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Making the most of holiday downtime: Mom Squad with 3News' Maureen Kyle

With the kids home for winter break, families will be looking for ways to spend time. A nationally renowned parenting educator and author gives her advice.

CLEVELAND — We are going to flex those parenting muscles over the next few weeks with the kids out of school for winter break. It's fun at first with all of the holiday events, but we all get to the point where we need some ideas on how to use our downtime -- without devices. 

In this week’s Mom Squad, 3News' Maureen Kyle talks to Dr. Susan Maples, author of Brave Parent: Raising Healthy, Happy Kids Against All Odds in Today's World.

She recommends getting back to the basics.

“Kids are wired for movement, and we are too, really. We just have forgotten,” says Dr. Maples. “So what we can do is talk about it with our kids, make a plan over the break. Let's do something active every day. Let's go for a hike. Let's go for a run. Let's go for a walk. Let's, you know, go outside and play hopscotch.”

Watch the full conversation with Dr. Maples in the video below:

Maples says get in on the fun, too. Have a dance party with your kids inside if it’s too cold outside.

She talks about how all of these activities not only keep our kids active, but thriving by creating our healthy habits that we can start over the break and carry into the New Year.

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Editor's note: Video in the player above was originally published in a previous edition of Mom Squad on Dec. 13, 2022.

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