Category Archives: Emotional health

Sleep, nutrition and health

I recently finished reading NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman, which I really enjoyed. Most parenting books I’ve read (quite a few!) say similar things, but I still usually learn a nugget or two with every … Continue reading

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10 ways to stay healthy over the holidays

How do you plan to stay healthy over the holidays? Or DO you? Maybe you just plan to have fun and ignore health altogether, putting it off until after the holidays – hey, I’m not judging! If so, then I … Continue reading

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Boys can have body image issues, too

I listened to a really interesting discussion a couple of weeks ago about boys and body image, on the CBC radio program “Q” with Jian Ghomeshi. The discussion panel included Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, who has done a lot of research on nutrition, … Continue reading

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Mom’s dieting can affect kids’ habits and body image

If you are a parent and you diet, HOW you diet can have a huge effect on your children’s health habits and body image. Body image Along with dieting, poor body image is almost an accepted part of modern culture. … Continue reading

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Jennifer Livingstone on bullying, and 4 myths about weight

Jennifer Livingstone, a news anchor at WKBT in Wisconsin, defended herself last week against a viewer who criticized her weight and told her that she was a poor role model for kids. Jennifer’s message is a great one for both … Continue reading

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Promoting digestive health in kids

OK, here goes. Constipation and diarrhea are not pleasant topics of conversation. These issues are especially common in young children with immature digestive systems, less-than-ideal personal hygiene, food sensitivities, and potty-training problems that can result in kids withholding poop. Healthy … Continue reading

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What should I do if my child sneaks food?

A fellow Mom asked me this question regarding her child sneaking food: Q: “My 7-year old sneaks food, usually “treat food” like candy, cookies or chips, and I find wrappers and crumbs in his room. I allow him to have treats … Continue reading

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Attachment parenting and extended breastfeeding

In view of mother’s day this past weekend, there has been a lot of attention on parenting styles, and attachment parenting in particular. The three main tenets of attachment parenting, as described by Bill Sears, MD, and Martha Sears, RN … Continue reading

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When kids ask “why is he so fat?” in public

IJ is 4, and very curious about the world. When he sees someone different from himself, he often asks why. Sometimes it makes me uncomfortable, especially if he asks me about a taboo topic in public. However, the fact that … Continue reading

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14 ways to stay healthy in the first year after baby(ies)

If you’ve just had a baby and you feel guilty for taking time for yourself, think of it this way: your baby will be happier if YOU are happier and more relaxed. After my first baby was born, it felt like … Continue reading

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