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What You Say and How You Say it Counts

by Together Counts Partner | September 25, 2012 at 4:16 pm | comments

It’s well known that parents are the primary influencers on their children’s lives: they teach by modeling things like kindness, social skills and problem solving. They nurture their kids’ interests and strengths and help them cope with life’s challenges. Parents serve as life-long coaches to their children; and, as such, many coaches’ tips for effective interaction with their athletes can also be applied to parents and children. As coaches and

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Teaching Kids Life Balance

by Allison McDonald | September 18, 2012 at 3:05 pm | comments

As summer winds down and the new school year starts up many parents are looking for help establishing routines, getting back into the groove and restoring balance to their home. None of this is easy. In my experience, teaching children anything requires many things, but the most important is to lead by example. Teaching children, whether they are toddlers or teenagers, about why balance in our lives is so important

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4 Home School Tips for Every Parent

by Toni Anderson | September 11, 2012 at 2:40 pm | comments

As a parent who homeschools, a great year starts with a great plan! No matter how your children are educated, the key to a successful year for any child is a prepared and involved parent. While not every family homeschools, these tips below can help parents get back in the full swing of school. Involve the Kids No matter where your kids learn, have them share with you what field

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Lunchroom Changes Bring Fresh Start to School Year

by Together Counts Partner | September 6, 2012 at 4:12 pm | comments

Where has summer gone? Back-to-school ads are airing, school supplies are stocked on store shelves and we’re back to the regular routine of school buses, homework, after-school activities and packing school lunches. There are few parents who grew up in the United States and don’t have a memory of eating school lunches- good or bad. They are a uniquely American cultural experience. So whether your kid is a brown-bagger or

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Childhood Obesity Awareness Month: Get Involved!

by Together Counts Partner | September 4, 2012 at 2:25 pm | comments

Childhood obesity rates in America have nearly tripled over the past 30 years and are projected to rise. What does this mean today? One in three kids in the U.S. suffers from the epidemic. While these statistics are alarming, there are preventative steps we can take to reduce the occurrence (and our children’s waistlines). September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness month, and it’s a great time to encourage families, educators

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