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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Ultimate Prom Date

(Photo by Otherbeach)
High school prom: For some it’s the ultimate dream, for others the ultimate nightmare.  Either way, it soon fades.

Occasionally, however, something lasting emerges from such fluff and stuff. Dylan Huffaker will always remember the night
he escorted his mom to the Canyon Ridge High School prom in Twin Falls, Idaho.

Because Dylan’s mother, Kerry, suffered from stage 4 brain cancer at the time, a whole lot of community effort was needed.  Twin Falls certainly rose to the challenge:  social worker, car dealer, photographer and nail salon all donated their services.

When the magic night arrived, the dance floor cleared for Dylan and Kerry.  Garth Brooks’ “The Dance” accompanied mother and son on this poignant leg of their journey together:

And now,  I'm glad I didn't know,  The way it all would end,  The way it all would go,  Our lives,  Are better left to chance,  I could have missed the pain.  But I'd have had to miss,  The dance…


Copyright May 28, 2016 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

Friday, May 27, 2016

Good for Guinness

Adult Skier   (Public Domain)
After strapping their 6-month, 20-pound baby onto a pair of water skis and dragging her 686 feet across a Florida lake, some overly proud parents then contacted the Guinness World
Record folks.

Fortunately for vulnerable young pawns in such parental games, Guinness refuses to “record anything involving individuals under age 16.”

While being pulled along “at a speed of 7 miles per hour, this infant skier began to panic.  “As she glided farther away from the shore,” the tiny tot “grimaced and let out a few cries.”

After "she and the skis sank in the water," her father jumped in to save her.  His only regret?  “If I would have known she was going much longer, we would have more people lined up.”

To help...  or simply to gawk?


Copyright May 27, 2016 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Graduated extinction: Babies not species

(Photo by Evan-Amos)
Whereas the gradual extinction of dinosaurs wasn’t all that enjoyable, the graduated extinction of babies can be quite soothing.

Turns out that “graduated extinction” is a lot more upbeat than it sounds.  It simply refers to a “sleep training method in which parents allow babies to cry themselves to sleep.”

“But isn’t that cruel?” some parents might ask.  Not nearly as cruel as glaciers chasing dinosaurs.  And not nearly as cruel as babies not learning how to self-soothe.

Pediatrician Tanya Altmann explains that “self-soothing and sleeping techniques” learned as infants “can stay with them throughout their entire lives.”  Rather than always relying upon others to calm things down, babies can practice defusing their own emotions.

If this seems too harsh (for parents, not necessarily for babies) a technique to try all at once, incremental steps can instead be taken.  Using “bedtime fading” steps, parents can “wait longer and longer periods of time before going back to comfort” their crying babies.

Pediatric psychologist Daniel Lewin reminds parents that “setting a clear and loving limit for your child” allows him or her to “function better.”


Copyright May 26, 2016 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved