Tips for Taming the TV

Children's Health
Tips for Taming Television (From God's Design for the Highly Healthy Child by Dr. Walt Larimore. All rights reserved) Television viewing doesn’t have to be out of control. Parents can set limits and teach children to make wise viewing choices. Consider the following suggestions, which are adapted from a sidebar in Dr. Daphne Miller’s WebMD article titled Television’s Effects on Kids: It Can Be Harmful: (more…)
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Parenting Style – Part 2

Children's Health, Parenting
This is the second part in a series excerpted from my book God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Teen. You can learn more about parenting in my books God's Design for the Highly Healthy Child or God's Design for the Highly Healthy Teen. A Parenting Style Case Study Imagine you’re putting clothes into your teen’s dresser. When you open the drawer, you see a pack of cigarettes. Here’s how parents of the four parenting styles might react: (more…)
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Parenting Style – Part 1

Children's Health, Parenting
This is the first part in a series excerpted from my book God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Teen. Parenting Style Makes a Huge Difference I’ve closely followed the research of Diana Baumrind and other child development researchers who have studied the highly healthy characteristics of children. Here’s a list of traits parents would love to see in their children: (more…)
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The ABCD’s of Parenting – Part 7

Children's Health, Marriage and Family Health, Parenting
This is the seventh part in a series excerpted from my book God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Teen. DISCIPLINE We now come to the fourth letter—D for “Discipline.” Lifting up our teens with affirmation, blameless love, and connectedness is critical for their health. But like a table, a fourth leg is needed to keep things on an equilibrium—the leg of parental guidance and enforced boundaries. (more…)
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The ABCD’s of Parenting – Part 6

Children's Health, Parenting
This is the sixth part in a series excerpted from my book God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Teen. CONNECTING WITH THE WORKADAY WORLD If your teen is not overscheduled and you feel good about the family connectedness, then part-time work may be another way your teen can develop into a highly healthy adult. After all, he or she does need to learn how to work, and the last I checked, the best way to learn how to work is to work! (more…)
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The ABCD’s of Parenting – Part 5

Children's Health, Parenting
This is the fifth part in a series excerpted from my book God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Teen. CONNECTING WITH FRIENDS ... AND MORE FRIENDS Besides connectedness with parents, highly healthy teens need connectedness with highly healthy friends, activities, and faith communities. As teens gain independence and go out on their own, friendships become more important than ever. (more…)
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The ABCD’s of Parenting – Part 4

Children's Health, Parenting
This is the fourth part in a series excerpted from my book God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Teen. CONNECTEDNESS The “C” of the “ABCD’s” of raising highly healthy children and nurturing highly healthy teens is “Connectedness.” It includes connecting with your kids, connecting your kids with good friends, and connecting your kids with their Creator. (more…)
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The ABCD’s of Parenting – Part 3

Children's Health, Parenting
This is the third part in a series excerpted from my book God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Teen. BLAMELESS LOVE The "B" of the "ABCD’s" of raising highly healthy children and nurturing highly healthy teens is "Blameless” or “Unconditional Love." Do you love your child blamelessly, unconditionally? Or is your love conditional, as in “I love you because of ... ” or “I love you if ... ”? (more…)
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The ABCD’s of Parenting – Part 1

Children's Health, Parenting
In my book, God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Teen, I wrote about the fact that highly healthy teens need four things from their parents to maintain their emotional health during their preteen and adolescent years. I call them the ABCD’s of parenting: A = Affirmation B = Blameless love C = Connectedness D = Discipline (more…)
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Studies: Children raised by lesbians not necessarily problem-free

Children's Health, Marriage and Family Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
Over the last few years, a few published studies have claimed that children raised by same-sex couples compare favorably to — and sometimes even better than — children raised by moms and dads on measures of self-esteem and academics. Those studies, in turn, have served as fodder for a media campaign that two loving parents are all children really need. Here are details that challenge that from a report in Citizen Link: (more…)
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FDA cites misleading statements from inhalable caffeine manufacturer

Children's Health, Mental Health, Nutritional Health, Parenting
Bloomberg News reports that the FDA has cited Breathable Foods Inc. for placing misleading labels on canisters dispensing caffeine. According to Bloomberg, the FDA notes that the manufacturer describes its AeroShot Pure Energy inhaler as "breathable energy," and so "encourages consumers to breathe the caffeine mist into their lungs instead of spraying it on their tongues to be swallowed." (more…)
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