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Talking to Children About Climate Change

By Larraine Roulston: Replying to my environmental email, a friend added that her father-in-law always used to say, “Life was the making of good and the breaking of bad habits!” Regarding climate change, his motto speaks volumes. Man’s folly has always been to buy the latest and most convenient innovations, only to realize that when …

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Frugal Summer Activities for Bored Kids

By Larraine Roulston: With sunny summer days, along with extended evening light, there are plenty of activities around to keep kids entertained for a couple of months. As schedules and workloads also take on a relaxed pace, all should be content on the home front. Yet, there will come a day or two when you …

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Benefits of Taking Kids Hiking

By Fredrica Syren: On weekends, we five go on family hikes. Usually, we go early in the morning or later afternoon so it won’t be too hot for the kids. We hike for about 2-3 miles, but take it very slowly, even stop to explore, climb, play and have snack time. While …

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Family Time Benefits

By Larraine Roulston: When raising children, there are many precious moments. Some are planned; others just happen spontaneously. Today’s parenting often can be rather daunting while juggling the activities of chauffeuring, homework, team sports, as well as coordinating meals. Often one parent will take the kids to the park, leaving the other …

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Tips for Nurturing Compassion in Your Kids

By Aradhana Pandey: We are all born with a blank slate — no preconceived notions, no feelings of hate or jealousy, no judgment of right or wrong — nothing but a mind willing to learn and a heart capable of giving. As we grow, gradually the blank slate gets inscribed …

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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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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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This Is How Your Child Is Exposed to Toxins

By Aradhana Pandey: Children are precious — and they are also extremely vulnerable. Childhood is when their immunity takes shape, and any issue during this phase can have serious consequences to their health in the long run. As parents, you endeavor to protect your children and to ensure their health …

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