Hurricane Survival 101: Helping Your Kids Weather the Storm

As if preparing for a hurricane isn’t difficult enough, what about preparing your children for a storm? The “unknown” can create stress for families both before and after the storm. Taking the time to prepare your young ones for hazardous weather can save you from unwanted meltdowns. Children who have been prepared and whose parents handle the disaster well have a greater ability to utilize coping strategies.  The following are tips to help you teach, …

More Common Than You Think: Encopresis (Childhood Soiling)

How many children do you know with Attention Deficit Disorder?  Probably several, at least.  How many children do you know who suffer from Encopresis, otherwise known as childhood soiling?  You might have observed a much smaller number of children in this latter category.  Nationally, only about 4-5% of children are known to have Attention Deficit Disorder, while up to 6% of elementary school children struggle with Encopresis. Encopresis is an unpleasant problem for the child, …

Snacking Sense: Tips for Healthy Kids

Christie Caggiani, RDN, LDN, CEDRD Since all foods can be part of a balanced eating relationship, I tend to recommend buying full-sized bags of products (chips, crackers, cookies), rather than 100-calorie individual versions.  Not only does this save you some money, it most importantly avoids all of the subtle messages that we give our kids by placing “calories” as part of a food decision.  Have you ever had a 100-calorie bag of anything?  Were you …