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Plant-Based Breakfast Ideas for Kids

By Fredrica Syren: A friend told me she has a hard time getting her 7-year-old to eat anything for breakfast each morning. I feel her pain, as all my three kids go through phases of being picky eaters.  It can be both frustrating and difficult to feed kids in the morning. …

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Should You Give Your Child a Smartphone?

By Fredrica Syren: If you have a child, you already might have gotten the questions about whether s/he can have a smartphone. These days it seems that so many young children have smartphones, so it’s just natural that all kids want one. My 11-year-old is no different. Pretty much every …

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Zero Waste—Upcycled Crayons

By Fredrica Syren: If you have kids, chances are you also have a stash of broken and /or old crayons. Most people, I assume, throw them out, so tons of non-biodegradable crayons end up in landfills every year. The problem with this is that wax from crayons will never break …

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Homemade Playdough with Essential Oils

By Fredrica Syren: A year ago, I was introduced to the wonderful (and nice smelling) world of essential oils when a friend gave me some oils to help with my boys’ persistent cough. I was amazed at how well it worked, so I took a class in making household cleaners …

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Cooking with Kids

By Fredrica Syren: According to my kids, the kitchen is the most fascinating place, and as soon as I start cooking, I soon hear the familiar sound of chairs being pushed so the kids can climb up and see what I’m doing. I must admit that sometimes this raises my …

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The Problem with Baby Wipes

By Fredrica Syren: Being a parent to a baby is exhausting, so doing anything that will make the job a little bit easier is welcomed. For most new parents, just the thought of cloth diapers is out of question because it seems simply impossible. With my first baby, I was …

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Why We Should Roughhouse with Our Kids

By Fredrica Syren: My two boys are getting into wrestling and can play for hours. I’m not too surprised since they enjoy rough play with both their dad and me. In my kids’ minds, the louder and wilder, the better. Roughhousing is not always looked upon as a good thing. …

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Protecting Children from Snakebites When Hiking

By Fredrika Syren: My family and I love nature and outdoors, so we spend as much time hiking, biking and nature walking as possible. However, we live in San Diego so we do run the risk of snakes, especially rattlesnakes. If, like us, you are outdoorsy, chances are you will …

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Recent Revels 86% of Teenagers are BPA Contaminated

By Fredrika Syren: In recent years, we have heard about the importance of avoiding bisphenol A (BPA) because of its hormone-disrupting qualities. BPA has been linked to breast and prostate cancers, and low sperm counts. Exposure to BPA happens through dust ingestion, skin absorption (handling plastic and recipe examples), and …

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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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