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Braces-Friendly Breakfast: Dutch Babies

March 20th, 2015

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OK, if you’ve got any children around, they’re gonna want to be in on this….

It’s “Breakfast and a Show!”

 

Dutch Babies 

Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients:

5 Eggs

1 cup Milk

1 cup Flour

½ cube of Butter

Any delicious topping known to man

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425○ F

Place butter in 9×13 pan and melt in the oven

Blend Eggs, Milk, and Flour in bowl

Pour blended ingredients over melted butter in the pan.

Bake for 15-18 minutes

 

Servings: 2-4

Prep Time: 5-10 minutes.

Comments:

Dutch Babies are not only delicious to eat, but they are also exciting when they come out of the oven.

What you put on your Dutch Babies is limited only by your imagination. Any kind of fresh fruit, preserves, jam, jellies, syrups, Nutella, peanut butter, powdered sugar, whip cream, ice cream, lemon juice, lime juice… well, you get the idea.

And Dutch Babies do extremely well with braces. Nothing hard or sticky that might break a bracket or pull off a wire. How can Dutch Babies be so incredibly good on so many levels?

Well, we’ll let you enjoy discovering that for yourself!

Bon Appetit with Braces!

 

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Welcome to Packard Family Orthodontics

Packard Family Orthodontics provides quality orthodontic care for children, teens and adults in McKinney, Frisco, Allen, Melissa, Anna, and Van Alstyne. Dr. Meredith Packard specializes in the new Radiance® clear ceramic braces, popular Invisalign aligners, as well as traditional metal brackets. To schedule your free orthodontic consultation, click here or call (972) 562-0340.

7 Ways Your Child Can Make Their Own Luck

March 13th, 2015

On St. Patty’s Day, everybody’s reminded about the “Luck of the Irish”….

Well, more than likely, you’ve wondered what you can do to help your child succeed – to be more lucky.

Here’s seven tips from a child psychologist on how you can help your child make their own luck!

7 ways kids can create their own luck - link post

1. Believe in yourself

Show your child that when you try new things, you have to be positive and believe that you will succeed. The more you believe in yourself, the greater your chances for success and additional opportunities.

2. Be willing to try new things 

Be a role model for your child when it comes to risk-taking. Whether it’s a new job, a new task, cooking a new dish – show your child that you are willing to take risks in order to learn and grow. The more you’re willing to take risks and try new things, the more your child will be comfortable with uncertainty.

3. Be opened-minded

People who are open to new ideas, different ways of doing things, actually open themselves up to new opportunities, different chances that may prove successful. Encourage your child to think differently, creatively. It could very easily lead to more luck.

4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Ask other people’s opinions, get a collection of new ideas flowing. Encourage your child to take advantage of other people’s advice, experience, insights. They may give them great ideas or simply stimulate their thinking in new ways. The more ideas your child has, the luckier they’ll be.

5. Don’t be afraid to fail

You won’t know if something won’t work until you give it a try. By working, and failing, your child will be able to focus more and more on what will work.

6. Be tough in tough situations

Those who are able to pick themselves back up when they fall become more resilient and increase their chances of succeeding. Keep on keeping on and opportunities come.

7. Know when to go for your next goal

There comes a time when a goal is no longer challenging, fulfilling, or inspiring. Encourage your child to keep growing by taking on a new challenge. Thus, the “cycle of luck” described above begins again. What’s different is now your child knows how to do it, they’re better able to meet new challenges… they’re luckier!

 

Dr. Kate Roberts – Huffington Post

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Welcome to Packard Family Orthodontics

Packard Family Orthodontics provides quality orthodontic care for children, teens and adults in McKinney, Frisco, Allen, Melissa, Anna, and Van Alstyne. Dr. Meredith Packard specializes in the new Radiance® clear ceramic braces, popular Invisalign aligners, as well as traditional metal brackets. To schedule your free orthodontic consultation, click here or call (972) 562-0340.

14 Fun Ways to Show Love to Your Child This Valentine’s Day (and every day!)

February 7th, 2015

Make your child your Valentine this year with these fourteen fun and easy steps:

1. Talk Positive

Use plenty of positive and encouraging words with your child. Try to avoid using sarcasm or mockery and get rid of put-downs from the words you use as a parent. Children often don’t understand your purpose, and if they do, these messages can create negative ways of talking and connecting with each other.
Use plenty of positive and encouraging words with your child. Try to avoid using sarcasm or mockery and get rid of put-downs from the words you use as a parent. Children often don’t understand your purpose, and if they do, these messages can create negative ways of talking and connecting with each other.

 

2. Be Polite

Make an extra effort to set a good example about how to connect and talk with other people at home and in public. Use words like "I'm sorry," "please," and "thank you."
Make an extra effort to set a good example about how to connect and talk with other people at home and in public. Use words like “I’m sorry,” “please,” and “thank you.

 

3. Listen

Respond promptly and lovingly to your child's physical and emotional needs. Be available to listen to your child when he/she wants to talk with you even if it’s not the best time for you.  Ask your child “How was your day?”and listen to the answer.
Respond promptly and lovingly to your child’s physical and emotional needs. Be available to listen to your child when he/she wants to talk with you even if it’s not the best time for you. Ask your child “How was your day?”and listen to the answer.

 

4. Overcome Anger

When your child is angry, grouchy or in a bad mood, give him a quick hug, cuddle, pat, secret nod or other sign of affection he responds to and then consider talking with him about the event when he’s feeling better.
When your child is angry, grouchy or in a bad mood, give him a quick hug, cuddle, pat, secret nod or other sign of affection he responds to and then consider talking with him about the event when he’s feeling better.

 

5. Use Rewards and Restrictions

Use non-violent forms of discipline. Parents should start using both rewards and restrictions many years before adolescence to help establish ways to encourage strengths and address concerns during the teenage years. Allowing children of any age to constantly break important rules without being disciplined only encourages more rules to not be followed.
Use non-violent forms of discipline. Parents should start using both rewards and restrictions many years before adolescence to help establish ways to encourage strengths and address concerns during the teenage years. Allowing children of any age to constantly break important rules without being disciplined only encourages more rules to not be followed.

 

6. Spend Time Together

Make plans to spend time alone with your young child or teen doing something she enjoys on a regular basis. Encourage your child to be active by going on walks, bicycle riding, or playing ball with your them  Consider sending a Valentine’s Day card to your older child or teen. Think about making Valentine’s Day cards together with your preschool or younger school age child.
Make plans to spend time alone with your young child or teen doing something she enjoys on a regular basis. Encourage your child to be active by going on walks, bicycle riding, or playing ball with your them Consider sending a Valentine’s Day card to your older child or teen. Think about making Valentine’s Day cards together with your preschool or younger school age child.

 

7. Have Family Game Night

Mark family game nights on your calendar so the entire family can look forward to having ways to enjoy spending time together. Put a different family member's name under each date, and have that person choose which game will be played that evening.
Mark family game nights on your calendar so the entire family can look forward to having ways to enjoy spending time together. Put a different family member’s name under each date, and have that person choose which game will be played that evening.

 

8. Get a Pet

Consider owning a pet if possible. Having a pet can help make some children, especially those with chronic illnesses and disabilities, feel better by increasing their physical activity, enhancing their overall positive feelings, and offering another way to connect with someone they care about.
Consider owning a pet if possible. Having a pet can help make some children, especially those with chronic illnesses and disabilities, feel better by increasing their physical activity, enhancing their overall positive feelings, and offering another way to connect with someone they care about.

 

9. Cook Together

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One of the best ways to have your child learn more about good food choices is to encourage him to cook with you. Let him get involved in the entire process, from planning the menus to shopping for ingredients to the actual food preparation and its serving. It is wonderful when families eat together as much as possible. Good food, good conversations.

 

10. Read Together

As your child grows up, she'll spend most of her time improving upon a variety of skills and abilities that she gains in all areas of her life. You should help her as much as possible by encouraging her and providing the tools and teaching she needs. Start reading to your child beginning at six months. Avoid TV in the first two years, monitor and watch TV with your older children and use TV time as one topic for conversation time with your children. Limit computer and video games.
As your child grows up, she’ll spend most of her time improving upon a variety of skills and abilities that she gains in all areas of her life. You should help her as much as possible by encouraging her and providing the tools and teaching she needs. Start reading to your child beginning at six months. Avoid TV in the first two years, monitor and watch TV with your older children and use TV time as one topic for conversation time with your children. Limit computer and video games.

 

11. Exercise

Your child's health depends a lot on the care and support you offer during his early years. By taking your child to the doctor regularly for well child or preventive health care visits, teaching him how to be safe from injuries, providing a healthy and nutritious diet, and encouraging good amounts of sleep, physical activity, and exercise throughout childhood, you help protect and strengthen his mind and body.
Your child’s health depends a lot on the care and support you offer during his early years. By teaching him how to be safe from injuries, providing a healthy and nutritious diet, and encouraging good amounts of sleep, physical activity, and exercise throughout childhood, you help protect and strengthen his mind and body.

 

12. Play With Others

Help your child foster positive relationships with friends, siblings and members of the community. Consider inviting friends or neighbors to spend time drinking tea, having a meal, playing a game, or helping others in need.  Encourage your child to play sports or be involved in activities that show teamwork.
Help your child foster positive relationships with friends, siblings and members of the community. Consider inviting friends or neighbors to play a game or help others in need.  Encourage your child to play sports or be involved in activities that show teamwork.

 

13. Develop Their Self-Esteem

One of your most important gifts as a parent is to help your child develop self-esteem. Your child needs your steady support and help to discover his strengths. He needs you to believe in him as he learns to believe in himself. Loving him, spending time with him, listening to him and celebrating lessons learned from his mistakes and successes are all part of this process.
One of your most important gifts as a parent is to help your child develop self-esteem. Your child needs your steady support and help to discover his strengths. He needs you to believe in him as he learns to believe in himself. Loving him, spending time with him, listening to him and celebrating lessons learned from his mistakes and successes are all part of this process.

 

14. Smile

Don't forget to look your child in the eyes... and smile!
Don’t forget to look your child in the eyes… and smile!

 

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics

 

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Welcome to Packard Family Orthodontics

Packard Family Orthodontics provides quality orthodontic care for children, teens and adults in McKinney, Frisco, Allen, Melissa, Anna, and Van Alstyne. Dr. Meredith Packard specializes in the new Radiance® clear ceramic braces, popular Invisalign aligners, as well as traditional metal brackets. To schedule your free orthodontic consultation, click here or call (972) 562-0340.

PFO Predicts Super Bowl Winner

January 31st, 2015

It has been said that, “He who is good with a hammer thinks everything’s a nail.”

Well, at Packard Family Orthodontics we may not know that much about football, but we do know a thing or two about braces and how you can enjoy a wonderful smile.

So, we figured we’d give our expert opinion on who we think is going to win the Super Bowl – based on a smile.

Let’s see if you agree….

Coaches

This is Pete Carroll smiling – This is Bill Belichick smiling

Sorry, not even close. At least Coach Carroll is willing to show some teeth (which could use a little loving orthodontic care, we might add).

Seahawks – one zip!

Quarterbacks

Russell Wilson – Tom Brady

Let’s just say they both have fine looking teeth – straight, nice and white. Tom’s got it all… that All-American, high school, college, NFL quarterback look. And he’s got a world famous model girlfriend as well. But Russell’s got a warmth about him, a glow that shines through his eyes and his smile.

Sorry, Tom, score another one for the Seahawks.

Running Backs

Marshawn Lynch – Legarrette Blount

Please don’t go all “Beast Mode” on me, but, judging by his teeth, it would appear that Marshawn is a little bit too familiar with the dentist’s office.

While both could use some orthodontic work to get their front teeth to hug each other a little more, Legarrette’s got a happy smile while Marshawn’s seems a tad forced. Surprising, considering his normally outgoing personality. ;)

Seahawks – 2

Patriots – 1

Defense

Richard Sherman – Darrelle Revis

This one’s a toughy. They both have stellar smiles. Both are fantastic players.

Gonna have to go with style on this one. Sherman’s got swagger and a smile always goes good with some swagger.

Seahawks – 3

Patriots – 1

Owners

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Paul Allen – Robert Kraft

This one blew me away!

For both being billionaires, you would think they’d have a little excess cash to invest in their smiles. Apparently not.

I’m gonna have to give this one to Paul Allen, but he only wins by the skin of his somewhat dingy teeth.

Seahawks – 4

Patriots – 1

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Of course, nobody is showing any teeth. However, the Patriot looks stoic, not much emotion, while the Seahawk looks downright mean and nasty.

Advantage, Patriots.

Fans

Seahawks - Patriots

Seahawks – Patriots

The Patriot fan has something funky going on with his smile and I can’t even tell with the Seahawk fan… but you simply can’t beat the 12th Man.

Seahawks – 5

Patriots – 2

Looks like the Seahawks are going to run away with it this year… orthodontically speaking.

Guess we’ll have to tune in Sunday night to see which team, players, and fans end up with the biggest smiles!

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Welcome to Packard Family Orthodontics

Packard Family Orthodontics provides quality orthodontic care for children, teens and adults in McKinney, Frisco, Allen, Melissa, Anna, and Van Alstyne. Dr. Meredith Packard specializes in the new Radiance® clear ceramic braces, popular Invisalign aligners, as well as traditional metal brackets. To schedule your free orthodontic consultation, click here or call (972) 562-0340.

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