Posts in category "Health, Body & Fitness"

Why your children should sit in the back seat of the car if they are younger than 13

Why your children should sit in the back seat of the car if they are younger than 13
My daughter and I road tripped together this summer, and it was just the two of us in the family roadster hitting America’s highways and byways.  I was in the driver’s seat and she was in the back seat. That raised a few eye brows. Why wasn’t she riding shotgun in the front seat with... Read more »

CDC says HPV vaccination rates among teens "unacceptably low"

CDC says HPV vaccination rates among teens "unacceptably low"
Officials from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today that they are disappointed in the low number of teens ages 13 to 17 receiving the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. In a survey published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, investigators estimate that 57% of girls and 35% of boys had... Read more »

Adolescent brain development

Does it seem like your tweens and teens are completely oblivious to things that seem so obvious to adults? Why on Earth are they so self-centered? Why do smart kids make risky decisions? Cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore studies the human brain and says the rate and areas of brain development that occur in adolescence can... Read more »
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Snorting Smarties: Latest dumb tween activity is gross but not common

Snorting Smarties: Latest dumb tween activity is gross but not common
Have you heard the news story today that the latest tween fad is crushing Smarties (the candy) into a powder and then snorting it? Or smoking crushed Smarties by putting the powder in their mouths and attempting to blow it out of their noses. To prove I’m not making it up, check out this news... Read more »

3 Factors to consider before allowing your tween athlete to specialize in one sport

3 Factors to consider before allowing your tween athlete to specialize in one sport
Between practices, games, conditioning, camps and all else that goes along with playing a sport in middle school or junior high, tweens are finding it increasingly difficult to be multiple sport athletes. Many adolescents and parents feel a push to specialize in one sport, and those trying to play multiple sports finding it very challenging... Read more »

3 great websites for adolescent child development info and parenting tips

3 great websites for adolescent child development info and parenting tips
Even before birth, parents are often wondering if their child is normal and if they are hitting developmental milestones (or for those tracking such things in utero, whether the child is the size of the appropriate vegetable). That wondering doesn’t stop after you and your children have outgrown the What to Expect books. Parents of... Read more »
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4 ways to help your kid avoid losing a retainer

When the blessed day comes when a child gets his/her braces removed, there is much rejoicing. The kid is thrilled to return to the world of chewing gum and popcorn, and parents are ridiculously happy that the orthodonture bills will finally stop coming. And then the kid loses his/her retainer. The bills for the replacement... Read more »

Law to parents: No, you cannot have full access to your child's medical records

Law to parents: No, you cannot have full access to your child's medical records
I took my tween to the doctor for her annual check up last week. I was surprised to learn on this visit that parents of older tweens have limited access to medical records for their tweens. “State and Federal law restricts parental access to certain medical information for minors age 12-17.” The form states that,... Read more »

Growth in adolescence: why the terrible tweens are like the terrible twos

Growth in adolescence: why the terrible tweens are like the terrible twos
Adolescence is the time of biggest growth for a human besides infancy. That simple fact can make life as a tween tough. The fact that a tween’s body is on developmental overdrive led author Linda Perlstein to say that she believes in the existence of the terrible 12′s, which are akin to the terrible 2s.... Read more »
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Kids and contacts: Is my tween ready for contact lenses?

Kids and contacts: Is my tween ready for contact lenses?
My tween got glasses a few months ago and she is now asking for contacts.  As parents, we are not sure if our child is ready for contact lenses, so we started doing some research, which revealed that many eye care professionals begin to encourage contact lens wear at age 11 to 14 so it’s... Read more »