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Why Can't I Read? Reading Problem or Hidden Vision Problem?

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.

Shedding the “Entitlement” Cloak - Raising Kids with an Appreciation for Hard Work

These days, the term “entitlement” is becoming rather commonplace.  What exactly is entitlement?  In layman’s terms, it is when someone believes they should be given something they have not put effort into earning or acquiring.  There is definitely an entitlement problem in this country and with each generation the problem seems to grow.

Kids and Cholesterol a Growing Problem

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.

Lessons For Life

<strong>Teaching our children positive problem solving skills</strong>

Dad Was Funny About Money

“Daddy, why did the lady give you money?” asked my daughter Marie back when she was 5. We had just crossed a toll bridge and Marie was trying to make sense of the transaction at the booth.

Dads Eye View: Honey, Want to Meet My Ex?

It was midnight. Three other fathers and I were sitting around a campfire, talking, drinking illicit beer and staring into the flames. We were on a YMCA Adventure Guides camp-out. Our kids were asleep in the cabin, their marshmallow-smeared faces glued to their pillows.

EarthTalk® - Electronic waste

Electronic waste, or “e-waste” as it’s called, is a growing problem in the United States and abroad, as obsolete or broken computers and other electronic equipment are taking up increasingly precious amounts of landfill space and potentially leaking hazardous substances into surrounding ecosystems.

EarthTalk®: Environmental Implications of Food Waste

Food waste is a huge issue in America, especially in light of the growing divide between the profligate rich and the hungry poor. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Loss Project, we throw away more than 25 percent—some 25.9 million tons—of all the food we produce for domestic sale and consumption. A 2004 University of Arizona study pegs the figure at closer to 50 percent, finding that Americans squander some $43 billion annually on wasted food. Lead researcher Timothy Jones reported that on average, U.S. households waste 14 percent of their food purchases. He estimates that a family of four tosses out $590 per year in meat, fruits, vegetables and grain products alone.

Taco Cups

These fabulous appetizers have a great Southwest flair.   <img src="file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/Sandy/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/moz-screenshot.png" alt="" /><img src="file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/Sandy/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/moz-screenshot-1.png" alt="" />