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7 Fun Ways to Get Exercise on Indoor Days

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With the weather turning and sniffles coming, there’s bound to be some indoor play in your future. But kids staying cooped up all day can create chaos of a different kind. We all know they need to exercise and release energy (preschoolers need 90-120 minutes a day), no matter what the elements are doing outside.

Here are some fun, creative ways to exert energy indoors. This will challenge their minds and bodies – and make them tired enough for bedtime.
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3 Unhelpful Things Well-Meaning Parents Say

Your child’s crumpled into a ball in the living room, sobbing over a newly broken toy. You jump into action to quell the crying and help him feel better – but will your words actually help?

As much as parents would like to consider ourselves fonts of unending wisdom, we can say some pretty unhelpful things at times. These aren’t necessarily things said in the midst of a late-afternoon tantrum or a middle-of-the-store meltdown, but things we say to comfort our kids with the best intentions of helping them.

So, the next time these words are on the tip of your tongue, take a second and look for a different way to approach the situation:
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The Weighty Conversation Every Family Should Be Having

Weight Stigma Awareness Week

“I never talked about weight in the household. We just started making changes in a way that didn’t….make them feel bad about themselves.”

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This was Michelle Obama on the media circuit in March discussing how she avoids the topic of weight with her daughters in favor of emphasizing healthy habits. While I agree wholeheartedly with the first lady’s approach, there is another part of the weight story that shouldn’t remain silent.

What better time than Weight Stigma Awareness Week (September 23-27) to spur a different, but much-needed conversation about weight and children.  Whether parents realize it or not, weight stigma is a huge problem in this country and it’s affecting the way children treat each other, how adults interact with children, and the future well being of children.
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Child Aggression

Fighting the Good Fight Against Child Aggression

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It’s the moment we all dread, played out in real life: our child whacks another—on purpose. Whether there are blood and bruises or only hurt feelings, we can’t believe our eyes. Not only is the episode an ugly reflection on our parenting, we think, but now we have to figure out a way to get our child to kick the habit.

It might seem impossible, but there are plenty of positive strategies for dealing with child aggression. Not only that – there’s good news: it’s entirely normal. From the toddler who bops her older sister in attempt to gain a sparkly fairy pony, to the 11-year-old who lashes out against his buddy who doesn’t want to play one-on-one basketball, virtually every youngster displays child aggression at various stages. Rest assured it’s not juvenile delinquency—but it is something you’ll need to address before it does become a bigger problem. Follow these guidelines:
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When Children Swear

How Do You Cope When Children Swear?

When Children SwearIf you missed my swearing segment on The Today Show with Dr. Jennifer Hartstein, you can catch it here. Here are the strategies we discussed for potty mouth parents as well as the guidelines we didn’t get to cover for what to do when children swear.

Is swearing in front of your kids really a big deal?
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