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Southwest Pilot Thanked for Delaying Plane

By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 at 12:44 pm in Other

NEWS AIRLINE 1 FT We complain a lot about airlines – yeah, we do. But this heartwarming Southwest Airlines story had us in tears.

You remember hearing about that 2-year-old Colorado boy who died earlier this month. According to police, his mother’s boyfriend allegedly hurled him across the room. He died from devastating head injuries the next day. When the toddler’s grandparents heard about the injury, they rushed to get his grandfather, who was on a business trip at the time, on a plane so he could see the little boy.

He got to LAX a good two hours before his Southwest flight, but long security lines delayed the grief-stricken man, and TSA and airport officials were unyielding. Frantic, his wife phoned Southwest, trying to get help.  When the tearful grandfather finally arrived at the gate, breathless and shoe-less, 12 minutes after the plane was due to depart, he found the Southwest pilot waiting for him on the jetway. “‘They can’t go anywhere without me, and I’m not going anywhere without you,’” Nancy Dickinson said the pilot told her husband. The little boy died the next day.

Admit it, you’re crying too.

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Fat Babies? An Obesity Epidemic Among Infants

By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 at 12:31 pm in Babies & Tots, Health & Safety

Childhood Obesity (Illustration from MCT) Fascinating story in this morning’s paper by my colleague, Jessica Yadegaran, about the rising epidemic of obesity among infants. Yup, those dimpled cheeks and chubby thighs have gone far beyond what’s healthy.

“Ten years ago,” Jessica writes, “pediatrician Gary Bean began noticing a trend in his Oakland practice. Babies were increasingly bigger, and they weren’t thinning out by the time they were crawling and walking. Toddlers came to appointments clutching Jack in the Box bags, and when Bean asked parents what else their youngsters ate, they rattled off processed foods.”

Even more troubling, a new national study, published this month, has found that a third of the infants born in the U.S. are already obese or at risk for obesity. Check out the full story here.

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Parent Talks: Preschool Fair, Toddler News

By Jackie Burrell
Monday, January 17th, 2011 at 4:36 am in Parenting Issues

Brainy toddler (Rick Nease illustration/Detroit Free Press) Living with Threes and Fours
January 19, 7-8:30 p.m. at Bananas, Oakland
Nurse practitioner Meg Zweiback offers practical parenting advice for parents of preschoolers.

East Bay Moms’ Preschool & Childhood Resource Fair
January 22 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Dr., Oakland
Meet with reps from more than 80 East Bay preschools and childcare programs, mingle with other parents, and check out other local resources at the 13th annual East Bay Moms fair. Adult admission $6, kids are free.

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Fab Five for the Weekend

By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 at 5:47 am in Family Outings

Ballet_Afsaneh (Bay Area Discovery Museum)
Global Dance: Sausalito’s Bay Area Discovery Museum is hosting an entire series of ethnic dance performances, showcasing the cultures of Polynesia, India, Ireland and more. This weekend’s performance by Ballet Afsaneh features the rich culture and dances of the Silk Road. The curtain rises at 11 a.m. Jan. 15. Tickets $7-$14; www.baykidsmuseum.org.

Tasty treat: Danville’s Village Theatre is launching a new series of shows aimed squarely at the preschool audience, starting with a concert by Orange Sherbet — singers of songs about dinosaurs, monkeys and pesky little brothers — at 10 a.m. Jan. 14. Tickets $3; www.villagetheatreshows.com. Read the rest of this entry »

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Parent Talks: Family Diets, Tots & More

By Jackie Burrell
Monday, January 10th, 2011 at 4:34 am in Parenting Issues

Morning Routine (Hector Casanova illus., MCT Direct) Living with Ones and Twos
January 13, 7-8:30 p.m. at Bananas, Oakland
Nurse practitioner Meg Zweiback offers practical parenting advice for parents of tots.

Healthy Eating
January 16 from 7 to 8 a.m. on 98.1 KISS-FM, and streamed live and archived on Childhoodmatters.org
Join nurse Rona Renner and guests as they discuss healthy lifestyles for families.
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New Year’s Resolutions: Kids Artwork Displays

By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 at 2:19 pm in Crafts

Artwork clutter (Photo by Susan Pollard/Contra Costa Times) Ah, New Year’s resolutions … gotta love ‘em. We may not actually stick to them for more than a few weeks, but for at least the month of January, our closets get cleared and our habits healthier! So we’re pondering a few classic resolutions over the next couple of weeks, looking for inspiration and new ideas that will help us stay on course. You too?
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Fab Five for the Weekend

By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 at 5:54 am in Family Outings

Woody & Buzz (Courtesy Pixar)
Wall-E & More: Don’t miss the last weekend of the Oakland Museum of California’s Pixar exhibit, featuring Woody, Buzz, WALL-E and more. Little ones will enjoy the visuals, of course. Teen artists and parents will be drawn to Saturday’s panel discussion by Pixar artists and art history professor Heather Holian. Catch the Pixar talk from 2-4 p.m. Jan. 8. The exhibit runs through Jan. 9. Tickets: $6-$12, http://museumca.org.

Youthful jazz: Groove to the beat when the Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco, ages 10-18, perform at Berkeley’s La Pena Cultural Center at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8. Tickets: $10, www.lapena.org/event/1644. Read the rest of this entry »

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Book Giveaway: Cooking with Kids

By Jackie Burrell
Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 at 3:04 pm in Contest, Cuisine

My Favorite Recipes by Annabel Karmel New year’s is a time for resolutions — clean closets, healthy meals, all that good stuff. So, we’re guessing that somewhere on that lengthy to-do list, you’ve got something jotted down about spending more time with your kids, or teaching them to cook, right? Then here’s the book for you. Annabel Karmel’s new “My Favorite Recipes” is a freestanding flip book crammed with kid-friendly recipes for everything from corn chowder to chicken dippers and banana bites. Very, very cute! And it can be yours. All you have to do is click the “comments” button and tell us, what’s on your family’s New Year’s resolution list?

P.S. Congrats are in order for the lovely risapizza, who won the Angelina Ballerina dvd!

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Parent Talks: SIDS, Tots & More

By Jackie Burrell
Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 at 2:33 pm in Parenting Issues

Sleepless baby Keeping Infants Safe
January 9 from 7 to 8 a.m. on 98.1 KISS-FM, and streamed live and archived on Childhoodmatters.org
Join nurse Rona Renner and Dr. Patrick Clyne as they discuss
safety issues for newborns including SIDS prevention and healthy sleep environments.

Living with Ones and Twos
January 13, 7-8:30 p.m. at Bananas, Oakland
Nurse practitioner Meg Zweiback offers practical parenting advice for parents of tots. Read the rest of this entry »

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2010′s Hot List

By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, December 29th, 2010 at 1:57 pm in Teens

Toy Story 3 (Provided by Disney Pictures/MCT)
We love top 10 lists – especially when those pop culture lists reflect what teens are doing, watching and reading. You won’t catch us saying things like “Get at me” or “My life is bro” – our kids would KILL us. But at least now we know what those things mean, thanks to this fun story in this morning’s paper, written by the Times’ teen interns.

It’s a slew of lists on everything from favorite apps to fashion (jeggings, anyone?), jargon and more. We’d have guessed that “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part 1,” “Twilight” and “Inception” would make the list. But they loved “Toy Story 3″ too and said, “It was worth staying up past our bedtime to say goodbye to Andy.” Awwww. We felt the same way!

Check it out here.

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