As parents, we want our children to always succeed. However, we also know that children need to learn from their mistakes or failures. When a child knows that they are loved and supported by their parents, even mistakes and failures can be seen as part of life. Knowing that even you have made mistakes …Continue reading this post
More than 3 million children age 14 and younger are injured in accidents at home each year. Falls are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries to this age group. Fire, suffocation, drowning, choking, firearms and poisoning are among the leading causes for more than 2,000 accidental deaths each year. …Continue reading this post
There are two “must do’s” every parent should be aware of when it comes to their children and boating safety:
- Make sure your child wears a life jacket properly.
- Actively supervise your children on the boat.
Drowning causes nearly three-fourths of boating accident deaths each year. On average, 84 percent of these victims were not using a life jacket. …Continue reading this post
It’s a warm summer day and you’re at the pool with your kids. Your cell phone rings and you answer it, shifting focus from your kids to the phone conversation. Good idea? Not at all. It could even be deadly. Most kids were under an adult’s supervision just before they drowned.
Active supervision is the most important precaution for drowning. A supervised child is in sight at all times …Continue reading this post
Where did the time go? This is what we as parents ask ourselves as our child turns 18. An adult – no way – but not a child either. The new adult often feels empowered, anxious to make decisions, and to determine their own course. For example, having to sign a release of information to allow mom and/or dad to talk to the doctor is a real eye opener for both the adult child and for parents.
As in all of life, adulthood is not an event but a process that starts way before age 18. By slowly giving and trusting your child with age-appropriate responsibilities, turning 18 becomes just another step in growing up. However, there are some big time legal changes that all teens need to be aware of. Below is a short list of suggested discussion points about adult rights and responsibilities. Good Luck!
- You are legally responsible for your actions – please think before you act.
- You can own things; a car, a credit card – money is needed to pay for these things.
- You can vote – a right many other countries do not have.
- If you break the law you will pay the fine or perhaps go to jail.
- Risk taking behavior is part of early adulthood – be aware.
- I am here to help you make good choices – I will listen.
The State of Wisconsin Bar Association is revising its publication, On Being 18. You can currently only find it on-line.
~ Darcia Behrens, LCSW, supervisor/clinician, Family Services, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
For most families, it’s difficult to change daily routines and lifestyle habits to be healthier. NEW Kids at the Y teaches parents how to stick with lifestyle changes and improve the health of all family members. Starting and sticking with a program long enough to affect change is much more likely when you get quality information and motivational support.
The program empowers families to become healthier by teaching them to:
- Become smart grocery shoppers.
- Adjust serving sizes.
- Choose healthier snacks and beverages.
- Increase activity and play time.
Kids look to their parents to be role models in all aspects of life. When parents make good decisions and take steps to improve their health, it’s a great example for their children.
NEW Kids at the Y is a great partnership between Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee. The program is offered at the following YMCA centers:
South Shore YMCA: Thursdays from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
West Suburban YMCA: Wednesdays from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Northside YMCA: Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Tri-County YMCA: Wednesdays from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Feith Family Ozaukee YMCA: Mondays from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
For more information about enrolling in the NEW Kids at the Y Program, contact Stephanie Navarre at (414) 274-0832.
~ Erin Ruenger, YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee
As the weather gets warmer, kids are eager to play outside. Help protect your children with these helpful tips.
What you use
- Wear a helmet if you are moving faster than you can run (scooters, skateboards, bikes and rollerblades). Certain sports require styles of helmets that meet sport-specific risks.
- Wear wrist guards with any skating activity.
- Wear protective eyewear with any racquet or paintball activity.
- Wear a mouth guard for sports including football, martial arts, volleyball, soccer and skateboarding.
Learn more about bicycling, in-line skating and skateboarding safety and injury prevention tips here. You can buy safety helmets at the Emergency Department/Trauma Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin for $10 to $15. Care partners will size and fit the helmet for your child. No appointment is necessary. Get directions here.
What you drink
Drinking plenty of water is especially important in hot weather. It can prevent cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends these guidelines for proper fluid intake:
- Drink 16 ounces of fluid two hours before exercise.
- On warmer days, drink an additional 8 to 16 ounces of fluid 30 to 60 minutes before exercise.
- Drink fluids regularly during exercise.
Where you play
- Ensure safe surroundings from traffic or other people.
- Check for clear, clean and safe areas (free of glass or debris).
- Wear proper sun protection when you are outside, even on cloudy days (protective clothing, hats, long sleeves and sunscreen of at least 15 SPF).
For more information about youth sports safety, visit the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation website.
~ Stacy Stolzman, MPT, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
School’s out and summer camps, vacations, play dates, barbeques and picnics are here. While a lot of fun, these events can be difficult if your child has food allergies.
Do your homework. Plan ahead for activities and camps that your child will be attending. Contact the person in charge of the event as soon as you sign your child up. Tell him or her about your child’s food allergies. Ask about how they handle kids with food allergies. Ask …Continue reading →
Summer vacation is here. Without the pressures of school, many kids spend their days riding bikes, eating ice cream and going swimming with friends. One of the best things about summer vacation is having a break from the structure and order of school.
At the same time, structure and order help put parameters around our lives. It helps us know when to get up in the morning, when to go to bed at night, when to eat and how to spend our time.
During the summer, some kids become more active. Others spend their days conquering new video games, spraining their thumbs while texting and updating their social networking sites. Some kids wander in and out of the kitchen, finding new things to eat. Others get so busy they forget to eat meals. This lack of structure can create an environment where kids can find themselves in a world of weight loss trouble.
During summer vacation, parents should set their children up for success. Set a bedtime, wake-up time, schedule of daily activities and a menu. This structure will help children make significant strides in managing their weight, even while enjoying summer vacation.
~ Brian Fidlin, PsyD, director, NEW (Nutrition, Exercise and Weight Management) Kids Program
For families with more than one child, sibling rivalry is bound to become a source of frustration for parents from time to time. Sibling rivalry stems from a child’s need for security. Our children need to know where they “fit” in the family structure. They need to know that they are loved and valued, by us and their brothers and sisters.
Sibling rivalry is a normal, natural, an inevitable part of growing up. The good news is that rivalry is important to a child’s development. When managed effectively, rivalry can teach children problem-solving and cooperation skills.
What parents can do:
- Don’t expect your children to get along all the time. They won’t.
- Don’t place undue blame on one child over another. Often we have no way to know who did what to whom along the way. Don’t be drawn into the role of judge and jury.
- Turn the tables on your children to solve the problem. Ask each child to share one way they might solve the problem or make the situation better. After each child has shared their idea, ask them to come up with one more idea. Typically one child will agree to the other child’s idea.
- We can never appear amused or flattered by your children’s competition for attention.
- Keep household rules consistent for all children and develop additional age-appropriate expectations.
- Don’t play favorites.
- Most important, as adults in the household we need to be on the same page with the above tips.
~ Darcia Behrens, LCSW, Supervisor/Clinician, Medical Social Work Program, Family Services Department, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin