Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Dad's Fears During Pregnancy

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I was reading an article from the Baby Center called "Seven Fears Expectant Fathers Face".  It was an excellent article and good to read. I talked to my husband about the article, and he was able to relate with many of the fears. I thought it was interesting, because while I figured that he might have fears related to making enough money to provide for our family and having enough time, some of the fears I didn't realize my husband even had. It helped me to realize that just as I am expecting a lot of support from him as I go through my pregnancy, in turn, I also need to show support for him.

I have highlighted some of the fears expectant husbands face below.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Team Member Spotlight: Mackenzie

The Golden Temple in Amritsar, India
Hey there! My name is Mackenzie and I work in outreach support here at Help Me Grow Utah! I grew up in a small town called Kamas. It’s okay if you have never heard of it, but you may have heard of our neighbors Park City and Heber, which are each only about 10 miles away from Kamas. After graduating high school with my associates degree from UVU, I started my Bachelor's degree at the University of Utah. I am getting my degree in Business Management with a focus on Nonprofits, so Help Me Grow is great experience for me!  My main job is to show the state how awesome Help Me Grow Utah is by visiting with physicians and attending outreach events such as family fairs and libraries. I am so excited to represent Help Me Grow by sharing all the awesome things we do! Read below to find out some more about me!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

How To Prevent Kindergarten Separation Anxiety

It's perfectly normal for a child, as well as their parents, to feel some form of anxiety during the transition from preschool to kindergarten. However, it has been shown that preschoolers have a smoother transition to kindergarten when their family, caregivers, and teachers take an active role in preparing them for this adjustment period. Here are 5 tips that will help ease this transition period for both you and your child!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Guest Post: Want the Best? Be a Dad.


We are excited to share Von Jessee's excellent post on Fatherhood written exclusively for Help Me Grow Utah! Von is a Program Specialist at Help Me Grow's National Center in Hartford, Connecticut.

This blog post is for the men (…but, women, you should probably read this too). Just like mothers, grandparents, and teachers, fathers want what is best for their children. That is why we work to support a household in all different kinds of ways. These activities are critical to provide a comfortable environment so that children can play, learn, and grow, but there is more that children need from us. As researchers learn more about children and how they develop, they have discovered that fathers help their children in different ways than mothers.

Friday, July 29, 2016

3 Ways to Prevent The Summer Slide

Despite its name, the summer slide is not as fun as it sounds.

The “Summer Slide” is a term coined to describe the amount of learning children lose during the summer while not in school. It can be easy for children and families to slip out of the daily reading and math habits they had during the school year. But how much does that effect your child?

According to the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), in just three months, children can lose up to 2 months of math skills! This academic loss can be even more pronounced in children from low income homes. “Every summer, low-income youth lose two to three months in reading while their higher-income peers make slight gains”, says the NSLA. Throughout their schooling, children who are consistently regressing during each summer can be years behind their peers by just fifth grade.

But there is hope! There are many ways to prevent the summer slide and even make reading and math gains during the break from school!