4 Activities To Help You Bond With Your Children

Playing soccer with your ChildrenNowadays it seems as if our children grow at a faster rate than we did. One day, they are little bundles of joy that you can’t even hold without worrying that you may drop them. The next time you blink, they are already two and they are terrible, and then before you know it, they are leaving home and going to college.

The terrible truth is, we do not have enough time to bond with our children. What with the world economy in the state that its in, we need to work round the clock just to make ends meet. But when we do find those few precious moments to bond with our children, here are a few tips on the sorts of activities that will have a long lasting effect on both you and your kids.

1. Play Catch
This is a tradition of many households. What they don’t tell you is that, you do not necessarily have to love baseball to play catch. You can teach your kids how to play football, basketball, volleyball, hockey… all kinds of sports. As long as you are playing together, these lessons and moments will never leave them. It doesn’t take too much time, ten, twenty minutes and you will have created a lifelong lesson and memory.

2. Play Video Games with Them
Fantasy football has become a worldwide activity for both the young and the old. As much as it may seem straight forward to you, it takes a knowledgeable mind to impart that knowledge to the younger generation. Teaching your child how to play fantasy futbol will not only impart both the strategic and managerial skills that fantasy football players must posses, but it will also give you something to continuously bond over. You can exchange strategies, news and information about your various teams.

3. Learn An Art Together
Most of us skipped on the Piano lessons that our parents desperately wanted us to get. You can use this as an opportunity to both bond with your kids and learn the Piano after all this time. It doesn’t have to be the Piano. It can be anything; a musical instrument of your choice, a dance routine, magic tricks and so on. So long as it’s a new skill that will involve the participation of both parties.

4. Help Them Study
This is by far the most popular and common bonding technique,especially for new parents who still have little ones. Once they hit teenhood, this will be highly difficult to implement. But while they are still young and hang on to your every word, you should help them study. You will bond and they will see you as the most knowledgeable human being alive.
There are very many other ways through which you can bond with your children: teaching them how to make, spend, save and invest their money, showing them how to perform some in-house maintenance jobs, showing them how to shave, how to change a tire…all these are ways that can bring your family closer together.

Nutritional Value Labels Will Display Calories More Prominently in 2014

At the beginning of 2014, Food and drug administration (FDA) indicated the need to update nutritional labels. This announcement came in conjunction to white house which is set to provide the FDA-approved nutrition labels as part of tackling childhood obesity and encouraging better health habits.

The number of people who rely on nutrition labels when they select their food according to a research by department of agriculture in USA is on the rise. According to a report entitled food labeling chaos carried out by one of the nonprofit organization known as Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), there is lack of industrial nutrition labeling regulations that will hold companies accountable incase of wrong or false labeling. The report urged FDA to crack down on those companies that made overreaching claims about their products’ nutritional content. The report also suggested the need to make several adjustments and updates to the current nutrition labeling trends and establish a consistent standard for naturally labeled foods.

Suggestions put forth by CSPI’s report and which will improve nutrition labels include, dividing the information into different sections that will be simple to read, displaying calories content more prominently, color coding the ingredients which exceeds the daily recommended levels and adding the whole wheat content.

The current nutrition label used in America relies on categories and lettering which can be hard to read and interpret. This means that many consumers are limited from acquiring the required information based on the nutritional value of the food they are consuming. A study conducted by FDA in 2013 confirmed that many of the Americans don’t understand the nutrition label provided especially when the ingredients have been multiplied to calculate larger serving sizes.

FDA has not yet confirmed what needs to be changed from the current nutrition labels. However, different suggestions have been brought forth and include displaying calories content more prominently considering the obesity levels. The serving sizes need to be displayed in line based on what the consumers are actually eating.

Other changes which need to be unveiled include adding and dropping certain nutrients from the list of minerals and vitamins. The percentage of the added sugars need to be declared, indicate percentages by weight of main ingredients, bullets separate ingredients and list minor ingredients and allergens separately.

In addition to nutrition labeling, the FDA should make several changes to major food policies. This should include overhauling the food safety system, banning artificial Trans-fats and setting sodium targets for food products. With such major changes, food related health complications will drastically minimize.

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