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Chores for Every Child and Every Age

By Dawna Matthews: Home is more than just a building or place where you live. It cannot be described in one word and it means many things to different people; but it is a space we create and, in return, we are gifted with a place of comfort, pleasure, and …

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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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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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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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Encouraging Free Play Is Good for Kids        

By Emma Grace Fairchild: My growing up in the rural countryside of North Carolina consisted primarily of playing outdoors with my sister. There was maybe one or two neighborhood kids aside from us, and our place was one of the coolest due to the horses and stable at the top …

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Bonding with Kids over Books

By Kim Robson: “The best way to get kids to read is to say, ‘This book is not appropriate for your age, and it has all sorts of horrible things in it like sex and death and some really big and complicated ideas, and you’re better off not touching it …

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7 Outdoor Montessori Activities for Toddlers

By Aradhana Pandey:  When my husband and I had our first child, we had decided to expose him to the outdoor world from a very young age. Having had some of our best childhood learnings and memories associated with nature and outdoor adventure, we wanted our little one to enjoy …

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Tips for Nurturing Compassion in Your Kids

By Aradhana Pandey: We are all born with a blank slate — no preconceived notions, no feelings of hate or jealousy, no judgment of right or wrong — nothing but a mind willing to learn and a heart capable of giving. As we grow, gradually the blank slate gets inscribed …

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Why?     

By Fredrica Syren: One of my least favorite phases of kids’ development is the “why” phase. My middle child Noah 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 …

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One-On-One Time With Kids

I try to spend a little one-on-one time with each of my children, and today it was my oldest, Bella’s turn. She wanted to eat a real hotel breakfast, so we went to a hotel close to us. She told me secrets. Then she took me on a walk through …

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