This year, I am one of many parents with very mixed emotions about the start of the school year because my youngest will be starting kindergarten (sigh…). He’s so excited about going to school that it’s impossible for his enthusiasm not to be contagious. But at the same time, there are those “my baby is all grown up” moments that can just about break my heart. If you are also in this position (or will be someday), there are some things to keep in mind that can help ease the transition for both you and your child.
When I first went off to kindergarten, I remember the excitement in seeing new and old friends from the neighborhood, meeting my teacher and getting to do new activities. Aside from the bottle of Champagne on the counter, I don’t remember anything my parents did to prepare me for that day. Only after watching my own daughters head off to preschool for the first time did I realize everything we had done to prepare them for being on their own.
Playing sports helps keep you fit and active, they are also a great way to meet new people and keep up on your socialization skills. One thing that many people don’t know is why it is so important to get a sport physical prior to the beginning of your sports season.
Every summer, millions of children attend various types summer camps. In a camp setting, children get to develop a set of independence and sense of community, all at the same time. Summer camps are known for creating a safe environment where your children can gain self-confidence and learn new skills. If this is the first year you are looking to send your children to summer camp, you may have a lot of questions and hesitations. We are here to help guide you with some answers to help you embark on the journey of summer camp.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Sunscreen:
Pesky bugs can ruin a family picnic, hike, or trip to the park. Make sure your kids are safe from bug bites with kid-safe bug repellent. We’ll tell you what to look for and what to avoid when choosing bug repellent and let you know how to apply the lotion or spray for the best results.
As a new parent, choosing a Pediatrician can be a difficult choice. After all, this person will be a part of your life for 18 years. We always encourage parents to do their research and ask questions.
As Pediatricians, we know how addictive and fun trampolines can be for kids. However, we often see trampoline-related accidents in our exam rooms because kids don’t understand the proper safety precautions before they start jumping.
There are so many resources out there to help prepare high school graduates for the stressors of college life. However, many don’t speak to the transition that happens at home with parents, once kids have left for school. If you are not prepared for it, adjusting to a new household dynamic without your child can be difficult. This is a very emotional and stressful time for parents and students. Here are some tips to make the college transition easier for yourself and your household.
Is your child consumed with social media? Snapchat, Instagram, twitter, facebook, and the list goes on and on. The next craze will be here any day… They all start innocently enough. It is what kids are into, this is what they do. This is how they communicate these days. This is what we tell ourselves. As parents, we need to be aware of what is going on and know when to address it.
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