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How can I help my kindergartener in the cafeteria?

Q. My son just started kindergarten, and he’s struggling during lunch. The cafeteria overwhelms him. His teacher tells me he can’t open his lunch containers and hasn’t been able to finish his food in the time allotted. We’ve never had this problem at home or preschool. Are there any strategies that can help him better navigate the cafeteria experience? A. School cafeterias can be a real challenge for many children—they are loud, crowded, fast-paced, and full of potent smells. ...

How can I help my child transition back to school?

Q. My six-year-old has sensory processing disorder and the transition back to school can be quite difficult for her. Do you have some tips or strategies to help make this upcoming experience less stressful for her? A. Heading back to school can be both exciting and stressful for children and parents alike. Some parents look forward to the end of summer and the return of the structure and routine that a new school year brings, while other parents experience increased anxiety over helping ...

Not Raising A Jerk

A few days ago between making breakfasts and packing lunches I turned on the TV and heard the anchors mention an upcoming story "How Not to Raise a Jerk." My interest was peaked. First, why in the world would it be necessary to describe ones' own children as a jerk. But also, yet another reference to how good parenting is becoming catch phrases.  Is it really possible that all kids need from their parents can fit into a 90 second spot on the morning news. Despite my skepticism, the headline ...

Meet Your Neighbors and Make New Friends

The Triangle real estate market is hot and getting hotter by the day with homes selling quickly all throughout the eight-county area. Moving trucks have hit the roads loaded down with furniture and belongings to fill newly purchased houses that will soon be made into homes by the families who own them. Tasks that lie ahead include unpacking boxes, putting away numerous items, figuring out furniture configurations, and decorating rooms and spaces. And, certainly don’t forget one of the most ...

Can missing front teeth cause a lisp?

Q. My son has lost his two front teeth and I’ve noticed a slight lisp when he tries to say /s/ and /z/ sounds. His speech can be quite difficult to understand at times, especially when he speaks in sentences. He told me he thinks his speech sounds “funny” and does not want to speak in front of his class. Is this something that will correct itself once the new teeth come in? What are some ways I can help him in the meanwhile? A. Is there anything cuter than a little one without his two ...

Why isn’t my baby crawling yet?

Q. My 7-month-old daughter is not yet crawling and I’m concerned that something could be wrong. If I place her on her belly and put toys around her, she rolls over to her back and scoots to them. I’ve read that it is better for babies to crawl before starting to walk. Is it normal for a baby this age not to crawl? Are there ways I can encourage her to start crawling? A. What an observant mama you are to notice this early on and want to proactively address it! You are absolutely correct ...

Is your vacation no fun if you can’t take your pet along?

BY JILL WALTERS |Correspondent   Summer is a fine time for family vacations, and many pet owners want their furry family members to be part of the fun. According to a study by AAA and Best Western International, more than half of U.S. pet owners take their cats and dogs with them when they travel. So if a vacation isn’t a vacation if your four-legged family members aren’t with you, here are some tips for traveling with pets. What about ‘dog flu’? With the recent ...

Why does my daughter hate to write?

Q. My 7-year-old daughter has a difficult time with handwriting. She often refuses to write and would prefer to type on the computer. She complains that writing hurts her hand and says her writing is messy. She gets very frustrated and takes forever to finish her homework. What can I do to help her? A. Handwriting is an important skill that your daughter will use every day and will need to master for success in school and beyond. It is a very complex process that involves coordination of ...

How can I help my picky eater?

Q. My toddler used to eat everything I put in front of her. She never refused food and mealtime was always easy for our family. All of the sudden, she has become extremely picky, refusing foods that she used to love. She’ll push food off her plate or scream in refusal making mealtime very difficult and frustrating. How do I deal with her picky eating? A. You are not alone in the struggle to get your child to eat—this is often a topic of conversation among many parents of toddlers. Picky ...

Why is my child stuttering?

Q. My 3-year-old has always spoken very clearly, but recently he has started to stutter. I’m concerned that something is wrong and this may be more than a phase. Is this common? What I can do to help him? A. It can be worrisome and confusing for parents when their child, who previously spoke clearly with good language skills, begins to stutter. However, it is important for parents to know that stuttering is not uncommon for children ages 2 to 5 years, especially boys. At these ages, ...