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We know that keeping in touch with everything going on in your children’s lives is one of your main concerns, and your child may have trouble answering a question like, “How was preschool today?” To help, we’ve assembled this page with links to our newsletters, information about important events, and other articles of interest. Enjoy browsing around, and be sure to come back often!

Is Your Child Being Bullied?

Is your child having a problem with another student at school? Let’s face it; kids are bound to run into problems with others on campus. In fact, it’s difficult to know where to draw the line between a problem that needs attention and a mere misunderstanding between kids. However, if your child is repeatedly singled out or targeted by the same student (or group of students), or your child does not want to attend school or ride the bus any longer, these may be signs that intervention is needed. School should be a place where all students feel safe. The Health Resources and Services Administration has a website your family can go to for information, answers, and solutions to bullying. According to Stop Bullying Now, here are some signs to look for if you suspect your child is being bullied:

  • Your child comes home missing clothing or possessions, or your child’s clothing is damaged, or torn;
  • Your child has bruises, scratches or cuts they cannot (or won’t) explain;
  • Your child is fearful of going to school, riding the bus, or attending activities with friends;
  • Your child is sad, tearful or depressed when they come home from school;
  • Your child has low self-esteem or is anxious.

If you suspect your child is a victim of bullying, take action! Ignoring the incident or hoping it goes away, often makes the situation worse and can leave your child feeling even more alienated.

  • Let your child know that you support him/her.
  • Get as much information about the bullying as you can from your child. Help your child explain the situation and experiences by asking him/her questions.
  • Contact your child’s teacher. Many times teachers are able to provide information about your child’s peer relationships that you may not have known. If needed, contact the school principal to let him/her know what is happening as well.

We all want our children to feel safe going to school. Working with your child’s teacher and administration is an effective way to start protecting your child. Staying informed of the situation and acting quickly to resolve any problems will help your child feel empowered and safe once again.

Diet and the ADHD Child

Making sure your child has a healthy balance of nutrient-rich foods is a constant concern for a loving parent. If your child has trouble focusing, acts impulsively, is hyperactive or fidgety, your child may be dealing with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Whether or not your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, the common symptoms of the disorder are present in most school-aged children, varying in duration and intensity, and may severely affect your child’s ability to function socially and academically. Poor diet choices may be a contributing factor to the symptoms of ADHD in your child. A few simple modifications to your child’s diet may go a long way toward improving concentration, memory, and supporting brain function and development.

Research shows that diets high in protein and Omega-3 fatty acids help to improve concentration and support brain function, while sugary snacks and packaged foods high in preservatives should be avoided. Consider these four important diet suggestions:

Pack in the Protein: Adding beans, cheese, nuts, and eggs to your child’s breakfast and after-school snacks can improve concentration. For a child that takes daily medication, they can help increase the duration and effectiveness of her prescription. A diet high in protein will keep your child fueled during a rigorous day at school, and adding protein to an after-school snack will keep her going for extra brainpower while she does her homework.

Cut out simple carbohydrates: While it may be impossible to monitor your child’s every move throughout the day, eliminating candy, sugary snacks, corn syrup, white flour, and white rice whenever possible is a good idea for optimal brain health. Removing snacks and food items from your home may be the best way to help your child reduce her intake of simple carbohydrates.

Boost the intake of complex carbohydrates: Fill your child’s diet with fresh fruits and vegetables; apples, oranges, grapes, pears and kiwi are a great sweet snack. Colorful vegetables like carrots, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and spinach are an excellent source of antioxidants that protect brain cells and keep them strong. Think about the plate when dishing up meals—half should be vegetables, a quarter proteins, and a quarter carbohydrates.

Consider an Omega-3: The fatty acids found in tuna, salmon and other coldwater fish are essential to your child’s diet. Omega-3 effects the transmission of the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin that help brain cells to communicate throughout the brain. Consuming 12 ounces of fish a week is recommended for a child showing symptoms of ADHD (two meals). Omega-3 is also found in walnuts, Brazil nuts, and both olive and canola oils. If you have trouble fitting these important fatty acids into your child’s diet, consider Omega-3 in supplement form.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects up to ten percent of children in the United States. Eating a balanced diet may be the best way to help your child manage the symptoms of ADHD and supply the brain with the tools it needs to succeed. For more information about diet and the ADHD child, consider these helpful articles: