Author Archive | Denise

will someone shoot us

Will Someone Shoot Us?

“Mama, will someone shoot us when we are at church?” It’s a valid question from an eight-year-old Texan. Texas, Las Vegas, New York City, and more. Dr. Sears and Dr. Spock forgot the chapter on Children Coping with Mass Shootings. What to Expect When You’re Expecting didn’t expect this conversation. Ever vigilant, Mr. Rogers didn’t […]

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Personal Care Bags: How Everyday Items Can Make a Huge Impact

Hurricanes and other natural disasters are devastating and leave us wanting to help. Bonus points if we can include our own kids in the process. San Antonio Food Bank is coordinating local aid for Hurricane Harvey victims, collecting donations including but not limited to: formula, diapers, food, school supplies, maxi pads, cold medicines, and toiletries. […]

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No sports? No problem!

So, your child isn’t into baseball, basketball, soccer, flag football, or lacrosse? (Yes, San Antonio is home to at least one youth lacrosse league.) Maybe it’s her nature, his personality, he’s just not ready, or she’s just not coordinated enough for team sports. Some kids would love sports without competition pressure, while others couldn’t care […]

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Making Sense: Glitches in Sensory Processing

“While most of us have occasional difficulties processing sensory information, for children and adults with Sensory Processing Disorder, these difficulties are chronic, neurological, and they disrupt everyday life. Often, someone struggling with sensory challenges is categorized as having behavioral issues when they are simply reacting to a neurological sensory overload. These children and adults need […]

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Prevent the Summer Slide: Summer Reading Programs for San Antonio Kids

“Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.” —Vera Nazarian. Studies show students can lose one month of grade-level equivalent skills during summer break. Kids want to enjoy classroom freedom, and parents don’t want their child’s academic skills to pay a price. What can you do? Here […]

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The Alarm of Anxiety

May is Mental Health Month, which includes National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week. Throughout the day, we will be sharing posts on anxiety. We’re coming out from hiding – shedding light on an all-too-often dark subject. I live in my head because the light is always on. It’s confusing and loud with dark cobweb corners. […]

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Zika Virus

Zika Update

Zika Update: Recently, a CDC statement confirmed a link between the Zika virus and the development of microcephaly in fetuses of pregnant women. I spoke again with our resident expert, Patrick S. Ramsey, MD, MSPH, of the University of Texas Health Science Center. “There really is no change in the level of concern today than when […]

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domestic violence

Domestic Violence: No Boundaries

Like freckles, left-handedness, and curly hair, domestic violence knows no boundaries. It thrives in affluent homes, comfortable suburban cul-de-sacs, rural midwestern farms, high-rise apartments, and auspicious public housing. Every day, women of all ages, races, and social status are pummeled with words and fists and held captive with invisible shackles. Domestic violence afflicts working women, […]

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Davids Legacy

David’s Legacy: Stop Bullying Now

While San Antonians enjoy the last remaining Christmas lights and begin New Year’s resolutions, the Molak family struggles with the loss of their beloved 16-year-old son and brother, David. Four days into 2016, David took his own life after being bullied for several months. According to the Molaks, David was a typical 16-year-old: a good, “normal” […]

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Santa: The Big Reveal

Santa: The Big Reveal

“Once she learns the truth about Santa, she’s gonna be pissed.” This was my prediction for Sis, when she was three. In first grade, someone’s child decided to educate his classmates about the jolly bearded guy. Luckily, Sis’s good friend was Jewish and well-versed in keeping Santa on the down-low. Like Santa’s little superhero, she saved […]

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Giraffes at the San Antonio Zoo

Catch a Long Neck at the San Antonio Zoo!

As a mom, I tip my hat to giraffe mamas throughout the world—they carry their babies 15 months. Read that again: 15 MONTHS! To top it off, they do everything standing up: eat, sleep, give birth, and probably even make those babies, too! If you’re in San Antonio, stop by and witness the majestic beauty […]

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