The Spring Issue of Today's Family Is Out!

You can find the latest issue of Today's Family magazine — inside the March issue of Today's Woman ! That's two magazin...

Friday, July 27, 2012

Have a Fun Weekend!

We have some fun things lined up for your weekend… enjoy!

Pop Up Friday in NuLu - Friday, July 27, 7-9pm along East Market Street in Louisville; FREE, live, outdoor music, along with East Market retailers offering specials, discounts, & refreshments

Passport Adventure- Saturday, July 28, 12-4pm at Just Creations, 2722 Frankfort Ave.; this FREE event will let your kids “travel” the world and receive a prize for completing all the activities and getting their “passports” stamped; ages 5-12

Storytime- Saturday, July 28, 2-4pm at Half Price Books at Springhurst/Freys Hill; at this FREE story time, the kids will enjoy stories, games, activities, & snacks

37th Annual Kentucky Music Weekend- Friday, July 27- Sunday, July 29 at Iroquois Amphitheater; FREE;
Main stage concerts Friday and Saturday evenings, 7:00 - 11:00 PM, daytime close-up concerts and workshops, Arts & Crafts at Iroquois, Corn Island Storytelling Stage, and more Saturday and Sunday!
Photo Source: NuLu

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Wildlife Takes the Gold!

Olympic fever has taken hold of the world. We’re all cheering for our favorite athletes. While human Olympians have amazing physical abilities, for wild animals strength, speed, agility, and endurance mean more than just medals, they are a matter of survival. Here are some animal Olympians with gold medal-worthy abilities.

High-Jump Stars – The champion of the animal world may be the spittle bug. This insect is only as long as a pencil eraser, but...

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Louisville Zoo Giveaway

At the Louisville Zoo, you can watch the elephants do aerobics, feed the lorikeets, watch the seal and sea lion show, or take a trip back in time to where dinosaurs roamed the earth. 

That’s right… the Louisville Zoo has an AMAZING exhibit with life-like dinosaurs that move and roar.  There’s also a place for those budding paleontologists to search for dinosaurs bones. 

If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience Dinosaurs!, you’ll need to hurry because after August 19, they will “become extinct.”  So, don’t miss out!

Tickets to Dinosaurs! are:
$5 per person
$4 Louisville Zoo Members
$3 Groups of 15 or more
We’re giving away a family 4-pack of tickets to the Louisville Zoo, along with 4 Dinosaurs! passes to one lucky winner.  Enter below for your chance. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Representing Your Country

Is there excitement in the air at your house with the impending arrival of the 2012 Olympics?  It is at our house. 

I simply love the Summer Olympics.  I love the running, and the jumping, and the swimming, and, of course, the rowing.

It is so exciting to see those athletes representing their countries in their chosen sports.  They’ve put in the training, and now it’s time to make it happen.  However, my absolutely favorite part is the awards ceremony.  Can you imagine what that must feel like to have the whole world hear your country’s anthem played, and it’s all because you earned it?  What an amazing accomplishment!

What competitions will your family be watching during the 2012 Olympics? Are there any future Olympians in your family?

Monday, July 23, 2012

Are Your Kids Fighting Each Other?

I grew up in the middle of five brothers, and we were all masters at making each other furious. We had hated nicknames for each other; we knew how to be sneaky with irritating touches or under-the-breath insults.

For a few years we even made the word "honey" into some sort of slur, said in just the right tone -- it was hard for our parents to stop us from saying such a "nice" word. My mom's advice was usually, "Just ignore him and he will stop doing that."

Well, I have to say that the brother just slightly younger than me was a master at never giving up at being irritating. He would poke at me and say things until I would finally give in and retaliate.

As I have raised my three children, the rivalry doesn't seem as direct between the three of them maybe because we have more entertainment. However, they certainly throw each other "under the bus" when resisting chores, "Why doesn't he have to do that? Why am I the only one?" or when trying to define their individuality, "I'm sorry that I am not a perfect child, like ______!!"
I think some rivalry is normal, but my main goals as a parent to prevent sibling rivalry were:
  • Have my kids not call each other names that will stay with them in regards to how they look or act (ugly, fat, etc.)
  • Encourage them to do things together or foster talking to each other especially during dinner hours
  • A little kidding is fine, but over-teasing is stopped.
  • Being aware of how an older child might quietly bully a younger sibling.
What do you do to prevent sibling rivalry?

Contributed by Anita Oldham, Editor, Today’s Family and Today’s Woman magazines.
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