Juniata Valley Family

How playing sports can benefit your child: Building a foundation for health

Youth sports participation has dropped 8 percent over the last 10 years, sparking concern that our children aren’t getting enough exercise or building the foundation for long-term health. “Both team and individual sports are great for helping our kids develop inside and out,” said ...

Clear expectations result in positive behaviors

Paw tickets. 3RS tickets. Bucket Filler Tickets. Stamps. PACK Cash. What are they and why should I be talking about them with my child? Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) is a behavior management program being used successfully across the nation and more specifically in the ...

Entering the workforce after college

When so many years of your life are spent in academia, it’s hard not to reflect on how much of your existence is influenced by school experiences. School acts like a glue that seemingly holds your life together. Think about it—you’re provided with a sense of structure from the first ...

How to use the library to complete assignments

¯Don’t wait until the last minute to visit the library for the materials/information needed to complete an assignment. All too often, children forget to tell parents about assignments until the day before they are due. Quickly, you run to the library only to become frustrated because ...

Fall activities offered at the Juniata County Library

Start your fall with great opportunities to learn and grow. For Youth: ¯ Join us for storytimes Monday and Friday mornings at 10:30 a.m. and Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. We also offer fun activities on all Act 80 days. Check our website for more details. ¯ Our website offers thousands of ...

Teaching toddlers: Confusing, unconventional, rewarding

My little boy, William, just turned two. His hobbies include running, throwing and dumping whatever can be dumped. I wanted to encourage knowledge growth before I send him to nursery school, but I wasn’t entirely sure how to start, or confident about how to achieve tangible results. I ...

When to take your daughter for her first gynecologist visit

If you have a teenage daughter, you both probably have a lot of questions. Her body is undergoing changes, and she may have experienced her first menstrual period. With that, you might be asking yourself if it’s time for her first gynecological exam. “For many parents, the first ...

Protect against bullying, teach respect

The only thing that makes kids excited to get back to school is to see their friends. Girls run and hug each other and catch up — as if they had not been texting and snapchatting, Facebooking, Instagramming one another every detail of every day. Boys want to see their buddies, too. Fist ...

Back to school health checklist for kids

After the long summer break from school, is your child ready to get back into the classroom? Whether they’re starting at a new school or just a new grade level, it can be stressful for children to return to the schedule and responsibility of classes. As you prepare to send them back to ...

School attendance leads to lifelong success

We know that attendance in school is one of the biggest determining factors in a student’s success. When a student is absent, not only might the student miss a key element in a math algorithm or science experiment, but he or she may also miss the camaraderie at lunch or recess and the latest ...