The Mom Report: June 19, 2018

SIMPLE WAY TO MAKE SUMMER MEMORIES

If you are looking for a fun and SIMPLE way to make great memories this summer, look no further!! In as little as 10 minutes, one mom uses this system she created to organize the whole week to ensure fun times and lasting memories. Check it out. #PrintingNow

using better phrases 

You’ll probably want to add this Better Phrases document to your printing queue too. Rather than constantly telling our kids “NO”, this handy list reminds us of the more positive phrases we can use instead. We’re not sure who created this list, but we love it!

 
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getting kids to eat almost anything

Feeding our little people can be a daunting task. We make a nice dinner... and they won’t eat a bite. We make a pinterest-worthy lunch... and they only eat the fruit. We work hard to introduce new flavors to our kids’ palates, but all they want to eat is PB&J. So what gives!? What can we do? NPR tried to tackle the subject in a recent article that looks at everything from biological makeup, food industry influence, cultural influences, and the reality of it all.
BOTTOM LINE: A family with great young eaters is featured and they say the secret to getting their kids to eat just about anything was feeding them the same food the family ate from the moment they started eating solids. If that ship has sailed, experts say avoid making a separate meal for your kids if they refuse to eat what you’ve prepared. If they are hungry enough, they will eat. The struggle is real friends. Stay strong!

SWIM LESSONS: 10 THINGS PARENTS SHOULD KNOW

If swimming lessons are on your child’s summer agenda, Harvard Health is out with a list of 10 things parents should know before signing their kids up.
BOTTOM LINE: This is a very informative list that includes some things you may not have considered when choosing swimming lessons for your child. Topics include the best age to start, what to ask instructors, and what to look for at the swimming facility.

VITAMIN D LINKED TO LOWER COLON CANCER RISK

A new study out says higher levels of Vitamin D in the body are linked to a lower risk of colorectal cancer. Researchers say the ideal amount of Vitamin D for colon cancer prevention is higher than current recommendations that are based only on bone health.
BOTTOM LINE: Before we all run out and stock up on Vitamin D supplements, a doctor who helped develop the current Vit D guidelines says we should wait until more information is made available because this study could change current guidelines. In the meantime, you can make sure your body is getting the Vitamin D it needs through (safe) sun exposure, fatty fish like salmon, egg yolks, fortified milk and OJ, and of course supplements.

TONSILLECTOMIES AND FUTURE RISKS

A newly published medical study suggests getting tonsillectomies, adenoidectomies or both as a child may increase the risk for diseases of the upper respiratory tract and other issues later in life.
BOTTOM LINE: This is the first study to look at the long term effects of the surgery that more than a half a million children in the US have each year.  Before you move forward with either of these procedures, it’s probably worth having a conversation about this study with your child’s doctor beforehand.


FAMILY FINED $132,000 FOR BROKEN ART

Parents of a five-year-old in Kansas have received a bill for $132,000 after their son knocked over a sculpture during a wedding reception. The art was on display at a local community center and the artist says the piece is damaged beyond repair. The family says the sculpture was not properly secured. What a headache.

husband takes makeup lessons to help wife

The story of Des and Mona will just make your day. The two have been married for 56 years and when Mona's eyesight started deteriorating, Des started taking makeup lessons so he could help her out. Talk about true love!

Make it a great day and remember YOU are a great MOM!

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