Its Effects on Kids and How to Make Their Sugar Intake Healthy and Still Enjoyable!
With so many sugar-laden goodies all around us at the holiday time, both adults and kids fall prey to its lure! It’s hard to enter an office without bumping into sugary goodies, and it’s hard to pass right by stores, especially bakeries, without wanting to stop in and buy something. It’s hard not to say – just this one time (as if)! And everything is so aromatic. So many traditional recipes are handed down generation to generation, and frankly, the food is just delicious. We know the value of all the good associations we have with food, especially holiday food. But we also know what kind of effect it can have on kids’ overall health, moods, and behavior throughout the holiday season, especially when parents and kids are under a lot of stress.
Countdown to Christmas: 12 Things You Can Do for Your Kids that Don’t Involve Much Money and Actually Bring Happiness
When families are experiencing good times, and money is not in short supply (although when does that happen for most of us?!), it’s much easier to have a happy holiday season. However, during this merry but stressful time of year, many of us do not have the budgets we would like.
What do kids want these days? They’re probably dreaming of expensive, name brand clothes, electronic devices, etc. What kid would not love to have the latest version of a name-brand cell phone? Couple that with the fact that it’s only a little after parents have bought their kids back-to-school items, and a new wardrobe, inclusive of a winter coat and boots – both very expensive – since each year they outgrow last year’s things!
Here are some of our suggestions and thoughts:
Dr. Donna Poppendieck (Dr. P) has over 30 years of experience in the mental health care field. She is a seasoned college professor and instructor for providers. She uses credible, proven holistic health strategies in instruction for parents of children with mental health challenges looking for another approach as well as healthcare providers seeking to implement or understand holistic strategies.