Thoughtful Parenting columns


Thoughtful Parenting: Advice for entering middle school

Kids grow up fast, and every child, parent and family is different. Just being there for your child to listen during these transitional times is the most important thing you can do.

Thoughtful Parenting: Encourage children to drink water

A cold drink of water tastes amazing on a hot summer day. Water is one of the most natural, healthy beverages children can drink. Encouraging children to quench their thirst with water will help them develop a taste for it, an important step toward life-long health.

Thoughtful Parenting: Avoiding the "summer slide"

The importance of keeping children engaged throughout the summer is cited in numerous research studies. The fact is, if students don’t practice the skills they have gained throughout the school year, they lose them. This is commonly known as the “summer slide.”

Thoughtful Parenting: Gatekeeping

Parental gatekeeping occurs when one parent sees the other parent as less than competent when it comes to caring for a child and feels the need to control or restrict the child’s interaction with the other parent. This can occur whether parents are living together or apart. More often than not, it is mothers who tend to be gatekeepers, but fathers can be as well.

Thoughtful Parenting: Combatting underage alcohol use

Underage drinking is a problem, particularly during the summer months, but there are steps parents can take to curb this trend.

Thoughtful Parenting: Engaging kids, preventing learning loss this summer

For many families, summertime involves a delicate balance between allowing kids free time to rest while still engaging a more structured sense of creativity and play.

Thoughtful Parenting: Preventing the summer slide

There are resources available for parents to help ensure children don't lose educational ground over the summer break.

Thoughtful Parenting: Getting to know Dad

Fathers who are positively engaged in the lives of their children can enhance their children’s success in the areas of social skills, mental health and academic performance.

Thoughtful Parenting: Protecting your high school graduate

Simple steps can help protect your graduate after he or she leaves the nest.

Thoughtful Parenting: Broccoli and autism spectrum disorders — A better future for our children

The growing incidence of autism spectrum disorders may have environmental causes.

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.