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Author: host Created: 4/14/2008 1:21 PM
The Parent Power Blog provides support and resources to parents with suggestions, the telling of (often humorous) experiences and a sharing of resources. We seek to ask thought-provoking questions that challenge us to think about our parenting methods, and about ways that we might improve those methods to be parents that nurture our children, support them, love them, challenge them, and encourage them to be successful in all areas of their lives. Together, we can build a strong community for our children—The Learning Community, energized by Parent Power.

What the kids eat for lunch at school is a topic of real difficulty for me.  One article I read noted that much of the meat in school lunches is bought by the USDA at very low prices because it has been turned down by other major buyers, such as national fast food chains, because it doesn't meet their quality standards.  One side of the argument says that all-in-all, school lunches are healthy, especially if a child comes from a low income family.  It's tough to know what to do.

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I blogged last week about us considering foster care.  We filled out the contact form online and the nonprofit organization that the state contracts to run the system called us.  Today we had our interview.  It was very informative, and also a bit scary.

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I've recently discovered that my son has developed a sophisticated excuse and evasion maneuver that quite frequently gets him out of trouble when he should be in trouble.  The battle plan?  Call his bluff.

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Learn the benefits Scouting offers your children, read a sampling of the many activities Scouts participate in, and take this opportunity to wish Scouts a big Happy 100th Birthday!

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Foster care is nothing to take lightly.  Your home and family must pass a list of requirements.  In our state, you have to take eight weeks of classes.  Then, if you're approved, you have to be willing to bring a child that likely has special needs into your home and commit to keeping them there as long as they need a place to stay because they've already been uprooted and tossed around and stability is HUGE in a kid's life. 

You have to open your heart to a stranger, promise to give them acceptance, support and affection--all knowing that at any moment, they may leave your home and you may never see them again.

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What to feed a sicky? Our pediatrician recommends the B.R.A.T diet for kids that are sick to their stomachs or having diahrrea: bananas, rice, applesauce and toast.   You need to make sure that the fluids they are able to keep down are as helpful as possible, and electrolytes are very important.  Once they're able to hold food down and are feeling a bit better, there's always the tried and true sicky food: chicken noodle soup.  I recommend you avoid what I consider to be junk they sell in the cans--especially the kind with MSG-- it's easy to make your own.  It's fast, healthier, and tastes yummy, even if you're not sick (we often have it for dinner with fresh baked whole wheat dinner rolls and a salad).  Here's my favorite recipe.

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My daughter is a book worm, and is naturally very sedentary.  My son tends to be more active, but revolts against organized exercise.  He'd rather get it in the course of play.  So when it's time to go for a walk, my son instantly develops extreme ankle and foot pain and my daughter switches into full tween pout and whine mode. 

So what's the deal?  How can I motivate my string-bean-armed son and my floppy daughter to not just do their exercises, but to enjoy them?

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The kids know they have two exits from their rooms: their door and their window.  But the other day, I was washing windows and screens and one of the windows was frozen shut!  On top of that, I realized that screens are often quite difficult to remove--especially for kids.

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Since I've become an adult, imaginative play is difficult for me.  It's a real struggle to sit down with the kids and join them in a game of make believe with dolls or action figures--I can't think of a story line, or if I do, it doesn't interest them.  I feel old and boring.  My husband, on the other hand, is GREAT with thinking of fun imaginative games to play with the kids.

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As our kids have made poor choices over the years, it's been important to me that they recognize the natural consequences of those choices.  Many times, however, the natural consequences aren't instantly apparent or the kids may be so young that they don't recognize them or aren't deterred by them.

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