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BIG Q3: What Would You Do?

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Time to unleash your inner advice columnist! This question popped up the other day and we’re asking parents to tell us … “What would you do?”

“I have a tween who wants to play video games and IM on the computer, instead of going outside to play. How can I get him to enjoy just being in nature or playing without electronics?”

Click “comments” and tell us, what would you do? (Want to submit a question? E-mail us here. To see wonderful advice on other issues from readers and Childhood Matters‘ Rona Renner, click here and here.)

Posted on Sunday, February 3rd, 2008
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WEEKEND Reminders

College silhouetteJust a couple quickie reminders for this weekend:
Diablo Valley College is hosting a “Cash for College” Financial Aid Workshop Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Get free help with your taxes and FAFSA forms, and enter to win a $1,000 scholarship from Cal Grant and an iPod. Cool. And Cal State East Bay’s Hayward campus is hosting a Latino Education Summit this Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. College advice, resources, lunch – all free.  (And an African American Summit is slated for March 1)

And, check out Childhood Matters this Sunday morning at 9 on 98.1 KISS-FM or 105.1 KOCN-FM. Host Rona Renner, RN, discusses kids and teeth with pediatric dentist Richard Sobel and Debi Diaz, Executive Director of Community Oral Health Services. Great free resource.

Posted on Friday, February 1st, 2008
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BIG Q2: What Would You Do?

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Here’s your chance to be the advice columnist. This question popped up the other day and rather than offer up our thoughts, we thought we’d ask all the parents out there, “What would you do?”

“My daughter loves apple juice. She’d drink it all the time, if she could. But now the dentist is saying it’s bad for her teeth. What now?”

Click “comments” and weigh in with your tips and advice!

Posted on Sunday, January 27th, 2008
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THE BIG Q: What would you do?

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This is your chance to be the advice columnist. This question popped up recently – inspired, no doubt, by the latest Childhood Matters radio show on toilet training – and rather than offer up our opinions, we thought we’d ask all the parents out there:

“My mother-in-law is pushing us to potty train our 2-year-old, and I’m just not sure he’s ready. What would you do?”

Click “comments” and weigh in with your tips and advice!

Posted on Saturday, January 19th, 2008
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CHILDHOOD MATTERS: Potties

Potty training  (Photo by Ron Ennis, KRT)Got a tot to potty train? Pour yourself a cup of coffee, snuggle into your slippers and tune in to Childhood Matters, the radio show, this Sunday morning for tips on teaching your child to use the toilet. Radio host and parenting expert Rona Renner, RN, brings in experts to answer those thorny questions: How do you know when the time is right? And what’s the best approach? Hear Meg Zweiback, pediatric nurse practitioner and author of “Keys to Toilet Training” and parent educator Marci Gomez as they field questions from callers. It all goes down Sunday at 9 a.m. on 98.1 KISS- FM or 105.1 KOCN-FM. Join the discussion by calling (877) 372-KIDS. And you don’t even have to get out of your pajamas…

Posted on Friday, January 18th, 2008
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MOMMY MENTOR Q4: Tot Discipline

Crybaby by Gary Markstein, MCT More questions for the Mommy Mentor, Ksenija Olmer, at the John Muir Women’s Health Center! To submit your question, click “comments” or drop us an e-mail.

Q: My 3 year old son started talking back to us and refuses to do some things we ask him to do. He is in time-out so much that it just doesn’t seem to matter. He keeps doing things that get him in trouble. Should we try a different way to discipline him? What can we do?
- Cindy

A: Time out easily misfires. I have known families in which kids misbehaved and put themselves into time-out as punishment. Time out should not be considered punishment, but rather what the name conotates: time to take a break – for both parent and child. When everyone has had a chance to calm down, then we regroup and we figure out where things went wrong and how to do them better.
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Posted on Monday, January 14th, 2008
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MOMMY MENTOR Q3: Car seat safety

Crybaby by Gary Markstein, MCT Additional note on this topic from the Mommy Mentor:
Kudos to the parent who wrote to alert us to the fact that even though the minimum regulations for a forward-facing car seat are for a child over 1 year and 20 lbs. minimum, the longer the child rides rear-facing, the safer he or she is. Since children are more flexible than we are, they can ride with their legs crossed or splayed out. The older the child, the stronger the child’s body will be to withstand the crash forces of the forward-facing position. I also double-checked with our car seat safety specialist at the Women’s Health Center in regards to positioning of the car seat. She confirmed that the safest position for a child’s car seat is the middle rear seat. Keep safe!
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Q: Since my son turned one today, we flipped his car seat around to face forward, which he is ecstatic about since his legs were too long to fit backwards always causing him to have to sit in the tucked position. Where is the safest place in the car for the car seat to be when facing forward? I love having him in the middle seat because he can see and seems much happier but is it safer for him to be placed on one of the sides? We have an SUV.
- Courtney
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Posted on Monday, January 14th, 2008
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MOMMY MENTOR Q2: Food for a 1-year-old

Crybaby by Gary Markstein, MCT Q: I have two questions. My son just turned one today (YEAH!!) and he is a big boy (he was 10 pounds and 22 inches when he was born) and loves to eat. I am very conscious about the types of foods I feed him (always healthy and organic) but I am curious about what is the right quantity of food at each meal for a growing toddler? I don’t give him food unless he is sitting (so no walking around while eating) and I generally don’t feed him unless it is meal time (I don’t use food to get him through rough patches) but he is a healthy growing child so I want to make sure I’m feeding him enough but because he is on the tall side, I don’t want to over feed him. Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated…
- Courtney

A: Congratulations! You made it through the first year of parenting. And congratulations for bringing those 10 pounds safely into the world! It must have been hard work.

I am sure you will be seeing your pediatrician for a 1-year well check and he (or she) is the one who can be the best guide as for the quantities of food your boy should be eating, as he has carefully followed his growth patterns and the percentiles he has been achieving.
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Posted on Monday, January 14th, 2008
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MOMMY MENTOR Q1: Newborns

Crybaby by Gary Markstein, MCT John Muir parent educator and “Mommy Mentor” Ksenija Olmer is taking questions this morning from new parents. Click “comments” to add your question to the queue (or add your two cents) or drop us a quick e-mail . Here’s the first question:

Q: Why didn’t anyone warn me how hard this was going to be? I’m home with a newborn and I just wasn’t prepared for how much time and energy it was going to take.

A: Remember how the minute you made the announcement that you were pregnant, people in the know replied, “Congratulations, now go get some sleep, because once the baby comes….”
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Posted on Monday, January 14th, 2008
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MOMMY MENTOR Q&A

Childbirth Class by Bob Larson, Contra Costa Times Childbirth and prenatal care have changed dramatically in recent years, and the combination of epidural availability, increasingly harried schedules and Wikipedia affects not just what happens in the labor room, but what happens in the weeks leading up to delivery. We delve into that issue in this morning’s Times, and explore how local childbirth educators are responding.

One of those responses has been from the John Muir Women’s Health Center, which launched an expanded array of course options, including online childbirth classes (which end in the face-to-face class pictured above) and a variety of baby care courses, new parent support groups and the Mommy Mentor – and you’re about to get a sneak peek at the latter.

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Posted on Monday, January 14th, 2008
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