Healthy Kids

Healthy Kids

Many of today’s children are being reared by both their parents and grandparents in order to meet the demands of tight family schedules and even tighter financial situations. Not every caregiver is aware of the ever-changing guidelines that protect children against injury or illness, including information that has come to…
A healthy diet is supposed to provide all of the essential vitamins and minerals necessary to sustain a body. But thanks to finicky eating habits and limited choices, many children are not getting the vitamins and minerals they need to grow up healthy. Although many foods are fortified with certain…
In many ways, today’s kids have busier schedules than any previous generation of youngsters. Many extracurricular activities, including sports, require a nearly year-round commitment, and the dual-income household has landed many kids in afterschool programs where kids tend to their schoolwork or engage in various activities that keep them from…
The spring sports season is a popular time for school-aged children. After a few months of being cooped up indoors, many kids are ready to spend time in the fresh air. Organized team sports are one way they can burn energy and learn lessons in camaraderie and problem-solving. Spring sports…
Health-conscious parents often worry about what their kids are eating. Those greasy fast food French fries kids love might be cringe-worthy to parents, but it’s not just the foods kids request that parents should monitor. Adults and children alike have favorite beverages that may or may not be healthy. But…
It’s January and chances are (unless you live in Tucson or Tampa), you are not getting outside as much as you were a few short months ago. Going outside — being in nature — is one of the best ways to support our children and keep them healthy. Where else…
Volunteering is a great way for people to give back to their communities. It’s also a great way for parents to instill character in their children. When kids volunteer, they learn lessons about responsibility while also learning how enjoyable it can be to help the less fortunate. Kids who volunteer…
Our lives and those of our children are getting busier all the time. We multitask between taking our kids to basketball, balancing the checkbook and planning next week’s business project. And the kids are Facebooking while doing a paper and prepping for the big game. No wonder we pass each…
Are your children often absorbed in their electronics? An ear bud in one ear and thumbs going strong on some game or keyboard? Pretty difficult to engage your children when they are in this mode, isn’t it? Plus, many of these activities can be a form of escape and tend…
Grilled cheese on a pretzel bun; maple burst pancakes; cold nachos; breaded chicken nuggets — these are some of the lunch options in school cafeterias across the country. Following streamlined government regulations aimed to make school lunches healthier, some parents are left scratching their heads wondering if anything has changed.…
Dressing up and engaging in role play is an important component of childhood learning and having fun. Although costumes are regularly used in day care centers, schools and at home, they become the center of attention when Halloween arrives. The practice of wearing costumes dates back at least 2,000 years…
Confrontations focusing on diet between children and parents have been around seemingly since the beginning of time. Many children start off as cooperative eaters, anxious to try different types of foods. As they get older, the number of foods they’re apt to eat diminishes, which can make choosing healthy items for lunches…
There are foundations that are helpful for learning success; some of those start very, very early on. But even if a person did not have the ideal situation in the beginning of life to get good grades, it is possible to make changes and improve learning experiences and successes. These…
When today’s parents reflect on their childhood, many likely recall seemingly endless days spent playing outdoors. But when today’s kids become tomorrow’s parents, chances are their recollections won’t recall nearly as much time spent idling the days away under the sun. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,…
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