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Kids who walk or bike to school are more focused and less likely to be overweight

Years ago, my girls and I began making a concentrated effort to walk the short distance to school whenever possible. My eldest daughter even said she likes to start and end her school day with a nice walk to get…

9 fascinating facts about the founder of Mother's Day

Anna Jarvis founded Mother’s Day to honor the sacrifices mothers made for their children. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) It would be easy to believe that Mother’s Day was created by a greeting card company. After all, the day is celebrated with…

15 Easter egg fillers that won't go to waste

Easter egg hunts are fun. Throwing away the fairly useless plastic objects that come in many of the eggs is not fun. Items like bouncy balls, parachute men and plastic jewelry may fit in eggs easily, but kids grow bored…

How to connect children with the natural world in your own backyard

Your fondest memories of childhood play probably involve the simplest pursuits. (Photo: Mark Harris, Frozentime Images Photography/’Nature Play at Home’) People of a certain age have fond memories of playing in nature as children – scaling a fence at a…

10 styles of fishing around the world

The surprisingly diverse world of fishing Fishing is one of the world’s oldest activities. There are references to it in ancient Greek literature, biblical texts, and prehistoric illustrations. While fishing is a worldwide pastime, the way in which people fish…

The Inuit have a simple way of teaching their children how to control anger

It’s no surprise that, as a society, we often focus on ways to manage anger. We know it’s bad for us, and that rage-aholics aren’t long for this Earth. We also know it’s bad for the people who have to…

How to fly with kids and keep the peace

For some parents, flying with their children just adds to the stress of planning, packing and preparing for a trip. How many parents can relate to what one mom told The New York Times after her flight was delayed? “I…

10 U.S. cities with freshwater appeal

Urban water playgrounds While many city dwellers have to travel to spend time near a lake, river or sea, some places boast water-based recreation within city limits — even though they’re far from the ocean. These freshwater metropolises have made…

Is your child an orchid or a dandelion?

Everyone is different. This is true throughout life, but it’s especially important to remember about kids. Children are still developing. Their brains are still making neural connections, their bodies are still trying to figure out how to deal with viruses…

Which baby items are safe to buy used?

Parents-to-be are often flooded with hand-me-down baby gear coming from friends, family, and neighbors. These secondhand items can save you a ton of money and help you tread lightly on the planet…but how can you tell for sure if they’re…