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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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Stress Free Mornings

By Fredrica Syren: I think most of us have had mornings when we’re running around like crazy, trying to get ready for work. Now add three kids to that equation and every morning is like a marathon, working hard to get to the finish line: all kids dressed, fed, and …

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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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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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Dr. Jekyll and Miss Hyde

By Fredrica Syren When you have kids, there always seems to be phases that we kind of look forward to their getting past. First, it’s the infant and no sleep stage; then, the terrible twos. Now, we’re at a defiant 6-year-old stage that I can’t wait to survive — with …

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Natural Baby Care

By Chef Centehua I became a mother sixteen years ago. As a young mother, I had strong feelings about the environment in which I wanted to raise my child. Of course, well-intentioned family members gifted me things and products they thought I could use. I wasn’t as outspoken then as …

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How To Teach Kids Sustainability

By Chef Centehua Living a more natural and sustainable life is really about making the best choices with the information and tools you have. Our journey began by reducing paper and plastic products, and now we are composting, growing our food, raising chickens, collecting rainwater and using a grey water system. …

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Five Tips to Surviving the Terrible 2s & Beyond!

By Julie Zeff Most people who know me know that I’m not exactly a “baby person.” Don’t get me wrong: I have three kids – a 4-, a 6- and an 8-year-old whom I adore with all my heart and soul. But, saying that their 2-year-old birthdays were big days …

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Pump Up the Volume

By Julie Zeff I took my daughter to Universal Studios, specifically Harry Potter World, for her 8thbirthday. Just her and me! I was excited about our trip, and envisioned endless hours of talking, cuddling and reading together (she is an avid reader). Then we got on the road, a 7-hour drive …

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