PARENTING MARCH 30, 2012
The benefits of being outdoors
Finding weekend baby sitters
Checking in with your child
New reporting system at Hastings Middle School
Stocking a craft cupboard
GIVING STUDENTS A VOICE
REPORTING SYSTEM GIVES KIDS On the home page of HMS, at ms.hast-
ingspublicschools.org, there is a tab called
A CHANCE TO STAND UP “Bullying Report.” With the click of a but-
AGAINST BULLYING ton, any HMS student can anonymously
DEANN STUMPE “That’s what’s so great about it,” O’Neill
email@example.com said. “It gives them a voice and that’s
what I love. I think it’s really important to
ince the beginning of the school
year, Hastings Middle School stu- give that to a kid.”
Friday, March 30, 2012
dents have been given a platform O’Neill said that middle-school stu-
to use their voices and stand up dents are often afraid to report bullying
against bullying. because they don’t want to be looked at
When Brooke O’Neill was being inter- as a snitch or tattle-tale from their peers.
viewed for the position “The snitch thing — that’s a big thing,”
of assistant principal at she said. “That’s half the battle: convinc-
Hastings Middle School
in 2011, she shared a
“ ing them to report it, to have a voice.”
Filling out a bullying report can be
project she’d done as an done from any computer at school or at
them a home and both teachers and parents alike
intern in a Kansas voice and
school district. Called have helped students do so. It can be
the bully reporting sys-
that’s what done anonymously so students can report
tem, the Internet-based I love. I bullying they themselves have encoun-
tool was something she think it’s tered as well as bullying of their peers that
and an after-school pro- really they witnessed.
gram director had devel- important O’Neill said the bullying report is also a
oped to allow students to give that great tool because it helps the administra-
to anonymously report to a kid. tion keep documentation of incidents.
bullying. O’Neill said with a few clicks on her com-
It was a program that ” puter, she can have a report of every inci-
HMS principal Dave dent a student has been involved in at
- Brooke the tip of her fingers. That is helpful
Essink knew he wanted
to offer at HMS, so O’Neill, when looking at an entire situation. For
when O’Neill was hired, assistant example, if she had a student suddenly
the district administra- bullying someone, she could contact the
principal parent and find out if something is going
tion told her to put it in
place and gave her any at HMS on at home to cause the student to act
and all support she out. She also can see from the reports
needed to get it up and running before where the most bullying is happening.
students returned to campus in the fall. This allows her to direct staff to watch
Now in place for almost an entire certain areas more closely.
school year, O’Neill said she wouldn’t “When you have data that fast, it can
have it any other way. impact what you do,” she said.
“What do I think about it? I love it,” The documentation piece is so impor-
she said emphatically, adding that she’s tant that O’Neill encourages teachers
not the only one who has such wonder- who’ve been approached by a student Courtesy Hastings Middle School website
ful things to say about it. “The feedback with a problem to help the student also This screenshot shows a part of the Bullying Report system that is in
I’ve gotten from the staff has been very fill out a report. place at Hastings Middle School. To access the system, go to
positive.” Please see VOICE/page S3 ms.hastingspublicschools.org and click on Bullying Report.
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Voice: Report system lets Who is to blame for guns at school?
students stand up to bullies JOSH FARLEY
Scripps Howard News Service
that a “schoolyard tussle” occurred in the
days before the shooting, resulting in several
BREMERTON, Wash. — School districts students being suspended. His client also
often are accused of being at fault when stu- had been bullied following that suspension,
Continued from page S2 was created for.
dents bring weapons to school and tragedies he said. Bremerton School District officials
“I want that documentation,” She pointed out that if she was no occur, like a shooting in February in which a declined comment on individual student
O’Neill said. “It’s not my words, it’s longer getting reports, she would be as third grade girl was critically injured when a
the kids.” worried as if she was getting twice as discipline.
gun discharged from another child’s back- How the school’s staff interacted with the
She does the same with parents. many reports. pack. But it’s still unclear whether schools
When a parent calls, O’Neill takes “I’m hoping for a happy medium,” 9-year-old and others before the shooting
legally should bear the blame.
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down the information but also O’Neill said. “If we get to the point of could become subject to scrutiny in civil
School districts can be found liable for court. An attorney for the Kocer-Bowman
encourages them to fill out the bully no reports, I’m worried.” injuries to students “if they are negligent in family already has claimed that the gun
report with their child. O’Neill said so many students start- fulfilling their duty to provide a reasonably finding its way to school was no accident.
With each report made by a stu- ed to use it that it prompted an edu- safe environment for children who attend The family is researching how to “hold peo-
dent, O’Neill receives a notification in cational session about what bullying school,” said David DeWolf, a law professor ple accountable,” Kocer-Bowman’s father
her e-mail inbox. She can see immedi- is and how students can address a at Gonzaga University in Spokane. But said earlier this month.
ately if a student is in danger and will bully. plaintiffs still have a lot to prove to win their At Columbine High School in Littleton,
address the problem. Otherwise, about “We came up with ‘Troubled cases, he said. Jurors would have to decide Colo. at least seven lawsuits were filed
every three days, O’Neill pulls up a Terrence’ to talk about hurtful situa- what constitutes negligence, and what against the school district after two students
complete list of all new reports and tions and what constitutes as bully- defines a reasonably safe environment, he went on a shooting rampage in 1999, killing
addresses each one. ing,” she said. said. The plaintiffs also would have to pro- 12 students and a teacher, according to Jeff
“We try to give the kids a chance to O’Neill said the sessions also cov- vide evidence of negligence, such as warn- Kass, a journalist who covered the tragedy
work it out themselves,” she said. ered how to handle some situations ings about a student’s behavior problems, for the Rocky Mountain News and later
So are the students using it? Just in that may be hurtful but aren’t actually coupled with the district’s “failure to take wrote a book about it.
the time since the bullying report was bullying. These were helpful to stu- reasonable steps to avoid problems.” All the suits were dismissed. Kaas said that
put in place when school started, dents because they learned that it’s Plaintiffs also would have to prove how that the courtroom proceedings revealed the dis-
there have been 159 reports made. OK to say “stop,” O’Neill said. failure caused the injury, he said. trict did not have “concrete knowledge” a
Sixth-grade students have made “When you’re 11, you need to learn What compelled the 9-year-old boy to shooting was to occur, and was not obligated
the most reports at 56 percent, fol- to stand up for yourself,” she said. bring a gun to Armin Jahr Elementary to prevent a crime. Appeals to higher courts,
lowed by the seventh grade at 33 But for those students that can’t School - where it fired from a backpack and however, ultimately led to the district settling
percent. O’Neill said the number of find that voice to say “stop,” O’Neill struck 8-year-old Amina Kocer-Bowman, crit- with victims’ families for $15,000 each.
reports made tells her the system is hopes they’ll find their voice with the ically injuring her - remains a mystery. Eric Bremerton School District is insured to
working and serving the purpose it bullying report. John Makus, lawyer for the boy, confirmed handle litigation that arises on its campuses.
Want to watch your child at day care?
Minneapolis Star Tribune
THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT
eturning to work after hav-
ing a baby used to be a new
parent’s first lesson in letting
go. Not anymore.
New baby-tracking websites
and phone applications are the latest
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tools for parents to keep tabs on their
baby’s every waking and sleeping
moment — even while they’re at day
“I can’t imagine how my return to
work would’ve gone without it,”
Stephanie Malone said of recently
enrolling her 5-month-old son Max at
Kinderberry Hill in Roseville, Minn.
The child-care center is using a web
and cellphone application to share
information with parents in real time.
Through “Baby Connect,” Malone
receives alerts to her Android phone,
including photos and videos every
time little Max does something short
of blinking his eyes.
“I get an update every time they
change his diaper ... I can see if he’s
drinking his bottles and how long he
naps ... as a first-time mom, that’s
peace of mind,” Malone said. “And the
pictures they send are such a day-
brightener. It helps bridge the gap of
being at work and having that time
with him personally.”
While it may seem distracting for
your phone to “ding” every time your
child makes a new friend or eats a
cracker, the parents using the technol-
ogy say otherwise. RICHARD SENNOTT for the Minneapolis Star Tribune/SHNS
Conrad and Kristi Wasmer of
Minneapolis were using Baby Connect Stephanie Malone has her phone close by to receive updates on her 5-month-old son Max, who attends Kinderberry
at home well before their 19-month- Hill in Roseville, Minn.
old daughter went to day care. The stones, and tailor the notifications child is doing at day care reduces fear connected while others say they “can
program came in handy to track her function of the application so they and brings peace of mind, some par- be a trap” and caution against getting
feeding and sleeping schedules as a aren’t getting updates from the child- enting experts are divided over the use into a long-term pattern of continually
newborn. The couple still use it to log care center every hour. of such technologies, with some argu- monitoring their child’s every move.
medications, growth charts and mile- While communication about what a ing that it’s helpful for parents to feel Please see APP/page S9
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Keep drugs out of curious little hands
u Use child-resistant caps, but
LEE BOWMAN may need to put a little extra worked with drugmakers to cre- “just a few” while taking off their
Scripps Howard News Service thought into how we handle, ate patient-safety guidelines, said coat or checking phone messages. don’t rely on them — most kids will
Spring is bringing a perfect store and dispose of medicines. in an interview. “Put the medicines away first eventually figure out a way to open
storm of assaults on the upper thing,” Dehn said. “With pets, these containers;
“It’s normal and natural for Pediatric researchers at u Keep medicines in their original
respiratory system. A late peak of children to be curious about any Nationwide Children’s Hospital in dogs in particular, they’ll chew containers;
the flu season, an early arrival of bag that comes into the house. Boston reported last fall that 30 through anything that smells u Put drugs back after each use
allergy season and seesaw weath- Whether it’s a shopping bag, a percent of acetaminophen found meaty or like food — and what- and be careful about dropping bottles
er patterns are combining to purse or a guest’s overnight bag, in homes with young children ever else might be with it” or leaving meds out if the phone or
Friday, March 30, 2012
send millions to the pharmacy. they know it might contain sur- (ages 2-6) — out of the 24 homes Other threats can arise in doorbell rings;
With all those prescriptions prises like cookies or candy, so studied — was stored unsafely. multigenerational households u Get rid of the old stuff.
and over-the-counter drugs com- they want to look inside them,” And a total of 22 percent of the when seniors leave brightly col- The American Medical
ing into the house, experts say Barb Dehn, a San Francisco- drugs found in these homes were ored — and easy-open — pill- Association this week launched a
parents, pet owners and the rest based nurse prac- unsafely stored. Nearly all the boxes out on tables or counters. safety campaign urging people to
of us titioner and homes had at least one expired “Kids are used to finding toys or give their medicine chests a check-
health medication on the shelf. crafts inside those little contain- up, making sure that what’s need-
educator One of the more dangerous ers, and they’ll grab them and ed is up-to-date and throwing out
who times for kids — and pets — is investigate,” Dehn said. expired or unneeded products.
has when people first come into the Among pre-teens and teens, New AMA guidelines stress
house and drop shopping and the risks can shift from not rec- that the best way to dispose of
personal bags on the floor or ognizing medicine to knowing unused medicine is at a phar-
bench for just what they are, snagging pain macy collection site. Many
and other pills for illicit use. drugstores have them. But if
“If you have any concerns that you must throw drugs out as
someone in your family, or their part of the household trash,
friends, might abuse something make them as nasty and
in the medicine chest, it should unpalatable as possible by mix-
either be in a locked place or ing them with coffee grounds,
stored up and out of the way, cooking oil or kitty litter and
someplace not easy to find,” the placing them in a sealed plastic
educator said. bag. Remove labels from bottles
A few other tips: before disposing of them.
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TOM WALLACE for the Minneapolis Star Tribune/SHNS
Maggie Ryan, 14, is a baby sitter for 7-year-old Olivia Szaj.
Where have all the teen baby sitters gone?
FINDING CHILD CARE enough to baby-sit until they get a
“real job” is small. Add this to the
Marchwick, they are getting older.
When the site was launched in 2001,
St. Paul, Minn., mother formed the
Great Escape Co-op four years ago
BECOMING MORE DIFFICULT teens’ increasingly busy schedules, and the average age of the sitters was 18. with other parents she met through
you’ll find a shrinking pool of avail- Now it’s 21. At Care.com, Bugbee says her Early Childhood Family Education
AIMEE TJADER able teen baby sitters. that many retirees and unemployed class.
Minneapolis Star Tribune Instead of calling the kid next door, professionals are putting themselves Not only are teens busier these days,
hris Szaj is always on the parents are increasingly using older, back into the baby-sitting market and Dee said, but the ones who are avail-
lookout for good baby sitters more experienced sitters who’ve making a career out of it. able are harder to find because neigh-
for her 7-year-old daughter, turned to nannying as a viable career LeAna Kinnell used to baby-sit near- borhoods and communities aren’t as
Olivia, but they never seem option in a difficult economy. So- ly every weekend, but now that she’s connected as they were when she grew
to be in search of her. called “career nannies” have recently 16 and is busy with band and choir, up in the 1980s. Parents feel increas-
The busy single mother and vice flooded online sitter services, such as volunteering, schoolwork and her part- ingly uncomfortable leaving their chil-
president of Augsburg College in Care.com. time job at Old Navy, she no longer dren with teens they don’t know, espe-
Minneapolis has a rolling list of about “The teenage baby sitter has a lot of has time. cially if they need a responsible driver
six sitters, and even with that, she competition these days,” said “The only time I really baby-sit any- to cart their children to activities.
often has to take her daughter along to Care.com managing editor Katie more is if the parents come to me in “When I was a teenager baby-sitting,
professional events or not go at all. Bugbee. “The baby-sitting world is advance and I can take off work or get I’d been in every house on the block, I
“Child care is a constant scramble, complex — it’s now more of a market- someone to cover my shift,” the knew everything about all the families
with no guaranteed results,” she said. place.” Newport, Minn., teen said. and they knew me,” she said.
Many parents can relate to Szaj’s About 2 million baby sitters and The challenge of finding a baby sit- “Neighborhoods are different these
desperation to find good care for their nannies nationwide are in the ter for her two young children was days. We don’t have teenagers nearby
children. The window of opportunity SitterCity.com database, and, accord- frustrating enough for Lauren Dee to that we know and trust.”
from the time adolescents are old ing to executive vice president Melissa start her own baby-sitting co-op. The Please see TEEN/page S9
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AMY LORENTZEN tip to apply it with less mess. paints, and most parents prefer
For The Associated Press 3. Construction paper. It’s not washable. Finger paints are per-
As spring break nears and the just solid colors anymore. There fect for even the tiniest tots. As
days get longer, many parents are printed patterns and glittered kids enter preschool they’ll move
are searching for meaningful pages, and fade-resistant papers on to tempura paint and large
ways to keep children occupied. that will keep projects looking brushes. Then it’s smaller brush-
What better time to make sure cheery longer. Let young chil- es and watercolors for grade
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Even children as young as 3 can They’re also more budget-friendly 7. Popsicle sticks or pipe clean-
begin using safety scissors with than many fabrics, and felt won’t ers. Pipe cleaners are a colorful way
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recommendations on packaging. pre-cut shapes, from trucks to Young children can create a cater-
Let tiny tots cut pictures out of dolls to holiday decorations. pillar with an empty toilet tissue
old magazines to make a collage. 5. Markers and crayons. roll and pipe-cleaner antennae and
Older kids can snip favorite Washable is the word for many appendages. Popsicle sticks give
shapes for all sorts of projects households when it comes to artwork structure and are super
including paper dolls. markers. Besides traditional mark- cheap. You can paint them, color
2. White craft glue or glue ers, there are ones you can use on them or glue on embellishments.
sticks. Little hands can manipu- windows or dry erase boards. 8. Yarn. Another item that
late glue sticks more easily than Crayons are one of the least comes in just about any color.
liquid glue, and parents can bet- expensive craft items you can buy. Create yarn pompoms and add
ter control how much is used. If your child uses crayons to color felt eyes, ears, feet and hands to
Kids who can handle squeeze a picture on an old shirt, pillow- make soft monsters, bugs or ani-
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App: Watch your child in
daycare from your phone
Continued from page S4 child care and hearing stories of neglect
“It could lead to some micromanag- and abuse, Behm isn’t surprised that
ing of the child-care center, which is parents are going to the lengths they are
called hyper-parenting, a phenomenon to track their kids.
where parents want to coach the coach “At least it gives parents some security
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on how to play their child, and they to know how their child is doing and
want to intervene for them about their how that child is being treated and han-
college grades and they increasingly dled,” said Behm, an adjunct professor
want to negotiate the benefits when in the university’s Family, Consumer
they get their first job after college,” said and Nutritional Science Department.
Bill Doherty, a professor of family social Day-care providers using such pro-
science at the University of Minnesota. grams as Baby Connect say this paper-
“If a parent wants to use this app, my less version of charting a child’s day as it
suggestion is to do it early on, then happens is actually more efficient and
wean yourself off after a number of days comprehensive than sitting down at the
or weeks ... once you feel confident your end of the day to complete a written
child is being well taken care of.” report. They say the application can be
According to Kathryn “Jo” Behm of operated with one hand on the phone
the Twin Cities-based St. Catherine so they can log items while holding a
University, for most parents, the more child. Plus, there are always at least two
information, the better. After years of child-care providers to every group of
teaching a class where students are kids so that one can use the app while
asked to interview parents who use the other keeps an eye on the children.
Teen: Baby sitters in short supply
Continued from page S6 parents want someone with more experi-
Despite the higher cost, many parents ence. On top of taking care of the kids,
are turning to online baby-sitting baby sitters are often tasked with carpool-
matching services and nanny agencies er, tutor, cook and house-cleaner duties.
to comparison-shop, even if the need is Want a sitter who does it all? You’ll
just a few hours on a weekend night. have to pay. According to Care.com,
At Minneapolis agency Nannies From parents in the Minneapolis area on aver-
the Heartland, business for temporary age should pay baby sitters $9.50 to $12
on-call nannies doubled in 2011 from an hour, based on experience. The fee
the previous year. goes up with more children, and parents
“Parents aren’t comfortable with the idea using a nanny-locator service can expect
of a 13- or 14-year-old caring for their chil- to pay even more.
dren, and by the time they’re 16, they’ve “We pay our nanny more than we
found other jobs,” said Mary O’Connor, would pay a high-school student, but I
the agency’s owner. “Our clients are saying feel so much more comfortable leaving
they want experienced, older caregivers.” my girls with a person who has the
Nannies employed through Nannies maturity to handle emergency situations
From the Heartland must be 21, but the if they arise,” said Carrie Knutson of
average age is 41. New Richmond, Wis. “We also like that
That’s good news for Joni Remley, a our nannies have been more experi-
28-year-old nanny from Crystal, Minn. enced drivers than a high-school stu-
She’s certified in first aid and CPR and dent would’ve been.”
has 16 years of child-care experience. Even though the tides are shifting in
Remley provides full-time child care for the baby-sitting world, Chris Szaj says
one family through a local nanny there’s still a need for the teenage set.
agency, but she also does occasional Szaj continues to keep her eyes peeled to
baby-sitting on evenings and weekends. add more options to her Rolodex of sit-
Remley, who considers herself a ters. She recently lucked out meeting a
“career nanny,” has a bachelor’s degree few neighbors with 12- and 14-year-old
in psychology and says baby-sitting isn’t daughters who’ve come in handy when
just a way to make money while she Szaj has weekend errands to run.
looks for something else. She left her job Her daughter’s after-school program,
in management with Caribou Coffee to which employs teens and college students,
pursue nannying full time. is a baby-sitting pot of golden opportunity.
“Taking care of children is a labor of “We’re like locusts around them,” she
love, and is not something that I take said of the parents scrambling to get the
lightly,” she said. “Nannying is a long- phone numbers of the after-school
term thing for me.” helpers. “I’m always on the lookout
With all that is asked of baby sitters because these kids graduate, they get
these days, it’s no surprise to Remley that jobs and they move on.”
Why your children should be playing outside
SPENDING TIME outdoors than did those with
normal or farsighted vision.
OUTDOORS IMPROVES The analysis suggests that
HEALTH MANY WAYS more exposure to natural light
and time spent looking at more
distant objects may be key fac-
Scripps Howard News Service tors, rather than doing or not
“Go outside and play” may be doing any particular thing. Two
a parental refrain heard more of the studies that tried to assess
often during school holidays, effects from watching TV or
playing video games didn’t show
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but it’s also proving to be a pre-
scription for better health on a
But another study reported by
number of fronts.
Australian researchers last spring
One new analysis of recent eye found a very strong effect on the
studies among children and arteries at the back of the eyes in
teens found that time spent out- 6-year-olds who spent the most
doors is related to a reduced risk time “on screen” with television,
for nearsightedness. computers or video games.
British researchers speaking at By contrast, kids who regularly
the journal Ophthalmology’s participated in outdoor physical
meeting in Orlando, Fla., last activity had retinal arteries an
fall reported that for each addi- average of 2.2 microns wider
tional hour a week spent out- than children with the lowest
doors, the risk of developing levels of such activity. A micron
nearsightedness dropped about is one-thousandth of a millime-
2 percent. ter, or one-25th of a thousandth
The eight studies merged into of an inch. Metro Creative Connection
the analysis included more than Narrowing of the retinal arter-
Spending time outdoors helps the development of eyes, cardiovascular health and immune health.
10,000 subjects and showed that ies is considered a marker for
nearsighted kids spent an aver- future cardiovascular risk. The nitude of narrowing associated was similar to a 10-millimeter heart) blood pressure in children.
age of 3.7 fewer hours a week researchers found that the mag- with each hour of screen time increase in systolic (beating Please see OUTSIDE/page S11
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Outside: Studies show Craft: 10 items needed for the cupboard
playing outdoors helps Continued from page S8
Embellish for a keepsake.
“Kids are great at turning recy-
9. Masking tape. Relatively cled materials and found objects
children’s health easy for tiny fingers to manipu-
late, and can hold together sculp-
tures made from household
into art,” says Emily Weerts, tech-
nology education coordinator for
the Austin Children’s Museum.
Continued from page S10 goods. Turn a piece of newspaper One of her suggestions: Use scis-
The study of nearly 1,500 children included both question- into an Easter egg by crumpling it sors and masking tape to turn an
ing them and their parents about their activities, taking vital and covering it with tape to hold old paper towel roll into a
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signs and taking digital photos of the blood vessels behind the its shape. Paint any way you periscope.
eye. choose. Tip: Use blue painter’s Another important tool for
The children spent an average of just under two hours a day masking tape to keep drawing crafty parents is the Internet; fam-
in screen time, and about 36 minutes a day in physical activity. paper from moving around on ilies can find inspiration at sites
But the most active, with the widest arteries, were active for just the table. The painter’s tape such as Pinterest.com,
over an hour a day; those with the narrowest arteries were comes off without tearing your MICHAELS/AP
Michaels/theknack.com, and at
active for under a half hour. kiddo’s masterpiece. In this image released by
children’s library and museum
Researchers have also discovered that certain regions of the 10. Embellishments. Once Michaels, an aquarium porthole
brain linked to addiction experience increased blood flow when you’ve got the other essentials, with paint and sea creatures cut
Building a family arts and crafts
people who are considered dependent on tanning are exposed add some extras to jazz up craft out of felt and foam is shown.
supply with the items above can
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And it’s well known that too much or too little light expo-
poms, feathers, plastic gemstones, how wild you get with the Once you’ve got your arts and
sure can affect mood, depression and production of various
stamps, stickers and glitter. Dollar embellishments. crafts essentials, where can you
hormones as well as vitamin D levels. A number of studies have
bins are a great place to find The best time to stock up is store them? Puleo suggests some-
tied sun exposure to various increased or decreased risk for
them. Look for paper punches during back-to-school sales and at thing as simple as a cardboard box,
human papilloma virus, multiple sclerosis and fungal infec-
that make shaped holes such as major holidays — think Easter plastic bin or toolkit. Just label it
Among the more recent claims, by British researchers, is that cupcakes and snowflakes. Or you baskets and Christmas stocking so you remember what it is. Plastic
exposing the virus that causes chickenpox to ultraviolet rays in might find colorful beads or stuffers. Many suppliers offer baggies and shoeboxes work well
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They note that both chickenpox and its nastier adult cousin, Don’t forget the artistic poten- “It’s just so important to get and keep track of inventory.
shingles, are less common in the tropics and that outbreaks of tial in household items such as kids to use their imagination,” And your kids can help deco-
the disease in temperate zones tend to come in the winter sea- cotton balls, straws, empty soup says Paula Puleo, chief marketing rate the container as part of a
son when UV rays are weakest. cans and detergent jugs, and yard officer for Michaels Stores, a family project.
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