Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Having a dog, cat or other animal in the family is not only fun, it can be therapeutic, too, Royal Oak mom and psychotherapist says.
Children of all ages love animals. Whether it's at the local zoo or in their story books, they see them all around, but one of the first places children may see animal is in their own home. According to a National Pet Owners Survey of 2011/2001 62 percent of homes in the United States have pets. That's an estimated 72.9 milion homes. What are the benefits to children growing up with pets? Here are five examples from Megan Gunnell, co-director and psychotherapist at Center for Creative Living in Royal Oak: 1. Comfort: Pets provide comfort to a child. "When a child feels angry, sad, afraid or disconnected, a pet can be a dependable, loyal source of security and comfort for him or her," Gunnell said. The pet becomes a safe outlet for …
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
How much is too much — or too little?
The first day of school is a month away, and with the countdown comes letters asking parents to sign up to help in their child's classroom. According to the National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education, parent involvement is important. When parents get involved, the coalition says, "students do better in school and in life, parents become empowered, teacher morale improves, schools get better, and communities grow stronger." The West Bloomfield High School PTO is looking to fill a couple of open positions this year. In addition, "Bleed for the Band," a blood drive sponsored by the WBHS Marching Band and the American Red Cross, takes place at Abbott Middle School Friday from 2-8 p.m. How much do you volunteer every year for your …
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
The transition from middle school to high school isn't always easy. Share things parents should be discussing with the new freshman.
The West Bloomfield School District resumes classes on Sept. 7, which means many students (and parents) will be using August to prepare for school. Many students, who said goodbye to middle school in June, will be making the transition to West Bloomfield High School in six weeks. The transition from middle school to high school isn't always easy. Freshman will join a pool of older students. Peer pressure may escalate and maintaining good grades will be important because the next transition is usually college. So, how can a parent help a child prepare for high school? What are some things a parent should bring up in "the talk?" Join the conversation in the comments section below.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
According to the Associated Press, Egalia, a preschool in Sweden, has implemented a genderless philosophy. What do you think?
Each week in Moms Talk, our Moms Council of experts and smart moms take your questions, give advice and share solutions. West Bloomfield Patch invites you and your circle of friends to help build a community of support for mothers and their families here in West Bloomfield. According to an Associated Press report dated June 27, Egalia, a preschool in Sweden, has implemented a genderless philosophy. The taxpayer-funded school for children ages 1-6 years features a staff who avoid using words like "him" or "her" and address the 33 kids as "friends" rather than girls and boys, according to the report. "At Egalia — the title connotes 'equality' — boys and girls play together with a toy kitchen, waving plastic utensils and pretending to cook. …
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Here's what the talk was in our Moms Talk forums this week, from how the "I (heart) Boobies!" campaign is perceived to tips for getting one's body back after childbirth. Join the conversation!
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Would you let your son wear pink nail polish? Claire Brown Steele: "This is exactly why I think that we should embrace our child's decisions with their interests such as sports, clothes, etc. (unless their interests will hurt themselves or others). What will we be teaching them if we don't support them? They will only feel that what they like is wrong and that, in turn, something is wrong with them." What do you put in an Easter basket? (Clawson, Royal Oak) Staci B: "I usually do some sort of activity or coloring book. Maybe some new markers or paints. Sometimes a book or a movie. I put a little bit of candy in there, but not much." Kimberly Middlewood: "I like to stay away from the candy ... there's alot you can do without candy. Activity…
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Every week, moms and others contribute their thoughts and ideas to Moms Talk. Here's a roundup of what moms around southeast Michigan had to say this week.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
When should you talk to your kids about drugs? Kristal Tinsler said: "My son is 6,and we already talk to him about drugs, they are never to young in my opinion.....My sister, who is 16 and also lives with us, goes to Lakeland, and it is sad, the kids call it bakeland because there are so many drugs that flow through that school, I can not even begin to understand how they let it go on! I know they cannot watch every kid, all day, but come on, they don't even enforce the dress code, so I don't believe they enforce ANY of the rules!" Mary Smith said: "It is my opinion parents are a huge problem to what is going on at Lakeland (not all parents) but there are many parents out there that think their kids do no wrong. At times I see it in my …
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
West Bloomfield parents discuss teaching their children about money this week.
Each week in Moms Talk, our Moms Council of experts and smart moms take your questions, give advice and share solutions. West Bloomfield Patch invites you and your circle of friends to help build a community of support for mothers and their families in West Bloomfield. We want to know the urgent topics at hand — never mind gossip — so that we can better our parenting community. This week, we noticed a link between three different variables: children, money and teaching. Gov. Rick Snyder’s $45 billion budget plan released Feb. 17 includes $1.2 billion in permanent spending cuts that would cut spending for public schools. Meanwhile, contract negotiations between the West Bloomfield School district and its teachers union reached the point of …