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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. Studies have shown that malnourished
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Apnea in Children

By JustMommies staff

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.
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Back to School Brain Boosters

By Kymythy R. Schultze

When your child’s verbal loop switches from “I’m bored, there’s nothing to do” to “I don’t wanna go to school!” you know the time has come to do your parental duty and properly prepare them for another academic year. You’ll buy them notebooks, backpacks, pencils and books. But, are
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Bipolar Disorder in Children

By JustMommies staff

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
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Birthday Party Ideas for Girls

By JustMommies staff

Thinking of birthday party ideas for girls? Sometimes just two words will do: dress up! You can decide on a single theme like Princesses or Superheroes or gather up a big pile of glamorous goodies for the girls to choose from – let their imaginations run free, and the birthday party will pretty much
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Bullying: How a Parent Can Help

By JustMommies staff

Bullying is an enormous problem in our schools. The impact of being bullied carries on far into adulthood. It is not something that you can just ignore and hope will go away. Many people think that kids need to get a thicker skin or toughen up; perhaps, these people have never been through the experience
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Common Vision Disorders in Children

By JustMommies staff

According to a 1991-1994 CDC study of metropolitan Atlanta area children, approximately 9 in every 10,000 children ages 3 to 10 have low vision or blindness. Two thirds of the children had other disabilities besides having vision impairment. The World Health Organization defines low vision as a visual
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Creating, Maintaining and Presenting a Homeschool Portfolio

By Brenda Hoffman

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
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Ear Infections

By JustMommies staff

The thought of your child wincing in pain or tugging at her ear is enough to upset any mother. Ear infections are one of the most common illnesses seen in children. Up to 3/4 of children will have experienced an ear infection by the age of three. (NIDCD, 2004) What are symptoms of a middle ear infection
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Eczema in Children

By Rebecca Pillar

Eczema is a scary sounding word used to describe skin inflammation -- also known as dermatitis. It is important to understand that eczema is not contagious. Although eczema is most common in children under two -- children, adolescents and some adults do tend to have flare ups. The most common form of
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