Editor's Note:

Editor’s Note

By: Tory Hartmann

Tory Hartmann, Editor

No doubt about it, the drought is here and it’s real. The likelihood of a series of storms that would fill our reservoirs at this late date is remote. The POP staff found these home water conservation tips on the Internet at eartheasy.com and we wanted to bring a few of them to you. Please go online to find lots more!

1. Check faucets and pipes for leaks A small drip from a worn faucet washer can waste 20 gallons of water per day. Larger leaks can waste hundreds of gallons.

Father Knows Best?:

Summertime Fun?

By: Steve Shapiro

Summer camp. For many people, those two words elicit happy memories of days spent playing team games, singing camp songs and making new friends. For me, I can only think about sitting on the grass with a baseball glove in my lap and being bored out of my mind. Well, that and Starburst candies. But it’s mostly the mindcrushing boredom that comes to mind.

You see, I never took to summer camp. Being the cynical kid I was, I saw right through my parents’ “sales pitch” of day camp being nothing but fun and adventure. No, I knew that it was simply a way to get their kids out of the house and out of their hair. 30-plus years later I’m a parent myself and I have to admit that it’s still mostly about getting the kids out of the house.

The Doctor is in:

Why Lions Eat Their Young

By: Jason Clark, M.D.

Dr. Jason Clark If you are a mother of a teenage daughter you may have already guessed at the answer. If you are perimenopausal and have a teenage daughter you may be on the verge of starting the BBQ. I have been “told” that this is a very difficult situation for many families. The men/boys in the house are not spared from this tornado that touches down from time to time. There is no man cave secure enough to protect us from the flying debris when arguments between mothers and their daughters reach epic proportions. At times I find it amusing to sit back and watch a mother and daughter go back and forth in the office. But when it is in my own home, I am glad we have double paned windows and pray that I am not involved in the topic of discussion.

Growing Up Online:

Is Social Media Making Your Family Miserable?

By: Carolyn Jabs

You’ve probably seen headlines linking social media to depression, loneliness and other emotional problems. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a clinical report urging pediatricians to counsel families about something they called “Facebook depression.”

Despite the headlines, much of the early research about how social media impacts mental health was contradictory. One study from the University of Michigan found that “life satisfaction” was lower among students who used Facebook more. Another study at the University of Wisconsin found exactly the opposite.

Preschool Parent:

Thinking vs. Making: Turning Imagination into Creativity

By: Grace Lam

Enter any play-based preschool and you’ll witness a common scenario: little Alex is playing dress-up pirate; Casey is building a city; Sam is preparing a tea party for friends.

It is ordinary pretend play with this scenario of 3- to 5-year olds. They are just using their imagination: their actions are clearly reflective of what they see, hear and feel inside their minds.

Now ask yourself, did you visualize Alex in a black and white pirate costume with a plastic eye-patch or in a folded newspaper pirate hat and a sword made from taped-up, rolled paper? Did you see Casey deliberately stacking wooden blocks to create buildings or arranging cereal boxes as skyscrapers and delineating streets with ropes? Is Sam serving realistically, molded plastic cake or colorful construction paper food?

POP Picks:

POP Picks: Book Recommendations

By: Diane Savage and Lauren Savage

April is the month associated with the season of spring—a time when the cold winter season ends and we all welcome the rebirth of life, as the days grow longer, trees bud, flowers bloom, and the birds return from winter migrations. This year April is also the month in which both Easter and Passover will be celebrated.

If you are looking for a book to slip into a loved one’s Easter basket, I highly recommend The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes by Du Bose Heyward, the critically acclaimed author of the play, Porgy, which later was turned into an opera, Porgy and Bess. Heyward wrote The Country Bunny for his daughter in 1939.

Nursing Your Baby:

Does Milk Supply Run Out at Six Months?

By: Sheila Janakos, Co-President at Healthy Horizons Lactation Services

 Theresa asks, “I am six months pregnant and plan on nursing my baby girl for at least one to two years. We met with our new pediatrician and she encouraged us to have a prenatal breastfeeding consult or take a class. My concern is that both of my sisters ran out of milk when their babies were six months old. All of us have large breasts and I heard that makes it harder to make milk for the later months. Both of them did start feeding solids early and then their milk supply ran out. Does this type of situation run in families? Our pediatrician said that it was not genetic and that we needed to get proper support so that would not happen. Have you heard of such an issue? What is your best advice?”

Diagnosis: Autism—What’s next?

By: Dr. Karina Poirier

Lots of children have difficulty with verbal communications. Autism, which can range from mild to severe, can be characterized by difficulties in communication and each person has different needs.

Dr. Karina Poirier, author of Unlocking Social Potential in Autism and Related Disorders, says that understanding is the key step to dealing with concerns and developing an individual’s strengths.

“Bring everything into the light. The worst thing you can do,” she said

Is It Time to Focus on ADHD?

By: Amy Tsou, Psy.D.

What is ADHD?

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most well-known childhood conditions. It is the most common childhood-onset behavioral disorder. According to the American Psychiatric Association, ADHD tends to affect about 3-8 percent of individuals. About twice as many boys as girls are diagnosed with ADHD. In a National Survey of Children/s Health in 2011-2012, the rate of children and adolescents with ADHD in California was 5.2 percent.

We all have a touch of distractibility and impulsivity. We might bounce from one activity to another, forget to pay our bills, misplace our keys or react way too intensely to seemingly minor set-backs. But how do we draw the line between momentary lapses in attention and decision-making versus needing to pursue an evaluation for ADHD?

A Growth Mindset Makes All the Difference

By: Melisa Koh

The first sign our culture shift was working was just after the second week’s lessons, as I flipped through my student’s journal entry. “School teaches me I don’t have to be stupid,” he’d written.

The second sign our culture was shifting came the following week, when I assigned a simple essay revision to my students. In previous years, despite my pleading and explaining, students would make minimal edits and hand back their work nearly untouched. This time, I saw students had copiously highlighted revised sections of their work, some even revising 100% of their essays without my prodding.