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Family Camping Feature

Family Camping Trips

by Together Counts Partner | June 3, 2014 at 1:21 pm | comments

The quintessential outdoor trip for every family is the camping trip. Whether you’re a seasoned camper or a total newbie, you’re going to want to take a tip or two from The Balancing Act, as camping with kids can be complicated – but it’s definitely worth it! Be Kid Friendly: Make the trip kid friendly. If you have to drive a far distance to make it to the camping location,

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Storytelling Walks Feature

Storytelling With Activity

by Allison McDonald | May 27, 2014 at 9:29 am | comments

As parents, we spent a lot of time asking our kids if they are telling us stories when we’re trying to determine if they are telling us the truth. Children are natural storytellers, and while it can be frustrating when the story is coming out while they are trying to explain why the vase in the living room is broken, it’s an important skill for literacy that we should be

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Occasional Treat Feature

The Importance of the Occasional Treat

by Jeff Bogle | May 22, 2014 at 9:01 am | comments

I’m not the sort to forbid sweets. That’s not by accident. Early June is the time of year when broad-brush strokes of sun cover the world in a luxurious yellow hue. Early summer is also the time of year when scoops of chilly ice cream goodness taste the best. This is true whether you’re at the edge of the driveway listening to Mr. Frosty’s jingle, by grandmom and grandpop’s backyard

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Get Girls Active Feature

Get Girls Active!

by Together Counts Partner | May 20, 2014 at 10:24 am | comments

Studies show that girls who have many choices of leisure have promoted successful life skills such as utilizing positive coping skills, increased sense of self, reduction in risky behaviors and increased goal setting. Additionally, physical activity can be an effective tool for reducing the symptoms of stress and depression. Bottom line: sports help girls in all aspects of their lives. These tips will provide you with the information to get

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Screen Free Feature

3 Ways to Make “Screen Free Week” Work as a Family

by Jenny Rapson | May 6, 2014 at 2:03 pm | comments

Spring has finally sprung here in my corner of the country, and after that extra-cold winter I have never been happier to see it – or to get outdoors with my kids! As a Together Counts™ Energy Balance Ambassador, I am always looking for ways to make active play a priority for my kids, and one of the ways I do that is by limiting their screen time. In our

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10 Kid Foods Feature

Ten Healthy, Active Habits for Kids

by Together Counts Partner | May 1, 2014 at 10:45 am | comments

It’s easy to get caught up in simply getting a dinner on the table that everyone’s willing to eat – never mind all the worries about nutrition. Issues like: am I feeding them too much? Should I make them finish their meal? Will they be hungry at school? Are they getting enough calcium, iron, or that latest vital nutrient I just read about? Is this food nutritious? These questions are

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Curiosity to Play Feature

Embracing Childrens’ Curiosity Towards Play

by Mariah Bruehl | April 24, 2014 at 11:25 am | comments

Children have a natural instinct to play. It is evident in their early smiles, their giggles when we are silly, and their first games of peek-a-boo. As parents, we can harness this natural inclination that our children have to play and help them to grow into happy, active, and confident people. It can be easy to overlook the importance of explicitly teaching children active motor skills such as running, jumping,

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Smucker Garden Feature

Fun and Easy Tips for Gardening with Kids

by Together Counts Partner | April 22, 2014 at 9:13 am | comments

Looking for ways to get your kids eating new foods and spending time outside? Try gardening and see what a great time you’ll share as a family. They’ll learn about the care of, planning for, nurturing and enjoying the benefits of a garden. Kids are generally more likely to want to eat fruits and vegetables if they have a hand in tending to them and you don’t have to be

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Every Kid Healthy Feature

Celebrating Every Kid Healthy Week

by Together Counts Partner | April 15, 2014 at 9:43 am | comments

We’ve all heard that one in three American kids is overweight or obese. That’s why it’s essential for everyone who cares about children to take action to improve their health and increase their opportunities for academic success. Luckily, there’s never been an easier way for all of us – especially parents and teachers – to work toward that goal during Every Kid Healthy™ Week, April 21-25. Launched by Action for

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Spring Cleaning Chore Feature

Spring Cleaning as a Family Doesn’t Have to be a Chore

by Anna Luther | April 10, 2014 at 10:00 am | comments

When I was growing up in rural Michigan, spring was one of my least favorite times of the year. It really should have been my favorite – considering we’d most likely been buried under a snow bank and hadn’t seen the sun in months. But at our house, spring meant a lot more than finally seeing the sunshine again. It meant spring cleaning. As a family. And it was never

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