How Anxiety in Kids is Causing Attention Problems at School with Dr. Wiggy Saunders (HPC: E112)

We know that anxiety is affecting both kids and adults at alarming rates, both during the pandemic but also before that (and surely after!). We’ve discussed anxiety busters before on The Healthy Parenting Connector, and today we’re completing the trifecta of experts with an MD who practices integrative medicine (we’ve already hosted a family therapist and a pediatric psychologist). Dr. Wiggy Saunders joins me to dive into anxiety once again because we can’t give parents enough strategies to help their kids (and themselves) dig out of their anxious lives. We’re focusing specifically on how anxiety is affecting kids’ school performance. FREE DOWNLOAD: 10 Foods that Fight Depression Your mind will be blown with how closely anxiety and focus/attention are connected, [Read more...]

The BEST Way to Teach Kids to Cook: Skills Not Recipes!

Teaching kids to cook isn’t actually all about finding great recipes. To truly empower kids in the kitchen, build foundations much like you’d teach a child to read. See how Mary taught her kids to cook in just 2 weeks! I passed an elementary school the other day and saw quite a collection of massive balls of snow sitting in the middle of the playground. It made me smile because we also have two massive balls of snow sitting in our front yard. We live in Michigan, and anytime the weather is right, the kids are excited about what we here call “packing snow.” My 6-year-old made our two gigantic balls of snow by himself, so much work! Of course, [Read more...]

The Worst Time To Let Kids Help In The Kitchen

How many times do you expect to prepare food for your family today? Three? Four? More than that? If you’ve got kids, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if you say four or more times, because I’m right there with you. Eating real food takes a lot of TIME, and it turns out that’s one of the biggest reasons parents just don’t feel like letting their kids in the kitchen with them. Kids. Slow. Things. Down. I interact with a lot of parents on social media, via email, and during live webinars who have good intentions to integrate their kids into the cooking process. I ask the question often: What’s holding you back from getting your kids in the kitchen?  [Read more...]

Why Teaching Kids to Cook Before Age 5 is Vital for Parenting

When I was young, I used to sell painted rocks. My poor neighbors! I also charged 25 cents for 2-dimensional paper bows, colored with the most amazing self-professed 5-year-old artistic talent.  And I used to create menu prototypes for the restaurant I would open, highlighting my signature recipe: Crunchy Tuna Tacos I made this one up all by myself: Tuna salad Wrapped in a big iceberg lettuce leaf Topped with crushed Ruffles potato chips And…wait for it…a big ol’ squeeze of ketchup!  Like most kids, I thought what I created was Always. Awesome.  Kids have such confidence before the world gets to them, don’t they?  They also have bucketloads of intrinsic motivation. If you told me to start a business [Read more...]

Why Sharp Knives in the Hands of Children are a Beneficial Risk to Raise Confident Children (HPC: E111)

Our interview guest today has been a journalist and writer for many years and earned herself the title of “Worst Mom in America.” I’m so proud to interview her because she earned that title when she let her 9-year-old ride the subway alone and wasn’t afraid to write about it in a major publication. 🙂 Growing wings from the firestorm that ensued, she published a book called Free-Range Kids and has been an advocate for letting kids grow ever since. She encourages legislation to protect parents when they are making wise choices for their children’s independence and even has a nonprofit offering curriculum to schools and families with the sole purpose of encouraging adults to step back so that children [Read more...]

Real Food Sweets “Rules” – Are They Necessary? (HPC: E110)

People ask me all the time what we do in our family about desserts and sweets. I figured the last Healthy Parenting Connector before we take a break for the holidays is a great time to address the topic! FREE DOWNLOAD: 10 Snacks Kids can Make Today I’ll dig into: Why sugar shouldn’t be a free-for-all Our current dessert strategy and its pros and cons What special considerations we offer for holidays and special occasions Can’t see the video? Find out how often you should eat dessert on YouTube here! No time for the video? Here are the notes! Dessert Rules Video Time Stamps 0:08: Are you stressed out by raising healthy kids in a world of candy, sweets, and [Read more...]

Investing in Healthy Moms Means the Most with Dr. Sam Shay (HPC: E109)

No guilt, mamas…but you might be sacrificing your family if you keep putting yourself last. My guest today, Sam Shay, was raised by a mom who didn’t take care of herself, and he suffered for it. He’s passionate about reaching mompreneurs and other busy moms (um, who isn’t??) with the message of how moms can help their families by helping themselves. Grab your FREE Instant Pot Guidebook He’s a functional doc who not only looks at the whole person when seeking health, but he’ll share with us today why looking at the whole family is the way to truly “function” as a unit. May you be inspired to invest in yourself AS an investment in your family! Can’t see the [Read more...]

The Body Image Book for Girls: Love Yourself and Grow Up Fearless (HPC: E108)

Remember when you were young – how did you think about your body? Did you want to lose weight? Did you try diets as a teenager? And did your mom talk about her own body or looks in negative ways? All of this can really impact growing minds, but now that WE are the parents, we want to raise kids with healthy body images and a great relationship with food. FREE DOWNLOAD: 10 Snacks Kids can Make Professor of psychology and author of “The Body Image Book for Girls,” Dr. Charlotte Markey, joins us today to talk about just that! You’ll learn: How celebrating kale can backfire What happens when we try to eat ice cream at 10:30 a.m. Why [Read more...]

Creating a Family Culture Through Traditions (HPC: E107)

If you put a bike helmet or a seatbelt on your kids to protect their bodies from harm…what’s the equivalent for their minds and emotions? I submit that it’s a strong family identity and family culture, built through traditions. Today we’ll talk about: 1. How traditions create a family identity 2. How having a strong family identity grounds children and increases emotional well-being 3. Why you want to be intentional about “who” your family is and how your kids feel about it 4. Perfect opportunities (holidays, seasons, COOKING!) to set up traditions and build that family culture that will protect your kids, give them something to cling to and return to, and not get tossed about on the winds of [Read more...]

Every Kid is Different: Raising Kids with Sensory Processing Difficulties to Eat Well On Their Own (HPC: E106)

Picky eating. It’s a bane of many parents’ existence, but it doesn’t have to be this way. I love how every expert brings their own perspective to the table when it comes to various root causes of picky eating, and Renae Fieck brings her experience as an occupational therapist to us today. We’ll talk about: How the feeeeeeel of food can impact how much and how well kids eat How to avoid micromanaging in practical ways Strategies to teach kids to know when they’re full, choose the right amount of food to eat, and listen to their bodies (many adults need these skills too!!!) FREE DOWNLOAD: 10 Snacks a Preschooler can Make Super fascinating explanation of how feeding actually follows [Read more...]