Similar to the minutia of babyhood (i.e.: The ergo or the bjorn? Which kind of nipple? Is she sleeping enough/too much?) which now seem silly, having evened itself out naturally and inconsequential in the long run, the decisions of toddlerhood also feel heavy in the moment.
Trying to fit in fitness and health when you're running on zero sleep, covered in spit up, and feel like you live in your mini-van can seem as hard as setting up house on Mars. Actually setting up house on Mars might be easier!
Everyone wants to raise healthy, responsible children. We hope our offspring will grow up with compassion and a desire to leave the world a better place. How do we foster these qualities in young children whose primary thought is getting their immediate needs met?
Becoming a parent is like joining a cult: On the inside, everything seems perfect and right, but step outside and everyone thinks you're a deluded weirdo whose personality has been erased and replaced by that of a child-obsessed robot.
A 10x10 kitchen, a few employees and a passion to improve the quality of school lunches in the Chicago area -- that's how Gourmet Gorilla began. My husband and I started our business because we saw a need that we wanted to fill.
One of the key components in the new sport of Competitive Child Raising seems to be the misguided notion that children tween-age and even younger are supposed to know their calling.
Let's take a look at the kinds of foods the industry contends are "healthy" and appropriate to market to kids. Are these healthy foods that should be aggressively promoted to young children as they grow and form life-long eating habits?
You have to care enough about your child giving up their overeating for you to give up a self-defeating or even self-destructive habit you have.
So many recently publicized policies and prescriptions regarding weight seem to be uninformed and often stigmatizing toward people who have obesity.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine estimates that at least one out of five children in the U.S. is overweight. There are several reasons why parents need be concerned over an overweight or obese child.
It's important to remember that because eating disorders in young children are emerging more frequently, severe selective eating can be an early indicator that a very serious illness is developing in some cases.
DSPS is a circadian rhythm disorder affecting the timing of the brain's sleep-wake clock. Individuals with DSPS are unable to fall asleep earlier than their usual sleep time, despite being sleep deprived from staying up the night before.
While it's been well established that a vegetarian diet can be healthful and adequate in nutrition, children and teens do require age-appropriate intakes of certain nutrients.
From a medical point of view, there is a specific concern with young girls wearing high heels and pointy-toed shoes because their bones are more malleable and can be structurally deformed as they grow.
The perception surrounding obesity is that it's caused by a lack of exercise and overeating, however, the condition is often driven by other factors, one of which is bullying.
So how should you react when your child announces one day, "Mom/Dad, that's it -- no more meat, dairy, or eggs for me!"?