Thursday, February 26, 2015

Two Books You Should Read


This month I have two books for you, both about sisters. Entirely coincidentally, I read these back-to-back and decided they’d make a nice pair.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Win tickets to this fun family show!

Take the family for a fun night out! We’re giving away four tickets to StageOne Family Theatre’s performance of Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse.

Lilly is the queen, she likes everything! This mouse is sure the world revolves around her, definitely NOT around her germy baby brother. She wants to be an opera diva, or was it a SCUBA diver, or a teacher? She loves school, she loves her boots; she is a movie star. But when everyone is too busy to admire her new purple plastic purse, Lilly learns some hard lessons in patience, and the downside of being selfish. Join Lilly and her friends, Wilson and Chester, as they learn about fear, love, CHEESE, and the little joys in life.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The One Thing My Kids Needed

My children have always wanted the same thing from me -- As I look back over the years, I realize this gift was more important than any tangible gift and more precious than gold.


Friday, February 20, 2015

Ideas for a Great Weekend (and Snow Day)





Great sledding hills -- might as well enjoy the snow...

Have a photo shoot with your kids or your pets and kids and Enter the Today's Woman Show the Love contest or the Pet Photo Contest for Today's Family.

We have lots more -- read on.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Perfect for this snow day! Create Pretty Paper Flowers



Another snow day from school? Try your hand at creating these easy-to-make paper flowers. Your child might like to give them to a grandparent or a teacher. These pretty flowers will help remind you that spring is still coming! Check out the easy-to-follow instructions.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Win tickets to the Fillies Children’s Tea with the Derby Festival Princesses!


In the midst of all this snow, doesn’t a spring tea party with the Kentucky Derby Festival Princesses sound lovely? Two winners will each receive two tickets to the KDF’s Fillies Children’s Tea scheduled for April 19 from 1-4pm at Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Children are encouraged to dress like a prince or princess for this social event with the members of the Derby Festival’s 2015 Royal Court. The Children’s Tea is coordinated by The Fillies, Inc., a local volunteer group that works closely with the Derby Festival.
See Official Rules for details.

The winners are Debbie Goodman and Paula Grimes!



Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Just Ask Joyce: TV Trauma


Q: “My parents gave our son a TV for his room for his 12th birthday. Initially we thought it might be OK since there is no other television in our home, but I see some behavioral issues arising now that weren’t there before. Was this a mistake? And if so, how do I undo it without hurting feelings?”

Joyce:  Mistakes in judgment are not always easily erased. Our best hope is to catch the error early before the problem mounts.

Adolescence is a difficult stage. It’s difficult to say whether your son’s behavioral issues would have arisen whether the TV entered the scene or not, but there’s one sure way to find out. Personally, I have never been an advocate of a TV in anyone’s bedroom — neither child nor adult. 

Setting aside behavioral issues as well as the obvious issue of not always knowing what your child might be viewing, the American Journal of Preventive Medicine’s study revealed that bedroom TV viewing is related to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and childhood obesity. Further, a New York Times article concluded that “research shows strong associations between TV in the bedroom and numerous health and educational problems.” 

Here are a few things to keep in mind:
He’s the kid. You’re the parent. Exercise your position.
Wisdom sometimes comes at a high cost. This error in judgment is more easily corrected now than later. 
Mistakes are typically accompanied by regret. You still have time to rejoice rather than regret. I’d run with the “rejoice.”
Grandparents want only the best for your child as much as you do.

Need family advice?
Change your life … NOW! Write Joyce Oglesby, Family-Life Fix-It Pro, at joyce@JustAskJoyce.com. Check out my books and other resources today at JustAskJoyce.com. Listen to my live talk show Monday through Friday on WFIA 94.7fm/900am at 3pm.
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