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Social Media & Moods

Social Media & Moods

| March 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

You’ve probably seen headlines linking social media to depression, loneliness and other emotional problems. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a clinical report urging pediatricians to counsel families about something they called “Facebook depression.” Despite the headlines, much of the early research about how social media impacts mental health was contradictory. One study from […]

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Pay it Forward on Earth Day

Pay it Forward on Earth Day

Our kids will be living on this planet long after we’re gone, so they should learn to care for it. Why not throw a party to celebrate Earth Day (April 22) and use it to reinforce the importance of going green? Kids will have fun and make a difference in the environment with these Happy […]

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Handwork as a Social Affair

Handwork as a Social Affair

| March 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Have you ever wondered whether handwork, such as knitting, crafting and whittling, is good for your child? Neurological research has shown that use of the fingers and dexterity challenges for growing children are interrelated with brain development. This research confirms the beliefs and experiences that Waldorf educators have integrated into their teaching curriculum for more […]

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Book Touring, Family Style

Book Touring, Family Style

| March 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

We were in our car, packed and steaming toward the Cloud & Leaf Bookstore in Manzanita, when our kids looked up and noticed the Evergreen Aviation Museum on Route 18. “Look at that!” my son cried, seeing a real, live airplane on a rooftop of all places. “Can we go?” asked my daughter. My husband […]

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Kids & Creativity

Kids & Creativity

| February 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

In our increasingly structured and media-saturated society, kids often don’t have the time or space to be creative. Many of us think of creativity as only pertaining to the arts. But, according to James D. Moran III in his article “Creativity in Young Children,” creativity is also defined as a form of problem solving, requiring […]

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The Glory of A Garden

The Glory of A Garden

| February 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Transform an ordinary backyard into a captivating, natural wonderland and you’ll harness the curiosity and imagination of your children in a whole new way. With a little ingenuity, you can create a multi-sensory landscape that provides kids with an enriching, year-round, fresh-air retreat. Jocelyn Chilvers, a 30-year veteran in landscape design, as well as an […]

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Searching for Signs of Bulimia

Searching for Signs of Bulimia

| February 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Jennifer had noticed a recent change in her daughter Kylie since Kylie’s 13th birthday. Kylie was once a rambunctious child who loved rough and tumble games with her two big brothers, a child who was seldom afraid to speak her mind. But lately, Kylie had become more withdrawn and touchy. Jennifer noticed that she was […]

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One is the Onliest Number

One is the Onliest Number

| February 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Parenting an only child comes with plenty of perks. Just ask Hope Austin: She has plenty of time and energy to play with her 3-year-old daughter Grace, she isn’t drowning in child care expenses and she knows Grace will have more money for college. But that doesn’t mean raising a singleton is easy. “With the […]

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Plug Into Your Family Instead

Plug Into Your Family Instead

| February 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

When we were planning a sleepover for my son’s 10th birthday, I braced myself for a lot of rough-housing; a mess of board games, cards and Legos; and a movie, with popcorn and candy crushed everywhere. The reality was far more disturbing. All the boys brought laptops to the sleepover and sat lined up at […]

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12 Ways to Say “I Love You”

12 Ways to Say “I Love You”

| January 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

On Valentine’s Day, it’s fun to find creative ways to show our kids we love them. Here are some ideas for sharing the love on Feb. 14 — and all through the year. 1. Create a Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt. Write “I love you” notes to your kids and place them around the house along […]

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