How to choose age-appropriate toys for kids

How to Choose Age-Appropriate Toys

As a mother of three, I struggle to stay sane… let alone informed of the latest recommendations from parenting research, and finding the best tools to help my children to learn and grow. Fortunately, my handmade toy business helps me stay focused enough to accomplish all of the above. With my background in developmental psychology,…

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A Responsible Thanksgiving

A Responsible Thanksgiving with Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt a Turkey Project

For vegans and vegetarians, the turkey-centric Thanksgiving holiday can be a challenge. It often isn’t simply the fact that much of the food is riddled with animal products, leaving nothing but the veggies and rolls to nibble. The abysmal treatment of the commercially-raised turkey is enough to steal the appetite of the hungriest diner. Even…

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The Surprising Reason Sippy Cups Can Hurt Your Toddler

The Surprising Reason Sippy Cups Can Hurt Your Toddler

While working as a volunteer dentist in Africa, I was surprised by all the beautiful smiles I was seeing. Children would get into the dental chair, and I’d immediately notice their textbook-perfect straight teeth, perfectly developed jaws, and wide smiles—and yet none of them had ever seen a dentist, much less gotten orthodontic treatment. They…

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5 Ways to Make Your Family’s World a Little Greener

5 Ways to Make Your Family’s World a Little Greener

It seems we can’t make it through a week without learning a new statistic about how polluted we’ve allowed the environment to become or without hearing about the devastation caused by a natural disaster made worse by climate change. With environmental destruction happening on a global scale, it can be challenging to feel like the…

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Promote sensitivity and empathy. Often understanding where another sibling is coming from helps reduce the occurrence and severity of sibling rivalry.

The Gentle Approach to Sibling Rivalry

“Give it back!” “Stop that!” “He won’t share!” “I had it first!” “She kicked me!” “That’s not fair!” Sound familiar? Oh, when your kids just can’t seem to get along…GRRRRRR! I vividly remember fighting with my older sister over the front seat, the last pudding cup, and what show we were going to watch on…

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Looking for new ways to encourage your kids to  go green?  Here are some fresh new ideas on having big sustainable fun!

Fresh & Fun Green Habits for Kids

Given the inquisitive nature of children and their limited attention span, it can get tricky to think of new activities to encourage your child’s interest in going green. But instead of getting them into the car and driving to the nearest mall, why not use the free time to teach them eco-friendly activities that they…

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How to Furnish with Vintage & Upcycled Finds

How to Furnish Your Home with Vintage & Upcycled Finds

Whether you’re working within a tight family budget or you just want to make your home redecoration a little more eco-friendly, choosing recycled home furnishings rather than brand-new pieces is the smart way to go. At Modernize, we know that these factors are important to homeowners. Upcycled and vintage items can add character to the…

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Green Bronx Machine

Green Bronx Machine: An Interview with Founder Stephen Ritz

“The single biggest prognosticator for a child’s success in life is to have access to one kind, caring adult. And I am going to be that kind, caring adult.” As the school year begins anew for many of us, it’s a perfect time to evaluate the impact that teachers have on our children. Their work…

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Good Sleep

Helping Your Child Get a Good Night’s Sleep

A full day of school can use up a lot of your child’s energy. Add in homework and extracurricular or social activities, and you can see why adequate rest is important to keep those little bodies thriving. While each child is different, these guidelines can help you spot if your child’s sleep schedule is on…

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Lush Green Lawn

How to Keep Your Lawn Safe for Kids and Pets

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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Water Conservation

The More You Know Eco: Water Conservation

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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A great list of WHY and HOW to swap conventional cleaners for simple, affordable DIY versions.

Safer Spring Cleaning

Every day, many of us spray, wipe, and clean with products that contain impossible-to-pronounce ingredients and impossible-to-identify chemicals. These cleaning products do the job they were designed for, but what about potential health and environmental impacts? Is a smudge-free window worth a wheezing toddler? Does a fresh smelling living room outweigh a potential outbreak of hives?…

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The Health & Environmental Benefits of Grass-Fed Beef

With Earth Day upon us, households are rethinking their carbon footprint. Most families think of how gas consumption or non-renewable resources affect the environment. But what about grocery store staples like a pound of ground beef?  Let’s take a look at how this simple purchase affects the environment and ultimately what impact it can have on…

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Celebrating Earth Day lends itself to a posture of gratitude. If you do only one thing on Earth Day, go outside!

10 Kid-Friendly Ways to Celebrate Earth Day:

Earth Day is a celebration! This year let’s be mindful to treat it as such,  because celebrations bring families together. Set aside time to do something different. Have fun together. And remember the incredible life lessons Earth Day and living green will teach your children:  Get outside! Take a walk, explore someplace new, or lay down…

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Life Lessons from Earth Day

Earth Day is a celebration! Treat it as one, because celebrations bring families together. Set aside time to do something different. Have fun together. And remember the incredible life lessons that Earth Day and living green will teach your children: Gratitude Celebrating Earth Day lends itself to a posture of gratitude. If you do only…

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What are the health implications of the newly approved genetically modified non-browning apple?

Do We Need A Non-Browning Apple?

Last month it was announced that the USDA approved an apple that doesn’t brown. Is this simply a hybrid version of our children’s favorite fruit? What’s the big deal about an apple that doesn’t brown? We asked Suzanne from Mommy Footprint to break down the concerns activists and parents have about this genetically modified fruit….

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Here Comes the Sun: Celebrating the Vernal Equinox

As my family’s first harsh Minnesota winter drew to a close, the old Beatles song “Here Comes the Sun” sang out of our car’s speakers. I had heard the song countless times, of course, and knew all the words. But this time, I found myself deeply touched by it. Relief, joy, and yearning surged inside…

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Raising Eco Conscious Kids

How to Raise a Green Guru

Gone are the days when going green is just for the old individuals in the society because even kids today are turning into this idea. Every day your kids encounter different environmentally related scenario in their life. But regrettably, kids nowadays are more focused on the playful screen-world rather than the real setting. More and…

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The Benefits of Reading to Your Unborn Baby

We all know the benefits children can reap by being exposed to books. Especially when you start early, reading is proven to help with a child’s language development and increased word recognition, create a positive bond between parent and child, provide a great wind-down before bedtime, and spark an early interest in learning that carries…

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To shut out holiday cards completely might make you feel like a Scrooge. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t tried to pare down our list and “green” the system a bit.

With Every Christmas Card I Write: Green Your Holiday Greetings

There was a time when people vigilantly selected their Christmas and holiday cards. Beautifully illustrated pieces of artwork filled with carefully penned words with news of the past year and kindnesses for the year to come. It’s like a scene out of a heart-warming old movie. But, this nostalgic moment is no longer reality for…

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A Little Free Library Can Make a Big Difference

Maybe you’re homesteading on a super rural road and don’t have ready access to a public library. Perhaps you and your neighbors are avid readers without the time to hit up the library regularly. Or, maybe you just want to connect with your community and share your love of good books. Then, the Little Free…

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