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Doctors Urge More Playtime for Children

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Here's some soothing medicine for stressed-out parents and overscheduled kids: The American Academy of Pediatrics says what children really need for healthy development is more good, old-fashioned playtime.

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One-Sport Wonders: Should Your Child
Specialize in a Single Sport?

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The child should always take the lead in deciding whether or not to specialize in one sport. "If a child is passionate about one sport, that's fine," says Ron Quinn, associate professor of education at Xavier University and director of sports studies. But a child should not be forced to pick a sport.

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Good Sports: Helping Young
Athletes Keep Fun in the Game

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According to Joel Fish, Ph.D., author of 101 Ways to Be a Terrific Sports Parent and director of Philadelphia's Center for Sport Psychology, parents are a determining factor in whether kids enjoy team sports. "If children sense that their parents love them and are proud of them whether they hit the ball or not," says Fish, "then they'll be better equipped to handle all the ups and downs that come with competitive sports."

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In the Swing of Things:
Introducing Your Child to Golf

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Instructors and pros alike agree that parents can introduce a child to golf as young as 4 or 5 years old, but beginning in the preteen years yields good results as well.

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T-Ball Time! A Field of Dreams for the Whole Family

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With a focus on skills and sportsmanship (for players and parents), T-ball leagues are home to "fields of dreams" all over the country.

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Parenting Toddlers

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For parents, the toddler years can be among the most challenging, but also one of the most rewarding periods during a young' child's life. Here you'll find development tips, potty-training pointers, games, crafts, activiities and meal ideas.

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Bringing Home the Easter Bunny: Rabbits as Pets

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With Easter right around the corner, pet stores are stocking up on bunnies for sale. Doesn't everyone at one time or another think about buying a bunny for their children at Easter? Many of these bunnies are bought on impulse, without knowing all the responsibility a rabbit requires. Not too long after Easter, many of these bunnies are neglected or taken to local shelters once the novelty wears off. Before buying that cute, fluffy bunny in the window of the pet store, give it some thought. Do you have the time and patience to devote to a rabbit? And did you know that rabbits and young children are usually not a good combination?

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Parents on the Field: Volunteering
Your Time in Team Sports

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The duties of the team parent include ordering trophies, making arrangements for team photos, scheduling drinks and snacks for the games, delivering messages about postponed or canceled games or practices and organizing the end-of-season party.

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Raising Good Sports

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I suppose all this should have been a sign that my sons were going to have an unusual relationship with sports. Indeed, we soon discovered hat Paul's special baseball skill was something he did off the field.

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