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School-Aged Children

Posts about children in the elementary school age range, approximately ages 5-11.

How to Prevent Bullying: Create Stronger Allies

By November 30, 2016 No Comments

As the mother of ten and seven year old boys, I’ve learned to live with a lot of noise. Sometimes it’s the sound of a loud toy, or the latest Pokémon episode streaming on Netflix, or footsteps careening down hallways and stairs.   More often than not it’s from brotherly squabbles over who gets to play […]

Categories: Accidents, Injuries, + Abuse, Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health, School-Aged Children, Tweens + Teens

Managing Anxious Monkeys in the Classroom

By September 14, 2016 No Comments

As someone who has suffered from anxiety I have found that, along with clinical treatment, basic meditation and practicing mindfulness can help me relax. When I meditate, which is admittedly not often because I have a five-year-old, the clutter of my life and surroundings (parents, you know what I mean) do not distract me, and […]

Categories: Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health, School-Aged Children

Developmental Milestones and Delays: When To Seek Help

By September 13, 2016 No Comments

Whether it’s your first child or your third, parents often wonder if their child is meeting their milestones on time. We’ve all felt our stomachs drop as a fellow parent on the playground asks if our toddler or preschooler is doing something yet because their child is. If you have more than one child, you’ve […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Disability + Disability Advocacy, Newborns + Infants, School-Aged Children, Toddlers + Preschoolers

How to Talk to Your Son About Brock Turner, Consent and Sexual Assault

By June 9, 2016 1 Comment

“Mom, have you heard about the Stanford swimmer?” My breath catches as I look at my nine-year-old son sitting in front of me. The room fades away; I’m at a crossroads. Behind me is safe territory, of stuffed animals and lullabies and schoolyard games. Before me, an adolescent abyss, shrouded in fog and uncertainty. I […]

Categories: Policy, Politics, + Pop Health, School-Aged Children

How to Explain the Weather to Kids

By May 24, 2016 No Comments

I’m many things — Husband, father, brother, son, mediocre softball player — but none of those matter quite as much with people as when they learn that I am a meteorologist. After my fake laughter subsides from the ever clever quip about getting paid to be wrong,* I usually am bombarded with all sorts of […]

Categories: School-Aged Children, Science 101 + Mythbusting, Toddlers + Preschoolers

How to Spot the Signs of Hearing Loss Early

By May 18, 2016 1 Comment

Why does the TV volume need to be so loud? Why don’t you follow the direction the first time I said it? Why is my child’s vocabulary not developing as fast as their siblings did? These are all valid questions that parents ask themselves when their child is having difficulty hearing – and often they […]

Categories: Disability + Disability Advocacy, Newborns + Infants, School-Aged Children, Toddlers + Preschoolers

A Quick Guide to Hydration Beverages: What Liquids To Give Your Kids and When

By March 28, 2016 2 Comments

When I was a kid, Kool-Aid, Tang, and Hi-C juice boxes were the norm for kids’ beverages. You were super cool if you had Capri-Sun, water was boring, and tea was for grown-ups. Clearly, things have changed. Nowadays teenagers proudly tote tea-based beverages, and bottled water is a blank canvas for those trendy flavored squirtables […]

Categories: Food, Nutrition, + Infant Feeding, School-Aged Children, Tweens + Teens

How Do I Tell My Child That They’re Adopted?

By March 22, 2016 2 Comments

I have been asked to consider some of the issues regarding parenting in the context of adoption, either the adoption of a child or issues that might arise if a parent was adopted. To do this, I want to begin by carefully considering what a parent is. I learned what a parent is from my daughter, my […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health, School-Aged Children, Toddlers + Preschoolers