Month: March 2011

Five things parents can do to help an anxious child

While a trip to Disney World is an event that is celebrated by most children, for 9-year-old Ann, it was an ordeal to be tolerated. She became anxious and started to sweat whenever she was in a crowded area. Ann refused to go on most of the rides. She was reluctant to eat food that was different from what her mom typically prepared. Ann wasn’t a bad kid. She got outstanding grades in school, rarely misbehaved and practiced the piano for hours without being told. However, Ann has experienced severe anxiety for the past two years. Her behavior during the Disney trip convinced the parents to seek psychological help. Anxiety in moderation is a normal and healthy response, but can be incapacitating when excessive. For some children,

Your opinion: Do you pay your kids for good grades?

Paying your kids for good grades is like paying them to grow and learn and you can’t put a price on that. The hard work that goes into getting good grades is a hard-earned life lesson. Kids learn accountability and responsibility from their grades; good or bad. In most cases, grades are a direct reflection of efforts and when kids work hard and do their homework they get good grades. When they slack off, fall behind and don’t do homework the result is bad grades. I think paying kids for good grades teaches them a

Backyard chickens’ popularity catches on

At Jeremiah Gregg’s grandmother’s house in Kansas, 25 or so chickens would mill about the yard as the kids helped pull weeds in the garden. The Highlands Ranch resident looks back fondly on those childhood memories and wanted to give his own kids the same experience. So two weeks ago, Gregg and his family became the owners of week-old chicks. “They are just perfect pets,” Gregg said. “They follow the kids around and make those nice barnyard sounds. So far, it’s been magical.” Raising chickens in suburban backyards has been increasing in popularity, said Jamie Noebel, community relations manager for the Highlands Ranch Community Association. “We have fielded dozens of phone calls about it,” she said. “People are kind of going back ...

Nickelodeon launches anti-bullying campaign

NEW YORK—The popular children’s television network Nickelodeon is the latest voice to raise awareness of digital bullying.

Doctors warn about Facebook use and teen depression

CHICAGO — Add “Facebook depression” to potential harms linked with social media, an influential doctors group warns, referring to a condition it says may affect troubled teens who obsess over the online site.

Burt’s Bees founder wants to donate national park

TOWNSHIP 3, RANGE 8, Maine—Maine sportsmen were outraged when Roxanne Quimby, the conservation-minded founder of Burt’s Bees cosmetics, bought up tens of thousands of acres of Maine’s fabled North Woods—and had the audacity to forbid hunters, loggers, snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles on the expanses.

Scientifically Speaking: Event Round-up for Science & Nature Lovers!

ONGOING EVENTS Winter nature program “Critter Scene Investigation,” a program for kids and adults, led by Volunteer Naturalists, will be on select snowy mornings when conditions are good for tracking animals at Devil’s Backbone Open Space, Horsetooth Mountain Open Space and Eagle’s Nest Open Space. Participants will receive e-mail notification the night before a program is to be held with details on where to meet and what to bring. This interactive program explores animal behaviors and basic tracking skills. Register: e-mail Rob Novak at [email protected] or call 970-679-4561. Nature notes club The Larimer County Natural Resources Nature

Colorado schools are beginning to write off cursive

Twenty-three second-graders file into Virginia Edwards’ technology classroom at Grant Ranch School, take a seat at their iMacs, pull on headphones and launch a program whose graphics and audio prompts teach them crucial keyboarding skills. Gradually, the staccato tapping of their fingers will supplant the graceful curves of what once stood as an academic rite of passage: cursive handwriting. In an increasingly paperless world, and with ever-greater student-performance demands in core subjects, state standards have gone silent on cursive. In Colorado schools where it is still taught, the time devoted to its practice generally has diminished, although pockets of avid supporters still enthusiastically defend its

Mother’s Day and How Guys Give Gift Giving a Bad Wrap

As you know, this coming weekend is Mother’s Day. Ha! OK, if you’re a man, you can stop gnashing your teeth and projectile sweating. That was what we who write professional-level humor columns call a “joke.” If you didn’t find it funny, it must be because you are not a professional. Mother’s Day is many weeks off, so you have plenty of time to procrastinate. But eventually you’re going to have to purchase a gift, which means you’re going to have to wrap it. For me, the most indispensable tool for wrapping presents is a wife. However, for times (such as Mother’s Day) when you have to give a gift to the wife in question, you’ll be forced to wrap the thing yourself, which is why man was born with a) opposable thumbs and b) gift bags....

Encouraging reluctant kids to get fit

As any parent knows, it can be a struggle to pull your child away from the TV, laptop, iPad, iPod or iDon’tWantTo…You get the point, especially when the weather outside is foul. However, we can all agree that physical activity is good for kids. My third grade daughter loves romping on the playground at school and wrestling the teenaged exchange student who is living with us this year — although the bigger of the two girls doesn’t always appreciate being tackled – and sometimes kissed – by a passionate 8-year-old. While that is all great,  it can be a struggle to get her on her bicycle,  kick a soccer ball  or even  join an organized sports team. (In full disclosure, it’s tough for me sometimes to muster up the motivation to get some exercise when I could stay home, drink ...

Mamas Night Out at the Children’s Hospital (and enter to win 30 of Qdoba’s Mini Street Tacos)

Most of us are familiar with The Children’s Hospital of Denver’s top-notch medical services. On Thursday, Mile High Mamas met at the hospital to learn about how moms like you can significantly impact the landscape of Colorado’s public policies. We also dined on Qdoba Mexican Grill’s new Mini Street Tacos. Nothing like changing the world one Mama’s Night Out at a time. Advocacy Program Have you ever gone to bat for your child when there was a problem at school? If so, you already know about being an advocate. The hospital’s advocacy efforts rely on the strength and action of The Children’s Hospital Grassroots Advocacy Network. They are looking for people like you who care about kids’ well-being and want to make a difference. Over four thousand...

Literally Growing With Obermeyer’s Innovative I-Grow System

What are we up to this spring break?  Skiing with Obermeyer! A leader in durable winter wear, Obermeyer brand ski gear is making an impression with ultimately functional, current, chic fashions designed for serious outdoor enthusiasts looking to play hard in style.  This company’s ‘I-Grow’ system for children is pure engineering genius, sure to be a trend-setting epidemic for the outdoor sport apparel industry and the answer to the inevitable ankle revealing high-water dilemma faced by mothers with sprouting youngsters – the question is, what are we going to do with all those extra bricks? More For Less With Obermeyer’s ‘I-Grow’ system, your children can make use of their quality snow gear for more than one season, which is vitally important to those of us looking to dress our family on a ...