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Moms groups: Pooler MOPS Open House, Aug. 18

Monday, July 26th, 2021

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Pooler MOPS Open House 2021, First Presbyterian Church of Pooler

Connect with other moms this school year.

If you’re pregnant or have a child in kindergarten or younger, Pooler MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) would love to have you join this year to journey through motherhood together and grow in faith.

If you’re familiar with MOPS and want to register, drop by between 9:30-11:30AM on Wed. Aug. 18 2021. If you want to learn more about MOPS, Pooler MOPS will have two informational sessions starting at 9:45 AM and 10:30 AM. The group will also have information about MOPS kids.

No childcare will be provided at open house, but snacks and activities will be available for the kids, as well as coffee and food for the mamas!

Can’t attend open house? Don’t worry! You can still register. Email poolermops@gmail.com.

If you’re interested in joining a community of fellow moms and meeting for brunch, conversation, crafts, speakers, and a little break from the kids, all while strengthening your relationship with Christ, Pooler MOPS might be just the right place for you.

Pooler MOPS Open House 2021
Wed. Aug. 18 2021
9:30-11:30AM
First Presbyterian Church of Pooler
1115 US Highway 80 E
Pooler, GA 31322

SouthCoast Health on bug bite risks, precautions

Tuesday, July 20th, 2021

SouthCoast Health bug bite

SouthCoast Health Radiology Technologist shares the story of her son’s bug bite that became  infected and had turned into an abscess.

Read this mom’s story here. 

If you’re worried about a bug bite on you or your child’s skin, click here to learn about SouthCoast Health’s urgent care services. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with any of our expert pediatricians to talk about your kid’s risk with bug bites, click here to schedule an appointment.

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Things to do with toddlers in Savannah: Tiny Tots Play Time @ Summit Gymnastics

Monday, July 5th, 2021

Tiny Tots Play Time Summit Gymnastics Savannah toddlers

Tiny Tots Playtime @ Summit Gymnastics in Savannah will be offered on certain days during Summer 2021: June 8; June 22; June 29; July 6; July 13; July 27.

Tiny Tots is for children ages 5 & younger & their caregivers.

Kids can enjoy trampoline, foam in-ground pit, bars, balance beams & more.

Tiny Tots Playtime
9:30-11AM June 8; June 22; June 29; July 6; July 13; July 27.
Call ahead to confirm: 912.921.1034
$5 per child (Cash only)
For ages 5 & younger

Questions? Email summit.frontdesk@yahoo.com

Summit Gymnastics, 74 W Montgomery Crossroads, Savannah, 31406, (912) 921-1034, On Facebook here. Summit Gymnastics is a SouthernMamas.com advertise

Best Teen & Pre-Teen Family Trip: Volcanoes & Waterfalls Road Bike Tour with Escape Adventures

Saturday, June 19th, 2021
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Snow-capped Mount Hood & snow-capped biking 84-year-old grandmother with grandkids

Escape Adventures Volcanoes & Waterfalls Road Bike Tour

Biking down the mountainside of Washington state’s highest peak – snow-capped Mount Rainer – with their 84-year grandmother, cousins and aunts and uncles was a favorite part of what is now known as my kids’ best vacation ever.

Well-played Escape Adventures and thank you.

The secret to the success of this bike tour company’s 5-day Volcanoes and Waterfalls road bike tour is simple: savoring the sights of the Pacific Northwest while pedaling like mad. It’s the perfect way to keep pre-teens and teens interested in all the stunning nature surrounding them – because they are immersed in it.  Pedaling through mountain tunnels, past snow banks, lush fern-floor forests and enticing cherry orchards in the rain and sun beats scenic driving anytime.

We cycled down Oregon’s tallest peak, Mount Hood; the foothills of Mount St. Helen’s; through Gifford Pinchot National Forest; and along the historic Columbia River Highway in Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and within view of Mount Adams.

One morning, we drove across the Bridge of the Gods and took a biking break to hike up Multnomah Falls, Oregon’s tallest waterfall.

Multnomah Falls, photo by Escape Adventures

The rugged beauty we experienced every single day now feels dreamlike. Words like picturesque and scenic do not adequately describe the diverse grace of the Cascade Mountain range and surroundings.

Escape Adventures three guides provided the biking expertise; the knowledge of the area; the transportation; the meals and snacks; the lodging insight (Skamania Lodge & Whitakers Bunkhouse were ideal settings for our crew) and most importantly- the vigor and charisma that comes from doing a job they so clearly love.

Apres-bike with our guides in the Adirondack-chair bedecked lawn of Skamania Lodge (within the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area).

(Postpartum Depression Savannah) Climb out of the Darkness 2021 event

Saturday, June 19th, 2021

postpartum depression savannah chatham county maternal health moms support groups Up to 1 in 7 women experiences depression after her baby’s birth — making it one of the most common complications of pregnancy.

To raise awareness of postpartum depression and maternal mental health, the Climb out of the Darkness 2021 event in Savannah will be held Sat. June 26 2021 in Savannah’s Daffin Park. Held on or near the longest day of the year, this annual walk helps shine the most light on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) such as postpartum depression and anxiety.

All of the funds go to support and develop deserving projects and programs in communities around the world. The funds raised from this climb event will be used to support Perinatal Mental Health Alliance for People of Color, which promotes awareness, prevention and treatment of maternal health issues related to childbearing in the state of Georgia.

Climb Out of the Darkness Savannah walk
Daffin Park, Savannah
10AM-Noon Sat. June 26 2021
Learn more here. 
Money raised is used to fund PSI Georgia Chapter, which promotes awareness, prevention and treatment of maternal health issues related to childbearing in the state of Georgia.
Free and open to the public

SouthCoast Health Summertime Emergencies Guide

Saturday, June 5th, 2021

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Health experts warn that about 27 percent of visits to the emergency are in the summer months

SouthCoast Health provides an Urgent Care clinic to the Lowcountry and Coastal Empire area of Georgia. Often times, a visit to urgent care is the most important first step when it comes to summertime emergencies. SouthCoast Health expert staff will be able to provide the next best steps to fix your issues.

Find SouthCoast Health adult and pediatric urgent care locations in Savannah, Rincon, and Richmond Hill here.

Top summertime emergencies typically include: heat stroke, dehydration, snake and bug bites, serious falls.

Learn more about the biggest summertime emergencies and what to do here.

If you have any more questions or concerns about summertime emergencies or SouthCoast Health’s urgent care, click here for more information on this service SouthCoast Health offers.

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Free interactive, outdoor theatre: Georgia Storytelling Roadshow, Savannah

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021

Georgia Storytelling Roadshow Free event Savannah Treasure Map

Treasure Maps pop-up, interactive, outdoor theatre, 7:30PM June 25 2021 @ Old Roberds Dairy Farm, Savannah

Treasure Maps is a pop-up, interactive, outdoor theatre taking place in six cities across Georgia.

The Treasure Maps show will include live-local hosts, film screening, installations, and interactive activities, all under safe social distancing practices. The roadshow feature is the film screening of Treasure Maps on the big screen.

Treasure Maps showcases a collage of ten Georgia storytellers’ experiences with an up-close and personal viewpoint into what it’s like navigating the complex webs of life in our communities as a person with a developmental disability.

Themes include:
starting your own business
friendship
going to college
alienation & acceptance
dealing with the physical aspects of disability
and how transformative living a full inclusion life can be.
This show is proudly presented by the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities and L’arche Atlanta. Local partners include the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society and Savannah-Chatham County Parent Mentors.

NOTE: In the event of inclement weather, this event will be moved to an online format.

Register online for this free event here. 

Location
Old Roberds Dairy Farm
2500 Tennessee Avenue
Savannah, GA 31404

SouthCoast Health Dietician Rebekah Laurance on Food Allergies in Children

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

Rebekah Laurance, a dietician with SouthCoast Health in Savannah, recently spoke with WSAV television about the prevalence of food allergies in children.

Laurance explained how to spot food allergy sensitivities and shared tips on what to do if a child has an allergic reaction. Additionally, she suggested introducing children to a wide variety of foods while they’re young in an effort to keep allergies from developing.

Watch the interview here.

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Autism Awarness 5K & Children’s Dash to support Ignite the Senses Children’s Gym, Bluffton

Saturday, May 29th, 2021

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Ignite the Senses Children’s Gym Autism Awareness 5K

You’re invited: Ignite the Senses Children’s Gym AUTISM AWARENESS 5K Bubble Run & Children’s DASH on Sat June 26, 2021 in Bluffton, SC. Register online here.

There will be two children’s dashes at 8AM – one for ages 2-4 & one for ages 5-10.

The 5k race starts and ends at LowCountry Community Church off of Buckwalter Parkway. It is a fast flat course and will be chip timed by Grounded Running. There will be one water station on the course approximately at the halfway point. The race will start promptly at 8AM with the Children’s DASH followed by the 5k run. Parents are welcome to run with their child(ren) if necessary. All participants will be welcomed back to the finish with a shower of bubbles (representative of special needs) and a finisher’s medal. NOTE: Each participant MUST turn in their timing chip to receive a medal.

Register by June 15 to receive T-shirts.

Registrations accepted until 7:45AM on race day.

Packet Pick up is Friday June 25 9AM-6PM at Ignite the Senses Children’s Gym, 163 Bluffton Road, Suite C-1 and race day morning from 7-7:45AM at the race start.

**Proceeds from this event will be used to provide support groups, special events and activities like art, music, yoga and fitness opportunities for our local special needs population.

Register online here.
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Ignite the Senses Children’s Gym, Bluffton, SC 

Ignite the Senses Gym is a gym for ALL kids…

At Ignite the Senses, we ignite each child’s curiosity to explore new activities and new social relationships. Ignite the Senses gym is a fun, clean and safe place for kids to play, learn and party.

As Bluffton’s only children’s sensory gym, we intend to spread community awareness and acceptance for those living with Autism in and around the Lowcountry. We will provide a safe and fun indoor environment where autistic and typical children can grow physically, emotionally, and socially together whether in the open gym setting or in any of the small group classes offered.

Ignite the Senses also has a new half day preschool program where children do active learning.

The gym’s motto: It’s OK to be DIFFERENT!

Check out the difference Ignite the Senses can make in your family’s life.

Learn more about Ignite the Senses Children’s Gym in Bluffton here.

Ignite the Senses Children’s Gym
163 Bluffton Road, Suite C1
Bluffton, SC 29910

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(Savannah therapists) Low Country Counseling on how to keep your sanity during your child’s tantrum

Monday, May 3rd, 2021

Low Country Counseling Savannah therapists: How Do I Keep My Sanity During My Child’s Tantrum?!

Low Country Counseling: How do I keep my sanity during my child’s tantrum?

We’ve all been there: parental exhaustion when your child is in the midst of a meltdown.

Low Country Counseling therapists share three tips on how to remain calm during tantrums.

Once you have mastered the ability to regain patience and calm, here are five tips to cope with your child’s tantrum.

Learn more here. 
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If you or a loved one is in need of support, Low Country Counseling offers specialized therapy for Individuals, Moms, Couples, Families, Children, and Teens. Contact Low Country Counseling for any questions you need answered or to schedule an appointment. Help is available. You’re not alone.

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(Savannah pediatricians) COVID-19 Vaccine Available for Ages 16 & 17 @ SouthCoast Health Pediatrics, Richmond Hill

Monday, May 3rd, 2021

SouthCoast Health Pediatrics Richmond Hill Ga. COVID Vaccine

SouthCoast Health Pediatrics is administering COVID-19 vaccinations to their patients who are age 16 and 17 years old at the SouthCoast Health pediatrics location in Richmond Hill.

If you are interested in having your child (within this age range) vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine at that location, please CLICK HERE to add your child to SouthCoast’s waitlist. This waitlist will be used to contact patients to schedule a vaccination.

Vaccinations are by appointment only.

Completing the form is not a guarantee of an appointment as vaccine supplies could be limited.

You will be contacted by text to schedule when an appointment is available for your child. If you sign up on the waitlist with a landline, you will receive a phone call to schedule.

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(Savannah pediatricians) ‘Ask A Pediatrician’ with Pediatric Associates of Savannah

Tuesday, March 16th, 2021

Dr. Carly Ryan of Pediatric Associates of Savannah answers your questions on this video for SouthernMamas.com readers.

Questions submitted by readers and answered by Dr. Ryan cover such topics as: at what age to start swim lessons; when to switch from crib to toddler bed; signs of dairy allergy in infants; when to call your pediatrician; signs of postpartum depression; at what age should your baby be sleeping through the night; how do you know if your baby is crying too much; what is ”purple crying” in babies and what to do about it; all the info you need on sterilizing baby bottles, nipples & pacifiers; plus more answers to your questions.

Watch it here. 

Pediatric Associates of Savannah has offices in Savannah, the Islands and Pooler.

Pediatrics Associates of Savannah locations

Pediatric Associates in Savannah
4600 Waters Ave, Suite 100,
Savannah 31404
912.355.2462

Pediatric Associates of Savannah in Pooler
110 Medical Park Drive
Pooler 31322
912.330.5010

Pediatric Associates of Savannah on Whitemarsh Is.
1001 Memorial Dr
Savannah 31410
912.898.9800

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Pediatric Associates of Savannah, 4600 Waters Ave, Suite 100 Savannah, 31404-6702, (912) 355-2462, www.pedsav.com On Facebook here.  Pediatric Associates of Savannah is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Low Country Counseling: reasons behind child tantrums

Monday, February 22nd, 2021

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Why does my child tantrum?

Every parent has had that moment where your child is on the floor screaming, crying, and you feel helpless. Tantrums come in all shapes and sizes, sometimes you see them coming and sometimes you don’t.

Low Country Counseling therapists share 3 Triggers to Tantrums and 5 Tips to Reduce Tantrums

Learn more here. 

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If you or a loved one is in need of support, Low Country Counseling offers specialized therapy for Individuals, Moms, Couples, Families, Children, and Teens. Contact Low Country Counseling for any questions you need answered or to schedule an appointment. Help is available. You’re not alone.

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Bus Stop Mamas to help connect moms with flexible jobs in Savannah

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021

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Motherhood is not a career threatening event (anymore)!

Here’s a new free service to help you find a job – part time or full time.

Bus Stop Mamas is a female/mama founded tech startup that is a workforce tool for moms. It connects moms with flexible (key word), work that works for their life. 

So how do they do this? Mamas sign up for their FREE network then you will receive weekly emails with new job opportunities — and all of them have been vetted as flexible and suitable for a working mom. If you see something you’re interested in, you hit a button and are immediately introduced to the hiring manager.

Bus Stop Mamas recently partnered with companies in the Savannah area.

Sign up here.

Free Virtual Parenting Class in Savannah: Managing Parent-Teen Conflict

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021

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Free class, “Managing Parent-Teen Conflict” for parents and their teens aged 13-18 on Sat. March 20 2021, 9:30AM-12:30PM. The class is offered virtually and teaches parents and their teenagers how to constructively address their conflicts, communicate effectively, and heal their relationships.

Parents can sign up online at https://forms.gle/VHT74Usiw2E3ETXT6.

Find more info here.

This class will also be offered:
9:30AM-12:30PM Sat. April 17
9:30AM-12:30PM Sat. May 15

The class is presented by the Mediation Center of the Coastal Empire, a non-profit organization in Savannah that seeks to harness the power of qualified volunteers to facilitate the process of citizens proactively managing conflict, provide alternatives to litigation and increase access to justice.

Low Country Counseling: Depression tips for parents

Tuesday, January 26th, 2021

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Low Country Counseling’s Depression Tips for Parents

How is depression different from a typical response of feeling sad?

Everyone has bad days and times where they feel sad. The difference between sadness and depression is the persistence of symptoms. Typically, the melancholy spell lasts longer than 2 weeks and the symptoms interfere with functioning such as schoolwork, daily tasks, relationships, and interest.

Low Country Counseling therapists share factors that can contribute to the development of depression in children here as well as 5 signs of depression here.

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If you or a loved one is in need of support, Low Country Counseling offers specialized therapy for Individuals, Moms, Couples, Families, Children, and Teens. Contact Low Country Counseling for any questions you need answered or to schedule an appointment. Help is available. You’re not alone.

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