Back to School Safety Tips

For many children in our area, next Tuesday marks the first day back to school! Although this is a very exciting time of year for all, there are a few things that we all need to be reminded about to help ensure that heading back to school is safe for all.

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Off to Big Kids’ School: Preparing for Kindergarten

“I’m a little graduate

Aren’t you proud of me?

I know my numbers and ABCs

I made lots of friends and had fun, too

Now, I’m off to big kids’ school!”

The sweet little ditty my son Benjamin and his classmates sang at junior-K graduation, to the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot,” was enough to turn this mama into an emotional puddle. (And don’t even get me started on the caps and gowns.)

I blinked, and five years just flew by. Our baby boy is (proudly) off to kindergarten.

Soon, we’ll be scouring Target and Amazon to check off our list of supplies, and loading up the Kylo Ren backpack. As summer begins and we prepare for The Big Day around the bend, two big questions loom in my heart and my mind: Read more

Ten Ways to Win the Homework Battle

The school year is just getting started, and hopefully your child has developed a good routine for homework. If they have not, now is the time to make changes and establish good habits. Parents of my patients have shared some of the skirmishes they’ve experienced, and as I tell them, “You are not alone.”

If you battle over homework, or your child struggles to get assignments completed in time, consider taking a look at his or her homework routine to see how it can be improved. By taking an active interest in their homework, the battle can be less severe or even eliminated. You are showing kids that what they do is important, and, furthermore, you’re helping them develop habits and skills that will help them throughout their lives. Here are some tips to guide the way: Read more

Is Your Child Well Enough for School?

As kids return to school, chances are you’ll start to encounter runny noses and sore throats. As a parent, you’re often faced with the decision as to whether your child is well enough to go to school.

Before making such a decision, parents should consider how their child will be able to function in class, and if they are a danger to the other students.

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Social Media in Schools

Social media in schoolsMany schools have been in the news for negative things (televised fights, threats of violence, inappropriate relationships between teachers and students, etc.), but Madison schools just made the news for some innovation.  Four Madison schools (2 middle and 2 high schools) are piloting a program that shuts down free Wi-Fi access to certain social media apps (including Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and more) during school hours. Don’t worry- the students will still be able to access school email through their devices and be able to communicate with family in emergency situations. The goal of this program is to see if grades, student behavior, and school safety improve with fewer online distractions.  Interesting, can I do the same while teens are in my clinic?

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