Growth & Development
Parent do their best to support the learning and development of their children. But what about their creativity? Parents should try fostering creativity in their kids while they’re young in order to build well-rounded, intelligent adults that can adapt and thrive. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to get kids to be more creative and think outside the box. After all, it’s what they’re naturally inclined to do! Aside from ensuring they’re getting well-rounded nutrition for...
For parents of school-aged children, the prospect of packing a healthy lunch kids will actually eat can be challenging. There's nothing more discouraging (or worrying) than having a lunch box come home still filled with the nutritious meal and snacks you packed. The alternative — packing a load of junk food — isn't comforting either.
After all, childhood is when children form lifelong habits, so filling their lunch with sweets and tons of processed food is creating habits that...
Most parents have at least wondered about giving their children vitamins and nutritional supplements. Busy lifestyles combined with food allergies and picky eaters mean it can be difficult to guarantee that children are getting their daily dose of micronutrients from their diet - and it's so important that they get enough.
Children's bodies are growing, and they...
As any parent can attest, feeding kids a healthy, balanced diet is a challenge. Fussy eaters can make planning a meal that they will actually eat a big challenge. Taste, texture, smell, and even colour will all affect whether a child will enjoy a particular food or turn their nose up at it completely. Even non-fussy children with an appetite for most foods can still have types of food, or even entire food groups, that they avoid, which might mean they’re missing out on some important vitamins...
Fussy eaters can be a worry to parents who are trying to ensure their children receive a healthy balance of vitamins and minerals for proper growth and development. One area of concern for many parents is serving iron rich foods that their kids will actually eat. Iron is found in many foods that are common in our diets, but the diets of fussy children will frequently present a challenge for caregivers who want to ensure that their children get enough.
We all love our kids. They are fun and creative and surprise us every day. One way they often surprise us is in the food they will and won’t eat. It can feel like we need to have a degree in mind reading to predict what is going to go down and what is going to sit, cold, in the middle of a dinnertime standoff.
It can be a real struggle to get them to eat that ideal balanced, healthy diet that I know they should have. Then pile on the work it takes to get them exercising outdoors,...
Omega-3 fatty acids have received a lot of media attention in recent years, but most people do not have a clear understanding of what they are and what they do for the body.
Omega-3 fatty acids are one of two major classes of polyunsaturated fatty acids (sometimes referred to as PUFAs), the other being...
Everyone wants the very best for their children, and laying the foundations for a happy, healthy life begins by nurturing their cognitive development. Our cognitive abilities are brain-based skills that help us complete simple or complex tasks, including reading, writing, remembering, reasoning and focusing. It's easy to see why it's important to work with your children to develop and improve...
Kids need a range of things to promote– a good diet, plenty of exercise, and fresh air are just some of the elements that can help with their wellbeing
This could be more important than ever if new research proves to be true – experts from the Seattle Children's Research Institute believe that youngsters simply aren't enjoying enough outdoor playtime.
Almost half of the kids surveyed in the US were found not...
Getting into good sleeping habits is important forand adults alike, as getting enough rest allows your body to restore and rejuvenate.
Loss of concentration and irritability are just two of the symptoms that can arise from not getting enough rest, which can have an impact on your children's performance in the classroom.
Ensuring kids follow a sound sleeping schedule is the best way to make sure they are getting the rest they...
Compiled by the Grattan Institute, the report referred to data from the OECD showing that the highest performing systems in the world are Hong Kong, Korea, Shanghai and Singapore.
In Shanghai, the average 15-year-old studying maths is performing at a level around two or three years higher than someone in Australia, the US or Europe.
Dr Ben Jensen from the institute noted that more effective methods of learning are being implemented in Asian schools, such as teacher mentoring programs...
It seems that omega-3 fish oil might not be the only thing kids need to stay on top of their studies, as research shows that breakfast can help them perform well in the classroom.
Carried out by three institutions in the UK, the study found there is a strong link between a low glycaemic index (GI), high-carbohydrate breakfasts and improved academic performance.
A total of 60 students were involved in the experiment, which concluded that maths tasks were easier among children who...
Back to school always seems to be fast appraoching - which means that for many mums and dads, it is time to start thinking about nutritious and delicious options for school lunches.
David Davis, Victoria's minister for health, asserts that a discussion about healthy lunchboxes – and healthy eating habits – should be an important part of every family's back-to-school plans.
A good diet, he explained, along with regular exercise, is the "foundation of good health"....
Trying to get fussy eaters to stick to a balanced diet can be challenging for even the most patient of parents – but there are some great tricks and tips that can help your little ones get the nutrition they need.
From being creative with food presentation to sneaking extra fruit and vegetables into tasty treats, here are some top tips to encourage healthy eating.
Hide the vegetables
It’s easy to add an extra-nutritious punch to kid-friendly...
Encouraging kids to get out and about can be tough, especially when there are so many indoor activities to distract them.
need to be active on a daily basis, but luring them away from the computer screen or games console is often a problem many parents come up against.
Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that over a typical two-week period, children spend 17 hours watching TV, videos and DVDs, compared to just five...
Pregnant women who do not get enough vitamin D risk their child having language problems later in life, a study by the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research claims.
The research showed that women with the lowest levels of the vitamin in the second trimester were twice as likely to have a child with language difficulties as women with the highest concentrations.
A quarter of the pregnant women assessed were found to have less-than-adequate vitamin D levels while they were...