Parenting

January is National Train Your Dog Month, which should come as no surprise given how many puppies are received as Christmas gifts each year. As a former dog trainer, I know all too well the “honeymoon period” that comes after getting a new puppy. 

Long winter nights are perfect for making sure your child is getting the right amount of sleep. According to Rachel Dawkins, M.D., with Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, “[s]tudies have shown that kids who regularly get an adequate amount of sleep have improved attention, behavior, learning, memory, and overall mental and physical health. Not getting enough sleep can lead to high blood pressure, obesity and even depression.” 

Dr. Dawkins gives suggested amounts of sleep for children from infants to teenagers as well as suggestions on how to establish a consistent bedtime routine. Of course, this routine should include at least one story. Check out these great bedtime stories and more at any Beaufort County Library location: 

November is Native American Heritage Month. During this time, it is important to celebrate the culture, traditions, and history of Indigenous people.

The time to celebrate all things spooky and a tiny bit scary has finally arrived and the Beaufort County Library is here to help you get your little one ready. Despite the restrictions of COVID 19, the library can help you find ideas to celebrate safely with your little goblins. Every branch of the library has a wealth of picture books, spooky poetry, craft books, movies and music to get everyone ready for some fun.

Going to school for the first time can be very exciting, but it can also be a little scary. Whether you are a first-time student or just new to the neighborhood, students often need some reassurance that everything will be OK.

 From choosing the wrong clothes, leaving your special blanket behind at home, or missing a parent while you are away, there are many things about starting a new school that children have in common. Reading these titles may help lessen the stress of the first day.

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