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.”
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Parents are encouraged to “do tummy time” with their infants. But what is it? How do you do it? Below you’ll find a link on one method for getting baby into, out of, and enjoying tummy time. If you have questions, feel free to contact our office Lactation Consultant, Amity. She has attended a TummyTime! method workshop and will happily walk you through the process.
“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.”
“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
High school athletes who tended to focus on one sport were 50 percent more likely to get hurt than those who hadn’t specialized. Injuries included ankle sprains, knee tendonitis, and stress fractures.
Source: Student Athletes Who Specialize Early Are Injured More Often, Study Finds
State health officials are struggling to contain a measles outbreak that has sickened mostly Somali-American children. The vaccination rate is low in this tight community that’s worried about autism.
Source: Unfounded Autism Fears Are Fueling Minnesota’s Measles Outbreak
Additional Reading: The Verge, CNN
Smokers expose their families to increased levels of nicotine and chemical residue left behind from cigarettes known as “thirdhand smoke.”
Source: A new worry for smokers’ families: ‘thirdhand smoke’
Technology is designed to be addictive, offering gratification that’s similar to that of drug abuse or gambling. Author Adam Alter says a new frontier could soon provide another escape from reality.
Source: ‘Irresistible’ By Design: It’s No Accident You Can’t Stop Looking At The Screen
Here’s why natural breastfeeding allows you to use the behaviors built in by Mother Nature to help you successfully feed and nurture your newborn.
Source: Many Moms May Have Been Taught to Breastfeed Incorrectly: Surprising New Research – Mothering
A new book looks inside the minds of introverted kids and teens, with lessons for schools on class participation, groupthink and public speaking.
Source: Strategies to Ensure Introverted Students Feel Valued at School