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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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Creativity Without Worries—Nontoxic Art Supplies

By Fredrica Syren: My kids have always loved to produce art. They love everything — painting, drawing, sewing, building and sculpting with playdough or clay. It’s just great to see how creative they get and have so much fun. Especially during our summer break, we spend more time creating art. …

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Chemical Free Arts & Crafts–Natural Earth Paint Giveaway

By Fredrica Syren: If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that my kids and I love painting and doing all kinds of arts and crafts. Unfortunately, lots of children’s arts and crafts materials contain harmful chemicals, preservatives and synthetics. Children put art materials on their skin, and some …

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Vocational School vs. University

By Kim Robson: Many of our articles here on Green Mom focus on younger children. Today, let’s talk about kids who are reaching college age. High school guidance counselors and parents place enormous pressure on kids to aim for and apply to four-year colleges or universities. And for good reason …

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Life on an Urban Homestead

By Fredrica Syren: My family (my husband and our three children) and I live on an “urban homestead.” This term refers to a household that grows, through gardening and livestock, most of the food it consumes. The difference between an urban homestead and a farm is that an urban homestead …

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Carbon Footprint — Eco-activity for Kids

By Larraine Roulston : It’s never too early to begin teaching your youngsters about our shared ecosystem. When taught by example with knowledge and eco-activities, our children will become the trailblazers for new innovations to nurture a healthier planet. Nature hikes are popular eco-activities for families. Elementary school teachers embrace crafts constructed from discarded articles. …

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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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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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Teaching the Zero Waste Generation

By Larraine Roulston : At no other time in history has it been more important than now to be green. In classrooms across the world, it has become the era when environmental stewardship is taught by encouraging waste-free lunches and emphasizing the 3Rs. At many schools, composting is on the agenda as …

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