Spring Break, not for naught, is typically seen as the time when college kids disconnect their brains while us grown-ups get stuck doing terribly unglamorous things like cleaning closets and washing the walls. And Bombshells with younger kids are faced with the daunting task of entertaining them while they complain about how their best friend is headed to Borneo for five days while they’re stuck at home in Lame-ville.
I will never forget the look on my oldest child’s face when he walked into the hospital room and saw me holding his baby sister for the first time. It was a look of pure betrayal—“Oh, so this is how it’s going to be, now?” Until that fateful day, after all, Jacob had had more than two and a half years of my undivided attention.
Parks and cul-de-sacs used to be filled with children jumping rope, playing tag and enjoying the last few hours of waning sunlight before being forcibly hauled inside for dinner. But thanks to technology, kids are spending more time inside staring at screens – a habit which has contributed to a staggering increase in childhood obesity.
In 2008, more than one-third of children and adolescents were considered overweight. Want to keep your kids from becoming part of this statistic? Get ‘em off the couch!
Here are some tips for encouraging your children to get active:
Today is Food Day! Speaking of food, your kids would probably rather eat mozzarella sticks than spinach, right? That’s certainly no surprise. But there is one easy (and fun!) way to get them on board with healthy eating. Invite them into the kitchen!
Here are some tips and benefits to including your children in healthy cooking:
I’ve become a bit of a food snob in recent years, and I’m proud of it! If you’re going to look down your nose at anything, fattening, processed foods with GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and artificial flavors and colors seem like a good thing to be snooty about.
By Rachel Begun, MS, RD
I may be a dietitian and advocate for healthy foods most of the time, but I believe every child should enjoy and engage in the traditions and festivities of Halloween, including those who have to eat gluten free.
It all comes down to planning ahead and parents and children deciding together what their fun and safe celebration should look like. Here are some ideas to get the discussion going:
It’s back-to-school time, and you know what that means—lots of unwanted sugary snacks and processed foods end up in the classroom and in your brown paper bag. But no need to worry. Packing a wholesome lunch will make it easier for your child to eat healthier throughout the day.
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