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Toxic Free Kids—How to Choose Safe Toys

By Fredrica Syren: As a parent of three beautiful children, I worry about so many things: Do they eat enough? Is the air the breath clean? Will they fall from that tree they are climbing? Is the car seat safe? What I really do not want to worry about is …

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Better Learning with Less Homework

By Kim Robson: How much homework is too much? There is little evidence that homework helps elementary and high school students achieve academic success, yet the never-ending nightly homework burden is becoming a serious hardship on families. It robs children of the critical sleep, play and exercise time they need …

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Get Lost In The World Of Story Telling

By Fredrica Syren: My children go to a Waldorf school, and at one parent meeting the teacher talked about storytelling and how important it is for kids. I remember as a child how much fun it was when adults would tell stories, whether fiction or life stories. I remember fondly our …

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Cloth Diaper 101

By Fredrica Syren The one subject I get asked about the most is cloth diapers, so here is my take on the subject. I’ve always been a person who is conscious of how much waste I produce in my day-to-day life, so when I first became a mom, I was …

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Oh The Joy Of The Why Questions!

By Fredrica Syren: One of my least favorite phases of kids’ development is the “why” phase. My youngest Liam just started it; I had totally forgotten how tiring it could be. Everything I say to him is followed by “Why?” I have learned that it’s important to answer the question as …

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How Does a Teenager Stumble into Veganism? 

By Rebecka Wåhlberg: When most of our time is spent recovering from school, doing homework and thinking about our future, there isn’t that much time for anything else. So why even consider becoming a vegan? Somehow veganism is growing, and I’ve seen more teens than adults turn vegan. Maybe veganism …

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Family On Adventure–Travel Activities for Kids

By Fredrica Syren aka Green mom: “Are we there yet?” Oh, those dreaded words from the kids! They seem to come as soon as the journey starts. This summer we’re spending 8 weeks traveling in a camper van, which, at times, means long hours driving. I have experienced my fair …

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DIY Summer Art & Craft Ideas

 By Larraine Roulston:  Summertime can be a great opportunity to test your ability to create any number of the latest crafts that appeal to warm weather fun.  If you have children who play in a small backyard kiddie pool, they will love your making huge bubbles for them to stand under. For this, your …

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Fun Summer Activity–Cloud Spotting

By Kim Robson: During the height of summer, all I want to do is stay cool. Part of that involves doing as little physical activity as possible. But some of our “type A” friends might view that as sloth. If you need or want a suitable excuse for lazing about all day, …

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Connecting Kids With Food

By Chef Centehua The farm to table movement is now expanding into farm to school, and this is very timely. This push includes a collaboration with farmers, ranchers, fishermen and other USDA-valued operations. While many kids know their times tables, and know how to read and write, they do not know that milk comes …

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