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What are our children’s top worries by each age group?

Every developmental stage has their own common set of worries and fears. Here is a comprehensive list of common worries by age.

Having some fears during each developmental stage is normal. However, if your child is immobilized by fears or it is impeding their daily functioning – it would be a good idea to talk to your pediatrician or a child therapist.

If you need additional support with anxiety, take a parenting e-course to learn how to teach your child to crush anxiety. Taught by a child therapist, you will be given all the skills to help your child fight back.

 

Child Therapist’s List of Childhood Fears by Age

Are you a workaholic? Tackling the signs when you’re burnt out!

The best way to deal with burnout is to prevent it in the first place. And the best way to prevent it is to be aware of the signs of burn out and your risk factors.

Who’s at risk?

  • workaholics
  • perfectionists
  • people who dislike their job
  • people who work at emotionally draining jobs or jobs with high stakes for failure (firefighters, doctors, etc)
  • people who travel a lot for business
  • people with high stress levels
  • employees who have little control over their work assignments, schedule, etc.
  • people with demanding managers or unrealistic expectations
  • employees who feel under appreciated
  • people who get little time off

 

As you can see, burnout can be a serious problem. It’s not just hating your job or needing a new career. It can affect your health, personal relationships, and finances.

Hacks for preventing burnout:

  1. Take time off regularly. Use your vacation and sick time. They are there to help restore your body, mind, and spirit. You should come back from vacation rested and refreshed, which allows you to perform at your best.
  2. Do things you enjoy on your time off. Pursue a hobby. Learn something new. Enjoying a meaningful activity can offset some of the negativity at work.
  3. Set boundaries at work. Say “no” to extra assignments, unrealistic deadlines, working on weekends, filling in for coworkers.
  4. Practice self-care. Get enough rest, exercise, eat well, get out in nature, socialize, have some fun.
  5. Don’t let your job define you. It’s only one piece of who you are.
  6. Listen to your body. If you pay attention, it will tell you if you’re under stress. Things like aches and pains, insomnia, food cravings, anxiety, or depression are signs of problems.
  7. Get support. This could be in the form of a supportive friend, colleague or supervisor. A therapist can be really helpful in sorting out causes and solutions.
  8. Surround yourself with positive people. Moods are contagious so be mindful of who you spend your personal time with. Limit time with negative coworkers as much as possible.
  9. Don’t expect perfection from yourself. Cut yourself some slack. Forgive yourself for mistakes and don’t create unnecessary work for yourself through perfectionism.
  10. Consider whether you’re really at the right job or company. Explore what you like and dislike about your job and this particular company/department. Think about how it fits in with your long-term career goals.

10 Hacks for Preventing Burnout

 

 

Healthy Lifestyle Nutrition Demo Live at Cub Foods

If you’re in the Inver Grove Heights area, Stop in to see me in action presenting a live nutrition demo, along with a play along health trivia giveaway for 12 lucky winners, nutrition handouts & resources and a drawing for a Free Health Coaching Program! It’s going to be an event you don’t want to miss as it’s Cub Foods Grand Opening Event with a store full of events, giveaways and deals. Special thanks to Cub Foods for sponsoring my nutrition book “Healthy Lifestyle” and “Lifestyle Health Mentor” so we are able to provide healthy alternatives in the kitchen and resources to making meal prep a cinch!

Baby Food Guidelines

When can your baby start eating solid foods? What about meat? Pediatricians answer all your baby food Qs. This guide gives you all the information you need to know on what to feed your little one(s)!

We can all agree that gauging when to start a baby’s first solid foods can be stressful, but Fisher reminds new parents to focus on the signs of readiness as a top priority instead of focusing solely on age. In her practice, she’s seen some babies who are ready for their first taste at 4 months, while others do better with solids at 6 months of age.

You can consider it a win once your baby has successfully kept down 2 to 3 tablespoons of food. Transitioning a baby from liquids to solids can take some time, Curtiss advises. “The first few times a baby is offered solids, she may spit it out, get it all over and not really know what to do with it. I generally recommend that parents take it slow and just have fun with it.”

 

 

http://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/1074684/baby-food-guide

If your child meets the criteria listed by Curtiss and Fisher above and has the approval of their pediatrician, you can move along to the next stage of feeding. “Usually, the first food to be introduced is a single grain cereal, such as rice, mixed with breast milk until it is the consistency of pudding and fed on the spoon,” Curtiss explains. But you can also start with a vegetable such as sweet potato or avocado. Fruits are also a popular choice for little babes developing their taste buds for the first time — and they’re easy to mash.

Remember: The most important thing before starting solids is getting your pediatrician’s approval. Both articles breakdown age groups and recommended foods.

http://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/1074684/baby-food-guide/page:2

 

Managing Cravings

An important question to ask before eating – am I hungry?

Eating when stressed happens to all of us. It is a normal part of life, however if it happens too often, it can lead to even more stress and no one needs that!

One of the key elements that I use personally in my health coaching business is to use the following method to determine is it physical or emotional hunger and the steps to break it down. I’ve also included a great guide to all our favorite “bad” food cravings, which breakdown the why behind the craving and what “healthy” food we should reach for to help us conquer this battle.