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Author: Jennie Bradford Curlee

Chefs in Training: Cook Up Something Special with Your Kids

Cooking can be a fun way to celebrate a holiday or special occasion. Whether decorating cookies for Santa or making ghost marshmallows at Halloween, teaching kids to play with their food in the name of creativity can spell fun for the whole family. All it takes is a little planning and preparation to create an enjoyable evening for all ages.   Love is All You Need Show your family how much you love them this Valentine’s Day by preparing a meal together. Let each family member help make their favorite food and create a menu full of love and yummy fare. Let dessert be the...

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Letter From The Editor: February 2018

It has been a cold winter in Northeast Mississippi, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel! Spring will be here before we know it, which means longer days and spending time outside. It also means that spring break will be here before we know it. This month, our writers have some spring break tips to share. Whether your family is planning to travel to an exotic location or if a staycation is just what you need, we hope the tips in their articles will be beneficial as you plan the ultimate spring break for your...

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Letter From The Editor: December 2017/January 2018

I love traditions. From the beginning of November through the end of the year, my family has a multitude of traditions that range from how the turkey is cooked, to what can be found in our stockings Christmas morning, and even what we eat New Year’s Day. Looking forward to enjoying these traditions with the people I love is as much a part of our celebration of the season as actually attending parties and opening presents. Perhaps my favorite holiday tradition is participating in the annual Christmas Eve candlelight service at my church. Watching the flickering lights fill the sanctuary as we sing “Silent Night” in unison makes me wonder what the shepherds must have experienced the night that Jesus was born in a little town called Bethlehem.   If you’re struggling to find the perfect gift this year, our writers have some great tips for those hard to find people in your life. Whether your teen or tween is impossible to please or your child wants to participate in the shopping process, enjoy reading this month’s edition to help you be the hero Christmas morning.   As another year comes to a close, we thank you for making Parents & Kids Northeast Mississippi a resource for your family throughout 2017 and we look forward to all that 2018 will hold. Enjoy celebrating the traditions that are special to your family...

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Letter From The Editor: October/November 2017

What a wonderful time of year in Northeast Mississippi! At my house, we celebrate the cooler temperatures with going to football games, simmering soups, and enjoying every chance to get outside and enjoy the cool temperatures and gorgeous fall colors. There are tons of great ways to get out and explore Northeast Mississippi during the fall, so be sure and check out our Family Fun Calendar, both in this publication and online, to find your next family fall adventure.   This month’s publication serves as a Pediatric Health Guide. Inside, our writers share tips on how to make health a priority at home. From utilizing opportunities in and around Tupelo to see from where our food comes, to combating childhood obesity by making simple lifestyle changes, we hope that your family will be able to use some of these tips to be the healthiest you can be.   From trick-or-treaters in October to pilgrims and Indians in November, enjoy celebrating all that this time of year brings with your family. I am thankful for so much and look forward to sharing it all with my family during this special time of the year.   Thankful, Jennie Bradford...

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Get Moving, Snoozing, and Drinking to Combat Childhood Obesity

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the percentage of children with obesity has more than tripled since 1970, meaning that one in five school-aged children is obese. Children who are obese have a greater risk of developing other chronic illnesses like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and asthma, all of which can continue into their adult years. If your child is in danger of becoming one of these statistics, adding even a small amount of physical activity to your daily routine can put your child on the road to living a healthier lifestyle. Get Moving ...

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