Posted tagged ‘children’

Welcome back, Measles

August 24, 2008

(with apologies to Gabe Kaplan and the Sweathogs)

Welcome back,

We had a vaccine to knock you out.

Welcome back,

They’re the same families who once laughed about.

Though it’s safe, MMR, it’s been kicked around

You waited for your chance, now you’re back around.

Who’d have thought we’d meet you? (Who’d have thought we’d meet you?)

We’d already beat you. (We’d already beat you.)

The mortality’s a lot, yeah it’s more than just some spots

Welcome back.

Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back.

It’s a travesty. A vocal but entirely misguided minority is succeeding in bringing back a once-vanquished, deadly disease. Measles is truly back, in the United States, Great Britain, and other countries where anti-MMR hysteria has replaced sound science and good thinking.

For more details about how bad science, money, and media hysteria combined to create the illusion that there is controversy whether MMR is safe, read this detailed and very revealing account.

Food Fights Fixed: How to have a successful family meal

June 10, 2008

Eating together as a family has tremendous health benefits. Kids who regularly eat with their families do better in school, watch less television, and are less likely to struggle with obesity. They also tend to get more exercise and eat a more healthful diet, including more vegetables and fewer processed foods.

But a healthy, relaxing family meal may not come easily. Parents say the kids just won’t eat what they’re served, and get whiney and surly. Mom inevitably heads back to the kitchen to make something separate for every child, and the nice relaxing family meal becomes a frustrating experience that no one enjoys. Needless to say, those vegetables sit untouched on their plates.


Holding Junior back

May 19, 2008

Kelly posted, “Can you talk about the thoughts on holding back boys from Kindergarten with late birthdays? I have a son born in July. I am seeing several families in our preschool holding kids back a year. What are your thoughts?”

Holding kids back does seem to be a trend these days, especially boys, and especially boys with summer birthdays. Though it may be a good idea for certain individuals to be held back, in the long run this trend is going to be a problem for all of us and all of our children.


Ending the night bottle routine

May 16, 2008

A question from Cameron: “I have made the mistake of letting my daughter keep her bottle when she goes to bed. She is now almost 3 1/2 and her sister is about to turn one. Do you have any suggestions as to how to how to wean both of them off the bottle?”

For the one year old, I suggest you just do it all at once. Change your bedtime routine to include a snack, like some banana slices, plus a cup of whole milk. After the snack, give her a bath, read some books, and put her down in her crib. Do this consistently, and stop offering or even mentioning a bottle at bedtime. She’ll develop a better routine that’s healthier for her teeth and will reinforce good independent sleeping through the night.

For the 3 ½ year old, it’s going to be more difficult. (more…)

Boys will be boys?

May 1, 2008

Allison asked: “I was wondering if there were any good resources on raising boys. I’ve got 3 — ages 3 1/2 (twins) and 6. They are ALL boy, very active, sometimes physical and quite competitive with each other, I feel like I’m playing referee all day, but also recognize that I have to let boys be boys to some extent. Where is the fine line?”

Boys, as they say, will be boys, and they certainly are different from girls. They’re more physical, more direct, and more rowdy. That of course doesn’t mean that all boys are always like this, or that girls don’t sometimes act as crazy as the boys, but it’s difficult not to notice some fundamental differences between girl and boy behavior.