Cell Phones for Kids?

Although I'm not there yet with my children, there's no denying Parents feel pressured to buy cell phones for kids. And the age is  younger and younger when getting their first cellphones. The majority of teens already have their own phone; 78 percent have a cellphone...

Kids’ nutrition: dissecting school lunches

Between revised routines, homework assignments and bus schedules, parents whose kids are attending school for the first time have a lot to learn. Just thinking about it makes my head spin! Among all the hustle and bustle, it can be easy to overlook kids' nutrition...

5 best websites for easy meals for school

  As mom to a newborn and a toddler, I completely understand how time-pressed parents are these days. Nutrition has always been a priority in my family, but it can sometimes feel like a struggle dealing with an increasingly independent child whose taste preferences seem to...

5 ways to change-up classic PB&J

  Whether your kid is 2 or 12, one thing is frequently requested for lunch: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches; the classic PP&J. There's something irresistible about that salty peanut butter and the way it blends with gooey sweet jam between two soft pieces of...

Why Shop? Swap! Back to School Tips!

All around the US, children and their parents, teachers, and mentors are ramping up for the beginning of the 2012/2013  school year.  Some schools, like ours' in south Florida, have already begun while others will open their doors after Labor Day.  It’s always a time of excitement,...

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Hut Hut, JUMP!

As summer comes to a close and autumn just days away, our culture shifts its attention from vacations and beaches to football and pumpkins. Coming from a long line of collegiate coaches and plain ol’ sports fans, Sundays have once again been usurped by kickoff....

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Young, Fun, and Safe: Priming Youth Athletes for Success

Last weekend, as I was enjoying a night out with my girlfriends, I caught a glimpse of the TV monitor overhead and a football game was on.  It dawned on me that this wasn’t old footage being aired on a sports show but rather a...

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Start Shaping Up Your Stamina and Confidence for the New School Year

For young people still in school, the summer is a time of transformation. Seeing one’s peers on a regular basis affords young people an opportunity to recreate themselves. The new school year gives students a new beginning, a chance to start fresh. As the 2010-2011 school...