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The Young & the Restless - The Child Care Center

The Young & the Restless - The Child Care Center

your child feel guilty,

your child feel guilty, you will focus the child on his inadequacy. Two things are then likely: 1) your child may chastise himself and feel bad about himself, or 2) he may blame others for being mean in order to defend himself against feeling bad. Neither of these states will inspire him to reflect. Parents often think that if a child feels bad about some misdeed, he will not repeat the behavior. That is a myth. PERMISSIVE INTENT: MEANT TO RESCUE THE CHILD Parents also keep children from their mistakes by rescuing them. When adults withhold (or impose) consequences with the goal of shielding a child from the discomfort that grows naturally out of that child’s choices, the child’s chance to learn is blocked. TEACHING RIGHT FROM WRONG When your intentions are punitive or permissive, your ultimate goal is really control. You are dictating the feelings your child should have, or shielding him from feelings he would have had. Both these positions cut your child off from his own feelings, which would have resulted naturally from his choices. A child who is cut off from his feelings lacks the essential emotional equipment he needs to decide whether he is on course or off course. Lacking this equipment, he cannot decide to change course and depends upon others to direct his life. Your child can grow up learning right from wrong from others, or he can learn it himself though awareness of his emotions. The choice is yours. HURRICANE SEASON IS HERE! The season is here, and we need to get ready. Alberto and Beryl have made his presence known in the South East. We are in no hurry to hear the names Chris or Debbie, the next two names for storms this year. Following a hurricane, the Center will open as soon as possible. How soon will that be? Unfortunately, every hurricane gives us a different answer to that question. We have a voice mail system set up with our 305 666-2203 phone number. During any kind of closing due to weather conditions, you will be able to call there and get the latest update pertaining to our re-opening. We will not follow MDCPS procedures for re- opening. They are re-opening hundreds of schools. We are reopening one school. HEALTH ALERT CLEARER AIR MEANS CLEARER EARS Nina Shapiro, M.D. Everyone knows that air pollution is bad for your child’s health. It can lead to respiratory problem such as asthma, allergies, bronchitis, pneumonia and chronic cough. But most of us do not consider ears when we think about the respiratory system. Indeed, our ears, and especially our child’s ears, are directly connected to the upper respiratory tract. Ear infections develop because fluid from the back of a child’s nose, known to be laden with bacteria and viruses, can track up the small tube that connects the inside of the ear (middle ear) to the back of the nose (nasopharynx). This tube, technically known as the Eustachian tube, is very short and immature in young children and makes the path from the nose to the ear a direct, easy one. This is one reason why ear infections are the most common cause of pediatric visits in any given year. We are surrounded by both real and exaggerated concerns regarding global warming and its effect on children’s health, now and in the future. With this issue in the forefront of the news, both from a medical as well as a political standpoint, the issue of air pollution has fallen by the wayside. But here is the good news: Air pollution has improved significantly over the last ten to fifteen years, and, with that improvement, there has been a reduction in the number of ear infections in children. A recent study using a large data bank (the National Health Interview Survey) included more than 125,000 children over a ten-year period (1997 - 2006) and examined if the improvement in air quality influenced the prevalence of ear infections in children. The annual frequency of ear infections in this large group was cross-referenced with the annual air pollution data from the EPA over the same time period. Air pollution was JUNE 2012 8

measured based on amounts of the four major air pollutants (carbon monoxide, nitrous dioxide, sulfur dioxide and particulate matter) for each year. The average annual prevalence of “frequent ear infections,” which was defined as “three or more ear infections per year” in this database, was 6.6%. As air quality steadily improved over the ten year period, there was found to be a reduction in the prevalence of “frequent ear infections.” This gradual improvement was statistically significant. When looking at other illnesses commonly seen in children (respiratory allergies), ear infections stood out as having the most significant reduction in frequency in this large population as the air quality steadily improved. Better air quality was significantly associated with lower prevalence of frequent ear infections in children. Nina Shapiro, MD is the director of Pediatric Otolaryngology and an associate professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She is the author of Take A Deep Breath: Clear the Air for the Health of Your child. You can find more information about Dr. Shapiro at www.drninashapiro.com TICKLERS What are ticklers? A Tickler is a reminder of a CCC practice that you may have forgotten over your tenure as part of the CCC family. We are going to use this space each month to remind you of one or two of those practices. We might even include the why behind the practice. This month: BLANKETS. Parents are asked to provide a small blanket for their child for nap-time. The emphasis is on the word small. For health reasons, we store the blankets in Zip-Loc bags. Large blankets, sleeping bags are both cumbersome for sleeping on the floor, storing in the Zip-Loc bags and adding to your weekly laundry. So please, think small and in the Summer think light. Be sure to take the bedding home on Friday’s for laundering. CALENDAR 06/08 Fantastics Graduation - Matheson Hammock Park, 4:15 06/11 Soccer Shots Camp - 10:00 06/12 Soccer Shots Camp - 10:00 Compukidz - 9:30 06/13 Soccer Shots Camp - 10:00 06/14 Soccer Shots Camp - 10:00 06/15 Soccer Shots Camp - 10:00 06/18 Water Play begins Soaring Eagles Yoga Camp - 10:30 06/19 Soaring Eagles Yoga Camp - 10:30 Compukidz - 9:00 06/20 Soaring Eagles Yoga Camp - 10:30 06/21 Soaring Eagles Yoga Camp - 10:30 06/22 Soaring Eagles Yoga Camp - 10:30 06/25 Ballet At Your School Camp - 9:30 06/26 Ballet At Your School Camp - 9:30 Compukidz - 3:00 Ale House Discount Night 06/27 Ballet At Your School Camp - 9:30 06/28 Ballet At Your School Camp - 9:30 06/29 Ballet At Your School Camp - 9:30 07/03 Compukidz - 9:30 07/04 Independence Day - Center closed 07/10 Compukidz - 9:30 07/17 Compukidz - 9:30 07/23 NO Water Play Soccer Shots Camp - 10:00 07/24 Compukidz - 9:30 Ale House Discount Night Soccer Shots Camp - 10:00 07/25 Soccer Shots Camp - 10:00 07/26 Soccer Shots Camp - 10:00 07/27 Soccer Shots Camp - 10:00 Summer Olympics begin 08/13 - 17 Center closed 08/20 Center re-opens JUNE 2012 9

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