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July 22, 2014

Go Outside and Play

When I was little, my mom was constantly trying to get me to go outside. I always had my head buried in a book, and would have gladly spent all my time in my room lost in some horse story or Nancy Drew adventure. Unfortunately, my son inherited my indoors gene. He’d rather be inside where the temperature is always balmy, and there are no bugs or other annoying things. So between the two of us, we need to push ourselves out the door.

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July 18, 2014

July 15, 2014

Mirrors Carry Weight

A recent study found that children as young as 8 years old were unhappy with their bodies. And by the time they’re only 10 or 11, many of them are trying to lose weight. It’s bad enough when teenagers obsess with their weight or their waistlines, but kids this young?

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July 11, 2014

Making Habits

Summer is awesome, but it can mess up routines. Bedtimes and wake-up times are all off, meals come and go at odd moments, and there aren’t the usual trips to the grocery store, or even the gym.

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July 7, 2014

Kids and Stress

Kids can get really stressed. Blame it on school, relationships, and problems at home. Sometimes we don’t think their stress is serious. A new study found that chronic stress experienced early in life can have a lasting impact on the parts of the brain that control memory, learning, and dealing with emotions.

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July 1, 2014

June 27, 2014

New and (Definitely Not) Improved Summer

I miss the way summer used to be. I remember being bored when I was a kid. We’d wander around the neighborhood, looking for someone to hang out with. Some days, we’d walk to the library or to get an ice cream. Man, I sound old.

Now, kids are overbooked — even in summer.

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June 23, 2014

WebMD Doc Goes to White House

When I have parenting questions, I love to ask WebMD’s Dr. Hansa Bhargava. She’s the medical director of fit, and an amazing pediatrician with twin 8-year-olds. And she has great answers to everything. So it’s no wonder that first lady Michelle Obama called on Dr. Bhargava recently to be part of a roundtable discussion at the White House.

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June 19, 2014

Keeping Up With the Joneses, Mom Style

Recently, a friend of mine talked about all the activities her daughter was in. She seemed very proud of the fact that her daughter was playing piano and soccer, in cheerleading, in choir, and on the swim team. It seemed this girl was doing it all! I will admit, my automatic reflex was to feel guilty. Was I missing the boat?

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June 16, 2014

Sleep and Memory

One of the best things about summer is that the alarm clock doesn’t go off quite so early. That means we’re all getting a little more sleep, which equals less crankiness — and better memories — all around!

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