Sugar and Our Children…What’s the Deal?

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We are in the midst of a serious health crisis. The number of obese and diabetic Americans has skyrocketed in the past 30 years. And, to make this statistic even more shocking, it’s affecting our children at even higher rates! Statistics 25.8 million Americans, or 8.3% of the population, have diabetes. More than 13,000 children are diagnosed with diabetes each year. Every single state has an obesity rate over 20%…that means one in five Americans is obese! One in three children, approximately 35%, is overweight Today, the average child is consuming 32 teaspoons of sugar per day. The USDA recommends ... More

Connecting With Your Son

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How do your feelings about men color your interactions with your son? We have some tips on how mothers can best connect with their sons. Fathers usually build relationship with their sons through active play and stimulation; they "do stuff" together. For mothers and boys, the process is a little different. The bond between a mother and son often grows out of simply spending time together. From infancy into childhood andadolescence, a good mother is just "there." Boys often say that their mom is the one person who "understands me." That understanding usually grows out of the hours spent offering undivided attention, responding ... More

5 Things Parents Need to Know About Bullying

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Sadly, young people today are facing what seems to be an increasing amount of bullying – and not just on playgrounds or in their neighborhoods. Aggression and violence are taking place on the internet and in the classroom, too. Many are appalled at the number of times they read about such incidents, but some are unaware that their own children may be involved in or are suffering from the bullying epidemic. Schools, school districts, and lawmakers have become aware of the crisis and are putting effort toward eliminating the problem. But, as always, it is parents who need to begin the process at ... More

5 ways to say NO without using that word

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Parents can easily fall into the trap of continually saying ‘no’ to their children – especially to toddlers who are running round exploring and touching new things every minute of the day.  On the face of it, there’s nothing wrong in telling your child that they can’t do something – after all, how else will they learn. However, a survey carried out by UCLA a few years ago reported that the average one year old child can end up hearing the word “NO!” around 400 times a day. If you think that’s a slight exaggeration, bear in mind that if ... More

9 Tips on Saying “No” to Your Child

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  Once is EnoughYou must be firm in delivering your first “no”, so there is no need to reiterate. Use a serious facial expression and communicate the reasons why your child is not getting what they want. If the first “no” does not work, try a different approach, such as finding ways to say “yes.” It is a major mistake to relent. If your child learns that they can harass you into a “yes”, they will manipulate you incessantly. Explain It is not enough to say “no.” Children do not understand and are likely to repeat misbehavior unless you give ... More
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