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Reminder: Back-to-School Means Back-to-Shots for Kids

Posted by: kelly on Aug 04, 2015 in Mommy Go Round, Parenting, school, shots, vaccine

With school just around the corner, it’s time to start making that list of school supplies and your child’s needs before the beginning of the semester. Vaccinations should be one of the top priorities on that list. Pediatrician Stephen Sanches says The American Academy of Pediatrics recommend children receive the first set of vaccinations six […]

More Ways to Weight-Proof Your Home

Earlier this week we talked about some ways to weight-proof your home so that you can feel more relaxed and motivated when you get home at night.

Now, let’s discuss some ways to weight-proof your home that directly impact your nutrition and exercise habits. These tips are simple to follow but can have a tremendous effect on your exercise regimen and what types of and how much food you eat.

Shopping List Suggestions

  • Opaque storage containers can help curb your food cravings by preventing you to see what food is in your pantry. Out of sight, out of mind.
  • Small storage containers can prevent you from consuming too much of one food. If you limit how much you have, you can limit how much you’ll eat.
  • Nonstick countertop grill (such as a George Foreman grill) are good ways to cook food while at the same time removing fat and other grease from your meal.
  • Various gourmet mustards and salsas help add flavor to your foods without adding unnecessary calories and fat.
  • Fresh herbs for the windowsill will get you to start cooking healthier by using fresh ingredients over processed foods.

 

Physical Activity Aids

  • Walking shoes and rain gear will keep you moving and dry even in a Louisiana summer shower.
  • Bicycles, jump ropes and medicine balls can get your heart pumping in no time.
  • Treadmill, stationary bike or elliptical trainers are good machines to keep you active while inside your own home.
  • Light weights bring the gym to your home. They are easy to transport, easy to use and easy to put away when you’re cleaning your house.

Cancer Q&A: When Should a Cancer Patient Take Part in a Clinical Trial?

The following information is provided by the Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge and was published by The Advocate. Ultimately, only the individual can decide whether or not to take part in a clinical trial. That said, there are many reasons why cancer patients do decide to take part in clinical trials. For some, they feel […]

Back-to-School Stress Busters for Parents

Posted by: Heal Thy Self Guest Poster on Jul 29, 2015 in Heal Thy Self, Health

For many children in Baton Rouge, August 6 marks the first day of school. While you may be looking forward to having the kids out of the house and back to a structured routine, there’s a lot to do before that first day.

As families get ready for school, parents can be overwhelmed by the pressure that comes from getting school supplies, buying new clothes and making plans, as well as the daily work and household responsibilities. But back to school doesn’t have to mean back to the crazy life. Help your kids, and yourself, to de-stress the start of the school year with some simple strategies to help overcome common back-to-school obstacles, courtesy of WellnessWatchersMD.

First Things First

  • Remain calm. A new school year can turn your child’s emotions into a tangled mess of fear, excitement and anticipation. Staying calm and relaxed will allow your child to draw comfort and strength from your attitude.
  • Talk to your children. Discuss their concerns, worries, expectations or fears about going back to school. Have a discussion before school starts, and for the first several weeks of school.
  • Make family time. Take time to relax with your family. Eat your meals together whenever possible and make time at least once a week to do something special together.

Mad Money

  • Check your wallet, and set your priorities. The money you spend on supplies and clothes can add up, and that’s just the beginning of the costs associated with school. Don’t forget about yearbooks, lab fees, field trips, sports, etc. Prioritize your expenses before you head into the stores.
  • Differentiate between “need” and “want.” Make a list of the basic items, but try to be flexible enough to allow an extra amount for a special item your child may want.
  • Create a budget. Think about the unexpected expenses that always seem to pop up and the kids’ growth spurts and how you will be able to pay for additional items.

Stressful Schedules

  • Create a schedule. Buy a planner and write down every activity as soon as you learn about it. When you get sports and activity schedules, write down every practice and every game. Make time weekly for the family to review and coordinate schedules to avoid miscommunication and stress later on. Decide what is important and schedule time for it.
  • Just say no. Taking on unessential things can limit valuable time with your family. Before you say yes to anything, decide if you really have the time. Learn to say “no” when necessary. Remember volunteer opportunities can wait, but your family can’t.
  • Make lists. Planning and organization are two of the best ways to avoid stress. Make lists of daily responsibilities for everyone in the family. If you keep things organized, you should be able to eliminate a lot of unneeded stress for everyone. Prioritize and delegate whatever tasks you can. You may need to put aside tasks that are not essential to make time for those that are.
  • Make time for yourself. Even just ten minutes two or three times a week of “me” time can help refresh your mood and slow down your body’s stress response systems. You have to take care of yourself before you can really take care of others.

Manic Mornings

  • Be the early bird. Being late just adds stress. To ensure you everyone has enough time, get everyone up 15-20 minutes earlier than necessary. Have perks for everyone who is ready early.
  • Prevent problems with prior planning. Several people getting ready at the same time can create a lot of stress. Eliminate as much as possible by choosing clothes, readying backpacks, and preparing lunches the night before.
  • Don’t sweat the small stuff. Keep your own stress under control as you deal with the inevitable lost items, forgotten assignments and other seemingly end-of-the-world issues for kids. Children absorb your stress and irritability. Work together to make night and morning routines that work for your family.

Hostile Homework

  • Homework comes first. It should be done before TV, video games, surfing the Internet, talking on the phone, or any other “extras”. Make sure the kids know it’s a priority. This will help to avoid kids with too little sleep from late night study sessions or the future stress that comes when dealing with missing assignments and the resulting poor grades.
  • Designate a desk area. Set a specific time and place for homework. Eliminate unnecessary distractions so that each child can focus on their assignments in a designated homework area. It doesn’t have to be a desk; it can be any place they are comfortable and able to work.

Try to balance work and play. The goal behind these solutions to your back-to-school stress is to allow you to have fun with your children and enjoy this special time in their lives

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