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Archives for October 2014


Trying New Things for Teens

by Sam P. October 31st, 2014| Teen Perspective, Teens
I would like to start this with a precaution. In no way am I condoning trying illegal or dangerous things.  I would never want any of you to try something illegal or dangerous and end up getting hurt or in trouble and thinking I wanted you to try that. 

Signs Your Tween is Overscheduled and Overstressed

by T Akery October 30th, 2014| Behavior, Tweens
When your child was younger, it was relatively easy to keep track of their schedules. They may have had one or two things going on. Their schedules often revolved around what was the most convenient for you. But as they grow older, their schedule changes. What was once easy

Brain Safety

by Ronald A. Rowe October 29th, 2014| Elementary, Social
We’ve covered just about every safety issue known to parents on this site but there is one more related safety topic that has yet to be addressed: brain safety.  I’m not talking about making sure your child wears a helmet to protect against physical trauma to the brain.  I’m

Ways to Have Halloween Fun at Preschool

by Margot F. October 28th, 2014| Preschool, School
Halloween is such a fun time for preschoolers. It’s a chance to dress up in their favorite costumes, play fun games and then have a tasty snack, what could be better? A preschool is a perfect place to use the theme of Halloween to learn basic shapes, read simple

Not Just Morning Sickness: Hyperemesis Gravidarum

by Jane Wangersky October 27th, 2014| Pregnancy
The Duchess of Cambridge has once again put hyperemesis gravidarum in the news, and even someone who knew nothing about it would have learned a couple of facts just by following her story: It's debilitating enough to make a woman cancel her daily activities, and it doesn't go away

Teens Need Sleep!

by Jennifer S. Rowe October 24th, 2014| School, Teens
Teens have very busy schedules starting very early in the morning, so sleep is a very important component when it comes to their success or failure. I know that if my teenage son doesn't get enough sleep, it is a recipe for disaster! Sleep deprivation effects everything from your

Convincing Tweens: School is Fun

by Lori Sciame October 23rd, 2014| School, Tweens
Tweens either proclaim to either love or hate people, places, or things.  It's the age where drama and emotions rule; therefore, it's your job to keep a tween convinced that school, including learning, is fun.  While school might require a child to complete homework and tests, he or she

Three Causes of Behavior Change

by Lori Sciame October 22nd, 2014| Behavior, Elementary
When a child's behavior suddenly changes, it can be a tumultuous time.  A previously sweet, outgoing young boy becomes sullen - barely leaving his room, or a smart, interested girl suddenly seems angry all the time.  What accounts for these sudden changes?  Let's explore three possibilities.

1.  Sexual Abuse

No parent

Halloween Safety: Keep Preschoolers from Danger

by Tania Cowling October 21st, 2014| Preschool, Safety
Halloween is a fun holiday for kids and adults, but it is not without safety issues. Throughout the generations children and teens have ventured out for a night of trick-or-treating and parties. We as parents need to make sure the kids have a safe and enjoyable experience. Get to

How to Empower Your Toddler’s Speech With Words

by Tania Cowling October 20th, 2014| Development, Infants/Toddlers
Bet you can't wait to hear your child speak? I went through this with my children and now I'm amazed by what my 2-year-old grandchild can convey. Although toddlers may not yet be speaking clearly, he/she is stockpiling words and will one day burst into speech. Here are a

How to Communicate with Your Teen — By A Teen

by Sam P. October 17th, 2014| Communication, Teen Perspective, Teens
I love my mom, but when we argue I sometimes feel like she isn't hearing what I say.  Being a 16-year-old girl oftentimes it may just be me overreacting about a stupid boy, or having the typical teenage reaction when life doesn't always go my way, but sometimes I

Forming Social Circles in Middle School

by Ronald A. Rowe October 16th, 2014| Social, Tweens
Junior High School can be a scary time in the life of a child.  Entering the tween years with all sorts of new and unwanted changes going on inside their bodies, these transitional years can be awkward for even the most well-adjusted youth.  Tweens will seek out a social