Q. We’re planning a ski vacation this year and my youngest wants to snowboard. I think he should try skiing first. Does it matter?
A. Nope! It’s great that your son wants to board. Motivation is key, regardless of how he wants to get down the mountain; of course taking a lesson is the best place to start. You want to give them a solid foundation to build on so that at the end of the day it was a positive experience. At Monarch we offer convenient half or full day lessons. For a first-timer, I recommend a full day lesson. These all day lessons are great because your child can get totally immersed in the Colorado mountain experience, make friends and build on what they learn throughout the day, all while you enjoy your own day on the slopes. Win win..
Drew Middlemiss | Director of Ski + Ride School at Monarch | www.skimonarch.com
Q. How do you teach children to self-regulate when it comes to screen time?
A. Parents these days often find themselves battling their children over “screen time”- and it’s exhausting. So, how can we best teach our kids to self-regulate their screen use? First, remember our kids are watching us, so as parents we need to make sure our own screen habits are in check. Once that’s in place, take time to come up with a family plan for what the time limits will be and stick to it. For younger children, use a kitchen timer. Set it for 5 minutes before screen time is over to give your kids time to transition mentally. Teach kids to track how they feel after extended time on screens. This helps them learn to listen to their bodies as an indicator that it’s time to stop. Take heart. Building habits takes patience, but the results are worth it.
Julia Storm | Digital Media Family Educator and Founder | www.reconnect-families.com
Q. My child’s eye doesn’t look right, but it’s not pink eye. What else could it be?
A: Your child’s ability to see is critical so it’s important to identify emergencies in the blink of an eye. Anytime your child’s vision is compromised or their pupil is altered, you should seek medical attention immediately. A ruptured globe or other serious injury may require surgery. If your child’s eyelid is swollen and red, it could be an infection called periorbital cellulitis that requires antibiotics. Did a foreign object get in your child’s eye? This can cause corneal abrasions, or scratches on the surface of the eye. A physician may prescribe medicated drops to treat pain or infection. Remember whatever the injury, eyes are complex organs, so don’t take any chances. If there’s any concern, get it checked out right away.
Dr. Christina Johns | Children's Health | www.childrens.com.urgentcare
Q. Summer’s over. Why would I take swimming lessons in the fall/winter?
A. The “off-season” is a great time to hone swimming skills. Our area is filled with indoor pools and waterparks that may be visited year round. Swim lessons outside of the summer season get children ready before outdoor fun begins, but also make indoor excursions a great way to spice up a winter afternoon. Learning to swim at an early age is a preventive measure that provides life-saving, life-long benefits. Learning to swim without the pressures of a full summer schedule allows children to enjoy and respect the water while learning aquatic risk management.
Tracey Panzer-Michelle | Floating Kiwi Swimming School | www.infantaquatics.com