Exercise and Fitness

Do’s and Don’ts of Raising Smart/Successful Children (Pedcast)


Looking for ways to increase your children’s chances of success in life?  Look no more. 

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6 Things Kids Can Do To Avoid Sports Injuries (Updated Pedcast)

Sports are great, but your child can have too much of a good thing. Your child can learn a lot of valuable skills and life lessons on the court or field, but at some point, the physical and mental rigor of sports can be too much, leading to mental and physical fatigue and injury. In this episode of DocSmo.com, Dr Smolen reviews the AAP guidelines for limiting competitive sports and gives you some common sense guidelines of his own. Continue reading

Who Caused the Childhood Obesity Epidemic? (Pedcast)

 

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I don’t know about you, but I am saddened when I look at many of today’s American children because so many are either overweight or frankly obese. Stop and think about how obesity can fundamentally change a child’s entire childhood. Talk to a very overweight child and you are likely to hear a description of not being chosen to participate in sports with other kids, feeling chronically like a failure, having severe bouts of sadness and guilt, being embarrassed by their bodies, and resenting other children who are normal weight. For many of these overweight children, their childhoods are filled with isolation and shame rather than optimism and joy. Fact: America is now up to 35% of children being overweight, 20% of which are morbidly obese, tripling since 1970! What a tragedy. Continue reading

Are You Raising Free Range Kids? (Pedcast)

 

Introduction

Heard about “Free range parenting”, you know, groups of children, playing outside without adult supervision? Certainly the norm when I was a child and maybe for you too, but not in contemporary America.  Having a schedule heavy with activities is the norm for children today with very little time for unstructured play, especially, unstructured play without adults hovering over the children. Is today’s “Structured” parenting approach best for children or was the more “Free range” version of childhood a better option? Continue reading