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How a hospice in Wales is memorializing children with birdsong

Tŷ Hafan is a pediatric palliative care facility in Wales that helps child patients and their families make the most of the time they have left together. The children have conditions like Duchenne muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis, severe cerebral palsy,…

The gross truth about your pool water

Before you dive off the diving board at your favorite swimming pool, you might want to take a closer look — and sniff — at the water down below. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the…

Why outdoor education for kids matters

I’m always surprised when I hear the stats about how little time kids spend outside. One study found children are spending less than half the amount of time outdoors than they did just 20 years ago. Meanwhile, the Kaiser Family…

Is your kid's lemonade stand legal?

Two young girls in Texas who were put out of business for their renegade lemonade stand have been vindicated. A new law passed in Texas this week legalizes children’s lemonade stands across the state. Naturally, Gov. Greg Abbott celebrated signing…

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…