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Self-Advocacy Tips for Parents

Self-advocacy is not an innate skill for everyone. Children, especially, are often unfamiliar with the concept. This is because, for the most part, many of their needs have been met before they even ask.

In order to introduce self-advocacy skills, parents have to ignore the natural instinct to step in and assist and instead allow their children to recognize, specify, and vocalize their needs. These three aspects are crucial for enacting self-advocacy: children must have opportunities to recognize when they need something; they then need practice identifying exactly what they need that is going to help them through the task or challenge; finally, they need communicative skills to relay that information to others who can provide assistance.

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Teacher Appreciation Week

Education is the foundation of our society and teachers are the cement that holds that foundation together. Teachers are nurses, therapists, referees, cheerleaders, IT specialists, role models, and event planners. As parents and caregivers, we witness daily the impact great teachers make on our kiddos, and it leaves us wanting to simply scream from the mountain tops, THANK YOU! This past year has really shown all of us the amazing dedication and love educators pour into kids every single day.

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International Dance Day

How many dances can you name? Hip Hop, the boogie woogie, the mashed potato, the box step, tango, salsa, ballet, dragon dance, and so many more! Men and women have been dancing since the beginning of time to express themselves, celebrate, connect, encourage social interactions, and tell a story. Some of the first evidence of dance comes from 9,000 year old cave paintings in India and tomb paintings in Egypt! Every culture on earth has had some form of dance as part of their cultural and social rituals.

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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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Self-Advocacy Tips for Parents

Self-advocacy is not an innate skill for everyone. Children, especially, are often unfamiliar with the concept. This is because, for the most part, many of their needs have been met before they even ask.

In order to introduce self-advocacy skills, parents have to ignore the natural instinct to step in and assist and instead allow their children to recognize, specify, and vocalize their needs. These three aspects are crucial for enacting self-advocacy: children must have opportunities to recognize when they need something; they then need practice identifying exactly what they need that is going to help them through the task or challenge; finally, they need communicative skills to relay that information to others who can provide assistance.

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International Dance Day

How many dances can you name? Hip Hop, the boogie woogie, the mashed potato, the box step, tango, salsa, ballet, dragon dance, and so many more! Men and women have been dancing since the beginning of time to express themselves, celebrate, connect, encourage social interactions, and tell a story. Some of the first evidence of dance comes from 9,000 year old cave paintings in India and tomb paintings in Egypt! Every culture on earth has had some form of dance as part of their cultural and social rituals.

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The Benefits of Team Sports for Kids

NFL PLAY 60 is the National Football League’s national youth health and wellness campaign that encourages kids to get physically active for at least 60-minutes a day. GoNoodle has teamed up with the NFL to create NFL PLAY 60 inspired videos, activity sheets, and most recently, a live event, to get kids moving in the classroom and at home.

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Self-Advocacy Tips for Parents

Self-advocacy is not an innate skill for everyone. Children, especially, are often unfamiliar with the concept. This is because, for the most part, many of their needs have been met before they even ask.

In order to introduce self-advocacy skills, parents have to ignore the natural instinct to step in and assist and instead allow their children to recognize, specify, and vocalize their needs. These three aspects are crucial for enacting self-advocacy: children must have opportunities to recognize when they need something; they then need practice identifying exactly what they need that is going to help them through the task or challenge; finally, they need communicative skills to relay that information to others who can provide assistance.

Read More

International Dance Day

How many dances can you name? Hip Hop, the boogie woogie, the mashed potato, the box step, tango, salsa, ballet, dragon dance, and so many more! Men and women have been dancing since the beginning of time to express themselves, celebrate, connect, encourage social interactions, and tell a story. Some of the first evidence of dance comes from 9,000 year old cave paintings in India and tomb paintings in Egypt! Every culture on earth has had some form of dance as part of their cultural and social rituals.

Read More

The Benefits of Team Sports for Kids

NFL PLAY 60 is the National Football League’s national youth health and wellness campaign that encourages kids to get physically active for at least 60-minutes a day. GoNoodle has teamed up with the NFL to create NFL PLAY 60 inspired videos, activity sheets, and most recently, a live event, to get kids moving in the classroom and at home.

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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Self-Advocacy Tips for Parents

Self-advocacy is not an innate skill for everyone. Children, especially, are often unfamiliar with the concept. This is because, for the most part, many of their needs have been met before they even ask.

In order to introduce self-advocacy skills, parents have to ignore the natural instinct to step in and assist and instead allow their children to recognize, specify, and vocalize their needs. These three aspects are crucial for enacting self-advocacy: children must have opportunities to recognize when they need something; they then need practice identifying exactly what they need that is going to help them through the task or challenge; finally, they need communicative skills to relay that information to others who can provide assistance.

Read More

Teacher Appreciation Week

Education is the foundation of our society and teachers are the cement that holds that foundation together. Teachers are nurses, therapists, referees, cheerleaders, IT specialists, role models, and event planners. As parents and caregivers, we witness daily the impact great teachers make on our kiddos, and it leaves us wanting to simply scream from the mountain tops, THANK YOU! This past year has really shown all of us the amazing dedication and love educators pour into kids every single day.

Read More

International Dance Day

How many dances can you name? Hip Hop, the boogie woogie, the mashed potato, the box step, tango, salsa, ballet, dragon dance, and so many more! Men and women have been dancing since the beginning of time to express themselves, celebrate, connect, encourage social interactions, and tell a story. Some of the first evidence of dance comes from 9,000 year old cave paintings in India and tomb paintings in Egypt! Every culture on earth has had some form of dance as part of their cultural and social rituals.

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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

NEW GAME ALERT! Can you stop Súper Rufus from scoring in GoNoodle Games’ newest addition, Súper Rufus’ Súper Soccer? Stop the soccer balls using your head and hands to move them away. Turn screentime into active time with GoNoodle Games, available to download on iOS and Android today!

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