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Every month in Family Spectrum magazine readers will find great articles on family, such as how to keep your family healthy; leading by example; foster care; raising your child’s self-esteem; planning for your children’s future and more! Our goal is to provide families with quality information needed to help foster healthy, happy children and to connect you with local experts!

That’s why Family Spectrum is reaching out to community experts like Boys Town National Hotline  giving you the opportunity to interact directly with them.


You can join us right here on our parenting blog.  Our goal is to provide parents with a forum to share experiences with one another, as well as to share information. When possible, local experts will weigh in on topics of interest and share their resources.


Family Spectrum can now be heard on the radio, Monday through Friday 12 noon-12:30 on 660 AM, KCRO. Join us daily as we talk with local experts about current and hot topics concerns families as well as some family fun.


Follow Family Spectrum on Twitter where we will be sharing daily parenting tips starting next week as well as letting you know about upcoming Family Spectrum news. 


Be sure to sign up for our monthly eLetter. Remember, if you are a subscriber to our eLetter you are eligible to win some great prizes, such as a WII or Family passes to one of many area fun locations. If you haven’t already done so, sign up today at http://www.FamilySpectrum.com. 


Let us know what you think by posting your comments or by sending us an email at Blog@FamilySpectrum.com. 

Thanks for joining us on our newest venture!

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  1. Bobbi Jo Shiu
    September 21, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    I enjoy listening to your show and am especially grateful to be able to listen to shows I missed with just a couple clicks.
    I really enjoy the local infomation; it seems much more appliciable to my life.
    I am excited to see the completion of your calendar. I expect it will tell of upcoming topics. One
    I would be interested would be on childhood OCD.
    I wonder,if through the help of other parents, we could also use the calendar to post upcoming local events. There are so many fun and educational events in Omaha, but often it is hard to find out about them. There are several calendars but that means having to check several websights or even hoping to see a flyer at the library.
    I think I have the perfect example. Did you know that Greg Mortenson,(builder of schools for girls in the Middle East, author of his life story, Three Cups of Tea, and Noble Peace Nominee), will be at Union College On Sept 22? The only place I saw it was a small column in the Herald.
    I do have to admit that I am not sure such a calendar is possible, so until it does I hope other parents will blog the fun things they are doing with their children.
    Have a fun filled blessed day,
    Bobbi Jo

  2. September 22, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Thanks for the message Bobbi Jo! I agree, an inclusive calendar is so important for families. I did not know about the Greg Mortenson event until you emailed me an invitation to join you! It will most certainly be one of goals. Of course to make this as successful as possible, we’ll rely on parents, community professionals, teachers, etc… to help keep us posted on what’s happening. We’ll try our best and appreciate your participation! I would be very interested in hearing how the September 22nd event goes. Keep us posted!

    • Bobbi Jo
      September 23, 2009 at 4:05 pm

      Salt Water Taffy
      1 cup sugar
      3/4 cup light corn syrup
      2/3 water with 1 tsp. salt
      1 tbsp. cornstarch
      2 tbsp. sweet butter
      2 tbsp. vanilla or favorite extract ie peppermint


      Mix all the ingredients in a medium-sized saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture reaches 260 degrees on a candy thermometer, or until a bit of the mixture dropped into iced water forms into a hard ball.

      Remove from the heat. Pour into a buttered surface.
      Allow to cool until you can stand to pull it. I have had the bosy wear butter rubber gloves to help with the heat. Then pull taffy until shiny, stiff and light in color (you will be able to see the difference; don’t worry). If the taffy begins to get too sticky, butter hands lightly.

      Pull into long strips until you get a size you like; then cut into pieces with a scissors. Wrap if you liek with wax paper

      Keep in an airtight container. Makes about 1 pound.

      Penskeys Spices on 72nd street sells wonderful extracts – you’ll be amazed and have a hard time choosing a flavor.

      PS. Greg Mortenson was inspiring!!!

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