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Could Your Child Be Stressed?

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Your young child can be more stressed than you think.  A new survey from the American Psychological Association reveals that kids as young as 8 are experiencing stress as a result of their parents’ stress.  For kids ages 8-12 with stressed parents, the survey showed that 47% feel sad, 36% feel worried, and 25% feel frustrated. 

In particular, overweight and obese children reported feeling more stress because of their parents than children with average weight.  As a result, the obese and overweight children experienced negative emotional and physical affects that included eating more, having trouble sleeping, getting headaches, and fighting with others. 

Parents seem unaware of their children’s stress.  The survey also discovered 69% of parents believed their stress didn’t impact the children, but 91% of children reported otherwise.  Also, children were less likely to reach out to their parents to talk about the stress or to maintain their health by eating well or exercising.

In order for families to continue growing closer, healthy changes need to be made to improve physical, emotional, and mental health.

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Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Are your kids drinking enough water?One of the best things we can do for our children is to help them develop a love for water, and the only way that is really possible is for them to see their parents having a love for water. If this sounds like an impossible task, start off slow. Start by diluting juices, and work your way up to making fruit infused water, and then hopefully a glass of ice water will begin to feel appealing. It’s not going to happen overnight, but it is possible. [Today Moms]

Dairy Queen, Taco Bell, and KFC among the worst when it comes to nutritionDespite promises from fast-food chains to change the way they market their meals to children, kids now see more ads for fast food than ever, researchers say. [MSNBC]

Kinect and your kids: what works, what won’tWhen I first unpacked the Kinect, the new controller-free motion-capture system for Xbox 360, I thought how awesome it would be to play with my daughter. She’s 2 1/2 (going on 14), so I figured Kinect Sports’ rudimentary bowling and ball kicking would be easy. And it was, when it worked. The sad fact was that though my kid was definitely ready for Kinect, Kinect wasn’t ready for her. [MSNBC]

Fighting bullying with babies - More important, we are beginning to understand how to nurture this biological potential. It seems that it’s not only possible to make people kinder, it’s possible to do it systematically at scale – at least with school children. That’s what one organization based in Toronto called Roots of Empathy has done. [The New York Times]

With love and fear, Alzheimer’s youngest caretakers watch over parents
One Saturday morning, Austin Mobley noticed his mother staring at him blankly.
“Who are you?” Tracy Mobley asked, he recalled.
“Mom, are you joking with me or what?”
“No,” she replied. She was adamant. “Who are you?”
It’s a gnawing fear that one fateful day, the memories of aging parents will fade and they won’t be able to recognize their own children. For Austin, it started early. He was 6. Austin is in an emerging generation of young caretakers of parents who have dementia. [CNN]

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

How stress management can help your unborn baby. The Wall Street Journal

Insurance industry agrees to cover pre-existing conditions in kids—despite an ambiguity in the new law. New York Times

The potential dangers of seeking medical info on the web. Science Daily

U.S. kids aren’t the only ones not getting enough exercise, according to a new study. Reuters

If the government were to impose large taxes on sodas, it might help curb childhood obesity, finds new research. USA Today

The risks of drinking unpasteurized milk far outweigh the benefits, warns the FDA. The Wall Street Journal

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