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Dear Dish-It, How Do I Get My Family Active?

Dear Dish-It,

My family is great, but they're a bunch of couch potatoes! All they ever do is sit around the living room and watch TV. And their idea of a fun night is renting DVDs, which I think is fun too, but not all the time! I wanna do other stuff with my parents like go biking and play basketball, but they always say they're too tired. How can I get my family off the couch and be more active with me?
helium kid


Dear helium kid,

It's awesome to see how concerned you are about your family's health! It's pretty hard for people to go from being couch potatoes to active and physically fit, so it's gonna take some time and effort. Start out by having a heart-to-heart talk with your parents about what you've just told me. Tell 'em that you're concerned about their health and that you wanna spend more time with them by getting active and playing sports, and less time watching the tube. It might take awhile, but your concerns will eventually sink in and get your family up and off that couch!


Organize a family fitness day once a week where you bike around your neighborhood, take a hike in your local park or play a game of touch football in the backyard. And on those cold, rainy days when you wanna stay inside but still wanna do somethin' active, challenge your family to a game of DDR or pop the Twister Dance DVD game into the DVD player to get your family movin' and groovin'!


So, ya gotta burnin' question? Need some love directions? Thinkin' 'bout stuff like depression, sex,how ya feel 'bout YOURSELF (that's called "self-esteem"), boyfriends, girlfriends, losin' old friends, bullyin' or peer pressure, but too scared to ask the parents? Don't be scared to .


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    jordand08
    jordand08 posted in Friends:
    Next time she tells you, see if you can find any evidence that she did, bruise etc.  even if you find nothing that doesn't mean she hasn't. But she or you should tell an adult, or someone you can trust that is older. 
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    drowning
    drowning posted in Family Issues:
    "RavenClawRaina" wrote:Here for the past year, i have been having bad memory problems and rlly bad grades cuz i can never focus. I looked up my symptoms and showed my mom that I might have APD ( auditory processing disorder ). She said we will get it looked into but still hasnt becuz we have had my brothers friend move in with us becuz his adoptive dad beat him and its been putting stress on my mom and she doesnt want to deal with it. I need help in school but no matter how the teachers word things i cant get it. How do I make my mom listen to me and take me to the doctor? Its been getting worst too. I have had problems remembering what we did the day before is certain classes. HELP ME!  At first, I thought it sounded like ADD, but it wouldn't effect your memory like it is. If not, catch your mom while she's not rushing around. Maybe before she goes to bed or while she's making dinner. Maybe even while she's sitting down or send her a text for her to see when she can. I wish the best of luck with the stress! It most likely doesn't help with the APD; stress can add to just about any condition!
    reply 2 days
    drowning
    drowning posted in Family Issues:
    "iiDeadxInside" wrote:I refused to talk to anyone else besides my friends, and my family. I would advise you to try and reach out to other authorities than friends and family. They'll be able to do more.
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    RavenClawRaina
    Here for the past year, i have been having bad memory problems and rlly bad grades cuz i can never focus. I looked up my symptoms and showed my mom that I might have APD ( auditory processing disorder ). She said we will get it looked into but still hasnt becuz we have had my brothers friend move in with us becuz his adoptive dad beat him and its been putting stress on my mom and she doesnt want to deal with it. I need help in school but no matter how the teachers word things i cant get it. How do I make my mom listen to me and take me to the doctor? Its been getting worst too. I have had problems remembering what we did the day before is certain classes. HELP ME! 
    reply 2 days
    iiDeadxInside
    I refused to talk to anyone else besides my friends, and my family.
    reply 2 days