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Facilitate Healthy Relationships between Kids and Pets

By Narayan Khalsa: Most parents have certain values, beliefs and even skills that they work to teach their children as they grow up and make sense of the world. It’s important for us to pass on to our kids the values that we think are important for a happy and …

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The Importance of Chemical-Free Toys and Where to Buy Them

By Fredrica Syren: In past years, there have been many toy recalls because of high amounts of chemicals and heavy metals found in them. Sadly, there are very few guidelines or regulations regarding chemicals in toys in the U.S. However, the good news is that, thanks to recalls, more attention …

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Talking to Children About Climate Change

By Larraine Roulston: Replying to my environmental email, a friend added that her father-in-law always used to say, “Life was the making of good and the breaking of bad habits!” Regarding climate change, his motto speaks volumes. Man’s folly has always been to buy the latest and most convenient innovations, only to realize that when …

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Creativity Without Worries—Nontoxic Art Supplies

By Fredrica Syren: My kids have always loved to produce art. They love everything — painting, drawing, sewing, building and sculpting with playdough or clay. It’s just great to see how creative they get and have so much fun. Especially during our summer break, we spend more time creating art. …

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Kid’s Restaurant Menu—The Call for Healthy Kids’ Food

By Fredrica Syren: Last weekend we went to an all vegan and raw restaurant here in Stockholm. To my kids’ delight, they had a huge menu to choose from: smoothies, breads with dips, cut up veggies with hummus, fruit slices and much, much more. They settled on beet smoothies, cut up …

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Family Biking Benefits and How to Stay Safe

By Larraine Roulston:   The adventures of family cycling are fun, invigorating and inexpensive. What’s more, you can travel a fair distance and feel good about not adding to greenhouse gas emissions. For parents with youngsters who ride bicycles in their neighborhoods and beyond, there are a variety of options to make the …

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Simple and Natural Ways to Cope with the Baby Blues

By Jackie Edwards: Most people think that the first few days after giving birth are some of the most joyous moments in a mother’s life. After all, nothing can be more special than welcoming a new addition to the family. However, some moms may feel weepy, vulnerable, irritable and emotional …

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Frugal Summer Activities for Bored Kids

By Larraine Roulston: With sunny summer days, along with extended evening light, there are plenty of activities around to keep kids entertained for a couple of months. As schedules and workloads also take on a relaxed pace, all should be content on the home front. Yet, there will come a day or two when you …

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Chemical Free Arts & Crafts–Natural Earth Paint Giveaway

By Fredrica Syren: If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that my kids and I love painting and doing all kinds of arts and crafts. Unfortunately, lots of children’s arts and crafts materials contain harmful chemicals, preservatives and synthetics. Children put art materials on their skin, and some …

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