If you're looking for a great book to read to your baby or introduce to your already-voracious reader, check out these top children's book titles for 2016 from the Omaha Public Library.
Jaime Wyant is fairly strict about media in their house, but she'll gladly let her daughter watch the commercial promoting Disney's "Dream Big, Princess" campaign. "When I watch the commercial, it gives me chills every time. Each time it's on, I look over at my daughter and see her smiling from ear to ear. She's taking it all in, and I know it's influencing her in the best possible way," she said.
Looking for something fun to do in Omaha this weekend? Check out these family-friendly suggestions.
"Make these conversations count. Tell them what they need to hear – statistics about teen pregnancy and the dangers of drinking and driving – even if they don't want to listen," writes Amanda Smith. "This is when they need these talks the most, so don't be afraid to lay it all on the table."
This time of the year, many people suffer from the winter blues. It’s a common, mild depression caused by a decrease in sunlight. Here are some tips to help.
The “Nature Connects: Art with Lego Bricks” exhibit has returned for a third time to the botanical center, bringing 12 bright and vibrant new sculptures and returning two favorites in an exhibit that runs through May 15.
Think you've seen Nebraska? How many of these destinations can you cross off your Cornhusker bucket list?
"In her four short, Earth-side months, Phoebe has licked a sour Skittle (care of an older sister eager to introduce her to the world of dessert), worn the same outfit too many days in a row, gone bath-less for far, far longer than I’d like to admit and been nearly left at home on many occasions," Catherine Kraemer wrote. "And, because she is ridiculously pleasant and agreeable, she takes it all in stride – spitting out her pacifier to smile as I apologize profusely for the accidental abandonment, or her swampy baby neck, or the whole Skittle fiasco."
"Originally, I pulled up full-screen Elmo (on YouTube)," local mom Lynn Kirkle writes about daughter, Kate. "She doesn’t want it full screen anymore, though, because she wants to scroll through other available YouTube videos that are on the right side of the tablet. Her index finger swipes along like a seasoned traveler of posted videos, slowing and reversing if she moves too fast."
President Kennedy greets Caroline, John Jr. and their pony, Macaroni, outside the Oval Office on June 22, 1962. Barron Trump will be the first young first son to live in the White House since John Jr.
The popular comedy duo of mothers Shayna Ferm and Tracey Tee will bring music and comedy, often together, to the Omaha Funny Bone.
Reye's Syndrome can cause a child or teen's blood sugar to drop while levels of ammonia and acidity in the blood rise. This syndrome can also cause swelling in the liver and brain.
Dog Gone Problems: We have a 3-year-old poodle mix who is a great dog – except when he sees other dogs on walks. I would not classify his behavior as aggressive, but it's not friendly either. We will be welcoming a new puppy into our home at the end of the month, and I'm starting to become concerned things may turn nasty. Is there a way to introduce our dog to the puppy in a good way?
As a parent, you can encourage your child to take a challenging course load in high school to help prepare, but academically, what else can you do at home to help improve college-readiness? Offer these four pieces of advice to help your senior prepare.
I loved 'Dead Poets Society' as a teen. But I have no intention of letting my son watch it anytime soon.
Oldest sister, Emilia, looking at youngest sister, Phoebe.
"Declan woke up on Jan. 1 and announced that, after much thinking, he had settled on not one but TWO resolutions for the New Year. Without any prompting or fanfare, Declan had decided that 2017 was the year he was going to give up a couple of his favorite things: sweets and chasing the family cat, Murray. I was stunned, impressed and skeptical."
You've never been 10 and I've never mothered double digits, but we'll navigate this glitter, text messaging, make-up, emoji-filled path together.
New federal survey data on what the kids are (or aren't) smoking these days.
Q: We recently discovered that our 16-year-old son has been smoking marijuana on a regular basis. At first, we intended to begin using an over-the-counter drug test but then learned that teens have figured out how to beat these tests. One of our son’s friends, for example, was regularly test…
"For me, the black ink is a reminder of the dusty roads my feet traveled down," writes Heather Riggleman, a mom to three. "It's a reminder that I was able to get through those starless nights; that I hung on long enough to see the sunrise."
Her back was turned to me, but I knew she must be smirking, pleased by her clever insult. She wanted me to be shamed and stunned.
Dear Sassy Housewife: My daughter, who is 13, has my old iPhone, which she uses as an iPod Touch to play games. She isn't allowed on Facebook and can only use Snapchat on my phone with me. Recently, she asked about starting an Instagram account. I'm not comfortable with this, but she's pleading. Her big argument is she'll be responsible with it and that all of her friends have an account. What should I do?
I'd been salivating over Pinterest for years, but I was far from being a bossy Martha (Stewart). I was simply keeping the kids' brunch interests in mind.
Looking for a fun way to pass the time at home during the winter storm? Try out these 5 family-friendly games.
Parenting is unpredictable, and you never know when you may need to "MacGyver" yourself out of some sticky, smelly, downright unexplainable situations. Luckily, we have our mothers, fellow mommy friends, Internet humans, books and blogs to help guide us and impart us with wisdom.
The need for a bib and a little more cuddling with your baby may mean that he or she has some little chompers coming in.
Winter is no fun when it comes to driving. Keep this seasonal emergency kit in your vehicle so you're prepared for whatever winter might throw your way.
She may have sold more than 6 million books in 32 countries, but Omaha author Alex Kava remembers the early days when she delivered the Omaha World-Herald to bring in a little extra cash. “I quit my job as director of public relations at College of Saint Mary, and my family and friends thought I had gone off the deep end,” Alex said. But she was desperate for a change, and while she figured out what to do with the rest of her life, she wrote her novel, “A Perfect Evil.”
In the past year, I’ve noticed several people are starting to take family photos up a notch. It's almost a modern-day “Glamour Shots” (children of the ’80s and ’90s will remember those!). I've seen simple things done, such as glamming the family up yourself, to hiring professional hairstylists and makeup artists.
Jan 21Lauritzen Gardens
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