Do not put your kid on a diet

I don’t care what anyone else says: if your child is overweight, do NOT put your kid on a diet. Not now. Not ever.

(disclaimer: I’m guessing there might be some cases when a diet is the only and urgent answer to an issue, but I’m putting myself out there by saying I believe those times are probably a lot less than you might imagine.)

And by ‘kid’ – not only do I mean the important child in your life. I’m also talking about your pre-teen. Your teenager. Your grown up kid. And, dare I say it, your own wonderful self.

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Skipping for fun!

The sun is shinin’, and I am so happy! So happy, I could just skip around – yupeeee!

What a great idea. Skipping.

One of my kids (the one who likes to be called Elvis) skips. She skips a lot. Like a LOT. Almost all of the time (except for when she is headin’ upstairs, of course).

Why does she skip? Well, it certainly isn’t because it’s cool, easy or practical (try tidying up the front room whilst skipping and you’ll see what I mean). It’s definitely not because I told her to, and not because she thinks she deserves to, or is worth it, or even that it will get her into some elite club. She isn’t trying to get fit, be healthy or improve her skipping skills (I love that phrase – ‘skipping skills’!). She is just skipping because, to her, right now, it is fun.

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