Topic: children’s health

Being Active Is One Of The Best Things You Can Do To Influence Your Kids

Being Active Is One Of The Best Things You Can Do To Influence Your Kids

I can remember the year my mother decided it was time she lose weight and get in shape. She was 36 years old and determined to be healthier with both her diet and exercise routine. I was always into sports and led an active lifestyle but at my young age, hadn’t given much thought to how things would go in my adult life. I can say now looking back that my mother’s lifestyle change had a huge and lasting affect on me. More »

I Think It Sucks To Red-Shirt Your Child For The Wrong Reasons

I Think It Sucks To Red-Shirt Your Child For The Wrong Reasons

Red-shirting has always been around but has gained a lot of traction in recent years in the parenting world. For the grade school uninitiated, this is the practice of holding back a child from beginning school even though their birthday falls within the confines of a state’s school cut-off date. It is done for a variety of reasons- developmental, academic, age and future athletic prospects are all reasons cited for holding a child back from starting school. More »

Yes, My Son Is Small For His Age. Please STFU About It.

Yes, My Son Is Small For His Age. Please STFU About It.

I cannot tell you how many times we have been out in public and had a stranger make a comment about our son’s small size. It usually starts when they hear him speak- he sounds like a child his age or maybe even older (likely from listening to his very talkative older sister and picking up new vocab all the time). We get the curious stare and then “wow, how old is he?” We answer and it’s always the same “Oh, he’s so little for his age!” Yes, we know. We have always known. More »

Anonymous Mom: I Hate My Germ Factory Nephews

Anonymous Mom: I Hate My Germ Factory Nephews

Before I had a child of my own, I merely disliked them. They made me long for those proverbial “good ol’ days,” when children were seen and not heard. A golden age of yore when they had it half right (I mean, I’d rather not see them either, truth be told). However, thanks to their mother and grandmother, who, God only know why, have worked them up to a fever pitch over my new baby, my feelings have escalated to complete abhorrence (yes, I consulted a thesaurus in composing this piece). More »