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Keeping Kids Healthy over Thanksgiving

Found this article and thought it had some good information to share.
http://voices.yahoo.com/5-healthy-thanksgiving-tips-child-turkey-11848977.html?cat=25

5 Healthy Thanksgiving Tips for Your Child on Turkey Day

Sylvia Cochran
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Healthy Thanksgiving recipes may or may not be part of your meal. After all, plenty of Thanksgiving recipes are rich, fatty and steeped in tradition. While the once a year gorging may not adversely affect your child, the stress that seems to go hand in hand with the holiday preparation certainly does have a negative impact on the youngster. There are five healthy Thanksgiving tips that help your child make good nutritious choices and avoid stress. Best of all, these tips might just benefit you as much as they will your little ones!

1. Keep the Kids Active

It is tempting to let the television act as babysitter. After all, who needs kids in the kitchen when you are juggling a 20-pound turkey, a bucket of mashed potatoes and scalding hot pumpkin puree? Yet for a healthy Thanksgiving, it is a better idea to encourage the youngsters to go outside and play in the yard (on the West Coast) or play board games if the weather proves unsuitable for outdoor fun. Stock up on board games if needed. If all else fails, the Wii is always a good alternative.

2. Eat a Healthy Lunch

Thanksgiving meals rarely hit the table exactly at lunchtime. This leaves tummies rumbling. Dishes filled with sugary snacks look more and more appealing. Before you know it, your child will have eaten his fill of candy, salted nuts and See's Candy chocolate before you can get even an ounce of lean protein into his system. The resulting sugar rush is not a pretty sight to behold. Good lunch ideas for the kids include the same types of foods you would pack in a school lunch. The kids might actually get a kick out of eating a sack lunch before the big feast.

3. Healthy Dinner Ideas Start at Home (before heading for grandma's house)

If the Thanksgiving meal is a dinner affair, fortify your children's stomachs with healthy food choices. This is particularly important if the Thanksgiving recipes are filled with lard, butter, salt and sugar. Arrive at the meal somewhat hungry but not ravenous. Your children may eat their fill of the sweet potato bake but will not overdo it.

4. Use the Salad Plates

Dinner plates have gotten bigger, but this does not mean that you have to use these overgrown saucers. Instead, opt for salad plates and encourage the children to carefully pick and choose their helpings. Sure, Aunt Sue might try to correct the kids and hand them the big dinner plates instead; this is where you have to put down your parental foot and insist on the use of the salad plates.

5. Plan the Day with Care

A healthy Thanksgiving thrives on planning. While visiting your family -- or welcoming guests -- always adds a bit of a wild card to the mix, you should have a generally good idea of what to expect. If you know that the Thanksgiving recipes will be unhealthy, help the kids fill up on healthy snack foods before arriving. If you know that chaos usually reigns before the meal, plan to arrive just before the bird hits the table. If the chaos will reign in your kitchen, ensure that the children have plenty of games to play, books to read, coloring pages to choose and things with which to occupy their time. Talk through the day with the children ahead of time; as long as they know what to expect, their stress level is bound to be lower.



Irresponsible reporting of link between autism and getting the flu

FYI: I heard about this new study from Denmark on TV this am and it's all over the internet about getting the flu while pregnant raising the chance of a child with Autism from 1 to 2%. I am VERY concerned about the way this story was reported by the news media. The way they are spinning an exploratory study with no adequate controls or even measurable "flu" data and while saying it's not causal, raising the fears of pregnant moms and or moms who may have had the flu while pregnant and also have a child with Autism, is in my opinion, reckless and irresponsible. This finding should be more adequately researched. http://gma.yahoo.com/flu-during-pregnancy-linked-autism-212237117--abc-news-health.html

Just to demonstrate how different the response can be from physicians, my doctor actually discourages pregnant women from getting the flu shot. He said that there is no research on the effects to the developing baby in the womb when the flu shot is introduced since the guidelines prohibit testing on pregnant moms. Also, I feel that the news media is raising red flags without concern for the effects. How many remember the concern that the association between autism and a preservative in vaccines created? While it still concerns many, the original study was debunked and never had true causal data. It seems that the media, in the spirit of keeping the public informed, which is very important, should also not sensationalize a story with such significant consequences.

Shopping CAN be Fun with the Kids

Wanna have fun with your little one in the store? Stop mid-aisle to give your child an opportunity to request that you go. Vary your speed and sound effects to make it fun.
  • 10 Minutes for Talking With bigger kids, you can talk about the different roles you see in the store (clerk, stocker, customer). Share how you can pretend when you get home.

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It takes 10 Minutes to do almost anything...get the baby dressed, give a bath, etc. Why not use that time to facilitate his/her language development? Get 10 Minutes for Talking: How to Raise a Strong Communicator in 10 Minutes a Day and find out how.


If your child has special needs, check out 10 Minutes for Talking: How to Maximize the Communication of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Communication Delays in Just 10 Minutes a Day! to get 500+ ideas to help parents maximize the communication of children with special needs in everyday interactions. You can INCREASE your child's communication using the activities YOU ALREADY DO EVERYDAY!

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I was lucky enough to be featured on a great blog Created by Chicks! Check it out.

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It takes 10 Minutes to do almost anything...get the baby dressed, give a bath, etc. Why not use that time to facilitate his/her language development? Get 10 Minutes for Talking: How to Raise a Strong Communicator in 10 Minutes a Day and find out how.


If your child has special needs, check out 10 Minutes for Talking: How to Maximize the Communication of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Communication Delays in Just 10 Minutes a Day! to get 500+ ideas to help parents maximize the communication of children with special needs in everyday interactions. You can INCREASE your child's communication using the activities YOU ALREADY DO EVERYDAY!

Amazing Nurses Do It All to Save Sick Babies!

NYC nurses used heroic measures to save sick babies during hurricane Sandy. I can only imagine how thankful the families are to those amazing nurses! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/30/nyu-hospital-evacuation-babies_n_2044665.html

Have fun with kids at all ages!

Pretend play kitchen w/any age! Big kids pretend to stir & cook, babies open doors to find hidden toys and pretend to eat the yummy meals!


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It takes 10 Minutes to do almost anything...get the baby dressed, give a bath, etc. Why not use that time to facilitate his/her language development? Get 10 Minutes for Talking: How to Raise a Strong Communicator in 10 Minutes a Day and find out how.


If your child has special needs, check out 10 Minutes for Talking: How to Maximize the Communication of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Communication Delays in Just 10 Minutes a Day! to get 500+ ideas to help parents maximize the communication of children with special needs in everyday interactions. You can INCREASE your child's communication using the activities YOU ALREADY DO EVERYDAY!

Trick or Treat for Our Troops

Last year at my kids' school we participated in a Trick or Treating for the Troops program. The kids donated some of their Halloween candy to this organization & it was sent to our troops in Afghanistan to enjoy & share with the kids there. It was fun & a nice way for the kids to give to those who give themselves so completely for us. Our school collected over 1,200 lbs of candy! (It was a great way to get the tempting candy out of the house too.) We hope to top that this year. Happy Halloween.

http://www.treats4ourtroops.org/

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It takes 10 Minutes to do almost anything...get the baby dressed, give a bath, etc. Why not use that time to facilitate his/her language development? Get 10 Minutes for Talking: How to Raise a Strong Communicator in 10 Minutes a Day and find out how.


If your child has special needs, check out 10 Minutes for Talking: How to Maximize the Communication of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Communication Delays in Just 10 Minutes a Day! to get 500+ ideas to help parents maximize the communication of children with special needs in everyday interactions. You can INCREASE your child's communication using the activities YOU ALREADY DO EVERYDAY!

Joke or Punishment Gone too Far?

Facebook is a great way to share photos, keep up w/friends, etc. I laughed at these pics a WI girl's parents posted of themselves being "embarrassing" on her FB account. What do you think...a joke or a mistake? http://shine.yahoo.com/parenting/parents-punish-teen-posting-goofy-photos-her-facebook-182700019.html
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It takes 10 Minutes to do almost anything...get the baby dressed, give a bath, etc. Why not use that time to facilitate his/her language development? Get 10 Minutes for Talking: How to Raise a Strong Communicator in 10 Minutes a Day and find out how.


If your child has special needs, check out 10 Minutes for Talking: How to Maximize the Communication of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Communication Delays in Just 10 Minutes a Day! to get 500+ ideas to help parents maximize the communication of children with special needs in everyday interactions. You can INCREASE your child's communication using the activities YOU ALREADY DO EVERYDAY!



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