Ages & Stages

Ages & Stages

2017 Editions Ages & Stages Featured Magazine March 2017 Parenting

A Tale of Teen Dating

In what seems like the blink of an eye, tots become teenagers. Though some may be unwilling, parents now have to embrace their child’s new stage of development — teen dating. However, it doesn’t have to be a nail-biting experience for mom and dad when approached with curiosity and candid conversation. Find out how here. ...
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Ages & Stages Featured NOP Events Things to do

Register Soon for Crocker Kids Event Series

Registration begins soon for the first installment of the Crocker Kids summer event series. Presented by Lake Ridge Academy and Northeast Ohio Parent magazine, Crocker Kids offers free, family fun one Tuesday per month from May through September at Crocker Park in Westlake. Each event carries a unique theme and includes theme-related activities, crafts, prizes and more. ...
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Ages & Stages Featured Parenting

Helping Children Through Divorce

More than one million children in the U.S. are affected by divorce or separation each year.

A recent report issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) addresses the ways in which a child’s pediatrician can help them through difficult transitions.

Talking Through It
According to Skyler Kalady, M.D., a pediatrician at Cleveland Clinic Children’s, divorce and separation can impact children of all ages

“When parents are going through difficult times, children perceive that, regardless of their age,” says Kalady. “So while kids may express their stresses in different ways at different ages, it’s important for parents to be as open and honest as possible, even with difficult situations.”

 She says keeping an open line of communication with children is essential, but that it’s important to keep the conversation age-appropriate.

School aged children might ask questions about when the other parent is coming back, which Kalady says is appropriate for their age.

She stresses that families should not be afraid to talk about divorce openly with their child’s pediatrician. Likewise, pediatricians should always ask kids questions about any changes that they might be going through to help them navigate difficult times.

Keeping Consistency
Kalady says it’s important to remember that consistency and routines are very comforting to children.

“As simple as the same school, the same after-care program, the same activities; of course, if they’re changing households that’s not always possible, but to the extent that they can keep some things consistent, that usually helps children feel safe and know what to expect,” she says.

Pay Attention to Behavior
When children deal with stresses, Kalady says they often internalize their concerns and can display them in many different ways.

Divorce doesn’t impact every child the same and just because a child did not have any issues at the time of the separation, it doesn’t mean that it won’t impact them later down the road.

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Ages & Stages Things to do

‘Build It!’ at the Great Lakes Science Center

"Build It!" runs through Sept. 4 at the Great Lakes Science Center. The special exhibit offers three hands-on phases, the first of which currently features castle-themed activities, including a virtual catapult and a giant castle with secret passageways. Visitors can design their own castles and courtyards. The exhibit also features educational displays about the real medieval era, Lego mosaics on display, and a stop-motion animation station so kids can create their own mini "Lego Movie." ...
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Ages & Stages Parenting

Child Developmental Chart and Age-Appropriate Toys

While each baby and child develops at a slightly different rate, there are some general guidelines that parents can expect. This developmental chart lists some skills typical of a child's development from infancy through 5 years old, and also offers parents some suggestions for age appropriate toys and activities to play with their children. ...
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Ages & Stages Featured Health

Keeping Kids Dry at Night

Families that have little ones at home have likely experienced bed wetting.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, bedwetting is common — about five million children in the U.S. wet the bed.

Nighttime Dryness Delayed
Bedwetting is a medical condition where the brain and bladder aren’t yet communicating with one another at night.

Even though most children are potty trained between 2 and 4 years old, the ability to stay dry through the night may come much later in childhood.

“We usually don’t say it’s a concern until they’re about 7 years of age and then we start talking about, is there a family history of it? Because sometimes if Mom or Dad wet the bed until 10, we can say, well let’s see what happens until 10,” says Audrey Rhee, M.D., a pediatric urologist at Cleveland Clinic Children’s.

Tips to Try
Rhee says there are some things parents can try besides waiting for a child to outgrow bedwetting:

  • Fluid shifting — drinking more fluids during the day and less at night.
  • Better sleep habits — limiting screen time before bed and going to bed earlier.
  • Limit constipation-causing foods — especially foods that contain caffeine.

Research shows constipation, where the bowels press on the bladder, can lead to nighttime accidents, too.

Caffeine also is considered a bladder irritant, which can make a child more prone to accidents. Bladder irritants include citrus, caffeine and even artificial colors and dyes.

“The breakdown of those dyes when the bladder is exposed to it, the bladder doesn’t like it so you’re more prone to bladder spasms (and) you’re more prone to having an accident because of the exposure to it,” Rhee says.

When to Seek Help
Rhee says it’s important for parents to remember that bedwetting is a medical condition and children should not be punished or shamed for having an accident.

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Ages & Stages Featured Parenting

Spring Break Water Safety Tips for your Little Swimmers

Whether you're taking the kids to a warm weather destination for spring break this year or visiting a local indoor pool, letting little ones splash and play in the water is a great way to spend some family time together. It also is the perfect time to strengthen water safety skills before summer arrives in Northeast Ohio. Learn water safety essentials and tips for improving your child's swimming skills. ...
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Ages & Stages Parenting

The Importance of Reading Aloud to your Child

Did you know that reading aloud is the single most important thing a parent or caregiver can do to help a child prepare for reading and learning? Reading aloud stimulates language development even before a child can talk. Find out other benefits associated with reading to your child, plus learn how one organization is working to eliminate the "word gap" that affects children whose families live at or below poverty level. ...
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