“Thank you.” These magic words, said frequently, are so simple yet so powerful. They can make a world of difference and go a long way in everyday life. Kids utter these words after they are given a cookie, a cup of juice, a toy or help up from a fall. Teaching our children to be thankful and show gratitude for both big and small gestures is imperative to raising a whole, well-rounded individual.
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” These wise words by Oprah Winfrey underscore the...Read more
When you hear the word sustainable, what comes to mind? Recycling? Composting? “Going green”? Rossman’s Upper School students began the school year by learning that this word means a whole lot more than that! After several activities in science class, they’ve started to develop a much deeper understanding of the concept. Our staff has also been discussing the meaning of sustainability and how we can more fully incorporate the process of educating for sustainability at Rossman School.
The accepted definition of sustainability is “when the environmental, economic, and social needs of...Read more
How many times have you had to utter those words? Parents know the importance of sleep in the development and growth of a child. Sleep-deprived children have more trouble paying attention, more behavioral issues, and are more likely to be overweight (1).
According to the National Sleep Foundation, kids between the ages of 6 and 13 need 9-11 hours of sleep every night. So, in the age of competitive sports, smart phones, YouTube, video games and homework, how can we ensure that our kids are getting the recommended amount of daily sleep? Kenneth Schuster, a...Read more
Young children, like adults, can feel stressed. Can you recognize when your child is stressed? A consumer survey by WebMD showed that children often show stress by displaying negative behaviors. Increased arguing, whining, aggression or worry are just a few examples. Sometimes the stress is manifested by physical symptoms such as stomach pain, headaches, decreased concentration or difficulty sleeping. So, what can we, as parents, do to help our children with stress?
There are a few ways that parents can help reduce the stress in our children’s lives:
Let’s admit it. We have all done it — dropped a delicious morsel on the floor, picked it up, wiped it off, and then put it in our mouth.
In 2016, researchers at Rutgers University in New Jersey found that bacteria can contaminate food in less than one second! The research study leader, Dr. Donald Schaffner, says that bacteria transfer from surface to food instantaneously. When researchers evaluated the transfer of bacteria from surface to food, they concluded that the longer the food item was exposed to “dirty” surfaces and the more moisture present, the worse the spread of the...Read more
Back to school time is full of excitement, anticipation and fun! The kids are reunited and ready to share everything … including lice. Lice love the communal setting of elementary schools and claim 6-12 million heads a year in the United States alone!
Lice do not care how often you wash your hair. They enjoy clean and dirty heads alike. Good hygiene won’t get you a pass. However, a few easy tricks can help reduce the spreading of these tiny, wingless, blood-sucking, multiple egg laying, fast cycling pests.
It can take up to six weeks to notice symptoms. Some people are not...Read more
With our sophisticated, fast-paced culture, too many choices and too little time, we are unknowingly creating the perfect breeding ground for the development of mental health issues in our children. Society has entered a unique period in which parents no longer struggle to provide enough but are unable to resist the temptation of providing too much. Several months ago, after reading Simplicity Parenting by John Payne, the prevailing message from this book continued to resonate in my mind....Read more
Did you know that children may not need to bathe every day after all? Clearly we need cleanliness to prevent infection and death, especially in the delicate environment of hospitals and surgery centers. But should we be applying the same rules to our healthy children in day-to-day life?
Recent research has shown that “healthy” antibacterial cleaning wipes contain some pretty scary stuff, including pesticides that are not only dangerous to bacteria, but also dangerous to us! They also...Read more
Welcome to the world of “The 7 Habits of Happy Kids.” The 7 Habits are leadership qualities introduced in Sean Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Happy Kids. These highly effective habits teach students to enter the 21st century with confidence, character and leadership skills. Along...Read more
As the winter months approach and the seasons change, we tend to see more colds, coughs and flus going around the school. However, our second graders are prepared to fight the battle. In the Lower School science classroom we are learning defenses against germs and strategies to help prevent the spread. Before we could help prevent the...Read more