Nearly 75 percent of teens own a smartphone. Half say they feel addicted to their mobile device, and more than 70 percent argue with their parents over the use of their phone. How can you end the nightly battles? Kaiser Permanente pediatrician Kate Land shares her advice and weighs in on the American Academy of Pediatrics' newest recommendations on kids and media use.
This time of year, when winter weather still lingers and spring hasn’t quite come around, I start to hear a version of the same question from many parents: “My child seems to be getting sick so often; is there something wrong with him?” Teachers with classrooms of coughing kids must also wonder the same thing about their students. At times, I’ve wondered the same about my own kids! The answer, in most cases, is the same re-assuring one: No, nothing is wrong with them.
How do we know when to keep our kids home and when to send them off to school? Kaiser Permanente pediatrician, Dr. Kate Land, has some insights to share.
Before becoming a parent, there were many things I thought I'd never do as a mom. You know, like just wipe off the pacifier and plug it back in. Or, buy them a cell phone. Or, let teens wear sagging jeans. Or, let them eat as much Halloween candy as they want. I have had to eat my words a few times and Halloween is one of those.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends kids ages 6 to 13 get nine to 11 hours sleep a night. teens need eight to 10 hours. Our kids aren't coming close. A 2013 Gallup poll found half of teens wake feeling they did not get enough sleep.
As parents, we know that the digital age is here to stay, we know our kids can use technology in educational ways both at home and school, but we struggle to understand where the balance lies and how to limit time spent on electronics. The start of a new school year provides us the perfect time to find that balance for our families.
There are far reaching benefits to the free-form days of summer. They can be a time of family connection and exploration into fresh ways to be active and healthy. You can focus together as a family on the value of fitness by heading out for a walk or to the park after dinner each night. Summer can also be a time to develop new skills. And the slide in knowledge base that teachers experience is something parents can help prevent.
Do you worry about the amount of sugar kids get each Halloween? We do. Dr. Kate Land, pediatrician and mother of three, shares ways she's learned to use this fun-filled holiday to helps kids learn about sugar, nutrition and exercise.
Throughout the school year, our kids learn about fitness and nutrition. They work their minds and bodies. How do we keep our kids active and healthy during the summertime? Here's some wonderful tips (and recipes!) from Dr. Kate Land.
Research is mounting; the evidence is weighing in on the side of the health benefits of having kids walk or bike to school. Dr. Kate Land, Kaiser Permanente pediatrician, offers her insights.