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Creativity Without Worries—Nontoxic Art Supplies

By Fredrica Syren: My kids have always loved to produce art. They love everything — painting, drawing, sewing, building and sculpting with playdough or clay. It’s just great to see how creative they get and have so much fun. Especially during our summer break, we spend more time creating art. …

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Frugal Summer Activities for Bored Kids

By Larraine Roulston: With sunny summer days, along with extended evening light, there are plenty of activities around to keep kids entertained for a couple of months. As schedules and workloads also take on a relaxed pace, all should be content on the home front. Yet, there will come a day or two when you …

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Chemical Free Arts & Crafts–Natural Earth Paint Giveaway

By Fredrica Syren: If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that my kids and I love painting and doing all kinds of arts and crafts. Unfortunately, lots of children’s arts and crafts materials contain harmful chemicals, preservatives and synthetics. Children put art materials on their skin, and some …

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Benefits of Taking Kids Hiking

By Fredrica Syren: On weekends, we five go on family hikes. Usually, we go early in the morning or later afternoon so it won’t be too hot for the kids. We hike for about 2-3 miles, but take it very slowly, even stop to explore, climb, play and have snack time. While …

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Family Time Benefits

By Larraine Roulston: When raising children, there are many precious moments. Some are planned; others just happen spontaneously. Today’s parenting often can be rather daunting while juggling the activities of chauffeuring, homework, team sports, as well as coordinating meals. Often one parent will take the kids to the park, leaving the other …

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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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Free Range Kids — Nature’s Calling

 By Fredrica Syren Sometimes when people come over to my house, they are a little horrified to run into my wild kids, who love being outdoors all day long and like to make mud cakes, spray each other with water, and get down and dirty. For me, this is just …

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More Experience and Less Stuff Makes Happy Kids

By Fredrica Syren: We all have heard it — things and money do not make us happy — right? According to a study, the same goes for kids. If you want happier kids, give them experiences instead of stuff. A recent study conducted by Cindy Chan, assistant professor at University …

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The Joy Of Storytelling with Kids

By Fredrica Syren: My kids goes 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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An Essential Guide to Traveling Green with Your Kids

By Zara Lewis: A green and sustainable lifestyle involves helping the planet we live on and, in that respect, there’s nothing more rewarding than having your kids join you in this cause. Greening up your living environment and instilling eco-friendly habits in your children is definitely the start of an environmentally …

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