Raising Healthy, Happy Children

healthy-happy-childrenToday we are experiencing an epidemic of overweight children.  What happened to kids playing outside all day until the street lights came on?  Why are our children no longer playing kickball, or climbing trees?  It seems as though every place we look, there is an electronic device attached to our children…cell phones, tablets, laptops, iPods, and the list is ongoing.  It is fair to say that an obese child will have a greater tendency to become an obese adult.  While the chubbiness may appear to be cute when they are younger, we all know that this is not the case as they enter into adolescence and adulthood.  Unfortunately, the children may develop an inferiority complex and other personality issues.

Let’s come together and help these children reclaim their lives!  How?

  • Prepare healthier meals together
  • Schedule physical activities for pleasure (i.e. bike riding, walking, swimming, sports, etc.)
  • Educate on the importance of health and one body
  • Shop for more fruits and vegetables to have as snacks
  • Listen, did I say listen…again I say listen

Take the time to talk with your children and take the time to actually listen to their responses.  Try to find out if your child is stress eating.  Pay attention to your child’s schedule and change in behavior.  We can help our children combat obesity, depression, and other conditions battling our children, in order to do so, we need to make ourselves available.

If you are unsure of how to talk with your child about a given topic, schedule your COMPLIMENTARY phone consultation with LAE-LAH Inc. and let us help guide you.  Be Blessed.  Be Whole.  Be You.signature

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Help! My Child has Abrasions, Cuts and Scratches

child-injuryWhy is it that children ALWAYS find a way to hurt themselves?  Children will experience cuts, scratches, and abrasions throughout their life.  Consider yourself truly blessed if you can avoid the broken bones or more serious ailments.  I can recall the constant “booboos” in life that just needed a little mommy kiss to make it all better.  Many times children are playing and for whatever reason, they always seem to find the splintered piece of wood or the broken glass that you thought you cleaned up in its entirety last week (sigh).  Perhaps your child is the one that always gets hurt on the playground or when the neighborhood kids are all out playing together.  Regardless of how the incident occurred, it is important to be mindful because sometimes abrasions, cuts and scratches result in dire consequences if they are not tended to properly in a timely fashion.

What is the difference?

  • Cuts are caused by sharp objects, which can penetrate the skin or damage the skin on the surface
  • Scratches are mild form of cuts, which are also caused by sharp objects such as a piece of glass, thorn, knife, or fingernails
  • Abrasions are caused by friction or rubbing of the skin with a rough surface such as rug burns

Please note that blood can occur in all these types of wounds and it may not be seen on the surface.  When the tiny blood vessels underneath the skin is ruptured, bleeding occurs.  Make sure you properly cleanse the wounded area with lukewarm water, a clean cloth, apply an antibacterial ointment (if available), and cover the area.

In the event the incident is caused by an animal or rusty metal, please seek medical attention immediately, as the animal could have rabies and the rusty metallic surface…, well, you get the picture.  Remember, parenting is a journey.  Continue to enjoy the ride!  Be Blessed.  Be Whole.  Be You. signature

Preserving Your Marriage with an Autistic Child

autistic-child-and-marriage-strainUnfortunately, in modern times, many marriages end in divorce or separation. This statistic rises even higher when you mix in an autistic child. No matter how loving and understanding you both may be towards your child, the truth is that autism is a very difficult matter, and strain on the marriage is not uncommon. By trying to stay positive about your situation, and by working to keep your marriage healthy, you and your spouse can avoid marital problems and hopefully survive the trying times of raising an autistic child.

Ask yourself—why did I marry my husband or wife? When you ask this question often, you begin to focus more on the good of your marriage, as opposed to the strains on your marriage.  Raising children within itself can be stressful, now add an autistic child into the midst.  Often times when we are stressed, we have the tendency to project our frustrations on others—typically those closest to us.  This projection may be onto a spouse, a child, or another loved one.

Instead of focusing on the frustrations, you and your spouse need to take some time to enjoy one another the way you did at the beginning of the relationship.  This may require spending some time away from your child.  You will need this “adult” breaks every once in a while, so make sure you have a strong support system and reliable friends or family who can properly tend to your child during times such as these.

Do not attempt this journey alone, work together with your spouse to help your child, instead of fighting with one another. It is possible that your ideas will differ, but it is not the end of the world.  Work toward a unified front for the sake of your child and your marriage.  Be prepared to compromise and always seek professional consultations before making any medical decisions for your child.  Remember that you are giving your child the best opportunities available to them when you work together.

Lastly, seek help when you need it. Part of any successful marriage is spending some time apart to focus on individual needs, and it is no different when you have an autistic child. However, if you find that you and your spouse are not happy unless you are spending time alone, it is time to reevaluate the situation. A family or marriage counselor can help you and your spouse get back on the right track to a happy life together. It might also be beneficial to meet other couples raising autistic children.  Be Blessed.  Be Whole.  Be You. signature