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CHILDHOOD LITERACY PROGRAM FOCUSES ON PARENTS

Born To Read — an independent 501(c)(3) — focuses on oral language development and early childhood literacy, offering support to children and parents in the Lowcountry. 

Funded through grants and individual donations, the program sends its volunteers to birthing centers at Hilton Head Hospital, Coastal Carolina Hospital and Beaufort Memorial Hospital six days a week to help make sure new parents understand that they are their children’s first and most important teacher.

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MOMS TURN TO SLEEP TRAINING TO GET SOME REST

Any parent struggling to stay rested while caring for a new baby can attest: It’s hard to manage daily life without enough sleep. Fatigue can cause cognitive difficulty, impair your ability to make decisions, and even affect your ability to physically care for your child. It’s easy to see why new parents often feel overwhelmed.

shutterstock 552839899Ask 10 parents how much added sugar their child consumes each day and there’s a good chance that at least nine of them will underestimate it. In fact, research published in the International Journal of Obesity reported that 92 percent of the parents surveyed in the study underestimated the added sugar content in foods and beverages.

The study also showed that kids are more likely to be overweight when their parents are misinformed about sugar in their kids’ diet.

The role of being a new parent is exciting and overwhelming. Every parent knows that attending to a baby’s needs is hard work. These recommendations from Lowcountry physical therapists will help moms and dads stay strong and healthy.