11 - 1 - 2013
Keep your health in mind come turkey time.
Holidays may be full of fun and excitement, but they also can be hazardous to your health.
It would seem that Turkey Day should score low on the potential-for-trouble meter, but, in reality, Thanksgiving Day poses its own set of challenges. If you don’t prepare your turkey properly, you could send guests home sick. If not everyone in the family gets along, your dinner table could go from cordial to combative.
Here are some holiday safety tips to help keep the Thanksgiving holiday a healthy one for your household:
10 - 3 - 2013
Dressing up for Halloween can make children feel larger than life, and sometimes indestructible or magical. Adults, however, know that kids are as vulnerable on Halloween as at any other time, and maybe more so, since children’s excitement about the holiday shifts their focus away from potential Halloween hazards. Every parent should be prepared and aware of basic Halloween safety tips to keep the holiday fun and incident free.
Taking some extra precautions to ensure a safe Halloween is one way that parents can preserve their peace of mind. Here are some safety tips for before the holiday and on Halloween night itself:
8 - 26 - 2013
Wondering how to achieve household harmony during the busy days of the school year, with parents trying to balance family life, work and personal time, and the kids trying to juggle schoolwork, activities and other interests?
Although every family is different, all families can benefit from having an organized school (and work) routine. Here are some tips for creating an oasis of orderliness:
8 - 22 - 2013
Parenting is probably the hardest – and most satisfying – job that any of us will ever have. Like any job, it comes with its share of stress. During the school year the stress level may ramp up, considering that many parents work long hours or more than one job to make ends meet, while also needing to keep tabs on their children’s academic progress and activities outside of school hours. Sometimes, the stress can become overwhelming.
Experts say that the symptoms of stress include sleep problems, poor concentration, difficulty making decisions, increased use of alcohol, caffeine or drugs, and even physical illness. Both parents and children suffer when stress gets a foothold.
What can parents do to keep their cool? Here are some stress-relief tips to help weather the next several months of juggling schedules, responsibilities and personal time:
8 - 13 - 2013
Mom always said that breakfast was the most important meal of the day. As it turns out, Mom was right – and today’s research agrees.
Recent studies indicate that eating breakfast reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and heart attack. Eating breakfast also helps lower LDL – or “bad” cholesterol – and triglyceride levels, and regulates blood sugar and insulin levels. Other studies show that people who eat breakfast tend to be leaner. In fact, skipping breakfast was associated with a 400% greater risk of obesity.
To reap the many benefits of a well-rounded breakfast, choose healthy meals based on whole grains, low-fat dairy, and fruit. For mornings when you don’t have a lot of time, try one of these breakfasts: