With summer drawing to a close, so too is our Summertime Blog Giveaway series. We’ve truly enjoyed hearing from you, and learning some of the tips, tricks and suggestions that have worked within your own families. That’s why this week, we’d like to turn things over to you.
What are topics that you would like to learn more about?
We’re looking ahead to the fall, and dare we say it – winter. And, we’d love to hear your suggestions for future topics. Wondering how to help your new teen deal with the challenges of being, well, a teen (or needing help to keep your sanity while living with a teen)? Always on the lookout for healthy family meal recipes? Wanting tips for ways to help the entire family manage stress? Or even, looking for resources to help negotiate the challenges when a loved one has a chronic illness?
Whatever topics you would like to hear more about, let us know in the comments. We’ll ask our experts to weigh in and offer suggestions for helping you create a healthy environment for your family.
There’s a cute new parody children’s book “Goodnight iPad,” begins like this:
“In the bright buzzing room, there was a iPad, and a kid playing Doom, and a screensaver of a bird launching over the moon…”
Parents in the know will get a chuckle out of the 21st century homage to the classic children’s book, “Goodnight Moon.” But for many of my young patients who struggle to get a good night’s sleep, the parody is unfortunately too close to reality.
Beyond the excitement of seeing the top athletes compete, watching the Olympics can help teach kids another valuable lesson – how to be a good sport.
While few kids will ever compete at the Olympic or professional level, observing how the athletes behave when they win and when they don’t can be a great opportunity to discuss the child’s own experiences when they play sports.
There’s a reason there are so many tips and suggestions, message boards and books to help parents encourage their kids to eat vegetables. It’s a challenge. But that good news is, it’s not impossible.
UW Health Pediatric Fitness Nutritionist Marcine Braun, MS, RD, shares why getting kids involved in gardening, and going to places like the Farmer’s Market or simple the grocery store, really can make a difference. And, she offers what could be the most important piece of advice for all of us – Have patience.
Kids in the Garden
Some Simple Tips – A Recap
Getting kids involved with their food can make them more interesting in actually trying new foods. A few simple tips include:
Go to a farmer’s market or even a grocery store that allows sampling. It helps get “buy-in” before you bring something home.
Have the kids do the washing, cutting and arranging of veggies (as appropriate for their ages)
Start growing. It doesn’t have to be a big garden. Just a pot on a windowsill with easy-to-grow herbs can be a great introduction.