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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Mariel

Out Came the Sun: Green Child Magazine Talks with Mariel Hemingway

Much of my generation knows Mariel Hemingway as a celebrity who uses her status to advocate for mental health and mindful living. While we certainly remember her grandfather, iconic American writer Earnest Hemingway, I realized in preparing for this interview, not all of us were aware of the depths of the Hemingway family “curse” of…

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Screen Time

Simple Tips for Setting Effective Screen Time Limits

Parents often take responsibility for their kids’ screen-free time by structuring activities for them. They think that if kids are upset or bored without electronic entertainment, they must provide another activity for them to do. But this is just another form of rescuing our kids. When parents are quick to step in with activities to distract…

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Range

Free Range Kids: Finding the Balance Between Independence & Supervision

Let’s play a game. Visualize your childhood playtime routine. Go ahead! Was it filled with running, playing and exploring in your backyard (and all your friends’ yards)? Did you ride your bike through your surrounding neighborhoods and maybe even to school to use the jungle gym ad nauseam? Were your summers permeated with spraying sprinklers,…

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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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The benefits of infant massage

In Your Loving Hands: The benefits of infant massage

We all hold the innate gift of a healing touch. Throughout history, from ancient to modern times, there are references to this most natural ability. With kind touch, we’re able to deeply connect to others, to comfort, to calm, to heal and to give and to receive love. With our loving hands and bodies, we’re…

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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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Tips for getting great images of your child

How to Capture Great Images of Your Child

Have you ever tried to take photos of your kids only to have them come out too blurry, too dark, or otherwise lackluster? Did you spend hours debating outfits and fixing your kid’s crazy cowlick for this?! Wonder how your friend’s children have such great smiles all over your social media feed? While professional photos…

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flourish

7 Ways to Help Sensitive Children Flourish

Contaminants are found everywhere in our environment: in our food, water, air, and inside our homes. Unless you live in the wilderness, it’s difficult to avoid them.  As we continue to bring modern technology and pollutants into our home, we continue to expose our children to invisible toxins affecting their physical, mental, and emotional health. …

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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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Growing Young Yogis: The Power to Increase Overall Wellness in Kids

From the moment they are born, children emit a bright and beautiful light. We strive to strengthen that inner light with each interaction, helping them establish both a firm sense of self and the ability to meet challenges in their lives with strength and grace. Introducing a mindfulness practice such as yoga can benefit children…

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Imagine if you got to skip much of the learning curve… having been raised with the principals of attachment parenting by compassionate, spiritually conscious parents.  That's just the perspective Serena Dyer brings to life (and soon to motherhood) as she awaits the birth of her first child this spring. Her book, Don't Die With Your Music Still In You, co-authored with her father, Dr. Wayne Dyer, is an enlightening look at her experience growing up in a spiritual environment.

Green Child Magazine Talks to Serena Dyer

Natural parenting doesn’t always come… naturally. Some of us are still working through less than ideal habits and patterns that were handed to us by our own parents. And even for those of us with a healthy upbringing, it can be challenging to tune in and access our intuition in this noisy world. Imagine if…

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Help! The Internet is Giving Me Pregnancy Anxiety!

Raise your hand if you’ve ever googled your way into an obsessive parenting frenzy. Whether it’s a strange pain during pregnancy or baby’s first fever, today you can access a million answers in mere moments. Some of the answers you find will put your mind instantly at ease. Others might just have you rushing to…

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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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Developing a Strong Parent-Child Bond

Do you remember the moment you first laid eyes on your child? I remember clearly the moment the doctor immediately placed our newborn son on my chest, as most mothers do. I don’t remember the chaos of nurses, the doctor, or my husband cutting the cord. Time slowed and my attention completely fixated on his…

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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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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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Gentle Parenting: Learning to Trust Your Instincts

As a new or expecting parent, what’s more overwhelming – all the baby stuff or all the baby advice? The swing, pack & play, and vibrating chair that plays music fill your living room. You weave through the house tripping over toys designed to make your newborn smarter. Or maybe you actually returned a bassinet because the…

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Myths

10 Breastfeeding Myths

“Breastfeeding is natural.” Sound familiar? If you assume that breastfeeding is natural, it doesn’t take a leap of faith to accept that breastfeeding must be easy. Why, then, do so many mothers describe breastfeeding as hard? In reality, making milk is natural, but breastfeeding is a skill that babies (and moms) must learn. Some babies…

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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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