Healthy Kids

Healthy Kids

It’s the beginning of a new school year! And with that comes a rise in depression and anxiety in my clients. So we may ask, is it the transition back into school after the summer break? Is it getting back into the routine and schedule of school? Or is it…
If kids had their way, pizza, chicken fingers and French fries would make up a significant portion of their diets. But parents know they must make kids’ culinary choices for them so youngsters get all of the vitamins and nutrients they need to grow up strong and healthy. Parents also…
So many parents are not fully prepared to see their little girl changing into a young woman. And many moms have shared that they felt it happened almost overnight. Your daughter’s body could be maturing faster than you think. Starting the conversation with her about her first period can be…
Dental braces have been used for decades to correct various alignment and spacing issues in the teeth. Braces can be crucial to the future of one’s oral health and prevent serious issues down the line. Roughly 25 percent of the people in North America who get braces are adults. But…
For kids in Northeast Wisconsin, June is a month that means another school year is nearly done. Winter is a thing of the past, the days stay light longer and free time is on the way. With school out of session families do not want to sacrifice the positive mental…
“Parenting is a mirror in which we get to see the best of ourselves, and the worst; the richest moments of living, and the most frightening.” —Jon and Myla Kabat Zinn Everyday blessings: the inner work of mindful parenting Summer is just about to begin and you get to choose…
Famed comedienne Phyllis Diller once said, “Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the sidewalk before it stops snowing.” Many parents realize that having children means their homes will be filled with a vast assortment of toys, clothing and other items that seemingly spend more…
I have sat through many parenting and teaching seminars. Every single one of them has the “answer” for dealing with childhood behaviors. Sometimes I leave feeling confident: “Hey I know what I am doing. I got this!” Other times, I leave feeling defeated: “Of course a good mom would do…
What used to be the “golden years” of life for seniors is now turning into any opportunity to spend even more time with their youngest family members. Nowadays, a growing number of grandparents are called on to provide child care for their grandkids, many of whom are growing up in…
Twenty years ago, I joined my classmates on a bus ride to American Players Theater in Spring Green. There, “Hamlet” wove its three-hour spell over us. The character we talked most of during the dark ride home was not Hamlet or Ophelia, but the king’s ghost. This ghost was a…
Kangaroo care is the practice, immediately after birth, of holding your baby, skin to skin, between your breasts. The father may also participate by holding the baby on his chest, skin to skin. How did kangaroo care originate? Kangaroo care began by accident out of necessity in 1979 in Bogotá,…
Summer camp is a beloved tradition in many families. Many parents of young children fondly recall spending their summers at summer camp, where they made lifelong friends and learned the finer points of roasting marshmallows and competing in three-legged sack races. Parents looking for the right summer camp for their…
As parents, we all want to give our children the best possible start in life. We angst over so many aspects of the early childhood experience: learning the alphabet, counting to 10, saying “thank you,” etc. Whether you are a stay-at-home mom or work outside the home as I do,…
Dental braces have been used for decades to correct various alignment and spacing issues in the teeth. Braces can be crucial to the future of one’s oral health and prevent serious issues down the line. Roughly 25 percent of the people in North America who get braces are adults. But…
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