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5 Ways to Encourage Creativity in Kids

By Alex Soare: No matter what your children are interested in or where their natural abilities lie, it’s important for them to be creative thinkers. Although the word “creativity” often is associated solely with artistic pursuits, it’s clear now that being creative is a critical skill for every discipline and …

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Making Kids Happy with a Low Key Christmas

By Fredrica Syren:  I struggle with how to make my children happy with a lower key, fewer-presents sort of Christmas. I think a large part of our children’s problem is that their expectations are too high. And when that’s the case, giving more and more every year won’t fix the …

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How to Raise an Environmentalist

By Fredrica Syren: The other day my 3-year-old Liam home came with a box of plastic toys from Grandma and Grandpa’s house, and told me we need to recycle them because plastic is bad for planet. I think many people assume that my husband and I are drilling our kids …

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Free Range Kids in Oregon

By Kim Robson: Those of us over a certain age still remember unsupervised outdoor playtime. We went out on our bikes or roller skates, visited neighborhood friends, bought candy at the 7-11, explored empty canyons, collected rocks and critters, and didn’t return home until dusk. And we walked or biked …

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Cloth Diapers on a Budget

By Fredrica Syren: I see more and more eco-friendly parents choosing cloth diapers for their babies, which is a trend I’m very happy about; however, for some parents, the initial cost of cloth diapers might be discouraging. Let’s face the fact that diapers, no matter whether cloth or disposable, are …

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10 Green Tips For Green Parenting

By Fredrica Syren:  I get so many questions about my best tips for green parenting and eco-friendly children. I totally understand how overwhelming it can be to have so many choices and know that the one you make may create a toxic environment. Toxins common in babies’ and kids’ materials …

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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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