The “HOW” of Feeding Your Family

Often times we are so focused on the “what” of feeding that we totally forget the “how.” While the “what” is certainly important, the “how” is just as important. Ellyn Satter, one of the foremost authorities on children’s nutrition, pioneered the Division of Responsibility concept when it comes to feeding our children. In short, parents are responsible for the What, When, and Where of feeding, while the child is responsible for the How Much or Whether to eat at all.…

Nourish, Energize & Flourish!

Spring sports are officially underway! While some people tend to think that if they are physically active they can eat anything they want, this could not be further from the truth. In order to be physically active and stay physically active, we need to fuel our bodies properly. Often times at youth sporting events, there will be a table laden with junk food and sugary beverages. I remember playing on a tennis team as a child and our matches were…

Getting Your Child Rocking & Rolling

Those who know me best might be amused to hear me say that I love dancing. Let me just say that there’s a big difference between thinking highly of something and being good at it. Regardless of my own abilities (or lack thereof), I view dancing as an all-too-often overlooked activity that has the ability to bring people together, foster body confidence and serve as a fun way for children (and adults) of all ages to get up and get…

Good Night: Bedtime Habits and Importance of Sleep

When it comes to bedtime, parents have heard it all, from “just one more story, p-l-e-a-s-e” and “I’m thirsty” to “there’s a monster under my bed!” While the excuses may change from night to night, one thing remains the same; in spite of their reluctance to give up on the day, children need a good night’s sleep. Regular rest provides what a child’s body needs to grow and develop. A good sound night of sleep promotes alertness the next day,…

5 Tips for Surviving the Holidays

Thanksgiving is almost here, which signals the beginning of the holiday season. This time of year there are many festivities to look forward to: school parties, holiday parties, neighborhood parties and so on. It’s easy to get caught up in all of the excitement or become stressed as the family jumps from one activity to the other leaving normal routines, including nutrition, behind. How do you keep your family on a healthy track while still enjoying the season? Here are…

A Few Tips on Potty Training from Moms Who’ve Been There

 The setting… a bright, cheery grocery store promising yummy goodies and household necessities! Then just as you’re perusing the latest selection in organic milk you hear, “Mom-m-e-e-e! I have to go pee-pee… NOW!” While moments like these have all the makings of a great television sit-com, this scene could have been taken from any number of parents’ potty-training anecdotes. Reaching the decision to potty train your child is the easy part. The tougher part is tackling the process so the…
A young girl having a healthy snack of strawberries and milk

Smart Snacking for Families

Snacking is an important part of the daily routine, as long as it is done in a healthful manner. A small snack between meals more…

National Nutrition Month: Eat Right with Color

March is National Nutrition Month and this year’s theme is “Eat Right with Color.” The more colorful the fruits and vegetables that you eat, the better off nutritionally you will be. While fresh produce is great, don’t forget that frozen fruits and vegetables are an affordable and convenient way to keep fruits and vegetables on hand. I love putting frozen fruit in smoothies, in my cereal or topping my yogurt. Frozen vegetables make it really easy to get dinner on…
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