Archive for March, 2016

April is Prevent Child Abuse Awareness Month

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Now, and in the month April and throughout the year, Just Add Kids encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Southeastern Wisconsin a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help promote children’s social and emotional well-being and prevent child maltreatment within families and our communities.

Consider the following five protective factors that protect families that are under stress:

1 – Social emotional competence of children

Children who learn how to identify their feelings, empathize with the feelings of others, share emotions appropriately and problem solve with peers and adults are more likely to succeed in school and have friends. Give your children many opportunities to talk about feelings and discuss positive ways of coping with their feelings like listening to music, play-ing sports, drawing or writing, etc.

2 – Knowledge of child development and parenting

Many know it’s normal for a 2 year old to have a tantrum, but fewer people know what be-haviors are normal at other ages. Parents with knowledge about parenting and their own child’s development have more appropriate expectations and appropriate discipline choices. If you are struggling with your child’s challenging behaviors, seek help from your child’s teacher, take a parenting class, find a book about it, or search for resources online.

3 – Concrete support in times of need

Concrete support covers many things families need. It can be the need for food, clothing or shelter. It can also be the need for a ride to work when your car won’t start, or having someone you trust to stay home with your sick child. When parents are in situations where they lack support, they find themselves making risky choices that may put them and their children in harm’s way. Children are more protected if the families get access to the re-sources they need quickly. Become familiar with the services available in your community for yourself or others in need.

4 – Social connections

When we are isolated from others, we think we are all alone and that no one else is dealing with similar problems. Parents tend to think no one else’s child is acting the way their child is acting. Releasing stress by connecting with others helps us become better parents. We learn from each other. Seek out other parents at school events, daycare, churches, baby groups, or organized social activities. Reach out to parents you know who seem over-whelmed.

5 – Parent Resilience

Resilience is the ability to bounce back from difficulties. Raising children is an overwhelm-ing task. Recognize that you cannot do it alone. Work to maintain hope and problem solve through difficult situations. Remember what gives you strength and what positive qualities got you through other difficulties.

For more information on Building Protective Factors visit

Also, please consider participating in these local events in recognition and support of Prevent Child Abuse Awareness Month, then scroll to the bottom:

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 Panera Flyer supporting SCAN 4.2016Turn the Town Blue 2016 anthologie-page-0 (2)Turn the Town Blue 2016 St Mary's flyer-page-0 (2)So, come on! Play your important role as a mom, an educator, member of the community, change-maker, a JAK-ie, whatever.  Join in on the campaign, attend the above events, and/or wear blue in April (a blue ribbon is standard and awesome) to show your support in the fight against child abuse and neglect. Be accountable…for the kids’ sake, please.

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Why Beatrice O Needs a Bike

And how YOU can help!Beatrice bike giveaway

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Dear Just Add Kids friends,

I would like to tell you about a special opportunity that Beatrice, a 4 year old from Racine, has along with 599 other children with special needs. An organization called Friendship Circle is running a campaign called the Great Bike Giveaway where they hope to give away 600 adaptive bikes to children with special needs from around the United States.

I am sure you remember the day you received your first bike. The joy you experienced and the freedom you felt when riding a bike for the first time. For a child with special needs bike riding offers far more than a recreational experience. Bike riding provides a source of much needed exercise, gives therapeutic value and contributes to an inclusive environment where a child with special needs can ride a bike like everyone else.

Due to balance and mobility challenges many children and teens with special needs require the use of an adaptive bikes. Sadly, many cannot afford the high costs of adaptive bikes and remain on the sidelines while watching their friends and family members ride by.

Friendship Circle is currently running the Great Bike Giveaway in an effort to raise over one million dollars so 600 very special children can enjoy something many of us take for granted.

I am writing to you to see if you would be willing to be a partner in this important cause and help Beatrice and 599 others receive a very special bike.

Click here, and if you’re open to donating….awesome! But for sure, you can VOTE for Beatrice and make sure she is one of the bike recipients.  Thank you so much for your time.

3/24/16 update: A special added note that was missed in our original post:
Contest closes Wednesday, March 30, 12:00 pm!
Voting will end all donations submitted after this time will go towards developing the Great Bike Giveaway in 2017.

Also, please see story that was broadcasted on CBS58:

Snap of Beatrice on CBS 58

Paula Herrmann
Just Add Kids & Just Add Kids – Special Kids Edition Founder
Great Bike Giveaway Ambassador
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My Road to Becoming a Chiropractor

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I thought I would share a little bit about myself for this blog. I know my bio is posted on the website but I wanted to go a little deeper.

Sometimes when people find out I am a third generation chiropractor they will ask if I felt pressured into becoming a chiropractor. My response to that is always “No”. I was raised with a chiropractic philosophy and lifestyle. When we got sick, we would get an adjustment and then allow the body to heal. The health challenges we faced were addressed naturally. It wasn’t until I was a freshman in college than I grasped how special and unique this approach was. While in undergrad, I started to work at my dad’s office part-time, just to help me get through college. I was an education major at the time, planning to be an elementary teacher. I felt no pressure to become a chiropractor. However, that job changed my career path. Read more…

While working there, I saw so many miracles happen. I realized how much I loved chiropractic- the philosophy and results. I realized I wanted this for my kids the way I had it when I was growing up. I realized that so many people don’t know about chiropractic and how amazing it is. I realized I needed to do this. It was part of MY purpose.

Fast forward 12 years. I am now married, have 4 kids and have been in practice for 6 years. I have been able to provide chiropractic care to my husband. One of the first things I did with my kids after their birth was adjust them. Such an amazing moment as a chiropractor and mom. I have also had several opportunities to help babies and other kids. Part of the dream has been realized, but there is more to it.

There are still so many kids who are not getting the benefit of regular chiropractic care. My goal is for this to become normal for everyone. I would love to see babies get a chiropractic exam before they leave the hospital, like they get their hearing checked before they leave. I believe we would see a dramatic change in the health of our kids.

When I have gone to register my kids for school, they require a dental exam as part of the enrollment process. My goal is that someday a chiropractic exam will be a part of this as well. I am all about having clean teeth, but really? They can get a new set a teeth. A child’s spine will be the same one they have at 86. It needs to be taken care of early so they are not immobile and debilitated by pain at 55. I think it is great that more and more parents are taking their kids early to the dentist but I hope they will have the same approach and concern for their children’s spine.

I feel blessed to be able to help my kids achieve a healthy life style and love to help other families on this journey as well.

At Sozo we are “changing the health of our community one family at a time.”

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Dr. DoniBeth Davis is dedicated to providing you with the absolute best in family wellness care. Her
office is located at 3720 72nd Avenue Kenosha, WI (on the corner of Hwy142 and County Rd EA, just west of Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club).  The office number is 262-764-9301.


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