Consistent schedules important for children’s development

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Do you keep a regular daily schedule for your children?  Children need a family schedule they can count on. They should have enough rest and sleep every day. There should be time to eat meals without rushing. Time should be planned to complete homework. Finally, there should be time for enough physically active play that your child freely chooses.

Also, make sure your child gets enough sleep each night. Enforce firm limits for bed time, even on weekends. The National Sleep Foundation recommends 10 to 11 hours of sleep daily for school-age children and 9 hours daily for teenagers. Most kids get far less than that and are continually sleep-deprived. Studies show that health risks of too little sleep include obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, depression and anxiety, mood swings, poor memory and attention and driving accidents.

Children also need three nutritious meals plus two or three snacks every day to be healthy and to do well in school and activities. Also, avoid over-scheduling activities. Your child may be interested in doing a variety of things. You may also want him/her to participate in particular skill-building or social activities. However, be realistic about what you schedule for your child. Look carefully at the total schedule your child and your family keep. It is important to have a good balance so everyone in the family feels more relaxed and in tune with each other.

Dr.Carole Gnatuk, Senior Extension Specialist for Child Development, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture provided this information from: http://www.sleepfoundation.org/article/sleeptopics/children-and-sleep - Wilson, N. Family/Work time: October, 2010 and www.betterkidcare.psu.edu (Penn State Better Kid Care Program, Penn State University)

Join us to learn Tai Chi!

This afternoon at our Weight the Reality Series class Jim Thaxton, Health Educator from the 3-Rivers Health Department in Pendleton County will present a special program on Tai Chi. He will also discuss and demonstrate the basics of EFT.  Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) has been called “psychological acupuncture” using one of the most highly effective energy-healing processes available to us today. It uses the ancient Chinese meridian system to relieve psychological stress and physiological pain. The session will be held from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at the Extension office.

Cheesemaking Workshop

Tomorrow (November 3, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) I have arranged for Jim Graves, local goat producer to teach an all-day cheese making workshop here.  Jim has made cheese for several years and attended a 3-day University of Kentucky cheese making school and previously taught shorter cheesemaking classes here. We will learn about cheese cultures, how to make several kinds of cheese from goats and cow’s milk and much more about making cheese. Lunch is provided We still have room in the class so  call the Carroll Extension office at 732-7030 to attend. The registration fee of $12 can be paid at the door.  

Reception for new agent, Christin Herbst

On Monday, November 7 from 3 – 6 p.m. we invite all friends to a reception at the Carroll County Extension office to welcome Christin Herbst, our new Carroll County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources/4-H Youth Development. Please stop by for a piece of cake to help us formally welcome Christin!

Learn about “Food Cultures and Customs”

Learn about some world cultures as we explore similarities and differences in foods and customs at our November “Learn with Us!” program on Thursday, November 10 at 6 p.m. at the Extension office. Diane Mason, Boone County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences has developed this special program to help us learn about other cultures. This is our November Homemaker’s class but we invite anyone interested to attend.

Extension begins Knitting Class

Mark your calendars for a beginning knitting class at 6 p.m. on November 16 and 17 or call our office.  More information next week!