For Parents

When Does Learning Begin?

Annie Murphy Paul talks about how life in the womb shapes who we become. Quotes from this video: “[Babies] are being introduced to the characteristic flavors and spices of their culture’s cuisine even before birth.” “Even before birth, mothers are warning their children that it’s a wild world out there, telling them, ‘Be careful.’” “Faced […]

Day Care: Choosing a Good Center

What should I look for in a day care center? Whether you are considering a commercial day care center or one in someone’s home, you should check it out carefully. Ask questions of the staff. Talk to parents of other children at the day care center. Look over the center carefully. This handout gives you […]

Choosing Excellent Child Care

I suppose that there are as many opinions on choosing a place for your child to receive excellent care as there are authors who write them!  However; if you’ll look closely, you’ll find that there are several things that appear regularly. Being detail oriented is important, but don’t get so mired down in check lists […]

Does Cold Weather Cause the Cold or Flu?

Question: Does Cold Weather Cause the Cold or Flu? This question has probably been asked since the first time the flu made someone sick. After all, cold and flu season occurs when the weather is cold, so there must be a connection, right? Well, not quite. No matter how many times your mother and grandmother told […]

Biting Hurts!

Biting is quite common among young children. It happens for different reasons with different children and under different circumstances. The first step in learning to control it is to look at why it may be happening. WHY CHILDREN BITE EXPLORATION – Infants and toddlers learn by touching, smelling, hearing, and tasting. If you give an […]

Biting: Dracula at the Day Care

Emma walked into the room with a scowl.  Her hair was disheveled, her face was contorted and her eyes still had the telltale signs of sleep in them.  She looked fatigued and I was afraid.  I recognized that look; that was the look of a toddler who would bite. While biting especially among toddlers in […]

Study: Chemicals Reduce Effectiveness Of Vaccines

Scientists Specifically Look At PFCs (CNN) — Certain chemicals in the environment may reduce the effectiveness of childhood vaccines according to research in a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Scientists looked specifically at PFCs, perfluorinated compounds, widely used in products that repel water, grease and stains. Children with higher levels […]