There is an incredible amount of information we have on raising kids now. Maybe it’s too much, but there are a couple of things that research shows to be significant predictors of how well a child will do in life.
In another town, in another decade, it was nap time at the child care center. The center was respected by the community as a safe, healthy early learning environment, staffed with trained caregivers.
Nowadays, you walk into many kid bedrooms and their shelves are lined with trophies, medals, ribbons and rewards. Basically, if the parents write a check, the kid gets a trophy. I worry about how this impacts our children's motivation to participate in the first place.
Fears, worries, and anxieties are part of being human. These emotions tell us something about our situation. From there, we make decisions about what actions to take.
We are in the midst of what I call generation stress, a generation of stressed out parents who are raising a generation of stressed out kids.
Parents of young children are some of the best-prepared people for travel. Not counting the old crumbs in the seat of the car, parents are the experts in packing snacks, along with water, milk and spare clothing.
According to the American Dental Association, fluoride helps prevent cavities in children and adults by being a natural cavity fighter.
Protecting children from exposure to lead is important to lifelong good health. Even low levels of lead in blood have been shown to affect IQ, ability to pay attention, and academic achievement.
Medical providers as well as women of reproductive age can thoughtfully and positively discuss different aspects of getting ready for pregnancy.
A couple of weeks ago, I had a wonderful Thanksgiving. My parents joined us as did some close friends, and I even got to ski with my family. And then perhaps best of all, at dinner was the sharing of gratefulness that took place around our table. With thoughtful insights from the youngest to the oldest, we enjoyed laughter as well as tears as we clinked our glasses together.
Despite the fact there is more research than ever before on effective parenting techniques, it can be confusing to know what to do, what to say or when to reward or discipline.
Gratitude is a feeling of being grateful or thankful, realizing that something good happened and appreciating that it did. Gratitude is difficult to muster when times are hard, so what can we be grateful for when things aren’t going our way?
Early tooth loss caused by dental decay can result in failure to thrive, impaired speech development, absence from and inability to concentrate in school and reduced self-esteem.
First Impressions, Routt County's Early Childhood Education Council, will be continuing its Parenting and Pizza series from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Soda Creek Elementary.
It is common for kids to go through phases when they are more connected to one parent than the other. Sometimes, although we love them deeply, we may butt heads more with one of our children than another. Here are some ideas to help you build strong relationships with your kids.