children

Apnea in Children

By JustMommies

Apnea occurs when a child stops breathing for twenty seconds or longer or if she has a pause in breathing accompanied by a drop in heart rate or appears blue in color. It is normal to have pauses in breathing but when a child stops breathing for twenty seconds or longer it can be a life-threatening situation. » Read more

A Full Stomach Equals a Full Mind

By Elizabeth Yarnell

It seems as if the school year begins earlier and earlier each year. Politicians would have you believe that as long as kids are in the classroom, they are learning. In truth, there is so much more to learning than simply showing up: eating the right foods helps, too. » Read more

Speech & Language Development: The Second Year

By JustMommies

As your baby begins her second year of life, she may have a handful of words or she may not have spoken her first word yet. There is a wide rage of normal in children's speech and language development, but knowing how to distinguish a "late bloomer" from a truly delayed child can be a difficult task for a parent. » Read more

Getting Your Kids to Brush Their Teeth

By Armin Brott

Dear Mr. Dad: Our five-year old refuses to brush his teeth—almost every night my wife and I end up screaming at him (and each other) and he ends up in tears. We’re thinking about bagging the whole idea. Does he really need to be brushing his teeth at this age? » Read more

Younger Children's Reaction to Death

By Charlotte M. Mathes, LCSW, Ph.D.

Because children grieve differently from adults, they may appear not to be mourning at all. One adult client confessed her long held guilt that as a child, the day her sister died, she went to a neighbor's to play. This woman has been mourning her sister's death for thirty years. With help, she recalled how bad she felt about her sister's death, even though she chose to play. » Read more

Nine Ways to Help Children to Cope With Loss and Grief

By Sally Sacks

The biggest problem children have in coping with their grief is the inattention and lack of awareness adults have in the need to talk about it, express all kinds of feelings around it, and to help children to find a way to compensate for the loss. » Read more

Bipolar Disorder in Children

By JustMommies

While it is considered normal for most children to have mood swings from time to time, some experience severe shifts in mood that are out of their control and exhibit such extreme behavior they are unable to function normally. These children might be suffering from bipolar disorder, which is also sometimes referred to as childhood, pediatric or early onset bipolar disorder or manic-depression. » Read more

What Children Fear Most These Days

In a media-saturated world, children nowadays worry about things that we didn’t have to – like the state of our precious planet and pollution. LiveScience reported on several studies done recently, which reveal that children are definitely not worry-free and deal with many more ominous issues. » Read more

The Ear Unit Study

In this unit study you will learn about the ear. This unit study is written for elementary school aged students. Included are vocabulary words, printables, and activity ideas to do with your student. You will learn a little about the anatomy of the ear and how the ear works. Use our unit study as a guide to help your student learn about the ear. » Read more

Creating, Maintaining and Presenting a Homeschool Portfolio

By Brenda Hoffman, www.yourhealthyfamilyhome.com

Many school districts now require homeschoolers to present portfolios showing their student's progress in an organized fashion. This is actually a very convenient method of recording whenever it is done properly. Here are some ideas on how to create, maintain, and present your homeschool portfolio for a successful assessment, evaluation and review. » Read more