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Author: host Created: 6/16/2008 2:48 PM
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What the kids eat for lunch at school is a topic of real difficulty for me.  One article I read noted that much of the meat in school lunches is bought by the USDA at very low prices because it has been turned down by other major buyers, such as national fast food chains, because it doesn't meet their quality standards.  One side of the argument says that all-in-all, school lunches are healthy, especially if a child comes from a low income family.  It's tough to know what to do.

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What to feed a sicky? Our pediatrician recommends the B.R.A.T diet for kids that are sick to their stomachs or having diahrrea: bananas, rice, applesauce and toast.   You need to make sure that the fluids they are able to keep down are as helpful as possible, and electrolytes are very important.  Once they're able to hold food down and are feeling a bit better, there's always the tried and true sicky food: chicken noodle soup.  I recommend you avoid what I consider to be junk they sell in the cans--especially the kind with MSG-- it's easy to make your own.  It's fast, healthier, and tastes yummy, even if you're not sick (we often have it for dinner with fresh baked whole wheat dinner rolls and a salad).  Here's my favorite recipe.

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My daughter is a book worm, and is naturally very sedentary.  My son tends to be more active, but revolts against organized exercise.  He'd rather get it in the course of play.  So when it's time to go for a walk, my son instantly develops extreme ankle and foot pain and my daughter switches into full tween pout and whine mode. 

So what's the deal?  How can I motivate my string-bean-armed son and my floppy daughter to not just do their exercises, but to enjoy them?

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The kids know they have two exits from their rooms: their door and their window.  But the other day, I was washing windows and screens and one of the windows was frozen shut!  On top of that, I realized that screens are often quite difficult to remove--especially for kids.

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Take the time to watch your kids reading.  Are they squinting at all or moving the book forwards and back to make it easier to focus?  Do they complain of frequent headaches or have have tired, red eyes?  These are all indicators that your child might be having trouble seeing and should have their eyes checked.

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The blogs in this series will be written by a former Youth Rehabilitation Group Home "Mom" and will focus on this growing population as well as how Residential Treatment centers help our troubled youth.

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How do you take time for yourself?  How do you get away without it being costly and inconvenient?

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Review the Consumer Product Safety Commission's "For Kids' Sake Think Toy Safety," a toy safety checklist, before you buy any more toys.

En Español: Piense en la seguridad del juguete...y conozca los ocho peligros potenciales del juguete.

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall on 2.1 million cribs because they present an entrapment and strangulation hazard.  Check to make sure your child's crib isn't part of the recall!

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Winter has arrived or is fast approaching, depending on where you live.  Chilly weather limits outdoor activities, especially with younger children--and for many, this means that you and the kids feel cooped up and experience  “cabin fever” syndrome.

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