Best Minimalist, Athletic Shoes for Kids

In another post, I wrote about how I decided to lean towards minimalist footwear for my kids and for myself. Well, I didn’t realize that finding children’s minimalist, athletic footwear (and there are definitely degrees of minimalism here) would be so difficult! In fact, most popular brands had very thick soles and were heavy. Others were too rigid and narrow, particularly in the toebox, and even others also had positive inclines, so much that I was effectively putting my child in a slight heel. None of those made any sense to me and yet those were the majority that I … Continue reading Best Minimalist, Athletic Shoes for Kids

Myopia Control vs. Myopia Reversal

In my quest to quell my child’s myopia, I discovered the myopia reversal community online. It seems there are many adults who are trying to improve their vision naturally. Yet while the medical eyecare community has not reached the point where they will even consider that myopia reversal is possible, myopia control for children is a growing sub-specialty and reaching mainstream eyecare practices. Considering that myopia control didn’t exist when I was growing up, (and yet here it is), I’m wary of dismissing the possibility of myopia reversal too quickly. My takeaway Researching and comparing these two “fields” was helpful … Continue reading Myopia Control vs. Myopia Reversal

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10+ Things to Know About OIT for Food Allergies

If you or your child have a food allergy, you’ve probably had your share of sudden panic or major scares, or you subconsciously carry a low level of stress for anything food-related. We have nut allergies in our household, so I’ve had some scares and ER visits, followed by frantic googling of “food allergy cure.”  Recently, we decided to have our children try oral immunotherapy (OIT) for nuts. (OIT is just one of many treatment options emerging – see my other post on this.) This was a huge, agonizing decision for us and we went back and forth several times … Continue reading 10+ Things to Know About OIT for Food Allergies

Top 5 Resources for Teaching Chinese to Kids

After a lot of searching the Internet and asking around for best practices, we settled on a few key resources for teaching Chinese to our children. The amount of resources and choices online can be really overwhelming and paralyzing if you don’t know where to start. There are a lot of good options and none will be perfect. I was definitely in the “paralyzed” camp for awhile. Now that I’ve done the research, I realize that the key is to just pick a strategy and structure and get started.  Below are the five main resources we use:  Resource #1: A … Continue reading Top 5 Resources for Teaching Chinese to Kids

Reversing Myopia – My Experience So Far

  My takeaway: the basic method of reversing myopia The basic method of reversing myopia looks like this: Reduce your glasses or contact RX by a small amount at a time, 0.25 to 0.50 diopters (some people do more, but it seems like you may end up reducing so much that your eyes cannot focus enough to improve). When wearing your reduced RX, routinely spend time focusing on slightly blurry things and trying to make them clear. When you can see 20/20 or 20/25 with the reduction, then reduce the RX some more. This could take weeks or months – … Continue reading Reversing Myopia – My Experience So Far