Despite the perpetual image of so-called soccer moms carting their over-scheduled kids from soccer to ballet to basketball and back, most children live a rather sedentary life--spending all day in the classroom, followed by hours sitting at a table doing homework and then parked in front of the televison or computer munching on chips and soda. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2010 more than one third of children and adolescents in the United States were classified as either overweight or obese. But there are steps you can take to make sure you keep your kids' health on track!Continue Reading >
We all know a bad night's sleep can affect your performance in the office the next day and even alter your mood. But it turns out a lack of slumber an also have serious consequences on your love too!
According to a new study that racked 78 different couples over two weeks, just ONE bad night's sleep can cause increased relationship conflict. Why? The worst couples slept, the less empathy they showed to their partners and the harder they found it to judge each other's emotion. And that wasn't the only side effect!Continue Reading >
Balancing work and our personal lives can be hard at times, not to mention downright exhausting. That's why we all need to nap every now and then.
Unfortunately, part of being an adult is having a lot of responsibilites and it's often hard to shut off your brain even when you're trying to rest. Personally, whenever I try to take a nap, I end up lying there going over all the things I need to do before eventually falling asleep and waking up even more tired than before.
As it turns out though, there's actually a right and healthy way to take a daytime snooze. How? Check out five tips to napping like baby below:Continue Reading >
With summer in the air, chances are your social schedule has gotten a lot more packed--even on the weekdays. That also means that there's a possibility you'll stay out just a little too late one night and then end up being exhausted the next day at work. Oh, and let's not even mention the perennial parent problem: Your kid had a bad night's sleep, which means by extension you did too.
Don't worry, we've all been there! The good news is there are some things you can do to fake a good night's sleep.Continue Reading >
Rest, a nutritious breakfast, and parental support all play a part in how well a child does in school. But recent research out of the United Kingdom suggests that proper sleep is even more important than we previously thought. In fact, children with a late and/or inconsistent bedtime fare worse in both reading and math than kids who hit the sack before 9 p.m. every day.Continue Reading >
Besides offering the perfect opportunity to cuddle and wind down before bedtime, many experts believe that reading to your baby daily from birth will turn him or her into an early reader. Even if your child ends up reading on his own at an average age, getting him started young will help baby learn to value books and words and will start building his vocabulary and comprehension skills from from early on. At just a year old, I often find my son whom we read to before all naps and at bedtime, sitting in a pile of books flipping through pages and babbling.Continue Reading >
A new study has revealed that sleeping in bed with your baby raises the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) significantly. Though in America pediatricians have long recommended that babies sleep on their backs in an empty crib, many parents still choose to co-sleep, especially in the early days when night wakings are frequent and everyone is exhausted. But the study suggests that even parents who co-sleep and take measures to lower the risk of SIDS such as breastfeeding and not smoking or drinking, are making an unsafe choice.Continue Reading >
Yes, the first year of motherhood is hard. When you hear other parents venting about it, they are not exaggerating. It pretty much goes that as soon as you think you have one issue under control, a slew of new difficulties will follow. There is so much to learn and master for both you and your baby, that there really is no respite. Nevermind the intense bouts of teething, ear infections, colds, and other problems that you're likely to experience in this short span of time.
Despite how physically and emotionally taxing it can be, it is incredibly rewarding and humbling in the best of ways.Continue Reading >
I've always thought dreams can hold real meaning ... and according to a new study, they do! New research investigating the predictive value of dreams has found that having nightmares about a partner cheating could actually indicate the relationship is headed for trouble.Continue Reading >
Avoiding the temptation to eat junk food and stay on course is hard enough to do on a daily basis. So just imagine how difficult it must be to fight the urge to eat while unconscious! That's exactly what 55-year-old British mom Lesley Cusack has to do every night.
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