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Introducing Squatchy Talk

Do your kiddos ever school you on why all arctic animals are white? Or tell you about creatures like the Water Bear that you fully forgot existed from your elementary school days? Can they grab your phone and mysteriously Facetime grandparents as you wonder how they cracked your passcode? Or find a specific app on your tablet that you thought you deleted months ago with a few swipes of their fingers? Kids love tech, are always learning, and pick up on interesting facts every single day. When my little does this to me, my face turns to some version of the shocked emoji and I hear my mental narrator say: “Plot twist: the student has become the master.” 

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Finding Squatchy

Today, we are launching Squatchy Talk, a new live-action video series that is full of the same wonder, life, and curiosity that our kids bring to the world. Squatchy Talk lets your kiddos follow a fan-favorite Champ, Squatchy the Sasquatch, as he comes to life. They’ll giggle along with each episode as Squatchy poses perspective-skewing questions that will undoubtedly cause kids to sit up and think.

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Say Later to Lattes

Today’s families are constantly on the go. In my own home, we juggle piano, Tae Kwon Do, violin, dance, and running 5Ks with schoolwork, trying to eat healthy family dinners, getting eight hours of sleep, and, of course, having fun and letting our kids just be kids! Of those activities, sleep is the first to be neglected, and we often have to turn to caffeine and energy drinks to stay alert and in action. But, how much caffeine is too much and what’s actually in the energy drinks we are consuming?

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Autism Awareness Month

I am the parent of a child that has autism. I don’t consider Ellis to be autistic because it doesn’t define him. He HAS autism, just as someone may have diabetes or glaucoma. He is funny, with the most wicked sense of humor! Ellis is smart, polite, charming, and empathetic. He loves making up voices and we’re toying with the idea of recording him in my husband’s studio for voice-over work. From the outside, he looks like any cute nine-year old kid.

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A Passion for Positive Change

For many of us, the past year has been one of self-reflection. We’ve built an even stronger appreciation for educators and those who work in child care, public health, and human services. We’ve been challenged to find new safe, age-appropriate entertainment options for our children in the face of their socialization, fun, and education time all moving onto screens. How we parent, teach, spend our free time, and express ourselves has been changed forever. And through this, many of us have found a new desire to be part of something bigger – to make a positive difference in the world.

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Igniting Your Child’s Passions

When my son Ethan was little, he became obsessed with animals of all kinds. A friend who had an older son had outgrown a few books and, thankfully, she passed them onto us. One book that caught Ethan’s attention was a little paperback on lizards, with lots and lots of pictures. He loved it! Even though he was three and this book happened to be on a fourth-grade reading level, it quickly became the number one pick in our nightly rotation at bedtime. With each picture, he would point and ask the name of the reptile. He would repeat the name (to the best of his ability at three) and mimic the chameleon with his mouth open, using his tongue to catch a bug. His love of reptiles soon blossomed into a love of all animals, birds, reptiles and soon he became our resident zoologist, herpetologist, ornithologist, and just about any other “ologist” you can think of.

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Your Family’s Health Matters

Every March, Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Medical Center celebrates National Nutrition Month®. They wants to offer families and teachers healthy living and safety resources that can extend the celebration all year long. Check out our latest blog post from our friends at Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Medical Center for tips on nutrition, active transportation and medication safety!

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Keep Your Kids Active Year-Round With NFL PLAY 60

NFL PLAY 60 Kids Day on February 3rd brought together thousands of kids to have fun and get physically active with their favorite teams, players, mascots, and cheerleaders. We all got to see the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take home the Vince Lombardi Trophy in the Super Bowl, but the Kansas City Chiefs took home the most votes at PLAY 60 Kids Day! With their exercise, the Kansas City Championship Plank, the Chiefs had this season’s top NFL PLAY 60 play! But, the real winner of the big game experience were all the kids who got moving with their favorite NFL teams!
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the pressure of raising little ones that are kind, empathetic, and welcoming of others. Take some of that pressure off of yourself by letting books step in and help you teach some wonderful lessons about the world through stories. We hope these books inspire many conversations and countless learning opportunities for you and your whole family.

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Every Bite Matters

Do you have picky eaters, miniature foodies, or some of both at home? Finding a healthy balance between the dos and don’ts for all the food critics in your family is not as complicated as you might think. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025 edition offers a framework to guide you and yours on the path to a healthy relationship with food.

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day With GoNoodle

Does your overworked parental brain forget that a holiday is coming until 5 a.m. on the actual day? For example, St. Patrick’s Day, you make grand plans in your mind to turn things green, hide a pot of gold, and sing and dance to perfectly-themed videos. But in reality, you forget the ideas until the wee hours of the morning day-of when it’s too late to do much of anything except pull a green shirt out of the hamper for your kiddo to rock that day.

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Understanding Our Children’s Social-Emotional Growth

Social-emotional growth takes time. It’s one of the most important building blocks of our kiddos’ health and well being. When nurtured, it can form a strong foundation to help our kids understand and manage their emotions, feel and show empathy for others, and make responsible decisions. As parents, caregivers, and role models in our kid’s lives, listening to them and knowing the right questions to ask can guide us in helping them learn how to manage, cope, and best express themselves.

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Desafíos y soluciones para las familias durante la pandemia

La crianza de los hijos es difícil. Desde el momento en que nuestros adorables querubines entran al mundo, surgen desafíos que nosotros, como padres, tenemos que navegar sin un libro de instrucciones. Y, por supuesto, a medida que empezamos a ponernos de pie y a tener la sensación de que realmente sabemos lo que estamos haciendo, nos enfrentamos a un nuevo set de desafíos. Llamemos a este capítulo que nadie podría haber planeado o querido, La pandemia.

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Challenges and Solutions for Families During The Pandemic

Parenting is hard. From the moment our adorable little cherubs enter the world, challenges arise that we, as parents, have to navigate without an instruction book. And of course, as we start to get our feet under us and a sense that we actually know what we are doing, we are met with a new set of challenges. Let’s call this chapter that no one could have planned for or wanted, The Pandemic.

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Autism Awareness Month

I am the parent of a child that has autism. I don’t consider Ellis to be autistic because it doesn’t define him. He HAS autism, just as someone may have diabetes or glaucoma. He is funny, with the most wicked sense of humor! Ellis is smart, polite, charming, and empathetic. He loves making up voices and we’re toying with the idea of recording him in my husband’s studio for voice-over work. From the outside, he looks like any cute nine-year old kid.

Read More

Igniting Your Child’s Passions

When my son Ethan was little, he became obsessed with animals of all kinds. A friend who had an older son had outgrown a few books and, thankfully, she passed them onto us. One book that caught Ethan’s attention was a little paperback on lizards, with lots and lots of pictures. He loved it! Even though he was three and this book happened to be on a fourth-grade reading level, it quickly became the number one pick in our nightly rotation at bedtime. With each picture, he would point and ask the name of the reptile. He would repeat the name (to the best of his ability at three) and mimic the chameleon with his mouth open, using his tongue to catch a bug. His love of reptiles soon blossomed into a love of all animals, birds, reptiles and soon he became our resident zoologist, herpetologist, ornithologist, and just about any other “ologist” you can think of.

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Be the Champion for Your Little Ones

My dad, Larry, was the “Kid champion of Quesada Street.” He was a successful newspaper reporter and despite his demanding job, was the dad that always went above and beyond for all the neighborhood kids. We could always count on him to foster anything we were interested in. When we said we wanted to learn how to play poker, he taught us the basics of five-card draw and seven-card stud. He wouldn’t just teach us the game, he would host, with a couple of the other dads on the block, competitions for us in our rec room basement. This was no walk in the park either, stakes were high in this competitive nickel ante game. All the kids had to bring our own money to get into the game and if you ran out, you left the table. There was no crying at Larry’s poker table, even if you were 9-years-old. He taught the neighborhood gang and me rules and strategy, how to be a good winner, and, most importantly, how to be a gracious loser.

Read More

Keep Your Kids Active Year-Round With NFL PLAY 60

NFL PLAY 60 Kids Day on February 3rd brought together thousands of kids to have fun and get physically active with their favorite teams, players, mascots, and cheerleaders. We all got to see the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take home the Vince Lombardi Trophy in the Super Bowl, but the Kansas City Chiefs took home the most votes at PLAY 60 Kids Day! With their exercise, the Kansas City Championship Plank, the Chiefs had this season’s top NFL PLAY 60 play! But, the real winner of the big game experience were all the kids who got moving with their favorite NFL teams!
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the pressure of raising little ones that are kind, empathetic, and welcoming of others. Take some of that pressure off of yourself by letting books step in and help you teach some wonderful lessons about the world through stories. We hope these books inspire many conversations and countless learning opportunities for you and your whole family.

Read More

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day With GoNoodle

Does your overworked parental brain forget that a holiday is coming until 5 a.m. on the actual day? For example, St. Patrick’s Day, you make grand plans in your mind to turn things green, hide a pot of gold, and sing and dance to perfectly-themed videos. But in reality, you forget the ideas until the wee hours of the morning day-of when it’s too late to do much of anything except pull a green shirt out of the hamper for your kiddo to rock that day.

Read More

Understanding Our Children’s Social-Emotional Growth

Social-emotional growth takes time. It’s one of the most important building blocks of our kiddos’ health and well being. When nurtured, it can form a strong foundation to help our kids understand and manage their emotions, feel and show empathy for others, and make responsible decisions. As parents, caregivers, and role models in our kid’s lives, listening to them and knowing the right questions to ask can guide us in helping them learn how to manage, cope, and best express themselves.

Read More

Say Later to Lattes

Today’s families are constantly on the go. In my own home, we juggle piano, Tae Kwon Do, violin, dance, and running 5Ks with schoolwork, trying to eat healthy family dinners, getting eight hours of sleep, and, of course, having fun and letting our kids just be kids! Of those activities, sleep is the first to be neglected, and we often have to turn to caffeine and energy drinks to stay alert and in action. But, how much caffeine is too much and what’s actually in the energy drinks we are consuming?

Read More

Autism Awareness Month

I am the parent of a child that has autism. I don’t consider Ellis to be autistic because it doesn’t define him. He HAS autism, just as someone may have diabetes or glaucoma. He is funny, with the most wicked sense of humor! Ellis is smart, polite, charming, and empathetic. He loves making up voices and we’re toying with the idea of recording him in my husband’s studio for voice-over work. From the outside, he looks like any cute nine-year old kid.

Read More

Igniting Your Child’s Passions

When my son Ethan was little, he became obsessed with animals of all kinds. A friend who had an older son had outgrown a few books and, thankfully, she passed them onto us. One book that caught Ethan’s attention was a little paperback on lizards, with lots and lots of pictures. He loved it! Even though he was three and this book happened to be on a fourth-grade reading level, it quickly became the number one pick in our nightly rotation at bedtime. With each picture, he would point and ask the name of the reptile. He would repeat the name (to the best of his ability at three) and mimic the chameleon with his mouth open, using his tongue to catch a bug. His love of reptiles soon blossomed into a love of all animals, birds, reptiles and soon he became our resident zoologist, herpetologist, ornithologist, and just about any other “ologist” you can think of.

Read More

Your Family’s Health Matters

Every March, Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Medical Center celebrates National Nutrition Month®. They wants to offer families and teachers healthy living and safety resources that can extend the celebration all year long. Check out our latest blog post from our friends at Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Medical Center for tips on nutrition, active transportation and medication safety!

Read More

Be the Champion for Your Little Ones

My dad, Larry, was the “Kid champion of Quesada Street.” He was a successful newspaper reporter and despite his demanding job, was the dad that always went above and beyond for all the neighborhood kids. We could always count on him to foster anything we were interested in. When we said we wanted to learn how to play poker, he taught us the basics of five-card draw and seven-card stud. He wouldn’t just teach us the game, he would host, with a couple of the other dads on the block, competitions for us in our rec room basement. This was no walk in the park either, stakes were high in this competitive nickel ante game. All the kids had to bring our own money to get into the game and if you ran out, you left the table. There was no crying at Larry’s poker table, even if you were 9-years-old. He taught the neighborhood gang and me rules and strategy, how to be a good winner, and, most importantly, how to be a gracious loser.

Read More

Keep Your Kids Active Year-Round With NFL PLAY 60

NFL PLAY 60 Kids Day on February 3rd brought together thousands of kids to have fun and get physically active with their favorite teams, players, mascots, and cheerleaders. We all got to see the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take home the Vince Lombardi Trophy in the Super Bowl, but the Kansas City Chiefs took home the most votes at PLAY 60 Kids Day! With their exercise, the Kansas City Championship Plank, the Chiefs had this season’s top NFL PLAY 60 play! But, the real winner of the big game experience were all the kids who got moving with their favorite NFL teams!
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the pressure of raising little ones that are kind, empathetic, and welcoming of others. Take some of that pressure off of yourself by letting books step in and help you teach some wonderful lessons about the world through stories. We hope these books inspire many conversations and countless learning opportunities for you and your whole family.

Read More

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day With GoNoodle

Does your overworked parental brain forget that a holiday is coming until 5 a.m. on the actual day? For example, St. Patrick’s Day, you make grand plans in your mind to turn things green, hide a pot of gold, and sing and dance to perfectly-themed videos. But in reality, you forget the ideas until the wee hours of the morning day-of when it’s too late to do much of anything except pull a green shirt out of the hamper for your kiddo to rock that day.

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Share The Love

For the crafty-moms to the moms looking for simply an easy win – we have you covered! Checkout below the links to some of our favorite videos perfect for impromptu dance sessions and our downloadables ready to celebrate the season.

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NYE Celebrations

This year is different. It’s different in every way and it continues to keep us on our toes. Within each season, as parents, we are faced with thinking about ways we can provide a sense of “normal” for our kids.

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Choosing The Right Pet for Your Family

There are a lot of things to consider when it comes to deciding what type of pet will be the best fit for your family. It isn’t something to jump into without taking an honest look at your lifestyle and household, because every pet deserves to have a forever family. Here are some questions to ask yourself as you begin the journey toward welcoming your new family member.

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The 2020 GoNoodle Holiday Gift Guide

Our first ever holiday gift guide has arrived! We’ve listed this season’s top gift ideas for kids broken down into categories by age and interests, to help you find the perfect gift for every kiddo on your list! Follow us on Instagram for a chance to win one of two $250 gift cards to purchase some of these awesome gifts all month long!

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A Passion for Positive Change

For many of us, the past year has been one of self-reflection. We’ve built an even stronger appreciation for educators and those who work in child care, public health, and human services. We’ve been challenged to find new safe, age-appropriate entertainment options for our children in the face of their socialization, fun, and education time all moving onto screens. How we parent, teach, spend our free time, and express ourselves has been changed forever. And through this, many of us have found a new desire to be part of something bigger – to make a positive difference in the world.

Read More

Igniting Your Child’s Passions

When my son Ethan was little, he became obsessed with animals of all kinds. A friend who had an older son had outgrown a few books and, thankfully, she passed them onto us. One book that caught Ethan’s attention was a little paperback on lizards, with lots and lots of pictures. He loved it! Even though he was three and this book happened to be on a fourth-grade reading level, it quickly became the number one pick in our nightly rotation at bedtime. With each picture, he would point and ask the name of the reptile. He would repeat the name (to the best of his ability at three) and mimic the chameleon with his mouth open, using his tongue to catch a bug. His love of reptiles soon blossomed into a love of all animals, birds, reptiles and soon he became our resident zoologist, herpetologist, ornithologist, and just about any other “ologist” you can think of.

Read More

Be the Champion for Your Little Ones

My dad, Larry, was the “Kid champion of Quesada Street.” He was a successful newspaper reporter and despite his demanding job, was the dad that always went above and beyond for all the neighborhood kids. We could always count on him to foster anything we were interested in. When we said we wanted to learn how to play poker, he taught us the basics of five-card draw and seven-card stud. He wouldn’t just teach us the game, he would host, with a couple of the other dads on the block, competitions for us in our rec room basement. This was no walk in the park either, stakes were high in this competitive nickel ante game. All the kids had to bring our own money to get into the game and if you ran out, you left the table. There was no crying at Larry’s poker table, even if you were 9-years-old. He taught the neighborhood gang and me rules and strategy, how to be a good winner, and, most importantly, how to be a gracious loser.

Read More

Keep Your Kids Active Year-Round With NFL PLAY 60

NFL PLAY 60 Kids Day on February 3rd brought together thousands of kids to have fun and get physically active with their favorite teams, players, mascots, and cheerleaders. We all got to see the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take home the Vince Lombardi Trophy in the Super Bowl, but the Kansas City Chiefs took home the most votes at PLAY 60 Kids Day! With their exercise, the Kansas City Championship Plank, the Chiefs had this season’s top NFL PLAY 60 play! But, the real winner of the big game experience were all the kids who got moving with their favorite NFL teams!
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the pressure of raising little ones that are kind, empathetic, and welcoming of others. Take some of that pressure off of yourself by letting books step in and help you teach some wonderful lessons about the world through stories. We hope these books inspire many conversations and countless learning opportunities for you and your whole family.

Read More

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day With GoNoodle

Does your overworked parental brain forget that a holiday is coming until 5 a.m. on the actual day? For example, St. Patrick’s Day, you make grand plans in your mind to turn things green, hide a pot of gold, and sing and dance to perfectly-themed videos. But in reality, you forget the ideas until the wee hours of the morning day-of when it’s too late to do much of anything except pull a green shirt out of the hamper for your kiddo to rock that day.

Read More

Comprender el crecimiento socioemocional de nuestros hijos

El crecimiento socioemocional lleva tiempo. Es uno de los componentes básicos más importantes de la salud y el bienestar de nuestros niños. Cuando se nutre, puede formar una base sólida para ayudar a nuestros hijos a comprender y manejar sus emociones, sentir y mostrar empatía por los demás y tomar decisiones responsables. Como padres, cuidadores y modelos a seguir en la vida de nuestros hijos, escucharlos y saber las preguntas correctas que hacer puede guiarnos para ayudarlos a aprender cómo manejarse, afrontar y expresarse mejor.

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Comprender el crecimiento socioemocional de nuestros hijos

El crecimiento socioemocional lleva tiempo. Es uno de los componentes básicos más importantes de la salud y el bienestar de nuestros niños. Cuando se nutre, puede formar una base sólida para ayudar a nuestros hijos a comprender y manejar sus emociones, sentir y mostrar empatía por los demás y tomar decisiones responsables. Como padres, cuidadores y modelos a seguir en la vida de nuestros hijos, escucharlos y saber las preguntas correctas que hacer puede guiarnos para ayudarlos a aprender cómo manejarse, afrontar y expresarse mejor.

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Navegando los desafíos de salud mental en la vida de nuestros niños

Como padres, nos asustamos y nos avergonzamos cuando no sabemos de inmediato cómo ayudar a nuestros hijos. Pero no hay ningún libro acerca de la crianza de los hijos que se aplique a todos los niños, y ciertamente no hay uno que funcione en este momento. Estamos muy emocionados de decirles que nos hemos asociado con On Our Sleeves®, el movimiento para transformar la salud mental de los niños a través de la educación, la defensa y la investigación, para brindar herramientas a los padres y maestros para ayudar a los niños en este momento.

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Celebrando la historia afroamericana durante todo el año

¿Sabías que el Mes de la Historia Afroamericana comenzó originalmente como una celebración de una semana? Desde entonces, se ha convertido en una celebración mundial de un mes de la cultura, las voces, los logros y la historia de los afroamericanos. Pero, ¿por qué deberíamos limitar la celebración de la historia afroamericana a solo los 28 (o 29) días de Febrero? Hemos reunido un calendario lleno de formas en que usted y su familia pueden celebrar la diversidad y la cultura Afroamericano durante todo el año.

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Elegir la mascota adecuada para su familia

Hay muchas cosas a considerar cuando se trata de decidir qué tipo de mascota será la mejor opción para su familia. No es algo para profundizar sin tener una mirada honesta en su estilo de vida y su hogar, porque cada mascota merece tener una familia eterna. Aquí hay algunas preguntas que deben hacerse a sí mismo al comenzar el viaje hacia la bienvenida a su nuevo miembro de la familia.

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Sponsorable Opportunities

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