Expect messy clothes from a day of play — Good Parenting

preschool kidsDear Dr. Debbie,

My 4-year-old son attends an all-day program while I’m at work. I know he loves it; he’s been there since he was 2. Is it asking too much to expect his clothes to be in decent condition when I pick him up? The paint they use is supposed to be “washable” but some colors just don’t come out in the wash. I also find food, mud, grass, and other unidentifiable substances in his clothes.

Working Hard for the Money

 

Nutrition requirements for child care — Good Parenting

tots breakfastDear Dr. Debbie,

My 3-year-old will be attending a child care program soon and I’m concerned about her eating habits. She’s a bit picky, but I’m careful to balance out a healthy diet, even though she eats a lot of the same foods day after day. Her current fad is banana or cucumber slices topped with plain yogurt. Whole grain rice cakes (unflavored) are her favorite car food.

Several centers we are considering serve a morning snack and require parents to send in the rest. The director at one center mentioned that they follow a state standard called CACFP. She said parents are free to send in their own food, but that their breakfast, lunch and two snacks would meet government standards for nutrition.

The option of not having to pack her food every day sounds tempting as a time-saver for me. However, losing control over what my daughter’s food choices are doesn’t feel comfortable.
Are you familiar with this acronym? Does it guarantee some fresh foods and whole grains?

Her Chef

Changing friends from middle to high school — Good Parenting

Sad teen boyDear Dr. Debbie,

Our son’s recent complaint is, “Why are all my friends changing?” Which isn’t an odd question considering they’re transitioning from middle school to high school. Just like him, they may be adding or dropping a sport over the summer and/or finding or losing a girlfriend. It seems that when he feels like being with one buddy, he is not available or that when a friend is asking him to do something, he really doesn’t want to do that activity anymore. Any suggestions for smoothing out this rough patch?

Mom and Dad

Fostering creative thinking with mismatched toys — Good Parenting

Kid playingDear Dr. Debbie,

Please settle a question. My husband is more inclined to let our children use random objects in random ways — stacking puzzles pieces to be knocked down and scattered by a tennis ball or using them in an empty oatmeal box to make a “rattle.” I would rather the puzzle pieces be used as they were designed — to fit into precise places in the puzzle frame. Which approach will help our children better?

Puzzled

When siblings don't get along — Good Parenting

Sibling fightDear Dr. Debbie,

Was I completely off base thinking if we spaced our two children closely enough they would get along with each other? They competed for attention from me when they were little, fought over toys when they could both walk and talk, bickered about chores and what channel to watch through elementary school and now, as preteens seem to take every opportunity to irritate one another. Any suggestions?

Too Close for Comfort

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