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: Preventing the 'summer slide'

Vacation enrichment activities can help stop the "summer slide."

Thoughtful Parenting: Alcohol use during pregnancy

Consumption of alcohol by pregnant women can lead to a spectrum of disorders in the developing child.

Thoughtful Parenting: Feeding your family when times are tough

Approximately 40 percent of Routt County families fall below the self-sufficiency standard, which is an income of $62,500 per year, and 6.1 percent of families are living below the poverty level, according to the Routt County Human Services Department, the U.S. Census Bureau and Yampa Valley Data Partners.

Thoughtful Parenting: Children and water safety

It is important to keep water safety in mind with the increased opportunities to recreate in and be around water.

Thoughtful Parenting: Because babies don't come with instructions

Newborn Network's goal is to provide parent education services to Routt County parents of children from birth to 3 years old.

Thoughtful parenting: Concussions — Why all the fuss now?

Prevention is job one when protecting our active Steamboat kids against concussions.

Thoughtful Parenting: Negative effects of violence on television

Frequent exposure to television violence is having a profound effect on the behavior of your children.

Thoughtful Parenting: College tours, visits and interviews for student athletes

Here’s a “to-do list” to help ensure your university, college or trade school visit is a success.

Thoughtful Parenting: Career development and resources for youth

Did you know Routt County has a workforce center that offers free resources for teens and young adults?

Thoughtful Parenting: Self-compassion

Self-compassion is about reframing our imperfections as part of being human, not a unique flaw that only you have. It’s about treating ourselves kindly, rather than releasing the harsh inner critic to do as it pleases.

Thoughtful Parenting: Participating in a service learning program

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps operates the Service Learning Corps, a summer program where youth have an opportunity to give back to the community that nurtures them.

Thoughtful Parenting: For parents of babysitters

Babysitting is a great way for kids to gain independence and responsibility while earning a few dollars, but there are tips parents need to know for keeping their children who babysit safe while taking care of others.

Thoughtful Parenting: Teeth matter

Strong teeth allow a child to chew well and enjoy eating. Healthy teeth and gums support their immune system and help them bounce back from illness and injuries.

Thoughtful Parenting: Encouraging cultural competence in your children

As more immigrants move to Routt County, the culture of our community is shifting. It is important that we maintain an open conversation around the changing demographics in our region, especially with our children.

Thoughtful Parenting: Identifying goals

Goals. We all know that the beginning of a new year is an especially popular time to spell out our goals: something I desire for the future and am willing to work toward.

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