Dallas Parent, February 2017

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ell, welcome to February! Our Baby & Maternity issue; the first of 2 issues each year. Nothing is more important that being prepared for bringing your new baby home. You have about 40 weeks to prepare; picking a name, planning the nursery, the perfect crib and bassinet, the different stages of clothing (which change quicker than you can ever imagine), breastfeeding or bottle feeding and more! My opinion, as a health professional, “if you can breastfeed, do breastfeed.” It truly is best for babies and a bonus is that it’s best for a mom’s recovery too! Read up on the benefits and what to expect. That first latch is not always comfortable, but, you can be assured your first milk is considered “liquid gold.” The nutrients and antibodies in Colostrum will protect your baby from infections right from the beginning of life. It also helps your newborn’s digestive system to grow and function properly. So go get those special nursing bras and nursing sleepwear and be prepared. Our feature article about Older Moms helping New Moms is an inspiring read that may have you looking for some attention from an experienced mom. This is a true story, and everyone loves to read a true story. This month is also Dental Health month. It you have been slacking in the care of your teeth and gums be inspired to create better habits. Beware moms; pregnancy and its hormonal changes increase the risk of oral health problems, like gum disease (periodontitis). Ask your dentist about this. And of course, have a Happy Valentine’s Day! A day for love and friendship and a great time to show those you love how you feel.

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dark chocolate

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Oh, the benefits of dark chocolate! While you certainly shouldn’t overindulge, one study says that consuming dark chocolate (30g = to 1 square) daily, while pregnant, could help in the improvement of placental function and the reduction of preeclampsia. And there’s more - new studies keep coming out giving us more reasons to love dark chocolate. One study suggests dark chocolate positively improves cognitive performance. Researchers think it has something to do with the flavanols contained in cocoa that improve blood flow to the brain. So, Bring on Valentine’s Day and those heart shaped boxes of cognitive and pregnancy goodness!

this is your brain... It’s true, pregnancy changes you, but one study observed how pregnancy changes your brain, specifically the area responsible for social cognition (how you perceive other people’s feelings). Apparently pregnancy causes a loss of gray matter in that area. But that’s not a bad thing, because the more gray matter lost, the more attachment a mother demonstrated toward her baby. Those good ol’ hormones are at it again. This time they’re paring down on certain areas to make those associated with mothering more efficient (i.e. recognizing the needs of your infant). In case you’re wondering, these changes remained for at least two years after delivery.

Granted every baby is different, but one study found that babies who were breastfed exclusively for six months were 72% less likely to have misaligned teeth. Note that pacifier use can cancel some of the breastfeeding dental benefit.

baby’s gums

Know that breastfed babies can still get cavities, so be sure to wipe your baby’s gums with a clean, moist cloth everyday starting a few days after birth. Then brush twice a day with a tiny amount of toothpaste as soon as the first tooth emerges.

SUMMER CAMP FRIENDSHIPS Learning to make new friends is one of the best outcomes for kids who attend camp. Not only are they forced to meet new people (who are different from them), they get to break out of stereotypes and branch out from their normal circle of friends. In the process, they discover new things about themselves. Plus, friendships made at camp are often some of the best relationships children will have. There’s a lot of bonding that goes on over their shared experiences.

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dear hubby... let’s talk. Got something to say? Get to the point. Husbands don’t mean to be difficult, they just process information differently. You’ll get a better response if you give him the bottom line first, then go back and fill in the details. If you start from the beginning and work up to the point, you’ll likely lose him before you get there. It also helps to let him know ahead of time if you’re looking for feedback or just wanting to talk. Happy Valentine’s Day all you lovebirds!


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q&a Sam, Dad of 3 Q. When my child falls and hits their head, how do I know if I need to take him/her to the emergency room?

A. With blows to the head, the key to knowing when to seek medical care is watching your child closely. When they hit their head, did they lose consciousness or go limp briefly? Did they soon start vomiting or seem uncoordinated and off balance? These are signs that they need to immediately be seen by their primary care doctor or an ER physician. It’s also important to remember that signs of a concussion may not appear for several days after the blow, so keep a close eye on them and when in doubt, seek medical care. With head injuries, you can never be too careful. Dr. Marco Coppola | Board Certified in Emergency Medicine Family ER + Urgent Care in Irving

Amy, mom of 1 Q. My child is in 2nd grade and keeps asking if she can go to camp. Her best friend will be attending an away camp and I’m just not ready for that.

A. Amy, it’s okay. This is a family decision and everyone needs to be onboard. There are so many great local camps that your 2nd grader can enjoy. Camps have a special type of community where kids come together to have fun. Even at day camps your child will develop a sense of independence as they try new adventures. She will also learn new social skills, like conflict resolution, communication, a feeling of connectedness to others. Campers also receive positive feedback from counselors and new friends when they achieve an accomplishment. Take a look at the camps that are featured in our publication and our online Summer Camp Directory! Mary Ellen, RDN | Your Favorite Editor

Melanie, mom of one Q. Is it true that it’s important to bring an infant to swim lessons?

A. Yes! Newborns are fresh from the aquatic environment of the womb and don’t yet know they are land animals, so this is a perfect time to introduce them to the water! As they become more mobile, and more independent, their safety around water becomes increasingly important. Tragically, drowning is the number one cause of unintentional death of children (1-5 yrs) in this Country. A 2009 study by the Institute of Child Health & Human Development found that participation in formal swimming lessons showed an 88 percent reduction in the risk of drowning in 1-4 year-old children. It’s recommended to teach your child early water safety along with infant swimming lessons. Not only will they become safer around water, but they’ll also begin to develop a life-long love for swimming! Emily Smith | Director | Emler Swim School

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My sister-in-law has recommended that I save my baby’s umbilical cord blood. Could banking his cord blood help my other child, age 2 years, if needed? A. Yes! A full sibling has a 25 percent chance of being a perfect match and parents are considered a half match to their child because they received half of their genetic information from each parent. The blood in the umbilical cord is a rich source of stem cells and other important cells. The blood that is left over after the cord is cut can be collected by your healthcare provider in the minutes following birth and stored in cryogenic storage at a cord blood bank for future use by your child or possibly other family members. Stem cells have the capacity to correct inherited enzyme deficiencies in children, and stem cell transplants are used on patients following chemotherapy or radiation treatments. Learn more at www.CariCord.com or see ad on page 11.


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BY DR. FRED ABELES

5 Signs Your Headache May Be Caused By

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early everyone on occasion experiences a throbbing headache that interferes with concentration at work or school, or saps the joy from the day. But sometimes the source of that headache can be surprising. For many people, the pain that emanates from the head can be traced back to their teeth, their bite relationship and the alignment of the lower jaw. “Pain doesn’t happen randomly or because of bad luck,” says Dr. Fred Abeles, author of the book “Break Away: The New Method for Treating Chronic Headaches, Migraines and TMJ Without Medication.” “There’s a cause and effect to almost everything in the human body.” With many headaches, the cause is the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, the place at the front of the ear where the lower jaw and the temporal bone on the side of the head meet. Sometimes the bite and the lower jaw are out of alignment, putting additional strain on muscles, which leads to the headaches. And for many, TMJ headaches aren’t going away because people try to mask the pain with medication rather than correct the underlying cause. But how do you know a headache is caused by TMJ? These are some of the warning signs.

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Your jaw clicks or pops. Any joint in your body should work silently and seamlessly. If your jaw clicks or pops when you open or close it, it’s a clear sign that the lower half of the joint is not in the proper position. Even if the popping and clicking don’t produce pain, he says, the muscles that have to support and stabilize the joint become fatigued and will produce pain.

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Your bite feels off. The TMJ is the only joint in the human body that has 28 teeth stuck between the opening and closing motion of the joint to complicate things. Every other joint is completely controlled by muscles, and the position of the joint, its movement and range of motion are mediated by muscle. The TMJ’s position is dictated by where our teeth come together in our bite. So if your bite feels off or your teeth don’t fit together well, there’s a good chance your TMJ joints are off, too.

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You have pain around your forehead, temples, back of head or radiating down your neck. Ninety percent of pain comes from muscle. If your muscles are not functioning well because of fatigue from supporting one or both of your TMJ joints in an improper position, they produce pain. It’s much like when you exercise or work hard and feel

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muscle pain later. The only difference is that TMJ is more subtle and chronic.

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You have forward head posture. Our heads are supposed to be centered over our shoulders. If yours is in front of your shoulders when you are upright, you have “forward head posture.” That relates to your bite and your airway. The human head weighs about eight to 10 pounds. The farther forward it is off the center axis, the more strain it places on neck muscles and vertebrae.

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You snore. Snoring is a red flag that respiration during sleep is disturbed. Several factors can lead to snoring, but one of the most important is the position of the lower jaw, he says. If your lower jaw is a little too far back, then the tongue is farther back as well. “If the tongue is slightly farther back than optimal it vibrates against our soft palate, closes off our airway and we snore,” Abeles says. The snoring doesn’t cause the headache, but it could be a sign the lower jaw is too far back. As a result, the muscles that support the jaw in an improper position produce the headache pain. SP Dr. Fred Abeles is one of the most sought after TMJ expertswww.FredAbeles.com). He is author of the new book “Break Away: The New Method for Treating Chronic Headaches, Migraines and TMJ Without Medication.”


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stablished in 1968, Camp Olympia is a private, overnight Texas summer camp for boys and girls ages 6-16. Camp Olympia offers one-week, two-week and three-week summer sessions. Campers CHOOSE from over 45 different activities ranging from golf to horseback riding to archery, plus popular lake activities like wakeboarding, waterskiing, water sliding, rocketing, sailing, kayaking and blobbing – a long time camp tradition. Located on the shores of beautiful Lake Livingston in Trinity, Texas, Camp Olympia is the perfect setting for SUMMER FUN, SUN and ADVENTURE! Camp Olympia was founded as a labor of love by Corby Robertson, Jr. and Chris Gilbert. Their goal? To build the best camp in the world. And that is just what they have done! Camp Olympia blends rich camping history with continual growth and exciting additions, making it a summer camp experience like no other. Camp Olympia is honored to have been recognized as one of the “50 Most Amazing Camps in the U.S.” FUN at camp is only second to SAFETY. Camp Olympia has gone above and beyond to demonstrate commitment

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to safety by complying with the accreditation standards of the American Camping Association (ACA) and has an award-winning safety record. Camp Olympia also recognizes that at the heart of every great camp is a great staff, who have the opportunity each day to be role models. Counselors are hired only after a thorough hiring process, and they participate in an extensive training program prior to camp beginning. With a 1 to 4 counselor to camper ratio in each cabin, campers receive individual attention from college age counselors, who are not just fun but also have a heart for making a positive, lasting impact on children. The counselor staff is led by directors that have been with Camp Olympia for over 20 years, who are dedicated to enriching the lives of children through the camp experience. Camp is a place where campers have fun, gain confidence and learn invaluable lessons in responsibility and cooperation, and make life-long friends. Join Camp Olympia this summer to celebrate its “50th FUNtastic Summer!” You won’t want to miss it! Visit campolympia.com to reserve your camper’s bunk!

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Can’t wait until summer for Camp Olympia fun? Join one of their upcoming events to visit with new and current camper families: FEBRUARY 9 Dallas Camper Party at Mattito’s Tex Mex FEBRUARY 10-12 Mom/Son Weekend at Camp MARCH 25 Open House Carnival at Camp Visit campolympia.com for times and details of these events.



Value of Older Moms

“My Friendship With Older Moms Helped Me More Than My Peers Ever Could.”

BY KATHRYN STREETER

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n the beginning, it was a lucky chance I ran into you, Older Mom. I didn’t pick you on purpose, I’m embarrassed to admit. I was expecting our first baby less than a year living in another country. You were the only friend I could find, an older Irish woman with two preschool-aged sons. Pregnant and in a foreign land, I obviously needed a momfriend and you were it. Hand on ballooning belly, I complained I wasn’t ready. “No one is throwing me baby showers!” I said. “What’s that?” You listened and then wagged your finger at the local drugstore a few doors down from where we were having icecream with your kids. “Everything you need is a quick stop. It’s not complicated.” By everything you meant diapers, what else was there to need? End of discussion. I sucked in my breath and had a private palm-to-forehead moment. Even taking into account different cultural practices, your reaction resonated deeply. I trusted you because you had already done this new mom thing plus one. I’m glad I stumbled across you, Older Mom, because since then, I’ve intentionally sought you out. As a younger mom, I felt you had my back. I sensed your veteran Older Mom hand gently pulling along my green one, helping me find my way through the storms of motherhood. In our times together, we traded stories. You dished out counsel, encouragement and general pep-talk. “What do you wish you would have known when you were my age?” Out of this simple question I hoped for answers to better navigate common parenting pitfalls. Faithful friend, you never let me down. Remember that moment, Older Mom, when two-days before a major move, my son appeared at breakfast with a puffy, irritated eye? In my mind came visions of the entire family infected with full-blown cases of conjunctivitis. I was thinking a doctor’s visit or a race to the ER, if necessary. You challenged my assumptions, Older Mom of three adult boys, trotting me down to the drugstore for an antihistamine. The swelling vanished. More than the medication, you deserve my thanks. Later, you made homemade chocolate chip cookies with my kids. They destroyed your kitchen and you didn’t mind, in fact, you laughed. I observed, eyes glowing, because my two didn’t have

grandparents around to do anything of the kind. Thanks for filling in, Older Mom. They haven’t forgotten that day and neither have I. My cookies never turn out so well. You balked when I vowed to charge my tween son $1 each time he refused veggies. Your 70-something retired doctor-husband had never learned to eat his greens. “Your young man needs to know that you’ll love him even if he doesn’t eat his veggies.” I dodged a bullet that day, Older Mom. I’m eternally grateful! “Teen acne. What a bummer part of adolescence.” I sighed and sipped my coffee across from you. But your eyes flared because my comment triggered a memory of a past wrong. Your failure to react swiftly in getting help for your teen intensified his low self-esteem. My teen wasn’t asking to be rescued, but I made a dermatology appointment and off we went. In a few years, our nest will be empty. You share secrets about being a twosome again. With adding sons and daughters-in-laws to your family. Of the anxieties of infertility and miscarriage and finally, grandkids. I listen to you describe the joyful thrill of grandparenting. “Do you want to see pictures?” You whip out your phone. And then in a flash, it happened: I am that Older Mom. I’m stunned, but as a mother of teens, it’s my turn to give back, to offer my Older Mom hand to the next generation of moms. I meet my young friend and her toddler at a park. I watch her; swollen with an 8-month basketball belly, talk about her pending delivery as she swings her giggling son. We walk, pointing to the ducks by the lake and her little guy throws his whole bag of Cheerios at them with one grand flourish, shrieking. I was enjoying myself—it all seemed so pure and simple, this young life I remember of strollers, swings and playgrounds, squealing and feeding ducks. But I know Motherhood is a long road. What’s needed most is the stuff of relationships, not lavish baby showers. One hand reaching to another, this is how we make it, moms. The circle of Older Moms hand-in-hand with young moms, pulling along, cheering, hugging and advising. We’ve got your back, young moms. SP

Kathryn Streeter: Writer, mother, wife. Find her at www.kathrynstreeter.com

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1 | WEDNESDAY Toddler Storytime Lakewood

10:30am. 18 mos-3 yrs. Lakewood Branch Library, 6121 Worth Street, 214-670-1376 www.dallaslibrary.org

Home School Think Tank

10:30am. Homeschoolers will meet Wednesdays in the auditorium to share curriculum and ideas. Dallas West Branch Library, 2332 Singleton Blvd, Dallas 214-670-6445 www. dallaslibrary.org

2 | THURSDAY Bilingual/ Spanish Storytime (Horas de Cuentos)

10:30am. 6 & Under. Stories, songs and rhymes in Spanish. Lakewood Branch Library, 6121 Worth Street 214-670-1376 www.dallaslibrary.org

Stories and More!

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11am. Up to 5 yrs. Texas Discovery Gardens-Fair Park, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, 214-428-7476 www. texasdiscoverygardens.org

3 | FRIDAY Preschool Story Time

10am. 3&4 year olds. Highland Park Library, 4700 Drexel Dr, 214-559-9400 www.hptx.org

Preschool Storytime Downtown

10:30am. 3-6 yrs. Dallas Central Library, 1515 Young St - 214-670-1400 www. dallaslibrary.org

Books and Crafts

10:30am. Lakewood Branch Library, 6121 Worth Street- 214670-1376 www.dallaslibrary.org

DFW Winter Boat Expo

3pm-8pm. Feb.3rd thru 12th. Dallas Market Hall, 2200 Stemmons Freeway 972-2471369 www.dallasboatexpo.com

Rapunzel, Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale 7pm. Casa Manana Theatre, 3101 W Lancaster Ave, Fort Worth 817-322-2272 www. casamanana.org

4 | SATURDAY Hot Chocolate 15k/5k

7:30am. A brisk 15k or 5k run, with inflatables and games \for the kids.Chocolate post-race party. Fair Park-Automobile Building, 1121 1st Avenue www. hotchocolate15k.com

GLAM JAM & Ballerinas Against Bullies Runway Show 10am. Feb 4TH & 5TH. Fashion, Dance and Fun! Great Wolf Lodge, Grapevine

203-923-5317 www. glamjamgirlz.wix.com

DFW Winter Boat Expo

10am-8pm. Dallas Market Hall, 2200 Stemmons Freeway 972-247-1369 www. dallasboatexpo.com

Crafts with Kerri

1-2pm. Join Kerri every Saturday afternoon in the Children’s Center.Take home craft. Dallas Central Library, 1515 Young St. 214-670-1400 www.dallaslibrary.org

Target First Saturdays

10am-5pm. 3-12 yrs. Free admission. Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St, 214-242-5100 www. nashersculpturecenter.org

5 | SUNDAY Penguin Days at the Zoo

9am-4pm. Daily. Visit the African penguins and all of the other animals at the Dallas Zoo for just $7 per person during the months of Feb. The Dallas Zoo, 650 R. L. Thornton Frwy, Dallas 469-554-7500 www.dallaszoo.com

6 | MONDAY Baby Basics Storytime

10:30am. Up to 18mos. For

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babies and their caregivers, learn simple rhymes, songs and books to stimulate infants. Dallas Central Library, 1515 Young St.,214-6701400 www.dallaslibrary.org

7 | TUESDAY Toddler Storytime

10:30am. 18 mos-3yrs. Practice the skills you need to be ready to read. Hear stories, sing songs, jump around and learn. Preston Royal Branch Library, 5626 Royal Lane, Dallas 214-670-7128 www. dallaslibrary.org

Home School Program

10:30am. Each Tuesday. Lakewood Branch Library, 6121 Worth St,214-670-1376 www. dallaslibrary.org

Teen Lounge

5:30pm. Dallas West Branch Library, 2332 Singleton Boulevard, 214-670-6445 www. dallaslibrary.org

8 | WEDNESDAY Toddler Storytime

10:30am. 18 months-3 yrs. Lakewood Branch Library, 6121 Worth Street, 214-670-1376 www. dallaslibrary.org

activities for campers ages 5-12 and their moms. Camp runs through Sun 2/12, $250/pair. Camp Olympia, Trinity,TX 936584-2541 www.campolympia.com. See ad in this issue.

Preschool Storytime

10am. 3 & 4 yrs. Highland Park Library, 4700 Drexel Drive, Highland Park 214-559-9400 www.hptx.org

Preschool Storytime Downtown

10:30am. 3-6 yrs. Get ready for kindergarten. Dallas Central Library, 1515 Young St, Dallas 214670-1400 www.dallaslibrary.org

Books and Crafts

10:30am. A hands-on story time featuring book and crafts following a theme. Lakewood Branch Library, 6121 Worth Street, 214-6701376 www.dallaslibrary.org

Stay and Play

1:30pm. Dallas West Branch Library, 2332 Singleton Boulevard, 214-670-6445 www. dallaslibrary.org

11 | SATURDAY DFW Winter Boat Expo

9 | THURSDAY

10am-8pm. Dallas Market Hall, 2200 Stemmons Freeway, 972247-1369 www.dallasboatexpo.com

Read, Romp, Rhyme: All Ages Storytime

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10:30am. City of Dallas-Audelia Road Branch Library, 10045 Audelia Road,214-670-1350

Bilingual/ Spanish Storytime (Horas de Cuentos)

10:30am. Up to 6 yrs. Stories, songs and rhymes in Spanish to get ready to read! ¡Cuentos, canciones y rímas en español para niños que quieren leer! Para edades de 6 años y menor. Lakewood Branch Library, 6121 Worth Street, 214-670-1376 www. dallaslibrary.org

Camp Olympia Dallas Merit Party

6:30pm. Learn all about Camp Olympia and meet staff, other camp parents and current campers. Win camp prizes and see camp video too. Mattito’s Tex Mex, 3102 Oaklawn, Dallas. www.campolympia. com. See ad in this issue.

Penguin Days at the Zoo

9am-4pm. Daily. $7 per person during the months of Feb. Our gift to you! The Dallas Zoo, 650 R. L. Thornton Frwy 469-554-7500 www.dallaszoo.com

Vintage Valentine Tea

2-4pm. Free. The Irving Heritage Society recreates the Valentine Party of 1914. All are welcome. The Heritage House, 303 S O’Connor Rd. 972-252-3838 www.irvingheritage.com

13 | MONDAY Baby Basics Storytime

10:30am. Up to 18mos. Learn simple rhymes, songs to stimulate infants. Dallas Central Library, 1515 Young St., 214-670-1400 www.dallaslibrary.org

Branch Library, Mesquite www. cityofmesquite.com

Valentines Dinner Cruise On Lake Lewisville 7:30pm. Sail under the stars as you cruise around Lewisville Lake. Pier 121 Marina, 1481 E. Hill Park Road, Lewisville www. visitlewisville.com

15 | WEDNESDAY Toddler Storytime

Stay and Play

1:30pm. Dallas West Branch Library, 2332 Singleton Boulevard, Dallas 214-670-6445 www.dallaslibrary.org

18 | SATURDAY Deep Ellum Outdoor Market

The Young and the Restless Storytime

5pm. Ride or go home! The toughest cowboys go head to head with the rankest bulls in the world. AT&T Stadium, One AT&T Way, Arlington www.stadium. dallascowboys.com/events

10:30am. 1- 2 yrs. There will be age appropriate songs, fingerplays, books and time for parents to interact with each other. Mesquite Main Library, 300 West Grubb Drive, Mesquite, www. cityofmesquite.com

16 | THURSDAY SPARK Dallas Public Hours

10am-4pm. $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Explore our 6,000-ft. Climb, Crawl, Slide Sculpture. Children must be accompanied by an adult. SPARK!, 1409 S. Lamar Street Suite 004, Dallas 214-4217727 www.sparkdallas.org

Bilingual / Spanish Storytime

10:30am. Up to 6 yrs. Stories, songs and rhymes in Spanish. White Rock Hills Branch Library, 9150 Ferguson Rd., Dallas www. dallaslibrary.org

Bilingual/ Spanish Storytime (Horas de Cuentos)

10:30am. Up to 6 yrs. Stories, songs and rhymes in Spanish! ¡Cuentos, canciones y rímas en español para niños que quieren leer! Para edades de 6 años y menor. Lakewood Branch Library, 6121 Worth Street, Dallas 214-6701376 www.dallaslibrary.org

11am-5pm. Local artists, live music, and food trucks in Dallas’ most unique neighborhood. Deep Ellum, 2800 Block of Main St, Dallas 214-785-9285

PBR Iron Cowboy

19 | SUNDAY Penguin Days at the Zoo

9am-4pm. Daily. $7 per person during Feb. The Dallas Zoo, 650 R. L. Thornton Frwy, Dallas 469554-7500 www.dallaszoo.com

The American Rodeo

12pm-2pm. AT&T Stadium, One AT&T Way, Arlington www. stadium.dallascowboys.com/ events

20 | MONDAY Baby Basics Storytime

10:30am. Up to 18mos. For babies and their caregivers, learn simple rhymes, songs and books to stimulate infants. Dallas Central Library, 1515 Young St., Dallas 214670-1400 www.dallaslibrary.org

21 | TUESDAY Preschool Storytime

17 | FRIDAY

10:30am. 3-5 yrs. A mix of songs, rhymes, finger plays, and books. Mesquite Main and North Branch Library, Mesquite www. cityofmesquite.com

Preschool Story Time

Toddler Storytime

10 | FRIDAY

14 | TUESDAY

Mom/Son Weekend at Camp Olympia

Preschool Storytime

Preschool Storytime Downtown

Get away from it all and spend time together outdoors. Fun

10:30am. Lakewood Branch Library, 6121 Worth Street, Dallas 214-6701376 www.dallaslibrary.org

10:30am. 18 mo.-3 yrs. Practice the skills you need to be ready to read. Hear stories, sing songs, jump around and learn! Lakewood Branch Library, 6121 Worth Street, Dallas 214-670-1376 www.dallaslibrary.org

10am. 3 & 4 year olds. Highland Park Library, 4700 Drexel Drive, Highland Park 214-559-9400 www.hptx.org

10:30am. 3-5 yrs. There is a mix of songs, rhymes, finger plays, and books. Mesquite Main and North

Books and Crafts

10:30am. 3-6 yrs. Dallas Central Library, 1515 Young St, Dallas 214670-1400 www.dallaslibrary.org

10:30am. 18 mos-3yrs. Practice the skills you need to be ready to read. Preston Royal Branch Library, 5626 Royal Lane, Dallas 214-670-7128 www.dallaslibrary.org

Evening Storytime

7pm. Storytime for all ages. Mesquite Main Library, 300 W

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22 | WEDNESDAY Toddler Storytime

10:30am. 18 months-3 yrs. Practice the skills you need to be ready to read. Lakewood Branch Library, 6121 Worth Street, Dallas 214-670-1376 www.dallaslibrary.org

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UTD CHESS CAMP.................. 11 972-883-4899 utdallas.edu/chess

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Toddler Storytime

10:30am. 3-5 yrs. Dallas West Branch Library, 2332 Singleton Boulevard, Dallas www. dallaslibrary.org

25 | SATURDAY Cowtown Marathon

10:30am. Dallas West Branch Library, 2332 Singleton Blvd, Dallas 214-670-6445 www. dallaslibrary.org

8:30am. The Fort Worth Running Festival of the Year. Multiple Events - Ultra Marathon all the way down to 5K Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 W Lancaster Ave, Fort Worth www. cowtownmarathon.org

23 | THURSDAY

26 | SUNDAY

Bilingual / Spanish Storytime

Penguin Days at the Zoo

Home School Think Tank

10:30am. Up to 6 yrs. Stories, songs and rhymes in Spanish to get ready to read! White Rock Hills Branch Library, 9150 Ferguson Rd., Dallas www. dallaslibrary.org

9am-4pm. Daily. $7 per person during Feb. The Dallas Zoo, 469554-7500 www.dallaszoo.com

27 | MONDAY

Toddler Story Time

Baby Basics Storytime

10am. 2 yrs. Highland Park Library, 4700 Drexel Drive, Highland Park 214-559-9400 www.hptx.org

10:30am. Up to 18mos. Dallas Central Library, 1515 Young St., Dallas 214-670-1400 www. dallaslibrary.org

Bilingual / Spanish Storytime

28 | TUESDAY

10:30am. Up to 6 yrs. Stories, songs and rhymes in Spanish to get ready to read! Lakewood Branch Library, 6121 Worth Street, Dallas 214-670-1376 www.dallaslibrary.org

24 | FRIDAY Preschool Story Time

10am. 3 & 4 year olds. Highland Park Library, 4700 Drexel Drive, Highland Park 214-559-9400 www.hptx.org

Preschool Storytime Downtown

10:30am. 3-6 yrs. Dallas Central Library, 1515 Young St, Dallas 214-670-1400 www. dallaslibrary.org

Books and Crafts

10:30am. Lakewood Branch Library, 6121 Worth Street, Dallas 214-670-1376 www. dallaslibrary.org

Deadline to enter 2017 DART Student Art Contest

Showcase your art on DART with this year’s theme: The adventure starts here. Your art could win a spot on DART buses and trains, plus $1000 or other prizes. www.DART.org/ artcontest. See ad in this issue.

Penguin Days at the Zoo

9am-4pm. Daily. The Dallas Zoo, 650 R. L. Thornton Frwy, Dallas 469-554-7500 www. dallaszoo.com

Preschool Storytime

10:30am-11am. Ages 3-5. Mesquite Main and North Branch Library, Mesquite www. cityofmesquite.com

Toddler Storytime

10:30am. 18 months-3yrs. Preston Royal Branch Library, 5626 Royal Lane, Dallas 214670-7128 www.dallaslibrary.org

Please note: Although we strive to bring you the most current information available regarding event dates & times, confirming with the event venue before going is always a good idea.

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funstuff from the love doctor

GOTTA

surprise him

LOVE ‘EM

Do something different for your spouse this Valentine’s Day

A discussion with my grandson

• Play hooky together (while the kids go to school)

Getting ready this morning, I told Grayson, almost three, “You need to brush your teeth.” Grayson: “Grandma, I already did it!” Grandma: “Really? When?” Grayson: “One night before bed!” — Norma, Grandma to Grayson

• Study up on Foot Reflexology, and treat him to a foot massage (maybe he’ll do you too!) • Wake up early and watch the sunrise • Reminisce about or recreate your first Valentine’s Day • Make your own drive in movie – grab some food and a portable DVD player. Snuggle in the backseat and watch your favorite Love Story (Casablanca, Roman Holiday, The Princess Bride)

Leo Buscaglia Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

• Hold hands wherever you go. Tell him, “When you hold my hand, you hold my heart!”

You kidding me?

What did the stamp say to the envelope?

What did the boy candy say to the girl candy? It’s Valentine’s Day and we’re mint for each other.

I’m stuck on you!

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wholesomeending

eat healthy Eating for one, two, or more? Yes, there comes a time when women really need to consider their diets. And becoming pregnant is one of those times. In the 40 weeks or so of pregnancy, as well as before and after, a healthy lifestyle should include eating a balance diet, gaining weight the right way, physical activity, and supplementation that may be prescribed by your physician. Avoiding alcohol, tobacco and other harmful substances is also recommended.

Your diet may include: Whole grains, Fruits, Vegetables (a variety of colors), Lean Protein (meat, chicken, fish, eggs, beans and peas. Limit white albacore tuna to 6 ounces per week. (Avoid: shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish).

Iron In, Anemia Out During pregnancy, the recommended amount of iron increases from 18(mg) per day to 27(mg) per day. Symptoms of iron-deficiency anemia can range from dizziness and fatigue to premature labor. The best sources of iron are meat and legumes. The Lucky Iron Fish could help increase daily iron needs! Add the fish to a pot of boiling water for soup, rice or other entrees, and it provides a family with up to 75% of their daily iron intake. The fish lasts for 5 years. It’ll let you know when it’s time to get a new one by turning its smile upside down. Learn more www.luckyironfish.com

tip Get Fortified at Breakfast Getting the 400 mcg of Vitamin B (folic acid) every day is easy! Simply eat a serving of breakfast cereal that has been enriched with 100% of the daily value of folic acid. Not every cereal has this amount. Check the label on the side of the box, and look for one that has “100%” next to folic acid.

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Pregnancy causes hormonal changes that increase the risk of developing gum disease, which in turn, can affect the health of your developing baby. So, brush, floss, waterpik daily!