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Diana Boggia has a masters degree in education and writes about all kinds of parenting issues.
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Diana Boggia has a masters degree in education with licensure in preschool, elementary and special education. She taught children with multiple disabilities for 15 years and has been working with parents (families) with behavioral concerns for more ...
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Your Perfect Child
Diana Boggia has a masters degree in education with licensure in preschool, elementary and special education. She taught children with multiple disabilities for 15 years and has been working with parents (families) with behavioral concerns for more than 23 years. She develops individualized strategies to build self esteem and diminish negative, attention-seeking behaviors for each child to be successful in achieving remarkable results. Throughout her work with parents Diana has developed a program that includes hands-on materials encompassing limit-setting, developing structure with schedules, teaching time management, increasing listening skills and parenting with incentives, rather than threats. These successful strategies have changed the dynamics of many families who were struggling with their child¹s behaviors.
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When a woman first learns that she is blessed with a pregnancy, most often her biggest hope is that she will deliver a healthy baby. There is a saying, “If you have your health, you have everything.” So true. No one enjoys being sick. I look around and see so many young children who are already clinically obese. My heart breaks for them. I think of their already difficult lives and the life they will lead as an obese, unhealthy adult.  Nothing good comes of childhood obesity.  Although some children may have a medical condition which lends itself to weight gain, those cases are far and few between, and don’t apply to the general population. Overeating, or taking in more calories than are utilized through daily movement can take the joy and childhood out of a child’s life. Social stigma weaves its way into daily life, and obese children often become self-conscious, or a target for teasing. Medical remediations can be overwhelming, or at the very least frightening for a child when weight related problems arise due to obesity.  Recently, one mother lost custody of her obese son until she learned about appropriate nutrition and he participated in a nutritional program. This mom was considered neglectful to allow her son to become so unhealthy.  Much of childhood obesity is due to processed and fast foods which are consumed regularly without thought. Those foods are filled with Omega 6 fatty acids which can cause long term health risks including heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, depression and cancer. Make the decision to scale back on junk foods, and get your kids invested in preparing fresh healthy meals with you. Children learn what they live. Let yours learn how to live a healthy, happy lifestyle. Read the entire article “Parents should serve up a healthy lifestyle”.

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