MCAS Musings

While I'm knee deep in MCAS, and helping a very unsure third grader get through her first experience with this annual rite of passage, I'm struck with a few MCAS musings. We can argue the merits of the test and whether the amount of testing serves the purpose intended another time; for now, here are my reflections on my 3rd and 5th graders' MCAS moments so far:1. Let's not tell them they … [Read more...]

Battle Of The Tiny Bulge

As promised, here are some childhoood obesity web resources and links to Massachusetts area childhood and teen weight management programs. If you are out of state, ask your pediatrician or consult the nearest large children's hospital about local programs. Please know, if you find yourself reading this with interest, you are in good company - many of your neighbors are grappling with this … [Read more...]

Car Seat Confusion

Hold the presses! Only a week in print and on cyberspace and April's Your Child's Health is already out of date! No sooner did I report to you the latest on car seat information and safety then a new item came onto the market: car seats for overweight kids. This makes good sense, of course, with childhood obesity at epidemic proportions. According to ABC News, a quarter million kids ages 1 to … [Read more...]