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5 child article submissions by the Mothering community.

10 Low Prep Art Projects for Kids

    I don’t know about you, but we love crafting in our house.  The only problem is that with three kids five and under, finding time to plan and execute elaborate craft projects is usually beyond me.  Luckily, we have found some simple ways to craft with usually just the items we have on hand.  Here are some of our favorites:   Painting Coffee Filters. About a year ago, we bought our Keurig shortly after my husband bought a huge economy pack of coffee filters, and those filters have just been sitting in the cupboard with no real use.  And then I found the idea... read more

Sustainable Style for Back to School: The Ultimate Guide to Green Supplies

  Sustainable Style for Back to School   Back to school season is here and we know you're likely thinking about how you can be more eco-friendly this year without breaking the bank or spending excessive amounts of time you don't have.   With that in mind we've created six easy to use guides that break down some of the best green options for back to school basics. From easy to find brands who are making an eco effort to more unique, stylish and sustainable supplies that you would normally have to dig to... read more

Dancing Babies & World Peace

Image courtesy of Harold Kuiper's Flickr photostream   The magnificent blues guitarist Robert Lockwood, Jr. performed regularly not far from my childhood home. But the divides of race and radio kept me from hearing him play until I was an adult. Even when I started spending my babysitting money on music I was limited to what was available in stores within walking distance. Just like everyone else born before the net, my musical ear was limited to narrow channels of exposure. As I got older and discovered what to me was new music, I felt... read more

TV Free Research and Resources

Articles and studies Toddlers and TV "Students with cable TV at home 'do worse in exams'" Babies, TV, and maternal interaction TV Research: Let’s Get Smarter About What Young Children See, Hear and ExperienceArticle examining multiple studies from an early-childhood-education perspective The Death and Life of American Imagination  Books The Plug-In Drug by Marie Winn Remotely Controlled by Aric Sigman To Kindle A Soul - TV chapter The Big Turnoff by Ellen Currey-Wilson Living Outside the Box by Barbara Block Buy, Buy Baby by... read more

Does concerted cultivation produce selfish children?

Last month, I posted a review of Malcolm Gladwell's new book Outliers: The Story of Success that provoked a lively discussion over at my blog Daddy Dialectic. Gladwell argues that early cultivation (such as actively managing a child's education and providing her with a range of experiences and learning opportunities) is crucial to later success in life. It also helps quite a lot, he argues, to help children learn to speak up for themselves and confidently interact with adults. While Gladwell is guilty of a certain amount of reductionism and success-worship, his... read more

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