Middle School Mom:

Middle School Mom: You Should be a Lawyer!

“Why do you have to argue about everything I ask you to do? Why can’t you just cooperate nicely for once? You make everything so difficult.”

Growing Up Online:

Growing Up Online: Helping Kids Get Enough Sleep in a 24/7 World

For growing children, adequate sleep is every bit as important as nutritious food and daily exercise. Yet ever since Edison flipped on the first electric light, experts have been worrying about whether any of us are getting enough sleep. Now researchers are warning that online amusements, especially social media, are sabotaging sleep. Not long ago, The New York Times ran an anxious story about adolescents who “vamp,” staying up all night and using cellphones to surf, text, tweet, play games and binge watch their favorite shows. Apparently, some teens even text in their sleep, sending messages they don’t remember the next day.

POP Picks:

POP Picks: Book Recommendations

Two middle grade books by local authors Jennifer Holm and Annie Barrows and a picture book by Karma Wilson make their debut just in time for fall reading. And, if you want to meet them, all three authors will be visiting The Reading Bug.

How to Cope with Bullying: Too Many Rocks

The rise of social media and smartphones has made the impact of school bullying more apparent. A 2012 report from the US Department of Health and Human Services stated that 37% of students reported being bullied in school, and 52% report being cyber bullied.

These statistics are alarming to many, especially parents. As mentors and guardians to our children, we are all looking for tools to make our kids more aware of bullying and better able to handle conflicts with their friends and peers.

What to Do When You Suspect Child Abuse

The news reports are as shocking as they are relentless:

An Army sergeant in Maryland charged with 1st-degree child abuse, accused of starving, beating and burning her four-year-old stepdaughter.

A North Carolina Child Protective Services supervisor and her husband, a nurse, arrested after their 11-year-old foster son is found handcuffed to a porch railing with a dead chicken tied around his neck.

Take Time Out to Tune In:

Take Time Out to Tune In: Need a Willpower Boost?

Just about every parent has put their child in “time out” at some point. While I don’t advise using a punitive time out as a strategy to help your child learn from his mistakes, I do recommend the use of a positive, “give yourself a little room to breathe,” kind of time out. For you.

Because parenting is so darn important, you probably put a fair amount of pressure on yourself, don’t you? You know that the first five years of a child’s life are a critical period for learning, bonding and establishing trust. Can you feel your heart rate rising just a little bit already, thinking of times you weren’t the parent you wanted to be?

The Doctor is in:

The Doctor is In: Running Back to School

It’s that time of year again. The kids are coming in with new backpacks filled with pencils, pens and note pads. Returning to school is a stressful time. One thing that may be missing is exercise. The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance (NPAPA), a nonprofit organization, recently put out a report that showed American children are still not achieving the recommended amount of daily physical activity.

Nursing Your Baby:

Nursing your Baby: Should I Nurse on Both Sides?

Mary asks, “I had my baby girl almost a week ago and I am still engorged. Is it normal to have it last so long? Also, my little one usually nurses only one side per feeding for about twenty minutes. I have been doing one side because she seems satisfied after the first side. The problem is everyone is telling me that I should be doing both sides. Should I be nursing both sides or is one adequate?

Preschool Parent:

Preschool Parent: Promote and Protect PLAY in our Preschooler’s World

P – powerful, passionate, pleasurable, proud and pretending

L – lively, leisurely, lucky, learning and laughing

A – authentic, adventurous, appealing, amusing and active

Y – youthful, yearning, yippee and YES!

Go-to Grandma:

Go-to Grandma: Grandma Showers – A New Rite of Passage

There’s growing attention on a new grandma rite of passage: grandma showers! And there’s lots of disagreement between the generations on whether it’s a good idea.

I can see both sides of the argument.

From the expectant mom’s perspective, I can see why a grandma shower might not be welcome. It takes away from the mom’s spotlight. But the only way to find out is to ask your daughter or daughter-in-law how she feels about a grandma shower. By asking her feelings, you’re getting off to a great start by empathizing with her. It’s a good way to test the waters.