(MADISON) – Dropping a son or daughter off at a child care center never gets easier for parents, but thanks to the dedication, love and care from child care providers, parents are able to ease their minds as they head to work to support their families. From center directors and staff to family child care providers, the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) joins agencies across the nation on May 12th in recognizing these outstanding individuals on National Provider Appreciation Day.
Nearly 4,300 licensed providers care for over 220,000 children in Wisconsin. Providers play a crucial role in children’s lives by providing not only basic care like feeding and diaper changes, but also helping them reach developmental milestones through age-appropriate, educational activities.
“Countless studies have found that quality early child care and education helps lay the foundation for children’s success in school and beyond,” said DCF Secretary Eloise Anderson. “Child care providers help parents engage their children and stimulate early brain development. This day offers an opportunity for all of us to show Wisconsin’s child care providers how much we appreciate the positive role they play in our children’s lives.”
To support the success of children in Wisconsin, the Department launched the YoungStar program in 2011 to help providers across the state improve the quality of their care and to provide parents with meaningful information to make informed child care decisions. Through the program, child care programs are rated on a scale of 1 to 5 Stars based on education, learning environment, business practices and the health and well-being of children.
To highlight improvement efforts made by care providers in 2016, the Department is recognizing 182 child care programs from around Wisconsin with monetary awards as part of the Race to the
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Top Early Learning Challenge grant. These programs have increased the quality of early care and education they provided, thereby improving their star ratings in any range from the 2 Star to 5 Star levels. The awards – with the amounts tiered by program size, star increase and the number of children served in the program – can be used to fund resources for the child care programs.
One of this year’s Challenge grant recipients is Chrissy Moore, operator of Luv ‘N Learn, a licensed family child care in DeForest, Wisconsin. Chrissy has been a child care provider for nearly 20 years after starting her career in child care at the Child Development Center on the military base where her husband served.
From family care providers like Chrissy to center directors and staff, the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) joins agencies across the nation on May 12th in recognizing these outstanding individuals on National Provider Appreciation Day.
To find regulated child care providers and see YoungStar ratings visit http://childcarefinder.wisconsin.gov.
— To understand a child all you have to do is meet their parents and when you do, sometimes all you can say is Really? Apples Dont Fall Far From The Tree.” –_
Bea Lewis, author of “Really? Apples Don’t Fall Far From the Tree”
JACKSONVILLE, FL (BlackNews.com) — Bea Lewis is a dynamic retired educator and former Hearing Officer of Duval County Public Schools, who has led and served students, schools and administrations for 36 years. Holding a M.S. in Educational Leadership, her approach to education can be summed up as follows, Do what is in the best interest of children during the day, so that you can lie your head down and rest well every night.
In her first published release, _Really? Apples Don’t Fall Far From the Tree: Understanding the Behaviors of Parents and Students_, readers will get tutelage on how to deal with parents such as The Angry Battler, who is always ready for war, or the student she calls The Explainer, who has a colorful, yet unbelievable story for everything. She has names for the teachers and administrators also, including one type called – I Gotchas. A description she gives for those who go out of their way to
make sure kids were sometimes placed in a no way out/no win situation in order for the adult to be right… which made her wonder why the police were not at the credit union on teacher payday to arrest them for stealing money they had not earned. Imagine that!
Bea Lewis _Really? Apples Dont Fall Far From the Tree_ takes you on her personal journey of navigating the twelve personality types of the 10% of parents, students, teachers, and administrators who took up 90% of her time. She uses, real, tell-it-like-it-is talk, infused with humor to describe some of the most outrageous and bewildering experiences that are relatable to any school environment. She gives common sense, tried and true advice to readers that are applicable not
only in educational setting, but universal to all organizations.
This quick, self-help book is exciting and engaging. She uses her extensive leadership roles, elaborate professional development background, to effectively depict the characters that consume the day in this book. Theres no finger-pointing, just real talk and valid insight combined with common-sense lessons to be learned. personality types will not detract from the preset goal but will in turn add color to the pictures of your career life.
_Really? Apples Dont Fall Far From the Tree: Understanding the Behaviors of Parents and Students_ is available for sale online today. Bea Lewis is available for book signings, readings, panel discussions and conferences.
For bookings or an expanded bio of the author, visit www.beatheauthor.com .
By Kathy Gaillard
Most parents are happy that, after having children under their roof for 18 years—with the blink of an eye— they move out and on their own. However, for some older adults, having a child move out comes with mixed feelings of sentiment and adjustment, particularly for married couples.
There is a sense of loss, anxiety and concern for the child and, at the same time, parents must become accustomed to being alone with each other again.
With a growing number of Baby Boomers, come a greater number of empty nesters. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 36 percent of boomers say they will downsize or move once they become Empty Nesters.
In addition, more than 55 percent of Empty Nesters plan to move when they retire, with 36 percent of those planning to move more than three hours away upon retirement.
There is also a growing trend in American households where parents may actually find themselves longing for an empty nest. U.S. Census Bureau statistics show that the number of young men—age 25 to 34—living at home with their parents has increased by five percent over the past six years, and the rate for women in that age group has risen by two percent.
This trend has labeled these 20- and 30-somethings as the Boomerang Generation for their inclination to bounce back to mom and dad’s house after college graduation.
In some cases, the children ‘fail to launch,’ or never even leave home. Experts point to the economy as the primary reason for the trend. Statistics reveal that there are about two million college-educated people older than 25 without jobs in the United States.
When couples have children who do ‘launch’ many of them view the “empty nest” as a second honeymoon. However, the reality is that once the ‘honeymoon’ phase of being empty nesters is over, many couples face challenges as they attempt to become reacquainted.
Most Empty Nesters agree that the secret to rediscovering or rebuilding marital relationships once the children are gone is to develop common interests, find something to share and make the relationship a priority.
When children are being raised in the home, the chasm between married couples may widen because the focus of activity is on the children—parenting, being involved in their lives and activities, and all things that come with parental responsibilities.
Once the children are gone, one parent needs to take steps to participate in an activity that the other may already be involved with, or a couple may jointly decide to take up an interest or hobby that appeals to both of them such as cooking, golfing, bowling or volunteering. Without a common foundation, growing old together joyfully and gracefully can signal the death years of a marriage.
Empty Nesters may confront challenges as they try to reinvent their marriages. For example, at this point in life, many couples are exhausted.
They may be emotionally drained and feel disconnected from their spouse, and there is a tendency to jump in and “get busy” doing all those things they had been postponing to avoid facing the challenges of this new stage of marriage.
Here are some tips to help Empty Nesters smooth the transition from married with children to become happy and satisfied Empty Nesters:
Slow down and rest. Pause, take naps or go to bed at early.
You will be better able to refocus on your marriage when your life comes back into focus and you are well rested.
Recognize that this is a time of transition. Transitional times can be stressful but they also provide an opportunity to redefine your relationship and to find new fulfillment, intimacy and closeness.
Celebrate! You graduated from the active parenting years. Although it is normal to experience some sense of loss at this time of life, you can counter those feelings by celebrating where you have come from and enjoying the future. Have some fun.
Do not feel pressure to make immediate decisions about your future until you have some perspective. Take it slow. Unfortunately, some spouses who are disappointed with their marriage bolt right out of the relationship as soon as the last kid leaves home.
This is a time when the divorce rate soars. Get to know each other again and re-energize your relationship.
Once you have made it through the initial transition into the empty nest, try to focus on some of the long term challenges of the ‘second act’ of your marriage.
The empty nest years of your marriage can be a time of incredible fulfillment, no matter what challenges you previously faced.
This is the perfect time to reinvent your relationship, renew your friendship, and create a vision for the rest of your marriage.
Instead of looking backward at what was missed along the way, look forward to what can be accomplished with the years that lie ahead. These can be the best years of your life!
Monusco says the children, including 13 girls, had been forcibly recruited in the past six months by the Mai Mai Bakata Katanga militia.
The group is active in Katanga province in the south-east of the country.
Forty of the rescued children have been reunited with their families and the others are said to be receiving care.
Correspondents say the region remains very restive, with local militia demanding a fairer distribution of wealth between the poorer north of Katanga and the southern zone where foreign mining firms operate.
Monusco – the UN’s stabilisation mission in DR Congo – said in a statement that the children had been identified and separated from the militia through the concerted efforts of child protection agencies.
“We are extremely concerned by continued reports of active recruitment by Mai Mai Bakata Katanga and other armed groups in eastern DRC,” said Monusco head Martin Kobler.
“Children face unacceptable risks when they are recruited for military purposes. The recruitment of children, particularly those under 15 years of age, could constitute a war crime and those responsible must be held to account.”
Monusco said that since the beginning of the year, 163 children, including 22 girls, have been removed from the militia.
Making stamped alphabet magnets is a fun activity for children.
Family Features During the school year, kids focus on the fundamentals of reading, writing and arithmetic. Make summer a time to explore their interests. Plan trips and activities that keep them learning and enjoying their favorite topics.
• Learning is as close as your computer. Both YouTube and Ted Talks feature short videos that educate and inspire.
• When visiting the library for books this summer, pick up a few DVDs covering your child’s favorite subject.
•Arrange a mini-internship. If one of your kids loves animals, ask a veterinarian if your child could observe at the office for an afternoon.
• Explore the great outdoors at summer camp. Instead of sending your kids away, look for local day camp options focusing on nature, sports or other activities.
• Volunteer opportunities abound. Look for charity work tailored to your child’s interest to combine learning with helping others.
• Connect with clubs in your community, such as Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and 4-H. Each group encourages learning, outdoor activities and friendship.
The most important part of summer should be family so use those extra days of freedom to spend more time together. Involve your child in the daily routine. A trip to the grocery store is a great place to see math, reading, problem solving, and decision making in action. They’ll learn a lot about etiquette and social skills just being along for the ride during “grown-up” activities.
Attend free outdoor movies, explore museums, visit relatives or play group games. Also set aside crafting afternoons to paint, play with modeling clay or make special projects, such as Stamped Alphabet Magnets. Not only will everyone have the fun of making them, they can be used on the refrigerator all summer to keep kids spelling or simply share special messages.
For more craft ideas, visit www.joann.com.
Question of the Week: “How important is the teacher’s role in educating our children?”
Photo and question by Yvonne Kemp
Kim Humphreys: “As we know, it takes a village to raise a child! Our educators play as critical a role as our parents in preparing our students for the future.”
Joseph Clayton: “The role of educating children is very important because we, as teachers, play a big part in not only educating, but developing students in so many areas in their lives. It is important that we teach children through positive educational/social experiences that assist in advancing them as well-rounded individuals.”
Mary Stewart: “The teacher’s role in educating our children is important because teachers have the skills to instruct students on what society is expecting of the children in order to be productive and prosperous citizens in a global world.”
Timon Herring: “The role of the teacher is extremely important in educating our youth. However, I personally feel that having a united front between the teacher and the parent is essential in educating today’s youth.”
Fever is the most common reason parents bring children to emergency rooms, especially in the middle of the night. It’s responsible for 1.6 million pediatric ER visits and nearly one-third of pediatrician office visits.
Why? Because fevers scare parents.
In a 2001 study of caregivers, more than half of the parents worried that a fever would harm their children, including brain damage, seizure or death. A more recent study had similar results: more than half of those parents reported being “very worried” when their child is febrile.
This concept of “fever phobia” was first coined in 1980 by pediatrician Dr. Barton Schmitt to describe excessive, sometimes unrealistic, parental fear of fevers. He felt that most of these concerns were not justified, and that they often led to hasty administration of fever reducers.
And whether it’s fever phobia, misinformation or both, some parents give fever reducers to children with, not even low-grade temperatures, but normal temperatures and occasionally give it too frequently.
I frequently remind parents of three things:
One, fever is the body fighting off an infection — a normal response, not something to be feared. It will not “melt” or “fry” the child’s brain.
Two, a fever is a temperature of 100.4 and above. Anything below that number is not considered a fever, not even a low-grade fever.
Three, a rectal temperature is the most accurate measurement of core body temperature, at any age.
Yes, there are children who have seizures with high fevers, called febrile seizures, but repeatedly tracking temperatures and flooding them with fever reducers won’t prevent those from happening. Actually, nothing has been proven to.
Febrile seizures only typically happen between the ages of six months and three years. Outside of this age bracket, there is little need to worry. To date, febrile seizures have not caused long-term brain damage.
When it comes to fever, there is no magic number. One child can look great at 104 degrees, eating well and playing, while another is pooped out at 100.4. Consider it more like a yes or no question. As in, does he or she have a fever? Yes or no. Then, how does he or she look?
The brain also has an internal mechanism that will not allow body temperature to exceed 106 degrees, except in rare situations such as heat stroke.
While fever is a sign of an infection or illness, the number itself is not an indicator of its severity. Garden-variety viruses for which there is no treatment can cause high temperatures, while bad ear infections requiring antibiotics can cause no fever at all.
Likewise, when parents treat a fever and it comes back before it’s time for the next dose — a phenomenon that causes much worry — it’s usually because an improper dose was given for the child’s weight. It should be dosed by weight, not age, with the help of a physician.
Remember that treating the fever doesn’t take away the illness, so when the acetaminophen or ibuprofen (never aspirin!) wears off, the fever will come back. The goal should be to improve the child’s comfort, not to decrease it to a particular number.
When to worry?
- Fever in a child two months of age or younger
- A child who still appears lethargic after the fever has gone away
- Fever lasting longer than five days
- Fever in a child with a lowered immune system or a chronic disease
- Fever after spending prolonged time in the heat
- A febrile child who is vomiting non-stop or not drinking fluids
- Fever with a stiff neck and headache
Parents and caregivers should always call the pediatrician or visit the emergency room for an examination if there are concerns about a fever. But, try to avoid panicking or giving the child fever reducers that he or she may not need. Treat the kid, not the number.
Originally posted on NBCNews.com.
Dr. Tyeese Gaines is a physician-journalist with over 10 years of print and broadcast experience, now serving as health editor for NBC’stheGrio.com. Dr. Ty is also a practicing emergency medicine physician in New Jersey.