Childhood Obesity, we need to talk about it.

Childhood Obesity (a difficult term that no one really likes) is a tough topic.  I have conversations about it on a regular basis and I know it means different things to different people.  Personally, I feel that it is my job to give parents all of the information that they need in order to make good decisions on behalf of their children.  That includes talking about children who are overweight.

Young kids are not able to make good decisions when it comes to eating.  Until they are able to get themselves to the market, they rely on adults to make their food choices.  Children watch what we eat (eat extra vegetables), how we eat it (not too much butter), and how we eat (eating in front of the television encourages mindless eating).

Having a child is a new opportunity to look at our actions and determine what we want to model for our offspring.  Last night my daughter and I had a work out session in my living room.  She made sure to teach me how to do “star jacks” and “cross kicks” from her dance class.  This was after an epic dinner experiences that involved a lot of drama because she had to eat zucchini.

So please remember that baby fat really does not go away, exercise together, and ditch the juice.

Then read this article by Claire McCarthy, MD for more helpful hints.

http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/health/mdmama/2014/11/new_study_on_childhood_obesity_has_important_messages_for_parents.html

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Joyeux Parenting

I am the proud mother of two beautiful children and have lived in Boston for most of my life. I have over twenty years of experience as a Child Development Specialist working with new families, pediatricians at Mass General Hospital, and Early Intervention. I have a wealth of knowledge and expertise regarding the challenges related to breastfeeding, behavior management, picky eaters, discipline, sleep, and development. I love being a wife and mother and sharing my experiences-the good, the bad, and the ugly. I am constantly learning about new evidence based information as it relates to parenting. Most importantly, I think it is crucial to recognize that we all make mistakes and learn from them. I am a firm believer that humor is essential as you navigate the world. Parenting should be full of joy and that is why I started my business Joyeux Parenting. Thank you for allowing me to share my experiences with you.

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