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Easter Basket Green Tips

By Larraine Roulston: April is the traditional time when children enjoy finding their Easter baskets filled with an array of chocolates and jelly beans. Yet, collectively,we are becoming more aware of our children’s high consumption of sugar through a variety of commercial foods. Also, at this holiday time, we need …

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Swedish Youth Activist Shows that Kids Make a Difference

By Fredrica Syren: Friday a couple of weeks ago, my daughter and some of her friends skipped school to attend the walk-out climate strike that took place all over the world. What most people might not know is that this walk-out happened thanks to one young activist all the way …

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Students Applying 3Rs to Plastic Film

By Larraine Roulston: April is our spring month when schools can demonstrate their commitment to the environment through a number of fun and exciting activities. One popular program to reduce plastic is the “Plastic Bag Grab Challenge” initiated by Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) and Walmart Canada, which rewards students …

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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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Study Found Disposable Diapers Contain Harmful Chemicals

By Larraine Roulston: When the first disposable diapers appeared over 60 years ago, they were designed with snap-on reusable plastic pants. This invention was initially introduced just for travelling and vacationing with babies. The tactic was used to ease the transition towards the acceptance of plastic covered diapers for daily …

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Pediatricians Warn Against Chemicals in Plastic Containers

By Fredrica Syren: The American Academy of Pediatrics is fighting for stronger federal food safety requirements that will warn families about the risk of exposure to harmful chemicals from microwaving and from cleaning plastic containers in dishwashers. They are pointing towards growing evidence against chemicals in food colorings, preservatives and …

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Competitive Sports and Growing Bodies

By Kim Robson: I grew up being an athlete. I started out young playing tennis, then later added roller skating. I’d stay all day at the roller rink, and skated all over our hilly neighborhood. Later, I fell in love with figure skating, and spent my early teens competing in …

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Natural Ways to Encourage Play in Your Kids

By Jennifer Landis: Our hectic modern lifestyles often lead us to structure every moment of our days to make sure we accomplish everything. However, children need unstructured playtime in order to develop social skills and emotional intelligence. Going from screen time to school to soccer practice then back to screen …

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How to Make Sure Your Child Breathes Healthy Classroom Air

By Fredrica Syren: How sure are you that your child’s classroom is filled with education, not harmful chemicals or dust? As a parent, it’s so important to be your children’s advocate and to make sure their schools, especially the classrooms, do not contain anything that may pose a health risk. …

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