Parental Controls For Parents’ Screen Time

 

In Lisa’s Home School, learn more about what most families are experiencing – a disconnect from each other and an obsession with wifi connection.  As one mom puts it, “As my children enter this wireless world of WhatsApp, Instagram, and Snapchat, it’s painfully clear that we need a meaningful plan for finding a balance for all of us. I don’t want my children imitating my rude habit of checking my phone mid-sentence, staying online rather than reading a book, or worse, learning to drive without the discipline to leave their phones out of reach.”  How can we gain some balance?  Check out more with the link above.

 

Toby The Teddy Tours Disney

 

Toby the teddy bear isn’t just any old stuffed animal to Brooklyn. He’s a cherished link to a father who died far too young. It even has a special message in it recorded from her father, Tony Andrews, a police officer who died of a heart attack on duty in 2006.   On a recent trip to Disney World, Toby got left behind, presumably at the resort or in the park.  But, have no fear, the internet is here!  Through a few different online pleas, Toby was found and returned, but not before enjoying Disney for himself.  Take a look!

 

Treating Colds

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I have a lot of patients ask my advice for treating colds. And even though they’re common, the list of possible treatments is uncommonly long. Well, here’s what the best research recommends.

High doses of Vitamin C may reduce the severity and length of a cold. The same goes for zinc lozenges, but only if used within twenty-four hours of the first symptoms.

Pain relievers like ibuprofen and acetaminophen help reduce pain, and of course, you know I’m going to say get lots of rest and drink plenty of water.

Many people take honey, drink hot liquids, or use humidifiers. And while there’s no harm in any of these, research doesn’t show they’re truly effective.

You may have a family remedy you swear by, and that’s okay, as long as it’s safe. There is no single treatment that that puts the kibosh on colds.

You can read additional blogs by Dr. Larimore on this topic here. Just scroll down the home page to find and click on the article in which you’re interested. In addition, you can see Dr. Walt’s twice-daily devotional, Morning Glory, Evening Grace, here. Last, but not least, limited numbers of autographed copies of Dr. Walt’s books are available here.

Listen to today’s audio here. 

Toddlers and TV

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There’s more research out on the impact of TV on toddlers, and the news is not good.

 

PluggedIn.com is reporting on a new study done in Canada, in which 2,000 families were asked to keep track of their toddler’s TV time each day.  Then the researchers compared the amount of screen time with behavior and developmental problems that emerged later in kindergarten.

 

They found that the kids who watched more than three hours of TV per day had lower vocabulary and math skills and shorter attention spans.

 

Interestingly, those kids were also more likely to be bullied. Every extra hour of daily TV viewing past the three-hour mark noticeably worsened those outcomes.

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that kids under two don’t watch any television, and they say that older kids should not spend more than two hours a day in front of a screen.

Here’s another media study that parents should know about.

 

Teens who spend more than three hours a day playing violent video games daily may be impairing their moral development.

 

That’s according to research done at Brock University in Ontario, Canada.

 

The researchers believe that excessive exposure to violent images and less time spent in real relationships make it more difficult for teens to tell right from wrong.

 

And here’s another troubling finding—teens who engage in a lot of violent gaming were less likely to have empathy for the real-life suffering of others.  We all know that can’t be good.

 

If you have a question for me about family issues or Christian living, click the “Questions” link on the Family Expert page.

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Whisper, Don’t Yell

 

In Lisa’s Home School today, we’re talking about lots of studies that show parents are yelling more at their kids, and what to do about it!  Yelling is stressful and stress-inducing!  One mom tried whispering for one week.  You’re going to want to check this out.

 

Good News: Drive-Thru Difference Is More Than Free Coffee

 

A SACKed story from Debbie:  On Feb. 19th I got up late for work. I didn’t have time for breakfast so I thought I would stop at Dunkin Donuts in Highland, IN. Upon getting there I was stopped in the lot trying to find my Dunkin card.  A red car with an RN plate was in front of me at the drive thru. I placed my order, pulled up, opened my door to pay, (my window wasn’t working that day) when the guy told me the lady in the car in front of me paid for my order. I couldn’t believe it. He handed me my stuff and said have a good day. I thanked him, said God Bless you, and drove of in tears. I drove to work that day thanking God for what just happened, and praying blessings for that lady. What started out as a bad day, God used the lady in the red car to show me He loves me and takes care of me. The rest of the day was positive. Thank you Lord, Thank you Shine, and Thank you to the lady in the red car.

 

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So Long Sodium

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You can have over two thousand milligrams of this substance each day and still be within a healthy guideline. Yet, most Americans double that. Just a simple reduction could mean fewer deaths from strokes, heart attacks, and high blood pressure.

I’m talking about salt. Besides sprinkling it on foods or using it while cooking, you often consume huge amounts of it unknowingly in processed foods and restaurant meals.

According to an international study, consuming fifteen percent less salt prevents three times as many deaths as a twenty percent decrease in smoking.

Another study concludes that cutting daily salt intake could reduce strokes by nearly twenty-five percent, plus cut cardiovascular disease.

Salt may add flavor to your foods, but it can subtract years from your life. Consider shunning the shaker yourself.

You can read additional blogs by Dr. Larimore on this topic here. Just scroll down the home page to find and click on the article in which you’re interested. In addition, you can see Dr. Walt’s twice-daily devotional, Morning Glory, Evening Grace, here. Last, but not least, limited numbers of autographed copies of Dr. Walt’s books are available here.

Listen to today’s audio here. 

Before You Live Together

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Dear Dr. Bill,

A few weeks ago I heard you say that it’s not a good idea for couples to live together before marriage.  Why is this important if both people have faith in Jesus, respect each other, and have good morals and values?

–Grace

 

Dear Grace,

I mentioned that many couples today believe that living together is a good way to find out if they are compatible-sort of a “test drive” that will improve their chances for martial success.

While this seems to make sense, actually just the opposite is true.  The latest research indicates that couples who cohabit before marriage have a 50-80% higher divorce rate than those who don’t.

These couples also have higher rates of domestic violence and are more likely to be involved in affairs.  If a cohabiting couple gets pregnant, there’s a very good chance that the man will leave the relationship within two years, resulting in a single mom raising a fatherless child.

It’s also important for you to know that the bible has some very specific things to say about sex outside of marriage.  Sexuality is a marvelous gift that God has given us.  But he clearly tells us that it is to be expressed within the context of marriage.  There are many scriptures that address this issue.  When we venture outside of God’s design in this area, the consequences can be painful.

I would encourage you and your boyfriend to remain sexually pure until marriage.  If you are already living together, you need to know that God considers this sin.  Since you describe yourself as a Christian, I would urge you to take seriously what he tells us in his Word.

To learn more about this very important issue, check out the book Before You Live Together by Dr. David Gudgel. Thanks for writing, Grace.

 

If you have a question for me about family issues or Christian living, click the “Questions” link on the Family Expert page.

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Keep Your Color

 

If you’re like most women, you pay big bucks to color your hair – either to hide your grays or to change your look a bit.  Either way, you may be damaging your hair or not taking care of the new color properly.  Check out Lisa’s Home School for tips to make your color last longer!

 

Good News: Autistic Boy Receives The Perfect Gift

 

Every Monday morning, for a while now, Manuel Sanchez spends extra time at one home on his sanitation route in California. It is a special home to Manuel because of 5-year-old Daniel.  Daniel, who has autism, is very captivated by garbage trucks, and he waves at Manuel excitedly as he stops his truck to open the claw on the side and lift it up and down.  Manuel and Daniel became such swift friends that recently, Manuel brought the boy a gift: a little toy sanitation truck.  You’re going to have to check out this video!