When you have a big family, meal planning on its own can be an adventurous endeavor. From making sure there are enough plates to cover everyone, all the way down to keeping everyone’s individual tastes happy, you need to be prepared. This is especially true when you have kids, or people with specific food allergies.
Did you know the average age for a child to get their first smartphone is just ten-years-old? While ages for acquiring personal technology are dropping, rates of teen depression and suicide are rising. New studies are showing a direct correlation between smartphone usage and teen depression. It’s important to take note of these links and make changes, or take action, before it’s too late. Young minds are still developing and highly susceptible to the addiction of cellphone and internet use.
I first heard about fidget spinners from my eleven-year-old son about six months ago. Shocking, right? I’m pretty sure that’s how most adults learned about these unique, albeit parental sensory overloading toys. Within milliseconds (or so it seems), they were the talk of the town and a huge trending toy amongst kids.
It’s believed nearly 70 million adults and children worldwide land somewhere on the Autistic Spectrum. This is a huge number and one where the trends keep rising. In recent years, an interesting trend has been uncovered.
According to the latest research, trolleys are more beneficial than backpacks for schoolchildren, as they are less damaging for their backs. Most of schoolchildren are carrying a load above what is recommended.
Most people know that adults need to work to maintain their mental health but few realize mental health is important in kids, too. While some think that childhood is entirely a feel-good time, it’s actually the case that about one in five children have a mental health challenge. In fact, millions of American children struggle with depression, anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorders, Tourette syndrome and many other mental health concerns.
Unfortunately, no one is immune to being diagnosed with cancer. It can strike anyone, at any time in their lives, and for myriad reasons. From genetics, to environmental factors, to even the foods that we eat (or don’t eat!). When it comes to taking control of our health, and reducing our personal risks of cancer, diet and lifestyle changes are essential. As we have children, this awareness extends beyond our own health to the health of the entire family unit.
Summer is wrapping up and fall is just around the corner. For many, this can be a fun, welcome change of pace. For others, it can be a stressful, anxiety-filled season. Did you know most kids suffer some form of anxiety or depression when heading back to school?
Children are so adorable so it makes it very easy to spoil them. But the latest study tells us that when it comes to spoiling, your children should not be your top priority.
Teenagers and alcohol is a dangerous combination but professionals are working hard to develop assessment questions that can identify teens at risk of abusing alcohol.
A new study funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health in the United States, has found that a single question can assess whether a teen likely has a drinking problem.
Studies have been around for a long time following the myriad ways that a mother’s health and habits can affect her unborn child. For example, drinking alcoholic beverages, smoking or doing drugs, vs. working out, eating right, etc.
There are several factors that can contribute to Bipolar Disorder. Some of them include genetics, abnormal brain structure and brain function, and even other anxiety disorders.
This scenario is a parent’s worst nightmare, for sure. But how many of us have sat down to have an honest conversation with our kids about the dangers of going with strangers? What about giving them the tools and actionable items to feel empowered and safe?
In a way, it’s a subtle (or maybe not so subtle) way of saying, “Gee lady, your kids need to be taught some stuff by you. Wanna get on that?" I know some people wouldn’t care, in fact, they’d welcome the help.
Some feminists claim this trend is unfair because it gives pudgy men a free pass, while the “mom bods" out there are still considered unflattering.
Hold up a moment while I pick my jaw off the table.
Not only parents but also brothers and sisters play they roles in shaping our personality. For example according to a recent study having lots brothers and sisters helps boost creativity as they try to be different from each other. Another study asserted that each additional brother or sister correlates with 14% reduction in obesity.
New trends in the Internet make it possible to not only purchase breast milk for your infant online, but also make some extra cash if you’re open to selling it yourself. Stranger yet, there are even new health trends happening as male bodybuilders are buying breast milk as part of their regimen. Despite all of this, the question remains: Would you buy breast milk online?
Regardless of your stance, you have to admit it’s got people talking about what it takes for women to consider ourselves beautiful in today’s society. When I think of the statistic that only 3% of women consider themselves to be beautiful (regardless of whether or not Dove’s statistics could be slanted), I think less about convincing women my own age, and more about encouraging young girls before the disillusionment sets in.
This is a special Mother’s Day edition from the Canadian Pharmacy King as we celebrate Mother’s Day together with all of you.
No one ever said being a mother was easy. It certainly isn’t for the faint of heart. I’m sure there are mom’s out there who coast through, easily navigating the waters of parenthood, but I’d wager the majority of us are not so lucky. For me, being a mommy is sticky business. It’s messy and heart wrenching; it’s slobbery kisses and soft whimpers; it’s sleepless nights, restless nights, and endless nights as you tirelessly care, worry, and wait for your children. Best of all, it’s the lights in their eyes, the trust they endow, the giggles, and hugs as they tug your heartstrings and body close.
Motherhood is often complicated, not by our children, but by our own minds as we strive to be better; do more; be more. We want our children to have the best of everything – while still being humble and appreciative, too. Some of the goals we set out to measure our successes are unattainable goalposts, and then we wonder why we often feel we are failing.
Yahoo recently posed the interesting question: What’s the hardest part about being a mom?
Childhood-onset schizophrenia is rare. The onset of schizophrenia is usually between the late teens and mid-30s with men experiencing a first psychotic episode, on average, in their early to middle 20s while women experience their first episode a little later, typically in their late 20s. Total numbers of people with schizophrenia reaches about 1% of the population.
That being said, a small percentage of people with schizophrenia have childhood-onset schizophrenia.
No, we’re not talking preparing kids for the inevitable Walking Dead apocalypse, but it is something equally deadly and not at all fictitious. National Kick Butts Day is March 18th, 2015 – and is a way to help teach kids about the deadly consequences of tobacco use. Every day, over 3,500 kids try tobacco for the first time and of those 1,000 will become repeat customers. That’s a frightening statistic when you consider nearly 500,000 people die each year from a tobacco related death.
When I was a kid, I grew up in a household of smokers. While you’d think that it would have been easy for me to take up the habit, their obsessive use actually had the opposite effect on me. I hated it. I hated being around when my parents smoked, or when they had guests over that would make our home smell like the bottom of an ashtray. My eyes would water, and my sinuses burn. I lived during a time when smoking in restaurants was acceptable, and as a child, you couldn’t escape it. To this day, I’ve never once tried a single puff.
Since my last baby 5 years ago, there seems to be a lot of new research out there that states any estrogen related contraceptives should be skipped until after your baby is weaned. This is because it can impede quantity and quality of your milk supply.
Here are a few methods that involve very little cost (if any), and can be implemented as soon as baby arrives.
This is a true story contributed by Carissa Andrews to bless her dear baby boy and all parents with cleft lip newborns.
My husband and I recently had our first baby together. We’re old pros, mind you, with six kiddos now between us – but at 19 weeks pregnant, we knew this little boy was going to be a bit more of a challenge. We were told that they suspected a unilateral cleft lip and/or palate and possible two-vessel cord. Within a couple of weeks, we were being referred to specialists at another hospital that has a specialized team to deal with these sorts of things.
It’s a bit surreal when you’re told that your child could have this sort of abnormality. The first thought is that it can’t be true. My husband and I were prepared for this little one. I had been taking prenatal vitamins for nearly a year before I got pregnant, I have never smoked, and rarely drank alcohol. In fact, I hadn’t had a drink for months before I got pregnant. Additionally, I was in shape – in fact, the day I found out I was pregnant, I had just run a 5K for my fun workout of the day. So surely, the ultrasound results had to be wrong. Right? This sort of thing only happens in third-world countries, or with people who didn’t take care of themselves. Not me.
Remembrance Day (Veteran’s Day in the United States) is an important holiday to discuss with our children. However, it is also one that we may have to work at to hold their attention, particularly for the younger ones. There isn’t the prospect of candy or presents, and it entails having to explain some of the harsher realities of human nature. War, death, freedom, and valor are each as challenging as they are important to teach. But how do we get our kids to show some interest and even retain what it means to celebrate Remembrance Day or Veterans Day?
Attachment parenting, Helicopter mom, Free-Range kids, Tiger mums. Meh. I’ve never been a fan of labels. Especially not ones that pigeonhole people into believing they fit into some magical one-size-fits-all scenario. It’s like high-school all over again. I didn’t conform to those rules then and I doubt I’ll ever adhere to others that take their place.
Throughout my career as a parent (because oh yeah, it’s work!), I’ve found myself to be many things, not just one. I’ve gone through stages where one could consider me an attachment mother; I co-slept and breastfed both of my children. I had body slings and Baby Bjorn’s to keep them close to me. I also ensured there were covers on electrical switches and gates on my stairway. I did my best to prevent injury when I saw the likelihood occurring.
When an accident or injury occurs, your primary concern is your child's health and safety. Most cases of childhood illness are not serious, and can be handled with treatment at home or with the advice and treatment of your pediatrician. Timely treatment can help alleviate symptoms and reduce the chances of an illness becoming more serious over time.
Emergencies most often occur when there is a sudden injury from a fall, bicycle or car crash, an incident with a firearm, nonfatal drowning, electrical shock, burns or smoke inhalation. Some basic rules to follow in any injury emergency include:
. Remain calm.
. Call 9-1-1.
Every kid across the globe has heard a few summer myths slip out of their parent’s mouths – some with the intent of scaring the pants off of you. In fact, I’m certain we’ve all grown up with a few doozies. To start your summer off on a lighthearted foot – we’re going to debunk a few of those myths and give you some we deserved clarity.
A recent study conducted by Pediatrics concluded a scary fact that we parents already fear: kids get into their parents' medicines. Did you know approximately 60,000 children under the age of 5 in America are treated in the emergency room because they got into medicines (or vitamins) when their caregiver wasn't looking?
Sadness, anxiety, pessimism, insomnia, irritability, fatigue are range of unpleasant but normal maternal emotions. But for some moms the only way to "fight" them is taking psychiatric medications. Then the world seems a less terrifying place to raise children, stress becomes more manageable, but...
No one is really sure where the tradition of hot cross buns morphed into another commercialized frenzy for confectionary, but one thing's for sure; overindulging in this tradition can hit more than just in your wallet. What I'm about to tell you isn't as sexy as satisfying that sweet tooth, but a little food for thought never hurt anybody.