Healthy Kids

Healthy Kids

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,…
Have you noticed that most of the stores have been stocking school supplies since the early part of July? I think it’s great to get organized and plan ahead, but we are still taking those family trips, camping, heading to the pool and applying considerable amounts of sunscreen. Do you find yourself getting those…
Most of us can agree that the adolescence years are difficult. A teenager’s body is undergoing many physical and hormonal changes while they are trying to cope emotionally with peer pressure, school, extra-curricular activities, sports, relationships, social media and possible family issues as well. With having their minds and bodies…
Many parents can attest to the challenges in encouraging children to eat healthily, including incorporating plenty of fruits and vegetables into their daily diets. Children tend to become picky eaters for a number of reasons, according to the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Some children are just naturally more sensitive to…
An astounding statistic was recently released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC estimates that 1 in every 88 U.S. children — and 1 in 54 boys — has autism. Previously, the CDC estimated autism’s prevalence at about 1 in 110. The latest analysis shows autism is up…
Parents want their kids to be as healthy as possible. Whether tailoring kids’ diets to include healthier foods or encouraging their youngsters to be physically active, parents often go the extra mile with regard to the health of their children. But as hard as parents may try, some health-related issues…
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…
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