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Positive Discipline Starts with The Parents- Part 1

Some parents are lucky enough to have angel children who never misbehave but the majority of us have to sometimes put up with thrown toys, screams and slammed doors in our faces. The way we handle these situations, behave ourselves and discipline our children really matters. Here are some tips that we’ve gathered from a few experts.

Understand The Meaning Behind The Behavior

As parents, it’s our job to be selfless and to be cognitive of what’s going on with our children. Taking the time to really know our children gives us the opportunity to understand why they are acting certain ways. Naomi Aldort, the author of “Raising our Children, Raising Ourselves,” says that children are born wanting to behave well. If they seem to miss the mark, there’s a valid reason for it. “The most important [thing] is to realize that whatever a child does, we may label as bad, [but really] the child is doing the best he can. It’s our job as parents to find out why [he is] doing it,” says Aldort. “Once we know the valid root of the behavior, we can easily remove the cause or heal the emotions, and the child won’t be driven to behave in that way anymore.”

Ask yourself if your child is acting out for a certain reason. Have they been getting enough attention? Are they acting out to be noticed? Is there a certain correction you can make to your own behavior that might positively affect your child? “A lot of what we expect of children is unreasonable,” says Aldort.

Be Willing To Adjust Your Own Behavior

Our children pick up on our behaviors. It’s often hard to keep calm in the heat pf the moment but how we react to situations is often how our children will grow up to react to situations. Dr. Katharine Kersey, author of “The 101s: A Guide To Positive Discipline,” says that parents need to model the types of behavior they want their kids to emulate. Leading by example is very powerful. ” We should not do anything in front of [our children] that we don’t want them to do,” she says.

Be Consistent

Consistency is everything in parenting. Being consistency is very healthy for our children. Aldort says that parents often overlook certain behaviors and hope it will pass. That is a lazy perspective. It will not pass. If your child bites another child, for instance, hold their hand and them their behavior was unacceptable. If they continue, it’s time to remove them from the situation and handle it.

Sometimes a child might try to test the limits by arguing with the rules. When this happens, Fay suggests neutralizing negotiations by repeating one simple mantra as often as necessary: “I love you too much to argue.”

Let’s all strive to understand our children, exemplify positive behavior and be consistent in with our parenting styles and discipline patterns. Stay tuned for part 2 with even more advice on utilizing positive discipline in the home.

Tomball

New Location In Tomball, Texas

Tomball In A Nutshell

Are you a native of Tomball? Tomball is a city in Harris County in the state of Texas and is part of the Houston metropolitan area. With an estimated population of 10,753, Tomball is a suburb of Houston and it’s a wonderful small town to raise a family. Many families reside in the Tomball area. If you are a parent of young children, you may have to deal with head lice in the near future. That’s where we come in. We are experts of head lice and we now offer safe and effective lice treatment at our new clinic in Tomball, Texas to make it even more convenient for our wonderful Tomball neighbors. Our original location is in College Station and we continue to operate both locations.

Our AirAllé® Lice Treatment

We hope there is not a head lice outbreak at your child’s school anytime soon but if there is, there’s a big chance your son or daughter will come home with lice so it’s important to be prepared. We encourage parents to know a little bit about head lice, such as how it spreads and how to treat it. We offer treatments using our revolutionary and guaranteed lice treatment with our Airalle device. It was invented at the University of Utah and uses controlled, heated air in a pattern to dehydrate head lice and eggs, even when you can’t see them. It will work no matter how resistant lice become to chemicals and pesticides because we don’t use any! That means it’s not only effective but also safe! Don’t use drugstore lice shampoos because they simply don’t work. Parents love our treatment because it’s one and done with no follow-up appointments necessary. It’s safe, fast and effective. Give us a call today for a head check and possible treatment!

super lice

Super Lice: Not So Super

Super Lice

No matter what, head lice are a nuisance and they always have been. We’re lucky we live in a day with so much technology and so many resources. We don’t have to carve lice combs out of stones like people in ancient times but now parents have to deal with an even stronger and trickier strain of head lice. They act and look the same but are resistant to treatments that used to easily kill them.

Super lice are now in 48 states in the U.S, according to head lice research from the last few years. This has brought the efficacy rate of over-the-counter treatments from 96 percent to 28 percent. Parents are realizing more and more just how valuable our AirAllé treatment is because it’s a one and done, safe and effective treatment, which isn’t easy to come by these days. It’s worth the price and makes lice treatment easier than ever for you. If your family is affected by lice in the future, we know we can be the best resource and treatment in town for you.

Super Lice

Super lice got their name from the media in 2015 when public research showed that strains of head lice had developed a resistance to pesticides and chemicals that are in drugstore head lice treatments. Lice have mutated and evolved over the years to become stronger and resistant. Scientists found that lice have become resistant to many medical lice treatments as well. Doctors often recommend Lice Clinics of America because of our success rate. The bad news is any lice treatment you buy at the store or home remedy you find in your kitchen probably will not work. The good news is, our treatment will work no matter what. It works for regular lice, super lice and whatever the future hold for lice. It uses warm, controlled air to dehydrate lice and their eggs.

12 Things To Teach Your Children In Their Younger Years

As parents, we do our best to teach our children about the world and about life. Certain life skills are useful throughout life. Here are 12 things that your children will someday be very grateful that you taught them.

  1. To Be Active

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Expose your children to a healthy lifestyle early on that will lead them to love being outdoors and being on their feet. Teaching good, active habits will assure they don’t turn into a couch potato (hopefully). Teach them that they want to take care of themselves to live a long, healthy and happy life.

  1. Dental Hygiene

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Did you know that daily flossing can add 6 years to your life? Dental hygiene is extremely important. Get them in the habit NOW. Don’t assume they’ll one day make a habit of it if they don’t start now.

  1. To Face Their Fears

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Life is not always a picnic. Sometimes we have to do scary things. Teach your children to take on challenges and have the confidence to face their fears. Being afraid of life is lonely and filled with anxiety.

  1. To Be A Reader

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There is nothing better for the brain than reading. It is such a valuable skill to have. Always teach your kids to be readers and to have an imagination. Read to them and tell them stories.

  1. How To Have Fun

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Life should be enjoyed. Teach your kids that it doesn’t have to be serious business all the time. Teach them to live, laugh and love and to have a good time doing it. Hard work is of course, important but kids should know that happy memories are crucial as well.

  1. To Move On

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Teach them not to dwell on things, not to sweat the small stuff and to learn to eventually move on from hard things or mistakes or things that haunt them. This is never an easy task but dwelling on things can destroy people.

  1. How To Cook

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You either had someone in your life who taught you how to cook and you’re eternally grateful or you wish you had someone who did that for you because ramen gets old after a while and you’re sick of burning meals or over seasoning. Be the parent your child can be grateful to.

  1. Internet Safety
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safety first concept with blue key on computer keyboard

The internet can be a scary thing for parents. Teach your kids not to accept a friend request from the creepy guy you don’t know or to accept a chat from someone claiming to be someone who goes to their school. Teach them to only use the internet for good.

  1. Hard Work

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Teach them to be a hard worker. Spoiling them constantly and never making them work for anything will be a disservice to them.

  1. To Be Themselves

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Living a life trying to be someone else is exhausting. What makes this world such a beautiful place is that we are unique and have different things to offer. Teach them to embrace that.

  1. To Stand Up For Themselves

Stand Up For Yourself words on a sign held by a single man or person in a crowd to illustrate being a rebel or going on strike to protect your rights and justice

This can be hard at times but it would be heartbreaking if people walked all over your kids their entire lives. Teach them for not only stand for something but to also stand up for themselves and believe in themselves.

  1. To Be A Friend

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Teach them to be selfless and to be the kind of person people want to be around. Friendships are special and we want our children to create meaningful relationships.

Someday your children will be so grateful for the things you taught them. Then they will use what they learned to teach their own children someday and the cycle will continue. Spread goodness. Happy Parenting!

 

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Head Lice Or Dandruff?

It’s actually quite common to mistake head lice for dandruff or vice versa. They look similar and the average person probably hasn’t seen lice before. There are some distinct differences and once you know them, you’ll be bale to tell the difference.

Location Of Head Lice Eggs

Let’s start with the location of nits (lice eggs). Lice lay eggs about a quarter on an inch from the scalp because they need the warmth of the body to incubate and survive. They also need to be close to the scalp to get their blood supply (That’s their breakfast, lunch and dinner). They survive by sucking blood from your head (yuck). So an egg found at that area would be a definite clue that there’s a lice infestation. If it’s farther away from the scalp, it might be a dead egg or empty nit, or possibly dandruff.

Dandruff can shake right out of your hair but lice eggs don’t budge. Lice eggs secrete a glue-like substance and they will not move if you shake your hair or run your fingers through your hair. Nits (lice eggs) must be individually pulled off with your nails or a lice comb.

What Is Dandruff?

Dandruff is a common form of skin eczema, also called Seborrheic dermatitis. Dandruff can be caused by too much oil on the scalp, which dries and turns into flakes. It is only considered dandruff if it’s on the human scalp. It usually appears as large white yellow flakes. Dandruff might be associated with an irritated head.

Neither dandruff nor head lice present any serious health risks. Lice don’t spread disease, and dandruff can be easily treated with medicated shampoo.

If you discover that it is head lice, give us a call for a lice treatment appointment. If you’re not sure, we can give you a head check!

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Kid-Friendly Summer Activities in College Station, Texas

Summer is an exciting time for kids because they get to do fun things, stay up late, sleep in late and have a stress-free few months of fun in the sun. Here are 7 fun summer activities around College Station, Texas

  1. Beautiful Lake Bryan Park

Lakes are a popular location during summer and Lake Bryan Park offers fishing, hiking, mountain biking, swimming or camping. Have a boat? Take it out for some water skiing, wakeboarding or inner tubing. The nearby Lakeside Icehouse offers food, drinks, and live music. How fun does that sound? Make sure you stick around for the beautiful sunset, you’ll have a perfect view.

  1. Summer Reading Program At The Library

We can get our children reading with us at the Bryan+College Station Public Library summer reading program. It’s for kids and adults. The library system offers book clubs, computer classes, and other events during the summer. If you or your kids are book worms, this might be fun.

  1. First Friday in Downtown Bryan

Come down to Downtown Bryan on the first Friday of every month for some entertainment. Watch fun street performers, enjoy live music and get some grub. There are food trucks and sit down restaurants to enjoy while watching the performances. It provides a wonderful atmosphere on a summer evening.

  1. Local Theaters

Some days in Texas are just too hot to be outside. That’s when an air-conditioned theater sounds pretty good. Whether you go to a movie theater or a live theater, it might be a relaxing way to cool off and entertain the kids. Stage Center is Brazos Valley’s oldest full-range theater and The Theater Company of Bryan-College Station offers musicals. If you love theater, this can be a good way to share your passion with your children.

  1. Grand Station Entertainment

Grand Station Entertainment is a fun-filled family center with bowling, laser tag, and mini golf. All fun activities for families. They also have a banquet room for birthday parties and a food court with tasty dining options. You could spend all day in this air-conditioned fun zone.

  1. Jumping World Trampoline Park

What kid wouldn’t love a warehouse full of trampolines? Kids love this place and it’s a great way to reward your kids for good grades during the school year. It’s great exercise as well. This is a fun way to be active and laugh with friends. https://www.experiencebcs.com/listing/jumping-world-trampoline-park/1861/

  1. Escape Room BCS

One of the fun attractions at Aggieland is an escape room. This is a fun activity where your group placed in a room and have to use clues to figure out how to escape. You’ve got to work fast to beat the record time. Everyone should try one of these at least once. It’s a lot of fun.

No matter what you do this summer, we hope you get some good bonding with your children this summer and have a safe and memorable summer break.

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We Treat Head Lice! What Are The Other Types Of Lice?

Head Lice

Head lice are quite common among young children and at our clinic, we offer the best possible treatment for them. Our treatment is fast, 100% safe and effective. Getting head lice means either coming in direct contact with someone who has head lice or using someone’s comb, brush or hair accessory. Parents often panic when their child gets lice but a little bit if education about it can make all the difference when faced with it. Direct head-to-head contact is the most common way to get head lice from someone. The formal name for them is Pediculus humanus capitas, but most people just relate to it as head lice. Personal hygiene or cleanliness has nothing to do with contracting head lice. They feed on human blood several times a day from the scalp and they live in the hair, very close to the scalp. They aren’t harmful and don’t carry diseases. However, they are a huge nuisance and you’ll want to get them treated as soon as possible. Head lice are the most common type of lice and the one your child might come home from school with. You’ve gotta watch out for head lice if you have elementary-aged children. But, what are the other types of lice?

Body Lice

Unlike head lice, body lice can spread disease (yikes!) Their formal name is Pediculus humanus corporis. They reside on the body and are actually more common among people who have bad hygiene and don’t wash and change their clothes on a regular basis. They might come about during camp when a person roughs it for a few weeks and doesn’t take showers. These type of lice are directly related to uncleanliness. This type is not as common but it can definitely happen to someone who doesn’t take care of themselves. They are spread through person-to-person contact. These type of lice can be dangerous and cause more problems.

Improved hygiene and access to regular changes of clean clothes is the only treatment needed for body lice infestations. This one can be controlled and taken care of so, please, for the sake of yucky body lice, stay clean!

Pubic Lice

Pubic lice, or Pthirus Pubis, are found attached to hair in the pubic area, but can occasionally be found on coarse hair on other parts of the body such as eyebrows, eyelashes, beards, mustaches, chest or armpits.
Pubic lice infestations are usually spread through sexual contact. Both over-the-counter and prescription medications are available for treatment of pubic lice infestations.
Although we only treat head lice, we wanted you to be a tad familiar with the other types of lice as well. Every type of lice can be treated but we treat head lice only. We are experts and keep up with the research and news on lice. We treat regular head lice as well as super lice, which is on the rise in America. Our treatments work effectively no matter what. We hope you never have to deal with any types of lice but if you have head lice in your future, give us a call to make an appointment. We’ll give head checks to your family and talk about the best treatment option for you. We are your neighbor in lice treatment and we’ll make the process easy and fun.

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Fun And Easy Fourth of July Activities For Kids

A very fun holiday is on Tuesday of next week: Independence Day! Or more commonly known, the Fourth of July! What are your plans? Are you trying to figure out what you can do to entertain your children and make the Fourth of July fun for them? We turned to Pinterest to find 7 different crafts you can do with your kids on Independence Day.

  1. Painting Fork Fireworks

Make some fun Fireworks with your kids by using a fork to make some awesome looking fireworks with paint on paper. This is a fun activity for your kids who love to use paint. They can carry it around with them on fourth of July and then you can hang it on your fridge to show it off. http://athriftymom.com/fireworks-painted-with-a-fork-quick-and-easy-craft-project-for-kids-july4th-usa/.

  1. Making Lady Liberty Hats

Here is a fun and unique patriotic craft. Check out this great Lady Liberty Hat, it’s super fun to make and wear for your little ones! It’s super simple and easy to make and your kids will feel cool wearing it. This can be their patriotic Fourth of July attire and they’ll get better at making it each year.

  1. Patriotic Word Search

Here is a fun Fourth of July-themed word search to give your kids while you are busy doing other things to get ready for Fourth of July festivities. Hopefully, it will keep them busy for a bit and give you some time to get your stuff done. Word searches are great for kids’ critical thinking and can get them familiar with different words.

  1. Fourth Of July Wands

If your kids are a little nervous about being close to the real fireworks, this is a great way for them to feel involved and hold up their crafted firework. It’s simple and a great activity for kids to do every fourth of July.

  1. Balloon Fireworks

Balloon fireworks are pretty and fun. It’s an indoor activity and kids will love it. All you really need is balloons, confetti, a funnel and some sharpened pencils. Anything with balloons is fun, right?

  1. Patriotic Wreath

Another fun activity is this fun, Fourth of July wreath. This would be fun to make during the end of June and hang it up on your door before, during and a bit after the fourth of July. It’s a fun and festive decoration.

  1. Fireworks In A Jar

Here is a fun activity that involves science to create fireworks in a jar. This is a fun one for those who love experiments and mixing things together. This is a cool activity for this year’s Independence Day celebrations.

Gotta love Pinterest, right? We hope you like one of these activities and are able to have a wonderful Fourth of July with family and friends. If any of your kids happen to contract head lice, give us a call. We recommend doing a quick head check at the end of the day if your kids were around other kids. Kids make direct contact with other kids more than we realize. Happy Fourth of July to all!

Parenting

What Is Your Parenting Style?

Parenting is no picnic, although it can be at times. It’s hard work but also the most precious gift on earth. According to verywell.com, scientists have come up with four different parenting styles and the effects they have on children. Let’s find out what your parenting style is!

Authoritarian Parenting

Authoritarian is a very intense parenting style. Many rules, all about obedience, and all about punishments. It’s the parent’s way or the highway. They hardly ever take the child’s feelings into consideration and they aren’t very warm or empathetic toward their children.

Authoritarian parents don’t leave room for any exceptions. Their children will follow their rules without explanation and that’s final. They don’t care to negotiate or reason with their children.

Authoritarian parents may use punishments instead of discipline. So rather than teaching a child how to make better choices, they’re often focused on making a child suffer for his or her mistakes.  Their children may feel like they are never good enough.

Children of authoritarian parents tend to follow rules much of the time but unfortunately, develop self-esteem issues and may grow to be hostile or aggressive. These kids may also become good liars because they taught themselves how to lie their way out of punishments.

Authoritative Parenting

Authoritative parents care about their child’s well-being and make an effort to create a healthy balance of discipline for bad behavior and praise for good behavior. They value having a positive relationship with their child and offer guidance in their everyday life. They explain their reasons behind their rules so that their children understand them instead of resenting and fearing them. They try their hardest to always take their child’s feelings into consideration.

These types of parents establish clear rules but they also allow for reasonable exceptions to rules. They believe in using consequences that teach valuable lessons and help shape their children into good people. They use positive discipline to prevent behavior problems and to reinforce good behavior. They are usually all about reward systems to praise good behavior.

Children raised in an authoritative household turn out to be happy and successful. They are more likely to be good at making decisions and evaluating outcomes on their own. They are usually good in social situations and grow up to be hard working.

Researchers have found that kids who have authoritative parents usually become responsible adults who feel comfortable expressing their opinions.

Permissive Parenting

Permissive parents are inconsistent and don’t stick to their word. They set rules but don’t enforce them. They don’t put effort into giving out consequences and they don’t interfere in their kid’s life very much. Permissive parents are lenient and have a hard being firm. They rarely give out consequences and when they do, they usually give into begging.

Permissive parents are a friend to their child, not a parent. They hang out with their kids and encourage them to talk to them but rarely discourage bad behavior and poor decisions.

Kids who grow up with permissive parents tend to struggle in school and might have a lower academic level than their classmates. They may also have behavioral issues because of the fact that they were never disciplined and they feel they can walk all over teachers like they do with their parents. They may also report sadness and are at a higher risk for health problems, like obesity, because permissive parents struggle to limit junk food intake and good habits. They have more cavities and higher cholesterol.

Uninvolved Parenting

Uninvolved parenting is pretty much what it sounds like. They are very uninvolved in their child’s life and it may be intentional or unintentional based on mental illness or substance abuse. They don’t care to ask their child about their day or get involved with their homework or schoolwork. They don’t know where their child is half the time or who they’re with. They don’t set many rules or curfews. They don’t spend time with their children very much and are extremely hands-off.

Children of uninvolved parents basically raise themselves, so they become strangers to nurturing and discipline. They are neglected and their basic needs are often not met, which can be detrimental to them.

Parents are often uninvolved because of their lack of knowledge of child development. Taking parenting classes can help permissive parents learn the basics of good parenting. A parent might be uninvolved when they are overwhelmed with work, life, bills and other responsibilities.

When parents are uninvolved, children struggle with their self-esteem. They tend to perform poorly in school and exhibit frequent behavior problems. They also rank low in happiness and feel alone.

Conclusion

Which type of parent are you? You may not fit into one character or you may hold attributes of each type of parenting style.

“The studies are clear, however, that authoritative parenting is the best style. And there are always things you can do to become a more authoritative parent. “

Putting constant effort into building a positive relationship with your child and creating a healthy balance of discipline and positive praise can lead to being an outstanding parent. Over time, your child will reap the benefits of authoritative parenting.

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Head Lice Treatment At Summer Camp

Most kids look forward to summer because instead of going to school, it means going to pool parties, water parks and… SUMMER CAMP!! Children often leave summer camp with the fondest of memories. We sincerely hope that memories and friends are all they leave with but unfortunately, they might also leave with head lice if there aren’t some procedures in place to try and prevent an outbreak.

We Can Come To Summer Camp

One of the services that we can offer is lice treatment at your child’s summer camp. If we go to summer camp on the first day and check every head and the treat every head that has an infestation, we can prevent an outbreak before lice have the opportunity to ruin your child’s summer camp experience. Talk to us if you’re interested in coordinating this with a summer camp. It would be a great and affordable way to prevent a huge head lice outbreak. Head lice infestations at summer camp are about as common as the common cold. We are willing to work with camps to treat the children!

Be Informed And Prepared

One of the best things parents can do when it comes to head lice is to be prepared and informed on policies and procedures about head lice. Believe us when we say that sending your child to camp with a head lice shampoo to use if they get lice will not work. Drugstore lice treatments don’t work anymore now that we’ve got super lice to deal with. Do the onsite nurses or medical professionals know how to identify lice and handle lice outbreaks? Camp staffers are just as susceptible to lice as the kids, so chances are good they will be on the lookout for it. Make sure you understand how the staff is trained to deal with infestations, especially if there is an on-site treatment approach or no-nit, call-for-pickup policy. It’s important that your child is not exposed to harmful chemicals for “preventive” treatment due to inexperienced care providers.

Inform Your Child About Head Lice

We always recommend educating your children about head lice because we don’t want them to be terrified if they get an infestation. We believe that educating children about head lice is just as important as lathering kids up with sunscreen before spending a day in the sun or spraying bug spray before a camp trip. A quick identification lesson and a gentle reminder not to have hair-to-hair contact, share bunks or trade hair brushes should do the trick.

We sure hope your little one doesn’t get lice but if they do, it will make everything easier if you are prepared.