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Raising Plant-Based Children—Family Meal-Friendly Menus

By Fredrica Syren: My three children are being raised on plant-based foods, which means they eat nothing coming from an animal. Instead, they eat lots of whole foods with a rich variety of vegetables and fruits, beans and lentils, and minimally processed  foods. Many people ask us if it’s hard …

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How to Teach Children to Give Back

By Larraine Roulston: Every year the gap between the wealthy and the poor increases. During these harsh winter days, we are even more aware of the homeless as municipalities struggle to find extra shelter for them. Children generally want to help. Parents, with a little effort, can aid them to …

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Kid’s Crafts: Finger Knitting

By Fredrica Syren: I love Waldorf schools; I just have to put that out there. The kids learn so many fun arts and crafts that require so little which, in turn, makes the Waldorf kids very creative. All three of my kids have been into knitting since my 11-year-old Bella’s …

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Trouble in Toyland–The Environmental Impact Of Toys

By Larraine Roulston: Prior to World War II, children’s toys were manufactured from durable materials and designed to be passed down to succeeding generations. Once metal became scarce, plastics made their grand entrance. Giving these shiny gifts to children soon became very popular. Since that time, toys have become big business, and marketing plastic …

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The Very Real Fear of Dogs

By Fredrica Syren: My family are an outdoors loving pod who spend as much time hiking, biking and just hanging outside as possible. There is a fly in the ointment, however, and it’s that our older son, 6-year- old Noah, who has a great fear of dogs. This is problematic …

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5 Tips for Winter Family Activities

By Olivia Jones: Many parents dread the colder months, thinking that their little ones will spend most of their time indoors, stuck behind a screen or bored out of their minds. What’s there to be jolly about? With just a little bit of imagination, some test runs and plenty of …

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Teaching Children to Love Nature

By Larraine Roulston: Children are our greatest resource and whenever possible we need to allow them the opportunity to enjoy and learn from nature. Remembering that kids love to get dirty, allow them freedom to go outside and just play. Although my childhood didn’t include camping, it did consist of a …

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Raising Children in a Minimal Life

By Fredrica Syren: As a child, I grew up with lots of toys, more toys than the average kid. You name the Barbie and I had her…and her entire wardrobe. When I got married to my husband, we (as most couples) received an endless number of wedding gifts; and as …

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5 Easy Ways to Teach Kids to Save Water

By Uma Campbella:  Most of us in this country are privileged to have lived our lives accessing fresh water simply by turning on a faucet. However, because society as a whole hasn’t been particularly conscious of our natural water sources, we do indeed have a depleting supply. We need to …

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Teen Leaders Changing the World

By Kim Robson: It used to be that the only avenue for teens to make a difference was to run for office in their high school’s or their college’s Student Body Council. Every once in a blue moon, we’d hear about a young person running for city council, but rarely …

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