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Welcome to our new Administrative Director!

The IFFCMH is thrilled to introduce Courtney Lester as the new Administrative Director, effective December 6, 2004. Ms. Lester has a Master’s in Public Administration, specializing in Health Services, and a Bachelor’s in social work. She has volunteered extensively to help the mentally ill and the disabled. She has also done considerable research on children’s mental health. You’ll have a chance to become better acquainted with Ms. Lester as she begins her duties here. Welcome to Idaho and to the Idaho Federation of Families, Courtney!

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10 films to develop creativity for children in the classroom

We can encourage and develop the creativity of the smallest in a thousand different ways, adapting to the needs and characteristics of each child, but above all, do so while having great!

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An interesting way to think about them is through the cinema. There are many films that bring us closer to creativity , each from a different point of view: tell the life of great creative people, bring us into unknown worlds, They talk about the importance of developing our particular talent …

Here’s a selection of 10 of them, you can watch movies online or download at projectfreetv, we hope that you enjoy!

Do you know the films that we offer? Sure it has happened to you any more, share it with other teachers and members of the educational community in Teaching!

Warn of effects on the health of children and pregnant for using plastics and cosmetics

Painting a room, use a hair dye, clean the house or use certain detergents, cooking or preserving food, certain plastics can have harmful effects on the health of pregnant women and children as the advancement in age the first rule, childbirth with undescended testicles or develop breast cancer in their 30s or 40s. It is the alert among others-that is launched from the seventh meeting of the Galician Association of Primary Care Pediatrics, held in Santiago today.

The closing deals with this issue with the title of “mother-child exposure to environmental pollutants with hormonal activity.” The offers Nicolás Olea Serrano, coordinator of research on this topic at the Clinical Hospital of Granada, a city where he is a professor in the Faculty of Medicine.

This doctor aims to cause harmful effects to certain chemicals in detergents, cosmetics, pesticides and plastics “that, once inside the body mimic natural hormones. Sometimes they are components of plastic, sometimes they are compounds in detergents even cosmetic or pharmaceutical products. ”

In addition, the professors from gynecologist also warns that exposure to these substances can be very early in life and yet, generate late effects. The earliest effects that have been studied so far, are those of cryptorchidism or testicular descent. Professor Nicolás Olea Serrano explains is that “children are born without testicles in the scrotum because, among other reasons, to the mothers of these chemicals are exposed”.

Another effect is pointing the decline in sperm quality; while in the case of girls, you can overtake the first rule them or develop an increased risk of having breast cancer at an early age. “Before, the average was to have 60 years and now there are many cases between 30 and 40 years,” he says.

In addition to hormonal effects, other research groups have studied the effects of chemicals such as organophosphates (found in pesticides, including pet veterinary use), which can cause neurodevelopmental problems in children from age five.

How to avoid the presence of these chemicals in the body? Olea Serrano gives some advice: “Switching to organic farming where fewer chemicals are used in agricultural production A second tip is to reduce exposure during pregnancy and lactation, using less plastic in baby bottles and teethers children, please. example, or using cosmetics as natural as possible. Today, in supermarkets, there are green cosmetics and bath gels labeled 0% phthalates, dyes 0% “.

However, supermarket chains also sell products labeled organic, however, show the label chemicals as parabens, with also harmful health effects, according to multiple studies. “That’s the key. You have to learn. Look at labels much,” he adds.

Regarding the voices that qualify these notes social alarm, the professor recalls, “we become sinks chemicals at very low doses. Some perfluorinated residue of the pan, a little plastic microwave, some pesticide tomato, a little coloring shampoo … The recommended exposure (legal) is designed for a substance and an individual product, considered one by one and not several from multiple sources. “

Two children are hit by a crane after a multiple accident at Belinchón (Cuenca)

A 3 year old girl and a 6 have been hit by a crane after a multiple accident occurred at kilometer 74 of the A-3 towards Valencia, in the municipality of Belinchón (Cuenca).

A 3 year old girl and a 6 have been hit by a crane after a multiple accident occurred at kilometer 74 of the A-3 towards Valencia, in the municipality of Belinchón (Cuenca).

As a result of the collision, she has emerged unscathed, but the child had to be transported by medical helicopter Health Service of Castilla-La Mancha (SESCAM) to a hospital with a strong hematoma.

As reported by sources of the Prefectures in Cuenca to Europa Press and www.ptsworks.com, the accident has been caused by a multiple range in which have been involved in around ten vehicles. Although initially there were no injuries, it was later when the crane has hit the two minors.

Sources from the Ministry of the Presidency and government have indicated to Europa Press that the scene have mobilized a mobile ICU and basic life support ambulance based in Tarancon, Cuenca Civil Guard, a unit maintenance roads and medical helicopter.

The Traffic Department that there were deductions at A-3 of 20 kilometers around right now, from the scene to the town of Fuentidueña de Tajo (Madrid).

15 smart movies for children on vacation

Would you like to give to kids’ an introduction to the film that will never forget? Then put these movies in your dvd player, or if you have a smart phone or tablet with internet connected, everything you need is logging into movie2k.io and you would be able to watch movies for free online anywhere, anytime.

15 películas inteligentes para niños de vacaciones

They say that children now don’t like cinema, which are phase by digital effects and the 3D, that do not support a classic film and the idea of seeing a film in white and black makes them flee… Nonsense. As we have explained already in CINEMANIA, good part of the detachment of the little ones to the seventh art is given by the almost total absence of titles for them on the big screen. And as for your little interest in films you served… Well, you’ll have to trust you from us and from our experience with nephews, nieces, brothers and younger sisters, sons, daughters and other small relatives together to masterpieces that have enjoyed as which you then present.

Given that the summer holidays (as long as usual, and warmer than usual) are falling, this website has thought of education for the movie buff in the morning. All these films are backed by our experiences as babysitters and caregivers ‘locos bajitos’, and is the faith that all of them are able to bewitch children of 0 to 99 years. Because not everything in this life going to Pocoyo or Dora the Explorer, right?

A Midsummer night’s dream (Jiri Trnka, 1959)


Do we recommend it? Known as “the Polish Disney”, Jiri Trnka (pronounced “Trenca”) was one of the world masters of animation stop motion. In this film, his work more known internationally, made a gorgeous version of Shakespeare’s play with puppets, enhancing its wonderful without for that reason betray the text component.And, if you think that your small can get bored with the speech, quiet: Trnka transformed the story into a movie without dialogues, and off that just says the action when it is essential. You can see it full on YouTube.

My Neighbor Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988)

Do we recommend it? The boss of Studio Ghibli is one of the best authors of film for children (and adults) around the world, something that was very clear in his fourth feature film. My Neighbor Totoro argument can be summed up in a line (“girls make friends of a monster that lives in the Woods”), but whole books would need to explain why it is so lovely, so much fun and so exciting. If you have children in your charge, be careful: do not stop until you promise them to bring travel in the toy Catbus.

Fantasy (Several directors, 1940)


Do we recommend it? For some it’s a pretentious exercise in bad taste, but we know the truth: If we had not seen this film of children, our interest in the history of the music would be completely void. Converted into sketches of animation by Disney, factory parts of j. S. Bach, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky and, above all, that the sorcerer’s apprentice (Paul Dukas) with Mickey Mouse’s protagonist turn into unforgettable experiences and sometimes (a night on the bare mountain, of Mussorgsky) also give a little scary…

The red balloon (Albert Lamorisse, 1956)


Do we recommend it? Two players (one is a boy, the other is filled with helium), the streets of Paris and little more than half an hour: whenever we see Red, globe remind you that to film a masterpiece not large budgets, nor large claims are needed.Regarded as one of the best short films in history, this great little movie is won the affection of spectators of all ages thanks to a history of friendship as exciting as grim reaper in words, and a finish that makes the hair stand on end. You can see it full on YouTube.

Toy Story 1, 2 and 3 (various directors, 1995, 1999 and 2010)


Why we recommend them? If you grew up with them, it does say so. If you need to explain it yourself, going beyond: the saga of Woody and Buzz Lightyear, the Pixarteam not only signed three consecutive masterpieces (probably the least irregular serial ever filmed) and it became fashionable 3D animation for the remains, but they also calculated to imply the requirements of the public according to their age: advisethe first for children the second for boys and girls something more adults, and the third for when children are already at age reflect and take questions.

Ponyo on the cliff (H. Miyazaki, 2008)


Do we recommend it? Miyazaki is one of the largest, deserves that we include two of his films in this report. And Ponyo is the latest masterpiece with your signature (to date), we recommend viewing the children to enjoy the Sun, the beach and boats. And to everyone else, also: this story of friendship between the son of a marine and underwater girl is a highly original version of the Little Mermaid, and the example of how a movie can convey environmental messages without lecturing.

Novice witch (Robert Stevenson, 1971)


Do we recommend it? Robert Stevenson was the director of real image par excellence of the Disney factory, so his work deserves a place here. As the Sin have had chances to see Mary Poppins on TV more than once, we bet at least apparent and we recommend a film that charms the fledgling fans of Harry Potter: as torpona as friendly, the witch Angela Lansbury might well have been a member of the familyWeasley, say no more.

E.T. the extra-terrestrial (Steven Spielberg, 1982)


Do we recommend it? 30 years doing crying children and adults around the world are a plenty to recommend this awesome movie. The history of Elliott and his friend’s bright finger leads in Yes so many valuable lessons as moments of pure fantasy, and believe an injustice that a boy or girl can reach the age of acne without having learned to tell “Returns to the River, back to the forest”, “my house, phone” or “zero charisma!”. That not to mention air travel by bicycle, the interstellar transmitters made with toys or the hipidos of emotion before the final farewell.

Dark Crystal (Jim Henson, Frank Oz, 1982)

Do we recommend it? It is dark, Yes, but Save me seems to us more gloomy. Your fantastic argument (that continues to be that of a fairy tale) requires to follow him closely, but the same is said of The Lord of the rings and watch the kids as it is know from memory. And, in its day, was a commercial failure, which find us outrageous: the creators of The Muppets threw the rest in this as unclassifiable as great film, whose capacity to catch young viewers is the faith.

The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner, 1987)


Do we recommend it? Because it is simply magical. It is getting into the flour of the fantastic stories and remember the story of the legendary Pirate Roberts, ofButtercup, of Prince Humperdinck, Fezzick and Íñigo Montoya, major figures in a history that (despite be affixed in the rankings during the year of its release) is has been defending increasingly as a classic. Surely, the best possible introduction for the adventure film.

Monsters S.A. (P. Docter, D. Silverman, L. Unkrich, 2001)


Do we recommend it? Two movies (well, four in total) of the factory Pixar are always better than one, and jobs to put children in the Pocket this classic comes to or painted.In addition to a disarming tale of friendship and adventure, monsters S. À. It is a great antidote to fear darkness and night terrors: If, instead of a dark creature, the children know that Jake and Sulley, is hiding in your closet time miss them to go to bed early.

The boy (Charles Chaplin, 1921)


Do we recommend it? In little more than one hour (very long duration for the time), Chaplin invented what we now call ‘family film’ with this work pioneer. Proof of his talent is that the film continues to fascinate us, and that it is one of the best ways to start to the kids in the most classic film. It may the story of the Tramp and his adoptive son you seem something tear to put the children, but ignore us: in the end will be the children who bring the handkerchief so cry to taste.

The bear (Jean-Jacques Annaud, 1988)


Do we recommend it? It is clear that children are more identified with actors of his age, and that the animals most like. So why not sit next to them to see a film whose protagonist is a bear cub? With an exquisite touch, the director of the name of the rose directed a cast made up of Plantigrade, pumas, rodents and some human than another in this film, which is like a documentary about wildlife, but much more exciting and fun.

The war of the buttons (Yves Robert, 1962)


Do we recommend it? Our parents enjoyed it, then we were who we aim and now discover it to the new generation. Not only because this French movie is more fun, that is, but also because it is a satire against the war and their stupidity that deep at any age.

The Goonies (Richard Donner, 1985)


Do we recommend it? At this point, you have provided enough film to watch with your kids (or nephews, or the children of your friends, or…) during many school holidays.Thus, it seems correct to put an end to this small classic that does not lose force. Why?Maybe because, in addition to a history of adventures and a hilarious comedy, The Goonies is also a film about the last moments of childhood, which can serve as an appetizer to other works of the same character as count with me. Someone is targeted to find the treasure of Willy the one-eyed?

Podiatry care of your children

Care of the feet of children

Since the beginning of the life we are given healthy feet, but feet are the forgotten and then have problems with development and abuse to which we submit them. “People seldom use of proper footwear and that makes 75% and 80% of the adult population has a problem in the foot” – said the foot doctor in Newark.

Podología Infantil

Unfortunately, frequently tips on these problems not been seeking until they are already irreversible or very complicated to solve. It is clear that attention in the early years of training is very important and can save many problems in adulthood. The foot is a true wonder of the “biological engineering” and its complexity can be understood perfectly. We just have to think that the bones of the feet account for one-eighth of all that there is in the body. The foot is able to propel the body and protects it from mechanical shocks and tensions throughout life.

Early development of the foot

At the time of birth and the first year or so of life, babies toes are very different in many aspects of an adult.First of all they have a different way, being more broadband in the front part of the foot and narrow heel, with the often curved toes. Secondly, the bones are not developed and at this stage it consists of nothing more than cartilage, so they are soft and flexible. This is the reason why young children can do things without your feet suffer no harm at all.

The 26 bones in each foot develop gradually throughout the early years, becoming basically bones at the age of 7-8 years. At this point the toes have usually already straightened. However, they do not develop fully until the end of adolescence.

Early care of feet

It is very important to let the baby’s feet to develop in the most natural way possible. You should encourage your baby to walk barefoot at home and outdoors (whenever possible) and prevent constrictions from clothing. In this way, the muscles of the feet and legs will begin to be strengthened and will be ready for when you begin to walk.

Babies and young children feet grow at an alarming rate (often exceeding the family economy). That is why it is important to take into account the size of the socks, shoes and, in particular, one-piece garments (such as some pyjamas). If these items start to be adjusted, it is necessary to buy new ones so your feet can grow uninhibitedly. In the case of clothing parts, they can be cut.

First steps of your baby

When baby takes the first steps, it becomes a great moment for parents and is also undoubtedly an achievement for the child. As a parent, you should resist the temptation to rush to buy the first pair of shoes.Babies feet are flat and at this stage, they are still designed to work barefoot.

You should not force a child to walk ahead of time. They will do this when they are ready and the age varies greatly among babies, first steps occur between 10 and 18 months, however, even if they do after this age, does not necessarily mean that something goes wrong.

Podología Infantil

First shoes

In the early stages of the walk, the shoes are unnecessary. In fact, it is desirable to allow the baby to walk barefoot and strengthen the muscles of the feet. Obviously, there to make sure there is nothing on the floor that can damage the feet and make sure the area is clean to minimize the risk of infection. Once the baby is ready to go outside, the protection of shoes is necessary. Buy a shoe of good quality, with at least the leather uppers.

Make sure that socks fit well also. As stated before, too tight will be restrictive and too loose could also cause problems. Always leave a reasonable amount of space in the shoe for future growth.

The feet of the children are not too sensitive and very flexible so often do not complain of the areas of pressure or friction. Therefore, it is important to check their feet regularly (for example in the bath time).

Common problems and anxieties

Mothers often worry because your baby seems to be walking with flat feet. In the early stages of development, which is normal and gives them a more stable base until the legs and feet have been strengthened. Flat foot seems to persist in an infant and apparently causing problems, see a Podiatrist, who will be able to advise if appropriate exercises or corrective templates you might need.

If your child seems to stumble a bit more than normal, then it must be observed how steps to see if you may be having any physical difficulty. Sometimes these difficulties are a variation in the development of the hip and it is recommended to visit a doctor or Podiatrist. They will be able to offer the appropriate advice.

Leather shoes are adapted to the shape of the foot, so it should never change is among children, since the shape can be totally inadequate and even cause harm. Here are some simple tips:

Tips for feet of babies


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