Transitions

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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Natural Love of Learning

Encouraging Your Child’s Natural Love of Learning

Nurturing a child’s love for learning begins with trust. As unschoolers, we trust our children to know when they are ready to learn and what they are interested in learning. We trust them to know how to go about learning. Parents commonly take this view of learning during the child’s first two years, when he…

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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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Big Kid Bed

Is Your Child Ready for a Big Kid Bed?

As parents, we all know the importance of sleep. No matter the age of your child, you realize that their entire day can be thrown off because of a rough night’s sleep, lack of a nap, or generally just trying to find the happy balance of enough sleep (for every family member) with an infant….

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12 Reasons to LOVE cloth napkins

12 Reasons We Love Cloth Napkins

Each year in our Back to School issue, we use the most adorable cloth napkins as backdrops and accessories in our popular school lunch inspiration section and feature. Not a week goes by in August that we don’t get an email asking, “Where can I get the pink polka dot napkin from your healthy lunches…

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Lego Survival Guide

How to Repair an Original Lego Creation Without Your Child Knowing You Broke it

Editor’s note: This article started as a Facebook post. One morning my cousin (who was like a sister to me growing up) updated her status to: “Another chapter in my never written on paper but often thought of parenting guide is ‘How to Quickly and Flawlessly Repair an Intricately Developed Original Lego Creation Without the…

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Evolved Parenting: An interview with Jordan Schachter

Jordan Schachter is a thought-leader in the conscious parenting arena. His perspective on life and parenting shifted profoundly from his time living with a tribe on Vanuatu in the South Pacific, where he didn’t once witness a temper tantrum, sibling rivalry or crying from any of the children.  He felt called to devote his life…

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Helping Your Child Develop Critical Thinking Skills

Think It Through: Helping Your Child Develop Critical Thinking Skills

Being able to think critically about any given problem is a skill most parents want their children to have. Creative problem solving is a coveted skill not only in all lines of work, but life in general. It starts with being able to be curious, flexible, and open-minded. And while many kids learn problem solving…

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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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5 Steps to Encourage an Attitude of Gratitude in Our Children

My brain knows that gratitude is important.  I know when I am in a state of gratitude–aware of my blessings, small and big, I feel happier and less alone.  I feel more connected to the people around me, and my life experiences. I feel in my body a life force greater than myself. But my…

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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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Small Person, Big Changes: Introducing a new sibling

Adding a new baby to the family is an exciting time for families. Children especially feel that eagerness as they hold their new baby brother or sister for the first time; they finally get to see who has been inside of mom’s growing belly all these months! Their initial enthusiasm may fade, though, as the…

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Eco Spotlight: SnapPower SnapRays Guidelight

Nighttime can be a scary time for little ones. Whether it’s creepy creaking noises, shifting shadows, or nondescript monsters, they all have one variable in common. Each of these things is made unbearable by darkness. Using a nightlight seems like the logical solution, right? But, they’re not ideal. Traditional nightlights are rife with issues. They…

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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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Mindfulness

Encouraging Mindfulness in Children


Can we actually teach our children how to be mindful?  Or are we just trying to preserve the inherent consciousness that they already seem to have?  In other words–is mindfulness truly taught, or is it just “unlearned” over time? I remember watching my children eat when they were four or five years old.  If given…

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Celebrating Winter Solstice

Light amidst Darkness: Celebrating the Winter Solstice

Winter’s cold and darkness can be mild or intense, the drag of a chilly brown landscape or the drama of very early sunsets and deep snowdrifts. For many, winter begins to feel endless after a while. But at winter solstice—although those of us in northern climates still have plenty of cold to weather—the balance has…

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NoBatteryGifts

Play Up Your Child’s Imagination and Creativity with “No Battery” Gifts

Remember that thing you played with all the time when you were a kid?  It was with you from sun up till sun down.  You didn’t buy it at any toy store… it was free.  And it’s what could turn an empty box into a dollhouse or a broom handle into a light saber. Where…

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