HOW TO: Make Healthy Homemade Popsicles With Kids

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5 Kid-Approved Recipes that Contain Hidden Veggies

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

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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 a transformative design that not only helps kids tote their school supplies, but can fold out into a desk, encouraging better study through proper posture. The ‘Help Desk’ enables students in poorer areas who are used to working on the floor to become better students.

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

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In 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 world when it comes to paid family leave. A report about maternity leave and the well-being of families, released last month from the UN International Labour Organization (ILO), mimics what we’ve been shown before, that many countries, 185 in all, provide paid maternity leave. The exceptions are Oman, Papua New Guinea, and the United States. Of those 185 countries, a full 78 of them also provide decent paternity leave, an almost unheard of luxury for companies in the USA. The report shows that women in the United States are supremely unlucky when it comes to maternity leave — especially paid leave. Just 11% of private industry Americans have access to any paid family leave, and only 16% of state and government employees have paid family leave available. In fact, shockingly, even the U.S. federal government provides no paid family leave to employees. To sum up, America is the ONE and ONLY developed nation with NO set standards surrounding paid family leave, which frankly is one the most shameful fails the U.S. government has ever made – and seriously, they’ve had more than a few fails.

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Giving Birth After Age 33 May Increase a Mother's Life Expectancy

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While most information out there about older mamas is less than flattering, there’s new positive research on the baby-making scene that says giving birth after the age of 33 may be a boon to your life expectancy. The new study, run by Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and funded by the U.S. National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health, shows that women who naturally have children later in life tend to live longer than their peers. The study also notes that specific genetic variants that allow women to naturally become pregnant at an older age may be the very same variants that help facilitate exceptionally long life spans. The study, published in Menopause: The Journal of the North American Menopause Society, states that women who can naturally, “Have children after the age of 33 have a greater chance of living longer than women who had their last child before the age of 30.” After studying 462 women, the researchers further determined that women who had their last child after the age of 33 years had twice the odds of living to 95 years or older compared with women who had their last child by age 29. The researchers do point out that this doesn’t exactly mean women should wait until their thirties to have kids. There are some benefits to becoming a mother at a younger age, including generally having an easier time conceiving. Corresponding author Thomas Perls, MD, MPH. explains the genetic variants, saying, “If a woman has those variants, she is able to reproduce and bear children for a longer period of time, increasing her chances of passing down those genes to the next generation. This possibility may be a clue as to why 85% of women live to 100 or more years while only 15% of men do.” If you’re still worried about having a baby later in life, you can take a realistic look at late motherhood in How scary is having a baby when you’re over 40? 

+ Reproduction later in life is a marker for longevity in women

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Pop & Lolli Partners with Sarah Jane for New Designer Collection of Whimsical & Delightful Wall Decals & Wallpaper

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8 Themed Children's Gardens that Teach Kids How to Grow Food & Revel in Nature

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Prafull Oorja in India Helps Children with Special Needs via the Healing Practice of Yoga

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Those who have ever practiced yoga are undoubtedly familiar with its many benefits, both physical and emotional. A full-body meditation, yoga keeps practitioners in the present moment by focusing on breath work and postures, which in turn brings about a great sense of inner peace, as well as a strong, healthy body. Children also benefit a great deal from a regular yoga practice, and many kids with special needs respond amazingly well to both the physical exercise and focus that yoga can bring. Prafull Oorja, run by two American women living in India, is making an enormous difference in the lives of countless children with special needs.

Madeleine Sears and Sowmya Ayyar have spent several years studying and fine-tuning yoga for kids with all manner of disabilities, including fusing therapeutic facets like music, dance, and art into the practice to keep the children interested and engaged. The Prafull Oorja team works with children who have cerebral palsy, autism, arthritis, and a wide range of other physical and mental health issues, helping them develop a stronger mind-body connection, as well as focus and calm. They organize bi-weekly yoga classes for youngsters at the Tamahar Trust for Children with Special Needs in Bangalore, and teach children’s bi-weekly yoga classes at the Bubbles Centre for Autism as well.

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Cyantraniliprole: A Highly Toxic New Pesticide is Coming Soon to the U.S. Food Supply

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TweetEmailNever one to shy away from poisoning the food supply, the United States government is all set to introduce yet another doozy of a pesticide into the American food…

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World's First Bike Share for Kids Debuts in Paris!

World's First Bike Share for Kids Debuts in Paris!

Vélib, a bike share service in Paris is now the first in the world to offer bike shares for kids as well as adults. Bike shares are fairly commonplace now, but thanks to the new…

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Barbie Lands Her Toughest Job Yet - as a Tech Entrepreneur

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Australia's Victorian Opera Offers 'Relaxed' Performances for Children with Autism and Sensory Disorders

Australia's Victorian Opera Offers 'Relaxed' Performances for Children with Autism and Sensory Disorders

As autism diagnoses continue to rise around the world, beneficial opportunities are becoming more common for children and adults on the autism spectrum — from animal therapy to a…

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12 Year-Old Uses LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Set to Build a Braille Printer for the Blind

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TweetEmail After transforming his LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kit into a braille printer for the blind, 12 year-old Shubham Banerjee is now receiving invitations from the White House.…

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Moulin Roty's Large Tool Box Set Boasts 14 Real Woodworking Tools

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Aleva's Plant-Based Nursing Balm is a Lanolin-Free Nipple Soother for Vegan Moms & Babies

Aleva's Plant-Based Nursing Balm is a Lanolin-Free Nipple Soother for Vegan Moms & Babies

Breastfeeding is such a lovely time to bond with baby, but many infants take a few days or weeks to get the hang of it, during which time a mother’s sensitive nipples really…

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Photographer Herman Damar Captures the Pure Spirit & Joy of Children Reveling in Indonesian Village Life

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HOW TO: Make Sushi Shaped Like Adorable Panda Bears!

HOW TO: Make Sushi Shaped Like Adorable Panda Bears!

1. Gather the ingredients 2 cups of sushi rice nori algae pickled ginger 3 cups of water 1/2 cup of rice vinegar 1/4 cup of white sugar 1 teaspoon salt 2. Wash the rice Wash the…

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HOW TO: Make Homemade Sunburn Soother to Heal & Repair Your Skin

HOW TO: Make Homemade Sunburn Soother to Heal & Repair Your Skin

TweetEmail 1. Collect your ingredients and supplies. 4oz (½ cup) filtered water 2 black tea bags 2oz (¼ cup) aloe vera gel 2 Tbsp alcohol-free witch hazel 1 tsp Vitamin…

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