Keep Your Children Healthy & Active

January 27th, 2010

1187576_playful_spring_time_1A healthy lifestyle is beneficial when learned early in life. Longer life span, more energy, and happiness and contentment all accompany good health. And what more could you want for your children? But for some families maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle isn't easy. It takes effort. It takes work. But it is worth it in the end. Set an Example: One of the easiest and most effective ways to teach your child about healthy living is to live healthily yourself. As you know, children watch the actions and habits of their parents. You can show them that healthy living is fun and rewarding. Along with your example, talk to your child or children about how to make healthy choices and ways to… [more]

10 Ways to Help Your Child With Weight Issues

February 21st, 2007
Categories: Weight

healthy livingIn the previous two blogs Weight Issues in Adopted Children and Weight Issues Part II, I discussed several of the reasons that might contribute to weight issues for adopted children. This time, I want to list some things that you can DO about it! 1. Get active! The easiest way to do this might be as a family. Consider adding bike rides, swimming, fishing, hiking, rollerblading, playing ball to your family routines. Whatever you choose, if you’re doing the activity with your child AND having fun, it will encourage healthy bonding. The bonus is, your child’s weight problems will improve as will overall health. 2. Don’t forbid any foods! Particularly for a child who may have had… [more]

Weight Issues in Adopted Children – Part II

February 20th, 2007
Categories: Weight

scaleAs you look to find any underlying reasons for your child's weight issues, consider these as well: Is your child eating for comfort? It would, of course, surprise no one that many adoptive children have not been comforted appropriately all of their lives. Yet, we know that when a child is frightened, scared, angry, sad, lonely, rejected or any of a myriad of emotions, he needs and requires comfort. Most often, if there is a need, the child will find some way to meet it. In the absence of a loving parent, this comfort can come in many different forms including unhealthy forms of comfort. Eating for comfort is one of these ways. Watch your child to… [more]

Weight Issues in Adopted Children

February 20th, 2007
Categories: Weight

scaleAnnetta, my adopted daughter, is very overweight. I’m also heavy, but most of my children are very thin. Annetta is only 9yrs old, but in pictures from 2-3 years ago, she is very thin. The weight started literally piling on this child over the last year or year and a half. It was so much, so sudden that we went straight to the pediatrician. He found nothing wrong, so I’ve been looking at other reasons. Meanwhile, she continues to gain and I continue to look for ways to help her be healthy. First of all, it’s a good idea to check with the pediatrician first. He can rule out a thyroid problem or a metabolic dysfunction… [more]