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Teach Your Kids to Beat the Body Image Blues

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Family, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

Several months ago my husband and I started using a new babysitter. She’s a high school cheerleader, and both of my children were very excited to spend time with this sophisticated “big girl.” We were excited that they eagerly anticipated her arrival so we could enjoy our date night guilt free. Shortly after the babysitter arrived my daughter commented, “Mommy you’re thicker than ____.” The comment caught me off guard, because I rarely make comments about my appearance. In our family we talk regularly about eating a well-balanced diet, getting exercise, and living a healthy lifestyle but we don’t focus on weight. Thankfully, I have a good sense of humor so the comment was more funny than bothersome. I responded by saying something like, “That’s true. We all have different body types and mommy’s is curvier than _____’s.” I’ve...

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Turn Tantrums Into Teachable Moments

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in Family, Parenting | 0 comments

I remember the day well. I was tired after a long day of work, and I wanted nothing more than to settle into a cozy night at home. I picked up my daughter from her after school program, and she was clearly exasperated that I had arrived to take her home in the middle of an activity that she was thoroughly enjoying. “Just 5 more minutes, mommy?” “Okay, 5 minutes.” As I stood there watching my social butterfly play, I was mindful of the fact that her younger brother was still on the other side of campus waiting to be picked up. After five minutes had passed she reluctantly agreed to leave but not without a rolling of the eyes and a comment that I ALWAYS come too early to get her. Let me confess that eye rolling and...

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