Screened out: What happens when a parent is distracted by technology?

The Irish Examiner – Sharon Ní Chonchúir.

MÁIRE Toomey from Cabinteely, Co Dublin, didn’t realise she had a problem until her husband told her to put down her phone. “He told me that one of our children had been trying to talk to me and I hadn’t heard them because I was so engrossed in the screen,” she says. “I immediately felt terrible.”

5 tips to keep kids active in the winter

The Philadelphia Inquirer – Brian Campion

Making sure children stay active each day is crucial to their growth and wellbeing. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, children should get at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily, but the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition reports that only one in three children are physically active each day.

When parenting teens, keep calm and don’t carry on

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

The field of adolescent psychology is increasingly focused on parents, with researchers asking how mothers and fathers control themselves (and their rising anger) in difficult interactions with their children. As anyone who has raised a teenager knows, parental goals often don’t exactly align with those of the child. Sometimes, not even close.

Small changes that can make a big impact on kids’ heart health

The Philadelphia Inquirer – Anna Baldino

As heart disease is most commonly associated with the process of aging, we frequently read about the importance of heart health among adult men and women. In fact, according to the Cleveland Clinic, heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalization for patients 65 years and older, so it’s understandable as to why the older demographics tends to garner the most attention.

On Nutrition: Growing pains are real and call for good nutrition

Tulsa World – Dr. Blonz

Rapidly growing adolescents can experience minor aches and pains as their bodies transition from “child” to “adult.” It is good that his coach is aware of the issue, but you should also discuss your concerns with your family physician. It may be that the discomfort is nothing more than muscles and tendons that have become too snug for the more rapidly growing long bones. These types of “growing pains” are most often experienced at night, as that is when most growing takes place, but they can take place during the daytime as well, especially during and after the stress of his demanding exercise.

Can exercise improve brain performance in kids?

The Petoskey News – Jeff Samyn and Dr. Carrie Ricci

The positive impact of physical activity on brain performance is not a new concept. The aphorism ‘I’m going for a walk to clear my head’ has been around for centuries. Ever since the scientific investigation of cognition and exercise began in the 1930s, a growing body of research is showing how being physically active improves a multitude of thinking and memory tasks.

Study affirms self-reported sleep duration as a useful health measure in children

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

While sleep questionnaires are commonly completed by children and their parents, there has been a lack of data comparing the validity of these self-reported sleep parameters. A new study indicates that these sleep characteristics are relatively accurate compared to one another, and they vary only slightly from objective sleep measures.