Q. When is a perfect time for your child’s first account?
A. As children get older, they become more interested in their allowance – they might even start a lemonade stand with friends or some other small business in order to save up for a new toy or fun experience. In turn, summer marks the perfect time to establish your child’s first account. It is never too early to start teaching your child about financial responsibility. Your local bank is a great place to introduce the importance of managing money to your future saver. No matter their age, you can establish a minor savings account for your child and provide a wonderful foundation for financial literacy.
Daniel Cahill, Vice President | North Dallas Bank and Trust Co. | Member FDIC | www.ndbt.com
Q. When should I bring my child to the dentist for the first time?
A. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends finding a dental home within the first year of life. The point of these early visits is to familiarize the child to the dental setting, coach parents on brushing and flossing techniques, and discuss healthy food options and to identify dental problems early. As pediatric dentists, our focus is prevention. If we can help a child avoid dental procedures (such as fillings, crowns, extractions) and have a lifetime of well visits, we would feel we have accomplished much. Some procedures are necessary and unavoidable. For example, some children are born with tongue or lip ties (frenums) that interfere with eating, speech and our smile and require surgical intervention. We are happy to now offer laser frenectomies.
Dr. Ashley Ramsey, DDS | My Kidz Mouth Dental www.mykidzdental.com
Q. How long should tummy time last?
A. From infancy, it is very important that babies get plenty of tummy time throughout the day. We typically recommend a minimum of one hour each day. To make this a great experience for both you and your baby, try breaking it into short 5-10 minute increments throughout the day. Remember, tummy time doesn’t have to be done only on the floor; you can also do tummy time on your lap or even your chest. We encourage tummy time because it helps to strengthen the muscles in a child’s neck and back, which are used to hold their head up. These muscles are also instrumental in allowing your child the strength to sit and crawl. If you feel your child is struggling in any of these areas, a pediatric therapist can help!
Amy Denton, CEO/Owner | www.pediatricsplus.com
Q. We’re thinking of moving soon. Any advice on what we can do to get top dollar for our house?
A. There are definitely some things you can do to make this happen. Plan ahead and pick a realtor who will work with you and plan everything out. Call them to come preview your property. Start with the curb appeal and what can be done outside because if the buyer falls in love with the home from the outside, they will forgive some of the must haves on the inside. Less is more so work on relieving yourself of all the items you have gathered over the years and send to charity. Take a look at what paint and changing a few light fixtures can do. A professional stager can rearrange and repurpose what’s left. Having a plan works. A realtor can help.
Roxann Taylor, | Engel & Völkers Dallas Southlake www.dallas.evusa.com