Thursday, May 19th, 2011
When the snakes attack, it might be a night terror
Night terrors, which are less common and more severe than nightmares, can be stressful for parents who don’t know how to react to their child’s sudden nighttime fits of panic. During night terrors children begin screaming with their eyes open, sweating or pacing around the room while they are still asleep. Experts say parents should not talk to the child during the night terror because attempts to comfort, hug or wake them could prolong it. (MSNBC)
Health Tip: Remind Children and Teens of Pedestrian Safety
Parents should remind their children about pedestrian safety. Some reminders from Safe Kids USA include walking in the direction against traffic, wearing something reflective when sunlight is dim and walking across an intersection, instead of running. (Yahoo)
Fast-Tracking to Kindergarten?
With increasing competition in education, there has been a rapid expansion of preschool enrichment tutoring programs, such as Junior Kumon, which drill numbers and letters into the heads of 2 – 5-year-olds. Although research suggests this type of tutoring shows little benefit, parents are spending $200 to $300 a month for their children to be tutored for up to an hour twice a week. (New York Times)