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  1. Family Life
    Are we responsible for our children's body image? Science would indicate that we were, and that means we have a tremendous responsibility to help our children have healthy body images and ideals. Findings from Cornell University suggest that when parents comment on a girls' weight it can have...
  2. Baby
    Your child has a fever and isn't feeling her best. While some may throw, "Give her some Tylenol or Ibuprofen," nonchalantly at you (even if you didn't ask for advice), we'd like to give you some food for thought before you lower your chid's fever. Several years ago, we shared an excerpt from...
  3. Toddler & Child
      Parenthood is full of highs and lows. If your toddler is a poop smearer, it definitely qualifies as one of the bottom-ranking episodes. Yes, we know what we did there. We have all seen the stories circulate on Facebook or heard our friends tell us about how their toddlers have taken a nap...
  4. Family Life
    Have you ever had a gut feeling that something wasn't quite right? If you're like me, you trust your gut, and listen strongly to this intuition, using it to guide you through the uncertainties of life. On the other hand though, can I really trust my gut? The gut that occasionally rumbles like...
  5. Family Life
    Raising healthy eaters. We all want to do it, but sometimes, it seems like an elusive task despite our best efforts. Here's what we've learned about raising healthy eaters. As parents, feeding our children is one of the main aspects of our caretaking, and of course, we want to do it right...
  6. Family Life
    Creating a family meditation practice is much easier than you might imagine. And now is a perfect time to do so! I know what some of you may be thinking. "No way, no how will my child sit still for a moment, much less to meditate. Family meditation? Ha!" I hear you. I have two live-in wiggle...
  7. Family Life
    An independent review that revealed details of abuse victims by Catholic priests in Colorado was recently released, and said that since 1950, 166 children were sexually abused by 43 priests. Joelle Casteix is a founding member of the board of directors for Zero Abuse Project, and has been a...
  8. Family Life
    It now seems there are almost as many milk choices as there are varieties of cereal! From organic to oat milk, here are some tips for choosing the best milk for meeting your family's nutritional needs. I often get asked which milk (or mylk) is the absolute best milk. In truth, it depends on...
  9. Baby
    If you were to ask me, the best season to be blessed with a newborn baby is ANY season. Although, when looking through the lens of health risks, research reveals that some birth months may be better than others. I find it quite interesting that researchers have found links between many health...
  10. Toddler & Child
    I am sure by now you've heard the buzz. WW International (formerly Weight Watchers) recently launched Kurbo by WW, a weight loss app targeted at children as young as eight-years-old. As a mother and a health professional, I am alarmed. An Open Letter To Weight Watchers Dear Weight Watchers, I...
  11. Toddler & Child
    Boys can't wear pink? All girls want to be princesses? Don't let others define what's "right" for different genders. Here are 20 kids' books that redefine what's 'normal' for genders. From an early age kids are bombarded with messages that rigidly define gender: Boys like pirates and sports and...
  12. Family Life
    Hydration is especially important during the hot summer months. And whew, boy...has it been hot this summer! Here are a few fun summer drinks that are relatively healthy and your kiddos will be excited to sip on! While water is certainly the beverage of choice for children to drink, in my...
  13. Toddler & Child
    Research confirms that children who grow up near green spaces have reduced risks of developing psychiatric disorders later on in life, so get outside and get into the green. A study out of Denmark found that the best outcomes for the reduction of psychiatric disorders were seen for children...
  14. Toddler & Child
    A series of life events inspired Azin Lazzuli to create The Safety Rock, a book that teaches children to meditate with stones specifically chosen for their therapeutic properties. Azin recalls picking up rocks from the ground as a child and setting intentions with them. She remembers requesting...
  15. Toddler & Child
    Just 4 ounces of juice per day may be putting children at risk for the harmful effects of heavy metals. It's no headline that commercially-made juice isn't really that healthy for kids. A juice box may pack in some vitamins, but is lacking belly-filling fiber. It will also contain a decent...
  16. Toddler & Child
    Even though I've chosen not to eat meat, I'm letting my son decide whether or not he wishes to himself. Yes, I'm vegetarian but my son is not. Even though it appears to be trending, it was difficult to find statistics on the number of vegan and vegetarian children in our country. One report I...
  17. Family Life
    March is National Nutrition Month. Here are a few fun (and educational) ways to celebrate with your children. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics dedicates each March to a national campaign encouraging nutrition education leading to informed food choices and physical activity. As a dietitian...
  18. Green Goods
    An analysis by researchers in South Korea found that microplastics are widespread in sea salt. They estimate that adults, on average, are ingesting nearly 2,000 microplastics per year from sea salt alone. It all started with an argument at our favorite buy-in-bulk grocery store. When deciding...
  19. Toddler & Child
    Praise can certainly be beneficial for our children. When we overpraise our children, however, we may be overusing praise and that may actually lower a child's sense of self-worth. You might be wondering...how is it possible to praise my children too much? Can we overpraise our children? I...
  20. Toddler & Child
    Living near a forest promotes physical activity and healing connections with nature. Research shows it may benefit your child's nutritional status too. Researchers at the University of Vermont's Gund Institute for Environment determined that children who live within two miles of a forest have...
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