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Show 15: Birthing Options in Alaska

As we embark upon a new year and celebrate all the possibilites that each January brings, we thought it the perfect time to bring you a program on birth. So this time we're discussing the different birthing options available to expecting families in Alaska, meeting some brand new parents and an "L & D" nurse and find out how at-risk moms are getting the support that they need. 

IN-STUDIO GUESTS: Joining KTD Host Shana Sheehy in the studio are three guests who know a lot about birthing babies.

Dr. Glen Elrod is an obstetrician and owner of Sleeping Lady Women's Health Care in Wasilla.

Jessica Sawyer is a Certified Professional Midwife/Certified Direct Entry Midwife from Mat-Su Midwifery.

Lisa Weston is a Certified Nurse Midwife from the Alaska Native Medical Center and the Southcentral Foundation.


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FEATURED STORIES:

- Meet the (5-day old) parents - Last November KTD Producer Sarah Gonzales attended the birth of her niece, Julia Paz. Her sister, Jamie and Julia's dad, Matt share their candid thoughts five days into parenting on what it's like to bring baby home for the first time, share parenting responsibilities and deal with a serious lack of sleep. [Full story + pic]

- A day in the life of an "L & D" nurse - Many women giving birth will spend more time with the labor and delivery nurses at the hospital than with their doctor. Hilkka Bold has worked as an “L&D” nurse at Providence Hospital on and off since 1999. She spent some time with KTD Contributor Jessica Cochran explaining what it’s all about. [Full story]

- Supporting at-risk moms - Dr. Mark Erickson, Medical Director of Behavioral Services at the Southcentral Foundation spoke with Shana Sheehy about the New Generations initiative, an effort to provide quality, wrap-around care to at-risk mothers before and after birth. [Full story]

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Show 14: Pediatric Mental Health

Mental health is how humans of all ages think, feel and act, and when there is something wrong, everyone deserves compassionate and competent care - especially children. In this program we ask: what mental health services does Alaska currently offer, how can families and children get connected with these services and how do we treat our youngest members of society who are suffering from mental or behavioral health issues?

IN-STUDIO GUESTS: To discuss these questions, KTD Host Shana Sheehy is joined by three guests.

Mary Dallas Allen is an Assistant Professor at the UAA School of Social Work and researcher on the topic of children’s mental health.

Dee Foster is the Director of Family Services at Anchorage Community Mental Health Services.

Allen Blair is the Clinical Director and a counselor at Denali Family Services.


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FEATURED STORIES:

- Bringing kids home for treatment - KTD Contributor Jessica Cochran reports on the Bring the Kids Home project which seeks to return to Alaska those children who are being treated for mental health issues out-of-state. [Full story]

- thread's early intervention training - As part of a larger continuum of early childhood mental health services, thread Alaska, in partnership with Anchorage Community Mental Health Services, is training childcare providers how to properly work with special needs children ages birth to 5 years. KTD Producer, Sarah Gonzales, spoke with thread’s CEO, Stephanie Berglund. [Full story]

- Dr. KTD - Our resident pediatrician, Dr. KTD, Michelle Laufer addresses your questions about pediatric mental health. [Full story]

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Show 13: Grandparents These Days!

More and more grandparents are raising their children's children and here in Alaska, the Grandfamilies Network Project estimates that there are 5,000 grandparents in this state raising 8,500 grandchildren without either biological parent present. It's a lot of work raising kids, especially when you're older and you thought you were done raising a family, so how are these remarkable men and women making it work as modern grandparents?

IN-STUDIO GUESTS: Joining KTD Host Shana Sheehy in the studio are three special grandmothers, one of whom is guest hosting for this program.

• Nellie Moore, today's guest  host, is a veteran Alaska journalist who co-founded Native Voice Communications and hosted their flagship show, Independent Native News. Recently Nellie has been working with Syntax Productions, part of KTUU, assisting with film productions in rural Alaska, and she and her husband own a network consultation business, Bering Systems. All this and Nellie is also the proud grandmother of 7-year old twins.

• Linda Price is the coordinator of a local group, the Grandfamilies Network Project, that supports grandparents raising grandchildren. The project, part of the Volunteers of America, Alaska, provides support in the form of social get-togethers, support groups, a lending library, winter wear for children and a toll-free "warm line" 1-888-522-9866. Those seeking more information may also email Linda Price at: grands @ voaak (dot) org.

• We also meet two very special women who are part of the Grandfamilies Network - great-grandmother Rozann Kimpton, and grandmother Madeline Mason, who are both currently raising little ones. They share how the project has helped them navigate the challenges and celebrate the joys of raising babies a second (and third) time around.

From left: Rozann Kimpton, Linda Price, Shana Sheehy, Madeline Mason, Nellie Moore

FEATURED STORIES:

- Modern Grandparenting - KTD Contributor Jessica Cochran reports on the ways that modern grandparents, near or far, are playing important roles in the lives of their grandchildren - whether it's by preparing a weekly breakfast, trips to the zoo or library, providing daycare or reading favorite stories over Skype. [Full story]

- Foster Grandparents - Shana spoke with one local foster grandmother, Zandra Kinnie, about how she is making a huge difference as a part of the Alaska Community Services' Foster Grandparents program that matches service-minded seniors with children in need. [Full story]

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Show 12: Nutrition

Good nutrition matters in all phases of our life. From pregnancy, infancy, childhood, growing teens and adulthood, discussing what to eat and how much is always a helpful review and that's what we're doing in this episode. We're talking about eating right while pregnant, nourishing newborns and teaching children to have healthy eating habits. Plus, we'll answer a slew of caller questions ranging from when/how to wean to introducing variety into a toddler's diet, to coping with picky eaters of all ages.

IN-STUDIO GUEST: Joining KTD Host Shana Sheehy in the studio to discuss all things nutritious is...

• Leslie Shallcross, a registered dietician and Professor with UAF Cooperative Extension Service's Health, Home and Family Development program. 


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FEATURED STORIES:

- Local farming in Alaska - Local growers like Glacier Valley Farm CSA and Lunachick Mountain Farmstead produce and supply fresh vegetables, dairy and meat throughout the state. KTD Contributor Jessica Cochran paid a visit to these growers, and also to Organic Alaska, to learn more about local, sustainable farming in Alaska. [Full story + pix]

- Food for the hungry - The Foodbank of Alaska located in Anchorage, is the hub of the anti-hunger system for the state, distributing 6 million pounds of food annually. KTD Producer Sarah Gonzales dropped by to learn about their work and also, the ways that Alaskans can help feed other Alaskans this holiday season. Local anti-hunger activist, Kokayi Nosakhere, also weighs in on the topic and tells about his By 2015: America campaign. [Full story]

- What teens eat for lunch - Teen contributor Aviva Hirsch asked her peers at West Anchorage High School what they eat and where they go for lunch.

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Show 11: The Family Vacation

The start of the holiday season for many of us means planning family travel. Are you headed out of town for the holidays with your family? Or will your clan enjoy a "stay-cation" this year? Where do you go and how do you get there safely, affordably and with the least amount of headache while keeping everyone happy?

IN-STUDIO GUESTS: Joining KTD Host Shana Sheehy to explore these questions and more are two guests.

• Scott McMurren writes Alaska TravelGram.

• Erin Kirkland writes AKontheGo and regularly blogs for us at KTDontheGO.

Plus, one travel agent and a two local moms share their tips for taking the kids to three Alaska family favorite destinations:

  1. Hawaii: Kelsey, a Hawaii-based travel agent from Travel-Hawaii.com recommends these kid-friendly hotels: Hilton Hawaiian Village on Oahu (great pool with slides, lagoon, kayaking); the Grand Wailea or the Westin Maui in Maui (great pools); the Hilton Waikoloa Village in Kona (take a train or boat to your room, water activities for kids); Sheraton Kauai (great beaches).
  2. Mexico: Kristi, a local mom, shares her experience traveling throughout Baja with her family. They rented a car and a casita and explored on their own.
  3. Disneyland: Local mother, Kristiann, shares her experience of taking the kiddos to Disneyland, and recommends staying on the property and attending the Character Breakfasts offered at the resort. As a bonus, she cites the food allergy-friendly menus available throughout the park's dining options.

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FEATURED STORIES:

- Family voluntourism - What do you get when you combine the family vacation with humanitarian work? It's called "voluntourism" and KTD Contributor Jessica Cochran reports on the Larson family's trip to Africa to volunteer at the Malawi Children's Village. While the Larsons planned their own journey, organizations such as Cross-Cultural Solutions help individuals or families arrange short-term voluntours throughout the world. [Full story + pix]

-When I Was Young: The family vacation - KTD Producer Sarah Gonzales brings us the first installment of When I Was Young - a new feature in which people of all generations recall their memories of childhood. Five members of the Chester Park Co-op, an independent Anchorage retirement community, remember traveling as kids in the 30's, 40's and 50's, and then later with their own kids. [Full story + pic]

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Show 10: Bullying

Bullying can take many forms - emotional, physical, even digital - and the teasing or cruelty can seriously affect victims' well-being for many years. We wanted to know how bullying is dealt with in Alaska's schools - what programs are currently in place and where is there room for improvement? 

IN-STUDIO GUESTS: Joining KTD Host Shana Sheehy in the studio to share what their respective districts are doing to create a kinder, more compassionate school climate and to explain how Social and Emotional Learning curricula are playing an important part in alleviating the problem are three guests.

• Lebron McPhail is the Director of Education from the Mat-Su Borough School District.

• Janet Davis is a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Support teacher in Anchorage's middle schools.

• Victoria Blakeney is the SEL Curriculum Coordinator for the Anchorage School District.

FEATURED STORIES:

- Bullying & the home environment - Counselor, author of Simplicity Parenting and anti-bullying approach developer, Kim John Payne, spoke with KTD Producer Sarah Gonzales about how families can best help their children cope with bullying by simplifying life at home. [Listen]

- Peers helping peers prevent bullying - The Chugiak High School Peer Mediation program is the only one of its kind in the Anchorage School District; Jessica Cochran reports on how teens are helping teens solve their misunderstandings with one another. [Listen

- Bullying in cyberspace - Susan Harnasch, the Cyber Crimes Prevention Specialist with the Anchorage Police Department, shares her thoughts on and tips for preventing cyberbullying. [View links to Internet Safety Resources here.]

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Show 9: Modern Families & The Digital Age

Social networking, smart phones, the internet and instant messaging have always been a part of today's kid's world. All this digital distraction can seriously cut into family time - and, it's not only the kids who are guilty of excess "screen time" these days, parents are just as likely to be distracted by phones, games, tvs, computers and gadgets. So on this episode we're exploring the challenges (and the benefits!) of raising a modern family in these high-tech times.

IN-STUDIO GUESTS: Joining KTD Host Shana Sheehy to talk all things high-tech is...

Anne Collier, the founder and editor of Net Family News, co-director of ConnectSafely.org and the co-chair of the presidential administration's Online Safety & Technology Working Group. Anne is also the co-author of MySpace Unraveled: A Parent's Guide to Teen Social Networking. She joined us by phone from Luxembourg where she was attending the European Commission's Safer Internet Forum.


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FEATURED STORIES:

- Education unplugged - While computers are a daily staple in many modern schools, not all institutions are incorporating technology into their curricula. KTD Contributor Jessica Cochran visited the Aurora Waldorf School in Anchorage where education gets unplugged. [Listen]

- Best Apps for Kids - Contributor, Paul Flahive, reports on the coolest apps for kids, and speaks to Gizmodo.com tech blogger, John Herrman, about the emerging app market for children. [Listen]

- Raising 'Techno Addicts' - Local writer and mother of two, Leslie Hsu Oh, shares an original essay on the ups and downs of raising, what she calls, "Techno Addicts". This is her first contribution to her original blog written just for KidsTheseDays.org - Love + eMotion. [Listen]

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Show 8: Money Savvy Kids

It's PFD season and with every adult and child in Alaska $1281 wealthier, we thought it the perfect time to take a look at raising financially-fit children. We'll explore saving for college, structuring allowances and smart investing strategies that will benefit the whole family.

IN-STUDIO GUEST: Joining KTD Host Shana Sheehy in the studio to share her excellent family financial advice  is...

Neale S. Godfrey, money expert, frequent Oprah guest, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Money Doesn't Grow on Trees as well as 16 other books, and founder of The Children's Financial Network

FEATURED STORIES:

- Teens in the real-world workforce - The Youth Hiring Center, a division of the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, helps clients to discover their career potential and offers free certification training in high-growth job fields like healthcare and construction - all while teens are still enrolled in high school. KTD Producer Sarah Gonzales spoke with both career guides and teens about how they're getting a leg up on their futures. Contact the hiring center for an appointment by calling them at 334-2587, or via email.

- The bank within a high school - Teenagers are learning how to manage their money at Bank Within East, a Wells Fargo branch at East Anchorage High School. KTD Contributor Jessica Cochran reports on these students who are earning school credit while also gaining a financial education.

- How will you spend your PFD? - Teen correspondent, Aviva Hirsch, asked her peers at West Anchorage High School how they will spend (or save) their PFDs this year, while KRUA reporter, Cameron Mackey, asked UAA students what they will do with theirs.

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Show 7: When I Grow Up

"What do you want to be when you grow up?" We were asked this as kids and, as adults, we now ask children the same question. So, on today's program we look into the cultural mores and the psychological implications of why we pose this question to kids. We'll also learn how expectations of future goals vary within different cultures.

IN-STUDIO GUESTS: Joining KTD Host Shana Sheehy in the studio are two professors who have a lot to say about this week's topic.

Dr. Kerry Feldman is a Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at UAA.

Dr. E.J.R. David  is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at UAA.

FEATURED STORIES:

- When I grow up... - We asked kids of all ages about what they want to be when they grow up: kindergartners and 1st graders at Creekside Park Elementary, 4th and 5th graders at Chester Valley Elementary, juniors and seniors at Service High School, and students at UAA told us what they wanted to be. p.s. a curious trend emerged - kids really want to grow up and "help others". 

- Starting a new career as an adult - KTD Contributor Jessica Cochran spoke with Linda Morgan, director of UAA’s Advising and Testing Center and Roger Hamacher, director of Youth Employment Services for NineStar who help young people – and older adults – start a new career in these modern times.

- The spirit of Alaska's youth - KTD Producer Sarah Gonzales spoke with Karen Zeman, executive director of Spirit of Youth (SOY), and Aviva Hirsch, a teen who won a SOY award, about their new campaign to associate October 18, Alaska Day, with nominating an Alaskan youth to be recognized for community service. You can nominate a teen any time of year by going to SpiritOfYouth.org and filling out a form.

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Show 6: Preventing Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault in Alaska

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month so this time on Kids These Days! we are exploring the programs and meeting the individuals who are working to combat the high rates of domestic violence and sexual assault (DV/SA) in our state.

IN-STUDIO GUESTS: Joining KTD Host Shana Sheehy are two guests who address the need for public awareness about these crimes while speaking about prevention measures and offeing advice for victims or those who want to help someone in need.

• Katie TePas (at left) is the the state's DV/SA Response Coordinator.

• Sgt. Cindi Stanton (at right) is the head of the Crimes Against Children Unit at the Anchorage Police Department.


** If you are in crisis and need help, call 911 or click here for statewide hotline numbers that will link you to services and shelters in your area.


RESOURCES FOR PARENTS & CHILDREN:

The Alaska Council on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault and the UAA Justice Center partnered to produce the 2010 Alaska Victimization Survey (opens as a PDF) released last week.


FEATURED STORIES:

- Staying SAFE in Dillingham - Ginger Baim, the executive director of Safe and Fear-Free Environment (SAFE) in Dillingham shared her point of view on the state's new Choose Respect initiative as a professional who has been combating DV/SA in Alaska for 35 years.

- Free services for victims - KTD Contributor Jessica Cochran spoke with the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (ANDVSA) to report on the pro-bono legal and victim services available throughout the state. [Listen]

- Alaska's teens stand up against DV/SA - KTD Producer Sarah Gonzales spoke with two teens, Bo and Isis, and one adult, Lori Grassgreen, the prevention director at the ANDVSA who worked to create the Stand Up, Speak Up! media campaign produced in partnership with the Departments of Health and Social Services and Public Safety. The goal of the campaign is to promote respect - for self and others - as a means to ending interpersonal violence among teens. [Listen]

 

** If you are in crisis and need help, call 911 or click here for statewide hotline numbers that will link you to services and shelters in your area.

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