Winter is the time of year to bundle up. Kids and adults both need protection from the frigid temperatures outdoors. But did you know, children who wear puffy coats while in car seats are at an increased safety risk? While puffy coats are perfect for days out in the snow, they should not be worn in a car seat.
During this time of year, we often hear the word gratitude. But what is gratitude? Gratitude is the act of pausing and reflecting on the good in life. Things we may not always appreciate like friends and family are especially important to recognize and be thankful for. Teaching gratitude at a young age provides benefits that can be gained throughout life.
Dealing with stress is a mechanism we need in life. While there is positive stress, there is also negative stress. Developing coping mechanisms to deal with negative stress can be a difficult and trying time. Children and adolescents learning to handle stress as they navigate it for the first time, need guidance and support. Learn what to do when stress gets serious. First, identify the signs of high-stress levels. Then take action and help them while also teaching important coping skills.
Kids can have a lot of energy, but they need it. Children use that energy to play which in turn leads to learning and improved development. However, with many accessible snacks that are high in sugar, kids are crashing instead of playing.
In the eyes of teens and parents, getting a driver’s license is getting closer to personal independence. And while this is a significant milestone, the dangers of driving should not be handled lightly. Motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death for U.S teens. Consider these tips for teens and parents to encourage safe driving.
Obesity is a condition defined as having abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health. In the United States, this is a condition that has grown to affect all age groups. Obesity rates among children have doubled since 1980, and have tripled for teens. About 19.7% of children ages 2 to 19 are considered obese. That means that about 1 in 5 American children has obesity.