Picky eating can drive a parent up a wall! If you have a child who is a picky eater you know this well. The fear that your child will become ill or starve, or that you will be deemed a harmful parent becomes overwhelming. And, the endless effort it takes to get your child to eat becomes exhausting. Fortunately, there are some simple changes you can make at home to help your child. [Read more…]
We hear a lot about diets. Usually that means an eating pattern that a person follows with the expectation of some form of benefit. These benefits can include weight loss, managing diabetes, fitness, overall health improvement, health maintenance, and more. A Cognitive Positive Diet supports neurocognitive functioning for everyone, and specifically shows positive outcomes for children and adults with atypical neurology such as ADHA, learning disabilities, or dysregulated mood/behavior problems. While not a cure, adjusting the daily diet with these ideas does improve functioning.
Want to have a healthy winter? Who doesn’t? But when cold and flu season arrives and we see adds on TV for medicines, or hear about people we know becoming ill, we might start feeling like winter illnesses are just a given, inevitable. However, they are not inevitable and you can do a few powerfully effective things to prove it.
We all know that no one can completely avoid getting sick. Sometimes kids (and parents) just get sick, and then their immune system kicks in and they get well again. You can use these super simple strategies to help your kids stay healthier, reduce the amount of illness this winter, shorten the duration of illnesses, and keep your life sane as well. [Read more…]
Parents think about food more than ever, because food is complicated and food matters. It matters a great deal and you reading this article proves you care about the food you eat. It probably means you also like learning about food. Fortunately, you can find food information everywhere.
Sometimes I suffer from information overload, including information about food. But, I know the food we eat governs overall health, mental health, strength, longevity, learning, sleep, and more, so I feel compelled to learn as much as I can. [Read more…]
You can’t beat hiking with your kids, especially in the fall. The weather is perfect – not too hot, not too cold, just right. The trails aren’t nearly as busy as in the summer since a lot of travelers have gone home to get ready for school. And, it’s beautiful in the woods in the fall. Oh the colors, no matter where you live!
Now, when I say “hiking” I’m not talking about arduous, thigh killer events that make you want to say, “We did it. NEVER doing that again.” We’ve known folks who hike like they have invented speed hiking or something. No slowing down once they hit the trail. But that didn’t work for us, or for our kids. Then we figured out a few things. Here’s what we came up with. [Read more…]
I read Next Avenue which is a site devoted to topics on aging, longevity, vitality, estate planning, generally anything people in the last third of their lives might find relevant. The more I read their articles, however, the more I see things that could easily interest anyone, at any age of adulthood. After all, we’re all aging and why wait to learn some of this good stuff? Like, ways to make life easier. [Read more…]
Don’t you feel like you need a degree in Biochemistry, or at least Nutritional Science, to understand food labels enough to just simply go grocery shopping? I hear you! And, the eating rules change all the time! Butter was out for awhile, a sad time. Now it’s back in, or at least sort of, depending on what you read, or what you hear on the news, or from your friends. [Read more…]
Health. It gets a bushel of press! And, a lot of that press gives people a lot of pressure. “I should be…” “I should quit…..” “Maybe I’ll start……soon.” Health is also BIG business, so it profits someone out there if you flap around worrying about the perfect way to improve your family’s health. So you buy a book, join the gym, or start some fad diet.
What I have noticed is that health isn’t that hard to have. You may want a book or a gym membership, but you don’t need them to succeed at being healthy. And, have you heard? “Diets” are out, too – thank goodness! And best of all, health doesn’t require you to blow your savings. So, I just gave myself a few minutes and scribbled down the first ten ideas for better health that came to my mind and I ended up with this. [Read more…]
Obese is such a rough word. Phonetically it sounds awful. The O is long, The B is harsh. And it always make me think obeast when I read it or hear it. The beast of obesity is an unwelcome reality. And a tragedy for a child.
You may have already asked yourself this question. Is my child obese? And, you probably already have an answer. I’m going to write this post anyway because it’s about more than just knowing that answer. It’s about the hard truths in general that we need to tell ourselves when we are parents. It can be hard to do this sometimes, but, maybe not as hard as you think! Let’s see.
If you think your child might benefit from seeing a therapist, you’re probably correct. You know your child, and you know that your hunches can be pretty accurate. So trust yourself. But, finding the right children’s therapist can be intimidating, almost enough to keep you from even trying! Right? After all, trusting someone to help with your child’s mental health is not the easiest thing to do.
If you are lucky, you might get a recommendation from a close friend, a doctor, or a teacher. You will still want to do a little investigating on your own, though, and talk to some therapists, voice to voice on the phone, before you decide. So get your questions ready!
Have you ever tried to waste less food? How does that go for you? I always feel like I could do better even though we really don’t waste shameful amounts of food at all. That being said, as I write this post it’s summer and it’s food bonanza season, with lots of beautiful fresh food in the fridge, overflowing gardens, and loaded produce shelves. Our kitchen is bursting at the seams, and that kicked in my perfectionism. Now I’m sprinting off on a “waste less food” marathon ….again.
How about some relief? I found some high quality links to topics that most parents encounter on and off as they raise children. Topics like how to keep your family healthy, how to maximize calm for you and your children, information on interesting books worth the time it takes to read them, and more. Topics that can get in your head and bother you until you figure out how to get relief.
These links will also be added to the master Resources list for ParentWhiz. Enjoy! [Read more…]