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Weekly tips and encouragement to help you handle stress, stay fit, and find joy in parenting

Character Rewarded in the Story of Caine's Arcade

I think you will enjoy this true story about a nine year old boy who is rewarded for his creativity, persistence, diligence, and clever ideas. Let me know what you think in the comments below and visit the Caine's Arcade Website to learn more.

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So What Should I Do with my Crest Tooth Paste?

Most of us know exactly how our views on the big issues like religion, politics, raising children, and money differ from our parents. We've thought all of that through and know where we agree and where we don't. But I believe that there are a host of ideas that were dropped into our lives by our parents that we still live with and never realize that they may not really serve our best interests.

Today I happened upon a news release about a vitamin company being bought up by Procter and Gamble. The article said that "in the natural health world you might as well say they were bought up by Satan himself." They then listed a slew of crimes against the environment and human kind that the company had engaged in and listed their investors as...

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A Secret to Happiness, Life Fulfillment, and Weight Loss Parents Can Pass Down to their Children

In Exercising Values, we make a unique bridge between fitness and character training believing that by combining the two we get more success in each. There is a third pillar to the Exercising Values program and that is fun, family times. Research that has crossed my desk this week confirms the pivotal role this third pillar plays in your child's happiness,life fulfillment and in their fitness. It is also key to your own happiness,life fullfillment,fitness and weight loss. The research indicates that by combining these three we have the secret to reaching these goals in your family.

The first study came to my attention via Bill Phillips of Body for Life fame. In his blog at http://transformation.com he discusses a study published...

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Three Keys to your Child's Success in School, Sports, and Life

Malcolm Gladwell once said, "It is those who are successful, in other words, who are most likely to be given the kinds of special opportunities that lead to further success. It’s the rich who get the biggest tax breaks. It’s the best students who get the best teaching and most attention. And it’s the biggest nine- and ten-year-olds who get the most coaching and practice. Success is the result of what sociologists like to call “accumulative advantage.”

As a parent you can start accumulating advantages for your child today and it might surprise you to know that their first advantage is you. I know that because you have been motivated to seek out and read an article about promoting your child's success and...

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Mom Loses Legs Saving Children from a Tornado

Stephanie Decker demonstrated the highest form of love for her children by willingly sacrificing her own safety to shelter her children as a tornado demolished her house in Henryville, Indiana. With only moments to choose her course of action, she threw herself over her five year old daughter and eight year old son who later emerged without a scratch. Their mother was less fortunate and has lost one leg above the knee and the other above the ankle. Thirteen others in the state died from the storms that ravaged Indiana on Friday, Mar. 2nd 2012 with thirty-nine deaths over a ten state region visited by eighty-eight twisters.

Stephanie's  son went for help and neighbors who had lost everything themselves came to her rescue with...

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Faster Fat Loss for Moms and Kids

Fast-paced, full body, body weight training is the most effective way for both moms and kids to safely burn fat and develop a base of fitness. They are challenging, fun and intense enough to get results in a minimum of time, even as little as fifteen minutes a day. Intensity is relative and you can ease into a new program and still get results. Taking an easy does it, incremental approach to exercise can eventually get you ready for the most strenuous of workouts.

You need to start slow and easy and build three steps forward and one back to insure plenty of time to adapt. If you try to do too much too soon you risk injury, burnout, boredom, and life getting in the way. The skills learned by young children can be used to build confidence...

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Raising Healthy Happy Children

Winston Churchill once said that "Sometimes doing our best isn't good enough, we have to do what is required." Have you ever faced a challenge that took everything you had and then some? Raising children to be healthy,happy and a joy to be around is just such a challenge in this day and age. There are a lot of voices competing for their hearts and attention and parents must be vigilant to pass on to their children those ideas and values they cherish the most.

Anything can be lost in one generation if parents fail to pass it on. Studies show that not only are behaviors like lying and cheating increasing but they are also increasingly seen as acceptable. Children take in hours of media a day and some of the messages run counter...

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Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain While Enjoying Your Family and Friends

I'm not sure who the average person is or how the experts come up with these numbers; but the estimates are that the average person just put on a couple pounds over the long holiday weekend and that by New Years Day this average person will weigh an extra 5-12 pounds, five of which  will never be lost. These statistics don't have that much to do with you but the choices you made over the past few days do. Think about what you ate and how active you were these past few days. If you think your choices could be improved then I'd like to help you with a tip a day for a healthier, happier family.

Rather than being overwhelmed by 10-20 tips for keeping that weight off, I'm going to share just one tip a day that you can focus on for that...

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Conquer Stress with Planned Rest, Recreation, and Companionship

Leonardo da Vinci is credited with saying, "Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgement will be surer." It's the weekend and a genius has just given you permission to goof off a little bit. Our minds and bodies need rest to perform at their best. Set aside the frenzy and the urgency of countless unfinished tasks and in the end you will have more focused energy to get it all done.

I was recently fortunate enough to spend a week in Spain and I was drawn to the festive approach to life that I observed. Restaurant meals  had the feel of a big family reunion with people obviously pleased to see each other. Perhaps this weekend we should make it a point to light up when we see...

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Lose Fat, Boost Energy, and Feel Better Today

If you are wondering if it is really possible to boost your metabolism and shed fat with a program that just asks for 15 minutes on your weekdays and a little more time on the weekends; then this post is for you. Your body can be lean and tight and not soft and flabby if you are willing to consistently devote just a little time each day to your goals. Consistency is the key to your success. It is a mistake to make a heroic effort one day and then take a week off recovering from your attempt to do too much. It is much more effective to do a reasonable amount each day but to do it very regularly.

Muscle is a powerful calorie burner and it does its job 24/7. The body weight exercises in Exercising values are easy to do anywhere and safe for...

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