The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 21, 2001 · Page 6
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SATURDAY. APRIL 21. 2001 THE SALINA JOURNAL • BIRTHDAYS Blowouts Parties go way beyond cake and candles '6y, ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY Associated Press , , NEW YORK — The guests are due any minute. The premises have been cleaned £^nd decorated, caterers are warming the hors d'oeuvres, ,and the band is tuned and t-'eady. 'And the guest of honor? .He's catching a nap in his stroller. '.'kids' birthday parties can be grand affairs. And often, ,the youngest kids have the biggest parties. , "We've got a very child-centered culture," said Maura Christopher, senior editor at Pai^ents magazine. "And the parties are the parents wanting to please." ' Chuckles the Clown, who goes by the name Leonie Norton when she is not entertaining kids, said the celebra- ; tiohs can resemble events for adults. She has been to parties with more than 100 guests, a band and children dressed formally It seems like plenty of trouble to go to for a party that the honoree might not even remember — Norton said sometimes the birthday boy or girl falls asleep and doesn't even make an appearance. But the child isn't necessarily the focal point of the "People love to spend money on "their children." Leonie Norton Chuckles the Clown party Especially when it's for the younger kids, the party is more of a get-together for parents, friends and family said Linda Kaye, owner of Birthdaybakers, Partymak- ers, a party-planning service. She estimated the biggest parties are for kids ages 1 to 8. After that, they like to have a sleepover with a few friends or go to a baseball game. Norton said the trend for such extravagant parties is a result of competition among parents. "It's just keeping up with the Joneses," Norton said. "They have the money and that's what they want to do. People love to spend money on their children." And there are plenty of options for parents who want to do just that, Christopher said. She said parents can rent full-size Barbie cars, a night in FAO Schwarz or pony rides — the list goes on. Christopher said, however, parents should not feel obligated to have such exorbitant parties. "For parents who are working or who have small apartments, it becomes more and more acceptable to have a small party at home," she said. But having a little shindig at home carries its own set of questions: How many kids to invite? How to organize? So, first things first — the invitees. Christopher said a good rule of thumb is inviting one or two more kids than the age the child is turning — four or five guests if the kid is turning 3, and so on. With any more than that, she suggested getting baby sitters to help keep the kids in line. The theme of the party is also a consideration. Jan Jewell, co-CEO of Birthday Express, a party supply company, said Thomas the Tank Engine and Madeline have been big sellers recently The themes vary according to popular movies, but Jewell said there are some solid mainstays that often fall along traditional gender lines. A unicorn theme is Birthday Express' most popular unlicensed party for girls. For boys, it's road construction. T RAISING SONS BRIEFLY Book teaches kids all about eating NEW YORK — Getting kids to eat right is hard enough. Getting them interested in nutrition might seem like a lost cause. Bill Haduch offers some tidbits about nutrition for kids to miill over in his book "Food Rules!" He addresses topics including why people get hungry, tastebuds, bad breath and kid- friendly recipes. He also includes a bunch of food-related facts: • A single chocolate chip gives you enough energy to walk about 150 feet. • There are about 800 kernels on an ear of corn. • If you lump it all together, you spend more than 15 full days a year doing nothing but eating. • "The world's favorite snack food is popcorn. • The world's favorite flavor is chocolate. • Fewer than half the world's people use a fork, knife and spoon to eat. The rest use chopsticks, just a knife or just their hands. Make sure toys are age-appropriate NEW YORK — Finding a toy for your child to play with isn't difficult — toy stores and gifts from generous grandparents can keep a kid in playthings for years. But making sure the toy is age-appropriate and educational is a little trickier. Rutli Nathan, Ph.D., said learning potential is highest when instruction is tailored to a child's individual skill level. The toys should provide a challenge — neither too easy nor too frustrating — to make motivation levels higher and learning more enjoyable, Nathan said. Nathan offers some guidelines to help parents understand a child's skills. An infant up to age 1 normally learns or begins to turn his head in reaction to bright colors and lights; recognize human voice sounds; reach for and grasp objects; listen intently and smile often; make singsong sounds; respond to music with body motion; place objects into and remove objects from a container; crawl, stand, and take first stgps. A toddler age 1-2 normally learns or begins to follow simple instructions; carry a stuffed animal or doll; point to body parts; make vertical, horizontal, and circular strokes with a pencil or crayon; sort objects by shape and color; and enjoy hearing stories read aloud. 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Broadway, Salina (785) 825-0451 • 1-800-864-4451 Mon.-Fri. 9:00-5:30 -J Sat. 9:00-5:00 www.midwestsew.com Moms are difference in aggression By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Boys who are likely to become violent teen-agers can be identified as early as kindergarten by tlieir aggressive behavior, which accelerates as they grow, according to a study published in the April issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry While most boys in the study group outgrew their aggressive tendencies, a small percentage had worsened by their teen years. What those boys had in common were poor, under-educated mothers who gave birth as teen-agers. "Our interpretation is that child-rearing skills are at a premium when you have a difficult child," said Daniel Nagin, a professor of public policy at Carnegie Mellon University "On average, these mothers are at greater risk to lack skills to effectively parent a difficult child." Nagin and co-author Richard Tremblay of the University of Montreal began tracking 1,037 high-risk, 6-year-olds in 1984 in Montreal to identify parental and child characteristics linked to aggression. The researchers found the most powerful predictor of violence in adolescence was a high level of hyperactivity and oppositional behavior in kindergarten, as assessed by the teacher and parents. Oppositional behavior was defined as not sharing, blaming others, being inconsiderate, irritable and disobedient. Hyperactivity was defined as being squirmy, fidgety and unable to keep still. The researchers found most boys were aggressive in kindergarten, but the majority of them grew out of those tendencies. At age 6, only 16 percent of the boys were classified as nev­ er physically aggressive, while 52 percent were moderately ag- g^jjCSsive and 32 percent were hfghly aggressive. The moderately aggressive boys stopped that behavior by age 10. Even among the highly aggressive group, about a third of them were no longer violent by the time they reached adolescence. But 4 percent of the highly aggressive group showed worse behavior by adolescence. The mothers of violent boys all had less than ninth-grade educations, were in lower so­ cio-economic groups and had begun bearing children while they were teens. Many were single parents. The Keyboard Carriage Has Arrived! One lime Only Yamaha Clavinova Truckload Sale! Sy£c . _ . ^DigitalPianos-^rflldelivery/SO bovAMAHAS>-*^'"" Starting at radius ^-.Pi ^'^S $1,595 w^^^ 825-6273 / South St. & Clark, Salina /1-800-875-6273 STROKE CONFERENCE 2001 Tliesday, April 24th Salina Senior Center • 245 North 9th Street • Salina, KS Robert Calhoun, a stroke survivor at the age of 38, will tell his inspiring story about what he has gone through and the changes that stroke has made in his life through both word and song. Conference Is FREE! 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