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20 Toys Under $20: Mothering's Natural Toy Guide 2012

  Discover More: Dolls | Arts & Crafts | Blocks & Puzzles | Books & Games | Imaginative Play | Teethers & Rattles | Vehicles & Rollers | For Older Kids | 20 Toys Under $20 | Top 20 Favorites         Wilbert the Worm Rolling Toy   Why We Love It: Constructed from midwestern hardwoods and mildly coated with natural beeswax in Illinois this toy is just right for rolling about. It can also be used as a teether.    Price: $15.99   Where to Buy: Peapods       Felt Horse   Why We Love... read more

Best Picks for Older Kids: Mothering's Natural Toy Guide 2012

  Discover More: Dolls | Arts & Crafts | Blocks & Puzzles | Books & Games | Imaginative Play | Teethers & Rattles | Vehicles & Rollers | For Older Kids | 20 Toys Under $20 | Top 20 Favorites    Child's 5 String Banjo   Why We Love It: This fully functional banjo will take music play to a new level. Small children will adore simply strumming the strings and singing along while older kids can learn songs from the included song booklet. It is a great way to introduce a child to this instrument. Beautifully made of sustainable... read more

Top 20 Favorites: Mothering's Natural Toy Guide 2012

  Discover More: Dolls | Arts & Crafts | Blocks & Puzzles | Books & Games | Imaginative Play | Teethers & Rattles | Vehicles & Rollers | For Older Kids | 20 Toys Under $20 | Top 20 Favorites    Ping Pong Catapult   Why We Love It: This naturally made catapult might be simply designed but it is super sturdy, powerful and so much fun! Any child will adore shooting off the included ping pong balls or other small items from around the house to see where they land. Set up a target for a little challenge. Made in Oregon,... read more

Mothering's Natural Toy Guide 2012

    Welcome to Mothering's Annual Natural Toy Guide: a selection of the very best natural and eco-friendly toys and children's gifts of 2012.      Proudly sponsored by STRIDER Bikes. Learn about what Mothering moms think about STRIDER no-pedal balance bikes here or visit their Facebook page.                                                             Our Top 20 Favorites                                                20 Toys Under $20                                                                      Imaginative Play            ... read more

The Three R's...Holiday Edition

By S.K. Valenzuela   Ahhh, the holidays.  That joyful riot of candles and lights and smartly-wrapped packages, the sound of silver bells and sleigh bells jingling on the road to grandmother's house.  There's so much to love about the holidays...but sometimes, the bustle of it all can become overwhelming.  If the prospect of checking your list twice and decking your halls is filling you with anxiety, try focusing on the three R's...holiday edition.   If you're a birthy person like me, you may already be familiar with Penny Simkin's Three R's for childbirth.  (If... read more

Three 5-Minute Fixes for Holiday Stress

By Brian Leaf   Whether you're stressed this holiday season from the gift-buying and consumerism, the in-laws visiting, or just too many wakings in the night, try these quick and easy fixes to move you from stress case to relaxed mama.   1. Alternate Nostril Breathing    Sit in a chair or on the floor with a blanket or pillow underneath your bum.   ➊ Close off your right nostril with your thumb, and inhale slowly through the left nostril. ➋ Then close off your left nostril with your ring finger, and exhale slowly through the right. ➌ Then inhale... read more

Holiday Traditions YOUR Way

By Beth Berry     I wrote this piece two years ago during our first Christmas out of the country. This year - our third holiday season in Mexico - I am more convicted than ever that simplicity and togetherness are what it’s all about, and that the joy we long for is actually more confused than complemented by the notion of merry making as kind-hearted consuming. Deviating from family traditions is not always easy. Never mind factors such as religious preference or family values, even questioning grandma's dessert line-up of pumpkin pie, fruit cake and... read more

5 Ways To Teach Children How To Give During The Holidays

Posted by Sarah Clark, Mothering.com contributor.       My children simply love this time of year. In our house we celebrate the holidays in a pretty traditional way- tree, stockings, presents, and all the usual stuff. I love doing it and they look forward to it and singing songs and watching some favorite Christmas movies.   It is a lot of fun. It is also all to easy to get tied up in receiving the gifts and what we “want” and forget about all the other stuff. I don't enjoy my children as much when they are all about getting and wish lists and forget about... read more

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