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Keep kids injury free while playing their favorite sports this summer (ARA) - Summer vacation gives children a break from schoolwork, but for many, their participation in sports will continue in warm weather months. Parents, coaches and players need to keep injury prevention in mind to ensure sports stay safe and fun throughout the summer. In a new survey commissioned by Safe Kids Worldwide and Johnson & Johnson, “Coaching Our Kids to Fewer Injuries: A Report on Youth Sports Safety,” parents report one in three kids who play team sports sustain injuries severe enough to require medical attention. “The report’s findings are particularly alarming because experts tell us more than half of these injuries are preventable,” says Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. “There is a gap between what we as coaches and parents can do to keep our kids safe and what we’re actually doing. With some simple precautions, we can change these troubling statistics and keep our kids healthy and enjoying the benefits of sports.” Safe Kids shares some advice for parents and coaches to help kids avoid injury while playing sports this summer: Before the game begins: • Give kids a break. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) say children should take a two- to three-month break from a specific sport each year to prevent overuse, overtraining and burnout. Yet, the Safe Kids survey found that nine out of 10 parents underestimate the length of time kids should take off from a particular sport. If your child plays soccer from August through May, for instance, switch to a different sport over the summer. Not only will it give your young athlete’s body a break, your child may enjoy discovering a new activity. • If your child missed her pre-participation physical evaluation (PPE) at the beginning of the school year, take this opportunity to have her checked out. A PPE can uncover underlying conditions and prevent potential medical emergencies. Not sure what the exam should entail? Go to www.safekids.org/sports for a printable copy of the form. • You probably know it’s important to stretch before

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physical activity, but did you know you should begin with a 10 minute cardio warm up? A light run, jogging in place and some jumping jacks can help raise the heart rate gradually. Follow up with stretches that work all the major muscle groups, holding each stretch for 20 to 30 seconds. • Make sure your child wears the appropriate safety and sports gear. All gear should fit properly and be in good condition to help avoid minor and serious injuries. While in the field or on the court: • The health impact of concussions on children is drawing attention across the country. The Safe Kids survey found that more than 50 percent of coaches believe there is an acceptable amount of head contact that’s OK during play. The truth is, bumps, blows and hits to the head need to be taken seriously, and parents, coaches and players all need to take preventative steps, including learning about concussions and the policies for their state and/ or sports league. Learn the signs and symptoms of concussions at www. safekids.org. • Four out of 10 parents underestimate the amount of water a typical child athlete needs per hour of play, according to the Safe Kids survey. Kids should drink 30 minutes before they start to play, and every 15 to 20 minutes during physical activity to avoid dehydration. • Rest is essential. In addition to taking one season away from any given sport every year, kids should get rest breaks during practices and games and take off at least one day from sports activities every week. • Consider attending a sports safety clinic. Safe Kids offers free Youth Sports Safety Clinics for parents and coaches that teach ways to keep young athletes healthy and injury free. Go to www.safekids.org to find a clinic. “Culturally, there’s an attitude that injuries are a natural consequence of sports and that good athletes tough it out when they suffer an injury,” says Carr. “But that attitude is hurting our kids. By adopting some basic, proven practices, we can protect our kids and help them stay healthy and active in sports throughout their lives.”■


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Father’s Day 5 Gift Ideas to Show you Care

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hen it comes to showing appreciation towards parents, fathers tend to get the shaft. Everyone loves the mothers, but it’s the fathers that get overlooked on this special day of appreciation. Instead of going with the classic coffee mug or tie, dig deeper and give your father something he’ll never forget on Father’s Day. Here are 5 Father’s Day give ideas. 1. Tickets to a sporting event What dad doesn’t enjoy sports, and there is no better way to enjoy the game then seeing it first-hand. It doesn’t matter if its basketball, baseball, golf or Nascar, just get him tickets to an event that he’ll enjoy. If you pitch with a sibling, maybe get a couple tickets so he can enjoy the game with a buddy of his. 2. Grooming kit Technology continues to bring more developed items to choose from. Although your father probably already has a razor and shaving cream, get him an entire grooming kit for Father’s Day. There are a number of kits on the market to choose from, and each kit differs in what it offers. Some things you may find include facial cleanser, pre-shave oil, shaving cream, after shave balm and a razor. 3. Barbecue tool set There is something about barbecuing that brings a sense of relaxation and enjoyment for many fathers. What better way to continue this satisfaction than by giving him this Father’s Day gift idea. As with the grooming kit, there are a plethora of sets to choose from with a wide price range to select from. A traditional set will include tongs, spatula, marinating brush, grill cleaning brush and much more. 4. Business attire If your father is a businessman, he can never have too many nice clothes for work. It may be a little out of your price range to get him a suit for Father’s Day because of the high price range. But you can still get him a new pair of dress shoes, some dress socks or a couple of nice collared shirts. 5. Outdoor activities If your father enjoys the outdoors, giving him some outdoor activity is the best Father’s Day gift idea there is. Give him a new fishing pole or a new mountain bike to ride through the mountains on. Giving him something he will use and enjoy is much better than giving him yet another coffee mug to stick in the counter. Father’s Day is the one day that you can truly show your father how much he means to you. There are hundreds of Father’s Day gift ideas to choose from, but no one knows him as good as you. Take the time to find a gift that truly matters and show your father how much he means to you. ■ 940.210.1769 • WISE

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Dave Says

How much am I really liable for?

Dear Dave, I have old credit card debt that goes back a few years. The account has been sold and re-sold to several collection companies. The limit on the card was $300, but with late charges and fees I now owe $1,500. Am I liable for the extra $1,200? - Monica Dear Monica, You agreed to their terms, which included the right to charge fees and penalties. Legally, they can do this. The honorable thing would be to send the company you contracted with a check for the full amount. However, that company no longer owns the debt, and they won’t get the money. They sold the debt. The present holder is just hoping to get something out of it. They buy debt in volume, dirt cheap, and whatever they can collect from any creditor is profit. The current collection company would probably be thrilled to settle for a lot less than face value. Make them an offer, but start really low. You can probably meet them somewhere in the middle and settle this for around $500. Do not give them any money until you have in your hand – on paper, in writing – a statement showing the amount for which they will settle, and do not give them electronic access to your bank account, either. Once you have this in hand, send them a cashier’s check or money order, and keep a copy of that payment and the letter for the rest of your natural life! - Dave

Going too far?

Dear Dave, Your plan has been a real blessing to us. Last week, my mother-in-law told my husband they haven’t paid their property taxes yet. Three thousand dollars is due. I love my in-laws, but they’re big spenders. They’ve got plenty of money and love to take lots of trips. We make good money, too, and could help them out, but we’re afraid this may be just the tip of the iceberg. What’s your advice on handling this? - Kelly Dear Kelly, This is a really touchy situation. First of all, you shouldn’t do anything. Your husband needs to handle this, because he’s their son. Even if you make kind, polite suggestions, they’ll assume you’re the one withholding from them. You don’t want to be labeled as the evil daughter-in-law! I understand your position and agree that you don’t want to enable their bad habits. Giving a drunk a drink is never a good idea. But this is family we’re talking about. You should try to find a way to help them if you 8

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can. If that help includes money, make certain you know exactly where it goes. When you give someone $3,000 (the amount needed for the taxes) you earn the right to have a say in what’s happening. Maybe your husband could go have coffee with them and just talk about things. He could explain how you guys are getting out of debt, and living on a budget to get control of your money. He could tell them how it’s been a fabulous thing for your marriage and your finances, and that he’d love to show them how you’re doing it. I’ve got a feeling that mom and dad didn’t raise their son to have dessert first and then eat his vegetables, but that’s exactly what they are doing. They need to pay their property taxes before they go running off on a bunch of fancy trips. From what you said, they’ve got the money to take care of what needs to be done and have some fun. But if they don’t correct their course, they’re liable to have their financial dignity stripped away. - Dave

Saving is always smart

Dear Dave, My wife and I have gone from having almost nothing to making about $90,000 in the last few years. The problem is that I can’t get her interested in saving money. What’s worse, her father is the preacher at our church and he has convinced her that he knows the Lord is coming back in our lifetime. Thinking this, she says there’s no reason to save because it will all be gone anyway. What can I do? - Brian Dear Brian, I’m all for people living their lives according to God’s word. But the Bible says that no man knows when the Lord will return. So, I get pretty leery when a guy – especially a preacher – tells me he knows when it’s going to happen. The Bible also tells us very clearly that it is wise to save, and the Bible does not contradict itself. So basically, if you don’t save you’re being foolish. Still, it probably wouldn’t be a great idea for you to run and tell your wife that financially she’s behaving like a fool. This is a touchy situation in other areas, too. Right now her dad’s theology is ruling your marriage, and that’s not good. Husbands and wives should grow in their faith together. I think you guys should sit down with a good marriage counselor and, for the good of your family, come to an agreement on a new place of worship. I mean, even if her dad is right about this – and if he turns out to be right, I’m pretty sure it’s not because he has inside information – there’s some stuff going on here where he’s interwoven his own ideas and spiritual authority in with your household authority. And that kind of thing could cause more problems down the road! - Dave


Company needs to step up!

Dear Marshall, Unless you pay on time instead of waiting for their money, you bet it affects your credit score. It’s your card! You signed for it, and it’s in your name. Every late payment affects your credit bureau score. I don’t know who you work for, but this is a very dangerous and bad practice – both by you and your company. Your company is using your credit and abusing you in the process. Talk to them about furnishing you with a corporate card. Better yet, a corporate debit card! If your employer is going to send you overseas, or anywhere on the road, it shouldn’t cost you money or cause you problems. - Dave

Guilt and cynicism

Dear Dave, My husband and I both work, and we just bought a great house for $150,000. He makes $50,000 a year, and I make about $30,000. We’ve been getting lots of different mortgage life insurance offers in the mail. They say they will pay off the house if one of us dies. Do you think we should take advantage of this? - Tonya Dear Tonya, I think it’s because there seem to be two negative emotions connected to people who have failed with money: guilt and cynicism. They feel guilty because they’re terrible when it comes to handling money, and they don’t want to talk about it. Cynicism may be more prevalent in people who feel like they’ve been messed over by some “money expert” out there. Maybe they got caught up in a deal that went bad, or they lost a lot of money following their advisor’s advice. The results can be they end up believing that anyone connected to the financial arena is a bad, incompetent or manipulative person. If you’ve made mistakes with money, that just makes you human. Everyone alive has messed up financially, and that includes me. I made mistakes with lots of zeroes on the end, but I managed to turn things around. Now, I’m running my own company based on those mistakes, how to fix them and how to keep people from making the same mistakes I did years ago. Sometimes people just don’t want to be around others who are trying something new or different and winning in the process. Then, there are people in life—I

Where do toys fit in the Baby Steps?

Dear Dave, When is it okay to have a little fun and get a boat or a motorcycle when you’re doing the Baby Steps? - Blasha

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Dear Dave, My company makes me use my personal credit card for overseas travel. They take care of my expenses, but sometimes they don’t send the money until after the payment is due. Does this affect my credit score? - Marshall

call them losers—who just don’t want anyone else to win, because it reminds them that they’re not winning. Being stuck around those kinds of people is no fun for anyone! - Dave

Dear Blasha, I always recommend that folks complete the first three Baby Steps before running out to buy a bunch of toys. Baby Step 1 is to save up $1,000 in the bank for a starter emergency fund. Baby Step 2 is to pay off all your debts, except the house, using the debt snowball method. Then, on Baby Step 3, we go back and fully fund the emergency fund to contain three to six months of expenses. After you’ve gotten this far, it’s okay to have a little fun and save up for a toy. But don’t forget about Baby Step 4, which is putting 15 percent of your income into pre-tax retirement plans, like mutual funds and Roth IRAs. Don’t neglect saving for college, either, if you have kids. That’s Baby Step 5. Baby Steps 6 and 7 are paying off the house early and building wealth and giving. Everyone likes having fun, and there’s nothing wrong with a few toys if you an afford them. Just make sure you don’t sacrifice your financial health for the shiny things! - Dave ■

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Justice: The Art of Being Fair

“In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.” - Albert Einstein

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ustice has been defined by today’s society in a myriad of terms. Politicians have used the term to defend or justify their cause. Educators debate justice with eager thinkers as if somehow that would change the balance of the future. Clergy teaches justice as an act of God’s love and compassion; some as God’s punishment for evil. For our purpose, I believe that “justice” is the act of fairness. It is the teaching of the treating of all others fairly and with equality. This understanding becomes a foundation for good business and personal growth. It is the challenge of maintaining a definable position in your community and business world. How do we start? How do we instill in our staff and business plan the idea of fairness with impartiality? The truest answer is always “by example”, but it must be a constant and consistent display of fairness without negotiation. As business leaders, we must teach the uncompromising principle of fairness to all. Honesty, truthfulness, and illustration in our daily dealings are the best teachers. It is not only what we offer by way of product to our clients; rather, it is who we are and how we operate that distinguishes your business from others. A business based on a well-developed and thoughtful plan must include directionality in its trade practices. Make sure that your employees and customers understand your desire for fairness. The old adage, “let your word be your bond” is still an effective business principle. Strive to never fail in your promises to others. Remember to take the time to show respect to others around you. Staff will learn to reflect your

attitude to clients, each other, you and themselves. I have always believed that as people pass through your life, they should grow and develop into more self-actualized human beings. They should be better for having spent time in your world. They should learn the example of fairness. If Einstein was correct, the treatment of people should be all the same. Every issue, concern or problem should be treated fairly and equally. This understanding does not negate the recognition of superior work in your staff. Fairness must be applied in rewarding achievement and accomplishment also. The Rotarians may have the best understanding of fairness in their “4 Way Test”. Ask of all actions, #1- Is it the truth?, #2-Is it fair to all concerned?, #3- Will it build good will and better friendships?, #4- Will it be beneficial to all concerned. Take this new understanding of fairness and apply to your daily work and life. Be the standard by which other businesses and people measure the test of fairness. ■ Keitha Story-Stephenson, Ph.D. Keitha Story-Stephenson, Ph.D. owner of BlueSky Wellness Center, provides private consultation for individuals and corporations in Nutritional Wellness, Weight Management, ADD/ADHD Nutritional Management, and other Alternative Health Care. Services are available by appointment in Decatur at 506 West Walnut. Call 817-239-9525 or visit us at www.BlueSkyWellnessCenter.com for more information. Follow us on our Blog, www. DrKeitha.com or www.MerchantsCircle.com . Also, tune in to Christian Radio, KDKR 91.3fm, on Saturdays at 1:30pm, for “Feeding the FamilyMind, Body and Spirit” or go to KDKR.org for live streaming of our broadcast.

Where’s the Keys? Several days ago as I left a meeting at our church, I desperately gave myself a personal TSA pat down. I was looking for my keys. They were not in my pockets. A quick search in the meeting room revealed nothing. Suddenly I realized, I must have left them in the car. Frantically, I headed for the parking lot. My wife, Diane, has scolded me many times for leaving the keys in the ignition. My theory is the ignition is the best place not to lose them. Her theory is that the car will be stolen. As I burst through the doors of the church, I came to a terrifying conclusion. Her theory was right. The parking lot was empty. I immediately called the police. I gave them my location, confessed that I had left my keys in the car, and that it had been stolen. Then I made the most difficult call of all, “Honey,” I stammered. (I always call her “honey” in times like these.) “I left my keys in the car, and it has been stolen.” There was a period of silence. I thought the call had been dropped, but then I heard Diane’s voice. “Ken” she barked, “I dropped you off!” Now it was my time to be silent. Embarrassed, I said, “Well, come and get me.” Diane retorted, “I will, as soon as I convince this policeman I have not stolen your car!” 10

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Scott and Mitzi Reaves of Decatur.

My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, “You’re tearing up the grass.” “We’re not raising grass,” Dad would reply. “We’re raising boys.” - Harmon Killebrew Alec Blayze Meador 13 months old enjoying a sunny day.

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Wise County Wonderings The Old Stone Prison

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ne of the first stone houses built in Decatur, probably around 1895, of native stone. The land was owned by Wise County. Prison labor was utilized in erecting the structure. Many of the stones show the unique method used in shaping; holes were drilled in the proper places, a wooden peg inserted, then kept wet until the peg swelled bursting the stone alone the desired lines. The basement under the living room served as the jail, with the sheriff or deputy living in the three room house. A dumb waiter on the east side of the house covened the meals down to the men in the “dungeon.” It has been said the iron cell now located on the Sheriff ’s Posse grounds came from the basement of this house, although we are of the opinion it came from the first city jail that was located across the street to the west. We are told there was a trap door in the living room that let the prisoners down to the jail. The original house consisted of three rooms; living room on the east, and two bedrooms on the west. As with most houses of the era, the kitchen was not attached to the main house because of fire hazards involved, but was located to the east about where there is now a small office. The second county jail was built about 1883, and living quarters added in 1885, thus this house was no longer necessary and the property was sold in 1888 to a Mr. A. H. Whitehead, who converted the lot into the city waterworks, it was used for this purpose until 1938. It was then used as a private residence until 1967, when it was purchased by the Wise County Historical Society, Inc. It was then used as a museum, furnished as a house might have been before 1900. When the Decatur Baptist College Administration Building was donated by Decatur busness man, Coke L. Gage, for a museum, gift shop, archive and Little Theater, the structure was rented as a residence, later used as an AA meeting place, until sold to Warren Thompson, a resident of Decatur. The old house has had its share of tragedy. It is said a young man drowned when he dived into one of the water tanks located just east of the house. Old-timers recalled watching the prisoners come from the basement with manacles fastened to their hands and legs, and on returning in the evening after having worked on public roads all day, left a trail of blood on the ground from abrasions caused from wearing chains all day. Also, it is believed a young man shot his wife in the house. (Some

disagreement on this, may have been next door.) This structure is located at 103 E. Pecan, about a block off the courthouse square in Decatur, across the street to the east behind the Wise County Messenger. It is not open to the public at this time. Rosalie Gregg

Rosalie Gregg was born near Hayden, New Mexico. Ms. Gregg graduated from Paradise High School and from Decatur Baptist College. She married Robert Nolen Gregg, Jr., who had been a Prisoner of War for 3-1/2 year during which time he helped build the railroad that led to the Bridge over the River Kwai in Thailand. Ms. Gregg has been involved with the Wise County Heritage Museum since its inception in 1967. www.wisehistory.com

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Madyson - our little dancing queen!! We love you and are so proud of you! Love - Mom, Lance & Briggs

Ryan Tully (1 year) “introducing” himself to one of the newest additions at the NRS Training facility, with his dad Taylor looking on.

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The Intoxicating Influence of a Lady “Have you met Chantal? She is such a lovely lady.” and is committed to lifelong learning. A casual comment like this, said in a positive tone, She develops, uses, and trusts her intuition. has the power to endear one person to another, or to Her Appearance create outrage. The difference lies with the person She accepts, embraces, and maximizes her physical who hears the comment and how she defines what appearance. She dresses appropriately for every occasion. a “lady” is. Who is a lady? The dictionary defines a lady as She understands the value of mystery and modesty. a well-bred woman; — the female counterpart to a Her Walk gentleman; a woman who is refined, polite, and well- She moves with grace, elegance, strength, and spoken; a woman of high social position or economic confidence. She plans her day well and is not hurried. class; any woman; a female. I recently presented the following question to Her Speech various professionals globally, “What does it mean She speaks with kindness and consideration. to be a ‘lady,’ or a ‘gentleman,’ in today’s society? Is She is thankful and tactful in her communication. it valued?” The feedback shed an interesting light on She gives and accepts compliments with ease. Her Actions how our current society views being a lady. While many embrace the notion of being a lady, She maintains high moral character and integrity, or a gentleman, today, others find the term lady and protects it at all cost. distasteful and sexist. Interestingly, they do not She is generous with her time, talent, and resources. find the term gentleman to be distasteful or sexist. She is courteous, polite, thoughtful, and loyal. Being a lady brings to mind comments like, “Nice She honors and respects all people. While one is born ladies don’t speak up, female, the art of and nice ladies don’t “Being powerful is like being a lady. If you being a lady must cross their legs.” have to tell people you are, you aren’t.” be developed and One individual noted Margaret Thatcher nurtured. For some, that in Sweden they this skill is learned have opted to not call children “boys” and “girls” anymore and joked in her family as she grows up. For others, the skill that Dr. Seuss may have had it correct to call them is honed through observation, attending classes, reading books, and trial and error. For all, becoming “Thing 1” and “Thing 2.” The majority of men and women aligned their a lady is a lifelong process and commitment as our beliefs with the dictionary definition that a lady is society embraces reality TV, careless dress and not only who she is according to gender, but also how grooming, trash talk, and increasingly shocking behavior. she behaves. Personally, I embrace being called a lady, Today’s lady shares equal stat us and as I view this term to refer to my being gracious, responsibility in all aspects of society—whatever thoughtful, kind, self-assured, poised, and female. I her life choices are personally and professionally. know who I am—my strengths and my weaknesses— Being a lady is not as much about what she does, and am able to move through life with an unyielding but rather, who she is, and how she navigates herself confidence rooted in my character and displayed as through life. You instantly know, and never forget, class. I possess clear boundaries, both personally and when you have been in the presence of a lady. She is professionally, and respect the boundaries of others. classy, elegant, polite, compelling, and intoxicating. A lady is one who embraces her background Being in the presence of a true lady or gentleman is and has mastered the art of how to dress, speak, and a powerful and memorable experience. ■ behave in every situation. Here are a few insights Deborah King, AICI CIP into what it is to be a modern lady. Deborah King is President of Final Touch Finishing School, Inc. which she founded in 1989 in Her Background As a certified image professional, with She is not required to be born into the right family Seattle. over 30 years of experience, she presents her or experience a silver spoon upbringing; she programs nationally and internationally for demonstrates instead care and consideration for self youth and corporate clients. She is co-author of “Image Power” and “Executive Etiquette and others, which is rooted in civility. Power” and developer of several education tools. She values education—both formal and self-study— www.finaltouchschool.com.

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Tanner, Amie, Grace, and Makinzy enjoying the day at the Fort Worth Zoo on an Alvord school field trip.

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BUST A MOOD

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3 Strategies to Calm Beastly Moods

e all have moods. In childhood, there are those unicorn, rainbow, cotton candy, smiley ones, there are the beastly ones. Meltdown mahem at Macy’s. Bedtime blow-ups. Tantrums over tuna. Adolescents are also famous for occasionally getting their panties in a bunch...ahem. Behind every spirited child in distress is a parent secretly wishing to be sedated. Okay, the last part may just be me, but sometimes the moods of our children shift so swiftly and fiercely from cheer to rage, we’re left dazed and confused. Kids don’t grow out of bad moods like they do shoes. So let’s explore some common ‘very bad mood’ triggers and tips for how to avoid them.

Why Terrible Horrible Moods Happen to Good Children

• Changes in routine. All parents get this intellectually, yet still we are caught off guard when our kids react to change with distress. “But you said we’d get ice cream right after school!” (Can you feel the power of those words like nails on a chalkboard?) WE think they must learn to go with the flow. THEY want predictable outcomes. • Overstimulation. Too much of a good thing can be lovely…and it can be bad. Real bad. Noise, interference, and stimulation in a child’s surroundings can cause increased irritability. And unfortunately, children often don’t realize it’s the ENVIRONMENT making them edgy and grumpy. • Exhaustion. Hello? Sleep deprivation makes children of all ages emotionally weird and less resilient. Teens especially must get enough shut eye! • Tummies growlin’. The tricky part about cranky hungry kids? They can be extremely resistant to acknowledging their hunger. You have to do the thinking and be armed with snacks especially when away from home. • Growing pains. Yep. Blame it on hormones. Physical and neurological growth can cause children to be moody. Let’s keep reminding each other about this one, deal? • Injustice. “Hey! Sophie got a bigger slice!” Even if Sophie didn’t get the sizeable helping, perceiving she did can trigger a nasty mood.

Bust a Mood 1. Look to children’s literature.

Sharing a book is one way to connect with kids in a discussion of moods. Remember little Alexander from Alexander and the Horrible Very Bad Day? Poor guy can’t even get away from his bad day when he settles down for the night. He bites his tongue, and the cat deserts him! But there is someone there to bust his mood. Fortunately

he has a parent who reassures that everyone has bad days. Another title combining a silly sense of humor with grouchy feelings is Big Rabbit’s Bad Mood by Ramona Badescu. Laughter is good medicine for monstrous bad moods.

2. Listen to the experts and their advice.

Authors of Mother Nurture (2002), Rick and Jan Hanson, have excellent tips for easing sour moods. One-on-one attention. Make sure your moody child is getting plenty of nurturance in the form of quality attention for at least 20 minutes daily (ideally, more time than that). Soak up the sunshine. Children need to build up a positive emotional memory so they can access those happy places when life isn’t going smoothly. Dr. Hanson suggests spending a few minutes at bedtime reviewing all the things that make her feel good and reminding her to savor those things. Watch out for stress. Some moody kids have a hard time coping with stressors such as long days of childcare, overscheduling, and too-high expectations. While we can’t eliminate stress for kids, be a good model of coping. Reassure them they don’t need to worry and teach strategies to calm themselves. Seek out objectivity. Frequently it helps to ask a teacher, family friend or counselor for an opinion about your child’s moods—is there a bully at school? Is it possible you are missing something? Assess their diet. Think about whether your child is eating enough protein or too much sugar. Make sure she is offered nutritious meals, consider vitamins, and watch for symptoms of food allergies. Take care of yourself. Don’t forget about your own needs for nurturance. Moody kids can add up to lots of stress into the home, so take good care of your relationships and your own emotional well-being.

3. Do not underestimate the power of rest.

Bad moods hate a restful slumber. Are you getting enough rest to cope with these moody children? You need your energy and stamina for these terrible, no good days! See a connection between sleepovers and your child’s bad mood? Do everything in your power to promote better sleep habits for you and your family. ■ Michele Ranard, M.Ed.

Michele Ranard is a busy mom still on cloud nine from so much spa goodness. She has a husband, two children, and a master’s in counseling. Visit her blogs at cheekychicmama.blogspot.com and hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com.

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Tips for a healthy, safe and fun active outdoor vacation

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om zip-lining, Dad mountain biking, a sibling hike at sunrise - for many travelers, a vacation isn’t just for relaxation, it’s the perfect opportunity for adventure in the great outdoors. The summer travel season is ideal for camping, hiking and biking - great travel activities for couples and families alike. With a little pre-travel planning, you can help ensure that the elements and the unforeseen of outdoor travel don’t derail your good time. The easiest way to avoid any mishaps is to adequately prepare before your trip. Follow these tips for a healthy, safe and enjoyable outdoor vacation: Pack the right clothing Mother Nature is a fickle beast - meaning that even during warm seasons, weather can be unpredictable and temperatures can plummet after nightfall. Packing clothes that can be layered is wise so you can add on or remove as necessary. Because you’ll be active, a good pair of suppor tive shoes is crucial as well as several pairs of light socks to keep feet dry and blisterfree. If rain might be an issue, pack rain gear, or at the very least, an emergency poncho. When deciding what to wear for your outdoor adventure, plan for comfort rather than fashion you’ll be sorry at the end of your half-day horseback ride if you wear shorts and flip-flops. Remember sun protection When spending long hours outdoors, the sun can be intense, especially if you’re doing an activity on the water or away from shade. Always pack plenty of sun block at SPF 30 or higher - remember to spread all over your body including often-forgotten areas like feet, ears, hands and knees. Make sure to pack sunglasses for the whole family to protect the eyes and face. It’s wise also to bring hats and light, cotton long-sleeve shirts too, which can provide additional protection from the sun and from bug bites. Buy travel assistance Whether you are traveling 50 miles or 5,000, both domestic and international travelers should get emergency medical and travel assistance from

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a company like On Call International. Membership includes unlimited coverage any day at any time for emergency medical evacuations to the hospital of your choice, expert medical monitoring, worldwide medical referrals and family travel costs related to the injury/sickness. With a deluxe travel assistance membership you get additional benefits such as protection and assistance during natural disasters and civil unrest, and even assistance with the care and return of your pet. Be water wise Your body always needs adequate hydration, but when you’re doing physical activities outdoors, it’s even more important to have a plentiful supply of water. Make sure that wherever you are going has a source of safe drinking water. Even if the hike you planned includes a rest stop where a drinking fountain is located, it’s still wise to bring a water bottle because you never know when a fountain might be broken or unavailable. Avoid water from lakes or streams - no matter how clean and pure it looks, it likely cont ai n s wat e rborne parasites and micro-organisms that can make you ill. If necessary, use a chemical treatment to purify water. Make a plan for the unexpected Whether you’re taking a causal hike or trying a new activity like rock climbing or kayaking, it’s smart to bring a companion. In case of an emergency, you don’t want to be alone. If you’ll be out for a while, pack a portable first-aid kit for minor injuries. Talk with your travel companions ahead of time and develop an emergency plan should someone get lost or a medical emergency occurs. On hikes or during camping trips to more remote locations, parents often give children whistles to blow in case they become lost. A little planning and some smart thinking means adventure travel outdoors can be safe and full of memory-making potential. Consider these tips and you’ll be well on your way to having a great vacation. ■


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Karian and Gabby Thornton. New comers to Decatur from Dallas and God daughters of Ima Johnson.

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Wise Merchants Association Membership Benefits The Wise Merchants Association was founded in June 2009 by Kim Tinkham to help local businesses weather the recession. The goal of this Association is to allow merchants to share ideas, problems and solutions with other merchants. Our Association meetings are structured to  provide information, education, and motivation for  business owners, as well as networking opportunities. We believe in having local merchants support each other and in keeping shopping dollars local. Our Association does not compete with the local Chambers, and actually partners with them on occasion for special events. We are a unique Association with the only goal of providing business owners information they need to grow their business! Membership Benefits: • Motivational speakers • Training • Informal meetings • Networking opportunities • Excellent sponsors • Supportive members • Business owner focused

Additional Business Benefits: • Highly recognized by the Wise County Clerk and Wise County Attorney • Recommended by many local organizations • Discounted advertising in Wise Family Today Magazine • Discounts on member’s products or services

Our meetings have included training for business owners in marketing, networking, social media, business goal setting, sales training, and business etiquette. We also have informal, after-hours Mixers that are a great opportunity to bring guests. Thank you to our members and we encourage you to take advantage of all of your membership benefits. If you are not a member, we invite you to join us at www.wisemerchants.org!

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Wise Family Magazine June 2012  

Wise Family Magazine inspires parents, motivates kids and celebrates life in Wise County, Texas.

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