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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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5 Ways to Make Children More Aware of Our Natural Environment

By Julia Martin: The future lies in the hands of our next generation, and it’s up to us to let them become aware of what is happening with regards to our environment. Children are focused on social media and their gadgets nowadays, and not really going outside to experience nature. …

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Pesticides in Produce Linked to Infertility

By Kim Robson: Women who are planning to become pregnant are advised to eat lots of fruits and vegetables with plenty of vitamins and fiber. But there is a rising concern that pesticide residues on those very fruits and veggies are resulting in a higher risk of infertility and a …

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Green Halloween Tips

 By Kim Robson Halloween is a fall tradition that has been around for hundreds of years. Its origins come from ancient pagan harvest festivals. We all have fond memories of our own childhood Halloweens and, of course, more recent Halloweens with our children and grandchildren. It can be frustrating, however, …

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Painted Rocks Social Media Craze

By Kim Robson: Remember the Pokémon Go craze in the summer of 2016? Kids and young adults were going outside in the fresh air and sunshine, getting exercise, and meeting new friends and neighbors as they searched for new Pokémons to “capture” on their smartphones. That craze seems to have …

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