By Joe Downie, for SparkPeople
Have you thought about how great it would be to include your family in your pursuit to exercise more regularly? Family exercise will improve the health of your loved ones, make exercise more fun, and at the same time develop stronger connections between all of you. With a little creativity, you can find a way to make it work for everyone.
How to Start
First, decide what level of participation your family is ready for. If your entire family is committed 100%, you could go as far as setting up a Family Olympics. If it's a struggle to get your family to do anything together, starting out small might be the better option.
You may simply focus on educating each them about the benefits of exercise-in a smart way.
Bombarding them with stats each morning as they come down to breakfast might not be the best option. Put up a healthy living bulletin board in your kitchen (or use the fridge door) with articles and other resources that will help get your point
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Aries (March 21 - April 19)
You say 'nap time.' Your baby suddenly develops selective deafness. People will tend to hear what they want to hear today, so be prepared. Speak clearly when issuing instructions and don't be afraid to repeat them.
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Are you freaking out about all the Halloween candy that your kids are going to eat? We have just the ticket for what to do with all that of those sweet treats. She’s called...The Switch Witch. Have you ever heard of her? Well, you’re not alone. When we hit the streets we learned that many moms had never heard of the switch witch.
Here’s how it works…
On Halloween night, explain to the kids that they get to pick their ten favorite pieces of candy to keep, but they have to leave the rest of the candy for the Switch Witch. While they’re asleep, the Switch Witch will come in the middle of the night and replace their bag of candy with a super cool toy. This is a great way for the kids to part with that bag of candy without you being the bad guy. If the idea of a witch sneaking around at night is too scary for your youngsters, call her “the candy fairy” instead.
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I wish Old Navy carried square-shaped pants. Ordering custom-made ones is really expensive.
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I love you, son, but OMG, you are too annoying.
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You're going to make some man very happy one day, Ruby.
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Stay away from strange men, no matter the color of their
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I'm a lucky parent. The act of getting the candy at Halloween is more important to my kids than the actual eating of said Halloween candy. My oldest has actually been heard saying "No thank you, I don't like candy" when people offer him a lollipop at stores. Despite my boys' distaste for candy, they'll plow through chocolate until midnight if we allowed it. Here are 10 ways you can get rid of the Halloween haul so your kids (or you!) don't eat it for the next month. - By Buzz Bishop
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He helps me unload the dishes. He helps my wife fold the laundry. He's even more incredible when you consider that he's accomplished all this, at such an early age, in spite of his troubled upbringing. Thomas grew up on formula, the stuff Michael Bloomberg is trying to keep away from mothers and infants in New York's hospitals.
Betsy really wanted to breastfeed. She tried. Really hard. It wasn't easy. There were problems with the "latch" and with Thomas getting enough to eat. We went to a lactation consultant, rented a pump, and were up every two hours for a hazy routine of turning on the
- YourTango.com | Parenting – Wed, Oct 31, 2012 6:02 PM EDT
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2. Women and men have a different understanding of sex. Have you ever
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