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I Love to Watch You Play

“I love to watch you play.” The simplest six words you can say to your kids, with a surprising amount of power. It started with an article written in February 2012, called What Makes A Nightmare Sports Parent — And What Makes A Great One.  The article was pretty much about what you think it was about.  Shortly after it was written, blogger Rachel Macy Stafford of Hands Free Mama pulled out a piece of that article that smacked her in the gut: “… college athletes were asked what their parents said that made them feel great, that amplified their …

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They Can’t Eat Raw Baby Carrots for the Rest of Their Lives: How Can I Get My Kids to Eat More Vegetables?

Other than fish, it’s hard to think of a single category of food that antagonizes children and frustrates parents more than vegetables. Take a deep breath, cut tyourself some slack, and let’s discuss this calmly. Why do so many kids not like vegetables, or not like certain vegetables in particular? While moms around the globe are having standoffs with their offspring over plates of congealing peas, actual scientists have been conducting actual studies on this eternal conundrum. Turns out there may be something genetic at play (this is far and away much more science-y than I usually get, but it’s interesting, and …

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