The Bullies are back!
Most of us remember being picked on or teased at school, but new studies find that bullying is increasing in severity. Nearly 90 percent of children ages 8-11 admit to being bullied. And 59 percent admit to being bullies themselves! Modern technology (the internet) is making it easier too—by now we have all heard of “cyber-bullying.” The problem has gotten so bad that many schools have been forced to implement anti-bullying programs. The best strategy is to get your child’s teacher and school administrators involved and let kids know that there are real consequences, both at home and at school.
Chicken Pox parties on the rise
Believe it or not, many parents are having what has been termed “chicken pox parties,” where they expose their kids to others with the virus. This is not a good idea. While chicken pox is usually a mild infection in most kids, it can sometimes cause serious illnesses like severe skin infections, pneumonia, and Reyes syndrome—which are great reasons not to deliberately expose your children to those infected with the virus!
High school stressful for teens
Many parents notice a change in their once-happy children upon entering high school. Many teens complain more frequently of headaches and stomach aches. Parents can do a lot to reduce anxiety in their children. First make sure the problem is not serious—eating disorders, bullying, and mental illness may require professional outside help. Make sure your child is aware that you expect him or her to do their best, but also that you know perfection is not always possible. Many students are naturally better at certain subjects then others. The services of a tutor can relieve much stress and make a child more confident in any difficult subjects.
Juice okay again
In the past few years, many pediatricians said that drinking juice contributed to childhood obesity. But thanks to a recent study, you can put juice back on the table again. The dietary habits of 3,600 children were studied and the juice-drinkers were no heavier than the non-juice drinkers. The key is to not overdo it. And try to stick to 100 percent fruit juices.