Healthy Kids

Healthy Kids

Children in North America will spend, on average, more than 900 hours attending school in a given year. The average school year in the United States lasts 1,016 hours, the equivalent of 42 continuous days. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, many developed countries begin their academic…
“You want me to coach soccer? I don’t know anything about soccer! You wouldn’t want me to be a coach.” As a Youth Sports Director, this is something I often hear. Parents think they are not qualified to be a coach because they feel they don’t have the knowledge necessary…
Brothers and sisters can be great friends, and those friendships often grow stronger with age. However, when kids are young, those fun and friendly relationships are not always so easy to come by. Arguments and fights may occur as sibling rivalry rears its ugly head, and parents may be unsure…
Music is everywhere: on the radio, in movies and television shows and as a backdrop when shopping or celebrating milestones. Music is an integral part of cultures all over the world. Music can express emotions not easily conveyed otherwise. It also provides a sense of community and belonging and can…
When a child yells, “I don’t care!” do you wonder what’s really going on for them? Or have you felt frustrated with a child who shuts down and refuses to try? Have you ever held a child who cried but couldn’t put words to their tears? It can certainly feel…
A few months ago, I wrote “Creating a Birth Plan,” which is always a great idea to have going in to your birth. Parents love to prepare for the big moment when baby joins the family. It’s an exciting time! However we tend to neglect what happens after baby comes.…
New and experienced parents alike must keep many things in mind when welcoming a child into their homes. Babies do not come with instruction manuals, but kids of all ages need their parents to perform various functions, including keeping them safe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say unintentional…
Families who resolve to spend more time together may reap a host of benefits. One of the easiest ways to enjoy family company is to dine together - with researchers saying it’s one of the most important things parents and other caregivers can do for children. Hectic schedules have made…
The holidays challenge even the most diligent health enthusiasts. Tempting family favorites, travel schedules that take you away from your fitness pattern, stress and lack of sleep all combine to create the perfect storm of distraction from your healthy routine. Below are basic nutrition strategies to help you stay on…
There are so many complicated and controversial topics surrounding newborns. Nearly everyone you meet will have their opinion, and probably a few suggestions for you. When your newborn is here, however, there are some basic questions you might have that haven’t been answered yet. Q: Is my baby eating enough?…
Most parents are concerned about how to keep kids healthy during the school year. There are always coughs and colds to contend with along with the seasonal flu. While it may seem simplistic it is my assertion that a child that is well nourished will do better. Every child is…
Summer is a season of relaxation, especially for school-aged children who are not yet old enough to work. Such youngsters no doubt enjoy the chance to spend summer days lounging poolside or at the beach, all without a care in the world or any homework to complete. Though summer is…
Playing sports has evolved from kids playing for fun to athletic programs on a much more competitive level than ever. This competition has created a world where kids spend more time on sport-specific training to enhance skills in one area, creating a disadvantage for young athletes. Studies have shown that…
Routine dental examinations and cleanings are an important component of oral healthcare for both children and adults. However, many children do not visit the dentist until well after the time recommended by medical and dental professionals. Parents may be unaware of the dental health timeline, or they could be reluctant…
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