Puberty-related growth spurts can be expected somewhere between ages 10-14 for girls and 10-16 for boys. Growth spurts are a period of rapid gain in height, often accompanied by increased hunger and fatigue, as the body uses more energy to build tissue. It’s common for parents to be surprised at their child’s sudden spike in appetite and wonder “should I let him keep eating?” as the child asks for a bowl of cereal 1 hour after eating 2 large helpings of dinner.
Many of us remember our parents’ reaction when we were caught in a lie or remember when our children told us a lie. It often comes as a shock to parents. The reality is that all children lie at some point. It’s a normal part of a development. As the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) explains, the act of lying demonstrates that their conscience is working. While it can be upsetting when kids lie or stretch the truth, the reasons they do so vary by age. And, how we react can make a big difference on their future behavior.
Many parents may have experienced the challenges of getting kids to turn off electronic devices when time is up, and for some families it can even turn into a struggle with kids refusing to stop. Dr. Marcia Slattery, UW Health child and adolescent psychiatrist and director of the UW Anxiety and Stress Disorders Program, sees many families for whom screen time has become a “battle.”
A recent article hit our news feeds this last week highlighting the need to pay closer attention to our children’s plates when dining out. The research team called restaurateurs to action and encouraged a revamp of children’s menus at favored chains to provide entrees, sides, desserts and beverages that fall in-line with a child’s energy needs versus their desires. These modifications would allow youth the opportunity to select any item from the children’s menu and award parents the satisfaction that their child would not be exceeding their needs. But, as it stands children’s menus are not so kid-friendly when it comes to providing age-appropriate portions.
We’ve already written about the many reasons why both boys and girls should receive the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine (Human Papilloma Virus and the HPV Vaccine Facts and 9 Reasons to Vaccinate Your Children Against HPV, just to name two). But there has been a recent change parents of younger children need to be aware of. In October 2016, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) approved a two-dose series HPV vaccine for children ages 9-14 who do not have a weakened immune system (immunocompromised).