Most of us value the safety of a pregnant woman, but Ford has taken it to the next level.
Last week I got to check out Ford’s empathy suit. A multi-component, weighted garment, the suit is designed to enable men and women to experience the effects of pregnancy. Engineers used, and are continuing to use this insight to understand the needs and limitations of moms-to-be when creating future vehicles.
A recent survey by Ford Motor Company found that 88% of women say they drove their entire pregnancy with only 7% stopping at the end of their third trimester.
They also found:
- 33% of respondents say they believe driving is a difficult task for women to accomplish while pregnant
- 78% of respondents believe it is somewhat or much more difficult for women to fasten or adjust their seat belts when pregnant
- One in three respondents believe safety technology is the most helpful technology for female drivers who are in the third trimester
And, working with Well Rounded NY® – an online destination for expectant mommy advice – Ford is kicking off License Renew While Driving for Two, a comprehensive guide for road-ready moms to-be. Tips from Ford and from Well Rounded NY will help both moms- and babies-to-be experience a smooth, enjoyable drive.
- How to buckle with a bump. Lap belt portion of the safety belt should fit snug and be positioned low across the hips, below the belly. Shoulder belt portion should be positioned across your chest, between the breasts and to the side of the belly. Make sure lap belt does not run across the belly, but lies as flat as possible under the curve. Never tuck the shoulder belt under your arm or behind your back – this can hurt both you and the baby.
- Bump, not bulk. Remove bulky clothes so the safety belt can be placed as close to the body as possible.
- Proper posture. Always ride and drive with your seat-back upright and the safety belt properly fastened.
- Back it up. Move your seat as far rearward as possible while still being able to reach the pedals comfortably.
On top of this, Ford values safety features with Moms in mind, including child safety seat attachments that make installation simple.
The standard 2017 Escape comes with upgraded airbags including side seat mounted airbags, 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, and a driver knee airbag.
All in all, Ford is doing more than their part in helping us Moms to be safer in our vehicles!
The “Welcome to the Dahl House” series will highlight 7 family friendly films from the beloved children’s author, Roald Dahl.
Each week the Denver Film Society will screen a film on Saturday morning at 10:30am. All tickets are $5 (children 6 and under are free) and include an all-you-can-eat cereal bar beginning at 10am.
The series will kicks off this Saturday, June 4 with the 1971 classic, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
In the spirit of the series opener, the Denver Film Society will host a Sie FilmCenter Golden Ticket contest. Children who attend the program will have the opportunity to enter to win the golden ticket, which will allow them and up to three friends or family members a behind-the-scenes tour of the Sie FilmCenter, where they will learn about projection, popping popcorn, and selling tickets. The day will culminate with a screening of a film of their choosing on the big screen at the Sie, which will be open to the public and to the winners’ friends and family.
“I remember watching Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as a kid and it was unlike anything I had ever seen. I fell in love with movies that day,” says Ernie Quiroz, Programming Manager for the Denver Film Society. “We hope to pass our love of movies on and create a program that can be enjoyed by multiple generations this summer.”
The series will mostly center on film adaptations of Dahl’s novels, including screenings of
- Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (June 4),
- Matilda (June 11),
- The BFG (1989, June 18),
- Fantastic Mr. Fox (July 2),
- The Witches (July 9)
- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (July 16) – Dahl wrote the screenplay for the 1968 film.
- James and the Giant Peach (July 23).
The Denver Film Society will partner with Tattered Cover’s Booked for Summer, offering children who read any titles by Road Dahl. Prizes to be redeemed at the Sie FilmCenter during the screenings.
Tickets are on sale now at DenverFilm.org or at the Sie FilmCenter box office (2510 E. Colfax Ave. Denver, CO 80206). Tickets are $5 and include an all you-can-eat cereal bar, children 6 and under are free.
Link to full series lineup and tickets:
About The Denver Film Society
Founded in 1978, the Denver Film Society (DFS) is a membership-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit cultural institution that produces film events throughout the year, including the award-winning Starz Denver Film Festival and the popular, summertime series Film on the Rocks. With a vision to cultivate community and transform lives through film, the Film Society provides opportunities for diverse audiences to discover film through creative, thought-provoking experiences.
The permanent home of the Denver Film Society, the Sie FilmCenter, is Denver’s only year-round cinematheque, presenting a weekly-changing calendar of first-run exclusives and arthouse revivals both domestic and foreign, narrative and documentary – over 600 per year, all shown in their original language and format. DFS’s one-of-a-kind programs annually reach more than 200,000 film lovers and film lovers-in-training.
We get a lot of requests here at Denver Parent and it’s not often we ask to write MORE about an upcoming event than a PR firm requests, but this was Laurie Berkner!
If you’ve never heard of her or her band, then your kids were deprived! Some of her songs are some of my kid’s favorites still (and they’re 13 and 15) and we often burst out in song when a similar phrase or the right opportunity comes up – after all, how often do you need to sing about having a “Pig on your head”! 🙂
Laurie will be performing in Loveland next week (yes, we’d drive up there for a concert!) and we asked (ok, kind of begged) to interview her – my kids were so motivated that they wrote most of the questions!
DP: Why did you choose songwriting and performing as a career?
LB: Mostly because I really like doing both of them. Also because I try to “follow what works.” When I perform, people really seem to enjoy it, and when I write songs, people seem to like them. That seemed like a perfect combination to me of being able to do the things I love and also give something to other people.
DP: Did you always want to do kids music?
LB: Not at all. I only started writing songs because I got a job as a preschool music specialist and found that the songs I first tried with the kids were NOT working. They needed to move their bodies and they didn’t want to listen to me talking about what to do. So, on the advice of my predecessor at my first job as a preschool music specialist, I decided to let the music tell the kids what to do. What I ultimately found was that it was much easier to achieve that when I wrote the songs myself.
DP: Where do you get inspiration for your songs? Do you try them out on kids or just know what they’ll like?
LB: I used to always try them out on the kids I worked with, but now it’s harder to do that because of how my life is structured. I do usually start with ideas that are either inspired by kids or the child in myself. In the classroom I would do that by asking the kids what they wanted to sing about, then when I stopped teaching, I started going around listening to kids on the street and in playgrounds (which I still do!) or digging into my own memories of what sparked my interest when I was young.
DP: What’s the best part of doing what you do?
LB: That is a really hard question, because I like so many aspects. I guess if I had to pick, it’s hearing about how much my music has meant to so many people – and getting to be creative as my job!
DP: What’s the worst part?
LB: That’s a really EASY question! Dealing with the business end of how hard it is to make a living as a musician these days.
DP: Can you see yourself doing kids music forever or do you perform/or will you perform other music?
LB: I imagine I’ll do other kinds of music in the future, especially because being creative is really the thing I’m most interested in. It doesn’t have to be with kids’ music, but I have found that I’m good at that kind of writing and performing so I have kept doing it!
DP: Do you like recording or live performances best?
LB: Ack! You ask good and difficult questions! They are both some of my favorite things that I do…I’m not sure I can decide between them because they are so different. I love being in the studio, sculpting a song and hearing it come alive, and I also love the immediate feedback, feeling of connection, and spontaneity of a live performance. I will say that being in the studio can be a more lonely experience – and performing live can be a more exhausting one! (One big bonus about performing live is that I often get to meet some of the kids and their families that came to the show when it’s over, and I often have as much fun at the meet and greets as I do during the show itself.)
DP: What ages of kids do you write your music for or do you consider that?
LB: I consider that a LOT. I start by aiming for kids around the age of 4, but then I try to make sure that the songs also have images, rhythms and melodies that are simple enough for a toddler to connect to and interesting enough for an older child. On top of that I also try to touch on more universal ideas and themes so that parents will also find their own connection to the songs.
Thanks so much to Laurie for taking time to answer my kid’s questions – we don’t want to make her feel old, but my kids have grown up loving her music and still do – THANKS!
The Laurie Berkner Band
April 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
, 228 East Fourth Street, Loveland, CO 80537
Date nights, remember the days when you actually got away and carried on adult conversations?
We’re hoping this article kicks off a series of fun, unique and memorable ideas that will help you re-spark that connection and make you forget about those darling kids for a night! (just for the night, we promise!)
Recently we got a chance to venture out into the world and leave the kids behind and were excited to see the Lafayette Theater Company’s performance of “Sherlock Holmes, Assassins at Sea”.
The Lafayette theater is a fun, cozy environment with a delightful cast and a fun evening. Unfortunately it was also wrapping up it’s run. So, what’s coming up next for the Lafayette Theater? “Time of My Life” by British playwright Alan Ayckbourn and directed by Ian Gerber
Gerry Stratton has organized a family dinner at his favorite North London restaurant to celebrate his wife Laura’s 54th birthday. He proposes a toast to ‘happy times’ — but that is not exactly what occurs. Family skeletons come tumbling from all directions, some stories are ingeniously played out in reverse chronology, while Gerry and Laura remain in the present time analyzing their marriage and recalling first love.
No children’s tickets sold – great for date night!
“The Dali Follies” play festival is in July, so watch for information about that.
For tickets to the Theater Company of Lafayette
May 13th – June 4th. (Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM) One Sunday matinee on May 22 at 2 PM, and one Thursday evening performance on May 19th.
Tickets at: www.tclstage.org or call 1-800-838-3006
Recommended restaurant near the theater:
If you haven’t ventured north to old town Lafayette in a while, there are a host of great little restaurants to go to before or after (or both!)