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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.

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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Lice Removal: We’re All In This Together

It seems like there are always debates going on around us. Whether it be about political matters, religious matters or parenting matters. Everyone always seems to know how to parent better than you, right? Or at least they think you do. Let’s agree that every situation is different and as long as you are doing what you know is right for you family, we’ll cheer you on. Parenting is no joke. It’s hard work, and we’re all in this together. We are especially there for when your child gets head lice. We have lice treatment for all. And we do, in fact, know what’s best when it comes to lice removal.

It’s Nobody’s Fault

That leads us to our second point: don’t place blame on anyone if your child gets head lice, not even yourself. Please do not waste your time being upset at a child’s parent for not keeping their child at home and please do not get upset at the school for not being strict enough with their lice policies. These things happen and it’s nobody’s fault. We get it, head lice suck. Resentment and frustration can arise when feeling like parents aren’t treating it seriously. In our experience, most of the time parents’ frustration is rooted at the fact that they don’t know how to begin to treat their child’s head lice. Lice treatment is difficult these days.

Lice Removal Is Our Specialty

That’s where we come in to help. We are confident that we have the best lice removal treatment on the market and when you are frustrated, scared and overwhelmed, we can take it all away. It is our hope that we can eliminate the stigma that comes along with head lice. Since it has nothing to do with cleanliness or hygiene, it is unfair to look down on a parent for “allowing” their child to get head lice. They had nothing to do with it. Their child probably got it from another child. One of our mottos as parents is that we’re on in this together.

Give Us a Call

Don’t hesitate to call us if you need lice removal tips or want to know more about or lice treatments. We are proud of our lice removal resources and we’d love to share them with you. Give us a call and we’ll answer any questions for you. Schedule an appointment to get treated with surety. Check out our treatments page to learn about our amazing lice treatments.

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A Head Lice Device That Is FDA-Cleared? Check!

Lice Clinics of America has been gaining attention for our revolutionary AirAllé® head lice device since 2014. That’s because we have the only FDA-cleared device on the market that kills lice through dehydration and doesn’t contain harmful chemicals. That’s important to any parent. The device is 99% effective and when paired with our topical rinse and comb-out, it’s the best lice treatment you can possibly receive. It’s been successful in over 220,000 cases and that number continues to grow as the number of outbreaks in the U.S. continues to grow.

An FDA-clearance means rigorous testing and analyzing were done to ensure safety and efficacy to the public. That FDA-clearance is a huge indicator of a safe and trusted product. That’s how you know the AirAllé® lice treatment will leave you relieved to be done with lice.

We Check For Head Lice

No sure if your child has head lice? No problem. We can check for you. At Lice Clinics of America, College Station, we offer thorough head checks which is important to make sure everyone in the family who has lice is being properly treated. We are experts at every stage of the lice treatment process, including the head checks. We are confident in detecting and eliminating lice in every case and we treat each patient with care. Making sure the whole family gets checked is worth your while to get it all taken care of at once. The only thing worse than having head lice, is having it twice. If there is a head lice outbreak at school or at summer camp or somewhere you child may have been, a head check is recommended.

If you need head lice treatment, we’ll check your head to detect the infestation level and then treat you with our safe and effective AirAllé® device. We’ll even make the process fun. Give us a call today.

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Lice Just Aren’t The Same As They Once Were

Head lice can be like cockroaches if you don’t get the right head lice treatment, meaning they will keep coming back. That’s why an effective head lice treatment is so important. If you needed the plumbing fixed in your home, you wouldn’t call a plumber who had a bad reputation, would you? Well, don’t do that with lice treatments either. If a head lice treatment is ineffective at killing all the lice and eggs on the head, then another infestation can occur from the left behind nits (eggs). Those nits can hatch and cause another outbreak. Killing the nits is a crucial part of the lice treatment process and many treatments don’t work in this day and age.

What Do Scientists Say About Store-Bought Lice Treatments?

According to an article by CBC News, for the last few years, scientists have been finding that head lice have acquired resistance to pyrethrins and permethrin, which are compounds found in many over-the-counter lice treatments. These resistant lice are called super lice and are much more relentless and strong then they were 30 years ago.

“Over the past 35 years or so, head lice have built up considerable resistance to pyrethroids via genetic mutations,” says lice expert, John Clark in the CBC article. In 2014 he said, “The efficacy of all those products has gone way down. It started out at 100 per cent, now we’re down to 20 to 30 per cent in recent clinical studies.” The efficacy has gone down even more within the last three years.

This brings frustration to many parents. Lice treatments and shampoos such as Rid, Nix, Kwellada and R&C Shampoo used to be the most popular lice products in North America. They also used to work perfectly fine. These products are now losing popularity as studies are being released and parents are finding out themselves that they are no longer effective and killing lice. Many studies have also recently found that pyrethrins and permethrin can have harmful effects on children. This is also the case with many home remedies. Are these things even worth trying if they are ineffective and potentially harmful to your children?

If you are faced with head lice, be aware of recent facts and statistics about store-bought treatments and other remedies that have been reported on. Lice are not harmful, but many treatments are. Check out our treatments page to learn about our safe, effective and revolutionary lice treatments. We also have do-it-yourself treatments that can be used in the home.

 

 

 

Pyrethroids: A Harmful Chemical Found in Head Lice Treatments

We all love flowers, don’t we? They are pretty and smell nice and women love to receive them as a gift. Something so beautiful seems harmless but surprisingly and unfortunately, a certain chemical that derives from flowers can be harmful and has even been proven to cause abnormal behavior in children. It just so happens that this chemical is found in almost all drugstore lice treatments and almost all household insecticides.

Pyrethroids

A pyrethroid is an organic compound similar to the natural pyrethrins produced by the flowers of pyrethrums. They work by damaging the nerves of insects and eventually killing them. It is essentially poison and has been reported to be very toxic, yet it is used all the time. Yahoo.com has recently reported on a study that shows pyrethroids to be linked to abnormal behavior in children. The research on this study was published in the journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine and found that children with high levels of certain pyrethroids in their system are more likely to display abnormal behaviors at age 6 than those who didn’t.

The Study

Scientists conducted research by measuring the levels of five pyrethroid metabolites in the urine of women who were in the early stages of their pregnancy and later, in their 6-year-old children to see if there was a link between being exposed to the chemical in the womb and childhood, and behavior that could suggest neurodevelopmental damage.

About 300 women took part in the study by filling out questionnaires about socioeconomic factors, lifestyle, their child’s behavior, and various things their child has been exposed to. Phycologists also did behavioral assessments on the children, along with taking urine and dust samples from them.

“Behavior was rated using the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire, a validated behavioral screening test for children, with a focus on altruism (how social children are), internalizing disorders (the inability to share problems and ask for help), and externalizing disorders (being defiant and disruptive).”

Three of the pyrethroid metabolites showed up most often in the urine of mothers and their children: trans-DCCA, cis-DBCA, and cis-DCCA.

The Conclusion

“Here’s what researchers determined: Mothers with higher levels of cis-DCCA in their urine during pregnancy were more likely to have children with a higher risk of internalizing behaviors. Higher levels of another metabolite, 3-PBA, in the children’s urine was linked with a higher risk of externalizing behaviors. Overall, children with the highest levels of metabolites in their urine were three times more likely to have abnormal behavior than those with lower levels. As a result, the researchers concluded that pyrethroids might alter neurochemical signaling in the brain.”

This is both frightening and surprising. Help spread the word about harmful lice treatments.

Our Safe Treatment

Our mission is to educate as many parents as possible about the potential harm of many over-the-counter lice treatments. We have the answer to every parent’s head lice crisis: Our FDA-cleared AirAllé® device. We know how important your child’s safety is to you and our treatment is completely chemical and pesticide free. It’s easy and comfortable and does the trick by killing head lice and their eggs with controlled heated air.

Give us a call for questions or concerns. We are here to make the head lice removal process as fast and easy as possible.

 

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Lice Infestations Are like Onions: They Have Layers

How the lice process is like the quest in the Dream Works movie, Shrek

In 2001, the Dream Works movie, Shrek, stole the box office and made a whopping $484.4 million on tickets alone. An estimated 47 million tickets were sold in the U.S and the film rapidly grew in popularity among people of all ages. One of the famous quotes in the film is when Shrek tells Donkey that Ogres are like onions. Donkey replies by saying “They stink? Oh they make you cry… oh, you leave em out in the sun, they get all brown, start sproutin’ little white hairs.” “No,” Shrek says. “Layers. Onions have layers. Ogres have layers. You get it? We both have layers.” Let’s have some fun and compare this popular Blockbuster to the thing we are experts at: the head lice process.

How Are Lice Like Onions?

Much like Ogres, head lice infestations are also like onions; they have layers. Treating head lice infestations is a process with steps. You can’t just comb out the nits without treating the lice and you can’t just treat the lice without combing out the nits (lice eggs). There are layers to the process. If you forget an essential step such as combing out the nits, you will wind up with another infestation because if eggs are left behind, they will hatch and then you will want to scream. Parents often have layers of emotions during the lice process. Panic, then calmness, then anger, then frustration, then eventually relief. We tell parents again and again to try not to panic when discovering head lice. Take a deep breath and tell yourself that you’re ready to conquer it. It’s just part of being a parent with young kids.

A very Frustrating Layer

Have you heard of super lice? Super lice are what make head lice infestations a nightmare. The most frustrating layer of the head lice process is the fact that most store-bought head lice treatments just don’t do the trick anymore. Lice have annoyingly evolved into resistant creatures that are hard to kill. Many mothers and fathers are completely unaware of this so they wind up buying these products and wasting time and money. A study in the Journal of Medical Entomology concluded that 42 out of 48 states that were tested for super lice turned out to be overrun by super lice and 100 percent of the lice tested in these 42 states were resistant to over-the-counter treatments. Texas was one of the states where 100 percent of lice tested were super lice, being resistant to store-bought treatments.

A Layer of Relief

Even though it may be hard to treat head lice infestations in this day and age, we have a treatment that makes it easy. Our clinic was created to provide relief to parents and children who want to get rid of their lice without any chemicals or ineffective products. We really are lucky to have our hands on the best head lice treatment on the market. Say goodbye to head lice infestations as we use our AirAllé® to safely and comfortably dehydrate lice and their eggs. It kills lice no matter if they are regular or super lice and the best part is that there are no harmful chemicals or pesticides of any kind. Many parents come to us after failed attempt after failed attempt at trying to treat lice and then they are so grateful that our clinic was here to help. The lice process can often be like an Ogre with lots of layers, but thankfully, we are experts at each layer and all we want to do is provide a great experience for your family and send you home lice-free.

Our lice removal Treatment is proven to work and we have more information about the AirAllé® and other options as well. Check out our treatments page or give us a call.