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Got lice?

Head lice

Head lice

 “Lice” is not a word people like to hear. It’s embarrassing. And, exhausting when you think about all the upcoming work you will need to do.

But, lice happens.

And it happens to lots of different people, for lots of different reasons. It’s not because your house or kids are dirty. It’s not a reflection of bad parenting. Lice are just tiny, annoying, itchy, hungry little bugs that get around.

If it happens to you, get informed, and come up with an action plan.

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Nature Walks: Get outside with your kids

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Spring is here, with summer just around the corner. It’s a great time to get outside! Taking a nature walk with your kid is a great idea – you get to spend time together, while enjoying the beauty of nature. You get exercise, and a chance to talk and connect with each other.

Getting to explore and exercise outdoors is good for kids, who don’t get much of an opportunity these days to get in touch with nature.

According to a recent Nature Conservancy survey, the amount of time kids spend outside varies widely, and goes down as kids get older: preschoolers spend about 12 hours a week outside, but 16 year old teens spend less than 7 hours a week.

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Review: McDonald’s Premium McWrap

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How good are the new McDonald’s Premium McWraps? Well, I tried to snap a picture, but by the time I had my phone camera in my hand and ready, this was all that remained. Sorry. But, they were delicious.

Coming back from grocery shopping and running errands, I wanted to get the kids a treat for being so good, and it was lunch time. Our local McDonald’s was running a promo – $2 for the new McWrap. I’d wanted to try one earlier, but they’re normally $3.99 each, and I thought that was too much to try something new.

We ordered 3 Sweet Chili, and a Chicken Ranch and a Chicken Bacon. I wasn’t sure it was a good idea to eat a burrito-type item in the car – too messy – so I made them wait until we got home. Then, it was like the Tasmanian Devil whirled through, and soon there was nothing but wrappers and bits of lettuce on the table.

I asked the kids what they thought.

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Healthy Kids: The top 12 “bad” foods

First Lady Michelle Obama has made it her mission to “work with folks across this country to change the way a generation of kids thinks about food and nutrition.” According to CDC statistics, childhood and adolescent obesity has more than tripled in the last 30 years; approximately 17% of kids aged 2 – 19 are obese.

In other words, one in five children is overweight by age 6. That’s crazy!

We all want what’s best for ourselves and our kids, but sometimes there is conflicting advice about what’s “best”.

According to an article in The New York Times, experts at Harvard University have recently published a study on the factors that influence weight gain, and its relation to exercise, sleep, TV watching, smoking and alcohol intake.

Predictably, the study showed the more a person exercised, the more they tended to not gain weight; they less they exercised the more they tended to gain weight.

Surprisingly, the kinds of foods people ate had a bigger impact than the amount of exercise.

According to this research, there are some foods that are more likely to contribute to weight gain (“bad” foods), and there are foods that resulted in weight loss or no gain (“good” foods). Read the rest of this entry »

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