Archive | August, 2012

Hot Topics for Parents — Giving Choices

Giving choices to kids is a great idea. It develops independence and self-esteem, and it teaches about making decisions, which is a critical-thinking skill. However, it’s important to keep in mind some guidelines for giving choices to kids.
Make sure the choices you offer are ones you can live with. Read More »

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Heads Up: Understanding Concussions, Part 1

It’s starting to feel a bit like fall – cooler mornings and a bit of that ‘snap’ in the air that makes autumn my favorite time of year. Fall also means it’s time for the football season to start again. But what comes with all that gridiron excitement? Read More »

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Benefits of Breastfeeding and Tips for New Moms

I want to take the opportunity to encourage all mothers to breastfeed. We are learning more and more about the benefits of breastfeeding, both for moms and babies. There are many advantages that formula just cannot duplicate, such as immune system support and reducing the odds of getting breast cancer. Read More »

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Hot Topics for Parents — Offering Positive Communication

Parenting is hard work! Using positive communication techniques can help direct your child to acceptable behavior.
Many parents confuse the terms “discipline” and “punishment.” Discipline comes from words like the Greek “disciplos,” which means “to teach” or Latin “disciplina,” which means “instruction.” Child discipline means teaching your child correct behavior. Read More »

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The Chubby Chapters: Starting a Journey to Fitness

Eight months. It seems so far away, but I know the time will fly by just as the last several years have. In June 2013, I will walk into the room at the Ramada in Mitchell, S.D. for my 30th high school class reunion (Go Kernels!), and I am dreading it. Read More »

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Not Just Your Grandparents’ Pertussis: Whooping Cough Today

What crosses your mind when you hear the words “whooping cough?” Perhaps you think it’s one of those diseases our grandparents had to worry about and is no longer relevant to us. Maybe you think it’s another one of those darn viruses that just has to pass on its own. Read More »

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