How to Be a Low-Stress Parent

How to Be a Low-Stress Parent

Don't stress your own stress. Plenty of parents feel just like you do. The key to surviving and thriving is taking care of yourself.Parenting is the biggest responsibility you will ever undertake as an adult. Why didn’t someone tell you it would sometimes mean you’d feel old before your time, exhausted by 7:00 p.m., too stressed out to think straight—and you still have to help your kid with his homework?  

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Making Sense of Screen Time: Is It Really So Bad for Our Kids?

Making Sense of Screen Time: Is It Really So Bad for Our Kids?

It’s been drilled into our heads that allowing our kids to watch too much television or play apps and games will rot their growing brains. Over and over we’ve heard from various experts that screen time overload keeps kids from necessary active or outdoor play, limits human interactions that are critical to proper development, and exposes kids to violence and content that is too mature for them to properly process. While there’s truth in all of this—families are wise to heed the American Academy of Pediatrics’ [https://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/pages/media-and-children.aspx] recommendation to limit kids’ screen time to no more than two hours per day— it’s also important to recognize the educational and developmental benefits that kids can glean from technology, including better hand-eye coordination, school readiness and boosts to cognitive development.

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Helping Kids Fight Anxiety

Helping Kids Fight Anxiety

There’s a lot of contradictory and downright erroneous parenting info floating around out there. We’re not afraid to tackle it head-on!

 

We’ve all felt it, and our kids have, too—the sick, uneasy feelings of worry, panic, and dread that are the hallmarks of anxiety. Anxiety is a normal human reaction to stressors that’s designed to protect us from danger. But if it kicks in when there is no real danger present, or if it spins out of control, it takes its toll, causing those afflicted to miss out on rewarding life experiences.  It also has serious physical and emotional repercussions; the long-term effects of anxiety can result in a compromised immune system, obesity, digestive problems, and insomnia; and  an increased risk for heart disease and depression.

 

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3 Misconceptions About Feeding Babies and Toddlers, Busted!

3 Misconceptions About Feeding Babies and Toddlers, Busted!

Feeding a growing baby or toddler isn’t rocket science; we’ve been doing it for millennia! But these days, there’s so much conflicting advice about the matter—jarred food vs. homemade, first grains vs. first vegetable. And few parents ever receive professional advice on what foods, or how much of them, to offer the littlest of kids, which can leave them feeling clueless and overwhelmed by the responsibility. Worse: That lack of guidance results in more than 50 percent of toddlers in the U.S. receiving less than optimal amounts of the fruits and veggies they need to stay healthy, develop properly, and avoid long-term issues like obesity and behavioral problems.

 

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Three Parenting Myths about STEM, Busted!

Three Parenting Myths about STEM, Busted!

With all the talk these days about the relevance and importance of STEM subjects—Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math—it’s easy for parents to feel like they’re massively failing in making basic math- and science-related concepts interesting to their kids. 

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