I grew up in the ‘80s – the era of fruit punch and boxed mac and cheese. I didn’t give much thought to what was good or bad for me. My single, working mom, an avid veggie lover and modernized Hippie, cooked homemade meals when she could and did her best to make good choices for our family when she couldn’t. As I got older, I became aware of the good habits she had instilled in me. And when I had my own children, I realized how important it was for me to help them understand how to make healthy choices in today’s even more complicated food climate.
I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid back in the 1980s, a diagnosis of head lice meant suffocating your teddy bears and blankets in giant, air-tight trash bags, being doused with an awful-smelling shampoo that came in an amber glass bottle from the pharmacy, and having the lice eggs (nits) removed one by one with a tiny metal comb that snagged painfully. It was an experience that was, in short, lousy.
Decades later, lice are still an annoying fact of life for school-aged children across the globe—but fortunately, lice removal techniques have come a long way. In fact, there are many completely natural, non-toxic solutions available, so you can destroy those pesky bugs without harming a hair on your little one’s head.
We all have those days, where everything seems to be on our very last inflamed and irritable nerve. From the car breaking down to the kids flipping out, everything feels like it’s all just too much! While we can’t control the fate of the universe, what we can do is be prepared with a few tricks to help ourselves cope.
Once the worst stages of a bad virus or flu have passed, every parent has a dilemma: do you keep your child home another day or two, until she’s completely symptom free, and risk her falling behind in schoolwork (or you falling behind at the office)? Or do you send her in, tell her to tough it out, and risk her relapsing?
All treats and no tricks: That sums up this Happy Halloween blog! Whether you’re eager to host a party or find the healthiest and tastiest treats for the little witches and warlocks who will be ringing your doorbell this year, we’ve got the dish on what to serve and what to avoid for health and happiness!
Some kids never get growing pains. Others seem to suffer from them on an almost weekly basis. There’s no scientific evidence that bone growth causes discomfort—but my 7-year-old, who went from pint-sized, dimple-kneed and almost plump to a long-and-lean string bean practically overnight, would beg to differ. She begged to differ at 2 a.m. several weeks ago, in fact, when she woke up in tears because her shins hurt.
One Halloween nearly a decade ago, when my oldest was a toddler and I still idealistically believed I’d be able to shield my children forever from the evils of trans fats, high-fructose corn syrup and Red Dye Number 5, I bought dried fruit instead of candy to give out to trick-or-treaters.
This move didn’t go over well. A sarcastic fifth grader said, “I’m sure the American Dental Association appreciates your idea of what candy is,” and declined my organic raisins. Moms openly gave me weird looks. I guess you can say I got lucky that my house didn’t end up TP’ed!
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