While many of us are getting pretty good at tracking what and how much we should eat, we may not know our children’s nutritional needs. We generally know they need a healthy diet to grow, learn and prevent weight-related diseases. But how much should they be eating? Here are some simple guidelines:
Does It Matter If Your Kids Don't Get Enough Sleep?
Have you noticed your school-aged children are more moody and irritable since school started? Are they forgetting how to do assignments they accomplished easily at the end of the last school year? Studies show they might be suffering from mild sleep deprivation!
You may have heard there are more overweight and obese children in the United States than ever recorded. The cultural causes of this national problem are indeed complex but it comes down to some simple math - ur children are consuming a lot more calories than they expend.
At one of our son's first soccer games of the season, a mom showed up with a post-game snack and a snack schedule for the remaining games. The snack? A package of pre-made chocolate muffins from the local grocery store and a carton of those little boxes of kids' juice with the plastic straw glued to the side. Not an uncommon choice. If you have young kids participating in team sports these days, you've probably seen the economy box of bagged cookies, the cupcakes, and even doughnuts distributed as snacks to young, sweaty athletes.