The StoryTime Rocking Chair was designed by a dad of three who didn't have a big enough lap for all his kids!

by 08/17/15   filed under: art, eco decor, green family, kids furniture

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Hal Taylor is a craftsman, a father of three, and probably a genius. He was experienced in the art of handcrafting beautiful rocking chairs, and when his brood went from two to three children, he had an epiphany. Everyone couldn’t fit in a traditional rocking chair for story time, a favorite activity among his little ones, but a rocking chair with three seats would be a lot more accommodating. Thus, the StoryTime Rocking Chair was born.

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Kids are being assigned triple the amount of homework than recommended, causing family strife and health issues

by 08/17/15   filed under: education, green family, kids health, news, parenting

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The standard for homework set by educators is known as the “10-minute rule.” That means 10 minutes per grade level per night (ie: first graders get 10 minutes, 8th graders get 80 minutes), with recommendations for no homework for kindergarteners. A new study of over 1,000 primary and secondary grade students found that kids are actually being assigned up to three times the recommended amount of homework, with parents of kindergarteners reporting 25 minutes of nightly homework. So what’s the big deal about a little extra academic time, aside from the inevitable moaning and groaning from your kids? Unfortunately, the extra homework and time spent on it comes at a potentially high cost.

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Don't Dump Dumpty Game helps toddlers develop basic math skills

by 08/16/15   filed under: eco play, eco toddler, green toys

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Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall… remove a brick, but don’t let him fall! This versatile new learning game from BeginAgain, comes with game ideas and rules for players as young as 2 and can be played alone, in pairs or with teams. Little ones can stack the numbered bricks to create a wall, then set the two-piece Humpty Dumpty on top and take turns removing bricks. If kids let him fall, he’ll crack apart, encouraging tots to be oh so careful. The included number bricks can be used to help develop basic math skills and older tots will have fun accumulating points. This toy is made from eco-friendly, all natural rubberwood and finished with non-toxic, child-safe stains. All the pieces fit into the wood storage tray for easy clean-up. Recommended for ages 2+.

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Kids can build their own toy cameras and go click crazy with Petit Collage's crafty kit

by 08/15/15   filed under: eco play, green kids, green toys, kid friendly, kids entertainment

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Petit Collage‘s new toy camera kit encourages your mini shutterbug to go click crazy without any need of your (expensive) phone. This kit is custom-made for a fun crafting experience since kids first fold and assemble the camera and then decorate it. Little ones will happily “take” pictures of their favorite subjects — likely you and any available family pets — for hours and then use their imagination to draw whatever they want on the 10 included photo cards. In their artistic minds, the family dog may become a unicorn, and little sis might suddenly grow another head. You can keep their completed pics for posterity by storing them in the camera itself! Made with recycled content and printed with vegetable inks, Petit Collage‘s camera comes with a soft strap for little photographers on the go. We love that this camera kit inspires unplugged, old-fashioned creativity and imagination.

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Having a baby makes people miserable, according to study

by 08/14/15   filed under: news, parenting

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According to a new study of over 2,000 German men and women, having a first child causes a drop in happiness that is greater than going through a divorce, unemployment, or the death of a spouse or partner, likely discouraging them from having more children. Germany has had a consistently low birth rate for more than four decades, and researchers were interested in discerning why, especially since most Germans self-report wanting two children. The results were pretty staggering: only 30% of new parents maintained or increased their previous level of happiness, with the rest experiencing pretty significant drops. This drop in happiness caused many of the new parents to reconsider having another child, citing health concerns, negative and complicated birthing situations, and “the continuous and intense nature of child rearing.” The study followed parents for up to two years after their first child’s birth with data from the parents being surveyed annually, so it will be interesting to see how and if the bumpy transition to parenthood gets better over time.

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Volkswagen's amazing baby stroller drives itself, brakes by itself

by 08/14/15   filed under: baby gadgets, eco toddler, gadget, gear for parents, kid gadgets, news

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Timo Ros, the Volkswagen Facebook fan featured in the beginning of this video, is a smart man. “Am I crazy, or is a stroller that brakes a really good idea?” Yes. Yes, it is. This new prototype stroller might be the smartest piece of baby gear we’ve seen in ages. It’s reportedly build by Volkswagen with the same adaptive cruise control and collision sensors used in a Golf, so the stroller can stop itself short of an obstacle or even follow you around as you walk in front of it (which, by the way, is probably not safe anyway).

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Tatsuya Tanaka transforms everyday objects into pocket-sized dioramas

by 08/14/15   filed under: art

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5 great reasons to send a homemade packed lunch to school with your child

by 08/13/15   filed under: food, green kids

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I Am Goody: A revolutionary magazine for kids that celebrates art, design, culture, food, animals, the environment, music & more!

I Am Goody: A revolutionary magazine for kids that celebrates art, design, culture, food, animals, the environment, music & more!

First things first, Candy is a designer, Nick is a writer and editor, and together they are the creators of the Pecanpals and Jibibuts ranges of toys. They are also parents who want to…

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Ivette Ivens captures the adorable friendship between her infant son & his puppy born on the same day

Ivette Ivens captures the adorable friendship between her infant son & his puppy born on the same day

Ivens’ son Dilan, and the family’s extra new addition, bulldog pup Farley, both came into this world around five months ago. Their identical birth date spurred Ivens to adopt the…

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Mini Rodini's elephant print clothing collection pays homage to loveable pachyderms

Mini Rodini's elephant print clothing collection pays homage to loveable pachyderms

Today is World Elephant Day and we’re celebrating beloved pachyderms by highlighting Mini Rodini’s irresistible clothing collection for babies and kids featuring a sweet,…

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Growing number of U.S. companies roll out paid parental leave policies that enable parents to enjoy baby's first year

Growing number of U.S. companies roll out paid parental leave policies that enable parents to enjoy baby's first year

When Adobe announced Monday that the company would be offering up to 6 months of paid leave for new moms, the U.S.-based tech firm joined the ranks of a growing number of companies who…

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Bleebla wooden animal blocks mix timeless design with sustainable production

Bleebla wooden animal blocks mix timeless design with sustainable production

Ferreira and Leite first developed their Animal Box creatures for a 2009 exhibition showcasing Portuguese design. After keeping the project on the back burner for a few years, they…

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School feeding project aims to stop child labor in Egypt

School feeding project aims to stop child labor in Egypt

For hundreds of thousands of children in Egypt, attending school isn’t viewed as essential as helping out the family by working. Child labor is a critical issue in Egypt, where…

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Famous OTO's adorable cardboard food trucks are playhouse paradises for little foodies

Famous OTO's adorable cardboard food trucks are playhouse paradises for little foodies

Cardboard may seem humble and not particularly glitzy, but parents know this recyclable, biodegradable material is worth it’s weight in gold for creating houses, hamster…

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10+ easy science experiments that will inspire and astonish kids of all ages

10+ easy science experiments that will inspire and astonish kids of all ages

1. Technicolor crystal landscape Let’s start out with something spectacular, shall we? This gorgeous crystal landscape project from Babble Dabble Do uses simple household…

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Target will remove gender-based signs in kids' sections including toys and bedding

Target will remove gender-based signs in kids' sections including toys and bedding

Target stores are responding to customer feedback by removing gender-based signs from several departments, including children’s toys, entertainment, and children’s bedding.…

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EWG releases new dirty dozen guide which lists the top 12 cancer causing chemicals

EWG releases new dirty dozen guide which lists the top 12 cancer causing chemicals

Adopting a healthy lifestyle and eliminating habits that are detrimental to your well-being are critical keys to reducing your risk of cancer. However, as Environmental Working Group…

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