Halloween can be a scary time for more reasons than the goblins and spooky ghosts. Halloween seems to kick-off the season of treats. Many parents dread Halloween due to the amount of candy that their child drags home after a long night of trick-or-treating. This can be unwelcome, especially if any member of the family is attempting to manage their weight. Let’s take a moment and spin this into a learning opportunity.
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The body is about three-quarters water but the heat of the summer months can dehydrate the body very quickly. Symptoms of dehydration include dizziness, light-headedness, dry lips, mouth and skin, limited urination, and thirst.
We know that children are little mimics – they will copy behaviors that they observe and repeat words that they hear (nearly every parent can attest to this with stories of awkward situations involving particular word choices not appropriate for 5-year-olds to utter). So if mom and dad relax in front of the TV after dinner, chances are that’s going to be the preference for the kids as well. But, if mom and dad instead say it’s time to do something fun together after dinner, that helps create an environment where activity is normal and encouraged.
While it can be hard with busy lifestyle – whether it’s work, or scheduled activities like music lessons or sports – you really have to make the time, otherwise it’s too easy to put things off until the next day. Block time on the weekend – whether it’s an hour or half the day – and do something fun as a family. Go for a hike, go for a bike ride on a trail, go geocaching, discover a new park – just go. Do something. You can even let the kids decide – chose between a hike or bike ride. Go for a walk after dinner. Just get out together.
Food safety is an important set of guidelines to ensure for a happy and healthy barbecue. Keeping food at appropriate temperatures while outdoors for an extended period of time is critical to keeping stomach bugs and germs away.
UW Health Sports Psychologist Dr. Shilagh Mirgain explains that sports provide a learning platform for life, and help kids develop a sense of self and positive self-esteem. Kids also learn valuable life lessons — learning to work collaboratively, goal setting and perseverance are just a few.
But, with so much benefit to be gained, how do you get kids involved in sports?
The number one reason kids participate in sports is because it’s fun.
Some strategies for introducing kids to sports include: