6 Ways To Empower Your Daughter To Have Positive Body Image

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I hate my hair. It is too curly. It is too straight. I hate my thighs. My boobs are too small. My boobs are too big. I’m too short. I’m too tall.

Sound familiar? Sadly, these kinds of statements seem even more present today than they were 20 years ago. And, they are showing up in the conversations of girls at an earlier and earlier age. My friend’s four-year-old daughter recently announced she couldn’t eat the healthy dinner in front of her, because she was fat and eating wouldn’t be good for her figure. True story.

We don’t want to criticize, push, or minimize, and we definitely don’t want to do anything to reduce self-esteem or create an unhealthy relationship with food. We want to soothe and encourage. But how do we do that? How in the world do we talk to our daughters in a helpful way about their bodies without the fear that we are fostering an eating disorder, or a lifetime of body issues? There are so many messages that tell us what not to do and they can leave us paralyzed without any clear options!

Here are some ideas: Read More >

Crawling: A Necessary Step Before Walking

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By Dr. Genevieve & J-P Mercier

For parents, every milestone reached by their children is a good reason to celebrate. A few of those stand out; the first roll-over, the first steps and eventually, the first word pronounced. All of them represent stepping stones on their way to becoming adults. One that is often overlooked is the cross-crawl. It is often very short in duration due to parents understandably excited to see their little one walk as soon as possible, or it is even being skipped due to lack of tummy time not allowing the child to practice the pattern. The cross-crawl milestone, which usually starts at 8-10 months, is not only beneficial in the child’s physical and neurological development; it will serve her or him much later in life.

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7 Simple Rules To Live By For A Happy Life

SurferGirlAtBeachOnCellPhoneMay2015-825x496-3Do you ever feel stuck in negativity? Or are you one of those happy-go-lucky types who sees the silver lining in every situation? If you’re in the latter category, high five to you, friend!

When I find myself stuck in a rut, I reach for a dose of gratitude. I try to focus on the simple things in my life that bing me joy, like the feeling of freshly dried towels or a hug from my husband.

Whatever happiness is to you, these seven strategies are sure to inspire greater happiness and well-being starting today!Read More >