When your teen becomes a vegetarian
What do you do when your teen announces she’s decided to become a vegetarian? A parent’s first reaction may be to consider this newest revelation a phase that will soon pass — like her choice in music or fashion. But there are many reasons teens chose to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle: better health,Read More »
Organic produce - is it worth it?
Organics are expensive, but even so, when Seattle mom Ruthanne Parker goes to the store, she spends the extra money on a few items her son, Torben, and daughter, Christine, will eat. For Parker, buying organic apples, milk, cantaloupe, potatoes, celery and strawberries is about both taste and safetyRead More »
Fried? Avoiding the fast-food habit
If you’ve ever slowed down at the Golden Arches on a hectic day, maybe you can relate to Natalie Kryger. The Snoqualmie mom — with four homeschooled boys younger than age 12! — is committed, along with her husband, Nathan, to raising healthy sons,. The family has an active lifestyle, featuring lotsRead More »
Tater tots: New ideas for picky eaters
You’d think that we’d have it down by now. After all, we’ve been in the business of feeding our kids for a long time. But the same tired old questions keep cropping up: Why can’t we get our kids to eat vegetables? How bad are chips and pop, anyway? Is chicken soup really good for the soul? When IRead More »
Sneaky Sweets: What's Lurking in Your Child's 'Healthy' Foods?
When Mary Poppins sang, “A spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down,” should the children’s parents have objected? If she had suggested “a spoonful of honey,” would that have been healthier? And if she had recommended “a spoonful of high-fructose corn syrup,” should she have been fired on theRead More »
Trick Or Treasure! Going Green On Halloween
You might be familiar with a local dentist who offers his or her patients a dollar (or some other reward) for every pound of candy they turn in after Halloween. And every neighborhood has at least one family that pops a toothbrush or a strip of stickers instead of a Hershey Bar into trick-or-treaterRead More »
When food bites back: Coping with food allergies
It started out as an innocent family dinner at a restaurant, but ended in a rush of panic. My 3-year-old son’s face was painfully swollen and distorted. He’d just eaten yakisoba noodles — something he’d eaten many times before at other restaurants. Knowing that my son is allergic to peppers, I checkRead More »
Get moving, girl!
The headlines are everywhere: • Girls between the ages of 9 and 12 are at an increased risk of gaining weight. • Girls who are overweight during their tween years have a higher risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes as adults. • Girls who are overweight often enter puberty earlier.Read More »