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Taking Care of Mother Earth


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rs. Johnson’s third-grade class at McCall Elementary will have fond memories of Earth Day from now on. As part of their lesson on being responsible to our environment, students brought their lunches iin n eco-friendly containers and picnicked on the school llawn. la a Games followed lunch with relays to see which teams could G ccollect the most pre-scattered plastic containers, paper wrappers and aluminum items. Next came a “save the whalesâ€? w rrelay where the kids raced with large, inatable whales that tthey had to keep wet with sponges. ““Since this age group is considered to be the most eenvironmentally aware generation, it’s important that we iincorporate easy-to-remember lessons about our environment in aand keeping it clean,â€? said McCall Teacher Julie Johnson. “We talked about the importance of recycling and reusing items, and about what items are biodegradable. Including the games helps them remember and also have fun while they learn.â€? Johnson also said the creativity of her parent volunteers - Debbie Kerrigan and Jeanine Robinson - made the games that much more enjoyable. “It’s amazing to have such enthusiastic support from our moms and dads,â€? she said. â– 

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On The Cover: May 2009 In our 2nd year of “Making A Difference”

If you educate a man you educate a person, but if you educate a woman, you educate a family. – Ruby Manikan

Colton and Holly Anders want to wish everyone in Parker County a very Happy Mother’s Day! Photo by Tammy Kelly Photography Want to be our next cover model? Visit our website at and click on “send pics.”

In Each E h Issue: I Wise Words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Parenting Tomorrow’s Leaders . . . . . 11 Happenings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Life Skills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Mission: Recognition . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Associations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Dave Says . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Laying Down The Law . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Heartstrings, Music From The Heart 26

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Changing Our Environment Through Government Mayor Kit Marshall spoke to a third-grade class at Coder Elementary today about local government. Santiago Melo, Arlind Queriman, and Yamileth Jasso wrote letters to the mayor in their ESL class with their ESL teacher Mrs. Bolding. They then formed a petition about things they would like to see added to Bearcat Park, and their classmates all signed it. â– 

Why do you read We love the Parker County Kids Magazine. Even my 7-year-old looks at all the pictures in it every time the new edition comes out. I recommend it to my friends because it's about everything in our community and it's much easier to relate to everything in it, because we are familiar with the material. Ya'll do a great job. Keep up the good work! During this interesting time in the world, it's incredible to pass by a magazine, with love and family bursting from it - and it's all Natur-AL. Love that! Pamila S. Inspiring Parents! Motivating Kids! Celebrating Life! 7

Wise Words

By Kim Tinkham, Editor

Thanks Mom When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child. Sophia Loren


remember when I was in my teens and all my friends were talking about one day becoming mothers I could not understand why anyone wanted to be responsible for another human being. Being a mother is such a huge responsibility and it does not last for just a season but for a lifetime. I suppose even at fourteen I realized that motherhood was not just a job but rather a long term career choice which you could not relinquish with a two weeks notice and never by promotion to a diff erent level. Once you chose to be a mother the choice would label you for the rest of your days and the child or children you were the mother to would take up your time, your talents, your dreams and your love until the day you laid down for your final rest or they did leaving you with a broken heart in mourning. Being a mother is not easy. Nor is it supposed to be. It takes much more than biology to make a mother. It takes a kiss f rom God, the warm breath that is spirit infused that travels throughout your body and settles into your heart so that from the moment you hear your first child’s cry you forever listen more carefully for a whimper, a cough, laughter

or silence. You become changed with the first inhalation of your child’s fragrance. You know the diff erence between your child and the child of another. You can nod your head in teary agreement when sitting in a church pew you hear the story of Solomon’s order to divide a child in half and the love of a mother who would rather see her child live with the wrong mother than not live at all. Motherhood is filled with highs and lows. The pride you have when your child takes his first step to the bittersweet tears as those same steps lead him to his first day of school and beyond. No, being a mother is not easy. In honor of that difficult position, our May issue is filled with pictures of moms and the children in their lives. As you flip through this issue recognizing your neighbors please remember to thank the advertisers that make our little magazine possible. It is because they realize the importance of our community interactive motivational magazine and support it through their ad dollars that you are holding this magazine in your hands now. Please give them your business and tell them that you saw them in Parker County Kids. In this issue we also

have two special columns. Congresswoman Kay Granger shares with us her journey from motherhood to Washington. No matter where your calling leads you, being a mom is not easy. Also, we were able to speak with one of our favorite people, professional bull rider, J.W. Hart about his mom and her impact on his life. Both these articles will inspire you and make you think about the special women in your life. I want to take a few lines to say just how much my own mother means to me. My mother is my inspiration. She always told me that I could do anything if I put my mind to it. I put my mind to a lot of things and she was always behind me cheering h ree he me on. There her he er is no other h att woman that ant nt I would want rn n to pattern eerr myself after n other than r r. my mother. She camee to Americaa because she loved my father and knew that America


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was where her dreams could come true. She learned the language, raised three girls and never once looked back. To this day she inspires me with her humor, her energy and her ‘dream big’ attitude. I love you, Mom. This Mother’s Day why not take a few moments to think about what your life would be like without your mom. If you are without your mom on this day take a few moments to share your fondest memory of her with someone else. Make this entire month a month filled with love and laughter. Enjoy the issue! ■

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Parker Gordon and Galina Novak received Weatherford Music Teacher Association’s first annual summer piano camp scholarship. President Elizabeth Wynne is presenting them their awards at the recent WMTA Master Class. Parker will attend Hardin-Simmons University’s summer camp and Galina Novak will attend Sam Houson State University’s summer camp. Parker studies piano with Dr. Holly Hughes, and Galina studies piano with Elizabeth Wynne. ■

Where words fail, music speaks Hans Christian Anderson

Pianists Compete in Local Competition The annual Fort Worth Solo contest was held April 18 at the Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary with over 200 participants. The Burch School of Music entered ten pianists to perform, and all of them earned Superior ratings. Parker Gordon won third place in the 11th grade division and received a trophy and ribbon. Bryant Huggins received an Honorable Mention in the 6th grade division and received a medal and trophy. Mattie Dukes received an Outstanding Performance trophy for the 2nd grade division. Other outstanding performers include Allie and Camie Butler, Megan Bullard, Tatiana Mohr, Matthew Thomas, Kyle Wiggs and Sarah Young. All of these students study with Dr. Holly Hughes at The Burch School of Music. ■

The Weatherford Music Teachers Association sponsored their annual spring Master Class with Dr. Pamela Mia Paul from The University of North Texas. Dr. Paul is currently the Regents Professor in Piano at North Texas, and she received her Bachelor, Master and Doctoral degrees from The Juilliard School in New York City. Dr. Paul has performed as soloist and chamber musician all over the world, and has appeared with many world-renown orchestras. Her comments enlightened the students in perfecting their performances, and she gave the teachers in attendance new ideas for improving their teaching. Student performers were from left to right: Hannah Frailey, Parker Gordon, Amanda Adkisson, Allie Butler, Galina Novak with Dr. Paul. ■

PARENTS! A regular event that happens here at the library is our Storytimes. Wednesday mornings at 10:30am. We have 2 groups meeting at the same time. Toddler Time is for 18 months to 3 years of age and Preschool Storytime is for 3-5 year olds. We read books and do fingerplays and simple crafts. For more information parents can contact the library at 817-598-4150. Kathleen Poznick, Weatherford Public Library Come be a part of

WISE ELDERS PROJECT! If you are over the age of 65 and have some wisdom to impart to those younger than you, please email us at We would like no more than 150 words of wisdom along with your name, age, and city you live in now. Teachers, librarians, camp directors and afterschool administrators, please contact us today to find out how you can be involved in this project.

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his June, lovers of history of any age can experience the three camps at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center (DHCC) in Weatherford. The Center is hosting its third year of Gone to Texas, a second year of American Indian Camp and Celebration, and new this year is Chuckwagon Cookin’. All of the camps are held at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center (DHCC) 1400 Texas Drive in Weatherford.

Gone To Texas – For 2nd to 5th graders, June 8-12, cost $125 A hands-on day camp where kids learn about the hardships and fun of life on the Texas frontier as told through the eyes and stories of legendary cattleman Oliver Loving and his wife Susan. Camp activities will include studying the difficulties of packing a wagon for the trip west. As a special treat, sometime during the week the children will meet the Loving’s great-great granddaughter, DHCC board member Nancy Dozier.

Chuckwagon Cookin’ – For 4th graders who have attended another DHCC camp through adults, June 15-16, Cost $75 Join in as we cook from an authentic chuck wagon. Experience cooking recipes from the 1800’s in Dutch ovens and learn more about the history of Parker County’s own chuck wagon.

Amer ican Indian Camp and Celebration – For 4th through 7th graders, June 22-26, Cost $125 Learn about the Comanche and Kiowa Indians from actual tribal members and discover and celebrate their rich heritage, customs, crafts and history. “We have three opportunities for our area’s children to learn about the early Texas settlers, the Native Americans who were the first inhabitants of our region and even how the cowboys and pioneers cooked,” said John E. Scovil, Executive Director of the Doss Heritage and Culture Center. “All three camps are so much fun that the kids don’t even realize how much they are learning. The camps are a great opportunity to share our area’s rich heritage with the next generation.” “We had so many adults who volunteered at the camps or saw them going on as they drove past that we created Chuckwagon Cookin’ for them,” said Judy James, DHCC Education Specialist. “The chuck wagon segments were such a popular part of our Gone to Texas camp that we expanded it to two days to learn about the history of the chuck wagon as well as explore pioneer cooking methods.” Camp registration forms are available online at or at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center located at 1400 Texas Drive in Weatherford. All camps have limited enrollment to enhance each camper’s experience and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Paid camp registration will assure a space reservation. DHCC Members receive a 10% discount and scholarships may be available. The Doss Heritage and Culture Center opened its doors to the public in the summer of 2006 and has hosted a series of historical seminars and talks, exhibits and other public events. 10 Inspiring Parents! Motivating Kids! Celebrating Life!

The mission of the James and Dorothy Doss Heritage and Culture Center is to collect, preserve, and interpret the history of Parker County through cultural and educational events that raise community awareness and pride in our western heritage. The Doss Heritage and Culture Center is located at 1400 Texas Drive in Weatherford or on the web at www. For more information call 817-599-6168. Th e Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and beginning May 3 on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for students and senior citizens. ■

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Parenting Tomorrow’s Leaders By Keitha Story-Stephenson, DS

A Love Letter to Mom…

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“The shell must break before the bird can fly.” Alfred Lord Tennyson

Dear Mom, Happy Mother’s Day!! I wanted to take this very public method to thank you for all the things you have taught me. I want to thank you for helping me become the woman I am today. There have been so many times I have taken you for granted. I often forget to tell you how much I love you and respect you. I appreciate all you have done and continue to do for me. I want to take the time to share several things that you did for me. Things for which I will be forever in your debt: 1. You taught me what to look for in friends-honesty, fairness, joy and devotion. You were both my mother and my first best friend. You didn’t pick out my f riends but you taught me what to look

for; and you respected my choices. You shared laughter and love in everything you ever did with me. 2. You encouraged and taught me to read when I was two. You didn’t leave the task to others; you took the time to share the magic of books with me yourself. With no way of knowing that reading and writing would form my adult life direction as a writer, you demonstrated before me the joy of reading. You even provided the batteries for my flashlight as I read for hours under the covers at night. It taught me how to dream. If you had not of taken the time as I grew up, I might not be able to do what I do today. 3. You told me there was nothing I could not do. You

found the money to somehow provide opportunities for me to “discover myself ”. I remember ballet, dance, art, scouts, sports; sewing, camping, photography…the list still grows even today. You repeated over and over that all things were possible. And I believed you. You helped me climb mountains of possibilities and then stood beside me and pointed out the stars above. You taught me how to fly. 4. You taught me how to laugh and to not take myself too seriously. You showed me joy. You taught me how to laugh at myself and never at others. You filled our house with laughter and joy. You taught me to enjoy life. 5. You taught me to respect work as the gift of God. You

demonstrated how to set and accomplish goals by forever looking forward. You often worked long hours, only to come home and prepare the family meal that we shared at the table each evening. And you never failed to ask my brother and me how our day had been. Most importantly – you listened to our answers. 6. You taught me what love looked like. I cannot thank you enough for the love you shared with my father for over fifty years and the home you built for us all. You provided a safe place to fall. Mom, I thank God for you and I thank you for all that you’ve given to me. I will always and forever be your loving daughter. ■

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What’s Happening Around Our County? Date

Regular Events



2nd Friday of each month

Weatherford MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)

North Side Baptist

Ragan Carr at 817-341-3384

2nd Tuesday of each month

MOMS Club of Weatherford North Monthly Business Meetings

10:30 First United Methodist Church 301 S. Main Street

Laura Leckman at 817-266-5261 or visit momsclubofweatherfordnorth

1st & 3rd Monday

Weatherford Evenings Lions Club

7:30 pm, Pizza Place 1218 S. Main

Every Tuesday

Weatherford Rotary Club

12 Noon - 1:00 Doss Heritage & Culture Center, 1400 Texas Drive

2nd & 4th Tuesday

Aledo Community Lions Club

7:00 pm, Aledo Community Center, 200 Old Annette Road

Every Wednesday

Weatherford Noon Lions Club

12 Noon, Weatherford College, Doss Center, Allene Strain Room 308 E. Park Ave.

Every Thursday

Weatherford Optimist Club

1st Thursday, 12 Noon at Antonio’s and all other Thursdays, 6:30 am at Weatherford College

Every Thursday

Weatherford Kiwanis Club

12 Noon, Weatherford College, Student Union Bldg., 225 College Park Dr.

May 5 – Cinco de Mayo May 7 – 7pm National Day of Prayer, Weatherford 9th Grade Center Auditorium 1007 S. Main Street, Weatherford, TX 76086 contact 817.599.5743 for more info. May 8 – No socks day! May 9th 10am-2pm – Pet Adoption Event at Crockett Elementary School annual Community Day (weather permitting). Please stop by and visit the adoptable pets. You may find your new best friend! May 9 – 9am-8pm The ‘Just Because’ Veterans Motorcycle Rally. For more information 940-769-2626 May 10 – Clark Garden Mother’s Day Brunch. (Admission to Garden) May 10 – Mother’s Day. May 14 – National Dance Like A Chicken Day May 15 – National Chocolate Chip Day – go ahead and celebrate! May 16 – Armed Forces Day May 17 – Clark Garden Women’s Health Day. (Admission to Garden) May 17-23 – EMS Week – Remember your Emergency Medical Services in your area and say THANK YOU!


May 20 – Deadline to get your pictures and info into Parker County Kids May 21, 6-9pm – Taste of Parker County, Parker County Sheriff Posse Clubhouse, 2251 Mineral Wells Highway, Weatherford, TX 76088 May 22 – Buy a Musical Instrument Day May 23 – WC Challenger Bull Riding Event, see ad on page 28 May 23 – Come and experience the joy of birding at Bear Creek Ranch which is a 2,100 acre working ranch, owned by the Dixon Water Foundation. For more information Nancy C. Smith at or call cell 817-454-1033 May 25 – Memorial Day May 30, 7am-6pm – Women in the Outdoors Event, Cathy Seeney Ranch, 5303 Old Dennis Road, Weatherford, TX 76087, for info contact (817) 594-0291. Women In The Outdoors 3rd annual event.Take classes all day and lunch provided. Shooting, fishing, crafts, cooking, bird houses, archery, etc. May 30 - The 6th Annual Community Garden Party to benefit the East Parker County Library will be held on Saturday, May 30, between 11 am - 2 pm at Hot Tamale Antiques on the grounds of the A. J. Hood pioneer homestead on Jenkins Road in Aledo. For more information call 817-291-3952 or visit

Why do you read I am a Parent of Parker County. I love reading all the testimonies of all the family’s and local business, that take part in all the donations for friends and families in need. We need lots of support in this day and time. Parker County Kids is a great start for local business recognition and to see all the Smiling Faces in the magazine is a true Joy!! You have done this town a great service. My daughter Jacalynn loves opening the pages and seeing if any of her friends are mentioned. Keep up the great work! —Stephanie Aldridge, Texas Tire Sales & Service 12 Inspiring Parents! Motivating Kids! Celebrating Life!

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Remember your mom on Mother’s Day

I got to grow up with a mother who taught me to believe in me. Antonio Villaraigosa

Are you concerned about your child’s development? If you are, the staff at Early Childhood Intervention for Parker and Palo Pinto Counties is ready to help. We provide FREE developmental assessments for those children under the age of three. If your child is eligible for the program, our qualified staff will work with you to develop an individualized plan specifically for your child. To see if your child can benefit from our services, call ECI of North Central Texas at 1-888-754-0524

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Angela, Kaitlynn, Landyn and Aiden

Mom, we love you!

Happy Mother’s Day from our family to yours

For a mother is the only person on earth who can divide her love among ten children and each child still have all her love. Anonymous

June 1-5 All God’s creatures great and small- This week we will be discovering all the amazing animals that the world has to offer, from the smallest of insects to the largest mammals. We will be making our own zoo here at The Rock and having a visit from the local animal shelter to let us know what we can do to help the animals in our community. We will even be adopting an endangered animal that we will help save. Field Trip for this week: Fort Worth Zoo and Fossil Rim Wildlife Center


Wil Wild West– Do you ever dream of living like a cowboy living on the open plains? Wild This week we will be cooking a chuck wagon dinner, learning to lasso a bull, and learn how Thi to ssaddle a real horse. Field Trip for this week: Horse riding lessons at local arena and special guest speaker Fie

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At the Rock!


The Rock offers Summer day camps from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm every week during the summer for children entering Kindergarten thru 12 years of age. Each child will be assigned to an age appropriate group, K-2nd grade, 3rd-4th grade, 5th-6th grade. Each week will be filled with activities that compliment unique fun ways to learn & experience the themed oriented camp. Gymnastics, trampoline & dance instruction will be sprinkled into the weeks itinerary. Choose the weeks that interest you or attend them all! The Rock also offers discounts of 10% off the second child in the immediate family.

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Play Ball: This week is all about sports and going outside to play! This week at the park we will have a picnic, play sports, and just enjoying some time in the sun. Your child can bring their own games to take to the park along with clothes and/or swimsuits that they can get wet in. We will top off the week with a tour of the Rangers stadium and a baseball game. Field trip for this week- Rangers Stadium and local city park

June 22-26 Around the World in Days– Want to travel? Here we will be learning about the Seven Wonders of the World and learning how children around the world live, eat, and play. The end of the week will conclude with a tour of countries that the children will create themselves complete with traditional clothes, food, and pictures from their chosen country. Field Trip for this week: Hiking in Mineral Wells State Park, Rock Climbing

June 29 - July 3 “I wanna be a Rock Star�- Does your child want to be a rock star when they grow up? Well this week they will live like a rock star here at The Rock! We will be learning a song and dance to perform in our own music video, making our own Hollywood walk of fame, and rocking it out in a guitar hero tournament and karaoke contest. Field Trip for this week: Dallas Fair Park “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang�


Teens and Technology By Rose Jordan


Rose Jordan and son Dakota

few weeks ago my son informed me that a boy he knew was now a registered sex offender. After I recovered from the shock, I asked him what he was ttalking about. It seems the young boy (13) used his ccell phone to send a girl a photo of his nude genitalia. The girl then forwarded on to many, many more. I was d dumbfounded. The boy was charged and convicted with d distribution of child pornography. Apparently I’ve been on another planet because tthis kind of thing has been all over the news. Sexting, aas it is now referred to, has even been the subject of a rrecent poll by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen & Unplanned Pregnancy (NCPTUP). Take a look at ssome of their findings: • 20% of teens say they have sent/posted nude or seminude photos or videos of themselves • 39% say they have sent sexually suggestive text messages • Most of the explicit images and messages were sent to a boyfriend/girlfriend, but some were sent in hopes of soliciting a date or to meet someone online • Many teens who receive the images and messages are sharing them with other people I don’t know about you, but I’m a little more than cconcerned about the lack of inhibitions in our children. Technology has completely changed the way teens T relate. Communicating behind the veil of a screen has

given teens, in fact everyone,, the audacity to do and say y things they would never do in person. As bad as that can be, it also increases provocative and impulsive behaviors in real life. With cell phones and internet being used as the major means of communication oon n ttoday, od daay y, it is clear that we must address this issue with our kids. These behaviors aren’t just shameful, they are a crime. Prosecutors have charged the senders, receivers, and forwarders of the sexual photos and messages with the same crime: CHILD PORNOGRAPHY! Note, receiving an “uninvited” sexual photo/message isn’t a crime, but failing to delete it is. Here are a few recommendations from the NCPTUP: • Know who your kids are communicating with • Talk openly about online and cell phone activity and make sure they understand that NONE of it is truly private or anonymous • Check your teen’s public online profi les such as Facebook and Myspace. For more tips and information from NCPTUP, visit ■

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Freedom Fields with daughter Ashlyn and son Colby

Jimmie Wiley with her twin boys Matt and Luke and twin girls Hannah and Abby

My Mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my Mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education George Washington I received from her.

Samatha Schabow and her daughter Kylie Schabow

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Mimi Laurie Gardner with Terrie, Wendee and Colton Phillips

Jennifer Collingsworth with sons Cale and Bruce

Kara Norman celebrates her 9th Birthday. Happy Birthday! Kaitlyn Detherage, Lexi Jewell and Taylor Pennington lead the Pledge of Allegiance

Why do you read I like to read Parker County Kids because we like to stay informed with what the youth of the county are doing, and love to see all of the great pictures of the kids in action. Our family business supports and sponsors various sports teams around the Peaster and Poolville area, and we love to see the team pictures in the magazines. Keep up the great work!! — Liz Carnley, Weatherford, parent, and co-owner of C&C Water Well Service

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Life Skills

By Deborah King

A Mother’s Challenge Deborah King is President of Final Touch Finishing School, Inc. which she founded in 1989 in Seattle. As a certified image professional, with over 30 years of experience, she presents her programs nationally and internationally for youth and corporate clients. She is co-author of “Image Power” and developer of several educational tools.


pril 4th, 1978 changed my world forever. It was one of the most joyous days of my life. It was the day I became a mother. My heart melted the first moment I held my son in my arms and looked into his precious face. I was overwhelmed by the miracle of life; God entrusted this beautiful tiny being into my care. Along with joy, I felt the awesome responsibility of having to raise my son. He was completely dependent on me for physical, emotional, social, intellectual, financial, and spiritual care. His life was

in my hands. I needed to learn everything I could to ensure my son would have the best tools to assist him in building a healthy and productive life. Balancing the endless needs of a child is no small task. Children need a safe and comfortable home, nutritious and healthy meals, consistent bedtimes, clothing, chores, homework, physical activities, social activities, a foundation of faith, and unconditional love. Children also need a working knowledge of social skills. Teaching them the value of “please and thank you,” “I am sorry,” and “you are welcome” is essential for healthy relationships. Civility requires one to live respectfully, responsibly, and with restraint. Children are not born thinking of others; they come into the world in survival mode and must be taught to be kind, play fair, work hard, serve others, and be thoughtful. Here are ten social skills every child should possess: 1. How to meet and greet others

Joshua, Pamila, and Alex wishing you all a Happy Mother’s Day 18 Inspiring Parents! Motivating Kids! Celebrating Life!

2. How to correctly shake hands 3. How to give and receive praise 4. How to be a gracious host and guest 5. How to handle cultural differences 6. How to dine politely 7. How to carry on a conversation 8. How to establish and maintain good posture 9. How to groom and dress appropriately 10. How to handle technology properly These were some of the skills I provided my children. As much as I desired to be a perfect mother, I missed the mark countless times. Thankfully, parenting does not require perfection; parenting requires a lifelong commitment to personal growth, which best enables us to equip our children with the life skills they will need. The day arrived when I no longer changed diapers, folded tiny socks, and picked up toys. The taxi service from

school to other events made its last run, and the final homework project was turned in. My house is now quiet, my schedule is my own, and dinner is for two. I have released my children to live their lives, comforted with the knowledge that I did my best. Although I have released my children, I will always hold the strings to their hearts. Civility Challenge #5 Give praise. Genuine praise affirms the good in others. Praise communicates to others that they are valued and loved. Glenn Van Ekeren, author of, 12 Simple Secrets of Happiness, suggests these phrases to use when praising others: • “I appreciate the way you….” • “One of the things I enjoy about you most is….” • “You did an outstanding job at….” • “It is evident you have the ability to….” Practice giving praise to others. ■

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Balancing Life and Work For many mothers, success doesn’t come easy By Kay Granger, United States Congresswoman


s a member of the United States Congress, my job is not easy these days. I sit through meetings, spend a huge amount of time on planes and work long days making speeches, touring businesses and writing legislation. Fortunately, my work allows me to truly make a difference in the lives of people around the world. But I can assure you, even compared to serving in Congress, few jobs are tougher – or more rewarding – than being a mother, which is why we honor our moms on the second Sunday of every May. Long before I came to Washington, D.C., I wanted to be like my mother, who was a teacher. I was a girl of modest means and modest ambitions. I worked hard in school and looked forward to a career in teaching. I did all that, but as a single parent with three children, I had a hard time making ends meet. So I quit my teaching career and introduced myself to the business world. I sold insurance during the day, studied and prepared at night after I had put the children to bed and prayed a lot. I was on a straight commission contract. No sales,

no income. That will make or break you pretty quickly. After my mother had a stroke, I brought her in to live with me. I was running my own business with three tiny children and my ailing mother at home, so every minute counted and everything had to be done just right. Soon, I decided to open my agency and after that I began to be asked to take positions on boards and commissions. Then, I ran for the City Council and was elected. Two years later, I was elected mayor of Fort Worth. In 1997, I went on to the House of Representatives, where I have stayed ever since. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to speak to groups of women, both young and old alike, and I tell them all the same thing: “Put yourself in difficult positions.” As I look back and reflect on all that has happened in my life, I found that I have done just that. It has allowed me to learn and grow along the way – whether it was raising my children, starting my own business or running for political office. Along my journey, I often thought of my mother. Despite the limitations her generation faced, my mother achieved a

Kim Lester with Antonio and Sophia

great deal. She inspired students, taught them about life and learning, and was remembered as their “favorite teacher.” She became a principal and an administrator. She served on the school board after her retirement, and her proudest achievement was having a school named for her. She and women of her generation worked hard to provide a better future for their daughters and granddaughters, and they did. So on Mother’s Day, I always think of my favorite teacher – my mother. ■

The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom. Henry Ward Beecher

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Parker County Kids Recognizes… Thanks Mom J.W. Hart Talks About His Mom my bull riding she always gave them that answer. PCK: Was your dad a bull rider?


he importance of having a loving, caring mom in our lives can make the diff erence between a good man and a great man. Wise Youth Today sat down with Champion Bull Rider and Co-Founder of Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR), J.W. Hart to talk to him about his own mother, Debbie Hart, who passed away recently. J.W. recently announced his retirement from riding bulls and will ride his last bull at the upcoming WC Challenger event in Wise County on May 23rd. PCK: Thank you so much for agreeing to speak with us about your relationship with your mom. J.W. what is your earliest memory of your mom?

JW: I think I remember seeing video of me when I was about 3 years old and we were at a parade. That may be one of the first memories I have of my mother. She had a big Saint Bernard and she tied a little wagon behind it and made a covered wagon out of it and had me dressed up like a cowboy in it. That may be the first memory I have of my mom. PCK: Tell us a little bit about how your mom felt about you bull riding? JW: It’s pretty funny, you know a lot of parents don’t condone bull riding and a lot of the kids ride rough stock any way. My mom was pretty unique and different. She really liked the fact that I was a bull rider better than when I was in high school wanting to play football. She figured she only had to watch one bull come after me compared to ten other kids wanting to tear my head off. When people asked her about

JW: Yeah, my dad rode bulls before I was born, from his teenage years on up. I don’t even know when he quit. I guess sometime around the time I was born. We just grew up on a farm and we always had calves and stuff and my dad actually judged rodeos and bull ridings after I was born and my mom would secretary the event. I would end up being in the announcer stands during the bull ridings and I would watch the bull ridings on television. As I got older, going to those events, I wanted to be a bull rider. I always thought that the coolest guys and bravest guys, in my opinion, were the bull riders, so that’s what I wanted to be. I started by getting on milk calves around the house, one thing led to another and here I am talking to you. PCK: Did you ever get hurt bad enough where you mom would say to you, “JW, this not really what I want you to do anymore.” JW: That’s funny. She never one time ever asked me or recommended that I didn’t do it or asked me if I thought I should be doing it. My mom or my dad never pushed me to be a bull rider but they never told me that I couldn’t be. I grew up in not the wealthiest family around so we had to make choices when we were kids that if we wanted to play football or we wanted to take karate lessons or we wanted to rodeo or to be on the baseball team, it was all there for us to do but we would only pick one. It was never a question about what I wanted to do. I remember when we would be getting on the interstate when all the other parents would be out at the fields playing softball and having fun my parents would be taking me to a rodeo. All the other parents’ kids were sitting out on the bleachers or

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running around in the parking lot chasing each other while the parents were playing in the softball league. I wanted to go to the rodeo on the weekends, so my parents put me in a car and took me to the rodeo. PCK: So your parents had to sacrifice their own free time for you to do what you wanted to do? JW: Oh, why sure, you know the grownups softball leagues were during the weekends. The kids’ leagues were all during the week. The kids would go watch their parents play during the weekends. My parents didn’t have any leagues to play on during the week and what I wanted to do was during the weekends so they stuck me in a car and hauled me wherever I wanted to do. PCK: Do you remember a time in your life, JW, when your mom told you that she as really proud of you? JW: My mom told me she was proud of me even when I got bucked off. She’d always start out telling me what she knew that I did wrong or that I must have done something wrong not to stay on. Anyone that knew my mom knows that she always told the truth. If you didn’t want to hear the truth you didn’t want to ask my mom. So, when something came up and I had done wrong at a bull riding or I messed up or got bucked off she would tell me I looked like a little school girl out there then she would come back with ‘I love you’ or ‘that she was proud that I didn’t get hurt’. Even when my dad would get on us then she would get on to him for getting on us. PCK: W hat ’s the most important lesson you learned from your mom? JW: Th at’s hard to pinpoint. From a young age we were always taught to be polite even to people that were hateful. She taught us to stand up for what we believed in. I guess I carry

that on even on my television show. I speak what I think is the truth and sometimes it hurts people’s feelings or they might not like what I say but they can go to bed that night knowing that I told them the truth. That’s the way my mom was. You might not like what she would say or the way she would say it but she would say what she felt was the truth. I guess that’s the most important lesson I learned from her; to tell the truth even if it meant somebody not feeling the same way or liking it. PCK: You have a son now in your life who will not get the opportunity to know your mom. When he asks what she was like what will you tell him? JW: We have lots of videos. My mom carried a video camera around with her everywhere we went and she was in a lot of the video. There’s enough video of her that he will be able to see her character and be able to know who she was. He can make his own assessment and judgment of it, but it will be good. PCK: What’s the advice you would give our readers about the importance of parenting and of their parents?

from experience that sometimes I didn’t like my momma or I didn’t like my daddy but the simple fact is that when they told me no (over something I can’t even remember what it was that I wanted to do) I know that fifteen years later it all comes full circle and they were right and that maybe I wasn’t the smartest person in the world that day. I guess if I had to tell kids today about the importance of their parents it would be for them to be thankful for what they do have because it could be a lot worse. PCK: Thank you, JW, for taking the time to speak with us. There are so many of our readers who know who you are and consider you a celebrity. We know how important your career has been and the great things that you have accomplished and the people you have touched. We wanted to do this story on you for our Mother’s Day issue because we know that no matter how big of a celebrity you are your mother is still important to you. JW: Really, to me my mother is the celebrity. ■

JW: Well, that’s a good question and I have a two part answer to that. I have two older sisters and a younger brother and sister. My little brother and my folks got sideways for close to seven or eight years and to see how that affected my mother was hard. To see a child speak harsh words to their mother and see tears come out of your mother’s eyes over stuff like that was hard for me to accept. It caused a lot of anger between my brother and me. The family did all come back together about two years ago and when we got together you could see the specialness between a mother and a son. You just can’t take that for granted because they are not going to be here forever. I know 888-878-8465

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Education PRIVATE SCHOOLS Aledo Christian School 817.441.9062 BURCH SCHOOL OF MUSIC 817-341-2345 Buttons and Bows Preschool 817-594-1568. Couts Christian Academy 817-599-8601 Reading Friends Academic Preschool 817.441.6060 Sylvan Learning Center 817.594.4461 The Schoolhouse, Inc. 817.594.8444

Trinity Christian School 817.441.7901 Victory Baptist Academy 817.596.2711 Weatherford Christian School 817.596.7807 Weatherford College 817.594.5471

Education PUBLIC SCHOOLS ALEDO ISD 817.441.8327 Coder Elementary 817.441.6095 Stuard Elementary 817.441.5103 Vandagriff Elementary 817.441.8771 McAnally Intermediate 817.441.8347 Aledo Middle School 817.441.5198 Aledo High School 817.441.8711 Learning Center 817.441.5176 WEATHERFORD ISD 817.598.2800 Stephen F Austin Elementary 817.598.2848 David Crocket Elementary 817.598.2811 Raymond E. Curtis Elementary 817.598.2838 Bose Ikard Elementary 817.598.2818 Mary Martin Elementary 817.598.2910 Juan N. Seguin Elementary 817.598.2814 Bill W. Wright Elementary 817.598.2828 Hall Middle School 817.598.2822 Tison Middle School 817.598.2960 WHS Ninth Grade Center 817.598.2847 Weatherford High School 817.598.2847 PASS Learning Center 817.598.2888 Bridge Academy 817.598.2800 ext 5690


Miscellaneous Parker County 4-H 817.598.6172 Parker County Heritage Society 817.596.8108 Parker County Master Gardener Association 817.598.6168 Parker County Sheriff’s Posse 817.599.9076 Parker County Extension Education Clubs call 817-598-6168

Senior Citizens


Parker County Committee on Aging 817.596.4640 -Senior Center-Meals on Wheels-TransportationResidential Repair and more Adult Protective Services Hotline 800.252.5400 940.325.6959 AARP 888.687.2277 Local 817.599.8601 The Weatherford Senior Center 817.596.4640 Legal Hotline for Older Texans 800.622.2520

Academy of Korean Martial Arts

Weatherford Toastmasters 817.598.1577

Non-Profits Aledo Children’s AdvoCats 817.31.0777 Aledo Children’s AdvoCats Clothes Closet 817.441.2707 A Place for Grace 817.613.9947 CASA of Parker County 817.599.6224 Center of Hope (Aledo) 817.441.2442 Center of Hope (Weatherford) 817.594.0266 Freedom House 817.596.7543 Goodwill Store 817.613.0825 Grace House Pregnancy Assistance Center 817.599.4700

Aledo Community Lions Club 817.441.9053

Manna Storehouse, Inc. 817.599.6569

Bearcat Boutique Resale 817-441-2900

Youth Haven Safe Haven for at-risk youth Call Sheila Frosch 817.771.9530

East Parker County Genealogy and Historical Society 817.441.7517

United Way 817.596.5986

LIBRARIES East Parker County Library 201 FM 1187 North Aledo, TX 76008 817.441.6545 Tues-Fri 10am-6pm Sa 11am-3pm Story Time Fridays 10:30am

Springtown Public Library 626 N. Main Strett Springtown, TX 76082 (817) 523-5862 Sun-Mon Closed Tues 10am-8pm Wed - Thus 12-6pm Fri 9am-5pm Sat 9am-12noon Weatherford Public Library 1014 Charles St Weatherford TX, 76086 817.598.4150 Mon–Thu 10am– 8pm Fri–Sa 10am–6pm Su 2pm– 6pm Story Time Wednesdays 10:30am

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Veterans Services Disabled American Veterans Transportation Network 817.347.7352 Veterans Services of Parker County 817.598.6152

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Lara Dunnam with daughter Mattie-Lynn

Meagan Sandlin with Zade

When faced with a tough choice, pause for a moment and think what your Mother would say about your decision Robert H. Connelly

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Dear Dave, Could you please give us a list of the things people need to think about and deal with if they’ve been laid off? — Anonymous

Dear Anonymous, What a great question! It’s good to know you’re thinking ahead. Hopefully, you won’t have to face this problem, but if you do, here area few ideas to help hold things together. The first thing you do is take any severance pay, plus all the other money you have, and put it all in an emergency fund. You never know just how long money will be tight in a situation like this. Even if you go out immediately and find a part-time job to tide you over, you’re still going to be facing a significant loss of income in the short term. You know I love beating down debt, but at this point you need to stop paying extra on any debt you have. Yank the

plug on retirement planning, too. You don’t need to worry about these things when you’re in the middle of a crisis! A bare-bones, detailed household budget is also a necessity. It’s beans and rice time, so you’ve got no business seeing the inside of a restaurant or buying new stuff for a while. If you had vacation plans, put them on hold. Many times people don’t want to experience the pain of a scaled-back lifestyle while they’re feeling the pain of a job loss. Often they’ll turn to credit cards in this situation, and that’s a really dumb idea! Be on the hunt for life insurance, if you previously had it only through your employer. Everyone needs a good, level-term life insurance policy outside of what’s offered at the workplace. When it comes to medical insurance, consider using a health savings account (HSA). Look for one with a high deductible and low premium. If you have a 401(k), roll it directly into an IRA with a direct

transfer rollover. Do not have them send you a check! Don’t ever cash out an IRA in a situation like this, unless it’s absolutely necessary to avoid bankruptcy or foreclosure. Finally, you’ve got to be willing to take any work that comes your way. This means even part-time jobs like delivering pizza or flipping burgers. There’s no shame in honest work, and losing a job isn’t the end of the world. It just might be the opportunity for a great new career change! — Dave

Dear Dave, Do you think people should a keep a certain amount of emergency cash on hand at home? It seems like this would be a good in idea in case there’s a national emergency or disaster situation. — Rose

Dear Rose, Some people do that kind of thing. I know a guy who is a multi-millionaire, and he keeps $50,000 locked up in a safe at his home. I’m fine with that. At the same time, you shouldn’t act like a scared rabbit, and tuck all your money under a mattress, or bury it in a coffee can in the backyard, because you’re afraid the world’s coming to and end! There’s nothing wrong with having some cash stashed away at home. I’m all

about being financially prepared. Just remember that the money you hide isn’t growing or earning anything! — Dave

Dear Dave, Could you explain, and comment on, investing in Viaticals? I’ve been hearing offers that guarantee 10 percent. Does that sound fishy to you? — Lee

Dear Lee, Everything about Viaticals is fishy. Stay away from them! A Viatical investment is when you buy a position in a terminally ill person’s life insurance policy. Mathematically, you’re betting on when they will die. A tremendous number of scam artists are involved in these things, and even the ones who go by the book have a lot of trouble, because you really can’t predict when someone’s going to die. Viaticals are a disaster. They’re being slammed by state attorney generals all across the country. Lots of these companies are being shut down, and most of those that are technically legitimate in this area are incompetent. Never put money in Viaticals! — Dave

For more great financial advice from Dave, please visit

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Amy Ray with sons, Colten and Donald

All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. Abraham Lincoln

Shelly Mayfield with daugher Madi

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Laying Down The Law M

y fi rst hundred days in office has come and gone. I am blessed with an excellent staff and my predecessor handed off a highly polished baton before leaving. There is little else that I could have asked for in a new job. A month or so from now summer will be here and you will likely be out of school. I hope that your summer will be full of fun activities and time spent with your friends, but I would like to caution you about underage drinking. In my first few months in office I have noticed that many young students are making bad choices and choosing to go out with their friends to drink and party. A few consequences to think about….1) it is illegal and you will likely be fined and depending on the situation, you could be jailed and/or placed on probation for a significant

amount of time…..2) you will have significant contact with police offi cers in a very unpleasant manner…..or 3) you could die. Yeah, that’s right, I said die as in dead, as in no longer living, as in your parents will have to write your obituary. Pretty serious. There are a bunch of you that are thinking that it’s no big deal and there won’t be any problems with it. Many teens think that same thing each year, right up to the moment that they do something stupid and get themselves killed or kill someone else. You want that to be you? How does this relate to “Mom” and this issue. It works like this. Moms throughout the ages have always been there trying to keep their kids from doing stupid things. In the Middle Ages, mom was probably telling her kids to stay away from the jousting

The Holts wish you a Happy Mother’s Day

By James M. Stainton

tournament. At the time of the Revolutionary War, mom was there telling her kids to avoid those guys in the red coats. You get the picture. Ever since the dawn of time moms have always been there to keep us from harm. They have always been there to offer words of advice and a hug right when we really need it. Even through our teenage years, they put up with our increasingly odd and sometimes rebellious behavior. Stop and think. Who was there for you when you were little? Who was there for you when you really needed support? Who do you still go to when times get tough? That’s right, it’s mom. No matter what, she does her best to be there for you too, even if she really isn’t too happy with you. Now that I am a parent, I am married to that mom. I am married to the mom that my kids go to for comfort and

security. My mom took care of me and now the mother of my kids will take care of them. Be proud to be a mom, but that power you wield comes with great responsibility. You carry the weight and strength of millions of mom years on your collective shoulders. Do not take it lightly. How you handle yourself and the advice you give your kids will take them into the future. You kids out there reading this, take the time to remember all that your mom does for you. Take the time this Mother’s Day and tell your mom one thing. Thanks. Every time I write an article for Mother’s Day, I think back to all the things that my mother did for me as a child. All of the life lessons that she provided, I still use each and every day. I look at the way that my wife, now a mother of three, is doing the same thing for my kids and how they respond to her

James M. Stainton graduated from Baylor Law School in 2000 and after a year with the 10th Court of Appeals in Waco, started his law practice. A married father of two, Mr. Stainton strongly believes that the law should be accessible to all persons, regardless of age.

warmth and compassion. They, like me, only have one mom in the world. Don’t take her for granted. See you next month.■

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Heartstrings Music From The Heart M

by H. Glenn Walker

Thanks Mom

S Beginning B Be eggiinn nnin ing at the ing thee tender ten ennde deer age age of ag of four fouur Glenn Glen Gl Glen enn entered the music business with a weekly radio show. He moved on to television, recording and performing in live venues ranging from Sunday morning church service to opening for Grand Ole Opry stars. Glenn and his wife Leesa moved from Las Vegas, Nevada to Decatur, Texas in July of 2000. He began teaching in 2005 and recently opened Guitar Players Academy.

ometimes my imagination takes over and I experience what I will refer to here as the “theatre in my head”. Sometimes the scenes are captivating and other times they are just amusing enough to keep me from nodding off. On one of my recent escapes from reality a new character popped up. Bear with me as I try to relate. Act One: It’s prehistoric time. A woman stands watching as a group of cavefolks have just finished a successful hunt for food. They worked really hard for this meal and want this to be a special occasion. The food is good and everyone has their fill but there is still daylight to burn, and time to kill. One of the men sits on the ground and picks up a rock and starts to pound another rock, attempting to shape it into something useful. Nearby, a small child picks up a stick and begins to emulate the actions of the man by

striking the stick against a hollow log. Soon others hear the rhythmic sounds and are struck by a feeling of jubilance, they begin to move in time to the beat. The bystander smiles approvingly as she watches the cavefolks dance to the beat of this new percussion section. The performers receive raving reviews and go on tour. The bystander moves on. Act Two, Three, Four: Cut for lack of space. Use your imagination. Act Five: It’s now the 1950’s. A guitar player sits thinking about how to get his music heard by large crowds, just outside the window, peeking in with a devilish grin is the same woman who had watched the actors from Act One. This time she’s watching the man, Les Paul, disassemble a phonograph and attach the parts to something that looks a little like an electric guitar. He completes his task,

connects a cable from his new electrical work of art to an amplifier, switches on the power and wakes up the neighborhood. She throws back her head and laughs. Prologue: Time goes by like it always does and she moves to another town, then another. Everywhere she goes new things are invented. All of the instruments in an orchestra, blues harmonicas, banjos, kazoos, every sound source we use to play music, she had a part in from the beginning. And not just the tools of musicians, but she was there for everything else that was invented too. All good mothers should be revered and she’s no exception. If you have followed me this far and still don’t recognize her, allow me to introduce her. She’s Necessity, she’s the mother of invention. THANKS MOM! ■

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