POP Picks:

POP Picks: Book Recommendations

Those of you who have children who have attended, or will be attending (or better yet, a part of ) a summer wedding will want to pick up a copy of the newest Fancy Nancy picture book. In Fancy Nancy and the Wedding of the Century, written by Jane O’Connor and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser, Nancy’s Uncle Cal is getting married. Nancy is sure that it will be a fancy event and that she will have a starring role as flower girl. Little girls will delight in learning about bridal traditions with their favorite fancy girlfriend as she prepares for the wedding. Like Nancy, they will also discover that every wedding is truly special—even if it doesn’t wind up being fancy. Fancy Nancy and the Wedding of the Century is not about the material things in life—it’s about friendships and family and being true to yourself. Glasser’s detailed pen-and-ink drawings are extraordinary. Children will find something new and delightful in the pictures each time they read the book—my favorite is the wedding cake created from cinnamon rolls and donuts. It’s easy to see why Glasser received the 2013 annual Children’s Choice book award for best children’s book illustrator. Ages 4 to 8. (HarperCollins, $17.99)

Understanding the Options: Why Therapeutic Boarding Schools Are Beneficial To Children With Special Needs

Children who have difficulties learning in a traditional school setting seldom achieve their greatest potential. Often times, these students are

pulled out of class for a few hours a day to receive special instruction in a “resource room.” Other times, the student is assigned a teaching assistant to provide one-on-one attention in the back of a classroom. These situations can make a child feel ostracized from their peers and ultimately can cause the child to feel insecure and even ashamed.

Could Your Child Have Chronic Encopresis?

By Sarah Niswonger, MS OTR/L

Childhood constipation is usually a temporary problem, due to diet or routine changes, illness or decreased liquid intake. However, for some children constipation becomes a chronic issue and one that affects their daily life and the entire family. Constipation is most common during the toilet training years as children learn to regulate their bowels, but it can be found throughout the lifespan of a child. The causes of chronic constipation can be changes in diet or routine, withholding stool, functional problems within the large intestines, lack of adequate fluid intake, food allergy, family history or an underlying medical problem.

Nursing Your Baby:

Why Won’t My Baby Stay on Schedule?

Toni asks, “Our almost five-week-old baby girl Alice is not able to keep on the schedule we have put her on and I am not sure what is wrong with her. Please help us decipher her odd behavior. We currently have her on the “Moms on Call” ‘typical day’ schedule; she is supposed to eat at 9am, 12pm, 3pm, 6pm, 9pm, etc. for thirty minutes. We should feed her as much as we can get her to take, even if that means giving her a bottle after nursing. The last feed of the day should be very large, seven ounces or so, and night feedings are strongly discouraged. Then we make sure she stays awake for a while after each feeding for her scheduled playtime. She was doing really well on it for a few days, especially since she is no longer sleeping in her vibrating chair next to me and sleeping in her own crib. During the last couple of days when I fed her, she nursed one breast for six or seven minutes before slowly falling asleep. I compressed my breast to keep her awake, changed her and tried to put her on my other breast but she was not interested. I then put a wet towel on her face and tickled her feet to wake her up to get her to eat more, but she kept falling asleep.

Nurture Your Grandchild’s Imagination

By: Donne Davis

From the time my two granddaughters were infants, I’ve engaged with them in creative play. When they were babies, I draped a cloth over my head and let it slowly slide off until they giggled hysterically. I once drew a funny face on my knee and tied a scarf around it. As they got older, I made up stories and asked them to add details of their own. I’ve made up treasure hunts with clues when they came to our house for visits. Nurturing their imagination has inspired me to become more creative.

Does your Child Love to Sing?

By Clare Kirk

As a professional classical singer who has sung in choirs since I was a little girl, I was thrilled when my four-year-old daughter Camilla said, “Mommy, I want to sing in a choir just like you!” I’m very grateful for the wonderful Music for Minors program that Camilla enjoys weekly at George Hall Elementary. But I was eager for her to also experience the many benefits of choral singing— which include teamwork, discipline, physical wellbeing, sociability and the pure joy of making music. Fortunately, we have some outstanding children’s choirs here on the Peninsula that provide choral training for children as young as five.

US Swim School Association Guides Parents Through Performing a Water Safety Audit in their Home

By: Laura Baumgartner

Drowning is the leading cause of injury death among children aged 1–4 years, and while swimming pools are a major risk, not all deaths occur in or around a pool. There are many potential risks for drowning in the average home. Parents with young children should regularly conduct a home water safety audit to determine where the risks are in their home and what they can do to better protect their children. The United States Swim School Association, the preeminent swim school organization in the country, has created a guide for parents to follow when conducting an audit.

The Doctor is in:

The Coxsackie Virus

By Jason Clark, M.D.

Just the name of this bug sounds awful. This is a virus that virtually every child will suffer through by the time they reach grade school. Unlike influenza or the common cold, this shows up in the spring and summer. Just when you think the flu season is over, children start showing up with a rash on their hands, feet and diaper area. They are drooling and refusing to eat solids. Not to be confused with hoof and mouth disease, coxsackie is the cause of hand, foot and mouth disease.

Middle School Mom:

The Key to Making Positive Parenting Changes Stick

By: Cynthia Klein

Cynthia Klein Middle school-aged children want and need to become more independent. This becomes a problem for parents because this emerging independence

often means that kids do not want to be told what to do. This separation process can lead to more conflicts and power struggles. It is important to evaluate your current parenting approach and decide whether it is still effective or if you need to make some positive changes.

Editor's Note:

Editor’s Note

By: Tory Hartmann

Tory Hartmann, Editor

Hope your summer is swimming along. Hope you’ve scheduled those weekend trips to the water park, the theme park, the zoo and have had a good number of picnics. If not, shift into full gear and don’t let summer slip away!

Check out the POP Calendar on page 14 for some wonderful summer events. The circus will be in town in August. Filoli has a Jazz Festival and the free Stern Grove Concerts are every weekend from now until August 24th. Free! Whoo hoo. Bring your picnic lunch. Enjoy the music and let the kids romp.