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Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten? p10 Fitness for the Family p12 Are Allergies Causing Your Family Problems? p18 Decorating a Big Kid Room p20 Why I Changed What My Family Eats p24 Extreme Eating: Will It Help Your Child’s ADHD? p26 Celebrate Moms p32
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ne of the ways our family kept moving was to vacation where we could bicycle to different destinations. Instead of relying on a car, our family of five would walk out of our temporary residence and pedal to different places, which allowed us to really bond through the journey. We could chat. We could stop along the way and investigate a creek or stop for a treat at an ice-cream shop. As idyllic as that sounds, our family bonding also had its fair share of flat tires, rain, whining, and wrecks. But still we made it. Everything worthwhile is not without its challenges, but doing something with your family that will foster good health and strengthen relationships is worth pushing through the flat tires. The bike featured on the cover was how we accommodated our youngest. The tandem allowed him to ride with one of the adults so that we could move safely from one place to another. Some great riding ventures are right here in Louisville. The Parklands’ new bike paths and the trails along the water on both sides of the river are great places to pedal together. You can even rent bikes at Beckley Creek. (Blue Moon Bicycles, 502.753.9942).
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Beth Smith and son Weston do lots of activities — some with each other and some with the rest of the family (Weston is the youngest of four). Get some ideas on how your family can have fun together starting on page 12. PHOTO BY MELISSA DONALD
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IS MY CHILD READY
FOR KINDERGARTEN? By Dana Diehlman
y youngest son, Patrick, has a June birthday. When he started preschool in 2015 as a young 4-year-old, holding him back another year before kindergarten didn’t even enter my mind. After all, it made sense to me to try to keep Patrick’s grade as close as possible to his older siblings’ grades. His older brother, Riley, and older sister, Katelyn, were entering second and third grade as he entered his first year of preschool. In my mind, the best plan of action would be to get him in kindergarten as Riley started fourth so he could have two years of elementary school with him and three with his sister. However, halfway through Patrick’s first preschool year it became apparent that he was nowhere near ready for kindergarten. At the first parent/ teacher conference, his teacher showed me examples of his work. At first I was beaming, but then I noticed that a lot of things in his folder weren’t finished. She said that he really had a problem finishing work in the time allotted. I accepted a lot of the blame because I hadn’t prepared him as well as I’d prepared my older two. In my defense, he was the third kid, and there’s only so much of the alphabet song a person can take, right? When his teacher gently suggested that he stay another year in preschool, my husband and I were taken aback. Another year of preschool was not in our master plan. Another year of preschool meant that he wouldn’t have as much time with Riley and Katelyn! At first we didn’t even consider it, and I defiantly filled out the forms — ALL the forms — to enroll him as a kindergartener. I decided that I would just work even harder with him to get him ready. We would do more letters, more handwriting, more alphabet songs, more everything. But after I turned in all of those forms, I didn’t feel any more
at ease that we’d made a decision. In fact, I continued to obsess about it and worry over it. I began talking about the situation with other people — friends, mentors, church family, other moms, teachers, total strangers — all in an effort to try to figure out the best thing to do. Many educators told me they had never had a parent regret holding his child back a year. Other parents pointed out that it is just kindergarten and that the kids are not going to be expected to perform complex mathematical operations or read War and Peace. Over the remainder of Patrick’s first preschool year, there were times when I argued that he would be fine in kindergarten while my husband would point out Patrick’s lack of maturity. However, there were other times that my husband was on board with shipping my baby off to kindergarten and I’d almost break out in tears and hives. In the end, after my husband and I talked it over yet again, for seemingly the 4 billionth time, we finally agreed — at the same time — that he’s just not ready. And he’s not. He wants to be big so badly, and he’s just not yet. And I don’t want to force him to be something he’s not. I don’t want him to fall in the cracks because he’s one of the youngest kids and can’t keep up. This year he is in junior kindergarten with some of his preschool classmates, and some of his other preschool classmates continued on to real kindergarten. I’m finally at peace with what my husband and I have decided for him. We took in the big picture of who our son is, and right now, he’s a five-year-old who would much rather build with Legos than write his alphabet. And I have another year to mentally prepare for my last kiddo to get another step closer to growing up.
when his teacher gently suggested that he stay another year in preschool...i decided that i would just work even harder with him...more letters, more handwriting, more alphabet songs, more everything.
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Spring Dangers for Your Pet
I just found a tick on my puppy. Help! How do I get it off safely and can I catch anything?
Both of my dogs and my cat go out in my back yard. What are some of the potential problems this spring that I should be aware of?
Springtime is defini ely the peak time for ticks, and yes, there are several serious diseases that both you and your pet can suffer from. There are 15 species of ticks in North America but only a few that can affect you or your dog: the American Dog Tick, Lone Star Tick, Deer or Blacklegged tick and Brown Dog Tick. Ticks can transmit Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Anaplasmosis. There are several excellent preventatives for your pets such as Seresto Flea/tick collar, Frontline Plus, Brevecto, and Nexguard. Walking through the woods or tall grass is a quick way to have ticks attach to your body or your pet. We recommend vaccinating your dog for Lyme disease if you do any camping, hunting, or walking in the woods. Removing a tick with blunt tweezers or disposable gloves is recommended. If you must use your fingers, shield them with a tissue or paper towel. Grasp the tick as close to the skin surface as possible, reducing the possibility of the head detaching, which may increase the chances of infection. Do not twist or jerk the tick but pull straight out. Applying some medicinal alcohol can cause the tick to loosen its grip. Wash your hands after removing the tick and be sure to check all over your pet’s body for additional parasites. Check our website at www.jeffersonanimalhospitals.com for more information.
This is a GREAT question. Garden toxins such as fertilizers, herbicides, and insecticides can be a big problem. Although pesticides are much safer than 30 years ago, they can cause vomiting and diarrhea, and fertilizers containing iron can also be a problem. Check the ingredients list and look for antidote instructions. Moldy foods your pet may find in our outdoor compost bin can cause symptoms such as panting, drooling, nausea, and tremors within 30 minutes after ingestion. Mole and gopher baits are very toxic to your pet, and there is no antidote. Snail and slug baits can cause extreme tremor, seizures, and fever. Treatment requires intensive care hospitalization. Mulch can be toxic as well as cause an obstruction in the bowels. Cocoa bean mulch is the worst. Car antifreeze or coolant solutions that may drain on to your driveway are also highly fatal to dogs and cats, and some vegetable plants are not safe for pets. Tomato plants (not the ripe fruit), rhubarb leaves, onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, and wild mushrooms can also cause harm. To be safe, always call one of the Pet Poison Control numbers (ASPCA 888-426-4435, Pet Poison Helpline 800-213-6680) if you suspect your pet may have ingested a chemical or toxin. There is a fee for contacting these services, but the advice and treatment recommendations can be lifesaving for your pet.
Dr. Pat Kennedy
Ask Dr. K a question! E-mail DrKennedy@ JeffersonAnimalHospitals.com
Dr. K has been serving the Louisville and Southern Indiana community as a preeminent Veterinarian and business leader since 1978. She is the Hospital Director and owner of both Fern Creek Medical Center and Outer Loop Regional Emergency Center. In 2006, she was honored as “Woman Business Owner of the Year” by the National Association of Women Business Owners, Louisville chapter, and esteemed as Kentucky Veterinarian of the year in 2011 by the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association (KVMA). In 2014, her 24-Hour Regional Emergency Center was distinguished as one of four national finalists for “Practice of the Year” by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).
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Often times, parents sign up kids for fitness activity or sport while the parent sits on the sidelines or waits in the car for practice to be over. Perhaps it is time to change this — and get your family moving together. Here are some ideas that might help you.
Beth Smith and son Weston, 11, try to stay active together. Besides bicycling, they like to ski and play soccer and basketball. PHOTOS BY MELISSA DONALD
Do a Charity Walk, Run, Bike, Climb Katie Sauber and her two kids are active together, including participating in several charity events. Katie and son Liam have participated in Today’s Woman’s Fight for Air Climb team for the past three years. “MeMe, 13, and I ran our first 5k ever together for Girls On The Run in May 2012 when she was at Field Elementary. Liam, 11, and I ran the Anthem 5k together in 2013.” They also did the Splash‘n’Dash 5k in August 2016 with Team Brave Hearts. Katie and Liam will be running the Triple Crown together this year. Besides hiking, biking, and running, the Saubers like to go to the House of Boom, SkyZone, and Champs Rollerdrome for indoor activities.
WAYS TO GET MORE FITNESS INTO YOUR FAMILY
ABOVE LEFT: Mom Katie Sauber and kids MeMe and Liam took part in the Girls on the Run 5k. ABOVE RIGHT: Katie and son Liam celebrate after completing the Fight for Air Climb together.
Invest in Something to Do Together Consider investing in something that is made to do together. Some equipment is especially made to do things together, such as this family tandem bike from the Tandem Traveler. It has an adjustable seat, so that you can pair a small child with an adult or even an adult with another adult. Other ideas: Kayaking, Wii Fitness, Fitbits, Geocaching, Try an App (check out Fit Friendzy, Teemo) CONTINUED ON PAGE 14
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Set Up an Olympic Course at Your House It doesn’t take a big investment or coaches to get your kid learning new, different skills. You can use toys or natural items in your backyard. Here are some ideas to consider: • Combine a few skills together to help sequential memory. • Use a timer to add more drama and fun to the game. • Include some jumps, crawling, and ball action to improve different fitness skills. • Build imagination by letting them create a course. • Do it with them! There’s nothing they love more than getting their adult moving with them.
Kentuck y Derby Fe stival YMCA Healthy Kids Day By Humana April 30, 1-4pm Water front Park ins ide Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville Free, family-friendly fitness event features interactive activities, vendors, inflatables, group exe rcise classes and the miniFun Run. Fo r kids ages 3 and older and adults. YMCA Louis ville.org or call 502.587.9622 .
Isaac Flynn, 6, and Lilly Flynn, 4, were happy to help create a fitness course that kept them moving — they also started designing another course after these photos were taken — points were involved. CONTINUED ON PAGE 16
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Luke Gilland, 14, practices some hoops — something his family enjoys doing together. “Just tell your kids — don’t ask them — that this is the activity we are going to do today,” says Steve Gilland. “If the parents enjoy it, the kids will enjoy it — not necessarily the other way around.”
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Make it Competitive Add a competitive element to your family fitness, especially with your pre-teens and teens. If you get everyone in the family involved, it makes it even more appealing. Although they own a gym together, parents Steve and Stephanie Gilland believe in family games outside. “For families to really enjoy the activity, the parents have to be involved in it also,” Steve says. Stephanie says their family has played basketball two-on-two, tennis, biking, even bowling. Here are some ideas: • Set up a basketball tournament. • Play some doubles tennis or even ping pong. • Run a relay race — use a stick for your baton and set up a starting/finish line.
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PRACTICAL TIPS FOR ALLERGY FAMILIES • Take your shoes off as soon as you come in the house. The fewer allergens you track in, the less you have to clean! • Encase all mattresses and pillows with special dust mite covers. It’s a huge investment, so start with the pillows and go from there if you need to stretch out the expense. • In extreme cases, change clothes when you come inside the house and wash your hair before bed. Hair gets full of allergens from outside, and then you lie on it! • Do not dry clothes outside on a line • Be vigilant about vacuuming, dusting, and cleaning places — such as the bathroom — where mildew is likely to grow. • Hardwood ooring and tile are preferable to carpeting. Get rid of carpeting if that’s an option. Otherwise, the vacuum is your best friend. And get rid of those area rugs! • Don’t dust or vacuum while the allergy su erer is in the room. Dust mites settle in about half an hour, so aim for that amount of time between cleaning and letting the allergy su erer back into the room. If you are the allergy su erer, wear a mask while cleaning. • Avoid cigarette smoke like the plague. • Avoid environments with a high allergen concentration. For example, if you are allergic to mold, a fall walk in the woods is probably going to end miserably. You can’t regulate the allergens in others’ homes — nor do you want to try! — so invite folks over to your house where you control the environment. — SARA JONES
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Allergy “scratch” tests can show your level of response to different allergens.
ARE ALLERGIES CAUSING YOUR FAMILY PROBLEMS? By Erin Nevitt
neezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, and itchy, watery eyes: sound familiar? These are the most common allergy symptoms, so if someone in your house is miserable most of the time, allergies might be the cause. Your doctor can refer you to an allergist, who may recommend a skin test. Dr. Derek Damin, of Allergy Partners of Louisville, explained that skin testing “involves a prick or "scratch" test where a small drop of liquid is left on skin to see if it causes an allergic response after 15 minutes. A second stage, called an "intradermal," is often used to detect lesser sensitizations and rule out allergies. This involves introducing a small amount of liquid between the layers of skin and waiting another 15 minutes.” Once the child’s individual allergies are identified, the doctor can make recommendations for treatment and “avoidance measures.” For example, if the child is allergic to dust mites, and roughly 10 percent of the general population and 90 percent of people with allergic asthma are — Dr. Damin recommends encasing bedding, washing it in hot water at least every two weeks, and keeping indoor humidity less than 50 percent. He advises no more than two stuffed animals in the bed and washing those when you wash the bedding. Freezing stuffed animals overnight can help kill dust mites. For children who are allergic to pet dander, mold, and pollen — airborne allergens — Dr. Damin recommends HEPA filtration. “Many people get a room air HEPA filter for the living room and the bedroom. Others get a whole-house HEPA system added to their HVAC system,” he says, adding that if your child is allergic to pet danger, “it is best not to have an indoor pet in the first place.” He also suggests choosing a vacuum cleaner that is HEPA filterequipped. And avoiding using scented candles, plug-ins, fireplace fires, and wood stoves can also help. My son has allergies and asthma. Now what? "When my son was just under two years old, we discovered he had severe environmental allergies and asthma,” says Sara Jones. “It was really scary at first because I felt like the very air that we breathe was poisoning him.” Sara and her husband felt overwhelmed trying to pinpoint the origin of tiny, invisible organisms. “It’s easy to get caught up in the worry and to avoid many otherwise-fun situations if it means your child may not be able to breathe. Think of the body like a cup and allergens as the water that goes in. You can fill that cup all the way to the top with water and not get symptoms. It’s only when the cup overflows that one starts to see symptoms.” Sara explained that the presence of a few allergens probably won’t trigger an allergy or asthma attack. “Do what you can to avoid allergens, and that will give you the freedom — and the room in your cup — to enjoy times that are out of your control." todayswomannow.com
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BIG KID ROOM By Lauren Dahl
hen the sweet little babes were on the brink of arrival, we poured our heart and soul into decorating a nursery. The design of the baby nursery most likely included colors and items that we found appealing. I did it too. I designed both of my boys’ nursery spaces exactly as I wanted. Sure, it was “for them” in terms of meeting their needs, but it was also for me. Eventually our sweet little babies grow up to be big kids. Along with an attitude spike, a need to snack literally all day long, and, of course, all the wonderfulness they bring, comes the need for a big-kid space. A space that is his haven. A few months ago we transitioned my son Ari (3) to a complete big boy room. Here are some steps to help the process.
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Prioritize your kid’s interests in the design and involve them in small ways. As I was designing the space, a dinosaur comforter was one of the only new items I purchased. It was originally from Target, but I scored it cheaper on eBay. Ari is obsessed with dinosaurs, and I knew he would love it. He would stare at the online image of the comforter and want me to check the shipping status every single day. Some of the nursery items did remain – like the vintage art hanging on the wall – because I couldn’t part with it. His grandmother gave us the orange plaid blanket, and I love that it carries her story passed to Ari. Remove unused items, and re-visit the function of the room. When deciding on what to keep and what to move, some of it was obvious. The rocker and crib had to go. I no longer rocked Ari to sleep, and while the crib wasn’t an issue, the look of the crib felt babyish to him. A twin bed made the space really feel “big boy.” I found a vintage one for around $60 on a Facebook yard sale site for moms. We did have to buy a new mattress, but even so, the cost was much less than buying a brand new bed. The dresser was my childhood dresser that I painted emerald for his nursery. Wall colors stayed to save money, plus they went well with the new space. We also kept the tall gate on his door. His room is upstairs, and at age 3 I don’t feel comfortable with him walking around in the middle of the night. The room now functions as a place to sleep, but also as a place to play independently. Address new safety concerns. Bringing in a lamp did make me nervous, but we went over rules for using a lamp and safety concerns. We also made sure it was plugged in an out-of-sight location. With more freedom comes more ideas for your big kid. Windows should be safe, with cords out of reach, and since he’s now allowed to be in his room alone, it was a topic we needed to address. Climbing and jumping on furniture was another conversation. Outlet covers stayed on visible outlets. At first Ari fell out of the twin bed a few times, so we have since moved it against the wall with a pillow placed on the open side each night.
Photos by Melissa Donald
4 STEPS TO A “BIG KID” ROOM
I added a $20 nightstand from Habitat ReStore next to his bed. It was sturdy and came with ample storage. Water cups, tissues, books, and trinkets from the day live there. I found a lamp for nighttime reading for $8 at Goodwill. We made toy cubbies from an old piece we had, painted with a fresh coat of orange paint. We brought in car tracks, toys, and his play kitchen.
Introduce routines and chores. A new space is the perfect time for introducing big boy tasks; in fact this exciting change can be very motivating. It can even be used to break a habit, like saying goodbye to a pacifier or having a parent lie on the floor until the child is fully asleep. Take full advantage of this transition. Big kids do chores; adding a laundry bin for tossing dirty clothes helps a young child transition into laundry responsibilities. All toys have a home, so when it’s time to clean up, your big kid will know where to place items. For more family friendly design, and kid art activities: visit Lauren Dahl at The-Dahl-House.com
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My “big boy” made the large “Ari” art above his bed from dried beans and glue, a project we did together at the kitchen table. He also picked out which stuffed animals get to be on the bed (an ever-changing decision).
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WHY I CHANGED WHAT MY
FAMILY EATS By Carrie Vittitoe
don’t remember when Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, changed the way I feed my family, but I can tell you the page numbers that explain why: 78 and 82. The book offers a look at the industrial food complex, organic farming, and foraging, and it shows how they differ from each other. It was both a fascinating and a troubling read. What did it for me was reading about how cattle on feedlots who are fed a diet of corn rarely survive more than 150 days. According to Pollan, feeding cows corn causes them to develop acidosis, which can cause diarrhea, liver disease, and immune system dysfunction which, in turn, can lead to a host of other diseases. These diseases are the reason so many feedlot animals are given antibiotics. To make matters worse, elevated acidity of cows’ stomachs increases the likelihood that acid-resistant E. coli will pass from cows to us. I know full well that it isn’t just industrial cattle that have these problems. Hogs and chickens are ripe with issues, too. Whatever fun there was in grocery shopping, and there wasn’t much to begin with, was gone after I read Pollan’s book. Shopping for meat became a 30-minute exercise in reading labels and standing paralyzed with indecision. By going to my local farmers’ market, I discovered Sunny Acres Farm in Louisville, from which I often purchase eggs, sausage, bacon, and ground beef products. A friend turned me on to Berkley-Green Farm in Taylorsville last fall, and I have purchased eggs, a quarter of a cow, and chickens from them. I sometimes purchase meat from Green Bean Delivery, which carries some pasture-raised products from Kentucky and Indiana. I have also had luck finding pastureraised meat at Whole Foods and Lucky’s Market. The truth is that, even with local farms, I don’t know exactly what they do with their animals, but it makes me feel a lot better knowing that I can visit the farms if and when I want and see the animals. I can tell if the animals look sick or overcrowded. My children and I have been to both Sunny Acres and Berkley-Green to “meet” our animals, as it were. Buying locally-sourced meat isn’t cheap, and it has required me to get creative since we aren’t eating as much meat as we once did. I added more meatless dishes to my repertoire and now stock lots of beans and quinoa in my pantry. To increase my children’s protein consumption without meat, I began using protein-packed flours, such as almond and garbanzo bean, when I make muffins and pancakes. Lest anyone think I’ve gone completely over the edge, I admit to stocking chicken nuggets in my freezer since my kids love those. I don’t ask my parents or mother-in-law what kind of meat they buy when we go to their homes for dinner. I don’t question my restaurant servers — like Sally Albright did in When Harry Met Sally — about their meat sources. Sometimes, because I have forgotten to run up to the farmers’ market, I even grab a package of corn-fed meat from my nearest grocery. As often as not, though, I don’t even make it to the register with that package. I decide that making Mexican casserole is easier on my anxiety than eating corn-fed, feedlot-raised meat. The beans and quinoa may be tightly packed into cans, but they don’t suffer from overcrowding or the discomfort of acidosis. I have an easier time living with that.
SHOPPING FOR MEAT BECAME A 30-MINUTE EXERCISE IN READING LABELS AND STANDING PARALYZED WITH INDECISION.
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Spinach is high in folate.
FOLATE is a B vitamin. It is a critical nutrient during pregnancy since a folate deficiency can result in neural tube defects in the embryo. Women are encouraged to take special pregnancy vitamins containing folic acid, a synthetic form of folate. Research suggests that having too much or too little folate can result in mood and mental health symptoms including irritability and depression.
Grass-fed beef is a great provider of zinc.
ZINC is a trace element that is important in immune system functioning, cell growth, and brain function. It plays a role in modulating the brain’s response to stress.
METHYLATION is a metabolic process that occurs repeatedly in the body but has a specific impact on the production of neurotransmitters in the brain. It affects the body’s ability to detoxify itself.
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EXTREME EATING: WILL A CHANGE IN DIET HELP MY CHILD’S ADHD? By Carrie Vittitoe
working, or whose condition worsened after beginparent whose child has a developmental or ning prescription medication. mental health condition will try almost anything Most everyone can agree that cutting out sugar that is safe to help the child function better, which and preservatives as much as posexplains the increased interest in sible by avoiding processed food using diet and nutrition to deal with is going to help a person’s overall issues such as attention deficit hyperhealth. Caitlin Lantier, a registered activity disorder (ADHD) and autism and licensed dietitian and owner of spectrum disorders (ASD). When it SmartBelly Nutrition LLC, says of the comes to wading through research on research, “It makes a lot of sense. the role of diet and nutrition in ADHD What you eat really does affect how and ASD, however, it can be both you feel.” Eating whole foods means a mind-boggling and exhausting. person’s body doesn’t have to work as Although there is research into hard to pick dyes and additives out. the link between brain health and Snyder says that a number of nutrition, some clinicians might say nutrients specifically impact the brain it is in its infancy. Courtney Snyder, and neurotransmitters, including zinc, M.D., a local nutritional and metabolic copper, vitamin D, B6, methyl and psychiatrist, says, “There is not as folate. The health of a person’s gut much about this because there is not and inflammation in the body can also as much profit margin on nutrition as Dr. Courtney Snyder play a role in brain health. with pharmaceuticals.” Snyder often Lantier says, “Over a long period of time, if someone sees patients for whom pharmaceuticals haven’t worked, for whom pharmaceuticals have stopped CONTINUED ON PAGE 28 todayswomannow.com
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Are Your Kids Eating Too Much Sugar — By 9 AM? L
et’s say you are running out the door for school and all you have time to do is grab everyone a packet of Pop Tarts. Your child could be getting too much added sugar by the time he or she gets to school than he or she should have the whole day. According to the American Heart Association, Children with a daily caloric intake of 1,200 to 1,400 calories shouldn't consume more than about 4 teaspoons (16 grams, less than 64 calories) As your child grows into his pre-teen and teen years, and his/her caloric range increases to 1,800 to 2,000 a day, the maximum amount of added sugar included in his daily diet should be 5 to 8 teaspoons (20-28 grams, less than 150 calories).
INSTANT OATMEAL, MAPLE/ BROWN SUGAR (1 ENVELOPE) SUGARS: 14G, CALORIES FROM SUGAR: 56
FAT-FREE CHOCOLATE MILK (14 0Z) SUGARS: 58G, CALORIES FROM SUGAR: 232 YOPLAIT WHIPS, STRAWBERRY MIST (4OZ) SUGARS: 21G, CALORIES FROM SUGAR: 84
EXTREME EATING CONTINUED FROM PAGE 26 has a [nutritional] deficiency, it certainly can affect brain and body health.” While it has not been proven that a specific food can make a child behave differently or change brain chemistry, it is possible for certain foods to make a child feel discomfort ranging from headaches to gastrointestinal upset. Lantier says that because children with ADHD or ASD have a difficult time regulating their emotions, they may respond to headaches or other uncomfortable physical sensations resulting from their diet in a much more pronounced way than others. When Snyder assesses a patient, she does a psychiatric evaluation, but she also asks questions about antibiotic use, whether they were born via cesarean section (which impacts the colonization of healthy bacteria in the newborn baby), and whether they have gastrointestinal symptoms. Urine tests and blood work are the norm, but some patients require a deeper analysis to look at their genetics. Because individuals are so different from each other, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all dietary or nutritional “treatment.” This complexity is one of the dangers in parents undertaking elimination diets or adding supplements to their child’s diet
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without the guidance of a physician. While omega-3 fatty acids in the form of fish or shellfish once or twice a week might be a positive nutritional change, this dietary addition combined with numerous fish oil supplements might be a negative change. Lantier says, “When you start to supplement too many things, you run the risk of toxicity.” Eliminating entire groups of food can also be potentially dangerous because children won’t get the nutrients they need. According to Snyder, even turning to what might be considered a “healthy” diet, like the Paleo diet or veganism, might not be a good idea for everyone. For some families, the Walsh Research Institute has offered a treasure trove of nutritional information, especially for those who haven’t responded well to psychiatric medications. According to research by William J. Walsh, Ph.D., there are nutritional characteristics associated with disorders such as ADHD, depression, and autism. For example, Walsh studied depressed patients whose biochemistry suggested they had copper overload (too much copper in their bodies). When nutritional and dietary changes were implemented, patients noticed a decline in depressive symptoms. Folate overload or
2 FROZEN WAFFLES WITH 1/4 CUP SYRUP SUGARS: 9G, BUT ADD SYRUP AND IT INCREASES TO 34G.
POP TARTS, FROSTED CHERRY, 2 PASTRIES SUGARS: 34G, CALORIES FROM SUGAR: 136 deficiency, zinc deficiency and under- and over-methylation are other nutritional imbalances that play a role in mental health and some developmental disorders. The Walsh Research Institute has only trained about 200 physicians in the United States, which means people who are interested in seeing whether nutritional deficiencies contribute to their children’s ADHD, autism or other mental health challenge find it difficult to locate someone to help them. Some families travel hundreds of miles to find doctors and must sometimes make significant changes to their eating habits. For this reason, Snyder says, “Trying to have food as whole as possible can go a long way” in helping a person’s overall body and brain health, as can reducing sugar intake and refined carbohydrate consumption and avoiding highly processed oils. Parents can begin wading through the research and take questions to their pediatricians and psychiatrists. There are very rarely quick fixes in medicine, and parents of children with developmental and mental health conditions know this in spades. Nutritional psychiatry offers another potential tool for parents to consider in helping their children. todayswomannow.com
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ACADEMY SUMMER! LEARNING DIFFERENCES CAMP Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 10-2. The FUN of summer camp using games, music, art, hands-on science, interactive learning stations, exercise and more to address socialization, emotional intelligence, executive functioning, adaptive and life skills, fine and gross motor, sensory integration, brain training and academics/ study skills.
Reading Camp: Is your child in need of intervention during the summer break to maintain or build their literacy skills? Hosted by APT Learning Resource Center & taught by a certified teacher. • Cost: $250 • Two groups, ages 4-6 & 7-9 • Louisville Main & SIGS location • 9am-11am, Tues & Thurs from June 14-30 and July 12-28
SUMMER MINI-SEMESTERS 1 - 3 days a week; 2 hours per day KEEP THE BRAIN TRAINED! Skill Building, Enrichment, Meaningful Study Skills and Preview of Upcoming School Year with one hour one on one time with a teacher.
502.633.1007 • kidtherapy.org
All camp sessions are taught by professional educators, limited to 18 children and run from 9am to 4pm with the option for extended care. Need a little extra time? Frazier Museum Summer Camp offers an extended care option from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. During this post-camp “chill out” time, children will enjoy camp-themed movies, books, and simple art projects, all under the supervision of paid summer staff. Advance registration required and non-refundable. Fee: $10 per day. To register and pay online go to fraziermuseum. org/camps or call (502) 753-5663 to register and pay by phone. Week Long Camp Fees: Museum Members - $175 • Non-Members - $200 Day Camp Fees: Museum Members - $35 • Non-Members - $40
Activities include swimming, mountain biking, canoing, soccer, basketball, climbing, campfires every night, Indian lore, crafts, horses, archery, etc. Great summer fun in a relaxed outdoor setting. One staff for every three campers. AGES:
Ages: 8 – 15 years
One week session = $695 Two week session = $1295 Three week session = $1895
Coed sessions: June 4-10, June 11-17, July 2-8, July 9-15th, July 16-22 Boys session: June 18-24, June 25-July 1 Girls session: July 23-29 3497 N Clay Lick Rd, Nashville, Brown County, IN, 47448 • 812.988.2689 camppalawopec.com • firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact us now to secure preferred times and/ or weeks! 502.897.0444 email@example.com
If you’re hungry for a summer full of fun, learning, creativity and camaraderie, The Frazier’s Summer Camp of Blockbusters will be your ticket. Our Summer Camps are designed for rising 1st through 7th graders (please see individual camp descriptions for suggested age range).
A good old-fashioned fun camp in the hills of Brown County, Indiana.
SUMMER TEST PREP AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT SUMMER ACT, SAT, HIGH SCHOOL ENTRANCE EXAMS We see the biggest jump in scores from summer test prep. Practice after their one on one sessions for no extra charge because APPLICATION is just as important as CONCEPTS and STRATEGIES.
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Summer Stretch at Kentucky Country Day School You can find nine weeks of summer on the beautiful campus of Kentucky Country Day School. Visit www.kcd.org/summer to register or see our camp listings. You can also give us a call at 502.814.4329. We offer campus for all ages, including many camps for kindergarten-age children! In the past, camps have included Messy Fun, Field Hockey, Cooking, Soccer, American Girl, All About Animals, Ninjago, Tennis, Dinosaurs, Fishing, Chess, Minecraft, Cupcakes, Paperfolding, and more! We also take great pride in our academic offerings for middle and upper school-age children. In the past, we’ve offered camps such as Decimals, Fractions, Grammar & Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, SAT Prep, and more.
Kentucky Science Center School’s Out Science Camps Don’t settle for summer camps that simply occupy your child’s time when you could activate their mind. The Science Center’s camps are personal, participatory, relevant and (drumroll…) tons of fun! We promote science literacy by motivating children to ask questions, think creatively, and solve problems. Week-long camps are available all summer long for children from Kindergarten to 8th grade. Each camp has its own theme such as: Exploring the depths of the oceans, the force of a tornado, or the insides of a bug! Build a rocket, engineering with Legos, or surviving a zombie attack. Unravel the science behind sleight of hand, the world of Harry Potter, or supervillain plots.
Our camps start running in June and wrap up in August. Camps are usually one week long. There are no camps the week of July 4.
STEM subjects and skills best prepare your children to seize the opportunities and face the challenges of the 21st century. Make it a summer that kicks-off a life-long love of learning.
Have questions? Give us a call at 502.814.4329 or visit kcd.org/summer.
Visit KYScienceCenter.org or call 502-560-7128 to register now – these camps fill up fast!
The Academy of Louisville
Oldham County Schools Arts Center
Trinity High School
The Wildest Camps in Town are at the Louisville Zoo!
Summer Camps in Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Dance
Pre-K through 6th grade plus Teen Tuesdays
New camps every week! June 12 – August 4
Details and registration at LouisvilleZoo.org/ education
Choose from over 40 camps!
You can find multiple ways to Rock the Summer at Trinity High School. We offer a variety of camps for students in the third through ninth grades in both athletics and academics during the months of June and July. Visit our website at trinityrocks.com and follow the Rock the Summer link on the main page to learn more about all our camp offerings. You can also call 893-ROCK or contact the camp director to learn more.
Louisville Zoo Spring Break Camp is April 3-7 so hurry and sign up! You can sign up now for Zoo Summer Camp too - better than ever! Safari Day Camps are weeklong from June 5 – July 28. Campers can enjoy a wide range of exciting camp topics geared toward their grade level like Animals in Disguise, Jaws & Claws, Animal Grossology, Imagi-nature, Mythical Creatures and more. There are exciting new Specialty camps like Vet Camp, Aqua-ventures, Camp Discovery, Bookworms and Backstage Pass! Teen Tuesdays are back with fun programs like Survivor-Zoo Style and Bioblitz! Safari Day Camps include Zoo walks, large animal presentations, attraction rides and up close encounters with live animal ambassadors. Extended hours continue with a convenient carline drop-off service for parents. Enroll online by April 30. Use promo code EARLYBIRD for discounted registration! With all these choices, it is easy to find a camp that will satisfy parents and kids. Enroll now to grab your favorite.
Whet Your Palette
This summer we invite you to join us on an artistic adventure as we explore some of our favorite things in new and exciting ways! Back by popular demand, we will be getting down and dirty with our popular Messy Camp! Our Star Wars and Fairy Art campers will be creating things that glow... Lightsabers, stone fairy houses, wands, tiny fairies. All of our witches and wizards, in Harry Potter camp will create handmade wands and potions! Also this year, My Little Pony, Animals, Just Paint!, Boxes & Bowls, Oils, Sculpture, Large Mixed Media and much more. Our fun and talented staff will guide your young ones to discover their inner artist at our Anchorage Art House. Camps are divided into 3 age groups including TEENS this year. Class sizes are LIMITED! AGES: 4-16 WHEN: Up to 12 camps weekly through summer beginning May 29. M-F: 8-10:30, 11am-2pm & 2:30-5. (Full day & late pickup options available.) COST: $95-225 per camp WhetYourPalette.com • WYPalette@gmail.com 502.438.8865 • 1415 Evergreen Rd, Lou., KY 40223 Winner of Louisville’s A-List and Today’s Woman Best For You
Are you hoping to improve your auditioning skills for the next school play? Would you like to dance like a Disney Princess? Maybe you prefer creating with your hands and would like to join a clay sculpting camp or make your own Muppet type puppet. Most camps are half-day which can be combined to create a full day camp experience. Try something new this summer! Enroll in weekly Ballet/Tap classes, and private music or voice lessons. Please call the Arts Center at 502-241-6018 for more information or visit www.ocsartscenter.org for a complete listing of camps and to register online.
YMCA - Camp Piomingo Camp Piomingo is the region’s premiere overnight camp for kids ages 6-16. Campers share outdoor adventures and experience fun activities like high ropes, the zip line, horseback riding and swimming in our awesome aquatics center. Our experienced and high-energy staff help campers gain self-esteem, make new friends and develop interpersonal and leadership skills. Your child will grow on the inside …. by being outside. We offer a variety of overnight and equestrian camps from June 11 - August 5. Nestled in the beautiful woods of the Otter Creek Outdoor Recreational area just 45 minutes south of Louisville, a week at Camp Piomingo will create memories that will last a lifetime. Visit us online at ymcacamppiomingo.org or call us at 502.942.2616. Reserve your bunk today! The Y is for everyone. Financial assistance is available.
Our athletics offerings include baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, football, lacrosse, soccer and volleyball. Our academic camp offerings include grammar and writing, math, quick recall and sci-fun. We also offer special interest camps for drum line and debate. For incoming students, we offer special opportunities including a week-long study skills course and a freshman experience course which eases the transition into high school. For more information visit trinityrocks.com and follow the Rock the Summer link or call 893-ROCK.
YMCA - Summer Day Camp Summer is a time for great adventures! At the Y, campers will discover a sense of accomplishment and belonging, while staying active and engaged. One week or the whole summer, your child will build confidence and friendships in an enriching environment. Choose from over 30 locations in Jefferson, Bullitt, Clark, Floyd and Oldham counties. We offer a full day of exciting activities for ages 3 – 16 including field trips, swimming, sports, games and plenty of fun. Staff focus on safety and helping children thrive, while modeling our core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Registration opens February 15. Register online at ymcalouisville.org by April 15 and save! Use promo code: SAVE25. The Y is for everyone. Financial assistance is available.
Assumption High School Enrichment & Athletic Camps Enjoy a summer of learning in a fun, safe, and caring environment. Taught by our award-winning faculty, Assumption High School is offering multiple enrichment camps in areas of drama, musical theatre, forensics, grammar, robotics, science, girl empowerment, crafts, cooking, digital photography, speech and debate, and mythology, to name a few! In addition, our top-ranked coaches will lead athletic camps in volleyball, soccer, basketball, field hockey, cross country, softball, lacrosse, cheer, track and field and archery. Affordable opportunities for every interest! Camps are available for children in grades K-11 beginning June 5 and run throughout the summer at our centrally located and easy-to-access main campus or at our nearby outdoor athletic complex. Camp size is limited and will fill up fast. Early registration is recommended.
Aviation Camp at Bowman Field Join us on Thursday, July 20 and Friday, July 21 for a two-day Aviation Camp at historic Bowman Field! Sponsored by the Louisville Regional Airport Authority and conducted by the Aviation Museum of Kentucky, campers (ages 10 to 16) will learn about flight navigation, computer flight simulation and aeronautics. Additionally, aviation camp students will have the opportunity to co-pilot an aircraft with a FAA certificated pilot (weather permitting). When: Thursday, July 20 and Friday, July 21 Where: Bowman Field Cost: $269 per student (ages 10 to 16) Note: Student Financial Aid applications are accepted.
For more information and to register, visit aviationky.org and click Camp. Aviation Museum of Kentucky 859.353.0467
Visit ahsrockets.org for dates, details, and easy online registration or call 502-271-2675.
Derby Dinner Playhouse Performing Arts Academy - Summer Musical Theatre Camp Derby Dinner Playhouse Summer Musical Theatre Camp is a one-week performing arts camp for students ages 7 to 17 exploring drama, music, and dance. Taught by Derby Dinner theatre professionals and focusing on creative dramatics and scenes, songs, and dance from Broadway musicals, the camp culminates in a final sharing on the Playhouse stage. Five Weeks of Options Week 1: June 19-23 Week 2: July 17-22 Week 3: July 24-29 Week 4: July 31–August 5 Week 5: August 7-12 Tuition: $175 Ages: 7 to 17 Time: 9am to 3pm Limited Availability – Register today! For more information contact wallace@derbydinner. com or visit derbydinner.com/classes
Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana / JA BizTown Camp 2017 June 12-16 June 26-30 July 10-14 Ages 9-12 • 9am-4pm • $195/week At this camp, the kids run the place. That’s because the place is Sam Swope JA BizTown®, a 7,000 square-foot mini-metropolis. JA BizTown is home to Papa John’s, Stock Yards Bank, UPS, Kroger, WDRB Fox 41 and other businesses you find in our own region. JA BizTown Camp gives kids the opportunity to experience what it’s like to work in a job and run a business. But it’s much more than that! JA BizTown Camp is an indoor, academic camp that combines classroom-style teaching with hands-on activities. Much of the camp experience includes working with other campers of different ages on group projects. Concepts learned and applied at camp: Entrepreneurship-brainstorming ideas and bringing them to life Job preparation-applying for/interviewing for a job Teamwork-working with a group to reach a goal Marketing-why and how to communicate your products or services. And much more! Register today! jaky.org 1401 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd (40203) 502.561.5437
Commonwealth Theatre Center
Theatre camps and workshops engage confidence & imagination for ages 4-18 through fun theatre challenges. No experience necessary. Summer Academy (ages 8-13) 3 weeks Kids work on the fully-produced play “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland," a classic tale of a little girl in a world that's wildly off-kilter. Students get the experience of rehearsing & performing a play complete with sets, props, & costumes. 7 sessions available. Pre-School, Art, & Imagination (ages 3-11) 1 or 2 weeks Children expand storytelling foundations with a two-week Imagination Junior Academy (ages 5-7) that teaches artistic expression or can explore their inner artist (5-11) in one-week Art sessions. Plus, Pre-K camps (3-5) give young kids their first theatrical experience! Skill-Building (ages 9-18) 1-3 weeks Young actors 9-18 hone theatre skills in a range of offerings, from a 3-week Shakespeare Intensive or the Teen Acting Intensive based on BFA program exercises. Also features Audition Skills, Scene & Song Study, & more to come! CommonwealthTheatre.org | 502.589.0084 firstname.lastname@example.org
DramaWorks Camps: StageOne Family Theatre From beginners to trained actors, StageOne Family Theatre offers an array of themed drama camps this summer for ages 4-18. Classes run June 5 – July 28 and take place at the state-ofthe-art Lincoln Performing Arts School, 930 E. Main Street in Louisville. Half day and full day classes are offered with full week and multi-week options. Choose from themes like Creative Drama, Playacting, Acting for the Camera, Performance camps and more! StageOne DramaWorks Camps encourage students to explore the fundamentals of acting and movement through the use of their body, voice and imagination to gain self-confidence and poise in an atmosphere of fun and laughter. Younger students act out stories, play games, and become characters while older students explore scene work, improv, audition prep and performance techniques – all with the professional guidance of StageOne professional artists/educators. Registration opens February 27. Multi-booking and Family Pass discounts available! To make a reservation or to view camps go to https://stageone.org/kids/camps/ or call 502.498.2436.
Kentucky Humane Society Camps Are Pawsitively Fun
Children ages 6-11 love the Kentucky Humane Society’s animal-focused Lifelong Friends camp. Offered June through August, these week-long day camps help your child build a sense of kindness, respect and responsibility. Lifelong Friends (6 to 11) KHS East Campus, 1000 Lyndon Lane, Louisville Campers are immersed in animal care via hands-on activities with shelter dogs and cats, demonstrations, games, crafts, skits and more—learning compassion while having fun with friends both two-legged and four-legged. Special guests teach children about other animal species, dog training and more. The Lifelong Friends Camp is located at the Kentucky Humane Society’s East Campus, adjacent to Westport Village. The cost is $200 a week, with extended care available for additional fees. For more information, or call 502.272.1062 or visit kyhumane.org/ camp.
Things to make sure you pack for Summer Camp!
aSleeping Bag aPillow aInsect Repellent aSunscreen aShower shoes aBeach towel/regular towels aFlashlight with batteries aBathing suit/swim trunks aSocks aTennis shoes aSunglasses aRaincoat aBlankets aToiletries aWater Bottle aExtra pair of glasses/contacts aDaypack/bookbag aPlaying cards aPajamas aShirts/jeans/shorts SPRING 2017 31
Local photographer Joe Hulsey realized that his wife, along with several other women he knew, seemed to have lost some of their identity when they became moms. He tells this story, “Montra Hudson mentioned to me that she and some of her mom friends had talked about how they didn’t feel as beautiful, sexy, and independent as they once did. She said that while they loved being moms more than anything in the world, that it does often take away a lot from who you are as an individual.” After confirming these feelings with his wife, Mary Rose, Joe decided to use his photography skills to offer them a new look at themselves. He treated these moms to a day of pampering, which included a photo shoot, gift basket, and makeup session to celebrate their beauty. We asked each mother, “What is most
special about motherhood?”
AMANDA RAY — “The unconditional love”
SARA ALBRO — “I always say I was born to be a Mom.”
DAMU HAMMOND — “Watching them grow into their own personalities.”
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EMILY GENTRY — “Seeing the world through their eyes.”
BRITTANY COOPER — “Hearing the sweet words, ‘Love you, Momma.’”
JERI PAYNE — “Everything is so new and exciting, it makes me stop and appreciate the little things.”
MONTRA HUDSON — “Watch them grow, watch them learn, watch them believe, watch them love — Motherhood is the most grounding, bittersweet, and humbling experience.”
TAYLOR BRUMETT — “The happiness and joy he brings me every day.”
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JENN BURTON — “All the ‘first’ memories.” todayswomannow.com
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KRISTEN ROCK — “The unconditional love.” STEPHANIE R. BROWN — “I really like my children: they are pretty awesome people. They make me laugh.”
MARY ROSE HULSEY — “Hearing them laugh.”
STEPHANIE LOGSDON — “The funny stuff they say.”
JESSICA SPRINGSTUBE — “She made me a better person.”
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THERESA COOP — “They always come back ready to love me — endlessly, and I, them.” todayswomannow.com
Published on Feb 28, 2017