You Should Know
No one knows for sure why we crave what we do when we’re pregnant. Some say it’s our body’s way of letting us know that it needs something. Specifically something it’s lacking. It’s our taste buds that turn it into something enticing. Craving a chocolate milkshake? Maybe you need calcium. A big juicy burger? Maybe you need protein. You could certainly look for healthier alternatives to meet these needs. And be careful
Summer’s here and if there’s one thing you should know, it’s this: put the sunscreen on at home. Before heading to the pool or the park, slather those kiddos in sunscreen in the house. It gives the skin time to absorb the lotion and lets the kids get right to the fun when they get to their destination. Don’t be that mom arguing with your kids on the side of the pool. You’ll lose and they’ll get sunburned.
Can’t seem to get enough shut-eye during the week? Relax. A new study in the Journal of Sleep Research suggests that sleeping in on the weekends can help you catch up. The study followed 40,000 people over a 13 year time period. It found that adults who slept five or less hours a night seven days a week had a significantly higher mortality rate than those who slept six to seven hours a night.
Goofy dads make great dads! Studies show that fathers who engage with their children in silly, playful ways help strengthen their bond with their children. And, strong parent/child bonds, formed early in life, can predict the quality of a child’s future social life. While moms tend to be more gentle and affectionate toward their babies, dads are more likely to arouse them and make them laugh. No worries. Either behavior can form close attachments between parents and children, as long as the interactions are reciprocal and pleasant for both parties. So, play on dad! The kids love it - and need it.
Time spent outdoors is time well spent. It provides fresh air, Vitamin D and exercise. It fosters creativity and it keeps kids calm. It also creates a bond with the Earth and the environment. The problem is kids today don’t get enough of it. Too many extracurricular activities may have something to do with it, but so does parental enthusiasm for green space. Studies show our attitudes toward nature influence our kids’ relationship with nature. In households where adults visited green spaces, 82% of the children did too. In households where adults didn’t spend time in