Thoughtful Parenting columns


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.

Thoughtful parenting: Concussions — Why all the fuss now?

Prevention is job one when protecting our active Steamboat kids against concussions.

Thoughtful Parenting: Negative effects of violence on television

Frequent exposure to television violence is having a profound effect on the behavior of your children.

Thoughtful Parenting: College tours, visits and interviews for student athletes

Here’s a “to-do list” to help ensure your university, college or trade school visit is a success.

Thoughtful Parenting: Career development and resources for youth

Did you know Routt County has a workforce center that offers free resources for teens and young adults?

Thoughtful Parenting: Self-compassion

Self-compassion is about reframing our imperfections as part of being human, not a unique flaw that only you have. It’s about treating ourselves kindly, rather than releasing the harsh inner critic to do as it pleases.

Thoughtful Parenting: Participating in a service learning program

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps operates the Service Learning Corps, a summer program where youth have an opportunity to give back to the community that nurtures them.

Thoughtful Parenting: For parents of babysitters

Babysitting is a great way for kids to gain independence and responsibility while earning a few dollars, but there are tips parents need to know for keeping their children who babysit safe while taking care of others.

Thoughtful Parenting: Teeth matter

Strong teeth allow a child to chew well and enjoy eating. Healthy teeth and gums support their immune system and help them bounce back from illness and injuries.

Thoughtful Parenting: Encouraging cultural competence in your children

As more immigrants move to Routt County, the culture of our community is shifting. It is important that we maintain an open conversation around the changing demographics in our region, especially with our children.

Thoughtful Parenting: Identifying goals

Goals. We all know that the beginning of a new year is an especially popular time to spell out our goals: something I desire for the future and am willing to work toward.

Thoughtful Parenting: How giving back sows seeds of positivity in young adults

For many people who enjoy a lifestyle of giving — that is, giving of time or money for the well-being of others without the expectation of pay or other benefit — some satisfaction or delight in giving was likely perceived as a child.

Thoughtful Parenting: Stop teen boredom

According to a study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, 52 percent of teens are at risk for substance abuse if they have any one of three risk factors: stress, frequent boredom or too much spending money.

Thoughtful Parenting: Nurturing fathers

A growing body of research shows that children with two involved parents demonstrate lowered rates of juvenile delinquency and improved mental health, self-esteem and academic success.

Thoughtful Parenting: The art of empathy

In child development language, to be attuned means to be in harmony and compassion with the child. Attunement allows the caregiver to know and respond to the child’s emotional state. Some caregivers are so attuned that they can tell from a child’s cry whether he or she is hungry, tired, needs a diaper change or is sick.