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How to talk to a teen daughter about her weight

Disclaimer: I'm not a parent so I can't speak from personal experience. Also, there seem to be several issues, but the main one is how to talk to her about her weight, so I will cover only that with ...
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How to talk to a teen daughter about her weight

Your daughter is 16 years old. While you're right that she's "under [y]our roof and so [y]our rules", that's not going to last forever; presumably she'll be moving out to go to college (or something ...
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How to get a 3-year-old started with running training and contests so that it's a fun experience?

I started running with my dad and he did usually do some warm up with me and then run around the block with me. When we were back again I got a glass of water and a sandwich, while he went out again ...
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How to talk to a teen daughter about her weight

Lose weight yourself. I don't mean that flippantly, there are studies showing that when people around you lose weight, especially close family members, then you are more likely to lose weight without ...
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How to talk to a teen daughter about her weight

Just for reference: the BMI is 28.3 (72.5 kg, divided by 1.6 m squared), which you may want to edit into your question. This is close to the 95th percentile for 16 year old girls, which was ...
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How to talk to a teen daughter about her weight

Since many of the answers on here are stuff like "be open and understanding", I'll offer a... gruffer... perspective. At 16, and especially if she has an attitude like the one you describe, there's ...
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Toddler has trouble keeping balance on bicycle - will training wheels help?

I would try to set her up with a "running bike". Here in Germany kids get these when they really are toddlers (around 2 or so). It's a small 2 wheel bike, with no pedals, and with the seat low ...
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How do I get my daughter to take physical education (PE) classes?

I was that girl once - I was 14 and hated PE. I absolutely HATED it. I was a late-bloomer, and I didn't start puberty until 13, and I was embarrassed about my body. Also my hips changed shape and it ...
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How to talk to a teen daughter about her weight

I will speak from personal experience growing up with a mother who was completely convinced that I was overweight. Lead by example, not fear My mother, who always insisted on calling out my weight ...
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What to do about our 7-year-old daughter's emotional outbursts when I lose to my husband?

I agree completely with both previous answers; I do have a little bit to add, though. My daughter has this bizarre notion that 'pretty' women should always win. I have no idea how to dispel this ...
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How to talk to a teen daughter about her weight

We started to limit what we cook and what we put on the table in order to limit the amount of food she eats. This is a really really bad idea. If you limit snacks, that's one thing, but if you ...
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How to foster t-ball enthusiasm in a five year old

I think you are overthinking this. Relax and allow yourself to have fun. If you would tell another player to hit hard, say the exact same thing to your own child. If you are not bothered by the ...
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How to talk to a teen daughter about her weight

Stop bugging her about this and just try to enjoy time as a family. My dad ruined my self confidence and body image when I was a teenager and just slightly overweight. This led to stubbornness on my ...
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How to talk to a teen daughter about her weight

I'm going to speak up here with my experience as a child in this situation. This is your daughter's last chance, in all likelihood, to avoid a lifetime of obesity. I deeply regret that my parents ...
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What to do about our 7-year-old daughter's emotional outbursts when I lose to my husband?

I'm not a parent, but I can relate to your daughter's behavior somewhat. At least, I believe that there may be another underlying reason for her emotional response to seeing you lose to her father (or ...
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Toddler has trouble keeping balance on bicycle - will training wheels help?

Training wheels do not help keep balance. Their primary purpose is to get a child used to the rest of a bike's features (pedaling, braking, etc.) while not worrying about the hardest part (balance). ...
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Unsportsmanlike behaviour from my 7 year old son

Is your child capable of following the rules of the games? If so, then he needs to have it explained that behavior & attitude are part of those rules. At this age he might skate past refs on it, ...
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How to talk to a teen daughter about her weight

she plays field hockey and softball). She does not drive. Encourage athletic activities and lifestyle If she has interest, sign her up for off-season practice or teams! If she doesn't, find another ...
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How to talk to a teen daughter about her weight

Until last year I was in a similar situation as your daughter. My mom always encouraged me to eat healthy and did her best to be a good example and help me do it. But honestly the real change only ...
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How do I address a 6 year old child's love/hate relationship with sport?

6 year olds do this. Sign him up for a kids team and let him get out and kick the ball around with other kids and a coach. Where I live in the USA, we have a soccer program geared to that age called "...
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How to foster t-ball enthusiasm in a five year old

When I first read the title of this post, my immediate thought was "You can't. T-ball is boring!" When studying early childhood education, there is an emphasis on understanding the attention span ...
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Toddler doesn't like physical activities

I would try to find physical activities that she does enjoy and if possible, ones she can share with you. Roll down a hill, dance, jump, run races, walk, swing, soccer/football -- anything you can do ...
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Can running with 8-month-old in a jogging stroller in the forest be harmful to the child?

No, you should be fine. People think of babies as extremely delicate, and they are a bit fragile, but they aren't THAT fragile. I think some of this impression comes from "shaken baby syndrome," but ...
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How to talk to a teen daughter about her weight

I'm young and formerly underweight. I used to eat mostly carbs and sugar. I started going to the gym because a friend dragged me there. At first it was awkward because I felt incompetent, but now I ...
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How to help my child explore hockey without fully investing in it?

Around here, youth sports tend to be organized around sports clubs (organizations dedicated to providing facilities to participate in one or more sports). As it is well known that children don't ...
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Help child dealing with soccer jock

This is a great opportunity to talk about who we listen to and what words we take to heart. A good question is to ask your son why he thinks this boy acts the way he does. Maybe he's having a hard ...
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How do I get my daughter to take physical education (PE) classes?

I have read the discussion in the chat room and have to answer this question with the context of that. Ben Crowell stated there are 2 problems, and I agree. I'd highly suggest your focus be on ...
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What to do about our 7-year-old daughter's emotional outbursts when I lose to my husband?

I've seen the same behavior from my female cousins when I was growing up. Where they got the notion was from just some random childlike conclusion jumping thinking. Just don't let her keep believing ...
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