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Tips and Tricks for Working Parents

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Try these tips for handling morning sickness, fatigue, and time away from work.

8 A Healthy Start for

You and Your Baby Recommendations for exercising during pregnancy.



15 A Supermom’s Winter Boredom Buster List

Help us recognize Sioux Empire educators and all they do by nominating your teacher for this honor.

Terrifying Threes:

11 Going Back to Work After Baby

Ways to ease the transition.

12 Playful Dad,

Happy Child The impact dad’s playtime with baby has on emotional development.

Temper Tantrums Explained

family 26 The Reality of Family Time

34 T he Best Worst

Christmas Pageant Ever How to capture better photos at your child’s special events.

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43 H  olding On


Letting the little things go to move closer to your long-term goals.



Super Moms!

44 Teacher of the Year

16 Terrible Twos and


19 Meet some Local

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40 Snow Day!

4 Welcome

Having a plan in place for when school is cancelled.

46 Five Time and Money

Saving Tips for Today’s Busy Moms

15 Kara’s Kreative 28 Calendar of Events 36 Menu Planning 46 Business Directory

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TRICK OR TREAT! Several ‘Hoodie kids visited Shawn and Nancy on the KSFY Morning Show with Publisher Steff Liston-Holtrop. Reading Festival fun! Cave Hoodie’s goofing off at Spooky Science at Washington Pavilion.

UPCOMING EVENTS: ‘Hood Skyforce Night Friday, December 13, at 7pm Sanford Pentagon Stop by and visit our ‘Hood booth!


‘Hood recognizes the important role that teachers play in the lives of the children they teach and mentor. The February issue will feature ‘Hood’s Teacher of the Year. Interested in nominating your teacher for this award? Visit to download a nomination form or use the form on page 44.


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President & Publisher Steffanie Liston-Holtrop Hoodlum Productions, LLC 605-366-1479 Editor Hannah (Weise) Steck Design Director Ally Vogel 605-759-5615 Social Media Director Jillian Lemons Advertising Account Executive Kelli Johnson 605-366-9357 Creative Ideas Director Kara Weber Cover photo by: Ann Louisa Photography, LLC Contributing Photographers Ann Louisa Photography, LLC Blu Sprout Photography Ileana Photography Sunflower Photography B & J Photography Shaina Photography Contributing Writers Jillian Nedved, Megan L. Rogers, Evie DeWitt, Melissa Chaplin, Amber Bruns, Holly Homer, Tammy R. Lias, Alyssa Kuecker, Shaina Herrmann Contributing Design Molly Bruggeman ‘Hood Panel Members Heather DeWit, Dee Di Memmo, Addie Graham-Kramer, Bobbi Nelson, Stephanie Spaan, Ashley Thompson, Melissa Williams, Jen Rothenbuehler Reproduction or use of the contents of this magazine is prohibited. ‘Hood Magazine is published 9 times a year by Hoodlum Production, LLC and strives to publish only accurate information, however Hoodlum Production, LLC cannot be held responsible for consequences resulting from errors or omissions. All material in this magazine is the property of Hoodlum Production, LLC and cannot be reproduced without permission of the publisher. We welcome article proposals, story suggestions and unsolicited articles and will consider all submissions for publication. Please send your thoughts, ideas and submissions to Hoodlums@ Magazine feedback and advertising and marketing inquiries to ©2013 Hoodlum Productions, LLC All Rights Reserved.

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on the WEB Cooking for the Crowd These strategies help take the stress out of cooking large meals.

How to Balance Schoolwork with Different Aged Children

Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival We’re giving away 20 tickets Monday, January 13th through Friday, January 17th. Comment on the Disney Live promotion on our website, and you could win a 4-pack for you and your family!

Teacher of the Year Go to page 44 or download an application from our website to nominate your outstanding teacher for this award.

Activities, homework, projects, parent information – organization is key to managing multiple grade levels.

Mommy Gets Fit Challenge Make sure to watch our website and Facebook page to see which lucky Sioux Empire mom will be given a jump start toward a fit and healthy lifestyle.

An Ode to Fall Flavors Winter is here, but that doesn’t mean we have to forget all our favorite things about the fall. This pumpkin bread recipe is great year-round!

Be Sure to visit ‘Hood on the Web to nominate your teacher for Teacher of the Year or to enter the Disney Live! Ticket Giveaway!

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By Jillian Nedved, PA-C, and Megan L. Rogers, MBA, CPC, Independent Women’s Care, PC

There are many challenges a woman may face if she chooses to continue to work throughout her pregnancy. Knowing how to handle these situations can help her have a more enjoyable and healthier pregnancy. Below are some common problems a woman may encounter when working during her pregnancy and methods to cope with them. Fatigue – Many women report an overwhelming fatigue during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester and possibly again near the very end of pregnancy. Taking frequent, short breaks or even a short nap if you are able will give you the little recharge you need to continue with your work. Recruiting help with daily tasks and ensuring you are getting adequate sleep at night will help to reduce the fatigue felt during the day.

As a mother herself, Dr. A. understands and listens to what other moms want. At ABC, parents are welcome to remain with their child during all appointments.

Morning Sickness – Although the common term for nausea and possibly even vomiting during pregnancy is morning sickness, these symptoms can occur at any time of day or, for some, all day long. The symptoms of nausea and vomiting will peak near the end of the first trimester and then taper off for many pregnant women. Eating frequent, bland snacks containing protein can help with the nausea. Taking Time Off Work – On average, a pregnant woman will have anywhere from ten to fourteen visits with her healthcare provider; however, that does not include extra appointments for ultrasounds or laboratory testing. Scheduling your medical appointments at the beginning or end of your provider’s work day, or over your lunch hour, may cut down on the amount of time you are missing from work. Also, scheduling your post-partum visit before going back to work will help. Being up-front and honest with your employer is essential to maintain open lines of communication, which will help to decrease your overall stress level during pregnancy. It is important to remember the ultimate goal of maintaining a healthy pregnancy. To do this, you may occasionally be required to modify your daily routine or take time off of work to rest and recover. If the suggestions listed above do not help to relieve your symptoms, contact your healthcare provider for further information. n December/January 2014 | |


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Having a healthy baby starts with being a healthy mom. Give your baby the best start by exercising during pregnancy. Benefits of Exercise Daily exercise not only boosts your mood, it also gives you energy. Getting up and moving can decrease many common discomforts you can experience while pregnant. Exercising will increase your muscle strength and endurance, which will come in handy during the delivery and will help lessen your recovery time. It can also prevent certain pregnancy-related forms of diabetes and high blood pressure from developing. Plus staying fit can reduce your risk of premature or early labor and delivery. Recommendations for Exercise Most women who are expecting should be able to exercise 30 minutes or more almost every day. If you are just starting an exercise program, take it slow. Start with five minutes of moderate activity every day. Add another five minutes every week until you reach 30. Always start your exercise routine with a five to 10 minute warm-up, and end with a cool down to return your heart rate to a normal speed. Walking is one of the best forms of exercise you can do while pregnant. Swimming and riding a stationary bike are also good low-impact ways to keep in shape. Exercising Safely Most women can safely exercise during pregnancy. Always check with your healthcare provider before you continue


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or start exercising during your pregnancy. If you already exercise, you can likely continue to exercise throughout your pregnancy. Avoid exercising on your back after the first three months. Make sure you are drinking plenty of fluids to avoid overheating or dehydration, and listen to your body. Don’t over do it to the point of exhaustion. If you are having trouble breathing, develop a rapid heartbeat, or experience bleeding or contractions, stop exercising immediately. Call your healthcare provider and follow his or her instructions. Things to Remember Exercising is important throughout your life as it helps to build bones and muscles, gives you energy, and keeps your body and mind healthy. Many studies show that you can and should exercise during pregnancy unless you have a medical reason to avoid it. Exercise can help you feel better by relieving many common discomforts associated with pregnancy. Exercising during pregnancy also helps you get back to your pre-pregnant weight after baby is born. n

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Going Back to Work


Your long-awaited baby has arrived! You take in every precious o moment you can.You cherish the nursing sessions (even thenWEB to read how the wake-me-in-the-middle-of-the-night ones). Your heart ssica is handling Je ing melts with every smile. When your sweet baby’s face lights back to wgo ork up just because he sees you, you are in a complete state of ecstasy. You are delighting in every moment of every day. It’s such a wonderful time. And then it happens. You look at the calendar and realize that your maternity leave is just about up. It can feel like a desperate time. A time that you dread from the very depths of your being. “Leave my baby? Are you kidding me?” I’m here to assure you that you can make it through. You can do this. Here are some brief tips to help you ease back in to working after baby comes. 1. Daycare – Make sure that you feel completely and 100% comfortable with wherever you are leaving your baby. If you have even a twinge of doubt, look elsewhere. The peace of mind that it will give you will make all the difference in everything. When you feel good about where you leave your baby, it won’t be so difficult to leave him. 2. Part Time – Check with your boss and see if you can start back working less hours than you will be nor-


mally working. Even just a week at less hours will help with the transition for both you and baby. The more gradual the change, the better for everyone. 3. Pumping – It will be very important to your breastfeeding relationship to get into a pumping “rhythm” so-to-speak. When you will be spending time away from your baby while working, your body needs to know that it still needs to produce enough nourishment for your little one. I recommend getting into a routine soon after baby arrives, preferably pumping close to the time that you will be able to pump on breaks when you do go back to work. 4. Support – Get the support you need! Friends, family, and co-workers can be great sources of support for this time in your life. There are many support groups and classes for breastfeeding moms. Educated Mommy has a group specifically for moms who are going back to work (2nd Saturday of each month at 9:00 am). n December/January 2014 |


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by Melissa Chaplin, ACC, Melissa Chaplin Coaching

Playful Dad Happy Child Dads often interact with their children differently than moms, and researchers are finding this leads to the development of different competencies for a child, especially in the area of social relationships.

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Researchers for the Harvard Study of Adult Development spent ~75 years researching what makes people happy. The consistent finding was that more than anything else, a person’s successful friendships was the best predictor for happiness. Successful friendships are more likely if a child has a developed Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and one proven way that EQ is developed, especially for a baby, is through play with dad.

• a re more playful, engaging in more emotionally and physically exciting activities than mom

• V alidate their child’s feelings, not dismissing or disapproving of them

• talk less and touch more

• Praise their child’s accomplishments

• e ngage in more rough-and-tumble play: bouncing, jumping, tickling

• A void criticism, humiliation, derogation, emotional coldness, and intrusiveness

• often make up more unusual and distinctive games

• P rovide guidance to their child on how to handle difficult emotions

Such rollercoaster horseplay allows a child to experience big emotions such as fear or excitement. During this time, the child looks to dad for affirmation of safety and begins to learn how to read another person’s (Dad’s) emotional signals – which is key to developing EQ. Then, when it is time to settle down, the child learns how to recover from those big emotions and calm down. Such self-regulation is another significant component of developing EQ. Higher EQ means more successful friendships, which means overall happier life. So, a word to dads: You matter and the way you interact with your child matters…a lot! To make the most of your influence, consider the following research:


Typically, Dads:

• E ngage their child in physical play that is “non-coercive and non-directive” – keeping the tone of interactions positive and allowing their child to “take part in directing the course of play”

Many believe that this influence comes from the way that dad plays with baby.


And, a word to moms: Moms, we are the gatekeepers to dad’s involvement with baby. We have the power to encourage it or discourage it. As other women come to our aid after baby comes, let’s be sure they don’t crowd out dad’s bonding with baby. If dad is having a hard time soothing baby or connecting with a child – it may just mean he needs more time without our intervention to develop his own style of relating to baby. And it may go without saying, but dad is less likely to be involved if we are critical of his quality of care instead of appreciative. Dads will not parent like us…and in most cases, that is a good thing. For source information and a deeper understanding how to develop your child’s EQ, check out: Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child by Dr. John Gottman. n

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by Kara Weber, Creative Ideas Director

Winter Boredom Buster List turn your mailbox into a snowman with a big mouth that opens.

2. Bake cookies and bring them to a neighbor.

13. Take a bath in the dark with glow sticks.

3. Build something out of cardboard. Visit 4. Make your own ice lanterns or snowball lanterns to light up your walkway.

14. Tell the kids to put on a play or act out a story. The three little pigs is a great place to start. Don’t forget to record the action when they perform.

5. Play indoor rubber band golf. Same rules as Frisbee golf but you shoot at your targeted holes with a rubber band.

15. Try ice fishing at Family Park (free). Contact Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation or the Outdoor Campus for info.

6. Build a tent. Get out the big blankets and drape them over furniture or some tied rope to make a fort.

16. Visit the Outdoor Campus. Young kids will like to play in the indoor camping imaginative play area. Sit by the fireplace and bird watch from inside. Ask about their free classes.

7. Go to Free First Fridays at the Washington Pavilion Kirby Science Discovery Center. 8. Go sledding at a park. 9. Play as many different board games in a row as you can. Bored game day! 10. K  id’s Restaurant! The kids are in charge of dinner and you are the patrons. They can make their own menus, and signs for their restaurant. 11. H  ave a movie theme night. Where the food you eat and activity you do matches a movie theme, then watch the movie after dinner. 12. B  uild an upside down snowman, or

17. Too cold out to play in the snow? Fill the bathtub with buckets of snow and play with it inside. 18. Visit the Museum of Visual Materials. 19. Read or listen to an audio book as a family and watch the movie version of it once you have finished. Many options are available in book and DVD form at the Siouxland Libraries. 20. Drink LOTS of Hot Chocolate! 21. Have the kids make their own animation movie using stop motion method. Lego men and action figures work great for this.

22. Visit the Pettigrew Home and Museum.


23. Start working on those spring science projects now! Brainstorm, research, and use a Pinterest board to gather information and ideas. 24. Build amazing 3D structures out of mini marshmallows and toothpicks. 25. Put up the tent inside and have a good old indoor camp out.

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26. Visit the Old Courthouse Museum. 27. Indoor Tennis: Make rackets out of tongue depressors and paper plates and use them to hit a balloon. 28. TP! Give each child a roll of toilet paper and let loose indoors. It’s not that hard to clean up, and it is super fun! 29. Dance Party! Search online for “20 brain break clips” to get to some great teacher approved dance videos they use to break up learning time. 30. Have an indoor picnic. Move the dinner table and spread out the blanket instead.



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Most likely, people are sympathizing with you, as we have all experienced a similar event. It doesn’t mean you’re a bad parent or you have a bad child. Unfortunately, temper tantrums are common and part of a child’s development. So why do they happen and what do you do? Temper tantrums are often a result of a child not getting someone or something they want. It’s a way for them to test limits and to test the grown-ups around them. Sometimes the temper tantrums do get them what they want. Have you ever purchased the bag of candy after the tantrum? If so, you’ve accidentally taught your child that temper tantrums can work to get what they want. Learning the situations and events that can trigger a temper tantrum are important to identify to prevent future tantrums. It may be best to plan your day around naps and meals. An alert, fed and happy toddler is


We’ve all been there.You decided to go to the grocery store for a quick stop after running errands all morning. It’s lunch time and Suzy needs a nap, but you really need milk and bread. It will be quick. Then it happens. Suzy sees the candy at the checkout aisle. There sits her favorite candy. You silently beg her not to ask because you want to say no. But she asks, you say no. And then it happens. Tears flow, screams emerge, and she has planted her little body flat on the dirty ground. You’re certain everyone is staring and judging you on your parenting skills.


much less likely to have temper tantrums (I didn’t guarantee they won’t!). If you have learned that Suzy always asks for candy, try and prepare her ahead of time that she will see them, but won’t get them today. Preparation and planning may not always be enough to stop a child from engaging in a tantrum. When they happen, stay calm and ignore the tantrum as much as possible. Ignoring could look like turning away and not commenting to your child about the tantrum. If you are in a place that it is absolutely not acceptable to allow them to be disruptive, you may have to assist them to leave the area. Practice with your child, when they are happy, what to do when they are upset. Most importantly, when the tantrum is over, praise your child for appropriate behavior and move on to the next part of their day. n

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Describe yo ur typical day . My husband and I wake around 5: 30 am and start the process of getting both kid s up, fed and dressed before he drops them off at daycare by 7 am. I am usually on my way to wo rk by 8 am. We all arrive home ar ound 5 pm, and m y husband and I take turns preppi ng dinner and ge tting the kids to the table to ea t. We give the kid s some time to play or watch a sh ow while we are clean getting organized for the next day. W ing up and e do baths and then follow up wi th a few books. Ro bbie is first to go to bed at 7 pm , and Olive follows around 8 pm. Nathan and I have some time to chat or favorite show afte r the kids are in be watch a d.

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Are you invo lved in the co mmunity? How d o you choose what to participate in? Community in volvement is one of those intang ibles that make bo th my family and professional life better. I try ve ry hard to stay involved in the co mmunity, whethe r it’s chaperoning my daughter’s field trips, coachi ng Girls on the Run, or networ king to find volunt eers for my programs at work . I tend to stick wi th volunteer opportunities that reflect my person al and professional values. By coaching Girls on the Run and directing the Wom en’s Leadership Pr ogram, I am fulfilling both my professional and personal values of empowering gi rls and women to become better leaders. I want m y kids to understa nd the value of being involved in such an amazing community. Do you thin k it all”? Why or ’s possible to “do it why not? I th ink the idea of women having or “doing it all” is not realistic or attainable. I know I can’t have it all or do it all, and I am okay with th at. In life, you cons tantly have to make choices be tween one thing and another, and when you chose to do one thing yo u are forgoing something else. I would rather do fe wer things really well than try to “do it all” with mediocre results.

How do you balance work and family? First, I am lucky that I ha ve a job and a boss that is pretty flexible to the dem ands of family needs. I really try to leave work at wo rk and to be present when ho me with my family , which means I need to be extra How do you effic r children des not impose unreas ient at work. Second, I do cribe what you do onable expectation ? Olive thinks I go s on myself or my family. Som to work to talk to my friends (coetimes things get workers) and type out of balance, and we have to be on a computer, which to some ex okay with it. We ju te nt is true. st and move on! An regroup d I have a pretty awesome partner who picks up the slack when I need What advice to work after regular office hour do you have s. The key is good fo r other mom communication about schedu s? Just be ling. My Google ca the best you can lendar, which I share with my hu be and sband, is a lifesa visit know the value yo ver. u bring to your fam ily! TM

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The Reality of

Family Time

When I think of family time, I dream of a family…

Mom and dad are in their late 30s and smiling. They are wearing dressy, casual clothes — not too formal, because they are spending this weekend day at home. Dad is at the stove flipping perfectly round pancakes, while mom pours orange juice into glasses and then sets them on the upper right-hand corners of yellow gingham placemats next to big white plates and shiny silverware. Mom calls to the kids to come from their Pottery Barn Kids Catalog rooms. The girl comes tumbling down the tapestry runner stairs in her bunny slippers, blonde hair streaming behind her. Her younger brother bumps down behind her in monkey pajamas. The family sits down together for breakfast in the sun-dappled room. When I think of family time, I look at my family… Mom and dad are in their 40s and tired. They are wearing shorts and T-shirts — not because they have just worked out but because they are spending this weekend day at home. Dad is at the stove flipping pancakes and making scrambled eggs, while mom stops to run to the store to pick up the orange juice she forgot the day before. When she gets back, she sets the orange juice on the kitchen counter next to a stack of paper plates and flatware. Mom calls the kids to come down from their toy-strewn rooms. The oldest boy walks down with an iPad in hand, playing

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Clash of Clans. When no one else appears, mom climbs the stairs while picking up two pairs of shoes and a book that was previously abandoned. She finds the middle son asleep in no mood to wake and the youngest boy engrossed in LEGO building and begging not to have to eat. She compels both boys to join the family in the kitchen. The family sits down together (although there are actually only three kitchen stools, so two people are still standing) for breakfast in what might be a sun-dappled room if the shades worked properly. The bottom line is that catalogs, magazines, books, Pinterest, blogs and observing other families from the outside have all led us to believe that family time has glossy expectations. The reality is that modern life is packed with obligations, sport schedules, activities, and transportation between all of these things. If I waited for everything to be perfectly in line with my “dream” of family time, it would never happen. Thankfully, family time doesn’t have to be glossy. A sweet conversation in the car, a three-handed game of poker with my husband and oldest son, breakfast with the kids after dad goes to work, sneaking away for a baseball game in the evening with just one of the kids, making something together in the kitchen to use in lunchboxes the next day, pizza delivery for dinner in the three different styles and toppings that the family likes, and a game of Rock Band with mom and dad serenading cringing kids — all qualify as family time. n

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All Ages

Thursday, December 5

9:00 AM-9:50 AM Little All Stars All American Gymnastics Academy Ages walking-6yrs (Punch card purchase required)

1:30 PM-3:30 PM New Baby & Me Sanford Health

1:00 PM-2:00 PM Grinch Day Barnes & Noble

3:00 PM-5:00 PM After School Holiday Crafts Oak View Library

5:00 PM-11:00 PM Winter Wonderland Falls Park

5:30 PM-9:30 PM Christmas at the Western Mall Western Mall

Friday, December 6 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Morning Play Group Morningside Community Center

Monday, December 2 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Kids Open Craft Room Museum of Visual Materials

5:00 PM-8:00 PM Pavilion First Fridays Washington Pavilion

10:00 AM-12:00 PM Morning Play Group Morningside Community Center

5:00 PM-11:00 PM Winter Wonderland Falls Park

Tuesday, December 3

6:30 PM-7:15 PM Little All Stars All American Gymnastics Academy Ages walking-6yrs (Punch card purchase required)

10:00 AM-10:30 AM Story Time Child’s Play Toys 3:30 PM-4:30 PM Kids Hip-Hop MariCar Community Center

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12:00 PM-5:00 PM Holiday Open House, Oakridge Nursery & Landscaping

5:30 PM-9:30 PM Christmas at the Western Mall Western Mall

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7:00 PM-9:30 PM Nutcracker Ballet Sioux Falls Orpheum Theater Center

6:45 PM-7:30 PM Mommy & Me MariCar Community Center Preregistration Required (ages 4-5) 7:00 PM-8:00 PM Type 1 Diabetes Holiday Cooking Sanford Center for Health and Well-being Preregistration Required

7:00 PM-8:00 PM Polar Express Storytime Barnes & Noble 9:00 PM-11:00 PM SkyMania Sky Zone

9:00 AM-4:00 PM Kids Open Craft Room Museum of Visual Materials 10:00 AM-10:45 AM Little All Stars All American Gymnastics Academy Ages walking-6yrs (Punch card purchase required) 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Morning Play Group Morningside Community Center 6:00 PM-7:00 PM Open Gym All American Gymnastics Academy Ages 6+, $10/visit

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9:30 AM-10:30 AM Cloth Diapering 101 Educated Mommy Preregistration Required 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Spectacular Saturdays: Acting Up: The Paperbag Princess Washington Pavilion Preregistration Required (ages 6-7) 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Spectacular Saturdays: Clay Castles Washington Pavilion Preregistration Required (ages 8-10) 10:00 AM-4:00 PM Cookies with Santa, Great Plains Zoo, $5.50-$8.50 (Free for Zoo Members) 12:00 PM-4:00 PM Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides Downtown Sioux Falls 5:00 PM-11:00 PM Winter Wonderland Falls Park 7:30 PM-9:30 PM Tonic Sol-fa Holiday Concert Washington Pavilion

Saturday, December 7

Wednesday, December 4

9:00 AM-12:00 PM Tic-Tac-Toe Game Home Depot Preregistration Required (Ages 5-12)

9:00 AM-11:00 AM Adaptive Family Play Group Kenny Anderson Community Center 9:00 AM-11:00 AM Kidgits Milk & Cookies with Santa! Sioux Empire Mall

Monday, December 9 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Kids Open Craft Room Museum of Visual Materials 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Morning Play Group Morningside Community Center

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10:15 AM-10:50 AM The Elves and the Shoemaker Puppet Show Main Library (Ages 3+) 5:30 PM-9:30 PM Christmas at the Western Mall Western Mall

6:30 PM-7:30 PM Young/Single Mom Support Group, Educated Mommy 6:45 PM-7:30 PM Mommy & Me MariCar Community Center Preregistration Required (ages 4-5)

Wednesday, December 11 9:00 AM-11:00 AM After Baby: Post-Pregnancy Cooking Class Sanford Center for Health and Well-being Preregistration Required 10:30 AM-11:30 AM ‘The Elf on the Shelf’ Storytime Barnes & Noble 3:00 PM-5:00 PM After School Holiday Movie Oak View Library

Thursday, December 12 9:30 AM-11:30 AM Toddler Time Sky Zone 10:00 AM-10:45 AM Little All Stars All American Gymnastics Academy Ages walking-6yrs (Punch card purchase required) 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Morning Play Group Kuehn Community Center 10:15 AM-10:50 AM The Elves and the Shoemaker Puppet Show, Ronning Library (Ages 3+) 6:00 PM-7:00 PM Cookies and Crafts Kuehn Community Center Preregistration Required (ages 6-9) 6:00 PM-7:30 PM Kid’s Christmas Party, Museum of Visual Materials 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Girl Scouts Glamour and Glitz, Sioux Falls Arena & Convention Center, $20 non-Girl Scouts, $5 Girl Scouts Preregistration Required





All Ages Tuesday, December 17

Friday, December 13 10:00 AM-11:30 AM Fun and Fit Friday Kuehn Community Center

9:00 AM-4:00 PM Kids Open Craft Room Museum of Visual Materials

6:30 PM-7:15 PM Little All Stars All American Gymnastics Academy Ages walking-6yrs (Punch card purchase required)

9:30 AM-11:30 AM Toddler Time Sky Zone 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Morning Play Group Kuehn Community Center

7:00 PM ‘Hood Skyforce Night Sanford Pentagon, $6-$100

10:00 AM-10:30 AM Story Time Child’s Play Toys


10:15 AM-11:15 AM Sugar Cone Christmas Tree Craft Brandon Library (Preschool age)

9:00 PM-11:00 PM SkyMania Sky Zone

Saturday, December 14

6:30 PM-7:15 PM Musical Movement Kenny Anderson Community Center Preregistration Required (ages 6-9)

9:00 AM-10:00 AM Going Back to Work Support Group Educated Mommy 9:30 AM-11:00 AM Big Brother/Big Sister Sanford Health Preregistration Required

Wednesday, December 18 10:05 AM-11:05 AM Nutcracker Dance Party! Oak View Library

10:00 AM-11:00 AM Lowe’s Build & Grow Lowe’s Home Improvement Preregistration Required

3:00 PM-4:00 PM Worldly Wednesday Prairie West Library

10:00 AM-12:00 PM Spectacular Saturdays: Improv For Beginners Washington Pavilion Preregistration Required (ages 8-10)

5:30 PM-9:30 PM Christmas at the Western Mall Western Mall 6:00 PM-7:00 PM Open Gym All American Gymnastics Academy Ages 6+

10:30 AM-11:45 AM ZooCub Class: A Furry Christmas Great Plains Zoo Preregistration Required (ages 4-5)

Thursday, December 19 10:00 AM-10:45 AM ZooCub Class: Red Christmas Great Plains Zoo Preregistration Required (ages 2 & under)

11:00 AM-4:00 PM Visit Santa in Shriver’s Square Shriver’s Square 11:15 AM-12:15 PM Open Gym All American Gymnastics Academy Ages 6+

11:00 AM-12:00 PM ZooCub Class: Fly into Christmas Great Plains Zoo Preregistration Required (ages 2-3)

12:00 PM-4:00 PM Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides Downtown Sioux Falls

3:00 PM-4:00 PM Theater Thursday Prairie West Library

Monday, December 16 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Kids Open Craft Room Museum of Visual Materials 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Morning Play Group Morningside Community Center 6:30 PM-8:30 PM CPR Family & Friends Sanford Health Preregistration Required


6:30 PM-7:15 PM Musical Movement Kenny Anderson Community Center Preregistration Required (ages 6-9)


5:00 PM-11:00 PM Winter Wonderland Falls Park 6:00 PM-7:30 PM Family Bingo Kuehn Community Center Preregistration Required

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10:00 AM-10:45 AM ZooCub Class: Red Christmas Great Plains Zoo Preregistration Required (ages 2 & under) 11:00 AM-4:00 PM Visit Santa in Shriver’s Square Shriver’s Square 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ZooCub Class: Fly into Christmas Great Plains Zoo Preregistration Required (ages 2-3)

5:30 PM-9:30 PM Christmas at the Western Mall Western Mall 7:00 PM-12:00 AM Sioux Falls Skyforce vs. Iowa Energy Sanford Pentagon

Thursday, December 26 5:00 PM-11:00 PM Winter Wonderland Falls Park 5:30 PM-9:30 PM Christmas at the Western Mall Western Mall

Friday, December 27 7:30 PM-8:30 PM Chilly Stories Barnes & Noble

Saturday, December 28 10:15 AM-11:00 AM Story Time Washington Pavilion

Monday, December 30 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Kids Open Craft Room Museum of Visual Materials 5:00 PM-11:00 PM Winter Wonderland Falls Park

Tuesday, December 31

12:00 PM-4:00 PM Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides Downtown Sioux Falls

9:00 AM-4:00 PM Kids Open Craft Room Museum of Visual Materials

12:30 PM-2:30 PM Gingerbread Houses Children’s Museum of South Dakota (Ages 6-12) 5:00 PM-11:00 PM Winter Wonderland Falls Park

5:00 PM-11:00 PM Winter Wonderland Falls Park 5:30 PM-9:30 PM Christmas at the Western Mall Western Mall

Wednesday, January 1

5:30 PM-9:30 PM Christmas at the Western Mall Western Mall

5:00 PM-8:00 PM Pavilion First Fridays Washington Pavilion

Monday, January 6 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Kids Open Craft Room Museum of Visual Materials

Tuesday, January 7 10:00 AM-10:30 AM Story Time Child’s Play Toys

Wednesday, January 8 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Kids Open Craft Room Museum of Visual Materials 3:00 PM-4:00 PM Worldly Wednesday Prairie West Library (Elementary Age)

Saturday, January 11 10:00 AM-4:00 PM Christmas with the Animals, Great Plains Zoo, $5.50-$8.50 (Free for Zoo Members)

Monday, January 13 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Kids Open Craft Room Museum of Visual Materials

Tuesday, January 14 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Kids Open Craft Room Museum of Visual Materials 10:00 AM-10:30 AM Story Time Child’s Play Toys

Wednesday, January 15 3:00 PM-4:00 PM Worldly Wednesday Prairie West Library (Elementary Age) 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Gluten Cooking Class Museum of Visual Materials Preregistration Required

Sunday, January 19

5:30 PM-9:30 PM Christmas at the Western Mall Western Mall

9:00 AM-4:00 PM Kids Open Craft Room Museum of Visual Materials

1:30 PM-3:30 PM

Tuesday, December 24

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Friday, January 3

5:00 PM-11:00 PM Winter Wonderland Falls Park

Monday, December 23

5:00 PM-11:00 PM Winter Wonderland Falls Park

All Ages

5:00 PM-11:00 PM Winter Wonderland Falls Park

9:00 AM-11:00 AM Adaptive Family Play Group Kenny Anderson Community Center 9:00 AM-9:50 AM Little All Stars All American Gymnastics Academy Ages walking-6yrs (Punch card purchase required)


Wednesday, December 25

6:30 PM-7:15 PM Little All Stars All American Gymnastics Academy Ages walking-6yrs (Punch card purchase required) 7:30 PM-8:30 PM First Day of Winter Storytime Barnes & Noble


5:30 PM-9:30 PM Christmas at the Western Mall Western Mall

Friday, December 20 6:30 PM-8:30 PM Infant/Toddler CPR Avera McKennan Education Center (ground floor of the Orthopedic Institute) Preregistration Required



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Monday, January 20






All Ages

Thursday, January 23

9:00 AM-4:00 PM Kids Open Craft Room Museum of Visual Materials

Tuesday, January 21

6:00 PM-7:00 PM Pregnancy Cooking Class, Sanford Center for Health and Well-being, $10, Preregistration Required

Wednesday, January 22 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Kids Open Craft Room Museum of Visual Materials

Saturday, January 25 & Sunday, January 26 8:00 AM-5:00 PM Valentine Cheer and Dance Classic Sioux Falls Arena & Convention Center, Prices Vary

Tuesday, January 28 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Kids Open Craft Room Museum of Visual Materials


‘Hood Skyforce Night Sanford Pentagon, 7:00 PM

Visit our website: and find us on Facebook for chances to win tickets!

10:00 AM-10:30 AM Story Time Child’s Play Toys 6:00 PM-8:00 PM Baby Food Class, Sanford Center for Health and Well-being, $10, Preregistration Required

Wednesday, January 29 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Kids Open Craft Room Museum of Visual Materials


10:00 AM-10:30 AM Story Time Child’s Play Toys

6:00 PM-8:00 PM Quick & Easy Meals, Sanford Center for Health and Well-being $10/person or $25/family, Preregistration Required


3:00 PM-4:00 PM Worldly Wednesday Prairie West Library (Elementary Age)

Thursday, January 30 7:00 PM-12:00 AM Sioux Falls Skyforce vs. Iowa Energy Sanford Pentagon

Saturday, February 1 8:00 AM-11:00 AM Mallwalk-Walk N’ Roll The Empire Mall

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The Best Christmas Pageant EVER!

by Emily Erfman, Harold’s Photo Expert and Busy Mom

One of the perks of having kids, grandkids, nieces or nephews is that once a year, without fail, you get to view a holiday performance. At my church this performance is often the Christmas Story. One performance sticks out in my mind very clearly. My son was three years old and his group was performing with bells. All they needed to do was hold one bell and ring it for one entire song. The performance was going beautifully until all of a sudden, the girl next to Charlie disappeared – she vanished – gone! Somehow she had fallen off the stage. Charlie was not concerned about anything except that the “show must go on”, so he continued ringing his bell (I am going to have to work with him on how to be more of a gentleman). Thankfully, no one was hurt – and the disappearing bell-ringer did make the performance much more exciting. This was so much fun and I love that I was able

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to capture the image of the cute little girl standing next to Charlie not ringing her bell. Then quickly showing the empty space next to him, and Charlie, continuing to ring that darn bell. I am not a professional photographer, but I do have some advice for improving your photos of these special performances. First things first; get to the venue early. Being close to your subject gives you the best chance of getting a great shot. Don’t be like those parents you’ve seen on TV, fighting to get closer. If you are using a point-and-shoot or camera phone, and you are more that 10 feet away, turn OFF your flash! The flash will overpower the area in front of your subject and make your shots worse. Set your camera not to flash. If you cannot get there early and you want results, you will need a DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera with a nice lens that allows you to zoom in. Adjusting the lens will give you better results than cropping way in on long distance shots later. A DSLR will always perform much better in these lower light situations. Canon and Nikon both produce some point-and-shoot hybrid cameras that have a ton of zoom capabilities – also a good solution. n

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HolidayTreats from the ‘Hood Staff and Panel Members

Peanut Butter Balls Submitted by Kara Weber


Grandma Micki’s Molasses Cookies Submitted by Heather DeWit Note: These gingerbread-like cookies freeze well and are a soft cookie with a smooth frosting. We call them Grandma Micki’s cookies for my grandma, but my great-grandma made them as well.



Cookies • 3 eggs, beaten • 2 c white sugar • 1 c brown sugar • 1 c margarine • 1 c molasses • 1 c milk, whole or 2%, with 1 tsp baking soda • 1 tsp baking powder • 6 to 7 c flour • 1/3 tsp cloves • 1 tsp cinnamon • Pinch of salt • 1 tsp vanilla

Cookies Combine eggs, white and brown sugar, and margarine. Add molasses, milk, and baking powder. Mix well. Mix in spices and vanilla. Add 6 cups flour, beating well after each cup. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours or until chilled. Roll out on floured board, adding more flour if needed. Cut out. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

White Frosting • 1 pkg Knox gelatin soaked in 3/4 c cold water • 3/4 c white sugar • 1 3/4 c powdered sugar • 1/2 tsp salt • 2 tsp vanilla

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1 c sugar 1 c corn syrup 1 c crunchy peanut butter 6 c corn flakes White almond bark (optional) Colored sugar (optional)

Directions Pour corn flakes into a large mixing bowl. Put sugar and corn syrup in small pot and on medium heat, stirring constantly, bring to boil on stove. Remove from heat and add in peanut butter. Stir until combined. Pour mixture over cornflakes and mix until coated. Put spoonfuls of mixture onto wax paper and let cool slightly. Wet your hands with water and shape clusters into balls. Once cool you may dip one end into melted almond bark and add green and red sugar sprinkles. Best if eaten within a few days.

Frosting Mix gelatin water and white sugar. Boil gently for 9-10 minutes. Stir and scrape sides often. Put powdered sugar and salt in a medium bowl. Pour gelatin mixture over powdered sugar mixture and beat with electric hand mixer until it starts to set up (slightly fluffy) about 8 to 9 minutes then mix in vanilla and any desired food coloring. Frost cookies immediately as the frosting starts to set up quickly. Stir often to keep frosting smooth as it will feel dry to the touch on the cookies in about 10 minutes.

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M&M Cookies

Submitted by Kelli Johnson



Cookies • 1 c butter • 2/3 c brown sugar • 2/3 c sugar • 1 egg • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract • 2 c flour • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda • 1 tsp salt • 1 3/4 c M&Ms®

Holiday Creme Brulee A Thompson Family Tradition

Ingredients Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix butter and both sugars. Add the egg and vanilla. Sift flour, baking soda and salt together. Mix in M&Ms®, chill dough for one hour or overnight. Drop tablespoons of dough on greased cookie tray about two inches apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Submitted by Addie Graham-Kramer Adapted from Taste of Home

Ingredients • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk • 1 package (14 oz) caramels • 1 c butter, cubed • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract • 1 box of Rice Krispies® • 1 package (16 oz) large marshmallows

• 4 c heavy cream • 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped (or 2 tbsp vanilla extract) • 3/4 c granulated sugar • 7 large egg yolks • 1/4 c raw sugar


When ready to serve, sprinkle with raw sugar. Using a kitchen torch held 4 to 5 inches from the surface, melt sugar using a slow and even motion until sugar is caramelized. Serve immediately.

Directions Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a saucepan, combine cream, vanilla, and granulated sugar. Over medium heat, stir occasionally until bubbles start to form. Set aside. Whisk egg yolks and then slowly integrate cream mixture. Place 6 ramekins in a glass pan and fill water to halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Fill ramekins with custard mix. Bake until custard trembles slightly when shaken, about 60 minutes. Remove ramekins and after setting for 30 minutes transfer to refrigerator to chill for at least 4 hours.

Directions Line two baking sheets with waxed paper; set aside. In a large saucepan, cook and stir the milk, caramels, and butter over low heat until melted and smooth. Remove from the heat; stir in the vanilla. Place Rice Krispies® in a shallow bowl. With a toothpick, dip each marshmallow into warm caramel mixture; turn to coat. Then coat each marshmallow with Rice Krispies®; place treats on prepared pans. Let stand until set. Once cooled and set, place into an airtight container. Will keep for up to two weeks.


Holiday Dump Bars

Submitted by Jen Rothenbuehler

Ingredients • • • • • • •

2 c sugar 1 3/4 c flour 5 eggs 1 c oil 1/2 c cocoa 1 tsp vanilla Sprinkle of salt

Directions Mix all ingredients together in a bowl by hand. Pour into a 9x13 pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle with red and green mini M&M® baking chips. Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Cut bars while still warm once they come out of the oven.

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HolidayTreats from the ‘Hood Staff and Panel Members

Easy Microwave Caramels

Submitted by Kristi Shanks


Almond Bark Bugles Submitted by Steff Liston-Holtrop

Ingredients • • • •

Box of Bugles 1/2 Package of white almond bark Red and green M&Ms® Red and green sprinkles (optional)

Directions Melt almond bark in a microwave safe bowl. Dip open end of Bugle into almond bark; put M&M® in and add sprinkles (optional). Put on a piece of wax paper until hard.

• 1 c butter • 2 1/4 c brown sugar • 1c light corn syrup • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk • 1 tsp vanilla • 1/2 c nuts (optional)

Directions Put brown sugar, corn syrup, and condensed milk into a large microwaveable bowl. Microwave on high for 5 minutes. Stir and microwave again for 5 minutes. Beat with wooden spoon and then return to microwave for 7 minutes. Beat again. Add nuts and vanilla, stir. Pour into a 7x11 buttered glass pan. Cool and cut into squares. Wrap in waxed paper.

Monkey Bread Submitted by Jillian Lemons

Ingredients • 3 (12 oz) pkgs refrigerated biscuit dough • 1 c white sugar • 2 tsp cinnamon, ground • ½ c butter • 1 c packed brown sugar • Nuts (optional) • Raisins (optional)

Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease one 9- or 10-inch tube/bundt pan. Mix white sugar and cinnamon in a plastic bag. Cut biscuits into quarters. Shake 6 to 8 biscuit pieces in the sugar cinnamon mix. Arrange pieces in the bottom of the prepared pan. Continue until all biscuits are coated and placed in pan. If using nuts and raisins, arrange them in and among the biscuit pieces as you go along. In a small saucepan, melt the margarine with the brown sugar over medium heat. Boil for 1 minute. Pour over the biscuits. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a plate. Do not cut! The bread just pulls apart.

Submitted by Dee Di Memmo



• 1 dozen eggs at room temperature • 3 c sugar • 2 c vegetable oil • 7 c flour • 1 small bottle anise extract

Cream eggs with sugar. Gradually add oil, while continuously beating. Add anise extract; combine well. Gradually add flour in small batches. Heat pizzelle iron. Drop a small amount of dough onto hot iron. Cook thoroughly. If shaping into cannoli shell, wrap around spoon handle immediately after removing from iron.

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Submitted by Hannah Steck


Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts Submitted by Ally Vogel

Ingredients • • • • •

1 lb bacon 2 (8 oz) cans water chestnuts 1 c ketchup 1 c packed brown sugar 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

• O  ptional: To give an added kick, add 1-2 tsp Sriracha or hot sauce

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2 c butter 2 c white sugar 1/4 tsp salt 2 c semisweet chocolate chips 1 c finely chopped almonds (optional)

Directions In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the butter, sugar, and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring until the butter is melted. Allow to come to a boil, and cook until the mixture becomes a dark amber color, and the temperature

has reached 285 degrees. Stir occasionally. While the toffee is cooking, cover a large baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. As soon as the toffee reaches the proper temperature, pour it out onto the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle the chocolate over the top, and let it set for a minute or two to soften. Spread the chocolate into a thin, even layer once it is melted. Sprinkle the nuts over the chocolate, and press in slightly. Cover your hand with a plastic bag to minimize the mess. Place the toffee in the refrigerator to chill until set. Break into pieces, and store in an airtight container.




Directions Soak 35 wooden toothpicks in a shallow glass of cold water. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut package of bacon in half. Wrap one half of a strip of bacon around each water chestnut, finishing it off by securing with a toothpick. Mix ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce (optional) and pour the mixture over the wrapped chestnuts. Try to be cautious of keeping the sauce off the toothpicks. Bake in a shallow dish or baking sheet for 45-50 minutes (or until you can see the bacon is cooked). When wrapped water chestnuts are done baking, remove from oven and transfer to serving plate, or place in a low heat crockpot to keep warm.

Stuffed Peppers Submitted by SD Beef Council



Heat oven to 400 degrees. Cut bell peppers in half lengthwise; remove seeds and membranes, but not stem. Place peppers, cut-sides up, on two rimmed baking sheets. Combine ground beef, vegetable juice, spinach, couscous, garlic, oregano, salt and black pepper in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Spoon beef mixture evenly into peppers. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake, uncovered, in 400 degree oven 25 to 30 minutes or until instant-read thermometer inserted into center of pepper registers 160 degrees and peppers begin to brown. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

• 1 lb ground beef • 15 baby sweet bell peppers (about 2-1/2 to 3 in. long, about 1-1/4 lbs) • 2/3 c regular or spicy 100% vegetable juice • 1/2 c frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry • 1/4 c uncooked whole wheat or regular couscous • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 1/2 tsp dried oregano leaves • 1/2 tsp salt • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper • 1/2 c reduced-fat shredded Parmesan, Monterey Jack, white Cheddar or Italian-blend cheese

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It’s 7:30 a.m., and your child’s eyes are glued to the morning news. Still in his pajamas, Fruit Loops forgotten, he’s anxiously hoping last night’s snowfall wasn’t in vain. When he begins jumping up and down and flying through the house, you don’t even have to ask: It’s a snow day! Even though your child is elated, your own day’s plans have been altered. How do you get a sitter? Do you go to work? How do you keep your child busy throughout the day? Betty Barto-Smith and Doniese Wilcox, Certified Family Life Educators at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center, guide parents when the unexpected snow day hits. “You should have your snow day plan set in place even before the weather turns cold,” stressed Barto-Smith. “This plan should include suitable arrangements with your employer, people qualified to give child care and activities your children can do to prevent boredom.”

by Alyssa Kuecker, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center

Do NOT just drop your children off at the mall or a similar heavily trafficked place, and expect them to keep themselves entertained. Unsupervised children could get into trouble or taken by a stranger. “You’d be surprised how many parents take their kids to the mall on snow days,” said Barto-Smith. “Safety is your number one concern,” added Wilcox. “If school is called off due to weather, you’re better off keeping your children at home or with a trusted adult.” If your child is responsible enough to not need a sitter,

make sure he or she knows how to heat up food in the microwave, call for help during an emergency or contact you at work if needed. Talk to your employer prior to a snow day so he or she understands that you have made arrangements, but may need a bit of flexibility. Perhaps your employer can expect you to arrive a little late in order to prepare for a sitter. Your employer will appreciate an open line of communication.


“If there are trusted neighbors who don’t need to go to work on a snow day – such as a teacher, college student or mature teenager – ask in advance if they’d be willing to watch your child,” suggested Wilcox. “It’s important to choose someone both old and mature enough to care for kids. If he or she is not qualified, and something unfortunate happens, you could be charged with child endangerment.”


“Keep a list of activities available for your kids. An unexpected day off is great time to finish 4-H projects, catch up on chores or help parents in the kitchen,” said Barto-Smith. “Have fun playing games together, making crafts, watching a movie, finishing a book or bundling up to build a snowman.” Even though some television or computer time is expected, both Barto-Smith and Wilcox strongly advise monitoring the time your child spends in front of a screen. n

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Stop wondering what your kids are learning and start loving it.

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Have faith in your child’s education.

by Tammy R. Lias, MA, LMFT, QMHP, 
Journey Therapy and Consulting

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HOLDING ON With clarity about what to hold on to, letting go of things of lesser importance becomes a natural pathway, rather than a complicated decision tree. So many daily tasks, activities, beautiful moments, conflicts, learning and growing are calling for our attention and energy. For most of us, what is calling is much more than what we can get done. How to maintain focus is sometimes as basic as driver’s education: Q: When navigating a curve, where should the driver look or focus? A: Look around the curve to the point you want to reach and your amazing brain will navigate the rest of the cues and take you there! While staying on task as a family can often feel more like walking a tightrope, interestingly, the answer remains the same. A: Eyes on the goal; where is it that you want to arrive safely? Focus involves concentrated effort towards a defined goal, and a fair amount of letting go of less important stimulus, business, or maybe even an invitation to an argument. I believe that as a parent or spouse with a busy life, focus is ultimately important to arrive safely at our goals. First and foremost, choosing the direction of my energy is a conscious process that is not best thought out in a moment of crisis. Spending time defining my values, direction and

goals, is investment and will pay off in moments of crisis; a simple curve or a tight rope moment. If one has a practice of centering and focusing on what is important on a regular basis, these values will become much more accessible in any moment. A wonderful self-care exercise to enhance this practice is deep breathing combined with a simple meditation. With the physiological process of taking in air, link the thought of taking everything in from an environmental perspective. As you hold that breath, concentrate on keeping what is useful and good. As you release that breath, release with it all of those things that are not useful or needed. This is a form of centering oneself. When I can breathe, step back and access my own practice of centering or regulating my emotion, I can make a valuebased decision in any circumstance. That decision may be immediate or it may be that I need to take more time to consider this. I will consider emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual aspects of my response. I can often avoid expending energy on useless arguments or frustrating activities and continue to direct energy toward what I have prioritized. n December/January 2014 |


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Winter Social Skills Groups! Many children have a difficult time with socialization, group activities, and social events. If your child is having trouble fitting in, a social skills group may help. These groups help children ages 4 to 16 with social awareness and skill level by teaching social skills and strategies in real-life situations. Led by Psychology Associate Aimee Deliramich, PhD

Three 10-week groups, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Group 1 Mondays, January 13 - March 17, 2014 Group 2 Tuesdays, January 14 - March 18, 2014 ■ Group 3 Thursdays, January 16 - March 20, 2014 ■ ■

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1. H  omemade is the way to go. Instead of paying $3.50 on coffee every morning, bring your own coffee from home! Invest in a coffee maker that brews automatically every morning to save you time. It’s simple and it can save you $20 a week. Packing your own lunch can save you up to $40 a week! Homemade dinners will save you even more. If you can’t give up your favorite restaurants or Starbucks coffee entirely, at least cut your visits in half and you’ll still see your savings grow! 2. F  reeze your meals once every month. Do a quick internet search on “Once a Month Cooking” and you’ll find entire websites devoted to this. Pick one day each month to devote 3-4 hours to cooking up several meals that you can freeze and enjoy for the rest of the month. Soups, stews, and casseroles can cost as little as $3.00 to make and they can feed your entire family!

3. When you do cook on a weeknight, double your batch! Save the extra batch for next time. This not only saves time but it also prevents any leftover ingredients from going bad. 4. Couponing on the go! Unfortunately not everyone is able to clip coupons every week, but if you have a smartphone you can still use coupons and get discounts without ever needing to clip anything! Download store apps such as Ibotta, Shopkick, Target’s Cartwheel, and others that can provide you with coupons, rewards, and discounts on the go. 5. Invest in a slow cooker if you haven’t already. All you need to do is spend 5-10 minutes preparing your meals before work, set your slow cooker on low for 8 hours, and return home to a wonderful hot meal in the evening. n

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