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Thoughtful Parenting: Physical activity and the brain

Adequate movement throughout the school day will build healthy bodies and focused minds. Movement not only produces successful students, but it also prepares children to become healthy adults who will be effective in their careers and model healthy behavior for their own children.

Thoughtful Parenting: Communication with and without hearing loss

Two to three in 1,000 children are born with detectable hearing loss in one or both ears. Sometimes, mild hearing loss at birth may progress to more severe hearing loss once the child gets home from the hospital.

Thoughtful Parenting: Postpartum depression — help for moms, dads and kids

Over the past decade, well-known women such as Brooke Shields and Marie Osmond have bravely shared their stories about postpartum depression. Their stories are not necessarily unique, but have helped us understand PPD is real and something to take seriously.

Thoughtful Parenting: Keep kids tobacco free

Grand Futures Prevention Coalition would like to remind you of the importance of limiting the use of alcohol, tobacco and marijuana and to steer clear of illegal substances this holiday season and always.

Thoughtful Parenting: Positive child rearing

In this day and age of single-parent child rearing, it is still possible to raise a well- mannered, healthy child with self-esteem in place. Achieving this goal requires investing extra time and effort to realize results for a lifetime.

Thoughtful Parenting: Provide positive environments this holiday season

Grand Futures Prevention Coalition would like to reiterate the importance of limiting youth access to alcohol, marijuana, tobacco and other drugs and expound upon the Social Host Ordinance. If you don’t permit it, you don’t promote it. Think smart this holiday season, and don’t allow your child to underage drink.

Thoughtful Parenting: Transition to parenthood

Several major transitions often occur in adult life: leaving home, first major employment, marriage, empty nest, retirement. All these events create both excitement and challenge, however the transition to parenthood ranks as the most exhilarating, but also the most challenging of all.

Thoughtful Parenting: Be an All Pro Dad

Spending quality time with your children tells them they are valued, leads to more closeness, creates special memories, develops better trust and communication and results in an overall stronger lifetime relationship between you and your child.

Thoughtful Parenting: Children need support, security and safety to thrive

What do our children need? A home that is safe and secure and parents who protect them. A sense of routine and stability. A belief that when things go wrong in the outside world, their homes will provide comfort, help and support.

Thoughtful Parenting: Bilingualism becoming increasingly important

Being bilingual is becoming increasingly more useful in our society. For that reason, it is important to continue learning and not lose the language skills that are already present.

Thoughtful Parentin: Let's have a safe, fun Halloween

While trick-or-treating can be a fun family activity, children are often exposed to increased risks. Wherever the holiday is celebrated, it is important to keep Halloween safety in mind.

Thoughtful Parenting: Help prevent child abuse and neglect

Adults in our community share a responsibility to protect against and report child abuse and neglect. While the number of substantiated victims of child abuse and neglect in Routt County dropped from 49 in 2013 to 36 in 2014, we need to work together to continue to decrease this number.

Thoughtful Parenting: Setting boundaries for teens

It is nothing new for teens to test limits; pushing their parents’ boundaries is practically a given during the teen years and part of learning how to be independent. However, it is extremely important that teens do have set parameters, that they know they are responsible for their actions, and that those actions have consequences.

Thoughtful Parenting: Protect children's dental health

DentaQuest and the Colorado Medicaid Dental Program think your child’s oral health is important.

Thoughtful Parenting: Keeping kids safe in Colorado

It’s important to children 5 to 7 years old that they feel that they are helpful members of their families. Their eagerness to tag along with their parents and learn makes these years an ideal time for parents to teach children new skills and the importance of safety.