It’s almost an American tradition. Probably international, too. Parents have rules for kids, grandma and grandpa frequently ignore them. “Grandma’s house, grandma’s rules,” right? Maybe, but it doesn’t always sit well with parents. Later nights, extra TV and endless snacks may be bones of contention between parents and grandparents.
Your kids are especially vulnerable to the psychological and emotional scars that can come from being blasted with pandemic news and misinformation all the time. Join me for some strategies and tactics to help them avoid the worst of it!
A hospital is a scary place for children. Even the hallways can leave them shaking. MRI scanners, though, represent a source of abject terror for most children. One man decided there had to be a better way – so he invented one by redesigning MRI’s to be more “kid-friendly.”
The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 which causes COVID-19 has taken over the news. For adults, the news is frightening. For children, it can be terrifying and may leave real scars. Parents can ease kids’ fears and help them cope with this pandemic, if they have the tools.
For parents, rewarding children with food can sometimes seem like an easy fix for behavioral challenges. Kids respond to delicious treats, after all. But is this a dangerous habit that threatens the health of children?
Obesity – especially childhood obesity – is a hot topic in America. For many parents, it is a horrifying specter haunting their children as they grow. While many dietary plans may help them grow healthy, lean and strong, there’s one surefire way to make sure they become obese.
If you’re still in college or even high school, you may not realize how good you have it right now. Apparently, “adulting” is bad for your waistline – and your health. According to researchers at the University of Cambridge, leaving school and getting a job causes people to reduce their physical activity, leading to weight… Continue reading Adulthood May Be Bad For Your Waistline And Health
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
Accountability. The word, and the concept, get thrown around so much, it’s become a cliche. But are we using accountability with youth athletes more like a blunt object than a sharpened tool to sculpt success? Much has been said and written about the value of accountability in training and sports. So much, in fact, that… Continue reading Accountability or Unnecessary Confrontation for Youth Athletes?
In the United States, both children and adults eat too few fruits and vegetables, which puts them at risk for poor diet quality and adverse health consequences. A new study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, published by Elsevier, found new parents increased their spending on produce in middle- and high-income households. “Although… Continue reading New Parenthood Leads to Increased Produce Purchases