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Get Active: Strength Training Routines to do with Your Kids

Are you ready for this?! In the first part of this post, I explained the benefits of strength training for your kids. (You can rest assured, this won't turn them into mini-Arnolds.) In this post, I'm going to run through upper and lower body workouts for your kids. My friend Evan met me at the gym, and I took him through his first strength training workout. You and your kids can follow along at home!

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Get Active: Is Strength Training Safe for Your Kids?

Are you wondering if strength training and lifting weights is good for your son or daughter? Ease your mind, strength training is a huge health benefit so long as the movements are performed properly. The Mayo Clinic backs me up in this.

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Get Active: How to Influence Your Child's Health

Being a parent is both a tremendous blessing and a wonderful challenge. Even though we might only hear about the obstacles of parenthood in the media, parents can make a big difference by simply being more involved in their children's lives.

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Get Active: How to Make the Dreaded Cardio Fun

Cardio…UGHHH... As teens and even as adults, I know a lot of us may have let out a big sigh when someone even mentioned the word, "cardio". But what is it? Does it even matter? How can it affect your child's overall health, or your health?

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Get Active: Uptown Funk Dance with Stormy and the Lil Chasers

Sometimes you just have to get up and dance. Tomorrow I'll share the choreography for this dance with you.

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The Importance of Developing Lifelong Movers

Hey Everybody! 

I'm back with new videos to help you and your family get active! Part of my teaching philosophy is to help all kids become lifelong movers no matter the skills level. I had to understand what lifelong moving meant for myself before I could teach it to any one else. Check out the video below and be sure to watch the other videos coming up in the new series.

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It's Like Riding A Bike

'It's like riding a bike', is an expression that most of us are familiar with. For young children (and their parents), riding a bike is an important milestone. Typically, this milestone is right up there with other physical development skills children develop such as: rolling over, crawling and walking. 

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3 Things to Remember When Disciplining Your Child

Do you ever wonder why children do what they do and how you can help them learn from their behaviors. Why did Timmy bite Sasha, and why did Lori knock down Cory's block tower? Would you like to know how you can help children through these kinds of situations?

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Gardening with Kids

Spring is here finally, and seed packets have been looming tauntingly in the stores for weeks. If you are an avid gardener, I am betting you already have seedlings growing in your house, and have planted your cool crops outside. I challenge you this year to include your children with your gardening adventures!

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Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten?

Is my child ready to enter kindergarten early - or should I wait? Should I 'red-shirt' my child for another year before he enters kindergarten to let him 'catch up?' Parents wrestle with when to enter children - and the answer is much more complex than just looking at their birthday and academics.

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Eliminating Unwanted Habits

Many children develop unwanted habits. You can eliminate these - but it takes practice - and patience.

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The Importance of Play in Early Childhood Development

Have you ever laughed until your sides ached? Well, if it has been awhile take time to play with your children. Give yourself permission to have a wonderful experience listening and laughing with each child.

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10 Ways to Take Care of Your Sick Child

"Mommy, I think I am going to be sick." My nine year old, Allyson said this morning shortly after 2:30 a.m. Uh-oh, here we go again. I spent all day yesterday cleaning up after her 5 year old sister, Joslyn. Sometimes I wonder, "why are my kids so great at sharing?!"

So, what is the best way to care for your little one when she is sick with a stomach bug? I went straight to the source and asked my nine and five year olds as it was fresh in their minds.

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Potty Training Steps

Am I a bad parent if my child is not potty trained by the age of 3?

This is a question asked by many parents and some parents just do not know when or how to start the process of potty training.

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10 Ways to Encourage Active Play

There are many fun and simple ways to encourage active play with your toddler or preschooler even when you're stuck inside due to bad weather. Most experts agree that young children need more than 60 minutes of active playtime each day. It would be better if toddlers (13-24 months) had at least 90 minutes of active play each day and at least 120 minutes for preschool (2-5 years old) age children. Toddlers and preschoolers typically get this physical activity through active play rather than structured physical activity; however, they can start to do some basic exercises as long as you keep it fun and age appropriate. When possible, physical activity should be a combination of indoor and outdoor play.

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