Thoughtful Parenting columns

This weekly column about parenting issues is written by area child care professionals. It publishes on Wednesdays in the Steamboat Today.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Preschool for all Routt County kids

Why is Routt County United Way so passionate about preschool?  Because early childhood education has a better return on investment than the stock market.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Baby and Me/Tobacco Free

Smoking is an unhealthy habit that is especially harmful to pregnant women and their new babies. Low birth weights, risk of asthma, upper respiratory infections and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, are just a few of the risks to newborns from their mothers who smoke during pregnancy.

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Thoughtful Parenting: The Touchpoints Approach — value disorganization

The Touchpoints Approach to child development presents a paradigm shift. It asks us to move from a linear model of development to a multidimensional one.

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Thoughtful Parenting: 'Don’t cry about spilt milk'

Children react to circumstances differently than adults. Children’s brains are different from adult brains and, therefore, process experiences in a different manner than adult brains.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Retaining the native tongue

The ability to speak a second language fluently is undoubtedly becoming more and more important in a society that is experiencing globalization at an exponential rate.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Executive function coaching a great resource

Find the power of motivation and change for a scattered brain with executive function coaching, a great resource for high school and college students or adults.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Understanding adoption

As our agency has provided pre- and post-adoption training to birth parents and potential adoptive parents, we have heard many of the same questions about the adoption process.

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Thoughtful Parenting Article: Out of the mouths of babes

It’s by feeling safe and accepted that children, at their own speed, can outgrow what may seem to be irrational fears. Our job, as adults in their lives, is to be as accepting and nurturing as possible (and appropriate) and know that child development takes different courses and has different timetables for different children.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Pregnant? You deserve a doula

If you are pregnant and have been preparing for the birth of your child, chances are, you have come across the word doula. What is a doula, anyway?

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Thoughtful Parenting: Talking about healthy sexual development

Watching our young ones grow from playful, elementary-school students learning about the world into teenagers experiencing changes to their bodies happens amazingly fast. As the adults in their lives, we have been helping answer their questions about how things work and how to be responsible.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Talking about traumatic events

There have been many tragic events in the news this past year. The following are what experts say about discussing such tragedies with children in a way that does not scare or overwhelm them.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Hats off to the modern dad

On June 19, American families will honor dad by celebrating Father’s Day. Not surprisingly, the role of fathers has changed through the years as the American family and lifestyle have changed.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Importance of active summer play

Through play, children test ideas, problem solve, ask questions and develop an understanding about the people and the world around them. Pretending involves exploring a variety of possibilities and trying on new feelings, roles and ideas.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Social host ordinance — reminder for parents

During the summer, youth seem to have more free time, and it is a peak season for teens to engage in risky behavior, such as underage drinking.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Words and music

Sounds and music associated with safety and nurturing are a priceless gift to our children.

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