Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Five Tips for a Healthier Baby~March of Dimes

Do you know someone who is pregnant or plans to be - a friend, daughter, or granddaughter? Then do your part to help her deliver a healthy baby by passing along this advice from the March of Dimes.

The March of Dimes recommends all pregnant women follow these five key steps.

Get early and regular prenatal care. It reduces your risk of having a low birthweight baby.

Eat nutritious foods. Make sure you and your baby get all the protein and nutrients you need through a varied diet.

3.     Don’t smoke! Women who smoke increase their chances of having a miscarriage or a low birthweight baby.

Don’t take drugs. Taking drugs, except those approved by a doctor who know you’re pregnant, can cause severe disabilities – or even result in the death of your baby.
5     Don’t drink. Hard liquor, wine and beer can all cause birth defects.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Judge Michael Haas to Divorcing Parents

"Your children have come into this world because of the two of you. Maybe you two made lousy choices as to whom you decided to be the other parent. If so, that is your problem and your fault.

"No matter what you think of the other party - or what your parents think of the other party - these children are one-half of each of you. Remember that, because every time you tell your child what an idiot his father is, or what a fool his mother is, or how bad the absent parent is, or what terrible things that person has done, you are telling the child half of him is bad.

"That is an unforgivable thing to do to a child.That is not love. That is possession. If you do that to your children, you will destroy them as surely as if you had cut them into pieces, because that is what you are doing to their emotions.

"I sincerely hope you do not do that to your children. Think more about your children and less about yourselves, and make yours a selfless kind of love, not foolish or selfish, or your children will suffer."

Judge Michael Haas
Minnesota, 2001

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

One Last Thing

One Last Thing

Do you have all your books?
Do you have your flute?
Do you have your homework?
Do you have your clean gym clothes?
Do you have your cleats?
Do you have your lunch?
Oh, right. Do you have your lunch money?
Don’t let the screen door bang!
One last thing … I love you!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Child's Age
Expected Behavior
Expected Completion*
Birth to
Pupils react identically to light changes
Blinks at sudden light or object moving toward face
Looks at people (faces) and objects momentarily or longer
1 to 2 months
Stares at people or objects
Responds to people's faces
Eyes follow a moving person or near object
Seeks lighted areas
2 mos.
2 to 3 months
Inspects own hands
Eyes follow an object 180 degrees
Demands light for vision
3 mos.
3 to 4 months
Eyes move in active inspection of body,
people, toys, surroundings
Looks at objects placed in hand (beginning eye-hand coordination)
Inspects own hands
4 mos.
4 to 5 months
Smiles in response to familiar adult
Reaches for objects at least 1 foot away
Notices small food objects at least 1 foot away
5 mos.
5 to 6 months
Eyes move together all the time
Brings objects to mouth, looks at them, then looks into space
Smiles at or pats mirror image
6 mos.
6 to 8 months
Picks up or touches small objects with "raking" motion
Searches for hidden objects
Shows color preference for reds and yellows
Looks for dropped toys
8 mos.
8 to 10 months
Notices details of an object such as
facial features on a doll, holes in a pegboard, geometric shapes
Reaches for string
10 mos.
10 to 12 months
Understands and accomplishes vision
related motor tasks such as stacking
blocks, puffing pegs into round holes,
crawling, standing, walking
12 mos.
1 to 2 years
Identifies geometric forms by placing
blocks in appropriately shaped holes
Shows interest in pictures
Scribbles on paper
2 yrs.
2 to 3 years
Finds object that move out of sight
without following its path
Recalls visual images
Puts together six-piece puzzles or matches
objects out of six pairs of items
3 yrs.
3 to 4 years
Copies geometric figures Reading readiness present - responds to vision/speech-sound coordination activities like the television programs "Sesame Street" and "Electric Company"
4 yrs.

4 to 5 years
Recognizes names or colors
5 yrs.
5 to 6 years
Tells the difference in color shades
Depth perception fully developed
Vision approaches adult's
6 yrs.
If a child cannot perform at least two of the age-level tasks by the expected completion age, that child should be taken to an eye specialist for examination.
**Visually unresponsive
**Holds things very close to see them
**Bumps into large objects
**Cannot pick up small objects with accuracy
**Favors one eye when looking at objects
**One or both eyes turn in or out for noticeable periods of time
**Squints or closes one eye frequently