Thoughtful Parenting columns

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


Thoughtful Parenting: Provide positive environments this holiday season

Grand Futures Prevention Coalition would like to reiterate the importance of limiting youth access to alcohol, marijuana, tobacco and other drugs and expound upon the Social Host Ordinance. If you don’t permit it, you don’t promote it. Think smart this holiday season, and don’t allow your child to underage drink.

Thoughtful Parenting: Transition to parenthood

Several major transitions often occur in adult life: leaving home, first major employment, marriage, empty nest, retirement. All these events create both excitement and challenge, however the transition to parenthood ranks as the most exhilarating, but also the most challenging of all.

Thoughtful Parenting: Be an All Pro Dad

Spending quality time with your children tells them they are valued, leads to more closeness, creates special memories, develops better trust and communication and results in an overall stronger lifetime relationship between you and your child.

Thoughtful Parenting: Children need support, security and safety to thrive

What do our children need? A home that is safe and secure and parents who protect them. A sense of routine and stability. A belief that when things go wrong in the outside world, their homes will provide comfort, help and support.

Thoughtful Parenting: Bilingualism becoming increasingly important

Being bilingual is becoming increasingly more useful in our society. For that reason, it is important to continue learning and not lose the language skills that are already present.

Thoughtful Parentin: Let's have a safe, fun Halloween

While trick-or-treating can be a fun family activity, children are often exposed to increased risks. Wherever the holiday is celebrated, it is important to keep Halloween safety in mind.

Thoughtful Parenting: Help prevent child abuse and neglect

Adults in our community share a responsibility to protect against and report child abuse and neglect. While the number of substantiated victims of child abuse and neglect in Routt County dropped from 49 in 2013 to 36 in 2014, we need to work together to continue to decrease this number.

Thoughtful Parenting: Setting boundaries for teens

It is nothing new for teens to test limits; pushing their parents’ boundaries is practically a given during the teen years and part of learning how to be independent. However, it is extremely important that teens do have set parameters, that they know they are responsible for their actions, and that those actions have consequences.

Thoughtful Parenting: Protect children's dental health

DentaQuest and the Colorado Medicaid Dental Program think your child’s oral health is important.

Thoughtful Parenting: Keeping kids safe in Colorado

It’s important to children 5 to 7 years old that they feel that they are helpful members of their families. Their eagerness to tag along with their parents and learn makes these years an ideal time for parents to teach children new skills and the importance of safety.

Thoughtful Parenting: Adolescence and beyond

Whether their teen decides to attend college, technical school or explore the job market, parents often wonder if they have done enough to prepare their youth for all that lies ahead.

Thoughtful Parenting: Helping teens with ADHD get organized

The life of teenagers is a lot more complex these days as they are inundated with tasks that need their constant attention. The concept of time for a person with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can be difficult to grasp.

Thoughtful Parenting: Remembering brain development during meltdowns

In their book, "No Drama Discipline," mental health experts, Drs. Dan Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson, describe how the brain works, especially when kids feel intense emotions. They emphasize three things to keep in mind when your child is having a difficult time.

Thoughtful Parenting: Help wanted: Infant and toddler care in Routt County

Approximately 68 percent of Routt County families with children younger than five have both parents in the workforce, according to date from the 2010 U.S. Census. The Colorado Department of Local Affairs projects Routt County’s birth to age five population to grow by 70 percent between 2015 and 2030. No matter how you look at it, the availability of licensed care for our youngest citizens is distressingly inadequate.

Thoughtful Parenting: Preventing child abuse

Due to the prevalence of child sexual abuse, parents should educate themselves on strategies to protect their child.