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The Joy of Dirt

Gardening Connects Kids to Nature BY BARBARA PLEASANT Children benefit from a close connection with nature, and there’s no better place to learn about plants and soil than a garden. Families don’t need lots of space, as even a small collection of potted plants holds fascination for youngsters. The first step is to understand a garden as seen by a ... Read More »

Healthy Summer Hydration

Kids Love These Homemade Drinks At day camp or the pool, on the playing field or in the backyard, kids can get really thirsty, especially as temperatures climb. Although filtered water is always a good choice, sugary, carbonated, artificially colored and flavored beverages can be tempting. Having homemade options ready can entice kids to stay hydrated in a healthy way. ... Read More »

Kid Talk

How to Communicate with a Child Dudley Evenson didn’t set out to devise a strategy to foster constructive, nurturing communications between parents and their offspring. Yet as she and her husband, Dean, raised their three children decades ago, timeless guiding principles emerged. “We were like other parents—learning and growing along with our children,” says Evenson, a certified professional life coach, ... Read More »

Upbeat Kids

Five Steps to Positivity BY TAMAR CHANSKY This is a family master plan for helping both children and adults resist negative thinking. Step One: Empathize with a Child’s Experience While the desired outcome is to help a child embrace a different point of view of their situation, the first goal is not to come on too strong with an agenda ... Read More »

How Teens Can Learn to Love Their Looks

BY AMBER LANIER NAGLE Many young women don’t feel comfortable in their own skin. A 21st-century global study sponsored by Unilever’s Dove brand found that 90 percent of girls from 15 to 17 years old wanted to change at least one aspect of their physical appearance, especially their body weight. University of Minnesota research following adolescents for 10 years showed ... Read More »

Healthy Weight Kids

Food Choices that Prevent Obesity BY AMBER LANIER NAGLE Small changes in daily eating routines translate into healthier weight for America’s kids. In 2010, President Obama and Michelle Obama launched Let’s Move! as their signature initiative to tackle epidemic levels of U.S. childhood obesity. While modest progress has been made, it remains a public health crisis. A brief by the ... Read More »

Fresh Looks at Autism

Focusing on a Child’s Optimal Potential LINDA SECHRIST Anew paradigm shift regarding autism spectrum disorder (ASD) centers on evolving beliefs about the possibilities for those living with autism, as well as the unimagined brilliance they possess and their need for supportive help. Everyone can benefit from the results of hands-on research and experience by parents and caregivers that are finding ... Read More »

Family Screen Time

How to Set Boundaries in the Digital Era APRIL THOMPSON Minecraft. Pokemon. Snapchat. Digital media dominates childhood. That time youngsters used to spend playing with friends, being with family or sleeping has been zapped. According to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 8-to-10-year-olds are daily exposed to nearly eight hours of on-screen media and heavy media users are twice ... Read More »

Natural Motherhood

Creating the Best Start for New Life “A woman’s body is exquisitely designed to conceive, nurture and give birth,” says Dr. Carol J. Phillips, an Annapolis, Maryland, prenatal chiropractor, doula and author of Hands of Love: Seven Steps to the Miracle of Birth. Judith Lothian, Ph.D., associate editor of the Journal of Perinatal Education, professor of nursing at Seton Hall ... Read More »

The Wild and Wooly Teen Brain

What Kids Need from Us to Grow Wise APRIL THOMPSON Peer pressure and body consciousness are universal challenges facing teens and their parents. Experts find that by modeling healthy habits and maintaining open lines of communication, adults can help foster healthy independent thinking and responses to inevitable situations. Respect Developing Capacities Some teen struggles are literally all in their heads, ... Read More »