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    1. Why Is It So Hard to Exercise?

      Anyone can have a hard time making exercise part of their routine. But throw kids into the mix, and it can almost feel impossible. Why is it so hard for busy parents to exercise? Often it comes down to motivation. “Parents typically don’t get enough sleep and spend their days constantly responding t

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    2. A Parent’s Guide to P.E. Class

      How many years has it been since you did a shuttle run, played dodgeball, or jogged a mile during gym class? In that time, physical education has changed, says Cheryl Richardson, senior director of programs for the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE). “The focus is on engaging students,

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    3. How to Talk to Your Teen About Weight

      You’ve been noticing unhealthy changes in your teen’s weight and you want to have a heart-to-heart about it. But talking to teenagers is tricky. How can you be sure they’ll hear what you say? Rest assured: They really are listening to you, says Sara Forman, MD, clinical chief of adolescent medicine

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    4. How to Boost Your Kid’s Body Image

      Your child probably thinks about the way her body looks -- a lot. Even if she doesn’t tell you about it. Concerns about weight and appearance can start as early as elementary school or preschool. In many ways, that’s normal, says Alexandra Corning, PhD, director of the Body Image and Eating Disorder

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    5. What Really Works to Help Baby Sleep

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Common techniques for helping babies -- and parents -- sleep at night seem to carry no long-term harms, a small trial finds. The study tested two methods: "graduated extinction" (also known as "controlled crying") and "bedtim

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    6. Late Dinners Won't Doom Kids to Obesity

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Late suppers may not be a recipe for childhood obesity, a new study shows. Some previous research has suggested that the timing of meals could affect the risk of being overweight or obese, the investigators said. British re

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    7. Extreme 'Preemies' Often Have Lifelong Challenges

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Extremely premature infants often face lifelong challenges, enduring more physical, emotional and social difficulties as adults than their peers born full-term, researchers report. In general, however, these tiny babies g

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    8. Is My Child Ready for a Cell Phone?

      Children are starting to carry cell phones at younger ages. In a recent study, 22% of kids in grade school reported having their own cell phone compared with 60% of tweens and 84% of teens. Like many parents, you may wonder whether your child is ready for a cell phone. As you might imagine, there ar

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    9. Giving Certain Foods Early May Cut Allergy Risk

      By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors have long warned parents to delay introducing certain foods to babies to decrease the risk of a potential allergic reaction, but a new study suggests that strategy probably doesn't help. The study of about 1,400

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    10. What Does Bullying Look Like?

      Mia Dand knew something was up when her daughter Rhea’s behavior took a sharp turn for the worse. Her 10-year-old started to burst into tears at the drop of a hat, act out at home, and make excuses to skip school, she recalls. At the time, Dand blamed her recent divorce for the outbursts. “This went

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