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Archive for August, 2010

PARENT TALKS: The Spirited Child

Overworked mom Spirited Child
August 31, 7-9 p.m. at Bananas, Oakland
The first in a six-week series, “Spirited Child” teaches parents of kids ages 9 months to 5 years how to work with their children’s inborn traits and temperament. It’s led by Helen Neville, BS, RNP, and it’s sponsored by Kaiser. Class fee is $40 for Kaiser members, $55 for non-members, and registration is through Kaiser, by calling 510-752-6150.

Childhood Matters
September 5 from 7 to 8 a.m. on 98.1 KISS-FM and streamed live on Childhoodmatters.org.
Join Nurse Rona and special guests as they discuss parenting issues. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Monday, August 30th, 2010
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Family Cooking: Baked Potato Rescue Boats

Stuffing a Twice-Baked Potato  (Hector Amezcua/Sacramento Bee/MCT) This week, we’re giving away a copy of “Dora & Diego Let’s Cook” – a kiddie cookbook. (Enter your name for that drawing here.) And we thought it would be fun to offer up a taste of Dora the Explorer cuisine.

Baked Potato Rescue Boats
2 large baking potatoes
1/4 cup low-fat milk
3-ounce package low-fat cream cheese, softened
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup chopped cooked chicken
1/2 chopped, cooked broccoli
2/3 cup shredded low-fat cheddar cheese
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Posted on Thursday, August 26th, 2010
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FAB Five for the Weekend

Cascada de Flores at Freight & Salvage (Courtesy Cascada)
Freight & Salvage Open House: Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse is hosting a free, family-friendly musical celebration from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 28. The fun includes performances and workshops for kids and grown-ups, dancing in the aisles and more. Among the performers: kiddie-fave Octopretzel, Cascada de Flores (pictured above) and Michael Katz. Free.

Ribbit in the Park: Pack a picnic, and catch a screening of Disney’s “Princess and the Frog” at dusk on August 26 at Pleasanton’s Amador Valley Park, 4301 Black Ave. Free. Questions? Call the Pleasanton parks department at 925-931-5340.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 25th, 2010
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Dora & Diego Cookbook Giveaway

Dora & Diego Let's Cook (Nickelodeon) The irrepressible Dora the Explorer is back, this time in cookbook form, as Dora and her buddy Diego teach kids to whip up kitchen treats, with a little Spanish instruction on the side. This new book – “Dora & Diego Let’s Cook” – from the Nickelodeon duo includes recipes for everything from Scrambled Eggs in River Rafts (rapido!) and Stuffed French Toast, to Silly Face Salads and Baked Potato Rescue Boats made a la cocina.

So this week, we’re offering up a copy of the new cookbook. All you have to do is click comments and tell us, how do you get your kids involved in the kitchen? Do they help you cook dinner? Do you have a kids’ cookbook your family loves? We’ll draw a winner’s name next week.

And speaking of that, congrats are due to Cathy, who won last week’s “First Day of School” DVDS!

Posted on Tuesday, August 24th, 2010
Under: Contest, Cuisine | 5 Comments »

PARENT TALKS: Teens & Sleep

Student juggling (Chris Ware illustration, Lexington Herald-Leader, MCT) Childhood Matters: Sleep, Healthy Eating & their Effect on Attention, Concentration and Emotional Resiliency
August 29 from 7 to 8 a.m. on 98.1 KISS-FM and streamed live on Childhoodmatters.org.
Part of the 4-part series, “Your Teen Matters,” this discussion centers on teens who skip breakfast or whose sleep cycles are out of whack – and the impact on attention, concentration, memory and emotional stability.

Spirited Child
August 31, 7-9 p.m. at Bananas, Oakland
The first in a six-week series, “Spirited Child” teaches parents of kids ages 9 months to 5 years how to work with their children’s inborn traits and temperament. It’s led by Helen Neville, BS, RNP, and it’s sponsored by Kaiser. Class fee is $40 for Kaiser members, $55 for non-members, and registration is through Kaiser, by calling 510-752-6150. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Monday, August 23rd, 2010
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KIDS Crafts: Basketball Shirt

Basketball T-shirt (Courtesy Family Fun Magazine) We’ve done ye olde potato-stamp project, and the one where you spread fabric paint on an apple half and use that. But this is nothing short of brilliant. Our clever buddies over at Family Fun Magazine used a basketball and bright orange paint to make a hoopster shirt. Want the details? Get the how-tos here.

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Posted on Thursday, August 19th, 2010
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Mom Slaps Baby Aboard a Southwest Flight

NEWS AIRLINE 1 FT You guys reading about the Southwest Airlines fracas? CNN and USA Today are reporting that a mother slapped her crying 13-month-old baby across the face during a mid-flight incident that had the dad yelling at his wife to stop screaming, and neighboring passengers frantically pushing their call buttons. Adding to the agitation, the baby had a black eye, which the parents later said was from a dog bite incident a few days before. A Southwest flight attendant intervened and calm was restored … until they got to the gate in Albuquerque anyway.

Early reports suggested that the flight attendant took the baby away, but as the story unfolded today, Southwest said no, she merely held the baby so the child’s father could get out of his seat and do that thing we all do with crying babies – walk them until they calm down.

The flight was met at the gate by airport police and medical personnel, who took statements from the flight attendant, a witness and the parents – the mother says the baby kicked her and wouldn’t stop screaming, so she “popped her” but “didn’t do anything wrong,” and only reacted after the baby kicked her. The parents were not charged and the family continued on to another flight.

What do you think?

Posted on Wednesday, August 18th, 2010
Under: Family Travel, Health & Safety | 1 Comment »

U.S. Circumcision Rates Down

Crying baby Interesting story in the New York Times on Monday about a dramatic drop in circumcision rates in the U.S. According to a CDC researcher who spoke at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna last month, just 32.5% of the baby boys born in U.S. hospitals in 2009 were circumcised, compared with 56% in 2006, and two-thirds in the ’80s and ’90s. (CDC is investigating the data further, but the numbers are based on statistics from Pennsylvania’s SDI Health, which analyzes health care figures. These numbers do not include, for example, Jewish ritual circumcisions conducted outside hospitals.)

Circumcision is an issue that has sent pediatricians swinging this way and that. The current position by the American Academy of Pediatrics is neutral, and it’s a procedure that’s not covered by several state Medicaid programs. But the World Health Organization began advocating circumcision in 2007 as “an important intervention to reduce the risk of heterosexually acquired H.I.V.” And the new AAP guidelines, due out in 2011, are expected to back away from the neutral stance and lean more toward encouragement of the procedure.

Still, nothing’s clear on this issue. Circumcision doesn’t seem to protect gay men, and even the studies in Africa, which found that the procedure seemed to lower the risk of infection for heterosexual men involved with HIV-positive women, did not find it beneficial the other way round.

Read more about this issue here. Meanwhile, tell us, did you have your son(s) circumcised? Why or why not?

Posted on Wednesday, August 18th, 2010
Under: Babies & Tots, Health & Safety | 83 Comments »

FAB Five for the Weekend

Oakland Art & Soul Fest 2006 (Dino Vournas/Oakland Tribune)
ART & SOUL: Enjoy live jazz, rock, gospel and R&B music, and kid-friendly rides and entertainment (one of those attractions from a previous year is pictured above!) at Oakland’s 10th annual Art & Soul Festival from noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 21 and 22 at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza. Kids 12 and under are free, teens are $5 and grown-ups $10. Phone: 510-444-CITY; www.artandsouloakland.com.

SPACE PARTY: Got teens? Head over to Oakland’s Chabot Space and Science Center at 7 p.m. Aug. 20 for “10000: A Skyline Party,” with music, “celestial beverages,” science flicks and more. Tickets $15-$20; 510-336-7373.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 18th, 2010
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PARENT TALKS: Boundaries, Special Needs & More

Brainy toddler (Rick Nease illustration/Detroit Free Press) Parenting Mindfully
August 16, 7-8:30 p.m. at Bananas, Oakland
In part two of this two-part series, psychologist and parent coach Erica Reischer discusses how to raise happy, compassionate and confident children, with an emphasis on the ABCs of positive parenting: Acceptance, Boundaries, Consistency.

Childhood Matters: Advocating for Your Child’s Special Needs
August 22 from 7 to 8 a.m. on 98.1 KISS-FM and streamed live on Childhoodmatters.org.
Join Nurse Rona and guests as they discuss effective ways to recognize and negotiate for the best school environment from preschool on. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Monday, August 16th, 2010
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