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11 Tips to Get Kids to Eat Healthy

11 Tips to Get Kids to Eat Healthy

Ask any parent about the top challenges of raising kids, and getting them to eat healthy would probably be high on the list. Countless parents have kids who just want to eat chicken nuggets, or pasta, or macaroni and cheese, or all of the above, and definitely without any vegetables. It’s a problem throughout the year, but at back-to-school time, it gets maybe a tad more stressful, as parents are looking to start over or at least give their kids…

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Kids Who Skip Breakfast May Miss Key Nutrients

Kids Who Skip Breakfast May Miss Key Nutrients

Children who skip breakfast on a regular basis are likely to fall short for the day in getting all their recommended essential nutrients, a UK study suggests. Kids who skipped breakfast every day were less likely to get enough iron, calcium, iodine and folate when compared to kids who ate breakfast every day, the research team found. “A greater proportion of those children who ate breakfast met their recommended intakes of these micronutrients compared to breakfast skippers,” coauthors Gerda Pot…

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5 Kind Phrases That Can Inspire A Child

5 Kind Phrases That Can Inspire A Child

“Be mindful when it comes to your words. A string of some that don’t mean much to you may stick with someone else for a lifetime.” – Rachel Wolchin Adults, especially parents, have a huge impact on what kind of person a child will become. At a young age, a child will mimic a parent’s words and actions – in other words, their behavior. Words have an extremely powerful influence on children. Early in children’s lives, they are guided mostly…

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Signs of a Food Addiction

Signs of a Food Addiction

A lot of us eat a little more than we should and want to stop eating so much, but it’s not as easy as we’d like. Some of us have a food addiction. Did you know there are foods that make you hungrier, and other foods that can suppress your appetite? For example, the following foods can make you hungrier: White bread Juice Salty snacks Fast food Alcohol White pasta The flavor enhancer MSG Sushi rolls Artificial sweeteners White bread…

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Skimping On Sleep In Childhood Could Speed Up Cellular Aging

Skimping On Sleep In Childhood Could Speed Up Cellular Aging

New U.S. research has found that children who sleep less appear to age faster at the cellular level – a process which can have a negative effect on health later in life. Previous smaller studies on adults have already suggested that sleep might be linked to a shortening of telomeres – the protective “caps” at the end of our chromosomes. Telomeres naturally get shorter as we age, every time our cells divide. However, certain lifestyle factors such as lack of…

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Busy Schedules are Putting Children’s Health at Risk

Busy Schedules are Putting Children’s Health at Risk

‘Worry and busyness and stress is robbing children of their peace of mind,’ says child therapist According to child and family therapist Michele Kambolis, children are vulnerable to anxiety and stress preventing them from getting a good night’s sleep. Busy schedules, too many worries and a lack of sleep could be threatening the health of your children, one expert is warning parents. Vancouver-based child and family therapist Michele Kambolis says she often hears from children who say they are working…

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Does TV Hinder Kindergarten-Readiness?

Does TV Hinder Kindergarten-Readiness?

Lower-income kids harmed more by excess screen time than affluent children, study finds One big factor holding kids back as they enter kindergarten may sit in the family living room: the television. New research suggests that youngsters who watch a lot of TV – or other screens – are less ready for school than those who don’t. “Given that studies have reported that children often watch more than the recommended amount, and the current prevalence of technology such as smartphones…

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What Is Attachment Theory?

What Is Attachment Theory?

Introduction to attachment theory in developmental psychology, including Bowlby and Ainsworth’s contributions, evaluation and criticisms of attachment theory. Attachment theory is a concept in developmental psychology that concerns the importance of “attachment” in regards to personal development. Specifically, it makes the claim that the ability for an individual to form an emotional and physical “attachment” to another person gives a sense of stability and security necessary to take risks, branch out, and grow and develop as a personality. Naturally, attachment…

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Childhood Obesity: Sizing Up Our Kids

Childhood Obesity: Sizing Up Our Kids

A new Senate committee report on the obesity crisis in Canada was released this week. It includes 21 recommendations to combat the high rate of obesity, including a ban on food and drink advertising aimed at children, a tax on sugary drinks and creating government subsidies for healthy food. Feeding a child can be simple—in the beginning, at least. Weight gain is celebrated: We smother plump bellies with raspberry kisses, gush over dimpled knees and happily dole out extra helpings….

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How Emotional Eating Is a Habit That Can Start in Childhood

How Emotional Eating Is a Habit That Can Start in Childhood

The way we feed children may be just as important as what we feed them. By Claire Farrow, Emma Haycraft, Jackie Blissett / The Conversation May 16, 2016 Food can be an extremely effective tool for calming young children. If they are bored on a long car journey, or fed up with being in the pushchair, many parents use snack foods to distract them for a little longer. Or if children are upset because they have hurt themselves or want…

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