What Moms Need to Know About Summer Nutrition for Kids

Moms, nutritionists and pediatricians alike know active kids and developing bones and muscles need essential nutrients to grow strong, but The Dietary Guidelines for Americans say most Americans, including children, actually aren’t getting enough fiber, calcium, vitamin D and potassium in their diets.

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7 Tips to Combat Cold and Flu Season

When cold and flu season strikes, millions of Americans find themselves coughing, sneezing, congested, aching, uncomfortable – and sometimes, downright miserable. The widespread prevalence of these symptoms sweeps the country each year and affects people of all ages. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans suffer from one billion colds annually. Here are 7 tips for combating cold and flu season.

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A Story of Wonder: A Father’s Story About Creativity and Hardship

What started out as a 250-word creative writing assignment written by an 11-year-old, gradually evolved into a 250-page children’s book. Author Brian Abela tells Hooray for Moms how the birth of his son, Eric – who has a rare syndrome – gave him the push he needed to publish The Ponds of Wonder, which he is now sharing with children all over the world to instill in them a passion for reading.

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Twin Toddlers, Teeth and Torture

Well friends, that magical time in our lives just recently rolled around – I made the bi-annual trek to the dentist’s office with the twins. To say that the twinnies hate the dentist would be the grossest understatement of the century. I thought we had a chance at a pleasant visit this time. The girls were so enamored with the office fish tank and the buckets of toys. They are two though and unfortunately had no clue that the brightly colored games, toys and Disney wall decals were nothing but smoke and mirrors.

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This is More Than I Signed Up For: How One Mom is Dealing with Crisis

The course of my life was constantly changing and I ended meeting the love of my life, who has now been my husband for 19 years. So when did the real crisis begin? When I gave birth to our first-born son who was a mere 1 lb. 15oz. Fast-forward nine weeks to when he was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. This disability, throughout the milestones (or lack of), proved to be quite severe. Any mom of a special needs child understands the heartbreak, mourning, and readjustments that we go through when faced with having to raise these precious angels. Not to mention, the strain on marriage, finances, and our view of God.

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Tips to Fill Your Day with Active Play

As the busy school year progresses, it can be challenging for families to find time to play and stay active together. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that kids participate in 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day, but unfortunately this isn’t always what they are getting. Play is an important part of a child’s physical, emotional and social development, yet many external factors can quickly become barriers to active play. Don’t let barriers get in the way of keeping kids active during the school year. Instead, turn those barriers to play into opportunities to get active with the following tips.

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Taking a Holistic Approach to Fit Living

Is the holistic approach the way to go when it comes to your own and your children’s health? That’s certainly the advice of a variety of experts who say that a more big-picture view of “fit living” — meaning, beyond the usual warnings to, say, exercise more — can actually help improve your overall quality of life. Among those weighing in: WebMD and Sanford Health, which created the “Raising Fit Kids” informational guide.

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