Archive for August, 2007

Is My Baby Healthy? A Guide to Prenatal Testing

I was sitting in a small room trying to chat comfortably and ignore the needle in my arm when the nurse asked, do you want us to call you with the results of the blood test, or just send them to the doctor.

I was in my 18th week of pregnancy, and flabbergasted by the question. “Will I know what the results mean,” I asked. Going a little red I admitted, “I don’t even know what I’m being tested for.”

It’s my fourth pregnancy, so when my doctor said, “Go get your blood drawn,” I obediently went. I am, after all a very good pregnant lady, taking my prenatal vitamin every day, eschewing caffeine, and faithfully doing yoga for pregnant women.

I like to leave all the fancy medical terminology and the worries that go with it to my doctor. When a week later, the doctor told me the tests were normal, I breathed a sigh of relief, though I wasn’t quite sure what bullets my baby and I had dodged. As I left the clinic, however, I vowed to become better informed.

By Megan C. Wallgren

Read Megan’s article on prenatal tests and results at

Add comment August 29th, 2007

You Can Home School Your Child

Teaching your child from home or home schooling has many advantages. Classrooms in public schools average 30 to 40 students making it difficult for children to get the personal time and attention they really need. By home schooling your child, you can give them that personal time and actually nurture them as they learn.

Parents who are considering home schooling often wonder “Where do I begin? Fortunately, there are many options to choose from and through the internet, you can investigate curriculum and online academies at your leisure. Some school districts actually contract with online academies to offer FREE home schooling. The connections academy is a free online program that is offered to the residents of the state of Minnesota. The K-12 academy is another such online organization that is offered through districts in Utah and Idaho. The K-12 academy provides textbooks, note pads, testing assessment, and lots of fun learning materials. And it’s all free of charge!

Get the help you need with this article on Home Schooling and other great parenting tips at

Add comment August 23rd, 2007

Why Home School?

This question is being asked all over the country by more and more parents each year. The number of parents making the decision to home school is increasing by almost 15% each year. This states clearly that parents are seeking a better education than they experience with public schools or traditional teaching establishments. Many parents find that their child needs personal attention that traditional schools fail to provide.

In public schools, children are too often taught not to think. They are told what to do, how to do it, when to do it and why to do it. Textbooks and tests are determined by the requirements of the school system and the publishers. The program doesn’t encourage children to have confidence in solving their problems as adults.

By home schooling, you can teach your child to think for herself, to make her own decisions. Home schooling will be a valuable experience for both you and your child. You will not be alone. Support groups are springing up all over the country and you should be able to find one to fit your needs in your own area.

Find more help for home schooling and parenting tips at Child N Parent.

By Dawn Blankinship

Add comment August 20th, 2007

Score Big With Youth Soccer!

Every child can score big with soccer. A fun and exciting sport, soccer can help your child improve coordination, develop social skills and have fun doing it! Children’s soccer leagues are available through recreational and independent programs. It’s important for young children to have a ball! Most children play sports for fun, and fun is largely what it’s all about. Learning a new skill, developing friendships and improving physical fitness is what every parent wants for their child. Parents should encourage young children to have fun and stick with their chosen sport. Starting a pre-school aged child in soccer can be tricky, but well worth the effort. Most young children enjoy kicking a ball and soccer is an easy sport for a three year old to participate in.

Three Important Concepts

Listening, learning, and participating are three important concepts of learning how to play soccer. Preece comments that, “From the ages of five to six, a child will grasp rules and concepts and the goal of actually getting the soccer ball into the goal.” Six and eight year olds have the option of moving on to more competitive soccer or continuing to play for recreational fun. As a child matures, more soccer drills can be introduced as well as more strategy.

Read our full article at and be ready to help your child stay safe and have fun playing soccer.

Add comment August 16th, 2007


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