Positive discipline methods + why you shouldn't yell at or spank your kids

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10 kid-friendly DIY projects for the home and yard

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Chemicals used in cookware, food wrappers and outdoor clothing may increase risk of miscarriage

by 05/07/15   filed under: health & body, prenatal, toxins

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Perfluorinated alkylated substances (pdf) (PFAS) (the new generation of PFCs – replacements for chemicals once used to make Teflon and Scotchgard) are already linked to some negative health consequences including disruption of normal endocrine activity, reduced immune function, liver and pancreas problems, and developmental problems in rodent offspring. Now, new research has found a slight link between exposure to this category of chemicals to miscarriage. PFAS are used extensively in consumer products that need to be resistant to water and grease such as fire fighting foams, protective coating, textiles, and floor wax to name a few — all of which are likely to eventually end up in waste facilities, sewage water and thus the air, water and soil that surrounds us. PFAS are also found in more everyday products like wax paper, pizza boxes, cookware, cosmetics, outdoor clothing and popcorn bags. As you may have guessed, the researchers on this new study note that humans are widely exposed to these persistent compounds. In the case-control study within a population-based, prospective cohort during 2010-2012 the researchers found “strongly significant associations” between serum concentrations of PFAS and miscarriage. Unfortunately, this study was very small, based on just 56 miscarriages, so while the study shows that this could be a potential public health issue, especially because all pregnant women in the study were exposed to PFAS, further research is needed to confirm the findings.

RELATED | Top 10 Chemicals Most Likely to Cause Autism and Other Learning Disorders

+ Association between Perfluorinated Compound Exposure and Miscarriage in Danish Pregnant Women

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Designer Rachel Zoe opens an on-site office nursery for her employees' babies

by 05/07/15   filed under: news, parenting

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When five of designer Rachel Zoe’s employees announced their pregnancy within a period of a few months, she made an important and thoughtful decision: she had an office nursery built. For Zoe, the choice to help facilitate a convenient childcare option for these new moms and their babies was a no-brainer, especially since Zoe established and has grown her own business (from just a few staffers to now 40 employees) while raising her two young children. The stylish and warm space makes both baby and mom happy since the employees can check on their little ones throughout the day. Zoe is confident that providing an on-site child care solution is a win-win situation for everyone, and that opening a nursery sends an important message to her employees about creating work-life balance, supporting women in business, and developing opportunities so that mothers can be present in their professional and personal lives. Zoe states, “… I made one of the best business decisions I’ve ever made and opened a nursery… Seeing how motivated and committed the mothers on my team were after returning from maternity leave and being able to set up their babies in the nursery has only solidified my belief that every company should consider this option… what we are getting in return is invaluable; the working mothers at our company can improve and grow our business without having to sacrifice spending precious time with their babies at such a crucial stage in their mother-child relationships.” You can read Zoe’s blog post on why she added a nursery onto her business in its entirety here.

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The best country in the world to be a mom is... (hint: it's not the USA, which ranks 33rd)

by 05/06/15   filed under: green maternity, health & body, news, parenting

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Just in time for Mother’s Day, Save the Children has released their annual “Mothers’ Index,” a scorecard of the best and worst places in the world to be a mom. Taking into consideration factors such as income levels, education, maternal health and women’s status, the index named Norway as the best country for mothers. Eight other European countries and Australia rounded out the top 10 with Scandinavian countries earning the most high rankings. The ten worst places to be a mother were all countries in sub-Saharan Africa and included Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The United States slipped from 31st place last year to 33rd place this year and actually had the worst level of maternal death risk of any developed country in the entire world (1 death per every 1,800 pregnancies). In a comparison of infant mortality rates in the 24 wealthiest capital cities in the world, Washington D.C. had the highest rate at 7.9 deaths per 1,000 births. While huge differences in education and quality of life exist between the top and bottom countries on the list (for example, .3% of Norwegian children die before their fifth birthday, with the percentage climbing to 15% for Somali children), Save the Children also noted the disparity that exists within cities. A baby born in the poorest part of DC is more than 10 times more likely to die before his first birthday than one born in the richest part of the city.

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Organic "origami" blanket goes from blanket to cuddly bird with a few folds

by 05/06/15   filed under: green baby, green baby gifts, green bedding

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With the Fabelab play-fold-bird blanket, young children get to see a an unassuming blanket magically transform into a flying bird, swimming swan, or anything else they can dream up. This blanket promotes creativity but is still perfect for cuddling during naps or bedtime and works great as a play mat as well. The blanket is made with 100% organic cotton twill, a backside of organic cotton isoli, and polyester filling, plus comes with a handy white and printed fabric bag for easy and clean transport.

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9 family friendly cargo bikes for toting kids and goods in eco style

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Rubens desk features removable mountains for racing toy cars

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At over $1,000 the Rubens Desk designed by Compagnie founder and architect Jean-François Bellemère is not cheap — but this desk is solid, beautifully designed and a piece your child will own for years. Cleverly made with attached mountains that act as a backdrop for small cars or other toys, kids will have fun with the playful, adventurous design aspect of this desk. Later, as your child grows, the “mountains” can be removed to become a more adult-minded piece of furniture. The desk is made with solid beech and lacquered MDF in France with materials from sustainably managed forests. One of the company’s main goals is to simplify the manufacturing process and transportation process, thus saving materials while working closely with local businesses. The desktop is available in three different types including black, white and chalkboard and has slots for storing sheets, notebooks and pencils and a small porcelain cup fits like a fountain in the tray of the hole for extra writing utensils or, as the company suggests, even a small plant!

RELATED | 6 Eco-friendly Kid’s Desks – All Under $300!

+ Rubens Desk 950,00 € (around $1,058.00 usd)

+ Rubens Desk Mountains 355.00 € (around $395.00 usd)

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Magical Bridge Playground is America's most all-inclusive, innovative playground designed for visitors of ALL abilities

Magical Bridge Playground is America's most all-inclusive, innovative playground designed for visitors of ALL abilities

Living in Palo Alto, Villareal found that of the 34 playgrounds sprinkled throughout the area, none of them were accessible to 6 year-old Ava. Rather than complain to her city…

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Study finds that babies feel pain just like adults do (and we're wondering why that wasn't obvious)

Study finds that babies feel pain just like adults do (and we're wondering why that wasn't obvious)

In what’s being hailed as a “provocative” study, new research highlights something that logical humans might have already surmised — babies feel pain just like…

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HOW TO: Make a kid-friendly, delicioso vegan Cinco de Mayo feast

HOW TO: Make a kid-friendly, delicioso vegan Cinco de Mayo feast

1. Gather the ingredients. For the tortilla bowls: Corn tortillas (Note: these are smaller than the typical flour tortillas used for burritos) A small amount of oil for coating the…

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Johnson & Johnson now offers up to 17 weeks of PAID parental leave for employees

Johnson & Johnson now offers up to 17 weeks of PAID parental leave for employees

The U.S. standard of paid parental leave would be laughable if it wasn’t so pathetic: our country is among the very few worldwide that doesn’t guarantee any paid maternity…

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15 nature crafts for kids that can be made using found objects

15 nature crafts for kids that can be made using found objects

Flower Stained Glass Windows This stained glass window idea is a beautiful way to put all those flowers your child collects to great use while adding a pop of spring color to your…

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Two midwives delivered the new royal baby princess

Two midwives delivered the new royal baby princess

When the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, gave birth on Saturday, two midwives were at her side: Arona Ahmed and her boss, Jacqui Dunkley-Bent, Professor of midwifery at Imperial…

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8 natural remedies for bee stings

8 natural remedies for bee stings

Unstick the stinger. First, remove the stinger. Do not attempt to use tweezers, which will likely crush the stinger and the venom sac that may still be attached. Instead, scrape the…

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10 simple ways to teach kids to be kind and compassionate

10 simple ways to teach kids to be kind and compassionate

Photo by Shutterstock 1. Make kindness a daily part of dinner. Our family has maintained the tradition of saying the “highs and lows” (ie: the best and worst parts) of our…

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Kids in San Juan Capistrano help design and build new, eco-friendly Green Park

Kids in San Juan Capistrano help design and build new, eco-friendly Green Park

On Earth Day, Yokohama Tire Corporation teamed up with KaBOOM!, a nonprofit committed to bringing active play into the daily lives of children, along with Habitat for Humanity of…

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Royal baby will receive wool-free booties from PETA UK

Royal baby will receive wool-free booties from PETA UK

Prince William and Duchess Catherine’s second royal baby will be getting an early start in learning about kindness to all living creatures, thanks to PETA UK. The British…

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