Archive for: January 2014

Ten Terrific Books To Help Your Child Choose Books

 By Erin Nguyen, Children’s Department, Knox County Public Library






How to Get Your Child to Love Reading

by Esme Raji Codell

Teacher, librarian, and reading expert Codell assists parents of babies through middle schoolers in developing their children into lifelong readers through lists of recommended titles focused on a variety of child-friendly topics as well as ideas and activities to extend the reading experience.


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Teaching Steps To Good Decisions

Teaching Steps To Good Decisions

               By Barry Van Over, President of Premier Martial Arts International



Helping children learn to think and make good decisions are some of the most critical gifts parents can give to their children. Those teachable moments can also present some of the toughest battles for parents when guiding a child to good decision making. Here are some steps you can incorporate into your approach that can help:

Teach by example. Model your own best decision making skills where your children can watch and learn. For example, if you are in the mall and want something but don’t buy it, visit with them about your decision and why you chose not to buy it. “I would love this new television set, but I know we need to purchase new tires for the car. Maybe I can think about getting a T. V. after we get the tires.” Read more →

The Art Of Apology

Decide to incorporate empathy and insight

By Kathryn Rea Smith, PH.D.


By the time we were in preschool, most of us had learned the importance of apologizing after hurting someone. By kindergarten, we had likely given (at the behest of our parents and teachers) and received countless apologies for a variety of offenses. We were taught a simple formula: “Mary, I’m sorry I said your dress was ugly” or “Timmy, I’m sorry I tripped you on the playground.” If we were truthful, these formulaic and often perfunctory apologies were not very satisfying, especially on the receiving end. A well-crafted apology that combines empathy and insight, however, can be gratifying to give and to receive. Read more →

Join The Healthy Living Expo!


January 31 & February 1 at the Knoxville Convention Center


10_yr_logoThe area’s largest event focused on health, fitness, nutrition and living green returns for the tenth year to the Knoxville Convention Center on Friday, January 31 from 9-5 and Saturday, February 1 from 9-4 and offers interactive, educational exhibits, demonstrations and presentations. Over 130 individual companies fill more than 250 exhibits. The Expo continues to grow each year from its launch in 2005 as we expect over 8,000 visitors!

Prizes, Prizes, Prizes and Fun Activities!

Returning Expo favorites include the Eat Right Stage and the Get Active Stage. The areas feature activities and speakers offering healthy living tools, tips and techniques with prize drawings after every activity. Expo visitors have access to free health checks and can participate in fitness activities at the Fort Sanders Health & Fitness Center pavilion.

Healthy Living!

With exhibitors representing products and services relating to healthcare, nutrition, fitness, natural health, family fitness and “green” living, visitors to the Healthy Living Expo are sure to find something to enhance their lifestyles. By participating in Expo activities, watching demonstrations, sampling nutritious foods, gathering information and accessing dozens of FREE health checks, visitors leave better prepared to meet the challenge of Healthy Living.

Free Tickets!

Below is a link for free ticket to the event. Plus, you can get additional tickets, door prize registration forms and find out more information about this year’s Healthy Living Expo.





Does Your Child Make A “Happy Plate?”

by Dawn Dextraze, M.A.. Photo courtesy of GSMI at Tremont.



Every choice we make creates a difference to someone somewhere. Even the small things add up over the course of a lifetime. Let’s consider one of these small things: food waste. Individual choices about food can have a big impact on energy conservation.

Food does not stand alone on our plates. It has a history behind it. It links us to other people, other places, and to the energy cycle itself. Everything we put on our plate has a story. Read more →

The Importance Of One-On-One Time

By Darin Berkley

 “Sometimes you listen to that still small voice, and it changes your life forever.”


Untitled-11It’s not even the first of the year, and I’m already looking forward to February. It has nothing to do with the Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day or even the end of winter, but the celebration of my 50th “date” with my oldest son, Eli. We began having our monthly dates in January 2010, when he had just turned four, and we have had one each month since. We’ve been talking about our 50th date and looking forward to it since we celebrated our 40th in April of last year. Read more →

Helping Your Student Avoid The 3rd Quarter Slump

Helping Your Student Avoid The 3rd Quarter Slump

By Sedonna Prater, Director, Curriculum and Instruction for the Knoxville Diocese Catholic Schools



Typically after the holidays and the frenzied buying of frantic Christmas shoppers, retailers prepare for a decline in sales. The reasons for the commercial “winter slump” are fairly predictable: lack of new merchandise, shopper fatigue, and depletion in shopper discretionary resources (money). Students and educators can also go through a “slump” during the first part of the second semester. While many people approach the new year with bright new resolutions, within a few weeks, these resolutions are often forgotten or abandoned. Failed resolutions can cause a sense of sadness and if coupled with a touch of seasonal blues, depression. Similar to the pre- holiday euphoria is the post-holiday let-down. The stage is set for a slump. Read more →

Deciding To Read More

By Michael K. Smith, Ph.D.



“Reading can open doors…and these open doors can lead to worlds of infinite interest”


How much do adult Americans engage in voluntary reading? A 2012 survey by the National Endowment of the Arts found that 55% of adults had read at least one book of any type in the past year (books not required by work or school). Of this group, 47% had read at least one novel, play, or collection of short stories or poems. These results prompted two questions: Why should we read at all? Should we decide to read more?

The power of reading is shown in an amusing short novel, The Uncommon Reader, by the acclaimed British novelist and playwright Alan Bennett. The protagonist of the novel is the Queen. One day, while walking her dogs at Windsor Court, the Queen stumbles upon a traveling library in her courtyard. She enters and the librarian asks her humbly what book she would like to borrow. She hesitates. “She had never taken much interest in reading. She read, of course, as one did, but liking books was something she left to other people. It was a hobby, and it was in the nature of her job that she didn’t have hobbies.” Nonetheless, she takes a novel and returns to the palace to read it. Read more →

Short-Term Headache. Long-Term Benefit.

by Jeffrey Eberting, D.M.D., M.S.



Life-altering decisions can occur at any point in one’s life – during childhood, during adolescence, or during adulthood. We have to make decisions about what is right and what is wrong. We decide about whom we choose to associate or befriend. We choose what career we might wish to pursue or what college we might wish to attend. As we get older, we decide who might wish to choose for a spouse and whether or not to have children.

Sometimes, these decisions are with the idea that a positive outcome will result. Many times, the positive outcome might not seem evident. When a decision is being made which has a profound effect on one’s life (or many lives), the road to achieving that ultimate positive outcome may be fraught with speed bumps or potholes. These challenges serve to strengthen us, and most of the time, we learn that they justify the decision we made. Read more →

Jumper’s Knee

by Marcin Gornsiewicz, M.D.


“The load placed on the knees could be up to 7 times the body weight of a soccer player during kicking, and up to 11 times body weight when volleyball player lands after a jump.”


The knee is the largest joint in the body. It is essential for sitting, walking and running. The bones that make up the knee are the femur (thighbone), the tibia (shinbone) and the patella (knee cap). They give the knee strength needed to support the body’s weight. Ligaments are bands of tough fibers that hold these bones together. Read more →