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Parent Advice / Back to School

As summer winds down, parents and children are well aware of the approach of the new school year. Some kids are very excited about learning and seeing their teachers and friends again, while others have more reservations.

Nature & Children

So what does outside nature time look like? It could be exploring the backyard or park, hiking, gardening, riding bikes, or just sitting under a tree daydreaming. Unstructured time, without a specific plan, encourages a child to get creative and be independent.

Reach Out and Read

The pandemic has affected so many things for our children, including their education. Despite incredible efforts by devoted teachers and school staff, progress in reading has suffered significantly, with many more students at risk of not learning to read than prior to the pandemic. Kids who do not learn to read in elementary school are at greater risk of dropping out, earning less, and getting in trouble with the law.

Beat the heat: Diabetic safety

Wear sunscreen. Stay hydrated. Wear light, loose clothing. Anyone who’s lived in Kittitas County for more than a year knows these basics for survival in the summer heat. If you’re […]

The pandemic & depression in teens

Contributor: Elise Herman, MD, KVH Pediatrics We are all dealing in some way with the ravages of COVID-19 – isolation, financial hardships, personal illness or illness of loved ones, changes […]

Talking about racism to children

Contributor: Dr. Elise Herman, KVH Pediatrics Racism is front and center now, and parents may wonder how to have important conversations with their child about diversity, equality, and discrimination. It […]