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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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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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Get Lost In The World Of Story Telling

By Fredrica Syren: My children go 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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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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How To Encourage a Good Sibling Relationship

By Fredrica Syren: Lately there has been a lot of fighting between my 4-year-old Noah and his sister, 8-year-old Bella. All afternoon long I find myself mediating between them. It’s not one’s fault more than the other. Bella likes doing things she knows will make her brother sad, and he …

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