8 tips for making fitness part of your family life (no home gym required)

Te Washington Post – Morgan Voigt 

Just get moving. “It is so hard to get started — especially when you have kids,” Dawn says. Something as simple as getting off the couch and going outside together as a family is a great way to get the ball rolling, says Andrew Shniderman, personal trainer and owner of Fit First Academy, which offers classes and one-on-one training for D.C.-area youths. “Go for a 10 minute walk together,” he says. “Spend some time doing something where you are moving.”


How To Discuss Vaping And Its Dangers With Your Children

Moms – Jayme Kennedy

As parents, we have a lot on our plates when it comes to stuff to worry about, right? When our kids are babies, we worry about their sleep schedule and how well they’re eating. As they become toddlers, we worry about whether or not they’re hitting developmental milestones and how to keep them from climbing all over the furniture. Then they enter school, and it’s a whole new crop of worries about how they’re adjusting and whether or not they’re keeping up. It’s just a near-constant cycle of worrying! As our kids reach adolescence and the teen years, the worries don’t stop. Right now, parents all over the country are likely trying to figure out how to talk to their tweens and teens about vaping. It’s a serious epidemic, and the rate of vaping among tweens and teens continues to rise. Considering the serious health risks associated with vaping and the recent rise in vaping-related illnesses, injuries, and even death, this is an important conversation to have.


Study Finds Early Exposure To Digital Devices Links To Restless Sleep And EBD

Moms – Jayme Kennedy

As we become more and more entwined in the digital world, it starts to become a part of our every day life. And as parents, you’ve likely noticed it becoming a part of your kids’ daily lives, too. From TV to laptop use, tablets to phones, our kids are spending an astronomical amount of time staring at screens. It certainly doesn’t take an expert to realize that too much screen time could have a negative effect on a child; from physical changes (like vision problems) to the impact on their social and neurological development, parents should understand what too much screen time may be doing to their kids. A new study out of National University of Singapore has found yet another detrimental effect of too much screen time, this time on children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Researchers suggest that early exposure to screens, as well as multiple screen devices in the bedroom, may lead to sleep disruption and emotional and behavioral difficulties.


Experts Asking Parents To Be More Active In Preventing Tooth Decay In Kids

Moms – Diane Mtetwa

Tooth decay can happen when the enamel of your tooth gets destroyed. If a tooth experiences enough decay, it can lead to cavities, which can be painful and then need to be treated. Cavities are something that many adults dread, but as a parent, taking your child to the dentist for a sore tooth may seem like an awful fate; one that you hope can be alleviated seamlessly. A major dental trial, conducted recently, looked at a variety of ways which tooth decay can be treated and you may not be surprised by their findings.


Dinner Time Is Family Time, A Tradition Which Has Faded

Moms – Deb Gonclaves

Dinner time is important and we all know that. We might be bombarded with other things that need our attention, but deep down we know sitting down together and enjoying a meal, is needed to feel a sense of closeness with those we cherish. This is the moment we sit in a common place, such as the dinner table, and genuinely listen and get nourished. There are several ways we get nourished during this time spent together. For one, we nourish our bodies with food after working hard. Second, we nourish our mental and emotional states by getting a healthy dose of security and stability. What does this mean, though? Well, in my experience, mentally we are able to finally relax after a long day and express what we have on our mind, because no one is going anywhere when they have a plate of food in front of them. Emotionally, we get nourished by lending our ears, to listen to someone else’s perspective and our hearts to connect with another human on a deeper level.


Child’s Play: Physical Activity In Preschool May Influence Heart Health In Adulthood

Study Finds – John Anderer

It’s hard for most of us to remember our preschool days at all, let alone recount how physically active we may have been. Of course, fitness isn’t exactly a top priority among parents, teachers, and kids alike in these early days of childhood. However, according to a recent study, perhaps it should begin to be considered more seriously. Researchers from McMaster University say that physical activity during very early childhood may impact heart and cardiovascular health decades down the line. After tracking hundreds of preschoolers’ fitness levels over multiple years, they found that physical activity in kids as young as three years old can improve blood vessel functioning, cardiovascular health, and prevent early indicators of heart disease later in adulthood.


What You Need To Know About Flu Season If Your Child Has Asthma

Moms – Jayme Kennedy

Flu season is always a stressful time of year, particularly for parents! We want to do all we can to keep our kids healthy this time of year, but with school and activities, it can be hard. But for parents of kids with asthma, flu season can be downright scary. Asthma can complicate even the common cold, and when it comes to the flu (which is already a serious illness), complications can arise quickly. Children with asthma are at an especially high risk of developing serious flu complications, which makes this a very worrisome time of year for parents of kids with asthma. Here’s what you need to know about flu and asthma, and how you can better protect your kids with asthma during flu season.


Guiding Your Children to Live with Positivity in a Negative Time

Forbes – Dennis Jaffe

These are difficult and challenging times, especially for young people who have many reasons to feel concerned as they look to the future. On an almost daily basis, they are bombarded with reports and forecasts of climate disasters, facts about income and justice inequality and encounters with homelessness, poverty, violence and mental illness. And as they look into their personal future, they worry about paying for health care and having good options for education of their children.


Keep Your Kids From Going Feral During the Holidays

The New York Times – Jancee Dunn

If you have a young child, you’ve probably had it drilled into your head that kids thrive on routine. Small wonder that holiday time — with its explosion of cousins, flight delays, late bedtimes and the “fun uncle” who constantly slips your children cookies — can make parents exceedingly tense. But your routines need not be completely disrupted, experts say. As long as you loosely maintain the three pillars of wellness — sleep, food and exercise — during the holidays, you can weather them with minimal meltdowns. “Sometimes it’s not so much about sticking to your home routine as it is about finding a new holiday routine,” said Corinne McDermott, a mother of two and the author of the blog Have Baby Will Travel.