Archive for category Sex & Health
By Alfredo Jimenez
All of us remember the time when we were kids… just a few years ago, right?
The games that we used to play, like seek and hide, or just riding bikes with our cousins … who will forget the game with an empty can simulating it was a soccer ball… oh!!!. Very nice moments. But, nowadays kids don’t play like we did… now they have the power of the “technology” like videogames, they chat instead of being outside with their peers… they spend more time watching TV.
Now I´d like to ask you this and think about it; do you see any difference between the before games and nowadays games?
You don’t? Well just to be clearer, before internet and videogames were the rule games. Kids use to be active, for example: we ran a lot, we use to sweat and we use to interact with real friends.
And maybe you are thinking in your little cousin who is playing with the xbox all daylong and is gaining weight and you don’t know why? If he only eats healthy food provided by “sabritas” and energetic drinks created for the coca-cola company… very strange, right? Those companies are as healthy as eating pure sugar and carbs…. Yummy 😀
This are just a few complications that a kid with obesity can have
h They are an easy target for heart diseases, diabetes, fractures, low esteem, do you want me to continue??
All this thanks to their active life similar to an old person activity… what happen with the old school games??
How the next generations will be??? We have to take this into account because if you want to have healthy kids you have to promote them to practice any kind of sport, and stop being passive kids. It has been proved that children who play or practice any sport are kids with a good esteem, have better grades, their interaction with their similar is best. They are less inclined to develop diseases.
As a recommendation I suggest you if you know any child with weight problems you have to help him/her to:
- Try to change his/her life style
ü Promoting to practice any sport
ü Changing his/her nutritional habits, changing junk food for healthy food… do you remember why our mothers didn´t let us eat so many candies and sodas?? They were worried about our weight 😀 not because is was just waste of money
- Help him/her with the esteem, not making her/him feel bad about weight.. like calling them names… nobody likes that.. Do you??
And always remember:
Practice what you preach!!!!!!
Talking about sexuality its quite dificcult for almost everyone, but its more difficult talking for parents to their little children and the most frequently question is: WHEN and HOW to talk about it?
As a parent you never know how to react and what to say when this situation comes, most of the times the common reaction is to avoid the questions or just lie about it and those two things are the worst.
Children will ask about their sexuality when they began to explore their own body, no matter if they are 2, 3 or 10 years old, the curiosity will grow as they do and its better that you as a parent to be prepared and give that confidence your child needs.
The questions can be about anything, from why are boys and girls different?, why do boy peed standing up and girls don’t? Or more “complicated” questions such as where do I come from? Or why was I on my mom’s belly and how did I come out?… The answeres must be clear, simple and according to their age but if the kid doesn’t look sitisfied with it then maybe you can explain a bit more until your kid gets it.
One thing that parents NEVER have to do when explaining is: to use names or nicks to some parts of the male’s or female’s body, because further than making things easier to them this will just get them more confused!!! Instead of this, explain the things as they truly are with real names if head is known as head, hand is hand then penis is known as penis not as “willie” or something like that. Another important thing is: ALWAYS ansewered what they ask and that’s it. Do not give more information about it and do not allow fear or panic to get in between your conversation.
Remember, sexuality is a natural thing and it’s important to teach our children about it in order to have a healthy life. J