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Shocking Statistics About Children Every Parent Needs To Know...

Shocking Statistics About Children Every Parent Needs To Know...

Being a parent is difficult. It is probably the biggest and most important responsibility anyone will ever face.

You would think kids would come with some sort of instruction manual. Sadly, they don't... and raising kids today is more complex than at any time in history. That's why it's so important to learn all you can - whenever the opportunity presents itself.

Now Is One Of Those Times

For example, there are a couple of alarming statistics and trends every parent should know. They have the potential to shape your children's future in positive... or negative ways.

Here's the first statistic every parent should know: According to a new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, "The average young American now spends practically every waking minute, except for time spent in school, using a smart phone, computer, television or other electronic device.

"Those ages 8 to 18 spend more than 7 1/2 hours a day with such devices, compared with less than 6 1/2 hours 5 years ago." That does not include time spent simply texting or talking on the phone.

It also found: "that heavy media use is associated with several negatives, including behavior problems and lower grades."

Here's the second statistic, as reported on January 20, 2010 in the New York Times: "Between 1977 and 2002, the percent of the American population eating 3 or more snacks a day increased to 42 percent from 11 percent, according to a large study of American nutritional habits conducted by the Agriculture Department with the Department of Health and Human Services.

Further, researchers found the percent of children surveyed who said they had eaten 3 meals on the previous day went down, while those who had a snack went up more than 40 percent."

Even though these statistics are from several years ago, researchers in the article say the trends have not changed. It is very possible the situation is even worse today.

Think about it. Food is everywhere. Have you been to an event for your children lately that did not have some snack for sale? As the New York Times' article pointed out, these snacks are usually "junk food." Here's something very interesting from a parent interviewed for the article: Once a week, Vivian Zachary's 6-year-old son, Joel, goes dashing for the vending machine at the gym after his gymnastics' class ends at 5 p.m. "Last week it was a Fruit Roll-Up and a can of 7-Up," Ms. Zachary wrote in an e-mail message. "I'm not sure why I let this go on, and I often think that if I were a better parent, or at least more able to tolerate incessant complaining, I would let him buy the snacks but not actually consume them until after dinner. But I have already established the pattern [the 'rule' in Joel's mind], so there's no going back now."

Like the first sentence of this newsletter stated, "Being a parent is difficult." It also pointed out how important this responsibility is. So, you have to ask yourself at some point...

Who Is Raising Who?

Who's making the important decisions? Who is the parent and who is the child? And clearly... it is NEVER too late to start doing the right thing - no matter how difficult it may seem. When looking back on our lives, it is easy to see our "mistakes." It is also easy to say we made those mistakes because we just didn't know what to do at that time. We didn't have the facts. We didn't know the right answer.

But, that's not true, because most of the time we DO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER. We do know what we should do. We just don't choose to do it because it seems too darn hard. We take what seems to be the easy way out - and then deal with the terrible repercussions later.

A Great Story About This Instantly Comes To Mind...

Several children were asked to come into a room with an interviewer one-by-one. When the child sat down with the interviewer, one marshmallow was placed in the center of the table.

As soon as the "interview" was to begin, someone would enter the room and announce they needed the interviewer.

The interviewer would tell the child he had to leave... and the child had two choices...

The child could eat the marshmallow while he was gone or wait until he got back. If the child ate the marshmallow while he was gone, that's all he would get.

If the child waited until the interviewer got back, the child would get an entire bag of marshmallows.

As the story goes, these children were followed up later in life. The children who immediately ate the marshmallow had a tendency to lead difficult lives. They had a hard time keeping jobs and relationships. They usually did not amount to very much.

The kids who waited were very different. They tended to be very successful in most aspects of their lives. They had good jobs and healthy long-term relationships.

This story exemplifies the value of...

Delayed Gratification

In other words, the ability to put off a small reward, pleasure of satisfaction now, for a larger one in the future. Should you purchase those new shoes or big screen TV on your credit card today - or should you save your money and buy it with cash later? Should you eat that piece of chocolate - or go to the gym and exercise?

Should the parent in the quote above deal with her child complaining about getting a snack now or give in and have a larger problem in the future? We all know the right answer is NOT eating the marshmallow right now and getting a whole bag later. It is standing up to a 6 year old and making the right choice for them because it will lead to a better life for everyone.

Dealing with problems head-on, no matter how difficult they may seem at the time, is almost always the best choice.

Diet Product Danger

Recently, TV celebrity Kim Kardashian endorsed the diet regimen QuickTrim. She said in an interview in OK! Magazine that she used it to quickly shed 15 pounds in just a few weeks.

But, is Quicktrim safe? Maybe not - at least according to a posting on Dr. Joseph Mercola's health website: The morning and afternoon supplements contain a "thermogenic complex," two doses of which provide a total of 400 milligrams of caffeine -- the equivalent of four cups of coffee. The supplements also contain piperine (black pepper) and white willow bark extract, both of which increase the potency of caffeine. If the person who takes it drinks coffee as well, they could get caffeine poisoning, which can cause heart arrhythmias. The evening supplements contain a combination of stimulant laxatives and bulk laxatives. This could lead to diarrhea, which can cause dehydration and a loss of vital nutrients. Stimulant laxatives can also cause your intestines to become dependent on them for stimulation, causing constipation if you stop. It also comes with a variety of diuretics, and several of these -- including juniper berry, uva ursi, and horsetail extract -- shouldn't be taken over long periods of time because they can be toxic. There are also possible health risks involved with severe water loss, such as fainting from the loss of electrolytes, kidney stones, even full-blown kidney malfunction.

In a nutshell, QuickTrim elixirs have some pretty powerful stimulants, laxatives, and diuretics. The package material advises checking with a doctor before using the products, but most people probably don't.

And don't forget, if you ever have any questions or concerns about your health talk to us. Contact us with your questions. We're here to help and don't enjoy anything more than participating in your lifelong good health.