Fun in the waterWho doesn’t enjoy the cool and refreshing therapy offered by a dip in the pool or the local watering hole?  I know with an average daily high temperature of 91°F between June and August where I live, my family and I (including three children ages 6, 8 and 14) will be enjoying long hours of entertainment in the pool, river, and ocean while swimming and kayaking.  No big deal right? Wrong. Unintentional drownings are a leading cause of death in our children year after year.  (see figure 1)

With this knowledge, it is a perfect time to review some key water safety and drowning prevention tips in order to make sure the fun doesn’t turn into tragedy.  You can get mountains of information on drowning prevention and general water safety from several organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Safe Kids Worldwide, just to mention a few.

Awesome parentingLet’s get real...Sometimes the world of parenting can straight up knock you off your feet.

And...it might take you some time to recover. And...after you’ve survived the mountains and valleys for some time, you may even feel like you have finally gotten parenting down! And...you are awesome!

healthy homeWe live in a high-stress world that is filled with unprecedented levels of pollution and synthetic chemicals.  The impact on our health, especially of children, is alarming (hormone disruption, chronic illness, cancer, neurodevelopmental disorders, behavior concerns). Environmental toxins are found all around us- in the air we breathe, the water we drink, the foods we eat, the clothes we wear, in our homes, in our schools…everywhere!  

Adverse health outcomes are linked with preconception and prenatal exposure to environmental toxins.  Infants and children are more vulnerable to toxins as their bodies are still developing. Our pets are affected too.  The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) report on the environment states that “Americans, on average, spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, where the concentrations of some pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than typical outdoor concentrations.”  This is a complex topic with numerous avenues of interest so this article will just scratch the service. Instead of letting the complexity intimidate change, focus on the fact that any change is better than none. While we can’t avoid exposure to toxins, we can lessen the burden by starting at home.

nutritionWhat are healthy food choices? What is a balanced diet? How can I encourage my children to choose healthy food options? These tend to be repeated questions that parents ask themselves during their child’s various growth and development stages. But in addition to these questions are the many other responsibilities and concerns of parenting! Let’s try to make this topic a bit simple

Parenting ResourceHomework, grocery shopping, keeping kids entertained: Life can get pretty crazy. Luckily, technology is here to help — there’s an app for almost everything. These apps or devices can help make everyday challenges and activities more convenient.