Posts Tagged ‘Parenting’

How to Help Your Child Learn to Ride a Bike

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Spring is on its way and it is a good time to think about what age is a good age to learn to ride a bike, and how to help your child learn to ride a bike. I can remember back to my childhood and loving to ride my bike, which I still have a love for today! I can also remember the day that I learned to ride my bike without training wheels. My best friend rode her bike without training wheels to my house with her mom, and then I was determined to learn as well. My dad held onto the bike with me and guided me until I was able to balance and ride my bike all by myself! (more…)

Beat those “Winter Blues”

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Beat those “Winter Blues” and help the fight against depression

Now that the holidays have ended and a new year is beginning, symptoms of the “winter blues” may appear as there is no more excitement of the various festivities around us, the school year is now in full swing and the weather conditions are worsening… The “Winter Blues” is a sometimes flippant expression used to sum up winter’s harshness; cold weather, confinement to buildings, lack of sunlight, and the melancholy mood of hibernation. This can sometimes settle into a depression, which is a serious illness that should be attended to and treated. Children are not immune from this and it should be monitored closely.

Childhood depressions is not a seasonal or easily predicted disorder, yet according to the National Health Association up to 2.5% of children and 8.3% of adolescents in the U.S. suffer from depression. (more…)

Family Traditions

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

The importance of family traditions and how to create them.

We all recollect certain moments and times of our childhood that we will cherish forever. Almost all of these memories in one form or another were a tradition. These family traditions are sadly one of the great casualties of modern times. As families have more time constraints due to careers, become focused on team sports, are more fragmented and disengaged, there is less time and opportunity to benefit from the traditions that were formerly a natural part of family life. The present households often has a TV and/or computer in every room, so even a small custom like all sitting down to eat dinner, doing homework together or playing a favorite family game may just not happen as often as it once did. (more…)

Biting, A Normal Developmental Child Behavior

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Biting is a normal part of childhood development. Yes, it is very upsetting for adults. Yes, it can be frightening for the child who bites. Yes, it is upsetting to the child that is bitten and yes, it makes adults angry, but biting is a normal part of childhood development. (more…)

A Healthy Future

Friday, October 26th, 2012

At LifeSpan, we believe in well planned and well implemented healthy practices and that active play increases children’s awareness and curiosity in a variety of academic knowledge areas, as well as encouraging them to become self-sufficient learners and thinkers as this stimulates not only the body, but the mind. (more…)

Stopping Bullying

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

In the USA ~ October 2012 marks the seventh PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month that unites communities nationwide to raise awareness of bullying prevention. This event includes activities, education and awareness building for the entire month.

According to the National Association of School Psychologists, bullying is the most common form of violence in our society. In a 2001 national survey of students in grades 6 through 10:

  • 13% reported bullying others
  • 11% reported being a victim of bullies
  • Another 6% said that they both bullied others and were bullied themselves
  • These numbers mean that over five million children are affected by bullying

Source: Surfnetkids

Bullying is the conscious desire to hurt, exclude or put someone else down to make you feel better. Bullying can be in looks, actions or words. Bullying is not a joke. It is unacceptable. Each student has the right to feel safe, happy and wanted. (more…)