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Candy Overload? Avoid Too Many Sweets with a Halloween Swap

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Author: Seventh Generation

Halloween – a night filled with excitement, costumes that range from cute to spooky, and a huge amount of candy. When your kids finish trick-or-treating and come home with an overflowing bag of sweets, how do you handle balancing their excitement with your desire to minimize their sugar intake? Consider a candy swap!

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Maternity Leave in the US: How Do We Stack Up?

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Author: Seventh Generation

Thinking about adding a new member to your family?   If so, one of the things you may be considering is if you can afford to take the time you need to care for a newborn while still supporting your family financially. 

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Sensory Play Ideas for Babies

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Author: Seventh Generation

What exactly is sensory play? It includes any activity that stimulates baby’s sense of touch, smell, taste, sight, or hearing. The idea is to encourage little ones to use their senses to play, create, investigate and explore. Sensory play can be an early, but important step in the development process. Here are some ideas to encourage your child to start using their senses:

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6 Steps to Resolve Conflict With Your Daycare Provider

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Author: Seventh Generation

Daycare or daily child care can be a beneficial arrangement for both children and parents. While parents are able to go to work or get things done kid-free, children are learning valuable social skills. However, the transition to allowing someone else to care for your child can be a tricky one.

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Teaching Your Kids to Talk to Strangers

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Author: Liz Moorhead

When we’re out and about, I often hear parents scold their children for striking up conversation with an adult. Other times, a parent will apologize to the nearby grown-ups engaging in chat with the little ones. I take a slightly different approach to these interactions – I allow my son to talk to strangers. In fact, I encourage it.

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Age Appropriate Chores

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Author: Seventh Generation

When you think back to childhood, chores probably don't show up as your favorite or most cherished memories. But maybe you do remember getting to college and being grateful that important life skills (like being able to do your laundry!) were taught to you by your parents.

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Keeping Your Picky Eater Healthy

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Author: Liz Moorhead

I’m someone who loves to eat, and relishes the fresh foods available with each changing season. So, I was both surprised and disappointed when my toddler son hit a picky eating phase. I try to prepare healthy and varied foods, different things to taste and try. Despite those efforts, he hit a several month streak where he refused to eat most things- including foods he’d at one time loved.

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Getting Out The Door With Kids (On Time!)

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Author: Liz Moorhead

I do not like to be late. But, I also have many things to do every time we leave the house. Between making sure each person has just what they need for their day, double-checking that the house is ready for our day-long absence, and yes, trying to do it all without sacrificing punctuality, the rush out the door can be hectic and chaotic.

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Backyard Fun for the Final Days of Summer

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Author: Liz Moorhead

During the summer months it becomes impossible to keep my son indoors. He constantly begs to be outside, enjoying the sun. As the summer is winding down, your ideas for fun family activities may be winding down as well.

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Learning to Swim as an Adult (and Mom!)

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Author: Liz Moorhead

Summer trips to the beach, visits to camp, and days at the pool are happening frequently now that my son is three. And amid all of this fun, I find that I worry.

I don’t know how to swim.

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