Even the best behaved kids have bad habits.
“There’s no such thing as a bad kid,” says Nicole Florence, MD, an internal medicine physician and pediatrician with Memorial Physician Services-Koke Mill, part of Memorial Health System. “There might be bad choices, but every kid is a good kid.”
Dr. Florence spoke to Ray Lytle recently on radio station WTAX’s Ask The Expert program about some of the bad habits that even your little angel can get into–and how parents should handle them. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s a moment 18 years in the making—sending your child off to college with all the emotions at full throttle. Joy! Sadness! Excitement! Fear! So much to do—so little time!
Cynthia Mester, PhD, LCPC with Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois, offers one big piece of advice to parents: be prepared.
“For the student and parent, it’s a new environment, new expectations, new freedoms and new ways of thinking about life,” Mester said. “The best way to minimize the stress and maximize the potential for positive adjustment is to be prepared.”
She recommends that parents think through the following topics and then make time for brief constructive conversations with their kids before college departure. Read the rest of this entry »
If you grew up with a sibling, chances are you had some form of competition with one another. You wanted to be smarter, better, faster or stronger. It’s normal for the most part, but sometimes the competition can go too far and can lead to mental health struggles for children.
Here are a few parenting tips from Autumn Dunham Neubert, LCSW, lead clinician from The Children’s Center, a program of the Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois, about dealing with sibling rivalry. Read the rest of this entry »
When Carter Jacobus learned he had to go to the hospital for the first time, it was a scary prospect for the 8-year-old.
But the experience turned out not to be so frightening, thanks to several hospital staff members who made him feel at ease. It was such a great experience, Carter, a third-grader from Petersburg, wrote the following thank-you letter: Read the rest of this entry »
In the interconnected world we live in, bullying doesn’t stop at the playground. It’s happening 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and the teen population is especially vulnerable.
Cyberbullying affects about 25 percent of teenagers and occurs when the offender uses electronic technology such as smartphones, computers and tablets to bully another person.
The effects of cyberbullying cannot be ignored—in fact, kids who are cyberbullied are more likely to use drugs and alcohol, skip school and have lower self-esteem.
So what can you do as a parent to protect your child from cyberbullying?
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With the recent outbreak of measles across the United States, there has been a wealth of information published about the measles…and unfortunately some misinformation. Read on to learn what everyone should know about the measles.
Is measles really that big of a deal?
Yes. It spreads very fast and easily. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) considers it the most deadly of all childhood rash/fever illnesses.
The people most vulnerable to measles are those younger than 5 and older than 20.
“Measles can be spread through the air by coughing and sneezing with symptoms of fever, runny nose, coughing and a rash,” said Gustavo Mosquera, MD, a Memorial Physician Services physician in Chatham. “Complications from the infection can be ear infection, hearing loss and pneumonia, which is the main cause of death in young children. It is important to understand that everybody needs to be vaccinated to prevent these complications.” Read the rest of this entry »
Raising a child is tough and can become more challenging when you are doing it by yourself. If you are raising a child alone, you are not the only one. According to the Kids Count Data Center, nearly 35 percent of parents are single. At times, it can become overwhelming and seem unmanageable.
Here are a few parenting tips from Brandi Paluska, a licensed clinical professional counselor for MOSAIC Moms at The Children’s Center, a program of the Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois. Read the rest of this entry »
This time of year, the wind chill makes it awfully hard to get outside as much as we’d like. But freezing temperatures doesn’t have to mean freezing playtime with your child until the spring! We asked the teachers at Memorial Child Care for their favorite indoor activities to keep kids happy, healthy and stimulated–even when the weather outside is frightful. Read the rest of this entry »
Believe it or not, winter parties for the preschool and elementary crowd can be fun AND healthy. Move away from the “icing sugar cookies” station, candy canes and gingerbread houses. Instead, offer these nutritious alternatives that will tickle their taste buds.
Christina Rollins, a registered dietitian, nutritionist and director of Memorial Medical Center’s Food and Nutrition Services department, offers these tips for festive and fun holiday party treats for kids.
- Kid-friendly cocktails will transform your party into a special event. Flavor seltzer water with a splash of 100% fruit juice; garnish with frozen berries.
- Swap sugary desserts with naturally sweet fruit dishes. Serve fresh cut fruit with yogurt dip or try Memorial’s recipe for fruit salsa with cinnamon tortilla chips.
- Serve raw vegetables or pita chips with homemade hummus.
- Offer pretzels, granola bars and dried fruit instead of candy in treat bags.
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Raising a child with ADHD is tough. If you feel overwhelmed with helping your child succeed in school you are not alone. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD, is one of the most common mental health disorders of childhood. The symptoms of ADHD – inattention, impulsive behavior and hyperactivity – can be challenging for parents and teachers.
Erika Garlisch, a behavioral health clinician with the Children’s MOSAIC Project at Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois, offers four tips for parents and caregivers to help a child struggling with the symptoms of ADHD succeed in school. Read the rest of this entry »