The Zappley Family: Communication and Encouragement are Keys to Success

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The Zappleys are heading into early summer with continued focus on motivating the family to be more active. Mom faces the challenge many parents face: finding the right combination of communication and encouragement to get the kids to take an active role in getting healthier.

For kids – especially adolescents! – this “encouragement” can sound like nagging. I often share with parents that the first step is understanding what stage of life your child is in at this time. Developing a plan based on those considerations increases your chances of success. In the case of the Zappleys, success looks like “picking the kids’ brains” about what they would like to do to eat better and move more. We’re looking forward to a healthy summer with this family.

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