Top School Age Related Articles & Blog Posts
The “Free Pass”: Getting your child to sleep in their own room
At 3am a triangle of light slices the darkness in two, and a child’s tired, raspy voice whispers “Mom? Moooooom?” It’s now that you realize, this will not be the night of restful sleep you’ve been fantasizing about since your water broke. Many parents find it tough to send their kids back to their own [...]Read full story
How long is Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease Contagious for?
We just figured out the boys both have Hand/Foot/Mouth disease which is no big deal. The issue is that Chantal’s mom just came home from the hospital after having total knee replacement surgery on Monday. Should we ALL stay…Read full story
Should pre-teens have cell phones? My 10-year-old thinks so.
My 10-year-old daughter wants a cell phone. She wants it bad. So bad that the other night I came home to the note pictured below.Read full story
Make Gardening a Family Activity
Parents often use their kids as an excuse as to why they can’t grow their own food. To that I’ll ask, “Why not include the kids and make it a family experience?”Read full story
The Cheating Crisis in our Schools
Most American students cheat. In nationwide surveys on college campuses, about seven in ten students admitted to some cheating. Three in five high school students admitted that they had cheated on an exam, and more than four in five admitted copying another student’s homework in the past 12 months.Read full story
Introduction to tonsillitis: If you look into your child’s throat, you might see what look like small, dimpled, pink golf balls on either side of the throat. These are the tonsils. The tonsils are the visible part of the immune system’s ring of protection that surrounds the back of the throat. This immune tissue stands [...]Read full story
Related concepts: Speech disfluency Introduction to stuttering: When a child stutters, parents are often told to relax, that the stuttering is a phase that will soon be outgrown, and that nothing need be done. This advice is not always helpful. What is stuttering? Stuttering is a speech disorder that arises from a combination of genetic [...]Read full story
Related concepts: Mite infestation Introduction to scabies: A child has an itchy rash. Someone has called it eczema, or something like that, and a cortisone cream was prescribed. But the itching never improved. Or perhaps your child has no rash at all, but scratches relentlessly. Either way, perhaps the child has undiagnosed scabies. What is [...]Read full story
Related concepts: Over-nutrition Introduction to obesity: You’ve probably already heard that we are raising the most overweight, out-of-shape generation of children in history. On January 21, 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released another round of figures. What is amazing is that the problem isn’t staying the same, but keeps increasing, year [...]Read full story
Related concepts: Pediculosis, Head lice Introduction to lice: My head starts to itch when I even write about lice. Lice are a common problem wherever children gather. If you are concerned about lice, you are not alone. Each year, many day-care centers, schools, neighborhoods, extended families, and small family units face this problem. What is [...]Read full story