Better Sleep for Children
Sleep is essential for both survival and the ability to thrive, yet as children’s schedules get busier and they spend more time in front of screens, their average sleep time often decreases. While the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that kids between the ages of 6 and 12 get...Tags: March 2023 Healthy KidsRead 171 times Read more...
Setting a Course for Cardiovascular Wellness
When a middle-aged, thin adult comes to the hospital with heart attack symptoms, the doctors will ask about family health history; alcohol, drug and cigarette use; current medications; and cholesterol levels. But because the person is...Tags: February 2023 Healthy KidsRead 274 times Read more...
Health In a Smile
A Holistic Solution to Impaired Mouth Syndrome in Children
One of the first things we notice when we meet someone is their smile, so it is easy to understand why children with crowded teeth might be self-conscious when they encounter new people. But the condition is not just...Tags: January 2023 Healthy KidsRead 641 times Read more...
Preventing Sleep Apnea in Children
It’s holiday time. Lots of jokes about how Uncle Joe falls asleep after dinner and snores. Sometimes he seems to stop breathing for a moment and then almost gasps as he snorts. Everyone laughs and turns up the TV. Sound familiar? What if we rolled back...Tags: December 2022 Healthy KidsRead 525 times Read more...
The Colors of Healing
Art Therapy for Kids
Opening a brand-new box of crayons or making a happy mess with homemade salt dough can provide hours of fun for most kids, but art therapy—based in a clinical setting—can help children achieve...Tags: November 2022 Healthy KidsRead 714 times Read more...
Concrete Jungles Become Natural Playgrounds
Skipping rope, playing hopscotch or shooting hoops have traditionally been enjoyed on asphalt-paved schoolyards enclosed by chain-link fencing. But over the last few decades, city leaders, school districts and other stakeholders have been...Tags: October 2022 Healthy KidsRead 626 times Read more...
Learning to Grieve
How to Help Children Navigate Through Loss
Adults often want to shield children from suffering, but that isn’t always possible or advisable. Loss and grief are natural parts of life. Acknowledging and expressing uncomfortable feelings are necessary lessons in being human, and while there is no right way to grieve, adults can provide...Tags: September 2022 Healthy KidsRead 743 times Read more...
Best Ways to Praise Kids and Boost SELF-confidence
Giving ample kudos to our kids is an everyday part of parenting. To motivate youngsters to excel in school and activities, we pat them on the back repeatedly in ways that were unimaginable a century ago, when even kissing babies was frowned upon by...Tags: August 2022 Healthy KidsRead 857 times Read more...
How to Raise Empathetic Kids
Simple Ways Parents Can Cultivate Compassion
Empathy is the foundation of a caring society. While we are all born with a certain amount, cultivating it is a skill that can be strengthened with practice, and it is critical that the learning process start early, say childhood educators. An empathetic child can better...Tags: June 2022 Healthy KidsRead 1016 times Read more...
Storytelling Connects Kids to the Natural World
Children are natural storytellers with imaginations that shape their play and learning. In outdoor settings, everything from puddles to pine cones can engage children and draw them closer to the natural world, opening up a...Tags: April 2022 Healthy KidsRead 1052 times Read more...
Beyond Picky Eating
Help for Pediatric Eating Disorders
Most kids go through food phases and bouts of fussiness during mealtime, but more serious problems can lurk beneath the surface of such all-too-common behaviors. Eating disorders are often associated with...Tags: March 2022 Healthy KidsRead 958 times Read more...
Zen Zone for Kids
Create the Perfect Calm-Down Corner at Home
Children and teens are sensitive beings, and like adults, they need daily tools to offset the stresses of life. Whether a child is overwhelmed by COVID-19 protocols at school, is on the autism spectrum or is highly sensitive or anxious, creating a special place to decompress can help manage big...Tags: January 2022 Healthy KidsRead 1061 times Read more...