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Beyond “Do your best”: Three Ways to Lessen Your Child’s Anxiety about School

schoolanxiety_FacebookWhen I first started working with 12 year-old Sarah*, she was the picture of anxiety. Sticking close to her mom, her hair covering her face, she sat in the waiting room as I came out to say hello. She muttered a “hi”, and we walked back to my office. We talked for a few minutes about movies, then–knowing her parents had brought her to my office because of her anxiety about grades–I asked her about school. Sarah burst into tears as she described just how anxious she felt.

“I feel like I have to be perfect; I have to make straight A’s”, she told me. “I don’t know when to stop, I study all the time. It takes me so much longer to finish my homework than my friends. And if I get a B or worse, I freak out.” Read More

5 of the Most Common (and Fixable) Feeding Mistakes Parents Make

Become a Fearless Feeder With These 5 Easy Tips

feeding mistakesThis week we welcome Maryann Jacobsen, a registered dietitian and co-author of Fearless Feeding How to Raise Healthy Eaters from High Chair to High School to the blog. 

Feeding kids in today’s world isn’t easy.  Not only do parents have a lot of pressure to raise healthy kids, they don’t always get the support they need to make it a reality. That is, until now.

My book, Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Healthy Eaters from High Chair to High School by Castle, Jill, Jacobsen, Maryann Paperback, fully supports parents in their important job as feeder.  The book demonstrates that common feeding mistakes aren’t a result of flawed parenting, but missing feeding knowledge.  Once parents have a bigger picture of what is going on with feeding, it is pretty easy (even empowering!) to turn things around.

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How To Get Kids To Eat Healthy

Ice Cream, Pizza, and Cookies – Oh My! How To Get Kids To Eat Healthy

How To Get Kids To Eat HealthyHow to get kids to eat healthy? Let’s face it: sweet and savory will always win out over green and leafy when it comes to foods our kids will willingly eat. We want the best nutrition for our kids, but our daily pleas to “Eat your vegetables” seem to fall on deaf ears, or – worse yet – result in a tantrum or other power struggle.  Can we really convince our children to make smart food choices and eat healthy without seeming like a wicked witch?

Yes!  Here’s how to get kids to eat healthy (without unleashing any flying monkeys) by using these three tips:
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A Picky Perspective

hannah_chart_apple_sm_bgKia Robertson is joining us on the blog today to talk about picky eaters! She’s also giving away one her amazing Today I Ate a Rainbow Kits to one lucky reader! See details at the end of her post!

Some children are picky right from the start no matter what you try. Others seem to change overnight from being amazing eaters to completely finicky ones that refuse the foods they once excitedly ate. It’s no wonder that as a parent you can sometimes feel frustrated, worried and confused. This is especially true if you yourself are a great eater who’s usually more than happy to try something new. Besides it can be really hard not to take it personally when a meal you’ve lovingly prepared is met with a scrunched up face that says “there’s no way I’m eating that”! It can certainly seem like they are just being difficult on purpose. What’s the big deal with just trying a bite…right? Read More

3 Tips for Battling the Winter Blues

winterbluesFor families with young children, the winter months can seem like the most punishing time of the year:  shortened days, cold temperatures, and snow days all drive kids indoors.  How do we keep our kids happy, healthy, and active when we are already struggling to do the same for ourselves?

It can be done – use these tips to hold the winter blues at bay for your family:
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Hard to Swallow? Medicine Tips for Tots

girl eating nasty medicine

What’s worse: your two-year-old’s double ear infection, or the pink glop she has to swallow twice a day for the next week and a half to cure it? Many parents face temper tantrums at the slightest hint of medicine, and one thing’s clear: it might take more than a spoonful of sugar to get this medicine down.

What’s a parent to do? Kiera needs the medicine, but it’s more likely to get spit out than swallowed. Seeing as you can’t literally force it down their throat, you might need some better strategies. Follow these guidelines from Jody McVittie, MD to help your kids get the medicine they need:
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