Category Archives : Tweens: Early Adolescence

Healthy Holiday Beverages

IT’S CHRISTMAS AGAIN… and Christmas time represents family, fellowship, food and fun.  This year will be no different for many of us, and of course, there is always the temptation to over indulge.  Children are always a big part of Christmas festivities and while we want them to have a Merry Christmas and make many memories […]

Listen with your Eyes

We are overwhelmed with THINGS! Things that demand our attention. Parents have a skill for seeing what their kids don’t even think they can see 🙂 Sometimes though, we must STOP and give our full attention to what we are being told. Take the time to LOOK at your child while they are talking to you tonight at bedtime. […]

Back to School: Are you S-E-T? Mr Alexis Goffe speaks

Back to School: Are you S-E-T? Mr Alexis Goffe speaks on Smile Jamaica TVJ about parents being S-E-T – establish a STRUCTURE, plan a healthy weekly menu to ensure ease of shopping and nutritious EATING and last, but not least…make time to listen and TALK to your little student this term.

Back to School: Eat smart! Nutritionist Kerry Weatherly speaks

Back to School: Eat Smart! Mrs Kerry Weatherly speaks on Smile Jamaica TVJ. There is no “bad” food or “good” food. Listen in and learn some tips on the right WAY to feed your school-age children. BREAKFAST: hot or cold cereal with milk and a fresh fruit make a quick, nutritious and affordable breakfast LUNCH: send […]

back to S-C-H-O-O-L tips for parents

Here are some tips for parents to keep in mind as we dive head first into BACK TO SCHOOL!! SLEEP!  A good night’s sleep is essential for the brain to process the day’s activities and lessons.  Children 4-8 years old need 10 hours of sleep a night. A one hour nap before 4 pm can […]

Test time

We love these suggestions. Having a plan is always reassuring, no matter how young you are. its reassuring for nervous parents too!

Once a Spouse, Always a Parent (Part 2)

Age appropriate strategies to help your child cope with divorce or separation Children experience their parents’ separation/divorce differently throughout the different stages of development. The following are age appropriate suggestions for ways to help your child cope during this challenging period: Birth to 2 years At this stage maintaining consistency in your child’s environment is [&helli...

New research shows black American children at HIGHEST risk of being overweight

http://earthsky.org/science-wire/how-many-calories-does-it-take-to-reach-childhood-obesity-prevention-goals In particular, children and teens who currently have higher obesity rates would require larger energy gap reductions [more dietary restriction and more exercise] to reach the obesity rate goal. For instance, based on their current obesity rates, white youths would need a 46-calorie reduction...