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VALENTINES DAY FUN
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212016 COVER KIDSGet to know the local kids who will appear on our covers this year!
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50AT HOME WITH EMILYGet inspired with a peek inside the home of photographer Emily Hart.
38ROMANTIC GETAWAYSPlan a Valentines Day escape to one of Oklahomas loveliest destinations.
Discover the benefits of yoga for kids & find OKC studios offering
6 Family-iD Event Coming to OKC 8 Editors Picks: Top Spots for Valentines
16 Foster Care Communities 22 Mom Humor: How Sweet It Is 42 All About Kids Fest
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METROFAMILY MAGAZINE | FEBRUARY 2016
Volume 19, Number 2
THIS MONTH, WERE GEARING UP TO GIVE DOZENS OF PRIZES AWAY AT KIDS FEST 2016!
F ebruary is hands-down the most exciting month for MetroFamily. Kids Fest, our annual reader celebration, will be hosted Feb. 20. I adore this event because it allows me to see our readers face-to-face and reward them with incredible family activities.
The event offers an opportunity for parents to get to know local family-friendly vendors while kids enjoy face painting, roaming characters, bounce houses, a petting zoo, live music and so much more.
Last year, I had the opportunity to see thousands of our readers and their children at this event. After working year-round to fill our magazine and our website with resources that make life better for Oklahoma City metro families, getting to chat with those families face-to-face once a year and see them enjoy an event our hardworking staff put together in their honor is a blast.
A crowd favorite at Kids Fest is an on-site stage with live performances from local talent.
Highlights this year include Upstage Theatre presenting Beauty & the Beast, a special performance from Oklahoma Youth Orchestra that includes an invitation for audience involvement and magic tricks from local magician Joe Coover.
I personally invite you to come jump in the bounce houses, get a photo with Elsa and Anna and learn about the best family-friendly businesses in the metro at this years Kids Fest. Its happening from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at Cox Convention Center. Admission is $5 for adults (find a coupon for $1 off admission on page 42) and children under 18 get in free.
Cant wait to see you there!
WelcomeFROM OUR EDITORThis month, we reveal what makes yoga the ideal winter activity for kids, romantic escapes just for parents and lots of Valentines Day fun.
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Mark your calendar for Kids Fest 2016! MetroFamilys Kids Fest event is always a popular hit with parents and their children. This years event will be hosted from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at Cox Convention Center. Prizes will be given away including the opportunity to attend a free camp from YMCAs Camp Classen valued at $699 and a AAA membership valued at $128. The stage will be full of musical entertainers and more than 60 businesses will be there to provide hands-on activities and fun for all! Find more at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/kids-fest.
Nominate an Awesome Mom: Our Awesome Mom Contest kicks off Feb. 1. Whether its your mom or just a mom you know and admire, tell us about what makes her awesome and she could appear in our magazine! The winner and her nominator will receive accommodations and spa treatments at the Chickasaw Retreat and Conference Center in picturesque Sulphur. Enter by Feb. 29.
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BY HANNAH SCHMITTMANAGING EDITOR
METROFAMILY MAGAZINE 6 FEBRUARY 2016
Were buzzing about Family-iD
I f you call Greg Gunn on a Wednesday, he wont pick up. His voicemail message kindly informs callers Wednesday is his family day and he wont return any calls until Thursday. Its one of several things he decided to do years ago when he started intentionally planning for his family. That planning he started in his family decades ago has grown into a full-blown business providing workshops and resources to thousands of families across the country.
Gunn is the founder of Family-iD, an organization that provides tools to enrich parents and families. MetroFamily is partnering with New Covenant United Methodist Church to present Gunns Family-iD workshop to local families next month.
Gunn was inspired to start Family-ID after some successful family goal-setting of his own. In 1996, Gunn was a business owner and a married father of three who had never considered setting family goals. He heard a friend talk of his annual family goal-setting weekend, a time he and his wife escaped to spend three days writing goals for each other, their marriage and their children.
I was very convinced of the importance of written goals because of the fact I was a business owner, Gunn said. Id been to so many self-improvement courses and one thing they all had in common was the importance of having written goals. I was a fanatical goal-setter. But the thought of doing
it for my family wasnt a thousand miles within my head.
So Gunn asked his friend to walk him through the process of setting goals for his family and creating a vision and a mission statement to guide them. Gunn then took his wife on their own goal-setting weekend and his life changed forever.
I was very short-sighted in my thinking as a father and a husband, Gunn said of his life before he started setting family goals 20 years ago. We had three children at the time, our youngest was 6 months old. It has just been absolutely mind-boggling how all that changed. We couldnt go back to just being unintentional about the way we thought about our family and our future. We were ruined in a good way.
He came back from the weekend with a family mission statement. He had practical goals for himself and his wife like losing weight and spending more time together. For his kids, goals ranged from spiritual and character goals to simple tasks like brushing his or her teeth without being asked.
As his employees and friends began to see how his family life had improved, they began to ask him to share his goal-setting agenda. That grew into invitations to more formal speaking engagements, which grew into Gunn founding Family-iD.
Since then, about 4,000 families in North America and 5,000 in India have gone
through the Family-iD workshop. The workshop follows four simple steps to help families set goals and live with intention:
Stir It Up Gunn aims to stir up the vision thats already in families. People who attend the workshop will discover whats important to them as a family unit.
Write It Down Audience members will have the time and resources to get that unique vision on paper so they can start living with intention.
Live It Out Through Family-iDs ongoing resources, people who attend the workshop will have encouragement as they leave the event and begin to live out their values.
Pass It On Family-iD pr