• Encouraging Your Child’s Natural Love of Learning
  • 5 Steps to a Simpler School Year
  • Is Your Child Ready for a Big Kid Bed?

Easing Empty Nest Transitions

“Are you OK?” my husband asked me. “You seem kind of quiet tonight.” “Yes, I’m OK. I just…Well, you know JJ started kindergarten this week,” I felt a lump in my throat. “And he’s been in school for 3 days now…” Tears came to my eyes. “And I guess…it turns out…I’m not handling it so…

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Rhythms, Routines, & Rituals

Rhythms, routines, and rituals help us stay centered and on track as homeschooling parents, and they enable our children to relax and feel secure because they know what to expect each day. A thoughtful routine allows us to focus our energy in one area at a time, knowing that other essential areas will not be…

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Our 2015 Back to School Issue is Here

Each school year brings its own adventures. Make it the best school year yet with our 2015 Back to School issue. Find the best new gear, tips on making the first day – and every day – simple and fun… and dive into our annual healthy lunch section. Plus trusted natural parenting advice on everything…

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Soba Summer Rolls

Soba Noodle Summer Rolls

There is so much goodness in these mouthwatering summer rolls—bright antioxidant-rich vegetables, creamy avocado loaded with vitamin E, powerful immune-supporting shiitake mushrooms, protein-rich tofu, and satisfying buckwheat noodles! The rice paper wrappers are very sticky, so they hold the rolls together beautifully. Photography by Charity Burggraaf  © 2015 by Jennifer Katzinger. All rights reserved. Excerpted…

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Strawberry Pops

Strawberry Surprise Popsicles

These popsicles have a surprising ingredient—cucumber! Cucumber not only adds a refreshing note, but it’s a good source of B vitamins. Strawberries contain vitamin C in great abundance. Try throwing some basil in with the mint for an even brighter flavor.   Photography by Charity Burggraaf  © 2015 by Jennifer Katzinger. All rights reserved. Excerpted…

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Delicious Sizzlin Kabobs

Sizzlin’ Veggie Kabobs

Kabobs are such a festive summer food. The whole family will enjoy having a meal cooked on the grill. You might want to grill up some extra vegetables that have been marinating too! Photography by Charity Burggraaf  © 2015 by Jennifer Katzinger. All rights reserved. Excerpted from Gluten-Free & Vegan for the Whole Family by permission…

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Lush Green Lawn

Parenthood and pet ownership can make formerly simple landscaping decisions a lot more complicated. With pint-sized or furry loved ones depending on you for their care, you may no longer feel comfortable snatching the cheapest fertilizer from your local home and garden center. Do you want to improve the look of your lawn without sacrificing…

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Editor’s note: My son, Nicholas, wrote this article as part of an assignment for Oak Meadow’s distance learning program.  Our team liked it so much, we published it in our Summer issue.  Water is necessary for human life. Our bodies need water to live. We use water to grow our crops and to clean our environment….

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Travel with Kids

Eco travel? With kids? You bet. For many people the term “ecotourism” brings to mind exotic (and expensive) adventures in far-off places. Many people do enjoy adventure traveling with kids. But if the idea of changing diapers atop a pitching whitewater raft or hiking for miles through the steaming jungle with your toddler in a…

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