School is Out for the Summer and Kids are Home

(LittleThingsDoMatter) Summer break is here again! Kids are home from school for the summer. They are ready to shed the homework responsibilities and have lots of summer fun and play in the water. But … are YOU ready!?!
Reduce Sun Exposure During Peak Hours – UV rays are strongest and most dangerous between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so the less time you spend outdoors during these hours, the better. That doesn’t mean you have to ditch out on all the fun. For instance, instead of heading out to the pool at 2 p.m., wait a few hours and go at 5 p.m. The sun will still be up and there’ll be plenty of light out. And don’t be fooled on an overcast day – you can still get burned because up to 80% of the sun’s UV rays can penetrate through the clouds. If you can, stay in the shade.

Three items I suggest for having fun in the sun and to protect from UV rays:

Death by Suicide – Culprit: Bully

(LittleThingsDoMatter) Our kids are sensitive to the point where some have already committed suicide and the culprit is a bully. The first time I read about this I thought: How can this be? Why is it happening? I thought back to when I was a kid and remembered getting teased constantly for one reason or another. My kids were teased, my grandkids are going through it now. What can be done for kids to show compassion for one another – for them to treat others as they want to be treated? Of course, I went to a Catholic school where we had prayer and learned that ‘someone’ could see us no matter what we did or where we were. I still believe that.
Read Jared’s Story. We need to take more time for our kids and really listen to them. Schools don’t need ‘gun control’. They need ‘drug control’. Parents and teachers need to understand that just learning what’s in books isn’t going to keep our kids – our future – alive. Social skills and interraction with others need to be part of the education process – both at home and school.
Every single one of us – no matter what age – needs to feel and know we are loved. That someone truly cares about us. We have to open our ears and hearts and listen. That includes the bullies. What is it they need that they aren’t getting – that they feel they must hurt someone else?
If your child starts acting different – maybe grades are going down, or their interest in sports, maybe the way they dress – these could be your first few signs of depression. It could be changing hormones depending on their age, but what if it isn’t?
Maybe we can get at least five quiet minutes back in the schools for the kids to prepare not only their minds for learning but their hearts for listening.
Much more information on depression, bullies, and suicide is available on Google.

Choose the Best Baby and Kids Products

(LittleThingsDoMatter) How to choose a the best baby and kids products that’s safe for their health is a lot simpler than you may think. ‘Trusted’ household names such as Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly Clarke, Gerber, Proctor & Gamble are in the news (again). There’s a connection to our health – especially our children – that is being questioned due to the chemicals in these products.

There IS a company you can trust – SHAKLEE! Even though I no longer have children of the age to use them, I was overjoyed to learn they have just released a new Baby and Kids product line.

  • They have a 50+ year history;
  • Their products are based on nature and science;
  • There is NO animal testing;
  • They offer a 100% guarantee;
  • They list their ingredients so you know what you’re putting on your skin and in your mouth!
  • They are about Mother Nature and making things in recyclable containers.

Babies are the most precious gifts in the world. Keep yours happy and healthy with Shakleebaby. Safe, pure, and natural, our pediatrician tested baby care products are formulated to keep your little one’s bottoms soft, itty-bitty toes clean, and growing body healthy. The new products include:

  • Gentle Wash – Clean, fresh baby. This extra gentle wash is made with organic chamomile and lavender, pH balanced and sensitivity tested to shower even the most tender skin with love. 99% Natural; 76% Organic.
  • Soothing Lotion – So soft. Organic sunflower seed oil and shea butter moisturize, and organic chamomile and lavender soothe. 99% Natural; 87% Organic.
  • Massage Oil – Perfect for massaging baby or moisturizing after a bath. With organic sunflower oil, lavender, and chamomile to moisturize and smooth. 99% Natural, 99% Organic.
  • Multivitamin & Multimineral Powder – One of the most comprehensive infant-toddler supplements available, it contains prebiotics to help promote a healthy immune system and bundles of vitamin D to support strong bones and teeth. Star-K Certified.

Behold the powers of Shakleekids Mighty Smart and Incredivites! These dietary supplements are made with supersafe ingredients that bring out the best in kids, like rad vision, smart noggins, and a rockin immune system. The new products include:

  • Incredivites™ – Shakleekids Incredivites is the first kids chewable multivitamin in the U.S. with lactoferrin, a protein that helps busy bodies’ immune systems stay supercharged. Packed with 23 essential nutrients, it’s one of the most comprehensive supplements available – with 600IU of vitamin D to support strong bones and teeth, and 100% of the daily value for vitamins C and E per serving.
  • Mighty Smart™ – Shakleekids Mighty Smart is scientifically formulated with a power-packed blast of ultra-pure DHA. Essential for early brain development, this omega-3 fatty acid has been shown to support mighty memory, mad concentration, and fierce mind skills. Star-K Certified.

All the little things we do for our family from what goes in their mouths, on their skin, and what we clean with do have an impact on health. Shaklee is a company you can trust that believes in safety and protection of our families and Mother Earth.

PS From the “cradle to beyond”, these products will help get your little ones off to a very healthy start.

Do Our Children Really Have ADHD?

(LittleThingsDoMatter) It’s a question that’s been bothering me ever since my own grandson was ‘diagnosed’ as ADHD. His mom and teacher filled out a questionnaire and the ‘Dr’ said, “He has ADHD. Here’s a prescription.” At the time, he was only 6. There were only questions about his activity – nothing about his diet or even the nutrition value. Doctors are too quick to prescribe stuff to treat the symptoms – what about the cause? What those medications do to the chemicals in the brain is incredible. My little guy had severe headaches when he ‘came down’ and he said, “It hurts so bad I just want to die.”

I think the reason more kids are being labeled ADHD and prescribed drugs like Ritalin, Adderal, Concerta, etc. is because there are too many kids in the classrooms today and not enough teachers to work with the ones who may need some extra attention and exhibit a few of the Signs and Symptoms of ADHD.

Children tend to be excited, they ask a lot of questions … it’s the nature of being a child. The drugs that are given to these kids actually make them into little robots. Up to 10% of these children are wrongly diagnosed. They may be sensitive to chemicals in cleaning products, have food allergies or a combination of both. It’s simple enough to change brands and/or diet. The best part – no prescription drugs!

It could also be the child has such a zest for life, it’s darn near impossible to be still. Another thought I have is to question how the child learns. Is it audio, visual, hands-on? I learned recently (and I’ve been out of a school for a long time) that I’m a combination – I need both audio and visual. I don’t think the questions should be only about how a child acts but also why.

Look at their diet and lack of exercise. Too many children are getting a steady diet of fast food (no or very little good nutrition there) and more of them spend time sitting either in front of the TV or a computer rather than outside running and playing. Use the Vitamin Wheel posted at the bottom of this page to learn more about the important role of vitamins in the body.

Read about the chemicals in everyday household cleaners. You can also subscribe (upper right of this page) to receive my free Toxin Checklists which cover not only chemicals in common cleaners and personal care products but also their warnings and health effects.

An excellent book on natural alternatives for the special child(ren) in your life is listed under ‘I Recommend’ – Twelve Effective Ways to Help Your ADD/ADHD Child.

PS Have you noticed the signs posted in school zones “This is a drug free area”? Wonder how many different drugs you’d see lined up in the nurse’s office? How many are really necessary?