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: 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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Thoughtful Parenting: The blame game

Both children and adults tend to have difficulty taking responsibility for their own actions. How can we help our children become more responsible and see events through the eyes of others?

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Thoughtful Parenting: Take time to explore nature

Youth, by nature, have curious minds, and what better way to feed that desire than by discovering the splendor of the natural world.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Talking about STDs

When it comes to STDs, adults need to understand the scope of the risk so that they can talk effectively with students about creating their own risk avoidance plans.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Strengthen your child’s EQ (Emotional Intelligence)

We live in a high pressure society where we sometimes hyper-focus on grades and test scores. However, there’s more to being successful in life than “book smarts.”

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Thoughtful Parenting: Autistic children frequently misunderstood

It is never easy being a parent. Even more daunting is being the parent of a child with autism and making choices about ridiculously expensive or hard-to-access therapies and programs that could impact the outcome of your child’s level of functioning forever.

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Thoughtful Parenting: April marks Child Abuse Prevention Month

Child maltreatment is manifested in different ways. The National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System defines child physical abuse as “non-accidental trauma or physical injury caused by punching, beating, kicking, biting, burning or otherwise harming a child.”

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