Kids Bag Lunches Lack Nutritional Punch

Worried about what your kids might be eating in school? Concerned about the nutritional value of school cafeteria food? As it turns out, you might not be doing any better by packing your kids lunches. Survey research out of the UK’s University of Leeds, published in the online journal BMJ Open, says that less than… Continue reading Kids Bag Lunches Lack Nutritional Punch

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Podcast: Youth Sports and Kids Emotional Health: Study Review

Youth sports, especially in the US, has taken a lot of criticism lately. Not so much for the actual playing of the sports themselves. The criticism usually involves the behaviors, attitudes and actions of the adults involved. Generally, it’s always been thought that playing sports is good for kids. Most people who’ve played youth sports… Continue reading Podcast: Youth Sports and Kids Emotional Health: Study Review

Why Your Pre-Teen Is Weak And What To Do About It

The statistics are staggering. There’s nearly 3.2 million children age five to 14 who received medical treatment for a sports-related injury in 2017. More than a million of those needed emergency room treatment. Yet we continue to hold up youth sports in America as a solution. To what exactly? I’m trying to figure that out.… Continue reading Why Your Pre-Teen Is Weak And What To Do About It

Youth Sports Participation Linked to Reduced Risk of Emotional Difficulties

If you sampled most adults, at least those over about 35 years old, they’ll tell you that playing organized sports is a good thing for kids. Elementary school-aged kids can get plenty of exercise, learn to get along with others, learn the value of competition and how to win and lose with dignity. While youth… Continue reading Youth Sports Participation Linked to Reduced Risk of Emotional Difficulties

Pregnant And Obese? Your Son's IQ And Development Will Suffer

We all want to give our children every advantage in life. Good health is crucial. We want our children to grow up strong and healthy. Positive emotional health is important, too. We want them to be well-adjusted and ready to take on the challenges of life. Of course, when it comes to taking on life’s… Continue reading Pregnant And Obese? Your Son's IQ And Development Will Suffer

Get Your Kid A Dog And Reduce Their Schizophrenia Risk As Adults

Sometime during the Last Glacial Maximum, or period when ice sheets covered most of North America, Europe and Asia, man got a great idea. He realized that it was cold, really dry and that food was getting harder to come by. He was competing with other animals for that food and he was freezing his… Continue reading Get Your Kid A Dog And Reduce Their Schizophrenia Risk As Adults

Adolescent Boredom Rising, Girls Hit Hardest

Adolescent boredom is surely not a new phenomenon. It’s not hard to imagine children expressing boredom to exasperated parents in just about every era. Of course, with the myriad of distractions and entertainment options available in the modern era, you might think today’s teens would have plenty to keep them from being bored. Apparently not,… Continue reading Adolescent Boredom Rising, Girls Hit Hardest

Helicopter Parents, Hothouse Kids, Anxiety and Failure

We all know at least one set of helicopter parents. This species is closely related to the lawn-mower parent. The key difference may be in the level of obnoxiousness and omnipresent “fixing.” While both species are annoying, neither is really helping their kids. Up until now, pretty much anyone with a working brain knew that… Continue reading Helicopter Parents, Hothouse Kids, Anxiety and Failure

Stress During Pregnancy Can Affect Baby’s Brain

Is it possible that maternal stress both during and before pregnancy can have a negative effect on the brain development in the baby? Yes, says new research from King’s College London. In a study published in Biological Psychiatry, a research team headed by Alexandra Lautarescu, MRC Doctoral Researcher and Head of Advanced Neuroimaging Professor Serena… Continue reading Stress During Pregnancy Can Affect Baby’s Brain

Podcast: Should You Hire A Youth Fitness Coach For Your Child?

Today, I’m going to share my thoughts on whether parents should hire a youth fitness coach for their kids. Of course, since I am a Youth Fitness Professional, you might imagine that I’m biased toward a “yes” answer. You might be surprised! While I do believe that every kid would benefit from working with a… Continue reading Podcast: Should You Hire A Youth Fitness Coach For Your Child?