Briarfield Dental & Sleep Care January 2018

Want to See Better Report Cards in 2018? Make Reading a Family Resolution

goal to really cement those reading habits. Better yet, set a combined goal that the entire family can work toward. Don’t be afraid to pull out all the stops. If your kids know that reading one book per week through June means an extra-special summer vacation, their enthusiasm won’t wane come spring. Use Reading Apps Goodreads is a social network for bibliophiles. You can find recommendations, share ratings, and create lists of both completed and to-be- read books. Users also create reading lists based on topic, genre, decade, and more. With over 2 billion books added, you’ll never run out of inspiration. Biblionasium offers the same services, but it’s designed specifically for children. Talk to other parents and create a network of friends and classmates. After all, nothing is cooler to a kid than what their friends are doing. Avid readers tend to do better academically from kindergarten through college. In fact, a study from the Journal of Education and Practice found that reading comprehension predicted success in other subjects more than any other factor. If you want to see improved report cards, make a reading resolution for your entire household.

Every parent wants to see their child do well in school, and there’s one fun activity that benefits students of all ages: reading. In a world with so much stimulation, however, it can be difficult to motivate kids to put down a screen and pick up a book. New Year’s resolutions are the perfect opportunity to make reading a priority. Here are a few tips to make 2018 the year your kids become bookworms. Make It a Family Resolution There’s no better motivator than solidarity! Plus, we’re guessing everyone in your household could stand to read a little more. You don’t

have to read the same books or set identical goals, but it’s a lot more fun when everyone participates. Schedule weekly reading discussions so everyone can share the cool stories they’ve read. Stack your completed books in your house somewhere as a monument to all the knowledge your family has gained. Set Reward Milestones Positive reinforcement will propel your kids to keep reading long after the calendars have turned. For a certain number of books completed or hours spent reading, offer them a prize. You can even create a big end

Putting the Pieces Together

Jennifer Valentine’s Passion for Service

Before I joined the Briarfield Dental team in May of 2015, I got my start in the dental field by working with a friend at her newly opened office in Monroe, Michigan. I had previously been working in the medical field, but dentistry was new to me, and I was eager to get started. Throughout my training, I learned the coding and billing aspects of dentistry, and I found it to be quite fun. In a way, billing is like a puzzle; you need to have all of the parts in the right place for things to function smoothly.

and the team. We also have the best and most interesting patients. Where else would you meet a family trying out for “Family Feud”? I feel like I know our patients on a personal level. Every day after I leave work, I feel like I’ve accomplished something meaningful. If I were to describe my dream job, it would be one where I get to help people every single day, and that’s exactly what I do at Briarfield Dental! I also enjoy baking and cooking, and I always say that someday I will be a flower delivery person. After all, who doesn’t love sweets and flowers? In my personal life, I spend a lot of time with my husband, Tony; my daughter, Cody; our dog, Summer; and our granddogs, Echo and Delta. I love the Toledo Walleye hockey team and the Ohio State Buckeyes football team. My family tries to get together with our relatives and friends as often as possible. On Nov. 1, my nephew, Joe, and his wife, Alicia, had their baby girl, Elena Lynn. It was great to have a new addition to the family during the holiday season.

Through my job, I am able to help others obtain services they may not have had access to before coming to Briarfield Dental. I also enjoy working with individuals who give their best each and every day. Briarfield Dental makes you feel like you belong, and it truly feels like home for our patients

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and I wish you all health and happiness in the coming new year.

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