Where to Start When Your Teen Develops Poor Eating Habits

Oh, how I long for the days when my kids ate what I put in front of them. They weren’t strong enough to open the fridge, couldn’t reach the cookies in the pantry, and had no money of their own and no transportation to get to the nearest fast food restaurant. There are zillions of books, websites and blogs dedicated...

Where to Start Planting a Garden with Kids

I have 3 kids, ages 12, 10 and 5. They are at different developmental stages, so I have to be creative when it comes to finding things we can all do (and enjoy!) together. Bike riding is a hit. So is going out to eat and swimming. But this year, I’m trying something new: gardening as a family. My husband...

Where to Start When Work & Activities Get in the Way of Dinner

Eating dinner together as a family is a top priority in my family. Except when I have to work late. Or have a meeting. Or when my kids have soccer practice. Or a band concert. Or a study group. Or a softball game. Or...Well, you get what I’m saying. It’s one thing to WANT to spend time as a family,...

Mental Illness, Appetite and Staying Healthy

Mental health disorders are exceedingly common. According to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), 43.8 million adults in the U.S. will experience mental illness in a given year. That’s 1 in 5 adults. Every year. And 20% of youth (ages 13-18) have a mental health condition. In short, mental illness affects all of us: whether it’s personally, as...

Where to Start When You’ve Never Eaten Dinner Together

The benefits of eating family dinners have been well-studied. Among other things, eating dinner as a family: Improves vocabulary in young children. Decreases high risk behaviors in adolescents. Promotes psychological health. Encourages the consumption of healthier, more nutritious foods. Provides a protective factor for coping with the stressors of living in today’s busy world. And this is just the short...

Modeling a Healthy Body Image for Your Kids

Everywhere we turn people are talking about bodies: Strong bodies, sick bodies, short bodies, pregnant bodies. And whether we like it or not, our kids are hearing and seeing all this talk about bodies - and what’s good, bad; attractive, ugly. It’s important for us, as parents, to add our voices to the mix, and not let the media have...

How to Make Changes That Last

Changing anything about our behavior is hard. Really hard. Even something simple like switching up where we put our car keys can be rough. So it makes sense that making big changes, like: How we spend and save our money How we discipline our children How we manage stress and worry How we treat our bodies ...can feel like monumental...

Jump Start Dinner with these Conversation Starters

We’ve all heard the research: Eating dinner as a family is really important. As in, families who eat dinner together have kids who fare better in all sorts of measures including mental health and well-being. But what do you do once you get your family to sit down and eat? Knowing what to talk about and how to go about...

Managing Stress About Food

Food is everywhere! Online, on TV, on billboards, in magazines, on every street corner. In fact, food is so much a part of our lives that it can be hard to get a break. And for many people a break from thinking about, worrying about, stressing about food is just what they need. Here are a few tips for taking...

Tips for Parenting Kids With Different Body Types

[caption id="attachment_12531" align="alignnone" width="1336"] Child's drawing of my happy family using crayon[/caption] Just because kids are in the same family doesn’t mean they look alike. Although we share some genes with our siblings, we don’t share them all - and that can really show when it comes to body type. It’s tempting to create different rules for kids based on...