Time to Talk

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Parents and professionals need timely education on the laws, science, society, and culture that children are up against everyday.

Time to Talk brings you accurate and appropriate information from state and local experts about issues that affect children, so that you can understand and communicate with and about them.

Through this segment, you'll develop a sophisticated understanding of the issues faced by youth today and be encouraged to confidently discuss tough topics that face our children.

Time to Talk is produced with the Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana and BayouLife Magazine.

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Parents Should be Wary of Caffeine Intake

Mar 4, 2020
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Consuming an unhealthy amount of caffeine could lead to health risks such as insomnia, high blood sugar and irregular heartbeat, according to a registered dietitian.

Caffeine is defined as a drug because it stimulates the central nervous system. The stimulant can be found in soft drinks, tea, energy drinks, chocolate and over-the-counter medications.

Parents Could Qualify for Child Care Assistance

Feb 19, 2020
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Parents who work or attend school can seek help in paying for childcare by applying to a child care assistance program.

A child care assistant program helps low-income families pay for child care while parents are working or in school.

Cynthia Cage, the Early Childhood Resource Center Director at the Children’s Coalition for Northeast Louisiana, explained that parents only need to provide four consecutive check stubs or proof of taking at least 20 hours in school in order to learn if they qualify for a child care assistance.

Children Reflect What Their Parents Model

Feb 5, 2020
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Parents have a great influence in the way their children will view themselves.

Parents who view themselves in a negative way can cause their children to reflect the same behavior and have low self-esteem, according to Alex Corey, training and technical assistance coordinator for the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential.

“Parents need to model healthy behavior and when parents have self-respect, that really encourages children to have self-respect,” said Corey.

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The Early Head Start program provides services to improve early childhood development and prepare parents to be self-sufficient.

Early Head Start (EHS) is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families and the Office of Headstart that provides family-centered services for low-income families with very young children.

Informing Teens About the Dangers of Vaping

Jan 8, 2020
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Vaping can cause similar health risks that users of other tobacco products experience. 

Rebecca Mixon, Manager of the St. Francis Tobacco Cessation Program, explained the importance of discussing vaping with children.

Vaping among teens is rising in popularity and is expected to continue to grow in the coming years, according to market research group Euromonitor.

A vape is a battery operated device that heats a liquid nicotine filled cartridge that is inhaled and exhaled to give the sensation of smoking a cigarette.

Trauma Leaves Lasting Impact on Children

Nov 27, 2019
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Children who face trauma at a young age can experience physical and mental health issues in adulthood, according to a local professional. 

Tammy Washington, early childhood life skills coordinator of the Children’s Coalition for Northeast Louisiana, said that adverse childhood experiences can impact a child's growth and future. 

An adverse childhood experience, or ACE, is a study that explains how trauma and adversity faced in childhood can increase the physical, mental and behavioral problems that can appear later in life, according to Washington.  

Now is the Time to Talk About Bullying

Oct 30, 2019
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October is national bullying prevention month, which means it is time to address the issuse of bullying because of the negative impact it can have on a child.

KEDM’s Taylor Costa spoke with Tammy Washington, early childhood life skills coordinator at the Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana, about the issue and why it is crucial to have the talk about bullying with your children.


On what to tell children about bullying

Communication Can Help Prevent Suicide

Oct 16, 2019
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Suicide can affect anybody at any age, and communication is the key to help a struggling child. KEDM’s Taylor Costa spoke with Jan Daniels, the youth development coordinator at the Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana, about suicide and ways to reach out to struggling children.


On what parents need to know about suicide

Parents Are Responsible for Social Media Safety

Oct 2, 2019
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Children today are growing up in a society that depends heavily on technology, and parents are faced with the question of when is the appropriate time to allow their child to have a cellphone and use social media. Ronna Glickman, social media speaker and consultant, discusses how to introduce your child to social media and how to use technology responsibly. 


On why it’s important for parents to talk to their children about cellphone and technology use

Be On The Look For Back To School Anxiety

Sep 18, 2019
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Having the pressure to perform well at school can cause anxiety in children. With school starting back up, that means your child is at risk of experiencing some form of anxiety. Pattie McGilton, infant mental health consultant for the Children’s Coalition of Northeast Louisiana, talks about the signs of back to school anxiety and what to do if your child experiences it.


On what it is like to feel anxiety