Many people start each year by making New Year’s resolutions. As adults, we often resolve to do something on January 1, and then feel we’ve failed if we don’t follow through as the year progresses. Resolutions are a wonderful idea at any age; however, if adults have difficulty keeping resolutions, children may find them even more troublesome. How can parents introduce children to the idea of New Year’s resolutions, without pressuring them or setting them up for failure?
As things get back to normal after a long stretch where everyone stayed inside, it’s important to get kids back into a routine of physical activity.
Exercise keeps kids physically and mentally healthy. Children need at least one hour of physical activity a day to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Being physically active improves the immune system, makes bones stronger, and decreases risks of diseases later in life.
Each year since 1977, on the third Thursday of November, smokers around the nation come together to take part in the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout, taking place this year on November 18.
For some people — mainly kids and their parents — summer ends on the first day of school. Other people feel like summer ends on Labor Day weekend. Scientifically, however, summer ends and autumn begins each year on September 22, or sometimes, on September 23. (It’ll occur on September 23 in 2023.) The day on which autumn arrives is called the autumnal equinox.
Parents will do anything for their children. So, it should come as no surprise that when children are agonizing over nightly homework assignments, parents are eager to alleviate the discomfort by offering their help. This raises several questions: What are the best ways to help kids with homework, and how much help is too much?
As a new academic year is about to begin, students will start the 2021-2022 school year with new goals, opportunities, and challenges. After a few months of vacation, however, it may be difficult for children to get back into school mode. Here are some ways parents can help their kids transition from summer break into the routine of getting up and going to school five days a week.
Is your child refusing to eat anything but sugary breakfast cereals, burgers, fries, and desserts? All too often, kids are bingeing on unhealthy snack foods instead of fruits and vegetables. Children today can go days without consuming any greens at all. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests vegetables should be consumed with every meal and snack. However, produce intake can be difficult when kids are picky eaters.
Here’s a harsh fact: Not everyone is good at everything. Some people are terrible athletes, some are poor in art or music, and some have difficulty with math or science. Conversely, some people are superb athletes, unbelievably creative artists and musicians, or show brilliance in math and science. That’s just the way life is. Not everyone is good at everything.