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How I Got My Kids to Start Choosing Broccoli By Kerry Alison Wekelo

by Kerry Alison Wekelo

I was a plump kid who had to bear the additional weight of comments like “Girls like you should not be eating any bread or rice” and “Good thing you are pretty and nice, so your weight will not get in the way of dating.” The “solution” to my weight issue was exercise and constantly restricted portion sizes, and it has taken me years (decades!) to build instead a healthy relationship to food.  

Board the Self Care Love Train by Kerry Wekelo

Board the Self Care Love Train

by Kerry Alison Wekelo

It has taken years for me to learn to allow myself to take time to care for and love myself. Our culture thrives on being busy, applauding those who are the busiest and don’t slow down for anything or anyone -- especially themselves. But I want my kids to know a different way, and to feel fully supported in their needs to maintain daily balance.

Fun Exercise to Get Your Kids to Eat Vegetables

Fun Exercise to Get Your Kids to Eat Vegetables
by Kerry Alison Wekelo

I created If It Does Not Grow – Just Say No: Eatable Activities for Kids for children of all ages to discover how much fun they can have with fruits and vegetables. As a mom, I want my kids to eat healthy foods, and I found myself getting frustrated when they just weren’t interested. That’s when I decided to try a fun-based approach, using enjoyable activities to encourage my kids to eat fruits and vegetables.

Happy Days

Triple Kiss by Al Wekelo

by Kerry Alison Wekelo

In our family, I celebrate the days the kids were born each month. For Audrey it’s her Happy 3rd Day and for Blaine his Happy 7th Day! This is a way to give each of my kids extra attention on their special day of birth every month.

5 Things Your Kids Should ‘Catch’ You Doing

5 Things Your Kids Should ‘Catch’ You Doing
by Karen Campbell McGinn

Striving to live a model life is one of the most important things you can do as a parent. Just by the nature of being a parent, you are a leader. You automatically have followers, i.e. your kids, which you influence.

How to Calm an Angry Child

Angry Child

How to Calm an Angry Child
by Karen Campbell McGinn

Here’s the scene: Jacob, age 12, wants to go to his friend’s house, but he’s not allowed because he didn’t finish his chores. “You promised to do your chores this morning. We agreed that they must be done before you leave the house,” Mom says.

How to Talk to Your Kids about Terrorism

Talking to Kids About Terrorism

How to Talk to Your Kids about Terrorism and Violence

Talking to your kids about terrorism and violence can be tricky. You want to have a discussion, but you don’t want to make matters worse or add to their fears. Recent events have again raised this issue as violence and terrorism, unfortunately, are part of growing up in our world today.

Family Rituals: Why They’re Important

Family Rituals: Why They’re Important

Basketball superstar Michael Jordan wore his North Carolina shorts underneath his Chicago Bulls shorts in every game; Curtis Martin of the Jets read Psalm 91 before each game; and Wade Boggs of the Boston Red Sox, woke up at the same time every day, ate chicken before each game, took batting practice at 5:17 and ran sprints at 7:17.

Rituals like the ones these athletes performed are positive behaviors people do that are unique to them. They bring a degree of predictability and certainty to something uncertain. They direct our anticipation in a positive direction. They are much more than habits – they have a meaningful and often measurable impact on us, and in the case of families, an impact on those we love.