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Hands-On Storytelling

Our Wednesday started with a wiggle, an itch to run, an inability to sit still, and a frustrated mom. That sentence pretty much sums up my almost four year old boy, Grayson, and our relationship. He's incredibly smart, yet lacks the focus and discipline to sit down and participate in most activities. It's especially hard when his older sister wants to do something quietly, like reading a book, and he's zooming all over the house like a race car! I appreciate his enthusiasm and wild passion for enjoying life; however, I know that when he starts school this may become an issue.

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Headphone and Earbud Caution

Listening to music is a soothing, popular activity for our kids. Be careful, however, that listening to music doesn't end up reducing your child's overall ability to hear! A study by the Harvard-affiliated Brigham & Women's Hospital found 20% of teenagers to have irreversible hearing loss. The suspected cause is prolonged exposure to noise.

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Categories: development, health-notes,


Get Active: Introducing a Simple Yoga Sequence to Your Kids

It's not just for moms anymore!

Back in college, I was pretty skeptical about the health benefits of doing yoga. I had not done a lot of research nor had I ever tried it before — so as a male in his 20's, I had some serious hesitations. But after attending a few classes, the benefits were obvious!

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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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Categories: development, lifestyle,


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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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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Dealing with Tantrums and Terrible 2's

Tantrums are common in toddlers. Try these parent-behaviors to lessen the toddler frustration.

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Finally, a game!

Mollie Protzman interviewed me for her blog post Energizing Kids with Exercise Games that focused on different games to get kids active. Here is another idea when being outside isn't accessible, or even if you're just sitting in the living room for an evening.

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Categories: development, health-notes,


Get Active with Andrew: The Happy Dance

In this blog we will be talking about how you can integrate music into movement. If there is one thing I have noticed either as a little boy myself or when I teach, it is that students/kids move BETTER with music. Kids naturally will follow a beat and move along with it. Really, all you have to do is move with them, and they like it even more!

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Get Active with Andrew: Flexibility

With all exercise and activity, taking the necessary precautions before starting is always a good idea. Learning how to stretch properly will help improve movement and avoid injury! It's also a fun way to get kids active.

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