When I was little, my mom was constantly trying to get me to go outside. I always had my head buried in a book, and would have gladly spent all my time in my room lost in some horse story or Nancy Drew adventure. Unfortunately, my son inherited my indoors gene. He’d rather be inside where the temperature is always balmy, and there are no bugs or other annoying things. So between the two of us, we need to push ourselves out the door.
It seems that the ease of frozen meals and the microwave have contributed to a lack of home cooking. As a busy mom of twins (as if there are moms who aren’t busy!), I often struggle with the same roadblocks when it comes to making healthy food for my family.
A recent study found that children as young as 8 years old were unhappy with their bodies. And by the time they’re only 10 or 11, many of them are trying to lose weight. It’s bad enough when teenagers obsess with their weight or their waistlines, but kids this young?
Kids can get really stressed. Blame it on school, relationships, and problems at home. Sometimes we don’t think their stress is serious. A new study found that chronic stress experienced early in life can have a lasting impact on the parts of the brain that control memory, learning, and dealing with emotions.
I miss the way summer used to be. I remember being bored when I was a kid. We’d wander around the neighborhood, looking for someone to hang out with. Some days, we’d walk to the library or to get an ice cream. Man, I sound old.
When I have parenting questions, I love to ask WebMD’s Dr. Hansa Bhargava. She’s the medical director of fit, and an amazing pediatrician with twin 8-year-olds. And she has great answers to everything. So it’s no wonder that first lady Michelle Obama called on Dr. Bhargava recently to be part of a roundtable discussion at the White House.
Recently, a friend of mine talked about all the activities her daughter was in. She seemed very proud of the fact that her daughter was playing piano and soccer, in cheerleading, in choir, and on the swim team. It seemed this girl was doing it all! I will admit, my automatic reflex was to feel guilty. Was I missing the boat?
One of the best things about summer is that the alarm clock doesn’t go off quite so early. That means we’re all getting a little more sleep, which equals less crankiness — and better memories — all around!