Stress and Nutrition: Improve Childhood Mental Health With Nutritious Food

This post about stress and nutrition is in partnership with StressHealth.org, an initiative of the Center for Youth Wellness.  All opinions are my own.   Food plays a critical role in our lives.  It not only nourishes our bodies, but also fuels our minds and brings us together with friends and family. Of course, we know how food affects our bodies: Nutritious foods keep us healthy and energized. Eating too much junk food often causes our bodies to put on excess weight and our arteries to get clogged.  It's the same with … [Read more...]

Teaching Medication Safety to Teenagers

This post about teaching medication safety to teenagers has been sponsored by Influence Central as part of an Influencer Activation.  All opinions expressed in my post are my own. My son left for college in August.  When he left, I sent him with a large box of over the counter medications.  I also shared dozens of medication safety tips with him.  From reading the labels to checking expiration dates, I told him as much as I could. Since I spent 15 years as a pharmacy technician, medication safety is a very big issue for me.  However, when he … [Read more...]

Green Mom Guilt and Parenting Priorities

Do you suffer from green mom guilt? When I first found out I was pregnant, I wanted to be a natural green mom.  I envisioned organic baby food and cloth diapers. My child would only play with natural toys and wear sustainable baby clothes.  Then reality set in.  I quickly learned that being a green mom wasn't easy. And it involved a lot of guilt. From that first moment when you know for certain you are pregnant, you begin planning the details of how you will raise your child. Will you stay home with your new baby or put them in daycare and … [Read more...]

How to Get Kids to Exercise to Improve Childhood Mental Health

This post about how to get kids to exercise to improve childhood mental health has been sponsored. All opinions expressed here are my own. Thank you to the Center for Youth Wellness for sponsoring this conversation. I currently have two teenagers who I love dearly and who drive me nuts on a regular basis. That is the way of parenting, right? We have created these amazing creatures who fill our hearts and souls with an incredible amount of love. And then they go and color on the dog with markers and we wonder why in the world we chose to have … [Read more...]

Environmental Projects for Kids that They Will Actually Enjoy Doing!

When my children were young, summer vacations were filled with educational opportunities. We took field trips to the zoo, got educational books out of the library, and found other ways to prevent summer brain drain. I researched environmental projects for kids that would get them excited about learning. Quite a bit of time was spent supplementing my children's education. I chose lessons that focused on topics that I felt were important. Art, music, the environment, and science are losing focus in our elementary schools and those are all … [Read more...]

5 Awesome Reasons to Feed Organic Food to Teenagers

This post about organic food is sponsored by Annie's Homegrown  but all opinions expressed here are my own. Whenever I see commercials for organic food, there always seems to be babies in it. Or maybe a few toddlers and a stray preschooler or two. Rarely do I see commercials for organic food that feature teenagers. I always wonder why that is? Sure, I started feeding my kids organic food when they were babies but they don't magically just grow out of their need for the highest quality natural and organic food. In fact, I think there are … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Children: They only learn what their parents teach them!

Eco friendly children are not born, they're made. My husband and I are avid outdoor lovers and some of the best times we have had as a family have taken place in the woods. Hiking, camping, kayaking, and gardening are all considered favorite family activities. I'm lucky my kids enjoy tagging along on our outdoor adventures (most of the time!). Maybe it's because from the time they could walk (or even just sit in a backpack) they have been out in the woods. When we hike they know to leave the indigenous wildlife, rocks, sticks and whatnot alone … [Read more...]

Advice for My Teenage Daughter as She Begins High School

This post about advice for my teenage daughter has been sponsored by Ricola swiss herbs throat drops and Social Stars but all opinions are my own. #RicolaCrowd Last week, I attended my daughter's 8th-grade award ceremony. It's hard to believe that my baby girl will be entering into high school in just 10 more weeks. What happened to my little side kick with those pudgy legs and cute blond curls? Where is the courageous little kindergartner who got on that school bus without a single backward glance for her crying mother? I miss that little … [Read more...]

Raising Green Kids in a Not So Green World

Raising green kids isn't an easy task in this throwaway, disposable society. As parents, we spend a lot of time teaching our children things we feel they will need to know when they get older. We teach them their colors and how to count and spell. We teach them to say please and thank you and to always use good manners at the table. Maybe you teach them about God, how to be compassionate, and to take care of those people who are less fortunate than they are. But have you ever stopped to teach them how to care for our planet? Have you showed … [Read more...]

“Where Does Meat Come From?”: How to Answer Your Child’s Questions

When I tell people that my kids have been to a slaughter house they look at me like I'm insane. (It was empty except for a couple deer carcasses in the refrigerator and spotlessly clean....) However, from the time my children were incredibly young, I answered their ' where does meat come from ?' questions quite honestly. They have been coming with me to the farm for meat pickups since they were young and know that the animals we see there will eventually end up on our plates. You might think that's harsh but too many children today are … [Read more...]

Teaching kids to eat healthy without losing your mind

Many years ago, I had a picky eating 2 year old. I researched how to start teaching kids to eat healthy and found the same advice over and over again. Just ignore it and they will eat healthy on their own eventually. I'm not sure what those authors were smoking but my kid would have happily lived on chicken nuggets and French fries every day if I let him. I decided I was done with modern parenting advice and made it my goal to have my kids eating a healthy and natural diet with the occasional treat thrown in for sheer enjoyment. Teaching kids … [Read more...]

5 Things Your Daughter Should Know About Her Period

I am sharing these things your daughter should know as part of a Playtex® Sport®  sponsored campaign for Socialstars #PlaytexSportSquad. As a child, my daughter was obsessed with babies. She wanted to know how she could get one for herself. Why does that 16 year old girl at church have one and she can't? If she asks Santa, will he leave her one under the Christmas tree? She was intent on figuring out how we could get a new baby. *I* can honestly say that there was no way in heck I wanted one of those little buggers in my life again! So, we … [Read more...]

Keeping Teens Active for Better Health

I’m sharing these tips for keeping teens active thanks to Playtex® Sport® as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #PlaytexSportSquad. All opinions are my own. I remember back many years ago when my children were young. There were days I was exhausted just from chasing them up and down stairs all day. Weeks went by where all I did was watch them run in and out of the back door. I seriously considered putting in a revolving door so I could stop yelling at them about slamming the darn thing over and over again. They were incredibly active … [Read more...]

How to Teach Teens About Going Green! #TurnItGreen

This post about how to teach teens about going green has been sponsored by Linqui and Repreve but all opinions expressed here are my own. When my children were young it was fairly easy to turn every moment into a teaching moment. And they LOVED to learn! Trips to the grocery store were a great time to teach them their colors. A day trip to the museum would teach them about history and science. Teaching them to go green just meant modeling green behavior at home and hoping they caught on. Now that I have teenagers they are getting too smart … [Read more...]

Tips for Caring for Kids Teeth with Braces #ToothTunes1D #spon

This post on caring for kids teeth with braces is sponsored by Arm and Hammer Tooth Tunes but all opinions express are my own. When my children were younger we worked hard to get them to do a good job brushing their teeth. We would buy fruity tasting toothpaste and sing songs to remind them how long they should be brushing for. Once they got the hang of things, I pretty much began ignoring tooth brushing time for about 10 years. I figured they were old enough to do it by themselves and it was one less thing for me to worry about, right? As … [Read more...]

Communicating with Tweens: A #KotexMom wrap-up

Over the last 6 months I have written several articles as a Kotex Mom Ambassador. I hope these posts have encouraged you to keep the lines of communication open with your daughter, educated both her AND you about her first period, and provided information about Kotex and their Hello Period website. I have learned a lot, myself, by writing these articles and researching the topic of teens and their periods. My mom was never good at talking to me about personal issues like this so I had no frame of reference to go by. All I knew when I started … [Read more...]