Unstructured Playtime May Be Key to Helping Kids Achieve Independence and Success

by 07/03/14   filed under: eco play, green family, green kids, kids entertainment, parenting

unstructured play, executive functioning, green family, parenting

Summertime: the term once conjured up dreamy visions of kids biking or swimming, playing with their friends, camping out with s’mores, and generally reveling in school-free splendor. Nowadays, summers are as jam-packed as the academic year, with structured activities, planned daily events, and even summer school offered for grade schoolers. But according to a small but suggestive study, kids who spent more time in less structured activities actually had better executive functioning skills, which have been associated with long-term outcomes such as better academic performance, health and wealth, even years down the road.

Read More >

10 Breathtaking Tree Canopies & Natural Tunnels that Look Like Scenes from a Fairy Tale

by 07/02/14   filed under: art, green family

Read More >

Creamy Corn Ice Cream Recipe: A Surprisingly Simple and Tasty Seasonal Treat

by 07/02/14   filed under: cooking, green family, how-to, recipes

Read More >

5 Herbal Tea Recipes for Toddler Tea Parties

by 07/02/14   filed under: eco toddler, food, healthy recipe, kid friendly

Read More >

AAP Recommends that Parents Read Aloud to Their Children from Birth Onward

by 07/01/14   filed under: education, green family, news, parenting

literacy promotion, reading aloud, early brain development, language development, child development, school readiness, read to baby

New parents can expect a little extra advice from now on at well-baby check-ups, as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has announced that all parents should read to their children from birth onward. The new recommendation was written by Dr. Pamela High, who tells The New York Times, that the recommendation, “Should be there each time we touch bases with children,” and doctors need to tell parents they should be “reading together as a daily fun family activity” from infancy. While the AAP already has rules regarding keeping kids away from screens until they are at least 2, this is the very first time they’ve officially weighed in on early literacy education. The policy, in part, states, “Reading regularly with young children stimulates optimal patterns of brain development and strengthens parent-child relationships at a critical time in child development, which, in turn, builds language, literacy, and social-emotional skills that last a lifetime. The policy also advises that doctors tell parents about developmentally appropriate shared-reading activities that are enjoyable for children and their parents and offer language-rich exposure to books, pictures, and the written word. Do you read to your baby? Let us know in the comments.

RELATED | The Best Green Books for Eco-Families, from Babies & Kids to Teens & Adults

+ Literacy Promotion: An Essential Component of Primary Care Pediatric Practice

+ Source

Lead image via Shutterstock

 

HOW TO: Make Chewy Sweet & Salty Banana Bites

by 07/01/14   filed under: healthy recipe, how-to, recipe, vegan cooking

Read More >

Extraordinary Family Works and Plays Together To Build a Natural Goat Milk Soap Business

by 07/01/14   filed under: green family, green kids

goat milk stuff, goat milk, family, parenting

The concept of family time and togetherness has evolved quite a bit over the years and often includes electronic media in one form or another. For many of us, the concept of playing and spending time with our kids can seem completely at odds with our work life. One family in Indiana, however, has turned together time into a family business in which every member (down to the youngest of eight children, ages 6-17) participates: Goat Milk Stuff. After PJ Jonas discovered her go-to baby and kids’ wash was filled with less than desirable ingredients, she began toying with what eventually has become a family enterprise — creating a natural and nourishing goat milk-based line of soaps. Goat milk has been used for centuries in skin care products for helping with dry skin as well as for issues such as eczema and rosacea. For the Jonas family, their business has become an integral part of the family’s life and a source of pride for the children.

Read More >

Microsoft Office 365 Simplifies Life for Busy Moms

by 06/30/14   filed under: advertising, parenting, video


Brought to you by Microsoft Office

How do moms manage to get it all done? Creativity. Energy. The right tools. With one subscription to Office 365, a busy mom can get Office on up to 10 devices. This gives any mom the flexibility to get things done from virtually anywhere on any device.

Find more information on Microsoft Office 365 here.

+ Microsoft Office 365

 

HOW TO: Make Homemade Organic Fruit Swirl Tie-Dye Popsicles

HOW TO: Make Homemade Organic Fruit Swirl Tie-Dye Popsicles

TweetEmailSwirl Tie-Dye Popsicle Ingredients 2 cups of your favorite organic yogurt. You can use plain or vanilla flavored. For the pops you see throughout this post, I used…

READ MORE >

BOOK INSPIRED FOOD: Make No-Cook, Vegan Overnight Oat Bowls After Reading "Goodnight Moon"

BOOK INSPIRED FOOD: Make No-Cook, Vegan Overnight Oat Bowls After Reading "Goodnight Moon"

1. Gather the ingredients 1/3 cup gluten-free rolled oats 1 cup almond milk or other non-dairy milk 1 Tbsp chia seeds 1/2 Tbsp flax seed oil (optional, but recommended for extra…

READ MORE >

HOW-TO: Make Homemade Kid-friendly Insect Repellent Spray

HOW-TO: Make Homemade Kid-friendly Insect Repellent Spray

1. Collect your supplies. 6 oz spray bottle 2.6oz (1/3 cup) filtered water 2.6oz (1/3 cup) alcohol-free witch hazel 10 drops peppermint essential oil 10 drops lavender essential…

READ MORE >

Children Can Learn About the Night Sky with this Stitch the Stars Calendar Kit

Children Can Learn About the Night Sky with this Stitch the Stars Calendar Kit

Help your child learn about the stars, discover constellations, keep track of dates and develop hand-eye coordination skills with this clever and fun Stitch the Stars Calendar Kit.…

READ MORE >

20 Educational and FUN Sensory Table Activities for Kids!

20 Educational and FUN Sensory Table Activities for Kids!

Rainbow Foam Sensory Table Tots will love to swirl this rainbow colored foam around or run toys through it. Made with washable, non-staining, liquid watercolors, dish soap and water,…

READ MORE >

Go Gently Baby's Hero Tee Boasts a Big Message for Little Kids to Wear Proudly

Go Gently Baby's Hero Tee Boasts a Big Message for Little Kids to Wear Proudly

TweetEmail Go Gently Baby, a unique children’s clothing brand, has a mission that not only makes a difference to our planet but also to our children’s health. Earlier…

READ MORE >

HOW TO: Make Healthy Homemade Popsicles With Kids

HOW TO: Make Healthy Homemade Popsicles With Kids

STEP 1: Acquire Non-Toxic Popsicle Molds I’ve tried a bunch of DIY popsicle molds and eventually popsicle mold sets. Hands-down the best brand is Tovolo. Before discovering Tovolo…

READ MORE >

5 Kid-Approved Recipes that Contain Hidden Veggies

5 Kid-Approved Recipes that Contain Hidden Veggies

1. Mac and Cheese and Carrots Cooked well and pureed til smooth, bright orange veggies like sweet potatoes and carrots blend seamlessly into your kids’ favorite macaroni and cheese.…

READ MORE >

Company in India Uses Discarded Cardboard to Make School Bags that Transform into Desks to Improves Kids' Education

Company in India Uses Discarded Cardboard to Make School Bags that Transform into Desks to Improves Kids' Education

The incredible company Aarambh in India is changing the face of education, by using discarded cardboard to make school bags that can double as student desks. The non-profit has created…

READ MORE >

America is the Only Developed Nation in the World with NO Paid Family Leave Laws

America is the Only Developed Nation in the World with NO Paid Family Leave Laws

TweetEmailIn news that won’t shock any parent in the United States, but may surprise new parents-to-be, the U.S. lags woefully behind EVERYONE else in the developed…

READ MORE >