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…

Are you preserving your memories?

By: Vanessa Armstrong/ So, tell me, how often do you take photos of your family?   I know exactly what you’re going to say, “Pretty much every day.  I have a smart phone. I take pictures of my kids every day, probably several times a day.” You’re going to say, “I take way more pictures of my…

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…

Navigating the digital world

By: Vanessa Armstrong/ If you’re like me, trying to figure out how to navigate this new digital world that our kids are exposed to is one of the most challenging and stressful things about parenting kids today.  Especially as they get older and come home from school saying “Johnny so and so has an iPhone…

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…