Contrary to the popular belief that pregnancy is a biologically protective and emotionally joyful time, women are actually quite vulnerable to a spectrum of psychiatric disorders throughout the perinatal period – the time around pregnancy and postpartum. This range of disorders, more commonly referred to under the umbrella term of postpartum depression, is more accurately reflected by the terms postpartum or perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). In fact, 1 in 7 women who become pregnant will experience a mental health disorder during the course of their pregnancy or in the postpartum period, making PMADs the most common complication of childbirth. Additionally, 50% of women diagnosed with PMADs postpartum had an onset of their symptoms during pregnancy.
Parents naturally want the best for their child academically. So, when research comes out illustrating how the early years have a tremendous impact on future intelligence, the pressure is on to teach those 3 Rs: Reading, Riting and Rithmatic as early as possible. The unfortunate result of this has been children who are being fed facts and solutions for memorization, without any basis for their own problem solving or sense of exploration of the information they learn. Early childhood programs feel the pressure as well and are getting caught in this same trap: teaching children the preconceived answers without teaching the process that leads to the answers in the first place. It is no surprise then that many children are struggling in schools, and that children in higher grades are found to have little or no problem solving techniques and additional problems with social interactions.
Pool parties have an instant theme: fun in the water. The pool party can be enjoyed by children of all ages, with adult supervision. Whenever you are planning a pool party, it’s important to have a back-up plan. When the party is held at a home or at a public place where no reservations are needed, schedule a rain date and include that information on the pool party invitations. If you plan to have the party rain or shine, be prepared by having a party room set up indoors.