Six phrases to help your child’s emotional development

The Conversation – Ana Aznar

Emotional competence is an important life skill. Children with a high level of emotional competence, tend to have more friends, do better at school, and are more likely to help others. Emotional competence has three components: understanding, expression and regulation. And these are all things parents can help their children to master. One way children can learn about emotions is by talking about them with their parents. So here are six phrases that could help with your child’s emotional development.

Study: Kids eat more calories in post-game snacks than they burn during the game

Medical X-Press – Todd Hollingshead

Almost every parent knows the drill: When it’s your turn, you bring Capri Suns and Rice Krispies Treats to your child’s soccer game as a post-game snack. Whether you’re a parent that loves the tradition or despises it, new research shows just how detrimental post-game treats are to a child’s health. A new study from Brigham Young University public health researchers finds the number of calories kids consume from post-game snacks far exceeds the number of calories they actually burn playing in the game.

Subtle Signs Your Teen May Have An Eating Disorder

Moms – Lucy Wigley

Eating disorders can develop at any time in life, but teens, who are a particularly vulnerable stage in their development, can be more susceptible to developing one. Eating Disorder Hopereported that 2.7% of teens aged 13 – 18 years old, struggle with an eating disorder. 50% of teenage girls, and 30% of teenage boys, use unhealthy ways to control their weight; these include laxative use, skipping meals, starvation, and purging after meals. Furthermore, Over 50% of teenage girls and 33% of teenage boys are using restrictive measures to lose weight at any given time. Although eating disorders are largely associated with girls, boys must not be overlooked. 90% of affected teens will be girls, and 10% boys.

Teaching Kids About Nature to Save the Planet

Tufts Now – Laura Ferguson

George Scarlett’s love of nature runs deep. He grew up in Baltimore, but it was over many years of summer camp in New Hampshire where he began “to see the world as a source of wonder and web of life.” He continues to experience that wonder in nature’s beauty, be it hiking a trail in the Grand Tetons, paddling a canoe down the Concord River, or walking the open field behind his office at Tufts.

Child participation in organized activities interferes with family meals

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

Parents and children who share regular family meals are known to have better health and diet quality than those who have family members who eat at separate times. However, the schedule of team sports or other enriching organized activities for children can make it difficult for families to eat together. Researchers at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health (SPH) studied whether parents think a child’s participation in organized activities interferes with family meals and how these perceptions were related to the household eating environment. Their findings were recently published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.