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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Is Laundry Detergent Causing Your Child’s Skin Rash?

Cleveland Clinic – Staff Writer

“The market is bubbling over with detergents for baby laundry, some claiming to be No. 1 with pediatricians or recommended by dermatologists. Washing children’s clothing and blankets in gentle, hypoallergenic detergent can help protect delicate skin. But when can you start washing Baby’s items with the regular family laundry?.”(more)

Sunday, January 4, 2015

How firstborns can raise a sibling’s game

The Guardian – Tracy McVeigh

“The stereotype has long held that firstborn children go on to be bossy high flyers who leave their younger siblings behind. It’s a cliche some might dispute – from David Miliband, who watched his younger brother snatch the Labour leadership from under his nose, to Hilary du Pré, who saw her burgeoning musical talent eclipsed by her younger sister Jacqueline. Then there was Dante Gabriel Rossetti, who thought his poetry was good until Christina came along, and Jamie Murray, a star tennis player, who found himself outclassed by his little brother Andy.”(more)

Health: Raising a child is hard work but has health benefits

The Yorkshire Post – Lisa Salmon

“Despairing parents trying to persuade their fussy toddlers to eat fruit and vegetables should try to look on the bright side – their own diet and lifestyle may well be improving as a result. Research has found that three in five UK parents (57 per cent) have transformed their own mealtime habits for the better in order to set a good example for their toddler. And it seems that the primary motivation for more than half (53 per cent) of the parents was the fear that their unhealthy eating habits would rub off on their child.”(more)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

The 5 Most Empowering Parenting Science Stories of 2014

BabyCenter – Gwen Dewar, Ph.D.

“What were the biggest science news stories for parents in 2014? Some were sobering, like the results of this U.S. survey suggesting that most babies are sleeping with hazardous bedding. Other stories offered us fascinating insights into the way our children’s minds work. For instance, we learned that babies notice when we’re feeling stressed out by other people. We also learned that young babies – babies who don’t yet know how to talk – are engaged in some very deep thinking when they listen to us speak to them. When we talk back to babbling babies, we help them learn. But when I look back at 2014, there is another group of stories that stand out for their importance to our own health and well-being. There were studies suggesting we should stop feeling defensive about our parenting choices; research revealing the power of money to undermine our satisfaction with family life; and scientific confirmation about our crazy-making sleep schedules. So without further ado, I’d like to review my nominees for the five most empowering parenting science news stories of 2014 – the stories that should inspire us, reassure us, and remind us that we’re normal after all.”(more)

Make sure kids get appropriate workout

Northwest – Carrie Rodovich

“…exercise is important at any age. Experts say it is important to get your child into an exercise routine at a young age to help establish a pattern that will last a lifetime…Most important, Mattraw said, is that kids have balance and enjoy the exercise they do. “Find a way to make exercise fun and engaging for your kids. It can be something as simple as going out and playing a game of catch or basketball with them,” he said. “It’s very important to keep them engaged and have fun or they won’t want to continue.””(more)

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Best New Year’s Resolution a Parent Can Make – Claire McCarthy

“It’s that time of year again: the time when we make resolutions. Even if we don’t end up keeping them, the process of making them is a really great chance to take stock of our lives and think about what might make us happier, healthier people–and families. As a pediatrician, someone who spends an awful lot of time trying to make families happier and healthier, I can’t resist taking the opportunity to chime in. I thought for a while about what to suggest (since I can’t just repeat last year’s suggestions, even though I do like them), and here’s what I came up with:”(more)

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Tips for families to get healthy this new year

The NWI Times – Staff Writer

“New Year’s resolutions often focus on personal improvement. This year experts are encouraging entire families to consider making a pledge to adopt a healthier and more active lifestyle. Parents have more potential than anybody else to influence their children’s behavior — including their eating habits — according to a study by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In fact, parents outrank sports celebrities as the people most children would most like to be, according to the survey.”(more)

Friday, December 26, 2014

Top 10 tips for happier, healthier families in 2015

Asbury Park Press – Jennifer Martin-Biggers

“Want the best for your family in 2015? Here are 10 tips for happier, healthier families!”(more)

Five ways to make exercise engaging for children

Poughkeepsie Journal – Amanda Macagnone

“For kids, it’s all about fun. Fun parties. Fun video games. Fun times with friends. But fitness? For some youngsters — not so much fun. Getting kids engaged in exercise, however, is important. The American Heart Association reports about one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese, making childhood obesity the top health concern of parents in country, over drug abuse and smoking…too many kids forgo active past times and choose, instead, to spend their time sitting in front of the computer or TV, inhibiting their health and well being. Fortunately, there are lots of ways parents can show kids just how fun fitness can be. Here are five of the easiest options:”(more)

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Keeping Kids Fit: Make fitness fun for the whole family

Miami Herald – SARAH E. MESSIAH

“The season of beautiful weather is upon South Florida, and that’s a perfect time to get our children outside and moving. Introduce them to the wealth of fitness resources right in our backyard, including miles of beautiful beaches, waterways and hundreds of acres of parks. Being physically active from early childhood can build a lifetime of healthy habits. Research of children of all ages shows that not only does regular exercise and activity increase physical and cardiovascular health, it can improve sleep; reduce stress, depression and anxiety; increase attention, learning and school performance; and minimize illness, all while maintaining a healthy weight.”(more)