Q. What should I do to make sure my child is nutritionally prepared for school?
A. Research shows breaking an overnight fast with a balanced meal can make a major difference in overall health and well-being, especially for children and teens. Eating a smart breakfast can help improve behavior and school performance. On the other hand, skipping breakfast is a no-brainer, quite literally. When children skip breakfast, their brains and bodies suffer all day long. Get your kids started on the nutrition fast track to a high-energy, health-smart day with tasty, filling breakfast options.
Visit www.EatRight.org for more information
Q. My son, Nick loved his teacher and class last year, but hasn’t connected this year.
A. For our kids, having a new teacher (or teachers) every fall is similar to us getting a new boss and being on a new team once a year. The most helpful thing you, as Nick’s mom, can do is listen to his concerns and respond empathetically. “She’s not funny like Ms. Crystal.” (You miss laughing.) “There’s no comfortable place for reading.” (Those soft couches were nice.) Ray sits on the other side of the room. (It’s hard to be separated.) “Recess is after lunch.” (That’s a bummer, you like a break in the morning.) “There are too many rules” (It’s hard to know what to do all the time.) Empathy goes a long way in Nick feeling understood by you, especially because you can’t change his class.
JoAnn Schauf | yourtweenandyou.com
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