What is Clubfoot?
Clubfoot is a congenital foot abnormality in which the tendons that connect the leg muscles to the foot bones are short and tight, causing the foot on the affected leg to turn downward and inward. In severe cases, the bottom of the foot faces sideways or upwards. The calf muscles in the leg affected by clubfoot are usually underdeveloped, and the affected foot may be slightly shorter than the unaffected foot. The exact cause of clubfoot is unknown, but research has found that a combination of genetics and environmental factors, such as smoking during pregnancy, may increase the risk of a baby being born with clubfoot. Clubfoot is most often an isolated condition (baby is otherwise normal and healthy) but in some cases, clubfoot occurs in conjunction with other conditions, such as spina bifida. Clubfoot is sometimes diagnosed during a prenatal ultrasound, allowing parents to plan ahead for the treatment, but if it is not, it will be identified by the doctor shortly after birth. Although clubfoot looks painful, the condition in itself does not cause pain. However, without treatment, a child with clubfoot will not be able to wear shoes and walk normally. The treatment for clubfoot begins soon […]
This salsa is a refreshing treat for your summer picnics. Ingredients 1/2 Small Seedless Watermelon finely chopped 2 Cups Strawberries finely chopped 2 Tbsp Fresh mint leaves finely chopped 1 Lime 1 package Whole wheat tortillas 10″ 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1 tsp cinnamon Butter DIRECTIONS Combine watermelon, strawberries, lime juice and mint in Large bowl. Let stand for about 30 minutes at room temperature before serving, to allow flavors to blend. For Cinnamon Tortilla Chips, Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush butter over one side of each tortilla. Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon sugar. Use a pizza cutter to divide each tortilla into wedge slices. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes, or until golden brown. *Optional: Clean out 1/2 of the watermelon to use as a serving bowl and pour fruit mixture into the cleaned out “bowl” to serve. Courtesy of frugalmomeh.com
Tips for Road Trippin’ with the Kids!
The vacation your family is anxiously anticipating is almost here. Are you prepared for the sibling squabbling, food and drink spills, umpteen rest stops and the famous question, ‘are we there yet?’ With a little pre-planning, you can reduce the hassles and turn your time on the road into fun. Restroom breaks: Immediately before heading out, have everyone use the bathroom. Limit beverages, particularly caffeinated ones. When you do stop, have everyone use the restroom. Drive through the night: Kids will feel they’ve reached your destination in the blink-of-an-eye and reduce your overall stress. Snacks and drinks: Bring a cooler and variety of drinks and snacks to reduce pit stops. Break up time with small snacks like carrot sticks and apples to keep kids pacified. To reduce messes, avoid foods that melt, smear and squish. Plan fun or scenic stops: Do advance research to find a fun stop along the way, and build it into your vacation. Look for a state or national park, national monument, beach, kiddie fun-land, river walk, or water park. Car entertainment: Before your trip, visit the library to pick out books, audio books, and music CDs. But don’t let the kids have the items until you’re on the road. Also, […]
9 Fun Ways to Prevent Summer Learning Loss
Education experts have known for some time that kids who don’t go to school year-round experience summer learning loss. The good news is there are ways to reduce your child’s summer learning loss such as these fun activities. Keep ‘em reading. Chattahoochee Public Libraries offer an array of summer programs for kids. Take your kids to the library for special programs and books to read. Play word, money, number and logic games. Look for board, video and computer games, that have won educational awards. Also, search online for ideas for boardless games that don’t require materials. Incorporate learning into your travel. Look for science centers, history museums and historical sites to build into your trip. Summer journaling. Give your kids a journal to write in and let them know it’s their private journal to encourage your child to invest more time into it. Messy science. Summer is the perfect time to do experiments outdoors. Pick up a kids’ science experiment book. Your child will learn just from reading about the different experiments. Then they’ll have a blast pulling experiments off. Summer camp. Look for one with a strong emphasis on learning activities to help your child in a particular subject […]
Easing the Summer to School Transition
It is almost time to say goodbye to summer and prepare the kids for school. Here are some ways to reduce stress during the back to school transition and enjoy the last few weeks of summer. Return your household to a regular routine. This includes gradually restoring the bedtime routine and the morning routine until your child goes to bed at about the time you would like her to when school starts. Have fun shopping for the new school year. Kids love to shop for school supplies and pick out new clothes to wear during the first week of school. Start shopping a few weeks before school starts to give your child a better selection to choose from. Getting an early start will also help everyone feel less rushed and provide time to search for the best deal on more expensive items, such as laptops. Ask your child to help design a homework area for the new school year. Decorate the homework area with some fun but functional crafts, such as holders for pencils or a decorated box to hold crayons. The homework area should be in a quiet corner of the house, not next to the TV, and in […]
Living a Life of Adventure With the Kids!
Hello, we’re the Hargrove Family of six, ages five to 40. Our family loves adventuring outside and creating unplugged moments together that turn into lasting memories. We’re living our dreams and making those unforgettable moments by traveling in our RV, kayaking as a family on the Jackson Kayak Regional Team and enjoying all the local fun that Columbus, Georgia provides. We made a family decision to step away from the normal timetable that comes with public school and traditional sports and decided to create a flexible schedule. This instantly increased our core family time and has allowed us to travel the U.S. in our RV. From January through July, we’ve traveled throughout the East and just returned from a long trip out West. I am currently in Sort, Spain with Mason (16) as he is competing in the World Championships for freestyle kayaking. We didn’t always have this lifestyle or way of thinking. We worked 8:30-5:30pm, balanced travel soccer, dance, tennis for myself and cycling for my husband, Matt. The only day we came together as a family unit was after church on Sundays. There is nothing wrong with these choices, although we were going to bed at night exhausted, […]
The Skinny on Soy
Soy food products, such as edamame and soymilk, are easily found in your local grocery store and are often marketed as being healthy. However, the safety of eating soy has been much debated in the last few decades. Here is an overview of what you need to know before including soy in your children’s diet. Soybeans contain enough protein to serve as a healthy replacement for meat but, unlike meat, are low in saturated fat, have no cholesterol and contain fiber. Soybeans contain many minerals, but also contain organic compounds called isoflavones. The chemical structure of isoflavones looks similar to estrogens produced in the body. Many parents are hesitant to allow their kids to consume soy products due to concerns that isoflavones will femininize boys or cause breast cancer later in life. However, research studies have not found that consuming soy moderately has any impact on testosterone levels in men and some studies found consuming whole soy foods may actually help reduce the chances of developing breast cancer. Experts recommend serving soy to kids in moderation and to limit kids’ soy consumption to one serving a day. Avoid heavily processed soy foods, like hot dogs, since they may contain large […]
Fireworks & Independence Day Events
If you have an event you’d like listed please send us your event information. June 29 Celebrate America at The Rock Ranch, 2PM-9PM with fireworks display June 29 Independence Celebration at Fort Benning, 4PM-11PM with fireworks display June 29 Freedom Festival at The Park at Cascade Hills, 7PM-10PM July 29 Summer Fireworks Series at Callaway Gardens, 9:30PM with fireworks display July 4 Star Spangled Beach Party at Callaway Gardens, 9AM-7PM with fireworks display July 4 Fourth of July Celebration at Florence Marina State Park, 9AM-4PM July 4 Sweet Land of Liberty Parade at Downtown Lagrange, 10AM July 4 NIM Freedom Fest at National Infantry Museum, 10AM-4PM July 4 Cool Pool Celebration at Liberty Bell Pool, 1PM-3PM (pool open all day) July 4 Fourth of July Celebration at Phenix City Amphitheater, 4PM-10PM with fireworks display July 4 Fourth of July Celebration at Upton Lake, 5PM with fireworks display July 5 Fourth of July Celebration at Florence Marina State Park, 9AM-8:30PM July 6 Summer Fireworks Series at Callaway Gardens, 9:30PM with fireworks display July 6 Fourth of July Celebration at Florence Marina State Park, 9AM-7PM Additional Links: Free Summer Fun in Columbus, GA Places to Swim in the Chattahoochee Valley […]
Places to Swim in Columbus, GA
Liberty Bell Pool A large, spring-fed pool located within F.D.R. State Park. Features a kiddie pool and nearby campground. 3676 GA-354, Pine Mountain, GA 31822 (706) 663-4824 Get Details Aquatic Center Olympic pool with a diving area and a therapeutic pool with ramp entry. 1603 Midtown Dr, Columbus, GA 31906 (706) 225-3980 Get Details Rigdon Park Pool 50-meter pool with zero entry, water features and nearby playground. 1600 Howe Avenue, Columbus, Georgia 31903 (706) 687-0322 Get Details Double Churches Pool Features a diving board, zero entry pool and water slide. 2300 Double Churches Rd, Columbus, GA 31909 (706) 494-7775 Get Details Robin Lake at Callaway Gardens Large, private beach. Boat rentals and water course activities available for extra cost. 17800 US Hwy 27, Pine Mountain, GA 31822 (844) 512-3826 Get Details Chewcala State Park Lake swimming area in large, state park. 124 Shell Toomer Pkwy, Auburn, AL 36830 (334) 887-5621 Get Details Phenix City Youth Sports Complex Large swimming area with zero entry, water slide and water features. 1501 5th St S, Phenix City, AL 36869 (334) 291-4719 Get Details Honorable Mention: West Point Lake: Get Details Additional Links: Swim for Free in Muscogee County […]
The Differences Between IUI and IVF
Two fertility treatments commonly used to assist couples who are having difficulty becoming pregnant are intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF). Here is an overview and comparison of these two procedures. In the IUI procedure, mobile sperm which have been collected and processed in a lab are inserted directly into the uterus at the time when the ovulation has occurred and an egg is in the fallopian tube. To prepare for this procedure, the patient is monitored for ovulation either using an ovulation test or by using imaging that allows the doctor to view the ovaries and egg growth. In some cases, a patient is given medication to stimulate the ovaries to produce several eggs at once. IUI is usually performed a day or two after ovulation is detected. The IUI procedure can be performed in the doctor’s office and no pain relievers are needed. After the procedure, the patient goes about her daily routine for about two weeks before starting to test for pregnancy. If IUI is not successful the first time, it is possible to try again. IVF consists of several stages and is more physically demanding than IUI. The IVF process involves collecting mature eggs from […]
Flying with Kids
We’ve all seen it, viral news stories of miserable children on flights. Comments flood the news thread about bad parenting and rude passengers. Then we see parents who went above and beyond, handing out apology bags filled with snacks, ear plugs and pleas for compassion. With seeing these stories, the sheer thought of taking a flight with your young child might seem terrifying. The worry and expectation far exceed the actual stress of the flight. Use these tips for a stress-free flight: AT SECURITY Follow TSA’s guidelines carefully for a fast security clearance. Wear metal-free clothes, easy slip-on shoes and buy drinks at the gate. Keep an eye out for family security lines and plan for a longer clearance time if you are carrying breast milk, juices or formula. PRE-BOARDING Airports offer pre-boarding as a benefit to families with young children, but pre-boarding also causes your children to wait even longer in a stuffy plane before takeoff. Consider the value of pre-boarding and if you really need that extra time to get settled on the plane. If not, board at regular time. CHOOSING FLIGHTS Flying early to travel with sleepy children, plus the airports and planes are less crowded. When you’re flying short distances, […]
When it comes to preparing to parent a newborn, there is often a great focus on tips for new moms on how to bond with baby right after birth. However, new parents should not forget that parenting is a partnership between mom and dad. Dads form a unique type of relationship with their children, and it is equally important for new dads to form a strong, loving bond with their babies and to stay connected with their children as they grow. DAD BONDING STARTS BEFORE YOUR BABY IS BORN Studies show infants with involved dads benefit developmentally and that new dads who bond with their newborns are less likely to suffer from postpartum depression. (Yes, a study published in 2017 shows that men can experience postpartum depression also). Moms often feel bonded to baby months before baby’s birth, and it is not surprising there is a tendency for mom to ‘take charge’ right after baby’s arrival, causing dad to feel a bit sidelined and disconnected. If you are an expectant dad, get a start on the bonding process by attending as many OB appointments as possible and start discussing with your wife or partner ways you can participate in baby’s daily routine. […]
Light Up Aquarium
Supplies Aquarium plants Plastic sea creatures Mason jars Water with blue food coloring submersible LED lights Permanent Adhesive Directions Start by adding the plant before the gravel. Push the plant to the side as you fill the jar with gravel. Do this in a circle, so that you cover all sides of the plant base. We filled ours about 1 1/2 to 2 inches tall. If your plant is too tall for your jar, just snip it off. Next, it’s time to add your plastic sea creatures and seashells .Then, it’s time to slowly fill the jar with water. Tint your water with just a few drops of blue food coloring. I wanted to keep it light, so you can see all the fun things in the jars. Now, grab the lights and use permanent adhesive to attach to them to the inside of the lid. Add a dab of adhesive to the light and to the lid, then wait a couple minutes for both to get a little tacky. Then, stick them together. In just a few minutes they’ll be stuck. When you want to turn the light off, just unscrew the lid and flick that little switch. Courtesy […]
Grilled Corn on the Cob
Ingredients 5 ears of corn 1/4 cup mayonnaise 5 pieces of cooked bacon 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped garlic salt and pepper to taste Grilling nonstick grilling spray Cooking twine DIRECTIONS Carefully pull back husk to stem of corn and tie together with cooking twine. Place in a cold-water bath for 30 minutes. Preheat grill to 400 degrees and spray with nonstick grilling spray. Season corn with garlic salt and pepper and place on grill. Cook for 15-20 minutes, turning in 5-minute increments. Once corn is done, remove from grill and spread evenly with mayonnaise, season with more garlic salt and pepper to taste and top with crumbled bacon, cilantro, and a dash of parmesan cheese. Serve warm. Courtesy of thefoodcafe.com Additional Links: Kool Aid Sherbet Cranberry & Lime Mocktail Cucumber Sushi
Seasonal Maintenance Tips
The longer and warmer days of spring make it the perfect time for essential home maintenance tasks. These tasks give your home a fresh look for spring and protect the investment you have in your home. Change your HVAC filter and remove leaves & weeds around your outdoor HVAC unit. If your system has not had a yearly tune up, consider scheduling one. Inspect caulking & weather stripping around windows & doors and replace any that is worn or missing. Save money by keeping cooled air from escaping. Put fresh batteries in your smoke detectors and test them. Inspect your fire extinguisher to ensure it still has the proper pressure and is not damaged. Clean out lint and dust from dryer vents. Clogged vents could cause a house fire. Pressure wash siding and inspect wood surfaces for peeling paint or bare spots where wood is showing. Remove any peeling paint. If you find any rotting wood, remove it and repair it with an epoxy wood filter. Sand, prime and repaint all the problem areas you found. Clean the gutters out and look for any holes or cracks to be repaired with caulk. Re-attach any gutter hardware that has become loose […]
Transitioning to Tweens
The transition into the tween years can be challenging for both you and your child, as she undergoes the process of maturing both physically and mentally. Here are a few tips for parents who are guiding their child through this journey from childhood to young adulthood. Even though your child may want more freedom, she still needs your guidance As your child works her way into the tween and teen years, you will notice her cognitive abilities grow. Brain development continues during adolescence and is completed at about age 23. However, the area of the brain that guides decision-making and self-regulation, called the prefrontal cortex, develops more slowly than other parts of the brain during this time. Add to this the peer pressure experienced both at school and on social media, and the result can be some risky behavior. Engage in conversation with your tween about the decisions she is making, and when possible coach her through the decision-making process. Head off any dangerous risks or unacceptable behavior but do allow her to take some healthy risks. Your tween needs you to slowly adjust her boundaries and give her some freedom to begin defining her identity and exploring new interests. Your […]
Tutoring By Activity | BTG Learning
“Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.” -Kay Redfield Jamison. We hear these words repeatedly, yet schools are focusing more on structured learning and less on free play and recess. Studies have proven the shortage of play in a child’s life is actually putting a strain on their development and emotional health. The instructors at BTG Learning, located in Columbus, offer academic learning through physical activity and sports. “It gets their whole body engaged in learning, which tends to keep their interest,” explains director Wandy Wozniak, “and if they’re interested in what they’re doing, they tend to retain information better.” BTG Learning focuses on training in math, science, reading and writing for preschool through 5th grade. This academic learning program teaches children that each subject has a real world value and demonstrates using the skill in your child’s daily life. Instructors come to your home, and your backyard or driveway is the classroom. A session is an hour long, and instructors come at least once a week. Your child’s curriculum is designed based on his or her needs, and each subject contains a physical activity. For example, if your child […]
Summer Road Trips
Looking for an adventure? We’ve narrowed down some of our favorite road trip ideas to help make your child’s summer a memorable one! HANDS-ON LEARNING Atlanta Children’s Museum, Atlanta GA: Ideal for children up to age 8, this museum offers a massive, educational play space. Some features include a large play kitchen and diner, a faux fishing pond, a construction area equipped with blocks and pipes, a building lab, science lab and an art studio. Center of Puppetry Arts, Atlanta GA: Enjoy this rare insiders look at the history of puppeteering with big names like Elmo, Kermit the Frog, Big Bird and more. After watching a show, children are given the opportunity to create their own puppet show and complete a craft to take home. U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville AL: Home to the legendary Space Camp, Aviation Challenge and NASA’s Official Visitor Information Center for Marshall Space Flight Center; The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is one of the most comprehensive U.S. manned space flight hardware museums in the world. Visit this museum to see rockets, artifacts from the U.S. space program, view a film in a real iMAX 70mm theater and more. Montgomery Zoo, Montgomery AL: This well-shaded zoo is […]
Growing Room opens the door to a secure, quality, fun and nurturing educational environment based on a balanced partnership with parents. At Growing Room, our goal each day is to provide an enriching environment with nurturing teachers using a planned developmentally appropriate curriculum for Infants 6 weeks of age through children age 12 years.
1200 Manchester Expressway, Columbus, GA 31904
At Impact Performance RX, they offer youth training services! Some benefits of youth exercise includes reducing the likelihood of obesity and other weight related problems. By staying active, teenagers can reduce the risk of stress, depression, and other mental health issues. Youth fitness can also help teenagers maintain a positive body image. If you would like to learn more about our youth gym, please contact Impact Performance RX today! Contact Us Today!
1951 Veterans Pkwy, Columbus GA 31904
Impact Performance RX
The CSU Dance Conservatory offers a distinguished recreational and pre-professional program in ballet during the school year with opportunities to perform with The Columbus Ballet at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Our mission is to prepare young students for futures as dancers, engaged citizens, audience members, and responsible young men and women. Year-round classes are taught by a dedicated faculty with extensive professional credentials, providing intensive training and performance opportunities for our students. The Conservatory’s comprehensive curriculum focuses on strong technique that is rooted in the traditions of classical ballet and inspired by a contemporary vision of the future. This curriculum is designed to serve dancers of all ages by supporting the continuing quest for greater technique, artistry, clarity, grace, speed, and musicality. Annual performances of classical and contemporary works are also an important part of the training model at the Conservatory, allowing students to develop discipline, endurance, choreographic memory, and stage presence. Providing exceptional dance training, nurturing our students’ developing skills and instilling a lifelong love of dance extends far beyond our curriculum. We strive to challenge each student, whether dancing for enjoyment or pre-professional training. Our highly-trained teachers take great care to instruct students with proper technique and […]
1004 Broadway, Columbus GA
CSU Dance Conservatory
The Columbus Ballet is a non-profit arts organization founded in 1998 that advocates for the artistic achievement of classical dance through the joy, spirit, and celebration of dance instruction and performance. We strive to provide the most distinctive dance experience to the community through the development of a diverse curriculum for dancers of all ages and a season program that promotes art, education, and culture. The official school of the Columbus Ballet is the CSU Dance Conservatory, which offers classes for dancers 3 years old through adult in classical ballet, jazz, modern, and contemporary dance. The Columbus Ballet annually presents the beloved holiday story of “The Nutcracker,” and produces an annual spring production that has included such well-known ballets as “Cinderella”, “Sleeping Beauty”, and “Coppelia” as well as many others. The Columbus Ballet is proud to be a part of the arts community in Columbus and strives to provide the highest artistic quality performances to Columbus and the surrounding areas.
The Rankin Arts Center 1004 Broadway
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