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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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Planting a School Garden To Grow a Future

By Larraine Roulston: Gardeners, as well as most children, love digging their hands into soil, finding worms and picking nutritious foods grown in backyard gardens. Interest has been growing, particularly in urban areas, in creating nature and vegetable gardens at schools. Recent studies suggest that, in addition to the many …

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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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Free Range Kids in Oregon

By Kim Robson: Those of us over a certain age still remember unsupervised outdoor playtime. We went out on our bikes or roller skates, visited neighborhood friends, bought candy at the 7-11, explored empty canyons, collected rocks and critters, and didn’t return home until dusk. And we walked or biked …

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