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New Year

According to the Gregorian calendar, the New Year begins on January 1st; this day marks the beginning of a new calendar year. My family typically celebrates the new year watching fireworks on New Year’s Eve and eating pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s Day (I’m from Pennsylvania).

New Year Activities

Ring in the new year, with some fun coloring activities

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New Year Resolutions

We all make them and most of us break them. Here’s some of the common New Year’s resolutions with some child friendly feedback.

Eat Healthier (Lose Weight)
If this is your resolution this year, consider these facts. More than a third of children are overweight and childhood obesity has tripled over the last thirty years. Your child will model many of your habits. In fact, food preferences are typically established early in life. Help your child make the right choices and select healthy foods, e.g., fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Set a good example and begin the new year eating healthier and if you lose weight well, that’s an added bonus!

Quit Smoking
If this is your New Year resolution, know the facts. Parental smoking poses health issues; a child is more likely to develop asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia and middle-ear disease. It is also harder for these children to kick the common cold. A child of a smoker is more than twice as likely to smoke cigarettes than a nonsmoker’s child. Spare your child this addiction and quit today.

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