Having a baby is an extraordinary experience, and chances are your little one is already continually on your mind. Contemplating what she’ll look like, how she’ll act, and the things you’ll do together is such a joy! Along with those happy thoughts, it’s also a good time to consider some basic preparations.
When you’re putting together your child’s Easter basket this year, why not consider some healthy alternatives to traditional candy bunnies? Instead, think about giving your child treats which are just as fun, but promote her well-being. Here are some fresh, budget-friendly ideas for assembling a basket full of goodies that are not only enjoyable, they are also good for your kid.
Life changes in the blink of an eye when you find out the stork is en route. That’s a fact for all parents, and all parents have to get themselves and their homes ready for the arrival. As a person with a disability, there are a few extra steps you can take to help you tackle the challenges of parenthood, since children don’t slow down for anyone.
In our modern times and fast-paced lifestyles, most of us feel “stressed” at least some, if not a majority of the time. If you take a minute to think about all the things in your life that can promote stress you might come up with things like: tension in relationships, deadlines at work, family obligations/ expectations, school assignments, a traffic-filled commute, financial worries or your feelings when reading political posts on social media. These are some examples of stressors that are obvious to us. When we are stressed because of them, we actually feel the stress. We feel anxious, worried, rushed, pre-occupied or upset. We know for sure that certain situations or people can spike our stress levels. But what about the stressors that we cannot see…the “hidden” stressors?
If you lay awake tossing and turning half the night, you’re not alone. There are more than 70 recognized sleep disorders that affect 40 million adults in the US each year — 20 million more people have occasional issues with sleep. It’s not just the 18-plus crowd either. Children are not immune to sleep issues, and this lack of slumber has dire consequences.
Are you worried about the air inside your home? If your kids are constantly coughing and sneezing, you may need to take a hard look at it. The dangers of indoor air pollution are very real for families, but they are something that many moms and dads forget to think about. So, if you want to better protect your family’s health, you should start by bettering the quality of the air in your home by knowing these helpful tips.
It’s easy to forget to take care of ourselves when we have so many responsibilities. Although unintentional, this can have disastrous effects on our physical and mental health. Even the smallest of actions can have huge consequences when it comes to our overall well-being, so try to make self-care a priority in your life. Here are the most important self-care acts to practice if you want to improve your mental health.
Today, concussions are one of the hottest topics of conversation in sports and fitness. Research studies continue to come out with new and improved guidelines for prevention, rehabilitation and diagnoses of concussions. The media has engaged in endless documentaries, movies and shows advertising to the public key messages that health care professionals are trying to get across. While most parents and coaches understand the importance of physical rest following a concussion, many are still out of the loop on the importance of cognitive rest. Cognitive rest is loosely defined as the cessation of activities that stimulates your brain. For the first 24-48 hours following a concussion, this is critical.
Getting your little ones to eat healthy — and enjoy it — can be difficult, especially if they’re picky eaters. Loading up a plate full of unfamiliar food can be daunting for kids, so it’s important to find fun and creative ways to get them to eat and appreciate healthy foods. One of the keys is to give them plenty of options. It’s also a good idea to let them know that if they try a new food and don’t like it, they can try something else. Never try to force a child to eat, as this can have damaging consequences.
Dr. Joel “Gator” Warsh is an Integrative and Holistic Pediatrician in Los Angeles, California. He grew up in Toronto, Canada and completed his undergraduate training there in Kinesiology and Health Sciences, before going on to earn his Master’s Degree in Epidemiology and Community Health at Queen’s University, where he was honored with the Canadian Institute of Health Research Master’s Award.