All posts tagged: teen

Do Your Kids Drink Enough Water?

As a young teen, I was greatly dehydrated and didn’t even know it.  Had a headache every day by 3:00. Every day.  Got worse as the day went on.  Had medical exams, even brain scans. Vitamin deficiency, they said. Looking back, those headaches came from a simple lack of fluid. I would rush out in the morning, and go most of the school day without drinking much. Sound familiar in your household? How much water and other hydrating liquids do your kids drink?  Probably not enough.  They fly out the door in the morning, may not have much time during the school day, and before we know it, the negative effects of dehydration can set in, be it headaches, lack of energy, body cramps.  Some schools, classrooms, and teachers have figured this out; and they encourage — even require — students to keep a water bottle close by.  It’s something worth a moment of consideration. Think about it.  And check this out:  http://www.examiner.com/article/the-importance-of-drinking-water-2 For other tips for your developing teens and pre-teens, check out my book. …

Teens, Screen Time – And the Great, Big Beautiful World Out There

Once, it was simple. No t.v. for kids under 2. Then, 1-2 hours of “screen time” a day for ages 2 and older. That was pretty easy. (Well, okay, not always easy, per se, but we got it and we did our best to acknowledge the benefits, the risks, and put forth appropriate limits.) Is it just me or has “screen time” become an elusive thing? Not only for us as a society, but for our growing teens? Let’s face it, screen time consumes us all, sometimes, doesn’t it? Especially those teens. The average teen sends 3,340 texts per month. That’s a little over 100 texts a day. We all know the potential downsides of unmonitored, undisciplined, unyielded “screen time” for our children – and our teens: potential sleep problems, increased risk for obesity, greater chance of attention problems, anxiety, and depression, just to name a few. Yet, how do we most effectively teach, instill, and model behaviors for technology, in a way that allows technology to enhance our teen’s life, rather than — ultimately …