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					         PARENTING                                           MARCH 30, 2012




                                                  Playing
                                                  Outside:
                                                  The benefits of being outdoors




Child Care:
 Finding weekend baby sitters
App:
Checking in with your child
Bullying:
 New reporting system at Hastings Middle School
Getting Creative:
 Stocking a craft cupboard
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                         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-
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                                AGAINST BULLYING                     ton, any HMS student can anonymously
                                                                     report bullying.
                                    DEANN STUMPE                        “That’s what’s so great about it,” O’Neill
                                 dstumpe@hastingstribune.com         said. “It gives them a voice and that’s
                                                                     what I love. I think it’s really important to



                         S
                                 ince the beginning of the school
                                 year, Hastings Middle School stu-   give that to a kid.”
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                                 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
                                                         It gives
                         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?




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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




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                                                                                         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.
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                         Want to watch your child at day care?
                                     AIMEE TJADER
                                    Minneapolis Star Tribune

                                                                         THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT
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                         R
                                     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
                         care.
                            “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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                                                                                                                                                         u Use child-resistant caps, but




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         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,




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                                       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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                         Stock these 10 items for children’s craft fun
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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-
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                            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
                         your family’s crafts cupboard is       dren paste strips of paper onto           schoolers, and acrylic craft paints
                         well stocked and up to date?           another piece for a simple proj-          for older kids. Check the packag-
                            Here are 10 essential arts and      ect. Older children can practice          ing for an Approved Product
                         crafts items that are easy on the      origami, among other projects.            (AP) seal, which means it’s certi-
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                         budget and simple to use:                 4. Felt and craft foam. Both add       fied as non-toxic by the Art &
                            1. Age-appropriate scissors.        durability and texture to artwork.        Creative Materials Institute Inc.
                         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
                         supervision. Pay attention to age      fray. Craft foam can be bought in         to bind together other materials.
                         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-
                         bottles may also enjoy colored or      case or other cotton fabric, you          mal friends. Make a picture                                                                             MICHAELS/AP
                         glittered glues. Consider putting      can iron it for a lasting piece of art.   frame with popsicle sticks tightly        In this undated image released by Michaels, a castle made of
                         a dollop of glue in a plastic con-        6. Paints and brushes. Young           wrapped in colorful yarn.                 Styrofoam brand foam, construction paper and pom-poms is
                         tainer and give your child a Q-        children should use non-toxic                    Please see CRAFT/page S11          shown.




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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




                                                                                                Friday, March 30, 2012
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
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                               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
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                                                               and time spent looking at more
                                  LEE BOWMAN
                                                               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-
                                                               any connection.
                         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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playing outdoors helps                                                     Continued from page S8
                                                                           Embellish for a keepsake.
                                                                                                                   debris.
                                                                                                                      “Kids are great at turning recy-




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                                                                              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




                                                                                                                                                                                                  Friday, March 30, 2012
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
                                                                                                                   sites.
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
to ultraviolet light.                                                      time. Kid favorites include pom-        cost less than $50, depending on       nationwide arts and crafts retailer.
   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
tions.
   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
sunlight makes it less likely to spread to other people.                   sequins for under a buck.               online deals.                          as dividers to cut down on mess
   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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