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5 Great Math Websites for Kids and Parents

Math may be one of the more challenging subjects to teach and learn, but it doesn't have to be a bore! There are lots of great ways to expand your child's math skills in a way that will have them begging for more.    Check out our top five favorite ad free sites:   Count On: This site offers a wide range of math focused games that are unique and fun to play. We especially love their codebreaker and math mysteries sections--perfect for kids who love a challenge.    Figure This: Offered by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, this website offers... read more

Healthy Holiday Recipes the Whole Family Will Love

  Enjoy these delightful and wholesome recipes at your next holiday celebration:    Cookie Cutter Cookies Cookie baking is an essential part of the holidays. Here's a wheat-free, egg-free recipe with no refined sugar.    Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie It's not Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie. Celiac-sufferers won't have to miss out with this recipe! Holly's Pilgrim Stuffing This delightful dish is a colorful and healthy spin on a Thanksgiving favorite.    French Bean Casserole A... read more

10 Earth Friendly and Made in the USA Backpacks for Back to School

This special section was created by natural product expert Amy Serotkin of The Mindful Home as part of Mothering's Ultimate Green Guide to Back to School Supplies. Check it out for many more eco-friendly, made in the USA picks for back to school.   While the overwhelming favorite among parents seems to be L.L. Bean backpacks, only their totes are made in the USA.  In keeping with the theme of these guides, I decided to seek out some other options that were eco-friendly or made in the USA.  I'm happy to report that I found several that were... read more

Stay-at-Home Moms Worth $113,000 According to New Average

Market Watch reported today that Salary.com has for the 12th consecutive year attempted to place a monetary value on the work moms do at home. For stay-at-home moms, the site averaged that each woman handles an almost 95 hour work week worth nearly $113,000 per year. A working mom should add about $67,000 to her current salary for the nearly 58 hours she puts in at home. Work at home moms and fathers were not included in the report. The numbers were collected from the information provided by more than 8,000 moms about the amount and type of work they... read more

Looking for the Helpers

Helping our children to process the tragedy in Boston.   It is no surprise that one of the most-shared quotes in the wake of the horrific bombing in Boston was wisdom from the ever-reliable Mr. Rogers, who said: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ “   I count myself among the fortunate in that a.) I was not personally affected by the bombings in that I do not know anyone who was hurt or injured and b.) My son is too young for me to have... read more

For the Dads

I once asked my grandfather if he'd like to hold my baby.   He sputtered awkwardly, saying he didn't know how to hold a baby. That he'd never really done it. After raising four children.   From the kitchen I heard my grandma mutter something under her breath about how he never made the time to hold their children. That he never wanted to.   My dad, on the other hand is baby crazy.   Though he grew up with a more hands-off father, my dad has never passed up the chance to hold a child. He is different than his dad. More engaged. More present. More... read more

Lead in Christmas Lights, Toxic Decorations and Toys - Why Natural Materials are a Good Idea

    Christmas decorations and toys - they seem harmless enough, with nothing but festive moments and good intentions behind it all. Sadly, from christmas lights to garlands to toys, they are not as innocuous as they may seem.  Many contain heavy metals like lead, flame retardants, and other endocrine disruptors like BPA and phthalates.  Often these things are made with PVC, which is damaging to both the environment and people in many ways.   I encourage everyone this holiday season to take a closer look at what materials their decorations and toys are made of and... read more

Attachment Parenting Isn't Just For Mom

  Contributed by Mothering blogger Sarah Clark   As I watch attachment style mothers sometimes I wonder if some of us forget that attachment parenting is called attachment PARENTING not attachment MOTHERING.     Attachment as a style of nurturing and loving our children is a beautiful thing.  It also can be quite exhausting- especially if all the attachment, co-sleeping, feeding, loving, holding, answering, nurturing, and touching is done by just one person.     Mom.   But it isn't called attachment mothering, is it. It is called Attachment... read more

Conscious Parenting with Dr. Shefali Tsabary

By Jessica Williams for kidsinthehouse.com   Dr. Shefali Tsabary is the author of The Conscious Parent, a book about which His Holiness the Dalai Lama says, “Dr. Tsabary describes the importance of compassion…and how we can learn to develop it from our relationship with our children.” Dr. Tsabary describes Conscious Parenting as “The ability to become more aware of when we have fallen off track, when we need to shift back into the deepest state of groundedness, when we are being triggered by our past, rather than responding to the present, and when we are responding to... read more

AuthoritATIVE parenting, not AuthoritARIAN Parenting

I talk a lot in my lectures and coaching sessions about the child’s need for our calm, loving authority as parents. Let me clarify loud and clear that I mean authoritative parenting, not authoritarian parenting! In the authoritarian style of parenting, children’s unquestioning obedience is the goal — a short-sighted approach on every level, including optimally healthy development of the child’s social brain, which is the polestar of parenting for peace. Authoritative parenting takes a longer view and is marked by the parents’ decisive yet respectful... read more

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