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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Mom's Question

This guest post from Lenny Mcknight

My mom asked me to look into wireless internet in Holloman for her when she began the process of moving so I did. I want to be really supportive of her move but I’m just really concerned that she and her boyfriend are buying a house together after knowing each other for so little time. I love that she’s really spontaneous and still so spunky but I don’t want her making any big life mistakes just because she’s older now and somehow feels more mature. I love Bob but he’s also being a little crazy if you ask me since he’s got three kids of his own and only met my mom back in January. Anyway, I’m going to help mom with anything she needs and even if she asks me to come down there and pack boxes I’ll do it because I love her and she’s been a great mom to me my whole life. I guess I don’t always have to approve of the choices she makes in her adult life!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Is Shut a Bad Word?

Nolan goofing around in a tree.
Every once in a while one of my younger grandchildren will ask me or one of his or her parents if a certain word is "bad" or not, so I wasn't too surprised when Nolan asked his mom and me if "shut" was a bad word.

Of course we both knew the word he thought he was saying, but because he clearly said, "shut," we told him that it was not a bad word.

Later when he was playing with one of his toys and it either malfunctioned or he dropped it (I didn't actually see what caused the outburst), I heard him say, "oh, shut!"

I guess any word can sound bad with the appropriate attitude.


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

How to Help Your Child Deal With School Anxiety

Whether your child is afraid to leave home or whether she is one who is used to Mommy or Daddy being close beside her, separation anxiety and other school-related worries can be frightening to children.

Yes, children feel panic occasionally. And trying something new, like attending school for the first time sometimes causes anxiety in your child.

According to, anxiety causes "stomachaches, nausea, fatigue, shaking, a racing heart and frequent trips to the toilet." Social phobias include fear about performance (speaking in front of the class or participating in games children don't know how to play) and making new friends. offers lots of information for parents dealing with their child's school anxiety, and they provide a link to a book entitled, The Anxiety-Free Child Program, developed by Rich Presta.

Another helpful site in dealing with child anxiety is the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry ( Click the link and you will find information for dealing with childhood anxiety.

To help your child transition from a home environment to a school setting, go to the school before school starts. Show your child around the classroom and the school. Introduce him to the outdoor play area, the school cafeteria, the library, the gym, and when possible, the principal, and the teacher. The more familiar your child becomes with his surroundings, the better your child will feel about leaving home.

Another helpful suggestion is to start teaching your child at home. Make learning fun, so she can discover how enjoyable learning and discovering can be. If the anxiety becomes a phobia, for your sake and for the sake of your child, seek professional counseling.

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