When it comes to children under the age of 18, recommended hours of rest vary by age group.
Dr. Fahd Al-Alou at the Tuscany Children Clinic in Yuma said that while he has daily sleep amount recommendations he encourages parents to follow, they are not necessarily set in stone as some children are different in the amount of sleep they nee
I still remember my father coming into my room after the nightly ritual of scrubbing my cheeks and brushing my teeth. He would saunter in on one side of his body, limping slightly, muttering to himself; cotton balls were stuck in the sides of his mouth to make the storytelling more vivid. I would scream delightfully and hunker down in my sheets.
Many families have questions in regards to the importance of sleep. How many hours of sleep does my child need? Are naps important or how long should they last? First Things First has complied articles and research that I’m sure all of you will find informative and useful!
Many Americans are suffering from a shortage of sleep, and
His mother was asleep. Her toddler awoke during the night and wandered down to the swimming pool to float his little boat at the isolated dude ranch where the family was vacationing.
His dad and a friend, having left the door unlocked, were catfishing at a nearby river. Fortunately, his mother awoke in time to find her missing toddler, w
Does your child wake up crying or trembling? Do they appear sleepy and “out of it” in the mornings?
Perhaps your child is suffering from nightmares, unpleasant dreams that create intense emotions such as horror, sadness or fear. Usually sufferers of nightmares remember what happened, since bad dreams have a tendency to occur
Kids under stress? Some might be quick to say that kids don’t have stress. After all, they only have to deal with school and playtime, right?
Wrong! Kids do experience stress, and it’s up to their parents and caregivers to teach them ways to handle it.
What stresses a child? A preschooler might suffer from separation
Nothing could be more devastating than the sudden and unexpected loss of a child.Yet it happens every day around the world. Mom or dad will check on their sleeping baby only to find him or her lifeless.
The American SIDS Institute describes it as “the worst tragedy parents can face, a tragedy which leaves them with a sadness
Some children will try anything to get out of going to sleep at night.
As a parent and a grandparent, I know the struggles of trying to keep a bedtime consistent with life’s activities and demands. I used to believe that if you let your child run around and burn off their energy until they are tired, you would have an easier time p
How do you find the balance, and how do you know when your kid is ready to give them up?Dr. Fahd Al-Alou at the Tuscany Children Clinic in Yuma shared that a child’s general increase in happiness and activity level can be a good indicator that children are ready to stop taking regular naps.
“Usually you can tell be a ch
As the temperatures begin to fall with the onset of autumn, Yuma area residents and their families will head outside to get some fresh air and enjoy the scenery.
There are many outdoor activities in Yuma to choose from, but one requiring little to no equipment is bicycling or walking along the paved pathway that runs parallel to the East
Reading is magical, for a variety of reasons.
It opens doors to worlds of adventure and imagination, while at the same time, it's a skill that is essential to one's success as an adult.
Reading to our kids at every stage – from in utero on – provides a variety of benefits.
Stumped on how to get your child to l
In an issue devoted to reading, of course there is an article devoted to technology and how it helps children in learning the first, and most fundamental, of the three Rs.Well, this column is going to go a step further. That article focuses on smart phones and tablets, and the apps that encourage and teach younglings how to read. Whi
Yuma County is full of programs and resources to get kids excited about reading. Thanks to a grant from First Things First, Yuma libraries are expected to receive multiple AWE (Advanced Workstations in Education) ELS (Early Literacy Stations), filled with early literacy games and activities for children to take advantage of.
During a recent Babytime at the Yuma Main Library, Marina Torres cuddled with her 14-month-old son, Esteban, as she read him the rhyming children's book, “Find the Bird.”Reading together is a special time for mother and toddler. Torres has been reading to him since she was pregnant with him, voicing everything out loud, e
Learning begins at birth, and parents use the basic principles of reading, talking to and nurturing their child to help them start getting kids ready for school. In addition to the tips below, parents are encouraged to check libraries, newspapers, websites, community centers and bulletin boards for local events and additional resourc
With the end of the school year rapidly approaching for many students, parents may be wondering where they can take their children during the summer to participate in fun and educational activities. The answer? Your local library.There are eight public libraries located throughout the county. Each is operated by the Yuma County Libra
With Arizona third-grade students required to meet reading standards at the end of the 2013-2014 before moving up a grade level, local elementary schools have ramped up their focus on literacy.As part of the “Move on When Reading” initiative, if students do not meet the standards, they will be retained in third grade and
Emily Scherrer, the youth services manager at the Yuma County Library, knows what the youngest bookworms like. Check out some of her suggestions for the little ones, whether they can read on their own yet or not.BABIES & TODDLERS (3 and younger)Board books made of sturdy paperboard (or washable cloth for those prolifi
Two-year-old Micah Blackburn is an expert at using his mom's iPad and iPhone. Without any help, he swipes his little finger across the screen, finds the e-book app he wants and presses and picks his way around the interactive story.“I play them with him the first few times and then he can do it on his own,” said his mom,
Husband and wife team Dr. Nader Haddad and Dr. Dania Sweidan operate Yuma Women Clinic, which focuses on obstetrics and gynecology services. Their goal is to provide good communication and personalized care with their patients. In fact, their web site notes, “You are not ‘that patient who is having a hysterectomy or the patient who i
On the heels of the Great Recession, one might consider adding financial literacy to the list of skills student lack.In his recent State of the Union address, President Barack Obama spoke of seeing a “Sputnik moment” for the nation's education system and the need to better prepare students with skills in math and science.
Teaching fire safety to children is critical, especially to kids aged four and younger.According to the United States Fire Administration's National Fire Incident Reporting System, children in that age group account for about 52 percent of all child deaths due to fire nationwide. Fire-related injuries are also highest in
Forever seared in the mind and heart of Clay Lawson is the memory of a 20-month-old girl killed in a vehicular rollover accident near Quartzsite in 2006 in which the child was ejected from the vehicle.
He was with her when she died while being airlifted to a hospital in Phoenix.
What Lawson doesn’t understand — and fo
As parents, we spend most of our waking hours protecting our children in some way or another, often without even realizing it.As the mother of a six-year-old, I find myself changing the channel on the television when there's something violent, rather than allow her to see it.And when she's riding her bike, she must wear a
Libraries and schools aren't the only places your child can “brush up” on their brain-building skills. There are plenty of activities that you can engage in with children at home, in the car, or yes (!) even on vacation.The National Research Council recommends that children enter school with these six early literacy skill