March 2 is Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America Day. On this day that celebrates reading, here are our top 10 reasons that reading is important:
- Reading relaxes the body and calms the mind
- Reading is “brain food”
- Reading helps children be compassionate and develop empathy
It’s a common scenario – the kids come home from school one day and start talking about something they want. Maybe it’s a new video game, a new phone, or to go on a trip to some far locale. And inevitably it includes the phrase, “but everyone else has one, and I’m the only one who doesn’t!” (or something similar).
As a parent it can be difficult – after all, we are all familiar with feeling left out. And perhaps we’re even a bit worried on how we’ll be judged by other parents. Social media can increase that pressure, too – pictures of seemingly perfect birthday parties with coordinating colors and cute themes; smiling family vacation photos from Disney World; presents overflowing from beneath the Christmas tree; endless photos of successful sports activities. It just doesn’t seem to end.
Worries and anxiety during childhood and adolescence are very common. Most of the time the anxiety that kids experience falls within the normal range. However, up to 1 in 5 children may actually suffer from an anxiety disorder before they reach age 18. Anxiety is common to human experience because it is important for survival, functioning to signal the possibility of threat in the environment. Anxiety’s survival value is evident as evolution has maintained it across the animal kingdom. Because of numerous studies, we know a lot about the brain systems that detect danger and signal the alarm associated with anxiety. We believe that this important brain system, when overactive, is responsible for more severe and impairing anxiety.
Feeding your child seems simple, right? Not so if you are a parent of a picky eater. Most kids at some point in their lives go through a picky stage, only wanting certain foods, textures or even colors. The dinner table becomes a constant power struggle, leaving parents feeling overwhelmed and kids feeling frustrated. Some of this pickiness is outgrown over time, while others, with sensory issues, have more challenges with broadening the diet.
Things to consider when feeding a child with sensory issues:
Summer is almost here! For kids, this means it’s time for sweet lemonade, slushies, and smoothies. For parents, this means really making sure your child is practicing good oral hygiene practices at home to prevent tooth decay. Many people think that cavities in baby teeth don’t matter because they will fall out anyway. However, dental decay in baby teeth can negatively affect permanent teeth and lead to future dental problems. Research shows that the health of your mouth affects the health of the rest of your body. And oral hygiene needs to start early. No teeth? Simply going through the motions of cleaning the gums with a soft washcloth serves a useful purpose. And as soon as that first tooth erupts, you can start to brush!