With football season underway, it's crowded in the stadium and in the doctor's office. Many of us have witnessed a player shaken up and carried off the field after a big hit.
Fall weather is finally here and cooler temperatures usher in fall allergy season. The sneezing, stuffy nose, itchy eyes, scratchy throats and cough, which are all symptoms of allergic rhinitis, start up as the pollens blows in and stirs up ragweed, the most common fall allergen.
It only takes a few weeks of school for for the lice (pediculus capitis) problem to "rear its angry head"! I have had phone calls, emails and even frantic texts from many parents who are fighting head lice in their homes. This causes a lot head scratching in kids but even more anxiety in their parents (a few of whom have also gotten lice).
There is a lot of pressure placed on students to succeed and many of them are turning to the "good grade pill". What is it? Prescription stimulants that are commonly used to treat children with ADHD.
Bullying is something all parents hope their child never has to go through. Because most kids don't want to admit they're being bullied, parents have to look closely to find the signs.
It's that time of year again ... when thoughts turn from swimming and sunscreen … to school supplies!
The first day of school is right around the corner....exciting for sure, but heading back to school may also be stressful.
August 1 is the date for many students to return to school for athletics, drill team, cheerleading and band. This comes just as the temperatures hover around 100 degrees everyday. Need to remember that kids are more likely than adults to suffer from heat illnesses.
A Wichita Falls school earns a top Texas honor for excelling in academics, art, and athletics....
Power outage due to weather causes Frederick, Oklahoma schools to close today.
A new free program is helping kids cut the fat!
Boy suspended after taking airsoft pistol to school "for protection".
Closings and delays from around Texoma. Stay safe.
Parents say developmentally disabled girl should have been escorted to bus on day she was taken.
A 5-year-old boy in Massachusetts may be suspended after he reportedly built a toy gun out of Legos during an after-school program.
A Philadelphia elementary school student was scolded and searched by administrators in front of her entire class after she pulled out a paper gun in class last week, according to her mother.
Three Texas lawmakers are planning to introduce a new law to give school districts more options in providing security on campus.
Add recess to reading, writing and arithmetic says a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP.) The pediatricians believe that recess can be as important to a child's overall development as standard classes and should never be denied, especially as a punishment.
"We consider it essentially the child's personal time and don't feel it should be taken away for academic or punitive reasons," said Dr. Robert Murray, who co-authored the new policy statement for the AAP.
According to the authors, recess is a crucial and necessary component of a child's development.
Other reasons given for the importance of recess are that it helps students develop better communication skills, counteracts the time sitting in classrooms, and may foster skills such as cooperation and sharing - all good things.
The authors noted that previous research has found that children are able to pay closer attention and perform tasks better after a recess break. A year ago, 14 studies were reviewed and researchers found that kids who get more exercise do better in school. Recess and sports related activities offer children the opportunity to exercise and burn off excess energy. They also get a chance to recharge their brains and bodies.
Other organizations have recommended that children need recess as well. The American Heart Association and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CPSC) both call for schools to offer recess to kids. You might think that recess in schools is a given, but in a 2011 survey of 1,800 elementary schools, researchers discovered that a third of the schools did not offer recess to their third-graders. However, most schools do offer recess of between 15 and 30 minutes once or twice a day.
Is there a particular time of day that helps kids most? Before lunch seems to be the consensus from government agencies, CPSC and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Previous studies have found
Board members listened to a proposal that would give students the opportunity to experience cultures from another part of the world.
Academy suits up 30 kids as they prepare to hit the books.