It’s so easy to fall in to the trap of the fad diets orbiting the perfect foods to cure all our illnesses. Eat this! Don’t eat that! 

As the new year unfolds, don’t let it open you up to your anxieties or obsessions surrounding diet for you and your family. Start the new year off right and eliminate the struggle by re-establishing a healthy relationship with food based around better eating habits.

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You already know how important it is to feed your entire family healthy food, but sometimes it just comes down to not knowing exactly how to do it. So, we’re going to help you out and give you a few important lessons we think will help you guide your family towards the path of eating better.

An Age by Age Guide

Part II: Kindergarten and Elementary Years

Since the publication of Part I of this series, the American Academy of Pediatrics has revised their position on “screen time”.  While they will be making official revisions in 2016,  the upshot is that we should not to focus on the AMOUNT of time, but to look more at the CONTENT. In addition, they advise moderation and caution.  For example, while many apps call themselves “educational”, not all are, and they advise that parents research fully the apps that say they are educational.  AAP recommends looking up apps on common sense media.  Despite the modification in their original stance, they still recommend that engagement between parent and child is critical to their development.

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Children and Electronic Devices: How Much is Too Much?

An Age by Age Guide

Part I---Infants, Toddlers, & Preschool Ages

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Since the technology explosion, which has led to easy access of multiple technical gadgets in most households and/or schools, parents have been struggling to determine the balance between introducing their child to technology and limiting their access.  It certainly is a fine line! Therefore, the following guidelines are submitted as “food for thought” to assist each family in determining what is right for their child(ren). 

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