Healthy New Year’s Resolutions for Kids

Ring in the new year with these healthy resolutions for your kids, from the American Academy of Pediatrics:

Preschoolers
• I will clean up my toys and put them where they belong.
• I will brush my teeth twice a day, and wash my hands after going to the bathroom and before eating.
• I won’t tease dogs or other pets – even friendly ones. I will avoid being bitten by keeping my fingers and face away from their mouths.

Kids, 5- to 12-years-old
• I will drink reduced-fat milk and water every day, and drink soda and fruit drinks only on special occasions.
• I will apply sunscreen before I go outdoors on bright sunny days. I will try to stay in the shade whenever possible and wear a hat and sunglasses, especially when I’m playing sports.
• I will try to find a sport (like basketball or soccer) or an activity (like playing tag, jumping rope, dancing or riding my bike) that I like and do it at least three times a week!
• I will always wear a helmet when bicycling.
• I will wear my seat belt every time I get in a car. I’ll sit in the back seat and use a booster seat until I am tall enough to use a lap/shoulder seat belt.
• I’ll be nice to other kids. I’ll be friendly to kids who need friends – like someone who is shy, or is new to my school. 
• I’ll never give out personal information such as my name, home address, school name or telephone number on the Internet. I’ll also never send a picture of myself to someone I chat with on the computer without my parent’s permission.

Kids, 13-years-old and up
• I will try to eat two servings of fruit and two servings of vegetables every day, and I will drink sodas only on special occasions.
• I will take care of my body through physical activity and nutrition.
• I will choose non-violent television shows and video games, and I will spend only one to two hours each day – at the most – on these activities.
• I will help out in my community – through volunteering, working with community groups or by joining a group that helps people in need.
• When I feel angry or stressed out, I will take a break and find constructive ways to deal with the stress, such as exercising, reading, writing in a journal or discussing my problem with a parent or friend.
• When faced with a difficult decision, I will talk about my choices with an adult whom I can trust.
• When I notice my friends are struggling or engaging in risky behaviors, I will talk with a trusted adult and attempt to find a way that I can help them.
• I will be careful about whom I choose to date, and always treat the other person with respect and without coercion or violence. I will expect the same good behavior in return.
• I will resist peer pressure to try tobacco, drugs or alcohol.
• I agree not to use a cellphone or text message while driving and to always use a seat belt.

Happy New Year from the CHOC family. Visit choc.org/health for health and safety tips all year long!

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Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2014! I think it’s going to be a bright year for us all.NewYear

2014 is especially important at CHOC Children’s because this year marks the hospital’s 50th anniversary! I can’t wait to help the hospital celebrate a half century of caring for kids. Stay tuned for a whole lot of fun this year.

But first, let’s get down to business: It wouldn’t be New Year’s Day without some resolutions.  Mine is the same as it’s been every year since New Year’s Day 1965: Do not fall out of any trees.

What’s your New Year’s resolution? Tell me in the comments, or let us know on social media with the hashtag #thxCHOC.

10 Helpful Homework Tips in the New Year

To help your kids get a good start with school in the new year, check out the following homework help tips from our Kids Health education resource on choc.org.

Parents can be supportive by demonstrating study and organization skills, explaining a tricky problem, or just encouraging kids to take a break!

1. Know the teachers — and what they’re looking for. Attend school events, such as parent-teacher conferences, to meet your child’s teachers. Ask about their homework policies and how you should be involved.
2. Set up a homework-friendly area. Make sure kids have a well-lit place to complete homework. Keep supplies — paper, pencils, glue, scissors — within reach.
3. Schedule a regular study time. Some kids work best in the afternoon, following a snack and play period; others may prefer to wait until after dinner.
4. Help them make a plan. On heavy homework nights or when there’s an especially hefty assignment to tackle, encourage your child break up the work into manageable chunks. Create a work schedule for the night if necessary — and take time for a 15-minute break every hour, if possible.
5. Keep distractions to a minimum. This means no TV, loud music, or phone calls. (Occasionally, though, a phone call to a classmate about an assignment can be helpful.)
6. Make sure kids do their own work. They won’t learn if they don’t think for themselves and make their own mistakes. Parents can make suggestions and help with directions.
7. Be a motivator and monitor. Ask about assignments, quizzes, and tests. Give encouragement, check completed homework, and make yourself available for questions and concerns.
8. Set a good example. Do your kids ever see you diligently balancing your budget or reading a book? Kids are more likely to follow their parents’ examples than their advice.
9. Praise their work and efforts. Post an aced test or art project on the refrigerator. Mention academic achievements to relatives.
10. If there are continuing problems with homework, get help. Talk about it with your child’s teacher. Some kids have trouble seeing the board and may need glasses; others might need an evaluation for a learning problem or attention disorder.

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Healthy New Year’s Resolutions for Kids

Help your kids start 2013 on the right foot with these healthy tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics:

Preschoolers
• I will clean up my toys and put them where they belong.
• I will brush my teeth twice a day, and wash my hands after going to the bathroom and before eating.
• I won’t tease dogs or other pets – even friendly ones. I will avoid being bitten by keeping my fingers and face away from their mouths.

Kids, 5- to 12-years-old
•  I will drink reduced-fat milk and water every day, and drink soda and fruit drinks only on special occasions.
• I will apply sunscreen before I go outdoors on bright sunny days. I will try to stay in the shade whenever possible and wear a hat and sunglasses, especially when I’m playing sports.
• I will try to find a sport (like basketball or soccer) or an activity (like playing tag, jumping rope, dancing or riding my bike) that I like and do it at least three times a week!
• I will always wear a helmet when bicycling.
• I will wear my seat belt every time I get in a car. I’ll sit in the back seat and use a booster seat until I am tall enough to use a lap/shoulder seat belt.
• I’ll be nice to other kids. I’ll be friendly to kids who need friends – like someone who is shy, or is new to my school.
•  I’ll never give out personal information such as my name, home address, school name or telephone number on the Internet. Also, I’ll never send a picture of myself to someone I chat with on the computer without my parent’s permission.

Kids, 13-years-old and up
• I will try to eat two servings of fruit and two servings of vegetables every day, and I will drink sodas only on special occasions.
• I will take care of my body through physical activity and nutrition.
• I will choose non-violent television shows and video games, and I will spend only one to two hours each day – at the most – on these activities.
• I will help out in my community – through volunteering, working with community groups or by joining a group that helps people in need.
• When I feel angry or stressed out, I will take a break and find constructive ways to deal with the stress, such as exercising, reading, writing in a journal or discussing my problem with a parent or friend.
•  When faced with a difficult decision, I will talk about my choices with an adult whom I can trust.
•  When I notice my friends are struggling or engaging in risky behaviors, I will talk with a trusted adult and attempt to find a way that I can help them.
•  I will be careful about whom I choose to date, and always treat the other person with respect and without coercion or violence. I will expect the same good behavior in return.
•  I will resist peer pressure to try tobacco, drugs or alcohol.
•  I agree not to use a cellphone or text message while driving and to always use a seat belt.

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20 Resolutions for Kids to Start 2012 Right!

The new year is only a couple days away! While many adults will be busy making new year’s resolutions, how about coming up with some fun, healthy resolutions with your kids — for them!

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests the following kid-friendly resolutions, that are sure to help you and your family start the new year right. http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/jankidstips.cfm

What are some of your family’s new year’s resolutions?

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