Thoughtful Parenting columns


Thoughtful Parenting: Teens aren’t immune to abusive relationships

A 2009 report from the Kaiser Foundation indicated that almost one-third of girls have been in abusive relationships by the time they graduate from high school. Almost 1 in every 3 dealing with emotional, physical and mental effects of an unhealthy relationship.

Thoughtful Parenting: 1st birthday — dental checkup

Early childhood teachers, doctors, dentists and parents have become more aware of the strong connection between dental health and overall healthy development, even in babies.

Thoughtful Parenting: Minimizing summer’s risks

Ah, summer in Colorado. We love this — the fresh breeze, bright blue skies, warm sunshine, green everywhere, free time. But we parents also can struggle in summer, especially with that last one: free time.

Thoughtful Parenting: Transitioning between schools

As students wrap up their academics for the summer, certain groups may experience anxiety as they enter into what educators view as major educational transition times in their lives.

Thoughtful Parenting: How to help your child manage stress

Stress is caused by any challenge or condition that forces us to abandon our usual ways of functioning and thinking and behave dramatically differently from our usual way of thinking and behaving. Hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, fires and automobile collisions come to mind. But stress also can be caused by seemingly benign experiences.

Thoughtful Parenting: Developmental relationships

While caring adults in a child’s life are instrumental to growth and success, it is not all kids need to achieve. The Search Institute conducted research to find out what factors are imperative to young people’s development and concluded that there is a need for developmental relationships.

Thoughtful Parenting: Congrats on another successful school year

As parents look toward summer, be sure to dedicate time for your up-and-coming or current high school student’s checklist or to-do list.

Thoughtful Parenting: Not more brain development

Are you ready to put all you’ve learned about brain development to good use with your children? Remembering the basics of brain development, its progress from lower to higher functioning as well as its dependence on experience, will be helpful when you choose how to manage your children’s challenging behavior.

Thoughtful Parenting: Be a BrainWise family

Lizard Brain reactions are the behaviors that result when individuals haven't learned important skills that help them use their wise Wizard Brain to stop and think before they act.

Thoughtful Parenting: Connecting with kids though word choice

The word “but” is used in everyday conversation. It is meant to communicate a contrast or clarify a point. Sometimes using the word “but” inadvertently can lead to someone feeling unheard or not understood.

Thoughtful Parenting: April is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness to the issues of child abuse and neglect in our county.

Thoughtful Parenting: Forming healthy digital habits

Recently, there has been a rash of articles in the news about the use of screens with children. The opinions range anywhere from banning all screens for children younger than 12 to handing babies a tablet to use independently. With all of this competing information, how is a parent supposed to decide what’s best for their child?

Thoughtful Parenting: Baby chicks — cute but risky

When children have opportunities to see real animals and learn in the outdoors engaging all their senses, they are even better learners and are excited to keep learning. Many parents recall their own wide-eyed wonderment watching a baby chick hatch or holding a little chick in their hands. They would like their own child to experience touching the soft downy feathers of a little chick or duckling.

Thoughtful Parenting: MALT can help keep kids drug-free

Parents have more influence over their child than friends, music, TV, the Internet and celebrities. Hard to believe, right? But it’s true.

Thoughtful Parenting: Teaching assertive, kinder words

Part of being a kid is learning how to communicate what you like, want and prefer in a way that others can hear. “You’re not the boss of me!” gets your attention, but it is distracting. Kids can use unkind words to get what they want.