By Liz walker
Over the past few months, with the #MeToo campaign dominating the media, it has been impossible for the public to ignore the voices of women sharing their stories of harassment and abuse. Although we live in unsettling times, as parents, we are in a unique position to curb the ongoing sexual aggression and objectification that girls and women encounter daily, by building resilience and resistance in our kids to the onslaught of hypersexualized images. These images, that form the wallpaper of our lives, normalize and legitimize an atmosphere that promotes the kind of behaviors that women are protesting in the #MeToo campaign. (more…)
By Winnie Sun
What mom doesn’t want her child to grow up to be smart about money? It’s never too late for a kid to learn, but the sooner you start teaching–and modeling–wise financial behavior, the better.
Research shows that money habits often are set by age 7, so introduce your children to money as soon as they can count.
Here are some methods I use with my own youngsters:
*Introduce your child to the concept of using a shopping list and have him help you find items on your list. Tell her why you shop at discount stores. As she gets older, have her calculate the unit price to figure out what item is the best deal. Make a game of finding items on sale and show him how to compare prices on national brands with those of store brands. (more…)
Automobile Driving Museum
Celebrate your child’s birthday at the Automobile Driving Museum! We offer fun activities in our 1950’s retro-themed Ice Cream parlor that children are sure to enjoy. Two hours of party time includes seating for up to 40 people, a scavenger hunt, art projects or fun activity, a Hot Wheels car for each child, general admission to the museum and a photo opportunity in a 100 year old classic car!
$250-$275 with start times at 10:30am or 2:30pm Tuesday-Sunday.
The Automobile Driving Museum is an excellent place to teach children the history of the American Automobile while viewing some amazing collectible cars. On Sunday, we take the public for rides in our vehicles so they can experience what it was like to be in the automobiles during their time!
BY Crystal Lee
The transition to college comes with lots excitement… and, more often than not, also a hefty dose of anxiety. College is often the first time your child will live away from home and be entirely responsible for his or her life. Not only will he or she be handling more rigorous academics, but he or she will be navigating a new social scene, juggling more competing responsibilities than ever, and managing higher levels of stress. Without proper planning and support, your child may struggle or flounder.
For the smoothest transition possible, take a team approach to planning. Gather your child and all the important adults who have contributed to your child’s success in high school (e.g., parents, school personnel, psychologist) to discuss your child’s strengths and needs in all aspects of life. Remember, college is more than just academics. It takes academic aptitude, social skills, emotional resilience, and basic life skills to thrive in a college environment. (more…)
How to identify, treat and prevent head lice.
By Amy Chinian
We’ve all been there – your child starts scratching her head or you hear that she has been around someone who has it. But don’t fret! We talked to lice expert Amy Chinian, owner of My Hair Helpers, to get the scoop about how to get rid of these little creatures for good.
Q: What’s the best way to check my child for lice?
A: In a spray bottle, add water and peppermint conditioner (lice hate mint), and spray your child’s hair thoroughly – this stops anything from moving in the hair. Then, use the Lice Eliminator Comb (a spiral tooth metal comb) to comb through each section of the hair, looking for evidence of eggs, nits, or live bugs. If your child does have lice, notify family members, schools, friends, and acquaintances. (more…)
By Scott Myers
The numbers are scary. I mean, am I really old enough to have been working with children for 30 years? All kidding aside, the numbers about our children’s health and fitness are scary. I want to share some of the numbers and information:
• Obesity is the most prevalent nutritional disease of children and adolescents in the U. S.
• A child’s potential to develop strength, endurance and physical skill increases at an exponential rate the first two years of life.
• Children are motivated by fun. They’ll do just about anything if it’s playful, including exercise.
• Children who are physically fit are absent from school less frequently and may perform better academically.
• Research shows that children’s muscles develop in many different ways and perform specific roles and movements. Exercise and activity help a child activate all the muscles in his body, which helps him become more coordinated and able. (more…)
BY Danielle Matthew, LMFT
“Mean girls” is seen as a rite of passage for teens. However, bullying can cause damage to the self-esteem of each generation of girls who face it. Girls gossip, talking behind each other’s back. Supposed friends shun them and leave them out. With the advances in technology, bullying can also move into social media and texting. People can now shun you electronically – blocking you from their Instagram or Snap Chat – and then say mean things about you to a very public audience that you can’t access. Cyber-bullying is a whole new world of hurt for today’s victims. (more…)