I’m worried that my child isn’t growing the way he should. Should I bring it up to my child’s doctor?

Yes. Always share any worries you have with your child’s doctor. If you feel like your worries aren’t being taken seriously, don’t be afraid to bring it up again. Many signs of developmental delays aren’t obvious. Trust your gut. Get tips on how to talk to your child’s doctor about development at: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/pdf/help_pdfs/cdc_talktodoctor.pdf

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Teenage Citizens

Everyone’s future rests upon the next generation’s ability to realize and support democracy and parents play a major role in preparing the younger generation to achieve that lofty goal. Youth need to be nurtured and taught the necessary skills for civic engagement. Keep reading this week’s Parenthetical post to learn about ways that parents can […]

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New Report– Parenting Matters: Supporting Parents of Children Ages 0-8

A committee of experts—convened by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine—was assembled to examine the state of the science with respect to parenting knowledge, attitudes, and practices that support positive parent-child interactions and healthy development of children ages 0–8; strategies for supporting parents and helping them engage in parenting practices associated with healthy […]

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Healthy Sleeping Habits

National experts recently surveyed kids about their sleep habits. Here’s what they learned: 70%of kids said they wish they could get more sleep. 71%of kids said they feel sleepy or very sleepy when it’s time to wake up for school. 25%of kids said they feel tired at school every single day.

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Mindful parenting

  “Being present” or “mindful” is a goal many people set for the new year. These terms might call to mind yoga or meditation, but did you know that mindfulness can also enhance parenting? Anne Clarkson, University of Wisconsin-Extension digital parenting education specialist, says mindfulness and parenting go hand-in-hand. “Mindfulness is very simply learning to […]

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Recognizing Learning Disabilities in Teens

Ways that parents can help a teen who is struggling with a learning disability from our friends at Parenthetical! Admitting a learning challenge can be difficult for anyone, but for teens, who are already struggling with issues of identity and self-worth, asking for help can be even harder. As parents, there are steps we can […]

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LEGO-MANIA at the library

LEGOs are engaging for those who like the structure of themed building challenges as well as those who thrive on open-ended creativity. Beginning January 3, Family LEGO Club has been scheduled for Sunday afternoons.  Kids and families may drop in any time between 12 and 4 p.m. For children under age 4, there are age-appropriate building sets […]

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Parents, teens often changing in opposite ways during adolescent years

Most people know the teen years are a turbulent time for adolescents, but many might be surprised to know that mid-life parents are also undergoing significant changes. Stephen Small, human development and family relations specialist with UW-Extension and professor in the UW-Madison School of Human Ecology, says that parents and their teenage children are often […]

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