If you read our last blog, you read about our three tips to positive discipline. As promised, we are here to talk about four more tips, given by Dr. Katharine C. Kersey, the author of “The 101s: A Guide to Positive Discipline, and Jim Fay, the founder of the organization Love and Logic.
1. Give attention To The Good Behavior and Ignore The Bad
When children act out, it may be because they are seeking attention from their parents. So, sometimes ignoring the bad behavior and giving attention to the good behavior is an effective way to get your children to behave well. Kersey calls this the “Rain on the grass, not on the weeds” principle. If your child is throwing an obnoxious tantrum, play deaf or walk to another room. Your child will learn that that behavior will not gain the attention they are seeking. Show them that their good behavior catches your attention.
2. Redirect Bad Behavior To Positive Discipline
Children who constantly hear “no” or “don’t” tend to eventually tune those directives out. Instead of telling your child what not to do all the time, Kersey recommends offering an alternative behavior to your children. For instance, if your child is talking loud at the library, tell them to play the “quiet game” to see who can whisper longer. If they are acting out at the store, make them push the grocery cart.
3. Exploit the “energy drain”
Raising children can be draining, especially on those days when your children decide to act out. Fay says you can use your fatigue to your advantage. Fay calls this the “energy drain” principle. An example would be defusing a sibling fight by saying “Wow, you need to take that fight with your brother somewhere else, because listening to that could cause me a big energy drain, and I don’t think I’ll have the energy to take you to the park after dinner.”
4. Don’t Bribe Your Children
I’m sure every parent has been tempted to give their child a cookie to be quiet in church or give them a Snickers bar to behave well at an outing. Fay warns against bribing because it might send the wrong message. What kids hear when we bribe them is “‘You don’t want to be very good and you have to be paid off,’” says Fay.
Instead, Fay says, “the best reward for a kid is time with the parents.” Kersey agrees that quality time is key to a happy, well-behaved child. She recommends that each parent spend at least 15 minutes one-on-one connecting with a child every day. “Do something your child wants to do [during that time],” says Kersey. “Whisper in their ear how wonderful they are, how much you love them. … It’s the best investment you can make in your child.”
Parenting is a roller coaster of a journey. Some moments melt your heart and others melt your patience. Discipline is an essential part of parenting and the way you go about it can make or break your relationship with your child. Here are 3 tips for implementing positive discipline in your home.
Understand The Meaning Behind The Behavior
Being a good listener is an essential element to parenting. It’s important to know your child well enough to know why they are acting a certain way. Naomi Aldort, the author of “Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves,” says that children want to behave well; if they seem to miss the mark, it’s not without a valid reason. “The most important [thing] is to realize that whether a child does, we may label as bad, [but really] the child is doing the best he can. It’s our job as parents to find out why [he is] doing it, says Aldort. “Once we know the valid root of the behavior, we can easily remove the cause or heal the emotions, and the child won’t be driven to behave in that way anymore.”
Focus On Controlling Yourself- Not Just Your Child
If you’re a parent, you know it can be hard not to lose your mind sometimes. Dr. Katharine C. Kersey, the author of “The 101s: A Guide to Positive Disciple,” says that parents should try their best to model the behavior they want their children to emulate.
“We should not do anything in front of [our children] that we don’t want them to do,” she suggests. In the case of an extreme behavioral mishap, this may mean counting to 10, taking a deep breath or simply walking away until you’ve had time to collect yourself.
Be Consistent With Your Discipline
Aldort says that parents often overlook a certain behavior in the hope that it will pass. “But guess what?” she says. “It doesn’t pass.” If your child hits another child, you might want to try holding their arm and telling them that the behavior is not acceptable. If they continue, then it is time to remove her from the situation.
Sometimes a child might try to test the limits by arguing with the rules. When this happens, Fay suggests neutralizing negotiations by repeating one simple mantra as often as necessary: “I love you too much to argue.”
We love our children and even though it may not be fun, discipline is necessary. If you have tips for other moms, leave a comment below and stay tuned for another blog next week with part two of our discipline tips.
Lice treatment can be a pain, but not when you come to our clinic. We make it simple and fast! Not to mention that it’s perfectly safe. Here are 4 lice treatment facts about head lice that you may not know.
1. Lice Can Infect Anyone
There’s not a certain nationality or style of hair that lice like best. They will live in any type of hair and they are spread through head-to-head contact. Most people think lice like dirty hair but studies show that they actually prefer a clean head of hair. However, they will infest both. Head lice are not a result of uncleanliness or hygiene, they have nothing to do with that. Lice cannot infest a bald head. They need hair strains to attach to and lay their eggs in and they need a scalp to get a blood supply from.
2. Your Child Has Probably Had Lice For a While
The first symptom of head lice is itching. The itchiness on the scalp, back of the neck or behind the ears is an allergic reaction to lice saliva. It often takes three to four weeks for that reaction to start, hence why you might not even know about a head lice infestation until a few weeks into having it. This is why head checks are important, which brings us to number 3.
3. Head Checks Are The Best Way To Detect Lice
The sooner you find lice, the sooner you can get rid of them, preventing them from spreading to anyone else. Nobody wants to be the reason for a lice outbreak at school. The only way to catch lice early on is to perform regular head checks on your children. Do it weekly if they are young and daily if there’s an outbreak at school.
4. We Offer The Best Lice Treatment Around
If you need lice treatment, look no further than our clinic. If you haven’t heard, our clinic is home to the revolutionary and FDA-cleared AirAllé device which blows controlled heat to dehydrate lice and their nits. It’s safe, fast and effective.
Now you know a little bit more about head lice. Call us if you have any questions or need to schedule an appointment!
Unlike many products and lice treatments in stores today, our treatment combats super lice and that’s a promise.
What Are Super Lice?
Super lice are basically a more annoying version of regular lice. They look and act the same as regular lice but are resistant to chemicals used in over-the-counter lice treatments. Super lice are more common than regular lice these days and they got their name from the media in the last couple years after public research showed that strains of lice had developed a resistance to pyrethroids, the active pesticide in OTC lice treatments. This makes getting rid of lice harder than when any drugstore lice treatment would do the trick. Unfortunately, many parents don’t know about super lice so their first course of action when finding lice is to go to the store and buy the first lice shampoo kit they find. This is why the revolutionary AirAllé device was developed by a scientist at the University of Utah. It DOES kill super lice and is completely safe, without the use of any pesticides or chemicals. That’s something to look for in a lice treatment. Nobody wants to expose their children to harmful chemicals.
Super Lice Research
In 2016, research was published after various studies found that lice sample from 48 states in the U.S carried pesticide-resistant genes. This means that super lice are pretty much in every state and they are most-likely here to stay. They have mutated to become stronger, much like many other species do over time. In 2016, the efficacy of OTC lice treatments dropped from 96 percent in past years to 28 percent in 2016.
Luckily, we’ve got a timeless head lice solution. Our AirAllé treatment will kill head lice and eggs no matter how resistant they become to chemicals because it uses controlled air to dehydrate lice and their eggs. This is good news for parents everywhere. We often treat children who after their parents were unsuccessful at using a drugstore lice shampoo. Come to us right away! Save yourself the trouble. We kill super lice and we offer the best darn treatment around! Get the facts about lice now in case you ever have to deal with it. We are happy to answer any questions.
National news stations are covering a recent story about Fox sports analyst, Clay Travis, whose family was kicked off of a Delta flight when head lice were discovered on his son’s head during the flight.
Travis turned online to express his anger about the situation, including how it was handled.9
According to Travis, he and his wife did not know their children had head lice, but when they discovered it, they knew exactly where it came from. Serval weeks ago, their children were around cousins who had lice.
“When my sister told me about her kids having lice, my wife bought all the over the counter lice treatments and doused our kids with it. Then she kept an eye on both boys over the next several weeks,” Travis says on his blog Out Kick the Coverage.
“During these two weeks in London and Paris our kids took regular baths and we combed their hair after each bath. At no point did either of us see any signs of lice.”
Lice Discovered Mid-Flight
The head lice were discovered halfway through their flight coming from Paris, headed to Minneapolis for a connecting flight to Nashville.
“While he was standing in line for the bathroom, my six year old started to scratch his head. My wife checked to see why he was scratching his head and saw then that he had lice. Several flight attendants rushed over too and peered down at my son’s head. ‘Oh, my God, he has lice’, they said.”
When the plane landed in Minneapolis for their connecting flight, the plane emptied and a flight attendant told Travis and his family that they could not take their connecting flight to Nashville. Travis and his wife were not happy about this and said they were not going to stay in Minneapolis. That’s when the flight attendant said that his children would have to be examined and possibly treated.
Travis failed to find any such policy about lice on the airline’s website and instead found the CDC’s information about lice stating:
“Students diagnosed with live head lice do not need to be sent home early from school; they can go home at the end of the day, be treated, and return to class after appropriate treatment has begun. Nits may persist after treatment, but successful treatment should kill crawling lice.
Head lice can be a nuisance but they have not been shown to spread disease. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice.
Both the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) advocate that “no-nit” policies should be discontinued. “No-nit” policies that require a child to be free of nits before they can return to schools should be discontinued for the following reasons:
Many nits are more than ¼ inch from the scalp. Such nits are usually not viable and very unlikely to hatch to become crawling lice, or may in fact be empty shells, also known as ‘casings’.
Nits are cemented to hair shafts and are very unlikely to be transferred successfully to other people.
The burden of unnecessary absenteeism to the students, families and communities far outweighs the risks associated with head lice.
Misdiagnosis of nits is very common during nit checks conducted by nonmedical personnel.”
This confused Travis because kids are encouraged to remain at school when they have head lice, a place where they come in contact with lots of other children but they must not remain on a plane?
They were still not able to board their connecting flight and a flight attendant told them they should go to the emergency room.
Lack of Head Lice Education
This entire situation may have been handled better or avoided if the Travis family knew more about super lice and if the airlines knew more about head lice in general. If Travis’s wife knew about super lice, she would have known that over-the-counter treatments are not effective. This is an example of way head lice education is so important to us.
However, this might be enough incentive to bring your child to us for a head check before hopping on a plane. Check out the video below to watch the story.
As a parent, you always want what’s best for your children. That’s why we teach our children, discipline them, set rules, and nurture them as much as we can. There are many values that are important to learn in your younger years and here’s five of them.
It’s true that honesty is the best policy and it’s important for our children to know that. People don’t instantly change when they are an adult or when they get married. The habits you form when you’re younger will be carried with you and once you’ve formed a habit, it’s very tough to break, especially when it’s been a habit for a long time. This is why it’s important to teach our kids about honesty from the get-go. The habits we form in our developing years will usually remain habits for the long-haul.
Life is full of conflict. It’s our job to teach our children how to resolve issues, take responsibility for their actions, make amends and handle situations instead of hiding from them. Conflict management skills will be useful in every aspect of life including, school, relationships, and work. Learning how to use your mind to come up with solutions is a very valuable skill.
It’s really never too young to teach your children about hard work and determination. When your children begin to crawl, you can start to teach determination by encouraging them to crawl to their favorite toy instead of handing it to them. Teach your children to take on challenges and not to stop until they reach their goals. Teach them to always be a leader and never to be a quitter. The easiest way to teach about determination is by avoiding excessive praise and instead provide honest feedback when necessary and praise when necessary. Of course, we recommended not being too harsh about this, but offered constructive criticism in a supportive and gentle fashion can teach them to be strong and determined to improve throughout their life.
It’s important to teach our children to reach out to others, be a good person. We don’t want our children to be self-absorbed. Of course, we want them to address their feelings and take care of their needs but we also want them to care for others. We can teach this by leading by example, bringing them to service opportunities and allowing them to make friends.
Children need love. They need it to build self-confidence, they need it to learn how to love others and they need it to have a healthy home life. Show your children affection and let them see you being affectionate with your spouse and people in your life that you love. Love conquers all.
These are just five values that are essential to teaching children in their younger years. As they grow, it’s our hope that they will be honest, good at solving problems, determined, considerate and loving. Someday your children will grow up and thank you for all the values you taught them.
We have often heard of parents turning to the common household condiment for at-home head lice treatment. The question is, does it work? Other lice blogs might say that mayonnaise does treat head lice infestations. But we strongly recommend staying away from mayonnaise. By all means, slap it on your sandwich, that’s what it’s meant for. But please read this blog and think twice before slabbing it on your child’s head. There are several reasons why we discourage mayonnaise, the first and foremost being that it can be dangerous. To keep the mayo on the head, most parents wrap some sort of plastic wrap around the head before bed and then send them to sleep with it on, not often thinking about the fact that the plastic wrap may come off in the middle of the night and suffocate their child. This has actually happened and resulted in death. Children have also gotten food poisoning from the mayonnaise. It’s literally and figuratively a messy situation. The severe situations are probably rare, but why risk it? If there’s even a chance that your child could be harmed, is it even worth it? We think not. It is also not a very fun thing to clean up. Have you ever left opened mayonnaise out of the refrigerator and then threw it away because of the horrid smell? Well, why would you expose your child to that all night?
Does Mayonnaise kill the eggs?
Even if mayonnaise kills live lice, it has not been shown to kill lice eggs. If you don’t kill the lice eggs, then killing the live lice is pretty much pointless because the eggs are going to hatch and a turn into live lice in a few days. Getting rid of the lice eggs can be the trickiest part. Imagine going through all that and it not being effective? Imagine having to clean mayo-filled bed sheets and pajamas.
As mothers, we know the value of doing what you feel is right for your family but just know that mayonnaise can be very unsafe, messy and ineffective. Why risk it?
Most of us look forward to summer all year long and then the time comes and many of us struggle to pull our kids away from their video games or get them off the couch. Looking for some ways to keep your kids active? Here are 6 summer activities to do in the Houston area.
Nature Story Time
Come to Nature Discovery Center Every Wednesday at 4 p.m. for a free story time. This is a great way to keep your kids reading and listening during their summer break and this particular story time goes beyond the typical book reading as it includes live animals, puppets, short nature walks, crafts or songs and nature stories. It’s located at 7112 Newcastle and kids love it.
What kid doesn’t love a day at the Zoo? The Houston Zoo is a great place to take your kids as a reward for good grades during the school year or to celebrate a birthday or just have a family day. This is a fun place for toddlers or teens. Check out their website for prices and additional details.
Splashway Family Waterpark
Texas has some blazing hot summer days and sometimes you just want to be in the water all day. Splashway is a perfect place to do that as you enjoy water slides, a lazy river, and even has a campground. A day in the water and a night at the campfire sounds like a pretty amazing family outing to us. What do you think?
Children’s Museum Of Houston
The Children’s Museum of Houston is said to be a “playground for your mind.” It is filled with interactive exhibits and lets them step into the shoes of their dream career such as inventing things, programming robots, anchoring the news, running a business, getting elected as mayor and much more! Thursday nights are free for families.
Brazos Bend State Park
At Brazos Bend State Park you can bike, fish, hike, camp, stargaze and more. There are opportunities to take guided hikes and learn about the natural history around you.
Does your child have an interest in crocodiles? Then the Crocodile Encounter might be a place to visit this summer. It is the home to the largest group of Nile crocodiles in the country. You can see some pretty cool animals and get close to them. It’s a unique experience and one that can’t be passed up!
Whether you spend a day with the zebras or soak up the sun at a water park, we hope you create some amazing memories with your children. Happy Summer!
We are everything head lice. We are experts at treating it, we keep up with new research on it and we know how to effectively treat it without the use of pesticides or chemicals of any kind. Head lice are the most common type of lice, especially in children and it is the type your child might contract at school or at a friend’s house or at summer camp. Some parents might raise four kids and never deal with head lice, and another parent might have four kids and have to deal with it with each one of them. It is no reflection on the parent; lice become even more common when there’s an outbreak at your child’s school. You just never know if your child is going to get lice or not so it’s a good idea for parents to know a little bit about it and to know about their treatment options just in case. It is something you want to get treated as soon as possible. Head lice are technically called Pediculus humanus capitas and reside in the hair, close to the scalp. They feed off blood from the scalp several times a day and cause major itching. We treat head lice only at our clinic, no other type of lice. There are two other types of lice.
Body lice, or Pediculus humanus corporis, live on the body and are gross little bugs that can carry diseases if you don’t treat them. They are usually associated with someone who has bad hygiene and is unclean. This type of lice can certainly be treated by improved hygiene, cleanliness, and access to regular changes of clothes. Body lice infestations can go away. Stay clean and hygienic to avoid them!
Pubic lice are pretty self-explanatory. They lice in pubic hair and can also be found in other areas such as eyebrows, eyelashes, beards, mustaches, chest hair or armpits. Their technical name is Pthirus Pubis and they are usually spread through sexual contact. There are effective over-the-counter and prescription treatments for pubic lice. This one can get worse if not taken care of.
No matter what kind, lice infestations are gross and not at all fun. They should all be treated as soon as possible and we can take care of that if you find yourself or your children with head lice. It’s important to get every member of your family checked if one person gets head lice and we can do that at our clinic. Bring them in and we’ll take it from there.
Every year, people of all ages get excited to lounge by the pool, attend barbecues, wear red, white and blue, eat way too much and play fun games with friends and family. Yep, Tuesday of next week is the Fourth of July and we are looking forward to it! Maybe you have fun traditions or maybe you’re looking for some new traditions for your family. Care.comwrote an article about 12 great activities for kids on the Fourth of July. Here are our 5 favorite ones.
1. Make A Fourth of July Wand
Sometimes kids are fearful of loud and bright fireworks. Or at least their afraid to hold a sparkler or get close to fireworks that others are lighting off. Making a patriotic wand can be their proud accessory to hold instead of fireworks. It’s simple and easy to make and can even be saved till next year. Or you can make it a tradition to make a new one each year.
2. Host A Fourth of July Bike Parade
This creative idea consists of gathering all the kids on the block and giving them decorations to decorate their bike anyway they like. After everyone’s bike is decorated, stage a parade down the street. Parents can sit outside and watch as their adorable kids proudly show off their decorated bikes. How cute is this idea? This makes them feel involved and special in the Fourth of July festivities.
3. Play Patriotic Games
Need some ideas for some fun, outdoor patriotic games? How about a relay race, tug-of-war, water balloon fight, coloring contest, pie-eating contest, scavenger hunt, or Fourth of July bingo? Maybe even a patriotic costume contest. Outdoor Fourth of July games are perfect for hot summer days. They keep the kids active and engaged. You could give out prizes for winners.
4. Bake Red, White and Blue Treats
What is the Fourth of July without the patriotic treats? Baking is something you can do with your children. Teach them the basics of cooking and have some fun together. Cookie decorating is a fun activity for the kids. Buy lots of red, white and blue frosting and make sure not to run out of sprinkles!
5. Teach About the Declaration of Independence
Do your kids know why we celebrate Independence Day? Do they even know that the Fourth of July is Independence Day? The Declaration of Independence is an important part of history and it is a fitting time to learn about it when we are celebrating the independence and birth of our nation. Teach your kids about what it is and who signed it. They will be ahead of the curve when they learn about it in school.
We hope that you enjoy at least one of these suggestions from care.com. If your child happens to contract head lice from on the kids on the block or from a cousin at Fourth of July party, give us a call right away and we’ll perform head checks on your family and treat whoever has it. We hope you and your family have an amazing fourth of July.