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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

Friday Family Fun!

Looking for something fun to do with the kids on Friday night? Here are some simple tips for having some family fun time.  Share your best tip in the comments below and you could win a FREE digital subscription or renewal to Mothering magazine! The winner will be announced tomorrow. Make a detailed map of your house and yard, based on accurate measurements. Put on a treasure hunt for each other. Practice some magic tricks and put on a magic show. Invite the neighborhood over for a circus. Make costumes, dress the dog up... read more

In Praise of Half-Finished Books

One year, I made a ‘To Read’ list, composed of five novels-Mozart’s Women: His Family, Friends, His Music by Jane Glover; Hot and Bothered, Annie Downey; Painted Shadow: The Life of Vivienne Eliot, First Wife of T.S. Eliot by Carole Seymore-Jones; Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire and Howard’s End, E.M. Forster-to be finished within six months. Pretty ambitious, considering the proposed books are all within the 200-300 page range, one at nearly 700+ pages. Some would say, that doesn’t sound ambitious at all! It is when there is a toddler... read more

The Greater Good: A New Documentary Film on Vaccines

March 18, 2011 A new documentary film on vaccines, The Greater Good, premieres April 2nd. Please view the press release. read more

Raising Natural Kids in a High-Tech World

I imagine it has always been difficult raising natural kids. I imagine it’s never been easy to hop onto the natural train, doing things that go against the grain of society. It seems in our world, we’re always trying to find a new and better, easier, albeit not always right, way of doing things. It seems we have flowed back and forth, to and fro, a natural lifestyle. I have to believe mothers have been fighting their children’s interest in the latest gadgets for years upon years, including the radio and then the early tv’s. My generation has seen the tv’s... read more


It’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and in honor of it, I wanted to highlight writer, mother, and breast cancer survivor Tracy Lynch’s fantastic essay, “Inappropriate.” When I first read Tracy’s essay, I immediately connected with it. Which is to say, I suddenly became aware of how much I use the word “inappropriate” as a way to wave off my son. That blog I’m snort-laughing over, with the texts that make unfortunate sexual entendres? Inappropriate. That episode of Weeds I’m trying to sneak in? Inappropriate. Those pics of my sister at a bachelorette... read more

Barefoot Books Releases a New World Atlas and Some Great Ways to Win Big!

Exciting news! Much loved publishing company, Barefoot Books, has just released their all new World Atlas and is doing a HUGE giveaway to celebrate. I recently had a chance to explore this wonderful new addition to the Barefoot library with my seven-year-old. and we both adore it. Barefoot has skillfully combined a diverse array of information about our world with captivating images, fun flip-up “Did You Know” tabs, and an easy-to-navigate layout into the best world atlas for kids I have seen yet. Now until Nov 23rd Barefoot Books will be... 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

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