5 Ways to Keep Your Children Healthy and Happy

I communicate with my son’s teacher frequently.  I dress him appropriately according to the school activity.  For instance, on the days that the students have art and cooking, I will dress him in one of his older outfits.  On the days that he has occupational therapy, he needs comfortable, loose-fitting clothes. His teacher commented on how well-dressed that we keep our son. I personally don’t like seeing well-dressed parents with unkempt children.  Children with uncombed hair, runny noses, dirty faces and clothes…not cool.  If anything, the parents should be willing to sacrifice so that their children can look nice. It doesn’t take much effort, only a willing spirit.  Now that school is back in session, here are some ways to keep your kids healthy and up to speed.

  1. Get all required immunizations.  Depending on their ages, children are required to have certain shots before returning to school. Check with your child’s pediatrician and /or school.
  2. Make sure that they are wearing the correct shoe and clothing sizes.  Kids go through growth spurts.  It’s especially important that they wear the correct shoe size.  They will avoid foot pain and problems later in life.  It doesn’t matter if the shoes cost $20 or $50.  I remember my mother taking me to Stride Rite because my feet were so narrow.  I wore patent leather Mary Janes (the shoes with the straps across the instep) for most of my childhood.  Ironically, I take my son to Stride Rite because his feet are wide.
  3. Keep vitamins and allergy medications on hand.  It may not be a bad idea to give your children a multivitamin for preventive maintenance.  Last school year, my son had a stomach virus that lasted almost a week, and he caught ringworm a few months later.  To treat ringworm in the hair, you have to take a pill for almost a month and follow-up with the doctor.  (I know that this doesn’t even scratch the surface when you think about the various illnesses.) Since he’s been taking this current allergy medication, he doesn’t suffer from seasonal allergies like before.
  4. Have a consistent bedtime.  My son’s bedtime is 8:00 pm regardless of whether it’s a school night.
  5. Keep your children active.  If you allow your children to watch television, put limitations on it. We turn the television off while my son eats because he appears mesmerized by certain commercials. Is it just a coincidence? I believe that it is deliberate.  Ever wonder why they call the television set an idiot box?  Do you know why more children are obese now?  Children, particularly those with special needs, need time outside for gross motor breaks and exercise movement time.  When they’re not in school, they need to be involved in positive activity.

Although being a parent can be exhausting sometimes, your children are gifts.  Treasure your time with them.



How to Curb Your Obsessions



There may be something that you’re obsessed about, like food, a person, or a television show. We sometimes think that obsession is something that you see happening in the movies, but it is very much a reality. For me, I used to be addicted to watching soap operas. I remember my grandmother watching them when I was a kid. Many of them are off the air now, but there are a few that still air during the day like “The Young and the Restless” and the “The Bold and the Beautiful”. I stopped watching the latter a few years ago because the plot just got “old”…everybody sleeping around with the same people. I recently stopped watching “The Young and the Restless”. Since I started back working, I obviously couldn’t watch it during the day. With my unpredictable work schedule, I didn’t have to time to watch my DVR recordings. So, I erased all of them and just decided that I need to stop watching it period. People are still sleeping around, committing adultery, and taking bribes. These are not things that I need to poison my mind with. Temptations come around each day. Why add to it?

Too much television isn’t good for anybody. Specialists tell us not to let our 3-year old son watch television because he has a speech delay. He needs us to talk TO him. He needs to hear live speech. Every now and then I may watch movies, but for the most part, I spend my free time reading, journaling, blogging, and catching up on sleep. I also want to get back to racquetball since it does relieve stress.

Another obsession that I had was Candy Crush. Once you started playing and winning, it was hard to stop. The majority of us own tablets and smart phones with access to thousands of game apps. Or we play them on social media, which is also accessible on our mobile devices.

How do we curb our obsessions? If you have a job/career that keeps you busy, that definitely helps. When you’re not working, exercise, take walks, or play games or sports. If you enjoy reading, read an actual book. Reading on my IPad makes my eyes tired. I know that I’m old school, but I still read books…I even go to the library sometimes. It’s free…you can’t go wrong with a free book. (Just make sure that you bring it back by the due date).

My goal is to blog more. It is my passion. Any hobbies or passions that you have, I encourage you to pursue them. Take time to “cleanse” yourself. Rid yourself from the “poison” that television can produce. We want our kids to be their best. We should strive for that as well.