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VOLUME 17, ISSUE 9 November 2017


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Hi Friends!

It's November, and boy am I looking forward to Thanksgiving! All year long, my mom makes sure I eat healthy, meaning mostly vegetables and fruit. Thanksgiving is one day a year I get to eat whatever I want, so I can't wait for her cornbread dressing and sweet potato pie! YUM! This year, my family and I are planning to have a gratitude challenge. Beginning Nov 1, we are going to begin each day naming one thing for which we are grateful, like our good health, clean air, healthy food and/or clean water to drink. By Thanksgiving day, we will have named 23 things and formed a new habit! Beginning each day with gratitude helps us focus on the here and NOW which is where our bliss and fulfillment hang out. Wanna join us for this challenge? I'm going to use my calendar in this magazine (page 12) and place a sticker on each day we get up and make gratitude the first thing we do. Thanksgiving day celebration will be our reward for a healthy new habit formed which can help us feel happier, and the longer we practice it, the happier we become. What are you grateful for? Go to my Pen Pal tutorial on page 18 for instructions on how to write to me using the US Postal service. If we like your letter, we may publish it in an upcoming issue! Plus, you'll get a letter and sticker back from ME! I'm grateful for our sponsors who help make this magazine FREE to tens of thousands of families in 25 cities in the Mid South. Thanks for reading a playing! I appreciate YOU who inspire me and my team to keep this publication in circulation! Much gratitude, Jabberblabber

Editor's note: For over 8 years, "Be My Pen Pal" has been a popular and regular feature in Jabberblabber Magazine. Children from all over the Mid-South write letters to Jabberblabber on a regular basis. Our purpose is to improve letter-writing skills as well as promote the use of language, sentence structure, penmanship and postal practices of the US Mail. The format we provide begins with "Dear Jabberblabber" and ends with "Sincerely" with space in between for children to write a letter. Children also send letters written on their own paper. When Jabberblabber receives mail, he reads each one aloud to his team. Then, they handwrite letters back to each child and include a nice shiny sticker! Here are just a few of the many letters he receives on a daily basis:

Dear Jabberblabber, Can I have 200 Jabberblabbers for my next birthday? I love you so much. from Raziyah, age 7, Memphis, TN

Dear Jabberblabber, It's me Eden. I wrote you before. But now I'm older. I am 8 years old I have a friend named Moira and my teacher is Dr. Bradfield. I love writing to you!Now I share a room with my sister Morgan. She wrote to you too. She's a big fan! Sincerely, Eden McCown, age 8, Memphis, TN

Dear Jabberblabber, Thank you for my letter! I love the sticker. It was so kind of you to send it to me. I had the best summer! I went to Mackinac Island! I loved it! There are no motorized vehicles allowed. So I walked, rode carriages and rode bikes. And then I walked, rode bikes and rode carriages some more.

I stayed in the most beautiful place ever. Guess was mostly green like you! I shopped a little bit there. I got a magnet, a keychain and a bracelet. I hope you consider writing back to me. <3 Mary Thomas, Memphis, TN

Dear Jabberblabber, I loooooooooooooove your magazines. I like your silly days. Thank you for the games and telling everybody to be green. I will never forget your magazines. I will try to see you soon. Sincerely, Muhammad, age 7, Walls, MS




Inspiring Children & Families to Respect the Earth & ALL of its Creatures

Jabberblabber loves brussel sprouts! There’s a bowl of them hidden in this magazine. See if you can help him find it!

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Contributing Writers: Gerard J. Billmeier, Jr., M.D. & Uele Siebert Sponsorship Sales: Theresa Andreuccetti and Sam Dunn Volunteers: Angela Andreuccetti and Donna Gafford Jabberblabber Intern: Kaelen Felix


How To Start Each Day With A Grateful Heart

Now that Halloween is over, 'tis the season to be thankful! Thanksgiving is a time for family gatherings and overeating until you are as stuffed as a turkey, but it is also a time designated to outwardly giving thanks. One of the greatest treasures in life is the ability to express to those around you what you are thankful for with a genuine and grateful heart. Reflecting on the things you are grateful for, even the littlest of things, can brighten even the darkest of days. Here are some things to be grateful for this Thanksgiving season, and always. 1. The people in your life. This is probably one of the easiest things to be thankful for. As humans, we have an innate desire to be close to those we care about. We are put on this Earth to form relationships with others. Whether it is family, friends, peers, or someone you admire from afar, being grateful for the people who surround you on your life‛s journey is important to you, and expressing it is important to them. 2. The places you have visited. Whether it is your hometown, your college campus, a beautiful place you have traveled to or the coffee house you frequent, it is nice to be thankful for the places you spend your time. 3. The simple things. A cute puppy that passes you on the street, beautiful flowers that catch your eye, a song that causes you to happy dance, your favorite food or anything that makes you smile -- these are things that you won‛t necessarily spend time thinking about, but especially during Thanksgiving season it‛s nice to take time to stop and smell the roses. The simple things in life can be the best if you let them. It‛s not happy people who are thankful, but thankful people who are happy.

Color the drawing below. Use lots of creativity while choosing your colors.


November 2017

SEND in your masterpiece for the

UCOLORIT random drawing!

Make sure to follow all directions! The winner will receive a Jabberblabber bookmark, folder and sticker. The winner will be announced in February 2018!

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Complete the form and mail to: Jabberblabber 415 South Front, #114 Memphis, TN 38103

Congratulations to the August winner: Alexandria Jones, Memphis TN, age 9





by Uele Siebert

While busy schedules can make coordinating family time a challenge, most families make it a priority to gather together for meals, a time when we slow down to enjoy good company and replenishing nourishment. Gathering together for meals is a tradition that spans cultures and generations, as the preparation of food is often a means of expressing affection and gratitude for who and what we love and appreciate. Whether it is a simple dinner for two or a banquet for many, taking the time to share a meal together is an opportunity to create memorable exchanges through meaningful dialogue in an enjoyable atmosphere.

Since mealtime may be one of the few times in a given day that our lives intersect, we want to ensure that we are providing our families the highest quality foods available. Sometimes it can be a challenge for families to make informed dietary choices, particularly when scientific recommendations seems to change on a weekly basis. However, one thing we know for sure is the importance of fruits and vegetables as nutritional powerhouses in any diet, a fact that continues to be broadly supported by science. No matter what your family’s dietary preferences are, all recommendations are for abundant and diverse plant based foods as the bulk of one’s diet, which provide many of the vitamins and minerals our bodies require for optimal functioning. Additionally, receiving the nutrition we need from our food can virtually eliminate the need for supplements in most healthy individuals. An added benefit of eating a diet rich in plant based foods is the ample variety of choices. Not only are fruits and vegetables nutritious, but all of their beautiful shapes and colors can turn mealtime into an artist’s palette! With so many options to choose from, creating delicious, fun, and flavorful dishes can easily become a family affair. The next time you’re at the grocery store, have each family member choose the fruit and/or vegetable of their choice. Then, create a meal at home using only the items chosen to make a masterpiece. By all means, make mealtime a celebration and play with your food!


Uele Siebert is the mother of one and an advocate for attachment parenting. Raised on Big Blue Marble, she has a Bachelor’s Degree in Multicultural Studies from the University of Memphis, and is passionate about cultural relevance and representations in education and media. Uele honed her love of the homegrown as former co-owner of Mothersville, and owner of Groovy Foods. She is now an advisory board member of Jabberblabber Magazine.

Parents and Kids



By Gerard J. Billmeier, Jr., M.D., FAAP

Autumn brings us some welcome cooler weather, but recurring risk for fall and winter diseases. One major disease that can be avoided is the flu. Flu, or influenza, is a potentially serious viral disease characterized by fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, sore throat and a dry cough.

Now that the 2017-2018 influenza season is imminent, the Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated its recommendations for the flu vaccine. See your child's pediatrician or family physician soon if the child has not yet begun this year's vaccine protection.

On average, flu can last a week or more. Children under age 5 years and those with chronic health problems such as asthma, compromised immune systems or any debilitating condition, are at greater risk and even fatal outcomes can result.

Who should receive the flu shot?

All children over 6 months of age should be immunized against influenza every year.

How many shots will my child need? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all children ages 6 months to 8 years receive 2 doses of influenza vaccine given 4 weeks apart during their first season. Thereafter, only one shot per year is needed. Children age 9 years and beyond only require one dose annually. What about side effects from the flu shot?

safe for children with egg allergy according to the AAP.

Some soreness at the injection site may occur, but the shot will not cause the flu. The flu vaccine is

NOTE: The nasal spray flu vaccine (FluMist) is not an option this year. The nasal spray has been found less effective in protecting people from certain influenza viruses. Your child must have the injectable vaccine to be protected.

To avoid flu in your family this season follow these suggestions: • Get the flu shot as early as possible beginning in October or November.

• For children under age 9, get a booster shot if they are receiving the vaccine for the first time. • Should symptoms of flu arise, contact your pediatrician for advice on oral antiviral medication.

And always avoid aspirin and aspirin-containing products in any child having flu symptoms.


Source: American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), October 2017








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Answer to the Veggie Puzzle on page 6: Mashed Potatoes Field Peas Lima Beans Italian Spinach Coleslaw Turnip Greens Tomatoes Sweet Potato The Cupboard has the freshest veggies in town!

Answers to JabberGenius on page 20:




of the month!

1. Why did the ice cream truck break down?

2. What did the newspaper say to the ice cream?

3. How do astronauts eat their ice cream? answers on page 22

November 2017  

Children's magazine