Is Quality Family Time Passing You By? Dental Digest feb. 2020 WAYLAND • 899 Reno Drive • Wayland, MI • 49348 • 269-509-4155 — COOPERSVILLE • 502 W. Randall St. • Coopersville, MI • 49404 • 616-384-4129
HOW TO P L AN THE BEST VACAT ION
With spring around the corner, now is the best time to plan a family vacation. Parents have to make the most of the time they have with kids, and ours have grown up so fast. Before I blinked, I swear that Beth and I were taking our small children on a hike during one of our summer getaways. Now, they’re all in high school and middle school, handling homework, sports, and their own social lives. When I think about how fast time has passed, it makes me grateful for the strong bonds we built with our children when they were younger, especially thanks to some great vacations. We all know making trips filled with lasting memories can be challenging, so here are some tips to follow. everyone in your family big “Star Wars” fans or outdoor adventurers? From there, identify your timeline because long waits can ruin big family outings. My family loves the outdoors, so every summer, we spend a week exploring a national park. For Yellowstone National Park, you have to book your campground 12 months in advance. So, if you’re wondering whether it’s too soon to plan your trip, know that you can never be too early! The first thing you need to do is determine what your family wants to see. Is Once you have settled on where you’re going, it’s time to figure out logistics. If you’re planning less than a year out, take a look at airfare before booking a place to stay. Otherwise, check out accommodations first because airlines won’t have their flights scheduled that far out. Don’t forget to consider the time of year because if you’re traveling around spring break or a holiday, you’ll want to be prepared to spend a little more on flights. When booking your hotel or short-term rental, keep your family in mind. Do your kids like swimming? Does your spouse like to golf? Look for these amenities. And if your family prefers to relax in luxury, it’s well worth the extra expense.
Whether you’re going to Disneyland or a national park, do your research and plan everything to a T. There are a lot of review sites, so don’t just base your opinion on point systems or star ratings. Read reviews because others’ high ratings may be based on amenities or activities your family isn’t interested in. Additionally, you may learn some little-known tips about how to avoid long lines or which activities turn out to be less than stellar. Before my family
ventures to a national park, we research all their best trails to prioritize which ones to hike first. Typically we’ll get up
around 4:45 a.m. for our first adventure of the day. It sounds crazy, but any later in the morning, the trails turn into conga lines, and I can only imagine what it’s like at Disneyland.
“Regardless of individual attractions,
your children will feel fulfilled with quality time spent as a family.”
Try to organize your trip so that each morning is dedicated to one person’s favorite activity. This way, even if your children want to do different things, they won’t fight or argue, because they’ll know their favorite ride or hike is coming. If your children have any particular health
needs, make sure to incorporate those into your trip as well. During our hiking trips, I like to take an EpiPen for allergies or bee stings. If someone has asthma, be sure to pack a couple of inhalers. Regardless of individual attractions, your children will feel fulfilled with quality time spent as a family. Plus, the trip back home is more enjoyable when you have no regrets about the vacation. If you’re planning a big trip with your family this spring, let me know about it next time you’re in the office! This summer we’re rafting down the Colorado River, but we’re always looking for a new and fun experience for the whole family.
THE L I T TLE-KNOWN ORIGINS OF COMMON TONGUE TWISTERS Peter Piper Did What?
Tongue twisters are a highlight of many people’s childhoods and are also highly entertaining for many adults. Having the ability to say “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers” without stumbling or stuttering can earn you several impressed stares. However, as fun as they are to say, not very many people know the history behind our favorite tongue twisters. Peter Piper: Pierre Poivre, Gardener
Anning. Mary was a woman living in the 19th century who collected rocks, seashells, and even fossils on the rocky shores near her home. To support her family, Mary
sold her finds to people, including the fossils of the ichthyosaur, the plesiosaur, and the pterosaur. Though her constant scouring of the shores inspired Terry Sullivan’s
“She Sells Sea Shells” song, Mary’s more prominent fossil discoveries went mostly unrecognized.
Although it is not known for sure, Peter Piper and his pickled peppers are speculated to be inspired by a French horticulturist, Pierre Poivre. Throughout the 18th century, it’s said that Pierre would smuggle cloves out of the Dutch East India
How Much Wood: Fay Templeton, Performer Of the many tongue twisters in the world, “How Much Wood Could a Woodchuck Chuck” is a real favorite. This rhyme was introduced to the
Company-controlled Spice Islands. He then grew them on his own, which then led to freeing the market for future cloves. She Sells Seashells: Mary Anning, Fossil Discoverer The popular beach-themed tongue twister, “She sells seashells by the seashore,” was inspired by groundbreaking discoverer Mary
public through the musical “The Runaways” in a song performed by Fay Templeton in 1903. Most people pay little attention to the origin of the tongue twister and instead spend more time trying to answer it. In the 20th century, a New York fish and wildlife technician named Richard Thomas put some thought into it and declared the answer is 700 pounds.
HOW TO INTRODUCE GROWING GI R LS TO SCI ENCE Best STEM Programs for Your Daughters
March is a big month for us with St. Patrick’s Day and spring break coming up for the kids. But when we were looking at the calendar, we were pleasantly surprised to learn that it’s Expanding Girls’ Horizons in Science and Engineering Month. To do our part, we wanted to showcase programs you can use to introduce your daughters and granddaughters to the world of science! Camp Blodgett Summer Camp 2020 Camp Blodgett, located in West Olive, hosts seven five-day overnight camp sessions every summer for kids ages 8–17. During June 15–19 and July 13–17, they’re hosting Mad Science Week, which highlights the fundamentals of science for kids ages 11–13. The children work with experienced, certified, and creative teachers who engage well and can easily overcome any challenges a student may experience. They introduce the material in exciting and engaging ways in small groups to ensure every child gets the attention they need. Visit Camp Blodgett.org to learn more and enroll your child. Van Andel Institute’s ‘Sense-ational Animals’ Summer Camp From August 3–7, kids in second and third grade can explore the world of animal senses. This program allows children to see creatures with amazing eyes, feelers, and other unique sensory tools. Additionally, children can handle the animals and learn how they use
their senses to survive. Kids will also be able to use LEGO Education WeDo
robots to explore the science of senses. For more information on this event, visit Vaei.Vai.org.
Van Andel Institute’s ‘Biotech Explorers’
Summer Camp If your daughters or granddaughters are older, then this is the perfect camp to keep them engaged and introduce them to the world
of biotechnology. On June 15–19, teens will be able to conduct experiments and visit Van Andel Institute research labs to learn from industry professionals. Not only that, but they will also learn how to perform lab techniques used in labs across the world. Some of the methods they will learn include DNA extraction, PCR amplification, gel electrophoresis, gene regulation, and protein purification. To learn more, visit Vaei.Vai.org. These are just some of the programs available to introduce the little girls in your life to the world of science! If you think any of these programs are a great fit for your child, visit their websites for more information!
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Sleep apnea takes a significant toll on our health and well- being. When we don’t get enough sleep, our brain releases a higher amount of cortisol, which causes us great stress, even about little things like weather or traffic. Common signs of this condition include randomly falling asleep, constant fatigue, and unexplained spikes in blood pressure. If you suffer from any of these symptoms, we have several options to help you get the sleep you need. With a low-grade case of sleep apnea, treatment may be easily administered with a mandibular advancement device, which is a mouthguard that pushes the jaw forward to open the airway. These are widely accepted and easy to apply because many people are accustomed to wearing mouthguards. If your case is severe, then we instead recommend a CPAP machine, which utilizes a mask and hose to deliver a constant stream of air to the body. We also offer an optional third test — a 3D screening of your airway. This helps determine if you have a physical obstruction in your airway or if your brain is shutting off the breathing process. If the latter is occurring, a CPAP machine is required. Sleep apnea is more common than you think! About 90% of adults aged 25–50 experience periods of sleep apnea. So, if you’re feeling any of the signs, make an appointment as soon as possible to start the screening process and get the sleep you need. DON’ T LET SLEEP APNEA AFFECT YOUR L I FE Go to Sleep With the Right Dental Treatment
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Inside THIS ISSUE How to Plan the Best Family Vacation
Famous Tongue Twisters and Their Origins
How to Introduce Your Daughters to Science
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Your Kids Deserve Valentine’s Day Treatment Too!
DON’ T FORGET ABOUT YOUR L I T TLE VALENT INE THIS YEAR Valentine’s Day Treats for Your Kids Valentine’s Day isn’t just observed between romantic couples. It’s a day for celebrating the love you feel for people in all areas of your life. And if you can cook bacon, pancakes, eggs, and toast all in the shape of hearts. For extra love, add strawberries or raspberries to complete the Valentine’s Day vibe.
Reflections of Love While you’re busy cooking up a feast, your kids will most likely visit the bathroom to get ready for the day. What will they see when they walk in? Their mirror covered in sticky notes in the shape of a heart! You can write words of encouragement, love, and support and set the display up for them the night before. It’s a fantastic way for them to start their day. Let Your Kids Be in Charge Valentine’s Day lands on a Friday this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate over the weekend. Let your kids plan a day of fun by creating a list of activities they can choose from. Let them decide whether you all spend a few hours together ice skating, watching a movie, going to the park, or visiting an amusement park. To add a little more fun, create a “menu” they can look at and choose what they’ll have for dinner that night.
have kids, Valentine’s Day is a perfect opportunity to celebrate your love for them and let them know how special they are to you. Here are a few ways to make this Feb. 14 the most memorable one yet for your little ones.
Gifts and Balloons Surprise your little ones the morning of Feb. 14 by decorating their room with their favorite treats
and balloons. Tie their favorite candy bar or a small toy they’ve had their eye on to the bottom of one or more balloon strings. Then, place the balloons around their bedroom for them to find. A Heartfelt Breakfast Take the time to whip up their favorite breakfast and try to add a little bit of Valentine’s Day cheer. If you want to get extra crafty, you
Enjoy this day of love with all of your special someones this year!
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