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Cooking with Kids

By Fredrica Syren: According to my kids, the kitchen is the most fascinating place, and as soon as I start cooking, I soon hear the familiar sound of chairs being pushed so the kids can climb up and see what I’m doing. I must admit that sometimes this raises my …

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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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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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5 Tips for Winter Family Activities

By Olivia Jones: Many parents dread the colder months, thinking that their little ones will spend most of their time indoors, stuck behind a screen or bored out of their minds. What’s there to be jolly about? With just a little bit of imagination, some test runs and plenty of …

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Teaching Children to Love Nature

By Larraine Roulston: Children are our greatest resource and whenever possible we need to allow them the opportunity to enjoy and learn from nature. Remembering that kids love to get dirty, allow them freedom to go outside and just play. Although my childhood didn’t include camping, it did consist of a …

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