Childbirth

Mama Drama: Competition Quakes

Dear Mama Drama: My daughter, age 8, signed up for a team sport this summer. We counseled her about the level of commitment it would take and were assured that she was up to it, even eager for it. My daughter enjoys the practices but gets too nervous for the competitions! The first week she did it, but it took a lot of cajoling. She did feel good about it at the end. But the second week, no amount of cajoling would get her onto the field. What are your ideas on handling her commitment? If she quits mid-season, should we make her responsible for some of the fees we paid? How do we help her to have a stake in this, without it being seen as punishment? ~ Questionning Commitment (photo credit) Dear Questioning: Your daughter’s eagerness to join the team and actively engage in practices shows t...

Mama Drama: Food Fights

Dear Mama Drama: My five-year-old son used to eat a wide variety of foods, but now he will only eat a handful. I am concerned about him getting adequate nutrition and that we are constantly fighting over food. This is becoming a huge power struggle and is a nightmare for all of us. ~Food Fanatic (photo credit) Dear Fanatic: This is a frequent concern of many parents. Some children will eat anything and others are very finicky. Most children go through a picky phase at some point in their lives, but with time move past it. However, if your child has autism or other medical issues it will be important to consult with your medical practitioner or behavior specialist on how to handle this issue. Food intake is one of the few things children have complete control over as adults make most decisi...

It Takes a Village

My neighbors were quick to offer a cradle when we told them we were expecting. They had used it for their now grown children. It has been loaned to over a dozen families for the first months of many lives. My husband and I are next in line. These same neighbors also offered the gift of cooking food for us for two weeks after the baby is born. We do not look at their generosity as a gift horse. We have been extremely lucky in our pregnancy that not only our immediate neighbors but the community we have surrounded ourselves with in the last two years since moving to Colorado have embraced us and the life we are bringing into this world. These people are our village. It is not always easy to find a Colorado native in this landscape, so it seems many of us are without immediate family in this ...

The Children’s Hospital Q & A: Pet Allergies

Every month, Mile High Mamas features a Q & A from The Children’s Hospital on a different health topic. This month’s topic is all about living with pet allergies. Find out how to make your child’s allergies more bearable – without getting rid of your furry friend. If your child develops itchy eyes or begins to sneeze while around the family pet, he or she could be one of approximately 10 million people in the U.S. with pet allergies. How do I know it’s pet allergies? The first step if you suspect your child may have a pet allergy is to discuss his or her symptoms with your family physician or pediatrician, who can help decide if you should be referred to a pediatric allergy specialist. “Symptoms usually begin within minutes to an hour of exposure to a pet and commonly consist of itchy ...

Your kid is totally Mile High when…

1. She’s held Rosie. 2. He’s poured half a bottle of honey on a Casa Bonita sopapilla. 3. She skied before she lost her first tooth. 4. He’s endured stories of Elitches before it was Six Flags before it was Elitches. 5. One day, they are wearing shorts and romping at the park. The next school is cancelled because of a blizzard. 6. You have a debate whether the Wells Fargo building is a typewriter or a cash register. Then you have to explain what a typewriter is. 7. She’s colored in the bubbles on a CSAP test. 8. They’ve played Baby Doe (dead prostitute) or Alfred Packer (cannibal) in a school musical. 9. He wears Crocs with socks to church. 10. She knows how to pop her ears when driving over Vail Pass. 11. He’s toured the Coors brewery and asked very goo...

Make a Wish – CheckOff Colorado: Give Back to Colorado’s Kids When You File Your Taxes

The Make-A-Wish Foundation Founded in 1980, the foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The Colorado chapter was one of the first. Since being founded in 1983, the chapter has granted more than 3,300 wishes to eligible Colorado children. How does CheckOff Colorado work? Checkoff Colorado is a groundbreaking, collaborative, statewide public awareness campaign designed to raise awareness about check-off giving. That’s the program that allows taxpayers to make voluntary contributions to their favorite charitable organizations when they file their state income tax return. Based on the notion that “a rising tide lifts all boats,” the goals of CheckOff Colorado are simple ̵...

Children awake? They’re probably online

Children awake? They’re probably online By Tamar Lewin The New York Times (stock photo by mzacha) The average young American now spends practically every waking minute — except for the time in school using a smart phone, computer, television or other electronic device, according to a new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Those ages 8 to 18 spend more than seven and a half hours a day with such devices, compared with less than six and a half hours five years ago, when the study was last conducted. And that does not count the hour and a half that youths spend texting, or the half-hour they talk on their cell phones. And because so many of them are multitasking — say, surfing the Internet while listening to music — they pack on average nearly 11 hours of media content into that seven a...

Childhood depression a growing problem

Childhood depression a growing problem By Gregory Ramey Cox News Service Newspapers (stock photo by skaletto) Q: My 8-year-old son seems to have the perfect life, but he is unhappy and negative most of the time. He has two parents who love him, numerous friends, and achieves well in virtually everything he does. Is it possible for an 8-year-old to be depressed? A: The prevalence of depression among both children and adults appears to have increased 10- to 20-fold over the past 50 years. This is probably due to cultural factors and parenting style, rather than any genetic or biochemical causes. The response to your question is that childhood depression in 8-year-olds is not uncommon today. Consult with your physician about obtaining a referral to a mental health professional who specializes...

A Social Life? Can It Be Done? Really?

Recently a friend said to me that she envied how often I made it out and about socially. That she liked how my husband Bryan and I found time to do all the things we do with other people, either together, or out on our own. I have been thinking about what she said ever since, and wondering if we are really so different than others – or if we have just forced the issue? Are we selfish? Because we need time out for ourselves? Certainly that is not what my friend meant by her statement. But I am sure some people look at the amount of fraternizing we do and wonder. But I honestly don’t really care – unless it is my son or husband who care, that is. THAT is when I am out of balance and need to step back and find more family time. Otherwise – weeeeee! Let’s have fun...

Santa’s Footprints by the Fireplace

Santa, or St. Nick, visits our house early each year. It is a tradition in my family to celebrate St. Nicholas day on December 6th. Jolly Old St. Nick visits overnight and fills our stockings. Santa comes and just leaves a present under the tree on Christmas Eve. It’s a nice way to split up all of the loot and gives my girls a little holiday preview. I decided this year with all the snow on the ground, to have a little extra fun. I made St. Nick footprints from my front door (we don’t have a chimney) to our gas fireplace and stockings. To do this activity, you will need fake snow, or Insta-Snow powder found at SteveSpanglerScience.com, craft stores and all over this time of year. Imitation snow comes in a dry, powder form. It fluffs up and becomes wet and cold when water is added. It feels...

Welcome to Imagination Soup!

Welcome to your vacation destination. If you’re anything like me, you’re not going to the Bahamas for three months, you don’t have the time to be crafty, you don’t read Martha Stewart Living, and you think kids might be able to live on Mac and Cheese, especially if it’s organic. What to do over the summer with those cute children who are home all day? Worry no more! I post easy (emphasis on easy) ideas to do with your children that involve fun, learning, and creativity – and if at all possible, independent of an adult. My posts should make you say, “Oh, I can do this! Easy.” I am a writer, a teacher and a mom, who knows how those long summer days can be crazy-making. I hope, a few ideas from my blog will get you through. And, . . . maybe you won’t worry ...

Guinea boy—My son’s adventures as a medical study participant

It wasn’t my idea. When a doctor at National Jewish Hospital mentioned one of our sons was a good candidate for an asthma research study they were conducting, my first instinct was to think no and no and no. But I listened out of the corner of my ear while trying to think of a good excuse why my boy wouldn’t be theirs to experiment on. I was envisioning mysterious pills, bizarre side-effects, and people in white coats clutching clipboards and jotting notes as my son drank foggy Frankensteinian elixirs. Then, they’d feed him a Hot Wheels fruit snack and say “Good boy.” Not my kid, thank you. She told us the study would investigate medicines which were already FDA approved, on the market for years, and used daily by thousands of people—including my son. Th...