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Best Classroom Behavior Chart

Everyone wants to see their kid succeed in the classroom, so receiving complaints about your kid’s classroom behavior can be a real downer.

 

free download classroom behavior chart

 

When I received phone calls from my first grader’s teacher that my son was disrupting the class I knew I would have to be proactive.

I spoke to my friend who was going through a similar situation with her daughter, and she described a classroom behavior chart she was using which was working out really well. Read more

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3 Ways to Relieve Stress During Homework Time

Homework has to be the bane of parenting a school age child.

We all know the stress it can bring to our evenings!  What can we do to change that?

 

how to decrease homework stress

 

I have two school-age kids.  One does his homework on his own, and the other needs to be sat down with a parent helping him.

Everyone’s experienced it:  Your kid is not interested in sitting down to do his homework, and when you make him he just can’t focus and get it done.

The frustration is slowly (or rapidly) building. Read more

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Treating Molluscum: What Worked and What Didn’t

When I discovered my daughter had Molluscum, I knew I was in for a long haul.

Besides being unsightly, Molluscum can be really difficult to treat.  Molluscum are small wartlike pimples that usually grow in clusters.

My daughter was four when she first developed Molluscum on her right knee.

 

Treating Molluscum

 

My friend told me her pediatrician had told her to prick them with a pin and then squeeze them out.  She told me she traumatized her kids doing that but it worked.

I knew this wasn’t worth traumatizing my daughter over. Read more

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8 Things to Know when Caring for a Sick Child in the Hospital

Having a child in the hospital can be very challenging.

The following are 8 tips for parents caring for a child in the hospital, from a former pediatric staff nurse:

 Child in hospitalImage courtesy of Sura Nualpradid at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

1) It’s in your child’s best interest if a parent or family/friend stays with them at all times.

The nurse may have at least 6 other patients besides your child, and will not be able to play with them and keep them company when they are upset or bored.

 

2) Taking shifts is really important.

Only one parent should be there at a time so that you will each get a break.
Staying over in the hospital can be exhausting, so see if family and friends are able to pick up a shift. Read more

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How Tubes Saved My Son From Hearing Loss

Unsure whether to follow your ENT’s advice to place tubes in your child’s ears?

It is always a scary decision to place your child under anesthesia, no matter the procedure.

I want to share my experience in the hopes it will help mothers feel more comfortable following the advice of their child’s ENT to have tubes inserted when recommended.

My son has had tubes inserted in his ears three times, and I have no regrets having them done.

 

myringotomy

 Image courtesy of Sura Nualpradid at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

My son had his first ear infection at 3 months of age.  He had fluid in his ears sporadically since, and when he was 2 years old he had his first set of tubes placed.

In medical terminology, ear tube placement is called a Myringotomy.

Half a year later his tubes fell out, and then over the next few years he had fluid in his ears on and off, including several rounds of antibiotics to try and clear it. Read more

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What Pediatricians Should Know Before Speaking to their Patients

Has it ever happened to you?

You bring your kid to the doctor and they just start talking to you like your kid’s not there.

 

This post is addressed to all pediatricians out there:

Pediatricians remember: Kids hear what you are saying and understand a lot of what you tell their parents.

 

 

Pediatrician and patient
Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

When my son was 6 years old, he was really short.

My pediatrician began to discuss his height with us, and told us in a very serious manner that my son’s height doesn’t even plot on the charts, and that he would like to send him for further tests to rule out any abnormalities.

He proceeded to refer him to an endocrinologist for a wrist scan to check his bone age. Read more

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