Parents and Screen Time

Jun 28

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.”

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/07/the-dangers-of-distracted-parenting/561752/

Photo from Atlantic article

Tummy Time

Feb 15

Photo:https://www1.nichd.nih.gov/sts/about/Pages/tummytime.aspx

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.

http://www.tummytimemethod.com/tummytimetrade-method.html

https://www1.nichd.nih.gov/sts/about/Pages/tummytime.aspx

How to Raise an Emotionally Resilient Child

Feb 05

How to help build your child's emotional resiliency

“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/

13 Powerful Phrases Proven to Help an Anxious Child Calm Down

Nov 02

“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

Unfounded Autism Fears Are Fueling Minnesota’s Measles Outbreak

Jun 07

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

‘Irresistible’ By Design: It’s No Accident You Can’t Stop Looking At The Screen

Mar 15

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