They will need your praise and your love through hard times.It's okay to be honest about your feelings of sadness and loss, but let them know better times lie ahead for all of you. Exercise regularly, eat healthy, and get enough rest so you can better deal with stress. Good child care is essential for your children's well-being and your peace of mind.Truth be told, I was a little skeptical because anything that sounds like a cure-all is usually just snake oil, but I was excited about challenging myself to eat healthier and to break some bad habits.I've made it the full thirty days, and here's my takeaway.Your pediatrician can also be a great source of help and information. Set aside some time each day to enjoy your children.Spend quiet time playing, reading, working on arts-and-crafts projects, or just listening to music together.There's debate over whether sugar can be addicting or not, but there is little debate over the fact that--whether sugar is a "poison" or not--we're getting too much of it.In fact, it's estimated that the average American is eating 152 pounds of sugar a year, that equates to 42.5 teaspoons per day, or nearly four times the recommended maximum.
People talked about increased energy, clearer skin, and fewer headaches.I don’t know if my advice was the best, but I believe it opened the door for deeper conversations in the future. I mentioned at the beginning of this month that I was doing the Whole 30 challenge.The first week on the plan was tough, as I had a lot of cravings for very sweet things and not many recipes in my arsenal to stave off hunger and boredom.With a little help from Pinterest and sources like Civilized Caveman and Pale OMG, I managed to keep our meals interesting.You may be shaking your head and thinking that there's no way you are consuming that much sugar a day (and maybe you're not), but if you're not absolutely diligent about reading labels and you're consuming pre-packaged food, you're probably getting more sugar than you think you are.An average 12-ounce soda has 10 teaspoons of sugar in it. That also doesn't take into account that sugar can be lurking in everything from your ketchup to your bacon and that there's mixed science on how the body processes different types of sugar (such as HFCS).Being a single parent doesn't mean you can't have an adult life. Learning good ways to handle your children's behavior will reduce stress for all of you.Get a babysitter and enjoy some time alone or with friends. Though being a single parent can get lonely, try not to treat your children like substitutes for a partner. Be aware that your children will always be affected by your mood and attitude.There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances. I recently had a real talk with my 8-year-old son about a kid who was trying to bully him. It could be the “birds and the bees” or it could be about hanging out with the wrong crew.