Healthy Kids

Practical tips for growing healthy children.


Get your kids to go to bed (in 3 easy steps)

Get your kids to go to bed (in 3 easy steps)

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1. Set a routine.  I have found that TV followed by aggressive wrestling matches followed by a bowl full of Lucky Charms isn’t the routine that works best. Bedtime routines take about an hour on a good night and it’s important for the kids to do the same thing and expect the same results.  In our house we have the kids get their PJs on, brush their teeth, go potty and then they get a long…

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Saturday poetry for children

Saturday poetry for children

How’s your weekend looking for you?  Are all your ducks in a __________________?

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The Duck and the Kangaroo
BY EDWARD LEAR
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Said the Duck to the Kangaroo,
‘Good gracious! how you hop!
Over the fields and the water too,
As if you never would stop!
My life is a bore in this nasty pond,
And I long to go out in the world beyond!
I wish I could hop like you!’
Said the Duck to the Kangaroo.

II

‘Pleas…

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Why grief needs a holiday.

Why grief needs a holiday.

PhotoDitto_014I made it through another anniversary.

Four years ago I wrote about the first anniversary of my son’s death and I described how intense the physical pain was that I experienced, the pain associated with grief.  The only difference in this year’s grief pain is that it’s four years stronger.  I have become fascinated with the way the spirit and the physical body are codependent and it makes me…

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Two views: Saturday poetry for children

Two views: Saturday poetry for children

Mornings belong to me.  Well, to me and yoga and the horses and the dogs, and my writing.  But regardless of which indulgence I will pursue on a certain day, all mornings start the same.  I wake up, put on my alpaca socks (thanks, Mom) walk to the coffee pot for a time delayed cup of happiness and take the dogs outside. When I’m on the porch, I can look east to the sunrise over the green…

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I’m not your baby dolphin who lives in Alaska and loves Reggae

It seems like social media is for two populations: the teeny, tweenie modern socialites who collect 300 likes in a day and notify everyone when Justin Beiber gets arrested, and the mid to post-middle age people who are reconnecting with their high school classmates and trying to categorize themselves by questionnaires that run through the news feeds every night.

I’m not your baby dolphin who lives in Alaska and loves Reggae

It seems like social media is for two populations: the teeny, tweenie modern socialites who collect 300 likes in a day and notify everyone when Justin Beiber gets arrested, and the mid to post-middle age people who are reconnecting with their high school classmates and trying to categorize themselves by questionnaires that run through the news feeds every night.

Saturday poetry for children

Saturday poetry for children

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Solitude

by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;

Weep, and you weep alone;

For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,

But has trouble enough of its own.

Sing, and the hills will answer;

Sigh, it is lost on the air;

The echoes bound to a joyful sound,

But shrink from voicing care.

Rejoice, and men will seek you;

Grieve, and they turn and go;

They want full measure of all…

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GMO Saves Yo’ Ass

GMO Saves Yo’ Ass

hawiian godI’d like to say my recent trip to Hawaii was uncomplicated by political debates, racial discrimination or economic disparities, but since I’m living on earth, that statement would of course be a lie.

While homeschooling before vacation, our family researched not just the mammals found on the islands (there are only about 1000 monk seals left in the world) but also the history of statehood (the US…

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Don’t choose healthy, choose healthier.

Don’t choose healthy, choose healthier.

squeeze pouchI hate the squeezy pouches that are marketed as the equivalent of fruits and veggies, but honestly I’m searching for a reason why.  I understand that they are better than candy bars, soda and fruit juice, but they aren’t the gold standard of right off the branch or out of the ground or off the vine. That’s what really matters, right? Nutritionally, the best I can come up with (with my meager…

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Saturday Poetry for children (and for parents who have the urge to roam)

Saturday Poetry for children (and for parents who have the urge to roam)

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The Double Life

by Don Blanding  (Hawaiian poet laureate??)

How very simple life would be
If only there were two of me
A Restless Me to drift and roam
A Quiet Me to stay at home.
A Searching One to find his fill
Of varied skies and newfound thrill
While sane and homely things are done
By the domestic Other One.

And that’s just where the trouble lies;
There is a Restless Me that cries
For chancy…

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