Healthy Kids

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Healthy Kids

Well-meaning parents or grandparents often tell children not to do something with the warning that a serious health implication could result. Kids often take their elders at their word. But some of these warnings bear more truth than others. Here’s the scoop on some of the more common misconceptions. Myth:…
The holidays are upon us and Christmas is almost near. Even though we should be celebrating the reason for the season, many of us forget that and drop into the endless lists of what needs to be bought and done. And during this magical time of wonder and merriment, the…
Despite the many messages from all corners promoting a "more is better" philosophy when it comes to holiday gifts, the truth is far more complex — especially for children. While most parents work hard to give their kids everything they need and much of what they want, it is often…
Another year has gone by and your child wants a birthday party. If you're like us, you've had a party for your kids every year. At first it was more of a get together with our friends because our boys were too young to even know what was happening. Now…
The holidays are fast approaching and it is time for us to start reflecting on the many things that we are thankful for. At different points in your life it seems that your reasons for being thankful start to change. When you are younger you are so thankful that school…
The following is a quick quiz to see if your child has a chance to be a champion. It's written regardless of age, but it focuses on children before high school. Record your "yes" answers. 1. Do you believe your child could be a champion? 2. Do you find yourself…
From the moment a child is conceived they start to learn about themselves and their surroundings. This is witnessed through babies being able to hear sounds in the womb and start to differentiate between light and dark, to after being born they use their crying mechanism to say when they…
Recently I read about a town in Australia that actually implemented laws that govern parent behavior at sporting events. Stepping out of line is punishable by banishment from the play area, and/or fines. My first thought was: "Really? Is that necessary?" Then, after reflecting on our own American sports parents,…
From the moment you first become a parent, by birth or adoption, you become your child's first and best advocate. When you become your child's advocate it is up to you to make the hard decisions on what is best for your child. Every day you are bombarded with differing…
One thing I enjoy is finding brilliance in the simplest of things. For example, think of the old song we all learned in grade school, or earlier: "Row, Row, Row Your Boat." Every part of that song imparts wisdom, but as children no one ever pointed out that all we…
As children start heading back to school, one of the main items often overlooked is your child's lunch; not the shiny new lunchbox, but what is inside it. A child's food intake is dependent on your child's physical activity, but the most important part of food intake is making sure…
We will be in polite company, visiting, or with new friends at a party and someone will say it. The response usually gets my wife's eyes to roll and the person asking to get an avalanche of "more than you wanted to know" soapbox speech from me. What do they…
Those blue drinks, red popsicles and multi-colored cereals could be triggering temper tantrums, learning difficulties, sleep disorders and a host of physical complaints such as asthma, headaches, hives and ear infections. This year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took the first steps in determining if these petroleum-based additives are…
As a child I remember jumping off the garage roof to the lawn. I remember building a ramp to jump over Matchbox cars on my bike. I remember throwing and deflecting mini firecrackers in a battle with my brothers (OK, that was stupid.). We used to build snow forts and…
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