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Twitter Party!


Twitter Party!

Originally posted on Next Generation Extension:

You’ve most likely heard of them….Twitter parties, Tweet-ups, Chat sessions….they’re called a lot of names.  So what are they?

  • They’re a way for lots of people to interact all at once around an interesting topic!
  • They’re a way to seek feedback and archive a great deal of information.
  • They’re a way to learn and have fun!

So…Tuesday, March 10th at 10:45 a.m. CST, our Next Generation Extension Topic will be on Twitter parties.  We will give a very brief background and then dive in to our own Next Generation Extension Twitter Party!  Feel free to join even if you don’t have a Twitter account!


See you then! :)

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Poison: Is it blue Gatorade or window cleaner?


Is your home safe? Are you aware of the many items in the home that may be poisonous if not used for the intended purpose? A poison is any substance that can harm someone if it is used in the wrong way, by the wrong person N_4H.EXT.4cor in the wrong amount.

It is important to educate ourselves about poisons. Most poison related incidents are accidental. Accidental poisoning can happen at any age. For children under the age of six, poisonings happen as they explore products around the home. Misuse of products also affects children six to 18 year olds and even adults. Many aren’t aware that household cleaning products can be harmful. The elderly many times take the wrong medicine or wrong amount of medicine.

What can families do to prevent poisoning?

  • Store cleaning and laundry products out of the reach of children.
  • Use cabinet locks or safety latches if products are stored in lower cabinets.
  • Always leave products in their original containers. If a solution is mixed for cleaning, laCometParmesanCheesebel the container.
  • Never refer to medicine as candy or food. Make sure child resistant containers are tightly closed.
  • Be aware of poison look-a-likes. Many candies, beverages and other food products are in packaging resembling common medicines and cleaning products. There are several candies that look like medicines — Sudafed and red hots (candy). Beverage containers and cleaning products looks are similar — blue Gatorade and window cleaner; apple juice and Pine Sol, etc.

Know and teach children the meaning of DANGER, WARNING and CAUTION. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) refers to these as SIGNAL words. Caution: Harmful if swallowed, inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Warning: May be fatal if swallowed, inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Also indicates products can easily catch on fire. Danger: Fatal if swallowed, inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Also used on products that could explode if they get hot.

Keep the Poison Center number 1-800-222-1222 posted in your home and programmed in mobile phones.

The Regional Poison Center provides the following check list for homes. There are items in each room of our homes that can be poisonous if used in the wrong way. Check your home and make sure these items are out of the reach of children and stored properly.


  • Camphor
  • Cleaners and deodorizers
  • Drugs and medicine
  • Hair removers
  • Mouthwash
  • Nail products
  • Shampoo/hair products
  • Rubbing alcohol


  • Antiseptics
  • Dishwasher detergent
  • Disinfectants
  • Drain Cleaners
  • Furniture polish
  • Oven cleaner
  • Plant food
  • Vitamins/iron pills
  • Window cleaner


  • Birth control pills
  • Cologne/perfume
  • Mothballs
  • Pain killers
  • Sleeping medications


  • Ammonia
  • Bleach
  • Cleaning Fluids
  • Fabric Softener


  • Antifreeze
  • Gasoline
  • Herbicides
  • Insecticides
  • Kerosene

Everyone should be aware of items or products around the home that could be poisonous. All families have young children visit and they like to explore no matter how closely they are watched. Take time to make your home safe.

Author: Lorene Bartos, Extension Educator

The Learning Child TeamN_4H.EXT.4c

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Milton Chen’s lecture on “Creativity, Curiosity, and Learning” and Multiple Intelligences


Great message for youth development!

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Last week’s E.N. Thompson lecture on “Creativity, Curiosity, and Learning” by Milton Chen was interesting….you can watch the recording here.  His talk discussed a variety of topics including project based learning (PBL) and a child’s need to move and create.  If you missed it and you are focused in youth development…it’s an interesting lecture with a great message for youth development.  If you aren’t in youth development but you have always wondered about where you might be on the multiple intelligences scale, he referenced a quick and easy online assessment. Enjoy!

P.S. My top three were interpersonal, logical-mathematical, and naturalist.  …explains a lot!  :)

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No More Whining!



whiningAuthor: Leslie Crandall, Extension EducatorN_4H.EXT.4c


Whining – it’s got to be the most aggravating thing a child can do. It definitely gets the attention of adults – parents and caregivers alike.   And that’s why children whine – to get an adult’s attention!

Toddlers and preschoolers haven’t yet learned words or vocabulary to express their feelings, needs, and wants. But they can vocalize. When a child gets frustrated because they are not being understood by the parent or caregiver, they often resort to whining.   Most often, this age of child doesn’t know they are whining… is not a conscious strategy. What they do know is that this behavior usually results in attention from the adult, thus making it a learned behavior that parents and caregivers have actually (although unintentionally) help to reinforce.

So, how do you stop whining? First, keep in mind that when a toddler or a preschooler begins to whine, it usually indicates that the adult has not focused attention on the child when they are behaving appropriately. To avoid whining, parents and caregivers want to be responsive to the child’s first bid for attention.

As children, then, begin to whine, the most important part of a response from a parent is patience. Take a deep breath and remind yourself that the child is not trying to be irritating, but is asking for attention. Then, a helpful response might be to respond with “I” statements and the way you would like your child to speak. For instance, “ I don’t like it when you whine. If you want your teddy bear, please ask like this….then model the words and tone of voice you would like the child to use.   Or you can make a game of it….say “Whining sounds like this………and model how your child sounded. Then you can say, “Saying it like this sounds better, don’t you think so?” Not only have you taught your child another to ask for things, but you have provided focused attention and maybe laugh together. Please be very careful, tho, not to ridicule your child for their behavior.

In the long run, parents and caregivers need to reflect upon the underlying reasons for the whining. Has there been changes in routines, your schedule has become busier, other aspects of your life needing your attention? Children who whine are often sending the message that it is time to re-connect to you.  #NebExt

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Omaha Episode of The Victory Garden/Perennial Plate

Our friends at Edible OMAHA are excited to announce that the Omaha episode of Perennial Plate and The Victory Garden will air on NET3/ Create TV on February 24 & 26th, 2015EOM12-cover-CON. Meet local farmer Danelle Myer of One Farm, farmer and candy maker Ali Clark of Snowshoe Candy Co. and Big Muddy Urban Farm, gardener and business owner Edward Berna of Paradigm Gardens and Chef Isa Moskowitz of Modern Love Omaha.

The schedule is as follows:
NET3/Create 02/24/2015 10AM and 4PM
NET3/Create 02/26/2015 10AM and 4PM

“It is a privilege to bring the national resources of Perennial Plate/Edible Feast to our community, we know you will enjoy this episode!” says Lucy Wilson, Publisher of Edible OMAHA


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