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Please Let Your Children Go Barefoot!

Added December 23, 2018, Under: Children's Health, Environment, Exercise, Parents

We have written before about the advantages for us all to go barefoot - but we never emphasized the need for babies and children to go barefoot too. Many young parents are anxious to put shoes on their babies as soon as they start to walk but don't be in too much of a hurry. Bare feet are important for the proper growth of the foot and even for brain development. There are lots of other good reasons too... Going barefoot helps to ...

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It’s Time For Children To Start Climbing Trees Again!

Added November 28, 2018, Under: Children's Health, Diseases, Environment, Parents

There is great concern in the UK about the increasing number of obese and overweight children.  And of course it is no different in the USA. Type 2 diabetes in children and young people (which is a more aggressive form of the condition than in adults) has also risen sharply.  All the children diagnosed with type 2 diabetes were found to be overweight or obese. "In recent decades, countries such as the USA and UK have seen large increases in the number ...

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Does Your Child Have A Zinc Deficiency? You Might Be Surprised At The Signs!

Added November 27, 2018, Under: Children's Health, Nutrition, Parents

You may never have given a thought to whether your child gets enough zinc in his or her diet but a zinc deficiency is surprisingly common. Check out these "top ten" signs! Your child is frequently sick. He or she is a fussy eater. They have a poor appetite. Your child suffers from dry skin or the symptoms of eczema. White spots appear on their nails. Your child becomes upset at loud sounds - for example, the vacuum cleaner or garbage ...

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Boost Your Young Child’s Memory With a Daily Daytime Nap

Added August 30, 2018, Under: Babies, Children's Health, New Moms, Parents, Pregnancy

We all love a good night's sleep and of course children benefit from one too. But apparently the combination of a good night's sleep and a daytime nap can hold the key to a better memory as well as improved emotional welfare in children. Researchers have found that one without the other are insufficient to boost memory but that the two together are a winning combination! More about the research Neuroscientist and Associate Professor, Rebecca Spencer, has been behind the research and she says: "Individually, ...

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When School Is Out, Do You Fill Every Waking Moment For Your Children?

Added August 26, 2018, Under: Children's Health, How To, Parents

When school is out for the long summer months, or for shorter breaks at other times of the year, parents are faced with the problem of keeping their children entertained. There is no end to the list of activities that their children can join in and no end to the costs that can be involved. Some parents spend a lot of time organizing their children when they are in school too.  We call them helicopter parents. But is it good to keep your ...

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Fatherhood & The Reasons Why Fathers Stick Around

Added July 5, 2018, Under: Books, Men's Health, Parents

I recently read a very interesting article on fatherhood and how today, fathers are so much more involved in the upbringing of their children right from conception, through pregnancy, labor and of course beyond. And yet, in spite of this, it is the mother who is given all the support and counselling should anything go wrong - while the father is not. After her own child was born, Dr Anna Machin decided to investigate the science behind fatherhood (which took her some ...

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Summer Holidays & The Great Outdoors For Happier, Healthier Children

Added June 26, 2018, Under: Children's Health, Environment, Exercise, How To, Parents

Summer holidays for our children and grandchildren in the Northern hemisphere have either already started or will do so in the coming weeks and, with children spending more time than ever indoors, what better time to try and encourage them to make the most of the summer and the chance to spend much more time outdoors? How can you encourage and engage your children to enjoy the outdoors? Berry picking will help develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.  There are many ...

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Children Who Sing Can Improve Both Their Hearing & Their Self Confidence

Added January 4, 2018, Under: Babies, Children's Health, How To, Parents

Do you have children or grandchildren who love to sing and, if so, do you give them every encouragement? It seems that you should because even just an hour of singing per week can increase your child's confidence and, surprisingly, help those children with hearing problems to hear much better. Researchers even go as far as to say singing can be a powerful medicine. And of course people of all ages will benefit from singing too. Research at the University College in London The researchers ...

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How Can We Turn The Tide Of Childhood Obesity?

Added December 1, 2017, Under: Children's Health, Diets, Exercise, Parents

Over the past few years, we have often written on the subject of children and obesity, sharing suggestions on how to prevent this. And yet, has anything changed?  Sadly not. Of course obese and overweight children mean more obese and overweight adults. Recently I watched a video showing some 15 to 20 young girls dancing the "twist" back in the 1960s - and the first thing that struck me was how slim they ALL were.  If you put together a random and similar size ...

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Children More Likely to Eat Fruit & Veggies if They Grow Their Own

Added March 23, 2017, Under: Children's Health, Environment, Exercise, How To, Parents

With spring time in the northern hemisphere once more, it is time to turn our thoughts to the outdoors, the garden and encouraging our children to help us grow our own food in the months ahead. The younger we start to give our children the opportunity to discover the delights of sowing, harvesting and eating their own produce, the better - and the more likely they are to enjoy fruit and veggies in their daily diet! How to create a child friendly ...

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