boats, swim, fish and even take a winery tour at nearby Fall Creek Vineyards while you’re in the area. Nowadays, droughts are a big factor in whether or not you’ll enjoy watering holes in a particular area. The cliffs are fun to jump off of for those of you who aren’t afraid of heights. Aside from the swimming hole, there’s plenty to do in the park for all you that like fishing, hiking, and camping.

WINDY POINT Bob Wentz Park – Windy Point

7144 Comanche Trail, Austin, TX 78732 Park Fee: $10 per vehicle Lounging with the kids by the shoreline, scuba diving, and windsurfing—especially windsurfing—all work perfectly at Windy Point. Although it is populated in summer, it’s a big park, so there’s plenty of parking and lots of space for everyone.

Deep Eddy Pool

401 Deep Eddy Drive, Austin, 78703 $8.00 Adult (18-62 years) $4.00 Junior (12-17 years) $3.00 Child (1-11 years) If you’re looking for a traditional public pool experience in the heart of Austin, Deep Eddy is it. Having been around for 100 years, it’s the oldest public pool in Texas. Today, it’s a super popular swimming hole operated by the City of Austin and featuring lots of fun events throughout the summer. For instance, they’ve got Splash Party Movie Nights when they show films on an inflatable screen. Photos courtesy of: Hamilton Pool: Terry Perry Krause Springs: Brian P. Barnes Frio River: Manuel Oblitas Bob Wentz Park-Windy Point:

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Cy Woods NASA 1: Dr. Mark Henry, CFISD superintendent, signs a student-created locker for the NASA HUNCH program at Cypress Woods High School on April 13th. Photo by Teresa Homsi, Cypress Woods HS

Superintendent Dr. Mark Henry visited Cypress Woods High School to sign a student-built locker that will be sent to the International Space Station. The locker was created by Cy Woods HUNCH (High school students United with NASA to Create Hardware) students: senior Owen Theeck, junior Mason Kubecka and senior Trace Burton. HUNCH is a project-based learning program which provides students with drawings to reproduce and create hardware. The HUNCH program also extends to culinary and other family consumer science programs.

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According to NASA’s HUNCH director Stacy Hale, “I have about 90 school districts and 27 different states that participate in HUNCH. We’ve had over 2,400 students this year alone be part of the HUNCH program.” The locker was a built-to-print project, meaning it had a set design drawing. Burton built the knobs to open/close the locker, the sleeves for the screws and the seals. Theeck worked as a designer and traced the parts. Kubecka made the top and bottom panels and the locker door. Overall, the students have been working on the project for about two years, making 21 lockers. “It feels really accomplished to be able to say your signature’s up in space, not many people get to say that, especially at our age,” Theeck said. Along with Dr. Henry, the students, teachers involved and school administration also took part in signing the locker. “I’m extremely honored and proud of these great teachers, sponsors and students,” Dr. Henry said. “I’m proud, just like when I see a great choir or a great athletic team, and I see all of these smart minds, doing these great things. I’m proud to be a small part of it. It’s an excellent job and my name will be in space, who would have thought that?”

Cy Woods NASA 2: Dr. Mark Henry, CFISD superintendent, speaks to senior Owen Theeck after signing a NASA HUNCH locker on April 13 that will be sent to the International Space Station. Photo by Teresa Homsi, Cypress Woods HS

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Cy Woods NASA 3: Cypress Woods students and staff hold up the locker created in the NASA HUNCH program that will go to the International Space Station. Pictured, left to right, are teacher Donald Bennett, senior Trace Burton, senior Owen Theeck, junior Mason Kubecka and teacher Steven Britt. Photo by Teresa Homsi, Cypress Woods HS

Cy Woods NASA 4: Signatures from CFISD representatives including Superintendent Dr. Mark Henry and Cypress Woods students adorn a NASA HUNCH locker destined for the International Space Station. Photo by Teresa Homsi, Cypress Woods HS

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The Benefits of Umbrella Insurance Insurance policies come in various forms. There is a type of insurance to cover everything from motor vehicles to personal health to apartment dwellings. While the majority of people understand the importance of insuring their homes and cars, many may not explore the benefits of a different type of insurance: umbrella coverage. Unlike other types of insurance that only offer one specific coverage, umbrella insurance is a single policy that covers various aspects of a person’s life. An umbrella policy can fill in the gaps where liability limits come into play with other insurance policies, keeping a person protected regardless of deductibles and other assets. According to the financial resource Money Crashers, umbrella insurance is a type of liability insurance. Its main purpose is to protect policy holders in the event of lawsuits. The umbrella policy will provide additional coverage against bodily injury liability claims and property dam-

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age liability claims. These policies also provide broader forms of coverage and can help cover some legal fees, if necessary. Trusted Choice Independent Insurance Agents says umbrella insurance is important because it can prevent financial ruin in the case of an accident.

The amount of umbrella coverage a person may need depends on how much that person is worth. Prospective policy holders can calculate their total assets and then take out policies in that amount or more to protect their net worth. Depending on the insurance company, umbrella policies range anywhere from $1 to $10 million. Coverage typically starts in the range of $150 to $200 for a $1 million policy. What’s more, some insurance companies will not issue an umbrella policy unless the insured already has an automotive or home policy with them – and one that maintains the standard amount of liability in those other policies. When reviewing umbrella policies, it’s also wise to think ahead to future income and how one’s assets may grow. Adjust policies to account for inferred earnings or other expected assets. Learn more about umbrella policies that can offer above-and-beyond protection by speaking with a trusted insurance agent.

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Pros and cons of bed


any couples sleep in the same bed as their partners, although there are plenty of couples who attest to the benefits of sleeping separately. When children are introduced into the family, sleeping arrangements may be revised once more. Some parents opt to have their child share their same bed space, while others feel children should be trained early to enjoy their own beds. The following is a look at the pros and cons of bed sharing.


Proponents of bed sharing say that it strengthens the emotional bond between parent and child. Some studies suggest


that the proximity to a parent may also help an infant’s immature nervous system learn to self-regulate during sleep and lessen anxiety. Many mothers sleep with their children to facilitate feedings. It can make nighttime breastfeeding more convenient and also may help a mother’s milk production increase with more frequent nighttime breastfeeding. Bed sharing is the norm in many countries outside of North America. Children in Asia sometimes co-sleep with their parents into adolescence. Japan has one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world. When sleeping side-by-side, a baby may synchronize breathing and heart rates with his or her parents. The familiar warmth of a parent also can naturally calm a baby. For those who decide to share a bed, certain safety precautions can help remove risk. • Sleep on a firm mattress with a minimal amount of bed linens. • Tie up long hair and remove jewelry. • Do not drink alcohol or take drugs before bed, as these can effect depth of slumber. • Consider a co-sleeper crib, which attaches to the bed so the child is safer.


There are many things to consider before sharing a bed with a baby, and safety is of the utmost concern when doing so. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises that babies should sleep in the same room as their parents for the first six months, or up to a year, of life, but not in the same bed, as adults may unknowingly trap a baby in the linens or in the space between the bed and wall. Parents also may roll over onto the child if they are sharing a bed. Some studies also suggest co-sleeping increases the risk of SIDS. Parents also must consider the potential for nighttime wakings before sharing their beds with children. Children who share a bed with their parents, whether infants or toddlers, may cause parents to spend extra time awake. This is especially true for light sleepers who can be awakened by the slightest sounds or movements. Some parenting experts also say that sleeping with a child may result in reduced opportunities for self-soothing. Super-attentive parents may pick up or feed the baby when it’s not necessary to do so. Also, a child who requires night-time parental comfort to sleep may then require it in the daytime to nap as well.

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The 11 Components of Discipline Tips from Master Josh Arcemont 1. COMMITMENT – Commitment is when you make a promise to yourself that you can not break and take action. Without commitment you can’t have discipline and without discipline we cannot have commitment. 2. PUNCTUALLITY – Punctuality is being on time. Disciplined people are always on time and use time to their advantage. 3. GOALS – To have goals it to wake up everyday with the end in mind. Disciplined people are driven by their goals. 4. FOCUS – Focus is when you direct all of your attention and energy to something particular. People with discipline are able to maintain their focus on what is important. 5. PERSISTANCE – persistence is to continue to attempt to conquer our goals, no matter what. Disciplined people have the persistence to try again and again, over and over, a million times, if necessary, until their goal is met. 6. DETERMINATION – Determination is have the conviction that we will somehow accomplish what we want. Disciplined people show determination in the pursuit of their goals.

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7. RESPONSIBILITY – Responsibility is to hold ourselves accountable for our own actions and our results. People with discipline always take responsibility for what they do. 8. COURAGE – Courage is having the strength to confront our fears. Disciplined people have the courage to confront any circumstance and never give up.” 9. FITNESS – Fitness is taking care of our bodies and staying in good shape. Disciplined people take care of their bodies, understanding that being fit will always help them in succeed and live our best life.” 10. VISION – Vision is having the ability to see in our minds what se are committed to achieving. Disciplines people are able to focus on their vision. 11. PASSION – Passion is an incredibly intense feeling about something. People with discipline have great passion for reaching their goals and helping people.

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Last August they hired Passion Pools to install a swimming pool and, nine months later, it’s still not done. With over $45,000 already sunk into to this money pit, the family was at a loss on what to do. Passion Pools would not return their calls and had walked away from the job. Rob Prall the owner of Liquid Extreme saw the news report on KPRC 2 and was just disgusted that someone in his industry would do this. So Rob called the owners of the home Jennifer and Bill Grissom and offered to finish up the project knowing that all the profit from the job has already long gone. “It’s rare that another contractor will take up a project and help the homeowners out. I just think he’s an answer to my prayers,” Jennifer Grissom said. Spring Klein Magazine would like to thank Rob Prall the owner of Liquid Extreme Pools for both his outstanding Integrity and his kindness to the people in our community.

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