Question: What are social networking sites and can they be safe for kids?
Answer: “It’s 10 p.m. Do you know where your children are?” Remember that phrase from your own childhood? It’s still a valid question, but now, it comes with a twist: “Do you know where your kids are – and who they’re talking to online?” Social networking sites are the hippest “meet market” around, especially among tweens, teens, and 20-somethings.
Read more: Social Networking Basics for Parents
By Deb Kraft & Dorothy Heitjan
Q. My child will be entering Kindergarten next fall, what can I do to ensure he/she is prepared?
A. It is vital in the preschool years to provide your child with the experiences that will build the foundation for later success in school. One must keep in mind the amazing developmental changes that occur in a child’s body and brain during the preschool years. In order to help your child build these neural connections, parents should provide:
Read more: Kindergarten: Get Ready!
By Carla Palffy, M.Ed, LPC
Q. My child is a high school senior and we have not started the college application process because he is so busy with school and activities. I am starting to panic.
Read more: The College Application Process
By David Votruba, PhD
My daughter is a college freshman and she hasn’t been herself lately. She doesn’t call as much as she did when she first got to college, and when she does call, she seems stressed. I’m concerned about her and don’t know what to do. Do you have any ideas?
Read more: Helping Your Children Cope with College Stress
By Dan Tripp
It seems like the state colleges continue to raise tuitions. First it was Wayne State, Michigan State, and more recently, Eastern Michigan. As a parent, I am very concerned about my ability to afford to pay for college for my kids. Any suggestions?
Read more: Planning for College Tuition
By Barb Skelly, MS.ED, LPC
Q: Our daughter has just started high school and we are feeling overwhelmed by the many issues we are confronted with. It seems there are so many things to start thinking about and planning for.
Read more: Planning for the Transition to High School
By Ronald C. Strickler, M.D.
World-wide, cervical cancer is the leading gynecologic malignancy. In North American, 50 years of Pap smear cervical screening and hence early detection with treatment have dramatically changed our statistics. Nonetheless, we expect that there will be 13,000 new cases and cervical cancer will kill 4,500 women this year.
Read more: To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate…
By Susan Fell
Parents want the best for their children and often think about what they had, or did not have, as a child and adjust their parenting style to accommodate their hopes and dreams for their children.
Children are taught that successful people try new things, take risks, work hard to meet their goals, and dedicate themselves to doing their personal best. However, parents sometimes forget to teach their children how balance and healthy stress management play into a successful life.
Read more: An Epidemic of Over-Programmed Kids