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February is Children’s Dental Health Month and I am featuring the fun and engaging kids dental products from Firefly. Firefly is not just about standard toothbrushes and rinses, they are about effective products that form lifelong Healthy Kids Dental Habit Tips.
Every Monday on the Tips Page at Firefly you can get a new tip that helps encourage your child to want to brush properly as well as reminders on exactly what the proper kids brushing routine should be. Tips such as:
Our bathroom has plenty of Firefly products because they are engaging and my son loves using them. When the tools they need to brush, rinse and floss are in fun characters and are interactive, it makes brushing time a bit more enticing. My son has character rinse and loves his Lightsaber Star Wars tooth brushes. The timed toothbrushes light up for 2 full minutes so the kids know when to stop brushing. Look for your Firefly products at retailers near you.
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by: Kimberly K. Schmidt
Author and retired nurse, Kimberly K. Schmidt wrote Hen House to be the first book of farm animal characters in the Adventures at Grayson Farms series for kids ages 8-11. Freckles is a plain white chicken who takes your child on an adventure about why being different can be a good thing. You will meet his friends and find his courage along the story line. There are illustrations within this chapter book as well.
The book starts off:
Choosing the Right Book for Your Child
Kimbelry graciously offers her tips on choosing the right book for your child and I put them below. “The kids are my best critics. I pay very close attention to them during a reading. Do they listen attentively? Do they lose interest? Kids are the best critics as they are very honest.”- Kimbelry K. Scmidt
You can learn more about the Author and see all of her books at http://www.kimberlykbooks.com/
As soon as your child hits school age, it is typically a daily homework assignment for your child to read 20 minutes minimum a night. I have been reading to my son every night since he was an infant. He is now 8 and we read before bed still. As soon as he could talk at a very young age, I would take a letter and sound it out as I came across it in a book. I would have him repeat it with me until he would see that letter on a page and say it AND sound it. By 3 he could recognize 2 letter words so I would stop reading and let him read those on his own. It kept him learning letter sounds as a toddler and kept him focus on the story too.
Whether you are reading to a toddler or a third grader, there are ways to construct reading time in a way that will help your child tremendously excel in reading and comprehension with these teaching tips.
My son reading at 4 years old-Preschool
As you read with your child, stop to ask questions. You should ask questions before, during and after the story. This may sound like a chore, but in order for them to create an image and connect with the physical book as well as the story, they need to look beyond the words on a page. The younger the reader, the less questions and the older the reader the more in depth you can get.
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Before you start reading a new book, you can ask:
While you read, you can ask:
At the end of the book, you might ask:
My favorite books by age (below may contain affiliate links):
Tell me, what is your child’s favorite book right now?
When a teen goes through a traumatic experience, the impacts can often be seen for a long time. Traumas can ingrain themselves inside the teen, and live there for a long time. This trauma may then impact how the teen is living their life – whether it be their mood, their physical health, or their mental health. If a teenager you know has been through a traumatic experience, there are some signs that you can look for that will hint at the problem remaining unresolved. By noticing these signs you can better assist the teen, and lead them towards the help that they need.
Responding To Triggers
One sure sign that a teen is still dealing with the effects of a trauma is their reaction to triggers. A trigger can be anything – a sight, a sound, a smell – that was present at the time of the trauma. Experiencing this sight/sound/smell again brings their mind back to the moment of the trauma, and all of the feelings associated with it come rising back up to the surface. If you notice the teenager is being triggered by certain smells, sounds or sights, then there is a good chance this sensation is associated with a traumatic experience in their minds.
Difficulty At School
Another sign of teen trauma is if they are suddenly doing poorly in school. If the teen once had high marks, and now their school work is suffering, this is usually a sign that something is not right. Of course, most students at some point will have difficult with a subject or two throughout their academic careers, but if you begin to notice a pattern, or it is taking place in more than one subject, you should take a closer look to see if something changed them. It is also a good idea to speak with their teachers to see if they have noticed a drop in performance or a change of behavior in class.
The inability to fall asleep at night, or to stay asleep, is a common sign of a traumatic experience. While you may not notice if your teen is staying up into the late hours of the night, you should be able to see if they are experiencing a lack of sleep. Teens who are consistently tired throughout the day, or who tend to sleep in all day on the weekends, might be having trouble falling asleep at night. As with their performance in school, some change in a sleep schedule is common among teens. They tend to stay up later, and don’t always go to bed when they should. While over sleeping or being tired during the day are not always signs of a trauma, they can at least be a warning sign to be on the lookout for others.
Many traumatic experiences will cause a person to experience anxiety afterward. Anxiety is when your mind tells your body that you are in physical danger, even though you are not. While many people experience at least a small amount of anxiety in everyday situations – such as public speaking, social settings, or during athletics – if it gets to the point that it is impacting the quality of life, then something should be done. Anxiety that is left untreated can have a snowball effect, and grow worse as time goes on.
Lastly, depression is another common symptom for those who have gone through a trauma. Depression has many of the same symptoms listed above – trouble sleeping, sleeping too much, anxiety, trouble in school, a lack of interest in hobbies, and moodiness. A teen suffering from depression may outwardly act like everything is fine, meaning extra attention must be paid to spot warning signs. Here is a complete list of things to look for in someone you suspect may have depression.
What To Do
If you notice any of the above warning signs in a teen, it is a good idea to try and talk with them. If the teen will not talk with you, try to refer them to a professional counselor who will be able to work through the trauma with them. The longer the conditions go untreated, the harder they will be to fix in the future. Be on the lookout for any of the signs mentioned above, and if you suspect a teen is having trouble because of a traumatic event, try to get them the assistance they need.