- As a child I was voted most quiet at a summer camp I attended. Meeting new people terrified me, new social settings were intimidating and it took a while for me to warm up to new people. As an adult I have moved past this, I am certainly an introvert, but being frozen by shyness is a thing of the past. For most kids that struggle with shyness- they will, like myself, overcome the struggle as they mature.
- Some kids are quiet. Some kids need transition time when entering new social situations. Some kids prefer to play alone. This is okay. When though, should a parent be concerned that their child's shyness, is a sign of something more serious? Healthy Children.org our partner site for pediatric content has a great article on shyness and when a parent should be concerned.
- Shyness in Children
- For some of us love was in limited supply growing up. Parents had difficulty expressing feelings towards their children, hugs were in short supply and "I love you" was a phrase reserved for special occasions only. Although it seemed that love was limited in our homes of origin, it doesn't have to be in our current families. Children are not spoiled by being told that they are loved, cherished and appreciated- on the contrary unlimited love creates a strong foundation from which children can flourish as they grow. Our content partner Healthy Children.org has an excellent article on ways that we can let our children know that they are loved, the link for the article is below.
- With changes in state law surrounding the use of medicinal and recreational marijuana it can be confusing for adults to keep up with the changing rules surrounding legal use. For young people the message can be even more confusing with pressures from peers, varrying messages from adults and sometimes use by adults in the home. With all of the changes, especially in Massachusetts, it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction. Our partner site for health care resources Healthy Children.org gives some clearheaded thoughts on the dangers of marijuana for young people.
- Legalizing Marijuana Not Good for Kids
When my wife and I had our first child I distinctly remember leaving the house for the first time with our daughter. A week before our walk to the coffee shop was a casual and enjoyable part of our weekly routine. The first time we dared to venture our newborn daughter on this same casual walk everything had changed. Suddenly the walk seemed full of potenial dangers, what had been a neighborhood stroll now seemed like an epic adventure. We probably looked pretty silly to more "seasoned" parents, several bags of food, clothes, and a stroller that resembled an armored vehicle. By our third child we could leave the house with half a bottle, a few Cheerios, an extra onesie and a $10 umbrella stroller.
Healthy Children.org offers some thoughts on what new parents might need and not need when taking baby out, this article comes about fourteen years too late for us, but it's right on time for new parents.
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