Healthy Kids

Helping kids lead a naturally healthy lifestyle

Natural Awakenings articles from our Healthy Kids department.
  • Heart-Healthy Kids, Image: VasitChaya/AdobeStock.comHeart-Healthy Kids  
    Setting a Course for Cardiovascular Wellness  

    When a middle-aged, thin adult comes to the hospital with heart attack symptoms, the doctors will ask about family health history; alcohol, drug and cigarette use; current medications; and cholesterol levels. But because the person is...

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  • Health In a Smile, Image: Rick/AdobeStock.comHealth In a Smile  
    A Holistic Solution to Impaired Mouth Syndrome in Children  

    One of the first things we notice when we meet someone is their smile, so it is easy to understand why children with crowded teeth might be self-conscious when they encounter new people. But the condition is not just...

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  • Preventing Sleep Apnea in Children, Image: Image courtesy Regiani Holistic Dental CenterPreventing Sleep Apnea in Children  

    It’s holiday time. Lots of jokes about how Uncle Joe falls asleep after dinner and snores. Sometimes he seems to stop breathing for a moment and then almost gasps as he snorts. Everyone laughs and turns up the TV. Sound familiar? What if we rolled back...

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  • The Colors of Healing, Image: Sukjai Photo/AdobeStock.comThe Colors of Healing  
    Art Therapy for Kids  

    Opening a brand-new box of crayons or making a happy mess with homemade salt dough can provide hours of fun for most kids, but art therapy—based in a clinical setting—can help children achieve...

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  • Green Schoolyards, Image: Sukjai Photo/AdobeStock.comGreen Schoolyards  
    Concrete Jungles Become Natural Playgrounds  

    Skipping rope, playing hopscotch or shooting hoops have traditionally been enjoyed on asphalt-paved schoolyards enclosed by chain-link fencing. But over the last few decades, city leaders, school districts and other stakeholders have been...

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  • Learning to Grieve, Image: WavebreakmediaMicro/AdobeStock.comLearning to Grieve  
    How to Help Children Navigate Through Loss  

    Adults often want to shield children from suffering, but that isn’t always possible or advisable. Loss and grief are natural parts of life. Acknowledging and expressing uncomfortable feelings are necessary lessons in being human, and while there is no right way to grieve, adults can provide...

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  • Mindful Kudos , Image: polkadot/AdobeStock.comMindful Kudos   
    Best Ways to Praise Kids and Boost SELF-confidence   

    Giving ample kudos to our kids is an everyday part of parenting. To motivate youngsters to excel in school and activities, we pat them on the back repeatedly in ways that were unimaginable a century ago, when even kissing babies was frowned upon by...

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  • How to Raise Empathetic Kids, Image: olesia bilkei/AdobeStock.comHow to Raise Empathetic Kids  
    Simple Ways Parents Can Cultivate Compassion   

    Empathy is the foundation of a caring society. While we are all born with a certain amount, cultivating it is a skill that can be strengthened with practice, and it is critical that the learning process start early, say childhood educators. An empathetic child can better...

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  • Nature Speaks, Image: natalia/AdobeStock.comNature Speaks  
    Storytelling Connects Kids to the Natural World  

    Children are natural storytellers with imaginations that shape their play and learning. In outdoor settings, everything from puddles to pine cones can engage children and draw them closer to the natural world, opening up a...

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  • Beyond Picky Eating, Image: vadim guzhva/AdobeStock.comBeyond Picky Eating  
    Help for Pediatric Eating Disorders  

    Most kids go through food phases and bouts of fussiness during mealtime, but more serious problems can lurk beneath the surface of such all-too-common behaviors. Eating disorders are often associated with...

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  • Zen Zone for Kids, Image: Crystal Sing/AdobeStock.comZen Zone for Kids  
    Create the Perfect Calm-Down Corner at Home  

    Children and teens are sensitive beings, and like adults, they need daily tools to offset the stresses of life. Whether a child is overwhelmed by COVID-19 protocols at school, is on the autism spectrum or is highly sensitive or anxious, creating a special place to decompress can help manage big...

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  • The Best Books for Kids, Image: goodluz/AdobeStock.comThe Best Books for Kids  
    Gift Choices that Can Open Up Worlds  

    Helping children learn to read and love books is one of the greatest parental endeavors. Many kids learn their first words after hearing the adults in their lives sing a lullaby or tell them a nursery rhyme. “Building a child’s vocabulary is the key to reading, and rhymes, singing, word games, synonyms, homonyms and rap are great...

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