My family has a cell phone problem. Whenever we meet for a family meal the cell phones come out of everyone pockets. My husband checks his “Words with Friends” game, my brother in law streams the latest Twins baseball game, the rest of us (me included) surreptitiously check Facebook throughout the meal. Meanwhile, my daughter talks animatedly with those of us who don’t have a device out. I decided we were going to have some much needed family time, and give my daughter the undivided attention she craved..
I sat down at my desk at school on a Friday afternoon and mentally prepared myself for the work ahead. There was a lot to do for the annual Camp field trip. “Send home permission forms. Check. Make sure all permission slips are returned. Ugh. Send home reminders for permission slips to be returned. Send home flyer asking for field trip donations. Send out email for volunteers for upcoming car wash fundraiser.” The list kept going…
I’ve always been intrigued by Makutu’s Island. Located in a colorful building on Ray, close to 48th street, Makutu’s grabbed my attention every time I drove by. Yet, I had never been there. When it closed down I thought my chance to visit had passed. I was very excited when I heard it was reopening. So excited, that we quickly contacted the owner and asked to do a Whimsicle review. The owner also graciously gave us two free child admissions to giveaway!
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post by Invisalign. However, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. One of the reasons that I love teaching fifth graders so much is that I get to usher kids through school at such a socially complicated age. Not only do kids have increased pressure about grades, but their friendships are changing along with their bodies which throws everyone for a loop. I see kids either withdraw or become horribly mean people at this age. I was the former. Middle school was rough for me. Not only did I seem to gain twenty pounds once puberty hit, but one of my orthodontist checkups delivered some unwelcome news. I had braces put on in when I was in the fourth grade. I loved them for the two years that I had them. I loved picking different colored rubber bands each month. I loved the extra attention each month gave me when I got them tightened and needed to take some Tylenol for mouth pain. I loved finally getting them off at the beginning of sixth grade and having perfectly straight teeth. My doctor gave me a retainer and told me to wear it. I didn’t wear it. In the middle of seventh grade, my orthodontist put the braces back on. So in addition to already feeling self conscious, I now had a smile that I wasn’t thrilled about. Most of my photos from that age look like this: Or this: Now that I have kids I think about how my husband and I will handle teeth straightening for them… and I know they will need it. Thankfully, there are options now that require no metal mouth. I recently attended an event where I learned more about Invisalign, which straightens teeth without the traditional wires or brackets. Invisalign treatment consists of a series of clear aligners, perfectly shaped to straighten your teeth, and are removable. There is also an Invisalign made especially for pre-teens and teens called Invisalign Teen. I remember that flossing with braces was a huge chore (and I seldom did it). Since Invisalign Teen is removable, brushing and flossing are easy and there are no food restrictions (bring on the gum!). As I mentioned above, I had a huge problem wearing my retainer. I worry, as a mom, that if my daughter had Invisalign, she wouldn’t wear her aligners and I wouldn’t be able to tell. This is actually a myth! Here’s why: Invisalign Teen aligners are made with small blue dots, officially called compliance indicators, that gradually fade as aligners are worn. It’s a quick visual check for parents and teens to confirm they wearing aligners long enough to get results. In fact, clinical data from orthodontists confirms that teens wear their aligners an average of 21 hours per day, just as recommended. I was also surprised to find out that Invisalign Teen is covered by most dental insurance policies- just like traditional braces – up to 50% of the cost may […]