Healthy Kids

Healthy Kids

Ever wonder how you learned to make eye contact when speaking with someone? Or how about why you speak casually with friends and formally with employers? Social skills are something everyone learns in their formative years through interactions with family, friends and the community at large. No one is born…
My first encounter with a homebirth mama and her 5-month-old son was during an “Options in Childbirth” class at the Mom and Pop Place in Neenah, Wis. Sure, I’ve seen the documentaries like The Business of Being Born and What Babies Want, so I’ve gotten some pretty great images of…
Years ago I had a gymnast, let’s call him Nick. Nick was the kind of kid who would take on challenges only if he knew he could win. He was young and had all kinds of talent. I used to say, “Dude, you got talent falling off of you, pick…
With so many baby products on the market, it’s hard to be on top of what’s best for baby these days. As a new mom-to-be myself, I’ve been especially engrossed in what’s the latest in baby care. What’s the best way for baby to sleep? What are the best baby…
With so many baby products on the market, it’s hard to be on top of what’s best for baby these days. As a new mom-to-be myself, I’ve been especially engrossed in what’s the latest in baby care. What’s the best way for baby to sleep? What are the best baby…
How can we get our kids to eat healthier? That is a great question; first let’s look at what is against us and then what we need to do to combat it. Kids are bombarded by media messages telling them to eat terrible processed food-like products that have no nutritional…
Youth obesity has become the epidemic of note throughout society. Countless governmental bodies, independent organizations and mainstream media outlets are constantly revealing statistics and projections related to this problem. According to several sources, the youth overweight/obesity numbers exceed 30 percent of people under the age of 18 in the United…
The phrase “going green” has often been thought of, and often is, about using environmentally sustainable products and having a low carbon footprint. It’s a hippy-dippy thing, right? Wrong. Being green is more than that. For me it is about my family, specifically my toddler. I do NOT hug trees.…
A new treatment may be a safe and effective form of immunotherapy for children with peanut allergy, according to researchers at Duke University Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital. Currently, there are no treatments available for people with peanut allergy. The double-blind, placebo-controlled study, funded in part by NCCAM and…
Today we are pretty comfortable knowing that a child’s success is based off of good health and education. That seems like something we could all agree on, right? Right. Yet we see disturbing trends in child obesity still on the upswing. This is particularly disturbing because obesity and lethargy go…
As a huge natural living fan, I tend to take a more holistic approach when it comes to parenting and naturally this includes colic and baby-soothing solutions. Through my learning process, I’ve realized that I have made some mistakes. I made them because I didn’t know better. That’s what happens…
One of the current strategies for working with children classified as ADD or Attention Deficit Disorder is to give them more physical activity. The research shows that kids with ADD have smaller frontal lobes of the brain and thus they tend to struggle with focus and lean toward being more…
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…
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