Nov
08

Sugar and kids: The toxic truth

Last April, Dr. Sanjay Gupta reported on new research coming out of some of America’s most respected institutions, which find that sugar — the way it’s being consumed by Americans today — is a toxin. And it could be the driving force behind some of this country’s leading killers, including heart disease.

To read more and watch video clip:  http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504803_162-57407203-10391709/sugar-and-kids-the-toxic-truth/

Nov
08

In support of family dinners…latest research from UF!

Families who eat together at meals at least three times a week tend to have healthier kids and stronger family ties, and a new study at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions is investigating why.

Dr. David Janicke, an associate professor in the department of clinical and health psychology, is leading the Family Mealtime Project, which will look at meal habits of 30 Gainesville area families.

“Family mealtime is very important,” Janicke said. “The interactions are a microcosm of the family environment in general.”

The mealtime might be the only time the family spends together, Janicke added, so it allows parents not only to introduce foods to their kids, teach them manners and model healthy eating habits, but solve problems and show a general interest in their children.

To read more:  http://www.ocala.com/article/20121028/articles/121029709

Sep
06

The Importance of Routines in Children’s Lives

Ready, Set, Routine!!

The Importance of Routines in Children’s Lives

By Maci Elkins, MSW, Program Manager

Lower Shore Early Intervention Program

 How many times have you heard that kids need routine?  Your pediatrician, your mother-in-law, your child’s teacher, your best friend, your child care provider–  all these people may have mentioned to you or your partner the importance of routines in your child’s life.  So what’s the big?  Are routines really that necessary for children?  Simply put, yes.  Routines involve repetition.  Repetition involves predictability. Predictability involves stability. Stability involves security.  Kids crave routines because routines make kids feel safe and secure.  On a very basic level (keeping in mind that is how young children function) routines reassure children that their needs will be met. Routines also provide opportunities for children to experience success in what they are doing, which then promotes self-control and self-esteem.

To Read More:

http://www.lowershoreccrc.org/routinesarticlemelkins.htm

Sep
06

TIME-OUT BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT FOR PRESCHOOLERS

 

TIME-OUT BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT FOR PRESCHOOLERS

Sep 28, 2010 | By Shannon Snyder
Time-Out Behavior Management for Preschoolers
Photo Credit smiley little girl image by Pix by Marti from Fotolia.com
Time-outs are an appropriate discipline technique for preschool children- children ages three to five years old–according to Kids Health. When using time-outs as an approach to managing your child’s behavior, you need to consider where, when and how you will use them. Timeouts are beneficial, not only as a behavior management technique for a preschooler but for parents as well.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/245827-time-out-behavior-management-for-preschoolers/#ixzz25h6sV1fy

 

Sep
05

Why Are American Kids So Spoiled?

 

SPOILED ROTTEN

Why do kids rule the roost?

BY JULY 2, 2012

In 2004, Carolina Izquierdo, an anthropologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, spent several months with the Matsigenka, a tribe of about twelve thousand people who live in the Peruvian Amazon. The Matsigenka hunt for monkeys and parrots, grow yucca and bananas, and build houses that they roof with the leaves of a particular kind of palm tree, known as a kapashi. At one point, Izquierdo decided to accompany a local family on a leaf-gathering expedition down the Urubamba River.

Read more http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/books/2012/07/02/120702crbo_books_kolbert#ixzz25bO5lVA4

 

Sep
05

Potty Training: Five Sensory Secrets for Success!

 

Potty Training: Five Sensory Secrets for Success!

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Potty training…is it a sensory issue? My answer is definitely “Yes!”

Children who struggle with sensory processing often find potty training to be a daunting task that often leads to a battle of the wills that nobody actually wins. Using the potty is actually a very complicated life skill that involves adequate registration and interpretation of the sensation of a full bladder, transitioning away from an activity in order to deal with the need to toilet,communication of the need to a caregiver, motor planning to stabilize on the toilet while releasing the bladder, tolerating significant tactile input as clothing is removed and put back on again, tolerating auditory input from the close proximity of caregivers as well as the flushing of the toilet, and more. No wonder it’s such a big milestone!

http://special-ism.com/potty-training-five-sensory-secrets-for-success/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Special-ism+

Sep
05

Is it Okay to Let Your Toddler Play with the iPad?

 

Is it Okay to Let Your Toddler Play with the iPad?

Babies and cats with iPads are cute. Are they deprived?
Published on October 19, 2011 by Nancy Darling, Ph.D. in Thinking About Kids

The YouTube video: A magazine is an ipad that doesn’t work is VERY cute.

But it’s as challenging as the baby’s expectations are predictable.

If your first experience with media tells you it moves and that if you touch it or move your fingers in a particular way it changes, of course that’s what you expect all media to do. My favorite moment in the video is when the baby pushes on her leg to test and make sure her ‘push’ is working.

 

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/thinking-about-kids/201110/is-it-okay-let-your-toddler-play-the-ipad

Sep
05

Kid iPad Addiction: Is Your Toddler Hooked?

 

It’s hard enough for a grown-up to limit time on an iPad. So how is iPad addiction affecting our kids?

http://bunchfamily.ca/ipad-addiction-is-your-toddler-hooked/

Sep
05

Tyrant Toddler Behavior

 

Redirection Often Works

From , former About.com Guide

http://childcare.about.com/cs/behaviors/a/toddlertyrant.htm

Sep
05

How to Relieve School Anxiety

How to Relieve School Anxiety

By , About.com Guide

For some kids, school can be a tense and fearsome place. Children with special needs in particular may have problems understanding what is expected of them; may face painful social exclusion; and may find the work confusing and stressful. . .

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