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How to Choose Non-Candy Items on Halloween
By | October 31, 2014 – 8:58 am | No Comment.

halloween chatterboDeciding what to hand out on Halloween night, for better or worse, isn’t as simple as it once was. You are most likely inundated with ideas found on Pinterest, Facebook updates and, of course, blogs. If you’re having a hard time choosing, consider these questions first and then read on for suggestions that hopefully don’t add to the feeling of overwhelm but help ease you into finalizing your decision.


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Thank Boo! : Reminding your kids to say thank you Halloween night
By | October 28, 2014 – 6:46 am | No Comment.
Getting Kids to Say Thank You at Halloween

Getting Kids to Say Thank You at Halloween

The Halloween night checklist will probably go something like this: Kids fed and in their costumes? Check! Finished playing their ZisBoomBah Halloween games for the night? Check! Homemade Halloween bags in hand? Check! Princess wand and pirate eye patch accessories accounted for? Check, check! Assurance your children will say thank you when they receive their treats? Um, uh, well..I think so?…check?

I …

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What to Do with All of That Halloween Candy
By | October 20, 2014 – 3:02 pm | No Comment.
Boy in Halloween Costume with Candy

The annual candy deluge will soon be upon us, once more. What’s your strategy?

I always discover a forgotten bulging bag of Halloween candy in the back corner of the top pantry shelf during spring cleaning, far from a child’s reach and out of sight from parents with poor chocolate boundaries. Without fail, I dump the bag in the trash and wonder why I didn’t just throw it away in …

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I’m in a Halloween State of Mind (…making homemade treats) I’m in a Halloween State of Mind (…making homemade treats)
By | October 11, 2014 – 9:37 pm | No Comment.
Pumpkin Fudge

Pumpkin Fudge. Photo: Courtesy of Becky McKay, The Cereal Baker

Some folks like to get away Take a holiday from the neighborhood Hop a flight to Miami Beach Or to Hollywood But I’m taking a Greyhound On the Hudson River Line I’m in a Halloween of mind

~ with apologies to Billy Joel

The sweet smell of pumpkin pie tickled my nose as I walked past the employee kitchen on …

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Plan to Get Healthy WITH your Child Part Three: Exercise
By | October 8, 2014 – 6:36 am | No Comment.

Boy Laying on Man Doing PushupsDays packed with kale, playground romping and meditation promote health, but without exercise those trumpet-worthy achievements will fall flat. A healthy lifestyle simply requires movement. Families don’t need to train for triathlons or spend hours in the gym to boost health, but everybody must do something.

For most of us, planning is essential. Morning hours for families so often are rushed, work and school occupies most of the day, and …

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Q&A with Dr. Keith Ayoob: Does lack of activity lead to muscle loss in kids?
By | August 11, 2014 – 8:59 pm | No Comment.

Question from June:

Hi how are u, my son is always very active, and plays numerous sports. His build is extremely muscular. He had lost a few pounds and doesn’t seem to have much of an appetite. He is also had been tired and moody. The only change I can think of is he hasn’t been playing as much sports.We couldn’t this summer due to a few reasons. He is …

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Plan to Get Healthy WITH your Child Part Two: Healthy Eating
By | July 15, 2014 – 8:54 am | No Comment.

By Doug Brown

more_photo-recipe-gfcccookiesIn theory, maintaining a healthy diet is a piece of cake.

Get rid of the junk food. Pay attention to portion size. Congratulations.

In practice, though, following a diet that would make nutritionists sing can be more like pulling-off a perfect soufflé – it’s fraught.

Everybody overslept on a school day, the refrigerator is bare, but lunches must be made. So its a rush job for the …

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Plan to Get Healthy WITH your Child Part One: Healthy Mind
By | June 30, 2014 – 8:26 am | No Comment.

By Doug Brown

back to school.happy asian mother with daughter in schoolA healthy lifestyle involves more than eating your kale and moving your body.

You’ve got to get your mind into shape, too. It can be tough enough for adults to get their heads in the game. But the challenge can be even more profound for kids. And for parents, nudging kids’ attitudes and outlooks in healthy directions can be a puzzle.

Push too hard, and they rebel. …

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Q&A with Dr. Keith Ayoob: Junk Food and Milk eating patterns
By | May 23, 2014 – 12:03 pm | No Comment.

Question from Noshb2k6:

Hi, my 4 year old daughter is constantly ill and refusing to eat food unless it’s junk or milk from a bottle. She seems to develop coughs, colds, wheezing and weakness within a few weeks of recovering from another lingering illness. It takes her forever to recover from illness. She is  skinny and has dark circles under her eyes just now with shortness of breath coughing and weakness. Refusing to eat

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For Mom: 4 Gift Ideas Made By Kids
By | May 10, 2014 – 11:15 am | No Comment.

On Mother’s Day [or any day of the week!], let mom know how much she means to you by giving her a gift from the heart. A homemade gift means much more than something store-bought. To help, we created fun and easy printable projects that kids can make at home to let mom know just how much she’s appreciated.

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