Family &amp; Kids http://breakingmuscle.com/taxonomy/term/1173/%2A en A 4-Step Program for Happy Homework Time http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/a-4-step-program-for-happy-homework-time <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/a-4-step-program-for-happy-homework-time" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201501/shutterstock238589953.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">If homework time triggers headaches for the whole family, consider adding a little exercise into the mix. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Doing homework with my six-year-old used to be a struggle every evening.</strong> Both of us dreaded it, and I&rsquo;m pretty sure everyone else in the house did, too. But after a little brainstorming, I realized there was one big thing missing from our evening homework routine: physical activity. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/a-4-step-program-for-happy-homework-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle family fitness kids kids fitness physical education physical fitness recess school Family & Kids Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0000 31286 at http://breakingmuscle.com Energy Drinks Are Bad Juju for Kids http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/energy-drinks-are-bad-juju-for-kids <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/energy-drinks-are-bad-juju-for-kids" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201501/energydrinkheadline.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Energy drink consumption is risky for adolescents and you need to know why. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Energy drinks are bad juju for athletes, especially adolescent athletes. </strong>With the exception of studies conducted by the energy drink industry, research and medical articles addressing energy drinks condemn their use by consumers, but in particular, their use by youth.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/energy-drinks-are-bad-juju-for-kids" target="_blank">read more</a></p> adolescent sports blood sugar breakingmuscle caffeine cardiac health cardiovascular health energy drinks Family & Kids Sat, 17 Jan 2015 13:00:00 +0000 29131 at http://breakingmuscle.com My Favorite Exercise to Get Kids Started in Lifting http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/my-favorite-exercise-to-get-kids-started-in-lifting <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/my-favorite-exercise-to-get-kids-started-in-lifting" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201501/9022599656c05086794bo.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">I'm a big believer in starting children while they're young. Here's why RDLs are my favorite exercise. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>I&#39;m a big believer in starting children in fitness and exercise early. </strong>My own son, at three years old, will sometimes play in adult fitness classes doing bear crawls, burpees, and bodyweight lunges with abandon. It&#39;s quite motivating for the adult clients to see a little speed demon streaking in front of them giggling.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/my-favorite-exercise-to-get-kids-started-in-lifting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle Children deadlift family fitness kids kids fitness kids strength training strength training Family & Kids Thu, 08 Jan 2015 20:00:00 +0000 28791 at http://breakingmuscle.com Cuing Kids in the Olympic Lifts: Time to Break the Rules http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/cuing-kids-in-the-olympic-lifts-time-to-break-the-rules <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/cuing-kids-in-the-olympic-lifts-time-to-break-the-rules" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201412/91951570352737601c99o.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Teaching kids how to do the Olympic lifts is different from teaching adults. Change your cues accordingly. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;">I&#39;ve taught weightlifting to adults for many years now, while I&#39;ve taught kids for only a handful of years. <strong>But in this time I&#39;ve noticed there are significant differences in how the teaching of weightlifting should be delivered.</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="rtecenter"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>RELATED: <a href="http://bit.ly/1xXbqG6" target="_blank">5 Unconventional Tips for Coaching Kids</a></strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/cuing-kids-in-the-olympic-lifts-time-to-break-the-rules" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle coaching cues kids kids fitness kids strength training olympic weightlifting pull Family & Kids Tue, 30 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000 28466 at http://breakingmuscle.com 4 Exercises to Prevent Knee and Back Pain in Youth Athletes http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/4-exercises-to-prevent-knee-and-back-pain-in-youth-athletes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/4-exercises-to-prevent-knee-and-back-pain-in-youth-athletes" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201412/shutterstock236209462x.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Young athletes don't always realize the impact their training will have on their future. Here's how to protect them. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>My high school football coach had a consistent piece of advice: &ldquo;Protect your low back because you&#39;ve only got one.&rdquo; </strong>Sadly, he had to quit football in college because of a low back injury.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/4-exercises-to-prevent-knee-and-back-pain-in-youth-athletes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> adolescent sports back pain breakingmuscle kids kids fitness knee injuries low back teen fitness youth youth athletes Family & Kids Thu, 11 Dec 2014 20:00:00 +0000 27966 at http://breakingmuscle.com Sever's Disease: The Pain of Adolescent Growth Spurts http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/severs-disease-the-pain-of-adolescent-growth-spurts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/severs-disease-the-pain-of-adolescent-growth-spurts" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201412/shutterstock72271075.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Receiving the initial diagnosis of Sever’s disease can be scary, but with proper treatment it shouldn't have lasting effects. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Achilles pain and Achilles injuries are common in youth athletes, </strong>especially those who participate in jumping and running sports, such as basketball, gymnastics, soccer, and track.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="rtecenter"><img alt="sever's disease, kids injuries, foot disease, adolescent growth spurts" class="imagecache-full_width" src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/201412/shutterstock228744784.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/severs-disease-the-pain-of-adolescent-growth-spurts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> achilles tendon adolescent sports breakingmuscle foot injuries kids kids fitness Family & Kids Thu, 04 Dec 2014 20:00:00 +0000 27761 at http://breakingmuscle.com 3 Tips for Developing Fine Motor Control During Childhood http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/fine-motor-control-for-children <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/fine-motor-control-for-children" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201411/shutterstock184597472.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Developing fine motor skills will help your kids excel in their sport. Here are some Montessori-inspired tips for building these skills. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;">Enouraging fine motor control is a critical part of raising children.<strong> Not only is fine motor control essential to daily life, but when it comes to sports, fine motor control is paramount.</strong> </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;">Just a fraction of an inch difference in finger placement and release of a curveball can make the difference between a Major League pitcher, a decent high school pitcher, and a Friday Night Beer League player.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/fine-motor-control-for-children" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle Children kids kids fitness kids strength training learning motor skills physical education Family & Kids Sun, 30 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000 27216 at http://breakingmuscle.com High Tops Are Ruining Your Kids' Feet and Knees http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/everyday-wearing-of-high-tops-problems-for-youth <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/everyday-wearing-of-high-tops-problems-for-youth" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201411/shutterstock71037718.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">High-top shoes have stopped performing their primary function of protecting an athlete’s ankles and have now become an aesthetic choice. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>High-tops were originally intended for basketball players to help prevent injuries from <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/the-science-of-strength-training-for-vertical-jump-and-change-of-direction" target="_blank">sudden stops and quick turns</a>.</strong> But the high-top shoe has become popular and fashionable in mainstream society, especially with kids.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/everyday-wearing-of-high-tops-problems-for-youth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle Children feet foot injuries kids shoe shoes Family & Kids Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:00:00 +0000 27331 at http://breakingmuscle.com 5 Unconventional Tips for Coaching Kids http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/5-unconventional-tips-for-coaching-kids <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/5-unconventional-tips-for-coaching-kids" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201411/screenshot2014-11-18at10637pm.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">I'm not going to give you the usual boring advice. Instead, I'm here to offer some not-so-expected tips on how to handle kids. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;">An old colleague of mine used to have this fantastic saying he&rsquo;d express at least once a week,<strong> &ldquo;I love kids! Of course, I couldn&rsquo;t eat a whole one.&rdquo;</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/5-unconventional-tips-for-coaching-kids" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle Children coaching kids kids fitness kids strength training Family & Kids Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:00:00 +0000 27296 at http://breakingmuscle.com 3 Recipes to Get Your Kids Excited About Vegetables http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/3-recipes-to-get-your-kids-excited-about-vegetables <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/3-recipes-to-get-your-kids-excited-about-vegetables" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201411/p1010084ed.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">“You gotta eat your vegetables.” This mantra doesn't have to lead to tears, tantrums, and arguments. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>&ldquo;You gotta <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/nutrition/why-you-need-phytonutrients-and-the-4-best-places-to-get-them" target="_blank">eat your vegetables</a>.&rdquo;</strong> This mantra, uttered by concerned mothers since the time of Alexander the Great, has led to tears, tantrums, and arguments. I suspect it may have even started the careers of many a stage magician (Hey Mom, see? The vegetables are all gone!).</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/3-recipes-to-get-your-kids-excited-about-vegetables" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle desserts Food kids kids nutrition recipes smoothies vegetables Family & Kids Sun, 16 Nov 2014 13:00:00 +0000 27121 at http://breakingmuscle.com School Isn't Just for the Mind - It's Also for the Body http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/school-isnt-just-for-the-mind-its-also-for-the-body <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/school-isnt-just-for-the-mind-its-also-for-the-body" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201411/shutterstock210164710.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">A school is supposed to nourish a student in every way. But all signs point to how caretakers in the education field are failing us. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;">A school is supposed to nourish a student in every way: intellectually, socially, morally, and, of course, physically. <strong>But all signs in this modern society point to how caretakers in the education field are failing.</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/school-isnt-just-for-the-mind-its-also-for-the-body" target="_blank">read more</a></p> adolescent sports breakingmuscle high school athletes high school sports physical education school teen fitness teens Family & Kids Sun, 09 Nov 2014 15:00:00 +0000 26961 at http://breakingmuscle.com Understanding the Off-season for Youth Athletes http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/understanding-the-off-season-for-youth-athletes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/understanding-the-off-season-for-youth-athletes" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201411/screenshot2014-11-05at112540am.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">The off-season does not mean an athlete should not train. So if it doesn’t mean taking time off, what does it mean? </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>The <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/the-pro-secrets-to-off-season-training" target="_blank">off-season</a> too often becomes a time of complete rest for youth athletes.</strong> While everyone needs rest and recovery time from the mental and physical stresses of a playing season, the off-season does not mean an athlete should not train. But if the off-season doesn&rsquo;t mean taking time off, what does it mean?&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/understanding-the-off-season-for-youth-athletes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle Children coaching kids youth athletes Family & Kids Thu, 06 Nov 2014 22:00:00 +0000 26911 at http://breakingmuscle.com Coaching Young Athletes Through Sensitive Periods http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/coaching-young-athletes-through-sensitive-periods <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/coaching-young-athletes-through-sensitive-periods" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201410/shutterstock191356631.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">The term “sensitive period” refers to a certain age or period in a child’s life in which they are more receptive to some types of learning than others. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>In the <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/coaching-business/follow-the-client-applying-montessori-principles-in-the-gym" target="_blank">Montessori system</a>, the term &ldquo;sensitive period&rdquo; refers to a certain time in a child&rsquo;s life in which they are more receptive to some types of learning than others.</strong> In fitness, especially for children, there are also physical sensitive periods, although I have found they tend to be shorter than mental areas.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/coaching-young-athletes-through-sensitive-periods" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle coaching kids montessori youth athletes Family & Kids Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:00:00 +0000 26611 at http://breakingmuscle.com A 5-Step Approach to Training During Adolescent Growth Spurts http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/a-5-step-approach-to-training-during-adolescent-growth-spurts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/a-5-step-approach-to-training-during-adolescent-growth-spurts" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201410/shutterstock155748107.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Adolescent athletes don't have to warm the bench just because they're going through a growth spurt. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>We have all seen the awkwardness that accompanies a <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/growing-bones-and-crossfit-kids-the-biology-every-kids-coach-should-know" target="_blank">period of growth</a> for youth athletes. </strong>Some of us have even experienced it. The fastest runner on the team begins tripping over his or her feet. The once graceful dancer is all arms and legs. The number-four batter moves down in the lineup because he or she can&rsquo;t get the timing right.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/a-5-step-approach-to-training-during-adolescent-growth-spurts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> adolescent sports breakingmuscle Children high school athletes kids youth athletes Family & Kids Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:00:00 +0000 26351 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Real and Present Danger of Overtraining Youth Athletes http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-real-and-present-danger-of-overtraining-youth-athletes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/the-real-and-present-danger-of-overtraining-youth-athletes" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201409/shutterstock2540936.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">We are neglecting our children. We are failing to care for them properly and allowing them to overtrain - with lifelong consequences. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>What if I told you that overuse injuries could be thought more of as injuries of neglect? </strong>You&rsquo;ve decided to neglect training certain muscle groups or maybe you neglect key recovery strategies. You neglect to care for your body properly.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-real-and-present-danger-of-overtraining-youth-athletes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> adolescent sports breakingmuscle burn out hockey injury overtraining Recovery rest and recovery teen fitness Family & Kids Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:00:00 +0000 25106 at http://breakingmuscle.com