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November 4, 2010

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Bringing up bilingual baby

November 4, 2010

Infants and toddlers learn foreign language best through early play

Four-year-old Paul Kerdel speaks English with his father and French with his mother and au pair. The Issaquah boy did not always have such fluency, but developed it as French permeated his household.

The Kerdels knew they wanted their children to speak French. Karinne Kerdel grew up in France, and she lived there with her American husband for three months before they moved to New York and then Issaquah.

They tried speaking French in front of Paul, but at the end of the day, it was easier speaking in English, Kerdel said. She spoke to him in French before bed, but “even though I was trying to speak French to him at night, he was speaking English 10 hours a day,” at home and at preschool, she said.

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Birth of baby

November 4, 2010

How a new dad’s life changed with his son’s arrival

My name is Sebastian Moraga, I was born in 1979 and I am 41 years old.

No, the math is right. On Oct. 5, I watched my first child being born and I aged 10 years in about an hour.

It all started at about 10 p.m. Oct. 4, when the doctor looked at me and said “he’s not coming out.”

That meant one thing: forceps.

Now, imagine the inventor of the surgical tool the forceps replaced and made obsolete — if such a thing ever existed. Let’s call it “The Thingy.”

Well, you take the inventor of “The Thingy” on a bad day at the office, and I’m still more anti-forceps than he is. I grew up around horror stories of cousins whose lives were forever changed by what Bill Cosby calls “the salad spoons,” and I had decided long ago not to add my son to the family’s list of cautionary tales.

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Is your child ready for sports?

November 4, 2010

How do  you decide when the time is right?

Ryan Fleisher had a hunch her daughters would become gymnasts. Almost as soon as Mikayla and Raelynn were able to walk, they would enter the living room and perform their version of a gymnastics meet for Ryan and her husband.

Both daughters have grown up around gymnastics as their mom is Issaquah High School’s gymnastics coach and also an instructor for the Gymnastics East program. Mikayla, 11, and Raelynn, 8, both are in competitive gymnastics now after beginning in an introductory program.

Fleisher said she believes it’s advantageous for children to get involved in some kind of physical activity at an early age. She’s not alone in that belief. There have been several national studies that maintain children who get involved in physical activity early and have a nutritious diet are more likely to lead healthy lives. It is believed that people who are active while young will be active as adults.

If done correctly, organized sports can be beneficial, providing a framework for children to play in a safe and healthy manner.

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Good technology gone bad

November 4, 2010

Learn the signs of when your kids have been plugged in too long

Did you have a grandmother who told you technological advances were sinister? Did you just discount her as merely being set in her ways and stuck in the 1950s? She may have been overlooking the obvious benefits of technology, but perhaps she had a point.

While moderate usage of video games, the Internet and cell phones can be harmless, excessive use can have adverse effects, especially on children.

Marianne Goble, counselor at the Wise Heart Center for Psychotherapy in Issaquah, said one of the most important things for a parent to remember is that video games should not take the place of playtime, which is absolutely paramount for children ages 4-12.

She said the playtime should be away from electronics and in the physical presence of friends and parents. This playtime helps a child develop social skills, explore his or her own creativity, and develop an understanding of how others think and feel.

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Getting stuck in the middle

November 4, 2010

Avoid headaches in the transition from elementary to middle school

Pimples can be tough enough, but the uncomfortable physiological changes on the horizon cannot compare to the other horror ahead: middle school.

Despite the monumental nature of the transition from elementary school to middle school, experts said the experience does not need to cause tears to fall or stomachs to tie up in knots.

“This is a challenging transition regardless of how well-adjusted your child is,” Pacific Cascade Middle School counselor Sonja Petersen said. “This is going to be a challenge for all kids.”

Challenging, yes, but not in the way grown-ups might expect.

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2009 Parents Guide

November 10, 2008

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