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The 4 Parenting Styles: Which Type Are You?

We hope you had a wonderful Father’s Day weekend and were able to honor the father figures in your life. Having a good father should be cherished, because not everyone is so lucky. Our fathers help shape us into who we are and they always have our best interest at heart. The love of a father is unconditional and precious. That’s why we know the importance of keeping your children safe whether it be setting buddy system rules, giving them a curfew or choosing the safest head lice treatment for them. We can definitely provide the best and safest in head lice treatment. We thought we’d have some fun today and talk less about head lice and more about parenting. According to verywell.com, researchers have discovered four types of parenting styles. Each of the parenting styles has a different take on what a parent’s role should be in a child’s life. What type of parent did you have and what type of parent are you?

Authoritarian Parenting

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Authoritarian parents have the following traits

  • They believe kids should be seen and not heard.
  • When it comes to rules, there’s not compromise. It’s your way or the highway.
  • You very rarely take your child’s feelings into consideration.

If those are traits you acquire as a parent, you may be an authoritarian parent. These parents believe their children should follow their rules without exception or discussion. “They also don’t allow kids to get involved in problem-solving challenges or obstacles. Instead, they make the rules and enforce the consequences with little regard for a child’s opinion.”

Authoritarian parents can often be found saying “Because I said so.” Their main focus in parenting is teaching their children obedience. Parents with an authoritarian parenting style are rarely warm and compassionate with their children.

Authoritarian parents may use punishments instead of discipline. So rather than teaching a child how to make better choices, they’re often focused on making a child suffer for his mistakes.

Children who grow up with strict authoritarian parents tend to follow rules much of the time out of fear. This can lead to self-esteem problems and aggression. Studies show they may also become good liars, as they may grow conditioned to lie to avoid punishment.

Authoritative Parenting

Sounds similar to authoritarian but is a completely different parenting style. Do any of these statements describe you as a parent?

  • You put a lot of effort and importance into building a positive relationship with your child.
  • You explain the reasons behind your rules.
  • You enforce rules and give consequences, but you take your child’s feelings into consideration as well.

If so, you might be an authoritative parent. Parents with this style establish clear rules but also allow for reasonable exceptions and discussion about the rules.

Authoritative parents often use logical consequences that teach life lessons. They also use positive discipline to prevent behavior problems and to reinforce good behavior. So they may be more likely to create reward systems and praise good behavior.

Children raised with authoritative discipline tend to be happy and successful. They’re also more likely to be good at making decisions and evaluating safety risks on their own. Researchers have found kids who have authoritative parents are most likely to become responsible adults who feel comfortable expressing their opinions.

Permissive Parenting

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Permissive parents will most likely:

  • Set rules but rarely enforce them
  • Rarely give out consequences
  • Think their children will learn best with little inference from you

Permissive parents are lenient and laid back. They often only step in when there’s a serious problem. Permissive parents are usually push-overs and are also quite forgiving, maybe too forgiving. When they do give consequences, they often give in if a child begs or promises to be good. Permissive parents are pretty much the opposite of authoritarian parents in the sense that authoritarian parents are parents only and permissive parents take on more of a friend role. They often encourage their children to talk with them about their problems, but they usually don’t put much effort into discouraging poor choices or bad behavior. may not discourage a lot of bad behaviors.

Kids who have permissive parents tend to struggle academically. They may exhibit more behavioral problems as they don’t appreciate authority and rules. They often have low self-esteem and may report a lot of sadness.

They’re also at a higher risk for health problems, like obesity, because permissive parents struggle to limit junk food intake. They are even more likely to have dental cavities because permissive parents often don’t enforce good habits, like ensuring a child brushes his teeth.

Uninvolved Parenting

Do The following statements sound familiar?

  • You don’t ask your child about schoolwork or homework.
  • You rarely know where your children are or who they are with.
  • You don’t spend a lot of time with your child.

If so, you might be an uninvolved parent. These type of parents somewhat expect their children to raise themselves, whether they do it on purpose or not. They usually don’t devote much time or energy to meeting children’s basic needs.

Sometimes uninvolved parents unintentionally neglect their children. A parent with mental health issues or substance abuse problems, for example, may not be able to care for a child’s physical or emotional needs on a consistent basis.

At other times, uninvolved parents lack knowledge about child development. And sometimes, they’re simply overwhelmed with other problems, like work, paying bills, and managing a household.

Uninvolved parents tend to have little knowledge of what their children are doing. There tend to be few rules. Children may not receive much guidance, nurture, and attention.

When parents are uninvolved, children struggle with self-esteem issues. They tend to perform poorly in school. They also exhibit frequent behavior problems and rank low in happiness.

There are definitely degrees of extremeness when it comes to each parenting style and parents don’t always fit into just one category. The studies show that authoritative parenting is the best style as far as the outcome of their children, their well-being, and their emotional state.

With dedication and commitment to being the best parent you can be, you can maintain a positive relationship with your child while still establishing your authority in a healthy manner. And over time, your child will reap the benefits of your authoritative style.

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Time For Summer Camp! Let’s Pray There’s Not A Head Lice Outbreak

Summer camp is right around the corner and your children are stoked! (Hopefully). They love going camping with their friends and participating in fun camp games and learning helpful life skills from their counselors. While at camp, there is also a good chance that some kids might fall victim to a head lice outbreak, which will result in an itchy head and a possible grumpy attitude for the rest of camp. Any place with an abundance of children is a high-risk place for head lice.

Super Lice At Summer Camp

With the rise in super lice throughout the U.S, it’s not enough to just send your kid with a lice shampoo and hope they’ll be fine if there’s a head lice outbreak. Unfortunately, that head lice shampoo will not work because of super lice’s resistance against pyrethroids and other active ingredients in store-bought lice treatments. Summer camp is one of the most common places to get head lice just because there are so many kids and so many opportunities for them to touch heads or share items.

What Parents Can do

Parents should definitely be informed and prepared when it comes to head lice. One of the things we can offer is to do head checks and treat lice on the very first day of camp to prevent the spread of current infestations, therefore dodging a head lice outbreak. A massive outbreak can ruin a child’s experience at summer camp, especially if nobody is prepared to deal with it. We can bring our team to summer camp and ensure that there will be no outbreak. Parents should also make sure they know the lice policies and practices of the summer camp so they know what will happen if their child gets lice. It would also be a good idea to talk to the onsite nurse and camp staff so that you know if they are familiar with lice identification and with the camp’s head lice protocols. We can also help you come up with a plan in case your child gets head lice while far away at camp. Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend treatment and prevention of further infestation, then allowing those afflicted to remain in group settings. Other organizations, such and the National Pediculous Association (NPA), recommend temporarily removing those afflicted from the group setting until all signs of nits and lice are gone. Determine your camp’s philosophy before your camp season so you will be prepared should lice and/or nits be detected.

Being informed and prepared is the best thing parents can do when it comes to head lice. Your child might be going to summer camp soon and we hope you’ll take a few steps to prepare in case of a head lice outbreak.

 

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Treating Your Lice Infestation Right The First Time

No parent likes finding out that their child has a head lice infestation, but even worse than that is finding out that the treatment you chose did not work. What a disappointment that is as well as a waste of time and money. And How would you know that it wouldn’t work? You’re no lice expert, but we are! Choosing an ineffective lice treatment may cause you to scream and cry with frustration, and for a good reason. The lice process can be quite stressful. It’s our hope that we can educate you enough to avoid using an ineffective head lice treatment. Believe it or not, lice treatment can be quick and effective, so don’t settle for less. With our help, you can put the problem behind you and move on with your life. How does that sound?

Best Treatment For A Lice Infestation

We wish we could say that we have a revolutionary lice removal treatment that will solve all your lice infestation problems. Oh wait, WE DO! And we are dang proud of it. As parents, we have grown passionate about providing the safest and most effective lice removal treatment for children as well as people of all ages. When the AirAllé® was invented by a scientist and father at the University of Utah, he had his children’s best interest at heart. It uses controlled, heated air to dehydrate lice and their eggs. It really is a cool way to kill lice and their eggs. How long it takes depends on the length of the hair and the infestation level but it usually takes under 90 minutes, which goes by pretty fast. Have a lice infestation? Don’t waste your time on other products. Give us a call for the best treatment on the market.

Lice Removal Treatment Without Chemicals

For many years, it was perfectly normal to use all kinds of chemicals to get rid of a head lice infestation, but there was no research to show the harmful effects and potential side effects of the chemicals. Parents simply didn’t know the risk they were taking. Luckily, scientists have now conducted various studies and research that prove pyrethroids and other chemicals to have scary results that are not worth the risk. More and more findings are showing behavioral effects in children, among other things. This, along with the fact that they are ineffective, is why we strongly discourage parents from using store-bought/over-the-counter lice treatments. Pyrethroids are a big no, no and they are found in almost all drugstore lice products.

Questions About Our Lice Removal Treatment?

All of our technicians are friendly and compassionate, so we are happy to answer any questions you may have about your child’s lice infestation. Yes, lice are contagious. No, they are not harmful. Yes, we can treat your head lice no matter how severe it is. As lice experts, we love answering your questions and addressing your concerns. We don’t believe that any question is silly so please don’t hesitate to give us a call. Head lice are common, so if you have young children, don’t think that it’s never going to happen to your child. It very well might happen if there’s an outbreak at school.

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Can OTC Lice Treatments Cause Early Puberty In Boys?

Our kids are precious to us and we would never intentionally do anything to harm their well-being. Unfortunately, parents have been unintentionally exposing their children to harmful lice treatments. We now have the resources to conduct studies that have found some scary side effects of the pyrethroids that are in many over-the-counter lice treatments. We also have the resources to offer treatments that don’t contain these harmful chemicals. When it comes to choosing a lice treatment, our options are a no-brainer because they don’t expose our children to potential side effects of any kind.

A recent article in eurekalert.org found that exposure to pyrethroids may cause early puberty in young boys.

Effects Of Early Puberty

There are some negative impacts of early puberty, according to Webmd, and they include short stature, behavioral problems, early sexual activity, early stress and emotional problems.

According to eurekalert.org, “Previous research shows that early puberty increases the risk of diseases in adulthood, for example, testicular cancer in men and breast cancer in women. Early puberty also can stunt growth and cause behavioral problems.”

Pyrethroids are a very common insecticide that come from flowers. They are chemicals that are known as endocrine-disrupting chemicals that interfere with the body’s hormones. This is why they can contribute to early puberty in children. These pyrethroids are found in conventional lice treatments that parents have been using for years.

Boys have been reaching puberty as young as nine years old and many experts believe it is due to environmental exposure to toxins. People may be exposed to these chemicals through the air, through food consumption or through exposure to the scalp.

Let’s protect our children and keep them young for as long as possible. You may not always be able to control toxins in the environment, but you can have a say in what to put on their scalp. When it comes to lice treatment, we are experts and we offer the safest and most effective lice treatment on the market.

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Answers To The Four Most Frequently Asked Head Lice Questions

Most of us immediately turn to the internet when we need answers. But oftentimes we come across a mixture of facts and fiction when searching the web and it’s hard to differentiate the two. We took the liberty of finding the four most frequently asked lice questions on Google and answered them for you.

How long does it take for head lice eggs to hatch?

Head lice live on the head as either lice eggs (nits) or hatched lice. It Takes around 7-10 days for a nit to hatch into a louse. Once they hatch, they start out as a baby louse, called a nymph, and enter adulthood about 7 days later. Those adult lice can then lay eggs. Lice typically only live for 30 days but an infestation grows worse as the cycle continues and new eggs are laid. This is why when treating lice, it’s important to kill both the live lice and the eggs. If even one is left behind, a new infestation can occur.

Do head lice like clean or dirty hair?

Contrary to what most people believe, lice infestations can happen on any type of hair whether it be long, short dirty or clean. They don’t discriminate against blondes, brunettes or redheads. New studies show that head lice actually prefer clean hair to dirty hair. In the past, if a child got head lice, they were deemed poor and unhygienic. Nowadays, being dirty doesn’t increase your chances of contracting head lice. Head lice don’t grow from bacteria. The only way to contract head lice is to get it from someone else. Live lice come from hatched eggs.

Are head lice contagious?

Head lice are not contagious in the same way the common cold is, but like the common cold, if you make direct contact with someone, you can get a case of head lice. It’s not a virus or an infection but if you touch heads with someone who has it then a head louse from their head can crawl onto yours beginning an infestation on your head. You can also get it from someone else by using their comb or sharing an item of clothing that has lice on it. You’d have to use it right after the infested person because lice cannot live long off of the human head.

Are head lice white?

An adult louse is no bigger than a sesame seed and is grayish-white or tan in color. Nymphs are smaller and harder to spot. Nits are glued to the hair shaft and feel like a hard seed and are yellow, brown or tan in color.

We are experts on head lice treatment and we are here to help you out when you spot that dreaded little louse on your child’s head. Have any other questions about head lice? Let us know!

 

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Itching And Panic And Bugs, Oh My!

The head lice process is quite a journey. You might even compare the journey of head lice to the journey in the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz. We’ve all seen the famous movie and most of us are familiar with the storyline. If you haven’t dealt with lice, then you may not be entirely familiar with that process. We hope you never have to personally deal with lice, but if you’ve got school-aged children then you may want to be prepared just in case. Stay tuned for our comparison of The Wizard of Oz and head lice.

Fear

One thing that they both have in common is initial fear. When Dorothy first meets the Lion, she is filled with fear. This is comparable to the way moms usually panic when initially finding out about head lice because we tend to naturally fear the unknown. Most parents know nothing about head lice or how to treat it. One of our goals is to make the head lice process less scary for parents and children and educate so that parents feel in control when they find that dreaded little critter in their child’s hair. Dorothy is scared at first, but then she realizes that the Lion is not harmful or scary like he initially came across. Sometimes we automatically think that something strange or unfamiliar is harmful. This is often how it is with head lice. Parents commonly panic because they think lice are harmful but when they find out they don’t carry disease; they calm down and are ready to deal with the problem head-on.

Confusion/Frustration

There’s a point in the head lice process for many parents where they just want to give up and be done and their frustration puts them into tears. This happens when parents have tried different treatments and have failed every time. Those darn store-bought shampoos are ineffective. It’s extremely frustrating to spend your hard-earned money and your valuable time to find out that your problem is not resolved. This compares to the part in The Wizard of Oz when Dorothy, the Scarecrow, and the Lion finally make it to Oz and the man at the door says the wizard cannot help them. Dorothy feels defeated and starts to cry. After that long journey to make it to Oz, she is sad that he can’t help her return home.

Relief

Dorothy is relieved when she finally wakes up from her dream and realizes she is home with her aunt, uncle and her loved ones. Her family is happy that Dorothy is OK. The same feeling can be felt by a parent when they take their child to Lice Clinics of America, Vacaville and their child gets treated within 90 minutes. After lots of frustration, our clinic can be your place of refuge. A long and stressful journey can be avoided by giving us a call immediately after discovering a case of head lice. We’ll even do a head check just to make sure.

So, follow the yellow brick road to Lice Clinics of America, Vacaville and we’ll take great care of you!

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Bumping Heads During March Madness

Are you a sports fanatic? Do you live for March Madness? Maybe you’re raising your kids to love sports with the hopes that they will be a famous athlete someday. As they say, “college aint cheap,” so an athletic scholarship would be quite nice. An academic scholarship would also be awesome so here’s to hoping your children are either geniuses or famous athletes!

Many parents love to watch sports with their children. Watching sports can make for great parent/child bonding. Some recall that watching sports with their parents was their most cherished childhood memory. Sports often bring people together (it can also tear people apart but we won’t get into that). Sports may also bring heads together as people intensely cheer for their favorite team and cry together when their team loses. (yes, some people cry when their team loses but we don’t judge them). People get crazy when it comes to sports, but it’s all in good fun and passion. March Madness has begun and while watching it with your family and friends, heads may bump, lice may spread and itching may occur. If so, that is not a good sign. You may be in need for some lice removal treatment. Don’t worry, we can help.

You Or Your Child May Have A Head Lice Infestation

Darn it, did your son’s friend really just come over and give everyone head lice? Try to take a deep breath and try not to panic. Make sure nobody comes in direct contact with each other because that is how the lice will spread. Don’t you dare share a hat or let your child share a hat either because that is another way lice can spread. We want you to know that everything will be OK. Lice are not harmful; they are more of a nuisance than anything else. With that being said, you will want to treat the head lice as soon as possible so the infestation doesn’t get even worse. Plus, the itching can get pretty intense. Having little bugs moving in your hair just isn’t that pleasant for anyone.

Lice Clinics of America, Vacaville Can Help

We know you don’t want to miss a minute of March Madness but you’ve got to get that head lice treated. Either at a commercial break or after the game, give Lice Clinics of America, Vacaville a call and we’ll talk you through our head lice removal treatment options and prices and make an appointment for you. We pride ourselves on caring more about quality than quantity so we do treatments by appointment only and we treat each patient as if they were family. We hope that March Madness is lice-free for you, but if it’s not, ask us about our lice removal treatment.

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How Does Your School Treat Head Lice?

Head lice. A word that makes every parent’s hairs stand up and blood pressure rise. Head lice suck, they really do. But the reality is that it can strike at any time and it might serve you well to be prepared and ready to take it on in case you have to treat head lice for your son or daughter. One thing that you can do is talk to your child’s school about head lice procedures. Every school has processes and procedures in place for dealing with head lice. Many moms only have to deal with lice once or twice in their life but schools deal with it dozens of times. It’s good to know their thoughts on head lice and what the protocol is when a child is suspected of having an infestation.

What Can You Do To Help Other Parents?

Other parents would be so appreciative if you called the school nurse or your child’s teacher when you notice head lice on your child. This way, fewer kids will have to deal with it and less moms will have headaches because parents, teachers and school nurses can take the proper steps to treat head lice and prevent it from spreading even more. I know that some parents want to just get rid of it and never tell a soul about it but parents have got to stick together. You’d appreciate if someone did that for you, wouldn’t you?

What is Your School’s Policy?

How does your child’s school treat head lice? Do they have a “no nit” policy? This policy is much less common than it used to be. This policy means that children cannot go to school until they are free of live lice and nits (lice eggs). The CDC, Centers for Disease Control and the National Association of School Nurses actually discourage this policy. According to the CDC, “the burden unnecessary absenteeism to the students, families and communities far outweighs the risks associated with head lice.” If the CDC made that statement, then it really must be harmless. Head lice are more of a nuisance than anything. We do suggest having a meeting with your child’s teacher at the beginning of the year before schedules get crazy and teachers get tired. It’s good to pick their brain about how they typically treat head lice outbreaks.

Don’t Be Embarrassed About Head Lice

Mothers have a tendency to point fingers and blame each other for their child’s infestation. Listen, it’s nobody’s fault when a child contracts head lice and since lice have nothing to do with home life, cleanliness or hygiene, it is not a parent’s fault that their child got head lice. Don’t be embarrassed when your child has head lice, just tell yourself that it’s part of what you signed up for when you became a parent. It’s not dangerous, either. It is very common and it just happens sometimes.

We recommend a meeting with staff from your child’s school to know how they treat head lice and if you’re comfortable with their procedures. We encourage parents to know as much about head lice protocols as possible.

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With The AirAllé® It’s One and Done

Head lice, head lice, they are no fun

But with the AirAllé®, it’s one and done

 

We are experts and treat with the best

Come on in and put us to the test

 

We’ve got options and our prices are fair

We’ll get the lice out of your hair

 

Ask us questions, we’re here for you

We have home kits and we’ll tell you what to do

 

Don’t get scared, it happens all the time

When it comes to Rid or Nix, don’t spend a dime

 

We have the very cure for your super lice

And with our AirAllé®, you won’t roll the dice

 

Fast and comfortable for your kids

Every time, our AirAllé® rids

 

Then comes our professional a comb-out

To comfort any possible doubt

 

We finish with our topical rinse

We’ll take good care of your princess or prince

 

In under 90 minutes, they’ll be good to go

We try our hardest not be slow

 

Most have said their experience was great

And that store-bought treatments are something they hate

 

We treat with only the utmost care

Our revolutionary treatments are pretty rare

 

In our clinic, we get rid of lice and nits

But for those who want it, we’ve got at-home kits

 

Itching, itching is no fun

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Super Lice Are Taking Over

Chances are you’ve heard of head lice. But have you heard of super lice? We deal with super lice on a daily basis and it’s a piece of cake for us to get rid of. However, that is not the case for many people who try to treat head lice with over-the-counter head lice treatments or home remedies. Look out for super lice because just like Super Man, they’re almost indestructible!

Super Lice

Head lice are parasitic insects that live in the human hair and feed off blood from the scalp. The number of head lice outbreaks in the U.S. continues to increase due to strong resistance to either the permethrins or parathyroid insecticides used to treat head lice in many products. This type of resistance is called knockdown resistance. To determine the extent of the mutations responsible for this resistance, lice were collected and analyzed from 48 states. Of the 48 states tested, super lice were found present in 42 states. The decrease in effectiveness of the Nix formula from the time period of 1998 – 2013 was correlated with the increase in mutations. Lice have actually mutated to become stronger and more resistant to chemicals and pesticides, which becomes very problematic for parents who believe that over-the-counter treatments work just fine. There was once a simpler time where you could wash your child’s hair with Rid or Nix and the lice would die. In this day and age, that is no longer the case. The scientific data for this study discovered that the decrease in the effectiveness of permethrin in the Nix formulation is also the reason for the increase in knockdown mutations in lice over time.

Treatments Become Less Effective

Although head lice are not known to deliver life-threatening human diseases, most people find a head lice infestation to be intolerable and choose to apply permethrins and chemicals. Treatment is largely dependent upon applying topical insecticides found in commercially distributed formulations including permethrins. Permethrins dominate the over-the-counter (OTC) and do-it-yourself (DIY) formulas available to consumers and are advertised as inexpensive and easily obtainable. Permethrins were first used in the Nix formulation in the 1980’s, and marketed as an OTC product sold worldwide that has been used extensively and intensely for over 20 years. Because of the widespread and intense use of permethrins, resistance to the permethrins is becoming more and more common in lice. The increasing frequency in louse populations coincides with reports of product failures in scientific studies. Early reports of permethrin use in the early 1990’s consistently showed 95-100% effectiveness. In early 2001, reports show a decrease as high as 45% in permethrin treatment effectiveness. The studies showed a correlation to a substantial decrease in the ability of the permethrin-based OTC products in providing effective control of louse infestations over time.

Treatment that Works

At Lice Clinics of America, Vacaville, we utilize science-based technology to combat head lice, super lice and their eggs. If humans continue to use permethrin-based insecticides to combat head lice, the head lice will continue to mutate and become Super Lice. Our head lice treatment method uses controlled heated air to dehydrate the lice and their eggs. We don’t use insecticides or harmful toxins on your child’s head as we have learned the ineffectiveness of this treatment option. We treat families in our clinic for head lice starting at the age of 4. We understand how busy families are and we promise not to take much of your time. Treatment takes approximately 90 minutes and it is safe and comfortable for all ages. We back up our promise that you will leave lice-free with a guarantee. You can help reduce the spread of super lice by choosing alternative treatment options that are toxin free. Consider Lice Clinics of America, Vacaville, the next time your family battles head lice.