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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

We are delighted to 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 Jill Castle and Maryann Jacobsen, 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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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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