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The latest news, food for thought, recipes you’ll love, great advice on everything from raising kids to nurturing bees, plus videos designed to entertain, educate and enlighten. If you’d like to find out what’s on our mind – or let us know what’s on yours -- this is place to be.

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Six Battle-Tested Tactics for Standing Your Ground with a Toddler

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Author: Liz Moorhead

My three-year-old son has generally decided that he'd prefer not to do whatever I'd like him to do. Each of my requests is met with opposition, with opinions, with, "But, mom!"

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“Does It Like Avocados?” and Other Questions about the Baby on the Way

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Author: Liz Moorhead

The reality of a second child is setting in. Now that we've adjusted to the idea of one more small family member, we hope that the other small one in the house adjusts as well.

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You Can Help the Monarchs Stage a Comeback

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Author: Erin Gettler

Two years ago, the monarch butterflies came by the dozens. The hundreds. Here on Long Island, we sat on the beach in September and watched them flutter west all day long. They were following the edge of the ocean on the way to their wintering grounds thousands of miles away in central Mexico. The next fall, we saw none.

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Recipes We Love: Pasta with Ramps

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Author: Andrea Todd

(serves approximately 2)

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In Thanks for All the Mothers in My Life

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Author: Liz Moorhead

When I was small, I was very lucky to need four Mother's Day cards. Naturally, I made a card for my mom, but also for my two grandmothers, and then one additional card for a very dear aunt.

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Is It Ever OK for Kids to Talk to Strangers?

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Author: SJ WILSON

We want our children to have good manners, not only to say, "please" and "thank you," but to learn social graces as well, such as the ability to say, "hello," when greeted by another person-relatives, teachers, our next-door neighbors. But we also tell our kids not to talk to strangers. So where does that leave us with the supermarket cashier, the bank teller and the mailman?

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Are Nutrition Labels to Blame for Obesity Rates in Kids?

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Author: Alexandra Pecci

Here's some news for anyone who's been surprised when the "official" serving size of ice cream looks drastically different than what they've just scooped into their bowl.

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Gluten-Free Apricot Almond Tart

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Author: Seventh Generation

This amazing recipe from Simply Gluten Free uses a gluten-free almond mixture as the base and really lets the apricots shine. Best of all it's easy to prepare.

Ingredients

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Rainy Day Scavenger Hunt

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Author: Alexandra Pecci

April showers might bring May flowers, but they can also bring antsy, cooped-up kids who are eager to break free from the house after a long snowy winter. Although outdoor puddle jumping is always fun, a drier option is an indoor scavenger hunt, which allows your little ones to follow clues throughout the house to find something fun.

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Taking the Planet’s Pulse

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Author: the Inkslinger

Earth Day, an event that remarkably just celebrated its 44th anniversary, does everything from raise awareness to inspire action. But it's also an annual moment to stop and consider the fundamental environmental question: How are we doing?

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