Thoughtful Parenting columns


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.

Thoughtful Parenting: Building strong relationships with our kids

It is common for kids to go through phases where they are more connected to one parent than the other. Sometimes, though we love them deeply, we may butt heads more with one of our children than the other.

Thoughtful Parenting: SAT vs. ACT: A breakdown

One the most frequently asked questions from parents is, Should my student(s) take the SAT or the ACT? What is the difference? Do colleges or universities accept both? What should we be on the lookout for?

Thoughtful Parenting: Tips for a less stressful doctor's visit

As the beginning of a new school year draws near, many Routt County parents will take their young children to the pediatrician for routine checkups and possibly immunizations.

Thoughtful Parenting: Gearing up for another school year

Local shops are beginning to fill with back-to-school shoppers as the first day of school lingers, like a child in a candy aisle. As teachers are prepping their classrooms, parents are transitioning from summer mode to gear up for the school year ahead. Our children, with another year gone by, will be experiencing challenges, triumphs and growth.

Thoughtful Parenting: Summertime parenting

As parents, we experience so many different stages in parenting children. There are likely mixed reviews on which stage is easier then another. One thing is certain, parenting a teenager comes with a set of challenges that can be heightened during the summer months.

Thoughtful Parenting: Support and assistance available for child's development

If you suspect that your child may be delayed in any stage of development as they grow, you are just a phone call away from support and assistance.

Thoughtful Parenting: Negotiation 101

Children start negotiating at an early age. Perhaps they’re in the “no” or even “no way!” stage. If your child is a little older, he might say, “But I want to ...” or “Why can’t I just …”

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.