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Meet Guest Blogger Darryl Freeman

Too often fitness is something we reluctantly revisit from time to time, but fitness should really be a way of life shared by the whole family.

At the risk of sounding like a cranky old grandpa, the reality is that kids no longer play the way they used to. Our digital world draws them indoors and into sedentary modes for hours at a time. TV, video games, and computers have replaced physical activities, like tag and hide-and-go-seek. They are losing the benefits of exercise, such as a faster metabolism, greater energy and focus, and weight maintenance. 

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Picture Day, Picture Perfect

9/18/2014 10:48 AM

We’ve all seen them: school pictures gone very, very wrong. Kids are inherently adorable, so why all the unfortunate photos? Picture day is a special occasion that calls for a special hairstyle. So we’ve researched the best and the worst hair styling tips and put together this list of do’s and don’ts to give your little one her best shot at her best school photo ever.

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Let it Grow! Let it Grow!

9/16/2014 10:40 AM

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions growing hair out, and while we don’t know where they all originated (I’m looking at you, Grandma), we can break them down with some good, old-fashioned facts.

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Oh Baby! The First Haircut

9/15/2014 10:19 AM

Your child’s beginning years are filled with so many firsts, everything from first words and first steps to the first haircut. (And don’t they look so grown up after? Waaa!) Many of these firsts happen spontaneously, but your kid's first haircut is one that you can (thankfully!) plan for and enjoy with the help of a few expert tips:

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CURL POWER

9/3/2014 1:38 PM

It seems that everybody goes ga-ga over kids with curly hair. Sweet ringlets, corkscrews and gentle waves are one of Nature’s most adorable wonders. That is, until they become impossibly matted, frizzy bird’s nests. The good news is that even the wildest curls can be tamed with the right hair products and techniques. Take note of our most common Curly Qs and soon you’ll be known in your circles as, “The Curl Whisperer”.

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Beyond the Buzz Cut

8/28/2014 1:51 PM

Every little boy is completely unique, so why aren’t their hairstyles? Hair is such a unique and easy form of self-expression, it’s time to help our boys move beyond buzz cuts and find a look that shows off their individuality. Here are some pointers for finding the right haircut for your little mister.

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The FAQs of Lice

8/15/2014 2:40 PM

Lice. Ugh. In the world of parenting, it’s one of the worst four-letter words ever. These tiny, cringe-worthy bugs can cause big drama, but only if you let them. Take a step back and arm yourself with information that will shrink this VERY common problem down to size. The most important thing you can do for your child suffering from lice (and yourself) is to remain calm. No freaking out allowed. Explain to your child that treating lice can be easily done and has nothing to do with cleanliness. In fact, lice prefer clean, healthy heads!

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When your daughter announces she wants Bella Throne bangs—heavy fringe that sits just above the lids—go ahead and give her this hint: A super cute haircut on one girl may not be as flattering on another.

It doesn’t matter if she’s 8 or 18, the same rules apply when it comes to making the cut: face shape. Certain facial features, like a square jaw or rounded cheeks, can be softened or enhanced with certain styles. Knowing what the best haircut for her face shape is will make for a happier, more confident kid.

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