Physical Activity Benefits Start Young

Preventative measures for heart health start as young as 3 years old, according to a large study published in the journal Pediatrics.

The study took place over three years, looking at over 400 children ages 3-5 years old.

The findings indicated that all physical activity had a positive effect, but more intense physical activity was better.  Continue reading “Physical Activity Benefits Start Young”

Alternatives to Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation has been a kind of buzzword in the emotional-mental health field for over a decade.

But mindfulness meditation isn’t for everyone, and you shouldn’t feel bad if you’ve not been ‘mindful’ of the advice to be mindful!

Basically, “mindfulness” meditation means sitting and bringing your full attention to your breath or your body– without letting thoughts (like doubt, judgment) intrude. Continue reading “Alternatives to Mindfulness Meditation”

Handwashing

By the time your child is 4 years old they should be able to wash and dry their hands on their own. Younger children will need help, and sometimes older children might need assistance and/or supervision. But even adults don’t necessarily follow standard hand washing hygiene, despite hand washing being the number one way of reducing the spread of virus and bacteria. Continue reading “Handwashing”

Sisterland

By Salla Simukka

One of my favorite books growing up was “Best Friend,” by Shirley Simon >> The story explores the concept of friendship from the point of view of a young girl. Making friends, losing friends, what today we’d call “friend drama,” and finding friends in unexpected places.

So I was looking forward to reading Sisterland, a fantasy with tween friendship at its core. I had given “Best Friend” to my 9 year old niece to read, but I think she found it boring. Sisterland might appeal more to a modern audience that Continue reading “Sisterland”