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10 Tips from Dominique Dawes on Keeping Kids Healthy

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Use Goal Setting as a Motivational Tool

As an adult, you're probably well-versed in the benefits of goals. They help you achieve your dreams and keep you focused. Just as they can be a handy life tool for you, they can also be beneficial for your child, especially when related to physical fitness.

Goals give your child something to shoot for (jumping that rope 20 times!) and help boost confidence. Follow your child's progress via a wall chart and let him or her show off at the end of the week.

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And what if your child doesn't reach those set goals? This is a chance to teach him or her that you don't always win, and that's not the end of the world. As Dawes says, "Children will face failure in their lives. However, that doesn't mean that they should give up."

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