By: Tory Hartmann
Are you having a Horse baby this year? It’s the Chinese Year of the Horse and if your child is born between January 31, 2014 and February 18, 2015, he or she is in the horse section of the Chinese zodiac. Our new columnist Caroline Yeung tells us all about it. Horse babies are purportedly agile mentally as well as physically astute. They are cheerful, flexible and open-minded, as well as intelligent, skillful and talented. Downside? They are also condescending, defiant and selfserving. Oh well, the good far outweighs the bad.
We have another horse article, “The Human-Horse Genome.” Why is it that some children fall in love with horses and will muck out stalls, feed and groom horses by barter or gleefully accept low pay in order to secure riding time and horse time?
Father Knows Best?:
By: Steve Shapiro
If it weren’t for the piano lessons I started taking at age six, I wouldn’t be writing this column. Yes, there really is a through-line there.
Every extracurricular activity I participated in from that time on had something to do with the fact that I played piano. After school (and a handful of times during school), I enjoyed playing my latest piano pieces for my friends. By junior high school, I began writing songs and experimenting with home recording. I later sat in on jam sessions and even formed a couple of very short lived bands in high school. By the second half of high school, I was playing piano for my school’s vocal music program and this led to my trying my hand at singing. By the end of high school, I was performing in the show choir and had my first role (a very small one) in a big musical theater production.
By: Donne Davis
Does this sound familiar? You’re in the kitchen preparing dinner and your spouse calls out from the bedroom to ask you a question. Neither of you can hear each other but you continue the conversation anyway.
Why is it so difficult to communicate with our partners? Whether we’ve been together one year or 50 years, bad communication habits can develop and become ingrained.
My husband and I celebrated our 45th anniversary last year. You’d think after all these years we’d know how to communicate with each other. But, lately I’ve noticed we’ve been getting cranky with each other about how we communicate.
Growing Up Online:
By: Carolyn Jabs
When the Oxford Dictionary pronounced “selfie” word of the year for 2013, they simply confirmed what parents already knew. Thanks to cell phones equipped with cameras, people especially kids—are taking lots of pictures of themselves and posting those pictures on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Vine and other social media sites.
The urge to capture an image of one’s self has been controversial ever since Narcissus starved to death because he couldn’t look away from his own reflection. Today parents are asking whether a selfie is an unhealthy form of self-absorption or a creative form of self-expression. The answer, of course, is, “It depends.”
The Doctor is in:
By: Jason Clark, M.D.
At Kaiser Permanente we have been using computerized charting for many years. There was great pushback by the physicians when this rolled out. We were sure it would slow us down and make our days more complicated. Like most technology it took some time to get used to and now I would never go back to writing in charts. We now have stepped into the realm of video visits. With the start of this there are some worries but overall I think this will be a positive experience for both physicians and patients.
Typing and spell check has resolved two of the biggest challenges in my life. Sister Carmel in 7th grade told me I would grow up to be a doctor. I thought that it was due to my performance in science class.
By: Mireille McKee and Meg McLaughlin
Some days—okay, a lot of days—just getting from breakfast to bedtime with our little ones is a marathon. Cook, feed, clean, repeat. In the delightful chaos of the day, it can be hard to find the time and headspace to think about what a “family vision” is, let alone what your own family’s vision may be. But as I’ve experienced with my three boys, the days may sometimes feel like a marathon, but somehow the years flash by in a sprint. A family vision is what your shared aspiration as a family is, what you collectively value and hold dear. Articulating a family vision can help ground the day-today— providing a context for why we do what we do, and building an understanding with our children of what it means to be part of your own unique family.
By: Diane Savage and Lauren Savage
When you think about presents for your child’s Easter basket, remember to include a few books. Chocolate Easter bunnies and jellybeans will be quickly eaten and toys may break, but to paraphrase a famous quote by Garrison Keillor, the host of NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion, a book is a gift they will be able to open again and again. And, as you think about books for the basket, I hope you’ll consider these great new ones!
“Superworm is super long, super worm is super strong…,” and so begins my favorite new book by Julia Donaldson since The Gruffalo. Since its release a few weeks ago, this book has been delighting both parents and children at The Reading Bug’s daily storytimes.
Nursing Your Baby:
By: Sheila Janakos, Co-President at Healthy Horizons Lactation Services
Maggie asks, “My baby just turned eleven months and has been in daycare for just over two months now. I nurse first thing in the morning, and then she takes two bottles at daycare. Depending what time she gets her afternoon bottle, I nurse her when I get home and/ or just after her dinner solids (sometimes she drops her late afternoon feeding). She also gets solids for breakfast and lunch.
For the past few weeks, I haven’t been pumping enough at work to keep up with her two bottle feedings at daycare. I’m not sure why it seems like my supply is taking a dip. I wonder if it is stress or illness that may be the cause of the decrease in supply.
By: Filoli Staff
Spring is in the air and blossoms are bursting out all over Filoli. Their Spring Fling takes place Saturday, March 29. Visitors will encounter performers and activities throughout the property to delight, amuse and educate. Families are especially welcome to enjoy the many aspects of the historic house, 16-acre garden in bloom and festivities.
Andy Z will engage young and old with his familyfriendly music, accompanied by Queen Bee Dancers. Randall Metz’s puppets will perform Grampa Bunny’s Egg-citing Day and Heather Rogers’ magical act will delight and surprise. The Bubblesmith, Sterling Johnson, who creates giant bubbles, is back by popular demand.
By: Eye Level Learning Centers
Although classroom and study habits have changed with advances in technology, standardized testing remains a constant comparable measure for students. It’s an efficient tool to categorize and compare student performance, whether for achievement, measuring aptitude or placement. The preparation for these tests is just as important as mastering the material.
With many students preparing for the standardized testing this spring, below are helpful tips from Eye Level for any math or English evaluation: