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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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Welcome 2016 With Green New Year Resolutions

By Fredrica Syren a.k.a Green Mom: Even before the champagne’s been popped and everyone is returning to work, many of us make resolutions — things we would like to achieve and/or to make better for ourselves. 40 to 45 percent of adults make one or more New Year’s resolutions each …

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5 Ways to Encourage Creativity in Kids

By Alex Soare: No matter what your children are interested in or where their natural abilities lie, it’s important for them to be creative thinkers. Although the word “creativity” often is associated solely with artistic pursuits, it’s clear now that being creative is a critical skill for every discipline and …

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Taking Breaks from Screen Time

By Kim Robson: Between television, tablets, smartphones and laptops, we’re living more and more of our lives facing a screen. If we aren’t careful, our children could lose the art of conversation and living in the present. The blue-based light that screens give off disrupts the production of melatonin, a …

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Calm Mind and Mom With Meditation

 By Fredrica Syren: With my two first kids, I practiced meditation daily. I really depended on going inside myself to find stillness that would help me cope with the ups and downs of my day-to-day life. I don’t know what happened, but around a year ago, when I was expecting our third …

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Unschooling: What Is It?

By Larraine Roulston: In 1977 John Holt, author and teacher, coined the word “Unschooling,” which he defined as “learning that does not look like school learning, and learning that does not have to take place at home.” He believed that “there is no difference between living and learning … it …

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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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Understanding Different Cultural Concepts

By Kim Robson: Language and how we shape it are brilliant indicators of how a culture views the world. There are many cultures that employ words or concepts that don’t translate easily outside that culture. I love learning about them because they offer a window into a way of life …

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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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