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Parents Corner - September Newsletter 

Welcome to our September Newsletter. 
We have scanned the net to find topics we believe will help parents raising young athletes. No parent is perfect, however, here are some topics that might help you on you way to perfection.

Iron - what is it?
Kids and Stress - helping them through it.

Enjoy your reading and don’t forget if you have a topic you would like covered e-mail it to jason@readyrugby.com.au

Iron What Is It?

Iron - What is it?

* Iron is an essential mineral in the diet.

What does it do?

* It is needed to make haemoglobin, the red part of blood, that carries oxygen to all parts of the body. It is also important for the nervous system (for brain development and function), for body growth and to fight infections.

Where is it found?

* Iron is found in meat, especially red meat, liver, eggs, seafood, grains and cereals, legumes. Iron is absorbed easily from meat, but is not as readily absorbed from plant foods unless foods containing vitamin C are eaten at the same time. This is important for vegetarians. Pregnant women are often given iron supplements to make sure the baby gets enough.

What happens if we don't get enough?

* Anaemia, or low haemoglobin in the blood, from iron deficiency can occur at times of rapid growth (such as before birth and in the early months) and when there is regular blood loss (eg. when a girl starts having periods).

* Energy levels, growth and development may be affected.

* Some research has found that almost a quarter of South Australian babies and young children had low iron levels, and some were showing problems because of this.

* Children with very low iron levels may have developmental delay, and may be more likely to have some behaviour problems such as ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

What happens if we get too much?

* This is not likely from the diet, but iron supplements are poisonous in excess, especially for children.

To read more go to www.cyh.com

Kids and Stress Helping Them Through It.

Kids get to play and they don't have jobs, but they still have plenty to worry about. Stress from things like school and social situations can feel overwhelming for kids, particularly if they don't have healthy strategies to cope with strong feelings and solve everyday problems.

A recent KidsHealth® KidsPoll showed that kids deal with stress in both healthy and unhealthy ways, and while they may not initiate a conversation about what's bothering them, they do want their parents to reach out and help them cope with their feelings.

But it's not always easy for parents to know how to connect with a child who's feeling stressed.

Here are a few ideas:

Notice out loud. Tell your child when you notice something he or she might be feeling. ("It seems like you're still mad about what happened at the playground").

Listen to your child. Ask your child to tell you what's wrong. Listen attentively and calmly — with interest, patience, openness, and caring. Avoid any urge to judge, blame, lecture, or say what you think your child should have done instead.

Comment briefly on the feelings you think your child was experiencing. For example, you might say "That must have been upsetting," "No wonder you felt mad when they wouldn't let you in the game," or "That must have seemed unfair to you."

Put a label on it. Many kids do not yet have words for their feelings. If your child seems angry or frustrated, use those words to help him or her learn to identify the emotions by name.

Help your child think of things to do. Suggest activities your child can do to feel better now and to solve the problem at hand.

Just be there. Sometimes kids don't feel like talking about what's bothering them.

Be patient. As a parent, it hurts to see your child unhappy or worried. But try to resist the urge to fix every problem.

Remember that you can't fix everything, and that you won't be there to solve every problem as your child goes through life. But by teaching healthy coping strategies, you prepare your child to manage whatever stresses come in the future.

To read more on this topic go to www.kidshealth.org