Q. My kids always make fun of my outdated style. Any suggestions for pieces I could buy to make my wardrobe more current?
A. Quality, solid colored items can be mixed and matched to create several looks. Try not to buy too many trendy staple pieces as they will “date” themselves quicker. You can’t ever go wrong with all black! Purchase clothes that compliment your figure. Tie a shirt or use a belt to create a waist line! It’s all about the fit! Animal print is HUGE this year! If you have a more simple or conservative style, add an animal print sandal or sneaker! Another big trend for 2019 is to carry a smaller handbag. Invest in a simple cross body bag or a nice clutch! Now show those kids who’s stylish!
Jordan Elizabeth \ Personal Stylist & Personal Shopper www.jestyles.com
Q. My son wears headphones all the time, listening to music, gaming, watching videos. Should I be concerned about his hearing?
A. Video games, phone calls, streaming movies, and listening to music are all reasons more people are wearing headphones for longer periods of time every day. Without a doubt, sending sound directly into the ears can damage your hearing: the volume and duration of use can both play a role. As a rule of thumb, if others can hear a child’s music / audio when he or she is wearing headphones or earbuds, the music is too loud. If used above 50% of possible volume for more than 30 minutes, permanent hearing loss may be at risk. Parents and other adults should also lead by example, adopting these same guidelines.
Dr. Carmen Pustejovsky, Au.D. \ Audiologist Heard It Through The Grapevine Audiology, PC. www.grapevineaudiology.com
Q. We were planning to put my teen in braces this summer, but she’s in the band at school now and is worried how braces will affect her playing. Any suggestions on how to make this easier for her?
A. Consider Invisalign. If she’s a good candidate, she can continue to play her instrument without worry. She can remove the aligners while she plays and then put them back in when she’s done. Invisalign is also a good option for teens that play sports. But remember, Invisalign aligners help straighten teeth, they don’t protect them, so it’s best to remove them and wear a sports mouth guard while on the field or court. This will also prevent the aligners from being damaged as well. Other benefits of Invisalign include no staining or oral hygiene problems. And no restrictions to your diet.
Dr. Kanabar \ Orthodontist \ Walnut Central Orthodontics www.OrthodontistDallasTX.com
Q. After a slow start, my 8 year old son ended the school year on a high note. What can I do to keep that momentum going so next school year is even better?
A. Congratulations on your son’s accomplishments this year! In order to stop academic regression, be sure to keep him engaged in regular academic work during a part of the day during the 10-11 weeks of summer break. Start out by reviewing grade level skills he recently learned, and then “jump ahead” to the beginning of the next grade level skills. Enrolling in a program that offers advanced academics for a part of the summer would give him confidence as he begins the next school year. Summer work should be balanced with fun and physical activities, too! Best of luck next year!
Jill Guthrie \ Head of School \ The Guthrie School www.guthrieschool.com