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Cover MOM: Cindy Broughton
Because I said so! What does cancer feel
TherMOMeter: Taking the temp on hot issues
moms face with Trios Health
Financial Foundations: Expert advice from
Talking Health with Tri Cities Cancer
Makeover your home: simple ideas with big
A friend in need: Supporting a friend with
Turkey care: Baby your bird
Spook-tacular Halloween Costumes: Get inspired
to make your own
Chad Domas is SuperDad sponsored by Tri Cities Americans
Kathy Carden is a seven-generation animal trainer who
balances life as a mother with being a performer with Ringling
Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. As a mother of two boys,
Cash, 5, and George, 7, she makes sure her boys are well mannered
and well educated while traveling with the Circus.
What is your biggest challenge as a mom on the road with
We recently made the decision to have my seven year old
temporarily live with Grandma and start first grade in a
traditional elementary school. I wrestle with it. It's tough. He
recently asked when he was coming home. That was difficult. Do I
keep him here or send him to Grandma's house? I don't want to be
separated from my child but you want to do what's best for him at
the same time. I felt like he needed some extra attention and
traditional school would be the best. I will be with him by
Christmas, but it's still hard.
Do you ever have guilt like a traditional working mom
That's what's nice. There is no guilt because you get to bring
your children to work with you. The boys have been on the road
since they were very small. No matter what's going on they are
right there with you. There is also a nursery that travels with the
show, so the boys were able to play and socialize with other
How does school work for the boys when you're on the
The boys go to school 4 hours a day, Wednesday through Sunday.
Ringling Bros. provides a teacher who travels with the Circus and
provides schooling for the kids of performers. The school-aged
kids' days off are Monday and Tuesday because that's when
performers have their days off. My boys learned a lot from the
teachers on the road. My five year old is in Kindergarten and loves
school. He's really bright and so learning comes easy for him.
How do you handle the other normal mom duties while on
the road, taking kids to the doctor for check-ups and
We have cities where we perform yearly and those cities have
become home base for doctor and dentist appointments. Like when we
are in the Seattle area, we have doctors and dentists we regularly
You were also on the road as a child, traveling with
your parents and the Circus. What are your memories like as a
I loved my childhood. My mom stayed home with my brother and I
and my dad traveled but we would travel too when we were not in
school. I grew up like this and have the best childhood memories of
being on the road with my dad, learning how to train dogs and
horses with him. I learned how to love and take care of animals
from my mom who would care for any animal that crossed her path.
Stray cats, ducks, turtles - you name it, my mom cared for it.
As your boys grow up, do you plan to change your current
End - After my current contract is up I will be going home to
Missouri and both boys will start classes at a traditional
elementary school. They are excited to ride the school bus! It's a
wonderful job but family comes first.
See Kathy and the Ringling Bros Super Circus Heros from October
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By Ali Madison, Marketing Communications Manager at Trios Health
Mother of two
My kids aren't in school yet, but education is something I think
about a lot and value above most other things when it comes to
setting them on a path to success. Is it the key to all
forms of success and happiness in this life? Certainly not. But I
think we moms can wholeheartedly agree that it's critical to their
development. After all, they won't always be our babies (okay,
secretly they will be). Someday they'll need to be thriving,
responsible adults, and a good education is an excellent start.
Success in school can help lay the foundation for
self-confidence and lead to more choices as adults. It can provide
a broadened perspective about what's going on around them, an
understanding of how more things work, and the mental resources to
navigate a variety of situations. But how do you properly get
involved in the process of their education, and how much pushing is
Just as in many things in life, the answer is very different for
each person, as our TherMOMeter moms can attest. I was an
overachieving "A" student who truly liked doing homework and rarely
needed help or pushing. Give me speed-spelling, story problems, and
writing assignments any day of the week, and I was a happy girl.
Honors math? Sign me up!
But even though I made it pretty easy on my mom, I can't take
all of the credit. She read to me from the time I was born, asked
me about my homework every day, talked to me about college like it
was a foregone conclusion rather than an option, and celebrated
every one of my academic achievements with equal enthusiasm. Even
though I didn't happen to need a lot of her time or help with my
daily work, she was constantly in touch with me about it and making
sure I was enjoying it and making it a priority.
I think that daily conversation, emphasis, and positive
reinforcement is necessary for all children--the tricky part is
finding the right balance for each unique child, observing early on
what motivates and demotivates them most, and pushing within those
bounds. If something doesn't work, try something else. One of the
beautiful things about being a mom is that you get to keep learning
too--about your children--and letting those lessons continually
make you even better at loving and guiding them.
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Cover MOM: Jill James of Charter College
Because I said so!: Lessons from a lemonade
Back to school gear guide: Must have school
Beat the heat: Fun activities to keep kids
We all scream for ice cream: The scoop on
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SuperDad: Aaron Ardal
I didn't have a cell phone until I was in college, and neither
did most of my friends. Now, many kids have smart phones, tablets,
and more before they even get to high school; even infants are
using technology more than ever before. Not only are they getting
it sooner, but the platform and application options continually
expand along with the capabilities each offers. It can feel a
It's easy to understand why some parents feel a little unsure
about the proliferation of technology into our children's
lives--after all, we grew up playing outside, getting
dirty, and using our imaginations, right? We didn't sit around and
stare at backlit screens all day interacting with a two-dimensional
rather than three-dimensional world. So how do we handle the new
era we've found ourselves raising our own kids in?
I think all of our TherMOMeter moms agree
that technology can be a good thing for kids--even essential and
life-enabling in the case of our mom whose daughter relies on it to
communicate-and it's definitely not going anywhere. It has become
integral to daily life at home, at school, and at work, across all
ages and industries. And the things it allows us to do and learn
are nearly limitless. We need to think about how to best embrace it
rather than fight it because it's different from our own childhoods
or because we fear the potential downsides.
Perhaps it's about maintaining focus on its upsides rather than
on how too much of it can be a bad thing. We as parents get to
decide what "too much" is for our own children, and to determine
the mix of content they access. We also get to decide when it's
time to go outside and play, read a book, or do an art project. But
by finding a way to let technology add value in healthy ways, we're
helping prepare our children to live and thrive in their
world--today's amazing and fast-paced world--while still leaving
plenty of time for learning, playing, and creating the way many of
us grew up doing it.
Our TherMOMeter team
has offered a variety of creative approaches for managing
children's technology use in the latest installment, from nightly
device check-ins to earned screen time. Try what you think will
work best for your family, and if it doesn't, hit refresh until you
find the balance you're looking for.
Makeover Winner: Caroline Morrow
Because I said so! - Momisms
TherMOMeter - Taking the temp on hot issues
moms face with Trios Health
Toss It - Delish salad and dip recipes
Grow your own salad - plant a garden with your
Summer bucket list - plan for a fun summer
SuperDad: Dan Riedlinger - sponsored by Tri
By Ali Madison, Marketing Communications Manager at Trios Health, Mother of
I love this issue's TherMOMeter feedback on how to handle picky
eaters in your household! At every stage of a child's development,
they recognize and learn to express preferences, which can be quite
challenging for parents. As the mom of a toddler with very specific
food preferences-mostly he prefers other things to eating-I already
see the creativity and mountains of patience it can take to instill
healthy eating habits early on.
Some days, meal time feels like a long and winding voyage with
rough seas and countless course corrections, but with a small
parting of clouds and a glimmer of sun on the horizon that keeps us
parents motoring on. And some days, that journey of persistence and
hope suddenly smacks into a brick wall and we wave our white flag,
vowing to try again tomorrow.
But fear not-smoother sailing is ahead for those of us
struggling with this challenge, because this month's TherMOMeter
installment is packed with amazing ideas to make the whole thing
easier on us AND our kids. And it's certainly a worthwhile
endeavor, because healthy habits now translate to healthy habits
I love how so many of the moms on our team offered such a
positive, well-balanced perspective on how to push without being
pushy and when to let go. And through their ideas, they
demonstrated that patience and persistence, applied in the right
ways, can really pay off. I came away with several different ideas
that I think might work for my family, and hope others will
Do you know a SuperDAD? Maybe he's your DAD, the father of
your children or a close friend?
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enjoy a scheduled game where DAD is publicly recognized on the
ice. While enjoying the game, the family also receives 4
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in our issue!
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