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    Recently I wrote a post about the unexpected ways I've found community through my kids. I shared that for me this was not part of my initial plan, that community had happened but was not something I had sought. That was a bit of an oversimplification, though. One particular response to that...
  2. Toddler & Child
    In the past few months, opening myself up to life's simple joys has been absolutely mood-boosting. I don't know about you, but I've been on an emotional roller-coaster ride lately. Some days I feel energized about all of the silver linings I've found during the current pandemic, and other days...
  3. Family Life
    Creating a family meditation practice is much easier than you might imagine. And now is a perfect time to do so! I know what some of you may be thinking. "No way, no how will my child sit still for a moment, much less to meditate. Family meditation? Ha!" I hear you. I have two live-in wiggle...
  4. Toddler & Child
    Spices aren't just for eating! There are many fun ways you can share their beneficial properties with your children this holiday season. One of my favorite things about this time of year is the seasonal spices-flavorful and warming, they can transform many of your recipes into a festive treat...
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    For over 25 years the Baby Signs® Program has helped caregivers teach babies to "talk" before they can talk with a variety of books, videos, and songs. If you have ever considered starting baby sign language with your little one, you will want to read this interview with one of the program...
  6. Toddler & Child
    Research confirms that children who grow up near green spaces have reduced risks of developing psychiatric disorders later on in life, so get outside and get into the green. A study out of Denmark found that the best outcomes for the reduction of psychiatric disorders were seen for children...
  7. Toddler & Child
    Practicing yoga with your children is not only pure joy but extremely beneficial for yogis of all ages. Here's why we think you should be practicing yoga with kids. Katie Page, owner of the children's yoga studio, Wren's Nest, believes practicing yoga with your children strengthens family bonds...
  8. Toddler & Child
    A series of life events inspired Azin Lazzuli to create The Safety Rock, a book that teaches children to meditate with stones specifically chosen for their therapeutic properties. Azin recalls picking up rocks from the ground as a child and setting intentions with them. She remembers requesting...
  9. Toddler & Child
    I decided I'm not committed to shielding my son from all things superhero. What I am committed to instead is teaching him about real life superheroes. My son is a superhero enthusiast. If he is not dressed as a superhero (which is often), he is likely pretending to be one. He portrays each...
  10. Family Life
    March is National Nutrition Month. Here are a few fun (and educational) ways to celebrate with your children. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics dedicates each March to a national campaign encouraging nutrition education leading to informed food choices and physical activity. As a dietitian...
  11. Toddler & Child
    Praise can certainly be beneficial for our children. When we overpraise our children, however, we may be overusing praise and that may actually lower a child's sense of self-worth. You might be wondering...how is it possible to praise my children too much? Can we overpraise our children? I...
  12. Toddler & Child
    The rose, a symbol of deep love, is ubiquitous around Valentine's Day. From culinary treats to crafts, rose petals are lots of fun for the kiddos this holiday too. While I am not exactly thrilled about receiving a dozen red roses from Cupid, I am pretty excited about the health benefits that...
  13. Toddler & Child
    One of the top inquiries I receive as a Registered Dietitian is "how can I get my child to eat more vegetables?" Luckily, I have found several amazing small businesses to recommend. An excellent strategy for raising healthy eaters is letting children play with their food. Really! In our home...
  14. Family Life
    Materialism has undesirable consequences for our children. I believe there is great benefit in teaching them to crave less. You may recall I wrote about raising my son as a minimalist several months ago. While this continues to be a strong desire of mine, I realize I've disconnected a bit from...
  15. Toddler & Child
    Living near a forest promotes physical activity and healing connections with nature. Research shows it may benefit your child's nutritional status too. Researchers at the University of Vermont's Gund Institute for Environment determined that children who live within two miles of a forest have...
  16. Family Life
    We prefer outdoor time to screen time at our house, but there are always those nights we wish to kick back and watch a movie together as a family. We found a few refreshingly real movie (and short film) picks on Netflix that have encouraged great conversation with our son. Be warned, you may...
  17. Family Life
    The New Moon occurs when the sun and the moon are aligned. Many believe this moon phase is ripe for connecting through ritual and planting seeds of intention. The next new moon falls on August 11th, 2018. My family and I set intentions at both full and new moon gatherings. The gatherings we...
  18. Toddler & Child
    Herbal dream pillows have been used for hundreds of years as an aromatic remedy for a good night's sleep. Simple and fun to make with your children, these tiny satchels may even offer them sweet dreams ahead! A few months ago my son began having occasional nightmares. He would whimper and cry...
  19. Family Life
    Spring has finally sprung! Which means warm weather, rain, rainbows, new growth, and new life. Here are ten easy and fun spring-themed science activities to try as you take advantage of these vibrant spring days: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H78Xd3ToxP4 1. Sugar Water Rainbow. Project...
  20. Toddler & Child
    When your heart chakra is balanced, you will feel a deep loving connection to everyone in your life. There are many fun ways to encourage children to open up to this connection. According to ancient Indian tradition, the heart chakra is just one of seven chakras, or energy centers in your body...
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