health and fitness

Watching Sports

My son cheered and whooped along with every other adult as the football game played on the television.  Like many children, he enjoys watching sports with family.  Its one of his favorite past times. I believe as well that it’s a benefit to him. Indeed, children can learn various positive lessons from sport, such as: -rules and fair play -respect for others -cooperation -personal

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Life Saving Techniques for Kids

A recent scare in our household highlighted for me how important it is for children to know some basic life saving techniques. My son noticed before I did that his little sister was showing signs of distress and told me right away that she needed help. His quick observation and analysis of the situation saved precious seconds when it counted. Emergencies happen and it’s

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Exercising Afterschool

School provides about 30 minutes of free play time for children daily. I know that my 10 year old needs at least double that to be happy and to sleep well.  If he is able to get more than that the benefits increase significantly. By being active and exercising daily, my son develops stronger muscles and bones and is less likely to become overweight.

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Archery – A New Activity To Try

On a recent camping trip, as we walked in the woods, my son found some regular white string, probably a left over tent harness from wilderness campers.  Without a lot of fan fare,he grabbed a branch from a young tree to make a bow. After he worked a notch into the middle, he cut into either end of the stick and tied on the

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Krav Maga – Activities for Kids

My son has taken karate for a few years but has been bored with it.  He mentioned that he wished he could learn self-defense to deal with real life scenarios.  I had seen an ad recently for something called Krav Maga (hebrew for “contact combat”).  This is a non-competitive, multi-skill self-defense system developed in Europe that uses striking, wrestling and grappling techniques. I met

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Healthier Halloween

When I was a kid, trick or treating was done on the one night only. I remember my brother and I fretting over the weather if it was cloudy.   Would Halloween be cancelled of it rained?  Nowadays, there are 101 events leading up to Halloween night, both outside of and in school.  Each event brings with it a barrage of cavity and belly ache

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Spelunkers – Expand Your Creativity!

One of the most wonderful things we can do for our children is have them experience the natural world for themselves. For example, last year my son learned about Cuba’s turbulent history. This summer, his father, who was born there, was able to arrange a trip with our son. What an experience!  His knowledge of Cuba is the best kind- firsthand. So this month,

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Sticking to it

I have a friend whose daughter has been taking piano for a couple of years.  The little girl recently told her mother she really doesn’t want to take piano anymore.  Her mom won’t let her quit. Worrying about our kid’s future is number one on our list. We want them to succeed. We want them to know how to commit, be dependable, persevere. We

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Indoor Energy Burners

It’s raining almost every afternoon here.  It’s the season. It makes it very hard to help my two children get all the physical activity they require to be happy and be able to fall sleep at a decent hour. They need to bounce, climb, jump, roll and run. Following are some fun ideas to help children burn off energy indoors. -Mini trampoline in front

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Just Breathe! Meditation for Children

Recently my son had a problem that kept bugging him despite many efforts to solve it. He just could not get around it. After a couple of weeks, I noticed his sleep was disrupted  and he was a bit short tempered. So I decided to try with him a problem solving technique I had learned long ago in a yoga class. Walking meditation is

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