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  1. Education
    Hello! :) I'm new one on this forum. Usually, I just read, but haven’t written anything yet. Now, I decided to create a post, to help my husband to get some feedback from potential users. My husband works in an IT company. He develops his own project: educational app for preschoolers from 3 to...
  2. 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...
  3. 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)...
  4. Family Life
    I've written about numerous controversial parenting topics, but none gets parents quite so upset as the idea of a family not raising their children to believe in Santa. Why would we want to ruin their childhood like that? Why must we squash all magic and imagination? Why can't we just let kids...
  5. Family Life
    In a world that seems to divide more and more distinctly daily, we wonder what role 'overpraise' has in this phenomenon, and whether there really is even such a thing? We'd like to thank Joanne Blackerby for this guest post a bit back. We believe that there are truths today that are still worth...
  6. Toddler & Child
    When my son was two-years-old, he attended an early education center that required him to sit quietly for much of the day. When he was unable to do so, I decided to unschool. My first child had been at the early education center on my college campus when I went back to school. He was...
  7. Family Life
    I don't know where I came up with it, but when I had my first child about 10 years ago I wanted to try not to use the word "no" with him. Maybe I thought that if I didn't tell him "no" then he wouldn't shout it at me. Maybe I had some misguided view about the evil nature of no that I had somehow...
  8. Baby
    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...
  9. 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...
  10. Toddler & Child
    Our culture has an emphasis on early learning, and early reading in particular, which can be unsettling to parents. That's why I'm letting my son pick up reading at his own pace. The title of this piece is admittedly not entirely accurate, but there's only so much explanation to be fit in so...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. Toddler & Child
    Why does more mean better? Bigger paycheck, bigger house, bigger cars, more playrooms...why do we forsake what really matters for temporary things that sift like sand? It's time to reject the idea that more of everything will finally be what brings us happiness. The things that really matter...
  14. Family Life
    Parts By Esther Crain for Yahoo Parenting, reprinted with permission. It's no secret that too much television watching can pose dangers to small kids. Children who watch television have a higher likelihood of attention-span problems, academic difficulties, obesity, and sleep issues, according...
  15. Family Life
    When my children were very young, I began trying to plan out their education: where they would learn, how they would learn it, and what we would do for them to get it. I recognize that a strong education can help secure a better future. In our society, reading, writing, math and sciences matter...
  16. Baby
    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...
  17. Toddler & Child
    Boys can't wear pink? All girls want to be princesses? Don't let others define what's "right" for different genders. Here are 20 kids' books that redefine what's 'normal' for genders. From an early age kids are bombarded with messages that rigidly define gender: Boys like pirates and sports and...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
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