Child Safety Awareness: How Prepared are Your Children?

There was a workshop at our school recently about child safety awareness and it brought back a memory from my childhood that I wanted to share… One weekend, when I was 8 years old, my brother, my cousin and I went to our school playground to play. We lived really near the school – only twoContinue reading “Child Safety Awareness: How Prepared are Your Children?”

Love Protects: It Makes Children Smarter and Healthier

The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread. – Mother Teresa Love protects. It sounds cliche and feel good – almost like a Hollywood ending – but it’s true. When you break it all down, what is love but a series of chemical reactions in our brain? It feelsContinue reading “Love Protects: It Makes Children Smarter and Healthier”

Child Health and Safety: Is Your Child’s Schoolbag Too Heavy?

Heavy school bags are bad for your child’s back. When a heavy weight, such as a backpack filled with books, is incorrectly placed on the shoulders, the weight’s force can pull a child backward. To compensate, a child may bend forward at the hips or arch the back, which can cause the spine to compressContinue reading “Child Health and Safety: Is Your Child’s Schoolbag Too Heavy?”

Adolescents and Sleep Deprivation: AAP Recommends Delaying School Starting Time

This is a topic that has been bugging me ever since I read the chapter in Nurture Shock on The Lost Hour – schools are starting too early and our teenagers are not getting enough sleep. Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a new policy statement recommending that middle and high schools delay the start ofContinue reading “Adolescents and Sleep Deprivation: AAP Recommends Delaying School Starting Time”

Are You Sure My Child has ADHD?

ADHD is on the rise. Nearly one in five high school age boys in the United States and 11 percent of school-age children over all have received a medical diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to new data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 6.4 million children ages 4 through 17Continue reading “Are You Sure My Child has ADHD?”

Would You Rather Have an Autistic Child or a Dead Child?

Yes, I know, it’s a little OTT, but that is essentially what it all boils down to, doesn’t it? Autism or Death? Vaccines prevent diseases that can kill. These diseases are deadly. If they don’t kill you, they can certainly cause a lot of suffering – for your child and for you as the parentContinue reading “Would You Rather Have an Autistic Child or a Dead Child?”

When it Comes to Exercise, Yoga Offers the Greatest Brain Benefits

We know that exercise makes you smarter, but if you want to get the most bang for your buck, the exercise of choice should be yoga. At least that is what a recent study indicates… Yoga Improves Brain Function More Than Aerobic Exercises From the Journal of Physical Activity and Health (2013) – The Acute Effects ofContinue reading “When it Comes to Exercise, Yoga Offers the Greatest Brain Benefits”

Exercise Makes You Smarter and Here’s Why

We know that sports and physical activities are important for brain development and academic performance. Now we know why exercise makes you smarter… Scientists Discover Why Exercise Makes You Smarter – Psychology Today “scientists have now honed in on a specific molecule called irisin that is produced in the brain during endurance exercise through a chain reaction. Irisin isContinue reading “Exercise Makes You Smarter and Here’s Why”

Children and Sleep: If They Don’t Snooze, They Lose…

If your child isn’t getting enough sleep, his performance in school drops. Well that’s obvious. But what may not be obvious is how significantly it impacts your child if he misses just one hour of sleep a night. “A sleep deprivation study on a group of elementary students revealed that sixth graders, missing one hourContinue reading “Children and Sleep: If They Don’t Snooze, They Lose…”

Learning to Write – Getting Ready, Posture, and Pencil Grip

In the era of technology, handwriting is fast becoming a lost art but there are many benefits that handwriting practice can offer which make it a worthwhile art to preserve: Helps develop reading skills Trains the brain Affects the way children learn Develops thinking, language and working memory Getting ready for writing If you want to help yourContinue reading “Learning to Write – Getting Ready, Posture, and Pencil Grip”