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Athlete’s Foot – A 12-Year Old Boy’s Cautionary Tale

Athlete’s Foot – A 12-Year Old Boy’s Cautionary Tale

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When our son Elliott turned 12, he was by nature independent-minded, stubborn and argumentative (but cute!). Add to his natural tendencies the typical behavior of tweendom, and it was not surprising we ended up in the situation that led me to write this post. This is a cautionary tale about boys, stubbornness, personal hygiene, failed parental nagging….and athlete’s foot. Elliott had for months paid no attention to taking his shoes off when he got home from school or came in after playing. Since he’s often home a couple of hours before we return from work – and our first thought in... 

Water Workouts: Fun for Kids, Great (& Easy) Exercise for Parents

Water Workouts: Fun for Kids, Great (& Easy) Exercise for Parents

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I am not one of those moms. Not the one who has an endless repertoire of educational and enjoyable crafts activities. Not the one who is genuinely excited about the endless games of trains or Candyland. Not the one who invites 10 5-year-olds over to make designer cupcakes from scratch, with matching hand-cut doilies, after the personalized pedicures. And I never really enjoyed watching many children’s TV shows or movies, with the exception of Lazy Town when my kids were little. Sadly my motivation for watching Lazy Town was not very pure. A truly wonderful show which encouraged an active lifestyle,... 

Stimming and Special Needs: The Good, The Bad and the Flappy

Stimming and Special Needs: The Good, The Bad and the Flappy

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How do you react when when your dog greets you at the door with a wagging tail or your cat cuddles up to you and purrs loudly? You might think it’s cute or that the animal is just expressing its feelings. Do you ever get angry? do you ever think your pet is acting weird? Of course not, it’s just the natural way they use body language or their voice box. Now think about how most people react to a child having a tantrum, kicking and screaming. How do people respond when a child with special needs is flapping their hands, spinning a toy car’s wheels or banging their head against... 

How to Keep Kids From Getting Bit Helping with Dog Training

How to Keep Kids From Getting Bit Helping with Dog Training

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As a professional dog trainer for many years, there are many things I have had to learn to do differently when working with the dogs around children versus what I would normally do. Things that I would not typically think twice about, I must when kids are around…. Because they tend to copy everything – and some things may be quite dangerous for them to copy without the know-how and quick reflexes. Some commands are simple to teach, and for those, the children can be around without encountering any issues, for example: Sit….Stay….Down….Off All of those commands are simply... 

Top 3 Ways to Get Your Child to Choose Healthy Foods

Top 3 Ways to Get Your Child to Choose Healthy Foods

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I spend a lot of time in my family nutrition practice helping parents with their “picky eaters.” That could be the primary reason for their visit, or the picky eating could be complicated by a diagnosis that requires a child to go on a special diet in which their favorite foods are no longer on the menu. This adds layers to their nutrition issues and it is my job to peel the proverbial onion. How do we transition our kids to the right path with minimal conflicts? What are the underlying issues associated with food battles? Every child is unique, and that cannot be understated. But there are...