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Fewer Toys — More Creative Kids?

By Fredrica Syren: When our daughter was a baby, we did not have many toys for her, and actually always laughed at how she would find anything fun to play with (e.g. straps on her car seat, the vacuum, pots and pans, etc.). As we became a family with three …

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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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Mothering Ourselves — Self Care for Moms

By Dawna Matthews: Every day, we wake up with our laundry list of things to accomplish — it’s exhausting. We are busy and often feel a heavy weight of responsibility to be a “good” mom, parent, care provider, and woman. We love our child/children, family and friends. We are often …

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Moms Are Rising to Protect the Ecosystem

By Larraine Roulston : Mothers already do many things on the home front to protect the environment. They recycle, compost, opt to cook less meat, are energy and water efficient, choose environmentally friendly products, and create eco-fun family activities. As certain politicians target economic growth with little regard for a healthier environment for future generations, hundreds …

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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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