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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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Gardening with Kids

By Larraine Roulston: Gardening has been described as a “happy endeavor.” Research suggests that breathing in the soil’s bacteria can increase the brain’s serotonin levels. This may indicate that gardening offers therapy that acts as a natural antidepressant for young and old alike. My mother, a gardener with a truly great green thumb, …

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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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How to Teach Children to Give Back

By Larraine Roulston: Every year the gap between the wealthy and the poor increases. During these harsh winter days, we are even more aware of the homeless as municipalities struggle to find extra shelter for them. Children generally want to help. Parents, with a little effort, can aid them to …

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Keeping the Vacation Bliss at Home

By Fredrika Syren: After 3 weeks off for the holiday, my kids just went back to school, my husband left for a business trip, and I’m back to board meetings, deadlines and phone calls. We had been out of town staying at someone else’s home for the entire time. As our …

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Kid’s Crafts: Finger Knitting

By Fredrica Syren: I love Waldorf schools; I just have to put that out there. The kids learn so many fun arts and crafts that require so little which, in turn, makes the Waldorf kids very creative. All three of my kids have been into knitting since my 11-year-old Bella’s …

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The Very Real Fear of Dogs

By Fredrica Syren: My family are an outdoors loving pod who spend as much time hiking, biking and just hanging outside as possible. There is a fly in the ointment, however, and it’s that our older son, 6-year- old Noah, who has a great fear of dogs. This is problematic …

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