I know he’s ready…but, am I?

By: Sarah Meikle/   I often find myself looking at him, taking in his beautiful features, wondering how he got so big so fast. My first born, nothing will ever change that. He’s always been my sweet sensitive boy, who loves anything that goes fast! Cars, four-wheelers, even his bike that still has the training…

Pregnancy After Down Syndrome

By: Megan Fortman/ Pregnancy After Down Syndrome Last week I had someone ask me “if this baby would have Downs.” While that question and it’s bluntness stung, I really couldn’t blame them for asking. I know out of human nature it is something that everyone has wondered. Heck, we have wondered. Not only have we…

March is Reading Month!

By: Sarah Meikle/ With March being Reading Month, now is the perfect time to ask yourself as a parent; do I read aloud to my child enough? Reading aloud to your child is more than a great bonding experience. Children who are read to aloud get a head start in language and literacy skills. Preparing them for…

Communities in Schools of Lenawee County

Communities in Schools of Lenawee County strives to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.  As a local accredited affiliate of a national non-profit, CIS Lenawee has been providing programming for students throughout Lenawee County for 20 years. Over 5,000 students received services last year…

What is ASQ-3?

What is ASQ-3? By: Lisa Eack/ ASQ-3 is a set of questionnaires about children’s development. It has been used for more than 20 years to make sure children are developing well. A screening provides a quick look at how children are doing in important areas, such as communication, physical ability, social skills and problem-solving skills.…

Build a Skill: Teaching Young Children to Deal with Mad Feelings

By Cary Zavala/ What makes your family STRONG? Research shows that when these 5 Protective Factors are well established, family strength and optimal child development emerge: 1)   Parental Resilience 2)   Social Connections 3)   Knowledge of Parenting & Child Development 4)   Concrete Support in Times of Need 5)   Social & Emotional Competence of Children December’s Early…

Road Trip with kids!

By:  Sarah Meikle/ Traveling long distance with little ones can be exhausting! I want to share some tips that helped me recently, while taking a 2-day road trip to Colorado. One of the most important things was to make sure we were not eating fast food the whole time and the kids weren’t entertained by…

Emotional Regulation to the Rescue!

Emotional Regulation to the Rescue! By: Cary Zavala/ As parents, we admit we sometimes come to the “end of our rope.” With the stressors of daily living, our children’s challenging behaviors can sometimes send us to a “10” quickly on the Feelings Thermometer! If you missed this month’s Parent Network Series, our topic of the…

Venting

By: Melissa Archer/ Venting, when only Venting can capture the hard days I know how good life is and also that things can generally be worse so I try to see the glass as ALWAYS “half full”, but being human there are also days where the “what if’s” slither out of the shadows and into…