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I have sat through many parenting and teaching seminars. Every single one of them has the “answer” for dealing with childhood behaviors. Sometimes I leave feeling confident: “Hey I know what I am doing. I got this!” Other times, I leave feeling defeated: “Of course a good mom would do…
What used to be the “golden years” of life for seniors is now turning into any opportunity to spend even more time with their youngest family members. Nowadays, a growing number of grandparents are called on to provide child care for their grandkids, many of whom are growing up in…
Twenty years ago, I joined my classmates on a bus ride to American Players Theater in Spring Green. There, “Hamlet” wove its three-hour spell over us. The character we talked most of during the dark ride home was not Hamlet or Ophelia, but the king’s ghost. This ghost was a…
Kangaroo care is the practice, immediately after birth, of holding your baby, skin to skin, between your breasts. The father may also participate by holding the baby on his chest, skin to skin. How did kangaroo care originate? Kangaroo care began by accident out of necessity in 1979 in Bogotá,…
Summer camp is a beloved tradition in many families. Many parents of young children fondly recall spending their summers at summer camp, where they made lifelong friends and learned the finer points of roasting marshmallows and competing in three-legged sack races. Parents looking for the right summer camp for their…
As parents, we all want to give our children the best possible start in life. We angst over so many aspects of the early childhood experience: learning the alphabet, counting to 10, saying “thank you,” etc. Whether you are a stay-at-home mom or work outside the home as I do,…
Dental braces have been used for decades to correct various alignment and spacing issues in the teeth. Braces can be crucial to the future of one’s oral health and prevent serious issues down the line. Roughly 25 percent of the people in North America who get braces are adults. But…
February is Children’s Dental Health Month. Help your children enjoy the dentist by discussing proper dental care and having them perform fun dental-related activities. Here are some fun dental facts to share with the entire family as well as some dental craft ideas to help involve your children in their…
Early in my career, I was responsible for managing the hearing needs of children in a large urban school district. This included diagnostic testing for children with suspected hearing issues. Despite the differences in ethnicity, age and socio-economic status, the one thing that every student with auditory issues shared was…
If infants were born with an instruction manual, early parenting would be much less stressful. Unfortunately for new mothers and fathers, tending to a baby is often a system of trial and error. Every child is different, and what works for one may not work for the other. Similarly, a…
If infants were born with an instruction manual, early parenting would be much less stressful. Unfortunately for new mothers and fathers, tending to a baby is often a system of trial and error. Every child is different, and what works for one may not work for the other. Similarly, a…
The number of vaccines given each year continues to rise. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) offers a holistic perspective and has rules regarding when it is best to delay vaccinations. Only you, the parent, can decide if you should or should not vaccinate your child. The beauty of TCM is that…
The school year is well underway and with it comes tests. From the weekly spelling tests to chapter tests, mid-terms and ACTs, it seems every student of every age has something to prepare for. For our teachers, educational leaders and the federal government, this testing provides insight into how our…
It is often during times of extreme devastation when children first see how communities can join together to help one another. Such efforts may be a child’s initial exposure to charity while highlighting the importance of putting another person’s needs before your own. But children need not be exposed to…
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