WITH PRESSURES on America’s youth mounting, being attuned to mental health is paramount for parents. In her new book “Building Happier Kids,” Atlanta’s Hansa Bhargava, MD, FAAP, offers advice that will help prioritize health and restore the joys of childhood. Her concept is simple—taking a step back from our society’s break-neck pace to focus on healthy eating, quality sleep and unscheduled free time. Still, in a culture where that might be easier said than done, Bhargava offers motivation and practical tips that will help you walk the walk. The chief medical officer at Medscape Education and former WebMD senior medical director transfers her expertise in mental health, parenting and pregnancy into topics like gauging your child’s emotional wellbeing, using food as medicine and eliminating toxic stress.
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