From birth to adulthood the idea of failure takes a dramatic turn for the worst! When babies begin trying to hold their heads up, roll over, crawl, pull themselves up and walk they are encouraged to “keep trying” and applauded for each attempt. Do they fail until they ultimately succeed? Absolutely! Are they criticized for failing? Absolutely not! It is understood that they are progressing through a learning process and they are encouraged.
If you’re the parent of a teen or tween, chances are you’ve wondered, half-jokingly, if your child hears anything you say. The reality is that there are over 6.5 million American children ages 12 to 19 living with some form of hearing loss — and much of it is preventable.
The school year is well under way but some students continue to struggle with reading. Even with the special help at home and at school, the hoped for gains remain out of reach. Parents devote extra time helping with homework and reading yet, out of frustration, might complain, “If only you would work harder!” Teachers use the best curricula available. But, your student falls even further behind, discouragement settles in and the student exhibits secondary behaviors — loss of attention, deteriorating behavior, plummeting self-esteem. Of course there are students who will persist as hard as they can but suffer for it with headaches, stomachaches, anxiety or fatigue.
Kids and cholesterol is rapidly becoming a major concern for parents and health professionals. In 2008 the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a recommendation that all children with a family history, or health concern for high cholesterol be screened beginning at the age of two, but no later than the age of ten. If no evidence of high cholesterol is found, children should be regularly screened every two to five years. However, if there is an excessive amount of cholesterol found in children, more serious measures may need to be taken.
<strong>Teaching our children positive problem solving skills</strong>
She has a hot breakfast ready for her family before they awaken each morning, the laundry is done, folded, hung, and ironed. Her home looks like a spread in Better Home and Gardens (including the days unannounced visitors arrive!) She’s always the first person called to chair an event, and the “go-to” mom in case of an emergency – she’s Super Mom! She’s the poster mom for “Getting It All Done” perfection and the envy of all other moms.
Ahhh… summertime. Ninety-nine blissful days. Lemonade, barbeques, and… major stress?
<strong><em>Helping Your Teen Navigate Social Networks & Mobile Phones</em></strong>
Susan’s 7-year-old daughter, Kylie, has lots of friends. She plays soccer, swims, and sings in the choir. She likes to help her teachers and is the first one in class to raise her hand to volunteer. Even her parents’ divorce two years ago doesn’t seem to have had major repercussions: She merrily goes to her father’s house every other weekend and gets along well with her new step-siblings. To everyone who knows her, she’s the model of a well-adjusted child.