Parents and Screen Time

Parents and Screen Time

Check out this article in this month’s Atlantic about screens and the effect they have on parenting.

“. . . emerging research suggests that a key problem remains underappreciated. It involves kids’ development, but it’s probably not what you think. More than screen-obsessed young children, we should be concerned about tuned-out parents.”

Read the article
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Want to Entertain the Kids in the Car Without Screens?

April 12th, 2018 | Behavior, Family Fun, parenting, Teens, Toddlers, travel
Want to Entertain the Kids in the Car Without Screens?

Summer is a time for family trips, often involving hours long car rides. One way to avoid the road trip blues is to engage your kids.

Did you know that you can borrow audiobooks, and ebooks, from the local library? Nothing passes time like a good book read aloud. Just like at the library, you can search for titles, place holds, and request books be purchased.

Check out OverDrive or Libby to start borrowing audio and e books for free!

Traveling with Children

March 22nd, 2018 | Behavior, Family Fun, parenting, Teens, Toddlers, travel
Traveling with Children

“Travel can be an enlightening and eye-opening experience for children of all ages: there’s new foods, experiences and sights, not to mention quality family time. But traveling with children can also be an overwhelming proposition — unpredictable schedules, long packing lists and cranky kids are just a few of the challenges you may encounter along the way. But here we’ll help you make traveling with kids a breeze. After all, you and your children should enjoy every moment seeing the world and create a lifetime of memories along the way. Isn’t that the point of travel in the first place?”

Read the New York Times article on travel with children
photo: https://catherinecooper.wordpress.com/2011/04/11/travelling-with-kids-products/

How to Raise an Emotionally Resilient Child

How to Raise an Emotionally Resilient Child

“All children, even the most fortunate, suffer emotional injuries. At home, in school and on the playground, all children experience disappointment, frustration and failure; criticism and disapproval; and exclusion by peers. In every family, there will be moments of anger and misunderstanding.

In healthy development, children recover from these moments. Whether on their own or with our support, most children bounce back. Emotional injuries are, in many respects, analogous to physical injuries. Just as our cells must repair physical injuries, emotional injuries also must be healed. Without this healing, the injurious process will spread.”

http://www.pbs.org/parents/expert-tips-advice/2015/11/how-to-raise-an-emotionally-resilient-child/

Tips on Encouraging Kids to Eat Healthy

January 31st, 2018 | Behavior, Child Health, Family Fun, Food, parenting
Tips on Encouraging Kids to Eat Healthy

“When was the last time your child sat down at the dinner table and said, “Gee, thanks for this delicious plate of healthy food! Can I have seconds?” We can’t promise these tips will convert your picky eater into a fruit and vegetable fan, but they should make good food choices more attractive for everyone.”

http://www.pbs.org/parents/food-and-fitness/eat-smart/encourage-kids-to-eat-healthy-food/

13 Powerful Phrases Proven to Help an Anxious Child Calm Down

13 Powerful Phrases Proven to Help an Anxious Child Calm Down

“If your child struggles with anxiety, you know the challenge of finding the right things to say when he or she is worried. It’s not easy to connect without making the fears worse, while at the same time offering support and encouragement.

Are you curious how you can help calm an anxious child?”
Source: 13 Powerful Phrases Proven to Help an Anxious Child Calm Down