As Barbara Bush once said, “The home is the child’s first school, the parent is the child’s first teacher and reading is the child’s first subject.” Nine years. This June was the start of our ninth year homeschooling. and while we have had successes throughout the years, we have also had challenges. This year has … Continue reading Parent and teacher: How to seamlessly play both roles
For many children, the thought of going to school brings excitement. But for some, it brings fears, worries and anxiety. Mental health is the foundation of life, especially for growing children who experience incredible growth and development in their child and teen years. But children are often unable to fully understand or express their feelings. … Continue reading Recognizing mental health problems in children and teens
As a parent, it can be concerning when your child starts to show signs of school-related anxiety. School is the place where they go to learn, grow and socialize — it shouldn’t be something they dread or fear. School-related anxiety can take many forms. Some children may become irritable or moody just talking about school. … Continue reading How to help your child shake school-related anxiety
The school year means bringing home new friends, homework and in some unfortunate cases, those dreaded critters we know as head lice. Every parent fears the diagnosis — but if and when it happens to your child, it’s important to be prepared. What is lice, and can you prevent it? Head lice are tiny parasites … Continue reading 5 learnings about lice every parent needs to know
School will soon be in session and for parents, that means you’ll once again be faced with that dreaded daily task: packing your child’s lunch. Like most parents, you want to do a good job, which means creating a nutritious, well-balanced meal that your child will actually eat. But it can be hard to know … Continue reading What to pack in your child’s lunchbox
It’s hard to believe, but back-to-school season has arrived once again. Parents, it’s time to consider what needs to be done before that first school bell rings — and that includes making sure your child is healthy and ready for the new school year to begin. Now is the time to start thinking about making … Continue reading Is your child ready for the new school year?
Transitioning from summer break back into school can be difficult for any child, but for those with Type 1 diabetes, school presents additional challenges. Beyond gathering school supplies and picking out a first-day-of-school outfit, parents often stress about how to make sure their child will be safe and healthy while at school. Managing Type 1 … Continue reading Back to school with Type 1 diabetes
With the upcoming school season right around the corner, parents have back-to-school shopping, packing lunches and breaking out backpacks top of mind. But one thing that might not be high on the radar in the whirlwind of preparations is safe school transportation. Whether you plan on driving your kids, walking with them, having them ride the bus, or allowing … Continue reading Back-to-school transportation safety: How safe is your child’s commute?
It seems like we just celebrated the end of the school year with parties and mad dashes off to get our summer vacations underway. Now, suddenly, we’re in the final days of transitioning to the everyday classroom routine. Going back to school can be a challenging transition. Here are some ideas on how you can make … Continue reading 9 ways to reduce back-to-school stress
It’s nearly 9 p.m. and there’s still a little light in the evening sky. It may be tempting to let your child stay up later, even as the first day of school looms in the not-so-distant future. But Arlene Meyer, MD, a pediatrician on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – … Continue reading 8 ways to have a smooth back-to-school transition