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Germs Are Everywhere: How To Stay Safe.

Your body may need to fight over 1,500 viruses this winter - and those germs that cause these are everywhere. How do you keep your kids - and you - safe from everything from the common cold to flu? The solution is easier than you may think!

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Less Stress - More Happy This Holiday Season

It's almost here – the holidays. But, for some people, it isn't all mistletoe and happiness. According to the American Psychological Association, 8 out of 10 adults anticipate stress with the holidays. Holiday stress can contribute to a host of ills – from allergies to headaches, sleep disorders and upset stomachs.

Here are a few tips to help keep stress lowered – and increase holiday happiness:

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10 Outdoor Safety Cleanup Rules

The Leaves are falling and it's time for those outdoor chores. Outdoor chores are a great assignment for children of all ages. By keeping safety in mind, your whole family can work together.

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Solving Toddler Sleep Problems

From 6 to 18 months of age children show rapid advances in growth and independence. This stage of development sometimes sets up a 'perfect storm' for sleep problems to develop. During this time you frequently have a sleep-deprived parent and an independent child - but, there are steps you can take to help both avoid sleep issues.

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Natural Products Not Necessarily Safe

It is tempting to assume homeopathic, natural products are safe to consume because they "come from nature."  However, products derived from a natural plant or animal source are not necessarily free of side effects - or totally safe.

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Halloween is the Most Dangerous Day of the Year for Child-Pedestrians

According to the CDC, children are four times more likely to be struck by a car on Halloween than on any other day of the year. For adults and children – Halloween is one of the top 3 days for pedestrian injuries according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

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When Your Baby Cries

Your baby is born with the ability to cry, overtime they will learn to self-regulate their emotions but until then this is the way they communicate. You will soon learn the difference between cries as being hunger, fatigue or discomfort. Crying can be considered one of the most important emotions an infant has.

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10 Fun Ways to Get Your Children to Eat More Fruits & Veggies

When both of my children were toddlers they were great about eating a large variety of fruits and vegetables. They hadn't yet developed the green foods fear. Is that taught in school? Now that they are both in school they have taken the "no green food" pact and have become much more fruit and vegetable picky. It seems that one day strawberries are acceptable and the next day it is a forbidden fruit. Even though I get frustrated with them for being picky I know that it will do no good to force them or make them feel bad about not eating certain foods. My job as a parent is to introduce and reintroduce a variety of fruit and vegetables to them. Here are 10 ways I've supported and motivated my kids to try and enjoy fruits and vegetables.

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Fact or Myth: Sugar Causes Hyperactivity

Question: Does sugar cause hyperactivity in children?

Answer: No, sugar does not cause hyperactivity in children. There is no scientific evidence to support this theory. The hyperactivity that parents observe in their children is likely situational. Think of the times that you typically offer high sugar foods. Many times these foods are consumed around celebrations, games or play time with friends or in other words, stimulating times where children are likely to be excited and more boisterous.

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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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S-P-I-N for School Success

I tell parents to remember S-P-I-N to create success for their kids in school. This acronym makes it easy to remember the areas that really impact school performance.

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Activities and Games to Increase Balance for Toddlers

Does it seem like your toddler spends more time falling on the ground rather than walking? Kids can be experts at falling down. It doesn't matter if they are playing their favorite sport or just walking across the room, your kids learn about the wonders of gravity. Movement is a way children interact with their environment to discover and learn from it. Regardless of cultural or ability level, movement is essential for all children to engage in active play.

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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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Are You Looking for a New Doctor?

 

Being pregnant, having a new baby - or a number of other reasons cause more than 13% of people to look for a physician each year. My family has certainly had that challenge. Here is what I have learned about what to look for.

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