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Raising Plant-Based Children—Family Meal-Friendly Menus

By Fredrica Syren: My three children are being raised on plant-based foods, which means they eat nothing coming from an animal. Instead, they eat lots of whole foods with a rich variety of vegetables and fruits, beans and lentils, and minimally processed  foods. Many people ask us if it’s hard …

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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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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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Raising Children in a Minimal Life

By Fredrica Syren: As a child, I grew up with lots of toys, more toys than the average kid. You name the Barbie and I had her…and her entire wardrobe. When I got married to my husband, we (as most couples) received an endless number of wedding gifts; and as …

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Easy Science Experiments for Kids

By Kim Robson: Little kids are natural scientists. They’re curious about the world around them and are constantly learning new things about how it works. As winter approaches and outdoor time is reduced, here are a few fun DIY at-home science experiments you and your kids can enjoy together! First …

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A Guide to Cycling on the Road with Children

By David Bender: Many parents are anxious about cycling on the road with their children. The reality is that there are real risks involved in allowing the children on the road; however, it is not cause for being extremely phobic. The key is teaching your children to assess the risks …

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How to Raise a Green Toddler

By Larraine Roulston: First, kudos to the La Leche League and its volunteers who inspire women to nurse their babies. Their efforts marked an important turning point for mothers to return to nourishing their infants naturally. Secondly, a more recent natural “movement” called Elimination Communication promotes the EC method that not only involves …

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The Importance of Having Device, Screen-Free Time

By Fredrica Syren: Be honest — how often have you looked at a screen today? These days, it seems we all are glued to our computers, phones and tablets. And I’m as guilty of it as anyone. I see parents at the park totally occupied with their phones while their …

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Why?     

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

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