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  1. Family Life
    Spending time with family members over the holidays can be stressful for some parents that are choosing to raise their children differently from how they were raised or how their other family members are raising their children. Differences in parenting styles and societal changes can make...
  2. Family Life
    'Tis the season for thrusting terrified children onto the lap of a stranger disguised in a red suit and a bushy white beard. The obligatory photo with Santa is so much a part of our holiday culture that we hardly think twice, ignoring the cries of our infants and toddlers for the (albeit brief)...
  3. 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...
  4. Family Life
    'Tis the season to be generous. It's also a wonderful time to introduce your children to the concept of giving to others in need. Here's our list of companies that give back to the community with every purchase you make. Charitable gifts are a great way to cut down on consumerism this holiday...
  5. Family Life
    Whether you'd like to celebrate Easter, Ostara or spring, dyeing eggs is a fun, crafty tradition that children love to be involved in. However, using toxic food coloring is something most natural living families probably want to avoid. Thankfully there are many options for eco-friendly egg...
  6. Family Life
    Round up a group of kids for this fun, easy Valentine's Day recipe-it's designed to introduce them to cooking by engaging them in age-appropriate tasks, and yields a yummy finished product. Ask for a volunteer for each of the following tasks: Butter Bambino measures 3 ounces butter. Sugar...
  7. Family Life
    By now, we all know the drill. Stress less this holiday season. Focus on presence, not presents. Be light rather than hanging lights. Be still, be quiet, be at peace. Enjoy it. Personally, I love this renewed emphasis on holiday calm and joy in the simple things. I wholeheartedly embrace a...
  8. Baby
    Welcome to the annual Mothering Natural Toy Guide: a collection of the highest quality natural toys and gifts available this holiday season! We've carefully selected each item based on its superior materials, uniqueness, ethical production, value and, of course, its fun-factor. Check out the...
  9. Baby
    The choice wasn't easy, but we've settled on our very best toy picks for the 2014 holiday season based on quality, uniqueness and value. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do! Don't miss the other categories in this year's guide or our big toy giveaway! Find them both here. <!-- Fairytale...
  10. Baby
    You don't need to spend a fortune to grab high quality toys for your little ones. Here are our favorite gifts under $20. Don't miss the other categories in this year's guide or our BIG TOY GIVEAWAY! Find them both here. <!-- Good Maine Eggs --> Good Maine Eggs An egg hunt for the holidays...
  11. Baby
    Looking for that super special "big" gift that will last for years to come? Here are some great toys worth spending more on. Don't miss the other categories in this year's guide or our big toy giveaway! Find them both here. Suzanne's Kitchen If you're looking to splurge a bit on a wooden toy...
  12. Baby
    Snuggle, laugh and play with this delightful selection of dolls, little friends and their fanciful homes. Don't miss the other categories in this year's guide or our big toy giveaway! Find them both here. <!-- Bambino --> Bambino This sweet dollie is not only jointed, it is surprisingly...
  13. Baby
    From natural and organic rattles and teethers to fun stackers and cars - this category is full of gifts perfect for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Don't miss the other categories in this year's guide or our big toy giveaway! Find them both here. <!-- Silk and Wood Teether --> Silk and...
  14. Baby
    You'll adore these creative craft kits and art supplies-constructed using the safest and highest quality materials on the market. Don't miss the other categories in this year's guide or our big toy giveaway! Find them both here. <!-- Really Magic Markers --> Really Magic Markers Create a...
  15. Baby
    These items didn't meet all of our environmental or manufacturing qualifications for toy guide inclusion, but they still deserve some attention for their dedication to eco-packaging, educational quality, value and/or contributions to non profit work. Don't miss the other categories in this...
  16. Family Life
    by Loralee Leavitt and Elaine Bassett Also see our article, Candy Experiments, for more great ideas on using up unwanted Halloween candy. Candy is a traditional part of Halloween. But since it contains so much sugar, corn syrup, and artificial dye, many parents don't want their children...
  17. Family Life
    This object inspires imagination. A cheap, remarkably entertaining activity for kids is a BYOB event. By that I mean Bring. Your. Own. Box. We know there are significant downsides to too many toys and too many structured activities for kids. That's why a BYOB event is refreshingly different...
  18. Family Life
    Parades, barbecues, fireworks: kids love the 4th! And sparklers are becoming an ever more popular way for little ones to celebrate. But are those burning sticks safe for tiny hands? Many experts say no. If you decide to skip the hot sparklers this year, we've found some great alternatives...
  19. Family Life
      I don't just want my children to love the gifts they get at Christmas. I want them to enjoy the spirit of the season, enjoy time with their family, and have some memories that last longer than opening a present. Over the years there have been a few things that we have been able to do no...
  20. Family Life
    It is almost impossible to believe that it has been eleven years since my husband and I spent our first Christmas as a married couple. I remember that year vividly. I spent the month before Christmas trying to find decorations that would make our tiny one bedroom apartment feel Christmas-y but...
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