By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.
Thanks to juicing, paleo, gluten-free, and other diets, we're savvier than ever about the ways in which different foods affect our bodies-and how to use that information for healthy weight loss. What we're slightly less savvy about is how those food regimens might affect kids. We checked in with Dr. Dyan Hes, the Medical Director of Gramercy Pediatrics in New York City who also sits on the board of the American Board of Obesity Medicine, about the potential dangers of imposing the diets du jour on our children.
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"I'm sorry, but soy milk and almond milk are really juices--they're lacking in protein. You need to read the label and check to see that alternative milks are supplemented with vitamin D and calcium, which are really important for kids. Plus, they don't always taste good, so manufacturers add sugar-and even if it's organic cane sugar, that's still more sugar than you'd find in regular milk.
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,We're in a mad scramble to get to a guitar recital on time. My oldest son is trying to find a recital worthy shirt that isn't a) crumpled on his floor b) covered in mysterious stains c) too small or d) all of the above.
My wife is giving the babysitter a speed tutorial while our younger son tries to get their attention by making all of it as hard as possible.
And I'm in charge of putting my youngest daughter to bed. We do our routine, and I ease the door shut behind me, secretly impressed with myself for getting my task accomplished so quickly. I join my oldest in digging through drawers for a decent shirt.
It's dawning on me that he needs new clothes when, from the corner of my eye, I see my daughter slip out of her bedroom and walk toward me. I look up, and I almost blow up.
In the few short minutes since I tucked her into bed, she has covered herself from knee to toe in black, permanent marker.
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- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Team Mom – Tue, Oct 22, 2013 2:54 PM EDT
new study indicates that first-born children perform better in school and also suggests why. It's not that they are smarter or have higher self-esteem, but that their parents are tougher on them. "People shouldn't feel limited because they are the second or third child," V. Joseph Host of Duke University, tells Yahoo Shine. "Yes, there are birth order patterns to what we accomplish, but these accomplishments are influenced by many different factors, including how we are raised by our parents." Host co-authored the paper with Juan Patano of Washington University.A
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The authors, who are both economists, looked at data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, which surveyed more than 12,000 participants. The study controlled gender, divorce, family size, and other factors that might have influenced the outcomes. They found that parents of earlier-born children were harder on them when they brought home poor gradesRead More »from Want Your Youngest Child to Achieve? Treat Him Like He's Your Oldest
- Marie Claire | Team Mom – Fri, Nov 1, 2013 6:44 PM EDT
With cold and flu season kicking into high gear, people everywhere are looking for ways to cut down on exposure to germs. Flu shots, green juices and herbal teas are a few methods, but sometimes the greatest thing you can do is to avoid particularly germy places during the fall and winter months. By Lane Miller
1. Makeup Counter Testers
It might be imperative to selecting the right shade, but avoiding makeup counter testers could have a significant impact on the amount of germs you pick up this winter season. An undercover test conducted by "Good Morning America" found that one out of every five samples tested from 10 stores across two states showed significant growth of mold, yeast or fecal matter. Better to be safe than sorry: buy and try the makeup at home or try and limit the number of items you test in the store.
2. Soap Dispensers
It seems odd, but studies have shown that even soap can harbor bacteria, and dispensers are no better. After being touched constantlyRead More »from 9 Germiest Things to Avoid This Flu and Cold Season
- Good Housekeeping | Team Mom – Mon, Oct 21, 2013 11:16 AM EDT
Stop making these common laundry mistakesWhat household chore could possibly be easier to do than the laundry? Just throw it in, let the washer do its thing, then toss it in the dryer, and done! Well... not so fast. Take too many shortcuts with this task and you can waste time and energy, compromise cleaning, and worst of all, risk damaging your garments. Eliminate these key mistakes to get the best results from your washing machine:Read More »from The 5 Biggest Mistakes You're Making with Your Washing Machine
1. Overloading the washer
Today's machines are bigger than ever and it's tempting to cram in "just one more" thing -- but don't. Even super large capacity appliances have their limits. When the washer's too full, water and detergent don't reach everything, soils get trapped, and clothing doesn't get clean. And, overloading causes unnecessary wear and tear and excess wrinkling of fabrics, too.
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2. Guesstimating how much detergent to use
To get the best cleaning, it's super important to follow the label directions and measure the
Pumpkin Streusel MuffinsNothing says fall like the sweet, refined flavor of pumpkin baked into fragrant muffins. Our recipe ups the ante on ordinary pumpkin muffins with tart cranberries and crunchy pecans for a festive aroma. For a truly impressive finish, we top it all off with a mouthwatering pumpkin pie streusel topping. And the twist? You can make these muffins into loaves! Spoon batter into 2 greased 8- x 4-inch loaf pans, and bake 55 minutes.Read More »from Celebrate Fall with Pumpkin Muffins
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3/4 cup butter, softened
1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin
1/2 cup toasted chopped pecans
1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pumpkin Pie Streusel (recipe below)
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1. Preheat oven to 350°. Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with
- Woman s Day | Team Mom – Fri, Oct 18, 2013 3:09 PM EDT
11 Love Lessons All Moms Must Teach Their DaughtersBy Jenna BirchRead More »from 11 Love Lessons All Moms Must Teach Their Daughters
There are certain lessons only a mother can teach. A grandmother may not be as relatable, and a sister may not have enough wisdom-which is why it's up to Mom to initiate a heart-to-heart about matters of the heart. Although it can be a difficult subject to broach, your greatest gift to your daughter might just be the knowledge to face tough times and come out stronger. Here are the 11 most important things young women need to know about love, and how to explain them. Photo by Getty Images.
1. You are enough. "If ever there were a message daughters need to hear from their moms, it's this," says self-esteem and confidence guru Jess Weiner, author of Life Doesn't Begin Five Pounds From Now. "Believing you are enough means remembering that nothing in you needs to change to be loved." Teach your daughter that anyone who tries to convince her otherwise isn't right for her, and someone who doesn't see her worth hasn't earned a place in her life.
2. You can't get respect unless you
TKSurvive the spooky season with these tips for 'fraidy cats.
By Marisa Cohen
Ghosts and goblins, grinning jack-o'-lanterns, scary skeletons... Some preschoolers love the spooky spectacle of this holiday (not to mention all the candy!), but others can get freaked out around creepy masks, costumes, and crowds of kids. "Halloween can present a challenge for parents of 3- and 4-year-olds because this is the age when children first truly show an interest in trick-or-treating, and yet they're still young enough to get frightened or overstimulated," says Bonnie Zucker, Psy.D., a psychologist in Rockville, Maryland, and author of Anxiety-Free Kids. It's hard to know how much your child will be up for on Halloween. But you can try to anticipate any potential problems before then so you can keep the day low-key and fun for everyone.
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Potty Training and Why I'm Not Stressing Over ItPotty training. Two words that can leave even veteran parents quaking in their boots. From what I know and have experienced, potty training isn't exactly the most fun you'll ever have in your life. It's messy and maybe stressful at times and it's cool when your kid ends up getting it, but in the interim…not so much. It seems like everyone I know is potty training their kids right now. Amongst friends and acquaintances it is a frequent topic of conversation. "Oh? Your daughter is almost two? Is she potty trained yet?" Actually, no. She is not. And also, I am not stressing over it. Here's why.Read More »from Why I Don't Stress Over Potty Training
1. Changing diapers is no big thing.
I've heard many parents talk about how much better life is sans diapers. "Oh my goodness! Potty training made my life so much easier! I hated changing diapers!" But I just don't share this sentiment. Changing diapers is no big thing in my opinion and it's not like I have to change all that many these days anyway.
2. Public restrooms aren't my favorite.
Pumpkin is the hottest flavor of the season, and chef Stuart O'Keeffe has some great no-bake recipes that are truly "easy as pie."
Looking for a fun seasonal dessert to make with your kids? Try these three-ingredient mini pumpkin pies, made simply by mixing pumpkin pie spice with Greek honey yogurt and pouring into mini graham cracker pie shells. Top with whipped cream and ground cinnamon for a perfect individual treat.
If you're in the mood for something a little more traditional, try Stuart's no-bake pumpkin pie, which uses gelatin to set the ingredients. Simply add condensed milk, eggs, gelatin, and spices into a saucepan and bring it up to a slow heat. Mix with pumpkin purée and vanilla, pour into a pie shell, and leave in the fridge to set. "It smells like fall," Stuart says.
To learn how to make these easy pumpkin pies, tune in to this episode of "Easy Does It," and check out the recipesRead More »from Three-Ingredient Pumpkin Pie
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