Active Kids & Families

Escape Outdoors

January 31, 2019

I remember the day the I hit the wall. It was in the middle of a long summer of what we referred to as “Mom camp,” and at the peak of our two-playgrounds-a-day phase—one in the morning, another in the afternoon. And I just couldn’t do it anymore. That summer the kids were 10, 8, […]

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How Hard Could Coaching Ten Year-Olds Be?

March 2, 2012

Sam, the youngest and smallest player on our basketball team had been desperate to “bring the ball up” in a game all season.  My husband Todd, Sam’s coach, was hesitant because he could see what Sam couldn’t.  If Sam dribbled the ball up, he wasn’t likely to make it past half court before it was […]

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6 Inexpensive Ways to Weave Exercise Into Your Kid’s Life – And New Reasons You (and Her Teacher) Will Be Glad You Did!

January 26, 2012

Here’s my little secret:  When my kids were young (maybe ages 2-7) I spent far too much time worrying about how tireless/active/hyper they were.  In my own non-scientific playground research, I came to the unfortunate conclusion that my kids were on the extreme end of the spectrum for physical activity.  This finding exhausted my already-tired […]

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Adding Joy

March 17, 2011

I’ve read in a number of places that if you want to rediscover the things you truly love to do, recall what you loved to do as a 10 or 11 year-old. At this age I was doing a lot of gymnastics, probably spending as much time upside down as right side up on any […]

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Bicycling to School Can Improve Learning

December 9, 2010

Last Spring “Bike to School” day took place in our town.  I know, it sounds really straightforward and conjures up memories of one’s own childhood when every day was bike to school day.  No one ever needed to create an official Bike to School day. But it wasn’t quite that easy.  You see, our county […]

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My Humble Warriors: Yoga with Adolescents and Tweens.

November 11, 2010

As I mentioned in my previous post, my worries about my older son’s looming middle school transition led me to enroll him in a yoga class.  For approximately one afternoon I even believed yoga would solve almost all the problems Stephen would encounter in middle school. By the day of the first class, my expectations […]

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My Savasana Aha: Yoga Could Benefit My Middle Schooler.

November 4, 2010

About halfway through my son Stephen’s fifth-grade year, I started to worry about middle school.  Basically this meant I began to dwell on my own middle school experience, since Stephen’s, of course, had yet to begin. As most adults would attest, spending much (or even any) time remembering middle school is simply not good.  My […]

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Contagious Bicycling: Our Behavior Can Affect Others We Don’t Even Know

October 12, 2010

Remember those superlative awards given out senior year of high school – Most Individual, Most Spirited?  The other day while engaged in a rather mind-numbing task, I designated some of these to my family members – Most Likely to Break Out In Song, for example, my 7 year-old daughter, Annie.  My sons’ took a bit […]

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