Why Your Child Needs to be Active

By Scott Myers
Scott MyersThe numbers are scary. I mean, am I really old enough to have been working with children for 30 years? All kidding aside, the numbers about our children’s health and fitness are scary. I want to share some of the numbers and information:
• Obesity is the most prevalent nutritional disease of children and adolescents in the U. S.

• A child’s potential to develop strength, endurance and physical skill increases at an exponential rate the first two years of life.

• Children are motivated by fun. They’ll do just about anything if it’s playful, including exercise.

• Children who are physically fit are absent from school less frequently and may perform better academically.

• Research shows that children’s muscles develop in many different ways and perform specific roles and movements. Exercise and activity help a child activate all the muscles in his body, which helps him become more coordinated and able. (more…)

Coping with Mean Girls

BY Danielle Matthew, LMFT
Danielle Matthew, LMFT“Mean girls” is seen as a rite of passage for teens. However, bullying can cause damage to the self-esteem of each generation of girls who face it. Girls gossip, talking behind each other’s back. Supposed friends shun them and leave them out. With the advances in technology, bullying can also move into social media and texting. People can now shun you electronically – blocking you from their Instagram or Snap Chat – and then say mean things about you to a very public audience that you can’t access. Cyber-bullying is a whole new world of hurt for today’s victims. (more…)

Mom’s Guide to Taking Care of Herself

By Paola Gancman
Paola Gancman

“When we truly care for ourselves, it becomes possible to care far more profoundly about other people. The more alert and sensitive we are about our own needs, the more loving and generous we can be toward others.” Eda Le Shan

Being a mom is the most precious, rewarding and challenging job that we will ever have in the world. Our time and energy is completely invested in nurturing, protecting and encouraging our children to grow and shine. We all balance many different roles as moms, professionals, wives, partners, daughters, friends and much more. That is why the words of Eda Le Shan speak to me so clearly. If we can truly take care of ourselves, inside and out, we can be more alert and sensitive towards others. We can be the mom, wife, partner, friend and professional that we want to be. (more…)

Does My Child Need Glasses

How to know when your child needs glasses.

Dr. SuperQ: When is the right age for children to have a proper eye exam?

A: Dr. Super has examined children as young as newborns however we typically recommend that children come in for their first comprehensive eye exam around the time they’re starting school – say 4 or 5 years old.

Please note that a comprehensive eye exam is very different than the basic vision test your pediatrician might do. An optometrist like Dr. Super uses state of the art equipment to scan eyes for medical health in addition to being able to detect some learning disabilities, and to provide more accurate vision assessments.

Q: How long does the initial exam take?

A: An initial comprehensive eye exam typically takes about 30 minutes to an hour. (more…)

What Every Parent Needs to Know in Case of an Emergency

Keep this number on speed dial on your phone.

By Dr. Danielpour and Dr. Layke
Nancy MacnamaraWe’ve all been there: a great night out on the town, a few too many cocktails, and an accidental trip. The result? A cut on the face, a split lip, or a black eye. What is our first, knee-jerk response? Head to the Emergency Room, where long wait times, costly bills and a scar that looks like it was sewn up in the back garage await.

Or another common scenario: your small child running around the house like they’re Usain Bolt, only the finish line becomes the corner of a coffee table or a spill down the stairs. Again, the first response? Head to the ER. Isn’t it even MORE important in this scenario to have a well-hidden scar that won’t haunt them into their teen years? (more…)

Avoiding the Homework Battle

By Alexis White
Alexis WhiteWe’ve spent the summer enjoying long days and late bedtimes, but as we move into the school year, we have to face a dreaded routine change. Getting our kids down earlier and making sure they’re up and at ‘em, fed, dressed and ready to conquer the day is plenty. On top of that, we have to fit in afterschool activities and of course…ugh…homework. While there are myriad views on the effectiveness and necessity of homework (particularly for young students), a stress-free nightly routine can help our kids understand how they learn best, which is a tool that they will use for the rest of their lives.

In fifteen years of working privately with students, I’ve realized that every child (like every adult) works differently. Some kids come home, sit right down, and finish their work—before they’ve had a snack or even “vegged” out. Others have to eat dinner before they can even look at a worksheet. The best way to avoid the homework “fight” is to: (more…)