How to Build Your Child’s Self Esteem

If you grew up listening to Madonna, you were probably raised during the era of “self esteem.”  Self esteem became a buzz word back in the 80s when our parents were encouraged to build our self esteems with positive praise.  Given the fact that adults thrive on positive praise, this approach makes sense…..and so many of us listened to positive praise, deserved or not, as we stood on the soccer fields or basketball courts.  Our parents, coaches, and teachers cheered for us whether or not we really deserved it, we “won” a ribbon regardless of victory, and most kids made the team regardless of skill……all in the name of self esteem. Continue reading “How to Build Your Child’s Self Esteem” »

Children, Anxiety, and Weight

Childhood obesity rates are so high these days that even Michelle Obama has jumped on board the mission to help kids stay fit. Current statistics estimate these rates to be around 20%, and the results of a new Childhood Obesity Task Force report revealed the following:

  • One in three children, ages 2-19 have been reported as being overweight
  • Childhood obesity causes 112,000 deaths every year
  • Childhood obesity costs approximately 3 billion dollars/year in direct medical costs

The maverick mom would like to reveal the following points related to childhood obesity: Continue reading “Children, Anxiety, and Weight” »

Is Sugar More Addictive Than Cocaine?

MM ButtonDo you love sweets like cookies, cake, and ice cream?  Maybe you’re a pie person instead.  Join the crowd!  There are times every month that I could eat “Sugar in the Raw” straight from the packet in public.  I also crave sweets after Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, and always after vacations when we have dessert each day.  It’s an easy habit to start, but it’s hard one to kick when vacations or holiday seasons end…..and it’s no wonder.  Sugar is addictive, and in fact, some research suggests that sugar can be just as addictive as cocaine! Continue reading “Is Sugar More Addictive Than Cocaine?” »

Pleasant Conversations

A conversation with Spirit Airline Flight Attendant Five Star General Bossy Pants:

Bossy Pants:  Ma’am, we’re preparing for landing.

Me: OK, thanks.

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How You Can Live Longer

I love it when a “new study” repackages and republishes old information.  This just in:  four behaviors are correlated with longevity.  The behaviors studied happen to be physical exercise, nutrition, alcohol use, and tobacco use.

This is old news.  There’s such a stockpile of research on the topic already that we now know that 85% of our longevity is tied to our lifestyle behaviors.  Your choices usually determine whether or not you’ll live to see your great grandchildren, not necessarily your genes.  The operate word here is choices. Continue reading “How You Can Live Longer” »