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5 Ways to Encourage Your Kids to be Active

When it comes to activity, every child has different preferences. Some kids enjoy activities like bowling, tennis or running which focus on an individual's skill. Other kids gravitate toward sports like soccer, basketball or volleyball where they add their skill to a team. Whether your kids are playing solo or on a team, every child can benefit from physical activity.

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Why is Exercise Important for Kids?

You may have heard that kids should have at least 60 minutes a day of physical activity, but do you know why? Physical activity is known to benefit gross and fine motor skills, confidence and self-esteem, and a healthy weight.

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Traveling While Pregnant

Traveling can be physically and mentally taxing on anyone, but it can often become difficult for expecting women. Even the easiest of transportation methods we often take for granted can become very complicated.

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Lullaby Remix

I love to sing. When my children were little, I had a 'special' song I sang to each of them. For my son it was "Baby Mine" from the movie Dumbo. For my daughter it was "A House for Wendy" from Peter Pan. I know lullabies have a strong connection – when I first held my son (at 5 days old – he was a NICU baby) I hummed the song to him. He pushed back in my arms as if to say "It's YOU!"

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How Much is Too Much Exercise When Pregnant?

It is highly recommended that pregnant women maintain a regular exercise routine. During pregnancy, the suggested duration of exercise is at least 30 minutes a day. It is also advised to avoid participating in long, intense workouts, especially in warmer conditions. When exercising, always take frequent breaks and stay hydrated.  We recommend wearing a heart rate monitor to monitor your heart rate. Usually try to keep the rate under 150bpm.  You may need to modify your workout as your pregnancy progresses.

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Treating Warts in Children

Warts are common skin growths caused by the papillomavirus that can spread easily in both children and adults. While warts are noncancerous, they can be bothersome and even unsightly. Fortunately, most types of warts will go away on their own over time even without any medical treatment.

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Identifying Symptoms and Treatment Methods for Sprains and Strains in Children

Intense physical activity becomes more common as children grow older. However, rough play, especially during sporting activities, can lead to them getting hurt. These injuries can range anywhere from scrapes and bruises to minor traumas involving muscles, ligaments and tendons. As parents, it is important to have a basic understanding of these injuries and how to treat them.

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Walls of Whimsy | Creating Beauty with Littles in Mind

Sometimes believing impossible things before breakfast is more easily done when seeing impossible things on your walls. Like a moose sailing on a parachute. Or rabbits hopping to vinyl. Or a tea party graced with the presence of a Mad Hatter. Sometimes.

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Emotional Tips for a Leisure Trip Without Kids

I just went on a trip. A really, really big (10 day) trip without my kids or my husband. It was wonderful and amazing and a whole bunch of other exaggeratedly positive descriptive words… and it was also a massive source of anxiety for me in the months leading up to it. What were the main things I was worried about? Here, let me list them:

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Categories: parent-stories, lifestyle,


Preparing Your Teenager for a Summer Job

Summer jobs can be a wonderful experience for teens by encouraging structure as well as time and money management. It can also foster a greater understanding of adult responsibilities. These lifelong skills are important to incorporate at a young age. As the parent, you will no doubt have questions, comments and concerns about your child starting his or her first summer job. Here are a few things to consider:

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Stormy's July Update!

Welcome to July, friends!

This season is absolutely FLYING by. If you haven’t come out to see me yet this summer, what are you waiting for?! The season will be gone before you know it, so please come and visit and take pictures with me!

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How to Stop the Worry Cycle

After my second son was born I was more anxious for my kids' safety than usual. I blame the postpartum hormones, but maybe part of it was also coming to grips with how random and indifferent the world can feel.

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Bullying starts young

My Grandson Is 6 And A Half - Too Young To Be Bullied.

According to reports, 20% of all children say they have been bullied. I don't know why I didn't think it would affect my grandkids. My grandkids are all under the age of 6 - so I thought they were "too young" to experience it. Wrong.

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Learning About Science at the Omaha Children's Museum

There are so many opportunities to engage in science exploration at the Omaha Children's Museum. 

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Managing Choking Risks in Your Home

One thing is for certain: if you are having a child, your home environment must undergo changes. Providing a safe and loving environment for your child means familiarizing yourself with everything in your home that poses a potential risk.

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