Candy is junk food. It’s bad for kids, right? It can make them fat and cause cavities. But on Halloween, can’t we please ease up on our candy-is-evil paranoia? Some dentists, including my son’s, offer to buy back Halloween candy to keep it away from kids. Really? Yes.
Americans eat a lot of chicken. That should come as no surprise. But are we safely handing and eating those chickens? The answer to that question could determine whether your barbecue chicken recipe makes for happy tummies or angry ones.
What?! That was my reaction when I saw an article that said video games aren’t a destructive influence on kids, as some people (including me) believe. “Parents, stop fearing video games,” the headline read.
Recently, I saw a TV commercial that really caught my attention. It featured pro golfer Ernie Els talking about research on autism. He has a 7-year-old son with autism, a mental disorder marked by difficulty in communicating and forming relationships. Ernie has formed a foundation to promote research on the condition. “We have to believe […]
During the last few months you may have noticed the same overwhelming trend on your Facebook newsfeed that I did: people all over the country have been sick. Stomach sick. It did not sound pretty.
Caring for young children is stressful. Caring for elderly parents is stressful. Combine the two, and you’re part of the sandwich generation. And you could run yourself ragged if you’re not careful. What do you do if your child is sick and your father is sick? Who gets your attention first? I’m a “sandwicher,” and […]
Occasionally, I see articles on the health benefits of being married. I roll my eyes. Really? Stories such as this one in Time say studies prove married people are healthier.
Yes, my 12-year-old son can swim. But swim well? No. And that worries me. If, God forbid, Connor fell into a lake without a life jacket, could he swim to safety? I doubt it. Tell me if I’m wrong. But I don’t think today’s parents stress swimming nearly enough. I’m pointing the finger at myself […]
My son, Connor, is skinny. He’s not quite thin enough to worry his doctors, but I’m a little concerned. He turns 12 this week, and he carries only 79 pounds on his 5-foot frame. Connor’s weight puts him in the 25th percentile among U.S. boys his age, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Translation: […]
I can’t understand why anyone would smoke. Cigarettes stink, cost a fortune and can kill you. Aren’t those three good reasons not to smoke? Not for some people. It pained me when my daughter, now 28, started smoking as a teen.