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: Ready to read

A child cuddles with a parent while listening to the words and seeing the images in a storybook. This activity is one of the most important to introduce a child to the world of reading. It can begin as soon as your child is born.

Thoughtful Parenting: Creating a peaceful holiday season for you and your teen

As students get excited for the holidays and receive an academic break from schooling, it can be a time that adds stress to the family household. The combination of a long to-do list, excitement of the season and academic stress can affect the family relationship, possibly in a negative way.

Thoughtful Parenting: Guidelines available to help kids grow, succeed

The early years (from a child’s birth to age 8) are critically important for all areas of learning and development. That means health and physical development, emotional and behavioral development, logic and reasoning and academic development. This lays the foundation for future academic achievement and a successful and happy future for Colorado’s kids.

Thoughtful Parenting: Have you ever suspected child abuse?

Many of us are unsure whether a child is being abused. Abuse is not always apparent. Often, we do not know what to do if we suspect abuse and fear the results if we report to the authorities.

Thoughtful Parenting: Marijuana realities

One topic that resonated for me was the use and production of butane hash oil, a high-potency marijuana extract known for causing extreme “highs” and dangerous explosions. Haven’t yet heard of BHO? Here’s a breakdown for concerned parents and community members.

Thoughtful Parenting: Financial aid for students and parents

Next to retirement, the financial aid process can be the most daunting of all transitions facing a family and their college-bound student(s). This also includes families anticipating sending their child to a private university, trade and or technical school.

Thoughtful Parenting: Temperament is just 1 aspect of your child’s design

Temperament is a biologically-driven human trait — it’s how we are uniquely designed.

Thoughtful Parenting: Stressed-out teens

One College Health survey reported that 94 percent of students chose “overwhelmed” as the word that would best describe their lives. In the most recent “Stress in America” survey by the American Psychological Association, more than 25 percent of teenagers surveyed said that they feel “extreme levels of stress” during the school year.

Thoughtful Parenting: Raising awareness about drug prevention

Red Ribbon Week brings communities together to take a visible stand against drugs, and this year the weeklong event runs from Oct. 23 to 31. The Red Ribbon Week Campaign is sponsored by the National Family Partnership that helps communities across the country promote healthy drug-free lifestyles for children and families.

Thoughtful Parenting: 1-stop shopping can make your life easier

Parents always are looking for ways to help guarantee their children are set up for success. But if you’re like countless other parents, you may not always have the time, especially when it comes to knowing and understanding all the programs and services that exist in our communities.

Thoughtful Parenting: Fatherhood Program of Routt County

The mission of the Fatherhood Program of Routt County is to support dads to have an active and positive presence in their kids’ lives.

Thoughtful Parenting: 2-year-olds live here

For parents of children in the 2-year-old age range, daily life has an unpredictable factor. The child has a sense of being an independent individual. Parents are trying to interpret the child’s behaviors and trying to keep the child safe.

Thoughtful Parenting: What does courage mean to you?

Dr. Michael Popkin, author of "Active Parenting of Teens," defines courage as “the confidence to take a known risk for a known purpose.” We often encourage youths to take risks, be brave and give it their best shot. What we don’t encourage is accepting that failure may be the outcome.

Thoughtful Parenting: Connecting with family

Last month I visited out-of-state family and was reminded of the influence and value of multi-generational relationships.

Thoughtful Parenting: Educating in a techno world

As I was passing a carload of teenagers leaving the high school, I heard a lot of moaning and groaning. It caught my attention. Back to school means structure and routines for students.

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