Halloween Safety Tips for Parents, Pt. 2: Night of Halloween
Posted: August 23, 2019
Halloween night is supposed to be filled with scares – but only scares of the pretend variety. Unfortunately, Halloween night poses a few unique risks for kids of any age. Here’s a complete checklist for keeping your little monsters safe while they’re out trick or treating.
Safety in Numbers
Children 12 and under should be accompanied by a parent or other trusted adult. When out trick or treating, accompany younger children to the door. Also, never let children enter the home or car of any stranger. Kids 13 and older are usually mature enough to trick or treat with a group of their friends. However, you want to make sure they only trick or treat in familiar neighborhoods. Be sure those communities and areas are well-lit with sidewalks, crosswalks and other pedestrian-friendly features.
7 Steps To Avoid Back To School Stress
Posted: August 23, 2019
Don’t let normal back-to-school stress turn into lasting fear or long term damage and anxiety. Here are seven ways to put the joy back into back-to-school time for kids, and their parents!
Questions will come up: “Will I fit in?” “Who will my teacher be?” “What if I can’t understand the lessons?” “Will I be with my friends?” These fears are normal but they can lead to undesirable effects, like a lack of enthusiasm for school that can lead to missing classes, and poor grades.
These fears can lead to long-term damage and make attending school in the future much more difficult. They can even lead to social anxiety in adulthood. And for the busy parent trying to keep the family on track, it can be overwhelming!
Science Says Healthy, Active Kids Get Better Grades
Posted: July 16, 2019
All parents want their kids to live active and healthy lifestyles – but in the age of streaming services, smartphones and a seemingly infinite number of time-wasting apps, getting children up and moving is a whole lot easier said than done.
That’s why more kids than ever are slipping into sedentary lifestyles, and it’s wreaking havoc on their health.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), we are in the midst of an irrefutable global obesity crisis – and it’s hitting children particularly hard. More than 41 million children under the age of five are now classed as overweight or obese, and this can go on to cause a lot of serious health problems later in life.
5 Facts About Better Health That Most People Don’t Know
Posted: July 10, 2019
We are living in a golden age of technology and convenience. Statistically, more of us have more money and more opportunity than ever before. Despite that opportunity, more of us are also unhealthier than ever before.
The world is gripped in a major obesity crisis, mental health conditions are on the rise and according to the World Health Organization, more than 300 million people worldwide are now living with depression. These are all dynamic problems that need dynamic solutions if we as a society want to improve the overall status of our health.
More important still, it’s worth pointing out that no two people are alike. That means what works for some people to achieve better health may not work for everyone. But there are common points that everybody should bear in mind when trying to improve their health.
How Physical Activity Combats Mental Health Issues with Children
Posted: May 22, 2019
Everywhere you go these days, you will hear a lot these days about how physical activity is good for your children. It keeps them fit and healthy and can help in preventing diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. But what is less often discussed, though no less important, is the connection between physical activity and mental health in children.
And this isn’t just wishful guessing either. There’s a lot of empirical evidence to back this up. Many recent medical studies have found strong positive links between physical activity and a variety of mental functions, such as more positive self-esteem and self-perception, sharper cognitive functions, and even positive effects on behavioral disorders like ADHD. It has also been linked to alleviating mental health issues in children, such as depression and anxiety.
In honor of mental health month, we’re going to explore some of the key ways in which physical activity combats mental health issues with children and increases your child’s cognitive awareness. We’ll split these advantages into several broad themes: