Kids love sugary soda drinks; but as parents, we know that between the sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, complete lack of nutrients and caffeine, that soda should remain a special occasion drink and not an everyday beverage.
When your kids are craving colas, what can you give them that they'll love just as much but without all the sugar and additives of soda? Believe it or not, you can make your own healthier sodas at home, using... Read More
By Laura Crooks
Halloween and all of the associated candy is upon us. Do you have a plan for avoiding the extra calories from eating extra candy? If you do not want to ban all candy, try 1 or more of these 7 tips to control your candy intake this season.
1. Purchase only candy you don't like. If there is... Read More
Once your child begins walking, he will become more and more independent. Toddlers and preschoolers want to try to do a number of things on their own and parents have a tremendous opportunity to instill good, healthy habits as they teach self-care skills during this stage of development.
Your child will best learn how to care for herself by watching you and her older siblings. Set a good example by taking good care of yourself,... Read More
When you're standing in the aisle of your local pharmacy or superstore shopping for sunscreens for your kids, you might be a little overwhelmed by the choices. There are numerous sun protection products for children on the market right now, in every consistency from thick cream to weightless "sport" sprays and ranging in price from economical to "I don't think so."
All this variety may make you think... Read More
"Mommy, Mommy, I want to have a play date with Jessica today," your daughter says in a whiny voice while pulling at your brand-new, expensive shirt. "Today is not a good day; Mommy has to go to the doctor," you say. Your daughter drops to the ground, screaming and yelling right in front of the door. Not only are you embarrassed and feel like giving in, but you also realize in the long run that rewarding her for inappropriate behavior is not... Read More
Your child is ready to reach out and touch someone with his or her very own cell phone, which begs the question "how young is too young?" There's no denying that we're living in the age of technology where it seems like everyone is connected. Seeing a grade-school child with her own personal cell phone has become commonplace. While it may seem like a major trend for kids, for parents it can be a godsend, especially when you're trying to... Read More
Typically, childhood vaccinations are monitored and meticulously recorded on special sheets from the pediatrician's office while adult vaccinations are often forgotten or overlooked by health care providers.
Approximately 50,000 people die each year from diseases that could be prevented with vaccinations, 36,000 of those deaths are due to the influenza virus.
Many of the immunizations received as children should continue through... Read More
While raw foods are not new, eating plans that follow this trend in healthy eating appear to be gaining strength across the country. The focus of the diet is on eating uncooked, highly nutritious foods -- fruits and vegetables. Of course, these foods are low in calories and extremely good for you, but eating them raw or uncooked is favored as it is believed that they lose nutritional value when cooked.
Those who subscribe to the... Read More
"High blood pressure in kids? That's what my grandmother has!"
Nearly 2 out of 3 American adults have unhealthy blood pressure. Hypertension, or high blood pressure (HBP), cuts off nearly 5 years from an average person's life. It is more common beyond middle age. Hence, what comes to mind when discussing HBP are adults challenged to maintain a healthy lifestyle: regular exercise, a healthy diet, and weight control, simple routines... Read More
Before cliques, dating, break-ups and office politics, comes that first and developmentally vital tradition in a human being's life: play dates. Play dates are a child's first foray into the world of friends and social rules. Kids can learn a great deal about social interaction during play dates, which is why they're so important.
For moms, play dates provide a chance for a little social interaction of our own. In the presence of... Read More