Forget about letting the kids run around unsupervised; we don't even let them jump on the beds anymore. Between helicopter parents who hover, Tiger Moms who are obsessed with academic success, and curling parents who sweep a perfectly clear path for their kids to follow, we're so worried about keeping our kids safe that we end up limiting their activity levels along with their independence.
But a little horsing around could do kids a world of good, two experts suggest-and they encourage parents to roughhouse right along with their children.
"Play looks a lot different than it did 30 years ago," says Dr. Anthony DeBenedet, who co-wrote "The Art of Roughhousing: Good, Old-Fashioned Horseplay and Why Every Kid Needs It" with Lawrence J. Cohen, PhD. "I think it's time for us to kind of cut the strings a little bit. Let kids go-and play with them."
"We want to get a throwback to the good stuff," he adds. "The good stuff is play. And the holy grail is roughhousing."
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Summer Time Fun – Wed, Jun 1, 2011 10:56 PM EDT
Forget about letting the kids run around unsupervised; we don't even let them jump on the beds anymore. Between helicopter parents who hover, Tiger Moms who are obsessed with academic success, and curling parents who sweep a perfectly clear path for their kids to follow, we're so worried about keeping our kids safe that we end up limiting their activity levels along with their independence.Read More »from Why roughhousing is good for kidsâ€”and their parents
By Tara Weng, GalTime.comRead More »from Date Night and Nothing to Talk About
This scenario may seem all too familiar to some of you. You've booked the babysitter, gotten the dinner reservations, dolled yourself up and sit down for a rare date night with your significant other. The nagging voice inside your head says, "Don't talk about the kids." When you rack your brain for other forms of stimulating conversation to engage your partner, you draw a blank. Oh no, now what? What does it mean when you have nothing to say the person seated across the table? Is your relationship in trouble? Clinical psychologist Dr. Michael Mantell says the communication quandary is an all too common problem. "Many couples go through this. It's not the end of the relationship. It means that he/she is no longer filling the dream you thought they'd fill and your partner is doing the same thing. The image of what each wanted from each other, to heal some childhood wound or perpetuate the marriage you saw in your parents, is not working. This leads to retreating
- Babble.com | Summer Time Fun – Wed, Jun 1, 2011 5:56 PM EDT
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Summer Time Fun – Wed, Jun 1, 2011 3:18 AM EDT
High school students who are searching for a summer job face stiff competition this year, according to a recent study by Challenger Gray & Christmas, a Chicago-based employment firm.
"Young job seekers will not only compete with other teenagers, but in certain types of jobs like retail and food service, they may compete with recent college graduates or older workers who need to supplement retirement income," points out John A. Challenger, the company's CEO. Last year, fewer than 50 percent of young adults had found summer employment by July, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics-the lowest level since 1949.
Even with job prospects looking dim, there are other ways for teens to hone their skills and get ahead before school starts in the fall. SuperFutures CEO Jennifer Openshaw offers a few tips for teenagers who want to make the most of summer.
- Look for internships. Don't worry about whether they pay enough-or at all. "Stop focusing on money and focus on a
- DietsInReview | Summer Time Fun – Tue, May 31, 2011 5:15 PM EDT
By Jason Knapfel - DietsInReview.comRead More »from 5 Summer Activities That Prove Burning Calories is Fun
With the unofficial start to summer behind us and the official start just weeks away, we're ready to take on some of our favorite activities of the season. Summer is a great time to bond with family and friends, but it also presents opportunities to easily fit in more exercise, too. All you have to do is hit the great outdoors!
Here are a few calorie-burning summer activities that you'll enjoy so much you won't even realize you're getting in a workout. They also serve as a gentle reminder that exercise doesn't require a gym and a monotonous hour on the treadmill. Get out and move, play, and have fun. When you think of exercise in these terms, it stops being a chore.
Burn 700 Calories Golfing. Hitting the links is an easy way to walk a few miles while getting your competitive juices flowing (even if it's only against yourself). According to a study by Neil Wolkodoff, director of the Rose Center for Health and Sports Sciences in Denver, putting in
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Reclaim summer's carefree spirit by adapting these three simple tips from life coach Victoria Moran, author of Living a Charmed Life.
Health.com: Beat the top summer health hazards
Get on island time
When you're not at work, consciously switch from busy-life mode to vacation mode-you know, the one where you're not annoyed by a slow store clerk or frantic to get to the next thing on your schedule. "When you're away, you look at everything in a completely different way," Moran says. "You're more relaxed and patient, and you enjoy everything more."
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Add little bits of fun
You don't have to make big trips to the beach to enjoy the summer. Each morning, think: "What can I do today that will make it an amazing day?" Moran suggests. Maybe it's sipping lemonade on the patio before work or catching fireflies with your kids after dinner. Create your own personal list of simple pleasures, and work them into your day.
- DietsInReview | Summer Time Fun – Fri, May 27, 2011 4:49 PM EDT
By Carmen Staicer - Chief Mom at DietsInReview.comRead More »from 7 Tips for Planning the Perfect Healthy Camping Trip
Sleeping under the stars, cooking on a fire, taking in the beauty of the great outdoors - what's not to love about camping? Camping is the quintessential family- and budget-friendly activity; both inexpensive and offering plenty of quality time together. While supplies like a tent, sleeping bag, and flash light are obvious, what will you eat? It doesn't take long to realize being outdoors works up a tremendous appetite, but most of the traditional camping foods aren't healthy enough to give you the fuel you need, especially perennial favorites like hot dogs, hamburgers, and gooey S'mores. So, is there a way to enjoy a traditional camping trip without resorting to those quick-fix food staples?
No different than any other time, one of the main secrets to eating healthy on a camping trip is planning. It's much easier to grab a pack of hot dogs and some buns and leave town, but a little bit of thinking ahead will help you avoid resorting
- HybridHer | Summer Time Fun – Fri, May 27, 2011 4:41 PM EDT
Kids remember the strangest things. Just ask a teen what they remember as a small child. They will tell you things that their parents did with them that were a big adventure. You can tell it has impacted them because it brings smiles to their face when they retell it. With summer here and kids out of school, it is the perfect time to do memorable things with your kids. These times will never present themselves again, because next summer your child will be one year older (you will too), and they may not appreciate the family experience as much as they would this year. I have compiled a list to help you. This isn't a mandatory list, so no need to become compulsive and do all of them. Just choose one or two, and make it fun for your child and yourself. It may be one of the things that bring a smile to your child's face long after they become adults.
- Build a tree house, and let your child decide on a name for it.
- Plan a fall garden with your child. Let them help decide what goes in
By Sarah Lorge Butler for CBS MoneyWatch.com
I used to think the holidays were the most expensive time of year, what with the presents, decorations and Christmas cards. But if the pile of bills, proposals, and camp brochures littering my desk is any indication, summer is running a strong second for seasonal money suck.
Here's a sample of the expenses, both big and small, that I'm looking at:
- The tree guy wants $700 to prune back several bushes and our cherry trees, whose low-lying branches scrape the car every time we drive up the driveway.
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- The septic tank guy needs $250. I'm not going to argue that
Don't let swimsuit season get you down, I've got the skinny on the superfoods for trimming your waistline and making you look and feel better from the inside out. I've spent the last 28 years in search of the most potent and healing foods and herbs to use in my nutrition clinic, traveling from the dense jungles of the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil to the Himalayan Mountain region of Inner Mongolia and everywhere in between.Read More »from Superfoods for Swimsuit Season
While, I've come across some amazing herbs and powerful foods in my travels around the globe, the good news is that several of my most tried and true superfoods for slimming down are available in your local grocery store! Here are my top five accessible and delicious superfoods that will help burn off those extra pounds and give you that radiant summertime glow that will make heads turn.
1. Spice it up with Capsicum & Ginger - Put the spice in your summer refreshment. Capsicum is one of my favorite superfoods because it is chock full of nutrients and medicinal
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