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How Can I Encourage My Child To Read?

As a parent of a young child, you are probably more concerned about your child's progress in reading than in any other subject taught in school. ... In other words, children must learn to read before they can read to learn.

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Keep Your Child's Sugar Intake to a Minimum



Your kids are probably eating quite a bit more sugar than you realize. The average American consumed about 125 pounds of added sugar in 1980, 160 pounds in 1999, and 165 pounds in 2002! Food producers have become much more sophisticated when it comes to hiding more sugar in your kids' foods. Even if you don't think of your family as having a sweet tooth, they are taking in hidden sugars in everything from ketchup to healthy foods such as yogurt.

Why are companies doing this? First of all, food producers sneak in some insulin-spiking hidden sugars in an attempt to increase the flavor in foods that have been reduced in salt and fat. Secondly, and more obviously, they know that kids love to eat sweet things.

Some nutritionists separate sugars into two categories: the high-glycemic-response sugars and the low-glycemic-response sugars. It is the high-glycemic sugars that you should moderate. These include sucrose, glucose, dextrose, evaporated cane juice, maltodextrin, galactose, corn syrup, dextrin, beet sugar, raw sugar, brown sugar, white sugar, concentrated fruit juice, syrup, sorghum, honey, maple syrup, and high-fructose corn syrup. Foods like ketchup, jams, jellies, soft drinks, fruit juice, canned fruit, ice cream, pastries, and candies can also be packed with starches that turn into high-glycemic sugars.

Obviously, it's going to be hard to cut out high-glycemic sugars altogether, but there are a couple of easy steps you can take to dramatically reduce your child's sugar intake:

  • Limit the sugary cereals your kids eat. Instead, use fruit to sweeten your kids' cereal.


  • Encourage your kids to get their nutrients and energy from whole foods like fruit and nuts, not from energy bars and sugary drinks.


  • Finally, when buying fruit juice, stay away from those labeled "from concentrate" and buy "100% fruit juice" instead, then dilute it with water. Don't be tricked by drinks that have terms like "100% natural" or some similar slogan that is 100% nonsense.

Excerpted from:

From Raising Healthy Eaters: 100 Tips for Parents by Henry Legere, M.D. Copyright 2004. Used by arrangement with The Perseus Books Group.

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How to Create the Best Bedtime Routine


Just when you thought you'd pulled your last all-nighter, your baby becomes a kid who won't go to bed.

The first step toward a good night's rest: Create a routine that takes you out of the equation before your child drifts off:










Grandpa and Thomas by Pamela Allen






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