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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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What is a good physical activity for a seven-year old who loves falling down?

How about trampolining? It's very similar to gymnastics so he can probably use many of the skills he's picked up there. It involves lots of bouncing up and falling back down again as well as moves ...
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What is a good physical activity for a seven-year old who loves falling down?

I would recommend without hesitation Judo. Not only would he fall often, he would learn to fall properly.
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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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When/how is it safe to go running with baby?

I checked with my girlfriend, who is a baby-wearing consultant, and she says running with a baby in a baby-backpack or sling is a bad idea. Babies do not have the muscular strength to absorb the ...
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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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What is a good physical activity for a seven-year old who loves falling down?

Diving is all about falling with style. If he finds the activities you listed boring, I suspect that he will enjoy the adrenaline rush from the height.
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Should I allow my child to participate in dangerous sports?

There are a few things we consider when kids are pushing to do certain activities. My daughter has taken ballet for years, and will be starting pre-pointe lessons soon. This sounds less frightening ...
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What is a good physical activity for a seven-year old who loves falling down?

It may have a poor cultural connection where ever you are, but no one has yet suggested: skateboarding. Not scootering or some other watered down variation, but the unforgiving plank with wheels. It'...
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What is a good physical activity for a seven-year old who loves falling down?

Have you considered Capoeira? It's a cross between dance and martial arts that involves quite a bit of playful acrobatics and falling. Here are a couple samples from YouTube, which give a flavor of ...
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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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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 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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Is jogging an appropriate activity for a pre-adolescent child?

This sort of thing is really common. My 8 year old has been training at half marathon distance (walking, jogging and running) for 6 months now. Her idea - she's raising money for a charity helping one ...
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How competitive or forgiving to be when playing games against my own kids

I'd say the basic premise is to always encourage progression. Stage 1 is to ensure they can do the basics - can they dribble and pass a football or do they know how each chess piece can move? For ...
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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 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 is a good physical activity for a seven-year old who loves falling down?

He could try American football. While being tackled certainly isn't quite the same as falling down, it is rather similar. Alternatively, he could play defense so he gets to fall down and at the same ...
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Classmates choosing soccer tournament over my sons birthday party

There we agreed to make sure that everybody prioritized class events in order to do our best to get a good class. No, you didn't agree. It is possible that no one spoke out against this suggestion ...
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Isn't it too much having 5 times a week soccer trainings?

Many children who focus on a particular sport may do this many training sessions a week, or more. When I was competing for my county in swimming I used to train up to 8 or 10 times a week, and my kids ...
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Children challenging traditional role models in sports, how to help them to grow to their best?

In my experiences of seeing my daughters (10&7) issues with this, wanting to play soccer, rugby, surfing,and do computing and gaming. Is not my support or the support of the adults coaching/...
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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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How do you handle poor sportsmanship from other parents during your child's sports events?

I have seen this twice, and did my best to get them banned from all future games. Once, successfully. There is no place in children's sports for an adult who can't control themselves in an ...
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