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5 Ways to Encourage Healthy Living in Kids

5 Tips for Keeping Kids Healthy

Be proactive, and teach your kids about staying healthy. This post will help parents with five tips for keeping kids healthy.

The American Heart Association estimates about 1 in 3 children and teenagers are overweight or obese. Maintaining a healthy weight is essential for keeping diseases like heart disease and type 2 diabetes at bay. Not to mention having a positive self body image is good for mental health.

So what can we do as parents to help promote healthy lifestyle choices and encourage healthy living?

Tips for Keeping Kids Healthy

1. Get them moving!

I am certainly guilty of letting my kids have too much screen time, but I do try to balance it by making sure they get enough physical activity. Walks, bike rides, and playing with friends are all excellent ways kids can burn off energy. read more

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3 Parenting Strategies That Will Make you a Better Mom

A three phrase parenting strategy any parent can do.

Parenting strategies

We have all been there. Our kids have defeated us, and we sit on the bathroom floor (possibly crying) because we honestly don’t know what to do next. How do we get our kids out the door without yelling? Why do our kids never seem to remember the question they asked 4.57 minutes ago? And why, for-the-love-of-all-things-holy, can’t they just get along?!

I want you to know, you aren’t alone. Parenting is hard and we don’t give ourselves enough credit for the great work we do. However, any parent will tell you they have something they need to improve on. It may be they need to spend more quality time with their kids or just want to stop barking orders at their kids. read more

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Bob Kelly’s Guide to Parenthood

Funny tips for parents from comedian Bob Kelly blog post title image.

Laughter is a huge part of my life. One of my favorite quotes is “Always find a reason to laugh. It may not add years to your life but it will surely add life to your years.” Laughter has gotten me through the rough years of parenthood. I’m so thankful for funny podcasts during the years of juggling a toddler and a newborn.

One of my favorite bits is comedian Bob Kelly’s advice on how to prepare for having a baby. It’s honest, practical, and hilarious.

Funny Tips for New Parents

1. “Go Hang out with Navy Seals.”

I would never liken myself to a Navy Seal, BUT there are some aspects of raising a newborn that relate to Seal training. One, you learn how to live without sleep. For years on end with no sign of relief in sight. read more

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How to Implement House Rules

How to create house rules for kids

One of my favorite sayings is it’s not how big the house is, it’s how happy the home is. But let’s face it, sometimes our homes can be stressful, loud, and messy! The first step to making your home a more peaceful place is by implementing house rules. It is important to establish a simple list of house rules that your children will expect and understand.

Defining your family’s house rules is not as difficult as it sounds. A little bit of work will save you so much frustration later on. The implementation and enforcement of house rules will make your children better behaved and lessen the stress of everyone at home. In fact, house rules make living under one roof, especially a small house, bearable and more relaxing. Here’s why. read more

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Feeding Kids Shouldn’t be so Complicated!!

Why I no longer feel guilty about my kids eating habits!

Mom guilt about picky eaters

The Chinese philosopher Confucius once said, “Life is really simple. We insist on making it complicated.” I’m not sure if he had any children, but I think if he was alive today he would find that we have made parenthood insanely complicated. Especially when it comes to feeding our kids.

As parents we put WAAAAAY to much pressure on ourselves in regards to our children’s eating habits. First we fret about breast vs. bottle. Then, we worry about if our toddlers are actually eating anything since most of it seems to end up on the floor. We worry about picky eaters, food aversions, and mealtime battles. We feel guilty if other kids have better appetites than our kids! I swear, the worrying never ends! read more