Children’s Health

Tips for Parenting In Uncertain Times: Part 1 – Parents Article

Whether you have a 1-month old, 1-year old, or 10-year old, chances are you are currently parenting very differently than you were mere weeks ago before schools were closed, events were cancelled, and you were asked to practice social distancing. Parenting under a pandemic is uncharted territory for pretty much all of us. It’s not like a “snow day,” or “summer break” where you can fill your days with park playdates, trips to the pool, or overnights at Grandma’s. There…

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Counting Stars: Ways to help toddlers who resist sleep – Parents Article

Count yourself among the rare and lucky if you are a parent of a toddler who willingly—maybe even eagerly—hops right into bed for a peaceful night’s sleep, because most families with toddlers experience bedtime challenges. In fact, it’s part of the delightful package called toddlerhood! It’s so common, that it’s estimated that one in three children under the age of 5 either takes a long time to fall asleep; refuses to go to their bed; cries at bedtime; gets out…

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What is Sepsis? – Parents Article

5 January, 2020Until the 2016 coverage of the tragic case of little William Mead and the alleged failure of the NHS 111 helpline and other medical agencies to make a correct diagnosis of Sepsis, I was unaware of this potentially deadly disease.In fact, Sepsis affects 25,000 children each year in the UK – a staggering statistic.As parents, we sometimes put our faith in the NHS and other medical agencies to a worrying degree. My own often stated view is that…

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Practicing Gratitude: What Are You Thankful For? – Parents Article

At Camilla’s 6-year birthday party she was showered with gifts from friends and family. Her parents were overwhelmed with gratitude for the generosity that was shown to their daughter. But when the family arrived home after the party, Camilla became upset, crossing her arms and pouting because “she didn’t get the gift she really wanted.” Instead of appreciating all the presents she did receive, all Camilla could focus on was the one she didn’t get. Gratitude isn’t something that you’re necessarily born with. It’s…

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Responding to Nightmares – Parenting Now! – Parents Article

Did you have nightmares as a kid? Even if you don’t remember having them, chances are you probably did. And, for some of us, our childhood nightmares were so powerful that we still remember them to this day! Childhood nightmares are common in children 3-5 years old. With changes to their routine (starting in preschool or daycare) and growing an ever-expanding imagination, preschoolers may start processing their feelings through their dreams, including nightmares. It can be difficult for parents to…

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Encouraging Independent Play – Parenting Now! – Parents Article

Preschoolers and their parents lead busy lives. There are pretend cakes to bake; dolls and stuffies with “boo boos” that need mending; and grocery shopping to do for the play kitchen. As fun as these games are for kids, there are very real tasks that all parents need to get done during the day—and it’s not easy when you are your preschooler’s all-time favorite playmate. Sometimes your child can “help” you with tasks, such as setting the table and matching…

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How Are You Coping With the Challenges of Parenting? – Parents Article

How Are You Coping With the Challenges of Parenting? Being a parent and managing a family can be stressful at times. Sleepless nights with a newborn, toddler upsets, or a bout of illness can all test a parent’s ability to handle challenging moments with grace and ease. While these moments are generally fleeting—children eventually sleep through the night; toddlers learn to regulate their emotions; illnesses pass—constant stress can take its toll on us as parents. It’s important to know some…

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Children Are Important – Ways To Show Them – Parents Article

Children Are Important – Ways To Show Them As parents, we can all agree that our children are important. But when the day is filled with school drop-off and pick-up, trips to the store, soccer practice, play dates, cleaning, mealtime, and loads more, it can sometimes feel like a challenge to be mindful in our actions to make sure our children feel important. The good news is that you are most likely already doing many things throughout your day to let your…

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Exercise A Great Family Connector, Stress Fighter – Parents Article

Warmup provided by Jazzercise Eugene at last year’s Mother’s Day 5K. Exercise a Great Family Connector, Stress Fighter This article appeared in the April 29, 2019 edition of the Register-Guard. Let’s be honest. Pregnancy is hard on the body and postpartum hormones are hard on the mind. As we try to navigate these changes, we are also charged with caring for a newborn baby, sleep deprivation, and all the other demands of being a parent. How can we continue to…

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Utilize and Support Area’s Programs Fighting Abuse – Parents Article

What if we knew how to create healthy families, improve health, build thriving communities and reduce problems like child abuse, neglect, substance abuse, obesity, and even cancer? Wouldn’t we do those things? What if you heard that we already know what we need to do in order to create thriving families and communities? That what it takes is available at an incredible cost-savings for our community, compared to doing nothing? Wouldn’t you want to take advantage and urge our policy-makers to adopt these…

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