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: Holiday options for families in need

Many families in our community experience increased stress and financial burdens around the holidays — higher energy costs, increased child care costs as schools are closed, an expectation of gifts, seasonal illnesses and more.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Behavior problems have varied causes

What can you do if your child is struggling with a behavior or mood problem? The starting place in helping them is to determine whether the problem is simply a normal adjustment reaction to a stressful situation.

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Thoughtful Parenting: I'm such a good parent, thought no one, ever

There is no other job in which you receive so much unsolicited advice as parenting. The noise of this advice, combined with your own internal uncertainty, creates endless doubt.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Do you know what I know?

When are children able to know that others think differently than they do and have different preferences, wants and needs?

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Thoughtful Parenting: Applied Behavior Analysis useful therapeutic tool

Applied Behavior Analysis, the science of behavior change, is a proven effective method for changing undesirable behavior.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Group endorses Referendum 3C

First Impressions of Routt County, the Early Childhood Education Council, endorse the Steamboat Springs School District RE-2 Referendum 3C, which requests funding for full-day kindergarten.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Night out for parents

The Steamboat Teen Council is a group of teens in the Yampa Valley who work together to create a community in which teens have a voice in social, political, and environmental issues.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Divorce — child’s perspective

When I was 5 years old, my parents told me they were getting a divorce. At first, I thought it was a good thing, because they wouldn’t be arguing any more. Then, I wondered if it was my fault that they were arguing, because they didn’t agree on rules for me.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Do you have a plan?

Have you taken the time to make an emergency plan for your children?

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Thoughtful Parenting: Make pick-ups happy reunions

Long day? Overwhelmed by your to-do list, and the ice cream is melting in the car? Yes, you say? Let’s make those pick-ups peaceful and quick.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Reading crucial to a child’s language development

As a parent, you know that reading to your child is crucial to his or her language development and preparation for school. If you’re already reading to your child, what are the benefits of attending storytime at the library?

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Thoughtful Parenting: Little boy on Steamboat time

Tina Harlow will present a free parenting workshop, "Bright Minds, Busy Bodies: A Different Lens for Viewing High Energy Children,” from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 at the Historic Routt County Courthouse BCC Room.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Helping things go right

While the return to a daily routine that comes with the beginning of a new school year may be a relief for some parents, teens may not feel the same relief. For many, school, and the stressors that come with it, can have a tremendous impact on their personalities.

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Thoughtful Parenting: Building self-directed in health habits

Being active participants in their own learning helps children become self-directed in keeping themselves healthy in the long-term.

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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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