Successful Weight Loss For Your Child

To a parent, heartbreak can mean many things. Often times, it begins upon seeing the distress on your child’s face when he/she comes home from school, sighing that they were picked last for dodge ball again. Or that some older kids were yelling “Hey, fatty!” He/she has steadily gained weight, and is now at a point where ignorance is no longer an option. The pediatrician has informed you that it is a serious health issue. Your child is unable to keep up with his peers in gym class.

Here are the effective tips by Helene Goldnadel to help you in this regard:

  • First, and foremost, you and your child must work as a team in meeting his weight loss objective. If he does not “buy into” the idea of changing his eating habits, weight loss will be difficult. Communication is key. Talk to your child; you may gently remind him of past insults or favorite clothes that no longer fit. Most likely, your child will come to you. He will be eager to improve his physical skills in school as well as his self-image.

  • Introduce your child to the concepts of food groups and portion size. Appropriate amounts of food groups are dependent on your child’s age, height, weight and body frame. Good reference can be found online to websites devoted to weight loss for children.

  • Exercise. Experts recommend at least thirty minutes of continuous activity each day. Motivating your child to participate will be easier if the whole family enjoys this time together. Good family activities include cycling, rollerblading, and hiking, swimming and kayaking. This cardio activity increases your child’s metabolism, helping them to burn more calories, even at rest. This ensures a consistent and steady weight loss.

  • Constant monitoring is essential. Even though your child may be eager to participate and is well motivated, he is, after all, a child. Education can help reduce slip-ups, setbacks, and “closet eating”. Continue to reinforce the importance of your program. Mini-goals are a great way to maintain compliance and motivation. A small reward for every five pounds lost is one idea. However, rewarding with food is not behavior you wish to reinforce. Instead, choose the art supplies, a movie ticket or some other small but special item that will show how much you value his efforts.

  • Lastly, a weekly weigh-in and progress chart are essentials in monitoring and tracking progress. The weigh-in provides a reality check on a regular basis and is a strong motivational tool. The progress chart records your child’s efforts and is an opportunity for praise, encouragement and assistance. This visual allows you to “tweak” your program as needed to meet his ultimate weight-loss objective.

Also read: Helene Goldnadel on Evaluating Your Child’s Reading Skills!

How Parents Play an Important Role in the Education of Their Child?

Parents’ involvement in their child’s education is a key factor in the child’s scholastic success. It helps eliminate the cultural barrier that separates home from school.


The importance of involving parents in child’s education can be justified on several counts. First, parents have been rightly recognized as their children’s first teachers and role models. Experts suggest that parents’ attitudes and practices toward diversity influences and shapes children’s attitudes toward people who are different from themselves.


“Parents themselves are important teachers”, says Helene Goldnadel. Parents’ willingness to take the risks of displaying their own ignorance, when they don’t know something, working patiently to solve problems they face are some amongst the important part of teaching children. Playing with children and talking to them, even for a short period of time, is an important part of their learning. Trying new things is part of learning to teach. What a person knows is less important than what they do to find out new things.


When parents and children explore learning together, the experience of cooperation, family support, and excitement outweighs the problems of being tired, not having enough time and embarrassment. Education includes more than just being in the classroom. The information society requires more than basic education. It rewards creativity, the ability to work together, the ability to put information together in new ways, curiosity, questioning, and asking difficult questions.


Students’ participation in extracurricular activities like sports, school clubs, music, theatre is part of this development process and should receive as much support from parents as classroom work. Education often begins even before school i.e. at home. The demands of future work will place more emphasis on personal interaction and building close and collaborative interpersonal relationships which is almost a difficult task to achieve until and unless the same sort of environment is created at home.


Growing up has never been easy especially now in the new millennium amidst unprecedented prosperity, it has become more striving than ever. The cravings to know each and every fact of the existing world around him drives the inquisitive child to a stage of instability. During this stage the child cries for attention, help and love from the parents. This stage if ignored can prove to be lethal for the child.


Parents usually prefer to discuss only the career oriented issues with the child and rest of his cravings are considered as taboo. The child is always raised with pressures to excel in life. When children are young, parents marvel at their every little accomplishment but later the primal ambition left with the pushy parents is just to see their child topping the class. The grim epithet to the tormented lives of the children is the word ‘failure’. Sometimes the children express an inability to cope with the pressure to excel, frittering the dreams of their parents.


Examination fear, sibling rivalry, issues at school, warring parents, fear of punishment, distressed parents, divorce of parents are some of the prominent reasons roosting among the children which are making them vulnerable towards depression or a new world (without parents).


The escalating aspirations where the youth believes in achieving anything and the need of instant gratification makes the youth bully in nature. In such cases the refusals by the parents to accept the browbeating attitude of the child drives him away from them towards the world of destruction.


To safeguard the future of their child and to bridge the gap the parents have to bring a cluster of changes in their own behavior and personalities. The parents should ensure that the state of anguish being brought in the lives of their children by the inchoate emotional forces running rampant in the adolescent mind of the child should not go unheeded in any case or on the pretext of being a subject of taboo. Parents should also ensure that they are least absorbed in their own lives and career and try to spend the maximum time with their child.


On seeing their child scoring low or being flunked most of the parents are seen doing comparisons between their child and the other intelligent classmates of the child who scored the highest, such affronting creates despair in the child. Instead of doing comparisons, sermonizing the child to compete in today’s rat race and creating polarities, the parents should keep patience to hear and understand the child, entice the child for study and match the child with peer. They should try to ferret out the caliber of their child and help the child hone it up.


Some children do not want to grow up as they assume that adults have no fun in their life. They perceive all the adults in their life as stressed and permanently tired. Here too the parents should tend to talk to the child about what they enjoy by growing older, also to tell them that education is the best provision for the journey to the old age. Caring relationship has proved to be the most powerful disciplinary and learning tool for children. Parents have the most important and enduring relationship with their children. Children learn more from the home environment than any other thing.


Parents are the truest friend a child has, when trials heavy and sudden falls upon the child; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with the child during sunshine deserts him; when trouble thickens around him, still will parents cling to their child, and endeavor by their kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to the hearts of their child.


Being pragmatic the parents should establish a few family rules and should stick to them. If children learn to obey at home, it will be easier for them at school. Punishment for not following the rules should be non-physical. The follow ups of these little but primal elements in life by the parents and the teachers will not let the child get bogged down by anxiety, phobias, academic and socialization plights and can restore a happy life to thousands of children. These factors corroborate the statement that ‘the parents definitely have a role in proper education of their child’.

Helene Goldnadel on Developing Social Skills

Healthy social skills are normally developed at home. But what if the child has been deprived of attention or may have suffered the hurt of coming from a broken home? More often than not, these children suffer psychologically and may become adolescents who have problems socializing. Developing social skill in this type of adolescent is not impossible. In fact, you may not need to be a professional psychologist to help in developing social skill. All you need is to possess a good heart.


The following are helpful tips by Helene Goldnadel for individuals like teachers who are in the business of developing social skill in adolescents. School is where work and play are combined to educate children. Let us identify the different social categories such children belong to.


  • Those who are rejected. These are the students who have low self esteem because they were consistently subject to harassment, ridicule and bullying by classmates.
  • Students who are isolated. These are the students who are withdrawn or withdrew from their peer group for the fear of rejection. They are usually not involved in the social activities in school.
  • Students who are introverted. Students in this social category seldom or refuse to move to another circle of friends. He is comfortable with the group where he is identified and refuses to mingle.
  • The sociable students. These are the students who have established positive social relationships with varied groups. This is the successful social group. They may have been raised and nurtured in a healthy home environment.


Among the 4 social categories, those who are rejected and who are isolated are the people we are concerned with. We could help develop their social skill with the help of the following:


  • Discover the talent of the youngster. Communicate with the child constantly and discover his talent. Once discovered, let the talent be used. Try to place that talented person in the limelight. It will develop his self esteem.
  • Encourage the person to join in a group. It may not be very easy at first but your support will give him courage. Let the people in the group encourage him by acknowledging his participation.
  • Organize a youth activity and assign him as a leader. This would boost his self worth. Sometimes getting started is the hardest thing to do, and so a gentle push could be just what is needed.
  • Allow room for mistakes. Never emphasize the errors committed but focus on the possible improvement to be attained.
  • Be there for him. At the start of his education, always be there but do not interfere. Let him get the feel of getting around different circles. Introduce him to different people then slowly leave him on his own.
  • Recognize the weak point of the child. Once this is recognized, act to address the weakness. For example, if the child finds it hard to start a conversation, then support him in that area.
  • Teach the youth to make friends from many types of background. It is good for your teen to be around people who can encourage him. Usually, having sensible adult friends will support his social development.


Although it is best to develop social skills when your children are toddlers, helping adolescents is not hopeless. Love and concern are the main ingredients in developing social skills in young people. Strategy may vary from one person to another, so it is imperative that you get to know your child, his weaknesses and his strengths, before suggesting the type of activities or circle of groups he should get into. Finally, knowing that someone is concerned with him will give him a better outlook on life and help in developing social skill.


Also read: Toddler Physical Development by Helene Goldnadel

A School Age Child Writing Activity by Helene Goldnadel

In order for a child to express him or herself well, it is important to develop writing skills as early as possible. Helene Goldnadel is of the view that a child writing activity can help develop the skills they need to become a good writer. This activity will allow them to practice grammar and sentence structure along with creative thinking.


The first child writing activity happens at the preschool age. They learn how to hold a crayon or pencil, and move it from left to right on the paper. Next the kindergarten child learns how to express him or herself, group objects, and put pictures into logical classifications. They also learn how to recognize complete sentences.


Beginning in first grade, children learn grammar and word usage, and begin to have a well-rounded knowledge of writing concepts and processes. They should also continue to work on their creative thinking skills using fun writing activities that encourage their imagination.


A great idea for a child writing activity is to set up a writing center. This writing center will allow children to practice their writing skills during free time. Find an area that you can set up the writing center and leave it set up all the time. A small table or desk area will work just fine. Provide pencils, crayons or markers and paper for the children to use. Make a poster to post over the area that says, Write Super Sentences.


Directions to list on the poster include:

  • See how many sentences you can make.
  • Copy the sentences on a sheet of paper.
  • Draw a picture of the best sentence.


For the writing center, label five containers (1 lb. Coffee cans work great) with:

  • Describing words – Adjectives
  • Who or What – Nouns
  • Did What? – Verbs
  • Where?
  • When?


Then make 5-10 cards or slips of paper that has suggested words for each category. Place these inside the appropriate category (container). Use words appropriate for your child’s grade level. As the child progresses and words become too easy, add more difficult words to each category.


Another child writing activity to add to the writing center would be to have them make 5-10 sentences that they will put together to make a story. Let them use their creative thinking skills and imagination to write a short story. Have them illustrate their story and put all the short stories together into a binder for others to read. No matter how silly the story turns out, it is their original writing!


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